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Daytona Not Part Of MotoAmerica Schedule, Daytona 200 Now In Limbo

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Daytona International Speedway President, Joie Chitwood III has announced the new, Wayne Rainey-led MotoAmerica series will not feature the Daytona 200 as part of its schedule. The official press release is below. Of course, we don’t know what was said during the negotiations between the parties, but considering Daytona Motorsports Group is considered by many to be the reason behind the decline of American road racing, it’s not a stretch to imagine DIS drove a hard bargain as to not be a part of a new, more popular, series.

MotoAmerica Releases Tentative 2015 Schedule – No Daytona!

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

The Wayne Rainey-led MotoAmerica series has released its tentative 2015 schedule, and, as we posted about earlier, Daytona will NOT be on the schedule! However, the Circuit of the Americas will be on the calendar (as MotoGP support classes), as will Road Atlanta, VIR, Road America, Barber Motorsports Park, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, New Jersey Motorsports Park and Laguna Seca. There’s a dearth of west coast rounds so far, but MotoAmerica says a few more tracks will hopefully be added.

Ninja H2 Video XV – Robot Welding + Video

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

In case you weren’t tired yet of Kawasaki’s H2 teaser videos, here’s yet another. In fact, it’s number 15 out of who-knows-how-many-more teaser videos from Team Green. This time, the focus is on the advanced robotic arms used to weld together the complex trellis frame of the H2 and H2R.

Roland Sands Design Launches Peristyle Glove

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Channeling his inner Evel Knievel, Roland Sands Design’s latest glove, the Peristyle, is for you cafe riders, cruiser heads and city slickers looking for a general purpose glove. Read the full press release below for more information. Roland Sands Design pays homage to the legacy of American daredevils everywhere with the launch of the Peristyle Glove.

Polaris Slingshot Production Begins

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Polaris has begun full production of its new Slingshot three-wheeler at the company’s manufacturing facility in Spirit Lake, Iowa. 2015 Polaris Slingshot Review – First Ride/Drive + Video “We continue to introduce new, innovative products and technologies that create opportunities for growth here and around the world. Today, we are excited to celebrate the revolutionary 3-wheel, Polaris Slingshot into full production here in Spirit Lake,” says Bennett Morgan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Polaris.

Motojournalist Creates First Cinematic Novel – The Plunge Of Icarus

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Jeff Buchanan, longtime MO contributor and former editor of Robb Report Motorcycling, has published The Plunge of Icarus. This cinematic eBook is what many are calling a new genre of picture book. According to the App Store description: “As you read each page the images behind the text come alive and change as the story unfolds – revealing additional secrets and nuances of the story. The Plunge of Icarus includes optional narration, music, and sound effects.

SpeedMob Inc. To Introduce 2015 Airoh Helmet Designs, Announce Eight New Brands At AMIExpo

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

From a SpeedMob press release: After a successful five month start-up with premium brands like Airoh Helmets, Arrow Exhaust, BMC Air Filters, Bridgestone Race Tires, TechSpec and the incredible Dion Device, SpeedMob is looking to expand their product offerings to better service US and Canadian dealers. During the AIMExpo October 16-19 at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida SpeedMob will introduce the exciting range of 2015 Airoh Aviator 2.1 helmets along with eight new brands it will distribute in the Powersports market. Tim Calhoun CEO of SpeedMob states; “We have been working hard since we launched the company in May of this year.

2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship On The Line At Pomona

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Granted, flat track racing isn’t our specialty at MO, but we’re no doubt fans of the action. See our coverage from the 2012 season finale for proof. The following is from an AMA Pro Racing press release: A total of 15 races over eight months couldn’t separate Jared Mees and Bryan Smith by much.

BMW Motorrad USA Launches National Parts And Accessories Website

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

From a BMW Motorrad USA press release: BMW Motorrad USA has launched a National Parts website to help BMW riders shop online to find original BMW Motorcycle repair and maintenance parts. The website presents the complete catalog of original BMW parts and acts as a hub to direct riders to their closest on-line retailers to seamlessly complete their order. “The National Parts and Accessories website, with its 24/7 online access, is one of the many ways BMW Motorrad USA supports our rider family with tools that make it easy to keep their bikes authentic with original BMW parts,” comments Michael Hernandez, Manager, Parts and Accessories, BMW Motorrad USA.  “It also reinforces our commitment to our dealer network by helping them connect with the growing number of riders shopping online.” The BMW Motorrad USA National Parts and Accessories website raises online exposure for original BMW parts, accessories and riders’ equipment, making it easy for riders to find and buy.

Ducati Scrambler To Make American Debut At AIMExpo

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

If you’ve been waiting for your chance to see all of the Ducati Scrambler variants (Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic) in person, your chance is coming soon. Ducati has announced the Scramblers will be making their U.S. debut at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIME), October 16-19.

Ducati DVT – Desmodromic Valves Meet Variable Valve Timing?

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Ducati sent out invitations to motorcycle media about an unveiling on Oct. 15 for something cryptically called “DVT“. No other details were provided, though the likely assumption is Ducati’s version of a variable valve timing system.

Major Updates Coming for 2015 Triumph Tiger 800

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Triumph is set to reveal some new updates to its Tiger 800 including a number of different versions making it either more highway or more off-road oriented. The both the Tiger 800XC and the less adventure-worthy Tiger 800 will see two new variants, with the Tiger 800 likely being rebranded as the Tiger 800XR. A newly-published executive order from the California Air Resources Board reveals the names for four new Tiger 800 variants known as the XCA (likely standing for XC Adventure), XCX, XRT (or XR Touring) and XRX.

Lee Rocker To Play Free Concert At AIMExpo

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Lee Rocker, of 1980′s Stray Cats fame, and still considered one of the most influential upright bass players in rock n’ roll history, will perform a free concert at the AIMExpo Saturday Night, October 18 outside of the AIMExpo show floor at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Rocker and the band take the stage at 7 p.m. to deliver a rockabilly performance. All AIMExpo attendees with either an admission ticket or a show badge are welcome to attend the intimate performance. Rocker’s performance is sponsored by the Ace Cafe Orlando, Bell Helmets, Kawasaki, Metzeler, AIMExpo, and MOTOTV. Ace Cafe, the legendary British hub for vintage motorcycle, car and music events, announced plans to open its first U.S.

Breast Cancer Awareness Limited Edition Seats From Mustang

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Mustang Seats will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for each “Fight Like A Girl” or other pink custom embroidered seat purchased from now through December 31. “Last year, Mustang introduced our Breast Cancer Awareness custom seat program, which offered pink thread and pink vinyl seat inserts or pink vinyl ribbon appliqués on seats or accessories,” says Mustang marketing director, Marilyn Simmons. “For October 2014, Mustang is now proud to introduce your choice of custom pink stitched embroidery for Breast Cancer Awareness month.” Mustang will add custom pink embroidered ribbons, phrases, tributes, memorials or initials on the seat of your choice for the duration of their new “Fight Like A Girl!” campaign. Please note that the location may vary from the seat shown; not all seats or accessories can be customized.

CARB Certifies 2015 Honda NC700X – Still No 750 Engine in Sight

Tue, 07 Oct 2014

American consumers hoping Honda would replace its NC700X with the larger-displacement NC750X will be disappointed to know they might have to wait until the 2016 model year to get the 75cc engine upgrade. The California Air Resources Board has granted an executive for the 2015 Honda NC700X, certifying the motorcycle for sale in the state with the same 670cc engine displacement it had since being introduced in the 2012 model year. Now, this doesn’t mean Honda won’t decide to certify the 745cc engine after all; manufacturers resubmit and recertify models all the time, often replacing models are adding additional model using the same engine.

MV Agusta Channels American Drag Racing In Latest Dragster RR Teaser Video

Mon, 06 Oct 2014

MV Agusta is creating buzz around its newest model, teased ahead of Intermot 2014. While some thought the new model might be a wire-wheeled version the Turismo Veloce, unveiled at EICMA last year, this video clearly shows MV is going in a different direction. Paying homage to the all-American sport of drag racing, the video showcases some American iron and the V8 engines that propel them in all their glory.

Suzuki Teaser Video About Its Return To MotoGP

Mon, 06 Oct 2014

At Intermot this year Suzuki made it official: the company was returning to MotoGP in 2015. There had been some speculation about a 2016 return considering that will be the year of new ECUs and a switch to Michelin spec tires, but team boss Davide Brivio confirmed the GSX-RR prototype will be in action next year, piloted by Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales. However, Suzuki will also make a wildcard appearance at the season ending round of the championship at Valencia with test rider, Randy DePuniet, at the helm.

The John Penton Story Wins Best Feature Documentary Award

Mon, 06 Oct 2014

At the second annual Motorcycle Film Festival held in New York City on Sept 24-27th, PENTON: The John Penton Story won the coveted Best Feature Documentary award. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, really, as MO contributor, Todd Raferty, reviewed the film himself and gave it high praise.  In it’s first official film festival appearance, PENTON: The John Penton Story won the award against other wonderful films which included the new On AnySunday, The Next Chapter, which the producers of the Penton film are also Executive Producers on. The award will help promote the film even further to encourage the public and motorcycle dealers, clubs, etc.

Kawasaki Teases Street-Legal Ninja H2 for EICMA + Video

Mon, 06 Oct 2014

Kawasaki has released a new teaser video offering the first glimpse of the Ninja H2, the street-legal version of the supercharged Ninja H2R track bike recently revealed at Intermot in Cologne, Germany. The video shows the two machines side by side while posing the question: “track or street?” Discuss this at our Kawasaki Ninja H2 Forum. The video ends teasing the announcement of the street version reveal for Nov.

Hero MotoCorp Trademarks 8 Models with USPTO

Fri, 03 Oct 2014

Hero MotoCorp is getting closer to launching its small-displacement motorcycles and scooters in America, recently filing trademarks for eight models with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. On Aug.

New Kawasaki H2R Tops 210 mph!

Fri, 03 Oct 2014

The hype surrounding Kawasaki’s supercharged H2R has been as immense as its power output, said to be in the region of 300 horsepower. Intermot 2014: Kawasaki Ninja H2R Well, it appears the H2R’s speed capabilities are commensurate with the hype. “I went 210mph on it today,” said Kawasaki test rider and racer Jeremy Toye on his Instagram account on October 2, accompanied by a picture of an H2R.

Honda Gold Wing Reverse Trike Conversions Now Available In Florida

Fri, 03 Oct 2014

Own a new-ish Honda Gold Wing or F6B? Felt the need to convert it into a reverse trike but don’t know where to go? If you live anywhere near Lake Alfred, Florida, you’re in luck.

Photos Of This Weekend’s Denver Endurocross Track

Fri, 03 Oct 2014

This weekend the EnduroCross championship makes its way to Denver and the National Events Center for the fifth round of the nine-round series. Truckloads of dirt, mountains of rock and piles of logs are coming together to create an EnduroCross course that’s sure to challenge racers and entertain fans.  Excitement will be a mile-high this weekend as the EnduroCross Championship puts three different race winners into an epic battle for valuable points before the halfway point in the series. Beta/GEICO-backed Cody Webb has led since his first round victory in Las Vegas, but KTM’s five-time champion Taddy Blazusiak is hot on his heels after a big win at the last round in Atlanta and at X-Games. And don’t count out Colton Haaker.

HeliBars To Exhibit And Present At AIMExpo, October 16-19

Fri, 03 Oct 2014

From a Helibars press release: HeliBars, a leader in replacement motorcycle handlebars and riser systems for more than 25 years, is pleased to announce that it will be showcasing its multi-adjustable handlebar systems and presenting a seminar at the American International Motorcycle Expo, in Orlando, Florida, on October 16-19. Industry professionals and consumers are encouraged to stop by booth number 1777 to see a selection of Heli’s replacement bars and riser systems, including the new Horizon XP performance handlebar for Harley-Davidson Road Kings and Road Glides. This patented, multi-adjustable setup will be mounted on a 2015 Road Glide on loan from Orlando Harley-Davidson, a local dealership displaying in booth number 1139.

MotoAmerica Announces New AMA Racing Classes for 2015

Fri, 03 Oct 2014

MotoAmerica announced its new racing class structure for the newly-christened 2015 AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship. MotoAmerica’s inaugural season will feature four classes headlined by the Superbike class, with discussions for an additional two classes. Joining the Superbike category will be the 600cc-class Supersport (formerly known as Daytona Sportbike), Superstock 600 (formerly known as AMA Pro SuperSport) and the Superstock 1000 class.

Yoshimura Suzuki USA Signs Blake Baggett

Fri, 03 Oct 2014

From a Suzuki press release: Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing has signed former AMA Pro 250 Motocross Champion Blake Baggett to the team today during the 2015 Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) Dealer Meeting at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Baggett will join Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart in the premier class for the 2015 AMA Pro Supercross and Motocross seasons, but his first race on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 will be Las Vegas’ Monster Energy Cup later this month.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Announces 2015 Racing Team

Thu, 02 Oct 2014

The following is from a Monster Energy Kawasaki press release. Monster Energy Kawasaki is excited to continue its legendary form into the 2015 season aboard the championship proven Kawasaki KX lineup. Following nine major championships in the United States, Kawasaki announced that Ryan Villopoto will look to capture another prestigious title by contesting the FIM Motocross World Championship in 2015.

Bell Releases Two New Helmets: MX-9 Adventure And Moto-9 Flex

Thu, 02 Oct 2014

Of the two new models from Bell helmets, one caters to a growing category, while the other introduces a new take on impact absorption. Read the full press releases from Bell below for more information.   Bell MX-9 Adventure Bell Helmets, an industry leader in helmet technology and innovation, today introduced the MX-9 Adventure, the company’s first dual sport helmet designed to protect riders in various road conditions.

Arai Announces Two-Year Deal With Justin Barcia

Thu, 02 Oct 2014

From an Arai press release. Arai Helmet, Inc. is proud to announce a two-year deal that will see Justin “Bam Bam” Barcia wear Arai helmets in both AMA Supercross and Outdoor racing.

Volkswagen Reveals Ducati Panigale-Powered XL Sport

Wed, 01 Oct 2014

The Volkswagen Group-Ducati relationship has finally birth its first child, with the German manufacturer revealing the XL Sport concept car powered by the 1199 Superleggera‘s V-Twin engine at the Paris Motor Show. Though only a concept model, the XL Sport received the special honor of being the 200 millionth vehicle produced by the Volkswagen. #456475582 / gettyimages.com Based on the earlier limited-production VW XL1 car, the XL Sport swaps out its diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain for Ducati’s 1199cc engine which claims 197 hp and 98.8 ft-lb.