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.

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.

Mustang Enters Custom Seat Market

11 mustangNovember 25, 2013, Three Rivers, MA — For more than 30 years, you could have your Mustang seat in any color you wanted, so long as it was black.  All that changes for 2014! A full array of colorful options and styles will be introduced to the media at the Long Beach Convention Center as part of Mustang’s display at the International Motorcycle Show December 6-8.

“In a radical departure from long-standing Mustang tradition, we are now offering custom seats with a selection of different stitch patterns, inlay panels and thread colors to choose from,” says Director Of Sales Steve Veltri. “This gives you the opportunity to make your seat as unique as your ride.” The first step in the automated online seat design process is to pick a stitch pattern. Plain, Tuck and Roll or Diamond Stitch options are available. Then comes time to pick a color… don’t worry, as you go through each step, you can see exactly how it will look. There is even a magnifying glass tool that enables you to take a close-up look at the contrasting stitching colors. “We added distressed brown to the mix last year, but now we have a full spectrum of colors to choose from, including everything from Sky Blue and Burgundy to Goldenrod and Gun Metal,” adds Veltri. “We know that not everyone’s computer monitor is properly color calibrated, so we will be happy to send you a color swatch to confirm it is exactly the shade you want before handcrafting your custom seat.”

For you traditionalists, don’t worry, Mustang still offers basic black. With the endless permutations of stitching options, insert colors and 12 contrasting thread colors, we are introducing the custom seat option on three of our most popular models for starters. Tripper™ Solo, Tripper Fastback™ and DayTripper™ are the three seat styles currently available to design your own seat from. “We did a soft launch of the Custom Seat program this summer to fine tune the process and see what customization options needed to be added,” Veltri says. “Now it is ready for the official unveil at the IMS stop in Long Beach.” If you can’t make it to the motorcycle show to see it in person, click on www.mustangseats.com/custom to tailor your own seat.

SAN MATEO POLICE DEPARTMENT SELECTS ZERO MOTORCYCLES AS THEIR FIRST ELECTRIC PATROL MOTORCYCLE

SanMateoPD_zps57688a77SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Oct. 29, 2013) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the San Mateo Police Department has purchased a 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycle that is set to immediately join the Motor Unit patrolling the crowded downtown area. The San Mateo Police Department selected the Zero DS Police Motorcycle due to the motorcycles reliability, low maintenance, battery range and capacity, maneuverable and light weight chassis, as well as economical feasibility. The 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycle is designed to allow officers to take on more challenging terrain or road conditions by eliminating peripheral inconveniences and allow for broader patrol area options. With zero noise emissions, patrol officers are also able to verbally communicate while riding side-by-side and be more aware of their surroundings

“Police Departments are continuing to select Zero Motorcycles to be added to their fleets because the motorcycles have been developed from the ground up to meet the requirements of law enforcement agencies around the world,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Global Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “Zero has designed and engineered the police line-up based on feedback directly from patrol officers regarding their needs and responsibilities. We are thrilled that the city San Mateo Police Department is not only putting our Police Motorcycle into service, but also deploying it downtown in the center of the action.”

The Zero DS Police motorcycle was developed specifically for police and security agencies to be utilized to meet the daily needs and requirements of duty. Since launching its exclusive law enforcement and security motorcycle line-up, Zero has developed electric motorcycle programs for other police agencies like:

  • Bogota Police Department
  • Foothill/De Anza College Campus Police Department
  • Hong Kong Police Department
  • Monterrey Police Department
  • San Jose State University Police Department
  • Santa Cruz Police Department
  • Scotts Valley Police Department

… and many others

“It was truly an easy decision for our department to integrate Zero into our current fleet of motorcycles. As a small community we wanted a motorcycle that could easily maneuver its way through our downtown traffic quietly and efficiently without disrupting the community. Also, the motorcycles are able to last an entire shift on one charge lowering the departments operating costs and allowing resources to be extended for more security and a safer community,” said Deputy Chief Michael Callagy, San Mateo Police Department. “Our community also enjoys hosting local events and the Zero Police Motorcycle provides the solution that allows our officers to provide security without the intrusive odors and loud noises of traditional police motorcycles.”

Zero Motorcycles has developed their police motorcycles to meet the increasing demand for street and dual sport police motorcycles on a global level with many Asian, European and South American countries taking interest. North America continues to be in high demand as well with several local police departments and campuses utilizing the motorcycles for security and patrol. Law enforcement and security agencies have found the 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycle to be reliable with no routine powertrain maintenance and economically feasible with “fuel” cost at only a penny a mile. Zero continues to work directly with a variety of international, national and local law enforcement, security and military agencies to expand their motorcycle fleets and integrate the use of Zero Motorcycles.

For exclusive information regarding Zero’s Police line- up, including video testimonial, visitwww.zeromotorcycles.com/fleet.

Kuryakyn Expands Victory Accessory Lineup

zvictory2zvictoryKüryakyn Holdings LLC, introduces a new line of covers and accents. Named “Bahn” — the German word for road or street — the new line is designed to enhance the style of Victory motorcycles. Now you can set your Victory apart
from the crowd with Küryakyn, the word for custom!

“There’s definitely a gap in the aftermarket when it comes to parts and  accessories for Victory models,” explains Küryakyn’s Consumer Marketing Manager Bryan Desimone. “The Bahn line is Küryakyn’s way of reaching out to a group of riders who historically haven’t had much available to customize their bikes.”

Initial products in Küryakyn’s Bahn line include left and right side ignition covers, as well as crank and clutch covers, with many more products in the  works, promises Desimone. All items in the new line feature a black anodized finish that has been offset with a clean looking machined cut for the perfect amount of contrast.

Victory owners can now hit the Autobahn in style! Additional details about the Bahn line can be found at www.kuryakyn.com or visit your local Küryakyn dealer  for more information.

The Reactor Wheel

ReactorCharleston, SC- WanaRyd Motorcycle is pleased to announce The Reactor is now available in chrome. It’s a unique 6-spoke directional 3D wheel that’s part of their Stark-Line Series…a premium line of 3D forged one-piece billet wheels. The Stark-Line Series Reactor wheel is a sensational 3D cut 6-spoke wheel…Designed for those that want a clean yet crazy look.

All Stark-Line Series wheels come with a lifetime structural warranty to safeguard riders against some of nature’s toughest forces that could potentially damage wheels.

The Stark-Line Series currently offers 6 different wheel designs as well as matching rotors in 3 different styles and sizes and matching pulleys (including Cush drives which most other wheel companies don’t offer) and are available for all 1984-Present Harley-Davidson models, many Victory models as well as other metric cruisers. All Stark-Line Series wheel designs are also available in the proprietary Starkline finish as well as black powdercoat. For those interested in obtaining more information on WanaRyd Motorcycle, you can reach them at 888-926-2793, email them at sales@wanaryd.com or check them out online at www.WanaRyd.com.

Kuryakyn Acquires MotoCentric

logoSomerset, WI February 21st, 2013 – Küryakyn Holdings LLC announced the acquisition of Moto Centric, a leader in the motorcycle luggage market.

MotoCentric is a motorcycle accessories company most known for their industry leading line of street bike and cruiser luggage.   The acquisition adds to Küryakyn’s expanding product offerings. MotoCentric’s base of operations will be relocated from Texas to the Küryakyn Headquarters in Somerset, WI.

“The MotoCentric brand is a welcome addition to Kuryakyn with its vast array of new, innovative, and exciting products,” said Marc Wolfram SVP of Sales and Marketing for Küryakyn.  “We are excited to work with new and existing customers to expand this innovative product line worldwide in the powersports industry”.

BEST WESTERN AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON PARTNERSHIP GOES GLOBAL

_bestwestern_mcyclePHOENIX – (February 20, 2013) Best Western International and Harley-Davidson Motor Company® announced today that the two organizations have extended their partnership with one another for an additional three years. The agreement expands the special benefits for motorcycle riders in North America, including reduced hotel room rates, Best Western Ride Rewards® loyalty program, and the hotel chain’s Rider Friendly® properties, to a global level, making it easy for motorcycle travelers to take advantage of these perks worldwide.

As part of the agreement, Best Western is serving as the Official Lodging Partner of Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary in 2013. In addition, Best Western is now the Preferred Lodging Partner of Harley-Davidson’s Rentals and Tours Division, which will include the hotel chain’s properties on its multi-night itineraries.

“The partnership with Harley-Davidson allows us to accommodate the unique needs motorcycle riders have when traveling,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western International’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Now, they can have those needs catered to not only in North America, but at any of our more than 4,000 hotels worldwide. We want riders to feel at home with us, no matter where in the world they happen to be.”

Best Western Rider Friendly hotels offer a free wipe-down motorcycle towel and access to a washing station upon check-in. Many offer additional benefits, such as complimentary bottled water and lip balm. Currently, there are more than 1,200 properties in North America that participate in the Best Western Rider Friendly program.

The hotel chain also offers motorcycle enthusiasts Best Western Ride Rewards, a special segment of its Best Western Rewards® loyalty program. Registration is free and affords members an automatic upgrade to Gold Elite status and eligibility for discounted room rates upon signup. Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members receive additional benefits, including an automatic upgrade to Platinum status and 15 percent bonus points. To celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary, Ride Rewards members will be eligible for bonus promotional offers throughout 2013.

”Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary is the perfect time to extend our partnership with Best Western,” said John C. Farris, Jr., Harley-Davidson Director of Global Brand Alliances. “Harley-Davidson and Best Western have heritage and deep roots along America’s most scenic highways and byways as well as the many roads traveled around the world. Most importantly, this partnership brings great benefits and on-the-road conveniences to our riders and fans.”

The companies initiated the partnership in 2006.

For more information or to sign up for Best Western Ride Rewards, go to www.bwrider.com. To plan your next motorcycle journey, go towww.harley-davidson.com/wcm/rideplanner/. And, follow the adventures of Best Western’s motorcycle blogger at http://www.youmustbetrippin.com/jason_fogelson/.

 

PUT FREEDOM TO THE TEST WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSON RENTALS

_hd_rentalHarley-Davidson Authorized Rentals Help Riders Answer Adventure’s Call

MILWAUKEE (Feb. 18, 2013) – Every one of  the approximately 18.4 million miles[1] of paved roads around the world mile represents an adventure that’s waiting to happen, and as the largest provider of motorcycle rentals in the world, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals can provide the ride for those inspired to answer the call.

With 224 Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals locations in the United States and Canada, 121 international locations in 18 countries, and the largest fleet of late-model Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals last year alone helped fulfill 80,000 dreams over the course of more than 220,000 days and more than 50 million miles traveled.

“Whether it’s a business trip, a vacation, or just a chance to ride a new Harley, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals is the best way to do it. With over 300 locations around the world, nobody fulfills those dreams better than Harley-Davidson,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience – North America.

Popular Authorized Rentals destinations include Hawaii and Florida, locations throughout the German, Italian and Swiss Alps, the US and Canadian Rockies, the fiords of Scandinavia, and near many of the best known motorcycle roads in the United States, including California’s US Highway1, Tennessee’s Tail of the Dragon, and of course, Route 66.

Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals dealers offer a variety of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles to those that are over 21 years old, have a valid motorcycle endorsement and the skills to handle a heavy-weight motorcycle.  Every Harley-Davidson Authorized Rental includes a Harley-Davidson helmet and rain gear, short term luggage storage, and 24-hour roadside assistance. Online reservations at any participating dealer can be made 24 hours a day at h-d.com/rentals.

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ACCELERATES TOWARD HISTORIC RELAUNCH WITH UPDATED ‘INDIAN RIDES’ MOBILE APP

indian appMEDINA, Minn. — February 11, 2013 — Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company, today announced the availability of its enhanced “Indian Rides” mobile app, featuring new interactive functionality that allows fans of the brand to actively engage with the all-new Indian Motorcycle Company. The must-have, rich media app made its public debut in January at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City with the help of celebrity Mike Wolfe, from Antique Archeology and creator of the HISTORY Channel’s “American Pickers” series. The updated app is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately for both Android™ and iOS smartphones.

The “Indian Rides” app now reveals the sound of the upcoming engine – which was designed from the ground up to capture the spirit of Indian Motorcycle. It features an interactive graphical image of a motorcycle throttle and starter switch, allowing users to simulate starting the historic new engine. Leveraging the smartphone’s gyroscopic sensor, the user holds the phone in landscape mode and it becomes a functioning, interactive throttle. The app incorporates a professionally recorded, high-fidelity audio clip of the new Indian Motorcycle engine, enabling fans to rev the engine to get a sense of what’s to come in 2013. The app will continue to be enhanced with new features and elements throughout the year. Headphones are recommended for increased clarity.

“Our world-class engineers and design team have invested an unprecedented amount of time to perfect the power plant that will be the life blood of the all-new Indian Motorcycle coming later in 2013. Loyal fans of the Indian brand will appreciate that it represents the perfect blend of new, state-of-the-art technology and the iconic design elements that made this brand a legend,” said Rod Krois, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “Our team created the app as an entertaining and engaging tool for our community to become interactive participants in the creation of the future of Indian Motorcycle.”

The “Indian Rides” mobile app is specifically tailored for Indian Motorcycle riders and fans, but offers powerful benefits for all biking enthusiasts. In addition to the new interactive engine sound experience, the app allows bikers to display their current map location, view weather conditions and advisories, find and contact nearby Indian dealers; search for local service like gas stations, restaurants and lodging with integrated direct dialing, save waypoints of interest, track and save favorite rides and routes, and easily share saved routes on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The app includes automatic map caching so riders can enjoy most mapping features even when cellular service is unavailable.

The updated “Indian Rides” app is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately by visiting the following links: Indian Rides for AndroidIndian Rides for iOS/iPhone. Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world and fans of the Indian Motorcycle brand are encouraged to visitwww.indianmotorcycle.com,  follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/indianmotocycle, and Like Us at www.facebook.com/indianmotorcycle.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned division of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s original motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

ABOUT POLARIS

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands.  Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.