Life In America
2001 – Average household income is $42,350. Al-Qaeda terrorists attack New York’s Twin Towers World Trade Center, killing 3,000. In retribution, the US invades Afghanistan. Wikipedia goes on line. Apple introduces the iPod. Smash Mouth reprises Neil Diamond’s old hit, I’m A Believer to “smashing” success. 24’s Jack Bauer begins his 10-year run on TV. At the movies Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, vie for number one. A gallon of gas is up $.20 from ’00 to $1.46. What’s been crowned as the world’s best motorcycle, Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 will set you back $10,399.
|Number One Motorcycle Trend:|
|Highly competitive 600cc sport bikes are being offered by all the Japanese manufacturers. These motorcycles are becoming the dominant product in sportbike sales. Their performance is at a level` that was the domain of open sport bikes only a few years ago.|
European Brands Road Tested
Aprilia: RSV Mille R. BMW: R1150RT. Ducati: Monster S4. Gas Gas: XC300. Husqvarna: TC570. KTM: 520SX, 200 E/XC, 520 E/XC. Moto-Guzzi Magni: America. TM: 125E. Triumph: Bonneville, Tiger 955i, TT600, Daytona 955i.
Asian Brands Road Tested/Reviewed
BBR: TTR150 (US Modified Honda) Honda: Shadow Spirit 750, CBR600Fi, VTX-1800, CBR929RR, Magna 750. Kawasaki: ZRX-1200R, 800 Drifter, W650, Ninja ZX-6R, Concours, KDX200, Mean Streak. Suzuki: GSX-R600, SV650, Bandit 1200S, GSX-R1000, DRZ400LE, TL1000S. Yamaha: YZ-250F, FZ-1, WR250F, YZF-R1, YZF-R6, YZ426F, WR250F, V-Max.
American Brands Tested/Reviewed
Cannondale: MX400. Harley-Davidson: Sportster 883, V-Rod.
Quickest, Fastest 600s
Quickest 600 tested: GSX-R600: Quarter mile, 10.64. Top speed 156 MPH.
Fastest bike tested: Tie, GSX-R600: Top speed 156. CBR600Fi: Top Speed 156 MPH. Quarter mile, 10.82.
’01 is a bad year for some of motor cycling’s most memorable and important contributors: Joe Parkhurst, founder of Cycle World dies of cancer at age 74; “Wheelie King” Doug Domokis is killed in an ultra-light accident; Dave Schultz, NHRA Pro-Stock rider dies of cancer.
Bob Rasor, long time AMA staffer and legal rep, replaces J. Scott Thompson, who lied about his military service, as President of the AMA.
Terry Vance of Vance and Hines reveals that 50% of every exhaust system they make is for a Harley-Davidson.
Honda reports sales of 175,000 motorcycles and 211,000 ATVS for 2000. A 35% increase over 1999.
Vespa scooters return to the USA.
Suzuki’s GS series has become such an icon in the sports bike category that Cycle World devotes most of their April issue to the “Year of the GSX-R.”
Schuberth helmets introduce the “Concept” helmet with a flip-up front and built-in retractable sun visor. The carbon-fiber helmet retails for $399.00.
According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, 1.3 million motorcycles, scooters and ATVs were sold in 2000. A 23% increase over 1990 and the eighth consecutive year of growth for the industry.
Excelsior-Henderson’s receivers sell off the company’s assets nailing the coffin shut on the EH revival.
Employers are now forbidden from denying motorcycling employees benefits. However benefits can be denied for injuries sustained in connection with motorcycling.
Kawasaki and Suzuki announce a “strategic business relationship” covering product development, supply, common parts, joint purchasing and manufacturing…no one at the American subsidiaries understands why