Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:10:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 <![CDATA[Alpinestars Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary in Austin]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/motorcycle-news/74834/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/motorcycle-news/74834/#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:10:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74834 Alpinestars Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary in Austin
Our man Troy Siahaan is on the ground in Austin at the Alpinestars Anniversary event and will bring the full report next week. Begin Press Release: A TRADITION OF SPEED April 19, 2018 Austin, TX – In the world of professional sports, nothing is a given and everything must be earned. This is particularly true […] more]]>
Our man Troy Siahaan is on the ground in Austin at the Alpinestars Anniversary event and will bring the full report next week.

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A TRADITION OF SPEED

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April 19, 2018 Austin, TX – In the world of professional sports, nothing is a given and everything must be earned. This is particularly true in the world of competitive motorsports where a dominant performance is considered rare due to variables ranging from mental conditioning, bike set-up, tire management and a myriad of other factors. Now with all eyes on Austin Texas, as the third race weekend of the MotoGP season begins, two dominant personalities in the world of motorcycle racing will be feted over the course of the weekend.

There is, of course, Marc Marquez, who as the sport’s reigning champion at only 25 years old is the 6th most winning rider in history and looking for his 6th straight win at the Circuit of the Americas. As long-term technical partner of the Spaniard, another name that is most familiar to Grand Prix fans and motorcycle enthusiasts; a company whose name and logo dominates race tracks across the globe will also have a significant influence on events at this year’s US MotoGP of the Americas.

Alpinestars, a brand founded on the philosophy of “race on Sunday, innovate on Monday” will also hold court in Austin over the MotoGP weekend celebrating 55 years of innovation, focus, commitment, design and a winning tradition that is very much part of motorsports.

“It is phenomenal to watch athletes at the top of MotoGP ride at the level that the sport is today. Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and all other current top riders really raise the performance level of such a demanding sport” states Alpinestars President Gabriel Mazzarolo, “It is these type of athletes that we live and share goals with, who truly represent our personality as a brand and as a company pushing the limits of performance and safety in motorcycling.”

As a tribute to the company’s passion for motorcycling and to celebrate 55 years of innovation, manufacturing and product design, Alpinestars worked with Michael Woolaway, the friendly high profile custom builder and designer who heads up Woolies Workshop in Venice, California.

Woolie’s challenge was to communicate the heritage of the brand, its rightful place in history, connecting the beginning of the OSCAR by Alpinestars legendary charisma to today’s forefront of technology and style.

“Alpinestars has covered my body and protected me for all the years I have raced. I have watched it go from its start in boot manufacturing in motocross, to leather race suits, to the mind-boggling innovation baked into the Tech-Air suit they recently brought to the US market. So, after talking with Gabriele at Laguna Seca two years ago, I found a new 1974 Ducati 750 Sport build race engine still in a crate. This motor was built to period race spec and would be the perfect Italian heart of the bike, but the bike also had to have current race spec components to tell the whole “new and old” story of this brand with styling from 1960’s Italian GP and a bit of more modern Ducati GP. Legendary frame builder Jeff Cole and I collaborated on the frame, and Jeff agreed to build the central section for this project”.

There are references to Alpinestars’ history throughout the bike, like the thumb rear brake as a special nod to Mick Doohan and the style of the seat that recalls Nicky Hayden’s Ducati, both riders very significant to Alpinestars history and close to Gabriele.

“Very importantly, I wanted the bike to remind people of Alpinestars Italian roots and heritage in racing, so it needed to look and sound like a real race bike, which it does!”

True to the collaborative team spirit of motorsports, contributing manufacturers helped fuel the design and specifications of the build. Akrapovic made the MotoGP-level exhaust system. Another MotoGP linked partner was Michelin who came on board to supply their tire technology and a number of other special and highly skilled collaborators participated to the project.

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<![CDATA[Clymer Introduces Late Model Harley-Davidson Sportster and Dyna Manuals]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/manufacturers/harley-davidson/clymer-introduces-late-model-harley-davidson-sportster-dyna-manuals/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/manufacturers/harley-davidson/clymer-introduces-late-model-harley-davidson-sportster-dyna-manuals/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:34:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74828 Clymer Introduces Late Model Harley-Davidson Sportster and Dyna Manuals
Working on your own motorcycles doesn’t just save you money, but it helps you get better acquainted with your bike and become a better rider as a result. Clymer has just introduced manuals for the latest Harley-Davidson Sportster and Dyna lineups. If you’re a late model Harley owner (or any year model), a Clymer manual […] more]]>
Working on your own motorcycles doesn’t just save you money, but it helps you get better acquainted with your bike and become a better rider as a result. Clymer has just introduced manuals for the latest Harley-Davidson Sportster and Dyna lineups. If you’re a late model Harley owner (or any year model), a Clymer manual is a must have. The same goes for every other type of bike as well. 

Clymer:


NEWBURY PARK, CA, April 13th – Clymer, the long preferred source of service manuals for owners of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, announces the introduction of two new titles covering the latest Sportster and Dyna models. Unlike factory service manuals, Clymer’s manuals are written with the DIY mechanic in mind, and include easy to follow procedures, accurate, clear, and concise test procedures, as well as hundreds of photos.

The Harley-Davidson FXD Dyna was one of the best handling cruisers when introduced and has gotten consistently better every year. The new Clymer manual M255 covers all recent Dyna models from 2012 to 2017, powered by the Twin Cam motor. Specific models covered are:

  • FXDB Street Bob (2012-2017)
  • FXDBA Street Bob (2013 Factory Custom)
  • FXDBB 103 Street Bob (2014 Factory Custom, 2015-2016 Limited)
  • FXDBC Street Bob (2016 Limited)
  • FXDBP 103 Street Bob (2013-2016 Factory Custom)
  • FXDC Super Glide Custom (2012-2014)
  • FXDF Fat Bob (2012-2017)
  • FXDL Low Rider (2013-2017)
  • FXDLS Low Rider S (2017)
  • FXDWG Wide Glide (2012-2017)
  • FLD Switchback (2012-2016)

The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a versatile, long-running favorite, having been raced in every discipline, and ridden on every continent and every terrain. The new Clymer manual M256 covers all Sportster variations since the brakes and electrical update in 2014. Specific models covered are:

  • XL883L SuperLow (2014-2017)
  • XL883N Iron 883 (2014-2017)
  • XL883R Roadster (2014-2015)
  • XL1200C 1200 Custom (2014-2017)
  • XL1200CA Custom Limited A (2014-2016)
  • XL1200CB 1200 Custom Limited B (2014-2017)
  • XL1200CP 1200 Custom (2014-2016)
  • XL1200CX Roadster (2016-2017)
  • XL1200T SuperLow Touring(2014-2017)
  • XL1200V Seventy-Two (2014-2016)
  • XL1200X Forty-Eight (2014-2017)

Harley-Davidson Clymer Manual

The Dyna has been the best performer in the Harley big twin lineup since its introduction in the 1990s, with lighter weight and better handling. The Sportster has introduced countless riders to the Harley lifestyle and is a genuine modern classic. These new manuals join Clymer’s coverage of earlier Sportster and Dyna models, as well as the Harley-Davidson’s V-rod, Softail, and Touring series.

Every Clymer Manual is based on teardown and reassembly of the actual machines covered, so the warnings, notes, and instructions are from first-hand experience. The hundreds of pictures, diagrams and illustrations are the genuine article and produced just for these books, not recycled factory stock photos. When possible, Clymer even includes shortcuts and instructions for making your own versions of expensive factory tools. Also included in every Clymer Manual is a full-color wiring diagram to make troubleshooting easy and adding electrical accessories foolproof. All of these features and more are also in the online edition, accessible via smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Clymer Manuals, now part of the Haynes Manuals Publishing Group, has been dedicated to helping the motorcycle community since 1945. Floyd Clymer started as a motorcycle racer and automobile enthusiast before WWI, eventually publishing many books and magazines devoted to his passion. Clymer manuals have been used by generations of riders, and are the bible of DIY service. The current Clymer catalog includes coverage for motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, outboard motors, and more.

Haynes, world-leading publisher of automotive and motorcycle repair manuals, is renowned for teaching owners how to carry out routine maintenance and repairs. For over 50 years, Haynes has been dismantling vehicles and putting them back together. John H. Haynes began writing manuals this way in 1960 and, as Founding Director, is still a member of the Board of Directors.

For more information or to place an order, call 1-800-4-Haynes or visit our website at www.clymer.com.

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<![CDATA[Auto Fabrica Unveils Yard Built XSR900 Type 11]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/motorcycle-news/auto-fabrica-unveils-yard-built-xsr900-type-11/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/motorcycle-news/auto-fabrica-unveils-yard-built-xsr900-type-11/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:20:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74814 Auto Fabrica Unveils Yard Built XSR900 Type 11
The British firm Auto Fabrica has worked in collaboration with Yamaha’s Yard Built program to produce the XSR900 Type 11. The firm first produced Prototypes One and Three which might lead you to believe they can’t count, but the motorcycles are all pretty cool so we don’t really mind. Begin Press Release: Yard Built XSR900 “Type […] more]]>
The British firm Auto Fabrica has worked in collaboration with Yamaha’s Yard Built program to produce the XSR900 Type 11. The firm first produced Prototypes One and Three which might lead you to believe they can’t count, but the motorcycles are all pretty cool so we don’t really mind.

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Yard Built XSR900 “Type 11” by Auto Fabrica

XSR900 Type 11Classic Style Blends with Modern Surface Language

Cypress, CA – April 19, 2018 – Auto Fabrica is one of the UK’s most exciting custom builders, bringing cutting-edge design to classic style. Yamaha contacted them knowing they would craft something unique without sacrificing the energy beneath. A Sport Heritage staple model, the XSR900, was chosen as the base for its extensive customization capabilities, as well as the proven power of its 847cc three-cylinder power plant.

Auto Fabrica co-founders Bujar and Gaz Muharremi linked up with designer and close friend Toby Mellor to lay down the blueprints for the “Type 11” Prototype One. This design focused on blurring the lines between classic style and modern surface language. The team decided this would be a track-only motorcycle so they wouldn’t be held back by the regulations for day to day road use.

The Story Begins with the Prototype One

The Prototype One is race ready down to the smallest detail and oozes raw power. Custom Öhlins suspension, Brembo calipers, specialist PFM brake discs and BST Carbon Wheels provide stunning handling. Carbon-nylon 3D printed, CAD designed elements combine with hand-laid carbon fiber elements featuring Zirotek coatings, which were specially selected and designed to fit harmoniously with the radically-styled handmade wrap-over aluminum body. A flush fitted dial, contrasting seat unit, quick fill race tank and handmade 3-into-3 exhaust top it all off.

The Tale Develops as the Prototype Three Emerges

It quickly became clear that Prototype One was only the beginning of the story. Auto Fabrica wanted something with the same DNA that they could take to the road. The Prototype Three took shape, this time using a true legend as the base: the Yamaha XS750. With the style of the 1970’s, the XS750 fits with the Auto Fabrica love of modern design on classic lines. Performance parts were added for power, and the team brought the historic machine right into the future. Brembo calipers and a Motogadget Speedo mix with flowing forms created using traditional panel beating techniques and hand forming. All these blend with creative interpretations of classic designs, like the 3D printed velocity stacks and bespoke headlight structures. The signature exhaust also marks the creation as unmistakably Auto Fabrica.

XSR900 Type 11

A Legend is Born in the Prototype Two

After building the Prototype One and Prototype Three, there was only one place to go. The “Type 11” Prototype Two took everything from the first two builds and combined it into a road going machine. The Prototype Two was built on the Yamaha XSR900 base and takes its performance perks from the Prototype One, and its attention-grabbing aesthetics from the Prototype Three. High quality, bespoke, blended collections of design philosophies and techniques give the Prototype Two its powerful visage. A round headlight, conventional fuelling, trimmed seats, indicators, road tires and matching metallic silver paint tie the finish of Prototype Two to the classic style of Prototype Three.

“Seeing this project evolve has been something really special for all of us,” commented Antoine Clémot, Yamaha Motor Europe Motorcycle Product Manager. “This went from a beautiful idea with a great bike to three incredible creations that speak to everything Yamaha’s Yard Built platform represents. The fact that the Prototype Two is going to find its way into enthusiast’s hands is thrilling as well. So often these are one-off pieces, and knowing that this bike will be ridden out there in the real world, by people with a love for unique design, is something we can all get a kick out of.”

The Prototype Two will be supplied in a strictly limited run, sold as the Auto Fabrica “Type 11” and tailored to order with the first deliveries expected between Summer and Autumn 2018.

To learn more about the XSR900 “Type 11” Yard Built motorcycle, visit: https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport-heritage/pages/yamaha-yard-built-xsr900-auto-fabrica

To find out more about Auto Fabrica, visit: https://www.autofabrica.com/

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<![CDATA[Brembo MotoGP Brake Facts for the 2018 Austin GP]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/motorcycle-news/brembo-motogp-brake-facts-for-the-2018-austin-gp/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/motorcycle-news/brembo-motogp-brake-facts-for-the-2018-austin-gp/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:47:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74786 Brembo MotoGP Brake Facts for the 2018 Austin GP
Austin is known for being hard on MotoGP rider’s brakes and the Brembo MotoGP Brake Facts illustrate the three major braking points for the Texan circuit.  Begin Press Release: Brembo MotoGP Brake Facts for the 2018 GP of the Americas Single-seaters register a lap time half a second lower than that of the motorcycles DETROIT, (April […] more]]>
Austin is known for being hard on MotoGP rider’s brakes and the Brembo MotoGP Brake Facts illustrate the three major braking points for the Texan circuit. 

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Brembo MotoGP Brake Facts for the 2018 GP of the Americas
Single-seaters register a lap time half a second lower than that of the motorcycles
Brembo MotoGP Brake Facts

DETROIT, (April 19, 2018) – MotoGP is moving onto North America for the third race of the 2018 World Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, April 20-22.

The track was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke and is one of the few circuits in the world to host both the MotoGP World Championship and Formula 1. The single-seaters register a lap time half a second lower than that of the motorcycles.

Some stretches on the track were inspired by famous corners on historic circuits. The Texas circuit stands out for the intimidating incline on the straightaway leading to the first left-hand turn. In all, there is a difference of 133-feet between the lowest and highest points on the track, which makes it easy to imagine what might happen if the riders make a mistake in braking on the downhill stretch.

The Austin track poses a mid-level challenge on the braking systems. According to Brembo technicians, who assist all of the MotoGP riders, the Circuit of the Americas earned three points on a scale of 1 to 5. This is exactly what the tracks at Losail and Termas de Rio Hondo registered, but at Jerez, where the race will be held in two weeks, the score goes up to four.

 The demand on the brakes during the GP

Even though it isn’t the longest track in the World Championship, the Circuit of the Americas has the most braking sections per lap: 13. Only the GP Qatar matches this number. While at Losail the riders used their brakes for 37 seconds per lap, in Austin they brake for 38 seconds, twice the time spent braking at Sachsenring.

There are five corners where the riders change direction and brake just what it takes to shave off 18.6 mph, which reduces the average peak deceleration per lap. The deceleration on these curves varies between 0.4G and 0.6G, which explains the average peak of 0.92G, the lowest value in the World Championship.

Summing up all of the force applied by a rider on the Brembo brake lever from the starting line to the checkered flag, the result comes in at more than 2,425 lbs. Practically speaking, that means a rider has to apply about 110 lbs. of force every two minute, which is more than a Superbike rider applies.

This is why MotoGP riders can use carbon discs, which are thicker than the steel discs used in Superbike.

The most demanding braking sections

Of the eight braking sections at the Circuit of the Americas, three are classified as demanding on the brakes, two are of medium difficulty, and the remaining three pose only a light challenge on the braking systems.

Turn 12 is the toughest of them all: the bikes enter the corner going over 210 mph and they brake for 6.3 seconds to go down to 41 mph. The 1,056 feet of braking is the World Championship record and leads to an average deceleration of 1.5G.

At the first corner after the finish line however, the load on the Brembo master cylinder lever is higher (14.7 lbs. vs 14.5 lbs. at Turn 12) as is the pressure on the Brembo HTC 64T brake fluid,whichreaches 11.6 bar, almost six times the pressure of a can of 7UP. Yet the bikes are going slower when they start to brake, 184 mph, and they push continuously on the aluminum Brembo calipers for 5.2 seconds.

Turn 11 also requires a load of 14.5 lbs. on the lever, but the braking distance is 656 feet shorter and the deceleration is 1.4G. This value is still higher than the 0.18G in deceleration a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 experiences when going from 62 to 0 mph.

Brembo Performance

In the MotoGP of the Americas, the Brembo brakes have monopolized the podium in all five of the races contested.
Marc Marquez was the winner every time with Honda, which also won second place twice and third once with Dani Pedrosa. Yamaha placed second two time and third twice.

 
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<![CDATA[The Bell Brawl at Phoenix Bike Fest: A V-Twin Stunt Competition Show Down]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/events/the-bell-brawl-at-phoenix-bike-fest-a-v-twin-stunt-competition-show-down/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/events/the-bell-brawl-at-phoenix-bike-fest-a-v-twin-stunt-competition-show-down/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:41:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74794 The Bell Brawl at Phoenix Bike Fest: A V-Twin Stunt Competition Show Down
V-Twin stunt riding is gnarly. The way these guys wheelie and swing their bikes around is incredibly impressive. Last weekend hosted the first 2018 Bell Brawl at Phoenix Bike Fest, and the display of technical riding was awesome. Look for more info soon on the next round of the Bell Brawl. Bell Helmets: Phoenix (April […] more]]>
V-Twin stunt riding is gnarly. The way these guys wheelie and swing their bikes around is incredibly impressive. Last weekend hosted the first 2018 Bell Brawl at Phoenix Bike Fest, and the display of technical riding was awesome. Look for more info soon on the next round of the Bell Brawl.

Bell Helmets:


Phoenix (April 18, 2018) – In front of a standing-room only crowd of cheering fans, Bell Helmets Rider and Phoenix local, Tyler Heuertz (@TallBoyyTee) with his effortless-looking riding style, rode away victorious at the first stop of the 2018 “Bell Brawl”, a first of its kind, invite only, V-Twin specific motorcycle stunt contest at the Phoenix Bike Fest.

Bell Brawl

In total, ten highly talented stunt riders were given the opportunity to compete for the $2,500 prize purse, while displaying to the motorcycle community the increasingly popular sport of V-Twin motorcycle stunting. Carey Hart, Bell Helmets Rider and former FMX competitor, led the panel of judges alongside Danny Gorman and Kris Ganem.

“It was great to be a part of such a fun event,” noted Hart. “The riders were all throwing down hard! Reminds me of the old days of FMX. I really hope to see more of these events with Bell.”

Brett Conley, the Brand Marketing Manager/Culture for Bell continued, “When you take these super talented riders who are all on such a high level of riding and combined with the perfect venue Phoenix Bike Fest provides, everyone wins. What a great kick off to the triple crown of Bell Brawl events this was!”

Bell Brawl

Rounding out the podium were Dom Parrillo, also of Phoenix, in second place, and Phillip Hayes of San Diego in third place, both displaying amazing riding style and technique.

Bell Brawl

“The level of riding is mind-blowing these days,” mentioned Max Kuszaj of Ride and Destroy. “These riders are pushing the boundaries of what is possible on big-twin motorcycles, while focusing on style and technicality. It is such a raw, punk rock, style of motorcycle riding that everyone that enjoys two wheels need to witness first hand. I cannot wait for the next event.”

The 2018 “Brawl at Phoenix Bike Fest” was supported by: Phoenix Bike Fest, The Good Ride, Legend Suspensions, and Feuling Parts.

All event information and competition rules are available at: www.RideAndDestroy.com/teamevents 

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<![CDATA[Lone Rider: Elspeth Beards Book is Out]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/book/lone-rider-elspeth-beards-book-is-out/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/book/lone-rider-elspeth-beards-book-is-out/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:22:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74787 Lone Rider: Elspeth Beard’s Book is Out
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Thirty years in the writing, Lone Rider is the story of a remarkable Englishwoman and her two-year round-the-world motorcycle journey beginning in 1982.

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Austin, Texas – April 13th, 2018 – In 1982, 23-year-old Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo motorcycle journey around the world. Her adventure—spanning the course of two years and crossing over four continents—took her through deserts, mountain ranges, and war ravaged countries.

Along the way, she faked documents to cross borders, fended off sexual attacks, evaded biker gangs and corrupt law enforcement convinced she was trafficking drugs, survived brutal crashes and life-threatening illnesses, and had fallen in and out of love. By the time she and her 1974 BMW R60/6 motorcycle returned to England two years later, she was 30 pounds lighter and decades wiser. This is the coming-of-age story of a young woman on a journey—and the bike that carried her through it all. Upon her journey’s conclusion and return home to London in 1984, Elspeth Beard stored all evidence of her journey— journals, tapes, and photos—into a cardboard box in the back of a cupboard where they remained for more than 30 years.

Now over four decades after her journey, Beard’s story has been brought to light and finds new meaning within today’s contemporary context. Charting the globe at a time when solo-female journeys were neither common nor celebrated, Elspeth Beard reflects on the challenges she faced as a woman on the road, with vivid presence, honesty, and wit. Lone Rider is not only the culmination of Beard’s journey on her bike, but her journey beyond her bike through life.

Previously published in the UK, Lone Rider makes its debut to the US in June. This captivating book charts Beard’s progress around the globe in richly descriptive chapters that reflect on her experiences, from “Pretty Boys and Biker Gangs: New Mexico to California,” to “Bell Helmet For a Burka: Iran to Istanbul.” The book is accompanied by stunning full-color original photographs taken by Beard throughout her journey, capturing scenes such as riding alongside camels on the roads of Rajasthan, India, mending a punctured tire in the middle of the Pakistani desert abyss, and the expectant day before she set off on her two-year adventure. In 320 pages, Lone Rider tells the complete story of a woman’s round-the-world journey on her bike, from charts of fuel purchased and maintenance serviced, to accounts of love, loss, struggle, and freedom.

320 pages
ISBN: 9781937747985
Publisher: Octane Press Available: June 1, 2018
Dimensions: 6 x 9.2 inches
Retail Price: $19.95
Available from Octane Press or anywhere books are sold.

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Unveils the Ultimate Summer Social Media Internship]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-unveils-ultimate-summer-social-media-internship/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/20/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-unveils-ultimate-summer-social-media-internship/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:51:13 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74785 Harley-Davidson Unveils the Ultimate Summer Social Media Internship
ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS! You’re going to want to read this… Harley-Davidson has just announced one of the coolest summer internship opportunities, where not only can you learn how to ride (if you don’t already know how), but you’ll be able to hit the open road, explore motorcycle culture, enjoy the freedom of riding all summer long […] more]]>
ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS! You’re going to want to read this… Harley-Davidson has just announced one of the coolest summer internship opportunities, where not only can you learn how to ride (if you don’t already know how), but you’ll be able to hit the open road, explore motorcycle culture, enjoy the freedom of riding all summer long and share your experiences along the way! All aboard a brand new Harley. For more info and how to apply, read below!

Harley-Davidson:


MILWAUKEE (April 20, 2018) – No cubicle will cage these interns: to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the founding of Harley-Davidson, the Motor Company is turning an often-mundane rite of passage, the summer internship, into the experience of a lifetime.

Instead of a key card, eight social media savvy collegians will get the opportunity to learn to ride via Harley-Davidson’s Riding Academy. Upon successful completion, they’ll receive the keys to their very own Harley-Davidson motorcycle with the mission of sharing their experiences, exploring motorcycle culture, and enjoying the freedom of riding all summer long.

“We’re continuously working to grow the sport of motorcycling,” said Harley-Davidson CEO, Matt Levatich. “What better way to engage future riders than to have a whole team of newly trained enthusiasts share personal stories as they immerse themselves in motorcycle culture and community – all while gaining marketable career skills. I’m looking forward to following their journeys, learning about their experiences, and seeing them out on the road.”

Reporting to Harley-Davidson’s marketing and social media team, the interns will take to the road and document their journey throughout summer, including: learning to ride at H-D Riding Academy, attending and covering events and of course, experiencing the freedom of motorcycle riding. Some will even take part in the Motor Company’s 115th Anniversary celebrations in Milwaukee and Prague.

To qualify, candidates must have a taste for adventure and be socially savvy storytellers. Interested candidates must describe what FREEDOM means to them by creating a video, writing an essay, developing a photo collage, or creating whatever piece of content they want to make their application unique and then submitting it to FreedomInternship@Harley-Davidson.com.

The internship program is open to junior and senior level college students (or equivalent) or recent college graduates across the globe, 18 years old and above, looking to pursue a career in social media, communications, public relations or marketing. In total, eight interns will be selected for the program and applications are due Friday, May 11.

For more information on the #FindYourFreedom internship program, visit the hiring page at www.h-d.com, and follow the interns throughout the summer on the brand’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat channels.

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<![CDATA[IceCapades, with Brad Baker and FTR1200]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/motorcycle-news/icecapades-brad-baker-ftr1200/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/motorcycle-news/icecapades-brad-baker-ftr1200/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:17:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74778 IceCapades, with Brad Baker and FTR1200
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Even if you’re not interested in watching Brad Baker ride an FTR1200 Custom Indian sideways around a frozen lake, you’ll want to turn up the volume to hear how the thing sounds. They keep teasing us and we keep taking the bait.

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<![CDATA[Velomacchi and Yamaha Collaborate to Build the Rural Racer XSR700]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/motorcycle-news/74754/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/motorcycle-news/74754/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:57:20 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74754 Velomacchi and Yamaha Collaborate to Build the Rural Racer XSR700
Head down to the Handbuilt Show in Austin to check out the newest build in the Yamaha Yard Built program. The Rural Racer XSR700 is a mashup from a handful of brands we at MO have come to use almost daily in some cases. We may have to inquire about a long-term test for our […] more]]>
Head down to the Handbuilt Show in Austin to check out the newest build in the Yamaha Yard Built program. The Rural Racer XSR700 is a mashup from a handful of brands we at MO have come to use almost daily in some cases. We may have to inquire about a long-term test for our camera guy.

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Rural Racer XSR700 to be unveiled at Austin, TX Handbuilt Show (April 20 – 22)

Velomacchi and Yamaha Motors in collaboration with DJI Drones, Yoshimura, Champion, and Race Tech reveal concept bike that fuses American moto heritage with modern innovation.

Rural Racer XSR700

Hood River, OR (April 19, 2018) – The grand unveiling of Velomacchi and Yamaha Motors colab concept bike, the Rural Racer XSR700, will be displayed April 20th to 22nd at the Handbuilt Show in Austin, TX. The custom XSR700 designed and built by Velomacchi in collaboration with Yamaha Motors, DJI Drones, Yoshimura, Champion, and Race Tech will showcase state-of-the-art technology and performance with a flavor of vintage American garage-grown heritage. Every feature of the Rural Racer XSR700 is fully customized including front and rear Race Tech suspension, Yoshimura exhaust, and DJI drone technology.

Rural Racer XSR700

Inspired by the riding environment in the pacific Northwest, the Rural Racer Project celebrates backroad adventure, rural exploration, and speed. The bike is built around Yamaha’s legendary 689cc cross plane parallel twin engine, renowned for smooth and consistent power delivery, powerful torque and hard acceleration. The Rural Racer XSR700 features a specialized Yoshimura R&D exhaust with a newly designed catalytic converter that’s more powerful, lighter weight, and environmentally compliant in all 50-states.

Kevin Murray, Founder of Velomacchi, designed the bike for aggressive backcountry riding in variable weather and demanding terrain. Set in the small town of Hood River, OR, Velomacchi is surrounded by rugged fire roads and imposing hills that make up the Pacific Northwest. Of the overall design purpose, Murray says, “The XSR700 is an excellent platform for Northwest roads. The ease in which we could upgrade suspension, bolt on performance accessories, and modify the subframeto carry specific loads, made it incredibly versatile so we can “tune” the bike to meet the specific riding style, environment, and cargo of the rider.”

Rural Racer XSR700

Integrating modern technology in unique ways is a hallmark of the Rural Racer Program. The bike features drone technology from DJI that includes a drone mount on the fuel tank for rapid overhead deployment. The purpose of the drone is to help in scouting camping spots, analyzing riding stance, and locating riding buddies. The DJI Mavic Pro has a compact airframe, carries a 4K HD video camera, weighs in at 1.62 pounds, has an 8-mile range, and a max speed of 40 MPH. The modified rear subframe combines the fender, tail light, turn signals, and license plate holder into one detachable unit for additional carry space when an extra fuelcel, tool roll, and duffle are necessary. Aftermarket suspension leader, Race Tech, hand built the G3-S rear shock and front fork to accommodate aggressive backcountry riding and allow infinite flexibility to tune the ride by weight and environment.

Rural Racer XSR700

Shun Miyazawa, Yamaha Motorcycle Project Manager and Rural Racer Project collaborator commented, “Kevin and I have been talking about a heritage-inspired modernized rural race bike for years; our two brands share a lot of common values and we have both born witness to how this industry is changing. The Rural Racer XSR700 keeps the heritage-inspired vibe people love, while also delivering 21st century technology and unrivaled performance.”

The Rural Racer XSR700 debuted in February as a “work-in-progress” at One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon, and will unveil its grand completion Friday, April 20that the Handbuilt Show in Austin, TX.

More about Yamaha’s Yard Built Program:

https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport-heritage/pages/yard-built-home

More about Velomacchi:

https://www.velomacchi.com 

 

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<![CDATA[Jacksonville, FL Powersports Dealership Cited for Flying Military Branch Flags]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/motorcycle-news/jacksonville-fl-powersports-dealership-cited-flying-military-branch-flags/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/motorcycle-news/jacksonville-fl-powersports-dealership-cited-flying-military-branch-flags/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:00:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74748 Jacksonville, FL Powersports Dealership Cited for Flying Military Branch Flags
Jaguar Power Sports, a motorcycle and powersports dealership in Jacksonville, Florida, was cited by a city employee for flying military flags. On Monday, Melinda Power, a city of Jacksonville inspector, issued a warning citation for the display, saying the military flags were in violation of city code. Jaguar Power Sports for years has been flying two […] more]]>
Jaguar Power Sports, a motorcycle and powersports dealership in Jacksonville, Florida, was cited by a city employee for flying military flags. On Monday, Melinda Power, a city of Jacksonville inspector, issued a warning citation for the display, saying the military flags were in violation of city code.

Jaguar Power Sports for years has been flying two American flags, a Jacksonville Jaguars flag and one flag for each branch of the military. To make matters worse, Power entered the dealership, and insulted and mistreated a customer who is an Army combat veteran, allegedly asking, “‘What did you do for this country?”

He replies, “I took three bullets to the leg. I almost lost my life for this country. I’m retired. I’m a veteran.”

Powers gets in his face pointing a finger and allegedly says, “You did nothing for this country,” and leaves.

The dealership’s owner posted a video to Facebook describing the situation, requesting and encouraging people to share it and make it go viral – and it did. Jacksonville’s Mayor, Lenny Curry, has since intervened and is allowing military flags to be flown and treated the same as the American flag. City inspector, Melinda Power, has also issued an apology – a rather insincere sounding one. Jaguar Power Sports will be allowed to continue to display their patriotism and fly the flags.

I don’t understand where someone like Power gets the idea that (allegedly) disrespecting a veteran like that is in any shape or form appropriate. It’s downright insulting and shouldn’t be tolerated in anyplace at anytime, in my opinion. She’s lucky the veteran handled it as seemingly calmly as he did. What do you guys think?

For the full story with the videos, check out the Action News Jax article here and ABC7 News’ coverage here.

 

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<![CDATA[Indian Recalls Certain Chief, Chieftain and Springfield Motorcycles]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/manufacturers/indian-manufacturers/indian-recalls-certain-chief-chieftain-springfield-motorcycles/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/manufacturers/indian-manufacturers/indian-recalls-certain-chief-chieftain-springfield-motorcycles/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:34:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74739 Indian Recalls Certain Chief, Chieftain and Springfield Motorcycles
It has begun. The machines are coming to life all on their own and we humans will soon be slaves to our man-made overlords. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to warn us about this. Just kidding, certain 2018 Indian Chief, Chieftain and Springfield motorcycles might start up all on their own if the key fob is in […] more]]>
It has begun. The machines are coming to life all on their own and we humans will soon be slaves to our man-made overlords. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to warn us about this. Just kidding, certain 2018 Indian Chief, Chieftain and Springfield motorcycles might start up all on their own if the key fob is in range due to corrosion in the right handlebar switch housing. Owners will be contacted and the right combination switch will be replaced free of charge.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 19, 2018

Indian Recall: Motorcycle may Start Unexpectedly

If the motorcycle starts unintentionally and is parked in an enclosed space, exposure to carbon monoxide may increase the risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V228000

Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,341

Make Model Model Year(s)
INDIAN CHIEF 2018
INDIAN CHIEF CLASSIC 2018
INDIAN CHIEF DARK HORSE 2018
INDIAN CHIEF VINTAGE 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN CLASSIC 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN DARK HORSE 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN ELITE 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN LIMITED 2018
INDIAN SPRINGFIELD 2018
INDIAN SPRINGFIELD DARK HORSE 2018

Summary: Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2018 Indian Chief, Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Classic, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Elite, Chieftain Limited, Springfield, and Springfield Dark Horse motorcycles. Corrosion may develop within the right combination switch, potentially resulting in the motorcycle starting without the user’s intent if the key fob is near the motorcycle and the required safety interlock conditions are met.

Remedy: Indian will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right hand combination switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 19, 2018. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-18-04.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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<![CDATA[Dunlop Riders Emerge Victorious at Road Atlanta]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/motorcycle-news/dunlop-riders-emerge-victorious-road-atlanta/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/19/motorcycle-news/dunlop-riders-emerge-victorious-road-atlanta/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:57:20 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74734 Dunlop Riders Emerge Victorious at Road Atlanta
Dunlop Riders riders battled through a myriad of conditions as Road Atlanta. Begin Press Release: Dunlop Riders Dominate WERA Triple Crown +1 at Road Atlanta Buffalo, NY: Braving conditions at a rain-soaked Road Atlanta this past Sunday, Brad Burns and Billy Ethridge took first and second respectively on Dunlop tires in the WERA Triple Crown […] more]]>
Dunlop Riders riders battled through a myriad of conditions as Road Atlanta.

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Dunlop Riders Dominate WERA Triple Crown +1 at Road Atlanta

Buffalo, NY: Braving conditions at a rain-soaked Road Atlanta this past Sunday, Brad Burns and Billy Ethridge took first and second respectively on Dunlop tires in the WERA Triple Crown +1 Presented by Honda.

While all of the Sunday road races were run on a wet track, the WERA Triple Crown +1 riders had to compete in a deluge. Despite the conditions, Burns and Ethridge made big waves on their Dunlop KR189 front and KR404 rear tires.  

The WERA Triple Crown +1 race was originally scheduled for 11-laps but was red-flagged after three. When the rain eased up, the race was restarted as an eight-lap race, with the riders gridding in their original positions.

After leaving the competition in his wake, Burns said, “At Road Atlanta, it’s pretty exciting going down the back straight at about 160 in the rain, trying to avoid the paint lines and puddles while braking hard for turn ten. When it was raining really hard before the race was stopped, we were running at a pace about 30-seconds slower than my dry times. In the end we were running at about 10-seconds off our dry-track pace. I’m used to the Dunlops and knew I’d have the best tires through to the end.”

Second place finisher, 48-year-old defending Triple Crown champion Ethridge, said, “During the first start it seemed like the water was over a foot deep at the bottom of the hill before the Esses, and there was a river coming down the hill after turn one. So I took the first few laps of the restart easy to sort out the best lines. There’s a lot of grip with the Dunlop rain tires in the wet, but the speed is so fast it really gets your attention.”

Development Manager for Dunlop Motorcycle Tires in North America, Mick Jackson, said; “All of us at Dunlop congratulate Brad and Billy for their efforts. We saw great performances out of these riders despite the conditions and are excited to see the continued competition in this series.”

The Dunlop tires used by WERA riders are available to all other club racers are the same tires used by pro racers in the MotoAmerica series, where Dunlop is the official tire supplier.

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<![CDATA[REAX Moto Apparel Offers Riders a Subtle, Stylish Approach to Performance Protection]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/gear-2/reax-moto-apparel-offers-riders-subtle-stylish-approach-performance-protection/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/gear-2/reax-moto-apparel-offers-riders-subtle-stylish-approach-performance-protection/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:48:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74729 REAX Moto Apparel Offers Riders a Subtle, Stylish Approach to Performance & Protection
Like never before, motorcycle gear manufacturers these days are trying to blend style with performance and protection – no easy feat – so that riders can look good both on and off the bike without looking overly technical. REAX Moto is the newest gear and apparel company on the market, and is the byproduct of […] more]]>
Like never before, motorcycle gear manufacturers these days are trying to blend style with performance and protection – no easy feat – so that riders can look good both on and off the bike without looking overly technical. REAX Moto is the newest gear and apparel company on the market, and is the byproduct of RevZilla and its parent company, COMOTO. RevZilla is the go-to source for any type of riding gear, so with their knowledge and experience, REAX Moto apparel should blend form and function nicely. We’ll be testing some REAX Moto gear shortly, so you can expect a full MO Tested review soon.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 18, 2018 – After a decade of experience interacting with riders and reviewing product, RevZilla has partnered with its parent company, COMOTO to bring to life REAX, a new apparel brand focused on thoughtful design features, within a casual, refined aesthetic that riders will appreciate.

The new line, comprised of riding jackets, pants and gloves, is grounded in the belief that premium motorcycle performance and protection apparel, need not look overly technical or excessive. Instead, REAX features a wide variety of thoughtfully engineered features and benefits, virtually hidden within the apparel’s more understated design aesthetic. The full line is now available at revzilla.com, cyclegear.com and all Cycle Gear store locations nationwide.

“Our aim was to deliver designs that weren’t overtly technical, but instead, subtly revealed performance features in a manner that was more thoughtful and purposeful,” said Roger Sgarbossa, Vice President, Product Development for COMOTO. “More often than not, truly sophisticated technology comes at a price point that’s unrealistic for many riders. With REAX we wanted to bring those same technologies to a wider range of riders.”

The initial line from REAX was designed to address quintessential rider styles, from the timeless style of the Folsom classic leather jacket to the more casual on-or-off-the-bike versatility of the Ludlow textile hoodie, or 215 protective riding jeans. The line also addresses weather-intensive riding conditions with the Ridge multi-season jacket, pants and waterproof gauntlet gloves, as well as high-performance scenarios with the Alta mesh jacket and pants, Jackson sport leather jacket and Castor sport leather gloves.

REAX offers all the critical performance and protective features riders expect, including reinforced or double-layer impact and abrasion areas, fine-tuned and adjustable ergonomic rider fits, water proof device pockets and integrated reflective elements. But the line is most characterized by the subtle incorporation of thoughtful and purposeful design features, such as a hidden magnet located on the back of the Ludlow Jacket that keeps the hood from flapping on the road, or offering three different knee pad positions within pant designs — all without Velcro so there’s no scratch.

A sharp understanding of the needs and preferences of riders, after more than a decade of ongoing interaction their customers, is what motivated COMOTO to develop its own private label with REAX. The vision for the line was grounded in developing gear that would appeal to the widest range of riders, offering the specific features and benefits they need without anything superfluous.

“We are product geeks and after all the years of ongoing interaction with our customers, it made sense to take that knowledge and perspective and pour it into something of our own,” said Matt Kull, CEO of COMOTO and RevZilla co-founder. “Rider preferences are incredibly diverse, and nothing is for everyone. That said, we’re excited by what we’re delivering with REAX and hope it will resonate with the riding community.”

To see the full line of REAX riding apparel, visit www.reaxmoto.com, www.revzilla.com, www.cyclegear.com , or your nearest Cycle Gear location.

About COMOTO

Formed in 2016 through a partnership between J.W. Childs & Associates and the founders of RevZilla, COMOTO is a platform dedicated to advancing the experience of motorcycle enthusiasts across North America. COMOTO’s brands, RevZilla and Cycle Gear, deliver premium and exclusive products, dedicated expertise, an enthusiast community, and customer support to moto consumers through best-in-class eCommerce and retail experiences.

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica to Hold Music Festival at The Championship of Virginia]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/racing/motoamerica-hold-music-festival-championship-virginia/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/racing/motoamerica-hold-music-festival-championship-virginia/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:52:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74726 MotoAmerica to Hold Music Festival at The Championship of Virginia
Maxim models in daisy dukes, country music, Southern BBQ, red cups and motorcycle racing – is this heaven we’re talking about here? Well, kind of, but it’s also what race fans can expect at the third round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Series at the VIRginia International Raceway on May 5th. More info below! MotoAmerica: COSTA […] more]]>
Maxim models in daisy dukes, country music, Southern BBQ, red cups and motorcycle racing – is this heaven we’re talking about here? Well, kind of, but it’s also what race fans can expect at the third round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Series at the VIRginia International Raceway on May 5th. More info below!

MotoAmerica:


COSTA MESA, CA – April 17, 2018 – The third round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Series, the Championship of Virginia at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, on the North Carolina border, will feature the Maxim MotoAmerica Tailgate Campout, a mini-music festival held during the middle of the races. Country music acts High Valley, Chase Bryant, Larkin Poe and Annie Bosko have all been recognized as top rising artists by sources such as Rolling Stone Magazine, the CMA, People Magazine, CMT and more.

“We’ve been working hard to add new types of energy to our events, which already feature some of the most exciting racing in the world,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “I’m excited that at VIR this will include these great young bands playing a tailgate party like no other.”

The first round of the MotoAmerica Championship Series, held at Road Atlanta, featured Tony Hawk & Friends – five world class skateboard and BMX athletes – performing on a 40-foot skate ramp to the sounds of renowned DJ Jayceeoh. The excitement hit a fever pitch following an adrenaline-pumping Motul Superbike race, and many fans came away saying they felt it was one of the best races they’d ever attended.

“I’m from Virginia originally, and one of my favorite things has always been a great party out in the country,” said Alec Marshall, Chief Marketing Officer at MotoAmerica. “We wanted to bring an authentic feel to this event and having Maxim on board to kick it up a notch became a perfect combination. While our race fans already expect great fun at MotoAmerica, we’re excited to introduce the experience to camping enthusiasts, country music fans, and just about anyone else.”

Maxim Models will slip on some daisy dukes to host the Maxim MotoAmerica M2 Lounge, but the fun won’t be locked in there. Fans can camp out on thousands of acres of beautiful rolling Virginia hills, wake up in the morning to some of the fastest athletes in the world, lunch on some good Southern BBQ and red-cup beverages, and finish off with one of the best lineups this side of Nashville.

The acts scheduled for May 5 are…

High Valley [“She’s with Me”]

While their upbringing didn’t exactly acquaint them with the Billboard 100, it’s that insulation that helped cement their musical ideals and love of simple, classic country, allowing High Valley’s music to feel simultaneously fresh and timeless. Dear Life, their recently released major label debut on Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville, is an album that fuses tradition with wide-eyed musical exploration, stays true to their family-first value system and celebrates resilient positivity.

The Rempel brothers have already scored six Top 10s, three Gold certifications, played to 15,000 seat arenas opening for Shania Twain and earned multiple awards show wins – including Canadian CMA Group of the Year. And now with their major label debut, a fall tour with Martina McBride and a headlining U.K. trek on the way, it’s true that High Valley inhabit a much different world today than the one they were raised in.

Chase Bryant [“Little Bit of You”]

One of the most celebrated new artists in today’s country music landscape, 24-year-old Chase Bryant was raised in Orange Grove, Texas (pop. 1200). Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. Bryant’s second consecutive hit “Little Bit of You” rose to number three on the country radio charts. His guitar-wielding Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back” spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, seven weeks on the GAC Top 20 Country Countdown, and was a Top 20 Most Watched Video on VEVO TV Nashville.

Larkin Poe [“Preachin’ Blues”]

Larkin Poe is an American roots rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, fronted by sisters Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell. Featuring strong southern harmonies, heavy electric guitar riffs, and slide guitar, they are often touted as “the little sisters of the Allman Brothers”.[1] The band performed at the 2014 and 2016 Glastonbury Festival, and were voted “Best Discovery of Glastonbury 2014” by England’s The Observer. Last Fall, Rolling Stone Magazine named Larkin Poe one of “10 New Country Acts You Need to Watch”.

Annie Bosko [“Crooked Halo”]

Two voices — one given, one earned. Singer, songwriter and entertainer Annie Bosko has married the two, recognizing that a powerful and beautiful vocal instrument is, in isolation, incapable of taking her where she has every intention of going.

Born and raised a farmer’s daughter and the middle of five children, Annie is no stranger to hard work and fighting for her voice to be heard. She’s entertained audiences up to 300,000 people, played the Grand Ole Opry, received a standing ovation at Ryman Auditorium and has toured the country opening for acts such as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Wynona Judd, Big & Rich, Josh Turner, Pat Benetar and more. She has shared the stage and performed with Adele, Darius Rucker, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and more.

Returning to MotoAmerica after their daredevil shows at Road Atlanta is the unbelievable Wall of Death, where riders literally climb the walls on vintage motorcycles and go karts. There’s also plenty for the kids to do at VIRginia International Raceway with the Kids Zone featuring the Strider bikes, Mini Moto exhibitions, a pump track, bounce houses and more.

MotoAmerica is also offering VIP ticket packages, Full Throttle Experiences and camping on site at VIR International Raceway. The Dunlop Two-Up Suzuki Superbike will also be taking VIPs and members of the media on hot laps around the racetrack throughout the weekend.

For more information on the MotoAmerica Championship of Virginia, visit www.motoamerica.com/virginia

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<![CDATA[Energica Makes Moves in Texas]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/motorcycle-news/energica-makes-moves-in-texas/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/motorcycle-news/energica-makes-moves-in-texas/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:59:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74714 Energica Makes Moves in Texas
Energica is has reached an agreement with AF1 Racing in Austin and plans to have Colin Edwards pilot the Ego Corsa, FIM Enel MotoE World Cup bike around the Austin circuit during the MotoGP weekend in Texas.  Begin Press Release: Energica Motorcycles: new commercial agreement in Texas Energica Motor Company S.p.A. is strengthening its presence in the […] more]]>
Energica is has reached an agreement with AF1 Racing in Austin and plans to have Colin Edwards pilot the Ego Corsa, FIM Enel MotoE World Cup bike around the Austin circuit during the MotoGP weekend in Texas. 

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Energica Motorcycles: new commercial agreement in Texas

Energica

Energica Motor Company S.p.A. is strengthening its presence in the US market: a new commercial agreement with AF1 Racing in Austin Texas was just signed.

Texas is the second largest US motorcycle market in the US.

“A new Environment Texas report forecasts more than 170,000 plug-in vehicles on Texas roads by 2030”, declares Energica is has reached an agreement with AF1 Racing in Austin and plans to have Colin Edwards pilot the Ego Corsa, FIM Enel MotoE World Cup bike around the Austin circuit during the MotoGP weekend in Texas.  “our Company has been investing in the United States market from the beginning, we look forward to other states following California’s EV revolution.”

Energica will celebrate this new commercial agreement this weekend with the demo lap of Ego Corsa at MotoGP™ Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas with Colin Edwards and at the AF1 Racing party on April 20th evening. The Texas Tornado will join the event alongside special guests.

Ego Corsa 3rd demo lap during MotoGP™ Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

On April 22nd the 2018 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship will arrive in Austin, Texas, for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

The Hermann Tilke-designed 5.5 km ‘Circuit of The Americas’ is a crucial hit for motorcycling enthusiasts with its cutting edge facilities and a capacity for 120,000 fans.

This time there will be one more reason to tune on the race as the two-time World Superbike champion Colin Edwards will be the third rider to get on track the Ego Corsa, FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup electric motorcycle!

Colin Edwards has been dubbed by many as the “Texas Tornado” and was one of the most dominant riders to ever race in the U.S.

Don’t miss the chance to see Texas Tornado on Ego Corsa!

MotoGP™ Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas will start on Sunday, April 22nd, lights out at 14:00 (Local Time GMT -5).

MotoE™ third demo lap will take place on Sunday, April 22nd so tune on www.motogp.com to watch it live.

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<![CDATA[125cc All Star Series Brings 2-Stroke Racing Back to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 2018]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/racing/125cc-star-series-brings-2-stroke-racing-back-lucas-oil-pro-motocross-championship-2018/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/racing/125cc-star-series-brings-2-stroke-racing-back-lucas-oil-pro-motocross-championship-2018/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:15:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74716 125cc All Star Series Brings 2-Stroke Racing Back to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 2018
Two-stroke off-road and motocross bikes never went anywhere and have always been around, but in the last few years, their popularity has skyrocketed. So much so that MX Sports Pro Racing has announced the 125cc All Star Series to be added to the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The 125cc two-stroke class will run […] more]]>
Two-stroke off-road and motocross bikes never went anywhere and have always been around, but in the last few years, their popularity has skyrocketed. So much so that MX Sports Pro Racing has announced the 125cc All Star Series to be added to the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The 125cc two-stroke class will run during seven of the series’ 12 rounds. This is exciting news, for a number of reasons: It’s exciting because for many, it’s nostalgic; but also because it creates a whole new class for more racing to get more up and coming riders involved. We can’t wait to smell that sweet, sweet premix! 

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MORGANTOWN, WV – April 17, 2018 – The beloved sound of 2-stroke motorcycles will return to American motocross this summer as MX Sports Pro Racing has announced the introduction of the 125 All Star Series. This new support program will be featured at a total of seven rounds of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, beginning with the season opening Hangtown Motocross Classic on May 19th.

The 125 All Star Series will consist of six qualifying rounds and a climactic finale at the season-ending Ironman National on August 25th. In addition to bookending the National schedule, this one-of-a-kind 2-stroke showcase will also visit Thunder Valley (June 2), High Point (June 16), The Wick 338 (June 30), Washougal (July 28), and Budds Creek (August 18). Each All Star event will feature a one-moto format, and will be contested during opening ceremonies at the designated Nationals.

“The resurgence of market interest for 2-stroke based motorcycles, and our recent experience with 2-stroke support classes at national events presents us with opportunities for developing a more formal program for these products for 2018 and beyond,” explained Roy Janson, Director of Competition for MX Sports Pro Racing.

“The 125cc 2-stroke machine in particular is experiencing an increased level of interest and popularity, due in part to the role it plays in our sport for amateur riders,” Janson continued. “These motorcycles provide an appropriate transitional machine with size and performance characteristics consistent with the size and skill sets of many young athletes. Additionally, there is continued interest in these machines with our fans based on the important historical role these 2-strokes played in the development, growth and evolution of our sport.”

The 125 All Star Series is open to current production-based 125cc 2-stroke machines, as well as non-current production models from the final three years of production for manufacturers who no longer produce 125cc models. To be eligible to compete riders must be a minimum 16 years of age, with an AMA skill classification of “B” or higher. Current and former AMA Pro Motocross-licensed riders are eligible to compete, so long as they are not participating in the professional classes at that event.

To apply for race entry, submit the 125 All Star Series Entry Form directly to the appropriate event promoter noted on the Form.

125cc All Star Series Lucas Oil Pro Motocross

The beloved sound and smell of 2-stroke motorcycles return to Washougal as one of the seven Nationals hosting a 125 All Star Series race. | Rich Shepherd

Tickets to each round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on now on sale and can be purchased by visiting ProMotocross.com.

2018 125 All Star Series Schedule

May 19 Hangtown Motocross Classic Sacramento, CA
June 2 Thunder Valley National Lakewood, CO
June 16 High Point National Mt. Morris, PA
June 30 Southwick National Southwick, MA
July 28 Washougal National Washougal, WA
August 18 Budds Creek National Machanicsville, MD
August 25 Ironman National Crawfordsville, IN

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Gold Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, MotoSport.com, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

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<![CDATA[Slingshot Now Available to Rent and Own in Hawaii With Regular Drivers License]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/motorcycle-news/slingshot-now-available-to-rent-and-own-in-hawaii-with-regular-drivers-license/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/18/motorcycle-news/slingshot-now-available-to-rent-and-own-in-hawaii-with-regular-drivers-license/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:46:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74706 Slingshot Now Available to Rent and Own in Hawaii With Regular Driver’s License
The Polaris Slingshot is classified as an “autocycle” in Hawaii, just like in 40+ other states, which means you don’t need a motorcycle license or endorsement to drive it. This is great news for travelers heading to the popular vacation islands, because exploring Hawaii in a Slingshot sounds like a ton of fun, so long […] more]]>
The Polaris Slingshot is classified as an “autocycle” in Hawaii, just like in 40+ other states, which means you don’t need a motorcycle license or endorsement to drive it. This is great news for travelers heading to the popular vacation islands, because exploring Hawaii in a Slingshot sounds like a ton of fun, so long as you don’t have any heavy off-road plans (you can rent a jeep for that). Polaris Slingshots are available for purchase and or rent at Montgomery Powersports (Honolulu) and Aloha Motorsports (Maui). See below for more info.

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HONOLULU (April 16, 2018) – The Polaris Slingshot, the bold three-wheeled roadster, today announced its retail availability in the state of Hawaii. Now, Slingshots are available for purchase in all 50 U.S. states. Hawaii residents can visit Montgomery Powersports Hawaii in Honolulu to learn more or to test drive a new 2018 Slingshot.

Because of Slingshot’s unique three-wheeled configuration with a steering wheel, five-speed manual transmission, and side-by-side bucket seats, Slingshot is classified as an” autocycle” in Hawaii. There, drivers can enjoy the open cockpit experience with just a standard driver’s license. Hawaii is one of the 40 plus U.S. states in which Slingshot drivers do not need a motorcycle endorsement to operate.

Polaris Slingshot

“We are thrilled to now offer consumers in every state across the country the opportunity to purchase their very own Slingshot,” said Josh Fulkerson, Slingshot Sr. Director. “Hawaii is the ideal location to enjoy the Slingshot lifestyle, as the state’s incredible scenery and mild climate make it an ideal place for a fun, open-air driving experience.”

Given Hawaii is a travel destination unlike any other, residents and visitors alike can experience the thrill of a Slingshot with half-day and full-day rental programs through a premium network of ride and drive experiences called Polaris Adventures. Slingshot rentals are currently available at three locations throughout Hawaii, including Slingshot Hawaii Tours & Rentals (Waikiki), Montgomery Powersports (Honolulu) and Aloha Motorsports (Maui).

Polaris Slingshot

Representing the biggest enhancements since its introduction, the 2018 Slingshot lineup takes style, performance and technology to a whole new level. Select 2018 models feature the seven-inch touchscreen RideCommand infotainment system with turn-by-turn navigation, while all Slingshot models are powered by a 2.4L GM engine that creates 173 horsepower and 166 ft-lbs of torque. Slingshot’s 2018 lineup includes three models, the S, SL and SLR, and two limited-edition offerings, the Grand Touring LE and SLR LE. Pricing ranges from an entry-level $19,999 (S) to $30,999 (SLR LE).

Owners can personalize and customize their Polaris Slingshot with a variety of Slingshot Engineered Accessories, including the revolutionary Slingshade, a color-match top offering superb rider comfort and sun protection, as well as styling enhancements, tech and audio components, storage options, wind deflectors, riding gear, helmets, driving jackets and street wear. Most of the vehicle accessories are offered in a variety of factory color-matched options.

Polaris Slingshot

For more information about Slingshot, or to find a dealer, visit PolarisSlingshot.com. Follow Slingshot on social media: Facebook.com/PolarisSlingshot, @Slingshot on Twitter and @PolarisSlingshot on Instagram. For more information on Polaris Adventures and Slingshot rental locations, visit Adventures.Polaris.com.

Slingshot® is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile and does not meet automotive safety standards. Drivers should always wear helmets and seat belts. 

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<![CDATA[ReVolt Electric Motorbikes: A New Name in the Electric Motorcycle Game]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/electric/revolt-electric-motorbikes-new-name-electric-motorcycle-game/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/electric/revolt-electric-motorbikes-new-name-electric-motorcycle-game/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:11:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74697 ReVolt Electric Motorbikes: A New Name in the Electric Motorcycle Game
ReVolt Electric Motorbikes, an Alternet Systems, Inc. subsidiary, is the newest name in the electric motorcycle game. ReVolt Electric Motorbikes will use lithium battery technology to produce an electric motorcycle based on the 1930s BMW R71 motorcycle with sidecar utilized by the German Army in WWII for both U.S. and international markets. It’s an interesting […] more]]>
ReVolt Electric Motorbikes, an Alternet Systems, Inc. subsidiary, is the newest name in the electric motorcycle game. ReVolt Electric Motorbikes will use lithium battery technology to produce an electric motorcycle based on the 1930s BMW R71 motorcycle with sidecar utilized by the German Army in WWII for both U.S. and international markets. It’s an interesting past-meets-future concept that we’ll report back on when we get more details.

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DALLAS, TX – April 17, 2018Alternet Systems, Inc. (USOTC: ALYI) announces, ReVolt Electric Motorbikes, a new company conceived by Alternet Systems, Inc. (USOTC: ALYI) and launched as an Alternet subsidiary.  Alternet is applying its portfolio of lithium battery technologies to empower commercially viable, environmentally sustainable alternatives to existing consumer markets. ReVolt has partnered with a manufacturing company to first produce a motorcycle based on the 1930’s BMW R71 motorcycle with sidecar utilized by the German Army in WWII. The ReVolt Classic Electric Motorbike with Sidecar will be powered by an electric motor utilizing an Alternet Systems designed lithium battery solution.

The pilot ReVolt Classic Electric Motorbike with Sidecar is under construction now and expected to be complete early this summer for evaluation and testing. The company plans to have a limited production final product ready for the holiday season. The pilot ReVolt Classic Electric Motorbike will be on display at various trade shows leading up to the holiday season.

ReVolt Electric Motorbikes

This classic motorcycle design has been seen in countless movies to include The Great Escape staring Steve McQueen, an avid motorcycle enthusiast and racer. The movie includes a famous motorcycle chase where Steve McQueen rides a German Military motorcycle pursued by German soldiers riding the same.

Long-Term Plan to Deliver Electric Motorbikes to Developing Economic Markets

The long-term object of ReVolt Electric Motorbikes is to become a leader in the production of electric motorbikes as daily drivers in the developing economic regions of the world were motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are the primary mode of transportation. The current global market for motorcycles, scooters and mopeds is approximately 130 million units per year resulting in $120 billion in annual sales. As per capita income in developing economic regions continues to improve, motorcycle, scooter and moped sales are correspondingly expected to grow. Global automobile sales in 2018 is expected to reach just 80 million units.

ReVolt Electric Motorbikes strategic plan is to 1.) establish a manufacturing capacity and to 2.) refine the Alternet Lithium Battery Technology through the production and sales of a fun, useful and affordable electric motorbikes based on classic motorcycle designs for the U.S. consumer market.  With a manufacturing capacity established and a lithium battery technology on the market, ReVolt Electric Motorbikes plans to begin delivering a line of daily driver electric motorbikes to developing economic regions.

Keep up with ReVolt’s latest developments by checking back periodically to the company’s website:  www.revoltmotorbikes.com

Learn more on the company’s website: www.otc-alyi.com or www.lithiumip.com

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor: This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Says Its Riders Faced Unfair Competition in WSS300 at Aragon]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/manufacturers/yamaha/blu-cru-riders-denied-chance-shine-worldssp300-aragon-due-unfair-competition/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/manufacturers/yamaha/blu-cru-riders-denied-chance-shine-worldssp300-aragon-due-unfair-competition/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:42:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74682 Yamaha Says Its Riders Faced Unfair Competition in WSS300 at Aragon
Many road racing series kicked off their seasons this past weekend and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship was one of them. This series, like MotoAmerica’s Junior Cup and the British Junior Supersport Championship, is geared to shine light on up and coming racers and their riding ability more than the capabilities of the machines […] more]]>
Many road racing series kicked off their seasons this past weekend and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship was one of them. This series, like MotoAmerica’s Junior Cup and the British Junior Supersport Championship, is geared to shine light on up and coming racers and their riding ability more than the capabilities of the machines they’re racing. Dorna has a supposedly evolving system limiting rpm, etc., for different motorcycles, to keep the playing field level. But Yamaha was displeased with the results its bLU cRU riders achieved against other manufacturers’ bikes in Spain last weekend, some of which Yamaha says had a big competitive edge over its R3.

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April 16, 2018 – The five Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge riders fought valiantly throughout the opening round of the 2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship despite being denied a level playing field due to the FIM and Dorna – the series organiser – not being able to balance out the performance levels of the different manufacturers on the grid. Despite this, the bLU cRU riders were still able to show good promise with Galang Hendra Pratama demonstrating sensational pace all weekend, before finishing the race in 16th. Luca Bernardi fought hard in Sunday’s race to greet the chequered flag in 19th, with Dutch riders Dennis Koopman and Joep Overbeeke crossing the line 23rd & 25th respectively, while Hugo de Cancellis from France showed good promise before, unfortunately, being declared unfit to race on Sunday due to a stomach virus.

The WorldSSP300 Championship sees bikes of varying engine capacities and power/weight ratios line up on the grid, with technical regulations designed to guarantee that despite these differences, the riders are given the chance to show their potential by ensuring all bikes perform at a similar level. It was these performance balancing technical regulations that led to such a thrilling debut season for WorldSSP300 in 2017, as it allowed the individual’s skill and talent to shine through instead of any technical advantages, something Yamaha believe is crucial in helping to develop the next generation of riders

Unfortunately, this was not the case at the opening round in Aragon as the Yamaha riders were made to suffer for being the bike with the smallest engine capacity. Sadly, it put all Yamaha riders at a disadvantage with the other bikes on the grid having a 10-15kph top speed superiority over the R3. This resulted in lap times for the new Kawasaki and KTM machines being almost 5 seconds under the 2017 pole record (2:12.712), while Yamaha has stayed faithful to the rules by using the same specification machines as they did last season. Undeterred by the fact they knew they would not realistically being able to fight with the other manufacturers, the five Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge riders put in a sensational effort to produce some promising results after dealing with the sense of disappointment that follows from working hard all winter only to be denied the chance to showcase their riding ability in their first race on the world stage.

Leading the bLU cRU charge through the weekend was 19-year-old Galang Hendra Pratama (Yamaha Pata | Semakin di Depan | Biblion Motoxracing Team) who ended Friday’s Practice in 10th overall to make him the only Yamaha rider to make it through to SP2. The 2017 wildcard Jerez race winner qualified in 11th for Sunday’s race and despite being at such a speed and power disadvantage, he battled in the top ten during the race before a small mistake saw him lost touch with the leading group. Recovering superbly, he continued to battle hard right to the line to secure 16th place. To show just how quick Galang Hendra was, his best time from the weekend – set during the race – was a 2:09.939, which was over 4 seconds quicker than the best time set by a Yamaha R3 during last season’s race (2:14.050), despite the fact he was on identical machinery.

Yamaha R3

Luca Bernardi (Yamaha Pata | Trasimeno Team) finished in 30th on the combined timesheets on Friday before going on to qualify in 23rd on the grid for Sunday’s race. Showing improvements every time he went on track on his R3, the 16-year-old Italian made up four places in the race after giving it his all to finish in 19th.

Yamaha R3

Dutch rider Dennis Koopman (Yamaha Pata | Semakin di Depan | GRT Team), who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday the 16th of April, had ended Friday’s practice in 23rd and then managed to qualify in 32nd on Saturday. When the lights went out for Sunday’s race he, like all the bLU cRU riders showed great heart to battle through the pack with some excellent overtaking manoeuvres to make up 11 places and cross the line in 21st.

Yamaha R3

Joep Overbeeke (Yamaha Pata | Trasimeno Team), also from the Netherlands, managed to improve dramatically from finishing Friday in 38th overall to then qualify in 26th. He enjoyed some excellent fights with other Yamaha riders during the race before crossing the line in a solid 25th place in a close finish that saw 0.242s separate the riders from 22nd to 25th as they crossed the line.

16-year-old French rider Hugo de Cancellis had shown his class by ending Friday in 24th on the combined timesheets. He went on to qualify in 31st on Saturday, but was suffering from a stomach bug and, unfortunately, was declared unfit to race on Sunday.

To emphasis the imbalance in performance levels between manufacturers, the fastest Yamaha rider was Daniel Valle (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) in 13th place, who was a regular podium challenger in 2017, with the Spanish rider crossing the line 15.014s behind the eventual race winner.

Yamaha Motor Europe is confident that the FIM and Dorna will balance the regulations that are designed to produce a level playing field and expect action to be taken before Round 2 of the WorldSSP300 Championship in Assen on the 20th-22nd of April. This will not only preserve the reputation of the championship, but also ensure that it continues to provide young riders with an excellent platform to launch their careers on the world stage.

Andrea Dosoli (Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Project Manager):

“All of our Yamaha riders, and especially the bLU cRU guys, have done a fantastic job during the winter and it obvious to everyone the results of this hard work because all of them were able to go under the fastest time set by a Yamaha last year, some by 2 seconds. This shows the job done during the winter started to pay dividends and we are very proud of them all. Unfortunately, they were up against unfair competition due to the incorrect levels of performances between the manufacturers, when the technical regulations are designed to provide a level playing field. For this reason, our guys – who have all done a fantastic job – were prevented from being able to fight for the positions they deserved all weekend. The organisers, Dorna and the FIM, understand the situation and we strongly expect them to make changes before the next race.”

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<![CDATA[Gettysburg Bike Week Kicks It Into High Gear for 17th Anniversary]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/motorcycle-news/gettysburg-bike-week-kicks-high-gear-17th-anniversary/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/motorcycle-news/gettysburg-bike-week-kicks-high-gear-17th-anniversary/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:30:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74687 Gettysburg Bike Week Kicks It Into High Gear for 17th Anniversary
Gettysburg Bike Week to host Wall of Death and much more for its 17th Anniversary.  Begin Press Release: High Speeds and Heady Thrills Planned for 17th Anniversary of Gettysburg Bike Week American Motor Drome Co. Wall of Death Booked for GBW 2018 Gettysburg, PA (April 15, 2018) – Back in style at the Allstar Events Complex, Gettysburg […] more]]>
Gettysburg Bike Week to host Wall of Death and much more for its 17th Anniversary. 

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High Speeds and Heady Thrills Planned for 17th Anniversary of Gettysburg Bike Week

American Motor Drome Co. Wall of Death Booked for GBW 2018

Gettysburg, PA (April 15, 2018) – Back in style at the Allstar Events Complex, Gettysburg Bike Week looks to celebrate its 17th year with the high-flying, death-defying spectacle that is the American Motor Drome Co.’s Wall of Death.

A giant silo-shaped cylinder 30 feet in diameter with 15-feet-high wooden-plank walls, the vintage live-action thrill show that is the Wall of Death serves as a cyclone of mayhem wherein motorcycle daredevils drive century-old Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles at high speed round and round, parallel to the ground, climbing the walls, performing stunts, inching toward an audience perched right above the action.

Star rider Charlie Ransom is back for his 14th year riding the Wall of Death on a 100-year-old Indian motorcycle. Attendees can plan on seeing him snatch money from the hands of spectators as he races around the top of the cylinder, beset by g-forces, mere inches from an awed audience.

“Right time, right place, I guess,” said Ransom when asked how he hooked up with the American Motor Drome Co. thrill show. “What can I say? I love my job.”

In addition to Wall of Death performances each day of the rally, musical festivities kick off on the S.S. Vape Stage on Thursday night and will continue through the weekend with national headliners each night.

Gettysburg Bike Week’s official lodging sponsor, the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, is conveniently located right next door to where all the action takes place at the Allstar Events Complex. Additional acts and shows are still being booked, and patrons can look forward to a wide array of music and motorcycle-related activities, shows and demos.

And, of course, no rally would be complete without great riding, and Gettysburg has some of the best. Whether riders want to see historic battlegrounds or just hit the road for a great cruise, hundreds of miles of the best riding in the East surrounds Gettysburg.

New and returning riders are encouraged to check www.gettysburgbikeweek.com frequently for the latest info on event scheduling, lodging information and anything they ever needed to know about Gettysburg Bike Week.

About Gettysburg Bike Week

Gettysburg Bike Week is Eastern Pennsylvania’s definitive motorcycle rally, featuring great national music acts, historic riding and hospitality that you can only find in a city with this much history.

For more information on the Rally, including scheduling, lodging options, and more, visit www.gettysburgbikeweek.com. Follow them on Twitter: @GburgBikeWk. To contact Gettysburg Bike Week, e-mail gbwvendor@yahoo.com.

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<![CDATA[RevIt! Announces New Additions to 2018 U.S. Womens Adventure Team]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/motorcycle-news/revit-announces-new-additions-2018-womens-adventure-team/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/motorcycle-news/revit-announces-new-additions-2018-womens-adventure-team/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:17:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74671 Rev’It! Announces New Additions to 2018 U.S. Women’s Adventure Team
Rev’It! highlights female riders in the adventure segment with its U.S. Women’s Adventure Team. These riders will also take part in field testing and help to develop new products.  Begin Press Release: REV’IT! ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERS TO THE 2018 US WOMEN’S ADVENTURE TEAM Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, the REV’IT! USA Women’s Team welcomes […] more]]>
Rev’It! highlights female riders in the adventure segment with its U.S. Women’s Adventure Team. These riders will also take part in field testing and help to develop new products. 

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REV’IT! ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERS TO THE 2018 US WOMEN’S ADVENTURE TEAM

U.S. WOMEN'S ADVENTURE TEAM
Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, the REV’IT! USA Women’s Team welcomes two new members to the fold in 2018: Jenna West and Anna Baklund will join existing members Erika Bean, Louise Coleen Powers and Amelia Kamrad for the 2018 season as the REV’IT! US Women’s Adventure Team.

The two new members have been chosen based on a combination of passion, leadership, riding ability and their embodiment of the “REV’IT! spirit”— one that aims to inspire others to ride. The team’s collective riding résumé encompasses tens of thousands of miles through more than a dozen countries worldwide and over various terrain.

The group was founded as a way to spotlight the growing contributions by women to the adventure riding segment. The team will represent the brand individually at adventure events, rallies, trainings and dealer nights across the country, coming together for one main team event in the summer. In addition to amplifying the presence of the brand at on-site events, the five female ambassadors will also field-test gear, providing invaluable product feedback directly to REV’IT! designers located in Oss, The Netherlands.

“We are so proud of these women and the roles they have played in shaping the ‘new look’ of adventure motorcycling. They—and many others—have paved the way for more inclusivity and diversity in the motorcycle industry, and we at REV’IT! look forward to the future they are helping to create,” says Tracy Motz, Sr. Brand Manager at REV’IT! USA.

For more on the 2018 REV’IT! Women’s Adventure Team, visit the REV’IT! website.

 

U.S. WOMEN'S ADVENTURE TEAM

JENNA WEST
@jensmotoadventures started riding in 2012. After touring the country a few times on a Yamaha FZ6R, Jenna decided to trade it in for an adventure bike in February of 2016. And she never looked back. She has since ridden it on multiple trips across the US and Canada, leaving the pavement every chance she can get.

In addition to adventure riding, she also has a passion for restoring and riding vintage Honda motorcycles. Jenna lives in Indiana and currently rides a Triumph Tiger 800 named Tora.

 

 

 

U.S. WOMEN'S ADVENTURE TEAM

ANNA BAKLUND
@annabaklund fell in love with ADV riding in 2015 after jumping on the back of a Husqvarna TR650. She bought her first dualsport less than a month later- a Suzuki DR200 – and she presently rides a KTM 690 Enduro R.

Anna has a passion for gravel roads, trails and moto-camping. Now entrenched in the ADV community, you’ll find her at events, rallies and off the beaten path across the Western U.S. and Canada. Anna is currently based out of Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. WOMEN'S ADVENTURE TEAM

ERIKA TANGO BEAN
@bmwmotorcyclegirl began riding at age eight but made the transition to adventure bikes in 2012. Her favorite part about her GS is being able to carry everything she needs for camping, cooking and sight-seeing along the way. Having travelled to eight countries on two wheels, she feels that the sights, smells and intimacy of being on a motorcycle changes a trip into an adventure. Erika currently rides Betty, a bumblebee-yellow BMW F650 GS and lives in Arizona.

 

 

 

U.S. WOMEN'S ADVENTURE TEAM

LOUISE COLEEN POWERS
@aGirlOnAMotorbike began her riding career six years ago with an 8,200-mile trip to Alaska. Last August, she headed south to ride to the southern tip of South America on her BMW F700GS. Finishing this adventure in June, she will return to Colorado to continue coaching off-road adventure riding with West 38 Moto and sharing her passion with other female riders. Find stories of her Central and South American adventures on her blog, Girl On A Motorbike.

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. WOMEN'S ADVENTURE TEAM

AMELIA KAMRAD
@millieonthemove learned to ride in 2008 on a 1974 Honda CB550 barn rescue, and discovered a love for the ADV community in late 2013. Hooked since her first go atop dirt roads and trails, she has since become a regular fixture at ADV and Dual Sport events and off-road trainings all along the East Coast. Amelia contributes to ADVMoto magazine and participates in NASA Rally races. Amelia currently rides a Husaberg 390 and is based out of New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[A Big Global Winning Weekend Debut for KTMs RC 390 R]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/manufacturers/ktm/big-global-winning-weekend-debut-ktms-rc-390-r/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/manufacturers/ktm/big-global-winning-weekend-debut-ktms-rc-390-r/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:08:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74672 A Big Global Winning Weekend Debut for KTM’s RC 390 R
Road racing season is officially in full swing with all the major series’ first rounds now in the books. The KTM RC 390 R has proven to be dominant with wins in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, British Junior Supersport Championship and Junior Cup MotoAmerica Championship. KTM: The new KTM RC 390 R experienced […] more]]>
Road racing season is officially in full swing with all the major series’ first rounds now in the books. The KTM RC 390 R has proven to be dominant with wins in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, British Junior Supersport Championship and Junior Cup MotoAmerica Championship.

KTM:


The new KTM RC 390 R experienced an incredible debut weekend (April 14-15) with victory in the first round of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship when Dutch rider Koen Meuffels (KTM Fortron Junior Team) snatched glory in a photo finish at Motorland Aragon, Spain.

Released at the start of 2018 as a homologation special machine for Supersport 300 racing, the KTM RC 390 R is backed up with a dedicated Race Kit produced by KTM Customer Racing to make it a committed race machine for emerging talent. Adding to its World Championship success, the machine was ridden to further wins by Brian Hart in the British Junior Supersport Championship and by Alex Dumas in the opening round of the Junior Cup MotoAmerica Championship.

The impressive start to the eight round FIM Supersport 300 World Championship season for KTM Customer Racing was backed up with a six-rider line-up on orange machines. Meuffels stole top-step honors from fellow countryman Scott Deroue and Spain’s Mika Pérez after a thrilling dash to the line. Three KTM RC 390 R riders finished in the top 10, with Glenn van Straalen (KTM Fortron Racing Team) in seventh place and Germany’s Luca Grünwald (Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team) in ninth. Max Kappler (Freudenberg) was 15th in the final classification of 30 riders while Ryan Vos (Fortron) and Jan-Ole Jähnig (Freudenberg) were not classified.

Grünwald and Kappler made it a great weekend for Team Freudenberg with both of their riders picking up championship points in their premiere race appearance.

Meuffels ran a clever and tactical race and was perfectly placed going into the final lap. He hung with the hard-fought, nine-rider group that solidified in the second half of the race, where riders thrilled the crowd by constantly exchanging the lead. Meuffels hit the front in lap nine, rehearsing tactics for the final 11th lap, then a nail-biting charge for the finish saw him take the win by just three-hundredths of a second. The young Dutchman’s success in the first round of the season is likely to lift attendance when he goes to his home circuit of Assen next weekend for the second round as championship leader.

Meuffels, speaking in the finish area said: “Big thanks to the team and to KTM. They gave me the best bike, and my game plan worked. I’m really happy.”

More success in UK and USA

Meanwhile it was also a good weekend for KTM Customer Racing at Brand’s Hatch, UK, when KTM RC 390 R rider Brian Hart won the second of two races in the BSB Junior Supersport Championship on Saturday and was third in the opener. Hart followed this up with another third place in Sunday’s race.

In North America two other young talents and the KTM RC 390 R proved competitive, as Alex Dumas took the win in the opening round of the Junior Cup MotoAmerica Championship at Road Atlanta. Sean Ungarvsky completed the podium as third.

Overall an epic important milestone weekend for the KTM RC 390. Already well known as a superb Cup bike, the machine has now graduated to become a much-desired bike for the SSP 300 scene, thanks to the development of the model-appropriate Race Kit.

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<![CDATA[Recovering Pedrosa Will Try to Race at COTA]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/racing/recovering-pedrosa-will-try-race-cota/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/racing/recovering-pedrosa-will-try-race-cota/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:36:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74667 Recovering Pedrosa Will Try to Race at COTA
A week after undergoing wrist surgery, Dani Pedrosa will travel with the Repsol Honda team to Austin, Texas, and try to race at this weekend’s Grand Prix round at Circuit of the Americas. Pedrosa hurt his right wrist in a crash on the opening lap of the previous round in Argentina. Both Pedrosa and especially […] more]]>
A week after undergoing wrist surgery, Dani Pedrosa will travel with the Repsol Honda team to Austin, Texas, and try to race at this weekend’s Grand Prix round at Circuit of the Americas.

Pedrosa hurt his right wrist in a crash on the opening lap of the previous round in Argentina. Both Pedrosa and especially his teammate Marc Marquez have a history of strong results at COTA. The Repsol Honda riders will want to bounce back after both finished out of the points at Rio Hondo. While Pedrosa is not at 100% full strength, Honda does not appear to have a back up rider in place in case he is unable to take part. HRC test rider Stefan Bradl is most likely to get the nod, but it’s unclear if he will be available for this weekend’s race.

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Dani Pedrosa will join Marc Marquez in Texas for round three of the MotoGP Championship

After undergoing successful surgery to his right wrist one week ago, Dani Pedrosa has begun his rehab period and, although he’s obviously not yet at 100%, will join Marc Marquez in the United States to try and take part in the third round of the MotoGP World Championship in Austin.

Marc and Dani have strong records at the technical, 5.513 km Texas circuit. Marc took his first MotoGP pole and victory at the venue in 2013 and has continued to post flawless qualifying performances and victories there ever since, bringing his tally of consecutive successes in the USA to 11 across all classes. Dani has climbed the Circuit of the Americas podium three times out of the four occasions on which he has raced there.

The Repsol Honda Team, in turn, have a streak of 14 GP wins in a row on American soil, starting with Pedrosa’s Indianapolis victory in 2010.

At the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

  • Marc Marquez has 5 wins and 5 Pole Positions (MotoGP: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Dani Pedrosa has 3 podiums (MotoGP: 2nd in 2013 and 2014; third in 2017)

Marc Marquez:
“After a good start to the season in Qatar, we got no points in Argentina, but I was feeling good on the bike in both races, which is positive. The season is long and the most important thing is that our level is there. Now we go to Austin, a good circuit with a good atmosphere and great memories: it was the place of my first pole and my first MotoGP victory and we’ve been able to be strong there since then, so it’s a good place to try and get a good result. That said, every season is different: the bikes, the tyres, the conditions. This year some work was done to reduce the bumps, so we’ll see how the track is. As we’ve done so far, over the weekend we’ll focus our work on the race setup, and then on Sunday we’ll see where we’re able to finish.”

Dani Pedrosa:
“Since the operation, I started feeling a bit better every day. I’ve been doing exercises to gain mobility and reduce the inflammation. Little by little I’m recovering muscle tone, and this allows me to see some progress. From here it’s difficult to know our real possibilities. We’re going to a difficult track and until I’m back on my bike I won’t be able to really know my situation. But what’s clear to me at this moment is that it’s well worth it to travel and try. An important part of my strength to go to Austin comes from your messages of support, so thank you very much to all of you.”

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<![CDATA[Eli Tomac Secures 7th Supercross Win and Triple Crown Championship Victory in Minneapolis]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/racing/eli-tomac-secures-7th-supercross-win-triple-crown-championship-victory-minneapolis/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/racing/eli-tomac-secures-7th-supercross-win-triple-crown-championship-victory-minneapolis/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:56:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74662 Eli Tomac Secures 7th Supercross Win and Triple Crown Championship Victory in Minneapolis
Saturday night’s racing in Minneapolis was action-packed and intense, unlike the previous mud bog round in Seattle. Both the 450SX and 250SX classes had great battles all night in the three-race Triple Crown format, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac topping the premier class podium and GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin taking the 250SX win. Round […] more]]>
Saturday night’s racing in Minneapolis was action-packed and intense, unlike the previous mud bog round in Seattle. Both the 450SX and 250SX classes had great battles all night in the three-race Triple Crown format, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac topping the premier class podium and GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin taking the 250SX win. Round 14 in Minneapolis proved to be a good night for some, and a tough one for others. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson had to battle harder than he’s needed to lately and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner just seemed to unravel as the night went on. Forkner finished 1-10-19 for a 10th overall, and he crashed four different times in the third race. The season isn’t over yet, though, this weekend the gang heads Northeast to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for Round 15.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 15, 2018 – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returned to Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium in front of a crowd of 49,846 fans for the third and final Triple Crown Event, a three-city showdown introduced in 2018 where both the 250SX and 450SX Classes compete in three Main Events.

The Monster Energy Kawasaki of Eli Tomac captured his seventh win of the season and overall 450SX Class victory, in addition to the first-ever Triple Crown Championship, which was awarded to Tomac who finished with the lowest overall Olympic-style score in the three-race series.

“We’re out here to win and that’s what we did,” Tomac said after the race. “We got it done tonight … It’s been a long, hard day and everyone worked their butt off when we got here. Just a great way to cap off the night.”

In the first Main Event, Tomac and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson went bar-to-bar after the start until Tomac found the outside line around Anderson and checked out ahead of Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia and SmarTops Bullfrog Spas Honda’s Justin Brayton, and Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Weston Peick muscled up to fifth.

Brayton lead the majority of the second Main Event ahead of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC/KTM/WPS Team’s Blake Baggett and Anderson after the start with Peick and Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin battling inside the top five. Tomac worked his way up from a seventh-place start and a four-way wheel-to-wheel battle for third between Baggett, Peick, Musquin and Tomac put Peick into third while Anderson worked on Brayton until a mistake put Anderson back to sixth. Musquin made the moves on Peick for second and found another fast line around Brayton to take the top spot with Peick rounding out the top three.

In the third and final Main Event, Tomac and Brayton were side-by-side for the lead ahead of Anderson while Barcia worked his way up to fourth followed by Musquin. Anderson pulled away from a three-way battle for second with Musquin moving from fourth to second over Tomac. Barcia and Brayton rounded out the top five.

“Tonight was some of the gnarliest battling I’ve had to do all year,” Anderson said on the podium. “That’s what this Triple Crown brings; it brings that intense racing. I’m just pumped to get out of here with a solid finish. Those three intense races are gnarly.”

Minneapolis Supercross 2018

Tomac is joined by Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin on the 450SX Class podium in Minneapolis at Round 14 of the 2018 season. | Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

In the first Main Event for the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner got out to an early lead ahead of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith and GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne. Martin pressured Smith for second while Forkner lead from the start and captured the win.

In the second Main Event, Smith grabbed the holeshot while Osborne found his way to second after the first lap, and Martin rounded out the top three. Osborne worked to pass Smith and opened a gap to the finish.

In the third Main Event, Josh Osby caught the holeshot ahead of a battle between Smith and Osborne while Martin and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC/KTM/WPS Team’s Anthony Rodriguez diced it up behind the leader. Smith quickly moved into the lead followed by Martin, Osborne and Forkner before Martin made the move on Smith and captured the overall Triple Crown victory, his second consecutive Eastern Regional 250SX Class win.

“To do it in my hometown state in front of everyone, it’s a dream come true, and this is one of those I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. It’s a blessing I get to ride dirt bikes,” Martin said on the podium.

Minneapolis Supercross 2018

Jeremy Martin captured his second-consecutive Eastern Regional 250SX Class win and first Triple Crown victory in Minneapolis. | Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

For official race results, please visit results.amasupercross.com.

450SX Class Results

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (1-4-3)
  2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (2-6-1)
  3. Marvin Musquin, Clermont, Fla., KTM (7-1-2)
  4. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (4-2-5)
  5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (3-7-4)
  6. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (5-3-11)
  7. Tyler Bowers, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki (8-8-6)
  8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (6-5-12)
  9. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif., Honda (14-10-7)
  10. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (9-9-13)

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (311)
  2. Marvin Musquin, Clermont, Fla., KTM (272)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (246)
  4. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (232)
  5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (224)
  6. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (202)
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., KTM (184)
  8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (181)
  9. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (165)
  10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (134)

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (3-3-1)
  2. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-1-2)
  3. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (2-2-3)
  4. Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM (5-4-5)
  5. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., KTM (6-11-6)
  6. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., KTM (9-6-9)
  7. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (16-5-4)
  8. John Short, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha (11-8-8)
  9. Thomas Ramette, Guilherand, France, Yamaha (8-15-7)
  10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (1-10-19)

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (154)
  2. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (142)
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (138)
  4. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (137)
  5. Luke Renzland, Hewitt, N.J., Yamaha (95)
  6. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki (86)
  7. Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, (78)
  8. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (73)
  9. RJ Hampshire, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (57)
  10. Athony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., KTM (57)

The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season returns to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for Round 15 on April 21. Watch the action live on FOX at 3 p.m. ET.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, or follow via social channels:

Facebook: facebook.com/supercrosslive
Twitter: twitter.com/supercrosslive
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<![CDATA[Zero Buying Back 2012 S and DS Models Because of Fire Risk]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/16/recall-2/zero-buying-back-2012-ds-models-because-of-fire-risk/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/16/recall-2/zero-buying-back-2012-ds-models-because-of-fire-risk/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:30:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74655 Zero Buying Back 2012 S and DS Models Because of Fire Risk
Zero Motorcycles is recalling all 2012 Zero S and DS models as well as the DSP police bike, because of a problem that can cause an electrical short in the battery, creating a fire risk. Due to the nature of the issue, Zero will be buying back all models from owners, or offer a financial […] more]]>
Zero Motorcycles is recalling all 2012 Zero S and DS models as well as the DSP police bike, because of a problem that can cause an electrical short in the battery, creating a fire risk. Due to the nature of the issue, Zero will be buying back all models from owners, or offer a financial trade-assist towards a newer model. The recall affects 218 units in the U.S.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cell pouches in the battery packs of the affected models were designed in such a way that they could move within their holders. Through regular wear, this may cause a breach in the outer layers of the cell pouches. Humidity can thus penetrate the pouches, leading to cell separator decay and allowing an internal short within the cell, creating the potential for what Zero calls a “thermal event” (i.e. fire). Motorcycles affected by this problem may exhibit a significant decrease in power and range.

The problem was first reported in July 21, 2016 after an S model converted for police use in Hong Kong experienced a “thermal event” while charging. According to the South China Morning Post, a pair of S models were charging at the Ngau Tau Kok police station when one of them caught on fire at 1:15 am local time. The fire damaged both motorcycles as well as a nearby police van, but no one was injured.

Zero hired a battery technical expert to examine the affected motorcycle as well as the rest of the police department’s fleet. The contracted expert determined the cause was due to unexpected wear of a cell pouch combined with the humid Hong Kong climate. Zero proceeded to notify the cell manufacturer, Energy Innovation Group (EIG). The South Korean company responded, saying it had received no other reports and could not recreate the problem.

Fast forward to October 2017 when Zero received two more reports, one from Canada and another from Texas. In both of these cases, a 2012 Zero S model experienced thermal events. Both Zero’s battery technical expert and the contractor that conducted the Hong Kong investigation conducted a forensic analysis of the two North American bikes but were not able to make much progress due to the extensive damage to the two bikes. Zero’s battery expert conducted further analysis on battery packs that had been returned to Zero from customers and found evidence of wear on the cell pouches and signs of humidity entering the pouches. According to Zero, EIG did not respond to requests to take part in the analysis.

The problem only affects 2012 Zero S, DS and DSP models. For the 2013 model year, Zero changed to a completely different battery pack architecture produced from a different supplier that uses cells fixed within their holders and thus will not experience the same wear.

According to Zero, EIG had not made any changes to the design of the battery pack architecture, so there is no remedy in place. As a result, Zero will repurchase all 2012 S, DS and DSP models or offer a financial trade-assist towards a newer model. Zero asks owners of affected models to avoid riding or charging recalled units. Zero will arrange to pick up all recalled models at no expense to owners.

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<![CDATA[Toni Elias Takes Victory at MotoAmerica Opener]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/16/motorcycle-news/toni-elias-takes-victory-motoamerica-opener/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/16/motorcycle-news/toni-elias-takes-victory-motoamerica-opener/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:14:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74650 Toni Elias Takes Victory at MotoAmerica Opener
Toni Elias came out swinging at the season opener of the MotoAmerica series at Road Atlanta.  Begin Press Release: Elias Shines In Road Atlanta Opener JD Beach Wins A Supersport Thriller BRASELTON, GA (April 14, 2018) – Yoshimura Suzuki’s defending MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Champion Toni Elias started the 2018 MotoAmerica season with a bang today […] more]]>
Toni Elias came out swinging at the season opener of the MotoAmerica series at Road Atlanta. 

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Elias Shines In Road Atlanta Opener
JD Beach Wins A Supersport Thriller

BRASELTON, GA (April 14, 2018) – Yoshimura Suzuki’s defending MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Champion Toni Elias started the 2018 MotoAmerica season with a bang today in the Suzuki Championship at Road Atlanta, the Spaniard riding to a 5.123-second victory to begin his title defense.

The win comes on the heels of Elias’ 10-win 2017 season that earned him his first Superbike title. Elias won both races in last year’s series opener at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, and he will try to emulate that fast start tomorrow in race two at Road Atlanta.

Elias led the Motul Superbike race from the beginning, was hounded from behind by Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz early on, but eventually pulled away to win the 17th Superbike race of his career on a partially sunny day at Road Atlanta by a tad over five seconds.

“My board showed me that Mathew (Scholtz) was only point one to point two (of a second behind), but I did not know what was behind us,” Elias said. “I turned back and saw the group that was two seconds behind, and I thought that was the time to continue pushing to the end. My surprise was when Mathew passed me. He was doing a good job. At that moment, I thought, ‘Man, this is not good.’ My pace was good. It was time to push, and I was doing that all the time, so at the end it was perfect.”

Scholtz, who had a brief moment at the front when he passed Elias on the fifth lap, ended up an impressive second in his Superbike debut.

“For the first proper race in Superbike, it was really nice to be battling up front with Toni (Elias), the defending champion,” Scholtz said. “I learned quite a few things today. I kind of knew from the practice sessions that I could run the pace, but I thought around mid-race that we’d start going a little slower. That didn’t happen until, maybe lap 14 or 15, which was quite a surprise. All in all, I’m very, very happy. I finished quite a few seconds behind Toni, which, being right there until the last couple of laps was good, but being there at the end is something that we need to work on. The Yamalube/Westby Racing team gave me a brilliant bike. Congratulations to Toni.”

Third place went to another Superbike rookie, Garrett Gerloff. Gerloff and his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing was 12.9 seconds behind Elias at the finish, but some 10.5 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Bobby Fong on the Quicksilver/LEXIN/Hudson Motorcycles Yamaha YZF-R1.

“I was a little nervous, but I thought I had a good pace today,” Gerloff said. “We’ve done a lot of testing, so I’m comfortable on the Superbike. It took a couple of laps to get loosened up and everything. And, with Cameron (Beaubier) crashing out on the first lap and Roger (Hayden) crashing right after that, it sucked to see that, but it gave me a little bit of breathing room, which was nice. Roger was good in some places, and I was good in others, so we were kind of clashing with each other in a few spots. I’m glad that I got to see what (Toni Elias and Mathew Scholtz) were doing in first and second, but they had a pretty good gap over me. I feel good, though. And I thought, ‘This is my first Superbike race, so just manage the gap and maintain my lead over the riders behind me.’ I’m glad to get this one out of the way. I’m ready to move on and build from here. I’ve got a smile on my face.”

Fifth place went to M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’ Jake Lewis, the Kentuckian chasing Fong to the finish and well clear of Kyle Wyman Racing’s Kyle Wyman. Wyman was 7.3 seconds ahead of Scheibe Racing’s Danny Eslick. Fly Street Racing’s David Anthony was eighth.

And what of two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier and last year’s championship runner-up Roger Hayden? Beaubier crashed his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1 on the opening lap, remounted and finished ninth. Hayden also crashed early but was unable to continue as his Yoshimura Suzuki was too damaged to ride.

Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda’s Cameron Petersen was another first-lap crasher, the South African going down at high speed.

Tenth place went to Attack Performance/Herrin Compound’s Josh Herrin, the 2013 Superbike Champion riding his track bike – a Yamaha YZF-R1S – as his racebike is stuck in a broken-down truck in Louisiana.

Supersport – Beach Over Gillim

Monster Energy/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha’s JD Beach started fast and finished fast to win the opening round of the Supersport Series. And, in between, he was hounded mercifully by his friend Hayden Gillim and his Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha R6. At the finish line of the red-flag interrupted race it was Beach over Gillim by just .223 of a second.

“Both of my starts were really good,” Beach said. “The R6 gets off the line really quick. I don’t know if it was because it was hotter today, but the track seemed greasy, and it was a little bit hard for me to get going. Once I saw that Hayden (Gillim) was starting to catch me, I had to go, and I dropped about half a second or so (in lap times), then I consistently ran those laps. I think the last lap would have been that fast, too, but we had someone in (Turn) 10A who was right on the race line, and it wasn’t safe for me to pass him. We’ve been running into that all weekend. There are some guys out there who are making it unsafe for us, and it’s a tough situation. But, all in all, I’m glad to get this win, and we’ll try to do the same thing tomorrow.”

Third place went to Cory West, the racing veteran filling in admirably for the injured Valetin Debise on the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki. West was some 6.5 seconds behind Beach and just .131 of a second ahead of M4 medAge Suzuki’s Nick McFadden in his first outing in the Supersport class. McFadden won both Superstock 600 races here a season ago.

Tuned Racing’s Braeden Ortt rounded out the top five finishers in the red-flag interrupted race. Ortt had crashed out of the first part, taking Gillim with him. But both riders were fortunate that Michael Gilbert’s crash brought out the red flag that allowed them to restart with the rest of the field. Gilbert suffered facial injuries in his accident, but no broken bones.

Junior Cup – All Dumas

Alex Dumas rode his Orange Brigade/JP43 Training KTM to victory in the first-ever Liqui Moly Junior Cup class, the 15-year-old French Canadian besting Yates Racing’s Ashton Yates and his Kawasaki by 5.306 seconds. Ghilliman Racing’s Sean Ungvarsky rode his KTM RC390 R to third place – 35.535 seconds behind his pseudo teammate.

“Every time I do the practice start on the bike, I wasn’t that good, but surprisingly, I did a really good start today, and I’m happy that I got the holeshot,” Dumas said. “I kept my head down throughout the whole race, and I’m really happy with the result.”

Fourth place went to Quarterley Racing/On Track Development’s Jamie Astudillo, the female racer having by far her best performance in a road race on her new Kawasaki Ninja 400. Astudillo barely beat the first Yamaha in the race, the MP13 Racing R3 ridden to fifth by last year’s KTM RC Cup Series runner-up Cory Ventura.

Twins Cup – Parrish By A Whisker

Ghetto Custom’s Chris Parrish rode his Suzuki SV650 to a narrow .057 of a second victory over the Yamaha FZ-07 of Altus Motorsports’ Jason Madama, the two fighting it out all the way to a photo finish at the end of the 12-lap race at Road Atlanta.

“I was watching (second-place finisher Jason Madama), and I was trying not to make mistakes because I knew that he was coming,” Parrish said. “I saw Curtis (Murray) behind me for most of the race, and then, I saw (Jason) on the last lap. I’ve been here (at Road Atlanta) before (on an) underpowered (motorcycle). We came to this race 12 horsepower underpowered on the SV (650). The Yamaha is a rocketship, and I knew that I needed to work hard to stay in front of Jason. I’m glad I got first.”

Madama was a Yamaha sandwich between the Suzuki bread with Curtis Murray riding his SV650 to third place after a mistake cost him the chance to run with the top two. Murray was 4.7 seconds behind at the finish.

Evansville Superbike Shop’s Shane Perry and Bucketlist Racing/RBOM’s Dustin Ducote rounded out the top five. Both were Suzuki SV650 mounted.

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<![CDATA[Atlanta Short Track To Debut On NBCSN Saturday, April 14]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/13/motorcycle-category/off-road/atlanta-short-track-debut-nbcsn-saturday-april-14/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/13/motorcycle-category/off-road/atlanta-short-track-debut-nbcsn-saturday-april-14/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:54:44 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74646 Atlanta Short Track To Debut On NBCSN Saturday, April 14
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There’s a lot of racing going on this weekend, with World Superbike at Motorland Aragon, MotoAmerica kicking its season off at Road Atlanta, and surely countless more racing happening throughout the country. That said, flat track is an event you don’t want to miss, and the action-packed second round of the American Flat Track series will be broadcast Saturday, April 14 at 5:30pm ET. Learn more about it below.

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Be sure to tune in to NBCSN Saturday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT for round two of American Flat Track’s 2018 season – the Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson.

The 2018 Atlanta Short Track was yet another thriller, with intense racing action on Dixie Speedway’s legendary red clay in both the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines and AFT Singles classes spread over two days after rain temporarily postponed on-track action on Saturday evening.

When the racing resumed on Sunday in both classes with Semi and Main Event action, riders discovered a very different race track: slicker and more technical, which helped some and hurt others.

So don’t miss the drama that’ll unfold Saturday evening on NBCSN as Jared Mees tries to go 2-for-2 in the AFT Twins class aboard his Indian Scout – with a whole host of Indian-, Harley-Davidson-, Yamaha-, Kawasaki- and Ducati-mounted competition nipping at his heels.

And don’t miss the big surprises in store in the AFT Singles class, either. Will reigning champion Kolby ‘The Flying Tomato’ Carlile get up on the box after a DNF at Daytona? Will Shayna Texter regain her 2017 form on her new Husqvarna FC450? Or will someone new grab the AFT Singles spotlight?

Everything will be revealed this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN!

Saturday’s episode marks the second of 18 broadcasts (and 18 re-broadcasts just days afterward), just one small slice of the comprehensive coverage of American Flat Track on NBCSN – the Home of Motorsports.

NBCSN Channel number on Popular Cable/Satellite Providers:

  • AT&T U-verse: 1640
  • DIRECTV: 220
  • DISH Network: 159

Use the NBCSN channel finder to determine the channel for NBCSN in your area.

Rd Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM

How to Watch:

NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2018 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT moves to highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event on AFT’s live page while previous events and exclusive features are available on AFT’s VOD page.

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<![CDATA[The KTM X-Bow Track Day Car Is Coming To North America]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/13/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-x-bow-track-day-car-coming-north-america/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/13/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-x-bow-track-day-car-coming-north-america/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:47:25 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74639 The KTM X-Bow Track Day Car Is Coming To North America
Yeah, yeah – we know it has four wheels, but you cant deny the KTM X-Bow doesn’t look like a blast to drive… Unfortunately, it’s not street legal, but the 300 hp, 1,750 lb track car will make its U.S. debut next weekend at the MotoGP COTA round in Austin, Texas, April 20-22. The X-Bow […] more]]>
Yeah, yeah we know it has four wheels, but you cant deny the KTM X-Bow doesn’t look like a blast to drive… Unfortunately, it’s not street legal, but the 300 hp, 1,750 lb track car will make its U.S. debut next weekend at the MotoGP COTA round in Austin, Texas, April 20-22. The X-Bow is already available to be purchased stateside. For more info, see below.

KTM:


GRAZ, Austria – The years of waiting are over: the spectacular, revolutionary, lightweight super sports car from Austria, the KTM X-BOW, is finally set to arrive in the United States. The Audi-powered, 300-horsepower strong and only 1,750-pound light track-day weapon will be officially launched on April 20-22 alongside the U.S. MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.

Celebrating its 10th consecutive year of production in 2018, with far more than 1,100 cars sold worldwide, it was time for the KTM X-BOW to enlighten sports car racers in the U.S. With its high-quality factory in Graz, Austria, KTM Sportcar GmbH configured a model specifically built for the U.S. market as a non-street legal, track use only model, keeping the focus on extreme performance true to KTM’s READY TO RACE brand.

The KTM X-BOW COMP R is immediately available through the first U.S. sales partners: HMC Racing in Cato, Wisconsin and ANSA Motorsports in Miami Gardens, Florida. Exclusively for the first U.S. customers, there will also be the possibility to acquire the special limited edition KTM X-BOW COMP R 1ST EDITION. With its fighter-jet-like design and a 350-horsepower output driving a sequential gearbox, extensive aero packages and nearly all available extras added, the special 1ST EDITION pulls out all the stops.

Homologated for Formula S&A Racer classes in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing events and also private closed-course track-day use, the KTM X-BOW COMP R and COMP R 1ST EDITION is undoubtedly a serious contender at your local race track. More information will be available at the COTA MotoGP in Austin, Texas as KTM X-BOW representatives from Austria will be on hand, as well as representatives from U.S. sales partners ANSA Motorsports and HMC Racing.

Further information on the KTM X-BOW COMP R can be found on www.ktm.com/xbow/.

KTM X-Bow

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<![CDATA[AMA Land Speed Grand Championship scheduled for August]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/13/motorcycle-news/74635/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/13/motorcycle-news/74635/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:45:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74635 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship scheduled for August
Gear up for the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Begin Press Release: AMA Land Speed Grand Championship scheduled for August Iconic event slated to return to Bonneville Speedway   PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Land Speed Grand Championship returns to the Bonneville Speedway near Wendover, Utah, on Aug. 25-30, offering ambitious competitors […] more]]>
Gear up for the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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AMA Land Speed Grand Championship scheduled for August
Iconic event slated to return to Bonneville Speedway

 

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Land Speed Grand Championship returns to the Bonneville Speedway near Wendover, Utah, on Aug. 25-30, offering ambitious competitors a shot at setting world records and capturing AMA National No. 1 plates.

Also known as the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the event features both American and international amateur land speed racing competitors vying for Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme records. The AMA is the FIM National Federation for the United States.

“The AMA Land Speed Grand Championship is renowned for producing both exciting racing and new world records,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “We are looking forward to another great week of land speed competition in 2018.”

Land-speed racing is all about going faster than anyone has gone before over perfectly level terrain at the Bonneville Salt Flats. As with most AMA amateur national championships, and in recognition of the range of participants in amateur competition, the event includes multiple classes to provide ample opportunities for amateur racers to compete. Both displacement- and bike-configuration classes are featured, including high-powered custom-built streamliners made for the sole purpose of topping 300 mph.

The event is being organized and promoted by Deliciate Promotions. The Bonneville Speedway typically consists of a 5-mile course and an 8-mile course, depending on conditions.

“This is our 15th year operating the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, and we are excited to get this year’s event underway,” said Deliciate Promotions President Delvene Reber. “We have been working hard over the past several months to improve procedures and recruit volunteers, and we are hopeful that conditions will allow us to run both tracks this year.”

For more information about the event, visit the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials’ website at bonnevillespeedtrials.com. For more information about land speed racing, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Land-Speed.

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<![CDATA[Bill To Stop Motorcyclist Profiling Heads To Assembly]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/12/law-2/bill-stop-motorcyclist-profiling-heads-assembly/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/12/law-2/bill-stop-motorcyclist-profiling-heads-assembly/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:25:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74632 Bill To Stop Motorcyclist Profiling Heads To Assembly
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Motorcyclists are targets for law enforcement for many reasons, but sometimes simply the sight of a one’s gear is enough for LE’s to pull someone over. While they may never admit it publicly, the scenario happens enough that California Assembly member Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) and Speaker Pro-Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) saw it fit to write a bill to end such practices, at least in California. Read about the progress of the bill below.

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Assembly Bill 2972 passed out of the Public Safety Committee on April 10 on a 5-2 vote and is now expected to be heard by the full Assembly on April 19.

The bill, A.B. 2972, introduced by California Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) and co-authored by Speaker Pro-Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), would prohibit law enforcement officers from using “the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle or motorcycle club-related clothing as a factor, without any individualized suspicion of the particular person, in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle, with or without legal basis under the California Constitution or the United States Constitution.”

Now is the time to ask your representative to support A.B. 2972. To contact them use the Take Action link.

The AMA Board of Directors has previously adopted a position statement condemning the practice of motorcyclist profiling. It reads: The American Motorcyclist Association has long advocated for the rights of motorcyclists and the motorcycling lifestyle. The AMA, in diligently scrutinizing government policies directed at motorcyclists, is concerned over motorcyclist profiling. This includes motorcycle-only checkpoints and what is a predisposition in many cases of law enforcement officers targeting motorcyclists solely because they are wearing motorcycle-related clothing.

In the past few years, a number of efforts have been undertaken to address these issues. For example, the states of Washington (S.B. 5242 in 2011) and Maryland (S.B. 233 in 2016) have passed legislation specifically forbidding the profiling of motorcyclists, and other states are considering similar legislation. Additionally, California adopted Assembly Bill 1047 in 2012, specifically outlawing motorcycle-only checkpoints. Checkpoints are also restricted by state law or judicial action in: Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The AMA strongly condemns the profiling of motorcyclists by government agencies and has long championed the undeniable fact that the vast majority of riders and enthusiasts are upstanding, law-abiding citizens. Motorcyclists and motorcycling enthusiasts represent the full range of Americans and should be judged on their specific behaviors and actions, not their chosen mode of transportation or association with others.

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<![CDATA[Brembo Brake Facts For World Superbike Round 3, In Aragón]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/12/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/brembo-brake-facts-world-superbike-round-3-aragon/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/12/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/brembo-brake-facts-world-superbike-round-3-aragon/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:47:47 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74628 Brembo Brake Facts For World Superbike Round 3, In Aragón
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As round 3 of the World Superbike championship is set to take place this weekend at the Motorland Aragón circuit in Spain, Brembo has released this interesting infographic detailing the challenges the track offers from a braking perspective.

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Round three of the World Superbike Championship is scheduled to take place April 13-15 at MotorLand Aragón.

The track was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke in collaboration with Formula 1 driver Pedro De La Rosa and was inaugurated on September 6, 2009.

World Superbike began to hold races here in 2011. Measuring 3.15-miles long the track is identical to the one used for MotoGP, but the Superbikes are 2.7 seconds slower. Last year, Chaz Davies won the Superpole with a lap time of 1:49.319.

While the circuit is considered fairly technical, it is pretty hard on the brakes because it doesn’t allow the steel discs to cool well, especially in the first stretch where the tight sequence of braking sections can be challenging on brakes.

According to the Brembo technicians, who work closely with 16 World Superbike riders, MotorLand Aragón is a demanding circuit for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a four on the difficulty index, as did the tracks at Magny-Cours and Villicum.

Brake Use During the GP

On 10 of the 17 turns of the track, the Superbikes have to apply the brakes. The time spent braking is multiplied because of the .39-mile straightaway and various shorter ones that end at tight corners. For the first time this year, the riders have to brake for over half a minute per lap, 31 seconds to be precise. Over the course of the 18 laps, the brakes are used for almost nine and a half minutes, a figure that is decidedly high for races that last 33.5 minutes.

The significant number of turns positioned close together on the first part of the track results in an average deceleration that is fairly contained, just 1.13G, which can be compared to the 1.24G on the Thai circuit where the previous round was hosted. Summing up all of the force applied by a rider on the brake lever from the starting line to the checkered flag, the result is more than 1,873 pounds, which is equivalent to the weight of 91 whole Jamón de Teruel hams.

The Most Challenging Stops

Of the 10 braking sections at MotorLand Aragón, three are considered very demanding on the brakes while six are of medium difficulty and one is light.

The last turn is by far the most difficult because the Superbikes enter it immediately after the .60-mile straightaway, approaching at 189 mph, the riders brake for 3.5 seconds to set up the turn and take it at about 93 mph. While braking, they experience a deceleration of 1.5G, which is 0.28G more than what a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 registers when braking from around 62 mph.

The 222 yards traveled while braking here are less only than the 232 yards of braking in the first corner, which is equivalent to two times the length of the nearby Estadio de la Romareda soccer field in Saragozza. In the first corner, the Superbikes go from 168 mph to about 56 mph in 4.5 seconds and the braking system reaches 11.7 bar in pressure, which is about double the amount of pressure in a bottle of champagne.

The heaviest load on the brake lever is registered on curve 12: the riders brake hard for just 1.9 seconds since they need to reduce their speeds by 53 mph, but this requires applying a load of 13.2 lbs. and drives the pressure of the braking system to 12.8 bar.

Brembo Performance

Bikes with Brembo brakes were victorious at the last eight races contested at MotorLand Aragón, four of these were won by Ducati and just as many were won by Kawasaki. In 2017, the bikes with Brembo brakes managed to monopolize the top eight spots in both races.

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<![CDATA[Justin Barcia Returns to Racing Supercross This Saturday in Minneapolis]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/12/manufacturers/yamaha/justin-barcia-returns-racing-supercross-saturday-minneapolis/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/12/manufacturers/yamaha/justin-barcia-returns-racing-supercross-saturday-minneapolis/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:30:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74621 Justin Barcia Returns to Racing Supercross This Saturday in Minneapolis
Justin Barcia has been out with a hand injury from a mid air tangle with Tyler Bowers during a heat race at Round 7 in Arlington back in February, but Bam Bam will make his return to Monster Energy Supercross this weekend in Minneapolis. Since it was only a hand injury, Barcia has been able […] more]]>
Justin Barcia has been out with a hand injury from a mid air tangle with Tyler Bowers during a heat race at Round 7 in Arlington back in February, but Bam Bam will make his return to Monster Energy Supercross this weekend in Minneapolis. Since it was only a hand injury, Barcia has been able to keep up with his endurance training regimen and reports say he’s been riding a lot lately in preparation for the outdoor season, so hopefully Bam Bam can pick up where he left off and work his way back onto the podium.

Yamaha:


Cypress, Calif.April 12, 2018 The Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team is excited to head into this Saturday’s Minneapolis SX with its complete two-rider roster as Justin Barcia makes his return to racing for Round 14 of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship at U.S. Bank Stadium. Cooper Webb looks to carry his momentum from a top-five finish at last week’s tough-mudder to focus his sights ahead on a race-win in Minnesota.

It’s been a week-by-week evaluation for Barcia’s recovery process but the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team is happy to report that Justin’s diligent therapy and rehabilitation has paid dividends and his hand has improved dramatically over the past week. As for Webb, he continues to display determination and tenacity week after week since his shoulder injury prior to Round 11 and he enters this weekend feeling as close to 100% as ever before.

Cooper Webb, 450SX #2Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Rider

Justin Barcia

“Seattle was a survival race! I’m glad that one is over but I really did have some fun out there and enjoyed it. I’m happy to walk out of there with a solid top-five and collect good points on a hectic night of racing. This week has been awesome here in North Carolina, my outdoor track is getting built and I’ve been switching things up a bit and plan on bringing some more intensity into Minneapolis!”

Justin Barcia, 450SX #51Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Rider

“I’m very excited to be back racing this weekend in Minneapolis! It’s been tough watching, so this makes it even more fun to be back at the races – kind of like Anaheim I for me. I’m looking forward to seeing how my speed is since the last time I was actually racing. I’ve been training hard both on and off my dirt bike and I definitely believe I have the speed and fitness to be up front.”

Meet the Yamaha bLU cRU Supercross Riders

Justin Barcia

Friday night, from 6-7 p.m., stop by Motoprimo at 16640 Kenrick Ave. in Lakeville, Minnesota, where Cooper Webb and Justin Barcia will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and give away posters.

Additional Yamaha bLU cRU Supercross riders who will be at Motoprimo include:

  • Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing fill-in rider, Thomas Ramette
  • CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Brandon Hartranft and Alex Ray

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

Also, check out “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.

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