After 40 Year Absence, Triumph Returns To The Pole At Daytona

1TriumphThree Of The Top 10 Qualifiers Are Riding Triumph’s Daytona 675

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2014) – Two-time AMA Pro Daytona SportBike champion Danny Eslick and the #69 Riders Discount Triumph team won the pole position for the 73rd running of the Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first time a Triumph won the pole for this prestigious race in 43 years, when Paul Smart rode a Triumph Trident 750 in 1971.

“Winning the pole at Daytona is always special, but this one is really sweet since it’s the first Daytona 200 pole for Triumph since 1971,” said Eslick. “Everything just clicked with the bike, the team, and working the draft. It was a smoking hot lap for sure.”

The fastest lap Eslick turned in with his #69 Triumph Daytona 675R was 1:49.292, nearly three-quarters of a second faster than the second place qualifier. His top speed was 182.629mph on the 675cc machine.

“Congratulations to Danny and the Riders Discount team for their achievement, and to all of the Triumph riders and teams,” said Greg Heichelbech, CEO of Triumph North America. “It’s a great feeling to see such a strong showing of Triumph’s at Daytona. We’re looking forward to a great race.”

This is the third time that a Triumph won the pole for the Daytona 200. Gene Romero was fast qualifier in 1970 with his 750cc Triumph Trident, and Paul Smart backed it up in 1971. While the machines that Eslick, Smart and Romero rode are separated by more than 40 years of technology, all three machines feature Triumph’s signature inline triple engine.

Jason DiSalvo, the 2011 Daytona 200 winner, qualified fourth with his #40 Sportbike Track Time/Castrol/Triumph.

“We had a solid day and the team’s really pumped up about the race tomorrow,” said DiSalvo. “It’s fantastic that so many Triumph’s are in the top ten today. I think we’re going to see even more Triumph’s in the top ten tomorrow during the race.”

Qualifying seventh is British Supersport competitor Luke Stapleford of Leicestershire, England. Stapleford and his # 68 Profile Racing team traveled to Daytona because “This is a nice chance to get in a bit of riding before the British Supersport season.” Stapleford continued, “The race distance is quite difficult mentally. A top six is the aim in the race and I’d class that as a job well done.”

There are six other Triumph riders in the Saturday, March 15, race at Daytona International Speedway. Those riders and their qualifying positions are:

12. #50 Bobby Fong, Latus Motors/Castrol/Triumph

19. #21 Elena Myers, Apex Manufacturing/Castrol/Triumph

21. #15 Steve Rapp, D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph

23. #42 Kenny Riedmann, RRM/Castrol/Triumph

39. #71 Lee Farmer, Apex Race Services

40. #62 Shaun Summers, D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph

A Triumph has won the Daytona 200 three times. Don Burnett won in 1962, Buddy Elmore won in 1966, and Gary Nixon won in 1967. The first Triumph Daytona production motorcycle appeared in 1967, the Tiger T100R Daytona, as a tribute to Elmore’s victory.

Watch the Daytona 200 live at the newly launched fanschoice.tv. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 12:00pm EST and the race at 1:00pm EST.

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Riding The Bones

 

 

 

 

 

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March. 13 (UPI) – The name of a Florida man’s “Cowasaki” motorcycle is not a misspelling.

For more than 10 years, Orange City resident Reese Moore has been using animal bones to manufacture motorcycles.

His latest chopper, the Cowasaki, is now debuting in an Ormond Beach showroom as part of Bike Week 2014. The $55,000 creation is made from four cow skulls and bones from alligators, raccoons and pigs.

“I just love working with bones,” Moore told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/03/13/Florida-man-manufactures-Cowasaki-motorcycles-out-of-animal-bones/1741394712913/#ixzz2vrrPDrg0

 


When Licensing Deals Don’t Make Sense

Successful brands often seek out ways to expand their profits by licensing their name to be used on other unrelated products.  Motorcycle companies are no different.   So it’s no surprise that a company that’s been around as long as Harley-Davidson (est. 1903) would have licensed it’s name and logo on a few products that are unrelated to motorcycling.

A few years ago, the brand sold “Harley Barbies” and they were a big hit.  A few of those are floating around Ebayland and selling for more than the original price tag.

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There are, however, some products that we’re sure the brand managers didn’t quite think out.   Here are a couple that have us scratching our collective heads over.

1. HOT ROAD cologne….or specifically, “EAU DE TOILETTE.”   First off, what biker ever used the phrase, “eau de toilette” and lived to tell about it?    Picture this;  You walk past a line of bikes parked outside a road house bar, somewhere along a lonely stretch of highway in southern Arizona or New Mexico.  The place smells of sweat, leather urine, grease and stale beer.  You sit down at the bar and order a beer.  A big hairy biker wearing a dirty, patch covered leather vest, no shirt  sits down beside you.  You catch a whiff of something different..something exotic.  Something hot… “Excuse me sir” you say, turning to the grizzled road veteran. “Is that “Hot Road, eau de toilette you’re wearing?”      They find you 3 days later, stuffed in the men’s toilet, smelling of sweat, grease, stale beer and urine.

ducatiBut, on the other hand, if you’re on a Ducati, then you’ll probably be wearing this fragrance.

scooter_juice_packThen there is the Harley-Davidson wine cooler.  Another product that we’re thinking was way ahead of its’ time.  Produced in the mid-1980′s, these sophisticated drinks for the softer side of the hard-core Harley rider never quite caught on.  Imagine a similar scenario from the previous example where you walk into that same bar, and order a Harley-Davidson “wine cooler.”  We’re pretty sure there’s a toilet stall, stale beer, sweat and urine in your immediate future.

 

What products did we miss?  Comment in the section below and if they’re weird, we’ll add them to the story.

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Bikers Get Robbed Heading to Daytona

stolen bikesBill Rogers of Beaver Falls Pennsylvania won’t ever forget Bike Week 2014, and that’s not a good thing.   On the trip down last week,  he and his friends were hauling their motorcycles and stopped in the Days Inn on St. Matthews Rd  in Orangeburg South Carolina Thursday March 6th to spend the night and get a little shuteye.

The next morning their Ford F-350 and trailer containing 4 Harley-Davidson motorcycles had vanished, and no one, including the clerk saw anything.

Three of the bikes are Electa-Glides and one is a FXR.

Bill Rogers said, “This is a dream. I need to wake up.  Somebody run cold water over my head or something.”

Police in the area told Rogers they have had numerous thefts of trailers and there was a good chance they might find the bikes and the truck abandoned.

For more see the video on WTAE

To prevent the theft of your bike while traveling, experts recommend you do several things.   Pick a hotel that is on the main section of town, not out of the way on a dead end street.  Park in a well lit area of the hotel, preferably in front where the clerk and security cameras can watch your bike. Chain your bike to something solid, like a post and make sure the chain and lock does not touch the ground, to prevent the thief from using the ground as an anvil to break the lock.  Install a GPS locator on the bike, such as the one shown here.  It might not stop a thief, but it will help law enforcement find your bike.
Install an alarm.  In this case (where the bike is in a trailer) an alarm wouldn’t have prevented the theft, when your bike is parked in front of a hotel, restaurant or bar, it will alert you and others around you, when a thief tries to move it. Higher priced alarms and other systems can also alert you via text or email when your bike is moved.  And, if possible, block your vehicle or bike in the parking space with another vehicle which makes it harder for the thieves to get to the bike.

For extra security, you could install this locking “boot” device that’s used by police departments when they want to impound a vehicle for unpaid parking tickets.   While none of these measures will stop a determined thief or thieves, hopefully they’ll notice how much trouble it would be to steal your property and move on to easier pickings.

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You’ll Need To Win The Lotto To Afford This Custom Bike

101452267-LJ-Gold_01_R1_RGB.530x298Lauge Jensen, the Denmark-based maker of customized motorcycles, recently sold what is believed to be the most expensive bike (of current production) ever.

“Goldfinger” recently sold to an unnamed buyer for $850,000.  The bike is gold plated, and covered with 250 diamonds totaling 7 carats.  The seat is crocodile skin and all the parts were individually “gold plated” by hand.

Lauge Jensen the man behind the excess says he’s working on a new bike that will easily top $1 million dollars in value.  “It’s going to have a lot of stones and diamonds,” he said. “We’re talking pretty wild stuff.  It’s a piece of jewelry on two wheels.”

We’re betting you won’t find this bike parked on Main Street in Daytona this week or Sturgis this summer.