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    Default Hoka Hey begins motorcycle challenge

    Prepare for the motorcycle drama and controversies, high expectations and heavy heartaches.
    We're not talking about the upcoming new season of FX’s motorcycle drama ‘Sons of Anarchy’ but the real life two-wheeled challenge known as Hoka Hey.
    The Hoka Hey challenge made motorcycle headlines last year for a variety of reasons and is now ready for another ‘endurance challenge’ with a journey that should take riders through the 48 contiguous states.
    In 2010 the event was won by Will Barclay, who captured the winner-take-all prize of $500,000, taking just over 8 days to complete the detailed navigational course from Florida to Alaska.
    The 2011 Hoka Hey Challenge starts on August 5th, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona and ends in Nova Scotia, Canada. Riders not concerned about the cash prizes can join the event at any of the checkpoints and ride the distance they feel comfortable with.
    While road races are illegal in the United States, organizers are quick to point out the event is an endurance challenge.
    Some differences in this year’s event compared to the inaugural run last year includes the large cash prize being distributed among different winners and a name as large as Harley-Davidson coming on board as a sponsor.
    With the event limited to Harley-Davison motorcycles, the sponsorship would seem like a natural fit. The Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer is also using the occasion to promote and reward its Harley Owners Group and members.
    Also, select riders have tracking devices on their motorcycles which show their progress on a map featured on the challenge's website.

    “We’re excited about what the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge represents to our riders,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience.
    “The new direction of being more about a personal test of touring endurance, where rider and machine stretch the boundaries of long-distance touring, appeals to us.,” Piehl noted, ”It’s a perfect match for the superior touring experience and capabilities of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 'Hoka Hey' translates to 'It's a good day to ride!' and that is always the case on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.”
    The first 25 participants to reach the finish and who ride the complete stipulated route will be recognized as winners and be eligible for monetary awards. Each rider will have the opportunity to designate a selected "home Harley-Davidson dealership" when they enroll.
    The home dealers of the top five finishers will be eligible for awards and recognition alongside the riders.
    There will be 15 checkpoints along the route located at Harley-Davidson dealers where participants must check in as they ride the route. In addition to being an event sponsor, Harley-Davidson is exploring hosting a checkpoint at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    “The Hoka Hey is about being the greatest endurance motorcycle event ever held, and we are very excited to become associated with the greatest motorcycles ever built,” said Jim Red Cloud, founder of the Hoka Hey Challenge. “Harley-Davidson's support and guidance will certainly enhance this ambitious event.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    A new ZZR1400 due next month



    are high-powered straight-line missiles like the ZZR and 'Busa outdated now that sharp-steering superbikes can match them in terms of power?
    In a word, YES.. The reasons are quite simple.. The ZZR and 'Busa can be used with touring panniers or saddlebags, they won't leave you with a back ache after a two hour ride and they'll travel a whole lot more on a tank of fuel before requiring a refill compared to the hourly drinking habits of most Litre Class SBKs.. And, the way they Roll On between 80-200 kmph quite simply beggars belief even today amidst the latest high strung Litre Class machines like the BMW S1000RR and the Aprilia RSV4 APRC.. In my opinion, Kawasaki should try to inject some fresh blood into the ZZR and make it even better rather than cosmetic or visual upgrades.. Something along the lines of 240+ BHP..
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrugonnab View Post
    Guys, check out this video on Ducati escapism:



    Nothing flashy, nothing like pulsar mania ad.. but it still feels like it captured the essence of biking. Just makes you think that it's so darn good to start the bike before sun rise, wish our bike makers focus on this aspect of biking in their ads.

    Not sure if this belongs to this thread.. mods please move it, if it doesn't belong here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surya220 View Post
    In a word, YES.. The reasons are quite simple.. The ZZR and 'Busa can be used with touring panniers or saddlebags, they won't leave you with a back ache after a two hour ride and they'll travel a whole lot more on a tank of fuel before requiring a refill compared to the hourly drinking habits of most Litre Class SBKs.. And, the way they Roll On between 80-200 kmph quite simply beggars belief even today amidst the latest high strung Litre Class machines like the BMW S1000RR and the Aprilia RSV4 APRC.. In my opinion, Kawasaki should try to inject some fresh blood into the ZZR and make it even better rather than cosmetic or visual upgrades.. Something along the lines of 240+ BHP..
    You answered "YES" to the "whether ZZR's outdated?" question, but your reasons go in favor of "NO". Anyways.

    For touring, luggage, panniers, etc. we have dedicated machines from BMW, etc. which also include a 1600cc inline-6 motorcycle now. And these ZZR and Busa's aren't that comfortable too, they're still on sportier side and focus.
    Although yes, I totally agree with the roll ons, and 6th gear speeds. No replacement for displacement it seems.

    About 240+ bhp, it might not happen as:
    * the Japanese have a 300 kmph top speed agreement,
    * Hayabusa seems to be the leader in terms of low and mid range torque, and ZZR will further lose an edge if it attempts to reach 240 bhp, not to mention it will be even more of a fuel guzzler.

    Let's see what happens...

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    My answers in bold..

    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    You answered "YES" to the "whether ZZR's outdated?" question, but your reasons go in favor of "NO". Anyways.

    I answered YES to the part where you asked whether is there a need for such hyper tourers in face of 200bhp Litre Class SBKs..

    For touring, luggage, panniers, etc. we have dedicated machines from BMW, etc. which also include a 1600cc inline-6 motorcycle now. And these ZZR and Busa's aren't that comfortable too, they're still on sportier side and focus.

    Even Kawi has the Concours.. And, those BMWs you mentioned are less efficient than the ZZR and 'Busa..

    Although yes, I totally agree with the roll ons, and 6th gear speeds. No replacement for displacement it seems.

    Always..

    About 240+ bhp, it might not happen as:
    * the Japanese have a 300 kmph top speed agreement,
    * Hayabusa seems to be the leader in terms of low and mid range torque, and ZZR will further lose an edge if it attempts to reach 240 bhp, not to mention it will be even more of a fuel guzzler.

    Not quite.. The top speeds can be restricted, but it doesn't mean there should be very less power output.. Think of the Mercedes Benz E63 AMG.. Its got more power than the 2009 Nissan GTR, but is still limited to 155MPH (250kmph).. As for the fuel efficiency part, please read about the Lexus LF-A's engine to understand what's possible today.. In a nutshell, its a V10 engine, built with the dimensions of a V8 and the weight of a V6 engine.. And, its about 30% more fuel efficient than similar sized engines from other manufacturers.. So, the technology exists.. Whether or not Kawi and Suzuki will make an investment for these technologies is their decision..
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    Default World's First Replacement Electronic Suspension Package Comes from Ohlins.

    World's First Replacement Electronic Suspension Package Comes from Ohlins.


    Ohlins BMW R1200GS ESA launched

    Labelled under the heading ‘Mechatronic’ (mechanical and electronic) Ohlins has created one of the world’s first production electronic suspension systems, found on the Ducati Multistrada. Now, Ohlins is offering BMW R1200GS riders with ESA the chance to upgrade their suspension without sacrificing its electronic adjustability.

    The system is interacting directly with the bike’s ECU and existing user interface. The Ohlins system also has a semi-active function, automatically adjusting the bike’s damping in relation to its speed.

    The R1200GS ESA replacement package consists of Ohlins EC front and rear shocks as well as an ECU that allows the entire system to plug directly into the BMW’s own user-interface. The Ohlins system allows the rider to choose between BMW’s multiple driving modes and damping levels, along with variousspring pre-load settings on the rear shock.

    In Comfort mode, the Ohlins ECU monitors the bike’s speed and when it exceeds 80kph automatically alters the suspension’s damping to a firmer ‘Normal’ setting. When the speed exceeds 120kph the damping is further increased to ‘Sport’ mode, creating a more accurate ride. When the speeds decrease, the damping reverts back to its original settings through the intermediate ‘Normal’ mode.

    The Ohlins BMW R1200GS ESA replacement system will be available in November 2011 with an expected price of approximately Ł2,500 plus VAT.

    “No other motorcycle on the market has suspension that responds to the vehicle’s speed, this is yet another World first from Öhlins and a further demonstration as to why we are the premium brand in suspension and trusted by riders all over the globe,” stated Ola Lennstrom, Marketing Communications Manager at Ohlins Racing.
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    Default Classics lost at sea

    Classics lost at sea.

    These WW2 military spec BSA M 20, Matchless G3L and Norton 16 Hs are rotting off the coast of Egypt near the popular resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

    They form part of the cargo of SS Thistlegorm, along with British army trucks and even a train, all lost when the ship sank in 1941.

    The Nortons, BSAs and Matchlesses were all military issue throughout the war with hundreds of thousands produced in total. Today, however, restored examples would be worth around Ł4000.

    SS Thistlegorm sank after it was bombed by the Germans. Today it is a popular dive site.
    For more information visit Diving the SS Thistlegorm | SS Thistlegorm

















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    Man swaps meteorite for a Harley


    A MAN who found a meteorite in his back garden has swapped it for a Harley-Davidson. Jim Griffey, 63 from Cabot, Arkansas, was using a hole-boring tool in preparation to plant trees in his back garden when he hit a rock. He dug the rock out and tossed it aside.

    Later on he went back to inspect the rock: "I've got a few interesting rocks in my shed. One has some fossils in it another is some fool's gold," said Griffey.

    After looking at the strange rock, he grabbed a magnet to see if was metal: "The dang magnet shot right to it. I'm pretty sure it charged the magnet," Griffey said. Because of his love of motorcycles, Griffey called his local Harley-Davidson dealer, Landers Harley Davidson, to see if they would trade the rock for a motorcycle.

    Griffey said: "You know I don't mind taking an old Harley that will smoke cause I'm 63 and I smoke a little bit too." Quite bizarrely, the local dealer said yes and Griffey will pick up his new motorcycle in exchange for the meteorite. Not bad for a morning's work.


    Read more: Man swaps meteorite for a Harley - Motorcycle news: Bizarre - Visordown

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    Lol, what a strange world. So, who's digging their backyard in hope of finding something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
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    In Bombay we don't have backyards... Stupid metro city...
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    Rioters attack scooter rider


    Rioters have been caught on film dragging a rider off his scooter and stealing it.

    The learner rider is seen being chased and grabbed around the neck as he tries to negotiate his way through rioting in Croydon, South London.

    One thug then drags him away while another picks up the scooter and rides off. Seconds later the thief falls off and the owner runs towards him, only to be kicked in the back before he can reclaim his vehicle.

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