Motorcycling in America – 2000

Life In America
2000 – Average household income is $42,148. George W. Bush is elected president. Grand Prix Formula 1 racing returns to the US after nine years. 5-million acres are destroyed by fires in the West. Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win a grand slam. Last of the original Minis rolls off the production line. Mission Impossible 2 featuring Tom Cruise and abundance of Triumph motorcycles is the big box-office hit. On TV CSI begins its long run. The number one most requested song is Who Let The Dogs Out? by Baha Men. A barrel of oil tops $30.00; a gallon of gas is $1.26. The new Aprilia SL1000 will set you back $11,299.

Number One Motorcycle Trend:
While the trend in motorcycles is still focused on cruisers, and will be for a number of years, an unnoticed trend is the increase in the number of women entering the market, up almost 30% from 1990.

European Brands Road Tested
Aprilia: Pegaso 650, SL1000, RSV Mille. BMW: R1150RS. Cagiva: Gran Canyon. CCM: 604E SM. Derbi: GPR 50R. Ducati: 748R, 996. Husaberg: FS600E, FE400. Husqvarna: TE610. KTM: 640 LC4 SM, 520 E/XC Racing, 520 SX. Moto-Guzzi Magni: Australia, Sfida 1000 4V, Quota 1100ES. VOR: 503, 503 MX, 503 Enduro. Triumph: Sprint RS, Tiger.

Asian Brands Road Tested/Reviewed
Honda: XL100V Varadero (Not avail in US), XR650R, RC51, CBR929RR, CR250R, VFR 800.  Kawasaki: W650, ZR-7, Ninja ZX-12R, Ninja ZX-9R, Ninja ZX-6R. Suzuki: DR-Z400, Bandit 600S, DR400E, DR-Z400S, Bandit 1200S, RM250. Yamaha: YZF-R1, WR400F, YZF-R6, YZ426F.

American Brands Tested/Reviewed
ATK: 600 MTE S. Buell: Blast. Cannondale: MX400. Harley-Davidson: FXDT Dyna Super Glide T Sport. Victory: V92SC.

Quickest, Fastest
Quickest bike tested: Suzuki GSX-R1100: Quarter mile, 10.40. Top speed 163 MPH.

Fastest bike tested: Tie, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10: Top speed 163 MPH. Quarter mile, 10.47. Suzuki GSX-R1100: Top speed 163 MPH. Quarter mile, 10.40.

Other Issues

Piaggio is sold to Germany’s Deutschebank for $752 million.

Chevy trucks commit several million dollars over the next few years in support of US Superbike and US MX Championship racing.

J. Scott Thornton is named President of the AMA.

The Clinton administration proposes closing 40-million acres of public forest land to recreational use. The act provokes an avalanche of letters opposed to the proposal.

Ducati sells entire production of MH900R Mike Hailwood models on-line.

Harley-Davidson grabs 26.6% share of all motorcycles sold in the US for 1999.

Excelsior-Henderson files for bankruptcy, reduces staff to 15.

Daytona bans driving on beach, ending a year’s old tradition.

Matt Mladin (Suzuki) wins his first Daytona Superbike race.

Ricky Carmichael (Kaw) wins Daytona Supercross.

Valentino Rossi makes 500GP debut but crashes on lap 12.

FIM invites 4-strokes of up to 990cc and 3 cylinders to join World 500GP racing in 2002.

Joey Dunlop, King of the Isle of Man, is killed in a racing accident in Estonia. 50,000 fans attend his funeral.

Harley-Davidson withdraws efforts to trademark its, “syncopated, rumbling exhaust,” after six years and tens of thousands of dollars.

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