Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:32:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 <![CDATA[Yamaha Files Patents for Leaning Three-Wheeled Electric Scooter]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/29/design/yamaha-files-patents-electric-leaning-three-wheeled-scooter/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/29/design/yamaha-files-patents-electric-leaning-three-wheeled-scooter/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:32:26 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45206 Yamaha Files Patents for Leaning Three-Wheeled Electric Scooter
Yamaha has filed a number of patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office for an electric three-wheeled scooter. Unlike the Yamaha Tricity which has two wheels at the front and a third wheel at the rear, the patents are for a scooter with two rear wheels, each driven by […] more]]>
Yamaha has filed a number of patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office for an electric three-wheeled scooter. Unlike the Yamaha Tricity which has two wheels at the front and a third wheel at the rear, the patents are for a scooter with two rear wheels, each driven by an electric hub motor.

Yamaha Patents Tricity Variant Design

The two patents are for two separate processes for the same electric three-wheeled vehicle and its leaning mechanism. The USPTO patent puts more focus on how to minimize the increased weight of a third wheel and battery while the European patent focuses on the electric motor controller.

The scooter illustrated in the patents’ diagrams resembles the Yamaha EC-03 electric scooter currently on the market in Europe. The vehicle in the diagrams shares an identical front end, frame, and seat as the EC-03. The battery is also stored in a similar location beneath the seat.

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What’s different is the second rear wheel, a second swingarm, and a complicated system that allows the vehicle to lean. The two swingarms pivot around the same axis (identified by the line A1 in Fig. 5 below). The swingarms each extend downward from the pivot point where they each connect to a rod (45L and 45R) which are connected to a rocker arm (43).

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The rocker arm rotates when the vehicle leans, causing one swingarm to rotate up relative to neutral while the other rotates down. Fig. 6, below, illustrates a lean to the right. The rocker arm pushes the right rod back which causes the right swingarm to pivot upward. At the same time, the left rod is pulled forward, causing the left swingarm to go down.

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The rocker arm is connected to the rear suspension system which runs a shock under the scooter. This allows the entire rear tilting mechanism to pivot up and down to handle bumps in the road.

Yamaha has previously announced it would introduce more leaning multi-wheeled vehicles, but the assumption was they would all be variants on the Tricity and its parallelogram link tilting mechanism, but these new patents indicate Yamaha is considering other methods of making three-wheeled vehicles tilt.

What’s less clear is whether we’ll see Yamaha turn these patents into a production model. We know Yamaha is working on several leaning multi-wheelers like the Tricity and a sportier-looking variant we recently uncovered in Japanese patent filings. Before the Tricity, Yamaha had been toying with other leaning multi-wheelers, most famously with its four-wheeled Tessaract concept. Tusjii Eiichirou, one of the inventors listed in the USPTO patent, and Nobuo Hara who is listed in the European patent, have both worked on patents for other Yamaha leaning four-wheeled vehicles that never made it to production.

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If Yamaha does produce this vehicle, it would be designed for short trips and delivery services much like the EC-03. Referencing the diagram above illustrating Yamaha’s leaning multi-wheeler strategy, the scooter would fall into the utility and commuting quadrant in the bottom left.

[Source: USPTO, European Patent Office]

 

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<![CDATA[Bimota to Miss Remainder of WSBK Season]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/28/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/bimota-miss-remainder-wsbk-season/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/28/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/bimota-miss-remainder-wsbk-season/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:32:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45204 Bimota to Miss Remainder of WSBK Season
Bimota has failed to meet the World Superbike Championship‘s homologation requirements and will not be allowed to participate in the rest of the 2014 season. Bimota had been under probation where it was allowed to race but would not receive any championship points for its efforts, until it could produce 125 street legal examples of […] more]]>
Bimota has failed to meet the World Superbike Championship‘s homologation requirements and will not be allowed to participate in the rest of the 2014 season. Bimota had been under probation where it was allowed to race but would not receive any championship points for its efforts, until it could produce 125 street legal examples of its BB3 superbike.

The probationary period has now ended and Bimota has informed series promoter Dorna and the FIM that it has not met the 125-unit minimum required for homologation.

Bimota had received quite a bit of leeway. Before the start of the 2014 season, the rules were changed to lower the minimum production requirement for entry to the series from 250 units to 125. MV Agusta and Erik Buell Racing, two other new manufacturers debuting this season, were able to meet those requirements, but Bimota had not. The FIM and Dorna then granted Bimota a fourth-month probation but that did not prove to be enough.

In the eight rounds that Bimota took part in, riders Christian Iddon and Ayrton Badovini had been fairly competitive. Had their results not been subject to homologation, they would have been among the leaders in the EVO subclass entries with a handful of top-ten finishes.

Those results were for naught however, as Bimota’s homologation proceedings will be on hold until it can meet the minimum production levels.

[Source: FIM]

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<![CDATA[2015 Yamaha XC155 Scooter Gets CARB Approval]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/28/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-xc155-gets-carb-certification/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/28/manufacturers/yamaha/2015-yamaha-xc155-gets-carb-certification/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:11:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45188 2015 Yamaha XC155 Scooter Gets CARB Approval
The Honda PCX150 may be getting some new competition, as  the California Air Resource Board granted an executive order certifying the 155cc Yamaha XC155 scooter. Available in Asian markets last August under the names Majesty S and SMax. Sporting a fuel-injected 155cc liquid-cooled four-valve Single, the XC155 inherits the styling of larger Yamaha scooters including the […] more]]>
The Honda PCX150 may be getting some new competition, as  the California Air Resource Board granted an executive order certifying the 155cc Yamaha XC155 scooter.

Available in Asian markets last August under the names Majesty S and SMax. Sporting a fuel-injected 155cc liquid-cooled four-valve Single, the XC155 inherits the styling of larger Yamaha scooters including the 395cc Majesty that was part of the company’s U.S. lineup in 2014.

The engine was newly developed for the XC155, and later introduced on the Yamaha Xenter model for European markets. The radiator and cooling fan are actually mounted on the right side of the scooter, allowing for more spacious footboard.

Yamaha claims an output of 14.8 hp at 7500 rpm and 10.3 ft-lb. at 6000 rpm. The fuel tank holds 2.0 gallons of fuel and Yamaha claims the XC155 gets 94.1 mpg.

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The rear suspension uses a horizontally-mounted shock. Yamaha says this design improves mass centralization. A telescopic fork serves front suspension duties.

Other features include LED lighting, 13-inch wheels, and 8.5 gallons of underseat storage space.

[Source: CARB]

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<![CDATA[Tire Life At The Isle Of Man + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/27/products/tire-life-isle-man-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/27/products/tire-life-isle-man-video/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:25:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45185 Tire Life At The Isle Of Man + Video
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If you’re like us, you never get enough Isle of Man videos. While the men and machines that fly around the course are nothing short of mesmerizing, let’s take a moment and talk about a crucial aspect of any race: the tires.

In this Honda-supplied video, Dunlop technicians, along with 21-time TT winner, John McGuiness, talk about the challenges the Isle throws at tires. From there, Mark Sears, Product Support Manager for Dunlop, explains what technologies are embedded within Dunlop tires to ensure all its riders navigate the course as safely as possible. Since the high-speed nature of the TT is world’s apart from your typical short circuit, the solutions to the TT’s specific challenges proves quite interesting.

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<![CDATA[Mississippis Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails To Reopen Sep 20]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/27/motorcycle-category/off-road/mississippis-rattlesnake-bay-ohv-trails-reopen-sep-20/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/27/motorcycle-category/off-road/mississippis-rattlesnake-bay-ohv-trails-reopen-sep-20/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:23:27 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45181 Mississippi’s Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails To Reopen Sep 20
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Mississippi off-highway-vehicle riders will have 9.5 miles of additional trails available when the U.S. Forest Service reopens Phase One of the Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails in DeSoto National Forest on Sept. 20.

A second section of trail, encompassing nearly 28 miles, is in the planning stages and may open in the spring or summer of 2015.

The September reopening was made possible by the February approval of a recreation fee structure by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee and cooperation between the USFS and the OHV group Friends of Rattlesnake Bay.

The reopened trails consist of a 7.6-mile loop and a 1.9-mile loop. Volunteers from the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay helped USFS crews complete the needed repairs to the trails in late August.

“The efforts of these volunteers, some of whom have struggled with this issue for more than a decade, have finally paid off,” said Steve Salisbury, AMA government affairs manager for off-highway issues.

The Rattlesnake Bay trail system is in the special use permit area for the Camp Shelby Military Training Site near Hattiesburg, Miss. The trails have been closed “temporarily” for more than 11 years.

Mississippi Tourism, a division of the Mississippi Development Authority, supported the reopening of the trails.

“My goal in this was to help ensure that my children and their children will have a place to ride,” said AMA member Dale Tallman Jr., volunteer coordinator for the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay. Off-roading is a safe and enjoyable activity that includes the whole family. We are all happy these trails will once again be available for use by responsible riders.”

De Soto District Ranger Ben Battle said he looks forward to the continuing cooperation of the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay after the trails reopen.

“We couldn’t have done this without the help of Friends of Rattlesnake Bay volunteers, who helped refurbish portions of the trail,” Battle said. “Volunteer efforts like these, are critically important in helping us to maintain and monitor the trail for future use and sustainability.”

The AMA became involved in the effort at Tallman’s request. Salisbury assisted Tallman, Fred Pittman, Robert Rockco and other riders in forming the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay to facilitate Forest Service negotiations with a unified voice.

“It’s been a long and interesting struggle,” said Pittman, president of the Mississippi Hi-Point Enduro Riders. “I am anxious to get the trail reopened for public use. And I am encouraged by the possibility that competitive events could return to Rattlesnake Bay in the future. The Rattlesnake Bay trail system originally was created specifically as a location for our club’s AMA- and Southern Enduro Riders Association-sanctioned competition events, as well as a place for year-round recreational riding.”

Jack Terrell — an AMA life member, chairman of the USFS Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee and senior project manager for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council — congratulated the riders.

“The Forest Service advisory committee appreciates what the AMA did to get support from users, because we need to consider those affected by our decisions,” Terrell said. “I am happy that the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay were able to bring their concerns to the committee and achieve the desired result.”

Rattlesnake Bay riders can expect a curving trail that follows the contours of the region, avoiding steep slopes, wet drainages and other sensitive areas. Trail rules included a 1-inch maximum tire tread depth and an OHV sound limit of 96 dBA. The approved fee structure provides for the continued maintenance and operation of the trails.

The fee includes a $10-a-day fee for trail use and a $60-a-year annual operator fee, which will be valid for all OHV trails on National Forests in Mississippi. The annual pass will be available later this year.

Trails covered by the fees include Rattlesnake Bay, the Little Tiger ATV Trail System, the Chickasawhay ATV Trail System and the Bethel Motorized Trail System (which includes a motorcycle loop and ATV trail).

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<![CDATA[Gage McAllister, Monte Frank and Johnny Lewis Comprise U.S. Team At Supermoto Of Nations]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/motorcycle-category/off-road/gage-mcallister-monte-frank-johnny-lewis-comprise-u-s-team-supermoto-nations/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/motorcycle-category/off-road/gage-mcallister-monte-frank-johnny-lewis-comprise-u-s-team-supermoto-nations/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:14:39 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45175 Gage McAllister, Monte Frank and Johnny Lewis Comprise U.S. Team At Supermoto Of Nations
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The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. team that will compete at the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme) Supermoto of Nations in Cremona, Italy, Oct. 12. The 2014 team will include Gage McAllister, Monte Frank and Johnny Lewis.

Brandon Ward and Eric Stump are alternates and will travel with the team to Cremona.

“Supermoto is a thrilling sport, and we’re excited for its resurgence in America,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “Sending riders to compete in the world team championship is another important part of accelerating the growth of U.S. Supermoto.”

Marco Pedde with Supermoto East Coast, which promotes the FIM North America Supermoto Championship Series, will manage the team.

“Supermoto has came a long way in the last few years, and the U.S. Supermoto of Nations team is the result of the hard work of the two AMA-sanctioned Supermoto series,” Pedde said. “Supermoto of Nations will be the great push the sport needs in America to get it back to where it belongs. I am really honored to be the team manager of the first American Supermoto of Nations team.”

Lewis competes in the FIM North America Supermoto Championship Series for Solid Performance KTM/Eyeball Moto.

“It’s been an amazing season racing the FIM North America Supermoto Championship Series so far with nine of 10 moto wins, and to now get the chance to represent the United States at the FIM Supermoto of Nations against the best in the world is going to cap off this awesome season,” said Lewis, who is from Coatesville, Pa. “I’m looking forward to teaming up with the other riders selected and putting in a great effort representing the USA.”

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McAllister, who is from Lincoln, Calif., and rides for the Intents Racing team, said: “I am honored to be a part of the very first USA Supermoto of Nations team.”

Frank races in the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series for Team M&G Homes/Ajax Kawasaki. He’s second in points with four of six rounds completed.

“I’m pretty honored to be on the team since this is the first year,” said Frank, from Newcastle, Okla. “I’ve been racing Supermoto since 2006, so it’s good to still be around and get the opportunity to do this. The guys over there in Europe are super fast, so we’re looking forward to a great challenge. I’ve been going to Europe to race the last three years now, and everyone seems to take the sport just a bit more seriously over there, while over here in America, we’re still getting back up to speed. They might be a little bit more prepared in that sense, but Supermoto competition in the United States has definitely improved leaps and bounds with the new AMA series this year. We’re starting to get better rider turnout, and there’s a good group of fast guys committed to the series.”

Ward is part of the BW Racing team.

“I am extremely delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the United States Supermoto of Nations team,” said Ward, from Newport Beach, Calif. “Racing in Europe has been a dream of mine for many years. I had the chance to race alongside the world’s best racers in the Mettet Superbikers last year, and ever since then I have had my eyes set on improving and being able to compete for a top finish alongside guys like Bidart, Hermunen, Lazzarini and the Chareyre brothers. Being selected to be a part of the United States SMoN team as an alternate is an unbelievable honor and if necessary, I will step in and represent the United States to the best of my ability.”

Stump rides for Eyeball Moto.

“Supermoto is coming back, and I am happy to be part of the first official U.S. Supermoto team competing at the FIM Supermoto of Nations,” said Stump, from Levittown, Pa.

Matt Stewart with USA Supermoto, which promotes the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series, and Jay Kliger, with the FIM North America Supermoto Championship Series, will be assistant team managers.

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“Everyone at the AMA Supermoto Championship Series is excited to be working with the Supermoto East Coast Series in sending the first U.S. team to the FIM Supermoto of Nations,” Stewart said. “We look forward to a successful trip and sending a team every year going forward.”

Added Kliger: “For the first time, the USA will have an official team for the FIM Supermoto Of Nations. This has been a goal of ours. To be part of it and to represent the United States on the world stage of Supermoto with a team of such talented riders is a true honor. We appreciate all the support from the AMA and the FIM and look forward to representing the USA in Cremona.”

Competition in the FIM Supermoto of Nations features the S1 class, which includes 175cc-250cc two-stroke motorcycles and 290cc-450cc four-stroke motorcycles.

The United States has never competed in the FIM Supermoto of Nations, which was first held in Bulgaria in 2008. Italy won the event in 2013, with Bulgaria second and France third.

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<![CDATA[Roadgear Offering 25% Off, Through Saturday, August 30]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/motorcycle-news/roadgear-offering-25-saturday-august-30/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/motorcycle-news/roadgear-offering-25-saturday-august-30/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:48:44 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45172 Roadgear Offering 25% Off, Through Saturday, August 30
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If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get yourself some new gear, the time to act is now. Until Saturday, August 30, Roadgear will take 25% off your order if you use coupon code A25L7.

Tailored towards the touring rider (though suitable for everyone), Roadgear has the products you need. From jackets to pants, gloves to boots, Roadgear has you covered from head to toe. Don’t forget to stock up on accessories like rain gear, balaclava’s, scarfs or socks either. The summer riding season will be over sooner than you think.

Of course, Roadgear’s collection goes far beyond riding gear, as the company has a complete line of motorcycle luggage to choose from. Whether your needs are small enough for a backpack, or whether a full compliment of luggage like saddlebags, tail bag and tank bag are what you need, Roadgear has you covered. There are even more accessories at the Roadgear website, including camping gear like sleeping bags and cookware, amongst many others.

For more information, visit the Roadgear website link above and remember to use coupon code A25L7 at checkout. One coupon per customer, cannot be combined with other discounts, and is not valid for close-out, overstock or sale items.

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<![CDATA[Third Annual ‘The MEET’ at ACM]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/events/third-annual-meet-acm/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/events/third-annual-meet-acm/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:02:37 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45169 Third Annual ‘The MEET’ at ACM
More than 2,000 attendees visited America’s Car Museum for its 3rd annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival ‘The MEET’ last weekend in Tacoma, Washington, where over 300 motorcycles and scooters were showcased on the Haub Family Field at LeMay. The event drew pre-1981 motorcycles and scooters from the U.S. and Canada, including an antique motorcycle display, swap meet, cruise-in and a 78-mile […] more]]>
More than 2,000 attendees visited America’s Car Museum for its 3rd annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival ‘The MEET’ last weekend in Tacoma, Washington, where over 300 motorcycles and scooters were showcased on the Haub Family Field at LeMay. The event drew pre-1981 motorcycles and scooters from the U.S. and Canada, including an antique motorcycle display, swap meet, cruise-in and a 78-mile roundtrip tour from ACM’s Anderson Plaza to Mt. Rainier.

“This MEET shows just how strong the motorcycle enthusiast community is,” said Burt Richmond, chairman of the Vintage Motorcycle Festival. “We have created a world-class event for riders and their families that grows every year and proves ACM is much more than just another car museum.”

The MEET is one of five annual signature events at the four-story, 165,000 sq. ft. LeMay museum with rotating exhibits museum, including the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance on Sept. 7, the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, Cars & Cigars and the new “Drive Away the Blues” beach-themed party scheduled for Feb. 2015. More information about the LeMay Museum can be found at www.lemaymuseum.org.

Award Winners:

Hagerty Best of Show – 1969 BMW R695 Sidecar, James Iwase

President’s Award – John and Zeta Smith

Motorcycle Classic’s Editor’s Choice – 1966 Mathless G12 Sidecar, Ron Predmore

Best Unrestored – 1973 Honda CL350, Mike Quinn

Best Use of Hillman Car Motor – Royal Enfield Spl., Peter Dent

Best Metal Flake Paint – 1972 Durat 750 GT, Loren Smith

Best Red Racer Guzzi – Moto Guzzi LeMans, Jim El

Best Brass Polishers’ Nightmare – 1957 BMW, Jonnie Walker

Best Custom Norton Single – 1963 Norton ES2, Allen Gillespie

Classes – Awards

Antique American – Pre-1940

  1. Harley-Davidson J, Robert Johnson
  2. Harley-Davidson J + sidecar, Harold Suhell
  3. Harley-Davidson Knuckle, Peter Maftein

Classic American – Post-WWII

  1. HD LCR, Michael Ruddell
  2. Simple Sevvi-Car, Robert J Johnson

Vintage British – Other

  1. 1951 AJS, Keith Anderson
  2. Matchess G-12, Ron Predmore
  3. 1950 Rapide, Bev Brown

Vintage BSA

  1. 1968 Firebird Scrambler, Sean Curtiss
  2. 1969 Rocket 3, Roger Huntly
  3. 1967 Lightening, Dan Lucas

Vintage Norton

  1. 1961 ES2, Dean Nissen
  2. 1967 Atlas, Gary Richey
  3. 1974 Commando 850, Gary Richey

Vintage Triumph

  1. 1964 Tri TT Special, John Meyer
  2. 1956 Tri T110, Wayne Hamilton
  3. 1970 Tri T120, Ken Morris

Vintage German

  1. 1969 BMW R695, James Iwase
  2. 1967BMW R695, Ken Prasig
  3. DKW RT200, Forrest Tonkins

Vintage Italian

  1. 1973 Ducati 7506T, George Docking
  2. 1978 Ducati 900SD Darmah, Tim O’Mahoney
  3. 1961 Gilera Sport 175, Jack Huisinga

Vintage Japanese – Other

  1. 1972 Modaca Wombar, Howard Fergason
  2. 1966 Mooska Ace 90, Ed Bray

Vintage Honda

  1. 1973 CL350, Mike Quinn
  2. 1961 CS77, Ron Orr
  3. 1970 250, Stu Moss

Vintage Kawasaki

  1. 1973 21, Kevin Iden
  2. 1983 GPZ 305, Frank Shuck
  3. 1982 GPZ 1100, Frank Shuck

Vintage Suzuki

  1. 1967 B105P, Michael Boyle
  2. 1973 RV125, Joe Smith
  3. 1980 GS1000, Mike Benak

Vintage Yamaha

  1. 1972 XS750, Ron Orr
  2. 1978 XS750, Jerry Kesselring
  3. 1979 XS1100, Harlan Smith

Motocross Post-1975

  1. Seige 1975 VA 360 Montesa
  2. 1975 KTM MC5 Seige
  3. 1975 Yamaha YZ250B, Todd King

Best Café Racer

  1. 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans, Erik Lund
  2. 1978 BMWR80, James Iwase
  3. 1973 Honda, Rodger Huntley

Vintage Competition

  1. 1973 Durat 750, Gary Lewos
  2. 1960 Max Norton, Peter Hagaman
  3. 1956 Indian, Dan Lucas

Custom Bobber/Chopper

  1. 1968 Triumph, John Root
  2. 1949 Harley, Phil Hunter
  3. 1974 Harley, Chog Greninger

Classic Powered Bike/Scooter

  1. 1954 Allstate Phch, Jim Horstman
  2. 1958 Allstate Moped, John Richey
  3. 1971 Lambretta, Jason Freedbrick

 

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<![CDATA[2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-cvo-lineup-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-cvo-lineup-revealed/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:08:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45093 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup Revealed
Harley-Davidson revealed its four-model Custom Vehicle Operations lineup for 2015, adding new CVO versions of the Road Glide Ultra and Street Glide to go with the returning CVO Softail Deluxe and CVO Limited. Our own Evans Brasfield is currently in Sonoma, Calif., for Harley-Davidson’s 2015 press launch, and he’ll have full first ride reports later […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson revealed its four-model Custom Vehicle Operations lineup for 2015, adding new CVO versions of the Road Glide Ultra and Street Glide to go with the returning CVO Softail Deluxe and CVO Limited. Our own Evans Brasfield is currently in Sonoma, Calif., for Harley-Davidson’s 2015 press launch, and he’ll have full first ride reports later this week. For now, let’s take a look at the CVO models.

Like the CVO Limited, the CVO Road Glide Ultra and CVO Street Glide are powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin-Cooled High Output 110 engine which Harley-Davidson claims puts out 115.1 ft-lb. of torque at 3750 rpm. The CVO Softail Deluxe is the only one in the line to use the air-cooled Twin Cam 110B engine which claims 107.7 ft-lb. at 3000 rpm.

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The CVO Road Glide Ultra offers the updates on the non-CVO Road Glide which returned to Harley’s lineup after a one-year hiatus. The new frame-mounted shark-nosed fairing offers three splitstream vents and a 13.5-inch windshield to help deflect air around the rider. The lower fairings divert air around the rider’s legs while also covering the Twin-Cooled engine’s radiators. Behind the new fairing is the Boom! Box 6.5 GT touchscreen infotainment system and 6.5-inch speakers, part of Harley-Davidson’s Project Rushmore enhancements.

For the CVO version, Harley-Davidson equipped the Road Glide Ultra with a 1.25-inch diameter handlebar that reaches higher and further back than the regular Road Glide’s hand controls.

Other differences include the rider and passenger backrests, heated handgrips and seats, Mirror Chrome Slicer Custom wheels and CVO Carryout Tour-Pak.

The CVO Street Glide also comes with the Boom! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system, pumping audio out of 12 speakers with two 300-watt four-channel amplifiers. The CVO team added custom five-spoke Aggressor wheels, extended saddlebags, a CVO seat, wind splitter windscreen, Daymaker LED headlights and other custom accessories and, of course, a special CVO paint scheme.

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The 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra is priced at $39,649 while the CVO Street Glide comes in at $36,349. The returning CVO Limited is priced at $39,349 while the CVO Softail Deluxe offers the lowest price at $28,999.

2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

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2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

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2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Deluxe

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[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-freewheeler-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-freewheeler-revealed/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:18:22 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45065 2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Revealed
It’s no surprise, as we’ve already seen the spy photos and California Air Resources Board documents, but Harley-Davidson has officially introduced its new Freewheeler trike, adding a second three-wheeled model to go with the Tri Glide Ultra Classic. Whereas the Tri Glide is designed for touring needs, the Freewheeler is more of a cruiser with […] more]]>
It’s no surprise, as we’ve already seen the spy photos and California Air Resources Board documents, but Harley-Davidson has officially introduced its new Freewheeler trike, adding a second three-wheeled model to go with the Tri Glide Ultra Classic.

Whereas the Tri Glide is designed for touring needs, the Freewheeler is more of a cruiser with 12-inch mini-ape-hanger handlebars and bobtail fenders.

2015 Free-WheelerUp front is a seven-piece nacelle with a dual halogen lamp mounted tight to the 49mm telescopic fork and frame. Below the headlight is a slender front fender covering the single 19-inch cast aluminum front wheel. The 12-inch ape hangers bring the hand controls up and closer to the rider, though potential shoppers should check with their state’s restrictions on handlebar height.

At the rear, the Freewheeler has two 15-inch cast aluminum wheels on either side of a low-profile waterproof trunk that Harley-Davidson says offers a 2 cubic-foot capacity and can fit two full-sized helmets.

2015 Trike Free-WheelerThe seat is shaped to position the rider forward to better reach the foot and hand controls while leaving room for a passenger.

The Freewheeler is powered by Harley-Davidson’s 1690cc air-cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 instead of the Tri Glide Ultra’s Twin-Cooled engine. Harley-Davidson says the engine produces 104.7 ft-lb. at 3250 rpm. The fuel tank holds 6 gallons, just as in the Tri Glide, while claimed fuel economy is 39 mpg, an extra mile compared to the Tri Glide (it helps that the Freewheeler’s claimed curb weight of 1082 pounds is 133 pounds lighter).

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The braking system is linked, with the foot pedal activated both the front and rear brakes. The front brake lever only controls the front brake.

Other features include electronic cruise control, foot-activated parking brake, electric reverse, and a hydraulic Assist and Shift clutch lever.

The 2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler will be available in Vivid Black for $24,999. Solid color options raise the price to $25,499.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Goes Low for 2015]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-goes-low-2015/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/26/manufacturers/harley-davidson/harley-davidson-goes-low-2015/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:26:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45040 Harley-Davidson Goes Low for 2015
Harley-Davidson revealed the new 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low and Ultra Limited Low, offering what it calls the the lowest seat height of any premium touring motorcycle on the market. Designed with riders 5 feet 7 inches and shorter in mind, the two Low models have a seat height of 25.6 inches from the […] more]]>
Harley-Davidson revealed the new 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low and Ultra Limited Low, offering what it calls the the lowest seat height of any premium touring motorcycle on the market. Designed with riders 5 feet 7 inches and shorter in mind, the two Low models have a seat height of 25.6 inches from the ground, or 1.7 inches lower than the regular models.

The lower seat isn’t the only change to accommodate shorter riders. The primary drive housing and derby cover are narrower than on the regular non-Low models, offering more leg clearance.

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The handlebars are also drawn two inches closer to the rider, offering an easier reach and reducing strain. The handlebar grips are also a smaller diameter to suit smaller hands. Both Low models also come with an Assist and Slip hydraulic clutch to reduce lever pull effort.

Other changes include new passenger footboards that fold away to make it easier to push the motorcycles around and a new toe tab extension on the kickstand to make it easier to retract.

2015 Touring Electra Glide Ultra Limited Low

Otherwise, the two Low models are identical to the Electra Glide Ultra Classic and Ultra Limited, with Project Rushmore enhancements. The Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low is powered by the same High Output Twin-Cam 103 engine as the regular model, claiming 104.7 ft-lb. at 3250 rpm while getting a claimed 47 mpg. The Ultra Limited Low uses the Twin-Cooled engine, claiming 105.5 ft-lb. at 3750 rpm and 42 mpg.

The Ultra Glide Low is priced $900 more than the regular Ultra Glide, starting at $26,999 for the Vivid Black color, $27,599 for solid colors, $28,049 for two-tone color schemes and $28,299 for custom schemes. The Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low models cost $1,150 more than the non-Low version, starting at $24,399 for Vivid Black, $24,999 for solids, $25,449 for two-tones and $25,699 for custom colors.

Evans Brasfield is at Harley-Davidson’s press launch. Check back later in the week for his first impressions on the new 2015 Harley-Davidson models.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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<![CDATA[American Honda Signs Cole Seely To Factory Team]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/25/products/american-honda-signs-cole-seely-factory-team/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/25/products/american-honda-signs-cole-seely-factory-team/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:29:10 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45035 American Honda Signs Cole Seely To Factory Team
After stints as a replacement rider, Seely is officially a Factory Honda man. more]]>
American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has signed Cole Seely to its factory supercross/motocross team with a multiyear contract. As a member of the Troy Lee Designs Honda satellite squad, Seely this year finished a close second in the AMA Supercross series’ 250 West title chase and also performed well during three appearances as a substitute rider on Team Muscle Milk in the premier class. Now Seely will campaign a Honda CRF450R alongside Trey Canard in the AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross championships.

“I’m really excited to be with the Honda team,” Seely said. “We’ve worked together in the past, and we have great chemistry together. It’s my dream team, and it’s nice to officially be a part of it now. I really like the CRF450R too, ever since they introduced the new chassis. The geometry is great, and I think I fit it well. I know what I’m getting into, and I think it’s going to come down to preparation during the pre-season and getting the bike dialed in right for when Anaheim 1 comes around. Fortunately, I have a great group of guys to help with that.”

A natural supercross rider with a fluid riding style, Seely has also made progress in the outdoor setting, finishing the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross season well inside the top ten in the 250 points for the first time.

“We’re excited to welcome Cole into Honda’s factory team,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “While racing a CRF250R with Troy Lee Designs Honda, he has shown that he is a talented rider, and he performed well at the top level while willingly stepping in to help out our factory team this year. He has a solid base and it’s great that he’ll be staying with Honda as he makes this next important step in his career.”

Cole Seely Bio

Cole Seely’s background as an amateur BMX and motocross racer prepared him well for when he turned pro in 2009, and he signed for Troy Lee Designs Honda for the following season. In 2011, Seely tallied a pair of supercross victories, both in the 250 West class. He added another the following year, and 2013 saw him finish third in the series points standings. This past season is when the Californian came into his own, notching a pair of 250SX West wins and challenging for the class title up until the final round before eventually settling for second. Since 2011, Cole has also occasionally pitched in as a substitute 450 rider for the factory Honda team, and he scored a podium finish in the premier class at Indianapolis this year.

Date of Birth: March 10, 1990 (24 years old)
Birthplace: Westlake Village, CA
Residence: Laguna Beach, CA
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 155 lbs.
Racing Number: 21
Motorcycle: Honda CRF450R

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<![CDATA[The Latest Motorcycle Helmet Brand: Nutcase]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/25/products/latest-motorcycle-helmet-brand-nutcase/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/25/products/latest-motorcycle-helmet-brand-nutcase/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:33:04 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45030 The Latest Motorcycle Helmet Brand: Nutcase
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The name might sound a bit, uh, nutty, but Nutcase Helmets, a recognized designer of lifestyle sports helmets, is gearing up for the spring with the global launch of MOTO, the brand’s first widely-available collection of scooter, moped and motorcycle helmet designs.

With a name like Nutcase, it’s no surprise the brand is known for its signature tongue-in-cheek graphics with performance that has made the brand a global hit with bike nuts, water sports fans, snowboarders and skaters.

Available in the spring of 2014, the MOTO line includes eight eye-catching designs – Stumptown Woody, Hypnotic, Americana, Modern Argyle, Union Jack, Retro Racer, Salt, and Pepper. Each helmet comes ready for daily use, featuring an ABS hard shell and Expanded Polystyrene protective inner foam for impact protection with two front intake vents. Removable ear pads, standard with every helmet, provide additional fit customization while smart features such as a quick-release, easy-use buckle and deluxe soft roll neck offer both practicality and comfort on the road. All MOTO helmets are DOT and ECE dual-certified, feature the iconic “I Love My Brain” and “Helmet Guy” logos and come with a Nutcase branded helmet cinch bag.

“Nutcase is moving into the fast lane in all senses,” says Michael Morrow, Nutcase founder and CEO. “We are no longer just a bike category brand. With our expansion in the snow, water and skate categories and now the addition of MOTO, we’re proud to say we’re helping people express their unique style and stay safe wherever they choose to get outside and have fun or go about their daily commute.”

Available in four sizes, Small (55-56cm), Medium (57-58cm), Large (59-60cm) & X-Large (61cm) owners of MOTO helmets will also be able to match whichever nutty design they choose with an anti-scratch shield available in two sizes and three colors. Each shield works on a simple pivot system and can be easily removed for cleaning or switching to a different color.

Go to www.nutcasehelmets.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[Hero MotoCorps Hires Ex-BMW Designer Braunsperger]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/25/design/hero-motocorps-hires-ex-bmw-designer-braunsperger/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/25/design/hero-motocorps-hires-ex-bmw-designer-braunsperger/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:25:19 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45017 Hero MotoCorps Hires Ex-BMW Designer Braunsperger
Hero MotoCorp has hired former BMW designer Markus Braunsperger to lead the Indian company’s research and development division. Braunsperger once held a similar position with BMW in the early 2000s, developing models such as the K1200S before moving on to BMW’s automobile division where he helped design the 5, 6 and 7 series sedans as […] more]]>
Hero MotoCorp has hired former BMW designer Markus Braunsperger to lead the Indian company’s research and development division. Braunsperger once held a similar position with BMW in the early 2000s, developing models such as the K1200S before moving on to BMW’s automobile division where he helped design the 5, 6 and 7 series sedans as well as the X3, X5 and X7 SUVs.

Braunsperger will head Hero’s new R&D center in Rajasthan, India, starting in October. Bringing Braunsperger into the fold is an important move for Hero, as its technology licensing deal with former partner Honda expired in June. Braunsperger will work with Hero’s current technology partners, fuel system company Magneti Marelli and Engines Engineering of Italy, Austria’s AVL and Erik Buell Racing (Hero MotoCorp also owns a 49.2% stake in EBR).

Hero’s first models developed without Honda are expected to hit the Indian market this fall, starting with the HXR250R sportbike (pictured above).

[Source: IBTimes]

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<![CDATA[Polaris Industries Delivers Ice Bucket Challenge to Dealers + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/23/charity/polaris-industries-delivers-ice-bucket-challenge-dealers-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/23/charity/polaris-industries-delivers-ice-bucket-challenge-dealers-video/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:27:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45012 Polaris Industries Delivers Ice Bucket Challenge to Dealers + Video
Polaris Industries, Inc.’s CEO and all around good sport, Scott Wine posted an Ice Bucket Challenge video this weekend, calling for all Polaris dealers to accept the challenge. After pointing out Polaris’ long history of support for the fight to end ALSthrough events like the Black Woods Blizzard Tour and pledging to donate $10,000 to ALS research if 100 dealers accept his challenge, […] more]]>
Polaris Industries, Inc.’s CEO and all around good sport, Scott Wine posted an Ice Bucket Challenge video this weekend, calling for all Polaris dealers to accept the challenge. After pointing out Polaris’ long history of support for the fight to end ALSthrough events like the Black Woods Blizzard Tour and pledging to donate $10,000 to ALS research if 100 dealers accept his challenge, Wine was doused with ice water.

“Polaris has a long history of giving back and is proud to support this effort,” said Wine. “We encourage our strong network of dealers to accept the nomination or donate to an ALS charity.”

To date, Polaris employees have raised more than $900,000 for ALS and have set $1,000,000 total as their goal for 2015. To donate to ALS research, go to the ALS Association web site.

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<![CDATA[Sturgis Motorcycle Ralley, Inc. Wins Trademark Infringement Suit]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/23/law-2/sturgis-motorcycle-ralley-inc-wins-trademark-infringement-suit/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/23/law-2/sturgis-motorcycle-ralley-inc-wins-trademark-infringement-suit/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:13:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45009 Sturgis Motorcycle Ralley, Inc. Wins Trademark Infringement Suit
Those who can remember way back to 2001 may recall a kerfuffle over the rights to the name Sturgis being held amongst some of the rally’s players in Sturgis, SD. According to Trademark’em, “[t]he trademark dispute concerning the “brand” Sturgis goes back to January 30, 2001 when the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce filed a trademark […] more]]>
Those who can remember way back to 2001 may recall a kerfuffle over the rights to the name Sturgis being held amongst some of the rally’s players in Sturgis, SD. According to Trademark’em, “[t]he trademark dispute concerning the “brand” Sturgis goes back to January 30, 2001 when the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce filed a trademark application for STURGIS (‘Sturgis Mark’).” This legal wrangling continued until it was at least partially resolved with the creation of Sturgis Motorcycle Ralley, Inc. (SMRi), which assumed the Sturgis Mark assets in 2011. Since this time, SMRi has actively pursued any perceived infringements of the Sturgis brand.

Most recently, SMRi defended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally trademark against Georgia company Renegade Classics and its retail store over its use of “Sturgis Rally Week” on products. SMRi successfully argued that Renegade Classics misuse would “confuse customers about the source of the products and deprive the City and the citizens of Sturgis of royalties due from officially licensed merchandise.”

“SMRi was established to spur economic development in the Black Hills region and to bring money back to the community through charitable contributions derived from sales of official licensed merchandise. When Renegade Classics and its agents use the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally trademarks without having a license, less money will go back to the community and we can’t stand for that,” said SMRi Board Member and City of Sturgis Councilman David Hersrud.

Although SMRi won this suit, the organization still has others working their way through the legal system. Actions againstRushmore Photo and Gift and Wal-Mart Stores for the use of “Officially Licensed Sturgis” and “Sturgis Motor Classic” on products are currently moving through the South Dakota federal courts.

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<![CDATA[NHTSA Launches Recall Look-up by VIN Tool]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/22/safety/nhtsa-launches-recall-look-vin-tool/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/22/safety/nhtsa-launches-recall-look-vin-tool/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:17:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45005 NHTSA Launches Recall Look-up by VIN Tool
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have launched a new free online tool that should make it easier for consumers to inspect their vehicles’ safety recall histories. The new search tool, available at http://www.safercar.gov/vinlookup, allows people to look for recall campaigns by entering Vehicle Identification Numbers. Consumers can enter […] more]]>
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have launched a new free online tool that should make it easier for consumers to inspect their vehicles’ safety recall histories. The new search tool, available at http://www.safercar.gov/vinlookup, allows people to look for recall campaigns by entering Vehicle Identification Numbers.

Consumers can enter their VIN information into the look-up tool and it will provide three different responses. “Recall Incomplete” means that an recall campaign is incomplete or “open”, and the tool will provide necessary instructions. “Recall Incomplete. Remedy Not Yet Available” means an open recall exists but the manufacturer does not have a fix in place yet. If there are no open recalls, the tool responds with “Number of Open Recalls: 0″.

“Safety is our highest priority, and an informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired,” says Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary. “Starting today car owners, shoppers, and renters can find out if a specific vehicle has a safety defect that needs to be fixed – using our free online tool.”

NHTSA’s search tool relies on data provided by major light vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers. As of Aug. 20, all major  manufacturers are required to provide customers with search tools on their own websites for uncompleted recalls on their vehicles, with their databases updated at least once a week.

“Just as every single automaker should never hesitate to recall a defective vehicle, consumers should never hesitate to get their recalled vehicle fixed,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “By making individual VIN searches readily available, we’re providing another service to consumers – the peace of mind knowing that the vehicle they own, or that they are thinking of buying or renting, is free of safety defects.”

The tool provides information on incomplete recalls over the past 15 calendar years on major manufacturers. Small-volume manufacturers, especially custom builders are thus not included. The search tool also does not cover completed safety recalls, non-safety related recall campaigns and recalls that are more than 15 years old.

As of Aug. 22, NHTSA’s list of participating manufacturers includes BMW, BRP (Can-Am), Harley-Davidson, Honda, Suzuki and Triumph. Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM and Victory are not listed but all have a VIN look-up tool on their respective websites and will likely be added to NHTSA’s list shortly. As of this writing, Indian, MV Agusta and Yamaha do not yet have VIN look-up tools available on their websites.

[Source: NHTSA]

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Patents Tricity Variant Design]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/21/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-patents-tricity-variant-design/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/21/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-patents-tricity-variant-design/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:24:51 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44989 Yamaha Patents Tricity Variant Design
Yamaha has patented the design for a new variant to its Tricity leaning three-wheeled scooter. more]]>
Yamaha has patented the design for a new variant to its Tricity leaning three-wheeled scooter featuring a broader fairing resembling the TMax. Yamaha has previously announced it would introduce more leaning multi-wheeled vehicles, and this newly patented design may be the next one to go into production.

The new design is heavily-based on the original Tricity. In fact, the renderings filed in the patent appeared to be digitally-altered versions of the Tricity’s patent diagrams. From the animated GIF below, we can see that most of the parts align perfectly with the Tricity’s design.

The new patents reveal a wider face with twin headlights like Yamaha’s Tmax instead of the Tricity’s V-shaped single headlight. The bodywork includes a piece that extends down between the two front wheels, perhaps to offer better protection for the parallelogram link mechanism that allows the three-wheeler to lean.

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Now, it’s possible the second design may have been an alternate look Yamaha considered for the TMax and not an all-new model. The new design patent however, was filed on July 4 whereas the Tricity’s patent was filed months earlier on Feb. 7. The five-month difference between patent filings suggest that the second design is indeed for a new model.

Beside the front face, the only other visible change between the two models is the area between the foot placements. The new design has plastic bodywork positioned between the feet, possibly to cover a larger fuel tank.

We hope to learn more about this new three-wheeler in the months to come as we enter the autumn motorcycle show season.

[Source: Japan Patent Office]

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<![CDATA[Scorpion V-Rod Reverse Trike]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/20/design/scorpion-v-rod-reverse-trike/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/20/design/scorpion-v-rod-reverse-trike/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:54:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44973 Scorpion V-Rod Reverse Trike
There’s a lot going on in the world of three-wheelers. From Can-Am’s Spyder to Polaris’s Slingshot, and Travertson’s recently announced Striker, we have a sudden abundance of reverse trikes from which to choose. Joining the fray early next Spring is Scorpion. The difference being where the others are OEM production models, the Scorpion is a kit […] more]]>
There’s a lot going on in the world of three-wheelers. From Can-Am’s Spyder to Polaris’s Slingshot, and Travertson’s recently announced Striker, we have a sudden abundance of reverse trikes from which to choose. Joining the fray early next Spring is Scorpion. The difference being where the others are OEM production models, the Scorpion is a kit that transforms a stock Harley-Davidson V-Rod into a reverse trike.

Scorpion_Trike_rearSpecifics are few for now, but according to Scorpion the kit will supposedly retail somewhere in the $5k vicinity. Scorpion says the initial kit is purpose-built for Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod, with tentative plans to diversify into FL models and possibly other models in the future. Unknown is whether Scorpion will require the kits to be installed by an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership or if garage mechanics can perform their own installation.

The kit was created by Superior Design. More about the Scorpion Trike can be at their website or at www.scorpiontrikes.com.

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<![CDATA[Nathon Verdugo New Ducati North America Public Relations Manager]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/20/manufacturers/ducati/nathon-verdugo-new-ducati-north-america-public-relations-manager/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/20/manufacturers/ducati/nathon-verdugo-new-ducati-north-america-public-relations-manager/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:58:01 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=45032 Nathon Verdugo New Ducati North America Public Relations Manager
Verdugo replaces Tim Collins as Ducati North America Public Relations manager. more]]>
Ducati North America today announced Nathon Verdugo as its Public Relations manager, effective immediately. Verdugo will oversee all PR activities for Ducati North America and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., where he will report to the Marketing Director.

Verdugo comes to Ducati as a lifelong motorcyclist with nearly a decade of experience in the motorcycle industry. Following positions managing PR efforts for the ESPN X Games as well as stints at Dainese and Alpinestars, he most recently served as the Global Brand Manager at Troy Lee Designs in Corona, Calif.

“I have a passion for any and all things on two wheels, and having the chance to align myself with a world-renowned brand while working alongside like-minded industry colleagues whom I respect is a dream come true,” said Verdugo. “I’m looking forward to helping Ducati inspire the same passion in others that it has in me.”

“Ducati is a unique company comprised of fervent professionals with a passion that can only be matched by lifelong Ducatisti,” said Ducati Marketing Director Arrick Maurice. “As a motorcyclist and consummate professional within the industry, we’re confident Nathon will thrive amongst this team and excel in his role as Public Relations Manager for Ducati North America.”

Ducati North America looks forward to what the future holds and its ongoing success with the addition of the newest member to the team.

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<![CDATA[2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure Confirmed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/20/manufacturers/ktm/2015-ktm-1290-super-adventure-confirmed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/20/manufacturers/ktm/2015-ktm-1290-super-adventure-confirmed/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:21:56 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44969 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure Confirmed
KTM has officially confirmed it will launch the new 1290 Super Adventure on Sept. 30 at the Intermot show in Cologne. To tide us over until then, KTM released this official image of the adventure-tourer and provided a few details, describing it as the “absolute pinnacle of luxury sport-touring riding.” Based on its name, we […] more]]>
KTM has officially confirmed it will launch the new 1290 Super Adventure on Sept. 30 at the Intermot show in Cologne. To tide us over until then, KTM released this official image of the adventure-tourer and provided a few details, describing it as the “absolute pinnacle of luxury sport-touring riding.”

Based on its name, we assume the Super Adventure will use the same engine as the 1290 Super Duke R. KTM will only confirm that the engine is a larger displacement and produces more power and torque than the 1190 Adventure‘s powerplant. As we surmised from the spy photo we published earlier this month, the Super Adventure will also have a larger fuel tank than the 1190′s 6.1 gallon capacity.

Like the 1190, the new Super Adventure will come loaded with electronics, including the Bosch-developed Motorcycle Stability Control which allows ABS and traction control to work even when leaned over into a corner. That’s not all, however, as KTM says the 1290 Super Adventure will have “further absolutely unique electronically supported riding assistance equipment.”

We’ll have to wait until Intermot for KTM to reveal more official information about the 1290 Super Adventure.

[Source: KTM; Photo by R. Schedl, KISKA]

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<![CDATA[Go On Tour With European Touring Route]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/products/go-tour-european-touring-route/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/products/go-tour-european-touring-route/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:07:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44958 Go On Tour With European Touring Route
European Touring Route offers the thrill, beauty and excitement of Europe in one epic tour. more]]>
With 12,638 kilometers (7852 miles) of country roads from Nordkapp to Cadiz, the European Touring Route leads the motorcycle tourist through wild scenery, along unspoiled and rugged coastlines, through breathtaking mountain ranges and over fertile rural landscapes, with interesting locations and ETR Sites, hotels, attractions, and places to visit along the way.

European Touring Route engages and inspires motorcycle tourists from all over the world, to explore the countries of Europe, and experience the diversity of interesting activities that Europe has to offer.

The route is designed to breathe new life into rural areas in each country, with a focus on rural towns and villages, secluded mountain and coastal areas, where locals can sell their produce, products and services to tourists using the ETR Route.

For motorcycle tourists, Europe has vast stretches of long winding hairpins, sections with many switchbacks, great coastal roads, mountain tunnels, spectacular bridges, and some of the most breathtaking mountain passes in the world. ETR ties all of those together, into one large route.

ETR is for everyone – Motorcyclists, Car tourists, Camper Vans, Bicycles, Pilgrims, Walkers, Hikers, and all other types of 2, 3 and 4-wheeled tourists. If you’re a fan of great roads and scenic locations, then you’ll enjoy ETR.

ETR encourages and promotes tourism, history, culture, geography, gastronomy, experiences, attractions, shopping, wellness, and brings the traveler to national parks, rural villages, castles, museums, viewpoints, exhibitions, events, hotels, restaurants, bars, and great café’s.

From Nordkapp to Cadiz, the road connects the many different cultures, peoples, landscapes, languages and customs, that are just waiting to be discovered and experienced, by millions of motorcycle travelers.

If you want to learn more about European Touring Route, visit www.europeantouringroute.com 

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki Announces New Protection Plans]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-announces-new-protection-plans/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/manufacturers/kawasaki/kawasaki-announces-new-protection-plans/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:46:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44954 Kawasaki Announces New Protection Plans
The Kawasaki Good Times Protection Plan gets a new name and more services. more]]>
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced recently that after 28 years of providing coverage to Kawasaki customers, the Good Times Protection Plan (GTPP) has been rebranded as Kawasaki Protection Plus (KPP).

Kawasaki Protection Plus offers all of the same factory backed coverage and extended service contract programs as GTPP, but through Kawasaki’s partnership with Service Group, KPP has added new products including GAP, Tire & Wheel, Prepaid Maintenance as well as all-encompassing coverage for other OEM brands in the form of Preferred Protection Plus.

“With Kawasaki Protection Plus and Preferred Protection Plus, Kawasaki has partnered with Service Group to provide a comprehensive offering of products and services to Kawasaki dealers and customers ensuring positive ownership experiences, strong dealer relationships, and years of worry-free riding,” says Patrick Kelly, Kawasaki Director, Technical Services.

Kawasaki Protection Plus and Preferred Protection Plus launched August 4, 2014 and are available from authorized Kawasaki dealers, or customers can purchase and renew their KPP contracts online at https://kpp.kawasaki.com/

To learn more about Kawasaki Protection Plus and Preferred Protection Plus, visit kpp.kawasaki.com.

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<![CDATA[HGTV’s Anthony Carrino Goes “Out of the Way” on his Motorcycle]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/videos/hgtvs-anthony-carrino-goes-way-motorcycle/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/videos/hgtvs-anthony-carrino-goes-way-motorcycle/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:01:21 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44941 HGTV’s Anthony Carrino Goes “Out of the Way” on his Motorcycle
What does a motorcyclist who has multiple TV shows on the HGTV network do on the weekends to unwind? If you’re Anthony Carrino, one of the two cousins in three successful DIY shows featuring the word cousins (Kitchen Cousins, Cousins on Call, and Cousins Undercover), you combine your passion for motorcycling with your knack for television and produce a web series […] more]]>

What does a motorcyclist who has multiple TV shows on the HGTV network do on the weekends to unwind? If you’re Anthony Carrino, one of the two cousins in three successful DIY shows featuring the word cousins (Kitchen CousinsCousins on Call, and Cousins Undercover), you combine your passion for motorcycling with your knack for television and produce a web series about your motorcycle adventures to unusual locations. While only two episodes of Carrino’s Out of the Way are currently online, the under four minute shorts give viewers a good idea of what to expect in the future.

The first, “Motorcycle Racetrack Fuels Anthony Carrino’s Inner Speed Demon,” centers on a visit to Wilzig Racing ManorAlan Wilzig’s private, 2.75 mi. 11 turn road course on his 275-acre property in Taghkanic, NY. Carrino and Wilzig tour the garage with its largest collection of Bimotas in the US and exotic automobiles before taking to the track on bikes and shifter carts.

The second episode of Out of the Way, “Hudson Whiskey Gets a Visit from Superfan Anthony Carrino,” opens with our host dropping by the distillery that produces his favorite bourbon, proving that Carrino has an appreciation for the finer things in life. While the whiskey distilling process is interesting and involves some lovely hardware, the real takeaway from this webisode is that Hudson Whiskey is opening a B&B which will allow other riders to enjoy an evening of sampling the distillery’s wares and not worry about getting back on a bike afterwards.

After viewing the two shows on ulive.com, we’re interested in seeing what else Carrino has in store for us. He promises it’ll be interesting and “Out of the Way.” Visit the show’s ulive.com page for more episodes.

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<![CDATA[Sykes Staying with Kawasaki Through 2016 WSBK Season]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/motorcycle-news/sykes-staying-kawasaki-2016-wsbk-season/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/motorcycle-news/sykes-staying-kawasaki-2016-wsbk-season/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:26:57 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44938 Sykes Staying with Kawasaki Through 2016 WSBK Season
Reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes has signed a contract extension with Kawasaki to see him continue to ride for Team Green through the 2016 season. Sykes, who currently holds a 44-point lead over Aprilia‘s Sylvain Guintoli with three rounds remaining in the season, has been with Kawasaki since 2010. Since hopping on board the […] more]]>
Reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes has signed a contract extension with Kawasaki to see him continue to ride for Team Green through the 2016 season.

Sykes, who currently holds a 44-point lead over Aprilia‘s Sylvain Guintoli with three rounds remaining in the season, has been with Kawasaki since 2010. Since hopping on board the Ninja ZX-10R superbike, Sykes has won 22 WSBK races and holds a record for 23 Superpoles in the current qualifying format. In 151 race starts, Sykes has appeared on the podium 46 times and on 21 occasions, recorded the fastest lap of the race.

“I am very excited to re-sign and the decision was quite easy,” says Sykes. “I am looking forward to another two years with a great manufacturer. Kawasaki and I already have quite a good history. This is my fifth year as a rider with the brand, my fourth year with the current model of the Ninja ZX-10R, so for me it was an easy decision to continue.”

The new contract will provide Kawasaki with some stability as it adapts to the series’ new EVO rules which take effect next season. Kawasaki has already gotten a good head start, fielding David Salom on an EVO-spec machine this season. Keeping its star rider under contract for two more seasons will further help Kawasaki handle the new regulations.

“It is very good that Kawasaki and Tom have signed again for 2015 and 2016 as it is a very good point to work towards the new rules coming in 2015, and make another strong season in 2016,” says Guim Roda, Kawasaki Racing Team manager. “Tom knows the bike and team very well and I can guarantee he has still not arrived at the limit of his full potential. This is a very good opportunity to continue with great stability so we can improve the package and be even stronger next year.”

[Source: Kawasaki]

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<![CDATA[2015 Harley-Davidson CVO and Twin-Cooled Models Certified by CARB]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-cvo-twin-cooled-models-certified-carb/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/19/manufacturers/harley-davidson/2015-harley-davidson-cvo-twin-cooled-models-certified-carb/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:49:53 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44931 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO and Twin-Cooled Models Certified by CARB
The California Air Resource Board has released new certification documents revealing most of Harley-Davidson‘s 2015 line-up. The CARB executive orders, required before a motorcycle is allowed to be sold in California, reveal new CVO versions of the Road Glide Ultra and Street Glide, two low versions of the Electra Glide and more models receiving Harley-Davidson’s […] more]]>
The California Air Resource Board has released new certification documents revealing most of Harley-Davidson‘s 2015 line-up. The CARB executive orders, required before a motorcycle is allowed to be sold in California, reveal new CVO versions of the Road Glide Ultra and Street Glide, two low versions of the Electra Glide and more models receiving Harley-Davidson’s Twin-Cooled engine.

Introduced last year on the Ultra Limited, CVO Limited and Tri-Glide Ultra trike, the Twin-Cooled engine uses liquid-cooling for the cylinder heads, reducing emissions. Based on the certification documents, the Twin-Cooled engine will be used on the CVO Road Glide Ultra and CVO Street Glide, as well as a new Electra Glide Ultra Limited Low.

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Based on its name, we expect the Electra Glide Ultra Limited Low will have a lower seat height than the regular Electra Glide’s 29.1 inches. The CARB documents also identify an Electra Glide Classic Low which will likely have the same lower seat height, though it will be powered by Harley-Davidson’s air-cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine.

The CARB documents also certify the recently revealed Road Glide and Road Glide Special (pictured at top) which will likely form the basis for the CVO Road Glide Ultra. Also certified is the Harley-Davidson Freewheeler, a new trike recently spotted by spy photographers. The CARB documents confirmed our earlier theory the Freewheeler will use the High Output Twin Cam 103 engine.

CARB has yet to release executive orders certifying Harley-Davidson’s Softail lineup, though we expect those to come shortly.

[Source: CARB]

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<![CDATA[Yamaha U.S.A. Partners With Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/products/yamaha-u-s-partners-rockstar-energy-uproar-festival/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/products/yamaha-u-s-partners-rockstar-energy-uproar-festival/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:46:00 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44928 Yamaha U.S.A. Partners With Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival
Your chance to win a custom Yamaha FZ-09. more]]>
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. is proud to announce Yamaha as the official motorcycle of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival.

With the high energy vibe that comes from bands such as the headliners Godsmack, the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival is the perfect partner to highlight the all-new Yamaha FZ-09. During the course of the festival, Yamaha will have an interactive FZ-09 Event Tour truck on hand at 13 stops to let people get a more in-depth look at Yamaha’s line of motorcycles.

As part of the partnership Yamaha will be holding a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will take home a custom painted cobranded FZ-09. For more information on how to register to win and see what stops will feature the FZ-09 Event Tour truck go to: http://www.yamahamotorsports.com/campaign/FZ09CustomSweepstakes.

For more information and tour dates for the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival please visit: www.rockstaruproar.com.

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<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson Motorclothes Turns to 3M For Conspicuous Riding Gear]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/gear-2/harley-davidson-motorclothes-turns-3m-conspicuous-riding-gear/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/gear-2/harley-davidson-motorclothes-turns-3m-conspicuous-riding-gear/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:06:05 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44911 Harley-Davidson Motorclothes Turns to 3M For Conspicuous Riding Gear
Motorcyclists should always be concerned with their conspicuity. Never is this more important than in the rain or after dark where vision is severely limited. The Motorclothes division of Harley-Davidson decided highlight its riding gear – literally. First, 3M’s Scotchlite Reflective Material was chosen because of the extremely high percentage of light returned to its source when compared to other material. What that […] more]]>
Motorcyclists should always be concerned with their conspicuity. Never is this more important than in the rain or after dark where vision is severely limited. The Motorclothes division of Harley-Davidson decided highlight its riding gear – literally.

First, 3M’s Scotchlite Reflective Material was chosen because of the extremely high percentage of light returned to its source when compared to other material. What that means to riders is that their riding gear will light up in car headlights to a claimed distance of “up to 500 feet.” When added to Motorclothes typically high-quality construction, the reflective gear will keep Harley riders on the road safely and with a style to match their motorcycles. Look for these products at your local Harley-Davidson dealer or online at www.h-d.com/store.

HD Mens High Tail RainHigh Tail Colorblocked Hi-Vis Rain Suit (P/N 98337–15VM) is a sturdy jacket and pants set constructed of 100 percent nylon ripstop fabric. A polyester mesh lining adds comfort wile the jacket features a storable hood. To prevent the dreaded pipe melt, the pants include heat-resistant materials on the lower, inner legs. An elastic waist band and removable suspenders provide a proper fit for a variety of body shapes. In addition to the attention-getting orange color blocks on the upper chest and back, key placement of 3M Scotchlite enhances visibility. Available in sizes S–5XL, the suit retails for $195. A storage bag is included.

Medallion Reflective Riding Jacket

The Medallion Reflective Riding Jacket (P/N 98082–15VM) uses waterproof 600 denier polyester for its exterior shell and couples it with a breathable nylon shell. A pair of zippered vents in both front and rear of the jacket helps keep the rider cool in dry weather. The collar contains a rain hood that can be worn under the helmet to prevent the slow torture of the down-the-back-drip. Scotchlite is used throughout the jacket to help light up the piping, stripes, panels and graphics in headlights, drawing attention to more than the jacket’s good looks. Pockets are included for optional body armor. Available in sizes S–5XL, the Medallion Reflective Riding Jacket carries a $325 MSRP.

Medallion Reflective Leather Jacket

The Medallion Reflective Leather Jacket replaces the 600 denier polyester of the Medallion with waterproof, midweight cowhide leather. Otherwise, the Medallion Reflective Leather Jacket is the same versatile, reflective jacket. The sleeves are pre-curved for comfort while power-stretch panels on the back ensure a proper fit. Visit your local H-D dealership with $550 to buy this jacket in sizes S–5XL.

Skull Illumination Riding Jacket

The women’s Skull Illumination Riding Jacket (P/N 98089–15VW) stylishly features 3M Scotchlite in the piping, sleeves, panels and graphics for excellent nighttime visibility. Cooling airflow is offered by two-way zippered wraparound vents. The jacket’s fit can be fine-tuned via buckle waist tabs and a bungee cord toggle waist. Optional armor is available for the elbows and shoulders. The Skull Illumination Riding Jacket is available in XS–3W sizes for a retail price of $295.

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<![CDATA[Ducati Revs America Track Day At COTA With Jason Pridmores STAR School]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-revs-america-track-day-cota-jason-pridmores-star-school/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-revs-america-track-day-cota-jason-pridmores-star-school/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:18:12 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44908 Ducati Revs America Track Day At COTA With Jason Pridmore’s STAR School
Your chance to ride at COTA, courtesy of Ducati. more]]>
If you’ve been eager to ride at America’s world-class Circuit of the Americas, and get equally world-class instruction to boot, listen up. Ducati and Jason Pridmore’s STAR School today announce “Ducati Revs America,” a premium two-day track experience to be held at the prestigious Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, on September 29-30, 2014. Registration is now open to the public and is limited to only 90 participants. Contact your local Ducati authorized dealer to register.

As part of the experience, riders will be treated to two days of world–class instruction from AMA Pro Racing champion Jason Pridmore; technical demonstrations from Ducati; a fully catered breakfast and lunch on both days; a Ducati gift package; as well as special guest rider appearances, dinner reception, entertainment and more.

“The world-renowned quality of Ducati motorcycles combined with the prestige of STAR School provides a truly unique and special experience for all participants,” said Pridmore. “It’s a privilege to be at the helm uniting these two world-class brands at COTA – one of the most exciting tracks in the world.”

In addition to riding on one of the world’s premier racing circuits, the $1900.00 fee secures one of only 90 available spaces in the school, which were limited to allow for longer practice sessions and to ensure a more personalized tutorial. Designed for those who are new to the track as well as experienced track riders, the two-day track school will help participants build confidence and speed, while making them safer motorcyclists overall.

Bikes of all makes and models are encouraged to join, so long as they meet the minimum criteria of safety requirements issued by COTA and Star Motorcycle School, in addition to having at least one year riding experience.

For more information, or to sign up for your spot, visit www.ducatiusa.com or www.starmotorcycle.com.

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<![CDATA[2016 Midual Type 1 Prototype Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/motorcycle-category/standard/2016-midual-type-1-prototype-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/motorcycle-category/standard/2016-midual-type-1-prototype-revealed/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:17:02 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44888 2016 Midual Type 1 Prototype Revealed
Most motorcycle enthusiasts are probably unfamiliar with the Midual brand. Originally formed in 1992 by entrepreneur Olivier Midy, Midual was an obscure French brand best known for introducing a 875cc roadster concept in 1999. What made the concept noteworthy was the company’s decision to use a transversely-mounted flat-twin engine. The cylinders pointed in opposite directions […] more]]>
Most motorcycle enthusiasts are probably unfamiliar with the Midual brand. Originally formed in 1992 by entrepreneur Olivier Midy, Midual was an obscure French brand best known for introducing a 875cc roadster concept in 1999. What made the concept noteworthy was the company’s decision to use a transversely-mounted flat-twin engine. The cylinders pointed in opposite directions like BMW’s boxer twins, but instead of sticking out to either side, the Midual 900 had one cylinder pointed toward the front wheel and the other pointing up to the tail.

Despite garnering a lot of attention at the 1999 Salon du Deux-Roues motorcycle fair in Paris, Midual did not have the financial resources to bring the concept to production. The brand faded into obscurity until it resurfaced last week with a brand new prototype at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Carmel, Calif.

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The Midual Type 1 still uses a transverse flat-twin engine design and the cylinders laying in the frame at a 25° downward angle. Midual claims the arrangement offers a low center of gravity while reducing longitudinal inertia. While the original 900 concept had a 94 mm bore and 63 mm stroke, the Type 1 has a 100 mm cylinder bore with a 66 mm stroke, giving it a 1036cc displacement. Midual claims 74 ft-lb. of torque at 5300 rpm with a peak of 106 hp at 8000 rpm, just 800 rpm below the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected DOHC four-valve per cylinder engine’s rev limit.

The engine is mounted to an aluminum alloy frame with an integrated fuel tank, holding 3.7 gallons of gasoline.  The top of the fuel tank houses an instrument panel with several analog gauges.

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The Midual is equipped with a 43mm Ohlins FGRT fork offering 120 mm of travel. Midual says the rake is adjustable from  24 to 25°, with a 100mm trail when the rake is set to 24.5°. The rear wheel and aluminum swingarm is suspened by a cantilevered Ohlins TTX36 rear shock which also offers 120 mm of travel.

Brembo provides the braking components which include dual-piston calipers gripping the two 320mm floating discs up front and a two-piston caliper with 245mm disc at the rear.

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eing a French company, Midual wrapped the 17-inch wire-spoke wheels in Michelin tires, with a 120-70 tire up front and a 180/55 at the rear.

The Midual displays a high attention to detail in the leather hand grips, fuel tank knee grips and instrument panel finishes. Midual promises to offer a number of customizable touches from various seat colors, and a choice of Australian oak or metal instrument panel finishes.

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Midual has been testing its Type 1 prototype since the summer of 2013 but the finished product won’t be ready until 2016. Midual plans to produce only 35 examples of the Type 1 for sale to European customers, and is already accepting orders at a hefty price of €140,000 (US$187,066). Being a boutique brand, Midual is also offering a four-year warranty and maintenance plan which includes the cost of picking up the motorcycle and shipping it to and from the factory for service.

[Source: Midual]

 

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<![CDATA[“The Meet” Vintage Motorcycle Show This Saturday]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/events/meet-vintage-motorcycle-show-saturday/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/events/meet-vintage-motorcycle-show-saturday/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:32:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44884 “The Meet” Vintage Motorcycle Show This Saturday
The stage is set for ”The Meet at ACM” motorcycle show this weekend in Tacoma, WA. While festivities will begin on Friday evening, America’s Car Museum (ACM) will host the third annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Organizers expect 450 vintage motorcycles and scooters from all over the nation to attend. “The Meet” Vintage Motorcycle […] more]]>

The stage is set for ”The Meet at ACM” motorcycle show this weekend in Tacoma, WA. While festivities will begin on Friday evening, America’s Car Museum (ACM) will host the third annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Organizers expect 450 vintage motorcycles and scooters from all over the nation to attend.

“The Meet” Vintage Motorcycle Show Scheduled For August 22–24 In Tacoma, WA

The Saturday event will include:

  • Pre–1981 motorcycles, including BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Lambretta, Moto Guzzi, Norton, Royal Enfield, Triumph, Vespa and Vincent
  • Judged classes with an awards ceremony
  • Used Bike Corral and Swap Meet
  • Vendors offering apparel, bike accessories and restoration services
  • Motorcycle test rides
  • Observed Trials demonstration by the Puget Sound Trialers Club
  • Precision group formation demonstrations by the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team

On Sunday, a 70-mile, 3-hour scenic ride is scheduled and open to all vintage and modern motorcycles and scooters. After the ride, a barbecue will be held at the Museum. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Entries cost $15.

Fans of vintage motorcycles – or just motorcycles, in general – should head on down to the LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D Street in Tacoma, (877) 902–8490.

For further information, please visit vintagemotorcyclefestival.com.

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<![CDATA[2015 Suzuki GW250F Revealed for China]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/manufacturers/suzuki/2015-suzuki-gw250f-revealed-china/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/08/18/manufacturers/suzuki/2015-suzuki-gw250f-revealed-china/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:01:00 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=44867 2015 Suzuki GW250F Revealed for China
Suzuki’s Chinese partner Haojue has revealed a new fully-faired variant on the GW250. Revealed in Shanghai, the new GW250F follows the original naked GW250 (known in some markets as the Inazuma) and the semi-faired GW250S offered in Asia and Europe. The GW250S is powered by the same liquid-cooled 248cc Twin equipped on its siblings, claiming […] more]]>
Suzuki’s Chinese partner Haojue has revealed a new fully-faired variant on the GW250. Revealed in Shanghai, the new GW250F follows the original naked GW250 (known in some markets as the Inazuma) and the semi-faired GW250S offered in Asia and Europe.

The GW250S is powered by the same liquid-cooled 248cc Twin equipped on its siblings, claiming 24.1 hp at 8500 rpm and 16.2 ft-lb. at 2600 rpm. Haojue claims a top speed of 120 kph, or 75 mph. 081814-suzuki-gw250f-presentation

 

The braking system is identical, with a two-piston caliper and 290mm disc up front and a 240mm disc at the back. Suspension is also similar to the other GW250 variants, with a seven-way preload-adjustable monoshock and a telescopic fork (though the GW250F does add some fork guards). The fuel tank is also the same, carrying 3.5 gallons.

The differences are the full fairing and integrated windshield, and a sportier riding position thanks to lower handlebars. The changes are enough to bump the GW250F’s claimed curb weight to 417 pounds from 403 pounds.

It’s too early to say whether Suzuki will import the GW250F to North America. In China, where Haojue manufacturers all three versions, the GW250F is priced at 25,880 yuan (US$4,214), up from the naked GW250′s 23,880 yuan price (US$3,888. Suzuki prices the U.S. version at $3,999.) The GW250S was originally priced at 26,380 yuan but now reduced to 24,980 yuan (US$4,065).

[Source: Haojue]

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