Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:20:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014-2015 Touring Models for Clutch Problem]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/24/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-recalls-2014-2015-touring-models-clutch-problem/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/24/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-recalls-2014-2015-touring-models-clutch-problem/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:18:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49997 Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014-2015 Touring Models for Clutch Problem
Harley-Davidson is recalling multiple 2014 and 2015 touring models because of a clutch problem. The recall affects 45,901 motorcycles from the following models: 2014 CVO Road King 2014-2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic 2014-2015 Ultra Limited 2014-2015 Street Glide 2014-2015 Street Glide Special 2014-2015 CVO Street Glide 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low 2015 Ultra Limited […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson is recalling multiple 2014 and 2015 touring models because of a clutch problem. The recall affects 45,901 motorcycles from the following models:

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

The affected motorcycles have black-painted clutch master cylinders. Chrome master cylinders and those purchased from Harley-Davidson’s Parts & Accessories are not included in the recall.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a chemical reaction in the clutch system may generate gas bubbles that can prevent the clutch from disengaging after the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period. Customers may notice a large amount of free play in the clutch lever when this occurs.

Harley-Davidson began investigating the issue in October 2014 after receiving eight warranty claims and two customer complaints about the clutch master cylinder. Harley-Davidson and its part supplier inspected the affected master cylinders and found evidence of gas generation in the DOT4 fluid. By January 2015, Harley-Davidson had received 15 reported incidents with two minor injuries.

An external chemist was called in to help with the investigation while Harley-Davidson contacted more customers for more information. An updated search found 313 warranty claims, 31 customer complaints and 27 accidents resulting in four minor injuries.

Harley-Davidson dealers will inspect recalled vehicles and, if necessary, flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, replacing it if it shows signs of corrosion.

[Source: NHTSA]

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<![CDATA[2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 Recalled for Missing Reflector]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/24/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-street-750-500-recalled-missing-reflector/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/24/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-street-750-500-recalled-missing-reflector/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:26:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49980 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 Recalled for Missing Reflector
Harley-Davidson is recalling certain 2015 Street 750 and 500 motorcycles because they lack a rear reflector assembly. Rear reflectors are federally mandated equipment for all motor vehicles and Harley-Davidson says certain Street models were mistakenly left off. U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108 requires vehicles to have red reflectors at the rear. A […] more]]>
042415-2015-harley-davidson-street-750-2-rearHarley-Davidson is recalling certain 2015 Street 750 and 500 motorcycles because they lack a rear reflector assembly. Rear reflectors are federally mandated equipment for all motor vehicles and Harley-Davidson says certain Street models were mistakenly left off.

U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108 requires vehicles to have red reflectors at the rear. A similar recall was also announced for Canada where the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard has the same requirement.

Harley-Davidson say it first discovered the issue on March 9 after a report from its Kansas City assembly plant where North American-bound Street models are produced. An investigation revealed the rear reflector assembly was not being added during the production process.

042415-2015-harley-davidson-street-750-reflector-diagramDealers will install the rear reflector assembly to the license plate bracket on affected Street models.

The recall affects Street 750 models produced from May 12, 2014 to March 9, 2015 and Street 500 models produced Jan. 28, 2014 to March 9, 2015. Models produced after March 10 should have the reflector and are not affected by the recall. A total of 8,904 motorcycles in the U.S. are affected by the recall while in Canada, a further 381 motorcycles are affected.

[Source: NHTSA, Transport Canada]

 

 

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<![CDATA[Ducati Scrambler & 1299 Panigale Now Available For Test Rides]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/24/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-scrambler-1299-panigale-now-available-test-rides/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/24/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-scrambler-1299-panigale-now-available-test-rides/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:21:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49985 Ducati Scrambler & 1299 Panigale Now Available For Test Rides
The Ducati Scrambler and 1299 Panigale Superbike are now available for test rides at participating dealerships. Arriving soon is the all-new Multistrada 1200 DVT will be rolling off the production line soon. These three motorcycles can all be seen at local Ducati showrooms, which can be found through the dealer locator at www.ducati.com. Scrambler: $8,495  Scrambler Slam: […] more]]>
The Ducati Scrambler and 1299 Panigale Superbike are now available for test rides at participating dealerships. Arriving soon is the all-new Multistrada 1200 DVT will be rolling off the production line soon. These three motorcycles can all be seen at local Ducati showrooms, which can be found through the dealer locator at www.ducati.com.

Scrambler: $8,495  Scrambler Slam: Ducati Vs Triumph + Video

Multistrada 1200 DVT: $17,695 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 And 1200S First Ride Review + Video

1299 Panigale: $19,295 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale First Ride Review + Video

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<![CDATA[Polaris Reports Q1 2015 Sales Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/manufacturers/victory/polaris-reports-q1-2015-sales-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/manufacturers/victory/polaris-reports-q1-2015-sales-results/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:27:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49976 Polaris Reports Q1 2015 Sales Results
Polaris Industries reported a 74.1% increase in motorcycle sales revenue. According to the company’s first quarter 2015 report, the Indian and Victory brands, as well as the three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot, combined to rake in $137.4 million compared to $78.9 million in the same quarter of 2014. Both Indian and Victory reported sales increases over the quarter, […] more]]>
Polaris Industries reported a 74.1% increase in motorcycle sales revenue. According to the company’s first quarter 2015 report, the Indian and Victory brands, as well as the three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot, combined to rake in $137.4 million compared to $78.9 million in the same quarter of 2014.

Both Indian and Victory reported sales increases over the quarter, with Polaris claiming a 40% increase in customer retail demand while Slingshot sales also exceed expectations. Most of this success is due to the North American market as sales outside the continent were down 12% due to the strengthening U.S. dollar.

While Polaris’ motorcycle operations did well, it could have been much better. The adoption of a new paint system delayed production with Indian Scout shipments only beginning shipments late in the quarter. The new paint system is now fully operational and Polaris says progress is accelerating to meet a significant backlog of orders for all three brands.

Polaris expects its motorcycle businesses to maintain momentum through the year, forecasting a 55%-70% increase over 2014 sales total of $348.7 million.

Overall, Polaris Industries reported a net profit of $88.6 million over the first quarter compared to a profit of $80.9 million in the same quarter last year.

[Source: Polaris]

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<![CDATA[RSD Promo Video – Funny As F@#k]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/apparel-2/rsd-promo-video-funny-fk/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/apparel-2/rsd-promo-video-funny-fk/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:53:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49972 RSD Promo Video – Funny As F@#k
If you weren’t offended by the title of this post, then you won’t be offended by some of the verbiage in the song. It’s nothing more than a promotional video for Roland Sands Design (RSD), but it’s so damn funny we just had to share. Enjoy! more]]>
If you weren’t offended by the title of this post, then you won’t be offended by some of the verbiage in the song. It’s nothing more than a promotional video for Roland Sands Design (RSD), but it’s so damn funny we just had to share. Enjoy!

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<![CDATA[Triumph Launches New TV Ad Campaign Dubbed Voices + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/motorcycle-news/triumph-launches-new-tv-ad-campaign-dubbed-voices-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/motorcycle-news/triumph-launches-new-tv-ad-campaign-dubbed-voices-video/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:16:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49967 Triumph Launches New TV Ad Campaign Dubbed “Voices” + Video
New Triumph commercial conveys freedom through motorcycling. more]]>
As part of its global “For The Ride” brand slogan positioning, Triumph is rolling out new 30- and 60-second national television commercials dubbed, “Voices.” The essence of the commercials is to reaffirm and remind the audience of the classic nostalgia, timelessness and pure riding spirit the Triumph brand evokes.

“For The Ride” and the current accompanying television, print and digital campaign surrounding the “Voices” spots, convey a universal motorcycling truth – the farther you ride, the softer the everyday voices and noises in your head become; the more miles logged, the freer you become from the daily grind. This truth connects to a wide audience of motorcycle enthusiasts and non-motorcyclists and is as relevant today as it will be in 25 years.

“Triumph’s last television campaign was in 2013, and we’re excited to be back on national networks connecting with a wide audience of riders and non-riders alike,” said Matt Sheahan, Chief Operating Officer for Triumph Motorcycles America. “Triumph is an iconic brand with a unique voice, and that spirit, character and soul are captured in the creative of this campaign.”

The “Voices” commercial begins in the streets of Los Angeles, Calif., and closes on an open, expansive salt flats, signifying the historical ties of the Bonneville motorcycle to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah where the bike earned its namesake. You can see the video below.

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<![CDATA[Supercharged Victory Motorcycles Getting Sideways!]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/manufacturers/victory/supercharged-victory-motorcycles-getting-sideways/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/manufacturers/victory/supercharged-victory-motorcycles-getting-sideways/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:48:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49961 Supercharged Victory Motorcycles Getting Sideways!
Who would’ve thought that people who ride supercharged Victory motorcycles would want to put on a smoke show? Well, your friendly MO testing team, for one. (Just look at the linked article’s lead photo.) However, if you really want to see burn outs going mobile, take a gander at these videos that Victory put together with the official Victory Stunt Team riders Tony Carbajal […] more]]>

Who would’ve thought that people who ride supercharged Victory motorcycles would want to put on a smoke show? Well, your friendly MO testing team, for one. (Just look at the linked article’s lead photo.) However, if you really want to see burn outs going mobile, take a gander at these videos that Victory put together with the official Victory Stunt Team riders Tony Carbajal and Joe Vertical. After looking at this collection of mayhem, we can say with conviction that the JenningsGP track in north Florida.

Lloydz Motor Workz Supercharged Victory Cross Country Review

So, strap on your riding gear and get ready to get sideways! Rubber-scented incense is optional but recommended. You can find the entire playlist here.

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<![CDATA[Garmin VIRB X And XE Action Cameras With G-Metrix Coming Soon]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/motorcycle-news/garmin-virb-x-x-action-camera-g-metrix-coming-soon/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/23/motorcycle-news/garmin-virb-x-x-action-camera-g-metrix-coming-soon/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:15:30 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49956 Garmin VIRB X And XE Action Cameras With G-Metrix Coming Soon
There are action cameras that record great video, and there’s devices that record data such as acceleration, engine RPM, G forces, lap times, etc. Garmin’s new VIRB X and XE cameras combine these technologies into a single product. The VIRB X and XE utilize internal sensors like the high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope, and compatible […] more]]>
There are action cameras that record great video, and there’s devices that record data such as acceleration, engine RPM, G forces, lap times, etc. Garmin’s new VIRB X and XE cameras combine these technologies into a single product.

The VIRB X and XE utilize internal sensors like the high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope, and compatible devices and accessories like an HRM-Run, fēnix 3 multisport watch or Vector power meter to track movements in real time and capture more performance data. Additionally VIRB X and XE are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled OBD tools to capture true vehicle data like speed, RPM and throttle position. Users can analyze their power output by overlaying Vector data, show off high G-loading, re-live the runs made and vertical feet covered with the help of fēnix 3, or see the acceleration and highlight top speed on the racetrack. Waterproof to 50 meters, the updated camera design doesn’t require an external case for underwater shooting.

“With the updated design, enhanced recording options, built-in sensors and the introduction of G-Metrix, VIRB X and XE represent a bold step forward in the evolution of action cameras for consumers and professionals alike,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “We are extremely excited to bring these cameras to market, and see not only the content that users share, but also how far, how fast, and how crazy their adventures really are.”

VIRB X and XE will be available for purchase in summer 2015. VIRB X will have a suggested retail price of $299.99, and VIRB XE will have a suggested retail price of $399.99. For more information go to virb.garmin.com.

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<![CDATA[Polaris Acquires Timbersled Products]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/22/industry-news/polaris-acquires-timbersled-products/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/22/industry-news/polaris-acquires-timbersled-products/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:01:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49952 Polaris Acquires Timbersled Products
Polaris has announced the acquisition of Timbersled Products, Inc. a privately held Sandpoint, Idaho-based company. The Timbersled Mountain Horse is a snow bike conversion kit for dirt bikes that can be in-stalled and removed to make a bike a four-season machine. According to Timersled, the Mountain Horse is the first ever snow bike kit designed for the […] more]]>
Polaris has announced the acquisition of Timbersled Products, Inc. a privately held Sandpoint, Idaho-based company. The Timbersled Mountain Horse is a snow bike conversion kit for dirt bikes that can be in-stalled and removed to make a bike a four-season machine. According to Timersled, the Mountain Horse is the first ever snow bike kit designed for the mountain riding in the snow.

What is Snowmobiling’s Next Big Thing?

“We are excited to add the Timbersled brand and team to Polaris’ strong snowmobile business.  Timbersled has created a compelling product and revolutionized the sport of snow biking, and we are excited to see what they can accomplish with access to Polaris’ considerable engineering, manufacturing and distribution capabilities,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman & CEO. “Their Mountain Horse is the unequivocal choice of snow bike enthusiasts, emphasizing Timbersled’s relentless commitment to innovation, performance and quality. Our common culture and shared passion for the Powersports industry and consumer will create an exciting platform for continued innovation and accelerated growth.”

Q&A With Timbersled’s Allen Mangum

“Timbersled is excited to be a part of the Polaris family. Our shared commitment to delivering exceptional performance to riders and history of innovation make this a great fit,” said Allen Mangum, President, Timbersled. “Timbersled’s success is built on a passion for delivering exciting products. We look forward to working with Polaris to take our product, customer relationships and the sport to the next level.”

Timbersled will continue to operate as a distinct brand and the operations will remain near Sandpoint, Idaho.

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<![CDATA[Husqvarna And Strider Team Up For Special Edition Toddler Bike]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/22/products/husqvarna-strider-team-special-edition-toddler-bike/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/22/products/husqvarna-strider-team-special-edition-toddler-bike/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:29:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49949 Husqvarna And Strider Team Up For Special Edition Toddler Bike
Husqvarna Strider bike mixes motocross with bicycles. more]]>
Parents of little kids are probably familiar with the Strider bike line of pedal-less bicycles. Over a million have been sold to date, and now a certain Swedish motorcycle company wants to get in on the action. Strider is teaming up with Husqvarna for a special edition line of Strider bikes.

The sleek-looking, white Husqvarna Strider no-pedal balance bike is mechanically the same as the Strider 12-inch Sport, but is customized with stylish yellow mini-grips for toddler hands and a blue mini-saddle for toddler hips, along with stylish Husqvarna graphics.

Designed for children ranging in age from 18 months to five years, the Strider bike weighs 6.7 pounds, is easy to control and features an adjustable seat and handlebars to accommodate a growing child. Most importantly, a Strider teaches kids balance and coordination. Often, Strider claims many kids transition from its bikes to standard pedal bicycles without ever needing training wheels.

“I remember watching my motorcycling heroes on Husqvarna motorcycles back in the 70′s when I was a child, so I was excited to see the recent return of this legendary brand,” says Ryan McFarland, Strider’s founder. “Now, I’m even more excited to be part of introducing the next generation of riders to the brand with our new Husqvarna Strider bike.”

The Husqvarna Strider bikes are in stock now and available to ship immediately. The Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) is $139.99 and includes free shipping. For more information or to purchase a Husqvarna Strider, visit www.StriderBikes.com

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<![CDATA[Introducing The All-Wheel Drive RevIt #95 Anniversary Bike + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/22/motorcycle-news/introducing-wheel-drive-revit-95-anniversary-bike-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/22/motorcycle-news/introducing-wheel-drive-revit-95-anniversary-bike-video/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:03:07 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49937 Introducing The All-Wheel Drive Rev’It #95 Anniversary Bike + Video
Rev'It celebrates 20 years with a special anniversary bike. more]]>
In celebration of Rev’It’s 20th anniversary, and the launch of its Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Rev’It set out to create a machine as ambitious as its gear and its riders. The result is the Rev’It #95.

Rev’It creative director Gerbrandt Aarts brought together Gregor HalendaChris Cosentino and Scott Kolb, a skilled team of artists, designers and engineers with decades of combined experience in the shop and in the saddle. Together they conceptualized the “ultimate” adventure project that would turn a rugged ADV bike into an all-wheel drive machine, via the adaption of a Christini kit.

In just four months in late 2014/early 2015, a KTM 950 Super Enduro was found, stripped, and reassembled a dozen or more times to create an immediately recognizable, one-off motorcycle, built to mimic the current Rev’It design philosophy. 

The Christini-based system on the Rev’It #95 transfers power off the countershaft sprocket through a custom-made system of gears and shafts, to the headstock where it’s converted again to two counter-rotating drive shafts. These deliver power to the front hub via a one-way free hub. The front wheel is driven at 80% of the speed of the rear wheel to prevent undue torque from affecting the steering, but when the rear wheel outpaces the front, the front digs in to bring the bike into line and convert what was once wasted power and roost into forward motion.

The practical benefit of AWD on a full-sized adventure bike is the ability to navigate through deep sand or mud – the spots where a large, weighty bike might typically get stuck. It’s the same advantage as a four wheel drive vehicle, and offers a huge bonus to the solo adventure rider: You can traverse more difficult terrain, more easily.

The Rev’It #95 bike was completed in April 2015 and will be presented to the public at events over the coming months. 

Complete list of modifications on the Rev’It #95:

-Christini 2WD conversion kit
-Woody’s billet hub rims with Excel hoops and stainless steel spokes
-Continental Twinduro TKC80 Dual Sport Tires: 180/55B17 rear, 120/70B19 front
-Fredette Racing studded ice tires
-SKAT-TRAK custom paddle sand tires
-custom stainless steel exhaust with Cone Engineering stainless megaphones
-Anti-Gravity lightweight Lithium Nano-Phosphate battery
-Moto-Master disc, caliper and master cylinder upgrade
-Kuryakyn Phase 7 LED 7″ Headlamp
-Ironman rear sprocket
-DID x-ring chains
-Evo Air Foot-pegs
-Highway Dirt Bikes bark busters/mirrors
-iPhone 6 compatible mount with charger
-FuelTankParts.com aluminum weld-in fuel filler cap
-Keihen 41mm FCR carburetor conversion
-Cosentino Engineering billet velocity stacks
-low temperature fan thermostat switch
-Chrome Glow LED taillight/turn signals
-custom aluminum 12 gallon fuel tank
-custom steel subframe
-custom leather seat
-custom windscreen

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<![CDATA[2014-2015 Honda CBR1000RR SP Affected by Ohlins TTX36 Recall]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/22/manufacturers/honda/honda-cbr1000rr-sp-affected-ohlins-ttx36-recall/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/22/manufacturers/honda/honda-cbr1000rr-sp-affected-ohlins-ttx36-recall/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:31:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49928 2014-2015 Honda CBR1000RR SP Affected by Ohlins TTX36 Recall
The Ohlins TTX36 recall has struck another OEM with a rear shock defect leading to the recall on the Honda CBR1000RR SP.  Announced by regulatory bodies in Japan and Australia, the Honda recall follows the recall on the Yamaha YZF-R1M announced last week in Australia and Canada. There may be more recalls to come, depending […] more]]>
The Ohlins TTX36 recall has struck another OEM with a rear shock defect leading to the recall on the Honda CBR1000RR SP.  Announced by regulatory bodies in Japan and Australia, the Honda recall follows the recall on the Yamaha YZF-R1M announced last week in Australia and Canada. There may be more recalls to come, depending on whether the defective Ohlins TTX GP, TTX RT and TTX36 MKII shocks were installed on other OEM motorcycles.

Both the CBR1000RR SP and the R1M come standard with Ohlins rear shocks, one of several upgrades they hold over the less exclusive CBR1000RR and R1. Other models that come with similar suspension include Ducati‘s 1199 Panigale R and 1299 Panigale S, Aprilia RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 Factory and the MV Agusta F4 R, RR and RC. We may see more recalls coming, depending on whether other motorcycles had the faulty batch of shocks installed.

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The problem, as described by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the piston rod nut on the affected CBR1000RR SP shocks may not have been correctly tightened and thus may come loose. The description is similar to the previously-announced TTX36 recalls.

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The Australian recall announcement did not specify any model years but the Japanese recall includes all models produced from Jan. 30, 2014 to March 16, 2015. In Ohlins’ recall for aftermarket TTX36 shocks, it says the problem was caused by a new method of cleaning the top-out spring guide adopted on Nov. 5, 2013, so it’s likely both 2014 and 2015 models may be affected. We await word on whether a similar recall will be announced for the CBR1000RR or any other models in the U.S. market.

[Source: Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism]

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<![CDATA[Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Takes to the Ice]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/manufacturers/husqvarna/2016-husqvarna-701-supermoto-takes-ice/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/manufacturers/husqvarna/2016-husqvarna-701-supermoto-takes-ice/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:17:29 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49922 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Takes to the Ice
Husqvarna has launched a microsite previewing its upcoming 701 Supermoto. Unveiled last fall at EICMA, the 701 Supermoto is Husqvarna’s first streetbike since the company was acquired by KTM‘s Stefan Pierer. Which makes it a curious decision to launch the microsite with a teaser video with the 701 equipped with spiked tires and running on […] more]]>
Husqvarna has launched a microsite previewing its upcoming 701 Supermoto. Unveiled last fall at EICMA, the 701 Supermoto is Husqvarna’s first streetbike since the company was acquired by KTM‘s Stefan Pierer.

Which makes it a curious decision to launch the microsite with a teaser video with the 701 equipped with spiked tires and running on ice. And to release said video in late April, no less. Not that we’re complaining, since we’re big fans of ice racing here at MO.

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We’ll have more detailed information as Husqvarna releases it on the microsite, but we already know from EICMA the 701 is powered by a modified version of the KTM 690 SMC R’s Single with ride-by-wire throttle control, claiming an output of 67 hp. Other previously-announced features include WP suspension, ABS, a slipper clutch and a claimed weight of 320 pounds.

The 701 Supermoto will arrive at dealers in November. There’s no confirmation on whether that includes U.S. dealerships, but Husqvarna USA linking to the microsite on its Facebook page is a good sign.

[Source: Husqvarna]

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<![CDATA[Gloria Struck, Octogenarian, Riding To Sturgis For Kickstarter Campaign]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/products/gloria-struck-octogenarian-riding-sturgis-kickstarter-campaign/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/products/gloria-struck-octogenarian-riding-sturgis-kickstarter-campaign/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:13:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49920 Gloria Struck, Octogenarian, Riding To Sturgis For Kickstarter Campaign
Struck helping promote new film "I Am Sturgis." more]]>
Gloria Struck, 89, is a legendary female motorcycle rider and a pioneer for women riders everywhere, and now Struck is joining Why We Ride Films, the production team that brought the critically acclaimed film, Why We Ride, for a Kickstarter campaign to help fund its new film “I Am Sturgis.”

Ms. Struck first sat astride a motorcycle in 1941, at a time when very few women did so, and she’s been riding ever since. She travels annually to motorcycle rallies around the country and gatherings hosted by the groundbreaking, all-female motorcycle club she joined in 1946, the Motor Maids. This year, as she’s done many times in the past, she plans on riding the 1,700 miles from her home in Clifton, NJ, to South Dakota for the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. She’s been making the trek to motorcycle rallies all over the country for over six decades.

 

Gloria Struck at the age of 25.

Gloria Struck at the age of 25.

“We do not trailer bikes. We ride to Sturgis every year,” Ms. Struck says. “My goal is to keep riding to Sturgis until I’m 100. The Black Hills, the custom bikes, the people from all over the world and, of course, the riding is like nowhere else on earth.  It is not what you think, and it should not be missed.”

The impetus for “I Am Sturgis” stems partly from this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally being the 75th Anniversary of that motorcycling institution. In recent years, the Sturgis rally has drawn half a million participants, but attendance estimates for this year’s anniversary rally exceed one million riders. There may never be a better time to capture the passion, dedication and camaraderie of the motorcycling community, and there certainly is no better place than the iconic Sturgis gathering.

When making Why We Ride, Sturgis was the first filming location, and it had an immediate emotional effect on the filmmakers. “There is a spirit there that enters you and grabs your heart,” says Bryan H. Carroll, producer/director. “You put your hand on a boulder and you feel this energy; you can feel it in the air. It’s easy to understand why American Indians hold this place sacred.”

Why We Ride Films launched their crowd funding efforts with the goal of raising $350,000 of the production budget for “I Am Sturgis” through their Kickstarter campaign. With the help of Gloria Struck and others, they are on their way, but still hope for greater participation from motorcycle enthusiasts and the general public alike.

Gloria Struck at the age of 87

Gloria Struck at the age of 87

There are many contribution levels, starting with “The Wave,” a $5 donation that gets you a digital version of the movie poster. A $15 “First Ride” donation earns an early digital download of the film. Increasing donations up to $75 are rewarded with patches, pins, stickers, T-shirts and limited edition Blu-Ray/DVD film combo packs. Large-dollar (ranging from $125 to $10,000) donators receive Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club Rewards, movie premiere passes, and they can even get production credits (up to “associate producer” and “co-executive producer”), access to the Producer’s Private Pre-Party and private theatrical screenings in their hometowns.

A campaign trailer for “I Am Sturgis” is viewable at www.IAmSturgis.com. Those wishing to contribute to the campaign can also do so from that link.

 

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Reports Q1 2015 Sales Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q1-2015-sales-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q1-2015-sales-results/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:41:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49910 Harley-Davidson Reports Q1 2015 Sales Results
Harley-Davidson reported a net profit of $269.9 million over the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter results marked a slight improvement on the $265.9 million in net income reported in the same period last year. Revenue from motorcycle sales were down, however, due to unfavorable currency exchange rates and a slight decrease in shipments. […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson reported a net profit of $269.9 million over the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter results marked a slight improvement on the $265.9 million in net income reported in the same period last year. Revenue from motorcycle sales were down, however, due to unfavorable currency exchange rates and a slight decrease in shipments.

Delivering the first quarter report is one of the final tasks of outgoing Harley-Davidson Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell who is retiring on May 1. He will be succeeded by current Chief Operating Officer Matt Levatich.

“While the first quarter had its share of headwinds, our business is strong and we remain clearly focused on executing Harley-Davidson’s strategy to be customer-led in everything we do, grow our reach among new customers in the U.S., grow internationally and continuously improve every aspect of our operations,” says Wandell. “We continue to manage Harley-Davidson for long-term performance from a position of great strength.”

Harley-Davidson reported sales of 56,661 motorcycles over the first quarter, down from 57,415 motorcycles sold in the same period in 2014. Harley-Davidson reports strong worldwide sales for the Road Glide, Ultra Low, Ultra Limited Low, CVO Street Glide, Freewheeler and Street models.

The domestic market continues to form the bulk of Harley-Davidson’s sales, with Americans picking up 35,488 motorcycles over the quarter, just a bit less than the 35,730 sold last year. Harley-Davidson attributes the decrease to poor riding weather and a strong surge in last year’s sales due to the introduction of the company’s Project Rushmore initiative. Though overall U.S. sales were down, Harley-Davidson reports strong demand for the Road Glide and the Street.

Sales were also down slightly in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Harley-Davidson saw a significant drop in Japanese sales, selling just 1,972 motorcycles compared to 2,893 motorcycles in the same quarter of 2014. Most of that decrease was mitigated by increased sales elsewhere in Asia including China and India which reported record highs for Harley-Davidson.

Motorcycle produced $1.26 billion in revenue over the first quarter, down 3.8% from last year. Harley-Davidson also reported a 7.2% drop in sales revenue from parts and accessories while merchandise sales increased by 3.6%. Overall, Harley0-Davidson reported an operating income of $345.4 million from product sales. Harley-Davidson Financial Services added another $64.7 million in operating income.

For the rest of 2015, Harley-Davidson lowered its sales forecast, now calling for a 2-4% growth compared to the previously forecast 4-6% growth. The company now expects to ship 276,000 to 281,000 motorcycles in 2015, compared to the previous expectations of 282,000 to 287,000 motorcycles.

“Given the first-quarter retail results, and ongoing, increased levels of aggressive competitive discounting in the U.S. which we expect will continue, we are taking the precautionary step of lowering our estimated growth rate for full-year motorcycle shipments in order to manage supply in line with demand and protect the premium nature of our brand,” says Wandell.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[Enter Yamahas #GetOutAndRide Photo Contest For Chance To Meet Rossi And Lorenzo At Indy MotoGP]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/motorcycle-news/enter-yamahas-getoutandride-photo-contest-chance-meet-rossi-lorenzo-indy-motogp/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/motorcycle-news/enter-yamahas-getoutandride-photo-contest-chance-meet-rossi-lorenzo-indy-motogp/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:54:12 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49905 Enter Yamaha’s #GetOutAndRide Photo Contest For Chance To Meet Rossi And Lorenzo At Indy MotoGP
Here's your chance to meet MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. more]]>
If you’re a Yamaha MotoGP fan who just happens to love taking selfies, Yamaha has the contest for you. With its newly announced #GetOutAndRide MotoGP photo contest, fans can compete for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2015 Red Bull Indy MotoGP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 6-10, plus have an opportunity to meet Yamaha MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and enjoy a pit/garage tour of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team. Even if you don’t win the grand prize, Yamaha still has other prizes to give away.

To enter the contest, fans need to visit a participating Yamaha Motorcycle Dealership, take a photo with a Rossi display standee and/or Rossi or Lorenzo head cut-out, and a Yamaha motorcycle or scooter, and then post their photo with hashtag #GetOutAndRide to Yamaha Motor USA Facebook page, or post to their Instagram or Twitter account with hashtag #GetOutAndRide. Contest entries will be judged and winners selected based on originality, humor, creative use of the Rossi and/or Lorenzo props, and expression of passion for Yamaha motorcycles or scooters.

To see Valentino and Jorge encourage your entry, for more information, and complete contest rules, visit here. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

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<![CDATA[Troy Bayliss To Race 2015 AMA Pro Grand National Series]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/racing/troy-bayliss-race-2015-ama-pro-grand-national-series/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/racing/troy-bayliss-race-2015-ama-pro-grand-national-series/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:37:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49897 Troy Bayliss To Race 2015 AMA Pro Grand National Series
"Everything I have learned on the dirt helped me through my career in road racing and to find myself back where it all started makes me feel young again,” says Bayliss. more]]>
Beginning with the Springfield Mile on May 24, three-time World Superbike Champion, Troy Bayliss will compete in the 2015 AMA Pro Grand National Series. Racing a Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati alongside teammate Johnny Lewis, Bayliss will participate in all five, mile-long race events. In addition to factory support, long-time Ducati collector Jim Dillard is also providing financial backing for the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati team.

Bayliss is one of the most decorated competitors in road racing history, with 52 WSBK victories, a fairytale MotoGP win in 2006 and the British Superbike Championship title in 1999 – all aboard Ducatis. He is no stranger to flat track racing. In 2013, he launched the invitation-only Troy Bayliss Classic in his home country of Australia, where he has since competed against many AMA Pro Flat Track greats.

Both Bayliss and Lewis will be piloting Ducati 1100cc air-cooled, 2-valve engines with Penske-tuned suspension in a custom chassis.

Troy Bayliss’ Race Schedule – 2015 AMA Pro Grand National Series

  • May 24 – Springfield Mile (Round 3)
  • May 30 – Sacramento Mile (Round 4)
  • July 4 – Du Quoin Mile (Round 7)
  • July 11 – Indy Mile (Round 8)
  • September 6 – Springfield Mile II (Round 13)

“Dirt and flat track racing are where I cut my teeth as a junior. Everything I have learned on the dirt helped me through my career in road racing and to find myself back where it all started makes me feel young again,” says Bayliss. “To race the Grand Nationals will be a challenge, but to compete with the Lloyd Brothers on the Ducati had to be done. Flat track is on the up here in Australia. We have run the Troy Bayliss Classic for the past three years and mixing it up with Henry Wiles, Jared Mees and Sammy Halbert has been great. I really look forward to my time in the US of A.”

“Although Troy retired from full-time competition in 2008, he always been a very active brand ambassador for Ducati,” said Dominique Cheraki, CEO of Ducati North America. “I think Ducati fans around the world will be excited about this project, as you know anything can happen when Troy sits on a Ducati.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to join a program like Lloyd Brothers Motorsports,” said Johnny Lewis. “I feel the Ducati will be the best bike I have ever been given a chance to throw a leg over in the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship. With this team and their supporters, I feel we can look forward to some great performances this season. I have been working hard this off season, training on and off of the bikes in Florida and I know that the Lloyd Brothers have been making constant improvements to the bikes to provide me with the opportunity to once again be a podium contender at each race.”

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Announce Riding Gear Collaboration With RevIt]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/products/yamaha-announce-riding-gear-collaboration-revit/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/21/products/yamaha-announce-riding-gear-collaboration-revit/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:30:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49901 Yamaha Announce Riding Gear Collaboration With Rev’It
Yamaha and Rev'It team up to produce new riding gear. more]]>
Yamaha Parts and Accessories has today announced an exclusive collaboration with apparel manufacturer, Rev’It, to produce a line of riding gear.

Comprised of features such as Hydratex G-Liner for waterproofing, double front zipper, reflective Yamaha logo, and Knox Flexiform CE protection, the jackets prepare you for nearly any riding conditions.

The two companies launched the much anticipated collection at MotoGP’s first U.S. stop in Austin, Texas on April 9 -12 and will join forces to launch a co-operative, robust Go-To-Market plan supported by additional marketing opportunities, including promotion through both companies’ websites, digital advertising, catalogs, and event support kicking off a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will receive a free Jupiter jacket by going to www.shopyamaha.com/getingear and registering.

The riding gear line will be available from Yamaha’s large network of authorized dealers as well as on www.shopyamaha.com.

“Yamaha, much like Rev’It, comes from a lineage of riding, so it made perfect sense to collaborate on this innovative collection,” said Frank Pittman, Vice President, Customer Support Group, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “The new Yamaha by Rev’It riding gear feature Rev’It’s exemplary craftsmanship while balancing innovation, functionality, and style.”

For more information on the Yamaha by Rev’It line please visit www.shopyamaha.com.

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<![CDATA[eMotoRacing In California For Back-To-Back Events Starting This Weekend]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/20/motorcycle-news/emotoracing-california-back-back-events-starting-weekend/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/20/motorcycle-news/emotoracing-california-back-back-events-starting-weekend/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:49:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49887 eMotoRacing In California For Back-To-Back Events Starting This Weekend
eMotoRacing to compete at Willow Springs and Sonoma Raceway. more]]>
From an eMotoRacing press release:


The Woodcraft Technologies eMotoRacing Series comes to California for 2 back-to-back events.

The big track at Willow Springs will host two eight lap electric road races on April 25 and 26.

Later the following week, Sonoma Raceway will be the site of two more rounds of zero emissions racing, April 30 and May 1.

A three bike team sponsored by Hollywood Electrics of Los Angeles will pit specially prepared Zeros against the Brammo Empulses that have dominated the series in 2014 and so far into 2015.

Riders Jeff Clark, Brandon Nozaki-Miller, and Nathan Barker will pilot the Zero Team.  Brammo riders include Pete Nicolosi of NC, fresh from a win at NOLA, Murrae Haynes of NM, and defending series champion Arthur Kowitz on his solar powered streamliner.

Last year’s winners at Willow Springs was Dave Roper and Arthur Kowitz. Winner for both races last year at Sonoma was Eric Bostrom.

Later in the season, the eMotoRacing events at Miller and NJMP will showcase prototype road racers built and campaigned by university student teams. These teams will compete against the Brammo and Zero production based bikes.

For additional information on this ground-breaking series, visit eMotoRacing.com and on www.facebook.com/eMotoRacing.

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<![CDATA[Energica Ego Officially Legal To Be Sold In U.S.]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/20/motorcycle-news/energica-ego-officially-legal-sold-u-s/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/20/motorcycle-news/energica-ego-officially-legal-sold-u-s/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:05:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49881 Energica Ego Officially Legal To Be Sold In U.S.
Energica gets approval from NHTSA and EPA. more]]>
Energica today announced that its electric sportbike, the Energica Ego, has received official accreditation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

What does this mean? It means that the Ego is now a fully homologated motorcycle, legal to be sold in the United States. Energica Motor Company also announced that the first batch of Ego production is almost fully booked, with deliveries planned for Q3 2015. The next batch is scheduled for delivery in Q4.

For more information about Energica Ego, options and prices, Energica advises potential customers to refer to their nearest dealer. Click here to access the Energica dealer locator.

Credit Damiano Fiorentini Credit Peter Musch Energica Ego45

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<![CDATA[2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M Affected by Ohlins Recall]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/17/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-yzf-r1m-affected-ohlins-recall/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/17/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-yzf-r1m-affected-ohlins-recall/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:00:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49875 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M Affected by Ohlins Recall
Earlier this month, we reported on a recall for Ohlins TTX36-series rear shocks. The initial recall specifically referred to TTX GP, TTX RT and TTX36 MKII shocks sold as aftermarket accessories, but new recalls announced in Australia and Canada suggests that Ohlins TTX36 shocks installed as stock components on some motorcycles may also be affected. […] more]]>
Earlier this month, we reported on a recall for Ohlins TTX36-series rear shocks. The initial recall specifically referred to TTX GP, TTX RT and TTX36 MKII shocks sold as aftermarket accessories, but new recalls announced in Australia and Canada suggests that Ohlins TTX36 shocks installed as stock components on some motorcycles may also be affected. The first motorcycle to be included is the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M.

The higher-spec version of the R1 comes standard with electronically-controlled suspension from Ohlins, and based on the description by Transport Canada and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the recall is for the same problem affecting the aftermarket shocks.

“On certain motorcycles, the rear shock absorber may not have been manufactured correctly. The piston rod nut may have been tightened before the piston had the correct full metal-to-metal contact. This could result in the nut loosening, which would prevent proper rear suspension action, and could cause poor handling that may result in a crash causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will replace the rear shock absorber with a correctly manufactured one,” reads the Canadian recall.

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Yamaha dealers will inspect R1Ms and, if necessary, replace the rear shock with a correctly-manufactured shock. The Canadian recall affects 62 motorcycles. No figures were provided with the Australian recall.

As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to announce a similar recall for the U.S., but we may see one soon for the R1M as well as any other models that come standard with the defective shocks.

[Source: Transport Canada and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission]

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<![CDATA[Bonhams Spring Stafford Motorcycle Sale]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/17/events/bonhams-spring-stafford-motorcycle-sale/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/17/events/bonhams-spring-stafford-motorcycle-sale/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:43:29 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49867 Bonhams Spring Stafford Motorcycle Sale
With 190 collectors’ motorcycles and over 100 lots of motorcycle memorabilia and spares, Bonhams Motorcycle Department once again overflowing with a selection of Veteran, Vintage and collectors machines ready for auction at the Spring Stafford Sale. “This year’s Spring Stafford Sale includes the finest selection of machines we have had the pleasure of offering in recent […] more]]>
With 190 collectors’ motorcycles and over 100 lots of motorcycle memorabilia and spares, Bonhams Motorcycle Department once again overflowing with a selection of Veteran, Vintage and collectors machines ready for auction at the Spring Stafford Sale.

“This year’s Spring Stafford Sale includes the finest selection of machines we have had the pleasure of offering in recent years. The emotional connection to a motorcycle can’t be underestimated, nostalgia is incredibly powerful and we invite you all to join us at the Spring Stafford Sale to experience a little of it first-hand,” says James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Motorcycle Department.

New for this April, Bonhams will be holding a complimentary viewing between 10:00-13:00 Saturday, April 25. The full catalogue is available to view/download free at www.bonhams.com.

Viewing
Saturday, April 25
10am to -1pm (Complimentary View)
1:15 pm to 5pm
Sunday, April 26 from 9am

Sale Times
Sunday, April 26
Motorcycle & Memorabilia Spares 10am
Motorcycles 12pm

From the Bonhams press release:

Lot 2611911 Douglas 2¾hp Model D
VETERAN
Veteran motorcycles rarely appear for sale publicly, therefore the examples offered provide a rare opportunity to experience the dawn of motorcycling first hand. The 1911Douglas 2¾hp Model D (£7,000-10,000) is unusual in that every single owner over the succeeding 104 years is known and recorded within the substantial history file, whilst the1913 New Hudson 6hp ‘Big Six’ (£15,500-18,500), incorporating a three-speed hub gear, was found unrestored in Italy prior to being fully restored to original condition.
Often considered to be the last of the truly ‘hand-built’ motorcycles, ‘flat tanks’ are highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts alike. The most unusual and perhaps most interesting of these, the c.1916 Norton 490cc Model 8 ‘Brooklands Road Special’ (£13,000-18,000), is not for the faint hearted – Norton’s 490cc model was the first ever machine to be officially timed at over 70mph – in 1911!
Lot 243: c.1916 Norton 490cc Model 8 ‘Brooklands Road Special’
BRITISH
One of the highlights of the sale, the 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide (£220,000-260,000) was once rescued from a scrapyard and has more recently been the subject of a seven-year restoration to concours standard. There are approximately just 65 Series-A Vincent v-twins in existence, making this machine exceptionally rare.
Lot 294: 1939 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-A Rapide
Legendary superbike of motorcycling’s between-the-wars ‘Golden Age’, the Brough Superior was synonymous with high performance, engineering excellence and quality of finish. The Earls Court Motorcycle Show, 1937 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50hp (£30,000-40,000) is unusual in that it retains matching frame, engine, gearbox and fuel tank numbers. Elsewhere, the 1933 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50hp Project (£10,000-12,000) offers affordable entry into Brough Superior ownership, whilst the 1930 Brough Superior OHV 680 Black Alpine (£70,000-100,000) offers unparalleled levels of originality, a beautiful patina and a traceable ownership history. Equally exciting and somewhat more scarce, the 1926 Coventry Eagle 980cc Flying Eight (£80,000-120,000) had a sporting reputation, with a guaranteed 80mph top speed in period.
Lot 310: 1926 Coventry Eagle 980cc Flying Eight
AMERICAN
Several elusive American motorcycles are set to break cover, including both v-twin and four-cylinder examples. The 1928 Indian Type 401 (£65,000-70,000) has an interesting history, having been smuggled out of Czechoslovakia before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and has since benefited from a full restoration. Other four-cylinder examples include a 1925 Henderson 1,301cc De Luxe Four (£30,000-40,000)c.1927 Cleveland 746cc ’4-45′ Four (£25,000-35,000) and 1927 Ace 1,229cc Four (£18,000-24,000). Some might argue that two cylinders are better than four and the c.1927 Excelsior 750cc Super-X (£15,000-18,000) is easily capable of competing against its four cylinder brethren.
Lot 320: c.1927 Excelsior 750cc Super-X
CELEBRITY
Motorcycle ownership has seen a renaissance in recent years and celebrity ownership has helped expose the benefits of riding to new generations and the wider public. FormerTop Gear duo James May and Richard Hammond are both looking to downsize their motorcycle collections, offering 12 machines for the upcoming sale, many without reserve. Hammond said: “As a serious collector of motorcycles, it’s important to review one’s stable regularly, and the Bonhams Stafford sale is the ideal opportunity to move bikes on and possibly acquire new ones. I also have a canoe, and some Wharfedale hi-fi speakers, if anyone’s interested”. May added: “Just because I’m unemployed now doesn’t mean I have to get rid of everything,” said May. “I was going to sell these bikes anyway. And those paintings, and my collection of Scalextric cars. Honest”.
NO RESERVE
Entrance into motorcycle ownership needn’t be difficult nor expensive and the Spring Stafford sale caters for every interest and budget with approximately twenty per cent of the motorcycles offered at ‘No Reserve’. Whether it be a 1965 Greeves 246cc Challenger MX2 (No Reserve) or an exacting replica of the iconic ‘Easy Rider’ Harley Davidson Chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 hit ‘Easy Rider’ 1952 Harley Davidson 1,200cc EL ‘Captain America Replica’ (No Reserve) – there is something for everyone.

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<![CDATA[SPIDI Multitech Armor EVO Jacket]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/17/products/spidi-multitech-armor-evo-jacket/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/17/products/spidi-multitech-armor-evo-jacket/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:17:13 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49857 SPIDI Multitech Armor EVO Jacket
In 2009 SPIDI introduced the Multitech Armor mesh pressure jacket. Since then SPIDI has refined and optimized every aspect of Multitech. Introducing the Multitech Armor EVO. Like its predecessor, the Multitech Armor EVO is tailored with high-strength mesh fabric and features EN1621-1 certified Forcetech protectors on the shoulders and elbows, and Warrior back and chest […] more]]>
In 2009 SPIDI introduced the Multitech Armor mesh pressure jacket. Since then SPIDI has refined and optimized every aspect of Multitech. Introducing the Multitech Armor EVO.

Like its predecessor, the Multitech Armor EVO is tailored with high-strength mesh fabric and features EN1621-1 certified Forcetech protectors on the shoulders and elbows, and Warrior back and chest protectors. Also, in the event of longer slide on the asphalt, huge areas in ballistic nylon have been added on the impact areas. Multitech Armor EVO can be upgraded with the EN1621-2 Lev.2 certified Back Warrior EVO protector.

High-Vis areas.

High-Vis areas.

On the inside, the optional Step-In-Clothing system allows Multitech Armor EVO to be equipped with the waterproof and breathable H2Out membrane as well as a quilted thermo lining for colder days. These linings can be conveniently stored in the huge lumbar pocket when not in use.

A complete and remodeled Ergofit System of extended velcro fastenings on the waist and arms help every rider to adapt the jacket to individual body structures. There are six outer pockets for storing objects most frequently used.

The Multitech Armor EVO is available in sizes S – 4XL, in either Black or Black/Orange for the retail price of $299.95. For more information or to order go to www.spidi.com.

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<![CDATA[New Patent Filings Reveal More of Turbocharged Suzuki Recursion]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/16/design/new-patent-reveals-turbocharged-suzuki-recursion/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/16/design/new-patent-reveals-turbocharged-suzuki-recursion/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:14:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49844 New Patent Filings Reveal More of Turbocharged Suzuki Recursion
Last month, we broke the news of patent filings for the technology behind Suzuki‘s turbocharged Recursion concept. Today, we offer a second patent application with additional information about the technology and more detailed illustrations that more closely resemble the concept model. But before we get any further, let’s get something straight first: unlike what some […] more]]>
Last month, we broke the news of patent filings for the technology behind Suzuki‘s turbocharged Recursion concept. Today, we offer a second patent application with additional information about the technology and more detailed illustrations that more closely resemble the concept model.

But before we get any further, let’s get something straight first: unlike what some other sites are reporting after getting the patent information from us first, these patents applications are not definitive proof that Suzuki will bring the Recursion to production. The two patents reveal some of the technology that went into the concept model, but neither shows any indication of further development beyond that. Manufacturers file patents all the time, and sometimes the ideas in the patent stop at the concept stage. Of course, there’s fun in speculating, and patent filings give us some insight into how manufacturers think.

The Parallel-Twin described in the second patent resembles the engine from the earlier patent. Note the turbocharger (#30) and the intercooler (#28).

The Parallel-Twin described in the second patent resembles the engine from the earlier patent. Note the turbocharger (#30) and the intercooler (#28).

In the case of the second patent, published today by the USPTO but filed on Oct. 6, 2014, the illustrations include the concept model’s half-fairing, fenders, brakes, and other details that were left relatively sparse and simplified in the earlier patent filed on Sept. 24, 2014.

The second patent offers more details left out of the earlier one.

The second patent offers more details left out of the earlier one.

The earlier patent focused on the designs for the intercooler while the second delves more into the positioning of the turbocharger to optimize pipe routing to reduce weight while contributing to a lower center of gravity. With the turbo located below the radiator and behind the front wheel, the patent calls for a protective covering (hence the added bodywork in the drawings.) The airbox is located below the engine, reducing the length of piping required to reach the turbo while also lowering the center of gravity.

The new patent also describes the intake ducts (122a and 122b in the diagram below) on the front of the half-cowl to draw air for cooling the surface of the intercooler, an idea also mentioned in the earlier patent.

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Will we ever see this technology applied to a production model? It’s possible, but there’s nothing in either patent that suggests we will. For that, we would need to see more an evolution from the concept model, such as the addition of rear turn signals, less funky-looking brake discs and perhaps a passenger seat.

 

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<![CDATA[Erik Buell Racing Shuts Down]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/15/industry-news/erik-buell-racing-shuts/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/15/industry-news/erik-buell-racing-shuts/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:20:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49841 Erik Buell Racing Shuts Down
Erik Buell Racing has ceased operations and filed for court protection from creditors as the company failed to secure enough funding to keep going. EBR, which formed in 2009 after Harley-Davidson shut down Buell Motorcycle Company, filed for the Chapter 128 process, an alternative to filing for bankruptcy unique to the state of Wisconsin. Attorney […] more]]>
Erik Buell Racing has ceased operations and filed for court protection from creditors as the company failed to secure enough funding to keep going.

EBR, which formed in 2009 after Harley-Davidson shut down Buell Motorcycle Company, filed for the Chapter 128 process, an alternative to filing for bankruptcy unique to the state of Wisconsin. Attorney Michael S. Polsky has been appointed at the company’s request as the receiver responsible for managing the liquidating the business and repaying creditors.

In a statement published by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, founder Erik Buell says a deal to secure more funding fell through.

“The turn we recently took, after we thought we were moving forward, was unexpected. We thought we had secured funding, but in the end, we were not able to get the funding in place. Therefore we need to do the best we can under the circumstances for all parties in interest,” says Buell.

“To say this setback is a disappointment does not begin to express what I feel right now. I am personally grateful for the support of our outstanding workers, customers and vendors. While this is a sad ending, I personally hope for a new and better beginning,” Buell said.

Buell invested his own money to start the company and in 2013, sold a 49.2% stake to Hero MotoCorp, India’s largest motorcycle maker, for $25 million. EBR opened a European office in 2014 with hopes to import motorcycles to the continent.

The company introduced its 1190RS racebike in 2011, followed by the 1190RX production model in 2013 and the 1190SX streetfighter last year. The company had been working on another model, expected to be an adventure-tourer called the 1190AX, but it’s not clear how far along EBR had gotten before today’s news.

EBR was also helping to develop Hero develop new models including the HX250R with plans to distribute them in the U.S. It’s not clear whether Hero will continue on with those plans.

[Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal]

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Added to X Games]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/14/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-flat-track-added-x-games/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/14/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-flat-track-added-x-games/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:48:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49831 Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Added to X Games
X Games is adding a new Flat-Track racing competition to this year’s event in Austin, Texas. Harley-Davidson sponsored two flat-track exhibitions last year but the 2015 X Games adds Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing as a full medal event. The gold medalist will also win a new Harley-Davidson Street 750. “This June, fans in Austin will […] more]]>
X Games is adding a new Flat-Track racing competition to this year’s event in Austin, Texas. Harley-Davidson sponsored two flat-track exhibitions last year but the 2015 X Games adds Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing as a full medal event. The gold medalist will also win a new Harley-Davidson Street 750.

“This June, fans in Austin will experience a new kind of action sport as they watch top athletes in flat- track race for gold,” says Dino Bernacchi, director U.S. marketing, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “Words can’t explain the rush of watching these athletes riding within inches of each other, kicking up dirt and carving through corners. It’s pure adrenaline-charge action.”

The competition will be held in an invitational format. Harley-Davidson is the event sponsor but other manufacturers are eligible to compete as well. As of this writing, X Games lists the following competitors:

Brad Baker Briar Bauman JD Beach
Stevie Bonsey Jeffrey Carver Kenny Coolbeth
Sammy Halbert Jake Johnson Michael Kirkness
Doug Lawrence Johnny Lewis Wyatt Maguire
Mikey Martin Jared Mees Nichole Mees
Robert Pearson Brandon Robinson Mikey Rush
Jake Shoemaker Bryan Smith Cory Texter
Shayna Texter Henry Wiles

“This is great for our sport,” says Baker a Harley-Davidson factory racer who will ride the XR750. “X Games is about performance, and flat-track racing is the perfect addition to this competition, allowing athletes from around the world to showcase just how they push the boundaries in their sport.”

The Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing competition is scheduled to air on ESPN at 9 pm (EST) on June 4.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[Former Ducati NA CEO Silei to Lead Dainese]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/13/products/former-ducati-na-ceo-silei-lead-dainese/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/13/products/former-ducati-na-ceo-silei-lead-dainese/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49824 Former Ducati NA CEO Silei to Lead Dainese
Italian protective wear maker Dainese has appointed Cristiano Silei as its new Chief Executive Officer. Silei, who will also join Dainese’s Board of Directors, brings with him nearly 20 years of experience with Ducati, serving various roles including director of corporate strategy and product development, vice president of sales and marketing and two stints as […] more]]>
Italian protective wear maker Dainese has appointed Cristiano Silei as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Silei, who will also join Dainese’s Board of Directors, brings with him nearly 20 years of experience with Ducati, serving various roles including director of corporate strategy and product development, vice president of sales and marketing and two stints as CEO of Ducati North America.

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“Dainese is one of those rare companies to have truly created a new market through technology and innovation, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” says Silei. “The opportunity ahead for Dainese to further capitalize on its global brand and superior product offering is vast.”

Silei replaces outgoing CEO Federico Minoli who will now assume the role of Chairman.

“Cristiano is the perfect person to lead Dainese, and will contribute his unique experience and skills to accelerate its international expansion and product innovation,” says Minoli.

Silei’s appointment comes five months after Dainese was acquired by InvestCorp for US$162 million.

[Source: Dainese]

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<![CDATA[Piaggio Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against Yamaha, Peugeot]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/13/manufacturers/piaggio/piaggio-files-patent-infringement-complaint-yamaha-peugeot/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/13/manufacturers/piaggio/piaggio-files-patent-infringement-complaint-yamaha-peugeot/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:05:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49816 Piaggio Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against Yamaha, Peugeot
Piaggio has filed complaints with Italian courts alleging Yamaha and Peugeot infringed on the company’s idea for leaning three-wheeled scooters. The legal complaint, filed with the court of Milan, alleges the Yamaha Tricity and Peugeot Metropolis copied Piaggio’s designs and patents used for the MP3. Piaggio seeks a hold on sales and withdrawal from market […] more]]>
Piaggio has filed complaints with Italian courts alleging Yamaha and Peugeot infringed on the company’s idea for leaning three-wheeled scooters. The legal complaint, filed with the court of Milan, alleges the Yamaha Tricity and Peugeot Metropolis copied Piaggio’s designs and patents used for the MP3. Piaggio seeks a hold on sales and withdrawal from market as well as monetary damages.

The Piaggio MP3 was first brought to market in 2006, introducing the company’s parallelogram suspension system which allows scooters to lean into corners like a two-wheeler. Peugeot introduced its Metropolis in 2012 while Yamaha debuted the Tricity at year later.

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Though Piaggio’s complaints were filed in the fall, the parties involved will have to wait until this summer for the court to settle matters. Italy’s La Reppublica reports the case against Peugeot has been adjourned until June 16 while a preliminary hearing between Piaggio and Yamaha will be held July 24.

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La Reppublica also reports Piaggio has filed a similar suit against Peugeot in Paris, France. That would also be an important case, not because it’s Peugeot’s home market but because France is a huge market for three-wheeled scooters. A motorcycle endorsement is not required for three-wheelers in France, a big reason why the Piaggio MP3 claims the market lead in the touring scooter segment with more than 70,000 units sold since launch.

[Source: La Reppublica]

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Recalls 2015 FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ6R, Super Tenere and R6]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/09/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-recalls-2015-fj-09-fz-09-fz6r-super-tenere-r6/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/09/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-recalls-2015-fj-09-fz-09-fz6r-super-tenere-r6/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:33:19 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49807 Yamaha Recalls 2015 FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ6R, Super Tenere and R6
Yamaha announced a recall on 2015 models of the FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ6R, Super Tenere, Super Tenere ES and YZF-R6 because of a risk of transmission failure. The recall affects 4,900 motorcycles in the U.S., all produced from Sept. 1 to Nov. 17, 2014. According to Yamaha, the problem is with the shift cam segment stopper […] more]]>
Yamaha announced a recall on 2015 models of the FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ6R, Super Tenere, Super Tenere ES and YZF-R6 because of a risk of transmission failure. The recall affects 4,900 motorcycles in the U.S., all produced from Sept. 1 to Nov. 17, 2014.

According to Yamaha, the problem is with the shift cam segment stopper on the transmission shift shaft (see diagram below). This inner edge of the segment stopper should be rounded with a smooth radius where it bends. On affected units, however, the edge is sharp. After continued use, the stopper may crack at the sharp edge due to fatigue from concentrated stress. This may cause the stopper to break, preventing the transmission from shifting properly.

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The transmission shift shaft (highlighted yellow in the diagram) has a small bend, marked with the two arrows at the bottom, serving as the shift cam segment stopper. The inner edge of the bend has a sharp edge that should have been smooth.

Yamaha dealers will replace the shift shaft assembly on affected motorcycles. Owners are advised not to ride their motorcycles until the repair work has been completed.

[Source: NHTSA, diagram from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism]

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Announces Second Ordering Period For Ninja H2]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/07/motorcycle-news/kawasaki-announces-second-ordering-period-ninja-h2/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/07/motorcycle-news/kawasaki-announces-second-ordering-period-ninja-h2/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:56:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49802 Kawasaki Announces Second Ordering Period For Ninja H2
Track-only Kawasaki Ninja H2R not included in second ordering period. more]]>
Today, Kawasaki announced it will be taking additional orders for the Ninja H2. It should be noted, however, that additional orders for the track-only Ninja H2R are not being accepted at this time.

“The initial order period for the Ninja H2 motorcycle was back in November 2014, and we quickly sold all of the available production,” said Kawasaki Senior Vice President of Sales Operations, Bill Jenkins. “However, those orders were taken prior to the motorcycle touring the country with the Progressive International Motorcycle Show series and before the media were able to ride it for the first time. Following the indoor show series and substantial media acclaim this motorcycle has received, the public demand has been overwhelming. Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has negotiated with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. a limited production run of additional units, which gives US customers a second opportunity to purchase Ninja H2 supercharged sportbikes,”Jenkins continued. 

Ninja H2

Unveiled last fall, the Ninja H2, and its track-only counterpart Ninja H2R, are built-to-order in a special facility at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in Japan. Both motorcycles share the same 998cc inline four-cylinder engine and proprietary Kawasaki supercharger, built specifically for this application. The bikes also feature a trellis frame and single-sided swingarm for the first time on a production Kawasaki motorcycle, as well as a very special mirror-like black paint over its wind-tunnel-sculpted bodywork.

The Customer Order Program will be open from Tuesday, April 7 toTuesday April 21, 2015, with expected delivery from late May to June.

To order the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2, customers should contact or visit their local Kawasaki dealership where a deposit will be taken to secure the order. The customer will then be notified when the motorcycle will be available for collection.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Champions Riding School Adding One-Day Clinics May 7 And 8]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/07/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-champions-riding-school-adding-one-day-clinics-may-7-8/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/07/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-champions-riding-school-adding-one-day-clinics-may-7-8/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:29:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49799 Yamaha Champions Riding School Adding One-Day Clinics May 7 And 8
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The Yamaha Champions Riding School is experiencing a wave of success, as its two-day schools at their home track of New Jersey Motorsports Park are sold out in May. However, realizing some students either don’t have the time or money to attend a two-day school, YCRS has organized one-day clinics at NJMP, scheduled for May 7 and 8.

For $999 riders can bring their own bikes to either single-day schools May 7th and/or 8th; another $300 rents a Yamaha R6 fresh and ready to go. 

“It’s like packing an R1 engine into a TTR125 frame!” says lead instructor, Nick Ienatsch. “The whole day is aimed at getting the Champions Habits across clearly and concisely…and in a manner that will stay with the students for the rest of their lives. The day starts quick and accelerates from there.”

Visit www.ridelikeachampion.com to learn more about the Yamaha Champions Riding School and register for one of these days.

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<![CDATA[Tryg Westby To Ride Lap Of Honor At Circuit Of The Americas]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/07/manufacturers/yamaha/tryg-westby-ride-lap-honor-circuit-americas/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/04/07/manufacturers/yamaha/tryg-westby-ride-lap-honor-circuit-americas/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:53:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=49795 Tryg Westby To Ride Lap Of Honor At Circuit Of The Americas
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The late Dane Westby will be celebrated by his father, and team principle of the Yamalube/Westby Racing team, Tryg Westby, as he will ride a lap of honor at The Circuit of the Americas on Friday, April 10 at 6:45pm. He will be joined on his parade lap by 1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Kevin Schwantz.

“I’ll be wearing my old leathers from my racing days back in the 1980s,” Tryg said. “And I’m looking forward to taking the lap aboard my son’s #00 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superstock 1000 racebike. Dane ran the fastest lap (out of all Superstock 1000 riders who participated) at the MotoAmerica Test at COTA a couple of weeks ago, and I’m filled with pride and emotion about riding the bike at COTA in his memory.”

Third Annual Bikers & Beauties Austin MotoGP Party And Silent Auction Will Honor Dane Westby And Benefit National Down Syndrome Society

On Saturday, April 11, at 7 PM, the Third Annual Bikers & Beauties Austin MotoGP Party will be held at Concrete Cowboy, 719 West 6th Street in Austin, to honor Dane Westby. A silent auction will also take place during the party, and fans in attendance will have an opportunity to bid on signed racing memorabilia donated by many MotoGP, World Superbike, and U.S. motorcycle road racing stars, including Marc Marquez, Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Scott Russell, Roger Hayden, Danny Eslick, and many more. In addition, Andrew Wheeler from AutoMotoPhoto has donated signed photos of many of the stars of MotoGP, and the photos will also be up for bids in the silent auction.

The party and auction are being organized by former racer John Haner, with support from MotoMummy.com, and proceeds from the party and auction will go to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), an organization chosen by the Westby family as beneficiary of the events. “Dane was an enthusiastic supporter of the NDSS,” John Haner said. “We’re happy to accommodate the Westby family’s request to hold this party and silent auction for the benefit of an organization that was so important to Dane.”

In addition, donations to the Roadracing World Action Fund will be accepted at the door, and those who donate will be eligible for door prizes. The Roadracing World Action Fund promotes motorcycle racing safety, and in particular, encourages and facilitates the use of soft air barriers at motorcycle racing events.

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