Steel Norton Gas Tanks
If those cheap replica steel gas tanks on eBay scare you as much as they do us, you’ll be interested to know that Massachusetts-based Commando Specialties makes steel replica gas tanks to replace leaking pre-1972 Norton Commando Roadster fiberglass tanks or damaged original steel tanks. The raw steel replicas from CS require final finishing and painting, which is available separately (stock colors and logos only). CS has sold more than 600 tanks, with 500 more going into production. $399.95. MC
The lightest Snell-rated helmet Shoei has ever built, the new RF-1200 benefits from wind tunnel testing for improved aerodynamics and lower wind noise. Ventilation is aided by a new third intake set dead-center on the forehead working with four exhaust vents in the rear spoiler. A chin vent keeps air flowing to the rider’s face. New Max-Dry material in the interior liner absorbs and dissipates sweat and moisture, and new ear pads can be removed to expose audio-ready pockets. $485.99-$589.00. MC
Mar. 2, 2014 - AZUSA, Calif. — CSC Motorcycles announced today that its substantial collection of classic motorcycles has been made more significant with the acquisition of the Al Simmons Mustang collection.
CSC Motorcycles Chief Executive Officer, Steve Seidner, said “We’re proud to add this great Mustang collection to our existing stable of classic bikes. The Al Simmons collection is the most serious collection of Mustang motorcycles on the planet, and its acquisition is a major accomplishment that will allow us to further promote the small motorcycle concept put forth through our CSC bikes. All of this has been made possible by our CSC success. We believe CSC motorcycles are the bikes Mustang would be making today if they were still in business, and we plan to keep the Mustang legend alive. The Al Simmons collection, we believe, is the most comprehensive Mustang collection in the world. We plan to put it to good use in the motorcycle community.”
The Simmons Mustang collection was featured in a Motorcycle Classics
last year. It includes 27 motorcycles representing all Mustang models, from the original 1947 two-stroke Colt to the ultra-rare three-wheeled Mustang DeliverCycle models. The bikes are all fully restored. In addition to the Mustang motorcycles, the collection includes original Mustang memorabilia and marketing materials.
“We’re very excited about this,” Seidner continued. “We’re going to promote our CSC motorcycle line with limited edition models based on motorcycles in our classic Mustang collection. We’ll display the classic Mustangs and our modern CSC motorcycles at vintage motorcycle shows and other events. Designing and manufacturing CSC Motorcycles and building our vintage bike collection are the most exciting things I’ve ever done.”
CSC Motorcycles’ heritage is directly traceable to the Mustangs manufactured in Glendale, California, in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The street-legal line of 150cc and 250cc CSC motorcycles are based on and take their styling cues from the original Mustangs, while meeting all current safety and emissions requirements. One of CSC's advisors, Jim Cavanaugh, was the Mustang production superintendent in the original Mustang manufacturing facility.
The CSC vintage bike collection is currently on display at the CSC Motorcycles manufacturing facility in Azusa, California. For photographs and more information please contact CSC Motorcycles at info@CSCMotorcycles.com.
The National Motorcycle Museum, based in Birmingham, is celebrating 30 years since opening its doors in 1984.
To celebrate 30 years of the National Motorcycle Museum, a number of different events will be held at the museum throughout the year, including screenings of key British races, such as the GB MotoGP, and a pop-up art gallery, A Celebration of the Motorcycle, featuring work from artists, art students and local school children.
A venue showcase event will also be held, which will see corporate event bookers, agents and wedding planners visit the museum to find out what the in-house team can offer. Visitors will have the chance to see and hear the Mighty Wurlitzer organ which rises out of the stage floor in the Imperial Suite. The 30th anniversary festivities will carry on throughout 2014, ending the year with themed Christmas parties.
For a short history of the museum, and more information about the celebrations, please click here.
We're still looking for artists to contribute to 'A Celebration of the Motorcycle', a pop-up gallery which will be held at the museum for 6 months, from June. The gallery will include 30 selected pieces, and buyers and galleries will be encouraged to attend to purchase the artworks, with 100% of proceeds going to the artist. Artists will also gain recognition amongst local and national press from taking part in the gallery. Artists of all ages, and specialism are welcome to contribute. If you are interested in contributing a piece to the gallery, please send an email to email@example.com
Wool Riding Socks
If anybody knows how to tour in comfort, it would be the folks at Minnesota-based Aerostich. The Trekking Mid Wool sock is a mid-length riding sock spun up from wool, Polyamide, Lycra and Nanoglide, a fabric created from recycled PTFE plastics. The combination provides an excellent fit, durability and all-day comfort, perfect for motorcycle touring and especially when the weather turns cold. Four styles are available, including the taller, over-the-calf Trekking Plus. $23-$27. MC
Exciting news for all Royal Enfield enthusiasts and riders here in the U.S. In a recent move to reposition the brand, Royal Enfield has dropped its retail pricing dramatically, shifting up its efforts to lead the mid-size motorcycle market.
With increasing global demand and a new state-of-the-art factory, Royal Enfield has set its sights on becoming a worldwide leader in the growing midsize motorcycle market. (250cc-750cc) Siddartha Lal, the CEO and owner of Royal Enfield, kicked off the campaign by setting the tone immediately with the MSRP of the new 535cc Continental GT Café racer at only $5,999, much lower than industry observers expected.
Kevin Mahoney, the CEO of Classic Motorworks (the exclusive US importer of Royal Enfield), stated lowering the MSRP prices on the rest of the product line naturally followed suit from Siddartha Lal’s vision for the GT and the brand positioning overall. “We have always been a unique high value brand. Our high volumes (over 250,000 units will be sold globally in 2014) and increased efficiency allow us to make this aggressive move. We have lowered the MSRP on some of our products by almost $1,400. The suggested retail price range of the product line now starts at $4,999 and tops out at $5,999 for the new 535cc Continental GT. This effort in repositioning Royal Enfield as a brand will not only put more bikes on the road, but simultaneously retain more of the market share here in the U.S.”
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2014 Model Pricing
The prices for all available motorcycles and sidecars are listed below. (Prices are subject to change.)
- Bullet B5, Bullet 500 – $4999
- Bullet G5 Deluxe – $5399
- Bullet C5 Classic Special – $5499
- Bullet C5 Military Special – $5499
- Bullet C5 Chrome Special – $5699
- Continental GT Racer – $5999
- Cozy Sidecar – $3495
Bodywork Heat Protection
Ohio-based DEI’s Bodywork Protection Kit is designed to shield riders from excess heat generated from motorcycle or ATV powertrains. The kit includes DEI’s Reflect-A-Cool heat reflective sheet, Cool Tape and two sheets of F&T-II Extreme Heat Shield material to form a reflective barrier against excessive heat. Reflect-A-Cool can handle direct heat up to 400 F and F&T-II can reflect continuous heat up to 1,750 F. Cool Tape provides a secure seam while reflecting heat up to 400 F. $69.95. MC