- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2005

D.C. motorcycle show at convention center

The International Motorcycle Show is at the Washington Convention Center today through Sunday.

The exhibit features all the big names of the industry including BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, Buell and Ducati.

Patrons can also expect to see “death-defying stunts” and an array of gear and accessories, according to promotional material.

Prizes are being given away, too.

The show is in Hall B of the convention center at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

For additional information, telephone 800/331-5706 or 202/249-3000 or visit www.motorcycleshows.com on the Internet.

Supercar too costly, DaimlerChrysler says

DaimlerChrysler’s U.S. unit has decided it will not make a car with a 12-cylinder, 850-horsepower engine that could go 248 mph, according to UPI.

The ME Four-Twelve concept car was rolled out at an auto show last year, but Chrysler killed the project after a year-long economic analysis of costs versus profits.

The automaker will make a model called the Firepower, a rear-wheel-drive coupe based on the Dodge Viper with a 425-horsepower engine that can reach an estimated 185 mph.

“We’re proud of the excitement generated around the world [by the ME Four-Twelve], said a Chrysler spokesman. But we could not make a legitimate business case for it.”

Satellite radio claims big advances in ‘04

The nation’s two major satellite radio providers reported big subscriber gains for 2004 and expect even faster growth this year as automakers offer receivers in more showrooms.

XM Satellite says its has signed more than 3 million subscribers, up from 1.3 million a year ago. Sirius Satellite says it increased its customer base substantially in 2004, rising from 260,000 to more than a million.

Much of the growth reportedly is being fueled by automaker marketing.

Sirius is being offered as an option in 15 models.

XM is available in more than 120 different 2005 models, according to industry reports.

Orange Co. Choppers coming to Baltimore

The 22nd annual Baltimore International Motorcycle Show is slated for the Convention Center Jan. 21-23. This year the big attraction is bikes built by Orange County Choppers of TV fame.The show also will feature name brands including Indian, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Enfield, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki, Triumph, Yamaha, Victory, Boss Hoss, Buell, Titan, Aprilia, Vespa and Big Dog. ATVs and other off-road bikes will be on display.

Patrons at the show can get discounts on new bikes and accessories. There will be custom and and antique motorcycle displays.

Food and beverages will be for sale. For information about times and tickets, call 301/808-2233 or visit www.internationalmotorcycleshow.com.

Fax or mail items of interest to Bill O’Brien, Auto Notes, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Use fax 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication on Friday.

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