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We Just Bought a Misfit!

Posted on 17 September 2013 by Adam Kaslikowski

2013 Misfit

Behold gentle readers, DrivingScene’s new ride/long-term tester/tax write-off. That’s right, we just handed over some bags of cash for a new 2013 Cleveland Cyclewerks Misfit. Haven’t heard of the Misfit or Cleveland Cyclewerks for that matter? No worries, for you are not alone.

Long-story-short, Cleveland Cyclewerks imports a specially modified version of a Taiwanese recreation of the venerable Honda CB125. These recreations are available from all sorts of brands, but they are all built using the original or licensed tooling from the Honda factory. So it’s a Chinese bike assembled and sold by an American company. Cleveland tweaked theirs a bit to be a cafe-style bike, as well as upgrading the motor to a 250. Still not a big bike, but one many motorcyclists are calling a perfect commuter bike with style.

Cleveland also sells a number of go-faster parts that turn this little runabout into a perfect sleeper. And wouldn’t you know it, we’ve sprung for just about all of them. We’ll be getting a completely custom Misfit built by the talented hands over at Vegas Cyclewerks and our very fresh paint job is being handled by the incomparable Old Skool Kustom Painting out of Ohio. You know we only work with the best, so that means this build is going to be a cross-country affair. Once you see the final product, you’ll it was worth it.

Currently the bike is waiting for us to pick it up at a loading dock, then it goes straight into Vegas Cyclewerks’ hands for tuning. 2 weeks later, the riding begins. Check back here often for build updates and in-progress pictures, then a detailed review and spread.
We can’t wait, we hope you can’t either.

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U.S. Now The Fastest Growing Automotive Market

Posted on 11 January 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

The American market is now the fastest growing new car market in the world. Again. China has held on to this coveted position since all the way back in 1998. The U.S. has reclaimed the top spot with a combination of rising domestic sales and slowing Chinese growth. Sales have begun to slow in the other BRIC countries as well, with India and Brazil posting up 4.3 and  4.5 percent growth respectively for 2011.

China’s auto sales grew by roughly 5 percent last year, which is a massive fall from their 32 percent increase in sales in 2010 alone. As with all nation-wide statistics, there are an unclear multitude of factors that have led to this precipitous drop-off. Many analysts are pointing to the fact that the Chinese government has phased out their long-held subsidies, rebates and a sales-tax break on vehicle purchases. Disappearing incentives coupled with their central bank raising borrowing costs to fight inflation have puts the brakes on the once robust Chinese automotive market.

Sales in the United States rose 10 percent in 2011, to 12.8 million light-vehicles sold. That’s the second consecutive annual increase of at least 10 percent and deliveries may rise about 5.6 percent in 2012. This growth comes after sales tumbled to the lowest in more than a quarter-century three years ago. Local analysts are pointing to rising consumer confidence and the advanced age of most cars on the roads today as prime reasons the American market has reclaimed the top spot from China after 14 years.

-Adam Kaslikowski

Source: Automotive News

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