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2012 Santa with Motorcycle OrnamentIt’s that time again and Local Moto Hub is pleased to present our Holiday edition newsletter.  We’ve certainly had some unusually warm weather well past the traditional riding season, but most of us have stored the bike and gear for the winter.  But that doesn’t mean we stop thinking about motorcycles and riding.   To prepare for the holiday season, we asked our sponsors and friends in the Midwest motorcycle community to give us their suggestions for motorcycle-related gift ideas.  We received some terrific ideas and are pleased to present our Local Moto Hub “2012 Motorcycle Enthusiasts’ Holiday Wish List”.  We specified that the item must be under $200 and asked for new, unique or just fun.  You’ll see that the ideas range from stocking stuffers under $25 to specialized gear at the top end, with lots of suggestions in between.   See entire Holiday Wish List… 

icon for bankCollector Motorcycles  For anyone with a bigger budget, there have been quite a few interesting collector motorcycles up for auction.  Earlier this month, a collector in Florida liquidated his extensive collection, including a 2005 Harley owned by Evel Knievel and an original Batcycle with an estimated value of more than $125,000.  Daniel Craig rides Honda in Skyfall
The Honda CFR250R ridden by Daniel Craig in the opening scene of the new James Bond film “Skyfall” was auctioned in the UK with proceeds to benefit Children in Need, which works for the welfare of disadvantaged children in the United Kingdom.  Steve McQueen's 1970 Husqvarna
Auction house Bonhams said it plans to sell a 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross off-road motorcycle once owned and ridden by the late actor Steve McQueen. The bike will cross the block during the company’s Las Vegas sale on Jan. 10 at the Bally’s Hotel & Casino.  read more...  Also offered at the Las Vegas auction - a 110 year old Rambler Model B Indian motorcycle, which is expected to go for $80,000.  read more (and note web site name)...

 

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 James Dean's Motorcycle to Indy Museum 

James Dean's Triumph MotorcycleThe Indian State Museum's "Eternal James Dean" exhibit will examine Dean's Indiana roots (born in Marion, raised in Fairmount), his film career and his gear-headedness - Dean loved motorcycles and fast cars.  The 'Rebel Without A Cause' rode a 1955 500cc Triumph, which is now part of the exhibit. 
  see article with video
 

icon for companyStart-up Motorcycle Company Goes Retro
Janus Halcyon 50 MotorcycleSpeaking of Indiana, there's a new kid in town.  Janus Motorcycles, based in Goshen, Indiana, recently introduced the Halcyon 50, with distinctive 1920's era styling.  The two-stroke water-cooled engine is from Derbi, while the EBR suspension is Italian. It features a 17mm Delorto carburetor, kick and electric starting system, tuned expansion chamber complete with stinger exhaust and 36-spoke wheels.  The frame is hand made by local Amish metal fabricators - how cool is that? Top speed is 55 mph and the bike gets 70 mpg.  The basic model goes for $3,900 and the upgrade is $5,300.  See the Janus web site   

 

icon of floodGold-plated Motorcycle Returns to 9/11 Memorial After Hurricane Sandy's Assault

Bloomberg rides 9/11 memorial chopperThe motorcycle, which includes gold plating and parts modeled after the design of the new World Trade Center buildings, was commissioned by a board member of the 9/11 memorial and crafted by Paul Teutul, Jr.  The bike was among many items damaged by the storm, submerged except for a tiny piece of its handlebars.  It was repaired by Teutul and crew and recently replaced at the memorial site.

 

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 Scene from James Bond SkyfallThe latest James Bond thriller Skyfall leads off with a daring motorcycle chase through the open air markets of Istanbul on a Honda CFR 250R.  Watch a video of the making of the scene

 

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As we come to the close of another great year, we at Local Moto Hub wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

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