Bench Racing & The Morning Reads
[url= http://www.yamaha-racing.com/Racing/wsb/news/newsdetail.jsp?Component=tcm:78-333000&ComponentTemplate=tcm:78-11949-32&PageTitle=World%20Championship%20winning%20Yamaha%20team%20wrap%20up%20their%20first%20test%20with%20Crutchlow%20and%20Toseland]yamaha-racing.com[/url]: World Championship winning Yamaha team wrap up their first test with Crutchlow and Toesland
[url= http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.motorsport-magazin.com/motorrad/news-87578-haga-und-fabrizio-tests-zufrieden-muede-krieger.html&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=iso-8859-1]motorsport-magazine.com[/url]: Weary Warrior
Haga and Fabrizio pleased with tests
[url= http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=350656]motorsport.com[/url]: Ducati test notes
[url= http://www.superbike-news.co.uk/absolutenmnet/templates/?z=1&a=2405]superbike-news.co.uk[/url]: Suzuki Alstare conclude positive tests
[b]On the Street[/b]
G 450 X ÔÇ£snowcatÔÇØ
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Via Bikes in the Fast Lane and YouTube
the result of (this time) a fun filled morning. the idea to make a demo commercial came after it was shot. so this has officially nothing to do with ducati. still enjoy!
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[url=http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/LATEST+NEWS/Honda-Two-Wheeler-Sales-to-NA-Dealers-Drop-51/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/637654?ref=25]dealernews.com[/url]: Honda two wheeler sales to NA dealers drop 51%
The percentage drop in sales is staggering. Then consider that the 2009 numbers are down compared to 2008 which were down from 2007. The Japanese big four started reporting occasional runs of declines before 2006 but the drop off has been steady for 23 months now.
The percentage drop in revenue is staggering but the drop for Honda in revenue for the first six months of its business year is a jaw dropping 79%.
[url= http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.motociclismo.it/edisport/moto/MotoCiclismoR2.nsf/gd/I-risultati-sono-insoddisfacenti-e-il-presidente-di-Yamaha-si-dimette-&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=utf-8]MotoCiclismo.it[/url] is reporting that things are better at [url= http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/global/news/2009/10/26/personnel.html]Yamaha[/url] yet the president has resigned due to poor results.
[url= http://www.motorcycledaily.com/28october09_motorcycles.htm]motorcycledaily .com[/url] ran a piece on a report by the Cleveland Group.that the number of motorcycles that will be sold worldwide by 2013. The study assumes a growth in world wide sales of 7.6% and is dominated by below 350cc bikes and the Asian-China-India markets lead the way.
Still a sucker for a good bike engine picture.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
The headline on the RSS feed was much more strident than that of the [url= http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2009/Nov/091106b.htm]ariticle[/url] ÔÇ£DMG releases ÔÇÖ10 Schedule. No Laguna. And all those pledges/threats that Topeka was an event for the future? WellÔÇªÔÇØ became a posting of the DMG press release.
[url= http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/1251-sbkrx-goes-online.html]SBK@X goes online![/url], with the real world SBK season over its time to go virtual.
Despite his strong performances in the last two races for Aprilia, [url= http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/sportresults/World-Superbikes/2009/November/nov0609-Camier-still-waiting-for-Aprilia-decision/?&R=EPI-119858]Camier is still waiting for a decision[/url] from Aprilia if he will be paired with Max Biaggi in 2010.
[b]On the Street[/b]
[url= http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.oliepeil.nl/archief/2009/11/buell/&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=utf-8]Buell left nog een beetjeÔÇªdoor[/url], what more can I say?
[url= http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/node/23700]utimatemotorcycling.com[/url]: 2010 Honda VFR1200F ÔÇô Euro Test
This pushes the heading ÔÇÿOn the StreetÔÇÖ to include rails. [url= http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/2009/11/oates-and-ariel.html]The Vintagent[/url] has another great piece, this time about a Trans ÔÇô Canadian adventure.
[url= http://www.motorcycle.in.th/article.php/The-Norton-Rotary-Engine]motorcycle.in.th[/url]: The Norton Rotary engine
It was in the 70ÔÇÖs in fly-over-land in November when I stumbled across this review of [url= http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/motorcycle-underwear/sub-zero-thermal/]Sub Zero Thermal Underwear[/url] by webBikeWorld.com. I didnÔÇÖt need them for the ride I took Saturday but may need them for commuting in the near future. What do you think?
Things continue to be tough all around for dealers and the motorcycle industry in general. The only people making out in these times seem to be buyers in the position to take advantage of dropping prices offered by[url= http://www.ducatinewstoday.com/2009/11/moneys-too-tight-to-mention-3-ducati-desmosedicis-on-ebay/] FSBOs[/url] and from dealers. The UK MICA is [url= http://www.mcia.co.uk/display_article.aspx?OBJ_ID=1979205]calling for action.[/url]
[url=http://www.eicma.it/moto/en/default.aspx]EIMCA 2009[/url] opens to the public Tuesday in Milan. Monday evening Ducati is holding its official press release of their new Multi Strada 1200 hinted at in a video I posted earlier this week. The Norwegian site MC24 has pictures already. No numbers were leaked just taste pictures to enjoy over morning coffee.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
[url=http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/1254-suzuki-test-in-phillip-island.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: Suzuki test in Phillip Island[/url]
[url=http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/article/?lnk=rss&article=38656]roadracingworl.docm[/url]: American Kenny Noyes signs and tests with new Moto2 team
[b]On the Street[/b]
Like its parent company Harley-Davidson, the 2010 MV Agust F4 is the same, but slimmer according to [url=http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2009/11/2010-mv-agusta-f4-same-but-sli.html]Hell for Leather[/url].
Diabetics should be alerted that the clicking on this [url=http://www.mc24.no/getfile.php/Innhold/Aktuelt%2C%20motorsykkel/MV%20Agusta/2010%20-%20MV%20Agusta%20F4%201000/MV%20Agusta%20F4%202010.pdf]link[/url] will take you to the MV F4 press kit while this [url=http://www.mc24.no/getfile.php/Innhold/Aktuelt%2C%20motorsykkel/MV%20Agusta/2010%20-%20MV%20Agusta%20F4%201000/F4techspecs.pdf]link[/url] only contains a sugar free data panel.
The [url=http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/eicma2009-ducati-multistrada-1200-motorcycle---omg.htm]Ducati Multistrada 1200[/url] looked go in print but is reportedly even better looking in person. In trying to explain how they ended up with this street bent beauty designers explained the [url=http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2009/11/ducati-multistrada-1200-superb.html]Multistrad 1200 = superbike + bicycle + chair + tank.[/url]
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With all that fun behind you here is the Milan [url= http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/data/articlestandard//dealernews/462009/640416/article.pdf]Multi Strada 1200 press kit pdf[/url].
Other treats at the Ducati pre-show party
Hypermotard Evo SP ÔÇô [url= http://www.mc24.no/getfile.php/Innhold/Aktuelt%2C%20motorsykkel/Ducati/2010-nyheter/2010%20Multistrada%201200/Hypermotard_MY10_ENG.pdf]press kit[/url]
1198R Ducati Course Special Edition
If BMW would only do a modern R75, R90S or R100RS weÔÇÖd snap them up like hotcakes. Ducati, along with [url= http://www.triumph.co.uk/usa/10259.aspx]Triumph[/url] [url= http://www.motoguzzi-us.com/en_US/]MotoGuzzi[/url] [url= http://www.imz-ural.com/]Ural[/url] and even [url= http://www.royalenfield.com/default.aspx]Royal Enfield[/url], is often cited by MOA members as having listened to their fans and as a result brought back updated retro versions of their old bikes. BMW listened to us and has been watching Ducati start their beautiful SportClassic line of bikes. The Ducati Sport 1000 is the last of that group of bikes standing at the EIMCA. The others have been axed from the 2010 lineup. Why? They didnÔÇÖt sell.
I always thought the Ducati 1000 S was drop dead gorgeous and a perfect example of what motorcyclist were clamoring for in a retro.
However, out of the thousands of us that said we would love to have one only about 100 of us opened our wallets last year and purchased one. I was not one of them.
Triumph may own the Euro-bike nostalgia market, but it had to build new ones for a long time before it could go retro. Ural just brought out its limited edition [url=. http://www.imz-ural.com/redoctober/]Red October[/url] bike which is the most recent descendant of the BMW design given to the Russians in the 30ÔÇÖs German-Russian Pact. Royal Enfield like Ural can be argued isnÔÇÖt retro rather never died. They are doubling their production but that focus is in the Asian market. Moto Guzzi may follow Ducati in cutting their line and for the same reasons. Not a big market for BMW to enter.
Speaking of Triumph the British marque has no new models at Milan. The new [url= http://bikedeadline.com.au/?page=ViewRelease&id=ABD2009110980320]Rocket III[/url] was introduced much earlier in the fall but appears in Special Edition models.
For the first time since it was introduced the Speed Triple will be available in two color paint in SE versions. The first is a farkled version that is reportedly a one-off built in cooperation with Ohlin and others. In addition to a special paint scheme this bike features an Ohlin fork, custom exhaust wheels brakes and discs.
The suspension upgrades are intended to improve anti dive and ride.
The Speed Triple SE shares some of the suspension upgrades with its sibling and these will eventually make their way through the lineup.
The Triumph America is all about paint. Two special paint versions will be available. The one pictured is dubbed Phantom Red Haze and a Phantom Blue Haze will be offered after the first of the year. Beyond that the details on this bike are, forgive me, hazy.
Finally Triumph has been building on nostalgia in a way BMW would have great difficulty matching. From the startup of the Triumph Motorcycles (Hinckley) Ltd. the company has drawn on traditions like Speed Triple, Trident and Rocket to elicit links between the storied past and the new triple models that did not leak and had working transmissions. Once they established was continues to be the modern core of the lineup they were able to tap into tradition with the reintroduction of the Bonneville. Special features and details have appeared over the run. Recently they started anniversary variants. This began with the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Bonneville. For 2010 they remember 1960 as the year the pedestrian slicer front plate was eliminated, the chrome front fender appeared and the bike became cool.
Triumph will produce a limited edition bike in this color scheme of Meriden and Caspian blue with hand painted pin stripping as the bike pictured here.650 numbered models of this T100 variant will be produced.
Other special models have been popping up. For example Triumph and Tag Heuer combined to produce a Steve McQueen bike to honor the 29th anniversary of his death. Look for anniversary Triumphs to continue to appear over the years as they continue to milk their name sakes past. I wonder what will happen in August of 2023?
Information from Triumph Bikedeadline.com.au and Mo24.no