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 Topic: 2015 Hero HX250R Preview
2015 Hero HX250R Preview [message #6598] Fri, 24 October 2014 17:56
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Reports from India claim the liquid-cooled Single produces 31 hp and 19.2 lb-ft of torque. Subtracting a 12% drivetrain loss puts rear-wheel hp at 27. We measured Honda’s CBR300 Single at 26.2 rear wheel horsepower.

Reports from India claim the liquid-cooled Single produces 31 hp and 19.2 lb-ft of torque. Subtracting a 12% drivetrain loss puts rear-wheel hp at 27. We measured Honda’s CBR300 Single at 26.2 rear wheel horsepower.

On display among the high-dollar, high-performance bikes in the Erik Buell Racing booth at the AIMExpo was this 250cc bike from Hero, the HX250R. Hero Motorcorp is a minority stakeholder in EBR, and the HX boasts design and development work from Erik Buell’s engineering group. The HX is built for the global market, and we expect it will eventually be imported to America after production commences in India.

Hero MotoCorp Trademarks HX250R with USPTO

What we know for certain isn’t much except for these few specifications. The fuel-injected engine is a liquid-cooled, four-valve, four-stroke Single displacing 249cc. The HX’s powerplant has a highly oversquare bore/stroke ratio that mimics a MotoGP bike’s engine. It uses an 81.0mm bore (MotoGP’s maximum) and 48.5mm stroke, contrasting greatly from Honda’s CBR single-cylinder motors: 76mm x 55mm for the CBR250R and 76mm x 63mm (286cc) for Honda’s CBR300R. Although some other entry-level sportbike engines are going up in size to 300cc or larger, the HX will remain at 249cc.

Discuss this at our Kawasaki Ninja 300 Forum.

The HX is nicely finished with this underseat exhaust system. According to EBR’s Gary Pietruszewski, all Hero designs are completed through the EBR consulting group.

The HX is nicely finished with this underseat exhaust system. According to EBR’s Gary Pietruszewski, all Hero designs are completed through the EBR consulting group.

The HX has a claimed wet weight of 306 pounds, undercutting the CBR300R’s 357 wet pounds, and the Ninja 300’s 379 wet pounds, by 48 and 73 pounds, respectively. While we’re skeptical Hero’s weight claims will fully translate to a true, ready-to-ride state, the HX does feel remarkably light, according to Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Duke, who straddled the bike at AIME. If the claimed weight turns out to be true, it should result in an agile machine with a relatively stout power-to-weight figure.

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Something the HX has we’ve yet to see on motorcycles of similar displacement is a choice of two ride modes; Power (stop laughing) and Economy. Another technology worth mentioning is the HX’s use of linked brakes (300mm single disc up front and a 200mm single disc at the rear), and optional ABS. Tire sizes are 110/80-17 front and 140/70-17 rear.

The tubular steel swingarm features trellis bracing. Suspension consists of a 37mm telescopic fork and five-step preload-adjustable rear shock.

The tubular steel swingarm features trellis bracing. Suspension consists of a 37mm telescopic fork and five-step preload-adjustable rear shock.

Reports from India say the HX is expected to retail somewhere in the price range of ₹150,000 to ₹200, 000 ($2,450 – $3,270 US), which seems in line with the CBR250R’s price of  ₹165,200 ($2,699 US). The CBR300R, which isn’t currently available in India, is expected to retail in the ₹195,000 to ₹240,000 ($3,190 – $3,925 US) range as a 2015 model.

Discuss this at our Honda CBR300 Forum.

With the 1190SX, at $17k as the lowest priced model in the EBR lineup, an entry-level sportbike priced below $5k would certainly expand the amount of available customers to EBR.

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 Topic: Launch: MV Agusta’s Dragster and Brutale 800RRs
Launch: MV Agusta’s Dragster and Brutale 800RRs [message #6604] Fri, 24 October 2014 17:09
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MV Agusta recently announced new RR versions of their Dragster and Brutale 800s. Costa flies to Italy to check them out.

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 Topic: 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750 Wrap-Up
2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750 Wrap-Up [message #6597] Fri, 24 October 2014 16:48
Anonymous

It was a good summer, all in all, made better by hanging out with the friendly, fun-to-be-around Harley-Davidson Street 750. We were only supposed to have the little hog for a couple weeks, starting in mid-June, but it wound up being a puppy that wanders into your yard you hope nobody comes looking for, so we asked to keep it around a little longer. It’s supposed to be an entry-level/beginner bike, and my 20-year old son liked it so much he went and got his motorcycle license, something no other bike at the compound had gotten him to do. The Street even got him to do a little work for MO, which nobody and no other thing has ever been able to accomplish.

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The kid’s been back at college for the last couple of months, but I still find myself hopping on the Street for short jaunts around town, even though there’s also right now on the premises a KTM Super Duke R, a Moto Guzzi Norge and a Yamaha FZ-07. It’s hard to believe the 505-pound Street is 102 pounds heavier than the FZ-07. Even so, the Street’s long lowness and easy-riding nature make it almost as nice to ride and as relaxing as my couch. Both the Super Duke and the FZ-07 require more involvement.

A lot of other bikes came and went over the summer, too, and sometimes the Street stayed parked for weeks at a time, but it never failed to fire up instantly when called upon. It seems like we put many more miles on it, but in fact we returned the bike with only 1722. I remember checking the dipstick once, the oil was fine, and that’s the only maintenance the bike got or needed. It takes a long time to pile up miles when you’re only doing 20 or 30 at a time. Even in that kind of urban use, once we’d upgraded to Harley’s Screamin’ Eagle Nightstick exhaust, Air Cleaner, and Stage 1 ECU reflash, the bike returned 43.5 mpg on average.

The only other thing we did was to fortify the Street’s entry-level front brake with a set of SBS Sinter brake pads, which did extract noticeably improved performance from the single-disc front brake. Other complaints include a clutch basket that may be a tad on the soft side, metallurgically speaking; the Street’s clutch is a little grabby in the mornings, less so as its engine oil heats up.

Discuss this at our HD Street Forum.

Meanwhile, over at HD Street Forum, nobody’s complaining about much of anything in particular, though everybody agrees the mirror extensions and horn relocator brackets are a good idea, while the battle rages on with the loud pipes guys. Amazingly, I found no “which oil should I use?” thread. It was interesting to take a virtual ride with some Indian HOG members to Karjat, Khandala and back.

Somewhere along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway … (image courtesy of HD Street Forums.)

Somewhere along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway … (image courtesy of HD Street Forums.)

Why Harley didn’t build the Street 10 years ago is a worthy question, since there’s really nothing about it that’s close to cutting-edge technology. According to the Motor Company’s third quarter report, it sold 73,217 motorcycles over the three-month period, up from 70,517 motorcycles sold in the same period last year. In Q2, Harley stated its plan was to ship between 7,000 to 10,000 Street motorcycles worldwide in 2014, and our Harley person hints about 7000 of those are inside the U.S. – so not bad for a bike that didn’t make it into showrooms until well into summer. It seems the Street is pulling its share of the load.

Suddenly, though, there’s a lot more competition in the $7K range, including Yamaha’s sportier FZ-07 and now Kawasaki’s cruiseresque little Vulcan S – and who knows what they’re up to at Indian and EBR? None of those have the famous bar and shield on the gas tank, which has always been a wide-enough moat up till now. In any case, it should be fun to watch H-D’s efforts to keep up with the Joneses, now that it’s finally built a bike to compete with them.

Farewell, little Street 750. Thanks for a great summer.

Farewell, little Street 750. Thanks for a great summer.

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 Topic: New Products from Schuberth and Held From AIMExpo (video) (News)
New Products from Schuberth and Held From AIMExpo (video) (News) [message #6608] Fri, 24 October 2014 15:24
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Gabe visited the Schuberth display in Florida last week. In this video, he interviews Schuberth North America’s Marking & Public Relations Manager Sarah Schilke about new Schuberth helmets and Held gloves and jackets. Here is Gabe’s video report:... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Preliminary Lane-Splitting Safety Report Released
Preliminary Lane-Splitting Safety Report Released [message #6596] Fri, 24 October 2014 14:16
Anonymous

Since posting our Truth About Lane-Splitting article one year ago, we’ve been waiting for UC Berkeley to complete its lane-splitting-specific study on the safety aspects of the practice. Recently, a preliminary report “Safety implications of lane-splitting among California motorcyclists involved in collisions” was released. The full report is scheduled for public consumption by the first of the next year, but the preliminary report sheds some light on the safety of lane-splitting in California.

Conducted between June 2012 and August 2013 the report focused on approximately 8,000 motorcyclists and whether the motorcyclist was lane-splitting and whether the lane-splitting was done within the components of proposed lane-splitting guidelines. The data collected included driver license status, whether the motorcyclist was lane-splitting, speed of the motorcycle, speed of surrounding traffic, helmet type, helmet standard labeling (DOT, Snell, etc), helmet damage, helmet retention, body region injured, fatality status, whether the rider was transported by EMS, BAC, and the use of high visibility or reflective gear.

In the report, lane-splitting motorcyclists are referred to as LSM. Here’s what the report has to say regarding the safety of lane-splitting and those who participate in the practice.

  • Of the 7,836 motorcyclists, (22%) were known to be unlicensed. The proportion of motorcyclists that were unlicensed was moderately lower among LSM (18%) than among other motorcyclists (22%).
  • LSM were less likely to be rear-ended by another vehicle (2.7%) than were other motorcyclists (4.6%).
  • LSM, on the other hand, were much more likely to have rear-ended another vehicle (36.4%) than were other motorcyclists (14.9%).
  • The prevalence of alcohol use was lower among LSM (1.3%) than it was among other motorcyclists (3.3%).
  • Among LSM, 14.6% of collisions occurred on a Saturday or Sunday, compared with 34.9% of collisions among non-lane-splitting motorcyclists.
  • 59.5% of LSM were involved in collisions between 6-8:59 am or 3-5:59 pm, compared with 37.3% of motorcyclists who were not lane- splitting.
  • LSM were more likely to be wearing a full-face helmet than other motorcyclists (79% and 64%, respectively) and less likely to be wearing a novelty helmet (1.9% and 4.1%, respectively). Motorcyclists who were not lane-splitting were more likely to wearing a 1/2- or 3/4-helmet (23%) than LSM (13%).
  • LSM were notably less likely to suffer head injury (9.1% vs 16.5%), torso injury (18.6% vs 27.3%), or fatal injury (1.4% vs 3.1%) than other motorcyclists.

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 Topic: FastPack 8 From The Cycle Guys Inc.
FastPack 8 From The Cycle Guys Inc. [message #6595] Fri, 24 October 2014 14:00
Anonymous

The Cycle Guys happen to be two brothers who have a thing for finding innovative storage solutions for motorcyclists. Now, the Guys have released its newest, and largest, solution in the FastPack 8. Built for use on adventure and sport-touring motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha, among others, the Cycle Guys website has a full application guide.

FastPack tail bags attach to your bike’s passenger seat. When expanded, the FastPack is big enough for your lunch and a jacket liner, or an overnight change of clothes. When not in use, FastPack is clever enough to compress down into a stylish carbon-fiber-look seat pad that never needs to be removed. Zip it open, and FastPack 8 carries about 14 liters of cargo, perfect for day trips or even an overnighter. The FastPack 8 has a suggested retail price of $79.95, available now online at www.TheCycleGuys.com or through Tucker Rocky Distributing.

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 Topic: Ninja H2 Video XX: Silver-Mirror Paint + Video
Ninja H2 Video XX: Silver-Mirror Paint + Video [message #6594] Fri, 24 October 2014 13:32
Anonymous

In this, the 20th teaser video Kawasaki has released for the much anticipated Ninja H2, Team Green highlights the process required to achieve the highly reflective silver-mirror paint. Although many might take the H2′s paint for granted, a lot of time and effort went into this interesting display of chemistry. See the video below to view the process, and stay tuned for further videos leading up to the H2′s release at EICMA, November 4.

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 Topic: Polaris Reports Q3 2014 Financial Results
Polaris Reports Q3 2014 Financial Results [message #6593] Fri, 24 October 2014 13:29
Anonymous

Polaris Industries reported a 28.1% increase in motorcycle retail sales over the third quarter of 2014, thanks to increased sales of Indian motorcycles.

Motorcycle sales generated $63.3 million in revenue over the quarter, up from $49.4 million in the same quarter of 2013. Indian’s expanding dealer network contributed to the increase, as did the introduction of the Scout. The news was less positive for Victory Motorcycles however, which saw a decrease in the “mid-teens percent” due in part to delays in shipping out the new Magnum bagger.

Polaris also reported strong interest in the Slingshot. Polaris says 360 dealers have signed on to sell the three-wheeler with shipments expected to begin in the next 30 days.

Overall, Polaris reports a net income of $140.8 million over the quarter compared to $113.1 million reported in the same quarter last year.

[Source: Polaris]

 

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 Topic: California studies highlight advantages of responsible lane splitting (Industry Press Releases)
California studies highlight advantages of responsible lane splitting (Industry Press Releases) [message #6607] Fri, 24 October 2014 12:42
Anonymous
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Riding a motorcycle between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving traffic — a tactic known as lane splitting — is a relatively safe maneuver when both the motorcyclist and nearby drivers know the law and adhere to “safe and prudent” practices, according to two California studies released this week. One report […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Dani Pedrosa Drops RC213V In Public Demonstration + Video
Dani Pedrosa Drops RC213V In Public Demonstration + Video [message #6592] Fri, 24 October 2014 12:35
Anonymous

Well, that’s embarrassing. During a public demonstration for the Phillip Island round of MotoGP last weekend, Dani Pedrosa and Moto3 hot shot Jack Miller were riding around, waving to fans and doing wheelies near the track, in Miller’s home country of Australia. However, though Pedrosa is an ace at handling a motorcycle at speeds up to and over 200 mph, it appears Pedrosa’s parking lot skills could use a brush up. You think dropping your ride at bike night is embarrassing? Put yourself in Pedrosa’s (tiny) shoes. Check it out below.

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 Topic: 2014 MotoGP, Grand Prix of Malaysia – Free Practice (Industry Press Releases)
2014 MotoGP, Grand Prix of Malaysia – Free Practice (Industry Press Releases) [message #6606] Fri, 24 October 2014 10:56
Anonymous
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi got their first laps in around the Sepang International Circuit under very mixed conditions today as they prepare for this weekend’s Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Lorenzo successfully kicked off the third and last overseas Grand Prix weekend during the sunny morning session. The Majorcan rider spent his […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Ducati Team conclude first day of practice for Shell Advance Malaysian GP at Sepang with Dovizioso 7th and Crutchlow 8th. (Industry Press Releases)
Ducati Team conclude first day of practice for Shell Advance Malaysian GP at Sepang with Dovizioso 7th and Crutchlow 8th. (Industry Press Releases) [message #6605] Fri, 24 October 2014 09:51
Anonymous
The first two free practice sessions for the Shell Advance Malaysian Grand Prix took place today at Sepang, and the two Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow ended the day in seventh and eighth place respectively thanks to the times they set during the morning session. A tropical downpour lashed the Malaysian circuit […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Iannone picks up penalty
Iannone picks up penalty [message #6603] Fri, 24 October 2014 09:19
Anonymous

Crash with Pedrosa at Phillip Island costs Pramac Ducati rider.

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 Topic: Toronto parking project moving ahead
Toronto parking project moving ahead [message #6602] Fri, 24 October 2014 02:18
Anonymous

Most of the free motorcycle parking spaces have been created now.

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 Topic: Friday Fudge
Friday Fudge [message #6601] Fri, 24 October 2014 02:07
Anonymous

This week in Friday Fudge - more bikers against ISIS, and Dennis Hopper's words from beyond the grave.

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 Topic: Recall news
Recall news [message #6600] Fri, 24 October 2014 00:23
Anonymous

Suzuki has recalls on Gixxer 750, 1000.

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 Topic: Marquez, Rossi comment on Moto2 and Moto3 title battles
Marquez, Rossi comment on Moto2 and Moto3 title battles [message #6599] Fri, 24 October 2014 00:01
Anonymous

This weekend's races in Sepang could determine both titles.

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 Topic: 2015 MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR First Impressions
2015 MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR First Impressions [message #6591] Thu, 23 October 2014 23:12
Anonymous

Our European correspondent, Tor Sagen, got a chance to ride the latest addition to MV Agusta’s lineup, the RR version of the Brutale Dragster 800. Easily recognizable by its wire-spoke wheels with prominent white rims, the RR’s 798cc three-cylinder motor boasts increased power over the standard Dragster, up almost 15 horsepower achieved via mods to its airbox, exhaust and EFI-mapping revisions, the latter which accommodates a second fuel injector for each cylinder. Torque gets a slight bump to 63 lb-ft., with its peak arriving way up at 10,100 rpm instead of the 8600-rpm peak of the base Dragster. The RR is also equipped with a quickshifter EAS system that allows for clutchless upshifts and downshifts, and is aided by a new slipper clutch. U.S. pricing has yet to be announced. Stay tuned for a full review of the MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR next week.

2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR Officially Revealed + Video


The Dragster 800 RR is a bit of a ball cruncher. It’s hard, it’s fast and a bit unforgiving. The less-than-ideal route I traveled provided a challenging ride with what looked like earthquake-riddled tarmac. The lightweight (370 lbs dry, claimed) Dragster RR swapped between shaking my arms and threatening my family jewels. In other words, a true thrilling ride, and it’s a good thing the RR version has got a steering damper as standard equipment.

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The RR has is the most impressive version yet of MV’s 798cc Triple. It jubilantly provides more torque throughout the range, making for a much more comfortable behavior around town. It also makes the ride-by-wire throttle obey the wheelie hand a lot more sensibly and with greater control. The Dragster is hence more manageable while still being hardcore like a racebike.

Look at the Dragster RR for shorter adrenaline-filled rides, but ignore it for longer commutes. It’s worth premium dollars because of its extensive electronics package and an all-new downshift quickshifter. (And it looks hot, too! -Ed.)

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 Topic: Top 10 Things that can Save Your Butt
Top 10 Things that can Save Your Butt [message #6583] Thu, 23 October 2014 21:15
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Living is fraught with risk. Every being spends the bulk of its existence simply trying to keep living. Every critter sees itself at the top of its personal food chain until, one day it comes face-to-face with an even bigger, hungrier one. Or maybe it’s just a boulder rolling down a hill.

Fortunately, our ancestors struggled hard to get to the top of the heap on this chunk of space rock. So, now our focus has the luxury of turning towards managing the risk of activities that add quality to our lives rather than merely sustaining it. For us, here at MO, motorcycles form the primary focus in our lives – once we get beyond sustenance and procreation. So, here we’ve collected 10 things that will help protect you against injury. Most of these are tangible items you could actually hold in your hands. Some, however, are impossible to physically quantify. Still, they’ll keep you happily riding for many years.

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 Topic: Provisional 2015 MotoGP Entry List Released
Provisional 2015 MotoGP Entry List Released [message #6582] Thu, 23 October 2014 18:03
Anonymous

The International Motorcycling Federation released a provisional list of the teams and riders competing in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship.

The list includes 23 confirmed riders with another two to be confirmed and incoming manufacturers Aprilia and Suzuki joining the returning three of Ducati, Honda and Yamaha.

The initial roster includes 16 factory entries and nine non-factory entries. Honda and Yamaha are bringing back its factory riders from 2014, with two-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa suiting up again in Repsol Honda orange and Jorge Lorenzo continuing alongside Valentino Rossi for Movistar Yamaha. Andrea Dovizioso is staying with Ducati, to be joined next year with Andrea Iannone. Suzuki is returning to MotoGP racing with a pair of riders on the rise in Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro. Aprilia re-enters the series with Gresini Racing, represented by Alvaro Bautista and a second rider to be announced.

Current Ducati pilot Cal Crutchlow will join the CWM LCR Honda team on factory RC213V while Scott Redding will ride the other factory Honda machine with Marc VDS Racing. The Pramac team will enter Danilo Petrucci joining the returning Yonny Hernandez riding Ducati Desmosedicis. Tech 3 will again field Yamaha’s satellite entry with Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro returning for 2015.

Nicky Hayden is the sole American on the list, returning with Drive M7 Aspar with Eugene Laverty on the Honda RCV1000RMoto3 graduate Jack Miller will join Crutchlow with CWM LCR Honda but he too will be on a RCV1000R, as will Karel Abraham with Cardion AB Racing.

NGM Forward Racing, the top Open class team this season, will enter Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz. Avintia Racing will return with Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio on non-factory Ducatis. The 25th entry on the list is a rider to be named representing Octo IodaRacing.

# RIDER NATIONALITY TEAM MANUFACTURER FACTORY?
4 ANDREA DOVIZIOSO ITALIAN DUCATI TEAM DUCATI Y
6 STEFAN BRADL GERMAN NGM FORWARD RACING FORWARD YAMAHA N
8 HECTOR BARBERA SPANISH AVINTIA RACING DUCATI N
9 DANILO PETRUCCI ITALIAN PRAMAC RACING DUCATI Y
17 KAREL ABRAHAM CZECH CARDION AB MOTORACING HONDA N
19 ALVARO BAUTISTA SPANISH FACTORY APRILIA GRESINI APRILIA Y
25 MAVERICK VINALES SPANISH TEAM SUZUKI MotoGP SUZUKI Y
26 DANI PEDROSA SPANISH REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA Y
29 ANDREA IANNONE ITALIAN DUCATI TEAM DUCATI Y
35 CAL CRUTCHLOW BRITISH CWM LCR HONDA HONDA Y
38 BRADLEY SMITH BRITISH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA Y
41 ALEIX ESPARGARO SPANISH TEAM SUZUKI MotoGP SUZUKI Y
43 JACK MILLER AUSTRALIAN CWM LCR HONDA HONDA N
44 POL ESPARGARO SPANISH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA Y
45 SCOTT REDDING BRITISH MARC VDS RACING TEAM HONDA Y
46 VALENTINO ROSSI ITALIAN MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP YAMAHA Y
50 EUGENE LAVERTY IRISH DRIVE M7 ASPAR HONDA N
63 MIKE DI MEGLIO FRENCH AVINTIA RACING DUCATI N
68 YONNY HERNANDEZ COLOMBIAN PRAMAC RACING DUCATI Y
69 NICKY HAYDEN USA DRIVE M7 ASPAR HONDA N
76 LORIS BAZ FRENCH NGM FORWARD RACING FORWARD YAMAHA N
93 MARC MARQUEZ SPANISH REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA Y
99 JORGE LORENZO SPANISH MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP YAMAHA Y
TO BE CONFIRMED FACTORY APRILIA GRESINI APRILIA Y
TO BE CONFIRMED OCTO IODARACING TEAM TBC N

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 Topic: Yamaha Prepares to Wrap Up Triple-Header in Sepang (Industry Press Releases)
Yamaha Prepares to Wrap Up Triple-Header in Sepang (Industry Press Releases) [message #6590] Thu, 23 October 2014 16:54
Anonymous
After a superb race at Phillip Island where Yamaha filled the podium, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP heads to Malaysia for another heated battle at the Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Strengthened by his victory from last Sunday, Valentino Rossi has extra motivation to fight for second place in the championship. The Doctor […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: SHOEI Co., Ltd. announces the extension of the contracts with Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez for 2 years. (Industry Press Releases)
SHOEI Co., Ltd. announces the extension of the contracts with Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez for 2 years. (Industry Press Releases) [message #6589] Thu, 23 October 2014 16:46
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Tokyo, Japan, October 22, 2014 - SHOEI Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce that an agreement has been concluded for the next 2 years with Marc Marquez, 2013 and 2014 MotoGP World Champion, and his younger brother, Alex Marquez, who is leading 2014 Moto3 Championship. Marc Marquez: “I feel so happy to continue with SHOEI […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: 2015 MotoGP Team/Rider Lineup Announced (News)
2015 MotoGP Team/Rider Lineup Announced (News) [message #6588] Thu, 23 October 2014 16:38
Anonymous
Next year, Suzuki and Aprilia join the MotoGP circus. With a couple of exceptions (noted below), the rider lineup has been finalized for 2015. The dominant teams remain unchanged with both Factory Honda and Factory Yamaha seeing the return of their “aliens”, including champion Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. Although many […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: AMA CEO, Rob Dingman, On Why The CDC Is Struggling To Fight Ebola + Video
AMA CEO, Rob Dingman, On Why The CDC Is Struggling To Fight Ebola + Video [message #6581] Thu, 23 October 2014 16:02
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During the recent AIMExpo, our pal Greg White caught up with AMA President and CEO, Rob Dingman, to film a segment of Greg’s Garage, White’s dedicated online powersports show. During the interview, Dingman revealed to White some juicy bits of news, mostly regarding the CDC and its absurd attempts at preventing motorcycling while seemingly dropping the ball on stopping the Ebola virus from spreading. Hear Dingman’s thoughts in the video segment below.

AMAtv: AMA at AIMExpo and the CDC! from Greg’s Garage on Vimeo.

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 Topic: 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Spied!
2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Spied! [message #6580] Thu, 23 October 2014 15:42
Anonymous

A spy photographer has captured a new Ducati Multistrada 1200 undergoing testing, confirming it will use the Testastretta Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) engine.

Ducati Reveals Testastretta DVT Engine + Video

Despite the hallucinogenic camo pattern, we can make out the shape of the recently revealed DVT engine. The new valve train independently adjusts timing on both the intake and exhaust valves using an adjuster fitted on the end of each camshaft. At high rpm, the system increases the amount of valve overlap, maximizing performance. At lower engine speeds, the overlap is minimized for smoother, more fluid power delivery.

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According to Ducati, the 1198cc Testastretta DVT engine has a peak output of 160 hp at 9500 rpm, or 10 more horses than the current Multistrada’s engine. Ducati also claims an additional 9 ft-lb. of torque, topping out at 100 lb-ft. at 7500 rpm.

The engine isn’t the only thing that has changed. The steel trellis frame is new, as is the rear subframe which appears to be lower than on the existing model, making for a shorter seat height. It’s difficult to make out with the camo pattern but the fairing has been changed. The radiator shroud has a different angle, revealing more of the inverted fork, now anodized in gold and with new brake caliper mounts.

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From the front, we can see a gap in the fairing between the two headlights. The ubiquitous ADV-style beak looks new with a broader shape with more angular nostrils. The wheels look identical to those on the current model.

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The under-engine muffler also looks revised, with the “U.S.A.” chalked onto it suggesting Ducati was testing exhaust components designed for American emission standards on this prototype.

We’ll likely have to wait until EICMA in early November for Ducati to reveal official information about the new 2015 Multistrada. Ducati will present its new models on November 4.

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 Topic: Yamaha Champions Riding School Heads West For The Winter + Video
Yamaha Champions Riding School Heads West For The Winter + Video [message #6579] Thu, 23 October 2014 15:08
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Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the Yamaha Champions Riding School is. The beauty of the school is its ability to be mobile, and operate while its usual HQ at New Jersey Motorsports Park is covered in snow for the winter. This winter, YCRS will head west, and conduct two schools at Inde Motorsports Ranch in Wilcox, Arizona, near Tucson.

“We are stoked to be bringing YCRS to Inde Motorsports Ranch for the first time,” said Nick Ienatsch, Senior Instructor for Yamaha Champions Riding School. “The Inde track and facilities are world-class and perfectly aligned with the product we provide. IMR provides a destination for riders to escape the cold winter, and we’re eager to share the facilities with our students in our first December schools.”

YCRS has scheduled a pair of two-day schools to end 2014. The first, taking place on December 4-5, will be open only to former graduates, and the second, taking place on December 8-9, will be open to all riders. All IMR schools will be capped at 12 students, offering an excellent  student/instructor ratio and tremendous personal learning experience.

“Off-season? What off-season?” added Ken Hill, Senior Instructor. “We didn’t want to wait out the winter at our full-time facility in New Jersey, so we are glad to offer these schools at IMR as part of our ‘YCRweSt’ program. The racetrack is very unique, and is a blast to ride.”

Visit www.ridelikeachampion.com to sign up for the December schools at Inde Motorsports Ranch, or email teachme@ridelikeachampion.com.

Check out the video below to see YCRS instructor, Chris Peris, take you on a lap of Inde Motorsports Ranch.

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 Topic: Marquez Brothers Sign Two-Year Extensions With Shoei
Marquez Brothers Sign Two-Year Extensions With Shoei [message #6578] Thu, 23 October 2014 13:58
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If you’re Shoei, what’s better than having the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP world champion, Marc Marquez, wearing your helmet? The answer, it seems, is also having Marc’s younger brother, and Moto3 points leader, Alex, also donning a Shoei. It was recently announced that both brothers have renewed their contracts with the Japanese helmet manufacturer for two more years, which will see them both in Shoei’s flagship racing helmets through the 2016 season.

Marc Marquez:

“I feel so happy to continue with Shoei for two more years. It’s a long story together and I hope we can continue enjoying and winning in the future. Shoei has been always a top brand and it gives me a lot of confidence and safety.”

Alex Marquez:

“I am so happy to sign with the brand that trusts me all those years, [beginning] from the Spanish Championship. I have a new challenge next year in Moto2 and it’s so important for me. Shoei means quality. I feel really safe and comfortable on the bike.”

 

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 Topic: Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Wraps Up This Weekend At Buttonwillow + Video
Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Wraps Up This Weekend At Buttonwillow + Video [message #6577] Thu, 23 October 2014 13:40
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From a Why We Ride press release:


The Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Series is closing out the 2014 season this weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Families from across California and beyond will gather at the Buttonwillow facilities October 24-26 for the final round of youth and adult racing, and the Minimoto USA family will celebrate a successful and rewarding year with a luau-themed potluck on Saturday at 5:00pm.

“We are so grateful for all of the support from our title sponsor Why We Ride,” said Stoney Landers, founder of Minimoto USA. “Our mission is to provide a safe place for these kids to learn and race, and we invite adults to race in various classes on different sized machines as well. Like any sports program, we aim to not only develop kids in their racing, but also teach them life lessons about responsibility, dedication, discipline and teamwork.”

Why We Ride Producer/Director Bryan H. Carroll and Producer James Walker agree, “this is a pivotal time for American road racing. With the new MotoAmerica series coming together we have an opportunity to get more Americans interested in racing and motorcycling in general. We are happy to support Minimoto USA because we believe it is imperative that these programs continue to grow here in the states to not only develop racers, but also create lifelong motorcyclists.”

The ninth and final round of the Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Series will take place this weekend, October 24-26 at Buttonwillow Raceway. Visit the Minimoto USA website or Facebook page for more information.

For more information on the film visit www.WhyWeRide.com, and join the growing online community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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 Topic: MotoGP 2014 Sepang Preview
MotoGP 2014 Sepang Preview [message #6576] Thu, 23 October 2014 13:31
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After the carnage in Phillip Island, the prospects of the various Aliens have changed significantly. If pending 2014 champion Marc Marquez is to challenge Mick Doohan’s all-time record of 12 wins in a season, he needs to win here. Dani Pedrosa, having spent the bulk of the season in second place, now finds himself fourth, looking up at both of the factory Yamahas, who made hay at his expense Down Under. Jorge Lorenzo, who many gave up for dead back in May, could finish the season in second place. As could teammate Valentino Rossi, who, at age 35, is entering the realm of “timeless elegance,” the finely crafted Swiss watch of motorcycle racing.

That the events at Phillip Island were unusual is borne out by the fact that the last all-Yamaha podium in MotoGP took place at LeMans in 2008. With Tech 3 Yamaha sophomore Bradley Smith having stayed upright long enough to register his first premier class podium, there was plenty of weirdness to go around. One thing is certain – the new Bridgestone asymmetric fronts don’t work in cold weather. Whether they will work in hot weather, or any weather at all, remains to be seen; it will likely be quite some time before riders volunteer to try them again.

Future MotoGP stars Maverick Vinales and Jack Miller joined other racers in a minibike race at Sepang.

MotoGP returns this week to the tropics in Kuala Lumpur, where it’s always mid-summer; no concerns about windy cold weather here. And it returns with Repsol Honda Golden Boy Marc Marquez in a definite slump, having won just once since Indianapolis in August and having crashed in three of the last four events. Back in August, eclipsing Doohan’s 1997 record looked like a foregone conclusion; now, it appears to be a longshot. Personally, early in the year, I used to think that one of the amazing things about Marquez was that he never lost concentration. Now, it appears certain he has lost something; call it concentration, or motivation, or interest; whatever it was back in July is now gone. For now.

Recent History at Sepang

A recap of recent events at Sepang must necessarily start with the 2011 round. Heading in the premier class race that day, the charismatic and fearless Marco Simoncelli had survived a series of incidents early in the year that had given him a reputation for recklessness. He crashed out of the lead at Jerez early in the year, and got into a verbal shoving match with Lorenzo during Round 3 at Estoril. He crashed carelessly in the rain at Silverstone, and took Lorenzo out of the race at Assen. He enjoyed his first career podium at Brno, followed that with three solid 4th place finishes, and podiumed in second place at Phillip Island the preceding week. The bizarre, arcing low-side that took his life at Sepang came just as he seemed to be hitting his stride as a rider, when his future was at its very brightest.

Fausto Gresini and other members of the MotoGP family took part in a ceremonial track walk to Turn 11 where Marco Simoncelli tragically lost his life.

Recall that was the same weekend that Moto2 phenom and title contender Marc Marquez hit an unseen puddle of water in FP1 and went ragdoll, ending up with a concussion that gave him double vision for six months and almost stopped his career before it really ever started. This accident, in turn, handed the Moto2 title to Stefan Bradl, who leveraged it into a promotion to the premier class with LCR Honda that he has now worked himself out of, to dangle the preposition.

Nicky Hayden leads a group of racers in Putrajaya’s Putra Square.

The 2012 race can be summed up in these four words: James Ellison finished ninth. Six of the 20 starters crashed out of the race. Pedrosa won, followed by a cautious Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, who was there only to tune up for his annual and final Phillip Island coronation the following week. The race was called after 13 laps. And, just for the record, Nicky Hayden finished fourth in Sepang for the sixth time in his premier class career. If MotoGP were to keep a stat for Most Fourth Place Finishes at a Single Venue (Career), Hayden would own it.

Last year at Sepang, Pedrosa gave one of the performances that, in years past, would have seen him win by 12 seconds. He slingshotted out of the five hole at the start and was sitting on leader Lorenzo’s pipes midway through the first lap. He then basically pushed Lorenzo out of his way and took the lead for good on Lap 5. Teammate Marquez, after a few bumps and grinds with Lorenzo, would take over second place and protect it all day, effectively ending Lorenzo’s quest for a repeat of his 2012 title. That Pedrosa would end up winning by a mere three seconds confirms what we all know – there was no Marc Marquez out there when Dani was running away and hiding from the field in previous years.

This Stuff is Harder than it Looks

In traveling to Sepang this week, I’ve learned a few things about this sport that I hadn’t understood before. We watch the riders and crews competing during practice and races and see a lot of concentrated effort focused on maximizing performance. We see none of what goes on behind the scenes. Nothing of the brutal travel schedules that have these guys crossing timezones like they’re lane markers. Nothing of what it takes to pack the entire grid into three 747s immediately after the race so things can get unpacked and on track in time for the next one. Nothing of the high stakes negotiations that take place between owners and sponsors, venues and race organizers, the host countries and the rights holders that ultimately pay the freight for this breathtakingly expensive pursuit.

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The road Nicky Hayden and the other riders rode on led to this elaborate mosque. Photo by Bruce Allen.

Malaysia itself is a study in contrasts. Vast, gleaming skyscrapers built in the middle of steaming jungles. All of the trappings of Western culture – Westins, Victoria’s Secrets, and Johnnie Walker Black (who helped me write this article tonight) in the midst of a Muslim-majority country complete with remote villages lacking the most basic services. A vibrant multi-cultural mix of Malays, Chinese, Singaporeans and Indonesians competing in a market economy within a complex set of rules and social mores of which Westerners are completely oblivious. It is, in turn, dramatic, elegant, scary and emblematic of paradise lost. In my home town of Indianapolis, I used to remark on the land under active cultivation only, like, seven miles from the state capitol building. Here, one notices the glass and steel skyscrapers within a few miles of triple canopy jungle.

Malaysia calls itself The Land of Adventure (they’re not referring to the 20-some hours it takes to get here from New York, which is an adventure in itself.) The adventure will continue this weekend as the big bikes of MotoGP hit the tarmac of the gorgeous Sepang circuit dodging rainstorms in hot pursuit of fame and fortune. We’ll have race results right here on Sunday evening.

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 Topic: Product test: Wolfman Beta Boulder bag
Product test: Wolfman Beta Boulder bag [message #6587] Thu, 23 October 2014 11:43
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When Rob headed out to BC to ride Yamaha’s new FZ-07 this spring, he figured he’d keep the bike for a few extra days and do a tour. Great idea! Except, the bike isn’t a factory tourer, and doesn’t come with accessory luggage. Enter the Wolfman Boulder Beta. Like many of Wolfman’s products, the Boulder […]

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 Topic: Rebel X, Yamaha Italy release Dakar-ready rally machine
Rebel X, Yamaha Italy release Dakar-ready rally machine [message #6586] Thu, 23 October 2014 08:47
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It isn't cheap, but upgraded WR450 should be able to handle what the desert throws at it.

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 Topic: Here we go again: Husqvarna to unveil street bikes at EICMA
Here we go again: Husqvarna to unveil street bikes at EICMA [message #6585] Thu, 23 October 2014 07:32
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Editor 'Arris is headed to EICMA this year - we'll have details as soon as the bike is launched.

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 Topic: MotoGP announces 2015 entry list
MotoGP announces 2015 entry list [message #6584] Thu, 23 October 2014 06:55
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Roster of teams is provisional at this point.

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 Topic: 2015 Alta Motors RedShift MX and SM Preview + Video
2015 Alta Motors RedShift MX and SM Preview + Video [message #6569] Wed, 22 October 2014 19:13
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Astute e-bike fans might remember the name BRD, the group setting out to make an electric motocross (and supermoto) competitor from the ground up, called the Redshift, with an emphasis on performance. As we found out at the AIMExpo recently, 2015 brings the bike and the company a few surprises.

For starters, BRD is no more. Presenting those in attendance with a Photoshopped Chef Boyardee logo as some sort of cryptic reason for the name change, the company now goes by Alta Motors, in reference to “Alta California,” the geographic location of its San Francisco, CA headquarters back when the land was under Mexico’s rule.

Name changes aside, the Alta Motors Redshift is making waves as a potentially groundbreaking electric motorcycle. It’s designers and engineers never set out for the title of best electric motorcycle, instead setting the bar higher and working towards a machine that could go toe-to-toe with gas bikes in the competition arena. While we have yet to ride the Redshift MX or its street-legal supermoto variant, the bike is nonetheless interesting.

No longer under the BRD moniker, the Alta Motors Redshift MX was designed from the ground up to be a competitive MX2/Lites class motorcycle that happens to run on electrons instead of gasoline. Because of the unique energy profile of MX, Alta believes electrics could actually be a better competition dirtbike.

No longer under the BRD moniker, the Alta Motors Redshift MX was designed from the ground up to be a competitive MX2/Lites class motorcycle that happens to run on electrons instead of gasoline. Because of the unique energy profile of MX, Alta believes electrics could actually be a better competition dirtbike.

During the initial design of the bike, the team took the common route of starting with a gas bike and modifying it for electricity. In fact, Alta started with a Honda CRF chassis, but quickly realized nothing about it was optimized for using electric power and it was eventually scrapped. By 2012 a two-piece cast frame was designed and produced and became the basis for the Redshift.

Sitting inside this prototype frame was a battery and a liquid-cooled motor. Once the test mule was fitted with the necessary suspension pieces, wheels, brakes, controls and running gear, their operating prototype weighed somewhere in the vicinity of 270 lbs., well north of the 250-lb goal.

It doesn’t take a genius to tell you excess weight is the enemy of speed, and to stand a chance at competing in the MX2/Lites class, BRD/Alta would have to find a way to put the Redshift on a diet. In response, for the past two years the team went over the bike with a fine-toothed comb, heavily revising the Redshift from the ground up.

Alta’s proprietary battery, motor and motor controller rests inside a forged aluminum frame that’s also an in-house design. The complete motorcycle is said to weigh close to 250 lbs and make 40 peak horsepower.

Alta’s proprietary battery, motor and motor controller rests inside a forged aluminum frame that’s also an in-house design. The complete motorcycle is said to weigh close to 250 lbs and make 40 peak horsepower.

For starters, the patent-pending lithium-ion battery is an all-new design, throwing away more than two years of work to make something lighter and more efficient. It now has a 5.2-kWh capacity and weighs about 70 lbs.. Alta says the unit is more efficient than a Tesla battery, and 15 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, which is where the bulk of the 20-lb. weight loss comes from.

It’s also swappable, like that on the Zero FX, with the removal of a few bolts and a friend to help lift it out – a process Alta says takes 5-10 minutes. This means you can use up a battery during motos and change the battery out for a fresh unit in between. For reference, an individual FX battery weighs approximately 25lbs., with a max capacity of 2.8 kWh. However, you can add a second unit (for an extra $2495), upping capacity to 5.7 kWh. Swapping batteries on the Zero is a relatively simple procedure, too, which can be performed by a single person. We’ll have to wait to pass judgement on the Alta system until we get a chance to swap a battery ourselves. Alta says battery recharging takes about four hours from a standard 110v outlet, though you can obviously charge at other charging stations with an adapter and fill up faster.

The lack of a fuel tank and what appears to be a relatively compact battery gives the Redshift MX and SM a narrow profile.

The lack of a fuel tank and what appears to be a relatively compact battery gives the Redshift MX and SM a narrow profile.

The Redshift also features a proprietary motor controller and liquid-cooled motor, which is said to produce 25 hp (continuous), 40 hp (peak), and weigh just 11 lbs. The high-speed PMAC motor puts out 30 lb.-ft. of torque. That said, comparing numbers between gas and electrics is an apples and oranges affair. Primary drives affect the actual power reaching the road on both bikes, and torque multiplication factors for each gear on an ICE bike complicate matters even more. This post on the Alta website explains these issues in greater detail.

With that in mind, the horsepower number doesn’t quite compete with true 250cc MX bikes making 10-15 hp more, but without the need to shift, Alta is banking on its smooth, linear power delivery to help the electric rider keep up while the gas rider is busy with the left-side controls. Also, there are far less rotating parts between a rider’s legs on the Redshift, potentially allowing for quicker handling compared to a gasser.

The Redshift also benefits from having a liquid-cooled motor. As we’ve experienced with some air-cooled electric motors, aggressive riding (also called fun riding) quickly brings the motors to their thermal limits, resulting in cutback and loss of power. Liquid-cooling should make thermal cutback less of an issue. What makes this feat more surprising is the lack of a radiator. “We have a proprietary system that’s patent pending,” says Marc Fenigstein, Alta CEO and co-owner, “and until that patent gets approved and published I can’t say any more about it.” Fenigstein went on to mention a design principle for the entire bike was reducing the amount of core parts necessary. “If we can make one part do the job of six, then we’re going to do it,” he said.

Alta says the Redshift also features selectable power maps you can change on the fly, which will allow the user to fine tune, among other things: e-throttle response, the regenerative braking effect, and a “virtual flywheel.” Alta’s press materials also claim helical gear reduction, which, according to Fenigstein, is a single-stage gear reduction from the motor to the countershaft sprocket, placing the sprocket and motor in optimal positions. This should enhance the performance potential, especially in acceleration, as the Redshift, like most electric motorcycles, operates in a single final-drive gear.

The Redshift SM is basically an MX with 17-inch wheels and bigger brakes, and can be equipped with lights, mirrors and indicators for road-legal use. Scrapping those components for competition use sheds about nine pounds from its 264-lb. weight.

The Redshift SM is basically an MX with 17-inch wheels and bigger brakes, and can be equipped with lights, mirrors and indicators for road-legal use. Scrapping those components for competition use sheds about nine pounds from its 264-lb. weight.

On the chassis side, the cast aluminum frame was ditched for a forged version with a patented system of forgings for the front bulkhead, saving a little bit of weight over the cast version while adding stiffness to the frame. Pair that with fully adjustable WP suspension featuring 12 inches of travel at both ends and Brembo brakes, and “we’ve created something that can make riders faster, more comfortable and more confident,” Fenigstein says. “We’re not done, either. We’re going to continue to push on this bike and the next.”

The 251-lb. Redshift MX carries a $14,995 price tag, while the 264-lb. Supermoto version sells for $15,995. Both bikes will carry a one-year, unlimited mileage warranty, and Alta is selling its models exclusively through its ever-growing dealer network – it will not sell direct to consumers. Dealer deliveries are scheduled to begin in Q2 2015 in California, while the rest of the country will start receiving units in Q3. Motorcycle.com will get our hands on a test unit as quickly as possible, but until then, visit www.altamotors.co/ for more information and check out the video below to see what the Redshift can do.

Trackside with the 2015 Alta RedShift Motocross & Supermoto test mule. from Alta Motors on Vimeo.

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 Topic: Dainese Leather Stories Webisode #1 + Video
Dainese Leather Stories Webisode #1 + Video [message #6568] Wed, 22 October 2014 17:19
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Dainese is known the world over as one of the leading manufacturers of protective riding gear for motorcyclists, but where did it get its start? With a storied history to its name, Dainese has decided to share its story with the world in a series of webisodes called “Dainese Leather Stories.”

In this, the first in the series, we hear from the company’s namesake, Lino Dainese, on how a trip to London aboard a Vespa influenced the rest of his life and convinced him to pursue a passion of designing and building garments to protect motorcyclists. With the help of local craftsmen, Lino had the opportunity to uncover and develop what he called “the intelligence of the hands” that is the underlying ethos for the company today. Stay tuned for future videos from the series.

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 Topic: Skidmarks AIME High
Skidmarks AIME High [message #6567] Wed, 22 October 2014 17:14
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“How do you make a million dollars in the motorcycle industry? Simple: start out with 10 million dollars!”

Old motorcycle industry gag.


Har, har! Let’s all have a good laugh. As a motorcycle-industry participant entering a second decade of negative net worth, though, sometimes the laughing sounds like hysterical sobbing emanating from under my fake-veneer Target desk. Luckily, I don’t measure my self worth in terms of my net worth. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. Thank God for antidepressants.

Florida's AIMExpo gets the whole moto-industry into one place for one giant show.

Florida’s AIMExpo gets the whole moto-industry into one place for one giant show.

Anyway, you may have seen a story or two on this website about the American International Motorcycle Exposition in Orlando, Florida. I attended last week, reluctantly making the jet-lagging trip to my least-favorite state (Florida Fun Fact: Alcohol makes it tolerable) because (a) I think it’s important to meet industry folks face-to-face and (b) somebody else was paying for it. Though I was expecting to enjoy it more than my regular life, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.

That’s because of the people. The motorcycle industry is a small place, with a small group of people chasing after small amounts of money. Almost nobody is going to get rich doing this stuff. And yet, the huge hall in the Orange County Convention Center was crowded with people – and that was on an industry-only preview day, closed to the general motorcycling public. Hundreds of motorcycle dealers, shop employees, distributors and some folks just scouting things out, making connections.

64-year-old Charlie Lysogorsky wants to sell you some goggles.

64-year-old Charlie Lysogorsky wants to sell you some goggles.

Guys like Charles Lysogorski. At 64 years old, he took his retirement savings and started up a company selling a new kind of goggle for off-road riders. “They told me I was crazy, but I always wanted to be a product designer.” His goggles are funny-looking, a larger design that Lysogorsky claims gives riders a wider field of vision, works better with glasses and offers more comfort.

At 64, most of us will be thinking about how much riding we’ll get to do when we retire next year, not about how we’ll start a new career from scratch. But Charles isn’t daunted. He’s leveraging his experience researching and developing products for military contracts into creating this new product just so he can see something new out in the motorcycling world, something he had a hand in creating. “When Trail Rider magazine said this is something completely different, that gave me joy.”

Charlie’s no fool, though. He knows not to jump into something too quickly. This year, he was just scouting out the show, wandering from booth to booth, meeting people he’d previously only talked to on the phone. “I wanted to look at the booths, see what looked good, what didn’t. Having a poor booth is worse than not having one at all. I took pictures of what drew people in, what didn’t.” Walking among the 500 or more vendors, I’d have to say that’s wise advice. Plenty of booths were manned by sad-looking folks rearranging brochures or dipping into their bowls of Starbursts and gazing longingly at their busy neighbors. Been there, done that.

Charlie's design seals to your face like traditional goggles, but fits to your helmet like a visor.

Charlie’s design seals to your face like traditional goggles, but fits to your helmet like a visor.

Jack Khorsandi‘s an older guy, like Charles, and has followed a similar path. After being a distributor for Apple products for 20 years, the Iranian-born businessman partnered up with the co-developer of the Grip-N-Ride, a handle-equipped belt for passengers to grab on to. Khorsandi saw the belt wouldn’t just make riding better for motorcyclists, especially ones with kids looking for a better and safer way to enjoy riding with their offspring. “My goal is to see nobody get hurt riding, especially kids.”

The AIMExpo was useful for Khorsandi. Not only did he get to show off a new product line – this one can be ordered with custom logos and graphics, which was popular with the dealers and distributors he met with – Jack also was looking forward to meeting the public. “We really want to show the product to the customers and let them know there’s a product out there that can help riders and passengers.” Whether they think they need it or not doesn’t matter – they know there’s a guy out there – Jack – who cares enough to offer this thing to improve their experience, even if it’s just a little bit.

Jack Khorsandi wants riders and their passengers to have a safer, better experience when they get on a bike.

Jack Khorsandi wants riders and their passengers to have a safer, better experience when they get on a bike.

I’ve talked to plenty of small business people over the years, and it’s almost always a similar story. They hit on a simple (or not so simple) way to make the riding experience better while making enough money to cover their costs and keep the company going. Contrast that attitude with the tech industry, where much lip service is paid to making the world a better place even though the goal is clear: make millions or billions of dollars selling out to a bigger company. And screw anybody who stands in your way: consumers, government regulators or workers.

You can’t do that in the small two-wheeled world, where everybody knows each other and people remember slights for decades. That’s where we get back to the busy, crowded enormous room in Florida. It’s a big room, but it pretty much contained everybody I’ve ever met in the motorcycle world. If I behaved like a greedy, self-centered jackass, I wouldn’t want to show my face in there – and would have a limited way to do business in the industry. Behave well – the way you like being treated – and it’s more like a family reunion than a trade show. “[The people here] seem less cliquish, more friendly, more down to earth, even with the big companies,” Lysgorsky told me. “A lot of people I met over the phone I got to meet in person. Ninety percent of the people were really happy to help out a small company and spread the word.”

A product like Jack Khorsandi's Grip-N-Ride could have many uses. Conga line, anyone?

A product like Jack Khorsandi’s Grip-N-Ride could have many uses. Conga line, anyone?

Come into that hall with an interesting product and a good attitude, and you’ll get farther in three days than you will in three years working email and your phone, even with all the social media platforms and other tools we can access easily and cheaply. Everybody you need to talk to is right there, from the person who handles ordering product for a small motorcycle shop to the marketing director for a big parts distributor. You can hand out samples and business cards to V.P.s from all four of the Japanese OEMs or get your favorite motocross racer to try on your new elbow pads. And you can do all that before you go get your bucket of deep-fried Grouper nuggets or whatever it is that passes for lunch in Central Florida.

The best part of it all is you don’t have to be born wealthy, have a PhD, good grooming habits, own an expensive (or any kind of) suit or even be from this country. You just have to love motorcycles. You don’t even have to ride motorcycles, just enjoy some aspect of them.

And where would we be without folks like that? Motorcycling is about motorcycles, of course, and since making a whole motorcycle (or complex riding gear like helmets) is usually beyond the capabilities of a small operation, it’s the little things that are improved by these quasi-heroes. I’m thinking of my Aerostich suit or DeerSports gloves, which I wear every time I ride, or the many Corbin saddles I’ve put under my butt. There’s special underwear (no, not the Mormon kind – the comfy kind that keep your naughty bits comfortable), cooling vests, tools, lifts, turntables, lighting kits … the list goes into infinity. Not all these things are great ideas, true, but I’ll bet you use a few items like this, and you wouldn’t want to ride without them. Every one of those items has a proud inventor and businessperson behind them, a guy (or woman) who’s spent years toiling in mostly unrecognized obscurity.

What’s the payoff? Well, I’ve found that if you’re an honest person and don’t piss too many people off, the opportunities are there. You won’t get rich – materially – but you will be able to afford the greatest luxury of all for an American: have a job that doesn’t feel like work.

“I’ve taken this farther than anything else, and I’m enjoying it,” Charlie told me, when I asked him what his goal was. “Seeing something new out there is what I want from it.”

We get it, but not everybody understands. Charlie adds with a laugh, “My wife wants the money.”

"Alcohol Makes it Tolerable" will be Florida's new license-plate motto starting in 2017, when "Manatees aren't Delicious" will be phased out.

“Alcohol Makes it Tolerable” will be Florida’s new license-plate motto starting in 2017, when “Manatees aren’t Delicious” will be phased out.

 


Gabe Ets-Hokin is a senior partner in the firm of Eeny, Meeny, Miney and Moe, specializing in legislative solutions to non-existent problems. He’s best known for writing “Frankie’s Law,” legislation in 34 states and the District of Columbia which bans dog walking in enclosed parking garages while using Robitussin DM and listening to a “This American Life” podcast on even-numbered Saturdays.

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 Topic: Harley-Davidson Reports Q3 2014 Sales Results
Harley-Davidson Reports Q3 2014 Sales Results [message #6566] Wed, 22 October 2014 17:14
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Harley-Davidson reported a 3.8% gain in motorcycle sales over the third quarter ended Sept. 28, 2014, but still saw a 4.2% decrease in operating income from sales.

According to the company’s third quarter report, Harley-Davidson sold 73,217 motorcycles over the three-month period, up from 70,517 motorcycles sold in the same period last year. Sales results were buoyed by the launch of 2015 models including the returning Road Glide and the entry-level Street models.

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“With the successful launch of the 2015 motorcycles in late August, including the return of the Road Glide models, and the outstanding efforts of our dealers, third-quarter retail Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales topped the strong growth of the year-ago quarter,” says Keith Wandell, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson. “A rebound in Sportster motorcycle sales from this year’s second quarter and increased availability of the Street 750 and Street 500 motorcycles also contributed to these positive results.”

The U.S. alone accounted for sales of 50,167 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles, up from 48,529 sold in the same quarter in 2013.

Despite the increase in motorcycle sales, revenues declined to $1.13 billion from $1.18 billion. Total operating income from sales decreased to $146.3 million from $175.5 million in the third quarter. Harley-Davidson says the drop in operating sales income was a expected result of a planned reduction in motorcycle shipments.

Overall, Harley-Davidson reported a net profit of $150.1 million over the third quarter, down from the $162.7 million reported last year.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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 Topic: Ride The Andorra 500 Classic Rally With A Five-Time Dakar Winner + Video
Ride The Andorra 500 Classic Rally With A Five-Time Dakar Winner + Video [message #6565] Wed, 22 October 2014 16:43
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Five-time Dakar champ, Cyril Despres, might have made his name in the dirt, but the Frenchman, and former mechanic, takes a lot of pride in riding classic street motorcycles. And now that he’s retired from two-wheel competition, he’s chosen to occupy some of his time by putting together the Andorra 500 Classic Moto Road Regularity Rally. The event is the new Peugeot rally-raid driver’s way of putting something back into the sport that gave him so much and maintain his lifelong passion for all things two-wheeled.

Despres has spent practically his entire professional career based in Andorra, so having the rally here makes sense. However, the border areas between France and Spain provide some great roads with fantastic scenery, which will only add to the epic nature of the rally. Better still, the Andorran government is completely supportive of the event, facilitating road closures and logistical support to make the rally go as smoothly as possible. When was the last time that happened in this country?!

The riders will cover 500 kilometers (310 miles) over the course of three and a half days riding. The route will consist of three loops, one per day, all starting from the rally HQ in Ordino and highlighting the best the countryside has to see, ride, and eat! The event will include classes for machines from ‘pre-war’ to the ‘eighties.’ For fans of modified machines, there will also be categories for café-racers, bobbers and modified neo-retros.

As for the course, although Cyril is strongly associated with ‘off-road’, the event will only include a short section of gravel track. “Riding bikes in the dirt is what I did for work,” says Despres. Riding classic bikes on the amazing tarmac roads we have here in the region is such a pleasure and that is what I want to share with participants.”

He continues, “but of course, with my background, there has to be an element of sport. The ‘regularity’ component, with participants having to maintain an average speed over closed roads and local tracks will give the Andorra 500 just the right dose of competition.” The details are still being finalized but the idea is to ‘pepper’ the route with timed specials, plus gymkhanas and a concourse d’elegance. Just enough to raise the event above a simple ‘ride-out’ without making it too serious.

What Cyril and his team have bought from the world of rally is the system of navigation, with all participants’ machines being fitted with a Tripy electronic GPS road book. Much simpler to use than its paper equivalent, it brings a taste of Dakar to the event while allowing everybody’s average speed to be accurately calculated. The team are also keen to recreate the conviviality of the rally bivouac, so while hotel accommodation will be provided for all participants, the evenings’ activities will be centre around the rally village in the hotel’s grounds, with music groups, presentations by Cyril and some of his colleagues, nightly barbecues and a gala prize giving all contributing to the rally ambiance.

The exact date of the event will be announced in the next month and other details will be given as and when they become available. For more information, visit www.andorra500.com.

Andorra 500 from Cyril DESPRES on Vimeo.

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 Topic: Mercedes on the Verge of Acquiring Stake in MV Agusta? (News)
Mercedes on the Verge of Acquiring Stake in MV Agusta? (News) [message #6575] Wed, 22 October 2014 15:08
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According to a report published by Reuters yesterday, Mercedes’ parent Daimler may announce as early as next week acquisition of a significant ownership interest in family-owned MV Agusta, together with an option to invest additional funds and acquire more shares (the initial stake is rumored to be approximately 25%). Although the tie to Mercedes (reported […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Update: Daimler, MV Agusta hookup not a done deal
Update: Daimler, MV Agusta hookup not a done deal [message #6574] Wed, 22 October 2014 14:17
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While on Dragster RR, Brutale RR launch, Costa is told there's still nothing signed.

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