Victory Motorcycles To Reveal New Model At Chicago IMS Show

Victory Motorcycles To Reveal New Model At Chicago IMS Show 
Victory Motorcycles is going to reveal its newest model, the Victory Gunner, at high noon this Saturday, February 8th, at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago. The Gunner is said to have the best features of a heavyweight motorcycle combined with the edgy style of a bobber. The Gunner will have a powerful victory106ci V-twin in a full-size chassis with lowered seat height, and a lean-angle that will give it a ride that no other bobber currently on the market has.

“Bikers have been asking us to give them a bobber with some real power – and that’s exactly what we’re giving them with this bad boy,” says Steve Menneto, Vice President, Polaris Motorcycles. “The Gunner’s got the muscle of a heavyweight, the handling of a Victory, and it’s an awesome-looking bobber. There’s no other bike like it on the market, and we can’t wait to lift the cover and reveal it this weekend.  The Gunner offers a much-needed option for serious riders in the market for a bobber.”

The public will be able to get its first look of the bike in Chicago and demo rides on the Gunner will be available at Bike Week in Daytona in March. For more info about Victory motorcycles go to

Source: Victory Motorcycles
Posted by Sam Kanish

Popecycle Sells For Big Bucks

Popecycle Sells For Big Bucks
The Harley Dyna Super Glide presented to Pope Francis last June as part of H-D’s 110th celebration sold for €241,500 (approx. $328,495 US) at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale at the Grand Palais in Paris today. Also up for bid was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket which fetched €57,500 (approx. $78,213 US) at the sale. The items elicited 6 minutes of spirited popebidding with the winning bid for the motorcycle coming from a telephone bidder. Proceeds from the sale of the Pope’s motorcycle items, which he signed, will go towards renovating the Caritas Roma’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen which is based at Rome’s Termini railway station.

Ben Walker, head of motorcycle auctions at Bonhams, stated: “I am thrilled with the result achieved and am very pleased for the charity. It has to be a world record for a twenty-first century Harley-Davidson and certainly for a Harley-Davidson leather jacket.” Caritas Roma’s director Enrico Feroci said “We are delighted with the results of the sale, which far exceeded any of our expectations. “We would like to thank Bonhams for their professionalism with handling the motorcycle and for all their efforts in helping us to achieve such an amazing result.”

Source: Bonham’s
Photo: L’Osservatore Romano
Posted by Sam Kanish

Day Trip to Cleveland IMS Show

Day Trip To Cleveland IMS Show

"The young lady has good taste"
“The young lady has good taste”

On Friday January 31st some friends and I made our yearly trek up to Cleveland, Ohio to checkout the annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show show at the I-X Center there. Compared to previous years and recent patterns here in the ’Rust Belt’, the weather was pretty decent for the trip. Meaning we had temperatures above freezing and it wasn’t snowing or sleeting. The only problem we encountered was staying to long inside Harley-Davidson Biketown in Austintown

"Old original Indians"
“Old original Indians”

before heading next door to the Quaker Steak and Lube for lunch. We arrived just after they finished up the Lunch Buffet which we had been looking forward to. Instead we had to settle (?) for a delicious burger. The Lubes may known for their wings but their burgers are awesome too.

We arrived at the I-X Center just after the doors opened at 4 PM. We like to get their early on the opening day so we can avoid the big crowds, but it looked like this year we weren’t the only ones thinking that way. After meeting up with my old friend Jeff Najar of Biker Pros, we went into the main show area and I headed straight to the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. There’s always some awesome machines entered into the UBCBS events and this was the case again this year.

After perusing the custom bikes I roamed around between the Indian, Harley and Victory displays. In each area I took the time to sit on and check out how the touring

"Was Rick Fairless in the house?"
“Was Rick Fairless in the house?”

models of each brand felt. Not that I’m in the market for a new bike, but the real reason was because I’m still recovering from a bout of pneumonia and needed to take a few rest breaks. What better place to take a break than on the seat of a brand new motorcycle, right? Especially after the weather we’ve had here in the Great Lakes region. A side bar to that is that I got to meet some really nice people that were manning the displays.

All too soon we were heading back towards our homes in Pennsylvania, after a brief stop at the King’s Restaurant in New Castle, PA for a slice of blackberry pie of course. Everyone had had a good time looking at all the new bikes and motorcycle products, I got to see my friend Jeff Najar again and my friend Roger finally broke down and bought a new helmet, a real helmet, not one of those plastic reproduction he had been wearing. It was a good day.

If you’d like to checkout a Progressive International Motorcycle Show you still have a couple chances left for this season. The next show is February 7 – 9th in Chicago, Illinois and then it’s on to Seattle, Washington on February 14 – 16th. BTW look for a future post coming soon from Jeff Najar with the results and lots of images from the Cleveland UBCBS show.

Post and images: Sam Kanish

"This bike got my vote"
“This bike got my vote”