Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:38:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 <![CDATA[Morgan Motor Company Reveals EV3 Electric Prototype]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/01/motorcycle-news/morgan-motor-company-reveals-ev3-electric-prototype/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/07/01/motorcycle-news/morgan-motor-company-reveals-ev3-electric-prototype/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:38:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51173 Morgan Motor Company Reveals EV3 Electric Prototype
Known for marching to the beat of a different drummer, Morgan Motor Company has decided to put a new wrinkle into its three-wheeled rolling art piece. We tested the 1983cc, four-valve S&S X-Wedge-powered three wheeler, last year, and were quite fond of it – even with the as-tested price of $60,734.37. Well, Morgan has taken the same retro design […] more]]>
Known for marching to the beat of a different drummer, Morgan Motor Company has decided to put a new wrinkle into its three-wheeled rolling art piece. We tested the 1983cc, four-valve S&S X-Wedge-powered three wheeler, last year, and were quite fond of it – even with the as-tested price of $60,734.37. Well, Morgan has taken the same retro design and thrust it into the future. The EV3 prototype has no beefy V-Twin displayed at the front of the vehicle. Instead, the single rear wheel is powered by a 60 hp electric motor.

Morgan 3 Wheeler Review

The Morgan EV3 is the second electric concept vehicle produced by the company. The EV3 is undergoing the full raft of testing and development with an expected production date sometime in late 2016. Looking like a 1950’s vision of a futuristic vehicle, the EV3’s weighs a claimed 992 lb. – less than it’s ICE-powered sibling. Range is expected to be around 150 miles.

Morgan EV3 Prototype

Morgan EV3 Prototype

Price has not been set, but expect it to be as pricey as the Morgan 3 Wheeler since each bespoke unit will be hand-built to custom specifications.

The EV3 was introduced publicly at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend.

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<![CDATA[Zero Sweeps Pikes Peak Podium]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/30/manufacturers/zero/zero-sweeps-pikes-peak-podium/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/30/manufacturers/zero/zero-sweeps-pikes-peak-podium/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:38:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51169 Zero Sweeps Pikes Peak Podium
Zero Motorcycles swept the podium at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In partnership with Hollywood Electrics, the team successfully defended its title as fastest in the production electric motorcycle class. 2015 marks the third consecutive year that a Zero motorcycle took the overall win in the category. This year, the riders chose to […] more]]>
Zero Motorcycles swept the podium at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In partnership with Hollywood Electrics, the team successfully defended its title as fastest in the production electric motorcycle class. 2015 marks the third consecutive year that a Zero motorcycle took the overall win in the category. This year, the riders chose to compete on the Zero SR model.

Scot Harden, vice president of Global Marketing at Zero, was on hand for the event. “Zero Motorcycles is extremely proud of the results and effort put forth by the Hollywood Electrics team,” said Harden. “Their passion for electric motorcycles and racing is second to none, as proven again at the world’s most prestigious hill climb event. Our heartfelt thanks to Harlan Flagg and Thomas Ito, as well as the racers, Jeff Clark, Nathan Barker, Brandon Nozaki Miller and the entire Hollywood Electrics support crew.”

Jeff Clark defended his production electric motorcycle class title with a time of 12:06.346, followed by Nathan Barker in second at 12:37.161, and Brandon Nozaki Miller in third at 13:10.894. Beyond the production class, Zero powered the fastest overall electric motorcycle in the modified electric category, as ridden by Yoshihiro Kishimoto. Kishimoto posted a blistering time of 10:58.861, which was good for 29th of all vehicles entered.

2015 may be remembered as a tipping point for electric vehicle racing, as the fastest vehicle at the event was an electric car driven by multiple Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner, Rhys Millen. “Whether it’s on two wheels or four, electric technology is progressing at an astonishing rate,” said Scot Harden of Zero Motorcycles. “Electric vehicles are now undeniably a force to be reckoned with in international competition.”

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<![CDATA[Suzuki Announces Five-Year Business Plan]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/30/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-announces-five-year-business-plan/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/30/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-announces-five-year-business-plan/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:06:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51141 Suzuki Announces Five-Year Business Plan
Suzuki announced a new mid-term management plan outlining its goals for the next five years leading up to the company’s 100th anniversary in 2020. The “Suzuki Next 100” plan outlines the company’s goal to return sales to above pre-recession levels. The Suzuki Next 100 plan follows a three-part mission statement: Develop products of superior value […] more]]>
Suzuki announced a new mid-term management plan outlining its goals for the next five years leading up to the company’s 100th anniversary in 2020. The “Suzuki Next 100” plan outlines the company’s goal to return sales to above pre-recession levels.

The Suzuki Next 100 plan follows a three-part mission statement:

  1. Develop products of superior value by focusing on the customer;
  2. Establish a refreshing and innovative company through teamwork; and
  3. Strive for individual excellence through continuous improvement.

The plan calls for shortening its development period, consolidating manufacturing and increasing productivity at its main motorcycle plant in Hamamatsu, Japan, by 30%.

Suzuki has had the toughest time of the Big Four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers,  recovering from the 2008 economic downturn. The recession turned a company record of 3.5 trillion yen in 2007 into just 2.4 trillion yen in 2009. It took until the fiscal year ended March 30 this year for Suzuki’s net sales to return to the 3 trillion yen mark.

One of the key challenges Suzuki faces is returning its motorcycle business to profitability. While its automobile sales have returned annual profits (even despite pulling out of the U.S. market in 2012), its motorcycle operations have struggled. Since the 2008 recession, Suzuki’s motorcycle division has recorded an annual profit just one time, a net profit of 100 million yen from the 2013 fiscal year. That’s small potatoes, considering Suzuki’s motorcycle business averaged an annual net loss of 8.8 billion yen since the 2008 fiscal year.

To spur this turnaround, Suzuki plans to develop products that exhibit the company’s characteristics. Suzuki says it will pursue “fun-to-ride and easy-to-ride” motorcycles with a focus on three basic elements of performance: running, cornering and braking. Suzuki’s new MotoGP program will play a vital role, with its new technologies influencing production models.

For developed markets, Suzuki plans to strengthen sales of parts and accessories. For emerging markets such as Asia, Suzuki plans to consolidate its local manufacturing operations and strengthen its sales network for larger displacement models.

By the 2019 fiscal year, Suzuki hopes to sell two million motorcycles worldwide, a 13.6% increase from the 1.76 million motorcycles sold in the 2014 fiscal year. For North America, Suzuki targets a 50% growth in sales to 60,000 from the 43,000 sold in 2014.

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<![CDATA[The Highway Runaways Ride]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/30/motorcycle-community/the-highway-runaways-ride/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/30/motorcycle-community/the-highway-runaways-ride/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:54:30 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51148 The Highway Runaways Ride
The Highway Runaways Ride is inspired by the infamous Avis and Effie Hotchkiss ride in 1915, when the mother and daughter became the first women to ride their Harley-Davidsons across the U.S. Lana MacNaughton leads a modern day celebration of how women riders are unleashing their rebellious spirit and living life on their terms. Distinguished […] more]]>
The Highway Runaways Ride is inspired by the infamous Avis and Effie Hotchkiss ride in 1915, when the mother and daughter became the first women to ride their Harley-Davidsons across the U.S. Lana MacNaughton leads a modern day celebration of how women riders are unleashing their rebellious spirit and living life on their terms.

Distinguished for her “Women’s Moto Exhibit,” MacNaughton is leading four of her closest female friends on a cross country Harley-Davison motorcycle journey, starting July 3, when she kicks off the ride in Brooklyn, New York. This four-week tour will end in San Francisco.

80320010Specializing in the photography of the modern-day female motorcyclists, MacNaughton has dedicated her career to capturing and revealing the courageous and beautiful women who live to ride. During the 4,500-mile trek, MacNaughton will collect stories from women riders and take photographs of those who share her passion for the open road.

“This ride embodies the spirit of strong and powerful women. Riding a Harley is about escaping the authority and the structure of mundane life; running away is our dream and it has now become our reality,” says MacNaughton.

In a survey commissioned by Harley-Davidson, a majority of women riders said that motorcycling made them happier, more confident and feel sexier. MacNaughton is providing a glimpse into motorcycling on these terms, using her camera to capture experiences along way. The pictures will be posted on both Lana and Harley-Davidson’s social media channels at @womensmotoexhibit and @harleydavidson, using #hwyrunaways.

A Highway Runaways Kickoff Party takes place on July 2, at The Shop in Brooklyn, 234 Starr Street. The party, presented by Harley-Davidson, starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until close. The night features bands, bikes, beer, a special guest speaker and a chance to meet the women of the ride.

Once on the road, Lana and the others will ride through the Southeast, then across the southern U.S. before heading west to their final stop. They will visit Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Albuquerque, Denver, and Reno. Along the way, they will stop at Southern Devil Harley-Davidson, Cartersville, Ga. (July 5) and Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson, Denver (July 22). The Highway Runaways Ride concludes in San Francisco, after logging some 4,500 miles and hundreds of memories. MacNaughton’s Women’s Moto Exhibit is also being featured at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee during its Custom Bike Show Weekend, Sept. 4-6, 2015.

The Highway Runaways Ride showcases women’s spirit to break down barriers and ride in their style. Visit www.h-d.com/women for more inspiration and information about MacNaughton and the Highway Runaways Ride, and the many opportunities available for women to start their own riding experiences or take their motorcycling journey to the next level.

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About Lana MacNaughton
Lanakila MacNaughton is a Portland based photographer and motorcyclist. After developing a passion for motorcycles in her early twenties, she started documenting the many facets of motorcycle culture through her lens shooting in medium format on a Hasselblad CM. MacNaughton is the creator of renowned traveling exhibition “The Women’s Moto Exhibit” documenting the new wave of modern female motorcyclists—revealing the brave, courageous and beautiful women that live to ride. The show promotes a new perception of female empowerment and inspires an independence and liberation through motorcycling. Lana aims to discover female riders from diverse communities, riding backgrounds, styles and influence finding connectivity amongst riders from these different areas—ultimately changing the way women are perceived not only in the motorcycle community but society as a whole.

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<![CDATA[Hindle Rear Stand Sale]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/30/advertising/hindle-rear-stand-sale/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/30/advertising/hindle-rear-stand-sale/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:07:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51142 Hindle Rear Stand Sale
Aftermarket exhaust manufacturer, Hindle, is offering their stainless steel rear stands at a $49 discount; from $129 to $80. Better yet, if you’re a US motorcyclist you’ll enjoy an extra 15-20% discount with the current exchange rate. Shipping costs are not included but it’s still a darn good deal. Check it out at Hindle.com or call 905-985-6111. […] more]]>
hindleAftermarket exhaust manufacturer, Hindle, is offering their stainless steel rear stands at a $49 discount; from $129 to $80. Better yet, if you’re a US motorcyclist you’ll enjoy an extra 15-20% discount with the current exchange rate. Shipping costs are not included but it’s still a darn good deal. Check it out at Hindle.com or call 905-985-6111.

 

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<![CDATA[2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/29/manufacturers/honda/2015-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/29/manufacturers/honda/2015-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-results/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:02:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51133 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results
The 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb offered a lot of surprises, including the first electric-powered overall winner, a modified Buell with a girder fork and a snow and hail storm that shortened the race for some competitors. The official times remain to be confirmed because of the shortened course, but all […] more]]>
The 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb offered a lot of surprises, including the first electric-powered overall winner, a modified Buell with a girder fork and a snow and hail storm that shortened the race for some competitors. The official times remain to be confirmed because of the shortened course, but all of the motorcycle entries were done before the weather set in.

Honda test rider Jeffrey Tigert led all 62 motorcycle entries with a time of 10:02.735 on a CBR1000RR. Tigert’s time put him tenth overall in all classes, and nearly a minute behind the overall winner, Rhys Millen who completed the climb in the eO PP03, an electric car from Latvia.

Second place among all motorcycles (and also in the heavyweight motorcycle class) was Travis Newbold on the Ronin Oishi Yoshio, with a time of 10:18.514. The Ronin (pictured below) is one of 47 motorcycles produced by firearms maker Magpul based on Buell motorcycles it acquired after Harley-Davidson shut down the brand in 2009. While the other 46 Ronin are based on old Buell 1125R, the Oishi Yoshio is based on an Erik Buell Racing 1190RX. Like the other Ronin, Newbold’s motorcycle used a girder front suspension with an integrated radiator. The Ronin is a radical machine, but it’s hard to argue against a second-place finish among all motorcycles.

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The middleweight motorcycle class was led by JD Mosley with a time of 10:48.839 on a Triumph Daytona 675, followed by Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R rider Joseph Toner. Codie Vahsholtz won the lightweight motorcycle class on a KTM SMR, an impressive result considering he finished ahead of all bu the lead two middleweight bikes with a time of 10:50.421.

Yoshihiro Kishimoto took the modified electric motorcycle class with a time of 10:58.861 riding a Mirai TT Zero 13. Jeff Clark was the winner of the production electric class, clocking in at 12:06.346 on a Zero SR.

It was a disappointing result for Don Canet and the Victory Project 156 prototype. Despite crashing during the second section of the course, the Victory was still leading the UTV/Exhibition class in the fourth and final section before retiring with less than two miles to go. Canet was running at a good pace, with a split time of 1:51.423 in the first section the second fastest time among all motorcycles behind Tigert.

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“We may not have ended up with the result we all wanted today – but I can say that the Project 156 represents the two things that Victory stands for – performance and exhilaration,” says Gary Gray, Polaris Motorcycles Product Director. “We got the bike back down to the pits after the race, and were able to fire it up. It looks like the crash may have resulted in an electrical issue that ended this run for Project 156. The team is investigating to find the specific issue, and we want to bring Project 156 back to the race again.”

In other two-wheeled results, Keith Speir won the vintage motorcycle class on a 1969 Triumph while Nick Robinson and his CRF250R won the Pikes Peak 250 class.

[Source: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Victory, Ronin, Honda]

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Returns To 2015 AIMExpo]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/29/motorcycle-news/kawasaki-returns-to-2015-aimexpo/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/29/motorcycle-news/kawasaki-returns-to-2015-aimexpo/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:32:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51128 Kawasaki Returns To 2015 AIMExpo
Kawasaki Motors (KMC) announced today that the manufacturer has joined the growing list of OEM exhibitors set to take part in the third annual American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) being held October 15–18, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando. Kawasaki returns for its second year, where it will again host public debuts of […] more]]>
Kawasaki Motors (KMC) announced today that the manufacturer has joined the growing list of OEM exhibitors set to take part in the third annual American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) being held October 1518, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando. Kawasaki returns for its second year, where it will again host public debuts of new products for the 2016 model year.

“We are delighted to be returning to AIMExpo for a second year and will again use this opportunity to bring a number of new products to the marketplace,” said Kevin Allen, Kawasaki Manager, PR + Brand Experience. “The ability to connect with the global media, our dealer network and the general public were key factors that contributed to our decision to return to Orlando. We’re looking forward to building on the success we had last year as we bring an even more engaging and personalized experience to the show floor.”

Kawasaki will unveil an all-new exhibitor display featuring the very latest in interactive technologies to engage, entertain and inform the wide variety of attendees – media, retailer and consumer – at booth #239 inside the OCCC. The space will showcase the performance brand’s array of two- and four-wheel products, including the recently unveiled Z800 ABS mid-level streetfighter and KX450F off-road bike, in addition to the MULE PRO Series and Teryx families of side by sides.

Inside Kawasaki’s booth will be an exclusive Vulcan S Ergo-Fit area designed to help riders establish a custom fit aboard the entry-level cruiser that was debuted last year at AIMExpo. Alongside the fully adjustable Vulcan S product line will be a showcase of custom-built Vulcan S motorcycles designed by some of the top bike builders in the nation. The lineup of custom cruisers will first be unveiled at a special event at the Ace Cafe Orlando.

“From its worldwide media unveiling of the Vulcan S cruiser last year in the Chapin Theater prior to the opening of trade days, to hosting their dealer network and interacting with consumers, Kawasaki leveraged the AIMExpo platform to its full potential and advantage,” said Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager of AIMExpo. “And the grand stage that we envisioned for AIMExpo was on full display with the North American debut of the radical Ninja H2R motorcycle, generating an amazing amount of media from the show floor in Orlando. We’re thrilled to have Kawasaki back for its second year and look forward to seeing all of their 2016 models on display in Orlando.”

 

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<![CDATA[Rossi Celebrates Yamahas 60th Anniversary at Goodwood Festival of Speed + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/29/videos/rossi-celebrates-yamahas-60th-anniversary-at-goodwood-festival-of-speed-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/29/videos/rossi-celebrates-yamahas-60th-anniversary-at-goodwood-festival-of-speed-video/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:39:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51116 Rossi Celebrates Yamaha’s 60th Anniversary at Goodwood Festival of Speed + Video
Fresh off of his dramatic victory at the TT Assen, Valentino Rossi hopped aboard a plane to England for his first ever appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. At Goodwood, Rossi rode his M1 in classic speedblock yellow to mark the 60th anniversary of Yamaha Motor Co. “I was barely off the podium before […] more]]>
Fresh off of his dramatic victory at the TT Assen, Valentino Rossi hopped aboard a plane to England for his first ever appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. At Goodwood, Rossi rode his M1 in classic speedblock yellow to mark the 60th anniversary of Yamaha Motor Co.

“I was barely off the podium before immediately heading to the United Kingdom, but I’m very happy that I got to attend the Festival of Speed at Goodwood, it has been a real pleasure!” says Rossi. “I knew about the event because I saw videos of it, but I had never been there before and it’s even more impressive than I imagined.”

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Rossi took the M1 on a demonstration ride through Goodwood’s 1.16-mile course, a hill climb with a 300 foot rise.

The current MotoGP points leader was joined by other former Yamaha World Champions Kenny Roberts, Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read.

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On display were Read’s 1965 RD56, Agostini’s 1975 YZR500 OW23, Roberts’ 1978 YZR750 OW31 and Rossi’s current M1.

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“For Yamaha Motor to be a part of motorsport history for so long and to have achieved so many accomplishments is very special and something to be proud of,” says Rossi. “At the end of the day I also got to drive a historic Le Mans car and also a rally car, which was great fun as well.”

[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[2015 Klim Badlands Jacket and Pant]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/26/apparel-2/2015-klim-badlands-jacket-and-pant/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/26/apparel-2/2015-klim-badlands-jacket-and-pant/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:17:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51100 2015 Klim Badlands Jacket and Pant
Apparel manufacturer Klim updated its Badlands jacket and pant, promising a number of improvements for Adventure-minded riders. Klim first introduced its Badlands attire in 2011, seeing a positive customer response for its combination of storage capacity, armored protection and GORE-TEX waterproofing. For 2015, Klim completely updated the Badlands jacket and pant to increase overall rider […] more]]>
Apparel manufacturer Klim updated its Badlands jacket and pant, promising a number of improvements for Adventure-minded riders. Klim first introduced its Badlands attire in 2011, seeing a positive customer response for its combination of storage capacity, armored protection and GORE-TEX waterproofing. For 2015, Klim completely updated the Badlands jacket and pant to increase overall rider comfort, improve airflow and reducing weight.

Badlands Jacket

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062615-2015-klim-badlands-action-1The updated Badlands jacket receives a new GORE-TEX 3-layer pro shell material Klim claims increases mobility and comfort without sacrificing durability or weather protection. The collar was redesigned to offer more coverage but can also snap back for better ventilation. The jacket also features two chest intake vents, two on the side, two each for biceps and forearms. Warm air flows out the back through two vertical exhaust vents.

The Badlands jacket uses D30 armor for the elbows, shoulders and back while the chest is protected by a siliconized spacer mesh. The armor placement was refined for 2015 while new exterior adjustment straps hold the arm protection in place.

The jacket offers seven external pockets: two on the chest, two on the waist, a spot pocket on the left chest, an ID/license holder on the left forearm and a larger pocket on the lower back. Inside are two zippered pockets, two mesh stashes and a hidden pocket for more sensitive items such as a passport. The hydration bladder compartment is now easier to access.

Other updates include a new headphone access port, custom TPU zipper pulls and pocket flap grips, shortened wrist gaiters and a standardized zipper to connect with riding pants for those who don’t want have to use the matching Badlands pant.

The 2015 Klim Badlands jacket retails for $949.99-999.99 with sizes ranging from small to 3XL. Klim offers three color options: black, gray or hi-vis.

Badlands Pant

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Those who do want the matching pants, Klim updated the Badlands pant with a lighter GORE-TEX shell. The pants add Cordura 840D ballistic fabric on the lower legs. D30 armor protects the hips and knees, with new Velcro adjustment cinches for the knee armor. A new Poron XRD impact foam protects the tailbone.

The pants offer four ventilation ports, two intakes on the upper thighs and two exhaust ports at the back of the legs.

Other updates include a new standardized jacket-to-pant connection zipper and water resistant zippers with TPU molded pulls.

The 2015 Klim Badlands pant retails from $649.99-669.99 and is offered in black or gray. Sizes range from 30-42 and tall sizes 32-40.

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[Source: Klim]

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<![CDATA[Ducati Returns to India]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/26/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-returns-to-india/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/26/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-returns-to-india/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:58:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51040 Ducati Returns to India
Ducati is back in business in India, with its new subsidiary officially beginning operations. The Italian manufacturer had been restructuring its operations in India since late 2013 when it cut ties with local importer Precision Motor. The company’s 11th subsidiary, Ducati India Pvt. Ltd, will handle operations under the leadership of Managing Director Ravi Avalur. […] more]]>
Ducati is back in business in India, with its new subsidiary officially beginning operations. The Italian manufacturer had been restructuring its operations in India since late 2013 when it cut ties with local importer Precision Motor. The company’s 11th subsidiary, Ducati India Pvt. Ltd, will handle operations under the leadership of Managing Director Ravi Avalur.

“In 2013 we began our groundwork in India and our belief in the market has been reaffirmed,” says Pierfrancesco Scalzo, Asia General Manager of Ducati. “This has been possible with great partners such as AMP, Infinity and VST. I have travelled extensively across the length and breadth of India, met Ducatisti, felt their passion and know that we will be successful in this country. Ducati will provide the same high standards of service in India as we do everywhere else in the world.”

Scalzo spoke at a press conference held at Ducati’s new store in New Delhi. Covering five floors with a total area of about 29,000 sq-ft., the New Delhi location is Ducati’s largest dealership. Ducati India also has a store in Mumbai and will open a location in Bangalore in October with other stores planned for other cities including Pune and Hyderabad.

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Ducati India’s launch lineup includes the Diavel (including Carbon and Titanium trims), the Scrambler, the 899 Panigale, the 1199 Panigale, the 1299 Panigale (plus the S version), the Monster 821, the air-cooled Monster S4 and the Asian market-specific Monster 795.

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<![CDATA[Honda Recalls 29,232 Motorcycles In Japan]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/25/manufacturers/honda/honda-recalls-29232-motorcycles-in-japan/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/25/manufacturers/honda/honda-recalls-29232-motorcycles-in-japan/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:10:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51095 Honda Recalls 29,232 Motorcycles In Japan
Honda is recalling 29,232 motorcycles  in Japan, spanning 37 models because of a problem with their starters. As of this writing, the recall has only been announced for the Japanese market though it’s possible other models (including those not included among the 37) destined for other markets may be affected. According to Honda, the starter […] more]]>
Honda is recalling 29,232 motorcycles  in Japan, spanning 37 models because of a problem with their starters. As of this writing, the recall has only been announced for the Japanese market though it’s possible other models (including those not included among the 37) destined for other markets may be affected.

According to Honda, the starter magnetic switch may not have received the proper waterproof treatment, resulting in excessive heat that may damage the fuse or the wiring harness. This problem may result in an engine stall or a short circuiting starter magnetic switch and may result in a fire.

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Honda will inspect the starter magnetic switch and, if necessary, replace it with a non-defective part. Honda may also replace the wire harness if there are signs of damage.

The Japanese recall affects the following motorcycles:

Model Production Dates Quantity
CB250F June 10, 2014-June 9, 2015 1,634
CB400 Super Four/Super Bol D’Or Oct. 28, 2013-June 18, 2015 5,773
CB650F/CBR650F Nov. 14, 2013-June 18, 2015 1,016
CB1300 Super Four/Super Bol D’Or Oct. 25, 2013-June 15, 2015 2,674
CB1300P Jan. 7, 2014-Feb. 13, 2015 332
CBR125R Dec. 2, 2014-May 9, 2015 100
CBR250R June 4, 2014-May 12, 2015 1,230
CBR400R/CB400F/400X Oct. 22, 2013-May 21, 2015 2,066
CBR600RR/CBR600RR ABS Nov. 6, 2013-May 27, 2015 210
CRF250L Oct. 16, 2013-June 10, 2015 1,100
CRF250M Nov. 5, 2013-May 21, 2015 744
CTX700 Nov. 23, 2013-June 18, 2015 168
CTX700N Feb. 5, 2014-July 3, 2014 31
Forza Si May 8, 2014-June 12, 2015 1,472
Integra Jan. 15, 2014-June 17, 2015 239
NC700S Nov. 15, 2013-Dec. 2, 2013 43
NC700X Nov. 4, 2013-Dec. 7, 2013 90
NC750S Dec. 17, 2013-June 17, 2015 1,099
NC750X Dec. 17, 2013-June 18, 2015 2,660
NC750L Oct. 21, 2013-May 28, 2015 703
NM4 Dec. 5, 2013-June 18, 2015 1,578
Shadow Nov. 14, 2013-March 27, 2015 92
Shadow Classic Oct. 25, 2013-June 18, 2015 145
Shadow Custom Nov. 15, 2013-March 18, 2015 61
Shadow Phantom Oct. 25, 2013-June 17, 2015 220
Silver Wing GT Nov. 14, 2013-June 10, 2015 134
VT1300CS (Sabre) Nov. 26, 2013-Dec. 2, 2015 7
VT1300CX (Fury) Nov. 12, 2013-May 25, 2015 53
VTR/VTR-F/VTR Type LD Nov. 5, 2013-May 28, 2015 2,438

As we mentioned, a recall has only been confirmed in Japan so far, but seeing as how a part like a starter can be shared across multiple models, it’s possible that other motorcycles produced for other markets may have the same problem. Several of the recalled models, such as the CB400 Super Bol D’or pictured at top, are only available in Japan. Models such as the CB400F, CBR400R and 400X are mechanically similar to the CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X (the main difference is a smaller displacement to meet Japan’s licensing categories) offered in other markets, so the 500 series models may be affected as well.

Motorcycle.com will provide an update if the recall is expanded to include other models and markets.

[Source: Honda]

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Ninja H2R Recalled in Australia]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/25/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-ninja-h2r-recalled-in-australia/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/25/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-ninja-h2r-recalled-in-australia/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:12:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51089 Kawasaki Ninja H2R Recalled in Australia
Kawasaki‘s supercharged Ninja H2R is facing a recall in Australia because of a problem with the wiring harness. As of this writing, the recall has only been announced by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for that market, but considering the limited production run for the H2R, it’s possible that models bound for other countries […] more]]>
Kawasaki‘s supercharged Ninja H2R is facing a recall in Australia because of a problem with the wiring harness. As of this writing, the recall has only been announced by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for that market, but considering the limited production run for the H2R, it’s possible that models bound for other countries may have the same issue. The Ninja H2 is not affected by the recall.

Discuss this at our Kawasaki Ninja H2 Forum.

According to the ACCC, the wiring harness on some H2R models may get pinched between frame parts. This may damage the wiring, potentially causing the engine to stall or, in a worst case scenario, lead to excess fuel injection, increasing the risk of a fire.

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Motorcycle.com will provide an update if a similar recall is announced for other markets or if it expands to include the Ninja H2.

[Source: ACCC]

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<![CDATA[Whats Up With Casey Stoner These Days? + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/25/videos/whats-up-with-casey-stoner-these-days-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/25/videos/whats-up-with-casey-stoner-these-days-video/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:50:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51086 What’s Up With Casey Stoner These Days? + Video
Casey Stoner talks MotoGP, Dani Pedrosa, life after retirement and the Suzuka 8-hour. more]]>
Casey Stoner is a much more relaxed person now that his racing days are over. In this video provided by Alpinestars, he gives his thoughts on the 2015 MotoGP season so far, how he’s enjoying retirement (answer: it gives him much more time to go fishing), why he didn’t replace Pedrosa while he was recovering from his third arm pump surgery, and his outlook on the Suzuka 8-hour race, in which he will be competing for the first time since his retirement.

Ironically, one of Casey’s great displeasures from the MotoGP grind was all the media commitments entailed in his contract. Now, a few years removed from it all, doing one interview doesn’t seem to bother him much. Check out the video below.

Casey Stoner Interview at Alpinestars’ European Headquarters from Alpinestars USA on Vimeo.

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<![CDATA[Ducati Racing Stock Multistrada At Pikes Peak, Then Riding It Home]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/24/motorcycle-news/ducati-racing-stock-multistrada-at-pikes-peak-then-riding-it-home/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/24/motorcycle-news/ducati-racing-stock-multistrada-at-pikes-peak-then-riding-it-home/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:07:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51082 Ducati Racing Stock Multistrada At Pikes Peak, Then Riding It Home
Ducati bills the Multistrada 1200 as four bikes in one. Jamie Robinson puts it to the test. more]]>
Ducati bills the Multistrada as four bikes in one, being able to carve through the city, blast down the highway, slice through a twisty road, and even soldier on when the pavement stops and the dirt begins. To prove it, Ducati and Jamie Robinson, a former British racing champion and skilled rider in all disciplines, are taking a stock Multistrada 1200, and will ride it from Los Angeles, across Nevada, and through some shortcuts in Utah, en route to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, where Robinson will then stick some numbers on the bike and race it up the hill on Sunday, July 28.

The Multistrada holds the course record at Pikes Peak and has taken the top spot on the podium multiple times. Now, Robinson will put versatility of a virtually untouched Multistrada to the test.

“I’ve raced all over the world on all types of motor bikes and the Multistrada is one of the fastest, comfortable and most capable motorcycles I’ve ever ridden,” said Robinson. “We thought that taking a Multistrada right out of the showroom, riding it all the way from Los Angeles to race in Pikes Peak and then riding back home, would be a great way to show the world what the bike can do!”

To follow the experience with Jamie Robinson, visit
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<![CDATA[Hollywood Electrics To Defend Title At Pikes Peak]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/events/hollywood-electrics-to-defend-title-at-pikes-peak/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/events/hollywood-electrics-to-defend-title-at-pikes-peak/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:55:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51065 Hollywood Electrics To Defend Title At Pikes Peak
From a Hollywood Electrics press release: Hollywood Electrics and Zero Motorcycles, leaders in all­electric motorcycles, are headed to Colorado on June 28, 2015 for the 93rd Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). Hollywood Electrics is fielding a three­bike team consisting of Pikes Peak Winner Jeff Clark (#777), Land Speed Record Holder Brandon Nozaki Miller […] more]]>
From a Hollywood Electrics press release:


Hollywood Electrics and Zero Motorcycles, leaders in all­electric motorcycles, are headed to Colorado on June 28, 2015 for the 93rd Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC).

Hollywood Electrics is fielding a three­bike team consisting of Pikes Peak Winner Jeff Clark (#777), Land Speed Record Holder Brandon Nozaki Miller (#111), and Pikes Peak Race Veteran Nathan Barker (#880), on their Zero Electric Motorcycles in the Electric Production Class.

Clark, Nozaki­Miller, and Barker have been gearing up for the Race to the Clouds on all new race­prepped machines debuting exclusive performance parts by Hollywood Electrics. Two­time Electric Production Class winner Jeff Clark returns to defend his consecutive titles from 2013 and 2014. Having broken his previous record with a run of 11:59 in 2014 he seeks to shave off even more time in 2015. Brandon Nozaki­Miller and Nathan Barker return after a one year hiatus from Pikes Peak eager to prove their mettle against the current champ.

“We continue to push the envelope of performance on these production electric motorcycles and prove that the Zero Motorcycles are not only fantastic commuter motorcycles, but also very competent race machines,” said Team Owner Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics Racing. “If they can take on Pikes Peak, the Zero Motorcycles are more than capable of handling your everyday riding.”

All three racers will be on Zero Motorcycles’ 2015 SR Models which boast an incredible 0­60mph in 3.3 seconds, a top speed exceeding 100mph, and are made in Santa Cruz, California. Electric Motorcycles are able to deliver consistent performance at any altitude, unaffected by the thin air that wreaks havoc on the fuel mixture of their Internal Combustion Powered counterparts.

“Zero Motorcycles is proud to sponsor Hollywood Electrics’ Pikes Peak racing program. This marks the third year in a row that the team has tackled the event and with their experience and track record we are confident they will bring back another production electric motorcycle class dominating performance. We wish Jeff, Nathan, Brandon and the entire team the best of luck,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles.

In partnership with GO GREEN Mobile Power (GGMP), Hollywood Electrics is also proud to debut their solar powered race support vehicle for clean, off­grid charging of the Zero Electric Motorcycle Race Bikes. “GO GREEN Mobile Power is excited to collaborate with Hollywood Electrics on this project as another example of solar hybrid technology at work,” said GGMP President & CEO James Caulfield. “It is our mission to continue to develop and manufacture products and systems that have an immediate and practical benefit for the end user, both in grid independence and quantifiable cost savings.”

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in 1916 and is the second oldest motorsports race in America. The PPIHC is a long­standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak regions. The race takes place on a 12.42 mile course beginning at 9,390 feet with 156 turns and ending at the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak, also known as “America’s Mountain.”

Hollywood Electrics is the world’s leading retailer of electric motorcycles. With the widest selection of electric two­wheeled vehicles in the world, Hollywood Electrics offers a unique “Electric First” understanding of the vehicle industry. Hollywood Electrics is particularly known for Performance Kits for EVs. Founded in 2009, Hollywood Electrics is the #1 Zero Motorcycles Dealership worldwide.

Hollywood Electrics would like to thank Zero Motorcycles, DigiNow, Nate’s Fine Foods, GO GREEN Mobile Power, EnerBee, AXO, and Lindemann Engineering for their support this race season.

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<![CDATA[Cameron Beaubier To Train Under Ben Spies]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/manufacturers/yamaha/cameron-beaubier-to-train-under-ben-spies/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/manufacturers/yamaha/cameron-beaubier-to-train-under-ben-spies/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:39:30 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51060 Cameron Beaubier To Train Under Ben Spies
A potential future American world champ looks to its last, Ben Spies, for guidance. more]]>
From a press release submitted by Cameron Beaubier’s publicist:


MotoAmerica Superbike points leader Cameron Beaubier is pleased to announce that former AMA and World Superbike Champion and MotoGP race-winner Ben Spies has agreed to create a specialized training program for the 22-year-old factory Yamaha motorcycle road racer.

Daytona 200-winner Beaubier competes on a Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team in the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. In his Superbike debut last season, Beaubier finished third overall in the series. He has five victories thus far this year while his teammate, four-time and reigning AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, has won the other five.

“Earlier this season, I realized I needed help—some structure and a little bit of guidance—to reach my full potential,” Beaubier said. “I felt like I had been working hard but I now know that I was relying on my natural speed and the minimal training that I had been doing.

“Ben was our last American world champion, and I believe he has a lot to offer. Ben has a ton of experience traveling in Europe, and it’s no secret that’s where I want to be in the future. He knows all of those racetracks and can teach me a lot on both the riding and training sides. I can’t think of a better person to provide that kind of advice.”

Spies won 28 AMA Superbike races and three consecutive premier-class titles before making the leap in 2009 to the FIM Superbike World Championship, where he won 13 of 28 races en route to that year’s world title. Spies spent the next four seasons in the FIM MotoGP World Championship, first with Yamaha and later with Ducati, earning one race win and finishing on the podium six times. After retiring due to injury in 2013, Spies has concentrated on growing his developing amateur cycling team, Elbowz Racing.

“I’ve always followed Cam,” Spies said. “In my opinion, he’s one of the brightest young US racers. I was a bit younger than Cam when I started taking my training really seriously. Before that, I, too, relied on my age and natural talent. My training wasn’t really structured, and I didn’t know what or when to eat.

“I have Cam’s training planned out for the weeks that he is not racing. When he is at the track, I schedule what and when he needs to eat and drink to be prepared for the challenge of competing in two 45-minute Superbike races in a single afternoon.”

As part of the agreement, Spies will attend the eighth round of the MotoAmerica series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 7-9, run in conjunction with round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship. Next year, Spies has agreed to attend at least two races. Beaubier will also travel to Texas, where Spies lives, for further assessments.

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<![CDATA[Check Out Whats New With MotoVentures In 2015]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/motorcycle-category/off-road/check-out-whats-new-with-motoventures-in-2015/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/motorcycle-category/off-road/check-out-whats-new-with-motoventures-in-2015/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:11:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51054 Check Out What’s New With MotoVentures In 2015
MotoVentures brining back Summer Kids Camps and introducing Adventure Bike Training Camps. more]]>
MotoVentures, one of the premier off-road motorcycle training centers, located in Southern California, has plenty of news to share with everyone. Headlining this news are SoCal training dates and summer time hours, plus dates for the 2015 Kids 2-day Summer Day Camps, the sixth year MotoVentures has been running these camps.

MotoVentures is also proud to announce that BMW has loaned the school use of a 2015 GS800A, which the crew has outfitted with bash plates, crash bars and Continental TKC80 tires. The bike will be used to showcase the MotoVentures’ Dirt First adventure bike training curricula. And yes, with some advanced notice, interested students will also be able to take the bike for a spin.

More news from MotoVentures includes dates for the company’s new SoCal 2-Day Adventure Bike Training Camps. You can take the course with your own adventure bike if you wish, or you can utilize the school’s Yamaha dirtbikes.

For this and more news, including more info on trials riding at the facility, be sure to visit www.motoventures.com.

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<![CDATA[KTM RC Cup Video From Road America]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-rc-cup-video-from-road-america/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-rc-cup-video-from-road-america/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:38:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51051 KTM RC Cup Video From Road America
Check out the latest behind-the-scenes footage from the first round of the KTM RC Cup Series held at Road America. more]]>
Check out the latest behind-the-scenes footage from the first round of the KTM RC Cup Series held at Road America.

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<![CDATA[Laguna Seca To Go To International Speedway Corp.?]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/motorcycle-news/laguna-seca-to-go-to-international-speedway-corp/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/23/motorcycle-news/laguna-seca-to-go-to-international-speedway-corp/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:01:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51048 Laguna Seca To Go To International Speedway Corp.?
A recent post on the Monterey, CA Herald Newspaper’s website states that International Speedway Corporation is negotiating with Monterey County on a potential concession agreement to operate Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The article goes on to say, “On Monday (June 22), Monterey County officials confirmed they are in negotiations with the International Speedway Corporation on […] more]]>
A recent post on the Monterey, CA Herald Newspaper’s website states that International Speedway Corporation is negotiating with Monterey County on a potential concession agreement to operate Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The article goes on to say, “On Monday (June 22), Monterey County officials confirmed they are in negotiations with the International Speedway Corporation on a potential concession agreement to operate the raceway, which is a county park but has been associated with the nonprofit Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula since its inception.”

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider handing over the concession agreement to International Speedway Corporation in a closed meeting today, June 23.

Laguna Seca has been operated by SCRAMP, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula, since the track was built in 1957. SCRAMP is a not-for-profit 501(c)4 organization that has provided millions of dollars in charitable contributions to the area since its inception in 1956.

The International Speedway Corporation is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA) founded in 1953. It currently owns and/or operates 13 motorsports facilities, which in total have approximately 930,000 grandstand seats. Tracks include Daytona International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Read the Herald’s story here: http://www.montereyherald.com/sports/20150622/major-stock-car-racing-firm-negotiating-for-laguna-seca-deal

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<![CDATA[AMA Announces Inclusion of Keith McCarty and Alex Jorgensen in Hall of Fame]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/19/events/ama-announces-inclusion-of-keith-mccarty-and-alex-jorgensen-in-hall-of-fame/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/19/events/ama-announces-inclusion-of-keith-mccarty-and-alex-jorgensen-in-hall-of-fame/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:12:39 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51031 AMA Announces Inclusion of Keith McCarty and Alex Jorgensen in Hall of Fame
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2015 just grew by two members. On October 17, 2015 in Orlando, FL, race team manager Keith McCarty and dirt-track racer Alex Jorgensen will be included int the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Orange County Convention Center. “I’m pleased to welcome two additional inductees to the Class of 2015,” said Ken Ford, a […] more]]>

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2015 just grew by two members. On October 17, 2015 in Orlando, FL, race team manager Keith McCarty and dirt-track racer Alex Jorgensen will be included int the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Orange County Convention Center.

“I’m pleased to welcome two additional inductees to the Class of 2015,” said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA and American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation boards of directors. “Keith McCarty was instrumental in the launch and growth of numerous Hall of Fame careers. His mastery of the preparation, skill and strategy necessary to excel in racing have contributed to numerous AMA National Championships.

Beginning his career as a motorcycle mechanic for U.S. Suzuki in 1973 for rider Mike Runyard, McCarty moved on to wrench for AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Tony DiStefano in 1975–76, winning two 250cc AMA National Motocross Championships* in the process. He also found time to work with Hall of Fame duo of Erv Kanemoto and Gary Nixon on the road racing side.

January 1977 saw McCarty begin his long career with Yamaha in the pits of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Bob “Hurricane” Hannah. Since then, McCarty has flown the Yamaha flag in the company’s racing division as a mechanic, supervisor, and department manager, ultimately reaching his current position of manager for all of Yamaha’s U.S. racing activities. McCarty is known not only for his vast technical knowledge, but also for inspirational prowess and organizational acumen that transcends racing disciplines. McCarty’s career has been a benefit to not just Yamaha. He stands as a iconic figure in the motorcycle community.

Alex “Jorgy” Jorgensen

Alex “Jorgy” Jorgensen

Alex “Jorgy” Jorgensen enjoyed a long and distinctive career that saw him win his first four Grand National, while competing on four different motorcycles – Can-AmBSANorton and Harley-Davidson. He also scored wins in all four dirt-track disciplines – short track, TT, half mile and mile. This breadth of versatility ranks Jorgensen among the greatest AMA Grand National competitors in history.

Jorgensen’s career features a number of unique victories: He is the last rider to win an AMA Grand National on a Norton or BSA (both at Ascot). Jorgensen earned Can-Am its first AMA Grand National win. The first AMA Grand National victory on Rotax’s four-stroke single at the Ascot TT is another one of his first wins for a manufacturer. If you’ve noticed the repetition of Ascot in Jorgensen’s career, it shouldn’t be surprising. Jorgensen shares the record of most AMA Grand National wins at Ascot with six time winner Gary Scott.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public and, for the second consecutive year, takes place in conjunction with the AIMExpo – the fast-growing and impactful event that brings together consumers, dealers, manufacturers, and the world press in one location for global product launches, demo rides, motorcycling seminars, and much more.

McCarty and Jorgensen join previously announced motocrosser and off-road racer Rodney Smith and entrepreneur and patron John Parham in the Class of 2015. The two final inductees of the Class of 2015 will be announced shortly.

Purchase tickets at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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<![CDATA[Round Two Of KTM RC Cup Fielded 31 Riders]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/17/motorcycle-news/round-two-of-ktm-rc-cup-fielded-31-riders/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/17/motorcycle-news/round-two-of-ktm-rc-cup-fielded-31-riders/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:49:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51074 Round Two Of KTM RC Cup Fielded 31 Riders
From a KTM press release: Thirty-one participants entered round two of the KTM RC Cup, which took place in conjunction with the 2015 MotoAmerica Series at Barber Motorsports Park. Through a weekend of hard-fought battles, it was 15-year-old Anthony Mazziotto III and 20-year-old Gage McAllister who came away with one victory apiece in the doubleheader […] more]]>
From a KTM press release:


Thirty-one participants entered round two of the KTM RC Cup, which took place in conjunction with the 2015 MotoAmerica Series at Barber Motorsports Park. Through a weekend of hard-fought battles, it was 15-year-old Anthony Mazziotto III and 20-year-old Gage McAllister who came away with one victory apiece in the doubleheader weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.

McAllister carried his momentum from the previous round’s 1-1 sweep as he earned pole position with the fastest time in qualifying. With the number one spot, McAllister got off to a great start in race one, followed closely by Mazziotto, Braeden Ortt and Hayden Schultz. The four front-runners pulled a gap on the rest of the field early on, swapping back-and-forth several times for the lead position. Ortt then experienced a crash that would ultimately end his day, leaving a three-way battle for the lead between Schultz, Mazziotto and McAllister.

Meanwhile, the fifth place battle was just as intense between round one’s top qualifier Josh Serne, Alejandro Gutierrez Mejia, Jody Barry and Gabe Miller. The group made time on the leaders as the race progressed, but a multi-rider crash ultimately ended the race four laps early with a red flag signal.

Mazziotto, who took over the lead just in time to cross the finish line, took the race one victory, with Schultz finishing only 0.081 behind for second, and McAllister coming through only 0.302 behind for third.

“I just happened to be in the right position when the red flag came out,” Mazziotto said. “But this win feels really good, especially after last round’s bad luck at Road America.”

Serne held on to capture fourth place in race one, followed by Mejia with a season-best finish of fifth, Jody Barry in sixth, Gabe Miller in seventh, Mason De Keyrel in eighth, Christopher Kosan in ninth and Devin Husband rounded out the top ten.

The excitement continued in race two as the same group of riders engaged in a tight battle for the lead. This time, it was 18-year-old Brandon Altmeyer at the helm, with Mazziotto, McAllister, Schultz and Ortt close in tow.

Altmeyer held the lead for a majority of the race, with an eager group of riders awaiting the opportunity to make a pass. However, Altmeyer lost control just before the white flag came out, forfeiting his chance at the race two victory.

McAllister capitalized on Altmeyer’s misfortune as he assumed the lead position on the final lap. Mazziotto and Schultz filed in to claim the second and third place positions, making two podium appearances in as many races for the weekend.

“It was a bummer to see Brandon [Altmeyer] go out like that, he was riding really well,” McAllister said. “I came into the season expecting to do well but I think the key is just consistency right now and we’re doing that I’m happy to come away with the win.”

With three wins behind him, California’s Gage McAllister leads the championship standings with 91 points total. Indiana’s Hayden Schultz sits in the second place position with 48 points, while Jody Barry sits two points back in third, followed by Anthony Mazziotto III in fourth with 45 points and Canada’s Braeden Ortt rounding out the top five with 42 points total.

The RC Cup Series features riders between the ages of 14 and 22-years-old who hold an AMA Superstock Limited license to participate. All participants race aboard a 2015 KTM RC 390 Cup Racebike, designed as racing competition bikes (not street-legal) and have been prepared by KTM with over 40 PowerParts and other enhancements to increase racing performance.

Round three of the 2015 KTM RC Cup takes place June 26-28 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. For more information, please visit www.ktmrccup.com.

KTM RC Cup Standings – Round 2 of 5

Gage McAllister, 3 wins (91)
Hayden Schultz (48)
Jody Barry (46)
Anthony Mazziotto III, 1 win (45)
Braeden Ortt (42)
Josh Serne (34)
Justin McWilliams (31)
Brandon Altmeyer (29)
Christopher Kosan (27)
Ruben Casarez (23)
Alejandro Gutierrez Mejia (21)
Gabe Miller (17)
Nolan Lamkin (17)
Grayson Gerloff (16)
Mason De Keyrel (15)
Nick Doolan (10)
Devin Husband (10)
Jake Fell (9)
Drew Siversten (6)
Ashton Yates (5)
John Knowles (5)
Gray Pham (4)
Nicholas Swensgard (4)
Jaret Nassaney (3)
Cristopher Martinez (2)

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<![CDATA[Honda Patents NXR160 Supermoto Design for Europe]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/17/design/honda-patents-crf150f-based-supermoto-design/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/17/design/honda-patents-crf150f-based-supermoto-design/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:58:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=51015 Honda Patents NXR160 Supermoto Design for Europe
UPDATE: Thanks to our readers who identified the mystery patent as the NXR160 offered by Honda in Brazil. Honda has filed a patent in Europe for the design of the NXR160, a small-displacement supermoto-style motorcycle the company introduced in Brazil late last year. The patent application, however, was filed March 31 with the European Union’s […] more]]>
UPDATE: Thanks to our readers who identified the mystery patent as the NXR160 offered by Honda in Brazil.

Honda has filed a patent in Europe for the design of the NXR160, a small-displacement supermoto-style motorcycle the company introduced in Brazil late last year. The patent application, however, was filed March 31 with the European Union’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, months after the Brazilian introduction, suggesting Honda may offer the NXR160 in Europe.

The NXR160 adopts distinctly CRF-style bodywork and its frame appears similar to the semi-double cradle steel frame used on Honda’s CRF150F (as illustrated in the animated GIF below) and CRF230F off-road bikes, so it’s not unreasonable to expect Honda to adopt the CRF name if it does introduce it to Europe.

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If Honda does offer the NXR in Europe, it’s unclear if it’ll use the same engine as the Brazilian model is a flex-fuel vehicle designed to run on either gasoline or ethanol. According to Honda Brazil, the NXR160 produces 14.3 hp at 8500 and 10.5 lb-ft. at 5500 rpm when running on gas but with ethanol, the engine claims 14.5 hp and 11.6 lb-ft.

 

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[Source: OHIM]

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<![CDATA[2016 Honda CRF Motocross Bikes Announced]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/16/manufacturers/honda/2016-honda-crf-motocross-bikes-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/16/manufacturers/honda/2016-honda-crf-motocross-bikes-announced/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:48:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50996 2016 Honda CRF Motocross Bikes Announced
The big news from Honda last week was the official introduction of the RC213V-S, but along with the somewhat disappointing MotoGP-based replica announcement, American Honda announced updates for its 2016 CRF motocrossers. The CRF250R receives significant changes aimed at adding more horsepower and improving handling while the CRF450R‘s updates are more subtle, after receiving more […] more]]>
The big news from Honda last week was the official introduction of the RC213V-S, but along with the somewhat disappointing MotoGP-based replica announcement, American Honda announced updates for its 2016 CRF motocrossers.

The CRF250R receives significant changes aimed at adding more horsepower and improving handling while the CRF450R‘s updates are more subtle, after receiving more extensive updates last year (enough to win our Reader’s Choice Best Dirt Bike award!) Also announced were the CRF150R and CRF150R Expert which return unchanged for 2016.

2016 Honda CRF250R

The CRF250R’s engine remains a 249cc Single with a 76.8mm bore and 53.8mm stroke, but features new cylinder head porting, a lighter piston and a reshaped connecting-rod. Honda also increased cam lift and replaced the steel exhaust valves with titanium ones (matching the intake valves) while increasing the compression ratio to 13.8:1, compared to the 13.5:1 ratio on last year’s model. The exhaust system also gets a larger outlet diameters and a new header pipe resonator.

While American Honda didn’t release any numbers, its European counterpart claims peak power output has increased by 1.8 hp to 39.4 hp at 11,500rpm while peak torque increased to 20 lb-ft. at 9000rpm from the previous peak of 19.5 lb-ft. Honda claims these increases were achieved without sacrificing performance anywhere else on the rev range. Honda also updated the fuel injection system and enlarged the left radiator to offset the extra heat generated by the updated engine.

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The suspension also gets some tweaks, most notably with a 5mm increase to the fork. The Separate Front with Triple Air Chamber (SFF-TAC) Air Fork from Showa now have reduced internal friction thanks to changes to the construction, shape and number of inner air seals. The air fork’s outer cylinder chamber receives 80kPa of air pressure (from 0 kPa) and now has a dedicated adjustment air valve. The air pressure in the inner and balance chambers are both reduced to 1075 kPa (1200 kPa and 1125 kPa, previously). The updated fork also offers a wider damping adjustment range, now with eight clicks of adjustment compared to four on the 2015 model.

To balance the updates to the fork, the rear Showa shock now uses a heavier spring rate during the start of its stroke. Rebound damping settings went unchanged though Honda updated the compression damping from mid-stroke as piston speed increases.

The 2016 Honda CRF250R arrives in showrooms in September with a $7,599 price tag.

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2016 Honda CRF450R

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For 2016, Honda engineers focused on upgrading the CRF450R’s suspension. The 48mm KYB Pneumatic Spring Fork is now 5 mm longer than the previous fork while the outer tube offers more rigidity. Compression and rebound rates are firmer than on last year’s fork, while offering a wider range of adjustment, increasing to eight clicks from four. The KYB rear shock receives more rebound damping in the middle-upper range of its stroke as well as a new Pro-Link ratio.

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The engine is unchanged from 2015, as is the three-way engine mode selection. Honda Europe claims a peak output of 53.0 hp at 9000 rpm and 35.4 lb-ft. at 7000rpm from the 449cc Single.

The 2016 CRF450R will be in Honda dealerships in July, priced at $8,699.

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2016 Honda CRF150R/CRF150R Expert

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Returning unchanged is the CRF150R as well as the Expert variant which offers larger-diameter wheels and a longer swingarm. The 2016 Honda CRF150R retails for $4,990 while the CRF150R Expert goes for $5,140. Expect both versions to show up in dealerships in August.

[Source: Honda]

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<![CDATA[2016 Suzuki Off-Road Lineup Announced with Updated RM-Z250]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/15/manufacturers/suzuki/2016-suzuki-off-road-lineup-announced-with-updated-rm-z250/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/15/manufacturers/suzuki/2016-suzuki-off-road-lineup-announced-with-updated-rm-z250/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:10:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50981 2016 Suzuki Off-Road Lineup Announced with Updated RM-Z250
Suzuki announced its 2016 off-road models headlined by an updated RM-Z250. Joining the 250 in the 2016 lineup are the RM-Z450 and RM85 motocrossers, DR-Z125L dirtbike and DR-Z70 youth model. 2016 Suzuki RM-Z250 For 2016, the RM-Z250 receives the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) which was first introduced with the 450 last year. S-HAC offers […] more]]>
Suzuki announced its 2016 off-road models headlined by an updated RM-Z250. Joining the 250 in the 2016 lineup are the RM-Z450 and RM85 motocrossers, DR-Z125L dirtbike and DR-Z70 youth model.

2016 Suzuki RM-Z250

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For 2016, the RM-Z250 receives the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) which was first introduced with the 450 last year. S-HAC offers three selectable launch modes designed for different gate conditions. Along with the standard power launch mode, A Mode is used for hard or less-than-ideal starting conditions while B Mode offers improved traction for a more aggressive launch. Modes are selected with a push button on the left handlebar.

Suzuki also updated the 250’s suspension with a new air fork and rear shock from KYB. The KYB PSF2 air fork offers spring-preload adjustment using an air pump. The fork also offers high- and low-speed adjustment for both rebound damping and compression damping. The rear shock also offers high- and low-speed rebound damping and compression damping, but for 2016, the adjusters are now positioned at the top of the shock for easier access.

The frame is new, designed to work with the updated suspension. Suzuki claims the revised frame geometry improves control through braking bumps while offering a lighter feel.

Suzuki updated the 249cc Single with the goal of improving mid-range power and torque delivery. The fuel mapping has also been updated to make it easier to start the engine while smoothing engine braking. The RM-Z250 comes with two fuel couplers for quick selection of richer or leaner fuel settings.

Other features include a new, lighter front brake caliper, race-inspired disc rotors, Excel aluminum rims and an aluminum Renthal Fatbar.

The 2016 Suzuki RM-Z250 is offered in Champion Yellow/Solid Black for a retail price of $7,699.

2016 Suzuki RM-Z450

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The RM-Z450 returns for 2016 with a more refined S-HAC system. Returning unchanged are the 449cc engine, Showa SFF air suspension and swapable fuel couplers.

The 2016 Suzuki RM-Z450 is priced at $8,749 and will be offered in Champion Yellow/Solid Black.

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2016 Suzuki RM-85

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Rounding out Suzuki’s motocross line is the two-stroke RM-85. Unchanged for 2016, the RM-85 features an 84.7cc engine, 37mm Showa fork (with 10.8 inches of travel), Showa rear shock (offering 10.9 inches of travel) and a six-speed transmission.

Available in Champion Yellow, the 2016 Suzuki RM-85 is priced at $4,099.

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2016 Suzuki DR-Z125L

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The DR-Z125L returns for 2016 in a similar Champion Yellow/Solid Black paint job as the competition bikes. Highlights include a 19-inch front wheel, 16-inch rear wheel, preload-adjustable rear shock and a 124cc air-cooled Single promising strong low-to-mid-end power.

The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z125L retails for $3,199.

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2016 Suzuki DR-Z70

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And finally, Suzuki confirms the DR-Z70 is returning for 2016. Designed for young riders, the DR-Z70 is powered by a 67cc air-cooled Single with an easy-to-use three-speed auto clutch transmission. The 10-inch wheels and 22-inch seat height make the DR-Z70 a good fit with small riders.

The DR-Z70 is offered for $1,799 in a Champion Yellow color scheme.

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<![CDATA[2015 Isle of Man TT: Senior TT Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/12/manufacturers/honda/2015-isle-of-man-tt-senior-tt-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/12/manufacturers/honda/2015-isle-of-man-tt-senior-tt-results/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:44:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50968 2015 Isle of Man TT: Senior TT Results
John McGuinness won the 2015 Senior TT capturing his 23rd career victory in the Isle of Man TT, bringing him just three behind the late Joey Dunlop atop the overall TT wins list. It took a record-setting lap with a average speed of 132.701 mph on his second lap, breaking Bruce Anstey‘s previous record of […] more]]>
John McGuinness won the 2015 Senior TT capturing his 23rd career victory in the Isle of Man TT, bringing him just three behind the late Joey Dunlop atop the overall TT wins list. It took a record-setting lap with a average speed of 132.701 mph on his second lap, breaking Bruce Anstey‘s previous record of 132.298 mph set just last year.

The Senior TT had to be restarted and shortened to four laps after Jamie Hamilton crashed along the Cronk-y-Voddy straight on his second lap, bringing out a red flag. According to event officials, Hamilton suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Ian Hutchinson settled for third in the Senior TT but won the Joey Dunlop TT Championship as the top rider of this year's Isle of Man TT. Photo by Dave Kneen at Pacemaker Press International.

Ian Hutchinson settled for third in the Senior TT but won the Joey Dunlop TT Championship as the top rider of this year’s Isle of Man TT. Photo by Dave Kneen at Pacemaker Press International.

A faster starter all week, James Hillier took the early lead after the restart with McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson close behind. By the end of the first lap it was McGuinness in front with an average speed of 131.850 mph, the fastest recorded lap time from a standing stop. Hutchinson was 1.2 seconds behind while Hillier was a further few seconds back in third.

McGuinness maintained his momentum in the second time around with his record-setting lap, smashing Anstey’s record by three seconds. This gave McGuinness a comfortable 11 second lead over Hutchinson.

As McGuinness sprinted out of reach, the battle for second heated up with Hillier eventually gaining the advantage over Hutchinson.

From left, James Hillier, John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson. Photo by Stephen Davison at Pacemaker Press International

From left, James Hillier, John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson. Photo by Stephen Davison at Pacemaker Press International

2015 Isle of Man TT: Senior TT Top Six Results
Pos. Rider Machine/Team Time Speed
1 John McGuinness Honda 1:09:23.903 130.481 mph
2 James Hillier Kawasaki Quattro 1:09:38.117 130.038 mph
3 Ian Hutchinson Kawasaki Paul Bird Motorsport 1:09:44.730 129.832 mph
4 Guy Martin BMW Tyco 1:09:52.148 129.602 mph
5 Michael Dunlop BMW 1:10:03.010 129.267 mph
6 Conor Cummins Honda 1:10:07.202 129.139 mph

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<![CDATA[2015 Isle of Man TT: Bennetts Lightweight TT Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/12/manufacturers/kawasaki/2015-isle-of-man-tt-bennetts-lightweight-tt-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/12/manufacturers/kawasaki/2015-isle-of-man-tt-bennetts-lightweight-tt-results/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:00:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50956 2015 Isle of Man TT: Bennetts Lightweight TT Results
The 2015 Isle of Man TT has a first-time winner, with Ivan Lintin taking the Lightweight TT with an average speed of 118.936 mph. Lintin, who made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2011, previously had a career-best finish of fourth place in the 2013 Lightweight TT before beating one of the favorites, James […] more]]>
The 2015 Isle of Man TT has a first-time winner, with Ivan Lintin taking the Lightweight TT with an average speed of 118.936 mph.

Lintin, who made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2011, previously had a career-best finish of fourth place in the 2013 Lightweight TT before beating one of the favorites, James Hillier, by nearly four seconds.

Hillier led in the early going, continuing a pattern of strong starts from other races this week. Hillier was fastest to reach the Glen Helen checkpoint but Lintin was just 1.5 seconds behind. Lintin took over the lead before reaching the Ramsey Hairpin with Hillier dropping to third behind Ryan Farquhar.

Michael Rutter broke up the parade of Ninja 650s, finishing on the podium riding a Paton S1.

Michael Rutter broke up the parade of Ninja 650s, finishing on the podium riding a Paton S1. Photo by Dave Kneen at Pacemaker Press International.

Lintin was the only rider to top 119 mph on the opening lap, but Farquhar was just a bit slower followed by teammate Lee Johnston. Hillier wasn’t much further behind them. The riders then headed to refuel but Farquhar made the mistake of speeding in pit lane and was assessed a 30-second penalty.

The pit stops and the penalty shook up the leader board. Jamie Hamilton, another pre-race favorite, had gotten off to a poor start and made a strategic decision not to enter the pits after the first lap. The decision gave him a three-second lead in front of Lintin at Glen Helen.

As he did on Lap 1, Lintin gained the lead before reaching Ramsey and finished the second lap with a nearly-four-second lead over Hillier followed by Lee Johnston and Hamilton in fourth. Hamilton then decided to refuel, dropping him further back of Lintin.

James Hillier broke his own Lightweight TT lap record but had to settle for second. Photo by www.davekneale.com.

James Hillier broke his own Lightweight TT lap record but had to settle for second. Photo by www.davekneale.com.

Lintin was first to Glen Helen on the third and final lap, but Hillier was only 3.2 seconds behind. The two racers continued to press on the final lap, with both smashing Hillier’s own Lightweight TT lap record. Hillier average speed of 120.848 mph set the new mark but Lintin wasn’t much slower at 120.845 mph.

From left, James Hillier, Ivan Lintin and Michael Rutter. Photo by Stephen Davison at Pacemaker Press International.

From left, James Hillier, Ivan Lintin and Michael Rutter. Photo by Stephen Davison at Pacemaker Press International.

Third place went to Michael Rutter riding the Paton S1. The S1 is a rare machine in a lightweight Twins class dominated by Kawasaki Ninja 650s, though it is powered by the same engine.

2015 Isle of Man TT: Lightweight TT Race 2 Top Six Results
Pos. Rider Machine/Team Time Speed
1 Ivan Lintin Kawasaki RC Express 57:06.070 118.936 mph
2 James Hillier Kawasaki Quattro 57:09.945 118.802 mph
3 Michael Rutter Paton 57:43.318 117.657mph
4 James Cowton Kawasaki Stewart Smith 58:05.032 116.924 mph
5 Jamie Hamilton Kawasaki Cookstown Burrows 58:15.457 116.924 mph
6 Daniel Cooper Kawasaki SB Tuning 58:19.594 116.438 mph

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<![CDATA[Aprilia HSBK Racing To Run RSV4 RF At Barber MotoAmerica Round]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/12/motorcycle-news/aprilia-hsbk-racing-to-run-rsv4-rf-at-barber-motoamerica-round/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/12/motorcycle-news/aprilia-hsbk-racing-to-run-rsv4-rf-at-barber-motoamerica-round/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:59:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50962 Aprilia HSBK Racing To Run RSV4 RF At Barber MotoAmerica Round
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For the first time in the 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock season, Aprilia HSBK Racing will run the new RSV4 RF (which Motorcycle.com will soon be testing against its liter-class rivals), with South African Sheridan Morais at the controls. Morais is a new addition to the team, having replaced the team’s original rider, Dustin Dominguez, at the previous MotoAmerica round at Road America.

Until now, the team had been campaigning a 2015 RSV4 Factory. The debut of the 2016 RSV4 RF coincides with the bike’s U.S. availability later this month. Says Aprilia, the new RSV4 RF is “more powerful, better handling, and lighter than the predecessor with a more dynamic class-leading electronics package.”

Morais immediately adapted to the RSV4, capturing second and third place finishes at the previous round at Road America, which was his first time on the bike and at the track.

The Aprilia HSBK Racing two rider team will continue competing with the 2015 RSV4, piloted by Devon McDonough, who currently sits 6th in standings, respectively.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Summer Nationwide With Indians Great American Summer Cookout]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/12/motorcycle-category/cruiser/celebrate-summer-nationwide-with-indians-great-american-summer-cookout/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/12/motorcycle-category/cruiser/celebrate-summer-nationwide-with-indians-great-american-summer-cookout/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:28:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50951 Celebrate Summer Nationwide With Indian’s Great American Summer Cookout
Indian's summer cookout to have "mini Sturgis rallies" at dealers nationwide. more]]>
To kickoff the summer riding season, and the run up to the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, join your participating Indian Motorcycle dealership on Saturday, June 13 for the inaugural “Great American Summer Cookout.”

While event specifics vary by location, dealers nationwide will be grilling up lots of summer favorites, and bringing “mini Sturgis rallies” to their towns with free giveaways, drawings for prizes, and more. The event is taking place in collaboration with Indian Motorcycle partners the USO, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Jack Daniel’s and Zac Brown Band. Each event will feature plenty of free prizes and attendees will have a chance to enter for a chance to win a Zac Brown Band concert trip giveaway — all while helping raise funds for the USO and military families in the local area. Visit the Indian Motorcycle Great American Summer Cookout event page for event details at the dealer nearest you.

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<![CDATA[BMW Scrambler Concept Bike Revealed in Biarritz, France]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/11/manufacturers/bmw/bmws-scrambler-concept-bike-revealed-in-biarritz-france/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/11/manufacturers/bmw/bmws-scrambler-concept-bike-revealed-in-biarritz-france/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:59:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50932 BMW Scrambler Concept Bike Revealed in Biarritz, France
If you just happen to be on the western coast of southern France over the next three days, you should stop by the fourth Wheels & Waves Festival in Biarritz. This gathering celebrates the spirit of freedom that both surfers and motorcyclists share when pursuing their passion. Consequently, BMW has released a experimental custom bike entitled BMW Concept Path 22 which seems […] more]]>
If you just happen to be on the western coast of southern France over the next three days, you should stop by the fourth Wheels & Waves Festival in Biarritz. This gathering celebrates the spirit of freedom that both surfers and motorcyclists share when pursuing their passion. Consequently, BMW has released a experimental custom bike entitled BMW Concept Path 22 which seems to be a really sad name for such an interesting interpretation of scrambler motorcycle – until you know the story behind the name.

2014 BMW R NineT First Ride Review

With their roots firmly planted in the 1950s, scramblers are enjoying a bit of a resurgence in 2015. Typically, scramblers featured dirt-styled, block-treaded tires, a longer travel suspension, and the signature upswept exhaust. We’ve seen it in other brands’ offerings in recent years – even in the accessory catalog of the R nineT.

BMW Concept Path 22

Ornamental Conifer, Mason Dyer, and BMW on a surfing-inspired scrambler. Who knew?

Not surprisingly, Edgar HeinrichHead of BMW Motorrad Design, says, “A scrambler is the perfect match for Wheels & Waves. It’s the epitome of a motorcycle beyond established standards and conventions. Performance specifications are not so much of interest – style and originality all the more so. Scramblers express passion and are as varied as their owners. The Concept Path 22 is our own interpretation based on the R nineT.”

Discuss this at our BMW Scrambler Forum

However, Concept Path 22 wasn’t just some manufacturer’s in-house design exercise. “Based on our scrambler interpretation, we wanted to create a kind of projection of the particular blend of people and cultures to be found at Wheels & Waves. And we found the perfect partners to do just this.”, explains Heinrich. CP22 was created by the collaboration between sign writing visual artist Ornamental Conifer (formerly known as Nicolai Sclater) and the surfboard shaper Mason Dyer, founder of Dyer Brand surfgear. The design went further than just on the R nineT. The display at Wheels & Waves will include BMW leather jackets designed by Ornamental Conifer and two surf boards created exclusively by Dyer Brand.

BMW Concept Path 22

Ornamental Conifer’s handiwork.

The name “Path 22” is known by those familiar with Europe’s out-of-the-way surf spots. Path 22 refers to the sign marking a trail to a section of beach inaccessible to cars. Surfers who want to enjoy the special slice of Atlantic coastline must first walk for 30 minutes through one of Europe’s biggest pine forests. Clearly, this is a trek for those devoted to their surfcraft.

BMW sees this as a metaphor for this customized R nineT. Building on the nineT’s customizability, the Path 22 balances the utility of the dual purpose tires and protective grid on the headlight with the craftsmanship displayed by the stitched seat and the selection of accessories and high-performance parts. Familiar names include: Akrapovic, Öhlins, Gilles Tooling, MotoGadget, and Roland Sands Design. Finally, the stylized lettering and graphics of Ornamental Conifer ties the custom together.

BMW Concept Path 22

Surf’s up!

BMW Motorrad’s most notable inclusion to Path 22’s modifications is the surfboard holder mounted to the right wide of the bike. As is typical of the company’s engineering, the holder is adjustable and even removable as the situation requires. Since Dyer made two boards to display with the bike, this adjustability is a practical necessity.

To see this creation in the flesh, you’ll need to visit the Wheels & Waves Festival in Biarritz, France between June 11th and 14th, 2015.

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<![CDATA[$184K Honda RC213V-S To Make Only 101 Horsepower]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/11/manufacturers/honda/rc213v-s/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/11/manufacturers/honda/rc213v-s/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:42:07 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50730 $184K Honda RC213V-S To Make Only 101 Horsepower
It’s official. The street-legal version of Honda‘s prototype MotoGP racer, the RC213V-S, is coming stateside as a 2016 model. According to Honda, the U.S. market bike will retail for $184,000, but its price tag isn’t the most shocking figure, it’s the laughable 101 horsepower at 8,000 rpm to which the bike is limited. When we […] more]]>
It’s official. The street-legal version of Honda‘s prototype MotoGP racer, the RC213V-S, is coming stateside as a 2016 model. According to Honda, the U.S. market bike will retail for $184,000, but its price tag isn’t the most shocking figure, it’s the laughable 101 horsepower at 8,000 rpm to which the bike is limited. When we last strapped a gaggle of 600cc supersport bikes to a dyno the Yamaha YZF-R6 produced 107.2 hp at 13,600 rpm.

There are, in fact, different tiers of horsepower ratings depending on where the RC213V-S will be purchased. European models come stock with 157 hp at 11,000 rpm, but poor Japan gets models producing only 68 horsepower in stock form. Honda is offering race kits for the bike that cost $12,000, bringing engine output to 212 hp at 13,000 rpm and 87 lb-ft at 10,500 rpm. The kit, however, is not available stateside. Why? Because, in a case of American Honda playing by the rules, if the kit was made available here, people would install the kit in street-legal versions of the RCV-S, circumventing the whole horsepower limitation.

RC213V-S

Honda is citing noise and emissions restrictions as the culprit for the low power outputs. Obviously, a CBR1000RR makes much more horsepower while still meeting these restrictions, but Honda says that while the CBR is designed and built as a streetbike conforming to these restrictions, the RC213V-S was designed and built as a prototype racer with emissions and noise restrictions added as a street-legalizing afterthought.

RC213V-S

The RC213V-S is powered by a 90º V4 999cc engine with titanium connecting rods and a sand-cast aluminum crankcase. Mass on the lightweight machine is highly centralized with an under-seat fuel tank and carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic fairing. Among the components inherited or influenced directly from the race bike are the swingarm, slipper clutch, magnesium Marchesini wheels (17 inch size for the RC213V-S), pressurized Öhlins fork and adjustable footrests and foot controls, as well as most of the Brembo brake components. It also boasts throttle-by-wire, selectable power modes, engine-brake control and traction control, with position-detection technology developed through Honda’s ASIMO project.

Reservations for the RCV213V-S are being taken exclusively through the official model website: www.RC213V-S.com beginning at 3:00 p.m. PST on July 12, 2015.

Expect a full report from our man in Spain, John Burns, who’s at the official introduction.

RC213V-S

RC213V RC213V-S (US) RC213V-S (Europe) RC213V-S
(Europe, with kit)
Overall length (mm) 2,052 2,100 2,100 【2,100】
Overall width (mm) 645 770 790 770
Overall height (mm) 1,110 1,120 1,120 【1,120】
Wheelbase (mm) 1,435 1,465 1,465 【1,465】
Minimum ground clearance (mm) 115 120 120 【120】
Seat height (mm) 830 830 【830】
Vehicle weight 348 lb. 379 lb. (dry)  (Curb Est. 418lbs.) 375 lb. (dry) 353 lb. (dry)
Maximum number of riders 1 person 1 person 1 person 1 person
Minimum turn radius (m) 3.7 3.7 6.4
Engine type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve V4 Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve V4 Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 4-valve V4 Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 4-valve V4
Total displacement (cm3) 999 999 999 999
Bore × Stroke (mm) 81.0 × 48.5 81.0 × 48.5 81.0 × 48.5
Compression ratio 13 13 13
Maximum power Over 234 hp 101 hp @ 8,000 rpm 157 hp@ 11,000 rpm 212 hp @ 13,000 rpm
Maximum torque 66 lb-ft. @ 8,000 rpm 75 lb-ft. @ 10,500 rpm 87 lb-ft. @ 10,500 rpm
Fuel supply PGM-FI (Programmed fuel injection system) PGM-FI (Programmed fuel injection system) PGM-FI (Programmed fuel injection system)
Starter Self Self Self
Ignition Full transistor, battery ignition Full transistor, battery ignition Full transistor, battery ignition
Fuel tank capacity 5.28 gal. 4.3 gal. 4.3 gal. 4.3 gal.
Clutch Dry multi-plate, coil spring Dry multi-plate, coil spring Dry multi-plate, coil spring
Transmission Constant mesh, 6-speed return Constant mesh, 6-speed return Constant mesh, 6-speed return
Transmission gear ratio 1st 2.125 2.125 2.125
2nd 1.647 1.647 1.647
3rd 1.368 1.368 1.368
4th 1.217 1.217 1.217
5th 1.1 1.1 1.1
6th 1.032 1.032 1.032
Reduction gear ratio 1.933/2.471 1.933/2.471 1.933/2.353~2.933
Caster angle (degrees) 24.6 24.6 【24.6】
Trail (mm) 105 105 【105】
Tire Front 16.5 120/70ZR17M/C 120/70ZR17M/C 120/70ZR17M/C
Rear 16.5 190/55ZR17M/C 190/55ZR17M/C 190/55ZR17M/C
Brake Front Hydraulic double disc (Carbon) Hydraulic double disc (Steel) Hydraulic double disc Hydraulic double disc
Rear Hydraulic disc Hydraulic disc Hydraulic disc Hydraulic disc
Suspension Front Telescopic Telescopic Telescopic
Rear Pro-Link Pro-Link Pro-Link
Frame Diamond Diamond Diamond Diamond
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<![CDATA[Alpinestars Commissions Ornamental Conifer For Art Giveaway]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/11/products/alpinestars-commissions-ornamental-conifer-for-art-giveaway/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/11/products/alpinestars-commissions-ornamental-conifer-for-art-giveaway/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:55:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50913 Alpinestars Commissions Ornamental Conifer For Art Giveaway
Your chance to own a one-of-a-kind hand painted Alpinestars jacket and artwork. more]]>
From an Alpinestars press release:


To celebrate the launch of the 2015 Oscar by Alpinestars line, Alpinestars has tapped the typographical wizardry of brush master Ornamental Conifer. The colorful ambassador and communicator of motorcycle culture was commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind, hand painted jacket, a hand painted poster and a print edition of two hundred pieces, all of which will be offered in a substantial giveaway.

Renowned for his subversive whimsy and moto-inspired wit, Ornamental Conifer conjured the tongue in cheek yet poignant : “Freedom Earned From Throttles Turned” phrase which he’s emblazoned across the back of a brand new Oscar Monty jacket as well as a 18″ x 24″ painting. Additionally, a series of two hundred 18″ x 24 “signed silkscreened prints have been created all of which will be available through a drawing June 11th – 26th. One lucky winner will take home the jacket, one will be hanging an original Ornamental Conifer on their wall and 200 will be the proud owners of a limited edition, signed print.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Alpinestars brand. They have such a rich heritage, it’s great to see it being celebrated with the new Oscar line. I’m stoked that I get to be involved!” said the artist of his participation.

As an additional component of the Ornamental Conifer-ized launch of Oscar, Alpinestars also created a short video glimpse into the life and process of the artist. Shot in and around his Venice, CA studio, the four minute video gives insight into a typical day of hard work and hard leisure.

The complete Oscar line is available now, debuting with 4 jacket styles, 1 denim offering and a selection of rugged gloves and boots. Merging a history of innovation and Italian craftsmanship, the Oscar by Alpinestars line exists as a fusion of classic styles and silhouettes, punctuated by technical features and modern processes. Much in the vein of the original Oscar by Alpinestars branded product of the 1970’s, an equal balance of form and function will be meticulously maintained, creating unique, premium garments, guided by the timeless rebel-style essence of motorcycle racing.

To see the complete Oscar line, view the look book and watch the inspiration film, visit: http://www.oscarbyalpinestars.com.

To enter to win one of the 202 Ornamental Conifer for Oscar pieces, visit: http://www.oscarbyalpinestars.com/oc/.

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<![CDATA[2015 Isle of Man TT: Sure Sidecar TT 2 Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/11/motorcycle-category/other/2015-isle-of-man-tt-sure-sidecar-tt-2-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/06/11/motorcycle-category/other/2015-isle-of-man-tt-sure-sidecar-tt-2-results/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:55:12 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50911 2015 Isle of Man TT: Sure Sidecar TT 2 Results
Ben and Tom Birchall won their second Sidecar TT race of the week, beating TT legend Dave Molyneux and his passenger Benjamin Binns by nearly eight seconds. With an average speed of 116.250 mph Birchall brothers broke their own course record set in the first Sidecar TT race earlier in the week. The Birchalls led […] more]]>
Ben and Tom Birchall won their second Sidecar TT race of the week, beating TT legend Dave Molyneux and his passenger Benjamin Binns by nearly eight seconds. With an average speed of 116.250 mph Birchall brothers broke their own course record set in the first Sidecar TT race earlier in the week.

The Birchalls led from the start, holding an early lead over John Holden and Dan Sayle with Molyneux and Binns just a few more seconds behind. After the full lap of the 37.73-mile course, Team Birchall was in front, averaging a speed of 115.549 mph. Molyneux, a 17-time TT winner, and his partner Binns were just a bit slower in second while Holden/Sayle sat third.

Ben and Tom Birchall won their second Sidecar TT race of this year's Isle of Man TT. The 2009 World Sidecar Champions won their first TT in 2013.

Ben and Tom Birchall won their second Sidecar TT race of this year’s Isle of Man TT. The 2009 World Sidecar Champions won their first TT in 2013.

The three leading teams gained speed on the second lap, all posting average speeds faster than 116 mph with the Birchall brothers 7.6 seconds ahead of Moleyneux/Binns with Holden/Sayle another 3.8 seconds further back.

Dave Molyneux and Benjamin Binns set a new lap record on the final lap. Molyneux didn't add to his 17 prior TT wins but he did score career podium #29, tying him for fourth all-time with Ian Lougher.

Dave Molyneux and Benjamin Binns set a new lap record on the final lap. Molyneux didn’t add to his 17 prior TT wins but he did score career podium #29, tying him for fourth all-time with Ian Lougher.

Molyneux and Binns put in a record third and final lap averaging 116.785 mph but it was enough, as the Birchalls were just a hair slower at 116.783 mph, good enough to take the victory. Holden and Sayle finished behind them for third.

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2015 Isle of Man TT: Sure Sidecar TT 2 Top Six Results
Pos. Rider Machine/Team Time Speed
1 Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall LCR Manx Gas 58:24.971 116.259 mph
2 Dave Molyneux / Benjamin Binns Suzuki DMR 58:32.555 116.008 mph
3 John Holden / Dan Sayle LCR Silicone Engineering 58:44.836 115.604 mph
4 Conrad Harrison / Mike Aylott Shelbourne Honda 1:00:00.881 113.162 mph
5 Ian Bell / Carl Bell LCR Ian Bell Motorcycles 1:00:58.065 111.393 mph
5 Matt Dix / Shaun Parker Baker Yamaha 1:01″51.854 109.779 mph

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