Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:43:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 <![CDATA[PENTON: The John Penton Story Trailer + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/18/videos/penton-john-penton-story-trailer-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/18/videos/penton-john-penton-story-trailer-video/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:43:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41835 “PENTON: The John Penton Story” Trailer + Video
While maybe not as well known as other superstars in off-roading, John Penton is a legend. This is his story. more]]>
Fans of off-road racing will be happy to hear that after nearly six years, the public can see a sneak peak of the film “PENTON: The John Penton Story” with the newly released trailer featuring John Penton, his hall of fame family and a few of the motorcycle industry legends that were interviewed for the film.

The nearly four-minute trailer teases the entire film and specific stories the audience will get to see in the final film when it opens in theaters on June 20th. Scored by the film’s composer and music editor Chris Brady, the trailer features: John Penton along with his sons Jack, Jeff and Tom. It also includes a few of the over 100 interviews for the film that spanned the world. Look for Malcolm Smith, Dick Mann, Carl Cranke, Marty Smith, Danny LaPorte, Bruce McDougal, Paul Danik and current Red Bull/KTM Supercross star, Ryan Dungey along with KTM’s Kalman Cseh and John’s wife Donna.

If you’re not familiar with the off-road racing legend, John Penton is an American icon and motorcycle pioneer who’s life on a farm in Ohio led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments and international notoriety. With his family and a band of loyal followers, he changed the motorcycle industry, forever. PENTON: The John Penton Story will be a feature length documentary narrated by Grammy Winner Lyle Lovett with over 100 interviews of the largest cast of motorcycle legends ever assembled on film. The film’s production was funded through the innovative “crowd funding” website Kickstarter.com and will be released in June of 2014 by Gathr Films in Los Angeles.

“It’s great to finally show the industry and all the people who supported this project a little sneak peak at what we have been working on for so long,” said Todd Huffman, the film’s director and producer at Pipeline Digital Media (PDM). “We hope this gives a little insight on what an important story and family this is when the film is released in June.”

“Our family is excited and humbled to share our story with the motorcycle community,” said Jack Penton, AMA Hall of Fame Motorcyclist. “We look forward to enthusiasts, dealers, clubs and more working with Gathr Films to bring the film to their town.”

June 20th is an off weekend for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series and will be the opening weekend of the film in select cities. It will be premiered earlier in Cleveland, OH on June 9th and Hollywood, CA on June 17th. Information on premieres will be available at http://pentonmovie.com

Check out the trailer below.

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<![CDATA[Airoh USA Helmet Giveaway Now Live On Facebook]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/18/products/airoh-usa-helmet-giveaway-now-live-facebook/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/18/products/airoh-usa-helmet-giveaway-now-live-facebook/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:35:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41832 Airoh USA Helmet Giveaway Now Live On Facebook
Like Airoh's Facebook page, answer a few questions, and you have a shot at winning a helmet. more]]>
From now until April 30, the LeoVince USA Airoh Rockstar helmet giveaway will be live on Facebook, with one winner to be selected to receive an Airoh Aviator 2.1 Rockstar helmet. The winner will be announced on May 2, 2014.

Entry is simple:

  1. Like the Rockstar Energy Drink Facebook page and the Airoh USA Facebook page
  2. Fill out the sweepstakes entry form here
  3. Enter up to once per day (once per 24-hour period) for more chances to win

For more information and to keep up with the Airoh Helmet Spring Sweepstakes, follow Airoh USA on Instagram @airohusa, Twitter @airohusa and facebook.com/airohusa.

For more information about LeoVince USA Specialized Products Distribution and Airoh helmets, visit the LeoVince USA website at www.leovinceusa.com.

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<![CDATA[For Sale: Steve McQueens Husqvarna 250]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/18/manufacturers/husqvarna/sale-steve-mcqueens-husqvarna-250/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/18/manufacturers/husqvarna/sale-steve-mcqueens-husqvarna-250/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:21:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41825 For Sale: Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 250
The last time a Steve McQueen Husqvarna went to auction, it sold for almost $150,000. more]]>
If you’re one of the many fans of On Any Sunday, then you must immediately recognize this bike. The Husqvarna 250 Cross was perhaps made iconic, thanks to none other than Steve McQueen. Now, the very bike he rode in the film, and raced many times, is up for auction on eBay.

The bike is fully documented as belonging to McQueen, with the original Med-International Husqvarna dealer invoice, dated October 19, 1971. The seller says the bike has been restored, except for some paint loss on the front fender. Otherwise, it’s in fully functional condition, just as McQueen rode it at Lake Elsinore in the 1970s.

In 2011, McQueen’s 400 Cross model sold at auction for a record setting $144,500.00, meaning this bike is almost assured to sell for six figures. Bidding ends on April 20, at 3:06pm PST. As of this posting, the current bid is only $37,100, and the reserve has not been met. Click here to see the eBay listing.

Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of history. It’s not often a motorcycle purchase can be considered an investment!

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<![CDATA[Schuberth To Sponsor Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/products/schuberth-sponsor-steel-horse-sisterhood-summit/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/products/schuberth-sponsor-steel-horse-sisterhood-summit/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:25:57 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41822 Schuberth To Sponsor Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit
Schuberth will be presenting the C3W helmet, the first helmet engineered specifically for women. more]]>
Schuberth North America has signed on as presenting sponsor of the inaugural Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit. The event, set for May 2-4, 2014 in Denver, CO, will focus on networking, education, scenic riding, and raising money for charity.

The inaugural event, organized by Joan “Lady Road Dog” Krenning, aims to broaden the skills, knowledge and experience of women riders from around the world. Schuberth is attending this first-time event as a sponsor and vendor to present the C3Pro Women and C3W flip-up helmets. These women-specific helmets offer a special fit contoured to a female facial structure and are made with comfortable, easy-to-clean materials.

Sarah Schilke, Schuberth’s Marketing & PR Manager, has been selected as a symposium presenter alongside many other notable figures in women’s motorcycling. Schilke is the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Motorcycle Industry Council in its 100 year history. Additionally, Schilke has served on the Advisory Council and has been a presenter for three of AMA’s International Women and Motorcycling Conferences, serves as an “Expert” to the International Motorcycling Federation’s Commission for Women in Motorcycling, and is an avid street and off-road rider.

The Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit will take place May 2-4, 2014 at the Sheraton Denver South. For more information on the event and to register, call 608-335-0852 or visit SteelHorseSisterhood.com. Learn more about Schuberth helmets at SchuberthNorthAmerica.com.

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<![CDATA[Baja Social Club Movie Teaser + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/videos/baja-social-club-movie-teaser-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/videos/baja-social-club-movie-teaser-video/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:30:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41815 Baja Social Club Movie Teaser + Video
The story of one of the greatest off-road races in the world, told through the eyes of the Baja Social Club. more]]>
The Baja 1000 is a grueling and demanding race for both man and machine. You never know what the desert is going to throw at you, and danger lurks at every corner. To complete it is an accomplishment, to win is extraordinary. In the Baja Social Club, the story of the Baja 1000 is told through the eyes of some Baja legends, gathered together for possibly the last time.

The video below is a just a teaser for the movie, but based on it alone, the film should be something amazing. Yes, mainly four-wheelers are featured, but the one very notable exception is the reason it’s being included here: Malcolm Smith. If you’ve seen the film On Any Sunday then the accolades that go with the Malcolm Smith name are obvious. Perhaps the greatest off-road rider and racer of his generation, the things he could do on a motorcycle were almost incomprehensible. The stories he has of Baja surely are things many of us would pay to hear.

Three years in the making, Baja Social Club gathers its stars “to rediscover themselves on a 1200-mile journey to their collective soul.” Anyone who is a fan of off-road racing should be eagerly awaiting this film’s release, as it just might be the next great racing movie.

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<![CDATA[2013-2014 Harley-Davidson Breakout Recalled for Faulty Fuel Indicators]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2013-2014-harley-davidson-breakout-recalled-faulty-fuel-indicator/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2013-2014-harley-davidson-breakout-recalled-faulty-fuel-indicator/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:49:47 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41805 2013-2014 Harley-Davidson Breakout Recalled for Faulty Fuel Indicators
Harley-Davidson is recalling 2013-2014 Breakout models, including CVO versions, because the fuel level indication system may not be properly reading the correct amounts of fuel. As of this publishing, recalls have been announced by government agencies in Australia and Canada; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet posted a recall but U.S.-based members […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson is recalling 2013-2014 Breakout models, including CVO versions, because the fuel level indication system may not be properly reading the correct amounts of fuel.

As of this publishing, recalls have been announced by government agencies in Australia and Canada; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet posted a recall but U.S.-based members of the Harley-DavidsonForums.com report American dealerships have already started receiving recall bulletins.

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According to a recall announcement by Transport Canada, some Breakout and CVO Breakout models may run out of fuel despite the fuel and range indicators indicating there is still enough fuel in the tank. Breakout owners may mistakenly be riding under the assumption they have more gas than they do.

The problem appears to be software related, as dealers can correct the issue by applying a software update.

We hope to have more details when NHTSA announces a recall for the U.S. market. The Canadian recall affects 884 units while the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission says 1,722 units are affected down under.

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[Source: Transport Canada, ACCC]

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson And Marvel Searching For Real-Life Fan To Star In New Digital Franchise]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/products/harley-davidson-marvel-searching-real-life-fan-star-new-digital-franchise/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/products/harley-davidson-marvel-searching-real-life-fan-star-new-digital-franchise/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:33:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41803 Harley-Davidson And Marvel Searching For Real-Life Fan To Star In New Digital Franchise
Enter for your chance to star in a Harley-Davidson and Marvel digital series. more]]>
In the new movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Harley-Davidson and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up once again, as our super hero is seen defending man kind on the new Harley-Davidson Street 750.

H-D and Marvel have had a long relationship, and to unite fans of both brands, Harley-Davidson is seeking candidates to join Captain America as “Agent 1” and star in a brand-new digital franchise, which will introduce a new chapter of action, including a group of characters created by Marvel’s Custom Division exclusively for Harley, and feature the new Harley-Davidson Street 750. The mini-movie and digital comic will debut in Marvel and Harley-Davidson online and social channels this summer.

Digital Casting Call

To enter the Harley-Davidson Captain America: The Winter Soldier online contest, special agent hopefuls are invited to complete an online skills assessment and select a custom bike of their choice at www.h-d.com/marvel. After completing the assessment, each candidate receives a badge and special promotional offer. Legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter now through April 30.

One grand prize winner will not only land the role as the eponymous “Agent 1,” they also will rule the streets with a brand new custom Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle and a rider training course, including a stunt riding lesson with Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier stunt rider Riley Harper.

Learn more about the contest by clicking the link above. You can also learn more about the Harley-Davidsons by reading our Street 750 preview.

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<![CDATA[The MotoPocket Makes Organizing Moto Luggage A Little Easier]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/products/motopocket-makes-organizing-moto-luggage-little-easier/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/products/motopocket-makes-organizing-moto-luggage-little-easier/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:04:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41776 The MotoPocket Makes Organizing Moto Luggage A Little Easier
Consider the MotoPocket a saddlebag for your saddlebag. more]]>
No matter what you ride, having a little extra space is nice to have. Sure saddlebags and top cases are helpful, but when storing smaller items like phones, wallets, garage door openers, or a first aid kit, sometimes they can get lost in the expanse of your average saddlebag. That’s where the MotoPocket comes in handy.

From the makers of Adventure Pockets, Moto Pockets are clever little bags that attach to a variety of motorcycles via patent pending adhesive pads from 3m. The big benefit here is that they are reusable, meaning you can transfer them between motorcycles if you need to. Made in the USA from 600 Denier Polyester, Moto Pockets are only available in black, but come in different shapes and sizes for virtually every kind of two-wheeler out there. Different versions also feature netting to allow you to easily distinguish between items.

For club-style bikes, the Pistol Pockets T-Bar is a custom-made storage bag for club-style bikes.  Four Velcro straps easily attach the Pistol Pockets T-Bar bag to the front or back of T-handlebar and its riser bars.

The T-Bar is just one of ten different styles of Moto Pockets. To see the full list of offerings, visit www.motopockets.com.

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<![CDATA[Fisker + Lego = the Lauge Jensen Viking Cruiser Concept]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/motorcycle-category/cruiser/fisker-lego-lauge-jensen-viking-cruiser-concept/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/motorcycle-category/cruiser/fisker-lego-lauge-jensen-viking-cruiser-concept/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:01:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41775 Fisker + Lego = the Lauge Jensen Viking Cruiser Concept
What do you get when you bring together the designer of the Fisker Karma and the great-grandson of the founder of Lego? The answer is this cruiser concept model by Danish brand Lauge Jensen called the Viking. The company was formed in 2004 by bike builder Uffe Lauge Jensen but later sold to industrialist Anders […] more]]>
What do you get when you bring together the designer of the Fisker Karma and the great-grandson of the founder of Lego? The answer is this cruiser concept model by Danish brand Lauge Jensen called the Viking.

The company was formed in 2004 by bike builder Uffe Lauge Jensen but later sold to industrialist Anders Kirk Johansen, the scion of one of Denmark’s wealthiest families and great-grandson of Ole Kirk Christiansen who invented Lego building blocks.

Lauge Jensen’s latest concept was designed by Henrik Fisker, a noted automobile designer whose creations include the Aston Martin DB9, the BMW Z8 and the Fisker Karma hybrid electric car.

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The Viking is powered by a 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin claiming 100hp. Lauge Jensen doesn’t provide specifics except to say the engine was produced in Wisconsin, likely an S&S engine. Lauge Jensen claims the Viking can top 130 mph and get 58 mpg. The company also claims the Viking meets the tough Euro IV emissions regulations that go into effect in 2016.

Though still a concept, Kirk Johansen says the company plans to enter serial production. Lauge Jensen currently produces pricey small-volume models like is Great Dane which is priced starting at €42,800 (US$59,150). Kirk Johansen says the Viking will be produced in larger volumes at a more reasonable price.

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“It’s great to have Henrik, one of the world’s leading vehicle designers and a fellow Dane working in partnership with us to help create a really special, emotional design,” says Kirk Johansen. “Revealing a concept bike is all about gauging demand but, if it’s there, I look forward to producing the Viking Concept for the mainstream market.”

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<![CDATA[Special Edition MV Agusta F3 800 AGO]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/manufacturers/mv-agusta/special-edition-mv-agusta-f3-800-ago/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/manufacturers/mv-agusta/special-edition-mv-agusta-f3-800-ago/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:56:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41750 Special Edition MV Agusta F3 800 AGO
MV Agusta announced it will produce a new special edition version of the F3 800 honoring the legendary Giacomo Agostini. The F3 800 AGO was originally revealed last fall at EICMA but MV Agusta has now confirmed it will be produced, releasing full details and pricing. The all-time leader in Grand Prix race wins won […] more]]>
MV Agusta announced it will produce a new special edition version of the F3 800 honoring the legendary Giacomo Agostini. The F3 800 AGO was originally revealed last fall at EICMA but MV Agusta has now confirmed it will be produced, releasing full details and pricing.

The all-time leader in Grand Prix race wins won 13 of his record 15 world titles with MV Agusta, making him a worthy subject for tribute model. The F3 800 AGO features the Italian Tricolore red, white and green colors, gold accents and a number of lightweight components.041714-2014-mv-agusta-f3-800-ago-14

Carbon fiber fenders, machined aluminum foot pegs and other aluminum parts help reduce the F3 800′s weight, as do the forged aluminum wheels. MV Agusta claims a dry weight of 377 pounds on the AGO model, 4.4 pounds lighter than the regular F3 800.

Mechanically, the F3 800 AGO is identical to the base model. It also sports MV Agusta’s Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS) electronics package of ride-by-wire throttle control, four selectable maps and an eight-level traction control system. The F3 800 AGO also comes with a quick shifter and anti-lock braking system as standard equipment.

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MV Agusta will produce 300 units of the AGO, each featuring Agostini’s autograph across the fuel tank and a silver plaque mounted to the steering yoke. The F3 800 AGO also comes with a certificate of authenticity that is also signed by Agostini.

In Europe, the MV Agusta F3 800 AGO is priced at €23,990 (US$33,150), a significant increase from the €14,710 price for the base model and €15,310 for the ABS-equipped version. Stay tuned for U.S. availability and pricing.

[Source: MV Agusta]

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<![CDATA[Kevin Schwantz Tests Suzuki MotoGP Bike at COTA]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/manufacturers/suzuki/kevin-schwantz-tests-suzuki-motogp-bike-cota/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/17/manufacturers/suzuki/kevin-schwantz-tests-suzuki-motogp-bike-cota/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:52:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41732 Kevin Schwantz Tests Suzuki MotoGP Bike at COTA
Former World Champion and Texas native Kevin Schwantz joined the Suzuki MotoGP team at Circuit of the Americas to test its new racebike. Schwantz, who won the 1993 500cc World Championship with Suzuki, joined test riders Randy de Puniet and Nobuastu Aoki in riding the new prototype which is set to enter the MotoGP championship […] more]]>
Former World Champion and Texas native Kevin Schwantz joined the Suzuki MotoGP team at Circuit of the Americas to test its new racebike. Schwantz, who won the 1993 500cc World Championship with Suzuki, joined test riders Randy de Puniet and Nobuastu Aoki in riding the new prototype which is set to enter the MotoGP championship in 2015.

Our own Troy Siahaan was in Austin for the MotoGP round and he was on hand to film this clip of Schwantz preparing for his ride:

Schwantz, who posted a best lap time of 2:12.75 on the test bike, says the machine is a step above the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superbike he also got a chance to ride at COTA.

“I went on the MotoGP machine after riding the GSX-R1000 Superbike and it felt like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike; the MotoGP machine is so small and compact!” Schwantz says. “The bike turns, accelerates, goes fast; it does everything and I had fun and really enjoyed it.”

Here’s a quick clip of Schwantz shooting down the starting straight on one of his 11 laps:

Suzuki had originally planned to return to MotoGP racing this year, but decided to push its plans back another year. Schwantz however says Suzuki should start racing sooner rather than later.

“With this bike you have power and braking so you brake and accelerate and the bike does all the rest,” says Schwantz. ” I think Suzuki should race now – the sooner the better! You can test a lot but in the race you really understand.”

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De Puniet, who many expect will pilot Suzuki’s entry next season, completed 56 laps on the same day and another 62 on the following day, posting a top time of 2:05.85. Along the way, he tested a new engine, two different frames, different electronic fuel maps and gearbox ratios.

“I’m happy that we have found a big improvement on throttle connection and traction control. We worked some time to find the right setting with the new electronics also and at the end we found a good compromise,” says de Puniet. “We continued to work on the chosen chassis and it worked really well today. So the package is definitely better and I wanted to have an extra day to be able to continue the work as yesterday we spent most of the time setting-up the bike for the new circuit along with the new electronics. Also, I have not been riding a bike for a few weeks and I needed to get back the feeling.”

[Source: Suzuki]

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<![CDATA[Held Rider Equipment to be Distributed Through Schuberth North America]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/16/industry-news/held-rider-equipment-distributed-schuberth-north-america/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/16/industry-news/held-rider-equipment-distributed-schuberth-north-america/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:50:11 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41729 Held Rider Equipment to be Distributed Through Schuberth North America
Held Rider Equipment, long known for its quality riding gear, has inked a deal naming Schuberth North America as the company’s sole distributor of Held products in the United States. While most riders probably think of Held as manufacturer of premium motorcycle gloves, thanks to its 68 years of creating cutting-edge glove designs, Held also produces a […] more]]>

Held Rider Equipment, long known for its quality riding gear, has inked a deal naming Schuberth North America as the company’s sole distributor of Held products in the United States. While most riders probably think of Held as manufacturer of premium motorcycle gloves, thanks to its 68 years of creating cutting-edge glove designs, Held also produces a wide variety of high-quality riding gear.

Schuberth’s initial offerings of Held gear will be available in June 2014 and should include: Held’s GORE-TEX, leather and textile riding gloves, premium GORE-TEX textile adventure riding suits for both men and women, and waterproof bag systems. Expect the same level of attention to detail and quality materials and armor found in the company’s line of gloves. For example, Held was the first manufacturer to use a titanium knuckle cover on gloves.

“We are very excited to welcome Held Rider Equipment to the Schuberth North America family,” said Randy Northrup, Vice President of Schuberth North America. “Held uses the highest quality materials and draws on decades of engineering innovation to produce some of the best motorcycle gear available, which we believe will perfectly complement our offering of Schuberth helmets.”

Schuberth is also well-known for producing premium helmets, utilizing the latest in technology, and currently exports helmets to 55 countries. For further information visit the Schuberth website.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Champions Riding School To Sell Hang Dry Leather Driers]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/16/gear-2/yamaha-champions-riding-school-sell-hang-dry-leather-driers/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/16/gear-2/yamaha-champions-riding-school-sell-hang-dry-leather-driers/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:00:01 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41723 Yamaha Champions Riding School To Sell Hang Dry Leather Driers
Riders who sweat in their leathers – and who doesn’t at a track day or race – know how nasty damp leathers can get if not dried properly. Of course, there’s always the tried-and-true technique of hanging them up in your garage, but that can take days. What if you only have an hour? The […] more]]>
Riders who sweat in their leathers – and who doesn’t at a track day or race – know how nasty damp leathers can get if not dried properly. Of course, there’s always the tried-and-true technique of hanging them up in your garage, but that can take days. What if you only have an hour?

The folks at the Yamaha Champions Riding School (YRCS) know a thing or two about sweaty leathers. After all, they have about 40 Kushitani andHeroic suits at New Jersey Motorsports Park that need to be maintained. So, they’ve joined with Adrenaline City Racing, LLC, the manufacturer of the Hang Dry system to sell them at all YRCS events.

The Hang Dry blows cool drying air into the suit where it absorbs the moisture and caries it out of the arm and leg openings. Rather than taking days to dry, your leathers could be dry and comfortable in just about 30 minutes. The system works so well that Michael Laverty, MotoGP racer for Paul Bird Motorsport, gave a glowing review about his Hang Dry.

Laverty Hang Dry

“The suit dryer has been a revelation for me, trying to air a set of leathers between sessions can be challenging however the Hang-Dry takes away all the hassle.” – Michael Laverty

“I’ve been using Hang Dry for years and don’t know how I lived without it when I was riding and racing full time. When I joined YCRS the first thing I thought about was getting Hang Dry units for all of these leathers,” says YCRS Operations Manager Keith Culver, “The riders on my youth race team, Evolution Racing, all use Hang Dry so it was easy to show Hang Dry owner Tomer Levy how our facility could be a showroom and warehouse for his product,”

“I am very excited to see my brand grow and the Hang-Dry get the recognition it deserves. First, we got the best testimonial from a MotoGP rider who will be using the Hang-Dry in the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. Now, the most respected and prestigious riding school in the country wants to take care of their leathers with my product. I am just over the moon,” says Levy.

Look for Hang Drys on display at all YRCS events across the country. Additionally, YRCS students can rent a Hang Dry for $20 per school to drytheir personal leathers. Learn more at Yamaha Champions Riding School and Adrenaline City Racing.

[Source: YRCS]

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<![CDATA[Ronax 500cc Two-Stroke Sportbike Coming June 8]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/16/design/ronax-500cc-two-stroke-sportbike-coming-june-8/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/16/design/ronax-500cc-two-stroke-sportbike-coming-june-8/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:18:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41712 Ronax 500cc Two-Stroke Sportbike Coming June 8
German company Ronax GmbH is producing a limited edition street-legal two-stroke sportbike rumored to be based on the Honda NSR500 GP racebike. The company isn’t releasing much information but what little it has revealed about the Ronax 500 has certainly piqued our interest. What we do know for certain is the motorcycle will be powered […] more]]>
German company Ronax GmbH is producing a limited edition street-legal two-stroke sportbike rumored to be based on the Honda NSR500 GP racebike. The company isn’t releasing much information but what little it has revealed about the Ronax 500 has certainly piqued our interest.

What we do know for certain is the motorcycle will be powered by a 500cc two-stroke V-4 engine, which sounds like Honda’s racebike of yesteryear. Toss in yellow cloth covering the bike in the teaser images and the fact Ronax plans to produce just 46 units … a color and number closely associated with one Valentino Rossi who won the 2001 500cc Grand Prix world championship on the NSR500.

“A legendary engine makes it comeback! Furious, demanding and impressive as it ever was!” Ronax describes the engine on its website, again offering a hint to the bike’s lineage.

The tightly-wrapped yellow cloth reveals some more hints of the NSR500.

Compare this:

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To this:

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Note the similar ram air intake on the nose of the fairing. A look at the rear of the Ronax 500 shows the outline of two exhausts on the right and another two under the tail, again resembling the NSR500.

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Ronax says its 500 is a true racebike but can be easily configured to make it street legal, hence the mirrors.

The covers will come off on June 8, and we get the first official look at the Ronax 500.

[Source: Ronax]

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<![CDATA[Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle Straddles the Line Between Radical and Weird]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/15/motorcycle-category/cruiser/johammer-j1-electric-motorcycle-straddles-line-radical-weird/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/15/motorcycle-category/cruiser/johammer-j1-electric-motorcycle-straddles-line-radical-weird/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:23:47 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41691 Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle Straddles the Line Between Radical and Weird
An Austrian manufacturer is producing a new electric motorcycle that claims to be the first to offer a range of more than 200 km (124 miles.) Sporting a sort of art deco design that some have liken to a snail, the Johammer J1 looks very radical, and some of its technological concepts are as well. […] more]]>
An Austrian manufacturer is producing a new electric motorcycle that claims to be the first to offer a range of more than 200 km (124 miles.) Sporting a sort of art deco design that some have liken to a snail, the Johammer J1 looks very radical, and some of its technological concepts are as well.

The Johammer concept has been around for a few years now under the name “the Biiista” (the original logo is still visible on the lower edge of the fairing behind the forward footrests.) Produced by Austrian firm Hammerschmid Maschinenbau and design studio Yellow Works, the Johammer J1 looks like what you’d get if you describe a motorcycle to someone who has never seen one before and asked him what you described.

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Two wheels? Handlebars? Streamlined fairing? Check, check and check. But take one look at the J1 and you’ll see very little else that you expect from a conventional motorcycle design. “A Johammer does not only look different, it is different,” reads the Johammer website.

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Take the chassis for example. The electric motor mounted into the rear wheel hub might be the most conventional part of the design. The swingarm lines up with the main part of the frame and onwards to the front wheel which uses a hub-center steering system. The suspension dampers are actually housed inside the aluminum frame, making use of the space below the large lithium-ion battery pack. With everything mounted horizontally and low, Johammer says the center of gravity is just 13.8 inches from the ground.

Johammer will produce two versions, capable of a (claimed) maximum range of either 150 km or 200 km (93 miles and 124 miles). The battery carries a nominal 72V with the J1.200 carrying a maximum capacity of 12.7 kWh of juice while the J1.150 holds 8.3 kWh. Johammer claims it takes 3.5 hours to get the 200 battery to an 80% charge while the J1.150 can get there in 2.5 hours. Johammer also claims the battery will last for more than 100,000 km (62,137 miles) and still hold 80% of its original capacity.

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The battery powers the 11kW brushless AC motor mounted to the rear wheel. Like most electric motorcycles, the J1 operates on a single gear, carrying a 1:10.15 gear ratio. Johammer claims a top speed of 75 mph.

While most motorcycles have the mirrors mounted on the handlebars, it’s the reverse on the Johammer. The hand controls actually clip onto the mirror stalks that poke up from the fairing. The stalks hide some electrical wiring, as the mirrors have 2.5-inch high-resolution displays that act as the J1′s instruments.

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Other features include front and rear pegs, 57.3-inch wheelbase and a 25.6-inch seat height. The J1.150 claims a weight of 350 pounds while the J1.200 weighs a claimed 390 pounds.

Johammer Chief Executive Officer Johann Hammerschmid tells Salzburg.com the company hopes to produce 50 units by the end of the year, with plans to later increase production to 300 to 500 units per year. The J1.150 is priced at 23,000 euros (US$31,773) while the J1.200 goes for 25,000 euros (US$34,536).

[Source: Johammer, Salzburg.com]

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<![CDATA[2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring DAir Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/15/products/2014-ducati-multistrada-1200-s-touring-dair-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/15/products/2014-ducati-multistrada-1200-s-touring-dair-revealed/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:44:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41648 2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|Air Revealed
Ducati officially presented the D|Air-compatible version of the Mulitstrada 1200, which claims to be the industry’s first motorcycle wirelessly connected to a wearable airbag. Available only for Europe, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|Air combines onboard sensors and Dainese‘s D|Air Street motorcycle jacket airbags into one integrated safety system. A joint project between Ducati […] more]]>
Ducati officially presented the D|Air-compatible version of the Mulitstrada 1200, which claims to be the industry’s first motorcycle wirelessly connected to a wearable airbag. Available only for Europe, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|Air combines onboard sensors and Dainese‘s D|Air Street motorcycle jacket airbags into one integrated safety system.

A joint project between Ducati and Dainese, the Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|Air uses two triple-axis accelerometers mounted to the fork bottoms and another two mounted under the seat with a D|Air electronic control unit. The accelerometers detect potential crash scenarios and determines whether airbags need to be deployed.

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If necessary, the D|Air ECU sends a signal to the rider’s D|Air Street jacket to deploy its airbag to provide added protection to the back, chest and collarbone. The entire process takes 45 milliseconds, including 25 ms for the accelerometer algorithm to decide airbags are required and another 20 ms for the airbags to fully inflate.

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The accelerometers can recognize impacts from the front, sides or rear, as well as low-side scenarios. The system also recognizes when an airbag is unnecessary such as a rider losing balance at low speeds or the Multistrada tipping over while parked.

According to Ducati, the D|Air Street reduces the energy of impact transferred to a rider’s body by 72% compared to a standard back protector and 89% compared to a chest protector. The system can be paired with two different D|Air Street jackets, providing protection for both a rider and a passenger.

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The D|Air Street jacket (sold separately) is made of Gore-Tex fabric and includes a detachable thermal lining. A pair of 12-liter high-pressure airbags are integrated into the lining along with two “cold” technology gas generators to inflate them. The D|Air system is powered by a USB-charged battery pack that Ducati says offers 30 hours of use and can be fully charged in five hours. The airbag system adds about 3.3 pounds to the jacket’s weight. Dainese says the jackets require a maintenance check every 24 months.

The onboard components add about 2.2 pounds of weight, including the accelerometers and the additional LED display located above the Multistrada’s regular instruments. The green Rider and Passenger LEDs light up to show when a jacket is connected, and flash when a malfunction is detected or there is a problem with the connection. A center yellow D|Air LED lights up to indicate an error with the system or if the batteries in the jackets are running low.

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The Multistrada’s round dot-matrix secondary display also displays the jackets’ battery levels and indicates when a maintenance check is required.

At the moment, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|Air is only offered in Europe, where it will arrive in showrooms in May. Pricing is set at €20990 (US$29,000), a premium of €700 (US$967) over a regular Multistrada 1200 S Touring. D|Air Street jackets are not included.

Riders of other motorcycles and brands are out of luck for now, though Dainese says it plans to make the technology available to other manufacturers.

[Source: Ducati]

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<![CDATA[KTM Reports Q1 2014 Sales Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-reports-q1-2014-sales-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-reports-q1-2014-sales-results/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:37:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41644 KTM Reports Q1 2014 Sales Results
KTM reported a record year in 2013, but the Austrian company does not appear to be slowing down in 2014. KTM claims sales of 32,994 motorcycles over the first three months of the year, an impressive 26.8% increase over the same period in 2013. Considering KTM sold a record 123,859 all of last year, the […] more]]>
KTM reported a record year in 2013, but the Austrian company does not appear to be slowing down in 2014. KTM claims sales of 32,994 motorcycles over the first three months of the year, an impressive 26.8% increase over the same period in 2013.

Considering KTM sold a record 123,859 all of last year, the impressive start bodes well for another attempt at a sales record in 2014.

Sales revenues also saw an impressive 20.4% increase compared to last year, increasing to €196.9 million (US$272.1 million) from €163.5 million. Even more impressively, KTM reports Earnings Before Interest and Taxes of €14.6 million, compared to €4.1 million last year.

KTM expects further sales and revenue increases through the rest of 2014, thanks to its expansion plans in Asia and South America. In March, KTM opened a new production facility in China with Chinese manufacturer CF-Moto. The facility will assemble 200 and 390 Duke models for the Chinese market.

[Source: KTM; Photo by Schedl R.]

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<![CDATA[Isle of Man TT to Air on Velocity Channel]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/isle-man-tt-air-velocity-channel/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/isle-man-tt-air-velocity-channel/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:41:13 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41640 Isle of Man TT to Air on Velocity Channel
The Velocity Channel has signed a five-year agreement to broadcast the Isle of Man TT in the U.S. Velocity, an automotive channel owned by Discovery Communications, will air seven one-hour race shows during Isle of Man TT week, starting with the 2014 event this June. Velocity’s coverage won’t be live; the channel will air its […] more]]>
The Velocity Channel has signed a five-year agreement to broadcast the Isle of Man TT in the U.S.

Velocity, an automotive channel owned by Discovery Communications, will air seven one-hour race shows during Isle of Man TT week, starting with the 2014 event this June. Velocity’s coverage won’t be live; the channel will air its shows within 24 hours of the race, with content tailored for an American audience.

The broadcasting rights were negotiated with North One TV, the British company that has produced coverage of the Isle of Man TT since 2009. North One TV also established new broadcasting deals for the Isle of Man TT with Fox Sports in Australia and ITV in the U.K.

“These three new deals are the cornerstone of our distribution plans,” says Neil Duncanson, chief executive officer of North One TV. “ITV have been excellent partners here in the UK and the figures for the USA and Australia are growing fast.”

Velocity broadcasts in high definition, with a reach of about 45 million homes in the U.S. Check your local television provider for availability.

[Source: Isle of Man TT]

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<![CDATA[2014 AMA Supercross – Seattle Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/motorcycle-news/2014-ama-supercross-seattle-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/motorcycle-news/2014-ama-supercross-seattle-results/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:56:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41633 2014 AMA Supercross – Seattle Results
Ryan Villopoto won his fifth race of the season while James Stewart took second place to just barely remain in contention for the 2014 AMA Supercross title. Meanwhile it was a bitter-sweet podium for third-place finisher KTM‘s Ryan Dungey who was officially mathematically eliminated from title contention. Racing in his home town of Seattle, Wash., […] more]]>
Ryan Villopoto won his fifth race of the season while James Stewart took second place to just barely remain in contention for the 2014 AMA Supercross title. Meanwhile it was a bitter-sweet podium for third-place finisher KTM‘s Ryan Dungey who was officially mathematically eliminated from title contention.

Racing in his home town of Seattle, Wash., Villopoto led every lap en route to an easy win, his fifth of the season. The Kawasaki rider could have cemented the championship in Seattle if it weren’t for Stewart’s second-place finish. With two rounds remaining and Villopoto leading Stewart by 48 points, the three-time reigning champion needs to score just three points to take a remarkable fourth consecutive title.

Villopoto took the holeshot, but only just barely, ahead of Dungey through the first corner. It didn’t take long however for Villopoto to pull away. Meanwhile, Stewart began to close the gap with Dungey, pushing his Yoshimura-backed Suzuki into second on Lap 4.

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By that point however, Villopoto was about three seconds ahead, a lead he would continue to stretch before completing the full 20 laps with a 12.148-second cushion.

Stewart took several risks, trying to extend his jumps to make up some time, taking some hard landings on his front wheel. Stewart nearly crashed on several occasions, but at this point in the season, he could not afford to hold anything back.

2014 AMA Supercross: Seattle 450 Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Time
1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki -
2 James Stewart Suzuki +12.148
3 Ryan Dungey KTM +21.653
4 Eli Tomac Honda +26.672
5 Justin Barcia Honda +35.769

Troy Lee Designs Honda rider Cole Seely led all 15 laps to win the Western Regional 250 class main event. Seely held a lead as wide as 10 seconds before settling for the win 4.569 seconds ahead of points leader Jason Anderson of Rockstar Energy KTM. Kawasaki’s Justin Hill finished third for the final podium position.

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2014 AMA Supercross: Seattle 250 Western Regional Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Time
1 Cole Seely Honda -
2 Jason Anderson KTM +4.569
3 Justin Hill Kawasaki +6.853
4 Dean Wilson Kawasaki +22.543
5 Jessy Nelson Honda +24.929

The 2014 AMA Supercross Championship heads back across the continent to East Rutherford, N.J., with Villopoto holding a comfortable cushion needing just an 18th-place result to clinch the title. Stewart still has a mathematical shot at the title but barring a dramatic shakeup, the title belongs to Villopoto.

450 Class Top Five Standings 250 West Class Top Five Standings
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Points Rider Manufacturer Points
1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki 318 Jason Anderson KTM 178
2 James Stewart Suzuki 270 Cole Seely Honda 170
3 Ryan Dungey KTM 267 Justin Hill Kawasaki 139
4 Ken Roczen KTM 249 Dean Wilson Kawasaki 138
5 Justin Barcia Honda 214 Cooper Webb Yamaha 121

[Source: AMA Supercross]

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<![CDATA[2014 WSBK Calendar Updated Goodbye Russia, Hello Qatar]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/2014-wsbk-calendar-updated-goodbye-russia-hello-qatar/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/2014-wsbk-calendar-updated-goodbye-russia-hello-qatar/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:07:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41630 2014 WSBK Calendar Updated – Goodbye Russia, Hello Qatar
The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and the World Superbike Championship released an updated schedule for the 2014 season, dropping the Sept. 21 Russian round and tentatively slotting Qatar in the season-ending Nov. 2 round. WSBK promoter Dorna and its Russian partners DWO and YMS Promotion released a statement saying the Moscow Raceway round was cancelled […] more]]>
The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and the World Superbike Championship released an updated schedule for the 2014 season, dropping the Sept. 21 Russian round and tentatively slotting Qatar in the season-ending Nov. 2 round.

WSBK promoter Dorna and its Russian partners DWO and YMS Promotion released a statement saying the Moscow Raceway round was cancelled as a result of the political tensions between Russia and the Ukraine. Event organizer hope Moscow Raceway will return for the 2015 season and the remainder of its contract with WSBK which runs until 2021.

Meanwhile, the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar, has tentatively been added to the calendar, taking the previously labelled “Overseas” round scheduled for Nov. 2. The Doha round is still subject to final confirmation however, but if all the pieces fall into place, it will host the WSBK and World Supersport classes.

Provisional 2014 WSBK Calendar:

Date Country Circuit WSBK WSS STK
Feb. 23 Australia Phillip Island X X
April 13 Spain Aragon X X X
April 27 The Netherlands Assen X X X
May 11 Italy Imola X X X
May 25 U.K. Donington X X
June 8 Malaysia Sepang X X
June 22 Italy Misano X X X
July 6 Portugal Portimao X X X
July 13 U.S.A. Laguna Seca X
Sept. 7 Spain Jerez X X X
Oct. 5 France Magny Cours X X X
Oct. 19 South Africa Phakisa (To be confirmed) X X
Nov. 2 Qatar Losail X X

[Source: WSBK]

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<![CDATA[2014 WSBK – Aragon Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/manufacturers/aprilia/2014-wsbk-aragon-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/14/manufacturers/aprilia/2014-wsbk-aragon-results/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:35:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41615 2014 WSBK – Aragon Results
Reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes put on a clinic this weekend, leading every lap in both races to claim a pair of wins at Spain’s Motorland Aragon circuit. Sykes’ Kawasaki teammate Loris Baz was right there with him, recording a pair of second-place podiums to give Team Green a pair of one-two finishes. Sykes […] more]]>
Reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes put on a clinic this weekend, leading every lap in both races to claim a pair of wins at Spain’s Motorland Aragon circuit.

Sykes’ Kawasaki teammate Loris Baz was right there with him, recording a pair of second-place podiums to give Team Green a pair of one-two finishes. Sykes and Baz were also one-two in the Superpole qualifying on this nearly flawless weekend for the Kawasaki factory team.

Race One

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Sykes led from the opening corner while Baz slotted behind in second and Ducati‘s Davide Giugliano in third. Giugliano and Baz swapped positions a couple of times in the first three laps, which helped Sykes build on his lead.

Baz and Giugliano continued their duel the rest of the race until the final lap when Honda‘s Jonathan Rea jumped into the fray, passing Giugliano on the long straight heading into the final corner. Seeing one final chance for the podium, Giugliano tried to squeeze through on the inside but ran into Rea and slid onto his side. Rea remained upright and held on for the final podium position while Giugliano was able to remount, finishing well back in fifth.

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BMW Motorrad Italia rider Leon Camier was the highest-finishing EVO class rider, crossing the finish in 12th place. The Bimota Alstare team made its debut in Aragon with Ayrton Badovini edging out Kawasaki’s factory EVO rider David Salom for 13th while his teammate Christian Iddon made his WSBK class debut finishing 17th. The Bimota BB3 is still awaiting full homologation approval however, so neither results were official and Badovini did not receive the three championship points his result would have earned.

2014 WSBK Aragon Race One Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Motorcycle Time
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R -
2 Loris Baz Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R +4.275
3 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR +8.418
4 Chaz Davies Ducati 1199 Panigale R +15.715
5 Eugene Laverty Suzuki GSX-R1000 +19.305

Race Two

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Track temperatures rose in the afternoon for the second race, increasing from the 16-degree temperature of the morning race to 90 degrees for Race 2. The warmer temperatures didn’t change the start however, as Sykes again shot off to an early lead with Baz on his tail.

The heat did seem to help Aprilia‘s Marco Melandri who complained about tire issues in Race One. Melandri was sixth after the first lap but established a strong pace and worked his way up to third by Lap 9.

The gap between the three lead riders closed on the final laps. Baz momentarily took the lead but Sykes grabbed it back, with Melandri following him into second. Melandri saw an opening on the final lap, moving into the lead but braked wide on the final corner, allowing both Sykes and Baz to slip through.

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Salom was the top EVO rider, finishing 10th overall. Badovini once again was fast enough to score points, finishing an unofficial 12th for Alstare Bimota.

2014 WSBK Aragon Race Two Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Motorcycle Time
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R -
2 Loris Baz Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R +0.338
3 Marco Melandri Aprilia RSV4 Factory +0.470
4 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia RSV4 Factory +5.429
5 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR +8.861

After Two Rounds

Sykes jumps into the championship lead thanks to his Aragon double with Baz four points behind in second. Guintoli drops down to third, just ahead of his Aprilia teammate Melandri.

The 2014 WSBK Championship continues April 27 at the TT Assen Circuit in the Netherlands.

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2014 WSBK Top Five Standings after Two Rounds
Pos. Rider Team Points
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 75
2 Loris Baz Kawasaki 71
3 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia 64
4 Marco Melandri Aprilia 49
5 Jonathan Rea Pata Honda 48

[Source: WSBK; photos by respective race teams]

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<![CDATA[GEICO Set to Return as AMA EnduroCross Title Sponsor]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/11/racing/geico-set-return-ama-endurocross-title-sponsor/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/11/racing/geico-set-return-ama-endurocross-title-sponsor/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:22:20 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41608 GEICO Set to Return as AMA EnduroCross Title Sponsor
Fans of EnduroCross are quite familiar with the GEICO name, and they’ll continue to see the name since the company has re-signed as the title sponsor of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil. Beginning as a presenting sponsor of the series in 2007, GEICO became the title sponsor in 2008 and will […] more]]>

Fans of EnduroCross are quite familiar with the GEICO name, and they’ll continue to see the name since the company has re-signed as the title sponsor of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil.

Beginning as a presenting sponsor of the series in 2007, GEICO became the title sponsor in 2008 and will retain that notoriety through the end of the 2014 season. GEICO’s relationship with EnduroCross doesn’t end with sponsorship, though. The company plays an active role in the promotion of the sport assisting the expansion of the indoor off-road racing series to new venues in more cities. For example, GEICO’s support helped to include two new cities in the 2014 season, which increases the number of rounds from seven to nine events.

“AMA EnduroCross is a fast-paced, high energy sport that embraces the competitive racing spirit,” said Ted Ward, GEICO vice president of marketing. “2014 marks the eighth year that GEICO has participated as a title sponsor, so we are excited to be a part of the EnduroCross Championship, which provides a great opportunity to connect with some very passionate race fans.”

The opening round of the will coincide with the Monster Energy Supercross finals weekend on May 2nd. The GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship’s finals will be held this year on November 22nd in Ontario, CA. Additionally, the X Games Enduro X event in Austin, TX will contain a points-awarding event for the AMA EnduroCross Championship.

2014 GEICO AMA EnduroCross, fueled by Monster Energy Schedule:
May 2, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada. Orleans Arena (Friday Night)
June 6, 2014 – Austin, Texas. X Games, Circuit of the America’s
June 21, 2014 – Sacramento, California. Sleep Train Arena
August 23, 2014 – Atlanta, Georgia. Gwinnett Center
October 4, 2014 – Denver, Colorado. National Western Complex
October 11, 2014 – Salt Lake City, Utah. Energy Solutions Arena
October 18, 2014 – Everett, Washington. Comcast Arena
November 15, 2014 – Boise, Idaho. Ford Idaho Center
November 22, 2014 – Ontario, California. Citizens Business Bank Arena

For more information,  visit www.EnduroCross.com.
[Source: Source Interlink Media]

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<![CDATA[New England Air Museum Motorcycle Show]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/11/events/new-england-air-museum-motorcycle-show/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/11/events/new-england-air-museum-motorcycle-show/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:12:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41603 New England Air Museum Motorcycle Show
On Saturday, April 19, 2014, the New England Air Museum and Murdercycles will host its inaugural motorcycle show in Windsor Locks, CT. Go check out show bikes in 13 classes: Best Military Motorcycle, Oldest Running Motorcycle, Best American Pre WWII, Best American Post WWII, Best Custom Built, Best Café Racer, Best British Pre 1960, Best British Post 1960, Best European […] more]]>
On Saturday, April 19, 2014, the New England Air Museum and Murdercycles will host its inaugural motorcycle show in Windsor Locks, CT. Go check out show bikes in 13 classes: Best Military Motorcycle, Oldest Running Motorcycle, Best American Pre WWII, Best American Post WWII, Best Custom Built, Best Café Racer, Best British Pre 1960, Best British Post 1960, Best European Pre 1960, Best European Post 1960, Best Japanese Pre 1980, Best Japanese Post 1980 & Best Competition.

As you would expect for an event like this, live music, food and motorcycle vendors will be on the scene to make the day more enjoyable. If you have an interest in aircraft as well as motorcycles, mosey on over to the museum’s Restoration Hangar see a P–51D Mustang RacerBurnelli CBY–3 Loadmaster and several vintage engines.

For ticketing and show entry forms, go to www.neam.org or contact Ray Luce at mudercycles@hotmail.com, or by phone at (860) 916–1693.

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<![CDATA[Florida’s Panama City Beach Motorcycle Rally Coming April 30th]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/11/events/floridas-panama-city-beach-motorcycle-rally-coming-april-30th/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/11/events/floridas-panama-city-beach-motorcycle-rally-coming-april-30th/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:54:06 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41600 Florida’s Panama City Beach Motorcycle Rally Coming April 30th
That other big spring motorcycle gathering in Florida may get all the press, but that doesn’t mean that other rallies aren’t going on there. Case in point, Panama City Beach Motorcycle Rally gets under way just about three weeks from today. The April 30th – May 4th, 2014 event kicks off with a party at the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort […] more]]>

That other big spring motorcycle gathering in Florida may get all the press, but that doesn’t mean that other rallies aren’t going on there. Case in point, Panama City Beach Motorcycle Rally gets under way just about three weeks from today.

The April 30th – May 4th, 2014 event kicks off with a party at the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort and Tiki Bar, featuring the bands Mustang Sally and Big Engine. The event schedule for 2014 also includes daily poker runs to raise money for the Toys for Kids Foundation, one of the most prestigious charities in Bay County FL, which provides services to families with children to make Christmas a little brighter every year.

The Spring 2014 Ms. Newby’s Old School Bike Show is scheduled for Friday May 2nd from Noon to 6:00 PM and is being held in the memory of the show founder Scott Davis. The classes of bikes in the show include: Shovel Head, Custom Shovelhead, Stock Panhead, Custom Panhead, Antique American (Indian, Knucklehead Flathead, or other), British / European, Sportster (89 & Older), Metric / Other. Awards will be given to the winner and runner up in all classes with a People’s Choice also awarded.

The Spinnaker Beach Club will have its beach-front venue open featuring vendors like: Hot Leathers, Trick Lites, It’s a Steel Jewelry, Cross Creek Leather, Original Bike Spirits Shitzengiggles Leather Repair and Advanced Auto Parts. Nighttime activities include bands and DJs.

The Lucky 13 venue will have a stage filled with bands, day and night. The Thunder Thursday will also be held here.

For more information, visit the PCB Motorcycle Rally website.

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<![CDATA[DARPA Funding Development of 2WD Hybrid Military Motorcycle]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/11/motorcycle-category/off-road/darpa-funding-development-2wd-hybrid-military-motorcycle/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/11/motorcycle-category/off-road/darpa-funding-development-2wd-hybrid-military-motorcycle/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:24:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41595 DARPA Funding Development of 2WD Hybrid Military Motorcycle
Logos Technologies has received a small business innovation grant to develop a hybrid electric motorcycle for the U.S. military. The grant was provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Defence‘s agency in charge of developing new technologies for military use. Fairfax, Virginia-based Logos is teaming up with San Francisco-based […] more]]>
Logos Technologies has received a small business innovation grant to develop a hybrid electric motorcycle for the U.S. military. The grant was provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Defence‘s agency in charge of developing new technologies for military use.

Fairfax, Virginia-based Logos is teaming up with San Francisco-based electric motorcycle maker BRD to develop the vehicle, an off-road capable two-wheel-drive hybrid motorcycle. The project calls for multifuel capability, allowing the motorcycle to use the different types of fuel the military uses for other deployed vehicles, as well as a silent-running stealth electric mode. Logos will develop the hybrid power system while BRD will develop the rest of the motorcycle.

“Quieted, all-wheel-drive capability at extended range in a lightweight, rugged, single-track vehicle could support the successful operations of U.S. expeditionary and special forces in extreme terrain conditions and contested environments,” says Wade Pulliam, manager of advanced concepts at Logos Technologies. “With a growing need to operate small units far from logistical support, the military may increasingly rely on adaptable, efficient technologies like this hybrid-electric motorcycle.”

The Logos-BRD project isn’t the only stealth military motorcycle option being considered. The U.S. Military has been testing a Zero MMX electric motorcycle designed for use by the U.S. Special Operations Forces. The Zero motorcycle is all-electric however, and the Logos-BRD’s hybrid motorcycle may be more useful for longer-range missions.

[Source: Logos Technologies]

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<![CDATA[Helmet House Sponsors The Rich Oliver Mystery School]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/products/helmet-house-sponsors-rich-oliver-mystery-school/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/products/helmet-house-sponsors-rich-oliver-mystery-school/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:04:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41591 Helmet House Sponsors The Rich Oliver Mystery School
Rich Oliver Mystery School students can now be outfitted in Cortech products at each school. more]]>
Helmet House has entered into a long-term contract with Rich Oliver’s Mystery School. Under the agreement, the Mystery School will supply students with Cortech gear to wear while attending the school.

Multi-time AMA Champion Oliver and his staff of instructors teach students of all skill levels at the Mystery School. Camps range from the MSF DirtBike School for new riders, to advanced off-road rider training in the Off-Road Challenge course, from the popular Two-Day Dirt Track Fun Camp to the demanding Four-Day Pro Camp that caters to serious racers, and includes a nutritional program, physical training, motocross and dirt-track riding and much more. There’s even a P.O.S.T approved Police Officer training course as well as private training days available to the anyone who wants one-on-one instruction.

A huge benefit of this arrangement is the ability for students not to bring any gear to the schools, as they can get fully kitted upon their arrival. “Many of our customers have then gone out and purchased items from the Cortech line for their street riding and track riding needs after experiencing the product at the Mystery School,” says Oliver.

For more information on Rich Oliver’s Mystery School, go to www.richoliver.net.

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<![CDATA[Mackenzie Tricker Looks To Pad WMX Points Lead At Glen Helen Raceway Sunday]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/manufacturers/honda/mackenzie-tricker-looks-pad-wmx-points-lead-glen-helen-raceway-sunday/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/manufacturers/honda/mackenzie-tricker-looks-pad-wmx-points-lead-glen-helen-raceway-sunday/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:57:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41588 Mackenzie Tricker Looks To Pad WMX Points Lead At Glen Helen Raceway Sunday
With two wins already in her pocket, Mackenzie Tricker is looking strong coming in to Glen Helen. more]]>
Having won the opening two rounds of the 2014 Women’s Motocross Championship (WMX) – at the AMA sanctioned Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship in Wortham, Texas, Australia’s Mackenzie Tricker comes into this weekend’s race at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, with momentum on her side and a 17-point lead in the series standings.

Round three of the Women’s Motocross Championship (WMX) will run in conjunction with the FMF California Classic, which runs from April 9 through April 13, with both WMX motos taking place on Sunday.

So far, Tricker has won three of the four motos held to date, and the Yamaha-backed rider is hoping to pad her lead in the series standings with a good finish this weekend.

Despite her optimism, the last two weeks haven’t exactly gone smoothly for Tricker. A practice crash early last week left her bruised and sore.

“I haven’t crashed that hard in a while, so my body was pretty beat up,” said Tricker. “We decided the best idea was to take a few days off and let my body recover. I’ve felt pretty good the few times I’ve ridden this week, so we’ll see how it goes this weekend.”

So far, Taylor Higgins has been the most consistent of Tricker’s challengers. The Honda rider from Mesquite, Texas, is second in points after posting a fourth overall in Florida and a third overall in Texas.

Meanwhile, Kawasaki Team Green’s Brandy Richards of Lake Havasu, Ariz., is the only competitor that’s been able to take a moto win away from Tricker, doing so in the first moto in Texas.

Tricker and her fellow WMX competitors kick off round three of the eight-round WMX Series this Sunday, April 13th. For more information about the 2014 Women’s Motocross Championship, visit the official website at www.RaceWMX.com or follow Race WMX on Facebook.com/racewmx and on Twitter @RaceWMX.

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<![CDATA[The Pro Taper Foot Race Returns To AMA EnduroCross For 2014]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/products/the-pro-taper-foot-race-returns-to-ama-endurocross-for-2014/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/products/the-pro-taper-foot-race-returns-to-ama-endurocross-for-2014/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:23:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41584 The Pro Taper Foot Race Returns To AMA EnduroCross For 2014
The highly entertaining foot race is just another reason for EnduroCross fans to get excited. more]]>
As the official handlebar of AMA EnduroCross, Pro Taper is not only supporting the talented EnduroCross competitors through their line of premium handlebars, but it is, once again, bringing the extremely popular Pro Taper Foot Race to the EnduroCross night program. The Pro Taper Foot Race puts 10 lucky fans that are chosen from local radio promotions in each market bar-to-bar behind the starting gate. When the gate drops it’s an all-out sprint around a lap of the challenging EnduroCross course—on foot!

The highly popular intermission event gives lucky fans an up-close and personal look at what it’s like to race on the world’s most challenging off-road courses. And the fans in the seats get an entertaining, wild show.

Las Vegas will again host the opening round of EnduroCross on Friday, May 2, during the Monster Energy Supercross finals weekend. The traditional EnduroCross finals in November will now be held Nov. 22 in Ontario, Calif., The X Games Enduro X event in Austin, Texas, also will be included as a points-paying event for the GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship.

Tickets are on sale now at www.EnduroCross.com/buy-tickets/ 
For more information, please visit www.EnduroCross.com 

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<![CDATA[Team Scorpion Autograph Sessions Friday & Saturday At COTA]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/products/team-scorpion-autograph-sessions-friday-saturday-cota/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/products/team-scorpion-autograph-sessions-friday-saturday-cota/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:49:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41577 Team Scorpion Autograph Sessions Friday & Saturday At COTA
Your chance to meet Scorpion athletes this weekend at COTA MotoGP. more]]>
With the MotoGP circus at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas this weekend, now is your chance to grab an autograph from Team Scorpion. Riders like Alvaro Bautista, Hector Barbera, Nico Terol, Mika Kallio, and many more all wear the Scorpion EXO-R2000 helmet, and will be available Friday at 10am, 11am, and 12pm local time. They will be available again on Saturday at 11am and 12:30pm in case you miss them on Friday.

It should be noted this schedule is only tentative and is subject to change depending on the rider’s needs and availability. Nonetheless, it’s a good opportunity to visit the Scorpion booth and check out the new items available, like the aforementioned EXO-R2000 helmet. Scorpion has also just released its first set of full, one-piece leathers, called the Podium Race Suit, which a few riders on the grid will be wearing as well.

For more information on this event and the rest of the Scorpion lineup, visit www.scorpionusa.com.

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<![CDATA[Third Annual True American Heroes Weekend Hosted By Kenny Roberts]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/charity/third-annual-true-american-heroes-weekend-hosted-by-kenny-roberts/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/charity/third-annual-true-american-heroes-weekend-hosted-by-kenny-roberts/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:48:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41574 Third Annual True American Heroes Weekend Hosted By Kenny Roberts
The Third Annual True American Heroes Weekend hosted by Kenny Roberts begins Thursday evening, May 8. Sponsored by Yamaha, the fundraising event held at Kenny Roberts’ ranch in Modesto, California, benefits Welcome Home Heroes and the Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. Memorial Foundation. At 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 8, the Weekend kicks off with […] more]]>
The Third Annual True American Heroes Weekend hosted by Kenny Roberts begins Thursday evening, May 8. Sponsored by Yamaha, the fundraising event held at Kenny Roberts’ ranch in Modesto, California, benefits Welcome Home Heroes and the Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. Memorial Foundation.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 8, the Weekend kicks off with the True American Heroes Benefit Concert featuring The John Corbett Band playing live at the Fat Cat in Modesto. Tickets for the concert are $20 when purchased in advance online or $25 at the door. The admission price includes three drinks, and all proceeds go to Welcome Home Heroes.

The Benefit Dinner held on Friday, May 9 begins at 4:00 pm at Kenny Roberts’ ranch. King Kenny will be joined at the Dinner by guests Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts Junior, Mert Lawwill, Kurtis Roberts and his number-one fan, actress Bo Derek.

After the True American Heroes Dinner on Friday night, Justin Trick from Mulrooney Auction Company will conduct a live auction at Kenny’s ranch to benefit Welcome Home Heroes. Featured items up for bid include Team Roberts memorabilia, other signed racing-related items, and lots of additional motorsports merchandise.

The 10th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Ride will be held the next day on Saturday, May 10. Kenny Roberts and several other American motorcycle racing heroes are scheduled to ride in the event aboard Star Motorcycles. The ride is free and open to the public, and hundreds of Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen are expected to attend.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Benefit Dinner visit trueamericanhero.org

Chief Editor, Kevin Duke participated in the event in 2012. You can read about his experiences here.

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<![CDATA[Colin Edwards Announces Retirement At End Of Season]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/manufacturers/aprilia/colin-edwards-announces-retirement-end-season/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/manufacturers/aprilia/colin-edwards-announces-retirement-end-season/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:10:42 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41568 Colin Edwards Announces Retirement At End Of Season
Colin Edwards' retirement comes after an illustrious racing career both at home and abroad. more]]>
Colin Edwards has announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2014 MotoGP season. The announcement came during the pre-event press conference ahead of this weekend’s Austin MotoGP race — Edwards’ home round.

The two-time World Superbike champion cited a lack of progress from winter testing as one reason for the decision.

“This year we started testing and didn’t really see the improvement that I wanted to see and obviously the changing of the riding style – hell I’m 40 years old and trying to change my riding style to make this bike work, wasn’t really working,” he said. The latest generation of Yamaha M1s favor a rear-biased riding style. Edwards has been on record many times stating how he’s always relied on a front-end style, making the past few years especially difficult for him.

Another, more personal reason is the desire to spend more time with wife, Alyssia, and their three kids. Clearly, this wasn’t a decision taken lightly, but after many discussions with Alyssia, “We had a few conversations and there are some things that I miss out on – baseball, gymnastics, school. I need to be home a lot more.”

Edwards career speaks for itself. He stormed onto the scene in the early 90s, after a successful motocross career as a youth. By 1994 he had already won a AMA 250cc championship and won his first AMA Superbike race on a Vance and Hines Yamaha. The following year saw him move to Europe to compete on the world scene, to which he said, “and these young bastards have been kicking my ass since then!”

Colin Edwards walking

While Edwards may be known as a Yamaha man, as he has spent most of his career with the brand, he biggest success came as a Honda rider, where he won the 2000 and 2002 World Superbike titles (the latter in a thrilling battle with Ducati-mounted Troy Bayliss, at the last race of the season, which Edwards credits as his most memorable victory).

He made the jump to MotoGP in 2003, riding Aprilia, Honda, and Yamaha machinery, before being the first big-name rider to accept and sign-on to the CRT category with Forward Racing, where he’s been ever since. While he never won a MotoGP race (though he came one corner shy of beating Nicky Hayden for the 2006 victory at Assen), he has 12 podium finishes and three pole positions to his credit.

Apart from the Grand Prix and World Superbike accomplishments, Edwards’ other international achievements include winning the illustrious 8-hours of Suzuka, first in 1996 on a Yamaha, partnering with Noriyuki Haga (who would later be charged with using illegal drugs, handing the 2000 WSBK championship to Edwards), then in 2001 with Valentino Rossi, and again in 2002 with the late Daijiro Kato. Both times aboard a Honda.

Edwards opened his Texas Tornado Boot Camp riding school in 2011, where it is believed he will spend more of his time once he hangs up his leathers.

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<![CDATA[BMW Developing Organic OLED Lighting]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/design/bmw-developing-organic-oled-lighting/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/10/design/bmw-developing-organic-oled-lighting/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:57:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41548 BMW Developing Organic OLED Lighting
BMW is developing a new organic light emitting diode lighting system for cars and motorcycles. Unlike conventional LEDs, organic LEDs (or OLEDs) uses wafer-thin semiconductive layers made from organic polymers to produce light. OLEDs are more efficient and emit less heat than LEDs. Regular LEDs emit light to a single point, so it appears less […] more]]>
BMW is developing a new organic light emitting diode lighting system for cars and motorcycles.

Unlike conventional LEDs, organic LEDs (or OLEDs) uses wafer-thin semiconductive layers made from organic polymers to produce light. OLEDs are more efficient and emit less heat than LEDs. Regular LEDs emit light to a single point, so it appears less bright when seen from an angle. Conventional LED lighting uses reflectors to reduce this effect and create a relatively homogeneous light. OLEDs on the other hand, can shine their light across a wider area without very little loss of brightness and thus don’t need bulky reflective surfaces.

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The semiconductive layers in an OLED are incredibly thin, with an entire set of active light-emitting layers measuring about 150 times thinner than a human hair. The semiconductive layers are hermetically sealed with conducting layers between two thing glass plates or plastic films. All the layers combine for a thickness of between 0.8 to 1.5 mm.

At the moment, OLED technology has not advanced enough to completely provide all of a motorcycle’s lighting. The luminous density of OLEDs are adequate enough for a rear light, brake lights and turn signals need some help to make them bright enough for practical use.

OLEDs alone are not bright enough to use as brake lights. Adding LEDs provides the required brightness while introducing interesting design concepts.

OLEDs alone are not bright enough to use as brake lights. Adding LEDs provides the required brightness while introducing interesting design concepts.

A prototype OLED taillight design for a BMW K1600GTL uses OLEDs in the tail, brake and rear turn signals with reinforcement from conventional LEDs. This hybrid arrangement does dampen some of the advantages of OLEDs but they do allow for some interesting  three-dimensional lighting effects.

BMW says it could introduce similar hybrid OLED and LED lighting on production motorcycles in the next two or three years, but the long term goal is to develop brake lights, turn indicators and even headlights using only OLED technology.

[Source: BMW]

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