It may not be too late to turn polar vortex lemons into two-wheeled lemonade: thanks to Great Falls, Montana-based motorcycle enthusiast Scott Dailey, there's now a product called Timbersled that will convert your run-of-the-mill motorcycle into a snowmobile-like snow bike.
The process takes around four hours, and the price for the kit-- which includes skids and a track-- run between $5,200 and $6,100. So-called "fit kits", enable the setup to be transferred to other bikes, and run $300 to $400. Check out this YouTube clip to see it in action.
It may be hard for a Southern Californian like me to fully grasp the idea of non-year-round riding, but if you're locked into a snowy clime for a good chunk of the season, I can see a product like this making perfect sense.
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Well, life recently imitated art when 27 year-old Albert Rodriguez of San Antonio, Texas posted video of a 100 mph joyride through traffic entitled "Catch Me If you Can", which in turn was posted on the San Antonio PD's Facebook page
Predictable news of his arrest, with charges of outstanding felony warrants, a misdemeanor assault warrant, and possible charges in connection with a stolen motorcycle.
Turns out crime truly doesn't pay, especially when it's publicly shared with law enforcement.
Source: Fox News
Thanks to Bill Fairchild for the tip!
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Lotus founder Colin Chapman was famous for making pithy statements about maximum performance, among them the motorcycle-appropriate, "Simplify, then add lightness."
Staying within that spirit, the futuristic C-01 concept you see here-- licensed by Lotus and built by German firm Kodewa-- promises to offer insane performance and lightweight construction with an extremely limited production run of 100 units.
The bike features a mind-boggling spec sheet: A liquid-cooled, 75 degree 1,195cc twin that produces 200 horsepower, and a frame constructed of carbon fiber, titanium, and aerospace grade steel that helps limit weight to 399 pounds, dry-- approximately the same mass as the latest Ducati Monster 1200 S.
Lotus says the bike is road ready, but hasn't given a timeframe on customer availability. Whenever it does hit the market, you can likely expect the triple-digit production run to be snatched up by deep-pocketed fans of the automotive brand-- though it wouldn't be surprising if the company decided to expand their offerings, moving a tad downmarket in the process.
Source: Lotus Motorcycles
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Think Triumph, and you probably think of the classic Bonneville-- and very likely, the inevitable Steve McQueen connection. Of course there are Triumph naked bikes and sportbikes aplenty, not to mention über plus-sized touring cruisers and big/medium sized adventure bikes... but in case you weren't aware, Triumph also happens to build a new Harley-Davidson-challenging cruiser and touring cruiser in the form of the Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT.
Rider, photographer, and writer Alfonse Palaima was cool enough to attend the latest Triumph launch on behalf of About.com, and lends his thoughts on the new big-bore cruiser and touring cruiser in his 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT review.
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After a day of riding the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S across epically stunning (and equally treacherous) roads that spill around the volcanic island of Tenerife, I'm still buzzing from the thrill. Between the one-lane hairpins, dizzying vistas, and unpredictable opposing traffic, it's easy to see how the manageability of Ducati's third-gen, 145 horsepower Monster could make or break the experience of negotiating those winding roads.
How does the new Monster's superbike-sourced and liquid-cooled engine behave, and what's it like to ride this redhead? Find out in my 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review: Instant Animal, Just Add Water.
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Victory's parent company Polaris probably had their hands full with the epic (and successfully) re-launched Indian brand, but here's a new bike of their own: the 2015 Victory Gunner.
The bobber-style Victory Gunner combines an air and oil-cooled 106 cubic inch (1,731 cc) v-twin with a 6-speed transmission and fat Dunlop tires and lightweight cast aluminum wheels. Running somewhat contrary to its big powerplant is an approachable seat height of only 25 inches. Read More...
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Some of us are more attached to our motorcycles than others.
Take, for instance, Bill Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, who was so enamored of his 1967 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide that he spent years planning a funeral to feature his embalmed body aboard his beloved steed. "He was a quirky man," daughter Dorothy Brown told the Dayton Daily News of the man who enlisted his sons to build a casket for him based on a septic tank.
The structure was reinforced with wood and steel rods to handle the weight of the Hog and the body, and uses a Plexiglas case for viewing. Bill's son Roy says the structure was in Standley's garage for five years, and that Bill often showed it to visitors.Read More...
It's warm on the west coast, which opens the riding possibilities to near infinity levels.
Because roads are clear and the sun is shining, today I'll present you with a theoretical way to pick between one of two very different bikes: On the right, a brand spanking new BMW R1200GS, which starts at $16,100 and, in this case, is decked out with all the bells and whistles you can pile around its air and liquid-cooled boxer engine, including electronically adjustable suspension and saddlebags.Read More...
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