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Kawasaki Teases Street-Legal Ninja H2 for EICMA + Video

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

The John Penton Story Wins Best Feature Documentary Award

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Suzuki Teaser Video About Its Return To MotoGP

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

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

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Yoshimura Suzuki USA Signs Blake Baggett

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

MotoAmerica Announces New AMA Racing Classes for 2015

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

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

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Photos Of This Weekend’s Denver Endurocross Track

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Honda Gold Wing Reverse Trike Conversions Now Available In Florida

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

New Kawasaki H2R Tops 210 mph!

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Hero MotoCorp Trademarks 8 Models with USPTO

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Arai Announces Two-Year Deal With Justin Barcia

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

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

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Announces 2015 Racing Team

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Rich Oliver’s Mystery School Still Has Open Dates

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Many roadracing champions will tell you that training in the dirt has helped them immensely in becoming the best rider they can be. The drastically reduced grip in the dirt makes a rider feel more comfortable on the street when one or both tires start slipping. At the Rich Oliver’s Mystery School, five-time 250cc champion, Rich Oliver, will teach you how to gain confidence on two wheels, all from the controls of a TTR125 Yamaha.

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 100,000 Touring Models, 1400 Street Models

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Harley-Davidson has recalled more than 105,000 Touring models from the 2014 model year, and approximately 1400 Street models from the 2015 model year. The Touring models have been recalled due to a possible failure of a component in the clutch master cylinder. This possible failure could cause a reduction in pressure available to keep the clutch disengaged, according to the NHTSA.

UBM PLC To Purchase Advanstar For Nearly $1 Billion

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

U.K. media company UBM PLC has agreed to purchase Advanstar Communications for a reported $972 million. The following is from a press release.

Yamaha Teases New Supersport Reveal for Nov. 3 + Video

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Yamaha fans expecting to hear big news from the Tuning Fork brand at Intermot may be a bit disappointed the Cologne show only brought us a refreshed XJR1300, the MT-07 Moto Cage stunt variant and a futuristic three-wheeled concept model. The first two aren’t likely to come to North America and the third might never see production. But fear not, as while most of the motorcycle world was focused on Intermot, Yamaha released a video teasing a “new era” supersport announcement for Nov.

Villopoto to Enter World Motocross Championship

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Four-time consecutive AMA Superbike Champion Ryan Villopoto is ready to move on to the next stage of his career, signing on to represent Kawasaki in the World Motocross Championship in 2015. Villopoto will race in the newly- christened MXGP class. Formerly known as the MX1 class, MXGP allows 450cc four-stroke machines and 250cc two-strokes.

Metzeler Unveils Sportec Klassik Tire At Intermot

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

In many ways, owning a classic motorcycle is refreshing. Free of the technological advancements modern bikes contain, bikes from 40-plus years ago are simple mechanical things the average backyard mechanic can tame. However, there’s one element of old bikes that should remain in the past: tires.

Volkswagen Reveals Ducati Panigale-Powered XL Sport

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

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.

Rain Forces Triumph Castrol Rocket Team To Look To Bonneville 2015

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The past two weekends have produced more than three inches of rain and sad news for Bonneville land speed racing fans.Triumph has released it official statement regarding the announcement by Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout that the course will not be ready for its Triumph Castrol Rocket streamliner and others to make a 2014 FIM legal attempt at 400mph. This is not what you want to see the week before racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Photo courtesy Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout (landspeedevents.com) Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout streamliner runs were rescheduled for this weekend, October 4–5, after wet conditions earlier in the month prevented the runs on the long course required to run at these speeds.

First Official Pictures of the 2015 Ducati Scrambler

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Ducati has gone to great lengths to promote the launch of its upcoming Scrambler model. We’ve already seen several images of the new model, either from pre-production testing and various teasers including an odd claymation video series. Everyone pretty much already knows what it’ll look like, so Ducati decided to release official photos on its Scrambler Ducati Tumblr page including a full head-on shot and an animated gif of the bike in action.

2015 Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage Stunt Bike Revealed

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Yamaha continues to expand its MT lineup (or FZ lineup for us North Americans) with a new stunt rider variant on the MT-07. Making its public debut tomorrow at the Intermot show in Cologne, the 2015 Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage will likely be an exclusive model for the European market like the Street Rally and Sport Tracker variants of the MT-09. Polish rider Rafal “Stunter13″ Pasierbek has signed on to be Yamaha’s official stunt rider, performing at shows and competitions on the MT-07 Moto Cage.

Bonhams Auctioning “Blur” Guitarist’s Motorcycles For Charity

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Graham Coxon, British musician and lead guitarist for Blur, auctioning off seven of his personal motorcycles with proceeds benefitting NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity. See the full press release from Bonhams below. The motorcycles will be sold as part of Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale, an annual event taking place at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, held on 19th October 2014.

American Kargo Becomes Title Sponsor For Supermoto Of Nations US Team

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The following is a press release from American Kargo, a new personal bag line launched by Saddlemen. AK will be sponsoring the first American team to enter the Supermoto of Nations competition. FIM North America Supermoto Championship founders Marco Pedde and Jay Kliger are excited to announce the official Supermoto Of Nations US Team title sponsor, American Kargo, for this years Supermoto Of Nations held in Cremona, Italy October 12th.

2015 Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer Announced for Intermot

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

In a time where air-cooled icons like Harley-Davidson, Indian, BMW‘s boxer engine and the Ducati Monster have all embraced the radiator, it’s a bit surprising to know Yamaha is still offering the XJR1300 in Europe. Featuring the world’s largest-displacement air-cooled Inline-Four engine in production, the XJR1300 lives on in 2015 with a new custom-inspired look and a cafe racer variant. The 2015 XJR1300 was inspired by a custom from builder Keino called “Rhapsody in Blue” as part of Yamaha’s Yard Built program.

Bell And Cardo Create Communication Adaptor For Select Bell Helmets

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

From a Bell press release: Bell Helmets, an industry leader in helmet technology and innovation, and Cardo Systems, Inc., the global market leader in Bluetooth communications for motorcycle, bicycle and snowmobile riders, today announced an alignment to create an adaptor compatible with Cardo’s line of communication and entertainment systems and Bell helmets. The adaptor will fit into the recess of the Bell Mag-9, previous models and 2015 model, plus the newly redesigned 2015 Qualifier DLX. The Bell adapter fits seamlessly into the helmet and is designed for quick attachment of the highly popular scala rider devices for bike-to-bike intercom, streaming music from a smartphone and much more.

AMA Congratulates U.S. Team On Podium Finish At FIM Motocross Of Nations

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

From an AMA press release: The U.S. team of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin finished third at the 2014 FIM Motocross of Nations in Kegums, Latvia, on Sept. 28.

The Latest From Empire Covers Bike Covers

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

From an Empire Covers press release: Want to protect your motorcycle from the harshness of Mother Nature this winter?  The Cover Experts at EmpireCovers have you covered. Make and model specific American Armor car cover is the most advanced protective cover you can get for your motorcycle. American Armor is completely waterproof and will protect your motorcycle from rain, sleet and snow while pampering your paint and chrome.