Victory Releases Boardwalk; Ends The Kingpin

The widest handlebars of any Victory cruiser and a new two piece seat distinguish the Boardwalk from the other bikes in the Victory lineup.  Seat height is a low 25.9 inches, slightly over 1/2 of an inch lower than the Kingpin and lower than the Vision and the Crossroads and Cross Country.    Fuel capacity has increased slightly to 4.7 gallons, the same as the Judge.  Front fender features a chrome accent at the strut and the long sweeping lines compliment the wide whitewall tires enhancing the “laid back”  lazy Sunday afternoon persona of the bike.  The 150mm rear and 130mm front Metzler’s are mounted on 16″ 60 spoke laced chrome  wheels.

The headlight, gauge housing, handlebars, exhaust, belt guard, engine and ignition covers, turn signal housing and fender struts are all chrome and the rear brake and turn signals are LED lamps.

If you need / want to do some light touring, Victory has the Boardwalk saddlebags (not shown) a tall windshield and passenger backrest with optional 2-Up luggage rack attachment.  Cruise control is also an option on the Boardwalk.

There wasn’t any “official” pronouncement that Victory is abandoing the Kinpin model, but without a new 2013 model the line is dead.  For 2013, Victory goes with 3 “baggers” and two full touring models not counting the Ness models.

 

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Concours 14 (ZG1400 A/B/C/D) motorcycles

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Concours 14 (ZG1400 A/B/C/D) motorcycles. Due to a gap between the brake pedal and guard, small stone or debris can become trapped, creating a brake drag. This can cause the rear brake to overheat, leading to rear brake damage and lock-up or failure of the rear brakes. The front brakes may also be affected on ZG1400C models. If the brakes lock up or fail, there is an increased risk of a crash. Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear master cylinder rod end and remove the brake guard (if installed), free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, July 30, 2012. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

The Harley Switchback 6000 Mile Test Ride

867, 1712, 500, 1712, 295, 891

What do those numbers mean? That’s the mileage for the trips we plan to take on the 2012 Harley Switchback this August. Once out to Sturgis and back, then a 300 miler before heading back to Jersey.
Half of that mileage will be done two up… in serious touring fashion. The Switchback isn’t a bike you think about when you first think of touring… the
Road King, Ultra Classic, street glide or Road Glide usually come to mind first. So in the interest of expanding the universe of knowledge…we’re doing this! To make imageit interesting…we’re going to blog I and post video from the road in this space.

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July 26, 3:25 pm..update. 2 hour flight delayed in charlotte… I have to go to Bergen county Harley Davidson to pick the bike up because it needed a new rear tire.. Late lunch across the street at the reBar…will try to make Gettysburg tonight…5:30. Thanks to the hard work of the service techs at Bergen Co. HD, I’m on the road heading west.

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6:30pm A mutha of a t-storm blew in about the time I made Allentown PA. I discovered my Frog Togs have several holes that look like something hot touched the material and melted it, so, like Billy Joel says, “I’m living here in Allentown” tonight at the Quality Inn and Suites.

First impressions. The Switchback has a 103 cu inch powerplant and yet it’s not a peppy as I anticipated it would be. It’s not anemic, and it’s got loads of bottom end grunt. The operator floorboards are a plus. I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m feeling every little bump in the road through the front forks…not in a dangerous or bad way…I never feel uneasy, but I’m just noticing them more than I think I should. The speedo on the tank takes a little getting used to as most of what I ride has everything higher up, near or on top of the triple tree clamp. That’s not really an option the way this bike is set up. Having the speedo where it is also eliminates the ability to carry a magnetic tank bag, which would expand the cargo storage of the Switchback. Granted, most die hard HD faithful wouldn’t be caught dead with a tank bag but it’s something I’m going to miss on the next trip to Sturgis.

You can smell the chocolate / cocoa when you get near the plant.. (but this isn’t the plant..it’s an auto museum..)

July 27, 2012. 8:30 am – Heading to Hershey PA. Settling into the seat and getting comfortable with the manners. The biggest problem I’m having is with the kickstand. It’s behind and under the primary so it takes some work to reach it with my boot. I’m not looking forward to reaching this with a passenger on board. After Hershey, I head to Gettysburg, then onto Antietam for a full day of Civil War Battlefield touring.

7:30 pm Pulled into New Market VA to get gas. For some reason the idle seemed stuck and wouldn’t fall below 18-1850 rpm… It wasn’t a problem handling, but something obviously wasn’t right. Shut it off, refueled and upon the restart, everything worked fine.

Saturday 7/28/12 Spent last night in the Motel 6 in Harrisonburg VA… someone should tell Tom Bodet that “Clean and Comfortable” should extend to the bed…that morning I headed south to connect with the Blue Ridge Parkway in Waynesboro VA. A couple of times the bike shut off after pulling in the clutch to exit the interstate…The first time it happened, I just let out the clutch by reflex thinking since it was in 6th gear, it should start right back up.. and as soon as I let out the clutch, the rear wheel grabbed and started to lock up, pushing the rear end to the left. I quickly re-engaged the clutch and avoided a spill, but it scared the crap out of me. This continued until I got onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then it quit. Bad gas? Maybe.

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August 6 2012 8 am Other than 1700 miles of road grime, the Switchback has performed flawlessly these past three days..and the two up comfort improved tremendously once the pre load was dialed up a couple notches at Four Rivers HD..today we plan test the cornering and clearance on the Iron Mtn road and Needles Highway here in South Dakota.

Polaris Enters Indian Market with Eicher Motors Limited

MINNEAPOLIS (July 24, 2012) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced a joint venture with Eicher Motors Limited, a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles and motorcycles in India. The joint venture will develop and market new products to meet the diverse vehicle needs in India and other emerging markets. The agreement creates a new operation, wherein Polaris and Eicher each control 50 percent. The overall investment is expected to be approximately $50 million, shared equally between the partners over a three-year period.

 

Polaris Industries Inc. CEO Scott Wine (right) and Eicher Motors Limited CEO and Managing Director Siddhartha Lal (left) happily shake hands after signing an agreement for their companies to enter into a joint venture. Both men expressed great excitement about the potential of this new joint venture, in which the companies will cooperatively develop new products for India and other emerging markets. (Photo: Polaris Industries Inc.)

“This agreement instantly expands and enhances Polaris’ presence in India and supplying access to additional emerging markets around the globe and leverages Polaris’ strength in product innovation and vehicle development” said Scott Wine, Polaris CEO. “Eicher’s financial strength and rich history as a leader in the Indian market makes them the perfect partner for Polaris in India. This joint venture represents an incredible opportunity to develop new vehicles and realize global growth.”

Eicher is a well-established, powerful brand in India. The company today is comprised of Royal Enfield, an iconic motorcycle brand, and VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV), a 50/50 venture with Volvo. VECV, established in 2008, manufactures and markets medium-to-heavy-duty trucks and buses, engineering components and provides engineering design solutions. Between its two business divisions, Eicher has a dealer network with more than 400 locations in India.

“At Eicher Motors Limited, we are committed to long term growth and value creation for our stakeholders through both organic and inorganic expansion,” said Siddhartha Lal, managing director and CEO, Eicher Motors Limited. “This joint venture strongly supports our strategic direction. Currently, we are active in the commercial vehicle and motorcycle categories. Collaborating with Polaris allows us to enter new profitable vehicle segments.”

The joint venture will benefit from the complementary and shared strengths each partner provides, utilizing these collective talents to co-develop new products for emerging markets. Polaris’ unmatched innovation in engineering and design, paired with Eicher’s powertrain expertise, economical engineering and knowledge of local markets create a powerful combination. The companies’ shared dedication to manufacturing excellence and responsible management further strengthens this partnership.

While strategies are still under discussion, Eicher and Polaris plan to cooperatively build a new manufacturing facility to support this joint venture, with production projected to start in 2015.

Zero motorcycles, inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2012 S, DS, X, XU, and XU-LSM motorcycles

Zero motorcycles, inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2012 S, DS, X, XU, and XU-LSM motorcycles. Insufficient weatherproofing may cause a short circuit of the battery management system when subjected to wet conditions, resulting in the motorcycle inadvertently losing power. Sudden loss of power can lead to a crash and potential injury or death to the rider. Zero will notify owners, and dealers will repair the motorcycles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, July 16, 2012.

Zero motorcycles, inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 S, XU, and DS motorcycles, model year 2011 MXD, and XD motorcycles and 2012 X motorcycles

Zero motorcycles, inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 S, XU, and DS motorcycles, model year 2011 MXD, and XD motorcycles and 2012 X motorcycles. The brake light switch at the front brake lever may not activate until significant brake lever travel occurs. The brake light may not activate when a moderate amount of front brake is applied. As such, motorists traveling behind the motorcycle may not be alerted when an affected motorcycle is slowing down, which could lead to a possible crash and potential injury or death to the rider. Zero will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the front brake system brake-light switch free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, July 16, 2012. Owners may contact zero motorcycles at 1-831-438-3500. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

“American Dresser” Modern Day Film About Motorcycle Trip

Long Island, NY July 9, 2012 – Go With The Flo Films has just signed Stephen Lang to play the role of John Moore in the upcoming film “American Dresser” to begin shooting in Long Island, NY this September. Written, produced and directed by Long Island native Carmine Cangialosi, “American Dresser”is a modern day western where old friends John Moore and Charlie Wildhorse are brought together by unfortunate circumstances that turn into an opportunity for both to fulfill a life long dream of riding their motorcycles across country, out West from New York. On the open road, the ride takes an unexpected turn in the form of a young loner named Willie. After some problems, the three men from two different generations slowly begin to understand one another, while learning something about themselves as they cross the diverse country. The adventures they encounter along the way will last a lifetime, making the heart pump and the imagination run wild.

 The motorcycles in the film will be from 20th Century Cycles of the famed collector, singer, producer, pianist and one of Long Island’s greatest exports, Billy Joel who is a consulting producer on the film.

Stephen Lang, best known for his roles in Avatar, Tombstone, Conan The Barbarian, The Men Who Stare at Goats andGettysburg will play the role of John Moore. He is your average everyday husband, father, and provider for his family.  If it were up to him, he wouldn’t have changed a thing.  But unfortunately, you don’t always get the opportunity to choose the road we must travel.

Carmine Cangialosi was quoted by Newsday as the “Cecil B. Demille of Long Island Film Making.” His first film “The Beach House”won the Audience Choice Award at the Stony Brook Film Festival selling out a 400-seat theatre in one day.Debbie Markowitz, President of the Long Island International Film Expo acknowledged Carmine at the Award Ceremony for his diverse originality for his 2 films,“Take It Easy Bob” (short-thriller), and “The Beach House” (full length comedy).

Carmine also volunteers his time with film students at Five Towns College, has appeared on News 12, The Indie Film Channel, and Hamptons News Channel.  He has been featured on E! and IFC, WBAB, 98.5 The Bone, Stony Brook and Nassau County college local radio stations and mentioned in such papers as The New York Post, Newsday, Dan’s Papers and Great South Bay Magazine. 

 Please stay tuned for more information on American Dresser and visit here:   http://www.americandresser.com/