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Milan motorcycle show report

milan motorcycle show reportDecember 11th, 2014This month's Milan motorcycle show celebrated the centenary of an event that traditionally showcases the following year's new models. Rarely in those 100 years can the Italian halls have hosted a more exciting display than this year's, which confirmed that after several quiet years the motorcycle industry has burst into life in spectacular fashion.That's good news for British enthusiasts because Motorcycle Live, this country's biggest show, opens next Saturday (November 22). T…

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The fastest electric motorcycle on the market

the fastest electric motorcycle on the marketDecember 4th, 2014With a polite round of applause, the first owner of the fastest production electric motorcycle took the keys to his new ride. Sitting down just a few moments later, he slyly looked down and slid them onto the ring next to keys for his Tesla. His half-hour or so commute is now 17 minutes — legally, that is.I'm not in some gleaming garage or an airplane hangar, but in the second floor of Autodesk's headquarters in San Francisco. That's an odd place for a motorcycle, but it's also…

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Honda builds its 300,000,000 motorcycle

honda builds its 300,000,000 motorcycleDecember 1st, 2014Honda has built its 300 millionth motorcycle, crossing a milestone that few automakers have reached.The historic bike produced at its Kumamoto Factory in Japan was a top-of-the-line Gold Wing, which has a 1.8-liter engine and sells for over $24,000 -- a far cry from the humble 98cc Dream Type-D that kicked off production in 1949.It took the company nearly two decades to build its 10 millionth motorcycle in 1968, but only five more to reach 20 million in 1973, and things just ke…

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Indian Motorcycle unveils Long Beach IMS plans

indian motorcycle unveils long beach ims plansNovember 10th, 2014Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its itinerary for the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif., which takes place November 14-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Riders in southern California are encouraged to be among the first in the nation to take a demo ride on the stunning new 2015 Indian Scout, motorcycling’s hottest new middle-weight cruiser, the ultra-premium luxury touring Indian Roadmaster and the rest…

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Local veteran presented with a special Harley Davidson

local veteran presented with a special harley davidsonNovember 11th, 2014A local group is thanking local veterans for their service by giving away  special gifts in the form of two wheels. “Harley’s For Heroes” surprised veteran Shane Betts on Sunday with a newly rebuilt Harley Davidson motorcycle at Appalachian Harley Davidson in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. Twice a year, the group presents a classic-style Harley to wounded a veteran who has returned home from Iraq or Afghanistan. Each Harley is custom-built solely from donated pa…

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Five new bikes that upend motorcycle performance

five new bikes that upend motorcycle performanceNovember 12th, 2014Just as the motoring universe has begun to assimilate the incredible performance of cars such as the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Nissan GT-R Nismo, it now must prepare for an emerging crop of incomprehensibly fast motorcycles.Street-legal, two-wheeled hyper-speed is not new; the Kawasaki Ninja 900, Suzuki GSXR1100 and Honda Hurricane 1000 of the 1980s eradicated all prior performance benchmarks for street motorcycles. Such was their potency that a bil…

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Harley-Davidson Sets Goal to Plant 50 Million Trees Worldwide by 2025

harley-davidson sets goal to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025November 7th, 2014Harley-Davidson Sets Goal to Plant 50 Million Trees Worldwide by 2025Partnership Marks Expansion of The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees ProgramMILWAUKEE, Oct. 29, 2014 —Harley-Davidson®, together with The Nature Conservancy, is mobilizing its global community of riders to raise funds to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025 as part of its Renew the Ride™ initiative.Dedicated to the goal of preserving the open road for future generations of riders, Renew the Ride i…

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Harley-Davidson Partners with Wounded Warrior Project

harley-davidson partners with wounded warrior projectNovember 6th, 2014Harley-Davidson made a special delivery of new 2015 motorcycles to six U.S. military veterans, today. The surprise jumpstarts a new partnership between Harley-Davidson and Wounded Warrior Project to help improve the lives of service men and women living with post-traumatic stress disorder.Bill Davidson, great-grandson of company co-founder William A. Davidson, along with six Harley-Davidson employees who are veterans, rode the bikes – led by police motorcade – to Wounded Warrio…

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Parkland Toy Run delivers again

parkland toy run delivers againNovember 3rd, 2014About 50 motorcycles, a half dozen fire departments and a handful of cars participated in the 20th Annual Parkland Toy Run on Saturday to help Season of Hope.With temperatures in the early 40s late morning, most motorcycle riders gathered inside CiCi's Pizza before the ride began for free coffee, hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. Organizer Kevin Sumpter, president of the Parkland Cycle Servants, was pleased with the turnout. Members of several local motorcycle clubs such as the…

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Fifty things you’ll never do with an electric motorcycle

fifty things you’ll never do with an electric motorcycleOctober 31st, 2014Most of you are painfully aware that I have spent the last two years riding a 100% electric motorcycle, in my case a 2010 Zero DS.It’s true, I’m a little obsessed and not just because I’ve always liked riding bikes. For me, the real revelation is that an electric motorcycle can not only provide all the excitement of riding, but perhaps more excitingly I can now see that their applicability as a household energy storage appliance is inevitable.As much as I love my 2010 model, si…

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