Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:28:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[AMA Congratulates U.S. Team On Podium Finish At FIM Motocross Of Nations]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/motorcycle-category/off-road/ama-congratulates-u-s-team-podium-finish-fim-motocross-nations/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/motorcycle-category/off-road/ama-congratulates-u-s-team-podium-finish-fim-motocross-nations/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:28:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46084 AMA Congratulates U.S. Team On Podium Finish At FIM Motocross Of Nations
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From an AMA press release:


The U.S. team of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin finished third at the 2014 FIM Motocross of Nations in Kegums, Latvia, on Sept. 28. The American riders fell short of their goal of a world championship, but still performed admirably against some of the best motocross racers in the world.

“We congratulate France on winning the 2014 FIM Motocross of Nations,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “The U.S. riders are honored to compete on the world stage, against the sport’s best, and even though we didn’t bring the Chamberlain Cup back to America, we’re proud of our team’s effort at this challenging and demanding event.

“We especially thank U.S. riders Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin, as well as U.S. Team Manager and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Roger DeCoster, for representing us at this premier event,” Massey said.

Each rider at the Motocross of Nations competes in two motos, each of which combines two classes. In individual results, Dungey finished second and 11th riding in the MXGP class. Martin finished 11th and 13th riding in the MX2 class. Tomac finished sixth and third in the Open class.

“We faced some challenges on the track, but Ryan, Eli and Jeremy persevered and represented our country well,” said AMA Director of Supercross and Pro Racing Relations Kevin Crowther. “I’m proud of their performance and effort. I’d also like to thank all team members, support crew, sponsors and fans for their support. In addition, I’d like to extend a congratulations to France on their win.”

The Motocross of Nations features three-rider teams on a range of motocross machinery. The MXGP class features 450cc four-stroke motorcycles. The MX2 class features 250cc four-stroke bikes. The Open class permits either bike.

The Motocross of Nations is one of the most high-profile motorsport events in the world. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time.

The United States last won the Motocross of Nations in 2011 when the event was held in Saint D’Angely, France. The United States is also the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall team victories with 22. Great Britain is second with 16.

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<![CDATA[The Latest From Empire Covers Bike Covers]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/products/latest-empire-covers-bike-covers/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/products/latest-empire-covers-bike-covers/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:18:39 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46080 The Latest From Empire Covers Bike Covers
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From an Empire Covers press release:


Want to protect your motorcycle from the harshness of Mother Nature this winter?  The Cover Experts at EmpireCovers have you covered.

Make and model specific American Armor car cover is the most advanced protective cover you can get for your motorcycle. American Armor is completely waterproof and will protect your motorcycle from rain, sleet and snow while pampering your paint and chrome.

American Armor features the following:

  • 100% made in America
  • Basofil proprietary heat-resistant inner lining–you can cover your motorcycle without waiting for it to cool down
  • 100% waterproof
  • Strong UV protection
  • Microfiber lining
  • DuPont™ Tyvek® outer layer
  • Full elastic hem for an extra snug fit
  • Breathable to prevent mold
  • Lifetime warranty

For more information, or to purchase your motorcycle specific American Armor visit: http://www.empirecovers.com.

 

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<![CDATA[Brembo Selects TAW Performance As North American Distributor]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/motorcycle-news/brembo-selects-taw-performance-north-american-distributor/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/motorcycle-news/brembo-selects-taw-performance-north-american-distributor/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:04:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46077 Brembo Selects TAW Performance As North American Distributor
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From a Brembo press release:


Brembo, a leader in the design, development and production of Original Equipment, Racing, Aftermarket and High Performance brake systems and components for the worldwide automotive and motorcycle industry, is pleased to announce that TAW Performance Distribution will be the exclusive distributor for motorcycle parts in North America effective immediately.

Brembo believes that this change to its motorcycle distribution model will further enhance the company’s ability to better serve its customers. During the transition, TAW and Yoyodyne will work together to ensure the continuance of customer service.

TAW Performance Distribution is a California-registered company with warehouses in Sonoma, CA and Charlotte, NC.

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<![CDATA[Bell And Cardo Create Communication Adaptor For Select Bell Helmets]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/products/bell-cardo-create-communication-adaptor-select-bell-helmets/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/products/bell-cardo-create-communication-adaptor-select-bell-helmets/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:21:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46073 Bell And Cardo Create Communication Adaptor For Select Bell Helmets
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From a Bell press release:


Bell Helmets, an industry leader in helmet technology and innovation, and Cardo Systems, Inc., the global market leader in Bluetooth communications for motorcycle, bicycle and snowmobile riders, today announced an alignment to create an adaptor compatible with Cardo’s line of communication and entertainment systems and Bell helmets. The adaptor will fit into the recess of the Bell Mag-9, previous models and 2015 model, plus the newly redesigned 2015 Qualifier DLX.

The Bell adapter fits seamlessly into the helmet and is designed for quick attachment of the highly popular scala rider devices for bike-to-bike intercom, streaming music from a smartphone and much more. With an increasing demand from riders to incorporate communication devices in helmets, Bell Helmets and Cardo Systems, Inc., designed a convenient adaptor in order to allow users to choose their preferred scala rider model among the company’s offerings.

“In an increasingly mobile world, we wanted to offer our customers both the best in class head protection and in communication systems”, said Chris Sacket, Vice President Bell Helmets. “We’re proud to offer riders helmets that allow them high quality communications with riding partners while staying seamlessly connected with entertainment from their smartphone or the radio whether they’re touring or commuting.”

A major upgrade from the previous model, the 2015 Qualifier DLX will see enhanced features while still holding an affordable price point. Along with the slide in the injection mold for the communication port, the helmet has been redesigned with an upgraded interior to offer riders more comfort. Plus, the helmet will come standard with the Bell Transition SOLFX Photochromic shield, which automatically adapts to light conditions, darkening when exposed to sunlight and clearing in low light settings.

“Having pioneered Bluetooth communication for riders over a decade ago, we have learned a lot about user preferences and the importance of individual choices. With the new adapter, Bell enthusiast will be able to combine their favorite helmet with a scala rider device that fits their needs”, said Jamie Cheek, Cardo’s Director of Sales. “The Bell adapter is a remarkably straightforward solution that merges the advantages of two fine brands in the motorcycle accessory industry for the benefit of the user.”

Cardo System, Inc., scala rider products for bike-to-bike intercom allow users to communicate via intercom with fellow riders at great distances, conduct mobile phone calls, listen to the built-in FM radio, receive streaming stereo music from their smartphones, get directions from their GPS devices and control most of these features in a safe manner by voice command.

The adaptor will be available at select retailers and online at www.bellhelmets.com, the Cardo System, Inc. for $59.95. For more on the adaptor please visit www.bellhelmets.com or www.cardosystems.com.

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<![CDATA[Bonhams Auctioning Blur Guitarists Motorcycles For Charity]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/motorcycle-news/bonhams-auctioning-blur-guitarists-motorcycles-charity/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/motorcycle-news/bonhams-auctioning-blur-guitarists-motorcycles-charity/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:26:42 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46061 Bonhams Auctioning “Blur” Guitarist’s Motorcycles For Charity
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Graham Coxon, British musician and lead guitarist for Blur, auctioning off seven of his personal motorcycles with proceeds benefitting NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity. See the full press release from Bonhams below.


The motorcycles will be sold as part of Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale, an annual event taking place at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, held on 19th October 2014.

The collection stretches across the past fifty years, from a 1962 Vespa 200CC VBB (£2,000-3,000), to a 2010 Honda CB1300 Super Four (£3,000-4000).

Coxon commented: “These bikes have taken me on a lot of wonderful adventures up and down the country. As a parent, it seems fitting that they should be sold to benefit the NSPCC’s important work in supporting and protecting children all over the UK.”

The star lot of the collection, a 1968 Triumph Trophy 650, was comprehensively restored by the Bike Shed M.S, and upon completion went on to win the ‘Best Classic’ award at the 2001 NCC South Cambridgeshire Custom Show. Coxon purchased the Trophy in October 2002, and has covered only a few hundred miles since. Described as in generally excellent condition, the Triumph is available to the highest bidder, with an estimate of £6,000-8,000.

Paul Farthing, Director of Fundraising at the NSPCC, commented: “We are delighted that Graham has chosen the NSPCC to be the sole beneficiary of his exciting motorcycle auction. The money raised will help us to continue our vital work helping to protect children and prevent abuse through projects and services including ChildLine. On behalf of all the vulnerable children we work with, I would like to say a big thank you to Graham for his support.”

Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles, said: “This is a great opportunity for fans of Graham and Blur, to not only take home an incredible piece of motorcycle machinery, but also know that the proceeds of the sale will go to a great deserving cause, the NSPCC.

“With almost 300 lots including over 170 motorcycles, this year’s Stafford sale will offer something for every enthusiast, with this particular collection adding a great charitable donation to the sale.”

The motorcycles featured in the Graham Coxon Collection include:

- 2004 Triumph Bonneville – estimated at £1,800-2,600

- 2002 BSA Regal Goldstar – estimated at £4,800-5,600

- 2010 Honda CB1300 Super Four – estimated at £3,000-4,000

- 2008 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom – estimated at £3,000-4,000

- 1968 Triumph Trophy 650 – estimated at £6,000-8,000

- 2007 Suzuki 125CC Van Van – estimated at £800-1,200

- 1962 Vespa 200CC VBB – estimated at £2,000-3,000

For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com.

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<![CDATA[American Kargo Becomes Title Sponsor For Supermoto Of Nations US Team]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/products/american-kargo-becomes-title-sponsor-supermoto-nations-us-team/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/products/american-kargo-becomes-title-sponsor-supermoto-nations-us-team/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:54:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=46058 American Kargo Becomes Title Sponsor For Supermoto Of Nations US Team
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The following is a press release from American Kargo, a new personal bag line launched by Saddlemen. AK will be sponsoring the first American team to enter the Supermoto of Nations competition.


FIM North America Supermoto Championship founders Marco Pedde and Jay Kliger are excited to announce the official Supermoto Of Nations US Team title sponsor, American Kargo, for this years Supermoto Of Nations held in Cremona, Italy October 12th. Pittsburg, PA based company American Kargo designs and builds high performance hydration and gear bags specifically designed for riders which is a perfect fit for team and their adventure into Europe. This year marks the first time in US history that American Motorcycle Association will be sending an American team to represent at Supermoto Of Nations.

Three riders will represent American Kargo and the US this year at SMoN. Pennsylvania’s Johnny Lewis- 2014 FIM North American Supermoto Championship winner, California’s Gage Mcallister- 2014 AMA Supermoto Championship winner, & Oklahoma’s Monte Frank -2014 AMA Supermoto Championship runner-up. Each rider will be equipped with American Kargo products to suit the needs of traveling 4,000 miles across the ocean to compete against the best supermoto riders from around the world. The first bag of three is the AK Trooper Bag, which was built to hold basically everything you can think that a backpack should hold and more! Including laptop compartment, tool storage, place for goggles, exterior helmet storage and more.  Second is the AK Track Bag. “You’d be wrong if you called this a helmet bag”, stated American Kargo’s Rob Schlueter. The bag is equipped with a ventilation system that keeps your gear fresh, exterior customizable number plate location, tool storage, and has a 270-degree main compartment access. The third and final bag the 2014 US Team will be provided for the trip is the AK Gear Bag. The AK Gear Bag was built with a ballast system in mind to keep items organized and separated even when dirty. This bag also features a ventilation system, over-sized zippers, ID card, changing pad, grab handles and a shoulder strap system designed to help with carrying a heavy load.

US Team rider Johnny Lewis who will run #91 at this years SMoN event has been hands on with the American Kargo products since the product launched just months ago and is looking forward to traveling to Europe with the AK products. “All the products are built with a traveling rider in mind, with all the compartments to help me organize my gear and help me get it all across the country, and now across Europe. It’s going to be important to have these bags for this trip because I want to make sure my gear stays safe in transit to Europe. I want to be able to access items as needed when traveling and American Kargo bags are the definitely my travel solution”, stated US Team rider Johnny Lewis.

American Kargo is a new brand recently introduced by Saddlemen, well known in the racing community. Visit www.AmericanKargo.com to look over the full product line including the additional bags and high performance hydration systems. Orders can be placed online and/or through your local Parts Unlimited & Drag Specialties dealer for next day or 2 day delivery.  Follow the 2014 US Team’s journey by searching hashtags: #alwaysfast #americakargo on Instagram. 

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<![CDATA[2015 Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer Announced for Intermot]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-xjr1300-xjr1300-racer-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-xjr1300-xjr1300-racer-announced/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:24:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45984 2015 Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer Announced for Intermot
In a time where air-cooled icons like Harley-Davidson, Indian, BMW‘s boxer engine and the Ducati Monster have all embraced the radiator, it’s a bit surprising to know Yamaha is still offering the XJR1300 in Europe. Featuring the world’s largest-displacement air-cooled Inline-Four engine in production, the XJR1300 lives on in 2015 with a new custom-inspired look […] more]]>
In a time where air-cooled icons like Harley-Davidson, Indian, BMW‘s boxer engine and the Ducati Monster have all embraced the radiator, it’s a bit surprising to know Yamaha is still offering the XJR1300 in Europe. Featuring the world’s largest-displacement air-cooled Inline-Four engine in production, the XJR1300 lives on in 2015 with a new custom-inspired look and a cafe racer variant.

The 2015 XJR1300 was inspired by a custom from builder Keino called “Rhapsody in Blue” as part of Yamaha’s Yard Built program. Yamaha incorporated custom design elements into the XJR1300, much like it did for the Star Bolt.

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The slim 3.8-gallon fuel tank accentuates the XJR1300′s fuel-injected 1251cc I-4. Carrying an extra 111cc over its obvious competitor, the Honda CB1100, the XJR1300 is powered by a fuel-injected 1251cc I-4 claiming 96.4 hp at 8000 rpm and 80.0 ft-lb. at 6000 rpm. A matte black 4-2-1 exhaust pipe flows from the front of the cylinders to the muffler which extends below the XJR’s new stubby tail.

The chassis is comprised of a steel double cradle frame. The XJR1300 uses a telescopic fork with diamond-like carbon-coated inner tubes offering 5.1-inches of travel and Ohlins dual rear shocks with 4.7-inches of give.

Custom elements include the racing plate-style aluminum side covers with mesh inserts, tapered aluminum handlebars, compact headlight and stitched seat.

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The XJR1300 Racer is a based on the Yard Built custom by Deus Ex Machina called “Eau Rouge“. The special edition model is a cafe racer variant made with parts from Yamaha’s parts and accessories catalog.

The Racer adds a carbon fiber fairing, a short carbon front fender and clip-on handlebars to deliver a ’70s-inspired cafe racer look. Other additions include an aluminum front fender stay and a carbon cover for the passenger seat.

Both the XJR1300 and the Racer variant will be available in three color choices: Power Blue, Matt Grey and Midnight Black. Yamaha will officially present the 2015 XJR1300 at the Intermot show in Cologne before delivering it to European showrooms in December.

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There’s no word of any plans for a U.S. release. The 2014 XJR1300 was only available in Europe and there’s little sign of that changing for 2015. But with Honda’s CB1100 striking the right chords with customers, the Tuning Fork company may decide to bring the XJR1300 over.

[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[First Official Pictures of the 2015 Ducati Scrambler]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/manufacturers/ducati/first-official-pictures-2015-ducati-scrambler/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/manufacturers/ducati/first-official-pictures-2015-ducati-scrambler/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:34:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45970 First Official Pictures of the 2015 Ducati Scrambler
Ducati has gone to great lengths to promote the launch of its upcoming Scrambler model. We’ve already seen several images of the new model, either from pre-production testing and various teasers including an odd claymation video series. Discuss this at our Ducati Scrambler Forum. Everyone pretty much already knows what it’ll look like, so Ducati […] more]]>
Ducati has gone to great lengths to promote the launch of its upcoming Scrambler model. We’ve already seen several images of the new model, either from pre-production testing and various teasers including an odd claymation video series.

Discuss this at our Ducati Scrambler Forum.

Everyone pretty much already knows what it’ll look like, so Ducati decided to release official photos on its Scrambler Ducati Tumblr page including a full head-on shot and an animated gif of the bike in action.

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Still, Ducati has been fairly tight-lipped on official specs, even if we can make some educated guesses including an air-cooled V-Twin Monster engine. We’ll have full details when the Scrambler is presented Sept. 30 at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany.

[Source: Ducati]

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<![CDATA[2015 Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage Stunt Bike Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-mt-07-moto-cage-stunt-bike-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/29/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-mt-07-moto-cage-stunt-bike-revealed/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:03:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45928 2015 Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage Stunt Bike Revealed
Yamaha continues to expand its MT lineup (or FZ lineup for us North Americans) with a new stunt rider variant on the MT-07. Making its public debut tomorrow at the Intermot show in Cologne, the 2015 Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage will likely be an exclusive model for the European market like the Street Rally and […] more]]>
Yamaha continues to expand its MT lineup (or FZ lineup for us North Americans) with a new stunt rider variant on the MT-07. Making its public debut tomorrow at the Intermot show in Cologne, the 2015 Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage will likely be an exclusive model for the European market like the Street Rally and Sport Tracker variants of the MT-09.

Polish rider Rafal “Stunter13″ Pasierbek has signed on to be Yamaha’s official stunt rider, performing at shows and competitions on the MT-07 Moto Cage. Here he is at work on the Moto Cage:

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The 689cc Parallel Twin engine is the same as with the regular MT-07 and FZ-07, claiming 73.8 hp at 9000 rpm and 50.1 ft-lb. at 6500 rpm. The chassis is also the same, except with some red components matching a new red engine guards, radiator guard, front wheel and rear wheel pin-striping.

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The Moto Cage also comes equipped with hand guards, an adjustable headlight cowl and a new passenger seat. Optional accessories include an Akrapovic exhaust, red steel mesh air scoops and side covers and various billet components.

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[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[Greg White Shows You Why Demo Rides Are Important + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/videos/greg-white-shows-demo-rides-important-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/videos/greg-white-shows-demo-rides-important-video/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:00:19 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45923 Greg White Shows You Why Demo Rides Are Important + Video
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For anyone looking to buy a new motorcycle, taking the bike of your desires for a demo ride makes perfect sense. It will either reaffirm your beliefs about the bike or prove them wrong before you plunk down your hard-earned cash. However, due mainly to liability reasons, many dealerships don’t offer such a program. However, friend of Motorcycle.com, and the motorcycle industry in general, Greg White, shows you why you should absolutely try your best to find a dealership that offers demo rides in this segment of the latest episode of White’s online powersports show, Greg’s Garage. 

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<![CDATA[Shinko USA Releases E804/805 Adventure Tire]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/products/shinko-usa-releases-e804805-adventure-tire/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/products/shinko-usa-releases-e804805-adventure-tire/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:36:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45918 Shinko USA Releases E804/805 Adventure Tire
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For the adventure rider looking for a cheaper tire alternative to the established players on the market, enter Shinko. Its (short) press release follows.


Shinko Tire USA has released the E804 front and E805 rear adventure tire to the U.S. market. Utilizing the latest in big block tire technology these adventure tires are ideal for situations where a rider spends 40% on-road and 60% off-road. The 804/805 bias front/rear combo is currently available in a 110/80-19 front and 150/70-17 rear combo.

Sizes Currently Available:
110/80-19 | $119.95
150/70-17 | $149.95

Sizes Expected for Spring 2015 Release:
90/90-21
130/80-17
100/90-19
150/70-18
120/90-18
140/80-17

For more information, visit www.shinkotireusa.com.

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<![CDATA[American Honda Extends Partnership With GEICO Honda]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/manufacturers/honda/american-honda-extends-partnership-geico-honda/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/manufacturers/honda/american-honda-extends-partnership-geico-honda/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:07:44 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45914 American Honda Extends Partnership With GEICO Honda
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From a Honda press release:


American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has renewed its contract with GEICO Honda for an additional three years, ensuring that the Factory Connection-run program will continue running Honda’s factory-supported 250 team through the 2017 season.

Honda’s long professional relationship with Factory Connection owners Mike Grondahl, Jeff Majkrzak and Rick Zielfelder started in 1995, when the company began providing the factory team with suspension-related technical support. Five years later, Factory Connection took over Honda’s satellite team, which has enjoyed consistent success ever since, earning nine titles with Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle, Trey Canard, Wil Hahn, Travis Preston and Eli Tomac. For the 2015 AMA Supercross and Motocross season, the Mike LaRocco-managed GEICO Honda team’s 250 effort comprises Matt Bisceglia, Bogle, R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith, all campaigning Honda CRF250R machinery.

“We’re very pleased to extend our partnership with GEICO Honda,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “We’ve achieved a lot together over the years, and the team continues to demonstrate that it is second to none in terms of professionalism and capability. We’re confident that together, we can continue adding to our list of accomplishments.”

“We’ve had a long and prosperous relationship with American Honda spanning almost two decades now,” Majkrzak said. “We hope it continues well into the future. It’s an honor to represent Honda and to consistently put the brand on the podium. They have the best motorcycles in the business. We truly feel that we have two of the best names in the industry with GEICO and Honda.”

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Releases New Jacket And Helmet]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/products/harley-davidson-motorclothes-releases-new-jacket-helmet/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/products/harley-davidson-motorclothes-releases-new-jacket-helmet/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:00:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45902 Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Releases New Jacket And Helmet
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Harley-Davidson has teamed with French helmet maker, Shark, to introduce a new modular helmet to the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes collection. Elsewhere, H-D also introduces a three-season riding jacket. See the press releases below for more information.


Easily adapt to changing temperatures with the new men’s Rex Switchback Light Functional Jacket (starting at $260) from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line. Constructed from 600 denier 100 percent polyester, the jacket has zippered side panels to prevent airflow when in place. When temperatures rise, the panels are easily removed and placed in pockets, allowing the pleasing airflow through the mesh lining to cool the rider. Adjustable cuffs, waist tabs and snap-sleeve tabs provide a custom fit, while removable body armor at the elbows and shoulders deliver increased protection. Seven pockets offer ample storage space. And 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material provides enhanced reflectivity in low light conditions. Available in S – 5XL and Tall sizes.

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Built by Shark, the new men’s FXRG Dual Helmet with Integrated Sun Shield ($495) from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line is a modular design with full integration, style and protection in either position. The semi-automatic Auto-Up system simultaneously unlocks the visor and chin bar to position into place, easing transitions that create a true 2-in-1 helmet experience. It provides optimized soundproofing and aerodynamic performance – and meets ECE 22-05 and DOT requirements. The integrated sun shield, comfort padding and washable fabrics add convenience. The helmet is constructed from injected thermoplastic resin, weighs 3 lbs. 12 oz. and is available in XS – XL.

Both items are available at most Harley-Davidson dealerships in the U.S. and online at www.h-d.com/store.

 

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<![CDATA[Distinguished Gentlemans Ride Breaks Fundraising Goal of One Million Dollars]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/motorcycle-news/distinguished-gentlemans-ride-breaks-fundraising-goal-one-million-dollars/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/motorcycle-news/distinguished-gentlemans-ride-breaks-fundraising-goal-one-million-dollars/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:08:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45899 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Breaks Fundraising Goal of One Million Dollars
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The global fundraising event is more than just people riding around in nice clothing, it serves a cause, too. Read the full press release below.


Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. is delighted to congratulate founder Mark Hawwa and his global team of organizers for hitting the $1 Million fundraising mark for the 3rd annual global Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR).

The worldwide Australian-born, dapper-themed fundraiser seeks to raise awareness for prostate cancer research that affects more than 14.1 million men worldwide.

Supporters of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride have successfully raised over $1 Million for prostate cancer research three days prior to the global ride that takes place on September 28, 2014, in 254 cities.

This fundraising goal is a great achievement and major milestone for the DGR, which credits its success to each city organizer, numerous volunteers and riders that have donated their time and effort to the cause.

“We’ve come a long way in short amount of time. To think that on Sunday people will be riding in over 50 countries in support of our event and our goal to help fight prostrate cancer makes me very proud,” says Mark Hawwa. “I am continually astounded by the efforts of all those involved. Whether it be the fundraising, the outfits, or the bikes, everyone brings the highest level of commitment to this cause.”

As the global sponsor for the event, Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. expresses its profound delight and congratulations to all those involved in the DGR.

“It is a fantastic achievement for the DGR,” says Matt Sheahan, Chief Operating Officer for Triumph Motorcycles America. “There has and continues to be a hugely positive response from riders and fans of motorcycling from around the world. Triumph is incredibly proud to support the DGR and be involved with its success.”

With only three days left until the DGR, there is still time to register for a ride and donate. Donations for the cause will continue through October 12, 2014.

For further information or to hear about DGR, please visit www.triumphmotorcycles.com or the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride at www.gentlemansride.com.

 

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<![CDATA[On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter Hits Theaters Nov. 7]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/movies/sunday-next-chapter-hits-theaters-nationwide-nov-7/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/movies/sunday-next-chapter-hits-theaters-nationwide-nov-7/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:06:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45886 “On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter” Hits Theaters Nov. 7
Dana Brown‘s “On Any Sunday, the Next Chapter” makes its world premiere Sept. 26 at Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. The latest follow-up to the original 1971 “On Any Sunday” will make its U.S. premiere Oct. 22 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Calif., before making its nationwide theatrical release on Nov. 7. “On Any […] more]]>
Dana Brown‘s “On Any Sunday, the Next Chapter” makes its world premiere Sept. 26 at Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. The latest follow-up to the original 1971 “On Any Sunday” will make its U.S. premiere Oct. 22 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Calif., before making its nationwide theatrical release on Nov. 7.

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“On Any Sunday, the Next Chapter” carries on the tradition started by Brown’s father, Bruce Brown who directed the original film. The Academy Award-nominated “On Any Sunday” made household names of racers such as Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawwill, and the latest follow-up features some of today’s biggest names in motorsport including MotoGP riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, motocross stars Travis Pastrana, James Stewart, Robbie Maddison, Ashley Fiolek and Doug Henry, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb winner Carlin Dunne and builder Roland Sands.

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Filmed entirely in 4K Ultra HD resolution, “On Any Sunday, the Next Chapter” features several different race series and disciplines including MotoGP, hare scramble, ice racing and land speed record racing.

“Bikes are better, athletes have progressed, and there are so many disciplines now,” says Dana Brown. “In fact, we couldn’t possibly do justice to all of them in this 90-minute movie. We set out to show a cross-section of motorcycling today, and here’s hoping we’ve succeeded.”

For a list of theaters showing “On Any Sunday, the Next Chapter,” visit OnAnySundayFilm.com.

[Source: Red Bull Media House]

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<![CDATA[Racer High Speed Gloves]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/apparel-2/racer-high-speed-gloves/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/26/apparel-2/racer-high-speed-gloves/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:57:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45879 Racer High Speed Gloves
Racer Gloves USA introduces its High Speed glove, a professional-level racing gauntlet from Austria. The company’s top-tier racing glove, Racer High Speed is a CE-certified cowhide glove with a kangaroo leather palm and Knox SPS palm sliders. TPU hard protectors cover the fingers, knuckles and wrist. The leather is perforated for airflow and the ring […] more]]>
Racer Gloves USA introduces its High Speed glove, a professional-level racing gauntlet from Austria.

The company’s top-tier racing glove, Racer High Speed is a CE-certified cowhide glove with a kangaroo leather palm and Knox SPS palm sliders. TPU hard protectors cover the fingers, knuckles and wrist.

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The leather is perforated for airflow and the ring and little fingers are adjoined to prevent finger roll. Double closures on the wrist provide secure fit.

The High Speed glove is available in black or white for $279.99. Sizes range from S to 3XL, with Racer promising superior fit without having to break them in. For more information, visit RacerGlovesUSA.com.

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[Source: Racer Gloves]

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<![CDATA[MV Agusta Teases New Model Is this the Turismo Leggero ADV?]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/manufacturers/mv-agusta/mv-agusta-teases-something-worth-waiting/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/manufacturers/mv-agusta/mv-agusta-teases-something-worth-waiting/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:15:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45870 MV Agusta Teases New Model – Is this the Turismo Leggero ADV?
MV Agusta has released a new image enigmatically named “Worth Waiting” teasing a new motorcycle with wire-spoke wheels. The Italian manufacturer did not provide any other details, so we are left to ponder exactly what it is we’re waiting for. From the photo, we can see the rear wheel mounted to a single-sided swingarm with […] more]]>
MV Agusta has released a new image enigmatically named “Worth Waiting” teasing a new motorcycle with wire-spoke wheels. The Italian manufacturer did not provide any other details, so we are left to ponder exactly what it is we’re waiting for.

From the photo, we can see the rear wheel mounted to a single-sided swingarm with a wire-spoke design that would allow for tubeless tires. This would suggest a retro-styled model or an off-road capable model, either an adventure-tourer or – to take a page from another Italian manufacturer’s upcoming launch, a scrambler.

The image comes less than a week ahead of the Intermot show, but as MV Agusta is not currently listed among the OEMs presenting at Cologne, an official unveiling at the EICMA show in Milan in early November seems more likely. Perhaps that’s what MV Agusta means by “worth waiting”.

Another possibility is the Turismo Veloce 800 model revealed at  EICMA last year but has still not been released to showrooms. Though it had some adventure-touring style elements, the Turismo Veloce is a road-oriented motorcycle with aluminum alloy wheels and a square-tipped triple exhaust instead of the round exhaust in the teaser image. The new model may be a revised Turismo Veloce that’s finally ready for production or a more off-road able variant like the BMW R1200GS Adventure.

Supporting this theory is trademark MV Agusta recently filed with Europe’s Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market for the name “Turismo Leggero“, or “light tourer”. With the same 798cc Triple engine as the Tursimo Veloce, the Leggero could be MV Agusta’s entry into the light ADV market, competing against the like of the BMW F800GS Adventure or Triumph Tiger 800XC.

We should get more details in the weeks ahead, leading up to EICMA, as MV Agusta tends to reveal information on new bikes in the days ahead of the Milan show.

[Source: MV Agusta]

 

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<![CDATA[2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II Lineup to Debut at Intermot]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/manufacturers/moto-guzzi/2015-moto-guzzi-v7-ii-lineup-debut-intermot/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/manufacturers/moto-guzzi/2015-moto-guzzi-v7-ii-lineup-debut-intermot/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:43:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45864 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II Lineup to Debut at Intermot
Piaggio will present an update Moto Guzzi V7 lineup at next week’s Intermot show in Cologne. Dubbed the V7 II, the new model family will again be available in three versions, the V7 II Stone, V7 II Racer and V7 II Special. Guzzi’s signature longitudinally-mounted engine returns, but mounted 10mm lower and tilted 4° forward, addressing […] more]]>
Piaggio will present an update Moto Guzzi V7 lineup at next week’s Intermot show in Cologne.

Dubbed the V7 II, the new model family will again be available in three versions, the V7 II Stone, V7 II Racer and V7 II Special. Guzzi’s signature longitudinally-mounted engine returns, but mounted 10mm lower and tilted 4° forward, addressing rider complaints about a lack of knee space. The transmission has been updated with a sixth gear and a more refined clutch for easier shifts.

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Other updates include a new dual-channel ABS, traction control, and a seat height reduced to 30.7 inches from 31.7 inches.

The V7 II family will arrive in European showrooms in November. North American consumers will have to wait a bit longer.

Piaggio has only released images of the Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone, but we hope to see the Racer and Special editions, as well as full specifications, when they’re presented Sept. 30 at Intermot.

[Source: Piaggio]

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<![CDATA[2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally Announced for Intermot]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/manufacturers/aprilia/2015-aprilia-caponord-1200-rally-announced-intermot/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/manufacturers/aprilia/2015-aprilia-caponord-1200-rally-announced-intermot/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:23:13 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45859 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally Announced for Intermot
Piaggio announced it will present a new more off-road-capable version of the Aprilia Caponord at next week’s Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. The new 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally swaps out the current model’s 17-inch aluminum alloy rims for wire-spoke front wheels (including a 19-incher up front), and added aluminum saddlebags, auxiliary lighting, crash bars […] more]]>
Piaggio announced it will present a new more off-road-capable version of the Aprilia Caponord at next week’s Intermot show in Cologne, Germany.

The new 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally swaps out the current model’s 17-inch aluminum alloy rims for wire-spoke front wheels (including a 19-incher up front), and added aluminum saddlebags, auxiliary lighting, crash bars and engine guard for better off-roading ability.

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The Caponord Rally also comes with the Aprilia Dynamic Damping semi-active suspension system as well as ride-by-wire throttle, three selectable engine maps, traction control, cruise control and switchable ABS.

Piaggio says the Rally will arrive in European showrooms in January 2015, though it’s too early to know if/when we can see it in North America. We’ll have more details on Sept. 30 when Piaggio unveils the 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally.

[Source: Piaggio]

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<![CDATA[MO GoPro Hero 3+ Twitter Contest Announced!]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/motorcycle-community/mo-gopro-hero-3-twitter-contest-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/motorcycle-community/mo-gopro-hero-3-twitter-contest-announced/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:13:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45855 MO GoPro Hero 3+ Twitter Contest Announced!
What’s the best way to celebrate reaching 10K followers on Twitter? It would have to be creating a contest in which the winner will be drawn from the pool of @Motorcyclecom followers. To take part in the drawing, simply follow @Motorcyclecom and retweet: “To celebrate reaching 10K followers on Twitter we are giving away a GoPro Hero 3+. Follow […] more]]>
What’s the best way to celebrate reaching 10K followers on Twitter? It would have to be creating a contest in which the winner will be drawn from the pool of @Motorcyclecom followers. To take part in the drawing, simply follow @Motorcyclecom and retweet: “To celebrate reaching 10K followers on Twitter we are giving away a GoPro Hero 3+. Follow @Motorcyclecom & RT to Enter. Winner will be announced on October 3rd at 5 PM EST.”

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<![CDATA[FIM Pledges Support of MotoAmerica]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/motorcycle-news/fim-pledges-support-motoamerica/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/25/motorcycle-news/fim-pledges-support-motoamerica/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:59:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45852 FIM Pledges Support of MotoAmerica
Today, MotoAmerica, the new North American roadracing series under development by the KRAVE Group, LLC, took another important step towards racing reality. With the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the official governing and sanctioning body for international motorcycle racing across the globe, giving its blessing to the rapidly developing national racing series set to replace the troubled AMA Superbike […] more]]>
Today, MotoAmerica, the new North American roadracing series under development by the KRAVE Group, LLC, took another important step towards racing reality. With the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the official governing and sanctioning body for international motorcycle racing across the globe, giving its blessing to the rapidly developing national racing series set to replace the troubled AMA Superbike series after the disastrous years under Daytona Motorsports Group’s management.

The announcement of support for MotoAmerica from the FIM came from none other than FIM president, Vito Ippolito, whose statement said, ““We are very excited about the potential of the new MotoAmerica road racing series. American motorcycle racing has always been important to the FIM, and we are proud to be a part of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship.”

While the FIM’s support of MotoAmerica comes as no real surprise, given the relationship that former world champion Wayne Rainey has with the sanctioning body, the release is good news nonetheless and marks progress towards the creation of the series for the 2015 season.

In his comment on the endorsement, Rainey said, “The FIM is the premier governing body for motorcycle racing worldwide. MotoAmerica and everyone at the KRAVE Group LLC are honored to have the endorsement of Mr. Ippolito and the FIM. This FIM support will allow our series to become a recognized member of the international motorcycle racing community, paving the way for our riders to make the transition to international road racing championships like World Superbike and MotoGP in the future.”

For more information, read:

DMG Out As Wayne Rainey Takes Over AMA Pro Road Racing
Dorna CEO Pledges Support For New MotoAmerica Racing Series
More About MotoAmerica, The New, Rainey-Led AMA Series

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<![CDATA[2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/24/manufacturers/can-am/2015-can-spyder-f3-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/24/manufacturers/can-am/2015-can-spyder-f3-revealed/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:15:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45792 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 Revealed
Bombardier Recreational Products has revealed the F3, the newest member to its three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder roadster family. Sporting a more muscular stance and the all-new UFit customizable footpeg and handlebar system, the F3 joins the returning Spyder RT, ST and RS in the 2015 product lineup. Duke’s Den – That’s Not A Motorcycle! The Spyder […] more]]>
Bombardier Recreational Products has revealed the F3, the newest member to its three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder roadster family. Sporting a more muscular stance and the all-new UFit customizable footpeg and handlebar system, the F3 joins the returning Spyder RT, ST and RS in the 2015 product lineup.

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The Spyder F3 is powered by the Rotax 1330 ACE in-line Triple introduced last year on the RT model. BRP claims a peak output of 115 hp at 7250 rpm and 96 ft-lb. at 5000 rpm from the 1330cc engine compared to 100 hp and 80 ft-lb. from the 999cc V-Twin still powering the ST and RS.

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The F3 introduces Bombardier’s UFit system allowing riders to select a handlebar style and footpeg position to suit their body or riding style. The peg positions options offer varying degrees of a foot-forward cruiser-style riding position while the handlebar options offer the choice between shorter, more upright or aggressively forward positions.

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Visually, the F3 has a lower, aggressive stance with a large hot rod-style front grille. Unlike the other Spyder models, the sides of the F3 are not covered in body panels, revealing the frame and engine to the world.

At 26.6 inches from the ground, the F3 offers the lowest seat height in the Spyder family. Like the RS and ST models, the F3 uses Fox Podium shocks on the front wheels and a Sachs monoshock at the rear, but with less suspension travel than either of the older models.

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Brembo supplies the radially-mounted four-piston monobloc calipers on the front wheels while a single-piston floating caliper with integrated parking brake stops the rear wheel. ABS comes as standard equipment, as do stability control, traction control and power steering.

With a claimed dry weight of 850 pounds, the F3 is heavier than the 798-pound Spyder RS but lighter than the 864-pound ST and the massive 1,012-pound RT. At 7.1 gallons, the F3 does have the largest tank, larger even than the RT touring model’s 6.9-gallon tank.

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Like the other Spyder models, the F3 comes in both regular and S trim levels. The Spyder F3-S adds machined gloss black front wheels, a black suede seat with red stitching, electronic cruise control and higher-end fenders with LED running lights. Both trim levels are available with manual or semi-automatic six-speed transmissions.

The 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 is available in Steel Black Metallic or Pearl White while the F3-S is available in all Steel Black Metallic, or two tone with Steel Black Metallic with Pearl White, Pure Magnesium Metallic or Can-Am Red Solid Gloss. Prices start at $19,499.

[Source: BRP]

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<![CDATA[First Phase Of Mississippis Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails Reopens]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/23/motorcycle-news/first-phase-mississippis-rattlesnake-bay-ohv-trails-reopens/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/23/motorcycle-news/first-phase-mississippis-rattlesnake-bay-ohv-trails-reopens/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:55:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45789 First Phase Of Mississippi’s Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails Reopens
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All to often we hear about closures of more and more OHV trails. It’s nice to hear news of one that’s reopening. Find out more in the full press release below from the AMA.


About 25 riders and supporters celebrated the re-opening of phase one of the Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails in Mississippi’s DeSoto National Forest on Saturday, the American Motorcyclist Association announced today.

The Friends of Rattlesnake Bay off-highway-vehicle group joined U.S. Forest Service officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 9.5 miles of trails in an area that has remained “temporarily” closed for more than 11 years.

“We are elated that the Forest Service has begun the process of re-opening these trails, and we want to thank the Forest Service officials and the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay member volunteers for their hard work that made this day possible,” said Dale Tallman Jr., volunteer coordinator for the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay.

The AMA became involved in the effort at Tallman’s request. Steve Salisbury, AMA government affairs manager for off-highway issues, assisted Tallman, Fred Pittman, Robert Rockco and other Mississippi riders in forming the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay to facilitate Forest Service negotiations with a unified voice.

The initial reopening was made possible by the February approval of a recreation fee structure from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee and cooperation between the USFS and Friends of Rattlesnake Bay. Volunteers from the OHV group helped USFS crews complete the needed repairs to the trails in late August.

The trails reopened Saturday consist of a 7.6-mile loop and a 1.9-mile loop. A second section of trail, encompassing nearly 28 miles, is in the planning stages and may open in the spring or summer of 2015.

“This is, indeed, an important milestone for the individuals and clubs that ride in the Rattlesnake Bay area,” Salisbury said. “And it is equally important to keep the lines of communication open between the riders and the Forest Service as we all work toward the goal of reopening all the closed trails in the DeSoto.”

The Rattlesnake Bay trail system is in the special use permit area for the Camp Shelby Military Training Site near Hattiesburg, Miss. Mississippi Tourism, a division of the Mississippi Development Authority, supported the reopening of the trails.

Trail rules include a 1-inch maximum tire tread depth and an OHV sound limit of 96 dBA.

The approved fee structure provides for the continued maintenance and operation of the trails. The fee includes a $10-a-day per person fee for trail use and a $60-a-year annual operator fee, which will be valid for all OHV trails on national forests in Mississippi. The annual pass is expected to be available early in 2015.

Trails covered by the fees include Rattlesnake Bay, the Little Tiger ATV Trail System, the Chickasawhay ATV Trail System and the Bethel Motorized Trail System, which includes a motorcycle loop and ATV trail.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Wins LeMans 24hr Endurance Season Finale]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/23/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-wins-lemans-24hr-endurance-season-finale/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/23/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-wins-lemans-24hr-endurance-season-finale/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:57:07 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45780 Suzuki Wins LeMans 24hr Endurance Season Finale
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The defending champion Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) have had a rough season this year, with exactly zero victories to its name. However, at the season finale LeMans 24-hour race, the team turned their fortunes around. As an added bonus, the Suzuki Junior Team also won the championship in its class. Read the full press release below for details.


Defending 13-time World Endurance Champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team turned its 2014 season around with a stunning display of speed and consistency to win the final round of the series on home soil at the Le Mans 24-Hour race in France today; as Suzuki’s Junior Team LMS clinched the FIM Superstock World Cup. 

Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle, Erwan Nigon and reserve rider Damian Cudlin leapt from fifth place to second overall in the series after collecting a maximum 60-points in the 37th-running of the Le Mans event: The GSX-R1000-mounted Le Mans-based team, winners of the title for the four previous seasons, took the lead early on Saturday evening after multi-time Le Mans winners SRC Kawasaki crashed-out and was forced to retire.

From there-on, SERT – under the guidance of long-term Manager Dominique Meliand – was never headed, adding an extra 10-points at each of the eight and 16-hour stages in the race; which gave the team a total of 60 points. SERT clocked-up a total of 812 laps, two ahead of newly-crowned World Champions Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin, despite SERT being given a ride-through penalty for an alleged pit-lane speed infringement. In the end, SERT took 28 pit-stops, one more than Yamaha GMT and third-placed Monster Energy YART; while fourth-placed Superstock race winners Qatar Endurance Racing Team took just 25 pit-ins.

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It was SERT’s first win of the four-round series; a season plagued by bad-luck, crashes and injuries: Philippe crashed at the opening Bol d’Or round in April which forced the team to retire. He missed the following race at Suzuka in Japan, but stand-in rider Cudlin proved a worthy replacement, although the team suffered another set-back at round three at Oschersleben in Germany when Delhalle slid-off on the opening lap, putting them at the back of the field. But they heroically fought-back to sixth position at the flag to claim 21 crucial points.

Coming into Le Mans, SERT was 47 points behind leaders Yamaha GMT 94 and finished the season 37 adrift as its main rival rode a near-faultless race. Third overall in the series was Team Bolliger Switzerland, four-points behind SERT, with National Motos (Honda) fourth on 80 points.

GSX-R1000-mounted Team R2CL – Tyco Suzuki International Road Racer Guy Martin, Gareth Jones and Gwen Giabbani – finished the race in fifth position with 790 laps; and making-it four Suzukis in the top-10 was Starteam PAM-Racing in 10th position overall and third in Superstock.

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In the hotly-contested Superstock class, Le Mans-based 2013 series runners-up Suzuki Junior Team LMS celebrated and an emphatic victory, clinching the title on 134 points; 38 clear of Qatar Endurance Racing Team (Kawasaki).

Managed by Damien Saulnier, team riders Baptiste Guittet, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black rode a calculated race, taking no unnecessary risks, to finish second on the day – two laps behind QERT’s Anthony West, Alex Cudlin and Mashel Al Naimi – on 800 laps to seal victory.

Vincent Philippe – SERT:

“I haven’t won here for 11 years and 2014 was a very difficult year for SERT and also for me. It is very special to win here today. On Friday, we would have never fancied our chances to win but we will be back fighting in 2015.”

Erwan Nigon – SERT:

“It’s my first win in a 24 hour race! I’d like to give a special mention to the team, my fellow riders and all their hard work. The track was tricky this weekend, but we managed to avoid any pitfalls.”

Anthony Delhalle – SERT:

“It’s really nice to win at home. I live just 15 minutes away from the circuit and I have been watching riders on the Circuit-Bugatti since I was a kid. This is the third time I’ve tried for a win and it’s finally paid off.”

Dominique Méliand – SERT Team Manager:

“It’s a bit early to talk about 2015 but this win at the end of the season will open a few doors for us. We have already received congratulations from Japan!”

Baptiste Guittet – Junior Team LMS:

“We were aiming for the title but I made a small mistake this morning which cost us two laps.”

Etienne Masson – Junior Team LMS:

“The QERT riders were in a class of their own here. We couldn’t follow Anthony, who rode a fabulous first session!”

Gregg Black – Junior Team LMS:

“For me it’s been a successful season with the title in the French Superbike Championship and now the Superstock World Cup!”

Le Mans World Endurance 24-Hour Results: 1 SERT – Philippe/ Delhalle/ Nigon (Suzuki GSX-R1000) – 812 laps, 2 Yamaha Racing (Yamaha) 810, 3 Monster Energy YART (Yamaha) 804, 4 Qatar Endurance Racing Team (Kawasaki) 802, 5 Junior Team LMS Suzuki – Guittet/ Masson/ Black – (Suzuki GSX-R1000) 800, 6 National Motos (Honda) 794, 7 Penz13.com Racing Team (BMW) 792, 8 Team R2CL – Jones/ Martin/ Giabbani (Suzuki GSX-R1000) – 790, 9 Metisse JLC Moto (Metisse) 788, 10 Starteam PAM-Racing – Lucas/ Hardt/ Longearet (Suzuki GSX-R1000) – 788.

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<![CDATA[Honda Powersports Online Store Now Open]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/23/motorcycle-news/honda-powersports-online-store-now-open/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/23/motorcycle-news/honda-powersports-online-store-now-open/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:02:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45777 Honda Powersports Online Store Now Open
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If you’re looking for Honda-branded merchandise like shirts, caps, or accessories, read the full press release below to find out more.


Leading e-commerce solutions developer, Powertex Group, is pleased to announce the launch of a Honda Powersports online store and new Honda Powersports branded merchandise.  Powertex Group will manufacture and sell newly designed branded apparel, headwear, and accessories, such as OGIO and Oakley backpacks, drinkware, pens and picture frames, as well as provide existing Honda Powersports licensees with the opportunity to sell their merchandise.   This strategy will not only increase visibility for licensed products already in market, but offer a one-stop shop where both Powersports dealers and retail customers can purchase a large assortment of Honda branded merchandise.

The online store offers dealers low, wholesale prices in an effort to make merchandise a more profitable part of the dealership’s business. Merchandise will be re-sold at dealerships for the same MSRP as offered online.
“The Powertex Honda Store will give Powersports Dealers, both Honda-exclusive and multi-line dealers, a unique mix of retail grade products at competitive wholesale pricing that will stand out within their showrooms amongst other competitive brands’ products,” said Dan Farsht, Senior Account Executive at Powertex Group and Program Manager for the program.
The Motorcycle Licensing Division at American Honda Motor commented, “We are pleased to announce the addition of the Powertex Group to the Honda Licensing Program. Powertex will supply Honda Licensed Products, available through an online store, servicing both the Honda motorcycle dealer network as well as the Powersports retail consumer.”

Beanstalk is Honda’s exclusive licensing agency and brought Honda and Powertex Group together. To access the Powertex Honda Store, log on to www.powertexhondastore.com.

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<![CDATA[American Motorcyclist Association To EPA: Dont Raise Proposed Ethanol Mandate]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/motorcycle-news/american-motorcyclist-association-epa-dont-raise-proposed-ethanol-mandate/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/motorcycle-news/american-motorcyclist-association-epa-dont-raise-proposed-ethanol-mandate/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:11:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45771 American Motorcyclist Association To EPA: Don’t Raise Proposed Ethanol Mandate
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This just in from the American Motorcyclist Association regarding ethanol fuel blends.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must stick to its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, protecting motorcyclists from the detrimental effects of fuel blends with ethanol content above 10 percent, Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association said today in a meeting with the White House Office of Management and Budget.

“We support the realistic change in Renewable Fuel Standard and Renewable Volume Obligations for ethanol proposed by the EPA last fall,” Allard reiterated during an afternoon press conference. “We oppose any attempt by the administration to backtrack from the EPA’s position for a number of reasons, and are very concerned when we hear that the EPA may change course and recommend a higher standard for 2014.”

Joining Allard in the OMB meeting and press conference were representatives of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the BoatUS Foundation, the Environmental Working Group, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, ActionAid, Friends of the Earth, the National Restaurant Association and the National Taxpayers Union.

Since the 2005 inception of the RFS, the EPA has annually increased the required volume of ethanol fuel producers must blend into their products. In 2014, the EPA for the first time proposed a reduction from the statutory requirements. The agency correctly cited the fuel market’s inability to sustain further increases without harming motorists, retailers and refiners.

The AMA supports the EPA’s fall 2014 RFS proposal.

“The proliferation of these higher-ethanol fuels, such as E15, creates a practical and a legal hazard for the owners of the estimated 11 million motorcycles currently in operation,” Allard said. “No motorcycle on the road today has EPA approval to use fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol. If a motorcyclist should happen to inadvertently use E15 — a strong possibility, given the confusing labeling and lax EPA enforcement — the action would void the vehicle warranty and place the motorcyclist in violation of federal law.”

Allard also raised these concerns: 

  • The EPA has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures.
  • The Congressional Budget Office estimated that if RFS volumes are not reduced by 2015 (except for cellulosic ethanol), the price of “petroleum-based diesel would rise by 30 cents to 51 cents per gallon, the price of E10 would increase by 13 cents to 26 cents per gallon, and the price of E85 would decline by 91 cents to $1.27 per gallon.”
  • The inadequate labeling of pumps that dispense E10 and E15 fuel could result in misfueling by unsuspecting consumers.
  • The reduced fuel economy of ethanol blends increases the actual cost to consumers.

“Congress provided the EPA with flexibility in setting production standards, because Congress understood that market conditions could change,” Allard said. “The EPA must use that authority now to implement the best policy for the American consumer, which is to follow through with its original recommendation and not bow to political pressure.”

“In the long term, Congress must address the flawed RFS to ensure that millions of motorcyclists and other consumers have access to safe fuels for their vehicles,” Allard said.

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<![CDATA[Dainese Announces 2014 North American Made To Measure Tour Dates]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/products/dainese-announces-2014-north-american-made-measure-tour-dates/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/products/dainese-announces-2014-north-american-made-measure-tour-dates/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:57:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45765 Dainese Announces 2014 North American Made To Measure Tour Dates
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In the market for a custom-fitted Dainese suit? This is your chance to get your measurements taken. Don’t miss out. Full press release, including tour dates, below.


Dainese USA announced today its third annual North American Fitnet Tour, during which certified made-to-measure specialists will visit nine locations, giving consumers the opportunity to be fitted for custom-made Dainese leather motorcycle apparel.

For four decades, the Italian manufacturer of high-quality protective gear has been making custom suits for its sponsored athletes, from ’60s legends like 15-time Grand Prix World Champion Giacomo Agostini to modern-day MotoGP heroes including Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. Dainese eventually extended its bespoke service, offering it to consumers and not just sponsored racers. With worldwide demand increasing, the service has been upgraded in the past two years to meet these needs.

“We’re excited to once again give North American consumers the opportunity to be measured by our custom-fit professionals,” said Dainese USA Vice President of Operations Roberto Sadowsky. “Demand for made-to-measure apparel has been growing, and this tour has grown by three stops in just its third year, giving more customers the opportunity to become owners of garments that are truly one-of-a-kind in terms of both fit and appearance.”

At each tour stop, a limited number of customers can schedule appointments to be measured by Dainese Made to Measure specialist Angela Trotto, who will be on hand from Dainese’s world headquarters in Vicenza, Italy; and Dainese’s North American Made to Measure Coordinator Allan Jones. For each customer, 26 body measurements will be taken, after which custom leather suits, jackets and pants will be produced by Dainese’s highly trained tailors and leatherworkers. Custom- made garments meet the strict standards of the European Union, where they are produced.

Dainese’s 2014 North American Fitnet Tour will include the following stops:

  • October 3-4, New York, NY, Mototainment – Ducati Triumph
  • October 6, Montreal, Canada, Ducati Montreal D-Corner
  • October 7-8, Toronto, Canada, Riders Choice D-Corner
  • October 9, Detroit, MI, Sportbike Track Gear
  • October 11-12, Chicago, IL, D-Store Chicago
  • October 14, Portland, OR, MotoCorsa
  • October 16, San Francisco, CA, D-Store San Francisco
  • October 18,  Costa Mesa, CA, D-Store Orange County
  • October 21, Boston, MA, Seacoast Sport Cycle

For more information on Dainese’s custom-fit program, and to book a fitting session on the 2014

North American Fitnet Tour, please visit: http://store.dainese.com/k/made-to-measure

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<![CDATA[The Early History Of The Yamaha Champions Riding School]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/funnies/early-history-yamaha-champions-riding-school/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/funnies/early-history-yamaha-champions-riding-school/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:03:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45761 The Early History Of The Yamaha Champions Riding School
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This just in from the Yamaha Champions Riding School. And if you believe it, we have some snake oil to sell you…


The Yamaha Champions Riding School didn’t just spring from the tarmac like a jack-in-the-box with light rebound damping. No. It evolved after 1.2 million dollars was spent in the pursuit of an entirely different business model: Cleaning motor-home windshields with a company called Windshield Wonderboys.

“Yeah, me, Ken, Dale, Kyle, Scott, Shane, Chris, Phil, George, Shorty, CJ, Keith…all the YCRS instructors basically…went out and bought ladders, squeegees, insurance policies, towels, Windex and Spandex…the whole kit plus the caboodle…because we had a dream, a Crusade really: Clean motorhome windshields while getting a tan,” says YCRS’s Nick Ienatsch.

Scott Russell nods his head. “Amen. Nothin’ like runnin’ a perfectly straight line with a brand-new squeegee along a seven-foot tall windshield in a pair of short-shorts. I mean…all that Daytona winnin’ was cool, but scrubbin’ an 80-mile-an-hour bug off a windshield wiper with your thumbnail while wearing almost nothin’ more than a smile is just so dang satisfying. There’s nothin’ like it and I invested heavy, I was all in.”

In total, Russell pumped over a million of his own bucks into Windshield Wonderboys.

Ken Hill takes over the story. “We lived big. Too big, really. What eventually ended the party was the risks finally overcame the rewards. We’d be perched on top of that ladder, Windex in one hand, squeegee in the other, rag tucked into our underpants. None of us wore shirts and…I gotta admit we were sexy as hell.”

So it was falls off the ladders that ended the business?

“No,” answers Chris Peris. “We didn’t ever fall off the ladders. It was the jail time that finally ended the business.”

Jail time?

“Yeah,” Kyle Wyman replies. “We kept getting pantsed by the old ladies at the KOA. We’d be up on the ladder scrubbing away, our hands full of Windex and squeegee and the next thing we knew our spandex short-shorts would be down around our tan and toned ankles. Indecent exposure got a few of us sent away and the lawyer costs killed the biz. We had to start YCRS as a last-gasp…riding bikes is fun and all, but nothing like Windshield Wonderboys. I miss it. Bad.”

Shane Turpin finishes the history lesson: “Sometimes…on warm autumn days…we just hang around gas stations and clean motorhome windshields for free. There’s nothing like it, nothing as good, nothing as satisfying. And hey,” Turpin adds with a small tear in his eye, “we were good. Damn good.”

So what is the moral of the story? Well, let’s call it a test. If you made it to the end and still believed any of it, please stay home. Everyone else, take it as an invitation to join us at our last school of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park October 6-7 and finish out the season a better rider than you started.

Check out these links for more information:

www.ridelikeachampion.com

www.facebook.com/ridelikeachampion

www.youtube.com/ridelikeachampion

email: teachme@ridelikeachampion.com with any questions

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<![CDATA[2015 KTM Freeride E-SX and E-XC Announced for Europe]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/manufacturers/ktm/2015-ktm-freeride-e-sx-e-xc-announced-europe/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/manufacturers/ktm/2015-ktm-freeride-e-sx-e-xc-announced-europe/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:03:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45720 2015 KTM Freeride E-SX and E-XC Announced for Europe
After a lengthy testing period, the KTM Freeride E electric off-road motorcycle is finally heading to market, with KTM announcing two versions for 2015. First revealed at the 2011 EICMA show in Milan, the Freeride E has undergone a lot of testing at off-road parks around Europe. From this prolonged development period, KTM will now […] more]]>
After a lengthy testing period, the KTM Freeride E electric off-road motorcycle is finally heading to market, with KTM announcing two versions for 2015.

First revealed at the 2011 EICMA show in Milan, the Freeride E has undergone a lot of testing at off-road parks around Europe. From this prolonged development period, KTM will now bring to market the Freeride E-SX motocrosser and the street-legal E-XC enduro. The two models are essentially identical, with the E-XC adding lights, turn signals, mirrors, an ignition lock and a steering lock.

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“We’re really excited to finally see this ultra-innovative bike head into the market. The feedback from our E-Parks, situated around Europe, has been really positive and this is a quality product, which we hope to see on many tracks and trails in the near future. KTM is completely committed to this project, and while the Freeride E is already a very established bike, this is really just the beginning of our involvement in E-Mobility,” says Thomas Kuttruf, KTM PR Manager.

Both Freeride E models are powered by permanent magnet synchronous electric motors claiming a peak output of 21.5 hp and 31.0 ft-lb. of torque, which KTM says is on par with similar-sized gas-driven motorcycles. The engine and engine control unit are water-cooled to maintain optimal performance.

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The motor is fueled by a die-cast aluminum powerpack containing 360 lithium ion battery cells with a total capacity of 2600 Wh. KTM says the battery should provide enough juice for an hour of riding, but a depleted powerpack can be easily swapped for a fully-charged unit by raising the seat and loosening four bolts. KTM says the powerpack can get a full charge in 80 minutes while a 50-minute charge will  suffice for an 80% charge.

Like most electrics, the Freeride E runs on a single gear. Because there’s no need for a clutch lever or gear shift, the Freeride E models lack foot controls and have both front and rear brakes controlled by hand levers.

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The chassis comprises a chrome-moly steel and aluminum frame and a fiber reinforced polyamide subframe. The lower section is braced by the motor while an aluminum base plate provides some protection.

The suspension system consists of a 43mm upside-down fork and PDS rear shock from WP, offering 250mm of travel. Italian supplier Formula supplies the brakes. The Freeride E models use anodized aluminum Giant rims with CNC-machined hubs, helping reduce the claimed weight to 234 pounds.

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The 2015 KTM Freeride E-SX is priced in Germany at €10,995 (US$14,125) including tax, while the Freeride E-XC is available for €11,295 (US$14,510).

[Source: KTM. Action photos by Mitterbauer H, static shots by Romero S.]

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Focusing on Developing Model Platforms]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/design/yamaha-focusing-developing-model-platforms/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/22/design/yamaha-focusing-developing-model-platforms/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:55:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45711 Yamaha Focusing on Developing Model Platforms
Following the success of its MT platform, Yamaha says it will continue to develop new models based on shared platforms, allowing for a choice of multiple models while reducing overall costs. Speaking in a presentation on the company’s business operation, Yamaha Motor President Hiroyuki Yanagi reiterated the strategy of developing multiple models sharing the same […] more]]>
Following the success of its MT platform, Yamaha says it will continue to develop new models based on shared platforms, allowing for a choice of multiple models while reducing overall costs.

Speaking in a presentation on the company’s business operation, Yamaha Motor President Hiroyuki Yanagi reiterated the strategy of developing multiple models sharing the same engine and frame. Honda has followed a similar strategy with its NC models, seeing the platform evolve to include the CTX700 and NM4.

The strategy is fairly simple. Yamaha starts with developing an engine and a couple of frames and then adapts the platform to suit different functions and styles. Yamaha says it expects a 40% reduction in costs in 2015 through platform model aggregation. The strategy has also helped Yamaha streamline its network of parts suppliers, reducing the number of partner companies from 400 to 195.

In the last year and a half, Yamaha has introduced five brand new models under the MT name over the past year, starting with the MT-09 and MT-07 (or FZ-09 and FZ-07, as they are known in North America). Over in Europe, Yamaha has added a small-displacement MT-125 and the Sport Tracker and Street Rally variants of the MT-09, and we expect to see a new sport-touring model coming to North America for 2015 in the FJ-09.

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Yamaha has also previously announced similar plans for a family of leaning multi-wheeler models based on the three-wheeled platform introduced with the Tricity.

Next on the agenda may Yamaha’s Max family of sporty scooters. In Europe, Yamaha currently offers the 530cc Tmax, the SMax (known in some markets as the Majesty S) and the XMax in various displacement options. A week after Yamaha’s business presentation, the company filed a new trademark application with Europe’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market for the X Max (adding a space after the “X”) as well as applications for CT Max, ST Max and XP Max.

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The trademark applications offer few details except to say they apply to motorcycles, scooters and three-wheeled vehicles. The X Max should be fairly self-explanatory as Yamaha currently offers four X Max models in Europe. XP Max may be similar to, or possibly a replacement for the TMax, as Yamaha’s current 530cc TMax is also known as the XP530.

The CT Max may be a more off-road oriented version along the lines of Yamaha’s old CT1 and CT175 enduro models. The ST Max may be sport-touring variant on the shared platform.

Given the timing of the trademark applications, we may see some of these new models at the upcoming fall motorcycle shows, either Intermot in Cologne, Germany, or EICMA in Milan, Italy, though some may follow next year as 2016 models.

[Source: Yamaha, OHIM]

 

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<![CDATA[1000 Miles In 24 Hours, Condensed To 6 Minutes + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/19/videos/1000-miles-24-hours-condensed-6-minutes-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/19/videos/1000-miles-24-hours-condensed-6-minutes-video/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:36:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45707 1000 Miles In 24 Hours, Condensed To 6 Minutes + Video
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Yesterday, we reported on Terry Hershner completing over 1000 miles in under 24 hours, on his way to earning an Iron Butt Award. An impressive feat in itself, it’s even more historic because Hershner is the first person to complete the challenge aboard an electric motorcycle, his heavily modified 2012 Zero S, complete with streamlined fairing and numerous on-board chargers.

Luckily for us, Hershner was kind enough to record his epic trip on camera, condensing 24 hours into six minutes. So ride along, as Hershner begins his voyage at Chargepoint HQ in San Jose, California, rides south to the Mexican border, turns around and comes right back.

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Ninja H2 Teaser Video 7]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/19/products/kawasaki-ninja-h2-teaser-video-7/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/19/products/kawasaki-ninja-h2-teaser-video-7/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:23:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45703 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Teaser Video 7
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In this, Kawasaki’s seventh teaser video for its much-hyped Ninja H2, we get a short (really short) history of Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ history and experience building industrial gas turbines. Why does this matter? Because it’s this extensive background that went in to designing and building the centrifugal supercharger for the H2. Check out the video below.

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