Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:29:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[2015 Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1 Livery Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/28/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-movistar-yamaha-yzr-m1-livery-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/28/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-movistar-yamaha-yzr-m1-livery-revealed/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:29:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48408 2015 Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1 Livery Revealed
The Movistar Yamaha factory team officially launched its 2015 MotoGP campaign, revealing the new livery for the YZR-M1 prototype with riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. The launch event was held in Madrid, Spain, at the headquarters of one of the team’s sponsors, telecommunications company Telefónica. “The presentation of the new season is always a […] more]]>
The Movistar Yamaha factory team officially launched its 2015 MotoGP campaign, revealing the new livery for the YZR-M1 prototype with riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. The launch event was held in Madrid, Spain, at the headquarters of one of the team’s sponsors, telecommunications company Telefónica.

“The presentation of the new season is always a special moment,” says Rossi. “On this occasion I see for the first time my new bike, the new colors and new lines. Every time for me this is a big emotion. To present the bike and team means that a new season is about to start. The desire to start a new challenge is really huge, especially after the positive end of the 2014 season. Finishing second in the world championship was important, but this year the goal is even higher.”

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The new livery is fairly similar to last year’s M1 paint scheme. The white striping along Rossi’s 46 and Lorenzo’s 99 have also been updated, while the stripe on the sides with the M1 logo have disappeared. Title sponsor Movistar’s logo has been revised, with its neon-green M now larger and more prominent. The smaller but similarly-colored M of Monster Energy returns, as do several other sponsors.

New sponsors this year are clothing provider Descentet, automotive coatings company Cromax and the Fiat Chrysler Automotive Group‘s Abarth brand. Fiat and Yamaha have worked together in the past, with Fiat previously serving as the team’s title sponsor while the Abarth scorpion logo was previously featured in a special one-off livery for Rossi and then-teammate Colin Edwards at the 2007 Phillip Island Grand Prix.

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The 2015 M1 will next see action Feb. 4-6 at an official MotoGP test at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit.

“I love the new bike and I’m waiting to test it as soon as possible,” says Lorenzo. “With this unveiling starts a new challenge, an amazing challenge. I am much more motivated than ever to start this season. I have prepared well physically and I feel good mentally too. This year we have high hopes with the new M1 because in 2014 we found at the end a good base and we could fight for the podium regularly during the second half of the season.”

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[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[Team Hero EBR Completes Jerez WSBK Test]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/27/motorcycle-news/team-hero-ebr-completes-jerez-wsbk-test/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/27/motorcycle-news/team-hero-ebr-completes-jerez-wsbk-test/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:56:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48401 Team Hero EBR Completes Jerez WSBK Test
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From an EBR press release (photos: Kel Edge):


Team Hero EBR riders Larry Pegram and Niccolo Canepa completed two days of testing at Jerez, delighted with the progress made and are now looking forward to the next tests in Phillip Island on 16-17th February. The weather conditions were ideal and the team were able to put in over 200 laps and try many different ideas throughout the two days.
Niccolo went almost a second faster than he did in last year’s race in Jerez and his best lap was also three seconds quicker than the Hero EBR at the Spanish circuit. It was team manager Larry Pegram’s first visit to Jerez and so he had to spend some time learning the 4.423 kilometre circuit and made good progress until some technical issues prevented him from putting in many laps on the second day.

Larry Pegram
“After Portimao, it was good to have some decent weather and for us to be able to put in the laps. I am happy because I feel that we have made significant progress over these two days and I think we are way ahead of where we were at the same stage last year. I have really enjoyed Jerez. It’s very different to Portimao and easier to learn for sure. One thing I have to get used to in Europe is to use the kerbs. In USA, you cannot use the kerbs because they are painted in some kind of paint that is very slippery. Here I followed some other riders and saw that they were using every inch (and more!) of the track – and that’s what I’m going to have to do if I want to improve my lap times.

I noticed that all the regular riders got up to pace pretty quickly and that’s because they have been here many times before. It’s a disadvantage I am going to have to get used to, but Niccolo doesn’t have that problem. I am very happy with the way he has performed. He went three seconds faster than the Hero EBR went last year and was also a second quicker than his best lap last year.

At the moment we are evaluating both the single disc and dual brake system. I feel that some tracks will suit the single disc and some tracks will suit the dual. What is so interesting is that the dual system is the absolute top of the line 10,000 Euro WSBK system, while the EBR single disc and caliper we use is basically stock. Both Nick and I are really impressed at how good the single ISO system is for a stock brake and also are really intrigued by the advantages it has in deep trail braking. I’m sure we can improve them a lot with more development, so we shall see what happens as the season pans out.

I’m delighted with how the team has gelled so soon. We are all getting along together great and the team spirit is excellent already. All in all, I’m loving this WSBK adventure and I am happy that we are making considerable progress every time we go out.”

Niccolo Canepa
“I am very happy with these two days because the weather has been great and we have been able to do a lot of good work. I am pleasantly surprised because since the other teams had already tested in Jerez and we are still learning the EBR, I expected the gap between me and the other riders to be bigger and it has not been so. The Hero EBR electronics are very good – better than my bike last year – and the traction and wheelie control work really well. Although I rode a twin last year, the characteristics of the Hero EBR are very different, so I have to adjust my style. And I really like what the EBR can do as I learn it. At the moment, I am confident that I will be faster than I was last year. Portimao and Jerez are two very different tracks, but between them we have learnt a lot, so I think the combination on these two circuits has been very good in helping us develop the bike. It was good to put in about 100 laps here and I and the rest of the team cannot wait for our next test.”

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<![CDATA[The Amazing Balancing Act of Indias Border Security Force Daredevils]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/27/events/amazing-balancing-act-indias-border-security-force-daredevils/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/27/events/amazing-balancing-act-indias-border-security-force-daredevils/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:49:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48392 The Amazing Balancing Act of India’s Border Security Force Daredevils
India celebrated the 66th anniversary of the establishment of its constitution and becoming an independent republic this week. U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama were among the guests of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi present for the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi which included a parade featuring the motorcycle stunt […] more]]>
India celebrated the 66th anniversary of the establishment of its constitution and becoming an independent republic this week. U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama were among the guests of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi present for the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi which included a parade featuring the motorcycle stunt display by India’s Border Security Force.

The BSF’s Janbaz stunt team display incredible balance with as many as 11 people perched on a single motorcycle. The Janbaz team conducts months of training to prepare for these demonstrations. In 2006, the team set a record with three motorcycles carrying a human pyramid of 26 people for a kilometer in 1 minute 26 seconds, and another record of 40 men carried on a single Royal Enfield 350cc motorcycle travelling at a speed of 30 kph (18.6 mph).

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<![CDATA[Polaris Reports 2014 Fiscal Year Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/27/manufacturers/victory/polaris-reports-2014-fiscal-year-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/27/manufacturers/victory/polaris-reports-2014-fiscal-year-results/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:36:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48385 Polaris Reports 2014 Fiscal Year Results
Polaris Industries reported its fifth consecutive record for annual sales and earnings including an impressive 59% increase in motorcycle sales revenue. “2014 marks our fifth consecutive year of double digit sales and earnings growth, an accomplishment which testifies to the innovative spirit and dedication of the 8,000 member global Polaris team,” says Scott Wine , […] more]]>
Polaris Industries reported its fifth consecutive record for annual sales and earnings including an impressive 59% increase in motorcycle sales revenue.

“2014 marks our fifth consecutive year of double digit sales and earnings growth, an accomplishment which testifies to the innovative spirit and dedication of the 8,000 member global Polaris team,” says Scott Wine , Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It is inspiring to see how they overcame obstacles ranging from negative foreign exchange impacts and a weakening European economy, to highly volatile oil and crop prices, to record a 19 percent increase in both sales and net income for the full year 2014. During the year, we added over thirty new vehicles to the Polaris armada, expanding and strengthening our portfolio with our largest ever new product introduction, while our strategic acquisitions and significant investments in our global manufacturing infrastructure allow us to both create and meet the increasing demand for our products.”

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Building on the momentum of the Indian Motorcycle relaunch, improved demand for Victory Motorcycles and the introduction of the three-wheeled Slingshot, Polaris reported $348.7 million in sales revenue from its motorcycle segment, up from $219.8 million reported in 2013. The motorcycle division finished 2014 on a strong note with $103.5 million in sales in the fourth quarter, a tremendous leap from the $68.8 million reported in the same quarter the previous year. Part of that final surge is credited to the new Indian Roadmaster and Scout which launched in the fourth quarter.

The positive results came in spite of a few setbacks. Polaris reported some delays in motorcycle production due to the adoption of a new paint system, resulting in constrained shipments. Polaris says it has a backlog of dealer and consumer products on all motorcycle products. The problems haven’t stopped in the new year however, with a stop sale and ride order for the Polaris Slingshot for an impending recall, but Polaris expects another strong year in 2015, projecting growth of 50-65% from its motorcycle division (which now includes Brammo).

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Polaris’ off-road vehicle, snowmobile and small vehicles divisions also saw growth in 2014, as did Polaris’ parts, garments and accessories. Overall, Polaris reported $4.48 billion in sales revenue and a net profit of $454.0 million.

[Source: Polaris]

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<![CDATA[2015 Yamaha NMAX Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/27/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-nmax-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/27/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-nmax-revealed/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:50:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48382 2015 Yamaha NMAX Revealed
Yamaha revealed a new 155cc scooter called the NMAX. Produced in Indonesia, the NMAX will launch first in the Asian country in February before being brought to other markets, in Asia as well as more developed markets. It’s unclear, however, whether that would include North America, though it’s worth noting that Yamaha has filed for […] more]]>
Yamaha revealed a new 155cc scooter called the NMAX. Produced in Indonesia, the NMAX will launch first in the Asian country in February before being brought to other markets, in Asia as well as more developed markets. It’s unclear, however, whether that would include North America, though it’s worth noting that Yamaha has filed for a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name NMAX.

The NMAX is powered by a liquid-cooled 155cc Single developed under Yamaha’s Blue Core concept. Previously exemplified on the Mio 125 scooter and 149cc FZ-S motorcycle, the Blue Core engines seek to balance performance and fuel efficiency, following the mantra of “Every Drop for Every Moment”. The NMAX’s engine uses Variable Valve Actuation technology and is designed for optimizing combustion while reducing power loss.

Visually, the NMAX slots right into Yamaha’s other “MAX” scooters, the 530cc TMAX and the XMAX (offered with 400cc, 250cc and 125cc engines). The NMAX uses a lightweight and high-rigidity frame, 13-inch wheels and, in a first for scooters in the ASEAN market, anti-lock brakes.

The Yamaha NMAX will retail in Indonesia for 27,400,400 rupiah (US$2,200). Yamaha plans to produce 12,000 units in its full year of production.

[Source: Yamaha]

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<![CDATA[Guy Martin Gets A Taste Of The Britten V1000 + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/motorcycle-news/guy-martin-gets-taste-britten-v1000-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/motorcycle-news/guy-martin-gets-taste-britten-v1000-video/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:26:01 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48379 Guy Martin Gets A Taste Of The Britten V1000 + Video
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The Britten V1000 is a legendary motorcycle for any moto enthusiast. Built essentially in the garage of its namesake, John Britten, the V1000 is innovative even today, let alone two decades ago. With only a handful of them still around, to get a ride on one is a very special event, and it’s exactly what Isle of Man TT racer, and TV personality, Guy Martin, got to tick off his bucket list. Check out the video below, then hear his comments on the bike. It’s interesting to hear what a rider of his caliber thinks of this very unique race bike.

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<![CDATA[Brammo’s EV Drivetrain Ambitions Expand Beyond Two Wheels]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/motorcycle-news/brammos-ev-drivetrain-ambitions-expand-beyond-two-wheels/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/motorcycle-news/brammos-ev-drivetrain-ambitions-expand-beyond-two-wheels/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:08:28 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48376 Brammo’s EV Drivetrain Ambitions Expand Beyond Two Wheels
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From a Brammo press release:


Following the acquisition of certain electric motorcycle assets by Polaris Industries Inc., Brammo, Inc., a leading electric vehicle technology company, restates its commitment to developing world-class electric vehicle drivetrain systems, including lithium-ion batteries, electric motors, and associated control electronics. Brammo has experienced strong interest in its class-leading lithium-ion battery systems for powersports vehicles – much like those manufactured by Polaris – and intends to refocus its Engineering and Operations on this growing market opportunity.

Brammo recently announced the sale of certain electric motorcycle assets to Polaris Industries Inc. Following that announcement, Brammo confirms its exclusive agreement to supply its electric powertrains to Polaris for inclusion in motorcycles and other on-road and off-road vehicles. Integrating its lithium-ion battery and electric powertrain technology into electric vehicles is a new direction – and a substantial business opportunity – for Brammo. Brammo will be focusing on the continued development of its EV technologies to serve a broad range of vehicle OEMs.

Craig Bramscher, CEO and founder of Brammo, said, “Our partnership with Polaris has evolved over recent years as we continue to innovate on EV drivetrain technology, and Polaris continues to grow their vehicle business across the globe. This partnership draws on the strengths of both businesses. Polaris builds the best powersports and utility vehicles including the amazing Victory and Indian motorcycles. Brammo has the best lithium-ion batteries and EV powertrain technology in the space. Together, we will work to lead the electric powersports market.”

Bramscher continued, “In 2007, when we decided to drive forward with our electric vehicle innovations, there were very few companies in that space. Today, every major OEM has an electric vehicle strategy, and Brammo’s move to horizontal markets in the EV drivetrain world allows us to capitalize on this wave of technology, moving transportation to a new level of efficiency and sustainability. The Brammo team is now fully focused on our new strategic direction and I am confident we will lead the sector.”

“We believe there is a large market for OEMs that want to integrate Brammo’s technology into their next-generation electric vehicles,” concluded Bramscher.

Brammo has previously used electric motorcycle racing to both accelerate product development and to showcase its EV technology. Brammo will continue to push the boundaries of cutting-edge vehicle technology with its race team, which has a distinguished racing heritage:

  • 2011 TTXGP eGrandPrix National Champions
  • 2012 TTXGP eGrandPrix National Champions
  • 2012 TTXGP eGrandPrix World Championship for Riders
  • 2012 TTXGP eGrandPrix World Championship for Constructors
  • 2012 IET Award for Technical Excellence
  • 2013 FIM eRoadRacing North American World Cup Champion

Brammo was also the first team to win an electric vehicle race at Daytona International Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including speeds in excess of 170mph – a new electric motorcycle world record at a race circuit.

To learn more, visit www.Brammo.com.

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<![CDATA[Updated Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP Is Stock On Ducati 1299 Panigale, Panigale R]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/motorcycle-news/updated-pirelli-diablo-supercorsa-sp-stock-ducati-1299-panigale-panigale-r/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/motorcycle-news/updated-pirelli-diablo-supercorsa-sp-stock-ducati-1299-panigale-panigale-r/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:48:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48369 Updated Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP Is Stock On Ducati 1299 Panigale, Panigale R
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From a Pirelli press release:


Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP have proven themselves once more to be the new reference point in the racing tire segment for street use and the first choice for the ultra high performance bikes recently introduced to the market by the most prestigious motorcycle manufacturers. In fact, the brand new Ducati 1299 Panigale, 1299 Panigale S and Panigale R will come with these hypersport tires as original equipment in 120/70 ZR17 on the front and 200/55 ZR17 on the rear.

Diablo Supercorsa SP is a concentration of technology which draws from Pirelli’s racing experience and heritage as sole supplier of the World Superbike Championship since 2004, based on an ideal procedure of transferring sport technology to high performance street legal products. This street tire, designed for professional riders and for bikers who have a sport street riding style but also love the track, provides racing performance typical of track-only products, allowing the user to have one ultra high performance product that can be used on the street or the track without having to make compromises. Compared to the compound version SC which is for track use, the Diablo Supercorsa SP offers a bi-compound rear tire in order to better adapt to street use, as well as more regular wear which favors mileage.

Diablo Supercorsa SP has a profile on the front and rear which, compared to the 190/55 version, for example, is taller with about 2 mm more cord and about 4 mm more central diameter for greater support during braking and to make riding more intuitive and holding the line more precise. The rear tire has been designed and developed to increase the contact area and have more grip while leaning. The harmony of the front and rear profiles therefore ensures greater handling and agility.

The rear 200/55 size of the Diablo Supercorsa SP implements a bi-compound solution in order to permit both increased mileage and more grip while leaning. EPT (Enhanced Patch Technology) has also made it possible to use 23% more soft compound in the shoulder area (compared to the previous Diablo Supercorsa SP version) which now accounts for the 33% of the pattern extension on each side, guaranteeing better grip in mid to full lean. Finally, new polymers used for the SP compound helps achieving an earlier warm-up and improved grip in all conditions.

The performance of the compounds is further enhanced by an aggressive single element tread pattern, which revolves six times on the tire surface. The result is that the “naked” area of the slick shoulders is 24% wider compared to the previous Diablo Supercorsa, increasing contact area and grip. The long longitudinal grooves, expanding from the central area to the shoulder, improve wear regularity especially under severe usage and helps draining the water lying on the ground.

The solutions adopted for the compound (soft compound area 23% larger) and the tread (greater extension of the slick area on the shoulders) guarantee a significant increase in grip and traction, allowing the motorcycle to maintain a higher speed during leans. This made it necessary to use a structure, derived directly from the ones used in competition and able to provide greater resistance to deformation. This is why the Diablo Supercorsa SP rear tire has a carcass made from an innovative high module fiber, patented by Pirelli and developed in WSBK, with a considerably lower deformation ratio than the fiber normally used in street tires. The result is a carcass which is more rigid, both at the center and in the shoulder area. This provides greater resistance to the stress created by aggressive cornering or when accelerating early out of turns with the bike still in a leaning position.

The Diablo Supercorsa SP lets you personalize your tire with special rubber labels that can be applied to dedicated spaces on the front and rear sidewalls. Each rider can create a completely customized label for these spots on the Pirelli web site and have them delivered directly to their door.

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<![CDATA[W.C. Distributing Is First Energica Dealer In Canada]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/motorcycle-news/w-c-distributing-first-energica-dealer-canada/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/motorcycle-news/w-c-distributing-first-energica-dealer-canada/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:06:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48362 W.C. Distributing Is First Energica Dealer In Canada
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Energica Motor Company, manufacturers of the Energica Ego electric motorcycle, experienced big gains in 2014. The company is continuing the momentum it started in last year and bringing it into the new year, announcing its first Canadian dealer: W.C. Distributing, in Heisler, in the province of Alberta. 

“Developing a sales network adds value to the project”, says Livia Cevolini, “it shows how dealers believe in our business. First of all Energica dealers are our partners: we are going to build a successful global brand with them”.

The owners of W.C. Distributing have a passion for motorcycles that led them to the electric field. The new dealer goes along with Energica’s policy that’s focused on building a green sustainable future:

“We believe in the future of the electric motorcycle and have a real passion for them,” says Sven Bernard, W.C. Distributing owner.

Find out more about Energica and the new dealers network on www.energicasuperbike.com.

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<![CDATA[2015 AMA Supercross – Oakland Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/manufacturers/honda/2015-ama-supercross-oakland-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/26/manufacturers/honda/2015-ama-supercross-oakland-results/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:42:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48359 2015 AMA Supercross – Oakland Results
It was an excellent weekend for Honda at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., as Trey Canard captured his first 450 class AMA Supercross win since 2011 while Malcolm Stewart scored his first career win in the 250 Western Regional class. The 450 race kicked off with BTO Sports/KTM‘s Andrew Short snatching the holeshot ahead of […] more]]>
It was an excellent weekend for Honda at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., as Trey Canard captured his first 450 class AMA Supercross win since 2011 while Malcolm Stewart scored his first career win in the 250 Western Regional class.

The 450 race kicked off with BTO Sports/KTM‘s Andrew Short snatching the holeshot ahead of incoming points-leader Ken Roczen on the factory Suzuki and TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed. Still on the opening lap, Reed passed Short to temporarily grab the lead. Roczen later responded with a pass of his own but misjudged the triple jump and crashed, dropping him back to last place.

Canard moved up to second by lap 6, putting him on the heels of Reed, just a week after their incident at Anaheim II that saw Reed black-flagged after running Canard off the track. If the crowd was hoping for a long and hard-fought duel between the two of them, they were disappointed as Canard passed Reed on the following lap and pulled away for the win.

Meanwhile, Reed had to contend with Ryan Dungey, fending off the Red Bull KTM rider for several laps before Dungey finally got through on Lap 16, holding on to finish second.

2015 AMA Supercross: Oakland 450 Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Time
1 Trey Canard Honda -
2 Ryan Dungey KTM +3.310
3 Chad Reed Kawasaki +7.844
4 Eli Tomac Honda +9.725
5 Cole Seely Honda +10.709

250 class points leader Cooper Webb looked to extend his winning streak to three races but got off to a poor start in Oakland, getting caught near the back of the pack. Monster Energy Kawasaki‘s Chris Alldredge took the early lead but made a mistake on a jump on Lap 3, crashing and giving up the lead to Geico Honda’s Stewart.

Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill took over the lead on Lap 4, stretching the advantage to over three seconds before crashing, giving Stewart the lead once again. This time, James Stewart‘s younger brother made it stick, leading the rest of the way for the win.

Meanwhile, Webb had the difficult task of trying to make up for his bad start. Webb made it back to the top five on Lap 3 before crashing after making contact with Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers. Webb remounted and again made his way through the field, passing Bowers on Lap 13 to move into a podium position. Webb tracked down Yamaha rider Alex Martin, passing him on the final lap to finish second.

2015 AMA Supercross: Oakland 250 Western Regional Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Time
1 Malcolm Stewart Honda -
2 Cooper Webb Yamaha +1.443
3 Alex Martin Yamaha +2.343
4 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki +7.036
5 Zachary Bell Husqvarna +12.507

With a 15th-place finish, Roczen drops out of the championship lead with his former teammate Dungey taking over the top spot. Canard’s win, his first since April 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas, moves him up a couple of spots to third overall.

Webb’s strong recovery from a poor start and a subsequent crash kept him on top of the 250 Western Regional standings while Bowers moves into second ahead of KTM’s Jessy Nelson.

The 2015 AMA Supercross Championship goes back to Anaheim next week for the third Angel Stadium round.

450 Class Top Five Standings 250 West Class Top Five Standings
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Points Rider Manufacturer Points
1 Ryan Dungey KTM 82 Cooper Webb Yamaha 86
2 Ken Roczen Suzuki 78 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki 78
3 Trey Canard Honda 68 Jessy Nelson KTM 71
4 Eli Tomac Honda 64 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 69
5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 62 Justin Hill KTM 65

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<![CDATA[Blue Monkey To Distribute HealTech Quick Shifter]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/products/blue-monkey-distribute-healtech-quick-shifter/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/products/blue-monkey-distribute-healtech-quick-shifter/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:44:42 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48348 Blue Monkey To Distribute HealTech Quick Shifter
Blue Monkey Motorsports, Inc. has announced that it is the exclusive North American Importer/Distributor for HealTech Electronics and has released information about Healtech’s newest product, the Quick Shifter Easy. Blue Monkey claims that the Quick Shifter Easy brings MotoGP technology to the masses while beating the price of similar units. The QSE cuts out the ignition rather than killing […] more]]>

Blue Monkey Motorsports, Inc. has announced that it is the exclusive North American Importer/Distributor for HealTech Electronics and has released information about Healtech’s newest product, the Quick Shifter Easy. Blue Monkey claims that the Quick Shifter Easy brings MotoGP technology to the masses while beating the price of similar units.

HealTech Quick Shifter Easy sensor

The strain gauge sends the shifting signal to the unit so it can work its magic.

The QSE cuts out the ignition rather than killing the fuel supply, yielding smoother shifts. The stand alone unit utilizes a strain gauge sensor to determine when pressure is applied to the shifter. Since there are no moving parts, the sensor can be used in both standard and reverse shift applications – unlike some other applications that require different parts for shift direction. Each bike uses its own model-specific wiring harness. Consequently, the OEM harness doesn’t need to be cut. The length of the cutout can be tuned based on rpm via a Bluetooth interface and an Android or PC controller app (no iOS, yet), allowing for use at a variety of engine speeds. Additionally, there are unlimited stored settings, meaning that the unit can be swapped from bike-to-bike. (Of course, each bike would need its own harness to connect to the unit.)

A quick perusal of the QSE compatibility list on the HealTech web site showed fitment options for bikes as old as 1999! Now, riders with older motorcycles can enjoy clutch-free full-throttle upshifts like the folks with current generation bikes.

HealTech Quick Shifter Easy Kit

The Quick Shifter Easy includes a model-specific wiring harness for the ignition cut out.

Since the QSE is a stand alone unit, riders don’t have to pay for features they don’t need, and the $290 price should offer plenty of bang for the buck. All QSEs include Healtech’s 30 day money-back guarantee and 2 year warranty.

For more information, visit the Blue Monkey Motorsports web site.

 

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<![CDATA[Triumph Castrol Rocket Land Speed Bike at Dallas IMS]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/events/triumph-castrol-rocket-land-speed-bike-dallas-ims/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/events/triumph-castrol-rocket-land-speed-bike-dallas-ims/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:19:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48345 Triumph Castrol Rocket Land Speed Bike at Dallas IMS
Fans of the quest for 400 mph who live in the Dallas area will want to hit the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) to see the Triumph Castrol Rocket streamliner in person at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center this weekend, January 23–25. This bullet has its tip pointed at surpassing the current motorcycle land speed record of 376.156 mph on […] more]]>

Fans of the quest for 400 mph who live in the Dallas area will want to hit the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) to see the Triumph Castrol Rocket streamliner in person at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center this weekend, January 23–25.

This bullet has its tip pointed at surpassing the current motorcycle land speed record of 376.156 mph on its way to the ultimate prize of 400 mph. Utilizing two Carpenter Racing tuned Triumph Rocket III engines, this beast pumps out 1,000+ horsepower as well as over 500 lb.-ft. of torque. The carbon Kevlar monocoque chassis stretches to a 25.5 ft. length and is impressive to behold.

The display will be open from 1:00–6:00 PM Friday, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday. In addition to seeing this carbon fiber-wrapped bullet, attendees can enter a Triumph raffle for a US tour grand prize of $5,000 gift certificate to be used to buy Triumph parts, accessories, clothing and merchandise at shop.triumphmotorcycles.com.

For more information on the Triumph Castrol Rocket, please visit CastrolRocket.com.

 

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<![CDATA[Victory Enters NHRA Drag Racing]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/manufacturers/victory/victory-enters-nhra-drag-racing/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/manufacturers/victory/victory-enters-nhra-drag-racing/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:55:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48340 Victory Enters NHRA Drag Racing
Victory Motorcycles is going drag racing, forming a factory National Hot Rod Association team with the husband and wife duo of two-time champion Matt Smith and Angie Smith riding bikes based on the Gunner. “Victory is excited to enter the world of NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing,” says Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris. “It […] more]]>
Victory Motorcycles is going drag racing, forming a factory National Hot Rod Association team with the husband and wife duo of two-time champion Matt Smith and Angie Smith riding bikes based on the Gunner.

“Victory is excited to enter the world of NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing,” says Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris. “It is Victory’s intent to continue to test ourselves at the highest levels and the Victory Factory Racing Team is the perfect opportunity for us.”

While the Victory Gunner provides the basis, the drag bike will be much different from the production model. For starters, reports the official NHRA website, the Smiths will use S&S engines just as they did on the Buell-based bikes they raced the past few seasons including Matt Smith’s 2013 championship-winning campaign.

Unlike the Buell bike, the Victory machine will not have a wraparound fairing but a windscreen mounted over the round headlight which may require adapting their riding technique.

“I won’t know how I might have to adjust my riding stance until we get to the wind tunnel, but I think it’s going to be better,” Matt Smith tells NHRA.com. “It’s pretty different from what I’ve ridden in the past, but it’s got a smaller frontal area than the Buell, which is always a good thing.”

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Matt Smith finished fourth overall in the 2014 standings with 2,416 points, with a pair of runner up results. One of those final round losses came at the hands of Angie Smith was finished ninth overall with 2,223 points.

[Source: Victory, NHRA]

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<![CDATA[Custom Ducati Scramblers Revealed at Verona Motor Bike Expo]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/design/custom-ducati-scramblers-revealed-verona-motor-bike-expo/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/design/custom-ducati-scramblers-revealed-verona-motor-bike-expo/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:35:38 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48302 Custom Ducati Scramblers Revealed at Verona Motor Bike Expo
Ducati presented three custom interpretations on its new Scrambler at the Verona Motor Bike Expo. Created by builders Deus Ex Machina, Mr. Martini and Officine Mermaid, the one-off specials highlight the Scrambler’s potential as a platform for customizers. Discuss this at our Ducati Scrambler Forum. The three builders were given free reign to reinterpret one […] more]]>
Ducati presented three custom interpretations on its new Scrambler at the Verona Motor Bike Expo. Created by builders Deus Ex Machina, Mr. Martini and Officine Mermaid, the one-off specials highlight the Scrambler’s potential as a platform for customizers.

Discuss this at our Ducati Scrambler Forum.

The three builders were given free reign to reinterpret one of three versions of the Scrambler. Deus Ex Machina was assigned the Full Throttle, Mr. Martini used the Classic while Officine Mermaid was given the keys to an Urban Enduro Scrambler. The results were three different looks that showcase the Scrambler’s versatility.

Deus Ex Machina Hondo Gratton Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-17-_G208733_defBased on the Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle, the Hondo Gratton by Deus Ex Machina combines a retro look with speedway race bikes styling. Filippo Bassoli, managing director of Deus Italy describes the Hondo Gratton:

“We’d been waiting for the Ducati Scrambler for some time: in 2010 we did some drift riding with bikes on the Harold Park horse-race track in Sydney together with our friends from Ducati and back then we promised that a Deus creation would be made by developing one of their models. And today we’ve maintained that promise thanks to the Ducati Scrambler: we finally found a bike made with evident vintage inspiration but with the DNA and technical features of a real motorcycle.

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“These characteristics allowed Emanuele and Peter to follow their instincts, particularly after getting their hands on the bike and dismantling it to reveal a fantastic frame. Our project started from there, the result of free and innovative ideas where the main focus is on the aluminum bodywork, with a single-piece tail, number-plate support and a headlight inspired by speedway bikes. An asymmetric mudguard completes the project, together with lots of little details such as the positioning of the conic filter within the frame, the disc brake and, of course, the dedicated exhaust.

“The name however comes from Carby, creative director of Deus Australia, who was in Milan at the time; he saw the project when it was almost complete and fell in love with it, naming it Hondo Grattan, after the horse that won everything on the Harold Park race-track. Who knows, in the not-too-distant future, perhaps our bike will end up on that track too.”

012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-33-02_Hondo Grattan 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-21-_G208685_def 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-20-_G208691_def 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-19-_G208703_def 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-18-_G208715_def 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-17-_G208733_def 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-16-_G208754 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-15-_G208764 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-14-_G208772 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-13-_G208783 012315-deus-ex-machina-custom-ducati-scrambler-hondo-grattan-12-_G208785

Mr. Martini Cafe Racer Ducati Scrambler Classic

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Verona’s Mr. Martini went the café racer route with the Ducati Scrambler Classic. Nicola Martini of Mr. Martini describes the Café Racer:

“I decided to take part in the project because I was fascinated by the idea of working with this Italian brand and in particular by the opportunity of working with the young, dynamic and easygoing Scrambler team. Thanks to the bike’s versatility, I decided to revolutionize the basic concept, from Ducati Scrambler to Café Racer.

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“The style is reminiscent of American rather than British design, owing partly to the fact that the roots of the original Ducati Scrambler project date from the seventies. Although the style is that of a Café Racer, this bike has a combination of elements that make it unique; In fact, details such as the high exhaust and knobby tires retain a decidedly Ducati Scrambler flavor. This fusion gave our bike its name: S.C.R. – Scrambler Café Racer.

“We’ve changed the nose fairing, the tail-piece, the whole of the exhaust, the foot-peg and handlebar mountings and the rear suspension unit and have, of course, given the bike a new color. The Scrambler Café Racer is in ‘total black’ including the saddle, undertail and timing belt covers.”

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Officine Mermaid Scratch Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro

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The Urban Enduro was the starting point for Officine Mermaid’s project, and the design team went in a raw, rough-edged direction. Dario Mastroianni of Officine Mermaid describes the Scratch:

“We decided to customize the Ducati Scrambler because we immediately earmarked it as a uniquely convertible Italian bike. We’ve infused it with our unmistakeable Officine Mermaid style, with a kind of rough-and-ready look that’s spartan and basic. We named it using the English word Scratch, to convey the idea of it being scraped or damaged.

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“This can be seen straight away from the fuel tank, which we stripped of paint and treated by hand – a procedure we use only on our most exclusive bikes. The metal mudguards have been left rough (a bit like us) and then hand-brushed at the workshop. We’ve left only what is essential on the bike – anything that wasn’t necessary has been eliminated.

“Even the exhaust, for example, while derived from the original, has been reduced to a minimum. For the front we’ve chosen a traditional stanchion fork with a wide 21” wheel and an 18” wheel at the back, while the saddle and handlebars are made of vintage green leather with a decidedly Western style. Our Scratch has a main rally-style headlight and a smaller lateral spotlight.”

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[Source: Ducati]

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<![CDATA[KTM Sets New Sales Record with 158,760 Motorcycles in 2014]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/manufacturers/husqvarna/ktm-sets-new-sales-record-158760-motorcycles-2014/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/23/manufacturers/husqvarna/ktm-sets-new-sales-record-158760-motorcycles-2014/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:46:39 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48298 KTM Sets New Sales Record with 158,760 Motorcycles in 2014
KTM reported a new company record with 158,760 motorcycles sold in 2014. This represents the fourth consecutive record-setting year for KTM and a 28.2% increase on 2013′s sales, leading KTM to proclaim itself the world’s fastest-growing motorcycle brand. The record number includes Husqvarna motorcycles but the bulk of the sales were for KTM-branded bikes. KTM didn’t […] more]]>
KTM reported a new company record with 158,760 motorcycles sold in 2014. This represents the fourth consecutive record-setting year for KTM and a 28.2% increase on 2013′s sales, leading KTM to proclaim itself the world’s fastest-growing motorcycle brand.

The record number includes Husqvarna motorcycles but the bulk of the sales were for KTM-branded bikes. KTM didn’t specify exactly how many Husqvarna motorcycles were sold, but even if you include just KTM models, the orange brand will still likely eclipse BMW‘s figure of 123,495 motorcycles sold in 2014. Ducati also set a new company sales record while Triumph also reported a banner year since the company’s modern revival, making 2014 a pretty good year for the European brands, though we still await figures from MV Agusta and Piaggio.

The record sales generated €864.6 million (US$973.9 million) in revenue, a 20.7% increase on 2013′s sales revenue. Earnings before interest and taxes are expected to reach €75 million (US$84.4 million).

[Source: KTM]

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<![CDATA[2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Revealed in CARB Documents]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/22/motorcycle-category/cruiser/2016-indian-chief-dark-horse-revealed-carb-documents/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/22/motorcycle-category/cruiser/2016-indian-chief-dark-horse-revealed-carb-documents/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:25:19 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48293 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Revealed in CARB Documents
New certification documents from the California Air Resources Board reveal a model name for Indian Motorcycle apparently in the pipeline for the 2016 model year: the Chief Dark Horse. The CARB executive order certifies the new 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse, indicating it uses the same 1811cc Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine powering the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, […] more]]>
New certification documents from the California Air Resources Board reveal a model name for Indian Motorcycle apparently in the pipeline for the 2016 model year: the Chief Dark Horse.

The CARB executive order certifies the new 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse, indicating it uses the same 1811cc Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine powering the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, Chieftain and Roadmaster. The emissions test results are similar to those of the 2014 and 2015 models, suggesting no major engine updates.

The document also lists the Dark Horse’s “equivalent inertial mass” (EIM) at 470 kg (1036 pounds), or 10 kg lighter than the Chief Classic. The EIM approximates the fully loaded inertial weight of the vehicle and is not to be confused with the dry or wet weights. Still, at 22 pounds lighter than the Chief Classic, we can expect the Dark Horse to have a fully-fueled weight of around 800 pounds.

Based on Indian’s recent history, we expect to hear official details about the Dark Horse at Sturgis this summer, if not sooner. The Dark Horse may not be the only new Indian coming soon. Indian Motorcycle filed a trademark application for the name “Indian Springfield“, a reference to the company’s original home in Springfield, Mass.

[Source: CARB]

 

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<![CDATA[Honda Developing Leaning Three-Wheeled Motorcycle]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/21/design/honda-developing-leaning-three-wheeler/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/21/design/honda-developing-leaning-three-wheeler/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:20:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48265 Honda Developing Leaning Three-Wheeled Motorcycle
Piaggio brought leaning three-wheelers into the industry mainstream with its MP3 scooter in 2006, with similar vehicles later introduced by Quadro 350D in 2012 and the Peugeot Metropolis in 2013. More recently, Yamaha released the Tricity as the first in a new family of leaning multi-wheel vehicles. If newly-published patent filings are an indication, it […] more]]>
Piaggio brought leaning three-wheelers into the industry mainstream with its MP3 scooter in 2006, with similar vehicles later introduced by Quadro 350D in 2012 and the Peugeot Metropolis in 2013. More recently, Yamaha released the Tricity as the first in a new family of leaning multi-wheel vehicles.

012015-honda-leaning-trike-patent-2014-193677-2If newly-published patent filings are an indication, it looks like Honda is the latest manufacturer to develop a leaning trike. The Japanese Patent Office published three patent applications from Honda related to a leaning trike with a pair of front wheels.

Unlike the examples above, Honda’s design will not be a scooter. Instead, the patent diagrams illustrate a motorcycle using a similar-looking chassis and engine as Honda’s NC700S. The NC platform has proved to be fairly versatile so far, lending itself to the CTX700 and NM4, so it’s no surprise it may once again be called into duty for this trike.

The tilting mechanism is a variation of the parallelogram suspension design similar to those on the Yamaha and Piaggio trikes. The term parallelogram isn’t actually accurate in Honda’s design as the left and right sides (29L and 29R in the diagram below) aren’t parallel but are slightly farther apart at the bottom.

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Instead of two solid lateral arms (the top and bottom of the parallelogram), Honda’s design uses a single upper arm  and separate arms (26L and 26R) extending left and right from a central subframe (23) that runs up the middle of the parallelogram. The left and right arms are offset when the vehicle is tilted, and the two sides (29L and 29R) thus tilt at two different angles when the vehicle is leaned over.

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The sides 29L and 29R each connect to one of the front wheels. As with the MP3 and Tricity, the suspension components are kept between the wheels. Yamaha uses a cantilevered fork with two downtubes on either side of the wheel axis and Piaggio opted for a leading link system. Honda’s design uses a trailing link suspension with arms going down from the tilt mechanism to a link in front of the wheel axis.

012015-honda-leaning-trike-patent-2014-193677-3Of course, we have to remember these are just patents that may never result in a production model. The finished product (if there is one) may not look exactly the same as the diagram, though Honda’s choice to use the NC700S as a model would at least indicate the direction the designers are considering.

[Source: JPO]

 

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<![CDATA[KTM Releases Details On KTM RC Cup Racebikes]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/21/motorcycle-news/ktm-releases-details-ktm-rc-cup-racebikes/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/21/motorcycle-news/ktm-releases-details-ktm-rc-cup-racebikes/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:55:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48282 KTM Releases Details On KTM RC Cup Racebikes
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From a KTM press release:


KTM Motorsports is excited to announce important details about the race competition KTM RC 390 Cup Racebike that will be available for purchase for participants of the 2015 RC Cup Series, a five-round series in conjunction with the 2015 MotoAmerica Racing Series.

The highly-anticipated RC Cup Series will allow riders between the ages of 14-22 years old holding an AMA Superstock Limited license to participate. All riders must race aboard 2015 KTM RC 390 Cup Racebikes. These motorcycles are designed as racing competition bikes (not street-legal) and have been prepared by KTM with over 40 PowerParts and other enhancements to increase racing performance. Some of the new features include:

  • Fully adjustable WP Racing Fork
  • Fully adjustable WP Racing Rear Shock with high/low speed compression and rebound damping, adjustable preload and adjustable shock length
  • Titanium Akrapovic Exhaust
  • Racing Windshield, Tail Fairing and Belly Pan
  • RC8 R-style Throttle Assembly
  • CNC-machined Racing Foldable Levers
  • CNC-machined Racing Rear Sets

Each RC Cup Racebike has been dyno-tested and tuned to 38 hp. To maintain competitive parity, the engine is sealed and may only be serviced by KTM’s trackside partner HMC Racing. Modified street-legal RC 390’s will not qualify for participation in the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Series but will be allowed in regional racing.

KTM’s partnership with HMC Racing will add a benefit to all riders during the racing weekend, as HMC will provide the following services to race participants:

  • KTM HMC semi-truck will be present at each event to provide a relaxing hospitality area for participants
  • The KTM HMC technicians will provide technical assistance and have parts available for purchase if needed as part of the trackside service program
  • KTM HMC technicians will provide a motorcycle safety check on motorcycles prior to the race and will help MotoAmerica regulate the validity of all race units to maintain motorcycle parity throughout the race series
  • Professional KTM HMC SuperBike racer, Chris Fillmore, will attend each event and offer guidance to each young participant

KTM will offer a contingency platform for the top five in each race, with the following payout structure:

1st – $500.00
2nd – $400.00
3rd – $300.00
4th – $200.00
5th – $100.00

The RC Cup Racebike will be priced at $9,999 (USD) MSRP and bikes will be available in limited quantities for pre-order from January 19th to February 15th and will be delivered to dealers in mid-April. To request a KTM RC Cup Racebike, a rider will need to visit a participating KTM dealership, provide a refundable $1,000 deposit and provide a copy of their AMA Road Racing Superstock Limited license or license application. RC Cup Racebikes will be available on a first come, first serve basis with limited availability.

For more detail on the license eligibility, please visit: http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/RoadRacing/RoadRacingLicense.aspx

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica KTM RC390 Cup Schedule Announced]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/20/motorcycle-news/motoamerica-ktm-rc390-cup-schedule-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/20/motorcycle-news/motoamerica-ktm-rc390-cup-schedule-announced/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:40:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48279 MotoAmerica KTM RC390 Cup Schedule Announced
KTM RC390 Cup to run at five MotoAmerica rounds in 2015 more]]>
The AMA and MotoAmerica, the new home of professional road racing in the U.S., has announced the rounds of the MotoAmerica calendar in which the KTM RC390 Cup will compete in. First announced in November 2014, the KTM RC390 Cup is a spec class designed for riders aged 14-22 to race in front of a national (and sometimes international) audience while building their race craft. All riders will compete on identical KTM RC390 Cup bikes. The series serves as a stepping stone to move up through the ranks, with the hope of maybe one day even producing a MotoGP champion.

“The partnership that KTM has created with the AMA and MotoAmerica has provided an opportunity for KTM RC Cup competitors to compete in a professional environment to launch their road-racing careers,” said KTM North America Director of Product Development and Product Marketing John Hinz. “We are excited to offer the RC Cup at key venues across the nation to give more riders a chance to participate in this new and exciting series.”

KTM RC 390 price, availability and purchasing information will be announced shortly by KTM North America Inc.

2015 AMA MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Schedule
(Provisional; subject to change) 

May 29-31: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
June 12-14: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.
June 26-28: Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah
July 17-19: Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. (World Superbike support race; one race only)
Sept. 11-13: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.

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<![CDATA[Spec Fuel Announced For All MotoAmerica Classes]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/20/motorcycle-news/spec-fuel-announced-motoamerica-classes/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/20/motorcycle-news/spec-fuel-announced-motoamerica-classes/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:08:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48277 Spec Fuel Announced For All MotoAmerica Classes
Sunoco to be spec fuel provider for MotoAmerica more]]>
From an AMA/MotoAmerica press release:


The AMA and MotoAmerica, the new home of the AMA Superbike Series, have announced an update to the 2015 rulebook regarding spec fuel. 

Sunoco RMR has been named as the controlled fuel for all classes in the series. Sunoco RMR is available throughout the country and will be available at MotoAmerica race events. Participants can go to www.racegas.com/fuelfinder to find the nearest distributer.

The updated rules are available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing/roadracing/roadracingrules.aspx.

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<![CDATA[Stop Sale and Stop Ride Ordered for Polaris Slingshot]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/20/motorcycle-category/other/stop-sale-stop-ride-ordered-polaris-slingshot/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/20/motorcycle-category/other/stop-sale-stop-ride-ordered-polaris-slingshot/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:56:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48261 “Stop Sale and Stop Ride” Ordered for Polaris Slingshot
Recalls and safety bulletins are a normal course of business, especially for brand new models and in particular, those that that differ significantly from a manufacturer’s other products. It’s not entirely surprising, therefore, that the Polaris Slingshot has a few teething issues, with Polaris issuing a stop sale and stop ride notice on the three-wheeler […] more]]>
Recalls and safety bulletins are a normal course of business, especially for brand new models and in particular, those that that differ significantly from a manufacturer’s other products. It’s not entirely surprising, therefore, that the Polaris Slingshot has a few teething issues, with Polaris issuing a stop sale and stop ride notice on the three-wheeler to correct two separate issues.

Discuss this at our Polaris Slingshot Forum.

A letter signed by Mike Jonikas, Polaris vice president of Slingshot, addressed to SlingshotForums.com explains that some vehicles may have defective ball bearings in the steering rack which may result in an unexpected loss of steering control. A separate letter addressed to dealers was also posted on the forum, reconfirming the problem.

In an unrelated issue, the notices also explains Polaris is voluntarily replacing the roll hoops on certain Slingshot vehicles. A part supplier informed Polaris that the roll hoops, located behind the driver and passenger seats, may not be up to Polaris’ specifications.

Formal safety bulletins will be sent to dealers this week with service parts to follow before the end of the month. We’ll have more information if/when a full recall is announced through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

[Source: SlingshotForums.com 1, 2]

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<![CDATA[MV Agusta Hires Jim McKenna To Help Bolster U.S. Presence]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/20/motorcycle-news/mv-agusta-hires-jim-mckenna-help-bolster-u-s-presence/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/20/motorcycle-news/mv-agusta-hires-jim-mckenna-help-bolster-u-s-presence/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:49:07 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48258 MV Agusta Hires Jim McKenna To Help Bolster U.S. Presence
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From an MV Agusta press release:


As part of MV Agusta USA LLC’s transformation and dedicated efforts to establish a strong business in the USA, the company is pleased to announce that it has strengthened its sales leadership with the addition of Jim McKenna.

Mr. McKenna is a lifetime motorcycle enthusiast and brings over 25 years of powersports industry leadership to MV Agusta USA. His broad cross-section of skills from his experience working at the dealership level to leading national sales and network development teams will benefit the company and dealers.

In his new role as National Sales & Network Development Director, Mr. McKenna will oversee commercial operations, including dealer relationship management, building and managing the US sales operation, network development, and overseeing the appointment and dealer upgrade processes.

Says McKenna; “This is such an exciting time! MV Agusta is a great and storied brand; and this the project of a lifetime. I am extremely pleased to be part of the leadership team actively working to re-launch this iconic motorcycle company here in the USA.”

“Over the past few years, MV Agusta SpA has focused its efforts on developing a strong product development pipeline launching exceptional, technically advanced products across many segments”, said Helen Vasilevski, CEO, MV Agusta USA LLC. “As we continue to secure strong, accountable leaders who take charge, inspire others to go above and beyond and ultimately effect lasting change in the USA where consumer interest for MV Agusta is high, we know that we will be able to develop stronger connections and continue to build loyalty with our consumers and dealers who share our passion for this brand, one with a long history of racing and exceptional design. We are thrilled to have someone with Jim’s background join the team.”

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<![CDATA[BMW Sold a Record 123,495 Motorcycles in 2014]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/19/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-sold-record-123495-motorcycles-2014/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/19/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-sold-record-123495-motorcycles-2014/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:52:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48253 BMW Sold a Record 123,495 Motorcycles in 2014
BMW reported its fourth consecutive annual sales record, delivering 123,495 motorcycles and scooters in 2014. BMW reported a 7.2% increase on the 115,215 vehicles sold in 2013. That BMW set a new record is not a surprise, considering we already knew BMW surpassed the record just 11 months into 2014. Sales didn’t let up in […] more]]>
BMW reported its fourth consecutive annual sales record, delivering 123,495 motorcycles and scooters in 2014. BMW reported a 7.2% increase on the 115,215 vehicles sold in 2013.

That BMW set a new record is not a surprise, considering we already knew BMW surpassed the record just 11 months into 2014. Sales didn’t let up in December either, with 7,032 units sold in the month, compared to 6,343 units in the same month of 2013.

“For the first time in company history, BMW Motorrad sold more than 120,000 vehicles,” says Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad. “This is an increase of 7.2% compared to the already outstanding result of the previous year and is the fourth year of record sales in a row. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all our customers for the trust they have placed in BMW Motorrad.”

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The R1200GS continues its reign as BMW’s most popular model, with 24,380 units sold in 2014. Second place went to its sister model, the more off-road capable R1200GS Adventure at 16,242 units. The R1200RT was third with 12,140 units despite a recall for defective Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) rear shock absorbers. Also doing well was the R nineT with 8,488 units sold, putting it fourth on the sales list.

Germany continues to be BMW’s best market, accounting for 21,714 motorcycles sold in 2014, with BMW claiming a market share lead of over 25% for the 500cc and larger segment. BMW also continues to do well in the U.S., selling 15,301 vehicles in 2014 compared to 14,100 motorcycles and scooters sold in 2013. Other important markets for BMW include France (11,600 units sold), Italy (10,487) and Brazil (7,603).

Schaller says BMW aims to set another sales record in 2015 on the strength of new models such as the liquid-cooled R1200R and R1200RS, the S1000XR tourer and the newly-revised S1000RR and F800R.

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<![CDATA[2015 AMA Supercross Anaheim II Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/19/manufacturers/honda/2015-ama-supercross-anaheim-ii-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/19/manufacturers/honda/2015-ama-supercross-anaheim-ii-results/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:08:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48246 2015 AMA Supercross – Anaheim II Results
Suzuki‘s Ken Roczen increased his lead in the AMA Supercross 450 championship while a last-lap pass gave Yamaha‘s Cooper Webb his second-consecutive victory but the big story in Anaheim was Chad Reed getting disqualified after running Trey Canard into a barrier in apparent retaliation for an earlier incident. The drama started on Lap 8 when […] more]]>
Suzuki‘s Ken Roczen increased his lead in the AMA Supercross 450 championship while a last-lap pass gave Yamaha‘s Cooper Webb his second-consecutive victory but the big story in Anaheim was Chad Reed getting disqualified after running Trey Canard into a barrier in apparent retaliation for an earlier incident.

The drama started on Lap 8 when Canard misjudged a jump and landed on the back of Reed’s bike, sending both riders crashing. Both riders were able to remount, but seconds later, Reed made a beeline for Canard and steered him off the track and into a Tuff Block. Reed was immediately black-flagged for the incident, immediately disqualifying him from the race and forcing him to get off the track.

After the race, admitted it probably wasn’t the right thing to do but argued an immediate disqualification was too harsh a punishment. Instead, he argues, the decision should have come after the race so he would at least have a chance to appeal.

As all this was happening, Roczen was well in control of the race, taking the lead on the second lap and holding on to win by 5.221 seconds. KTM‘s Ryan Dungey finished second while last week’s winner Eli Tomac completed the podium for Honda.

2015 AMA Supercross: Anaheim II 450 Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Time
1 Ken Roczen Suzuki -
2 Ryan Dungey KTM +5.221
3 Eli Tomac Honda +8.281
4 Justin Barcia Yamaha +20.599
5 Broc Tickle Suzuki +26.998

The 250 class Main Event provided a different kind of drama with four different riders holding the lead during the 15-lap race.

Husqvarna rider Zach Osborne took the holeshot and lead the opening two laps but he wasn’t able to escape the pressure from Jessy Nelson. The KTM rider took over the lead on Lap 3 and developed a comfortable lead.

Nelson may have been too comfortable, however, crashing while leading on Lap 6 and allowing Kawasaki‘s Tyler Bowers to take over. Bowers began to pull away while KTM’s Justin Hill and Webb battled for second behind him. Webb eventually gained the advantage and began to reel Bowers in.

Webb drew closer and closer until the final lap when he cut inside as Bowers ran wide around a corner. The two made contact exiting the hairpin turn with Bowers taking the worst of it and crashing. Bowers recovered but it was too late as Webb crossed the finish for the win.

2015 AMA Supercross: Anaheim II 250 Western Regional Top Five Results
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Time
1 Cooper Webb Yamaha -
2 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki +6.065
3 Justin Hill KTM +7.122
4 Zach Osborne Husqvarna +9.928
5 Malcolm Stewart Honda +17.594

After three rounds, Roczen leads the 450 class standings with 72 points. His former teammate Dungey sits second with 60 points. Webb’s second-straight win moves him into the 250 West lead with 64 points while Nelson and Bowers are tied with 60 apiece.

The 2015 AMA Supercross Championship continues next week in Oakland, Calif.

450 Class Top Five Standings 250 West Class Top Five Standings
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Points Rider Manufacturer Points
1 Ken Roczen Suzuki 72 Cooper Webb Yamaha 64
2 Ryan Dungey KTM 60 Jessy Nelson KTM 60
3 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 51 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki 60
4 Eli Tomac Honda 46 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 54
5 Trey Canard Honda 43 Justin Hill KTM 53

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<![CDATA[Dunlop to Supply Tires for MotoAmerica]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/16/racing/dunlop-supply-tires-motoamerica/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/16/racing/dunlop-supply-tires-motoamerica/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:45:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48239 Dunlop to Supply Tires for MotoAmerica
In a year of tremendous change for AMA Superbike racing,there will be at least one constant, with Dunlop continuing its role as the official spec-tire supplier for the new MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series. “Dunlop has always been a big part of AMA Superbike racing and I’m glad they’re stepping up to do […] more]]>
In a year of tremendous change for AMA Superbike racing,there will be at least one constant, with Dunlop continuing its role as the official spec-tire supplier for the new MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series.

“Dunlop has always been a big part of AMA Superbike racing and I’m glad they’re stepping up to do so again in 2015,” says Wayne Rainey, three-time 500cc World Champion and president of MotoAmerica. “I had great success using Dunlops during my career and they were a big part of my World Championship in 1991. I know our racers and teams will be happy to have Dunlops on their motorcycles for the coming season.”

The tire manufacturer will supply rubbers for all racing classes. The Superbike, Superstock 1000 and Supersport classes will run on Dunlop KR448 and KR449 slicks while the Superstock 600 class will use Dunlop’s GPA-Pro DOT tires. The entry-level KTM 390 Cup will use Dunlop Alpha 13s. Dunlop will also offer the same tires to club racers across the country.

“Dunlop has supported American road racing longer than any other tire company, and we’ve been the exclusive tire supplier since 2009,” said Mike Buckley, Dunlop’s senior vice president of sales, marketing and R&D. “Our commitment to the paddock has never been greater, and we’re very excited to extend our exclusive agreement into 2015 with MotoAmerica.”

[Source: MotoAmerica]

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<![CDATA[Aprilia Recalls 2014-2015 Shiver 750 and 2015 Caponord 1200]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/16/motorcycle-news/aprilia-recalls-shiver-750-caponord-1200/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/16/motorcycle-news/aprilia-recalls-shiver-750-caponord-1200/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:09:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48232 Aprilia Recalls 2014-2015 Shiver 750 and 2015 Caponord 1200
Aprilia is recalling the 2014-2015 Shiver 750 and 2015 Caponord 1200 because of a possible safety defect with the gearbox output shaft. The U.S. recall affects 337 motorcycles in total. According to documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the output gear shaft face may not have been machined to the proper […] more]]>
Aprilia is recalling the 2014-2015 Shiver 750 and 2015 Caponord 1200 because of a possible safety defect with the gearbox output shaft. The U.S. recall affects 337 motorcycles in total.

According to documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the output gear shaft face may not have been machined to the proper specifications by the supplier, Chonging Qiutian Gear Co. As a result, the screw fastening the sprocket may loosen, potentially causing the rear wheel to lock up. A similar recall announcement by the U.K.’s Vehicle & Safety Services Agency (VOSA) says an abnormal noise may be an indication of the problem.

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Aprilia dealers will inspect recalled vehicles and install a revised sprocket fastener kit and, if required, fit a new secondary shaft.

[Source: NHTSA]

 

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<![CDATA[Polaris Acquires Electric Motorcycle Business From Brammo]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/motorcycle-news/polaris-acquires-electric-motorcycle-business-brammo/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/motorcycle-news/polaris-acquires-electric-motorcycle-business-brammo/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:07:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48218 Polaris Acquires Electric Motorcycle Business From Brammo
Polaris acquisition includes certain Brammo assets, technology and trademarks more]]>
Big news coming from the electric motorcycle camp today, as Polaris has announced it has acquired the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. In addition, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo that enables the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric vehicle powertrains.

Going forward, the two companies will leverage Polaris’ leading position in the global powersports industry to market a variety of electric vehicles utilizing Brammo’s lithium-ion electric drivetrain technology. Meanwhile, this will free Brammo to continue developing its electric vehicle powertrains. Brammo supplies these products, including the Brammo Power battery pack and Brammo Power vehicle management systems, globally to a wide range of OEMs. As part of this transaction, Polaris will utilize the assets acquired to begin manufacturing electric motorcycles in the second half of 2015 at its Spirit Lake, IA facility.

“We have enjoyed our involvement with Brammo Motorcycles over the past three years, and our excitement about their industry-leading lithium-ion electric drivetrain technology has increased commensurate with their improvements in cost and performance. Polaris and Brammo share a goal of adding the most advanced and highest capability electric solutions to Polaris’ portfolio of leading powersports products,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman and CEO. 

The agreement allows both companies to be more agile during the development cycle with clear accountability toward selling products that exemplify Polaris’ standard for delivering world class vehicles.

Polaris has been a strategic investor and partner with Brammo since 2011. During that time, the companies have collaborated on a number of projects in motorcycles, off-road and on-road vehicles.

“Today’s announcement strengthens not only Polaris’ commitment to bringing our consumers lithium-ion electric solutions, but also this partnership’s ability to continue innovating and developing leading electric drivetrain technology,” said Wine. “We anticipate a return on these investments and believe the new alignment brings us that much closer to delivering world-class electric solutions across our products.”

Considering Polaris’ ownership stake in both Victory and Indian Motorcycles, the experience, resources and capital Polaris brings to the table can only be seen as a positive in the e-bike landscape.

While we don’t know Polaris’ long-term plans with Brammo, a more immediate prediction is that of Polaris/Brammo/Victory/Indian beating rival Harley-Davidson and its Project Livewire to the electric motorcycle punch. Whatever the case may be, Polaris is clearly positioning itself to become a major player in the e-bike/alternative energy game.

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<![CDATA[Honda Grom Returns For 2015 With New Colors]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/motorcycle-news/honda-grom-returns-2015-new-colors/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/motorcycle-news/honda-grom-returns-2015-new-colors/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:30:13 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48219 Honda Grom Returns For 2015 With New Colors
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From a Honda press release:


Honda announced today that its Grom, the compact motorcycle with a big attitude, will be offered in two additional colors for its second model year in the manufacturer’s lineup. For 2015, Yellow and Pearl White options join the popular Red and Black versions that were available in its successful debut model year, with all variants getting a new graphic treatment on the tank covers.

“We’re very pleased to close out our 2015 model lineup by offering the Grom in additional colors,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “It has been exciting to see customers not only embrace this model, but make it their own, so adding new color options and a bit of flair made perfect sense. This model has spawned Grom-specific forums and clubs, and we look forward to seeing what customers do with the Grom in its second year.”

Since its debut, the phenomenal Grom has been celebrated as a unique, fun, impossible-to-pigeonhole motorcycle, and it shook up the market in a big way by creating its own dedicated scene. A sort of cultural chameleon, the Grom has already captured the imaginations of a diverse coalition of American enthusiasts, with owners finding new and imaginative ways to meet and interact with one another, and to express their personalities through their machines.

Still the only product of its kind on the market, the little Grom returns with all the same full-size motorcycle features, including a 124.9cc fuel-injected engine, an inverted fork, hydraulic disc brakes and a steel frame. The versatile machine has room for a passenger, and its curb weight is just 225 pounds.

  • Colors: Yellow, Pearl White, Red, Black
  • Price: TBD
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<![CDATA[Questus Hires Industry Veteran Kerry Graeber]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/products/questus-hires-industry-veteran-kerry-graeber/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/products/questus-hires-industry-veteran-kerry-graeber/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:12:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48215 Questus Hires Industry Veteran Kerry Graeber
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From a Questus press release:


Questus has hired Kerry Graeber as Marketing Director to provide strategic direction for client Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. Prior to joining Questus, Graeber held executive level positions at several motorcycle and powersports-related companies including Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, AMA Pro Racing and Suzuki. Graeber has agency-side experience, as well.

Graeber’s most recent accomplishment was leading the marketing efforts for the launch of the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), which in only its second year has become powersports’ largest combined trade, consumer and media event in North America. Suzuki is a key OEM participant in AIMExpo and was among the first to commit to the event for its 2013 launch.

“Kerry is a respected voice in the motorcycle and greater powersports industry and will bring significant value to both Questus and our client Suzuki,” said Jordan Berg, Co-founder of Questus. “Kerry is a talented communications professional with a demonstrated record of marketing leadership and success. We look to him to take the point on mapping out a strategic vision for Suzuki.”

Graeber will head up Questus’ new satellite office in Brea, California, which is being opened in support of Suzuki. Questus also operates offices in San Francisco and New York.

“I’m excited to be joining Questus and Suzuki and for the opportunity to bring my abilities and experience to this business,” said Graeber. “Everything I’ve done to this point in my career has specific relevance to powersports marketing so this is an ideal fit for me. Suzuki’s products are among the most highly regarded in powersports and our job is to identify and create innovative and compelling brand communications experiences for existing and new riders.”

For more information on Questus, visit www.questus.com.

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<![CDATA[Getting Airborne On A Supermoto And A Chopper + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/funnies/getting-airborne-supermoto-chopper-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/funnies/getting-airborne-supermoto-chopper-video/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:28:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48212 Getting Airborne On A Supermoto… And A Chopper + Video
Evel Knievel now rides a supermoto more]]>
Supermotos. Essentially dirtbikes with street tires, we’re used to seeing SuMos sliding into corners, doing wheelies, and generally being machines we all want to get if we were allowed to let our inner hooligan out. But we sometimes forget another area dirtbikes excel at: Jumping. Here, we see a brave (courageous? stupid?) Swedish SM rider give us a reminder that supermotos can catch air, too, clearing five bikes with room to clear probably another two.

But wait, there’s more! After this entertaining feat, another rider attempts the same trick… on a cruiser! The result? Well, see for yourself.

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<![CDATA[Ducati Sold a Record 45,100 Motorcycles in 2014]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-sold-record-45100-motorcycles-2014/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-sold-record-45100-motorcycles-2014/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:59:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48199 Ducati Sold a Record 45,100 Motorcycles in 2014
Ducati announced a new company sales record with 45,100 motorcycles sold in 2014. The year marked the fifth consecutive annual increase, with 2% more motorcycles sold than in 2013. The newly-revamped Monster line played a big role in Ducati’s sales record. The addition of the Monster 1200 and Monster 821 models helped increase the family’s […] more]]>
Ducati announced a new company sales record with 45,100 motorcycles sold in 2014. The year marked the fifth consecutive annual increase, with 2% more motorcycles sold than in 2013.

The newly-revamped Monster line played a big role in Ducati’s sales record. The addition of the Monster 1200 and Monster 821 models helped increase the family’s sales by 31% to 16,409 units. Ducati also sold 9,788 motorcycles from its sportbike lineup, including 5,806 units of the 899 Panigale (so by our calculations, the 899 outsold the 1199 Panigale last year).

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The U.S. continues to be Ducati’s largest market, with Americans scooping up 8,804 units last year. Sales in Europe, however, were less impressive, with Ducati’s sales decreasing by 3% to 19,743 motorcycles, thanks mainly to tough times in Ducati’s home market where Italian sales dropping by 14% to 4,284 motorcycles.

More positive news came out of Asia where Ducati set a new company record for the continent with 5,787 motorcycles sold (up 11% from 2013). Thailand saw a 22% increase to 3,057 units sold.

Ducati isn’t the only European brand reporting record sales in 2014. BMW set its fourth-consecutive sales record with more than 120,000 motorcycles and scooters sold (breaking its previous record in just 11 months) while KTM is also expected to announce a new sales record after selling 115,731 in just three quarters. Triumph also announced sales of 54,432 motorcycles during its 2014 fiscal year, the most since the company’s relaunch in 1983.

[Source: Ducati]

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<![CDATA[AGV Releases Pink Floyd-Inspired Rossi Corsa Helmet]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/motorcycle-news/agv-releases-pink-floyd-inspired-rossi-corsa-helmet/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/01/15/motorcycle-news/agv-releases-pink-floyd-inspired-rossi-corsa-helmet/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:51:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=48194 AGV Releases Pink Floyd-Inspired Rossi Corsa Helmet
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Valentino Rossi is known for wearing a customized helmet for his home rounds in Italy. During the 2013 Misano round, The Doctor’s lid paid tribute to his late friend, Marco Simoncelli, with a design inspired by Pink Floyd’s legendary Wish You Were Here album. And now, AGV is releasing a replica of that helmet in limited quantities for the American market.

On top of the helmet, two robotic hands join with four natural elements on the background (water, air, earth and fire). Meanwhile, the rear of the helmet displays an iconic image from the legendary British group’s masterpiece: two men—one in flames—shaking hands in an industrial setting. The Corsa “Wish” is faithful to Vale’s race original, even including the Monster Energy “M claw” logo on the helmet’s chin guard and sides.

AGV’s Corsa combines road-going characteristics like adjustable ventilation and improved comfort with the performance standards of the racing-focused Pista GP. The Corsa was developed with AGV Extreme Standards, an innovative process that revolutionizes the helmet design method to measurably and demonstratively improve protection, ergonomics, comfort, reliability and environmental impact. The design process starts with the components that are in direct contact with the head and progresses outward to the outermost shell. Fully designed and produced in Italy by highly specialized personnel with the most advanced equipment, AGV Extreme Standards helmets are 100% Made in Italy, environmentally friendly and made with the best technologies.

For more information, visit www.agv.com.

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