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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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2011 Victory Vision 8-Ball: The New American Motorcycle?

2011 Victory Vision 8-Ball: The New American Motorcycle?

Victory motorcycles is a division of parent company Polaris Industries. The bike division celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2008, entering their second decade of “New American Motorcycle” production with significant enhancements to their 2009 lineup of bikes in both the cruiser and touring categories. The company added two new touring models for the 2010 model […]

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Star Motorcycles and UFC Fighter Diego Sanchez Unveil Custom Stryker

Star Motorcycles and UFC Fighter Diego Sanchez Unveil Custom Stryker

Star Motorcycles and Yamaha unveiled two new custom 2011 Star Stryker motorcycles at the New York IMS show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Both bikes were inspired by UFC fighter Diego Sanchez who graciously accepted one of the two customs directly from Star motorcycles. The second bike will be the centerpiece […]

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