Friday, August 20, 2004

Magazine Report - Ride September 2004

Ducati 999R
Page 14 - I spoke to several journalists the day of the launch event at Laguna Seca. Everyone of them raved about the new 999R. Smooth. Powerful. Based on Eric Bostrom's AMA Superbike the 2005 Ducati 999R is a significant update to the 2004 999R. The appearance of the bike has been cleaned up and simplified. The top fairing vents are gone. The fairing is slightly wider. The windscreen is taller. The rumor is that Pierre Terreblanche did not participate in the re-styling exercise.

Ducati + Aprilia merger news
Page 14 - By now this is an old and irrelevant story. The curse of print.

BMW K1200S
Page 20-22 - The new BMW K1200R is everywhere. At long last BMW has taken the plunge and produced a real sporting motorcycle. The big stories here are power and suspension. The inline-4 (gasp) is said to produce 165hp. BMW's Telelever susupension has evolved into Duolever. The new K is the first motorcycle to feature on the go suspension adjustments. Just press a button and small electric motors change the suspension settings while you ride. BMW calls the feature ESA. I can't wait to ride it.

Steering damper test
Page 62-66 - Ride does great product evaluations. This month Ride tests 8 different dampers. The Arrow product received the only Ride Best Buy rating.

Triumph Rocket III
Page 90 - 94 - Another bike that has been all over the press for the last couple months. This motorcycle is huge in every way. Power. Weight. The journalists seem to be quite smitten. The reports are that the bike is easy to ride, comfortable, powerful. It certainly has physical presence. Sitting on the new Rocket III I felt dwarfed.

Daytona Winner Boots
Page 108 - Frey Daytona makes great boots. Ride has a review of the Winner model in this month's issue. I have a couple pairs. They are easily the best boots I have ever owned. Link


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