Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:03:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 <![CDATA[Top-Selling Motorcycles in US in 2013: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and Breakout]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/manufacturers/harley-davidson/top-selling-motorcycles-us-2013-harley-davidson-street-glide-special-breakout/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/manufacturers/harley-davidson/top-selling-motorcycles-us-2013-harley-davidson-street-glide-special-breakout/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:03:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41914 Top-Selling Motorcycles in US in 2013: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and Breakout
It’s almost automatic every time we write about Harley-Davidson that the company’s critics jump out to say how its bikes are heavy or assembled from parts bin leftovers or technologically decades behind its competitors. What these naysayers either forget or completely ignore is that Harley-Davidson motorcycles continue to sell. In its first quarter 2014 financial […] more]]>
It’s almost automatic every time we write about Harley-Davidson that the company’s critics jump out to say how its bikes are heavy or assembled from parts bin leftovers or technologically decades behind its competitors. What these naysayers either forget or completely ignore is that Harley-Davidson motorcycles continue to sell. In its first quarter 2014 financial report, Harley-Davidson reported a 5.8% increase in motorcycle sales including 3.0% in the U.S. alone.

And before the critics can retort, there’s more: Harley-Davidson lays claim to the two top-selling motorcycles in the U.S. in 2013, with the perennially popular Street Glide Special topping all other models and the Breakout following in second.

Those claims were based on vehicle registration data compiled by Polk IHS Automotive. Unfortunately, Harley-Davidson didn’t go into any specific detail, as it’d be interesting to know just how much better those two models performed compared to the competition.

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We also don’t know who’s #3 on the list, though it’s safe to assume it’s not another Harley-Davidson as The Motor Company would have gladly announced it held the top three spots. We also don’t know if there are any asterisks required in Harley-Davidson’s claim, such as whether the data only counts streetbikes with engines displacing more than 601cc.

Harley-Davidson does claim the market lead in such heavyweight motorcycles. With the Street 500 still on the way, all of the 35,730 motorcycles Harley-Davidson sold in the U.S. last year belong to that 601cc and larger category. By comparison, data from the Motorcycle Industry Council say Americans purchased 62,202 on-highway motorcycles displacing more than 601cc in 2013. By those figures, Harley-Davidson holds a strong 57.4% grip on that category.

Again citing the Polk IHS Automotive data, Harley-Davidson does claim to be the best-selling manufacturer in the U.S., not just in the heavyweight class but across all displacements, in several key demographics. It’s no surprise that Harley-Davidson has a strong grip on its “core” demographic of Caucasian men age 35 and older. In other words, the stereotypical Harley-owner the critics are quick to mock.

But for the sixth consecutive year, Harley-Davidson also claims the market lead among young adults 18-34, women, African-Americans and Hispanics in the U.S., a collective the company calls “outreach” customers. In fact, Harley-Davidson’s internal data found its outreach customers are growing at twice the rate of its core customers in 2013 compared to 2012.

2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special female rider

“Together with our dealers, we continued to expand the appeal of our products and the Harley-Davidson experience,” says Keith Wandell, Harley-Davidson chief executive officer. “Harley-Davidson dealers sold more than four times as many new, on-road motorcycles, 601cc and up, to U.S. young adults last year, and among riders age 35-plus, more than nine times as many to women, more than six times as many to African Americans and more than seven times as many to Hispanics, as the nearest competitor.”

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[Round 1 Of GEICO Superbike Shootout Is This Weekend]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/products/round-1-geico-superbike-shootout-weekend/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/products/round-1-geico-superbike-shootout-weekend/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:44:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41915 Round 1 Of GEICO Superbike Shootout Is This Weekend
Southern California race fans, the Superbike Shootout invades Auto Club Speedway in Fontana this weekend. more]]>
Round One of the GEICO Superbike Shootout kicks off with the Yamaha SoCal Nationals this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The event is the first of a three-race series that will crown overall champions in two individual race classes: Pro Superbike and Dynojet Pro Sportbike.

The Superbike Shootout is a three-race series meant to fill the long void in the AMA Pro Roadracing schedule between round one at Daytona and the second round at Road America. It also brings professional motorcycle racing back to the west coast, as the AMA schedule didn’t feature any races at west coast tracks at the start of the season (a round at Laguna Seca has since been added in support of World Superbike). Mimicking a similar structure used in Britain, the Superbike Shootout sees pro racers competing on the same weekends as amateurs, giving both the chance to mingle with each other.

As a sponsor of the event, the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing teams will be in full force at this weekend’s event, and there’ll be lots of opportunities to see and talk face-to-face with the Yamaha riders and crew.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike

Coming off their wins at Daytona International Speedway in March, three-time AMA Pro SuperBike champion Josh Hayes and last year’s AMA Pro Daytona SportBike champion Cameron Beaubier will both be in action at Auto Club Speedway, and they’ll be looking to add a second victory to their seasons. Josh will be aboard his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, while Cameron will be in the saddle of his #2 Yamaha R1 Superbike.

Josh, who lives in nearby Oceanside, said, “I’m really excited to be racing so close to home. It’s a rare treat to be able to drive from my house to the track and, who knows, maybe I’ll decide to pedal my road bicycle up to Fontana. I’m looking forward to racing in front of my friends and neighbors, and we’re hoping to see lots of SoCal Yamaha fans in attendance at Auto Club Speedway.”

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Riding their #8 and #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 Sportbikes, Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach, are excited to race on the 21-turn, 2.36-mile road course at Auto Club Speedway. “GG” and “Jiggy Dog” will compete head-to-head against each other, as well as against a strong field of other Yamaha R6 pilots and Pro Sportbike riders aboard other makes.

Meet Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD This Weekend

To give fans the best chance to meet and talk with the four Yamaha riders, two special events will be held, in addition to all the on-track racing action. On Saturday, April 26 from 1:30 to 2:15 PM PST in the Media/Rider Center in the infield paddock at Auto Club Speedway, Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD will participate in a special Q&A session where fans and track day riders can ask questions to Yamaha’s “Fast Four.”

And then, twice on Sunday, April 27–from 10:30 to 11:00 AM PST and 12:15 to 12:45 PM PST–Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD will be on hand to sign posters and autograph other memorabilia. The morning autograph session will take place at the teams’ garages in the infield paddock, while the afternoon autograph session will be at the Yamaha Product Display Area.

In addition, there will be contests, giveaways, and lots of other Yamaha-specific fan events throughout the weekend.

For the latest in Superbike Shootout info, check out www.superbikeshootout.com.

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<![CDATA[Kick Gas, The Movie, Released Today Earth Day + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/videos/kick-gas-the-movie-released-today-earth-day-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/videos/kick-gas-the-movie-released-today-earth-day-video/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:44:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41908 Kick Gas, The Movie, Released Today – Earth Day + Video
Kick Gas: A story on traveling from coast to coast, completely on electric power. more]]>
Kick Gas, a documentary about a gang of electric vehicle enthusiasts on a mission to set a new Guinness World record, has been released on this day, Earth Day, 2014. The vehicles included a Nissan Leaf, 2012 Zero S, a Xenon electric scooter, and an A2B Alva electric bicycle. The goal, then, was to cover 4000 miles in 44 days, starting from Charleston, South Carolina, to Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Ben Rich, of Green Car Reports, rode the Zero on the trip, and tells just a few of his favorite memories from the journey in his column, but as you can imagine the effort was a giant undertaking. From managing the speeds of the vastly different vehicles, to staying focused and on track, the hurdles were many. Oh, and let’s not forget about the biggest hurdle of all: charging the batteries. Rich mentions that both coasts are fairly well equipped with a charging infrastructure, but when traveling west past the Mississippi River, charging became a problem. Thankfully, hotels, and RV campgrounds are rather prevalent throughout the country.

Check out the video trailer below to catch just a small glimpse of the record-setting effort. To download the whole movie, visit the Kick Gas website.

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<![CDATA[Dynojet Sponsoring GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike Class]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/motorcycle-news/dynojet-sponsoring-geico-motorcycle-superbike-shootout-pro-sportbike-class/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/motorcycle-news/dynojet-sponsoring-geico-motorcycle-superbike-shootout-pro-sportbike-class/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:14:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41903 Dynojet Sponsoring GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike Class
Dynojet sponsoring the Pro Sportbike class, and will have dyno truck available to all racers. more]]>
The new three-event GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha is gaining steam as Dynojet Research has stepped up to provide sponsorship for the Pro Sportbike class. Dynojet will also have its popular dyno performance truck on-site for race support.

Devised to fill an 11-week gap in professional road racing between mid-March and late May, the Superbike Shootout was inspired by the successful British Superbike Championship series. Both feature top professional stars and up-and-coming amateurs sharing the track in separate races at each venue.

The three-race series kicks off this coming weekend, April 26-27, with the Yamaha SoCal Nationals to be held in conjunction with Fastrack Riders and WERA at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California. Two professional races–Dynojet Pro Sportbike and Pro Superbike–will run along with a full schedule of WERA semi-pro and amateur races.

After its inaugural race weekend, the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha moves north to Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California for the Pacific Nationals hosted by AFM on May 3-4, then concludes with the Mountain Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah hosted by UtahSBA on May 24-25.

For more information about the series, racers, tracks, vendors and sponsors, go to SuperbikeShootout.com.

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Reports Q1 2014 Sales Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q1-2014-sales-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/22/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q1-2014-sales-results/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:51:47 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41900 Harley-Davidson Reports Q1 2014 Sales Results
Harley-Davidson kicked off its 2014 fiscal year with a first quarter net income of $265.9 million, an 18.1% increase from the profit reported in the same period of 2013. Consumers purchased 57,415 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide in the first quarter, up 5.8% from the 54,254 units sold in Q1 2013. U.S. sales accounted for 35,730 […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson kicked off its 2014 fiscal year with a first quarter net income of $265.9 million, an 18.1% increase from the profit reported in the same period of 2013.

Consumers purchased 57,415 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide in the first quarter, up 5.8% from the 54,254 units sold in Q1 2013. U.S. sales accounted for 35,730 units, up 3.0% from 34,706. Despite the increase in U.S. sales, Harley-Davidson says sales were negatively impacted by the poor weather across much of country and the dropping of the Road Glide from its lineup.

Meanwhile, Harley-Davidson reported an 8.2% increase in unit sales in Europe, an 8.9% increase in Latin America and an impressive 20.5% increase in the Asia Pacific region, thanks in part to rising demand in Japan as customers sought to make purchases before a new consumption tax increase kicks in April 1.

“Thanks to the great contributions of our employees, dealers and suppliers, we continue to lead at delivering exceptional customer experiences in 89 countries,” says Keith Wandell, chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson.

Harley-Davidson’s Project Rushmore initiative proved to be a strong draw, with Harley-Davidson increasing the percentage of touring models in its product mix. On the other end of the spectrum, Harley-Davidson also started shipping its new small-displacement Street models during the quarter.

“Our Project Rushmore motorcycles were in high demand in the quarter and we began shipping the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 into select markets. These motorcycles, together with continuous improvement in our operations at every level, underscore the momentum we’ve established as a customer-led company.”

Motorcycle sales brought in $1.3 billion for Harley-Davidson, a 13.1% increase from $1.2 billion reported last year. Parts and accessory sales revenue increased 7.7% to $198.1 million while revenue from general merchandise (consisting mostly of Harley-Davidson MotorClothes apparel) was down 11.1% to 64.1%.

Looking ahead, Harley-Davidson expects to ship from 279,000 to 284,000 motorcycles in 2014, a 7-9% increase over 2013.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[The Low Season Is A Fresh Twist On Motorcycle Exploration + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/videos/low-season-fresh-twist-motorcycle-exploration-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/videos/low-season-fresh-twist-motorcycle-exploration-video/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:06:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41892 The Low Season Is A Fresh Twist On Motorcycle Exploration + Video
The Low Season may not be a popular time for tourist travel, but that's what makes it great for motorcycle explorers. more]]>
Some may call filmmaker Andrew David Watson a crazy motorcycle adventurer. Personally, I applaud him. It’s a common phrase in motorcycling to say we’d rather take the long way home, but Watson took those words to heart. Last year, while traveling home from a shoot in Sri Lanka, he decided to veer off course to Ladakh, India, a mountainous region in the north of the country, to explore via motorcycle. Being early April, cold weather and treacherous conditions were abound. But still, Watson soldiered on, in what he calls “The Low Season.”

Armed with just his camera, tripod, and a few lenses, this short captures Watson’s trip through Ladakh aboard his rented Royal Enfield. In his own words, Watson says, “I spent the next week exploring the region, although due to it being the Low Season, many roads were closed, restaurants boarded up and mountain passes snowed over (including the famous Khardung La Pass, one of the highest road passes in the world at an altitude of nearly 18,000 ft, the apex can be seen at 1:32, taken right before I had to turn around due to ice). Despite all of that, or maybe because of the sleepiness, this ended up being one of the best trips I have ever taken.”

Can you relate to Watson’s journey? Tell us about your motorcycle adventures in the comments below.

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<![CDATA[EPA Recognizes Harmful Effects of Ethanol on Motorcycle Engines]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/industry-news/epa-recognizes-harmful-effects-ethanol-motorcycle-engines/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/industry-news/epa-recognizes-harmful-effects-ethanol-motorcycle-engines/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:55:00 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41883 EPA Recognizes Harmful Effects of Ethanol on Motorcycle Engines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged the dangers that ethanol may have on motorcycle engines. The EPA has approved the use of E15, a blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline in newer vehicles but not for motorcycles and ATVs. Fueling a motorcycle with E15 may void a manufacturer’s warranty. In the write-up […] more]]>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged the dangers that ethanol may have on motorcycle engines. The EPA has approved the use of E15, a blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline in newer vehicles but not for motorcycles and ATVs. Fueling a motorcycle with E15 may void a manufacturer’s warranty.

In the write-up for a proposed new regulation from the Federal Trade Commission regarding the proper certification and labeling of ethanol-gasoline blend fuels, the EPA says ethanol may damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures, indirectly causing component failures.

The EPA is cited in the FTC’s document as saying: “[e]thanol impacts motor vehicles in two primary ways. First, . . . ethanol enleans the [air/fuel] ratio (increases the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons) which can lead to increased exhaust gas temperatures and potentially increase incremental deterioration of emission control hardware and performance over time, possibly causing catalyst failure. Second, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues, which may lead to other component failures.”

The comment was made specifically in the context of E15 fuel in light-duty vehicles produced from 2001 onward, but the document says the EPA also found similar risks of damage to older vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, motorcycles and off-road vehicles.

The FTC document also notes:


Older motor vehicles, heavy-duty gasoline engines and vehicles, motorcycles, and especially nonroad products cannot fully compensate for the change in the stoichiometric air-to-fuel ratio as ethanol concentration increases. Over time, this enleanment caused by ethanol may lead to thermal degradation of the emissions control hardware and ultimately catalyst failure. Higher ethanol concentration will exacerbate the enleanment effect in these vehicles, engines, and equipment and therefore increase the potential of thermal degradation and risk of catalyst failure. In addition to enleanment, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues which may lead to other component failure and ultimately exhaust and/or evaporative emission increases… For older motor vehicles, heavy-duty gasoline engines and vehicles, motorcycles, and nonroad products, the potential for materials compatibility issues increases with higher ethanol concentration.


The comments from the EPA support a long-held stance from the American Motorcyclist Association that E15 fuel harm motorcycles and ATVs. The AMA is concerned about the growing presence of E15 in gas pumps and the potential risk of motorcyclists unknowingly filling their tanks with the fuel blend and damaging their vehicles.

“The American Motorcyclist Association has fought the distribution of E15 fuel blends in an effort to protect motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles from the damage that ethanol causes,” says Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “Now the EPA acknowledges that ethanol itself is harmful to emissions hardware and other components on all motor vehicles. It is time for the federal government to pause, take a hard look at this product and change its entire approach to ethanol in fuels.”

So far, the EPA has been onside with the AMA’s concerns with E15, enacting measures to make E10 (10% ethanol) its standard test fuel and refusing to grant a waiver that would make E15 fuel more available in gas stations in warmer months.

[Source: AMA]

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<![CDATA[AMA Go Ride Safely! Week Focuses On Rider Responsibility And Driver Awareness]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/safety/ama-go-ride-safely-week-focuses-rider-responsibility-driver-awareness/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/safety/ama-go-ride-safely-week-focuses-rider-responsibility-driver-awareness/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:46:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41888 AMA Go Ride Safely! Week Focuses On Rider Responsibility And Driver Awareness
The AMA would like to remind riders and drivers everywhere that safety is everyone's responsibility. more]]>
AMA Go Ride! Month, sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association, rounds out its month-long motorcycling celebration with AMA Go Ride Safely! Week. Motorcyclists nationwide are encouraged to take rider training and use appropriate riding gear while motorists are urged to watch for motorcycles as millions of riders take to the roads.

Each week of AMA Go Ride! Month, “Freedom Friday” urges riders join the cause to fight for America’s motorcycling rights. Distracted driving is the focus during AMA Go Ride Safely! Week because inattentive driving poses a serious and increasing threat to motorcyclists everywhere.

AMA Go Ride! Month also provides prizes from AMA Benefit Partners to motorcyclists who follow the AMA Facebook page. During AMA Go Ride Safely! Week, Tour Master is providing a Tour Master Saber 3 Jacket and Color Rite is providing a $50 gift certificate. Anyone who “likes” or comments on a post on the AMA Facebook page by 4:45 p.m. EDT on April 25 is eligible to win. The winners will be chosen at random.

At the end of AMA Go Ride! Month, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen from everyone who “likes” or comments on an AMA Facebook page post between March 31 and 4:45 p.m. on May 2. The prize package includes a FLY Racing Roller Grande gear bag, a Cortech Super 2.0 8-liter tank bag, a $100 gift certificate from BikeBandit.com, a rental car voucher from Avis and one night’s lodging from Red Roof Inns.

Contestants do not have to be AMA members to win and can enter as often as they wish during AMA Go Ride! Month. Contest rules are posted on the AMA website: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/GoRideContest. Updates will be available on the AMA Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[Deus Ex Machina CRF450X Cafe Racer]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/products/deus-ex-machina-crf450x-cafe-racer/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/products/deus-ex-machina-crf450x-cafe-racer/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:58:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41876 Deus Ex Machina CRF450X Cafe Racer
The latest, and maybe coolest, custom to come from Deus Ex Machina. more]]>
We’ve featured custom motorcycles from Deus Ex Machina before and for good reason. Michael “Woolie” Wollaway, the in-house bike builder for the Venice, California location, makes some fantastic creations. This one, however, is especially interesting. Named “Dakdaak,” it’s part of a Sibling Rivalry series created by Woolie. What makes the bike unique is the lump of metal in the middle that makes the whole thing move is sourced from a Honda CRF450X. Yeah, an off-road bike.

At first glance you might look at the Dakdaak and think “oh great, another cafe racer,” but to dismiss the work Woolie has put in to this bike would be a mistake. For starters, the chromoly frame and swingarm are completely custom made by Wollaway. Then you get to the heart of the beast: the 449cc, liquid-cooled thumper originally meant to destroy trails and kick up roost. Jim Wood at Southland racing massaged the engine to help it better cope with its new life on the road.

The forks, too, are sourced from the CRF, with Ed Sorbo at Lindemann Engineering shortening and re-valving them for street duty. Get a closer look at the machine and you’ll see the careful touches and premium parts that went into it. From the Beringer brakes, carefully stitched seat, premium welds and Rizoma rearsets, the Dakdaak looks cool at speed or just parked in the garage. And indeed, it’s one of Woolie’s favorites too. “Dakdaak is the pinnacle of all street bikes I’ve built. The way that it handles and rides is just amazing,”

Find out more about the Dakdaak, and the rest of Woolie’s builds at www.deuscustoms.com.

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<![CDATA[Stephen Wright R.I.P.]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/history/stephen-wright-r-p/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/history/stephen-wright-r-p/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:02:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41869 Stephen Wright – R.I.P.
The classic bike community was stunned by the recent death of its nominal leader, Stephen Wright, 73, who succumbed to cancer on April 10 in Morro Bay, Calif. A native of Kent, England, Steve was known worldwide for his self-published two-volume set “American Racer,” and “The American Motorcycle, 1869 – 1914.” Wright, also an avid […] more]]>
The classic bike community was stunned by the recent death of its nominal leader, Stephen Wright, 73, who succumbed to cancer on April 10 in Morro Bay, Calif. A native of Kent, England, Steve was known worldwide for his self-published two-volume set “American Racer,” and “The American Motorcycle, 1869 – 1914.”

Wright, also an avid surfer and bicyclist, migrated to Huntington Beach, Calif., in the mid-1960s. He found work with Solar Productions, where he repaired and restored motorcycles for owner Steve McQueen. The twin interests of vintage bike restoration and historical research carried on throughout the ensuing decades. Steve and his late wife Cindy, who edited the books, were regulars at all the classic/vintage/antique motorcycle meets across the country. His research and collection of old photos and stories continued, and restorations for various clients maintained his hands-on connection to the sport over the years.

Steve Wright checks out Randy Aron's 1928 Harley JD at the 2013 Bud Ekins Memorial Ride

Steve Wright checks out Randy Aron’s 1928 Harley JD at the 2013 Bud Ekins Memorial Ride

His annual Pre-16 Ride on the Central Coast became the premier spring event for those devoted to the early iron. Or as one wag called them, “Geezers on Wheezers.” The entrants enjoyed three days of riding, not always slowly, through the coastal wine country, as if the 20th century were still brand new. Following the death of his friend and mentor, Steve renamed the event the Bud Ekins Memorial Ride.

With the annual date now only weeks away, his many friends may find it too soon to christen an Ekins-Wright Memorial Ride, but all know he would approve. Maybe down the road. We have lost one of the very best. Wright is survived by his daughter Hillary, and grandsons Owen, Elias and Rainer.

[Photo by Tod Rafferty]

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<![CDATA[Polaris Registers Design for Liquid-Cooled Victory]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/design/polaris-registers-design-liquid-cooled-victory/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/design/polaris-registers-design-liquid-cooled-victory/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:13:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41849 Polaris Registers Design for Liquid-Cooled Victory
Polaris Industries has registered a design patent with the European Union for what appears to be a new liquid-cooled Victory motorcycle. The design sketches, registered and published through the EU’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), reveal a single-seat cruiser with a liquid-cooled V-Twin engine. The overall aesthetic is very much a Victory, […] more]]>
Polaris Industries has registered a design patent with the European Union for what appears to be a new liquid-cooled Victory motorcycle.

The design sketches, registered and published through the EU’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), reveal a single-seat cruiser with a liquid-cooled V-Twin engine. The overall aesthetic is very much a Victory, with stacked twin slash-cut exhausts and bobbed fenders similar to the Vegas 8-Ball.

The fuel tank has a blockier design than current Victory models, while twin shocks handle rear suspension duties, a unique design for a Victory.

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The design registration only covers the motorcycle’s appearance. We won’t know any technical details until Polaris releases official information about the new liquid-cooled model.

There’s also no indication about a possible model name, though it should be noted Polaris has filed for trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the names “Fatty“, “Magnum” and “Rogue“, one of which may end up being used for this new liquid-cooled model.

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[Source: OHIM]

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<![CDATA[Yamaha to Produce PES1 and PED1 Electric Motorcycles by 2016]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-produce-pes1-ped1-electric-motorcycles-2016/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/04/21/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-produce-pes1-ped1-electric-motorcycles-2016/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:27:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=41842 Yamaha to Produce PES1 and PED1 Electric Motorcycles by 2016
Yamaha announced plans to release the production versions of its PES1 and PED1 concept models within two years as part of the company’s venture into the electric motorcycle segment. The PES1 and PED1 (which stands for “Passion, Electric, Street” and “Passion, Electric, Dirt”) concepts were first revealed at last November’s Tokyo Motor Show. In the […] more]]>
Yamaha announced plans to release the production versions of its PES1 and PED1 concept models within two years as part of the company’s venture into the electric motorcycle segment.

The PES1 and PED1 (which stands for “Passion, Electric, Street” and “Passion, Electric, Dirt”) concepts were first revealed at last November’s Tokyo Motor Show.

In the company’s newly-published annual report, Yamaha confirmed plans to produce the two models, saying: “In sports motorcycles, we are working to create new value with EV sports motorcycles, which we aim to launch in two years, with the development of the small, on-road sports PES1, as well as the PED1, which are being developed to expand the scope of electric vehicles to the off-road world. In addition to the advantages of being electrically powered, these motorcycles will offer the operability expected by existing motorcycle fans, together with a new riding experience.”

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The two models share the same DC brushless electric motors and lithium-ion batteries and monocoque frame design and transmission systems that can switch between manual and automatic modes.

The PES1 streetbike has an interesting hollowed space in front of the seat where a conventional fuel tank hump would be located. It also uses a unique rear suspension design with the monoshock placed below the motor. A generous use of carbon fiber helps keep the concept model at a svelte claimed weight of 220 pounds.

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The PED1 is even lighter, claiming a weight of 187 pounds. For some reason, Yamaha’s concept model is lacking a seat, so it’s not clear if that’s factored into the weight. Unless you intend to use a seat made of lead, the completed PED1 should still be fairly lightweight. It does use a more conventional rear shock placement, as the PES1′s belly shock design would reduce ground clearance.

Of course, we have to remember that the PES1 and PED1 are still concept models. There’s no telling how much of the designs will change before Yamaha reveals the production versions in a two years’ time.

[Source: Yamaha]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the trailer below.

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

Entry is simple:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[Source: Transport Canada, ACCC]

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

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

Digital Casting Call

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: MV Agusta]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Suzuki]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laverty Hang Dry

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

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

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

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

[Source: YRCS]

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

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

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

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

Compare this:

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To this:

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

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

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

[Source: Ronax]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Johammer, Salzburg.com]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Ducati]

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

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

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

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

[Source: KTM; Photo by Schedl R.]

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Isle of Man TT]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: AMA Supercross]

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

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

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

Provisional 2014 WSBK Calendar:

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

[Source: WSBK]

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