March 2013 Motorcycle News

Honda builds new Camping Bike

honda builds new camping bikeMarch 25th, 2015Article written on Motorcycle-USA by Bryan Harley.Honda has had a habit of pushing the design envelope recently (think NM4 and CTX700). Apparently, the manufacturer’s engineers are at it again, this time with a motorcycle that’s part Ruckus, part scrambler, and outfitted to be an ideal motorcycle for camping.Honda unveiled the Bulldog concept model at the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015. The motorcycle is powered by a 399cc Inline two-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams. The …

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Indian Motorcycles Adding Screens To Bikes

indian motorcycles adding screens to bikesMarch 20th, 2015Article originally written on Forbes.Indian Motorcycles is adding screens to its motorcycles, bringing new-age technology to the classic bikes, said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris Industries, at the Forbes Reinventing American conference on Thursday.The screens would allow riders to see mileage counts, chart where they are going, check that their motorcycles don’t have any mechanical problems and control their music. “You’ve got to have loud music when y…

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Legendary Steve McQueen 1915 Cyclone motorcycle up for auction

legendary steve mcqueen 1915 cyclone motorcycle up for auctionMarch 11th, 2015Minnesota-based motorcycle manufacturer Joerns Motor Manufacturing Company didn't last long -- just a few short years, from 1912 to 1917. during that time, though, the company managed to produce one of the most highly prized pieces of motorcycling history -- the Cyclone.Because its production run was so short, very few of the original Cyclone motorcycles were made. The best estimates say around 300 were manufactured, with only six known to remain in existence today -- but they we…

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New 2016 Indian Chief Motorcycle

new 2016 indian chief motorcycleFebruary 16th, 2015Article originally written on Fox News.The Indian Chief Dark Horse will soon be cruising into showrooms. The new entry-level Chief has been stripped of most of its shiny bits, ditches the whitewall tires, and is finished in a menacing matte black paint scheme.Cast back wheels lower the profile even further, as does its single-seat saddle, which can be doubled-up as an option.Mechanically, the Dark Horse is all Chief and features the same torquey Thunder Stroke 111 cubic-inch V…

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Ewan McGregor on his vintage Italian motorcycle

ewan mcgregor on his vintage italian motorcycleFebruary 12th, 2015Fans of Ewan McGregor should not be surprised that the actor uses two wheels to get around Hollywood. After all, the Moulin Rouge star has created and starred in two television series about lengthy motorbike rides.On Tuesday the Scottish actor was spotted on his classic Italian motorcycle in Los Angeles.The 43-year-old looked a bit glum, probably because he's gotten a bad start to the new year; his film Mortdecai - which also starred Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow - bombed ba…

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Indian Motorcycle Announces 2016 Chief Dark Horse

indian motorcycle announces 2016 chief dark horseFebruary 11th, 2015Article originally written on motorcycle.comYesterday we brought you the news of Indian launching its newest model, the 2016 Chief Dark Horse, with a group ride through Chicago called the Dark Horse Challenge Ride. Today in an Indian press release, the company has officially announced the Dark Horse will be showcased in a consumer reveal spanning two continents.The Chief Dark Horse will be presented to American audiences at Chicago’s Progressive International Motorcycle Show, …

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Will Victory Beat Harley-Davidson

will victory beat harley-davidsonFebruary 10th, 2015Article originally written on greencarreports.comA patent for the name “Victory Charger” has been filed by Polaris with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Polaris recently bought the manufacturing business of electric-motorcycle maker Brammo; it's also the parent company of Victory Motorcycles, a manufacturer of cruiser-style bikes that compete against Harley Davidson. The Polaris patent is for “Electric motorcycles and structural parts therefor”, which appears to be a plac…

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Richmond motorcycle clubs reach out to homeless with barbecue

richmond motorcycle clubs reach out to homeless with barbecueJanuary 12th, 2015RICHMOND -- Residents of a transitional facility for the homeless were treated to food and clothing Saturday afternoon by members of local motorcycle clubs who collaborated on the good deed.Members from several Richmond-based clubs -- the All Access VIPs, the Fugitives, Road Runners, Show Kings, Four Horsemen, Bonafide Riders, Filthy Rich, Real Richmond and Elegant Ebony Ladies -- gathered at the West County Interim Housing Program at Brookside Shelter, bringing a barbecue to p…

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William Shatner to cross US on Rivet, a custom steampunk motorcycle

william shatner to cross us on rivet, a custom steampunk motorcycleJanuary 9th, 2014In a move worthy of Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner has started a company to create custom futuristic steampunk motorcycles — and will ride his own machine from Chicago to Los Angeles later this year to promote the brand.Shatner posted a link to the new company's website on his Facebook page."Excited about my partnership with American Wrench in forming Rivet Motors," the post reads. "This is the cycle of the future."Rivet is described as "a machine as distinguished and ico…

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Russian Startup Livemap Lands $300K Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet

russian startup livemap lands $300k grant for its motorcycle helmetJanuary 5th, 2015As we’re coming up on the next Consumer Electronics Show, I got an update from one of the companies that participated in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at the last CES — Russian startup Livemap.The Livemap team is working to create motorcycle helmets with voice control and GPS navigation directly in your field of vision — so while you’re riding, you can see directions in your helmet display without having to fiddle with another device or look away from the road. (Back in Janu…

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Motorcycles taking on a 70s design

motorcycles taking on a 70s designDecember 26th, 2014SEVENTIES STYLE IS ON A ROLL—especially in the realms of fashion, décor, and facial hair. That goes for the motorcycle world, too. New models, from Honda to Ducati, are being aimed at Gen-X riders, who, now in their 40s, are likely to gravitate toward the ’70s-style bikes they probably coveted as children. And with good reason: That was the decade when motorcycles evolved from toys into viable modes of transportation. Engines became more powerful and reliable, while suspension…

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Indian Scout 40 Groundbreakers

indian scout 40 groundbreakersDecember 23rd, 2014Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, announced it has joined forces with Rolling Stone in this week’s release of a chronology of the “40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of all Time,” exclusively presented by the groundbreaking new 2015 Indian Scout. The compilation by the editorial staff of Rolling Stone identifies the most “monumental musical statements that changed the world.”The chronological listing spans the nearly 60 years from Woody Guthrie’s 1940 “Dust Bow…

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Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members arrested after holiday toy drive

hells angels motorcycle club members arrested after holiday toy driveDecember 23rd, 2014Four members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club left a Christmas toy drive on Sunday only to be arrested on suspicion of drug and firearms charges.lRelated First of three storms brings more rain to Southern CaliforniaSheriff's officials said it's unclear what the men's roles were at the Ventura County toy drive. But in years past, the club has tried to shy away from its outlaw image. In Fresno, the Hells Angels have donated gifts during the holiday season to the Poverello Hou…

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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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2015 Indian Chieftain by Motorcycle USA

2015 indian chieftain by motorcycle usaOctober 28th, 2014The 2015 Indian Chieftain is a visually striking machine. Tall and regal in front, valanced fenders lending a touch of class, the Indian headdress logo gussying up its tank and a pearl of an engine at the center of it all. The massive engine is definitely a focal point, mushroom covers on large-diameter heads, cooling fins machined to a jewel-like sheen, stout parallel pushrod tubes hinting at the power lurking in the big bores beneath. The Blue and Ivory Cream paint job on our…

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Harley-Davidson: More Tech, Less Roar

harley-davidson: more tech, less roarOctober 28th, 2014While watching CNBC’s Squawk Box show last week, I heard Jim Cramer make the following comment:“You know… this may be more of a technology company than we think. It reads like a fantastic semiconductor company.”The company he was referring to?None other than Milwaukee’s motorcycle stalwart, Harley-Davidson (HOG).Now, I’ve heard Harley-Davidson get called many things in my day… but a tech company? Not so much.Is Cramer as mad as his Mad Money show? Or is there some truth to his …

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Motorcycle lane-splitting study finds: the more speed, the more danger

motorcycle lane-splitting study finds: the more speed, the more dangerOctober 23rd, 2014A yearlong California study of motorcycle lane-splitting has concluded the practice is no more dangerous than motorcycling in general, if the rider is traveling at speeds similar to or only slightly faster than the surrounding traffic.The maneuver becomes more dangerous, however, when a motorcyclist is speeding or riding more than 10 mph faster than the traffic the cyclist is passing.Lane-splitting occurs when a motorcyclist passes other vehicles by riding between them along th…

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Easy Rider motorcycle auctioned for $135m

easy rider motorcycle auctioned for $135mOctober 20th, 2014California auction house Profiles in History said bidding had been fierce but did not name the buyer.Reportedly used in the film's climactic crash scene, the Harley-Davidson was restored by actor Dan Haggerty.Yet the bike's authenticity has been questioned by another collector who claims he owns the actual chopper used.Gordon Granger of Texas also claims he has a certificate, signed by Grizzly Adams star Haggerty, proving his bike is the genuine article.Haggerty, who had a smal…

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Bikers v ISIS? Dutch motorcycle gang gets green light to fight Islamic State

bikers v isis? dutch motorcycle gang gets green light to fight islamic stateOctober 16th, 2014Article originally written on RT.com​Already battling airstrikes conducted by the US and its allies, the Islamic State now has another threat to look out for: a motorcycle gang from the Netherlands.Three members of the infamous Dutch biker gang “No Surrender” reportedly journeyed to Iraq and Syria last week in order to fight alongside Kurdish troops and against Islamic State (IS) militants.Now, commenting on the legality of that move, the Dutch public prosecutor said Tues…

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Behind The Motorcycles In Easy Rider, A Long-Obscured Story

behind the motorcycles in easy rider, a long-obscured storyOctober 13th, 2014On Oct. 18, the Calabasas, Calif.-based auction house Profiles In History will auction off what it says is the last authentic motorcycle used in the filming of 1969's Easy Rider, and what some consider the most famous motorcycle in the world.Peter Fonda, who played Wyatt in the Dennis Hopper-directed film, rode the so-called "Captain America" bike, named for its distinctive American flag color scheme and known for its sharply-angled long front end.The bike currently for sale wa…

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Why One Syrian Refugee Risked it All for a Motorcycle

why one syrian refugee risked it all for a motorcycleOctober 10th, 2014SURUC, Turkey -- Ahmed Sheikh Saleh visits the refugee camp nearly every day. He's well-known to many here: the tall, lanky man with thick grey hair. The man who smokes Gitanes and asks for news from home. The man with the motorcycle.Saleh, 45, is a refugee, too. But he doesn't live in the public park in this frontier city near the Syrian border, where families fleeing ISIS sleep in grassy patches underneath the boughs of old trees. In the morning, Saleh rides his cream-colored…

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Stolen Harley-Davidson motorcycle found after 42 years

stolen harley-davidson motorcycle found after 42 yearsOctober 9th, 2014Article originally written on ABC7.After 42 years, a stolen classic Harley-Davidson was found at the L.A./Long Beach seaport, and it's being returned to its rightful owner.North Carolina resident Edgar Johnson Junior reunited with his father's 1954 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide motorcycle on Thursday."Words can't describe how I'm feeling today," said Johnson. "It's wonderful."Johnson says someone stole the bike from his family's backyard in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1972. He sa…

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Man Loses Marriage and Job, Gains Motivation from 11,000-Mile Motorcycle Trip to Alaska

man loses marriage and job, gains motivation from 11,000-mile motorcycle trip to alaskaSeptember 29th, 2014Sebastiaan de With is a 26-year-old Dutch man living in San Francisco. He's a designer, photographer and motorcycle enthusiast.As he put it in a Reddit post: de With "got divorced, lost my job, so me and my buddy got on our motorcycles and rode North to the Alaskan Arctic until the road ran out."De With's journey from San Francisco to Anchorage, Alaska, took about two months roundtrip. He and his friend, Stuart Philkill, documented their journey (they're both photographers) w…

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Keanu Reeves motorcycle company debuts first bike

keanu reeves motorcycle company debuts first bikeSeptember 25th, 2014Keanu Reeves is setting out on another excellent adventure.The actor and motorcycle enthusiast has teamed up with bike builder Gard Hollinger to launch the Arch Motorcycle Company.The Los Angeles-based outfit has started taking orders for its first ride, the KRGT-1.Not just another custom rod, the big V-Twin features an all-original design built with handmade parts and powered by a unique 2032cc motor developed with S&S Cycle good for nearly 122 hp and 122 lb-ft of …

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This Burly, $65K Motorcycle Is Inspired by a Fighter Plane

this burly, $65k motorcycle is inspired by a fighter planeSeptember 23rd, 2014Birmingham, Alabama-based Confederate Motorcycles has been building fast, outrageously designed, limited run motorcycles for over two decades, and its creations have been by turns brilliant and insane. Their latest, the $65,000 X132 Hellcat Speedster, looks destined for the first pile. It’s a made-in-the-USA cruiser so gorgeous and powerful, you may be able to forgive its excess in price.The Hellcat Speedster is the latest in Confederate’s Hellcat series, which it’s been buil…

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Motorcycle restoration a loving tribute to Dennis Robinsons older brother, Steven

motorcycle restoration a loving tribute to dennis robinsons older brother, stevenSeptember 17th, 2014For years, Steven Robinson's Honda motorcycle was a painful reminder of his 2010 death in a traffic accident.Today, the restored bike stands as a gleaming tribute to a beloved brother and a life cut tragically short."It just amazes me to see it sitting there," said Dennis Robinson, growing emotional as he looked at his brother's motorcycle outside TBC Hot Rods and Bikes on Russell Street.Dennis Robinson, 54, said he grew up idolizing his older brother, relying on hi…

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A Rock Hill man is accused of stealing a motorcycle he borrowed for a charity

a rock hill man is accused of stealing a motorcycle he borrowed for a charitySeptember 10th, 2014ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill man is accused of stealing a motorcycle he borrowed for a charity bike ride last month.Vernon Nelson, 40, was arrested Tuesday and charged with breach of trust, according to Rock Hill Police.A woman told police she lent her 2009 Harley Davidson to Nelson on Aug. 22 so he could participate in a charity motorcycle ride the following day. He was supposed to return the bike two days later but he didn't. The woman hasn't been able to get in touch with him s…

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Harley-Davidson brings new electric motorcycle to Kansas City

harley-davidson brings new electric motorcycle to kansas citySeptember 9th, 2014Worth Harley-Davidson is offering people an opportunity to ride Harley-Davidson's first hand built, non-production, custom electric motorcycle from Thursday through Saturday.Project Livewire is not under production, but Harley-Davidson is taking it on a nationwide tour to get customer feedback. Just 35 of the motorcycles were built, and 11 are currently in Kansas City for the first time.The bike is a major change of pace for the motorcycle manufacturer that is known for its lo…

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Honda recalls 126K motorcycles for a 2nd time

honda recalls 126k motorcycles for a 2nd timeSeptember 8th, 2014Honda Motor Co. is recalling 126,000 motorcycles for a second time because their brakes can malfunction.The recall covers Honda's GL-1800 motorcycles for model years 2001-2010 and 2012. A problem with the secondary brake master cylinder can cause the rear brake to drag, potentially leading to a crash or fire.Honda had received 533 complaints through July 24, including reports of eight small fires. There have been no reports of crashes or injuries as a result of the problem.Hon…

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Harley rally to bring boost for economy

harley rally to bring boost for economySeptember 4th, 2014Rocky Mount is primed to hold one of its bigger events of the year on Friday.For the first time ever, the city is part of the NC State Harley Owners Group Rally, which is the largest factory-sponsored motorcycle organization in the world with nearly a million members around the globe. The annual event for Harley-Davidson riders is a four-day weekend of planned activities along U.S. 64 dubbed “Door to Door on 64,” starting Wednesday in Murphy, continuing today in Statesville, t…

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Motorcycles will roar for late biker legend Don Tilley

motorcycles will roar for late biker legend don tilleySeptember 2nd, 2014Hundreds of Harley riders will converge on Statesville Sunday to celebrate the life of Don Tilley, who died as he lived most of his 78 years: Riding a motorcycle with his wife.Tilley was a legend in racing and Harley-Davidson circles, having led all 20 of Kyle Petty’s “ Charity Ride Across America” treks to raise money for seriously ill children. He died when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville Friday evening.Robinette Tilley, his wif…

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Ozone in Colorado mountains surprises researchers

ozone in colorado mountains surprises researchersAugust 28th, 2014DENVER (AP) - Researchers say they're surprised by how much harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals are drifting into the Colorado mountains from urban and rural areas below.Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and NASA say an intensive examination of pollution along the northern Front Range found ozone all the way up to the Continental Divide.They say mountain ozone levels were similar to or greater than levels at lower elevations in some cas…

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Harleys Not Alone in the Electric Motorcycle Race

harleys not alone in the electric motorcycle raceAugust 27th, 2014Harley-Davidson’s (HOG) latest model is sure to induce cringes among many die-hard bikers: an electric motorcycle. Project Livewire, now in beta and touring the U.S. to give test rides to Harley fans, boasts zero emissions, far less noise than a standard Harley, and no gearbox. The all-electric motorcycle is missing quite a few of the attributes that make a Harley what it is.Considering this is a company that famously attempted to trademark the distinctive sound made by a Harley…

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Sikhs denied exemption from Ontario’s motorcycle helmet law

sikhs denied exemption from ontario’s motorcycle helmet lawAugust 26th, 2014Motorcycle-riding Sikhs in Ontario will not be exempted from the province’s helmet law, Premier Kathleen Wynne has decided.The Canadian Sikh Association says it received a letter last week from Wynne stating the Liberal government, for safety reasons, will not allow Sikh motorcycle riders to wear only turbans as British Columbia and Manitoba currently allow.“After careful deliberation, we have determined that we will not grant this type of exemption as it would pose a road safet…

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Justin Bieber nearly crashes into pedestrian while illegally riding motorcycle on sidewalk

justin bieber nearly crashes into pedestrian while illegally riding motorcycle on sidewalkAugust 25th, 2014Justin Bieber had a close call on the road.The 'Baby' singer took his Can-Am Spyder 3-wheeled motorcyle for a joyride in Beverly Hills on Thursday. In trying to avoid traffic, he nearly hit a pedestrian, according to TMZ.Bieber, clad in a flannel shirt and jeans, illegally moved his bike onto the sidewalk after encountering bumper-to-bumper traffic. On his way off the sidewalk and back on to the street, he nearly hit an elderly woman who was using a walker.The close encounter di…

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High-End Motorcycles Meet Indias Mopeds

high-end motorcycles meet indias mopedsAugust 22nd, 2014Workers at Erik Buell Racing have spent the past year building motorcycles for rich men who like to move fast. EBR’s newest model, the 1190SX, went on sale in July for $16,995 and is a good choice for “someone who’s looking to go 110 miles per hour on the racetrack,” says Anthony Galimberti, co-owner of Big Boyz Toys, a motorcycle dealership in Marlboro, N.Y. Although the company is known for building powerful trophy bikes, two-thirds of EBR’s 150 workers spend most of their tim…

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Lorenzen Wrights motorcycle to be sold at auction

lorenzen wrights motorcycle to be sold at auctionAugust 19th, 2014A custom motorcycle built specifically for the former University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies player Lorenzen Wright will be auctioned Aug. 22.The motorcycle was built in 2008 to fit the 6-foot-11-inch Wright by Carl Brouhard, a nationally known custom motorcycle builder. It will be auctioned at noon at Morris Auction Center, located at 2687 Mt. Moriah Terrace. It will be available for inspection Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.“This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to …

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Indian Motorcycle riding high as retro chic rules the road

indian motorcycle riding high as retro chic rules the roadAugust 18th, 2014Article originally written on Houston Chronicle.Ronald Richards of west Houston has been riding motorcycles for 40 of his 60 years. But the retired military serviceman says the Indian Chieftain he bought a month ago is "unlike any I've ever owned" in terms of the attention he gets while riding it.Greg White, a 63-year-old energy business owner in Sugar Land, heartily agrees. Crowds sometimes gather when he pulls up to a gasoline pump on his Indian Vintage with leather …

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Like America, Hormel motorcycle is fueled by bacon

like america, hormel motorcycle is fueled by baconAugust 15th, 2014Article originally written on CNet.To promote the company's reputation as America's favorite doughnut shop, Dunkin' Donuts created the slogan "America Runs on Dunkin'." Now, I'm not calling Dunkin' a liar, but everyone knows that America really runs on bacon, and Hormel Foods has set out to prove it.San Diego is hosting the International Bacon Film Festival at the USS Midway Museum on August 29. To promote the event, Hormel, one of the most prolific bacon makers in the country, …

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CHP stuck in the middle on motorcycle lane-splitting

chp stuck in the middle on motorcycle lane-splittingAugust 13th, 2014The California Highway Patrol has withdrawn its safety guidance on motorcycle lane-splitting.The law enforcement agency two weeks ago quietly removed from its website a series of recommendations for riders using the popular traffic-avoidance practice, one often reviled by automobile drivers.Lane-splitting, or lane-filtering, is the term used to describe motorcyclists riding in the space between lanes, usually on freeways, and usually when the traffic has slowed or stopped. Relat…

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Skully heads-up display motorcycle helmet now available for preorder

skully heads-up display motorcycle helmet now available for preorderAugust 12th, 2014The Skully AR-1, a high-tech helmet aimed at making motorcycle riding safer by letting riders see what’s behind them, is now available for preorder.The helmet is being sold exclusively on Indiegogo for $1399 and is expected to ship in May 2015. The price of the helmet will go up to $1499 after a 30-day campaign. The helmet features a heads-up display that shows a live feed from a nearly 180-degree rearview camera. The view of the back of the road is displayed outside of the…

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US safety agency opens probe into Can-Am Spyder motorcycle fires

us safety agency opens probe into can-am spyder motorcycle firesAugust 11th, 2014DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.The probe covers about 52,000 motorcycles from the 2008 through 2014 model years.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Friday that the fires appear to be unrelated to three recalls of the motorcycles. One Spyder was destroyed last month in a fire while being used by the Morgantown, West Virginia, Police Department. Another …

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Harley-Davidson Makes An Electric Motorcycle

harley-davidson makes an electric motorcycleAugust 8th, 2014Harley-Davidson unveiling of a new electric motorcycle sent serious energy through the industry last week. Shares of Harley-Davidson Inc. rose significantly after the manufacturer unveiled images of “Project LiveWire,” and websites reported record-level traffic after covering the news.The announcement also created buzz for brands already making electric bikes. ZERO Motorcycles President Scot Harden said web traffic more than doubled the day Harley announced LiveWire, while the co…

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Guardian Helmet to Save Lives

guardian helmet to save livesAugust 7th, 2014It's the Google Glass for motorcyclists.A new high-tech helmet could change the way riders take to the road, and combines augmented reality with several other high-tech features to keep bikers safe.The helmet, called the Guardian GA-1, is the brainchild of Ryan Shearman, the founder and CEO of Fusar Tech."Riding in the city is akin to running with the bulls," the 27-year-old Hoboken resident told the Daily News. "It takes quite a brave individual to ride a bike in Manhattan."Shea…

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Victorian Government rejects proposal to allow riders to weave through stationary traffic

victorian government rejects proposal to allow riders to weave through stationary trafficAugust 6th, 2014A proposal to allow motorbike and scooter riders to weave through slow-moving or stationary traffic has been rejected by the Victorian Government.The Opposition has promised to amend legislation allowing so-called "filtering" if it wins government in November's state election.Labor's spokesman for roads Luke Donnellan said the move would be a "win-win for everybody"."We think it's time for the Government to act, so we're jumping on the front foot and saying let's get movi…

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The Indian Scout motorcycle returns for $10,999

the indian scout motorcycle returns for $10,999August 4th, 2014It’s not the world’s fastest Indian, but for now it’s the smallest.The recently reborn Indian Motorcycle company has resurrected the legendary Scout name for its new entry level bike.The $10,999 cruiser is powered by an all-new 69 cubic inch twin that’s rated at 100 hp and 72 lb-ft of torque and finished with heritage design cues. A modern aluminum frame helps provide a low curb weight of 558 pounds, and a low seating position to go with it. The Scout’s long gas tank hearkens bac…

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Indian Motorcycles Revival Isnt Done Yet

indian motorcycles revival isnt done yetAugust 1st, 2014After a year of success with its revived lineup of Indian Motorcycles,  Polaris Industries is rolling into this weekend’s huge motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.Dakota, with strong momentum and at least one more surprise in store.It’s been a year since Indian unveiled three new models at Sturgis in a bid to challenge market leader Harley-Davidson. This week, it added a fourth, the $26,999 Roadmaster, a new luxury touring bike that will serve as the brand’s flagship. On Saturday…

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New Illinois Motorcycle Law for 600CC

new illinois motorcycle law for 600ccJuly 30th, 2014After graduating from Illinois' motorcycle safety class, instructors say, some students rush out and buy a monster racing bike that can go 140 mph — and they can't handle it. "Motorcycles keep getting bigger," said Scott Mochinski, a safety class administrator. "They're higher-risk, much heavier, and more powerful. … If you've never ridden and you're bringing in a big heavy motorcycle, it's very difficult." Yet to get a motorcycle classification on a driver's license…

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Motorcycle by Orange County Choppers honors fallen firefighters

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Safe ride is top rule of the road

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Flying motorcycle now on sale

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Motorcycle riders come to blows by the side of track after crashing out during grand prix

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Indian Motorcycle Sturgis to host open house

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Indian is 61 years young

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Meet Honda’s anime-inspired NM4 Vultus motorcycle

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Military developing stealth motorcycle

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2015 Indian Motorcycles to Debut at Sturgis

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Sturgis to be taken by Indian

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Indian Motorcycle roars back into business with new shop in Olathe

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LAPD now using new Zero MMX stealth electric motorcycle

lapd now using new zero mmx stealth electric motorcycle June 23rd, 2014A new super stealthy, military-grade motorcycle is now on the prowl in Los Angeles, quietly hunting criminals in hard-to-reach places.The Los Angeles Police Department has purchased the sleek new Zero MMX electric motorcycle for its fleet of off-road patrol units, cops confirmed to the Daily News.The MMX — which runs about $15,000 but is not for sale to civilians — can zip covertly along park trails and even through buildings thanks to its virtually soundless, zero-emissions desig…

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Sturgis 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Man ticketed after boy found tied to motorcycle

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Miranda Lambert Gives Carrie Underwood a Motorcycle

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Bultaco is Back but With Electric Motorcycles

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Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India sets target to sell 45 lakh units in FY15

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Honda to launch two new motorcycles by second quarter

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Barber Recognized by Guinness as World’s Largest Motorcycle Museum

barber recognized by guinness as world’s largest motorcycle museumMay 13th, 2014Guinness World Records has officially recognized the Barber Motorsports Museum as the world’s largest motorcycle museum in the world. The 144,000-square-foot, five-story museum is home to nearly 1400 motorcycles, of which about 700 are on exhibit. We’ve featured the Barber Museum before, and are completely blown away each time we step foot within its doors. It’s simply awe-inspiring.The museum opened in its current location at the 830-acre Barber Motorsports Park in 2003. George Ba…

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How gas prices relate to motorcycle fatalities

how gas prices relate to motorcycle fatalitiesMay 9th, 2014While traffic fatalities have dropped to record lows in recent years, motorcycle deaths have risen, reflecting both an increase in the number of riders and the inherent vulnerability of the vehicles.And researchers have found a strong relationship between gasoline prices and motorcycle fatalities: As gas prices rise, so do the number of fatalities, and falling gas prices tend to be mirrored by reduced numbers of motorcycle deaths.Safety experts speculate that is because higher gas p…

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motorcycle show putting a 4-wheeled spin on offeringsMay 2nd, 2014The motorcycle industry is growing extra wheels.Many manufacturers at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show are using the event to promote vehicles that aren't motorcycles at all. They'll be trumpeting their side-by-sides — four-wheel-drive off-road vehicles that are a cross between a souped-up golf cart and a downsized dune buggy.To be sure, the manufacturers' main interest in the motorcycle show is still motorcycles. The annual gathering in Long Beach is their c…

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Suzuki Motorcycle aims to sell half a million units

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ABATE to promote motorcycle safety May 3

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Michigan lawmakers close motorcycle safety loophole by limiting temporary permits

michigan lawmakers close motorcycle safety loophole by limiting temporary permitsApril 22nd, 2014LANSING, MI -- Michigan motorcycle riders will have to take off the proverbial training wheels and obtain a full operating endorsement after two seasons on the road under legislation headed to the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder.House Bill 4781, unanimously approved by the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, closes a loophole in state law allowing motorcycle operators to obtain a Temporary Instruction Permit each season without ever completing a skills test required for endorsement.The permits …

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Honda CB Shine becomes Indias all time highest selling 125cc motorcycle

honda cb shine becomes indias all time highest selling 125cc motorcycleApril 21st, 2014India's second largest two-wheeler company Honda Motorcycles & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has a reason to celebrate. The company has set a new milestone today by selling over 30 lakh units of CB Shine. The Honda CB Shine has become 'India's all time highest selling 125cc motorcycle' and also First Ever 125cc motorcycle to achieve 30 lakh unit mark.Globally as well, the CB Shine has become Honda Japan's top selling motorcycle across Honda's two-wheeler operations worldwide…

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Motorcycle Crew Has One Requirement, and It Isn’t a License

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MSF Updates Basic Rider Course Curriculum

msf updates basic rider course curriculumApril 9th, 2014 The next phase in motorcycle rider training launched in a Kansas suburb over the weekend. Johnson County Community College became the first site to use the updated Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse that now includes online training, greater emphasis on rider behavior, and additional focus on emergency responses in real-world traffic.One of the major revisions to the BRC is the inclusion of the MSF Basic eCourse, which students take prior to attending the in-person cl…

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Senators refuse to water down helmet law

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2015 Honda NM4 Revealed

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Motorcycle riders say noise bylaw a double standard

motorcycle riders say noise bylaw a double standardMarch 20th, 2014Article originally written on http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca The debate over noisy vehicles in Saskatoon is far from over and opposition to a proposed city bylaw that would muzzle motorcycles is growing louder.The city wants to implement new methods to target excessively loud vehicles but some say that sets a double standard.Motorcycle rider Neil Nemeth says he doesn’t think the proposed bylaw is being fairly applied. While it’s aimed at cracking down on all vehicles that emit …

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Highest Motorcycle Ownership Per Capita

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Ride a Motorcycle 1000 Miles in 24 Hours

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Four juveniles caught trying to steal motorcycle

four juveniles caught trying to steal motorcycleMarch 11th, 2014NASHIK: The Nashik Road police recovered 11 two-wheelers from four juveniles after they were caught red-handed stealing a motorcycle from the Nashik Road railway station on Monday morning.All four are residents of Nashik Road area and Class X students of a school. Stealing motorcycles was a thrill for the group; they abandoned the stolen bikes after these ran out of fuel."With repeated incidents of vehicle thefts being reported in the city, we had deployed plainclothes police per…

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An Ultra-Compact Motorcycle Made for City Sprints

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Road Hog: $1 Million Motorcycle Coming Soon

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Motorcycle lane filtering to be legalised

motorcycle lane filtering to be legalised February 27th, 2014The practice, also known as lane splitting, is common elsewhere in the world but Australian riders can currently be penalised by police.NSW Transport Minister Duncan Gay says the shift is part of a package of changes to ease road congestion and improve motorcycle safety."We held a successful trial in Sydney CBD last year of motorcyclists being exempt from existing lane filtering laws in an attempt to ease road congestion and measure potential safety issues for other road users…

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5 Things Not to Say to a Motorcycle Rider

5 things not to say to a motorcycle riderFebruary 21st, 2014Hello non-motorcycle riders. I want to take a minute to talk about motorcycle conversation etiquette. I'm talking about that awkward moment where you see someone carrying a helmet in the coffee line and you strike up a conversation. You don't really know what to say and perhaps you feel terrified of ever being on a motorcycle or you have a friend of a friend of friend who had a bad experience. Here are some commonly-said phrases which no one should really say beca…

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Tron designer creates Lotus motorcycle minus the blue glow

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This Motorcycle Maker Faces Headwinds Abroad

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Honda Releases Six New 2014 Models

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New York man missing in Mexico during motorcycle trip

new york man missing in mexico during motorcycle tripFebruary 11th, 2014A 32-year-old New York man has been missing for almost two weeks while on a motorcycle trip through Latin America.According to the New York Daily News, Harry Devert, from Pelham, has not been heard from since Jan. 25 while riding his motorcycle through Mexico. "Just got an hour and a half long escort out of some area it was too dangerous for me to be," he told his girlfriend, Sarah Schiear, through WhatsApp. "Gonna get back on the road soon. Apparently there's another military…

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Pope Auctions off his Harley

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Ohio man buried riding his 1967 Harley-Davidson

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Indian Maker Hero Unveils Diesel-Engined Motorcycle Concept

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Ducati tops motorcycle sales

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Suzuki Motorcycle launches new scooter bike to roll out more

suzuki motorcycle launches new scooter bike to roll out moreJanuary 27th, 2014Japanese two-wheeler maker SuzukiMotorcycle, which today unveiled two new products -- a scooter and a motorcycle -- said it will launch two more products in the country this calender year to enhance its market share in the world's second largest two-wheeler market.The company currently commands 16 per cent pie in the domestic scooter space while just one per cent in the motorcycle segment.The company has also roped in Bollywood actress Parineeti  Chopra to endorse its new …

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Indian Motorcycles Roar Into India

indian motorcycles roar into indiaJanuary 24th, 2014One of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brands, Indian Motorcycles, arrived in India Wednesday, hoping to ride the surging demand for big bikes. The company unveiled its lineup of three motorcycles, each with a 1,811-cubic centimeter engine and a throaty exhaust.They come with technologies that, in India, generally are associated with premium cars, including cruise control, anti-lock braking systems, keyless starter, leather seats, smartphone connectivity and a high-end stere…

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Lotus C-01 motorcycle shows its carbon-fiber face

lotus c-01 motorcycle shows its carbon-fiber faceJanuary 20th, 2014Well, this isn't exactly what we were expecting. The images you see above come from Motorcycle News in the UK and are apparently official renderings of what the upcoming Lotus C-01 motorcycle will look like. As you can see, it's sort of a power cruiser, with a raked-out front end and extremely wide rubber out back.Power will reportedly come from a liquid-cooled V-twin engine sourced from KTM, similar to the one used in the Austrian's brand's own RC8R, but tuned to produce aroun…

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Marauding Motorcyclists Go Hog Wild Outside Manhattan Funeral Home

marauding motorcyclists go hog wild outside manhattan funeral homeJanuary 16th, 2014The recklessness behavior unfolded in the same neighborhood where bikers dragged an SUV driver out of his car last September and brutally beat him in front of his wife and child, as multiple officers allegedly stood by and did nothing. The witness who uploaded this video yesterday writes:"A motorcycle gang closes Broadway and intimidates the public on January 12, 2014, just two blocks from the police station house, and in the same precinct where last summer, another motorcycle …

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Motorcycle rider, two fans killed at Dakar Rally

motorcycle rider, two fans killed at dakar rallyJanuary 15th, 2014CATAMARCA, Argentina (AP) — Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante has died at the Dakar Rally, organizers said Friday.Organizers said they went out looking for the 50-year-old Palante after he failed to finish the fifth stage, which most riders completed on Thursday, and found his body along the route.The cause of death was being investigated, and officials offered few details.This was Palante's 11th Dakar Rally, according to an event biography, which said he would ha…

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Indian Motorcycle Weekends at Washington IMS

indian motorcycle weekends at washington imsJanuary 14th, 2014Indian Motorcycle will be in Washington, DC starting this Friday at 3 p.m. as part of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS). Riders who attend the IMS at the Washington Convention Center will be treated to a variety of events throughout the weekend – many of which honor the US service personnel stationed in the DC area.As part of Indian’s efforts to support and honor our military, admission to Stars and Stripes Saturday Sponsored by Indian Motorcycle will be free …

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Upcoming Lotus Motorcycle Rumored to Pack a 200 HP V-Twin Engine

upcoming lotus motorcycle rumored to pack a 200 hp v-twin engineJanuary 13th, 2014It's about half a year since Lotus announced they were working to have their first motorcycle ready, and that it was to be a hyper bike.Voices in the industry close to Lotus claim that the C-01 is powered by a v-twin mill which produces around 170 hp in its stock trim, but which has been tuned to ring the bell at 200 horsepower in the Lotus version. The manufacturer of the engine was not disclosed yet, but we can just take a look around and gather the 170 hp-ish v-twin engines …

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Indian Announces Honoring Heroes Incentive Program

indian announces honoring heroes incentive programJanuary 10th, 2014Today, Indian Motorcycle announced the Honoring Heroes incentive program which supports North American military personnel. Furthering a “nearly 100 year commitment to Armed Forces,” Indian will give any active, reserve, National Guard, and retired military personnel a $1,000 incentive towards the purchase of any new Indian Chief models.Those who follow Indian Motorcycle news most likely know that the Honoring Heroes program for all U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces personnel is an…

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Royal Enfield Bullet: India’s cult motorcycle takes on the world

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Honda presents the Dakar Rally bike: New CRF450 Rally

honda presents the dakar rally bike: new crf450 rallyJanuary 8th, 2014All Team HRC are in Rosario awaiting the Dakar Rally scrutineering after the shakedown held at the Otamendi track, near the Honda Campana factory. Team HRC Team Director, Katsumi Yamazaki describes Honda’s new weapon, the CRF450 RALLY.TEAM HRC returned to Dakar Rally in January 2013, for the first time after a 24 year absence, aboard a CRF450 RALLY prototype based on the commercial CRF450X enduro model Honda. The 2013 Dakar Rally generated valuable information on key areas such …

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Flossie The Robot Can Ride A Motorcycle Better Than You

flossie the robot can ride a motorcycle better than youJanuary 2nd, 2014Meet Flossie, Castrol lubricant’s robotic motorcycle test rider. Able to be fitted onto any motorcycle or scooter, Flossie can ride almost any two-wheeler that’s strapped to a chassis dynamometer.Castrol use Flossie to test a variety of lubricants for a wide range of motorcycle products. Like some of the best human riders, “It [Flossie] is equipped with a self learning mode to enable it to know the gear change pattern, clutch feel and throttle response of the bike – just like an…

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Mission Motorcycles Co-Founder to be sued

mission motorcycles co-founder to be suedDecember 30th, 2013FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who co-founded a company that makes electric motorcycles is being sued by the company over stock shares.Fort Lee resident Vincent Ip co-founded Mission Motorcycles of San Francisco. The company makes high-end, electric-powered motorcycles that Time magazine calls one of the top inventions of 2013.Ip was terminated in November for what the company's lawsuit calls unprofessional behavior including physical threats.The company claims a stock…

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Biker gang that beat dad in Washington Heights likely facing lesser charges

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BMW R nineT by Urban Motor

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Indian Motorcycle Unveils The Big Chief Custom

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Indian Motorcycle in BA part of iconic brands revival

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Cotton motorcycle presented to Gloucester Folk Museum

cotton motorcycle presented to gloucester folk museumDecember 11th, 2013Article originally written on BBC.The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust (BMCT) will loan the only surviving Mark 1 Telstar in its original form to the city's folk museum.It was restored in the US and was recently bought by the trust and shipped to the UK.Cottons were made in Gloucester between 1919 and 1978. Only 16 Mark 1s were ever made.Andy Bufton, from the trust, said he was delighted that the bike, with frame number five, would be put on permanent display."It was rest…

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS

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2013 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show Report

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Illinois: Sports team license plates now available for motorcycles

illinois: sports team license plates now available for motorcyclesDecember 5th, 2013Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) expanding the Illinois sports teams’ series to include motorcycle license plates was signed into law Aug. 9 by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D).Twenty-five dollars from each motorcycle license plate will support the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund, with proceeds going to the Common School Fund, which supports public schools throughout the state of Illinois.“I am proud to make these license plates available …

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Co-host of HGTVs Curb Appeal dies in San Francisco motorcycle crash

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Polaris reintroduces Indian motorcycles

polaris reintroduces indian motorcyclesDecember 3rd, 2013Article originally written on LA Times.Three years ago Polaris Industries bought the historic Indian motorcycle brand and vowed to make it roar again.The results of that boast have hit the streets, in the form of three mighty machines — the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain.The rollout represents a roll of the dice for the successful powersports company, which has managed to bring the three entirely new motorcycles to market in 27 months fr…

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New York City is motorcycle theft capital

new york city is motorcycle theft capitalDecember 2nd, 2013Article originally written on USA Today.How long does it take to steal a motorcycle?A New York minute.New York is the nation's capital of motorcycle thievery, followed by swingin' Las Vegas, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports. Next comes San Diego, Indianapolis and Miami.Overall, just like when it comes to car thefts, motorcycle thefts have been dropping. In 2012, the year in which the NICB bases its analysis, they amounted to 46,061 ripped-off bikes, down …

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Motorcycle thefts: Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki most stolen brands

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Motorcycle sales throttle up again in Wisconsin

motorcycle sales throttle up again in wisconsinNovember 25th, 2013Article originally written on JS Online.The long motorcycle recession may finally be over, with national sales edging upward and Wisconsin bike registrations up considerably from five years ago.Recent data from the Motorcycle Industry Council, published in trade journals, shows a 0.9% year-over-year sales gain for the third quarter, erasing a 5.2% decline registered through the end of the second quarter.Sales of off-highway and dual-sport bikes showed the greatest percentage g…

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Biker cop changed story about his role motorcycle mob attack

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Motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli dies in crash

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MPD officer caught on video drag racing gets his job back

mpd officer caught on video drag racing gets his job backNovember 15th, 2013Article originally written on WSFA.The Montgomery Police Department is confirming that the motorcycle officer who was captured on video drag racing with a private citizen will get his job back.WSFA 12 News first reported the story earlier this week after video of the race was posted on YouTube. The story has since gone viral with national reports from outlets such as CNN and NBC's Today Show.It didn't take long before MPD officials found out about the YouTube video. The office…

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Alabama cop caught on video drag racing

alabama cop caught on video drag racingNovember 14th, 2013Article originally written on NY Daily News.A turbo-charged Alabama cop’s career hit a wall this week after he was busted on camera drag racing with his motorcycle while on duty.The unidentified Montgomery police officer turned in his badge after a local biker, Lawrence Lee Spillers, posted video of the race on YouTube on Sunday, WSFA-TV reported.The five-minute clip begins with the officer pulling up to Spillers, who was riding a sport bike, at a red light.Spillers chatted wi…

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Motorcycle enthusiasts form club to restore vintage bikes

motorcycle enthusiasts form club to restore vintage bikesNovember 13th, 2013Article originally written on Daily Mail.Vintage motorcycle enthusiasts in the Mountain State now have a way to connect with similarly minded individuals in their home state.A group of motorcyclists has successfully petitioned the Antique Motorcycle Club of America for a new chapter in West Virginia. The chapter's charter was approved earlier this month, and was in the hands of the chapter's president, Rick Rogers, last week."The objective is to promote the restoration of vint…

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Motorcycle event collects holiday gifts for children

motorcycle event collects holiday gifts for childrenMotorcycle enthusiasts on Saturday held their Hamilton County Toy Run to collect toys for Partnership children.Motorcycle rides were offered for free to collect holiday toys for children affected by domestic violence and homelessness, a news release said. The rides began at 11 a.m. at Sportsman's Warehouse and concluded at Charlie's Restaurant and Lounge in Soddy-Daisy.Non-riders also brought donations of unwrapped toys to Charlie's.The toys collected from Saturday will serve as presents t…

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New York undercover cop indicted in SUV-motorcycle clash

new york undercover cop indicted in suv-motorcycle clashNovember 11th, 2013Article originally written on LA Times.A grand jury in New York has indicted an undercover detective who took part in a violent clash between motorcyclists and an SUV driver, an incident which gained nationwide attention after video of the altercation swept across the Internet.Wojciech Braszczok was indicted on nine different charges, including first-degree gang assault, first- and second-degree assault, riot and coercion, according to court records.Braszczok, 32, would face u…

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Motorcycle ride lands teen in history’s cross hairs

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Harley-Davidson launches small motorcycle lineup

harley-davidson launches small motorcycle lineupNovember 7th, 2013Article originally written on Fox News.Should we call them piglets?Harley-Davidson has launched a new lineup of small, affordable motorcycles aimed at urban and emerging markets.The Street 500 and Street 750 are powered, respectively, by all-new 500 cc and 750 cc versions of Harley’s V-twin Revolution engine, dubbed Revolution X. The two-seaters feature six-speed manual transmissions and belt drive.Harley says they were designed to offer greater agility and response for use on …

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Harley reveals all new Street 750 and 500 urban V-twins

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The ultimate Triumph: Stolen motorcycle retrieved 46 years later

the ultimate triumph: stolen motorcycle retrieved 46 years laterNovember 5th, 2013Article originally written on LA Times.More than 46 years after his $300 Triumph motorcycle was stolen from his backyard, a Nebraska man, now 72, has been reunited with his bike, U.S. customs officials announced Monday.The man’s blue and black Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle was en route to Japan from the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports complex when it was recovered Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said. The bike was stolen in early February 1967 from the man’s…

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Hondas Grom mini-motorcycle is flying off dealer lots

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Pink slams critics over daughters motorcycle ride

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3 Calif kids hurt when gun on cops motorcycle fires

3 calif kids hurt when gun on cops motorcycle firesOctober 28th, 2013Article originally written on USA Today.Three California elementary school students suffered minor injuries Wednesday when a gun mounted on a police motorcycle discharged during a safety demonstration at an anti-drug event.The students were not hit by gunfire in the "accidental misfire" at Newman Elementary School about 11:15 a.m. PT, said Chino Police Department spokeswoman Tamrin Olden. Two were treated at a hospital for cuts and one was treated for cuts and scrapes at the sc…

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Video emerges in bikers’ brutal assault on Henry Hudson Parkway driver

video emerges in bikers’ brutal assault on henry hudson parkway driverOctober 23rd, 2013Article originally written on NY Daily News.Graphic video surfaced Tuesday showing a Manhattan father being dragged from his luxury SUV by a mob of bikers yelling profanities and demanding that the victim “get out!”The 19-second clip shows Alexian Lien, 33, being pulled from his Range Rover by his head and thrown to the ground in the vicious Sept. 29 beatdown.The new video was obtained by WABC Channel 7, which reported it came from a witness to the assault that capped a 4-mile …

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Enterprise Enters Motorcycle Rental Biz in Vegas

enterprise enters motorcycle rental biz in vegasOctober 21st, 2013Article originally written on ABC News.Enterprise Rent-A-Car is taking a leap into the motorcycle business with a new, Las Vegas-based fleet of Harley-Davidsons.The company better known for four-wheeled vehicles launched its two-wheeled line on Wednesday, marking the first time a major car rental company is offering motorcycles in the U.S.Enterprise Vice President Steve Short says the company started the pilot program in Sin City because it sees opportunity among tourists who w…

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Skully fits heads-up display into motorcycle helmet

skully fits heads-up display into motorcycle helmetOctober 16th, 2013Article originally written on Tech Hive.Ask a hundred entrepreneurs where they draw inspiration and you’ll probably get a hundred different answers, but few are likely to be as unusual as that of Marcus Weller. The CEO of Skully Helmets came up with his idea for a high-tech motorcycle helmet after smashing into a car on a street in Barcelona.“I was looking at a street sign when the car in front slammed on its brakes and I hit it,” he said.Weller thinks the accident wouldn’t hav…

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Elk chases couple on motorcycle in Montana, USA

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Govt shutdown shuts down Sanford Biketoberfest air show

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Jeff Oldnettle tells tales from the trail after motorcycle tour of Alaska

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Three NYPD cops took part in Road Rage Incedent

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After Road Rage Motorcycle Clubs Combat Image Problem

after road rage motorcycle clubs combat image problemOctober 4th, 2013Article originally written on Fox.As Alexian Lien recovers from Sunday’s vicious beating by a throng of pissed-off bikers in New York City, motorcycle clubs around the nation are working to deflect the blame cast upon them in the wake of the Harlem violent encounter. The bikers involved in the beating, during which Lien was ripped out of his black Range Rover after being chased by the motorcyclists angered after he bumped into their crew, were part of group called H…

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Man in Coma after Road Rage in NYC

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German journalist makes charity visit to central Vietnam by motorcycle

german journalist makes charity visit to central vietnam by motorcycleSeptember 30th, 2013Journalist Lothar A. Baltrusch has travelled 15,000 km by his motorbike from Germany to Vietnam to see a poor girl in the central province of Quang Tri.The German journalist arrived in Vietnam on July 9 after he left Schwerte city, Germany, on May 17 and went through many countries, including Poland, Latvia, Russia, Mongolia, China and Laos.His first destination in Vietnam is Trieu Phong district, Quang Tri province, where he is going to provide financial support …

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Project RUSHMORE: 2014 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

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Lawmakers hear arguments for, against motorcycle helmets

lawmakers hear arguments for, against motorcycle helmetsSeptember 25th, 2013Article originally written on Metro West Daily.Even though he was injured in a motorcycle accident, Rick Gleason thinks that Massachusetts motorcyclists should have a choice about wearing a helmet.Gleason, who started riding motorcycles behind his father at age 5, testified Tuesday on behalf of the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association in support of  legislation that would lift the state's requirement that all motorcyclists wear helmets."The bills in no way direct you to …

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Indian Motorcycles a big hit with cruiser crowd in Edmonton

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Motorcycle ministry thrives on the fellowship of the road

motorcycle ministry thrives on the fellowship of the roadSeptember 20th, 2013Article originally written on Washington Post.Under a brilliant blue sky, Tyrone “T-Bone” Taylor moved his motorcycle swiftly yet carefully Saturday around a bank of orange cones on a course created in a corner of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church’s parking lot.His wife, Lashan “L.A.” Taylor, watched as a cluster of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts walked by sports bikes, cruisers and trikes, sharing stories and admiring how owners personalized their rides.“I’m not a r…

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Krazy Horse in Bury St Edmunds to launch as Indian Motorcycle dealership

krazy horse in bury st edmunds to launch as indian motorcycle dealershipSeptember 19th, 2013The Lamdin Road based business is to launch as an Indian Motorcycle UK dealership at the beginning of next month.It will become one of only 70 Indian Motorcycle dealerships outside of the USA.Indian Motorcycle, formed in the late 1800’s, is America’s first motorcycle company.It began by dominating in racing before its vehicles were used in World War One and World War Two.It has just launched a new range of Indian Chiefs motorcycles including the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage a…

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Harley-Davidson Reveals Latest ‘Captain America’ Motorcycle

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Goodwood Revival 2013: Motorcycle racing

goodwood revival 2013: motorcycle racing September 16th, 2013Article originally written on Telegraph.This March was the 10th anniversary of Barry Sheene’s death, so it’s fitting that the 2013 Goodwood Revival’s main motorcycle event, the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, should feature a new yet familiar name: Freddie Sheene. The double 500cc world champion’s son is making his debut at the Revival.Freddie rides a Manx Norton in the event, which this year is for 500cc bikes from the Sixties: Norton and Matchless G50 singles; BMW, Honda and …

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Harley-Davidson confirms smaller motorcycle for riders overseas in works

harley-davidson confirms smaller motorcycle for riders overseas in worksSeptember 12th, 2013Article originally written on bizjournals.comHarley-Davidson Inc. confirmed it is working on a motorcycle with a smaller engine, a departure for the iconic Milwaukee manufacturer that dominates the heavyweight motorcycle market.Gizmag first reported that Harley-Davidson is developing a cheaper, 500cc motorcycle that would primarily target “restricted-license riders” in Europe and Australia, as well as new riders in India and other parts of Asia. Gizmag spoke with Harley-David…

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2 Million Bikers to DC: Motorcycle Riders Roll into Washington

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Bradley Cooper pulls on some leathers and jumps on his motorcycle

bradley cooper pulls on some leathers and jumps on his motorcycleSeptember 11th, 2013Article originally written on Daily Mail.He’s played the thrill-seeking action man on more than one occasion and in real life Bradley Cooper obviously loves an adrenaline rush.After finishing an intense work out in Brentwood, California the actor was spotted jumping on one of his many motorcycles.Whilst he no doubt got sweaty in the gym, the 38-year-old wanted to look the part as he threw on his leathers for his ride.The Hangover star has a collection of motorcycles with the …

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Motorcycles come in various shapes and colors

motorcycles come in various shapes and colors September 9th, 2013Article originally written on The Reporter.Norristown resident Joe Paravoti is likely to get double-take stares at his bike, “Uncle Buck,” at Bike Night. It won first place in the “Hillbilly Toothpick” class at this year’s East Coast Sturgis Rally in Maryland, and is a unique, Frankenstein-like amalgamation of handmade and recycled wood parts, and parts from numerous manufacturers spanning the ‘70s to today. “Lansdale will be the first time I sh…

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KTM 2013 1190 Adventure First Ride

ktm 2013 1190 adventure first rideSeptember 6th, 2013Article originally written on Cyclenews.comOn paper, the new KTM 1190 is impressive. On the road, it’s more than impressive. It’s amazing. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a little bit – at least until December - before you can get your hands on one to see for yourself, but we’ll tell you right now it’ll be worth the wait. How do we know? Because KTM teased us by giving us a sneak “preview” of the 2014 1190 Adventure, which the Austrians call the world’s most versatile trave…

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Motorcycles Roll Toward the $1 Million Mark

motorcycles roll toward the $1 million markSeptember 5th, 2013Article originally written on WSJ.comThis Sunday, you'll find Don Dickstein, the leader of the pack, astride his white Harley-Davidson raising money for New Jersey charities.Mr. Dickstein, 67 years old, is hosting his 14th annual motorcycle run on Sept. 8. Some 1,200 bikers will rumble across the George Washington Bridge and through Bergen and Rockland counties for 72 miles of nonstop fun. Over the years, Mr. Dickstein's feel-good biker bash, which has its own nonprofit founda…

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Fugawi Motorcycle Club creating their spark on TV

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Indian Motorcycle tour hits Madison during Harley 110th

indian motorcycle tour hits madison during harley 110thArticle originally written on bizjournals.comThe renewed Harley-Indian rivalry will hit near Harley-Davidson Inc.’s home turf this weekend.At the same time that thousands of Harley-Davidson riders celebrate the iconic motorcycle manufacturer’s 110th birthday in Milwaukee, challenger Polaris Industries Inc. will hold a demo event for its new Indian Motorcycle lineup 83 miles away, in Madison.In a bold move, Medina, Minn.-based Polaris (NYSE: PII) unveiled three 2014 Indian motorcycles earlier thi…

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Motorcycles running red lights? Its the law sometimes

motorcycles running red lights? its the law sometimesAugust 29th, 2013Article originally written on JSonline.comWest Allis resident John Glass used to pull up to intersections on his motorcycle and sometimes find he was stuck.Traffic lights remained red because they didn't sense his bike, and the longtime motorcycle enthusiast would have to take a roundabout route or wait for a car to come and trigger the sensors.Today, Glass knows what to do: He simply runs the red lights.With thousands of Harley riders descending on Milwaukee this week for Harle…

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Motorcycle ride to honor 9/11 victims

motorcycle ride to honor 9/11 victimsAugust 27th, 2013Article originally written on Gazzette.DANVILLE — The Illinois & Indiana Firefighters Association is holding a one-day motorcycle ride on Sept. 15 to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks.The 9/11 Memorial Ride is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville, and end around 4:45 p.m. at the Friendly Tavern, 216 E. South St., Danville. It is open to all vehicles.The ride will take participants through Ve…

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Classic Indian motorcycles back on road with new model

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New Seattle Seahawks motorcycle

new seattle seahawks motorcycleAugust 23rd, 2013So you're a Seattle Seahawks fan and you think your Russell Wilson jersey, Shaun Alexander bobblehead or Matt Hasselbeck living room shrine might not be enough to show just how big of a fan you really are.Well, you're in luck. For just a $50 donation to charity, you can buy a chance to win what might be the ultimate piece of Seahawks team flair: A $60,000 custom motorcycle that is sure to garner plenty of attention around Seattle.According to MyNorthwest.com, Keith Wong is a Sea…

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Erik Buell Racing Patents 400 hp Hybrid Motorcycle

erik buell racing patents 400 hp hybrid motorcycleAugust 20th, 2013Article originally written on Gas2.Erik Buell has patented a 400 hp gas-electric hybrid superbike to end all superbikes. To put that into perspective, with a quarter of the power, a Honda CBR600 rider would be totally unintimidated by the gnarliest high-horsepower hybrids from Porsche and Ferrari.With about a third the power, Yamaha’s VMax regularly strikes terror into the hearts of its riders – and they, in turn, openly mock the Europeans and go gunning for timeslips in rural O…

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2014 Indian motorcycle makes home-state debut

2014 indian motorcycle makes home-state debut August 19th, 2013Article originally written on The Star Tribune.Polaris offered fans of the iconic Indian motorcycle a chance try out the new models at the Twin Cities dealership. The venerable brand is seeing its first redesign in more than five years. After unveiling the new Indian Chief motorcycles in Sturgis, S.D., earlier this month, Polaris Industries Inc. has finally rolled out the highly anticipated bikes to riders in its home state. To promote the first redesign of the iconic 1901 bik…

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Harley-Davidson Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

harley-davidson supports breast cancer awarenessAugust 15th, 2013Article originally written on Motorcycle.ComBreast Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to a disease that effects mothers, daughters, wives and sisters all over the world. For those touched by the disease, support and awareness are vital for fighting and hopefully one day curing this disease.This fall, Harley-Davidson Footwear is proud to introduce the Maddison, a performance riding boot designed specifically for the Harley-Davidson Motorclothes Pink Label Collection. Availab…

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Indian Motorcycle making a comeback

indian motorcycle making a comebackAugust 12th, 2013Article originally written on Telegram.WORCESTER — Backed by Polaris Industries, the Indian Motorcycle brand has positioned itself to resume its rivalry with Harley Davidson. Locally, Wagner Motorsports International will lead the charge.Next weekend, Wagner Motorsports is hosting the 2014 demo tour, where nearly two dozen of the newly redesigned Indian motorcycles will be available for test rides. The demo tour will start with a one-day rally in Minnesota on Wednesday; it will …

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Motorcycle Club responds to fantastic news

motorcycle club responds to fantastic newsAugust 9th, 2013Article originally written on Goulburn Post.THE Goulburn Motorcycle Club hopes to have a permanent track up and running by Christmas under a compromise struck at Tuesday’s Council meeting.See your ad hereThe track, next to the Goulburn speedway, will receive the conditional go ahead provided the club can furnish an approved environmental management plan, including wider noise monitoring.The complex must also firstly secure Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) approval.The gallery was…

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Three Big Indians to Revive a Century-Old Motorcycle Brand

three big indians to revive a century-old motorcycle brandAugust 8th, 2013Article originally written on Whether the trio will woo enough fans to dent Harley Davidson’s (HOG) dominance remains to be seen, but the vintage-style bikes did draw a small crowd in the courtyard outside the Bloomberg building in Manhattan. I stopped by with someone who has seen many a brand come and go: Jan-Benedict Steenkamp, a marketing professor from the University of North Carolina in town to promote his new book, Brand Breakout. The professor asked the Polaris CEO how thi…

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Sturgis Motorcycle Hall Announces 2013 Inductees

sturgis motorcycle hall announces 2013 inductees August 7th, 2013 Article originally published on www.rapidcityjournal.comSTURGIS |The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame and the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame.The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long-term positive impact on the motorcycle community. The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the commitment and sacrific…

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For India a Motorcycle Made of Silver

for india a motorcycle made of silverAugust 6th, 2013Article originally written on The Wall Street Journal.An Indian company is offering custom-built motorcycles covered in silver that will cost between five million rupees ($81,169) and 10 million rupees, depending on the brand.Silver Emporium, better known in India for its silver dinner sets, will give the silver treatment to any model of motorcycle, according to managing director Rahul Mehta.“We are confident that we can turn around a bike for any leading brand with a s…

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Bellingham film about motorcycle racing speeds toward completion

bellingham film about motorcycle racing speeds toward completionAugust 5th, 2013"Out of Nothing," a documentary in the works about motorcycle land speed racing, features a heavy dose of Whatcom County, both on the screen and behind the cameras.So it's fitting that one the county's most recognizable residents, comedian Ryan Stiles, is the face of an online appeal for donations to help finance the film's finishing touches.Stiles, one of the documentary's producers, became involved with the project at the urging of fellow producer Andrew Lahmann of Bellingham, …

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Custom Motorcycles as Sculpture: The White the Black the Kestrel

custom motorcycles as sculpture: the white the black the kestrelAugust 2nd, 2013The artist Ian Barry’s newest sculpture could easily be mistaken for a mere motorcycle. It is an impressive piece of hand-built machinery, but that’s not how Mr. Barry sees the newest creation in his Falcon Ten series. To him, his custom motorcycles exist on a different plane than the two-wheel conveyances people drive on public roads. His bikes are the gasoline-powered embodiment of living, breathing, moving art.In 1998, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presented “The Art of the…

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Like riding a bike: Guardsmen get professional motorcycle training

like riding a bike: guardsmen get professional motorcycle trainingAugust 1st, 2013SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. - Soldiers and airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard and Guardsmen from other states gathered at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, Ill., June 26 for a day of instruction from the STAR Motorcycle School.Aimed at limiting the number of service members killed or injured on their motorcycles, STAR, or skills and techniques for advanced riding, used the closed track at Blackhawk to teach the all-National Guard class, which included beginners and other ride…

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Harley-Davidson CEO not intimidated by Polaris Indian launch at Sturgis

harley-davidson ceo not intimidated by polaris indian launch at sturgisAfter months of marketing hype with not-so-subtle digs at Harley-Davidson, Polaris will unveil the 2014 Indian Motorcycle on Aug. 3 at the year’s biggest motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D.Medina, Minn.-based Polaris, a powersports vehicle manufacturer, has a lot riding on the revamp of America’s oldest motorcycle brand.It’s on track to have an estimated 200 dealers in place by the end of the year, including between 125 and 140 in the U.S., according to a research note from Robert W. Baird & C…

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This Motorcycle Helmet Gives You Eyes In The Back Of Your Head

this motorcycle helmet gives you eyes in the back of your headReevu is a company keen on reinventing the helmet as we know it.Most recently, the company touted a rearview camera that keeps track of the action going on behind your head.This is rather useful for motorcyclists and could be adapted by those racing open-top cars.Now Reevu is looking to push commercial helmet technology even further.Get ready to get your fighter pilot style on, because helmets are getting head-up displays.Already available in military applications, the helmet-based HUD hasn't tr…

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Madison lands another motorcycle Wing Ding

madison lands another motorcycle wing dingJuly 26th, 2013Article originally written on Madison.comA huge motorcycle gathering is coming to Madison next summer, but it’s a “Wing Ding,” not a “Wild One.”The Gold Wing Road Riders Association, whose members fancy Honda’s powerful but relatively quiet touring machines, will have its annual convention at the Alliant Energy Center fromJuly 2-5, 2014, Madison, Dane County and tourism officials announced Wednesday.The convention/get together/party, called Wing Ding, is expected to attract 12,000…

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Jack Nicklaus Grandson Nick OLeary Survives Scary Motorcycle Crash

jack nicklaus grandson nick oleary survives scary motorcycle crash Florida State undoubtedly expects big things from junior tight end Nick O'Leary this coming season. But after a stunning video that was released Wednesday, it's clear O'Leary is lucky to even be alive.See for yourself.O'Leary, the grandson of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, was driving his motorcycle down a street in Tallahassee, Fla., in May when a Lexus pulled out in front of him. The violent collision immediate propelled O'Leary from the motorcycle and set him sliding some 75-100 feet, narrowly…

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Motorcycle helmet gets built-in heads-up display

motorcycle helmet gets built-in heads-up displayJuly 23rd, 2013Would-be RoboCops will love this.Reevu, inventors of the world’s first motorcycle helmet with a built-in rear view mirror, has now enhanced that system with a heads up display.Overlaid onto a mirror just above the wearer’s line of site, the display is being developed to provide various types of information for racers and road riders, including GPS and performance data, engine diagnostics and communications.Reevu is working on a motorsports version first, and tells FoxNews.com that…

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Aussie student re-invents police motorcycle helmet

aussie student re-invents police motorcycle helmetJuly 19th, 2013Article originally written on SMH.comA real-life RoboCop is one step closer to reality thanks to 23-year-old UNSW design student Alfred Boyadgis.Boyadgis has designed a high-tech helmet for motorcycle officers that displays information in the visor and combines a number of vital technologies that are currently only available at arm's length.The helmet is designed to improve response times in emergencies and save lives. It has already attracted interest from the Chief of Police in …

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Harley-Davidson celebrates the ride at 2013 Sturgis Rally

harley-davidson celebrates the ride at 2013 sturgis rallyJuly 17th, 2013Article originally written on H-D.Harley-Davidson riders and motorcycle enthusiasts will revel in the granddaddy of all motorcycle rallies at the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota’s legendary Black Hills region.Demo rides on 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycles will now be located at the Black Hills Harley-Davidson dealership at 2820 Harley Drive, just off exit 55 in Rapid City, S.D., to give riders the most enjoyable route and additional options for food, beverages…

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Casper motorcycle ride honors Gold Star families

casper motorcycle ride honors gold star families July 16th, 2013Article originally written on trib.comFour private vehicles and a group of 20-some motorcycles lined up behind the City of Casper police car. Casper Chief of Police Chris Walsh occupied the rear position, reds and blues flashing and siren sounding on his personal vehicle.Sunday’s procession even may have looked like a celebration, but it wasn’t.Inside the four private vehicles were Gold Star families — families who had given the ultimate sacrifice for their c…

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Davis County Sheriffs Office sets itself apart in putting medics on motorcycles

davis county sheriffs office sets itself apart in putting medics on motorcyclesJuly 15th, 2013Tara Garner’s children were collecting candy as the July 4 parade passed by, when they looked up and saw a deputy on a motorcycle, waving and talking to kids.“I know you,” one of Garner’s sons said to Chris Pope, from the Davis County Sheriff’s Office. “You came to my house on your motorcycle when my mom was having a heart attack.”The deputy said, “I hope your mom’s doing OK,” and the children pointed to where she was standing, holding her 3-month-old baby.One week after giving bi…

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Mentor planners OK motorcycle gathering

mentor planners ok motorcycle gatheringJuly 13th, 2013The article was originally written on News Herald.The Mentor Planning Commission approved a new event Thursday that seeks to showcase vintage motorcycles.Wiseco Performance Products will sponsor the one-day rally at its Industrial Park Boulevard location in Mentor.This is the first event of its kind the global piston producer will host."I'm looking forward to seeing what's all around Northeast Ohio. I'm looking forward to seeing some classic Indians and some British bikes like som…

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Terra Motors Adds iPhone Support To Their Electric Motorcycles

terra motors adds iphone support to their electric motorcyclesJuly 12th, 2013Article originally written on Ubergizmo.While we have seen Apple work with car manufacturers at integrating iOS devices into future car models, the same unfortunately cannot be said the same for motorcyclists where support for the iPhone is few, if any at all. Well the good news for motorcyclists is that if you wanted to get your hands on a motorcycle that has iPhone integration, Terra Motors might be a company to keep an eye on. The Japanese company who has been known for their d…

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Freedom Riders Asia: Charley Boorman’s Motorcycle Tour of the Far EastFreedom Riders Asia: Charley Boorman’s Motorcycle Tour of the Far East

freedom riders asia: charley boorman’s motorcycle tour of the far eastfreedom riders asia: charley boorman’s motorcycle tour of the far eastJuly 9th, 2013Article originally written on The Diplomat.In Oliver Stone’s original Wall Street, Charlie Sheen makes an utterance that borders on the absurd. Playing the role of a rising stock market star, during a bout of musing he wistfully tells his girlfriend, “I think if I can make a bundle of cash before I'm thirty and get out of this racket, I'll be able to ride my motorcycle across China.”In response to this “throwaway” line, author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Te…

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Eddie Kidds wife admits beating the paralysed former motorcycle stuntman

eddie kidds wife admits beating the paralysed former motorcycle stuntmanJuly 5th, 2013Article originally written on mirror.co.ukThe wife of paralysed motorcycle stuntman Eddie Kidd yesterday admitted assaulting him four times.Ex-glamour model Samantha Kidd, 44, had previously pleaded not guilty but changed her plea ahead of a trial next week.She stared at her hands and looked on the verge of tears as she stood in the dock at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, East Sussex.She admitted four counts of assault by beating Eddie Kidd, three at his home in Peacehaven, East Susse…

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Lightning electric motorcycle beats gas bikes in Pikes Peak climb

lightning electric motorcycle beats gas bikes in pikes peak climbJuly 2nd, 2013Sebastian Loeb and his Peugeot 208 T16 roadster smashed all standing records to get to the top of Pikes Peak in 8 minutes, 13.878 seconds, but for two-wheelers the big news out of the 91st annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was all about Carlin Dunne and his electric Lightning.The San Carlos-manufactured all-electric race bike beat all other motorcycles to the top of the 14,110-foot peak on June 30, setting the fastest motorcycle time with a run of 10:00.694.He ran the 12.4…

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Calling All Huskys! Bring Your Bike To Vintage Motorcycle Days

calling all huskys! bring your bike to vintage motorcycle daysJune 28th, 2013Article originally written on CycleNews.comCorona, CA - June 27, 2013 - Husqvarna owners, riders and racers are encouraged to bring their motorcycles to BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, on July 19-21, to participate in the what is shaping up to be the largest gathering of Husky fans and bikes in the country. This years's event will showcase the champions and riders of Husqvarna, and as part of that, the AMA will be putting Husky owners front and center at the country's …

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Indian Motorcycles Poised for a Comeback

indian motorcycles poised for a comebackJune 26th, 2013SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It was the brand that helped make Springfield famous and now, Indian Motorcycles are revving up for a comeback. With a new company acquiring the Indian name, it looks like the classic ride is ready for a revival. It has been tried before, but this time, the Indian Motorcycle could be on track for a bona fide revival. The iconic brand has been basically dormant for a half century but now, Polaris, best known for their snowmobiles, is breathing…

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Lady Rides Her Skull Adorned Motorcycle as Her Pet Bird Flies Alongside

lady rides her skull adorned motorcycle as her pet bird flies alongside June 25th, 2013Article originally written on themarysue.com There are so many questions that must be asked about this fabulous woman.This video may only be 36 seconds long, but you will rewind it again and again to make sure that you did, in fact, just see a real outlaw woman driving down the street on her bright green motor bike, accompanied by her pet bird, with rifles strapped to the wheels and handlebars, like someone strait out of dystopian science fiction.…

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Victoria Gadson, computer analyst and devoted motorcycle rider

victoria gadson, computer analyst and devoted motorcycle riderJune 24th, 2013Article originally written on philly.comVICKY GADSON didn't hear her teenage son sneaking out of the house on those long-ago summer evenings, opening the garage door and wheeling her motorcycle out to the street.Or, at least, she pretended not to.Her son, Richard, would borrow Mom's bike regularly to race through city streets with his buddies. Maybe she was able to rest more securely in the knowledge that Rickey knew what he was doing. After all, he had been riding two-wheelers si…

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Riding the blazingly quick, electric Zero Motorcycles

riding the blazingly quick, electric zero motorcycles June 21st, 2013Article originally written on http://news.consumerreports.org/The first time Zero Motorcycles stopped by our headquarters four years ago, we were intrigued by the promise of electric motorcycles, but our team felt they needed more work. Fast forward a few years, and the new line from Zero comes across as mature and well thought out.Staff riding enthusiasts sampled several motorcycles, including the entry-level XU, Zero S street fighter, Zero DS dual sport, and Zero FX stealth figh…

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Honda Motorcycle launches new edition of Dream Yuga

honda motorcycle launches new edition of dream yugaJune 20th, 2013Article originally written on http://www.indianexpress.com/Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) today launched the new version of its entry level bike Dream Yuga priced at Rs 45,101 (ex-showroom Delhi). The company said the new Dream Yuga is equipped with 'Honda Eco technology' which has helped in increasing fuel economy of the model to 74 kmpl from the previous 72kmpl based on "its internal test ride mode that is close to actual city riding conditions" "Dream Yug…

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Crew Rides Across the US in 3 Days — On an Electric Motorcycle

crew rides across the us in 3 days — on an electric motorcycleJune 19th, 2013Article originally written on wired.comAs night fell on the Moto-Electra team during the first day of its cross-country adventure, Thad Wolff realized the headlight on the home-built electric motorcycle was out of alignment. It was dark, it was raining and he really, really needed that light. So he pulled into a gas station, his support van not far behind, to make an emergency repair.Brian Richardson, the man responsible for building the bike, whipped out a Dremel and went to work…

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Holy rollers: Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons

holy rollers: pope blesses hundreds of harley-davidsonsJune 17th, 2013Article originally written on Msn.comVATICAN CITY — Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer's 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.Thundering Harley engines nearly drowned out the Latin recitation of the "Our Father" prayer that accompanied Francis as he greeted the crowd before Mass. Standing in his open-top jeep, Francis drove up the main boulevard leadin…

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Zero MMX brings stealth electric motorcycle to US Special Forces

zero mmx brings stealth electric motorcycle to us special forcesJune 13th, 2013Article originally written on autoblog.comThe crack of a rifle breaks the silence of the humid night. The four-strong, black-swathed team quickly mount their motorcycles and move off in the darkness toward the sound at breakneck speed. Invisible, almost silent, they quickly close the distance to the enemy. The element of surprise is on their side and justice is about to be meted out.While this scenario might sound like something from the movies, it is now quite plausible. At least…

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Honda, BMW experiment with the autonomous motorcycle

honda, bmw experiment with the autonomous motorcycleJune 11th, 2013Article originally written on http://gigaom.com/BMW and Honda have already added plenty of connectivity to their cars, but now they’re turning attention to vehicles that have fewer than four wheels. The two automotive giants are working with the University of Michigan and Australian startup Cohda Wireless to put networking smarts into their motorcycles.Adelaide-based Cohda designs radio systems and software that will not only link nearby vehicles on the road to each other, but als…

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The Motorcycle Mama

the motorcycle mama June 10th, 2013Article originally written on cdapress.com/  HAYDEN - Motorcycle riding can be a little slice of hog heaven. Just ask 94-year-old Betty Lokay. "It's been quite a life," Lokay said. "I've had a fantastic 95 years." Lokay turns 95 June 27, and she loves riding. Lokay met Chery Cooper, 67, in the parking lot of Lokay's apartment comple…

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Google Glass Could Be Coming to Motorcycle Helmets

google glass could be coming to motorcycle helmetsJune 7, 2013 Next year’s defining new-tech moment is sure to be the public release of Google’s first ‘wearable’ technology, Google Glass. You’re probably already aware of the idea: a tiny heads-up display fitted to a frame that looks like a pair of lens-less glasses. With its own built in camera, computer and a Bluetooth link to your mobile phone, the technology promises to revolutionise the lives of those people who currently spend all their time head-down, absorbed in their smartphone screens…

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The motorcycle daredevil next door premieres new show on SPEED

the motorcycle daredevil next door premieres new show on speed June 6th, 2013The article was originally written on clclt.comJournalist Neale Bayly has traveled through 65 countries — 45 on his motorcycle — in the past 35 years. He once bought a bike in Florida and rode up to Alaska. He then sold it for $400 and hitchhiked to California, flew to Asia to tour several countries, and then spent the last of his money on a one-way ticket to Australia. He arrived with only $22 in his pocket and wound up living th…

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Novelty Motorcycle Helmets

novelty motorcycle helmets June 4, 2013 In the U.S., 19 states require bikers to wear helmets. But a choice of style over rider safety when selecting a helmet can be deadly. Suzanne Randa, a 49-year-old mother of four, was riding on the back of her fiance's motorcycle down a California highway last May. Randa's daughter, Kelli Meador, recalled, "As they were coming around the curve, I guess that is when he hit his breaks and lost control of the bike." The bike hit the highway divider. Her fiance survived, but Rand…

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ABATE of Indiana rides to raise awareness for motorcycle safety

abate of indiana rides to raise awareness for motorcycle safetyJune 3rd, 2013This article was originally written on WANE.comFORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Motorcycle riders from around the Midwest came to Fort Wayne Sunday to support motorcycle awareness.More than 1,000 riders showed up at the K-Mart plaza on the south side of Fort Wayne Sunday morning for the 24th annual American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) Mayor's Ride. Participants rode to downtown Decatur, where there was food and entertainment for them at the Courthouse Square.The ride is a way…

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UFC Set to Rumble for Harley-Davidsons 110th Anniversary

ufc set to rumble for harley-davidsons 110th anniversaryMay 31, 2013 MILWAUKEE  - The legendary Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon® is set to ride into Milwaukee for Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary celebration,  giving fans of the two all-American heavyweight brands an opportunity to witness one of the hardest-hitting live fights of the year – the UFC® 164 Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown. UFC stars including Cain Velasquez, Mike Chiesa and Matt Hughes will be at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwauke…

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Unique Motorcycle Safety Device Aims to Reduce Rear-End Collisions

unique motorcycle safety device aims to reduce rear-end collisionsMay 30, 2013 Look ma, no brakes. But slow down anyway! California startup Vectolabs has developed a new type of safety light for motorcycles that illuminates when the bike slows down, regardless of whether or not the rider is using the brakes. Called Vololights, the device is comprised of two sets of LEDs built into a license plate holder that’s fitted with an accelerometer and CPU. When it senses that the motorcycle it is installed on starts slowing down, a pattern of blinking…

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Vectrix To Launch Electric Motorcycle Shortly

vectrix to launch electric motorcycle shortlyMay 29, 2013 Vectrix , a company that over the last few years has had its ups & downs, is about to launch an electric motorcycle. They have several models of electric scooters available, one that has won the "Scooter of the Year" award from the European CleanWeek 2020 organization, the Vectrix VX 1li/Li+.  Now Vectrix is getting ready to launch a new electric motorcycle. Called the VT-1, it's going to be the equivalent of a 125cc motorcycle with a low speed of 55 mph (88 kph)…

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Biking the Nation, Corner to Corner

biking the nation, corner to cornerMay 28, 2013 Gary Lewis of Huntington once jumped on his Harley and rode to El Paso just for fun. Oh, he didn’t ride nonstop. He took a break somewhere in northern Texas to sleep for the night. While that might sound a little extreme, it’s not uncommon for people who love their motorcycles to take off on epic rides when they have a few days off. In October of 2008, though, Lewis heard about the most epic motorcycle ride in America. It’s called the Four Corners ride, and it was started in 1983…

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The HOGs Are Coming To The Strip

the hogs are coming to the stripMay 24, 2013 The principals of Las Vegas Harley-Davidson have announced plans to construct an $18 million dollar flagship dealership on the south end of the Vegas Strip, close to the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, according to the Vegas Review Journal.  The planned 50,000 square ft tw0-level building will replace the current 70,000 sq. ft store located about 2.5 miles from the strip. Don Andress President, and Tim Cashman, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson vice president, said they have …

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Missouri Motorcycle Riders Had Good Legislative Year

missouri motorcycle riders had good legislative yearMay 24, 2013 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri motorcyclists would benefit from several bills awaiting the governor's signature this year, but a top-tier priority to waive the state's helmet law for most adults didn't make it out of the proposal parking lot. Under a measure passed this session, law enforcement wouldn't be able to set up checkpoints targeted to pull over motorcycles, which supporters said will protect riders at motorcycle rallies from being singled out. Another measure declares M…

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Which Way to Jump Ducati? The Rumor Mill is Working Double Shifts

which way to jump ducati? the rumor mill is working double shifts May 23, 2013 One of the advantages of having spent a life-time around GP racing is that you develop a network of other ancients who both gossip a lot and tend to be rather well informed. I got talking to one such wrinkly, and very knowledgeable, veteran at the British Superbike round at Oulton Park, and he had just returned from a very entertaining, not to say interesting,MotoGP race at Jerez. Amongst the cognoscenti in Spain, there is a very interesting, and highly credible, story in circulati…

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Sturgis Motorcycles as Art Exhibition to Highlight Café Racers for 2013

sturgis motorcycles as art exhibition to highlight café racers for 2013May 22, 2013 STURGIS, S.D., —Lucky number 13 for the annual “Motorcycles as Art” exhibition at the Buffalo Chip during this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is titled “Ton Up! – Speed, Style and Café Racer Culture,” focusing on the origins and continued popularity of the café racer movement worldwide. Co-curators Michael Lichter (LichterPhoto.com) and Paul d’Orléans (theVintagent.com) have assembled a comprehensive display of 32 machines from 12 makes and six decades—plus unpublished photography…

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The Rules: Cleaning Your Bike

the rules: cleaning your bikeMay 22, 2013 The air is warm again, the tarmac shimmers and the sun strokes the back of every rider’s neck. Leathers hang patiently, helmets seem to buzz in anticipation and garage doors are poised on standby. At no point in this fantasy is it cool to walk outside in your finest attire and straddle a filthy, gunk-clad bike. Sometimes we tell ourselves a quick dollop of soap and a slap of lube will do, but for those who want to brush up on their cleaning skills, premium motorcycle care brand SDo…

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Riding The Arctic Circle…On A Honda C90

riding the arctic circle…on a honda c90May 21, 2013 Ed March isn’t your typical motorcyclist. He chose to take a motorcycle journey to the Arctic Circle in the dead of winter. While many people would consider this a crazy idea in itself, March’s choice of motorcycle — a Honda C90 — will probably shock many more. He traveled alone, accompanied with just his camera equipment, camping gear, his trusty C90 and his Union Jack. Why does he do it? “To show the world you don’t need a BMW R1200GS to travel.” And because “I just can’t seem to…

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The Buffalo Chip Presents Daredevil Wednesday at the 2013 Sturgis Rally

the buffalo chip presents daredevil wednesday at the 2013 sturgis rallyMay 17, 2013 Sturgis, S.D., May 14—The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is proud to announce Daredevil Wednesday, a day of daring and exciting stunts to take place during the Sturgis summer music and motorcycle festival. For the first time ever, a “Calling All Daredevils” contest is also taking place where daredevils nationwide can submit their own stunts to be selected, big or small, to join a day of history being made. Multiple stunts are currently already planned to attempt setting World Records, making …

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Red Baron: Motorcycle with Airplane Engine Makes a Roaring Racket

red baron: motorcycle with airplane engine makes a roaring racketMay 17, 2013 When motorcycle enthusiasts say "loud pipes save lives," I don't think they are imagining the Red Baron, an insane two-wheel machine powered by an actual aircraft engine. It's a beast. A monster. A crazed marriage of sky and land. It's also incredibly loud. German tinkerer Frank Ohle spent 18 months bringing the Red Baron from concept to reality. It's not like you can just pull the engine out of a regular bike and pop in an aircraft engine. Just about every part of the motorcy…

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Harlem Dirt Bikers Look to Build Motorcycle Park

harlem dirt bikers look to build motorcycle parkMay 16, 2013 Harlem dirt bikers are banding together to come up with a legal, safe way to get bikes out of danger — and themselves out of hot water. Forming a group called Bikelife, dirt bikers known by the street names Al Capone and Benmore, have joined with anti-violence activist Iesha Sekou to plea for a motorbike Mecca where bikers can safely ride. The move gained traction after dirt biker Eddie Fernandez, 28, was hit and killed a year ago while being chased by police for riding his off-ro…

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MD First Look: AVA Swift 250

md first look: ava swift 250May 15, 2013 We’ve all seen the photos—grainy shots of exhausted-looking Italians, draped over small-displacement Singles, cigarette dangling from a lower lip. Photos from the great era of Italian motorcycling, the 1950s, when buzzy little bikes competed in time trials on public roads, time trials like the Motogiro d’Italia. This fabulously celebrated and fondly remembered race that covered over 5000 miles of public roads, before a tragic accident ended public roadracing events in 1957. What wa…

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Indian Motorcycle Announces Price Point, Sturgis Unveiling of 2014 Indian Chief

indian motorcycle announces price point, sturgis unveiling of 2014 indian chiefMay 15, 2013 MEDINA, Minn. — May 13, 2013 — Indian Motorcycle is continuing its trip toward the historic unveiling of the completely new 2014 Indian Motorcycle. Following on the heels of the reveal of the all-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine on March 9 at Daytona Bike Week, Indian Motorcycle is announcing additional details as it accelerates toward the upcoming launch. Staying true to its heritage, the revival of the Indian Motorcycle brand will debut with the introduction of the 2014 Indian …

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May Declared as Motorcycle Awareness Month

may declared as motorcycle awareness monthMay 14, 2013 The month of May is Motorcycle Awareness Month -- one of the most important months of the year for the safety of all road users and especially motorcyclists, according to the American Motorcyclist Association.  The AMA is the largest motorcycling rights and event-sanctioning organization in North America.  "Motorcycle Awareness Month serves as a seasonal reminder to all road users to look around, check their mirrors and consciously look for motorcycles," said AMA Preside…

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Electric Bikes: Frog eBike and Husqvarna E-go

electric bikes: frog ebike and husqvarna e-goFrog eBikeMany consider that electricity holds the key for the future of cars and motorcycles. And there is no wonder why, since the electric technologies offer a lot of advantages, the biggest one being that they are more efficient than any type of combustion engine. The Frog eBike is one of the newest electric concepts and besides its efficiency is also fully recyclable. The concept was penned by Jin Soek Hwang and features a futuristic design language. Unfortunately we don’t have a…

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Harley-Davidson celebrates Women Riders Month

harley-davidson celebrates women riders monthHarley-Davidson celebrates 'Women Riders Month' with a nationwide search for top stories of female independence MILWAUKEE - As Harley-Davidson’s year-long, global 110th Anniversary Celebration rolls on, the company continues to highlight the independent spirits that have fueled the brand for more than a century. In May, Harley-Davidson will shine its headlight on women riders as part of the fifth annual Women Riders Month. There’s never been a glass ceiling for women when it comes to Har…

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Myrtle Beach Area Ready for Upcoming Bike Rally

myrtle beach area ready for upcoming bike rallyMay 13, 2013 MYRTLE BEACH — Businesses along the Grand Strand want to do more to bring crowds back to the Spring Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson Crusin’ the Coast rally. The plans include additional entertainment options and a 90-mile bike ride that stretches all across the Grand Strand. Horry County public safety officials have a different focus. They just want to make sure bike week participants behave – no matter how many show up. There are no good estimates for how many will. Read mor…

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Motorcycle Safely, State Officials Urge

motorcycle safely, state officials urge May 10, 2013 Like your brain? Invest in a good helmet. State officials shared that simple message Thursday at Lake Lanier to remind motorcyclists to ride safely. The advent of warmer weather means more motorcycles on state roadways, said Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Each motorcycle rider, he said, should have a good helmet, proper shoes and gloves. They also should take a safety course, said Jim Kelly, who heads the state Motorcycle Safety Program. …

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Harley-Davidson World Ride Ready to Rumble June 23-24

harley-davidson world ride ready to rumble june 23-24May 9, 2013 Let's ride, The Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) invites Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders from around the world to join its members in celebrating the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the 30th Anniversary of H.O.G. as they enjoy the freedom of the open road during the 2013 Harley-Davidson World Ride on June 23-24.  “Harley-Davidson is celebrating two big anniversaries this year, and the World Ride is a great way for riders around the world to celebrate them …

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Where the Rumble Meets the Road

where the rumble meets the road Three Harley-Davidsons sat rumbling near the guardrail at a Yosemite National Park overlook, barely tethered stallions. One rider, wearing leather chaps and a stars and stripes helmet, laughed in the direction of our overloaded BMW R1100R, piled high with bungee-corded duffel bags and camping gear. “Man, we’re just out on a joy ride,” he said, shaking his head. “You’ve got some real guts traveling like this.” For my boyfriend, Piotr, and me, riding a motorcycle around our home base of New …

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Biker Businesses Predict Resurgent Rally

biker businesses predict resurgent rallyMYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – With just a few days left before the 2013 Bike Rally, bike-related businesses say they are anticipating one of the best rallies they've seen in the Grand Strand in years. "We've got a full staff working," said SBB General Manager Bill Barber. "We literally had to put Four Corners back together because we tore it down after we sold it." Barber says the SBB staff decided to shut down SBB Four Corners on Highway 17 because the building had been losing money for years, bu…

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Cars vs Bikes: Let’s Be Grown Up About This

cars vs bikes: let’s be grown up about thisFor acceleration it’s two wheels, but what about braking? Down the pub, we all like to imagine ours is the best. But in a no-holds-barred shoot-out, who gets there? Let’s start at the start. Bikes launch phenomenally well, putting all their weight onto the driven wheel and becoming “all wheel drive” by virtue of there only being one on the road. It’s important to lean forward and not let the bike lift, but even quite modest bikes post blistering 0-60 times compared to cars thanks to this effec…

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Motorcyclists gather to spread awareness

motorcyclists gather to spread awareness May 6th, 2013ALBION – Riders from across western New York traveled through Orleans County Sunday to note both the launch of motorcycle season and a rumbling reminder for drivers to be attentive of their two-wheeled brethren. The riders who assembled at the Orleans County Chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of New York’s annual Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Rally have spent countless years and endless miles on the rural and sce…

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To Harley or not to Harley? A question that is harder and harder to answer

to harley or not to harley? a question that is harder and harder to answerMay 3, 2013 Article originally written at www.motorcyclistonline.com. Baggers-the cross breed of cruiser and a full-dress tourer-are big business. Distinguished by saddlebags and full fairings, and built for stylish over-the-road travel, they're the most popular subset of the massive cruiser market. Harley-Davidson doesn't disclose sales by model, but even a cursory curbside survey says baggers are Milwaukee's best-selling bikes. It seems every second Harley you see is a Street Gl…

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Motorcycle Awareness Month is May!

motorcycle awareness month is may!May 2, 2013 The month of May is Motorcycle Awareness Month -- one of the most important months of the year for the safety of all road users and especially motorcyclists, according to the American Motorcyclist Association.The AMA is the largest motorcycling rights and event-sanctioning organization in North America."Motorcycle Awareness Month serves as a seasonal reminder to all road users to look around, check their mirrors and consciously look for motorcycles," said AMA President and CEO R…

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Economic indicator, Harley Davidson?

economic indicator, harley davidson?May 1, 2013 Harley-Davidson Inc sounded an upbeat note about the state of the global consumer on Thursday with a 34 percent increase in quarterly profit and a big jump in shipments of its iconic motorcycles ahead of the traditional spring selling season. The Milwaukee-based company, closely watched because of the window it provides on discretionary spending, said overall revenue from bikes, parts and accessories, and apparel rose 9.8 percent to $1.57 billion in the most recent quarter.…

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HINES AND KRAWIEC QUALIFY V-RODS FOR HOUSTON ELIMINATIONS

hines and krawiec qualify v-rods for houston eliminationsApril 30, 2013 BAYTOWN, Texas – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines riders Ed Krawiec and Andrew Hines continued advancement of the team’s new Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® motorcycles, as both riders qualified for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway, the third Pro Stock Motorcycle event in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.Hines, a winner for three consecutive years at the Houston event, qualified thi…

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There's an app for that?

there's an app for that?April 29, 2013 The Laconia Motorcycle Week Association has combined old school debauchery with new technology, in an all new app, the free Laconia Mobile Guide(LMG) now the OFFICIAL mobile guide of Laconia Motorcycle Week. Is this the new swiss army knife - 'everything you need'...The Laconia Mobile Guide hopes to help riders find all the latest and greatest information for events and activities in and around the Lakes Region and State of NH. For the 90th anniversary, Laconia Motorcycl…

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To helmet or not to helmet?

to helmet or not to helmet?April 27, 2013 Winter seems to be lingering around a lot of the country, but motorcycle riders like the rest of nature are springing up all over. Weather or not, my ride came out of hibernation a week ago. I’m sure ‘soon’ is welcome news for colder regions of the states. The bad news is, as with the first snow of the season and car accidents, we’ve already had several serious cycle accidents.A sobering tally, reports this week that motorcycle deaths last year increased across our nation. It…

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10 Tops for traffic

10 tops for trafficApril 26, 2013 Nobody wants to sit in traffic, and as much as riding has that certain something above sitting in a car, and a lot of times you can sneak through traffic enjoying everyone’s envy –let’s just say envy, traffic still bites. Of course the traffic you’re in day after day in the commute to the big city near you might border on the ridiculous, but we’ve assembled as list of the ten worst cities to get caught in during rush hour in the US.Traffic data provider Inrix looked at a wide…

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Top Five Ways to Make Your Ride Run Forever

top five ways to make your ride run foreverApril 25. 2013 Though we may set out to keep a bike forever, not everyone will have the persistence — and luck — of Irv Gordon, a man who holds the world record for having driven his 1966 Volvo P1800 for nearly 3 million miles. You can, however, greatly extend the life of your vehicle, while simultaneously reducing the possibility of mechanical mishaps. The following five items are basic and can apply to any vehicle. 1. Follow Your Vehicle's Service Schedule: This may seem like a no-…

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AMA Roadrace Grand Championships head to Virginia International Raceway Sept 21-22

ama roadrace grand championships head to virginia international raceway sept 21-22April 24, 2013 Article originally written on americanmotorcyclist.com.  Amateur roadracers in the American Motorcyclist Association will compete for national championships on Sept. 21-22 when the 2013 AMA Roadrace Grand Championships go to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. "The annual AMA Roadrace Grand Championships feature the most-talented up-and-coming young roadracers in the United States," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "We're looking forwar…

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Motorcycle Safety

motorcycle safetyApril 23, 2013, Article originated at idahostar.org/ It's that time of year when many drivers are starting to see motorcycles on the road again. With Idaho being one of the top places to ride, officials want to remind drivers and motorcyclists to be safe and aware when driving. More than four thousand fatalities occur each year in the United States. Summer Joy talks to friends and family that have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident and to find out what drivers and riders ne…

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Our environment

our environmentApril 22, 2013 Yup, it’s Earth day 2013! Didn’t know? Well, that doesn’t matter because motorcyclists as a group, are considered much more environmentally conscientious than average. I suppose we appreciate a debris free road for selfish reasons, but bikers also tend to feel greater kinship with, and a deeper appreciation for our natural environment, there are exceptions. Article originally written at americanmotorcyclist.com.The AMA salutes motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders…

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And the hand bone is connected to the arm bone

and the hand bone is connected to the arm boneApril, 20, 2013  Article originally written at motorcyclecruiser.com. Most of us recognize the importance of at least a quick visual check of our machines before we set out, but what many riders forget is that it's just as important to check your body position. Out on a one-lane country road 30 minutes into your ride is not the ideal time to be wondering, "Uh, why are my hands tingling? Why are my shoulders tight? And damn it, why does my neck ache?"But that's often how it goes with ri…

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Some secrets of cruising

some secrets of cruisingApril 19, 2013  Quiet towns all over America transform into wild party spots as thousands and thousands of bikers roll in for not just the basics: beer, bikes, and boobs, but any type of debauchery that may spontaneously combust. Many show off in bike races, bike exhibitions, burnouts, and the girls, well mostly girls, in bikini contests. Bands from new local talent to legends of rock and roll, and country can be found jamming at many biker events. Some events last a day, some 3 or 4 d…

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RTC deters crime, who'da thunk it?

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54-46 Final Score!!! Defeated in the Senate, the background check proposal!

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To E15, or not to E15?

to e15, or not to e15?April 17, 2013 WASHINGTON: The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in August 2012 that dismissed challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) partial approval of E15. The EPA decision at issue authorized a 50 percent increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline for newer-model year motor vehicles, while maintaining a prohibition on the mid-level ethanol blend use in old…

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Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally

thunder in the valley motorcycle rallyApril 16, 2013 This summer, Memorial Day through July 4th, The Alleghenies offers everything from a motorcycle rally to canopy tours and plenty of festivals. Start summer right with these events: Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Tours (all summer) Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Constructed to fit into the natural landscape, Seven Springs' new canopy tours consist of 10 zip-lines ranging in length from 145-feet to the grand finale--1,500-feet of zip 150-feet in the air! 46th Annual Blair…

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Rock To Rap And Everything In Between: Harley-Davidson Unveils Preliminary Lineup For 110th Anniversary Celebration

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Moto Guzzi USA, would like to introduce

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Aerosmith And Toby Keith Join Star-Studded Lineup For Harley-Davidsons 110th Anniversary Celebration In Milwaukee

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ABS Bikes:

abs bikes:April 11, 2013 Anti-lock brakes on bikes? At first I kind of shrugged the idea off thinking it was another way to raise or even justify prices. I have ABS on my car, no big deal, but I can feel the vibration. Maybe I'm old, I'm definitely old school: big engine, loud pipes, good tires, brakes are on the list - more for crap getting in my way, but I really can't imagine that vibration going over well while I'm on two wheels.Whelp, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway safety…

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Motorcycle safety campaign starts

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Jesse James Married Drag Racer Alexis DeJoria

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Worlds first rearview motorcycle helmet introduced

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Kate Moss campaign for Matchless London motorcycles revealed

kate moss campaign for matchless london motorcycles revealedMarch 20th, 2013Italian-owned classic motorcycle company Matchless has chosen Kate Moss as the face of its latest campaign.One of Britain's oldest motorcycle companies Matchless London was bought up earlier this year by the Malenotti family, previously owners of heritage biker brand Belstaff. Founded way back in 1899, Matchless Motorcycles manufactured classic bikes until 1966 in South London, but the brand has been reborn in 2013 with a new line of motorbike-inspired luxury apparel.Brothers Mic…

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Victory And Playboy Team Up

victory and playboy team upMarch 13th, 2013Article originally written on Cycle News.Victory Motorcycles and Playboy have teamed up to support Operation Gratitude, and are offering the chance to bid on a Playmate-autographed Victory Cross Country – with all proceeds from the bike auction going to Operation Gratitude. The Sunset Red 2013 Victory Cross Country that will be available in the March 21-28 auction appeared on the cover of the 2013 Victory catalog along with Playboy Playmate Raquel Pomplun. The bike has been …

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DeLand biker rally is decidedly different

deland biker rally is decidedly differentMarch 11th, 2013Article originally written on http://www.news-journalonline.comDELAND — It isn't every day a man in leather, patches and chains walks into a doll shop filled with porcelain babies and $100 Barbies.Unless it's Bike Week in DeLand. Then you'd be surprised how often that scenario occurs.DeLand's annual one-day Bike Rally — the ninth one, downtown along the stretch of Woodland Boulevard that leads past mom-and-pop storefronts of books, antiques, prom dresses and, yes, dolls — is West…

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A Bike Week call for motorcycle awareness

a bike week call for motorcycle awarenessMarch 5th, 2013Article originally written on The Orlando Sentinel.A tractor-trailer cut sharply in front of Nikki Cope's pink-trimmed Yamaha.The 23-year-old motorcyclist swerved and survived.But not everybody is as agile — or as lucky — on two wheels."I think we've all had some really serious close calls," said Cope, shaking her head as she recounted her most recent narrow escape during a motorcycle-awareness rally Sunday in east Orange County. "Motorcycles can be hard to see. They're small. But…

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Sturgis Motorcycle Hall announces 2013 inductees

sturgis motorcycle hall announces 2013 inducteesMarch 4th, 2013Article originally written on http://rapidcityjournal.comSTURGIS |The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame and the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame. The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community. The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the commitment and sacrifices individuals across th…

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