It was at a previous press introduction for Harley-Davidson’s CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) lineup where I first heard the term “Alpha Customer.” It’s an efficient shorthand description of the market-leading, high-discretionary-income rider most likely to buy a CVO motorcycle. And since these customers also tend to be fully committed brand lifers, H-D finds it very [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography By Joe Barnes Like Ferrari’s Tifosi, Ducati brand enthusiasts tend to be deeply passionate loyalists whose love for the marque extends into a broader state of Italophilia. They’re more likely to drink espresso than drip, dream of riding the Dolomites than the Dakotas, and have an affinity for the color red that far exceeds [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide Motor Company once again defines factory-custom power and style.
Photography By Riles & Nelson Are you “affluent, accomplished and exclusivity-driven”? If so, you would qualify to become one of Harley-Davidson’s “alpha customers.” It’s a very special club that lets in no more than 10,000 people per year. Price of admission? You just have to plunk down for one of four fully zooted new 2010 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible A factory custom for Main Street or the open road.
Photography By Riles & Nelson At first blush you’d think that of all the product families in the H-D world (Buell included), the costly Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) bikes would be hardest hit by the economic downturn. But according to H-D reps, while they expect this season’s sales figures to be down from those of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
When you’ve got something that works, why not look for an easy way to get it to more people? That’s the question the people at Kawasaki must have been asking themselves, and their answer came out in the form of the oddly named 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n. This naked streetbike utilizes the same chassis and engine [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R – First Look Kawasaki’s ZX-6R supersport loses some weight and its underseat exhaust.
Kawasaki unveiled its latest, and perhaps greatest, ZX-6R to dealers this past weekend in Texas. Looking at the overall package of changes, it’s clear Kawasaki is serious about putting its sponsored racers on the box and giving its customers a hard-edge middleweight sportbike. The passel of improvements is aimed at centralizing mass, improving handling and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Since Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) unit started building its oxymoronically titled “factory customs” 10 years ago, the new models have done a remarkable job of finding an audience. The 2009 effort will include two updated carry-overs and two all-new CVO models, all with the same sweet mill. It’s the 110-cubic-inch Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Steve Natt Allow me to preface this by saying I spent a week in Sturgis and had a fantastic time. I met some great people, saw some amazing things and ate some good food. I might go back again next year. That said, it’s a pretty weird scene compared to what passes for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
No matter how many times I’ve done it in my 20 years of motojournalism, it’s always daunting to jump on someone else’s racebike. There’s so much new information flooding into your awareness that it’s like drinking from a fire hose, and the only way to keep from choking on the stream is to slow down. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)