Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Vespa built for Four?

Click the title link for your daily mind-melt.

Yup, Vespa South Africa stretched a Vespa GT into a four seater. If Vespas are wasps, this looks like the unholy union of a wasp and a centipede... Still I want one...

via 2strokebuzz

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Winter Edition Triple Street Triple

Now who says only kids are dreaming about what toys they want to see under the tree at Christmas?
I can think of plenty of big kids who'd like to discover that Saint Nick has left them one of these. Unfortunately, it is just a photoshopped daydream put together by Italian Triumph bloggers.

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Video Review

Those of you who have been paying attention, have probably noticed that the V& Classic has been receiving a lot of positive reviews in the motorcycle press.
I thought this video review did a particularly good job of hitting the high points of this beautiful bike.

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Ad

Here is what appears to be an Italian advertisement for the V7 Classic from a couple of years ago.

Vintage Triumph Promotional Film

According to the comments on YouTube, this black and white film is 1954.  Definitely worth a peek.

Vintage Triumph Promotional Film  Part 1

Vintage Triumph Promotional Film Part 2

Vintage Triumph Promotional Film  Part 3

Friday, December 18, 2009

Introducing the Triumph Rocket III Roadster

We are still waiting on pricing and ship dates on Triumph's new Rocket III Roadster, but here is a nice introductory video on the beast:

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Toys for Tots Holiday Sale

It's that time of year again, time for the annual Branchville Motors Toys for Tots holiday sale.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy or book for a needy child and receive a 10% discount off of any regularly priced clothing or accessory in the store.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Owner's Review of the V7 Classic

This is a nice two part review from an owner of a Moto Guzzi  V7 Classic.

Danilo Gurovich sings the V7's praises throughout the review, but I thought this paragraph really summed up the bike nicely:

After 800 miles, I can tell you that the V7 has no shortcomings for me.  It holds its own on the freeways with ease.  It handles the hideous street conditions in Chicago like a Hummer.  It gets awesome mileage.  It’s completely and totally comfortable, easy to ride for a beginner and for more advanced riders it rewards with a lightness, agility and very healthy torque curve. It makes you look cool without being threatening or looking like you’re compensating for something.  It says “I have everything I need”, not “I can have anything I want”.

Check it out:
Part One here
Part Two here

Black V7 Classic Now in Stock!

We just uncrated our first black V7 Classic today, and man! It is sure a looker!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Branchville Motors & Vespa Ridgefield on Facebook

Now you can keep update with all the goings on at Branchville Motors and Vespa Ridgefield on our Facebook pages, as well as this blog and our website.
We hear this Facebook thing is all the rage with kids...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Verification testing


Boot Sale

We have put a selection of boots from Dainese, Triumph, Sidi and others on sale. Come in to get 25% off of some awesome footwear.
Pictured above is our last pair of Oxtar (now sold as TCX) Gore-Tex Matrix boots. This legendary touring boot lists for $209.95. Get it now for $157.46

Monday, November 23, 2009

Top Gear: The Best Road in the World

Folks, it's time to call your travel agents, we have found your next dream vacation: the Transfagarasan Highway in Romania.
Now your only decision is: Ship your bike to Eastern Europe, or just buy a new one there?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Triumph's YouTube Channel

Did you know that Triumph North America has a YouTube Channel?

Judging by the amount of views on their videos, not many people do. Which is a shame, because there is some cool stuff on there, like this technical video on the changes in the 2009 Daytona 675:

Definitely some stuff worth checking out.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

You Never Know Who You Might See at the Shop...

Rummaging through his archive of digital memories, Alex turned up this gem.

Yup, that's Rolling Stone, Keith Richards.


Create Your Triumph

If you haven't seen it, Triumph has a great tool on their main USA site which allows you to visualize how your bike could look with all those accessories you have been dreaming about.

Above is my  personal dream bike, a Scrambler with some extra trimmings.

Try the Create Your Triumph tool for yourself.

Norton Transformer

Just for fun, here is a sweet video that one of Jim's riding buddies sent a link to:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Awesome Promotions on New Vespas

Vespa Ridgefield is very excited to announce a couple brand new incentives Vespa just announced available when you purchase a new Vespa LX 150, S 150, or LXV 150. Take advantage of Vespa USA’s $500 Stimulus Package, buy a new Vespa 150 cc scooter and get both a FREE EXTENDED WARRANTY (gives you a total of 3 years) and get a whopping 4.9% financing for 36 months (with approved credit). Plus, most buyers will be eligible to deduct the sales tax on their 2009 income taxes. There has never been a better time to buy a new Vespa 150!

These incentives are fantastic, I can’t believe they are offering 4.9% financing, $500 off, AND a free extended warranty. Usually Vespa makes these types of promotions mutually exclusive. This is the first time we've seen them combine these programs into one super-sweet deal.
The Vespa 150’s are our best selling scooters. They offer the highest consumer report ratings of any scooter on the market, the highest resale of any scooter on the market, travel at speeds up to 55 mph, get a whopping 75 mpg, manufactured in Italy, offer a steel frame, and offer twist-n-go automatic transmissions. They are the perfect scooters for commuting to the train station, or running local errands.

Swing by Vespa Ridgefield today and take advantage of these fantastic incentives. If you have been contemplating the purchase of a new Vespa, now is the time.

Great Review of Gerbing's New Micro Wire Heated gear

There was a great review of Gerbing's new heated gear featuring the new Micro Wire technology in the Oct/Nov issue of RoadRunner magazine, which is now available on-line.

Here is a brief taste:

Before the scooter's wheels had even touched the snow outside the carport, the flow of heat was noticeable, and by the end of the driveway, I had to stop and notch back the dial a bit. The new system heats up as soon as the power hits, and despite the constant rush of frigid freeway air, my core temperature remained warm, almost to the point of sweating. An hour-long, slush-dodging ride wound up being a perfectly comfortable affair. And perhaps most amazingly, the Microwire™-equipped liner isn't much heavier than a thin windbreaker.

You can order the new Micro-Wire heated gear from Branchville Motors online,  and we also have some Gerbing's heated gear available at our eBay store.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Vespa Vagabond

As the weather turns more and more winterish, many New England scooterists trade the saddle for the armchair.
Vespa Vagabond is a great blog for fueling those scootering daydreams.
It is the story of photographer Shreve Stockton's journey from San Francisco to New York City on her Vespa ET4... well I'll just let her speak for herself:

Joy, freedom, faith.... somehow these gray out at times in our lives, in the rush of society, normalcy, shoulds. For two months I lived outside all that, lived fully immersed in the thrill, the ecstasy, the unknown. And it was divine. This site recounts the ride - August 1st to October 1st 2005 - and all that I thought and saw and did.

Her blog is full of great writing and gorgeous photography, just the thing to get you schemeing for the next riding season.

More Proof that Vespas have Class

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times ran a story about Tom Boissonnault, a technology teacher at Eastchester Middle School in Eastchester, N.Y.
Mr. Boissonault, it seems struck upon the brilliant idea of teaching kids about design and engineering through the hands-on project of restoring a 1966 Vespa Allstate. Not just any barn find, this classic Vespa had been dredged from the bottom of a lake!

The article is a worthwhile read.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shoei Helmet Sale

I mentioned a few days ago that we have begun to see Shoei RF-1100 helmets come into stock.
This means of course, that we have a few Shoei RF-1000s on the shelf that need to go. We are letting these go for 20% of list price, and you can either purchase them at our eBay store, or come into the shop to insure you get a proper fit.

Shoei has also updated the X-11 to a X-12. We have a handful of X-11s left, and are offering the same 20% off deal on our remaining inventory of Shoei X-11s.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Large Victory Vegas Banner on eBay

Digging through the vaults, we just turned up this great Victory Vegas promotional banner from 2002 or 2003. This thing is HUGE, measuring 33" x 94".

Could be just the thing for that Victory rider on your holiday shopping list.

Vespa Customer Loyalty Promotion

Customer Loyalty Promotion!

Any family member or friend of a current Piaggio or Vespa owner who purchases a new 2008, 2009, or 2010 Piaggio or Vespa scooter will have a $100 donation made in their name to The Conservation Fund (www.conservationfund.org), a top-ranked environmental non-profit whose mission is to advance both economic development and environmental protection - forging solutions that permanently protect America's land and water legacy.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

New Shoei RF-1100 Helmets

We have received our first shipment of Shoei RF 1100 Helmets.

Shoei has this to say about the update to the RF 1000:

Building on the strongest pedigree in the motorcycle helmet business, SHOEI is proud to introduce the all-new RF-1100. Since it’s 2003 inception, the RF-1000 has enjoyed great success, but that didn’t stop SHOEI’s world-class development team from throwing out the molds to build a brand-new helmet from scratch. Combining customer and dealer requests with advanced technology, modern testing practices, and 50 years of helmet-building experience, SHOEI is pleased to deliver the finest sport-touring helmet that money can buy. The all-new, groundbreaking RF-1100—where aggressive styling meets SHOEI’s unrivaled attention to detail, and the evolution of perfection is once again met.

Super Street Bike has a review up, if you are interested:

I’ve been wearing the RF-1100 for almost a week now and can say I have yet to find a quieter, more comfortable helmet for my head. Variable ventilation is possible thanks to different combinations of the six possible vents. With all the vents closed, road noise is virtually eliminated. The vents are easily located and operated while wearing gloves. While some vents only blow air on the face, the RF-1100’s front vent channels air to the forehead. This is key for those who wear contacts to keep them from drying out while riding. With all the vents open, a strong cooling effect can be felt, especially on hot days.

Branchville Motors on Ebay

Things being what they are these days, we are frequently asked what we have that is on sale.
Well most of our sale merchandise can actually be viewed at our Ebay store.

There are some great deals to be had there on riding gear, collectibles, and accessories for older bikes and scooters. Check it out!

Winter Service Special

WINTER SERVICE SPECIAL: free pickup and delivery within 20 miles, $2 a mile after. 10% off of labor!

Whether you need to winterize your bike, get an annual service, have some repairs done, install some performance upgrades, or get some custom paint,

NOW IS THE TIME to do it.

Call Chris at 203-544-7900 to discuss having your motorcycle or scooter serviced, accessorized, and customized.

Hello and Welcome!

Welcome, to the new Branchville Motors and Vespa Ridgefield Blog.

I thought as an introduction to us, I would post some pictures of this sweet custom Triumph Thruxton which we built over last winter. The base was a 2009 EFI Thruxton, and it has about every upgrade you can think of, and a few you probably wouldn't have thought possible.

Yeah, that Arrow Exhaust and Ohlin's Suspension look awesome, and perform even better. But what is going on with the front end?
Well if you look closely, and are really familiar with modern Brit bikes, you might realize that the front end on this beastie is actually transplanted from a Triumph Tiger. That's right, inverted forks and upgraded brakes.

You might have guessed that this kind of customization wasn't cheap, and you'd be correct, and well you'd also be wrong... The original owner has moved on to other projects, and is having us sell off this work of art. The bike has around 1300 miles on it, and is going for $13,000. If you are interested, come by and talk to us.
Heck, you can stop by just to drool a little bit, if you care too.