A Biker A Babe and A Nikon

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If there’s one thing bikers like, particularly sport bikers, it’s seeing a little video footage of their exploits. The advent of the GoPro series of small, HD-capable video cameras has resulted in some stunning footage, but what makes a motorcycle video really watchable is some sort of narrative element and some great camera work.

The new Nikon D800 sports some impressive video capabilities, and the company has released a film designed to demonstrate those capabilities to potential buyers.

This not-so-aptly-titled film (as everyone depicted seems a touch concerned or downright surly) is called “Joy Ride” and was shot by one-name photographer, Sandro. If the footage was meant to demonstrate the versatility of the D800, is does one hell of a job as Sandro makes it work in a wide variety of tough lighting situations. The motorcycle tracking night shots and the candle-lit scenes look damn nice.

Keep in mind that buying one doesn’t mean you’ll suddenly be capable of this kind of work…results, as they say, may vary.

 

Joy Ride from Sandro on Vimeo.


Finding the Right Motorcycle Insurance


Buying Your First Bike? The Guide to Motorcycle Insurance

Whether you ride a sport bike or an American cruiser, your insurance needs can get complicated.
We’re here to help you find the right motorcycle insurance, whatever you ride…

Tips for buying your motorcycle insurance, coverage you need:

  • Collision to pay for damage caused to your vehicle in an accident with another vehicle or any stationary object.
  • Comprehensive to cover such things as fire, hail, wind, vandalism, hitting an animal, etc.
  • Towing / Pickup
  • Medical payment or personal injury protection to cover the medical bills resulting from an accident.
  • Uninsured or underinsured motorist to protect us when the other driver is at-fault and does not have coverage or assets out of which your bills can be paid.

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Japanese Motorcycle Manufacturers Coming Back With Improved Economy

It seems the motorcycle business is coming back, and that usually means the economy in general is due for an uptick. Sales of Triumph and Harley-Davidson motorcycles are strong, but the real leader of the pack is the Japanese manufacturers.

Motorcycle sales from Japanese manufacturers in 2011 resulted in the export of 164,875 motorcycles to the U.S., an increase of 87.2 percent compared to the year before. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the same companies exported 53,342 units to the U.S., a year-to-year increase of 86.9 percent. Exports increased for the first three quarters of the year: 81.1 percent, 105 percent and 82.7 percent, and those are some heartening numbers for the industry in general. The figures come courtesy of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and are reported from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.

Japanese motorcycle makers didn’t fare quite as well in Canada, to which they shipped 14,353 units – a decrease of 21.0 percent.

JAMA reported total motorcycle production in Japan was 638,987 units, which compares to the 664,175 units recorded for the 2010 year, a decrease of 25,188 units, or 3.8 percent. The production drop follows an upturn from last year.

Motorcycle makers exported 504,985 units from Japan to all parts of the world in 2011, and that’s an increase of 2.3 percent. Good news following four years of declines, and the U.S. share of exports shot up to 32.6 percent from 17.8 percent the previous year.

Total motorcycle production in Japan by manufacturer in 2011:

  • Honda, 200,493 (down 0.3 percent)
  • Suzuki, 160,200 (down 4.4 percent)
  • Yamaha, 162,821 (down 10.9 percent)
  • Kawasaki, 115,420 (up 2.4 percent)

Total motorcycle exports from Japan to countries worldwide by manufacturer in 2011:

  • Honda, 121,914 (up 14.6 percent)
  • Suzuki, 116,273 (up 2.7 percent)
  • Yamaha, 157,731 (down 4.3 percent)
  • Kawasaki, 109,067 (about the same as last year)

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The SHR Enterprises Jay Springsteen XR750 Replica

Dan Jacobson asked us to find some photos of this custom gem, and so we have…

These Jay Springsteen XR750 Replicas are being put into production by racer and bike builder Billy Hofmeister, owner of SHR Enterprises.

Hofmeister’s first race – a hill climb – came at the age of twelve. He not only took on a full slate of adult riders with years of experience, he took third place and then went on to start ripping up tracks at county fairs, community festivals, and AMA national events across the country. Lots of first place trophies and a Canadian National Championship title in hand, Hofmeister is still running with pack to this very day.

His real love, the oldest type of American motorcycle racing, flat track, dates back nearly to the inception of motorcycling. Riders on the flat track circuit drift through the turns mere inches from each other at speeds over 100 mph. And the bike that has dominated competition on the flat tracks since the early 1970′s – the Harley Davidson XR-750 -  has always been the force to be reckoned with on the AMA Grand National racing circuit.

As an homage to that venerable machine, Hofmeister created his hopped up version of the XR-750. It’s 105 hp Buell motor is sure to move it along at an alarming rate…

Jay Springsteen XR750 Replicas Specs:

  • 1200 Buell XB motor 105 hp
  • 19″ PM racing wheels
  • Custom Oil in frame , single shock chrome moly racing chassis
  • PM brakes front and rear
  • PM controls
  • Aluminum fuel tank
  • Custom paint and graphics signed by Jay himself
  • Supertrapp exhaust
  • Flanders bars
  • Custom “9″ imprinted seat
  • Aluminum pegs
  • Penske shock
  • Headlight and tailight

Optional Equipment:

  • Wire Spoke Racing Wheels (And don’t they look sweet)
  • Color Choice of “Harley Orange” or Blue  and White “Supertrapp” race colors or Burgundy over White “Bartells race colors
  • Nickel, Chrome or Painted frame

What kind of dent will all this wonderful horsepower put in your bank account? How about $24,605 in a turn-key version or $26,995 loaded for bear…

Link: SHR Enterprises

 

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Stunt and Motocross Riding


Buying Your First Bike? The Guide to Motorcycle Insurance

You’re going to take it to the limit when you head out to ride. Across deserts, up the sides of mountains and down the highway to feel the thrill of the open road as it stretches out in front of you. When you do, you need to make sure that both you and your machine are covered by the right insurance protection.
We’re here to help you that correct motorcycle insurance package, whatever, and however, you ride…

Tips for buying your motorcycle insurance, coverage you need:

  • Collision to pay for damage caused to your vehicle in an accident with another vehicle or any stationary object.
  • Comprehensive to cover such things as fire, hail, wind, vandalism, hitting an animal, etc.
  • Medical payment or personal injury protection to cover the medical bills resulting from an accident.
  • Uninsured or underinsured motorist to protect us when the other driver is at-fault and does not have coverage or assets out of which your bills can be paid.
  • Towing / Pickup

 

 

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Rick Carmody Discovers the Joys of Catalina Island on a 1974 Honda Elsinore

Back December 2010, the Catalina Grand Prix was held for the first time in over 50 years.

The most decorated motorcycle racers from around the world were invited to compete on the pristine terrain – untouched for decades – of Catalina Island off the California coast.

Accomplished road racer Rick Carmody had never competed in motocross, but he decide he had to take part in this historic event.

Carmody set to work prepping ‘ELSIE,’ his 1974 Honda Elsinore, and they set out for Glory or Heartbreak on the fire roads of Catalina with a bunch of pals and competitors.

After taking a year off, it looks like the race will be back on for the end of this year:

“SCICo felt that additional planning was needed in order to make the Grand Prix more unique to the Island and more special than if it was just an annual event on the normal race calendar,” said Brad Wilson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer for Santa Catalina Island Company. “SCICo will take an active role in securing sponsorships with the City as well as administration to enhance the overall visitor experience.”
The City will continue to coordinate race operations, safety and logistics. Both entities will share in the permitting process and expenses over the next 18 months. The 2012 race week will include an array of activities designed to draw fans to the island for an extended stay. Additional activities planned include:

· One to two days of practice on the course
· Improved spectator areas
· Concourse of Classic Motorcycles
· Vintage Original “1950’s Grand Prix” Motorcycle Display
· VIP Food and Beverage Area
· Top name entertainment in the Casino Ballroom
· Parade of motorcycles
· Electric motorcycle exhibition race

Major sponsors are lining up to support next year’s Grand Prix race, which will once again take place on SCICo land. Race organizers expect another sold out event, including top riders from around the world.

The Catalina Grand Prix is an historic race that took place through most of the 1950s and was brought back to life in 2010 for the first time in 52 years.  The course, just under 7 miles, included a variety of terrains, including pavement, rocky cliffs and hills, winding turns and an exciting motocross sections. The 2012 Catalina Grand Prix will follow a similar course, and provide excitement for both the racers and spectators.


Stunt and Motocross Riding


Buying Your First Bike? The Guide to Motorcycle Insurance

You’re going to take it to the limit when you head out to ride. Across deserts, up the sides of mountains and down the highway to feel the thrill of the open road as it stretches out in front of you. When you do, you need to make sure that both you and your machine are covered by the right insurance protection.
We’re here to help you that correct motorcycle insurance package, whatever, and however, you ride…

Tips for buying your motorcycle insurance, coverage you need:

  • Collision to pay for damage caused to your vehicle in an accident with another vehicle or any stationary object.
  • Comprehensive to cover such things as fire, hail, wind, vandalism, hitting an animal, etc.
  • Medical payment or personal injury protection to cover the medical bills resulting from an accident.
  • Uninsured or underinsured motorist to protect us when the other driver is at-fault and does not have coverage or assets out of which your bills can be paid.
  • Towing / Pickup

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Swimming With the Shark

Designers are always hard at work trying to re-invent the wheel, and they’re particularly fascinated with re-inventing machines on two wheels.

Car builders long ago switched to monocoque construction for tooling, weight-saving and assembly reasons, but for the most part, the motorcycle stayed with a simple tubular supporting framework as a starting point. There have been some notable exceptions like the Buell and some Ducatis, but most bikes are built around that tried-and-true frame. Once in a great while, a builder slaps on a fairing or some plastics for aerodynamic reasons, but usually for styling.

This supremely attractive machine, The Sharker,  is an attempt to break the tradition using carbon-fibre bodywork to support the rider, engine, and wheels. What does all that fibre do? Lowers weight and improved stiffness, to name a couple of benefits.

But a bike is nothing without performance, and this one sports 140 bhp which can push the bike to 60 mph in something like four seconds. With a top speed of between 125 and 175 mph (depending on gearing choices), it won’t lack for top-end punch, either.

The Sharker does one other thing that most motorcycles don’t, at least in general. It looks really, really fine.

Performance is also aided by incredibly light overall weight, somewhere around 280-285 pounds, and the seats and handlebars are both adjustable to the rider’s preferred posture.

The Sharker also harkens back to the past with a hub-center steering system like some of the beautiful bikes of the past like George Roy’s 1929 Majestic or this classic Henderson. Other cool features planned for the bike are an electromechanical push-button gearbox, thumb-brakes for the rear wheels and a keyless operation ignition system which will take a passcode to start.

Not really sure if I love that last feature as having your bike start is sort of critical to the enjoyment of the thing, but they’ve managed to make those systems work fairly well in cars, so it might not be as dodgy as it sounds…

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Custom Motorcycle Insurance


Custom motorcycles require the correct insurance coverage package to protect what is, after all, a significant investment on your part .

We’re here to help you find the right motorcycle insurance for your custom bike…

Tips for buying motorcycle insurance for your custom:

  • Collision to pay for damage caused to your vehicle in an accident with another vehicle or any stationary object.
  • Comprehensive to cover such things as fire, hail, wind, vandalism, hitting an animal, etc.
  • Towing / Pickup
  • Medical payment or personal injury protection to cover the medical bills resulting from an accident.
  • Uninsured or underinsured motorist to protect us when the other driver is at-fault and does not have coverage or assets out of which your bills can be paid.
  • Additional coverage to replace or repair accessories specific to your bike.

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Help Get the Ron Finch Documentary Off The Ground

Ron Finch is truly one-of-a-kind. The Salvador Dali of motorcycle art. The Antonio Gaudi of Grease.

Metal worker, painter, artist, and custom bike builder extraordinaire, Finch is an eccentric and a legendary force in the history of custom motorcycle building.

Filmmaker Danny Grinnell’s documentary featuring Finch is in post-production and needs funds to help him complete the project. Watch the teaser to “Ron Finch – That’s All You Get,” and if you love custom motorcycles, I guarantee you’ll want to see the whole film finished.

Finch opened his Finch’s Custom Styled Cycles back in 1965, and independent filmmaker Grinnell has been working hard on a documentary about the legendary custom bike builder and could use help funding the final project.

Finch is a true American original and if you’ve seen his work, you know how important this project is.

“I’ve been filming a documentary about motorcycle legend Ron Finch since last June,” Grinnell says. “I’m in post-production now and I’ve started a Kickstarter Project to raise the completion funds. People that donate to the project get movie merchandise rewards such as digital downloads, movie posters, company logos in the credits, coffee mugs, t-shirts, signed movie handbills, and even signed Ron Finch Artwork.”

What more motivation do you need?

Check out the teaser here and make sure this doc gets seen by The People:

 


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Hero Biker Tracks Down Drunk Driver and Trusses Him Up For Cops

Sisto Perez took matter into his own hands to subdue a drunk driver who plowed into a group of three pedestrians in Austin, Texas on Friday.

Perez was out for a ride in downtown Austin when he witnessed a Chevy Impala slam into a group of pedestrians after running a red light, and he wasn’t about to let that go by without doing something to prevent further injuries to bystanders.

“He plowed through those people like they weren’t even there. He didn’t slow down, no brakes, no nothing,” Perez said.

Though he lost sight of the Impala for a second after the driver ran over a group of mail boxes, Perez said that because the driver was so destructive, he easily found him again.

“I heard a ‘kabam!’ on top of the hill and I took off again flying after him. Sure enough, I see him and he had apparently hit another vehicle and he kept going,” Perez said.

The car then ran into a median divider which immobilized the vehicle. Perez said he jumped off his bike and caught the driver trying to exit the car from behind the wheel.

“He said, ‘I’m not trying to resist,’” according to Perez who wasn’t taking any chances. “I grabbed hold of him, pulled him to the side, kicked him in the knee and dropped him to the ground.”

Perez then borrowed a woman’s belt to truss up the obviously intoxicated driver to await the arrival of the police. Police arrested 22-year-old Nicholas Colunga for intoxicated assault and failure to stop and render aid.

And it wasn’t the first time Perez stopped to lend a helping hand. An officer at the scene remembered him from a previous chase just nine months ago in the area. During that incident, a female driver stuck a pedestrian and kept going before Perez, one the spot that time too, caught up with her and snagged her car keys.

Among the injured this week was a University of Texas soccer player, 22-year-old Kylie Doniak, and Doniak remains hospitalized in critical condition this weekend. A man and woman who were walking with Doniak were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

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Motorcycle Monkey Is the Future of Motorcycle Stunt Riding

It’s really hard to come up with something to say about this piece of awesome other than, “Ride on, my simian friend…”

While there is a person holding a leash attached to the monkey’s collar, the monkey seems to enjoy going out for a hot lap, and I really like his launch position when he screws on the throttle. He tucks in real nice and pulls a sweet hole shot.

The helmet had to be a tough find.

I bet the monkey could do without the plaid pants. Chicks don’t really dig plaid pants…


Custom Motorcycle Insurance


Custom motorcycles require the correct insurance coverage package to protect what is, after all, a significant investment on your part .

We’re here to help you find the right motorcycle insurance for your custom bike…

Tips for buying motorcycle insurance for your custom:

  • Collision to pay for damage caused to your vehicle in an accident with another vehicle or any stationary object.
  • Comprehensive to cover such things as fire, hail, wind, vandalism, hitting an animal, etc.
  • Towing / Pickup
  • Medical payment or personal injury protection to cover the medical bills resulting from an accident.
  • Uninsured or underinsured motorist to protect us when the other driver is at-fault and does not have coverage or assets out of which your bills can be paid.
  • Additional coverage to replace or repair accessories specific to your bike.

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Carlos Condit Scrap at UFC 143 Over Nick Diaz Wins Him A New Harley

If you’re going to step into the Octagon against one of the scrappiest fighters in MMA, you should get something sweet out of the deal if you emerge in once piece, and Carlos Condit did that and more last night at UFC 143 from Las Vegas.

Condit’s war with Nick Diaz earned him an interim title, a nice paycheck and a brand new Harley-Davidson Softail Slim. Now that Condit holds the interim welterweight title and is in line for a matchup with champion Georges St. Pierre, he can clear his head with a few long rides on his new bike before he takes on St. Pierre.

“It will be an honor to fight St. Pierre,” Condit said after his win over Diaz.

Though Diaz pressed forward in the second round and it looked like he landed the more damaging punches, Condit landed leg kicks throughout the fight that opened Diaz up for counter strikes and gave Condit the victory on all three judges scorecards, 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46.

Diaz was none too thrilled with the decision and dropped the retirement bomb when the decision was announced.

“I’m not going to accept this as a loss,” Diaz said. “I think I’m done with this MMA stuff, I don’t think they can pay me enough to do this again.”

Maybe if Dana White worked it out so Diaz got a consolation Harley 72 he might change his mind?

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Harley-Davidson Back From The Lost Years After Restructuring

A few short years ago, the prognosis was looking grim for America’s iconic motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson.

With a history of posting annual sales losses piling up, the recession hit the Milwaukee company hard and forced it to sell off its holdings in MV Agusta closing down the Buell Motorcycle line in order to keep its core business unit operating.

But in the second fiscal quarter of 2011, Harley-Davidson posted its first year-to-date growth since 2006, and the Motor Company brand continued that trend throughout the rest of the year and finished the last quarter of 2011 with sales up 10.9% worldwide (11.8% in the US) over the previous year, Harley-Davidson finished the year strong with sales up 5.9% worldwide and sales in the United States up a similar 5.8% for units sold.

The total unit volume of 235,188 bikes being sold worldwide broke down to 151,683 units sold in the US and 83,505 units sold internationally, and during Q4 2011, Harley-Davidson sold 40,359 units worldwide while 23,753 of those units were sold to US buyers. Sales were also solid outside the US with 16,606 units sold internationally in Q4 2011. That represents an uptick of 9.7% over the same quarter of the previous year.

Those solid sales numbers meant Harley-Davidson posted some some gains on the bottom line in the bargain. Though they took a $46.7 million loss in net income for Q4 of 2010, Harley-Davidson reported a positive net income of $105.6 million and it was that increase which helped Harley-Davidson quadruple its net income for 2011, as the Motor Company brand made $599.1 million in net income. No small change, that, as compared to the $146.5 million in net income the company made in 2010.

Totaling $4.6 billion in revenue for 2011 (11.6% over the $4.1 billion it hauled in for 2010) Harley-Davidson performance can be attributed partially to dramatic sales increases domestically and abroad, but the real lynchpin of the numbers was the fact that the company saved several hundred million dollars in expenses due to a comprehensive restructuring effort which pushed Harley back to consistent profitability.

The expectations? That Harley-Davidson expects to ship 240,000 to 245,000 bikes worldwide in 2012, and that would be a 3% – 5% increase over last year. For Q1 of 2012, Harley-Davidson expects to ship 58,000 to 63,000 bikes to dealers worldwide to open the year.

It might just be better than that if a couple of new models keep the revival moving forward.

The two new motorcycle models, the Seventy-Two and the Softail Slim, were inspired by what the company thinks is a move by buyers toward favoring a “garage-built” custom motorcycle look. They should be available immediately at authorized Harley-Davidson dealers.

The Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two

Based on the Harley-Davidson Sportster, the Seventy-Two will feature a sparkling, metal flake color option, a solo seat and side-mount license plate bracket, a bobbed rear fender and the whole beast will be moved along by the Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin powertrain finished in gray powdercoat with chrome covers and a new round air cleaner with a dished cover. Also in the mix, a Sportster 2.1-gallon fuel tank, narrow white wall tires, chrome laced wheels, and high mini-ape handlebars. The whole thing is supposed to look like the chopper customs of the 1970s.

Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

This is Harley-Davidson’s attempt to pare a Softtail chassis down to essential elements along the lines of the custom bobbers of the 1950s. Featuring a trimmed-down front fender and a narrow rear end, a solo seat and very little chrome. Hollywood handlebars and a headlight nacelle are finished in gloss black, a period “cat’s eye” tank console, half-moon rider footboards, and gloss black wheel rims and hubs complete the hot rod look. Harley’s 1690 cc Twin Cam 103B powertrain will sport polished covers instead of chrome, and the the Softail chassis is set up to ape the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame. They kept the rear suspension control which is provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally and out of sight within the frame. A 23.8-inch seat height and rider foot boards make this bike ideal for a wider range of riders large and small.

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