UK motorists are all too aware of the pitfalls of buying a used car, bike, van or another light commercial. There are so many things to go wrong when buying second hand and the necessity of buying a service like an Autotrader car check has never been more important.
The more important things to check are those that directly impact on your investment. Such items include:
Car accidents with insurance payouts that result with insurance category losses
Buying a used vehicle with any of the above issues will directly impact the value and road safety of the vehicle you plan to buy. One example is buying a car with incorrect mileage. Such vehicles present a possible mechanic problem as you don’t really know how far the vehicle has travelled and its service history will be out of kilter.
Another is outstanding finance including hire purchase, lease purchase, PCP and other financial products. Should you buy a car with outstanding finance you are going to lose you’re the money paid for the vehicle and the vehicle itself. This is because the vehicle belongs to the finance company and not the person selling it. In fact, as Autotrader tell us, to sell such a vehicle is illegal.
They also provide a definitive answer as to whether a vehicle is good to buy, or not, but, you only get this via their Platinum Veto check service. It’s just one product on offer at a cost of £12.50. This is not the cheapest on the market or the most expensive. However, the data provided is almost identical to hpi checks except for the National Mileage Register (NMR). CarVeto digs the mileage data directly from the DVLA MOT history.
Note here that the Platinum Veto tells you of three options
Pass – vehicle eligible to buy
Warning – vehicle requires a bit more investigation
Fail – do not buy the vehicle with further investigation
It’s great to see such a direct answer for online car checks.
For me, CarVeto is the preferred option for a vehicle check. Their prices are competitive with hpi and Autotrader car check, a cover of the best quality and their customer service is exceptional.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, CarVeto Platinum includes a clinically used car buying guide that is exceptional.
"The Energya three-wheeled concept, a high-performance 'motomobile'
The Canada-based Higgins-Aubéˇ‰nc. has released these images of its new three-wheeled concept, the Energya. According to Higgins-Aubé¬ the Energya is a lightweight, high-performance motomobile thatll have the capacity to seat two passengers and offer supercar levels of performance at a fraction of the price.
The Energya is, essentially, the work of two men Martin Aubéˇˇnd Danny Higgins. The former is an industrial designer who also holds degrees in aeronautics and art history, while the latter is a professional mechanical engineer with a masters degree in aerospace engineering. Both are motorcyclists as well car enthusiasts, and share a passion for off-beat, path breaking vehicles.
Powered by a motorcycle engine that drives the single rear wheel, the Energya has been designed to behave like an open-wheeled racecar. The vehicle features a distinctive, cutting-edge aggressive design that reflects its level of performance, say Higgins-Aubé®Š
A turbocharged ZZR1400 engine should be just the thing for this trike...
Apart from the motorcycle engine (may we suggest a turbocharged Kawasaki ZZR1400 unit?), the Energya concept has a six-speed sequential manual transmission, aluminum chassis, and inboard front suspension that uses superposed unequal A-arms. Particular attention has been paid to reducing the weight of each component, in order to produce a vehicle that conveys a dynamically thrilling experience, claim its creators.
Higgins-Aubéˇ·ish to use a 200bhp four-cylinder motorcycle engine for the Energya, which will propel the 350-kilo vehicle from zero to 100km/h in under four seconds. Given appropriate financial backing, production units of the Energya motomobile could hit the market within 18 months, says a company press release.
In the near future, Higgins-Aubéˇˇlso hope to create a high-performance battery-powered electric variant of the Energya.
The famous Mainstreet of America is 2400 miles long and goes from Chicago to Los Angeles. The US 66 crosses 3 time zone's and 8 States.
We offer 2 week and 3 weeks guided Harley tours. Of course you can ride the Route 66 on your own...at any date. We make sure there is a bike waiting for you in Chicago or Los Angeles) and...if you wish we also arrange the accommodations along the road.
About the Route 66... From Chicago to Los Angeles the US 66 passes three times zones and eight states Historically the Route 66 is from 1926, and pioneers of the road already arranged in 1932 the road to be paved in Los Angeles. The glory days were after the war: in the fifties the cars rode bumper to bumper behind each other More and more motels, restaurants en gasstations were needed. There were many warning signs saying: Dont stick your elbow out too far, it might go home in another car. In the early fifties they started replacing parts of the Route 66 by Interstates. The Route 66 was first recognized in 1926 by the Highway Commission as one of the roads that formed the Highwaynet at that time. North - South Roads got odd numbers, East - West Roads even numbers. For a long time they tried to get the number 60 instead of 66, but in November 1926 the road was officially named as Route 66. The Road as a whole was never built, though. All the commission did was giving connecting roads the same number. That is why Route 66 goes through several villages and towns. In the passed years several bypasses have been built through big cities and other roads became a part of the Route. Although the Route 66 since 1984 officially no longer exists - They took all the US 66 signs down - about 90% of the road is still undamaged. In a few cases as an independent State Highway 66, or as a State Highway with a different number, in cities as business loops but mostly as a Service route along the Interstate. The still existing parts are for a part in bad shape, and for a part very well taken care of. The front roads are not always as important as they seem. The road can all of a sudden end with a sign: road ends. Thanks to the efforts of several Route 66 Associations more and more Historic Highway 66 and Old Highway 66 signs appear along the road.
Day 1- Arrival in Chicago, transfer to the hotel, partying in the Windy City, or.... go to bed early to prepare for the adventure which will start tomorrow. Chicago, IL.
Day 2 - 136 mi/218 km. Today well pick up the motorcycles and ride to the start of this world famous road. Since the World Exhibition of 1933 that is on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and East Jackson Grant. In Dwight on the Old 66 youll find the Carefree Motel and Marathon Oil Station, both from 1930. Theres also a Route 66 Service Center. Bloomington, IL.
Day 3 - 180 mi/288 km. Today were riding through the agricultural part of Illinois. A town where you definitely have to stop is McLean with the Dixie Truckers Home and the Route 66 Hall of Fame. In St. Louis is the Gateway Arch, a 192 m. high bow of steel to honor the pioneers who were searching for luck. The town of Lebanon is known as the Used Car Capital of the World. Everywhere along the Route youll see those old forties and fifties cars. We follow our way to Meramec Caverns. This is one of the most famous places of interest along the road, and has been since the early beginning of the Route 66. Stanton, MO
Day 4 and 5 - 195 mi/312 km. We make a 40 miles detour from Springfield to Branson. This town is now called the new Nashville. Tonight you can visit one of the many shows in this Music City. You have the whole day to explore the area. E.g. Lake Taneycomo: beaches and a Pirate Cruise are just two ideas of how to spend the day. An other thing you cant miss is Silver Dollar City. This is a town which has been rebuilt as a town of the eighties of last century. You can watch craftsmen working the way they did in the old days. Branson, MO.
Day 6 - 235 mi/376 km. Were going back to the Route 66, and follow our way through several Ghosttowns. In one of these towns, Rescue, are the Modern Cabins from 1940. At Joplin you cross the state border of Oklahoma. Following the telephone poles in the town of Baxter Springs, you will experience a very old part of the road and cross the Rainbow Bridge. One of the attractions is the Historical Museum. Through towns like Commerce, Miami and Catoosa youll arrive in the Oil Capital of the World. This town has experienced its growth this century, therefore the architecture is mainly in Art-Deco Style. Tulsa, OK
Day 7 - 120 mi/192 km. We are riding through hilly countryside, this used to be the huntingfield for Indians, and later the grounds of cattle farmers and outlaws. Oklahoma City is famous for it's National Cowboy Hall of Fame, where the cultural heritage of Buffalo Bill and John Wayne are honored. Oklahoma City, OK
Day 8 - 99 mi/159 km. Through El Reno to Bridgeport, where you can see an historical bridge over the South Canadian River. Well take a small detour to Anadarko, where the Indian City - USA is. In this museum you can see the rebuilt towns of the 7 tribes who were being chased away long ago. They show you the way they lived, their culture and habits. Clinton, OK
Day 9 - 175 mi/280 km. On to the last part of Oklahoma. In Elk City you can visit the Anadarko Basin Museum: the former Casa Grande Hotel. In Sayre the Court House is worth visiting;this building was used in the movie Grape of Wrath. The attraction in Texacola is a jail from 1910. In Shamrock they opened up the U Drop Inn Caf again. This day will be full of desolate areas. Amarillo, TX
Day 10 - 110 mi/176 km. You just have to visit the famous Cadillac Ranch. 10 Cadillacs, partly
buried in the ground, standing lonely in the field. In Clenrico youll find the First/Last Motel. The signs are old, some parts have disappeared. There is no through road left, just a dead end with parts of pavement and lots of weed. Tucumcari Tonight- 2000 Motel Rooms. A huge billboard introduces you to this town with its many motels. Among them is the Blue Swallow Motel, a popular object for photographers and mentioned in several Route 66 documentary. Tucumcari used to be a town with more bars than streetlights along the Route 66. Tucumcari, NM
Day 11+12 - 160 mi/256 km. In Santa Rosa youll find the well known Route 66 Club Caf from 1935. It's logo is the smiling face of a little fat guy. In the past you used to find this face on billboards in the area, to attract customers to the Club Caf. Unfortunately it has been closed since 1995. In Moriarity First Avenue has been named Old Route 66 again. Santa F is a city that hasnt lost his identity in its 400 years of existence. It is a beautiful place. Santa F, NM
Day 13 - 197mi/316 km. A short ride to Albuquerque with the World Longest Mainstreet, which is called Central Avenue here. It is 18 miles long an youll find a lot of motels and restaurants from the 1930s. Today well ride through and along Indian Reservations again. In Grant you can have lunch in Marias Diner or in the Golden 50s Caf. This Caf opened his doors in 1955 as the Uranium Caf. Gallup, NM
Day 14 - 185mi/296 km. Well visit a lot of famous Route 66 towns today. In Holbrook youll find a lot of interesting attractions, like the Wigwam Village from 1946 and Old 66 Trading Post. Youll spend the night at a hotel that opened up on New Years Day of 1927. In the passed years several famous people have stayed here, like Clark Gable and John Wayne. Flagstaff, AZ
Day 15 - 115 mi/184 km. From Flagstaff youll ride via Cameron and through the Painted Desert to East Rim Drive. This is a route with a fabulous view. At the beginning of the Grand Canyon is Desert View Point, that on your East offers you a great view of the Painted Desert. This is a very colorful rock desert On the Westside you have a great view of the Canyon, where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. Natural forces created this Canyon, a process that still hasnt come to an end. Overnight: Grand Canyon, AZ.
Day 16 - 170 mi/272 km. The biggest attraction in Williams is the Grand Canyon Railroad. Seligman has the most famous barbershop on the route.Angel Delgadillo is one of the most well known preservers of the route. Peach Springs is a town in the Hualapai Indian Reservation where you can see a garage from 1927. You overnight at a hotel with a special Route 66 Dinner. Kingman, AZ.
Day 17+18 - 103 mi/165 km.Today you will ride on the impressive Hoover Dam, a huge dam that pushes the Colorado River to Lake Mead. The great measures will be explained in a guided tour. From Las Vegas it is possible to make several trips in the area, by airplane or helicopter. There is enough time to explore Las Vegas Island of Illusion. This is a famous gambling town. The casinos are definitely worth visiting, even if it was only for the decoration inside. Especially at nighttime Las Vegas shows you what Glitter and Glamour really is about. Las Vegas, NV
Day 19 - 298 mi/475 km. Well rise early today to return to Kingman and follow the Route 66. In Oatman, a scenic Ghostown, you can have a bite to eat at the Gold City Saloon and Restaurant and buy souvenirs at Fast Fannys. After that the Sitgreave Pass, to visit Eds Camp from 1919. Poor Oakies used to trade most of their few belongings to buy water, parts or gasoline. Eds Camp still exists, as a sort of open air museum. In Newberry youll find the Sidewinder Caf, location of Bagdad Caf. If you pay attention you may find the Route 66 sign on the pavement. Barstow, CA
Day 20 - 185 mi/196 km. Before were heading on to coast, we first visit Ghosttown Galico, a former mining town. Further on you lease ride through Mojave Desert along towns like Victorville, where you , besides the Outpost Wedding Chapel, also find the stuffed horse of Roy Rogers. In San Bernadino you can try a hamburger at the first (?) McDonalds of America. The end of the route is Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica, CA
Day 21 - An extra day to spend on the beach or explore the city and the area. A visit to Universal Studios or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is highly recommended! Los Angeles, CA.
32 Nights lodging in best available accomodations, almost all breakfast and no less than 14 dinners or lunches, All ferry crossing fees for motorcycle & riders, Entrance fees to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Perito Merono Glacier, Parque Nacinal Tierra del Fuego, Transportation and maritime shipping of motorcycle from Texas to South America and return, Support vehicle with staff assisant, Bilingual riding staff, Airport transfers, Special Commemorative Expedition t-shirt, Maps and daily routine sheets, Expedition preparation liturature.
Transportation or freight of your motorcycle to and from the Texas collection point, airfare to and from South America, alcoholic beverages, bagage handling tips, transportation or handling of personal luggage in the support vehicle, mandatory ocean freight insurance (aprrox. $ 60 depending on value of motorcycle), liability or comprehensive motorcycle insurance (optional), airport departure tax, fuel & oil. .
Pan American Highway, Pucon, Villarrica, Puerto Montt, Carretera Austral, Southern Chili's fiord lands, eastern slopes of the Andes, Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glacier, worlds largest glacier, Torres del Paine, ferry to Tierra del Fuego, Bahia Laparaia, Comodoro Rivadavia, Bariloche, crossing the Andes Range at Portillo, Vina del Mar.
An extraordinary motorcycling adventure in South America, crossing the mighty Andes, through the Patagonia to El Fin del Mundo
As the name implies, this is not a tour. To further clarify the character of this event, it is not a rally. This Pancho Villa Moto Tour Expedition is a very special experience with a clearly defined focus; to reach the End of the World across the Straits of Magellan at Tierra del Fuego.
The ride to El Fin del Mundo travels the South American countries of Chile and Argentina, through the regions of Patagonia, the Southern Andes and on to the most southern populated point on earth. In order to achieve this prestigious goal, over one third of the route is on unpaved surfaces, and although rarely would one consider the riding overly technical, conditions do demand a dual purpose touring mount. BMW/GS, Honda Transalp, Kawasaki KLR 650 are examples. One of the exciting features of this Expedition is that PVMT has made arrangements to ship your personal motorcycle to South America, giving more meaning to the glorious moment when you finally reach "the end of the road".
The expedition approach to this unique riding event is taken very seriously. Riders must be able to meet the physical demands of over a month on the road, have better than average riding skills and most importantly, posses an attitude of flexibility, unselfishness and tolerance. The first Expedition to Tierra del Fuego in 1996 with 21 people was an exceptional success much due to our efforts to create the proper chemistry and environment for what can only be considered a once in a lifetime experience. To preserve the quality of this experience for all, we must be selective and therefore have a simple screening process to qualify the participants.
The Expedition to Tierra del Fuego is an opportunity for you to fulfill a dream, to ride where others only dream, to be a part of a growing fraternity of adventure travelers who seek challenge as a means of giving more meaning to life and the pleasures of motorcycling. This ride is not for everyone. We don't want everyone.... just 20 people with the heart, the spirit and the drive to be a part of the most fantastic motorcycling experience ever offered by Pancho Villa Moto-Tours.
Due to space limitations and the nature of this Expedition, the following outline highlights the routes and points of interest. A more detailed itinerary with overnight stops will be provided for participants.
The Essence of the Route...
Upon your arrival in Santiago, Chile, the group will be transferred to thc ncarby coastal resort town of Vina del Mar where PVMT staff will alrcady bc making the advance preparations to clear motorcycles through customs. A couple days are allowed to complete this process, perform final mechanical prepations and enjoy the warmth of summer in the southern Hemisphere.
Once underway, the Expedition will begin the ride south the paved Pan American Highway, darting inland from the coast for stays at some of Chile's more popular lake villages such as Pucon and Villarrica. By Day 5, the Pan American Highway officially ends at Puerto Montt and then it is on to the island of Chiloe accessed by ferry with an overnight in the charming seaside village of Castro.
The Expedition will begin in earnest with a five hour ferry ride back to the mainland and overnight at Chaiten. Pavement and people become a scarce and welcomed change for the next few days as you ride on the Carretera Austral, a frontier road only inaugurated in recent years and giving access, to willing adventurers, the beauty of Southern Chile's fiord lands, skirting the eastern slopes of the Andes through green forests and over incredibly scenic passes. Overnight stops are in Puyuhuapi and Cohaique.
Entering Argentina, the Expedition will experience several days of riding through the enormous windswept rcgion known as Patagonia. This southern half of Argcntina and Chile is a state of mind that has lured adventurers for centuries. Inhabitants arc scarce, save for thc occasional sheep ranch, or estancia. Guanacos, cousins of the Ilama and camel as well as the ostrich likc bird, thc Nandu, are oftcn seen. The jagged snow capped Andes range of Fitz Roy, loom in the distance as you travel Highway 40 to Calafate from where a day cxcursion will take you to view the breathtaking sight of the Perito Moreno Glacier one of thc worlds largest, and possibly only growing glacicr. Tons of ice "calve", crashing into the translucent blue waters, echoing thunder through the mountain valleys.
Thc mountains of Torres del Paine dwarf the Alps of Europe. Here you can witness the mighty condor in flight, a gratifying reward for your efforts to reach this remote region of South America.
After two nights in Punta Arenas, the group will board a ferry for a two hour crossing to the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. The Argentina port town of Ushuaia, staging point for many Antarctic expeditions, is the ultimate destination. A short ride to Bahia Lapataia, the End of the Road. . . .17,848 km. from Alaska!
Having reached the Southern most inhabitable point on earth, the return ride is no less exciting. For nearly two weeks you remain in Argentina, traveling the paved coastal road to Comodoro Rivadavia, then working your way inland with highlights such as Bariloche, the Switzerland of South America. Reentering Chile from Mendoza, the ride is breathtaking as you cross the Andes range at Portillo, returning to Vina del Mar and the conclusion ofthe Expedition.
PVMT has madc arrangemcnts to ship your personal motorcyclc to Chile for thc Expedilion. This we feel is an economical and practical alternative to renting a motorcycle as wcll as lending more meaning to this uniquc advcnture.
You will havc to have your motorcycle in Texas at a to bc announced datc and collection location (the end of November or first week of December depending on shipping schedules), over one month prior to the actual beginning of the event in South America. PVMT staff will handle the loading of thc bikes and transport from the collection point to Houston for shipping to Chile.
Upon the completion of the Expedition members will take part in thc process of reloading the motorcycles in thc container near Vina del Mar, Chile. PVMT staff will prearrangc thc clearances through customs and the necessary paperwork for shipping the motorcycles back to the USA. Sailing timc from Chile to Houston is approximately 20 days however thc actual time from sealing the container door in Chile and opening it again in Texas is subject to shipping schedules and USA customs.
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Thereӳ something about making the most of second chances. Just ask SoBe/Samsung Mobile/Hondaӳ Josh Grant, who capitalized on a red flag and the restart, then went on to grab the lead and secure the win at round two of the AmpӤ Mobile SX Lites Eastern Regional Series in Atlanta. Team Hondaӳ Davi Millsaps, the previous weekendӳ round one victor, took second to stay atop the championship standings and pad his points lead to nine.
Grant grabbed the holeshot in the Lites main and held the lead for five laps until Millsaps got by. Grant was able to keep the Red Rider close, however, and when Davi spun in a corner, that was all Josh needed to retake the lead. From there he and his #24 Honda CRF250R cruised to take the checkers by more than 12 seconds. Millsaps, meantime, had to battle his way back from fourth after his bobble, and the factory Honda ace managed to climb back to capture second. In the remaining top 10 action, GPS Racing/Hondaӳ Michael Blose finished sixth, and Motosport/MDK/Hondaӳ Robert Kiniry eighth.
Team Hondaӳ Ernesto Fonseca was the highest-finishing Honda rider in the premier Supercross main, crossing the line in fifth. The Fonz was then followed home by a quartet of Honda CRF450R-mounted pilots, starting with Nick Wey in seventh, Mike LaRocco eighth, Ryan Clark ninth and Travis Preston 10th
2005 AMA Lockhart Phillips Formula Xtreme Championship
Round 9: Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
September 3, 2005
Call him The Man. And now, for the eighth time in his storied career, call him The Champ: Miguel DuHamel, 2005 AMA Formula Xtreme Champion, to be precise.
And boy what a finish it was, with the entire season נand the FX crown נ riding on todayӳ final round at Road Atlanta as Team Hondaӳ Jake Zemke and DuHamel rolled into Braselton, GA, separated by just five points. More than just the checkered flag was on the line, as the ultimate title decision would also be determined by which racer could come away with the most laps led.
Simply put, Hollywood couldnӴ have dreamt up a better, more dramatic storyline. The fact that the two stars were both Red Riders merely made this blockbuster all the more watchable.
DuHamel entered the race trailing Zemke and needing not only the win but also the point that comes with most laps led to successfully defend his FX crown. Needless to say, both the famously relentless DuHamel and Zemke, whoӤ be going for his first career AMA title, were going to leave everything out on the track. And if their almost two straight seasons of lead-swapping, bar-banging dogfights were any indication, this final 15-lap showdown promised to be epic.
Congratulations, you've got your CBT and Theory Test pass certificates and now it's time for the Practical Test. Hoping to pass this without any training is forlorn because you won't be prepared for it and won't know what to expect - it'll be a waste of the fee!
Gone also are the days when this was a case of riding round the block one way whilst the examiner walked it in the opposite direction and only had you in sight for a few seconds before you disappeared around the next corner. These days it's much tougher and needs to be to ensure riders are relatively safe on our busy and congested roads.
The type of licence you will require determines what size (c.c.) bike you will use for the test. This and other formal matters should be sorted out with you by your training school before the test date. When you arrive for the Test appointment you will be expected to have your CBT and Theory Pass Certificates, your driving licence and some positive proof of identity i.e. a passport. When the paperwork is complete you will be fitted with one of the Test Centre's radios and it's off outside to start the Test. At that stage you will be expected to be able to read a standard size car number plate from the appropriate distance so don't forget your glasses or contact lenses if you need them and don't forget to wear them throughout the Test!
Somewhere around the Test course the Examiner will ask you to perform a hill start; an angled start; a u-turn and an emergency stop. These will be practised in detail during your lessons. In addition to these specific exercises the Examiner will be marking you upon smooth and correct operation of all the controls, balance and steering, observation and awareness, correct and appropriate use of indicators/signals, positioning, hazard perception as well as, aptitude and attitude.
Back at the Test Centre, the Examiner will ask you one or two basic motorcycle-related questions such as, "What effect will carrying a pillion passenger have on your bike and what adjustments may be necessary?", and you will then be advised whether you have passed the Test or failed. The Examiner will go through a test report with you drawing attention to any faults that may have been noticed and, if appropriate, the reasons why you have failed. These faults should be discussed with your instructor so that they may be rectified.
If you passed, well done! But hold on, the amount of knowledge, skill and experience necessary to pass the test is not enough. The first 12 months after the Test is when you are at your most vulnerable. For safety sake - your own and other peoples' - please go on to take further training.
If you failed, don't worry, work with your instructor on the faults picked up by the Examiner and have another go!
Q: Do you provide jackets, rain suits, boots etc.?
A: Sorry, too many clients, too many sizes. Bring your own gear.
Q: Is a rental day 24 hours?
A: A rental day is 24 hours, which means you must return the bike at the same time you picked it up or pay an additional charge. We are open 7 days a week.
Q: Is it safe to ride alone in Alaska?
A: Yes. The paved roads are well maintained, well marked, and Alaskans are very friendly, however some are a bit quirky! Unpaved roads should not be traveled alone.
Q: What if the bike breaks down?
A: We provide roadside assistance within Alaska below the Arctic Circle. If we cannot repair your bike in a timely fashion, we will provide a replacement bike if one is available. If you wreck the bike we are not obligated to provide you a replacement.
Q: Can we take the bikes out of Alaska? Canada?
A: You can travel into Canada if you let us know in advance.
Q: What does the Collision Damage Insurance cover?
A: It covers damages to the motorcycle, including traffic accidents, dropping the bike, and rock damage. Rock damage is not considered a normal wear item.
Confederate Motorcycles, Inc. was formed on April 2, 1991
with the goal to create handcrafted street motorcycles of unsurpassed structure and quality, utilizing American industrial and mechanical design in its purest and most organic form. Headquartered in Abita Springs, Louisiana, Confederate has become the premier manufacturer of high-end, high-performance, American motorcycles for the connoisseur who will have only the best and the fastest.
The Formative Years
The first few years were invested in due diligence researching the top engineering and fabrication talent to assist our design team in creating the new line of Confederate machines. The company moved to the
San Francisco Bay area to refine the chassis and power train mounting system that would become the foundation for the new line of Confederate machines. From a clean sheet of paper, the new motorcycle was designed over an eighteen-month period.
Birth of a New Machine
During March of 1994, operations were relocated to a 6,000 square foot prototype shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On November 11, 1994, Veteran's Day, our first motorcycle was fired up. The ride proved everything we had hoped for. It possessed world class chassis dynamics. But there was something more. Something hard to define, yet easily felt. The bike had All-American character.
Refining The Dream
In the summer and fall of 1996, as a small batch craft oriented builder, tooling for 500 machines was committed and manufactured. Beginning production in model year 1997 with but 15 machines, sales grew at an annualized 75% rate. Each of our 1st generation machines has been sold.
Theres No Place Like Home
On July 4, 1998, Confederate Motorcycles, Inc. moved into its own climate-controlled 38,000 square foot manufacturing facility, located in a rural community 30 miles north of New Orleans. The Company has in place all equipment, including mills, lathes, frame jigs, part jigs, welders, tool and dye equipment, a power bender and assembly stations.
Perfecting The Process
For our second generation Confederate Hellcatά all new proprietary tooling has been manufactured to assure the highest handmade quality possible.
On January 12, 1999, H. Matthew Chambers was issued US patent number 5,857,538 covering 20 claims. The Companys products incorporate this patented technology to create traditional high-end American motorcycles of unsurpassed performance, styling and quality. Aside from uniquely classic aesthetic qualities, what sets our motorcycles apart from the competition is absolute power --train and chassis stiffness, huge street power, accurate and precise steering and handling, powerful braking, and world-class ride control.
Vengeance and Fender team up to benefit Kids Rock Free
CORONA, CA - APRIL 25, 2005
Update: The ride from the new factory to the Fender museum was a blast. We had Ted Metcalf and Jim Overman among others from the factory staff ride along with us. Fender put on a great event with hot rods, bikes, food, music and fun. If you've never visited the Fender Museum in Corona, CA, it really cool. The exhibits and displays are awesome featuring guitars and interactive presentations from a who's who of electronic guitar music. Fender has another event planned in the fall and we are looking forward to attending again!
Ride, Roll & Rock with Vengeance & Fender Sunday June 12. All riders are invited to meet at the Vengeance factory in Mira Loma, CA at 9:00-10:00 am for an ԯpen houseԠtour. The ride will leave at 10:30 from the factory and conclude at the Ԓolling for KidsԠcelebration in Corona, CA starting at 12 noon.
The "Rolling for Kids" event is a family-friendly street fair with a custom motorcycle and car show downtown Corona. The event will include a full day of live entertainment and even a few surprise "friends of Fender" musicians. The proceeds from this event benefit the Fender Museum's 'Kids Rock Free' music programs.
Car & Motorcycle Show
$35 Entry fee includes a lanyard and a Fender T-Shirt. The first 100 pre-registered also receive a Fender Goodie Bag. Open to all Motorcycles, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Classics, Trucks, Antiques, Tuner Cars and Sports Cars! All proceeds benefit Kids Rock Free music education.
All riders participating in the Vengeance ride will have premier parking inside the show in front of the Vengeance show rig and will be eligible to compete for the Vengeance 'Best of Show' owners award.
The Roberts family is to motorcycle racing what the Andrettis and Unsers are to automobile racing. Kenny Roberts Sr. won the AMA Grand National Championship at 21 years old, making him the youngest rider to have won that title. He took his first of three 500 Grand Prix road racing world championships when he was 26. His son Kenny Jr. won the 2001 500 GP title at the age of 27. Youngest son Kurtis Roberts was racing in Europe at the age of 17. He rode the 250 GP class at 18. He won his first AMA title in the Formula Xtreme class while riding for the Erion team at 20. Last year, at 21, he won the Formula Xtreme title a second consecutive time and also took the 600 SuperSport championship.
You see a pattern here? One could argue that genetics makes the Roberts clan superior road racers, but that shortchanges them. Junior and Kurtis grew up on their father's ranch in Hickman, California, sliding around on Honda XRٱ00s with road-racing legends such as Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski and Bubba Shobert, and have worked as hard as any of them for their success. The thing is, Kurtis started road racing in GPs earlier than his father or older brother and already has more titles than either of them at the same age. There are those who say the youngest Roberts could very well be the best.
The year after Kurtis Roberts came home from Europe, he joined the Erion team and has been with them ever since. He's progressed steadily and with remarkable speed, going from second in points in the AMA's 250 GP class to his Formula Xtreme title in 1999 to his double titles in 2000. Obviously there's good chemistry between him and the team.
"There are a lot of advantages to being on the Erion team," he says. "Honda is committed to building the best bikes, and the Erion team is really a unique group of people. They work together as a team. We win as a team, and we lose as a team. And that's very important."
For 2001, Roberts will defend his 600 title aboard Honda's new CBR600F4i, and will step up to ride the premier road-race class in the United States, AMA Superbike, on Honda's RC51 V-twin weapon.
Now, some riders might be more circumspect about their freshman year in the Superbike class, but not Roberts. He wants to win the title. And he's got some advantages that might help him do it. First off, he knows how to ride mega-horsepower motorcycles, having mastered the Erion team's snorting, tire-smoking Formula Xtreme weapons. Second, Roberts has been consistently quick when he's ridden the RC51. On several occasions last year he posted quicker times than anyone in the field.
"The first time I ever sat on the RC51 I was on pole on the thing the first day," Roberts says. "So I know I'm fast on the bike."
"I was always better on bigger bikes. Big bikes suit my style. I can slide them and do whatever I want with them better than I can on a 600." And we all know just how well he rides a 600.
"I want to win two more championships," he says. "I want to win the 600 race at Daytona again, and continue on from there like I did last year. And, you know, I'd love to win Superbike races and that championship, all of which I think are attainable."
Such goals certainly seem within his reachespecially when he talks about what he learned last season with a degree of maturity that should worry his competitors.
"I need to stop trying to lead every lap," he says. "And I don't need to win every race. Trying to win them all last year really blew out three or four 600 races which we probably could have won.
"I've just got to let things come to me rather than make them happen all the time. Like Road Atlanta, for instance. I tried to make too much happen too early and ran off the track, when we could have won. And I had three or four laps at that point faster than anyone else that weekend. So I've got to learn to let things come to me a little slower."
Combine the speed he's already shown, and the clarity of purpose in targeting championship wins rather than individual race victories, and you've got to wonder: Could Kurtis Roberts be the best Roberts we've seen yet?
Ever since I saw mini-moto on TV I knew I had to have a go. It just looked so STUPID.
Despite laughing like a maniac I didn't fall off on the practise first lap. Although I made up for that later, in the races.
These little bikes were reaching up to 22mph on a twisty track. But they are VERY unstable and it only takes slight wiggle, too much power, you knee touching a tyre or your foot touching the ground for it all to go pear-shaped very quickly.
As the pre-requisites for being good seemed to be lightness, flexibility and a willingness to fall off I thought I would do OK. I started well but tried too hard and ended up a rather modest 20th out of 33. But at least I didn't get any injuries beyond bruises. One of the other competitors got a broken collar bone (nothing to do with me, I might add).
Sorry to the bloke I jostled/headbutted racing for the line, I came off worst anyway - crossing the line being dragged behind the bike.
I've no idea who is who in the pictures, ecept that none of them are me.
You've done your CBT and want to go on to take the Practical Test but, before you can do so, there's a little matter of the Theory Test to get through. There are some exemptions from taking this test but, in all probability you'll have to do it.
The Test is taken at one of the Centres established for this purpose. You can apply in writing, over the phone or via the DSA's website. You'll need your Driver Licence Number and your Credit/Debit card to pay the fee (currently ?18.00). However, ASL pre-books appointments making this a lot easier for its pupils.
When you arrive for the test, you'll have to produce your licence and some form of identity such as, your passport or, the new style photo-card licence - basically, anything that contains your photo and signature. "You will be sat in front of a computer screen to, firstly, answer 35 questions based on the highway code, general road sense, motorcycles and motorcycling law. You must correctly answer at least 30 out of the 35 questions. Then you will be shown 14 short video clips of various road/traffic situations from which you must identify certain hazards which you perceive to be of possible danger. You must score at least 38 out of the possible maximum 75 points for this part of the Test"
What could be more simple? But it isn't as easy as it may seem and it requires some swotting up. First you have to know the Highway Code. Don't bother to book an appointment if you don't so, read and understand it first. A copy can be obtained from any large W. H. Smith's or any HM Stationery Office. Another recommended publication is a book issued by the Driving Standards Agenct (DSA) entitled "The Official Theory Test for Motorcyclists" which, again can be obtained from W. H. Smith's or from any HM Stationery Office.
You can also contact the DSA on 0115 901 2500 who, in return for some cash which they will take by credit card, will send you a disk that you can insert into a PC so that you can practice the first part of this Test as much as you like before taking it.
In the first edition I wanted to "break the links" with chain hotels and franchise restaurants so my recommendations centered primarily on bed and breakfasts. But when I heard from riders and readers asking for more nominally-priced options, I revisited the country and greatly expanded selections by adding clean and well-kept motels and motor courts, historic local diners, and including a reference list for every chain hotel within a ten mile radius of a destination. I also spent months tracking down and updating websites, motorcycle shops, area codes, prices, attractions, adventures and an in-depth appendix for additional infomrmation. This book contains everything a rider needs to take off on a great journey.
2) What was your favorite ride?
When you've traveled 20,000 miles across the finest landscape and most majestic sights in America, it's hard to pick one. I loved the solitude and expanse of the ride from Missoula to Bozeman, Montana, yet I also loved the lush forests and mountains of Highway 100 in Vermont. And for some reason, Death Valley, even with its absence of.... anything... was a spiritual experience I cannot forget.
3) What was your favorite bike?
Again, maybe it was a combination of the environment (Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota), but for me the Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1500 was just the right size and style for me.
4) How long did it take you to make these trips?
My first ride was on September 7, 1998, (Buddy Holly's 62d birthday) and the last was in July, 1999 (someone's birthday but I'm not sure whose.) I'd go out on the road for a month, return home and write for two or three, then go out again. I had to plan the trips so I'd miss the snows in New England and the Pacific Nnorthwest so it took a bit of fine tuning. But I'm a mighty,. mighty man so I did it.
5) Why can't you do this by car?
You canand I'd recommend that Congress pass legislation requiring motorists to carry a copy of GAMT in their cars. As I wrote in an article in the Miami Herald, "...there are no roads specifically designed for motorcycles ... just as no roads are built only for cars or RVs ... but motorcycle travelers know what they look for in a great ride. We seek freedom from the interstates and an escape from the homogenization of America. We search for back roads where we can shed routine and make every minute an adventure. We want to hone our senses with views of waterfalls and fields of wildflowers, to travel roads that rise and fall like the Roman Empire and lead to general stores and diners where the waitresses call us 'honey.'"
6) Why did you name each bike 'Kuralt'?
I was inspired to see America in large part due to the life's work of CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Even as a kid, I saw him traveling the country and showing me people and places that seemed foreign to a kid growing up in Florida, but were mine if I took the initiative. It was in his honor that each bike was given his name. I was thrilled when his daughter read a copy of 'GAMT' and told me that it was a wonderful book that her father would've liked.
7) How did you carry all the gear you'd need?
I was accompanied on all my journeys by my faithful Indian companion, my wife Nancy Howell (who is one-eighth Cherokee). She braved mountain passes, blizzard conditions and months of solo driving just to support my quest. What a woman!
8) Are you available for appearances?
Yes. There are stories about discovering America as well as meeting challenges that seemed impossible. There are dozens of stories interwoven into this adventure regarding emotions, relationships, discovery, spiritual enrichment, and taking a risk to do what you know is right-even if it means spending your life's savings.
9) I've got a full-time job/wife/husband/kids/responsibilties. How can I do a trip like yours?
Decide. I had the luxury of an open schedule and few responsibilities since I haven't had a regular job in ten years. I want my book to encourage you to go out and explore on your own. Even if you can only carve out time for an overnight, do it. As time goes by you can work on longer blocks of time and expand your riding range. But don't copy me. As I say in the introduction, "make your own discoveriesuse my book as a guide, not the Gospel."
Don't ignore your kids, though. Maybe you can ride with another couple, splitting time between a car and a bike. Be creative. And if the kids are grown and only a job ties you down, ask yourself the question I used when I had to make a choice between life as an employee or a freelancer: "If I had a million dollars and didn't have to worry about money, what would I do?" That got me real honest real fast and I answered myself that I wanted to travel and to write. With that, I knew I had the key to decide what I really wanted to do with my life. From there, it was a matter of figuring out how to do it and make a living.
10) You have a sharp sense of humor.
That's not a question, but people aren't used to reading a motorcycle book that doesn't deal with mechanics and a "coming of age" story. I can't fix a damn thing and I hate getting dirty so I left the fix-it and "watch me become a better man" books to other writers. I love the tempo and style of James Thurber, S.J. Perelman, Dr. SuessSeussSuess, Kuralt, Twain, Robert Benchley, P.J. O'Rourke, and John Hughes, so this was a chance to break the mold of boring travel books and write something as diverse and exciting as the nation I was seeing.
11) Why the Tina Louise reference in the 'Pack It Up' section?
Tina Louise (born Tina Blacker on February 11, 1934 in New York) portrayed starlet Ginger Grant on the CBS series 'Gilligan's Island'. The former model and nightclub singer trained at the Actors Studio and the Neighborhood Playhouse but is best known for her sexy comic role as the Marilyn Monroe-ish stranded movie star. Having first seen her on TV when I was six, I'd like to think that she was my first girlfriend. I'd also like to think that she is receiving the mental transmissions I send each morning at 5:43 am.
If you are under 21 years old then you may only take your test on a 125cc and then you are restricted to 33 bhp for two years.
If you are over 21 you may take your direct access test on a bike over 46.6 bhp.
So assuming that you are legally able to take the direct access option, what are the pros and cons?
Obviously the major downside to taking your test on a smaller machine is the two year limit on what you can ride. The benefit is that the cost of your training will be cheaper, and you can ride on L plates prior to taking your test without an accompanying instructor.
However our experience here at ABILITY shows us that nearly everyone who is eligible for the direct access scheme (DAS) takes that option. The cost of training does increase, but more often than not this is offset by having a wider choice of motorcycles to purchase once you have passed. Supply and demand in the second-hand market dictates that everyone under 21, and those over 21 choosing not to do the DAS option, will be after a limited number of bikes, thus forcing up prices.
And the bottom line is that anyone doing any kind of serious mileage, are going to find themselves feeling very restricted on a limited power machine. The choice is yours. We are happy to train you in the way you wish.
The Power behind the Legendary Indian ChiefΠMotorcycle
True to the classic styling and performance heritage that makes Indian one of the most admired brands in American history, the powerful 100 cubic-inch (1638cc) 45-degree, Powerplus٠100 V-twin engine recreates the unique look and robust feel that captured the affection of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world.
For 2003, the flagship Indian ChiefΠline comes with the Powerplus engine, the largest displacement engine designed and built by an American OEM motorcycle company.
The signature feature of the new Indian motor is its serrated, billet-aluminum rocker boxes and stout, round cylinders that are impossible to ignore.
Distinctive and unique to Indian, the serrated appearance of the polished rocker boxes and the black, rounded cylinders pay tribute to Indian's past. This combination gives the Powerplus 100 engine a strong, unique profile, while the rounded cylinders increase the area of the cooling fins for improved air circulation and engine cooling.
The engine is fed by a 42mm Mikuni "flat-slide" carburetor that is mounted on the left side of the engine, which is unique to early Indian motorcycles. This carburetion package delivers smooth throttle response throughout the entire RPM range.
Although this engine configuration is carbureted, the Powerplus 100 platform is designed to accept fuel injection with minor modifications. To ensure optimum lubrication and scavenging, the motor features a gerotor oil pump system. The transmission is a proprietary wet-clutch, five-speed configuration with a final belt drive. Although the configuration is standard in design, the wet-clutch itself is strengthened for added durability. A two-into-one exhaust header completes this performance package.
The introduction of the Powerplus٠100 engine completes the return of Indian Motorcycle Corporation as an American motorcycle OEM.
Team Hondaӳ John Natalie, the defending series champ, and Joe Byrd came into Budds Creek and round five separated by a mere four points (Natalieӳ 105 to Byrdӳ 101), and when the dust had cleared, they left tied at 126 apiece. Such is the tight battle between these two Honda TRX450R aces this season, and the good news is that it looks far from letting up.
In moto one, Natalie grabbed the holeshot and opened an early five-second (and as much as eight-plus-second) lead over Pat Brown, Joe Byrd, Doug Gust, Jeremiah Jones and Chad Wienen. By mid-moto, however, Natalie's gap would shrink as Byrd, Gust and Jones stepped up their pace. Shortly after the mid-moto point, Byrd, running second, and Gust, in third, tangled in a downhill off-camber section allowing Jones and Wienen by into second and third, respectively.
Meantime, Natalie had started to fade with arm pump, and Jones eventually passed him for the lead נand ultimately the win נat about three-quarters of the way through the moto. Natalie would finish second, with Honda TRX450R-mounted Wienen rounding out the top three. Team Hondaӳ Tim Farr, still suffering from back pain, crashed on lap one and remounted to finish 18th.
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT for short) was introduced in 1990 in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents learner riders were having. Of course, training existed prior to CBT but it didn't stop people buying bikes and riding off on them without any training - hence the accidents.
Over the intervening years since CBT was introduced, the number of learner riders having accidents has reduced and this is thought to be attributable to CBT.
So, what is CBT?
it is COMPULSORY - every one (well not quite) is required to do it before they are allowed to ride on public roads unaccompanied by a qualified instructor. The only people who escape CBT at the moment are those who want to ride a moped and already hold a full car licence issued before the 1st February 2001 but even they are being encourage to go through a CBT course in the interest of safety.
it is BASIC - to use a ladder as an analogy, gaining a CBT Certificate is being able to put your foot on the first rung of what is a very long training ladder indeed. In fact, one without an end! It is designed to give you the minimum amount of experience and knowledge to be able to ride relatively safely on our busy roads. The amount of practical on-road riding experience given during CBT is very limited so everyone completing CBT is advised and encouraged to go on to take further training as soon as possible, if not straight away.
it is TRAINING - not a test. That comes later.
CBT can usually be completed in one day but if more time is required to complete the course, it will be allocated. Time is not the essence - safety is!
There are five parts to CBT, some theoretical and others practical. You must display an understanding of the theoretical parts and an acceptable degree of competence in the practical riding skills before being able to progress from one part to the next. If all is satisfactory with the theoretical and practical off-road riding elements, the course ends with an on-the-road session accompanied by an instructor who is in radio contact with you.
So long as everything is completed to the instructor's satisfaction (who is following the guidelines set out by the DSA), you will receive a CBT Certificate which validates your licence and allows you to ride a bike of up to 125cc on the road unaccompanied by an instructor. 'L' plates must be displayed however and pillion passengers are not allowed. Motorways are also forbidden at this stage.
A CBT Certificate is valid for 2 years. Failure to pass both the Teory Test and the Practical Test within that period will lead to its cancellation and CBT will have to be retaken to validate your licence once more. But don't wait this long. Further training is absolutely essential.
Welcome to the new look ruralmoto, a new web portal for motorcyclists to use. We hope that you enjoy it!
What is ruralmoto? Well it's a web site for discerning Gentlemen Touring Motorcyclists, who wish to have a single point of access to all things webby. On this site you'll find links to the kind of material that a Gentleman should have, such as google and vintage wine and cigar dealers.
What is a WebPortal? This is a site that you use to access the internet. Simply set this page as your home page in your browser and you will always come here when you log into the internet. You will have news, links, search engines only a mouse click away!
You will also find events as they are organised. Attendance is by invitation only for a select few Gentlemen. Our Events are always in a rural location and are well attended by Sporting Gentlemen Motorcyclists. Usually they consist of a chuff round the countryside before retiring to our lodgings for a rest. The evening is spent sitting down to a seventeen course sumptuous dinner.
Our new site is going through final development. With an exciting new design
(see below) and a host of new features almost every rider will love, we expect our site launch to be the beginning of a wonderful extension of your riding. With features that include the ability to start rides with new friends, to look for rare parts, and to automatically find out about new rides in your area, we look forward to seeing you soon and often.
The Indian Motorcycle Centennial ͠Stay updated on the latest plans for the 100th anniversary of America?s first motorcycle brand. Special events will include a commemorative cross-country ride.
Hitting the Open Road ͠Find Great Rides in your area. Visit frequently to see new routes, or sign up to get updates by e-mail. Not only will you find wonderful rides, you will also be able to get printable directions and maps. You can even see the latest weather conditions for the routes.
Riding With Other Local Riders ͠The Ride Starter is a special feature for all riders. By signing up for the member?s section you can be automatically notified of group rides in your local area. You can even start your own ride. The member?s section will search the database for any riders in your local area that are interested in touring the local roads.
Become a Member ͠Sign up to read the latest repair tips, find that rare part you have been looking for, see photos of other riders, listings of local routes and biker friendly establishments. You can even be updated automatically when a certain message or part shows up in the Member?s Section.
Dealer Pages - An easy way to find out the latest information on your local dealership. See special events, sales, product inventory, and of course, directions and store hours. You can find out about all Indian Motorcycle dealers directly through our dealer locator.
Day 1. Mcallen will be your rendezvous point, that southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Here riders will gather by 5 p.m. for a meeting. Safety and other tour aspects will be discussed. A currency exchange service will be provided to get some pesos in your pockets.
Day2. Crossing the border is made easy with PVMT preparing much of the paperwork in advance. The scenery is flat, riding along coastal plains, but eventually a feel of the tropics emerges with towering peaks of the Sierra Madres giving you a hint of the riding joys to come . Overnight in Cuidad Victoria.
Sign up early for the Mexico Mardigras date Feb 17-28.
Day 3. The ride will take you closer to the Gulf of Mexico. Rich fields of sugar cane are a dominant feature in the landscape. Your destination is Poza Rica. You are in the heart of what was once the vanilla capital of the world. But it is the nearby archeological sight of El Tajin that will fascinate you. Only 20 buildings have been restored of what is believed to be nearly 150. Seventeen ball courts, a number of temples, pyramids and hieroglyphics reveal one of the most unusualpre-Columbian structures in Mesoamerica. And if fortunate, the Totonac Indians will be performing their death defying pole dance.
Days 4,5 & 6.It is rare that PVMT spends three days at a single stop, howeverwith so much to do and see in the area you will be permitted to explore beyond the city on optional day rides. Veracruz, on the gulf of Mexico is filled with historicalinterests. The group will take a tour of the Fortress of Ulua, and learn of it's role in the defense of the city from pirates, invading French forces and yes, even the "gringos" back in 1848 and again in 1914. An evening visit to the Plaza de Armsa is a must and if you like seafood, there is none better anywhere. You can ride to nearby Lake Catemaco famous for its concentration of brujas, (witches). These are a number of early remote beaches one can visit. be sure to sign up early for Mardigras.
Day 7. Departing Veracruz you will head towards the interior of the country stopping the night within walking distance of one of Mexico's prominent archeological sights. Near the village of Cholula you can climb a 265 foot high pyramid for an incredible view of what was once a great pre-Columbian temple city. Cholula is also known for its numerous churches, constructed by the first Spanish conquistadors using native artisans who managed to sneak in under the noses of unknowing padres, an occasional image of their gods such as a serpent, the moon or the sun.
Day 8. Zimapan is but a tiny village along the route of the Panamerican Highway. It is also where an ex-hacienda was converted to an elegant spa. Time for a massage! Or if you care, you can just wander the village, go to the plaza and immerse yourself into the daily happenings of native Mexico life. To those who are willing, a PVMT tour is a daily exploration and you thought all you were going to do was ride.
Day 9. Xilita. Find it on the map if you can. Say it if you can. Here we will stay at a bed and breakfast affair in a tiny Sierra Madre village which happens to have been the home of an eccentric English Nobel and artist, and mixer with some of the world's most famous surrealist artists and alternative thinkers. Edward Olmos was a little odd, however he created in a jungle setting, the sprawling work of mart known as Las Pozas. A fascinating story in the most unlikeliest of places. And the most thrilling, through the twisting Sierra Madres.
Day 10. Your final night in Old Mexico will be at an authentic hacienda dating back to the early 1700's where riders with Pancho Villa Motor-Tours always receive the warmest of receptions. It may be centuries old, but the Hacienda Santa Engracia for years has been a favorite PVMT stop. You will enjoy the swimming pool, the great food and the special ambiance of being in the real Mexico.
Day 11. To the border! You will arrive at McAllen around 2 p.m, enough time to make a few miles to your destination, or just run up the road to Padre Island and enjoy a night on the sea shore.
Photographic Motorcycle Tours is a new concept in group travel. Professional photographer and avid motorcyclist John Hershey is offering guided motorcycle tours designed to experience the rustic beauty of the scenic Southwest and improve your photography skills.
Besides the great riding , John is going to create photographic opportunities for you and provide photographic instruction and coaching throughout the tour.
"Mr. Hershey offers an incredible riding and photographic experience," states James Morrison, president of Southwest Bike Travel Zine Inc., the world's first internet publication dedicated to motorcycle travel. "This is motorcycle touring at its best." Morrison continues, "By combining motorcycle travel with professional photography, Mr. Hershey captures the total experience of touring. He provides the film, a photograph on canvas of you and your bike for your office or den, and of course, all the excitement you can handle."
Over 200,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected in Myrtle Beach for the Annual Spring Bike Rally making this rally the largest single Harley Rally in the Carolinas!
The Myrtle Beach area is absolutely stunning and one of the top vacation destinations in the nation with over 13 million visitors annually. Myrtle Beach has over 60,000 guest-rooms, 1,600+ dinning establishments, entertainment theaters, amusement parks, and over 100 golf courses. Motorcycle riders from all over the eastern part of the United States enjoy the great cruising weather at Myrtle in May. Several major motorcycle attractions are set up during the spring rally.
Every year more people enjoy the Grand-Strand and this is reflected in the attendance for Myrtle Beach Bike Week. The south end of the Grand-Strand area (Murrells Inlet & Inlet Square Mall area) will again host most of the Motorcycle Events for Bike Week. New to Bike Week, there is two (2) ways to get to Murrells Inlet and both come together at Inlet Square Mall. Business 17 and Bypass 17 bring you to the largest single outdoors vending and business location Bike Week.
Like the '01 CRs, HRCA Red Rider Contingency will bring out the champion in you. When you ride for Honda, you ride as part of an elite team.
For 2001, we've added events. HRCA Red Rider Contingency will be posted at well over 400 events nationwide; that's 4.4 million dollars posted in 2001! From January 1-December 31, 2001, Honda will award payments to riders based on performance. It's as simple as that. If you're a winner, you can get paid.
Contingency winnings will be issued through the HRCA Red Rider Contingency Card. This is a revolutionary way to collect contingency winnings - and on top of that, the card can be used at any participating Honda Dealer or anywhere Visa is accepted. It's as versatile as you are.
All 2000 or newer CR models are eligible for Contingency. Purchasers of new CRs receive a free one-year HRCA membership from date of purchase.* Your membership also entitles you to discounts at the Gary Bailey Motocross School.
Check the requirements and schedule get your bike race-ready and try your luck at our next event! For more information on contingency rules and regulations, click here.
You can now download printable Contingency claim forms. Click here for the off-road form. Download Adobe Acrobat.
*Original owners of 2000 - 2001 year CR models purchased from a participating dealer receive a complimentary one year membership from date of original AHM Warranty Registration.
CR, XR, Honda Rider's Club of America, and HRCA are trademarks of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
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Hondells recorded "Little Honda." Honda entered American pop culture as the subject of this hit song.
We made the jump to the big leagues with our first big, fast production motorcycle with a DOHC engine.
The first Baja 1000 turned out to be our first big off-road win. And we never looked back.
Honda created a bike for the youth market, introducing motorcycling to the baby boom generation.
A landmark achievement that changed the motorcycling world forever. With four cylinders and a disc brake, it was the biggest bike out of Japan. And it proved that a high-performance motorcycle can also be super reliable.
Mike LaRocco put in one of the most impressive rides of the day at round nine of the AMA/EA Sports Supercross Series in Daytona International Speedway, coming from nearly last after a first-lap pileup to fifth on his Team Amsoil/Factory Connection/Jack in the Box Honda CR250R. Perhaps the only more astounding ride was that of Ricky Carmichael who completely dominated the main event so thoroughly en route to his first 250cc supercross victory that he lapped all but runner-up Jeremy McGrath and third-place David Vuillemin. LaRocco maintains third in points behind McGrath and Vuillemin as the second half of the season gets underway.
Although all racers had a weekend off between Atlanta and Daytona, few saw it as a vacation. Instead, many teams remained in Georgia or Florida to test bike setups for the all-important Daytona Supercross, one of the most prestigious races in the sport. Team Honda, for example, tested in Georgia at some of Ezra Luskӳ practice tracks. In fact, Lusk got in some training laps for the first time since injuring his shoulder at round one in Anaheim, riding his CR125R, but heӳ not expected to resume racing until the AMA/Chevy Trucks National MX Series kicks off in May.
Daytona is the most unique race on the circuit and combines aspects of both indoor supercross and outdoor motocross. The course on the infield grass between the road course banking and pit row is very sandy, which becomes as rough and rutted as the most brutal outdoor course. However, track builder Gary Bailey incorporates combinations of jumps and rhythm sections that are as technical as any stadium event, too. Daytona is also the longest track, so instead of a 20-lap main thatӳ 20 minutes long, itӳ closer to 35 minutesشhe length of an outdoor National moto.
LaRocco hasnӴ enjoyed the best starts this season, but he got off to a nice one when the gate dropped for the main. ԉ had a great start. I went [into the first turn] and there was a deep rut there,ԠLaRocco said. Ԋeremy was in it, and I was kind of waiting for him before I went in it when [Damon] Huffman ran into me. He pushed me into Jeremy and got all caught up in my back wheel. I ended up falling over because we [Huffman and I] were tangled up; he just kept clutching it, and we couldnӴ get our bikes apart.
ԉ just did what I could to get through traffic [after that]. It was tough. The first five laps, it took a lot of energy for me to get through.Ԡ
Carmichael ended up safely out front followed by McGrath, Vuillemin and Red Rider Sebastien Tortelli. The top three remained unchanged for all 20 laps, though McGrath drew close early, only to drop back when his legs tired. At the finish, Carmichael owned a 22-second margin over McGrath.
Once again, LaRocco gave the crowd something to watch as he slashed through the pack. After getting untangled, he went to work immediately and came through in 19th place on lap one, passed four more racers on lap two and snuck by four more on lap three for 11th place. He moved into sixth by lap seven, and it took a long time to catch up to Kevin Windham in fifth. Windham, who spent most of last week in bed with the flu, would still manage to finish seventh.
With three laps to go and Tortelli in sight, LaRocco felt a cramp coming on so he backed off a bit in order to maintain his position. For his second appearance at Daytona, Tortelli said, Ԕhe bike is working great. I worked hard [to prepare] for [this], but I was maybe not ready for it, I guess. I was riding my pace and [keeping] a good rhythm to not get tiredدr to try to get tired as late as possible.Ԡ
In 125s, Team FMF/Honda racer Brock Sellards maintained his AMA 125cc Eastern Region Supercross Series points lead with a runner-up finish behind Travis Pastrana who won for the first time in his short professional career.
All options include the following: $1.000.000 third party Liability and Medical Insurance included in daily rate. Daily rental rate does not include optional VIP Insurance coverage ($14/day) that is purchased for theft or damage coverage.
Transfers to/from international airports, airport hotels or recommended hotels
Free use of motorcycle helmets for rider and passenger, saddlebags, and road maps.
A Buyers Gallery of Fine Automobiles 9th annual Choices edition offering the best of two worlds.
FOUR WHEELS OR TWO WHEELS?
On the one hand, the 571 horsepower Lamborghini Murcielago with the elegance of heritage and the power of legend, in lime green and on four wheels. On the other, the 135 horsepower definition of non-conformance and refined vision, the equally unique, advanced yet defiant, Confederate G2 on two wheels. One is the ultimate expression of Italian design and engineering, the other is a bold display of simple raw American power with a design revolution all its own.
Lets say you opt for four wheels. Our cover car is the 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago in factory lime green with a 571 horsepower V12 capable of speeds over 200 miles per hour. This particular car is owned by recording artist Busta Rhymes and has been finished by Unique Autosport in Uniondale, NY. The interior was completely refinished in white leather with green piping to match the exterior. Unique Autosport added the logo of Bustas Flipmode Records embroidered on the headrests and custom floor mats. Dazz Motorsport was tapped for their Maya chrome wheels which they developed specifically for this car and then expanded to other high end sport applications. with 19 Pirellis on the front, 20 Pirellis on the back. The complete Panasonic audio system was designed and perfected with the help of Rob Lopez at Panasonic Car Audio. The whole package came together in only two weeks. We had to. Says Unique Autosports Will Castro. When Lamborghini announced the Murcielago for 2003, Busta wanted it for the Funk Master Flex 2nd Annual Celebrity Car Show in August. We got the car in mid July!
Our two wheel offering comes from boutique motorcycle design house and very limited production craft shop, Confederate Motorcycles. Founded in 1991 by lawyer H. Matthew Chambers, Confederate Motorcycles started with a clean sheet of paper. Designers drew a chassis and power train mounting system for the classic American V-twin style engine with a no compromise mindset. A rigid chassis, patented engine mounting system, ease of serviceability and ultimate reliability were the priorities and the building blocks of the new machine.
The first production Hellcat G1 was launched in model year 1997. Over the next five years the planned production run of 500 machines was commissioned and manufactured. Adoring fans and the motorcycle press made living legends of the Hellcat G1. After road testing the 1st generation Confederate, Cycle World declared the Hellcat G1 to be The Lamborghini of Motorcycles.
The second generation (G2) Hellcat on our cover represents a proper evolution of the first series. Pure, fluid, simple. There is no ornamentation. Design enhancements include lighter weight, with greater rigidity, more comfortable ergonomics, improved suspension, brakes, lighting, all carbon fiber body pieces and a handmade over square 114 cubic inch 135 horsepower engine.
Expecting to build only three machines per week, production began on January 2nd and will be completed over the next five years.
So there you have it, Two wheels or four? For the well-appointed garage of the duPont REGISTRY reader the correct answer could only be, Both!
Due to the width of the master cylinder, some people like the symmetrical look with a shorter peg on the brake side. The shift side footrest is 6?" long while the brake side footrest is 5?" long. This helps keep the footrest protrusion equal from centerline of the motorcycle. Use with our matching handgrips and passenger pegs to complete the look.
For those of you who prefer fold up pegs, use these 6?" long footrests sets with matching shifter peg. Footrests are drilled and tapped for 3/8-16 thread and include stainless steel mounting hardware. Use with our matching handgrips and passenger pegs to complete the matched look.
1?", 4" and 6" EXTENSION FOR FXR, DYNA & SPORTSTER MODELS
These Chrome Plated Billet Extensions are ideal for fitting your body to your bike for a "Custom Fit" riding position. Using the FXR Forward Controls, choose the 1? " extension for a slight stretch, the 4" extension for a little more stretch and the 6" extension is intended for those log legged riders. Fits FXR 1982/Later, DYNA Models 1991/Later, & Sportster 1984/Later
SHIFTER CONTROL RODS
Choose the coordinating Shift Control Rod from the chart below for the finishing touch to your Excel Forward Controls. For Ratchet Top Transmission use 70017 FX dust cover and shifter lever kit.
Erion Racingӳ Kurtis Roberts set a new track record of one minute, 54.147 seconds today on the very last lap of his qualifying session to earn the pole position for tomorrowӳ Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport International Challenge final.
After coming in for a rear tire change on his CBR600F4, Roberts jogged up pit row and conferred quickly with competitor Eric Bostrom. When the two then took off from the pits together with only a few minutes left in their session, it was evident that they intended to work together for quicker times.
ԗe were talking about it, actually, during the winter about working together here,ԠRoberts confided. Ԉe came up to me in my pit garage right before our qualifying session and asked if I wanted to work with him because he said he could easily do some :54s around here. I had been in the :54s already today in the 750 SuperSport session. I think IӶe got the fastest motorcycle around here today and definitely tomorrow. Now itӳ just a matter of keeping the thing up.
ԅric and I, we both messed up on that final lapشhatӳ the funny thing about it; it didnӴ feel fast. I honestly believe :53s can easily be done around here.Ԡ
Bostrom ended up second fastest at 1:54.431 so both he and Roberts were under the previous record of 1:54.660 set last year by Rich Oliver.
Team Hondaӳ Nicky Hayden tried to set up a similar situation with teammate Miguel Duhamel in the second qualifying session that immediately followed, but Duhamel needed a bit more time in the pits so Hayden opted to go it alone. Even without a partner to draft with, Hayden kept clicking off faster laps, eventually turning a 1:54.731 on the last lap of the session, the only other racer to get under 1:55. ԉ did a decent time, I guessةf I couldӶe got a tow, maybe I couldӶe gone a little better, but weӲe on the front row. IӬl take it,Ԡthe 18-year-old Kentucky native said.
Doug Chandler qualified fourth fastest at 1:55.045, earning the final spot on the front row for tomorrowӳ 18-lap, 100-kilometer final. Last yearӳ 600 class winner, Miguel Duhamel, was fifth fastest at 1:55.249, despite a suspected pinched nerve in his neck suffered during yesterdayӳ practice when the wind caught his head while sneaking a peek back. Duhamel underwent chiropractic adjustments last night and this morning to try to reduce pain and regain movement, and he also resorted to a neck brace taped to his leathers for 600 qualifying. Erion Racingӳ Josh Hayes turned a 1:55.294, the sixth-fastest time.
Including pole position for this yearӳ race, Honda CBR600F4s filled four of the top six qualifying positions.