Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:02:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[Official: Mercedes-AMG Acquires 25% of MV Agusta]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/31/manufacturers/mv-agusta/official-mercedes-amg-acquires-25-mv-agusta/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/31/manufacturers/mv-agusta/official-mercedes-amg-acquires-25-mv-agusta/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:02:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47051 Official: Mercedes-AMG Acquires 25% of MV Agusta
The long-rumored deal between Daimler AG and MV Agusta has finally been completed with the German automaker’s Mercedes-AMG brand purchasing a 25% stake in the Italian motorcycle maker. Terms of the deal were not announced. “In MV Agusta, we have found the perfect two-wheel partner for Mercedes-AMG,” says Tobias Moers, chief executive officer of Mercedes-AMG. […] more]]>
The long-rumored deal between Daimler AG and MV Agusta has finally been completed with the German automaker’s Mercedes-AMG brand purchasing a 25% stake in the Italian motorcycle maker. Terms of the deal were not announced.

“In MV Agusta, we have found the perfect two-wheel partner for Mercedes-AMG,” says Tobias Moers, chief executive officer of Mercedes-AMG. “This manufacturer with a long tradition and Mercedes-AMG are connected not only by a long and successful racing history, but also by shared values and goals for the future – allowing the experience of utmost perfection, optimal performance and motorsport technology for the road. The cooperation with MV Agusta also underscores the importance of AMG as the sports-car and high-performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The partnership provides us with an entry into a world of additional high-performance enthusiasts.”

The acquisition is still subject to regulatory approval, but Daimler says that should be completed in late November. Mercedes-AMG will also appoint one member to MV Agusta’s board of directors. The two brands will work together for marketing and sales.

“The positioning of Mercedes-AMG as the performance brand in the Mercedes-Benz product portfolio will be further strengthened through the strategic partnership with MV Agusta,” says Wilko Stark, vice-president Daimler Strategy & Mercedes-Benz Cars Product Strategy and Planning. “The strategic cooperation with MV Agusta will allow us to address high-performance enthusiasts with automobiles and with motorcycles. Through the cooperation in the area of marketing and sales, we will be able to attract new target groups for both companies all over the world.”

The acquisition mirrors another recent deal between a German automaker and an Italian motorcycle manufacturer in Audi’s purchase of Ducati in 2012. That deal however gave Audi (part of the Volkswagen Group) full ownership of Ducati while Mercedes-AMG is only getting a quarter of MV Agusta.

For MV Agusta, the deal provides a solid backing for international growth.

“MV Agusta and Mercedes-AMG are a perfect brand fit: Two complementary companies that stand for design, high performance and excellence,” says Giovanni Castiglioni, president and CEO of MV Agusta. “Mercedes-AMG will help MV Agusta to further expand globally and to accelerate our growth. The uniqueness of MV Agusta will further enhance Mercedes-AMG’s leadership in the high-performance segment.”

[Source: Daimler]

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Video XXIII: Handcrafted + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/31/motorcycle-news/ninja-h2-video-xxiii-handcrafted-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/31/motorcycle-news/ninja-h2-video-xxiii-handcrafted-video/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:33:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47063 Ninja H2 Video XXIII: Handcrafted + Video
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Ladies and gentlemen, with EICMA only a few short days away, what we have here should be the very last teaser video for the Kawasaki Ninja H2. A small part of me is going to miss seeing a new video in my inbox every other day, but with the end of the videos comes something even more exciting: the chance to actually ride an H2! However, before we jump ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at this, Kawasaki Ninja H2 teaser video number 23.

Unlike most production motorcycles, the H2 is exclusive (especially for a Japanese motorcycle) in how much human interaction is involved while putting an H2 together. The H2 is a special machine, and as such, requires a high level of attention – something a robot just can’t offer. Take a look at the video below to see how important this bike is to the “skilled craftsmen” who put it together. Finally, stay tuned on Tuesday, November 4, at 1:30am PST for the official unveiling of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 at EICMA 2014.

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<![CDATA[Honda Trademarks RC213V-S; Street-legal MotoGP Replica On the Way]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/31/manufacturers/honda/honda-trademarks-rc213v-s/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/31/manufacturers/honda/honda-trademarks-rc213v-s/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:09:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47055 Honda Trademarks RC213V-S; Street-legal MotoGP Replica On the Way
The long-awaited street-legal replica of Honda‘s MotoGP racer may finally be approaching as the Japanese manufacturer has filed a trademark application in European Union for the name “RC213V-S“. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, the application was filed today, Oct. 31, just days ahead of the 2014 EICMA show where the RC213V-S is expected to debut. Top 10 Bikes […] more]]>
The long-awaited street-legal replica of Honda‘s MotoGP racer may finally be approaching as the Japanese manufacturer has filed a trademark application in European Union for the name “RC213V-S“. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, the application was filed today, Oct. 31, just days ahead of the 2014 EICMA show where the RC213V-S is expected to debut.

Top 10 Bikes To See At EICMA

Honda Chief Executive Officer Takanobu Ito originally confirmed plans to produce a new super sportsbike derived from its RC213V prototype in 2012 but we haven’t heard a peep from the manufacturer since then.

Not until the new trademark filing, that is. Filed with the EU’s Office for the Harmonization for the Internal Market, the trademark application offers few details, except saying it will be used for “motorcycles; vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; and parts and fittings for the above-mentioned goods in this class”.

While the description may be vague, the name itself is fairly obvious, with the “S” likely signifying the street version of the RC213V prototype. Honda first introduced the RC213V in 2012 MotoGP season. Since then, the 1000cc V-4 racebike has won 34 of 53 races split between Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and two-time reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez.

Motorcycle.com will be in Milan for EICMA where (hopefully!) the RC213V-S will make its debut. Our coverage begins Nov. 3.

[Source: OHIM]

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<![CDATA[More Information On The Matchless Model X Reloaded]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/30/motorcycle-news/information-matchless-model-x-reloaded/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/30/motorcycle-news/information-matchless-model-x-reloaded/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:29:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47048 More Information On The Matchless Model X Reloaded
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Matchless, the former British manufacturer who built motorcycles from 1899 until 1966, has released this image of the Model X Reloaded, the bike it will be officially unveiling at EICMA 2014 next week.

We first covered the return of Matchless in this post from September, but at the time the only images we had of the new Model X were artist renderings. Here, we clearly see what looks to be a finished bike, which also looks remarkably identical to the renderings.

Powered by a 1916cc S&S V-Twin, maybe the more newsworthy feature of the Model X is the amount of adjustability built into the bike. Matchless says the Model X comes with “two separate beacons” (twin headlights), each of which are adjustable along a vertical plane for optimum lighting, depending on conditions. From there, the bars can be adjusted vertically, while the grips themselves can further move vertically or horizontally. The seat is also adjustable in a vertical plane, and the rider has the option to use forward footrests or a more neutral placement straight down.

Further details about the Model X Reloaded will be made available at EICMA.

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<![CDATA[2015 MV Agusta 800 Stradale Teased for EICMA]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/30/manufacturers/mv-agusta/2015-mv-agusta-800-stradale-teased-eicma/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/30/manufacturers/mv-agusta/2015-mv-agusta-800-stradale-teased-eicma/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:24:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47041 2015 MV Agusta 800 Stradale Teased for EICMA
MV Agusta released an image teasing a new light touring model rumored to be called the Stradale for next week’s EICMA show in Milan. The teaser shows the now-familiar stacked triple exhaust arrangement used on MV Agusta’s three-cylinder models and the panniers with integrated turn signals. Dutch website Nieuwsmotor published a leaked shot of the […] more]]>
MV Agusta released an image teasing a new light touring model rumored to be called the Stradale for next week’s EICMA show in Milan. The teaser shows the now-familiar stacked triple exhaust arrangement used on MV Agusta’s three-cylinder models and the panniers with integrated turn signals.

Dutch website Nieuwsmotor published a leaked shot of the new model, revealing a more-touring variant of the MV Agusta Rivale. The Stradale appears to be MV’s response to the Ducati Hyperstrada, much like how the Rivale competes against the Hypermotard.

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While most of the styling resembles the Rivale, there are some differences. The exhaust uses rectangular tips instead of the circular ones found on the Rivale and the company’s other Triples. The Turismo Veloce (unveiled at EICMA last year but still not yet available in showrooms) also stacks three rectangular exhaust tips, while the MV Agusta F4 has four rectangular-shaped exhausts under its tail.

The panniers don’t look very big, so we don’t expect the Stradale would be expected to handle more than short journeys. The integrated turn signals are a nice touch, but the wiring for them might further reduce the carrying capacity. The rear subframe will likely be different to handle the extra weight of the luggage and we can see a new passenger foot peg mount to make room for the bags.

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Comparing the leaked images to the Rivale, we can see a new windscreen, seat and mirrors. The suspension should also be different to better accommodate luggage and two-up riding, and wheelbase also looks to be a bit longer as well.

We’ll find out more when MV Agusta reveals full details on the Stradale. Motorcycle.com will provide full coverage the announcement and all of the other news from EICMA starting Monday, Nov. 3.

[Source: MV Agusta]

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<![CDATA[A Story of Hope, Inspiration, and Beating the Odds + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/videos/story-hope-inspiration-beating-odds-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/videos/story-hope-inspiration-beating-odds-video/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:31:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47033 A Story of Hope, Inspiration, and Beating the Odds + Video
Talan Skeels Piggins copes with a devastating injury through racing more]]>
Talan Skeels Piggins is a diehard motorcyclist like the rest of us. Having owned a number of motorcycles, these days he finds himself racing a SV650 in the Brittish Thundersport series. However, the one thing separating him from the rest of his competition is the fact Piggins is paralyzed from the chest down.

Piggins was involved in a motorcycle accident when a car clipped him. He fell into the path of oncoming traffic and was subsequently struck and run over by a vehicle that couldn’t stop in time. Piggins experienced the whole range of emotions after his accident and learning he’d never walk again, but after learning about the opportunities still available to him, his focused changed. No longer was he hopeless, but instead hopeful. In this video, entitled “The Little Person Inside,” Piggins explains how he coped with life after a devastating accident.

The Little Person Inside – Documentary from Speechless Films on Vimeo.

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<![CDATA[2015 Freeride 250R Pops Up on KTMs US Site]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/manufacturers/ktm/2015-freeride-250r-pops-ktms-us-site/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/manufacturers/ktm/2015-freeride-250r-pops-ktms-us-site/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:56:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47004 2015 Freeride 250R Pops Up on KTM’s US Site
A new section for the 2015 KTM Freeride 250R has appeared on the manufacturer’s U.S. site. No official announcement has been made so this might just be a simple slip-up by KTM’s webmasters, but if not, the two-stroke Freeride 250R may be coming to the U.S. market. The 250R appears on the Freeride tab which […] more]]>
A new section for the 2015 KTM Freeride 250R has appeared on the manufacturer’s U.S. site. No official announcement has been made so this might just be a simple slip-up by KTM’s webmasters, but if not, the two-stroke Freeride 250R may be coming to the U.S. market.

The 250R appears on the Freeride tab which was only added recently on KTM’s U.S. website. This doesn’t necessarily prove that the Freeride 250R is coming, it’s important to note the page only lists the 250R while the same page on KTM’s European sites includes the Freeride 350 as well as the electric Freeride E-XC, E-SX and E-SM. If the U.S. page was a mistake, it likely would have included all of the Freeride models instead of just the 250R.

We will wait for official confirmation but we expect one to come shortly. (UPDATE: a member of the ADVRider forum says KTM North America is stocking hard parts for the Freeride and he has already placed an order.)

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First introduced in Europe as a 2014 model, the Freeride 250R is billed as lightweight off-road warrior, claiming a weight (without fuel) of 204 pounds. By comparison, Yamaha‘s two-stroke YZ250 claims a fully-fueled weight of  227 pounds. Even factoring in about a full 1.8 gallons of fuel on the Freeride, the KTM should have an advantage in weight.

Two-Strokes Live On: Yamaha YZ125/250 Reviews

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The Freeride 250R is powered by a 249cc two-stroke Single derived from KTM’s 250 EXC enduro machine. The Freeride engine has a new cylinder, piston and valve timing but lacks the EXC’s exhaust control system. According to KTM, the Freeride 250R’s engine weighs 4.4 pounds lighter than the EXC’s powerplant.

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The engine is paired with a six-speed transmission specifically designed for the Freeride offering short gear ratios and an extended overdrive sixth gear. The undamped coil spring steel clutch was also specifically tuned for the Freeride to offer easy and precise control.

The expansion chamber is slimmer than the one used on the EXC, running through the chrome-molybdenum steel frame towards the undertail silencer.

The steel frame is matched by a subframe made of lightweight high-strength plastic. The subframe has integrated grip recesses making it easier for riders to grab should the rear wheel get stuck in mud and the bike needs to be pulled free.

Continuing on the lightweight theme, the swingarm weighs in at just 7 pounds while still promising high torsional stiffness and stability. The swingarm is connected to a PDS shock from WP Suspension offering separate high- and low-speed compression damping adjustment. WP also provides the upside-down 43mm fork with adjustable rebound and compression.

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Formula supplies the braking system which consists of a radial-mount four-piston caliper up front and a two-piston caliper at the rear.

Other features include a 36-inch seat height, four-way adjustable handelbar, digital instrument cluster, lightweight cast foot pegs, CNC-machined hubs and Maxxis tires.

No prices were listed, obviously, as we still await official confirmation that the Freeride 250R would be imported to the U.S. Let’s hope that confirmation will come soon.

[Source: KTM, ADVRider forum; Studio photos by Mitterbauer H.]

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<![CDATA[Brough Superior Alpine Grand Sports, Vincent Black Shadow, Up For Bonhams Auction]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/motorcycle-news/brough-superior-alpine-grand-sports-vincent-black-shadow-bonhams-auction/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/motorcycle-news/brough-superior-alpine-grand-sports-vincent-black-shadow-bonhams-auction/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:08:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47005 Brough Superior Alpine Grand Sports, Vincent Black Shadow, Up For Bonhams Auction
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Among the many valuable items on the block, the November 30 Bonhams Bond Street Auction will have two special motorcycles up for grabs: a 1929 Brough Superior 986cc SS100 Alpine Grand Sports and a 1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow.

Estimated at £270,000-320,000, the Alpine Grand Sports ($435,000 – $517,000) is named after the Alpine Trial, a famously grueling reliability run started in 1910. Taking in vast mountain peaks, chilling temperatures, and the twists and turns of Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and the infamous Stelvio Pass, it was a great test of endurance and skill – and not just for four-wheels.

George Brough – founder of the motorcycle marque – undertook the Trial in 1925 on an SS100, resulting in the award of six cups, including one for ‘Best Performance.’ The design of the Brough Superior Alpine Grand Sports took inspiration from its founder’s achievement, and was introduced to the market in 1925 for the 1926 season with a lower compression ratio (making it suitable for touring), a small fly-screen and a pair of tool boxes as standard – perfect for thundering through the Alps.

Ben Walker, Director for Bonhams Motorcycle Department said: “Brough Superior is a legendary marque in the motorcycle world. Coined the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of motorcycles, their distinguished status is well earned, with Brough products of the highest quality and engineering excellence, admired by all and highly sought-after – almost 100 years after the Haydn Road Works first opened their doors.

“The most charismatic of the marque’s stable is unquestionably the SS100 and we are delighted to be offering the model in its ultimate guise, a Vintage example in Alpine Grand Sports specification, boasting matching registration, frame and engine numbers – designed to honor the legendary Alpine Trial – the most arduous motoring test of its time.”

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With a top speed of 125mph, the incredibly swift Black Shadow was faster than any vehicle of the time. It’s this peerless performance that made it an icon of the 1950s and one of the most desirable of all machines today.

In the half-century since production ceased the esteem in which this iconic motorcycle is held has only increased, fueling the demand among discerning collectors for fine examples of the marque, such as that offered at Bonhams sale, which retains matching registration, frame and engine numbers, carrying an estimate of £70,000-90,000 ($112,000 – $145,000).

The duo of legendary motorcycles will be on display at Bonhams London to Brighton Run sale preview held at 101 New Bond Street this week (30th - 31st October), and will also take part in the National Motorcycle Museum’s 30th Anniversary celebrations this Saturday, 1st November.

Bonhams Bond Street Sale takes place at Bonhams London headquarters on 30th November 2014.

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Video XXII: Precision Welding + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/products/ninja-h2-video-xxii-precision-welding-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/products/ninja-h2-video-xxii-precision-welding-video/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:11:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46997 Ninja H2 Video XXII: Precision Welding + Video
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In Kawasaki’s 15th Ninja H2 teaser video, Team Green showcased the talents of its robot welders when creating the frames for their massively powerful bike. However, when it comes to complex curves or shapes, robots have their limits and humans need to take over. That’s where Kawasaki’s skilled craftsmen come in for this, the 22nd Ninja H2 teaser video. Check it out.

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<![CDATA[BMW to Reveal Two New Models at EICMA]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-reveal-two-new-models-eicma/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/29/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-reveal-two-new-models-eicma/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:04:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46996 BMW to Reveal Two New Models at EICMA
BMW confirmed it will have two motorcycles making their world premieres next week at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan. No details were revealed, but we expect one of the new models will be the S1000XR adventure-styled sport-tourer spotted by spy photographers in August. Sporting the engine from the S1000RR, the XR will compete against […] more]]>
BMW confirmed it will have two motorcycles making their world premieres next week at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan.

No details were revealed, but we expect one of the new models will be the S1000XR adventure-styled sport-tourer spotted by spy photographers in August.

Sporting the engine from the S1000RR, the XR will compete against the likes of other street-oriented ADV-style bikes such as the Ducati Multistrada 1200, Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and Kawasaki Versys 1000. With a new Multistrada featuring Ducati’s variable-valve timing technology also expected to bow at EICMA and the Versys revealed last month at Intermot, the Suzuki will suddenly be the oldest model of these four, and it was just introduced last year.

As for the other new model, we expect BMW will reveal a new bagger using the K1600 platform, the German manufacturer’s response to the Honda Gold Wing F6B. According to various reports, the new model will have lower, more aerodynamic panniers, a new windscreen and a redesigned fairing.

Motorcycle.com will be reporting live from Milan, bring you the latest new model announcements from EICMA. Our coverage begins on Nov. 3.

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<![CDATA[The Isle of Man TT, From a Cars Perspective + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/videos/isle-man-tt-cars-perspective-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/videos/isle-man-tt-cars-perspective-video/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:16:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46990 The Isle of Man TT, From a Car’s Perspective + Video
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The Isle of Man TT is the most well known motorcycle race in the world, its 37 miles of country roads making it a spectacle for all to see. On average, at least one rider and one spectator dies every year, and yet the Isle is witnessing a surge in popularity lately as more and more competitors and spectators are attending. There are numerous videos out there with a motorcycle going full speed around the Isle, but what would it be like to take a flying lap in a car? That’s exactly what Subaru was able to pull off, as professional rally driver, Mark Higgins, piloted a WRX STI on a full-speed blast.

The car itself is largely stock, though some concessions were made for safety reasons. Also, Subaru disabled the standard speed limiter, with the hopes of reaching 160-plus mph on many of the course’s long sections (the fastest motorcycles reach speeds around 200 mph). In standard trim, the WRX STI makes roughly 300 hp, and feeds its power to all four wheels. But since this is a motorcycle site and not a car site, I won’t bore you too much with the specifics. Still, the lap is a fun watch, and, personally, is as exciting to watch as a bike lap. Higgins ultimately crosses the line in 19 minutes, 16 seconds, with an average speed of 117.510 mph.

For reference, the outright lap record on two wheels around the Isle is 17 minutes, 06 seconds, averaging 132.298 mph, set by Bruce Antsey this year. More interesting, however, is the TT Zero electric motorcycle record of 19 minutes, 17 seconds, 117.366 mph/average, set by John McGuiness aboard the Mugen Shinden.

See the video below, with a cool overlay of the speed, and G-forces of the car, combined with Higgins’ heart rate, skin temperature and respiration rate. Also included is a lap timer and course map.

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<![CDATA[The KTM Adventure Rally Is Nothing Like Sturgis + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/products/ktm-adventure-rally-nothing-like-sturgis-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/products/ktm-adventure-rally-nothing-like-sturgis-video/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:59:06 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46985 The KTM Adventure Rally Is Nothing Like Sturgis + Video
Looking for the anti-Sturgis rally? KTM has you covered more]]>
As far as motorcycle rallies go, the KTM Adventure Rally is the furthest thing from Sturgis you can find. Instead of cruisers, you have adventure bikes. And instead of cruising the boulevard looking for your next tattoo, you’re looking for the next gravel road or obstacle to overcome. For 2014, KTM held its 11th annual Adventure Rally in Taos Ski Valey, New Mexico, where participants can indulge themselves in any and all things adventure riding.

KTM brought out some of its factory riders like Mike Lafferty, Russell Bobbitt, Chris Fillmore and Andrew Short to tag along for the multi-day event. Meanwhile rally goers were treated to numerous vendor booths, and riding seminars to teach them to handle the rigors of adventure riding. Of course, the main event throughout the rally was the riding, and each day the riders were exposed to over 100 miles of adventure riding bliss. Some days, the ride even topped 200 miles. Check out the video below to see exactly what went down.

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<![CDATA[Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Expands Partnership With EagleRider]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/motorcycle-category/standard/progressive-international-motorcycle-shows-expands-partnership-eaglerider/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/motorcycle-category/standard/progressive-international-motorcycle-shows-expands-partnership-eaglerider/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:48:12 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46977 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Expands Partnership With EagleRider
EagleRider expands its tour options for 2014/2015. more]]>
The Progressive International Motorcycle Show begins its nationwide tour this weekend in San Mateo, CA, culminating in Dallas, Texas, on January 23-25. For the 2014/2015 season, however, the IMS tour has expanded its partnership with EagleRider at each of the 11 stops. The EagleRider Travel and Tour Pavilion: The World on Two Wheels; is a brand new innovative feature dedicated to the touring, adventure and destination riders. From gear and products to DIY’s and seminars the pavilion is designed to educate attendees on what they need, where to go and how to get there.

Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President, Progressive International Motorcycle Shows: “We are excited to partner with EagleRider to introduce “The EagleRider Travel and Tour Pavilion: The World on Two Wheels” program. The addition of Travel Pavilion feature is part of our ongoing commitment to enhance our attendees show experience through innovative activations. The emergence of the touring and destination segment combined with EagleRider’s expertise as a pioneer in this category makes the program an exciting venture for this season’s tour.  

EagleRider offers enthusiasts the opportunity to rent a Harley-Davidson, Indian, Honda, BMW, or Triumph, with the option of a guided tour or to explore the world on their own. At the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, EagleRider is offering special incentives on 60 spots for their very popular “Baja with Charley Boorman” tour series for the fall of 2015. These tours present riders with the opportunity to experience the Baja California peninsula while being guided by world travelers Charley Boorman and Russ Malkin as well as other surprise guests.

Shawn Fechter, Vice President of Brand Experience, EagleRider: “We are very excited to partner with Progressive International Motorcycle Shows to help riders who have been dreaming of experiencing the top riding destinations around the world a reality.”

EagleRider will have their experienced representatives on site at each of the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows to answer questions and help with bookings for their top selling tours from around the world. Riders will be able to go home from the show knowing that they are about to embark on the motorcycle journey of a lifetime. Approved riders will also have the opportunity to take advantage of EagleRider’s proprietary “Ride Now – Pay Later” promotion, allowing them to see The World on Two Wheels for as little as $99 per month.

For more information, please visit www.eaglerider.com and www.motorcycleshows.com.

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<![CDATA[Victory Motorcycles, Veterans, Combine Forces On Veteran’s Day]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/motorcycle-news/victory-motorcycles-veterans-combine-forces-veterans-day/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/motorcycle-news/victory-motorcycles-veterans-combine-forces-veterans-day/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:33:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46973 Victory Motorcycles, Veterans, Combine Forces On Veteran’s Day
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From a Victory press release:


Victory Motorcycles and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will continue their partnership supporting the men and women of the armed forces by joining together at America’s Parade in New York City on November 11. This nationally televised parade is the largest Veteran’s Day event in the nation.

Victory/IAVA have initiated “The Road Home” program during which Victory will contribute $500 to IAVA for each new Victory bike sold. This program is dedicated to empowering and assisting the military veterans who have served in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to adjust to life back home. Learn more at www.victorymotorcycles.com/roadhome

“It’s an honor to join IAVA to celebrate the men and women who protect our freedom.” said Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles for Polaris. “We appreciate their contributions and sacrifices, and admire the work done on their behalf by IAVA.”

As a company with nearly 30% of its owner base having a military affiliation, Victory is especially honored to support military personnel, veterans and first responders. Victory currently offers these individuals $1,000.00 off the cost of a new Victory motorcycle. Offers vary and exclusions apply. Complete details are available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com

America’s Parade in New York City is a magnificent event to bring attention to all the brave men and women who have placed themselves in harm’s way to keep the American way of life secure.

For details about IAVA programs and how you can support IAVA or get involved, visit www.iava.org

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<![CDATA[SpeedMob Introduces 2015 Airoh Aviator 2.1 Helmets]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/products/speedmob-introduces-2015-airoh-aviator-2-1-helmets/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/28/products/speedmob-introduces-2015-airoh-aviator-2-1-helmets/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:51:06 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46955 SpeedMob Introduces 2015 Airoh Aviator 2.1 Helmets
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Off-road riders in the U.S. may not be as familiar with the Airoh line of helmets, but the brand is popular in Europe and now SpeedMob Inc. is introducing the 2015 lineup of Airoh Aviator 2.1 off-road helmets. After a successful first year (2014) in the North American market and on the racetrack, SpeedMob readies for an even stronger year for Airoh helmets in 2015.

For 2015, there are four rollover designs and ten brand new graphics being offered in North America. This year’s lineup includes a “222” Antonio Cairoli replica, a stunning new Van Horebeek replica design and the Valor design available in two color schemes. Also new is the Arrow helmet design available in three color offerings; Yellow, Orange and White. The Six Days helmet returns with a limited edition numbered badge, sporting the colors of Argentina this year. The Linear Bicolor returns with new color combinations. The final design is the brand new Clash helmet with a bright mixture of orange, yellow, black and white. Returning are the Black Matte, Pearl Gloss, Rockstar and the Carbon.

Here is more information about the Aviator 2.1, courtesy of Airoh/SpeedMob:

The first feature pro riders comment on is the exceptionally low weight of this helmet, as many riders equate “heft” to safety. The proprietary multi-strand Carbon Kevlar weave and engineered EPS liner ensures this helmet both maintains integrity and disperses energy from all angles with engineered points designed to fracture and absorb impact in worse case scenarios, much like modern cars have designed crumple zones to protect their passengers.

The second feature riders notice is the incredible balance and immense airflow this helmet allows. After a long, hard day on the track or on the trails, these properties really earn the respect of those riders lucky enough to wear these helmets. With an incredible five ventilation intake ports, this helmet noticeably flows air. Add two massive top exit ports along with a modular rear exit diffuser that draws the air out, you can ride in relative comfort even in intense heat and humidity.

Because the Aviator comes as a very complete package, all helmets come with top vent “rain” covers, an extended peak visor, a GoPro mount and even a lanyard with helmet tool included in every box. Safety, rider comfort and helmet functionality top the list of items the Airoh engineering team constantly strive to improve on for our customers. With 17 years under Airoh’s belt and 55 World Titles there is a reason why champions choose Airoh Aviator helmets.

See the gallery below for all the helmet graphic options.

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Video XXI: Top-Shelf Components]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/27/manufacturers/kawasaki/ninja-h2-video-xxi-top-shelf-components/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/10/27/manufacturers/kawasaki/ninja-h2-video-xxi-top-shelf-components/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:40:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46950 Ninja H2 Video XXI: Top-Shelf Components
The 21st teaser video for Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 highlights the the components in the construction of the H2: KYB suspension, Brembo brakes, Ohlins steering damper, slipper clutch and dog-ring transmission. Stay tuned for further videos leading up to the H2′s release at EICMA, November 4. more]]>
The 21st teaser video for Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 highlights the the components in the construction of the H2: KYB suspension, Brembo brakes, Ohlins steering damper, slipper clutch and dog-ring transmission. Stay tuned for further videos leading up to the H2′s release at EICMA, November 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Polaris]

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marc Marquez:

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

Alex Marquez:

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andorra 500 from Cyril DESPRES on Vimeo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[Source: Yamaha]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Husqvarna]

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