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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Motorcycles: Ready to ride

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    Motorcycle enthusiasts have a lot to get revved up about in 2013, as companies roll out new bikes and new features on popular models, and a venerable American bike maker celebrates its 110th year in business with special anniversary editions, cool new colors, and new models for street and off-road fans.

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  • Motorcycle enthusiasts have a lot to get revved up about in 2013, as companies roll out new bikes and new features on popular models, and a venerable American bike maker celebrates its 110th year in business with special anniversary editions, cool new colors, and new models for street and off-road fans.
     

    Honda

    Honda has rolled out six new models for 2013, according to Honda.com. The Gold Wing F6B is good for short runs or weekend trips. It has a fuel-injected six-cylinder engine; long, low lines; large-capacity saddlebags, gunfighter-style seat and premium audio system. The CBR500R is a middleweight sport bike with an aerodynamic body for rider comfort. The CB500F is a sporty 500cc naked bike with a slim profile and neutral riding position that can be used for any kind of street ride. An adventure-style bike, the CB500X, comes equipped with a compact windscreen that can be adjusted to varying heights and larger-capacity fuel tank. The CB1100 has a timeless look with an air-cooled engine, 18-inch wheels and programmed fuel injection for accurate fuel metering. The bikes range from about $7,000 to $20,000. 

    Harley-Davidson

    Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is marking its 110th anniversary with gifts for its fans. Ten models are being offered as 110th Anniversary Editions, each of which is serialized, according to the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Co. The models also feature exclusive paint and commemorative bronze fuel tank badges. Production is limited. Also new this year are a restyled Dyna Street Bob model and Hard Candy Custom, a style that harkens back to the 1960s chopper era with metal flake paint, chrome and styling detail in accessories, gear and apparel, the company stated. 

    BMW 

    BMW’s water-cooled 1200 GS model was completely redefined and new features added for 2013, according to BMW.com. The engine continues to use air/liquid cooling, but the coolant oil has been replaced by a glycol-water mixture. E-gas and cruise control are used for the first time on the model, which has a base price of $15,800. Also, the bike features an LED main headlight and integrated daytime running light, making the motorcycle more visible during the day and providing better road illumination at night.

     

    Anti-theft

    There’s also news on the accessory front. Inilex has introduced a new vehicle recovery system called SkyLINK PowerSport. An Inilex spokeswoman said it uses a combination of GPS, wireless and satellite technologies to track and recover stolen motorcycles in real time by alerting the owner via text or email as soon as the motorcycle is moved from an area. SkyLINK can help police find the exact location of the bike.

    Helmet law

    On the legislative front, Pete terHorst, American Motorcyclists Association spokesman, said Michigan repealed its mandatory motorcycle helmet law, making it optional for adult riders with additional insurance coverage. The bill was passed last year but goes into full effect this year. “We strongly advocate members wear helmets but don’t favor mandates,” terHost said. 

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