Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:39:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 <![CDATA[American Honda Renews Contract With Trey Canard]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/31/manufacturers/honda/american-honda-renews-contract-trey-canard/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/31/manufacturers/honda/american-honda-renews-contract-trey-canard/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:39:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44619 American Honda Renews Contract With Trey Canard
Canard continues his long-lasting relationship with Honda. more]]>
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced today that it will extend the contract with factory supercross and motocross rider Trey Canard for an additional two years. Canard has spent his entire pro- fessional career with the Honda brand, and this agreement continues that relationship, as the Oklahoma native will campaign a factory Honda CRF450R in the AMA Supercross Championship and AMA Pro Motocross Championship during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

After sitting out the entire 2014 AMA Supercross series while recovering from a broken arm, Canard has made a no- table comeback this summer in AMA Pro Motocross, regularly finishing on the podium. With three rounds remaining, he currently sits third in the points standings. 

Following a successful amateur career that culminated in his winning the 2007 AMA Horizon Award, Canard signed with the Factory Connection Honda team, earning the ’08 250SX Eastern Region crown in his rookie season aboard the CRF250R. Two years later, Canard added the AMA Pro Motocross 250 title to his résumé and rode for the winning USA team in the Motocross of Nations. For 2011, Canard moved up to a CRF450R with the factory Honda squad, where he has been ever since. Although hampered by injuries, Canard finished fifth in the 2011 AMA Supercross series and fourth in the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross series. 

“I’m so excited to continue my long relationship with Honda for another two years,” Canard said. “The company, the team and everyone involved is really motivated about racing, and we’re all pushing hard and doing our best. I’ll continue to always give my best effort over these next two years, and we’re shooting for wins and championships. The enthusiasm around Honda right now is a really good thing that I’m excited to be a part of, and I think 2015 is going to be a great year for us.” 

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<![CDATA[Vespa Launches The 946 Bellissima]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/31/manufacturers/vespa/vespa-launches-946-bellissima/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/31/manufacturers/vespa/vespa-launches-946-bellissima/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:37:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44611 Vespa Launches The 946 Bellissima
An even nicer version of the already purdy Vespa 946. more]]>
At almost $10,500, the Vespa 946 might be a pricey scooter, but boy is it good looking. Well, leave it to Vespa to up the purdy level even more with the 946 Bellissima. Limited to only 100 units, the Vespa 946 Bellissima offers exclusivity and distinction in unique Vespa fashion. The 946 Bellissima is equipped with a new mono-seat to further accentuate the dynamic curvature of the steel body, an exclusive chrome plated rear rack, new paint finishing and rim colors, as well as new handlebar grip finishing. The 2014 946 Bellissima collection will be available in either Metallic Gray and Metallic Blue.

As a gift, those select few 946 Bellissima purchasers will receive a passenger seat kit, made from the same precious materials to match the on-board mono-saddle to perfectly complement the Bellissima design and allow for the rare occasions when a passenger is rewarded with a ride on this precious machine.

VESPA 946 – TECHNICALLY SPEAKING
Tradition and innovation: Sheet steel body with aluminum parts: handlebar, saddle support, side panels, front mudguard, rear-mirror supports.

Maximum safety: 220 mm dual-disk brake, two-channel ABS braking, ASR electronic traction control. Large 12” wheels, modular aluminum alloy wheel rims.

Eco-sustainability and fuel economy: 150 cc 3V engine, electronic injection, best-in-class fuel consumption and emissions.

Technology and style: LED headlight with heat dissipation system, LED tail light and indicators, full LCD multifunction instrument panel.

VESPA 946 – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

Type

Single cylinder 4 strokes with catalytic converter and electronic fuel injection

Displacement

155cc

Fuel system

P.I. (Port Injected) injection

Timing system

Single overhead camshaft – 3 valves (2 intake, 1 exhaust)

Cooling system

Forced air

Gearbox

CVT

VEHICLE

Load bearing structure

Metal body with welded reinforcements and aluminum elements

Front suspension

Single link arm with coil spring and dual-action hydraulic shock absorber

Rear suspension

Coil spring with adjustable preload, mono shock with progressive lever system

Breaking system

ABS system, 2 channels, with ASR system

Front brake

disk, 220 mm

Rear brake

disk, 220 mm

Front tire

120/70 – 12”

Rear tire

130/70 – 12”

Fuel tank capacity

2.2 US gal (8,5 lt)

Emissions compliance

EPA 40CFR86

Length

77.3 in (1.965 mm)

Width

28.7 in (730 mm)

Saddle height

31.6 in (805 mm)

Wheelbase

55.3 in (1.405 mm)

Max speed

57 mph (93 km/h)

Fuel consumption

up to 117 mpg ( up to 50 km/l)

Find out more about the 946 Bellissima, other Vespa model offerings, and test ride opportunities at: VespaUSA.com, and the Vespa Americas Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[Sign Up Now For An Edelweiss Harley-Davidson Tour]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/31/motorcycle-news/sign-now-edelweiss-harley-davidson-tour/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/31/motorcycle-news/sign-now-edelweiss-harley-davidson-tour/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:13:32 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44593 Sign Up Now For An Edelweiss Harley-Davidson Tour
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Edelweiss Bike Travel has over 34 years of expertise in worldwide motorcycle touring and has created a range of once-in-a-lifetime touring rides for both new and experienced riders. The new Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours provided by the Edelweiss team include a breathtaking ride through the beauty of the Bavarian Forest and ancient Habsburg Empire, a spectacular journey through the rugged scenery of Scotland and an unforgettable adventure through the stunning landscape of Morocco on the African continent.

Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours operates over 200 tours globally each year. The programme offers access to some of the most incredible locations of the world and takes riders on epic journeys along some of the best roads for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Participants can book tours as an individual or as a group, and can select from five different types, available across five worldwide regions.

See below for the different Harley-Davidson tours offered:

TOUR OF SICILY

SicilyTOUR DATES 2015

April 19 – 25

April 26 – May 02

 START/FINISH: Catania

NEAREST AIRPORT: Catania

DURATION: 7 days vacation, 5 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 635 miles (1025 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAYS: Agrigento, Cefalu

HIGHLIGHTS: Morgantina, Villa Romana del Casale, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples, Sciacca, Corleone, Prizzi, Cefalu, Castelbuono, Etna

Discover Sicily’s fascinating beauty consisting of fine sandy beaches, beautiful bays along the coastline, national parks, fields of ruins, vibrant cities with stunning baroque buildings and norman castles, delicious food, and not least Mount Etna, who still smokes and sometimes spits fire!

Sicily – the name alone brings up images of blue oceans, volcanoes, dry mountain ranges, small hilltop towns, lemon and orange trees. These are not just images – this is the real Sicily, and at the end of the week, you will have seen all of this, and a lot more…

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

Tuscan SunTOUR DATES 2015

May 07 – 16

May 17 – 26

September 18 – 27

START/FINISH: Rome

NEAREST AIRPORT: Rome

DURATION: 10 days vacation, 8 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 940 miles (1510 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAYS: Assisi, Florence, Volterra

HIGHLIGHTS: Rome, Assisi, Gubbio, Lago Trasimeno, Arezzo, Florence, Mugello Race Track, Chianti Wine Region, San Gimignano, Volterra, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Siena, Orvieto

Rome, Tuscany and Umbria are in the heart of Italy. A country that makes it easy for every visitor to love it, its captivating beauty makes it hard to leave.

A region full of history, art and architecture, all of this goes hand in hand with the typical Italian lifestyle. This tour shows you beautiful landscapes, historic towns, colorful sunflower fields and great food and wine – everything for which Tuscany is famous…

THE HEART OF EUROPE

Heart of EuropeTOUR DATES 2015 

May 28 – June 07

July 23 – August 02

START/FINISH: Seefeld

NEAREST AIRPORT: Innsbruck (or Munich)

DURATION: 11 days vacation, 9 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 1225 miles (1970 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAYS: Heidelberg, Obernai, Appenzell

HIGHLIGHTS: Palace Linderhof, Ehingen, Heidelberg, Odenwald Forest, The Rhine River, Strasbourg, The Black Forest, Rheinfall, Schaffhausen, Lake Constance, Silvretta High Alpine Road

This tour shows the biggest variety of European scenery, culture and countries of all our tours through the Old World.

Once we start riding, small mountain roads take us through valleys and over a few smaller mountains. The highlight of the day is a visit to one of Bavarian King Ludwig’s palaces! We leave the Alps behind for a while and dive into theGerman culture and history, following a few famous rivers towards one of Germany’s most well-known cities: Heidelberg…

HABSBURG EMPIRE

Habsburg EmpireTOUR DATE 2015

June 12 – 21

START/FINISH: Vienna

NEAREST AIRPORT: Vienna

DURATION: 10 days vacation, 8 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 1120 miles (1790 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAYS: Salzburg, Prague

HIGHLIGHTS: Mariazell, Red Bull Ring, Hallstatt, Lake District, Salzburg, Eagle’s Nest, Herrenchiemsee, Walhalla, Prague, Karlstein, Brno

The East of Austria, the Bavarian Forest and the Czech Republic are still a pretty unknown motorcycle region. This tour provides a rare opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of part of the ancient Habsburg Empire.

Beautiful spa cities line the way while we start our tour from Vienna to Styria and gorgeous valleys and mountain passes provide great roads for us! The scenery is breathtaking, with several mountains peaking at 8000 ft. and more. Before we reach Salzburg, the scenery changes a little as we cross through the Austrian Lake District

PERFECT ALPS

Perfect AlpsTOUR DATES 2015

> June 28 – July 05

> July 12 – 19

START/FINISH: Seefeld

NEAREST AIRPORT: Innsbruck (or Munich)

DURATION: 8 days vacation, 6 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 820 miles (1320 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAY: Lake Garda

HIGHLIGHTS: Krimml Waterfalls, Grossglockner, Dolomites, Trento, Lake Garda, Passo di Stelvio, Livigno

The Alps are truly a motorcyclist’s paradise, Nowhere else will you find so many attractive motorcycle roads concentrated in the midst of breathtaking scenery.

We start out with a few easy hours of riding, crossing the border to Austria’s northern neighbor, Germany. The roads seem to have been made for Harley-Davidsons: not too much traffic, lots of turns and incredible scenery. After a cool night at the bottom of Austria’s highest mountain, we get ready to do some real Alpine riding, and in the Dolomites, you can ride passes all day long if you feel like it…

TOUR OF SCOTLAND

Tour of ScotlandTOUR DATES 2015 

August 08 – 15

August 16 – 23

START/FINISH: Edinburgh

NEAREST AIRPORT: Edinburgh

DURATION: 8 days vacation, 6 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 840 miles (1350 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAYS: Fort William, Inverness

HIGHLIGHTS: Forth Rail Bridge, Stirling Castle, Trossachs National Park, Fort William, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Culloden Moor, Dunnet Head, Whisky Trail, Balmoral Castle

Scotland is bagpipes and tweed, haggis and whisky, nessie and the highland games. Scotland is also breathtaking scenery, both on the rugged coast and in the wild, remote mountains

Scotland – pictures of Braveheart, Highlander, kilts and whisky appear in your mind’s eye; but there is so much more in this beautiful part of the United Kingdom - we will try to show you the highlights in one week…

EUROPEAN BIKE WEEK

European Bike WeekTOUR DATE 2015

September 05 – 14

START/FINISH: Seefeld

NEAREST AIRPORT: Innsbruck (or Munich)

DURATION: 10 days vacation, 8 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 1025 miles (1650 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAYS: Villach

HIGHLIGHTS: Salzburg, Eagle’s Nest, Lake District, Erzberg, Red Bull Ring, European Bike Week, Nockalm Road, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites, Bolzano

European Bike Week and the Alps, what a combination. Come with us to the biggest Harley party in Europe and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Alps, on this 10 day trip.

After starting our tour by riding over and around several mountains, and after passing many crystal clear lakes, we soon reach Salzburg. This city, with its abundance of splendid, historic buildings, has an atmosphere of its own…

ANDALUCIA ON HARLEY

Andalucia on HarleyTOUR DATES 2015 

October 03 – 09

October 10 – 16

START/FINISH: Malaga

NEAREST AIRPORT: Malaga

DURATION: 7 days vacation, 5 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 635 miles (1020 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAYS: Loja, Ronda

HIGHLIGHTS: Malaga, Granada, Alhambra, El Torcal, Garganta del Chorro, Ronda, Pueblos Blancos, Gibraltar, Puertos

In Andalusia we discover all of the traditions of Spain: bullfights, golden beaches, Flamenco, white villages nestled into a mountainside, cave dwellings, colorful fiestas, religious processions, tapas and sherry bodegas.

A tour that is rich in history, art, architecture, nature preserves and a relaxed way of life. You have come to Spain’s number 1 motorcycle region and you will have five outstanding days to explore it! We will try to show you as much of Andalusia as possible, though you could spend weeks there and never get bored! So, let’s go

MOROCCO ON HARLEY

Morocco on HarleyTOUR DATE 2015 

October 18 – November 01

START/FINISH: Malaga

NEAREST AIRPORT: Malaga

DURATION: 15 days vacation, 13 riding days

ROUTE: Total distance: 1860 miles (2990 km)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable middle-class hotels.

REST DAYS: Erfoud, Marrakech

HIGHLIGHTS: Gibraltar, Ceuta, Chefchaouen, Fes, Sahara Desert, Gorges du Todra, Gorges du Dades, Route of the Kasbahs, Marrakech, Volubilis, Ronda

Morocco or ‘Maghreb el Aksa‘ as the locals call it, is the perfect destination for a splendid vacation.

Its nearness to Europe, the fantastic landscape and its oriental traditions make it the perfect first contact for tourists on the African continent. Africa, here we come. Oriental bazaars, huge mountain ranges, camels, souks, endless desert, exotic spices – the dream will come true during the next two weeks

For more information on these or any of the various Edelweiss tours, be sure to visit the Edelweiss website.

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<![CDATA[KTM to Enter MotoGP World Championship in 2017]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/31/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-enter-motogp-world-championship-2017/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/31/manufacturers/ktm/ktm-enter-motogp-world-championship-2017/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44588 KTM to Enter MotoGP World Championship in 2017
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KTM announced plans to enter the MotoGP World Championship with a brand new V-4 prototype to be called the KTM RC16. KTM would be the latest major manufacturer announcing plans to enter the series, following the current ongoing projects by Aprilia and Suzuki.

Chief Executive Officer Stefan Pierer announced the news in an interview with Swiss site Speedweek.com, saying the company plans to reveal the RC16 in fall 2015 and spend 2016 developing it. Pierer says he hopes to make the RC16 available for race teams for the 2017 season, though a wild card entry in 2016 is not out of the question.

Pierer says the RC16 will be a successor to the aging RC8 superbike but noted the RC16 is designed specifically for track use and not for public roads. It will be powered by a 1000cc V-4 with a tubular steel frame like KTM’s Moto3 racer. Like other KTM motorcycles, the RC16 will use WP Suspension which is currently adopted on its Moto2 racers.

Though primarily produced for GP teams, Pierer says recreational riders may be able to purchase the RC16. Pierer says KTM may sell up to 100 RC16 bikes a year, priced from 150,000 to 200,000 euros (US$200,780 to $267,700) each, though they may not be quite the same spec as the GP prototypes.

Pierer also says KTM does not plan to enter a full factory team, instead following its current model in the Moto3 class of supplying machines to race teams, with some teams like Ajo Motorsport.

[Source: Speedweek.com; Photo by KTM]

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<![CDATA[Indian Unleashes Sturgis Event Schedule]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/30/events/indian-unleashes-sturgis-event-schedule/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/30/events/indian-unleashes-sturgis-event-schedule/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:00:12 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44585 Indian Unleashes Sturgis Event Schedule
Indian’s recently introduced Roadmaster may be stealing all of the headlines, but the motorcycle company isn’t stopping there. The Indian event schedule for 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is packed with events designed to capture the attention of Indian owners and possibly create some new Indian owners. As one would expect, Indian will have its entire model line available […] more]]>
Indian’s recently introduced Roadmaster may be stealing all of the headlines, but the motorcycle company isn’t stopping there. The Indian event schedule for 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is packed with events designed to capture the attention of Indian owners and possibly create some new Indian owners.

As one would expect, Indian will have its entire model line available for the public to lust for and fondle at the Indian Motorcycle Display at 3rd and Lazelle. Additionally, demo rides will be available at Exit 30 of Interstate 90 in Sturgis. Noted customizer Roland Sands will be at the Buffalo Chip on Sunday August 3rd (appx 9:30–10:30 pm) to unveil a new custom bike on the stage between concerts.

Land speed fans will be excited to learn that John Munro, Son of legendary Indian Motorcycle racer Burt Munro, will attend the festivities to share with fans the “stories of his father’s travels, exploits and dedication to his beloved 1920 Indian Scouts.” Munro has endeavored to maintain his father’s legacy by creating the Munro Challenge in his home country, New Zealand. Munro will also see the Indian tribute motorcycle, “Spirit of Munro,” at the event. Additionally, Munro will also premier the ”Munro Collection of Apparel.” Meet John Munro at the following locations:

  • Saturday 8/2 – Autograph Session – 1–4pm 3rd & Lazelle / Indian Motorcycle Display
  • Sunday 8/3 – Michael Lichter Event – Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Lichter Gallery – 6–9pm
  • Tuesday, 8/5 – Event at Indian Motorcycle Sturgis Dealership (2106 Lazelle St)5–7pm – Autograph Session
  • Friday, 8/8 – Autograph Session 1–4pm, 3rd & Lazelle / Indian Motorcycle Display

Motorcycle art lovers will want to stop by the Indian Motorcycle Display area to see Lee Bivens complete a painting portraying the introduction of the 2014 Indian Motorcycle model line. This piece, commissioned by Indian Motorcycles, will be donated to theSturgis Motorcycle Museum during the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame breakfast on August 7th. Fans can meet Bivens at the Indian display at the following times:

  • Wednesday 8/6 3–5pm
  • Thursday 8/7 – 9–5pm
  • Friday 8/8 – 9–5pm

Other activities at the Indian Motorcycle display include: Indian apparel and accessories, the American Motordrome which features vintage Indian 101 Scouts and claims to be “the most authentic ‘Wall of Death’ show on tour.” For more information, visitIndian’s website or the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

[Source: Indian]

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<![CDATA[GearBrake Introduces Automatic Brake Light Module]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/30/products/gearbrake-introduces-automatic-brake-light-module/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/30/products/gearbrake-introduces-automatic-brake-light-module/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:11:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44581 GearBrake Introduces Automatic Brake Light Module
We know we’re preaching to the choir, here, but motorcycles suffer from a visibility problem out on the mean streets of the world. With car drivers having an ever-increasing number of distractions fighting for their immediate attention, riders need to find ways to reach through the visual clutter and grab drivers’ attention. Brake light modulators […] more]]>

We know we’re preaching to the choir, here, but motorcycles suffer from a visibility problem out on the mean streets of the world. With car drivers having an ever-increasing number of distractions fighting for their immediate attention, riders need to find ways to reach through the visual clutter and grab drivers’ attention. Brake light modulators have been around for a while and have provided many variations of pulsing and flashing the brake light and/or turn signals. These attract attention to a slowing motorcycles and are a good thing.

Until GearBrake, however, these brake light modulators have depended on the rider applying the brakes to start flashing. GearBrake’s patent-pending design detects deceleration from any cause – be it rolling off the throttle, downshifting, rolling over an errant gopher, you name it! This is important because, as more and more people grow up driving nothing but fuel-efficient automatic transmissions that basically freewheel when the gas pedal is released, drivers are less familiar with engine braking. So, when GearBrake detects deceleration, it flashes the bike’s brake light.

To see the product in action, take a look at GearBrake’s video.

The Louisville, KY company has already attracted the attention of the Kentucky Innovation Network Office, which selected GearBrake to represent the Louisville region in the statewide Kentucky Angel Investors Network competition scheduled for later this year.

GearBrake retails for $69 directly from the company and select retail outlets.

[Source: GearBrake]

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Hitting Sturgis In Full Force]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/30/products/harley-davidson-hitting-sturgis-full-force/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/30/products/harley-davidson-hitting-sturgis-full-force/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:07:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44573 Harley-Davidson Hitting Sturgis In Full Force
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Harley-Davidson is kicking off the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota with a full arsenal of activities and events that will electrify all motorcycle enthusiasts.

The highly anticipated rally runs from Saturday, August 2 through Saturday, August 9. With activities, rides and demos scheduled throughout the week, Harley-Davidson created a free mobile app to help attendees navigate all the action. Harley-Davidson will also showcase Project LiveWire, Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, along with its brand-new Street 750 motorcycle. The former is especially important as The Motor Company looks to gauge consumer feedback about an electric motorcycle with a Harley badge.

To help navigate the full week of Harley-Davidson activities, attendees can download the new free H-D mobile Sturgis event app. The app features the complete Harley-Davidson Sturgis event schedule, maps, H.O.G. experiences, a dealer locator, plus optional push notification updates with the latest info riders need to get the most out of Sturgis. Fans can search H-D Events Sturgis on iTunes or GooglePlay to download the app, and use #sturgis to share their experiences.

Harley-Davidson also will rock two different event locations during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Black Hills Harley-Davidson (I-90 Exit 55, north of Rapid City) and 3rd & Lazelle Street (Downtown Sturgis) – where fans can enjoy a variety of free activities and entertainment, including:

Black Hills Harley-Davidson (I-90 Exit 55, north of Rapid City):

Fans can visit Black Hills Harley-Davidson to demo the latest and greatest Harley-Davidson motorcycles and MotorClothes:

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Test Rides – Take a free test ride on a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, including the new Project RUSHMORE bikes, LowRider and SuperLow 1200T. Demo registration will close at 4:00 p.m. daily.

Harley-Davidson MotorClothes – Try on the new jackets and even take them for a test ride. All items will be available for immediate purchase.

H-D1 Fit Shop – Come experience the feel of a more comfortable, safer ride and find the perfect seat and handlebar combination.

Project LiveWire – Harley Davidson’s first electric motorcycle will be on display. 

3rd & Lazelle Street (Downtown Sturgis):

Those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere can head to 3rd and Lazelle Street where they’ll find a variety of free activities and entertainment:

Project LiveWire – Feel the power of Project LiveWire – Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle – on JumpStart, a simulated riding experience.

New Motorcycle Stunt Show – Experience the thrilling stunt show three times daily (10 a.m., 1 p.m., & 4 p.m.) produced by Ill Conduct Team.

Weber Mobile Grill Academy – Get a first-hand look at Weber grills and accessories. Weber Experts will be there to answer any questions you may have about grills, grilling techniques, recipes, and all things grilling!

Craftsman Garage Station – Hang out at the Craftsman Garage and check out a variety of products perfect for anyone’s “man cave.”   

Genuine Harley-Davidson Parts & Accessories Display – Check out the latest Harley models equipped with the full line of custom Parts & Accessories.

H.O.G. 31st Global Lounge – Enjoy the unique historical and educational displays as well as live entertainment and complimentary samples of new H-D Road House Meats and beer samples.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) – Support the cause with the purchase of a pin and enter to win a black 2014 Street Glide!

Willie G. and H.O.G. Commemorative Merchandise Purchase exclusive 2014 Sturgis merchandise.

Women’s Area – Rebel One hosts the Jumpstart Rider Experience and Bike Lift Seminars on how to properly lift a dropped motorcycle. Enter the sweepstakes to win a free riding academy course or rental.

Free Bike Wash – Wash away all the Black Hills dust and dirt at the free bike wash from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Just bring a dirty bike and a little elbow grease.

For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events at the 2014 Sturgis Rally, download the new mobile app or visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.

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<![CDATA[Dream Ride Experience To Benefit Special Olympics, Aug. 16-24]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/30/motorcycle-category/cruiser/dream-ride-experience-benefit-special-olympics-aug-16-24/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/30/motorcycle-category/cruiser/dream-ride-experience-benefit-special-olympics-aug-16-24/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44570 Dream Ride Experience To Benefit Special Olympics, Aug. 16-24
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For the 13th year running, The Dream Ride Experience will pack 1,900 miles of riding into a week-long adventure. All to raise funds and awareness for the special olympics. Started by Mike Bozzuto, CEO of Bozzuto’s Inc., one of New England’s largest food wholesalers; it grew from his dream to raise funds and awareness of intellectually challenged children and adults and to make a substantial contribution to Special Olympics. The ride turned into an international fund raising effort that now spans three countries and 12 states, all for one cause: to celebrate with Special Olympic athletes and to recognize their achievements and efforts to overcome intellectual challenges.

From Australia and Canada and throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, motorcycle and car enthusiasts will join for a 1,900-mile scenic ride that generates excitement, enjoyment and donations to help Special Olympic athletes who will meet  the riders along the Dream Ride route. Beginning in West Palm Beach, Florida to Farmington, Connecticut, riders and drivers can join in on various legs of the trip or ride the entire 1,900 miles over six days.

While the ride traverses some of the Eastern US’ most renowned riding territories and will be a dream ride, the real joy for the participants will be the joyful faces of the athletes as they meet the riders at each stop. Sharing awe over the beautiful bikes and cars and relishing the recognition that the riders are traveling to see them–to celebrate their achievements, makes this ride a dream come true for the athletes.

Following the ride, which ends on August 22, there will be two days of motorsports shows, rides and entertainment at the destination, August 23-24.

A celebration, open-to-the-public, Kickoff Event on Saturday August 16 at the PGA National Resort & Spa provides entertainment, fun, food and pet adoptions as the riders get ready for their Dream Ride. Special Olympic athletes will be there to cheer their friends on their journey.

All are welcome to attend; donate at www.dreamride.org and follow the ride on Facebook or Twitter. Call 203 250 5112 to register by phone or email ccaramia@bozzutos.com.

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<![CDATA[Honda Reports Q1 2014-2015 Sales Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/29/manufacturers/honda/honda-reports-q1-2014-2015-sales-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/29/manufacturers/honda/honda-reports-q1-2014-2015-sales-results/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:16:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44562 Honda Reports Q1 2014-2015 Sales Results
Honda reported sales of 4.137 million motorcycles over its first quarter, up 2.0% from the same quarter last year. more]]>
Honda reported sales of 4.137 million motorcycles over its first quarter ended June 30, 2014. That represents a 2.0% increase over the results of the same quarter the previous year, which doesn’t sound like much. But then you remember that 2.0% still represents an additional 83,000 motorcycles (including ATVs), such is the scale involved in a company like Honda.

In fact, that’s more than the 62,000 motorcycles Honda sold in North America that quarter, matching its result from the same quarter last year. Asia continues to represent the bulk of Honda’s motorcycle sales, accounting for 3.593 million units in the quarter, a year-over-year increase of 3.3%. More encouragingly, Honda reported a 15.3% increase in sales in Europe, with 60,000 units sold. The news was less positive in Japan where Honda’s motorcycle sales dropped to 48,000 from 52,000. Honda also took a hit in South America and Africa.

Motorcycle sales generated ¥407.7 billion (US$3.99 billion) in revenue, up 2.7% from last year. Operating income totaled ¥43.9 billion (US$430 million), increasing 3.3% over the previous year thanks to improved sales volume and volume mix.

Overall, Honda Motor Co. made a net profit of ¥146.5 billion (US$1.435 billion) over the first quarter, up from ¥122.3 billion reported last year.

For the rest of its 2014-2015 fiscal year, Honda is revising its forecasts to 18,080,000 motorcycles from the 18,240,000 motorcycles expected in its previous forecast. Most of the drop is expected for the Asian market as well as in South America and Africa. For North America, however, Honda has increased its sales forecast to 310,000 motorcycles from 300,000.

[Source: Honda]

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<![CDATA[Patented: The Motorcycle Urinal]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/29/design/patented-motorcycle-urinal/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/29/design/patented-motorcycle-urinal/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:44:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44551 Patented: The Motorcycle Urinal
Oh what a world that we live in, where wonders such as the motorcycle urinal exist. more]]>
We truly live in a marvelous age in motorcycle technology, with wonders such as semi-active suspension, ABS and traction control that works in corners, and 134 hp electric sportbikes.

And then there’s the motorcycle urinal.

Patented by inventor Anthony J. Moley of Hollister, Calif., the urinal uses a replica motorcycle handlebar with a throttle-activated flush valve. Simply twisting the throttle flushes the urinal through a simple linkage system.

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Motion sensors on the wall-mounted fixture detects when someone is about to use the urinal and activates the audio system to play engine noises. The engine noises can also be played when the throttle is twisted and the urinal is flushed.

The device also includes two mirrors, a horn and working turn signals, you know, for those seeking a more immersive motorcycle experience when emptying one’s bladder.

The patent also includes a diagram for the system deployed on a toilet rather than a urinal.

072914-motorcycle-urinal-patent-4It’s not clear if you need to wear a helmet if you’re using the motorcycle urinal in one of the 19 states (and the District of Columbia) that require them.

[Source: USPTO]

 

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<![CDATA[Colin Edwards Gear Being Auctioned For Feed The Children]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/29/products/colin-edwards-gear-auctioned-feed-children/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/29/products/colin-edwards-gear-auctioned-feed-children/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:57:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44552 Colin Edwards’ Gear Being Auctioned For Feed The Children
Win Colin Edwards' gear, help feed the kids. more]]>
While Colin Edwards may no longer be a factory Yamaha racer these days, he still enjoys a close bond with the tuning fork brand. So much so that Yamaha has announced a unique opportunity to bid on a historic set of road racing leathers, boots, gloves, and helmet as worn by Edwards during this, his final season in MotoGP. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Feed the Children, which is Yamaha Motor Corporation’s official corporate charity.

“As most people know, this is Colin’s final year in MotoGP, and the upcoming Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will be the ‘Texas Tornado’s’ final MotoGP race in the U.S. So, this set of racing gear is extra-special, and we’re grateful to Colin for donating it to benefit Feed the Children,” commented Bob Starr, General Manager of National Communications for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “Colin has continued to give back to both his fans and to Yamaha over his nearly 25 years of road racing, and we could not be more proud to have him as part of the Yamaha family.”

In addition to Colin’s racing gear, the winning bidder will receive a pair of weekend 3-day general admission passes, including paddock access, to the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, August 8-10 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, along with hotel accommodations for the entire race weekend (Friday and Saturday night).

See Colin Live On Stage Saturday Evening At The Indy GP

Colin will be live on the center stage at the Red Bull U.S.G.P. in Indianapolis Saturday evening, August 9 from 5:30 to 6:00 PM CST, and he’ll have his T-shirt cannon primed and ready for the fans, and other riders will be there to bid him farewell, meaning it will be a fun time not to be missed.

As an added bonus, the winning bidder of the auction will be invited up on stage Saturday evening where Colin will present his personally autographed racing gear to the lucky fan who wins the auction.

The auction is live on eBay beginning today and will continue through this Friday, August 1. To place your bid, please visit the following link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291203752889&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123

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<![CDATA[2015 Honda COTA 4RT260 Trials Bikes Announced]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/28/manufacturers/honda/2015-honda-cota-4rt260-trials-bikes-announced/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/28/manufacturers/honda/2015-honda-cota-4rt260-trials-bikes-announced/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:47:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44543 2015 Honda COTA 4RT260 Trials Bikes Announced
American Honda surprised almost everybody when it announced it would offer a trials bike more]]>
American Honda surprised almost everybody when it announced it would offer a trials bike earlier this year. The Repsol-colored 2014 Montesa Honda COTA 4RT was only offered in limited numbers for the U.S. market, but if you missed out on that initial batch, there’s good news, as Honda will again offer it in 2015, with some new updates.

Honda will offer two versions for 2015, a Repsol-edition COTA 4RT Race Replica and a base-model COTA 4RT260 in Honda red. Both versions share the same fuel-injected 259cc Single used in last year’s model. For 2015, Honda revised the fuel-injection and ignition map to improve traction and improve throttle control. Honda also reduced the effect of engine braking to give the 4RT a lighter feel.

For 2015, the trials bikes get a slimmer shift lever, a new 41-tooth final drive sprocket,  a slimmer front fender and a black-finished on the triple clamp and handlebar.

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The Race Replica version receives a new four-piston monobloc front brake caliper and competition-quality fully-adjustable Showa suspension. It also gets DID rims, Michelin tires, extra-wide aluminum pegs and a race-replica headlight. Carbon fiber is used for the fork guards, front fender brace/mount, clutch cover, head pipe heat shield and exhaust cover. And of course, it receives the Repsol graphics to resemble factory racer Toni Bou’s competition bike.

The 4RT260 also uses less-expensive four-piston calipers and a TECH fork and R16V Pro-Link rear shock instead of the pricier Showa components. Also helping keep the price low are the Morad rims and Dunlop tires. Unlike the Race Replica, the 4Rt260 does not have a headlight, but it does come with a removable seat with a bit of underseat storage.

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The 4RT260 has a claimed curb weight of 163.7 pounds, making it a bit lighter than the Race Replica which claims a weight of 165.1 pounds (both factoring a full 0.5-gallon fuel tank).

“Trials riding is a very unique style of competition that’s spectacular to watch and incredibly difficult to do well,” says Lee Edmunds, manager of motorcycle marketing communications. “Last year we unveiled the COTA 4RT Race Replica, a hard-core bike made for national-level competition. That bike returns for 2015 with some important new features. The new COTA 4RT260 we’re introducing is designed and priced for riders entering the sport; those who compete at local and regional levels, rather than in national-level and pro events. Together, this pair allows trials riders to pick the one that best suits their tastes and budget.”

The 2015 Honda COTA 4RT Race Replica is priced at $9,499, an increase from last year’s $8,999 MSRP. The 4RT260 is a bit more affordable, coming it at $7,799. Expect both versions to arrive in showrooms in January.

[Source: Honda]

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Confirms Project Livewire Will Appear In Avengers Movie]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/products/harley-davidson-confirms-project-livewire-will-appear-avengers-movie/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/products/harley-davidson-confirms-project-livewire-will-appear-avengers-movie/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:07:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44537 Harley-Davidson Confirms Project Livewire Will Appear In Avengers Movie
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From the “Unless-You’ve-Been-Living-Under-A-Rock” department comes Harley-Davidson’s announcement today at the San Diego Comic-Con, that H-D’s first electric motorcycle, the Livewire, will indeed be used in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie as the ride of choice for Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. Black Widow) played by Scarlett Johansson, in an epic scene with Captain America in the film.

Of course, if you’ve been following Motorcycle.com for a while you’ll have known this already, as we brought you the scoop about Livewire. Not only that, but we also brought you a first ride review of the Livewire, along with a video, to boot.

Interestingly, as Harley-Davidson is still gauging interest in Livewire, fans attending the San Diego Comic-Con will get their chance to see the bike up close and personal while there. Fans with motorcycle endorsements on their licenses will be able to ride the bike at the San Diego Harley-Davison dealership July 25-26 and provide feedback to help shape the future of Harley-Davidson’s first-ever electric motorcycle.

It will be revealing to see what fans in attendance and those who ride the bike will say about Livewire. As Harley is aiming at a younger demographic for the e-bike, Comic-Con gathers a large swath of the intended audience for this motorcycle. There’s no doubt H-D is crossing its collective fingers for positive feedback from this group.

Learn more about Project Livewire and The Experience Tour, visit www.projectlivewire.com.

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<![CDATA[Michelin Launches Motorcycle Tire Review Site]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/products/michelin-launches-motorcycle-tire-review-site/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/products/michelin-launches-motorcycle-tire-review-site/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:35:29 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44533 Michelin Launches Motorcycle Tire Review Site
New site lets you brag about your Michelin tires. more]]>
Michelin’s Two-Wheel business has launched a new online tool designed to capture consumer feedback about the performance of Michelin motorcycle tires. The site, located at mototirereviews.michelin.com, represents a continued effort to seek consumer feedback in an effort to provide products to meet the needs of today’s motorcycle riders.

The site highlights consumer feedback of products with a five star rating system as well as allowing users to provide their riding profile along with their motorcycle’s year, make and model, share their personal experience with Michelin motorcycle tires, and upload two favorite photos.

Scot Clark, Michelin’s Two-Wheel marketing manager explains, “The site grew out of a need to streamline the gathering of consumer testimonials, but it was clear that we needed a dedicated site to share this data. In the end, we gained a site that satisfies both needs.” Clark goes on to explain that consumers typically rely on objective feedback and recommendations from other consumers prior to purchase—whether solicited from friends and family or popular publications.

This website fills that gap offering consumers a valid and objective resource to read about real-world experiences with Michelin motorcycle tires directly on the Michelin website and without relying on forums or review sites that require membership or fees. The website can gather feedback on most motorcycle tire Michelin offers in the United States. Visitors can filter the reviews by tire model or star rating.

Additional information about Michelin’s motorcycle tires and a tire selector tool are available at Michelinmotorcycle.com

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<![CDATA[CycleAT Lets You Monitor Your Tires In Realtime + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/products/cycleat-lets-monitor-tires-realtime-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/products/cycleat-lets-monitor-tires-realtime-video/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:10:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44528 CycleAT Lets You Monitor Your Tires In Realtime + Video
Your tires are important. Don't neglect them. more]]>
As the only pieces of your motorcycle (or bicycle) actually in contact with the ground, tires play a vital role in your safety while on two wheels. With the proper care and maintenance, tires can last a long time and perform at their best. However, not everyone remembers to take care of their bikes. That’s where the CycleAT comes in.

Before we go any further, it’s worth mentioning that this is a Kickstarter project. Meaning, unless RDV Labs, creators of the CycleAT, don’t reach their $80,000 goal by 2:12am PST on September 20, the CycleAT won’t see the light of day.

So what is the CycleAT? In short, it’s a Bluetooth tire sensor that allows motorcyclists and bicyclists to monitor their tire pressure, temperature, and motion data all in real time. The CycleAT also can record and map your ride. To use the CycleAT, simply screw it atop the tire valves of your preferred tw0-wheeled vehicle. From there, pair your smartphone with the CycleAT via Bluetooth…and you’re done. Now the device will be in constant communication with your phone, via visual or audio notifications, keeping you up to date on the condition of your tires. 

There are numerous sensors buried inside the CycleAT, meaning its functionality goes way beyond simply monitoring tire pressure. Temperature sensors are especially important to motorcyclists, as a cold tire can mean the difference between staying up right or crashing. In addition, its lean angle sensor can provide important information for any rider looking to improve their skillset.

At the moment, the CycleAT app is only available for iOS platforms, but an Android version is said to be on its way. But again, if $80,000 isn’t reached, this whole plan gets scrapped (at press time, the CycleAT currently has raised $15,542 with 56 days left).

To learn more about the CycleAT, visit its Kickstarter page and watch the video below.

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<![CDATA[SMEC To Promote Supermoto Events In North America At All Levels]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/motorcycle-category/off-road/smec-promote-supermoto-events-north-america-levels/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/motorcycle-category/off-road/smec-promote-supermoto-events-north-america-levels/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:07:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44524 SMEC To Promote Supermoto Events In North America At All Levels
SMEC looks to cultivate world-class supermoto talent in North America. more]]>
The East Coast based company – Supermoto East Coast (known as SMEC) – was formed to organize and promote Supermoto events at all levels starting with a local series to a National Pro series. SMEC has dedicated themselves to provide racers with a professional racing environment and the highest level of competition over the last one and a half seasons since SMEC was created. Having extensive knowledge of the European SuperMoto market, Co-founders Marco Pedde and Jay Kliger have made it their mission to build a similar structure and race atmosphere in North America.

SMEC has announced that the current 2014 AMA Supermoto East Coast Championship Series will now continue as the “FIM North America Supermoto Championship” series for the remainder of the season and beyond. FIM-NA Supermoto is now associated with the surrounding sanctioning bodies: American Motorcycle Association (AMA), Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) Supermoto Quebec and Supermoto Ontario. With the support of these organizations FIM-NA Supermoto will be able to provide Supermoto racing events across North America for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, as well as for years to come.

“Structuring SMEC-promoted events as a Continental Union series makes perfect sense,” said AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow, who also serves as the treasurer of FIM North America. “Working with our partners at the Canadian Motorcycle Association, which shares FIM NA governing responsibilities with the AMA, we will provide full sanctioning and operational support, as well as continental-level recognition, to this growing program.”

“We are delighted to play a role in the development of an FIM North America continental Supermoto series, and we echo the remarks of our colleague AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow,” added Marilynn Bastedo, CEO of the Canadian Motorcycle Association. “It will provide opportunities for growth of Supermoto in North America as well as be the stepping stone for riders to advance from national through continental to world level competition.”

Jay Kliger stated, “We’ve been working on this for some time. There was a great deal of collaboration between all parties to make this happen and we want to thank everyone involved. We are now in a position to bring Supermoto and the North American riders to a level of International exposure. We have already begun working on a 2015 schedule that will make the FIM-NA Supermoto Championship a true International series for North America.” What does this mean for current Supermoto East Coast members? All 2014 credentials, classes, championship points and events will remain the same as planned for the 2014 season. With the introduction of the FIM-NA Supermoto Championship, SMEC riders will receive year end FIM-NA Championship status for their selective class. Champions will also be inscribed into the 2014 FIM Yearbook and results will be publicized on the FIM-NA website.

FIM-NA Supermoto is excited to announce that they, with the support of the promotor of the Mettet Superbikers event, will be providing entry for the top two 2014 FIM-NA Supermoto Championship Pro SMEC1 class points finishers to race in the Mettet Superbikers event in Belgium Oct. 3- 5. This prestigious event draws hundreds of top FIM Supermoto, motocross, enduro, road racing and flat track racers from across the world to see who is the best in front of 30,000 plus Supermoto fans. Over the last two years SMEC riders Miles Thornton and the current FIM-NA Supermoto Championship Pro SMEC 1 points leader Johnny Lewis have represented for the USA at this event. Lewis & Thornton both earned 3rd place in the StarBiker event, Lewis in 2012 and Thornton in 2013.

FIM-NA Supermoto is currently working with the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) to have a presence at the SuperMoto of Nations as early as 2014. The 2014 SuperMoto of Nations location has not been released yet by FIM but will be held on October 12th, 2014. The structure of how a team would be selected for this event will be released soon.

For more information on the new series, click the links below.

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<![CDATA[Danny Gray Introduces Independent Suspension Line Of Motorcycle Seats]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/products/danny-gray-introduces-independent-suspension-line-motorcycle-seats/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/products/danny-gray-introduces-independent-suspension-line-motorcycle-seats/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44517 Danny Gray Introduces Independent Suspension Line Of Motorcycle Seats
Independent suspension seats are like sitting on trampolines. more]]>
Danny Gray Enterprises, the Santa Ana, Calif.-based designer and manufacturer of custom motorcycle seats, recently introduced the IST (Independent Suspension Technology) line of motorcycle seats, designed to eliminate the compression and shock the body receives from riding on a traditional solid seat pan while providing the hand-crafted look, quality and performance of an aftermarket seat.

Sitting on a traditional motorcycle seat, the shocks and bumps of the road transmit into the rider’s hips and up their spine. This “whole body vibration” often leads to pain and fatigue, ultimately shortening the amount of time a person can ride comfortably. The new IST product line works by damping road impact right where it matters most – at the two lowest bone points in the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities, or ITs. IST is like two little trampolines, positioned side by side within the seat.  IST isolates the rider’s IT bones, cushioning them independently in reaction to the shocks and bumps of the road. And since IST is seamlessly built into the saddle, bike owners can have the custom look of a Danny Gray designed seat while enjoying longer, more comfortable rides.

Danny Gray IST Rider Anatomy

The IST line offers motorcyclists four models with multiple options for adding comfort and duration to their rides:

·        The MinimalIST is the entry level IST product, available in vinyl or leather covering with tailbone and stress relief, narrow width and sized for a solo rider.

·        The BigIST for the solo rider is available in vinyl or leather with tailbone and stress relief, and features a wider footprint, back support and is sized to accommodate a pillion. The BigIST is also available as a two-rider seat in a full-touring style with tailbone and stress relief, and back support, available in vinyl or leather.

·        The LowIST is a two-rider, low-profile style seat available in vinyl or leather with tailbone and stress relief, low and narrow, and cut down the rear.

·        The TourIST is a two-rider seat in a mid-touring style with tailbone and stress relief and back support.  The TourIST is available in vinyl, leather or with sweat-control Spacer Mesh Fabric and leather accents.

Danny Gray’s line of IST seats will be on display at Sturgis Rally 2014 at Black Hills Harley Davidson in Rapid City, and J&P Cycles in Sturgis.  The line will be available to dealers by July 31through Biker’s Choice and Drag Specialties.

More detailed product information is available at www.dannygray.com.

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<![CDATA[Energica Partners With Chargepoint]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/energica-partners-chargepoint/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/25/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/energica-partners-chargepoint/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:36:03 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44513 Energica Partners With Chargepoint
Energica Ego owners will have immediate access to the largest network of charging stations in the world. more]]>
Energica, the Italian manufacturer creating buzz in the electric motorcycle world for its Ego model, has partnered with Chargepoint, to provide riders access to over 18,300 EV charging stations worldwide.

If you aren’t familiar with the Energica Ego, E-i-C Kevin Duke rode the prototype in Italy some months back. He also took a spin on a production unit here on home soil just last weekend. Click here to see what he thought about it.

Until now, Chargepoint has worked exclusively with the automotive market in regards to partnerships. However, according to Erin Mellon, Chargepoint’s Communications Director, this is because no other electric motorcycle brand has approached them. “Energica actively pursued our involvement,” she says. “We are more than happy to partner with any and all electric vehicle makers.”

Energica says upon receiving their Ego, owners will be given a Driver Kit (yes, we agree it should have been called a Rider Kit), which will allow them instant access to the Chargepoint network. While a Chargepoint membership is already free, there’s typically a wait time to receive your card before you can begin charging. With the Driver Kit, Mellon says Ego owners will get two free membership cards, allowing them immediate access to charging stations. Also provided are instructions that walks riders through how and where to charge.

Visit the Energica website for more details on the Ego. You can also visit the Chargepoint website for more information on its extensive charging network and member benefits.

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<![CDATA[Kevin Schwantz To Serve As Embassador For AIMExpo]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/24/events/kevin-schwantz-serve-embassador-aimexpo/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/24/events/kevin-schwantz-serve-embassador-aimexpo/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:09:36 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44507 Kevin Schwantz To Serve As Embassador For AIMExpo
The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) has announces that 1993 500cc GP champ Kevin Schwantz is the 2014 “AIMExpo Champion.” Schwantz will play an integral role in pre-event publicity and promotion, will be a focal point of several of AIMExpo’s festivities, and will share his stories and experience with attendees. “I feel truly honored to be selected as […] more]]>
The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) has announces that 1993 500cc GP champ Kevin Schwantz is the 2014 “AIMExpo Champion.” Schwantz will play an integral role in pre-event publicity and promotion, will be a focal point of several of AIMExpo’s festivities, and will share his stories and experience with attendees.

“I feel truly honored to be selected as this year’s ‘AIMExpo Champion,’” says Schwantz. “This event has completely changed the landscape of the motorcycle industry and provided a much needed jolt of energy for the business in North America. I’m also excited about the opportunity to join such an impressive gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts.”

Throughout his illustrious career, Schwantz rode for Suzuki, helping the now iconic brand rise to the prominence it enjoys in racing. The longstanding relationship between Schwantz and Suzuki has become most notable in recent months following the official announcement that the Houston-born rider would continue his pursuit of the one crown jewel that has eluded him, a Suzuka 8 Hours win, at the age of 50. The race is Sunday, July 27th (although with the time difference, July 26th in North America).

“The fact that Kevin still has that desire to go out there and give it his all adds to his legacy,” says Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager of AIMExpo. “He’s genuinely a true racer at heart - he lives and breathes motorcycling. It makes him a perfect fit for ‘AIMExpo Champion’.” Follow Kevin’s Suzuka exploits by Liking his Facebook Page Kevin-Schwantz-Official, on Twitter@KevinSchwantz and Instagram @kschwantz34.

 For more information about AIMExpo check out the show’s website AIMExpoUSA.com.

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<![CDATA[Arrow Exhausts Introduces 2014 Yamaha FZ-07 Fitments]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/23/products/arrow-exhausts-introduces-2014-yamaha-fz-07-fitments/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/23/products/arrow-exhausts-introduces-2014-yamaha-fz-07-fitments/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44496 Arrow Exhausts Introduces 2014 Yamaha FZ-07 Fitments
Two new Yamaha FZ-07 exhausts from Arrow. more]]>
New fitments from Arrow exhaust are now available from SpeedMob, Inc. for the 2014 Yamaha FZ-07. The new exhaust applications include Arrow Street Thunder and X-Kone silencers, both of which are designed to work in conjunction with a full stainless steel racing collector (headers), much the same as Arrow’s 2014 FZ-09 fitments. The Arrow exhaust brand is now being distributed to the US and Canada through SpeedMob, Inc. – a premium brand distributor headed by former LeoVince USA President Tim Calhoun.

 

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Arrow Street Thunder
Smaller profile stock exhaust systems are becoming more and more popular on newer model bikes, so naturally the want for after market exhausts of similar size and style are also in high demand. To meet this demand, Arrow has developed its “Street Thunder” silencer (based on the core
 design of its smaller off-road product line) to be one of the best looking and working silencers on the market.

This design features a compact silencer with a diamond shaped outer body and it is engineered to combine great design with leading age material technology. In order to manage the heat and sound issues related to a silencer with reduced interior volume, extensive research was conducted to find the optimal sound absorbent and thermal insulating materials; this was also key for Arrow to be able to utilize these materials easily in the production process.

For the 2014 Yamaha FZ-07, Arrow is proud to introduce the Street Thunder exhaust, a perfectly engineered balance of power and sound with a minimal profile. This silencer is available in your choice of Titanium, Aluminum, “Dark” Aluminum or Carbon Fiber. The uniquely designed end-caps are available in either Stainless Steel or Carbon Fiber. The Arrow Street Thunder Silencer also includes a removable baffle (dB killer) for optimal sound control.

Arrow FZ-07 exhaust 1

Arrow X-Kone
One of Arrow’s newest exhaust designs, the X-Kone was originally developed to be u
sed only in “competition” as “competition full titanium” full systems for racing and track day use. These are now being made available for a wider range of Sportbikes, naked bikes and more. Depending on the specific applications, X-Kone silencers can either be fitted to original pipes with a link pipe or, in the case of the FZ-07, it must be used in conjunction with a stainless steel collector (headers). The X-Kone silencers are typically secured by mounting it to the footrest through a bracket that is welded on the silencer body. The average weight of an X-Kone silencer is around 2.2 kg (or 4.85 lb), which usually offers a 30%-40% reduction in weight compared to stock silencers.

Because this is a full race system (headers and silencer), the power and torque output is noticeably improved. More importantly, fitting an X-Kone system does not require riders to change the ECU settings nor add an ECU module; however, a check on CO levels after installation is recommended. The silencer’s internal components are constructed of stainless steel, allowing for reduced weight and a small overall design with exceptional noise reduction by absorption. For the 2014 Yamaha FZ-07, X-Kone silencers sleeves are offered in NiChrome (stainless steel alloy) with a satin finish and the end-caps are made of Carbon Fiber. A removable baffle (dB killer) is also available for optimal sound control.

See the chart below for different FZ-07 fitment options.

Arrow FZ-07 exhaust options

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

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Launches Denim Line For Men]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/23/products/harley-davidson-launches-denim-line-men/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/23/products/harley-davidson-launches-denim-line-men/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:28:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44489 Harley-Davidson Launches Denim Line For Men
Harley-Davidson jeans look cool, but lack protection. more]]>
Harley-Davidson has just released new denim styles to supplement the existing line of jeans offered as part of its Harley-Davidson MotorClothes collection. The two new styles offer a variety of washes, waist size and inseam. Highlights include a slimmer fit, darker washes and features developed specifically for riding.

The new men’s Modern Straight Jeans ($60) are constructed from 13.2-oz., 100 percent cotton denim in the classic five-pocket style. Moto-friendly features include new rivetless pockets that prevent unwanted scuffs to motorcycle seats, while new back pockets are more durable and less likely to tear. Longer belt loops feature doubled material for increased durability and to accommodate wider belts, and the V-shaped center back loop prevents belts from creeping above the waistband. The left-side coin pocket adds riding convenience with left-hand accessibility. The Modern Straight cut offers straight legs, a slight taper to the ankle and a fit that sits just below the natural waist. Available at most H-D dealerships and at www.h-d.com/store in Light or Dark Indigo with slight distressing, in waist sizes 32-40 in. with 30, 32 or 34-in. inseams.

From the Black Label line, the new men’s Slim Straight Denim Jeans ($60) offer 54 percent percent cotton/46 percent polyester 12.75 oz. premium denim construction. Cut slim through the seat and thighs, with a straight leg and a slightly lower rise to the waist, these jeans match modern style with a five-pocket pant. The rivetless pocket design means no unwanted impacts to motorcycle seats, while a left-side coin pocket is a nod to their motorcycle heritage. They are available at most H-D dealerships and at www.h-d.com/store in waist sizes 30-38 in. with 30 and 34-in. inseams.

While these new jeans are no doubt stylish, they appear to be designed for riders who are looking for low-cost clothing with the H-D brand, perhaps someone who is not particularly concerned about technical gear with crash and/or abrasion protection.

MO would love to see Harley offer a stylish American-made jean with reinforced Kevlar stitching and some Kevlar or leather backing in the knees and buttocks.  What do you think? Would their lack of armor or abrasion-resistant material prevent you from buying a pair?

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<![CDATA[Built For Speed Art Exhibit To Be Displayed At Sturgis Buffalo Chip]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/23/products/built-speed-art-exhibit-displayed-sturgis-buffalo-chip/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/23/products/built-speed-art-exhibit-displayed-sturgis-buffalo-chip/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:45:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44469 Built For Speed Art Exhibit To Be Displayed At Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Built For Speed promises to be the fastest art display at Sturgis. more]]>
“Built for Speed – Race Inspired Motorcycles and Art” is the title of Michael Lichter’s 14th annual “Motorcycles as Art” exhibition in Sturgis this August, which for the second year in a row, will be jointly curated by Michael and Paul d’Orleans of the Vintagent. ‘Built for Speed’ is sure to impress visitors with a beautiful and thought-provoking display of motorcycles and related art, the race-inspired theme making connections between motorcycle racing and custom bike designs inspired by racers.

Each custom bike in ‘Built for Speed’ reflects a branch of racing; Speedway, Flat Track, Drag Racing, Board Track,  Grand Prix, Land Speed Record, and will be displayed beside the racing machines suggesting the origins of each style. On the walls surrounding these awesome bike will be race-themed painting, photography, helmets and prints by artists equally inspired by competition motorcycles in action.

The 32-motorcycles in ‘Built for Speed’ include customs by long established and emerging builders, side by side with factory-loaned machines. Builder sending bikes include Alan Stulberg (Revival Cycles), Arlen Ness, Bill Dodge (Blings Cycles), Bill Rodencal (Fat Dog Racing), Brandon Holstein (Brawny Built), Brian Klock (Klockwerks), Dan “Bacon” Carr (DC Choppers), Dan Rognsvoog with Skip Schulze, Jason Paul Michaels (Dime City Cycles), John Reed, Kenji “Ken” Nagai (Ken’s Factory, Japan), Kevin Baas (Baas Metal Craft), Kirk Taylor (Custom Design Studios), Matt Olsen (Carl’s Cycle), Michael O’Shea (Medaza Cycles, Ireland), Nate Jacobs (Harlot Cycles), Pat Patterson (Led Sled Customs), Paul Cox (Paul Cox Industries), Paul Wideman (Bare Knuckle Choppers), Roland Sands (RSD), Skeeter Todd, Tator Gilmore, Warren Lane  and Zach Ness (Arlen Ness, Inc). Factory-built machines include a custom Street 750 from the Harley-Davidson design department, Indian’s “Spirit of Munro” Jeb Scolman built streamliner and a Land Speed Racer from Confederate Motorcycles alongside Icon’s “Iron Lung” road racer, George Smith’s “Tramp” (replica) from S&S, Deus Ex Machina’s “DAKDAAK” Honda CRF 450X and Clem Johnson’s original Vincent “Barn Job” from John Stein. Artists on the walls include Conrad Leach, Darren McKeag, David Uhl, Eric Hermann, Harpoon, Jeff Nobles, Marc Lacourciere, Michael Lichter, Richie Pan, Scott Jacobs, Scott Takes, Susan McLaughlin and Paul d’Orléans, Tom Fritz, Trish Horstman and an all new “21 Helmets” display of race inspired Bell Helmets from SeeSee Motor-Coffee in Portland.

Customized motorcycles have often taken inspiration from racing machines, as witnessed in the ‘Cut-downs’ of the 1920s, ‘Bob-jobs’ of the 1930s, Café Racers of the 1950s, ‘Drag-bike’ choppers of the 1960s, and ‘Street Trackers’ of the 1970s. All of these styles are hugely popular with customizers today, which speaks to the enduring appeal of a racing motorcycle’s purity of purpose in its design. It’s a subject the ‘Motorcycle as Art’ exhibit explored last year in our ‘Ton Up!’ show about café racers and related customs (which became a book – ‘Café Racers’, published by Motorbooks), and this year Michael Lichter and Paul d’Orleans widen the scope of the exhibit to include even more branches of racing, and the beautifully crafted custom bikes taking inspiration from the types of original racers on display.

As always, entry to the Buffalo Chip’s 7,000′ purpose-built Michael Lichter art gallery is FREE and this year, hours have been extended, now opening at 10:30 am into the evening concert hours. The show opens on Saturday August 2 and closes Friday night August 9. To find the gallery, head to the Buffalo Chip and turn east on Alkali Road; go to the east entrance. The gallery is next to the east entrance and does not require a ticket to enter.

Be sure to also visit other displays in the Russ Brown Events Center (also with free admission) including the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, which will have a “Women in motorcycling” display featuring women that have never been shown by the museum before, artist Marc Lacourciere with a display in his gallery of his latest works of art and an display of miniature paintings from industry notables for an auction to benefit Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) that has been organized by Elisa Seeger of Indian Larry Motorcycles and the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation.
For more information, visit www.buffalochip.com.

See below for a sample of what you will see at the exhibit:

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<![CDATA[Kevin Schwantz To Race Goodwood Aboard Norton Featherbed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/23/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/kevin-schwantz-race-goodwood-aboard-norton-featherbed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/23/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/kevin-schwantz-race-goodwood-aboard-norton-featherbed/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:27:24 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44466 Kevin Schwantz To Race Goodwood Aboard Norton Featherbed
Schwantz to make his racing debut at Goodwood on the only remaining Featherbed. more]]>
If you didn’t already notice, Kevin Schwantz has a full plate this year. At 50 years young, the 1993 500cc World Champion will be competing at the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hours in a few weeks, and he’s followed that up with the announcement he will be making his Goodwood Revival debut during the September 12-14 event on an iconic Manx Norton ‘Featherbed’.

Schwantz, last raced on UK soil during the 1994 British 500cc Grand Prix at Donington Park, but will tackle the daunting Goodwood Motor Circuit this year in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, which will be run for bikes of 1951-54 period.

The American will race the only remaining example of the 1950 Norton Works 500 ‘Featherbed’, a bike on which Geoff Duke dominated the Isle of Man TT during that season, and which has not been seen in public for 64 years. The ‘Featherbed’ is owned by Peter Bloore and is being prepared by Ken McIntosh.

While Schwantz has never contested the Revival before, he has been a visitor to Goodwood previously and wowed crowds at the 2013 Festival of Speed after taking to the fabled 1.16- mile Hillclimb on his title-winning Suzuki RGV500.

Schwantz was elevated to grand prix racing in late 1986 and spent eight full years at the highest level. During a 103-race career he won 25 grands prix, finished on the podium 51 times, started from pole position on 29 occasions and set 26 fastest laps.

Kevin Schwantz said: “I’m excited to be taking part in the Goodwood Revival and riding not only one of the most famous racing motorcycles ever made, but also a machine whose design changed motorcycle racing forever. I’ve never raced at the Revival, but have been to the Festival of Speed and was blown away by what an incredible event it is. The machines, not to mention the legends of motorsports in attendance, and the sheer number of spectators was just amazing. The Goodwood Motor Circuit looks really quick and I am looking forward to racing the Norton 500 ‘Featherbed’ out on the track.”

 

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<![CDATA[Polaris Reports Q2 2014 Sales Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/manufacturers/victory/polaris-reports-q2-2014-sales-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/manufacturers/victory/polaris-reports-q2-2014-sales-results/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:36:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44458 Polaris Reports Q2 2014 Sales Results
The relaunch of Indian Motorcycles continues to be a resounding success for Polaris Industries. more]]>
The relaunch of Indian Motorcycles continues to be a resounding success for Polaris Industries, helping the company report a 107% increase in second quarter revenue from motorcycle sales.

Polaris reported revenues of $103.1 million in the quarter ended June 30, more than double the $49.9 million in revenue reported over  the same quarter last year. Polaris continues to see strong demand for Indian, which relaunched last summer, while demand for Victory decreased by the mid-single digits. Polaris attributes a large part of that decline to a recall affecting several 2014 and 2015 models.

The company continues to develop Indian’s distribution network, which currently has 150 North American dealers signed up, but still just under 100 currently retailing.

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For the year-to-date, Indian and Victory motorcycle sales revenue totaled $182.0 million, up 79% from the $101.7 million reported in the first half of 2013.

As a company, Polaris Industries reported a total net profit of $96.9 million over the second quarter, compared to $80.0 million last year. The first half net income totaled $177.8 million compared to $155.5 a year ago. For the rest of the fiscal year, Polaris expects a 16-18% increase in net income with motorcycle revenues increasing 65-75% from 2013.

[Source: Polaris]

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Champions Riding School To Debut One-Day Day Camps This August]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-champions-riding-school-debut-one-day-day-camps-august/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-champions-riding-school-debut-one-day-day-camps-august/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:23:41 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44455 Yamaha Champions Riding School To Debut One-Day “Day Camps” This August
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On August 13, the Yamaha Champions Riding School, at New Jersey Motorsports Park, will debut its new one-day clinic. In addition, YCRS will head an N2 Track Days SED or “Skills Enhancement Day” on August 12. After eight successful two-day programs in the past four months, the YCRS Day Camp is being put into play and being paired with the proven success of the N2 (formerly NESBA) SED.

“We’ve used our one-day curriculum with everyone from Harley-Davidson to Triumph and have asked NJMP to help us get it rolling to the public here in New Jersey,” says YCRS’s Nick Ienatsch. “The August dates are a chance for riders to spend a day focusing on the Champions Habits riders need to survive and thrive, on the street or track”

“The Day Camps are not another track day,” chimes in Ken Hill, “they are designed to take any rider to the next level and give them the understanding in their riding that they may have been missing. It will be a day of intensive learning and our experience has proven that these Day Camps are huge for rider improvement.”

The cost of the first Day Camp on August 13 will be $595 on your own bike, and a YCRS R6 can be rented for only $300 more. Each bike must pass a standard tech inspection, and the day is limited to only 44 riders. The N2 Skills Enhancement Day on August 12 will feature YCRS instruction at a larger ratio for $395 and YCRS bike rental will only be available that day to former full YCRS graduates, with a maximum of 70 riders. 

Anyone who has experienced a YCRS or Spencer school over the last 17 years knows what to expect. “So much of YCRS is getting the rider to become a better on-board engineer in how he or she moves weight forward and back and onto the footpegs,” says guest instructor Scott Russell. “All the things I learned the hard way, like trail braking, body position, good downshifts, visual habits, YCRS gets across to students in a perfect way. Ask any YCRS graduate, this stuff works to make you faster and safer.”

“Although we will not be able to give the same level of instruction available in a full two day school (24 riders maximum), YCRS will use the Day Camp to review Champions Habits as related to body position, body timing, visual habits, and line choice to name just a few of the techniques we’ll cover. Our goal is to help you become a more adaptable rider and instill these Champions Habits to help you stay safer as you go faster,” said Keith Culver, Operations Manager of YCRS.  Both days will include a track walk with the YCRS instructions and offer a curriculum and an instructor/student ratio just not possible in a regular track day.

You can register for these days via the N2 website (www.n2td.org) or the YCRS web page (www.ridelikeachampion.com) and don’t hesitate to ask questions. The N2 website has been updated and if the YCRS website still shows the 3 day class, just click on the Purchase button and it will open a new page where you can choose one of the single day programs or both for a discounted price. For questions, email teachme@ridelikeachampion.com. 

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Reports Q2 2014 Sales Results]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q2-2014-sales-results/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-reports-q2-2014-sales-results/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:02:34 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44444 Harley-Davidson Reports Q2 2014 Sales Results
Harley-Davidson reported a second quarter 12.4% increase in sales revenue even though sales fell short of expectations. more]]>
Harley-Davidson reported a net income of $354.2 million over the second quarter of 2014, thanks to a 12.4% increase in sales revenue. Actual motorcycle sales volume stayed about even, however, with unit sales increasing to just 90,218 motorcycles from 90,193 sold in the same quarter last year.

Though sales were statistically the same as they were last year, Harley-Davidson generated $1.48 billion in revenue from motorcycle sales alone, up 16.2% from the $1.27 billion reported in the second quarter of 2013. Sales of parts and accessories saw a slight increase while general merchandise (such as clothing) sales continue to shrink. Overall, Harley-Davidson’s second quarter sales revenue increased to $1.83 billion from $1.63 billion.

“Harley-Davidson’s second-quarter results reflect the financial strength of the Company and brand, including the benefits of continuous improvement throughout our operation,” says Keith Wandell, Harley-Davidson chairman, president and chief executive officer. “As a customer-led organization, our employees, dealers in 90 countries and suppliers are focused every day on providing outstanding products and experiences for customers around the world.”

Still, the flat sales are a bit concerning. Outside the U.S., Harley-Davidson saw a drop in sales in Canada and Japan, but increases in other parts of the world including Europe and the rest of Asia. Domestically, however, U.S. sales saw a small decrease to 58,225 motorcycles, down 16 from the same quarter in 2013. Harley-Davidson attributes this to the colder, warmer weather affecting much of the country during the quarter.

“U.S. retail Harley-Davidson sales fell short of our expectations in the second quarter,” says Wandell. “Because we are committed to managing supply in line with demand, we are reducing our full-year shipment plan and now expect shipment growth of approximately 3-1/2 to 5-1/2 percent over last year.”

Harley-Davidson also says Sportster sales took a hit as customers waited for the launch of the new smaller-displacement Street models. Harley-Davidson only started shipping Street models in small numbers late in late June but shipments should increase in the third quarter. Also hurting sales was the absence of the Road Glide from the 2014 product lineup. Harley-Davidson hopes to amend that soon, reiterating the impending return of the shark-nosed touring model as a 2015 model.

For the year-to-date, Harley-Davidson reports a net profit of $620.1 million, up significantly from the $495.9 million reported in the first half of 2013. Looking ahead, Harley-Davidson is decreasing its year-end shipment target to 270,000-275,00 from the previous goal of 279,000-284,000.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[BMW Motorcycle Festival At Big Bear, Sep. 19-21]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/products/bmw-motorcycle-festival-big-bear-sep-19-21/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/products/bmw-motorcycle-festival-big-bear-sep-19-21/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:20:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44449 BMW Motorcycle Festival At Big Bear, Sep. 19-21
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The members of So Cal BMW Motorcycle Dealers Group have partnered with MotoQuest to create an all-new festival celebrating BMW Motorcycles and motorcycling culture at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear, CA September 19th-21st. This BMW Motorcycle Festival will feature guided and self-guided test rides both on and off road on the latest machines from BMW Motorrad, seminars from event sponsors like Schuberth Helmets and Twisted Throttle, and excellent riding through the mountains of Southern California. World traveler and author Glen Heggstad will be featured Saturday night with his exciting tales of danger, beauty and people riding a BMW through more than 50 countries. The vendor and entertainment participants are still growing, so stay tuned for updates.

The festival presents a chance for current or potential BMW owners to try a wide variety of BMW motorcycles in an environment the bikes were meant for. The Real World Demo Experience will allow a participant to, say, “see for yourself how capable the new R1200GS is offroad, or how the S1000RR handles on a curvy mountain road. With a fleet of on and offroad BMWs to ride,  you can ride a K1600  in the morning and perhaps a GS on the trail in the afternoon and really see what bike is best for you.” Also, if any show participant buys a BMW motorcycle from a participating dealer within six months, the entire $295.00 entry fee will be refunded.

The festival will be powered by MotoQuest, which will be facilitating camping arrangements, organizing festival events and presentations, and will provide attendees with two hosted breakfast buffets and two hosted dinner buffets. MotoQuest runs motorcycle adventures all over the world, and will draw on that experience to create a world-class experience for festival attendees.

Participants in this three day festival will have the option to camp on-site at no additional charge, simply add the free camping registration ticket during registration. If tents aren’t for you, townhomes, rooms and cabins are also available for rent from Escape/Snow Summit Townhomes and Wolf Creek Resort for the weekend. These accommodations range from comfortable but casual to luxuriously appointed, and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Festival attendees will receive a 20% discount when booking townhomes, and 15% off when booking a room or cabin with Wolf Creek Resort.

Those who would like to attend the BMW Motorcycle Festival at Big Bear should visit www.BMWMotorcycleFestival.com to register. Riders can purchase their weekend pass for $295, or if you plan to bring a non-riding passenger you can purchase a combo ticket for $495. Festival attendees who register before August 15th will also receive an exclusive MotoQuest jacket! Contact MotoQuest at info@motoquest.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[AMA Petition To return Lane-Splitting Guidelines To California Government Websites]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/safety/ama-petition-return-lane-splitting-guidelines-california-government-websites/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/22/safety/ama-petition-return-lane-splitting-guidelines-california-government-websites/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:58 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44447 AMA Petition To return Lane-Splitting Guidelines To California Government Websites
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The American Motorcyclist Association initiated a petition drive today to convince the California Office of Administrative Law to allow state agencies to once again disseminate important information on safely and responsibly executing the motorcycling technique called lane splitting.

The online petition can be found here: https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/sign-petition?1&engagementId=55066

A recent Office of Administrative Law order resulted in the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles and other agencies removing CHP lane-splitting guidelines from their websites and ridding their offices of pamphlets, fliers and other documents that contained the safety information. 

“Removal of the DMV brochures is a big loss,” said Nick Haris, AMA western states representative and a member of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program Advisory Committee, which helped write the guidelines. “The DMV offices and website are the first places California drivers look for information. And this is vital information for them to have.” 

The CHP also removed references to lane splitting from its online FAQ, where information had been available long before the agency released its guidelines early in 2013.

“Lane splitting is still allowed, and motorcyclists are still using this long-recognized riding technique to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety,” Haris said. “But now, neither riders nor motorists have a place to turn for authoritative guidelines on the practice.” 

The AMA supports the continued use of safe lane splitting in California and the implementation of lane-splitting laws in other states, coupled with extensive rider and driver education programs.

The AMA position statement reads, in part: “Reducing a motorcyclist’s exposure to vehicles that are frequently accelerating and decelerating on congested roadways can be one way to reduce front- and rear-end collisions for those most vulnerable in traffic.” 

The guidelines disappeared at the urging of Kenneth Mandler, of Sacramento, Calif., who petitioned the OAL in the fall of 2013, claiming that the CHP guidelines were an “underground regulation” — a rule that would be enforced, even though it had not been the subject of the Administrative Procedure Act’s prescribed process.

In response to Mandler’s complaint, CHP Commissioner J. A. Farrow certified to the OAL that his agency would not “issue, use, enforce, or attempt to enforce the public education information.” The OAL determined that posting the guidelines on the website was “issuing” them.

Lane splitting, also called lane filtering, is the practice of riding a motorcycle or scooter between lanes of stopped or slowly moving traffic. The practice has been permitted in California for decades and no statute prohibits it. No other state allows the maneuver. Lane splitting is common in other countries around the world. 

The CHP posted its guidelines with the intention of helping motorcyclists and motorists understand safe practices and to discourage unsafe lane splitting. 

For its part, the Office of Administrative Law says it made no determination regarding Mandler’s claim that the guidelines were an underground regulation. 

“OAL did not issue a legal opinion as to whether the lane splitting guidelines constitute a regulation,” OAL Director Debra M. Cornez wrote in an email to the AMA. “Since CHP notified OAL that it would not issue, use, enforce, or attempt to enforce the guidelines, OAL was precluded under the law from addressing the merits of Mr. Mandler’s petition. Therefore, OAL never made a determination that the guidelines constituted a regulation.” 

Instead, OAL senior counsel Elizabeth Heidig instructed the CHP to remove the guidelines because Farrow agreed not to “issue” them. 

The AMA petition seeks to demonstrate to the OAL that its narrow interpretation of Farrow’s word choice jeopardizes thousands of California motorcyclists, automobile and truck drivers and visitors to the state, because they are being denied access to safety guidelines that affect their roadway environment. 

The CHP guidelines remain available from the AMA here: http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Rights_Documents_State/lanesplitting_guidelines.sflb.ashx?download=true

The complete AMA lane splitting position statement is available here: http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/PositionStatements/LaneSplitting.aspx.

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<![CDATA[Bonneville Salt Flats Record-Setting BMW S1000RR To Be Auctioned For Charity]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/21/manufacturers/bmw/bonneville-salt-flats-record-setting-bmw-s1000rr-auctioned-charity/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/21/manufacturers/bmw/bonneville-salt-flats-record-setting-bmw-s1000rr-auctioned-charity/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:38:15 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44440 Bonneville Salt Flats Record-Setting BMW S1000RR To Be Auctioned For Charity
Your chance to win a Bonneville record holder and help fight cancer. more]]>
Jack Broomall holds eight different motorcycle land speed records, set at the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats on a variety of bikes. The records are cherished, as are the machines. But Broomall won’t think twice about auctioning his BMW S1000RR later this month, as a donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation (AHF) for Pediatric Cancer.

Broomall has a special link to the Foundation that goes beyond being a fundraiser, as a close friend of AHF founders Jim and Amy Jo Osborn. In the autumn of 2006, Broomall witnessed the short life of the Osborns’ infant son, Austin Hatcher Osborn, a life cut short by an aggressive cancer. It was a tragedy that led to the Osborns forming the Foundation, with the over-arching mission to erase the effects of pediatric cancer.

“I was one of the few who got to hold Hatch in their arms … yes, I guess you could say I have a pretty strong emotional connection to the Foundation,” Broomall said. “The connection runs deep, back to even before ‘Hatch’ was born and I saw the work Jim and Amy Jo were doing for children’s charities. I can remember thinking way back then, that they were just extraordinary people.”

Broomall will himself be extraordinary on July 27 as part of the Mecum Auction at Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., when he parts with the BMW. The bike carried him to a 1000cc Modified/Gas Class record average speed of 182.262 mph last summer. It has been modified to the fullest extent of the American Motorcyclist Association Land Speed Racing rules, and has a specially tuned engine capable of more than 200 horsepower.

All that is serious stuff. But not nearly as serious as the cause, which is the catalyst for this high-speed donation.

“I started going after land speed record at Bonneville in 2007 and I’ve used my success there as a forum to talk about the Austin Hatcher Foundation,” Broomall said. “Bonneville and the advent of the Foundation coincided, and we’ve been able to do something good.”

For more information, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org or contact the Foundation via email at info@hatcherfoundation.org.

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<![CDATA[The Manis Back Protector, From Dainese]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/21/products/manis-back-protector-dainese/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/21/products/manis-back-protector-dainese/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:54:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44437 The Manis Back Protector, From Dainese
Dainese's latest back protector offers unparalleled freedom of movement. more]]>
The first back protector was invented by Dainese in 1981. While advanced for its time, technology has vastly improved since then. Today, Dainese’s latest back protector, the Manis, represents the cutting edge of back protector innovation. The Manis not only provides great freedom of movement, it also molds to the back by elongating, contracting and flexing to adapt to the position of the body while providing superb protection.

The name was inspired by the pangolin (Manis is its scientific name), a mammal that lives in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, whose body is covered by overlapping plate-like scales to form a flexible but highly protective shell. When in motion, the area where the scales overlap acts as a bridge and thus increases the dissipation of energy while decreasing pressure on the body.

In order to guarantee appropriate protection for the spine, D-TEC engineers developed a revolutionary solution that fastened the protective components of the back protector so that they were not static but were free to move. The protector can elongate and flex laterally so as to protect along its full length and can twist so as to perfectly follow all chest movements while still performing its main role as a back protector.

Manis twist

The scales are fastened to a separate layer of padding and are joined to each other by a central “pivot” that lets them slide as and when needed. Lateral flexible silicone joints provide control and stability of movement as well as flexibility and resistance under all types of conditions. Thanks to its overlapping scales and flexible joints, the Manis boasts 4 degrees of freedom, can extend in length by 8%, can bend laterally by approximately 25° and can bend forward.

The padding consists of a sandwich made of three different materials as well as Crash Absorb material joined to a comfort layer made of expanded polyethylene. The Manis has numerous perforations to allow the dissipation of body heat and, compared with previous back protectors, sets new ergonomic standards with its protective surface able to adapt to the different positions the spine assumes.

Retailing for $209.95, you can learn more at www.dainese.com.

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<![CDATA[Dunlops Newest DOT Race Tire: the Sportmax GP-A Pro]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/21/products/dunlops-newest-dot-race-tire-sportmax-gp-pro/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/21/products/dunlops-newest-dot-race-tire-sportmax-gp-pro/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:28:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44428 Dunlop’s Newest DOT Race Tire: the Sportmax GP-A Pro
Dunlop's newest tire offers benefits to pros and club racers alike. more]]>
Dunlop has released its newest DOT-legal racing tire, the Sportmax GP-A Pro. Being the spec tire manufacturer for the AMA Pro Roadracing series gives Dunlop plenty of top-level R&D test riders to develop the next line of tires. Couple that with the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Buffalo, New York, and the days of grabbing a set of UK tires over their American counterparts is over.

Billed as the replacement for the much loved and admired Sportmax D211, when Yamaha riders Garrett Gerloff and Cameron Beaubier mounted the new GP-A Pro on their R6 Daytona Sportbikes, their lap times dropped significantly compared to the old D211.

“The new tire offers better edge grip,” said Beaubier. “I feel much more confident at full lean, and the bike seems to finish corners better and track better under braking.” Higher traction and better steering from the prototype tire is a result of compound and construction, and the techniques used in that prototype tire ended up in the production Sportmax GP-A Pro.

Introduced to the AMA Paddock at the 2014 Mid-Ohio round of the AMA Road Racing championship, the all-new DOT GPA-Pro is a step up in performance—and not just for professional riders. Dunlop’s Bi-Directional Technology and symmetrical tread pattern allow the new GPA-Pro rear to be flipped in rotational direction to get more laps out of the tire. This versatility helps club racers and track-day riders stretch their tire budget, especially at racetracks that are harder on one side of the tire than the other.

The GP-A Pro also features many innovative tire construction technologies developed by Dunlop in recent years, including:

Carbon Fiber Technology

The GP-A Pro sidewalls (front and rear) incorporate the same carbon-fiber technology introduced in Dunlop’s Sportmax Q3. This carbon fiber reinforcement element in the sidewalls helps provide exceptional cornering stability and predictable and smooth transitional-steering traits.

Jointless Tread Application 

The Jointless Tread application is key to the GP-A Pro bi-directional construction in the rear tire. Using the process pioneered on the bi-directional KR451 slick race tire, sophisticated production machinery in Dunlop’s Buffalo, New York plant winds the tire tread onto the carcass in a continuous strip allowing the rear tire to be run in both directions.

Symmetrical Tread Pattern

The GP-A Pro incorporates a new, symmetrical tread pattern on both front and rear tires, which was developed through real-world race testing at tracks around the country and the Dunlop Proving Grounds in Huntsville, Alabama. Compared to the previous-generation D211 GP-A, the “land-to-sea” ratio of the GP-A Pro tread pattern places appreciably more rubber down in the working area of the tires to offer enhanced performance.

Intuitive Response Profile

This rear-tire technology incorporates steep sidewalls for a unique tire profile that helps enhance steering response, feedback to the rider and overall cornering stability. Intuitive Response Profile (IRP) offers greater latitude in line choice while cornering and offers amazingly linear steering at various lean angles.

N-TEC Construction

Beneath the tread, the carcass incorporates many of Dunlop’s high-tech advancements including hybrid N-TEC construction. N-TEC combines the benefits of compliant cut-breaker construction with stiffer, continuously wound aramid-fiber Jointless Band construction, and was first designed specifically for racing applications.

Continuous Wound Hex Beads

Like the Q3 and D211 GP-A, the GP-A Pro also features Dunlop’s continuously wound hex beads. This hex bead offers enhanced feel as the tire nears its cornering limits. They are also light and strong, which offers a benefit to steering response and cornering stability.

The Sportmax GPA-Pro is available from Race Tire Services, http://dunlopracing.com, (800) 772-8473. And for more information, visit www.dunlopmotorcycle.com

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<![CDATA[Riding Impressions Of The Virginia Tech Bolt+ Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/18/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/riding-impressions-virginia-tech-bolt-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/18/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/riding-impressions-virginia-tech-bolt-video/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:11:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44420 Riding Impressions Of The Virginia Tech Bolt+ Video
Arthur Kowitz tells us what it's like to ride the Bolt, a student-built electric racer. more]]>
During last weekend’s round of the eMotoRacing series, held at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the series had a special entry. Mixed among the Brammo TTXs and Empulse Rs that are normally seen in the series, the Bolt II electric motorcycle from Virginia Tech University filled a grid slot amongst them. Here, series founder, promoter and competitor, Arthur Kowitz tells us what it’s like to ride this completely student-built electric racing motorcycle.

What follows is an unsolicited riding impression of the Bolt electric motorcycle, built by students at Virginia Tech University. Arthur Kowitz is in no way affiliated with Motorcycle.com. -TS

Upon looking at the bike, it was clear that the front tire was not heating up…a quick tire temp check revealed a malfunctioning front tire warmer (whose job it is to pre-heat the tire before going onto the track, until racing action keeps it hot). Also noteworthy was that the rear tire was up to temperature, but not having power applied very hard while leaned over.

A quick visual inspection also revealed excess weight that could be trimmed. Items such as the thick and beefy rear brake rotor, which is barely used on a roadracer. Extra weight costs every time we accelerate, brake, turn, or even adjust a racing line.

My first laps on the Bolt were emphatic. Three things leaped out at me:
1. This bike is very FAST.
2. The front brake rotors are bad. They chatter, eliminating any potential feel of the tire on pavement, unsuitable at a racing pace.
3. The throttle transition from off to on was overly abrupt; a struggle to keep steady throttle.

Until the brakes are fixed, there will be no hard braking done while the bike is leaned over, which wastes much time as it requires braking to be done upright, hence shortening the straightaways and lengthening the corners. Also important, when the bike is leaned hard into a corner and steady throttle needs to maintained, the bike wants to either go hard or decelerate hard, making cornering clumsy and slow.

The Team took this feedback and reduced the regenerative braking by a whopping 75% to soften the abrupt throttle. This made it much better, and now rideable. However, unsure if it is a side effect of the adjustments or if it existed before, a pronounced lag of a second or so exists upon opening the throttle, making it lazy off corners, and the corresponding lag of a second when cutting the throttle.

Heading down the track at 130-plus mph toward the sharp 90-degree right hand turn at the end, closing the throttle and waiting a second or two until the motor starts to drop power is unnerving. This condition seems to worsen a bit as the bike heats up — it could be that I was pressing harder on track and becoming more demanding.

Crisp and accurate operations are not only essential to control the bike, but give the rider confidence that he can do what is needed at any time. Racing is a head game, and confidence rules.

There are several ways to steer a motorcycle: turn the handlebars, adjust throttle, apply footpeg pressure, apply (front or rear) brakes, adjust lean angle, and alter body position. With throttle adjustment and brake application untrustworthy, the other techniques would be used to maintain control. Too many compromises.

This is a big, fast bike, which suits me fine. My daily streetbike is a Kawasaki 1400 Concours which feels similar in size, heft, and power. I have hustled that Kawi around many mountain roads over the years and am comfortable doing so. Although the Bolt requires heavy force to turn the handlebars while cornering, it feels steady and stable. Once the throttle response issues are corrected, I believe it will corner fine with appropriate technique.

Now, to power and speed. The absence of a tachometer is detrimental. The motor feels as if it is just hitting its stride when it is time to shut off throttle for the next corner. Run the bike on a dyno, graph the power/rpm relationship, and gear it to maximize the rpm range. Otherwise the rider is guessing. I think it is over-geared and will accelerate better, cover ground faster, and have higher top speed with shorter gearing, but I’m still guessing without a dyno chart and tachometer.

Lastly, once the rider gets onto the bike, the sequence of powering up is too chancey — it would benefit from lights that prompt the process, avoiding any contactor or powering up issues.

In my opinion, it is a resounding success when a hand-built prototype can go to a track, compete in battle, keep running all weekend, and improve from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. Expecting perfection the first time out is lofty, but unrealistic.

We did grid up Sunday afternoon for the weekend finale. Most of the ebike field had left the event early for various reasons, so I was relegated to mostly racing 750cc gas bikes, which was okay with me.
The Green flag is dropped and I jet away with all that power. Nice. As there was only a few bikes on the track, I could concentrate on the Bolt. Each lap was a second faster than the one before, down to a 1:48, which would have won the Saturday race. The VT Team was happy, I was happy and the Bolt was still in good shape. A good day at the track.

Riding and racing the VT Bolt was a challenge and a joy. Hopefully I can do it again. This bike has real potential.

See the video below to watch the Bolt leap off the starting line.

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