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 Topic: Full Throttle No HST Event on Now at GP Bikes!
Full Throttle No HST Event on Now at GP Bikes! [message #4654] Tue, 22 April 2014 14:49
Don't miss our in-store only NO HST event on now until April 30th! No HST on almost everything in store! Call in your order or come visit us today!
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 Topic: Studio Cycle Group - showroom now open Sundays NOON to 4pm
Studio Cycle Group - showroom now open Sundays NOON to 4pm [message #4653] Tue, 22 April 2014 11:07
It's that time of year again. We're now open on Sundays, noon to 4pm (showroom only).

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 Topic: Bickle BRP Under Gear
Bickle BRP Under Gear [message #4631] Sat, 19 April 2014 08:46
Bickle Racing BRP Under Gear
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 Topic: Twin Seasons Recreation - Walk in Certifications !!!
Twin Seasons Recreation - Walk in Certifications !!! [message #4629] Fri, 18 April 2014 21:24
Hey folks, just wanted to give a shout out to all the members here at GTAM.

Twin Seasons Recreation, a full motorcycle/ATV/snowmobile service and parts business, now located in Georgetown, Ontario for the past 3 years.
We were previously located in Norval on Winston Churchill Blvd, for over 25 years serving the Halton Hills, Georgetown and Brampton area.
With 3 fully licensed technicians with over 70 years experience combined, we can service, repair and maintain your ride with the expertise and professionalism you expect and deserve !! We can handle repairs and service work for pretty much anything on 2 wheels except Harley's and Chinese made bikes. And yes we can service and repair your European and Japanese brand scooters too !!

From engine oil changes or M.O.T certification through complete engine rebuilds and suspension repairs and rebuilds.. we got you covered.
We offer full machine shop services including engine rebuilding, cylinder re-boring, cylinder head testing and rebuilding, crankshaft servicing and rebuilding, transmission work and much much more !!

We also offer "dyno-tuning" services for both street and MX bikes with our on site "Spindoctor" dyno equipment.

Just to let you know, we always offer "walk in" motorcycle safety certifications..

Nobody wants to make a appointment and arrange a drop off for "just a safety", and we won't make you do it ..
Drop in between 9 am and 4 pm on any Monday through Friday with your bike and we will perform the safety inspection while you wait .. (even some Saturday's if we are not to busy)

Our parts department is well stocked with parts & accessories for all major brands of motorcycles with pretty much everything you need to keep you going, including tires, lubricants, filters, tubes, gaskets, seals, bearings, Yuasa batteries, brake parts, switches, levers and a ton of other parts and accessories ..
If we don't have what you need in stock we can get it for you within 12-48 hrs, as we place parts orders every day. We also stock and order OEM parts for all major motorcycle brands too !!

Check out our website and Facebook links below for more info and business hours and location ..

Hoping to see our current, past and new customers soon !!

Give us a call, shoot us a email or drop in ..

Cheers and Happy Easter,

Denny and the TSR staff :)

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 Topic: A Night In Red
A Night In Red [message #4628] Fri, 18 April 2014 13:02
A Night In Red
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Forum: Motorcycle Site Feeds
 Topic: Honda Grom – Gabe’s Perspective (Bike Reports) (News)
Honda Grom – Gabe’s Perspective (Bike Reports) (News) [message #4652] Tue, 22 April 2014 21:04
If this isn’t the bike that gets new, younger riders to stop photographing their genitalia, put away  their iPhones and start riding, motorcycling is in a lot of trouble. Honda’s new Grom essentially takes away about every excuse there is to not buy a motorcycle. New motorcycles too expensive, you say? The 2014 Honda Grom […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Top-Selling Motorcycles in US in 2013: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and Breakout
Top-Selling Motorcycles in US in 2013: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and Breakout [message #4648] Tue, 22 April 2014 18:03

It’s almost automatic every time we write about Harley-Davidson that the company’s critics jump out to say how its bikes are heavy or assembled from parts bin leftovers or technologically decades behind its competitors. What these naysayers either forget or completely ignore is that Harley-Davidson motorcycles continue to sell. In its first quarter 2014 financial report, Harley-Davidson reported a 5.8% increase in motorcycle sales including 3.0% in the U.S. alone.

And before the critics can retort, there’s more: Harley-Davidson lays claim to the two top-selling motorcycles in the U.S. in 2013, with the perennially popular Street Glide Special topping all other models and the Breakout following in second.

Those claims were based on vehicle registration data compiled by Polk IHS Automotive. Unfortunately, Harley-Davidson didn’t go into any specific detail, as it’d be interesting to know just how much better those two models performed compared to the competition.


We also don’t know who’s #3 on the list, though it’s safe to assume it’s not another Harley-Davidson as The Motor Company would have gladly announced it held the top three spots. We also don’t know if there are any asterisks required in Harley-Davidson’s claim, such as whether the data only counts streetbikes with engines displacing more than 601cc.

Harley-Davidson does claim the market lead in such heavyweight motorcycles. With the Street 500 still on the way, all of the 35,730 motorcycles Harley-Davidson sold in the U.S. last year belong to that 601cc and larger category. By comparison, data from the Motorcycle Industry Council say Americans purchased 62,202 on-highway motorcycles displacing more than 601cc in 2013. By those figures, Harley-Davidson holds a strong 57.4% grip on that category.

Again citing the Polk IHS Automotive data, Harley-Davidson does claim to be the best-selling manufacturer in the U.S., not just in the heavyweight class but across all displacements, in several key demographics. It’s no surprise that Harley-Davidson has a strong grip on its “core” demographic of Caucasian men age 35 and older. In other words, the stereotypical Harley-owner the critics are quick to mock.

But for the sixth consecutive year, Harley-Davidson also claims the market lead among young adults 18-34, women, African-Americans and Hispanics in the U.S., a collective the company calls “outreach” customers. In fact, Harley-Davidson’s internal data found its outreach customers are growing at twice the rate of its core customers in 2013 compared to 2012.

2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special female rider

“Together with our dealers, we continued to expand the appeal of our products and the Harley-Davidson experience,” says Keith Wandell, Harley-Davidson chief executive officer. “Harley-Davidson dealers sold more than four times as many new, on-road motorcycles, 601cc and up, to U.S. young adults last year, and among riders age 35-plus, more than nine times as many to women, more than six times as many to African Americans and more than seven times as many to Hispanics, as the nearest competitor.”

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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 Topic: Round 1 Of GEICO Superbike Shootout Is This Weekend
Round 1 Of GEICO Superbike Shootout Is This Weekend [message #4647] Tue, 22 April 2014 17:44

Round One of the GEICO Superbike Shootout kicks off with the Yamaha SoCal Nationals this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The event is the first of a three-race series that will crown overall champions in two individual race classes: Pro Superbike and Dynojet Pro Sportbike.

The Superbike Shootout is a three-race series meant to fill the long void in the AMA Pro Roadracing schedule between round one at Daytona and the second round at Road America. It also brings professional motorcycle racing back to the west coast, as the AMA schedule didn’t feature any races at west coast tracks at the start of the season (a round at Laguna Seca has since been added in support of World Superbike). Mimicking a similar structure used in Britain, the Superbike Shootout sees pro racers competing on the same weekends as amateurs, giving both the chance to mingle with each other.

As a sponsor of the event, the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing teams will be in full force at this weekend’s event, and there’ll be lots of opportunities to see and talk face-to-face with the Yamaha riders and crew.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike

Coming off their wins at Daytona International Speedway in March, three-time AMA Pro SuperBike champion Josh Hayes and last year’s AMA Pro Daytona SportBike champion Cameron Beaubier will both be in action at Auto Club Speedway, and they’ll be looking to add a second victory to their seasons. Josh will be aboard his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, while Cameron will be in the saddle of his #2 Yamaha R1 Superbike.

Josh, who lives in nearby Oceanside, said, “I’m really excited to be racing so close to home. It’s a rare treat to be able to drive from my house to the track and, who knows, maybe I’ll decide to pedal my road bicycle up to Fontana. I’m looking forward to racing in front of my friends and neighbors, and we’re hoping to see lots of SoCal Yamaha fans in attendance at Auto Club Speedway.”

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Sportbike

Riding their #8 and #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 Sportbikes, Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach, are excited to race on the 21-turn, 2.36-mile road course at Auto Club Speedway. “GG” and “Jiggy Dog” will compete head-to-head against each other, as well as against a strong field of other Yamaha R6 pilots and Pro Sportbike riders aboard other makes.

Meet Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD This Weekend

To give fans the best chance to meet and talk with the four Yamaha riders, two special events will be held, in addition to all the on-track racing action. On Saturday, April 26 from 1:30 to 2:15 PM PST in the Media/Rider Center in the infield paddock at Auto Club Speedway, Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD will participate in a special Q&A session where fans and track day riders can ask questions to Yamaha’s “Fast Four.”

And then, twice on Sunday, April 27–from 10:30 to 11:00 AM PST and 12:15 to 12:45 PM PST–Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD will be on hand to sign posters and autograph other memorabilia. The morning autograph session will take place at the teams’ garages in the infield paddock, while the afternoon autograph session will be at the Yamaha Product Display Area.

In addition, there will be contests, giveaways, and lots of other Yamaha-specific fan events throughout the weekend.

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 Topic: Kick Gas, The Movie, Released Today Earth Day + Video
Kick Gas, The Movie, Released Today Earth Day + Video [message #4646] Tue, 22 April 2014 14:44

Kick Gas, a documentary about a gang of electric vehicle enthusiasts on a mission to set a new Guinness World record, has been released on this day, Earth Day, 2014. The vehicles included a Nissan Leaf, 2012 Zero S, a Xenon electric scooter, and an A2B Alva electric bicycle. The goal, then, was to cover 4000 miles in 44 days, starting from Charleston, South Carolina, to Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Ben Rich, of Green Car Reports, rode the Zero on the trip, and tells just a few of his favorite memories from the journey in his column, but as you can imagine the effort was a giant undertaking. From managing the speeds of the vastly different vehicles, to staying focused and on track, the hurdles were many. Oh, and let’s not forget about the biggest hurdle of all: charging the batteries. Rich mentions that both coasts are fairly well equipped with a charging infrastructure, but when traveling west past the Mississippi River, charging became a problem. Thankfully, hotels, and RV campgrounds are rather prevalent throughout the country.

Check out the video trailer below to catch just a small glimpse of the record-setting effort. To download the whole movie, visit the Kick Gas website.

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 Topic: Ethanol does damage engines, EPA admits
Ethanol does damage engines, EPA admits [message #4651] Tue, 22 April 2014 14:42

US trade commission is hoping to see retailers add even more ethanol in gasoline.

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 Topic: 2014 Indian Chief Classic Review
2014 Indian Chief Classic Review [message #4645] Tue, 22 April 2014 14:14

2014 Indian Chief Classic

Editor Score: 77.0%
Engine 14.0/20
Suspension/Handling 11.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 8.0/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score77/100

It’s so nice when a plan comes together, especially one bound together with the tiniest thread of logic. The Brenham, Texas, tourism people were promoting their lovely Washington County and the upcoming Bluebonnet Festival (a member of the Lupine family), and they invited us to cover it. Then we remembered that our Indian press relations guy is based in Austin, not too far from Brenham. And that Indians are available in Springfield Blue. Bluebonnets! Blue Indians! Red State! Bingo!

I’m on the case. Every time I’ve been to Texas, everybody’s always been just gratingly pleasant, the BBQ is usually outstanding, and my favorite part is just the basic largeness of the place. In fact, that’s probably why everybody’s nice; there’s still a little elbow room in Texas, once you get out of Houston anyway, whose sprawl is continually expanding and whose George Bush Airport I flew into. That’s how it works in the 21st century. Everybody’s super nice, then they book you the cheapest, most inconvenient flight.

The tourism people were bummed because the bluebonnets (Lupinus Texensis) weren’t quite in bloom yet. The only ones I found were these in a graveyard in LaGrange. If you feel like your life has no purpose, cheer up: We make great fertilizer.

The tourism people were bummed because the bluebonnets (Lupinus Texensis) weren’t quite in bloom yet. The only ones I found were these in a graveyard in LaGrange. If you feel like your life has no purpose, cheer up: We make great fertilizer.

The woman at Dollar rent-a-car was super nice too, but almost insisted I pay another $117 for a new kind of stealth insurance – after I told her I wanted none. Arizona and Texas just passed a law that you’re liable for the car’s downtime if it has to go in for repairs, she said, and the VISA people would want me to have it. Online, my total had been $189. At the counter, she had it cranked up to almost $400. I felt like I’d won when I got back to $225.

Anyway, I drove the Ford Whatever to Cibolo, just outside San Antonio, and collected my Indian Chief. The Chief is your bare-bones Indian, except mine wasn’t, because it was in Stan Simpson’s shop having a prototype windshield put on it along with some soft saddlebags – which effectively made it an Indian Chief Vintage. Either way, those two bikes share the same dimensions, 68.1-inch wheelbase and 6.1 inches of trail, for a super-stable ride. The third Indian, the full-boat Chieftain, tucks its front wheel in a bit tighter and runs a shorter, 65.7-in. wheelbase.

At 68.1 inches, the Chief’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than a Triumph Rocket 3’s. But 812 pounds with gas is not out of line, and the seat’s only 28 inches high, so no worries.

At 68.1 inches, the Chief’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than a Triumph Rocket 3’s. But 812 pounds with gas is not out of line, and the seat’s only 28 inches high, so no worries.

I was glad to have the windshield, because it was 52 degrees on the bike’s thermometer that morning on Texas 290 on the way back to Brenham. The 111-inch Thunderstroke V-Twin doesn’t seem to have too hard a time pushing the 812-pound (with 5.5 gallons of fuel) Chief along at 80 mph; the rear cylinder head didn’t even generate enough heat to warm my fingers. There is an oil cooler up there between the downtubes just in case it ever does warm up.

Cruise control is part of the Classic package, and is among the things I can’t remember how I lived without. At 80 mph, the Chief’s tachometer (which you can cycle through on the LCD display along with a voltmeter, the aforementioned ambient temp gauge, etc.) indicates 2950 rpm and the fuel consumption gauge usually says 36 or thereabouts. My mileage dipped to 33 once, but was 37 or 38 every other tankfull.

There’s a lot of this in Texas. Cruise control and ABS are standard equipment. Windshield and soft bags on this Chief Classic are not.

There’s a lot of this in Texas. Cruise control and ABS are standard equipment. Windshield and soft bags on this Chief Classic are not.

The Chief’s happy enough at that speed, thanks to its rubber-mounted floorboards and handlebar; it’s even happier and more relaxed at 70 or 75, but it’s against my principles to drive the speed limit. Crank the 49-degree V-Twin up to 3750 rpm and 100 mph, though, and the vibration from those 3.976-inch pistons will whoa you right back down as efficiently as any speed governor. Anything above 90 is pretty unpleasant really, which is sort of anticlimactic for a thing that displaces 1.8 liters. I suppose they had to make it that big to outdo the 110-cubic-inch competition, but even so, the Chief doesn’t feel all that fast off the line (a more aggressive linkage that didn’t make you have to grab such a big handful of throttle would help). And though the specs say max engine speed is 5500 rpm, I felt the limiter cut in at as little as 4800 (according to the tachometer) in some gears.

But maybe that’s just me. It’s a cruiser, man, and that means cruising and taking in the scenery, a thing with which I have no problem in a place as pretty and green as eastern Texas at the end of a long drought. Seventy or 80 mph are plenty once you get off onto one of Texas’s thousands of miles of meandering FM (farm-to-market) two-lanes. Just leave it in sixth, and rumble along on the 119 claimed foot-pounds of torque, which works out to just about 100 real-world contact patch ones at 2700 rpm. Indian’s sound guys did excellent work: The noise coming out of the twin tailpipes is just enough without being too much.


In fact, anybody who looks down their nose at cruisers just needs to spend a little time in a place like Texas. I don’t think there’s a corner tight enough this side of Austin to get your knee down no matter how fast you’re going, but there are plenty of nice flowing sweepers, not to mention thousands of miles of dirt roads to explore. On them, you’ll be glad you’re on a thing with a 68.1-inch wheelbase and 6.1 inches of trail instead of a twitchy sportbike.

In case you were wondering, dirt and gravel roads are the reason why “classic” American motorcycles took the long, low form they did. With the Chief’s 46mm cartridge fork providing 4.7 inches of travel and its rear shock serving up 3.7 inches of wheel travel, it shows no mercy when dealing with potholes and bumps. And whatever its suspension can’t handle is crushed beneath its massive weight and thick, cushy seat. Just keep the gas on and steer with the wide handlebar.

There are a lot of dirt and gravel roads in Texas. You’ll like the 6.1 inches of trail on them, and the cush suspension and seat.

There are a lot of dirt and gravel roads in Texas. You’ll like the 6.1 inches of trail on them, and the cush suspension and seat.

The other thing its massive weight had no mercy for was its rear Dunlop American Elite tire. On my way to College Station one bright morning, I felt a wiggle that felt like a flat and pulled onto the shoulder, where I was enveloped by a cloud of rubber smoke. What the? No flat kit was going to fix the exit wound in this tire, so I was relieved I hadn’t brought one. The very nice lady at AAA informed me over the phone that since I hadn’t paid the extra $7 for motorcycle and RV coverage on my policy, I was on my own. The flatbed driver was nice as could be, but it was a $200, 20-mile ride to Mancuso H-D on the Houston outskirts. They were nice as hell at the massive Harley-Davidson dealership, but also apologetic that they had no 180/65-16 tires in stock, which is surprising since that’s a really common size on all kinds of Harleys.

Good thing I didn’t pack my trusty Stop’ n Go flat repair kit.

Good thing I didn’t pack my trusty Stop’ n Go flat repair kit.

They were kind enough to kick me up the road to Global Motorsports, where it at first appeared that my valve stem had somehow gone missing in action, until it became clear that it was in fact the stem and the inner tube it was attached to that were all gone. Ed and crew were not only nice as all get-out, they even fixed me up with a new blackwall Dunlop and tube for $321.33, which didn’t seem entirely unreasonable given they had to drop everything they were doing and remove a muffler to get the tire off and on. On the positive side, if you’re going to spend most of a day dealing with a blow-out, maybe it’s good to have it happen on one when you were scheduled to visit the George Bush Presidential Library.

Shoei’s Neotec modular is hard to beat for moto-traipsing, and my Aerostich Falstaff jacket feels as comfortable on a horse as it is does on a motorcycle.

Shoei’s Neotec modular is hard to beat for moto-traipsing, and my Aerostich Falstaff jacket feels as comfortable on a horse as it is does on a motorcycle.

Other than the blow-out, I have few complaints. As a 5’8” 150-pound guy, the whole 800-pound Indian-chilada is for me bigger than it needs to be, but then this is Texas. It’s fine once you’re rolling, but I for one don’t want to be pushing a motorcycle this big around the garage all the time. The handlebar could come an inch or two more rearward to better suit my buggywhip arms, or the seat bolster could move that distance forward to better fit me, but if you’re a big guy you’ll probably find the ergos spot-on.

The stars at night are big and bright. So’s the moon.

The stars at night are big and bright. So’s the moon.

Wait, what am I saying? Slap me. This is Texas, and if it ain’t American, we’re not interested. Compared to a tractor motor instead of a motorcycle one, the Thunderstroke 111 is cutting edge. As a matter of fact, I did get to stay on the Texas Ranch Life compound during this little excursion, a real-live 1800-acre working ranch/ B&B run by one John Elick and his much prettier wife Taunia. John’s a very serious horseperson and has been for about the last 60 years, with more than a few bronc-riding and cutting-horse trophies to show for it. After not completely disgracing myself during a ride aboard his old cutting horse, the aptly named Cochino, I got him to sit upon the Chief for a quick photo op. When we were done and I wanted my bike back, he didn’t want to get off.

“Say, ahhh, how’s this work anyway? How do you ride one of these?”

It’s hard to imagine a 68-year old Texas dude who loves horses and the outdoors could live that long without riding motorcycles. Mr. E seemed genuinely interested, and I liked him even more because of it. Since he likes to talk and is a litigator in Austin, I resisted the urge to point out to him that the iron horse had superseded his flesh ones a long time ago everywhere but Texas. I showed him the throttle, the brakes, the clutch, etcetera. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it would do to send him off on an 800-pound bike for his first ride, and he’s had enough horses fall on him to know better anyway.

Real-live Texas cowboys John Elick and Robert Vaughn will be eternally grateful to me for bringing them the iron horse.

Real-live Texas cowboys John Elick and Robert Vaughn will be eternally grateful to me for bringing them the iron horse.

There was definitely a cowboy and Indian attraction though, and I don’t know if it would’ve been the same with a BMW or a Diavel. Whether you like the Chief or not (I’d love it if I lived in Brenham, Texas instead of SoCal, and had a big circular driveway on 1800 acres), you have to give it to Polaris for creating such an authentic machine. I’d be tempted to use the word “iconic” if Indian hadn’t already used up the year’s allotment of that word on its website.

Bikes like this are in our wild-West American jeans, even if your people only got off the boat last year. Genes. What with the horses and hats and longhorns and women in chaps, and all the barbecue and beer, it’s almost enough to make you proud to be an American. Maybe even a Texan.


+ Highs

  • Smooth ride and suspension
  • Looks more like an old Indian than an old Indian
  • Cruise control and ABS, no extra charge
- Sighs

  • This is one big, long motorcycle
  • Powerful but not that powerful for 111 cubic inches
  • 37 mpg ain’t hay

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 Topic: Dynojet Sponsoring GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike Class
Dynojet Sponsoring GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike Class [message #4644] Tue, 22 April 2014 13:14

The new three-event GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha is gaining steam as Dynojet Research has stepped up to provide sponsorship for the Pro Sportbike class. Dynojet will also have its popular dyno performance truck on-site for race support.

Devised to fill an 11-week gap in professional road racing between mid-March and late May, the Superbike Shootout was inspired by the successful British Superbike Championship series. Both feature top professional stars and up-and-coming amateurs sharing the track in separate races at each venue.

The three-race series kicks off this coming weekend, April 26-27, with the Yamaha SoCal Nationals to be held in conjunction with Fastrack Riders and WERA at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California. Two professional races–Dynojet Pro Sportbike and Pro Superbike–will run along with a full schedule of WERA semi-pro and amateur races.

After its inaugural race weekend, the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha moves north to Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California for the Pacific Nationals hosted by AFM on May 3-4, then concludes with the Mountain Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah hosted by UtahSBA on May 24-25.

For more information about the series, racers, tracks, vendors and sponsors, go to

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 Topic: Harley-Davidson Reports Q1 2014 Sales Results
Harley-Davidson Reports Q1 2014 Sales Results [message #4643] Tue, 22 April 2014 11:51

Harley-Davidson kicked off its 2014 fiscal year with a first quarter net income of $265.9 million, an 18.1% increase from the profit reported in the same period of 2013.

Consumers purchased 57,415 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide in the first quarter, up 5.8% from the 54,254 units sold in Q1 2013. U.S. sales accounted for 35,730 units, up 3.0% from 34,706. Despite the increase in U.S. sales, Harley-Davidson says sales were negatively impacted by the poor weather across much of country and the dropping of the Road Glide from its lineup.

Meanwhile, Harley-Davidson reported an 8.2% increase in unit sales in Europe, an 8.9% increase in Latin America and an impressive 20.5% increase in the Asia Pacific region, thanks in part to rising demand in Japan as customers sought to make purchases before a new consumption tax increase kicks in April 1.

“Thanks to the great contributions of our employees, dealers and suppliers, we continue to lead at delivering exceptional customer experiences in 89 countries,” says Keith Wandell, chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson.

Harley-Davidson’s Project Rushmore initiative proved to be a strong draw, with Harley-Davidson increasing the percentage of touring models in its product mix. On the other end of the spectrum, Harley-Davidson also started shipping its new small-displacement Street models during the quarter.

“Our Project Rushmore motorcycles were in high demand in the quarter and we began shipping the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 into select markets. These motorcycles, together with continuous improvement in our operations at every level, underscore the momentum we’ve established as a customer-led company.”

Motorcycle sales brought in $1.3 billion for Harley-Davidson, a 13.1% increase from $1.2 billion reported last year. Parts and accessory sales revenue increased 7.7% to $198.1 million while revenue from general merchandise (consisting mostly of Harley-Davidson MotorClothes apparel) was down 11.1% to 64.1%.

Looking ahead, Harley-Davidson expects to ship from 279,000 to 284,000 motorcycles in 2014, a 7-9% increase over 2013.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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 Topic: Cal Crutchlow to miss Argentina
Cal Crutchlow to miss Argentina [message #4650] Tue, 22 April 2014 06:37

Racer's hand injury means test rider gets a shot.

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 Topic: Slipping dollar hurts Canadian bike buyers
Slipping dollar hurts Canadian bike buyers [message #4649] Tue, 22 April 2014 06:17

A couple US-built brands going up in price, other brands holding steady for now.

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 Topic: The PES Dispenser: A Yamaha eBike May be in your Future (Bike Reports) (News)
The PES Dispenser: A Yamaha eBike May be in your Future (Bike Reports) (News) [message #4642] Mon, 21 April 2014 20:46
Last year, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha showed off a bevy of concepts, including a few e-motorcycles. There was a scooter and an electric motocrosser, but what was really eye-catching was the svelte, futuristic PES1 concept. Aside from being the best-looking street-oriented electric motorcycle I’ve seen from a major manufacturer, it’s a runner — […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Evans Off Camber – Asphalt Doesn’t Care
Evans Off Camber – Asphalt Doesn’t Care [message #4640] Mon, 21 April 2014 18:11

Riders have two important events to look forward to each spring. First, as the weather warms, layers of clothing come off, exposing more skin and allowing us to remember why we’re so attracted to the gender of our preference. Pause for a moment, close your eyes, breathe in through your nose and think about the smell of spring and the sight of your favorite fantasy date in a swimsuit rather than a parka. OK, exhale. The second – and more important event for riders who live in climates with real winters – is the beginning of the riding season. The bikes get dusted off, checked over, and put back out on the road.

This year, however, in my little slice of suburbia, I’ve noticed a trend that worries me. Scooter riders are wearing no protective gear other than the state-mandated, DOT-approved helmets. While I am aware that more than a few motorcyclists also neglect to wear protective clothing (my six year old spends as much time pointing out riders with proper/improper gear as she does the colors of taxis), the number of scooter pilots I’ve noticed riding around with naked flesh hanging out in the wind – ripe for the scarring – is between 80 and 90%.

Scooter Proper Riding Gear

No matter what you’re riding, protect yourself with proper gear.

The fact that they’re exposing young, blemish-free skin and toned muscles plus big smiles from the sheer joy of riding makes my heart fill with the memories of youth. Still, perhaps it’s the parent in me (or the former motorcycle safety instructor) that makes me think about what could happen to that flawless, just-beginning-to-tan skin should the laws of physics take a turn for the worse. Or maybe it’s the fact that the only on-street crash I’ve had in my 18 years of motojournalism came just this past December – on a scooter.

Because scooters are smaller and easier to operate, folks may have lulled themselves into believing that scooters are somehow not subject to the same risks as motorcycles. This confusion is easy to understand. Scooters offer step through seating and a lower center of gravity, making them feel less tippy at a stop. All of the mechanics are hidden from view, making them more appliance-like to the public. Also, their exhaust note and power delivery are largely less intimidating.

Pavement as Cheese Grater

This 1998 Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center information poster is perhaps one of the most evocative illustrations of how pavement can treat your bare skin I have ever seen.

While those points are all true, here are some other truths: Scooters, like motorcycles, depend on us to keep them upright. Without human intervention, a scooter’s natural position is lying on its side. Scooters steer by counter steering, just like motorcycles. Scooters suffer from the same lack of conspicuity (in the eyes of unaware car drivers) as motorcycles in busy visual situations. Scooter riders are just as vulnerable as motorcyclists in an accident.

Finally, asphalt doesn’t care whether the 150 lbs. of soon-to-be-flayed human flesh approaching it at 35 mph came from a motorcycle, a scooter or an open car door. The physical consequences will be the same: There will be a bounce and a slide. You wouldn’t put your hand on the business end of a running belt sander, would you? How about the rest of your body? Since we humans instinctively stick out our hands to protect ourselves in a fall, in a street crash, they’ll be the first part of your body to meet the coarsest grit you can imagine. How that turns out for you depends on what – if anything – you have between your delicate, nerve laden epidermis and the pavement.

Hole in Jacket

Don’t focus on the small hole but rather the large area of scuffed fabric and consider how large the abrasion would be on bare skin.

Here at, we subscribe to the All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT) approach to motorcycling. If we’re riding on the street, we’re in proper motorcycle gear, and you should be, too. Still, we’re human and, as a consequence, suffer from the feelings of invincibility as the rest of our species. So, just in case you’ve never really thought about this, here is a list of the bare minimum gear you should wear while riding a motorcycle or scooter:

1. DOT-approved helmet
2. Gloves
3. Sturdy jacket and pants
4. Footwear that covers the ankle

A simple rule of thumb for all riders to embrace is: Buy the best gear you can afford for the activity in which you’re participating. The requirements for riding a scooter on surface streets to school or the office are different for rides that involve highway riding. Consider the potential weather during your ride, too. Amp up the protection even more for the track. In all the times that the laws of physics have chosen to remind me that I’m not a moto-god but merely human, purpose-built riding gear has literally saved my hide. I hope you’ll make the same choice.

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 Topic: Fast times with BMW’s R1200 GS Adventure
Fast times with BMW’s R1200 GS Adventure [message #4641] Mon, 21 April 2014 17:12

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 Topic: The Low Season Is A Fresh Twist On Motorcycle Exploration + Video
The Low Season Is A Fresh Twist On Motorcycle Exploration + Video [message #4639] Mon, 21 April 2014 17:06

Some may call filmmaker Andrew David Watson a crazy motorcycle adventurer. Personally, I applaud him. It’s a common phrase in motorcycling to say we’d rather take the long way home, but Watson took those words to heart. Last year, while traveling home from a shoot in Sri Lanka, he decided to veer off course to Ladakh, India, a mountainous region in the north of the country, to explore via motorcycle. Being early April, cold weather and treacherous conditions were abound. But still, Watson soldiered on, in what he calls “The Low Season.”

Armed with just his camera, tripod, and a few lenses, this short captures Watson’s trip through Ladakh aboard his rented Royal Enfield. In his own words, Watson says, “I spent the next week exploring the region, although due to it being the Low Season, many roads were closed, restaurants boarded up and mountain passes snowed over (including the famous Khardung La Pass, one of the highest road passes in the world at an altitude of nearly 18,000 ft, the apex can be seen at 1:32, taken right before I had to turn around due to ice). Despite all of that, or maybe because of the sleepiness, this ended up being one of the best trips I have ever taken.”

Can you relate to Watson’s journey? Tell us about your motorcycle adventures in the comments below.

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 Topic: EPA Recognizes Harmful Effects of Ethanol on Motorcycle Engines
EPA Recognizes Harmful Effects of Ethanol on Motorcycle Engines [message #4638] Mon, 21 April 2014 16:55

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged the dangers that ethanol may have on motorcycle engines. The EPA has approved the use of E15, a blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline in newer vehicles but not for motorcycles and ATVs. Fueling a motorcycle with E15 may void a manufacturer’s warranty.

In the write-up for a proposed new regulation from the Federal Trade Commission regarding the proper certification and labeling of ethanol-gasoline blend fuels, the EPA says ethanol may damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures, indirectly causing component failures.

The EPA is cited in the FTC’s document as saying: “[e]thanol impacts motor vehicles in two primary ways. First, . . . ethanol enleans the [air/fuel] ratio (increases the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons) which can lead to increased exhaust gas temperatures and potentially increase incremental deterioration of emission control hardware and performance over time, possibly causing catalyst failure. Second, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues, which may lead to other component failures.”

The comment was made specifically in the context of E15 fuel in light-duty vehicles produced from 2001 onward, but the document says the EPA also found similar risks of damage to older vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, motorcycles and off-road vehicles.

The FTC document also notes:

Older motor vehicles, heavy-duty gasoline engines and vehicles, motorcycles, and especially nonroad products cannot fully compensate for the change in the stoichiometric air-to-fuel ratio as ethanol concentration increases. Over time, this enleanment caused by ethanol may lead to thermal degradation of the emissions control hardware and ultimately catalyst failure. Higher ethanol concentration will exacerbate the enleanment effect in these vehicles, engines, and equipment and therefore increase the potential of thermal degradation and risk of catalyst failure. In addition to enleanment, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues which may lead to other component failure and ultimately exhaust and/or evaporative emission increases… For older motor vehicles, heavy-duty gasoline engines and vehicles, motorcycles, and nonroad products, the potential for materials compatibility issues increases with higher ethanol concentration.

The comments from the EPA support a long-held stance from the American Motorcyclist Association that E15 fuel harm motorcycles and ATVs. The AMA is concerned about the growing presence of E15 in gas pumps and the potential risk of motorcyclists unknowingly filling their tanks with the fuel blend and damaging their vehicles.

“The American Motorcyclist Association has fought the distribution of E15 fuel blends in an effort to protect motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles from the damage that ethanol causes,” says Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “Now the EPA acknowledges that ethanol itself is harmful to emissions hardware and other components on all motor vehicles. It is time for the federal government to pause, take a hard look at this product and change its entire approach to ethanol in fuels.”

So far, the EPA has been onside with the AMA’s concerns with E15, enacting measures to make E10 (10% ethanol) its standard test fuel and refusing to grant a waiver that would make E15 fuel more available in gas stations in warmer months.

[Source: AMA]

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 Topic: AMA Go Ride Safely! Week Focuses On Rider Responsibility And Driver Awareness
AMA Go Ride Safely! Week Focuses On Rider Responsibility And Driver Awareness [message #4637] Mon, 21 April 2014 16:46
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AMA Go Ride! Month, sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association, rounds out its month-long motorcycling celebration with AMA Go Ride Safely! Week. Motorcyclists nationwide are encouraged to take rider training and use appropriate riding gear while motorists are urged to watch for motorcycles as millions of riders take to the roads.

Each week of AMA Go Ride! Month, “Freedom Friday” urges riders join the cause to fight for America’s motorcycling rights. Distracted driving is the focus during AMA Go Ride Safely! Week because inattentive driving poses a serious and increasing threat to motorcyclists everywhere.

AMA Go Ride! Month also provides prizes from AMA Benefit Partners to motorcyclists who follow the AMA Facebook page. During AMA Go Ride Safely! Week, Tour Master is providing a Tour Master Saber 3 Jacket and Color Rite is providing a $50 gift certificate. Anyone who “likes” or comments on a post on the AMA Facebook page by 4:45 p.m. EDT on April 25 is eligible to win. The winners will be chosen at random.

At the end of AMA Go Ride! Month, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen from everyone who “likes” or comments on an AMA Facebook page post between March 31 and 4:45 p.m. on May 2. The prize package includes a FLY Racing Roller Grande gear bag, a Cortech Super 2.0 8-liter tank bag, a $100 gift certificate from, a rental car voucher from Avis and one night’s lodging from Red Roof Inns.

Contestants do not have to be AMA members to win and can enter as often as they wish during AMA Go Ride! Month. Contest rules are posted on the AMA website: Updates will be available on the AMA Facebook page.

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 Topic: Deus Ex Machina CRF450X Cafe Racer
Deus Ex Machina CRF450X Cafe Racer [message #4636] Mon, 21 April 2014 15:58

We’ve featured custom motorcycles from Deus Ex Machina before and for good reason. Michael “Woolie” Wollaway, the in-house bike builder for the Venice, California location, makes some fantastic creations. This one, however, is especially interesting. Named “Dakdaak,” it’s part of a Sibling Rivalry series created by Woolie. What makes the bike unique is the lump of metal in the middle that makes the whole thing move is sourced from a Honda CRF450X. Yeah, an off-road bike.

At first glance you might look at the Dakdaak and think “oh great, another cafe racer,” but to dismiss the work Woolie has put in to this bike would be a mistake. For starters, the chromoly frame and swingarm are completely custom made by Wollaway. Then you get to the heart of the beast: the 449cc, liquid-cooled thumper originally meant to destroy trails and kick up roost. Jim Wood at Southland racing massaged the engine to help it better cope with its new life on the road.

The forks, too, are sourced from the CRF, with Ed Sorbo at Lindemann Engineering shortening and re-valving them for street duty. Get a closer look at the machine and you’ll see the careful touches and premium parts that went into it. From the Beringer brakes, carefully stitched seat, premium welds and Rizoma rearsets, the Dakdaak looks cool at speed or just parked in the garage. And indeed, it’s one of Woolie’s favorites too. “Dakdaak is the pinnacle of all street bikes I’ve built. The way that it handles and rides is just amazing,”

Find out more about the Dakdaak, and the rest of Woolie’s builds at

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 Topic: Stephen Wright R.I.P.
Stephen Wright R.I.P. [message #4635] Mon, 21 April 2014 15:02

The classic bike community was stunned by the recent death of its nominal leader, Stephen Wright, 73, who succumbed to cancer on April 10 in Morro Bay, Calif. A native of Kent, England, Steve was known worldwide for his self-published two-volume set “American Racer,” and “The American Motorcycle, 1869 – 1914.”

Wright, also an avid surfer and bicyclist, migrated to Huntington Beach, Calif., in the mid-1960s. He found work with Solar Productions, where he repaired and restored motorcycles for owner Steve McQueen. The twin interests of vintage bike restoration and historical research carried on throughout the ensuing decades. Steve and his late wife Cindy, who edited the books, were regulars at all the classic/vintage/antique motorcycle meets across the country. His research and collection of old photos and stories continued, and restorations for various clients maintained his hands-on connection to the sport over the years.

Steve Wright checks out Randy Aron's 1928 Harley JD at the 2013 Bud Ekins Memorial Ride

Steve Wright checks out Randy Aron’s 1928 Harley JD at the 2013 Bud Ekins Memorial Ride

His annual Pre-16 Ride on the Central Coast became the premier spring event for those devoted to the early iron. Or as one wag called them, “Geezers on Wheezers.” The entrants enjoyed three days of riding, not always slowly, through the coastal wine country, as if the 20th century were still brand new. Following the death of his friend and mentor, Steve renamed the event the Bud Ekins Memorial Ride.

With the annual date now only weeks away, his many friends may find it too soon to christen an Ekins-Wright Memorial Ride, but all know he would approve. Maybe down the road. We have lost one of the very best. Wright is survived by his daughter Hillary, and grandsons Owen, Elias and Rainer.

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 Topic: Polaris Registers Design for Liquid-Cooled Victory
Polaris Registers Design for Liquid-Cooled Victory [message #4634] Mon, 21 April 2014 14:13

Polaris Industries has registered a design patent with the European Union for what appears to be a new liquid-cooled Victory motorcycle.

The design sketches, registered and published through the EU’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), reveal a single-seat cruiser with a liquid-cooled V-Twin engine. The overall aesthetic is very much a Victory, with stacked twin slash-cut exhausts and bobbed fenders similar to the Vegas 8-Ball.

The fuel tank has a blockier design than current Victory models, while twin shocks handle rear suspension duties, a unique design for a Victory.


The design registration only covers the motorcycle’s appearance. We won’t know any technical details until Polaris releases official information about the new liquid-cooled model.

There’s also no indication about a possible model name, though it should be noted Polaris has filed for trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the names “Fatty“, “Magnum” and “Rogue“, one of which may end up being used for this new liquid-cooled model.


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 Topic: Yamaha to Produce PES1 and PED1 Electric Motorcycles by 2016
Yamaha to Produce PES1 and PED1 Electric Motorcycles by 2016 [message #4633] Mon, 21 April 2014 12:27

Yamaha announced plans to release the production versions of its PES1 and PED1 concept models within two years as part of the company’s venture into the electric motorcycle segment.

The PES1 and PED1 (which stands for “Passion, Electric, Street” and “Passion, Electric, Dirt”) concepts were first revealed at last November’s Tokyo Motor Show.

In the company’s newly-published annual report, Yamaha confirmed plans to produce the two models, saying: “In sports motorcycles, we are working to create new value with EV sports motorcycles, which we aim to launch in two years, with the development of the small, on-road sports PES1, as well as the PED1, which are being developed to expand the scope of electric vehicles to the off-road world. In addition to the advantages of being electrically powered, these motorcycles will offer the operability expected by existing motorcycle fans, together with a new riding experience.”


The two models share the same DC brushless electric motors and lithium-ion batteries and monocoque frame design and transmission systems that can switch between manual and automatic modes.

The PES1 streetbike has an interesting hollowed space in front of the seat where a conventional fuel tank hump would be located. It also uses a unique rear suspension design with the monoshock placed below the motor. A generous use of carbon fiber helps keep the concept model at a svelte claimed weight of 220 pounds.

More Yamaha PES1 Photos and Video

The PED1 is even lighter, claiming a weight of 187 pounds. For some reason, Yamaha’s concept model is lacking a seat, so it’s not clear if that’s factored into the weight. Unless you intend to use a seat made of lead, the completed PED1 should still be fairly lightweight. It does use a more conventional rear shock placement, as the PES1′s belly shock design would reduce ground clearance.

Of course, we have to remember that the PES1 and PED1 are still concept models. There’s no telling how much of the designs will change before Yamaha reveals the production versions in a two years’ time.

[Source: Yamaha]

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 Topic: Church Of MO Tuono Means Thunder!
Church Of MO Tuono Means Thunder! [message #4632] Sun, 20 April 2014 10:50

In honor of our 2014 Super Streetfighter Smackdown, for this week’s Church of MO feature, we bring you a quick ride on the predecessor to our current Streetfighter king, the 2002 Aprilia Tuono. Penning this piece is none other than our returning duo of MO veterans, the lovable curmudgeon, John Burns and our new Editorial Director, Sean Alexander. Since first writing this piece, Burnsie and Alexander have been around the moto-journo industry. But they’re back now, and their wordsmanship is as sharp as it was all those many moons ago. Sean only got to spend a weekend aboard the Tuono, but it sounds like any longer and he likely would have killed himself from a lack of self-restraint and a nasty bout of pneumonia.  Thanks for making it back, boys! 

Tuono Means Thunder!

One Weekend is Just That, One Weak End

By John Burns and Sean Alexander
Torrance, California, November 2, 2002

We managed to grab a quick spin upon Aprilia’s tasty new Tuono R for the weekend, which of course does not constitute an actual Road Test (not here at MO anyway).A weekend, though, was more than enough to conclude that our man Yossef was not just whistling Dixie in his earlier dispatch from the Old World. This is about the most exciting bike we’ve ridden since, well, last month’s pretty exciting but not nearly so powerful Buell Lightning. (There’s a whole climactic theme happening lately.) We also had an S4 Monster in the hangar and couldn’t help comparing.2002 Aprilia Tuono front profileItem 1: Horsepower. There’s a bunch of it in the Tuono. A slight engine recalibration sees this thing responding even more readily and smoother to the throttle than the other very good 60-degree Italian twins — or maybe it’s just that the Tuono gets a one-tooth smaller countershaft sprocket? All we know is that the Tuono rears up on its hind wheel in second gear the way other bikes of its ilk do in first. Compare its dyno curve to that of the other top-drawer Italian naked-bike — bearing in mind this Tuono has Aprilia’s performance exhaust and chip in place. Also bear in mind that the mundane non-R Tuono will have the identical motor (just not the Ohlins suspension, carbon-fiber bodywork, OZ wheels and four-pad Brembo calipers). No reason why you can’t bolt that stuff on later as finances permit — and cool Mille bits like adjustable footpegs will fit the Tuono too.

2002 Aprilia Tuono detail

Carbon, carbon everywhere and yet, not a steak al carbone to eat.

Italian Shoes. That’s how the Tuono fits. In contrast to the Monster’s ungainly and unchangeable grip presentation, the Tuono’s tubular handlebar makes it a big dirt bike, just like Yossef said. The seat’s fine (the R even comes with a “carbon tissue” covered one), and we think the tank is the same as on the Mille — really skinny between the thighs and and therefore an excellent fit.

The less spectacular Tuono’s Boge rear shock and 43mm Showa fork might not deliver quite the ride the of the Ohlins stuff on the R (which is fantastic over slabby concrete and everywhere else), but for $5,300 fewer dollars we’d be willing to make the sacrifice, personally. And Showa and Boge have not exactly been twiddling their thumbs in recent years either.

2002 Aprilia Tuono exhaust

This is where 998 cubic centimeters of hydro-carbons, carbon-monoxide and other gasses exit every-other revolution of the crank.

The regular Tuono will sell for $11,999, which is not exactly cheap, but if you have that kind of cake what the heck; this bike is worth it. And 12 big ones is about what you’d pay for the highly prized Triumph Speed Triple, considerably less than the discontinued eight-valve Ducati Monster. Tuono R’s are already in dealers, with Tuono regulars supposed to arrive by the end of December.

Watch Sean decode the human genome while riding the Tuono R… Decode, Sean, decode:

I don’t have enough self-restraint to live with a bike like the Tuono R on a daily basis. I didn’t even have the restraint to come home when my nose started running and my hands went numb from an unseasonably cold Saturday afternoon/evening.

2002 Aprilia Tuono rear profile

The Aprilia Tuono R, is it worthy to be parked next to your cinderblock wall?

I was feeling more mellow Sunday morning. I cleaned the bike and drooled over its details until my beautiful ex-girlfriend Victoria showed up for a ride on what I’d touted as the Ferrari of motorcycles–hope springs eternal. Well, I had a nice two-hour ride, but 5’9″ Victoria was less well taken care of by the passenger accommodations (same as a Mille). By our mid-ride stop, she was complaining of a sore lower back and very cramped legs. At least the Tuono’s loud bark didn’t scare her anymore and she seemed to be enjoying the feel of riding and the wind, so I have the satisfaction of knowing I have done a good deed for motorcyclists everywhere.

Droning back down the 405 to MO HQ Monday morning, I passed under L.A.’s Metro Rail commuter track and watched another typically empty train shuffle across the freeway. A little math is in order here. The Metro Blue line cost $877,000,000 to build. The daily passenger load is around 63,000. Since most of those are regular two-way passengers lets call it 35,000 total individual passengers. That means that if the state of California had given every single rider a brand new $17,200 Tuono R instead of building this system, it would have saved $275,000,000 and given natural selection a big shot in the arm. See? Affordable Fun. Did I mention that as I made this observation I was suffering from a 103-degree fever and was rapidly descending into a full-blown case of pneumonia, collapsed lung and 105-degree peaks?

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 Topic: Weekend Awesome: Ural-Riding Easter Bunny Pulled Over by Cops
Weekend Awesome: Ural-Riding Easter Bunny Pulled Over by Cops [message #4630] Sat, 19 April 2014 03:00

To mark Easter, this edition of the Weekend Awesome presents the time the California Highway Patrol pulled over the Easter Bunny after he was spotted riding a Ural.

A ABC news station tracked down the Easter Bunny, and his “friend” Edward Bell to get their side of the story. Despite the fact “E.B.” was wearing a DOT-approved helmet, CHP says he wasn’t wearing it properly. Fortunately for E.B., the patrolmen let him off without a citation.

Still, E.B. says he learned his lesson.

“Safety’s always first,” E.B. says. “Wear all the gear all the time.”

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 Topic: PENTON: The John Penton Story Trailer + Video
PENTON: The John Penton Story Trailer + Video [message #4626] Fri, 18 April 2014 21:43

Fans of off-road racing will be happy to hear that after nearly six years, the public can see a sneak peak of the film “PENTON: The John Penton Story” with the newly released trailer featuring John Penton, his hall of fame family and a few of the motorcycle industry legends that were interviewed for the film.

The nearly four-minute trailer teases the entire film and specific stories the audience will get to see in the final film when it opens in theaters on June 20th. Scored by the film’s composer and music editor Chris Brady, the trailer features: John Penton along with his sons Jack, Jeff and Tom. It also includes a few of the over 100 interviews for the film that spanned the world. Look for Malcolm Smith, Dick Mann, Carl Cranke, Marty Smith, Danny LaPorte, Bruce McDougal, Paul Danik and current Red Bull/KTM Supercross star, Ryan Dungey along with KTM’s Kalman Cseh and John’s wife Donna.

If you’re not familiar with the off-road racing legend, John Penton is an American icon and motorcycle pioneer who’s life on a farm in Ohio led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments and international notoriety. With his family and a band of loyal followers, he changed the motorcycle industry, forever. PENTON: The John Penton Story will be a feature length documentary narrated by Grammy Winner Lyle Lovett with over 100 interviews of the largest cast of motorcycle legends ever assembled on film. The film’s production was funded through the innovative “crowd funding” website and will be released in June of 2014 by Gathr Films in Los Angeles.

“It’s great to finally show the industry and all the people who supported this project a little sneak peak at what we have been working on for so long,” said Todd Huffman, the film’s director and producer at Pipeline Digital Media (PDM). “We hope this gives a little insight on what an important story and family this is when the film is released in June.”

“Our family is excited and humbled to share our story with the motorcycle community,” said Jack Penton, AMA Hall of Fame Motorcyclist. “We look forward to enthusiasts, dealers, clubs and more working with Gathr Films to bring the film to their town.”

June 20th is an off weekend for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series and will be the opening weekend of the film in select cities. It will be premiered earlier in Cleveland, OH on June 9th and Hollywood, CA on June 17th. Information on premieres will be available at

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 Topic: Indian Motorcycle History
Indian Motorcycle History [message #4625] Fri, 18 April 2014 20:22

The rebirth of Indian Motorcycles under the stewardship of Polaris Industries is the most significant industry development in years. Indian has been an iconic American brand for more than a century, and it still resonates among older motorcyclists.

Now with the weight of a well-capitalized, engineering-based company behind it, the latest Indians are poised for a successful resurrection. And unlike many of the pretenders to Harley-Davidson’s throne, which have a history of being quickly derided by the bar-and-shield crowd, the Indians, at worst, receive grudging respect. More often, they’re quite appreciated, as discussed in my Indian Acceptance editorial.

The Polaris chapter of Indian Motorcycle's history begins with three new models including the Indian Chieftain.

The Polaris chapter of Indian Motorcycle’s history begins with three new models including the Indian Chieftain.

Catch up on the new Indians in the links below:
2014 Indian Motorcycle Review: Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain
2014 Indian Chief – Reinventing an icon
2014 Indian Chieftain Review
2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special vs. Indian Chieftain – Video

So, with Indian Motorcycles once again becoming prominent, we thought we’d look back at the rich history of the marque to find its notable milestones.

1901: Indian Motocycles (sic) is launched by Oscar Hedstrom and George Hendee in Springfield, MA. Prototype and two production units were built.
1902: First Indian motorcycle sold to public.
1903: Indian’s co-founder and chief engineer Oscar Hedstrom sets world motorcycle speed record at 56 mph.
1906: Indian debuts the first American production V-Twin.
1911: Indian sweeps the top three positions in first Isle of Man Mountain Course Race.
1913: First swingarm and leaf-spring rear suspension in the industry is introduced. Hedstrom resigns “after disagreements with the Board of Directors regarding dubious practices to inflate the company’s stock values,” according to Wikipedia.
1914: Debuts world’s first motorcycle with electric lights and starter.

The ThunderStroke 111 engine may be brand new but Polaris took care to keep classic Indian engine designs.

The ThunderStroke 111 engine may be brand new but Polaris took care to keep classic Indian engine designs.

1916: Hendee resigns from Indian.
1918: Indian unleashes a racing motorcycle powered by an overhead-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder Powerplus V-Twin that exceeds 120 mph.
1920: The Scout makes its introduction with a 42-degree V-Twin.
1922: The first Chief is unveiled, powered by a 61 cubic-inch (1000cc) V-Twin engine.
1923: The Big Chief debuts with a 74 ci (1200cc) V-Twin.
1927: The four-cylinder Ace is introduced, re-launched in 1928 as the Indian 401. Production of four-cylinder models ends in 1942.
1930: Indian merged with Du Pont Motors.
1932: Skirted fenders and saddle tank are added to the Chief.
1934: The Chief gets deeper valanced fenders and additional streamlining.

“American Pickers” TV star, Mike Wolfe owns this 1935 Indian Chief.

“American Pickers” TV star, Mike Wolfe owns this 1935 Indian Chief.

1937: Indian’s familiar enclosed chain guard enters production. “Iron Man” Ed Kretz laps the entire field on a Sport Scout to win the Inaugural Daytona 200.
1939: Wartime production includes an order for 5,000 Chiefs with sidecars for the government of France.
1940: The Chief gets full skirted fenders and introduces “plunger” (spring coupled to an oil-dampened shaft) rear suspension.
1945: Controlling interest of the company is sold and consolidated into the Torque Engineering Company.
1947: Indian-head fender light (“war bonnet”) is introduced. Chrome components make their debut.
1948: Floyd Emde uses a 648 Scout to win the first Daytona 200 held on new beach/road course.

Replica of Emde’s 648 Indian Scout ridden to victory in the 1948 Daytona 200. It’s likely the new Indian will one day launch a new Scout.

Replica of Emde’s 648 Indian Scout ridden to victory in the 1948 Daytona 200. It’s likely the new Indian will one day launch a new Scout.

1950: Telescopic fork is introduced. Engine enlarged to 79 c.i. (1300cc).
1951: Chief re-emerges after a one-year hiatus with a new 80 ci engine.
1953: Indian ceases production after failing to sell many motorcycles in the post-war era.
1955: Brockhouse Engineering buys the rights to Indian and sells rebadged Royal Enfields for five years.
1960: Associated Motor Cycles of England acquires the rights to Indian, but AMC goes into liquidation in 1962.
1963: American businessman Floyd Clymer begins using the Indian name on Italjet-sourced minibikes (the Papoose), apparently without acquiring legal rights to the Indian trademark.
1967: Burt Munro rides his modified 1920 Scout to an under-1000cc land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats. His 183.586-mph mark remains unbeaten today.
1970: Clymer dies and his wife sells the alleged Indian assets to attorney Alan Newman, who continues selling rebadged Italjet two-stroke motorcycles.
1977: The Newman-era Indian declares bankruptcy.
1992: The Clymer claim to the trademark is transferred to Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Berlin, a corporation headed by Philip S. Zanghi.
1994: Indian Century V-Twin Chief prototype is rolled out by Wayne Baughman, president of Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Incorporated, in New Mexico.
1997: Zanghi is convicted of securities fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering
1998: Eller Industries was given permission to purchase the Indian copyright from the receivers of the previous owner. Noted designer James Parker unveils renderings of a cruiser, sport cruiser and a sportbike. The public unveiling of the cruiser is thwarted by a restraining order from the receiver who claimed Eller had failed to meet the terms of the agreement. In December, a Federal bankruptcy court allowed the sale of the trademark to IMCOA Licensing America Inc.
1999: Indian Motorcycle Company of America is born from the merger of nine companies after the trademark-rights battle finally gets sorted. Production begins on a new Chief by California Motorcycle Company in Gilroy, CA, powered by an S&S-sourced Harley-Davidson clone V-Twin.
2002: The 100 c.i. Powerplus V-Twin, a heavily revised clone motor identifiable by new “bottlecap” cylinder-head design, debuts.
2003: Production of Gilroy Indians is halted in September after the company enters bankruptcy proceedings.
2004: Stephen Julius and Steve Heese, successful revivers of the struggling Chris-Craft Boat Company, acquire trademark rights and intellectual properties to Indian under the auspices of Stellican Limited, a private-equity firm.
2006: The newly formed Indian Motorcycle Company announces production in a new facility in King’s Mountain, North Carolina.
2008: Production begins on the 2009 Indian Chiefs based on the CMC-era Indians.


The 2011 Indian Dark Horse, one of the final pre-Polaris models produced..

2009: Powerplus V-Twin is enlarged to 105 c.i. (1720cc) and fitted with fuel injection.
2011: Polaris Industries, the company behind Victory Motorcycles, acquires the Indian brand in April. In August, production shifts to Victory’s factory in Spirit Lake, IA.
2012: Production of the King’s Mountain-era Chief continues while development of the all-new Chief gets closer to realization. Facilities in Spirit Lake, IA, and Osceola, WI, are updated to accommodate production of new Chiefs.
2013: Final year of production of the King’s Mountain Chiefs. All-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine is introduced in March during Bike Week at Daytona Beach. The 2014 Chief three-model lineup is introduced on August 3 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Classic is the bare-bones cruiser, while the extra-chromed Vintage adds quick-release saddlebags and windshield. The Chieftain, the first-ever Indian hard-bagger with a fairing, tops the lineup. Spirit Lake-era Chiefs hit dealers in September.

The new Indian motorcycles are now made in Polaris' Spirit Lake facilities, alongside Victory Motorcycles.

The new Indian motorcycles are now made in Polaris’ Spirit Lake facilities, alongside Victory Motorcycles.

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 Topic: Airoh USA Helmet Giveaway Now Live On Facebook
Airoh USA Helmet Giveaway Now Live On Facebook [message #4624] Fri, 18 April 2014 19:35

From now until April 30, the LeoVince USA Airoh Rockstar helmet giveaway will be live on Facebook, with one winner to be selected to receive an Airoh Aviator 2.1 Rockstar helmet. The winner will be announced on May 2, 2014.

Entry is simple:

  1. Like the Rockstar Energy Drink Facebook page and the Airoh USA Facebook page
  2. Fill out the sweepstakes entry form here
  3. Enter up to once per day (once per 24-hour period) for more chances to win

For more information and to keep up with the Airoh Helmet Spring Sweepstakes, follow Airoh USA on Instagram @airohusa, Twitter @airohusa and

For more information about LeoVince USA Specialized Products Distribution and Airoh helmets, visit the LeoVince USA website at

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 Topic: For Sale: Steve McQueens Husqvarna 250
For Sale: Steve McQueens Husqvarna 250 [message #4623] Fri, 18 April 2014 19:21

If you’re one of the many fans of On Any Sunday, then you must immediately recognize this bike. The Husqvarna 250 Cross was perhaps made iconic, thanks to none other than Steve McQueen. Now, the very bike he rode in the film, and raced many times, is up for auction on eBay.

The bike is fully documented as belonging to McQueen, with the original Med-International Husqvarna dealer invoice, dated October 19, 1971. The seller says the bike has been restored, except for some paint loss on the front fender. Otherwise, it’s in fully functional condition, just as McQueen rode it at Lake Elsinore in the 1970s.

In 2011, McQueen’s 400 Cross model sold at auction for a record setting $144,500.00, meaning this bike is almost assured to sell for six figures. Bidding ends on April 20, at 3:06pm PST. As of this posting, the current bid is only $37,100, and the reserve has not been met. Click here to see the eBay listing.

Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of history. It’s not often a motorcycle purchase can be considered an investment!

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 Topic: Davide Brivio, Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager, Interview
Davide Brivio, Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager, Interview [message #4622] Fri, 18 April 2014 16:33

Following the second round of the MotoGP world championship at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas, April 11-13, Suzuki’s MotoGP team stayed in the Lone Star state to continue testing and developing their MotoGP contender. was at the test, where a select group of journalists interviewed Davide Brivio, Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager prior to testing. The topics varied widely, but Brivio was candid in his responses (at least as candid as someone in his position can be), revealing interesting tidbits many may find insightful. Below is the transcript from the interview.

Davide Brivio

Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager, Davide Brivio (left), and Suzuki MotoGP Project Leader, Satoru Terada, answering questions from the media.

Describe the purpose of this test.

We’re working to develop the machine in order to be ready for 2015, when we will be back racing in MotoGP. So, now the biggest job where we’re working is the electronics, because the big change is the continued evolution of this regulation. The ECU is the same, so the hardware is the same for everybody, but each one can develop their own software. It’s what Honda’s doing, Yamaha’s doing, Ducati is doing, and so, that’s what we decided to do. Then in the latest days, the regulations changed, but we continue to do this job [of developing our own software], knowing that we will end at the end of 2015, because starting in 2016, all teams, all manufacturers, have to use the same software. So, not only the hardware, but also the software will be the same for everybody.

Despite that, we decided to carry on with our electronics, so we’ll enter as a Factory Option team into MotoGP. As a new manufacturer, we will have some help due to the regulations [meaning they can start the season with all of the Open class privileges like 24-liters of fuel, softer tires, 12 engines, and no testing bans]. Basically, we’ll be in the same situation that Ducati is in now. This helps, but we had been preparing everything under the Factory rules of 20-liters of fuel, five engines, development bans and whatever else, but it’s ok. We’ll take the help and continue for one year.

Suzuki MotoGP garage

Suzuki brought two versions of its latest, as-yet-to-be-named MotoGP racer to Austin for test riders Randy DePuniet and Nobuatsu Aoki to evaluate.

From 2016 on, personally, I’m very happy that everything will be equal. Everybody will be in the same condition, so then let’s challenge. Here, mainly we are working on the electronics, because before we were using Mitsubishi hardware in the past. Then only in Sepang, in February, we introduced the new Magnetti Marelli hardware, with the new software, which wasn’t ready yet. But we decided to carry on, to gain experience, to collect information, to do development, so we struggled a little bit in Sepang in February, and now we have an updated release of the software which we will test here [at Circuit of the Americas] and continue this development.

Here it’s very important for us because we are collecting information for next year because we don’t know this circuit, so we need experience to collect data and information. When we come back next year for the race, we will know what we need. And we will do the same job next time [in two weeks, following the next MotoGP race] in Argentina. We will test again, Tuesday, and Wednesday after the race, we will see how is the gap, how much we have to work. This is the main job we are doing in this season. As we do in Austin and Argentina, we will do again after Barcelona, we will do again after Aragon, and we will have three other tests, like Phillip Island in June, Mugello in September and Valencia in October. So, we have quite busy testing schedule. There’s nine sessions through the year.

Suzuki MotoGP frame comparison

About the only visual difference between the two bikes noticeable with the bodywork still attached is the difference in frames. Each are of different stiffness, and the twin-spar design mimics that of the GSX-R line, which will be the main beneficiary of this MotoGP technology.

Have they announced who is going to be the electronics supplier in 2016?

As far as the hardware, it’s Magnetti Marelli, which is the same supplier as now. As far as software, this is a big discussion going on now. All the manufacturers are discussing how to make the software work together. The idea is to replace the current software the Open bikes are using (like Aspar Honda, Forward Racing, etc), so Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, will contribute and put on the table their experience and strategies, and we will have to end up with one software. Probably, this is what will happen, but currently, everything is under discussion.


Can you explain the decision to change the engine configuration? [From the GSV-R (V-Four) to the current inline-Four]

Satoru Terada, MotoGP Project Leader: For Suzuki, we don’t have the V-Four engine for the marketing side. We wanted to make more of a relationship with our racing streetbikes, so we changed the configuration to inline-Four. We have much experience with the inline-Four in the GSX-R1000. So, this is the reason why, it was largely a marketing decision.

Do you have a seamless transmission in the work?

At the moment we do not.

What about the crankshaft? [Does it rotate] forwards or backwards?

At this moment, I don’t say! [laughter]

Randy DePuniet Suzuki MotoGP Action

The team have been struggling so far with bike setup on low-grip tracks. Brivio says electronics can help manage much of this, but it is not a complete answer.

Would you have preferred to stay with Mitsubishi electronics? [Instead of the Dorna mandated Magneti Marelli hardware]

This is a difficult question because we know the Mitsubishi system, but we also know really good points about Marelli system, so both are good, but both are different. It’s difficult to choose. Both are very good systems.

Was it difficult to transfer your software from Mitsubishi to Marelli?

No. We were able to do this ourselves. Of course, we needed time, but we did do it.

The personnel on the test team, how many are the same from the GSV-R project?

Five. The total on the test team is 16 people.

How does the budget for this season of testing compare to a race season.

Less than half.

Suzuki MotoGP side profile

It’s difficult to notice in photos, but the Suzuki MotoGP machine is very compact and narrow in person. This is especially surprising considering the use of an inline-Four engine. MotoGP icon, and 1993 World Champ, Kevin Schwantz, said, when comparing the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike he was testing to this, “It felt like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike!”

What is the biggest challenge with the new engine?

The biggest challenge, of course, is the engine design configuration because we have experience with street bikes, but pure racing bikes, this [inline-Four] is a first time for us.

Is it horsepower or longevity or…?

At the moment, maybe fuel consumption, but now, the rules are changed. So, now we can use more fuel [in the Factory Open class].

Will there be any wildcard race appearances this season?

We are thinking about it, but have not confirmed yet.

Why the decision to come back now? After the GSV project was over, and the economy collapsed, why the decision to start GP racing again?

Brivio: Because MotoGP is very important for the brand, for the manufacturer to promote the brand. To develop technology, and to be able then to use this technology into production. Suzuki stopped MotoGP activity in 2011, and there was the 800cc bike with the V engine. At that point stopping was a good opportunity to refresh the project so basically everything restarted from a white paper. We redesigned a new engine configuration, we designed a new bike, and the original plan was to be back in 2014, so this year. Then we decide to delay one more year to have a chance to develop the electronics and other things better.

Kevin Schwantz 34

There’s something special about seeing Kevin Schwantz next to a Suzuki grand prix motorcycle with his signature number 34 on the nose.

Basically, the manufacturer was missing MotoGP, the promotion, and the exposure that MotoGP gives to such a big manufacturer. Also, the technology that is involved, the competition allows the engineers to be stimulated, to be motivated on the competitive technologies, so that’s the idea. Which is a very brave decision from the company, and in this difficult moment from a business perspective but it’s an effort, a big effort, the company wants to do because Suzuki recognize the importance of MotoGP.

Do you know how soon after 2011 this decision was made?

No, I wasn’t there yet.

How did they get you to come to do this?

They called me, and I had stopped with the other manufacturer [Yamaha] at the end of 2010, and then I was working with Valentino [Rossi] on his personal business. To be honest, I was missing this involvement. I like much more this side of the job. When they [Suzuki] called and said “Ok, let’s have a talk about MotoGP,” probably I, at the end of the first call, I already decided that I would be back. Honestly, for me, in my personal situation, it was the perfect opportunity, and to be honest, the only one opportunity I would have considered. I was missing this job, but this job is nice when you’re working with a manufacturer, with a big company, with a factory team, that’s an ideal scenario.

Kevin Schwantz COTA test

Schwantz did 11 laps on the grand prix machine in between testing his primary bike, a Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike in preparation for the Suzuka 8-Hours later this year. His best lap time, a 2:12.75, was only six seconds slower than DePuniet’s. Not bad considering he’d never ridden the bike before…and the fact he turns 50 later this year!

Also, this is another challenge, because we can say everything starts from zero. The bike started from a white paper two years ago when they started the design, but also this is basically the first time Suzuki has organized a full-factory team. In the past it was supported by some external organization, like Crescent Suzuki, but this is a full factory team. Also, from a logistic and organizational point of view, it was starting from white paper. So, it’s very exciting. It’s a very hard job, big challenge, but very exciting.

Why the decision to take everything in-house?

For Suzuki I think it was the best decision. You can keep all your know-how in-house, you can decide basically everything by yourself, and also our competitors have this type of situation. I think to be competitive and to be able to take the right decisions, we have to be independent and decide ourselves.

Through your testing so far, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the motorcycle?

We are still in the development process of the electronics, and we found it difficult to adjust the bike to make it work in low grip conditions.

Kevin Schwantz start/finish

Eleven laps isn’t much time to acclimate to a MotoGP motorcycle, but Schwantz was up to the task. He noted, “with this bike you have power and braking so you brake and accelerate and the bike does all the rest. I think Suzuki should race now – the sooner the better! You can test a lot but in the race you really understand.”

With the electronics or the chassis?

In some tracks like Misano or Aragon, there are some conditions where the grip is not so high. Then we struggle. The bike slides, we are not able to make grip to make the tire work properly. And also the engine is still too aggressive, so we’re working to make it smooth. You can do this with electronics, but probably the electronics itself is not enough. Maybe we have to work on something mechanical. So, these are two areas where we probably have to work on.

So much of the issue is electronic and not mechanical?

Yes, yes. This moment, we feel like this is the way.

Thank you for your time.

You’re welcome.

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 Topic: Ryan Villopoto Closes In on Record-Tying Fourth Consecutive Supercross Title (News)
Ryan Villopoto Closes In on Record-Tying Fourth Consecutive Supercross Title (News) [message #4627] Fri, 18 April 2014 15:36
With a win at Seattle last weekend, his fifth of the year and 40th of his career, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto is close to clinching his fourth consecutive Supercross Championship in the premier class, tying the record set by Jeremy McGrath. The only other rider left with a statistical chance at the title is James Stewart […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: What Are You Waiting For Suzuki? Randy de Puniet Laps Austin Quickly Following MotoGP Race (News)
What Are You Waiting For Suzuki? Randy de Puniet Laps Austin Quickly Following MotoGP Race (News) [message #4620] Thu, 17 April 2014 20:41
After former champ Kevin Schwantz stepped off the Suzuki MotoGP prototype machine following several laps of the Austin circuit earlier this week, he said the bike is good and Suzuki should start racing . . . now. Suzuki’s fastest test rider also put in several laps at Austin following the race, posting a best of […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Top 10 Honda Sportbikes
Top 10 Honda Sportbikes [message #4614] Thu, 17 April 2014 17:43


The breadth of Honda’s sportbike history is an amazingly diverse collection of engine configurations. From Twins to Sixes and Inlines to Vs, Honda has shoehorned just about every kind of motor into a motorcycle chassis. Some models are complex and expensive, while others are simple and affordable, but this list is devoted to the ones most worthy of our attention and praise.

For this list we’ve limited selections to street-legal sportbikes sold in the United States (with one exception). Sorry, no NSR250Rs or VFR400Rs here, as that kind of small-displacement exotica never makes these shores (at least not with a factory warranty intact).

Based loosely on criteria such as impact on the market, racing performance, sales figures, historical significance, etc., we’ve compiled Honda’s sportbikes of greatest import. Let’s take a look.

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 Topic: Schuberth To Sponsor Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit
Schuberth To Sponsor Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit [message #4613] Thu, 17 April 2014 16:25

Schuberth North America has signed on as presenting sponsor of the inaugural Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit. The event, set for May 2-4, 2014 in Denver, CO, will focus on networking, education, scenic riding, and raising money for charity.

The inaugural event, organized by Joan “Lady Road Dog” Krenning, aims to broaden the skills, knowledge and experience of women riders from around the world. Schuberth is attending this first-time event as a sponsor and vendor to present the C3Pro Women and C3W flip-up helmets. These women-specific helmets offer a special fit contoured to a female facial structure and are made with comfortable, easy-to-clean materials.

Sarah Schilke, Schuberth’s Marketing & PR Manager, has been selected as a symposium presenter alongside many other notable figures in women’s motorcycling. Schilke is the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Motorcycle Industry Council in its 100 year history. Additionally, Schilke has served on the Advisory Council and has been a presenter for three of AMA’s International Women and Motorcycling Conferences, serves as an “Expert” to the International Motorcycling Federation’s Commission for Women in Motorcycling, and is an avid street and off-road rider.

The Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit will take place May 2-4, 2014 at the Sheraton Denver South. For more information on the event and to register, call 608-335-0852 or visit Learn more about Schuberth helmets at

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 Topic: Baja Social Club Movie Teaser + Video
Baja Social Club Movie Teaser + Video [message #4612] Thu, 17 April 2014 15:30

The Baja 1000 is a grueling and demanding race for both man and machine. You never know what the desert is going to throw at you, and danger lurks at every corner. To complete it is an accomplishment, to win is extraordinary. In the Baja Social Club, the story of the Baja 1000 is told through the eyes of some Baja legends, gathered together for possibly the last time.

The video below is a just a teaser for the movie, but based on it alone, the film should be something amazing. Yes, mainly four-wheelers are featured, but the one very notable exception is the reason it’s being included here: Malcolm Smith. If you’ve seen the film On Any Sunday then the accolades that go with the Malcolm Smith name are obvious. Perhaps the greatest off-road rider and racer of his generation, the things he could do on a motorcycle were almost incomprehensible. The stories he has of Baja surely are things many of us would pay to hear.

Three years in the making, Baja Social Club gathers its stars “to rediscover themselves on a 1200-mile journey to their collective soul.” Anyone who is a fan of off-road racing should be eagerly awaiting this film’s release, as it just might be the next great racing movie.

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 Topic: 2013-2014 Harley-Davidson Breakout Recalled for Faulty Fuel Indicators
2013-2014 Harley-Davidson Breakout Recalled for Faulty Fuel Indicators [message #4611] Thu, 17 April 2014 14:49

Harley-Davidson is recalling 2013-2014 Breakout models, including CVO versions, because the fuel level indication system may not be properly reading the correct amounts of fuel.

As of this publishing, recalls have been announced by government agencies in Australia and Canada; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet posted a recall but U.S.-based members of the report American dealerships have already started receiving recall bulletins.


According to a recall announcement by Transport Canada, some Breakout and CVO Breakout models may run out of fuel despite the fuel and range indicators indicating there is still enough fuel in the tank. Breakout owners may mistakenly be riding under the assumption they have more gas than they do.

The problem appears to be software related, as dealers can correct the issue by applying a software update.

We hope to have more details when NHTSA announces a recall for the U.S. market. The Canadian recall affects 884 units while the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission says 1,722 units are affected down under.


[Source: Transport Canada, ACCC]

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 Topic: Harley-Davidson And Marvel Searching For Real-Life Fan To Star In New Digital Franchise
Harley-Davidson And Marvel Searching For Real-Life Fan To Star In New Digital Franchise [message #4610] Thu, 17 April 2014 14:33

In the new movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Harley-Davidson and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up once again, as our super hero is seen defending man kind on the new Harley-Davidson Street 750.

H-D and Marvel have had a long relationship, and to unite fans of both brands, Harley-Davidson is seeking candidates to join Captain America as “Agent 1” and star in a brand-new digital franchise, which will introduce a new chapter of action, including a group of characters created by Marvel’s Custom Division exclusively for Harley, and feature the new Harley-Davidson Street 750. The mini-movie and digital comic will debut in Marvel and Harley-Davidson online and social channels this summer.

Digital Casting Call

To enter the Harley-Davidson Captain America: The Winter Soldier online contest, special agent hopefuls are invited to complete an online skills assessment and select a custom bike of their choice at After completing the assessment, each candidate receives a badge and special promotional offer. Legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter now through April 30.

One grand prize winner will not only land the role as the eponymous “Agent 1,” they also will rule the streets with a brand new custom Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle and a rider training course, including a stunt riding lesson with Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier stunt rider Riley Harper.

Learn more about the contest by clicking the link above. You can also learn more about the Harley-Davidsons by reading our Street 750 preview.

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 Topic: The MotoPocket Makes Organizing Moto Luggage A Little Easier
The MotoPocket Makes Organizing Moto Luggage A Little Easier [message #4609] Thu, 17 April 2014 14:04

No matter what you ride, having a little extra space is nice to have. Sure saddlebags and top cases are helpful, but when storing smaller items like phones, wallets, garage door openers, or a first aid kit, sometimes they can get lost in the expanse of your average saddlebag. That’s where the MotoPocket comes in handy.

From the makers of Adventure Pockets, Moto Pockets are clever little bags that attach to a variety of motorcycles via patent pending adhesive pads from 3m. The big benefit here is that they are reusable, meaning you can transfer them between motorcycles if you need to. Made in the USA from 600 Denier Polyester, Moto Pockets are only available in black, but come in different shapes and sizes for virtually every kind of two-wheeler out there. Different versions also feature netting to allow you to easily distinguish between items.

For club-style bikes, the Pistol Pockets T-Bar is a custom-made storage bag for club-style bikes.  Four Velcro straps easily attach the Pistol Pockets T-Bar bag to the front or back of T-handlebar and its riser bars.

The T-Bar is just one of ten different styles of Moto Pockets. To see the full list of offerings, visit

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