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Our brand-new Garmin VIRB just arrived and here are some very preliminary thoughts and a few quick photos.
Our brand-new Garmin VIRB just arrived and here are some very preliminary thoughts and a few quick photos.
about 4 hours ago
In a weird twist of fate surrounding the already disturbing events of last week's savage attack on a New York motorist, it turns out an undercover New York detective was among the angry motorcycle mob which turned on the driver of the bl...
In a weird twist of fate surrounding the already disturbing events of last week's savage attack on a New York motorist, it turns out an undercover New York detective was among the angry motorcycle mob which turned on the driver of the black Range Rover after he accidentally hit a biker. Though he didn't report his presence at the September 29 melee for three days, undercover New York detective Wojciech Braszczok was not only there, he played an active role in terrorizing the family of three by punching in the rear window with his gloved fist. He initially told his superiors that he pulled up to the scene, but chose not to assist the family in peril because he "didn't want to blow his cover." Video evidence recently proved he was actually one of the aggressors. The detective has been charged with rioting and criminal mischief, and can eventually be sentenced to up to seven years in prison thanks, in part, to the fact that a Range Rover's rear window costs $1,730, and causing more than $1,500 in damage qualifies as a D Felony. The New York Post portrays several fellow police officers as being disgusted by the actions of their wrongdoing peer and calling him an "embarrassment." But it's safe to say that those most disappointed are the citizens who hope to be protected, not assailed, by members of law enforcement. Related: Range Rover vs Rider Battle: What Really Happened? Photo © Instagram
about 13 hours ago
To celebrate its 110th birthday this year, Husqvarna is offering no less than ten different North American models including two-strokes and four-strokes and sizes ranging from 85cc to 501cc. Several of Husqvarna’s innovations can b...
To celebrate its 110th birthday this year, Husqvarna is offering no less than ten different North American models including two-strokes and four-strokes and sizes ranging from 85cc to 501cc. Several of Husqvarna’s innovations can be found on the 2014 machines – most notably the polyamide rear subframe. Housing the airbox and electronics of each model, the high-tech composite construction of the polyamide subframe is designed to offer optimum rigidity while also allowing more flex than a traditional aluminum structure (polyamide will bend back into place unlike aluminum). The innovative subframe is applied to every new Husqvarna – even the TCs which marks the first time a composite rear subframe has been offered on a production two-stroke motocrosser.  Each model in the 2014 line also utilizes WP front suspension mounted by Husqvarna’s distinctive CNC-machined black triple clamps. With precisely engineered flex, the triple clamps provide even clamping force on the fork legs, and allow the tubes to flex under stress. In addition, the handlebar can be mounted in four different positions to adapt to rider preference. The single-component casting process of the aluminum swingarm eliminates the need for welds. The rear chassis assembly also incorporates a linkage system, standard on all Husqvarna motorcycles, along with a fully adjustable WP shock. Motocross – FC & TC The TC 85 brings Husqvarna’s full-size performance into a small package. Young racers have a no-compromise approach to motocross with the same quality components as the big bikes – WP suspension, hydraulic clutch, and a high-performance two-stroke engine complete with power valve and six-speed gearbox. “We see quite a bit of opportunity in the minicycle segment in the United States,” said Husqvarna’s Andy Jefferson. “We’re excited to introduce the Husqvarna brand to the youth motocross crowd.” Joining the TC 85 in the two-stroke motocross category are the TC 125 and the TC 250. Both the 125 and 250 feature two-stroke performance fed by Boyesen reed valves, and are tunable through a power valve and two pre-set ignition curves. The TC 125 and 250 ride on WP suspension, featuring the closed-cartridge fork and CNC machined triple clamp up front, and a fully adjustable link-mounted shock in the rear. On the four-stroke side, Husqvarna has the FC 250 and FC 450. The dual-overhead DOHC cam design of the FC 250 features a König forged box-type piston, titanium valves and DLC-coated finger followers. Fed by Keihin EFI and a 44mm throttle body, the FC 250′s power is put to work by a five-speed gearbox. The Brembo hydraulic clutch enables smooth and consistent operation of the CSS (coil spring steel) clutch. The FC 450 is powered by a single overhead cam engine, featuring DLC-coated rocker arms, Pankl crank and connecting rod. Like the 250, the FC 450 is equipped with a König forged box-type piston and five-speed gearbox, but the 450 utilizes Husqvarna’s DDS (damped diaphragm steel) clutch. Dunlop MX51 tires, a tapered aluminum 827 Renthal Fatbar, hand guards and Brembo brakes complete the finishing touches of Husqvarna’s 2014 motocross family. Off-Road – FE & TE Like the motocross family, Husqvarna’s off-road line has something for everyone with two- and four-stroke models in a variety of engine sizes. Husqvarna’s TE (Two-stroke Enduro) line offers a 250 and 300 model while the FE (Four-stroke Enduro) line comes in three displacements: 250, 350 and 501. All FE and TE models feature WP’s advanced 4CS closed-cartridge 48mm fork. The four-chamber system brings the sophisticated capabilities of a closed-cartridge fork together with the benefits of an open-cartridge design, while also providing on-the-fly adjustability. Leading the way in off-road two-stroke technology are Husqvarna’s  TE 250 and TE 300. This duo provides the ease of an electric start with k
about 19 hours ago
Harley-Davidson is recalling the 2014 Tri Glide Ultra Classic trike  because of a problem with . At the moment, a recall has only been announced by Transport Canada; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to announce ...
Harley-Davidson is recalling the 2014 Tri Glide Ultra Classic trike  because of a problem with . At the moment, a recall has only been announced by Transport Canada; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to announce the recall due to the federal government shutdown, but recall notices are already being sent out to dealers in the U.S. According to the Canadian agency, the upper fork stem bracket was machined incorrectly, allowing for more steering angle than intended by the trike’s specifications. At full tilt, the fairing may come into contact with the the rear brake reservoir, potentially resulting in a loss of brake fluid, which would reduce braking performance. The increased steering angle call also turn the steering damper into a steering stop, potentially damaging the damper and affecting steering. Harley-Davidson dealers will inspect the fork stem bracket on affected units and, if necessary, replace it with a bracket that has been machined correctly. The recall affects 51 units in Canada. We’ll have to wait for NHTSA to get back to work to know how many units in the U.S. are also affected. [Source: Transport Canada] The post 2014 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Recalled appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.
about 22 hours ago
Below is pasted a slightly edited version of my review from Rezvilla's website: 5 / 5 A less dorky, flap-free way to wake up those cagers! July 26,... (This is a content summary only; click on ...
Below is pasted a slightly edited version of my review from Rezvilla's website: 5 / 5 A less dorky, flap-free way to wake up those cagers! July 26,... (This is a content summary only; click on over to the Tilted Horizons website for the full post, links, photos & more!)
about 24 hours ago
KTM has partnered with Austrian riding suit maker GIMOTO to offers made-to-measure custom leather suits. Using an online customization tool on KTM’s official website, customers can design their own GIMOTO RSX racing suits, selectin...
KTM has partnered with Austrian riding suit maker GIMOTO to offers made-to-measure custom leather suits. Using an online customization tool on KTM’s official website, customers can design their own GIMOTO RSX racing suits, selecting from various options such as additional protectors, text and logos. The customization tool also accepts 20 different measurements to get the suit to fit just right. Color selection is a bit limited however to KTM’s usual palette of orange, white, black and blue with various metallic hues. This may not be an issue for those looking for a suit that matches their KTM machines, but those looking for other colors such as red will be out of luck. Customers can choose whether they want to add a GP-style speed hump, additional ventilation or a removable liner. There’s also a choice of two materials, a 1.2 mm thick cowhide or 1.0 mm thick kangaroo leather. The customization tool can then send the information to GIMOTO which will provide a price quote for the selected options, and an estimated shipping date. Customers can also order suits through participating KTM dealers. [Source: KTM] The post KTM Offers Custom Leather Racing Suits from GIMOTO appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.
1 day ago
Twenty years after the passing of Brazilian F1 superstar, Ayrton Senna, Ducati is offering special version 1199 Panigale. Built exclusively for the the Brazilian market, only 161 models will be produced in honor of the amount of Grand Pr...
Twenty years after the passing of Brazilian F1 superstar, Ayrton Senna, Ducati is offering special version 1199 Panigale. Built exclusively for the the Brazilian market, only 161 models will be produced in honor of the amount of Grand Prix races in which  Senna competed. The special grey with red wheels color scheme was chosen by Senna during a visit to the Ducati factory only a few weeks before his last race in Imola in 1994. Scheduled to begin arriving in June, 2014 the Senna models will come equipped with a racing exhaust system and each will have its individual production number inscribed on the top fork clamp. The first Ducati tribute to Senna was a 1995 916SP finished in grey with red wheels, the “916 Senna I,” of which only 300 were produced, with two more versions, the “916 Senna II” and “916 Senna III” built in 1997 and 1998. All three versions of the Ducati 916 Senna model were limited editions. The agreement with the Senna Fondation to produce the special Panigale includes a commitment from Ducati to contribute to the charitable and educational goals the Senna Foundation pursues. Number 01/161 of the Senna limited edition version superbike will be displayed on the Ducati stand of the TWO WHEELS Motorcycle Show in Sao Paulo, alongside one of the original Ducati 916 Senna models. The post Limited Edition 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale S “Senna” appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.
1 day ago
Kawasaki officially announced the new J300, the company’s first scooter introduced for the European market. At the moment, U.S. availability has not been announced. Join our Kawasaki J300 Forum News of Kawasaki’s first scoote...
Kawasaki officially announced the new J300, the company’s first scooter introduced for the European market. At the moment, U.S. availability has not been announced. Join our Kawasaki J300 Forum News of Kawasaki’s first scooter for western markets developed very quickly, with reports last week of the J300 spotted filming in Milan, and the first spy photo emerging over the weekend. Kawasaki has now revealed more information about the J300, though we are still awaiting the release of full specifications. What we do know is the J300 was developed by Kawasaki design and engineering teams, with the engine and chassis sourced from Taiwanese manufacturer Kymco. BMW has a similar arrangement with Kymco supplying the engines for the C650 GT and C600 Sport scooters. It’s not much of a surprise then, that the J300 bares some resemblance to Kymco’s Downtown 300i and K-XCT 300i. We await Kawasaki’s full specs, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the J300 uses the Downtown 300i’s 299cc single-cylinder engine which claims 29.5 hp at 8500 rpm and 18.1 ft-lb. at 6500 rpm. We can confirm the Kawasaki J300 is equipped with petal-style disc brakes and ABS, which shouldn’t be a surprise for a new model developed for Europe where the technology will soon become mandatory. As for the name, Kawasaki says the “J” stands for “Jyonetsu”, Japanese for “passion”. “It was very important that our first foray into the European market for scooters out with a product that inherit the cutting edge design that always accompanies Kawasaki products, and we are very proud to have achieved this premise with the design of the new J300,” says Keishi Fukumoto, J300 design project leader. “The ‘J’ is the initial of ” Jyonetsu ” Japanese for passion. We started this project with the same passion we devote the rest of the Kawasaki product range .” Kawasaki will reveal full details about the new J300 maxi-scooter at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan in November. [Source: Kawasaki Spain (Facebook)] The post 2014 Kawasaki J300 Revealed for European Market appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.
1 day ago
Honda unveiled its new CRF450 Rally which will be available Oct. 13 at the 2013 Morocco Rally. The CRF450 Rally will then become available to other rally racing teams for 2014. The Japanese manufacturer returned to the Dakar Rally earlie...
Honda unveiled its new CRF450 Rally which will be available Oct. 13 at the 2013 Morocco Rally. The CRF450 Rally will then become available to other rally racing teams for 2014. The Japanese manufacturer returned to the Dakar Rally earlier this year, with HRC racers on a prototype of the CRF450 Rally based on the CRF450X commercial model. Helder Rodrigues finished seventh overall for Honda, with teammate Javier Pizzolito just behind him in eighth. Data gathered in the 2013 competition was used to further refine the CRF450 Rally, resulting in updates to engine output, aerodynamics, durability and maintenance requirements. Rodrigues and Pizzolito will be joined at the Morocco Rally by Sam Sunderland, Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves on the Team HRC factory squad. The same five riders will return to compete again for Honda at the 2014 Dakar Rally in January. [Source: Honda] The post Honda Reveals 2014 CRF450 Rally appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.
1 day ago
In 2011, Jesper Bram and Dirk Behlau set out to make a documentary about Kustom Kulture featuring artist and kustom builders from around the world. “FLAKE AND FLAMES”.  It features guys like Von Franco, Dan Collins, The Pizz,...
In 2011, Jesper Bram and Dirk Behlau set out to make a documentary about Kustom Kulture featuring artist and kustom builders from around the world. “FLAKE AND FLAMES”.  It features guys like Von Franco, Dan Collins, The Pizz, Doug Dorr, Cole Foster, Coop… as well as some history about Ed Roth, Robert Williams and much more. […]
1 day ago