Motorcycling in America – 2007

Life In America
2007 – Median household is $50,233. Daimler Chrysler sells Chrysler to private equity fund. Electric Tesla sports car debuts. Housing bubble bursts, real estate prices drop 2 – 15% across the country. Apple introduces the iPhone. Fergie tops the charts with, “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”  Spiderman 3, is the nation’s number one hit at the box office. The Simpsons, airs their 400th episode, and Ice Road Truckers debuts on the History Channel. Gas hits $3.39 per gallon.

Number One Motorcycle Trend:
Scooter and small displacement motorcycle sales soar in the face of $4.00+ fuel prices.

European Brands Road Tested/Reviewed
Aprilia: Tuono R, Shiver 750. Benelli: TnT 1130. BMW: K1200R Sport, G650 X-Moto, G650 X-country, X-challenge, F800ST, HP2 Megamoto. Ducati: Sport 1000S, Sport 1000, 1098, 1098S, Multistrada 1100, Hypomotard 1100S. KTM: 450SX-F, Super Duke, 450 EX/C, 450 XC-F. Husaberg: FE450E. Husqvarna: SMR450. Montesa: Cota 4RT. Moto-Guzzi: California Vintage. Moto Morini: 9 ½. MV: F4CC, F4 1000 R312. TM: 450F. Triumph: Rocket III Classic Tourer, Speedmaster, Daytona 675, Tiger 1050, Street Triple.  Vespa: 250GTS.

Asian Brands Road Tested/Reviewed
Honda: CRF450R, Shadow Spirit, VTX1800R, Interceptor 800, CBR1000R. Kawasaki: Vulcan 900 Custom, Ninja ZX-6R, KX450F, Z1000, KX450R, Versys 650, Concours 14, KLR650, Ninja ZX-10R, Ninja ZX-14. Kymco: Xciting 500 (Scooter). Star: V-Star 1300. Suzuki: RM-Z250, Boulevard M109R, GSX-R750, Bandit 1250S, V-Strom 650 ABS, Hayabusa. Yamaha:YZ-R1, Morpheus (Scooter), WR250F, FZ-1,WR450F.

American Brands Tested/Reviewed
Buell: Lightning XB12STT, Super TT XB12STT, 1125R. Can-AM: Spyder. Confederate: Hellcat. Harley-Davidson: Fat Boy, Night Rod Special, Nightster, Rocker C. Victory: Hammer S, Vision.

Other Issues
Editorial in Dec ’06 concerning cell phone usage while driving generates lots of response from readers.
Custom bike builder, Billy Lane is charged with DUI and manslaughter after crossing the double yellow and colliding with a motorcyclist in Florida.

Benelli is sold to China’s Zhejiang Motorcycle Company, Ltd
Second auction of Steve McQueen’s estate nets $1.5 million, including $8,500 for an expired Master Charge card.

Authorities in the Netherlands attempt to implement a national ban on Hells Angels.

Supercross founder, Michael Goodwin, is found guilty of murdering promoter and racing legend, Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy.

April issue devoted to custom bikes, two of the most unique are Jesse James’ radial, 8-cylinder-powered chopper and Roland Sand’s bike, powered by a Honda MotoGP engine
National Cycle introduces a product that allows the rider to adjust the noise level of his exhaust system with a switch on the handlebars.

Kenny Roberts’ claims Honda was behind breakup of his 25-year relationship with Yamaha, even though they are now supplying motors for his MotoGP effort.

Timeless Motor Company produces a replica of a 1911 board tracker for only $10,995.

The state of Virginia is making a serious effort to attract motorcyclists as tourists.

James Stewart (Kawasaki) wins both AMA and FIM World Supercross Championships
Aprilia offers leasing program, zero down, for 24, 36 or 48 months.

Edison Dye, the “Father of American Motocross” passes.

A second MotoGP race is scheduled for Indianapolis, IN in September

BMW buys Husqvarna.

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