Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:44:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[Wayne Rainey Talks About MotoAmerica + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/22/motorcycle-news/wayne-rainey-talks-motoamerica-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/22/motorcycle-news/wayne-rainey-talks-motoamerica-video/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:25:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47297 Wayne Rainey Talks About MotoAmerica + Video
Mentions that MotoAmerica will run in conjunction with 2015 U.S. MotoGP and WSBK rounds more]]>
The most exciting bit of news about the 2015 racing season is that the series is under new management. The Wayne Rainey-led MotoAmerica series has high ambitions of developing emerging American talent to hopefully stand on the top step of the podium one day in MotoGP.

In this video, Rainey talks about his vision for the series. Of particular interest is the mention that MotoAmerica will run in conjunction with both MotoGP rounds next year, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Circuit of the Americas (as well as the World Superbike round at Laguna Seca). This exposure to the top teams in international racing is what America’s budding talent needs. It’s how guys like Rainey, Schwantz, Spencer, Lawson, Roberts, et al. made their way overseas. Check out what Rainey has to say in the video below.

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<![CDATA[2014-2015 Triumph Models Recalled for ECU Problem]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/21/manufacturers/triumph/2014-2015-triumph-models-recalled-ecu-problem/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/21/manufacturers/triumph/2014-2015-triumph-models-recalled-ecu-problem/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:11:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47294 2014-2015 Triumph Models Recalled for ECU Problem
Triumph is recalling several 2014 and 2015 motorcycles because of a problem with the engine control units. The recall affects the Bonneville, Bonneville T100, Thruxton, Scrambler, Tiger 800, Tiger 800XC, Speedmaster, America, Thunderbird, Thunderbird Storm, Rocket III Touring and Rocket III Roadster. As of this writing, recalls have been announced in the United Kingdom, Australia […] more]]>
Triumph is recalling several 2014 and 2015 motorcycles because of a problem with the engine control units. The recall affects the Bonneville, Bonneville T100, Thruxton, Scrambler, Tiger 800, Tiger 800XC, Speedmaster, America, Thunderbird, Thunderbird Storm, Rocket III Touring and Rocket III Roadster. As of this writing, recalls have been announced in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada but we expect a similar recall in the next few days for the U.S. market.

According to Transport Canada, the ECU may inadvertently activate one of the fuel injectors, causing it to fill one of the engine cylinders. This may cause the affected motorcycle to fail to start or, if the motorcycle is already operating, may cause one engine cylinder to lose ignition due to excessive fueling. The U.K.’s Vehicle and Operator Safety Agency the problem is caused by ECU components which may be “incompatible when operating at extremes of tolerance”.

Triumph dealers will correct the problem by replacing the ECU on affected units.

We will provide more information when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announces a similar recall for the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Honda Thanks Jeremy McGrath]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/20/manufacturers/honda/honda-thanks-jeremy-mcgrath/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/20/manufacturers/honda/honda-thanks-jeremy-mcgrath/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:44:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47300 Honda Thanks Jeremy McGrath
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From a Honda press release:


American Honda today thanked Jeremy McGrath for his many years representing the brand while racing and riding Honda CR and CRF machinery.

When he rode for Team Honda during his racing career, Jeremy McGrath won four-consecutive premier-class AMA Supercross titles from 1993 to 1996. He also earned the premier-class AMA Motocross crown in 1995 aboard a Honda, as well as the ’91 and ’92 AMA 125 West Supercross championships. After moving on to race for other manufacturers and eventually retiring from professional supercross and motocross racing in 2003, McGrath rode Hondas in Supermoto competition for a time and has served as an ambassador for the brand and a test rider for the factory motocross team.

“We’re proud of what Jeremy and Honda achieved together during his incredible racing career,” said Bob Gurga, vice president, motorcycle division. “We’re grateful for his representation of the brand during those years and also following his retirement, when he represented Honda as an ambassador and test rider. Jeremy is a consummate professional and is still the king of supercross. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and will always consider him a part of the Honda family.”

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<![CDATA[Legend Suspensions Offers New Shocks for Softails, Dynas, FXRs, and Sportsters]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/20/products/legend-suspensions-offers-new-shocks-softails-dynas-fxrs-sportsters/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/20/products/legend-suspensions-offers-new-shocks-softails-dynas-fxrs-sportsters/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:05:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47287 Legend Suspensions Offers New Shocks for Softails, Dynas, FXRs, and Sportsters
Legend Suspensions has updated its Legend AERO suspension line for many Softails. The REVO line of suspenders has also grown to include Dynas, FXRs, and Sportsters   In January 2015, the AERO-ST will be available for all Softails 1989 and later. Using an Aramid Fiber air spring technology, the AERO-ST shock deliver flexible spring rate adjustability for maximum rider comfort. Legend says the AERO-ST will give […] more]]>

Legend Suspensions has updated its Legend AERO suspension line for many Softails. The REVO line of suspenders has also grown to include DynasFXRs, and Sportsters

 

Legend Suspensions AERO-ST for Softails.

Legend Suspensions AERO-ST for Softails.

In January 2015, the AERO-ST will be available for all Softails 1989 and later. Using an Aramid Fiber air spring technology, the AERO-ST shock deliver flexible spring rate adjustability for maximum rider comfort. Legend says the AERO-ST will give you a better handling, more comfortable ride when riding either solo or two-up.

Legend Suspensions REVO-A for Dynas, FXRs, and Sportsters.

Legend Suspensions REVO-A for Dynas, FXRs, and Sportsters.

In the coil suspension category, REVO and REVO-A shocks in 12 in., 13 in., and 14 in. lengths will begin shipping for Harley-Davidson Dynas, FXRs, and Sportsters in January 2015. Legend claims that its shocks feature a special spring rate that allows for less preload for a reduced ride height while still delivering a plush ride. Additionally, REVO-As have the same features plus an external six-position rebound adjuster knob for dialing in the rebound to suit the load and preload.

Legend also notes that AERO model shocks for Kawasaki Vulcan Vaqueros will be released later in 2015.

To find out more, about Legend’s lifetime warranted, US engineered and manufactured shocks visit Legend’s website.

 

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<![CDATA[Jeremy McGrath Reunites with Kawasaki]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/19/products/jeremy-mcgrath-reunites-kawasaki/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/19/products/jeremy-mcgrath-reunites-kawasaki/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:54:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47280 Jeremy McGrath Reunites with Kawasaki
McGrath to be a Kawasaki brand ambassador more]]>
From a Kawasaki press release:


DSC_02111After nearly 25 years, “Showtime” is coming back to Kawasaki.  Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced today that Jeremy McGrath has entered into a role as brand ambassador. The seven-time Monster Energy Supercross champion returns to Kawasaki Team Green and will promote Kawasaki’s complete product line, including the KX, Mule, Ninja, Jetski and Teryx brands.

“As the top grass roots racing program in the industry, I am excited to reunite with the team and do everything I can to promote Kawasaki and help all of the Team Green riders,” said McGrath. “During my racing career and even since retirement, I always kept my eye on Team Green for the next stars of our sport. At this stage in my life, giving back to the sport I love is a top priority, and for that I feel Kawasaki is the best fit.”

McGrath earned his first supercross win aboard a Kawasaki KX 125 in 1990 while racing for the prestigious Kawasaki Team Green program. Along with his promotional duties, McGrath will also serve as a mentor to the Kawasaki Team Green and professional factory supported riders, passing along advice from his many years at the top of the sport.

“Kawasaki is excited to have Jeremy back,” said Kawasaki Director of Marketing Chris Brull. “For him to come back to his roots and begin another relationship with Kawasaki truly is a complement to our products and brand. It is very fitting that Jeremy will join Ryan Villopoto, a four-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion in specific promotions of KX bikes.”

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After more than 30 successful years, the idea that launched the program remains the same. Team Green supports riders at all levels and ensure everyone who rides a Kawasaki is part of the Kawasaki family of owners, riders, dealers and technicians spread across the country. With McGrath’s addition to the Kawasaki family, it only strengthens the brand’s reputation for building champions.

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica Hires Race Operations Manager]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/19/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/motoamerica-hires-race-operations-manager/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/19/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/motoamerica-hires-race-operations-manager/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:12:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47274 MotoAmerica Hires Race Operations Manager
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From a MotoAmerica press release:


MotoAmericaMotoAmerica, the new North American road racing series, is pleased to announce the hiring of Niccole Cox as its Race Operations Manager, effective immediately.

Cox comes to MotoAmerica from MotoWest Grand Prix where she managed all aspects of the business as its Operations Manager. In her new role at MotoAmerica, Cox’s responsibilities are to include, but will not be limited to the following: Rider and team registration, registration and activation of contingency programs, providing race-operation communications to teams, payments of funds to teams, registration of service and support companies, participant credentials, oversee timing and scoring requirements, coordinating MotoAmerica race operations requirements with racetracks (including paddock planning and assignments), and overseeing race operations staffing and equipment needs at events.

“MotoAmerica is pleased to welcome Niccole to our team,” said Chuck Aksland, the COO & Executive Director of Race Operations for MotoAmerica. “Her background made her an ideal candidate to help us develop our procedures and processes. Through Niccole’s previous experience with the MotoWest organization, she has a great understanding of the requirements we need in place to ensure a smooth running event. As with any start-up, there are a million and one details to be worked out in a short amount of time. Niccole has hit the ground running and soon we will be able to release details on rider/team and service company registration options as well as contingency program options for companies interested in partnering with MotoAmerica.”

In addition to her experience working in the industry, Cox is also an avid club road racer.

“With American road racing now in the hands of passionate and driven road racers and enthusiasts, I am certain 2015 will be an exceptional year for our sport and I am elated for this opportunity to work with and learn from the MotoAmerica team,” Cox said. “Our sport is ready for a revitalization, and I am humbled to be a part of this journey.”

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<![CDATA[2015 Honda CB125F Announced for Europe]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/19/manufacturers/honda/2015-honda-cb125f-announced-europe/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/19/manufacturers/honda/2015-honda-cb125f-announced-europe/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:16:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47247 2015 Honda CB125F Announced for Europe
With the sudden explosion of small-displacement motorcycle options in recent years in the 250cc to 400cc range, it’s easy to forget that there is a market for even smaller models. Honda hasn’t forgotten though, introducing the new 2015 CB125F for the European market. The CB125F replaces the CBF125, bringing new styling along the lines of […] more]]>
With the sudden explosion of small-displacement motorcycle options in recent years in the 250cc to 400cc range, it’s easy to forget that there is a market for even smaller models. Honda hasn’t forgotten though, introducing the new 2015 CB125F for the European market.

The CB125F replaces the CBF125, bringing new styling along the lines of its larger siblings the CB300F and CB500F with its multi-reflector headlight and angular side body panels. The CB125F is designed for urban commuting and beginner friendliness, with low- to mid-range torque delivery and a light curb weight of 282 pounds.

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The changes are more than just the styling however. The CB125F uses an all-new steel frame and 18-inch wheels replacing the CBF125F’s 17-inch rims. The steering rake increased from 25.55° to 26° while the trail lengthened 0.3 inches to 3.8 inches. The CB125F is also lower than its predecessor, with a seat height of 30.5 inches compared to 31.2 inches.

A 31mm telescopic fork and dual rear shocks with 5-step preload adjustability provides suspension duties while the braking system is comprised of a two-piston caliper on a 240mm disc up front and a 130mm drum at the back.

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Honda modified the air-cooled fuel-injected 124.7cc engine with a new cylinder head. The revised engine sees a 6% drop in power, with Honda claiming 10.5 hp at 7750 rpm. Torque output saw a 9% drop, now topping out at 8.3 lb-ft. at 6250 rpm. Honda also added a balancer shaft so the new engine should be less vibey than the previous one. Honda claims fuel economy of 120.6 mpg, which would be a range of about 414 miles on a full tank of gas.

[Source: Honda]

 

 

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<![CDATA[Burbank, CA Police Department Takes Delivery of Zero Motorcycles]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/18/motorcycle-news/burbank-ca-police-department-takes-delivery-zero-motorcycles/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/18/motorcycle-news/burbank-ca-police-department-takes-delivery-zero-motorcycles/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:34:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47244 Burbank, CA Police Department Takes Delivery of Zero Motorcycles
Today, Zero Motorcycles announced that the city of Burbank, CA has purchased Zero DSP police motorcycles through local dealer Hollywood Electrics. While receiving daily use for the department, the motorcycles should be of particular use in areas that take advantage of their off-road capabilities, such as the local hills that were previously only accessible by helicopter. The DSPs’ utility and […] more]]>

Today, Zero Motorcycles announced that the city of Burbank, CA has purchased Zero DSP police motorcycles through local dealer Hollywood Electrics. While receiving daily use for the department, the motorcycles should be of particular use in areas that take advantage of their off-road capabilities, such as the local hills that were previously only accessible by helicopter. The DSPs’ utility and silence – in addition to the low maintenance and operation costs – make them desirable in both crowded urban environments and local parks.

“The integration of the dual purpose electric motorcycles will provide the Burbank Police Department with the ability to expand our existing enforcement efforts, which we believe will improve the level of service we provide to our community,” said Lieutenant Jay Hawver of the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau. “We continuously look for opportunities to introduce new technology when practical and applicable. The addition of the new electric motorcycles will put the City of Burbank out in front of our partner law enforcement agencies as a pioneer in the implementation of this new and exciting technology.”

“Zero Motorcycles designed and engineered the police motorcycles based upon direct feedback from patrol officers. We are honored to have the continued support of law enforcement and security agencies and are thrilled that the Burbank Police Department will be using Zero police motorcycles in their fleet,” said Kevin Hartman, Zero Motorcycles fleet sales director.

The police and security fleet vehicle sector is an important market for Zero and one that the company has successfully pursued for several years. Read more about their law enforcement motorcycles on the Zero website.

 

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<![CDATA[2015 Vespa GTS 300 Lineup Announced for US]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/18/manufacturers/vespa/2015-vespa-gts-300-lineup-announced-us/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/18/manufacturers/vespa/2015-vespa-gts-300-lineup-announced-us/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:09:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47232 2015 Vespa GTS 300 Lineup Announced for US
Piaggio Group Americas announced it will offer its 2015 Vespa GTS 300 range in the U.S. with the addition of the Piaggio Multimedia Platform, anti-lock brakes, Enhanced Sliding Suspension and traction control. The largest member of the iconic Vespa scooter family will once again be offered in three variants: the GTS 300, GTS 300 Super […] more]]>
Piaggio Group Americas announced it will offer its 2015 Vespa GTS 300 range in the U.S. with the addition of the Piaggio Multimedia Platform, anti-lock brakes, Enhanced Sliding Suspension and traction control.

The largest member of the iconic Vespa scooter family will once again be offered in three variants: the GTS 300, GTS 300 Super and GTS 300 Supersport. The three models are mechanically identical, sharing the same 278cc single-cylinder four-valve engine claiming 21.2 hp at 7500 rpm and 16.4 lb-ft. at 5000 rpm.

The GTS 300 comes with a chrome rear luggage rack; the Super and Supersport models receive black wheels, different front fender molding, a different “tie” on the shield, and red suspension springs. The Super also gets a black seat with white striping while the Supersport gets a black seat with orange striping and a ribbed surface.

 

111814-2015-007 Vespa GTS_webFor 2015, the GTS range receives the ESS single-sided front suspension first introduced on the Primavera and Sprint models. Instead of being bolted directly to the trailing arm, ESS uses a hinged pin to allow some suspension slide. Piaggio says the design improves riding comfort and absorbs more bumps in the road.

Anti-lock brakes are offered as standard equipment, as is Acceleration Slip Regulation, Piaggio’s form of traction control. First introduced on Vespa models with the 946, ASR uses the ABS sensors to compare the rotation speed of the two wheels. If the rear wheel spins too fast compared to the front wheel, ASR intervenes to prevent sliding.

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The GTS lineup also comes with the PMP system, rebranded as the Vespa Multimedia Platform. VMP turns compatible smartphones into an onboard computer with GPS navigation and real-time display of vehicle and engine speeds, horsepower and torque delivery, fuel consumption and tire condition. VMP also offers a parking locator, remembering the scooter’s position when the engine was last switched off. Riders can also charge their smartphones using the USB port located in the leg shield plate compartment.

Other features include a 12-inch wheels with tubeless tires, 31.1-inch saddle height, a 2.5 gallon fuel tank and enough underseat storage for two open-faced helmets.

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The 2015 Vespa GTS 300 ABS will be offered in Nero Vulcano black and Grigio Dolomiti gray, both with a beige seat for $6,599. The Vespa GTS 300 Super is also priced at $6,599 but comes in Nero Lucido black, Montebianco white or Blue Gaiola blue with a black seat. The Vespa GTS 300 Supersport is offered only in a Nero Abisso matte black with orange graphics and a black saddle with matching orange piping for $6,799. All three GTS models are available in dealerships immediately.

[Source: Piaggio Group Americas]

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<![CDATA[Provisional 2015 WSBK Calendar Released]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/18/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/provisional-2015-wsbk-calendar-released/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/18/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/provisional-2015-wsbk-calendar-released/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:49:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47222 Provisional 2015 WSBK Calendar Released
The International Motorcycling Federation has released a preliminary schedule for the 2015 World Superbike, World Supersport and Superstock 1000 championships. The provisional calendar has 14 rounds including all 12 rounds from the 2014 season. The two other rounds are the recently announced Thailand round at Chang International Circuit and the Moscow Raceway round in Russia […] more]]>
The International Motorcycling Federation has released a preliminary schedule for the 2015 World Superbike, World Supersport and Superstock 1000 championships.

The provisional calendar has 14 rounds including all 12 rounds from the 2014 season. The two other rounds are the recently announced Thailand round at Chang International Circuit and the Moscow Raceway round in Russia which was initially supposed to on the 2014 calendar before being canceled due to the situation in Ukraine.

The 2015 season is set to start Feb. 22 at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit and end (pending a new contract) Oct. 18 at Qatar’s Losail track. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will host the lone U.S. stop on July 19

Provisional 2015 WSBK Calendar

Date Country Circuit WSBK WSS STK
Feb. 22 Australia Phillip Island GP Circuit X X
March 22 Thailand Chang International Circuit X X
April 12 Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
April 19 The Netherlands TT Circuit Assen X X X
May 10 Italy Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e
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X X X
May 24 UK Donington Park X X X
June 7 Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
(subject to contract)
X X X
June 21 Italy Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli X X X
July 5 Russia Moscow Raceway (subject to contract) X X
July 19 USA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca X
Aug. 2 Malaysia Sepang International Circuit X X
Sept. 20 Spain Circuito de Jerez X X X
Oct. 4 France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours X X X
Oct. 18 Qatar Losail International Circuit (subject to contract) X X

[Source: FIM]

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<![CDATA[Jay Leno Rides The Lightning LS-218 + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/17/products/jay-leno-rides-lightning-ls-218-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/17/products/jay-leno-rides-lightning-ls-218-video/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:21:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47217 Jay Leno Rides The Lightning LS-218 + Video
TV star and certified gearhead gets first taste of the Lightning LS-218 more]]>
Last week, Lightning motorcycles finally delivered a LS-218 electric superbike to its first customer. That bike is essentially a road-legal version of the Lightning I rode in 2012. The same one that went 218 mph at Bonneville (hence the name) and claimed an overall motorcycle victory at Pikes Peak. Before doing so, the Lightning crew made a short stop at Jay Leno’s garage, where the former Late Night host got a rundown of the bike from Lightning President, Richard Hatfield. More importantly, however, Jay was lucky enough to be one of, if not the, first person outside Lightning to ride the street-legal LS-218. Check out what he has to say about it in the video below. And in case you’re wondering, yes, we’re working on getting a test ride aboard the LS-218 soon.

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<![CDATA[SpeedMob Named Arrow Exhausts Exclusive US Distributor]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/17/motorcycle-news/speedmob-named-arrow-exhausts-exclusive-us-distributor/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/17/motorcycle-news/speedmob-named-arrow-exhausts-exclusive-us-distributor/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:30:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47205 SpeedMob Named Arrow Exhaust’s Exclusive US Distributor
Arrow teams up with SpeedMob in U.S. market more]]>
From a SpeedMob press release:


SpeedMob, Inc. is informing its dealer partners that on Monday, October 20, 2014 Arrow Exhaust officially closed its previous US operation. This decision was made in order to manage their sales in North America as they do throughout the world, by having a strategic and exclusive partnership with an “in-market” distributor. In this case they have chosen to partner with SpeedMob, Inc. to manage their marketing, racing and sales efforts throughout North America.

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Adele Di Corato, Arrow Special Parts’ US Customer Relations Manager states: “SpeedMob’s team collectively has more than fourteen years in the exhaust sector and a proven record of successfully building and managing a premium exhaust brand. We believe SpeedMob is the right strategic partner to strengthen our brand’s presence, equity and support for our North American dealers.”

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Tim Calhoun, President of SpeedMob, states: “We are excited to strengthen our role in the future success for Arrow products in this market. In our first six months of working with Arrow, we were able to deliver their first US racing championship with Red Bull RoadRace Factory and rider Jake Gagne winning the Daytona Sportbike class. We plan to leverage this success for our marketing efforts to build brand presence. We will also offer an expanded outreach program to our amateur racing and track day partners.” Calhoun continues: “We are working hard to bring Arrow off-road exhausts back to this market and will increase efforts to address US specific market demands by working closely with and listening to the needs of the dealer partners we have and the customers they service. Dealers are the heartbeat of premium brands and our earpiece to the wants and needs of the consumers they service. We will do our best to address these requests and to offer premium service to their before and after sales needs.”

For more information or to place an order, please contact SpeedMob at (510) 232-4040, email sales@speedmob.com or visit www.speedmob.com.

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<![CDATA[Cheap Cycle Parts And Competition Accessories Merge]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/17/products/cheap-cycle-parts-competition-accessories-merge/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/17/products/cheap-cycle-parts-competition-accessories-merge/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:05:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47202 Cheap Cycle Parts And Competition Accessories Merge
Cheap Cycle Parts merger with Competition Accessories expands offerings to consumers more]]>
The following is from a press release:


Two of the USA’s leading motorcycle related E-commerce sites announced today the completion of a merger of operations effective immediately.

Founded in 2006, CheapCycleParts.com is one of the leading marketers of OEM parts and accessories to powersports enthusiasts. They offer parts for Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Can Am, KTM, Polaris and Sea Doo motorcycles, ATV’s, UTVs and watercraft.

Founded in 1961, CompetitionAccessories.com is one of the best known direct marketers of after‐ market parts, accessories, helmets and riding apparel. Their offerings include the exclusive distribution rights to Sliders, Aeromoto and Shadow Distributing Motorcycle Gear.

Chris McCarty, Founder of Cheap Cycle Parts stated, “This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with an industry leader in the aftermarket segment and broaden relevant offerings to our customers of products that we don’t currently offer. From Competition Accessories perspective, their customers now have access to hundreds of thousands of OEM parts through our website and distribution system. It’s win, win for all of our customers.” 

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<![CDATA[Yet Another Kawasaki Ninja H2R Promo Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/14/videos/yet-another-kawasaki-ninja-h2r-promo-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/14/videos/yet-another-kawasaki-ninja-h2r-promo-video/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:16:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47213 Yet Another Kawasaki Ninja H2R Promo Video
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Kawasaki wants to make sure you’re aware just how jaw-droppingly fast the new Ninja H2R really is. And if the two-dozen or so teaser videos it’s released aren’t enough to convince you, here’s yet another attempt from Team Green to showcase how special the Ninja H2R is. Remember, the R designation means this H2 has no limits: 300 hp, 200-plus mph and circuit use only. Admittedly, we’re extremely anxious to hop aboard the H2 and H2R, and this video does a great job of conveying it’s uncanny ability to accelerate, but enough with the videos – now all we want to do is ride the thing!

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<![CDATA[Team Honda Ready For The 2015 AMA Supercross Season]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/14/manufacturers/honda/team-honda-ready-2015-ama-supercross-season/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/14/manufacturers/honda/team-honda-ready-2015-ama-supercross-season/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:00:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47210 Team Honda Ready For The 2015 AMA Supercross Season
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The following is from a Honda press release:


American Honda today officially presented its 2015 Team Honda lineup to the media during a press event held at the Castillo Ranch supercross track. Factory riders Trey Canard and Cole Seely were the stars for this overview of the race program as the team approaches the highly anticipated 2015 AMA Supercross season.

The day opened with an introduction from Honda Team Manager Dan Betley, who reviewed the successful end to the 2014 season and discussed the changes made during the off-season to improve the program even further. Betley presented the team’s new staff members, including two important principals from HRC, Motocross Representative Director Keisuke Inomoto and Motocross Technical Director Yasuhiro Yokoyama.

“We’re very excited with the path we’re on right now,” Betley said. “We started from a solid foundation as we headed into the off-season, and since then we’ve worked hard and intelligently. Testing is going well, and with the increased support we’re receiving from HRC, we’re already seeing measureable improvements with the bike and program. We’ll continue working hard right up until the first round of 2015.”

Betley went on to congratulate returning racer Canard, who has been with Team Honda his entire 450 career, and to welcome premier-class rookie Seely to the squad.

“I’m really proud to continue my long relationship with Honda,” Canard said. “It was great to finish out the 2014 season on a high note, but I’m even more excited for what’s to come. The bike is working better than ever, and it’s amazing to see the team firing on all cylinders. Everyone is really motivated, and we’re expecting great things in 2015.”

Seely was enthusiastic as well. “It’s an honor to be a part of a team with such an incredible history,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Team Honda as a substitute rider, but it’s cool to get to officially be a part of it and to see everyone in preparation mode over the off-season. I’ve been working really hard on my fitness, and I can’t wait for January to come.”

Following the introductions and a technical walkthrough of the 2015 Team Honda CRF450R, Canard and Seely met with members of the media for one-to-one interviews and photos before taking to the track for a pair of photo and video sessions for the journalists and team sponsors.

Team Honda will kick off the 2015 AMA Supercross season on January 3 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica Adds KTM RC390 Spec Racing Series]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/14/manufacturers/ktm/motoamerica-adds-ktm-rc390-spec-racing-series/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/14/manufacturers/ktm/motoamerica-adds-ktm-rc390-spec-racing-series/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:37:42 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47199 MotoAmerica Adds KTM RC390 Spec Racing Series
MotoAmerica and KTM North America announced a new spec racing series built around the RC390 that will compete at select rounds of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. The new KTM RC Cup will pit riders aged 18 to 22 on identical RC390 race bikes for a shot at an AMA National […] more]]>
MotoAmerica and KTM North America announced a new spec racing series built around the RC390 that will compete at select rounds of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.

The new KTM RC Cup will pit riders aged 18 to 22 on identical RC390 race bikes for a shot at an AMA National Championship and contingency money. The series fits into MotoAmerica’s plans for developing homegrown racing talent for the international stage.

“One of our main goals in creating MotoAmerica was to find new talent and this is the start of that,” says Wayne Rainey,  three-time 500cc world champion and a member of the MotoAmerica leadership. “This is going to give a lot of young riders the opportunity to feel the excitement of racing at a professional event on top-level KTM RC390 motorcycles while competing for a National Championship. The KTM RC Cup is also going to give the teams a chance to see new talent in a competitive environment. Our goal is to give these riders the opportunity to move up through our championship classes in MotoAmerica with a goal of making it to the World Championships.”

HMC Racing, the Wisconsin-based race team that also operates KTM’s Superbike racing program, will provide trackside service including pit areas and hospitality sections for racers as well a technical and parts support for RC Cup racers. KTM factory rider Chris Fillmore will also serve as a mentor for the young racers.

RC Cup race bikes will be sold as race-prepared models to dealers and customers; regular production RC390 models are ineligible for the series. Engines will be sealed to maintain quality. HMC technicians will perform any required engine teardowns, engine rebuilds and ECU checks.

“We are really excited for KTM to partner with MotoAmerica on this project with a clear goal to help bring youth back into American road racing,” says Jon-Erik Burleson, president of KTM North America. “We are proud of the effort MotoAmerica is putting toward reviving road racing in this country and look forward to a season of exciting racing from our RC Cup to the premier Superbike class.”

[Source: MotoAmerica, KTM]

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<![CDATA[C600 Sport, G650GS Sertao and HP4 Dropped from BMWs 2015 US Lineup]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/14/manufacturers/bmw/c600-sport-g650gs-sertao-hp4-dropped-bmws-2015-us-lineup/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/14/manufacturers/bmw/c600-sport-g650gs-sertao-hp4-dropped-bmws-2015-us-lineup/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:22:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47191 C600 Sport, G650GS Sertao and HP4 Dropped from BMW’s 2015 US Lineup
BMW Motorrad USA announced it is discontinuing the C600 Sport scooter, G650GS Sertão adventure bike and HP4 sportbike from its 2015 lineup. Those models may still be available in other markets, but for the U.S. at least, 2014 was their final model year. The announcement is a bit of a surprise, as all three discontinued […] more]]>
BMW Motorrad USA announced it is discontinuing the C600 Sport scooter, G650GS Sertão adventure bike and HP4 sportbike from its 2015 lineup. Those models may still be available in other markets, but for the U.S. at least, 2014 was their final model year.

The announcement is a bit of a surprise, as all three discontinued models have received their certification for the 2015 model year from the California Air Resources Board. On the other hand, discontinuing these models eliminates some of the overlap in BMW’s U.S. lineup.

The updates for the new 2015 S1000RR, for example, bring it close to the HP4′s specifications. In his review of the updated model, Content Editor Tom Roderick described the S1000RR with the optional Race and Dynamic packages as “an HP4 in all but name, maybe a little better”.

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Dropping the C600 Sport leaves the C650GT as the lone scooter in BMW’s U.S. lineup (whereas in Europe, BMW offers both scooters as well as the electric C evolution). The more touring-oriented C650GT returns to U.S. dealerships with a $500 increase in price, bumping it up to $10,490 for the base level package.

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The Sertão variant may be gone but the regular G650GS is also returning for 2015. Its price is increasing by $45 to $7,895 for the base package.

[Source: BMW]

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<![CDATA[2015 KTM 390 Duke Announced for US with $4999 Price Tag]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/13/manufacturers/ktm/2015-ktm-390-duke-announced-us-4999-price-tag/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/13/manufacturers/ktm/2015-ktm-390-duke-announced-us-4999-price-tag/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:05:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47183 2015 KTM 390 Duke Announced for US with $4999 Price Tag
KTM officially announced the 390 Duke will arrive in the U.S. this spring carrying a price of $4,999. The 390 slots in under the 690 Duke and 1290 Super Duke R in KTM’s lineup of naked bikes in the U.S. (we won’t be getting the even smaller 125 and 200 Dukes here, as they’d be […] more]]>
KTM officially announced the 390 Duke will arrive in the U.S. this spring carrying a price of $4,999.

The 390 slots in under the 690 Duke and 1290 Super Duke R in KTM’s lineup of naked bikes in the U.S. (we won’t be getting the even smaller 125 and 200 Dukes here, as they’d be deemed too small for the market). The engine is the same four-valve 373cc Single also found in the RC390, which claims 44 hp.

Discuss this at our KTM Duke 390 Forum.

The naked Duke uses a similar steel trellis frame as the RC390 but has a slightly smaller steering head angle. The 390 Duke’s 53.8-inch wheelbase is about an inch longer than on the RC390 but has a bit less ground clearance. The naked bike also has a larger fuel tank, but at just 2.9 gallons it’s still a half gallon smaller than on competitors such as the Honda CB300F or Suzuki GW250.

The 390 Duke has a more upright seating position than the RC thanks to its higher and wider handlebars while its 31.4-inch seat height is 0.8 inches lower than on the faired sportbike. The two bikes have similar 43mm upside-down forks from WP Suspension and brakes (including the Bosch 9MB ABS as standard equipment) and multi-function LCD display. Lacking the plastics on the RC390, the 390 Duke is lighter, claiming a weight of 306 pounds compared to sportbike’s claimed dry weight of 324 pounds.

[Source: KTM]

 

 

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<![CDATA[2015 KTM RC390 Priced at US$5499]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/13/manufacturers/ktm/2015-ktm-rc390-priced-us5499/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/13/manufacturers/ktm/2015-ktm-rc390-priced-us5499/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:13:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47180 2015 KTM RC390 Priced at US$5499
KTM North America officially announced U.S. pricing for the RC390, the Austrian manufacturer’s 373cc entry-level sportbike. At $5,499, the RC390 does land at the top end for sub-400cc sportbikes in the U.S., but not by very much. The tradeoff is some higher quality components that could give KTM a good chunk of the small sportbike […] more]]>
KTM North America officially announced U.S. pricing for the RC390, the Austrian manufacturer’s 373cc entry-level sportbike. At $5,499, the RC390 does land at the top end for sub-400cc sportbikes in the U.S., but not by very much. The tradeoff is some higher quality components that could give KTM a good chunk of the small sportbike market when it arrives in U.S. showrooms in the spring.

2015 KTM RC390 First Ride Review

The ABS-equipped RC390 is just $200 more expensive than the similarly ABS-equipped version of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 while offering an additional 77cc of engine displacement. The RC’s Single claims an output of 44 hp which gives it an edge over the 39 hp claimed by the Ninja’s Twin. The RC also claims a dry weight of 324 pounds which, even with fluids, should make it lighter than the Ninja’s claimed curb weight of 379 pounds.

The $4,990 Yamaha R3 comes a bit closer, claiming about 42 hp out of its 321cc Twin and a claimed wet weight of 368 pounds. The R3, however, is not available with ABS in the U.S. The ABS-equipped Honda CBR300R retails for $4,899 and claims a wet weight of 357 pounds but its 286cc Single is well down in power, claiming 30.4 hp.

One drawback for the RC390 is the 2.6-gallon fuel tank compared to 3.4 gallons on the CBR, 3.7 on the R3 and the Ninja’s relatively ginormous 4.5-gallon tank.

Discuss this at our KTM Duke 390 Forum.

The RC390 uses a tubular steel trellis chassis and 43mm fork from WP Suspension, giving it a big-bike feel its competitors lack. Other features include a digital LCD display, a compact twin LED headlight, 300mm front brake disc, turn signals integrated into the mirrors and a neatly tucked away underslung exhaust.

[Source: KTM]

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<![CDATA[Lightning Delivers First LS-218 Electric Superbike]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/13/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/lightning-delivers-first-ls-218-electric-superbike/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/13/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/lightning-delivers-first-ls-218-electric-superbike/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:11:30 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47176 Lightning Delivers First LS-218 Electric Superbike
Lightning Motorcycles has delivered its first LS-218, the company’s 200-hp electric superbike. Officially unveiled in May at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the LS-218 is the production version of the first electric motorcycle to exceed a land speed of 200 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The first LS-218 (named for the bike’s Bonneville-recorded top speed […] more]]>
Lightning Motorcycles has delivered its first LS-218, the company’s 200-hp electric superbike. Officially unveiled in May at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the LS-218 is the production version of the first electric motorcycle to exceed a land speed of 200 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The first LS-218 (named for the bike’s Bonneville-recorded top speed of 218 mph) was delivered to Troy Helming, chief executive officer of renewable energy company Pristine Sun.

“The realization of the dream of bringing the LS-218 street superbike to market has been challenging and rewarding,” says Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. “We could not have a better first customer than Troy Helming, CEO of Pristine Sun, a leader in renewable energy project development. We are thrilled to deliver our first street legal superbike for Troy to use for his daily commute.”

The Lightning LS-218 is powered by a liquid-cooled internal permanent magnet electric motor claiming 200 hp and 168 lb-ft. Lightning offers three battery pack options, promising a range of 100-120 miles on the 12 kwh pack, 120-150 miles on the 15 kwh pack and 160-180 miles on the 20 kwh pack. Charging time is said to be 30 minutes using a quick charger and 120 minutes on a level 2 charger.

The LS-218 uses high-end components including an Ohlins FGRT upside-down fork and TTX36 erar shock, dual radial-mount four-piston Brembo front brake calipers and Marchesini forged magnesium wheels. Lightning claims the LS-218 weighs 495 pounds. Pricing starts at $38,888.

[Source: Lightning]

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<![CDATA[2015 Husqvarna and KTM Models with 4CS Forks Recalled]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/12/manufacturers/husqvarna/2015-husqvarna-ktm-models-4cs-forks-recalled/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/12/manufacturers/husqvarna/2015-husqvarna-ktm-models-4cs-forks-recalled/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:34:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47167 2015 Husqvarna and KTM Models with 4CS Forks Recalled
KTM and Husqvarna are recalling 2015 off-road models equipped with WP Suspension‘s 4CS forks. The four-chamber forks were new upgrades to several models in Husqvarna’s and KTM’s 2014 lineups, which may have contributed to the problem. According to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, a change in the production process may have resulted in insufficient […] more]]>
KTM and Husqvarna are recalling 2015 off-road models equipped with WP Suspension‘s 4CS forks. The four-chamber forks were new upgrades to several models in Husqvarna’s and KTM’s 2014 lineups, which may have contributed to the problem.

According to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, a change in the production process may have resulted in insufficient tightening of the piston rod and screw cap. Should the piston rod detach from the screw cap, the forks may get damaged and potentially seize, increasing the risk of a crash.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has yet to announce a recall for the U.S. market but we expect to hear one in the next few days.

Husqvarna and KTM dealers will inspect the affected units and, if necessary, correct the connection between the piston rod and screw cap.

[Source: Husqvarna, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission; Photos by Romero S., Campelli M. and  Mitterbauer H.]

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<![CDATA[Ducati Scrambler Named Most Beautiful Bike of EICMA 2014]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/11/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-scrambler-named-beautiful-bike-eicma-2014/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/11/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-scrambler-named-beautiful-bike-eicma-2014/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:13:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47150 Ducati Scrambler Named Most Beautiful Bike of EICMA 2014
The Ducati Scrambler was selected in a poll by Italian magazine Motociclismo as the “Most Beautiful Bike of Show” at the 2014 EICMA show. EICMA 2014: Milan Motorcycle Show The Scrambler was a bit of a surprise considering it actually debuted a few weeks earlier at the Intermot show. The Scrambler was an overwhelming winner, […] more]]>
The Ducati Scrambler was selected in a poll by Italian magazine Motociclismo as the “Most Beautiful Bike of Show” at the 2014 EICMA show.

EICMA 2014: Milan Motorcycle Show

The Scrambler was a bit of a surprise considering it actually debuted a few weeks earlier at the Intermot show. The Scrambler was an overwhelming winner, however, selected by 43% of the approximately 10,000 visitors polled by Motociclismo, well ahead of the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR which came in second at 15%.

Most Beautiful Bike of Show results

  1. Ducati Scrambler (43%)
  2. MV Agusta Brutale RR Dragster 800 (15%)
  3. Yamaha YZF-R1 (14%)
  4. Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory in 1100 (8%)
  5. BMW S 1000 XR (6%)
  6. Moto Guzzi Eldorado (3%)
  7. Honda Crossrunner (2%)
  8. Husqvarna 701 Supermoto (2%)
  9. Triumph Street Triple RX (1%)
  10. Suzuki GSX-S1000F (1%)

There may be an inherent bias in this poll by an Italian magazine of primarily Italian guests for a motorcycle show in Italy, as this marks the tenth year in a row that an Italian motorcycle won the “Most Beautiful Bike of Show” honor.

Previous Most Beautiful Bike of Show Winners

  • 2005 MV Agusta Brutale 910 R
  • 2006 Ducati 1098
  • 2007 MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR
  • 2008 Ducati Streetfighter
  • 2009 Ducati Multistrada 1200
  • 2010 MV Agusta F3
  • 2011 Ducati 1199 Panigale
  • 2012 MV Agusta Rivale 800
  • 2013 Ducati Monster 1200S
  • 2014 Ducati Scrambler

Do you agree with Motociclismo‘s poll? Which motorcycle from the 2014 EICMA show do you think was the most beautiful?

[Source: Ducati, Motociclismo]

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<![CDATA[KTM Announces New Race Car Project]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/11/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-announces-new-race-car-project/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/11/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-announces-new-race-car-project/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:07:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47147 KTM Announces New Race Car Project
KTM and Reiter Engineering announced they are working on a new race car that will be sold in the U.S., Europe and Asia. No technical details were revealed, though KTM did provide an illustration of the Kiska-designed car. Unlike the KTM X-Bow, the new race car has a glass roof and a larger rear spoiler. […] more]]>
KTM and Reiter Engineering announced they are working on a new race car that will be sold in the U.S., Europe and Asia. No technical details were revealed, though KTM did provide an illustration of the Kiska-designed car. Unlike the KTM X-Bow, the new race car has a glass roof and a larger rear spoiler.

Reiter Engineering is best known for its work on Lamborghini race cars for GT and Le Mans competition. Reiter and KTM first started working together in 2008 with the X-Bow GT4 race car which won the GT4 Sports Light European Championship.

“Now is the ideal time to introduce a revolutionary new vehicle concept into international customer motorsport,” says Hans Reiter of Reiter Engineering. “This is an opportunity I did not want to miss and I presented my ideas to KTM. I’m convinced that the new model will attract a lot of interest and will be very successful internationally. My thanks to project partners KTM Sportcar, KISKA and KTM Technologies who have energetically supported us in realizing the project.”

The KTM X-Bow (pictured below) has primarily been used in single-make competitions such as the X-Bow Battle. The new car is intended for international competitions.

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“With the X-Bow Battle we have established a highly successful one-make series competition for our customers who are also motorsport enthusiasts,” says Hubert Trunkenpolz, member of KTM’s Executive Board. “We are very aware that among them, and among many other like-minded enthusiasts, there is a demand for a racing car that can compete in international races. With this in mind, Hans Reiter came to us with the challenging idea of developing a completely new X-BOW for use in motorsport. We enthusiastically support this development in the knowledge that Reiter Engineering is an internationally recognized team that develops, constructs and markets highly successful racing cars. We are hundred percent convinced that the result will be a real ‘READY TO RACE’ product in the best KTM tradition!”

[Source: KTM]

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<![CDATA[2015 Victory Models Recalled for Transmission Issue]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/11/manufacturers/victory/2015-victory-models-recalled-transmission-issue/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/11/manufacturers/victory/2015-victory-models-recalled-transmission-issue/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:36:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47141 2015 Victory Models Recalled for Transmission Issue
Polaris is recalling a small batch of 2015 Victory motorcycles because of a problem that can cause the transmission to unexpectedly shift gears or drop into neutral. The recall affects the 2015 Cross Country, Cross Country 8-Ball, Cross Country Tour, Gunner, Hammer 8-Ball, High Ball, Magnum, Vegas 8-Ball and Vision Tour, though only 122 units […] more]]>
Polaris is recalling a small batch of 2015 Victory motorcycles because of a problem that can cause the transmission to unexpectedly shift gears or drop into neutral. The recall affects the 2015 Cross Country, Cross Country 8-Ball, Cross Country Tour, Gunner, Hammer 8-Ball, High Ball, Magnum, Vegas 8-Ball and Vision Tour, though only 122 units manufactured between Aug. 11 and Sept. 2 are afflicted with the problem.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the transmission shift drum detent roller springs on the affected motorcycles may not have been installed correctly. The poorly-installed detent arm return springs may cause the transmission to unexpectedly change or drop out of gear, potentially causing a rider to lose control and increasing the risk of a crash.

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Victory has put a stop sale on affected vehicles, and dealers will inspect and correctly install the springs on motorcycles in their inventory. Only four units have been warranty registered, and Victory is contacting their owners to alert them of the issue.

[Source: NHTSA]

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<![CDATA[Robbie Maddison Rips Up Olympic Park, Sets New Drop-In Record + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/10/videos/robbie-maddison-rips-olympic-park-sets-new-drop-record-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/10/videos/robbie-maddison-rips-olympic-park-sets-new-drop-record-video/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:21:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47138 Robbie Maddison Rips Up Olympic Park, Sets New Drop-In Record + Video
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Robbie Maddison is crazy and we love him for it. In this video, however, Maddison has outdone himself. Here, he’s doing something so many of us have dreamed of trying: riding a motorcycle through the Utah Olympic Park. Specifically, he sped through the bobsledding course, en route to finding his way to the ski-jump ramp. And yes, he launched off it!

Details:
Speed at launch: 71 mph
Jump distance: 114 meters / 374 feet
Vertical drop: 185 feet / 18.5 stories…good enough for a new world record!

Check it out below.

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<![CDATA[Marco Melandri To Aprilia MotoGP In 2015]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/10/manufacturers/aprilia/marco-melandri-aprilia-motogp-2015/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/10/manufacturers/aprilia/marco-melandri-aprilia-motogp-2015/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:40:30 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47130 Marco Melandri To Aprilia MotoGP In 2015
Melandri to help Aprilia develop MotoGP racer. more]]>
Marco Melandri has been confirmed as the second rider for Aprilia in the 2015 MotoGP season, joining already-signed Alvaro Bautista. Melandri, of course, has a long history in the grand prix paddock, but most recently raced for Aprilia in the World Superbike series, where he scored six victories and five podium finishes. The following is from an official Aprilia press release.


The lineup is complete for the team that will take Aprilia into its rookie year in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. After the announcement about Alvaro Bautista, today Marco Melandri has officially been signed, fresh from the conclusion of the 2014 Superbike season, also with Aprilia Racing, where he took 6 wins and another 5 podiums that contributed significantly to the WSBK Manufacturer Title that the Italian Brand won.

With these two new world titles earned in the recently ended WSBK season under its belt – Rider and Manufacturer – Aprilia now enters MotoGP a year ahead of the earlier announced schedule. As announced at the beginning of September, Aprilia Racing has signed an agreement with Gresini Racing, based on which Gresini Racing will mange the Aprilia bikes on the track in the MotoGP class for four years beginning with the 2015 season.

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Born in 1982, Marco Melandri began his career at a very young age in minimoto, winning the Italian Championship in 1992 and 1994. Moving to 125 he became Italian Champion for the category in 1997, a title which allowed him to début in the “eighth litre” MotoGP class. Third in 1998 and second in 1999, Marco moved up a category to ride a powerful 250 two-stroke with Aprilia. This was the beginning of a Melandri-Aprilia match up where he finished fifth in the rider standings in 2000, third in 2001 and World Champion (with 9 wins and 2 podiums out of 16 races) in 2002.

Rising to the premier MotoGP category, Melandri immediately confirmed his competitiveness, finishing out the year in second place. In the various MotoGP categories Melandri has won 22 races and been on the podium 62 times.

In 2011 Marco Melandri moved over to World Superbike and was immediately a key player, so much that he was battling for the title from his rookie season, finishing the year in second place. Finishing third in the 2012 season, the rider from Ravenna was also a contender for the title in 2013, finishing out the season in fourth place. In SBK he has taken 19 wins and 31 podiums.

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In its brief history, Aprilia boasts 54 World Titles (38 in MotoGP, 7 in Superbike and 9 in off-road disciplines) which make it one of the most victorious brands on a global level in motorcycle racing. Many recent protagonists in the motorcycle racing world have raced and won with Aprilia such as Biaggi, Capirossi, Rossi, Melandri, Simoncelli, Stoner and Lorenzo.

Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Director: “With Marco Melandri the last piece of the puzzle has been put into place for Aprilia’s participation in next year’s MotoGP season. These have been very intense and exciting days where in just a few hours we went from the last round of Superbike at Losail to this new adventure in MotoGP. We are very pleased to announce Marco’s signing because this completes our team in the best way possible on the eve of a great challenge: with Melandri we now have an all-Italian bike-rider duo. We are moving into MotoGP a year ahead of schedule on wings of enthusiasm because of the double world Superbike championships we have just won. We moved our schedule up because we want the most demanding tracks and the most competitive championship in the world to gauge the quality of our work. Aprilia’s 54 world titles, the hundreds of wins on tracks all over the world give proof of technical skills and a winning attitude that deserve the limelight of the most prestigious stage.”

Marco Melandri: “I was offered the chance to develop a completely new project and it is something that I have not yet done in my career since I have always had ‘inherited’ bikes. Precisely for this reason I am very intrigued by this challenge. I am working with a company and a racing department which sought me out and with which I want to continue to work in order to develop and grow a great project. Aprilia Racing has always demonstrated their ability to make great bikes and make them fast. I’ll put in my efforts. Our goal is quite ambitious: to grow a bike and at the same time to develop a new prototype that will race in 2016. It will be a demanding season and a lot of work but we are ready to take on these challenges.”

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<![CDATA[Thailand Added to 2015 WSBK Calendar]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/10/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/thailand-added-2015-wsbk-calendar/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/10/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/thailand-added-2015-wsbk-calendar/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:05:29 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47129 Thailand Added to 2015 WSBK Calendar
The World Superbike Championship is heading to Thailand next season, with the Chang International Circuit set to host the series on March 20-22, 2015. “We are pleased to announce the introduction of the Thai Round in the calendar, as a clear evidence of our goal to reach new key markets for the motorcycle industry,” says […] more]]>
The World Superbike Championship is heading to Thailand next season, with the Chang International Circuit set to host the series on March 20-22, 2015.

“We are pleased to announce the introduction of the Thai Round in the calendar, as a clear evidence of our goal to reach new key markets for the motorcycle industry,” says Javier Alonso, executive director for promoter Dorna WSBK. “Over the last two years the WSBK has accomplished to be present within important regions, such as the U.S.A., Malaysia, Australia and Qatar with successful events, and we keep working in this direction.”

The  International Motorcycling Federation and Dorna announced the Buriram, Thailand, track has received homologation approval to host the series. That’s an important step, as some other new circuits, South Africa’s Phakisa Freeway being the most recent example, had been added to the championship in recent years only to be removed after failing homologation.

The Chang International Circuit track is 2.82 miles long, running clockwise through 12 corners. The longest straight runs 0.62 miles and the track’s top speed is rated at 195 mph. The circuit can accommodate up to 40,000 spectators.

Though not quite as large as other Asian countries such as Indonesia or Vietnam, Thailand is still an important market for the motorcycle industry.

“One of the objectives of the FIM is to have races on every continent,” says Vito Ippolito, president of  the FIM. “The Asian people are very enthusiastic about motorcycling and having Thailand in the 2015 calendar is a real honour and achievement for all of us and very important for the sport!”

Dorna and the FIM are still working on the 2015 WSBK calendar which will be published Nov. 18. The 12 circuits on the 2014 calendar have all been confirmed for 2015, with organizers targeting a maximum of 15 rounds. It’s unclear at this point what the other two rounds are, though possible candidates are Phakisa (pending homologation) and Moscow, which was canceled following Russia’s activities in Ukraine.

[Source: WSBK]

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<![CDATA[Victory Motorcycles, At-Risk Youth, Set Land Speed Record + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/07/motorcycle-news/victory-motorcycles-risk-youth-set-land-speed-record-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/07/motorcycle-news/victory-motorcycles-risk-youth-set-land-speed-record-video/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:16:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47125 Victory Motorcycles, At-Risk Youth, Set Land Speed Record + Video
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From a Victory press release:


Victory Motorcycles and Pine Bush High School’s Starz Program Helping With Horsepower sets a new national land speed record while providing a learning experience for at-risk youths. Laura Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles developed the Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program to use a motorcycle as a tool to keep kids in school; teaching life lessons such as teamwork, self-confidence and problem solving and, in this case, to go fast!

Lloyd Greer of Lloyd’z Motorworks partnered with Victory to implement Laura’s curriculum and lead the at-risk youth, hands-on, as they built a Victory Hammer motorcycle to set national records on the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats.

The Freedom 106 powered Victory was modified with a Procharger B-1 Supercharger and special tuning to deliver more than 200 HP, capable of achieving the 2014 AMA Bonneville National M-BG/2000 Record of 173.321 MPH.

“We are proud to be part of this special program.” said Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles for Polaris. “Using Victory motorcycles to teach our youth the value of hard work and achieving goals is a terrific way to contribute to the future.”

Check out the video below to witness the excitement at Bonneville, then come see the record setting Victory and meet the team in the Victory Motorcycles booth at the International Motorcycle Shows in Long Beach Nov. 14-16 and New York City Dec. 12-14.

Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson, Wounded Warrior Project, Surprise Vets With New Motorcycles]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/06/motorcycle-news/harley-davidson-wounded-warrior-project-surprise-vets-new-motorcycles/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/06/motorcycle-news/harley-davidson-wounded-warrior-project-surprise-vets-new-motorcycles/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:43:47 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47119 Harley-Davidson, Wounded Warrior Project, Surprise Vets With New Motorcycles
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From a Harley-Davidson press release:


Harley-Davidson made a special delivery of new 2015 motorcycles to six U.S. military veterans, today. The surprise jumpstarts a new partnership between Harley-Davidson and Wounded Warrior Project to help improve the lives of service men and women living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Bill Davidson, great-grandson of company co-founder William A. Davidson, along with six Harley-Davidson employees who are veterans, rode the bikes – led by police motorcade – to Wounded Warrior Project headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. The team of riders gifted the motorcycles to the injured veterans during a press conference scheduled to announce the partnership.

The six veterans – all of whom have been diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD – were hand-selected to receive the motorcycles because, although they are experienced riders, they no longer have access to bikes due to various hardships. The veterans all are affiliated with Wounded Warrior Project.

“It is important to have the support of corporations like Harley-Davidson which understand the long-term needs of our nation’s veterans and are willing to work with us to help warriors uncover and live with their ‘new normal,’” said John Roberts, EVP of Warrior Relations at Wounded Warrior Project. “We know from our warriors that recreational activities like motorcycle riding provide a multitude of therapeutic benefits for those living with PTSD.”

As part of the new partnership, Harley-Davidson will collaborate with Wounded Warrior Project to develop a program geared toward helping more veterans experience the positive benefits of the open road. Peer-to-peer activities, like motorcycle riding, have been known to provide positive therapeutic benefits for PTSD. One in three returning troops is diagnosed with PTSD symptoms and less than 40 percent seek help.

“We’re proud of the nearly 100 years of support Harley-Davidson has provided to the men and women who defend our country and our freedom,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief operating officer at Harley-Davidson. “Our partnership with Wounded Warrior Project builds on that legacy by supporting these veterans in their quest for strength, freedom and independence.”

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<![CDATA[Dainese Webisode #2: Valentino Rossis Leather Suit + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/06/products/dainese-webisode-2-valentino-rossis-leather-suit-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/06/products/dainese-webisode-2-valentino-rossis-leather-suit-video/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:21:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47115 Dainese Webisode #2: Valentino Rossi’s Leather Suit + Video
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Valentino Rossi has been wearing Dainese leathers since he was 14 years old. In the 20-year relationship he’s had with the iconic apparel manufacturer, he’s become, unquestionably, the brand’s most recognized rider. That’s saying a lot considering the number of legendary riders who have donned the brand.

In this, the second of Dainese’s webisodes, “The Doctor” describes his relationship with Dainese. In it, he talks about some of the design aspects he helped contribute to Dainese’s suits. From materials, to armor and even to the development of the D-Air airbag system, we hear from the man himself just how far the company has come.

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<![CDATA[Alpinestars Introduces The Tech-Air Street Airbag System + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/06/products/alpinestars-introduces-tech-air-street-airbag-system-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/06/products/alpinestars-introduces-tech-air-street-airbag-system-video/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:03:11 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47112 Alpinestars Introduces The Tech-Air Street Airbag System + Video
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Following on the success of its Tech-Air racing leathers, Alpinestars has released the next generation of the airbag technology. Called the Tech-Air Street, Alpinestars had always intended for the safety technologies it developed on the racetrack to transfer over to street riders.

The Tech-Air Street airbag system is a completely self-contained system, not needing any sort of tether to the motorcycle. Currently, the Tech-Air Street is available in the Valparaiso and Viper jackets, with the electronic brains of the system housed completely within the back protectors of each jacket. Unlike the racing version of the Tech-Air system, which mainly covers the shoulders and clavicles, the street version protects a larger swath of the body, covering the back, shoulders, kidneys and chest.

Because the Tech-Air Street is not motorcycle dependent, the system can be used on virtually any kind of street motorcycle, even adventure bikes and the light off-roading they are designed for.

Check out the video below for a visual explanation of the system, and check out the Alpinestars website for more information. The Tech-Air Street is set to be available in Europe starting in Spring 2015. U.S. availability and pricing is yet to be determined as of press time.

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<![CDATA[AMA Pro Racing Announces Restructuring, Renewed Focus on Flat Track and Hillclimb]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/05/motorcycle-community/ama-pro-racing-announces-restructuring-renewed-focus-flat-track-hillclimb/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/11/05/motorcycle-community/ama-pro-racing-announces-restructuring-renewed-focus-flat-track-hillclimb/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:07:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47108 AMA Pro Racing Announces Restructuring, Renewed Focus on Flat Track and Hillclimb
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From an AMA Pro Racing press release:


AMA Pro Racing announced today a restructuring and a renewed focus on the sanctioning, operation and promotion of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Hillclimb. In addition, the company remains committed to maintaining the positive and synergistic relationship with MX Sports in the sanctioning of the professional Motocross and ATV disciplines.

Along with changes in staffing, select AMA Pro Racing employees will see modifications in title and responsibility that will, primarily, help to build the stature of the company’s flat track and hillclimb championships. The increased focus on these exciting motorsport properties was made possible by the recent transfer of commercial and promotional rights of the road racing series to the American Motorcyclist Association and the KRAVE Group.

“We are excited for the future of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Hillclimb,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “These changes will allow us to better focus our resources and, in that regard, we see this as a very positive change moving forward. With a full flat track schedule nearly complete for 2015 and every round set to be broadcast live in high definition and free of charge online at FansChoice.tv, we feel there is a lot of positive momentum and we know we have a great staff in place to maximize exposure and marketability for our racing properties.”

To support the staff headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., AMA Pro Racing will retain consultants to advise and assist the company on certain areas of the business. The first such consultant to be brought on, industry veteran Steve McLaughlin, lends his immense expertise in a number of areas where the organization feels it can thrive. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer’s legacy includes victories in AMA Superbike, the founding of World Superbike and the profitable promotion of World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix and Supercross events.

McLaughlin returned to the business of race promotion in 2014 when he successfully brought the Sacramento Mile back to the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule. With his wealth of knowledge on the business of event promotion, McLaughlin will act as a liaison to the AMA Pro Flat Track promoters and will assist AMA Pro Racing with site selection for potential future events.

AMA Pro Racing Headquarters Staff, by Department

Executive/Management:

        Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer

Competition:

        Dan Johnsen, Director of Flat Track

        Steve Morehead, Flat Track Senior Race Manager

Communications/Technical Operations:

        Gene Crouch, Director of Communications & Technical Operations

        Jared Johnson, Timing & Scoring Manager

        Patrick Buganski, Communications Manager

Marketing:

        Lisa McCarty, Senior Marketing Manager

        Andrew Swain, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Operations and Accounting:

        Stacey Melanson, Managing Director of Operations and Accounting

        Nicole Spanik, Senior Manager of Accounting

Member Services:

        Becki Edmondson, Director of Member Services and Event Registration

        Sharon McMillan, Senior Membership Services Coordinator/Admin Coordinator

        Kim Barnick, Administrative Assistant

Transportation:

        Mike Neely, Transportation/Technical Manager

As part of the restructuring, AMA Pro Racing board member David Atlas will transition from Chief Business Development Officer to the role of Strategic Alliance Consultant.

AMA Pro Flat Track will kick off the 2015 season on March 12 and 13 with a doubleheader at the DAYTONA Flat Track. For tickets and information, please visithttp://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

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