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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The Depressing Truth About Motorcycle Modifications (And How You Can Fix Them!)

So, you’ve had your motorcycle for some time now, and it’s starting to feel…well boring. Sure you still love zooming around town on your bike though you can’t help but feel like your bike is missing that extra “Oomph” you desire. Whether it’s something as simple as lowering, a few stylistic mods, or a full out performance overhaul, the temptation to mod your bike can hit hard and fast when you get the itch. However, before you go slapping on mod after mod I urge you to read this article and consider some of the points discussed. First and foremost, proper modification is not cheap! Sure you can find cheap mods for your bike but the saying, “You get what you pay for”, really is true when it comes to bikes. There is a reason OEM parts are incredibly more expensive than cheap aftermarket parts you can pick up on
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Wild Camping in Developing Countries

A guest post by Jay Kannaiyan- Around the World Traveler since March 2010, blogging about his trip over at Jammin Global. As I journeyed through Latin America on my Suzuki DR650 motorcycle, with all the possessions that I would need to survive on the back of my bike, I was anticipating the experience that completes motorcycle travel: camping. Arriving at a place chosen to be home for the night and then setting up that shelter, perhaps getting a campfire going and being a part of the nocturnal outdoors is to me a quintessential experience of overland travel. It also completes that feeling of freedom that comes with traveling on a bike; a freedom to choose where to spend your night. I know that camping isn’t for everyone, but since I wanted to extend my budget (by staying in fewer hotels) and simply wanted to get to know the nomadic lifestyle,
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Is the Era of the Motorcycle Over?

I recently read this opinion article in the NYTimes. The premise of the article is that the recession has driven motorcycle sales down sharply but other things that are also deemed luxury items, like iPhones, have grown. At first I almost dismissed the article – what the hell do Apple products have to do with Motorcycle sales? But it stuck in my mind for a few days until I realized, after much self-debate, that Motorcycles have become (like it or not) a fashion industry and a consumer durables industry (in most cases). They compete for a share of consumers’ disposable income just like clothes, other mechanised toys, computers and, yes, fancy electronic devices. While there are many committed motorcyclists (like Buck and I) the fact that you can find 10 and 20 year-old bikes being offered for sale with such low mileage suggests that a lot of owners/riders are not, shall
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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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