And now for something completely different: Tragedy occurred in Liberia on March 25, when two motorcycles, one with two baboons at the steering, collided head-on, killing one operator and a pedestrian, the Liberian Daily Observer reports. The newspaper says the accident in Grand Bassa County worried many, who are becoming increasingly concerned about the frequency of motorcycle tragedies in the county.
Archive for March, 2009
Powered by Aprilia’s spooky little — get this — V-twin, I can only guess how this thing screams over track and trail. The 452cc, fuel-injected beast comes with two ignition settings that you
control by poking the handlebar switch. The “Big Bang” setting throttles things down a bit and gives an easier rideability, control and traction by closing the firing gap. Hit the “Screamer” setting and you can guess what happens — the firing gap changes back to standard and the motor wants to zip up to its 12,500 rpm limit. (So says the company.)
Speaking from some experience, Aprilia knows what it is doing with these V-twin-powered dirtbikes. I had the SXV 5.5 for a while last year (it’s the one dressed up in supermoto clothing) and that damn thing was (more…)
The website momlogic.com recently posted a piece about the dangers posed to kids who ride ATVs.
Titled “ATV Death a Wakeup Call to Moms”, the article is largely a chronicle of children’s deaths associated with ATV riding. All the kids mentioned were under the age of 16 except for one.
At the bottom of the piece, momlogic.com provides guidelines for reducing the risks involved with ATVs. The guidelines come from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Of the six guidelines offered, one is to “not allow children to ride or drive adult ATVs. Kids under 16 on adult ATVs are twice as likely to be injured as children riding on youth ATVs.”
So lets get this straight: The CPSC, the organization that outlawed youth-sized ATVs via the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, recommends children recreate only on youth-sized ATVs.
Can’t they see the disconnect?
As news reports start to flesh out more details on the plane crash in Butte, Mont., that killed 14 people it’s now known that Bud Feldkamp and his family have suffered a horrible tragedy. Feldkamp, the owner of Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif., has confirmed with the Associated Press that two of his daughters and their families were lost in the crash. (A couple of stories here and here.) The other victims were also members of a Durham, Calif., family. Good God, there’s no possible way to fathom the horror of that reality.
Just last week Feldkamp took part in Malcolm Smith’s protest against the youth ATV/bike ban by buying an ATV for his grandson Luke. Perhaps it’s because of my recent interaction with him that this is so incredibly jarring to me — beyond the sheer horribleness of such an accident. It’s also just devastating when anyone loses a family member to tragedy. We here at Dealernews offer our most sincere sympathy to the families involved.
Last week I blogged about USA Today picking up the Malcolm Smith Kids Love 2 Ride protest sale, saying that it was odd that none of the local media has been actively covering the issue — that it took a national newspaper to pick up the story.
Well, turns out I blogged too soon. Turns out that the Temecula Valley News and the Press Enterprise both ran stories covering the protest sale and the youth ATV/bike ban. I’m glad to see the general press picking up on this issue given the huge impact motorcycling has on Southern California’s culture and economy.
The more play this story gets the better. I know we’re covering the heck out of it over at Dealernews.com.
Multi-time World Stunt Champion Chris Pfeiffer recently performed atop a KYMCO scooter during an exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Pfeiffer is under contract with the BMW Group, so his performance on a KYMCO, at the request of a German KYMCO dealer, had to be approved by the German OEM.
Pfeiffer chose the KYMCO Super 9 LC for the 10-minute show, which included wheelies, stoppies and a host of other high level stunts.
Interesting to note that it was USA Today that picked up Malcolm Smith’s protest sale of youth (12 and under) ATVs and dirtbikes. I’ve yet to see much (if any) coverage in the LA Times. Not sure about the Press Enterprise, Smith’s local paper, but I couldn’t find anything via Google.
I don’t know why this wouldn’t get more play in the local press given motorcycling — in all forms — is a huge part of the Southern California culture and economy. I know one place you’ll get just about ALL THE COVERAGE you can stomach in regards to the lead content regulation effect on the powersports industry. That’s over here at Dealernews.com.
Here’s the first paragraph of the story and a clicky to the full USA Today piece.
It appears Ducati may be preparing to add an adventure tourer to its model line.
News outlets and blogs around the world have been reporting on the possibility, but Australian Ducati importer Warren Lee seems to have confirmed the rumors when he recently told the Courier Mail newspaper that the bike would be revealed as a 2010 model.
“Our adventure bike will be a lightweight sporty model with a swingarm similar to the 1098, a tall screen, and it will be the lightest with the best performance in its class,” Lee told the Courier Mail.
The Dutch website Motor.NL managed to obtain some spy shots of the bike apparently undergoing testing on the street. There are no knobbies mounted but, judging by the photos, the bike looks to be powered by Ducati’s liquid-cooled 1099cc V-twin – the same lump powering the OEM’s new Streetfighter.