Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:47:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[Ice Drifting On Two Wheels And Four (With Explosions!) + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/18/videos/ice-drifting-two-wheels-four-explosions-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/18/videos/ice-drifting-two-wheels-four-explosions-video/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:47:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47800 Ice Drifting On Two Wheels And Four (With Explosions!) + Video
GSX-R1000 takes on Polaris RZR...on ice more]]>
With winter in full swing for much of the country, many of you probably have your biked tucked away and are playing with some four-wheeled toys instead. However, if you live anywhere near a frozen body of water, the riding season doesn’t have to be over for you! Take these folks, for example. Armed with a Polaris RZR UTE and a Suzuki GSX-R1000, winter wasn’t going to stop them. With metal spikes in their tires and a frozen lake at their disposal, watch the drift action they get into…then rethink whether or not your bike should really be stored away for the winter. Oh, and as an added bonus there’s gratuitous explosions! Enjoy.

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<![CDATA[Registration For The Andorra 500 Now Open + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/18/events/registration-andorra-500-now-open-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/18/events/registration-andorra-500-now-open-video/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:15:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47780 Registration For The Andorra 500 Now Open + Video
Andorra 500 to take place June 4-7, 2015. more]]>
In October, we first heard word of five-time Dakar champ, Cyril Despres holding a rally for vintage motorcycles near his home in Andorra (read about it here). Now, Despres has set a date for the event: Jun 4-7, 2015. During the delay between October and now, Despres had to sort his other endeavors, including his schedule for the 2015 Dakar Rally, where he will switch from two wheels to four and drive a Peugeot.

At the Andorra Rally, however, the first day will be reserved for scrutineering, a prologue and a parade through town. The following three days, participants will tackle three 93-mile loops run over tarmac mountain roads; though with a nod to his rally-raid career they will be navigated using a Tripy electronic road book. The competition element comes from a series of timed specials to be ridden at a pre-determined average speed over closed roads. Those more interested in a festive atmosphere and the chance to spend four days with like minded enthusiasts from around the world will also be made very welcome.

The cost of participating in the event is 1250 € (approx. $1500 US) including four nights hotel accommodation in a 3-star hotel at the rally HQ, breakfast, lunch in the mountains on the rally route, diner, mechanical assistance and sweeper truck, medical assistance along the route, Tripy rental and all the logistics associated with running the specials, evening entertainment and the gala price giving (meaning, it’s on you to get to Andorra). A number of Cyril’s friends from the world of motorcycle racing have already announced their intention to take part in the event and several sponsors will be contributing to what already look like being a copious goodies bag.

For more information, including entry form downloads, go to the event’s website at www.andorra500.com.

Andorra 500 – EN from Cyril DESPRES on Vimeo.

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<![CDATA[Honda True Adventure Episode 2: Live Unlike The Others + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/18/products/honda-true-adventure-episode-2-live-unlike-others-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/18/products/honda-true-adventure-episode-2-live-unlike-others-video/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:41:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47775 Honda True Adventure Episode 2: Live Unlike The Others + Video
Honda turns the spotlight from Dakar to ordinary people more]]>
Earlier this week, we brought you episode one of Honda’s True Adventure series, documenting Honda’s desire to tame the wild race that is the Paris-Dakar Rally. In this, episode two, the spotlight turns to ordinary people with an extraordinary urge to explore the world, be it through paved roads or otherwise. Here, we meet but a few of them. Some are traveling on old C90s, others on new CRF250Ls. All are venturing down the road less traveled, and all are experiencing life-changing events because of it.

The buildup, of course, is in anticipation of Honda’s new Adventure bike the company teased with the True Adventure prototype at EICMA this year. A true world traveler has been missing in Honda’s lineup for some time (at least in the U.S.), and its arrival would raise the stakes in the Adventure-Touring game, currently occupied by a list of manufacturers around the world.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. For now, simply enjoy and become inspired, by episode two of True Adventure.

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<![CDATA[Dates Announced For AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2015]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/motorcycle-news/dates-announced-ama-vintage-motorcycle-days-2015/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/motorcycle-news/dates-announced-ama-vintage-motorcycle-days-2015/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:07:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47772 Dates Announced For AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2015
Vintage Motorcycle Days 2015 to be held July 10-12 more]]>
From an AMA press release:


The American Motorcyclist Association has announced that next year’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycling, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, will be July 10-12, 2015, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days has a long and rich history as one of motorcycling’s most fun, feel-good events,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “From the vintage racing to the bike shows to the enormous swap meet, there is something for everyone at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. If you love motorcycles, there is no better place to be.”

A fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features classic motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous.

Activities include the AMA Vintage Grand Championship, which features road racing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track racing. Another top attraction is North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet with parts, bikes and memorabilia from all eras. Bike shows bring out examples of some of history’s most beloved motorcycles. Stunt shows, such as the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, and demo rides of current production bikes keep attendees entertained, while seminars on numerous topics by noted motorcycling experts keep them informed.

AMA members who buy tickets directly from the AMA before May 29 receive an exclusive price discount. AMA members can call (800) 262-5646 to purchase a weekend pass for $45, a $5 savings off the regular advance rate, and a one-day pass for $25 for Friday or Saturday and $20 for Sunday, a $5 savings off the regular advance rate. There is no service charge for AMA members when purchasing through the AMA.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a family-friendly event. Children 12 and under get in free with paying, supervising adults.

All proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The mission of the Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling’s legends and heroes. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame’s website at www.motorcyclemuseum.org

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<![CDATA[Americans Mark Miller And Brandon Cretu Talk You Through Macau + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/videos/americans-mark-miller-brandon-cretu-talk-macau-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/videos/americans-mark-miller-brandon-cretu-talk-macau-video/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:06:57 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47770 Americans Mark Miller And Brandon Cretu Talk You Through Macau + Video
American racers on American bikes tackle Macau more]]>
The Macau Grand Prix is a spectacular street race unlike any other. With walls and barriers all over, the margin for error is non-existant. Mark Miller and Brandon Cretu are two Americans who who tackled the course in 2014 aboard the all-American EBR 1190 RX racebikes. Splitlath Motorsport were the team who campaigned the Team U.S.A. lineup, and though the results weren’t what they were hoping for, it was still an impressive effort for a first-year motorcycle. In the video below, the team describe their experience from Macau, complete with exciting on-board footage.

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<![CDATA[Lane-splitting in the USA: Sign the Petition]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/safety/lane-splitting-usa-sign-petition/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/safety/lane-splitting-usa-sign-petition/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:05:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47766 Lane-splitting in the USA: Sign the Petition
Lane-splitting/sharing, or filtering as it’s often called, is a practice legally allowed across most of the globe. However, it’s an illegal activity in 49 of 50 U.S. states and all of Canada. That sounds unfair to the MO crew in California, the only state in which lane-splitting is not illegal. That’s why we were excited […] more]]>
Lane-splitting/sharing, or filtering as it’s often called, is a practice legally allowed across most of the globe. However, it’s an illegal activity in 49 of 50 U.S. states and all of Canada. That sounds unfair to the MO crew in California, the only state in which lane-splitting is not illegal. That’s why we were excited to hear about a new petition that intends to legalize lane sharing across America.

It’s high time we shared some California sunshine with the rest of the country. What’s good for MO is good for the entire U.S.A. Whenever there’s a guy sweating in traffic in Miami, we’ll be there. When most of the lanes on that bridge in Jersey are closed, we’ll be there. Sure it probably has as much chance of ever seeing the light of day as any act of Congress that actually benefits people, but you have to start somewhere. Sign the petition at the link below and help move America toward the light in terms of traffic!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-motorcycle-lane-sharing-all-public-roads/qP86QbjN

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<![CDATA[MOTO-D Acquires Strapless Transport Stands]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/motorcycle-news/moto-d-acquires-strapless-transport-stands/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/motorcycle-news/moto-d-acquires-strapless-transport-stands/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:06:39 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47758 MOTO-D Acquires Strapless Transport Stands
Strapless Transport Stands under new ownership more]]>
From a Moto-D press release:


Moto-D Racing Inc. announced that it has acquired certain assets of Strapless Transport Stands, a move that expands its presence in the motorcycle stand and strapless trailer restraint market.

“The addition of Strapless Transport Stands trailer restraint for sportbikes will greatly enhance Moto-D’s ability to meet the needs of trackday, race, and sportbike motorcycle riders which have come to know our company for exceptional value, service, and performance riding products,” stated Scott Diamond, President of Moto-D Racing Inc.

Strapless Transport Stands is an upright removable steel tower stand that was designed to secure a motorcycle while in transit via a stainless steel rod inserted into the hollow rear axle of most modern sport-bikes. The Strapless Transport Stand is removable in seconds, using two mounting plates that bolt to the floor, just slide the stand into place and engage the locking mechanism. The Strapless Transport Stand works great in a variety of applications (enclosed trailers, open trailers, shipping crates, long bed pick-up trucks). Strapless Transport Stands do not require tie-downs or front wheel chocks.

For more information visit www.motodracing.com

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<![CDATA[Missing Link Offering Up To 50% Off Through End Of The Year]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/products/missing-link-offering-50-end-year/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/17/products/missing-link-offering-50-end-year/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:11:47 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47750 Missing Link Offering Up To 50% Off Through End Of The Year
Missing link gets in the holiday spirit with big discounts more]]>
1ahVtx60296_r_1Though it’s only a small motorcycle apparel business located in Bailey, Colorado, Missing Link has announced it will be offering direct-to-consumer wholesale pricing of up to 50% off through the end of 2014 on a majority of their items, including top sellers like the Ladies G2 D.O.C Reversible Leather Safety vest, the Black Ops Conceal Carry vest and the Military Duty Reversible Nylon vest.

“At a time when some Americans are still struggling to get by, we see other segments enjoying record earnings and their executives receiving huge year-end bonuses. This made us decide it was time to give the average Joes a break.” said co-owner Ken Boenish.  “We know things are still tough out there so we decided to give them a break of our own and offer wholesale pricing on many of our most popular items.  It’s our way of saying thanks to working men and women who love to ride. We are committing to this new lower pricing structure at least through the end of 2014,” Mr. Boenish continued.

Missing Link’s focus is on rider safety and comfort with an emphasis on improving the visibility of riders to other motorists. The company has introduced innovative products to motorcycle enthusiasts, like reversible (leather to Hi-Viz) riding vests, Hi-Viz palmed gloves and ArmPro Compression Sleeves with SPF50. For more information on Missing Link Apparel, or to purchase direct, visit www.MissingLnk.com.

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<![CDATA[Rules Are Now Available For Select 2015 MotoAmerica Classes]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/16/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/rules-now-available-select-2015-motoamerica-classes/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/16/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/rules-now-available-select-2015-motoamerica-classes/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:32:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47741 Rules Are Now Available For Select 2015 MotoAmerica Classes
2015 MotoAmerica Superbike, Superstock 1000, Supersport and Superstock 600 rules announced more]]>
The AMA has published technical rules for the 2015 Superbike, Superstock 1000, Supersport and Superstock 600 classes in the MotoAmerica series.

The rules may be downloaded from www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing/roadracing/roadracingrules.aspx and any questions should be directed to technicaldirector@motoamerica.com

Technical rules governing the KTM RC390 Cup, sporting rules and license requirements have not yet been finalized, but will be announced shortly.

The classes will be featured in MotoAmerica-promoted events. MotoAmerica holds exclusive rights to professional motorcycle road racing in the United States and is the sole U.S. promoter authorized to run FIM North America professional road racing events. 

The provisional 2015 MotoAmerica Series schedule is as follows:

•  April 10-12        Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas

•  April 17-19        Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia

•  May 15-17         Virginia International Raceway – Alton, Virginia

•  May 29-31         Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

•  June 12-14         Barber Motorsports Park – Birmingham, Alabama

•  July 17-19          Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, California

•  August 7-9         Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana

•  Sept. 11-13        New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, New Jersey

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<![CDATA[New Single Cylinder Synthetic Racing Oil, From Bel-Ray]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/16/products/new-single-cylinder-synthetic-racing-oil-bel-ray/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/16/products/new-single-cylinder-synthetic-racing-oil-bel-ray/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:56:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47736 New Single Cylinder Synthetic Racing Oil, From Bel-Ray
Bel-Ray's latest synthetic oil is compatible with a wide range of motorcycles more]]>
Bel-Ray, has announced the release of its new 10W-60 Works Thumper Racing Synthetic Ester 4T Engine Oil. Engineered for single cylinder, multi-valve four-stroke racing engines, Bel-Ray’s Thumper racing oil is designed to withstand the extreme temperatures and stresses experienced during racing.

Bel-Ray Works Thumper Racing Synthetic Ester 4T Engine Oil 10W-60 (High Res) copyIn its press release, Bel-Ray states its Thumper synthetic racing oil is formulated with full synthetic, ester base oils and an advanced additive package to minimize cylinder and ring wear, extend bearing life and prevent sludge and varnish formation, as well as carbon build-up, to maximize power and engine life. The racing oil was engineered with high viscosity shear stability to ensure unmatched engine protection, even under the most severe conditions. For engines with wet clutches, Thumper racing oil is formulated for maximum clutch engagement, consistent power delivery, and efficient shifting in any racing environment.

Bel-Ray’s Thumper Racing Engine Oil is compatible with all air and liquid-cooled four-stroke motorcycle engines, including wet and dry clutch applications. The 10W-60 synthetic racing oil exceeds all API SN and JASO MA2 requirements, and is backward compatible for use in applications specifying API SG/SH/SJ/SL/SM or JASO MA/MA1 rated oils.

Bel-Ray Works Thumper Racing Synthetic Ester 4T Engine Oil 10W-60 is available in both one and four-liter containers. To find the nearest Bel-Ray dealer, please consult Bel-Ray’s online dealer locator.

For more information on Thumper Racing Synthetic Ester Blend 4T Engine Oil or Bel-Ray’s full line of powersports products, visit www.belray.com or call 732-938-2421.

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<![CDATA[Trials Riding Through A Giant Igloo + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/16/videos/trials-riding-giant-igloo-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/16/videos/trials-riding-giant-igloo-video/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:25:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47733 Trials Riding Through A Giant Igloo + Video
12-time trials World Champ takes on an igloo more]]>
Dougie Lampkin’s resume on a trials bike needs no introduction. The 12-time World Trials champion, his sense of balance and control is out of this world. However, sometimes the boulders, planks and boxes of a typical trials competition can seem a bit, well, boring. In this video, Lampkin finds something a little more interesting to conquer – a giant igloo!

Set in the vast arctic landscape of Northern Finland, watch Lampkin hop, skip and jump off obstacles made entirely of ice. It surely is mesmerizing, and we’re glad Red Bull were able to help him put this together.

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<![CDATA[MV Agusta USA Offering Big Rebates On Select 2014 Models]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/motorcycle-news/mv-agusta-usa-offering-big-rebates-select-2014-models/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/motorcycle-news/mv-agusta-usa-offering-big-rebates-select-2014-models/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:53:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47730 MV Agusta USA Offering Big Rebates On Select 2014 Models
MV Agusta giving up to $2000 on non-ABS models more]]>
MV Agusta USA has announced it will be offering rebates of up to $2,000 on almost all of its non-ABS equipped 2014 models. Just in time for the holidays, this means certain MV Agustas like the 2014 Brutale 675 EAS can be had for as low as $9,998. Spend $500 more for the Brutale 800.

This promotion runs through the end of the year. For more information, contact your local MV Agusta retailer, which can be found by visiting the MV Agusta website and using its dealer locator function. We learned about this promotion from Moto Forza, North America’s largest MV Agusta retailer based in Escondido, California, which can be contacted via www.moto-forza.com.

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<![CDATA[Allstate Does Its Part To Help End Motorcycle Crashes + Infographic]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/safety/allstate-part-help-end-motorcycle-crashes-infographic/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/safety/allstate-part-help-end-motorcycle-crashes-infographic/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:34:22 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47721 Allstate Does Its Part To Help End Motorcycle Crashes + Infographic
Allstate installs Watch for Motorcycles sign at dangerous intersections more]]>
One of the leading causes of motorcyclist fatalities occurs when a motorcycle crashes with another vehicle at an intersection. This is a preventable occurrence, and for the last year Allstate Insurance has been doing its part to help eliminate these crashes through its advocacy campaign, the Once is Never Enough (O.N.E.) program. 

Allstate_14_Moto_InfoOver the last three years, Allstate has worked to install 167 Watch for Motorcycles signs in 37 different cities across 19 states. In 2014, the program expanded into three new cities and three new states with an additional 12 new signs. 

Before 2009, 46% of all multi-vehicle crash fatalities happened at intersections. In addition, three motorcyclists are killed everyday in multi-vehicle crashes at intersections in the U.S. See the accompanying infographic to grasp the results that have come from the “Watch for Motorcycles” signs, which were deployed at dangerous intersections. By 2012, the FHWA notified Allstate that the warning signs were allowed in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Established in 2009, Allstate’s Once is Never Enough (O.N.E.) program is an awareness campaign created to help reduce the number of motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles at intersections while attempting to standardize motorcycle warning signs across the United States. Allstate’s primary message of the campaign is simple: look twice for motorcycles, because once is never enough.

The program is informed by research and studies suggesting that motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles at intersections are among the most preventable, including:

  • The Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures1 – otherwise known as the Hurt Report and considered by many to be the benchmark for motorcycle crash research – concludes that a majority of motorcycle crashes involve a collision with another vehicle, intersections are the most likely place for a motorcycle crash and the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle crashes.
  • Data from the National Highway Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System2 continues to support the Hurt Report’s findings, as it shows 46 percent of all multi-vehicle motorcycle crash fatalities (8,107 out of 17,470 fatalities from 2006-2012) occurred at intersections.  This data shows that, on average, three motorcyclists are killed every day from multi-vehicle crashes at intersections in the U.S. (8,107 / 7 years = 1,158.1; 1,158.1 / 365 days = 3.17 riders).

Throughout the program, Allstate and its engineering partners work closely with local traffic authorities to review available crash data and to identify intersections with a high number of multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles. Allstate then donates warning signs to be installed at the site with the intent of elevating awareness of motorcycle incidents that would not be readily apparent to a driver.

The warning signs used in the campaign are yellow diamond warning signs that read “Watch For Motorcycles.” Allstate worked in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration to design the current sign to ensure compliance with section 2A.06 paragraph 13 of the M.U.T.C.D.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Returning to Nigeria]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-returning-nigeria/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-returning-nigeria/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:22:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47718 Yamaha Returning to Nigeria
Yamaha is returning to the Nigerian market with a new factory set to open in Lagos in 2015. Yamaha is partnering with French distribution company CFAO to form a joint venture called CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria to produce motorcycles from the 30,000 sq-ft. factory in the country’s largest city. The joint venture will be Yamaha’s […] more]]>
Yamaha is returning to the Nigerian market with a new factory set to open in Lagos in 2015. Yamaha is partnering with French distribution company CFAO to form a joint venture called CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria to produce motorcycles from the 30,000 sq-ft. factory in the country’s largest city.

The joint venture will be Yamaha’s second try at the Nigerian market. Yamaha had originally set up shop in 1980, producing and selling motorcycles for 35 years before shutting down operations in 2005 due to a decline in the market. While Yamaha continued to import motorcycles over the last decade, the joint venture will allow Yamaha to expand its business in the country with the largest demand for motorcycles in Africa. According to Yamaha, Nigeria’s motorcycle market reached 1.3 million units in 2013 and is expected to grow to 1.8 million units by 2020.

With CFAO, Yamaha has found a partner with extensive experience in the African market. CFAO operates in 34 countries on the continent with several motorcycle and automotive brands. CFAO already imports and distributes Yamaha motorcycles to 16 African countries. Yamaha and CFAO will each contribute half a million dollars towards the new Nigerian joint venture.

The factory will begin operating in the summer of 2015 with targeting a production goal of 70,000 motorcycles a year by 2018.

[Source: Yamaha, CFAO]

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<![CDATA[Hondas Dream Of Conquering Dakar + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/videos/hondas-dream-conquering-dakar-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/videos/hondas-dream-conquering-dakar-video/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:04:01 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47709 Honda’s Dream Of Conquering Dakar + Video
Racing is in the DNA of Honda, and Dakar is among the most grueling of them all more]]>
The Paris-Dakar Rally was one of the most grueling tests of man and machine. It was for this very reason Honda set out to conquer it. Which it did, for four consecutive years in 1986, ’87, ’88, and ’89. In this first episode in Honda’s “True Adventure” series, entitled “The Dream,” the experience of competing, surviving and winning the Dakar rally is captured and re-told from the people who were there, including five-time winner Cyril Neveu. It’s surely no coincidence the title of this series coincides with the True Adventure prototype Honda unveiled at EICMA earlier this year (video of the prototype here), which leads us to believe the series will culminate in an official unveiling of the bike early next year.

In the video below, listen as the riders describe the loneliness that sets in when riding in the middle of the desert. How they form an unusual bond with their machine as it’s their only companion. Almost two decades on, it’s this Honda spirit of True Adventure that has spurred a whole new generation of riders to explore new boundaries on two wheels. Stay tuned for future episodes from this series.

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<![CDATA[Jared Mees, Marc Marquez Thrill In Superprestigio Final]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/motorcycle-category/off-road/jared-mees-marc-marquez-thrill-superprestigio-final/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/motorcycle-category/off-road/jared-mees-marc-marquez-thrill-superprestigio-final/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:29:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47706 Jared Mees, Marc Marquez Thrill In Superprestigio Final
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In what is quickly becoming one of the most popular races of the year, the second annual Superprestigio flat track race was held this past weekend in Barcelona, Spain. Conducted on a bumpy and short course, Marc Marquez and Jared Mees battled at the front in the Superprestigio final after narrowly avoiding a downed rider, with the Spaniard ultimately edging the American for the victory.

The race featured some of the best riders from nearly every form of motorcycle racing in the world, including an American contingent of Mees, last year’s champion, Brad Baker, and rising female talent Shayna Texter. A fourth American, Kenny Noyes (who has lived in Spain for some time), made for a strong Team U.S.A. 

Mees dominated both heat races and all three finals to win his Open class. But in the Superfinal, Mees got caught up behind a downed rider in the first corner and nearly stalled his bike while running wide to avoid the crash. He was in the middle of the pack for the first time all night and one spot in back of Marquez.

Methodically and impressively, the two picked off riders before they found themselves in front. Mees drew even with Marquez’s back tire by the final lap, but ran out of time before being able to make a move for the lead. He settled for a hard-fought and well-deserved second.

“I had an amazing time, it was my first time in Spain,” Mees said. “I can’t say enough for everybody that invited me, Marc Marquez and everybody that put the event on. It was amazing, I had a lot of fun. … I hope I can come back next year.”

Marquez is a large supporter and fan of flat track racing, and uses it, like many top road racers, to train. In January, the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion, Brad Baker, won the Superprestigio after a thrilling battle with Marquez. This time around, the practice Marquez put in specifically in hopes of winning the Superprestigio really showed.

“He kept his wheels in line very well,” Mees said. “Keeping the wheels in line is the faster way to go around the race track, so hat’s off to him. He definitely had amazing style for being a road racer (primarily).”

Baker suffered a shoulder injury in practice on Saturday morning and was unable to compete. Leading up to the event, he had been the fastest rider in practice.

“First and foremost, I would like to say thanks to Jared. He came from America to here, and also Brad,” Marquez said. “I was worried for (Brad) because the crash this morning was scary.”

AMA Pro Flat Track’s Shayna Texter, the only female rider in the event, crashed in her first heat race and found herself in unlucky spots on the track during later heats. She eventually bounced back and finished fourth in her Last Chance Qualifier.

Fellow American and 2014 FIM CEV SBK International Superbike champion Kenny Noyes was third in the Superfinal. All three riders on the podium are current champions in their respective series.

Additional AMA Pro Flat Track flare was provided by flagger Kevin Clark, who was invited to return for a second time to the event.

The 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season gets underway with a doubleheader at Daytona Flat Track March 12-13. Like the Superprestigio, every AMA Pro Flat Track race in 2015 can be seen live at FansChoice.tv.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Getting The 2015 R1 Ready For Austin + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/videos/yamaha-getting-2015-r1-ready-austin-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/videos/yamaha-getting-2015-r1-ready-austin-video/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:42:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47702 Yamaha Getting The 2015 R1 Ready For Austin + Video
Prep work has already begun on the 2015 Yamaha R1 superbike more]]>
In this video, provided to us from Yamaha, we see the all-new, 2015 R1 getting stripped of its street clothes in preparation for racetrack battle. The introduction of the new R1 coincides with the new chapter in American road racing, as MotoAmerica is set to take over. Here, we see the bike stripped to its frame, its engine run on the dyno, and geometry measurements being taken. Interestingly, the beginning of the video shows a computer screen with a CAD drawing of a fuel tank. The length of a road race forces the engine to consume more fuel than the stock tank allows, so one of the first modifications is to design a larger unit that mimics the shape of the stocker. Check out the video below, and keep an eye out for the new R1 at the season opening race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, April 10-12.

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<![CDATA[Ducati Produces its Millionth Motorcycle]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-produces-millionth-motorcycle/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/15/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-produces-millionth-motorcycle/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:18:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47697 Ducati Produces its Millionth Motorcycle
Ducati has reached an important milestone, producing the 1 millionth motorcycle in the company’s history. The millionth bike, a 2015 Ducati Monster 1200S, was specially delivered to its new owner, 47-year-old Ernesto Passoni by Ducati Chief Executive Officer Claudio Domenicalli. It’s still a far cry from the 300-millionth motorcycle mark recently passed by Honda, but […] more]]>
Ducati has reached an important milestone, producing the 1 millionth motorcycle in the company’s history. The millionth bike, a 2015 Ducati Monster 1200S, was specially delivered to its new owner, 47-year-old Ernesto Passoni by Ducati Chief Executive Officer Claudio Domenicalli.

It’s still a far cry from the 300-millionth motorcycle mark recently passed by Honda, but an important accomplishment for the much smaller Italian manufacturer. Founded in 1926 as a producer of radio components, Ducati didn’t begin making motorcycles until after the end of World War II.

“Between 1946 and today we have designed, built and delivered one million dreams that have become reality to Ducatisti,” says Domenicali. “Our strength is in the exceptional work that all of the Ducati employees carry out so efficiently on a daily basis, contributing to making our bikes beautiful, unique and desirable. To deliver the millionth bike produced directly into the hands of a passionate Ducatista is an incredible feeling and an incentive to continue along our growth path.”

Audi Group CEO Rupert Stadler and Luca de Meo, a member of the board for marketing and sales for Audi, were also present for the delivery which took place at the Audi City Lab in Milan, Italy.

The landmark Monster was marked with a laser serigraph on the top handlebar bracket to indicate its historical importance.

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[Source: Ducati]

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<![CDATA[Held “Rain Cloud” Gore-Tex Gloves Now Available]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/12/products/held-rain-cloud-gore-tex-gloves-now-available/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/12/products/held-rain-cloud-gore-tex-gloves-now-available/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:12:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47691 Held “Rain Cloud” Gore-Tex Gloves Now Available
X-Trafit technology makes for a thinner winter glove more]]>
Held’s latest winter gloves, the “Rain Cloud,” offers riders ultimate protection in cold and/or wet conditions. Combining Gore-Tex protection with X-Trafit layer reduction technology, the Rain Cloud is breathable, warm and waterproof, without losing fit or dexterity.

The X-Trafit membrane lamination process reduces the amount of layers typically found in a winter waterproof glove from four to two, while providing the same warmth, protection, tactility and waterproofing. Thermoplush fleece lining is featured on the back of the hand for added warmth, while flat seam construction provides greater comfort.

Outside, the Rain Cloud features goatskin leather with Nyspan inserts on the back. Hard knuckle protection is covered in leather, with Superfabric reinforcement on the edge of the hand. Reflective piping in the form of 3M Scotchlite makes the hands (and, by extension, you) a little easier to see at night. A visor wipe on the index finger allows you to sweep water off your faceshield without smearing it.

With a retail price of $220.00, Held Rain Cloud gloves are now available online and through Held USA dealers. For more information visit www.HeldUSA.com.

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica, AMA Meet To Discuss Advancing US Road Racing]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/12/racing/motoamerica-ama-meet-discuss-advancing-us-road-racing/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/12/racing/motoamerica-ama-meet-discuss-advancing-us-road-racing/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:16:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47688 MotoAmerica, AMA Meet To Discuss Advancing US Road Racing
MotoAmerica principals Wayne Rainey, Chuck Askland and Race Operations Manager, Niccole Cox met with AMA representatives and seven regional and amateur road racing organizations to discuss ideas of how to improve road racing in America. “Our goal is to create a better path from the amateur ranks to national championship competition and, ultimately, to help American riders ascend […] more]]>
MotoAmerica principals Wayne Rainey, Chuck Askland and Race Operations Manager, Niccole Cox met with AMA representatives and seven regional and amateur road racing organizations to discuss ideas of how to improve road racing in America.

“Our goal is to create a better path from the amateur ranks to national championship competition and, ultimately, to help American riders ascend to the MotoGP World Championship,” says three-time world champion and an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Rainey. “That work begins at the club level. The more cooperation and standardization that we can create across the board, the easier it will be for amateur racers to one day become pros in MotoAmerica.”

Askland reported that the industry has expressed ongoing support for MotoAmerica’s progress. He asked the other organizations in attendance to work closely with the AMA to build a framework for long-term viability.

“We also want to create value for the sport,” Askland says. “If all of our organizations can be aligned on key classes, develop standardized race procedures and work together to homogenize certain rules, the foundation will be in place for sustainable success.”

Representatives from other road racing groups included Evelyne and Sean Clarke from WERA Motorcycle Roadracing; Kevin Elliot, president of ASRA/Championship Cup Series; Greg Nulman, owner, and Mana Claus, timing and scoring, with Moto West Grand Prix; Walter Walker, director of competition for the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association; Dana Wilson with the Utah Sport Bike Association; Jim Wilson, president of the Motorcycle Roadracing Association; and Berto Wooldridge, president of the American Federation of Motorcyclists.

Representatives examined several ways they can work together. In addition to classes and race procedures, discussions included license processing, technology sharing and racer promotions.

As part of its responsibilities as the sanctioning body for professional road racing in America, the AMA licenses riders and manages the advancement process. In addition, as the U.S. affiliate of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme and a member of FIM North America, the AMA administers MotoAmerica’s FIM North America Continental Union sanction.

The AMA was represented by President and CEO Rob Dingman, Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey, Racing Director Bill Cumbow, Director of Pro Racing Relations Kevin Crowther and Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant.

“The AMA is committed to creating a brighter future for all levels of road racing competition,” says Dingman. “MotoAmerica is demonstrating exceptional dedication with respect to the professional national and continental championship series. This meeting was an important step to extend that level of collaboration to the grassroots level, where tomorrow’sstars will get their first taste of competitive road racing.”

MotoAmerica, with consultation of the AMA, is responsible for maintaining a competitive and commercially viable class structure, drafting the rules of competition and event procedures, selling series sponsorships, negotiating with tracks, processing crew and media credentials, and engaging with fans.

The AMA will announce licensing criteria and procedures soon at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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<![CDATA[Awesome Footage From The Superprestigio Practice Day + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/12/videos/awesome-footage-superprestigio-practice-day-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/12/videos/awesome-footage-superprestigio-practice-day-video/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:28:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47675 Awesome Footage From The Superprestigio Practice Day + Video
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Tomorrow, Saturday, is the second annual Superprestigio dirt track race in Spain, which is attracting many big names in various sectors of the motorcycle racing world. Road racers like Marc Marquez, Johan Zarco, Guy Martin and Troy Bayliss (among many others) will be joined by dirt riders and dirt track specialists like Jared Mees, Shayna Texter, and reigning champ Brad Baker. Here, our friends at Flat Track Live bring us some amazing footage of the athletes practicing for tomorrow’s main event. And yes, Brad Baker (seen in the photo above) is charging the turn so hard, both wheels are momentarily off the ground. Check out the video below.

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<![CDATA[New Beta Exhaust Options From Pro Circuit]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/12/products/new-beta-exhaust-options-pro-circuit/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/12/products/new-beta-exhaust-options-pro-circuit/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:59:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47664 New Beta Exhaust Options From Pro Circuit
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From a Pro Circuit press release:


Two-Stroke performance is what we built our reputation on over 35 years ago, and we are still committed to offering you a selection of two-stroke pipes and silencers that will fit all of your riding needs. Today, we are excited to announce the release of the Works Pipe, Platinum Pipe, R-304, 304 and Type 296 Silencers all made in the USA, for the Beta RR 2T 250/300 and RR 250/300 2T Racing models.

Works Pipe – Offers unparalleled performance, power and torque gains across the entire rpm range. It is constructed of AKDQ high-quality carbon steel, includes an unplated, oiled metal finish to give your bike that “factory look,” hand welded and pounded seams and reinforced mounting brackets and stingers for increased durability.

Platinum Pipe – Offers the same performance gains as the Works Pipe, but is a more ideal choice for extreme weather condition riding. It is constructed of AKDQ high-quality carbon steel and includes a nickel plated finish to reduce rider maintenance and to help protect the pipe
against nature’s elements. The Platinum Pipe also features hand welded and pounded seams and reinforced mounting brackets and stingers for increased durability.

R-304 Stainless Shorty Silencer – Our most popular “full-race” silencer, the compact design offers optimum performance gains and is for closed-course racing only. The aluminum and stainless steel construction offer increased durability and a lightweight feel. This silencer also features double-walled mounting bracket(s) for increased strength and is easy to repack when needed.

304 Factory Sound Silencer – The longer body design helps to reduce noise output and is recommended for any two-stroke application. The aluminum and stainless steel construction contributes to an extremely lightweight and durable silencer and is very easy to repack when needed.

Type 296 Spark Arrested Silencer – A quiet spark arrested silencer that should be used when riding in noise sensitive areas or any National Forest. It is easy to repack when needed and features an aluminum and stainless steel construction for increased durability.

Please visit www.procircuit.com for more information on this and other Pro Circuit products.

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Reveals Rickey Gadson Ninja H2 Drag Bike + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/11/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-reveals-rickey-gadson-ninja-h2-drag-bike-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/11/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-reveals-rickey-gadson-ninja-h2-drag-bike-video/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:34:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47659 Kawasaki Reveals Rickey Gadson Ninja H2 Drag Bike + Video
Kawasaki revealed a one-off Ninja H2 customized for 11-time drag racing champion Rickey Gadson. Presented at the New York International Motor Show, Rickey Gadson’s Custom Ninja H2 Hybrid was modified to meet the specific needs of drag racing The most noticeable difference is the extended Strong Arm swingarm from Adam’s Performance, stretching the length to […] more]]>
Kawasaki revealed a one-off Ninja H2 customized for 11-time drag racing champion Rickey Gadson. Presented at the New York International Motor Show, Rickey Gadson’s Custom Ninja H2 Hybrid was modified to meet the specific needs of drag racing

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The most noticeable difference is the extended Strong Arm swingarm from Adam’s Performance, stretching the length to 67.5 inches. The stock rear wheel was replaced with a BST carbon fiber wheel from Brock’s Performance (the Gadson bike retains the stock Ninja H2 cast aluminum front wheel), which, combined with the Strong Arm, Gadson says eliminated about 12 pounds of weight.

Discuss this at our Kawasaki Ninja H2 Forum.

Other ugrades include a JRI rear shock and a handlebar-mounted air shifter which works together with the H2′s standard quick shifter. The Gadson H2 is otherwise essentially the same as the stock bike.

Riding the upgraded H2 at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina, Gadson recorded a quarter-mile time of 8.213 seconds with a speed of 166.48 mph.

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<![CDATA[New K-Tech Suspension Mods For Harleys And Custom Classics]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/10/products/new-k-tech-suspension-mods-harleys-custom-classics/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/10/products/new-k-tech-suspension-mods-harleys-custom-classics/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:54:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47649 New K-Tech Suspension Mods For Harleys And Custom Classics
K-Tech Suspension has unveiled its first ever range of fork internals and rear shocks designed for the classic custom market, as well as Harley-Davidsons. With more than 20 years of experience working at the highest levels in the performance suspension marketplace, the firm’s team is making it easier for classic custom and Harley-Davidson owners to […] more]]>
K-Tech Suspension has unveiled its first ever range of fork internals and rear shocks designed for the classic custom market, as well as Harley-Davidsons. With more than 20 years of experience working at the highest levels in the performance suspension marketplace, the firm’s team is making it easier for classic custom and Harley-Davidson owners to source high-quality, high-performance suspension parts.

K-Tech Bullit shocks
The K-Tech Bullit is a new forged aluminum shock absorber incorporating the latest damping technology along with an original look. This shock absorber is nitrogen charged, and its spring-less design means Harley-Davidson owners can take advantage of its classic “strut” type look. There are three optional lengths available 11.5 inches, 12.5 inches and 13.5 inches.

K-Tech Tracker fork cartridges
The K-Tech Tracker fork cartridges have external adjustment for spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping. These high-performance cartridges fit into the original equipment fork.

K-Tech Razor shocks
The K-Tech Razor shocks are nitrogen filled and available in multiple lengths that allow up to four-way adjustability. The shocks come with an anodized black finish.

K-Tech Razor shocks – Lite Version
The K-Tech Razor shocks – Lite Version offers improved performance together with understated looks. Easy to install, they are a serious upgrade designed to improve a rider’s comfort and control with rebound and length adjustability.

K-Tech Suspension is available from authorized dealers or you can view product information here: www.ktechsuspension.com, to purchase go to www.orientexpress.com.

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<![CDATA[Win A 2015 Ducati Scrambler]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/10/manufacturers/ducati/win-2015-ducati-scrambler/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/10/manufacturers/ducati/win-2015-ducati-scrambler/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:02:50 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47640 Win A 2015 Ducati Scrambler
SoCal Ducati dealer, Moto Forza, is giving away a new Ducati Scrambler Icon. The year-long promotion is a referral based contest. Basically, when you refer five people who purchase a new motorcycle from Moto Forza, you will be entered to win the Grand Prize – a 2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon. Discuss this at our Ducati Scrambler […] more]]>
SoCal Ducati dealer, Moto Forza, is giving away a new Ducati Scrambler Icon. The year-long promotion is a referral based contest. Basically, when you refer five people who purchase a new motorcycle from Moto Forza, you will be entered to win the Grand Prize – a 2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon.

Discuss this at our Ducati Scrambler Forum.

Moto Forza will also send you a $100 gift certificate for each of the first four referrals who purchase a new motorcycle from Moto Forza. For each additional referral after five, you will get one additional entry into the drawing, increasing your odds of winning the Scrambler.

The promotion ends November 30, 2015. For more information visit www.winaducatiscrambler.com or call Moto Forza at 760-746-6001.

Moto Forza was established in 2001 by championship winning ex-racer Balz Renggli, and is located at 572 N. Tulip Street, Escondido, CA 92025, www.moto-forza.com.

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<![CDATA[Bryan Carroll And James Walker 2014 AMA Motorcyclists Of The Year]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/10/industry-news/bryan-carroll-james-walker-2014-ama-motorcyclists-year/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/10/industry-news/bryan-carroll-james-walker-2014-ama-motorcyclists-year/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:15:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47633 Bryan Carroll And James Walker 2014 AMA Motorcyclists Of The Year
"Bryan Carroll and James Walker have produced what is arguably the most compelling demonstration for why we ride, short of physically experiencing riding itself," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. more]]>
Movie documentarians Bryan Carroll and James Walker have been selected as co-recepients for the American Motorcycle Association’s 2014 Motorcyclists of the Year award. Carroll and Walker directed and produced “Why We Ride,” a documentary that promotes modern motorcycling across every discipline.

Producer/director Carroll and producer Walker created a film that is one of motorcycling’s great testimonials – a feature-length documentary about why we “dream, discover and explore” on two wheels. Their effort came at an opportune time for motorcycling, reminding riders about their passion and promoting riding to others when motorcycle sales were at some of their lowest levels in decades.

“Bryan Carroll and James Walker have produced what is arguably the most compelling demonstration for why we ride, short of physically experiencing riding itself,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Their mission was to promote motorcycling to riders and non-riders alike. A year after its debut, their film has become one of the best advertisements for motorcycling available anywhere.”

A full account of Carroll and Walker’s creation of “Why We Ride,” as well as their personal stories about motorcycling, can be found in the January issue of American Motorcyclist, the official journal of the AMA.

The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year Award recognizes the person or persons who had the most profound impact within the motorcycling community in the previous 12 months. The AMA Board of Directors bestows the award annually.

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<![CDATA[SpeedMob Introduces Two New Brands]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/10/products/speedmob-introduces-two-new-brands/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/10/products/speedmob-introduces-two-new-brands/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:08:11 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47679 SpeedMob Introduces Two New Brands
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SpeedMob Inc. has announced it will carry two new American brands: Core Moto brake lines and LynxHooks interlocking tie-downs.

Tim Calhoun, President of SpeedMob states: “We are continually seeking out premium brands and brands we consider best in category and we feel these new products fit that bill. These brands we’re announcing are backed by passionate individuals who represent the American entrepreneurial spirit and pride in workmanship that comes with that. It allows my company and staff to sell with confidence, as we know that we are delivering incredible products to our dealers and consumers.”

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Of brake line manufacturer Core Moto, Calhoun states, “The color matching is phenomenal and the fit, finish, packaging and performance are second to none.” SpeedMob will start with off-road offerings and move to additional street offerings throughout the spring. These products are in stock and ready to deliver now.

LYNXHOOKS

1078d2f6-191e-47bd-af9b-0a9eb20acee6LynxHooks is a relatively new brand conceived by four partners who were sick of using sub-par tie-downs and bungie cord systems. “These are an incredible solution to the age old issue of reliably strapping down items to your bike, ATV, UTV or anything else you are transporting goods with,” says Calhoun.

These fully adjustable, flexible straps offer a unique interlocking hook system that allows you to add additional straps to configure as large of a tie-down platform as is needed by snapping the end hooks together. They are also available in  several different coolors. Calhoun states, ”Think of this as an expandable system that allows you to add straps as needed to cover as large of a surface as needed, without the problem of hooks scratching your paint, snapping back in your face or coming undone when you hook the ends together.” These pieces are in stock and SpeedMob is now taking orders.

For more information or to place an order, please contact SpeedMob at (510) 232-4040 or email sales@speedmob.com.

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<![CDATA[American Flat Trackers Ready To Battle At Superprestigio This Weekend]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/09/motorcycle-category/off-road/american-flat-trackers-ready-battle-superprestigio-weekend/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/09/motorcycle-category/off-road/american-flat-trackers-ready-battle-superprestigio-weekend/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:45:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47625 American Flat Trackers Ready To Battle At Superprestigio This Weekend
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From an AMA press release:


Two Grand National Champions and one fast up-and-coming female sensation are preparing to represent AMA Pro Flat Track in the Superprestigio, a short track exhibition event scheduled to take place this Saturday, Dec. 13 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jared Mees, Brad Baker and Shayna Texter will grind it out against more than 40 international superstars, including two-time, defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez. The entire event, including the star-studded final, will be broadcast live to audiences in the United States on FansChoice.tv as well as the websites of Cycle World, Motorcyclist and Sport Rider, thanks to a collaborative effort between AMA Pro Racing, Bonnier Corporation and RPM Racing, the promoters of the Superprestigio.

Baker carried America’s flag proud as he represented AMA Pro Flat Track in the Superprestigio event held in January of this year. Baker was coming off an amazing championship run in 2013 to secure the AMA Pro Flat Track National No. 1 plate. The Washington native didn’t disappoint either, as he was able to get the best of Spain’s hero, Marquez, to claim the Superprestigio victory in front of a packed house.

“It’s an honor,” Baker said. “It’s really cool just to be able to be recognized on that level, that playing field with riders such as Marc [Marquez] and the other GP riders at the event.”

Unlike Baker, Michigan’s Mees has never stepped foot on European soil. The reigning Grand National Champion reclaimed the title this season after earning nine podiums and two victories, and will surely be a threat to take the checkered flag when the lights go green this Saturday.

“I’m extremely excited for this race to happen,” said Mees. “I’ve never flown overseas before and I feel very fortunate for this opportunity and to get invited to such a prestigious event. I’m confident that Brad, Shayna and I will do a good job representing America and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun competing against Marc Marquez and the other Spanish riders.”

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Shayna Texter competing at Daytona Flat Track

Texter is the third and final AMA Pro Flat Track rider competing in the Superprestigio. The 23-year-old Pennsylvanian is the first female rider to win an AMA Pro Flat Track main event, which she first did in 2011 when she took the GNC2 checkered flag at Knoxville.

“I’m thrilled to be able to represent America and compete against my fellow competitors here in the states as well as Marc Marquez and the rest of the competition on such a big stage,” said Texter. “I feel most comfortable on a 450cc motorcycle and fortunately that’s what I’ll be racing on this weekend. This is going to be a great event.”

Additional AMA Pro Flat Track flavor will come from flagger Kevin Clark, who will be participating in the Superprestigio for the second straight year.

Kenny Noyes, the reigning FIM CEV International Superbike champion, is also slated to compete in the event for the second time, bringing the total number of American riders entered in the event to four.

Commentary for the broadcast will be handled by English MotoGP announcer Gregory Haines and AMA Pro Flat Track legend Chris Carr. The expertise Carr brings to the booth includes seven Grand National Championships and 78 victories, second all-time in GNC competition.

“While it was great to watch the Superprestigio dirt track earlier this year, I am really excited to be a part of the Fanschioce.tv team calling the action in person,” Carr said. “I look forward to seeing our last two Grand National Champions, Jared Mees and Brad Baker, as well as everybody’s fan favorite, Shayna Texter, take on the various world and national champions from Europe and beyond. Let the ‘Battle of Barcelona,’ commence!”

The Superprestigio is set to begin at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 a.m. PT) on Saturday, Dec. 13 and all of the action will be broadcast live on www.FansChoice.tv, the official home for live streaming of all AMA Pro Flat Track events. 

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<![CDATA[Yamaha U.S.A. Launches E-Commerce Parts And Accessories Website]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/09/motorcycle-news/yamaha-u-s-launches-e-commerce-parts-accessories-website/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/09/motorcycle-news/yamaha-u-s-launches-e-commerce-parts-accessories-website/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:30:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47544 Yamaha U.S.A. Launches E-Commerce Parts And Accessories Website
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Just in time for the holidays, Yamaha has made searching and purchasing parts and accessories easier than ever before with the launch of its new e-commerce website, www.ShopYamaha.com. Whether you want gear for your Yamaha snowmobile, personal watercraft, ATV, side by side or motorcycle, everything is available in one convenient spot.

This is the first time many of the products will be available online. Also, orders will be fulfilled by local dealerships, a smart move by Yamaha to make their dealers happy instead of stealing their sales.

The site features a clean and modern look with hi-res images of Yamaha riding gear, brand apparel and high-quality accessories for your Yamaha.

“Just in time for the holidays, we created www.ShopYamaha.com to provide consumers with a one-stop shop for all things Yamaha,” said Frank Pittman, Vice President, Customer Support Group, Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. “From stocking stuffer accessories like off-road riding gloves to top-of-the-wishlist items like snowmobile heated grips, the shop has something for every motorsports or Yamaha enthusiast.”

www.ShopYamaha.com offers an easy-to-use dealer locator and allows site visitors to keep track of preferred dealers by creating an account. Adding to convenience for holiday shoppers, the site features a wishlist function and responsive customer service.

GYTR – Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing, Performance accessories, Yamaha Genuine Accessories, Star Custom Accessories, and apparel products are available at www.ShopYamaha.com.

For more information on Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. visit http://www.yamaha-motor.com/

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<![CDATA[Riding A Trials Bike On A Rollercoaster + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/08/videos/riding-trials-bike-rollercoaster-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/08/videos/riding-trials-bike-rollercoaster-video/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 02:28:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47622 Riding A Trials Bike On A Rollercoaster + Video
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Frenchman Julien Dupont is a legend in the motorcycle trials world. But sometimes, he just wants to have a little fun. So what does he do? He arranges for Red Bull to get him access to the Montaña Rusa, a famous wooden roller coaster in Mexico City. At one time, the  Montaña Rusa was the tallest roller coaster in the world.  Now, the 3/4-mile-long attraction is Dupont’s personal playground. Watch as he powers up the ramps, wheelies across sections, and does backflips. Yes, backflips on a roller coaster. Check it out below.

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<![CDATA[EBR Presents: Cory Wests Day Off Part 2 + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/08/products/ebr-presents-cory-wests-day-part-2-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/08/products/ebr-presents-cory-wests-day-part-2-video/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 01:50:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47618 EBR Presents: Cory West’s Day Off Part 2 + Video
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Cory West likes the EBR 1190SX, as he showed us in this video on his day off working at the EBR factory in Wisconsin. However, that was just the beginning of West’s antics on the SX. Check out where he’s taken the SX on yet another day off. The dirt oval! The video below really doesn’t need much more of an introduction than that. Here’s Cory going back to his dirt track roots on the EBR 1190SX.

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<![CDATA[Suzuki WSBK Team Principal Paul Denning Reflects On 2015]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/08/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-wsbk-team-principal-paul-denning-reflects-2015/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/12/08/manufacturers/suzuki/suzuki-wsbk-team-principal-paul-denning-reflects-2015/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:25:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=47615 Suzuki WSBK Team Principal Paul Denning Reflects On 2015
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The 2015 World Superbike season will see a shakeup for the series, as new cost-saving regulations have dramatically altered each bike. For the Crescent Suzuki World Superbike Team, 2015 not only poses a new challenge with the GSX-R1000, but it also introduces a new rider, as Suzuki MotoGP test rider, Randy de Puniet, will line up with Alex Lowes to form Suzuki’s two-man attack on the championship. Here, Team Principal Paul Denning gives his thought on the year to come.


As you will be aware, ex-MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet has joined the team for the 2015 season. Having spent the past year developing Suzuki’s 2015 return to GP competition with the all-new GSX-RR, Randy is eager to return to competitive racing and is confident of achieving his goal of becoming a consistent championship and podium challenger. While he will continue to work with the GP team testing, in advance of the introduction of Michelin MotoGP tyres for 2016, the FIM Superbike World Championship will be his priority and main focus.

The team’s recent Jerez test proved positive, despite the weather’s determination to hamper proceedings. The 2015-spec Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 is showing greater performance and consistency compared to the competition – the new regulations, as expected, have levelled the playing-field. Alex recorded the fastest lap-time of all riders on both race and qualifying tyres (1’40.9 and 1’40.7 respectively) during the dry conditions, while Randy adapted to the GSX-R1000 Superbike quickly, feeling confident and comfortable in both wet and dry-running.

The test was also the first opportunity to work with the new team structure and staff while saying farewell to Phil Marron, Carl Meakin and Scott Kennedy. Pete Jennings returns to Crescent as Alex’s Crew Chief, with two new recruits, Melvin Newnes and Andy Berzins working alongside him and Ian Campbell. Lez, Dale, Russell and Ash will continue working together on Randy’s side of the garage. Christophe Lambert is the final addition, as Data Technician to Randy; Davide Gentile continues to oversee the electronics department, working directly with Alex during race weekends with Tim Seed in a supportive role to both.

The Verwood Headquarters will also see an expansion next year with the purchase of a new bespoke facility for the race team. Situated just behind the current location, the new workshop will be solely for the WSBK race team, providing a dedicated base for engine building, engineering and bike preparation. The facility will also allow the team to create VIP invitations for clients and partners visiting the team, and provide additional opportunities for team sponsors.

The 2015 calendar has now been issued, with 14 rounds (28 races) confirmed on the schedule. Thailand is the sole new-venue addition, with Russia returning after a year’s absence and 2014’s eight main European rounds and four “flyaways” remaining at the same venues, allowing for growth and consistency in the Championship platform.

The team are hard at work in the run-up to the winter testing ban – concentrating on engine preparation, overall weight optimisation, wind tunnel testing in Italy (January) and the extensive project of transferring the electronics system to the industry-leading Magneti Marelli hardware. We will return to Southern Europe for two further tests, in Portugal and Spain, at the end of January before the freight leaves for Australia and the first race weekend of the season at Phillip Island, on February 22nd.

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