Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:34:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[2014 Limited Edition Ural MIR]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/motorcycle-news/2014-limited-edition-ural-mir/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/motorcycle-news/2014-limited-edition-ural-mir/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:34:11 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46686 2014 Limited Edition Ural MIR
In 2012 Siberian sidecar specialists, Ural, launched its nuclear ice breaker inspired Yamal model. For 2014 Ural has introduced its limited edition model, the Ural MIR – an homage to the 20th anniversary of the joint Russian-American space program Shuttle-Mir. Each MIR is painted Orbital White and is coated in a blue pearl clear. The bikes are outfitted with a solar panel […] more]]>
In 2012 Siberian sidecar specialists, Ural, launched its nuclear ice breaker inspired Yamal model. For 2014 Ural has introduced its limited edition model, the Ural MIR – an homage to the 20th anniversary of the joint Russian-American space program Shuttle-Mir.

Each MIR is painted Orbital White and is coated in a blue pearl clear. The bikes are outfitted with a solar panel to serve as a battery tender and accessory power source, and dual high-intensity LED lights mounted on the sidecar. The panel can be swapped for the included sidecar nose luggage rack, if extra storage is more desirable than sunlight trickle charging.

WrenchThe MIR also comes with a custom tonneau cover that uses reflective insulation, similar to the space blankets developed by NASA.  And, last but not least, we have the wrench. For emergency repair work, the wrench comes complete with an embedded QR code for very special “when all else fails” emergency repair instructions. The MIR also features rider and passenger windshields, a spare tire, “MИР” LE badging, and on-demand 2WD.

Twenty MIRs will be constructed for $16,999 a piece and will be available in November.

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<![CDATA[AIMExpo 2014: Millennium Technologies + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/products/aimexpo-2014-millennium-technologies-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/products/aimexpo-2014-millennium-technologies-video/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:58:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46687 AIMExpo 2014: Millennium Technologies + Video
Millennium Technologies is a Wisconsin-based company that offers a host of performance engine machining services and has branched off into several companies that serve the motorcycle and powersports communities in a variety of ways. We had a chance to talk with the Millennium Technologies team at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. The parent company, […] more]]>
Millennium Technologies is a Wisconsin-based company that offers a host of performance engine machining services and has branched off into several companies that serve the motorcycle and powersports communities in a variety of ways. We had a chance to talk with the Millennium Technologies team at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla.

The parent company, Millennium Technologies, specializes in cylinder boring and plating and other machining services.

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Building off that knowledge, Revolution Performance was created, which produces bolt-on Harley-Davidson big bore kits with nickel-silicone aluminum-plated aluminum cylinders. Forward Motion is Millennium’s two-stroke engine development and service company. Forward motion specializes in two-stroke big bore kits and engine development.

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Finally, Ballistic Performance Components came from Millennium’s involvement in racing. Ballistic Performance Components is a lightweight lithium ferrous phosphate battery company, designed to bring the latest lithium battery technology to the powersports community.

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Visit MT-LLC.com for more information on the Millennium Technologies family of companies.

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<![CDATA[AIMExpo 2014: Grip-n-Ride Belt + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/products/aimexpo-2014-grip-n-ride-belt-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/products/aimexpo-2014-grip-n-ride-belt-video/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:14:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46674 AIMExpo 2014: Grip-n-Ride Belt + Video
While it sometimes seems like motorcycle passengers get the short end of the stick, we saw one product at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. that might make the riding experience more enjoyable and safer for the person on the back of the bike – Grip-n-Ride. Grip-n-Ride is a belt worn by the rider that […] more]]>
While it sometimes seems like motorcycle passengers get the short end of the stick, we saw one product at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. that might make the riding experience more enjoyable and safer for the person on the back of the bike – Grip-n-Ride.

Grip-n-Ride is a belt worn by the rider that gives the passenger four different handles to choose from for hanging on.

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Left Coast Mobility Systems, which makes the Grip-n-Ride, says the belt is made out of lightweight, breathable material. As well, each of the four handles is designed to hold up to 350 pounds. The Grip-n-Ride also doubles as lumbar support for the rider.

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The belt attaches to the rider with Velcro and a buckle closure. It comes standard in a variety of colors starting at $89. Perhaps the coolest feature, however, is that you can design your own belt with a logo, crest or photo, all on Grip-n-Ride’s website at Grip-n-Ride.com. As an added bonus, you can use the promo code “gripsafe” to get 20% off until December 31, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Rider Attempts Record Journey from UK to India on a Suzuki Hayabusa]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/manufacturers/suzuki/rider-attempts-record-journey-uk-india-suzuki-hayabusa/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/manufacturers/suzuki/rider-attempts-record-journey-uk-india-suzuki-hayabusa/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:13:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46669 Rider Attempts Record Journey from UK to India on a Suzuki Hayabusa
London resident Sushanth Shetty is attempting to set a new world record for the fastest overland journey from the United Kingdom to India, making the 5600-mile journey on a Suzuki Hayabusa. Shetty, an Indian native who moved to the U.K. when he was 22, plans to travel through Europe, entering Asia through Turkey, crossing Iran […] more]]>
London resident Sushanth Shetty is attempting to set a new world record for the fastest overland journey from the United Kingdom to India, making the 5600-mile journey on a Suzuki Hayabusa.

Shetty, an Indian native who moved to the U.K. when he was 22, plans to travel through Europe, entering Asia through Turkey, crossing Iran and hopes to cross Afghanistan and Pakistan to India. Shetty is still awaiting a travel visa for Pakistan, but failing that, he has planned an alternate route from Iran to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates before crossing by sea to his homeland. Shetty will depart London on Oct. 25 and hopes to arrive in Bangalore, India, on Nov. 18.

“I’d always fancied riding a bike from the U.K. to India and came up with the plan in Bangkok while travelling through Asia,” says Shetty. “I’ve also done a bit of riding across Europe before. But I didn’t think I was cut out for six months or so of riding and ‘finding myself’; I wanted to do it as fast as possible. So I tried and thought about a few different bikes, but it had to be the Hayabusa.”

Shetty purchased a 2002 Hayabusa for the journey and gave it a new paint job to resemble Suzuki’s new GSX-RR MotoGP racer. Shetty also named the Hayabusa Patrick Star, after Spongebob Squarepants’ dimwitted starfish sidekick.

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An engineer for Ford Motor Company, Shetty is an experienced traveler with a colorful personality, as evident by the webpage he set up for his journey, TheEastIndiaExpress.com. Shetty competed in the Raid de Himalayain 2006 and 2007 and it was last December while traveling to India on the Trans-Siberian Railway that he came up with the idea for his next adventure over several pints of cheap beer in Bangkok.

“It should be a good journey and I’m looking forward to setting off. I’m looking forward to going to Sofia in Bulgaria, Ljubljana in Slovenia and Istanbul in Turkey,” says Shetty. “I’m also a bit apprehensive of Eastern Iran and Pakistan, but I’m also really looking forward to riding through Iran as a whole, and hoping I can do the whole thing to set the fastest overland journey time between the two countries, and that’s sticking to speed limits too.”

Shetty will provide updates along his journey on Twitter (@EastIndExpress). “Patrick” will also be equipped with a GPS tracker and the trip will be monitored online by Biketrac.

[Source: Suzuki, TheEastIndiaExpress.com]

 

 

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<![CDATA[Vote Like A Motorcyclist Campaign Gives AMA Members Tools For November Elections]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/motorcycle-news/vote-like-motorcyclist-campaign-gives-ama-members-tools-november-elections/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/motorcycle-news/vote-like-motorcyclist-campaign-gives-ama-members-tools-november-elections/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:56:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46664 ‘Vote Like A Motorcyclist’ Campaign Gives AMA Members Tools For November Elections
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From an AMA press release:


The American Motorcyclist Association’s ’2014 AMA Vote Like A Motorcyclist’ campaign provides AMA members with exclusive access to an online voter guide, tips for getting a message across to candidates and resources for getting involved in a political campaign. 

The AMA encourages its members to find out where their candidates stand on issues that affect motorcyclists the most. The 2014 AMA Voter Guide includes candidates’ stances on motorcycle-only checkpoints, public land grabs, increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline, health insurance discrimination and a variety of other motorcycle rights issues on Capitol Hill.

“The AMA is a non-partisan organization and doesn’t make political endorsements. But it does provide tools to help its members make informed choices on Election Day,” said Wayne Allard, AMA’s vice president for government relations. “We encourage AMA members, and all riders, to cast their ballots and work on political campaigns, based in part on candidates’ positions on motorcycling-related issues.

“If anti-motorcycling candidates win elected office, they can initiate legislation to take away opportunities to ride, cut back or eliminate funding for rider safety training, or wipe out programs that motorcyclists have spent years working to implement,” Allard said.

The 2014 AMA Voter Guide is available only to AMA members at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/votelikeamotorcyclist. AMA memberships are available online here: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join

In compiling the 2014 AMA Voter Guide, the AMA reached out to all candidates for Congress and to all gubernatorial candidates. In addition, many of AMA members contacted candidates in their area to encourage them to complete the AMA questionnaire, so their responses are available to motorcycling constituents.

The 2014 AMA Voter Guide provides candidate biographies, links to their campaign websites, photos and the federal incumbents’ stand on motorcycling issues. A key component is the candidate questionnaires and their “fuel-gauge” rating, indicating how supportive they are of motorcyclist-related issues. A full tank indicates a candidate is 100 percent in agreement with the priorities of the AMA and its members.

AMA members may post comments, videos or photos on each candidate profile page.

And, for those who would like to dress the part, “AMA Vote Like A Motorcyclist” merchandise is available here: www.zazzle.com/americanmotorcyclist/

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<![CDATA[2015 MV Agusta Dragster RR Leaked]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/manufacturers/mv-agusta/2015-mv-agusta-dragster-rr-leaked/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/manufacturers/mv-agusta/2015-mv-agusta-dragster-rr-leaked/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:33:00 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46637 2015 MV Agusta Dragster RR Leaked
Well so much for a prolonged teaser campaign. After releasing an initial image of a Kineo wire-spoke tubeless tire wheel and an American drag racing-themed video earlier this month, MV Agusta appears to have sped up its timetable as official-looking photos of the new 2015 Dragster RR have leaked online. Unfortunately, no official specs were […] more]]>
Well so much for a prolonged teaser campaign. After releasing an initial image of a Kineo wire-spoke tubeless tire wheel and an American drag racing-themed video earlier this month, MV Agusta appears to have sped up its timetable as official-looking photos of the new 2015 Dragster RR have leaked online.

Unfortunately, no official specs were released, but it’s safe to assume the RR will be similar to the MV Agusta Dragster 800 released in January. The only differences we can make out are the aforementioned Kineo wheels, a steering damper and two new paint schemes, both with varying red, white and black portions and red fork tubes.

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We can assume MV Agusta will offer its full electronics package with selectable ride modes and eight-level traction control. A quick shift and ABS are visible from the photos, but any other information will likely have to wait until MV Agusta releases full details on the Dragster RR as we get closer to EICMA.

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<![CDATA[Seven Inductees, One Legend Honored At 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/motorcycle-news/seven-inductees-one-legend-honored-2014-ama-motorcycle-hall-fame-induction-ceremony/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/motorcycle-news/seven-inductees-one-legend-honored-2014-ama-motorcycle-hall-fame-induction-ceremony/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:25:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46640 Seven Inductees, One Legend Honored At 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
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From an AMA press release:


The seven members of the Class of 2014 were recognized for their achievements and contributions to motorcycling during the 2014 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Harley-Davidson Motor Company, at the Chapin Theater in the Orange County Convention Center on Friday.

During a ceremony hosted by actor, motorcyclist and American Motorcyclist Association board member Perry King, the new inductees are: race tuner and innovator Byron Hines; motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers; Tom White, acclaimed motorcycle collector, former nationally ranked racer and founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties; George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Barber Motorsports Park; national off-road racing champion Scott Summers; AMA motocross champion and current Supercross/motocross team manager Mike LaRocco; and legendary tuner, engine builder and team owner Rob Muzzy.

Also honored was AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend William “Willie G.” Davidson. Willie G. is the grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson and is responsible for many of the innovative motorcycle designs that ushered in a new era for the iconic company.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are showcased as part of the annual induction ceremony of new Hall of Famers.

“In surveying the Hall of Fame Class of 2014, I am struck by the wealth of talent, intelligence, competitive spirit, vision and imagination that these men represent,” said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the AMA board of directors. “And it is inspiring that these new inductees, along with all the other members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, devoted so much of their time, energy and resources to building, sustaining and expanding motorcycling.”

The audience was treated to a short video chronicle of each inductee’s motorcycling history. Then each new Hall of Fame member was presented with a Hall of Fame ring, sponsored by Zero Motorcycles.

“There’s really something extraordinary about motorcycling, something that absolutely transcends its description as a ‘sport’ or a ‘lifestyle.’” King said. “It’s as if motorcycling captures the essence of who we are: The exhilaration we feel when we ride, the competitive spirit we tap into when we race, and the unbreakable bonds of lifetime friendship forged with other motorcyclists. And that is exactly what makes the mission of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame so noble: This unwavering desire to honor, preserve and protect the legacy of this passion that we share. It is, quite simply, beyond words.”

Pierre Karsmakers

Pierre Karsmakers was one of the first European motocross champions to bring his expertise to America. A three-time motocross champion in his native Holland, Karsmakers came to the United States to gain wider exposure and attract the attention of the Japanese motorcycle makers.

Racing for Yamaha in 1973, Karsmakers won the 500cc motocross national championship series, scoring 2,659 total points. The second-place racer scored 1,427. Karsmakers also was winner of the inaugural AMA Supercross Championship in 1974. He retired from racing in 1979.

“I came to America in the early ’70s, after I had gotten an offer from Yamaha to race for them in the national motocross championships,” Karsmakers said. “Together we were pretty successful. I had a great time racing and working in America, although in motocross there are many ups and downs, like everybody knows. I hope that I was a good example for the young American motocross riders, and that we all made motocross stronger and more popular over here.”

Byron Hines

Byron Hines is one of the most successful engine builders in motorcycle racing. As a tuner, Hines has won in the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. He has won in drag racing and road racing on brands as varied as Yamaha, Ducati and Harley-Davidson.

He found early success as a young tuner in the 1970s when he joined forces with motorcycle drag racer and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Terry Vance. The pair earned national drag-racing championships into the 1980s, along the way leveraging their on-track achievements into the successful aftermarket company Vance & Hines.

The company branched into road racing in the 1980s, becoming one of the top AMA Pro Superbike teams, winning individual races as well as class titles, including the 1990 AMA SuperSport Championship with rider David Sadowski. His totals include 23 NHRA national drag racing championships, 130 national drag racing wins and scores of ET and top-speed records.

In the late 1990s, they switched to Ducati and experienced further success with Anthony Gobert and Ben Bostrom at the controls. Today they compete in, and sponsor, the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Racing Series, part of the AMA Pro Road Racing program.

“Throughout my career, motorcycle drag racing has been my primary focus, but I’ve always had interest in all forms of motorcycle competition,” Hines said. “Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some outstanding individuals and some great race teams. I would like to thank everyone for the support on this very special occasion. It’s once in a lifetime achievement, and I deeply appreciate the honor.”

George Barber

George Barber is arguably the world’s most prolific collector of motorcycles. He is the founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and creator of the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

Barber’s early interest in motor vehicles manifested itself in Porsche racers during the 1960s, when he wrenched his own cars and notched 63 first-place finishes. But he became intrigued with motorcycles, especially the variety of ways different designers and engineers chose to solve similar problems.

He began collecting motorcycles and decided to open a museum when the collection reached about 60.

Today, the world-renowned Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum holds a collection of more 1,400 motorcycles, with more than 700 on display at any given time. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the 830-acre Barber Motorsports Park that includes a 2.38-mile roadracing track.

Barber was unable to attend the ceremony. Brian Slark, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and Barber museum’s technical director, accepted the award on Barber’s behalf.

In an acceptance speech video, Barber thanked those who contributed to his museum and invite the motorcycling community to visit and enjoy both his collection and track.

Scott Summers

Scott Summers raced Honda XR600Rs to nine AMA national off-road racing championships by racing his way — on a motorcycle that most others appreciated for its proficiency in wide-open desert racing.

Although Summers acknowledged that the XR600R had a weight disadvantage compared to the much smaller two-strokes ridden by his rivals, he noted that the Honda’s smoother power delivery and torque gave him a performance edge with his riding style.

Summers won the 1990, 1991 and 1992 Grand National Cross Country championships against riders on much lighter and more agile motorcycles. After a three-year GNCC dry spell, Summers reclaimed the AMA national No. 1 plate in 1996 and successfully defended his title the following year.

Summers also won AMA Harescrambles National Championships in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1995. In addition, he collected three gold medals competing for the U.S. team at the International Six Days Enduro.

“I have to admit though, 95 percent of what got me here tonight is luck. My story is all about luck,” Summers said.

Among the “lucky” aspects of his life, Summers listed: being born in America, having parents and a grandfather who were motorcyclists, being part of a family with the financial means to support his endeavors, and earning the trust of his parents.

“Now all of these things don’t just happen to everybody in the world,” he said. “I didn’t know it at the time, but at 7 years old, I was already on my second dirt bike and I had won the dirt bike family lottery.

“I’m so grateful though to have lived this life that I have. What I realize now, more than ever before, is that I have been blessed with an amazing amount of luck. We lived the dream.”

Tom White

Tom White is an acclaimed racer, founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties and a lifetime advocate of motorcycling and the sport of motocross.

White first tasted motorcycling at the age of 15. By the time he was in his early 20s, White was ranked among the top 100 motorcycle racers in America, earning AMA National No. 80. Soon after, he founded White Brothers Cycle Specialties in 1975, which became one of the top off-road motorcycle accessory companies in America. When White sold the company in 2000, the firm listed more than 30,000 products.

Today, White feeds his passion by racing motocross, working as a race announcer, and serving as owner and curator of the Early Years of Motocross Museum in Villa Park, Calif., which features 160 motorcycles and related displays.

White’s lasting contributions also include the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the person or persons who have made the largest impact on the growth of motocross in America, and creating the World Veteran MX Championship and the World Four-Stroke Championship, which has become the World Two-Stroke Championship.

“How does a kid that couldn’t even make it around the block on a Honda 50 without hitting a parked Cadillac end up in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame?” White said. “I’m not sure, but I know how it makes me feel! I want to dance, jump for joy, hug every friend that helped me along the path, and I want to ride my motorcycle — well, motorcycles, as I have a few.

“I want to cry and pray — with lots of thanks to give to my parents for paying to fix the friend’s Honda 50 and still allowing me to buy a motorcycle.”

He continued: “This is special for me because it comes from my peers in the industry and existing Hall of Famers. I am humbled to think that my heroes, these great people of the sport, believe that I’m worthy of this acknowledgement of my life and career.”

Mike LaRocco

Mike “The Rock” LaRocco competed for 19 years on the professional circuit, collected 228 Supercross starts, and then added national championships in AMA 500cc Motocross, AMA 250cc Motocross and a Supercross world title.

LaRocco began his professional racing career in 1988 at age 17 and retired in 2006 as the elder statesman on the circuit. He won Supercross races in three decades in two classes, 125cc and 250cc, but said the 1994 AMA 250 Motocross National Championship meant the most to him.

His retirement in 2006 came after a broken wrist made him question his future in the sport. Since 2010, LaRocco has managed the GEICO Honda Supercross/Motocross Team, which has won a title each year he has been involved.

“It’s an honor to be up here,” LaRocco said. “I’ve had a great time in my career.”

LaRocco thanked his parents for guiding him “in the right way.”

“This is an honor and I appreciate it,” he said.

Rob Muzzy

Rob Muzzy is a top tuner, engine builder and race team owner whose successes stretch across seven decades.

Muzzy got started in drag racing during the 1950s and raced dirt track as a novice in Southern California. He always built and tuned his own race engines, which often were the quickest on the track, and other riders began asking him to build engines for them.

During the 1980s, Muzzy built and tuned engines for the Kawasaki and Honda racing teams. The Kawasaki team scored AMA Superbike championships in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

In 1984, Muzzy moved to Honda as crew chief for the team that won the AMA Grand National Motocross Championship. From 1985 through 1987, Muzzy-tuned machines won the 125cc AMA National Motocross Championship, the Daytona 200 and the AMA Superbike Championship.

Winning with Muzzy as crew chief or tuner were Hall of Famers Eddie Lawson, Ricky Graham, Scott Russell and Doug Chandler as well as Ron Lechien, Miguel Duhamel, Rickey Gadson and numerous others.

In January 1988, Muzzy re-opened his own business, producing engines and exhaust systems for racers.

Later in 1988, Muzzy teamed with Kawasaki to build a race bike and hire a rider. He recruited Russell and Chandler, who subsequently finished first and second in the 1990 AMA 750cc Supersport Championship. Chandler also won the AMA Superbike Championship that year.

Kawasaki then asked Muzzy to run its FIM World Superbike team. He accepted, and the team won two world championships.

Muzzy Performance Products is still operating in Bend, Ore., and Team Muzzy is still racing.

“My love for two-wheeled vehicles started 60 some years ago, when my cousin Doug let me ride his Whizzer,” Muzzy said. “Doug also taught me later how to paint my own Whizzer using a garden sprayer.

“I raced for many years myself before realizing what I liked most was wrenching and tuning. I have been blessed with a long and rewarding career.”

Hall of Fame Legend William “Willie G.” Davidson

The grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson, Hall of Famer William “Willie G.” Davidson helped craft what is perhaps America’s most enduring motorcycle motif, the V-twin-powered cruiser. He also played a critical role in the rebirth of America’s largest motorcycle company, contributing a long list of innovative designs that ushered in a new era for the iconic company.

Davidson was elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

Davidson, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in graphic arts and then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., joined the design department at Harley-Davidson in 1963.

From the outset, Davidson’s designs broke convention. Among his earliest projects was the FX Super Glide. The Super Glide was one of Harley-Davidson’s factory customs, a production motorcycle with styling cues that reflected the custom motorcycles being built in shops across the country at the time. Today, the Super Glide is considered to be a milestone in the history of Harley-Davidson. The original FX led to many variations that would produce some of the company’s best-selling machines.

In addition to his work at the design table, Davidson was a savvy businessman. He was one of the 13 company executives who raised the funds to buy Harley-Davidson back from conglomerate AMF in the 1980s. He played a crucial role in laying the foundation for Harley-Davidson to become one of the most successful, profitable and fastest-growing corporations in the United States over the next three decades.

Davidson reminisced about his lifetime in motorcycling, sharing anecdotes and coaxing smiles and laughter from the audience. He told of putting a leather jacket on the pope. And he said his involvement in buying back the company in the 1980s was “one of the happiest times in my life.”

Davidson said he enjoys being “one-on-one with the riders,” many of whom have become close friends. But, in closing, he turned to motorcyclists’ rights.

“Freedom is everything,” he said. “When I write ‘Ride Free, Willie G.,’ that’s everything.

“Motorcycling has been a very exciting life for me,” he said. “Ride free, all of you!”

The evening concluded with a roll call for the dozens of attending Hall of Fame members to join the class of 2014 on the stage. The tribute drew a standing ovation from the packed room.

The induction ceremony took place during the 2014 AMA National Convention, Oct. 16-19, in conjunction with the AIMExpo (American International Motorcycle Expo).

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame would like to thank its sponsors for the evening: title sponsor American Honda Motor Company; presenting sponsor Harley-Davidson Motor Company; Hall of Fame ring sponsor Zero Motorcycles; Kawasaki Motors Corporation, USA, presenting sponsor for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame VIP Reception; Hall of Fame Legend sponsor Vance & Hines; platinum sponsors BMW of North America, GE Capital, and GEICO Powersports; manufacturer elite sponsors Hagerty Insurance, Husqvarna Motorcycles North America Inc., and KTM North America; aftermarket gold sponsor Motion Pro; aftermarket silver sponsors Motul S.A. and The Owen Collection; rental car supplier Avis/Budget; and logistical sponsor Federal Motorcycle Transport.

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Video XVIII: High Precision Cylinder Honing + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/products/ninja-h2-video-xviii-high-precision-cylinder-honing-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/20/products/ninja-h2-video-xviii-high-precision-cylinder-honing-video/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:36:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46635 Ninja H2 Video XVIII: High Precision Cylinder Honing + Video
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Don’t expect the Kawasaki Ninja H2 teaser videos to stop just yet, as the road-going version is set to debut November 4 at EICMA. In the meantime, Kawasaki’s 18th teaser discusses the high-precision cylinder honing process utilized in the creation of each Ninja H2. A particularly interesting piece of the video comes near the end, as each cylinder receives a visual confirmation by a “Kawasaki craftsman” before moving on to the next phase of the build process.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Recalls 23,073 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R750 Sportbikes]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/motorcycle-news/suzuki-recalls-23073-gsx-r1000-gsx-r750-sportbikes/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/motorcycle-news/suzuki-recalls-23073-gsx-r1000-gsx-r750-sportbikes/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:25:07 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46630 Suzuki Recalls 23,073 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R750 Sportbikes
Suzuki is recalling 23,073 GSX-R models in the U.S. because of a problem with the drive chain adjuster. The recall affects GSX-R750 models from 2011-2014 and GSX-R1000 models from 2009-2014. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the drive chain adjuster on affected models may become damaged if the rider misses […] more]]>
Suzuki is recalling 23,073 GSX-R models in the U.S. because of a problem with the drive chain adjuster. The recall affects GSX-R750 models from 2011-2014 and GSX-R1000 models from 2009-2014.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the drive chain adjuster on affected models may become damaged if the rider misses a gear while upshifting. Trying to correct the problem but upshifting again without disengaging the clutch may place a lot of tension on the drive chain, pulling the rear axle shaft forward and damaging the chain adjuster.

A damaged adjuster may cause the chain out of proper adjustment and potentially cause it to come off, cutting power delivery to the rear wheel and increasing the risk of a crash.

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Suzuki first received three field reports from American consumers claiming loose drive chains in May 2012. The company collected the affected components and conducted an investigation but was unable to find the source of the problem. In October 2012, Suzuki received a fourth report, this time involving a drive chain that broke under operation. By the end of 2013, Suzuki had received 14 similar reports from the U.S.

This past winter, Suzuki was able to reproduce the problem, but only by jumping and landing a test bike with the rear wheel spinning. This was considered an abnormal usage and would not have likely resulted in a recall. From April to June however, Suzuki received 10 more reports and then realized the strain from trying to recover from a false neutral may also cause the problem. By September, Suzuki had received 31 field reports before deciding to initiate a recall campaign.

Suzuki dealers will replace the left-side chain adjusters on affected motorcycles with a new part that has been strengthened by heat-treatment to withstand the extra tension from recovering from missed gears.

[Source: NHTSA]

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<![CDATA[Schuberth M1 Helmet Introduced At AIMExpo]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/products/schuberth-m1-helmet-introduced-aimexpo/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/products/schuberth-m1-helmet-introduced-aimexpo/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:42:06 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46622 Schuberth M1 Helmet Introduced At AIMExpo
German helmet manufacturer, Schuberth, unveiled the M1 open face helmet at the AIMExpo yesterday. The M1 is available in colors and is customizable via numerous faceshields and sun visor colors. The face shield is easily removable, and the graphite toned lining is available in an interchangeable coffee color, and the top vent cover can be changed from titanium […] more]]>
German helmet manufacturer, Schuberth, unveiled the M1 open face helmet at the AIMExpo yesterday.

Schuberth_M1The M1 is available in colors and is customizable via numerous faceshields and sun visor colors. The face shield is easily removable, and the graphite toned lining is available in an interchangeable coffee color, and the top vent cover can be changed from titanium color to matte black.

One of the more impressive features of the new M1 is the Snap-n-Play Schuberth Rider Communication System accessory. The M1 features built-in speakers, boomless microphone and antenna, and the SRC-System that snaps into place on the back of the helmet. Powered by Cardo, this optional upgrade pairs wirelessly with most Bluetooth devices to facilitate bike-to-bike communication, phone calls, GPS or music.

The Schuberth M1 will be available in North America in spring 2015 through Schuberth North America dealers or online at www.SchuberthNorthAmerica.com.

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<![CDATA[Bonhams Las Vegas to Auction Herb Harris Bike Collection]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/events/bonhams-las-vegas-auction-herb-harris-brit-bike-collection/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/events/bonhams-las-vegas-auction-herb-harris-brit-bike-collection/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:33:00 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46624 Bonhams Las Vegas to Auction Herb Harris Bike Collection
On Thursday, January 8, 2015, world famous auction house Bonhams has announced that, in addition to motorcycles from the estates of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, the Las Vegas event will also feature the renowned Herb Harris Collection. Readers may remember Harris as the collector who located and then, in a painstaking effort towards maintaining historical accuracy, restored the Rollie Free Bathing […] more]]>

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, world famous auction house Bonhams has announced that, in addition to motorcycles from the estates of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, the Las Vegas event will also feature the renowned Herb Harris Collection. Readers may remember Harris as the collector who located and then, in a painstaking effort towards maintaining historical accuracy, restored the Rollie Free Bathing Suit Bike. Because of his reputation for meticulous restoration, Harris bikes command higher value than many other collector motorcycles.

While this auction will include “a selection of important prototype, racing and road models,” it will also feature “a dozen cut-away engines and associated memorabilia,” presenting collectors world-wide with an opportunity to purchase some extremely rare and unique motorcycles and other artifacts.

Motorcycles to be auctioned include: a 1946 Vincent “1X” Rapide B Prototype (the first one ever created and whose engine had been “lost” until Harris tracked it down, reuniting it with its chassis), a 1949 Vincent Rapide C with matching Blacknell Bullet Sidecar, a 1957 BSA B34 Works Racer, a 1962 Matchless G50 CSR Silver Eagle (including a spare engine), and an early 1949 AJS 7R.

The factory-produced cutaway engines were originally used for educational purposes and come from historic marques, such as Ariel, BSA, Matchless, New Imperial, Norton, Sunbeam and Triumph. If sectioned engines aren’t enough, two complete sectioned motorcycles will also be offered by Bonhams Las Vegas. The BSA Lightning may be unique, but the sectioned BSA Goldstar Clubman, which was fabricated for the Earls Court Motor Show, remains fully operational – allowing viewers the opportunity to see components from the engine to the suspension is action.

Finally, Harris, in his role as motorcycle historian, collected many one-of-a-kind documents, such as the first conceptual drawings Phil Vincent made in 1928 and the “original bill of sale of the HRD company to Phil Vincent in 1928.”

To learn more about the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction or see photos of the rare items, visit the Bonhams website.

 

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<![CDATA[Troy Bayliss Accepts Invitation For 2014 Superprestigio Dirt Track Race]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/motorcycle-news/troy-bayliss-accepts-invitation-2014-superprestigio-dirt-track-race/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/motorcycle-news/troy-bayliss-accepts-invitation-2014-superprestigio-dirt-track-race/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:18:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46619 Troy Bayliss Accepts Invitation For 2014 Superprestigio Dirt Track Race
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MotoGP race winner and three-time World Superbike champion, Troy Bayliss, has accepted an invitation to race in Barcelona’s invitational Superprestigio Dirt Track race on December 13. Bayliss, Superbike world champion in 2001, 2006 and 2008, has made this announcement after meeting 2014 MotoGP world champion, Marc Marquez the week of the Australian MotoGP Grand Prix at Philip Island. Both riders and more than 20 current FIM World Championship roadracers will meet and face each other on the clay 200-meter oval racetrack in Barcelona, Spain.

These days, Bayliss is competing in Australian Flat Track and Supermoto championships, where he’s won a total of five championships between the two. In fact, the Superprestigio will come only two weeks after the Motul Baylisstic Scramble Teams Challenge in Melbourne, providing good practice for the event in Spain.

Troy Bayliss: “I am excited to confirm that I will be taking part in the second running of the Superprestigio in Barcelona. It is perfect timing for me, just two weeks after a race in Melbourne, so I will have a good lead-up event to help me prepare. The Superprestigio has grown a lot with so many top riders, and hope it will also help raise awareness of Dirt Track here in Australia.”

Marc Marquez: “This is really great news! I’m thrilled, because Barcelona is not close to Troy’s hometown. Hopefully he can come a few days early and practice with me on my track. Races will be amazing, we’ll have real great time there!”

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<![CDATA[Motorcycle Parts Retailer Jake Wilson Awarded Bizrate Platinum Circle Of Excellence]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/products/motorcycle-parts-retailer-jake-wilson-awarded-bizrate-platinum-circle-excellence/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/products/motorcycle-parts-retailer-jake-wilson-awarded-bizrate-platinum-circle-excellence/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:36:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46614 Motorcycle Parts Retailer Jake Wilson Awarded Bizrate Platinum Circle Of Excellence
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From a Jake Wilson press release:


Jake Wilson, the online motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, has been awarded the Bizrate Platinum Circle of Excellence. Although this marks the fourth year that Jake Wilson has been distinguished with the Circle of Excellence award, it is the first time that the company has achieved the platinum level.

Jake Wilson works vigorously with third-party company Bizrate in order to collect unbiased reviews from customers based on their shopping experience. Bizrate’s rigorous standards for achieving the Platinum Circle of Excellence include achieving an average customer score of 9.0 (out of 10.0) across seven core categories: Overall Satisfaction, Product Selection, Ease of Finding, Likelihood to Buy Again, Product Met Expectations, On-Time Delivery and Satisfaction with Customer Support.

Of Bizrate’s network of thousands of online retailers, only 1.7% achieved this distinction in 2014. Although this was Jake Wilson’s first year among the elite platinum-level retailers, the company joined the ranks with impressive results. For example, not a single platinum-level retailer achieved a higher overall satisfaction rating than Jake Wilson did. In fact, Jake Wilson holds this distinction for several of the seven customer satisfaction indicators.

“We work hard to provide our customers with a high level of service. It’s one of the ways we distinguish ourselves from our competitors,” said Dan Thomas, CEO of Jake Wilson. “It is truly an honor to be recognized for our efforts with the Bizrate Platinum Circle of Excellence. We will keep working hard to achieve this award year after year.”

With the slogan Everything Street, Jake Wilson offers a variety of parts and accessories for sport bikes, cruisers and touring motorcycles. There were only two online retailers from the powersports industry that were awarded the Platinum Circle of Excellence in 2014.

For more information, visit www.JakeWilson.com.

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Video XVII Electronic Control + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/products/ninja-h2-video-xvii-electronic-control-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/17/products/ninja-h2-video-xvii-electronic-control-video/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:02:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46611 Ninja H2 Video XVII – Electronic Control + Video
A look at the H2's various electronics more]]>
What’s that? You’ve had enough of Kawasaki’s teaser videos for the Ninja H2? Too bad. Here it is, the 17th video in a series we imagine will keep coming until the Ninja H2′s debut at EICMA on November 4. Anyway, in this video, we see a clear view of the H2′s dash and the myriad of electronic aids to help the rider tame what is sure to be a wild beast. Here we see the H2 will come equipped with KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock brakes), an electronic steering damper, power modes, KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode), KEBC (Kawasaki Engine Brake Control), KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter), and KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control). From the clip we also see a huge gear position indicator…and a boost gauge! Check out the teaser video below.

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<![CDATA[AIMExpo 2014: Shoei RF-1200 Helmet + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/motorcycle-news/aimexpo-2014-shoei-rf1200-helmet-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/motorcycle-news/aimexpo-2014-shoei-rf1200-helmet-video/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:56:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46602 AIMExpo 2014: Shoei RF-1200 Helmet + Video
Shoei was on hand at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. to showcase its updated RF-1200 motorcycle helmet. New for this year is a pinlock shield system with what Shoei calls the best anti-fog system available. As Shoei explains it, the shield acts as dual-plane glass, in that the shield has two layers of material […] more]]>
Shoei was on hand at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. to showcase its updated RF-1200 motorcycle helmet.

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New for this year is a pinlock shield system with what Shoei calls the best anti-fog system available. As Shoei explains it, the shield acts as dual-plane glass, in that the shield has two layers of material with an air-bubble seal. As well, Shoei is coming out with a new Transitions shield design, which will transform from completely clear to almost a dark tint in about two minutes.

Shoei RF1200 Helmet Transitions Shield

Shoei boasts that the EPS liner in the RF-1200 contributed to the small size of the helmet. Shoei says it was able to reduce the size of the liner without sacrificing any of the impact-absorbing performance.

Shoei RF1200 Helmets Pair

To learn more about the RF1200 and Shoei’s other handmade motorcycle helmets, visit Shoei-Helmets.com.

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<![CDATA[AIMExpo 2014: Scorpion Helmets + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/motorcycle-news/aimexpo-2014-scorpion-helmets-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/motorcycle-news/aimexpo-2014-scorpion-helmets-video/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:33:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46589 AIMExpo 2014: Scorpion Helmets + Video
Scorpion is showcasing a pair of motorcycle helmets at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla., the EXO-R710 and EXO-T1200. Scorpion EXO-R710 Scorpion’s mid-level race helmet, the EXO-R710, starts at $189.95 for gloss black, but Scorpion offers a variety of color choices and two different graphic options. Features on the EXO-R710 include a fibreglass/Aramid Matrix shell, […] more]]>
Scorpion is showcasing a pair of motorcycle helmets at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla., the EXO-R710 and EXO-T1200.

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Scorpion EXO-R710

Scorpion EXO-R710 Helmet

Scorpion’s mid-level race helmet, the EXO-R710, starts at $189.95 for gloss black, but Scorpion offers a variety of color choices and two different graphic options.

Features on the EXO-R710 include a fibreglass/Aramid Matrix shell, EverClear no fog faceshield, KwikFit cheekpads, emergency release system and the same Elllip-Tec ratchet system found on Scorpion’s top-end models.

Scorpion EXO-T1200

Scorpion EXO-T1200 Helmet

A step up the Scorpion food chain is the EXO-T1200, which starts at $329.95 and comes in four solid colors and two different graphic options.

Features include titanium D-rings, TCT composite shell, three-step SpeedView SunVisor, AirFit liner inflation system, Venturi Super Vent system, KwikFit cheekpads, Ellip-Tec ratchet system and emergency release system.

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<![CDATA[AIMExpo 2014: CST Off-Road Tires + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/products/aimexpo-2014-cst-road-tires-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/products/aimexpo-2014-cst-road-tires-video/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:27:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46581 AIMExpo 2014: CST Off-Road Tires + Video
We checked out the CST Tires booth at AIMExpo and learned about three new off-road motorcycle tires – the Legion MX-VI, Legion Desert and Legion Trials. Legion MX-V1 CST calls the Legion MX-V1 an intermediate moto tire. It features long, varied tread patches designed for good hookup in a variety of soil conditions found on […] more]]>
We checked out the CST Tires booth at AIMExpo and learned about three new off-road motorcycle tires – the Legion MX-VI, Legion Desert and Legion Trials.

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Legion MX-V1

CST LegionMX-VI Tire

CST calls the Legion MX-V1 an intermediate moto tire. It features long, varied tread patches designed for good hookup in a variety of soil conditions found on intermediate motocross tracks. CST says center tread knobs on the rear tire claw forward and clean out, while more tightly spaced shoulder knobs provide a stable platform for traction when leaned over. As well, CST boats that the uniquely shaped shoulder knobs on the front tire deliver “extreme braking traction and control” in cornering situations.

Legion Desert

CST Legion Desert Tire

Intended for rocky, desert terrain, CST says the Legion Desert tires combine a front tire with a consistent center tread for smooth rolling, paired with aggressive shoulder knobs for extra bite while turning and maintaining traction in sandy areas. The rear features a large contact patch, designed to keep more of the rubber hooked up on the ground.

Legion Trials

CST Legion Trials Tire

CST’s Legion Trials tire boasts ultra-soft rubber compounds and dynamic tread design. CST says this tire excels in a variety of applications including dirt, rocks, roots and gravel

Visit CSTTires.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki MotoGP GSX-RR Poster Available Online]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-motogp-gsx-rr-poster-available-online/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-motogp-gsx-rr-poster-available-online/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:11:57 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46577 Suzuki MotoGP GSX-RR Poster Available Online
Commemorative Suzuki GSX-RR poster contained within more]]>
To commemorate Suzuki’s return to MotoGP next year, the company has released a poster with its GSX-RR front and center. Surrounding it is Suzuki test riders Nobu Aoki and Randy de Puniet, who will be competing as a wildcard at the season ending race at Valencia before jumping to World Superbike next year with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki Team.

Click here to download the poster in all its high-resolution glory.

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<![CDATA[Bell Teams With Schott NYC On Limited Edition Jacket]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/products/bell-teams-schott-nyc-limited-edition-jacket/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/products/bell-teams-schott-nyc-limited-edition-jacket/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:53:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46574 Bell Teams With Schott NYC On Limited Edition Jacket
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From a Bell press release:


Bell Helmets, an industry leader in helmet technology and innovation, and Schott NYC, quality leather sportswear since 1913, have collaborated on a limited edition line of Bell X Schott NYC Café Racer leather jackets. Commemorating Bell’s 60th Anniversary, the 250 limited-edition, individually-numbered jackets feature a classic design reminiscent of classic Americana motorcycle culture established by Bell Helmets and Schott NYC.

Both Bell and Schott NYC have a rich heritage in the United States, interwoven into the fabric of American motorcycle culture. Bell is representative of the classic blue-collar American ethos, starting out of a garage in 1954 when founder Roy Richter and his auto racing friends realized the critical need for head protection. Richter was responsible for the development of the modern motorcycle helmet as we know it, and Bell Helmets has since been an industry leader in innovative head protection for powersports and cycling enthusiasts for 60 years.

Schott NYC celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and carries a similar DNA based in classic American ingenuity. Founded by brothers Irving and Jack Schott, who began by peddling raincoats door to door out of a basement on the lower East Side of Manhattan. The two went on to design the first leather motorcycle jacket, the “bomber jacket” for the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII, and having the jacket worn by the likes of Marlon Brando and James Dean.

“Aside from serving as the ultimate attire and protection for riders, Schott NYC and Bell have long been recognized as two of the original staples of motorcycle culture in America,” said Casey Potter, Bell Helmets Creative Director. “This was a truly special opportunity to bring these two iconic brands together to create this limited edition jacket that exudes the American spirit of motorcycling to celebrate Bell’s 60th Anniversary.”

“We’re excited to have teamed up with Bell Helmets and celebrate its 60th anniversary milestone with these limited edition jackets, said Jason Schott, Chief Operating Officer and 4th Generation family member at Schott NYC. “The Bell X Schott NYC Café Racer Jacket is a one-of-a-kind classic that marries the iconic look and feel of our historic companies.”

Bell X Schott NYC Café Racer Jacket Key Features:

  • Premium horse hide shell
  • Classic slim fit Café Racer design
  • Steerhide tonal rally stripe detail
  • Tonal Bell logo patch on left shoulder
  • Custom 1954 punch detail on wind flap
  • Fully lined with custom red satin
  • Zip-out black pile liner
  • Bi-swing back
  • Zippered sleeves and pockets
  • Individually numbered
  • Limited edition of only 250
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Available October 2014 at select retail locations and online at www.bellhelmets.com, the Bell X Schott NYC Café Racer jacket will retail for $900. For more information visit www.bellhelmets.com.

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<![CDATA[AIMExpo 2014: Bridgestone Tires + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/motorcycle-news/aimexpo-2014-bridgestone-tires-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/motorcycle-news/aimexpo-2014-bridgestone-tires-video/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:20:12 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46558 AIMExpo 2014: Bridgestone Tires + Video
Bridgestone had three new motorcycle tires on display at AIMExpo. The Adventure A40, Racing Street RS10 and Hypersport S20 EVO. more]]>
Bridgestone had three new tires on display at AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. The Battlax Adventure A40, Battlax Racing Street RS10 and Battlax Hypersport S20 EVO.

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Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40

Bridgestone Battlax A40

This adventure-touring tire is designed for big adventure motorcycles. Intended primarily for on-road use, it benefits from a mono-spiral belt for a good footprint on the pavement. For those who do venture off the beaten path, the deep tread pattern is designed to provide good traction for hard-packed surfaces.

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S20 EVO

Bridgestone S20 EVO

A new version of Bridgestone’s S20 sportbike tire, the S20 EVO features a three-layer compound on the back tire. This is designed to provide good grip on soft shoulders while remaining firm in the center for good mileage. Bridgestone also says it provides a bigger footprint front and rear, so it hooks up well.

Bridgestone Battlax Racing Street RS10

Bridgestone RS10

This tire is intended for track day or aggressive street riding use. It has minimal tread pattern, but Bridgestone says it’s beveled to provide a good footprint with a lot of grip. As well, Bridgestone notes it offers slightly better durability than other tires in the category, so you can get some mileage on the track or the street. Finally, this tire benefits from a lot of MotoGP technology with its dual compounds.

Visit BridgestoneMotorcycleTires.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[2015 Yamaha FJ-09 Leaked]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-fj-09-leaked/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-fj-09-leaked/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:43:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46553 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 Leaked
It’s been a busy day for Yamaha, revealing a new YZF-R3 entry-level sportbike, the YZ250FX and WR250R off-road bikes and the SMax scooter on top of some 2015 Star models. And let’s not forget the new teaser for the 2015 R1. We’ve certainly been busy keeping up with the new model announcements, and we expect […] more]]>
It’s been a busy day for Yamaha, revealing a new YZF-R3 entry-level sportbike, the YZ250FX and WR250R off-road bikes and the SMax scooter on top of some 2015 Star models. And let’s not forget the new teaser for the 2015 R1. We’ve certainly been busy keeping up with the new model announcements, and we expect the people running Yamaha’s website were as well.

That would explain this image of the new (and still not-yet-announced) Yamaha FJ-09 that momentarily popped up on Yamaha’s official FZ-09 photo gallery page. The image has since been taken down from Yamaha’s site, but not before a member of the ADVRider forum downloaded a copy of it.

This marks the fourth time we’ve uncovered evidence of the new adventure-styled three-cylinder sport-tourer. First came the trademark application for the name FJ-09, then came the design patent which showed us what it’ll look like, followed by the certification documents from the California Air Resources Board that confirmed the FJ-09 was on its way to the U.S. for 2015.

Well now we know what the FJ-09 looks like in color, sporting a silvery-gray color. We’re sure Yamaha will have other color options available, but we’ll likely have to wait until EICMA in November for the official announcement. Unless of course we find something more ahead of time.

[Source: Yamaha via ADVRider]

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<![CDATA[New Yamaha Teaser Confirms Updated YZF-R1 for EICMA]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/manufacturers/yamaha/new-yamaha-teaser-confirms-updated-yzf-r1-eicma/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/16/manufacturers/yamaha/new-yamaha-teaser-confirms-updated-yzf-r1-eicma/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:39:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46541 New Yamaha Teaser Confirms Updated YZF-R1 for EICMA
Earlier this month, Yamaha released a video teasing a superport model announcement for EICMA that we expected to be an updated 2015 YZF-R1. At AIMExpo, Yamaha confirmed our suspicions with a new video starring Valentino Rossi and Josh Hayes and the tagline “We R1“. The video reveals a few brief glimpses of the R1, mostly […] more]]>
Earlier this month, Yamaha released a video teasing a superport model announcement for EICMA that we expected to be an updated 2015 YZF-R1. At AIMExpo, Yamaha confirmed our suspicions with a new video starring Valentino Rossi and Josh Hayes and the tagline “We R1“.

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The video reveals a few brief glimpses of the R1, mostly as a blur beneath Rossi’s familiar yellow leathers. We do get  good glimpse of the new R1′s digital display reaching a speed of 262 kph (163 mph) in fifth gear. We also see a digital tach, selectable power modes and traction control. The SCS symbol in the bottom right is a bit of a mystery, perhaps representing an electronic “Suspension Control System” or possibly “Stability Control System”. There is another symbol along the top that looks like a shock reading “A-2″ so that could be some form of electronic suspension control as well. Also visible are the acronyms QS (quickshifter?) LIF and on the right side is a meter showing front-and-rear weight distribution.

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A quick look along the left side from an onboard camera reveals just a hint of the engine and fairing, but Yamaha is careful not to reveal too much.

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The final detail is something people might miss if they stop playing the video too early. The video shows two slanted LED headlights illuminate in a pleasant hum before showing a link to www.Yamaha-We-R1.com where Yamaha will live stream its press launch at EICMA on Nov 3.

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[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[Ribbon Riders To Host Fundraising Ride At AMA National Convention]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/15/motorcycle-category/standard/ribbon-riders-host-fundraising-ride-ama-national-convention/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/15/motorcycle-category/standard/ribbon-riders-host-fundraising-ride-ama-national-convention/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:48:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46538 Ribbon Riders To Host Fundraising Ride At AMA National Convention
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From an AMA press release:


The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that the Orlando Ribbon Riders will be hosting a fundraising ride on Saturday, Oct. 18, as part of the 2014 AMA National Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The 70-mile ride will depart from the Orange County Convention Center at 9:15 a.m and will benefit Central Floridians fighting breast cancer. The scenic route avoids city traffic while winding along hilltops and across scenic bridges on the way to the idyllic town of Mount Dora. Riders will then head back to Orlando for a catered lunch at Orlando EagleRider on Jetport Drive.

Motorcyclists wishing to participate can sign up on Saturday at the staging point: the “motorcycle only” parking area in South Lot B of the Orlando Convention Center, next to the AIMExpo Outdoors! Area. The cost is $25 for AMA members, $35 for all others, with all proceeds benefiting the Ribbon Riders.

“I am thrilled to take part in the Ribbon Riders’ event as part of our AMA National Convention,” said AMA Board Chair Maggie McNally-Bradshaw. “It is of the utmost importance that we raise awareness about both the emotional and financial tolls that breast cancer takes on its victims.”

The non-profit Ribbon Riders, Inc. got its start in 2008 when seven woman joined forces around a shared experience: witnessing the struggles that those fighting breast cancer must endure. The organization has grown rapidly since that time, recently topping the quarter million dollar mark in funds raised for those battling breast cancer. To date, over 240 women — and men — have received assistance.

“We provide immediate financial assistance to breast cancer warriors struggling with financial hardship,” said Ribbon Riders President Tina Leman, who has been involved with the organization for over three years. “We want them to focus on recovery, not on the worry of trying to keep a roof overhead or food on the table.”

The Ribbon Riders fundraiser is one of many activities on tap for the AMA National Convention, which is being held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo, Oct. 16-19.

The AIMExpo is a diverse powersports event that is open to trade and media Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16-17, and open to the general public Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.

The four-day AMA convention also includes: 

  • A kick-off party at Orlando Eagle Rider, Thursday evening, 6-10 p.m., with food, drink, live music and Hall of Famer autograph signings;
  • Informative seminars on a variety of motorcycling topics at the convention center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17;
  • An exclusive luncheon on Friday with AMA Board of Directors Chair Maggie McNally-Bradshaw;
  • Saturday adventure ride with AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman;
  • Saturday demonstrations of motorcycle tip-over recovery and sound awareness testing;
  • Early access to weekend motorcycle demo rides at the AIMExpo;
  • For AMA members, a 37 percent discount on regularly priced daily rentals from AMA member benefit partner EagleRider.

A highlight of the weekend is the American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Harley-Davidson Motor Company, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, in the Chapin Theater. The show is open to the public and costs just $25 to attend. Proceeds benefit the non-profit American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. 

The Class of 2014 includes race tuner and innovator Byron Hines; motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers; Tom White, acclaimed motorcycle collector, former nationally ranked racer and founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties; George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Barber Motorsports Park; national off-road racing champion Scott Summers; AMA motocross champion Mike LaRocco; and legendary tuner and team owner Rob Muzzy. 

The event also will honor William “Willie G.” Davidson as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Davidson, a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 1999, created many of Harley-Davidson’s design trends that persist today. 

Ticket options and additional information about the AMA National Convention will be available from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the AMA Registration/Information area on the West Concourse of the Orlando Convention Center beginning Wednesday, Oct. 15. 

To join the conversation and get the latest updates on the 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, use the hashtag #AMAHoF. Fans and supporters can also connect on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AMAHallofFame, and on Twitter and Instagram at @ama_riding. 

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<![CDATA[Ferrandis Confirmed with Kawasaki Abroad]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/15/manufacturers/kawasaki/ferrandis-confirmed-kawasaki-abroad/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/15/manufacturers/kawasaki/ferrandis-confirmed-kawasaki-abroad/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:37:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46531 Ferrandis Confirmed with Kawasaki Abroad
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From a Kawasaki press release:


Dylan Ferrandis, a member of the French team that won the Motocross of Nations, has signed a long-term agreement with Kawasaki to continue in the FIM MX2 World Championship before moving to the USA.

A member of the Kawasaki family for several years, Dylan Ferrandis was already one of the main protagonists of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship this season. The winner of the opening race in Qatar and with four Grand Prix podiums, Dylan ended the season with a prestigious win at the Motocross of Nations with Team France. The young Frenchman has always dreamed to continue his career in the USA, and Kawasaki offers him this opportunity through a long-term agreement; the 20 year old kid from Southern France will race for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team in next year’s GPs before moving to the Kawasaki’s 250cc Team in the USA.

Following in the footsteps of Christophe Pourcel (2006 MX2 World Champion – 2009/2010 US 250SX champion) and Arnaud Tonus (moving next season from the MX2 series to the US 250cc series), Dylan will be the third rider to move from Europe to USA with the full support of Kawasaki, thanks to the strong partnership between KME, KMC and KHI.

Dylan Ferrandis: “I’m very happy to sign this long-term deal with Kawasaki. I’ve been riding for them for several years now, and I feel so comfortable on these bikes. We’ve got a great relationship and our common goal is to win in Europe but also in the USA; that’s been a dream of mine for many years. I hope to get great results in the MX2 Grand Prix series with the MX2 team, and then move with the same goal in the USA. I’d like to thanks all the people who trust in me and made this deal possible.”

Jean Jacques Luisetti: “When we started working with Dylan this season we already knew that he had a great potential, so we’re happy to finalize a long-term deal with him thanks to Dylan and his manager Jeremy. He will race with us next season and later, following in the footsteps of Arnaud Tonus, he will move to the USA with Kawasaki. There’s now a great connection between the two continents, and once more Kawasaki has shown that they want to have a long-term relationship with their best riders.”

Steve Guttridge: “Dylan has certainly been seen as a long term rider with Kawasaki since our Bud Racing team brought him through their youth program into the MX2 World Championship. He now has every opportunity next year to go for the win and then fulfill his personal dream to compete in the States in the future”

Reid Nordin: “As we have seen in the past, working with KME to bring some of the best and brightest talent from Europe has proven successful. Dylan looks to be a great asset for Kawasaki and we will be pulling for him over the next two years in the MX2 World Championship before he comes over to race for AMA titles.”

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<![CDATA[Markbilt Racebikes To Debut SpeedAngle Multi-Function Lap Timer At AIMExpo]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/15/motorcycle-news/markbilt-racebikes-debut-speedangle-multi-function-lap-timer-aimexpo/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/15/motorcycle-news/markbilt-racebikes-debut-speedangle-multi-function-lap-timer-aimexpo/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:55:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46523 Markbilt Racebikes To Debut SpeedAngle Multi-Function Lap Timer At AIMExpo
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Markbilt Racebikes, a renowned motorcycle tuner, has been named the exclusive North American distributor of the very unique SpeedAngle GMOS JI100 multi-function lap timer and motion data logger. Markbilt will debut the product Thursday, October 16 at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida, booth #214.

Not your ordinary lap timer, the SpeedAngle GMOS JI100 enables real-time, scientific analysis. According to SpeedAngle, displayed on the GMOS JI100′s 2-1/4-inch x 1-3/4-inch LCD screen is a unique lean angle meter needle that swings left and right during cornering of up to 69 degrees, g-forces of +/- 1.5G when on the gas and braking, along with an array of lap-timing features. Pre-loaded with a choice of maps for 14 American roadrace courses, its GPS technology constantly provides speed readouts, as well as tracing the bike’s path and exact location on the street or track.

But it’s not just a racetrack yardstick. The unit can be switched to a street-based mode, which shuts down the lap-recording functions, but still shows lean angle, g-force and speed information.

All of the data captured is logged and stored. Lap times can be seen on-screen after each session. This information and the motion data can be downloaded to a computer via USB with SpeedAngle software for later viewing.

These are just a few of the tricks the GMOS JI100 is capable of. The entire kit weighs just 15 ounces and comes with mounting hardware, instructions and a one-year warranty.

Retailing for $489, find out more by visiting MarkbiltRacebikes.net or calling 856-506-8242.

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<![CDATA[Ducati Reveals Testastretta DVT Engine + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/15/design/ducati-reveals-testastretta-dvt-engine-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/15/design/ducati-reveals-testastretta-dvt-engine-video/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:09:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46425 Ducati Reveals Testastretta DVT Engine + Video
Ducati has introduced a new version of its 1198cc engine featuring a variable timing system. As the name implies, the Testastretta Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) engine combines the company’s signature desmo valves with a variable timing system that adjusts both intake and exhaust camshafts. According to Ducati, this represents the first ever application of both […] more]]>
Ducati has introduced a new version of its 1198cc engine featuring a variable timing system. As the name implies, the Testastretta Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) engine combines the company’s signature desmo valves with a variable timing system that adjusts both intake and exhaust camshafts. According to Ducati, this represents the first ever application of both technologies for a motorcycle engine.

The DVT system independently adjusts timing on both the intake and exhaust valves using an adjuster fitted on the end of each camshaft. The external housing connects to the cam belt pulley while an internal mechanism connected to the camshaft independently rotates within the housing. This allows for a variable delay between the rotation of the cam belt and the camshaft. The amount of delay (or advance, depending on how you look at it) is controlled by oil pressure in special chambers controlled by a sensor in the cam covers using dedicated valves. Ducati’s parent company Volkswagen uses a similar technology.

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At high rpm, DVT increases the amount of overlap when the intake and exhaust valves are open between the end of the exhaust stroke and the start of the intake stroke. Ducati says this optimizes high engine speed performance while offering smooth operation, fluid power delivery and high torque at low- to mid-rpm.

The desmodromic valve system does not use springs, reducing the amount of force need to activate the valves at low engine speeds. This allowed Ducati to reduce the size of each cam phaser, reducing weight and making for a more compact engine. Ducati also repositioned the fuel injectors, aiming them directly onto the rear of the hot intake valve instead of the cooler intake port wall, enhancing fuel vaporization and improving combustion efficiency.

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Ducati says the dual-spark 1198cc Testastretta DVT engine produces up to 160 hp at 9500 rpm and 100 ft-lb. at 7500 rpm. By comparison, the previous Testastretta engine equipped on the 2014 Multistrada peaks at 150 hp at 9250 rpm and 91 ft-lb. at 7500 rpm.

The DVT system allows the engine to claim 59 ft-lb. at torque at just 3500 rpm. From 5750 to 9500 rpm, Ducati says the engine will consistently offer at least 74 ft-lb.

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An added benefit of DVT is improved fuel efficiency, with Ducati claiming an average of 8% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous Testastretta engine. To reduce emissions, the DVT enigne uses a secondary air system to optimize combustion.

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One concern about the added complexity of a variable valve timing system is more difficult maintenance. Thankfully, Ducati says the DVT engine only requires valve clearance adjustments every 30,000 km (18,641 miles)

Ducati does not mention what models will receive the DVT engine, but the likeliest recipient is the Multistrada, with the Diavel likely to follow.

[Source: Ducati]

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<![CDATA[Randy De Puniet To Suzuki WSBK In 2015]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/manufacturers/suzuki/randy-de-puniet-suzuki-wsbk-2015/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/manufacturers/suzuki/randy-de-puniet-suzuki-wsbk-2015/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:54:47 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46419 Randy De Puniet To Suzuki WSBK In 2015
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From a Suzuki press release:


Crescent Suzuki has announced its completed rider line-up for the 2015 FIM Superbike World Championship as world-renowned competitor and current Suzuki MotoGP test rider Randy de Puniet joins the UK-based team alongside Alex Lowes.

A long-standing racer in Grand Prix, de Puniet has amassed 139 MotoGP race starts and five 250cc GP race wins during his 15 years on the world stage so far. During 2014, he has become instrumental to the development of Suzuki’s 2015 return to GP competition with the all-new GSX-RR.

The 33-year-old Frenchman will enter the World Superbike series full-time with his new Crescent Suzuki squad for the 2015 season but will also continue to test the Suzuki GP machine, with particular responsibility for matching the bike’s performance to MotoGP’s new 2016 tire provider (Michelin). De Puniet is very motivated for competitive action aboard the World Superbike specification GSX-R1000, after his successful second-place result as part of the Yoshimura team in the 2014 Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance race in Japan.

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki will complete its last race of the 2014 season with current riders Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes at the Losail International Circuit, in Qatar, on November 2nd, before beginning an extensive winter of testing and development with de Puniet and Lowes.

Randy de Puniet:

“I’m so happy to be joining Crescent Suzuki for the Superbike World Championship because my target for 2015 was to get back to competing on the race track. Testing for the past year was ok but of course what I really want is to race! I really enjoyed racing in Suzuka this year – to race, to fight and to be on the podium is everything to me. I had the opportunity to join the Crescent team for next year and I’m really happy; my first priority was to stay with Suzuki because I want to stay within this family, and for me this is a new challenge – a new championship, new bike, new tyre, everything is different and I have many things to learn but I am ready for that and I’m very confident. I will be joining a very strong team with a lot of experience and I think the bike will be good next year. We have a good test plan for this winter and I think we will be ready for the first race in Phillip Island next year.” 

Paul Denning – Team Manager: 

“We couldn’t be happier to have secured Randy’s agreement to compete in the 2015 World Superbike Championship on board our GSX-R1000. We needed a high-quality rider to replace Eugene; Randy was the obvious choice, and we are very proud to have gained his trust and commitment to race with us next year. 

“He has impressed Suzuki this year with his hard work and feedback as test rider on the Grand Prix GSX-RR, but Randy’s racing pedigree is also beyond doubt and his potential to succeed on the Superbike is clear. This is not a commercially-driven deal; the primary motivation is simply to race! After an acclimatization period to learn the GSX-R1000 and the Pirelli tires, I see no reason why he won’t be an absolute front runner. Randy’s close working relationship with the Suzuki Factory can also only be positive for the World Superbike project, and the whole team is very excited about getting down to work, and turning 2014’s potential into solid results for both riders next season.”

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<![CDATA[Las Vegas Harley-Davidson Now Open On The Vegas Strip]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/motorcycle-news/las-vegas-harley-davidson-now-open-vegas-strip/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/motorcycle-news/las-vegas-harley-davidson-now-open-vegas-strip/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:40:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46415 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson Now Open On The Vegas Strip
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At long last, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson is now open on the Vegas strip. Located at 5191 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, the store is just steps away from the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. To celebrate the store’s grand opening, a commemoration and day-long party will commence on Saturday, November 1, which will also include a custom motorcycle raffle.

The spacious 65,000-square-foot venue features a dealership, rental services, retail shop, service center and riding academy all under one roof. Visitors can also stop in the store’s “Recharge Zone” convenience store to hydrate, cool-off and enjoy complimentary wireless internet access. In addition to the Strip-side store, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson also owns and operates Red Rock Harley-Davidson and Zion Harley-Davidson.

“After years of planning, we are excited to finally bring Las Vegas Harley-Davidson to the Strip,” remarked Las Vegas Harley-Davidson President, Don Andress. “We look forward to introducing the Harley-Davidson brand to a whole new audience thanks to the store’s prime location.”

On Saturday, Nov. 1, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson will host a grand opening celebration. Kicking-off at noon, the festivities will include appearances by professional dirt track riders, Jared and Nichole Mees as well as live performances by magician Seth Grabel, blues musician Michael Ubaldini and country singer Sierra Black. Patrons can also indulge in delicious dishes from local food trucks such as Sausage Fest, Sin City Dogs, Slindin’ Thru, Stripchezze and Taco Fest. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

During the celebration, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson will raffle off a one-of-a-kind, Nevada-themed motorcycle signed by Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval. The bike, a 2014 FLHX Harley-Davidson Street Glide, was created from the ground up to celebrate the state’s 150th anniversary. Priced at $150, tickets are still available at Las Vegas Harley-Davidson with all proceeds being donated to Nevada 150 Foundation, Inc.

“This motorcycle is an incredible tribute to the State of Nevada,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “It is beautiful enough to be in a museum, but it is meant to be ridden. It will be an incredible prize for the lucky winner.”

Las Vegas Harley-Davidson is open Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. The location’s service center is open Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information about Las Vegas Harley-Davidson or to make a service appointment, please call 702.431.8500 or visit www.LasVegasHarleyDavidson.com.

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<![CDATA[Energica Ego At AIMExpo, October 18-19]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/motorcycle-news/energica-ego-aimexpo-october-18-19/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/motorcycle-news/energica-ego-aimexpo-october-18-19/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:44:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46408 Energica Ego At AIMExpo, October 18-19
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Energica will have a presence at the AIMExpo this weekend, October 18-19, with its Ego electric superbike on display for American enthusiasts to see. The Energica project was initiated at the end of 2009 to design and build high performance electric motorcycles based on insights developed at CRP.

In August, 2014, the Energica Motor Company was born officially. The focus of Energica is to provide luxury, high performance riding experiences for urban and suburban riders. Energica has designed, engineered, certified, and will soon start the production of its flagship product: the Energica EGO (www.energicasuperbike.com).

Capable of 150 mph, the Ego makes a claimed 134 hp, and 144 lb.-ft. of torqe – impressive numbers by any measure. The batteries can be recharged within 3.5 hours in AC charge or in less than 30 minutes in DC charge. The battery has a nominal capacity of 11.7 kWh. The braking system is by Brembo and the ABS system is by Bosch. 

Learn more about the Ego by seeing the bike in person at the AIMExpo, in the Italian Pavilion, booth 1027. Take a selfie with the Energica Ego and share it on Energica’s Facebook page or Instagram using the hashtag #Energicalized.

The most-liked photos will win a “thrilling” prize from Energica (deadline to share the photos Oct. 20th).

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<![CDATA[Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer Provides Winterizing Tips]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/motorcycle-news/sta-bil-fuel-stabilizer-provides-quick-winterizing-tips/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/motorcycle-news/sta-bil-fuel-stabilizer-provides-quick-winterizing-tips/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:14:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46401 Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer Provides Winterizing Tips
This just in from the We Know It But We Just Don’t Always Do It Department: The Gold Eagle Company (parent company of Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer) learned in its national survey that, while 97 percent of consumers are aware that proper offseason storage will make waking up their vehicles to use next spring much easier, fully 75 percent still […] more]]>

This just in from the We Know It But We Just Don’t Always Do It Department: The Gold Eagle Company (parent company of Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer) learned in its national survey that, while 97 percent of consumers are aware that proper offseason storage will make waking up their vehicles to use next spring much easier, fully 75 percent still must deal with some difficulty returning their equipment to use. Clearly, they’re missing something in their winterizing process.

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If you don’t fill your motorcycle’s tank and stabilize the gas, you may begin next year’s riding season with clogged injectors – or worse.

To help prevent these issues, the folks who manufacture Sta-Bil put together a simple winterizing tips list which may help you to avoid the spring-is-sprung-non-functioning-motorcycle blues:

  • Clean Your Bike: Cleaning and properly rinsing your motorcycle will prevent it from corroding during the offseason.
  • Remove the Battery: This is particularly important if your bike is stored in an area that freezes. Connect it to a smart charger, like the CTEK MUS 4.3 Battery Charger we tested.
  • Stabilize Fuel: Although this list was sponsored by Sta-Bil, fuel stabilization is a vital step – particularly now that gas often has ethanol in it. Place one ounce of Sta-Bil per gallon of gas you want to treat, fill the tank all the way, and run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the treated gas. We’d still recommend draining the float bowls of carbureted bikes.
  • Choose a Proper Storage Location: A cool, dry place is ideal – with an emphasis on dry. Covering your bike with a breathable cover will also help keep the finish fresh.

Read our Winter Preparation Ideas or go to the Sta-Bil website for theirs.

 

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Video XVI High Precision Machinery + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/products/ninja-h2-video-xvi-high-precision-machinery-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/products/ninja-h2-video-xvi-high-precision-machinery-video/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:42:39 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46398 Ninja H2 Video XVI – High Precision Machinery + Video
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Yes, folks, Kawasaki has released yet another teaser video for the Ninja H2. This time, it’s number 16, titled, “Beauty in High Precision.” In it, we see the impeller for the supercharger being created from a solid piece of billet aluminum. Admittedly, this inundation of H2 videos is getting to be a bit much, even for us, but if you’re a fan of machine porn, then Kawasaki’s latest video will surely please.

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<![CDATA[Ride With The Sons Of Anarchy Cast At 4th Annual Boot Ride And Rally]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/manufacturers/harley-davidson/ride-sons-anarchy-cast-4th-annual-boot-ride-rally/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/14/manufacturers/harley-davidson/ride-sons-anarchy-cast-4th-annual-boot-ride-rally/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:39:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46392 Ride With The Sons Of Anarchy Cast At 4th Annual Boot Ride And Rally
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Are you a Sons of Anarchy fan? Have you ever wanted to ride with the cast (yes, some of them really do ride)? Now you’re in luck. On Sunday, November 2, SAMCRO will participate once again in the 4th Annual Boot Ride and Rally event in San Antonio, TX.

The Boot Ride is a yearly event benefitting The Boot Campaign, a national nonprofit that works to provides assistance to U.S. military veterans. Registration opens Friday, August 22nd with limited availability to ensure a VIP experience for all who ride. Your Boot Ride ticket also includes admission to the Boot Rally, held at John T. Floore’s Country Store in Helotes.

In addition to riding with the SOA cast, you’ll have a chance to mingle with them during the Rally, but this offer is only good for those who buy a ticket to participate in the event – no freeloaders! If you’d like to participate in the ride and rally but don’t have a bike to ride, no worries, Caliente Harley-Davidson will hook you up with a rental bike. Also, if you’re unable to ride, contact the Rally organizers and they’ll do their best to make sure you can still participate.

For more information, visit www.bootride.com.

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