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 Topic: Inside Info About Kawasaki’s Radical H2 Sportbike?
Inside Info About Kawasaki’s Radical H2 Sportbike? [message #6179] Wed, 17 September 2014 19:57

There’s been a lot of buzz about Kawasaki’s relentlessly teased H2 sportbike, but information with any details is thus far practically non-existent. The only things certain are that it will be powered by a supercharged inline-Four engine and packaged in a fully faired sportbike platform.

For more information, check out: 2015 Kawasakis Not Yet Announced.

2015 ZX-10R

Will the H2′s engine’s lineage include the ZX-10R?

2015 Z1000

Or the Z1000, as we originally anticipated?

But a little digging on the interwebs turned up in which we found this thread:

The source claims some sort of insider info, a friend of a friend thing, and he purports the supercharged engine will meet or exceed 225 crankshaft horsepower. Interestingly, the source says the H2’s inline-Four powerplant might be a bespoke design, neither the Z1000/Ninja 1000 roots we guessed  nor the ZX-10R’s.

Z1000 and ZX-10R Engines

Perhaps the H2′s engine will be the unholy spawn of the Z1000 (left) and the ZX-10R (right) that rises up to bludgeon them both in their sleep.

We’re not 100% sure if the engine will be an all-new design or a variant of one of Kawasaki’s two current liter-class mills, but, based on MO’s own conversations with Kawasaki insiders, we can believe the post’s closing line: “This thing will be absolutely the quickest and most powerful Kawasaki motorcycle of all time, by far. ”

2015 Kawasaki H2 Engine

The 2015 Kawasaki H2 engine. Careful, it’ll cut ya.

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 Topic: 2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Review
2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Review [message #6178] Wed, 17 September 2014 17:37

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom

Editor Score: 80.75%
Engine 16.0/20
Suspension/Handling 11.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 8.75/10
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 7.5/10
Overall Score80.75/100

It’s like Woody Allen says, 90-percent of success is showing up. And the Sportster’s been showing up since 1957. However you feel about it or the Motor Company or post-WW2 America, you have to respect it like you have to respect the `57 Chevy profile or Tony Bennett leaving his heart in San Francisco. Whether TB has gotten better with age is a topic for some late night over a tumbler of fine Scotch, but there’s no question the Sportster’s now about as refined as a motorcycle can get.

It’s the same as it ever was, a raw-boned rock-and-roller that delivers a distinctly vintage experience, but one with all the rough edges removed and polished. Heck, my first Sportster was an `89 four-speed with solid-mount engine and a tiny gas tank. This new Custom is a Rolls-Royce by comparison. What its voice has lost in power and decibels over the years, relative to other motorcycles anyway, is made up for in its phrasing and emotion. On this one, Harley has chipped away everything that is not Sportster, leaving a place to sit 28 inches from the pavement, an (optional) Mini-ape handlebar to hang onto, and a torquey 1200cc, five-speed 45-degree V-Twin to fly you to the moon.

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Engine

Skulls and bare bones: 1202cc 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin in a twin-tube steel frame.

The 2015 Custom you’re looking at here is named that because it’s part of Harley’s H-D1 customization program, and can be had in Black ($10,649), a pair of two-tone paint versions ($11,199) or two solid colors ($10,999). There’s a person or persons somewhere in H-D who does nothing but come up with paint names: Our bike is Mysterious Red Sunglo/Blackened Cayenne Sunglo, and rolls on Black Contrast Cut 5-Spoke wheels. (You could also choose non-contrast, or Steel Laced, silver or black wheels, or a pullback handlebar, or a dual seat.) When the light’s right, you cannot deny the quality of its chrome and paint, its over-the-top presence. Subtle it’s not. It does take you right back, whether you want to go or not.

Riding it’s not nearly so bad as many would have you think either (see Gabe Ets-Hokin on Hate). No matter how many crotch rockets you’ve flogged over the mountain, you have to admit there’s something to be said for a bike you just ride and 569 pounds of road-hugging steel. You’re not going to win many dragraces against other bikes with 62 horsepower, but you’ll be right there for the first 50 feet courtesy of the 1200’s torque and stout clutch, and the gearbox is solid but fluid and never leaves your left big toe in doubt. Those blade-style control levers are non-adjustable but seem to fit everybody’s hands anyway, and for 2015 a bigger front brake disc, more powerful front caliper with 34mm pistons, more efficient all-aluminum master cylinders with reduced friction, and braided steel lines add up to a harder-stopping Sportster. ABS is a $795 option.

Rumbling along in the fast lane is surprisingly stress-free and even comfortable, thanks to the rubber engine mounts; it’s easy to break 100 mph if you need to, though you’ll never escape the past. There’s still just 2.1-inches of rear-wheel travel, but you only notice over really bad pavement. Harley does make bikes more suitable for touring, but they’re not Sportsters, are they? When it’s cold outside, the Mini-Apehanger handlebars on our bike (another HD-1 option) might be a bummer, but when it’s hot they’re great for keeping your pits aerated, and they don’t detract from the bike’s surprisingly light, linear handling characteristics. In fact they encourage you to throw it over in corners and skim the pavement with the forward-set pegs.

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Profile Left

Upgraded brakes for 2015 only add to the Sportster’s well-rounded performance package.

The Sportster. It is what it is and it really doesn’t care if you like it or not, which is one of the finer things about aging, and it still draws a crowd of admirers spread out over a surprisingly wide, deep demographic. If you find yourself among them, you won’t be the least bit disappointed.

+ Highs

  • Outstanding paint and chrome
  • Surprisingly refined ride and controls
  • Improved brakes for 2015
- Sighs

  • How can it ever be vintage if they keep making new ones?
  • We’d trade an inch-higher seat for longer shocks and more travel
  • No place for groupies to sit on our test unit
2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Specs
MSRP $11,199
Engine Capacity 1202cc
Engine Type Air-cooled 45-degree V-Twin
Horsepower 61.6 @ 5800 rpm
Torque 67.6 @ 4100 rpm
Bore x Stroke 3.5 x 3.811 in
Compression 10.0:1
Fuel System Electronic Fuel injection
Transmission Five-speed
Final Drive Chain
Frame Double-downtube steel
Front Suspension 39mm fork, 4.3 in travel
Rear Suspension Single, preload-adjustable shock; 4.3-in travel
Front Brakes 300mm disc; two-piston caliper
Rear Brakes Disc
Front Tire 130/90B-16
Rear Tire 150/80B-16
Seat Height 28.0 inches
Wheelbase 59.8 inches
Rake/Trail 30° / 4.2 inches
Wet Weight 569 lbs
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Observed Fuel Economy 36 mpg
Colors Black, Whiskey, Blue, (2) Two-tones

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 Topic: The Vapor Jacket, New From RevIt
The Vapor Jacket, New From RevIt [message #6177] Wed, 17 September 2014 16:37

New from Rev’It is its latest sport-touring jacket, the Vapor. Built with a Hydratex liner for full waterproof protection while still retaining its VCS aquadefence system for optimum and direct ventilation, the Vapor definitely leans more on the sporty side rather than touring. Adjustment straps on the arms and waist ensure a snug, tailored fit, with or without the liner. Rev’It says the Vapor is appropriate for four-season riding (depending on your location, of course).

The Vapor is equipped with CE-rated ProLife armor, and is upgradeable to a Seesoft CE-level 2 back protector. Available in three cool color schemes (silver/red, black/white, black/red) in sizes S-XYL, it can be combined with the Vapor trousers for head-to-toe coverage that’s stylish, waterproof, and safe year-round.

MSRP is $419.99. For more information, visit the Rev’It website.

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 Topic: Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally
Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally [message #6176] Wed, 17 September 2014 16:25

Talk about your mixed media. The seventh-annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally welcomed bikes and riders of all stripes, and polka dots, ribbons, bows, tattoos, skinny jeans, Esther Williams bathing suits, porkpie hats, retro, techno, punk, funk, goth and every fashion statement in between.

As the last of Southern California’s sleazy beach towns, Venice maintains much of the hippie ambience it’s held for 50 years. Bordered by tony Marina del Rey and upscale Santa Monica, the Venice boardwalk is still the unreconstructed beach bum at the party. And the obvious locus for a swinging celebration of SoCal motorheads.

This Dogtown gumbo of brassy babes, rockin’ bands and bitchin’ bikes is steamed up by the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club, and produced by Brady Walker, TV audio engineer by day, vintage road racer and multi-media production maven the rest of the time. The jumbo parking lot venue, a few blocks from the beach, usually hosts the regular farmers market and doubles as a homeless campsite. Good land use planning.

BMW K100

Larry Romestant’s custom BMW K100 debuted at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in the spring. His next build will use a monoshock version of the Velocette-style adjustment design.

The Saturday morning ride could have been mistaken for a casting call for a new mystical surreality show, “Mad Max meets the Sons of Anarchy,” with a mix of ’60s-style cafe racers, choppers, customs and sportbikes. Most riders geared up in period-appropriate attire, so the run to Malibu and back attracted some attention.

By far the most popular engines across the custom/cafe/cruiser/bobber spectrum are the early Honda CB Twins and Fours. And the BMW Boxer is showing up in more special builds. The appearance of several restored vintage and classic machines made for an entertaining variety show.

Roger DeCoster RM370

The Man’s race bike. World MX Champion Roger DeCoster rode this RM370 in 1975.

Among the vendors, Alpinestars won the size award with a large showroom tent, and this reporter’s nostalgia prize for Roger DeCoster’s 1975 Suzuki RM370 motocrosser. (Still have photos of him on it at Carlsbad.) Rev’It had a nice inflatable arch enclosure, and down in the corner near the bandstand sat an unobtrusive mini-bar with a sign reading “American Born Moonshine.” That’s right, gents. Right across from Sailor Jerry’s rum-running Airstream trailer, you could have a taste of genuine corn likker out of a Mason jar. (Well, a replica with a pour spout.) Plus, just across the way, next to the barbecued pork and tri-tip sandwiches, was the Angel City Brewery booth, with some high-hop IPA. Beginning to sound like a party?

The show bikes were lined up in the alley between the vendor booths in a stretched horseshoe profile. The Best Of categories included Japanese, British, American, European, Custom, Race Inspired and Ugliest. Entry fee was only 10 bucks. The afternoon awards presentation was followed by the Miss Venice Vintage Pinup Contest. Four bands kept the place rockin’ all day, and they all could play!

Kyle McClure

Kyle McClure of Bartels’ Harley-Davidson finds himself surrounded by babes dressed the way his grandmother did.

The Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club is an active bunch, with few rules: Ride a bike made before 1978, attend club functions for a year to establish membership, and “don’t be a major tool.”

Walker and his crew put in some long hours to pull this show off, and plenty of coordination with the city, police, vendors and volunteers shows in the result. That it’s been running for seven years indicates the effort has paid off. And Venice makes the perfect showcase for the motorcycling kaleidoscope that is southern California. As you can see in the visuals.

1939 R35

The early BMW Singles are among the most prized examples of the German marque.
This is a 1939 R35.

Captain Electica

David Toomey entered his electric bicycle in the Custom class. “Captain Electrica” has
the battery pack arranged in V-Twin style.

Cell Phone

This should be a national slogan for all riders.

Rat Duc Cafe Racer

An original cafe racer from 1975, the Rat Duc. It was on the block but went unsold.


This 1987 BMW R65 was a good expression of the total gearhead theme.


“Hi there! Good to see you too!”

1955 Royal Enfield Bullet

A tasty restoration of a 1955 Royal Enfield Bullet by Chappell Customs of Chatsworth.


Harley-Davidson Hummer

Fugly award went to this Sixties Harley-Davidson Hummer. For sale at only $3000!

1920 Harley-Davidson JD

Best American went to Thad Wolff’s 1920 Harley JD. The fire extinguisher is
a nice touch.

Hello Sailor

“Hello, sailor. Know where a girl can get a drink around here?”

1960 Royal Enfield/Indian

This 1960 Royal Enfield/Indian was badged as an Indian for the American market.

1973 Honda CB750

A 1973 Honda CB750 built by Kott Motorcycles was entered in the Cafe class. Tasty.

1972 MV Agusta 350 Sport

Best European went to the 1972 MV Agusta 350 Sport owned by Roy Nolan of Ireland.


Him: “That’s a nice bathing suit, miss. Would you like some moonshine?”
Her (thinking): “My, my. This fella has some nice pecs on him.”


The custom BMW R90 from Spirit Lake Cycles in Los Angeles was awarded Best in Show.

Sterling Auto Cycle

The prototype of the Sterling Auto Cycle was built in Italy using a modern 230cc pushrod engine. A diesel-powered sidecar rig is also in the works.

Yamaha XS650

Yet another application of the Yamaha XS650, complete with skateboard carrier. Jesus decal on the tank says Praise the Lowered.


Promoter Brady Walker lines up the winners. Left to right: Yamaha TZ250 road racer, Dean Slater’s 1975 Kawasaki Z1, 1965 BSA 441 Victor.


The author does his part to promote AMA Flat Track racing in Pomona. Always glad to help out.


Among the very cutest was this Triumph-powered trike. It just happened to win the Best Custom award.

Sailor Jerry 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

In addition to his stylish Airstream, Sailor Jerry displayed his 1939 Harley Knucklehead
with company brand identification.

Honda CB350 Raffle

The winner of the custom Honda CB350 raffle bike celebrates with a few friends.

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 Topic: Cory West Having Some Fun on an EBR 1190SX + Video
Cory West Having Some Fun on an EBR 1190SX + Video [message #6175] Wed, 17 September 2014 16:04

When Cory West isn’t piloting his EBR 1190RX Superbike around the racetrack, he’s helping the EBR boys develop its the roadgoing version of the RX, along with the 1190SX “Superfighter.” Thankfully, West doesn’t always take his job too seriously. Watch in this video, as West shows off for the camera and gives you a glimpse of what he does on his day off.

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 Topic: New Heated Grips From Heat Demon
New Heated Grips From Heat Demon [message #6174] Wed, 17 September 2014 15:36

Riding with cold hands sucks. These new products from Heat Demon helps cure that. The first product is geared towards UTV owners, while the second is for ATVs. However, we don’t see how the heated grips can’t be adapted for motorcycle use. Read below for the full press release.

For 25 years, Symtec, Inc. has been producing high quality heated components for powersports applications. Since its acquisition in 2010 by The Harlan Company, the pace of change has increased. They’ve updated their branding, completely refreshing all aspects of the Heat Demon aftermarket brand.

They have also simplified their product line, to make choosing the correct heat application easier and to provide consistent market-leading performance.

This year, Heat Demon has three huge announcements regarding their latest product updates.
Heat Demon will begin a full-scale entry into the UTV market with the first ever heated steering wheel. After a year in development, the new heated steering wheel, with patent-pending Rotational Power Device (RPD) technology will be available this fall. Heat DemonTM combined a high performance steering wheel with their proven heating technology into an easy, plug-and-play kit. The Heat Demon Heated UTV Steering Wheel will retail at $379.99.

Their industry best ATV Heated Grip and Thumb Warmer kits are receiving a huge upgrade due to a new partnership with ODI Grips. Heat Demon is launching a Clamp-On heated grip in September, which will replace both their POCO (Push On Cut Off) and Glue-On grips. The new grips are easier to install due to the new plug-and-play capabilities, offer updated styling, and will be launched at the same retail prices as the existing kits! Any ATV kit orders received from today forward will utilize the new Clamp-On grip.

Finally, all applications of Heat Demon Seat Heaters have been updated with a safety cutoff feature, effective immediately. The new heaters will automatically shut off when they hit the proper temperature. This eliminates concerns with overheating if the heater is ran during warmer weather.

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 Topic: Yamaha FJ-09 is Coming (even to the U.S.!) … And It Should Be A Big Hit (Bike Reports) (News)
Yamaha FJ-09 is Coming (even to the U.S.!) … And It Should Be A Big Hit (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6186] Wed, 17 September 2014 14:52
To say we liked the Yamaha FZ-09 Triple is an understatement (despite some suspension and fueling issues – ed.). You just won’t find a better power-to-dollar value in any other motorcycle on the market. That’s not enough for some of our readers, who expect comfort, luggage capacity and wind protection for dollar-store pricing. Well, here […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Whatever! Hey You Kids, Come Play on My Lawn!
Whatever! Hey You Kids, Come Play on My Lawn! [message #6173] Wed, 17 September 2014 14:27

I was excited as the next guy to hear about Wayne Rainey’s new organization, KRAVE, galloping to the rescue of American Roadracing (say, didn’t that used to be a magazine?), but it did get me reminiscing over what great times we had spectating over the years – even being able to participate a few times – and hoping Wayne and crew won’t be closing the barn door after the horses have all retired to Las Vegas or been incarcerated.

Sears Point was the first AMA National roadrace I attended, must’ve been late `80s/early `90s. What I mainly remember was sitting in the bleachers along the front straight and hearing a muffled explosion, then seeing a guy’s legs cartwheel through the sky in a cloud of dust and haybales on the back straight. That guy turned out to be Scott Gray, and in those days there were plenty more maniacs in the pits just like him. I hope I’m just an aging guy waxing nostalgic, but roadracing in those days – Superbike racing, in specific – seemed to be the logical culmination of the crazy youth phase for a lot of guys my age. Born on or around 1960, before digital entertainment, before urban sprawl, before helicopter parenting – we grew up doing stupid-dangerous things in vacant lots and parking lots without adult supervision – and there really could’ve been no more logical extension than racing motorcycles around on road circuits, with the obvious exception of racing them around Supercross tracks.

Sears Point 1986

Sears Point, 1986: John Kocinski (30) on the factory Yamaha, Scott Gray (57) on the Vance & Hines Suzuki, Wayne Rainey (6) on the factory Honda, Fred Merkel (1) on another factory Honda, Kevin Schwantz (34) on the Yoshimura Suzuki, on the pole. (Photo: Larry Lawrence, RiderFiles)

It was always the alpha male of the pack who did the thing first, and if he thought it was a reasonable thing to ride a TS185 over a railroad trestle or drive his Jeep out onto a frozen pond during the spring thaw or jump the Snake River in a rocket cycle, then who were the rest of us to question? Now that there’s peer review, in the form of the ubiquitous GoPro and YouTube, you can google up just about any given scenario in real time on your phone, see exactly how badly it’s likely to end, and decide to just say no. My generation had to learn everything the hard way.

By 1990, the year I turned 30, it was well and truly on: Vance & Hines Yamaha and Jamie James were defending champs, and here came Team Muzzy Kawasaki with Doug Chandler, later to be joined by Scott Russell and one Anthony Gobert. Those guys were good enough to actually win World Superbike races, and Russell was good enough to win the WSB Championship, in 1993. There were Fast by Ferracci Ducatis ridden by Doug Polen (1991 and `92 WSB champ) and Mat Mladin (before MM went to Yoshimura Suzuki). Miguel Duhamel was there for Honda (most years, anyway), whose free spending ways and gleaming transporters were where everybody wanted to be. Suffice to say, there was a cast of colorful characters; I only just scratch the surface. Critically, the budgets were such that, even though race reporting was never really my thing, all us magazine stiffs would take the wives and kids to Laguna Seca for the weekend anyway and expense the Turn One hospitality suite, the beachfront hotels and all the rest of it. Good times. Great times, really (though if you asked for a raise, it was clear they were giving none away).

R6 launch Australia

I forget who the MO correspondent was at the official introduction of the R6 at Phillip Island, but he launched one spectacularly off the inside of Turn One and was never seen again. Paul Carruthers of Cycle News and I had epic battles. There’s Kent Kunitsugu of Sport Rider fame, next to an actual fast guy from Team Hammer, Michael Martin, next to Yamaha USA tech guy Kurt Morris.

As tobacco dollars dried up, the lion’s share of that money came from the factories, who were selling CBRs, FZRs, ZX-Rs, GSX-Rs and assorted other Rs as fast as they could come up with new acronyms (every two years or so), and we of the press were happy to fan the flames. I lived for track days, where I could hop on a bike just like the one Miguel rides (!) and lap Laguna Seca or Willow Springs or California Speedway within 15 seconds of my heroes! Okay, 20. You had to plan your track days well ahead in those days; they filled up like the Daytona 200 starting grid.

Dean Adams

Dean Adams told us print was dead in 1998 but we didn’t believe him. He was a rocket that day, my friends…

Then came the Housing Bubble, the Daytona Motorsports Group, and the winding down. Honda, the 800-pound elephant, excused itself – citing rules disagreements with DMG, but the timing was such that a cynic might have seen the thing as a convenient justification for Honda to begin cutting losses as sales of CBRs went south. Way south. Along with all its other motorcycle lines. Kawasaki left too. Ducati was already gone. BMW was barely ever here. Mladin left in a huff (conveniently also, since Josh Hayes was just starting to take his measure). Then the Speed Channel went away. Hats off to Yamaha and Yoshimura Suzuki for staying the course, and to EBR and KTM for making an effort. It makes me slightly cranky to read the chest-thumping press releases from many manufacturers who cite Record Sales, but can’t spare a dime for what was once the greatest feeder system in international racing. And the best parties of the year.

But maybe it really is Just Business. “Adventure bikes” are what all the adult kids want now – bikes that let us feel like we’re still pushing the envelope at much lower speeds. Personally, I think I’m at greater risk of bodily injury going 20 mph off-road on a 600-pound BMW than I am at 125 on smooth pavement with no rocks or trees to run into, but maybe that’s just me. I still get just as excited about track days as I ever did, but they happen with far less frequency than they used to: Reason number one is that the manufacturers just don’t build new sportbikes with nearly the frequency they once did. Checking in with an old buddy in the track day business here in SoCal reveals that I am not alone: Business is better, he says, but nowhere close to the pre-bust days.

At the end of the day, Bill Clinton said it best: It’s the economy, stupid. 180-horsepower superbikes are a lot of fun (thank God for traction control), but they do burn through fuel and tires and dollars – dollars that just aren’t as discretionary for most people as they once were. Beyond the dollars, though, I just worry that now that we boomers have passed onto the Adventure Bike stage, the kids (anybody under about 35) just aren’t as speed-crazed as my generation was. They’re smarter than we were. (Or are they? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you downhill mountain biking.) We used to accept the occasional speeding ticket as a cost of doing business. My kid shudders at the thought: It’s a fairly recent thing to expect you’ll be Tased or shot or body-cavity searched during a routine traffic stop, I suppose.

JB's 1000rr

I think the S1000RR’s computer can tell you what percentage of each lap you’re at WOT. For me at most tracks, probably about 0.02 percent…

At my age (which always seems to be within a year of the Average Motorcycle Rider in the U.S.), it’s probably a good thing they don’t turn me loose quite so often on rocketship sportbikes, and it’s no doubt a good thing that those bikes are harder to obtain for new riders. Maybe Honda, sometimes so inscrutable, knows exactly what it’s doing trotting out all those CBR300Rs and 500Rs. The new KTM RC390 is genius (and EIC Duke says KTM has been talking about initiating a race class in America to accommodate it). Yamaha’s $6990 FZ-07 just won Honorable Mention as Motorcycle of the Year in our 2014 MOBOTY awards. The Ninja 300 is a great motorcycle, period. I wonder how many street versions of the Supermono Ducati could sell? And God knows what Erik Buell and his friends at Hero are working on, but I can assure you there is no rest in Mukwonago.

Honda NSR50

Burns the Younger showing nice form on a Honda NSR50 at the 24 Hours of Grange a few years ago. Little bikes are good.

A good economic crack-up is in some ways a good thing; it’s an ill wind that blows no man good. Inexpensive little bikes from Japan are how this whole thing got started, way back in the `60s. Maybe a new generation of lightweight sportbikes, with Wayne Rainey and associates in the AMA roadracing saddle, will be just the thing to re-ignite the roadracing flame in the U.S. all over again. Let’s hope so. I’m pretty sure I can still take most of you punks. Here, hold my beer…

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 Topic: Loud pipes update: Newspaper says Guelph bylaws aren’t resulting in tickets
Loud pipes update: Newspaper says Guelph bylaws aren’t resulting in tickets [message #6185] Wed, 17 September 2014 10:51

Police say it's hard to issue tickets if they don't observe offence.

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 Topic: Schuberth C3 Pro update: Liner swap
Schuberth C3 Pro update: Liner swap [message #6184] Wed, 17 September 2014 10:30

Zac improves his C3 Pro fit with a simple tweak.

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 Topic: Easy Riders bike will sell at auction
Easy Riders bike will sell at auction [message #6183] Wed, 17 September 2014 10:06

The Captain America chopper to sell in October.

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 Topic: KTM: “We decided to make the big jump and go into MotoGP”
KTM: “We decided to make the big jump and go into MotoGP” [message #6182] Wed, 17 September 2014 09:11

Austrians will be back in the big show by 2017, exec predicts.

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 Topic: Photo indicates Ducati’s plan to build Panigale 1299
Photo indicates Ducati’s plan to build Panigale 1299 [message #6181] Wed, 17 September 2014 08:25

Snapshot from dealer meeting seems to show new superbike.

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 Topic: Terry Hershner pulls off battery-powered Iron Butt
Terry Hershner pulls off battery-powered Iron Butt [message #6180] Wed, 17 September 2014 08:01

EV pioneer rides over 1,000 miles in 24 hours on modified Zero.

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 Topic: Scott Produces Limited Run Of Goggles For Breast Cancer Awareness
Scott Produces Limited Run Of Goggles For Breast Cancer Awareness [message #6165] Tue, 16 September 2014 20:44

Scott Sports believes in saving the tatas and it’s doing so with this limited run of goggles. Read the full press release below.

Scott Sports is pleased to introduce a limited edition breast cancer awareness goggle, which will be available during the month of October. Only 1000 of these Limited Edition BCA goggles will be produced, and a guaranteed $10,000 in proceeds will be donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization.

“Scott Sports is happy to contribute to the cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said US Marketing Director Nic Sims. “We’ve been doing class-leading goggles for motocross riders and skiers since the 1970’s, and we currently make all our goggles in-house, right here in Utah. So it’s a good way for us to participate and show our support for breast cancer awareness,” Sims concluded.

The limited edition goggle is based on the Hustle MX goggle, built with Scott’s latest moto goggle technology. This includes a Hot Pink Woven strap with Breast Cancer ribbon sewn in, along with custom Hot Pink frame, Chrome Anti-Fog coated lens with UV protection, Special BCA Micro-fiber baggie and the goggle will come in a specially marked box, with a BCA sticker on the front.

The pink Scott Limited Edition BCA goggles will be available during the month of October for an expected retail price of $75. Look for it to be sold at the Endurocross Rounds, AIMExpo in Orlando, Monster Energy Cup, Vurb Classic, Top Gun Showdown, Mini MX Olympics along with other events and many motorcycle shops around the country.

Scott Sports and the Cancer Society would like to Thank You for participation for a worthy cause.

For more information, contact Nic Sims by email at, or by phone at (310) 935-9365.



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 Topic: 2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200: MD Ride Review (Bike Reports) (News)
2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200: MD Ride Review (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6172] Tue, 16 September 2014 18:15
Large displacement adventure tourers are certainly popular these days, and most of the manufacturers have jumped into the category with entirely new or updated bikes this year.  Two of the all-new competitors have been thoroughly tested by MD, including the KTM 1190 Adventure, and the Suzuki V-Strom 1000. Aprilia has joined the party, as well. […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: 2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 1300 Review
2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 1300 Review [message #6164] Tue, 16 September 2014 17:56

2014 V Star 1300

Editor Score: 79.75%
Engine 14.0/20
Suspension/Handling 11.25/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.25/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 8.75/10
Overall Score79.5/100

Introduced in 2007 to fill the space in the Star Motorcycles lineup left by the departure of the V Star 1100, the V Star 1300 has stuck around, relatively unchanged, for the past seven model years. In that time, it’s grown to include a pair of spruced up siblings: the V Star 1300 Tourer and the V Star 1300 Deluxe. Despite the passing of the years, we haven’t revisited the unadorned V Star since our first ride report from the Asheville, NC introduction. Has time been kind to this workhorse of the Star line, or is it time to put it out to pasture?

2007 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Intro

If a motorcycle is going to show its age, the engine is usually the first place anything lackluster stands out. Happily, the 60° four-valve per cylinder 1304cc V-Twin is just as amiable as it ever was, with a smooth and linear powerband. The fuel metering provided by the Star’s EFI is glitch-free through most engine speeds, although we noted a slight off-to-on-throttle abruptness in the lower revs. Yes, we’d always like more power, but trading the mill’s overall competence for a peakier power delivery might usurp the 1300’s gentlemanly character.

V Star 1300 Engine

This familiar engine has been happily plugging along since it replaced the 1100 version in 2007.

The engine’s vibration is just about the right level of V-Twin pulsing at all engine speeds. The five-speed transmission shifts smoothly and features gearing that is appropriate for most riding situations. However, extended stints at highway speed made us wish for a sixth gear to drop the rpm just a tad lower. Even in its EPA-legal state, the exhaust note from the two-into-one pipe is pleasantly throaty, but riders who like to listen to an engine sing will enjoy the intake honk that varies with rpm and throttle opening – giving the rider the impression that the right combination of asphalt topography would allow the V Star to be played like a fine musical instrument.

V Star 1300 Action

Around town or out on the open road, the V Star’s comfortable riding position and easy steering make it an enjoyable mount.

The perch from which that symphony is conducted is a wide, nicely sculpted seat. The handlebar is comfortably spacious without spreading the rider out like a sail – which is of particular import since the base 1300 tested here has no windshield. The floorboards straddle the compromise of good leg positioning and acceptable ground clearance. The rubber inserts help keep engine vibrations from reaching your boots. The view of the cockpit is quite nice, with the instruments framed by chrome, while the back of the headlight shell continues the glossy theme.

2012 Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer Review

The suspension does a good job of sorting the ripples from the big jolts. Freeway expansion joints aren’t bothersome the way they are on more stiffly suspended bikes, and the rear suspension’s 4.3 in. of travel absorbs the worst that the road throws at it about as good as any other cruiser in its class. The V Star’s handling is best described as stable. The bike tracks well through corners, turning easily – if not quickly. Floorboards dragging end the cornering party before either the chassis or suspenders get stressed.

The V Star’s brakes are worth noting. The dual 298mm discs and their 4-piston calipers easily haul the bike’s 663 lb. down from speed, though the set up is strictly old school: no ABS or linked brakes here.

V Star 1300 Beauty

The styling, with the exception of the cheesy tank graphic, holds up after all these years.

The V Star 1300 impresses for its overall competence, with few nits to pick. The deepest criticism from our editors is, ironically, the most recent addition to the bike. The tank’s graphics stand out – and not in a good way – from the polished presentation of the rest of the Star. Otherwise, the paint’s color and the rest of the bike’s fit and finish are quite good, as we’ve come to expect from a Star motorcycle. Since the brand is known for its attention to detail, this styling miscue probably draws more attention than it deserves.

In summary, the 2014 V Star 1300 stands up to the test of time quite well. What was a very polished motorcycle at its inception continues to be so, today. Add Star’s (and the aftermarket’s) extensive accessory catalog to the mix, and the 1300 becomes even more desirable. Available for $11,290, you can have the V Star 1300 in any color you want, as long as it’s Candy Red.

+ Highs

  • Great riding position
  • Wonderful engine sounds
  • Star fit and finish
- Sighs

  • Dated graphics
  • Average power delivery
  • Needs sixth gear
2014 Star V Star 1300 Specs
MSRP $11,290
Engine Capacity 1304cc
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 60° V-Twin
Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 83.0 mm mm
Compression 9.5:1
Fuel System Fuel injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Valve Train SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission Five-speed
Final Drive Belt
Front Suspension 41mm Telescopic fork; 5.3-in travel
Rear Suspension Single, preload-adjustable shock; 4.3-in travel
Front Brakes Dual 298mm disc, 4-piston calipers
Rear Brakes Single, 298mm disc, 2-piston Caliper
Front Tire 130/90-16M/C 67H
Rear Tire 170/70B-16M/C 75H
Seat Height 27.2 inches
Wheelbase 66.5 inches
Rake/Trail 32° / NA
MO measured wet weight 663 lb.
Fuel Capacity 4.9 gal.
Colors Candy Red

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 Topic: 2015 Kawasakis Not Yet Announced
2015 Kawasakis Not Yet Announced [message #6163] Tue, 16 September 2014 17:11

When Kawasaki announced its 2015 lineup last week, it outlined its existing models which are returning largely unchanged from their 2014 versions. However, there were a couple of desirable models that were conspicuous by their absence.

Ninja H2

Most notably, there was no mention of the exotically appealing H2 mega-sportbike that is being relentlessly teased with vague video releases. Details are still a few steps below sketchy, but clues in the video indicate the H2 will be powered by a supercharged inline-Four engine, likely in the 1000cc displacement range (the original H2 Mach IV was 750cc, two-stroke, inline-Triple). If so, its power output will surely top 220 horsepower to clearly surpass the current ZX-14R, and may even go quite a bit further up the horsepower ladder, which would make the H2 the most interesting motorcycle of 2015. Full details will be announced September 30 at the Intermot motorcycle show in Germany.

Kawasaki Teases Ninja H2
Hear The Ninja H2 Supercharger In Kawasaki’s Latest Teaser Video
Kawasaki Releases Fourth Ninja H2 Teaser Video
Ninja H2 Adorned With Traditional Kawasaki Emblem

2014 Kawasaki Concours

Suspiciously, Kawasaki didn’t mention anything about a Concours 14 in its 2015 press releases. When we tested it in our recent Heavyweight Sport-Touring Shootout, the Connie felt like the oldest bike of the group, lacking contemporary S-T features like cruise control and electronically adjustable suspension. Still, the C-14 didn’t fall short by much, demonstrating that its platform is still strong, so we can’t imagine Kawasaki forcing it into retirement. Instead, we suspect an upgrade similar to that of the 2010 model year which saw the Connie gain KTRC traction control and K-ACT ABS among other niceties such as heated grips and updates to the trip computer.

If a significantly updated Connie is indeed in the works, we would expect it to be fitted with cruise control and electronic suspension – two items its closest Japanese rival, the Yamaha FJR1300ES, already carries. If the C14 expects to battle toe-to-toe with its European competition, Kawasaki can enter battle knowing it doesn’t need to do much with the mighty ZX-14-based engine. Instead, going the tech route and updating electronics, such as variable ride modes, would seem a more reasonable choice. Maybe smart ABS, similar to the system KTM is employing. Or clutchless shifting both up and down, like BMW has started adopting.

If Kawasaki does nothing else, we hope the Concours14 receives a 55-series rear tire instead of the 50-series rubber currently fitted. We’ve already experienced favorable handling differences with this switch, making it a no-brainer in our eyes. Updates of the magnitude seen above come at a price, but if they do appear, the Connie would be a very formidable contender in the S-T wars. Since the Kawi was the least expensive competitor in our recent Sport Touring Shootout, we think that the Concours 14 would still remain pretty competitive with our list of electronic additions if the price increase could be kept to around $1,000 above the current $16,199 MSRP.

Also absent from Kawi’s 2015 announcements was the Versys, a bike highly regarded by those who value versatile functionality combined with sporty performance and excellent comfort all delivered at a reasonable price. The Versys hasn’t been updated since 2010, so we wonder if we might see a revised version debut at one of this fall’s shows.If it does, we’d like to see a bit more power squeezed out of its parallel-Twin motor, upgraded brakes and a skosh more legroom to suit longer legs.

2014 Kawasaki Versys 650

The do-it-all Versys 650 might be due for a make-over, which we hope will include a bit more power and possibly a little more legroom. The 2014 Versys ABS (above) sells for a reasonable $7,999.

And speaking of Versys, rumors and spy photos of a significantly revised Versys 1000 are circulating. The new Versys 1000 Kawasaki unveiled at EICMA 2011 never made it to America. Some conjecture that its looks would’ve been laughable in the U.S. market, and the bike really did have a face only a mother could love. The whole thing appeared to have been designed, maybe a bit too quickly, around the engine and frame of Kawasaki’s then-current Z1000.

The alleged new Versys 1000 looks much more like an Italian adventure bike. Like the Multistrada it appears to imitate, and like the previous Versys 1000, this one will probably be way more road-biased – but you can also expect ABS and TC. And if you do go off-roading, the big Versys should be cheaper to put back together than the Italian version. With adventure-touring bikes being a strong market segment these days, including a recently spied BMW S1000XR which is also powered by a liter-class inline-Four, it wouldn’t be too surprising if we saw an updated Versys 1000 make its American debut for 2015.

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 Topic: Latest Kawasaki Video Erases Any Doubts About Performance Intentions for New H2 (Bike Reports) (News)
Latest Kawasaki Video Erases Any Doubts About Performance Intentions for New H2 (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6171] Tue, 16 September 2014 14:49
Here at MD, we like to think we are not suckers for running promotional videos thrown at us by manufacturers (remember the Yamaha video with Ben Spies and Colin Edwards  going on their “mancation” – Team Texas Road Trip? … yeah, we are still trying to forget that one as well — We didn’t run it.).  These […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: The making of the Fundy Adventure Rally 2014
The making of the Fundy Adventure Rally 2014 [message #6170] Tue, 16 September 2014 14:33

The concept, build and execution of the Fundy Adventure Rally.

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 Topic: New BMC Air Filters For KTM 1290 SuperDuke, Yamaha FZ-09, Honda CBR250/CBR300R
New BMC Air Filters For KTM 1290 SuperDuke, Yamaha FZ-09, Honda CBR250/CBR300R [message #6162] Tue, 16 September 2014 14:24

BMC has just released air filters for the 2014 KTM 1290 SuperDuke, 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 and 2011-2013 Honda CBR250 – which also fit the 2015 Honda CBR300R. These filters are distributed to the U.S. and Canada through SpeedMob Inc.

BMC air filters are made in one single piece with no welded joints in order to avoid breakage. The filtering material is composed of a special cotton gauze soaked with low viscosity oil and covered with an epoxy coated alloy mesh to ensure protection from petrol fumes and oxidation due to air humidity. BMC air filters guarantee superior air capacity in respect to OEM filters, allowing minimum loss of power in the air flow and therefore obtaining the best possible performance from the engine.


2014 KTM 1290 SuperDuke R

  • FM796/20  -  Replacement Bike Filter  -  MSRP $89.00
  • FM796/20RACE  -  Race Bike Filter  -  MSRP $99.00

2014 Yamaha FZ-09 (MT-09)

  • FM787/01  -  Replacement Bike Filter  -  MSRP $89.00
  • FM787/01RACE  -  Race Bike Filter  -  MSRP $99.00

2011-2013 Honda CBR250
2015 Honda CBR300R

  • FM645/04  -  Replacement Bike Filter  -  MSRP $69.00
  • FM645/04RACE  -  Race Bike Filter  -  MSRP $79.00


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 Topic: Arai Gives Four-Time AMA Superbike Champ Josh Hayes Celebratory Helmet
Arai Gives Four-Time AMA Superbike Champ Josh Hayes Celebratory Helmet [message #6161] Tue, 16 September 2014 14:06

Last weekend, Monster Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes cemented his fourth AMA Superbike title by winning both Superbike races at New Jersey Motorsports Park. To honor his achievement, Arai presented Hayes with a special, one-off edition of itsCorsair-V RC. In its normal trim, the Corsair-V RC is a pricy lid, retailing for $3,995.95 with just clear coat over its carbon fiber shell. Give it race replica graphics, and the price goes up to $4,295.95. Sporting “the original rendition of Hayes’ popular ‘Jolly Roger’ scheme,” this helmet is literally priceless.

Why would Arai give such an exclusive helmet to Hayes? How does loyalty sound? All of Hayes’ major championships have been won wearing Arai helmets. Hayes wore Arais in 2003 for his AMA Superstock title, in 2006 and 2007 for his AMA Formula Xtremecrowns, for three consecutive years from 2010–2012 in AMA Superbike – plus the just clinched 2014 Superbike title.

“Josh is truly one of the greats in U.S. motorcycle road racing,” said Jeff WeilArai North America Race Support Manager. “On top of being a world-class racing talent, he has also been an outstanding steward of the Arai brand. We wanted to present Josh with a fitting gift to celebrate his latest title, and we think the Jolly Roger Corsair-V RC certainly fits the bill!”

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 Topic: Volume Six Of The Ninja H2 Video Series
Volume Six Of The Ninja H2 Video Series [message #6160] Tue, 16 September 2014 13:50

In Kawasaki’s latest Ninja H2 video teaser the company is associating the forthcoming H2 with its predecessor from the early ’70s. The original H2 Mach IV was a 750cc, two-stroke, inline-Triple. The original H2 was renowned in its day for its incredibly quick acceleration. The new version is rumored to be a 4-stroke, inline-Four of 1000cc displacement boasting a supercharger and possibly outputting in excess of 220 horsepower. The original H2 produced approximately 74 hp. Like the original did 40 years ago, the 2015 H2 should redefine fast.

Discuss this at our Kawasaki Ninja H2 Forum

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 Topic: Cannonball update (with videos!)
Cannonball update (with videos!) [message #6169] Tue, 16 September 2014 10:47

Canadians still in the running in vintage bike event.

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 Topic: Update: MotoGP moves
Update: MotoGP moves [message #6168] Tue, 16 September 2014 09:06

Aprilia's back, Laverty moves up, and the rulebook changes again.

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 Topic: Coming Attractions: Another H2 video, BMW S1000 RR update
Coming Attractions: Another H2 video, BMW S1000 RR update [message #6167] Tue, 16 September 2014 08:13

BMW confirms other new models are coming soon as well.

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 Topic: Video: “One Down, Five Up”
Video: “One Down, Five Up” [message #6166] Tue, 16 September 2014 07:55

Pata Honda celebrates their World Supersport rider's championship.

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 Topic: Scott Redding Gets His Factory Honda (News)
Scott Redding Gets His Factory Honda (News) [message #6159] Mon, 15 September 2014 21:49
After threatening to abandon MotoGP if he had to ride an Open bike one more season, Scott Redding has landed with his old Moto2 sponsor Marc VDS for a 2015 ride on a Factory Honda. As his current employer Gresini commits to run the Aprilia effort begining next season, Redding sought a relationship that could […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: North American TV must die
North American TV must die [message #6158] Mon, 15 September 2014 19:25

'Arris tries to watch a feed for Moto GP and stumbles across Fox Sport. The conclusion? American TV must die.

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 Topic: Alvaro Bautista goes Aprilia in MotoGP
Alvaro Bautista goes Aprilia in MotoGP [message #6152] Mon, 15 September 2014 15:46

Just hours after it announced it would return to MotoGP one year ahead of schedule, Aprilia announced it has signed current MotoGP Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista to a two-year contract. Bautista won the 125 World Championship for Aprilia back in 2006 and started out on the Italian company’s 125s. Now in his fifth year in MotoGP, the 29-year-old Spaniard has three third-place finishes and one pole to show for his efforts. Bautista finished 6th overall in 2013, but finds himself in 11th place this season, having not finished six of this year’s 13 MotoGP races so far.

Aprilia Racing manager Romano Albesiano commented, “Today we have inserted another very important tile in the mosaic by announcing Bautista’s signing. I am particularly satisfied because Alvaro has been confirmed on a team that he already knows well, creating the basis for that rapidity in finding maximum competitiveness that led us to moving up our plans to return to MotoGP”.

Bautista says: “I am very happy… I am also very motivated to embark on this new adventure because I am coming back to a brand that has brought me great satisfaction in the past and with which I have shared some great times. Above all, the cooperation between Aprilia Racing and Gresini Racing will allow me to stay on a team that I’ve been racing with already for three years and which has become like a family to me.”

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen who the second Aprilia Gresini rider might be. In his first year of MotoGP, Gresini Honda’s current rider Scott Redding had a best showing of seventh in his first MotoGP at Qatar. More to come.


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 Topic: Trizzle’s Take Fun With (Arai) Faceshields
Trizzle’s Take Fun With (Arai) Faceshields [message #6151] Mon, 15 September 2014 12:55

The little bottle of lube was the first sign things were different. Then the lack of any noticeable gears, ratchets or levers was another. “What the hell do I do with this thing?!” I thought to myself. Realizing I might be in for a tougher challenge than I expected, I broke the first rule of the Guy Code. I read the manual.

Obviously, I’m talking about replacing the shield on my Arai helmet for the first time (get your mind out of the gutter, people). You never forget your first, and when it comes to changing Arai shields, I experienced the range of emotions my first time.

Arai Face Shields Lubricant

When it needs to slide in gently, don’t forget the lube. Of course I’m talking about faceshields…

The lid was a gift from my dad after returning from a trip overseas. He was never a big fan of my decision to ride a motorcycle, but if I was going to do it, then I might as well wear the best protective gear I could. It was an RX-7 Corsair, black, with Arai logos prominently displayed.

My first order of business was yanking all those stickers — I wasn’t going to be a rolling advertisement! The second was replacing the clear faceshield for a tinted one, something I’d always wanted to do. As a broke college student, I could barely afford the lid I was wearing. Forget trying to buy a second, darker, faceshield. I made due with wearing sunglasses under my lid in the meantime, but along with the new Arai, Pops surprised me with a dark, mirrored shield. For a young impressionable kid like me, it didn’t get any cooler than that.

Actually taking the shield off was easy. Standing behind the helmet with the chinbar facing away from you and the shield in the full open position, flick two tabs up, then rotate the shield up and rearward. No problem. Putting the new shield in was the hard part, as anyone who’s done this before can tell you. Without any visual clues to tell you where anything lines up (like in virtually every other helmet), what the hell do you do?!

Arai Faceshields Front Left

Since you can’t see through the sidepod, every first-time Arai owner I’ve talked to has experienced the same thing: extreme frustration when trying to replace a faceshield.

I read the manual, kinda understood, then broke the second rule of Guy Code: I watched a YouTube video on how to do it (the site was still fairly young. I was surprised to see a video like this already posted). To paraphrase, I lube up the sides of the faceshield, eye-ball where it should sit in the helmet with it open, then…jam it home.

“Really? Just shove it into the slot?” I thought. What happened to finesse, or simply clicking something into place? Since I didn’t know any better, I gave it a firm shove. All I heard next was the sound of plastic crunching. “Nope, that can’t be right,” I said, followed by a few choice curse words. I toiled with the faceshield for longer than I care to admit, re-reading the manual and re-watching the videos over and over again. Dammit, if Nicky Hayden can do it with the lid still on his head then I had no excuse with it sitting on my desk.

Finally, after taking a break to think about it, I tried again. I did as Arai said and approximated where the comma-shaped opening goes. With a gentle but firm push, it magically slipped into place. My God, I think I did it! Victory was mine!

Arai Faceshields Closeup

For me, visualizing the comma-shaped opening (seen on the dark shield) needing to sit in its slot (currently occupied by the clear shield) made all the difference.

I never took the shield off of that helmet again – too scared it would take me another 52 tries to put it back in again. A year or so later the helmet was retired after a minor spill at a trackday. Thankfully, plenty more Arais have come my way since then, giving me more opportunities to practice. I made it my mission to change an Arai shield without taking the helmet off, just like Nicky, and although I’ve only been able to do it a handful of occasions, no longer do I get anxiety if I need to make a shield change mid-ride. I can practically do it (with the helmet off my head) blindfolded.

I know I can’t be the only one with an embarrassing Arai faceshield story. I’m curious to hear your embarrassing moment, regardless of helmet, in the comments section.

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 Topic: Racer Valerie Thompson Rides BMW S 1000 RR to 208.81 mph Bonneville Record
Racer Valerie Thompson Rides BMW S 1000 RR to 208.81 mph Bonneville Record [message #6150] Mon, 15 September 2014 12:35

Racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats requires more than a little good luck. Weather plays such an important role in the speed of the salt and whether the event is even held at all. This year, Valerie Thompson experienced the full spectrum of Bonneville racing. Of the three events Thompson planned to participate in at during her month-long stay in Utah, Speed Week was canceled due to heavy rain; the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials didn’t produce the results she hoped for, thanks to weather and track conditions; but the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s 28th Annual World of Speed finally brought all the necessary components together for a record-setting pair of runs.

Thompson’s BMW S 1000 RR was fast out of the box, with six of the eight runs logged exceeding 200 mph. On her last run, her first pass was her best of the event at 209.85 mph. Her return pass was clocked at 207.71 mph, for a combined result of 208.81 mph – a new record in the MPS-G 1000 class – making Thompson a member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club!

Although Thompson is no stranger to the record books (she’s a seven-time motorcycle land speed record holder), the Bonneville Red Hat holds a special meaning for her:

“I’ve wanted the 200 MPH Club Red Hat since I started racing on the salt, so it’s an awesome achievement for me…. Now I can focus on setting more records and going faster with the Red Hat,” said Thompson.

Owner and rider for the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team, Thompson is no stranger to speeds in excess of 200 mph. In March 2013, she set a personal best top speed of 212 mph at the Texas Mile event. Thompson also holds membership in the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH ClubMojave Magnum 200 MPH ClubTexas Mile 200 MPH ClubECTA 200 MPH Club and the famed Bonneville 200 MPH Club.

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 Topic: Valerie Thompson sets new record on the salt
Valerie Thompson sets new record on the salt [message #6157] Mon, 15 September 2014 11:19

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 Topic: MotoGP 2014 Misano Results
MotoGP 2014 Misano Results [message #6149] Mon, 15 September 2014 11:17

The 2014 GP TIM di San Marino e Della Rivera di Rimini will be remembered for a number of things in years to come. The 54,543 Italian fans in attendance experienced the ecstasy of watching their idol, Movistar Yamaha mullah Valentino Rossi, win for the first time since Assen in 2013 and for the first time in Italy since Misano in 2009. They witnessed the annual crash of the impertinent Marc Marquez, who laid his Repsol Honda down going perhaps 35 miles per hour in Turn 4 of Lap 10. They saw their national motorcycle, Ducati, place two riders in the top five. And, for the first time since The Renaissance, they could head home feeling their country may have turned the corner after 500 years of uninterrupted decline.

During the practice sessions leading up to today’s race, one could sense that defending world champion Marc Marquez wasn’t eating his Wheaties. He failed to top any of the practice sessions on his way to qualifying fourth, his first time off the front row since Catalunya last year. Meanwhile, the Ducatis and Yamahas were enjoying themselves immensely, the Ducatis dominant in the rain on Friday, the Yamahas – Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo – looking frisky and dangerous in the sunshine. Both qualified on the front row, sandwiching the increasingly impressive Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Ducati; both would finish on the podium, joined by a dejected Dani Pedrosa, who struggled all day on his way to finishing third.

Ten Laps of High Drama

At the start, Lorenzo, whom we had picked to win today, jumped into the lead, with Rossi and Marquez filling out the first group. Marquez, looking as strong as ever, traded places twice with Rossi on Lap 3. Both he and Rossi went through on Lorenzo on Lap 4 as the Mallorcan, the only Alien having chosen the hard front tire, lacked the edge grip enjoyed by his two rivals. By Lap 6, Lorenzo had faded slightly, leaving Rossi towing Marquez around the circuit and summoning recent memories of their head-to-head battles at Qatar and Catalunya earlier in the year.

How many times in the past few years have we watched the Repsol Hondas double-team a factory Yamaha into ruin? Today the tables were turned, as Rossi and Lorenzo had Marquez covered front and rear. Suddenly, in the slow Rio corner, Rossi sailed through, but Marquez slid into a slow motion lowside, barely marring the paint of his RC213V and narrowly avoiding a close encounter with the trailing Lorenzo. What ensued were perhaps 60 of the most frustrating seconds of young Marquez’ career as he tried over and over to restart his bike, the marshals finally helping him do so, after which he was roughly 90 seconds down on the Yamahas, his day effectively over. The predominantly Catholic crowd might have been tempted to remind Marquez that he was in Italy, that there is only one infallible person in that country, and his name is Francis.

Race marshals help Marc Marquez get his bike started after he lowsided.

18 Laps of a High Speed Parade

Not too much happened for the remainder of the race, reminding some of us of the interminable processions we so often saw in 2009 and 2010. By this time, two of the usual back markers – Mike di Meglio and Danilo Petrucci – had crashed out early on, joined in the kitty litter on Lap 7 by LCR Honda ejectee Stefan Bradl, whose season continues to disintegrate since his announced departure to NGM Forward Racing several weeks ago. Cal Crutchlow ran another very low risk race today, apparently determined to join his new LCR Honda team in November at the Valencia test with his body in one piece. And Aleix Espargaro, routinely getting schooled of late by little brother Pol on the Tech 3 Yamaha, made an uncharacteristic rookie mistake today, crashing out on the last lap and thereby ceding sixth place for the season to Pol.

Valentino Rossi Day at Misano

Fittingly, the day belonged to The Doctor, whose sense of theatre has been finely honed by years of celebrity and national recognition. At the relatively advanced age of 35, in his home race, he would pick up his 107th career grand prix win. He would notch his 81st win in the premier class. And, he would surpass 5,000 career grand prix points, the only rider ever to achieve such supremacy.

Valentino Rossi celebrates his first win in Italy in five years.

Parenthetically, he would prove a point I’ve been making here since 2009 – regardless of what anyone tells you, this is Italy. Call it what you want – San Marino, The Riviera di Rimini, Most Serene Republic of San Marino (!), braunschweiger, whatever you want – this is Italy, these are Italians, and Vali is right up there with Pope Francis and the holy trinity. Somewhere, Rossi’s late friend and understudy Marco Simoncelli, for whom the circuit is now named, is smiling down on his friend, saying, “ben fatto, fratello.”

As for the Constructors

Today was an important day for Yamaha Racing, as it got an enormous monkey off its back. The prospect of going 0-18 against Honda Racing Corporation had to be giving company executives in Japan a collective case of hives. Even if Yamaha wins out, which it won’t, 2014 will be regarded as a disastrous year for the once-dominant Iwata factory.

Andrea Dovizioso led his Ducati to a fourth place finish.

Ducati Corse, on the other hand, is seeing substantial progress in its MotoGP program. Although still running a distant third to Honda and Yamaha, the margin between the top Ducati finisher and the winner of each round is narrowing. In addition, this past week Ducati signed a deal to provide machinery for the Avintia team for next season, bringing the number of Desmosedicis on the grid to six, assuming Pramac Racing continues in the fold.

The Big Picture

Clearly, despite his disappointment at Brno and today’s mistake, Marc Marquez is going to win the 2014 title, relegating the rest of the Aliens to battling for second place. In this residual fight, Rossi picked up nine points on Pedrosa, leaving him only one point out of second place for the season, with teammate Lorenzo trailing the Honda pilot by 37. Rossi has stated that his main goal for the season, aside from winning races, is to finish second; Lorenzo has made it clear that his remaining motivation in 2014 is to simply win a race. Dani Pedrosa, who has been mostly mute on the subject, assumedly shares Rossi’s objective, but must keep an eye on Lorenzo who, with four consecutive second place finishes, is eating into his margin. None of the three, who are so competitive they would want to whip your ass in tiddlywinks, can be very happy about battling over second place.

Though they owned the podium at Misano, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa are fighting for Mark Marquez’s leftovers.

And so it’s on to Aragon, the last stop before the brutal Pacific flyaway rounds that precede Valencia. Marquez’ second consecutive coronation suffered a delay today, and now looks more likely to take place at Phillip Island. But delay is by no means defeat.

2014 MotoGP Misano Top Ten Results
Pos. Rider Team Time
1 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha -
2 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha +1.578
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +4.276
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Corse +5.520
5 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati +11.771
6 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech3 +18.999
7 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech3 +23.100
8 Alvaro Bautista GO&FUN Honda Gresini +36.458
9 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Corse +38.480
10 Yonny Hernandez Energy T.I. Pramac Ducati +45.878
2014 MotoGP Top Ten Standings After 13 Rounds
Pos. Rider Motorcycle Points
1 Marc Marquez Honda 289
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 215
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 214
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 177
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 142
6 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 98
7 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha * 92
8 Andrea Iannone Ducati 92
9 Stefan Bradl Honda 74
10 Bradley Smith Yamaha 74
* indicates an Open Option entry.

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