I just found a vintage 1966 Triumph motorcycle for sale on eBay that was purpose built in the sixties for land speed racing at Bonneville Salt Flats and El Mirage dry lake speed runs. The 650cc racer was custom built by the Mesler Brothers for drag racing, but was quickly converted to be a land speed racer.
The bike ran on nitro and has made runs in excess of 160 MPH at Bonneville. The current owner is including the SCTA brass timing tag that documents the bike's 158 MPH run at El Mirage in 1978, as well as other memorabilia documenting the bobber's pedigree.
This sleek custom Triumph bobber even comes with an extra engine. The spare engine is a British built 750cc with finless jugs. The fuel tanks are two lightweight, welded aluminum tubes and the bike has a aluminum seat / fender. The bike even has a thin aluminum nosecone for a fairing. This would be a great way to own a real bobber with history. The current bid is only $5,000!
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Harley-Davidson said Friday it would buy the Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta Group for about $109 million to increase its presence in Europe.
MV Agusta makes a line of premium sport motorcycles under its name brand and a line of lightweight motorcycles under the Cagiva brand.
The deal will help Harley-Davidson expand into the European market as sales slump in the United States, where consumers are pulling back on spending...
Read the full article at the New York Times
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Motorcyclists in South Carolina can now legally run a red light if they have waited at the light for at least two minutes under a new law.
From the article at ABC 4 News of Charleston:
Motorcycle riders can now roll through red lights thanks to a new state bill that Governor Mark Sanford signed into law Wednesday flanked by bikers. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s called the Common Sense Bill for Red Light Traversal.
Bikers often spend a lot of time at red lights because their bikes aren't heavy enough to set off automatic signal control sensors that are embedded in the streets. So a lot of times, they just run it....
Read the rest of the story at ABC 4 News of Charleston
Harley-Davidson has announced the route for their 105th Anniversary Parade, called the Harley-Davidson Parade of MDA Heroes in Milwaukee on Saturday, August 30, 2008. The parade starts at 9 a.m., leaving from Miller Park. The public viewing area begins at 35th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The parade proceeds east on Wisconsin Avenue, then turns South on Milwaukee Street, then east on Erie Street. The parade concludes at the parking area for the Henry Meier Festival Park.
The 105 top fundraisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) from around the U.S. will lead the parade of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. To be a lead rider in the parade, riders must have raised at least $6,400 for MDA prior to the August 1, 2008 deadline. The minimum fund raising amount of $6,400 will send eight kids to MDA Summer Camp. Tony Shields, Harley-Davidson Manager of Community Relations said, "the 105th Anniversary Parade is a unique chance for the family of Harley-Davidson customers, dealers, suppliers, employees and sponsors to celebrate the excitement of 105 years of Harley-Davidson and at the same time help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association." Help raise money for the MDA and find out how you can lead the parade.
The celebration also includes food, bands such as the Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band and the Foo Fighters, the Harley-Davidson Museum, and H.O.G.'s 25th Anniversary celebration at Miller Park. To get tickets and see the schedule, visit the Harley-Davidon 105th Anniversary page.
by Robert M.
July 1, 2008
Here's a link for the parade route map at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (ed. to add map link 8/27/08)
Isle of Man to make history as the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first hi-speed clean emissions Grand Prix takes to its famous TT circuit
A new chapter in racing history begins today as the doors open to the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first Clean Emissions Grand Prix race. The TTxGP will be held on the 101 year old legendary Isle of Man TT circuit.
The Grand Prix will provide an exciting opportunity for leading global innovators in racing and clean emission ...
Read the full press release by TTxGP at Road Racing World
The TTxGP site is here.
They came to pay homage to James Toseland at a blustery Donington Park yesterday. But as 88,831 fans drove away at the end of the dayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s racing, it was 15-year- old Scott Redding who had turned heads and captured hearts.
The unassuming schoolboy from Gloucestershire became the youngest Grand Prix winner in the 59-year history of the sport by steering his Aprilia to victory in the 125cc class. So shocked was he that when he took the chequered flag, his reaction was born of ignorance of how to celebrate Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ã¢â‚¬ËœI thought: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Whoa, what do I do now?Ã¢â‚¬Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d never been in that position before.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢...
Read the full article by Ivan Speck at The Daily Mail
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Pushing past the pain barrier is what Kiwi motocross world champion Katherine Prumm has been doing every day since her freak training crash in May but after another crash her title hopes for 2008 are over.
And now she's back on top of the world. But that ranking won't last for long with news coming thorough from Europe today that the two-time womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s world motocross champion had suffered another training crash and she would be unable to continue with her campaign.
The Franklin Business WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association is recognising her achievements and contributions to the area at a special dinner in Pukekohe this evening.
But instead of being able to celebrate this from Europe...
Read the full article by Andy McGechan at Fullnoise.com.au
The father and sons from Ã¢â‚¬Å“American ChoppersÃ¢â‚¬Â will square off in a motorcycle build-off at the New York State Fair grandstand Aug. 30, as Orange County Chopper brings its touring show to the Fair (Syracuse, NY)...
Read the full story at WTVH
The Jim Beam Chopper revs its engine this week as part of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chopper ChallengeÃ¢â‚¬Â, a Country Music Television (CMT) reality series. The Jim BeamÃ‚Â® Bourbon-inspired motorcycle will be featured on the June 18 episode of Chopper Challenge, the show that partners nine celebrity motorcycle builders with participating sponsors to create a custom-made motorcycle in 30 days. WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s episode features bike builder Ralph Randolph creating the Jim Beam-inspired chopper with guest appearances by Jim Beam NASCAR driver, Robby Gordon, and Jim BeamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great grandson and Distiller, Fred Noe.
Randolph, a former United States Marine, is the master craftsman behind Knockout Motorcycle Co., in Mesa, Ariz. His Jim Beam-inspired chopper features...
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Horseheads - An event sponsored by one of our area's largest employers is meant to bring troops at home and abroad a "Christmas in July."
Schweizer Aircraft, along with other local organizations, are behind "Troop Ride 2008." The motorcycle ride will raise money to send care packages to servicemen and women through the USO care package program....
Read Ana Liss' full article WETM
Visit the Troop Ride website to register for the July 12th ride.