As a product reviewer for law enforcement products, there are good days and there are bad days. Sometimes I test equipment that gets me excited about the product, and other times, I am left scratching my head.
Earlier this year, I tested the Zero DS motorcycle — a stealthy electric conveyance — and I think this product will change the way we look at electric motorcycles for patrol.
The Zero DS Uses a Li-ion power pack (Z-Force Li-ion Intelligent and a double stator, axial flux brushless motor. One can select the ZF-6 model, which will give it a range of 76 miles, or the ZF-9 model, which gives it a range of 112 miles. I tested the ZF-9 version, which, at 341 lbs, has handling similar to a mid-sized bike.
California motorcyclist deaths are on the rise. The increase in motorcycle-involved collisions reverses a trend of significant decline in such collisions since 2008. In response, the California Highway Patrol asks for the motoring public’s assistance in preventing future tragedies involving motorcycles from happening on our roadways.
“Everyone on the highway plays an important role in preventing collisions,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Motorcyclists are encouraged to ride safely and defensively, while drivers need to look out for motorcyclists who are sharing the road.”
Valerie Thompson available for photos & autographs at Martech Services Company Display Throughout Week Long Las Vegas Show
Valerie Thompson, owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing (VTR), will be hosting autograph and photo opportunities at the Martech Services Company display (Booth 10419) at the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas from Oct. 30 – Nov. 3 from 9 am till 3 pm daily. She will also make appearances at the CTEK Battery Chargers booth during the APEX Show (Booth 852)
Thompson set 3 new land speed records this year in her campaign to become the world’s fastest motorcycle team owner/driver. Her Martech Services Company sponsored S1000RR is now the fastest production land speed racing BMW Superbike after she ran a top speed over 209 mph at the Mojave Magnum event in June. She now holds three land speed records in East Coast Timing Associations (ECTA) events and two records at famed the Bonneville Salt Flats BUB Speed Trials.
“I have attended the SEMA Show many times, but this time is really special for me. The owners of my primary sponsors, Martech Quality Air Breathing Systems and La-Man Corporation are Paul and Cindy Wright, who have been long-time friends. They took a chance on sponsoring me as a first time owner/driver of a land speed racing team. Without their support, we could never have achieved the great success we enjoyed this year. I’m excited to sing their praises at SEMA and consider myself lucky to have a sponsor whose products are as great as their friendship,” said Thompson.
Thompson added, “I will also be working with my long-time sponsor, CTEK Battery Chargers, at the APEX Show. Ken Palmann and his team at CTEK have been wonderful to work with, they truly do make the smartest battery chargers in the world. We have a lot of giveaways for APEX & SEMA, including hero cards, Stay Fast clothing, CTEK Comfort Indicators, and Martech Service Company racing shirt since we expect a lot of booth traffic at both events.”
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is giving people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a custom Epiphone Coronet™ collectible guitar signed by members of the 2012 Sturgis Buffalo Chip concert series lineup. Music-lovers and motorcyclists have a special opportunity to make the holiday season truly rock by registering to win the Rock the Holidays Guitar Sweepstakes and receive the ultimate one-of-a-kind custom Buffalo Chip guitar. Register now at www.BuffaloChip.Com or www.Facebook/SturgisBuffaloChip.
What really sets this Limited Edition custom Epiphone guitar sweepstakes apart and makes it a collectors dream are the signatures on the body of the guitar from famous rock stars that performed in 2012 at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. Sturgis Buffalo Chip featured some of the biggest names in music during their annual 9 days and nights music festival each August.
“I can’t think of a better gift for anyone to find underneath their Christmas tree than this amazing piece of Buffalo Chip history.” Sturgis Buffalo Chip owner, Rod Woodruff says. “The guitar is one of the most sought after collectibles of the entire Sturgis Rally Music Festival.”
The Coronet-style commemorative guitar giveaway is custom designed with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip logo that also includes the signature of Chip owner Rod Woodruff. The Limited Edition Epiphone guitar features a double cutaway design, single volume control, bolt on neck, high output Epiphone 700T Humbucking pickup, Metallic Black finish, Mahogany body & neck, and Rosewood fingerboard.
For anyone who has ever been to, or wanted to go to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip or loves music, there can be no better gift than this one-of-a-kind custom signed guitar. Enter the Rock the Holidays Sweepstakes now at www.BuffaloChip.com for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime Buffalo Chip music festival collectible for the holidays.
European readers and riders, mark your calendars for the first-ever public world record event to be held in Europe, March 29th to April 1st in Italy at the Nardo track. The high-speed test track located 12 mi north-west of the town of Nardò, Italy, in the southern region of Apulia, in the province of Lecce. Click on the image to find out more.
The track has a huge banked circle that measures 7.7 miles and is a sea level. It provides predictable traction for optimal speed trials. Racers can enter three categories including Naked, Partial Streamliner and Streamliner.
Below is a video taken at the Nardo Test Track.
When the twelfth annual Las Vegas BikeFest® cruised into downtown Las Vegas September 27-30, close to 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world enjoyed four days of all things related to the exciting world of custom motorcycles. Approximately 200 vendors showcased the latest in parts, accessories and apparel, but the highlight of the event was the Artistry in Iron competition where custom builders compete for the coveted title of Master Builder in an exciting biker build-off competition.
"Las Vegas BikeFest returned once again, showcasing the most innovative and cutting edge aspects of bike building," said Mindi Cherry, Event Manager for Las Vegas BikeFest. "There are only a few places where you can immerse yourself in the excitement and uniqueness of this culture. Las Vegas BikeFest is one of them, which makes it the coolest place to be in the desert."
Artistry in Iron, the peer-judged, invitation-only custom bike building competition, featured some of the most innovative custom bike building BikeFest has seen yet. With 18 builders gathering from all corners of the U.S., the competition was steeper than it has ever been. As expected, the bike builders rose to the challenge, creating some of the most unique and creative bikes seen yet. Yaniv Evan of Powerplant Choppers in Los Angeles, CA took home the top prize. Along with winning $10,000, Evan took home the respect of his peers who voted his bike into the winners circle.
Attendees also enjoyed a full weekend of entertainment options, Victory demo rides, the always unpredictable Mr. and Miss BikeFest Competition, a $10,000 Poker Run, World's Strongest Biker Competition, Stunt Shows and a wet-and-wild Bikini Contest.
Plans for the 2013 Las Vegas BikeFest are already in the works, with the dates for the event set for October 3-6, announced Cherry.
A handy accessory for those who ride with saddlebags! These saddlebag tethers prevent your saddlebag lids from flopping all the way open, saving wear and tear on your lids, hinges and saddlebag sides. Includes two Drag Specialties printed tethers that measure 8¾" L x 7¾" W each, four steel zinc-plated support plates and four saddlebag lid screws (latch screws not included). The tethers will work with any 93-13 FLD, FLT, FLHT, FLHR and FLTR models equipped with OEM saddlebags. Sold in pairs. Proudly made in the U.S.A.
Sug. Retail $39.95