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Pushing The Boundaries

Thu, 13 Nov 2008

Once again, legendary motorcycle-aerodynamics engineer Craig Vetter makes news with his latest one-off creation. Designed to cut through more than just the wind, his sawblade-packing-KLR prototype is more than the average “killer KLR.” Redefining Aerodynamics Forever with his head in the clouds, Craig had more earthly intentions with the creation of this energy absorbing fairing. Attempting to further the good luck streaks of both he and his Anchorage Alaska friend, he has designed a fairing that would slow down the initial impact of any frontal collision with any big animal that may confront the country dwelling motorcyclists.

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid

Thu, 13 Nov 2008

For the record, I’m not a scooter guy – never have been, never will be. I think scooters are for college girls who can’t afford a Jetta. I am also not a trike guy either.

POW! Big Dog Wallpapers

Wed, 12 Nov 2008

Each week I’ll be cracking open the galleries of Motorcycle.com and ripping out the best high-quality images of motorcycles. POW! or Picture Of the Week will bring the best photography of Motorcycle.com to you in exclusive desktop wallpapers available only through The Sidecar.

Celebrities on Motorcycles

Wed, 12 Nov 2008

Warren Buffett Could Buy 3.5Million 2009 Yamaha V-Max Motorcycles. Better ramp up production! Seen here, Billionaire financier Warren Buffett poses on a motorcycle during the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders meeting.

Uno Creation Scores Big

Tue, 11 Nov 2008

Ben Gulak from Milton, Ontario, Canada was on the TV show “The Dragons Den” last night trying to score some investment money to get his Uno creation off the ground. The reality show is based in Canada on the CBC where contestants pitch a business or product to a group of five high-powered investors who decide whether or not to invest their own money into it or pass. Gulak managed to get all five investors to cough up 1.25 million (CDN) for 20 percent of his company without even getting to touch, feel or try out one of the prototypes.

2009 Toyota Tundra Ducati Transporter

Tue, 11 Nov 2008

Motorcycling can be an expensive proposition. Those who take up the hobby to save money on gas find themselves spending a fortune on riding courses, gear and vanity signs that hang in their garage saying “Motorcycle Parking Only.” Others who get serious about the sport of motorcycle racing find themselves spending an arm and a leg on tires, replacement parts and silicon implants for the girls who hold their umbrellas for them in between heats. Yet another costly investment can be transporting your bike(s) to and from the track.

“The Allman Brothers” Bassist Remembered

Tue, 11 Nov 2008

Every year on the 11th day of the 11th month we pause to remember those who lost their lives and continue to make sacrifices for the freedom we are able to enjoy in our daily lives. This day also serves as a day that we should pause to reflect on two men who made a significant contribution to the world of music and were also fellow motorcycle riders who died while riding. One of the founding members and bassist from “The Allman Brothers”, Berry Oakley died from his injuries in a motorcycle accident 36 years ago today on November 11, 1972.

G.I. Joe’s Snake Eyes Rides a Buell

Mon, 10 Nov 2008

The folks over at HissTank.com got some images earlier in the week of a motorcycle moded for the beloved G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes (pictured below. The photographer did not survive…).

Naked Bikes Uncovered

Mon, 10 Nov 2008

Move over 2008 Playmate of the Year, Jayde Nicole – my fantasies are full of these naked beauties! Just last week we saw the launch of many new bikes at EICMA 2008. One of the new bikes, the BMW Lo Rider Concept hit the scene and drove right into many bikers fantasies.

Another Cruiser?

Sun, 09 Nov 2008

In a county gone mad with cruisers, from outrageous T.V. customs to 250cc Honda Rebels, the cruiser is the largest segment of the American motorcycle market. Interesting then, that despite a seeming glut in the cruiser supply, and receding sales figures from major OEMs in the past year, that new cruiser models keep coming.

The Best Racetrack You’ve Never Heard Of

Sat, 08 Nov 2008

Last week I had the opportunity to ride one of the best tracks in the world, but you’ve probably never heard of it. It’s called the Autopolis International Racing Course and is located in northern Kyushu, Japan, a 90-minute bus ride from the nearest city, Kumamoto. Autopolis is a wonderfully flowing, 2.9-mile track that rises and falls like a symphonic overture, with inclines that range up to 7.2% uphill, 10% downhill.

World Record Attempt, Nov 9th

Sat, 08 Nov 2008

I have to admit, I am a sucker for world record attempts. Normally simply a source of entertainment, this one actually has a meaning. The mission for “Bikers on Parade for the USA” is a world record attempt for the “Guinness World Records” to become the largest and longest Veteran’s Day motorcycle parade in the USA in a 23-mile non-stop parade.

Suzuki Unveils New Bandit 650 Range

Sat, 08 Nov 2008

In our ongoing coverage of everything worth covering and talking about and beating to death that happened at EICMA, Suzuki unveiled a new Bandit 650 range in Milan earlier this week. Both the 650 and 650SA models received styling and practical updates that bring a new sharp and dynamic look to the 2009 middleweight class. With new edgy styling, the naked Bandit 650 is headlined by sleeker modern headlights, and newly styled mirrors that make it resemble an angry bunny rabbit.

Motorcycle.com Weekly Community Round-up

Fri, 07 Nov 2008

Here are a few things going on around the Motorcycle.com Forum Network: Do you use your rear brake?? Another double question mark post. mrcubes2u on the Ducati Monster forums asks if you ever use your rear brakes.

Honda to produce V4 in 2010

Thu, 06 Nov 2008

Honda announced at EICMA that they intend to introduce a new V4 motorcycle in 2010. Very few details about the new bike have been released, only that it will be powered by Honda’s iconic V4 engine configuration. The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its V4 engine.

KTM Turns up the Heat in Milan

Thu, 06 Nov 2008

After attending a large consumer show of any kind, be it car, RV, boat or motorcycle, it often feels like the entire event was a blur. For that reason, I thought I would highlight some of the more noteworthy models shown at the EICMA show in Milan, starting with KTM. KTM is getting ready to race next year with the RC8 R, a superbike, which they unveiled in Milan this week.

POW! 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R at Autopolis

Thu, 06 Nov 2008

Each week I’ll be cracking open the galleries of Motorcycle.com and ripping out the best high-quality images of motorcycles. POW! or Picture Of the Week will bring the best photography of Motorcycle.com to you in exclusive desktop wallpapers available only through The Sidecar.

BMW Lo Rider Concept at EICMA

Wed, 05 Nov 2008

BMW Motorrad has unveiled a bold new concept bike at the EICMA show in Milan which they call a study in design and engineering. Using the words purist and powerful to describe the concept, BMW has left nothing but the essentials present in a truly naked motorcycle. One of the goals of this concept is to custom fit man and machine.

Wild Hogs Stolen?

Wed, 05 Nov 2008

Tim Allen and Boxing Cat Productions Inc. have been named in a lawsuit for allegedly stealing the “Wild Hogs” concept from a script given to him in 1999 by Battle One Productions Inc. The interesting part to the story is that the suit is for a measly $25,000.

Finally, a Gun Rack for your Motorcycle!

Wed, 05 Nov 2008

I can picture it now: You are out on your Kawasaki Ninja in the middle of the woods. You do a quick burn-out on the back of a small turtle and take off. You Weave left and right between the majestic pines and sorrow-filled willow trees as you speed along the mossy forest floor.

Prince Philip Diggs Hydrogen Motorcycles

Tue, 04 Nov 2008

The worlds first Hydrogen Fuel cell Motorcycle, the Intelligent Energy (IE) Env has been nominated for the prestigious Prince Philip Designers Prize. The Env is nominated among other mentionable designs such as the Aston Martin Vanquish, the Royal Opera House extension and the corporate identity of the Post Office. Despite being launched over 3 years ago (March 15th 2005) to universal acclaim in London, the bike just hasn’t caught the Princes eye until now.

MORE Exciting News from Ducati?

Tue, 04 Nov 2008

Ducati held its third Global dealer meeting this past weekend where it showed the cards up its sleeve. While Ducati unveiled the highly anticipated Streetfighter 1098, 1198, 1098R Bayliss replica and the M11 to press, it also showed dealers a fifth model. This model is so secret that security asked to see dealers’ mobile phones to make sure no photos were taken.

EICMA 2008: First Impressions

Mon, 03 Nov 2008

I have had a little walk around checking out the preparations for the show. I haven’t seen anything that I haven’t already seen or heard about previously, but here’s a selection from three of the halls. Yamaha are the only manufacturer to use an industrial crane to place some of its bikes up on high rise stands.

A Weighty Issue

Mon, 03 Nov 2008

For as long as I can remember, motorcycle manufacturers have been playing fast and loose with regard to what they claim for the weight of their bikes. The “dry weights” they foisted upon us had little basis in reality. The “dry” part of that claim meant that listed weights on a spec chart were the result of all fluids being MIA from the bike, including necessities like engine oil, coolant and fork fluid (not to mention fuel), but even that didn’t fully explain the overly optimistic specs.

No Passion

Sun, 02 Nov 2008

While thinking about an idea for a blog I happened upon the below unpublished blog while rooting around for some ideas. I it wrote last October, and after reading it I had a chuckle. Whadda ya think?

OEMs Plug into Electric Bikes

Sat, 01 Nov 2008

KTM introduced its prototype electric motorcycle earlier this week, and electric bike manufacturer Zero Motorcycles almost immediately responded by opening sales on its 2009 Zero X dirt bike (look for our review of the 2008 model next week!). But these two companies aren’t the only ones exploring the possibilities of electric-powered motorcycles. In September, Japan’s largest industrial information journal Nikkei Business Daily reported that both Honda and Yamaha have set target dates for launching their own electric-powered motorcycles.

Wanna Take Your Bike for a Spin Across the Lake?

Sat, 01 Nov 2008

If you’re anything like me you’ve spent hundreds of hours dreaming of the time you could ride a motorcycle across the water – perhaps even take a scenic ride to the Caribbean. Anybody…hello…Bueller? OK, I’ve never actually thought about it before in my life, but somebody has.

The Best Racing You’re Not Watching

Fri, 31 Oct 2008

I don’t think I’ll ever understand the American motorcycle racing fan. I recently rambled on how American race fans can’t hold a candle to the throngs of Euro bike race devotees. They may be a little crazy, but they routinely come out by the tens of thousands, and they’re rabid about the sport of roadracing.

Happy What?

Fri, 31 Oct 2008

For those paying attention to the motorcycle industry this year, you may have noticed how many anniversary models have launched. It’s a banner year for getting older. And it’s time again for Motorcycle.com to celebrate its birthday, on Saturday.

Motorcycles Claim More Marine Lives Than Combat in Iraq

Fri, 31 Oct 2008

Motorcycle accidents have allegedly taken more Marine lives in the last 12 months than enemy fire in Iraq, according to a recent report on CNN. Twenty-five Marines have suffered from fatal accidents in motorcycle crashes since November 2007. It was also noted that all but one of them involved sport bikes.