Just finished the article on the Harley Street Glide Special (November 2013). I have been looking for a new bike to replace my Low Rider Sport, which I have had since it was new (26 years), and am torn between the new Indian Chieftain and the Harley Street Glide Special.
Even rain can't put a damper on this new Ducati's performance
BY THE NUMBERS
DARK SKIES AND RAINsoaked roads awaited my arrival in Bologna, Italy, for the international press launch of Ducati’s new-for-2014 899 Panigale at the nearby Imola circuit. A natural successor to the 848 EVO sportbike, the mid-displacement 898CC V-twin faithfully delivers the cuttingedge styling and technology of its 1199 superbike sibling to a broader audience.
Ducati staged a welcome dinner in its lavish MotoGP hospitality tent erected in the circuit paddock. To my immediate right sat four-time WSBK champion Carl Fogarty. Foggy said he has ridden very little since the career-ending crash back in 2000.
Back to the Ace café via chennai (the Detroit of India)
IS IT ALL ABOUT HERITAGE? Royal Enfield’s roots date back to the 19th century and its Bullet— whose engine the new Continental GT is based upon—was first produced in 1933. That makes the Bullet the oldest motorcycle in the world in continuous production.
The bike that was intended to save Royal Enfield from the mighty Japanese onslaught of the '60s was the one that inspired the new Continental GT. Packing a 250cc four-stroke single, that 1965 Continental GT was in fact Royal Enfield’s pedestrian Crusader decked out in a racy-looking fiberglass petrol tank, fly screen, clipons, rearsets, and flashy red paint.
ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT TAKE SOME time to grasp Husqvarna’s changing owners and colors, there’s no easier bike to get accustomed to than the new TE300. The bike, which received high accolades as a Husaberg, is now exclusively a Husqvarna because the two companies have been “reunited” as one under the KTM umbrella.
New American sportbike set to challenge Italian V-twins on street and track
JUST FOUR YEARS after HarleyDavidson terminated the Buell Motorcycle Company Erik Buell is back building bikes, and Erik Buell Racing now has 97 employees. EBR also has a cooperation agreement with Indian Hero MotoCorp and plans to race its new 1190RX next season in the 2014 Superbike World Championship. Hats off to Buell’s determination.
Honda recently took the wraps off the brand-new CBR300R sportbike at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition in Chongqing. The show, the largest in China, has been held annually since 2002. Although Honda doesn't release official sales figures to the media, it is no secret that the CBR25OR has been a red-hot seller since its release in 2011.
Crammed into this issue’s 82 pages were three features that, to this day, remain etched in my memory. → For "Riding the Ones,” Editor Paul Dean lapped Sears Point Raceway on Bubba Shobert’s 1988 AMA Superbike-winning Honda VFR750. "When you whack the throttle open in the fat part of the powerband,” he wrote about the Mike Velasco-built V-4, "you’re catapulted forward with such force-often with the front wheel off the ground-that you almost expect the asphalt to wrinkle up like a cheap throw rug and get spit out behind the rear wheel.” Rounding out the 12-page section, David Edwards rode John Kocinski’s Yamaha TZ250, and Steve Anderson reported on Dale Quarterly's Eraldo Ferracci-fettled Ducati 851.
Most of us won’t ever be able to afford a bigname custom makeover for our ride. Which is exactly why Bell Helmets and Roland Sands Design collaborated to create the Bell Star Treatment contest. Thousands of people submitted entries, all explaining why they should be the one who gets their own personal motorcycle transformed into a stunning custom by Sands and crew.
LACE’EM HIGH RIDING BOOT Basic-black zip-ups not your style? Here’s something with a bit more flair: TCX X-Rap Waterproof ($149.99), If you're thinking all show and no go, think again This full-grain-leather lace-up has toe and heel reinforcements, plus an Ankle Lock System, anchored at the malleolus bone, to hold your foot securely in place.
STALLING YOUR OFFroad bike’s engine halfway up a rocky, technical climb sucks. Getting going again is often difficult and exhausting. Sometimes, it’s best to head back down the hill and make another attempt. Either way, frustration and fatigue set in.
ONE STEP AT A TIME HOW TO COACH YOUR KID (OR NEW RIDER)...
With advice from Rich Oliver
THE COUPLE sitting next to me on an airline flight weren’t motorcyclists, but motorcycles had helped their son. “We moved to another state when he was just starting junior high school and he didn’t fit in. We got him a dirt bike, and he met a great group of friends.”
I’d like to share five points regarding transmissions: [l] For years now in Formula 1 car racing, changing gears has been a matter of hitting little paddles on the steering wheel that call for upshifts and downshifts. There is no need to punch a clutch pedal twice and blip the throttle to manually synchronize downshifts as in the past.
BAGGERS IN THE HEARTLAND: THE NEW INDIAN CHIEFTAIN TAKES ON THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE SPECIAL IN THE AUTUMN-COLORED HILLS BETWEEN THEIR TWO HOMETOWNS
STREET GLIDE SPECIAL
THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS was finding a route Our original plan called for picking up the Harley in Milwaukee, swinging northwest to collect the new Indian Chieftain at its Minneapolis home, and then heading down the Mississippi River to Memphis.
Ten years ago, my eyes opened. I saw a pilgrimage. To Milwaukee-not Mecca. And while I had always been an intense enthusiast of early American racing motorcycles, the passion of these modern riders, with too much luggage, leather, and attitude, was something I did not share.
If there were ever a doubt that KTM is ultra serious about building streetbikes, the last couple of years have crushed those reservations. Street products now account for almost 50 percent of KTM’s sales, and the new 1290 Super Duke R is sure to be the company’s flagship.
The fastest Triumph-powered motorcycle to ever turn a wheel is powered by a pair of air-cooled, two-valve, pushrod engines designed in the late ’30s. Its rocket-like profile, once described by the late Don Vesco as “one of the most beautiful streamliners,” was penned by the man who designed the radical 1948 Tucker car.
Unconventional thinking was designer Alex Tremulis' calling card
In a career spanning five decades, Alexander Sarantos Tremulis produced some revered automobile designs, including exquisite bodywork for the 1934 Duesenberg Model J, muscular side pipes for the supercharged 1937 Cord 812SC, and the streamlined 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt concept car.
THE TRIUMPH-POWERED CASTROL ROCKET IS APTLY NAMED BUT STILL NEEDS TO PROVE ITSELF ON THE SALT
Even parked in a photo studio, the Castrol Rocket exudes speed, looking every bit ready to reclaim for Triumph the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle,” the honor held by the British marque for all but 33 days between 1955 and 1970. Problem is, when the Rocket streamliner went to Bonneville last August to test and participate in the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials, bad weather and an assortment of typical tuning/teething issues kept rider Jason DiSalvo from making any serious speed runs.
Q: I purchased a V-Max new in March 2004. It always rode true with no wobbles at all. Then, in 2008, we trailered it 800 miles (the fork was tied down for me by another rider). It then developed a very bad front-end wobble at low speeds (15 to 50 mph).
YEARS SOLD: 1997-2003 MSRP NEW: $10,999 (1997-2003) BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: $3,260 (1997) to $4,950 (2003) BASIC SPECS: A dohc, dual-counterbalanced, 1,137cc inline-four that was carbureted in its 1997 introduction and injected in 1999, when it produced 133 hp on the CW dyno.
How Tom Sykes and his crew chief, Marcel Duinker, turned Kawasaki's ZX-1OR into a world-championship winner
I WAS EAGER TO attend Round 12 of the Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last fall because there would be an opportunity to meet Marcel Duinker race engineer for Tom Sykes. At that time, the Brit was leading the series points on a Kawasaki ZX-10R. He has since won the title.
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