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Romanian Novel: My Life on the Hayabusa – Available in English

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Romanian author Dan A. Tano has released his third novel, My Life on the Hayabusa. 100.000 km on a motorcycle, in both English and Romanian versions which are now available on Amazon.com.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure Spied

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

If you’ve been paying attention to our Motorcycle.com Best of 2014 awards, you’ll know the KTM 1290 Super Duke R took top honors in our Streetfighter/Hooligan class, and the 1190 Adventure was tied with the BMW R1200GS for the win in the Best On-Off-Road/Adventure category. Riding that wave of success, KTM appears ready give its adventure-tourer a significant upgrade that may give it the edge over the GS for next year’s MOBO awards. A new spy photo snapped on the set of a video shoot in Monaco by mentounasc, a member of the KTMMania.net forum, reveals a redesigned fairing and new badging identifying a motorcycle as a KTM 1290 Super Adventure.

Cathy Butler Attempting Land Speed Record Aboard Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Kawasaki has had a great 30th anniversary so far for its Ninja line of models. To date, the highlights have included Jeremy Toye’s triumph at Pikes Peak, Tom Sykes leading the World Superbike Championship and the release of the 2015 Ninja ZX-14R 30th Anniversary Limited Edition. The celebrations haven’t finished yet, and the next milestone will be an assault on Bonneville Speed Week (August 9-15, 2014) in an attempt to set a new Land Speed Record at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has been entered by catalytic converter specialist, ACAT Global, with the aim of proving its motorcycle products in the most challenging conditions.

ACCEL Stealth Supercoils Now Available For Harley-Davidson Sportsters

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

ACCEL today announced the company’s popular motorcycle Stealth SuperCoils will now be available to owners of 2007-2014 Harley-Davidson Sportsters.  First introduced in late-2013 for Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam engines, ACCEL’s Stealth SuperCoils provide quicker engine starting and improved throttle response, while hiding all ignition wiring in the head of the self-contained coil pack; eliminating the need for spark plug wires and creating a clean, custom look. In addition to the flat black and natural aluminum finishes, the Sportster Stealth SuperCoils are offered in flat black with polished aluminum edges. Each SuperCoil mounts directly to the spark plug and features a cross-functional cast aluminum cover that also acts as a heat sink, pulling heat away from the cylinder heads.

University Of Calgary Team Zeus To Compete In eMotoRacing Event At Miller Motorsports Park

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

eMotoRacing will hold it’s eighth race of the 2014 season at Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah. Though there has been a great stirring of rumors as to who will be in attendance, one thing is certain — there will be a good mix of contestants, including the official Brammo racing team, and Team “ZEUS” of the University of Calgary. “ZEUS” stands for “Zero Emission Ucalgary Superbike,” and the team is comprised of engineers, business and physics majors. The team will be racing their Generation I bike, which uses an Agni 95-R motor mounted to the frame of a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 600, which was straight from the factory, and then stripped of its gasoline engine components.

Audi Reports Ducati’s Q2 2014 Sales Results

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Ducati sold 26,740 motorcycles worldwide during the first half of 2014, up 2.9% from 25,982 motorcycles sold in the same period last year. Sales revenue however saw a drop of 2.2% in the opening six months of the year. According to the second quarter report from its parent company Audi, Ducati saw increased demand in the U.S.

Touratech Adventure Dry Bags Now Available

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Hardshell saddlebags are ideal when loading up for a multi-day trip, but the sport-touring bikes they’re usually attached to are fairly expensive. These new bags can deliver the weather resistance of hard bags at a fraction of the cost – and they offer the versatility of mounting on multiple bike categories, not just the adventure touring market for which they were designed. A convenient carrying handle and shoulder strap are provided.

Willie G. Davidson To Be Inducted As AMA Hall Of Fame Legend

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

At the 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Oct. 17, in Orlando, Florida, Willie G. Davidson will be honored as a Legend. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are showcased as part of the annual induction ceremony of new Hall of Famers. The grandson of Harley-Davidson founder, William A.

Lorenzo Signs Two-Year Extension with Yamaha

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Two-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo has signed a contract extension with Yamaha to see him race on the company’s factory team through the 2016 season. The signing comes as no real surprise, following similar two-year contract extensions for teammate Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. Ducati also confirmed it would field Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone next season, so unless Lorenzo wanted to spend a season or two developing Suzuki‘s or Aprilia‘s new prototypes, Lorenzo’s only option for a factory ride was to re-sign with Yamaha.

Earl Hayden’s Book Unveiled Today At Indy

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Earl Hayden, along with his family, launched his first book The First Family of Racing in front of the press gathered for the USGP today. Cowritten by Danny May, the book gives readers a look at the life of Earl Hayden, father to 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, and AMA Pro Road Racing National Champions Tommy and Roger Hayden. Anyone who follows American roadracing or MotoGP is familiar with Earl’s presence at the events.

Royal Enfield Names Rod Copes President, North America

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Royal Enfield, the world’s oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, has named industry veteran Rod Copes as President, North America. Rod will be responsible for driving Royal Enfield’s businesses in the United States and Canada. By naming Copes to a top-level executive position, Royal Enfield has firmly stated its intentions to rapidly expand the brand in the U.S., its top export market.

Stefan Bradl Signs with NGM Forward for 2015 MotoGP Season

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

NGM Forward Racing has signed Stefan Bradl to race in the 2015 MotoGP season. Bradl will ride the Forward Yamaha Open class machine next season after spending his entire premier-class career with the LCR Honda team riding the RC213V. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Stefan Bradl in our team,” says Giovanni Cuzari, Forward Racing team owner.

2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Concourse d’ Elegance Report

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The 2014 edition of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continued its now 23-year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America with producer photographer Jim Gianatsis moving the show this year to the beautiful green lawns of the Malibu Golf Course among the twisty canyon roads in the Santa Monica Mountains alongside the Pacific Ocean. Highlighting this year’s exciting activities was the emergence of another new and soon to be renown custom bike builder to the sport for which the Calendar Show is known for cultivating. Taking Best of Show in this year’s Calendar Bike Building Championship was Calin Senciac’s Imagine Vehicles International / ImagineVehicles.com motorsports fabrication shop with an incredible custom billet aluminum designed chassis built by Terry Ward and the shop crew, housing a legendary 1979 Honda CBX 1047cc air-cooled in-line 6-cylinder engine.

Join MotoGP Stars In Saying Farewell To Colin Edwards In His Final USGP Appearance

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

This weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will be Colin Edwards’ final MotoGP race on American soil, and to commemorate the occasion, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., invites you to join a special “Farewell To The Texas Tornado” live event Saturday evening on the center stage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The celebration begins at approximately 5:30 PM EST Saturday. “This is going to be a special evening that’s sure to bring lots of laughs, along with possibly a few tears of emotion, as we look back at the racing career of one of Yamaha’s most popular and colorful legends,” commented Bob Starr, General Manager of National Communications for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Cal Crutchlow Leaves Ducati for LCR Honda

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Cal Crutchlow has signed on to race for the LCR Honda team for the 2015 MotoGP season. To make the jump, Crutchlow secured an early termination to his contract with Ducati. The switch comes as a bit of a surprise after Crutchlow had confirmed he would honor the final year of his contract at World Ducati Week.

BMW Reports Q2 2014 Financial Results

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

BMW reported an 11.2% growth in motorcycle sales revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, thanks to a new best-ever quarterly record of 42,259 motorcycles sold. The record sales quarter also led to a record of 70,978 motorcycles sold in the first half of 2014, the most motorcycles BMW has sold in a six-month period in the company’s 90-year history in the business. The second quarter sales result represents a 5.1% increase on the 40,209 motorcycles sold in the same quarter last year.

Yamaha Champions Riding School August Update

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Our friends at the Yamaha Champions Riding School have been busy lately. Since moving to New Jersey Motorsports park in April, traffic has steadily risen, with June being sold out and July not far behind. August is very promising with some new ideas (one-day clinics to bring a more economical program to a larger group of riders) being inserted into the mix as well as a normal two-day school at the end of the month, which is already 80% full thanks to the yearly visit from the engineering department of Harley Davidson. Following August YCRS will have two schools the week directly after the AMA Pro races at NJMP.

Indian Announces Removal of Brake Throttle Override

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Today, Indian Motorcycle Product Director, Gary Gray, told us that, because of feedback from journalists and the riding public, effective immediately, the Brake Throttle Override (BTO) system developed to prevent unintended acceleration in its ride-by-wire throttle system will not be installed on any of the 2015 Indian models. Additionally, owners of a current Indian who wish to have the BTO disabled on their motorcycle can simply take it to an Indian dealer to have its ECU flashed with the new software. Although the BTO has been present on all Indian models since their release last year, we first noticed its effects on a group ride at the Roadmaster’s introduction.

Indian Teases A New Model Announcement

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Indian Motorcycles is big on history. So, if recent history is applicable, we expect to see a new Indian model announced tomorrow at the 74th annual Sturgis Rally. The clues are everywhere.

Piaggio Group Americas Names Mario DiMaria New CEO

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Piaggio Group Americas has named Mario DiMaria its new CEO. He will be replacing Roberto Colaninno in the position, a Piaggio representative revealed to Motorcycle.com today. DiMaria has been with the Piaggio Group since 2007, but his experience in the powersport/automotive industry is vast, first serving as Area Manager for Nissan in 1996.

Metzeler Launches “Risk Free” Guarantee For U.S. Motorcyclists

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

In a bold move, today Metzeler announced the launch of the ‘Metzeler Risk Free Guarantee’, a 30 day trial program that allows riders to return a set of Metzeler tires within 30 days of purchase if they are not satisfied with their experience. This major initiative marks another first for Metzeler for the US motorcycle industry, marking their commitment to riders within the North American region. What would tempt a tire company to offer such a thing? “The Metzeler Risk Free Guarantee shows how confident we are in our tires,” says Marco Zambianchi, Metzeler General Manager NAFTA.

Hollywood Electrics Adds Brammo To Its Product Lineup

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

If you’ve been following our electric motorcycle exploits on Motorcycle.com, you should be familiar with the name Harlan Flagg. Proprietor of Hollywood Electrics, Flagg has been involved in many of the exploits we’ve taken part in with various Zeros. From racing at Pikes Peak, competing in a 24-hour race, playing in the dirt, or giving supermoto a go.Through it all, he’s managed to run the nation’s largest Zero dealer.

KTM to Enter MotoGP World Championship in 2017

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

KTMannounced plans to enter the MotoGP World Championship with a brand new V-4 prototype to be called the KTM RC16. KTM would be the latest major manufacturer announcing plans to enter the series, following the current ongoing projects by Aprilia and Suzuki. Chief Executive Officer Stefan Pierer announced the news in an interview with Swiss site Speedweek.com, saying the company plans to reveal the RC16 in fall 2015 and spend 2016 developing it.

Sign Up Now For An Edelweiss Harley-Davidson Tour

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Edelweiss Bike Travel has over 34 years of expertise in worldwide motorcycle touring and has created a range of once-in-a-lifetime touring rides for both new and experienced riders. The new Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours provided by the Edelweiss team include a breathtaking ride through the beauty of the Bavarian Forest and ancient Habsburg Empire, a spectacular journey through the rugged scenery of Scotland and an unforgettable adventure through the stunning landscape of Morocco on the African continent. Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours operates over 200 tours globally each year.

Vespa Launches The 946 Bellissima

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

At almost $10,500, the Vespa 946 might be a pricey scooter, but boy is it good looking. Well, leave it to Vespa to up the purdy level even more with the 946 Bellissima. Limited to only 100 units, the Vespa 946 Bellissima offers exclusivity and distinction in unique Vespa fashion.

Dream Ride Experience To Benefit Special Olympics, Aug. 16-24

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

For the 13th year running, The Dream Ride Experience will pack 1,900 miles of riding into a week-long adventure. All to raise funds and awareness for the special olympics. Started by Mike Bozzuto, CEO of Bozzuto’s Inc., one of New England’s largest food wholesalers; it grew from his dream to raise funds and awareness of intellectually challenged children and adults and to make a substantial contribution to Special Olympics. The ride turned into an international fund raising effort that now spans three countries and 12 states, all for one cause: to celebrate with Special Olympic athletes and to recognize their achievements and efforts to overcome intellectual challenges.

Harley-Davidson Hitting Sturgis In Full Force

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Harley-Davidson is kicking off the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota with a full arsenal of activities and events that will electrify all motorcycle enthusiasts. The highly anticipated rally runs from Saturday, August 2 through Saturday, August 9. With activities, rides and demos scheduled throughout the week, Harley-Davidson created a free mobile app to help attendees navigate all the action.

Indian Unleashes Sturgis Event Schedule

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Indian’s recently introduced Roadmaster may be stealing all of the headlines, but the motorcycle company isn’t stopping there. The Indian event schedule for 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is packed with events designed to capture the attention of Indian owners and possibly create some new Indian owners. As one would expect, Indian will have its entire model line available for the public to lust for and fondle at the Indian Motorcycle Display at 3rd and Lazelle.

GearBrake Introduces Automatic Brake Light Module

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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

Patented: The Motorcycle Urinal

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

We truly live in a marvelous age in motorcycle technology, with wonders such as semi-active suspension, ABS and traction control that works in corners, and 134 hp electric sportbikes. And then there’s the motorcycle urinal. Patented by inventor Anthony J.