Editors Blog: Motorcycling Headlines this Week

New Ducati, women seminars and more

Long Beach is the place to be this weekend: Discount on tickets right Here
I will be attending the Progressive International Motorcycle Show this weekend in Long Beach with a meet and greet table in the #8220;Women Ride#8221; lounge area. I#8217;ll also be giving a presentation in that area called #8220;How to Get What You Want and Need out of Motorcycling#8221; on Friday at 6:30, Saturday at 1:30 and Sunday at 12:30. Then on Sunday at 3:00 pm, I#8217;ll be doing another presentation on #8220;Getting Paid to Write about Motorcycling: How to become a Professional Motorcycle Journalist.#8221; At my meet and greet table I#8217;m giving away a battery tender courtesy of GearUpHelmets.com so be sure to stop by and see me if you#8217;re in the southern California area.

The Hub is a central location at each of the shows where attendees can relax and videos and hear speakers.

Other happenings in Long Beach this weekend include: Demo rides by Harley-Davidson, Can-Am Spyder, Kawasaki, Star, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha. Rain is in the forecast so dressed appropriately. The DIY Garage presented by Allstate Motorcycle Insurance will have seminars on do-it-yourself motorcycle topics like wiring GPS devices, setting motorcycle sags for suspension and more.

On Saturday at noon, actor Tom Arnold will be there to discuss his love of motorcycles for his charity Camp del Corazon. Motorcycle whos-who include land speed racer Leslie Porterfield, 16-year-old motorcycle racer Elena Myers, and Melissa Paris who holds the best finishing time for a female racer at the Daytona 200.

Sixteen-year-old motorcycle racer Elena Myers speaks at the San Mateo show. Sue Slate of the WMF stands by.

There will be a stunt show, custom motorcycle competition and a whole lot more including giveaways throughout the show.

Giveaways galore!

Where: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, California
When: December 17 – 19, 2010
Friday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jillian Michaels Buys a New Harley
Fitness trainer Jillian Michaels recently took possession of a customized Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle designed in collaboration between Michaels and the staff of the Motor Company#8217;s Willie G. Davidson Styling Studio. The blacked-out Muscle features polished engine cases with orange highlights and custom seat, radiator shroud, rear fender, exhaust, and Reactor wheels. Michaels, star of NBC#8217;s Biggest Loser and Losing it with Jillian, is a lifelong motorcyclist and has partnered recently with Harley-Davidson to promote motorcycle riding to women.

Jillian Michaels customized Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle.

Click here to see video of Jillian riding the Muscle and talking about it. The link to the video is in the lower right corner

Ducati#8217;s Hot New Motorcycle
Speaking of the Harley-Davidson Muscle, Ducati#8217;s new Diavel looks a bit like it, very muscular, beefy and a big departure from the naked, slimmed down look we#8217;re used to seeing with Ducati motorcycles.

The Diavel has 30.3-inch seat height.

The Diavel is 162 horsepower machine with massive amounts of torque that is being shown at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows. Audiences so far are raving about the new bike once seeing it #8220;in the metal#8221;; marveling in the massive power to weight ratio, carbon fiber and aluminum componentry, and #8220;Bike 2.0#8221; features such as traction control, ride by wire throttle, riding modes, ABS brakes and a color digital dash display.

The name Diavel was inspired by the Bolognese dialect word for devil.

#8220;I am in love with the bike#8217;s comfort and performance features, and can only imagine what it is like to give a 240 rear tire a full 162hp with traction control when exiting a corner,#8221; said Chris Lusardi, a future Diavel owner at last weekend#8217;s Progressive International Motorcycle Show. #8220;After seeing the Diavel in person and noticing all of the amazing small details like the bike#8217;s almost-hidden folding passenger pegs I am ordering one for sure.#8221;

The Diavel will continue its cross-country tour of appearances over the winter until its showroom arrival in February. Ducati has created an online system to collect reservations. Interested customers are encouraged to contact their local Ducati dealer to have a priority reservation request submitted to Ducati North America in order to receive the earliest delivery possible. Pricing has been set for the 2011 Diavel at $16,995, $19,995 for the Diavel Carbon and $20,395 for the Carbon #8220;Red#8221; version. For more information about the new Ducati Diavel, and the rest of Ducati#8217;s 2011 lineup, visit DucatiUSA.com.

Other Tidbits:
Congratulations to the staff of RoadRunner magazine, headed up by our friend, publisher Christa Neuhauser, on celebrating their 10th anniversary. The magazine started a decade ago as the premier motorcycling travel magazine. Our hats off to Christa and staff for that milestone. Christa is one of only a handful of women working in motorcycling journalism full time, and leading the way for future female motorcycle journalists.

I may have looked sharing this one with you… but our good friend Leslie Prevish, who headed up the womens outreach division at Harley-Davidson recently left the Motor Company to take on a similar position with Trek Bicycles. Shes heading up the womens division there. Taking her place as the manager of womens outreach is Claudia Garber who moved over from the companys Latin division. Congratulations to both on their new endeavors.

Best Western had recently expanded its offering hotels that have partnered up with Harley-Davidson to offer rider friendly services and amenities such as wipe-down towels for cleaning bikes, reserved parking spots, a cleaning station and more. Visit BWRider.com. for more information.

2 thoughts on Editors Blog: Motorcycling Headlines this Week

  1. The Women Ride lounge is a great feature of the Progressive IMS. I highly recommend it! The Seattle show was last weekend and we had rain, rain, rain outside, but lots of bikes inside. We didn’t have the type of celebrity guests as Long Beach, but it was still a great show. I was there Friday eve and Sunday, and wish I had spent the whole day Saturday. Lots to see, learn, touch and do.

  2. I’d love to attend the Long Beach Internat’l Motorcycle Show and attend your seminars, especially the “Getting Paid to Write about Motorcycling: How to become a Professional Motorcycle Journalist,” but I’m not able to. I took some journalism classes back in college and worked on the college newspaper which I really enjoyed; I also have a serious interest in photography. My career, however, ended up in the legal field. I would love to be able to combine my love of motorcycling with writing and get paid to do it. (How cool would that be?)

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