Monday, January 31, 2011

Suzuki Motorcycles Reviews

Former Master Sgt. Adam Monticelli with the Oregon Air National Guard changed his plea to guilty in federal court Monday.

Monticelli admitted that he stole three Suzuki motorcycles from the Air Force, 125 Special Tactics Squadron of the Oregon Air National Guard in 2009. He was a Senior Master Sgt. at the time. Monticelli admitted to creating a fictitious person, signing off on those motorcycles as being unusable, then selling them on Craigslist for profit.

Although Monticelli admitted guilt, he will likely never see the inside of a prison cell. He is being placed on an 18 month diversion program, similar to probation. Monticelli, who lives in New York, can have the three felony charges against him dismissed if he completes a diversion program by July of 2012.

Monticelli must also re-pay the government $8850 for the stolen motorcycles.

U.S. Attorney Pamala Holsinger said that under the circumstances the result is unusual, but said Monticelli is a decorated service member being given a second chance.

If Monticelli does not successfully complete the 18 month diversion program, he will be sentenced on three felony counts of theft of government property—a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine.
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While 700 motorcycles may seem like a bad day for some rallies or events, in some parts of the world its considered a record.

Case in point, Jakarta Indonesia where the magical figure of seven hundred broke a record set in 2007 for the number of motorcycles participating in a rally. And like every record-breaking event there were a list of who’s who, at least among the local population.

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo and former Industry Minister Fahmi Idris participated in the rally.

But like any motorcycle event that crowds the local streets, the sheer number of bikes reportedly slowed down traffic with drivers complaining about bikers creating unwanted congestion.

There are more than a few reasons why this motorcycle enthusiasm is music the ears of motorcycle manufacturers the world over. While some parts of the globe were happy with maintaining sales, or even a slight decrease, in Indonesia two-wheeled sales were up 26 percent reaching 7,369,249 units.

That already big number is expected to get bigger with an expectation of over eight million motorcycles being sold in 2011.

Sales volumes last year were led by Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki according to data from Indonesia's Motorcycle Industry (AISI). With these mind-boggling motorcycles it’s no surprise that manufacturers from Harley-Davidson to Honda are looking to these prolific markets with longing eyes. Both felt lucky with selling 143,000 and 192,000 motorcycles respectively in the North American region for 2010.

Admittedly, the motorcycle market in Indonesia and surrounding countries have large segments of smaller sized engine motorcycles that are used by the general public as everyday transportation, an area not serviced by the Ducati’s of the world.
And it’s wrong to assume to look for would-be motorcycle clubs rumbling through the back roads of Indonesia because they’ve been bitten by the biker bug. Most likely the reason for the expected jump in the already millions of sales is a fuel subsidy.

The Indonesian government plans to stop the use of subsidized fuel for private cars in the Jakarta region after the first quarter, but not for motorcycles which is seen to help with the growth of two-wheeled sales.

But regardless of the reasons why and what they may buy, motorcycle manufacturers have over eight million reasons to find their way to Indonesia.

2011 Yamaha YZR R1 Price Specification

Well, here is "2011 Yamaha YZF-R1" the real Super Sport ride from Yamaha Motorcycles, if you want to try it.. the new 2011 Yamaha R1 available from October 2010, what about 2011 Yamaha R1 Specification and prices? okay let see.. 2011 Yamaha R1 powered with 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 16 valves !! it's strong and fast motorcycles if you try it on the road !! the new technology included as like Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I. Prices estimated $13.500 - $13.800

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Yamaha launched the YZF-R1 after redesigning the Genesis engine to offset the crankshaft, gearbox input and output shafts. This "compacting" of the engine yielded a huge dividend in that the total engine length was now much shorter. This allowed the wheelbase to be shortened significantly which resulted in much quicker handling and an optimized center of gravity. The bike had a compression ratio of 11.8:1 with a 6-speed multi-plate clutch transmission.

The launch model Yamaha YZF-R1 was available either in white-on-red or in blue. Early models were subject to a worldwide recall for a clutch problem. Yamaha today describes the launch of the R1 as the true value of "Kando". clarification needed]
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The 1999 R1 saw only minor changes apart from paint and graphics. Notable improvements were a redesigned gear change linkage and the gear change shaft length which was increased for better gear shifting. Fuel tank reserve capacity was reduced from 5.5 l (1.2 imp gal; 1.5 US gal) to 4.0 l (0.88 imp gal; 1.1 US gal), while the total fuel tank capacity was unchanged at 18 l (4.0 imp gal; 4.8 US gal). A second worldwide recall was issued for 1998 and early 1999 models to change a coolant hose clamp under the fuel tank which could come loose under hard use.

Motorcycle Consumer News tests of the 1998 model year YZF-R1 yielded a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) time of 2.96 seconds and 0 to 100 mph (0 to 160 km/h) of 5.93 seconds, a ¼ mile time of 10.19 seconds at 131.40 mph (211.47 km/h), and a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h), with deceleration from 60 to 0 mph (97 to 0 km/h) of 113.9 ft (34.7 m).[1] For the 1999 model year, Cycle World tests found a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) time of 3.0 seconds, ¼ mile time of 10.31 seconds at 139.55 mph (224.58 km/h), and a top speed of 170 mph (270 km/h).

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kawasaki Motorcycles 2009

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Slump? What Slump? Despite the slow motorcycle sales in 2008, Kawasaki Motors hasn't let off the throttle for 2009. Continuing its trend of delivering more and more new models each coming model year late this decade, Team Green unveiled more new models this weekend at its annual dealer meeting held in Dallas, Texas.

With a star-studded celebrity line-up presenting each model to the stage, the morning meeting was jam-packed with information. Kawasaki sure does live up to its motto, letting the Good Times Roll. It doesn’t see any reason to let off the throttle in what appear to be economic difficulties.

Despite overall motorcycle sales dropping in 2008, Kawasaki showed an increase in its market share for 2008, up 5% compared to a 6% drop in overall all-brand sales. That’s huge news to Kawasaki and its dealers. With category-leading products to offer, the dealers are selling for success in nearly every motorsport discipline.

The first announcement to the dealers was directed towards the personal watercraft market, and our man Lucas Cooney will give you the details on the new Ultra 260LX later this week on, the next step in touring-capable personal watercraft, boasting a whopping 260 hp.

Racing is the key brand builder for Kawasaki, as it knows that winning races sells motorcycles. Racing gets dealers psyched up about their new products, as does having true racing legends present the new models to the audience.

The talk of the town for you MOfos is going to be the overhauled 2009 Ninja ZX-6R. Here at the dealer meeting, team rider Roger Hayden delivered the motorcycle in all its deliciousness.

Kawasaki’s designers have focused on setting quicker laptimes and still making a superior streetbike.

In addition to adding power across the entire powerband and improving mass centralization, they’ve refined the engine and chassis behavior in a number of ways. They’ve added a ZX-10R-like rear swingarm with more rigidity and balance.

They’ve also steepened the cylinder bank angle, rotated around the output shaft, to raise both the center of gravity (by 16mm) and the head pipe (by 10 mm). This is meant to improve turn-in performance.

Contributing to this new steering characteristic is the added “revolutionary” front fork design. The “Big Piston” fork now acts more like a shock than a traditional cartridge type fork. Now using a 45mm fork tube as the inner wall, the internal piston is now almost twice the size with almost four times the surface area to help calm the attitude changes with a reduced damping pressure. The damping force is the same, but adding an Ohlins steering damper, as found on the ZX-10R, helps to keep the good times rolling upright.

Contributing to the total weight loss of 22 pounds when compared to the 2008 model, the all-new lower right side-mounted performance exhaust has an under engine pre-chamber. The all-new ZX-6R will retail for $9,799 and come in three colors: Lime Green, Metallic Diablo Black / Flat Super Black and Candy Surf Blue / Flat Super Black as well as a special Monster edition retailing for $9,999.

Three-time drag race champion Rickey Gadson presented the revised and now rubber-mounted Ninja 650R. This spunky sportbike received several changes to the frame, swingarm and suspension that result in reduced vibration and lighter handling - making the new Ninja 650R more nimble and comfortable than ever. Its signature trellis frame and offset laydown rear shock design remains, but the frame was completely revamped and now sports a higher quality paint finish.

The 2009 650R with retail for $6,799 and be available in 3 colors: Lime Green, Passion Red and Metallic Diablo Black.

Although presenting a fuel-efficient (48 mpg) entry-level sporting standard bike to the dealers in attendance, Rickey reminded the dealers that they have on their showroom floors the “quickest and fastest production bike on the planet,” having recently set a new personal record last week at the Atco Raceway in New Jersey with a 7.77-second and 191 mph time,¬ faster than the next fastest ’Busa by 0.2 second.

The Ninja ZX-14R will return in 2009 with minimal changes beyond new paint and updated MSRPs.

The ER-6n is possibly the hardest model name to type, yet the best new naked bike we’ve seen this fall season.

The ER-6n is possibly the hardest model name to type, yet the best new naked bike we’ve seen this fall season.

The class clown of motorcycling that became the first sponsored stunt rider to a major OEM, Kane Friesen, rolled out on stage to present one of the best-selling sportbikes in Europe, now available stateside, the ER-6N. It shares nearly everything but the bodywork with the Ninja 650R, but the styling is where these two motorcycles differ. Some dealers described the front end as being similar to a KTM, while others thought it looked like the Z1000.

Kawasaki reps say there are a few reasons why they brought the ER-6N to the US, a bike mechanically similar to both the Ninja 650 and the Versys. Among them is the powerful and fuel-efficient motor that it shares. With a claimed fuel economy of 48 mpg and priced slightly less that the 650R, the ER-6N retails for a reasonable $6,399.

The big news for the most versatile standard in the Kawasaki lineup is that it’s finally a 50-state motorcycle. Not big news, but it ought to make the Californians happy. With a miles-per-gallon peak of 53, the Versys is ready and waiting for you in two colors this year: the new-for-Kawi Candy Plasma Blue and Candy Lime Green. MSRP is $7,099.

Presented by the 12-time Baja 1000 champion Larry Roessler and garnering applause even before its name was mentioned, the highly successful KLX250S is followed by a supermoto version, the KLX250SF. It shares the 240cc four-stroke powerplant and 6-speed transmission but adds 17-inch wheels and a lowered suspension that reduces seat height by 1.0 inch. Stopping abilities are enhanced by a 300mm front disc - 50mm bigger than the front rotor on the already lightweight package 250S.

Sipping gas at the rate of 70 mpg, the SF will retail for $5,299 and come only in the aggressive ebony color.

Kawasaki is also bringing back the mild dual-purpose Sherpa and the Eliminator mini cruiser for the obvious reasons: fuel economy.

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Silverstone Motorcycles celebrated the launch of four new Kawasaki motorcycles last night at their Towcester Showroom.

The event was a great success despite the cold January weather and in excess of 70 people attended and enjoyed the evening.

Managing Director Nikki Lockyer thanked everyone for coming along and then the new ZX-10R; Z1000SX; Z750R and W800 were unveiled by local girls Alice and Kheena who both do promotional work at Motorcycle Shows and at Silverstone Circuit.

Sales Manager Steve Hubbard introduced the new models and related his experience of riding them all both on track and road last week at Cartagena in Spain.

Local racer Ed Smith showed his Kawasaki ZX-6R Superstock Racing bike and another local man, Peter Blackwell kindly displayed his fully restored 1975 Kawasaki H2C 750 two stroke triple; both bikes created a lot of interest.

Joe Whittaker, Aftersales Manager, outlined some exciting offers on bike servicing and introduced some of the new brands now in stock including Sartso Kevlar reinforced jeans, Shoei crash helmets and Sidi boots.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

2010 honda motorcycles

Honda released its overall 2010 sales numbers this week, showing a 16.2 percent increase in global sales, but an 8.6 percent drop in North American sales.

Globally, Honda sold 17.9 million motorcycles in 2010, compared to 15 million in 2009. In North America, 192,000 bikes were sold in 2010, compared to 210,000 in 2009.

Besides North America, sales have also descended in Europe and China. In Europe, sales were down 1.2 percent (258,000 motorcycles sold 2010; 261,000 sold 2009). In China, sales were done 1.6 percent (1.2 million motorcycles sold 2010; 1.3 million sold 2009).

But there's a different trend in Asia and Oceania, where smaller displacement motorcycles are mostly sold. Honda broke records there; sales were up 18.7 percent, with 14.3 million motorcycles sold in 2010 compared to 11.7 million sold in 2009.

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Honda Fury Motorcycles Gallery

With a new year just beginning, motorcycle enthusiasts still have a lot to wait until the top players on this market start teasing us with new models and concepts. Meanwhile, thanks to Honda, we have a series of contraptions to feast our eyes with, starting with the Fury “Furious” concept that you can see in the adjacent images.

The history behind this project is not as complicated as you might be tempted to think: three young designers from Honda Reseach & Development Americas located in Southern California were given the task to build custom bikes based on the Fury, Stateline & Sabre.

Starting with 2010 Honda VT1300's, the designers had only 3 months to realize their builds from start to finish. All this while having to stay within a limited budget.

Here's what Honda have to say about the 2010 Honda Fury “Furious” (Hardtail Chopper):

“Based on the 2010 Fury, Nick Renner (Honda R&D Americas) introduces “Furious”, a bold blend of new and old school flavor. Pounding the street with a 23 inch wheel up front and a 20 on the rear, Furious makes no apologies. 45 degree rake and converted hard tail create a clean, pure statement that is simply chopper. Metal flake, variegated leafing, and diamond stitched seat contrast with the five spoke crushers and Fury tank. Long and low, clean and mean... Furious is an instant Neo-Classic.”

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Honda produced more than 18 million motorcycles and ATVs in 2010. The Japanese giant released its global production and sales data for the past calendar year, with record-breaking numbers in many categories. Fueling the numbers were increases in the high-volume Asian market. Honda’s North American sales, which include the U.S., Canada and Mexico, decreased from 210,000 to 192,000, a decline of 8.6%.

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Honda expects to sell 220 000 of its new little Twister annually.
Honda sales in Asia have fueled a record-setting production pace for the Japanese manufacturer, with more than 18 million motorcycles and ATVs produced in 2010
Honda’s Asia and Oceania market showed the most dramatic growth in terms of unit volume, with a remarkable 2.7 million unit increase in annual sales. The 14.4 million total for 2010 sets a new record for Honda, replacing last year’s 11.7 million mark, itself a record-setting total at the time. The Asia/Oceania region includes high-volume countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as India, the second-largest motorcycle market on earth.

At the end of 2010 Honda reshaped its strategic presence in India when it confirmed a split with its joint venture Hero Honda. The Japanese firm will divest its 26% share in the JV, which since its creation in 1984 has blossomed into the largest manufacturer in India, with more than five million Hero Honda sales claimed for 2010. Honda’s wholly-owned subsidiary company, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), has itself grown into a manufacturing powerhouse in the Indian market. HMSI is the fourth-largest OEM on the subcontinent, behind Hero, Bajaj and TVS. Honda’s subsidiary looks to maintain market share amidst the country’s rapid two-wheeled sales growth, with HMSI building another manufacturing plant for 2011 to keep production inline with demand.

As for the largest two-wheeled market in the world, China, Honda saw a slight decrease in sales, with totals dropping from 1,303,000 to 1,285,000. In South America Honda made up the loss, enjoying a robust gain in sales, up 18% to 1,640,000.

Honda’s European and North American markets are characterized by much lower unit volumes of larger-displacement, higher-priced machinery. Honda groups the European market in with the Middle East and Africa. Big Red claims slight decline in sales in those regions, dropping from 261,000 to 258,000. North America remains Honda’s poorest performing market, with motorcycle sales in the U.S. still in the decline for 2010.
Honda Motorcycle plans to triple India sales in 5 years news
04 January 2011

Japanese motorcycle maker Honda Motor Co, which ended a partnership with India's Hero Group, plans to ramp up motorcycle production at its fully-owned Indian unit and triple sales to 5 million units annually in five years.

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), the Indian arm of Honda Motor Co, has reported a 20 per cent year-on-year growth in sales, at 1,40,642 units in December 2010 compared to the same month of the previous year.

Honda sold 53,821 motorcycles and 76,263 scooters in India in December while it exported 10,558 units during the month.

Honda, which last month sold its stake in Hero Honda Motorcycles to partner Hero Group, hopes to boost local production to offset its comparatively low market share. (See: Hero, Honda split; seal new licensing deal)

Honda plans to boost production at its subsidiary Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd from the current 1.55 million units a year to 2.2 million units by 2012, Japanese business daily Nikkei reported.

Honda is planning overall investment of Rs1,000 crore (18 billion yen) in India to boost two-wheeler production, the newspaper said.

As part of its sales promotion drive, Honda Motor Co plans to begin production on a 250cc sports model in India in March.

The company also plans to build a third plant in Andhra Pradesh and open new sales locations in regional cities and rural districts, the paper added.