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.

Victory, Indian and Harley-Davidson Vie For Attention During Bike Week

DaytonaIndian Motorcycles will unveil their new engine to the public on March 9th at Dirty Harry’s Pub.  They’ve planned a big event, bringing in Mike Wolfe, of American Picker fame and are hinting at an even bigger surprise  to come.  While the event is not open to the general public, (only registered VIP’s and Press) it’s undoubtedly going to cost Polaris more than just a few coins.

Besides events for the general public, corporate shingdigs like this demonstrate the economic impact of the spring Bike Week as hundreds of local businesses depend on the influx of motorcycle owners to start the cash registers ringing early.

Besides the money spent on Indian, Polaris is investing heavily in Victory with events all over the Daytona area during bike week.  A Victory bike night at the Broken Spoke March 12th, A custom bike show March 13th at Volusia Motorsports, and a Victory Patio party at BJ’s Brewhouse on International Speedway Blvd on March 13th.  A new Victory dealership at 402 N. Beach St. will have a grand opening party March 14th.  A Victory ride and reception will start at 11am March 15th from Volusia Motorsports and ride to the Victory Reception at the Blue Grotto in the Halifax Marina (1-3pm)

Harley-Davidson is going all out as well in Daytona with events that tie into the 100th anniversary of the iconic brand.

More after the poll

Harley-Davidson will present a unique 110th Anniversary display at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona from Saturday, March 9 to Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) events in Daytona include pin stops at Beach Street and the Speedway, an area celebrating H.O.G’s 30thAnniversary on Beach Street, and a special event for H.O.G. members Friday, March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mikey Luv’s Bar & Grill on Main Street.

Harley-Davidson will give 2013 motorcycle demo rides, along with motorcycle displays, Traxxas Experience, beverages and free parking at Daytona International Speedway near the Intersection of Midway Avenue and Richard Petty Boulevard from Saturday, March 9, to Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The 7th Annual MDA Women’s Ride takes place Tuesday, March 12 with registration on Beach Street starting at 8 a.m. and the ride landing at Destination Daytona at 10:45 a.m.

Harley-Davidson will also be at Bikers on the Boulevard on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach March 14-16 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.\

For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events, please visit our website at www.harley-davidson.com/events and there will be online coverage from Daytona at www.harley-davidson.com/110daytona.

 

International Bike Week in Mazatlan

 

Mazatlan International Bike Week 2011 takes place April 27 – May 1. I know it’s a short deadline; however, I thought your online readers might be interested in this premier event that draws more than 15,000 bikers and enthusiasts from across North America and Mexico.

This year’s 16th annual Bike Week features an action-packed lineup of activities that range from bike parades, stunt exhibitions, drag races, custom bike competitions, accessories and apparel expos. There’s also live music concerts, family entertainment, local restaurant sponsors, free contests and giveaways. For more information, visit GoMazatlan.com. You can also contact Christie Gregovich at christie.gregovich@ypartnership.com for details.

Georgia Motorcyclists Ride on The Capitol To Protest Checkpoints

Over 300 motorcyclists roared into downtown Atlanta and surrounded the State Capitol Wednesday March 23, 2011 to protest the recent Georgia State Patrol motorcycle only checkpoints.

Using a $70,000 grant from the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration NHTSA, the State and local officers set up motorcycle only checkpoints on the two main interstates leading into Florida during Daytona’s spring Bike Week.

The checkpoints were located on I-95 and I-75 in the southbound truck weigh stations on Wednesday March 9th.

Newly elected ABATE State Director, Dan Forrest said he was pleased at the turnout and the diversity of the riders who joined the protest.

“(turnout)  was beyond expectations and I hope a sign of  unity in the biker community.”  Forest said.  “We had several patch club members from urban riding groups and this was far from the normal group we have attracted in the past.”

Forrest said the speakers called on the State Patrol and the Governor’s office to focus on programs that will save lives and not just profile motorcyclists.  “The central point of every speakers message was that money needs to be spent on EDUCATION of the driving public to make them aware of motorcycles. Use the media for public service announcements, bill boards, class room training for new drivers.” Forrest said.

Other speakers pointed out how the interstate checkpoints resembled police actions of  totalitarian regimes and not a free republic.

“The roadblocks are a violation of our rights and are a pure attempt at profiling. The Savannah stop had 17 GSP cars, 2 Sheriff’s cars, 1 DOT car, a van filming and photographing every biker and a helicopter. This sounds like a Border Crossing in a communist country and has nothing to do with safety.”

The State Patrol nor the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety did not respond to a request for a statement.  However, Patrol officers have indicated they will hold five more one day checkpoints throughout the year.

Forrest said ABATE of Georgia will continue to lobby against the checkpoints and added that under his leadership he hopes ABATE can become a voice for all motorcyclists and expand its mission to fight any and all legislation that unfairly targets motorcycle owners and riders.     “ABATE of Georgia has suffered through some very poor leadership over the past few years and has spent too much time and effort on the ‘Freedom of Choice ‘ bill or rather lack of it. We have been known as the helmet law people and  have been shunned by many riding groups because of that fact.”   He continued, “We have taken the first step in unity and we must continue to grow as one voice.”

 

 

Harley Road Tour Vacates Downtown Laconia

The Harley-Davidson Road Tour will not be coming to the downtown this year during Laconia’s  Bike Week, but at least part of it will remain within the city limits.

Two weeks after telling the City Council that the Road Tour would be in the downtown for Bike Week — which will be held from June 11-19 — City Manager Eileen Cabanel on Monday evening gave the City Council the bad news that she received from Harley-Davidson earlier in the day: the downtown is no longer in play for the motorcycle manufacturer.

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