Very Boring Rally 4

You are cordially invited to help us celebrate 35 years of Aerostich at the VBR4, from Friday August 17th thru August 19th!  All activities take place in and around our Duluth, Minnesota World Headquarters factory and facility: There will be great food, interesting presentations, loudish music, a collectable T-shirt and rally pin, factory tours and a souvenir booklet…Plus lots of in-store-only discounts, FREE SWAG and a chance to win dozens of great prizes!

The cost of the weekend event is $35 per person and pre-registration is available online at www.veryboringrally.com. Shelter and lodging options and connections are here.

Join the usual assortment of cycle bums, malcontents, hipsters (?), curmudgeons and road grimed astronauts for good-times, both planned and impromptu. Activities are scheduled all 3-Days of the event, including prizes and awards for motorcycle poetry readings, the oldest/youngest/farthest distance riders and much more. Even an award for the sorriest bike ridden to the party, and one for the most worn-out Aerostich suit. Top door prize is a $3000 Aerostich gear collection!

In addition to the VBR4, nearby pleasures include the world’s biggest white sand freshwater swimming beach (six miles long), eight micro-breweries (including a great one just a block down the street.  There are also plenty of great roads and interesting places to explore.  Dry, sunny, warm weather guaranteed* (video).

For more information about the Very Boring Rally 4, and for advanced ticket sales, please visit www.veryboringrally.com or call 800-222-1994.

Thank you & good riding!

The Indian FTR 1200

Indian Motorcycle has put months of public speculation to rest. Today, at the Wheels & Waves festival in France, the iconic American motorcycle company confirmed that an FTR 1200, inspired by Indian’s storied history in flat track racing, will be going into production.

While a formal release date has not been set, plans point toward the bike going on sale in 2019.

In addition to announcing production intentions, Indian also announced a sweepstakes where riders can enter to win one of the first bikes to come off the assembly line. Riders intent on owning the new Indian FTR 1200 can visit here for a chance to win the highly anticipated new model.

“When we unveiled the FTR1200 Custom at EICMA, we said we’d listen to feedback from riders around the world,” said Steve Menneto, President, Indian Motorcycle. “Riders definitely have spoken and the response has been overwhelming. We’re proud and excited to announce that we will be putting the FTR 1200 into production.”

The announcement comes in response to months of speculation and demand for a street version of the company’s wildly successful FTR750 – a purpose-built flat track racer that has dominated the American Flat Track professional racing series since its introduction in 2017.

That speculation was intensified by the company’s development of the FTR1200 Custom, a one-off build that toured global motorcycle shows this past year. The new FTR 1200 will take inspiration, design and performance cues from these two predecessors, but will maintain a look and style all its own.

The FTR 1200’s full specification is yet to be announced, but it will embody a flat tracker style, housed in a trellis frame and powered by a new V-twin engine.

Also present at the announcement was Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer Rich Christoph, who was instrumental to the design of the FTR 1200, FTR1200 Custom, and FTR750.

“We wanted to make sure that the FTR 1200 wasn’t merely a regurgitation of the FTR1200 Custom, but something uniquely ‘street,’ albeit flat track inspired,” said Christoph. “We’re thrilled about the character this bike possesses, and its ability to take American V-twin motorcycles into new territory.”

A small group of industry VIPs viewed an early production version of the FTR 1200 behind closed doors at Wheels & Waves, showing that Indian is indeed serious about bringing the new model to market.

“From the very beginning, our intention was to develop Indian Motorcycle into a global brand,” said Michael Dougherty, President, International. “Armed with a strong foundation, it’s now time to break new ground for an American motorcycle manufacturer and the FTR 1200 is where that begins.”

Visit www.indianmotorcycle.com to sign up for a chance to win one of the first FTR 1200’s off the production line and to stay informed as more information about the full specification of the production bike and the official launch date becomes available.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Indian Motorcycle is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivalled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Endurance rider Wendy Crockett tells AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days crowd to get out and ride.

Stop sitting in front of that computer worrying over which motorcycle could best carry you to the Arctic Circle. Just ride the bike you have.

That was the message endurance rider Wendy Crockett delivered to a seminar audience at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield.

Endurance rider Wendy Crockett tells a seminar audience to try endurance rallies on their own terms and on their own bikes.

Crockett’s presentation was one of a dozen seminars offered free to participants at the event.

A self-described “addict” for competitive long-distance rallies, Crockett has participated in four Iron Butt Association rallies, with a best finish of third in 2013. In her most recent rally, she covered 13,000 miles. And she has ridden two 10-day rallies.

A solo rider, Crockett has traversed 49 of the 50 states and nearly every Canadian province.

And all that riding has been accomplished on her Yamaha FJR. She has clocked more than 500,000 miles on it.

”People ask me why I rode an FJR to the Arctic Circle,” she said. “I rode that, because that’s what I own. And I’ve been to the Arctic Circle on an FJR while you are still sitting there dreaming about having the ideal bike for the trip.”

For Crockett, as for most motorcyclists, the appeal is a combination of the urge to get out and ride and a sense of adventure—a desire to visit new places and see new sights. Endurance rallies concentrate the experience and provide a competitive aspect.

”it’s not like you can’t visit these places on your own—they are there to be seen,” she said. “But so many of these place I never would have known about if it wasn’t in my rally pack. I have seen more great sites than I could ever have cobbled together on my own.”

Crockett offered her audience advice on what to carry and what to leave at home, how to ensure proper nutrition on the road and how to stay hydrated, even in intense desert heat.

But her overriding message was clear: Get on your motorcycle and ride it.

”If you have the determination, almost any bike will be an endurance bike,” Crockett said.

2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days ran July 6-8 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The annual event is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio.

For more information about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

For more information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/hof.

2019 Honda Monkey

It all started in 1961, at Tama Tech, a Honda-owned amusement park founded on the same philosophy that drives Honda today: mobility through fun, two-wheel vehicles. There, Honda’s 49cc-powered Z100 was featured as part of an attraction designed to help park goers experience the joys of riding. So popular amongst guests of all ages and sizes that the bikes quickly earned the nickname of “Monkey,” a term originating from how the larger riders looked while riding around. So popular was the attraction that, in 1964, Honda began producing a street-legal version called the CZ100, for European and Asian countries. The craze had started, and it wasn’t long until America would get its first taste of Honda miniMOTO fun.

Waiting is the hardest part, but America’s delay for a true Honda miniMOTO machine ended in 1968, when the first Z50A was made available in the U.S., complete with 8-inch wheels, knobby tires, adjustable seat, and loveable styling. The best part? A folding handlebar meant parents could stow the bike in the trunk of a car and drive their children to the local riding spot—and probably even go for a ride themselves. Memories were being made, one ride at a time.

Outfitted with a headlight and taillight, the 1969-1970 Z50A served as Honda’s quick adjustment to the widespread popularity of the model and opened the door to a wider range of riding. The trend continued, each Z50A being tweaked to fit the needs of its growing fanbase, and in the process, capturing the hearts of Americans. Fun, accessible mobility, through a likable design, tiny dimensions, and low weight, had caught on.

The Z50A’s design continued to evolve with features such as dual rear shocks, introduced in 1972.

From there, Honda’s North America-bound Z50A models evolved into machines bred for off-road riding, while Europe’s Z50J carried the torch as a fun machine for getting around town. But already, the Z50 and its Monkey namesake, had been cemented in millions of hearts by giving countless riders their first experience of twisting the throttle on a powered two-wheeler.

Today, the desire for an easy-to-handle motorcycle that puts a smile on not only the person riding it, but even those who aren’t, is alive and well, as evidenced by the success of Honda’s Grom. A master of fun, the 2019 Honda Monkey builds on that passion, while celebrating the Z50A models that paved the way for so many riders through the 1960s and ’70s, and opening the door to the next generation of enthusiasts.

MODEL OVERVIEW

The classic Monkey style provides the cues for the new model. A trapezoid silhouette highlights the compact length, while simple, curved surfaces harken back to the loveable design of the original Monkey models. Because each part is individually available, Monkey fans can easily express themselves by customizing their bikes.

The glossy 1.47-gallon fuel tank, finished in the same paint color as the frame, swingarm, and shocks, crowns the machine, and proudly wears a historical 3-D Old Wing design Honda logo. Chrome steel high-mount front and rear fenders—plus the evocatively stamped exhaust shield, circular mirrors, and high-rise handlebar—all pay homage to the original.

Modern technology is fully present within the reincarnation of the classic look: a digital full-LCD circular meter features speedometer, odometer with two trip meters, and six-segment fuel-level indicator. All lighting is LED, while the “wave” pattern key (which also wears the Old Wing motif) features an “answer back” system that makes the lights flash at the push of a button to allow easy location in crowded parking lots; the single-channel ABS system operates with an IMU to mitigate rear lift under strong braking.

True to its origins, the Monkey’s horizontal SOHC 125cc single-cylinder engine is simple, robust, and tuned to deliver useful around-town performance. Air-cooled, with bore and stroke of 52.4 x 57.9mm and compression ratio of 9.3:1, fed by PGM-FI, it produces strong, enjoyable power all the way through the rev range. An air cleaner, intake tract, and muffler, are specially designed for this model.

The Monkey’s steel backbone frame has been tuned for a suitable balance between rigidity and supple feel – perfect for the wide variety of conditions the machine is sure to be ridden in. Oval in cross-section, the swingarm echoes the circular design theme that runs through the bike.

Wheelbase is set at 1,155mm (45.3 in.), while rake and trail are set at 25°/82mm for confidence-inspiring handling. Wet weight is a mere 234 pounds, with a seat height of 30.6 inches. The plush seat is made of high-density urethane for maximum comfort.

The inverted fork is matched by dual shocks for a compliant-yet-sporty ride. A single 220mm front disc and a 190mm rear provide secure stopping performance and are managed by the optional IMU-based ABS. Fat, 12-inch block-pattern tires make for a smooth ride and are sized 120/80-12 65J front and 130/80-12 69J rear.

The 2018 Monkey 125 will be available in two colors:

  • Banana Yellow
  • Pearl Nebula Red

Key Features

  • Components in round shapes contribute to charming appearance
  • Head pipe, main frame, and engine hanger plate offer optimal strength for stable handling
  • High-density urethane seat with 70mm cushion contributes to comfortable ride and iconic looks
  • 125cc single-cylinder engine with dedicated air cleaner, intake tract, and muffler, designed to offer smooth power, with strong power and torque performance between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm for strong performance in around-town riding situations
  • LED lighting adds modern touch, durability, and energy efficiency to a classic design
  • Optional one-channel ABS

2019 Honda Super Cub C125

The year is 1956. Honda president Soichiro Honda and managing director Takeo Fujisawa have just returned from Europe, where they had traveled in search of inspiration for the next major Honda product. They realize that it should be a commuter bike—a stylish, fun, inexpensive motorcycle that can be ridden by anyone, and designed around just four key features:

  1. A high-powered four-stroke engine that is quiet and fuel efficient but has strong, reliable performance
  2. Chassis and bodywork with a size and shape that enables even women to easily get on and off, and ride
  3. A gear-shift system that doesn’t require operation of a clutch lever
  4. An advanced design that is also friendly, fresh, and timeless

Two years later, the first Super Cub C100 is wheeled out of Honda’s production plant. A star is born, and Americans will only have to wait one year to get their hands on it, with the first Super Cub C100 crossing the Pacific following the June 1959 launch of Honda’s first overseas subsidiary, American Honda Motor Company. California students and trendsetters, hitherto experienced with small, inexpensive motorcycles, are early adopters. Instead of the loud, oversized models that had dominated public eye up until this point, the Honda 50 looks friendly and stylish. It’s wildly convenient and fun too, offering not only excellent mobility to and around college campuses, but also enjoyable transportation to work and the local hangout. The door to an all-new world has been opened, and the Honda 50 is the key to it all.

Following the launch of the 1962 CA100, specifically designed for the U.S. market with tandem seat and no turn signals, Honda launches an award-winning advertising campaign featuring the “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda” tagline. Combine the CA100’s friendly, stylish nature with a feature in the Beach Boys’ international hit, “Little Honda” and a Life magazine story examining the ways Americans have fallen in love with the brand, and it’s not long before the Cub becomes a social phenomenon, with U.S. model sales peaking in 1965. There are even seasonal booms, with teenagers often waking up Christmas morning to find a Cub parked beside the tree.

Stylish, fun, and inexpensive, the Super Cub changes people’s understanding of not only motorcycles, but also mobility and the enjoyment available through riding. Discontinued in the U.S. in 1974, 15 years after the Honda 50 was first introduced, the Super Cub continues to be offered worldwide, with the little motorcycle surpassing a production milestone of 100 million units in 2017, making it the highest-selling motor vehicle in the world.

Now, for the 2019 model year, American Honda celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Super Cub’s debut by bringing the iconic model back to the U.S. market.

Model Overview

Honda’s classic Super Cub styling provides the cues for the new model, the 2019 Super Cub C125, featuring an S-letter silhouette that reaches from the steal rear fender to the step-through space. There is significant wind protection, with the rider positioned upright and close to the lower fairing, yet the Super Cub C125 is still easy to mount and dismount. An open cockpit provides the rider with optimum visibility on crowded city streets, while a side cover pocket on the right side offers storage for essential items.

As with the very first Super Cub, the Super Cub C125 features an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine that is designed to offer great power for around-town riding but also be fuel efficient and quiet. Bore and stroke for the 125cc, SOHC two-valve engine is 52.4 x 57.9mm, while the compression ratio measures 9.3:1. Fed by PGM-FI, it produces strong, enjoyable power all the way through the rev range.

For noise reduction, the newest version of this engine features a helical primary gear and high-quality crank-journal bearing. Meanwhile, for optimum shift feel and reduced shift noise, the engine has a high-quality shift-drum bearing, shift-arm rubber, and optimized clutch-damper rubber material. A semiautomatic automatic centrifugal clutch makes it easy for new riders to adapt to riding, while still enabling experienced motorcyclists to have fun.

A steel frame with dedicated stiffness characteristics for the engine hanger and head pipe offers a nice balance of comfort and on-road performance, while a rubber handlebar mount, seat mount, and step surface reduce vibration. The high-density urethane seat with thick seat foam is narrow at the front.

Front suspension stroke is up when compared to previous C100 models, measuring 3.9 inches, and the twin shocks have 3.3 inches of travel. Stopping power comes courtesy of a 220mm front disc and 110mm rear drum, while the cast aluminum wheels are produced using a special cutting process to enable the use of a tubeless tire; front and rear wheels are 70/90-17 and 80/90-17, respectively.

Wheelbase is 48.9 inches, while rake and trail are 26.5° and 2.8 inches for predictable handling. Wet weight is 240 pounds, and the seat height is 30.7 inches, making the Super Cub both easy to get on and confidence-inspiring in around-town riding.

Through the incorporation of LED lights, which require minimum space, the Super Cub C125’s headlight shape matches that of the first-generation Super Cub. The meter includes a digital center screen showing two trip meters and six-segment fuel-level indicator, with an outer analog display showing speed. A smart key allows users to lock the seat electronically.

The 2018 Super Cub C125 is available in a Pearl Niltava Blue color scheme.

Key Features

  • Classic Super Cub styling celebrates the model’s legendary heritage
  • High-density urethane seat with thick foam is narrow at the front for rider confidence
  • Engine features a helical primary gear and high-quality crank journal bearing for reduced running noise
  • Smooth shifts through use of high-quality shift drum bearing, shift arm rubber, and optimized clutch damper rubber material
  • Front and rear suspension with 3.9 inches and 3.3 inches of travel, respectively, provide a combination of stability and on-road comfort
  • LED lighting adds modern touch, durability, and energy saving while helping match the headlight shape of first-generation Super Cub
  • One-channel ABS standard (front only)
  • Unit has two smart keys

 

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