Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:39:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 <![CDATA[RC213V to Power New Honda Project 2&4 Concept Car]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/26/manufacturers/honda/rc213v-to-power-new-honda-project-24-concept-car/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/26/manufacturers/honda/rc213v-to-power-new-honda-project-24-concept-car/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:39:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52083 RC213V to Power New Honda Project 2&4 Concept Car
Honda is producing a new concept called Project 2&4, a collaboration between the company’s motorcycle and automobile design teams. Based on the sole teaser image above, the Honda Project 2&4 appears to be an open cockpit car that will be powered by the RC213V MotoGP racebike. Project 2&4 is the result of an internal design […] more]]>
Honda is producing a new concept called Project 2&4, a collaboration between the company’s motorcycle and automobile design teams. Based on the sole teaser image above, the Honda Project 2&4 appears to be an open cockpit car that will be powered by the RC213V MotoGP racebike.

Project 2&4 is the result of an internal design competition between Honda’s global design studios. The goal was to produce a concept that represents the company’s “drive to inspire”. The winning design was the product of Honda’s motorcycle design center in Asaka and its automotive design center in Wako, Japan.

Honda describes the concept as having a “cabin-less structure”, which suggests an open compact car like the Ariel Atom or KTM X-Bow. Honda also says Project 2&4 offers the “freedom of a motorcycle and the maneuverability of a car.”

Honda also says, however, that Project 2&4 is “powered by RC213V, modified for public road use,” which may suggest the engine isn’t the full-spec (including pneumatically-actuated valves) 999cc V-4 of the MotoGP prototype but rather the much tamer engine used in the street-legal RC213V-S.

Project 2&4 will make its public debut Sept. 15 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Our sister site AutoGuide.com will be there and will provide us with more detail and photography at the unveiling.

[Source: Honda]

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<![CDATA[2016 Yamaha MT-03 Confirmed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/25/manufacturers/yamaha/2016-yamaha-mt-03-confirmed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/25/manufacturers/yamaha/2016-yamaha-mt-03-confirmed/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:00:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52072 2016 Yamaha MT-03 Confirmed
Yamaha has confirmed it will produce the MT-03, a larger-displacement version of the MT-25 announced for Indonesia in June. The news wasn’t unexpected, as it follows the pattern established by the faired YZF-R25 and YZF-R3, but this is the first official confirmation of the MT-03. Still to be determined is whether the MT-03 will be […] more]]>
Yamaha has confirmed it will produce the MT-03, a larger-displacement version of the MT-25 announced for Indonesia in June. The news wasn’t unexpected, as it follows the pattern established by the faired YZF-R25 and YZF-R3, but this is the first official confirmation of the MT-03. Still to be determined is whether the MT-03 will be available in the U.S., where it would likely be called the FZ-03.

The MT-03 shares most of the R3’s specifications. Instead of the sportbike’s twin headlights, the naked model follows the pattern of the larger MT/FZ models with a single headlight. The MT-03 weighs about 8.8 pounds lighter than the R3. The naked model also swaps out the R3’s clip-ons for a wider handlebar that offers a more upright seating position.

082515-yamaha-mt-03-6Yamaha has announced three color options for the Japanese market: matt silver, black metallic and red metallic.

We expect Yamaha Motor U.S.A. to announce the FZ-03 soon. We will provide more information about U.S. availability, pricing and color options once it’s all confirmed.

2016 Yamaha MT-03/FZ-03 Specifications
Engine Type 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-Twin
Displacement 321cc
Bore x Stroke 68.0 x 44.1 mm
Compression ratio 11.2:1
Maximum Power (Claimed) 31 kW (41.6 hp) @ 10,750 rpm
Maximum Torque (Claimed) 30 Nm (22.1 lb-ft.) @ 9,000 rpm
Starter Electric
Lubrication system Wet
Engine oil capacity 2.4L
Fuel system Fuel Injection
Type clutch wet, multi-plate
Transmission Six-speed
Frame Diamond-type steel frame
Rake/Trail 25°/ 3.7 inches
Front suspension Telescopic
Rear suspension swing arm
Front tire 110/70-17, tubeless
Rear tires 140/70-17, tubeless
Front brake Two-piston caliper, 298mm disc brake
Rear brakes Single-piston 220mm disc brake
Length 2090 mm (82.3 in.)
Width 745 mm (29.3 in.)
Height 1,035 mm (40.7 in)
Wheelbase 1,380 mm (54.3 in.)
Ground Clearance 160 mm (6.3 in.)
Seat Height 780 mm (30.7 in.)
Curb Weight (Claimed) 165 kg (363.8 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity 14 L (3.7 gallons)

[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[Marzocchi Shutting Down]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/24/products/marzocchi-shutting-down/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/24/products/marzocchi-shutting-down/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:12:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52060 Marzocchi Shutting Down
Tenneco Incorporated (NYSE:TEN) announced last month it intended to discontinue its Marzocchi motorcycle and bicycle suspension business and liquidate Marzocchi operations. Following a consultation process with employee representatives, it looks like that is what’s going to happen.  Tenneco employs 127 people at its Marzocchi plant in Bologna, Italy, and an additional 11 people in its operations […] more]]>
Tenneco Incorporated (NYSE:TEN) announced last month it intended to discontinue its Marzocchi motorcycle and bicycle suspension business and liquidate Marzocchi operations. Following a consultation process with employee representatives, it looks like that is what’s going to happen.  Tenneco employs 127 people at its Marzocchi plant in Bologna, Italy, and an additional 11 people in its operations in North America and Taiwan. It expects to complete the closure by the end of 2015. Sad news; brothers Guglielmo and Stefano Marzocchi began their suspension business in 1949, after having broken into the motorcycle industry at Ducati.

“We sincerely regret the impact these actions would have on our Tenneco Marzocchi employees, and thank them for their tireless efforts to improve performance and reduce costs.  Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome continuing market challenges in the two-wheeler business,” said Brian Kesseler, chief operating officer, Tenneco.  “We are committed to working with our employees’ representatives, and with our customers to make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Tenneco expects to record charges of approximately $27 million related to these actions in the third quarter which includes approximately $17 million of cash expenditures.  These charges consist of severance and other employee related costs, asset impairment charges and other expenses related to the closure.  The company anticipates improving financial results by approximately $7 million annually, beginning in 2016.

Tenneco is an $8.4 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 29,000 employees worldwide.  Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive, commercial truck, and off-highway original equipment markets, and the aftermarket.  Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe, Walker, XNOx and Clevite Elastomer. It has more than 500 aftermarket customers and supplies more than 25 OEMs including Audi, Fiat, Ford, GM, Honda, Jaguar, Mazda, Porsche, and others.

 

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<![CDATA[Limited Edition Confederate P51 Combat Fighter]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/24/design/limited-edition-confederate-p51-combat-fighter/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/24/design/limited-edition-confederate-p51-combat-fighter/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:36:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52062 Limited Edition Confederate P51 Combat Fighter
Confederate Motorcycles has announced the launch of the second generation P51 Combat Fighter. Only 61 special editions are scheduled to be built of which 31 will be designated blonde and presented in raw machined billet. The other 30 will be designated black and presented as raw machined billet anodized black. MSRP for the blonde is $113,900 USD; MSRP for […] more]]>
Confederate Motorcycles has announced the launch of the second generation P51 Combat Fighter. Only 61 special editions are scheduled to be built of which 31 will be designated blonde and presented in raw machined billet. The other 30 will be designated black and presented as raw machined billet anodized black. MSRP for the blonde is $113,900 USD; MSRP for the black is $119,500.

The second generation Combat Fighter rides on a brand new CX4 architecture, a lighter, tougher evolution of Confederate’s patented, drag racing derived powertrain and powertrain mounting system. The muscle bike is constructed entirely of 6061 billet aluminum, including the unitized engine block and heads. Machined fuselage plates located by machined bulkheads form a proprietary monocoque. Confederate leveraged the talents of original P51 head designer Jon Kasse, who facilitated the second generation model’s all new head design and induction system.

The new bike’s chassis incorporates a structural intake box that ties directly into a CNC billet aluminum structural downdraft intake manifold. The fuel tank is structural; huge billet blocks are machined and welded to create the bridge that connects the induction system to the massive swing arm pivot machined into the unitized billet engine cases. Each front suspension girder and the rear swing arm are hewn from huge blocks of solid, as well, via five axis machining technology.

Each will be created – one motorcycle at a time – beginning in August.

“This Confederate is all business: explosive, tough, unique and built to last for the ages,” said Confederate Founder H. Matthew Chambers. “There exists both beauty and brutality in the P51 Combat Fighter aesthetic and the way it rides you. It is the metaphor for American Rebellion. I have never wanted to ride a motorcycle like I want to ride this one.”

For more information go to confederate.com.

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<![CDATA[Trailer for New MotoGP Documentary Hitting the Apex]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/24/movies/trailer-for-new-motogp-documentary-hitting-the-apex/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/24/movies/trailer-for-new-motogp-documentary-hitting-the-apex/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:08:47 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52055 Trailer for New MotoGP Documentary “Hitting the Apex”
The director of documentaries “Faster” and “Fastest” and “The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid” is back with another film about MotoGP racing featuring the top stars of the past few seasons. Mark Neale‘s “Hitting the Apex” follows the intense rivalries (and the common bonds) shared by top racers Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey […] more]]>
The director of documentaries “Faster” and “Fastest” and “The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid” is back with another film about MotoGP racing featuring the top stars of the past few seasons. Mark Neale‘s “Hitting the Apex” follows the intense rivalries (and the common bonds) shared by top racers Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, plus the tragic story of Marco Simoncelli and the phenomenal rise of Marc Marquez.

Neale’s usual choice for narrator Ewan McGregor is absent from “Hitting the Apex,” replaced by another Hollywood star and MotoGP fan, Brad Pitt, who also shares producing credits. Here’s the trailer:

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Unfortunately, “Hitting the Apex” is only scheduled for theatrical release in the U.K., Italy and Spain. We hope the film can find a U.S. distributor or at least eventually be made available on video streaming platforms.

For more information, visit HittingTheApexFilm.com.

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<![CDATA[Honda CBR500R, CB500F Fuel Sensor Recall Affects 14,575 Motorcycles in US]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/21/motorcycle-news/honda-cbr500r-cb500f-fuel-sensor-recall-affects-14575-motorcycles-in-us/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/21/motorcycle-news/honda-cbr500r-cb500f-fuel-sensor-recall-affects-14575-motorcycles-in-us/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:14:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52050 Honda CBR500R, CB500F Fuel Sensor Recall Affects 14,575 Motorcycles in US
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has formally announced the recall of 14,575 units of the Honda CBR500R and CB500F in the U.S. from model years 2013 to 2015 because of a faulty fuel level sensor. As we previously reported, the recall had previously been announced by respective government bodies in Australia and Canada for […] more]]>
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has formally announced the recall of 14,575 units of the Honda CBR500R and CB500F in the U.S. from model years 2013 to 2015 because of a faulty fuel level sensor. As we previously reported, the recall had previously been announced by respective government bodies in Australia and Canada for both models. The CB500X is not affected as it does not share the same fuel tank as its 500-series siblings.

According to documents released by NHTSA, the fuel level sensor float arm holder may deform after exposure to a combination of environmental and roadway conditions. A deformed float arm may separate completely from the fuel sensor body, providing an inaccurate fuel level reading. In some cases, the disembodied float arm may come in contact with both the positive and negative terminals at the base of the fuel pump, causing a short circuit that may blow a fuse and cause an engine stall.

American Honda first became aware of a potential problem in June 2013 after a dealer reported a faulty fuel meter and detected an unusual noise in the fuel tank. American Honda forwarded the data to Honda’s Thai manufacturing subsidiary which produces the 500-series models. Thai Honda Manufacturing (THM) conducted an investigation but could not recreate the problem.

By August 2013, American Honda provided THM with 17 more incident reports, four of which were from customers reporting engines shutting off or failing to start. THM escalated its investigation and in the ensuing months received more reports. Honda’s Japanese head office was called in to help and it took until Dec. 2014 before Honda Japan’s R&D team was able to recreate the problem.

By June 25, 2015, THM had received a total of 67 reports including 59 from the U.S. Two customers had reported three separate failures. Honda also received 78 total warranty claims. No crashes, injuries or deaths were connected to any of the incident reports.

Honda dealers will replace the fuel level sensor assembly on affected motorcycles at no cost. Owners who had previously paid for repairs to address this problem will be reimbursed.

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<![CDATA[New Synch Dry Bags, From AltRider]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/19/products/new-synch-dry-bags-from-altrider/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/19/products/new-synch-dry-bags-from-altrider/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:47:12 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52038 New Synch Dry Bags, From AltRider
Innovative and intelligent luggage system, by AltRider. more]]>
AltRider’s latest luggage kit, the Synch Dry Bags are a culmination of 15 years off-road camping experience, says AltRider.

Each bag has a fully tape-seam sealed, D-shaped body construction made of 18oz vinyl coated fabric (“Truckers Tarp”). The SYNCH bags are designed to be 100% dust and waterproof, engineered to withstand the most extreme temperatures and wet weather over hundreds and thousands of miles of trails and roads.

The Synch bags were designed with accessibility and flexibility in mind. As such, each bag features daisy chains for easy lashing of camping gear like bed rolls and tents. There are four anchor points with high strength nylon D- rings for strapping the bags to the bike and for connecting bags to each other. All of the anchor patches are made from a military grade, waterproof and chemical resistant neoprene.

Designed for quick entry, the side openings allow access to either of the bags two openings without having to release the tie-down straps. This holds true when the bags are stacked on each other as well.

Each dry bag includes tie-downs, and the 25 and 38 liter include stacking straps. One end of the tie- down features a soft-loop style closure, perfect for attaching to crash-bars, trellis frames, luggage racks and other great tie-down points. The other end is a heavy duty, steel wire-gated military grade nylon snap-hook for securing to the bags.

The modular luggage system is best described with pictures, so see the captions below to learn more about the Synch bags. Captions provided by AltRider. Visit www.altrider.com for more information.

The heart of the system is the ability to stack bags quickly and easily – all while only needing to
only attach one bag to the bike per stack. Access the small or medium bag contents even when mounted. Each bag comes with all of the straps you need to attach the bags in unlimited ways. No
luggage rack is necessary but it does not hurt. Each hook, strap, and mount point is well thought out and organized. Included mount straps can quickly act as a shoulder strap, no extra cost, and nothing
extra to order. You can even carry stacked bags. Each small and medium bag comes equipped with grab handles which are perfect for
moving your panniers around. They will, keep your ice inside and beers cold. Beer not included! Offering 100% dry bags in three sizes, 14L, 25L, and 38L.

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<![CDATA[HeliBars Offering $100 On-Site Gold Wing/F6B Installation At Wing Ding 37]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/19/motorcycle-news/helibars-offering-100-on-site-gold-wingf6b-installation-at-wing-ding-37/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/19/motorcycle-news/helibars-offering-100-on-site-gold-wingf6b-installation-at-wing-ding-37/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:38:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52029 HeliBars Offering $100 On-Site Gold Wing/F6B Installation At Wing Ding 37
HeliBars will be on hand at Wing Dings 37 and are offering discounts. more]]>
HeliBars has announced it will offer on-site installation of its patented, adjustable handlebars for Honda Gold Wing and F6B models for only $100 during Wing Ding 37 in Huntsville, Alabama, September 3-6.

Eurowing USA, a factory certified HeliBars installer, will be providing half-price labor with the purchase of Heli’s new Horizon Luxury Sport Touring handlebar kits.

The HeliBars pivot wrist angle positions over a 36-degree range, are up to 2.5 inches taller than stock, have 7 inches of forward/backward movement, and are up to 4 inches closer to riders, providing greater comfort for a wider range of riders and rider sizes.

During Wing Ding 37 customized ergonomic tailoring  and installations will take place at booths 631-635 and 730-734 from 9am-6pm Thursday, September 3 through Saturday, September 5. Sunday hours are 9am – 4pm.

Because of the limited service time and availability, installation appointments are recommended. Also, if you own a model other than a Gold Wing or F6B, making an appointment will allow Eurowing to special-order the correct components for your motorcycle. To secure a spot, call 786-452-0641 or email Info@Eurowing.com. Ride-ins are welcome, but will be not guaranteed a spot.

For more information, visit HeliBars.com.

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<![CDATA[2015 Bonneville Salt Flats Land Speed Championship Cancelled]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/19/motorcycle-news/2015-bonneville-salt-flats-land-speed-championship-cancelled/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/19/motorcycle-news/2015-bonneville-salt-flats-land-speed-championship-cancelled/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:58:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52026 2015 Bonneville Salt Flats Land Speed Championship Cancelled
2015 Bonneville Salt Flats cancelled due to poor conditions. more]]>
The AMA, sanctioning body of the Land Speed Grand Championship at the Bonneville Salt Flats, has today announced the 2015 running of the event, scheduled to take place August 29-September 3, is cancelled due to poor salt conditions.

Below is the full press release from the AMA:


Much to the dismay of competitors, volunteers and the event promoter, the 2015 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 3 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, has been canceled due to poor conditions on the salt flats.

“Over the past year, we have all been working toward the goal of racing motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and it is always our intent to run the premier motorcycle land speed racing event at Bonneville,” said Event Manager Delvene Manning. “However, we are always subject to Mother Nature to provide us with good conditions that we all dedicate our time and resources to.

“We have assessed the conditions, and we are unable to sustain the minimum standards for a premier event,” Manning said. “It’s been an extremely difficult decision to make, and one we have not taken lightly. Our dedicated team has put in countless hours to evaluate the options for course layouts, the quality of the course, pit locations, salt flats on/off accessibility, course volume sustainability, and the impact on salt flats resources.”

Manning said the team appreciates everyone’s patience as they sort through the details of the cancelation, and they will be in touch with participants in the coming weeks with further information.

Manning also thanked the volunteers and sponsors for their contributions, in addition to the AMA and FIM organizations and support staff.

The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, is the premier motorcycle land-speed racing event in the world. This AMA-sanctioned event, which also includes Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme recognition, offers competitors the opportunity to clinch AMA national and FIM world records aboard machines from 50cc mini-bikes to 3,000cc.

Information about future events, rules, classes and existing records are available at www.BonnevilleSpeedTrials.com.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP Team 30th Anniversary Livery Unveiling + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/18/motorcycle-news/suzuki-ecstar-motogp-team-30th-anniversary-livery-unveiling-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/18/motorcycle-news/suzuki-ecstar-motogp-team-30th-anniversary-livery-unveiling-video/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:38:13 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52022 Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP Team 30th Anniversary Livery Unveiling + Video
Suzuki MotoGP unveils its 30th Anniversary color scheme and Kevin Schwantz is on hand to celebrate. more]]>
Suzuki Motor Corporation today launched a new video from the Sachsenring MotoGP race in Germany, where Team Suzuki Ecstar celebrated the 30th anniversary of the GSX-R range with an iconic livery for its GSX-RR race machines.

Both GSX-RRs, ridden by Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro, sported a blue and white paint scheme, similar to the one seen on GSX-Rs in the 1980s. You know, the ones ridden by none other than Kevin Schwantz, who was also on hand in Germany to take part in the festivities. Check out video from the event below.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Struck By Lightning, Crashes, Survives]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/18/oddities/motorcyclist-struck-by-lightning-crashes-survives/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/18/oddities/motorcyclist-struck-by-lightning-crashes-survives/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:29:30 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52017 Motorcyclist Struck By Lightning, Crashes, Survives
Random lightning strike causes rider to fall. Thankfully, others there to help. more]]>
On Friday, August 14, 2015, Eugene Villines of Greeley, Colorado was heading home from work as a Colorado Army National Guard member. He was aboard his motorcycle when he was suddenly struck by lightning. The strike appears to have momentarily paralyzed him, causing Villines to crash. Miraculously, he survived the incident and he thanks his helmet for saving his life.

Villines says he wasn’t riding in the middle of a storm, and only recalls dark clouds up above during his commute. He doesn’t remember being struck by lightning.

“I feel pretty good,” Villines told ABC News today, speaking from the hospital where he is being treated. His injuries include bruised ribs and punctured lungs.

Despite riding during rush hour traffic, no other vehicles struck Villines after his fall. In fact, bystanders, including a nurse, quickly came to his aid while the proper authorities were being contacted. The family has stated it would like to gather those who helped Villines, including the nurse, whose name is Margaret. As yet, the family has not been able to contact her.

As for Eugene Villines’ riding future, it’s too soon to tell. He simply wants to recover first before deciding whether or not to give up motorcycles.

Read the full story, with video, here: http://gma.yahoo.com/video/motorcycle-rider-struck-lightning-survives-115821652.html

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<![CDATA[Phoenix ION Jacket, By Joe Rocket + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/18/products/phoenix-ion-jacket-by-joe-rocket-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/18/products/phoenix-ion-jacket-by-joe-rocket-video/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:48:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52012 Phoenix ION Jacket, By Joe Rocket + Video
Six generations of Joe Rocket mesh summer jacket culminate here. more]]>
Joe Rocket introduced the first armored mesh summer riding jacket more than 10 years ago. Six generations later, Joe Rocket has released its latest version, the Phoenix ION.

The base of the jacket is a large-gauge, U.V.-resistant mesh chassis for maximum air flow. When the temps start to drop, the Phoenix also includes a two-stage protection system with removable waterproof and insulated warmth liners.

Impact protection is a multi-layered system that starts with abrasion resistant Dynax panels at the shoulders, forearms, obliques and back, plus an added layer of high-tenacity nylon at the elbows. CE-certified armor protects shoulders and and elbows, and a spine pad provides impact protection for your back.

Other features include reflective piping for better low-light visibility and an eight-point Surefit adjustment system at the biceps, forearms, wrists and waist. Expansion panels at the lats help increase range of motion. A microfiber-lined mandarin collar, four outer pockets, an internal eyeglass pocket, key clip, back and eight-inch belt loops round out the Phoenix’s features.

Available in sizes small – 5XL, and in Black, Red, Blue, Silver, HiViz Neon and White, the Phoenix retails for $199.99 – $214.99. Visit www.joerocket.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[Shelina Moreda Hosts Caitlyn Jenner And Friends]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/18/lifestyle/shelina-moreda-hosts-caitlyn-jenner-and-friends/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/18/lifestyle/shelina-moreda-hosts-caitlyn-jenner-and-friends/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:29:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52003 Shelina Moreda Hosts Caitlyn Jenner And Friends
Moreda played host to Caitlyn Jenner and friends at her Girlz MotoCamp. more]]>
Famed Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner has transgendered into Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, and she took her her new show, “I Am Cait” on the road to ride dirtbikes with our new motorcycle racer friend Shelina Moreda and her “Girlz MotoCamp” in Petaluma, Calif. Cait and several of her friends tore up the track in the episode that aired this past Sunday night on the E! Network (which we assume you can find on your Hulu, Nook or Nintendo reading device). None of the MO crew were invited, even though a few of us were kind enough to let Shelina blow past us at a recent Laguna Seca trackday where she was instructing.

According to Moreda, Jenner, who is already a streetbike rider, quickly adapted to dirt bikes. “Given Caitlyn’s past as a gold medal Olympian in the decathlon, she’s obviously a well-rounded athlete,” Moreda said. “She showed great skills on our bikes. Having Cait and her friends at our MotoCamp was a lot of fun. They are all awesome people, and I hope to have them back again. My instructors and I really enjoyed riding with them.”

Cait riding with Shelina

Jenner brought her friends along to Girlz MotoCamp so they could “do some things that weren’t ‘typically female’, because girls can do those things, too.” Jenner’s friend Blossom Brown said, “I loved Girlz MotoCamp. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to strengthen their riding skills. Shelina was so helpful and encouraging, and everyone who works with her at the camp is patient, understanding, and gives off so much positive energy. I got a major boost in self-confidence when I was at the MotoCamp, and it not only helped me overcome the fear I had about riding a dirt bike, it also made me realize that I have the inner strength to a lot more things in life than I ever gave myself credit for.”

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In addition to her Girlz MotoCamp, Shelina Moreda road-races professionally at the National level in the United States, as well as internationally in Qatar and Japan (most recently at the Suzuka 4-Hour Endurance Race), and she has also raced and instructed racing schools in Europe. She rides everything from streetbikes to supermoto machines to dirtbikes to electric ones. She spent the past couple of years in AMA Pro Racing’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series, and was the first female to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a motorcycle.

As for MO, our founder became a transgender woman nearly 15 years before Jenner, and we still don’t have our own TV show.

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<![CDATA[2015 Harley-Davidson Street Faces Fuel Pump Recall]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/17/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-street-faces-fuel-pump-recall/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/17/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-street-faces-fuel-pump-recall/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:22:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=52000 2015 Harley-Davidson Street Faces Fuel Pump Recall
Government bodies in Australia and Canada have announced recalls for the 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 because of a problem with their fuel pump modules. As of this writing, no recall has been announced for the U.S. by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but members of the HD Street Forum report that American […] more]]>
Government bodies in Australia and Canada have announced recalls for the 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 because of a problem with their fuel pump modules. As of this writing, no recall has been announced for the U.S. by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but members of the HD Street Forum report that American dealers have been alerted about the problem.

Discuss this at our HD Street Forum.

According to details published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and Transport Canada, affected models have a poor seal on their fuel pump inlets that can allow an interruption in fuel supply under acceleration at fuel levels below 0.8 gallons. Riders may notice a slight hesitation when opening the throttle followed by an abrupt leap in acceleration as the fuel supply is restored.

A letter sent to U.S. dealers on HD Street Forum explains the issue affects models built from Jan. 20, 2014 to June 24, 2015 at Harley-Davidson’s Kansas City plant and from Feb. 24, 2014 to July 15, 2015 at its plant in Bawal, India. The letter also explains that dealers will receive replacement fuel pump module kits from a part supplier in waves starting from the week of Sept. 14.

This is the second fuel supply-related recall affecting the Street models. Last year, Harley-Davidson announced a recall to address a problem with the fuel caps not sealing properly.

We will provide an update with more information when NHTSA announces U.S. recall details.

[Source: ACCC, Transport Canada, HD Street Forum]

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<![CDATA[CSC Motorcycles Announces Good Buddy Program]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/17/motorcycle-news/csc-motorcycles-announces-good-buddy-program/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/17/motorcycle-news/csc-motorcycles-announces-good-buddy-program/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:13:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51997 CSC Motorcycles Announces “Good Buddy” Program
CSC will cover freight charges for RX3 Adventure-Touring bike, but there's a catch. more]]>
CSC Motorcycles today announced its “Good Buddy” program, in which it will pay the freight costs if two or more people purchase the RX3 adventure-touring motorcycle and have them shipped at the same time and to the same location within the continental United States.

CSC President and CEO Steve Seidner says the limited-time offer is to celebrate the successful completion of the 1700-mile Baja Inaugural Ride and 5000-mile Western America Adventure Ride. Normally, freight charges can be up to $500, depending on location.

The RX3 is sold by CSC direct to customers, with no dealers acting as middle men. “If you need a dealer, the RX3 is not for you,” Seidner said in a company press release. “Our riders are much more self-sufficient than most, and we empower them to do many of the routine maintenance activities themselves through our maintenance tutorials and free service manual.” Included for the $3495 price of the RX3 is an unlimited mileage two-year warranty, and the tutorials and manual Seidner mentions are available for free online.

For more information, contact CSC Motorcycles at 909-445-0900.

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<![CDATA[Royal Enfield Opening North American Subsidiary]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/17/manufacturers/royal-enfield/royal-enfield-opening-north-american-subsidiary/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/17/manufacturers/royal-enfield/royal-enfield-opening-north-american-subsidiary/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:54:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51993 Royal Enfield Opening North American Subsidiary
Royal Enfield is setting up shop in North America, opening its first wholly-owned direct distribution subsidiary outside of India. Royal Enfield North America will be based in Milwaukee, Wis., (home to another long-running motorcycle brand established in the early 1900s) and will handle business operations including marketing, service, financing and dealer development. Until now, Royal Enfield […] more]]>
Royal Enfield is setting up shop in North America, opening its first wholly-owned direct distribution subsidiary outside of India. Royal Enfield North America will be based in Milwaukee, Wis., (home to another long-running motorcycle brand established in the early 1900s) and will handle business operations including marketing, service, financing and dealer development.

Until now, Royal Enfield worked with separate distributors in North America: Minnesota-based Classic Motorworks for the U.S. and Origin Motorcycles of Edmonton for the Canadian market. Classic Motorworks will be transitioning out of its distributor role through the rest of 2015.

Royal Enfield’s current model lineup consists of the 500cc Bullet and Classic line and the 535cc Continental GT. The company is rumored to be developing new models in the 400cc and 750cc displacment levels, including a new adventure-styled model called the Himalayan. Royal Enfield President Rudratej Singh says the company will continue to focus on “mid-sized” displacements, believing there is a gap for such models in North America.

“North America is a key international market for Royal Enfield, with a rich history of riding enthusiasts,” says Singh. “Given the lack of attractive options in the mid-size segment, we are well poised to fill the gap and serve potential customers at a close, intimate level by localizing our operations in North America.”

Royal Enfield North America will be led by Rod Copes, a former Harley-Davidson executive. Copes says the firm will open its first retail store in Milwaukee before adding other stores in metropolitan areas across the U.S. over the next 18 months. Royal Enfield North America will also be establishing an independent dealer network.

“In a post performance era where American riders are looking for machines that are easy to own and maintain, Royal Enfield offers evocative and unintimidating modern classic motorcycles, with timeless appeal,” says Copes.

Manufacturing will remain in India at Royal Enfield’s Chennai factory. Royal Enfield produced more than 300,000 motorcycles in 2014 and is expected to reach a total of 450,000 by the end of this fiscal year.

[Source: Royal Enfield]

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<![CDATA[Ducati CEO Interview]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/14/motorcycle-news/ducati-ceo-domenicali-interview-economic-times-india/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/14/motorcycle-news/ducati-ceo-domenicali-interview-economic-times-india/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:31:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51985 Ducati CEO Interview
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali was interviewed by The Economic Times of India, where he talked about the about the company’s reported skyrocketing success since being purchased by Volkswagen in 2012. Ducati says it sold 7,400 motorcycles in June, a 60-percent increase over the same month last year. And through the first half of the year, the company reports increased […] more]]>
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali was interviewed by The Economic Times of India, where he talked about the about the company’s reported skyrocketing success since being purchased by Volkswagen in 2012. Ducati says it sold 7,400 motorcycles in June, a 60-percent increase over the same month last year. And through the first half of the year, the company reports increased sales of 22 percent, to a record 32,600 motorcycles delivered.

“The Volkswagen takeover, he says, was fundamental in boosting Ducati sales — not only by providing stable ownership but also through its focus on customer satisfaction, as opposed to mere financial returns.”

You can read the entire article here.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Michael Andretti in MotoAmerica?]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/13/motorcycle-news/michael-andretti-motoamerica/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/13/motorcycle-news/michael-andretti-motoamerica/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:54:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51961 Michael Andretti in MotoAmerica?
The Andrettis have always been motorcycle people across three generations; Mario and Freddie Spencer are fast friends,  Michael has spun laps on Nicky Hayden’s RC51 Superbike, and Marco climbed into his Indy Car to spin laps with Danny Pedrosa’s Honda at last weekend’s Indy MotoGP. Now, MotoAmerica.com reports Michael may be interested in adding a […] more]]>
The Andrettis have always been motorcycle people across three generations; Mario and Freddie Spencer are fast friends,  Michael has spun laps on Nicky Hayden’s RC51 Superbike, and Marco climbed into his Indy Car to spin laps with Danny Pedrosa’s Honda at last weekend’s Indy MotoGP.

Now, MotoAmerica.com reports Michael may be interested in adding a MotoAmerica team to his Andretti Autosport portfolio. Andretti was on hand for the Indy MotoAmerica round at the invitation of MotoAmerica’s Wayne Rainey, where he spent a lot of time nosing around the pits, in addition to handing out trophies on the Superbike/Superstock 1000 podium.

According to MotoAmerica, Andretti liked what he saw: “I think Wayne and the group have really turned this thing around,” he said. “I’m seriously looking to see if we can participate in the future.”

MotoAmerica’s inaugural season of racing has been great, anyway. With one round left, at New Jersey Motorsports Park September 11-13, Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes have eight wins apiece and are separated by 18 points. The big stumbling block remains a TV deal, without which it’s tough to attract the kind of sponsorship dollars that would really get US roadracing rolling again. Andretti participation would be a big step in that direction.

 

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<![CDATA[New Book: Motorcycles and Our 2nd 50 Years by Reg Kittrelle]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/13/book/new-book-motorcycles-2nd-50-years-reg-kittrelle/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/13/book/new-book-motorcycles-2nd-50-years-reg-kittrelle/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:13:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51958 New Book: “Motorcycles and Our 2nd 50 Years” – by Reg Kittrelle
Reg Kittrelle’s done it all in his first 50 years of riding motorcycles, and he’s here to tell you that he’s far from over. Riding strong at 72, Reg says, “Riding a motorcycle has nothing to do with how old you are, and everything to do with how old you think you are.” When you begin […] more]]>
Reg Kittrelle’s done it all in his first 50 years of riding motorcycles, and he’s here to tell you that he’s far from over. Riding strong at 72, Reg says, “Riding a motorcycle has nothing to do with how old you are, and everything to do with how old you think you are.”

When you begin to think your riding days might be numbered, that’s when you need this highly personal, 224-pages of Reg advice, to reassure you that old age is not a disease or pitiful condition. It is a status we’ve attained, says Kittrelle, and if we’ve lived properly, it is worthy of respect. Inside, Kittrelle takes a look at what it means to be “old” in our culture, and how it applies to motorcycle riders.

It’s an instructional too; Kittrelle takes a critical look at the food we eat, lays out a simple, no-fad exercise plan to make our riding years past 50 the best ones ever, and tackles many topics that contribute to riding longer and more competently, including accessory lighting, tools, track schools, clothing and myriad other subjects.

$19.95

MotorcyclesAnd2nd50.com

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<![CDATA[Triumph Postpones 2015 Land Speed Record Attempt]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/13/manufacturers/triumph/triumph-postpones-2015-land-speed-record-attempt/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/13/manufacturers/triumph/triumph-postpones-2015-land-speed-record-attempt/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:13:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51970 Triumph Postpones 2015 Land Speed Record Attempt
Due to the injuries sustained by Guy Martin in last week’s Ulster Grand Prix, the Triumph Land Speed Record team has confirmed its decision to postpone the planned attempt until 2016. Although the Lincolnshire racer, true to form, has checked himself out of the hospital this week, despite suffering from fractured vertebrae, sternum and a number of ribs […] more]]>
Due to the injuries sustained by Guy Martin in last week’s Ulster Grand Prix, the Triumph Land Speed Record team has confirmed its decision to postpone the planned attempt until 2016. Although the Lincolnshire racer, true to form, has checked himself out of the hospital this week, despite suffering from fractured vertebrae, sternum and a number of ribs – as well as an injured right hand – Triumph feels that Martin will not be physically ready to perform the rigors of testing required prior to the land speed record attempt.

“We’re obviously concerned with the news that Guy has sustained injuries as a result of his crash in last week’s Dundrod 150 race,” said Triumph in a released statement, “Guy is a unique talent and having such a pilot for our Rocket motorcycle is absolutely central to our attempt. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and will confirm a new date for our 2016 bid as soon as we can.”

For those who haven’t seen Martin’s massive crash, look on and marvel that he is already out of the hospital.

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<![CDATA[Bates Footwear Introduces Adrenaline Riding Boot]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/13/gear-2/bates-footwear-introduces-adrenaline-riding-boot/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/13/gear-2/bates-footwear-introduces-adrenaline-riding-boot/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:54:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51964 Bates Footwear Introduces Adrenaline Riding Boot
Although you may not be aware of Bates Footwear, founded in 1855, the manufacturer is one of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government and Department of Defense. After years of providing men and women in uniform with everything from dress shoes to tactical boots, Bates knows a thing or two about tough […] more]]>

Although you may not be aware of Bates Footwear, founded in 1855, the manufacturer is one of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government and Department of Defense. After years of providing men and women in uniform with everything from dress shoes to tactical boots, Bates knows a thing or two about tough footwear. So, it makes sense for the company to delve into the motorcycle boot market, and it has with the Adrenaline High Performance Riding Boot.

The the goal of creating a motorcycle boot that offers crash protection and all-day comfort both on and off the bike was Bates’ goal. Directed towards the adventure touring market and constructed of waterproof full grain leather, the Adrenaline boot features molded thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for both protection and comfort. TPU reinforces the molded heel, shift pad, and the boot’s outer edge. Inside, PORON XRD high impact foam gives additional protection to the ankle. The outsole chassis consists of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and slip-resistant rubber with an external shank providing flexibility and stability. In a nice touch for motorcyclists, the patented molle strap lace restraint allows riders to tuck the laces out of the way of moving parts.

Available in black for $200, the Bates Footwear Adrenaline boot can be purchased online. Visit www.BatesFootwear.com for more information, or follow the company’s FacebookInstagram, or Twitter feeds.

Bates Footwear Adrenaline Boot

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<![CDATA[Roland Sands Raising Funds For Fallen Firefighter Dave Ruhl]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/charity/roland-sands-raising-funds-for-fallen-firefighter-dave-ruhl/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/charity/roland-sands-raising-funds-for-fallen-firefighter-dave-ruhl/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:28:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51954 Roland Sands Raising Funds For Fallen Firefighter Dave Ruhl
Roland Sands reaching out to the community for fallen firefighter. more]]>
Dave Ruhl, 38, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was a firefighter who put his life on the line to help complete strangers. Sadly, on July 30, Ruhl lost his life while battling a wildfire in California. He is survived by his wife and two children.

In an attempt to honor the fallen hero, and raise funds to help the family in their time of need, Roland Sands Design has setup a gofundme account with the goal of raising $10,000. To learn more about Dave Ruhl, or to contribute whatever amount you can, visit the donation link on the Roland Sands blog and click the “Donate” button.

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<![CDATA[Winningest X-Games Athlete Joins The Zero Family]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/motorcycle-news/winningest-x-games-athlete-joins-the-zero-family/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/motorcycle-news/winningest-x-games-athlete-joins-the-zero-family/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:44:12 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51951 Winningest X-Games Athlete Joins The Zero Family
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Bob Burnquist, the legendary skateboarder and most successful X-Games athlete to date, has joined the Zero Motorcycles family, taking into his possession both a Zero DS and Zero FX. Burnquist will now also serve as brand ambassador for Zero. Below is the full press release from Zero.


Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced today that Bob Burnquist has joined the extended family of Zero riders and is now an ambassador for the brand. Burnquist is the most winning X Games athlete in the contest’s history and a globally recognized action sports icon.

“I’ve always been fascinated by motorcycles, so I’m stoked to get rolling with Zero,” said Burnquist. “What they stand for is completely in line with my love of adrenaline and passion for innovation and clean technology.”

Burnquist chose two distinct Zero motorcycles: the extremely versatile Zero DS dual sport and the wickedly playful Zero FX stealthfighter. “I’m fortunate to have both bikes available, as I enjoy all kinds of riding,” he said.

“Bob’s a personal hero to many at Zero. Working with an athlete of his caliber is a huge honor,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing at Zero.

Follow Bob Burnquist on Facebook and Instagram to see where and how he rides his Zero motorcycles.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Qualifiers Announced For BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/motorcycle-news/u-s-qualifiers-announced-for-bmw-motorrad-international-gs-trophy/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/motorcycle-news/u-s-qualifiers-announced-for-bmw-motorrad-international-gs-trophy/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:56:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51944 U.S. Qualifiers Announced For BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy
Three U.S. qualifiers for GS Trophy announced, along with an all-female team. more]]>
The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy comes around once every two years, and for the 2016 event sees two new surprises: first, three qualifying rounds will be held in the U.S. Second, and the main event will take place in Thailand. This marks the first time the competition has featured three qualifiers and the first time Thailand will play host to the grueling event.

The competition pitts international teams against each other aboard identical BMW R1200GS motorcycles in grueling daily stages and special challenges, amidst sand, gravel, dust, and foreign cultures throughout the world.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to compete in BMW Motorrad’s International GS Trophy, qualifiers for Team USA will be held in the following three locations:

East Coast Qualifier – September 11-13
BMW Performance Center
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Central Qualifier – September 25-27
Midwest Trail Riding Association (MTRA)
The Viburnum Trend Riding Area
Bixby, Missouri

West Coast Qualifier – October 23-25
RawHyde Adventures California
Santa Clarita, California

Participation is open to entrants with any BMW Motorrad adventure motorcycle that is licensed for road use (with the exception of the BMW G 450 X sport enduro). More details on how to qualify for BMW Motorrad’s International GS Trophy will be announced shortly.

In addition to 18 international teams of male riders, there will be an all-female team of enduro competitors. Ten women, selected this summer from a field of 119 riders, will compete for three spots on the all-female team in a special qualifier held September 9-16 in South Africa.

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<![CDATA[2016 Yamaha YZF-R1S Certified by CARB]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/manufacturers/yamaha/2016-yamaha-yzf-r1s-certified-by-carb/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/manufacturers/yamaha/2016-yamaha-yzf-r1s-certified-by-carb/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:42:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51940 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1S Certified by CARB
Yamaha is poised to add a new variant of its superbike, as the California Air Resources Board has certified the YZF-R1S for 2016 alongside the returning R1 and R1M. The S model will likely be a lower-spec version and more suitable for street use. The Japanese manufacturer had previously filed trademarks for R1S and R1M […] more]]>
Yamaha is poised to add a new variant of its superbike, as the California Air Resources Board has certified the YZF-R1S for 2016 alongside the returning R1 and R1M. The S model will likely be a lower-spec version and more suitable for street use.

The Japanese manufacturer had previously filed trademarks for R1S and R1M at the same time in January 2014, and we were a little disappointed that the R1S was not announced with the 2015 model update (that being said, the new R1 received a pretty significant update, so perhaps Yamaha was holding the R1S back to give it more impact.) Now that 2016 models are starting to emerge, it appears we will finally see the YZF-R1S.

The CARB executive order lists six R1 models for 2016 (see below). The last two models are listed as YZFR1SGCGY and YZFR1SGCW with the description in brackets “YZF-R1 Basic Cal Model”. This would suggest the R1S would be a lower-spec version, possibly with fewer electronics and a lower price point.081215-carb-2016-yamaha-r1-r1m-r1s

Yamaha’s CARB certifications tend to use a different nomenclature than most manufacturers, using different letter codes to represent color options as well as trims. The six versions certified all begin with the code “YZFR1″ showing their familial relationship. Unlike other OEMs, Yamaha adds a letter to represent the model year. In this case, the letter is G, matching the first letter in the engine code listed in the “EVAP” column (the 2015 executive order used the letter F, 2014 used E, etc…). Yamaha also adds the letter C to indicate a California model and then another letter to indicate color variations.

For 2015, Yamaha certified the YZFR1FCB (black R1), YZFR1FCL (blue R1), YZFR1FCR (red R1) and YZFR1MFC (R1M). Following this pattern, we can surmise the 2016 models in the CARB document represent the R1 in gray, yellow and blue, the R1M in an exclusive color scheme and the R1S in gray and white.

Keep checking with MO for more updates on the new R1S as further information emerges.

[Source: CARB]

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<![CDATA[Twin Cam 110 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S for 2016]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/manufacturers/harley-davidson/twin-cam-110-harley-davidson-fat-boy-s-and-softail-slim-s-for-2016/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/12/manufacturers/harley-davidson/twin-cam-110-harley-davidson-fat-boy-s-and-softail-slim-s-for-2016/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:15:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51931 Twin Cam 110 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S for 2016
New certification documents released by the California Air Resources Board and the Environmental Protection Agency reveal Harley-Davidson is adding two new “S” variants to its Fat Boy and Softail Slim for 2016. According to the CARB executive order, the new 2016 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S will be powered by the air-cooled 1802cc […] more]]>
New certification documents released by the California Air Resources Board and the Environmental Protection Agency reveal Harley-Davidson is adding two new “S” variants to its Fat Boy and Softail Slim for 2016.

According to the CARB executive order, the new 2016 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S will be powered by the air-cooled 1802cc Twin Cam 110 engine. Returning for 2016 with the 1688cc Twin Cam 103 engine are the regular Softail Slim and Fat Boy, the Fat Boy Lo, Softail Deluxe, Heritage Softail Classic, Breakout and Street Bob.

Certification documents from the EPA also confirm the two new S models for 2016, rating them at a maximum output of 80.5 hp at 4000 rpm compared to the EPA-rated 76.4 hp at 4000 rpm for the 2015 models with the 1688cc engine.

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In recent years, the 110 engine was only offered on CVO models or as an optional add-on kit. The S variants of the Softail Slim and Fat Boy may be a mid-level upgrade that slots in between the base models and the top-of-the-line CVO versions.

Beyond the larger engine, it remains to be seen what else Harley-Davidson added to create the S models. Harley-Davidson tends to make its new model announcements in mid-to-late August, so expect to hear official news soon about the 2016 Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Riders Can Now Connect With Pirelli And Metzeler]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/11/motorcycle-news/u-s-riders-can-now-connect-with-pirelli-and-metzeler/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/11/motorcycle-news/u-s-riders-can-now-connect-with-pirelli-and-metzeler/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:07:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51928 U.S. Riders Can Now Connect With Pirelli And Metzeler
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If you’re a rider (or even if you’re not a rider) in the U.S. who is a fan of the Pirelli or Metzeler line of tires, the two brands have now expanded their social media efforts with U.S.-specific pages. Check them out below:

Pirelli USA:
Twitter: @PirelliMotoUSA
Instagram: PirelliMotoUSA

Metzeler USA:
Twitter: @MetzelerMotoUSA
Instagram: MetzelerMotoUSA

Previously, the two brands used global pages to promote a worldwide voice, and while those pages are still active, both Pirelli and Metzeler want to engage a more local, American voice. Follow Pirelli and Metzeler to keep up with the latest news from both companies. Also, tag both companies when you have a cool moto-shot to share with the world.

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<![CDATA[Honda Achieves 700th GP Road Racing Victory]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/10/motorcycle-news/honda-achieves-700th-gp-road-racing-victory/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/10/motorcycle-news/honda-achieves-700th-gp-road-racing-victory/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:59:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51922 Honda Achieves 700th GP Road Racing Victory
Marc Marquez gives Honda its 700th road racing victory. more]]>
Coming into the Indianapolis MotoGP round this weekend, Honda was sitting on 698 grand prix wins across all classes. By the end of the weekend, however, Honda had reached the 700 mark, with victories by Livio Loi in Moto3 and, of course, Marc Marquez in MotoGP. Honda’s first Grand Prix win? That came in 1961, when Australian rider Tom Phillis rode his Honda RC143 to victory in the 125cc class of the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix.

(Important note: Honda doesn’t count any Moto2 wins in this tally, since the entire class is powered by Honda engines. Honda also isn’t counting 2012 Moto3 class wins, in compliance with FIM regulations, as the registered constructor was FTR Honda, even though its machines were powered by the NSF250R engine)

Changeable weather conditions meant the field would face confusion when it came to tire choices, and Loi’s gamble of starting the Moto3 race on slicks proved to be the correct one, as all the riders in front of him on wet tires had to pit and change to slick tires. Since Moto3 machines aren’t equipped with quick-change components, all but the top three riders went down one lap at one point during the race. From there Loi had a comfortable lead and made sure to bring it home in one piece.

Marquez, too, had a challenging race, though the decision to start the race on slick tires was the correct one. Instead, he had a race-long battle with Jorge Lorenzo, passing the fellow Spaniard with three laps to go en route to his third win of the season.

Here’s more on Honda’s Grand Prix racing history, direct from the HRC press release:

In 1954, Honda’s founder Soichiro Honda declared entry into the premier motor sports event of the time, the Isle of Man TT, aiming to “realize the dream of becoming the world’s best.” After five years developing a racing machine, Honda became the first Japanese motorcycle manufacturer to enter the Isle of Man TT race. The following year, in 1960, Honda began competing in the 125cc and 250cc classes of the FIM Road Racing World Championship, and in 1961, Tom Phillis won the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix, giving Honda its first step towards its 700 victories.

Honda then forayed into the 350cc and 50cc classes in 1962, and the 500cc class in 1966, and won the championship in all five classes in 1966. At the time, Honda considered its racing activities to be a “laboratory on wheels,” and new technologies developed to win world championship races were applied to its production motorcycles. With dramatically improved quality, the market had expanded its support for Honda’s motorcycles. At the end of the 1967 season, Honda had paused its factory racing activities, which were to be restarted 11 years later, with 138 grand prix wins.

In 1979, Honda returned to FIM Road Racing World Championship racing in the 500cc class. Three years later in 1982, American rider Freddie Spencer won Round 7 in Belgium on his Honda NS500, giving Honda its first victory since returning to world grand prix racing. Honda then went on to win grand prix races in the 125cc and 250cc classes, contributing to its 500th victory in 2001, when Italian rider Valentino Rossi was victorious in the 500cc class at the season-opening Japan Grand Prix. In 2005, Spaniard Dani Pedrosa rode his Honda RS250RW to victory in the 250cc class in Round 15 in Australia, marking Honda’s 600th grand prix win.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Celebrates 30 Years Of GSX-R At Indy MotoGP]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/10/motorcycle-news/suzuki-celebrates-30-years-of-gsx-r-at-indy-motogp/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/10/motorcycle-news/suzuki-celebrates-30-years-of-gsx-r-at-indy-motogp/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:47:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51913 Suzuki Celebrates 30 Years Of GSX-R At Indy MotoGP
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At the Indianapolis round of the MotoGP calendar this past weekend, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. honored the GSX-R line of motorcycles by hosting a celebration including a line of Suzuki racing champions. Included in that group was none other than Kevin Schwantz, who helped unveil a pair of 2016 Commemorative Edition GSX-R1000s that honor the line’s 30-year history.

TV personality Ralph Sheheen hosted the celebration, in which Suzuki honored a long list of riders who have raced GSX-Rs and won at the national and world levels over the last three decades. The guest list included Schwantz, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales of the Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP team, plus Chris Ulrich, John Ulrich, Aaron Yates, Don Emde, Elena Myers and many others. This special cadre of racers talked about the GSX-R’s racetrack dominance and its significance as a performance streetbike. Suzuki executives presented each racer with a special award to honor their influence on the continual evolution of the GSX-R.

In 1986, Suzuki introduced a red-and-black GSX-R750 to pay homage to the race bikes piloted by the Yoshimura Suzuki riders who competed at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance races in the 1980s. Kevin Schwantz, who went on to become the 1993 Grand Prix World Champion, raced a GSX-R750 in the same scheme during his 1986 AMA Superbike campaign.

As a tribute to those motorcycles, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden rolled out his red-and-black 2016 Commemorative Edition GSX-R1000 race bike during the MotoAmerica AMA Superbike races August 8 and 9 at the Indy Motor Speedway. Hayden also sported red-and-black leathers in the same commemorative theme.

The 2016 Red-and-Black Commemorative Edition GSX-R1000 will join the new Blue-White Commemorative Edition GSX-R1000 that was recently unveiled by the Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP factory team. This three-tone blue and white version delivers the classic GSX-R racer-replica statement via a classic Suzuki racing heritage motif that includes the revered GSX-R logo.

Each Commemorative Edition GSX-R1000 will carry an exclusive “30 Years of Performance” badge atop its gas tank, plus special wheel striping to signify its limited production status.

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<![CDATA[Brammo Clearing Out Old Inventory]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/10/motorcycle-news/brammo-clearing-out-old-inventory/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/10/motorcycle-news/brammo-clearing-out-old-inventory/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:12:29 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51910 Brammo Clearing Out Old Inventory
Your chance to own a new Brammo at heavily discounted prices. more]]>
For those interested in purchasing a new electric motorcycle at heavily discounted rates, Brammo is selling remaining 2013 Enertia Plus models for a final retail price of $5995. In addition, remaining 2014 Empulse models have a final retail price of $9995, and 2014 Empulse R models, which are very similar to the new $20,000 Victory Empulse TT are being sold for a mere $11,995.

There are still a limited supply of 2014 and 2013 Brammo motorcycles available throughout the country at the following dealerships:

Hollywood Electrics
901 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 654-8271

Grand Canyon
10434 Higwhay 69, Mayer, AZ 86333
Phone:(928) 632-4009

Kustom Workz
5035 Transit Rd, Depew, NY 14043
Phone:(716) 651-0044

Synergy Motorworks
6810 E 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74145
Phone:(866) 782-0858

Eurosports
303 S 3rd St, Coopersburg, PA 18036
Phone:(610) 282-9300

All Brammo motorcycles come with a 5-year battery warranty, and with Polaris’ purchase of the Brammo motorcycle business in January 2015, Victory motorcycle dealers will provide parts and warranty coverage on Brammo motorcycles.

For more information, contact the dealer closest to you from the list above, or visit www.victorymotorcycles.com or www.brammo.com.

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<![CDATA[Honda CBR500R and CB500F Recalled for Faulty Fuel Level Sensor]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/10/manufacturers/honda/honda-cbr500r-and-cb500f-recalled-for-faulty-fuel-level-sensor/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/10/manufacturers/honda/honda-cbr500r-and-cb500f-recalled-for-faulty-fuel-level-sensor/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:35:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51906 Honda CBR500R and CB500F Recalled for Faulty Fuel Level Sensor
Honda is recalling 2013-2015 CBR500R and CB500F models because of a defective fuel level sensor. The CB500X is not affected as it has a different, larger fuel tank than its 500-series siblings. According to Honda, the fuel level sensor float arm holder on certain models may deform, allowing the arm to break off from the […] more]]>
Honda is recalling 2013-2015 CBR500R and CB500F models because of a defective fuel level sensor. The CB500X is not affected as it has a different, larger fuel tank than its 500-series siblings.

According to Honda, the fuel level sensor float arm holder on certain models may deform, allowing the arm to break off from the sensor body. At the very least, this would cause an inaccurate fuel meter but there is also a risk that the arm may contact both the positive and negative terminals at the base of the fuel pump, causing a short that could blow a fuse, resulting in an engine stall.

Honda dealers will replace the fuel level sensors on affected motorcycles.

As of this writing, the recall has not been formally announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and we do not know how many motorcycles in the U.S. are affected. Transport Canada has announced a recall for north of the border, affecting 3,376 units. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has also announced a recall but did not specify how many units are affected.

[Source: Honda, Transport Canada, ACCC]

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<![CDATA[New Owners For Erik Buell Racing! UPDATED]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/07/industry-news/new-owners-erik-buell-racing/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/08/07/industry-news/new-owners-erik-buell-racing/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 04:29:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51890 New Owners For Erik Buell Racing! UPDATED
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that Erik Buell Racing’s assets have been sold at auction for $2.25 million, including machinery, tooling, motorcycle inventory, parts inventory, accounts receivable and intangible assets. Those intangibles include trademarks, motorcycles, parts, tooling, development equipment, patent applications and work completed on future EBR products. Reached via text this afternoon, Erik […] more]]>
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that Erik Buell Racing’s assets have been sold at auction for $2.25 million, including machinery, tooling, motorcycle inventory, parts inventory, accounts receivable and intangible assets. Those intangibles include trademarks, motorcycles, parts, tooling, development equipment, patent applications and work completed on future EBR products.

Reached via text this afternoon, Erik Buell said he is working with the new owner on “how to roll out the story.” Pressed for details, Buell said, “He’ll tell his story his way and in his time schedule. As it should be.”

He’s a bike guy, though?

“Yes,” texts Buell.

EBR was in Wisconsin’s unique Chapter 128 Receivership, not in any sort of bankruptcy program, which means there appears to be little in the way of EBR quickly resuming operations, assuming the new buyer is fairly well-capitalized.

The buyer is a company known as Atlantic Metals Group LLC. Not much is known about the company; in fact there are several separate companies doing business under a similar name. What we do know is that Atlantic Metals Group was represented in the court proceedings by a Bruce Belfer.

A man going by that name posted on an EBR 1190 Owners Group’s Facebook page confirming the news and writing: “Yes. EBR lives. It reopens. It goes on. Thank you all for keeping the faith. More good news to follow…”

UPDATE: Belfer posted a new message to the EBR 1190 Owner’s Group page to explain more about Atlantic Metals Group and the company’s plans for EBR. Along with a photo of himself in a factory, Belfer writes:

“To address any confusion, Atlantic Metals division of BGI is a manufacturer of fabricated metal equipment in the architectural, electrical and lighting businesses. We are not in the scrap metal business. We make things. We make them here in Jersey, in the USA, with American engineers, American ingenuity, and American skilled labor. Been at it for over 30 years. We know how. EBR is intact and in good hands. Thanks for keeping the faith! More to come. Time to get to work…”

The Journal Sentinel reports that court records showed EBR had $20.8 million in assets and $20.4 million in liabilities. Former employees were owed $202,000 in paid time off, and they would be at the head of the line when it comes to getting paid. Other large debts included $733,000 to Mito Tech Co., a Japanese engine design firm, and $390,000 to Porsche Engineering Group.

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We’re not businessmen at MO, but it seems like buying $20.8 million worth of motorcycles and motorcycle-producing stuff for $2.25 million is a pretty good deal. We expect a big announcement soon. It looks like Erik Buell may rise from the ashes once again.

On July 28, Hero MotoCorp entered into an agreement with Erik Buell Racing to acquire consulting assets for $2.8 million, which included the Indian company receiving parts, prototypes, and developmental data for the projects EBR had previously conducted.

There’s an excellent article by Rick Barrett of the Sentinel Journal about the demise of EBR here. We expect to learn more when an official announcement is released.

 

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