Archive for January 16th, 2009

Vectrix Shows Two New Electric Units

January 16, 2009

Vectrix Corporation today introduced its “entry-level” VX-2 and 2009 VX-1E urban commuting model at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in New York. These two new scoots join the VX-1 in Vectrix’s model line.

Available in green, blue, red, yellow and white, VX-2 is expected to arrive at dealers in June 2009 with an MSRP of $5,195.

The VX-1E uses the same platform and drive train as the original VX-1, yet features a lower price point and a more urban commuter driver profile with slightly less acceleration and top speed. VX-1E is expected to arrive at dealers in April with a MSRP is $8,495.

I’ll be test riding the Vectrix VX-2 and VX-1E next week. Stay tuned for more company information and a review of the bikes here and at Dealernews.com
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Piaggio Debuts 2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super

January 16, 2009

Unveiled for the world at the EICMA show in Milan last November, the
Vespa GTS 300 Super made its North American debut today at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in New York.

The 2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super (MSRP $6,199) is the latest evolution of the company’s best-selling mid-size scooter, the GTS 250.  It’s also the fastest Vespa in the company’s U.S. product portfolio.

Learn more about the scoot here.
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The CORE — Victory’s First Rigid

January 16, 2009

A Victory hard tail? You betcha. With an African mahogany seat containing integrated LED tail/turn/brake lights nonetheless.

This is the CORE concept motorcycle and it was unveiled today at the New York IMS stop. As far as concept bikes go, this one does more for me than the early variant of the Vision that Victory unveiled at the 2005 Long Beach IMS. I could go into how I’m partial to this long, low and sleek look but I won’t. Instead I’ll post as many pictures as wordpress allows me to do along with the specs and a few words from Michael Song, Victory’s lead industrial designer.

“CORE is pure motorcycle,” Song says. “We wanted to strip everything not critical and build a motorcycle that uses some of the production technologies we have incorporated into the Victory Vision. The frame and engine architecture of the Vision was our inspiration, but we wanted to make a statement beyond custom and create something completely unique.”

The CORE is powered by a Victory Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 engine (which cranks out 97 hp and 113 ft. lb.). And now for some pics.

SPECS
• Victory Freedom 106/6: 106 cu. in. V-twin with 6-speed overdrive
• Aluminum alloy 356-T6 tempered 5-piece frame
• 304 Stainless Steel left-side scrambler high pipes
• Carbon fiber rear fender and fork covers
• Victory X-Factor Wheels
• Tires: Avon 130/70-18 front; Avon 150/70-18 rear
• Front Brakes: 320mm dual discs
• Rear Brake: 240mm single disc
• Suspension: WP 48mm-diameter inverted forks with 135/160mm travel
• 20mm Gates Drive Belt
• African Mahogany seat with integrated LED tail/turn/brake lights
• Dry weight 469 lb.
• Seat height 28 in.
• Wheelbase 64 in.
• 3.25 gal. fuel tank

Of course, Victory has a lot more to say about its new concept baby, but to read that you must go to the company’s Web site because it’s kind of esoteric and PRish at the same time — if you can imagine that.

Trust me, I’m way big on esoteric — I like to use words like aesthetic and talk about the feel of language — but how can I copy and paste phrases like this: “We want to create a new design language, but never in a way that interrupts the function of the motorcycle,” without coming across as a goofball? I’m even really fond of the guy who said it, Polaris Industrial Design director, Greg Brew, but a fella’s gotta draw the line somewhere.

At any rate, I’d like to tip my hat to Victory (I’m a huge fan, if you couldn’t tell) on furthering the cause of motorcycle design among the OEMs.

Honda Shows Its Fury

January 16, 2009

Honda unveiled its long-awaited 2010 Fury cruiser today at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in New York.

The Fury is arguably the first modern Honda to offer a true custom look: long, low and simple. Powered by a 1312cc V-twin, the shaft-drive bike offers the longest wheelbase ever in a production Honda motorcycle, 71.24 inches; low 26.7-inch seat height; a hidden single-shock rear suspension offering a “hard tail” look; a fat 200-series rear tire and slim 21-inch front tire.

Check out a complete report at Dealernews.com
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