Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:11:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![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
The AMA fights to restrict an increase in ethanol in gasoline. more]]>
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
Dainese tour to make nine stops across North America. more]]>
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
Ever wondered how the Yamaha Champions Riding School got its start? more]]>
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
Ride along with Terry Hershner on way to earning an Iron Butt award. more]]>
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
A glimpse into the the history behind the Ninja H2's supercharger. more]]>
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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<![CDATA[Sabertooth Motorcycles Announces Wicked WildCat Trikes]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/manufacturers/sabertooth-manufacturers/sabertooth-motorcycles-announces-wicked-wildcat-trikes/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/manufacturers/sabertooth-manufacturers/sabertooth-motorcycles-announces-wicked-wildcat-trikes/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:23:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45696 Sabertooth Motorcycles Announces Wicked WildCat Trikes
Since 2005, Sabertooth Motorcycles has been creating tricked out V8-powered motorcycles and trikes ranging from 850 cc to 427 cu. in. Well, the expanding line of WildCat motorcycle models will gain two WildCat Trike siblings in the near future: the WildCat e andWildCat m. The WildCat e will be powered by an 850cc overhead cam Weber parallel Twin engine. The purpose-built WildCat […] more]]>

Since 2005, Sabertooth Motorcycles has been creating tricked out V8-powered motorcycles and trikes ranging from 850 cc to 427 cu. in. Well, the expanding line of WildCat motorcycle models will gain two WildCat Trike siblings in the near future: the WildCat e andWildCat m.

The WildCat e will be powered by an 850cc overhead cam Weber parallel Twin engine. The purpose-built WildCat cradle trike frame will carry 6.0 gallons of fuel. The beefier WildCat m will benefit from a 350 hp, 302 cu. in. Ford Racing V8 power plant. Assisting with the m’s power delivery will be Ford Racing GT–40 cylinder heads. The m’s WildCat cradle frame also receives a removable spine, presumably to ease installation and removal of the massive engine. Finally, it will carry 10.0 gallons of go-juice.

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Both trike lines will roll with WildCat patented SureTrac and DynaGrip technologies. SureTrac’s Rear-Wheel-Steering-systemincreases the stability of the three-wheeler while reducing the effort required to turn. The DynaGrip Active Suspension Systemimproves the trikes’ handling when compared to traditional independent rear suspensions. The comfort of the ride also benefits from this technology.

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“We can’t wait for these trikes to debut,” says Sabertooth Motorcycles Founder Ben Daniels, “because we believe they will revolutionize the trike market. Up until now, all conventional trikes have been based on a motorcycle conversion. WildCat trikes are the first truly purpose-built conventional trikes on the market. Engine choices, weight distribution, geometry, and center of gravity have all been optimized for a 3-wheel vehicle. Additionally, WildCat trikes have suspension, stability, and steering enhancements that improve both safety and performance for a truly exceptional riding experience.”

For more information, visit www.SabertoothMotorcycles.com.

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<![CDATA[InvisibleVin: Chemical Anti-Theft Technology]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/motorcycle-news/invisiblevin-chemical-anti-theft-technology/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/motorcycle-news/invisiblevin-chemical-anti-theft-technology/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:22:06 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45677 InvisibleVin: Chemical Anti-Theft Technology
InvisibleVin, by Passkey, is a covert identification mark. The product chemically brands an alpha numeric code by passing through the clear coat, paint, and primer to permanently embed the information onto the frame or body part of choice. Invisible under normal light, the phosphorescent mark is clearly seen when exposed to UV light. Most stolen […] more]]>
InvisibleVin, by Passkey, is a covert identification mark. The product chemically brands an alpha numeric code by passing through the clear coat, paint, and primer to permanently embed the information onto the frame or body part of choice. Invisible under normal light, the phosphorescent mark is clearly seen when exposed to UV light.

Most stolen motorcycles are torn down and parted out, making the individual parts nearly impossible to find. With InvisibleVin police will be able to use these covert brands to find stolen bikes and bike parts, then hopefully trace them back to the thief.

“How do you deter a professional thief?  Make a system that’s difficult to circumvent,” says Passkey CEO, Brad Deveran. “We hope they (thieves) will move on to another unmarked vehicle that won’t take hours of sanding down the marks, because they can’t be painted over.”

PassKey will notify the local police when an authorized installer signs up to provide InvisibleVin to its customers, and will work with law enforcement to assist in investigations.

More information about InvisibleVin, AKA, Scorpion Mark, is at the product’s website, www.invisiblevin.com. The company will also have a booth at the AIMExpo in Orlando next month.

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<![CDATA[Terry Hershner First To Win Iron Butt Award Aboard Electric Motorcycle]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/motorcycle-news/terry-hershner-first-win-iron-butt-award-aboard-electric-motorcycle/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/motorcycle-news/terry-hershner-first-win-iron-butt-award-aboard-electric-motorcycle/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:17:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45678 Terry Hershner First To Win Iron Butt Award Aboard Electric Motorcycle
Zero becomes first electric bike to complete Iron Butt, with Hershner at the helm. more]]>
EV enthusiasts should be well aware of the name Terry Hershner by now. Aboard his 2012 Zero S, Hershner has traveled from coast to coast (twice), through Canada, and racked up over 66,000 electric miles. Now we can add one more accomplishment to his growing list: Iron Butt Award winner. That’s right, Hershner and his heavily modified Zero S, traveled 1000 in under 24 hours, marking the first time the feat has been successfully accomplished aboard an electric motorcycle.

Hershner would begin and end his ride at the Chargepoint Headquarters in San Jose, California. Chargepoint proved to be a fitting location, as the company heads the largest infrastructure of EV charging stations in the country. In addition, Chargepoint charging stations record data received from the vehicle during each stop. This would be important in the documentation of Hershner’s ride, as this is one of the items the Iron Butt committee would use to verify his mileage.

The ride route was something Hershner spent considerable time planning beforehand, as he’d head south to the Mexican border, turn around and come back. He estimated the trip would take 23 hours, 38 minutes. His actual time: 22 hours, 57 minutes. He could have done better, too, if he hadn’t taken some wrong turns in Los Angeles. Of course, rider fatigue is a big concern during challenges like this and Terry attributed this as the reason he misread his directions.

When all is said and done, Terry reports back “Official numbers many have been waiting for: 1046.7 miles, 22 hours 57 minutes, 126.883 kWh electricity to carry 950 pounds at speeds of 70-80 mph that distance, or 121 Wh per mile (including charger losses) at 75 mph average. Not too shabby!” What he forgot to mention is the trip only cost him $21.43 in electricity!

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Chargers, chargers and more chargers!

It’s worth noting that Hershner’s 2012 Zero S is far from a stock motorcycle. Apart from the extremely streamlined bodywork designed and fitted with the help of none other than Craig Vetter, Terry’s bike is fitted with numerous chargers crammed underneath all that bodywork, netting him the ability to draw up to 24kW of juice, should he be plugged in to four Level 2 plugs.

So fast can he charge that he didn’t even have time to eat during his ride. All he consumed during his 1000-mile ride was a bottle of water and a banana!

Setting records aboard his Zero S is nothing new for Hershner, as just a few short weeks ago, he won the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge aboard the same bike used during the Iron Butt.

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<![CDATA[Get A Harley-Davidson Demo Ride At American International Motorcycle Expo]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/motorcycle-news/get-harley-davidson-demo-ride-american-international-motorcycle-expo/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/motorcycle-news/get-harley-davidson-demo-ride-american-international-motorcycle-expo/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:39:20 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45671 Get A Harley-Davidson Demo Ride At American International Motorcycle Expo
Your chance to ride 2015 Harley-Davidsons. more]]>
From a press release issued by AIMExpo:


The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced today that the Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet will be featured at the 2014 event, offering test rides of the legendary company’s 2015 models. Additionally, Orlando Harley-Davidson becomes the newest exhibitor to join AIMExpo, which will host nearly 500 powersports companies from around the world October 16-19 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).

The presence of the Harley-Davidson brand at AIMExpo for the first time adds to the growing excitement surrounding the 2014 event, now less than a month away. The expansive AIMExpo Outdoors! area provides an ideal setting for Harley’s demo display, while Orlando Harley-Davidson will present its display on the main exhibitor floor, showcasing their 2015 motorcycles, plus the newest collection of Genuine Harley-Davidson Parts and Accessories.

“We’re looking forward to exhibiting at AIMExpo and hosting official Harley demo rides,” said Anne Deli, Owner of Orlando Harley-Davidson. “With three dealerships and four retail stores in the greater Orlando/Kissimmee area, it was important to us to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform to further connect with our existing and new customers. Harley-Davidson’s strategic vision is to expand its reach to new riders and AIMExpo enables us to help achieve that goal. Hosting the Motor Company’s demo event at AIMExpo makes perfect business sense for both us and the Harley brand.”

“The addition of Orlando Harley-Davidson and the Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet is significant to the continued growth of AIMExpo as we recognize the vital role the V-Twin segment plays in the vibrancy of the industry,” said Cinnamon Kernes, show director. “Presenting Harley-Davidson products at the show has been a priority for us so welcoming Orlando Harley-Davidson and the demo fleet is a key milestone in the continuing progression of AIMExpo.”

The inclusion of Orlando Harley-Davidson and the Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet is an example of how the industry continues to embrace the AIMExpo model.  Further evidence is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will recognize current Hall of Famer Willie G. Davidson, grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson, as an AMA Hall of Fame Legend. The well-known “Willie G.” is a third generation member of the Harley-Davidson empire and is responsible for many of the innovative designs that ushered in the brand’s new era of success.  The public is welcome at the induction ceremony scheduled for Friday, October 17 at 8pm with a VIP cocktail reception preceding the ceremony at 6pm.  Additional info can be found here.

More than 450 exhibitors have committed for 2014 and more are being added daily. Exhibit space allocation is ongoing as AIMExpo continues to cement its place within the powersports marketplace. Exhibitor numbers and interest continues to grow each day and companies looking to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform should contact an AIMExpo Account Manager toll free at 855-MCShows (855-627-4697).

Stay tuned to the newly designed AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on the continued progress by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook by visiting the AIMExpo page, and “Follow” on Twitter: @AIMExpo. To receive monthly updates from AIMExpo about new features, free giveaways, interactive opportunities and new product developments, click here to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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<![CDATA[Josh Hayes Wins Fourth AMA Superbike Title]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/manufacturers/yamaha/josh-hayes-wins-fourth-ama-superbike-title/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/manufacturers/yamaha/josh-hayes-wins-fourth-ama-superbike-title/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:17:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45668 Josh Hayes Wins Fourth AMA Superbike Title
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Say what you will about the depleted state of the American roadracing scene, it shouldn’t diminish the fact Hayes put in the effort and beat some formidable challengers to the title. Here, the AMA congratulates Josh Hayes on his accomplishment.


Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes entered the 2013 AMA Pro SuperBike season on the heels of the most dominant campaign in the history of the series and with his primary threat no longer in the paddock. Seeking an unprecedented fourth-straight premier series crown, Hayes was ultimately upset following a tumultuous season in which he demonstrated the pace to win every single race but still fell short of the title.

Hayes came back in 2014 a year closer to 40 and with a new teammate – one even quicker than the man who had just taken his No. 1 plate. After his season got off to another shaky beginning and upstart Cameron Beaubier flashed the potential to be untouchable at times, the end of the Josh Hayes era seemed to be within sight.

However, the 39-year-old fought back like the champion he is officially once again, ultimately securing his fourth AMA Pro SuperBike crown in convincing fashion.

Hayes ended his 2014 campaign on Sunday at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park by scoring his seventh victory in eleven races, upping his mammoth career tally to 48.

Hayes has accumulated his Hall of Fame credentials so thoroughly since finally getting a shot at a factory ride in the SuperBike class, that it’s now difficult to remember that only a handful of years ago he was a journeyman rider in his mid-thirties who was repeatedly passed over and seemingly destined to never get a legitimate shot at the class.

Now he stands alone in second in virtually every class category of any importance, trailing only the legendary Mat Mladin.

Appropriately, Hayes’ era began when he closed the door on Mladin’s career by winning six of the final eight races that season – Hayes’ first as a factory SuperBike rider. He’s been the man to beat ever since.

“I remember early in 2009, having tears in my eyes because I was racing for eighth for the third weekend in a row,” Hayes said. “And within two months I had become the overdog. I was the giant killer. And then all the sudden, I was the giant. As soon as Mat retired, it became ‘Who’s going to beat Josh?’

“It’s not been completely smooth for five years since then – I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve had great challenges and some years that were pretty easy. But I’ll always remain motivated to make up for lost time.”

Hayes demonstrated his continued desire by racing for the win in treacherous conditions on Saturday despite having a title to lock up. The following day, he powered off to the win despite having already clinched the crown.

“If somebody takes a race win on me, I want them to feel good about it,” Hayes remarked. “I’ll always give everything I have – nothing left. I’m never going to give one away. If someone beats me, they earned it. Those are the right things to do and the right way to think about things. There are no gifts. I’ve never felt like anyone ever handed me anything and I’m not going to cheapen anyone else’s experience.

“If I can maintain the way I feel – reinvigorated and motivated – I think all the things are in place for me to continue at a high level for a long time.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden earned his first victory of the year on Saturday and closed out his season by finishing second – both in the race and in the standings – on Sunday.

Hayden was narrowly edged to the stripe by Hayes on Saturday but later awarded the win when Hayes was penalized for passing under yellow.

The Kentuckian rewarded Suzuki for making room for him when he was without a gig deep into the offseason by claiming its only SuperBike victory of the year. He also finished strong in general, closing out his first campaign with Yoshimura by ripping off five straight podium placements to edge second Yamaha pilot Beaubier for season runner-up.

“I’m really happy with the way the season went,” Hayden said. “We’ve been consistent and fast, and we were on the podium at just about every race. This was our first year together and I’m really proud of my team. I can’t thank Yoshimura and Suzuki enough for giving me this opportunity. This weekend was a good way to finish the season, I rode as hard as I could, every lap. This was my first time to finish second in points, and I learned a lot this year. We can all be proud of this.”

Beaubier ended his up-and-down rookie effort with a pair of crashes but made a huge impression during his first season in the premier class. Beaubier showed the raw speed to beat Hayes on his day and picked up three victories in the process.

Hayden’s Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark also enjoyed a breakthrough season in which he earned his first SuperBike podium. He ultimately edged ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing’s David Anthony – who took a big step forward himself – for fourth in the standings by a single point.

“Overall, it was a really incredible year,” Clark said. “I felt like we were finally going in the right direction and we became a lot more competitive. There were some changes with my Yoshimura Suzuki crew, our chemistry improved and we were able to communicate really well. I have to thank the whole Yoshimura Suzuki team for opportunity to race and for providing me with a great bike like the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000.”

Preseason title hopeful Martin Cardenas struggled at times in 2014 but ended the year with a strong podium effort – his fourth of the season – to wind up ranked sixth.

“This was a tough weekend,” said Cardenas. “The track is very physical. I wanted to finish a little higher on the podium on Sunday but third was the best I could do. I’m very happy for me and for the Yoshimura Suzuki team to finish on the box.”

Team AMSOIL Hero EBR’s Cory West moved ahead of KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore to finish seventh as Fillmore again saw a potential first podium ride end in disappointment.

Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram earned his first podium ride of the season aboard the EBR 1190RS in Saturday’s wet race while Proto-Tech Spain’s Bernat Martinez secured tenth in the championship with what was easily his most impressive outing of the season.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Prepares For Season Finale LeMans 24hr Endurance Race]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-prepares-season-finale-lemans-24hr-endurance-race/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/18/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-prepares-season-finale-lemans-24hr-endurance-race/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:33:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45665 Suzuki Prepares For Season Finale LeMans 24hr Endurance Race
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The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, or SERT, has had a rough 2014 endurance season. The defending champions haven’t scored a single victory this year, but are hoping its fortunes turn for them during this weekend’s season finale: the grueling 24 hours of LeMans. Yes, motorcycles participate in this classic race, but the course configuration is entirely different from what the car guys use. See the full press release below and the conditions SERT needs to claim its 14th title.


 Defending World Endurance Champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team is looking for its first win of the season at this weekend’s final round of the series at the Le Mans 24-Hours in France. 

SERT riders Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle, Erwan Nigon and Damian Cudlin are currently fifth in the title standings, 47 points behind series leaders Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin after a season plagued by two major crashes and a no-finish at the opening round at the Bol d’Or – where team kingpin Philippe was injured and sat-out the second round at Suzuka – but there is a total of 60 points available at the final round.

The winning team will be awarded 40 points, plus new regulations for 2014 give a total of 10 points to each team leading at both the eight and 16-hour stages in the race, so theoretically, if the SERT GSX-R1000 leads from start-to-finish, and the series leaders ahead are not in the running, there is a chance of a 14th world title for the Le Mans-based team, run by Dominique Meliand.

However, SERT will face stiff opposition from the start with SRC Kawasaki – winners of the past four Le Mans events – one of the favourites, along with the current series leaders, second-placed Bolliger Switzerland and Honda Racing.

In the Superstock class, Suzuki’s Junior Team LMS riders Baptiste Guittet, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black hold a narrow nine-point lead over Penz13.com Autowelt – winners of the previous round in Oschersleben – with AM Moto Racing Competition third on their GSX-R1000.

First practice and qualifying sessions start today (Thursday) with live timing available on the FIM website: www.fim-live.com.

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<![CDATA[The Vapor Jacket, New From RevIt]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/17/products/vapor-jacket-new-revit/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/17/products/vapor-jacket-new-revit/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:37:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45645 The Vapor Jacket, New From Rev’It
Rev'It's four-season sport-touring jacket has sporty looks with touring features. more]]>
New from Rev’It is its latest sport-touring jacket, the Vapor. Built with a Hydratex liner for full waterproof protection while still retaining its VCS aquadefence system for optimum and direct ventilation, the Vapor definitely leans more on the sporty side rather than touring. Adjustment straps on the arms and waist ensure a snug, tailored fit, with or without the liner. Rev’It says the Vapor is appropriate for four-season riding (depending on your location, of course).

The Vapor is equipped with CE-rated ProLife armor, and is upgradeable to a Seesoft CE-level 2 back protector. Available in three cool color schemes (silver/red, black/white, black/red) in sizes S-XYL, it can be combined with the Vapor trousers for head-to-toe coverage that’s stylish, waterproof, and safe year-round.

MSRP is $419.99. For more information, visit the Rev’It website.

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<![CDATA[Cory West Having Some Fun on an EBR 1190SX + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/17/products/cory-west-fun-ebr-1190sx-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/17/products/cory-west-fun-ebr-1190sx-video/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:04:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45640 Cory West Having Some Fun on an EBR 1190SX + Video
On his day off, Cory West clowns around on the EBR 1190SX. more]]>
When Cory West isn’t piloting his EBR 1190RX Superbike around the racetrack, he’s helping the EBR boys develop its the roadgoing version of the RX, along with the 1190SX “Superfighter.” Thankfully, West doesn’t always take his job too seriously. Watch in this video, as West shows off for the camera and gives you a glimpse of what he does on his day off.

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<![CDATA[New Heated Grips From Heat Demon]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/17/products/new-heated-grips-heat-demon/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/17/products/new-heated-grips-heat-demon/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:36:20 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45636 New Heated Grips From Heat Demon
Clamp-on heated grips are easier to install than traditional aftermarket products. more]]>
Riding with cold hands sucks. These new products from Heat Demon helps cure that. The first product is geared towards UTV owners, while the second is for ATVs. However, we don’t see how the heated grips can’t be adapted for motorcycle use. Read below for the full press release.


For 25 years, Symtec, Inc. has been producing high quality heated components for powersports applications. Since its acquisition in 2010 by The Harlan Company, the pace of change has increased. They’ve updated their branding, completely refreshing all aspects of the Heat Demon aftermarket brand.

They have also simplified their product line, to make choosing the correct heat application easier and to provide consistent market-leading performance.

This year, Heat Demon has three huge announcements regarding their latest product updates.
Heat Demon will begin a full-scale entry into the UTV market with the first ever heated steering wheel. After a year in development, the new heated steering wheel, with patent-pending Rotational Power Device (RPD) technology will be available this fall. Heat DemonTM combined a high performance steering wheel with their proven heating technology into an easy, plug-and-play kit. The Heat Demon Heated UTV Steering Wheel will retail at $379.99.

Their industry best ATV Heated Grip and Thumb Warmer kits are receiving a huge upgrade due to a new partnership with ODI Grips. Heat Demon is launching a Clamp-On heated grip in September, which will replace both their POCO (Push On Cut Off) and Glue-On grips. The new grips are easier to install due to the new plug-and-play capabilities, offer updated styling, and will be launched at the same retail prices as the existing kits! Any ATV kit orders received from today forward will utilize the new Clamp-On grip.

Finally, all applications of Heat Demon Seat Heaters have been updated with a safety cutoff feature, effective immediately. The new heaters will automatically shut off when they hit the proper temperature. This eliminates concerns with overheating if the heater is ran during warmer weather.

To learn more, visit www.symtec-inc.com or www.heatdemon.com

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<![CDATA[Scott Produces Limited Run Of Goggles For Breast Cancer Awareness]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/16/motorcycle-news/scott-produces-limited-run-goggles-breast-cancer-awareness/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/16/motorcycle-news/scott-produces-limited-run-goggles-breast-cancer-awareness/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:44:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45631 Scott Produces Limited Run Of Goggles For Breast Cancer Awareness
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Scott Sports believes in saving the tatas and it’s doing so with this limited run of goggles. Read the full press release below.


Scott Sports is pleased to introduce a limited edition breast cancer awareness goggle, which will be available during the month of October. Only 1000 of these Limited Edition BCA goggles will be produced, and a guaranteed $10,000 in proceeds will be donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization.

“Scott Sports is happy to contribute to the cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said US Marketing Director Nic Sims. “We’ve been doing class-leading goggles for motocross riders and skiers since the 1970’s, and we currently make all our goggles in-house, right here in Utah. So it’s a good way for us to participate and show our support for breast cancer awareness,” Sims concluded.

The limited edition goggle is based on the Hustle MX goggle, built with Scott’s latest moto goggle technology. This includes a Hot Pink Woven strap with Breast Cancer ribbon sewn in, along with custom Hot Pink frame, Chrome Anti-Fog coated lens with UV protection, Special BCA Micro-fiber baggie and the goggle will come in a specially marked box, with a BCA sticker on the front.

The pink Scott Limited Edition BCA goggles will be available during the month of October for an expected retail price of $75. Look for it to be sold at the Endurocross Rounds, AIMExpo in Orlando, Monster Energy Cup, Vurb Classic, Top Gun Showdown, Mini MX Olympics along with other events and many motorcycle shops around the country.

Scott Sports and the Cancer Society would like to Thank You for participation for a worthy cause.

For more information, contact Nic Sims by email at nsims@scottusa.com, or by phone at (310) 935-9365.

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<![CDATA[New BMC Air Filters For KTM 1290 SuperDuke, Yamaha FZ-09, Honda CBR250/CBR300R]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/16/motorcycle-news/new-bmc-air-filters-ktm-1290-superduke-yamaha-fz-09-honda-cbr250cbr300r/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/16/motorcycle-news/new-bmc-air-filters-ktm-1290-superduke-yamaha-fz-09-honda-cbr250cbr300r/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:24:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45620 New BMC Air Filters For KTM 1290 SuperDuke, Yamaha FZ-09, Honda CBR250/CBR300R
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BMC has just released air filters for the 2014 KTM 1290 SuperDuke, 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 and 2011-2013 Honda CBR250 – which also fit the 2015 Honda CBR300R. These filters are distributed to the U.S. and Canada through SpeedMob Inc.

BMC air filters are made in one single piece with no welded joints in order to avoid breakage. The filtering material is composed of a special cotton gauze soaked with low viscosity oil and covered with an epoxy coated alloy mesh to ensure protection from petrol fumes and oxidation due to air humidity. BMC air filters guarantee superior air capacity in respect to OEM filters, allowing minimum loss of power in the air flow and therefore obtaining the best possible performance from the engine.


 

2014 KTM 1290 SuperDuke R

  • FM796/20  -  Replacement Bike Filter  -  MSRP $89.00
  • FM796/20RACE  -  Race Bike Filter  -  MSRP $99.00


2014 Yamaha FZ-09 (MT-09)

  • FM787/01  -  Replacement Bike Filter  -  MSRP $89.00
  • FM787/01RACE  -  Race Bike Filter  -  MSRP $99.00


2011-2013 Honda CBR250
2015 Honda CBR300R

  • FM645/04  -  Replacement Bike Filter  -  MSRP $69.00
  • FM645/04RACE  -  Race Bike Filter  -  MSRP $79.00

 

For more information or to place an order, please contact SpeedMob at (510) 232-4040 or emailsales@speedmob.com

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<![CDATA[Arai Gives Four-Time AMA Superbike Champ Josh Hayes Celebratory Helmet]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/16/racing/arai-gives-four-time-ama-superbike-champ-josh-hayes-celebratory-helmet/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/16/racing/arai-gives-four-time-ama-superbike-champ-josh-hayes-celebratory-helmet/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:06:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45614 Arai Gives Four-Time AMA Superbike Champ Josh Hayes Celebratory Helmet
Last weekend, Monster Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes cemented his fourth AMA Superbike title by winning both Superbike races at New Jersey Motorsports Park. To honor his achievement, Arai presented Hayes with a special, one-off edition of itsCorsair-V RC. In its normal trim, the Corsair-V RC is a pricy lid, retailing for $3,995.95 with just clear coat over its carbon fiber shell. Give […] more]]>

Last weekend, Monster Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes cemented his fourth AMA Superbike title by winning both Superbike races at New Jersey Motorsports Park. To honor his achievement, Arai presented Hayes with a special, one-off edition of itsCorsair-V RC. In its normal trim, the Corsair-V RC is a pricy lid, retailing for $3,995.95 with just clear coat over its carbon fiber shell. Give it race replica graphics, and the price goes up to $4,295.95. Sporting “the original rendition of Hayes’ popular ‘Jolly Roger’ scheme,” this helmet is literally priceless.

Why would Arai give such an exclusive helmet to Hayes? How does loyalty sound? All of Hayes’ major championships have been won wearing Arai helmets. Hayes wore Arais in 2003 for his AMA Superstock title, in 2006 and 2007 for his AMA Formula Xtremecrowns, for three consecutive years from 2010–2012 in AMA Superbike – plus the just clinched 2014 Superbike title.

“Josh is truly one of the greats in U.S. motorcycle road racing,” said Jeff WeilArai North America Race Support Manager. “On top of being a world-class racing talent, he has also been an outstanding steward of the Arai brand. We wanted to present Josh with a fitting gift to celebrate his latest title, and we think the Jolly Roger Corsair-V RC certainly fits the bill!”

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<![CDATA[Volume Six Of The Ninja H2 Video Series]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/16/manufacturers/kawasaki/volume-six-ninja-h2-video-series/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/16/manufacturers/kawasaki/volume-six-ninja-h2-video-series/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:50:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45605 Volume Six Of The Ninja H2 Video Series
In Kawasaki’s latest Ninja H2 video teaser the company is associating the forthcoming H2 with its predecessor from the early ’70s. The original H2 Mach IV was a 750cc, two-stroke, inline-Triple. The original H2 was renowned in its day for its incredibly quick acceleration. The new version is rumored to be a 4-stroke, inline-Four of 1000cc displacement […] more]]>
In Kawasaki’s latest Ninja H2 video teaser the company is associating the forthcoming H2 with its predecessor from the early ’70s. The original H2 Mach IV was a 750cc, two-stroke, inline-Triple. The original H2 was renowned in its day for its incredibly quick acceleration. The new version is rumored to be a 4-stroke, inline-Four of 1000cc displacement boasting a supercharger and possibly outputting in excess of 220 horsepower. The original H2 produced approximately 74 hp. Like the original did 40 years ago, the 2015 H2 should redefine fast.

Discuss this at our Kawasaki Ninja H2 Forum

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<![CDATA[Alvaro Bautista goes Aprilia in MotoGP]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/15/racing/alvaro-bautista-goes-aprilia-motogp/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/15/racing/alvaro-bautista-goes-aprilia-motogp/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:46:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45600 Alvaro Bautista goes Aprilia in MotoGP
Just hours after it announced it would return to MotoGP one year ahead of schedule, Aprilia announced it has signed current MotoGP Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista to a two-year contract. Bautista won the 125 World Championship for Aprilia back in 2006 and started out on the Italian company’s 125s. Now in his fifth year in MotoGP, […] more]]>
Just hours after it announced it would return to MotoGP one year ahead of schedule, Aprilia announced it has signed current MotoGP Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista to a two-year contract. Bautista won the 125 World Championship for Aprilia back in 2006 and started out on the Italian company’s 125s. Now in his fifth year in MotoGP, the 29-year-old Spaniard has three third-place finishes and one pole to show for his efforts. Bautista finished 6th overall in 2013, but finds himself in 11th place this season, having not finished six of this year’s 13 MotoGP races so far.

Aprilia Racing manager Romano Albesiano commented, “Today we have inserted another very important tile in the mosaic by announcing Bautista’s signing. I am particularly satisfied because Alvaro has been confirmed on a team that he already knows well, creating the basis for that rapidity in finding maximum competitiveness that led us to moving up our plans to return to MotoGP”.

Bautista says: “I am very happy… I am also very motivated to embark on this new adventure because I am coming back to a brand that has brought me great satisfaction in the past and with which I have shared some great times. Above all, the cooperation between Aprilia Racing and Gresini Racing will allow me to stay on a team that I’ve been racing with already for three years and which has become like a family to me.”

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen who the second Aprilia Gresini rider might be. In his first year of MotoGP, Gresini Honda’s current rider Scott Redding had a best showing of seventh in his first MotoGP at Qatar. More to come.

 

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<![CDATA[Racer Valerie Thompson Rides BMW S 1000 RR to 208.81 mph Bonneville Record]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/15/racing/racer-valerie-thompson-rides-bmw-s-1000-rr-208-81-mph-bonneville-record/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/15/racing/racer-valerie-thompson-rides-bmw-s-1000-rr-208-81-mph-bonneville-record/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:35:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45597 Racer Valerie Thompson Rides BMW S 1000 RR to 208.81 mph Bonneville Record
Racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats requires more than a little good luck. Weather plays such an important role in the speed of the salt and whether the event is even held at all. This year, Valerie Thompson experienced the full spectrum of Bonneville racing. Of the three events Thompson planned to participate in at during her month-long stay […] more]]>

Racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats requires more than a little good luck. Weather plays such an important role in the speed of the salt and whether the event is even held at all. This year, Valerie Thompson experienced the full spectrum of Bonneville racing. Of the three events Thompson planned to participate in at during her month-long stay in Utah, Speed Week was canceled due to heavy rain; the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials didn’t produce the results she hoped for, thanks to weather and track conditions; but the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s 28th Annual World of Speed finally brought all the necessary components together for a record-setting pair of runs.

Thompson’s BMW S 1000 RR was fast out of the box, with six of the eight runs logged exceeding 200 mph. On her last run, her first pass was her best of the event at 209.85 mph. Her return pass was clocked at 207.71 mph, for a combined result of 208.81 mph – a new record in the MPS-G 1000 class – making Thompson a member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club!

Although Thompson is no stranger to the record books (she’s a seven-time motorcycle land speed record holder), the Bonneville Red Hat holds a special meaning for her:

“I’ve wanted the 200 MPH Club Red Hat since I started racing on the salt, so it’s an awesome achievement for me…. Now I can focus on setting more records and going faster with the Red Hat,” said Thompson.

Owner and rider for the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team, Thompson is no stranger to speeds in excess of 200 mph. In March 2013, she set a personal best top speed of 212 mph at the Texas Mile event. Thompson also holds membership in the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH ClubMojave Magnum 200 MPH ClubTexas Mile 200 MPH ClubECTA 200 MPH Club and the famed Bonneville 200 MPH Club.

Follow Thompson on www.valeriethompsonracing.com or her Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[Keanu Reeves Arch KRGT-1 Motorcycle To Debut At $78,000]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/12/motorcycle-news/keanu-reeves-arch-krgt-1-motorcycle-debut-78000/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/12/motorcycle-news/keanu-reeves-arch-krgt-1-motorcycle-debut-78000/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:54:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45577 Keanu Reeves’ Arch KRGT-1 Motorcycle To Debut At $78,000
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Keanu Reeves’ Arch Motorcycle Company has released more details regarding its “retro-modern” S&S-powered, 2032cc V-Twin motorcycle, dubbed the KRGT-1. Chief among them is its $78,000 price tag. Other interesting bits include the Ohlins fork and Race Tech shock, BST carbon fiber wheels, dual six-piston, radial-mount calipers, and completely customizable footpeg and bar placement. Arch is accepting pre-orders and deposits now. Read below for more information and Arch’s full press release.


 

Founders Gard Hollinger and Keanu Reeves are proud to introduce the custom-production KRGT-1, ARCH Motorcycle Company’s versatile, performance-oriented, American V-twin with the perfect balance of performance and design. Manufactured exclusively in ARCH’s Los Angeles area factory, the KRGT-1 will be built to order with an initial offering price of $78,000. Production will be limited, making ownership a coveted experience.

When Reeves approached Hollinger at his motorcycle shop (LA County Choprods) 7 years ago, he was in search of a custom sissy bar for his near-stock V-twin cruiser. What followed was the idea to build an athletic, retro-modern custom motorcycle. That custom motorcycle became the prototype that inspired the formation of the Arch Motorcycle Company.

Once the decision was made to bring their concept to the public, Hollinger committed to the lengthy process of vetting his design to meet even higher aesthetic, performance, production and reliability standards. This three-year quest allowed time to perfect the ARCH philosophy, “Connecting The Art and The Ride.”

The KRGT-1 represents the culmination of years of design and R&D focused on producing a category-defying American motorcycle with real world rideability to match the meticulous craftsmanship. Its streamlined retro-modern styling brings the contours of the past into the present. The bike showcases over 200 parts created at the Arch production facility, each bike requiring 300-plus machine-hours using state-of-the-art CNC and water-jet machinery.  Dozens of other proprietary parts are supplied by premium vendor/partners who share the same demanding standards.

What started in 2007 as a simple request for a sissy bar has evolved into the launch of the KRGT-1, a true production model uniting refreshed style with modern performance technology. The KRGT-1 is Presence in Motion.

The archmotorcycle.com website has been updated with additional information including photos, videos and specifications.  The current delivery schedule is approximately 90 days from receipt of deposit.  For sales inquiries email sales@archmotorcycle.com or phone (310) 675-2724 ext. #1.

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<![CDATA[CARB Documents Reveal Two Yamaha FJ-09 Models]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/12/motorcycle-news/carb-documents-reveal-two-yamaha-fj-09-models/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/12/motorcycle-news/carb-documents-reveal-two-yamaha-fj-09-models/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:53:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45574 CARB Documents Reveal Two Yamaha FJ-09 Models
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The California Air Resources Board today released executive orders on two Yamaha models: the FJ09FCGY and FJ09FCR. Both to be based on the current FZ-09 engine and chassis (MT-09 in Europe).

In March of this year, MO’s resident sleuth, Dennis Chung, revealed Yamaha filed a trademark application for the FJ09 name. Then in August, Yamaha filed a trademark for the design of a new adventure-touring model which appears to be an FZ-09 with a headlight fairing, and windscreen, as seen in the photo above.

Although details at this moment are scarce, it’s a safe bet that one of the two model designations will be used for this adventure-touring model. We imagine the final version will retain the 17-inch wheels seen here, while having provisions for luggage. It may even share features with Yamaha’s sport-touring rig, the FJR1300, and come with options like cruise control and electronic suspension.

As for the second model designation, our best guess is a half-faired pseudo sport-tourer, perhaps vaguely similar in execution to the old FJ1100 or FJ600. If Yamaha does go this route and bring back a classic model designation for a new bike, it will get instant name recognition from fans of the old FJ-series. Meanwhile, Yamaha will simultaneously expand the model platforms for its 847cc three-cylinder from one bike to three. Considering one of the FZ-09′s major selling points is its affordability, we would expect the FJ09 series of models to also undercut their competition in the price wars. 

More details to come as they’re announced.

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<![CDATA[Dorna CEO Pledges Support For New MotoAmerica Racing Series]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/12/motorcycle-news/dorna-ceo-pledges-support-new-motoamerica-racing-series/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/12/motorcycle-news/dorna-ceo-pledges-support-new-motoamerica-racing-series/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:40:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45571 Dorna CEO Pledges Support For New MotoAmerica Racing Series
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Motorcycle road racing in America is looking up, as the man who heads MotoGP pledges his support for the newly created MotoAmerica series. Full press release below.


 

MotoAmerica, the new North American roadracing series launched by Wayne Rainey and the KRAVE Group LLC, received an important pledge of support from the CEO of Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta. Ezpeleta, who oversees Dorna, the commercial rights holder for the MotoGP World Championship, is an important stakeholder in international roadracing, and his support is a significant element to the success of the MotoAmerica roadracing championship.

“The American Motorcycle Championship has always been a key reference for our sport, and the extremely high level of racing has provided the perfect development ground for aspiring World Championship riders,” said Ezpeleta. “Now it’s great to see that Wayne Rainey, along with the KRAVE Group, will be heading up this new challenge to increase the talent pool even further – and bring yet more excitement to American racing fans.”

MotoAmerica is an all-new North American roadracing series created by the KRAVE Group LLC, which consists of four partners: three-time World Champion and AMA Hall of Fame Inductee Wayne Rainey, longtime Team Roberts manager Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and energy sector entrepreneur and businessman Richard Varner.

“Gaining Dorna’s support is a major achievement for MotoAmerica,” said Rainey. “It means a lot to me to have Dorna and Carmelo’s support for our new roadracing series. I got the opportunity to compete on the world stage because of AMA roadracing, and I want to help give all of our American riders that same chance.”

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<![CDATA[Aprilia Officially Entering MotoGP In 2015, One Year Ahead Of Schedule]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/12/motorcycle-news/aprilia-officially-entering-motogp-2015-one-year-ahead-schedule/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/12/motorcycle-news/aprilia-officially-entering-motogp-2015-one-year-ahead-schedule/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:16:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45567 Aprilia Officially Entering MotoGP In 2015, One Year Ahead Of Schedule
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Aprilia has announced today that it will be re-entering the MotoGP World Championship starting in 2015, one year ahead of schedule. Aprilia has struck a four-year long partnership with Gresini Racing, which currently fields Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding aboard Honda machinery. With rumors of Gresini’s Go&Fun sponsorship evaporating next year, the deal with Aprilia breathes new life into the team, which can now remain in MotoGP. 

The press release is vague as to the machinery Aprilia will use next year, but it’s widely believed the 2015 bike will be a massaged version of the RSV4-based ART machine currently being campaigned by Danilo Petrucci. For 2016, however, Aprilia are believed to be campaigning a brand new motorcycle. 

Riders also aren’t mentioned in the press release, but the hot rumor is Aprilia’s World Superbike star, Marco Melandri, will make his return to the MotoGP class with the team. Nothing is a certainty at this point, as Gresini still have Bautista and Redding under contract for next year, the latter contractually promised a ride aboard a RC213V Honda. 

As we wait for more details and see where the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, see below for Aprilia’s official press release.


Aprilia (Piaggio Group) officially announced that they will enter the Grand Prix motorcycle racing in the MotoGP class.

The Aprilia brand’s return to the top world motorcycling competition will take place in 2015, a year ahead of their previously announced plans.

The intent of the Piaggio Group’s strategy to commit the Aprilia brand in the MotoGP class is to favour a rapid growth of competitiveness, focusing all Aprilia Racing’s technical and organisational efforts on developing prototypes. For this reason, Aprilia Racing will send its bikes onto the track supported by a cooperation agreement which has been reached with Gresini Racing.

This agreement will allow Aprilia Racing – a representative of Italian sport excellence and a protagonist in motorcycle racing on a global level – to take advantage of Gresini Racing’s significant contribution in terms of MotoGP experience and know-how, enough to solidify the strategic decision to début already next season. This is a four year agreement, so Gresini Racing will be managing the Aprilia bikes on the track in MotoGP until the 2018 season. Aprilia racing is currently making assessments to determine which riders will take part in the MotoGP project.

“We decided to make our début a year earlier than planned because Aprilia Racing’s technical and competitive skills are absolutely top notch” commented Piaggio Group’s Chairman and CEO, Roberto Colaninno. “Growth in Superbike has been exemplary in this direction from our rookie year in 2009 to the five world titles we’ve won so far with the RSV4”. Aprilia’s track record over the past decade has been extraordinary: “Piaggio Group has been managing Aprilia since 2005” Roberto Colaninno reminded us. “and in less than ten years Aprilia won 26 of the 52 world titles earned in the entire brand history. In addition to these there are also four more titles: Marco Simoncelli’s 250 world championship with Gilera and three 125 class world championships won by Derbi, which is also part of the Piaggio Group and which took a very young Marc Marquez to his first world title win.”

Aprilia Racing boasts the most victorious European Racing Department in recent decades. It represents extraordinary Italian assets in technical skill which, in just over twenty years, has made the manufacturer from Noale a protagonist in all the most important motorcycle racing arenas, taking an impressive 52 world titles.
The Aprilia trophy case currently includes 294 wins and 38 championship titles in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing championship (19 Manufacturer and 19 Rider), 45 wins and 5 world titles in WSBK (3 manufacturer and 2 Rider) and 9 world championships in off road disciplines.

Many recent protagonists in the motorcycle racing world have raced, won and been educated astride Aprilia bikes such as Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri, Manuel Poggiali, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner. And even Marc Marquez earned his first world title astride a Derbi 125, also a Piaggio Group brand, contributing to the 102 world titles that the Piaggio Group can boast in its own collection of wreaths, achieved not only by Aprilia but also by legendary brands such as Moto Guzzi, Gilera and Derbi.

Managed by two-time 125cc class world champion Fausto Gresini, Gresini Racing has been in Grand Prix motorcycle racing since 1997, achieving prestigious results: in addition to the two titles won in 2001 with Daijiro Kato (250cc) and in 2010 with Toni Elias (Moto2), the 40 wins and 114 podiums earned, there are also the MotoGP runner up titles achieved for three consecutive seasons in 2003 and 2004 with Sete Gibernau and in 2005 with Marco Melandri.

Gresini Racing has been home to top calibre champions such as Alex Barros, Loris Capirossi, Colin Edwards and Marco Simoncelli. The Gresini Racing organisation is currently involved in all the Grand Prix motorcycle racing classes. In fact, they are key players in the 2014 season with Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding in MotoGP, Xavier Siméon and Lorenzo Baldassarri in Moto2 and with Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini in Moto3.

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<![CDATA[Ninja H2 Adorned With Traditional Kawasaki Emblem]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/11/manufacturers/kawasaki/ninja-h2-adorned-traditional-kawasaki-emblem/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/11/manufacturers/kawasaki/ninja-h2-adorned-traditional-kawasaki-emblem/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:24:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45560 Ninja H2 Adorned With Traditional Kawasaki Emblem
Apparent from the latest video teaser in the Ninja H2 miniseries, Kawasaki is reaching into the company’s past and reintroducing the River Mark logo on its forthcoming H2. Vintage bike enthusiasts will recognize the Rivermark emblem from models introduced in the early to mid-sixties era. The River Mark emblem has been associated with various products […] more]]>
Apparent from the latest video teaser in the Ninja H2 miniseries, Kawasaki is reaching into the company’s past and reintroducing the River Mark logo on its forthcoming H2. Vintage bike enthusiasts will recognize the Rivermark emblem from models introduced in the early to mid-sixties era. The River Mark emblem has been associated with various products from Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Discuss this at our Kawasaki Ninja H2 Forum

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<![CDATA[Shoei Announces 2015 Helmet Graphics]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/products/shoei-announces-2015-helmet-graphics/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/products/shoei-announces-2015-helmet-graphics/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:01:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45488 Shoei Announces 2015 Helmet Graphics
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Shoei is hitting the ground running in 2015, with a wide selection of new graphics for virutally all of its models. See below for the full rundown.

X-Twelve

X-TWELVE_TRAJECTORY_TC-1

  • Trajectory TC-1, TC-2, & TC-5 – This graphic was worn by Danny Eslick during his 2014 AMA Daytona Sportbike season on board his Riders Discount Triumph and was first seen on the top step of the podium at this year’s Daytona 200. It is a sleek matte finish and offered in three color ways. MSRP $807.99

GT-Air

GT-Air_COG_TC-9_

  • Cog TC-9 – This unique graphic will be offered in a gloss finish and is a nice addition to our GT-Air line up. There are many small details that will keep someone staring at it for hours. MSRP $670.99

GT-Air_REVIVE_TC-1

  • Revive – has the mythical Phoenix on both sides and is a high gloss finish. The fire breathing creature complements the design of this helmet and it is offered in two color ways. MSRP $670.99

GT-Air_GRANDEUR_TC-6

  • Grandeur – This graphic has a very detailed ornate design. It also comes in a high gloss finish and with color changing accents; it really adds more depth to the design. MSRP $670.99

RF-1200

RF-1200_CRUISE_TC-1

  • Cruise TC-1, TC-5 – has a 50’s style to it and resembles some unique traits from some iconic American cars. It comes in a high gloss finish and available in two color ways. MSRP $589.99

RF-1200_BRIGAND_TC-5

  • Brigand TC-5 – has a tough tattoo style to it, skull, rose and spider webs and a sleek matte finish to top it off. MSRP $589.99

RF-1200_TERMINUS_TC-9

  • Terminus TC-5 – has a black & gold theme with some checkered pattern over the top. This design also comes in a sleek matte finish and also has a rough and worn look to it. MSRP $589.99

RF-1200_GRAFFITI_TC-6_feature

  • Graffitti TC-6 – the name says it all. Created by a young Shoei designer, this edgy design has amazing colors and intricate details all around. Offered in a high gloss finish this one will stand out from the line up. MSRP $589.99

QWEST

QWEST_BANNER_TC-1

  • Banner TC-1 – This helmet is our latest design for all those patriotic motorcycles riders out there. This sporty graphic comes in a high gloss finish. MSRP $492.99

QWEST_RESOLUTE_TC-5

  • Resolute TC-5 – has a military theme for all those vets and proud supporters of our military. It has a metallic silver base with the large star on the side and digital camouflage on the chin bar. This graphic is available in the sleek matte finish. MSRP $492.99

VFX-W

VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-1

  • Block-Pass TC-1, TC-2, & TC-5 – is Shoei’s latest sport graphic for the off-road helmet. It comes in a high gloss finish and three different color ways to appeal to all those different brands of riders out there. MSRP $613.99

VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-8

  • Maelstrom TC-1, TC-4, & TC-8 – has a very aggressive and vibrant theme. This new design will definitely stand out from some of the other graphics. This one comes in the high gloss finish and also in three different color ways to appeal to a wide variety of riders. MSRP $613.99

VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-3逆

  • Grant2 TC-1 & TC-3 – Supercross & Motocross fan favorite Josh Grant first used this new design earlier this year in competition and Shoei is proud to add this to the 2015 lineup. Features include a dream catcher on the top with feathers down the chin bar and the Kanji character meaning “dream” on the right side. This vibrant race replica comes in the high gloss finish. MSRP $654.99

Just like the very first Shoei helmet built in 1959, every Shoei today is still handmade in Japan utilizing a sophisticated process that involves over 50 people for each and every helmet. Click through the gallery below for more colorways. For more information, visit http://www.shoei- helmets.com/Graphics.aspx

GT-Air_COG_TC-9_ GT-Air_COG_TC-9 GT-Air_COG_TC-9rear GT-Air_GRANDEUR_TC-6rear GT-Air_GRANDEUR_TC-6 GT-Air_COG_TC-9top GT-Air_GRANDEUR_TC-6top GT-Air_REVIVE_TC-1 GT-Air_REVIVE_TC-1rear GT-Air_REVIVE_TC-5rear GT-Air_REVIVE_TC-5 GT-Air_REVIVE_TC-1top GT-Air_REVIVE_TC-5top NEOTEC_BOREALIS_TC-5 NEOTEC_BOREALIS_TC-5rearメッシュ QWEST_BANNER_TC-1rear QWEST_BANNER_TC-1 NEOTEC_BOREALIS_TC-5top QWEST_BANNER_TC-1top QWEST_RESOLUTE_TC-5 QWEST_RESOLUTE_TC-5rear QWEST_RESOLUTE_TC-5top RF-1200_BRIGAND_TC-5_ RF-1200_BRIGAND_TC-5 RF-1200_CRUISE_TC-1 RF-1200_BRIGAND_TC-5top RF-1200_BRIGAND_TC-5rear RF-1200_CRUISE_TC-1rear RF-1200_CRUISE_TC-1top RF-1200_CRUISE_TC-5 RF-1200_CRUISE_TC-5rear RF-1200_CRUISE_TC-5top RF-1200_GRAFFITI_TC-6_feature RF-1200_GRAFFITI_TC-6逆_feature RF-1200_GRAFFITI_TC-6top RF-1200_GRAFFITI_TC-6rear RF-1200_TERMINUS_TC-9 RF-1200_TERMINUS_TC-9rear RF-1200_TERMINUS_TC-9top VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-1top VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-1rear VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-1 VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-2 VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-2rear VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-2top VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-5top VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-5rear VFX-W_BLOCK-PASS_TC-5 VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-1 VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-1rear VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-1top VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-3rear VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-3 VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-1逆 VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-3top VFX-W_GRANT2_TC-3逆 VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-1 VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-4 VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-1top VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-1rear VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-4rear VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-4top VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-8 X-TWELVE_TRAJECTORY_TC-1 VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-8top VFX-W_MAELSTROM_TC-8rear X-TWELVE_TRAJECTORY_TC-1rear X-TWELVE_TRAJECTORY_TC-2 X-TWELVE_TRAJECTORY_TC-5

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<![CDATA[CSC Announces RX-3 Cyclone Open House September 27-28]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/motorcycle-news/csc-announces-rx-3-cyclone-open-house-september-27-28/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/motorcycle-news/csc-announces-rx-3-cyclone-open-house-september-27-28/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:25:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45485 CSC Announces RX-3 Cyclone Open House September 27-28
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There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the CSC RX-3 Cyclone 250cc adventure bike since we first posted our preview of it. Clearly, the chatter has hit home, as CSC is having an open house to showcase the bike. The full press release follows.

CSC Motorcycles announced today that it will host a 2-day open house on 27 and 28 September to highlight the new RX-3 CSC Cyclone motorcycle. The event will be held at the CSC Motorcycles manufacturing facility located at 1331 West Foothill Boulevard, Azusa, California 91702. Hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both days.

The RX-3 CSC Cyclone, manufactured for CSC by Zongshen, is a 250cc adventure touring motorcycle. The bike features water cooling, fuel injection, a counter-balanced overhead cam engine, a six-speed transmission, adventure tour styling, a windshield, and a full luggage complement. Last week, CSC Motorcycles announced a limited-time introductory price of $2,895 for the RX-3 Cyclone, with a regular price of $3,495 after the first shipment. The company is accepting pre-orders for the motorcycle for a limited time only and pre-order activity has been brisk, according to Steve Seidner, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSC Motorcycles.

“We’re extremely pleased with the response to our announcement about the Cyclone,” Seidner said. “The motorcycling public’s reaction to the introduction of this new bike is unlike anything I have ever seen, and I’ve been in the motorcycle business all my life. The CSC Cyclone is a great motorcycle and a quality product.” Seidner explained that news about the new CSC Cyclone has gone viral. “Several online magazines and Facebook pages are writing about us,” Seidner continued. “One reported 37,000 hits on their CSC Cyclone story the first day it appeared.”

CSC Motorcycles will have several interesting displays at its open house on September 27 and 28. In addition to the new CSC Cyclone, the open house will feature the company’s line of modern Mustang motorcycle replicas (the CSC 150 and CSC 250 motorcycles). Seidner said that CSC will display its private collection of original vintage Mustang motorcycles at the event (CSC owns the world’s largest collection of vintage Mustangs). CSC will also display its 150cc race bike (current holder of the 150cc world land speed record).

More information on the CSC Cyclone is available on the CSC Motorcycles website.

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<![CDATA[Pirelli To Remain Tire Supplier For All World Superbike Classes Through 2018]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/pirelli-remain-tire-supplier-world-superbike-classes-2018/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/pirelli-remain-tire-supplier-world-superbike-classes-2018/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:24:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45478 Pirelli To Remain Tire Supplier For All World Superbike Classes Through 2018
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Pirelli’s relationship with the World Superbike Championship started in 2004 and will carry on through 2018, as the Italian company will continue to supply tires for every class of the championship. What follows is the official Pirelli press release.

Pirelli has been confirmed as the Official Tire Supplier for all classes of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship having won the tender organized by Dorna, promoter and organizer of the World Championship, in agreement with the FIM, the International Motorcycling Federation.

The agreement confirms Pirelli in its current role of sole tire supplier for all the classes of the FIM Superbike World Championship until the end of the 2018 season.

Starting in the 2004 season, and now in its eleventh year, the technical partnership established between Pirelli, the teams and riders of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship can today boast the record of the longest running control tire supplier in the history of motorsports at international level. Established with the primary purpose to reduce the overall cost of running the championship, the single tire formula proposed by Pirelli has steadily increased quality and competitiveness, enabling all the riders, teams and motorcycle manufacturers participating to compete for success in the Championship.

This renewal confirms the leading role in motorsport played by Pirelli – which since 2010 has been the Exclusive Tire Supplier for the FIA Formula One World Championship®. This represents a strong continuity with the business strategy that has enabled the Italian tire company to establish itself as a benchmark in the Premium segment as well as in racing and supersport tire production.

Uberto Thun-Hohenstein, Senior Vice President of Pirelli’s Business Unit Moto, said: “Pirelli is proud of this confirmation as Official Tire Supplier for the top Championship for production derived motorcycles. It is a partnership that has lasted successfully for over a decade thanks to the constant commitment and well-finished service of our racing team that goes to the track every weekend to support the teams and the riders. The quality of our tires is appreciated not only by the riders but by many motorcyclists all over the world who, thanks to the participation of Pirelli in this championship, have been able to rely on everyday more high performing products. These are all key elements that have certainly influenced in a positive way the choice of Dorna to select us once more as official supplier till 2018.”

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“We are glad to continue with Pirelli for the next three seasons. This renewal testifies our excellent relationship with the Italian company, a partnership for more than a decade that has always been strong with both the International Motorcycling Federation and the promoter and organizer of the series, and is clear evidence of Pirelli’s ongoing and constant ability to innovate and to offer products at the forefront of technology,” added Javier Alonso, WSBK Executive Director.

The role of Exclusive Tire Supplier of the FIA Formula One World Championship and the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, in addition to the important efforts in the Rally, Motocross and Endurance World Championships, as well as the most important two and four wheel motor competitions, demonstrates the passion and dedication that Pirelli has always placed in sporting activities, confirming an important feature of the DNA of this Italian company.

Giorgio Barbier, Racing Activities Director of Pirelli’s Business Unit Moto and Head of Superbike project for the Milanese Company since 2001, pointed out: “When we first believed in the single tire supplier solution to reduce the cost of motorcycle racing, the idea was not accepted by everyone in a positive way. They were reluctant and some feared that the quality of the races as well as that of the tires would have been affected. This has not been the case. In more than a decade Pirelli has been able to show that, if well managed, the single tire supply not only allows the tire manufacturer to make developments and make available to all motorcyclists unrivalled products, but also permits us to contribute in an important way to the show offered by the Championship.”

“After Superbike, other championships such as Rally, FIA Formula One World Championship and MotoGP have chosen this solution and other tire manufacturers that until recently were the fiercest opponents of the control tire, in the end changed idea. We are happy to have been the forerunners in this direction having understood how the competition could offer an advantage over our competitors through the transfer of technology from track to road. We will continue to strive to offer teams and riders of the Superbike World Championship, as well as all motorcyclists, tires with more performance, using the strong philosophy that has always supported us in these years: We sell what we race, we race what we sell!”

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Gregorio Lavilla, WSBK Sporting Director: “The consistency in the technical support provided by the brand with the long “P” at the races with their presence in the paddock and their professional development away from track provides the competitive racing and the year on year improvement in terms of lap times that we have seen over the years. The continuation also provides both teams and riders with confidence in making further steps forward in the next three years.”

Pirelli in the WSBK and two wheels competitions:

In over a decade of participation as Official Tire Supplier, the eni FIM Superbike World Championship has enabled Pirelli to develop products which are highly appreciated by the riders and motorcyclists from all over the world. Establishing Pirelli as the undisputed market leaders.

Since 2004 up to now, the Italian tire company has brought on Superbike racetracks a total of 715,213 racing tires, developing 661 solutions during the contract period.

In 11 years, Pirelli has raced in 24 circuits (Aragòn, Assen, Brands Hatch, Brno, Donington Park, EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Imola, Istanbul Intercity Park, Laguna Seca, Losail, Jerez de la Frontera, Kyalami, Magny-Cours, Misano Adriatico, Monza, Mosca, Nürburgring, Oschersleben, Phillip Island, Portimão, Salt Lake City, Sepang, Silverstone, Valencia, Vallelunga) from 16 Countries for a total of 268 races.

The development work carried out by Pirelli together with the production derived Championship riders has no equal: in fact, the range of Pirelli racing tires have travelled a total of more than 1 million kilometers in races with often extreme temperatures (from 6 to 60 Celsius degrees).

Since the beginning of the collaboration between Pirelli and the FIM Superbike World Championship, the final standings of the championship was decided five times in the last round (in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013) and five times in the penultimate (in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011). Showing how since the entrance of the Italian company in the production derived series, the show and also the competitiveness has grown.

In the Open Championship (pre-2004) only three manufacturers were able to earn the title in more than 16 years, during the Pirelli control-tire years 6 of 10 motorcycle manufacturers won at least one title: Ducati, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Aprilia and Kawasaki.

The intensive development implemented by Pirelli has allowed a steady improvement, year after year, with the performances offered by the tires resulting in an average reduction of race time of 0.7 seconds per year.

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Many patents and innovations present in the tires used daily by motorcyclists from all over the world are derived from the experience of Pirelli in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The Pirelli DIABLO range in a decade has launched 13 successful products: DIABLO Superbike (2005), DIABLO Rain (2005), DIABLO Wet (2005), DIABLO Strada (2005), DIABLO Corsa III (2006), DIABLO Supercorsa SC (2007), DIABLO Supercorsa SP (2008), DIABLO ROSSO (2008), Diablo Superbike PRO (2009), DIABLO ROSSO Corsa (2010), DIABLO ROSSO II (2011), DIABLO Supercorsa SC V2 (2012) and DIABLO Supercorsa SP V2 (2012). Products that have always laid down the guidelines in their respective segments, winning the comparative tests of the most prestigious magazines in the world and establishing themselves as market benchmarks.

Just to stay true to the philosophy that has always characterized the commitment and strategy of Pirelli in the FIM Superbike World Championship, that is the use not of prototype tires but standard ones which are sold on the market, in 2013 Pirelli, the first in history, abandoned 16.5 inches DIABLO Superbike tires for the new 17-inch size, a size most commonly used by motorcyclists.

Thanks to the know-how and experience achieved in the top production derived Championship, Pirelli was able to become the control tire formula in many national championships, including the British Superbike Championship, the Superstock 600 class of the Italian Championship (CIV) and the Honda Cup, the Pirelli 600 class in the France Superbike, the Superbike Series Brasil, the Stock 1000 Cup of South Africa and Costa Rica, the Supersport Series in Malaysia in addition to the BMW CUP in Germany and Spain, the Aprilia Cup in Poland, the R125 Cup in Holland and the 250 Taiwanese Cup. From 2014 Pirelli is also the sole supplier of the Australian Superbike Championship.

The strong commitment placed in the control tire championships however, has not deprived Pirelli of carving out a leading role also in open tire championships and competitions. Among these, just to name a few, the CIV (Italian Championship), the Superbike IDM (German National Championship) and the FSBK (French National Championship), in addition to the Belgian, Czech, Polish, Austrian, Cypriot, Finnish, Dutch, Spanish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Serbian, New Zealander championships, as well as in the Alpe Adria Championship and East European Championship.

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<![CDATA[Scott Russell Returning To Yamaha Champions Riding School Next Week]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/manufacturers/yamaha/scott-russell-returning-yamaha-champions-riding-school-next-week/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/manufacturers/yamaha/scott-russell-returning-yamaha-champions-riding-school-next-week/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:30:19 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45474 Scott Russell Returning To Yamaha Champions Riding School Next Week
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This just in from the Yamaha Champions Riding School: the Champ is back!

As many of you know, Scott fell off a dirtbike and tumbled around long enough to hurt himself back in July. But he just called and drawled, “I’ll be back for the school as soon as I’m able to ride…let’s fill it up and have some fun!” 

With the final round of the AMA SuperBike series coming to New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend, it’s a perfect time for Mr. Daytona to get back on track.  Scott has duties Monday for the AMA awards banquet but will hang around the rest of the week and officially join the school Thursday and Friday (September 18th and 19th).

The October 6/7 school ends YCRS’s summer run at New Jersey Motorsports Park but the September schools still have seats and we want to continue the run that saw sold-out schools since June. The 1993 World SuperBike Champion missed a few schools after his injuries, but his two-up laps are legendary. Any student who wants to experience the sport done right is welcome to jump on the back of Scott’s Yamaha FZ1. It’s a dazzling display of what YCRS teaches, wrapped up in a lap by one of the best in the world.

Scott loves riding and helping others feel his passion for the sport. He participates in every facet of the school, riding the film bike, lecturing, demonstrating and answering questions. What do the best riders in the world do to survive and thrive? That’s what Scott explains and demonstrates so well.

YCRS only takes 24 students for its intensive two-day schools. Hang around right after AMA and join the staff and the World Champion for some intensive training on the same track ridden by the nation’s best riders. 

As always, check out www.ridelikeachampion.com for registration info., email teachme@ridelikeachampion.com or call 855-RIDE-YCRS with questions, and brush up on YCRS at www.facebook.com/ridelikeachampion and www.youtube.com/ridelikeachampion.com.

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Z1000 ABS Back For 2015]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/motorcycle-news/kawasaki-z1000-abs-back-2015/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/09/10/motorcycle-news/kawasaki-z1000-abs-back-2015/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:30:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45444 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS Back For 2015
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The Kawasaki Z1000 is nothing if not attention-grabbing, and for 2015 it will be back in Kawasaki’s lineup of motorcycles. Team Green calls it “Sugomi” styling, which combines its sculpted shape – invoking a crouching predator – with painstaking details like its special “Z” ignition key, machined aluminum steering stem bolt and the intricate “Z” motif seat cover. This is wrapped in a new color scheme for 2015 that combines Golden Blazed Green with Metallic Spark Black to create a dramatic motorcycle.

The 1,043cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 16-valve engine features intake cams that boost the low- and mid-range torque – where most street bikes spend their time. Cylinder connecting passageways strengthen performance in the mid- and high RPM range by reducing the pumping losses associated with displacing air inside the crankcase.

The pronounced intake growl at low RPM, combined with its intoxicating howl on full-song, will put a smile on any rider’s face. Four 38mm Keihin downdraft throttle bodies inject the optimal mix of fuel and air into each combustion chamber thanks to the advanced ECU. It is supplemented by a cool air intake system that routes fresh air to the airbox via extra ducts in the front fairing. The airbox is fitted with a non-woven filter element that improves flow at high RPM, while four equal-length velocity stacks help provide snappy throttle response to further increase the engine’s fun factor.

Digital Timing Advance contributes to the increased low- and mid-range power, while spark plug-mounted ignition coils help ensure perfect and powerful timing for each cylinder.
It’s the ideal engine for a road-going sportbike – aggressive, powerful, flexible, and blessed with the legendary reliability associated with Kawasaki sportbikes.

A beautifully styled 4-into-2-pre-chamber-into-2 exhaust offers a growl that is well-matched to the aggressive tone of the Z1000’s intake system. A butterfly valve in the right-side muffler not only helps reduce noise at low speed, but tunes back-pressure waves to further enhance low-speed engine response.

In the transmission, short overall gearing complements the more responsive engine to deliver astounding thrust at the rider’s command. When the road opens up, this stylish streetfighter can stretch its legs thanks to a tall sixth gear that maintains a more comfortable cruising RPM for highway riding.

There’s plenty more to say about the Z1000, but Content Editor, Tom Roderick, said most of it in his first ride review here. You can also see how it fared in the track and street portions of our Super Streetfighter smackdown.

Go to Kawasaki.com for more information.

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