Thursday, November 12, 2009
[url=http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/1258-aprilia-technical-boss-satisfied-with-first-year-effort-in-wsb.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: Aprilia technical boss satisfied with first year effort in WSBK
[url=http://www.crash.net/world+superbikes/news/154614/1/shane_byrne_signs_for_althea_ducati.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss]crah.net[/url]: Shane Bryne signs with Althea Ducati
[url=http://www.motomatters.com/interview/2009/11/12/peter_clifford_interview_wcm_blata_and_p.html]motomatters.com[/url]: Peter Clifford Interview ÔÇô WCM, Blata and production engines in MotoGP
[url=http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2009/Nov/091111c.htm]superbikeplanet.com[/url]: Dingman ÔÇô We are powerless against DMG
[b]On the Street[/b]
[url=http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/Events/EICMA-China-Coming-in-2010/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/641157?ref=25]EICMA[/url] is outsourcing itself to China. As the Dealer News article points out China will represent about 25% of the units sold world wide. But what will they buy in the long run as the Chinese government commits itself to electric transportation?
The EIMCA China article provides a segway for something else I have been wondering about; dealers. For some time I have wondered about what dealer networks will look like and how they will make a living if electric bikes catch on. The move to electric bikes seems almost inevitable. How will dealers do business during the transition years? Margins are tight on bikes already.
Prices rise each year or with each new model of our dino drool drinking rides, but the history of electronic gadgets is for prices to decline as the technology matures. We waited for the $1000 laptop then $500 and then the $100 one appeared. Will electric bikes do the same?
Electric bike builder [url=http://www.brammo.com/press/new-price.php]Brammo[/url] apparently thinks they should. They have announced what amounts to a 33% cut on the price of their bike taking it from just under $12K to $7995. There are tax credits which could take it down another 10% and youÔÇÖre knocking on the door of the next price floor/ceiling. This makes it roughly $2k cheaper than the bigger and faster [url= http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ ]Zero S[/url], but were talking about commuter bikes.
The range on the Brammo is 42 miles and the top speed is about 60mph so I could get a ticket on my daily commute route and the full recharge time is listed at 4 hours. Not bad. I could ride to work recharge and play hooky for lunch.
Brammo has worked the kinks out of their production line and is ready to crank it up to 10,000 units a year. They have are working with Best Buy to be dealers. They are starting with 2 in the San Francisco area with plans to quickly expand.
LetÔÇÖs see. My BMW dealer is another 15 miles beyond my closet Best Buy here in fly-over-land. Trouble is it is beyond the 42 mile range of the bike so I would have to stop and recharge on my way home. Heck I can order online, Brammo will deliver it to my home and eliminate the dealer altogether. Which takes me back to my original question; how are dealers going to survive during the transition?
Helmets are an often discussed topic on the forum but how much do you know about their history? Need to do a little studying to catch up? [i]The Motorcycle Helmet: The 1930s -1990s[/i] by Rin Tanaka is available through [url= http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qsort=&page=1&matches=6&wquery=motorcycle+helmets&qwork=8164712&full=1]alibris.com[/url]
Helmets are intended to protect us from traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately people can still suffer them even when wearing a helmet. Technology Review has a piece on research into [url=http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/24391/]new ways to diagnose traumatic brain injuries[/url]. The article focuses on returning injured soldiers but the research has applications elsewhere.
Adventure riding kit? [url=http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/11/11/slurp-up-buddy/]Yankodesign.com[/url] brings us the Happy Basin.
[url=http://gas2.org/2009/11/10/report-twitter-squatters-are-the-ire-of-hyundai-gm-and-volkswagen/]gas2.org[/url] Twitter squatters are the ire of Hyundi GM and Volkswagen
[url=http://www.gizmag.com/kingston-paramount-movie-on-flash/13312/]gizmag.com[/url]: Paramount and Kingston to offer movies on a Flash drive.
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BMW Group to build second plant in China with joint venture partner Brilliance Automotive Holdings Limited[/B]
ÔÇó Press release
Investment of 560 million euros in Shenyang site
Production capacity will increase to 100,000 units
Shenyang/Beijing. At a ceremony held in Beijing on Thursday, the BMW Group and Brilliance Automotive Holdings Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a second production plant at the Shenyang site. The investment volume for the new plant amounts to 560 million euros. Construction work is scheduled to begin in 2010, with the start of production slated for early 2012.
ÔÇ£Brilliance Automotive Holdings Limited is a reliable joint venture partner with whom we have already worked successfully for more than six years. Our plant has reached its capacity limit ÔÇô so we are now taking the next step. The decision to build a second plant demonstrates that we are investing in our future in China and that we intend to participate in the strong growth in the Chinese market,ÔÇØ stated Friedrich Eichiner, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for finance and vice chairman of BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA). ÔÇ£It is also an important strategic step towards reducing our exposure to currency fluctuations,ÔÇØ Eichiner added.
The joint venture has produced BMW 3 Series and 5 Series vehicles since 2003. A total of approximately 150,000 vehicles have so far rolled off the assembly line, with 450 million euros invested since the joint venture was founded. In a first step, the annual production capacity will be increased from 41.000 to 75.000 units. Upon completion of the second plant there will be a total annual production capacity of 100,000 units. Around 1,000 further jobs will be added to the 3,300 existing jobs in Shenyang.
China is the BMW GroupÔÇÖs fourth largest market. The company has maintained its growth in the country throughout 2009 and in October reported an increase of 81% over the same period last year to 9,558 units. The BMW Group sold 71,952 vehicles (52,622 / +36.7 %) in the first ten months of the year, already exceeding the retail volume for 2008 as a whole. Eichiner: ÔÇ£We are aiming to set a new sales record in China in 2009.ÔÇØ
Friday, November 13, 2009
[url=http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2009/November/nov1209-First-ride-S1000RR-WSB-bike/?R=EPI-120135]motorcyclenews.com[/url]: First Ride – Troy Corser’s WSB S1000RR
SuperBikePlanet.com Interview : World Champion Ben Spies
[url=http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2009/11/want-honda-s90-custom-rc-racer.html]hellforleathermagazine.com[/url]: Want: Honda CS90 custom RC-style racers
Yes I do!!!
[url=http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.motorsport-total.com/business/r.html%3Fi%3D51971%26r%3D1%26n%3D1&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=iso-8859-1]New hope for a US Grand Prix[/url]
Fans hope for the return of a US GP on the Formula 1 calendar, but do we want and need it enough to settle for a street track? From a motorcycle racing fan’s perspective I say no.
Motorcycle road racing is the Cinderella of my racing world. It is the beautiful stepchild that is dependent on its siblings for hand me downs. This is no where more obvious than race tracks. With few exceptions* motorcycle road racers are dependent on the creation and operation of tracks built to race cages, motorcycles are an after thought. Improvements in paddocks, safety features and amenities are done to attract more cage racers and their fans while again benefiting the two wheeled crowd by accident not intent. We get the left over sponsor dollars and the list goes on and on.
Enter the promoter who runs a street race on a temporary track
- they suck sponsor dollars out of the community
- eat up fan disposable income
- no matter how good the on track racing is, watching it is like watching freeway traffic from an overpass.
- race facilities and safety features disappear after the race weekend.
If you were to interview Cinderella about her living conditions and her wicked stepsisters she would have said they may not be perfect but they are not all that mean and it is better than being homeless. Cinderella would look for the silver lining. She was that kind of girl. Interview Cinderella the motorcycle racer and ask about the carpetbag street race promoters and she will say nice things but finish by admitting she will be left penniless and homeless when they leave town after the race.
* [size=1]I would have said [i]without exception[/i] but then someone would have posted and example. On reflection that would have been a way to get a response and find out if any of you are actually reading any of this or if my view count is going up due to spiders.[/size]
[b]On the Street[/b]
[url= http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2009/11/last-buell-built-leaves-produc.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HellForLeather+%28Hell+For+Leather%29]hellforleathermagazine.com[/url]: Buell builds last bike
Things are not going to get simpler for H-D. There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling.
[url= http://londonbikers.com/news/12585/suzuki-launch-revitalised-cruiser-range?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LondonbikerscomLatestNews+%28Latest+Motorcycle+News%29]londonbikers.ocm[/url]: Suzuki launch revitalized cruiser range
[url= http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/LATEST+NEWS/Honda-Unveils-Three-1300-Customs-for-2010/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/641469?ref=25]dealernews.com[/url]: Honda unveils three 1300 customs for 2010
[url= http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2009/November/nov1209-New-Viper-super-cruiser-launched/?&R=EPI-120131]motorcyclenews.com[/url]: New Viper super cruiser launched
[url=http://www.onewheeldrive.net/2009/11/11/2010-ktm-990-smt-coming-to-canada-and-us/]onewheeldrive.net[/url]: 2010 KTM 990 SMT coming to Canada (and US)
I really liked this photo. It was nice of nature to cooperate with the color scheme. There is a sense of movement in the picture that makes me feel it. So much for my skills as a photo critic, I just liked the photo.
[url=http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/eicma2009-romet-249-division---polish-motorcycle.htm]Bikes in the Fast Lane[/url]: EIMCA 2009 – [url=http://www.motors.romet.pl/]Romet[/url] 249 Division
Poland has a motorcycle manufacturer, imagine that. Here is the history of the company as given by their website.
Arkus & Romet Group commenced operations in 1991. Several years of dynamic development allowed, since 1996 on a smooth entry into the production of bicycles and gain significant market share in the Polish bicycle. Obecnie jest jednym z największych producent??w rower??w w Polsce oraz uznanym partnerem branży na świecie . It is now one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in Poland and a recognized partner of industry in the world.
Działalność Arkus & Romet Group to prezentacja kilku fabryk, kt??rych połączenie w jedną Grupę Producenta powołało nową tożsamość, gdzie tradycje polskich, rometowskich zakład??w łączą się z nowoczesnością projekt??w i stosowanych technologii. Activities Arkus & Romet Group is a presentation of some factories, which should form the group No established a new identity, where the traditions of the Polish rometowskich plants combine with modern projects and the technologies used.
W roku 1999 firma ARKUS sc zakupiła od Fabryki Romet SA w Bydgoszczy , lidera i monopolisty polskiej produkcji - Fabrykę Rower??w „Romet-Jastrowie” - kontynuatora wieloletniej tradycji Zakładu R-3, produkującego rowery dziecięce i młodzieżowe. In 1999 the company bought from SC ARKUS Factory Romet SA in Bydgoszcz, the Polish leader and monopoly of production - Bicycle Factory "Romet-Jastrowie" - continued the long tradition in the Department of R-3, producing bikes for kids and youth. Zakupiony rometowski zakład – Sp??łka Arkus przejęła z całą załogą. Purchased rometowski plant - Company Arkus took the whole crew. W rok p??źniej, do Fabryki w Jastrowiu dołączono kolejny zakład: w Kowalewie Wielkopolskim . A year later, the factory in Jastrowie accompanied by another plant: in Kowalewo Wielkopolski. Fabryki byłych zakład??w rometowskich zakupiono wraz ze znakami towarowymi znanych od lat marek „Jubilat” i „Wigry” oraz prawem do marki „ROMET”. Former factory plant rometowskich purchased together with well-known trademarks since the brands' Jubilat "and" Wigry "and the right to brand" ROMET.
W rok 2000 Grupa połączonych zakład??w weszła mocno w europejski rynek rowerowy. Nastąpiła modernizacja zakład??w i specjalizacja produkcji. In the year 2000 the combined group of establishments came strongly in the European bicycle market. There has been modernization of plants and specialized production. Mając, jako Producent - atut zapoczątkowanego przez Fabrykę Rower??w Romet -Jastrowie eksportu produkt??w do Europy Zachodniej, umocniła swoją pozycję eksportera. Na przełomie 2000/2001 do grupy trzech fabryk dołączono zakład w Nowowołyńsku na Ukrainie. Whereas, as a producer - an asset initiated by the Bicycle Factory Romet-Jastrowie export to Western Europe, has strengthened its position as an exporter. At the turn of 2000/2001 to a group of three plants was accompanied by a plant in Nowowołyńsku Ukraine. Ta inwestycja otworzyła duże możliwości ekspansji na rynek Europy Wschodniej. This investment has opened great opportunities for market expansion in Eastern Europe.
Od czerwca 2005 nastąpiło połączenie trzech fabryk : ARKUS Podgrodzie k/Dębicy, Romet-Jastrowie oraz Romet-Kowalewo Wlkp., w jedną sp??łkę kapitałową pod nazwą ARKUS & ROMET Group. Ta decyzja przyczyniła się do zwiększenia tak sprzedażowej, jak i organizacyjnej konkurencyjności, zar??wno na rynku krajowym, jak i zagranicznym. Since June 2005 there was a combination of three factories: ARKUS Podgrodzie near Debica, Romet-Jastrowie and Romet-Kowalewo Wlkp in a capital company under the name ARKUS & ROMET Group. This decision helped to increase as sales and organizational competitiveness, both domestic and foreign. Historia Arkus & Romet Group to szereg osiągnięć, idących w kierunku og??lnego sukcesu firmy. History Arkus & Romet Group is a series of achievements, reaching an overall success. Producent posiada nowoczesny park maszynowy , wysokiej klasy w pełni zautomatyzowaną lakiernię proszkową , rozbudowane centra logistyki magazynowej i produktowej : m.in Centrum Ogumienia Rowerowego i Dętek oraz własny transport . The manufacturer has modern machinery, high-class fully automated powder paint, extensive warehouse logistics centers and product: m.in Center Bicycle Tires and inner tubes and own transportation. Profil organizacji produkcji, sieci sprzedaży i serwisu zmierza w kierunku europejskich standard??w unijnych. Profile of the organization of production, sales and service network is in keeping with European Union standards.
Po sukcesach w dziedzinie produkcji rower??w, w sezonie 2007 firma rozszerza działalność o segment motoryzacyjny- rozpoczynając produkcję skuter??w, pod własną marką Romet. After his successes in the field of bicycle production for the 2007 season the company expands the business segment of the car-starting the production of scooters under its own brand Romet. Posiadane doświadczenie, potencjał ludzi oraz wdrożone technologie, pozwolą na sprawne przejście w nowy rozdział historii Arkus & Romet Group. Our experience, human potential and the technologies implemented, will allow for a smooth transition to a new chapter in the history of Arkus & Romet Group.
It’s only a logo, right?
[url=http://www.cyrilhuzeblog.com/2009/11/12/harley-davidson-soon-on-the-big-and-small-screen%e2%80%a6-and-on-your-phone/]cyrilhuzeblog.com[/url]: Harley-Davidson son on the big and small screen
H-D, in its 2008 Annual Report, reported their revenue from general merchandise items was $123.1 million or 5.6% of their total revenue for the year.
There is a song titled [i]I’ll Never Forget What’s Her Name[/i]. The song is about someone returning to their home town and asking about the girl who got away. When ever I hear the song or see a [url=http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//moto.caradisiac.com/Triumph-X-75-Hurricane-intemporelle-833%23xtor%3DRSS-38&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=iso-8859-1]Triumph Hurricane[/url] I wonder about what’s her name. But that is another story for another time. Click on the link and read a bit of Brit bike history from the French site Caradisiac.com.
[url=http://www.wreckedexotics.com/articles/039.shtml]wreckedexotics.com[/url]: A 73 year old Florida man has 10 exotic car wrecks to his credit(?) in the past 3 years. The article has pictures of a few of the wrecks and several before pictures. What really grabbed me as I read this was there were enough exotic wrecks to justify setting up an extensive looking website. Shortly after that I cam across [url=http://www.worldcarfans.com/109111223023/fail-bugatti-veyron-driven-on-water-video]this[/url].
I have long known that wealth intelligence and common sense rarely reside together. Therefore; all you exotic car drivers are grounded and I am taking your keys.
From: [url= http://caybroendumsparetime.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-bsa-tracker.html]CayBroendumSparetime.blogspot.com[/url]
Sunday, November 15, 2009
[url= http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/1263-an-interview-with-ernesto-marinelli-the-new-ducati-corse-sbk-project-leader.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: An interview with Ernesto Marinelli the new Ducati Corse SBK project leader.
[url= http://www.crash.net/world+superbikes/news/154633/1/althea_announcement_swells_2010_wsbk_grid.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss]crash.net[/url]: Althea announcement sells 2010 WSBK grid.
[url= http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2009/Melandri+settling+back+in+at+Gresini]motogp.com[/uel]: Melandri settling back in at Gresini
[url= http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2009/Promising+initial+feedback+for+new+Bridgestone+tyre]motogp.com[/url]: Promising initial feedback for new Bridgestone tire
[b]On the Street[/b]
Let the comparisons begin!
[url= http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2009/November/nov1309-BMW-S1000RR-vs-Fireblade-vs-GSX-R1000-vs-R1-vs-ZX-10R/?R=EPI-120142]motorcyclenews.com[/url]: Facts and Figures - BMW S1000RR vs. Fireblade vs. GSX R1000 vs. R1 vs. ZX 10R
[url= http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.mc24.no/article.php%3FarticleID%3D2267%26categoryID%3D250&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=utf-8]mc24.no[/url]: Husqvarna 2010: Motard with greater mill
The [url= http://www.gizmag.com/piaggio-shows-high-performance-hybrid-two-wheeler/13354/]Guzzi concepts win design award[/url] at the EIMCA. With awards come more pictures of the bike. With more [url= http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2009/11/detail-shots-of-the-moto-guzzi.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HellForLeather+%28Hell+For+Leather%29]detail shots of the Moto Guzzi V12 Le Mans concept[/url] come more questions for the guys over at Hell For Leather Magazine.
[url= http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/2010_Honda_DN-01_Review]ultimatemotorcycling.com[/url]: Honda DN-01 Review
HondaÔÇÖs new offing continues to confound all classes of two wheeled riders.
Dr. Frazier answers the question does [url= http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/284/5051/Motorcycle-Article/Dr--Frazier-AT-Motorcycles---Size-Matters.aspx]size matter[/url]; at least from his perspective.
Tis the season to hone your skills for [url= http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/howto/street_savvy/122_0911_riding_on_wet_pavement/index.html]riding on wet pavement[/url]
[url= http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/Aftermarket/California-Side-Car-Announces-Price-Reductions/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/641104?ref=25]dealernews.com[/url]: California Side Car announces price reductions that will run through May 2010
Piaggio borrowed Ôé¼150m from the European Investment Bank to tackle up coming emission and safety standards for their various lines of scooters, motorcycles and light utility trucks (3 and 4 wheelers). The results of that investment is beginning to show up as [url= http://www.gizmag.com/piaggio-shows-high-performance-hybrid-two-wheeler/13354/]Piaggio shows a high performance hybrid two wheeler[/url] at the EIMCA.
In Florida tis the season to ride and maybe for dealers to make a profit. [url= http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/LATEST+NEWS/Dealer-Lab-Dealership-Turns-a-Profit-in-October/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/641741?ref=25]Dealernews.com[/url]s Dealer Lab ÔÇô Dealership turns a profit in October. Nut over in Jolly old England [url= http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-industry/uk-supersports-sales-down-439-per-cent/8817.html]UK supersports sales are down 43.9%[/url] and other classes werenÔÇÖt all that strong either.
On the heels of the last Buell rolling off the assembly line in East Troy speculation continues on [url= http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2009/11/14/what-was-buell-working-on-when-the-end-came/]what was Buell working on when the end came?[/url]
[url= http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/nexx-xr1r/]webbikeworld.com[/url]: Nexx XR1R Helmet review
[url= http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/24399/]technologyreview.com[/url]: Self-Cleaning super absorbent solar cells.