Brand new Ducati Diavel model unveiled in Geneva

From Press Release

  • New Diavel models with many new features unveiled by Claudio Domenicali (Ducati CEO) during the VW Group Night on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show
  • Stunning, Bologna-built sport cruiser boasts enhanced design, comfort and ergonomics and a new, even smoother and higher-performing engine
  • New Diavel models to arrive in Ducati stores from April 2014 onwards
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) – Geneva (Switzerland), 3 March 2014 – The brand new Ducati Diavel made its first public appearance at a special preview presentation in Geneva, during the prestigious Volkswagen Group Night. On the eve of the 84th edition of the International Motor Show of Geneva (running from 6-16 March), Claudio Domenicali (CEO of Ducati Motor Holding) personally unveiled the new model on stage during the important evening, providing a stunning preview of the latest machine to join the Ducati range during 2014.
Having introduced its new range of models at the Milan International EICMA Motorcycle Show in November 2013, Ducati’s latest presentation of the new Diavel now successfully achieves the company’s industrial development plan, which had promised one completely new model (the Monster 1200) and three ‘family-extension’ models: the 899 Panigale, the exclusive 1199 “Superleggera” and now the new Diavel.
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Ducati now presents further enhancement of its sport cruiser model, featuring the latest version of the Testastretta 11° DS engine, a new exhaust system and latest technological elements such as the new full-LED headlight, all combining the powerful and assertive personality of the model with the sophisticated styling synonymous with the iconic Ducati brand.
The new Diavel follows the company’s “Performance Redefined” philosophy, using cutting-edge innovation and technology to provide a smoother, safer and more rider-friendly experience, enabling easier access for the ever-increasing number of people who desire the unique thrill of riding a Ducati.
The new machine remains in a class of its own, unique, innovative and bold and a benchmark that continues to attract motorcyclists around the world. Built to have a commanding presence, though lightweight and agile in typical Ducati style, the new Diavel takes the rider/motorcycle relationship to another level in absolute comfort. For connoisseurs of technology, the latest generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine combines with full LED illumination, ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes to deliver a confidence-inspiring superiority, while new styling, 162hp and 205kg* (452lb) of pure Ducati drives a comfortable sport lifestyle previously only dreamt of.
Merging the worlds of power and style is now achieved with convincing precision. A specially engineered 240 section rear tyre combined with Ducati chassis technology serves up mind-blowing handling and lean angles which defy the laws of physics, whether carving through curves or simply cruising the boulevards.
The new Diavel is dressed in stylish Dark Stealth livery, a black trellis frame and black wheels. The Diavel Carbon offers the choice of traditional Ducati Red over Matte Carbon with red frame or the stunning new Star White over Matte Carbon with white frame, both with black, forged wheels by Marchesini, turned and milled to expose the natural aluminium. Both models will start to arrive in Ducati stores around the world from April 2014 onwards.

Castrol Rocket Aims for World Land Speed Record

 

Salt from the famous Bonneville Flats on the Castrol Rocket tire

Salt from the famous Bonneville Flats on the Castrol Rocket tire

ATLANTA – Once proclaimed the king of the Bonneville Salt Flats, Triumph Motorcycles is back at work on its latest innovation, this time with the world’s most technologically-advanced streamlined motorcycle – the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing Castrol Rocket.

The Castrol Rocket is unique in that it’s a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle built like a fighter jet. The project underwent its first testing in August 2013 at the famed Bonneville Salt Flatsin northwestern Utah with the goal of an eventual 400-mph-plus record-breaking run. The current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) motorcycle land speed record is 376.156 mph, set in 2010, by Rocky Robinson with the Ack Attack streamliner.

Castrol has been actively involved with land speed racing on multiple platforms across the globe since competitors started running at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1914,” said Rob Corini, Brand Manager, Castrol Motorcycle and Powersports Products. “The Castrol Rocket personifies our heritage as a performance brand, with an incredible balance of power and aerodynamics, and is capable of amazing speeds. It’s the ultimate symbol of performance.”

A shared passion for land speed racing brought aerodynamic engineer Matt Markstaller, engine builder Bob Carpenter and Daytona 200 winner Jason DiSalvo together. The cross-country team – from Oregon, New Jersey and Alabama respectively – quickly discovered a shared interest to create and race the world’s fastest motorcycle. The Castrol Rocket is their labor of love – an homage to the high-

Jason DiSalvo is set to attempt to capture the land speed record on the Rocket

Jason DiSalvo is set to attempt to capture the land speed record on the Rocket

performance heritage of Castrol and Triumph.

“Land speed racing is the purest form of motorsport. It’s about bringing all of your ingenuity, resources and determination together for a constant battle against the elements,” said pilot Jason DiSalvo. “The salt surface has little traction. The wind pushes against you from every side. But what’s really special about Bonneville Land Speed Racing is the people. The conditions are so challenging that for the past 100 years, racers with little else in common have banded together to support and encourage each other to become the world’s fastest.”

The Triumph name has been synonymous with speed since its four record-breaking motorcycle records with Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek/Johnson and Gyronaut X1. From 1955 to 1970, with the exception of a brief 33-day period, Triumph was “The World’s Fastest Motorcycle.” The Castrol Rocket aims to restore that title.

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“This project is a celebration of Castrol and Triumph’s motorsports heritage, innovation, courage and perseverance,” said Greg Heichelbech, President and CEO, Triumph Motorcycles North America. “It’s 

an incredible opportunity to simultaneously chase history and celebrate our heritage. Our hats are off to the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing team and all of the racers who make land speed racing such a colorful and meaningful sport.

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Developing a streamliner is a process and a multi-year commitment,” said Heichelbech. “Last year we showed up at Bonneville with a hand built motorcycle that had never been run, and we left with a race bike. Since those inaugural teething runs last summer, we’ve continued development work on the entire motorcycle, including engine development and dyno testing and tuning. We’re excited to see what this year brings.”

 CASTROL ROCKET SPECS:

  • Chassis: Carbon Kevlar monocoque
  • Dimensions: 25’ x 2’ x 3’
  • Engines: Two Triumph Rocket III engines
  • Horsepower: 1,000-plus-horsepower at 9,000 rpm
  • Torque: 500-plus lbs. combined
  • Suspension: Custom made by Hot Rod Conspiracy
  • Fuel: Methanol
  • Tires: Goodyear Land Speed Special
  • Engine Lubricant: Castrol Power RS™ 4T 10W-40 full synthetic oil

For more information on the Castrol Rocket, please visit castrolrocket.com.

 

Indian Ink; Wearing the Brand

In honor of Tat Tuesday, (also known as Fat Tuesday) we wanted to bring you this story of a unique tattoo.

Lonnie Hannah has been riding Harley-Davidson’s for a long time and he’s been a loyal customer. But, his connection with Indian motorcycles goes back longer to when his father built an Indian from spare parts. Now Lonnie, (who started working for the new Indian motorcycle company) is getting the ink to show he’s ready to change brands.

Yes, this is a promotional video from Indian, but that doesn’t change the fact that it looks like the Harley/Indian rivalry is back, in a big way. Is the market big enough for both? What do you think?

The Top Thirteen Motorcycle Songs or Videos

3278531765_ebd134060b_bNot that we consider this the definitive list of all time great motorcycle songs or videos that feature motorcycles,  here are thirteen note worthy songs since the 1950′s that are collectively popular with motorcyclists.

What do you think?  Did we miss your favorite song?  Tell us in the comments. 

 

 

Since we can’t leave out the scooter crowd, The Hondels make it in at

#13:  Hondels: The Little Honda  I’m gonna wake you up early cause i’m gonna take a ride with you…We’re goin’ down to the honda shop, i’ll tell you what we’re gonna do…Put on a ragged sweatshirt, i’ll take you where you want me to….

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Famous for Southern Rock and famous for the tragic motorcycle accidents that claimed the life of founding members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.. The Allman Brothers music was heavily influenced by the two wheel lifestyle.  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

#12. Allman Brothers Band:  Midnight Rider  “Well, I’ve got to run to keep from hidin’….and I’m bound to keep on ridin’…

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With a nod to the iconic movie Easy Rider, Born to be wild is the song that comes to mind the most often by non-motorcycle riders when they think of “biker music.”   For that reason we almost didn’t want to include this tune, but that would be doing the band Steppenwolf a disservice.

11:  Steppenwolf- Born to Be Wild  “I like smoke and lightning…Heavy metal thunder…Racin’ with the wind…And the feeling that I’m under”

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Chris Cross isn’t the first artist you think of when you think “motorcycle music” but this popular melody was once a favorite of the USRiderNews founding editor so he kind of forced us to include it.
10.  Christopher Cross:  Ride Like the Wind  ”And I’ve got such a long way to go, To make it to the border of Mexico,  So I’ll ride like the wind, Ride like the wind”

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The second song from the movie Easy Rider on this list comes from the Byrds.  It’s not as iconic and overused as Born to be Wild but  it succinctly sums up the two wheel lifestyle and earned a solid spot in the top 13.

9:  Byrds:  Ballad Of Easy Rider All he wanted was to be free…and that’s the way it turned out to be…”

 

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Harley riders will remember this song performed by Tritt at many of the traveling 100th anniversary parties across the United States.  Looking back at the fiasco that was the final performer in Milwaukee, (Elton John) we’re guessing this song would’ve been a better one to close it out.

8:  Travis Tritt:  Great Day to Be Alive  “I might go get me a new tattoo…take my ole’ Harley for a three day cruise…might even grow me a Fu Manchuuuu….ah…but it’s a great day to be alive”

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The only song on the list with an actual motorcycle exhaust note in the song.  It’s been overused almost as much as Born to be Wild and the opening sentence in the lyrics are idiotic,  but we included it because the song gives a nod to several iconic “gentlemen’s clubs” all across the US.

7: Motley Crue:  Girls, Girls, Girls  Friday night and I need a fight…My motorcycle and a switchblade knife

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Only one of two country songs to make the top 12, this song is probably the most under appreciated motorcycle tune every created by a world famous artist.  Harley-Davidson’s and stringy haired blondes… what else is there in life?

6.  Merle Haggard:  Motorcycle Cowboy  I ain’t got no driveway, Park my hog out on the lawn…I ain’t got no driveway, Park my mean old hog out on the lawn..Well I ain’t got me much money, But I Got me a long tall blonde.

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One of the newest songs to make the list.  Kid Rock is an unapologetic biker and rides his Harley in this video sans helmet with a FTW attitude that carries over into this life and music.
5.  Kid Rock:  Born Free  Fast, on a rough road riding…High, through the mountains climbing….twisting, turning further from my home

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1980′s classic rock and roll comes alive in this video from the band named after lead singer John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.  While the song peaked at #7, the opening guitar riff is instantly recognizable to hardcore bikers all over the world.

4.  Bon Jovi:  Wanted Dead or Alive  I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride…I’m wanted dead or alive

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Probably the least recognized song in this list (followed closely by #6) The Other Kind is one man’s ode to the life of a 60′s and 70′s motorcycle rider.  Earle is best known for Copperhead Road used as the theme music for the Discovery Channel show Moonshiners

3.  Steve Earle  The Other Kind  “Nowadays I got me two good wheels.. And I seek refuge in aluminum and steel…It takes me out there for just a little while…And the years fall away with every mile…

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Bob Segar was riding motorcycles long before it was considered cool to have long hair, tattoos and ride Harley-Davidson.  On most lists Roll Me Away would wind up at #1, (and our Editor argued for it, but since we gave into him on #9 we stood our ground on this one)  and while it’s considered by many to be the quintessential “gotta get the hell out of dodge and ride song”  we think even Bob himself would agree that the next song should be #1

2.   Bob Segar:  Roll Me Away  “Took a look down a west bound road, right away I made my choice…headed out to my big two wheeler, I was tired of my own voice..”

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There are songs about motorcycles and there are songs about motorsickles…this one tops them all.

1. Arlo Guthrie: The Motorcycle Song  “I don’t want a pickle…I just wanna ride my motorsickle…”  

 

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Named Official Motorcycle of Bike Week

harley-davidson-rais_600x0wDaytona Beach, FL –According to the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce,  If you’re not on a Harley during  Bike Week 2014,, then you’re not official.  But, that’s somewhat old news as Harley-Davidson has been the “official” sponsor for 26 consecutive years.   Daytona Beach Bike Week this Friday March 7th  and runs through March 16th

This year Harley has combined their corporate footprint at the Speedway.  

After several years with our displays split between Beach Street and Daytona International Speedway, we’re consolidating into one action-packed display at the Speedway to make it easier for our fans to experience everything we have in one easy-to-access location,” said Paul James, Harley-Davidson Director of North America Customer Experience. “And on Saturday March 8, we’ll be electrifying our display with an exciting special announcement at 1 p.m. that our fans will not want to miss.”

Harley-Davidson’s display at Daytona International Speedway will be open from Saturday, March 8 to Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with free motorcycle parking and a wide range of displays and activities including 2014 model year motorcycles, Genuine Motor Accessories, Harley-Davidson MotorClothes, the Fit Shop, H-D1 customization, a Women’s Area, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) motorcycle raffle, H-D Visa, Willie G. and H.O.G. merchandise, beverages, musical entertainment and more. Harley-Davidson will be a stop on the AMSOIL Treasure Hunt map, also located at the Official Harley-Davidson tent at the Daytona International Speedway (H.O.G. tent on their footprint) where riders may get their passport stamped .

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit harley-davidson.com.

Additional information on Bike Week in Daytona Beach can be found by downloading the Official Bike Week iPhone App and also on the Official Daytona Bike Week Website at www.officialbikeweek.com  featuring the largest online resource for attendees and designed to offer a litany of choices of activity.

For information on any aspect of Bike Week 2014, contact the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce at 386-255-0981.

Akrapovič goes ‘cruising’ with the Harley-Davidson Open-Line range

Akrapovič has launched an aftermarket premium range of exhaust systems to target the most popular Harley-Davidson models and give owners even more exclusivity from their hogs.

The Akrapovič Open-Line range is a unique design that offers outstanding performance and the unmistakable deep resonant sound of Akrapovič. In a genre where bigger and louder is definitely better, the new Harley exhausts from Akrapovič will transform the look and sound of the motorcycle and make an already unmistakable machine stand out even more from the crowd.

The finest craftsmanship from Akrapovič’s manufacturing technicians goes into every single exhaust, with hours of intricate design and development. The latest techniques and materials—as well as knowledge developed on the racetrack—all go into making these some of the best-looking accessories you can add to a Harley-Davidson, and ones that will also improve the whole sensory experience. During the production process, the exhaust was carefully tuned for that authentic custom sound experience enjoyed not only by the rider, but everyone else.

Manufactured to the highest standards from stainless steel, these pipes are available in chrome (S-HDTOR1-C) and black-coated (S-HDTOR1-B) versions. All of the Akrapovič Open-Line exhaust systems include headers, mufflers, and heat-shields, and an optional noise-reduction insert is available for those times when a Harley rider wants to be a bit more conservative—if there ever is such a time!

The Open-Line range isn’t just about looks and sound, though. Akrapovič engineers have shaved an incredible 26 lbs of weight from the OEM system and then added an extra 6 lb-ft of torque in the mid-range—just where it’s needed.

The Harley-Davidson Open-Line range is available for many models, including the Fat Boy, Electra Glide, Switchback, and Road King, among others. This great-looking exhaust is very easy to install, and adding it to one of America’s finest machines is an extremely simple task that can comfortably be carried out by the owner. A full explanation and easy-to-use mounting manual is included with the system. For perfect performance, throttle response, and durability, a specially developed mapping from Akrapovič’s partner Dynojet must be used. Please visit www.powercommander.com/powercommander for more details.

To see more from Akrapovič, visit its booth at Daytona Bike Week, from March 7th to 16th, 2014. This Slovenia-based company will be displaying its full custom-line (Open and Slip-On) exhaust systems and offering complete sales, marketing, and technical support. Whether it’s for a Harley or another motorcycle, come along and see the fantastic range of high-quality, precision-engineered exhausts that Europe’s finest manufacturer has to offer.

Akrapovič will be displaying its amazing Morsus custom bike, which signaled Akrapovič’s move into top-quality aftermarket custom motorcycle exhausts. This distinctive machine was a joint venture between Akrapovič and Slovenia-based Dreamachine Motorcycles—itself a renowned European custom workshop—and the Morsus simply stunned the European custom world when it was launched.

Showcasing a styling theme that echoed Akrapovič‘s emblem (morsus is Latin for ‘sting’ or ‘bite’), this outrageous and head-turning machine is a fusion of materials including carbon fiber and titanium. Mimicking an animal in many subtle ways is part of the bike’s appeal, from its clip-on style handlebars resembling claws, through to the bike’s mid-section, which curves in the same way the creature’s body arches, and the sweeping tail section that imitates the muscular and assertive sting. Built with the same passion and experience that goes into every Akrapovič exhaust, the Morsus is special, different, and very unique!

 

WARNING / USA & California

Various U.S. states and the U.S. federal government have individual laws regulating the use of aftermarket exhaust parts and systems, especially as those parts and systems modify, remove, or replace original equipment catalysts. Please consult the appropriate laws in your area before installing any aftermarket part or system on your vehicle to ensure compliance with all applicable laws. Neither Akrapovič d.d., Akrapovic America LLC nor any of their subsidiaries or the sellers of the parts or systems make any representation that any of their parts or systems comply with any such laws.

 

California laws prohibit the use of any aftermarket exhaust part or system that modifies, removes or replaces original equipment catalysts unless the California Air Resources Board has issued an Executive Order regarding such part or system or unless the part or system is exempted by being used only on racing vehicles on closed courses. Neither Akrapovič d.d., Akrapovic America LLC nor any of their subsidiaries make any representation that any of their parts or systems has received such an Executive Order or that any of their parts or systems conform with the racing vehicles exemption. The purchasers are entirely responsible for informing themselves of applicable California laws and to comply with those laws.

Lotus Enters Luxury Motorcycle Market

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It’s not a bike you’re likely to see parked on Main Street in Daytona during Bike Week.  Nor are you likely to see it pull up at your local bike night.

The C-01 from Lotus, designed by Daniel Stern (who designed the bike in TRON) is a limited production, extremely expensive and stupidly powerful collectors edition machine for those who can afford expensive toys.

Designed in conjunction with the Holzer Group, the CEO said, ”The design process of the C-01 was a labor of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me,” says Günther Holzer.

 

What do you think?  Do these types of motorcycles help the industry overall (as in the concept car designs) or are they just rich collector toys?  Comment below.

Sturgis Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2014

- The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2014 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 the nation and world have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists.  For 2014, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame will honor one Freedom Fighter and induct six into the Sturgis Hall of Fame.

Deb “Tiger” Chandler Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame – Deb “Tiger” Chandler has been an active part of the motorcycling community for over 40 years.  In partnership with the Colorado Confederation of Clubs (CCOC), she assumed the role of Colorado Commander of the Coalition of Independent Riders – a registration of independent riders.  Tiger has worked tirelessly through the state legislature to address issues of importance to motorcyclists in Colorado including funding for beginning rider training and alcohol interlocking devices for motorcycles.  She has also been instrumental in implementing a Biker Day at the Capital in Colorado as a means of opening dialog between bikers and legislators.

Clyde Fessler – During his 25 year career at the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Clyde Fessler played an integral role in the turnaround of the company.  He served in multiple marketing positions including,  Director of Marketing, Vice President of General Merchandise, Vice President of Motor Accessories,  and Vice President of Business Development.  He was responsible for many innovative programs, policies, products, and marketing strategies that made Harley-Davidson one of the most recognized brands in the world.  Since his retirement in 2002, Fessler has remained active in motorcycling as a member of the Hamsters Motorcycle Club.  He recently wrote a book, “Rebuilding the Brand” and now travels extensively as a Keynote Speaker.

Jesse Jurrens – Legend Suspensions began in 1998 when Jesse Jurrens recognized the benefits an air spring could have on motorcycles and sought to develop the technology for Harley-Davidson Softail Chassis. Eventually being convinced, Gates™ Rubber Company, the leader in air spring technology, agreed to lend their patented Kevlar impregnated rubber air spring technology to the fledgling South Dakota start-up.  Since that time, Jesse has continued to develop innovative suspension systems.  Today, Sturgis South Dakota based Legend Suspensions manufactures Aero Air Suspension systems and Revo coil suspension systems for all Harley-Davidson models and Off-road UTVs.  Legend Suspensions are available world-wide providing a smoother ride with “on the go” adjustability, increased vehicle capability and versatility.  The Offroad systems are used by the U.S. Military and countless fire and rescue operations.  Legend has become known for its innovative quality products, Lifetime Warranty, and outstanding customer service.  The company is a recognized leader in suspension technology.

 Jay “Lightnin’” Bentley – From the time he was a teenager, Jay Lightning rode in a motordrome owned by Pappy Boudreaux – first part-time and later full-time.  Early on, Jay rode Harley Hummers as a straight rider, but soon graduated to trick riding on the wall on Indian 101 Scouts.  By 1998, Jay took out a loan against his home to purchase wood and equipment to begin building what would become the American Motor Drome Wall of Death.  Completed in 2000, it was the first of its kind to be built in over 50 years.  For the past 14 years, the American Motor Drome has toured the country full-time.  Besides keeping the drome running, Jay collects classic motorcycles and wall bikes that he displays as part of the traveling show.

Keith Terry – An avid motorcyclist since he was 15, Keith Terry’s career actually started in the automotive industry, after which he operated a company that promoted bicycle motocross races.  In 1994 Keith built his first custom motorcycle, and he’s been building them ever since.  Keith and his wife Fran have owned Terry Components, the largest supplier of motorcycle starter motors and battery cables in the industry for 20 years.  More recently, Keith – along with Chris Malo – started Baggster LLC, a company that manufactures custom conversion kits for Harley-Davidson applications. For the last three years, Keith has been in charge of the Buffalo Chip Challenge working with Sturgis Brown High School students to build a custom bagger that is auctioned at the Legends Ride each year.

Bonnie Truett Ask anyone in the drag racing world about who’s had a broad impact on the sport and Bonnie Truett’s name will likely come up.  Bonnie started racing in the 1960s, and was constantly working to get more out of his drag bikes.  He started by changing the flywheels in his own Sportster, but eventually he and his partner Paul Osborn started to create and manufacture their own flywheels, frames, cams, cylinders and rods.  Bonnie continued to race until 1984, and he and Paul continued to run Truett and Osborn together until his retirement in 1997.  Following his retirement from racing, Bonnie helped his son Scott who is a four time champion in Pro Drag class in AHDRA. Bonnie is well known to everyone in the drag racing world as a friend, mentor and all around good guy.

Paul Yaffe – For over 20 years, Paul Yaffe has created custom motorcycles, working on as many as 12 commissioned bikes in any given year.  Many a Paul Yaffe Original has graced the pages of motorcycle magazines in the U.S. and abroad.  As part of his creative process, Paul often engineers new and exciting parts for one of his custom creations.  Often those parts are in demand from others in the custom-bike building world.  So, Paul created his Bagger Nation brand of custom parts and accessories for touring motorcycles.  Paul’s contributions do not end with the motorcycle industry, though.  He’s well-known as an advocate and fundraiser for children’s charities both in Phoenix and in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, August 6 at 9:00 a.m. at The Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, SD.

Breakfast tickets are available for a $35.00 donation, tables of eight for $300.00.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001 or they can be purchased online at http://www.sturgismuseum.com/shop/hall-fame-breakfast.

Suzuki GW 250; Great Beginner Bike

by: Walt Lumpkin

The Suzuki GW 250 is a ideal beginner bike or "refresher" for the returning motorcycle rider

The Suzuki GW 250 is a ideal beginner bike or “refresher” for the returning motorcycle rider

The newest bike in the Suzuki line is the GW 250 and it gives them a low cost niche in the starter motorcycle lineup. This lightweight bike is 248cc’s of two wheel fun directed primarily toward the first time rider. With an MSRP of $3999 it is affordable for most wallets and is a good choice for those who have no interest in purchasing a used bike and dealing with the pitfalls that usually come with such a purchase while perfecting the intricacies of learning to ride on two wheels.

The GW250 boasts a side by side liquid cooled twin cylinder engine delivering enough horsepower to the ground to satisfy most beginners. While twenty four horses may not seem to be adequate to those of us who have been riding for years  think back to the first time you straddled a  large displacement bike.  Now think about how daunting it’s power and weight can be to a novice rider.

This bike is not intended to be an long touring interstate highway cruiser but is plenty of motorcycle for those who need practice and transportation on surface streets and rural highways with double nickel speed limits. During our media test rides speeds of eighty plus miles per hour were obtained on I-4. Although the bike is not really in its element at those speeds it is good to know you have the capability if needed.

The GW250 seat height of just over thirty inches and narrow seat makes it ideal for the new female rider and male riders that are vertically challenged. The ability to place both feet flat on the pavement when stopped is one thing that builds confidence in new riders. The stylish GW250 also makes for a great bike for the college set that just needs affordable and fuel efficient transportation around campus. It is easier to park too.

Highway speed is easily accessible via the smooth shifting six speed constant mesh transmission and the hybrid ergonomic seating makes the ride comfortable for most riders. The positioning is somewhere between sport bike and normal mid controls. The seat and suspension is fairly comfortable even for a six foot two hundred thirty pound guy like me. Overall Suzuki engineers have hit the middle ground by focusing on the best of sport bike and cruiser ergonomics.

The chain driven GW250 weighs in at a very light four hundred and three pounds. It is equipped with front and rear discs brakes that are more than adequate to stop this lightweight chain driven looker. The dash contains both analog and digital gauges along with flashy indicator lights. The electric starter brings the 250 to life with an effortless press of the starter button.

The GW250 gives Suzuki an entry level bike that should appeal to a wide range of consumers and the twelve month unlimited warranty should give buyers the confidence in Suzuki to take care of their new offering to the US market.

What do you think?  Take the survey after the photographs

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Motorcycle Enthusiasts Unite for Bike Week at WyoTech Daytona

larry mcbrideTop Fuel Motorcycle World Champion to Judge Bike Engine Build-Off

DAYTONA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2014) – Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts, two wheel speed junkies and vendors are expected to turn out and turn up the throttle, showing off their skills and horsepower, during Daytona Bike Week at the WyoTech Daytona campus. The event takes place March 11 to 14, with top billings going to the 24th Annual Brute Horsepower Shootout and 2nd Annual Bike Engine Build-Off Challenge. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy meeting some of the industry’s top manufacturers, as well as campus tours and free dyno runs all week.
As one of Bike Week’s premier and longest running events, the Brute Horsepower Shootout brings together contestants from across the country to compete on the WyoTech Dyno’s to determine whose bike can produce the most horsepower. The 24th annual Shootout raises the bar with $5,000 in cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights to winners in the unlimited classes. Thousands of dollars in industry-sponsored prizes will also be awarded in Domestic V-Twin and Import classes. In addition to the Shootout, WyoTech students will be putting their education to the test as they do battle in the 2nd Annual Bike Engine Build-Off. Trophies will be awarded to students who can tear down and rebuild engines in the quickest time.
Larry “Spiderman” McBride, the Daytona Bike Week master of ceremonies and 10-time Top Fuel AMA Motorcycle Drag Bike champion, will also judge the Engine Build-Off.
Bike Week highlights include:
March 11, 2014
  • Day 1 qualifying runs for Brute Horsepower Shootout
  • Day 1 for Import Engine Build-Off and Domestic Engine Build-Off
March 12, 2014
  • Day 2 qualifying runs for Brute Horsepower Shootout
  • Day 2 for Import Engine Build-Off and Domestic Engine Build-Off
March 13, 2014
  • Day 3 for Brute Horsepower Shootout
  • 2nd annual Bike Engine Build-Off Awards Presentation
March 14, 2014
  • Brute Horsepower Shootout Final Rounds and Awards Presentation
For complete Bike Week schedules, rules and class sponsors please visit www.wyotechbikeweek.com. For more information on WyoTech and its campuses, visit www.WyoTech.edu.
About WyoTech
WyoTech is a division of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. With five campuses located throughout the United States, WyoTech offers degree and diploma programs in the fields of automotive, diesel, collision/refinishing, motorcycle, marine and construction trades. In addition, WyoTech offers advanced training programs in applied service management; advanced diesel; light duty diesel; advanced automotive diagnostics; street rod and custom fabrication; motorsports chassis fabrication; high performance power trains; and trim and upholstery technology. For more information about WyoTech, go to www.wyotech.edu. For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit WyoTech’s website at www.wyotech.edu/disclosures.