Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:51:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[Bell Introduces The Qualifier DLX Street Helmet For $229.95]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/02/motorcycle-news/bell-introduces-qualifier-dlx-street-helmet-229-95/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/02/motorcycle-news/bell-introduces-qualifier-dlx-street-helmet-229-95/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:51:20 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49066 Bell Introduces The Qualifier DLX Street Helmet For $229.95
Bell's budget helmet offers accommodation for Bluetooth devices. more]]>
Bell Helmets has introduced the Qualifier DLX in its growing line of street helmets. At $229.95, it represents an affordable option for street riders looking for a value-rich lid. Beyond the price, however, the Qualifier also offers some unique features for the price range.

Each Qualifier is constructed from a lightweight polycarbonate shell and is D.O.T. legal. Further, each Qualifier comes with the Transitions shield which automatically changes tint depending on ambient lighting conditions. It has high anti-fog properties and installs easily with no tools thanks to Bell’s ClickRelease shield change system. From there, adjustable cooling vents helps keep rider temps under control, the moisture-wicking and washable liner is comfortable to the touch, and the aerodynamic profile resists buffeting and lift.

Maybe best of all, the Qualifier accommodates the Bell Sena SMH10 and Cardo Scala Rider Q1/Q3 Bluetooth stereo headset and intercom, making it very simple to connect with your media devices or with other riders. The Qualifier comes with a five-year warranty, and will be available in a variety of sizes and colors.

The helmet is as-yet unavailable, but for more information visit www.bellhelmets.com.

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Cutting Out the Middle-Man in Canada]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/02/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-cutting-middle-man-canada/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/02/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-cutting-middle-man-canada/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:39:29 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49079 Harley-Davidson Cutting Out the Middle-Man in Canada
Harley-Davidson announced it would not renew its agreement with distributor Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, deciding to directly distribute its products to independently-owned Canadian dealers. Deeley has been Harley-Davidson’s exclusive Canadian distributor since 1973 but their partnership will end at the deal’s conclusion on July 31, 2017. Both sides are currently negotiating a shorter transition period, and […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson announced it would not renew its agreement with distributor Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, deciding to directly distribute its products to independently-owned Canadian dealers. Deeley has been Harley-Davidson’s exclusive Canadian distributor since 1973 but their partnership will end at the deal’s conclusion on July 31, 2017. Both sides are currently negotiating a shorter transition period, and the change may happen as early as the third quarter this year.

The decision follows similar changes Harley-Davidson made in recent years in other markets such as Brazil, Australia, Italy and the Scandinavian nations. By adopting a direct distribution model, Harley-Davidson will control its dealer recruitment, sales to dealerships, marketing, retail capabilities, consumer events and other activities in Canada. Harley-Davidson sold 9,871 motorcycles in Canada in 2014, but has averaged annual sales of about 10,682 motorcycles over the last five years.

“The contributions of the Deeley organization to Harley-Davidson’s customers and the business in Canada have been tremendous, and we have the highest regard for the entire Deeley team,” says Mike Kennedy, Harley-Davidson North America vice president and managing director. “Deeley has achieved a level of success that has made Canada one of the largest international Harley-Davidson markets over time. We have made this decision to transition to direct distribution in Canada after long and careful consideration, and solely growing out of our global business strategy. We will work closely with the Deeley organization as we finalize a roadmap for the future and look forward to leveraging the many opportunities to fulfill dreams of personal freedom for customers.”

While Deeley will not be running Harley-Davidson’s Canadian operations for much longer, the relationship between the two companies continues. Deeley’s co-founder and majority owner Don James is currently on Harley-Davidson’s board of directors.

“It has been a true honor to be part of this business we have all built together. We have accomplished so much and are proud of Deeley’s legacy and our enduring contribution to motorcycling in Canada,” says Malcolm Hunter, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada president and chief operating officer. “The entire Deeley organization will work closely with Harley-Davidson to ensure a seamless transition and ensure that Canadian customers continue to enjoy an outstanding Harley-Davidson product, service and support experience.”

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[6D Helmets Awarded Patent For Energy Management System]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/02/products/6d-helmets-awarded-patent-energy-management-system/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/02/products/6d-helmets-awarded-patent-energy-management-system/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:36:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49070 6D Helmets Awarded Patent For Energy Management System
Two-year-old company puts a new spin on helmet safety technology. more]]>
From a 6D Helmets press release:


6D Helmets, LLC announced today the issuance by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office of utility patent No. 8,955,169 for its proprietary Helmet Omnidirectional Energy Management Systems, commercially referred to as Omni-Directional Suspension, or ODS™. The issuance of this utility patent marks a key milestone in the early stage of the company’s life.

6D Helmets’ first helmet was introduced to the off-road motorcycle industry in November 2012, when co-founders, Bob Weber and Robert Reisinger, unveiled their revolutionary concept to improve helmet safety.

“I began this project in my garage in early 2011 and shortly thereafter brought in Robert to refine the concept. In the 2 years since we introduced our first helmet we have seen countless instances where our 6D Helmets, equipped with the ODS™ technology, have provided superior safety performance to riders and cyclists. To finally receive this utility patent only further validates the tireless efforts of the entire 6D Helmets organization in our pursuit of the company’s mission, to improve safety for helmeted athletes throughout the world,” stated Bob Weber, CEO.

Weber and Reisinger will continue to expand the 6D Helmet product line for new applications within the motorcycle and bicycle markets, as well as various other sporting activities.

Learn more at 6Dhelmets.com

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<![CDATA[Nori Haga To Race GSX-R600 In Asia Road Racing Championship]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/02/motorcycle-news/nori-haga-race-gsx-r600-asia-road-racing-championship/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/02/motorcycle-news/nori-haga-race-gsx-r600-asia-road-racing-championship/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:33:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49059 Nori Haga To Race GSX-R600 In Asia Road Racing Championship
Former World Superbike fan favorite Nori Haga will race a 600 for the first time. more]]>
From a Suzuki press release:


Team Kagayama has announced its 2015 plans that will see former World Superbike rider Nori Haga contest the FIM Asia Road Race Championship (ARRC) aboard Suzuki’s GSX-R600 Supersport machine.

Haga, who scored 43 World Superbike race victories, has raced with Team Kagayama in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours for the last two years, but now joins team owner Yukio Kagayama in his newly-formed team in the ARRC. Team Kagayama Suzuki Asia will run full time in the ARRC, with Haga and a second rider who will be announced shortly.

The team has also revealed that the rider selection of the Suzuki Asia Challenge is in progress, with announcement of the riders at the Official test scheduled at Sepang in Malaysia on April 1-2nd. The Suzuki Asia Challenge is a new category in the ARRC, with a single platform of Suzuki FU150s. It is a rider development program for young Asian riders to eventually progress into MotoGP™; under the management and guidance of Kagayama.

The team has also announced its continuance in the JSB1000 class in the Japan Road Race Championship and where Kagayama will race the Suzuki GSX-R1000 for a fifth-consecutive season.

Another new addition to Kagayama’s 2015 effort is entry into the J-GP2 class of the Japan Road Racing Championship, where the team-built Suzuki GSX-proto71 will be used by new 18 year old signing Hijiri Yamamoto.

Nori Haga:

“This will be a new challenge for me. I have raced for Team Kagayama in the Suzuka 8 Hours for the past two years and now they have offered me a full-season ride in the Asia Road Racing Championship; an offer I accepted with my upmost pleasure. It will be a new challenge for the team and myself, but my long-time experience in the World Championship should benefit the both of us. I’ve never raced a 600cc bike before in my life, so everything is fresh for me; and I am looking forward to it. I hope I can live-up to Yukio’s expectations and hope to win races with the team.”

Hijiri Yamamoto:

“I am very grateful to Team Kagayama for giving me this opportunity to race with them. I am confident that this experience to race here will be a tremendous plus to myself. I will do my best to use this chance that the team has given me and achieve good results, so that I can do well in the future, hopefully in world grand prix.”

Yukio Kagayama – Team Manager:

“I have been racing for 26 years in Japan and all over the world and now I think it is my role to pass along my experience to the younger ones. This year we will be racing a young rider, Hijiri Yamamoto, in J-GP2. We will also be racing the SS600 category in the Asian Championship, along with producing and managing the Suzuki Asian Challenge. I hope these efforts will lead to a revitalisation of the motorcycle industry and the motorcycle racing industry. As a rider, I will continue to race to win the Japanese Championship and the Suzuka 8 Hours. There are things that only an active rider can teach and there are things that only Team Kagayama can do and my team will do our best to achieve the goals we set.”

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<![CDATA[Enter #MyYamahaStory Contest For Chance To Meet Rossi And Lorenzo]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/01/manufacturers/yamaha/enter-myyamahastory-contest-chance-meet-rossi-lorenzo/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/01/manufacturers/yamaha/enter-myyamahastory-contest-chance-meet-rossi-lorenzo/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:38:57 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49049 Enter #MyYamahaStory Contest For Chance To Meet Rossi And Lorenzo
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From a Yamaha press release:


Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today launched its “#MyYamahaStory” COTA MotoGP VIP Contest. The announcement was made by Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for Yamaha’s Motorsports Group.

Contest winners will receive two 2015 MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas three-day General Admission tickets at Circuit of the Americas (April 10, 11, and 12, 2015, in Austin, TX), plus have an opportunity to meet Yamaha MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, enjoy a pit/garage tour of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team, and attend a group dinner with the Yamaha Factory Racing team.

“We have over a million loyal fans who have ‘liked’ us on Facebook,” commented Starr. “And, we know they also love Yamaha racing. This “#MyYamahaStory” Contest gives them the perfect opportunity to express their Yamaha love, and they might even win a dream weekend at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin.”

To enter the contest, fans simply have to post a photo of themselves striking a pose with a Yamaha Motorsports product, explain in text (250 words or less) why they love Yamaha, and include the hashtag “#MyYamahaStory.” Entries will be accepted on Yamaha’s “YamahaMotorUSA” Facebook Page and via Instagram, also at “YamahaMotorUSA.”

No purchase is necessary to enter or win. For more information and complete contest rules, visit http://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport/pages/-myyamahastory-cota-motogp-vip-contest.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Launches R1 R1M Meter Simulator]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/27/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-launches-r1-r1m-meter-simulator/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/27/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-launches-r1-r1m-meter-simulator/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:39:20 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49042 Yamaha Launches R1 – R1M Meter Simulator
Sportbike fans are pretty excited about Yamaha’s 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M motorcycles. Now, prospective owners – or just those who want to play – can experience the ability to adjust the R1’s advanced electronics on Yamaha’s Meter Simulator. The simulator allows users to discover how the adjustments work and learn the menu system through toggling switches, rolling the selection wheel, and […] more]]>

Sportbike fans are pretty excited about Yamaha’s 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M motorcycles. Now, prospective owners – or just those who want to play – can experience the ability to adjust the R1’s advanced electronics on Yamaha’s Meter Simulator. The simulator allows users to discover how the adjustments work and learn the menu system through toggling switches, rolling the selection wheel, and clicking the mode button. Aside from teaching the various adjustments, the simulator also demonstrates how easy it is to change the settings of the different ride control systems on the fly.

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1/YZF-R1M First Ride Review

“The R1 and R1M are two of the world’s most technologically advanced motorcycles, and the new meter simulator allows enthusiasts and future owners to virtually adjust some of the advanced electronics settings from their tablet or computer,” said David Docktor, Yamaha’s motorcycle marketing manager. “The meter simulator on the Yamaha Motorsports website provides two great benefits: It showcases the breakthrough Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) system and enables consumers to learn about all the electronic features and adjustability of the R1 and R1M.”

Look for the meter simulator in the “Features/Innovation” section of the R1 and R1M model pages of the Yamaha Motorsports website.

 

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Announces Daytona 200 Contingencies and Bike Week Activities]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/27/motorcycle-news/yamaha-announces-daytona-200-contingencies-bike-week-activities/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/27/motorcycle-news/yamaha-announces-daytona-200-contingencies-bike-week-activities/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:32:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49040 Yamaha Announces Daytona 200 Contingencies and Bike Week Activities
With Daytona Bike Week just around the corner, Yamaha has announced contingency support for the Daytona 200. The company has also previewed its Off-Road Racing and additional Daytona Bike Week Activities. Yamaha racers are familiar with the bLU cRU contingency support the factory offers for select racing events. Well, the 2015 Daytona 200 is on the list, allowing riders with approved machinery […] more]]>

With Daytona Bike Week just around the corner, Yamaha has announced contingency support for the Daytona 200. The company has also previewed its Off-Road Racing and additional Daytona Bike Week Activities.

Yamaha racers are familiar with the bLU cRU contingency support the factory offers for select racing events. Well, the 2015 Daytona 200 is on the list, allowing riders with approved machinery to collect rewards for their racing efforts after the green flag drops on Saturday, March 14 at 1 PM EST.

“Although the 2015 Daytona 200 is not a part of this year’s MotoAmerica Road Racing Championship, we’re pleased to announce that we will be adding the Daytona 200 to our Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program in support of all Yamaha R6 riders,” commented Mike GuerraRacing Department Manager for Yamaha. “All bLU cRU contingency money will be paid directly to the riders’ bLU cRU Debit Cards. In addition, upon registering for the Program, each bLU cRU rider will receive a $45 credit on http://www.bLUcRUswag.com; special rates with R.I.D.E. partners Yamaha Champions Riding School, American Supercamp, and Raines Riding University; as well as a 10% rebate on GYTR and Graves Motorsports parts and accessories.”

Naturally, Yamaha is heavily involved in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Daytona, taking place on Saturday, March 7. Other off-road events during Bike Week include:

• Saturday (ATV) and Sunday (Motorcycle), March 7 and 8: “The Wild Boar” Grand National Cross Country, Palatka, FL
• Sunday and Monday, March 8 and 9: Daytona Amateur Supercross, Daytona International Speedway
• Tuesday, March 10: AMA ATV MX, Daytona International Speedway
• Thursday, March 12: Alligator Enduro, Ormond Beach, FL
• Thursday & Friday, March 12 & 13: Daytona Flat Track, Daytona International Speedway

On Friday, March 6 through Friday, March 13 from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday March 14 from 9 AM to 4 PM, Yamaha’s display area in the Vendor Village outside of the Daytona International Speedway will feature the 2015 YZF-R1/R1M, YZF-R3, and Star Bolt C-Spec. Demo rides will be available of select models at Gate 60 on the back side of the Speedway on Friday, March 6 through Friday, March 13 from 9 AM to 5 PM, or on Saturday, March 14 from 9 to 3 PM.

 

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Adds ABS To 2015 GSX-R1000]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/24/motorcycle-news/suzuki-adds-abs-2015-gsx-r1000/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/24/motorcycle-news/suzuki-adds-abs-2015-gsx-r1000/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:09:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49053 Suzuki Adds ABS To 2015 GSX-R1000
Suzuki's flagship sportbike, now with ABS. more]]>
For the 2015 model year, Suzuki has added ABS to the venerable GSX-R1000. Though the move was likely to comply with European regulations requiring all new motorcycles to come equipped with the feature, its addition is a welcome sight, especially for street riders.

The Antilock Brake System monitors wheel speeds to match stopping power to the available traction. This helps prevent wheels from locking up due to hard braking or to changes in road conditions, and enhances brake performance. This lightweight ABS package is based on a proven Suzuki system, but is built specifically for the GSX-R1000. Front disc brakes feature Brembo radial-mount monoblock calipers to deliver exceptional stopping power. The rear disc brakes uses a Nissin caliper mounted above the swingarm; its compact design contributes to a reduction of unsprung weight.

The GSX-R1000’s new Suzuki Racing Blue bodywork and graphics treatment salutes Suzuki’s long-running passion for racing, and the return to MotoGP competition for 2015. And this GSX-R1000 is about more than just ABS and new graphics.

Key Features of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 ABS:
Engine

  • 999cc 4-cylinder powerplant has a bore x stroke of 74.5mm x 57.3mm to bring enhanced throttle response across the entire rpm range and provide superior potential for racetrack performance.
  • Optimized camshaft profiles further enhance racing potential and were developed using proven MotoGP racing engine technology.
  • Optimally shaped hemispherical combustion chambers and a compression ratio of 12.9:1 promote low-range and mid-range performance and help achieve a broad torque curve.
  • Precision-manufactured 12-hole fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for more complete combustion.
  • Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM)-plated cylinders integrated into the upper crankcase reduce friction and improve heat transfer, durability and ring seal.
  • The unique Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) system allows the rider to choose different fuel-injection and ignition-system maps, adjusting power delivery to suit personal preferences using a button on the left handlebar switch assembly.
  • Pentagonal shaped ventilation holes in the sides of each cylinder bore reduce pumping losses normally caused by internal crankcase air-pressure resistance to downward piston movement.
  • The 4-2-1 exhaust system carries a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve maximizing torque and throttle response, especially in the low-to-mid rpm range.
    Chassis, Transmission
  • Rear shock absorber features adjustable rebound damping and spring pre-load with the fine tuning of both high-speed and low-speed compression damping.
  • Front and rear radial tires feature specially design tread patterns with low-mass, multi-belt carcasses for sharp handling and low weight.
  • Electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at slower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds.
  • Race-proven back-torque-limiting clutch contributes to smoother downshifting and corner entry.
  • The six-speed close-ratio transmission uses vertically staggered shafts to reduce overall engine length.

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<![CDATA[Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Makes Track Debut At Sepang II]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/ducati-desmosedici-gp15-makes-track-debut-sepang-ii/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/ducati-desmosedici-gp15-makes-track-debut-sepang-ii/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:36:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49029 Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Makes Track Debut At Sepang II
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From a Ducati press release:


Exactly one week after its world premiere at the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale, the new Desmosedici GP15 took to the track today in the IRTA tests at Sepang International Circuit, for the first time in the hands of the two factory Ducati Team riders. Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone first completed a few laps on their usual GP14.3 bikes, which had been used in the Sepang 1 tests at the start of February, before stepping onto their new machines for the first time.

Dovizioso lapped on the GP14.3 in 2’01.355, which was tenth quickest time of the day, before focussing entirely on his new bike, with which he completed 17 laps, the best of which in 2’01.692. Iannone did a total of 26 laps with the GP15, recording a time of 2’02.142 and he finished the day in fifteenth place. Track activities for the Ducati Team continued until mid-afternoon, before a sudden tropical storm at around 4.20 pm put paid to any remaining action today for the two Italian riders.

Michele Pirro was also out on track with the Desmosedici GP14.3 of the Ducati Test Team, and in these tests he had the job of verifying and developing electronics and chassis solutions.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2’01.355 (10th), 22 laps.
“I am really very pleased with the first sensations on the new GP15 bike, and this for me was the most important thing. Above all I hoped that the new bike turned into and went through the corners better. Already on my out lap I could feel that the GP15 had improved a lot from that point of view and I am satisfied because this was the most important aspect for me. With the new bike we can manage to work more efficiently with all the adjustments, but today was our first day and unfortunately we didn’t have much time available, so it’s normal that there is still a lot of work to do to improve in the various fields.”

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 2’02.142 (15th), 30 laps.
“I was very anxious and curious to try the GP15 and I am satisfied with my first approach with the new bike. We were all waiting impatiently for it and we couldn’t wait to go out on the track, and my first impressions are very positive. Obviously we still have to work a lot to adapt the bike to our characteristics but we have a good starting point and I am more than satisfied. It’s a pity I couldn’t do many laps, but half-way through the afternoon it started to rain quite heavily and we preferred to bring things to an end for today.”

Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) – 2’03.105 (23th), 35 laps.
“Today we tested various electronics solutions, including software evolutions. Unfortunately we didn’t do many laps, but in any case we managed to do some reliability testing which will be useful for the future.”

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<![CDATA[Suzuki MotoGP In Fourth After First Day Of Sepang II]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/suzuki-motogp-fourth-first-day-sepang-ii/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/suzuki-motogp-fourth-first-day-sepang-ii/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:00:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49021 Suzuki MotoGP In Fourth After First Day Of Sepang II
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From a Suzuki MotoGP press release:


The Suzuki MotoGP team continued to improve with the newly-refined GSX-RR in the opening day of testing at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia today with riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales setting fourth and ninth-placed positions on the timesheets. 

Espargaro completed a total of 39 laps in mixed weather and track conditions, setting a time of 2:01.055 on his 17th attempt with hot weather conditions, while Viñales posted a 2:01.317 on his 22nd of 50 laps of the 5.543 km circuit. 

With air temperatures of 32° and track temperatures reaching 53°, today’s conditions were more slippery compared to the opening test at the beginning of the month and got worse by the end of the afternoon with some scattered rain showers. 

However, the team and riders worked through several new modifications on the GSX-RR that included a redesigned fairing, developed at Suzuki’s wind tunnel in Japan, and improved overall power output without affecting affordability. 

Davide Brivio – Team Manager: 

“It has been a good day for us because we made further improvements. The riders feel confident on the bike and we were able to upgrade and improve the engine power. At the previous tests we decided to cut the power in order to gain reliability, now we are reintroducing some more power but with a step-by-step approach. 

“Last week in the wind tunnel in Japan we developed a new fairing that has been tested today. It didn’t give the results we were expecting so we will further-refine its shape. 

“It is only the first day of testing but being so close to the top always gives a good feeling. It has also been interesting to test in wet conditions and both riders reported positive feelings. Aleix already has experience in riding a MotoGP machine in the rain so he could give us good feedback, while Maverick had the chance to have a first touch with the bike response. They both felt confident with their machines also in these conditions.” 

Aleix Espargaro: 

“It has been a positive day of testing because we made some improvements. 
The track was more slippery and dirty today so I had to get back the confidence, but I have very good feelings. We are working on the performance improvement but working little-by-little, so I was a little surprised by the speed and power that the bike had today. 

“I also had the chance to test the bike in wet conditions and I feel very comfortable: it is small and easy to handle so I feel confident. Tomorrow morning we will try some set-up modifications and in the afternoon we will work on the pace; since it is maybe more important than the single lap.” 

Maverick Viñales:

“I continue having good feelings about the bike and my objective is to ride as much as possible as I have to learn how it behaves and also the lines to be kept on track.  I’m in the middle of my learning process so we haven’t been making major modifications on the machine; it’s more a matter to adapt my riding style. I also had the chance to try how it behaves in wet conditions and I had good feelings.” 

Sepang 2 Test Results (Day 1): 1 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2:00.414, 2 Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2:00.543, 3 Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) 2:00.876, 4 Aleix Espargaro (SUZUKI MotoGP) 2:01.055, 5 Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2:01.162, 6 Marc Marquez (Honda) 2:01.190, 7 Carl Crutchlow (Honda) 2:01.222, 8 Bradley Smith (Yamaha), 9 Maverick Viñales (SUZUKI MotoGP) 2:01.317, 10 Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 2:01.355. 

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<![CDATA[AGV Introduces Top-End Street Helmet, The GT-Veloce]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/products/agv-introduces-top-end-street-helmet-gt-veloce/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/products/agv-introduces-top-end-street-helmet-gt-veloce/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:55:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49036 AGV Introduces Top-End Street Helmet, The GT-Veloce
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Adapting its racing technology to the road, AGV has broken fresh terrain with the new GT-Veloce, a top-end street helmet boasting the same shell and features as the company’s track-focused Pista GP and Corsa models. Through the elimination of the rear spoiler found on those award-winning helmets, the GT-Veloce has a more rounded profile that is appropriate for a more upright riding position, but its race-bred roots guarantee absolute performance in terms of safety, light weight, aerodynamics and ventilation. The GT-Veloce was developed following AGV Extreme Standards, an exacting process that incorporates Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and wind-tunnel testing. Thanks to a tunable comfort liner with extra padding and optimized density of the inner components, the helmet is comfortable and quiet for long days in the saddle.

GT-Veloce: The perfect helmet for motorcycle touring over any distance and under any weather conditions.

  • Shell: SSL (Super Super Light) in composite fiber, aramid and carbon fiber
  • Number of shell sizes: 4
  • Ventilation: IVS (Integrated Ventilation System)
  • Certifications: ECE/DOT
  • Fabric: Breathable Lycra® micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort with sanitizing treatment
  • Inner Liners: Fully removable and washable
  • Visor: Race 2 flat, non-scratch visor with wide field of vision; suitable for tear-off strips
  • Visor mechanism: XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening. Visor lock system (VLS) that reduces the risk of accidental opening in the event of an accident. Quick-release system for tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds
  • Retention system: Double D
  • Sizes: XS-S-MS-ML-L-XL-XXL
  • Weight: 3 lbs., 4 oz. (+/- 2 oz.) in size MS
  • Share-system-ready
  • Retail Price: From $559.95

[Source: AGV]

AGV GT-Veloce

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<![CDATA[California Superbike School Releases 2015 Schedule]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/california-superbike-school-releases-2015-schedule/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/california-superbike-school-releases-2015-schedule/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:25:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49013 California Superbike School Releases 2015 Schedule
The California Superbike School has been teaching riders how to get the most out of their performance motorcycles since opening its doors in 1980. Since then, a ton of other schools have come and gone, but Keith Code keeps innovating and expanding his school’s approach to riding motorcycles quickly on the street or track. It works pretty well, since […] more]]>

The California Superbike School has been teaching riders how to get the most out of their performance motorcycles since opening its doors in 1980. Since then, a ton of other schools have come and gone, but Keith Code keeps innovating and expanding his school’s approach to riding motorcycles quickly on the street or track. It works pretty well, since last year, California Superbike School celebrated its 35th year, its 14 millionth track mile and its 150,000th student.

Code and his instructors have trained every level of rider from novice sportbike enthusiast to professional racers, some of whom may sound familiar: Ben Bostrom, Eric Bostrom, Roland Sands, Sean Higby, Tommy Hayden, Chuck Sorensen, and Josh Herrin.

The secret to the school’s success is a step-by-step approach to rider training in which the complicated task of riding is broken down into its essential components. Then these components can be addressed and mastered systematically through a series of one day classes.

If you’re interested in learning to ride the California Superbike School way, take a gander at the schedule below and then head on over to www.superbikeschool.com.

Date: Track: City, State: Type of School:
Feb 14&15 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Mar 14&15 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Mar 23&24 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Mar 25&26 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Code R.A.C.E
3/27/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
3/28/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
Mar 30&31 Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point) Sonoma, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Apr 2&3 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Apr 6&7 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Apr 10&11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Apr 12&13 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV 2-Day Camp/All Levels
4/18/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
4/19/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
Apr 20&21 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
5/11/2015 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA Single Day/All Levels
5/12/2015 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA Single Day/All Levels
May 13&14 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
5/18/2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ Single Day/All Levels
5/19/2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ Single Day/All Levels
May 20&21 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 2-Day Camp/All Levels
5/22/2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ Single Day/All Levels
May 25&26 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 2-Day Camp/All Levels
5/29/2015 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL Single Day/All Levels
5/30/2015 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL Single Day/All Levels
May 31&Jun 1 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL 2-Day Camp/All Levels
6/6/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
6/7/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
Jun 8&9 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Jun 10&11 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Code R.A.C.E
Jun 24&25 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA 2-Day Camp/Level 4 only
Jul 8&9 Oregon Raceway Park Grass Valley, OR 2-Day Camp/All Levels
7/13/2015 The Ridge Motorsports Park Shelton, WA Single Day/All Levels
7/14/2015 The Ridge Motorsports Park Shelton, WA Single Day/All Levels
Jul 15&16 The Ridge Motorsports Park Shelton, WA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Jul 28&29 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
8/3/2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ Single Day/All Levels
8/4/2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ Single Day/All Levels
Aug 5&6 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 2-Day Camp/All Levels
8/10/2015 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA Single Day/All Levels
8/11/2015 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA Single Day/All Levels
Aug 12&13 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
8/24/2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ Single Day/All Levels
8/25/2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ Single Day/All Levels
Aug 26&27 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Sept 12 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
Sept 13 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
Sept 14&15 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Sept 17&18 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Sept 21&22 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Sept 28 Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point) Sonoma, CA Single Day/All Levels
Sept 29 Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point) Sonoma, CA Single Day/All Levels
Oct 2&3 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
10/4/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
Oct 12&13 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Oct 14&15 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
10/24/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
10/25/2015 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Single Day/All Levels
Oct 26&27 Streets of Willow Springs Rosamond, CA Code R.A.C.E
Nov 2&3 Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point) Sonoma, CA 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Nov 11&12 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV 2-Day Camp/All Levels
Nov 14&15 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV 2-Day Camp/All Levels

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<![CDATA[Dainese Teams With Yamaha For R1 Launch, Racing Schools]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/dainese-teams-yamaha-r1-launch-racing-schools/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/dainese-teams-yamaha-r1-launch-racing-schools/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:50:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48985 Dainese Teams With Yamaha For R1 Launch, Racing Schools
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From a Dainese press release.


Dainese and Yamaha have renewed their partnership at the global launch of the R1 and R1M. During the presentation to international media at Eastern Creek in Australia, Dainese unveiled a customized version of its D-Air Racing airbag suits that is based on the color schemes and style of the R1M.

Yamaha’s instructors will also use the airbag suits during YRE (Yamaha Racing Experience), exclusive events dedicated to all European R1M owners, planned at four European circuits: Mugello, Spa, Brno and the Nürburgring. During the YRE events, Dainese will offer R1M owners the chance to take advantage of its “made to measure” service.

The project, linked closely with the launch of the R1M, represents just one of several partnerships that have had Dainese and Yamaha working together to enhance passionate rider safety.

Stefano Grasselli, sales director for Dainese’s D-Air product line, commented: “At this early stage of the agreement with a prestigious partner such as Yamaha, we are more than happy. To be here, alongside Yamaha at the launch of such an important model as the R1M, makes us extremely proud and drives us even harder to look for further forms of collaboration aimed at meeting our respective customer requirements while providing everyone with maximum safety and satisfaction.”

Paolo Pavesio, Yamaha Motor Europe marketing division manager, added: “I would say that it has been quite natural to work with Dainese to enrich the available package around the R1M. The bike itself gives the closest experience to a MotoGP bike a customer can buy, and the Yamaha Racing Experience we’re offering to all 2015 R1M customers in July will enhance this link. Thanks to Dainese, our R1M customers will also have the possibility to get a tailor-made, R1M-inspired racing suit with the innovative D-Air airbag technology. The best work with the best.”

Misano1 Misano2 Mugello1

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<![CDATA[H-D Project LiveWire Experience Goes International]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/design/h-d-project-livewire-experience-goes-international/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/design/h-d-project-livewire-experience-goes-international/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:33:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49005 H-D Project LiveWire Experience Goes International
Following in the footsteps of the successful LiveWire Experience US tour, Harley-Davidson is taking the event global so that interested riders worldwide can have a chance to influence the path of Project LiveWire. Select consumers in Asia, Europe, and Canada (in addition to the United States) will have the unique opportunity to ride and comment on the progress of the electric […] more]]>

Following in the footsteps of the successful LiveWire Experience US tour, Harley-Davidson is taking the event global so that interested riders worldwide can have a chance to influence the path of Project LiveWire. Select consumers in Asia, Europe, and Canada (in addition to the United States) will have the unique opportunity to ride and comment on the progress of the electric motorcycle.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire First Ride

Starting this week with events from February 25 to March 4 at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, media and invitation-only consumers at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit will ride the provide their feedback to help guide the motorcycle’s further development. The tour will then move on to locations in events in eight countries on three continents. Additionally, European riders will have the chance to enter to be “one of the first 1,000 people to ride Project LiveWire at one of five locations in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands from May to August.” US riders won’t be left out since a 13-stop tour will visit select Harely-Davidson dealers and rider events throughout the United States and Canada.

“Project LiveWire has reset expectations about what a Harley-Davidson motorcycle can be,” said Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer. “The first phase of the Project LiveWire Experience tour provided valuable feedback about the features and experience riders expect from an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This year we’re expanding that experience to a global audience to gain even deeper insights from riders to help us shape the future direction of this exciting technology.”

Discuss this at our Harley-Davidson LiveWire Forum.

“We are led by what our customers tell us matters most,” said Richer. “Because electric vehicle technology is evolving rapidly, we are excited to learn more from riders through the Project LiveWire Experience to fully understand the definition of success in this market as the technology continues to evolve.”

To learn more about Project LiveWire, visit www.projectlivewire.com.

 

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<![CDATA[MV Agusta Race Report From Phillip Island]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/mv-agusta-race-report-phillip-island/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/mv-agusta-race-report-phillip-island/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:17:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48992 MV Agusta Race Report From Phillip Island
MV Agusta makes strong showing in World Supersport, progressing in Superbike more]]>
From an MV Agusta press release:


The Team Reparto Corse MV Agusta’s 2015 season began with a legendary one-two finish in World SuperSport. Not since 1973 (Imatra-GP in Finland – 1st Agostini, 2nd Phil Read ndr) had the manufacturer from Varese achieved a similar result to put in its trophy case. Jules Cluzel won a race that he dominated from the second turn when, in the braking section before the southern loop, he got the better of Kenan Sofuoglu on his Kawasaki who had taken the lead at the start from the second spot on the grid. From that point on the Frenchman was all alone until the chequered flag, demonstrating his clear and undisputed superiority.

Things were a bit more complicated for Lorenzo Zanetti, starting from the third spot on the grid. The rider from Lumezzane, after dropping five positions at the start, began a furious comeback. In the third lap he moved back into fourth place and in the next lap he set his sites on Kyle Smith’s Honda, overtaking him on the inside at turn 9 (Lukey Heights). In the fifth lap he repeated the move on Gino Rea, thereby eliminating the last four-cylinder ahead of him.

Lorenzo continued to push his MV Agusta F3 hard, repeating the time of 1’33’588 he had put on the sheets during qualifying and coming to within one second of his team mate by the tenth lap. The Frenchman responded immediately, pushing hard again until his time dropped to 1’33.684 in the fifteenth lap. The order remained the same all the way to the chequered flag with Cluzel repeating his 2014 performance, Zanetti coming in second 3”84 behind him and Rea and Smith riding their Hondas across the line 8”63 later. This is a gap that shows the difference in performance between the bikes built in Schiranna and those of the rivals.

Jules Cluzel #16: The Frenchman completely dominated during the Australian weekend, consistently faster from the first tests and pole position winner (1’33”305):
“I knew I was fast and I pushed hard from the start to try and pull the pin with my pace. I’m pleased that I was able to repeat last year’s win and now I am thinking about winning the title.

Lorenzo Zanetti #87: “I pushed to the limit and I am very happy about the result. Going any further was out of the question because there was nothing left in the tires. I’d like to thank the entire Racing Department. They put me on an excellent bike from every point of view.”

In Superbike English rider Leon Camier improved consistently throughout the weekend. Qualifying with the 14th best time, he battled and wore down the resistance of Bayliss, Baiocco and De Puniet, finishing Race 1 in tenth place. As proof of his perfect race strategy, Camier put his best time on the sheets, 1’32”99, in the last lap.

In Race 2 he jumped up another two positions, getting the better of Ramos and Baiocco in the finale and crossing the line in eighth place, also improving his lap time: 1’32”866.
The WSBK Reparto Corse team will return to Italy with a bounty of 14 championship points which put them in seventh place for the overall standings, an excellent start for the débutante MV Agusta F4 RC.

Leon Camier #87: “I tried to be as smooth as possible, looking after the tires and saving them for the end and it turned out well. I’m quite pleased because the F4 RC responds well to the adjustments and that’s why were able to improve and bring home this big little result: coming in firmly in the top-ten”. A big thank you to my team as well. They did a really great job.”

The CEO Giovanni Castiglioni was not at Phillip Island but he followed the team’s success live and had this to say: “This is a day to remember. We knew we were competitive in WSS, after all last year Jules won with the F3 and this year he repeated the performance in an even more authoritative way, supported by a very skilful Zanetti. In WSBK Leon showed his skill managing the potential of a bike, the F4 RC, making its début on the track. Starting off in seventh place in the top class at the end of the first round can only give us high hopes for the rest of the season.”

Camier Phillip Island 2[3] Cluzel podium Phillip Island[6] Cluzel-Zanetti-Phillip Island Leon Camier - F4 RC[8] MV Reparto Corse Riders 2015[6] MV Reparto Corse WSBK[4] MV Reparto Corse WSS [5] Team MV Reparto Corse[4] Zanetti-Gillem-Cluzel Phillip Island

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<![CDATA[Chaz Davies Turns In Podium Finish For Ducati At Phillip Island WSBK]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/chaz-davies-turns-podium-finish-ducati-phillip-island-wsbk/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/23/motorcycle-news/chaz-davies-turns-podium-finish-ducati-phillip-island-wsbk/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:49:19 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48977 Chaz Davies Turns In Podium Finish For Ducati At Phillip Island WSBK
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From a Ducati press release:


A fantastic start for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team today at Phillip Island, with Chaz Davies scoring two third place finishes in these opening races of the 2015 Superbike World Championship season.

Race 1 – Today’s races took place in hot conditions with track temperatures of 42°C for race one. Davies, from second on the grid, was lying third through the opening stages, right behind Haslam and Rea. This British trio battled it out for the podium positions for the entire duration of the race, passing and re-passing each other in what was a spectacular opening race. Welshman Chaz pushed hard all the way to the line but, struggling to find acceleration through the turns in the final laps, he was unable to get ahead of his rivals, crossing the line in third position. This is an important result both for the team, that opens the season in a positive way, and the rider, who steps up to the Phillip Island podium for the first time in his career.

Bayliss, twelfth on the grid, got away well and was up into seventh place by the second lap. The Australian rider battled with various riders throughout the race, Torres, Guintoli and Sykes included. Unfortunately tyre performance dropped off significantly in the later stages of the race and Troy gradually lost ground as a result. The three-times world champion crossed the line in final thirteenth position.

Race 2 – In race 2, and in very similar conditions, Davies made a strong start, and was up in second by the end of lap one, together with Rea and Haslam, as in race one. On lap two his pace was such as to record the best lap of the race (1’31.725). The Ducati rider was lapping in third/fourth position for a good part of the race and, able to manage the tyre situation effectively, he even took the race lead at one point in the final stages. A fantastic battle to the line ensued, and saw Chaz finish once more on the third step of the podium, earning himself more important points for the championship.

Bayliss made up several positions in the initial stages and was lying eighth through the opening laps. Similarly to race one, he started to suffer from significant tyre wear towards the mid-race point with the situation becoming serious enough for him to return to the garage on lap thirteen for a tyre change. Returning to the track in eighteenth place, he could only do so much in the limited time remaining, finishing his race in sixteenth place.

At the end of the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship, Davies lies third with 32 points, and Troy Bayliss takes 3 points to place nineteenth. In the manufacturer’s championship, Ducati positions third with a total of 32 points.

The next appointment for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team will be Round 2 of the championship, taking place at the Chang International circuit in Buriram, Thailand over the weekend of 20-22 March.

Quotes after the races:

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 3rd, 3rd 

“I’m finally on the podium at Phillip Island, and twice over – having tried every year to get here, I’ve finally done it. I would have liked to be able to do something more but it wasn’t possible, I was just missing a little more drive in the final laps and tried to conserve the tyres as well as I could. I personally have always started the championship a little badly and so this result is extremely important. It confirms that we are starting at a different level with respect to last year, and I was able to stick there with Rea fairly comfortably. We’re worked hard this weekend, concentrated on race distance, and it seems to have paid off. I thank my whole team but also all of the technicians back at Borgo Panigale for their hard work over the winter. The results obtained here are a good base on which to build.”

Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #21) – 13th, 16th

“I’m feeling a real mix of emotions at the end of the weekend. I came here to have fun, and for the fans and the Phillip Island circuit. I thought that maybe I wouldn’t have the pace to be able to run with these guys anymore but instead I’ve seen that I can still be fast and, if it hadn’t been for the tyre issue, I think I could have done a lot more. So I don’t know, it’s a pity I didn’t have more time on track, and I didn’t have time to train properly ahead of the event of course, but all in all it’s been a really fun weekend, and in many ways it feels like nothing has changed since 2008. I thank Ducati for giving me the opportunity and also all of the fans and ducatisti for their continued support.”

Stefano Cecconi – Team Principal

“I think we can say that the Superbike season has got off to a great start for us here. Chaz was fantastic in both Superpole and today’s races, and his results here demonstrate that all of the work done over the winter is taking us in the right direction. Particular thanks go to Troy, for what he has done – he’s definitely lived up to reputation as a legend. Our thoughts go to Davide of course, and we hope he can be back on the bike as soon as possible.”

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<![CDATA[2008-2011 Piaggio and Vespa Scooters Recalled]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/19/manufacturers/piaggio/2008-2011-piaggio-vespa-scooters-recalled/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/19/manufacturers/piaggio/2008-2011-piaggio-vespa-scooters-recalled/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:33:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48971 2008-2011 Piaggio and Vespa Scooters Recalled
Piaggio is recalling 2,613 scooters because of a defective fuel pump. The recall affects multiple models from model years 2008 to 2011 from both the Piaggio and Vespa brands. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the impeller in the fuel pump may swell, decreasing pump clearance. This may cause engines […] more]]>
Piaggio is recalling 2,613 scooters because of a defective fuel pump. The recall affects multiple models from model years 2008 to 2011 from both the Piaggio and Vespa brands.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the impeller in the fuel pump may swell, decreasing pump clearance. This may cause engines to stall or fail to restart. The problem occurs when trying to restart the scooter after it’s been shut off for 15-20 minutes.

The models affected are:

  • 2009-2010 Piaggio BV250
  • 2010 Piaggio BV350
  • 2009-2010 Piaggio MP3 250
  • 2008-2010 Vespa GTS 250
  • 2010-2011 Vespa GTS 300
  • 2008-2010 Vespa GTS Super 250
  • 2010-2011 Vespa GTS Super 300
  • 2008-2010 Vespa GTV 250
  • 2010-2011 Vespa GTV 300
  • 2011 Vespa LX 150
  • 2011 Vespa LXV 150
  • 2011 Vespa S 150

NHTSA first received notification of a fuel pump service campaign January 2011. In September 2014, Italian authorities sent Piaggio the results of its investigation regarding a stalling vehicle.

Piaggio and Vespa dealers will replace the defective fuel pump components with a newly-developed component.

[Source: NHTSA]

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<![CDATA[Verde Legnano Special Edition 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Announced for North America]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/18/manufacturers/moto-guzzi/verde-legnano-special-edition-2015-moto-guzzi-v7-racer-announced-north-america/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/18/manufacturers/moto-guzzi/verde-legnano-special-edition-2015-moto-guzzi-v7-racer-announced-north-america/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:02:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48961 Verde Legnano Special Edition 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Announced for North America
Piaggio revealed a new special edition 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer for the North American market. Only 50 examples will be produced with the special “Verde Legnano” green finish and red frame that pays tribute to the rare 1971 Telaio Rosso Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. Designed by Lino Tonti, the 1971 V7 Sport was intended […] more]]>
Piaggio revealed a new special edition 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer for the North American market. Only 50 examples will be produced with the special “Verde Legnano” green finish and red frame that pays tribute to the rare 1971 Telaio Rosso Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

Designed by Lino Tonti, the 1971 V7 Sport was intended to be the first five-speed production motorcycle that weighed 200 kg (440 lb.) and could reach a speed of 120 mph. Tonti created a special frame design to house the 748cc V-Twin, and Moto Guzzi highlighted it with a initial run of 150 units with a red frame (telaio rosso, in Italian).

For the 2015 limited edition model, Moto Guzzi swapped out the V7 Racer’s eye-catching chrome tank with the classic green paint. The chrome plating beneath the seat was replaced by a black panel, matching the new V7 II versions introduced at Intermot last fall. Unfortunately, the North American 2015 V7 line is based on the previous version, so it hasn’t received the other V7 II updates such as the sixth gear, tilted engine, lower footpegs and a seat height lowered to 31.1 inches. The 2015 model does receive a new wet flywheel, replacing the previous model’s dry alternator.

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The 1971 “Telaio Rosso” Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

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The special edition 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer.

The 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition will arrive in the U.S. in March, carrying a $10,999 price tag.

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<![CDATA[Troy Bayliss to Race WSBK Season Opener at Phillip Island]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/18/manufacturers/ducati/troy-bayliss-race-wsbk-season-opener-phillip-island/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/18/manufacturers/ducati/troy-bayliss-race-wsbk-season-opener-phillip-island/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48946 Troy Bayliss to Race WSBK Season Opener at Phillip Island
Former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss is coming out of retirement to race this weekend’s 2015 season opener at Phillip Island. Bayliss, who retired in 2008, will ride the Panigale R for the Aruba.it Ducati factory team as an injury replacement for the ailing Davide Giugliano. Ducati had originally planned to run a single bike […] more]]>
Former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss is coming out of retirement to race this weekend’s 2015 season opener at Phillip Island. Bayliss, who retired in 2008, will ride the Panigale R for the Aruba.it Ducati factory team as an injury replacement for the ailing Davide Giugliano. Ducati had originally planned to run a single bike with factory rider Chaz Davies but Bayliss himself asked to ride for Giugliano in celebration of the 25th anniversary of WSBK at the Australian track.

“The desire to be able to return to the track and see the home crowd and the Ducatisti has always been strong, ever since I last raced and then also Phillip Island, one of my favourite tracks, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of World Superbikes,” says Bayliss. “This gave me the idea to compete as a wildcard and work with the Ducati Superbike technicians once again. I know it’s going to be a very difficult weekend, also because it’s a while since I’ve ridden the Superbike but I do know the track well and so hope to get back into it after a few laps. I’ll try to enjoy myself and will of course be doing my best to score a good result and put on a good show for the public.”

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Baylisstic … It’s a nickname earned the hard way. Troy Bayliss was one of the most exciting racers ever to throw a leg over a Superbike. Likeable in the extreme and fast as hell ‘Baylisstic’ streaked onto the world stage after dragging an underpowered Suzuki to the front of the 250cc race at the 1997 Australian GP. A couple years later he was riding factory Ducati superbikes in the AMA. He moved into the WSBK as a replacement rider for Carl Fogarty at the fourth round of the 2000 championship season.

Like most true legends of the sport, Bayliss displayed a ton of heart when he rode, engaging in epic battles – Imola 2002 with Colin Edwards comes to mind – and earning legions of fans along the way. By the end of his career Bayliss had earned Superbike World Championships in 2001, 2006 and 2008.

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One of Bayliss’ more memorable feats of brilliance came fresh off his second World Superbike championship when Ducati offered him a ‘Wild Card’ ride at the end of the 2006 MotoGP season. As an active MotoGP racer from 2003 – 2005, Bayliss had several good rides but had been unable to actually win a MotoGP for Ducati. When he showed up at Valencia for that one-off ride after winning the 2006 WSBK championship, something was different. Bayliss was immediately at the head of the field on his Ducati, qualifying second prior to leading the whole race on the way to a dominating victory. It was electrifying, something nobody suspected. Many felt that Bayliss had “washed-out” of MotoGP and stepped “down” when he returned to WSBK for the 2006 season. His triumphant one-off ride on that Ducati MotoGP bike set everyone straight and cemented his status as a legend of the sport.

Bayliss captured his third and final WSBK title in 2008 with 14 wins in the season, including a double at the last round of the season. A fitting send-off. It seems like only yesterday, but Bayliss has now been retired for over six years … Until now.

[Source: Ducati]

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<![CDATA[AGV GT-Veloce Sport-Touring Helmet]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/18/apparel-2/agv-gt-veloce-sport-touring-helmet/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/18/apparel-2/agv-gt-veloce-sport-touring-helmet/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:16:00 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48944 AGV GT-Veloce Sport-Touring Helmet
Through the elimination of the rear spoiler found on those helmets, the GT-Veloce has a more rounded profile that is appropriate for a more upright riding position, but its race-bred roots guarantee performance in terms of safety, light weight, aerodynamics and ventilation more]]>
AGV has adapted its racing technology to the road with the new GT-Veloce, a sport-touring helmet boasting the same shell and features as the company’s track-focused Pista GP and Corsa models. Through the elimination of the rear spoiler found on those helmets, the GT-Veloce has a more rounded profile that is appropriate for a more upright riding position, but its race-bred roots guarantee performance in terms of safety, light weight, aerodynamics and ventilation. The GT-Veloce was developed following AGV Extreme Standards, a process that incorporates Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and wind-tunnel testing. Thanks to a tunable comfort liner with extra padding and optimized density of the inner components, the helmet is comfortable and quiet for long days in the saddle.

Helmet Features:

  • Shell: SSL (Super Super Light) in composite fiber, aramid and carbon fiber
  • Number of shell sizes: 4
  • Ventilation: IVS (Integrated Ventilation System)
  • Certifications: ECE/DOT
  • Fabric: Breathable Lycra micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort with sanitizing treatment
  • Inner Liners: Fully removable and washable
  • Visor: Race 2 flat, non-scratch visor with wide field of vision; suitable for tear-off strips
  • Visor mechanism: XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening. Visor lock system (VLS) that reduces the risk of accidental opening in the event of an accident. Quick-release system for tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds
  • Retention system: Double D
  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Weight: 3 lbs., 4 oz. (+/- 2 oz.) in size MS
  • Share-system-ready
  • Retail Price: From $559.95

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<![CDATA[Octane Sweepstakes By KLIM & 3M]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/17/freebies/octane-sweepstakes-klim-3m/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/17/freebies/octane-sweepstakes-klim-3m/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:34:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48940 Octane Sweepstakes By KLIM & 3M
The winner and a companion of their choice will attend the NASCAR race at Bristol, Tennessee on Sunday, April 19th more]]>
KLIM Technical Riding Gear, 3M Thinsulate and 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material have announced the Octane Sweepstakes, where a grand prize winner will attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race in Bristol, Tennessee on April 19th.

Entries are being accepted online from now through March 15th, 2015. All online entries must be received by March 15th, 2015 11:59PM EST. Enter the contest by filling out the entry form.

Grand Prize

  • The winner and a companion of their choice will attend the NASCAR race at Bristol, Tennessee on Sunday, April 19th
  • Watch the race from a small private party room/suite
  • Meet-N-Greet with Jeff Gordon
  • Enjoy garage access
  • Attend the Driver’s Meeting
  • All flights, food and accommodations, transportation taken care of by KLIM

 

Second Place Prize

  • $1,000 Gift Certificate for KLIM Gear

 

Third Place Prize

  • $500 Gift Certificate for KLIM Gear

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<![CDATA[Spidi X-Tour H2Out Jacket]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/17/products/spidi-x-tour-h2out-jacket/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/17/products/spidi-x-tour-h2out-jacket/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:01:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48922 Spidi X-Tour H2Out Jacket
The H2Out features Spidi's Ergofit System along with the Ergonomic Safety Tuning device on the neck, allow this touring jacket to easily adapt to different body structures as well as to adjust the different set-up for summer or winter use more]]>
SPIDI has introduced the X-Tour H2Out, a two-layer touring jacket for the rain forests to the highest mountains, designed by Aldo Drudi.

x-tour-d141-016The jacket’s abrasion resistant outer fabric is bonded to the waterproof and breathable H2Out membrane, allowing the Spidi X-Tour H2Out to face the worst driving rain without getting soaked and consequently heavy. Vents are placed in the chest, arms and back to promote a fresh breath of air when riding ion warm weather. For winter use, there’s a removable, thermal liner.

The jacket comes equipped with EN1621-1 certified Forcetech protectors on shoulders and elbows, and it’s also ready to be upgraded with the optional EN1621-2 Lev.1 and Lev.2 certified Warrior Back Protectors, and with the prEN1621-3 certified Warrior Chest and Thorax Warrior protectors.

The H2Out features Spidi’s Ergofit System along with the Ergonomic Safety Tuning device on the neck, allow this touring jacket to easily adapt to different body structures as well as to adjust the different set-up for summer or winter use.

x-tour-d141-021-detail-07Technical Features:

  • Outer fabric laminated to H2Out membrane
  • Tenax Flex inserts on shoulder blades
  • 200gr Removable internal thermal lining
  • EN1621-1 certified Forcetech protections on shoulders and elbows
  • Ready for EN1621/2 Level 1 and Level 2 certified Warrior back protector
  • Ready for prEN1621/3 certified Warrior Chest and Thorax Warrior protectors
  • Ventilation zips on shoulders, inside arms and back
  • Perimeter zipper for attachment to trousers
  • 4 outside pockets including two waterproof
  • 2 waterproof inner pockets
  • Micrometric closure neck with EST system
  • Velcro for adjusting the volume on sides and sleeves
  • Drawstring tightening on bottom
  • Details in Reflex
  • Waterproof zips

Sizes: M – 3XL
Colors: Black/Red, Black/Yellow, Black/Grey
Price: $549.90

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<![CDATA[2015 Ducati Team And Desmosedici GP15 Presentation]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/17/manufacturers/ducati/2015-ducati-team-desmosedici-gp15-presentation/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/17/manufacturers/ducati/2015-ducati-team-desmosedici-gp15-presentation/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:29:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48918 2015 Ducati Team And Desmosedici GP15 Presentation
The Desmosedici GP15 that will make its debut in the next test in Malaysia is a completely new bike, different to the one we used two weeks ago in Sepang more]]>
The 2015 Ducati Team was presented today at the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale, and the new Desmosedici GP15, the bike with which factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone will take part in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship, was unveiled.

The first to speak was Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, who commented on the atmosphere in Ducati Corse and the excellent results achieved by the Bologna-based company in 2014.

Claudio Domenicali: “The spirit that I have seen during these last few months in Ducati Corse reminds me of the same enthusiasm with which the MotoGP project got underway in 2003. The new GP15, which is really quite revolutionary in many of its concepts, best represents the pride and the desire to win of everyone in Ducati Corse, and whom I would really like to thank for their efforts. I personally followed the final phases of starting the engine on the dyno, the first tests, the performance checking of the new engine, the assembly of the bike and starting it for the first time and I witnessed an emotional feeling and extraordinary devotion. We are only at the start but I am sure that the results will soon reward our efforts. Ducati has just finished an excellent 2014, a year in which we recorded new record sales, delivering 45,100 bikes to customers, 2% more than 2013, and confirming for the fifth year in a row our positive growth trend. Racing has always formed part of our DNA, and returning to a role as protagonists would mean completing a global framework of growth. We can but look forward to 2015 with confidence, and it is for this reason that I wish the two Andreas and the entire team all the best for the new season.”

Domenicali was followed onto the stage by Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager, who spoke of the new GP15 project and the aims for 2015.

Luigi Dall’Igna: “The Desmosedici GP15 that will make its debut in the next test in Malaysia is a completely new bike, different to the one we used two weeks ago in Sepang, even though certain aspects of the aerodynamics are quite similar. With the GP14.3 we have made some major progress with the software, which will be easy to switch over to the GP15, but also steps forward in the suspension, chassis and engine departments. The GP15 will start with the same settings as the GP14.3, but it will have many more possibilities for adjustment. Our aim this year is very ambitious, because we want to win at least one race. We know that it is an extremely tough objective, but we are used to accepting the most difficult of challenges. Last year we said that we wanted to reduce the gap to the winner to less than ten seconds. This was also an ambitious challenge, but we achieved it in the second half of the championship. Winning a race means finishing ahead of two giants like Honda and Yamaha and their four riders, who are for sure four of the strongest, but this in any case is our aim and we know we can count on Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, who in my opinion are capable of fighting on equal terms with their adversaries.”

After unveiling the Desmosedici GP15 in its new colours, the two riders of the team spoke about their expectations for the 2015 championship.

Andrea Dovizioso: “In a few days’ time we will be going to Malaysia for the second winter test session at Sepang and I can’t wait to test the new GP15. I am very happy with the improvements that we managed to achieve last year and so, with this new project, I can only be optimistic for the coming season. I think that the spirit and the desire to win that I see in Ducati are vitally important for all of us. I expect a lot of support from the Ducati fans this season: we have worked a lot and well in the last couple of years and now it’s time to reap the benefits.”

Andrea Iannone: “I am very happy to form part of the Ducati Team, because it’s always been my dream to join the factory team. I already feel part of this family, and I have already established an excellent rapport with my team of technicians and mechanics, which enabled me to go immediately well with the Desmosedici GP14.3 in the recent tests at Sepang. Now we are back in action in Malaysia for the penultimate tests before the start of the season, and I’ll ride the GP15 for the first time, in the knowledge that at the start we’re going to have to work hard to make the bike competitive. In any case I am optimistic and I can’t wait to take to the track in a few days’ time.”

The Ducati Team will leave for Malaysia where, from February 23 to 26, the second round of winter tests at Sepang will be taking place and where the GP15 will make its track debut.

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki To Sponsor PBRs Iron Cowboy VI]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/17/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-sponsor-pbrs-iron-cowboy-vi/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/17/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-sponsor-pbrs-iron-cowboy-vi/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:18:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48915 Kawasaki To Sponsor PBR’s Iron Cowboy VI
Iron Cowboy VI is the eighth round of the 2015 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) series and Kawasaki has announced it will be the presenting sponsor of the event. Attending fans will see the incredible AT&T stadium (where the Dallas Cowboys compete), as well as Kawasaki’s new MULE PRO-FXT. After a competitive start to the 2015 series, expect Kawasaki-sponsored riders JB […] more]]>
Iron Cowboy VI is the eighth round of the 2015 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) series and Kawasaki has announced it will be the presenting sponsor of the event. Attending fans will see the incredible AT&T stadium (where the Dallas Cowboys compete), as well as Kawasaki’s new MULE PRO-FXT.

After a competitive start to the 2015 series, expect Kawasaki-sponsored riders JB Mauney and Shane Proctor to go for the win at the Iron Cowboy VI event. Kawasaki will engage with fans with a kiss camera themed to the upcoming motion picture The Longest Ride. The film opens in theaters everywhere on April 10th.

Kevin Allen, Manager of PR and Brand Experience at Kawasaki, stated, “Kawasaki is extremely pleased to be the presenting sponsor at this round of the PBR series in Arlington. Texas fans love PBR and the accompanying action, and Kawasaki loves to be a part of that action. Two of the sport’s strongest bull riders represent the Kawasaki brand so we’ll be rooting for our athletes right along with the fans!”

Kawasaki has unleashed the 2015 Mule Sweepstakes, with one lucky winner bringing home the new Kawasaki Mule side x side of their choice. Eligible enthusiasts can enter the Sweepstakes and read the official rules at www.strong.kawasaki.com, or by visiting the Kawasaki dealer display to register in person during Saturday’s event. The winner will be announced after the May 22-23rd PBR event in Las Vegas.

 

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<![CDATA[Indian Motorcycle Introduces 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/manufacturers/indian-manufacturers/indian-motorcycle-introduces-2016-indian-chief-dark-horse/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/manufacturers/indian-manufacturers/indian-motorcycle-introduces-2016-indian-chief-dark-horse/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:55:22 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48901 Indian Motorcycle Introduces 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse
Today, Indian Motorcycle unwrapped the company’s first 2016 model, the Indian Chief Dark Horse. Based on the Indian Chief platform that relaunched the company two model years ago, the Dark Horse blacks out the bulk of the bike while only tossing in a few splashes of chrome. Note how the headlight nacelle and fork covers wear a semi-gloss black finish […] more]]>
Today, Indian Motorcycle unwrapped the company’s first 2016 model, the Indian Chief Dark Horse.

Based on the Indian Chief platform that relaunched the company two model years ago, the Dark Horse blacks out the bulk of the bike while only tossing in a few splashes of chrome. Note how the headlight nacelle and fork covers wear a semi-gloss black finish while the exhaust system and fender rails wear the most noticeable chrome on the motorcycle. Machining on the engine’s cooling fins help it to stand out on the dark, hulking form. The Dark Horse differs from its progenitors in the use of cast aluminum wheels which serve to accentuate the aggressive stance of the bike’s silhouette.

2014 Indian Chief Classic Review

Indian did, however, chose to lighten one aspect of the Dark Horse. Shipping the bike with a solo saddle allowed the passenger pegs to be eliminated for less weight. The bike’s mass was lessened further by skipping the oil cooler, analogue fuel gauge and driving lights of Chief Classic, making the Dark Horse the lightest Chief ever. This lower rolling weight means that the Thunder Stroke 111 engine accelerates the Dark Horse quicker than any other Chief.

Still, with Indian being a premium brand, the Dark Horse retains features such as ABS, a remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, and a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty. The starting price for the Dark Horse is $16,999. Those who want to add their own touches to the bike can choose from the 40 available accessories (such as the passenger seat and pegs/floorboards, ape hanger handlebars, accessory air cleaners, fender struts, slip-on exhaust with black heat shields and exhaust tips, and black fender trim help create the fully blacked-out look) that will roll out over the spring and early summer.

“The Indian Chief Dark Horse is unlike anything else currently available from Indian Motorcycle,” said Indian Motorcycle Sr. Product ManagerBen Lindaman. “While it shares the best traits with other models in the Chief platform, its signature matte black paint and minimalist profile give it an attitude unlike any other Indian motorcycle. We’re excited to unveil this new bike at an aggressive price point for a full-size cruiser.”

The 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse rolls into dealers mid-February. Daytona Bike Week attendees will be able to demo the Dark Horse from March 7th–14th. To learn more, visit www.IndianMotorcycle.com.

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<![CDATA[Aprilia HSBK Team Riders Announced]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/motorcycle-news/aprilia-hsbk-team-riders-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/motorcycle-news/aprilia-hsbk-team-riders-announced/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:28:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48894 Aprilia HSBK Team Riders Announced
Aprilia HSBK Racing recently announced the Aprilia USA sponsored effort for the 2015 MotoAmerica season. They are a two-rider program with the RSV4 running in the SuperStock 1000 class. Both riders have already undergone rigorous physical tests and training regimens; team testing begins shortly. Dustin Dominguez will be back with Aprilia HSBK Racing after a […] more]]>
Aprilia HSBK Racing recently announced the Aprilia USA sponsored effort for the 2015 MotoAmerica season. They are a two-rider program with the RSV4 running in the SuperStock 1000 class. Both riders have already undergone rigorous physical tests and training regimens; team testing begins shortly.

Dustin Dominguez will be back with Aprilia HSBK Racing after a strong SuperSport season last year. Dominguez has nearly 30 regional championships, multiple AMA Supersport wins and pole positions, multiple track records and is an established rising talent and top contender for the 2015 season. His strong rapport with the team, impressive results, and ability to give feedback make him a great fit for the Aprilia USA backed team.

Dustin commented, “I am excited to be back with a team that has consistently given me a top notch machine and can help foster my growth as a rider. Being with so much support is where every rider wants to be and now it’s time to put in the hard work and perform. In 2013, I had the opportunity to ride an RSV4 for HSBK at a CMRA race and I set a track record my first weekend on the bike. The RSV4 is the best handling bike I’ve ever been on and I know that it is the bike I need to be at the front of the pack. I’m grateful for the opportunity to take it to the top and for the support of everyone who has made it possible.”

Devon McDonough has also signed and will join the Aprilia HSBK Racing Team for 2015.   McDonough, 19, of Portland, Oregon completed the 2014 season with Championships in OMRRA, WERA, and AFM.  Devon has been in the sights of the team for several years and in the last eight months has matured into a rider with paramount speed and finesse. His smooth riding style suits RSV4 well. The team at HSBK Aprilia is looking forward to working with this young rider to continue developing his talents and are eager to see what results are on the horizon for the up-and-coming star.

When asked about his ride McDonough stated, “I have the incredible opportunity to ride for the Aprilia HSBK Racing team. I have to thank Bobby and the whole Aprilia HSBK team for welcoming me. I am looking forward to riding with them soon and working with them throughout season. This is a great step forward in my racing career and I look forward to continuing the momentum I built last year with this new team. I had an opportunity to visit the race shop and see what Ronnie Saner and his team are doing with the bikes and was blown away by the quality of the RSV4. With their knowledge and experience, it is going to be a great year. A great thanks to all who have helped me make this possible. Looking forward to getting out on the track in 2015!!”

For the 2015 season, Aprilia HSBK Racing has contracted Ronnie Saner, of RSRacecraft, as crewchief. RSRacecraft will help with engine development and technical services. Last season they proved to be critical to the team’s success. In addition, Ronnie Saner has worked with Aprilia HSBK Rider, Dustin Dominguez, for a number of seasons and several manufacturers and plans to bring the same success to the Aprila HSBK Racing team.

“I believe in our bikes, crew, and riders and know that they will be able to bring the results we are expecting. We have been campaigning to run the Aprilia RSV4 for three seasons and it’s great to see the hard work pay off and to have built such a great support network in the process. Our riders boast impressive resumes and have a wealth of untapped potential. I can’t wait to see what the season has in store. ” Team Principal, Bobby Shek.

 

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<![CDATA[Lane-Splitting To Be Legalized In Texas?]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/motorcycle-news/lane-splitting-legalized-texas/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/motorcycle-news/lane-splitting-legalized-texas/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:54:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48890 Lane-Splitting To Be Legalized In Texas?
Perhaps one of the most dangerous situations for any motorcyclist is being caught in congested traffic, where stop-and-go vehicles, distracted and inattentive vehicle operators, and environmental conditions increase the risk of physical contact with another vehicle or hazard. Two bills under consideration will legalize lane-splitting. H.B. 813, introduced by state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. (D-Palmview), would […] more]]>
Perhaps one of the most dangerous situations for any motorcyclist is being caught in congested traffic, where stop-and-go vehicles, distracted and inattentive vehicle operators, and environmental conditions increase the risk of physical contact with another vehicle or hazard. Two bills under consideration will legalize lane-splitting.

H.B. 813, introduced by state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. (D-Palmview), would allow motorcycle riders to ride between lanes of traffic moving in the same direction, if traffic is traveling 20 mph or slower, and if the motorcyclist is not traveling more than 5 mph faster than other traffic. Lane splitting would be prohibited in school zones and in areas where the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less. And riders and passengers must wear helmets. S.B. 442, introduced by state Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), omits the helmet provision, but restricts lane splitting to limited-access or controlled-access highways.

If you’re a Texan motorcyclist who’d like to enjoy the benefits and increased safety of lane-splitting, now is the time to contact your legislators.

Texas Riders for Lane Splitting

The American Motorcyclist Association supports the efforts of Texas motorcyclists and politicians to enact laws during this legislative session that would permit riders to travel between cars using the maneuver commonly known as lane splitting.

Reducing a motorcyclist’s exposure to vehicles that are frequently accelerating and decelerating on congested roadways can be one way to reduce front- and rear-end collisions for those most vulnerable in traffic. A 2014 study conducted in California supports this assertion by demonstrating that motorcyclists engaging in responsible lane splitting were less likely to be rear ended, suffer a head injury or be involved in a fatal crash.

Other potential benefits include an increase in conspicuity because the motorcyclist is moving relative to other traffic; a reduction in motorcyclist fatigue from constant shifting and braking in stop-and-go traffic; a lessening of the risk for engine damage for air-cooled engines; a reduction in motorcyclists’ exposure to ambient heat in the summer and car exhaust year-round due to fewer hours spent in traffic.

Motorcycle lane splitting is a common practice in many countries throughout the world — particularly in the highly urbanized areas of Europe and Asia. Long recognized as a way to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce the risk of crashes, the practice nevertheless remains largely prohibited in the United States, with California currently being the exception.

The AMA objects to the helmet requirement in the Muñoz bill.

“The AMA endorses rider responsibility and actions that make roadways safer for motorcyclists,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. “Research and evidence suggest that lane splitting may reduce a motorcyclist’s risk exposure, which is why the AMA offers conditional support to Texas H.B. 813 and S.B. 442, legislations that would allow lane splitting with the stated restrictions.”

The AMA opposes the helmet requirement in H.B. 813, because adults should have the right to make their own safety decisions.

“A motorcycle helmet is an important piece of safety gear that the AMA strongly encourages riders to wear, but we believe just as strongly that the choice should be left to adult motorcyclists,” Allard said.

More information about the AMA’s position on lane splitting can be found here: www.americanmotorcyclist.com

More information about the AMA’s position on voluntary helmet use can be found here: www.americanmotorcyclist.com

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<![CDATA[Bell Moto-9 Flex Micro Site]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/motorcycle-news/bell-moto-9-flex-micro-site/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/motorcycle-news/bell-moto-9-flex-micro-site/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:35:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48886 Bell Moto-9 Flex Micro Site
Bell Helmets has released its Moto-9 Flex micro site showcasing the innovations at the heart of its newest helmet. Originally unveiled at Intermot 2014, the Moto-9 Flex was developed in an effort to redefine and improve the means by which helmets manage energy across varying impact scenarios common with off-road motorcycling. The micro site highlighting the energy-management […] more]]>
Bell Helmets has released its Moto-9 Flex micro site showcasing the innovations at the heart of its newest helmet. Originally unveiled at Intermot 2014, the Moto-9 Flex was developed in an effort to redefine and improve the means by which helmets manage energy across varying impact scenarios common with off-road motorcycling. The micro site highlighting the energy-management technologies may be viewed here: Introducing the Moto-9 Flex.

At the heart of Moto-9 Flex is Bell’s “progressive layering” technology – a system of three polymer materials, each designed to address specific impact velocities while simultaneously working in harmony to deliver Bell’s most comprehensive level of protection available today.

“Moto-9 Flex is a truly historic helmet for Bell, and the micro site captures not only the incredible attention to detail but the game-changing technology of the most advanced helmet we’ve ever made,” said Chris Sackett, Bell Helmets Vice President. “For more than 60 years, we’ve pushed the industry to expand the protective and performance capabilities of the modern helmet, and Moto-9 Flex once again raises the bar, setting a new standard for “state-of-the-art.”

Together with the Advanced Concepts Group at BRG Sports, Bell discovered Expanded Polyolefin (EPO), which actually works in tandem with the often used Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) layering systems. EPO is a soft and flexible low-density polymer that, when placed between the EPP and EPS layers, dampens low-threshold impacts. By combining these three materials at varying densities Bell has created an energy management system that excels in low, mid, and high-speed impacts. Along with the three potential impact speeds, Bell has addressed rotational energy management by engineering a “slip zone” within the Moto-9 Flex impact liner. The “slip zone” allows for subtle movement between the inner layers and works to reduce rotational energy transfer from angular impacts.

Bell also addressed head comfort with the Moto-9 Flex, using its “Adaptive Fit” system containing a segmented liner construction, which conforms to a rider’s head for a better fit and more predictable energy management. To also improve comfort, a Velocity Flow Ventilation system combined with a segmented liner offers maximum ventilation and temperature control.

Moto-9 Flex Technologies include:

  • Lightweight Composite Carbon shell
  • Velocity Flow Ventilation™ system for maximum cooling
  • Fully adjustable Flying Bridge Visor™ with air intake vents
  • Removable/washable X-Static® XT2 silver liner Extended Wear™ interior
  • Exclusive Magnefusion™ Emergency Removal System (MERS) cheekpads
  • QuickFlip™ visor screws for easy adjustment even with gloves on
  • Fully ventilated EPS-lined chinbar
  • Integrated vented roost guard
  • New and Improved Exclusive Magnefusion™ magnetic strap keeper
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure
  • Padded, lined helmet bag included
  • Industry-leading Five-year warranty

Certification: Snell M2015, DOT, (Outside of U.S.: ECE or AS/NZ)

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Moto-9 Flex is available at select retailers and online at www.bellhelmets.com, from $599.95 to $649.95.

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<![CDATA[Victory To Debut Virtual Ride Experience At Chicago IMS]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/motorcycle-news/victory-debut-virtual-ride-experience-chicago-ims/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/13/motorcycle-news/victory-debut-virtual-ride-experience-chicago-ims/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:41:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48882 Victory To Debut Virtual Ride Experience At Chicago IMS
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At the Chicago Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Victory is set to debut a new kind of riding experience: virtual reality. Using Oculus Rift, tactile transducers, realistic real-time 3D graphics, custom-recorded motorcycle motor audio, throttle control, and a custom motorcycle stand with range of motion, Victory Motorcycles is the first motorcycle brand to offer fans a virtual ride experience – something Chicago riders don’t get to do much this time of year.

“Victory is always in pursuit of enhancing the ride experience,” said Rod Krois, Victory General Manager. “It’s tough to do this during the winter months in a cold climate, but not impossible. By combining VR with the physical elements of a ride, we’re able to transport riders for a few minutes into a sun-filled summer Sturgis ride. It’s unlike anything motorcycle riders have experienced and proves the exhilarating performance of Victory Motorcycles in a different way.”

At this weekend’s event, fans will be seated on a Victory Gunner, fitted with both an Oculus Rift VR headset and headphones that play custom audio of the bike’s motor through a 2-minute pre-dusk ride through the Badlands transitioning into Needles Highway near Sturgis, South Dakota. A tactile transducer fixed to the bike connected to audio simulates the motor running throughout. Riders will have throttle control, allowing them to accelerate the experience, and a custom motorcycle stand with motion allows riders to lean into their virtual ride.

The Victory Motorcycles Virtual Ride Experience will be available to all event attendees at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Friday through this Sunday, February 13 – 15. Fans can visit www.motorcycleshows.com/chicago to see event hours and purchase tickets.

To learn more about the #VictoryVR experience and where it will go next, visit victorymotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/VictoryMotorcycles and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles.

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<![CDATA[Bike Nite In The Daylite Returns To Daytona Bike Week]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/12/manufacturers/kawasaki/bike-nite-daylite-returns-daytona-bike-week/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/12/manufacturers/kawasaki/bike-nite-daylite-returns-daytona-bike-week/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:36:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48872 Bike Nite In The Daylite Returns To Daytona Bike Week
Bike Nite in the Daylite, now in its sixth year, returns again to Daytona Bike Week for 2015. The event will be held from 11:00am – 4:00pm, and show entrants have the opportunity to win prizes from a number of event sponsors. Kawasaki owners and enthusiasts are invited to hang out in the Kawasaki display area at Daytona International […] more]]>
Bike Nite in the Daylite, now in its sixth year, returns again to Daytona Bike Week for 2015. The event will be held from 11:00am – 4:00pm, and show entrants have the opportunity to win prizes from a number of event sponsors. Kawasaki owners and enthusiasts are invited to hang out in the Kawasaki display area at Daytona International Speedway.

You can enter your own Kawasaki motorcycle into the bike show or enjoy event activities including charity raffles, and complimentary beverages provided by Riders of Kawasaki (ROK). Voting will end at 2:30pm and the winners will be announced at 3:00pm.

Judging categories for the event will include Best Kawasaki Sportbike, Best Kawasaki Cruiser, Best Unique Bike and Best Vintage Kawasaki (1984 and prior). A People’s Choice winner will be selected in each category and will be awarded prizes from ROK, Sena Technologies and Kawasaki Genuine Accessories. The winner in each category will also take home a custom trophy made from Kawasaki motorcycle parts and have the chance to win the coveted title of “Best in Show,” plus prizes from Dunlop, Sena Technologies and olloclip, to name a few.

Official contest rules are posted here: www.kawasaki.com.

Even if you don’t own a special Kawasaki, be sure to visit and enjoy the atmosphere, see some great bikes, and take a Kawasaki demo ride on the street bike of your choice. Enter the raffle and you might win some great prizes in support of a good cause. Raffle tickets are $1 each and all proceeds will be donated to the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Hospital in memory of long-time Kawasaki friend, Mike Thomas.

(The photo above is of 2014 Bike Nite in the Daylite’s “Best in Show” and “Best Unique Bike” winner, Billy Ray Bryant and his 1977 KZ Dragster.)

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<![CDATA[Winners Of AIMExpo 3-Way Giveaway Contest Announced]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/12/motorcycle-news/winners-aimexpo-3-way-giveaway-contest-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/12/motorcycle-news/winners-aimexpo-3-way-giveaway-contest-announced/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:22:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48866 Winners Of AIMExpo 3-Way Giveaway Contest Announced
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From an AIMExpo press release:


The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced today that the three lucky winners of the fan-favorite 3-Way Giveaway contest have received their new motorcycles. OEM exhibitors, Suzuki, KYMCO and Yamaha Star once again partnered with AIMExpo to offer attendees the chance to ride away on one of three all-new models.

Thousands of AIMExpo attendees entered for their chance to win a 2014 KYMCO Campagno 110 Scooter, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure, or a customized 2015 Star Bolt R-Spec motorcycle, featuring the world-renowned design of Jeff Palhegyi from Jeff Palhegyi Designs (JPD). Contestants were able to enter at the show or by mail.

The winners were randomly selected following AIMExpo and took possession of their new bikes at local Central Florida dealerships. The winners were Kenneth Maves, from Deland, Florida, Gregory Hatfield, from Orlando, Florida, and Earl Evans, from Parrish, Florida.

Kenneth Maves takes the keys to an all-new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure motorcycle at Deland Motorsports, presented by Robert Stacey.

Kenneth Maves takes the keys to an all-new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure
motorcycle at Deland Motorsports, presented by Robert Stacey.

Maves took home the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure, a redesigned model that combines sporty design and handling with comfort and versatility, both on and off the road.

“I’ve gone to AIMExpo both years and am so excited to win this bike,” said Maves. “It’s got a bit of a military vibe to it and it’s very different from my other three motorcycles. I’m already planning on using this bike for my annual ride in North Carolina and look forward to exploring some of the mountain dirt roads I’ve ridden by on my other bikes.”

Gregory Hatfield gets ready to ride off from Deland Motorsports on his new KYMCO Campagno 110 scooter.

Gregory Hatfield gets ready to ride off from Deland Motorsports on his new KYMCO Campagno 110 scooter.

Hatfield won the KYMCO Campagno 110 Scooter, a classically designed scooter that features an enhanced engine package.

An excited Hatfield said, “I went to AIMExpo in 2014 with my father because I was looking forward to eventually getting a motorcycle, so I’m very happy with the scooter! I want to thank everyone at AIMExpo, KYMCO and Deland Motorsports for making this such a good memory.”

Earl Evans is presented with the keys to a custom Star Motorcycles Bolt R-Spec,  courtesy of Brian Fitzpatrick at Central Florida Powersports.

Earl Evans is presented with the keys to a custom Star Motorcycles Bolt R-Spec,
courtesy of Brian Fitzpatrick at Central Florida Powersports.

Evans was the lucky recipient of the custom Star Motorcycles Bolt R-Spec. The bobber-inspired bike boasts a high level of performance and stylish aesthetics, including genuine Yamaha accessories and a custom painted gas tank, courtesy of Jeff Palhegyi Designs.

“AIMExpo is one of the most enjoyable weekends my son and I had all year,” said Evans. “When we first walked in we were like a blind dog in a butcher shop – we didn’t know where to go first! I’m really happy to receive this customized Star Bolt R-Spec. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the bike already and look forward to riding around town.”

Following another successful giveaway and overwhelmingly positive feedback from AIMExpo attendees, an all-new giveaway is in the works and promises to build on the excitement of the first two 3-Way Giveaways.

Stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website for more information on the next giveaway.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Reports 2014 Fiscal Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/12/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-reports-2014-fiscal-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/02/12/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-reports-2014-fiscal-results/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:44:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48863 Yamaha Reports 2014 Fiscal Results
Yamaha Motor Corp. reported a 5.3% increase in motorcycle sales revenue in 2014 despite selling 3.4% fewer motorcycles compared to 2013. On the surface, those numbers may seem contradictory, but digging deeper reveals the bulk of the sales decrease came in emerging markets whereas Yamaha’s motorcycle sales in developed markets, where the products are higher […] more]]>
Yamaha Motor Corp. reported a 5.3% increase in motorcycle sales revenue in 2014 despite selling 3.4% fewer motorcycles compared to 2013. On the surface, those numbers may seem contradictory, but digging deeper reveals the bulk of the sales decrease came in emerging markets whereas Yamaha’s motorcycle sales in developed markets, where the products are higher in both performance and price, increased by 13%.

According to the company’s 2014 fiscal report, Yamaha sold 5.80 million motorcycles through the year, a decrease of 210,000 units from 2013. To put that into perspective, KTM and Ducati both claimed company sales record in 2014, but together, they combine for a total of just 203,860 motorcycles.

Customers in Asia and other emerging markets bought 5.39 million motorcycles in 2014 compared to 5.65 million in 2013. Meanwhile, customers in developed markets such as North America, Europe and Japan purchased 414,000 motorcycles last year compared to just 370,000 in the year before.

So for Yamaha, the overall drop in unit sales wasn’t a bit deal as net sales increased to ¥977.6 billion (US$8.22 billion) from the ¥928.2 billion reported in 2013. Sales revenue from developed markets saw a 21.9% increase, reaching ¥215.4 billion (US$1.8 billion) thanks to the introduction of new models such as the FZ-09 and FZ-07.

Yamaha reported sales of 79,000 motorcycles in North America, up from the 76,000 motorcycles sold in 2013. Sales in Europe were even more promising, with Yamaha reporting an increase to 191,000 units from 162,000. Yamaha also did well in its home market, increasing Japanese sales to 123,000 motorcycles in 2014 from 109,000 units in the year before.

Overall, Yamaha reported a net profit of ¥68.5 billion in 2014, up from a profit of ¥44.1 billion in 2013.

Yamaha expects to see further growth in the year ahead. 2015 represents the final year of Yamaha’s “Medium-Term Manage Plan” announced at the end of 2012 which called for an aggressive expansion of its product lineup. Yamaha forecasts sales of 6.28 billion motorcycles in 2015 including 440,000 units from emerging markets. The company also expects motorcycle net sales to top ¥1.11 trillion in 2015 including ¥240.0 billion from developed markets.

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