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Top 10 Stories of 2011

Top 10 Motorcycles and motorcycle stories of 2011

Here's my Top 10 stories for 2011.  I hope all the readers of this blog had a great Christmas and that 2012 will be a great year on the two wheels.  

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Gerald Trees

 

10.  “Backstreet” Customs

Building unique and personal motorcycles on the cheep is nothing new and has been a continuous process since the first motorcycles were introduced.  The economy being what it was (is) has brought this form of art back to the forefront.  For me, this is the truest form of customization and was a fun part of 2011 for me.

9.  Kawasaki Ninja 400

Kawasaki has been the leader in the small displacement street bike category for years and the introduction of the Ninja 400 should keep them in forefront in usable, around town motorcycles.  With a peppy 399cci parallel twin engine, this motorcycle fills a needed gap between the 125 / 250 motorcycles and the “full sized” 650 street bikes.  The price is right too.

8.  Custom Motorcycles

Ok, Custom Motorcycles aren’t new, but 2011 took a whole new twist on what was a booming business in the early part of the century.  With the help of the Discovery Channel and Custom Motorcycles became mainstream in the early 2000’s and some builders took advantage of the good economic times and built bikes costing many thousands of dollars and drawing criticism of the “true” bikers.  The collapse of the economy in 2008 brought all of this to a screeching halt, with many of the big names in custom building going out of business.  This the economy slowly coming back online in 2011, companies like Harley Davidson and Honda were offering a “custom” motorcycle program where a customer could choose what they wanted on their motorcycle and then have the factory build it.  While these are “unique” motorcycles and built to the customers taste, the customer was not part of the build, which is a big part of the fun.

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