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Motorcyclists To Benefit From Stimulus Package

Motorcyclists To Benefit From Stimulus Package
The AMA says there are benefits for motorcyclists

http://www.cyclenews.com/articles/road-racing/2009/02/14/AMA-Stimulus

The following is from the AMA…
Language that provides a tax credit for the purchase of a motorcycle has been added to the current economic stimulus bill, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. The AMA, working in conjunction with other stakeholders, worked diligently to secure the motorcycle provision within the measure. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.

“This inclusive and equitable solution will provide much-needed relief to riders, as well as to those who sell motorcycles,” said AMA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. “When it appeared that motorcycles were going to be overlooked in this bill, the AMA and the Association’s members, along with Harley-Davidson and others, took our case straight to Capitol Hill and persuaded lawmakers that this was the right decision.”

Moreland added that motorcycle riders are just as likely to have been hit hard by the economic downturn as those who buy automobiles and light-duty trucks. Moreover, motorcyclists typically purchase new bikes, apparel, vehicle servicing and aftermarket equipment from local dealers that are family-owned small businesses.

Specifically, motorcycles are included as “qualified vehicles” in Section 1008 of the legislation. Those purchasing a new motorcycle will be able to deduct the sales and excise taxes on their 2009 tax returns. Prior to the actions taken by the AMA and others, the deductions only applied to the purchase of a new car or light truck.

“We want to thank all motorcyclists who took the time to contact their elected officials,” said Moreland. “This victory is particularly gratifying because it represents a community-wide effort to elevate motorcycles as a recognized and viable means of transportation in America. Motorcycles are vital to the reduction of traffic congestion, provide efficient use of limited parking, have far less impact on our roads and bridges, and contribute significantly to our nation’s efforts to consume less fuel. Our success today clearly indicates that our legislators are listening.”

Dick Scott Dodge In Newsweek!

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Inspiration For a Passionate Nissan 370Z

by Tim Joseph

When I was a kid growing up in the Detroit area I used to love to draw pictures of cars. While I wasn’t very good at it I dreamed of fast exotic sports cars and what it would be like to drive them. Some kids were much better than I was and have turned that passion and talent into a career that represents the imagination inside all of us.

Randy Rodriguez is the man behind the 2009 Nissan 370Z. He was a kid just like me, in fact he’s just a year younger. He used to fill his notebooks with his dreams of fast and exciting sports cars. I read a very inspiring article about how he came to design the new 370Z. He is 31 years old, working at the Nissan Design America in San Diego, CA. He graduated from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Rodriguez deisgned the vehicle after Datsun 240Z which he is very passionate about.

It is no suprise that the new 2009 370Z was designed after the 240Z. That was my observation from the first time I saw it on October 9, 2008. The 370Z will hit the lots in the next couple months. We’ll keep you updated.

Indian Stories

Thank you to Lawrence Ward for this story –

My wife’s grandfather, John Barthel, grew up in Richville, Michigan and bought this Indian motorcycle brand new. He was so proud of it he went to Saginaw and had his picture taken with it. He then rode it from Michigan to Mexico and back. That was at the time when roads were much rougher than they are today. Family history has him making the trip with no problems. It was the scandal of Richville!

Check out other pictures from our friends, post your own and send us a story or two at IndianMotorcycleDetroit.Com!

2010 Nissan Electric Vehicle Update

by Tim Joseph

Nissan has announced some pretty exciting news regarding their forth coming electric vehicle. In August Nissan gave us a demonstration of a 2nd generation Nissan Cube that was converted into an electric vehicle. While it remains unclear if the Cube will actually be the frame for their electric vehicle, we have been given some details.

Yesterday, Mark Perry, director of product planning and strategy for Nissan Americas, spoke at the Doubletree Hotel at a luncheon sponsored by the Chattanooga Engineers Club, the Chattanooga Technology Council, the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Quality, the Society of Women Engineers and IEEE. He said the vehicle will debut next year and that Smyrna, Tennessee would be one of the launch sites.

Here is a quit list of information he gave us regarding the vehicle.

  • The vehicle will have a range of 100 miles
  • The vehicle is 17 months away
  • It will be a “Real Car” that seats up to 5 w/ standard amenities
  • It will be powered by a stack of batteries under the rear seat
  • The batteries will be about the size of a laptop
  • The vehicle will have Zero emission and no engine noise
  • It will be fast enough to get a speeding ticket on the interstate
  • 72% of drivers drive less than 40 miles per day
  • 98% of drivers drive less than 100 miles per day
  • The electricity it uses will cost less than a tank of gas
  • The vehicle has no transmission
  • A fast charge will only take 26 minutes.

This is an exciting development and I for one cannot wait to see the finished product.

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2009 Nissan Cube

I don’t like to just post links but Nissan has a couple of exciting new vehicles coming out and I haven’t been able to get my hands on them myself. Additionally, Nissan is giving us bits of information but most of the information 1) has been given out or 2) is being told through magazines and news outlets.

Automobile Magazine has gotten their hands on a 2009 Nissan Cube and has driven it. Unlike other “first drive” articles, they actually drove it! At the bottom of the article is a section where they give links to a couple of other links and a wallpaper gallery. Enjoy

http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/0903_2009_nissan_cube/index.html