Cori and I attended the New York stop of the Progressive Motorcycle Show last weekend. We had a chance to meet up with the gang from Roadrunner Motorcycle Touring and Travel and spend a day meeting people and looking at a large assortment of bikes. Check out the pics we took in the gallery below. (more…)
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.
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.
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Harley Davidson has announced a deal with 20th Century Fox to produce 100 “Sons of Anarchy” models that will retail for $25,000 each at Harley Dealers this fall. The show on FX is now in its 5th season and is contracted to run through 7 seasons. I’ve seen the show, the acting is top-notch but c’mon would you want to ride a bike with Sons of Anarchy plastered to it?
Do we not want to leave this sad, silly stereotype in the past where it belongs? Now Harley Davidson wants to resurrect it so riders can plop down $25,000 to pretend to be bad-ass for a weekend by emulating a television show (which is a contradiction in terms if I ever heard one). I can’t imagine the marketing genius at H-D that dreamed this one up. They must know the snickers and comments this kind of ride will attract. Then again, maybe they just don’t care.
I find it kind of funny that the last news I heard from H-D was that they were fighting to shut down a website that used part of their name for a social networking site. I’ve been to the site, it was well done and did H-D a service in promoting its brand for free; but they forced a name change. Now the news this week is that their going to produce models that pay tribute to a fictitious gang that sells illegal arms. Sounds to me like a shot in the foot. It’s a shame a once proud brand has fallen this far.
What’s next a Discovery Channel Laffing Devils bike? No wonder Willie G. retired.
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…)
We are huge fans of the AMC show The Walking Dead. The finale of season 2 pulled in something like 9 million viewers. If you’re a fan of the show you know that crossbow wielding Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) slays zombies and squirrels from the saddle of a chopper emblazoned with a nazi insignia:I believe in the story that the bike actually belonged to Daryl’s racist brother Merle (played by the awesome Michael Rooker). It’s not a Harley but most likely a 70’s era chopped Triumph Bonneville. The insignia no doubt meant more to Merle than it does to Daryl, who unlike his brother, has actually demonstrated a deep moral core, even as he struggles with his past and the specter of his brother to help protect the group. Daryl no doubt still rides it in tribute to his older brother.
As escape vehicles go the bike is very impractical, although it looks cool as hell. Zombies are aroused by and attracted to noise, and the chopper is very loud. The peanut tank is too small to afford any kind of range and the ape hangers would make it difficult to steer around corpses and abandoned cars. But what the hell, it’s a show about a zombie apocalypse so I can suspend my disbelief about the impracticality of Daryl’s ride. It fits his loner character and the scene in the season finale in front of a barn ablaze when Daryl hears the cries of Carol and swoops back to the zombie horde to save her was fantastic. The scene would have lacked its tremendous emotional impact (ie, cool-as-fuck-factor) had Daryl been driving the RV.
The Walking Dead is a great show. We can’t wait for season 3. No doubt Daryl will be kicking ass and taking names again aboard his brother’s chopper. The “IF YOU CAN READ THIS THE ZOMBIE FELL OFF” t-shirts are printing as you read this…
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The Nationwide Biker Event app is the first app of it’s kind. If you find you have some time and are looking for a rally you need not waste time searching the web, this app puts it all right in the palm of your hand.
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