Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:21:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 <![CDATA[Motus Adds SoCal Dealer, Headed To Indy MotoGP]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/motorcycle-news/motus-adds-socal-dealer-headed-to-indy-motogp/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/motorcycle-news/motus-adds-socal-dealer-headed-to-indy-motogp/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:21:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51745 Motus Adds SoCal Dealer, Headed To Indy MotoGP
Motus says it is shipping bikes weekly. more]]>
In its latest press release, Motus, the all-American V4 sport-tourer, has announced production has hit a point where bikes are shipping weekly. In addition, it has added a new dealer in Southern California: San Diego BMW. According to the Motus press release, the San Diego BMW crew has experience not only in road racing, but in long-distance events as well, making it a dealership that meshes well with the Motus ethos. Reservations for Motus MSTs are already being accepted.

In other news, Motus will be in attendance at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, August 9, 2015 to answer questions about its unique motorcycle. Motus also hinted at a few surprises it will be bringing along as well.

For more info on Motus happenings, and to schedule a test ride, visit www.motusmotorcycles.com.

Motus Adds SoCal Dealer, Headed To Indy MotoGP appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/motorcycle-news/motus-adds-socal-dealer-headed-to-indy-motogp/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Update To The AMA Petition Against EPA Ethanol Plan]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/motorcycle-news/update-to-the-ama-petition-against-epa-ethanol-plan/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/motorcycle-news/update-to-the-ama-petition-against-epa-ethanol-plan/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:41:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51743 Update To The AMA Petition Against EPA Ethanol Plan
AMA sends nearly 30,000 signatures to EPA in opposition to increased ethanol in nation's fuel. more]]>
On July 22, the AMA had gathered over 25,000 signatures in its petition to the EPA protesting increased ethanol content in gasoline. Today, the AMA delivered 29,379 signatures to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with a stern message in opposition to the agency’s proposal to increase the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel.

Below is the full press release issued by the AMA:

The American Motorcyclist Association delivered 29,379 signatures to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today, along with a stern message in opposition to the agency’s proposal to increase the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard proposal announced on May 29 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and all-terrain-vehicle owners by forcing the widespread availability of higher-ethanol fuel blends, such as E15,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations.

The EPA proposed setting the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014 at the levels that were actually produced and used, which totaled 15.93 billion gallons. But for 2015, the standard rises to 16.3 billion gallons. And for 2016, the total increases again, to 17.4 billion gallons.

“By increasing the amounts of ethanol into America’s gasoline marketplace, the EPA will force the fuel marketplace to exceed the blend wall by hundreds of millions of gallons,” Allard said.

The blend wall is the point at which no more ethanol can be blended without creating higher blends like E15 and above.

“By forcing higher-ethanol fuel blends into the marketplace, the E10 most Americans currently rely on for their vehicles could become less available and gasoline with no ethanol may become virtually unavailable,” Allard said.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in use in the United States are certified by the EPA to use fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Inadvertent misfueling may cause engine or fuel system damage and void the manufacturer’s warranty.

During the EPA’s comment period on the proposed rule, the AMA collected signatures on an online petition opposing the higher ethanol mandate and asking the EPA to lower, rather than increase, the standard.

The comment period ended today. And the AMA forwarded those signatures, along with its comments, to the EPA. The EPA intends to take final action on this proposal by Nov. 30, which would return the agency to the program’s statutory timeline for issuing RFS annual rules.

In addition to its comments to the EPA, the AMA unveiled the results of a poll conducted by Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research & Consulting that shows Americans are divided on the issue of growing crops for fuel.

The poll, which surveyed 1,000 likely 2016 voters, showed that 45 percent of those polled said they oppose the federal mandates that require increasing amounts of corn ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply. Just 31 percent favored the mandate. After learning about the potential engine and fuel system damage caused by ethanol, 78 percent of respondents said they had “very serious concerns” about E15 use.

The poll also showed that 67 percent of people favor the agency setting ethanol volumes below what is currently required by law, with 68 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of Republicans supporting volumes lower than the statute.

“We commissioned this poll to better quantify and qualify the reactions Americans have toward the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s continuing effort to mandate more ethanol in our fuel each year,” Allard said. “The results prove that, just like our members, rank and file Americans have serious concerns about the damaging and far-reaching effects of excessive ethanol production and that they support efforts to reign in this misdirected federal policy.”

The poll was conducted via phone with professional interviewers using both landline and cell phones from July 6 through July 10. Interviewers reached 1000 likely national 2016 voters who self-identified as follows: 400 Democrats, 340 Republicans and 226 Independents.

Update To The AMA Petition Against EPA Ethanol Plan appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/motorcycle-news/update-to-the-ama-petition-against-epa-ethanol-plan/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Casey Stoners Crash at Suzuka 8 Hour + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/videos/casey-stoners-crash-at-suzuka-8-hour-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/videos/casey-stoners-crash-at-suzuka-8-hour-video/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:46:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51730 Casey Stoner’s Crash at Suzuka 8 Hour + Video
Former MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner suffered a serious crash during the Suzuka 8 Hour, breaking his right shoulder blade and left ankle. The crash occurred on the approach the sharp Suzuka Hairpin on Stoner’s first turn on the Team MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO Honda CBR1000RR. Stoner took over for the team’s starter, Takumi Takahashi after 24 […] more]]>
Former MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner suffered a serious crash during the Suzuka 8 Hour, breaking his right shoulder blade and left ankle. The crash occurred on the approach the sharp Suzuka Hairpin on Stoner’s first turn on the Team MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO Honda CBR1000RR.

Stoner took over for the team’s starter, Takumi Takahashi after 24 laps. Takahashi entered the pits in second place before passing the bike over to Stoner. The 2007 and 2011 MotoGP Champion worked his way into the lead on his first lap before the crash:

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

From the 20-second mark in the video, the CBR seemed to shudder a bit before Stoner starts running wide on the right turn. Stoner tucks in the front end when he hits the grass leading to a dramatic tumble through a barrier.

“Unfortunately, we experienced some mechanical trouble as I was going through the corner leading up to the hairpin,” says Stoner. “I did not have enough time to engage the clutch and I came in with too much speed, I picked the bike up to try to slow down more but I was heading towards the wall so I decided to lay it over and hit the barrier but unfortunately, they were a lot harder than they looked and we came out of it with a broken bone in the ankle and broken scapular.”

[Source: HRC, FIM EWC (YouTube)]

Casey Stoner’s Crash at Suzuka 8 Hour + Video appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/27/videos/casey-stoners-crash-at-suzuka-8-hour-video/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Yamaha XSR700 To Come With Pirelli Phantom Tires]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/24/motorcycle-news/yamaha-xsr700-to-come-with-pirelli-phantom-tires/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/24/motorcycle-news/yamaha-xsr700-to-come-with-pirelli-phantom-tires/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:54:11 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51721 Yamaha XSR700 To Come With Pirelli Phantom Tires
Pirelli's vintage-inspired tire will be standard on Yamaha's XSR700. more]]>
Following the announcement of Yamaha’s new, retro-inspired XSR700, it has also been announced that Pirelli will fit the new bike with its Phantom Sportscomp tires. Front tire size will be 120/70-17, with a 180/55-17 in the rear.

According to a Pirelli press release, the Phantom Sportscomp tires were chosen for “the tire’s perfect mix of vintage looks and contemporary technology.” In addition to the sizes above, the Sportscomp tires are also available in 100/90-18 front, and 150/70-17 rear, and starting in August, the same sizes seen on the XSR700 will be available with a W speed index, for use on vintage bikes as well as naked or sporty bikes.

The Sportscomp tires utilize a steel-belted construction to help minimize expansion and deformation at speed. Also, the profile has been modified to be more rounded than past versions. Lastly, the Sportscomp have a high silica percentage to help ensure fast warm-up times and better grip in the wet.

phantom-sportscomp-on-yamaha-xsr700-rear phantom-sportscomp yamaha-xsr700-rear-view

Yamaha XSR700 To Come With Pirelli Phantom Tires appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/24/motorcycle-news/yamaha-xsr700-to-come-with-pirelli-phantom-tires/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Recalls 185,272 Touring Motorcycles for Loose Luggage]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/24/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-recalls-185272-touring-motorcycles-for-loose-luggage/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/24/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-recalls-185272-touring-motorcycles-for-loose-luggage/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:33:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51712 Harley-Davidson Recalls 185,272 Touring Motorcycles for Loose Luggage
Harley-Davidson is recalling 185,272 touring bikes from model years 2014-2015 because of faulty saddlebag mounts. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the spring wire in the saddlebag mounting receptacle may not have adequate tension which may cause the mounting stud to come loose. If left unchecked, saddlebags may completely fall […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson is recalling 185,272 touring bikes from model years 2014-2015 because of faulty saddlebag mounts.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the spring wire in the saddlebag mounting receptacle may not have adequate tension which may cause the mounting stud to come loose. If left unchecked, saddlebags may completely fall off, potentially damaging them and their contents and creating a road hazard.

Here is the full list of affected models in the U.S.:

2014-2015 Road King 2014-2015 Street Glide
2014-2015 Street Glide Special 2014-2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic
2014-2015 Ultra Limited 2014-2015 Police Road King
2014-2015 Police Electra Glide 2014-2015 CVO Ultra Limited
2014 CVO Road King 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low
2014-2015 Ultra Limited Low 2014-2015 Road Glide
2014-2015 Road Glide Special 2014-2015 CVO Street Glide
2014-2015 CVO Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson first became aware of a problem in January after noticing more warranty claims than usual. In February, Harley-Davidson’s investigation team suspected the problem was caused by a misaligned support rail creating an increased load on the saddlebag retention system. Over the next couple of months, Harley-Davidson received more claims on saddlebag retention clips. Harley-Davidson began investigating how differences in rear shock and saddlebag support configuration may be related to the problem. On June 22, Harley-Davidson concluded a safety-related defect exists and began initiating recall procedures.

To address the problem, Harley-Davidson updated the receptacle using a stronger type of stainless steel wire spring that will provide the necessary amount of tension to keep the bags in place.

07215-harley-davidson-saddlebag-recall-diagram

Harley-Davidson dealers will inspect recalled models and replace affected saddlebag mounting receptacles.

[Source: NHTSA]

Harley-Davidson Recalls 185,272 Touring Motorcycles for Loose Luggage appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/24/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-recalls-185272-touring-motorcycles-for-loose-luggage/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Wayne Rainey To Be Honored At AMA Ceremony]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/events/wayne-rainey-to-be-honored-at-ama-ceremony/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/events/wayne-rainey-to-be-honored-at-ama-ceremony/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:06:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51707 Wayne Rainey To Be Honored At AMA Ceremony
Wayne Rainey, three-time 500cc GP World Champion and twice American Motorcycle Association Superbike Champion, is to be honored at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, Oct. 17, in Orlando. “Few American motorcyclists have achieved the same level of success as Wayne Rainey, and fewer still command the respect and admiration that he so rightly deserves,” said […] more]]>
Wayne Rainey, three-time 500cc GP World Champion and twice American Motorcycle Association Superbike Champion, is to be honored at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, Oct. 17, in Orlando.

“Few American motorcyclists have achieved the same level of success as Wayne Rainey, and fewer still command the respect and admiration that he so rightly deserves,” said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the AMA board of directors. “We are honored to recognize Mr. Rainey at the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as our 2015 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend and shine the spotlight on a career that continues to inspire American racers of all ages.”

Wayne Rainey was the top 500cc Grand Prix rider of the early 1990s, winning three consecutive World Championships riding for Yamaha in 1990, 1991 and 1992. In addition to his accomplishments on the world level, Rainey was also a star of AMA Superbike racing during the 1980s, winning that title in 1983 with Kawasaki and again for Honda in 1987.

“I started racing in AMA District 37 in Southern California at the age of 12 or 13, and I have a long history in AMA competition,” Rainey said. “When I turned pro, I raced dirt track and I thought I wanted to be a dirt track racer, but I had an opportunity to go road racing early on in my dirt track career and that changed my path. Some amazing things happened in my life through that past, and I went on to be a two-time AMA Superbike champion and a three-time world champion.”

Following a career-ending injury while leading the Italian Grand Prix in September 1993, Rainey, who also was in the points lead for a fourth straight title at the time, returned to the sport the next year as a team owner and manager. Rainey retired from that role following the 1998 season.

Today, Rainey is the president of MotoAmerica, the AMA and FIM North America championship road racing series. Rainey was the motive force behind the creation of the new series, serving as both its inspiration and most prominent advocate, insisting the series was necessary to prepare today’s American road racers for success on the world stage.

“We feel we have a chance to make our series a very competitive series that has a structure so riders can come through the AMA series to achieve their goals of being a champion here in the United States or go on to the world championships and be competitive,” Rainey said. “We want to create a series that the whole industry would like to get behind and support.”

The induction ceremony is taking place in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo at the Orange County Convention Center. Tickets to the induction ceremony are available now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Regular entry is $25 per person. VIP tickets that include an exclusive reception, reserved seating and AIMExpo admission are $90 per person.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are previous inductees into the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are showcased as part of the annual induction ceremony of new Hall of Famers.

“I think it’s important that kids coming up have a place, a Hall of Fame, to look to where their heroes are recognized for their achievements, particularly through the AMA — the sanctioning body that provides the environment where all this racing takes place,” Rainey said. “It’s an honor to be a part of that.”

 

Wayne Rainey To Be Honored At AMA Ceremony appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/events/wayne-rainey-to-be-honored-at-ama-ceremony/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[BMW Patent Reveals Plans for Small-Displacement Scooter]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/design/bmw-patent-reveals-plans-for-small-displacement-scooter/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/design/bmw-patent-reveals-plans-for-small-displacement-scooter/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:49:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51701 BMW Patent Reveals Plans for Small-Displacement Scooter
BMW currently has three scooters on the market: the electric C evolution and the Twin-cylinder C600 Sport and the C650GT, all of which can be described as “maxi-scooters”, relatively large scoots that deliver motorcycle-sized power with twist-and-go simplicity. Newly-published patent documents suggest more scooters may be on the way from Bavaria, this time with smaller […] more]]>
BMW currently has three scooters on the market: the electric C evolution and the Twin-cylinder C600 Sport and the C650GT, all of which can be described as “maxi-scooters”, relatively large scoots that deliver motorcycle-sized power with twist-and-go simplicity. Newly-published patent documents suggest more scooters may be on the way from Bavaria, this time with smaller displacements.

Filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the patent describes an arrangement for damping the vibrations from a Single-cylinder engine. The patent doesn’t describe the engine in any detail, except to say it was a Single mounted to the swingarm, but that’s enough to distinguish it from any known engine currently in BMW’s lineup.

The frame depicted in the patent illustrations also looks new, not matching any of BMW’s current models. The rear shock runs vertically from the rear of the swingarm to the tail of the frame whereas the C600 and C650GT use a horizontally-arranged shock and the C evolution’s rear shock angles forward toward the seat.

072315-bmw-scooter-patent-coupling

The patent does not indicate the engine displacement, but it does describe how BMW approaches the problem differently from solutions used on the 330cc Piaggio Beverly (BV350), the 153cc Honda PCX and the 299cc Kymco Downtown 300i. This would suggest BMW’s considering an engine from 150 to 300cc, while the size of the wheels in the patent diagram suggest the engine will be in the larger end of that range. This engine would still be the smallest engine in BMW’s two-wheeled lineup, possibly even smaller than the engine being developed for BMW’s upcoming small-displacement motorcycle.

A patent filing doesn’t indicate how soon it could make its way into a production model – if at all – but the level of detail in the patent illustrations suggest this new BMW scooter is fairly far along on its development cycle.

[Source: WIPO]

 

 

BMW Patent Reveals Plans for Small-Displacement Scooter appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/design/bmw-patent-reveals-plans-for-small-displacement-scooter/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Bahn Accessories Has Big Things In Store For 75th Annual Sturgis Rally]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/motorcycle-news/bahn-accessories-has-big-things-in-store-for-75th-annual-sturgis-rally/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/motorcycle-news/bahn-accessories-has-big-things-in-store-for-75th-annual-sturgis-rally/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:06:11 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51699 Bahn Accessories Has Big Things In Store For 75th Annual Sturgis Rally
New forged aluminum accessory manufacturer to make a big debut at Sturgis. more]]>
Bahn motorcycle accessories is planning a big debut for the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and Bahn’s new line of forged aluminum motorcycle accessories will make a special main stage appearance, according to their recent press release. The brand is also sponsoring the annual Legends Ride, where world-class bike builder Jim Nasi will ride the Bahn + Nasi Bagger.

On Monday, August 3, Nasi will join Bahn representatives in the lead group of the Buffalo Chip’s annual Legends Ride benefitting the Black Hills Special Olympics. Nasi will ride a 2015 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, fully accessorized to showcase the Bahn line and how they can be customized to suit any custom build.

The scenic jaunt starts in Deadwood at the historic Franklin Hotel and ends at the Legendary Buffalo Chip, where later in the week Bahn and Jim Nasi will take center stage at the largest venue in the motorcycle industry on Thursday, August 6 at 7:45pm. Concertgoers will get the opportunity to take a closer look at the Bahn + Nasi Bagger and hear from the man behind the creative vision. Don’t miss the chance to experience rare behind-the-build insights from one of the most respected bike builders in the industry, along with promotional giveaways from Bahn.

Jim Nasi will also be available for meet and greet sessions later in the week, as he’ll be at the Bahn booth at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, as well as the J&P cycles vendor area on Lazelle in downtown Sturgis.

Jim Nasi Meet-&-Greet Schedule

  • Saturday, August 1: Black Hills H-D from 11:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Sunday, August 2: Black Hills H-D from 11:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 5: J&P Cycles on Lazelle from 11:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 5:00pm

 

Bahn Accessories Has Big Things In Store For 75th Annual Sturgis Rally appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/motorcycle-news/bahn-accessories-has-big-things-in-store-for-75th-annual-sturgis-rally/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[The RZ Air Filtration Mask From RZ Industries]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/products/the-rz-air-filtration-mask-from-rz-industries/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/products/the-rz-air-filtration-mask-from-rz-industries/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:32:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51687 The RZ Air Filtration Mask From RZ Industries
The riding mask that helps any rider or passenger breathe cleaner air. more]]>
One of the joys of riding a motorcycle is being out in the open, breathing in the fresh air as the miles roll by. This is all well and good, except when you ride through clouds of dust, a truck’s exhaust fumes, or any other number of particles in the air that, at best, could get your allergies flaring like crazy.

RZ Industries hopes to help riders breathe fresher air with this, its $34.95 M2 Mesh Air Filtration Mask. This patent-pending piece of technical headwear captures dust, allergens and other hazardous airborne elements in all conditions with an active carbon HEPA filter, allowing riders, drivers and passengers to breathe safe and easy.

The air cleaner’s durable, abrasion-resistant nylon mesh construction provides maximum airflow for warmer rides, while a form-fitting, streamlined shape ensures that it fits easily under helmets. An elastic strap offers three inches of adjustability, and a tension-adjustable riveted nosepiece helps keep the mask firmly in place.

Exhaust valves on the left and right effectively expel moisture, keeping the M2’s interior dry, goggles fog-free and glasses clear.

The M2’s F1 HEPA filter captures particulates and fumes with a 3-ply construction by sandwiching activated charcoal between filter material. The high-tech filter is secured by a twist seal that locks it in place. It lasts up to eight hours in prolonged dust exposure. Replacement filters come in convenient 3-packs.

RZ Industries’ Mesh Mask is available in black or gray in three sizes: Youth (up to 125 lbs.); Regular (125 lbs. to 225 lbs.) and XL (more than 225 lbs.). Every RZ Industries product is backed by a 30-day performance guarantee.

For more information on RZ Industries’ innovative product line, please visit RZMask.com, call 888-777-9422, visit its active Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter feed.

RZ M2 Mesh Black A RZ M2 Mesh Black B RZ M2 Mesh Grey A RZ M2 Mesh Grey B RZ Mask Logo

The RZ Air Filtration Mask From RZ Industries appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/23/products/the-rz-air-filtration-mask-from-rz-industries/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Indian Motorcycle Heads To Sturgis With Entertainment, Events And 2016 Lineup]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/indian-motorcycle-heads-to-sturgis-with-entertainment-events-and-2016-lineup/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/indian-motorcycle-heads-to-sturgis-with-entertainment-events-and-2016-lineup/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:00:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51682 Indian Motorcycle Heads To Sturgis With Entertainment, Events And 2016 Lineup
Get your first look at the 2016 Indian lineup at Sturgis. more]]>
This year the Sturgis motorcycle rally celebrates its 75th anniversary, and close to 1 million attendees are expected to come from far and wide. In recognition of this milestone, which runs from August 3-9, Indian Motorcycle will have the first appearance of the 2016 model year lineup, plus a full slate of activities planned for show goers, including entertainment and factory demo rides. Indian Motorcycle owner events and rides will also be conducted, and of course plenty of custom bikes will be available for all to see. The celebration gets a jump start on Friday, July 31 at the Indian Motorcycle display area located on Lazelle St. Visit the Indian Motorcycle Sturgis event page for updates leading up to the rally.

Check out the full slate of daily activities in the complete Indian PRESS RELEASE:

Indian Motorcycle Factory Display on Lazelle St (Next to Lynn’s Dakotamart)
Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Explore the entire lineup of 2016 models at the Indian Motorcycle display in Downtown Sturgis. Several new customs will also be on display, including newly-revealed bikes from the “Scout Custom Series” including the Black Bullet Scout and the USO Tribute Scout built by Klock Werks, along with the 2014 Indian “Big Chief Custom,” a new Chieftain custom from Azzkikr Custom Baggers, and more. In addition, a 1948 Chief commemorating the 75th anniversary will be rebuilt on-site by Starklite Cycle during the rally. A brand-new “torque pit,” demonstrating the power and torque of the Indian Motorcycle line-up will run throughout each day, and an interactive timeline will highlight Indian Motorcycle’s founding of the rally and its important place in motorcycling history.

In celebration of Indian Motorcycle’s roots at Sturgis, rally attendees can fuel up from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day with complimentary coffee and donuts – a tradition started by Pearl Hoel, wife of rally founder “Pappy” Hoel. Attendees can also sign-up to win one of five limited edition Chiefs, get their photo taken on a custom Indian Scout Hill Climb bike, purchase Indian Motorcycle apparel, sign a commemorative rider map and more.

Limited Edition Model Year 2016 Chief Classic Giveaway
Sunday, August 2 and Thursday, August 6 

Five limited edition Chief Classics will be given away during the rally. On Sunday and Thursday, the bikes will be raffled off live in the Lazelle St. space (visit location to learn exact time). These beautiful, Model Year 2016 Classics are available during the rally only, and will only be available to rally participants. Entries can be obtained with scan of Indian Motorcycle RFID badges at Indian events and locations during the rally; see the registration booth on Lazelle St. to get a badge.

Factory Demo Rides, 2100 Whitewood Service Road (I-90 on Exit 30)
Saturday, August 1 – Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Join the Indian Motorcycle demo team and test ride the latest models fresh from the Spirit Lake, Iowa plant. New Model Year 2016 motorcycles will be ready to demo ride all week long representing every variation and color and some fully accessorized. Demo ride availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Rides will head out daily starting at 9:15 a.m. with the last ride leaving at 4:30 p.m. Riders must be 18 years of age and must provide proof of endorsement along with a helmet and appropriate riding attire. Passengers with protective gear are welcome to ride with no endorsement needed.

“Black Hills Heritage Ride presented by Indian Motorcycle”: Ride-in to Sturgis with American Iron Magazine
Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2

Join Buzz Kanter and the editors of American Iron Magazine as they ride vintage and modern motorcycles to Sturgis. The ride will kick off at the acclaimed National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa with a complimentary dinner on Thursday, July 30 and will conclude in Sturgis on Sunday, August 2. The ride route will explore backroads and celebrate both great heritage Indian bikes and modern models. The ride is free and open to all who are interested in joining, regardless of motorcycle manufacturer.

“America’s Block Party” (Between Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycle displays on Lazelle St.)Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

oin Indian Motorcycle, Victory Motorcycles, Polaris Slingshot and partner Jack Daniel’s at the biggest party in Sturgis. “America’s Block Party” will feature live music daily, the Jack Daniel’s Experience, beverages available for purchase, complimentary patch sewing, and much more. In addition, the following special appearances will take place courtesy of Jack Daniel’s:

  • NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton and Rusty Wallace former driver of the #2 Cup series Car in NASCAR and now TV commentator, Monday, August 3, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, Monday, August 3, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Museum, August 2 – 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (across the street)

“Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis” Welcome Event
Sunday, August 2, 3:30 p.m., Lazelle St. Display

Join us as we welcome a group of American heroes to America’s motorcycle rally. The riders of the “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,” sponsored by Indian Motorcycle, will be concluding eight days on the road from Los Angeles to Sturgis riding across the country they helped defend on Indian motorcycles. These brave men and women from all branches of the military, some with multiple traumatic amputations, will arrive to a warm and patriotic welcome at the Indian Motorcycle display on Lazelle Street.

Indian Motorcycle Night at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Reveal of Roland Sands Design / GEICO Custom Indian Chieftain
Sunday, August 2, 9:50 p.m., Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip

On Sunday night, a fired-up audience will get a chance to see the unveiling of a new custom-built GEICO Motorcycle — the GEICO custom Indian Chieftain built by Roland Sands Designs. The RSD team will reveal the bike on the Wolfman Jack Stage at the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip. The night’s entertainment will include: 38 Special, The Guess Who and Brantley Gilbert.

“Military Monday
Monday, August 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Lazelle St. Display

Indian Motorcycle will honor and salute veterans and those who serve on “Military Monday” with a complimentary gift for those with a current or honorably discharged Military I.D. Visit the display on Lazelle St. for more information. As a benefit to Indian Motorcycle’s military partner, The USO, and Victory Motorcycles’ military partner, IAVA, riders using the complimentary parking behind the factory display on Lazelle St. throughout the week are encouraged to make a donation.

“Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Rally”
Tuesday, August 4, Crossroads at the Buffalo Chip, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Indian Motorcycle and American Iron Magazine are sponsoring a heritage motorcycle celebration at the Buffalo Chip.  The event is free to attend and free to register any model year Indian bike or pre-1984 classic American motorcycle. Riders can check out dozens of historic machines from all brands, and will feature a bike show and contest. Class winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

Mike Wolfe Autograph Session
Wednesday, August 5, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Stop by the Indian Motorcycle display on Lazelle St. for an up close and personal autograph session with Mike Wolfe, star of “American Pickers” on HISTORY and avid Indian Motorcycle fan.

Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) and Owner Events
Monday, August 3 – Sunday, August 9

Owners, past, present and future are invited to join Indian Motorcycle for exclusive owner activities throughout Rally Week.

  • On Tuesday, August 4 at 11:30 a.m. owners are invited to attend a complimentary Owners Lunch at Game Lodge Pavilion in Custer State Park. Pre-registration is required and owners can sign up HERE.
  • Owners are also invited on Wednesday, August 5 to the Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis dealership for an owners-only open house and Wall of Death Show at 10:30 a.m.

Throughout Rally Week, owners will receive a commemorative gift when they present their key FOB at the dealership or the Indian exhibit on Lazelle St. IMRG members can also show their membership card for an additional gift.

Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis Dealership
Open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily at 2130 Main St.

Visit the Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis dealership’s recently opened 22,000 square foot showroom. The American Motor Drome Wall of Death, featuring the custom 2015 Wall of Death Scout, will be at the dealership with shows each hour starting at 11 a.m., courtesy of Indian Motorcycle. The showroom offers an expanded parts and customization department as well as additional service bays. The dealership is giving away limited edition prizes and will have commemorative 75th anniversary items for sale. For more information please visit: www.indianmotorcyclesturgis.com.

“We promise a jam-packed week of activity for this rally, and we’re going to deliver,” said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles at Polaris Industries. “We look forward to visiting with our friends and riders at the displays and celebrating the Diamond Anniversary of Pappy Hoel’s little get-together that, through the years, has turned into the biggest motorcycle rally in the world.”

Indian Motorcycle Heads To Sturgis With Entertainment, Events And 2016 Lineup appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/indian-motorcycle-heads-to-sturgis-with-entertainment-events-and-2016-lineup/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[AMA Surpasses 25,000 Signatures On Anti-E15 Petition]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/ama-surpasses-25000-signatures-on-anti-e15-petition/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/ama-surpasses-25000-signatures-on-anti-e15-petition/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:12:29 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51680 AMA Surpasses 25,000 Signatures On Anti-E15 Petition
AMA's new goal is to reach 30,000 signatures. more]]>
From an AMA press release:


More than 25,000 people have joined the American Motorcyclist Association to oppose federal mandates that would result in the spread of higher-ethanol blended fuels and increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and others.

To date, the AMA has collected 25,151 signatures on its online petition urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to increase the proposed renewable fuel volumes this year and, instead, to adopt lower mandates.

“We plan to include the names and addresses of all the signers with our comments to the EPA opposing the proposed new mandates,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “We urge everyone to go online and add their names to the list. Our new goal is 30,000.”

Anyone can sign the AMA petition by visiting the AMA Federal Action Center here: http://bit.ly/1J4jGLG.

The Renewable Fuel Standard proposal announced May 29 by the EPA would increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and all-terrain-vehicle owners by forcing the widespread availability of higher-ethanol fuel blends, such as E15.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is approved by the EPA to use E15 or higher ethanol blends. Doing so is illegal and may cause engine and fuel system damage and void a manufacturer’s warranty.

The EPA opened a comment period to allow the public to voice its opinion on the proposed rule. The comment deadline is July 27. The AMA plans to submit every name and address with its comments to the EPA on July 26.

The EPA proposed setting the renewable fuel standard for 2014 at the levels that were actually produced and used, which totaled 15.93 billion gallons. But for 2015, the standard rises to 16.3 billion gallons. And for 2016, the total increases again, to 17.4 billion gallons.

The EPA intends to take final action on this latest proposal by Nov. 30, which would return the agency to the program’s statutory timeline for issuing RFS annual rules.

AMA Surpasses 25,000 Signatures On Anti-E15 Petition appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/ama-surpasses-25000-signatures-on-anti-e15-petition/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Launch Party For Indian Motorcycle Riders Group Taking Place In Austria September 12]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/launch-party-for-indian-motorcycle-riders-group-taking-place-in-austria-september-12/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/launch-party-for-indian-motorcycle-riders-group-taking-place-in-austria-september-12/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:04:39 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51674 Launch Party For Indian Motorcycle Riders Group Taking Place In Austria September 12
Wall of Death exhibition to headline Indian Motorcycle Riders Group party in Austria. more]]>
In June, the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group was launched in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and in that short time over 500 owners have joined. To celebrate, the IMRG is hosting a launch party in Area1 at Faak Am See in Austria, September 12.

The launch party will feature hundreds of bikers, camping and gathering around for a week of motorcycling fun and entertainment, including food, drink, live music and a special Wall of Death show.

Dario Baraggia, EMEA brand manager for Indian Motorcycle says: “This launch party will give our new IMRG members an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the birth of the Indian Motorcycle community outside of the USA. We can’t wait to see all our members ride in to Faak Am See for a party they’ll always remember.”

Here’s the program:

Saturday 12th September

  • 1pm – IMRG members meet between 1pm and 3pm (at a location near Faak Am See to be announced)
  • 3pm – the group rides in together to Faak Am See
  • 6pm – welcome drink at the IMRG tent
  • 8pm – a private Wall of Death show for IMRG members
  • 9pm – Live music performance from Gil Edwards ­then a lounge bar opens

After welcome drinks and a thrilling Wall of Death show, IMRG members will then be treated to live music from Gil Edwards and The Knuckleheads. Gil is a singer originally from Oregon whose emotive voice blends well with his gritty guitar playing.

Gil says he is really looking forward to meeting all the great folks at Faak Am See: “I have been playing music to bikers as long as I can remember. They are the absolute best audience,” he says. “Someone once asked me why I like Indian Motorcycle and it goes back a long way. My father was riding an old Indian inline four when he met my mom. That bike and the Indian logo are the first I ever saw. I have wanted an Indian ever since. I had my eye on an old Chief, but it was sold out from under me.

Gil has also given a few hints about what kind of music IMRG members will hear at the party: “I was thinking about the set list and have decided to go old school,” he says. “My versions of some great rock and blues songs and a little Johnny Winter. Maybe even a little Gil Edwards. See ya all at Faak Am See.”

The launch party is limited to IMRG members, but to attend they must pre-register on www.imrgmember.com.

Attendees will receive an exclusive member welcome pack on arrival containing an IMRG collectable T-shirt, IMRG patch, helmet bag, temporary tattoo, lanyard and a VIP pass.

Launch Party For Indian Motorcycle Riders Group Taking Place In Austria September 12 appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-news/launch-party-for-indian-motorcycle-riders-group-taking-place-in-austria-september-12/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Win A Chance To Go On Epic Adventure Ride With Jeff Emig]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-category/off-road/win-a-chance-to-go-on-epic-adventure-ride-with-jeff-emig/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-category/off-road/win-a-chance-to-go-on-epic-adventure-ride-with-jeff-emig/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:23:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51668 Win A Chance To Go On Epic Adventure Ride With Jeff Emig
Join motocross legend Jeff Emig on an adventure through the Rocky Mountains. more]]>
If you’re an adventure rider looking for an epic trip to ride with a motocross legend through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, listen up. RM rides has announced it is currently taking entries for the “Win a Trip to the ER” contest. Instead of the Emergency Room, however, ER stands for “Emig Ride.” The contest takes place August 31 – September 4, and eight lucky winners will be chosen to ride with Emig and the RM Rides crew.

Eight winners will receive a prize package that includes hotel accommodations and meals for the duration of the trip. Winners will also receive $300 to assist in their travel to and from Moab, UT, where the ride will begin and end. The 500-mile trip will take the riders through the scenic San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride, CO. About half of the ride will be on dirt roads and trails, allowing the riders to explore old mines and ghost towns while experiencing incredible scenery.

“2014 was the very first ‘Win a Trip to the ER’ contest, and what a pleasure it was,” said Emig. I grew up riding trails in Colorado with my father and brother, so riding this terrain brought back some great memories.”

“Adventure riding is part of who we are,” said Dan Thomas, CEO and Founder of RM Rides. “We go adventure riding whenever we can. The Emig Ride contest is a great opportunity we have to reach out and give back to other adventure riders. Last year’s ride was incredible, and we expect it to be even better this year.”

The contest will end on July 31. For more details and to submit an entry, please visit https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/2015-Emig-Ride.

Win A Chance To Go On Epic Adventure Ride With Jeff Emig appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/22/motorcycle-category/off-road/win-a-chance-to-go-on-epic-adventure-ride-with-jeff-emig/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[2015 KTM Adventure Rider Rally Preview + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/21/motorcycle-news/2015-ktm-adventure-rider-rally-preview-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/21/motorcycle-news/2015-ktm-adventure-rider-rally-preview-video/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:31:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51583 2015 KTM Adventure Rider Rally Preview + Video
Get a sneak peak of what you can expect from the 2015 KTM Adventure Rider Rally. more]]>
The twelfth annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally is just around the corner, taking place September 18-20, 2015, and KTM sends this video preview of the big event, from Crested Butte, Colorado.

No matter what your skill level is, if you’re a fan of adventure riding, and want to be surrounded with others who have the same passion as you, the KTM Adventure Rider Rally is the place to be. Check out the video below to get a taste of what you can expect from the rally. If you like what you see, be sure to visit www.ktmorangeevents.com and register.

2015 KTM Adventure Rider Rally Preview + Video appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/21/motorcycle-news/2015-ktm-adventure-rider-rally-preview-video/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Reports Q2 2015 Financial Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/21/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q2-2015-financial-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/21/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q2-2015-financial-results/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:55:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51571 Harley-Davidson Reports Q2 2015 Financial Results
Harley-Davidson reported a 10% drop in motorcycle sales revenue over the second quarter of 2015 while worldwide unit sales volume dipped by 1.4%. Overall, Harley-Davidson made a net profit of $299.8 million in the second quarter compared to $354.1 million last year. According to the company’s quarterly report, motorcycle sales generated $1.65 billion in sales […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson reported a 10% drop in motorcycle sales revenue over the second quarter of 2015 while worldwide unit sales volume dipped by 1.4%. Overall, Harley-Davidson made a net profit of $299.8 million in the second quarter compared to $354.1 million last year.

According to the company’s quarterly report, motorcycle sales generated $1.65 billion in sales revenue for the three months ended June 28, 2015, compared to revenue of $1.83 billion in the same quarter last year. Operating income from retail sales saw a 19.6% decrease to $380.6 million from $473.3 million. Harley-Davidson attributes the decreases to a planned decrease in shipments and currency fluctuations.

“In the face of a tough competitive environment, driven mostly by currency and greater competitive activity, we are leveraging our many strengths and meeting the challenge head on,” says Matt Levatich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Our actions during the quarter have had a positive impact. We are encouraged by the momentum at retail as the quarter progressed, both in the U.S. and internationally.”

Unit sales decreased to 88,931 motorcycles from 90,218 sold in the second quarter of 2014. Despite the small overall decrease, Harley-Davidson reports strong sales for the updated Road Glide, Ultra Low, Ultra Limited Low, CVO Street Glide, Freewheeler trike and the Street 500 and 750.

U.S. sales decreased by just 435 units to 57,790 units over the quarter. Harley-Davidson says last year’s sales received a bump from initial enthusiasm for its Project Rushmore upgrades while this year’s figures were were down because of diverting some inventory on Street models for rider training fleets. Still, Harley-Davidson’s smaller bikes did particularly well, with combined Street and Sportster sales seeing a double-digit growth.

Overall, Harley-Davidson made a net profit of $299.8 million in the second quarter compared to $354.1 million last year.

Outside of the U.S., Harley-Davidson saw a 16.6% growth in the Pacific Asia, though those gains were erased by decreased sales in several other markets, especially Brazil, Europe and Canada, where Harley-Davidson is transitioning to a direct distribution system as of Aug. 4.

For the final two quarters of 2015, Harley-Davidson expects to ship 276,000 to 281,000 motorcycles, an increase of 2%-4% from last year.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

Harley-Davidson Reports Q2 2015 Financial Results appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/21/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q2-2015-financial-results/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Suzuki Patents Hybrid Motorcycle with Semi-Automatic Transmission]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/design/suzuki-patents-hybrid-motorcycle-with-semi-automatic-transmission/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/design/suzuki-patents-hybrid-motorcycle-with-semi-automatic-transmission/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:28:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51540 Suzuki Patents Hybrid Motorcycle with Semi-Automatic Transmission
Suzuki has filed a patent for a hybrid motorcycle powered by an inline-Four and an electric motor. Filed with the Japan Patent Office, the patent describes how Suzuki would incorporate a hybrid powertrain and a semi-automatic transmission on a sportbike. According to the patent description, the electric motor (the drum-shaped object labeled #43 in the […] more]]>
Suzuki has filed a patent for a hybrid motorcycle powered by an inline-Four and an electric motor. Filed with the Japan Patent Office, the patent describes how Suzuki would incorporate a hybrid powertrain and a semi-automatic transmission on a sportbike.

According to the patent description, the electric motor (the drum-shaped object labeled #43 in the diagrams mounted behind the cylinder bank) can be used to supply full electric drive or electric assistance to the gasoline-powered engine. The patent accounts for either a DC motor or an AC motor with an inverter (#33) and battery (#32) mounted under the seat.

072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-07

Both the internal combustion engine and the electric motor deliver power through the transmission. When operating on pure gasoline power, the transmission continues to spin the electric motor, turning it into a generator. This also allows the motor to provide electric power assistance to the ICE.

072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-transmission-animated

The transmission is semi-automatic allowing manual shifting without needing to pull in the clutch lever. Shifting is still done with the rider’s left foot, but it’s performed electronically. A sensor (#90) detects the angle of the shift lever, sending an electronic signal to shift up or down. The signal is received by the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) which then releases the clutch and initiates a gear change. The TCU works with the Engine Control Unit (ECU), momentarily cutting the throttle on upshifts and blipping it on downshifts.

The right handlebar has three switches: the starter (#110), a mode selector (#111) and a kill switch (#112). Pressing up (#111) switches modes between pure electric, electric assist and power generation. Pressing the #110 switch again makes the bike run on just the gasoline-fueled engine.

072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-19

The illustrations suggest Suzuki’s planning to use this technology on a sportbike. The triple clamp and frame resemble those on the current GSX-R1000, but those may have been selected just for illustrative purposes. The patent is credited to Koichi Tanaka whose previous patents for Suzuki include sportbike engines and air intake systems.

As in most cases, a patent provides little information on if/when it will appear on a production model, but at the very least it shows what Suzuki is working on.

072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-01 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-02 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-03 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-04 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-05 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-06 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-07 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-08 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-09 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-10 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-11 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-12 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-13 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-14 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-16 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-17 072015-suzuki-hybrid-patent-19

[Source: JPO]

Suzuki Patents Hybrid Motorcycle with Semi-Automatic Transmission appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/design/suzuki-patents-hybrid-motorcycle-with-semi-automatic-transmission/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Jurassic World Triumph Scrambler Up For Auction + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/motorcycle-news/jurassic-world-triumph-scrambler-up-for-auction-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/motorcycle-news/jurassic-world-triumph-scrambler-up-for-auction-video/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:52:19 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51579 Jurassic World Triumph Scrambler Up For Auction + Video
Triumph Scrambler ridden by Chris Pratt will be sold off to benefit Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. more]]>
On July 23rd, Triumph Motorcycles will auction the iconic Scrambler ridden by action hero Chris Pratt in the global summer blockbuster Jurassic World.

The bespoke bike, featured racing alongside Raptors in the film will be sold by eBay to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to Triumph’s nominated fundraising partner, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Three Scramblers were customised for the film. One was presented to Chris Pratt as a gift after filming, the second is displayed at Triumph’s headquarters in the UK and a third is up for auction.

The Scrambler is based on the brand’s iconic Bonneville model, combining classic off-road influences with the Hinckley firm’s signature twin cylinder, 865cc engine. Triumph has been a long-standing favourite of Hollywood superstars past and present including; Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando and more recently Bradley Cooper, George Clooney and Ryan Reynolds.

The auction will go live on eBay at 7pm GMT on Thursday, July 23rd, and will be live for ten days only. A certificate of authenticity will be included in the purchase.

Money raised by the auction will go to The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, an annual motorcycle event that takes place in cities around the world on the last Sunday in September. Celebrating dapper style, classic motorcycles and the fun of riding with friends, the event is held to raise funds to help research into beating prostate cancer. Now in its fourth year, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has raised $2million for global medical research and this year hopes to raise over $3.M through events in over 80 countries around the world.

Check out the video below to see Jurassic World Diaries star, Chris Pratt, as he rides the Triumph Scrambler to be auctioned.

Jurassic World Triumph Scrambler Up For Auction + Video appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/motorcycle-news/jurassic-world-triumph-scrambler-up-for-auction-video/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[AMA Proposes New Class Structure For 2016 Flat Track Season]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/motorcycle-news/ama-proposes-new-class-structure-for-2016-flat-track-season/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/motorcycle-news/ama-proposes-new-class-structure-for-2016-flat-track-season/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:53:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51576 AMA Proposes New Class Structure For 2016 Flat Track Season
Proposed flat track rule changes aimed at increasing manufacturer and corporate involvement. more]]>
The AMA has launched a strategic review of its flat track series, which will result in the creation of a five-year plan. This review comes after audiences have declined, manufacturer and sponsorship has waned, and stakeholders have seen significant declines in revenue streams.

This five-year plan aims to lay out a road map that will re-engineer the business of flat track racing and provide renewed value for stakeholders. As part of this change, the racing class structures will be modernized in order to offer commercially relevant opportunities to a wide range of manufacturers, providing clear on-track identification of their technology and the athletes who compete using their hardware.

To this end, AMA Pro Racing is proposing an evolution of the sport to offer two distinct racing classes that will be instantly recognizable, distinct from each other and will form a launch-pad for the sport to regain its position as the leading professional motorcycle racing series in the United States. During the summer months of 2015, AMA Pro Racing will be discussing the plan with representatives from manufacturers, sponsors and the AMA Pro Flat Track Advisory Group, and will be running a series of workshops in order to detail the rules package for the 2016 season. The final class structure will be publicly announced in a press conference at the 2015 season finale in Las Vegas during the weekend of November 21-22, 2015.

Here are the two proposed class structures for 2016:

Proposed GNC1 structure:

  • All GNC1 class events will be contested on multi-cylinder engine motorcycles.
  • Engine size limits by configuration type to be determined.
  • Minimum weight limits will be applied and linked to engine size.
  • Riders will be required to wear leathers at all events.

Proposed GNC2 structure:

  • All GNC2 class events will be contested on production motorcycles with single-cylinder engines up to 450cc.
  • A minimum weight limit will be applied.
  • Riders will be required to wear leathers at all events.

 

AMA Proposes New Class Structure For 2016 Flat Track Season appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/motorcycle-news/ama-proposes-new-class-structure-for-2016-flat-track-season/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Victory TT Bike Recovered]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/manufacturers/victory/stolen-victory-tt-bike-recovered/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/manufacturers/victory/stolen-victory-tt-bike-recovered/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:38:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51559 Stolen Victory TT Bike Recovered
The Victory prototype electric TT motorcycle was recovered Sunday with damaged bodywork and the rear wheel removed, but largely complete. The electric race bike that Irishman Lee Johnston rode to the podium in the Isle of Man/SES TT Zero race was returned to Brammo Headquarters in Talent, OR. “Everyone at Brammo are relieved to have bike #3 […] more]]>
The Victory prototype electric TT motorcycle was recovered Sunday with damaged bodywork and the rear wheel removed, but largely complete. The electric race bike that Irishman Lee Johnston rode to the podium in the Isle of Man/SES TT Zero race was returned to Brammo Headquarters in Talent, OR.

“Everyone at Brammo are relieved to have bike #3 back in the stable and are extremely grateful to the City of Talent Police Department for working diligently to solve this case. We’ll need some time to fully assess any damage done, but from initial inspection it appears mostly cosmetic and repairable. What a bizarre event this has been. Thank you to everyone that shared the story and participated indirectly in the recovery,” says Brian Wismann, Brammo’s Director of Product Development.

Talent police were able to get information on the bikes whereabouts late Sunday afternoon. A warrant was served for a rental residence ending in the custody of two individuals. The main suspect, who has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement, told police he intended to disassemble the bike and sell the parts, though nobody has admitted actually breaking into the Brammo headquarters where the race bike was on proud display.

The employees of Victory Motorcycles and Brammo wish to thank all of those who shared the news of the theft of this valuable piece of racing history. The sharing of this news through social media would have made it almost impossible for the transportation or sale of the motorcycle to have gone un-noticed. It’s another example of the motorcycle community watching out for each other.

Stolen Victory TT Bike Recovered appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/manufacturers/victory/stolen-victory-tt-bike-recovered/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Progressive IMS Announces Summer Of Sponsorship Program]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/events/progressive-ims-announces-summer-of-sponsorship-program/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/events/progressive-ims-announces-summer-of-sponsorship-program/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:58:42 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51574 Progressive IMS Announces Summer Of Sponsorship Program
Progressive IMS shows to expand its branding through support of various events. more]]>
The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows today announced its “Summer of Sponsorship Progam” with the support for the 43rd Annual BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally in Billings, Montana, July 23-25, 2015.

The aim of the program is to connect the motorcycling community, its vendors, and enthusiasts. To do this, IMS will sponsor enthusiast rallies, bike nights and events across the United States, with IMS branding to be seen throughout the event from on-site signage to sponsorship of “The Vendor Appreciation Lunch.”

IMS support for events and rallies throughout the U.S. includes World Superbike races, and activations in new cities on the 2015/2016 Tour including Portland, Oregon, Long Beach, California, Sacramento, California, and Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania. The summer venture began with a sponsorship at Motoblot in Chicago, Illinois in June 2015 along with the IMS title sponsor, Progressive Insurance.

Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President Powersports Group, UBM Advanstar: “The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are looking forward to supporting the 43rd Annual BMW MOA International Rally and events across the U.S. this summer. The ‘Summer of Sponsorship Program’ helps to bring the motorcycle community together and celebrate riding with camaraderie, education and a passion for the hobby. These are core values at IMS and we continue to reach out to our audience and connect with motorcyclists, vendors and enthusiasts beyond the 11 U.S. Shows.”

The Tour schedule offers attendees the unique opportunity to be the first to see the newest models, speak with knowledgeable product experts and be well-prepared and enthusiastic for the upcoming riding season. Unique opportunities will exist for licensed riders to test ride new motorcycles in select cities on the Tour.

In addition to the consumer facing aspect of IMS, the Shows offer a rare business-to-business platform in all markets. Designed specifically for motorcycle dealers across the U.S., the initiative is geared toward education, information and training.

The 2015/2016 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows 11-city Tour schedule is as follows:

  • NEW CITY: October 31-November 1, 2015 | Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • NEW CITY: November 6- 8, 2015 | Cal Expo Center, Sacramento, CA
  • November 20-22, 2015 | Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
  • December 11-13, 2015 | Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY
  • January 8-10, 2016 | Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
  • NEW CITY: January 15- 17, 2016 | Ft. Washington Convention Center, Fort Washington, PA
  • January 22-24, 2016 | Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX
  • January 29-31, 2016 | I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
  • February 5-7, 2016 | Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • February 12-14, 2016 | Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, IL
  • NEW DATE: February 20-21, 2016 | University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

For more information visit www.motorcycleshows.com.

Progressive IMS Announces Summer Of Sponsorship Program appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/events/progressive-ims-announces-summer-of-sponsorship-program/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Two Racers Killed in MotoAmerica Race]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/racing/two-racers-killed-in-motoamerica-race/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/racing/two-racers-killed-in-motoamerica-race/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:59:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51533 Two Racers Killed in MotoAmerica Race
Spanish racers Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas Fernandez have both succumbed to injuries suffered in a multi-bike crash in a MotoAmerica race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Martinez, (35, pictured left), and Rivas, (27, on the right), were caught in a chain reaction crash on the first lap of the second MotoAmerica Superbike and Superstock […] more]]>
Spanish racers Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas Fernandez have both succumbed to injuries suffered in a multi-bike crash in a MotoAmerica race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Martinez, (35, pictured left), and Rivas, (27, on the right), were caught in a chain reaction crash on the first lap of the second MotoAmerica Superbike and Superstock 1000 race.

Martinez was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Monterey, Calif., where he was pronounced dead. Rivas was air lifted to a medical center in Salinas where he too succumbed to his injuries.

“I really don’t have any words to describe what we all feel,” said MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey. “First and foremost, is the loss to the families and loved ones. Our sincere condolences goes out to each and every one of them as well as the MotoAmerica family. They are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Martinez had been competing in the U.S. for the last few seasons, finishing tenth overall in the 2014 AMA Superbike Championship with a career-best finish of fourth at the final race of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Martinez also raced seven rounds of the 2010 Moto2 championship.

Rivas was relatively new to racing in the U.S. but in Europe, he established himself in the European Superstock 600 Championship. Rivas also raced in the World Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 championships and a few rounds of the Moto2 championship from 2010-2013.

“We are deeply saddened to learn the news of the passing of Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Our prayers and hearts go out to their families and teams.”

Two Racers Killed in MotoAmerica Race appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/20/racing/two-racers-killed-in-motoamerica-race/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[MOTO-D Strapless Motorcycle Transport Stands]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/products/moto-d-strapless-motorcycle-transport-stands/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/products/moto-d-strapless-motorcycle-transport-stands/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:28:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51523 MOTO-D Strapless Motorcycle Transport Stands
This just in from MOTO-D Racing: the original motorcycle trailer restraint system to secure your motorcycle without the use of wheel chocks, straps, or tie-downs. An upright tower bracket secures the motorcycle via a steel rod inserted through the hollow rear axle of the bike. No stress on your suspension. Loading and unloading a motorcycle takes one […] more]]>
This just in from MOTO-D Racing: the original motorcycle trailer restraint system to secure your motorcycle without the use of wheel chocks, straps, or tie-downs. An upright tower bracket secures the motorcycle via a steel rod inserted through the hollow rear axle of the bike. No stress on your suspension. Loading and unloading a motorcycle takes one minute or less. Installation of the Strapless Transport Stands consists of bolting two mounting plates to the floor, then sliding the restraint stand in place and engaging the locking mechanism. Works great in enclosed trailers, open trailers, shipping crates, cargo vans, long bed pick-up trucks, etc., says MOTO-D.

www.motodracing.com

MOTO-D Strapless Motorcycle Transport Stands appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/products/moto-d-strapless-motorcycle-transport-stands/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[$1,000 Reward For Stolen Victory IoM TT Racer]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/manufacturers/victory/1000-reward-for-stolen-victory-iom-tt-racer/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/manufacturers/victory/1000-reward-for-stolen-victory-iom-tt-racer/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:58:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51520 $1,000 Reward For Stolen Victory IoM TT Racer
The Victory Isle of Man TT racer ridden by Lee Johnston to third place in the 2015 Zero TT was stolen from the Brammo Company headquarters in Talent, OR last night. Victory is requesting Pacific North West motorcyclists to be on the lookout. The motorcycle was on display with its complete race bodywork, as shown in […] more]]>
The Victory Isle of Man TT racer ridden by Lee Johnston to third place in the 2015 Zero TT was stolen from the Brammo Company headquarters in Talent, OR last night. Victory is requesting Pacific North West motorcyclists to be on the lookout.

The motorcycle was on display with its complete race bodywork, as shown in the image above. However, bodywork may have been removed or painted.The frame is stamped with the VIN #004.

Victory is asking anyone with information to contact Bill May of the Talent, OR police department at 541-535-1253. Refer to case #15-2149. Victory is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of this motorcycle.

Police are reviewing security footage for further information. Victory will post updates on its Facebook page as new information becomes available.

$1,000 Reward For Stolen Victory IoM TT Racer appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/manufacturers/victory/1000-reward-for-stolen-victory-iom-tt-racer/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Shelina Moreda To Compete Aboard TOBC Racing Yamaha R6 In MotoAmerica Supersport At Laguna Seca]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/manufacturers/yamaha/shelina-moreda-to-compete-aboard-tobc-racing-yamaha-r6-in-motoamerica-supersport-at-laguna-seca/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/manufacturers/yamaha/shelina-moreda-to-compete-aboard-tobc-racing-yamaha-r6-in-motoamerica-supersport-at-laguna-seca/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:44:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51516 Shelina Moreda To Compete Aboard TOBC Racing Yamaha R6 In MotoAmerica Supersport At Laguna Seca
Shelina Moreda making a return to 600cc competition in America. more]]>
From a TOBC Racing press release:


This weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, northern Californian Shelina Moreda will race the #93 Graves Motorsports-prepared TOBC racing Yamaha YZF-R6 in MotoAmerica’s Supersport class. The announcement was made by TOBC racing team owner Michelle Lindsay.

For Shelina, the weekend marks her return to AMA-sanctioned professional road racing and her first racing event with the MotoAmerica series and TOBC racing. She just returned to the U.S. after testing in Japan for the upcoming Suzuka 4 Hours endurance race, which she will compete in on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

At the onset of purchasing the team, I thought we were going to race at Pikes Peak,” Michelle said. “Unfortunately, our sponsor pulled out less than a month before the race, and we had already committed to Shelina as our rider for that event. Shelina is a true professional. She’s not only talented, but charismatic, passionate, fun, and she deserves to be racing. I really wanted TOBC racing to have an opportunity to work with her. Plus, having another women dedicated to road racing under the same tent is inspiring for me, personally. All of us at TOBC racing are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Shelina.

Shelina commented, “I’m really excited to be racing at Laguna with a team that is the caliber of TOBC racing. The team owner, Michelle Lindsay, is a go-getter. I have a big challenge ahead of me because I haven’t been on a proper 600 racebike in 2 1/2 years…with only one exception…so I’m learning to get comfortable on a well-setup bike all over again. Our test at Fontana last week was the first time I’d seen the TOBC racing R6, and it was such a treat (even if it was a little bit intimidating!) to have Keith McCarty, Chuck Graves, James Siddall, Scott Harwell, Bryce Eikelberger, and Geoff Cesmat all there making sure the bike and I got sorted.

“I’m seriously looking forward to this weekend. It means a lot to me to have an opportunity like this. I really appreciate TOBC racing and what they stand for. Also, special thanks to Cycle Gear for coming on board as a sponsor for me this weekend.”

Shelina Moreda To Compete Aboard TOBC Racing Yamaha R6 In MotoAmerica Supersport At Laguna Seca appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/manufacturers/yamaha/shelina-moreda-to-compete-aboard-tobc-racing-yamaha-r6-in-motoamerica-supersport-at-laguna-seca/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Yamahas AARP Microsite]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/motorcycle-news/yamahas-aarp-microsite/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/motorcycle-news/yamahas-aarp-microsite/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:09:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51512 Yamaha’s AARP Microsite
Yamaha’s celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and to commemorate the occassion the company launched a new microsite that is filled with videos, photos, and other content that documents and reflects on the company’s heritage. “The 60th anniversary microsite is a celebration of six decades of Yamaha motorsports success,” says Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for […] more]]>
Yamaha’s celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and to commemorate the occassion the company launched a new microsite that is filled with videos, photos, and other content that documents and reflects on the company’s heritage.

“The 60th anniversary microsite is a celebration of six decades of Yamaha motorsports success,” says Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for Yamaha U.S. Motorsports Group. “It’s not only a look back at the history of the company, but it’s also a showcase for the commemorative Motorsports products that we’ve released featuring special 60th Anniversary livery in the yellow-and-black color and design scheme that Yamaha made famous during the 1970s and 1980s.”

Yamaha will update content frequently by adding additional videos, photos, and more.

Yamaha’s AARP Microsite appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/17/motorcycle-news/yamahas-aarp-microsite/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[AMA Congratulates AMA Supercross Champ Ryan Dungey On ESPY Award]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/manufacturers/ktm/ama-congratulates-ama-supercross-champ-ryan-dungey-on-espy-award/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/manufacturers/ktm/ama-congratulates-ama-supercross-champ-ryan-dungey-on-espy-award/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:53:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51508 AMA Congratulates AMA Supercross Champ Ryan Dungey On ESPY Award
AMA Supercross Champ Ryan Dungey honored with action sports ESPY. more]]>
In a press release issued today, the American Motorcyclist Association sent its congratulations to 2015 AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey for winning the Best male Action Sports Athlete at the 23rd annual ESPY awards, presented by ESPN.

“We are very pleased to see Ryan honored for his accomplishments in AMA Supercross, and we congratulate him on this award,” said AMA Director of Supercross Kevin Crowther. “The skill, talent, determination and physical fitness demanded by AMA Supercross are extraordinary, and Ryan’s recognition is so rightfully deserved. We fully expect this award will introduce new fans to one of the most thrilling sports on the planet, and that AMA Supercross fans everywhere will tune in to watch Ryan defend his AMA No. 1 plate in 2016.”

During the 2015 season, Dungey won eight of 17 main events to earn his fourth career premier class title.

Dungey has competed in professional AMA Supercross and Motocross since 2006. In 2009, he won the 250cc class title in both AMA Supercross and Motocross. In 2010, he won both the AMA Supercross and Motocross titles in the premier 450cc class. Dungey captured his fifth title in 2012, the 450cc AMA Motocross Championship.

Dungey joins fellow 2015 ESPY award winners: basketball star LeBron James, football player Lionel Messi, professional golfer Jordan Speith, and tennis stars Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.

AMA Congratulates AMA Supercross Champ Ryan Dungey On ESPY Award appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/manufacturers/ktm/ama-congratulates-ama-supercross-champ-ryan-dungey-on-espy-award/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Has Big Things Planned For 75th Sturgis Rally]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-has-big-things-planned-for-75th-sturgis-rally/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-has-big-things-planned-for-75th-sturgis-rally/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:54:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51505 Harley-Davidson Has Big Things Planned For 75th Sturgis Rally
Harley coming to Sturgis with a full lineup of activities. more]]>
From a Harley-Davidson press release:


From a chain cutting-rally kickoff to the last demo ride, sparks will fly as Harley-Davidson takes over the city of Sturgis to kick off the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with a new line-up of activities. The start of one of the biggest rallies in U.S. history will be commemorated at a chain-cutting of the new Harley-Davidson Rally Point and brings to life the first phase of the new 75-year relationship between Harley-Davidson and the city of Sturgis making Harley-Davidson the official motorcycle of the rally.

For 2015, Harley-Davidson is uniting all Harley-Davidson and H.O.G. activities at three new locations: the Rally Point, the Sturgis Community Center and Sturgis City Park – providing rally-goers additional opportunities to make lasting memories during the week-long event.

“Riders rarely have the same Sturgis experience twice, but the 75th rally will be a completely new one for everyone who rides through the Black Hills on their way to Sturgis,” said Kris Schoonover, Manager of Event Strategy and Execution for Harley-Davidson. “We are expanding our presence in Sturgis by creating multiple locations for customers to experience the variety of activities Harley-Davidson has to offer.”

Grand Opening: The Harley-Davidson Rally Point

At the corner of Main Street and Harley-Davidson Way, the Rally Point is the new year-round home for motorcyclists to gather. Don’t miss the grand opening on July 31 at noon with ceremonial chain-cutting, music and more.

  • There will be daily concerts and shows, a bike raffle for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and an official photo area for riders with their motorcycles to have a picture snapped with the iconic Sturgis sign as the backdrop.
  • Women and Riding: Help us celebrate 100 years of strong and confident women riders by joining Karen Davidson, H-D General Merchandise Creative Director, and photographer, Lana MacNaughton, for a gathering to discuss women in motorcycling, Monday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. They will talk about why they ride, collect ideas for 2016 women’s activities and give a sneak preview of Fall fashion.
  • UFC fighters will be onsite signing autographs and taking pictures – Mike Chiesa on Tuesday, Aug. 4and Ricardo Lamas on Friday, Aug. 7.

All-New Venue: Sturgis City Park

One of the newest Sturgis event locations – Sturgis City Park – provides a brand new experience in 2015. Harley-Davidson will host a display full of radical custom Harleys, daily giveaways and a custom, vintage 1951 Truck and Trailer. Check out the event schedule for a full line-up of attractions.

Central Hub: Sturgis Community Center at Fourth and Lazelle Streets

Freedom, attitude and V-Twin engines invade the Sturgis Community Center where the bulk of Harley-Davidson activities will now be housed. Both inside and outside the Community Center, riders will see and experience the newest motorcycle customizations, demonstrations of the latest MotorClothes, and experience the power of the 2015 line-up with a demo ride. This is also where official Willie G. and H.O.G. merchandise can be purchased, and it will be the only H.O.G. pin stop at the rally. All activities are Aug. 1-8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Free Motorcycle Demo Rides: The full 2015 motorcycle line-up and demo ride experience includes models such as theRoad Glide, Ultra Limited Low, Street 500 and 750, Freewheeler and a selection of customized models with H-D Genuine Motor Accessories. Staging for demo rides takes place in the parking lot behind the Community Center. A selection of helmets and jackets will also be available for demo rides.
  • Parts & Accessories: The interactive area includes everything needed to turn any Harley-Davidson motorcycle into a one-of-a-kind custom. No matter the riding style or body type, experts are on hand to help adjust any motorcycle for maximum comfort, control, style and confidence.
  • Project LiveWire Experience Tour: Harley-Davidson embodies the spirit of American Reinvention with Project LiveWire – the first electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Making an appearance in Sturgis, Project LiveWire brings innovation to the street to get feedback from customers on what they expect from an electric motorcycle that is authentic Harley-Davidson. The Project LiveWire Jumpstart will be available for a simulated riding experience.
  • Gear: Customization is not just for motorcycles, and Harley-Davidson is offering t-shirt customization at this year’s rally. There are 11 different designs for a one-of-a-kind shirt printed on the spot. The graphics were carefully selected from the Harley-Davidson library and have retro-inspired designs with one that is completely customizable. Everyone is encouraged to come early since there are limited quantities each day. Additionally, Black Hills Harley-Davidson will have a variety of MotorClothes available for purchase.And don’t miss the chance to win a $450 shopping spree with Karen Davidson or Lana MacNaughton. There are two chances to win, Monday, Aug. 3 at 1:50 p.m. at the Rally Point or Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Sturgis Community Center. The winner must be present to win, and you will have 3 hours of shopping time with Karen Davidson (Aug. 3) or Lana MacNaughton (Aug. 8) at Black Hills H-D.
  • Harleywood Bikes: Get up close and personal with customized bikes from the movies Captain America and Avengers: Age of Ultron and from FX’s Sons of Anarchy TV show. Located on a red carpet, this experience provides a unique opportunity to take a picture while sitting on product that starred in these iconic entertainment properties.
  • Harley-Davidson Museum: The Museum brings Harley-Davidson history and heritage to Sturgis with a series of events throughout the week: daily archives flicks, Untold Stories programs on custom builder Sugar Bear and the H-D Flat Track Racing Wrecking Crew, as well as pinstriping demonstrations with Harley-Davidson Chief Stylist, Ray Drea, and Vehicle Collections Specialist, Bill Rodencal. All events are free and open to the public. A full schedule can be found at www.h-d.com/sturgis.
  • Weber Mobile Grill Academy: Stop by the Weber Mobile Grill Academy to talk to experts about all things grilling and see an array of gas, charcoal and electric grills as well as accessories. Be sure to check out the Big Burger Battle Monday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. where three finalists will compete for the best burger recipe. Hands-on-grilling classes are also available to H.O.G.members. Check out the H-D Sturgis Event App for details to sign-up.
  • Other activities at the Community Center include custom Miller High Life bandanas, motorcycle stunt shows featuring Unknown Industries and daily police skill shows. Miller High Life and Ole Smoky Moonshine products will also be available throughout the week.

Black Hills Half-Mile Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Flat Track

Lovers of motorcycles and speed alike shouldn’t miss the fastest entertainment in the area Tuesday night,Aug. 4. A celebration of speed and fierce flat track racing action fires up at the Half-Mile oval of Black Hills Speedway. Come watch the H-D Factory Flat Track Wrecking Crew, Brad Baker, Jared Mees and Kenny Coolbeth, fiercely battle handlebar to handlebar in the corners.

Whether twisting throttles towards South Dakota or dreaming of a first visit to Sturgis, Harley-Davidson social media is serving exciting Sturgis action all rally long – starting with a full-throttle 75-hour social media blitz beginning July 28. See breathtaking images and stories from riders across the country and daily updates. Tune in to #Sturgis posts @HarleyDavidson on Twitter & Instagram, or on Facebook.

For more information about Harley-Davidson 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally events and to get the official H-D Event Sturgis App, visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.

Harley-Davidson Has Big Things Planned For 75th Sturgis Rally appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-has-big-things-planned-for-75th-sturgis-rally/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[The Great Escape: Mexican Drug Lords Rail-Mounted Motorcycle]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/law-2/the-great-escape-mexican-drug-lords-rail-mounted-motorcycle/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/law-2/the-great-escape-mexican-drug-lords-rail-mounted-motorcycle/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:24:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51493 The Great Escape: Mexican Drug Lord’s Rail-Mounted Motorcycle
Steve McQueen‘s got nothing on El Chapo, the man the U.S. government calls the most power drug trafficker in the world. Last weekend, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, successfully escaped from a Mexican prison for the second time in his life. Guzman first escaped way back in 2001 by hiding in a laundry basket. This time, […] more]]>
Steve McQueen‘s got nothing on El Chapo, the man the U.S. government calls the most power drug trafficker in the world. Last weekend, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, successfully escaped from a Mexican prison for the second time in his life.

Guzman first escaped way back in 2001 by hiding in a laundry basket. This time, his escape seems much more sophisticated, involving a mile-long tunnel constructed 30-feet underground with the help of a motorcycle specially-modified to run on rails.

While it may be sensational if Guzman actually rode the motorcycle to escape (like McQueen’s character attempts to do in the film “The Great Escape“) the bike was more likely used to move tools and displaced dirt during the tunnel’s construction. The escape route itself is pretty impressive, complete with supports and ventilation. Authorities estimate about 3,250 tonnes of earth was moved to create the tunnel.

The motorcycle is pretty barebones, with most components including the seat and front end removed. A plastic jug sits in place of the fuel tank, supplying gas to the air-cooled Single. To guide it through the narrow tunnel, the motorcycle was mounted on a pair of rails.

Guzman remains at large. The Mexican government is offering a $3.8 million reward for information leading to his capture, while the U.S. government has upped the ante with a $5 million reward.

The Great Escape: Mexican Drug Lord’s Rail-Mounted Motorcycle appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/law-2/the-great-escape-mexican-drug-lords-rail-mounted-motorcycle/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Energica Reaches New Partnership With Hollywood Electrics]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/motorcycle-news/energica-reaches-new-partnership-with-hollywood-electrics/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/motorcycle-news/energica-reaches-new-partnership-with-hollywood-electrics/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:34:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51484 Energica Reaches New Partnership With Hollywood Electrics
Hollywood Electrics to be the newest Energica dealer. more]]>
In its quest to become a major player in the global electric motorcycle field, Energica has today announced a partnership with its newest dealership, Hollywood Electrics in Southern California.

Since 2009, Hollywood Electrics has risen to become the largest electric motorcycle dealership in the world, and owner Harlan Flagg is excited about the new partnership.

In Energica’s press release, Flagg says, “The Energica Ego Superbike offers incredible performance in a beautiful package and we are excited to offer such a fantastic bike to our customers.”

Flagg should be a familiar name to MO readers, as he’s helped with numerous e-bike stories we’ve conducted, including our most recent Life Electric feature.

For Energica’s part, representatives state that the production line is steadily flowing and the company is on target to make its first deliveries within the month of July. Its flagship model, the Ego, boasts performance claims rivaling 600cc supersport machines and a fast-charge option that can replenish the bike in just 30 minutes.

Further, Energica’s Swiss dealer recently completed a 1952-mile journey during the 2015 Wave Trophy and its Dutch dealer is currently completing a tour around the Netherlands to prove the bike’s reliability.

Plus, in addition to Hollywood Electrics, new dealers in Portugal and Germany signal the company’s continued growth.

For more information, visit www.energicasuperbike.com.

Energica Ego at Rock Store Energica Ego Los Angeles Energica Ego Matte Black Production pictures - ABS by BOSCH

Energica Reaches New Partnership With Hollywood Electrics appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/16/motorcycle-news/energica-reaches-new-partnership-with-hollywood-electrics/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Yamaha To Debut New Graves R1 Open Exhaust At Laguna Seca + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/motorcycle-news/yamaha-to-debut-new-graves-r1-open-exhaust-at-laguna-seca-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/motorcycle-news/yamaha-to-debut-new-graves-r1-open-exhaust-at-laguna-seca-video/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:50:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51462 Yamaha To Debut New Graves R1 Open Exhaust At Laguna Seca + Video
New Yamaha R1 exhaust inspired by the M1 MotoGP bike. more]]>
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team has announced that, starting at the upcoming MotoAmerica/World Superbike weekend beginning July 17, the team’s 2015 R1 Superbikes will be equipped with an all-new open exhaust. The new exhaust is a “special open-concept” MotoGP-style system constructed from titanium. In the video below, you can compare the outgoing Graves exhaust to the new, open system. Get more information by visiting www.gravesport.com.

Yamaha To Debut New Graves R1 Open Exhaust At Laguna Seca + Video appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/motorcycle-news/yamaha-to-debut-new-graves-r1-open-exhaust-at-laguna-seca-video/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[AMA Pro Selects JMPR Public Relations]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/motorcycle-news/ama-pro-selects-jmpr-public-relations/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/motorcycle-news/ama-pro-selects-jmpr-public-relations/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:17:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51458 AMA Pro Selects JMPR Public Relations
New agency looks to bring flat track back to prominence. more]]>
From an AMA press release:


JMPR Public Relations, Inc. today announced that it has been named agency of record for AMA Pro Flat Track, the world’s leading professional flat track motorcycle racing championship.

JMPR will work with AMA Pro Flat Track’s internal marketing and communications team to develop and implement targeted media outreach campaigns to promote the racing series to non-endemic audiences at the local, regional and national levels, and generate awareness for the 2015 and 2016 championship.

Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, AMA Pro Flat Track chose to retain JMPR based on the agency’s decades of experience in expanding brands into new markets beyond their core audiences, as well as its expertise in working with business, consumer, lifestyle and motorcycle enthusiast media.

“Flat Track racing is unlike any other sport in existence,” said JMPR President, Joseph Molina. “It’s a uniquely American extreme sport with a storied history dating back nearly a century, and has launched the careers of many of the world’s most successful motorcycle racers. We’re looking forward to helping breathe new life into this coveted sport and bringing AMA Pro Flat Track back to the forefront of popular culture.”

“AMA Pro Flat Track is the most exciting form of racing in the U.S., and it’s time for us to tell our story to the world,” said Michael Gentry, AMA Pro Racing Chief Operating Officer. “With JMPR’s expertise and guidance, we will continue to broaden the exposure of the series by bringing the unparalleled excitement of the sport to a whole new generation of fans.”

AMA Pro Selects JMPR Public Relations appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/motorcycle-news/ama-pro-selects-jmpr-public-relations/feed/ 0 more]]>
<![CDATA[Yamaha Recalls WR250X and WR250R Models]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-recalls-wr250x-and-wr250r-models/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-recalls-wr250x-and-wr250r-models/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:37:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51452 Yamaha Recalls WR250X and WR250R Models
Yamaha is recalling certain 2008-2011 WR250X and 2008-2015 WR250R dual-sports because of a problem with the electrical system. The recall affects 12,721 units in the U.S. The recall also affects the 250cc version of the Majesty scooter offered in other markets such as Japan. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, […] more]]>
Yamaha is recalling certain 2008-2011 WR250X and 2008-2015 WR250R dual-sports because of a problem with the electrical system. The recall affects 12,721 units in the U.S. The recall also affects the 250cc version of the Majesty scooter offered in other markets such as Japan.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the insulation on the stator coil in the alternator may become damaged, potentially causing a short circuit. This would cause the battery to discharge and reduce overall electrical output, affecting a number of systems including speedometer function and lighting, and may cause the engine to stall.

Yamaha dealers will inspect recalled models and replace the stator coil with a new one that has improved bobbin insulation that can withstand a higher heat range.

[Source: NHTSA]

Yamaha Recalls WR250X and WR250R Models appeared first on Motorcycle.com News.

]]>
http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/15/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-recalls-wr250x-and-wr250r-models/feed/ 0 more]]>