WOM EP10 Reg Kittrelle Author & More

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This week we start things off with a discussion around what’s taking place at Harley-Davidson and Polaris and the discussion gets heated.

Then we move onto Behind the Bars where we cover the latest trends, new bikes and other cool stuff.

Up next is Candid Conversations with this week’s guest is Reg Kittrelle Author of Motorcycles 2nd 50 Year.

Reg is 76 years young and an avid rider. In his book he shares some of the wisdom of staying active and how to maintain a quality lifestyle that includes riding motorcycles.

Reg shares some key points from his book and lifetime experience on how to be a better rider and maintain your body and mind so as to stay vibrant into your later years. His advice will go a long way to help you keep doing what you enjoy doing, like riding a motorcycle.

Reg has a great sense of humor and is a fun person to chat with. For more about Reg’s book you can email him at reg.kittrelle@comcast.net

Then it’s onto Between the Lines where John discusses this week’s safety tip. Of course there’s our Weekly Trivia Question and a whole lot more.

So grab yourself a hot cup of coffee and join us or download the show and take it with you, as we bring you another fun and informative show.


WOM EP8 Colt Bristow & Cliff Griffen of WMRRA & More

This week we kick start things with a discussion around MAG’s decision to file for Chapter 11 so they can begin to repay their 440 Million in debt.

Then it’s onto Behind the Bars where we cover the latest trends, new bikes and other cool stuff.

Up next is Candid Conversations with this week’s guests Colt Bristow Race Director and 1st VP and Cliff Griffin Marketing and 2nd VP of Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association.

WMRRA has a long history here in the Northwest where the organization continues to explore new ways to expand and introduce riders to the sport of Motorcycle Road Racing.

Colt and Cliff share a bit about the history and what they are doing in the way of providing sanctioned racing to amateur (non pro) racers who wish to learn and compete against one another.

The cool thing about WMRRA is you don’t have to be a pro or someone with 50K to be on the race track. You can start out for as little as 5K and compete with the best of them or if you want, you can spend as much as you want, it’s all up to you.

Then it’s onto Between the Lines where John discusses this week’s safety tip. Of course there’s our Weekly Trivia Question and a whole lot more.

So grab yourself a hot cup of coffee and join us or download the show and take it with you, as we bring you another fun and informative show.


WOM EP6 Keith Wong Zacky’s Customs Interview & More.

This week’s guest is Keith Wong an award winning custom bike builder from Seattle WA who shares with us his passion of building bikes and fabrication. Keith is a very talented person who has been building bikes for 17 years.

Keith shares what he likes and doesn’t like about the building world and where things seem to be heading within this narrow industry.

We also spend some time discussing the latest news from the cycling world, Bike safety and of course our weekly trivia question and a whole lot more.

So grab yourself a hot cup of coffee and join us or download the show and take it with you, as we bring you another fun and informative show.


WOM EP5 Steve Brooks founder of Tour of Honor Interview & More

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This week’s guest is Steve Brooks founder of Tour of Honor a multi-state destination ride contest built around the theme of honoring our fallen vets and first responders.

Steve shares with us how he came up with the idea of creating this very unique rider participation contest where each participant can spend the entire year visiting the various sites chosen for his or her state and then continue on into the other states and add even more destinations to their list of locations they’ve visited. For more about Tour of Honor visit them at www.tourofhonor.com

We also spend some time discussing the latest news from the cycling world, Bike safety and of course our weekly trivia question and a whole lot more.

So grab yourself a hot cup of coffee and join us or download the show and take it with you, as we bring you another fun and informative show.


World of Motorcycling EP3 Robert Pandya Interview & More


Join us for this episode as we interview industry insider Robert Pandya who shares with us about his work with his new entity Give a Shift which is dedicated to helping the industry move forward and remain a viable industry for the next 100 year.

Of course Steve, Walt and John discuss the latest news in the world of Motorcycling, Safety Tip of the week and much more. Make sure to share your thoughts below. Oh and we would appreciate your help spreading the word about World of Motorcycling with all your riding friends.



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All-New Softail Chassis and Milwaukee-Eight 107 Engine Deliver a Dynamic Riding Experience

MILWAUKEE (November 7, 2017) – The new Harley-Davidson® Sport Glide motorcycle is a quick-change artist, an aggressive factory-custom cruiser outfitted with a detachable fairing and saddlebags ideally suited for touring , cruising or commuting. The versatile Sport Glide owns the curb on bike night and is ready for short- or long-distance weekend runs.

The ninth model based on the all-new Harley-Davidson Softail® platform and the latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, the Sport Glide presents an engaging combination of technology and style. Designed to be lightweight and stiff, the new Softail chassis delivers agility and performance that will exceed the expectations of the most demanding cruiser riders, while the rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin powertrain pumps out a mountain of torque for outstanding acceleration and passing power.

“The Sport Glide offers the thrilling dynamic capability of the new Softail platform with features that make it suited for both commuting and light touring,” said Dave Latz, senior product planning manager at Harley-Davidson. “Its factory-custom design speaks to modern performance and contemporary style.”

The new fairing is shaped to deflect wind away from the rider’s chest while leaving the rider’s head in a clean stream of air. The fairing is secured to the fork tubes with quick-release clamps, making removal or installation fast and easy.

“The Sport Glide presents the broad influence of Harley-Davidson design in a very contemporary way,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling & Design. “In the new fairing, for example, you can see the influence of the iconic batwing fairing from Harley Touring models, but it’s been trimmed back to create a more compact, sporty shape.”

Riders seeking even more wind protection can exchange the standard 1.5-inch-high windshield for a 5.5-inch Light Smoke Windshield available from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories.

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The new lockable, rigid saddle bags feature a sleek clam-shell design. The bags are easy to load and unload, and can be opened with one hand by a seated rider. A damping device allows the saddlebag lids to open smoothly. The bags can be removed in seconds with an internal quick-release mechanism, leaving behind mounting points that are barely visible. Combined saddlebag capacity is 1.9 cubic feet.

Additional luggage capacity can be added to the Sport Glide with an accessory sissy bar upright, a luggage rack or a Tour-Pak mounting rack, each with the all-new HoldFast™ Detachable latch system designed specifically for the new Softail platform. Like the Sport Glide saddlebags and fairing, HoldFast accessories can be installed or removed in seconds to strip the bike back down to its essential cruiser form.

A broad and supportive saddle sets the Sport Glide’s seat height at just 25.7 inches, with forward-mounted foot controls contributing to a rider triangle designed to fit a broad range of riders. The brilliant Daymaker LED headlamp is surrounded by a ring of LED signature lighting and complements bright LED tail/brake lamp and LED rear turn signals that provide enhanced visibility. A USB charging port, keyless ignition and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are standard features of the Sport Glide.

The Sport Glide features the all-new Softail mono-shock rear suspension with remote hydraulic pre-load adjustment, controlled with an exposed knob below the right side cover, to make it easy to accommodate the weight of luggage or a passenger while maintaining optimal suspension performance. New 43mm inverted forks stiffen the front end and feature a single-cartridge damping system to keep the front wheel stable over changing road conditions for precise handling, a controlled ride and confident braking performance, which is further enhanced by the standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The Sport Glide rolls on new Mantis cast-aluminum wheels, 18-inch front and 16-inch rear, shod with Michelin Scorcher 31 performance tires.

“The Sport Glide project offered us a unique opportunity to utilize a directional wheel, the first of its style to come out of the Harley-Davidson factory on a non-CVO model,” said Richards. “The spokes sweep from the hub to the rim to create a sense of motion even when the Sport Glide is parked. The look of motion is reinforced with the shape of the fairing and the saddlebags, and even the slash-cut exhaust tips.”

The blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 107 powertrain brings a new level of performance and sophistication to Harley-Davidson Big Twin cruisers, including the new Sport Glide. Dual counter-balancers are tuned to eliminate primary vibration at idle while permitting some engine character to reach the rider at speed. The engine is rigid-mounted in the frame, which stiffens the chassis and connects the rider more directly to the powertrain. Precision oil cooling around the hottest areas of the cylinder heads further enhances rider and passenger comfort. The 2-into-1 exhaust with a sweeping rear header and a black muffler contribute to the bike’s sporty style and enhance cornering clearance. Electronic throttle control enables standard electronic cruise control on the Sport Glide model. Riders craving even stronger street-compliant Milwaukee-Eight performance for a Sport Glide can turn to Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts + Accessories for Screamin’ Eagle Performance Stage Upgrades, from a Stage I Street Cannon muffler and enhanced intake options all the way to a Stage IV upgrade that takes displacement to 114 cubic inches and power through the roof.

The Sport Glide is offered in three solid colors: Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Silver Fortune.

Share your opinion below, on what you think about this latest offering by Harley-Davidson.

WOM EP2 Paul d’Orleans interview and more. 10/19/17.

Paul-dOrleans-The-Vintagent-Contributors-photoThis week we catch up with Paul d’Orleans founder and editor in Chief of The Vintagent.com a website about all matter of motorcycle related things with a special emphasis on Vintage bikes and motorcycle culture.

Paul is an avid vintage motorcycle fan and rider along with being a photo journalist and author Paul has had his hand in promoting motorcycling for many years.

Of course the guys cover the latest in motorcycle industry news, racing, Between The Lines, this weeks Trivia Question and a whole lot more. So grab yourself a hot cup of joe and join us or download the show and take it with you as we bring you another fun and informative show.


Ducati Unveils Updated Monster 821


October 17, 2017 Ducati presents the first of 5 new models for the coming 2018 season: the Monster 821. The iconic naked motorcycle from Borgo Panigale is offered in an updated version to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original model – launched at the Cologne Show back in October 1992. The 821 inherits all the character and charm of the first Monster 900, the model that injected new life in the naked racers’ segment – by successfully combining high performance, agility, and rider-friendliness.

The Monster 821 changes its shape by adopting the design and functional features introduced in the Monster 1200: a sleek, streamlined design with completely redesigned tank and tail end, inspired by the 1992 version. A new racing silencer and headlight – both classic and contemporary, are also part of the new design. For a clear, immediately readable view of all necessary information, on the mid-size Monster, a color TFT display is also making its debut – provided with selected gear and fuel indicators. The Ducati Quick Shift up/down and the Ducati Multimedia Systems are now available as accessories, to further enhance the already excellent riding experience offered by the 821.

The Monster comes back in the historic Ducati Yellow color that charmed so many Monster fans in the past. This color, available for the 821 only, completes the Red and dynamic Matte Black color range.

The 109 HP and 9250 rpm of the liquid-cooled twin cylinder Testastretta offer rider-friendly thrills; thanks to its 8.8 kgm (86 Nm) torque at 7750 rpm, the 821 guarantees exciting performance, comfortable riding and unmatched fun.

The Monster 821 also features the Ducati Safety Pack, which comprises Bosch ABS and Ducati Traction Control, both of which have adjustable intervention levels. The Riding Modes ensures easy adjustment of ABS, DTC and Power Modes (controlling peak power and type of delivery), transforming the 821 into three different motorcycles, each with a distinct personality.

Completing the impressive equipment on the Monster 821 are the Brembo brakes, with dual 320 mm discs and M4-32 monobloc radial calipers at the front. The suspension system includes 43 mm forks at the front and an adjustable shock absorber at the rear.

The impressive standard equipment, extended maintenance intervals, and a rich catalog of accessories make the 821 a perfect riding partner.

The new Monster 821 is just the first of the Ducati 2018 new range. The Ducati World Premiere, to be streamed live on Sunday, 5 November at 9 p.m., will unveil four more new models designed by the Italian manufacturers, which will later be presented to the general public at EICMA – scheduled from 9 to 12 November at the Rho fair.

ZERO Motorcycles Announces 2018 Model Line Offers 6 Times Faster Charging Times and 10% More Range


(October 17, 2017) Zero Motorcycles, the global electric motorcycle sales and innovation leader, announced the release of its 2018 model line today. Zero once again raised the bar for all electric motorcycles by increasing battery capacity and range, and launching a new high-speed on-board charger option that increases charging speeds by 6X.

Zero has consistently produced the electric vehicle industry’s most energy and power dense battery packs and they have extended their leadership position again by boosting their Z-Force® battery’s energy capacity by more than 10%.

For 2018, Zero introduced three new batteries. The ZF14.4, ZF7.2, and ZF3.6 batteries offer more range and better performance than any two wheel electric vehicle currently on the market. When equipped with the optional range extending ZF3.6 Power Tank, Zero models featuring the largest ZF14.4 battery offer 18 kWh of energy and the longest range of any two wheel EV on the market with a city range of up to 223 miles. Zero’s advanced lithium-ion batteries are maintenance free and backed by an industry leading five-year, unlimited mileage, warranty.

Every Zero motorcycle can be charged using the standard 110 V or 220 V wall outlets found all over the world. To give riders the ability to cover more ground in a single day, Zero launched a 6 kW Charge Tank that enables charging up to six times faster than when only using the standard charger. The new Charge Tank is compatible with the extensive worldwide network of Level 2 EV charge stations. The new option is available on all Zero S, SR, DS, and DSR models. When combined with the standard charger, the new Charge Tank drops charge times for ZF7.2 models to one hour (0-95%), and reduces ZF14.4 models to about two hours.

“Zero’s new 6 kW Charge Tank allows riders to charge at speeds of up to 103 miles per hour of charging[1] at any of the growing number of over 14,000 Level 2 charging stations in the US or around the world.” said Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi. “This means riders can add 30 miles of ‘fuel’ in the time it takes to stop for a cup of coffee or fully recharge over lunch. This completely changes the utility of electric motorcycles by eliminating long recharging times.”

Other performance enhancements for 2018 include:

  • Zero models with the compact and lighter-weight ZF7.2 batteries offer 11% more rear wheel torque.
  • The ZF13.0 Zero S and Zero DS have been fine tuned to deliver up to 30% more power and torque to amp up acceleration at highway speeds.“Zero continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the electric motorcycle space,” said Todd Andersen, Zero’s VP of Marketing, Sales and Aftersales. “Riders who’ve been waiting for more range and faster charging don’t have to wait any longer to go electric.”
  • The 2018 Zero S, SR, DS, DSR, and FX models look better than ever with bold and sophisticated new colors and graphics. From the Graphene Black Metallic with gold wheels of the Zero DSR to the Silicon Silver Metallic paint of the Zero S, the updated color palette delivers a stunning visual update to Zero’s line.
  • Zero invented the first mobile App that allowed riders to tailor their bike’s performance from their smartphone (available for iOS and Android) and this year they’ve taken it to another level. Firmware updates that used to require a trip to the dealer can now be easily performed directly from any compatible smartphone (available on 2017 and 2018 models. See your dealer for details). This makes it easier than ever for owners to ensure their bike is using state-of-the-art firmware to deliver maximum performance in every condition.
  • The upgrades are being delivered at the same price as last year’s models with the exception of a $500 price increase to the flagship Zero SR and Zero DSR. The new Charge Tank is a factory-installed option priced with an MSRP of $2,295. 2018 motorcycles will begin arriving at authorized North American Zero Motorcycles dealers later this month.
  • For more details about Zero’s 2018 line or to see the new motorcycles at a dealer near you, visit www.zeromotorcycles.com/. Zero Motorcycles is the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains. Designed and crafted by hand in California, Zero motorcycles combine Silicon Valley tech with traditional motorcycle soul to elevate the motorcycling experience for intelligent, innovative, riders around the world. About Zero Motorcycles

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