Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:31:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 <![CDATA[Dainese & AGV To Serve On MotoAmerica Safety Council]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/12/motorcycle-news/motoamerica/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/12/motorcycle-news/motoamerica/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:31:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55184 Dainese & AGV To Serve On MotoAmerica Safety Council
A deal that brings AGV/Dainese to the MotoAmerica race series as official safety partners and brand promoters more]]>
MotoAmerica partners and AGV/Dainese execs met at AGV/Dainese US headquarters yesterday to shake hands on a deal that brings AGV/Dainese to the MotoAmerica race series as official safety partners and brand promoters. From left: MotoAmerica partners Terry Karges and Wayne Rainey, AGV/Dainese executive VP Roberto Sadowsky, and MotoAmerica partners Chuck Aksland and Richard Varner.

Press Release: MotoAmerica has announced that it has signed an agreement with Dainese and AGV that will see the premium motorcycle apparel brands serving as Official Safety Partners and Supporting Partners of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Series. As a component of the agreement, Dainese and AGV will serve as members of a newly formed Safety Council with the objective of maximizing the safety of motorcycle racers both on and off track.

In addition to placing trackside branding at every round and participating with MotoAmerica in an advertising campaign, Dainese and AGV will have pop-up stores at a number of MotoAmerica rounds, including Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas (April 8-10); Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (June 3-5); Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama (June 10-12); and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California (July 8-10).Dainese and AGV are also expanding their sports marketing program with MotoAmerica and plan to have a rider-support representative on hand at all rounds to handle the apparel needs of sponsored racers.

Dainese and AGV are also expanding their sports marketing program with MotoAmerica and plan to have a rider-support representative on hand at all rounds to handle the apparel needs of sponsored racers.”It’s good to see Dainese and AGV supporting MotoAmerica again this year,” said MotoAmerica President and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey. “Making our sport as safe as it can be is vital to all of us and having Dainese and AGV on board with us as a safety partner shows their commitment to both our riders and our series.”

“It’s good to see Dainese and AGV supporting MotoAmerica again this year,” said MotoAmerica President and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey. “Making our sport as safe as it can be is vital to all of us and having Dainese and AGV on board with us as a safety partner shows their commitment to both our riders and our series.””Dainese and AGV partnered with MotoAmerica in their first year, and I’m very pleased to expand our relationship for 2016,” said Roberto Sadowsky, Executive Vice President for Dainese and AGV in North America. “We fully support their commitment to growing road racing from the grassroots up, and we see the series as an effective vehicle for continuing to grow our brands in North America.”

“Dainese and AGV partnered with MotoAmerica in their first year, and I’m very pleased to expand our relationship for 2016,” said Roberto Sadowsky, Executive Vice President for Dainese and AGV in North America. “We fully support their commitment to growing road racing from the grassroots up, and we see the series as an effective vehicle for continuing to grow our brands in North America.”

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<![CDATA[New Denim Motorcycle Apparel From RevIt!]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/12/motorcycle-news/denim/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/12/motorcycle-news/denim/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:47:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55169 New Denim Motorcycle Apparel From Rev’It!
Nothing says throwback, retro-cool like '70s jean jackets more]]>
Nothing says throwback, retro-cool like denim. Think ’70s jean jackets. Rev’It!’s new Denim collection is the modern, motorcycle-specific equivalent of the quintessential jean jacket – perfect for wearing when aboard a Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 or Triumph Steet Twin. There are three models to choose from. Read about them below, then click over to the Rev’It! website to find out your nearest Rev’It! dealer.

Press Release:

Tracer

The Tracer is a motorcycle-ready overshirt with a Cordura denim outer shell, and REV’IT! proprietary PWR | shield panels at the critical impact zones. The new, ultra-thin SEESMART™ CE-rated limb protectors – an award-winning REV’IT! innovation – are nearly undetectable, both to the wearer and observer, and the shirt can be upgraded with a SEESOFT™ CE-level 2 back protector insert. The Tracer closes with a robust, full-length zipper hidden behind a row of buttons, and includes a short connection zipper in the back for use with the Safeway belt. Available in dark blue, MSRP $219.99.

Stealth

The Stealth is a breathable, waterproof hoodie styled after classic garage looks. A Polycotton stretch denim 3L material is laminated to a Hydratex® membrane for waterproofing and minimal water pickup. Impact points are reinforced with PWR | shield material and SEESMART™ protectors, and the jacket is prepared for a SEESOFT™ CE-level 2 back protector insert. The hood can be fixed to the garment with an anchoring button, and a short attachement zipper allows for connection to the Safeway belt. Availble in black and dark blue, MSRP $339.99.

Intercept

The Intercept jacket is takes the look of a traditional baseball jacket and tranforms it into an abrasion resistant riding jacket. The jacket keeps its slim lines, thanks to the inclusion of CE-rated SEESMART™ limb protectors, and it can be upgraded with the CE-level 2 rated SEESOFT™ back protector insert. The mechanical stretch material in the outer shell keeps things comfortable, and subtle lamination strips keep the rider visible. A short connection zipper allows attachment to the Safeway belt. Available in dark blue, MRSP $259.99.

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<![CDATA[Rea and Sykes Ready to Let the Lap Times Roll: Kawasaki WSBK 2016]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/12/motorcycle-news/rea-and-sykes-ready-to-let-the-lap-times-roll-kawasaki-wsbk-2016/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/12/motorcycle-news/rea-and-sykes-ready-to-let-the-lap-times-roll-kawasaki-wsbk-2016/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:32:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55154 Rea and Sykes Ready to Let the Lap Times Roll: Kawasaki WSBK 2016
Wow, World Superbike kicks off in just two weeks, Round 1 in Phillip Island, Australia Feb. 26-28. PRESS RELEASE: Irvine, Ca  (February 11, 2016) – The FIM Superbike World Championship Kawasaki Racing Team has been abuzz this off-season with championship cheer and the unrelenting pursuit of speed. The first glimpse of their efforts was revealed today […] more]]>
Wow, World Superbike kicks off in just two weeks, Round 1 in Phillip Island, Australia Feb. 26-28.

PRESS RELEASE:

Irvine, Ca  (February 11, 2016) – The FIM Superbike World Championship Kawasaki Racing Team has been abuzz this off-season with championship cheer and the unrelenting pursuit of speed. The first glimpse of their efforts was revealed today in Barcelona as the team unveiled their 2016 Ninja® ZX™-10R. Team Manager Guim Roda played host to the world as the unveiling was broadcast live via the web and Kawasaki’s social media channels. You can find a replay of the event here; http://kawasakiracingteamworldsbk.com
Jonathan Rea, the 2015 world champion, stated: “Of course I feel the pressure because we made an incredible season last year. I went away after the final round, I had some weeks at home, and then there was the birth of our new baby boy. That gave me some weeks to relax. I needed to find some more deep, extra, motivation to come back and not aim for top three again but defend my position as world champion. I started my pre-season preparations earlier than in 2014 or 2015 and I am already in good shape. We have our hands on a new ZX-10R, which I am really excited about. The best way to approach our season is the same step-by-step way as we did in 2015. I am excited to start the season and we do not have to wait too long. I am excited to start, excited to race and to try and defend my championship with the best support in the world.”
Tom Sykes, the 2013 world champion, stated: “I am very excited and motivated. Last year was a setback for me and the guys around me. Having said that, I am very blessed because I have certainly got the best people around me. Come rain or shine, and even on the difficult days, the guys patted me on the back. They know I give 100%. Likewise they always give their best. If you had a difficult season and still finished third in the championship it is also not so bad. Kawasaki has given me another fantastic tool; the new 2016 Ninja ZX-10R is absolutely fantastic. It is a bike I am very familiar with. It is a bike that feels almost replicated from our 2012, 2013 and 2014 development. The first laps were very exciting and from there on it just got better. Things have come easier for me and the lap times are already impressive and there is still work to be done. I definitely feel that with big help from the people around me, Kawasaki and all our technical sponsors we have the best chance and best package on the grid. Given the form we have had in recent testing this pre-season I cannot wait for it to begin.”

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<![CDATA[BMW Continues As MotoGP Safety Car With New M2]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/products/bmw-continues-as-motogp-safety-car-with-new-m2/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/products/bmw-continues-as-motogp-safety-car-with-new-m2/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:52:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55110 BMW Continues As MotoGP Safety Car With New M2
BMW is celebrating nearly 20 years as the MotoGP safety car. more]]>
You’d think, with the amount of time and effort BMW put into this car, if BMW put the same time, effort, and money into a MotoGP team they could actually be competitive! Ok, that’s a bit of a stretch, but the car is cool all the same. Check out BMW’s press release below to learn more.


Millions of motorsport enthusiasts around the world are looking forward to the start of the 2016 MotoGP season. The best riders in the world and breath-taking race action – MotoGP is undoubtedly the pinnacle of motorcycle racing.

We are proud to have been a part of this captivating world championship for almost two decades. Since 1999 we have been a partner of MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports, and 2016 marks the 18th season of BMW M as “Official Car of MotoGP”. We are pleased with the deep trust that Dorna Sports has placed in us. BMW M Division uses technology taken from motorsport, together with innovative ideas, to ensure that race events run safely. In us, Dorna Sports knows that it has a strong partner on its side, for whom the safety of the riders on their high-performance racing prototypes has the utmost priority.

We dedicate all of our know-how to this role. The BMW M MotoGP Safety Cars are innovative high-performance models with thoroughbred racing genes. In the 2016 season, we are presenting another genuine highlight. The new BMW M2 Coupe? enjoyed its much-anticipated world debut in Detroit in January. In the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car, we are now taking the pure power and dynamics of this high-performance automobile to the racetrack. Like its predecessors, the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car uses technological innovation, performance, precision and agility to help guarantee safety.

The BMW M2 follows on from the concept and success story of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe?. It represents the entry-level model in the BMW M range. The new BMW M2 Coupe? will make BMW M accessible to new and younger target groups.

Dynamics, agility, precision – these are the stand-out attributes of our entire range of models and products, and have made M the “most powerful letter in the world”. MotoGP offers us the opportunity to present the strengths of BMW M to an international public of racing enthusiasts around the world.

We use this platform with an extensive involvement, which goes way beyond simply providing the latest BMW M models for the official fleet of MotoGP vehicles. Since 2003, the BMW M Award has been a highlight of every MotoGP season and is a coveted award among the best motorcycle racers in the world. Our many other activities include the BMW M MotoGP Experience, with which we are able to offer our visitors a unique glimpse behind the scenes of the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, and to convey the fascination of MotoGP at first hand.

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<![CDATA[Deep Thinking Podcast Number 63 Now Available]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/deep-thinking-podcast-number-63-now-available/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/deep-thinking-podcast-number-63-now-available/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:24:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55108 Deep Thinking Podcast Number 63 Now Available
Ed and Michael talk about MotoGP in this latest podcast. more]]>
From Lindemann Engineering:


In Episode 63 of Deep Thinking, racers Michael Gougis and Ed Sorbo read the tea leaves left behind by the first 2016 MotoGP test. A discussion ensues about how cool it is to be Casey Stoner right now. Cal Crutchlow favorably compares the Yamaha M1 to a video game. And Sorbo and Gougis agree that if you’re in real trouble and need someone to do some talking for you, Lin Jarvis is the guy you want on the job.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

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<![CDATA[More From The Victory Octane Hype Machine + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/motorcycle-news/more-from-the-victory-octane-hype-machine-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/motorcycle-news/more-from-the-victory-octane-hype-machine-video/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:57:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55105 More From The Victory Octane Hype Machine + Video
Alex Opperman shares his thoughts on the Victory Octane. more]]>
It seems like Victory is taking a page out of Kawasaki’s book and releasing short clips on Youtube hyping up its next machine, the Octane, similar to what Team Green did with the H2 and H2R. Here, Alex Opperman, who is part of Victory’s Racing Development team, shares his thoughts on the new Octane. As a side note, MO has had the pleasure of working with Opperman when he was employed by that other American cruiser company in Milwaukee and came away impressed with his knowledge and know-how. Anyway, see below for the 15-second promo video.


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<![CDATA[AMA Club 1924 Will Connect With Riders At Rallies Throughout The Country]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/events/ama-club-1924-will-connect-with-riders-at-rallies-throughout-the-country/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/events/ama-club-1924-will-connect-with-riders-at-rallies-throughout-the-country/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:18:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55101 AMA Club 1924 Will Connect With Riders At Rallies Throughout The Country
AMA to visit eight popular rallies in 2016. more]]>
From an AMA press release:


The American Motorcyclist Association will greet current and future members at 2016’s most iconic motorcycling events, including Daytona Bike Week, Americade, Laconia, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and Sturgis.

AMA Club 1924, named in honor of the AMA’s founding year, is the association’s presence at these events, celebrating the fun of motorcycling, connecting with riders and looking back on the history of motorcycling in America.

“The AMA includes people who just love to ride motorcycles, and that love of riding and community is why the AMA was created,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “Our AMA Club 1924 locations are the latest opportunity for the AMA to connect to its members and future members and to showcase the great heritage of motorcycling in America.”

Throughout 2016, the AMA will be collaborating with partners to enhance members’ experience at AMA Club 1924 locations.

RoadRUNNER magazine, which offers AMA members an exclusive subscription discount on its touring magazine, has created motorcycle travel maps for the rallies on the AMA Club 1924 calendar.

The maps, created by RoadRUNNER’s RoadMAPS subsidiary, feature the best roads in the rallies’ state. The maps are large, water-resistant and tear-proof. They include six self-guided routes, each with information on local history, nearby points of interest and lunch stop suggestions.

The AMA will distribute the maps for free to visitors of AMA Club 1924 at each rally. The maps also will be for sale in the RoadMAPS online shop following each event.

The AMA Club 1924 schedule includes:

  • Daytona Bike Week, Daytona Beach, Fla., March 4-13
  • Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C., May 27-30
  • Americade in Lake George, N.Y., June 7-11
  • Laconia Motorcycle Week, Laconia, N.H., June 11-19
  • Thunder in the Valley in Johnstown, Pa., June 23-26
  • AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio, July 8-10
  • The Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, S.D., Aug. 8-14
  • Ray Price Bike Fest in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 23-25

The Florida RoadMAPS to be distributed at the AMA Club 1924 location are sponsored by Ohio’s Windy 9, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tires, Rally Time Trailers, Blue Rim Tours and Americade.

For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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<![CDATA[2016 Yamaha Y.E.S. Supersport Road Racing Team Announced]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/manufacturers/yamaha/2016-yamaha-y-e-s-supersport-road-racing-team-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/11/manufacturers/yamaha/2016-yamaha-y-e-s-supersport-road-racing-team-announced/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:52:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55095 2016 Yamaha Y.E.S. Supersport Road Racing Team Announced
JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff will continue on Yamaha R6s for 2016. more]]>
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha will continue in the MotoAmerica Supersport class with 2015 class champion JD Beach and third-place finisher Garrett Gerloff. See below for the official press release.


Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is proud to announce that its Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha road racing team will be competing in the Supersport class of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

The team’s riders for 2016 include defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach and last year’s third-place MotoAmerica Supersport Championship finisher Garrett Gerloff. JD will pilot the #1 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, and Garrett will be aboard the identically prepared #31 R6.

“We’re proud to continue our long-standing relationship with Yamaha Extended Service and Graves Motorsports as title sponsors and vital partners with our team,” commented Keith McCarty. “The Yamaha R6 is the dominant bike in MotoAmerica Supersport racing, and we’re also proud that JD won 8 races, reached the podium 13 times, and earned 3 poles on his way to winning the Championship, while his teammate Garrett notched 2 wins, 10 podiums, and 2 poles to finish a strong third in the Supersport final standings. Both riders are extra-motivated this season, with JD aiming to repeat as Champion, and Garrett will undoubtedly be one of the strongest contenders for the crown.”

Reigning MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD said, “I’m really looking forward to getting the season started in Austin this April, which is where I got my very first MotoAmerica win. I’ll be running the big target on my bike…I mean, the number 1. We’ve worked hard to get it, and we plan to run it proudly. The team and I have been putting in 195% since the checkered flag waved at New Jersey Motorsports Park to conclude the 2015 season, and we can’t wait to give it our best and keep that number 1 on our R6.”

Garrett commented, “Every year, I learn more and more about what it takes to win, and last year was no different. I changed up my program this off-season, and I’ve been working as hard as I can in some other areas of training that I’ve left off in the past. I’m confident that it will pay off in 2016. I can’t wait to get on my R6 at the first round at COTA (my home track) and ride the way I know how.”

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

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<![CDATA[Get Your MotoAmerica Road Atlanta Tickets Here]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/events/road-atlanta/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/events/road-atlanta/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:52:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55086 Get Your MotoAmerica Road Atlanta Tickets Here
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Wayne Rainey’s MotoAmerica series enters its second year of operation in 2016. Things get underway at COTA during the MotoGP weekend of April 8-10, with Road Atlanta the very next weekend, April 15-17. Tickets went on sale today for the Road Atlanta round. Show your support of MotoAmerica and Wayne Rainey by attending these races or the MotoAmerica race in your area. Let’s get US motorcycle road racing back to being one the premiere series in the world. Check out the press release below, then follow the link to purchase tickets to the Road Atlanta event.


Press Release from MotoAmerica: There wasn’t a single round of the MotoAmerica Series that had more impact on the outcome of the 2015 Superbike Championship than the Road Atlanta round. Held in soaking wet conditions, there were costly crashes by some of the stars of the series and the first doubleheader sweep of Cameron Beaubier’s Superbike career – two wins that at least in part propelled him to the title.

So what role will round two of the nine-round (18 races) 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Series play? We will find out, April 15-17, when the series returns to Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, for a full complement of MotoAmerica racing.

As an added bonus, the best riders and teams from Superstock 600, Supersport, Superstock 1000 and Superbike will be joined this year by the spec-class KTM RC Cup for the first time at Road Atlanta. Last year, the KTM RC Cup, for up and coming riders aged 14-22, didn’t start until round four at Road America, but Road Atlanta will mark the opening round of the series for 2016.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back to Road Atlanta,” said MotoAmerica president and three-time World Champion Wayne Rainey. “I have a feeling the weather is going to cooperate this year to make up for last year, but even with the wet conditions last year’s races were as exciting as they get. We hope to see everyone in that part of the country make the trip to one of the best tracks in the series.”

Perhaps the best bargain for 2016 is the Cycle Corral ticket package – a three-day Super Ticket that includes paddock access, three-day reserved motorcycle parking, the opportunity to participate in the exclusive Motorcycle Parade Lap and an exclusive track walk with a team and/or rider. The cost of the Cycle Corral package is $99 and are available in advance only. They will not be available at the gate.

Other ticket options include: Military Discount; Super Tickets (one day, two day, three day), Camping, free General Motorcycle parking; and kids 12 and under are free with an accompanying ticketed adult). Tickets start at just $20.

For more information and to purchase tickets, Click Here.

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<![CDATA[Hayes, Beaubier Back With Yamaha For 2016 MotoAmerica Season]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/manufacturers/yamaha/hayes-beaubier-back-with-yamaha-for-2016-motoamerica-season/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/manufacturers/yamaha/hayes-beaubier-back-with-yamaha-for-2016-motoamerica-season/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:13:44 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55149 Hayes, Beaubier Back With Yamaha For 2016 MotoAmerica Season
Yamaha keeping everything the same for 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike season. more]]>
From a Yamaha press release:


Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is excited to introduce its factory Superbike team, which is named Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

The team’s riders for 2016 include defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier and four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes. Cameron and Josh will compete aboard identically prepared Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes in the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.

“We’re proud to have Monster Energy and Graves Motorsports back as title sponsors of our official factory Superbike team,” commented Keith McCarty. “Both companies have been with us for many years, and we appreciate the longstanding relationship that we have with them.

“Last year, our team won every MotoAmerica Superbike race, with Cameron winning 8 races, 17 podiums, and 3 poles; Josh winning 10 races, 16 podiums, and 5 poles; and Cameron being crowned the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion. Both riders are back for 2016, and they’re both as motivated as ever. Cameron is looking for back-to-back titles, while Josh wants nothing more than to take that #1 plate back from his teammate and win his fifth Superbike Championship. All of us at Yamaha are proud to have Cameron and Josh representing us in road racing and, along with their talented crew members, working hard to keep putting the Yamaha R1 Superbike in the winners circle at each MotoAmerica event.”

Team manager Tom Halverson added, “Cameron and Josh are supported by such a great team of hard-working and dedicated people, from our crew chiefs and technicians, to our team transporter drivers and hospitality personnel, to our marketing and PR people. It’s a big family atmosphere, with everybody doing everything they can to make us successful for Yamaha and for the brands and partners we represent.”

Asked about the upcoming MotoAmerica Superbike season, reigning Champ Cameron said, “I’m really looking forward to getting back together with my team, and to climb back aboard my R1 Superbike…and running those big #1 stickers on my bike this year! I know that defending my Championship won’t be easy, especially with my own teammate Josh being my fiercest competitor, but with my amazing crew, we’ve got the team and the bike to do it. I can’t wait for the season to start at COTA in April!”

Josh said, “I’m glad Cameron is my teammate again for 2016 because I’ll have that #1 plate sticking right in my face, up-close and personal, all season long, and I’m gonna take that thing back from him! This will be my eighth season working with Yamaha. It’s a great family, with a phenomenal winning record and a tradition of excellence, and I’m so happy to continue being a part of it. Oh, and did I mention that I’m going to get that #1 plate back with me where it belongs?!”

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

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<![CDATA[Samson Exhaust Is For Sale]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/products/samson-exhaust-is-for-sale/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/products/samson-exhaust-is-for-sale/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:58:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55145 Samson Exhaust Is For Sale
Samson Exhaust CEO looking to retire. more]]>
From a Samson Exhaust press release:


After a lifetime of motorcycle riding and almost 3 decades of leading Samson Exhaust, the legendary “Godfather of Pipes”, CEO and Founder of the iconic Samson Exhaust, Kenny Price, is looking to ride off into the sunset and retire.

Samson Exhaust was officially founded in 1991 with the mission to build great looking pipes that you would be proud of. In the lifetime of Samson Exhaust, the company has built and sold hundreds of thousands of exhaust systems for Harley-Davidson and other makes of motorcycles.

Throughout the years Samson Exhaust has been the worlds’ leading aftermarket exhaust company for Harley Davidson motorcycles. Many of the popular styles you see today were invented by Kenny Price himself. Styles like true dual crossovers, a multitude of Big Guns, Cholos and beyond. Samson set a standard of quality that is common today among all exhaust companies.

There is a cult following behind the Samson Exhaust’s brand. Motorcyclists from all over the world ride Samson equipped bikes, and swear by the pipes they have purchased. Samson customers are riders of passion and very loyal to the brand.

However, now Kenny would like to pass on this legacy to a new loving owner. Someone who will share his philosophy of giving customers what they deserve. A great product for a fair price and a style all their own.

Included with the company:

  • All machinery, equipment, tools, vehicles, etc.
  • All office furniture, computers, and office equipment.
  • All intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, internet, imagery, etc).
  • 45,000 square foot purpose built manufacturing facility.
  • All product designs, trade secrets, and manufacturing methods.
  • All complete and mid process inventory.
  • Misc business related items.
  • 2 years of transitional employment of the CEO and VP (optional).
  • All other misc items.

Visit SamsonUSA.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[A Day in the Life: Team Suzuki ECSTAR Press Guy Federico Tondelli]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/motorcycle-news/a-day-in-the-life-team-suzuki-ecstar-press-guy-federico-tondelli/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/motorcycle-news/a-day-in-the-life-team-suzuki-ecstar-press-guy-federico-tondelli/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:01:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55079 A Day in the Life: Team Suzuki ECSTAR Press Guy Federico Tondelli
From the Team Suzuki Press Office – February 9. The MotoGP™ World Championship is a series that has huge relevance all around the world, being one of the most-followed and exciting sports. Every event, from the winter tests to each one of the 18 races, gathers the interest of millions of fans who follow their […] more]]>
From the Team Suzuki Press Office – February 9.

The MotoGP™ World Championship is a series that has huge relevance all around the world, being one of the most-followed and exciting sports. Every event, from the winter tests to each one of the 18 races, gathers the interest of millions of fans who follow their champions at the circuits, watching on television, reading the news; or more-and-more important in recent years, via the internet. It’s a huge and continuous flow of news and images that starts at the circuit and spreads all around the globe. For this reason the management of information and news is crucial, as well as managing the promotional appearances of the riders. For this activity Team SUZUKI ECSTAR enrolled in their crew Italian Federico Tondelli, who is in charge of the management of press and communication activities. 

Following the opening 2016 MotoGP™ test at Sepang, Malaysia last week, Tondelli reflects on his first year with the team and looks forward to the start of his second season with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR that kicks-off on March 20th at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

What’s your story with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR? 

“My background is in strategic communication and journalism. I’ve worked as strategic planner in digital and non-digital communication agencies and also was a contributor journalist for some Italian magazines and websites. My arrival in Team SUZUKI ECSTAR looked like something that only usually happens in movies; the first time I met Davide Brivio, the Team Manager, was in 2013 in Misano, when it was too early to talk about the marketing crew. We left with the hope of keeping in touch, but then in 2014 I took a break from the journalistic activity and we hadn’t any follow up. Then in February 2015 his call came as a coincidence, when I was completely re-planning my personal and professional life. This allowed us to draft a partnership in a very short time, meaning that in less than 15 days after the phone call, I was flying to Sepang for the second test. It has been a very quick start, it was my very first experience in a Factory MotoGP team and the activities were very demanding, but I found a very professional environment and many experienced people who made me feel “in a family” very soon.”

What do you do exactly in the Team? 

“Basically we could say that I am in charge of the execution of all the communication and PR activities of the Team, reporting to Davide Brivio. This can be summarised in two main tasks; media relations and on-line activities on social networks. The last one is a continuous production of contents, mainly visual (as the videos are forbidden according to the general rule of the championship), which aims to involve the fans and followers in the Team’s life. The main objective is to explain the “behind the scenes” in order to get the team closer and closer to its supporters. We started from zero and got positive results in our first season with more than 55k fans on Facebook and more than 20k between Twitter and Instagram, with peaks of over two millions organic reach with some content; in particular all those hashtagged with #MotoGPtech which was a new initiative by us. Particularly for a factory team, MotoGP™ is a vehicle to promote the Suzuki brand itself, therefore everything to do with public relations is handled by myself; meaning the set-up of all interviews and press releases, the distribution of news to journalists and the monitoring of what the media say about us. This part of the job deals with the production of content but has a lot to do with diplomacy and you have to be not only a good writer but most of all an excellent listener.

Assuming this was your first experience, how would you rate your 2015 season? 

“To me being in Team SUZUKI ECSTAR is a matter of proudness as it combines my two passions, which are communication and motorbikes. I was not completely new to the MotoGP™ paddock as I had already worked with a Moto2 team, but being in the premier class and in a Factory Team is completely another story. The feelings and emotions changed so quickly and deeply during the early months that I felt like a small boat in a thunderstorm: I still remember the complete astonishment in my first trip to Sepang as well as the sensation of overwhelming I felt when it came to racing the first round in Qatar. When you work with such famous and very experienced team-mates you know you can rely on their support, but you are also aware that you are requested to keep on their pace. Then race-after-race everything becomes easier little by little, because after you start to better understand the dynamics everything runs smoother. One of the good things with our team is that it is a very assorted crew but we all feel like a family, working for the same purpose and supporting each other. Of course the riders are two of the people I work with most of the time and I found in Aleix and Maverick two professionals; they are both ambitious and the early results put them under the spotlight pretty soon, but they are always available to all media activities and this helped me in my daily job a lot.”

What about the upcoming 2016 season?

“The 2015 season was a fresh start for us. With Davide and Hatsumi – my colleague in the marketing department – we have set-up the basic plan and activities, which was a good start but now needs to improve in 2016. Let’s say that the communication office followed the same process as the technical development; a first year to start the engines and now it’s time to step up. Last season we got a lot of attention from the fans and media, which is a good thing, but also a challenge. It was nice to see the affection to the Suzuki brand and the interest in our riders, but this also means that now they are expecting even better performances from me. Pretty much all of our activities had many strengths but also some weaknesses and while the engineers in Japan are working on the technical evolution, here in Italy we are doing the same with the marketing and communication support.”

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<![CDATA[Dunlop Updates Racer Support Program]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/motorcycle-news/dunlop-updates-racer-support-program/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/10/motorcycle-news/dunlop-updates-racer-support-program/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:00:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55081 Dunlop Updates Racer Support Program
Since every member of the MO staff has club raced at some point, we understand the importance of any kind of racer support program – particularly when it comes to consumables, like tires. Read on to see if these changes will affect you. ——Begin Press Release—— For Immediate Release February 10, 2016 Dunlop Motorcycle Tires offers new […] more]]>
Since every member of the MO staff has club raced at some point, we understand the importance of any kind of racer support program – particularly when it comes to consumables, like tires. Read on to see if these changes will affect you.

——Begin Press Release——

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2016

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires offers new opportunities for club racers

Buffalo, NY: For the 2016 racing season, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires has redirected its contingency program to offer club racers across the country alternative support. Dunlop polled club racers and determined that contingency wasn’t a big reason why racers choose a tire brand at the club level.

As a result, Dunlop has reallocated its contingency budget into other initiatives that will benefit riders who have used Dunlop tires in the past, and those who may want to give Dunlop race tires a try.

Details of the new 2016 Dunlop Roadrace Program are available at our exclusive distribution partner Race Tire Services (dunlopracing.com).

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<![CDATA[MWGP Announces New Class For Bikes At Least 15 Years Old]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/motorcycle-news/mwgp-announces-new-class-for-bikes-at-least-15-years-old/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/motorcycle-news/mwgp-announces-new-class-for-bikes-at-least-15-years-old/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:55:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55070 MWGP Announces New Class For Bikes At Least 15 Years Old
MWGP looking to make racing less expensive by creating class for older motorcycles. more]]>
Time to dust off your first-gen R1, RC51, SV650, or even your FZR400 – MotoWest GP has introduced its newest class: Formula 15. More details below, from MWGP’s official press release.


MWGP Announces their NEW Formula 15 Class

Any motorcycle 15 years or older by model/engine year (or like construction), except for singles, which have no age restriction. Formula rules, no fuel or tire restrictions. Overall points eligible.

The idea is a performance index class that pits all kinds of bikes and riders on the track at the same time that have roughly a balanced set of advantages against each other. As MotoWest GP’s class structure has simplified greatly in 2016, this is a catch-all class for many experienced racers as well as those just getting into budget minded new racers.

The emphasis is on affordable racing that removed the biggest barrier to full grids. Race bikes that are fifteen years old or more are generally cheap and plentiful and relatively easy to maintain and singles and two-stroke race bikes have significant relative strengths that keep racing interesting for both riders and spectators!

MWGP status competition Formula 15 Qualifications:

Heavyweight

• UNLIMITED!  (ex: 1st gen Yamaha R1, Ducati 996, Honda RC51, Turbo Hayabusa)
• Any MIDDLEWEIGHT legal bike

Middleweight

• 650cc 4 stroke MULTI (ex: Kawasaki 636, Honda CBR600)
• 900cc 4 stroke TWIN (ex: Ducati 900SS, Ducati 748, 1st gen Suzuki SV650)
• All SINGLES
• All 2 stroke
• Any LIGHTWEIGHT legal bike

Lightweight

• 450cc 4 stroke MULTI (Yamaha FZR400, Honda NC35)
• 650cc 4 stroke TWINS (Suzuki SV650, Honda Hawk)
• All 4 stroke SINGLES (Moto3, KTM RC 390, Honda CBR300R, Super Motard, Honda Ascot)
• 400cc 2 strokes (Bikes larger than 250cc must be street model) (Yamaha TZR125, Honda RS125, Yamaha RZ 350, Honda NSR250)

To sign up with MWGP, first download the 2016 annual membership form here.  Once filled out, email the form to reg@mwgp.com. Alternatively you can mail the signed forms to the following address below.

MOTOWEST GRANDPRIX
6859 VALJEAN AVE. UNIT#10
VAN NUYS, CA 91406

MWGP Grid MWGP Podium MWGP Race Start

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<![CDATA[Fastrack Riders Announces 1-On-1 Training With Eric Bostrom]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/fastrack-riders-announces-1-on-1-training-with-eric-bostrom/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/fastrack-riders-announces-1-on-1-training-with-eric-bostrom/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:32:22 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55066 Fastrack Riders Announces 1-On-1 Training With Eric Bostrom
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From a Fastrack Riders press release:


Fastrack Riders is excited to announce the all-new 1:1 training program led by the world renowned professional road racer Eric Bostrom.

This distinctive training program will provide each individual rider personalized instruction that cannot be found elsewhere!

The 1:1 Training starts on Feb 26, 2016 and Includes:

  • On track training and classroom instruction with Eric Bostrom (1/2 day and full day options are available)
  • Full track day at Auto Club Speedway
  • Gyro cam and HD video recording and analysis
  • PUSH Inc data acquisition and analysis
  • In helmet communication
  • Customized training for the Rider’s needs
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • KTM RC390 Cup Bike (additional rental charges apply)
  • Occasional special guest appearances by Chris Ulrich, Chris Fillmore, Jeremy Toye, Steve Rapp, and other Professional Road Racers

Options for ½ day training (up to 4 sessions) or full day training (up to 8 sessions) are available in order to accommodate for the different needs.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED IN ADVANCE for this program. For information on pricing, please visit our website and click on 1:1 training.

E-Boz

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<![CDATA[Urs Erbacher Gives His Thoughts On Victory Octane + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/motorcycle-news/urs-erbacher-gives-his-thoughts-on-victory-octane-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/motorcycle-news/urs-erbacher-gives-his-thoughts-on-victory-octane-video/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:03:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55063 Urs Erbacher Gives His Thoughts On Victory Octane + Video
Custom bike builder calls new Victory "quicker, faster." more]]>
Victory is in a transition phase, trying to rebrand itself as a performance-oriented company. To that end, custom bike builder Urs Erbacher built the Victory Ignition concept bike that was displayed to the world at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The intent was to convey an idea of where Victory is headed next with its latest production model, the Octane. The 15-second video below features Erbacher and his quick thoughts about the Victory Octane.


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<![CDATA[Mama Tried Pre-Party Feb 19 At Harley-Davidson Museum]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/lifestyle/mama-tried-pre-party-feb-19-at-harley-davidson-museum/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/lifestyle/mama-tried-pre-party-feb-19-at-harley-davidson-museum/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:24:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55058 Mama Tried Pre-Party Feb 19 At Harley-Davidson Museum
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Late night motorcycling, live music, cool bikes, and the Harley-Davidson museum. See them all at the Mama Tried event. More info below in the official press release.


MAMA TRIED PRE-PARTY

The Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum

February 19th, 2016
9 p.m. Doors, 9:30 p.m. Whips, 11 p.m. Moon Curse

Join Mama Tried and the Harley-Davidson Museum for the official Mama Tried Pre-Party after the Flat Out Friday race on February 19. The Pre-Party will feature an album release show by psychedelic doom rockers, Moon Curse, with opening set by indie-rock quartet, Whips. Pre-Party concert tickets are $10 and are available for purchase online, by phone at (877) 436-8738 or in the Museum lobby. Advanced tickets are strongly encouraged.

Museum Admission Offer

Mention “Mama Tried” when purchasing Museum admission tickets Friday, February 19 – Sunday, February 21 in the Museum lobby and receive $6 off an adult Museum admission. (No cash value/not valid on previous purchases/adult admission only)

Transportation

Park at the H-D Museum all weekend and hop on the complimentary shuttle buses in front of The Shop to the Flat Out Friday event and the Mama Tried motorcycle show or receive your first ride free up to $20 with Uber. New Uber users only.

  • Friday from 4 – 10 pm with shuttle loop from the Museum to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (400 W. Kilbourn Ave.)
  • Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm with shuttle loop from the Museum to the Mama Tried show (126 S. 2nd St.)
  • Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm with shuttle loop from the Museum to the Mama Tried show (126 S. 2nd St.)

Click here for pre-party tickets.

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<![CDATA[RCH Suzuki Phoenix Supercross Race Report]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/manufacturers/suzuki/rch-suzuki-phoenix-supercross-race-report/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/manufacturers/suzuki/rch-suzuki-phoenix-supercross-race-report/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:59:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55051 RCH Suzuki Phoenix Supercross Race Report
Suzuki and Roczen win in Phoenix. more]]>
From a RCH Suzuki press release:


After an 18-race drought that spanned more than a year, RCH Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen finally broke through and scored the win in Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross fifth round at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

The RCH Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory rider led the Main Event from wire-to-wire aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450 and took the chequered flag by just over four-and-a-half seconds ahead of Ryan Dungey. At the same time, Roczen took over sole possession of second in points where he now trails Dungey by 21 with 12 races left in the season.

Jake Weimer struggled on his No #12 machine for much of the evening and was ultimately credited with a 14th-place finish.

The win was Roczen’s third consecutive podium finish and marked his first trip to the top-step since the third race of 2015.

Said Roczen: “It’s amazing. For once, I only got peppered in the heat race (laughs). I felt great just to have a clear track and ride my own race. The track was something else. The track was much higher speed than it usually is and a lot harder than the previous races. It was definitely something different. That was the longest starting straight that I’ve ever done in a supercross race, which is pretty cool. I think it’s definitely more of a safer way and helps the field spread out a little bit so I really liked it.

“It was tough out there. I was a little too cautious in the whoops and that’s where I lost the most, but nothing to complain about. We got it done. The biggest thing is that it feels super awesome to finally be at the very top, finally, but we’re not done. We’re going to keep clicking them off and keep putting in work. We’re going to enjoy this and get back to work on Monday. The most important thing is to keep a steady program and not quit.”

While Roczen and company were able to let out a collective sigh of relief following the win, the 21-year-old German rider has no intention of taking the win for granted and knows where he needs to focus during the week.

“Finally the starts are getting better,” added Roczen. “We’re going to keep practicing so we can keep getting good starts and make life a lot easier. Everyone was in the house so it was great to win, especially in the new stadium. The new stadium is rad. It’s super big and the location is awesome.”

RCH co-owner Carey Hart was on hand in Phoenix Saturday night and hopes the win translates into momentum as the series rolls through the heart of the season.

“It was a great night,” stated Hart. “I was hoping to get a win and hopefully this means that Ken will be on a heater and he’ll win a lot of races. He was solid all night and his starts were great. His start in the Main Event was pretty much flawless. The track got really loose and he adapted well. Hopefully, this will translate into some momentum as we go back to San Diego and start to head east.”

Weimer’s night wasn’t quite as fortuitous as his team-mate’s but the Rupert, Idaho rider maintained a positive attitude and was ready to look ahead.

“It was a tough night,” Weimer explained. “All day was just a little bit of a struggle. I really struggled in the whoops and trying to get some confidence on that part of the track, in particular. We had some big whoops at an earlier round and I kind of struggled there. I need to improve on that. I crashed in practice so I was sore and had to deal with that. I think the bike is good. It was just me. I like the bike but I still need to work on a couple things. I was just a bit off but I know what I need to work on and we’ll be ready for San Diego.”

Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to Petco Park this weekend when the series visits San Diego for the second and final time of the year.

450 SX Results: 1 Ken Roczen (RCH Suzuki), 2 Ryan Dungey (KTM), 3 Eli Tomac (Kawasaki), 4 Jason Anderson (Husqvarna), 5 Davi Millsaps (KTM), 6 Chad Reed (Yamaha), 7 Justin Brayton (KTM), 8 Cole Seely (Honda), 9 Marvin Musquin (KTM), 10 Will Hahn (Kawasaki). 14 Jake Weimer (RCH Suzuki).

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Bandit-Powered Mobility Scooter Breaks Speed Record]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/motorcycle-news/suzuki-bandit-powered-mobility-scooter-breaks-speed-record/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/09/motorcycle-news/suzuki-bandit-powered-mobility-scooter-breaks-speed-record/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:56:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55045 Suzuki Bandit-Powered Mobility Scooter Breaks Speed Record
Is grandma ready to go 107.6 mph? Leave it to a couple of mechanics from the Isle of Man to fit a Suzuki Bandit 600 four-cylinder motor to a mobility scooter that tops 100 mph, earning themselves a Guinness world record for World’s Fastest Mobility Scooter. David Anderson and Mathew Hine spent six months turning […] more]]>
Is grandma ready to go 107.6 mph?

Leave it to a couple of mechanics from the Isle of Man to fit a Suzuki Bandit 600 four-cylinder motor to a mobility scooter that tops 100 mph, earning themselves a Guinness world record for World’s Fastest Mobility Scooter. David Anderson and Mathew Hine spent six months turning an innocent Days Strider mobility scooter (top speed not much) into a 107.6-mph beast at the end of the Isle’s Jurby Motodrome dragstrip. More details and video here.

 

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<![CDATA[Wheelie World Championship Upcoming!]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/motorcycle-news/wheelie-world-championship-upcoming/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/motorcycle-news/wheelie-world-championship-upcoming/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:25:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55038 Wheelie World Championship Upcoming!
This just in: The Wheelie World Championship is coming up (get it?) again August 20th and 21st, at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. He who travels fastest on one wheel for one kilometer is the winner. Famed stunter Gary Rothwell, of Liverpool, England, is your defending champ, having broken the record last September 19th with a 209.88 mph […] more]]>
This just in: The Wheelie World Championship is coming up (get it?) again August 20th and 21st, at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. He who travels fastest on one wheel for one kilometer is the winner. Famed stunter Gary Rothwell, of Liverpool, England, is your defending champ, having broken the record last September 19th with a 209.88 mph horn, Hayabusa mono.
See Gary’s record-breaking run video from his drive chain’s POV here.

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<![CDATA[Marc Marquez Splits From VR46 Merchandising]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/products/marc-marquez-splits-from-vr46-merchandising/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/products/marc-marquez-splits-from-vr46-merchandising/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:10:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55036 Marc Marquez Splits From VR46 Merchandising
Marc Marquez ends business relationship with Rossi. more]]>
There was a point in time when Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez were on good terms. Remember that? MM93 even admitted to having posters of Rossi on his bedroom walls when he was a child. The relationship even turned professional, with Marquez choosing VR46 merchandising to hock his apparel and things. After the turn of events that happened between the two at Sepang last year, the relationship between Rossi and Marquez has disintegrated entirely. So much so that Marquez has officially terminated his contract with VR46 Merchandising. The full (short) press release is below.


AC Management, company in charge of managing the image rights of the riders Marc Márquez and Alex Márquez, informs that they have agreed with the Company VR46 Racing Apparel, S.r.l. to terminate the license agreements previously in force and under which the latter was in charge of the exploitation of both riders’ merchandising.

Both parties appreciate services rendered while the agreement was in force and wish each other success in future endeavors.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki MotoGP Team Talks About Sepang Test + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/motorcycle-news/suzuki-motogp-team-talks-about-sepang-test-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/motorcycle-news/suzuki-motogp-team-talks-about-sepang-test-video/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:11:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55033 Suzuki MotoGP Team Talks About Sepang Test + Video
Suzuki team riders talk about new engine and seamless transmission. more]]>
Suzuki arrived at the recent MotoGP test in Sepang with an updated engine and variations of its new seamless shift gearbox to test. The team had many new parts to verify, as new regulations and new tires have been implemented in 2016. This meant Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales put in a lot of laps to try and give feedback to the engineers.

In the video below, both team riders, as well as Team Manager Davide Brivio, give their thoughts on the test – where the bike did well, where it can improve, and what lies ahead for the future.

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<![CDATA[Western Regional 250SX Class Results From Arizona]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/manufacturers/kawasaki/western-regional-250sx-class-results-from-arizona/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/manufacturers/kawasaki/western-regional-250sx-class-results-from-arizona/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:44:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55028 Western Regional 250SX Class Results From Arizona
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Arizona Supercross race report. more]]>
From a Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki press release:


The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team landed on the podium once again, this time in Phoenix, Arizona for Round 5. Joey Savatgy had yet another stellar performance, taking away a well deserved 3rd place podium finish, now tied for the points lead in the 250SX series. Chris Alldredge also had an excellent weekend, earning 6th place, his best finish this season. The team looked incredibly dialed in at Phoenix and plans to carry their momentum into next weekend’s San Diego event.

Savatgy Keeping The Momentum Going
Joey Savatgy entered University of Phoenix stadium this past weekend with just one thing on his mind – landing on that podium. Once the dust had finally settled, he did just that! To start the night, he earned another heat win victory and in the main event, he was able to work his way through the pack to grab a 3rd place podium spot. Joey intends to work on a few things and head back to San Diego for a chance to take the lead in the series.

“Today was pretty good, had a pretty good heat race, where we were able to come home with another heat win, podium and salvage points.”

Alldredge Turns It Up a Notch In Arizona
Chris Alldredge started his weekend off right, with a 3rd place finish in his heat race. In the Main Event, Alldredge was able to finally get the start he’d been waiting for, coming out of the first corner in 4th. He continued to hold his ground, only allowing a few to pass throughout his race, and eventually earned a top 10 finish at the #6 spot. Thanks to his practiced starts, Chris is beginning to ride more confidently at speed, which translates to a fluid ride throughout his race. His progression and consistency are undeniable, and his plan is to continue working his way up to the top of the 250SX series, starting with San Diego this weekend.

“My day was pretty good, had the track dialed early, I finally got the start I wanted in the Main Event, unfortunately a couple guys got by me but I kept it together for sixth.”

Western Regional 250SX Class Results From Arizona – Round 5

1. Christian Craig, Honda – 87
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha – 98
3. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki – 98
4. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM – 66
5. Colt Nichols, Yamaha – 81
6. Chris Alldredge, Kawasaki – 37
7. Alex Martin, Yamaha – 42
8. Kyle Cunningham, Suzuki – 54
9. James Decotis, Honda – 71
10. Kyle Peters, Honda – 62

Western Regional 250SX Championship Point Standings

1. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki – 98
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha – 98
3. Christian Craig, Honda – 87
4. Colt Nichols, Yamaha – 81
5. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna – 74
6. James Decotis, Honda – 71
7. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM – 66
8. Kyle Peters, Honda – 62
9. Jordon Smith, Honda – 61
10. Kyle Cunningham, Suzuki – 54
13. Chris Alldredge, Kawasaki – 37

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<![CDATA[Moto-D The Exclusive North American Distributor For Bonamici Racing Italy + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/products/moto-d-the-exclusive-north-american-distributor-for-bonamici-racing-italy-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/products/moto-d-the-exclusive-north-american-distributor-for-bonamici-racing-italy-video/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:22:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55023 Moto-D The Exclusive North American Distributor For Bonamici Racing Italy + Video
Bonamici Racing products now available in the U.S. more]]>
Moto-D, based in Westchester, NY, has become the exclusive North American distributor for Bonamici Racing Italy, producers of motorcycle engine covers, rearset kits and lever guards. Bonamici Racing Italy is a technical partner for Team Ten Kate Honda WSBK and technical partner with Team Althea BMW Racing WSBK. Bonamici uses this racing experience to produce parts for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Click here to see Bonamici Racing Italy Engine Case Covers

Click here to see Bonamici Racing Italy Rearsets

For more info or to become a MOTO-D dealer visit www.motodracing.com.

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<![CDATA[Orange County Choppers Building for Sale; Teutel Tenants Included]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/celebrity/orange-county-choppers-building-for-sale-teutel-tenants-included/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/celebrity/orange-county-choppers-building-for-sale-teutel-tenants-included/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:25:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55009 Orange County Choppers Building for Sale; Teutel Tenants Included
Looking to invest in some real estate in the Hudson Valley? Then consider this 61,305 sq-ft. property right by the highway about 60 miles outside New York City. The catch? It comes with a tenant, one Paul Teutul Sr. and Orange County Choppers. OCC’s headquarters, 14 Crossroads Court in Newburgh, NY, is up for sale, […] more]]>
Looking to invest in some real estate in the Hudson Valley? Then consider this 61,305 sq-ft. property right by the highway about 60 miles outside New York City. The catch? It comes with a tenant, one Paul Teutul Sr. and Orange County Choppers.

OCC’s headquarters, 14 Crossroads Court in Newburgh, NY, is up for sale, March 7-9 on Auction.com. The building was constructed in 2008 for $12 million but the auction will start with an opening bid set at just $900,000.

The auction winner will take on the tenant, OCC, which recently signed a 10-year lease; OCC lost control over the property in late 2011 after facing foreclosure for missed mortgage payments. The building will also be the setting for OCC’s latest reality show, “Orange County Choppers: American Made”, debuting Feb. 20 on A&E. OCC occupies about 64% of the building, with a mix of industrial space, retail and dining areas as well as a bowling alley. The entire second floor is vacant, however, and the new owners can lease it out to other tenants.

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson To Continue Sponsoring AMA Flat Track In 2016]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-to-continue-sponsoring-ama-flat-track-in-2016/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/08/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-to-continue-sponsoring-ama-flat-track-in-2016/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:59:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55011 Harley-Davidson To Continue Sponsoring AMA Flat Track In 2016
Harley-Davidson to pay out $96,000 in contingency through the year. more]]>
From an AMA press release:


Entering another year of their key sponsorship, Harley-Davidson Motor Company and AMA Pro Racing have confirmed that the same generous contingency and bonus structure for riders in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class will be available during the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season.

Over the course of the season, Harley-Davidson will show their support for the sport in the form of a per-race contingency payout totaling $96,000. Following each main event featuring AMA Pro Flat Track’s premier division, the top five competitors will receive a payout, regardless of the brand of motorcycle entered. As a bonus to motivate the top rider racing for the Milwaukee-based marque, the Harley-Davidson mounted rider with the highest point total at the end of the season will receive a year-end bonus of $25,000.

Harley-Davidson and the Grand National Championship have been synonymous since the series was formed in 1954. To honor the heritage and the history of the sport, the Harley-Davidson Museum is hosting an exhibit featuring the work of the world’s most renowned photographer of flat track racing, Dave Hoenig.

“Race Day: Photos from the Flat Track” will be on display at the attraction in Milwaukee, Wis. from Jan. 22 – Sept. 5. Flat track racing’s preeminent photographer takes the viewer down to pit row and into the grandstands to document the thrills and chills of life in the fast lane. Hoenig has captured more than 1,000 races in his career, keeping his lens trained on the pageantry, emotion and camaraderie of a day at the track.

A second exhibit, “Racing Machines from KR to XR,” will pay homage to the engineering and innovation that pioneered the sport. The Harley-Davidson Museum’s Design Lab reopens with a focus on the role Harley-Davidson’s hardscrabble engineering team played in creating the legendary bikes that would dominate the race tracks of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. In all, 10 of the legendary machines will be put on display for fans to view.

The iconic brand has had a long, lasting and important impact on the sport of AMA Pro Flat Track, creating memories, lore and legend for fans to enjoy. The Motor Company has also created lasting impressions on the stars of the sport. One racer, in particular, that has reaped the benefits of the Harley-Davidson lifestyle is Jared Mees, the 2015 Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Champion.

“Harley-Davidson has been a part of Flat Track for as long as I can remember,” Mees said. “I’ve been riding the Harley-Davidson XR750 since I started in 2002, and I’ve been fortunate enough to gain their support throughout my career. A lot of what I’ve been able to accomplish has to do with the Harley-Davidson. I’m proud that I ride a Harley.”

To learn more about the exhibits at the Harley-Davidson Museum, please visit http://www.harley-davidson.com/content/h-d/en_US/home/museum.html.

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<![CDATA[New Digs For Energica]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/05/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/energica/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/05/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/energica/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:21:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=55003 New Digs For Energica
The new 32,000 square foot factory is located in Modena more]]>
Energica announced today the company’s official relocation to a new factory where production of Energica Ego and Eva electric sportbikes will commence. The new 32,000 square foot factory, located in Modena, Italy, will serve as Energica’s main headquarters, as well as the production and distribution point for the Ego and Eva. According to Energica, a large space will be reserved for the R&D Dept., a key driver for developing Energica products.

For more about Energica go to energicasuperbike.com, or check out our review of the Energica Ego.

 

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<![CDATA[Loris Baz Crash Data]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/05/racing/loris-baz/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/05/racing/loris-baz/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:26:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=54996 Loris Baz Crash Data
The highest energy impact was recorded at 29.9g more]]>
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Michelin withdrew its soft compound from use for the remainder of the test after Baz’s crash.

The soft Michelin rear tire of Avintia Ducati rider Loris Baz suffered a major blowout at 180 mph during the morning session of the opening MotoGP 2016 season test, at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, on Tuesday February 2nd. Baz walked away from the crash with only minor bruising and was able to resume testing later the same day.

The Tech-Air Race airbag system housed within Baz’s Alpinestars leathers deployed when he was launched from the bike. The first impact with the track took place 60 milliseconds later. The highest energy impact was recorded at 29.9g’s on his left shoulder. From the moment that Loris impacted the track, the duration of the slide lasted for 6.6 seconds.

As a result of the incident, the Grand Prix Commission decided to implement a mandatory tire pressure sensors rule. “The system to do this will be proposed by the MSMA members in Phillip Island and this issue is something to resolve immediately,” said MotoGP chief Carmelo Ezpeleta.

The next pre-season test takes place at Phillip Island on February 17-19.

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<![CDATA[The Honda NAVI Only Looks Like It’s Missing an Engine]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/04/manufacturers/honda/the-honda-navi-only-looks-like-its-missing-an-engine/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/04/manufacturers/honda/the-honda-navi-only-looks-like-its-missing-an-engine/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:29:30 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=54987 The Honda NAVI Only Looks Like It’s Missing an Engine
At first glance, the Honda NAVI looks like a Grom with the engine removed, but in fact, it’s a fully intact motorcycle headed for production for the Indian market. Introduced at Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi, the NAVI (which stands for “New Additional Value for India”) is an eye-catching little funster designed for Indian youth. […] more]]>
At first glance, the Honda NAVI looks like a Grom with the engine removed, but in fact, it’s a fully intact motorcycle headed for production for the Indian market. Introduced at Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi, the NAVI (which stands for “New Additional Value for India”) is an eye-catching little funster designed for Indian youth.

The first Honda motorcycle entirely designed and produced by Honda R&D India, the NAVI may look like it’s missing an engine but it’s actually powered by a 110cc swingarm-mounted scooter engine claiming 7.8 hp at 7000 rpm and 6.6 lb-ft. at 5500 rpm. Honda claims the NAVI has a top speed of 50 mph. Where you would normally expect a motorcycle engine, Honda left an empty space that can be used for storage.

The 12-inch front wheel sports a 90/90 tubeless tire while a 10-inch wheel with a 90/100 tire spins at the rear. Both wheels are stopped by drum brakes. Suspension is provided by telescopic fork and a single rear shock.

For the Auto Expo, Honda showed two variants, an off-road version and an adventure-style model, showcasing the potential for customization.

The Honda NAVI will be available in India with five color options for Rs. 39,500, or about US$585. It’s unlikely, however, that we’ll see the NAVI offered here in North America.

[Source: Honda]

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<![CDATA[Indian Partners With Red Wing Shoes To Create Line Of Motorcycle Boots]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/03/products/indian-partners-with-red-wing-shoes-to-create-line-of-motorcycle-boots/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/03/products/indian-partners-with-red-wing-shoes-to-create-line-of-motorcycle-boots/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:47:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=54983 Indian Partners With Red Wing Shoes To Create Line Of Motorcycle Boots
Limited edition Indian boots pay homage to company's history. more]]>
From an Indian press release:


Indian Motorcycle today announced it has partnered with Red Wing Shoes to create the new limited-edition “Red Wing Shoes Collection” of fine, handcrafted American motorcycle boots. Indian Motorcycle, founded in 1901, and Red Wing Shoes, founded in 1905, share a rich heritage of authenticity, fine handcrafted quality, and products that embody the legendary American spirit. Today both brands also share the great state of Minnesota, with only 80 miles separating their corporate headquarters.

“It’s an honor to join forces with another iconic Minnesota-based company in creating this collection of fine handcrafted motorcycle boots,” said Dan Dahl, V.P. Red Wing Heritage. “For more than 110 years these two companies have been producing high quality American-made products to help propel this country forward and this collaboration continues that tradition. This new collection will deliver the epitome of comfort, protection, prestige and style to Indian Motorcycle riders and fans.”

The 2016 Limited-Edition Red Wing Shoes Collection for Indian Motorcycle (available July 2016):

Worthington (Men’s Black Pull-On Boots)
Named after the street in Springfield, Mass., where Indian Motorcycle began full-scale production in 1902, this boot is based on Red Wing Shoes’ classic Engineer style and has been modified for Indian Motorcycle riders. This 11-inch pull-on boot features plain toe styling, a Vibram 430 sole for higher grip and abrasion resistance, and an instep strap for precise fitting. The premium Red Wing Shoes Black Harness leather, original Indian Motorcycle buckles, embossed logo and all black stitching deliver the ultimate in classic motorcycle styling. These boots feature Goodyear welt construction and puritan chain stitching. MSRP: $319.99 (US) $409.99 (CAN).

Spirit Lake (Men’s Brown Lace-Up Boots)
In homage to the dedicated men and women in Spirit Lake, Iowa, who build each and every Indian Motorcycle with a passion for quality and true American craftsmanship, this boot is modeled after Red Wing Shoes’ popular Iron Ranger. It’s an 8-inch boot developed to provide a stable fit and firm ankle protection, with a Vibram 430 sole for superb grip and abrasion resistance and features a double layer leather toe cap for added protection. The premium Red Wing Shoes Amber Portage leather, gunmetal eyelets and all-brown stitching make these boots a favorite for around-town styling, comfort and rugged support. These boots feature Goodyear welt construction and triple-stitched quality. MSRP: $319.99 (US) $409.99 (CAN).

Connelly (Women’s Black Pull-On Boots)
In honor of women riders around the world and Indian Motorcycle’s 100-year heritage of supporting them, this boot is named after Catherine Connelly of Owatonna, Minn., one of the brand’s earliest female riders and loyalists. Even during the Depression, she and her husband made periodic trips to Springfield to buy new Indian Motorcycles and they would ride them back to Owatonna. This boot is based on Red Wing Shoes’ Engineer boot. This 11-inch pull-on boot features plain toe styling, Heeled Oil Resistant Cushion Crepe sole to provide grip and lighter weight, and an instep strap to adjust the fit. The premium Red Wing Shoes Black Harness leather, original Indian Motorcycle buckles, embossed logo and white stitching deliver the perfect fusion of fashion and function. These boots feature Goodyear welt construction and puritan chain stitching. MSRP: $319.99 (US) $409.99 (CAN).

“You could say that both Indian Motorcycle and Red Wing Shoes are in the transportation business, as we’ve been transporting men, women, soldiers and workers all over this great nation for over 100 years,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Fine American craftsmanship is a rare thing in today’s world, but it’s in the DNA of both these companies and that’s why I know Indian Motorcycle riders and fans will take great pride in owning a pair of these boots.”

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<![CDATA[Ducati North America Sold Over 12,000 Motorcycles In 2015, Breaking Previous Record]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/02/motorcycle-news/ducati-north-america-sold-over-12000-motorcycles-in-2015-breaking-previous-record/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/02/motorcycle-news/ducati-north-america-sold-over-12000-motorcycles-in-2015-breaking-previous-record/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:43:39 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=54979 Ducati North America Sold Over 12,000 Motorcycles In 2015, Breaking Previous Record
Nearly 10,000 Ducati models were sold in the United States alone. more]]>
Ducati North America had a record sales year in 2015, selling 12,132 total motorcycles in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This represents a 14.1% increase over the year prior.

All three countries reached historical sales levels, with the United States at 9,674 units sold (up +10%) and northern neighbor Canada at 1,458 bikes (up +12%).  Mexico, thanks to the addition of new exclusive Ducati dealers, experienced significant increases, with 1,003 motorcycles sold – a growth rate of more than 85%.

In 2015, the top models sold by the Bologna-based manufacturer in North America have been the new Scrambler line of urban naked bikes, the 148 horsepower 899 Panigale sport bike and the Monster 821.

“Our success in North America is the result of the hard work of the entire Ducati organization and our network of dedicated dealers,” Dominique Cheraki, outgoing CEO of Ducati North America said in a press release. “I am proud of what we have collectively achieved during the past five years of my tenure and I’m enthusiastic of what the future holds for the brand.”

According to the Ducati press release, future growth is strongly anticipated in 2016 since more than 45% of Ducati’s model line-up will be all-new offerings. Two new motorcycles in particular, the XDiavel and the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, offer the potential to tap rider segments that were left untouched by any Ducati product in the past.

Riders will have the opportunity to try the XDiavel for themselves during Ducati’s “XDiavel Experience Tour,” which will visit more than 15 cruiser hot spots, starting with Phoenix on February 20, through Daytona Bike Week and beyond. Ducati dealers will have XDiavel models available for sale in their showrooms early this Spring.

The Multistrada 1200 Enduro will arrive at Ducati dealers in April and boasts a 19-inch front wheel and 7.9-gallon gas tank for long distance riding. The motorcycle is also available with various off-road accessories as well as knobby tires and other features designed for the avid dual-sport rider.

 

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<![CDATA[Neale Bayly Rides Begins On MavTV Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/02/videos/neale-bayly-rides-begins-on-mavtv-tuesday-feb-2-2016-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/02/02/videos/neale-bayly-rides-begins-on-mavtv-tuesday-feb-2-2016-video/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:28:57 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=54973 Neale Bayly Rides Begins On MavTV Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 + Video
Follow Neale Bayly's philanthropic journey to Peru tonight on MavTV. more]]>
Fellow motojournalist, and friend of the entire MO staff, Neale Bayly is premiering his television show, Neale Bayly Rides: Peru on MavTV tonight, February 2. We might be biased because Bayly is a friend of ours, but we feel his philanthropic work is admirable and worthy of support. Check out the full press release below to learn more about Neale Bayly Rides: Peru. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see a trailer for the show. 


NEALE BAYLY RIDES: PERU premieres on MavTV this upcoming Tuesday, February 2nd. The three-part series follows a group of average riders with varying degrees of experience as they take the trip of a lifetime to Peru. Along the way they face unbelievable challenges through the deserts and mountains, but the gratifying journey leads them to an orphanage for abandoned children that makes all the sacrifices worth it.

Leading an eclectic band of travelers riding BMW F800GSs and R1200GSs, veteran motorcycle journalist Neale Bayly demonstrates the depth of his experience at the helm of this philanthropic adventure. Neale is no stranger to adventure-seeking expeditions having explored much of the world on two wheels, riding in 49 countries over the last 38 years.

Catch all the action, emotions, sacrifices and adventures all month long on MAVTV. The first episode premieres on Tuesday, February 2nd at 2AM EST. AS follows is the broadcast schedule for the entire series on MAVTV:

Episode 1: The Preparation
Feb 2 @ 2AM (Premiere)
Feb 2 @ 5AM

Episode 2: Storms of Peru
Feb 9 @ 2AM (Premiere)
Feb 9 @ 5AM

Episode 3: Heart of Peru
Feb 16 @ 2AM (Premiere)
Feb 16 @ 5AM

Episode 4:
Feb 23 @ 2AM (Premiere)
Feb 23 @ 5AM

About Wellspring International Outreach: Wellspring is dedicated to raising awareness, resources, and hope for abandoned children worldwide. Currently, Wellspring is building new facilities for the children at the Hogar Belen orphanage in Moquegua, Peru, and for independent families in White River, South Africa.

www.wellspring-outreach.org

About Neale Bayly: Adventurer. Humanitarian. Motorcyclist. Road Warrior. Writer. Photographer. Tennis Player. Father. Storyteller.

In 1985 Neale arrived in New York on a one-way ticket with $100 in his pocket and made his way to Florida. Working construction for the winter, he then bought a $400 motorcycle and rode from Florida to Alaska. This first long motorcycle trip started his love of two-wheeled travel and Neale has been riding around the world ever since.

During an adventure motorcycle ride to Peru in 1995, Neale experienced a life- changing event when he met Canadian Priest, Father Giovanni Battaglini. High up in the Andes Mountains, Father Gio shared with Neale the story of his work to serve the impoverished people of Peru including a group of orphaned and abandoned children living at Hogar Belen.

Neale returned home to America changed and on a new path. Years later, Neale and Father Gio’s sister, Maria Fitzgerald, co-founded Wellspring International Outreach to honor Father Gio’s memory. He and his girlfriend, Andrea, live in Charlotte, NC and he has two sons, Luke 20 and Patrick 15.

NEALE BAYLY RIDES Trailer from Midgett Productions on Vimeo.

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