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Zach Ness Takes On the 2011 Victory Vegas 8-Ball

Zach Ness Takes On the 2011 Victory Vegas 8-Ball

All Victory motorcycles, regardless of the genre or category that they might be pigeonholed into, tend to personify highly customized, turnkey bikes right off the showroom floor. For the past several years, Victory has called upon Northern California-based custom bike guru, Arlen Ness, who also happens to be a Victory dealer, to produce limited signature […]

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2011 Arlen Ness Edition Victory Vision Tour

2011 Arlen Ness Edition Victory Vision Tour

For the past couple of years, Victory called upon custom bike guru, Arlen Ness, who is also a Victory dealer to produce limited signature series editions of select bikes. As it turns out, Arlen’s son Cory and grandson (Cory’s son) Zach are also involved in both the family business and in the design of custom […]

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2011 BMW R 1200 GS: From Wings to Wheels

2011 BMW R 1200 GS: From Wings to Wheels

Given BMW’s worldwide stature in the marketplace it is hard to imagine that Allied nations purposely bombed a BMW plant in World War II. Being patriotic and with a government contract being great for business, the German company produced vehicles for Hitler’s Reich. In defense, BMW (like everyone else) didn’t know what Hitler had in […]

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Polaris Acquires Indian Motorcycle

Polaris Acquires Indian Motorcycle

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the acquisition of Indian Motorcycle. The business was acquired from Indian Motorcycle Limited (“IML”), a company advised by Stellican Limited and Novator Partners LLP, U.K. Private Equity firms. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We are excited to be part of the revitalization of a quintessentially American […]

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2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

A couple of years ago, Kawasaki introduced the monstrous Vulcan 2000 as a heavy cruiser – emphasis on heavy. It came with a tall saddle and very short side stand, which made it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible to raise to a level riding position for those who happened to be on the vertically challenged […]

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2011 Ducati Streetfighter: MMA Motorcycle

2011 Ducati Streetfighter: MMA Motorcycle

It sits there quietly, intimidating, but alluring. With its chin slightly tucked, it glares at you, sizing you up. Like a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters with their shirts off, it is stripped of an exterior cover. Its brutal power is visible and surrounded by a forged steel skeletal frame. Raw and aggressive with streamlined […]

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Vespa Hosts Facebook Contest to Jumpstart Riding Season

Vespa Hosts Facebook Contest to Jumpstart Riding Season

Vespa USA encourages two-wheel fuel-efficient riding this spring with online photo contest for a chance to win one of 10 Vespa S 50 4V models. As consumers say goodbye to Jack Frost and begin to “think spring,” Vespa USA today announced its official kick off to riding season with a Facebook photo contest where 10 […]

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