Monthly Archives: August 2009

Aug 19

Go Barney Go

By kevin | Current Affairs

I have been following the “health care debate” from the first bill.  I have lots of opinions about the pending bills and the way that the good citizens of this country have chosen to express their opinion.  While I can’t say that I love Barney Frank or his politics up and down the line, this sequence of him smacking down grass roots idiots is worth watching at least twice.

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Aug 07

Retro Motorbikes Gone Wild

By kevin | Bikes


The Wall Street Journal has published a fun piece on retro motorbikes called “Riding Retro Style.”  Here’s the lead

From Chrysler’s PT Cruiser to Chevrolet’s new 1969-style Camaro, retro styling has been used by carmakers to generate buzz and spur sales.

Now motorcycle companies are following the auto industry’s lead, sprinkling the market with midsize, beginner-friendly models that evoke the 1970s.

Harley-Davidson, Triumph and Moto Guzzi are among the makers pushing retro bikes. Moto Guzzi’s V7 Classic has clean, delicate styling typical of bikes from 35 years ago. Matte-black paint and an aggressive rumble give Harley’s Iron 883 an old-school outlaw feel. Triumph’s Scrambler has the wheel spokes and off-road styling of a ‘70s trail bike.

The bikes all have two-cylinder engines between 700 and 900 cubic centimeters in size–midsize by modern standards. Indeed, some riders would consider them small. But each looks and sounds faster than it is and has enough style and attitude to mask the fact that they are mildly powered machines meant for green riders.

They all cost less than $9,000. Yes, it is a lot of money for two wheels, and yes, you could buy at least three nice used motorcycles for the same amount. But in today’s market, bikes under $10,000 get stamped with the “affordable” label.

Here’s the slide show.

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