Archive for the ‘Motorcycles’ Category

OXO Good Grips – Automotive Car Care Product Line Request

WANTED: OXO Good Grips to bring back their awsome Automotive Car Care Product Line!

OXO Automotive: Car Care Product Line

OXO Automotive: Car Care Product Line – Discontinued :(

 

Unfortunately OXO Good Grips has pretty much discontinued their amazing, best on the market Automotive line of Car Care products. Their Auto brushes are so user friendly well made and designed and they last for years, and way better then any natural wool mitt on the market, they do not leave any micro contaminants as wool mitts do so you don’t scratch you expensive paint finish. If you are an auto and motor sport enthusiast or just a clean freak, I suggest emailing or even better calling OXO’s Consumer Care Center at 1(800) 545-4411 and their OXO’s corporate New York Design Studio at (212) 242-3333 and requesting the full comeback of all the original Automotive Car Care Product Line of cleaning brushes, your car will thank you.

OXO Automotive: Small Car Wash Brush

OXO Automotive: Small Car Wash Brush – Discontinued :(

OXO Automotive: Large Car Wash Brush

OXO Automotive: Large Car Wash Brush and Wheel Detail Brush – Discontinued :(

OXO Automotive: Squeegee

OXO Automotive: Squeegee – Discontinued :(

OXO Automotive: Sure-Grip Ice Scraper

OXO Automotive: Ergonomic Sure-Grip Polycarbote Ice Scraper – Discontinued :(

OXO Automotive: Snow Brush and Scrapper

OXO Automotive: Pivoting Head Snow Brush and Scrapper – Discontinued :(

Dan Quixote of the Motorcycle

While looking through the 2012 Aerostich Riders Warehouse catalog, I came across this little hidden gem on page 140. LOL! I sent in a picture last year that Aerostich used to make this mock cover of an adventure motorcycle book.

Dan Quixote of the Motorcycle

A story about a young motorcyclist living in a quiet Midwestern suburb, commuting an hour each way daily on his ride to work. While mostly well-adjusted and rational, his daily ride amongst a herd of fuel-sucking SUVs and myriad of distracted drivers talking on cell phones has had a profound effect on his psyche, causing him to take on a zealous quest to spread the word about the socially positive benefits of adopting motorcycles for daily transportation. Donning his protective Roadcrafter armor, our protagonist rides out as a knight-errant, in an arduous struggle to convert the caged masses to a more efficient, faster, environmentally friendly and personally satisfying form of personal mobility. A poignant tale with a wonderful foreword by Texas’s famed Caeyelle Aylliin. First Ed., 2011, Pied Pipes Publications. By Grinsel J. Kushner. Hardbound.

6″x9″, 1,665 pp., b/w illus.

#AREA $4,276.00

2011 Adventure Touring Shootout

Well done motorcycle-usa.com on a great online 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout article of my favorite motorcycle category. Now just make your website more user friendly, and stop cluttering it up with videos and ads that take forever to load. With that said, very rarely does any print or online motorcycle magazine take on so many relevant adventure tourers all at one shot such as these model; 2011 BMW R1200GS, 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring, 2011 KTM 990 Adventure Dakar Edition, 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC, and the early release of the 2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere. This two-wheeled adventure category is really catching on here in the States finely, which I think is due to better looking performing bikes, great adventure forums and access to more cool accessories. I mean most people here in the U.S. have SUVs, so why are they not riding the equivalent motorcycle? Being able to go anywhere at any time in most weather conditions, sounds like fun to me. Especially with the U.S.’s crumbling roadways, it is like going off-road anyway, so why not ride a bike that can handle it? You can read reviews until your eyes pop out, but you will never know until you actually test ride the motorcycles to find out which one fits and suites your riding style because they are each really different with their own distinctive nuances.

MotoUSA | Adventure Touring Shootout: 2011 BMW R1200GS

 

MotoUSA | Adventure Touring Shootout: 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200S

 

MotoUSA | Adventure Touring Shootout: 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC

 

MotoUSA | Adventure Touring Shootout: 2011 Yamaha Super Tenere

 

MotoUSA | Adventure Touring Shootout: 2011 KTM Adventure 990

2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring in Race Titanium Matte

2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring

2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring in Race Titanium Matte

 

Heads up, there is a color change for the 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring which will be Race Titanium Matte. From the photos, it looks more like a satin finish, which is all good and I like the contrasting black logo. I made a request directly to Ducati USA for a dark gray color along with a production version of the stunning Pikes Peak race color scheme, which Ducati did deliver. However I didn’t think they would discontinue the Diamond Black color option; and on a side note they also canceled the sexy carbon fiber Sport model. I think rotating in a forth color option would be nice for this popular high performance adventurer tourer, but not in sacrifice to the classy black color option. I was going to sing Ducati praises for quickly listening to their fans, but I hesitate since they nixed the black out of the Multistrada’s 1200 line-up. Call me old-school, but a motorcycle should always be offered in some version of back. Black is timeless and never seams dated as other trendy colors do. Ducati was considering school bus yellow, but that’s not for me – no thanks.

The minor updates appear to show a more contoured sculpted seat and a racing black frame, which is cool, but they still have not addressed the yellow/gold anodized forks. I can’t be the only one that thinks they look out of place in the overall design. However, all and all I really like it and I think the Race Titanium Matte will be super successful. I can’t help but think how cool it would look in the Sport version with carbon fiber trim. Now Arai just has to reintroduce the XD3 Helmet in Silver and Gray Frost to match the new Race Titanium Matte paint.

Go check out this cool article 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout on www.motorcycle-usa.com, comparing the latest and greatest adventure touring motorcycles including the 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring, it’s a great read!

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Customized in Stealth Matte Black

Ducati Multistrada 1200S in Stealth Matte Black by Motorrad Maehr

 

I am highly anticipating some updates to the Ducati Multistrada 1200S for the upcoming 2012 model year; maybe an additional color option to the newly popular high performance adventure tourer. Ducati has already released the stunning 2012 Multistrada 1200 Sport Pikes Peak Edition this summer, and what a paint job! I actually got the opportunity to sit on the Multistrada 1200 that won the Pikes Peak Race back in 2010 at the New York International Motorcycle Show. While I was there, I asked the Ducati North America reps why don’t they just make this stunning race replica as a special edition, and what do you know, they did! A great decision on Ducati’s part in my opinion. Pictured here in a YouTube.com video is a customized Multistrada 1200 by Motorrad Maehr in a sexy matte black paint job; with a contrasting glossy Ducati logo, blacked-out engine guard and passenger pegs brackets, matching racing gray forks, and a full Arrow exhaust. What a looker, I LOVE it! I don’t always like everything to be stealthed-out, but it is dam cool. Straight jet-black non-metallic is always classy and you can’t go wrong with that color combo. The current Multistradas are painted in metallics, which is ok, but not really my taste though. Ducati does offer other motorcycle models in matte black paint jobs occasionally, but I would flip if they decided to add this matte color option to the Multistrada line-up for 2012. However, companies always seem to be a year or two behind my creative vision for their products.

As other manufactures go, I requested BMW to make a special edition paint for it’s M3s, never thinking they would actually execute. On BMW’s 2011 M3s they offered a special edition satin paint called Frozen Black and Frozen Gray, which looked awesome, but I found out from the head of the BMW M Race Division, that you can’t wax the paint and you must wipe off bird droppings asap or it will cause damage to the satin finish. Less time detailing is good for me. Also, I requested black rims on the M3 as an option, because who wants to spend their weekends always cleaning their wheels, and besides black just looks tougher. The ultra high performance BMW 2011 BMW M3 GTS in Fire Orange came with black rims, so that was a success, thanks BMW keep it up! Actually, there are now three motorcycles by Bavarian Motor Works that I requested specific dark and cooler color schemes to help enhance their motorcycles. I like to call them factory customs; the 2001 BMW R1200C Stiletto Special Edition, the 2010 R1200 GS Triple Black Special Edition, and now the 2011 F800 GS Triple Black Special Edition, and maybe the long hall adventure guys will see a Triple Black version of the big R1200 GS Adventure as well, we will see.

Back to this stunning Ducati Multistrada 1200 customized in stealth matte black paint… Whoever executed the paint job, did what looks like a factory job, nice style. It definitely sets out the individual rider from the cookie cutter pack. I could definitely see Ducati offering this color option in the future, but I can’t always wait around for companies to eventually offer a cool color or paint job, and when they do it is always at the end of the model run. My suggestion is to offer it sooner to the public and more often.