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.

AMSOIL Joins Lawbike.Com Best of The Beach Bike Show As Sponsor

Amsoil will give away free product to each person who enters the Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show. (actual product may differ from shown)

March 10, 2014 Panama City Beach:  USRiderNews announced  that Amsoil will co-sponsor the Lawbike.com Best of The Beach Bike show to be held May 3rd in Pier Park, Panama City Beach.  The semi-annual bike show is held in conjunction with Thunder Beach Bike Week and officially sanctioned by Thunder Beach Productions, Pier Park and USRiderNews.

Amsoil will be providing free product to each bike show entrant, as well as displaying their line of products for motorcycles and powersports equipment.

A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away from  industry leading companies such as Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics,  HHI, RC Components, and Renegade Wheels.     Wizards Products has also signed on to provide FREE cleaning products to the first 75 bikes entered in the show (valued $20)   (gift certificates subject to change without notice)

Best of Show will win $1000 from Lawbike.com

In addition, USRiderNews will award a Kindle Fire to some lucky participant or spectator at 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon after the awards have been announced.

The show benefits Toys for Kids Foundation, a local charity that provides to underprivileged children during the holidays.

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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.

Lawmaker Says Motorcycles (or bicycles) don’t belong in his County

Lawmaker says bikes and motorcycles should not be allowed in Suffolk Co New Jersey

Lawmaker says bikes and motorcycles should not be allowed in Suffolk Co New York. (previously incorrectly identified as New Jersey)

Thomas F. Barraga (R-West Islip) says people should ride bikes at all in Suffolk County New York because “Suffolk County is a suburban automobile community — drivers expect to see other drivers on the road, not bicyclists and motorcyclists.”  

The anti-motorcycle/bicycle legislator made those remarks in response to a high school senior who wrote to him as a part of a government class assignment.  The 17 year old, Matthew Cutrone, wrote to Barraga requesting “some sort of bike lane or maybe even warning signs in certain areas of the county” after his mother was hit by the driver of a van turning left in front of her.

After Barraga’s callous response lit up social media and prompted a ton of angry responses, the legislator said he’s standing by his remarks.  ”I’m not going to tell them what they want to hear, a lot of fluff,” he said in an interview. “I tell them the truth.”   Barraga said he advises all his constituents not to take up bicycling because of the risk. “They usually do not listen — 90 percent of these people eventually were hit by an automobile, many like your mother with serious physical injuries,” Barraga wrote in the letter to Cutrone.

His office could not provide the source for the statistics Barraga cited.  The text of the letters are below.

*in an earlier version of this story, Suffolk County is incorrectly identified as being in New Jersey.

 

Matthew Cutrone’s letter to Legis. Thomas Barraga

Letter to Matthew Cutrone

 

Suzuki is recalling 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles for ABS Problems

GSX1300RA_Left_AJNSuzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2013, through April 26, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected ABS units, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2013. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-255-2550. Suzuki’s campaign number for this recall is WN. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Honda Recalls 235 Units for Potential ABS Malfunction

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Honda is recalling certain model year 2014 CTX700 motorcycles manufactured March 6, 2013, through April 11, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the ABS modulator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 30, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s recall number is JBO.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Click here for a complete listing of motorcycle and motorcycle related product recalls going back to 2010.

 

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The HOGs Are Coming To The Strip

vegas HDThe principals of Las Vegas Harley-Davidson have announced plans to construct an $18 million dollar flagship dealership on the south end of the Vegas Strip, close to the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, according to the Vegas Review Journal.  The planned 50,000 square ft tw0-level building will replace the current 70,000 sq. ft store located about 2.5 miles from the strip.

Don Andress President, and Tim Cashman, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson vice president, said they have been looking for a Strip site for six or seven years but noted the per-acre cost of $30 million to $40 million was too costly.

The pair said they purchased this 5.25 acre lot for $8 million dollars.

Andress and Cashman project the move will boost revenue 20 percent over the current location with increased sales of new motorcycles, rentals, accessories and clothing.

Andress said 2012 total annual sales were about $60 million, which were 10 percent to 15 percent more than in 2009 when the economy suffered. Annual sales peaked at $80 million in 2005, a huge spike from sales of $3.7 million in their inaugural year in 1995, Andress said.

 

Motorcycle Powered Tornado Shelter Tester

motor power testerA non-profit company has found a unique way to test tornado shelters. They use motorcycles.

Imagine a pitching machine in baseball, that uses motorcycles to hurl projectiles.

It’s a tornado simulator that uses rows of rotating wheels to project 2×4′s.  On Thursday in Chanute we watched as it hurled the pieces of wood at a car.  See it in action yourself in a video posted on YouTube.com.

The device is used to test out cement enforced walls, part of Project JOMO‘s unique tornado shelter.

“About eight years ago I built a famous motorcylce for Patron Tequilla that actually runs off Patron and some other bikes and so I got to thinking – I need to build this machine, if I power it by a motocycle, I can use my resume to help get this thing built,” says Russel Gehrke of Project JOMO.  ”Is the bike the best thing to shoot two by four’s with?  Absolutely not.  But it’s cool.”

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BMW Recalls Small Number of GS R1200 for Suspension Problem

BMWBMW is recalling less than 2 dozen 2013 R1200 GS motorcycles manufactured January 9, 2013, through February 8, 2013.  The manufacturer says because of an insufficient torque of a locking bolt, the front fork tube may loosen.  If the fork loosens it may hinder the rider’s ability to control the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.  BMW will notify owners and dealers will reinforce the affected fork locking bolt connections, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. 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. NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V154000

Burglars Break In Dealership On The Day Founder Is Buried

thief breaks into the dealership the day the founder is buried.

thief breaks into the dealership the day the founder is buried.

Thieves took advantage of a death to burglarize Mathews Harley-Davidson in Fresno California.  On Thursday march 28th, someone heaved a large stone through the plate glass door and in less than 4 minutes stole $6,000 worth of leather jackets.  The theft occurred the same day employees and customers were burying 90 year old Eva Mathews.  Eva and her late husband Harold worked in the dealership since 1953 and moved from Merced to Fresno in 1961.

“The video of our security shows he didn’t look around when he came in, like, ‘which way do I go,’ “ Cara Mathews told KFSN. “He was there on a mission. Walked right past the motorcycles and straight to the jackets so I feel that he had been in here before and kinda scoped it out.”

Police say the video shows the thief spreading a sheet on the floor and filling it with leather jackets, hooking it up and fleeing the store.   Jackets fell out all along the way up to and beside the freeway where the trail ended and police assume he got into a car and fled the scene.  (Edited 4/5/13 to correct misspellings)