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November 1999 News Archives
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  • Polaris adds fan-cooled 440 race sled
  • Motorcycle Cruiser names V92C top bike
  • 2000 Suburban
  • New Man Show episodes
  • Chrysler eliminates Plymouth
  • New feature - Andy's sports column
  • Redline Snowmobiles online
  • Mustang FR500
  • Woodward edition Prowler
  • Polaris ATVs
  • Rock Bottom specialty brew for Veteran's Day
  • Porsche 911 Millennium
  • Motorcycle sales up
  • Supreme Court considers nude dancing
  • Harley opens online store
  • GM's new engines and transmissions
  • Field & Stream's Best of the Best
  • Polaris Indy EDGE 600 XC SP
  • Lincoln LS is Motor Trend's Car of the Year
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    Polaris adds fan-cooled 440 race sled
    Monday, November 1
    Polaris has added the fan-cooled Indy EDGE 440 XCF SP racing snowmobile to its 2000 lineup. The chassis is nearly identical to the liquid-cooled Indy EDGE 440 XC SP. The sled features a 438cc fan-cooled engine, two 34mm Mikuni aluminum carbs, and 13.9 inches of rear suspension travel. Estimated cost is $4999.
     
    Motorcycle Cruiser names V92C top bike
    Monday, November 1
    Motorcycle Cruiser magazine has named the victory V92C its "Cruiser of the Year" for the second year in a row. The editors unanimously voted to give the Victory top honors over other foreign and domestic heavyweight bikes. 
     
    2000 Suburban
    Tuesday, November 2
    Car and Driver has reviewed the all-new 2000 Suburban from General Motors. It has been redesigned to compete with the larger Ford Expedition. The Suburban features link-coil suspension and a either a 5.3 or 6.0 liter V-8.
     
    New Man Show episodes
    Wednesday, November 3
    New episodes of the Man Show premiere tonight on Comedy Central. With its Juggy Dance Squad and girls on trampolines, the Man Show was originally developed for ABC, but the network dropped it because it was too offensive. The show airs at 10:30, eastern time.
     
    Chrysler eliminates Plymouth
    Thursday, November 3
    DaimlerChrysler officially announced that it is eliminating the Plymouth brand at the end of the 2001 model year. Plymouth was created in 1928 by Chrysler to compete in the low-cost car market. The brand has suffered from sluggish sales for several years and, except for the Prowler, every Plymouth model has a Dodge or Chrysler twin. Chrysler recently unveiled a new version of the Prowler, called the Howler, and industry experts predict that the Prowler may live on under a different brand.
     
    New feature - Andy's sports column
    Friday, November 5
    MANLYWEB is introducing a new feature. Today we start Andy's sports column, a bi-weekly piece. The current column is on the new breed of NFL owners. Send any comments about the new feature to realmen@manlyweb.com
     
    Redline Snowmobiles online
    Friday, November 5
    Redline Snowmobiles, a subsidiary of TMAG Industries, has laucnhed a web site to showcase their new models. The company is the only current producer of four-stroke snowmobile engines, partly designed to head off complaints about snowmobile pollution. They also produce the 1300cc Revolt, which produces over 200 HP.
     
    Mustang FR500
    Friday, November 5
    Ford unveiled the Mustang FR500 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. The car, described as the ultimate Mustang, was designed to showcase possible after-maket performance parts. The car produces 415 HP and has a top speed of 175 MPH. Designed to match the Corvette, Ford hinted that, given enough demand, there may even be a limited production run of the Mustang FR500.
     
    Woodward edition Prowler
    Monday, November 8
    DaimlerChrysler unvield the "Woodward Edition" Prowler at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. The limited-edition car will be the first two-tone Prowler, featuring black over red. Production will be limited to just 150 cars, and they are expected to arrive in dealerships in February of 2000.
     
    Polaris ATVs
    Tuesday, November 9
    Polaris has announced the new Xpedition 325 ATV. The 325 features a 5-speed manual transmission and air-cooled engine. Polaris has also announced a new color option for their Sportsman 500 ATV. The Sportsman, already available in red and green, will now be available in a limited-edition yellow.
     
    Rock Bottom specialty brew for Veteran's Day
    Wednesday, November 10
    The Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is releasing a specialty beer in honor of Veteran's Day. The Black Horse Porter is named in honor of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, nicknamed the Black Horse. A portion of the proceeds from the beer will go to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment's scholarship foundation.
     
    Porsche 911 Millennium
    Wednesday, November 10
    Porsche is releasing a limited edition of the 911 for the millennium. The car features four-wheel drive, leather interior with maple trim, and nearly every option available for the 911. The car also has a special paint finish where the color changes depending upon the light.
     
    Motorcycle sales up
    Friday, November 12
    According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, new motorcycle sales are up 25% over last year. Used bike, aftermarket, and apparel sales are also up. The MIC reports that the typical owner is male, in his late 30s, and earns over $40,000 per year.
     
    Supreme court considers nude dancing
    Friday, November 12
    A case involving nude dancing at a strip club is being considered by the US Supreme Court. In 1991 the Court ruled that nude dancing is protected under the First Amendment, but can be banned by a law forbidding all public nudity. The Pennsylvania law currently under review bans only adult entertainment and may be unconstitutional. The case should be decided in June.
     
    Harley opens online store
    Tuesday, November 23
    Harley-Davidson has expanded their website to include an online store. While the product catalog in online, currently people are not able to make purchases online. Harley-Davidson plans to have online sales next year.
     
    GM's new engines and transmissions
    Tuesday, November 23
    Popular Mechanics has a report on General Motor's new engines and transmissions. Included in the report are a new 8.1-liter V8 and a series of modular inline engines. A new low-cost semi-automatic transmission is in the works. It is similar to the Porsche Tiptronic system, where the driver manually selects the gears, but does not need to use a clutch pedal. Finally, GM is working on a variable displacement engine. The engine will switch from a V8 to a V4 in order to save fuel.
     
    Field & Stream's Best of the Best
    Monday, November 29
    Field & Stream has published their Best of the Best for 1999. Topping the list this year is the Colt light rifle and the Bausch & Lomb Elite 4200 scope.
     
    Polaris Indy EDGE 600 XC SP
    Monday, November 29
    Polaris announced that it will begin a limited build of the new Indy EDGE 600 XC SP snowmobile. This will be the first consumer sled based on the EDGE racing chassis. The EDGE chassis has over 300 fewer parts than a conventional chassis, reducing its weight by ten pounds. Suggested retail price is $6699.
     
    Lincoln LS is Motor Trend's Car of the Year
    Monday, November 29
    Motor Trend has announced that the Lincoln LS is their Car of the Year for 2000. Motor Trend praises the car as the "first American sports/luxury car that really competes with Europe and Japan." The LS is available with either a 210 HP V-6 or a 252 HP V-8. The car starts at $30,915.
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