Motorcycle.com News http://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Wed, 27 May 2015 16:59:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 <![CDATA[NADAguides.com Adds Motorcycle Pricing]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/27/news/nadaguides-com/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/27/news/nadaguides-com/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:59:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50423 NADAguides.com Adds Motorcycle Pricing
NADAguides.com has announced the addition of motorcycle, RV and boat pricing, specs and tools to its mobile site. Consumers now have access to suggested list price, low retail price, average retail price and pricing with options from their smartphones for the following vehicles: Motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, side cars, snowmobiles (snowmobiles back to 1985) and trailers (1996 – 2016) Boats, […] more]]>
NADAguides.com has announced the addition of motorcycle, RV and boat pricing, specs and tools to its mobile site. Consumers now have access to suggested list price, low retail price, average retail price and pricing with options from their smartphones for the following vehicles:

  • Motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, side cars, snowmobiles (snowmobiles back to 1985) and trailers (1996 – 2016)
  • Boats, sailboats, personal watercraft (PWC), outboard motors and boat trailers (1960 – 2015)
  • Travel trailers/5th wheels, motorhomes, camping trailers, truck campers, park models, tow vehicles (1966 – 2016)

“By adding comprehensive motorcycle, RV and boat pricing, specs and shopping tools, we are equipping consumers with the research and knowledge they need to make informed buying, selling and trading decisions,” says Troy Snyder, COO at NADAguides. “Whether on a desktop computer, tablet and now smartphone, the trusted and market-reflective vehicle information consumers rely on every day is now available anywhere, anytime its needed from any device. It’s a natural enhancement to the NADAguides.com mobile site as we know mobile devices are the tool consumers rely on most for quick, easy-to-access information.”

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<![CDATA[Michelin Launches Social Media Photo Contest]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/26/products/michelinonmymoto/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/26/products/michelinonmymoto/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 18:17:14 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50417 Michelin Launches Social Media Photo Contest
Michelin has launched a social media photo contest giving riders a chance to share their riding experiences and win a set of Michelin tires. Michelin is asking riders to share their photos and add a caption containing the hashtag #MichelinOnMyMoto on the Michelin Facebook page. Doing so allows the Michelin moto community to vote for their favorites. The […] more]]>
Michelin has launched a social media photo contest giving riders a chance to share their riding experiences and win a set of Michelin tires. Michelin is asking riders to share their photos and add a caption containing the hashtag #MichelinOnMyMoto on the Michelin Facebook page. Doing so allows the Michelin moto community to vote for their favorites. The contest runs from May 22 through June 30.

Beautiful photos, creative use of the #MichelinOnMyMoto hashtag and deftly sharing a post are the keys to winning the most votes. The winner will receive a certificate that can be redeemed for a set of Michelin tires to fit his or her motorcycle, with a retail value up to $500. Riders 18 years and older are eligible. No purchase is required to enter, and the contest is open to riders throughout the United States.

For more information, and to enter, visit the Michelin Motorcycle Facebook page, click on the photo contest icon on the left side of the page.

“The number of Michelin Motorcycle followers is growing daily, and the conversations around their riding experiences on Michelin tires are creating a tight community,” said Scot Clark, marketing and communications manager for the two-wheel division of Michelin North America. “Whether you’re on an adventure bike, a touring bike, sport bike or standard motorcycle, this is a fun way to share your passion and perhaps win a new set of tires for your motorcycle.”

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<![CDATA[New, Longer Sun Visor For Arai Pro Shade System]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/26/gear-2/arai-pro-shade-system/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/26/gear-2/arai-pro-shade-system/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 17:41:49 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50414 New, Longer Sun Visor For Arai Pro Shade System
Arai is now offering a long-visor version of the company’s Pro Shade System. The new longer visor provides slightly more coverage than the standard Pro Shade visor. Visor are also now available in four tint options: Smoke, Orange/Red, Blue and Silver. The longer visors can be installed as upgrades to your existing Pro Shade System […] more]]>
Arai is now offering a long-visor version of the company’s Pro Shade System. The new longer visor provides slightly more coverage than the standard Pro Shade visor. Visor are also now available in four tint options: Smoke, Orange/Red, Blue and Silver. The longer visors can be installed as upgrades to your existing Pro Shade System or purchased as part of the Pro Shade System.

Arai is also offering new solid color options for the Signet-Q Pro-Tour and Defiant Pro-Cruise models. Both models are now also available in White, Diamond White, Diamond Black, Aluminum Silver and Fluorescent Yellow. These models come pre-equipped with a Pro Shade System installed, a new anti-microbial Eco-Pure liner and additional ear pocket space for communication systems.

You can read a review of the Signet-Q with the Pro Shade System, or check out the Arai website for ordering information.

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<![CDATA[Polaris Slingshot Now Legal in Texas]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/26/motorcycle-category/other/polaris-slingshot-now-legal-in-texas/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/26/motorcycle-category/other/polaris-slingshot-now-legal-in-texas/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:20:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50411 Polaris Slingshot Now Legal in Texas
Residents of the Lone Star State can finally purchase the Polaris Slingshot after Texas passed a new law allowing three-wheeled “autocycles” to be registered in the state. “Slingshot is an entirely new driving and riding experience designed for one purpose – exhilaration,” says Craig Scanlon, Polaris vice president of Slingshot. “We understand how much excitement […] more]]>
Residents of the Lone Star State can finally purchase the Polaris Slingshot after Texas passed a new law allowing three-wheeled “autocycles” to be registered in the state.

“Slingshot is an entirely new driving and riding experience designed for one purpose – exhilaration,” says Craig Scanlon, Polaris vice president of Slingshot. “We understand how much excitement was built among Texas residents when the Slingshot first came out. After a long wait, we’re excited to get Slingshot riders on the road in Texas and we encourage them to experience this one-of-a-kind roadster for themselves.”

Back in November, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles refused to register Slingshots because they fell into the no-man’s land between motorcycles and cars. The DMV did not consider the Slingshot to be a motorcycle because it had seats instead of a saddle, nor did it consider it a car because it lacked the features of an automobile including a fourth wheel.

State legislators went to work, introducing two separate bills, HB439 and SB449, intended to correct the issue. Earlier this month, the House voted 142-0 (with two members not voting and another six not present) in favor of SB449. Governor Greg Abbott signed SB449 on June 22, officially legalizing three-wheelers like the Slingshot.

SB449 defined vehicles with seats, a steering wheel and propelled by “not more than three wheels” as “autocycles”. The bill also allowed autocycles to be registered as motorcycles and operated by those holding a Class M license. That also means motorcycle helmet laws apply for the Slingshot which, in Texas, means all riders under the age of 21 or those who haven’t completed an approved safety course or additional insurance coverage must wear the proper headgear.

Polaris Slingshots are now available at dealerships in Texas in all three trims, the base model, Slingshot SL and Slingshot SL LE.

[Source: Polaris, Texas Legislature]

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<![CDATA[BMW Reveals Concept 101 K1600 Bagger]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/25/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-reveals-concept-101-k1600-bagger/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/25/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-reveals-concept-101-k1600-bagger/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 18:26:09 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50373 BMW Reveals Concept 101 K1600 Bagger
BMW, with the help of Roland Sands Designs, revealed the Concept 101, a bagger based on the six-cylinder K1600 platform. Debuting at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Italy’s Lake Como, the 101 is only a concept, but with spy photographers recently catching a glimpse of a prototype undergoing testing, we may see a production […] more]]>
BMW, with the help of Roland Sands Designs, revealed the Concept 101, a bagger based on the six-cylinder K1600 platform. Debuting at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Italy’s Lake Como, the 101 is only a concept, but with spy photographers recently catching a glimpse of a prototype undergoing testing, we may see a production model shortly.

This isn’t the first time BMW and RSD have teamed up for a concept. In 2013, RSD helped put together the BMW Concept Ninety (incidentally, it was also revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este) which was followed soon after by the RnineT production model. Unlike most concept models, the the RnineT differed quite a bit from the concept thanks to Roland Sands’ custom touch, and we expect the production bagger to look more like the K1600GT and K1600GTL.

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The BMW Concept 101 gets its name from the 1649cc engine’s displacement in cubic inches as well as Highway 101 which runs near BMW’s Designworks subsidiary in Newbury Park, Calif. The nods to a West Coast highway and the American use of cubic inches to measure engine displacement are more than incidental, as bagger style bikes are very much an American-influenced motorcycle segment.

“The Concept 101 opens up a new chapter in the history of our concept bikes,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design. “It is the BMW Motorrad interpretation of endless highways and the dream of freedom and independence – the perfect embodiment of ‘American touring’. Designing this big touring bike study was amazingly exciting for us because we haven’t been involved with a motorcycle concept like this before. To me, the Concept 101 is the epitome of elegance, power and luxury on two wheels.”

The 101 offers a drop-shaped profile with a tall front-end that tapers towards the tail. The integrated luggage follows the same streamlined shape above the tailpipe which actually directs exhaust gasses out to either side instead of straight back.

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The bodywork uses a combination of brushed aluminum finish and carbon with wood-panel trim. The K16 engine remains in full display but with a black finish to contrast with the lighter bodywork. The headlight maintains the same look as on the K1600GT and K1600GTL but the taillights are integrated into the bags.

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We look forward to seeing the final production model bagger, likely to come this fall at EICMA, but we’re especially looking forward to the inevitable shootout between the new BMW and Honda‘s Gold Wing F6B.

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<![CDATA[Victory Prototype Race Engine Revealed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/manufacturers/victory/victory-prototype-race-engine-revealed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/manufacturers/victory/victory-prototype-race-engine-revealed/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 22:25:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50363 Victory Prototype Race Engine Revealed
Victory has released photos of a prototype racing engine to be used in the upcoming Pikes Peak Hill Climb (June 28). No specs were included, but the V-Twin is obviously a tweaked version of the 60-degree mill powering the Indian Scout that beat all comers in our Bout With The Scout shootout. The Scout we tested produced 83 hp and 62.5 lb-ft […] more]]>
Victory has released photos of a prototype racing engine to be used in the upcoming Pikes Peak Hill Climb (June 28). No specs were included, but the V-Twin is obviously a tweaked version of the 60-degree mill powering the Indian Scout that beat all comers in our Bout With The Scout shootout. The Scout we tested produced 83 hp and 62.5 lb-ft of torque. This prototype engine should elevate those numbers to ensure competitiveness.

MO editors were and are in agreement that a sportier version of the Scout would be a great addition to Indian’s line-up, but considering the Twin is powering a Victory-branded/Roland Sands-built custom racer, maybe we’ll see a new sport-model in Victory’s arsenal utilizing a version of Scout’s 1133cc engine.

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Known as Project 156 (a nod to the mountain’s 156 corners), Victory will compete in one of America’s most challenging events. If the team reaches the 14,000-foot finish line in record time, we might expect to see a special commemoration model from Victory celebrating the achievement.

Regardless of the win, Victory is sure to compile valuable data for use in future Victory models as well as Indian ones. In addition to the Pikes Peak event, Victory has also recently announced a new energy and direction for the brand seen in formation of an NHRA team and Isle of Man TT racing effort.

This isn’t the first time Victory and RSD have teamed up to construct a prototype racer as seen in the video below from 2011 when the two joined forces to reach 200 mph with a turbo-charged, air-cooled Victory V-Twin.

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<![CDATA[Springfield Mile To Be Live Streamed In High-Def On FansChoice.tv]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/motorcycle-news/springfield-mile-to-be-live-streamed-in-high-def-on-fanschoice-tv/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/motorcycle-news/springfield-mile-to-be-live-streamed-in-high-def-on-fanschoice-tv/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 22:01:19 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50365 Springfield Mile To Be Live Streamed In High-Def On FansChoice.tv
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If you can’t make it to the Springfield Mile on Sunday, you can catch all the action in high-definition online by heading over to http://www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/ama/flat-track.

The eyes of the world will be on Springfield as Australian road racing legend Troy Bayliss will make his much-anticipated AMA Pro Flat Track debut aboard the No. 21I Ducati Scrambler-inspired 1100cc machine against defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees on the No. 1 Harley-Davidson, No. 42 Bryan Smith, No. 2 Kenny Coolbeth Jr., No. 6 Brad Baker and the rest of the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines field in one of the most iconic races on the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule.

In the GNC2 class, No. 11Z Andrew Luker will try to extend his points lead, with No. 14A Dalton Gauthier and No. 67M Davis Fisher hot on his tail when the up-and-coming stars of the sport compete on twins for the first time in 2015.

FansChoice.tv Live Streaming Schedule for Sunday, May 24 at the Springfield Mile:

Practice/qualifying: 10:15 a.m. CT (11:15 a.m. ET, 8:15 a.m. PT)

Exclusive pre-race show: noon CT (1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT)

Opening ceremonies: 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT)

Heat races: 1:30 p.m. CT (2:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. PT)

GNC2 main: 3:30 p.m CT (4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT)

GNC1 main: 4 p.m. CT (5 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT)

For Australian viewers, practice and qualifying begin at 1:15 a.m. AEST with the pre-race show scheduled for 3 a.m. AEST. Heat races are set to begin at 4:30 a.m. AEST with the GNC1 main slated for a 7 a.m. AEST start.

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<![CDATA[Pirelli And Ducati Scrambler Collaboration Results In SC-Rumble]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/motorcycle-news/pirelli-and-ducati-scrambler-collaboration-results-in-sc-rumble/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/motorcycle-news/pirelli-and-ducati-scrambler-collaboration-results-in-sc-rumble/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 19:23:57 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50356 Pirelli And Ducati Scrambler Collaboration Results In SC-Rumble
Grittier, war-themed Ducati Scrambler to appear in London and France. more]]>
The partnership between Pirelli and Ducati has been a long standing one, and to showcase both brand’s commitments to one another, Vibrazioni Art Design was commissioned to create this, the SC-Rumble. Based on the Ducati Scrambler, each side of the gas tank has a rubber sheet which is laser inscribed with the tread pattern of the factory MT-60 RS tires along with the Ducati Scrambler logo.

Vibrazioni Art Design maintained the general Scrambler theme, while giving the bike “more warlike personality and a partiality for dusty, dirt roads.” The “SC-Rumble” keeps the factory equipment Pirelli MT 60 RS tires mounted on solid wheels. The factory frame was shortened at the rear and all the original superstructures were removed in favor of a monocoque frame made from recycled industrial sheet metal bins, hand hammered and shaped maintaining the original colors. The monocoque frame was then painted with a glossy finish polyurethane clearcoat in order to accentuate its shine and to give the surface a look which is smooth to the touch.

The top fairing, made from hand shaped aluminum like the side panels, houses the billet aluminum headlight, with a smoked lens that has a circular LED light guide inside which is inspired by the factory Ducati Scrambler headlight. The high exhaust is based on the dedicated Termignoni aftermarket model with a hand-crafted silencer.

At the rear, there’s a modified shock absorber with a lengthened center-to-center distance, made to measure. The factory handlebar was replaced with one from the Ducati Streetfighter. The decorations on one side of the tank have the words Ducati Scrambler hand painted and on the other they emphasize the texture of the Pirelli MT 60 RS tire tread pattern, laser inscribed on nitride rubber and applied within the body of the tank itself.

The SC-Rumble will be introduced to the press on May 22 at the London Bike Shed. Public viewing of the bike will be available May 23 and 24. From there, the bike will travel to the French town of Biarritz where it will participate in the “Wheels and Waves” show scheduled June 11-14. Anyone who would like can come along on the trip, which will be documented daily on the Ducati Scrambler Facebook page www.facebook.com/scramblerducati and the Pirelli Moto Facebook page www.facebook.com/pirellimoto.

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<![CDATA[Hindle Exhaust For Yamaha YZF-R3]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/products/hindle-exhaust-for-yamaha-yzf-r3/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/products/hindle-exhaust-for-yamaha-yzf-r3/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:26:08 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50353 Hindle Exhaust For Yamaha YZF-R3
Hindle’s full exhaust system and slip-on muffler for Yamaha’s YZF-R3 are now available. The Hindle full system eliminates the entire stock exhaust system for better performance, weight reduction, and improved sound. The front section retails for $449.95, while the muffler is sold separately (muffler prices start at $249.95). Carbon Evolution muffler shown here is $399.95 […] more]]>
Hindle’s full exhaust system and slip-on muffler for Yamaha’s YZF-R3 are now available. The Hindle full system eliminates the entire stock exhaust system for better performance, weight reduction, and improved sound. The front section retails for $449.95, while the muffler is sold separately (muffler prices start at $249.95). Carbon Evolution muffler shown here is $399.95 MSRP.

The Hindle slip-on retains the stock front section but eliminates the stock mid-pipe and muffler. The slip-on adapter ($99.95) and Hindle muffler are sold separately.

For more information go to hindle.com.

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<![CDATA[Enter Yamaha bLU cRU Video Contest And You Might Win A New Yamaha]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/motorcycle-news/enter-yamaha-blu-cru-video-contest-and-you-might-win-a-new-yamaha/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/21/motorcycle-news/enter-yamaha-blu-cru-video-contest-and-you-might-win-a-new-yamaha/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:15:23 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50350 Enter Yamaha bLU cRU Video Contest And You Might Win A New Yamaha
A brand new Yamaha motorcycle could be yours by entering bLU cRU contest. more]]>
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., launched its bLU cRU Video Contest today, where the Grand Prize winner has a chance to take home a 2015 Yamaha YZ250F, WR250F, YZF-R3, or FZ-07. The Second Place Winner will get to choose a Yamaha PW3028 Pressure Washer or a Yamaha EF2000is Generator. The Third Place Winner will receive a $500 credit toward Yamaha apparel or accessories on www.ShopYamaha.com.

To enter the bLU cRU Video Contest, fans need to submit a short video that reflects their unique Yamaha style. Entries will be voted on by fans and friends, and contest participants are encouraged to post and share their videos on social media to get more votes.

Yamaha bLU cRU rider and four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes made a video of his own to encourage fans to enter the contest. Check it out here.

In addition, weekly winners chosen by random drawings will each receive $25 credit toward merchandise on www.bLUcRUswag.com.

For more information and to enter your video, go to http://www.blucrucontest.com. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

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<![CDATA[Triumph Offering Incentives To Test Ride Select Cruisers This Summer]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/20/motorcycle-news/triumph-offering-incentives-to-test-ride-select-cruisers-this-summer/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/20/motorcycle-news/triumph-offering-incentives-to-test-ride-select-cruisers-this-summer/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 22:25:40 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50343 Triumph Offering Incentives To Test Ride Select Cruisers This Summer
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In an effort to raise more awareness for its cruiser models, for a limited time, Triumph is offering consumers a $35 voucher to test ride its Thunderbird Commander, Thunderbird LT, Thunderbird Storm, Rocket Touring, Rocket Roadster, America, America LT and Speedmaster.

“Triumph is well known for its market-leading Modern Classic and Adventure motorcycles. Consumers are generally less aware of the great models in our Cruiser segment,” said Matt Sheahan, COO of Triumph Motorcycles America. “As riding season is upon us in North America, we’re inviting people to give our Cruisers a ride and take home some Triumph gear.”

Scheduling a test ride is a simple process through Triumph’s customer support channels.  Triumph offers the industry’s first 24/7 Customer Support line at 888-284-6288 and Live Chat via www.TriumphMotorcycles.com. Riders may click the ‘Test Ride’ link at www.TriumphMotorcycles.com and a representative will be in contact with further scheduling details.

In addition to the Cruisers test ride promotion, Triumph is also expanding its EXTRA program to include more complimentary accessories with the purchase of any Tiger 800, Tiger Explorer and Trophy models. Furthermore, buyers of model-year 2014 and prior Bonneville or Bonneville T100 will have the option of a special 1.99% APR financing with $0 down for 36 months or enjoy a complimentary first service. All promotions are effective immediately and will run through June 30, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Upcoming Springfield Mile Features Star-Studded Lineup]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/20/manufacturers/ducati/upcoming-sacramento-mile-features-star-studded-lineup/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/20/manufacturers/ducati/upcoming-sacramento-mile-features-star-studded-lineup/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 21:50:35 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50339 Upcoming Springfield Mile Features Star-Studded Lineup
Bayliss, Eslick, Mees, Baker, Texter just a few of the star-studded flat track cast. more]]>
From an AMA press release:


Thanks to increased factory support, special superstar competitors and new motorcycles destined to contend with Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki for podium appearances, the upcoming Springfield Mile is perhaps one of AMA Pro Flat Track’s most highly anticipated events in recent memory.

Roughly a month ago, news broke that Australian road racing legend and three-time World Superbike champion, Troy Bayliss, would compete in the premier Harley-Davdison GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines division at five AMA Pro Flat Track events during the 2015 season. The first of those much-anticipated races is Memorial Day Weekend’s Springfield Mile, set to take place this Sunday, May 24, at the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. Bayliss will ride a Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati Scrambler with the No. 21I. Powered by an air cooled Hypermotard-based 1100cc V-twin, the motorcycle has made steady progress since the Lloyd Brothers began racing it in 2010.

Not only will Bayliss challenge the world’s greatest dirt track racers, but he’ll do so on their home turf. The Springfield Mile is the crown jewel of the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule and each Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines competitor will be licking their chops at the opportunity to show the Aussie what racing in the world’s premier flat track series is really about.

Bayliss and his Lloyd Brothers teammate, Johnny Lewis, will both be trying to put a Ducati on the podium. The iconic Italian manufacturer has shown speed in AMA Pro Flat Track events before, and with extra support and tons of talent pushing the bikes around the track, there are high hopes for a strong showing.

Springfield is also one of the final AMA Pro Flat Track events before the sport makes its debut in the X Games, at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on June 4. In addition to fighting for the podium, the riders who received invites to compete in the immensely popular action sports showcase will certainly be looking to make sure they are ready for the international spotlight.

Defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees is aiming for his third title in four seasons, and the Clio, Mich., resident knows he must perform well at Springfield if he wants to achieve his goal. Last year, he recorded two third place Springfield Mile finishes and he’ll look to improve on those results this go-around aboard his No. 1 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson/Rogers Racing XR750.

The defending champion’s eagerness to perform well extends far beyond wanting to retain the coveted GNC1 No. 1 plate, as Harley-Davidson has agreed to pay $25,000 to the top rider utilizing their equipment in 2015. Mees was the undisputed top Harley-Davidson rider last year, but he’ll have to be at the top of his game again this season if he wants to cash in on Harley-Davidson’s generous bonus fund with a collection of elite riders hot on his tail. Mees is coming into Springfield fourth in GNC1 points.

One of Mees’ biggest competitors, Kenny Coolbeth Jr., is certainly a rider to look out for in 2015, and this weekend at Springfield. The No. 2 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 rider will look to build off his six-point lead in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines point standings, as well as preserve his impressive run at Springfield.

Coolbeth made headlines last season by winning the second Springfield Mile aboard a Harley-Davidson, ending a streak of four straight Kawasaki victories at the hallowed fairgrounds. He finished second in the first Springfield Mile in 2014. The Morris, Conn., native got off to a hot start this year at the Daytona Flat Track doubleheader, earning third and first place finishes to lead the GNC1 title chase heading into Springfield. Look for him to not only finish high in the running order this weekend at Springfield, but to be in contention for the championship all year.

Coolbeth leads Brandon Robinson in points after two rounds, and Sammy Halbert is another six points back of Robinson. Springfield will see Robinson make his debut on the No. 44 Latus Motors Triumph while Halbert will ride his No. 7 Briggs Auto Kawasaki for the first time.

Robert Pearson rounds out the top five in points coming into Springfield. The rider of the No. 27 KTM already has a pair of top 10s to his credit in 2015.

Brad Baker represents another Harley-Davidson rider gunning for the podium at Springfield. The No. 6 Factory Harley-Davidson pilot had an off year in 2014 by his standards, finishing fifth in points just one season removed from winning the Grand National Championship. He was, however, admittedly hampered by an arm injury early in the season. The Dryad, Wash., native will look to get his momentum back at Springfield after recording fifth and ninth place finishes in the Mile last year, but he’s again recovering from an offseason arm injury incurred at the Superprestigio in Barcelona, Spain. Baker wasn’t 100 percent at Daytona, but still made both main events, so with extra time to heal, he’ll look to be a contender at Springfield.

Flint, Mich., product Bryan Smith will pilot the No. 42 Crosley Brands Kawasaki EX650 at Springfield, and there’s no argument that Smith has been the dominating force on Mile courses over the last several seasons. Smith won three out of five Miles last year and was second to Coolbeth in the other two. He’s sitting 21st after both Daytona rounds, but will look to skyrocket up the point standings in Springfield.

Smith, along with the other Kawasaki competitors in AMA Pro Flat Track’s elite GNC1 class, will benefit from a new contingency program installed by Kawasaki to reward riders competing on their machinery for the 2015 season. The reigning AMA Pro Flat Track Manufacturer of the Year has graciously agreed to post a total of $75,450 in the form of per-race and year-end payouts to Kawasaki riders.

Along with Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki, another prominent manufacturer is making a splash in AMA Pro Flat Track this season. Riders on Yamaha equipment in both the GNC1 and GNC2 classes will benefit from a dramatically increased contingency program by the manufacturer in 2015. A total of $106,400 is up for grabs between both classes for eligible “bLU cRU” riders over the course of the season.

In addition to Yamaha’s increased contingency, the manufacturer will have Cory Texter pilot the new No. 65 Yamaha Motor USA/Memphis Shades Yamaha FZ-07 built into a frame made by dirt track legend Babe DeMay at Springfield for the first time ever.

Cory’s sister, Shayna Texter, will ride a No. 52 Crosley Radio Kawasaki EX650 at Springfield. It’s her second season competing in GNC1 and the first time she’ll use her new National Number on a twin. Cory and Shayna are the first brother and sister to both earn National Numbers.

Bayliss isn’t the only road racer adding crossover appeal to the Springfield Mile. Two-time defending Daytona 200 champion Danny Eslick recently announced he will compete in the Springfield Mile aboard a T&R Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 in GNC1 competition. Eslick has a flat track background, but has enjoyed success during his career as a road racer. He also received a coveted invite to the X Games, giving him added incentive to get up to speed quickly on the dirt.

The GNC2 field includes up-and-comers like Daytona Flat Track winner and current points leader Andrew Luker, who is scheduled to pilot the No. 11Z Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson this weekend, and Davis Fisher, last year’s GNC2 runner-up. Fisher is set to ride his No. 67M Racing Unlimited Kawasaki.

Whoever emerges victorious in the GNC2 will be a first-time winner at Springfield. AMA Pro Flat Track moved to the thundering twins at the Mile in 2013 with Shayna Texter pulling a sweep that year. Last season, Jarod Vanderkooi dominated both Springfield races. Both riders have since moved up to GNC1, clearing the way for the likes of Luker or Fisher to taste victory. GNC2 rookie Dalton Gauthier sits third in points and is coming off the first podium of his career with a third place showing in Round 2. Fisher is fourth in the standings, three points back of Gauthier and a single point in front of Brandon Wilhelm, who rounds out the top five coming into Springfield.

So far, there are 28 GNC2 riders pre-entered to compete in the Springfield Mile, and this number will only grow as we approach race day on Sunday.

J.R. Addison will look to rebound this season after suffering a crash at Springfield a year ago. The accident left him sidelined for several races but the No. 24F Smith Racing Kawasaki rider appears healthy in 2015 and ready to give it another go.

For tickets and more information on the Springfield Mile, fans are encouraged to call (217) 753-8866 or visit http://www.illinoismda.com/. The entire event will be broadcast live, in high definition and free of charge for fans around the world at www.FansChoice.tv.

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<![CDATA[Zero Motorcycles Lowers Price For 2015 North American Lineup]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/20/motorcycle-news/zero-motorcycles-lowers-price-for-2015-north-american-lineup/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/20/motorcycle-news/zero-motorcycles-lowers-price-for-2015-north-american-lineup/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 21:03:01 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50336 Zero Motorcycles Lowers Price For 2015 North American Lineup
Lower battery costs lead to immediate drop in Zero MSRP. more]]>
Zero Motorcycles today announced it would be lowering the prices of its entire 2015 lineup by $1,350. The price drop is a result of battery costs falling and energy densities increasing at a faster rate than anticipated.

“As leaders in this space we believe it is important to pass on the benefits of improved battery technology and our increased scale to consumers as soon as possible to allow more motorcyclists to experience the thrill of electric,” said Richard Walker, Zero Motorcycles CEO. “We’re not here to do things as they’ve been traditionally done in the motorcycle industry. Making this change mid-season to deliver great value to consumers at industry-leading price points, rather than waiting for 2016, is just the right thing to do.”

Since most distribution partners across the world buy Zero motorcycles based on the US MSRP, Zero says it will be able to pass on the benefit of these newly announced prices to consumers in their local markets. In Europe, these cost reductions will allow Zero to absorb the currency impact of the weakened Euro without raising prices from their current levels.

The new US MSRP for 2015 Model Zero Motorcycles are as follows:

2015 Zero FX
ZF2.8: $8,495
ZF5.7: $10,990

2015 Zero DS
ZF9.4: $11,995
ZF12.5: $13,995

2015 Zero S
ZF9.4: $11,995
ZF12.5: $13,995

2015 Zero SR
ZF12:5: $15,995

*Prices do not include sales tax, destination, freight, set-up, licensing or registration charges. Other charges may apply.

For more information, visit www.zeromotorcycles.com.

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<![CDATA[2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Revealed in Australian Patent Filings]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/15/manufacturers/honda/2016-honda-crf1000l-africa-twin-revealed-australian-patent-filings/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/15/manufacturers/honda/2016-honda-crf1000l-africa-twin-revealed-australian-patent-filings/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 20:27:52 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50313 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Revealed in Australian Patent Filings
Earlier this week, Honda confirmed it is bringing back the Africa Twin. The announcement was accompanied by a couple of heavily-shadowed images and two videos offering a mere glimpse of the new CRF1000L Africa Twin. If you can’t wait for what looks to be a long teaser campaign, we present full images of the new […] more]]>
Earlier this week, Honda confirmed it is bringing back the Africa Twin. The announcement was accompanied by a couple of heavily-shadowed images and two videos offering a mere glimpse of the new CRF1000L Africa Twin.

If you can’t wait for what looks to be a long teaser campaign, we present full images of the new Africa Twin from Honda’s own design patent filed in Australia. From these images we can see radial-mount brakes, handguards, rear luggage rack, a trellis subframe with integral bag mounts and a large bash plate that covers the CRF1000L’s belly, except for the exposed exhaust pipe.

051515-2016-honda-crf1000l-africa-twin-4Honda announced the Africa Twin will be offered with optional Dual-Clutch Transmission, which we assumed when we noticed the missing clutch lever on the True Adventure prototype shown at EICMA. While Honda says the CRF1000L’s DCT is specifically designed for off-road riding, those who want a manual transmission should note the presence of a foot shifter while the clutch lever is visible in the bottom view.

The rear perspectives also give us a look at the tall yet narrow instrument cluster. It’s not quite a Dakar rig but it is easily visible even from behind.

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We expect more details to come out in the weeks ahead. Check back here for the latest.

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica VIR Round To Be Live Streamed]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/15/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/motoamerica-vir-round-live-streamed/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/15/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/motoamerica-vir-round-live-streamed/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 16:46:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50299 MotoAmerica VIR Round To Be Live Streamed
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Round three of the MotoAmerica Road Racing Championship will be taking place this weekend, May 16-17, at Virginia International Raceway and if you can’t be there in person, all the action will be live streamed on MotoAmerica.com.

Fans who access the live streaming through MotoAmerica.com will see the Superbike/Superstock 1000 via MotorTrendOnDemand.com. When the on-track action switches to the Supersport and the Superstock 600 classes, those viewing the racing on MotoAmerica.com will be fed the action via FansChoice.tv.

Live streaming will begin with practice/qualifying on Saturday, May 16 at 9:10 a.m.(Eastern) and will run throughout the weekend, culminating with the second of the two Superbike/Superstock 1000 races on Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. (Eastern).

To view all the on-track streaming action from VIR visit, www.motoamerica.com.

Additionally, MotorTrendOnDemand.com currently has all the races from Road Atlanta archived on the motorcycle portion of its website. The rest of the MotoAmerica rounds will be added to the archive following the races.

CBS Sports Network, meanwhile, will air round three of the series from VIR on May 24 at 4 p.m (Eastern) with two re-airs set for May 24 at 9 p.m. (Eastern) and May 26 at 10 a.m. (Eastern).

For the complete race schedule for VIR  CLICK HERE

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<![CDATA[Splitlath To Continue Racing EBR At 2015 Isle Of Man TT And Macau]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/14/motorcycle-news/splitlath-continue-racing-ebr-2015-isle-man-tt-macau/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/14/motorcycle-news/splitlath-continue-racing-ebr-2015-isle-man-tt-macau/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 18:00:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50307 Splitlath To Continue Racing EBR At 2015 Isle Of Man TT And Macau
American Mark Miller to ride Splitlath EBR 1190RS at Isle of Man TT. more]]>
Despite EBR announcing the closure of the company earlier this year, the Splitlath Group will return to the 2015 edition of the Isle of Man TT with their own EBR 1190RS machines.

Isle Of Man TT The Hard Way

Riding the bikes will be American Mark Miller and South African Hudson Kennaugh. The two will be competing in the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT races. Miller will also race for the team on a Kawasaki ER6 in the Bennetts Lightweight race. 

The Splitlath EBR team used the EBR machines for their 2014 TT campaign with American riders Miller and Brandon Cretu, with former Macau Grand Prix podium finisher Miller lapping at a more than impressive 122.996mph in the Senior race while Cretu gave them their first TT finish with 42nd in the Senior. Building upon the lessons learned in 2014 the team now aim to show the true potential of the incredible EBR1190RS.

Isle Of Man TT 2014: RL360 Superstock TT Results

Miller is now a stalwart of the TT, having not missed a year since making his debut back in 2006, and is the fastest American ever to have lapped the Mountain Course with a lap of 125.507mph recorded in 2009. He also won the TT Zero race in 2010, finishing second in 2011 and third in 2012 and, having taken four top twenty finishes, he now has 19 replicas to his name.

Kennaugh makes his return to the TT after a four year absence. The South African ace made his debut in 2010 when he lapped at 121.759mph and picked up three bronze replicas. He went on to win the 2013 Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship and currently occupies second overall in the 2015 series having finished on the podium at each of the first three rounds including taking victory at the opening round at Donington Park.

Isle Of Man TT 2014: PokerStars Senior TT Results

Team owner John Dimbylow commented: “We’re still confident that we haven’t seen the last of Erik Buell and the EBR company so for us it was a simple decision; either give up on this year, or continue fighting and show the world just how incredible the EBR machines are on the roads. We felt we had a responsibility to all of the guys back at the factory to keep their bikes racing this year!” 

The Splitlath EBR team will also return to China with American Cory West to defend their lead in the Pan Delta Series and then return to Macau for the third consecutive year aboard the EBR machines.

Isle Of Man TT 2014: Dainese Superbike TT Results

Isle Of Man TT 2014: Bikenation Lightweight TT Results

Isle Of Man TT 2014 Wrap-Up

Off The Grid On The Isle Of Man

Isle Of Man TT: Cool And Unusual Motorcycles

2014 Isle Of Man TT Video

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<![CDATA[Zero Motorcycles Receives Major Grant From CA Energy Commission]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/14/motorcycle-news/zero-motorcycles-receives-major-grant-ca-energy-commission/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/14/motorcycle-news/zero-motorcycles-receives-major-grant-ca-energy-commission/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 17:31:59 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50303 Zero Motorcycles Receives Major Grant From CA Energy Commission
Over $2M in funding to go towards Zero's research, development and assembly operations. more]]>
Zero Motorcycles today announced it has been awarded a grant of $1,009,220 from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Interestingly, in Zero’s press release, the company claims it will match the commitment, resulting in over $2 million in funding to be made available to continued research, development and assembly of the brand’s electric motorcycles at the California headquarters.

“We thrive at the intersection of transportation, technology and energy efficiency,” said Zero Motorcycles CEO Richard Walker in said press release. “This generous grant, combined with the confidence of our investors, accelerates our global growth, expands Zero’s local workforce and manufacturing capacity, and will fuel continued innovation across all of our products.”

“It’s exciting to see Zero Motorcycles grow from a pilot production line we funded to an expanded manufacturing line through this latest grant,” said Janea A. Scott, lead commissioner on transportation for the California Energy Commission. “Transitioning from older, higher polluting vehicles to zero emission vehiclesones with no tailpipe pollution—helps the state meet its clean air, climate, and petroleum reduction goals.”

The California Energy Commission is focused on promoting efficiency and conservation, supporting cutting-edge research, and developing California’s renewable energy resources. Zero is committed to using the CEC grant to expand its production capacity through improvements in its manufacturing line, production efficiency and engineering processes.

“We believe CEC funding is ideally suited for this kind of project as we leverage 21st century California clean-tech manufacturing,” said Kai Hypko, VP of Operations at Zero. “As electric vehicles continue to gain popularity, Zero Motorcycles helps reduce petroleum use, improve air quality and energy efficiency, all while creating more skilled jobs here in California.”

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<![CDATA[CurbNinja App Makes Finding Moto Parking Easier + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/13/products/curbninja-app-makes-finding-moto-parking-easier-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/13/products/curbninja-app-makes-finding-moto-parking-easier-video/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 21:22:43 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50285 CurbNinja App Makes Finding Moto Parking Easier + Video
CurbNinja taps into the local community to help find a moto parking spot. more]]>
Generally speaking, finding a parking spot for a motorcycle or scooter is pretty simple: just choose anywhere a bike will fit and you’re done. However, when traveling to a new area sometimes that simple parking method will put you in violation of local laws. This is especially true in places like San Francisco. Helping to alleviate such parking woes is the newly released CurbNinja app currently available for iOS devices.

According to its press release, CurbNinja is the first community-based parking solution designed specifically for users who rely on motorbikes (motorcycles & scooters) for transportation. Similar to other community-based solutions (Waze or Zimride), CurbNinja relies on the power of its users to accurately maintain its inventory of parking spots specific to motorbikes.

CurbNinja first launched last year with its limited beta and has now released its new, fully-native iOS app with a streamlined UX and improved functionality. The new app allows users to search for and share street parking spots in their city. Now searchable in both a map and list view, each parking spot listing is complete with a photo, restrictions and a description; all details of which are fully editable by users. For metered spots, the listing also includes hours of operation and rates. All spots are locatable by the user’s current location or destination and navigable by the app’s driving directions.

In addition to improved features, CurbNinja has added business listings in the search functionality allowing users to find motorbiker-friendly businesses nearby like repair shops, parts stores, mechanics and restaurants. The business listings include photos, descriptions, website links, and phone numbers for quick reference by users. “By adding business listings to the app, we’re able to offer a more complete solution,” said Fred Lebed, Co-Founder. “Motorbikers are now able to see what resources the community has to offer while finding parking around them.” Businesses pay a small monthly subscription fee for the listing which reaches CurbNinja’s active network of motorbikers across the country.

“We’re all aware that parking in urban areas is a huge problem,” said Tim Hines, Co-Founder. “However, motorbikers suffer their own unique pains like long searches, availability, costs and most importantly, safety. Most cities do not offer an infrastructure for motorbike parking which has created a Wild West for anyone with steel between their legs.” CurbNinja embarked on a mission to make parking information more accessible by giving the motorbike community a platform to share their insights.

Currently, CurbNinja has over 3000 parking spots in San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Jose. While making its service available in multiple markets across the United States and Canada, CurbNinja also plans to release an Android version of the app early summer 2015.

For more information, visit www.curbninja.com.

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<![CDATA[Free On-line Screening Of Why We Ride]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/13/motorcycle-news/free-line-screening-ride/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/13/motorcycle-news/free-line-screening-ride/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 20:33:55 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50276 Free On-line Screening Of Why We Ride
For the next seven days film makers are screening Why We Ride for free to spur crowd funding for a new film; I Am Sturgis. Viewers are encouraged to pledge $5 to help produce the new movie.  “We don’t want to stop with just one movie. We want to continue to inspire more people, and that’s […] more]]>
For the next seven days film makers are screening Why We Ride for free to spur crowd funding for a new film; I Am Sturgis. Viewers are encouraged to pledge $5 to help produce the new movie. 

“We don’t want to stop with just one movie. We want to continue to inspire more people, and that’s why we want to make I Am Sturgis,” says James Walker, producer of Why We Ride. “This is a movement now, and we want it to flourish. Sturgis is the entire motorcycle microcosm – it’s got everything: the camaraderie of the tribe, the visceral power of the bikes, the cacophony of humans and machines coming together, communing, riding, bonding. We want to show this world to people, because the instinct behind it, the gathering and the sharing, the competition and the rush – it’s universal. This isn’t just about being a motorcyclist; it’s about what drives us as people. All we ask is that everyone who has seen Why We Ride – or who view it for free on our site over the next week – to please donate to the I Am Sturgis Kickstarter campaign. If everyone gives even $5, it will allow us to continue telling these inspiring stories about our motorcycle culture.”

The link to the free online screener is www.kickstarter.com. Please take this opportunity to watch Why We Ride for free and share the link so others can enjoy it as well. (And don’t be cheap. If you watch, you can afford to pay at least $5 -Ed.)

Upon its initial release, Why We Ride generated intense interest and soon became a critically acclaimed motorcycle movie. With time running out on the current campaign, the filmmakers hope to channel some of that energy and enthusiasm toward their new project.

The impetus for I Am Sturgis stems partly from this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally being the 75th Anniversary of that motorcycling institution. In recent years, the Sturgis rally has drawn half a million participants, but attendance estimates for this year’s anniversary rally exceed one million riders. There may never be a better time to capture the passion, dedication and camaraderie of the motorcycling community, and there certainly is no better place than the iconic Sturgis gathering.

When making Why We Ride, Sturgis was the first filming location, and it had an immediate emotional effect on the filmmakers. “There is a spirit there that enters you and grabs your heart,” says Bryan H. Carroll, producer/director. “The beauty of the Black Hills is God given. You put your hand on a boulder and you feel this energy; you can feel it in the air. It’s easy to understand why American Indians hold this place sacred.”

To launch the project, Why We Ride Films hopes to raise $350,000 of the production budget for I Am Sturgis through their Kickstarter campaign. And while they’re on their way, there are only 19 days left to achieve their goal. There are many contribution levels and many rewards at each level, including digital movie posters, movie downloads, movie premier passes, production credits, access to the Producer’s Private Pre-Party, and private theatrical screenings, as well as new offerings, like an exclusive David Uhl print of legendary motorcycle maven Gloria Struck, Ride in the Movie, VIP passes to Michael Lichter’s Motorcycles as Art party, a handmade “Bagger” metal sculpture by James Rice and the opportunity to make it into the movie through participation in Sturgis rally rides.

“We made Why We Ride about a community,” says Walker. “Now, we want to grow that community and invite the people to be a part of our next film.”

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<![CDATA[Ohlins Recall Strikes 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale R, S and Superleggera]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/13/manufacturers/ducati/ohlins-recall-strikes-2014-ducati-1199-panigale/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/13/manufacturers/ducati/ohlins-recall-strikes-2014-ducati-1199-panigale/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 17:47:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50263 Ohlins Recall Strikes 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale R, S and Superleggera
Ducati is the latest manufacturer affected by a recall on Ohlins TTX36 rear shocks with Transport Canada announcing a recall on the 2014 1199 Panigale R, 1199 Panigale S and 1199 Superleggera. The 1199 recall follows similar recalls for the Honda CBR1000RR SP, Triumph Daytona 675 and Speed Triple R and Yamaha YZF-R1M as well as […] more]]>
Ducati is the latest manufacturer affected by a recall on Ohlins TTX36 rear shocks with Transport Canada announcing a recall on the 2014 1199 Panigale R, 1199 Panigale S and 1199 Superleggera.

The 1199 recall follows similar recalls for the Honda CBR1000RR SP, Triumph Daytona 675 and Speed Triple R and Yamaha YZF-R1M as well as a separate recall for aftermarket Ohlins TTX36. For all of these cases, the shock’s piston rod nut may not have been properly tightened for the piston to have full metal-to-metal contact. The nut may loosen, potentially resulting in a loss of rear suspension.

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Unlike the regular Panigale, the 1199 Superleggera’s Ohlins TTX36 rear shock has a titanium spring. Titanium or not, the TTX36 shocks are subject to the recall.

Ducati dealers will inspect the recalled motorcycles and, if necessary, replace the rear shock absorber with a new component with a properly tightened nut.

As of this writing, a recall has only been announced in Canada but we expect the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to announce a recall for the U.S. shortly.

[Source: Transport Canada]

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<![CDATA[Sprint Filter Introduces FIM Homologated Air Filters For Ducati Panigales]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/12/products/sprint-filter-introduces-fim-homologated-air-filters-ducati-panigales/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/12/products/sprint-filter-introduces-fim-homologated-air-filters-ducati-panigales/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 23:54:18 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50248 Sprint Filter Introduces FIM Homologated Air Filters For Ducati Panigales
High-performance air filter claimed to have 210% more surface area than stock. more]]>
Sprint Filter has now made available an air filter for the entire Ducati Panigale range that is also FIM homologated. Over the past two years, Sprint Filter has worked with Ducati World Superbike and Superstock 1000 teams to develop a filter specifically for Panigales that is also legal to be used at the highest levels of racing.

The result is the R127SBK and R127STK filters, both of which are direct replacements for the standard Panigale filter. Both filters feature a filtration surface area 210% larger compared to the stock filter, but the SBK version is built with P16 mesh, Sprint’s highest-performing filter tissue material. The STK, meanwhile, is manufactured with a fiberglass material called aviofiber.

Sprint Filter offers a variety of air filters for numerous late-model motorcycles, not just Ducatis. Unlike other high-performance air filters, Sprint Filters do not use any oil, which makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze. Simply remove the filter and blast it with compressed air to remove any dirt and debris.

Sprint Filters are distributed in the U.S. by Brock’s Performance. For more information on any Sprint Filter product, or to order one for your motorcycle, be sure to visit the link above.

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<![CDATA[MotoAmerica Partners With Hotels For Hope]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/12/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/motoamerica-partners-hotels-hope/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/12/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/motoamerica-partners-hotels-hope/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 17:42:17 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50238 MotoAmerica Partners With Hotels For Hope
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From a MotoAmerica press release:


Need a hotel room for an upcoming round of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Series? Want to not only get a good rate, but also make your reservation through a company that gives back? Then you’ll be pleased to know that MotoAmerica has partnered with Hotels for Hope to not only provide its fans and participants with better room rates, but also give them the opportunity to help children through Hotels for Hope’s giving model.

Hotels for Hope provides clients with hotel brokerage services and technology that creates significant value while impacting the lives of children. For every actualized room night, Hotels for Hope donates $2 to nonprofits that seek to help children live better lives. Since 2010, Hotels for Hope has partnered with over 4,500 hotels, has booked over 200,000 room nights with more than 6,000 clients, and has contributed more than $390,000 to nonprofit partners.

Booking rooms through Hotels for Hope for your MotoAmerica Series room reservations is easy. You can access all of the hotels offered in the local area of the racetrack through the MotoAmerica website. For example if you need a room for the VIRginia International Raceway round of the series, you simply find the round in the schedule on MotoAmerica.com and click  Book Your Hotel.

“I’ve been impressed with Hotels for Hope since I first heard about them,” said MotoAmerica partner Chuck Aksland. “It’s not just how well the program works for our fans and participants, but it’s important that there are charities attached to the program. I thought Hotels for Hope would be the perfect company to introduce to our fans at MotoAmerica, making it not only easier for them to get rooms at our races, but also to raise money for those in need in the process. It’s a win, win.”

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<![CDATA[2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Confirmed and Coming to US]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/12/manufacturers/honda/2016-honda-crf1000l-africa-twin-confirmed-coming-us/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/12/manufacturers/honda/2016-honda-crf1000l-africa-twin-confirmed-coming-us/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 16:24:46 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50230 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Confirmed and Coming to US
Honda officially confirmed it is bringing back the Africa Twin, with the adventure bike expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2016. To the surprise of very few, the 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin is the final production version of the True Adventure prototype revealed at EICMA last fall. UPDATED: added second video from […] more]]>
Honda officially confirmed it is bringing back the Africa Twin, with the adventure bike expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2016. To the surprise of very few, the 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin is the final production version of the True Adventure prototype revealed at EICMA last fall. UPDATED: added second video from Honda.

Details remain scarce, just as they were when the prototype was introduced. The True Adventure was caked in mud and camouflage paint but we can see from Honda’s teaser images the production model stays fairly close to the look of the prototype. Honda also released the teaser video below as part of its “True Adventure” video series that gives us an idea of what the new Africa Twin will sound like.

And here’s another video from Honda Motor Spain (UPDATE: Honda Spain has now set the video to private but its Australian counterpart still has the video on its YouTube page) showing footage of Honda’s “Genteki” test riders. The video offers a brief view of the whole bike and a glimpse of the left and right switchgear, wire spoke wheels, knobby tires and exhaust tip.

The full model name “CRF1000L Africa Twin” combines two key influences in development of the new bike. The new Africa Twin carries spiritual ties to the XRV650 Africa Twin which debuted in 1988 and was soon followed by the XRV750. The original Africa Twin was a tribute to Honda’s Paris-Dakar Rally success with the NXR-750. The CRF1000L name connects the Africa Twin with Honda’s current Dakar racer, the CRF450 Rally.

Eagle-eyed observers of the prototype would have noted its lack of a clutch lever, leading to the assumption the Africa Twin would come with Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission. Honda confirmed the Africa Twin will have a newly-developed evolution of its DCT system specifically programmed for off-road riding. DCT will be optional so those who prefer a traditional clutch won’t be left out.

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We don’t know much else about the engine, except that it is a parallel-Twin displacing around 1000cc. That puts the new Africa Twin at a larger engine displacement than the XRV750 and XRV650 but smaller than those powering ADV bikes from the European manufacturers like the BMW R1200GS, Ducati Multistrada 1200 and KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, but that should also translate to a lighter motorcycle.

Patent applications filed by Honda suggest the Africa Twin will use a unique airbox design that places the air cleaner outside the frame to allow more room for a larger fuel tank. Other patent filings believed to be related to the Africa Twin include a design for seat height adjustment.

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We’re eagerly awaiting more details, especially regarding the Africa Twin’s weight, power and pricing. Expect more info to come out shortly.

[Source: Honda]

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<![CDATA[AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Mourns Hall of Famer Carroll Resweber]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/11/racing/ama-motorcycle-hall-fame-mourns-hall-famer-carroll-resweber/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/11/racing/ama-motorcycle-hall-fame-mourns-hall-famer-carroll-resweber/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 20:22:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50226 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Mourns Hall of Famer Carroll Resweber
Today, the American Motorcyclist Association noted the passing of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Carroll Resweber and offered its condolences to his fans, friends and family. Initiated in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 1998, Resweber held the record for winning four consecutive AMA Grand National Championships from 1958 to 1961. This record was so daunting that […] more]]>

Today, the American Motorcyclist Association noted the passing of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Carroll Resweber and offered its condolences to his fans, friends and family.

Initiated in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 1998, Resweber held the record for winning four consecutive AMA Grand National Championships from 1958 to 1961. This record was so daunting that it stood for four decades. What’s truly amazing was that Resweber’s career consisted of a mere six seasons before it was cut short by a racing accident in 1962. In that time he notched 19 AMA national wins on a variety of circuits, ranging from half-miles to miles to road courses.

After recovering from his injuries, Resweber returned to work for Harley-Davidson, where he stayed until he retired in 1992. Resweber passed away on May 8, 2015, at the age of 79.

To learn more about Resweber’s short, record-setting racing career, go to www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=77.

 

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<![CDATA[Polen To Replace Hacking In Dunlop Lap At VIR]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/products/polen-replace-hacking-dunlop-lap-vir/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/products/polen-replace-hacking-dunlop-lap-vir/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 23:52:13 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50222 Polen To Replace Hacking In Dunlop Lap At VIR
Former WSBK and AMA champ, Doug Polen, to ride Dunlop Yamaha R6 in tribute lap. more]]>
In late April, it was released that Jamie Hacking would ride a lap of honor at the upcoming MotoAmerica round at VIR aboard Dunlop’s Yamaha R6 test bike. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Hacking will not be in attendance. Instead, former AMA and World Superbike champ, Doug Polen will ride in his place. Polen will also be on hand at the Dunlop truck to sign autographs and hang out with fans.

Polen came up through the amateur ranks, winning races across the country before turning pro. He competed in AMA races before focusing on the World Superbike Championship, which he dominated in both 1991 and 1992 on a Fast By Ferracci Ducati. In the 1991 title chase, he set fastest lap at 13 different tracks, a single-season record that remains to this day. In 1992, he not only won the World Superbike Championship, he also competed in enough rounds of the AMA Superbike championship to finish third. In 1993, he was back in the U.S. full time, and won the AMA Superbike championship. In 1995, he won the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours with teammate Aaron Slight on Honda’s RC45. In 1997, he set his sights on the World Endurance Championship, and won it. Polen won extensively on Dunlop tires, and was known as one of the best development riders in the paddock. He worked closely with Dunlop to develop race tires throughout his professional career. 

Polen will be on hand Sunday to sign autographs during and after the fan walk from 10:15 to 11:00 am. He will then ride the Dunlop Tires Lap of Honor at 11:30 on Dunlop’s test bike. He will also be the official trophy presenter on Sunday for the MotoAmerica Superbike race. 

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<![CDATA[Indian Scout Inspired Custom Series Pays Tribute To Indian History]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-news/indian-scout-inspired-custom-series-pays-tribute-indian-history/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-news/indian-scout-inspired-custom-series-pays-tribute-indian-history/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 22:54:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50211 Indian Scout Inspired Custom Series Pays Tribute To Indian History
First in Indian Scout Custom Series is military-themed USO tribute bike. more]]>
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its Scout Inspired Custom Series; a chronology of the rich, century-long history of the Indian Scout motorcycle. Throughout 2015, Indian Motorcycle will unveil a series of custom Indian Scouts designed and crafted by some of America’s leading custom bike builders — each designed to celebrate an important Indian Scout milestone or achievement since its debut in 1920. Each of the custom Scouts will be accompanied by vignettes to share the legacy of the Indian Scout. 

To kick-off the series, Indian Motorcycle today launched the Custom Military Scout in a vignette narrated by Mark Wahlberg. The Custom Military Scout is a tribute to the company’s nearly 100-year history of supporting the U.S. Military and to celebrate Indian Motorcycle’s partnership with USO. The Custom Military Scout was designed and built by world-renowned custom builder Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, South Dakota.

The Custom Military Scout is built on the 2015 Indian Scout platform, sporting a matte green paint indicative of a vintage military bike, applied by Brad Smith of The Factory Match. It utilizes taillights that are modern street legal reproductions on a custom bracket to mimic the original military-style lights. The Custom Military Scout features Genuine Indian Motorcycle Accessory leather saddlebags, a Klock Werks “Klassic” seat kit and leather wraps for the base of the Indian accessory quick-detach windshield — all upholstered using matching leather hides. A custom gun scabbard mount holds a Thompson sub-machine gun with a custom gunstock by Boyds Gunstocks of Mitchell, SD etched with both the USO and Indian Motorcycle logos. The first public showing of the bike will be at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Monterey California on May 15th & 16th.

The front fender is a Klock Werks “Klassic” design for the new Scout model. The fork caps and rear shock covers are custom rapid prototype parts designed on Klock Werks Stratasys equipment.

Floorboards replace the stock forward controls and feature custom Klock Werks designed mounting brackets and hardware. The luggage rack is a custom one off billet top with metal side plates featuring the USO logo.

The exhaust has been ceramic coated to blend with the frame coloration. The right side features a “Klassic” round injector cover. The custom gun scabbard mount holds a de-commissioned Thompson sub machine gun with a custom gunstock by Boyds Gunstocks of Mitchell, SD. The USO and Indian Motorcycle logos are both engraved in the stock.

The Custom Military Scout and accompanying video vignette narrated by Mark Wahlberg can be found by visiting www.indianmotorcycle.com, along with upcoming stories in the Scout Inspired Custom Series.

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<![CDATA[Top 1 Oil Sponsoring MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Class]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-news/top-1-oil-sponsoring-motoamerica-superstock-1000-class/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-news/top-1-oil-sponsoring-motoamerica-superstock-1000-class/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 22:15:45 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50208 Top 1 Oil Sponsoring MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Class
MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 race winners could earn $275. more]]>
MotoAmerica has announced that series sponsor, Top 1 Oil, is now posting contingency for the Superstock 1000 class in the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship

With two rounds of the series already completed, Top 1 Oil’s contingency program will begin at round three at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Virginia, May 15-17.

The highest placing racer who is enrolled in the Top 1 contingency program in the Superstock 1000 class will earn $275 per race. To participate you must add Top 1 as a sponsor, place two Top 1 stickers on the left and right side of the motorcycles used in competition (which are available in Technical Control), and email registration@motoamerica.com to enroll. 

Top 1 Oil contingency participants also agree to give Top 1 reasonable and pre-approved access to rider images.

“Top 1 Oil is pleased to offer this contingency for the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship,” said Kevin Ryan, Marketing Manager, Top 1 Oil. “Our objective in offering this contingency is to show our support for this exciting new racing series, and to build a relationship with ambitious racers competing in MotoAmerica.”

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<![CDATA[Larry Pegram Responds To Criticism Over Team Hero EBR Management]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-news/larry-pegram-responds-criticism-team-hero-ebr-management/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-news/larry-pegram-responds-criticism-team-hero-ebr-management/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 20:18:31 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50279 Larry Pegram Responds To Criticism Over Team Hero EBR Management
EBR World Superbike manager defends himself over accusations made against him. more]]>
Responding to the harsh criticisms levied upon him by Claudio Quintarelli of QB Racing, Team Hero EBR World Superbike Team Manager, Larry Pegram, issued this statement below:


Pegram Racing would like to make a brief statement on the inflammatory and false release distributed by Mr. Claudio Quintarelli of QB racing. Although it is not our intent to start conversation, only to make a statement and be done.

Pegram Racing was hired by EBR to turn around the dismal performances of the previous year’s team. We did this and were accomplishing great things this season. All involved, including Mr.Quintarelli (who coordinated travel, shipping, and hospitality), were doing a great job.

Unfortunately EBR filed for bankruptcy and we all are now experiencing great loss. None more than the dedicated employees of EBR and Pegram Racing. Our concerns are with all who are now struggling from this, including the Pegram Racing crew and EBR staff. To try to make accusations or assess blame is useless as Pegram Racing would be racing this weekend and the remainder of the season if not for the bankruptcy of EBR.

Pegram Racing would also like to say that only property of Pegram Racing and or property that they were responsible for, was returned to the USA. Nothing of Mr.Quintarelli’s was removed. We again want to thank all involved with the team this year as the failure to continue was certainly not from anyone’s lack of hard work, only the financial decisions of EBR and Hero Motor Corp.

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<![CDATA[Ducati Sets New Monthly Sales Record]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-sets-new-monthly-sales-record/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/manufacturers/ducati/ducati-sets-new-monthly-sales-record/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 18:44:16 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50205 Ducati Sets New Monthly Sales Record
Ducati reported a record of 7,309 motorcycles sold in April, the highest monthly sales total in company history, shattering the old mark of 6,500 motorcycles sold in May 2012. April sales were up 29% compared to last year, also helping Ducati set a new record quarter of 17,881 motorcycles sold so far in 2015. According […] more]]>
Ducati reported a record of 7,309 motorcycles sold in April, the highest monthly sales total in company history, shattering the old mark of 6,500 motorcycles sold in May 2012.

April sales were up 29% compared to last year, also helping Ducati set a new record quarter of 17,881 motorcycles sold so far in 2015.

According to Ducati, the sales increase stems from strong demand for its Scrambler, 1299 Panigale and Multistrada 1200. The Scrambler has been particularly successful in Italy where it was the third highest-selling motorcycle behind the BMW R1200GS and Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (a.k.a. FJ-09). The Scrambler helped Ducati record a 69% sales increase in its home market.

Ducati also saw strong sales increases in other European markets, claiming a 52% growth in Germany, 54% growth in Spain, 50% growth in the U.K. and 13% growth in France. Ducati’s sales record is especially impressive considering its largest market, the U.S., isn’t due to receive the new range of 2015 models into sometime in the next week.

[Source: Ducati]

 

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<![CDATA[Miller Motorsports Park Ceasing Operations Starting October 31]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/miller-motorsports-park-ceasing-operations-starting-october-31/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-category/sportbikes/miller-motorsports-park-ceasing-operations-starting-october-31/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 18:40:54 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50245 Miller Motorsports Park Ceasing Operations Starting October 31
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In a statement released today, the Larry H. Miller group of companies has elected not to renew its lease with Tooele County, and will cease operations of Miller Motorsports Park, effective October 31, 2015. This date coincides with the end of the racing season at the track.

Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, stated: “On behalf of my family, I would like to thank all of those who have supported the track over the years, both locally and worldwide, for their enthusiasm and use of the facility.”

The Miller Motorsports Park facility was a dream of then-owner Larry H. Miller, who had been a successful businessman, owning several car dealerships and the Utah Jazz NBA team. The 511-acre facility opened in 2006 and features a 4.5-mile long course that can be divided into separate tracks to accommodate multiple parties at once. The course hosted many world-class competitions on both two and four wheels, but according to the Deseret News, the track was a financial burden on the Larry H. Miller group of companies and was losing money from the start.

All is not lost for the track, however, as commissioners, as well as the Miller Group, is in search of other entities to operate the facility. Barring a transition to a new owner and/or operator, the future of the track remains unknown. There have been discussions about building a prison on the land, but no decisions have been made.

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<![CDATA[American Management Of Team Hero EBR Comes Under Fire]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-news/american-management-team-hero-ebr-comes-fire/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/08/motorcycle-news/american-management-team-hero-ebr-comes-fire/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 18:33:48 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50273 American Management Of Team Hero EBR Comes Under Fire
Team Hero EBR split on the manner in which WSBK team disbanded. more]]>
After the announcement that EBR would be ceasing operations, the fallout over the future of EBR’s World Superbike efforts has not ended well. Below is a press release from Claudio Quintarelli, owner of QB Racing and Hero EBR Team Coordinator, expressing his frustration and disappointment.


Claudio Quintarelli and his company QB Racing Team wish to strongly distance themselves from Larry Pegram’s company Annelida Racing Incorporated, the American firm who managed the Team Hero EBR team this year in the FIM Superbike World Championship.

After managing the Team Hero EBR squad in 2014, Claudio Quintarelli’s QB Racing Team had been responsible for all the logistics, accounting and all the Marketing & PR activities this year. Last but not least, the Italian based company rented to Annelida Racing Incorporated a fully equipped Racing Department, their technical truck and their hospitality unit.

After the announcement that EBR had ceased operations, Annelida Racing Incorporated was no longer able to bear the expenses to finish the season, breaking in advance the partnership with QB Racing Team.

Claudio Quintarelli, former Hero EBR Team Co-ordinator – “I’m really disappointed, since after almost two years spent giving my contribution to the Erik Buell brand into the FIM Superbike World Championship, I saw my effort completely thrown to the wind, without even a thank you in the press release sent out by Pegram Racing. Instead, I suffered damage to both by image and personal material. After learning from the media about the failure of EBR, I continued to work, pushing hard as I always did, as I was told by Larry Pegram that, somehow we would have finished the season either with the support of our title sponsor Hero MotoCorp, or with the support of some American sponsors. Unfortunately, on April 28th, I had to face the fact that the material of EBR and part of my own personal material disappeared from my Racing Department in Verdello. When I asked about this incident, I was told by Pegram that the things belonging to EBR had been required by some US banks in charge of handling the failure of EBR, and that the material of my property had been taken away by mistake. A simple mistake. Since Larry Pegram was the man who spoke with these banks, I immediately asked Pegram how to get back my property. Sadly, I never received an official reply and from that day my American partners disappeared from any communication. On a brighter note and to finish what I have to say at this moment, I wish to thank some people who showed a great passion and talent: Andreino Marinoni, Andrea Savi for the Marketing & PR, Mauro Donatini and Bruno Bonfanti, my friend Giulio Bardi – dismissed by the team in 2015 for American will, despite his great experience – and a truly talented rider like Niccolò Canepa. A very special thanks to all my sponsors, who still believe in me and in my company’s job”.

Niccolò Canepa, former Team Hero EBR rider – ” I really don’t know what to say. I never imagined that my adventure with Erik Buell Racing could end this way. When I began this collaboration with the Team Hero EBR I knew it would be a year of development on the bike and great sacrifices, far from the top positions and with the only goal of developing the bike. I gave my best, as shown by my results. In the end, I found myself with no bike and no team, and without a minimum notice by my team. The only positive side of this experience was with QB Racing, a company that showed a really superlative professional attitude from beginning to end. I had with them a really nice and pleasant experience in all the Marketing & Communications activities. I want to thank all the sponsors who supported me and who continue to do so. A special thanks to Claudio Quintarelli, along with Andreino Marinoni and Andrea Savi with in the public relations team. As I said, this was the only note of seriousness in this bitter experience”.

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<![CDATA[Gregs Garage Talks With Senator Wayne Allard + Video]]> http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/07/motorcycle-news/gregs-garage-talks-senator-wayne-allard-video/ http://blog.motorcycle.com/2015/05/07/motorcycle-news/gregs-garage-talks-senator-wayne-allard-video/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 23:15:33 +0000 http://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=50200 Greg’s Garage Talks With Senator Wayne Allard + Video
Greg White chats with Senator Wayne Allard about E15 and nationwide motorcycle access. more]]>
The latest episode of AMAtv, brought to you by Greg White and presented by Greg’s Garage, is now up and in this episode, Greg talks with AMA Vice President of Government Relations and Former Colorado State Senator, Wayne Allard about what is going on with motorcycles the Government and Washington. Senator Allard gives us the scoop on E15 fuel regulations and nationwide motorcycle access. Check it out below.

AMAtv: Motorcycle Regulations with Senator Wayne Allard! from Greg’s Garage on Vimeo.

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