In 2007 Honda Canada gambled big that Canadian riders were ready for a small, unintimidating, but sporty motorcycle. The decision was taken after a lot of research into who was taking the riding schools (lots of people, many of them female), and who was going on through to get their final riding licence (disappointingly, not that many).
Not so sporting in Mexico A Mexican businessman has won a trademark case against Harley-Davidson for the use of the name “Sportster” in Mexico, according to the newspaper La Jornada. According to the story, a Mexican court ruled in November that (in Mexico) the Sportster brand actually belongs to an Alberto Lenz. Lenz claimed to … Continue reading H-D loses in Mexico
Bob Williams and Bonneville streamliner Motorcycle collector and Supershow producer Bar Hodgson plans to prove he’s still got it at 70 years old … on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Hodgson intends to pilot a Team Arrow Racing streamliner during Bonneville Speed Week in August, chasing a 50-year-old speed record. In 1956, William Herz rode a … Continue reading World's Fastest Bar
Subject to the usual rounds of changes, TBAs, errors, omissions, and general plain old screw-ups, here are ’08 race schedules for the major players. Parts Canada National Superbike The Parts Canada National Superbike series is a little uncertain, with two locations still to be determined. cdnsuperbike.com May 22 – 25 TBA June 26 – 29, … Continue reading 08 race schedules announced
Canebrake rattlesnake www.reptileeducation.com If you ride a motorcycle, you already know enough to stay away from rattlesnakes and marijuana – at least until you park the bike. Some, however, are not as smart as you, the esteemed CMG reader. Take for example a U.S. motorcyclist who was carrying a dead canebrake rattlesnake on the back … Continue reading Something rattled, something stoned
Take that, Piaggio MP3! While some three-wheelers offer motorcycle-like handling (i.e. corner leaning), they still fall a bit short when the throttle is twisted. But there’s now a three-wheeler that no one is likely to call under-powered! Tilting Motor Works of Stanwood, Wash., wanted to produce a faster and more stable motorcycle – and to … Continue reading No ordinary three-wheeler
FatBoy is too fat for Chinese cities The U.S. intends to ask China to curb trade barriers that are limiting Harley-Davidson sales in that country due to restrictions of ‘heavy motorcycle’ use in urban areas. Four Democratic senators have asked a US trade representative and the Secretary of Commerce to urge China to ease said … Continue reading Slow boat in China
If you’ve read Neil Peart’s books, you know that he rides a motorcycle. And because he also plays drums for Rush, his BMW GS will be featured in a new display at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Ohio. The display, “MotoStars: Celebrities & Motorcycles,” will open June 28 with bikes owned or used by … Continue reading Peart's BMW at museum
Bike of the Year The Supertest World Association, which bands together 10 motorcycle magazines, has named the Ducati 1098 “Best Bike of the Year.” In second place, the Triumph Speed triple. Magazines that comprise the SWA come from Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Several of the women in the Canadian Women’s Cup series have done well racing south of the border. This year it was Natalie Catherine Provost’s turn in recent Championship Cup Series (CCS) action at Homestead (near Miami), with two thirds and a fifth in three races, in all cases with more than 40 entries. Nat … Continue reading Natalie shines at Homestead