May 25, 2009 – Motorcycle Digest
May 25, 2009
Filed under Features
2010 Ducati Streetfighter hits dealerships
Six months after its unveiling, the 2010 Ducati Streetfighter is on its way to North American showrooms, Ducati recently reported.
To celebrate the bike’s arrival, participating dealers were scheduled to host a weekend of activities May 22-23.
Ducati also announced a priority reservation system for purchasing the new bike.
“When a customer places a deposit through the Ducati dealer network, he or she is added to Ducati’s priority delivery list and is guaranteed delivery of the first Streetfighter available,” Ducati said in a statement.
For more information on the Streetfighter and a list of participating open house dealers, visit ducatiusa.com.
Triumph unleashes a Daytona 675 Special Edition
Triumph is offering customers across North America the opportunity to own a unique factory sport bike with the Daytona 675 Special Edition.
The limited edition model takes the award-winning Daytona 675 and covers its body panels, tank and fenders in a new Pearl White while the frame, swing arm and subframe receive a distinctive Sparkle Blue paint.
Less than 350 of the 2009 Daytona 675 SE motorcycles will be available at Triumph dealers throughout North America with an MSRP of $9,999 or $11,999 in Canada.
“The Daytona 675 has received exceptional reviews for its performance and styling,” said Jim Callahan, North American marketing manager for Triumph Motorcycles. “Now, Triumph has taken the bike’s styling a step further with this incredible new color scheme.”
The Daytona 675 SE is mechanically identical to the standard 2009 Daytona 675. The race-bred machine utilizes a 126bhp three-cylinder engine and the latest chassis technology, including a highly sophisticated and adjustable front and rear suspension. Riders can adjust both high and low speed compression damping to obtain unparalleled levels of control that are suited to both spirited street and track riding as well as compliance for rough road surfaces.
Classic Motorworks introduces two models
Classic Motorworks, the U.S. distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles, will release two, new models to the United States this summer, according to a Classic Motorworks press release.
The Bullet Classic C5 and Bullet G5 were designed to replicate the iconic design of the original Royal Enfield Bullet dating back to the 1950s, but with modern technological amenities, including a unit construction engine and electronic fuel injection.
The C5 is expected to be available for purchase in June (MSRP: $6,395). The Bullet G5 models include the Classic G5, Deluxe G5 and the Military. They’re priced at $5,995.
“These bikes cater to the new generation of cycle enthusiasts, with one important distinction — very low maintenance and no need to ‘tinker,’” Kevin Mahoney, president of Classic Motorworks, said in the release. “We are thrilled to be presenting these bikes in the U.S. and have already seen an incredible response to them in our dealers’ showrooms.”
KTM recalls off-road motorcycles
In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), KTM North America voluntarily recalled about 550 model year 2009 off-road motorcycles, reported the CPSC.
The bikes were recalled due to possible front fork failure. The report said the front fork inner tube can crack and separate from the fork axle, posing a risk of injury or death to the operator. No incidents or injuries, however, have been reported.
The model name and KTM logo are located on the right and left shrouds. Specific models include orange/black 125SX, 150SX, 250XC-W, 300XC-W.
The motorcycles were sold at KTM dealers nationwide from December 2008-April for $6,000-$8,000.
AMA releases Vintage Championship details
AMA Racing announced further details about the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which will take place during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days July 24-26 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
“America’s vintage motorcycle racers are among the most enthusiastic motorcyclists anywhere, and it’s about time they were recognized with a grand championship event of their own,” said AMA CEO Rob Dingman.
“There is no better venue for the inaugural running of the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships than AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the country’s grandest celebration of motorcycling heritage.” psb