Honda is no longer the tower of power of past years. Or is it? What we know: The factory Repsol-backed RC212Vs of 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden and 2007 series runner-up Dani Pedrosa will not start the 2008 MotoGP season under the lights at Qatar with the hoped-for pneumatic-valve V-Four. Rather, power will continue to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
In a bit of a stunner, American Honda announced that motorcycle production at its plant in Marysville, Ohio, will cease in 2009. That production, currently of all GL1800 Gold Wing and VTX cruiser models, will move to a “newly expanded and state-of-the-art factory in Kumamoto, Japan.” At the same time, Kumamoto will also take over [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The Great Von Dutch Auction of 2007 – First Look Paint, pinstripes, tools and toys under the hammer.
How much is a gas tank worth? About $47,000—at least when it’s been painted and pinstriped by Von Dutch and attached to a 100cc dirtbike once owned by Steve McQueen. A 1970 Kawasaki Centurian (fair market value maybe $500) used by the late actor to bop around the Santa Paula airport was hammered down for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
What would you say if someone told you that half of all the motorcycles sold worldwide every year were made in China? You’d probably wrinkle your forehead, stare blankly into space and blink your eyes in disbelief. China? Can’t be. What’s the catch? There is none. It’s a fact. And someday fairly soon, you and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Strange Case of the Missing Honda CBR1000RR First you see Big Red’s all-new 2008 repli-racer, then you don’t...
Honda may be the world’s biggest bike-maker but it seems they have a little to learn about the Internet. When the company’s 2008 models were loaded onto American Honda’s media website last week, Big Red’s big news—the long-rumored, totally redone, Gixxer-hunting CBR1000RR—was not intended to be among them. That unveil was supposed to be at [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The June 12th edition of London’s Financial Times contained an interesting article: When asked if it was true that Ducati and Harley-Davidson were discussing a merger, Ducati CFO Enrico D’Onofrio said his company would consider it “anytime.” Although he wouldn’t confirm or deny the rumor of talks between the two firms, he did say that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
We recently received an interesting email from a CW reader. It seems he has a friend who works somewhere deep in the bowels of the automotive industry, and on a recent trip to Japan found himself in a Suzuki R&D facility, maybe where he shouldn’t have been. From a distance, he spotted what he was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)