Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:17:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[Casey Stoner To Return To Racing At Suzuka 8-hour]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/27/motorcycle-news/casey-stoner-return-racing-suzuka-8-hour/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/27/motorcycle-news/casey-stoner-return-racing-suzuka-8-hour/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:17:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49606 Casey Stoner To Return To Racing At Suzuka 8-hour
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From an HRC press release:


Honda Racing Corporation are pleased to announce Casey Stoner’s return to competition racing. The two-time MotoGP Champion (2007 and 2011) will form part of Honda’s MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three person team at this year’s Suzuka 8hr race, taking place on Sunday 26th July.

Casey, together with Honda’s World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and HRC test rider Takumi Takahashi, will be looking to clinch Honda’s sixth consecutive win in the prestigious endurance event which runs for eight hours consecutively where entrants (composed of two or more riders) alternate during pit stops.

Having recently renewed his testing contract with HRC, Casey tested the Suzuka CBR1000RR machine during January’s Sepang test, reporting positively on the machine to Honda engineers.

Casey will have further opportunities to test the Honda machine on the 7th/8th and 14th/15th July.

Casey Stoner:

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“After riding the bike in Sepang a few months ago, I’ve been speaking closely with Honda about the possibility to take part in Suzuka. It’s always been an event I wanted to do and something I was never able to consider when I was racing in MotoGP, due to our busy schedules, so I’m really looking forward to taking part! The bike is very different to a MotoGP machine, but it will be a new challenge and a chance for me to try something new and unlike what I’ve been used to in my racing to this point. I’ve been impressed with Michael van der Mark this season and Takumi Takahashi has a lot of experience on this machine, so I’m looking forward to hearing their comments and working together with them in preparation for the July race. Now I need to concentrate on my training to be ready for the race!”

Shuhei Nakamoto – HRC Executive Vice President:

“We are very happy that Casey agreed to take part in the 8hr with Honda. It will be great to see him back on a bike in a racing environment and I’m sure he will enjoy it. Together with van der Mark and Takahashi they form a strong team to compete in this endurance race – I’m excited to see how they will do.”

Shigeki Honda – Team Principal MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO:

“This year, MuSASHi Racing Team HARC-PRO is aiming to win the Suzuka 8hr for the third consecutive year. In addition to our riders, Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi, who together have celebrated the past two victories , we are very happy to invite the legendary Casey Stoner to join our team. Casey has an enjoyed an incredible career and achieved a huge amount of success. We believe that with his fantastic experience, coupled with our team’s know how after many years of involvement at this event, we can make our dreams come true.”

Michael van der Mark:

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“The Suzuka 8 Hour race is such a special event for all the fans and the Japanese people and not many riders get the chance to take part, even though many would like to. I also know what an important event it is for Honda so it’s a great honor for me to be asked to race the CBR1000RR once more, and this time with Casey as our teammate! The testing and race schedule is quite tough to combine with the World Superbike Championship but I really enjoy riding at Suzuka so I’m very happy to make time for it. The bike is very different to my World Superbike CBR but it’s easy to ride so it’s not big problem to change. I’ve had two fantastic years with a great team and it would be really nice and something quite special to get a hat-trick of wins.”

Takumi Takahashi:

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“The Suzuka 8hr this year means a lot to me and my team since our goal is to win for a third consecutive year, and I’m even more excited to take part together with Casey. Nonetheless, we know our rivals are all set to beat us, so I know it will not be easy to accomplish this goal. I will try to get the best out of the remaining few tests so that we will be able to run the 8hr race as fast as possible without any mistakes. We guarantee to demonstrate our extreme professionalism and excitement to those who will come to Suzuka to support us!”

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<![CDATA[NHTSA Announces BMW Recall for 43,426 Motorcycles in US]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/27/manufacturers/bmw/nhtsa-announces-bmw-recall-43426-motorcycles-us/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/27/manufacturers/bmw/nhtsa-announces-bmw-recall-43426-motorcycles-us/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:50:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49599 NHTSA Announces BMW Recall for 43,426 Motorcycles in US
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially announced the recall of 43,426 BMW motorcycles for a problem with the rear wheel mounting flange. News broke earlier this month about the recall which affects about 367,000 motorcycles worldwide, but we now have more details about the U.S. models affected. The recall affects the following models […] more]]>
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially announced the recall of 43,426 BMW motorcycles for a problem with the rear wheel mounting flange. News broke earlier this month about the recall which affects about 367,000 motorcycles worldwide, but we now have more details about the U.S. models affected.

The recall affects the following models in the U.S.:

  • 2006 BMW HP2 Enduro (364 units)
  • 2008-2009 BMW HP2 Megamoto (93 units)
  • 2008-2010 BMW HP2 Sport (196 units)
  • 2006-2008 BMW K1200GT (3,057 units)
  • 2006-2008 BMW K1200R (1,373 units)
  • 2007 BMW K1200R Sport (488 units)
  • 2005-2008 BMW K1200S (3,866 units)
  • 2009-2010 BMW K1300GT (1,148 units)
  • 2010-2011 BMW K1300R (4 units)
  • 2009-2011 BMW K1300S (1,289 units)
  • 2005-2010 BMW R1200GS (11,991 units)
  • 2006-2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure (5,238 units)
  • 2007-2010 BMW R1200R (1,920 units)
  • 2005-2010 BMW R1200RT (11,367 units)
  • 2007 BMW R1200S (477 units)
  • 2005-2007 BMW R1200ST (555 units)

As previously announced, the rear wheel mounting flange may crack if the mounting bolts are attached with too much torque. This may cause the rear wheel to loosen, potentially causing a loss of stability and increasing the risk of a crash.

According to documents released by NHTSA, BMW first became aware of the problem on Aug. 6, 2014, after receiving a report of an accident in Spain involving a 2004 R1200RT. The manufacturer began in analysis of the affected motorcycle and concluded the rear wheel had separated from the flange. BMW continued to analyze the crashed bike and found no other issues except for cracks at the rear wheel flange’s threaded bolt holes.

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In January 2015, BMW began inspecting 58 customer motorcycles around Munich, Germany with between 2,500 and 40,000 miles on them. Three of the inspected bikes had cracking rear wheel flanges that needed replacement. Those three faulty flanges were examined in BMW’s lab which concluded the cracks were caused by excessive tightening during servicing.

On Feb. 5, BMW decided to start notifying customers about a service action. On Feb. 26, the KBA, Germany’s federal motor transport authority, requested BMW increase its actions to a full recall.

BMW dealers will inspect recalled models and replace the original aluminum rear wheel flange with a new steel one.

[Source: NHTSA]

 

 

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<![CDATA[Touching Dane Westby Farewell Video From Yamaha + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/touching-dane-westby-farewell-video-yamaha-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/touching-dane-westby-farewell-video-yamaha-video/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:59:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49593 Touching Dane Westby Farewell Video From Yamaha + Video
2015 was supposed to be Dane Westby's year to shine. more]]>
Yamaha has today released this video of Yamahalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby speaking his mind after the recent MotoAmerica test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. For those unaware, Westby recently lost his life after a street bike accident while on his way to his parent’s house.

The entire motorcycling community is mourning the loss of Westby, as those who knew him all attest to the fact he was a great and kind soul, on and off the racetrack. One with a ferocious desire to win. This video captures Westby’s competitive spirit perfectly, as one can see the desire burning in his eyes. After setting the fastest Superstock 1000 time on his Yamaha YZF-R1, and fourth fastest time overall, Westby repeats again and again how his sights for 2015  were on the three Superbike riders ahead of him on the timesheets.

All of the pieces were lining up for this to be Dane Westby’s year, and the confidence he is beaming in this video makes you believe Dane felt it too. It’s sad and unfortunate we won’t get to find out. Motorcycle.com expresses our heartfelt condolences to Westby’s family and friends.

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<![CDATA[MV Agusta Unveils New F4 RC In Fashion Video With Leon Camier + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/mv-agusta-unveils-new-f4-rc-fashion-video-leon-camier-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/mv-agusta-unveils-new-f4-rc-fashion-video-leon-camier-video/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:56:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49583 MV Agusta Unveils New F4 RC In Fashion Video With Leon Camier + Video
Only 250 MV Agusta F4 RC models will be produced. more]]>
Today, MV Agusta has officially introduced the new F4 RC to the world in a rather unique way: in a fashion video. Utilizing the services of its World Superbike pilot, Leon Camier, we see him drive into the garage of a beautiful home in an AMG GT. He puts the key on the table, heads towards the F4 RC, then the scene quickly turns to racing and bullet points about MV’s new flagship.

Speaking of bullet points, here they are:

  • Equipped with the full complement of the racing kit, MV Agusta claims a maximum of 212 hp and 175 kg (386 lbs)
  • 11 parts in carbon fiber fairings shave 4.3 lbs compared to the standard F4
  • Titanium bolts (333 of them, to be exact) shed 2.5 lbs
  • The crankshaft is lightened by one pound
  • Engine covers are now magnesium
  • Only 250 will be made, each with a certificate of authenticity signed by MV Agusta CEO, Claudio Castiglioni

Apart from those features, the F4 RC will come in a livery that’s an exact replica of the company’s World Superbike contender, piloted by Camier. Other high-end components include Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, forged wheels, Termignoni exhaust, and even a quick-release gas cap. The customer also has the option to place their favorite race number on the nose of the fairing and on the tail.

More details will be released as they become available. For now, check out the video below to see the F4 RC in all its glory.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Patents Recursion Concepts Turbocharger Design]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-patents-recursion-concepts-turbocharger-design/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-patents-recursion-concepts-turbocharger-design/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:22:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49498 Suzuki Patents Recursion Concept’s Turbocharger Design
Suzuki has filed a patent application for the technology behind its turbocharged Recursion concept. First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Recursion used a 588cc parallel-Twin engine with an intercooler turbo. At the time, Suzuki claimed the Recursion outputs 99 hp and 74 lb-ft. while weighing 384 pounds (dry). The patent does not […] more]]>
Suzuki has filed a patent application for the technology behind its turbocharged Recursion concept. First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Recursion used a 588cc parallel-Twin engine with an intercooler turbo. At the time, Suzuki claimed the Recursion outputs 99 hp and 74 lb-ft. while weighing 384 pounds (dry).

The patent does not necessarily mean the Recursion is heading for production, but it is a potential step towards that end. The patent includes some alternative designs that do differ from the Recursion, suggesting possible directions Suzuki may decide to go.

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Unlike Kawasaki‘s H2 and H2R which uses a supercharger located behind the cylinders, Suzuki’s design places its turbocharger (#30 in the diagrams) in front of the engine below the radiator, using the exhaust stream from the header pipes (#32) to spin a turbine to pressurize the air intake. The pressurized air flows up into the intercooler (#28) located below the front end of the seat.

The patent reveals Suzuki is working on a couple of intercooler designs. The most basic design is shaped like a hollow rectangular box but with dividing wall that runs across most of the length, forcing air to flow in a U-shaped path. Heat radiates from the bottom of the intercooler, exiting out towards the rear wheel. A variant design adds a pipe with a control valve that bypasses the intercooler. This allows more air to enter the engine during rapid acceleration without the intercooler increasing air-flow resistance.

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Another alternate design adds a gap in the intercooler for additional cooling. This design also adds a cooling duct drawing air from a between the headlights. Air flows through the gap in the intercooler and out the rear, either towards the rear tire or redirected under the tail.

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Judging by the lack of detail in the non-mechanical elements in the patent diagrams (mirrors? What mirrors?) it doesn’t look like Suzuki is ready to announce a production model any time soon. What Suzuki does have is the makings for a potential new platform. The twin-headlight design in the diagrams is different from the Recursion concept’s single light, but the diagrams lack any bodywork around the engine and radiator. Suzuki may decide to add a fairing or keep just the bodywork around the headlights in a look reminiscent of the Katana. Suzuki recently filed new paperwork to renew its Katana trademarks so that possibility may not be that far-fetched.

[Source: USPTO]

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Koffee Break Celebrating Women In Motorcycling]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-koffee-break-celebrating-women-motorcycling/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-koffee-break-celebrating-women-motorcycling/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:18:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49578 Kawasaki Koffee Break Celebrating Women In Motorcycling
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If you are going to be in the Southern California area on Saturday, March 28, pay a visit to Kawasaki’s Irvine headquarters for a Kawasaki Koffee Break, from 10am to 2pm. There will be lots of activities, including street bike demo rides, tours of the Kawasaki Heritage Hall Museum and Motorcycle 101 seminars. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, and win prizes in the charity raffle.

As the theme of this Kawasaki Koffee Break celebrates women in motorcycling, from 11am – 12pm there will be a special panel discussion with guest speakers Jessica Prokup, Danielle Diaz, Ariana Escalante, Sasha Rojas, Susan Carpenter and Mary McGee.

Kawasaki’s Irvine headquarters is located at 9950 Jeronimo Road, Irvine, CA 92618.

Check out the flyer below for more details.

Kawasaki Koffee Break

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<![CDATA[Sunoco Named Spec Fuel Supplier For MotoAmerica]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/sunoco-named-spec-fuel-supplier-motoamerica/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/sunoco-named-spec-fuel-supplier-motoamerica/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:37:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49508 Sunoco Named Spec Fuel Supplier For MotoAmerica
All five MotoAmerica classes to use Sunoco RMR race fuel. more]]>
In a press release issued today, MotoAmerica has announced Sunoco Racing Fuel as the spec fuel supplier for the nine-round series which gets underway at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, April 9-12.

All five MotoAmerica classes – Superbike, Superstock 1000, Supersport, Superstock 600 and KTM RC390 Cup – will use Sunoco’s 94-octane RMR racing fuel.

“We’re happy to have Sunoco as the exclusive provider of high-quality racing fuels for all five of our classes,” said MotoAmerica President and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey. 

“Sunoco is excited to continue our support of motorcycle road racing in the U.S.,” said Terry Thompson, Senior Sales Manager, Sunoco Race Fuels. “We feel strongly that the loss of this venue would be devastating for many fans as well as the competing teams and we were very happy to see MotoAmerica pick up the torch and continue this valuable and exciting sport. Sunoco is proud to be the official fuel of MotoAmerica and we are thrilled to work with their management team as well as the riders and teams that make this sport so exciting.” 

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<![CDATA[Cory West Wins In China Aboard EBR 1190RS]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/cory-west-wins-china-aboard-ebr-1190rs/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/cory-west-wins-china-aboard-ebr-1190rs/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:25:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49500 Cory West Wins In China Aboard EBR 1190RS
West wins both races, sets new lap record on Splitlath EBR 1190RS. more]]>
From an EBR press release:


Erik Buell Racing employee Cory West had a perfect showing at Zhuhai International Circuit in southern China, taking back-to-back wins in two races and setting a new lap record along the way. The event, which took place March 21-22, was the opening round of China’s Pan Delta Superbike Series’ 2015 season.

Riding an EBR 1190RS for the Splitlath Motorsport team, West had never seen nor experienced the Zhuhai International Circuit before he arrived in China the Wednesday before the race. He quickly learned the course, however, qualifying in pole position for the first main event on Saturday afternoon. West’s qualifying time of 1:35.859 Was the first time a Superbike lapped the circuit in under 1:36.

West battled China’s Li Zheng Peng riding a factory Yamaha R1 in both races. The pair traded the lead until West was able to ride deep into the corners and out-accelerate his rival and hold Li off as the two riders raced through lapped traffic.

“Getting to go race in China for the Splitlath team and represent the EBR brand was an amazing experience,” said West. “ To finish the weekend out by setting a new track record, qualifying on pole position, and winning both races on the first attempt was icing on the cake! Big thanks to everyone that made it possible and I can’t wait to come back and build on our championship points lead.”

West and the Splitlath EBR team now hold the lead in the Championship points race for the Pan Delta Superbike Series. The next round, along with much higher temperatures, is sure to bring renewed pressure from competitors as they focus their efforts on catching Cory West.

For further details, please see the full account on Splitlath Motorsport’s website: http://www.splitlathgroup.com/Pandeltaone

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<![CDATA[Archived, Fourth Episode Of Dainese Web Series Now Online + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/archived-fourth-episode-dainese-web-series-now-online-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/26/motorcycle-news/archived-fourth-episode-dainese-web-series-now-online-video/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:41:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49493 “Archived,” Fourth Episode Of Dainese Web Series Now Online + Video
A look at the Dainese archive, with over 1,000 used race suits. more]]>
Dainese has recently released its fourth episode in its web series documenting the company’s past, present and future. Entitled, “Archived,” this episode provides a sneak peak into Dainese’s enormous archive of used race suits, including suits worn by legends like Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Kevin Schwantz, Carl Fogarty, Nicky Hayden, Max Biaggi, and Valentino Rossi.

Apart from providing a historical timeline of racing’s past, the archive charts four decades of technical innovations. With over 1,000 suits, gloves, boots, and more, the archive is used as a tool for Dainese to analyze past crashes in order to improve safety for both both professional and amateur riders worldwide. For example, Agostini worked with Dainese to increase the comfort of leather suits, Roberts helped the company to invent the knee slider, and more recently, riders like Rossi helped develop the D-Air system.

Check out the video below.

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson and the City of Sturgis Break Ground on The Rally Point]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/25/events/harley-davidson-city-sturgis-break-ground-rally-point/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/25/events/harley-davidson-city-sturgis-break-ground-rally-point/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:30:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49482 Harley-Davidson and the City of Sturgis Break Ground on The Rally Point
Today, in the center of Sturgis, SD, the official ground breaking for The Harley-Davidson Rally Point, the city’s permanent, designated year-round space for riders, takes place. First announced on January 15th, the site will stand for the special relationship that Harley-Davidson motorcycles and their riders have with the city and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Harley-Davidson To Become Official Sturgis Motorcycle […] more]]>

Today, in the center of Sturgis, SD, the official ground breaking for The Harley-Davidson Rally Point, the city’s permanent, designated year-round space for riders, takes place. First announced on January 15th, the site will stand for the special relationship that Harley-Davidson motorcycles and their riders have with the city and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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“Sturgis is a mecca for riders around the world. The Harley-Davidson Rally Point establishes a new site in downtown Sturgis for people to gather year round,” said Bill Davidson, great-grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson and vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “The renaming of 2nd Street to Harley-Davidson Way honors the legacy of our company’s founders along with all the extraordinary men and women who ride our motorcycles.”

Since 2015 will the the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, this agreement marks a commitment to the second 75 years of motorcycle celebration in Sturgis. The Rally Point will become the locus of the Sturgis/Harley-Davidson relationship by providing a set location which includes a stage for riders to enjoy events ranging from concerts to weddings and beyond. Additionally, The Rally Point’s design includes an elevated area that riders can visit on their motorcycles and have their picture taken in front of an iconic Sturgis sign.

As with its Project Rushmore and the Livewire, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts nationwide were asked to contribute suggestions for the name of such an important location for the brand and its riders. The Rally Point, a term known to most motorcyclists as the starting point of a group ride, was eventually chosen. To break ground for The Rally Point, three H-D motorcycles were chosen, a 1978 Super Glide with a Shovelhead engine, a 2015 Street™ 750, and a Project LiveWire motorcycle, to participate, and we’re pretty sure what the method will be: smoking rear tires!

The Rally Point is planned to be a year-round bathing place for riders in Sturgis, SD.

The Rally Point is planned to be a year-round bathing place for riders in Sturgis, SD.

Designing a structure intended to represent the rally’s and Harley-Davidson’s special relationship for 75 years, officials from the city of Sturgis, Harley-Davidson, and FourFront Design, Inc. in Rapid City created the iconic structure and landscaping.

“Breaking ground on The Rally Point solidifies Harley-Davidson’s presence in Sturgis,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “The Rally Point will be a hub for riders during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and it will serve as a gathering point for the citizens of Sturgis throughout the year.”

The 74 bricks collected on January 15th at the company’s Milwaukee headquarters, a building that once housed the company’s factory dating back more than 100 years, plus a single brick from the Harley-Davidson Museum are integrated in the design and will be a key feature of The Rally Point’s final construction. Naturally, the bricks were carried on H-D motorcycles on their 900 mile journey and were delivered to Sturgis Mayor Carstensen by Harley Owners Group members. Motocross star and 2015 Grand Marshall of the Sturgis City of Riders Mayor’s Ride also received the bricks with Mayor Carstensen.

Riders who can’t wait to see The Rally Point when the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally starts on Aug. 1, 2015 can visit the Harley-Davidson website’s special Sturgis page at www.h-d.com/sturgis. An areal view of The Rally Point is available on YouTube.

 

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Reveals 03GEN-f and 03GEN-x Tricity-Based Concepts + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/25/design/yamaha-reveals-03gen-f-03gen-x-tricity-based-concepts-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/25/design/yamaha-reveals-03gen-f-03gen-x-tricity-based-concepts-video/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:41:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49451 Yamaha Reveals 03GEN-f and 03GEN-x Tricity-Based Concepts + Video
Yamaha announced two new concept models based on its leaning three-wheeled Tricity scooter. The concepts follow what Yamaha calls its “Refined Dynamism” philosophy that brought us the futuristic-looking 01GEN revealed at Intermot and the 02GEN wheelchair concept. Yamaha continues its Refined Dynamism naming convention with the sportbike-styled 03GEN-f and the scrambler-influenced 03GEN-x. The 03GEN-f  made […] more]]>
Yamaha announced two new concept models based on its leaning three-wheeled Tricity scooter. The concepts follow what Yamaha calls its “Refined Dynamism” philosophy that brought us the futuristic-looking 01GEN revealed at Intermot and the 02GEN wheelchair concept. Yamaha continues its Refined Dynamism naming convention with the sportbike-styled 03GEN-f and the scrambler-influenced 03GEN-x.

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The 03GEN-f  made its public debut at this week’s Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand. It sports a low and wide front face with twin-headlights inspired by Yamaha’s R-series sportbikes. Below the headlight is a spoiler that flows into Yamaha’s Leaning Multi-Wheel mechanism.

Other design touches include an all-digital display, a sharply-rising tail and Yamaha racing blue highlights.

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Not yet ready for public display is the more stripped-down 03GEN-x. Featuring wire spoke wheels and a rising exhaust, the 03GEN-x draws inspiration from classic scrambler designs. A leather seat and copper highlights lend a retro vibe, which contrasts with more futuristic design elements such as the X-shaped light, colorful digital display and the thick tube rear frame which incorporates both the taillight and rear turn signals.

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The two 03GEN concepts, along with the 01GEN, do not look like they will be entering production any time soon. Yamaha has said it intends to offer more leaning multi-wheelers to follow the Tricity, but they will likely follow more traditional Yamaha design elements.

[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[Racer Dane Westby Killed in Streetbike Crash]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/24/racing/racer-dane-westby-killed-streetbike-crash/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/24/racing/racer-dane-westby-killed-streetbike-crash/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:57:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49444 Racer Dane Westby Killed in Streetbike Crash
Racer Dane Westby, 28 years old, was killed in a streetbike accident last night in Tulsa, Okla. KTUL.com in Tulsa reports the accident occurred in the 1400 block of South Peoria Street in an urban area around 8:30 pm, when Westby and his bike ran off the right side of the road, slid along the […] more]]>
Racer Dane Westby, 28 years old, was killed in a streetbike accident last night in Tulsa, Okla. KTUL.com in Tulsa reports the accident occurred in the 1400 block of South Peoria Street in an urban area around 8:30 pm, when Westby and his bike ran off the right side of the road, slid along the curb and hit a telephone pole. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Roadracingworld.com posted comments from Westby’s long-time friend and former mechanic Dustin Meador, who says the skid marks at the scene indicate that Westby was braking and trying to avoid something in his path. Google Earth confirms there’s some sort of fast-food outlet directly across the street from the crash site.

Westby, a second-generation racer, was fastest in MotoAmerica’s new Superstock 1000 class on his Yamaha R1 – and impressively, fourth fastest overall of any class – at Circuit of the Americas Dunlop tire test just last week, and won three Daytona SportBike races in 2014, the last one at New Jersey Motorsports Park by nine seconds in the rain. Just a couple weeks ago, Westby – dubbed “the Wolverine” by commentator Scott Russell for his facial hair and aggressive style – rode his bicycle from Tulsa to Daytona, where he drove the pace car for the 200.

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MO’s deepest condolences to Westby’s family, friends and team. We’ll all miss watching the Wolverine race.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Patents Reveal Variable Valve System for V-Strom 1000]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/23/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-patents-reveal-variable-valve-system-v-strom-1000/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/23/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-patents-reveal-variable-valve-system-v-strom-1000/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:40:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49428 Suzuki Patents Reveal Variable Valve System for V-Strom 1000
Newly-published patents from Japan suggest Suzuki is developing a variable valve system for the V-Strom 1000. If the patent turns into a full product, the V-Strom 1000 would follow Ducati‘s Multistrada 1200 in offering VVT on a adventure-style tourer. Suzuki has been working on a VVT system for a while now. Suzuki has patents dating […] more]]>
Newly-published patents from Japan suggest Suzuki is developing a variable valve system for the V-Strom 1000. If the patent turns into a full product, the V-Strom 1000 would follow Ducati‘s Multistrada 1200 in offering VVT on a adventure-style tourer.

Suzuki has been working on a VVT system for a while now. Suzuki has patents dating back to 2004 for a three-dimensional cam, a wave-shaped cam that slides laterally, varying the valve lift and acting angle.

The latest patent is for the addition of an oil pressure control valve on the front cylinder head to supply oil to a variable valve mechanism for a V-Twin engine. The detailed diagrams show an engine and frame that look strikingly similar to those of the V-Strom 1000. Observe:

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According to Suzuki, its 3D cam design can improve fuel efficiency by 20% while increasing torque output by 6% across the rev range. At low rpms, the system keeps the valve lift and acting angle small and the valve-closing timing quick, creating a compression stroke that is shorter than the expansion stroke. At high rpms, the valve lift and acting angle are both larger, increasing power output.

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While the patents reveal Suzuki is working on a variable valve system, they don’t indicate when we’ll see it put to work. With Ducati adding VVT to the Multistrada and the VFR800 Interceptor using Honda‘s VTEC system, we won’t be surprised if we see Suzuki’s version as soon as the 2016 model year.

[Source: Japanese Patent Office]

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<![CDATA[ChemChina to Acquire Pirelli for $7.7 Billion]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/23/industry-news/chemchina-acquire-pirelli-7-7-billion/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/23/industry-news/chemchina-acquire-pirelli-7-7-billion/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:37:22 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49424 ChemChina to Acquire Pirelli for $7.7 Billion
Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli may soon belong to the Chinese as the state-owned China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is poised to buy out the 143-year-old company. According to a report by Reuters, Pirelli’s top shareholders have already agreed to the deal, estimated to be worth €7.1 billion (US$7.7 billion). Reuters reports the number excludes Pirelli’s […] more]]>
Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli may soon belong to the Chinese as the state-owned China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is poised to buy out the 143-year-old company. According to a report by Reuters, Pirelli’s top shareholders have already agreed to the deal, estimated to be worth €7.1 billion (US$7.7 billion). Reuters reports the number excludes Pirelli’s net debt, which the company’s preliminary 2014 fiscal report lists at €980 million.

ChemChina’s tire producing division, China National Tire & Rubber (CNRC), will acquire a 26.2% stake in Pirelli from Italian holding firm Camfin for €15 a share. CNRC will then launch a takeover bid for the remaining shares. ChemChina says it will maintain Pirelli’s current management team and operations while adopting a new business growth strategy.

“The partnership with a global player like ChemChina, through its affiliates, represents a great opportunity for Pirelli,” says Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli chair and chief executive officer. “CNRC’s approach to business and strategic vision guarantee Pirelli’s development and stability.”

CNRC is China’s leading manufacturer of steel radial and off-road tires. The acquisition would give ChemChina access to Pirelli’s premium tire technology. The deal would also give Pirelli a foothold on the Asian market, giving it an edge against competitors Michelin and Continental.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to team up with Mr. Marco Tronchetti Provera and his team to continue to build together a world class organization and a market leader in the global tire industry,” says Jianxin Rin, ChemChina chair.

The transaction is still subject to regulatory approval by both Italian and Chinese authorities.

Pirelli’s preliminary 2014 fiscal report estimates net sales of €6.018 billion. Though the company claims a debt of approximately €980 million, that is a marked improvement from a debt of €2.0 billion reported after the first three quarters of 2014.

[Source: ChemChina, Reuters]

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<![CDATA[Alex Lowes On Provisional Pole At Thailand WSBK]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/20/motorcycle-news/alex-lowes-provisional-pole-thailand-wsbk/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/20/motorcycle-news/alex-lowes-provisional-pole-thailand-wsbk/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:23:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49417 Alex Lowes On Provisional Pole At Thailand WSBK
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From a Suzuki press release:


Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes stormed to the fastest overall time in the World Superbike Championship’s inaugural practice at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand today. 

Meaning business from the start, Lowes got his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R up-to-speed quickly at the new Buriram track. Claiming second with his initial laps, a technical delay to his exploratory opening practice did little to dampen his speed. Returning to the track with 35 minutes remaining of the extended 75-minute session, the British racer’s times continued to improve as his familiarity grew, concluding the morning in fifth. 

A similarly quick start to his afternoon saw Lowes improve again with his second and third timed-laps, sitting in fourth for the majority of the session as he continued his development. Three consecutive fast laps aboard his Suzuki machine with five minutes of the day’s track action remaining, ensured he clinched the fastest overall time to claim WSBK’s debut provisional pole at the new circuit. 

Randy de Puniet’s introduction to the Thai track wasn’t quite as smooth, with engine-brake complications interrupting his study of the unknown layout. As track temperatures rose steadily to 57°C the Frenchman continued his investigation, completing 37 laps as he expanded his knowledge of the GSX-R1000 and the Buriram circuit to finish the day in 13th with a 1’36.263. 

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s final timed-for-qualifying practice will take place at 09:45hrs local time (02:45GMT) tomorrow morning ahead of the afternoon’s grid-deciding Superpole at 15:00hrs (08:00GMT).

Alex Lowes: 

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“Today has been good! It’s always nice to come to a new track, to learn the layout and try to understand the challenges of each corner. I really like the mid-section – you have to be quite physical on the bike which suits my style quite a bit. It’s been a good day, we’ve worked hard and I’ve done a lot of laps, completing two 10-lap runs in the last session, but it’s only Friday and the times are going to get a lot quicker so we’ll see what happens. The heat is obviously hard for everyone, and it’s going to be tough on the tires but I’m enjoying it! I enjoyed it in Australia even though we didn’t get the results we deserved and I’m enjoying it again here. Thanks to the lads for working really hard, I’ll keep trying and see if I can get some good results on Sunday.”

Randy de Puniet:

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“I’m not that happy with the first day here as I struggled quite a bit. This morning we had an issue with the brake feeling so it was difficult to stop the bike, we fixed this but I had another issue with the setting this afternoon so it was difficult for me to be consistent with my laps, which is why the position is not as good. If we fix these two problems it will be much, much better but for now it is difficult for me to learn the new track and understand the GSX-R. Tomorrow I hope to fix the issues and concentrate on my riding style and improve the overall performance ready for the races.” 

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“I think everybody in the World Superbike Championship is impressed with the Chang International Circuit and the facilities that the Thai organizers have provided. They can’t control the weather, which is incredibly hot, but everything else is very easy to work with – very friendly people, organizers and hopefully a big crowd on Sunday. We have had a reasonably tough start to the weekend in general but Alex‘s reaction to the problems we had this morning, keeping calm and working through the issues step-by-step, paid dividends this afternoon with a very strong and very consistent performance. We clearly had lots of potential in Phillip Island and weren’t able to capitalize so it’s great to see Alex and the GSX-R very much on the pace at a more stop-go circuit. 

“Randy hasn’t gelled with the new track quite as well, in particular some engine-brake setting and actual braking-power problems have made it difficult to be consistent and to be as confident as you need to be here, slowing the bike from very high speeds. Luckily the gap to the top-six is not huge and if we can resolve those issues this evening we expect to be able to help Randy to go a lot better tomorrow.” 

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<![CDATA[Triumph North America Reveals 2015 Racing Plans]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/20/motorcycle-news/triumph-north-america-reveals-2015-racing-plans/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/20/motorcycle-news/triumph-north-america-reveals-2015-racing-plans/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:39:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49409 Triumph North America Reveals 2015 Racing Plans
Triumph to compete in Flat Track, MotoAmerica and Canadian Sport Bike Championship. more]]>
From a Triumph press release:


Triumph Motorcycles America’s racing presence will span AMA Pro Flat Track, MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series and Canadian Superbike Championship. With Castrol as the primary partner, Triumph’s race teams will also receive support from FreedomRoad Financial and GE Capital.

“Triumph’s racing heritage is entrenched with victories and championships. We hope to build on the successes our teams achieved last season,” said Matt Sheahan, COO of Triumph Motorcycles America. “Our team owners have worked hard to put together a strong lineup of bikes and determined riders to help reclaim that history in both the U.S. and Canada. Our racing achievements would be not possible without Castrol on board as our long-time OEM partner.”

In the AMA Pro Flat Track’s Grand National Expert Twins class, two top 10 riders from 2014 join the Triumph contingent. Brandon Robinson will compete on the #44 Latus Motors Racing / Castrol / Triumph. Robinson finished eighth in last year’s points championship and notched multiple race wins in 2013. Jake Shoemaker will ride the #55 Bonneville Performance / Castrol / Triumph. In 2014, Shoemaker earned two podium finishes to place tenth overall as a privateer rider and received the 2013 Saddlemen Rookie of the Year award.

Competing in the Supersport class in the new MotoAmerica AMA/FIM Road Racing Series, Bobby Fong returns to Latus Motors Racing to pilot the #50 Castrol / Triumph Daytona 675R. Fong finished on the podium at Barber Motorsports Park last year and won the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike round at Auto Club Speedway.

With support from GE Capital, Kenny Riedmann will defend his 2014 Canadian Pro Sport Bike championship — Triumph’s first Canadian championship ever — on his #1 plated Triumph Daytona 675R. Riedmann enjoyed an outstanding season with two wins and four podiums over the five-round championship. In 2015, Riedmann will also participate in the U.S.-based MotoAmerica series on a limited schedule.

Additionally, Triumph is pleased to announce its Racing Partners Purchase Program, offering teams and riders the ability to purchase race bikes and parts at a reduced price for participation in any national amateur or professionally sanctioned race series. The program also includes complimentary oil product from Castrol. For further details or to submit a request for review, please contact Steve Bidlack at steve.bidlack@triumphmotorcycles.com.

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<![CDATA[Team Hero EBR WSBK Completes Day 1 In Thailand]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/20/motorcycle-news/team-hero-ebr-wsbk-completes-day-1-thailand/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/20/motorcycle-news/team-hero-ebr-wsbk-completes-day-1-thailand/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:54:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49404 Team Hero EBR WSBK Completes Day 1 In Thailand
Team Hero EBR satisfied with handling, looking for more power in Thailand. more]]>
A new track greeted the entire Word Superbike paddock for round two of the championship, as the series heads to the Chang International Circuit in Thailand for the first time. Team Hero EBR had with two free practice sessions to work through on the 4.554km (2.8-mile) circuit near the town of Buriram in Thailand.

Niccolo Canepa rode to 18th place on the combined timesheets after two free practice sessions, encouraged that his previously injured left ankle and the intense 36°C (96.8ºF) ambient temperatures had less of an affect on him than he had expected before taking to the new circuit.

On a track layout which has two long straights and many stop-start corners Canepa set a 1:37.692 lap in the afternoon session on his Hero EBR 1190RX.

Rider/team manager Larry Pegram set his best day one lap time of 1:38.772 in the morning to go 23rd overall with one more day of track action remaining before Sunday’s races.

Pegram had a productive morning but was unable to improve his ultimate one-lap pace to move up the rankings in the afternoon session, especially as the ambient and track surface temperatures gradually climbed through the day.

Larry Pegram

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“This morning went pretty well time-wise and then we had some little gremlins pop up, which is normal at a new track you have never been to before. Things like gearing and chassis settings etc. This afternoon it was hot and I could not get into a rhythm, making mistakes and making more the harder I tried. We went about the same speed as we went this morning but we did not progress. I am sure tomorrow will be better because we have the data and experience from the first day to work with. For us the layout of the track is maybe too simple because the main strength of our bike is that the handling is better than anything else. On a layout like this we are just not getting the chance to fully exploit that advantage.”

Niccolo Canepa

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“My ankle injury has turned out pretty good and the weather conditions were not as bad as Malaysia was last year. Also this track is very easy in its layout and you do not get tired compared to other ones. There are long straights where you can get some rest. It is good and better than what I expected. The handling on this bike is maybe the best I have ever experienced in my life. In the corners it is impressive how fast I can be compared to the others, and with an even more powerful engine this bike would be a surprise for everybody in the paddock. I rode many bikes in many categories and I feel this chassis is one of the best, maybe the best one. We have to work to find more horsepower and then it will be real fun for everybody in the team.”

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<![CDATA[Honda Bulldog Concept Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/20/manufacturers/honda/honda-bulldog-concept-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/20/manufacturers/honda/honda-bulldog-concept-revealed/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:54:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49394 Honda Bulldog Concept Revealed
Honda presented a new utilitarian-looking concept model called the Bulldog at the 2015 Osaka Motorcycle Show. Built on a 399cc parallel-Twin, the Bulldog was created with the theme “Lovable Touring Partner” in mind. With its wide, 15-inch knobby wheels, protective bars and cargo mounting points, Honda envisions the Bulldog as a suitable camping-touring machine capable […] more]]>
Honda presented a new utilitarian-looking concept model called the Bulldog at the 2015 Osaka Motorcycle Show. Built on a 399cc parallel-Twin, the Bulldog was created with the theme “Lovable Touring Partner” in mind.

With its wide, 15-inch knobby wheels, protective bars and cargo mounting points, Honda envisions the Bulldog as a suitable camping-touring machine capable of traversing in urban and rural areas.

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The Bulldog is powered by a liquid-cooled parallel-Twin engine that appears to be borrowed from the 500 series models like the CB500F (or to be more accurate, like the Japanese market versions which only displace 399cc). The frame also looks to be similar to that on the 500 chassis.

The light blue bars behind the passenger seat and above the headlight look capable of carrying some cargo but if more luggage room is needed, the sides of the fuel tank actually open up to reveal additional storage space (check out the video below to see the Bulldog with the storage lids open).

Other features include a low 27.7-inch seat height, a six-speed transmission, rectangular turn signals and a high side-mounted exhaust.

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[Source: Honda]

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica/Dunlop Test Ends With Beaubier On Top]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/19/motorcycle-news/motoamericadunlop-test-ends-beaubier-top/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/19/motorcycle-news/motoamericadunlop-test-ends-beaubier-top/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:48:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49412 MotoAmerica/Dunlop Test Ends With Beaubier On Top
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From a MotoAmerica press release:


The two-day Dunlop tire test came to a conclusion this afternoon with Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier ending the day as the fastest rider at the Circuit of The Americas, the site of round one of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship, April 10-12.

The carrot of a sub-2:11 lap was hung at the end of the stick after yesterday’s four sessions when Beaubier completed the opening day of testing, held in mixed weather conditions, with a 2:11.910. Today, Beaubier went out and got it done, the 22-year-old Californian taking over a second off his Wednesday best to break into the 2:10s with his 2:10.730 coming in the final of four sessions.

“We started out strong today and put in a solid race stint,” Beaubier said. “This track is super physical and I just wanted to make sure I was solid in a race situation, a race stint. I felt good. I was plugging away at laps and not pushing like crazy. Kinda riding around at 80 percent and getting a good flow going. I felt really good. We put some new tires on for the last session and went out and did some fast laps. I didn’t get a perfect lap in and I made a couple of mistakes and ran into a couple of guys, but I think coming back here for the race we’ll be ready. I can’t thank my guys enough for all the hard work they put in. It’s been crazy. They’ve been staying up until 2 in the morning getting ready for the test. It’s pretty cool they’re working that hard. I just need to keep my hard work up too and get ready for the season.”

Beaubier’s best was .349 of a second quicker than that of his teammate Josh Hayes, the defending four-time AMA Superbike champion lapping at 2:11.079 in the final session.

“I’m very thankful that MotoAmerica had this test prior to the race,” Hayes said. “This was super beneficial for me. We started off a little bit frustrated yesterday but we found some better direction today and I feel better about today than yesterday. I feel like it’s going to be a long couple of weeks before we come back here because I want to keep working. Fortunately, with the MotoAmerica format we’re going to have a bit more time to where we can sort out the motorcycles rather than racing on the very first day that we show up. I’m looking forward to getting back to work.”

Roger Hayden also set his fastest time in the fourth and final session, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider ripping off a 2:11.311. Hayden was pleased at the progress he’d made during the test, but wasn’t happy at being third fastest. He left wanting more, but he’ll get his chance in three weeks.

“For the most part, I’m happy,” Hayden said. “I got going pretty quick this afternoon and consistently so I’m pretty happy with that and we got the tire life a little bit longer too. You’re never happy when you’re a half a second off, but at the same time yesterday we were a lot farther off than that. And I could do those times now by myself. We’re satisfied. As always we could be a little better, but I think we have a good setup for when we come back her for the race. I’m not fighting any big problems. We just have a few little things that we could get working a little better at the low :11s pace, which would have been nice if I could have gotten to the lower :11s a little sooner. Overall we’re happy, but you never leave a test completely happy when you’re third quick.”

Yamalube/YES Graves Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff was fast yesterday and again today, the Texan leading the way in the combined Supersport and Supertock 600 sessions. Gerloff’s best came in the fourth and final session.

“I’m really happy we got to come test here with everybody and see everybody on the same track, in the same weather conditions,” Gerloff said. “We can see where everybody stacks up so that was really good. It’s also really cool being so close to my hometown of Houston, so it’s all good things. I think we worked a lot and hopefully we’ll come back here with some more speed.”

The fastest of the Superstock 1000 riders was Yamahalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby, the Oklahoman putting his Yamaha R1 fourth overall in the combined Superbike/Superstock sessions.

The Superstock 600 class was led by Meen Motorsports’ Joe Roberts with a lap that would have put him fifth overall in the combined 600 timesheets.

The MotoAmerica Series opener will be held in conjunction with the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, April 10-12.

Thursday Lap Times (Combined)

SUPERBIKE

Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2:10.730
Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 2:11.079
Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 2:11.311
Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 2:12.289
Chris Fillmore (KTM) 2:13.219
Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 2:14.733
Elena Myers (Suzuki) 2:19.341
Johnny Rock Page (Suzuki) 2:23.172

SUPERSTOCK 1000

Dane Westby (Yamaha) 2:11.580
Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 2:11.622
Dustin Dominquez (Aprilia) 2:14.372
Devon McDonough (Aprilia) 2:17.933
Marcel Irnie (BMW) 2:18.224
Max Flinders (EBR) 2:20.067

SUPERSPORT/SUPERSTOCK 600 

Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 2:13.420
Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 2:13.465
Bobby Fong (Triumph) 2:13.925
JD Beach (Yamaha) 2:14.754
Joe Roberts (Yamaha) 2:14.850 (SUPERSTOCK)
Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) 2:15.310
Benny Solis (Yamaha) 2:15.743
David Anthony (Suzuki) 2:15.822
Cameron Petersen (Yamaha) 2:16.862
Ben Young (Yamaha) 2:17.950
Kyle Wyman (Yamaha) 2:18.460
Tucker Lancaster (Kawasaki) 2:20.862
Hayden Gillim (MV Agusta) 2:20.880
Jay Newton (Yamaha) 2:21.151 (SUPERSTOCK)
Kaleb de Keyrel (Yamaha) 2:22.245
Kris Lillegard (MV Agusta) 2:25.360

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<![CDATA[Aprilia Unveils Select 2016 Models/Pricing at Daytona Bike Week]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/manufacturers/aprilia/aprilia-unveils-select-2016-modelspricing-daytona-bike-week/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/manufacturers/aprilia/aprilia-unveils-select-2016-modelspricing-daytona-bike-week/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:24:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49379 Aprilia Unveils Select 2016 Models/Pricing at Daytona Bike Week
Manufacturers love to reveal new models at big events, and motorcycle events don’t get much bigger than the 74th Annual Daytona Bike Week. Aprilia took the opportunity to unveil three pre-production examples of the 2016 model year Aprilia RSV4 RF, Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, and Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally. Not only were these models shown off to attendees, but also the pricing […] more]]>

Manufacturers love to reveal new models at big events, and motorcycle events don’t get much bigger than the 74th Annual Daytona Bike WeekAprilia took the opportunity to unveil three pre-production examples of the 2016 model year Aprilia RSV4 RFAprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, and Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally. Not only were these models shown off to attendees, but also the pricing and availability dates were publicized.

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2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF – The early release 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF is to hit showrooms this June and will feature Superpole graphics that are sure to drop your lap times. The MSRP is set at $21,999. As we noted in our EICMA coverage, Aprilia is offering a limited-edition run of 500 of bikes based on the RSV4 RR called the RSV4 RF. The bikes come equipped with the Race Pack (lightweight forged aluminum wheels and more sophisticated Öhlins suspension). When we consider that the press releases for the RR said it was “most important and profound advancement ever made” to the RSV4, we can’t wait to see how the RF performs in the world outside of the spec sheet. Until then, just consider that the 65° V-Four is claimed to have bumped the crank output to 198.5 hp at 13,000 rpm with 84.8 lb-ft. at 10,500 rpm. Other goodies include CNC milled heads, the exhaust cam being gear-driven off the intake cam, 33mm titanium valves, and trick oval section valve springs on the intake side. Add to that an effort to reduce the mass of all rotating parts in the top end reduced the parasitic drag in the system.

Chassis architecture, with its adjustable engine position, remains unchanged as are the adjustable headstock angle, swingarm pivot and rear ride height. However, in an effort to reduce the bike’s tendency to wheelie during hard acceleration, the swingarm was lengthened 14mm. Aprilia Performance Ride Control (aPRC) system continues its advancement for easier on-the-fly traction control adjustment, wheelie and launch control. As you would expect, an  Aprilia Quick Shifter allows for clutchless upshifts. Hauling the RF down from speed can be done with confidence because of the Bosch Race ABS system. We can’t wait to see what else is hidden away in the 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF.

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2016 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory – Also receiving the stylish Superpole graphic option, the 2016 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory will arrive in showrooms a in May at a MSRP of $16,299. The Factory differs from the Tuono V4 1100 RR in its upgraded Ohlins suspension and and Ohlins steering damper. Similarly, Brembo M432 monobloc radial-mount calipers with sintered pads squeeze 320mm flanged aluminum front discs instead of the stainless steel on the RR model. Read about both models in our EICMA coverage.

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2016 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally – For riders who want to get their rally on, the 2016 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally will sport a spiffy Matte Green Color option along with its touring credentials such as panniers, crash guards, and LED auxiliary lights. Have your $15,699 ready for a May arrival. Read our man, Tor Sagen’s first impressions of the 2015 Caponord Rally here.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Sportbike Demos Coming To A Trackday Near You]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/motorcycle-news/yamaha-sportbike-demos-coming-trackday-near/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/motorcycle-news/yamaha-sportbike-demos-coming-trackday-near/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:05:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49373 Yamaha Sportbike Demos Coming To A Trackday Near You
Complete line of Yamaha sportbikes available for demo at select trackdays. more]]>
From a Yamaha press release:


Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., and Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS) are pleased to announce the launch of on-track sportbike demos at numerous trackday events across the country.

Yamaha Champions Sportbike Demos will be offered at no charge to riders participating at select trackday events. The demos will feature the complete line of Yamaha sportbikes, including the all-new 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R3, as well as the YZF-R6, FZ-1, FZ-09 and FZ-07. Riders will have an opportunity to experience these awesome machines at their local track on paced laps behind YCRS instructors.

“YCRS was the obvious choice for Yamaha’s on-track sportbike demos,” commented Martin Vivanco, Retail Sales Promotion Manager for Yamaha. “With their outstanding safety record, passion for Yamaha motorcycles and exceptional curriculum there is no better team to conduct on-track demos.”

Nick Ienatsch, YCRS Senior Instructor, added, “Yamaha wants riders to feel the bikes in the safest riding environment possible: A closed-course track. This is YCRS’s domain and we’re thrilled to have this program under our umbrella.”

Yamaha sportbike demos will be available initially at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and there are plans to make the on-track demos available at additional facilities, including Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Virginia International Raceway, Road Atlanta, NCBike (North Carolina) and Dominion Raceway (Virginia). From October to March, YCRS is based on the West Coast, where demos will be available at Inde Motorsports Ranch (Arizona), Chuckwalla Valley Raceway (California), and Arizona Motorsports Park.

For schedules and information on how you can test ride Yamaha sportbikes at your local track, visit www.ridelikeachampion.com.

To find out more about Yamaha motorcycles, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki MotoGP Riders Get Warm Welcome At HQ + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/motorcycle-news/suzuki-motogp-riders-get-warm-welcome-hq-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/motorcycle-news/suzuki-motogp-riders-get-warm-welcome-hq-video/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:23:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49370 Suzuki MotoGP Riders Get Warm Welcome At HQ + Video
Suzuki appears thrilled to have two rising stars pilot its MotoGP return. more]]>
Team Suzuki MotoGP riders, Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro, along with Team Manger Davide Brivio, spent time at Suzuki’s headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, where they took part in a celebration party for the new riders and the company’s return to MotoGP. They also paid a visit to Suzuki Plaza, took part in a wind tunnel test at the Ryuyo Laboratory, and capped off their visit ripping some laps aboard Suzuki’s RM-Z450 motocross machines. Through it all, a film crew captured the festivities. Watch how the Spaniards adapt to three days in Japan in the video below.

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<![CDATA[AMA Offering Members Discounts On Sena Products]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/products/ama-offering-members-discounts-sena-products/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/products/ama-offering-members-discounts-sena-products/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:05:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49368 AMA Offering Members Discounts On Sena Products
AMA members can get 15% off Sena products. more]]>
From an AMA press release:


Members of the American Motorcyclist Association now have privileged access to revolutionary Sena Technology products for less, thanks to an exclusive discount from the AMA’s newest member-benefit partner.

“Modern technology enhances the ride, and we’re pleased that a global leader in cool tech for motorcyclists is supporting the AMA with an exclusive discount for our members,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey.

AMA members receive a 15 percent discount off Sena Technology products purchased at www.sena.com. The code for activating the discount is available in the Members Only section of www.americanmotorcyclist.com

“We’ve been first and foremost dedicated to the unique needs and perspectives of motorcycle riders,” said Tae Kim, president and CEO of Sena Technologies Inc. “Our proud partnership with the AMA will enable its members to share their unique experiences using our category-defining ‘audio action camera’ technology and award-winning Bluetooth-powered communication systems. We’re proud to offer an exclusive discount promo code for AMA riders, and we look forward to continuing our everlasting support of the motorcycle community across the United States and beyond.”

Sena Technology’s creations are highly engineered solutions focused on distinct motorcycle and outdoor sports needs and perspectives. As an example, the company’s Prism Bluetooth “audio action camera” interfaces seamlessly with Sena communication units to allow riders to share a unique mix of voice and visual. Stunt rider Jason Britton demonstrates this integration in the following video: http://vimeo.com/112128971

In addition to providing this special member benefit, Sena Technology is sponsoring a number of AMA riding series in 2015. Sena is the title sponsor of AMA Flash Tours, a supporting sponsor of the AMA Long Rider Program, a supporting sponsor of the AMA Premier Touring Series, a supporting sponsor of the Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series and a supporting sponsor of the Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding Series. For information on all AMA recreational riding events and series, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding

For a full list of Sena Technology products and full descriptions of their functions, see www.sena.com.

For more information about the benefits of AMA membership, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Y-TRAC App For 2015 YZF-R1M Now Available For Android]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/motorcycle-news/yamaha-y-trac-app-2015-yzf-r1m-now-available-android/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/motorcycle-news/yamaha-y-trac-app-2015-yzf-r1m-now-available-android/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:55:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49364 Yamaha Y-TRAC App For 2015 YZF-R1M Now Available For Android
Yamaha Y-TRAC app allows wireless communication with the R1M to record, analyze and modify settings. more]]>
From a Yamaha press release:


Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has announced that its proprietary Y-TRAC System smart phone and tablet applications, for use with the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M, are now available for Android devices via the Google Play Store.

According to David Docktor, Motorcycle Marketing Manager for Yamaha, “The Yamaha-exclusive Y-TRAC applications enable riders to connect with their R1M on a level that has never-before been available outside of a factory race team’s pitbox.”

Using the Y-TRAC smartphone and tablet application, the R1M rider can wirelessly communicate with their bike’s Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) system through the Communication Control Unit (CCU).,

Running data can be recorded by the data logger, with course mapping and automatic lap timing managed by GPS. The recorded data can then be downloaded via onboard WiFi to the Y-TRAC application where the rider can analyze information that is overlaid on the track map. The rider can then make motorcycle setting changes from within the application, and upload those changes back to the motorcycle.

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Riders are able to access a wide range of data, including engine RPM, throttle position, front/rear wheel speed, gear position, lean angle, pitch (front-to-back), front/rear brake pressure, engine coolant temperature, ambient air temperature, fuel usage and acceleration (both forward/backward and side-to-side). The system also monitors and records YRC functions, including Traction Control, Slide Control, Lift Control, Launch Control and Front/Rear Anti-Lock Braking.

The Y-TRAC application, along with the YRC Settings and CCU Configuration applications, are available now for downloading to Android devices at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yamaha.jp.dataviewer&hl=en. The applications will be available for the Apple iOS platform later this summer.

YZF-R1 owners will also be able to take advantage of the same Y-TRAC, YRC, and CCU capability (except for the suspension settings exclusive to the YZF-R1M) by installing the Yamaha CCU Accessory Kit, which will be available beginning in June of 2015.

For more information about the YZF-R1M, YZF-R1, and Yamaha Y-TRAC–including features, specifications, photos, and videos–visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

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<![CDATA[Honda Named An Official Manufacturer For MotoAmerica]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/motorcycle-news/honda-named-official-manufacturer-motoamerica/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/motorcycle-news/honda-named-official-manufacturer-motoamerica/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:22:13 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49361 Honda Named An Official Manufacturer For MotoAmerica
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MotoAmerica has announced that American Honda has been named an Official Manufacturer of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. In addition, Honda will be the title sponsor of the second round of the nine-round series – the Honda Superbike Challenge of Road Atlanta, April 17-19.

The move hopefully signals a revival for the American road racing scene, as an official Honda factory team has been absent from the series for a few years now. While it’s unlikely Honda will field a team this year, this announcement may signal Honda’s full-time return to the series in 2016. The goal, then, is to attract Kawasaki and other manufacturers to join the series as well.

Honda has also been designated the official and exclusive partner to MotoAmerica for scooters, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and generators, providing transportation and other power products to MotoAmerica and its staff for the 2015 racing season.

“We’re thrilled to have Honda as a partner in our series,” said MotoAmerica president and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey. “Personally, I’ve had a relationship with Honda that goes back to the mid-’80s when I was fortunate enough to win an AMA Superbike Championship with them. Having them back helps make MotoAmerica complete and I know everyone in the paddock will be excited to see that Honda is supporting our series. It will also be nice to have their quality products integrated into our series operations. We’re looking forward to a partnership with Honda that will continue to grow in the years to come.”

Honda, which last year produced its 300 millionth motorcycle, has been manufacturing motorcycles since 1949 and currently produces them in 33 plants in 22 countries. Honda’s AMA road-racing heritage runs deep with 33 National Championships, including eight in the premier Superbike class.

“We’re very excited about this next chapter in American road racing, and we’re pleased to be a part of it,” said Bob Gurga, Motorcycle Division Vice President of American Honda Motor Company. “The package that MotoAmerica has put together is very promising. With the support of the other manufacturers, we hope to help MotoAmerica rebuild road racing in the U.S. That’s what we want, it’s what the industry wants and, most importantly, it’s what the fans want.”

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<![CDATA[Victory Goes Drag Racing With Urs Erbacher]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/manufacturers/victory/victory-goes-drag-racing-urs-erbacher/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/18/manufacturers/victory/victory-goes-drag-racing-urs-erbacher/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:38:06 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49353 Victory Goes Drag Racing With Urs Erbacher
For the second year in a row, Victory Motorcycles is partnering with six-time FIA European Drag Racing Champion and Euro custom bike builder, Urs Erbacher. “It’s great to have Victory Motorcycles back on the race car this year,” says Erbacher. “I’m very fortunate to work with such a stellar company both at the racetrack and also […] more]]>
For the second year in a row, Victory Motorcycles is partnering with six-time FIA European Drag Racing Champion and Euro custom bike builder, Urs Erbacher.

“It’s great to have Victory Motorcycles back on the race car this year,” says Erbacher. “I’m very fortunate to work with such a stellar company both at the racetrack and also in my motorcycle shop.”

Victory Motorcycles logo will be featured on Erbacher’s dragster at the following FIA European Drag Races:

Urs_ErbacherThe Swedish Internationals in Sweden on June 5-7, 2015
The Nitrolympx in Germany on August 7-9, 2015
FIA Finals in England on September 4-6, 2015

Erbacher will also represent Victory Motorcycles at two Euro bike shows:

The 20th Anniversary Chambley Drag Power Show in France on May 2-3, 2015
European Bike Week in Austria on September 8-13, 2015.

In addition to being a registered Victory Motorcycles retailer, Erbacher is working very closely with Victory on some new concept projects to be unveiled in November.

“We are really thrilled to be working with Urs again this year.  Victory Motorcycles are all about modern performance, and partnering with Team Erbacher, both in racing and on some great custom projects, helps us get that message out loud and clear,” said Dario Baraggia, Motorcycle Brand Manager, EMEA for Polaris Industries, who own Victory Motorcycles.

Fans wanting to get more involved with the team can join the “One-Eleven Club” at www.erbacher.biz  to receive team decals, newsletters, discounts on merchandise, and invitations to special events.

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<![CDATA[Click Here For The 2015 Endurocross TV Schedule]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/motorcycle-news/click-2015-endurocross-tv-schedule/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/motorcycle-news/click-2015-endurocross-tv-schedule/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:53:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49349 Click Here For The 2015 Endurocross TV Schedule
CBS Sports to air the entire 2015 AMA EnduroCross season on tape delay. more]]>
Television coverage for the 2015 Geico AMA EnduroCross Championship kicks off this week with a full hour of coverage from the season opener in Daytona Beach, Florida. The CBS Sports show from round one will air Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 PM ET (check local listings).

If you’ve never seen an EnduroCross race before, think Supercross mixed with trials, scrambles and a bit of rally enduro thrown in too. The competitors race around a track filled with jumps, wood pits, rock sections and numerous other obstacles unseen in any other kind of racing format.

To find your local CBS Sports channel, click here: http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder.

Below is the 2015 EnduroCross schedule, followed by the TV schedule on CBS Sports. Take note of the tape delay.

2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule

March 6, 2015 - Daytona Beach, Florida.  Ocean Center (Friday Daytona Bike Week)
March 21, 2015 - Salt Lake City, Utah.  Energy Solutions Arena
May 1, 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada.  Orleans Arena (Friday – Supercross weekend)
June 5, 2015 - Austin, Texas.  X Games, Circuit of the Americas
September 26, 2015 - Sacramento, California.  Sleep Train Arena
October 3, 2015 - Denver, Colorado.  National Western Complex
October 17, 2015 - Everett, Washington.  XFINITY Arena
November 7, 2015 - Boise, Idaho.  Ford Idaho Center
November 20/21, 2015 - Ontario, California.  Citizens Business Bank Arena

2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship CBS Sports Show Schedule

Air Date                                   Air Time                                   Race Location
March 18th, 2015                     7:00 PM ET                             Daytona Beach, FL
April 5th, 2015                          12:00 PM ET                           Salt Lake City, UT
May 13th, 2015                         7:00 PM ET                             Las Vegas, NV
October 7th, 2015                     11:00 PM ET                           Sacramento, CA
October 14th, 2015                   10:00 PM ET                           Denver, CO
October 28th, 2015                   11:00 PM ET                           Everett, WA
November, 18th, 2015              10:00 PM ET                           Boise, ID
December, 2nd, 2015                10:00 PM ET                           Ontario, CA

If you want to see how your skills match up to the EnduroCross track, there are classes for Open Amateur, Vet 35+, Women and TrialsCross that anyone can enter! Sign up today at https://secure.tracksideonlineresults.com/mmsx_ex/.

Tickets for all of the 2015 EnduroCross events are available at: www.EnduroCross.com/tickets/.

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<![CDATA[Now You Can Build Yourself A Custom Motorcycle From Plastic]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/motorcycle-news/now-can-build-custom-motorcycle-plastic/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/motorcycle-news/now-can-build-custom-motorcycle-plastic/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:05:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49340 Now You Can Build Yourself A Custom Motorcycle… From Plastic
Your childhood hobby of building motorcycle models can now come alive as an adult. more]]>
Many of us have childhood memories of building plastic scale replica models of our favorite motorcycle. For Peter Manning, his fondness for model building followed him into adulthood. A motorcyclist since the age of 16, he’s teamed up with an established vacuum forming and tooling company in West London to create full size motorcycle kits. The first of which is this, the Route 66 Classic.

According to Manning’s site, www.fullsizekits.com, the Route 66 Classic is based on “typical 1960s classic American motorcycles.” We’re guessing he means Harley-Davidsons. According to the site, over 180 parts make up the plastic model, most of which are vacuum formed ABS plastic components, plus small parts and fixings like metal handlebars and side stand.

Much of the engine and running gear components are formed integrally with the four frame and engine parts to ensure simple assembly and an affordable product. However, as real as the final product looks, the model doesn’t roll, as the wheels are fixed in order to help give the model strength and rigidity. All told, the finished bike measures 93 inches long, 42 inches high and 32.5 inches wide. Combined with its reported weight of 35 pounds, the Route 66 Classic can easily be picked up and moved around as a shining display of your childhood talent.

Not surprising, Manning says he’s received a lot of interest about his model from Americans. If you’re one of those interested parties, the West Londoner is currently seeking distributors in the States to help sell his kits. Otherwise, Manning claims shipping charges to the U.S. would amount to a third of the cost of the model, which itself costs £525.00, or roughly $775.00 at current exchange rates. 

If the Route 66 Classic doesn’t scratch your model building itch, Manning says future models could include a Triumph Bonneville, Manx Norton or a classic Vespa scooter. Visit www.fullsizekits.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[AMA Bike Nights At Cycle Gear Celebrate AMA Go Ride! Month]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/motorcycle-news/ama-bike-nights-cycle-gear-celebrate-ama-go-ride-month/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/motorcycle-news/ama-bike-nights-cycle-gear-celebrate-ama-go-ride-month/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:59:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49336 AMA Bike Nights At Cycle Gear Celebrate AMA Go Ride! Month
Join or renew with the AMA at select Cycle Gear locations will get a gift. more]]>
From an AMA press release:


American Motorcyclist Association members can win cool gifts, support their riding freedoms and get great deals on parts and gear at 112 Cycle Gear locations nationwide during AMA Go Ride! Month in April.

“AMA Bike Nights at Cycle Gear give AMA members a destination where they can enjoy good food, drink, music and fun with friends,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “Thanks to Cycle Gear’s generous support, all AMA members who join, renew or bring a friend to join get special gifts. We also have incentives for clubs that encourage their members to join the AMA at these events.”

Those who join or renew with the AMA at a Cycle Gear location during April get a free AMA patch and an AMA koozie. AMA members who bring a friend to join also receive a free Stockton 15-in-one utility tool. Current AMA members also get a free “Touring Tips, Tricks and Techniques” booklet and an AMA decal just for showing their valid AMA cards.

AMA-chartered club representatives also can receive an AMA-chartered club patch for each club member they sign up to join the AMA. Clubs that sign up five new club members as AMA members earn an AMA flag for their club. (AMA-chartered club verification required for patch or flag.)

In addition to these membership incentives, Cycle Gear is providing a range of discounts exclusive to AMA members. The discounts range from 10 percent to 20 percent off regularly priced items.

AMA Bike Nights at Cycle Gear are part of AMA Go Ride! Month. Every April, AMA Go Ride! Month celebrates the riding season by highlighting the fun recreational riding opportunities on the AMA calendar, from dual-sport events to poker runs to swap meets to road rallies. AMA Go Ride! Month is the AMA’s reminder that motorcycling is the best way to experience this great country.

Learn more about AMA Go Ride! Month in the April issue of American Motorcyclist, the official journal of the AMA. For more information about AMA Bike Nights at Cycle Gear, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com/amabikenight.

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<![CDATA[Dainese Charts 18 Years Of Valentino Rossis Rivals + Infographic]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/manufacturers/yamaha/dainese-charts-18-years-valentino-rossis-rivals-infographic/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/manufacturers/yamaha/dainese-charts-18-years-valentino-rossis-rivals-infographic/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:15:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49332 Dainese Charts 18 Years Of Valentino Rossi’s Rivals + Infographic
An interactive look at Rossi's rivals over the past 18 years. more]]>
When the 2015 MotoGP season commences later this month at the opening round in Qatar, Valentino Rossi will begin his 19th season competing in the world championship. To put The Doctor’s career into perspective, Dainese, the protective gear manufacturer Rossi has worn his entire professional career, has put together this fun infographic. In it, we go for a ride with Vale, beginning in his rookie year in 1996. As we go on the journey, we take a look at Rossi’s rivals through the years, with a few Italian rib jabs thrown in along the way. Click the infographic to view it in its full resolution.

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Trademarks J500 and J125]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-trademarks-j500-j125/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/03/17/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-trademarks-j500-j125/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:29:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49319 Kawasaki Trademarks J500 and J125
For the longest time, Kawasaki stood out among the Big 4 Japanese motorcycle makers as being the only one that did not produce scooters for western markets. That changed in 2013 with the introduction of the J300 scooter for the Europe. The J300 may not be Kawasaki’s only scooter for much longer however, as the […] more]]>
For the longest time, Kawasaki stood out among the Big 4 Japanese motorcycle makers as being the only one that did not produce scooters for western markets. That changed in 2013 with the introduction of the J300 scooter for the Europe. The J300 may not be Kawasaki’s only scooter for much longer however, as the company has filed trademarks for J500 and J125.

Discuss this at our Kawasaki J300 Forum.

According to trademark filings submitted to Europe’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, the J500 and J125 names will be used for:

“Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; in particular motorcycles; Engines for the aforesaid goods; engines for all aforesaid goods; Detachable panniers for motorcycles; bags for attachment to the petrol tanks of motorcycles for transporting goods; Parts and fittings for the aforesaid goods not included in other classes.”

Don’t be fooled by the word “motorcycle” here though; the same description was used in filings to trademark “Kawasaki J300,” so the J500 and J125 will likely also be scooters.

What remains to be seen is whether the new scooters will be based on Kymco scooters. The J300 is essentially a rebranded Kymco Downtown 300i, using the same 299cc liquid-cooled Single. Kymco produces a number of 125cc scooters for various markets, and a Kawasaki variant could be based on the Downtown 125i or G-Dink 125i. Kymco also produces the Xciting 500 Ri which could form the basis for a Kawasaki J500.

On the other hand, Kawasak may begin developing its own scooter technology instead of relying on Kymco. Licensing the technology may have made sense for Kawasaki’s initial dip into the scooter segment but if Kawasaki intends to offer an entire scooter lineup, it may want to use its own R&D.

[Source: OHIM]

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Short teaser videos commemorate 20 years of T-Rex. more]]>
Some might not consider three-wheelers as motorcycles, but they are classified as such under the eyes of the law. It’s with this premise that we celebrate 20 years of a three-wheeler that was a pioneer in its field. It’s hard to believe the Campagna T-Rex has been around for 20 years, but the Canadian-built roadster has soldiered on, carving its own niche despite doubters wondering how it could possibly last. Delivering an exhilarating driving experience by combining sportscar driving dynamics with motorcycle-based engines, the T-Rex gets attention wherever it goes.

In honor of its 20 years, Campagna is releasing short teaser videos, the first of which is a brief throwback to the very beginning of Campagna and the T-Rex. The videos will run through the week, with what we assume will be a special surprise in the final video to commemorate the occasion. Here now is video one.

(EN) Campagna T-REX 20th Anniversary – Archives from Campagna Motors on Vimeo.

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