Charley Boorman is having the time of his life. A modern day adventurer astride his motorcycle, Boorman, along with his best mate actor Ewan McGregor, has risen to iconic status in the motorcycling world during the past decade.
The reason? The breathtaking brilliance of the documentary television series, DVD and book "Long Way Round" which chronicled the duo's 19,000 (31,000km) motorcycle journey from London to New York. Traveling east through Europe and Asia, they flew to Alaska and continued on the road from there to New York. The series originally aired from October 2004 to February 2005.
As its 50th anniversary year winds down, there is little mystery as to how and why Alpinestars continues as a leading manufacturer of protective gear for professional and recreational riders alike – the company remains driven and true to the vision of founder Sante Mazzarolo.
Cedric Bosch’s vision struck a chord with the riding public and, as a result, the Rideye Black Box Camera is heading into production thanks to massive support generated by a Kickstarter funding campaign.
So, what is the Rideye? Patterned after the black box recorders in airplanes, Bosch initially targeted bicyclists, who often ride alone and are at risk of harm, especially in city traffic. When the word got out about the product, Bosch says he was flooded with requests from motorcyclists as well.
Small enough to fit on a keychain and officially registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Breathometer™ is the world's smallest smartphone breathalyzer. Shipment to consumers begins in October with first units fulfilling orders for supporters of the company's earlier Indiegogo campaign. Additional production units will be shipped to new customers and channel partners.
The United States is Ducati's largest market and, with that in mind, Ducati North America launched Ducati Financial Services on Sept. 5 to provide in-house financing for new and used Ducati motorcycles.
The program is being managed by VCI Credit, Inc. (VCI), a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group of America Inc. that provides financial products and services to Volkswagen dealers, Audi dealers and their customers across the U.S. Ducati will benefit greatly from VW Credit's expertise and experience in automotive financing.
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