Celebrity Donates Motorcycles To Veterans Charity

We wonder if Demi ever rode on the p-pad with Bruce on this bike?

We wonder if Demi ever rode on the p-pad with Bruce on this bike?

His face is instantly recognizable and his support of veteran causes is well known. Now the last action hero, Bruce Willis is donating five of his motorcycles that will be auctioned online to benefit Boot Campaign.

The auction started two months ago with a 2005 Ducati 1000DS which sold for $6,250.

On the block this month is a 1988 Yamaha TW, valued at $1,400. As of Feb 8th, the bidding had reached $1,450 with only 3 bidders competing for the bike.

Willis, who was born on a military base in Germany has long been a supporter of veterans and their charities.

Boot Campaign released a statement from the actor who said, “I wanted to use my bikes in a way that would benefit our military service members, and I am thankful to have found the Boot Campaign as the catalyst for using my bikes in a way that will give back to our country’s true heroes,” “These bikes have been a lot of fun to ride, and my hope is they can do a lot of good for our veterans.”

The charity will auction the bikes in two month intervals. In April, the actor’s 1962 Cushman Eagle will be up and in June a 1991 Yamaha XT. The final auction will be in August and will be a 1972 H-D Ironhead Sportster XLH.

Click here to go to the Boot Campaign website for more information.

Triumph Recalls Daytona, Street Triple and Thunderbird Models For Wheel Bearing Problems

Triumph 675 front wheel

Triumph recalling bikes due to uncertainty about wheel bearings

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling approx 250 2011-2012 Daytona 675 and Street Triple motorcycles and 2012 Thunderbird and Thunderbird Storm motorcycles.   The wheels were assembled with bearings of an unknown quality.  Wheel bearings of poor quality could fail unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a motorcycle crash.  Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected bearings free of charge. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010 for more information.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

 

Report Receipt Date: JAN 29, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V032000
Component(s): WHEELS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 250

No Surprise, Older Riders Wind Up in Hospital More Often After Crash

_a motorcycle riderA study in the journal Injury Prevention  found motorcyclists over the age of 60 are three times more likely to be hospitalized after a crash than their younger counterparts.

The study analysed data between 2001 to 2008 from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) which collects information from 100 US hospitals which have an A&E.

During this period about 1.5 million adults over the age of 20 needed emergency treatment due to a motorcycle crash.

Bikers over the age of 60 were three times more likely to be admitted to hospital compared with those in their 20s and 30s – and two-and-a-half times more likely to sustain a serious injury.

The authors of the study said: “The greater severity of injuries among older adults may be due to the physiological changes that occur as the body ages, bone strength decreases, fat distribution may change and there is a decrease in the elasticity of the chest wall.

“Other factors such as a delayed reaction time, altered balance and worsening vision may also make older adults more prone to crashing.”

 

Hydrogen Peroxide Powered Rocket Motorcycle Sells On EBay

Glenn Brittian built a hydrogen peroxide powered rocket motorcycle that will reach 400 mph in the quarter mile and offered it for sale on Ebay for $27,000.   Gerd Habermann Racing brought it, but we don’t know the final purchase price.  While 400 mph is a bit quicker than the average production bike, it’s still a long way from the record.  Set in September 2010, Rocky Robinson went 605.697 mph in the Top Oil Ack-Attack Streamliner, slightly edging out Chris Carr in the BUB Lucky 7 Streamliner the year before (591.244)

As for this yellow road runner, don’t expect to see it carving up the Dragon anytime soon.   It’s one of those bikes that only looks good going from stop light to stop light.  In fact, that’s about as far as you’re going to be able to go, the way it gobbles up its hydrogen peroxide fuel,  but at least you’ll own those lame ass  Busa’s who think they’re the schiznit!

This was lifted from Gizmag.com

Brittian’s rocket motorcycle is powered by a dual nozzle rocket engine providing a design maximum of 3500 pounds (15.6 kN) of thrust. When running at that thrust it eats about 30 lb (14 kg) of fuel every second, sucking the fuel tank dry after the few seconds of a quarter-mile drag. The rocket engine uses high-test (80-98 percent pure) hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide does not burn when used in a rocket engine, but passes by a catalyst that makes it decompose into water and oxygen. The water released is converted into steam at about 1100° F (870° C), which then exits through the nozzle producing thrust.

It has become nearly impossible in recent years to buy high-test hydrogen peroxide (in the United States sales to the public have even been banned by the Department of Homeland Security), so it is often concentrated by various methods. As the concentration process is perhaps more dangerous than handling and using hydrogen peroxide, it is not to be undertaken lightly.

Gizmag has the fullstory on their website.

KTM Owner Buys Husqvarna Motorcycles

It’s being reported that BMW has divested itself of the Husqvarna motorcycle brand in a sale to Austrian company Pierer Industrie AG.   According to published reports, Pierer is owned by KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.  KTM is partly owned by an Indian manufacturer Bajaj.  So here’s where it gets a little confusing.  What will be the relationship between KTM and Husqvarna?   While the CEO of KTM will own Husky, does that automatically assume he will share proprietary information from Husqvarna with KTM, or vice versa?

We’ve posted the press release from BMW below.  It doesn’t address any of the questions we raised, so it looks like we’ll have to wait and see.

Press Release:  The BMW Group is realigning its BMW Motorrad business. In the context of changing motorcycle markets, demographic trends and increasing environmental demands, BMW Motorrad will expand its product offering to exploit future growth potential. The focus of the realignment will be on urban mobility and e-mobility. By restructuring the segment, the BMW Group will concentrate on expanding and utilising the resources of the BMW Motorrad brand. Therefore the BMW Group signed a purchase agreement with Pierer Industrie AG (Austria) for the acquisition of Husqvarna Motorcycles. The acquisition will proceed subject to approval by anti-trust authorities. Both companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Expanded offering for urban mobility and e-mobility

BMW Motorrad achieved a new sales record in 2012. With the realignment of its motorcycle business, BMW Motorrad aims to maintain profitable and sustainable growth over the coming years. Its current core business consists exclusively of premium vehicles in the categories “Tourer”, “Enduro”, “Sport”, “Roadster” and “Maxi-Scooter” from 650 to 1600 cc. BMW Motorrad entered the urban mobility segment for the first time in 2012 with the C 650 GT and C 600 Sport maxi-scooters. The next step in the expansion of the product line-up in this segment will be the series launch of the “C evolution” electric scooter in 2014. Further innovative vehicle concepts are also under consideration. Drive trains will include both environmentally-friendly combustion engines and pure electric drives. This move by BMW Motorrad reflects the BMW Group’s overall focus on early identification of trends, such as megacities and traffic density, as well as environmental issues. Corresponding products and services are already available for the Automobile segment.

Continuation of product offensive

In addition to the expansion in the field of urban mobility, core segments from the 650 single-cylinder entry-level bike to the 6-cylinder luxury tourer will also be selectively expanded.