Mark Bayer's Motorcycle News Resource Pages
WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORLD OF MOTORCYCLE'S! LOCAL EVENTS ARE LISTED ON PAGE TWO!
Page 1 ; Motorcycle news sites and a few other interesting links; (HOME PAGE)
Page 2 ; Local motorcycle events listings and local clubs and businesses; direct link below: www.markbayersmotorcyclenews.mysite.com/index_2.html
Page 3 ; Regional motorcycle events in the mid west; direct link below:
Page 4 & 5 ; Motorcycle development pages; direct links below:
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Page 6 ; Associated groups link pages; www.markbayersmotorcyclenews.mysite.com/photo2_1.html
After researching the pages on this site, there are dozens of more great site links developed by Mark Bayer at: www.vcme.mysite.com (make sure and check out the vcme resource page) OR: www.vjme.mysite.com
Also check the "resource" page on the http: www.hondaenthusiasts.mysite.com site (pg. six)!
Indian Motorcycles: http:/www.markbayerindian.mysite.com/
www.markbayermotorcycles.mysite.com (all my sites are located here) This site also has a link to the Hagerty collector car/motorcycle web site. Just go to this link ans scroll down to the middle of the page!
The field of motorcycling is going through a renaissance today. New makers, resurrected historic names, and current manufacturers are creating some really exciting bikes. I thoroughly enjoy the sport and want to help those interested in keeping up with what's new. Make sure and go to page four to view local & regional events.
I have made a few notes of my own but have also placed some of the best links to motorcycle "news" resources:
(I) The big news with Harley Davidson is the new 4 valve head. Four valve heads are standard on 95% of current non HD bikes but new for HD. Time will tell if it's a brand changer? Now that Harley Davidson is building many of it's models in India most of HD parts are now made in India and other parts of the world, Parts are for the American and Eurpoean markets. American HD's are now down to being around 30% American made, but American bikes are still assembled in this country. Tanks, frames, and fenders are about the only parts made by HD. Engines are assembled in the US but most parts are contracted out. Street models are selling slow in the US but better in other countries. The motor company will be selling modified "Street" engines to off road racers in 2017. The V-Rod will no longer be in 2017!
(II) After Indian closed it's doors in 1953, the name was passed to various companies ending in 1999 with the Gilroy version Indian (Gilroy, california). A U.K. company (Stellican & Novator Inc.) purchased the Indian name in 2006 and completly re-engineered the line of motorcycles. The Polaris owned Indian is no longer new, but is beginning to have a market presence. Go to: http://www.indianmotorcycle.com/ The main engine is an 111 C.I. V-twin which looks like the last flathead Indian Chief. Check out the picture on page three . Kansas City Indian is located in Olathe, Kansas: 800 N Roger Road, 66062 (913-839-8751), just north of the Santa Fe exit and east of I-35. For 2015, Indian offered a new Scout and in 2016 a smaller version, the Scout 60. Indian is on the move!
(III) As of January 9, 2017, Polaris will liquidate the Victory brand and fully focus on Indian Motorcycles!
(IV) The ever promoted but rarely seen Norton 961 SE, a modernized retro bike is selling in low volumes in the US, This year, 2017, Norton is unveiling it's new V-4 superbike claiming to be over 200 HP. Check out the new Nortons on http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/
(V) BMW has been coming on stong in the past several years. Along with their newly reivsed litre super bike, the S1000RR and their K1600LT in line six touring machines, BMW is bringing out new models every year. It's great to see the old company create some really new and creative machines. In 2016, BMW reported it best sales year ever. The Kansas City area BMW dealer is Engle Motors: www.englemotors.com
(VI) America was the dominant country for motorcycle development till around 1920. Europe began to dominate in manufacturing and technical innovation from the 1920's till about 1960. When I say European, I am refering to British and German developments. German motorcycles were superior in terms of design innovation, they were just not marketed well. After the early 1960's, the Japanese quickly began to dominate all of motorcycle development and within 10 years (1963-1973), they were so far in the lead that there was little question about their superiority in building advanced motorcycles. The Japanese began by using the best of English and German engineering then went beyond what either country had ever done. Today, American manufacturers still look back to the 1930's and 40's, British builders still copy many of their old designs except for Triumph, which is an example of a truly innovative comapny. The Japanese are now copied by nearly every manufacturer in the world. There are many examples of small companies doing innovative things like Buell (EBR), but the truth is, it takes a willingness to take risks, lots of money invested in engineering, and a strong motivation to build the best, to truly make a difference.
(VII) There have been dozens of new brands of motorcycles in the past several decades. There have been a number of US brands which are interesting. I will comment on a few.
Roehr: the builders of the Roehr made an attempt at making a powerful 2 stroke but later used a modified HD engine and failed in 2012. A $30,000 V-Rod engined motorcycle was destined to fail! They will be collectable in 20 years however!
Motus: this bike uses a 1600cc OHV V-4 engine. The bikes look modern and well designed but the engine will be a limiting factor. Why build an OHV engine instead of a single or double OHC engine? My input, make it a 2000cc engine with over head cams and at least 4 valves per cylinder. The bike will not be a success with the OHV engine, I guarantee it. The bikes finally went on sale in 2015.
Moto Czyse: a super sport electric motorcycle. It's a 500 lb. 125 HP machine. It looks great but I doubt there will be much interest as a commercial venture!
Fischer: a great looking sport bike but what a competitive market it was in. It's 650cc V-twin competed with the Japanese 600's in a very limited market. Even though priced competitively, the market was so small and filled with really great bikes, there was little chance of success. They seemed to have gone out of business, I dont have a year but it seems that it was around 2010.
Confederate: overpriced, impractical, and I don't see any serious innovation. WHY a HD engine??? It's just a unique motorcycle for someone wanting bragging rights! It doesn't compete with any current motorcycle which means that there is no genuine market. My suggestion, put in a Godet/Egli Vincent engine and make it a more interesting bike. A HD engine in a $50,000 bike, try selling a Kia powered Ferrari!!!
EBR: Eric Buell is a true innovator and worthy of recognition. His commitment and energy are driving this rebirth. His direction is clear and the commitment to a high level of development is inspirational. I hope the best for his efforts and new business. My recommendation: "buy an EBR" and support a true American genius. Word has it that Buell will be back in business by early 2017!
There have been many other defunct brands which were built from around 1999 to 2010. These include Big Dog, Big Inch Choppers, Ridley, Titan, and numerous other small volume builders. Sucker Punch Salleys, Saxon, Orange County Choppers, Boss Hoss, Rokon, and a few others seem to have continued in small volume production. There are numerous other small volume companies as well. Victory continues, but is consederably lager as a company. Polaris owned both Victory and Indian. there is also an American motorcycle engine company named U.S. Highland, which builds a 450cc single and a 950 V-twin. They look high-tech and well engineered.
Can you imagine how hard it would be to engineer and market a new motorcycle with so many really good bikes currently available. Expensive, risky, and what an uphill battle!
(VIII) In November of 2014 Honda reported that they had built their 300,000,000 motorcycle. In 2015, claims of 18.5 million Honda bikes were built that year alone! Of the 300 million built, 87 million were Cubs. Honda has been the worlds largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959. Another note of interest is that the first series Honda CB750 has been designated as the most influential motorcycle of the 20th. century. Another interesting fact is that the early 1970 Honda singles (100/125cc) have been the most copied motorcycle engines of all time. Tens of millions have been copied and built by China, India, and Korean manufacturers alone. What a testimony to a really solid design! In 2017 Honda will unveil a new series of CBR1000RR machines, I guarantee you, they will be fast bikes!
The Norton is another name which seems to return over and over again! Read below:
The original Norton motorcycle was built from 1902 till 1975. Financial problems have led to the bike's demise several times. From 1902 till 1953 the name stood on it's own, then was sold to AMC (Associated Motorcycles), a British group. AMC also marketed AJS, Matchless and several other less known brands. AMC became Norton-Villiars, then Norton-Villiars-Triumph, then was gone. In the late 1980's the name returned as a Wankel engined bike but was not a big success. In 1999 Kenny Dreer, an American, bought the rights to the name and developed a beautiful version of the Commando. Note the picture below. He never produced a production bike but built numerous vintage copies. Half a decade ago a British business man purchased back the name and has continued the development of the bike and is actually selling a few, mostly in Europe. Stuart Garner first offered the bike for sale in 2010. Three models are to be offered with the same 961cc twin. There will be the Commando, the Commando Sport, and the Commando Cafe Racer. From what I can guess, the US price is in the $17,000 to $19,000 range. I have seen only one and was told by a good source that fewer than a dozen have been sent to our shores.
Check out the 2014 Honda CB1100 "White House" edition motorcycle at the bottom of this page. It's a special model available on special order only!
To your right is the 2014 "White House" edition of the new CB1100!
Below is a link to the Vintage And Custom Motorcycle web page!
Make sure and check out the other pages by clicking on the "icons" at the top of the page, just under the title!
Shown below are some of the most significant national events, local and regional events are listed on page four:
Below are the largest national events with their internet link:
AMA Motorcycle Days www.ama-cycle.org
BBB (Bikes, Blues, & BBQ) www.bikesbluesandbbq.org
Barber Vintage Festival www.barbermuseum.org
Daytona (all events) www.daytonabikeweek.com
ROT (Republic Of Texas Rally) www.rotrally.com
Go to page four for regional and local events!
For one of the most complete lists of events, go to: www.lightningcustoms.com/motorcycleevents.html
Check out some other "motorcycle news" web sites, just click below:
Biker Sties www.bikersites.com
Motorcycle Topix www.topix.net/motorcycles
more news www.bikernewsonline.com
USA bike news www.motorcycle-usa.com
news from the U.K. www.motorbike-search-engine.co.uk
Canadian motorcycle news www.moto123.com
great site www.thekneeslider.com
more news www.webbikeworld.com/
four more OK sites www.mcnews.com
www.topspeed.com (then click on motorcycles)
on line magazine www.clutchandchrome.com
www.sportrider.com (then go to "news & updates")
several direct links to nearly every brand of motorcycle http://www.indexoftheweb.com/Automobile/Motorcycle_Manufacturers.htm
a great link to european motorcycle manufacturers www.cybermotorcycle.com
Great resource page for Goldwing riders: www.goldwingworld.com
KCVJMC site www.kcvjmc.org
The link below has an additional 10+ more motorcycle links:
Possibly the largest list of motorcycle clubs:
Mr.Gums cycle clubs listing www.cycletrailerrental.com/clubs.html
Worlds Largest New Motorcycle Show:
www.intermot-cologne.com (the show is every October)
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