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MotoAmerica Announces New AMA Racing Classes for 2015Fri, 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 BaggettFri, 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 TeamThu, 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 FlexThu, 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 BarciaThu, 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 SportWed, 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.
Metzeler Unveils Sportec Klassik Tire At IntermotWed, 01 Oct 2014
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.
Villopoto to Enter World Motocross ChampionshipWed, 01 Oct 2014
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.
Yamaha Teases New Supersport Reveal for Nov. 3 + VideoWed, 01 Oct 2014
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.
UBM PLC To Purchase Advanstar For Nearly $1 BillionWed, 01 Oct 2014
U.K. media company UBM PLC has agreed to purchase Advanstar Communications for a reported $972 million. The following is from a press release.
Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 100,000 Touring Models, 1400 Street ModelsWed, 01 Oct 2014
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.
Rich Oliver’s Mystery School Still Has Open DatesWed, 01 Oct 2014
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.
Rain Forces Triumph Castrol Rocket Team To Look To Bonneville 2015Tue, 30 Sep 2014
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.
Brembo Selects TAW Performance As North American DistributorMon, 29 Sep 2014
From a Brembo press release: Brembo, a leader in the design, development and production of Original Equipment, Racing, Aftermarket and High Performance brake systems and components for the worldwide automotive and motorcycle industry, is pleased to announce that TAW Performance Distribution will be the exclusive distributor for motorcycle parts in North America effective immediately. Brembo believes that this change to its motorcycle distribution model will further enhance the company’s ability to better serve its customers. During the transition, TAW and Yoyodyne will work together to ensure the continuance of customer service.
The Latest From Empire Covers Bike CoversMon, 29 Sep 2014
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.
AMA Congratulates U.S. Team On Podium Finish At FIM Motocross Of NationsMon, 29 Sep 2014
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.
Bell And Cardo Create Communication Adaptor For Select Bell HelmetsMon, 29 Sep 2014
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.
2015 Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer Announced for IntermotMon, 29 Sep 2014
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.
American Kargo Becomes Title Sponsor For Supermoto Of Nations US TeamMon, 29 Sep 2014
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.
Bonhams Auctioning “Blur” Guitarist’s Motorcycles For CharityMon, 29 Sep 2014
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.
2015 Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage Stunt Bike RevealedMon, 29 Sep 2014
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.
First Official Pictures of the 2015 Ducati ScramblerMon, 29 Sep 2014
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.
Greg White Shows You Why Demo Rides Are Important + VideoFri, 26 Sep 2014
For anyone looking to buy a new motorcycle, taking the bike of your desires for a demo ride makes perfect sense. It will either reaffirm your beliefs about the bike or prove them wrong before you plunk down your hard-earned cash. However, due mainly to liability reasons, many dealerships don’t offer such a program.
“On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter” Hits Theaters Nov. 7Fri, 26 Sep 2014
Dana Brown‘s “On Any Sunday, the Next Chapter” makes its world premiere Sept. 26 at Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. The latest follow-up to the original 1971 “On Any Sunday” will make its U.S.
Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Breaks Fundraising Goal of One Million DollarsFri, 26 Sep 2014
The global fundraising event is more than just people riding around in nice clothing, it serves a cause, too. Read the full press release below. Triumph Motorcycles Ltd.
Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Releases New Jacket And HelmetFri, 26 Sep 2014
Harley-Davidson has teamed with French helmet maker, Shark, to introduce a new modular helmet to the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes collection. Elsewhere, H-D also introduces a three-season riding jacket. See the press releases below for more information.
American Honda Extends Partnership With GEICO HondaFri, 26 Sep 2014
From a Honda press release: American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has renewed its contract with GEICO Honda for an additional three years, ensuring that the Factory Connection-run program will continue running Honda’s factory-supported 250 team through the 2017 season. Honda’s long professional relationship with Factory Connection owners Mike Grondahl, Jeff Majkrzak and Rick Zielfelder started in 1995, when the company began providing the factory team with suspension-related technical support.
Shinko USA Releases E804/805 Adventure TireFri, 26 Sep 2014
For the adventure rider looking for a cheaper tire alternative to the established players on the market, enter Shinko. Its (short) press release follows. Shinko Tire USA has released the E804 front and E805 rear adventure tire to the U.S.
Racer High Speed GlovesFri, 26 Sep 2014
Racer Gloves USA introduces its High Speed glove, a professional-level racing gauntlet from Austria. The company’s top-tier racing glove, Racer High Speed is a CE-certified cowhide glove with a kangaroo leather palm and Knox SPS palm sliders. TPU hard protectors cover the fingers, knuckles and wrist.
MV Agusta Teases New Model – Is this the Turismo Leggero ADV?Thu, 25 Sep 2014
MV Agusta has released a new image enigmatically named “Worth Waiting” teasing a new motorcycle with wire-spoke wheels. The Italian manufacturer did not provide any other details, so we are left to ponder exactly what it is we’re waiting for. From the photo, we can see the rear wheel mounted to a single-sided swingarm with a wire-spoke design that would allow for tubeless tires.