Motorcycling in America – 2009

Life In America
2009  – Median household is $49,777. Barak Obama is inaugurated president. Michael Jackson dies under curious circumstances. American and Soviet satellites collide over Siberia generating many conspiracy rumors. Sully Sullenberger lands airliner in the Hudson River when plane loses power after bird strike. Number one song is Boom Boom Pow!, by the Black Eyed Peas. The Simpsons celebrate their 20th year on television. Avatar crushes competitors at box office. Gas has dropped to $2.37 per gallon.

Number One Motorcycle Trend:
The once flourishing custom chopper business is fading faster than any other segment.

European Brands Road Tested/Reviewed
Aprilia: RSV4, Mana 850, Dorodoso 750. MXV 4.5, RXV4.5, RSV Factory. Benelli: Tre-K 900. Beta: RS525. Bimota: DB7. BMW: F650GS, G650GS, K1300S, HP2 Megamoto, K1300GT, G450X. Ducati: Monster 1100, 1198S, Monster 1000S, Streetfighter, 848, Sport 1000, 1098R Bayliss. Husaberg: PE450e, FE390. Husqvarna: TE450. KTM: 690 Enduro R, 450 XC-W, 990 Adventurer, 450 EXC, 990 Supermoto. Moto-Guzzi: Griso 1200 8V, V7 Classic. Piaggio: MP3, BV Tourer 250 (Scooter). Triumph: Daytona 675, Thunderbird, Street Triple.

Asian Brands Road Tested/Reviewed
Honda: CRF250R, DN-01, Fury, CBR600R, CRF450X, CRF230M, SH150i, CBR1000RR C-ABS. Johnny Pag: FX-3. Kawasaki: KX450F, Ninja ZX-6R, KLX250S, KX250F, KLX250SF, Ninja 650R, ER-6n, Vulcan Voyager, Vulcan Nomad, Concours 14, KX450F. Star: V-Star 950, Raider S. Royal Enfield: Classic. Suzuki: Boulevard M90, GSX-R1000, Gladius, TU250X. Ural: T Sidecar Unit. Yamaha: YZ450F, YZ250, WR250R, YZ250, YZF-R1, FZ6R, YZ250F.

American Brands Tested/Reviewed
Big Dog: Wolf, Pitbull. Buell: 1125CR, XB12Ss Lightning. Confederate: Wraith. Harley-Davidson: FLHTCU Electra Glide, Iron 883, XR1200, Wide Glide FXDWG. Indian: Chief Vintage. Roehr: 1250SC. Victory: Hammer S, 8-Ball.

Other Issues
Ack Attack team sets new land speed record with 1200 hp Suzuki, 360.19 mph.

Rossi beats Agostini’s 30-year old record with his 69th premier class win at Japan’s MotoGP.

Much to the joy of customers in the US, Harley makes decision to sell flat-track style XR1200 in US.

Cycle World devotes the February issue to GSXs and Hayabusas.

Honda releases factory custom, Fury, some say they missed the sales high-point for these kind of motorcycles.

The Bush administration proposes a 100% tariff on all motorcycles and scooters between 0 and 500 ccs. Tariff is not approved.

KTM shows electric powered dirt bike, but offers no details.

International Bike of the year: Honda CBR1000RR.

Law limiting lead content in children’s toys has unintended consequences, halting sales of youth mini-bikes and ATVs.

HD announces plan to cut 1100 jobs in ’09. Net income down 30%, sales down 10-13%.

AMA President, Bob Dingman cites excessive noise as the biggest threat to both on and off-road motorcycling.

Honda introduces ABS to sportbikes with the CBR600RR.

Suzuki shows prototype hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycle at Tokyo Motor Show.

Arizona declares itself a “strict enforcement area” with 36 fixed and 42 mobile speed cameras.

250GP class becomes Moto2 with 600cc, 150 HP engines.

Snell introduces more motorcycle friendly standard, M2010.

Isle of Man holds first electric-powered motorcycle TT.

Honda Hoot, Moto Giro America, US FIM Motocross Championship cancelled due to economic conditions.

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