Can America Build a Real Sportbike?

At least one guy thinks so and he has put a lot of time and money into it. Cycle World has an article on Walter Roehrich’s new bike and the possibility of it going into production. The problem I see, is that it is an expensive niche bike with no volume and no possibility of challenging the Japanese or European manufacturers. Harley could build a competitive sport bike if they wanted to, but they obviously don’t want to…. Can a... [Read More...]

Rossi is back- big time

What a difference a year and new bikes and everything else makes.  Rossi was his old masterful self at the Spanish Grand Prix. What is surprising is how poorly Nicky Hayden is running. It’s not just that he is a little off the pace, he is struggling on the new bike. With Pedrosa riding so well, it does make you wonder what the problem really is. Speed has the details- Valentino Rossi delivered a masterclass in racing and showmanship to win... [Read More...]

Are you ready for some Racing?

Tomorrow’s race at Jerez should be one of the best ever if qualifying is any indication. Pedrosa has the poll with Rossi second, but the top 10 were seperated by a mere .3 sec. That is crazy… From Speed– Home hero Dani Pedrosa will start his factory Honda RC212V from pole position in the Spanish Grand prix at Jerez after a historic qualifying session. Pedrosa edged out five-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi in a session... [Read More...]

Old Guys Rule!!!

Being closer to 50 than 40, I can really appreciate this. Very cool to see these guys clean up. Also, it was surprising to see a Kawasaki EX650 win instead of the tried and true SV650. Check out the whole story over at Cycle World. Somebody check the sponsors list. Geritol, AARP and Depends must be behind the Kawasaki Ninja 650R that won the Sport Twins class at the SunTrust Daytona USA 300, season-opener for the 2007 Moto-ST series. Certainly the... [Read More...]

Darmah wins it’s class

My friend’s Ducati Darmah won it’s class in the Ducati Day show in Daytona. Congratulations to Jerry and Debbie. The bike is an unrestored original in really nice condition. We were very surpised the Darmah won best bevel in the show. There were other bikes that were rarer or in better condition but they were restored so I think the judges prefered a decent original unrestored bike over a restored one. I just wanted to participate in the... [Read More...]

Car, Bike, whatever…

Autoblog has been covering the Geneva Auto Show, and one of the more interesting vehicles is the Monotracer. I’m not sure who would want one of these for the $50,000.00 asking price, but I sure there is someone. Since they are only going to make 100/year, all you need is a few collectors. Those questions aside, the technology looks very interesting. The “training wheels” allow lean angles of up to 52 degrees, and you are of course,... [Read More...]

Daytona

With the festivities already going strong in Daytona, there is plenty to see (more than you will want to see downtown at night!). The AMA site has a page up with happenings and updates. I have a couple of friends down there, and I hope to get some info on the vintage auction and Ducati Day. He has his Darmah entered in the show.  Read More →

Are you ready for some MotoGP?

Speed has the info on the first day of qualifying in Qatar. Looks like Nicky Hayden is struggling, and Rossi is, well, Rossi. I’m hoping for a great competitive season that goes down to the wire like last year. The 2007 MotoGP season officially got underway today, with riders undertaking their first practice and qualifying laps for the curtain-raising Commercialbank Grand Prix Of Qatar. Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards put in a magnificent... [Read More...]

Kawasaki MotoGP news

Speed has a Q&A with the new Kawasaki competition manager regarding the Green Team’s plans for the future. It looks like Kawasaki is going to be in the game for the long haul- Q: Does Kawasaki have a long-term plan for MotoGP?A: Yes, and there is support within the company for a very long-term view of participation in MotoGP, which is the number one motorcycle championship in the world. There is already a five year plan in place through... [Read More...]