Archive for December 1st, 2008

Have you seen any new Indian Motorcycles?

December 1, 2008

You will if you live in these places:

Indian Motorcycle announces the opening of the following dealerships in December. Check out the new 2009 Chiefs in person.

Omaha, Neb. www.indianomaha.com

Pittsburgh, Pa. www.indianmotorcycleofpittsburgh.com

Detroit, Mich. www.dickscottindianmotorcycle.com

Paducah, Ky. www.indianmotorcycleofpaducah.com

Wichita, Kan. website coming soonchief_black1

Phoenix, Ariz. www.indianmotorcyclephoenix.com

(From a press release from Indian Motorcycles)

This is just the latest word from the resurrected Indian. Here are a couple stories on the new Indian that we’ve reported on in the past. Indian clothing, Indian dealerships, Indian head honcho.

Monday Scoot alert!

December 1, 2008

A variety of scooter bits and pieces from across the Web world. As a former Mod and a lifetime scooterist, these stories are near and dear to my smartly-dressed heart, especially this one coming from the BBC regarding the scooter ridden by Jimmy (Phil Daniels) in Quadrophenia.

You killed me scooter, Mr. Postman!

You killed me scooter, Mr. Postman!

The auction house Bonhams announced that the Lambretta Li 150 Series 3 went for £36,000 at auction. (That’s about $54,000 in U.S. greenbacks.) It had a list price of £20,000 to £25,000 so that’s a pretty nice closing price I’d say. Turns out a guy named Paul Marsh rescued the scoot from somebody’s yard in Portsmouth, in the U.K.

From the BBC:

Earlier, Stephanie Connell, of Bonhams, said: “We have a few items from Quadrophenia come through the auction house but a scooter is very rare.

“It has been fully restored and is in great condition. We are expecting a lot of interest.

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And in other scooter news there’s this … thing. Not even sure what to say about it other than, eh, yeah. Interesting. For every taste there’s a style or something like that. Anyway, be sure to check out the little opening video on the Web site for the company called CustomScooter or some such. It features a rider inexplicably cruising this scooter through an office with the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” playing in the background.

Uh, yeah.

Uh, yeah.

More on the XR1200

December 1, 2008

We’re returned from the most gluttonous days of autumn to an inbox filled with Spam and a couple interesting bits from the motorcycle world. It’s been about a week since word got out that Harley-Davidson was finally releasing the superbad XR1200 to an American audience. (See our original story here and blog post here). It was a super soft launch that definitely got the internet buzzing ahead of any official announcement. Very clever H-D.

One more look.

One more look.

Now the official word is out of Milwaukee in the form of a press release that includes some extra tidbits of information. Here’s a few excerpts:

“Drawing significant styling influences from the successful Harley-Davidson XR-750 motorcycles that set new standards for dirt track racing success over the last 30 years, the XR1200 features technical innovation to provide potent street performance and handling. In fact, Harley-Davidson dirt track racing legends Scott Parker and Rich King participated in the XR1200 development.

The Motor Co. also forwarded some specs if you’re interested in that sort of thing (of course you are).

Isolation-mounted XL Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with silver powdercoat finish
Downdraft Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Electronically controlled active intake system
Precision oil-cooled cylinder heads
90 peak hp @ 7000 rpm (per SAE J607)
68 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 3700 rpm (per SAE J607)
High performance designed tubular mild steel frame and cast aluminum swingarm
Black three-spoke lightweight cast aluminum wheels, 18-inch front / 17-inch rear
Specifically developed Dunlop Qualifier D209 tires
Wide black dirt track handlebar
Styling and graphics inspired by the legendary Harley-Davidson XR-750 dirt track racer
Upswept, high-volume brushed stainless steel 2-1-2 straight shot exhaust system with satin chrome finish
Nissin dual front brakes with four-piston calipers and 292 mm patented uniform expansion rotors
Sport-tuned Showa suspension with 43 mm inverted front forks and pre-load adjustable twin rear shock absorbers
Rearset foot pegs for additional cornering clearance
29.2-inch seat height with standard passenger pillion and foot pegs
Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System
Aircraft style aluminum alloy fuel filler
Unique compact instruments with white-faced tachometer, digital speedometer, dual trip meter and clock
3.5-gallon fuel tank