It’s the biggest motorcycle event in southern New England attracting an estimated 6,000 bikes and 13,000 to 15,000 spectators. Here are some photos from last night:
Killington, VT: Yamaha will bring a tractor trailer full of factory Star motorcycles to the Killington Classic
Motorcycle Rally for Labor Day Weekend. Demos will run Friday & Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 9 am to 3pm.
“We’re excited to welcome Star Motorcycles back to the Killington Classic lineup for the second year,” says Christian Dutcher, Killington Classic Director. “Taking a spin on one of these beauties is as easy as showing up with your valid motorcycle license & the time to ride!”
Among the 2015/2016 bikes available for demo will be the R3, FZ09, FZ07, Tenere, FJR, Bolt, Raider, Stryker, Vstar1300 Deluxe, and FJ09. Don’t miss the only Yamaha/Star Factory Demo Event in Vermont this year!
Killington Classic is Vermont’s Premier Motorcycle Touring Rally. This year it spans August 27-30 and packs a lot of fun into one long weekend! Killington Classic is a laid back, allbrand gathering set at The Foundry Restaurant in Killington, VT among the majestic Green Mountains. It’s a party packed with plenty of riding, games, evening entertainment, and shopping at the Vendor Village.
Killington Classic details are available at www.killingtonclassic.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and 5187987888.
Being able to afford an HD has been out of financial reach for even the most passionate motorcyclists but now Chrome Capital offers leases to get these same folks riding. Check out their website!
Three-wheeled motorcycles are the new wave versions of H.G. Wells’ time machine as more and more baby vroomers take to the roads to re-experience their youth or to find it for the first time.
In 1998, the average age of a motorcyclist was 33.1 rising to 40.2 in 2003 and now up at 48. Motorcycle riders today are generally older and richer than they were in the past. Baby Boomers have the money to purchase a top-drawer motorcycle and ample amount of time to ride it. And, what’s widening the demographic road for graying bikers is the popularity of the trike with manufacturers courting senior bikers.
If you’re a senior looking to experience for the first time or return to the world of motorcycling, Can Am can have you looking like a 21st century George Jetson on a space-age looking bike with a sophisticated suspension and tip-avoidance stability.
Motorcycles are more popular than ever, largely due to the baby boom generation. Pun intended, “baby vroomers” have driven the motorcycle industry to where it is today. The average age of a Harley buyer is over 45, almost 11 years older than in 1987. Vroomers are buying more bikes because they have more bucks. And, with the motorcycle riding population getting older, choosing the right bike is ven more fun than it used to be.
One option for older riders is the sidecar. It takes the two-wheeled riding experience up several notches. The movie “Where Eagles Dare” will give you a taste of what three-wheeling looks like. It takes practice to get the hang of a sidecar but that little seat-adjacent compartment not only puts the passenger next to you versus behind you but when riding alone there’s plenty of room for luggage or groceries.
Check out Russian manufacturer Ural’s motorcycles with sidecars. The retro look is quite cool and the price tag just right for budget-conscious baby vroomers.
Thanks to Dutch motorcycle and travel journalist Mike Werner for telling us about Easy-P. There IS a way to fit your motorcycle in those tight garage spaces! Read here
Get ready: Can-Am will release details about its new new 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 on September 23rd. Baby boomer muscle car aficianados will be thrilled by the audacious front end and the raucous body work. The larger front wheels on the Y-platform and the upright seating position signal both comfort and stability. Though nothing official has been released yet regarding the specifications, my guess is that the new machine will be powered by the liquid-cooled 1330cc Inline Triple Can-Am boasting 115 horses at 7250 rpm with 96 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. If I were a betting man, I’d say that we’ll see 6-speeds and electronic clutch control along with a manual option.
Noted motorcycle journalist and blogger, Mike Werner, has written a fabulous article giving riders of all ages safety tips when riding a motorcycle. It should be mandatory reading for every biker, young or old. Read Mike’s article.
Undoubtedly bowing to the pressure imposed by the publication of numerous spy photos, KTM has acknowledged the existence of a new 2015 model, the 1290 Super Adventure, and released the official picture above.
Without too many details, KTM released the following statement on its blog, which points out not only the larger engine (obviously a relative of the 1290 Super Duke R), but the fact that the new Super Adventure “will feature further absolutely unique electronically supported riding assistance equipment.” Here is the KTM blog post:
As its name suggests, the 1290 builds on the current 1190 ADVENTURE. It will sit alongside in the diverse KTM Street range next year but the high-end machine will add a different dimension and choice for those who want the absolute pinnacle of luxury sport touring riding.
The SUPER ADVENTURE features a bigger engine capacity to increase power and torque. An incredibly large fuel tank will mean long durations before the need to stop; perfect for when the journey is long or so addictive that the rider just doesn’t want to get off the saddle.
More details will be announced when the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE is officially launched at INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, September 30, 2014.As with the 1190, the SUPER ADVENTURE will feature the pioneering Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system. Developed in association with KTM’s technical partner, BOSCH, the ABS and traction control systems are at the forefront of motorcycle safety and have a range of selectable presets as to not remove any riding enjoyment. In addition, the new 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE will feature further absolutely unique electronically supported riding assistance equipment.