The New Sportster 1200T – Acknowledgement The Sportster Can Be More Than Just A City Bike

One of the posts that we get a lot of searches landing people here at Rubber on Road is one I wrote way back in 2010 about taking a Sportster on long haul trips. We’ve gotten a lot of great comments over the years on that post from other Sportster enthusiasts voicing their agreement and sharing some stories of their own tours on Sportsters. With the right aftermarket customizations, such as a wider seat, windscreen, highway pegs, saddle bags, and a luggage rack, coupled with some of the features on later models that include the rubber mounted engine (to reduce vibrations) and the 4.5 gallon tank, the Sportster can make a great touring bike. The lighter build makes it very nimble which is great for taking it through the Tail of the Dragon or weaving through city traffic on your commute. Introducing The New Sportster Superlow 1200T Well it looks
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Harley and Honda at The Beijing Autoshow

Asia’s biggest auto show in the world’s fastest growing and biggest auto market – Beijing, China. Though the focus was obviously on cars (for some Chinese news organizations though it was the models, including one wearing a diamond dress) there were some motorcycle companies displaying at the show. Interesting actually to compare this with the actual motorcycle show they had in Beijing last year (read our post on the first China Motorcycle and Parts Exhibition), which was not nearly as impressive. Here are some pics from the Autoshow this year including the motorcycle displays:
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Product Review: Magid Mechanix Gloves

I recently received a pair of Magid Mechanics Gloves to review. While many jobs require the use of your bare hands, whenever it is not necessary I prefer to wear gloves. The clean up afterwards is minimal and any heat from the engine is greatly diminished. The issue I face most frequently when using a pair of mechanics gloves is fit (they are either too tight and the inner seams interfere, or just too big) and sensitivity (you’ve got to be able to feel what you are doing). The gloves Magid sent to me are the ProGrade Plus MECH106 Road Gloves, which feature high visibility yellow spandex back, reflective stripes on fingertips and trim, synthetic leather palms, and abrasion-resistant pads and knuckles. There is a great range of movement thanks to the flexible neoprene, they fit quite well, and they slip on and off nice and easy. I’ve used the Magid gloves
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Can Harley Davidson Find Success in China

There has been a lot written recently about Harley Davidson failing to sell more bikes in 2010 in all of its dealerships in all of China (268 bikes sold from 7 dealerships) than in just one of its Milwaukee dealerships (more than 500 for the year). Despite this extremely underwhelming sales performance, Harley Davidson will be seeking to quadruple the amount of dealerships on the Mainland to 28 by 2016. This is a massive gamble given not only the company’s sales track record in China up to this point but also the history of other Western companies unable to find success despite huge investments in this vastly different environment (see Best Buy). So the question now is whether or not Harley’s bet in the Middle Kingdom will pay off or is China’s market just not made for the motorcycle company’s distinctly American style (and cost). Below are highlighted three reasons
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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Well, if you’re ever Alabama, you must add the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum to your destination list. You may want to get a tissue before continuing – prepare to salivate! Home to the world’s best motorcycle collection, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles – the largest of its kind in the world, ranging from 1902 to current year production. AND, it boasts a 2.38 mile track. Twenty one motorcycles were selected for the famed Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim’s New York and Bilbao, Spain location as well as the Field Museum in Chicago. Well, not quite sure where to begin. Here is a link to their gallery, and here is a link to a visitors gallery, but the following are some of my favs: I could go on …
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