Bike Shows

V-Strom 1000 Concept

At the Intermot Show in Germany Suzuki introduced its new concept for the 2014 V-Strom 1000. Some of the new features are said to include: A completely redesigned engine, aluminum frame, traction control, adjustable windscreen, wider seat and 10 spoke wheels to name only a few.

Rather than follow the styling changes made in 2012 to the 650 V-Strom Suzuki radically altered the new styling on the 1000 to compete in the growing adventure touring market with the BMW R1200GS, KTM 1190 Adventure, Triumph Tiger Explorer and Ducati Multistrada.

It looks to be a lot more street oriented to me. Personally I think this thing is gorgeous and can’t wait to see one in person.







New England Warrior Benefit Winner

The New England Warrior Benefit (which I posted about back in June) was held last Tuesday, July 3rd in Boston, Mass., and five custom DIRICO Motorcycles were auctioned off as part of the military gala to benefit five foundations dedicated to helping the families of wounded and fallen U.S. Special Operations Forces.

Thomas Haas (pictured) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire was one lucky winning bidder, winning TWO of the beautiful bikes: the Navy SEALs Tribute Bike and the Marines Tribute Bike.

New England Warrior Benefit

Benefit to be held: July 3, 2012 – Seaport World Trade Center – Boston

Bid to win one of 5 one-of-a-kind military themed motorcycles.

Recent wars have taken a tremendous toll on all military families. And nowhere is that impact felt more than in the U.S. Special Operations Forces, routinely assigned to dangerous missions requiring immense valor and skill.

More than 1,800 members of the U.S. Special Forces have been wounded or killed in action while guarding the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Nearly 70,000 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel serve in Special Operations – working more often and under broader conditions than ever before. More frequent, unpredictable and quickly-executed missions have increased personal hardships and casualties, both in operations and training.

Special Operations troops are often young, leaving behind young families that have not yet had time to achieve financial stability. Today, more than 900 children have lost parents in Special Operations missions.

Now these brave families need our help. Give back through the New England Warrior Benefit and Motorcycle Auction.

7th Annual RoadRUNNER Magazine Touring Weekend

RoadRUNNER Magazine named Maggie Valley, North Carolina as the location for its 7th Annual Touring Weekend and Memorial Ride. Each year, the team at RoadRUNNER hosts this event in honor of the magazine’s founder, Christian Neuhauser. For the past six years, the Touring Weekend has been based at various locations along the East Coast, most recently landing in Staunton, VA (2011) and Bristol, VA (2010).

On July 11, 2012, the event will kick off with a welcome party and barbeque at this year’s base in the beautiful mountain town of Maggie Valley. To accommodate a growing number of participants, the weekend has been extended to four days—Thursday has been included as a time when attendees can choose to ride on their own, convene on the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, where RoadRUNNER and a number of vendors will have booths, or take a five-minute walk to the nationally acclaimed motorcycle museum, Wheels Through Time.

On Friday and Saturday, (more…)

Chasing Speed Leslie Porterfield

Chasing Speed airs sunday April 1st on Velocity TV. The show will follow Leslie Porterfield‘s attempt to take a stock 1000cc motorcycle over 200 miles per hour at Bonneville Salt Flats. The show will follow Leslie as she prepares to break two world records in her attempt to become the world’s fastest person on a motorcycle. She’s already the world’s fastest woman on a motorcycle.

In addition to racing Leslie is also the owner of High Five Cycles in Dallas, Texas. The show will feature her life on and off the salt flats and follow her to Wichita State University where she conducted wind tunnel testing and an airport in Athens Texas for actual speed testing on a runway.

Cori and I had the good fortune to meet Leslie at the Progressive Motorcycle Show in New York back in January and to sit in on the talk she gave there about what it’s like to race at Bonneville. This show looks interesting and we wish Leslie the best in her record attempts.

Leslie Porterfield