Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:44:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[Preliminary Lane-Splitting Safety Report Released]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/safety/preliminary-lane-splitting-safety-report-released/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/safety/preliminary-lane-splitting-safety-report-released/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:16:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46928 Preliminary Lane-Splitting Safety Report Released
Photo by: Eric Schmuttenmaer Since posting our Truth About Lane-Splitting article one year ago, we’ve been waiting for UC Berkeley to complete its lane-splitting-specific study on the safety aspects of the practice. Recently, a preliminary report “Safety implications of lane-splitting among California motorcyclists involved in collisions” was released. The full report is scheduled for public […] more]]>
Photo by: Eric Schmuttenmaer

Since posting our Truth About Lane-Splitting article one year ago, we’ve been waiting for UC Berkeley to complete its lane-splitting-specific study on the safety aspects of the practice. Recently, a preliminary report “Safety implications of lane-splitting among California motorcyclists involved in collisions” was released. The full report is scheduled for public consumption by the first of the next year, but the preliminary report sheds some light on the safety of lane-splitting in California.

Conducted between June 2012 and August 2013 the report focused on approximately 8,000 motorcyclists and whether the motorcyclist was lane-splitting and whether the lane-splitting was done within the components of proposed lane-splitting guidelines. The data collected included driver license status, whether the motorcyclist was lane-splitting, speed of the motorcycle, speed of surrounding traffic, helmet type, helmet standard labeling (DOT, Snell, etc), helmet damage, helmet retention, body region injured, fatality status, whether the rider was transported by EMS, BAC, and the use of high visibility or reflective gear.

In the report, lane-splitting motorcyclists are referred to as LSM. Here’s what the report has to say regarding the safety of lane-splitting and those who participate in the practice.

  • Of the 7,836 motorcyclists, (22%) were known to be unlicensed. The proportion of motorcyclists that were unlicensed was moderately lower among LSM (18%) than among other motorcyclists (22%).
  • LSM were less likely to be rear-ended by another vehicle (2.7%) than were other motorcyclists (4.6%).
  • LSM, on the other hand, were much more likely to have rear-ended another vehicle (36.4%) than were other motorcyclists (14.9%).
  • The prevalence of alcohol use was lower among LSM (1.3%) than it was among other motorcyclists (3.3%).
  • Among LSM, 14.6% of collisions occurred on a Saturday or Sunday, compared with 34.9% of collisions among non-lane-splitting motorcyclists.
  • 59.5% of LSM were involved in collisions between 6-8:59 am or 3-5:59 pm, compared with 37.3% of motorcyclists who were not lane- splitting.
  • LSM were more likely to be wearing a full-face helmet than other motorcyclists (79% and 64%, respectively) and less likely to be wearing a novelty helmet (1.9% and 4.1%, respectively). Motorcyclists who were not lane-splitting were more likely to wearing a 1/2- or 3/4-helmet (23%) than LSM (13%).
  • LSM were notably less likely to suffer head injury (9.1% vs 16.5%), torso injury (18.6% vs 27.3%), or fatal injury (1.4% vs 3.1%) than other motorcyclists.

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<![CDATA[FastPack 8 From The Cycle Guys Inc.]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/products/fastpack-8-cycle-guys-inc/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/products/fastpack-8-cycle-guys-inc/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46938 FastPack 8 From The Cycle Guys Inc.
The FastPack 8 is the largest FastPack tail bag yet more]]>
The Cycle Guys happen to be two brothers who have a thing for finding innovative storage solutions for motorcyclists. Now, the Guys have released its newest, and largest, solution in the FastPack 8. Built for use on adventure and sport-touring motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha, among others, the Cycle Guys website has a full application guide.

FastPack tail bags attach to your bike’s passenger seat. When expanded, the FastPack is big enough for your lunch and a jacket liner, or an overnight change of clothes. When not in use, FastPack is clever enough to compress down into a stylish carbon-fiber-look seat pad that never needs to be removed. Zip it open, and FastPack 8 carries about 14 liters of cargo, perfect for day trips or even an overnighter. The FastPack 8 has a suggested retail price of $79.95, available now online at www.TheCycleGuys.com or through Tucker Rocky Distributing.

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Video XX: Silver-Mirror Paint + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/motorcycle-news/ninja-h2-video-xx-silver-mirror-paint-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/motorcycle-news/ninja-h2-video-xx-silver-mirror-paint-video/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:32:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46931 Ninja H2 Video XX: Silver-Mirror Paint + Video
Watch the chemistry that goes into the Kawasaki Ninja H2's paint more]]>
In this, the 20th teaser video Kawasaki has released for the much anticipated Ninja H2, Team Green highlights the process required to achieve the highly reflective silver-mirror paint. Although many might take the H2′s paint for granted, a lot of time and effort went into this interesting display of chemistry. See the video below to view the process, and stay tuned for further videos leading up to the H2′s release at EICMA, November 4.

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<![CDATA[Polaris Reports Q3 2014 Financial Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/manufacturers/victory/polaris-reports-q3-2014-financial-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/manufacturers/victory/polaris-reports-q3-2014-financial-results/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:29:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46929 Polaris Reports Q3 2014 Financial Results
Polaris Industries reported a 28.1% increase in motorcycle retail sales over the third quarter of 2014, thanks to increased sales of Indian motorcycles. Motorcycle sales generated $63.3 million in revenue over the quarter, up from $49.4 million in the same quarter of 2013. Indian’s expanding dealer network contributed to the increase, as did the introduction […] more]]>
Polaris Industries reported a 28.1% increase in motorcycle retail sales over the third quarter of 2014, thanks to increased sales of Indian motorcycles.

Motorcycle sales generated $63.3 million in revenue over the quarter, up from $49.4 million in the same quarter of 2013. Indian’s expanding dealer network contributed to the increase, as did the introduction of the Scout. The news was less positive for Victory Motorcycles however, which saw a decrease in the “mid-teens percent” due in part to delays in shipping out the new Magnum bagger.

Polaris also reported strong interest in the Slingshot. Polaris says 360 dealers have signed on to sell the three-wheeler with shipments expected to begin in the next 30 days.

Overall, Polaris reports a net income of $140.8 million over the quarter compared to $113.1 million reported in the same quarter last year.

[Source: Polaris]

 

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<![CDATA[Dani Pedrosa Drops RC213V In Public Demonstration + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/motorcycle-news/dani-pedrosa-drops-rc213v-public-demonstration-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/24/motorcycle-news/dani-pedrosa-drops-rc213v-public-demonstration-video/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:35:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46921 Dani Pedrosa Drops RC213V In Public Demonstration + Video
Dani Pedrosa's season summed up in a 13-second clip more]]>
Well, that’s embarrassing. During a public demonstration for the Phillip Island round of MotoGP last weekend, Dani Pedrosa and Moto3 hot shot Jack Miller were riding around, waving to fans and doing wheelies near the track, in Miller’s home country of Australia. However, though Pedrosa is an ace at handling a motorcycle at speeds up to and over 200 mph, it appears Pedrosa’s parking lot skills could use a brush up. You think dropping your ride at bike night is embarrassing? Put yourself in Pedrosa’s (tiny) shoes. Check it out below.

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<![CDATA[Provisional 2015 MotoGP Entry List Released]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/manufacturers/aprilia/provisional-2015-motogp-entry-list-released/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/manufacturers/aprilia/provisional-2015-motogp-entry-list-released/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:03:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46916 Provisional 2015 MotoGP Entry List Released
The International Motorcycling Federation released a provisional list of the teams and riders competing in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. The list includes 23 confirmed riders with another two to be confirmed and incoming manufacturers Aprilia and Suzuki joining the returning three of Ducati, Honda and Yamaha. The initial roster includes 16 factory entries and […] more]]>
The International Motorcycling Federation released a provisional list of the teams and riders competing in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship.

The list includes 23 confirmed riders with another two to be confirmed and incoming manufacturers Aprilia and Suzuki joining the returning three of Ducati, Honda and Yamaha.

The initial roster includes 16 factory entries and nine non-factory entries. Honda and Yamaha are bringing back its factory riders from 2014, with two-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa suiting up again in Repsol Honda orange and Jorge Lorenzo continuing alongside Valentino Rossi for Movistar Yamaha. Andrea Dovizioso is staying with Ducati, to be joined next year with Andrea Iannone. Suzuki is returning to MotoGP racing with a pair of riders on the rise in Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro. Aprilia re-enters the series with Gresini Racing, represented by Alvaro Bautista and a second rider to be announced.

Current Ducati pilot Cal Crutchlow will join the CWM LCR Honda team on factory RC213V while Scott Redding will ride the other factory Honda machine with Marc VDS Racing. The Pramac team will enter Danilo Petrucci joining the returning Yonny Hernandez riding Ducati Desmosedicis. Tech 3 will again field Yamaha’s satellite entry with Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro returning for 2015.

Nicky Hayden is the sole American on the list, returning with Drive M7 Aspar with Eugene Laverty on the Honda RCV1000RMoto3 graduate Jack Miller will join Crutchlow with CWM LCR Honda but he too will be on a RCV1000R, as will Karel Abraham with Cardion AB Racing.

NGM Forward Racing, the top Open class team this season, will enter Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz. Avintia Racing will return with Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio on non-factory Ducatis. The 25th entry on the list is a rider to be named representing Octo IodaRacing.

# RIDER NATIONALITY TEAM MANUFACTURER FACTORY?
4 ANDREA DOVIZIOSO ITALIAN DUCATI TEAM DUCATI Y
6 STEFAN BRADL GERMAN NGM FORWARD RACING FORWARD YAMAHA N
8 HECTOR BARBERA SPANISH AVINTIA RACING DUCATI N
9 DANILO PETRUCCI ITALIAN PRAMAC RACING DUCATI Y
17 KAREL ABRAHAM CZECH CARDION AB MOTORACING HONDA N
19 ALVARO BAUTISTA SPANISH FACTORY APRILIA GRESINI APRILIA Y
25 MAVERICK VINALES SPANISH TEAM SUZUKI MotoGP SUZUKI Y
26 DANI PEDROSA SPANISH REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA Y
29 ANDREA IANNONE ITALIAN DUCATI TEAM DUCATI Y
35 CAL CRUTCHLOW BRITISH CWM LCR HONDA HONDA Y
38 BRADLEY SMITH BRITISH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA Y
41 ALEIX ESPARGARO SPANISH TEAM SUZUKI MotoGP SUZUKI Y
43 JACK MILLER AUSTRALIAN CWM LCR HONDA HONDA N
44 POL ESPARGARO SPANISH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA Y
45 SCOTT REDDING BRITISH MARC VDS RACING TEAM HONDA Y
46 VALENTINO ROSSI ITALIAN MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP YAMAHA Y
50 EUGENE LAVERTY IRISH DRIVE M7 ASPAR HONDA N
63 MIKE DI MEGLIO FRENCH AVINTIA RACING DUCATI N
68 YONNY HERNANDEZ COLOMBIAN PRAMAC RACING DUCATI Y
69 NICKY HAYDEN USA DRIVE M7 ASPAR HONDA N
76 LORIS BAZ FRENCH NGM FORWARD RACING FORWARD YAMAHA N
93 MARC MARQUEZ SPANISH REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA Y
99 JORGE LORENZO SPANISH MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP YAMAHA Y
TO BE CONFIRMED FACTORY APRILIA GRESINI APRILIA Y
TO BE CONFIRMED OCTO IODARACING TEAM TBC N

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<![CDATA[AMA CEO, Rob Dingman, On Why The CDC Is Struggling To Fight Ebola + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/motorcycle-news/ama-ceo-rob-dingman-cdc-struggling-fight-ebola-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/motorcycle-news/ama-ceo-rob-dingman-cdc-struggling-fight-ebola-video/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:02:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46910 AMA CEO, Rob Dingman, On Why The CDC Is Struggling To Fight Ebola + Video
Clearly, Rob Dingman has a few issues with the CDC more]]>
During the recent AIMExpo, our pal Greg White caught up with AMA President and CEO, Rob Dingman, to film a segment of Greg’s Garage, White’s dedicated online powersports show. During the interview, Dingman revealed to White some juicy bits of news, mostly regarding the CDC and its absurd attempts at preventing motorcycling while seemingly dropping the ball on stopping the Ebola virus from spreading. Hear Dingman’s thoughts in the video segment below.

AMAtv: AMA at AIMExpo and the CDC! from Greg’s Garage on Vimeo.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Champions Riding School Heads West For The Winter + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/motorcycle-news/yamaha-champions-riding-school-heads-west-winter-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/motorcycle-news/yamaha-champions-riding-school-heads-west-winter-video/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:08:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46907 Yamaha Champions Riding School Heads West For The Winter + Video
Yamaha Champions Riding School conducting two schools at Inde Motorsports Ranch more]]>
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the Yamaha Champions Riding School is. The beauty of the school is its ability to be mobile, and operate while its usual HQ at New Jersey Motorsports Park is covered in snow for the winter. This winter, YCRS will head west, and conduct two schools at Inde Motorsports Ranch in Wilcox, Arizona, near Tucson.

“We are stoked to be bringing YCRS to Inde Motorsports Ranch for the first time,” said Nick Ienatsch, Senior Instructor for Yamaha Champions Riding School. “The Inde track and facilities are world-class and perfectly aligned with the product we provide. IMR provides a destination for riders to escape the cold winter, and we’re eager to share the facilities with our students in our first December schools.”

YCRS has scheduled a pair of two-day schools to end 2014. The first, taking place on December 4-5, will be open only to former graduates, and the second, taking place on December 8-9, will be open to all riders. All IMR schools will be capped at 12 students, offering an excellent  student/instructor ratio and tremendous personal learning experience.

“Off-season? What off-season?” added Ken Hill, Senior Instructor. “We didn’t want to wait out the winter at our full-time facility in New Jersey, so we are glad to offer these schools at IMR as part of our ‘YCRweSt’ program. The racetrack is very unique, and is a blast to ride.”

Visit www.ridelikeachampion.com to sign up for the December schools at Inde Motorsports Ranch, or email teachme@ridelikeachampion.com.

Check out the video below to see YCRS instructor, Chris Peris, take you on a lap of Inde Motorsports Ranch.

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<![CDATA[Marquez Brothers Sign Two-Year Extensions With Shoei]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/products/marquez-brothers-sign-two-year-extensions-shoei/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/products/marquez-brothers-sign-two-year-extensions-shoei/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:58:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46903 Marquez Brothers Sign Two-Year Extensions With Shoei
Marc and Alex to wear Shoei helmets through 2016 season more]]>
If you’re Shoei, what’s better than having the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP world champion, Marc Marquez, wearing your helmet? The answer, it seems, is also having Marc’s younger brother, and Moto3 points leader, Alex, also donning a Shoei. It was recently announced that both brothers have renewed their contracts with the Japanese helmet manufacturer for two more years, which will see them both in Shoei’s flagship racing helmets through the 2016 season.

Marc Marquez:

“I feel so happy to continue with Shoei for two more years. It’s a long story together and I hope we can continue enjoying and winning in the future. Shoei has been always a top brand and it gives me a lot of confidence and safety.”

Alex Marquez:

“I am so happy to sign with the brand that trusts me all those years, [beginning] from the Spanish Championship. I have a new challenge next year in Moto2 and it’s so important for me. Shoei means quality. I feel really safe and comfortable on the bike.”

 

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<![CDATA[Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Wraps Up This Weekend At Buttonwillow + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/motorcycle-news/ride-minimoto-usa-championship-wraps-weekend-buttonwillow-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/23/motorcycle-news/ride-minimoto-usa-championship-wraps-weekend-buttonwillow-video/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:40:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46898 Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Wraps Up This Weekend At Buttonwillow + Video
Tomorrow's stars are competing this weekend as MiniMoto racers more]]>
From a Why We Ride press release:


The Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Series is closing out the 2014 season this weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Families from across California and beyond will gather at the Buttonwillow facilities October 24-26 for the final round of youth and adult racing, and the Minimoto USA family will celebrate a successful and rewarding year with a luau-themed potluck on Saturday at 5:00pm.

“We are so grateful for all of the support from our title sponsor Why We Ride,” said Stoney Landers, founder of Minimoto USA. “Our mission is to provide a safe place for these kids to learn and race, and we invite adults to race in various classes on different sized machines as well. Like any sports program, we aim to not only develop kids in their racing, but also teach them life lessons about responsibility, dedication, discipline and teamwork.”

Why We Ride Producer/Director Bryan H. Carroll and Producer James Walker agree, “this is a pivotal time for American road racing. With the new MotoAmerica series coming together we have an opportunity to get more Americans interested in racing and motorcycling in general. We are happy to support Minimoto USA because we believe it is imperative that these programs continue to grow here in the states to not only develop racers, but also create lifelong motorcyclists.”

The ninth and final round of the Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Series will take place this weekend, October 24-26 at Buttonwillow Raceway. Visit the Minimoto USA website or Facebook page for more information.

For more information on the film visit www.WhyWeRide.com, and join the growing online community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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<![CDATA[Dainese Leather Stories Webisode #1 + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/motorcycle-news/dainese-leather-stories-webisode-1-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/motorcycle-news/dainese-leather-stories-webisode-1-video/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:19:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46893 Dainese Leather Stories Webisode #1 + Video
The history of Dainese, explained more]]>
Dainese is known the world over as one of the leading manufacturers of protective riding gear for motorcyclists, but where did it get its start? With a storied history to its name, Dainese has decided to share its story with the world in a series of webisodes called “Dainese Leather Stories.”

In this, the first in the series, we hear from the company’s namesake, Lino Dainese, on how a trip to London aboard a Vespa influenced the rest of his life and convinced him to pursue a passion of designing and building garments to protect motorcyclists. With the help of local craftsmen, Lino had the opportunity to uncover and develop what he called “the intelligence of the hands” that is the underlying ethos for the company today. Stay tuned for future videos from the series.

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Reports Q3 2014 Sales Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q3-2014-sales-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q3-2014-sales-results/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:14:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46892 Harley-Davidson Reports Q3 2014 Sales Results
Harley-Davidson reported a 3.8% gain in motorcycle sales over the third quarter ended Sept. 28, 2014, but still saw a 4.2% decrease in operating income from sales. According to the company’s third quarter report, Harley-Davidson sold 73,217 motorcycles over the three-month period, up from 70,517 motorcycles sold in the same period last year. Sales results […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson reported a 3.8% gain in motorcycle sales over the third quarter ended Sept. 28, 2014, but still saw a 4.2% decrease in operating income from sales.

According to the company’s third quarter report, Harley-Davidson sold 73,217 motorcycles over the three-month period, up from 70,517 motorcycles sold in the same period last year. Sales results were buoyed by the launch of 2015 models including the returning Road Glide and the entry-level Street models.

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“With the successful launch of the 2015 motorcycles in late August, including the return of the Road Glide models, and the outstanding efforts of our dealers, third-quarter retail Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales topped the strong growth of the year-ago quarter,” says Keith Wandell, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson. “A rebound in Sportster motorcycle sales from this year’s second quarter and increased availability of the Street 750 and Street 500 motorcycles also contributed to these positive results.”

The U.S. alone accounted for sales of 50,167 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles, up from 48,529 sold in the same quarter in 2013.

Despite the increase in motorcycle sales, revenues declined to $1.13 billion from $1.18 billion. Total operating income from sales decreased to $146.3 million from $175.5 million in the third quarter. Harley-Davidson says the drop in operating sales income was a expected result of a planned reduction in motorcycle shipments.

Overall, Harley-Davidson reported a net profit of $150.1 million over the third quarter, down from the $162.7 million reported last year.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[Ride The Andorra 500 Classic Rally With A Five-Time Dakar Winner + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/motorcycle-news/ride-andorra-500-classic-rally-five-time-dakar-winner-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/motorcycle-news/ride-andorra-500-classic-rally-five-time-dakar-winner-video/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:43:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46873 Ride The Andorra 500 Classic Rally With A Five-Time Dakar Winner + Video
The Andorra 500: Europe's version of the Cannonball Run more]]>
Five-time Dakar champ, Cyril Despres, might have made his name in the dirt, but the Frenchman, and former mechanic, takes a lot of pride in riding classic street motorcycles. And now that he’s retired from two-wheel competition, he’s chosen to occupy some of his time by putting together the Andorra 500 Classic Moto Road Regularity Rally. The event is the new Peugeot rally-raid driver’s way of putting something back into the sport that gave him so much and maintain his lifelong passion for all things two-wheeled.

Despres has spent practically his entire professional career based in Andorra, so having the rally here makes sense. However, the border areas between France and Spain provide some great roads with fantastic scenery, which will only add to the epic nature of the rally. Better still, the Andorran government is completely supportive of the event, facilitating road closures and logistical support to make the rally go as smoothly as possible. When was the last time that happened in this country?!

The riders will cover 500 kilometers (310 miles) over the course of three and a half days riding. The route will consist of three loops, one per day, all starting from the rally HQ in Ordino and highlighting the best the countryside has to see, ride, and eat! The event will include classes for machines from ‘pre-war’ to the ‘eighties.’ For fans of modified machines, there will also be categories for café-racers, bobbers and modified neo-retros.

As for the course, although Cyril is strongly associated with ‘off-road’, the event will only include a short section of gravel track. “Riding bikes in the dirt is what I did for work,” says Despres. Riding classic bikes on the amazing tarmac roads we have here in the region is such a pleasure and that is what I want to share with participants.”

He continues, “but of course, with my background, there has to be an element of sport. The ‘regularity’ component, with participants having to maintain an average speed over closed roads and local tracks will give the Andorra 500 just the right dose of competition.” The details are still being finalized but the idea is to ‘pepper’ the route with timed specials, plus gymkhanas and a concourse d’elegance. Just enough to raise the event above a simple ‘ride-out’ without making it too serious.

What Cyril and his team have bought from the world of rally is the system of navigation, with all participants’ machines being fitted with a Tripy electronic GPS road book. Much simpler to use than its paper equivalent, it brings a taste of Dakar to the event while allowing everybody’s average speed to be accurately calculated. The team are also keen to recreate the conviviality of the rally bivouac, so while hotel accommodation will be provided for all participants, the evenings’ activities will be centre around the rally village in the hotel’s grounds, with music groups, presentations by Cyril and some of his colleagues, nightly barbecues and a gala prize giving all contributing to the rally ambiance.

The exact date of the event will be announced in the next month and other details will be given as and when they become available. For more information, visit www.andorra500.com.

Andorra 500 from Cyril DESPRES on Vimeo.

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<![CDATA[2015 Yamaha WR450F Rally Racer Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-wr450f-rally-racer-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-wr450f-rally-racer-revealed/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:11:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46849 2015 Yamaha WR450F Rally Racer Revealed
Yamaha revealed its WR450F Rally, the off-road race machine designed for competitions such as the famed Dakar Rally. Developed by Yamaha Italy and Rebel X Sports, the WR450F Rally will be ridden by racer Manuel Lucchese but will also be available for sale to prospective racers for €13,490 (US$17,080). A conversion kit will also be […] more]]>
Yamaha revealed its WR450F Rally, the off-road race machine designed for competitions such as the famed Dakar Rally. Developed by Yamaha Italy and Rebel X Sports, the WR450F Rally will be ridden by racer Manuel Lucchese but will also be available for sale to prospective racers for €13,490 (US$17,080). A conversion kit will also be offered for €5,690 (US$7200) so WR450F owners can make their machines Rally-ready.

Based on the Yamaha WR450F, the Rally version was adapted to carry 7.55 gallons of fuel in two evenly-distributed plastic tanks (4.8 gallons at the front, 2.7 gallons in the removable rear tank), giving it a range of approximately 300 km (186 miles). A specially-designed bash plate with a water reservoir is installed below the engine offering added protection to the water pump while also housing a large toolbox for emergency repairs.

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No details about the engine were released, though Yamaha says the muffler has been tuned to improve performance at both low and high rpm. The engine mapping was also modified to meet the needs of rally racing.

The fairing is mounted to the front tank with quick release bolts, allowing easy removable without needing tools.

Behind the tall windscreen is a full navigation tower with an RNS Tripmaster, and electronic roadbook holder for rally racing. The navigation system is controlled using bottons mounted near the left handgrip. The navigation tower is mounted to a specifically designed bracket allowing it to be easily removed to convert the WR450F for Enduro competition.

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The headlights are 50 watt LEDs and mounted inside a special shell to prevent any reflections on the windscreen. The WR450F’s standard 7 Ah battery has been replaced with a 14 Ah lithium ion battery to power all of the extra navigation instruments and lighting.

To better handle the higher speeds involved in rally racing, the standard WR450F’s 250mm front brake disc was replaced by a 270mm wave-style disc.

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[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Video XIX: High Quality Materials + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/motorcycle-news/ninja-h2-video-xix-high-quality-materials-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/motorcycle-news/ninja-h2-video-xix-high-quality-materials-video/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:11:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46851 Ninja H2 Video XIX: High Quality Materials + Video
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The Kawasaki Ninja H2 teaser videos aren’t showing any signs of letting up, and today, Kawasaki has released video number 19 in the series. This time, highlighting the high quality materials used in the H2. As you watch the video, consider these notes from MO’s Editor in Chief, Kevin Duke:

  • The supercharger impeller is machined from billet aluminum. This is a costly process for a volume OEM.
  • Inconel exhaust valves. This is an exotic metal that can resist extreme temps better than titanium.
  • Note the aluminum airbox, rather than a nylon or plastic type seen on most production bikes. It’s able to handle the greater-than-atmospheric pressures from the supercharger.
  • Regarding the steel-trellis frame: This is the first time I’ve seen the whole thing. Looks far more robust than seen with bodywork. Intricate steel tubes used instead of aluminum beams to more easily accommodate the powerplant and its attendant plumbing.
  • Knurled section on rear wheel to prevent the tire slipping on the rim under extreme acceleration.

While those are the bits you can see in the video, KD saw the H2 in person at the AIMExpo recently, and came back with these interesting tidbits:

Kawasaki’s Croft Long told me Kawi tried to contract existing supercharger companies to build the H2’s unit, but they all apparently said that what they were looking for couldn’t be done, even Eaton, which supplies the superchargers for Jet Skis. So Kawi did this on their own. When I asked Croft what details of the H2 haven’t received enough attention, he noted the extreme efficiency of the supercharger but wouldn’t elaborate further.

On that note, I asked Rob Muzzy what he thought while we looked at the engine cutaway, and he also was perplexed at how the heat created from pressurized inlet air could adequately be dissipated. So, there appears to be something special about Kawi’s supercharger design that has yet to be fully explained.

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<![CDATA[Husqvarna to Present Three Street Bikes at EICMA]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/manufacturers/husqvarna/husqvarna-present-three-streetbikes-eicma/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/22/manufacturers/husqvarna/husqvarna-present-three-streetbikes-eicma/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:01:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46845 Husqvarna to Present Three Street Bikes at EICMA
Husqvarna annonced it will present a three new street-legal motorcycles at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan. One will be ready for production while the other two are concept prototypes offering a look at the brand’s direction. The new production model will use a large  displacement single-cylinder engine, likely based on the 690 Duke from […] more]]>
Husqvarna annonced it will present a three new street-legal motorcycles at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan. One will be ready for production while the other two are concept prototypes offering a look at the brand’s direction.

The new production model will use a large  displacement single-cylinder engine, likely based on the 690 Duke from Husqvarna’s parent company KTM. Husqvarna says the new model will offer state-of-the-art technology while staying true to the brand’s heritage.

Husqvarna is even more vague with its two prototypes, only saying they will “showcase lightweight construction and functionality, premium quality hardware and uncompromised design.”

The new model will be Husqvarna’s first pure street bike since KTM Chief Executive Officer Stefan Pierer acquired the brand from BMW. Husqvarna previously produced the TR650 Terra and Strada and the Nuda 900 and 900R, but they all used technology that still belongs to BMW and were not included in the sale.

We’ll be in Milan offering live coverage of the 2014 EICMA show. Coverage starts on Nov. 3 with some pre-show announcements but Husqvarna’s reveal will be saved for the big press day on Nov. 4.

[Source: Husqvarna]

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<![CDATA[Rewaco Trike Now Offered With Automatic Transmission]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/motorcycle-news/rewaco-trike-now-offered-automatic-transmission/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/motorcycle-news/rewaco-trike-now-offered-automatic-transmission/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46837 Rewaco Trike Now Offered With Automatic Transmission
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Judging by the comments we receive whenever a three-wheeler is seen on these pages, it’s clear the majority of you aren’t big fans of trikes. With that in mind, we present to you one of Europe’s largest trike manufacturers, Rewaco. What’s more, the company has just introduced its RF1 model with an automatic transmission. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to reading what you have to say in the comments section.

First, a short history on Rewaco. The German-based manufacturer designs and builds its trikes from the ground up as three-wheel models – these are not modified motorcycles. Now, after gaining popularity in Europe, the company is expanding its presence and entering the U.S. market.

Generally, Rewaco utilizes a 1.6 liter inline-Four Ford engine or a 1.5 liter turbocharged inline-Four Mitsubishi engine, both with five-speed manual transmissions (that you shift with your left hand) and a reverse gear. The RF1 Turbo automatic uses the 1.5 liter Mitsubishi engine claimed to make 140 hp. It’s mateed to, says Rewaco, to a “7-speed CVT fully automatic transmission with optional pushbutton shifting.” Astute readers will laugh because CVTs have virtually infinite “speeds,” however, we’ll take that to mean the CVT in the automatic has the option of allowing the pilot to chose from seven pre-determined ratios if they desire.

From there the Rewaco trike benefits from a low center of gravity, wide stance, independent rear suspension, unique trapezoidal front suspension, oversized wheels and tires, and bucket seats with full back support for rider and passenger. A wide variety of options are available including wind protection, audio systems, 25 color choices and two of the models come in 2-seater or 3-seater configurations. Yes, you can even take two of your friends behind you on one of these things if you want (and they are fine with the ridicule. Luckily helmets will help disguise their faces).

For more information and dealership inquiries about Rewaco trikes, visit www.rewacousa.com or contact Rewaco USA by emailing info@rewacousa.com. You can also call 1-800-519-7001.

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<![CDATA[Zero Motorcycles Accepting Orders From Military and Law Enforcement for 2015 Motorcycles]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/motorcycle-news/zero-motorcycles-accepting-orders-military-law-enforcement-2015-motorcycles/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/motorcycle-news/zero-motorcycles-accepting-orders-military-law-enforcement-2015-motorcycles/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:31:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46827 Zero Motorcycles Accepting Orders From Military and Law Enforcement for 2015 Motorcycles
2015 Zero electric motorcycles available for law enforcement and military. more]]>
From a Zero Motorcycles press release:


Zero Motorcycles announced today that it is accepting orders for its 2015 line of 100% electric motorcycles from police, authority and military customers. The patrol motorcycles are based upon the proven and popular consumer models—the Zero S, Zero DS and Zero FX—customized to meet the demands of law enforcement, security agencies and all types of first responders, while a separate model, the Zero MMX, is designed for military applications.

All offer a wide array of options that are tailored to suit specific, unique needs. The Zero SP is designed for enforcement on the street. The Zero DSP is a dual sport model designed for both on and off road patrolling. New for 2015, the lower cost Zero FXP has increased off road capability, is lightweight and highly maneuverable and features the convenience of a modular power pack system. The Zero FXP is ideally suited for use in highly congested areas and technical off road settings.

“Over 30 law enforcement agencies from around the world are using Zero Motorcycles within their daily patrols,” said John Lloyd, Zero Motorcycles Vice President of Global Sales. “Low maintenance and operating costs save time and money, and the 100% electric platform provides a significant tactical advantage.”

Throughout the expanded 2015 line, agencies will find numerous refinements and technological advancements that provide greater control, comfort, and operating range. Switchable advanced Bosch ABS (anti-lock braking system) is standard. All models are equipped with fully adjustable Showa front and rear suspension that provides exceptionally smooth action under all conditions. Increased energy density within the Zero SP and Zero DSP batteries offers 10% more capacity, extending Zero Motorcycles’ class-leading range. Equipped with the optional Power Tank accessory, the Zero SP reaches a remarkable 178 miles in the city.

The 2015 fleet of authority and security motorcycles benefit from the same features found on Zero’s industry-leading consumer models. At the core is the proprietary Z-Force® motor and power pack system. The brushless motor is sealed to ensure longevity and operates with such high efficiency that it requires no external cooling systems. Using state-of-the-art cell technology and advanced battery management systems, each motorcycle can travel farther, faster, and last longer.

Details on the full line of Zero Motorcycles authority, security and military motorcycles are available at http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/fleet/. Zero Motorcycles Fleet Sales department can be reached at (888) 786-9376 ext. 105 or FleetSales@zeromotorcycles.com. Models will be on display at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Expo (IACP) held in Orlando, Florida,Oct. 25-28.

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica Expands with Key New Team Members]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/motorcycle-news/motoamerica-expands-key-new-team-members/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/motorcycle-news/motoamerica-expands-key-new-team-members/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:54:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46811 MotoAmerica Expands with Key New Team Members
New MotoAmerica members to secure TV package, secure sponsors and promote series more]]>
In its efforts to return American road racing back to its former glory, MotoAmerica, the new American road racing series, has added several key new members. All three new team members will help to ensure that the MotoAmerica Road Racing series is marketed, promoted and communicated to the world in the best way possible – an issue DMG, the former owners of the AMA series, had could never quite overcome.

According to a MotoAmerica press release, the series is making a commitment to securing a premium TV package and has contracted Roger Elliot to help secure that program. Elliot brings a wealth of experience including 35 years of global motorsports business management and marketing experience, as a Partner in Global Marketing Partners and is the founder and President of PCG TV, the largest independent motorsports digital and television distributor in the world.

Mr. Elliot has distributed an RFQ to attract and retain a world-class digital and television production company. Negotiations are underway for both linear (television) and digital media for MotoAmerica race distribution and feedback and response have been favorable. 

“I am very happy to be representing MotoAmerica to plan and activate their digital and television package,” said Elliot. “While still early in the process I can say with conviction that MotoAmerica will have an attractive network and digital television package in 2015 with world-class production.”

In addition to Elliot, MotoAmerica has contracted the professional services of Tom Moser. Moser has a global entertainment and sports marketing career of more than 35 years including a 20-year career at British American Tobacco, where he was accountable to lead their global sponsorships and author sponsorship marketing best practices for BAT’s 180 operating companies. Moser has deep experience in all forms of motor racing, including engagements such as Formula 1, Moto GP, World Rally and, in North America, IndyCar. Moser is contributing to the development of the company’s business and operating plan, and will support brand management, marketing and partnership development.

Completing the new hires will be John Church, a 20-year veteran of the sports marketing and entertainment sponsorship industry who will lead MotoAmerica’s commercial activities, including sponsorship, promotions, licensing and media sales. He brings over two decades’ worth of experience in the packaging, presentation, sales and management of sponsorship.

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<![CDATA[2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR Announced]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/manufacturers/mv-agusta/2015-mv-agusta-brutale-800-rr-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/manufacturers/mv-agusta/2015-mv-agusta-brutale-800-rr-announced/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:48:44 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46806 2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR Announced
Alongside the newly-revealed Dragster 800 RR comes a similar RR version of the MV Agusta Brutale 800. Like its Dragster cousin, the 2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR receives an updated engine with its maximum horsepower increased to 138 hp at 13,100 rpm and torque bumped up to 63.4 ft-lb. at 10,100 rpm. The performance […] more]]>
Alongside the newly-revealed Dragster 800 RR comes a similar RR version of the MV Agusta Brutale 800. Like its Dragster cousin, the 2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR receives an updated engine with its maximum horsepower increased to 138 hp at 13,100 rpm and torque bumped up to 63.4 ft-lb. at 10,100 rpm.

The performance update was achieved through a redesigned airbox and a second fuel injector for each of the three cylinders on the 798cc engine. MV Agusta also updated the internal shape of the fuel tank, leaving it looking identical from the outside to the non-RR model’s tank while maintaining its 4.4-gallon fuel capacity.

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MV Agusta also added a new hydraulic chain tensioner to reduce engine noise while improving reliability. The counter-rotating crankshaft and removable six-speed transmission remain the same.

The second-iteration of MV Agusta’s Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System offers ride-by-wire throttle control and three ride modes (Sport, Normal and Rain) as well as a customizable fourth mode giving riders the freedom to adjust engine response, rev limiter, engine torque response, throttle sensitivity and engine braking.

The electronically-assisted quickshifter has also been refined. Combined with the slipper clutch, the Brutale 800RR allows for clutchless upshifting and downshifting.

The Brutale 800RR also comes with a traction control system with eight levels of sensitivity (nine if you include “off”).

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The frame remains unchanged from the regular Brutale 800, consisting of a steel tube trellis and two aluminum alloy plates. The RR’s fully-adjustable 43mm Marzocchi upside-down forks received a diamond-like carbon coating and is lighter than those on previous Brutales. Sachs provides the rear shock with adjustable rebound and compression damping and spring preload. Both the front and rear suspension systems offer 4.92 inches of travel.

Like the Dragster RR, the Brutale RR uses twin front brake discs gripped by radial-mount four-piston Brembo calipers. Brembo also supplies the two-piston calipers gripping the 220mm rear disc. The Brutale RR also comes standard with the Bosch 9 Plus anti-lock brake system with rear wheel lift mitigation.

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Other features include a 370.4-pound (claimed) dry weight, reshaped seat, LED taillight and a steering damper by CRC.

MV Agusta is producing two color options: Pearl Shock Red and Pearl Ice White with a black trellis frame or Metallic Avio Grey and Carbon Metallic Black with a red frame.

U.S. pricing and availability have not been announced but in Europe, the 2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is priced at €13,980 (US$17,804).

[Source: MV Agusta]

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<![CDATA[Triumph Bonnevilles and Street Triple RX Coming to America]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/products/triumph-bonnevilles-street-triple-rx-coming-america/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/products/triumph-bonnevilles-street-triple-rx-coming-america/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:16:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46747 Triumph Bonnevilles and Street Triple RX Coming to America
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During Intermot 2014 at the end of September, Triumph unveiled three new Bonneville models: the Spirit, T214 and Newchurch. It also took the wraps off a stylized new Street Triple RX. Today, Triumph has announced the Street Triple RX and two of the Bonneville models – the T214 and Newchurch (pictured above) – will be making their way to the U.S.

Click the links above to read more about each respective model, but to rehash, the Bonneville T214 pays homage to Johnny Allen and his record-breaking Triumph-powered Cee-Gar streamliner, which in 1956, set the first of many land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats by recording a two-way average of 214.4mph. It also celebrates 100 years of land speed records being set at the Bonneville Salt Flats. 

The T214 features a special paint scheme using the distinctive colors of Johnny Allen’s Texas Cee-Gar, of which only 1000 will be produced, each individually numbered. On 6th September 1956, AMA and FIM observers looked on as Allen set the world absolute speed record for a motorcycle at 214.40 mph. The now-classic 1959 Triumph Bonneville was named in tribute to the Texas Cee-Gar team’s record-setting efforts.

The 214.4 mph land speed record lasted until 1962 and was broken by Bill Johnson, riding the nitro methane powered Dudek Triumph streamliner to a speed record of 224.57.

The new Bonneville T214 Limited Edition, based on the T100 Black, pays homage to the remarkable land speed record achievement. The hand painted Caspian Blue and Pure White color scheme complete with red and white checker detailing echoes that of the 1956 Texas Cee-Gar. The blue front mudguard shares the same white star motif from the nosecone of the iconic streamliner. The shortened rear mudguard combined with blacked out wheel rims, handlebars, and rear suspension springs add to the authentic look which is complimented with red seat stitching detail and a smaller front headlight.

Each individually numbered T214 is priced from $9,999. It will be in Triumph dealerships beginning November 2014. As with all Triumphs, the T214 comes with an unlimited mileage, two-year factory warranty. Service intervals are every 6000 miles, or one year, whichever comes first.

The stylized Bonneville Newchurch is styled to celebrate the popular annual international Triumph Tridays festival in Austria. Enhanced styling features include blacked-out fenders, headlamp bowl, handlebars, mirrors and springs. 

Every year a small town in the mountains of Austria plays host to the world’s biggest Triumph party as thousands of Triumph fans descend to celebrate their love of the brand and the bikes they own. Featuring everything from outrageous customs to an off-road drag race known as “The Rumble”, the town of Neukirchen has its name changed to Newchurch for the weeklong Tridays party.

To celebrate this passion and energy, Triumph has produced the new Bonneville Newchurch Special Edition. This new model features fresh new contemporary paint schemes, a new low profile seat and with cool black detailing throughout.

Available in a choice of Cranberry Red / Pure White or Sapphire Blue / Pure White, featuring hand painted black detailing, the Bonneville Newchurch will be available in Triumph dealerships in April 2015 and will be priced starting at $8,699. [Update: Triumph announced a correction, stating the Newchurch will only be available in the U.S. in the Cranberry Red / Pure White color scheme]

Lastly, the Street Triple RX melds the existing Street Triple we all know and love with elements of the Daytona 675. Those enhancements include the Daytona 675R’s red subframe, along with Diablo Red wheels, special decals, seat cowl, belly pan and fly screen. The race inspired quickshifter comes standard, as does the Striking Matt Aluminum silver paint scheme. 

The 675cc inline-Triple, one of our favorite engines, remains, complemented with fully adjustable KYB suspension. Braking comes from 310mm discs fitted with standard, switchable ABS.

Since the Street Triple RX is pretty stylish, Triumph is including an engine immobilizer, while further security can be found via a Triumph D lock accessory that stows under the seat.

Comprehensive LCD digital instrumentation includes a built-in lap timer, programmable gear shift lights, fuel gauge, clock and gear position indicator, as well as a large, clear tachometer and digital speedo. The clocks can also display front and rear tire pressures when the optional Triumph Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is fitted.

The new Street Triple Rx will be available in dealerships February 2015 and will be priced at $11,199.

Check out the massive photo gallery below for more pictures of all the models coming here.

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<![CDATA[2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR Officially Revealed + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/manufacturers/mv-agusta/2015-mv-agusta-dragster-800-rr-officially-revealed-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/21/manufacturers/mv-agusta/2015-mv-agusta-dragster-800-rr-officially-revealed-video/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:13:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46711 2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR Officially Revealed + Video
Yesterday we brought you official images of the new 2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR that were leaked online. The Italian manufacturer has now provided official information about the new model including an additional 14.8 hp and 3.7 ft-lb. over the original Dragster 800. Other noticeable upgrades over the base model include an adjustable CRC […] more]]>
Yesterday we brought you official images of the new 2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR that were leaked online. The Italian manufacturer has now provided official information about the new model including an additional 14.8 hp and 3.7 ft-lb. over the original Dragster 800.

Other noticeable upgrades over the base model include an adjustable CRC steering damper, wire-spoke 17-inch rims and two new paint schemes with red fork tubes.

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The Dragster RR uses a similar 798cc three-cylinder engine as the non-RR model but maxes out at 138 hp at 13,100 rpm while offering 63.4 ft-lb. at 10,100 rpm. By comparison, the Dragster 800 tops out at 123.4 hp at 11,600 rpm while a peak torque of 59.7 ft-lb. comes at a relatively sedate 8600 rpm. The performance upgrade comes courtesy of a redesigned airbox and an optimized exhaust system. MV Agusta also equipped the Dragster RR with a second fuel injector per cylinder while adding a new hydraulic chain tensioner said to run quieter and more reliably than the previous component. The 4.4-gallon fuel tank was also modified to provide space for the upgrades.

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MV’s Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System electronics platform returns on the Dragster RR, offering ride-by-wire throttle control. MV Agusta says the fuel mapping options have been refined for performance and fuel economy. The Dragster RR also comes with an eight-level traction control system.

MV Agusta also upgrade its quickshifter EAS system for clutchless upshifts and downshifts, aided by a new slipper clutch.

102114-2015-mv-agusta-dragster-800-rr-_TI86713The RR’s chassis is the similar to the regular Dragster with a steel tube trellis frame and integrated aluminum pivot plates for the rear swingarm. The RR’s fully-adjustable 43mm Marzocchi upside-down fork is lighter with Diamond Like Carbon-treated Aluminum and an anodized red color to differentiate from the regular Dragster. The single-sided swingarm is connected to a Sachs progressive single shock with adjustable rebound and compression damping and spring preload. Both the front and rear suspension offer 4.92 inches of travel, just like on the regular Dragster 800.

And also like the regular Dragster, the RR comes with four-piston radial-mount brakes gripping twin 320mm front discs and a two-piston caliper with a 220mm disc at the rear courtesy of Brembo. A Bosch 9 Plus anti-lock braking system with rear wheel lift-up mitigation comes as standard equipment.

Other highlights include a 31.9-inch seat height, digital display and a claimed dry weight of 370.4 pounds (2.2 pounds heavier than the non-RR version.)

The 2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR comes in two color options: Pearl Shock Red with Pearl Ice White or Pearl Shock Red with Carbon Metallic Black. U.S. pricing and availability remains to be announced but in Europe, the Dragster 800 RR is priced at €16,290 (US$20,732) compared to €13,490 (US$17,171) for the regular Dragster 800.

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[Source: MV Agusta]

 

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<![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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