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 Topic: Weekend Awesome – The Immaculate Scrub
Weekend Awesome – The Immaculate Scrub [message #11486] Sat, 25 June 2016 15:32
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This week’s video comes to us from an FIM World Motocross Championship round in Teutschenthal, Germany, in May. Championship leader Tim Gasjer performed an absolutely filthy scrub, turning his bike horizontal and scraping his knee on the dirt just before he takes off.

Pioneered by James “Bubba” Stewart, the “Bubba Scrub” is a popular technique where a rider essentially crashes at high speed at the lip of a jump. The horizontal position keeps the bike low to the ground, keeping a faster velocity through the air before landing.

Gasjer was carrying more speed going up than #77 Alessandro Lupino as they start the incline but you can see how much farther ahead he gets before he lands.

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Maybe they should rename it the Gajser Scrub.

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 Topic: Assen MotoGP Qualifying Results (News) (Race Results)
Assen MotoGP Qualifying Results (News) (Race Results) [message #11487] Sat, 25 June 2016 12:27
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Mixed weather during Q2 at Assen earlier today led to some unpredictable results.  Marc Marquez (Honda) and Maverick Viñales (Suzuki) both crashed shortly after the session started. Marquez grabbed a fan’s scooter (after asking for permission) in order to hurry back to the pits … where he re-mounted to eventually take the fourth spot. Ducati’s […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Custom Culture at AIMExpo
Custom Culture at AIMExpo [message #11484] Fri, 24 June 2016 17:08
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Press Release: In recognition of the continued rise in popularity and influence of the custom bike-building culture of motorcycling, the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) has unveiled a brand new showcase for 2016 known as “Custom Culture at AIMExpo.” Key components are the Championship of the Americas bike builders competition, the Standard Motorcycle Co. Showcase, millennial artisans, bike builders, and more. There will also be a chance to meet Custom Culture ambassador Leticia Cline. Custom Culture broadens AIMExpo’s V-Twin initiative that was introduced at the 2015 event, developing an added focus on what is the most popular segment for younger millennial riders and do-it-yourself enthusiasts. The 2016 AIMExpo will take place from October 13-16 from the North Hall at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida.

“The Custom Culture movement is one of the most progressive segments in the powersports industry today and is being driven by a younger demographic who are often new riders, and is a segment we want to welcome and embrace,” said Larry Little, Vice President & General Manager, MIC Events. “Custom Culture at AIMExpo recognizes the increasing influence of Generation Y millennial riders and is an important element of AIMExpo’s evolution to engage with and generate enthusiasm among these new riders.“

The inaugural Championship of Americas builder’s competition in 2015 was a resounding success for participants and attendees. With its distinction as a qualifying round for the AMD World Championships at Intermot in Germany, it is the destination event of choice for any competitive builder. The 2016 competition will once again consist of four classes – Performance Custom, Street Custom, Retro Custom, and Freestyle Custom, from which the winner will join Team America at the 2018 AMD World Championship.

The Standard Motorcycle Co. Showcase is presented by one of the leading custom builders and industry icons, Jason Paul Michaels. JPM will construct a replica of his new Standard Motorcycle Co-op – Orlando’s first motorcycle-inspired third-space – and will feature some of his own custom builds alongside those of fellow builders, all based around the café and bobber styling so popular today. The Showcase will also serve as a gathering point for the Championship of the Americas builders making it a great place to get answers to those project questions, take advantage of unique photo opportunities, and be immersed in all things custom. Custom Culture ambassador Leticia Cline will also be on hand to meet with attendees during both the trade and consumer days of AIMExpo.
AIMExpo will also host “Our Changing Industry, A Millennial Roundtable,” a trade attendee forum on understanding the needs of and relating to this important demographic segment.  Hear from leaders in the Custom Culture movement describe their approaches to this new generation of rider who possess unique desires and preferences in their riding experience, opening the door for new business opportunities that can carry the industry into the future.
“Millennials are the new economic power and their preferences of an urban lifestyle and collecting experiences, rather than possessions, poses some great opportunities for those willing to connect,” said Bob Kay, Custom Culture Director at AIMExpo. “Motorcycle customization is an important part of their lifestyle, but with a more functional approach and an openness to just about any platform, without restriction of brand loyalty. It’s an untapped avenue for traditional custom companies to expand their audience and their product offerings.”Complementing the debut of Custom Culture will be the return of the ‘Made in America’ showcase of exhibitors whose products and services are created by American ingenuity, which includes numerous custom and V-Twin exhibitors. Attendees will also enjoy new product launches from hundreds of exhibitors across the show floor and an expansive demo space at AIMExpo Outdoors! The AIMExpo platform creates the opportunity to connect with others throughout the industry at numerous networking events, while dealer attendees can take advantage of the unparalleled curriculum of the Powersports DEALER Seminars presented by PowerSports Business during the two trade days of AIMExpo, October 13 & 14.

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

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 Topic: Pre-entry Extended For 2016 Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship
Pre-entry Extended For 2016 Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship [message #11483] Fri, 24 June 2016 17:02
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Press Release: Online entry for the Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship in Du Quoin, Ill., has been extended through June 28.

Pre-entry is $70 per class/per event. After June 28, only onsite registration will be available at $80 per class/per event.
To register online, visit secure.tracksideonlineresults.com.
“The Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship is the premier event for amateur dirt track racing in the United States,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “We’re hoping racers take advantage of the discounted pre-entry rate and save time checking in at the track.”
The event will have transponders available for racers to rent at registration. Rental fees are $40 for the week or $15 a day. A $100 refundable deposit is required at the time of rental. Cash or credit cards will be accepted.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC will be providing $15 gift cards to participants who pre-enter in each event through its Race Gas program. The company has distributed more than 500,000 gift cards since the program began.
In addition to racing for AMA National No. 1 plates, the top competitors at the event vie for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award. The AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award recognizes the amateur dirt tracker who demonstrates the greatest potential for success at the professional level. An application for the award is available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
Awards are also given for the AMA Youth Dirt Track Racer of the Year, the AMA Vet/Senior Dirt Track Racer of the Year and the AMA Fast Brain Award.
The Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship includes competition in all four disciplines of dirt-track racing: short track, half-mile, Mile and TT. Points earned in each discipline determine the national champions in each class.
Competitors at the Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship ride traditional dirt track motorcycles and DTX motorcycles, which begin as stock motocross bikes that are fitted with dirt track tires, suspension and other modifications.
Daily pit passes are $15 for racers of all ages. Spectator pit passes for those 13 and older are $15. Spectators ages 12 and younger are $10. Ages 3 and younger are free.
Full-week pit pass packages can be purchased June 30 through July 1. They are $50 for all racers and spectators ages 13 and older. Youth spectators ages 4 to 12 are $25 each.
Additional sponsors of the event include:
  • Rider Appreciation Cookout: Evans Coolant
  • 450cc Open Singles class: Brian Billings Racing Products
  • 450cc Open Modified (Singles & Twins) class: Brian Billings Racing Products
  • Women’s (12+) 250cc-Open Singles class: Addicted 2 Adrenaline
  • Vendor Sponsor: Durelle Racing
The Suzuki AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship event schedule includes:
  • Friday, July 1: Amateur Mile
  • Saturday, July 2: Youth TT
  • Sunday, July 3: Amateur and Youth Half Mile
  • Monday, July 4: Youth Half Mile
  • Tuesday, July 5: Amateur TT
  • Wednesday, July 6: Amateur and Youth Indoor Short Track

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 Topic: British Motorcycle Industry Association Reacts to Brexit
British Motorcycle Industry Association Reacts to Brexit [message #11482] Fri, 24 June 2016 15:49
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On June 23, the United Kingdom held a historic referendum that saw a slim majority vote in favor of leaving the European Union. The “Brexit” side won by a 51.9% to 48.1% margin, setting off a chain of political and economical events including the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron and a dramatic plunge in the value of the Pound.

While it remains to be seen how the U.K. proceeds from here, Britain’s Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has released a statement in reaction to the successful “Leave” vote. The MCIA represents the entire industry, including manufacturers, importers, accessory and parts suppliers and insurance providers, all of whom will be impacted the referendum.


Brexit is, for the UK, the most significant event in its recent history. In a world where political, social and business alliances are increasingly via ‘blocs’, the UK has presented itself with new opportunities.

Whether these opportunities are converted into strong international advantage is very much down to how both business and government perform in the coming years.

The MCIA has a key role in support of its members to grasp the opportunities and will work closely with whatever government emerges.

A key benefit for our sector is that we will have much more opportunity to directly influence how the Government legislates and behaves in relation to the UK motorcycle industry and motorcycling in general.

MCIA will carefully consider economic modelling and ramifications for the medium term to support those of its members who now have a new range of opportunities.

For the near term, we continue to be in the EU and current type approval and single market regulation (such as licensing etc) will still affect us. Our trading environment will not significantly change in the immediate future.

Question marks over what will replace the EU in terms of foreign business and trade relations will take an unknown period to conclude. In the long term, frameworks will be created and a more stable environment will emerge.

MCIA will work closely with the government departments responsible to ensure its members are continually appraised of developing opportunities.

In the immediate short term it is to be hoped that a weakened pound and unpredictable interest rates do not overly damage the sector’s positive recovery over recent years.

MCIA will evolve to help its members meet these new challenges, maintain its relations with European bodies and create new ones with other trading blocs. This will ensure that going forward our sector has the knowledge and expertise to ensure members can maximise the unexpected new range of opportunities now presented to the industry.


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 Topic: 2016 ISDE U.S. Womens World Trophy Team And Club Team Racers
2016 ISDE U.S. Womens World Trophy Team And Club Team Racers [message #11481] Fri, 24 June 2016 14:38
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Press Release: The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the members of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Trophy Team and six club teams for the International Six Days Enduro. These 21 additional competitors will join the U.S. World Trophy and Junior Trophy teams in the race for gold medals Oct. 11-16 in Circuito de Navarra, Spain.

The U.S. women’s team includes top American off-road racers Nicole Bradford from McCoy, Colo.; Rachel Gutish from Terre Haute, Ind.; and Tarah Gieger from Winter Garden, Fla.
“The members of the U.S. Women’s Trophy Team are among the top competitors in America, and we are proud that they — along with six club teams — will represent their country at the 91st running of the ISDE,” said AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow. “These riders have practiced hard to reach this level, and they have earned the right to compete at the world’s premier off-road racing event.”
The United States also will be represented by the U.S. ISDE World Trophy Team of Kailub Russell, Taylor Robert, Thad DuVall and last year’s ISDE overall winner Ryan Sipes. The U.S. Junior Trophy Team includes Trevor Bollinger and brothers Steward and Grant Baylor.
The U.S. club teams for the 2016 ISDE are:
  • Trail Jesters: Jason Klammer, Benjamin Kelley and Joshua Toth
  • Eric Cleveland Memorial: Broc Hepler, Alex Dorsey and Jimmy Jarrett
  • Missouri Mudders: Nathan Ferderer, Ryan Powell and J.T. Baker
  • Tony Agonis Memorial: Joey Fiasconaro, Kale Elworthy and A.J. Lehr
  • Michigan Off-Road Events: Luke Ross, Michael Pillar and Talon Soenksen
  • Elizabeth Scott Company: Brian Storrie, Dan Capparell and Jayson Densley
Riders at the ISDE compete in one of three displacement classes: the E1 class, which features 100cc to 125cc two-stroke and 175cc to 250cc four-stroke motorcycles; the E2 class, which features 175cc to 250cc two-stroke and 290cc to 450cc four-stroke motorcycles; and the E3 class, which features 290cc to 500cc two-stroke and 475cc to 650cc four-stroke motorcycles.
The AMA’s ISDE effort would not be possible without the support of several companies, including Coastal Racing. Riders are supported by individual manufacturer and product sponsors. Direct team sponsors include: Rabaconda, Seat Concepts, Trail Jesters, Arai Helmets, Spectro, Motion Pro, Hall’s Cycles, ZipTy Racing, ThermoProbe and Elizabeth Scott Community.
Also supporting the ISDE effort is ISDE team physician, Dr. James McGee.
Fans of the riders can show their support by buying ISDE apparel at amagear.com.
For more information, visit the official event website at fim-isde2016.es and americanmotorcyclist.com.

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 Topic: BMW Announces Riders of the Storm Graphic Novel
BMW Announces Riders of the Storm Graphic Novel [message #11480] Fri, 24 June 2016 14:21
Anonymous

BMW is teaming up with comic book publisher Panini Verlags to create a graphic novel titled “Riders in the Storm.” The book will be previewed at Comic Con Germany, June 25-26 alongside a specially designed G310R and is slated to begin publishing in October.

The graphic novel will be written by the Eisner Award nominated Darko Macan and illustrated by Riccardo Burchielli. Known for illustrating the DC comic DMZ, Burchielli is a GS rider and motorcycle enthusiast, and from the sample page and behind the scenes production photos provided, he seems to be doing a good job rendering a G310R and R1200GS in ink.

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“Many of us have been familiar with comics since childhood, and we have seen superheroes and fantasy worlds adapted for the big screen, too,” says Dr. Ralf Rodepeter, BMW Motorrad’s head of marketing and product management. “The people behind these stories are equally fascinating. Riccardo Burchielli is a motorcycling enthusiast himself and through him we are able to provide insights into how a comic story comes into being. And of course we ensure his heroes are equipped with suitable bikes.”

The plot is centered around a police officer named Makani (a character based on tattoo model Makani Terror), her wolf companion, motorcycle racer Eve and street artist Nikki Animah as they face a mysterious group known as the Black Riders.

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“This is a very special project for us, and it’s a great honour and pleasure to be able to collaborate with BMW Motorrad,” says Hermann Paul, managing director of Panini Verlags GmbH. “The author and illustrator are having enormous fun, and we very much look forward to overseeing this extravagant and stylish blend of fantasy, adventure and mystery. The comic is conceived as a limited edition, so it will be a really great item for collectors worldwide.”

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 Topic: Scorpion EXO-AT950 Modular Adventure Helmet
Scorpion EXO-AT950 Modular Adventure Helmet [message #11479] Fri, 24 June 2016 11:54
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Introducing the all new EXO-AT950, a versatile modular Adventure Touring helmet. It has features and quality that you would expect to pay three times more for.

The EXO-AT950 can be used as a full face ADV helmet with external peak visor attached, or the peak visor can be removed and you have an aerodynamic touring helmet. Our oversized eye port is extremely wide for greater peripheral vision and downward visibility, and the modular chin bar can be conveniently flipped up when you stop to get gas or ask for directions. The internal drop down Speedview sun visor and KwikWick II liner will keep you comfortable all day long even as lighting conditions change throughout the day. Additionally, the no-fog Everclear face shield can be removed and you can use the EXO- AT950 as a dirt helmet with goggles for off-road use. Three shell sizes made of Advanced LG Polycarbonate and dual density EPS, result in a helmet that is light weight, strong, and protective.

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 Topic: Twin Power Launches New Website
Twin Power Launches New Website [message #11478] Fri, 24 June 2016 11:24
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Press Release: Twin Power is pleased to announce the launch of their brand new website. The site is packed with features, including new products, a blog with news and informative content, and more.

“We are really excited about the site and what it offers our dealers and customers,” says James Simonelli, Brand Manager for Twin Power. “We released our brand new catalog in February and the website goes hand-in-hand with it.”

The website features the entire Twin Power line of products designed for V-Twin motorcycles and includes technical information on the products that will help dealers and customers find the right parts for their particular motorcycle.

“We will be updating the site on a regular basis as we add new products,” says Simonelli. “We will also be adding some interactive features to the site in the future so we encourage everyone to visit often.”

Visit the new Twin Power website at twinpower-usa.com.

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 Topic: Yamaha concept bikes take a weird turn
Yamaha concept bikes take a weird turn [message #11485] Fri, 24 June 2016 05:00
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The 05GEN and 06GEN prove Yamaha's designers aren't afraid to think outside the box. Sometimes, they even put the box on wheels and call it a concept vehicle.

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 Topic: Yamaha Reveals 05GEN and 06GEN Concepts
Yamaha Reveals 05GEN and 06GEN Concepts [message #11467] Thu, 23 June 2016 17:48
Anonymous

Concept models can usually be divided into two categories: those you hope would eventually become production models, and those that just leave you scratching your head. Yamaha‘s new 05GEN and 06GEN concepts perfectly illustrate this distinction.

Over the last few years, Yamaha has presented a series of concept models exhibiting what it calls a “Refined Dynamism” design philosophy. These “GEN” concepts include the 01GEN dual-sport trike, 02GEN wheelchair, 03GEN-x and 03GEN-f trikes and semi-transparent 04GEN scooter.

The two newest concepts are the 05GEN three-wheeled bicycle and the 06GEN, um, “mobile veranda” (yes, that’s how Yamaha describes it). The two concepts were designed to provide  leisurely short-distance travel while helping form connections, “linking people and places, and people with people.” The 05GEN and 06GEN will be displayed July 2-3 at the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture in Imabari City on the island of Shikoku in southern Japan.

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The 05GEN combines Yamaha’s powered bicycle business with the leaning multi-wheeler technology behind its Tricity scooter. Like the Tricity, the 05GEN’s two front wheels tilt, allowing the rider to lean into corners. An electric motor provides some pedaling assistance, while the canopy provides some cover during light rains.

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06GEN

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The electric 06GEN looks like the offspring of a golf cart and a pontoon boat. The 06Gen is inspired by traditional Japanese engawa verandas, adopting their wood strip flooring style across the interior. The bench seating surrounds the driver’s saddle, encouraging conversation between passengers. The saddle is also removable to allow people in wheelchairs to drive.

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 Topic: Top 10 Features Of The 2016 KTM 690 Duke
Top 10 Features Of The 2016 KTM 690 Duke [message #11466] Thu, 23 June 2016 16:36
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In his review of the 2016 KTM 690 Duke, Evans Brasfield gave the bike a score of 89.75%. That’s a strong score, to be sure, but I didn’t pay much attention to it since, frankly, I wanted to find out for myself. Well, I’ve finally had the chance to do so, as we’ve recently put the KTM up against the new Suzuki SV650, the Yamaha FZ-07, and a first-gen SV650 from 1999. That test will go up tomorrow, but in the meantime let me say that I concur with Evans’ rating. It’s a fun bike, but without giving too much away here in the opening paragraph, here are 10 features to like about the 2016 KTM 690 Duke.

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 Topic: Cargo Style Jeans From Drayko
Cargo Style Jeans From Drayko [message #11465] Thu, 23 June 2016 16:09
Anonymous

Press Release: One of the most popular and functional selections in the line are the Men’s Cargo Style Jeans. Easy to wear, comfortable, stylish, safety riding gear. You ride safe and look good doing it.

  • Two large cargo pockets on the leg (fastened with Velcro)
  • Two large rear pockets
  • Personal storage is not a problem.
  • Cell phones, wallets, or whatever you need to carry on your person are close for your personal security.
With comfort by design, the Cargo Jeans have a high waist and loose legs to fit over riding boots. The combination keeps the wind from getting into the unwanted areas while riding.
Designed for the modern rider, and engineered with revolutionary fiber technology, Drayko delivers the ultimate combination of protection and style.
The Drayko lining features Dyneema, the World’s Strongest Fiber; and is soft, breathable, flexible, non-allergenic and vastly superior to basic woven or knitted lining alternatives.
Proudly manufactured in the United States, Drayko’s revolutionary lining takes advantage of Dyneema’s amazing strength to weight ratio to deliver unrivaled safety and comfort……AND, that is NO BULL! Drayco.com.

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 Topic: Will Victory Lead the Way in Electric Road Bike Development? (Bike Reports) (News)
Will Victory Lead the Way in Electric Road Bike Development? (Bike Reports) (News) [message #11477] Thu, 23 June 2016 14:11
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When we tested the Victory Empulse TT last year, we came away very impressed. Instant peak torque at low revs exiting corners, and the broad, step-less power delivery, coupled with a capable chassis, provided great confidence on familiar, twisty roads. This Sunday, June 26, Victory will be racing both an electric Empulse RR (piloted by […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Ben Bostrom Named Grand Marshal For 14Th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride
Ben Bostrom Named Grand Marshal For 14Th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride [message #11464] Thu, 23 June 2016 11:51
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Press Release: Ben Bostrom, renowned U.S. motorcycle racer, has been named the Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride on August 8, 2016, during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Bostrom started his career out strong by winning the AMA National 600 Dirt Track Championship in 1993 and quickly turned to road racing in 1995. Bostrom has won numerous races atop a variety of bikes, including Ducati, Honda and Harley-Davidson. He and his brother, Eric, quickly rose to fame in the racing world and have won numerous races in the States and internationally. The Bostrom Brothers are making their return to Sturgis to continue their tradition of riding with people from around the world in the annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride.

“The City of Sturgis is very excited to team up with Ben Bostrom as the Grand Marshal of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Ride,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “His lifelong love and dedication to the sport of motorcycling is exactly what the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is all about.”

The City of Sturgis teamed up with Harley-Davidson, the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and Carey Hart, the 2015 Grand Marshal, to officially pass the torch to Ben in a visit to Sturgis this Spring. Check out the video on YouTube.

Ben and Eric are not rookies to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The brothers spent many years as kids growing up racing on the dirt tracks of Sturgis and numerous other venues in the area. It was on these tracks the young brothers honed their racing skills preparing them for professional racing as adults.

The 14th Annual Mayor’s Ride is Monday, August 8, 2016 and begins at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point, Main Street and Harley-Davidson Way (formerly 2nd  Street). It will be police escorted on several of the Black Hill’s most spectacular two lane roads and byways. The ride is a fundraiser for the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Service and Police Reserves. Riders are invited to join Bostrom, Sturgis Mayor Carstensen, state and local legislators, industry professionals, celebrities and legends. The Mayor’s Ride package includes a photo opportunity at Mount Rushmore followed by a decadent lunch at Custer State Park. All participants will receive a gift bag filled with unique and collectible souvenirs to commemorate their ride experience. Space is limited. To find more information about the ride and to register, visit sturgismotorcyclerally.com.

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 Topic: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Swap Meet
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Swap Meet [message #11463] Thu, 23 June 2016 11:40
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Press Release: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will be a dream-come-true for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts, restorers, collectors and racers with acres and acres of motorcycles, parts and gear throughout the swap meet July 8-10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The AMA Motorcycle Days Swap Meet, presented by Federal Motorcycle Transport, annually attracts hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of buyers.

“Federal is proud to once again sponsor the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days swap meet,” said Federal Motorcycle Transport Manager Jennifer Gibbs. “Be sure to stop by the Federal Motorcycle Transportation booth next to the AMA membership tent to learn how AMA members get a discount on Federal motorcycle shipping in the continental United States. You’ll also have a chance to meet Beau Braswell, former AMA flat track racer and rising country music star who has opened for Blake Shelton and is currently touring with Hank Williams Jr. Beau will stop by the Federal booth during the weekend to sign autographs.”

Swap meet vendors offer everything from complete vintage motorcycles to tiny springs and fasteners to a wide assortment of collectible ephemera and memorabilia.

“Shoppers can spend hours digging through this amazing selection of parts, accessories and gear,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “Every year, we talk to people who were thrilled that they spotted a part they had been searching for, sometimes for years, and could find it only at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.”

A tent at the north entrance to the swap meet will include information about vendors, including a diagram of the swap meet layout that can help visitors locate a certain part.

“No matter how many times you’ve been to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the swap meet is something you don’t want to miss,” Massey said. “The selection is always changing. And it’s fun to spend time browsing through vintage riding gear, new-old-stock parts, books and service manuals and the like.”

Vendors can purchase swap meet space on location on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to access to a huge crowd of vintage enthusiasts, vendors will be invited to the vendor-only picnic, sponsored by Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. For additional vendor information, see amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

For 2016, with the generous support of Suzuki Motor of America, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days honors the career of Suzuki rider and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wes Cooley. The infield display, Celebrating 40 Years of AMA Superbikes, presented by Suzuki, will showcase the rich history of AMA Superbike racing with a number of historic championship-winning machines. The central piece of the display will be Cooley’s 1980 championship-winning GS1000, which Cooley will ride in demonstration laps around the road race course each day.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features the Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship, including vintage and post-vintage motocross, hare scrambles and trials, as well as vintage and post-vintage road racing on Mid-Ohio’s road race course and dirt-track racing at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. Mini road racing and a pit bike race also will be held during the event.

The weekend includes the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show presented by Old Bike Barn, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a classic motorcycle field meet, demo rides of current production bikes, seminars, live music, raffle bikes, a beer garden with the region’s best craft beers, and displays of AMA clubs and custom bike builders.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website at midohio.com or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.

For more details on AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see amavintagemotorcycledays.com and facebook..

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 Topic: Saskatchewan, beware of the Space Bike
Saskatchewan, beware of the Space Bike [message #11470] Thu, 23 June 2016 05:00
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Weyburn man is cruising the prairies on bike that appears to be made from discarded Dalek parts.

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 Topic: Naked fun on the Yamaha FZ-10
Naked fun on the Yamaha FZ-10 [message #11469] Thu, 23 June 2016 05:00
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Costa takes to the streets aboard Yamaha's newest high-powered naked bike.

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 Topic: CSBK visits St-Eustache this weekend
CSBK visits St-Eustache this weekend [message #11468] Thu, 23 June 2016 05:00
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La Belle Province hosts Round 2 of the national championship. Will Jordan Szoke extend his lead?

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 Topic: Ducati Team arrives at Assen for Dutch TT showdown (Industry Press Releases)
Ducati Team arrives at Assen for Dutch TT showdown (Industry Press Releases) [message #11476] Wed, 22 June 2016 21:42
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The Ducati Team have put the results of the Barcelona race behind them and have now arrived in the Netherlands for the eighth round of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship, held this weekend at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’, the Assen TT Circuit. The Dutch race continues to be the oldest one on the calendar (the […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Movistar Yamaha MotoGP bring Championship Battle to TT Assen (Industry Press Releases)
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP bring Championship Battle to TT Assen (Industry Press Releases) [message #11475] Wed, 22 June 2016 21:33
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The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team arrived in Assen in high spirits after securing their fourth consecutive victory of the season in Catalunya a little more than two weeks ago. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi are looking forward to returning to action at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’ this weekend as they aim to take over […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Team Suzuki Ecstar Ready for Assen MotoGP (Industry Press Releases)
Team Suzuki Ecstar Ready for Assen MotoGP (Industry Press Releases) [message #11474] Wed, 22 June 2016 21:29
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Team Suzuki Press Office – June 22  The historical circuit of Assen will host the eighth round of the 2016 MotoGP™ Championship this weekend and Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s riders Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró arrive in Netherlands following a bittersweet race in Catalunya, where Viñales had a positive race with fourth place but Espargaró suffered […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: 2016 Ducati XDiavel S Recalled for Improper Rear Wheel Installation
2016 Ducati XDiavel S Recalled for Improper Rear Wheel Installation [message #11460] Wed, 22 June 2016 18:03
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Ducati is recalling the XDiavel S because the rear wheels may have been installed incorrectly. Only S versions of the XDiavel are affected, as they use a different rear wheel design than the base models. The recall affects 925 units in the U.S., all produced from Nov. 25, 2015 to May 18, 2016.

The XDiavel S’ four rear wheel shaft driving pins are supposed to fit into holes in the rim (highlighted in green in the diagram below). The wheel design, however, has four oblong slots in the spaces between these holes. On some models, the shaft driving pins may have been inserted into these recesses instead of the intended holes (highlighted red in the diagram).

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If the pins were improperly lined up, the pins can rotate within these recesses. Units with this problem may make a metallic noise during acceleration or deceleration. The photo below illustrates the potential damage the drive pins may inflict on the wheel. If left unaddressed, this may cause the drive pins to fail, resulting in a loss of power delivery and braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

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Ducati first received a field report about this problem in March when an XDiavel S in Europe made a loud noise during acceleration. Ducati received three more reports from Europe in April with the same complaint. Ducati then began an analysis of the rear wheel design and production process and identified the problem. On May 20, Ducati began worldwide recall proceedings.

Dealers will inspect recalled units and replace any rear wheel rims that were installed incorrectly. Dealers will also install rubber inserts into the recesses which would prevent the drive pins from being incorrectly installed into them. The rubber inserts will be added to new production models while future models will have a new rim design to avoid this issue.

[Source: NHTSA]

 

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 Topic: Head Shake – Evolution of an Ideal
Head Shake – Evolution of an Ideal [message #11459] Wed, 22 June 2016 14:21
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An intensive care unit (ICU) is a great place to think – there is so much time on your hands at all hours of the day and night, and you get to meet all these really nice people. The problem is you really can’t focus on much, the shadows dance against the wall and change. I blame it on the Dilaudid, or Plato, or life itself. Much of my waking hours early on were filled with a kaleidoscope of images from the past, in some cases the distant past: people, places, and bikes for the most part, and questions.

I was out for a ride one weekday morning back in the 70s, by myself, running out the backroads that weave parallel to the Potomac River on the way to Harper’s Ferry. No reason at all, just riding nowhere to ride. On the return, I stopped at a monument – it was still early morning somewhere between Antietam and Poolesville. There was one other person there at this out of the way obelisk, and he was riding a Harley-Davidson Sturgis – the bike was new at the time, first year. It was low, it was black with orange highlights, it screamed unfettered freedom. It looked unhurried, as though it moved at its own pace. It was, Then Came Bronson, it was, Captain America heading to New Orleans. That motorcycle captured my imagination.

In 1969 Jim Bronson and his red Sporty were about the coolest thing this side of my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s Yamaha YR-1, coming in a close second.

In 1969 Jim Bronson and his red Sporty were about the coolest thing this side of my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s Yamaha YR-1, coming in a close second.

I always remembered that Sturgis; that image, another solo rider just out killing time and miles, the moisture in the air and the open secondary roads. I was in that ICU for five days about two weeks ago now. I thought about where I might be going. I thought about how I got from there to here.

My conception of what constitutes a motorcycle has changed over time, in some cases dramatically. The environment changes, needs change, expectations change. I was, and almost universally am, wrong about any conclusion I draw at any given time concerning these matters. The only constant I can point to is change and usually a suspension of any semblance of, “common sense,” on my part. And that’s how it started…

I charted my progress through life by bikes, how they had changed over time, and how the times and I had changed as well. The streetbikes got bigger and faster, they covered distance more comfortably, and handled two-up duty without breaking a sweat. I developed a tank-bag fetish and soft-bag collection.

And then came racing… Be forewarned: If you have the requisite bees in your brain that require an environment where all hell is breaking loose at once with 10,000 variables in motion to fully concentrate on, and you simultaneously relax such that time slows down, racing may be your path to enlightenment. And poverty, and maybe the emergency room. It will become an obsession. Steve McQueen’s old quote about racing being life, everything before or after is just waiting, will become your mantra. You will crave sideways 1-minute boards, green flags, the rush for Turn 1, and the community in the paddock. It can, and will if you are predisposed, take over your life every time the visor goes down.

Some people race a few races and move on. Some start racing and never stop chasing a checkered flag at some level or another. I was hooked. Four decades of trophies later, I still am. My conception of bikes has changed. Love as I might some of them, race bikes at the end of the day are tools. If it has number plates on it, it’s a utilitarian device. If you pitch it down the track, it can be fixed. An endurance bike is community property, and money spent racing is not real money. It is the only place where I can find the peace that comes from that level of concentration. It will rearrange your life, your finances, a collarbone or two, and maybe a few ribs from time to time, maybe worse. And you will be compelled to do it; all else will be just waiting. But life keeps changing yet.

I met a nurse after I was transferred from the ICU and moved to a regular ward. She saw a bike magazine a friend had brought me. It was a thoughtful gift, but I simply couldn’t focus on it in my state. It did spark a discussion, though, with this nurse. She asked me what I thought of trikes. This can be a contentious issue – even fresh out of the ICU I knew that, and so I answered honestly but with consideration for the topic and who was asking. I told her I had met a lot of people who really enjoyed their trikes, particularly folks with a physical malady of some sort that had opted for trikes when two wheels were no longer an option.

These H-Ds have been stalking us for decades; wedding day, Wife Number 2, and a neighbor-friend insists we get a photo on his bike to mark the occasion. It beats thinking about peeing in a plastic can.

These H-Ds have been stalking us for decades; wedding day, Wife Number 2, and a neighbor-friend insists we get a photo on his bike to mark the occasion. It beats thinking about peeing in a plastic can.

Well it turns out she likes trikes, Harley-Davidsons to be specific, one wheel up front, two astern. Her husband had ridden all his life but had a work accident involving a transformer on a job site that ended up atop his leg. He could no longer ride on two wheels, but a trike worked just fine. It was really nice to talk to her about bikes, trikes, her husband and how much they enjoyed taking road trips on that Harley three-wheeler. The enthusiasm was there, on a ward of all places, me in a hospital gown and tubes running everywhere, and the two of us bench racing of all things. As strange a venue as I’d ever seen for talking about the Blue Ridge Parkway and three-wheeled bikes.

And she left and I had time to think again, and that was when it hit me – that Sturgis and that rider in Central Maryland that morning back in the ’70s.

What if one day life changes again? What if it’s changing now, like that nurse’s husband? What would I do? I don’t know, but I know that image of that Sturgis has been stuck in my head for decades unexplored, maybe for a reason. I’ve ridden my share of Harleys, but I’ve never actually slowed down, thrown concerns about cornering clearance and standing the bike on its nose, and countersteering like a judo throw out the window and just grabbed the wife and enjoyed the ride. What if we meandered and built some new memories in a completely new way?

I have a good buddy, Ray Chilson, and we raced together for years. Ray was one fast guy, and one summer he did something completely out of character – he bought a V-Max and he and his wife at the time would go cruising around the Lake Cayuga area up in Ithaca, New York. I’d ridden a couple V-Maxs before. Great engine – giggle like a cartoon mouse type of great engine – but the chassis was an afterthought. It was an absolute blast in a straight line and cornered like a Panamanian tanker.

And there goes life running in cycles again, that Sturgis is as fresh in my memory as if I had seen it yesterday, not last century.

And there goes life running in cycles again, that Sturgis is as fresh in my memory as if I had seen it yesterday, not last century.

What if I’d be trying to live somebody else’s dream, or like Ray, I’m just too set in my ways? I remember thinking when I was younger that hard bags were a sign of early dementia. Then I discovered how useful they were in all forms of weather, and particularly touring, and my thinking changed, or dementia was setting in, or both.

I guess we’ll see. That Sturgis sticks in my head, and I know one thing, the only constant is change. There’s more traffic today around here, there’s more cops, and maybe there is something to this stopping and smelling the roses deal. Maybe like hard bags it makes sense – it has just taken over half a century to really understand it. Maybe the ideal bike is the one that works for where you are at in this trip.

Ride safe, look where you want to go, check your tire pressures, and steer clear of the day-old gas-station egg-salad sandwiches.


About the Author: Chris Kallfelz is an orphaned Irish Catholic German Jew from a broken home with distinctly Buddhist tendencies. He hasn’t got the sense God gave seafood. Nice women seem to like him on occasion, for which he is eternally thankful, and he wrecks cars, badly, which is why bikes make sense. He doesn’t wreck bikes, unless they are on a track in closed course competition, and then all bets are off. He can hold a reasonable dinner conversation, eats with his mouth closed, and quotes Blaise Pascal when he’s not trying to high-side something for a five-dollar trophy. He’s been educated everywhere, and can ride bikes, commercial airliners and main battle tanks.

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 Topic: MotoGP 2016 Assen Preview
MotoGP 2016 Assen Preview [message #11458] Wed, 22 June 2016 13:26
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Seems like months ago when Ducati wildman Andrea Iannone T-boned Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo in Barcelona, handing the Mallorcan his second DNF of the season and costing him the 2016 championship lead. The triple world champion must now commence his attack on Honda wünderkind and series leader Marc Marquez at a venue where his recent fortunes have ranged from bad to worse. Meanwhile, teammate and rival Valentino Rossi and Marquez look to pick things up where they left off last June as we steam into Round 8 of 2016, The Motul TT Assen.

Recent History at Assen

Despite fracturing his collarbone during a wet free practice session, Jorge Lorenzo was able to race, finishing fifth in 2013.

2013 – Lorenzo’s now deep-seated aversion to racing in the rain was born here, as he crashed hard in practice on Thursday and raced on Saturday with a fractured collarbone. His gritty 5th place finish that day prefigured further disaster two weeks later at the Sachsenring, when another abysmal high side destroyed any possibility of a repeat championship in 2013, opening the door for Marquez and the emergence of a new racing legend. Back on that Saturday in 2013 at Assen, it was Rossi taking the checkered flag two seconds in front of rookie Marquez, with Cal Crutchlow, then flogging the Tech 3 Yamaha, taking third place, the third of his four podium appearances that season.

2014 – a flag-to-flag affair, the bane of all moto pilots, resulted in Lorenzo limping home in 13th place, gave young Marquez his eighth win in succession, and left Lorenzo 119 points out of the lead with 10 rounds left. Though he would rally mightily later in the season, actually winning the second half, it must be said that racing in the rain, especially at Assen, has become a thing for Jorge Lorenzo. That year, Andrea Dovizioso cemented his reputation as a “mudder” with a second place finish on the factory Ducati while Dani Pedrosa completed the podium on the #2 Repsol Honda.

Andrea Dovizioso finished second in 2014 in a flag-to-flag race.

Last year featured a memorable late-in-the-day battle between Rossi and Marquez, the two trading paint (rubber, actually) in the penultimate corner, Marquez getting the worst of it, with Rossi caroming through the gravel trap on the way to a 1.2 second victory over the angry Spaniard. Marquez was prevented from accusing Rossi of cutting the corner, having taken a similar path to victory over his rival in 2013 at Laguna Seca. At a considerable distance behind all the excitement, Lorenzo was quietly pedaling his M1 to a constrained third place finish, 14 seconds behind Rossi.

While Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez traded wins at Assen in recent years, last year’s third-place finish was Jorge Lorenzo’s first Dutch TT podium since 2010.

Let’s review. Rossi and Marquez have battled tooth and nail at Assen over the past three years, Rossi holding a 2-1 edge, while Lorenzo has been able to manage a 5th, a 13th and a 3rd. Not exactly the best venue for Jorge to gain ground on his compatriot nor put some distance between himself and his teammate. To make matters worse, the weather forecast calls for cool and damp conditions, a setup likely to give Lorenzo a case of the yips.

The Factory Seats for 2017 are Set

Despite decent results, Aleix Espargaro will lose his Suzuki Ecstar seat at the end of the season. Espargaro is expected to sign with Aprilia for next year.

The most interesting phase of the silly season this year is now over, with Alex Rins having been announced as the second Suzuki rider, joining Iannone, and forcing the Hamamatsu factory team to debut its 2017 program absent any rider continuity from 2016. With Sam Lowes having earned (?) his promotion from Moto2 to the factory Aprilia team, it appears all but certain that he will be joined by Aleix Espargaro, currently minister-without-portfolio after losing his seat to Rins. The announcement of Espargaro is not expected prior to Round 9. Assuming, however, that it comes to pass, the factory lineup for 2017-18 looks like this:

  • Repsol Honda – Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa
  • Movistar Yamaha – Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales
  • Factory Ducati – Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso
  • Factory KTM – Pol Espargaro, Bradley Smith
  • Suzuki Ecstar – Andrea Iannone, Alex Rins
  • Aprilia Gresini – Sam Lowes, Aleix Espargaro

All of which leaves some rather high profile riders scrambling for satellite seats. Riders such as Cal Crutchlow, Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista, and Johann Zarco, all with substantial pedigrees and piles of trophies are finding the “silly season” to be somewhere between anxiety hour and hammer time.

Alex Rins currently leads the Moto2 championship standings. He’ll replace Aleix Espargaro at Suzuki next year.

Zarco, who should be a mortal lock to join Herve Poncharal’s French Tech 3 outfit, may determine that his interests will be best served by remaining in Moto2, while any of the other three could easily follow Nicky Hayden to World Superbike if they are unable to sign with a competitive satellite team. In my humble opinion, Bradl and Bautista have underachieved for most of their time in the premier class, while Crutchlow has yet to meet a bridge he doesn’t seem anxious to burn. Pretty sure Cal could picture himself on a late model Pramac Ducati far more easily than Gigi Dall’Igna can.

Happenings in the Junior Classes

Sam Lowes, Alex Rins and Johann Zarco are separated by just 10 points in the 2016 Moto2 championship chase.

The Moto2 championship is a bar brawl midway through the season, with Rins leading the way, trailed by Lowes and Zarco, a mere 10 points separating the three. Swiss rider Thomas Luthi trails Zarco by 13 points, barely managing to remain in Tranche 1 in the class. South African Brad Binder is running away with the Moto3 title in his fifth season in the class and appears to be a cinch to move up to Moto2 next season. His nearest competitor, Jorge Navarro, broke his leg in training and does not appear to be a threat this season. The next five riders are all young Italians, mostly protégés of Dr. Rossi, and likely figure to play a role in the Moto2 championship in a few years.

Hayden has established himself, during his “rookie” campaign, as a solid Tranche Two rider in WSBK. He enjoyed a fifth and a sixth at Donington Park in late May. Last weekend at Misano, he crashed out of Race 1 and finished either fifth or sixth in Race 2, being listed in sixth place but with a better time than fifth place finisher Lorenzo Savadori. For Nicky, accustomed to playing for table stakes for years and reduced to playing dollar limit these days, one assumes he still gets juiced on race days. But practice and testing must, at this stage of his career, begin wearing a little thin. Still, nothing but positive comments from the Kentucky Kid, a lesson The Coventry Crasher could devote some time to learning.

Now what, Cal?

Your Weekend Forecast

Weather.com tells us it will definitely rain on Friday, probably rain on Saturday, and possibly rain on Sunday, with temps only reaching into the high 60’s. Another opportunity for Michelin to demonstrate they are investing the time and resources necessary for the sole tire supplier. With Marquez and Rossi having made a partial peace at Catalunya, Assen represents an opportunity to heat the rivalry up once again. Lorenzo will have his work cut out for him, especially in the wet. The voices in my head keep whispering Dovizioso. And for the first time ever, we will have Assen race results later on Sunday, not Saturday. On Saturday, you can catch qualifying, then go out and cut the grass.

Jack Miller and the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team sported a sexy black and gold livery at the Catalunya test earlier this month.

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 Topic: Matchless Motorcycles will ride again (maybe)
Matchless Motorcycles will ride again (maybe) [message #11462] Wed, 22 June 2016 09:42
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The Matchless X, which first debuted at EICMA in 2014, is slated for production, if funds can be raised.

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 Topic: Watch this: Yamaha R1 transmission recall time-lapse
Watch this: Yamaha R1 transmission recall time-lapse [message #11461] Wed, 22 June 2016 08:38
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The Yamaha gearbox recall work is something you want done by an experienced technician, for sure.

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 Topic: Roadracing World Action Fund provides soft barriers for AMA-sanctioned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Industry Press Releases)
Roadracing World Action Fund provides soft barriers for AMA-sanctioned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Industry Press Releases) [message #11473] Tue, 21 June 2016 21:26
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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that a financial contribution from American Honda will fund the deployment of Roadracing World Action Fund soft barriers along sections of the 12.42-mile race course for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Brought to you by Gran Turismo. “With the support of both […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Red Bull Tennessee Historical Package (Industry Press Releases)
Red Bull Tennessee Historical Package (Industry Press Releases) [message #11472] Tue, 21 June 2016 21:19
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• Muddy Creek Raceway is one of the newest venues in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, joining the schedule in 2013. It is the only round in the motocross hotbed of the southeast. • Despite being a newer venue for Pro Motocross, Muddy Creek is steeped in tradition with over four decades of being […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI – MotoGP Assen preview (Industry Press Releases)
APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI – MotoGP Assen preview (Industry Press Releases) [message #11471] Tue, 21 June 2016 21:13
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MOTOGP BACK ON THE TRACK AT THE ASSEN CIRCUIT APRILIA IN HOLLAND TO CONFIRM THE IMPROVEMENT SEEN AT BARCELONA The 4,542 metres of the TT Circuit Assen will mark MotoGP’s return to the track for the eighth round of the 2016 Championship season. A historic track, the only one to have hosted a Grand Prix […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Half-Mile Race At Ashland County Fairgrounds During AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
Half-Mile Race At Ashland County Fairgrounds During AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days [message #11453] Tue, 21 June 2016 17:23
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Press Release: Motorcycle racers on vintage machines dating to the 1940s will display their skills as they continue their quest for the coveted AMA National No. 1 plate during a half-mile event July 9at the Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio.

The race, sponsored by AMA Business Member Nationwide Insurance, is Round 10 of the 14-round AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship and is a featured event during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 8-10, at nearby Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“Ashland continues to be one of the favorite stops on the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship schedule,” said Ken Saillant, AMA track racing manager. “Riders from around the country come to enjoy great racing at one of the premier half-mile venues the series offers. Along with all the cool vintage bikes, we throw in a few modern classes, as well.”

A complete list of vintage and modern classes for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is available at americanmotorcyclist.com.

“AMA racers are some of the most dedicated motorcyclists on the planet,” said Ann Ritterspach, AVP, Nationwide Affinity Solutions. “And Round 10 of AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series, presented by Nationwide, will feature some of the best vintage dirt track racers in the country. It’s our pleasure to support the AMA as it showcases the talent and daring of these enthusiastic and talented members.”

Dirt track registration is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.July 9 at Gate 5 of the Ashland County Fairgrounds. Practice begins at 4 p.m. Heat races are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., with the finals at 8:30 p.m.

For 2016, with the generous support of Suzuki Motor of America, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days honors the career of Suzuki rider and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wes Cooley. The infield display, Celebrating 40 Years of AMA Superbikes, presented by Suzuki, will showcase the rich history of AMA Superbike racing with a number of historic championship-winning machines. The central piece of the display will be Cooley’s 1980 championship-winning GS1000, which Cooley will ride in demonstration laps around the road race course each day.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features the Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship, including vintage and post-vintage motocross, hare scrambles and trials, as well as vintage and post-vintage road racing on Mid-Ohio’s road race course. Mini road racing and a pit bike race also will be held during the event.

The weekend includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet sponsored by Federal Motorcycle Transport, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show presented by Old Bike Barn, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a classic motorcycle field meet, demo rides of current production bikes, seminars, live music, raffle bikes, a beer garden with the region’s best craft beers, and displays of AMA clubs and custom bike builders.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website at midohio.com or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.

For more details on AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see amavintagemotorcycledays.com and facebook.

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 Topic: Ducati Announces a New Limited Edition Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak 100th Anniversary Replica Kit (Bike Reports) (News)
Ducati Announces a New Limited Edition Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak 100th Anniversary Replica Kit (Bike Reports) (News) [message #11457] Tue, 21 June 2016 16:39
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Ducati has six wins at Pikes Peak and is the current course record holder for its class.  To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the race, Ducati will be giving away an “Anniversary Replica Kit” to 400 purchasers of the 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak edition. Details are below: Cupertino, Calif. (June 17, 2016) – […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: CSC Is Going For A Ride Around China
CSC Is Going For A Ride Around China [message #11452] Tue, 21 June 2016 15:28
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Press Release: CSC Motorcycles announced today that Joe Berk, a consultant to CSC, a regular contributor to Motorcycle Classics magazine, and author of Moto Colombia! and 5000 Miles at 8000 RPM, is embarking for a 5-week, 5200-mile motorcycle ride across China.

CSC is the exclusive North American Zongshen motorcycle importer.  Their iconic 250cc RX3 adventure touring motorcycle, manufactured by Chinese motorcycle producer Zongshen to CSC specifications, has won critical acclaim from numerous motorcycle publications and CSC customers. Zongshen, one of the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturers, produces their own line of motorcycles as well as components and complete motorcycles for Piaggio, Harley-Davidson, and other well-known marques.

CSC established the reliability and performance of the RX3 motorcycle with a series of well-publicized US and international adventure rides.  In June 2015, CSC led a group of 15 journalists (all on CSC RX3 motorcycles) from the US, Colombia, and China on a 5000-mile ride through the American West, as described in Berk’s 5000 Miles at 8000 RPM (available on Amazon.com).   In December 2015, CSC and Berk participated in a 2600-kilometer ride through Colombia’s Andes Mountains (also on an RX3). The Colombian ride was hosted by AKT Motos (Colombia’s Zongshen importer); Berk’s Moto Colombia! tells the story of that ride.  CSC also hosts its extremely popular, annual, free, 2000-mile guided rides through the Baja peninsula for riders of its RX3 motorcycles.

“Our strategy has been to not just sell adventure touring motorcycles, but also to open the doors to adventure riding for our customers,” said Steve Seidner, CSC Motorcycles President and Chief Executive Officer.   “Our Baja tours have been very successful in that regard, and our long distance rides in the American West, Colombia, and now, China, have been key to demonstrating that the RX3 is a long distance, reliable motorcycle.   We believe a 250 is the perfect size for real world adventure riding, and these expeditions are highlighting that fact to the motorcycle world.  Berk’s ability to chronicle these adventures in his wildly popular and profusely illustrated books has helped enormously in that regard.”

The 37-day China adventure ride Berk is about to begin will start in Chongqing (Zongshen’s location in central China), head into the high elevations of northwest China, turn southeast toward lower China, and ultimately conclude on China’s eastern coast near Qingdao.  Berk will ride with many of the Chinese riders who participated in CSC’s 5000-mile Western America Adventure Ride.   Berk will provide ride updates on CSC’s popular blog, and he will publish a third moto-adventure book about the China ride shortly after his return.  CSC is currently accepting advance orders for the China book.

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 Topic: 1987 Bimota YB5 Racer Tested On Track
1987 Bimota YB5 Racer Tested On Track [message #11451] Tue, 21 June 2016 15:21
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The Bimota YB5 was tagged as the fastest, maddest, most expensive hyperbike on the planet when it was rolled out in 1987. With 130-horsepower from the amazing FJ1200 engine, the YB5 was what the Hayabusa is now, only with the flair and exclusivity that comes with a bike that is hand built and one from a run of only 208 units.

The original YB5 was very trick for the era, with a chro-moly steel cradle frame running machined billet alloy sideplates. It ran a high-end Marzocchi 42mm fork, Brembo brakes and retailed for a then-stratospheric $11,000 USD. It was one of the most amazing, expensive, out of this world and radical motorcycles on the planet.

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It was fast – real fast – and it handled almost like a 250 despite housing a massive lump of an engine from a Yamaha FJ1200. By 1988, the production run was over and lucky collectors had a true piece of history.

Almost 30 years later, the YB5 legend remains, but it’s almost impossible to find one today. It took T-Rex Racing’s Rex Wolfenden an eternity to find himself an immaculate low-mileage example. He got hold of one and landed it on the bench in his immaculate Melbourne, Australia, workshop that is famous Down Under for building championship-winning motorcycles, particularly specializing in Honda 750 Fours of the classic Forgotten Era class.

As well as testing the bike for <i>MO</i> Ware helped Rex Wolfenden with some feedback for the weekend set-up for rider Chas Hern, who went on to win the Barry Sheene Festival Of Speed that weekend.

As well as testing the bike for MO Ware helped Rex Wolfenden with some feedback for the weekend set-up for rider Chas Hern, who went on to win the Barry Sheene Festival Of Speed that weekend.

The Barry Sheene Festival Of Speed features many of Rex’s bikes, which usually win a few classes including the Barry Sheene this year with rider Chas Hern taking the weekend on this very bike.

Barry Sheene Festival Of Speed 2016

Rex stripped it immediately and began the process of turning into what we think is the only YB5 racebike in the entire world. If there is another, we can’t find it!

The Yamaha FJ1200-based engine with Carrillo conrods, balanced and lightened crankshaft, JE pistons, T-Rex cylinder head, Keihin 37mm CRs and Over Racing Ti exhaust plus much more.

The Yamaha FJ1200-based engine with Carrillo conrods, balanced and lightened crankshaft, JE pistons, T-Rex cylinder head, Keihin 37mm CRs and Over Racing Ti exhaust plus much more.

He first removed the standard FJ1200 engine and built it to his specification. He bored it an extra 1mm and fitted JE forged pistons to Carrillo conrods, which swing off a lightened and balanced crankshaft on oversized main bearings. The cylinder head was reshaped and ported by Rex, who also installed oversized valves actuated by camshafts of his own specification. The original five-speed gearbox was undercut, and a slipper clutch was fitted to the bike post my test (you can see the hop into turns in our onboard video above).

Feeding the FJ engine are four Keihin 37mm CR carburetors. Mixture is fired by a Dyna 2000 ignition system and gasses exit via a stunning Over Racing Titanium four-into-one exhaust system and T-Rex alloy muffler. As you can hear in the video, the sound is out of this world…at both ends!

Ohlins special shock with 11 kg/mm spring, ZX-12R wheel, braced swingarm, Brembo rear brake and, C&amp;C Engineering rearsets.

Ohlins special shock with 11 kg/mm spring, ZX-12R wheel, braced swingarm, Brembo rear brake and, C&C Engineering rearsets.

With a comfortable 150-horsepower at the rear wheel, the chassis now needed setting up. Rex braced the spindly chro-mo swingarm heavily, but aside from that, the amazing YB5 frame is standard. The Marzocchi fork was replaced by a 43mm Kayaba unit with T-Rex valving and springs. At the back end, a custom Ohlins shock was fitted via T-Rex linkages. Wheels at both ends are cast alloy ZX-12 items, while the old Brembo brakes were exchanged for more modern four-piston Brembo calipers. These squeeze SBS race-compound brake pads onto semi-floating stainless-steel NG rotors via Venhill brake lines. Tires are Pirelli slicks.

With the rolling chassis complete and the engine slotted back in, Rex got to work on the controls, brackets and fairings.

The original fairing was cut up (ouch!) and molds were taken off it to make a set of race fairings. These are wafer thin and ultra lightweight. The single-seat unit is a work of art, and the way Rex has retained the profile of the original fuel cell cover is a nice touch.

Rex cut up original and very rare YB5 bodywork to make molds and create this race bodywork that showcases the YB5’s curves.

Rex cut up original and very rare YB5 bodywork to make molds and create this race bodywork that showcases the YB5’s curves.

The steel fuel tank was replaced by an aluminum item made by Rex’s brother (and ex-Honda Factory Superbike team manager) Clyde Wolfenden, at C&C Motorcycle Engineering. Clyde also knocked up the rearsets, ’bars and other billet bits and pieces. I think you’d have to agree, it is an absolute stunner of a bike.

The bike debuted at the 2016 Phillip Island World Superbike round in February, where Rex slotted it up in the back of his garage and quietly entered it in the support races. His hope of anonymity was short lived, as soon the bike was the talk of the paddock and there were swarms of people looking at it.

Amazing bodywork by T-Rex painted in Bimota colors.

Amazing bodywork by T-Rex painted in Bimota colors.

A few months later after some more development, the bike was raced in anger at the 2016 Barry Sheene Festival Of Speed. Originally penciled in as a back-up bike for rider Chas Hern, who planned on running Rex’s Harris Honda, Chas soon found he was faster on the Bimota. So he chose that and won the weekend convincingly. No mean feat. The lap times were only seven seconds off domestic factory superbike record times.

The Ride

The huge grill in the nose supplies air for the oil cooler to help the air-cooled motor shed heat.

The huge grill in the nose supplies air for the oil cooler to help the air-cooled motor shed heat.

It was the Thursday before the BSFS that I had the opportunity to try out this amazing motorcycle that I had already drooled over at Phillip Island.

Having ridden Rex’s Harris Honda, I knew the bike would be good. Plus, with such an exclusive and irreplaceable bike, I was not too nervous about the test and damaging the machine as, like the Harris Honda, I could tell by watching it in action that I was going to feel comfortable on the bike within three or four corners. And I was right.

Rex has an ability to make a bike behave in a way that makes the rider confident and comfortable. It’s a knack that takes most of the hard work out of going fast before even sitting on the bike.

Hopping on, the bike feels narrower than it looks, although it is still wide. The recess in the fuel tank cover is immediately annoying. The pegs are high and wide and feel good, the ’bars really wide but with a good angle and draw. The screen is enormous – when you are used to the miniscule screens these days. Reminds me of my 1985 GSX-R750.

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With the bike fired up on the roller (starter motor removed), I select first via the reverse-shift lever and head out of pit lane. The exhaust note is deep and angry. The bike is actually a little intimidating to be honest!

However, I roll out onto the circuit and, as expected, within four corners my knee is on the ground and I feel like I have ridden this bike many, many times. I’m at home.

Lean angle on this old girl is incredible and it is extremely tractable off turns hard on the gas, spinning up and leaving fat black lines.

Lean angle on this old girl is incredible and it is extremely tractable off turns hard on the gas, spinning up and leaving fat black lines.

Before I can fully explore the glorious torque of the T-Rex FJ engine, I start to get a feel for the chassis dynamics and immediately feel there is a problem at the back with the tire. The rear feels like it is sitting low and there is a hesitation on initial turn-in, caused by the rear tire shape. It is also spinning up in a big way off turns.

I stay out for the session to get photographs for the test and try to use the time to test the brakes, suspension and that stunning engine. On return Rex agrees that the tire is probably not right and swaps it for a new slick.

Popping in a fresh Pirelli slick made a huge difference to the handling characteristics of the Bimota.

Popping in a fresh Pirelli slick made a huge difference to the handling characteristics of the Bimota.

The profile lifts the bike and transforms it to heaven on two wheels. It’s a little taller at the back, but the tire is also more triangulated.

Stability on the brakes is impressive aside from some rear chatter caused by engine braking; remember my test was before a slipper clutch was added. The brake package is fantastic, and I’m surprised how good the Nissin master cylinder works, with good initial bite, feel and modulation at the lever.

The rear shape of the fuel tank cover stops the rider fully getting forward on the bike but is an original character of the YB5, so Rex is undecided whether to remove it or not.

The rear shape of the fuel tank cover stops the rider fully getting forward on the bike but is an original character of the YB5, so Rex is undecided whether to remove it or not.

Braking hard on turn-in is the best way to get the stable set-up into the turn quickly, along with a heap of muscle. But once that initial turn and commitment is made, the YB5 falls very gracefully on its side with absolute surprise-free progression. It’d help if I could get further forward, but I would not sacrifice that original tank profile to do it.

Once leaned over, I could just about take my hands off the ’bars it was so stable. The bike sits at full lean, planted, with incredible grip and turn of speed. It thrives on old-school fast lines, which suits me fine.

Ware says the T-Rex YB5 is one of the most planted bikes he has ever ridden, modern or classic.

Ware says the T-Rex YB5 is one of the most planted bikes he has ever ridden, modern or classic.

Cracking the quick-action throttle is just a real pleasure, as the perfectly set-up Keihin CRs gently feed on, the cams coming in nicely. Just before the apex, I could wind it on hard and have it at full throttle exiting the turn, the Pirelli hooking up and driving the YB5 forward. It was like being fired out of a cannon!

The front wheel paws for the sky in this situation, and as I tuck in and grab another gear on the slick-shifting ’box, I can’t help but smile. It reminds me of watching the onboard footage of early-era superbike races. I feel like Spencer, Rainey or Lawson heading onto the banking at Daytona… I just love these bikes so much. They have true character.

Tucked in at the Eastern Creek front chute approaching the 165-mph mark, not far off a modern superbike.

Tucked in at the Eastern Creek front chute approaching the 165-mph mark, not far off a modern superbike.

The power and torque is proper old school – no electronics. It is serious fun. From idle to 9000 rpm, you better hold on because this Bimota will get you to the next braking zone in a hurry. Clicking through the gears at full throttle, with a sharp pop to the next gear after a roll off of the throttle, I’m amazed at just how quickly the bike accelerates. It would eat any modern Japanese 1000 for lunch, sucking it up in the intake and spitting it out the exhaust pipe.

The riding experience of the T-Rex Racing Bimota YB5 was a memorable one and a true pleasure. I would not change it much at all, if anything, perhaps getting it a tiny bit more raceable in the steering geometry, but that might take away the rock-solid stability. Rex is already working on this with Chas.

I would rate this bike as one of the best handling motorcycles I have ridden in my career, and it is not that much younger than I am! If only Rex was mass-producing these amazing motorcycles – I’m sure there’d be 40-something year-old riders whipping credit cards out all over the world…

Stunning. There is no other word for it.

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1987 Bimota YB5 Specifications
Engine 1988 Yamaha FJ1200 engine, standard 63.8mm stroke, 1mm over 78mm bore, 11:1 compression up from 9:1, polished and modified standard crankcases, lightened and balanced crankshaft, Carrillo conrods, JE forged pistons, T-Rex Racing camshafts, T-Rex Racing cylinder-head porting and reshaping, oversized EX and IN valves, standard oil cooler and galleries
Power (Claimed) 150-plus hp at the wheel
Fuel System Keihin 37mm CR carburetors
Ignition Dyna 2000 ignition system
Transmission Standard five-speed gearbox with gears undercut, slipper clutch,
Exhaust Over Racing Ti exhaust system, T-Rex Racing muffler
Fuel Tank Alloy
Frame 1988 Bimota YB5 double cradle chro-mo frame and swingarm with T-Rex swingarm bracing
Front Suspension 43mm KYB fork with T-Rex valving, 1kg springs, 7wt oil
Rear Suspension Ohlins shock
Front Brakes Brembo four-piston calipers, NG semi-floating rotors, SBS brake pads, Venhill line, Nissan master-cylinder
Rear Brakes Brembo caliper, NG rotor, Venhill line
Rake 23.5-degrees
Trail 112mm
Wheelbase 57.3 inches
Weight 410 lbs dry
Other C&C Engineering levers, rearsets, handlebars, fairing brackets remade Bimota bodywork
Amazing bodywork by T-Rex painted to Bimota colors 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-02 Bimota triple-clamps. Note how the steering head is supported from the front and rear of the frame 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-04 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-05 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-06 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-07 The 1988 Yamaha FJ1200-based engine with Carrillo conrods, balanced and lightened crankshaft, JE pistons, T-Rex cylinder head, Keihin 37mm CRs and Over Racing Ti exhaust plus much more 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-09 Mid-corner the T-Rex YB5 is one of the most planted bikes I have ridden, modern or classic. Ohlins special shock with 11kg spring, ZX-12 wheel, braced swingarm, Brembo rear brake and, C&C Engineering rearsets. 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-13 Popping in a fresh Pirelli slick made a huge difference to the attitude of the Bimota. Rex cut up original and very rare YB5 bodywork to make molds and create this race bodywork that showcases the YB5 curves As well as testing the bike for MO I helped Rex Wolfenden with some feedback for the weekend set-up for rider Chas Hern, who went on to win the Barry Sheene Festival Of Speed that weekend. 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-17 The huge air grill at the front allows the front mount oil cooler to get some fresh air 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-19 The rear shape of the fuel tank cover stops the rider fully getting forward on the bike but is an original character of the YB5, so Rex is undecided whether to remove it or not. 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-21 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-22 Tucked in at top speed at the Eastern Creek front chute at the 160 to 165mph mark, not far off a modern superbike. 062116-1987-bimota-yb5-24 Lean angle on this old girl is incredible and it is extremely tractable off turns hard on the gas, spinning up and leaving fat black lines. The rear shape of the fuel tank cover stops the rider fully getting forward on the bike but is an original character of the YB5, so Rex is undecided whether to remove it or not.

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 Topic: Shelina Moreda Podiums In China
Shelina Moreda Podiums In China [message #11450] Tue, 21 June 2016 15:15
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Press Release: Shelina Moreda qualified 12th, and when the green flag dropped for the first race on Saturday, she was able to get a strong start that put her in 8th in turn 1. Shelina kept getting quicker, passing more riders experienced on the track, and avoiding a crash and at the checkered flag, the stunned crowd saw an American woman rider cross the finish line in 3rd place. Mark Aitchison had won, but his lap times were nearly two seconds per lap slower than his times on the EBR in prior races. Shelina and Splitlath had triumphed against incredible odds.

When Shelina stepped on the podium, the crowd of over 70,000 went absolutely wild. Everyone loves to see an individual step up to an incredible challenge and succeed, and this may be the sports story of the year in that regard.

On Sunday, Shelina was mobbed in the pits, and as the race grew near had to shut herself in the changing room for a few moments of peace. The walk to the grid was a sea of cameras and fans, but as the race started Shelina’s focus was clear. Once again she had an explosive start driving from the 12th starting spot all the way to 5th place in turn one. The race was a real battle of rubbing and sliding in the intense heat, and at the end Shelina was 4th, just one spot off the podium, proving that Saturday was no fluke. Her lap times had continued to improve, and she was closer to the winner than in the first race. And at the end of the race, she was mobbed by fans who absolutely felt they had seen the greatest racing ever, and that is what racing is at the core… individuals stepping up to the ultimate challenge.

We are proud to have built the bike that the team and Shelina used to this success, but let there be no mistake, we build EBR motorcycles for the rider, with the goal of delivering bikes that allow our riders to get the most from their talents. This weekend, it was about Shelina, who proved both her incredibly adventuresome and brave spirit, but also her talent.

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 Topic: Mark Wahlberg Adds Support To Veterans Charity Ride To Sturgis
Mark Wahlberg Adds Support To Veterans Charity Ride To Sturgis [message #11449] Tue, 21 June 2016 14:59
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Press Release: The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis hand-selects veterans from all branches of the military to experience motorcycle therapy on Indian motorcycles, trikes and Champion sidecars while riding from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. For 2016, 20 deserving veterans and veteran mentors will join the ride.

“I’m so grateful to the participants in this year’s ride and all our veterans for their service to our country,” said actor, producer and Indian Motorcycle enthusiast Mark Wahlberg. “This ride is a wonderful opportunity to support each other and enjoy the natural beauty of this great nation.”

To view a short personal greeting from Mark Wahlberg to this year’s Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis participants, please visit indianmotorcycle.com.

The program was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper David Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans. For the second straight year the journey will be filmed so the message can be shared with as many veterans as possible.

“We’ll spend over a week riding on America’s most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other through Motorcycle Therapy,” said Frey. “The shared experience of serving brings us together, veteran to veteran, to help each other heal. We also show the veterans just how much their service means to America by stopping in small towns along the way to meet the people of our nation who want to celebrate these brave men and women.”

The nine-day journey stops in various towns and cities along the way, giving the veterans a chance to meet the grateful citizens they helped protect. Towns along their route include Las Vegas, N.V., Moab, Utah, Denver, Colo., and Hot Springs, S.D. Once in Sturgis, the veterans spend the week of the rally riding the Black Hills, attending events and taking part in the ultimate “Sturgis Experience.”

“Indian Motorcycle is proud to be a founding sponsor of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis in honor of the sacrifices made by these brave men and women,” said Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “Indian Motorcycle has a long and proud heritage of supporting the U.S. Military and our troops over the course of the past century, and we are pleased to continue that tradition as a part of this noble and worthwhile initiative.”

Special events for our veterans at Sturgis include an exclusive luncheon with members of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group on Aug. 7, the Legends Charity Memorial Ride on Aug. 8, VIP access to an evening of live music at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Aug. 10, the Freedom Celebration Ride departing Spearfish on Aug. 11 and a special shooting competition event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip followed by an invite-only dinner at Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis on Aug. 12.

“Supporting our veterans by donating sidecars to accommodate amputee veterans in a safe, comfortable manner is something near and dear to our team and to me personally,” said Craig Arrojo, President of Champion Sidecars. “We are honored to be associated with such a worthy event, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Veterans Charity Ride for years to come.”

To follow the ride, support our veterans, donate and hear their stories, visit VeteransCharityRide.org and IndianMotorcycle.com.

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 Topic: Husqvarna FS450 Supermoto Updated for 2017
Husqvarna FS450 Supermoto Updated for 2017 [message #11448] Tue, 21 June 2016 14:49
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Husqvarna announced a revised FS450 supermoto for 2017, updated with air forks and traction control. The 2017 model is currently listed on Husqvarna’s U.S. site but U.S. pricing and availability is still to be confirmed.

The engine remains the same 450cc Single that powered the previous model, but with lighter aluminum engine engine mounts. The Keihin Engine Management System was updated to add traction control. Husqvarna also updated the handlebar switchgear to make it easier to select between the two engine maps and activate launch control and traction control systems.

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As it did for its 2017 off-road lineup, Husqvarna swapped out the previous model’s 48mm closed-cartridge fork with WP’s new air fork. The AER 48 fork uses an insulated air chamber in the left tube, adjustable via the included air pump, while the right tube houses a hydraulic damping unit. Husqvarna claims a weight reduction of 3.7-pounds just from switching to the AER fork. Husqvarna also added a new CNC-machined triple clamp designed to meet the new suspension’s characteristics.

The cast aluminum swingarm is connected to a WP DCC rear shock specifically tuned for supermoto racing.

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WP also produced the FS450’s hydro-formed chromium-molybdenum frame which is matched to a composite subframe made of 30% carbon fiber claimed to weigh just 3.1 pounds.

The 16.5-inch front and 17-inch rear Alpina spoke wheels allow for tubeless tires, with the FS450 coming with slick Bridgestone 125/80 R420 and 165/65 R420 tires. Both wheels are stopped by Brembo brakes: a four-piston radial-mount caliper up front and a single-piston floating caliper at the rear.

Other features include an APTC slipper clutch, 1.8-gallon polythene fuel tank  ProTaper handlebars and, of course, bold new graphics.

2017 Husqvarna FS450 Specifications
Engine 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Displacement 449.9 cm³
Bore 95mm
Stroke 63.4mm
Starter Electric starter
Transmission 5-speed
Primary drive 31:76
Secondary gear ratio 14:45
Clutch APTC slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
EMS Keihin EMS
Frame design Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular space frame, powder-coated
Front suspension WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP shock absorber with linkage
Suspension travel (front) 11.2 inches
Suspension travel (rear) 10.5 inches
Front brake Brembo four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc
Rear brake Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Front brake disc diameter 310mm
Rear brake disc diameter 220mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 26.1 degrees
Wheelbase 1475 ± 10 mm
Ground clearance 290 mm
Seat height 927 mm
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 Topic: BikeMaster Utility Jug
BikeMaster Utility Jug [message #11447] Tue, 21 June 2016 14:42
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Press Release: BikeMaster is pleased to announce the addition of a 5-gallon Utility Jug to their product line. Made in the USA, the jug offers the user improved functionality with its new design and versatility to handle the liquids and chemicals used in most shops.

The jug is manufactured from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), which provides toughness, strength, stiffness and resistance to the chemicals and moisture that it contains. It comes in a natural color that gives you the best view of what you have stored in the container. It has a squared off design, allowing you to set it flush against a flat surface, which reduces the amount of spills and keeps the jug from rolling away.  It has a double handle for easy lifting and steady pouring and features a spout extender that creates a secure, leak-free seal. It also features a ¼ in. vent tube that allows air to flow to the bottom and release internal pressure, giving you a smoother, quicker pour. The Utility Jug can be recycled.

Additional items, such as a large cap, vent cap, gasket and extra spout are also available.  The Utility Jug from BikeMaster can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice dealer.

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 Topic: R.I.P. DeWayne Jones
R.I.P. DeWayne Jones [message #11446] Tue, 21 June 2016 14:33
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Press Release: It is with great sadness that American Honda marks the passing of former Team Honda factory racer DeWayne Jones, who died on Sunday, June 19, following a battle with cancer.

Born September 15, 1950, in Montebello, California, Jones was a charter member of Team Honda, racing a CR250 Elsinore alongside younger brother Gary and Marty Tripes in 1973, the squad’s inaugural year. DeWayne posted a best finish of second place behind Gary at Texas’s Lake Whitney Cycle Ranch, and although it was Gary who would earn Honda its first AMA Motocross National Championship that season, DeWayne was notable for his strong starts. “No one could beat him off the line, including me,” Gary remembered. “All of the first-turn photos from back then, he’s in front of me. Everywhere we went, DeWayne was on the gas.”

The Jones family’s contributions to Team Honda’s heritage weren’t limited to DeWayne and Gary. Mother Melinda designed and sewed the riders’ iconic red, white and blue jerseys, and when her sons complained about distracting reflections from the polished-aluminum fuel tanks, she provided the paint that they used to apply a forest-green stripe that eventually made its way to the production bikes. (Melinda, now 89, still occasionally appears at Southern California races.)

DeWayne was a Honda rider up until a couple of months before his passing, regularly spending time on his CRF450R (previously owned by Nicky Hayden) and two CR500Rs (one of which used to belong to the late Ricky Graham). As recently as last year, he could be spotted racing short track and supermoto at Perris Raceway.

“I was very sorry to hear of DeWayne’s passing,” said Chuck Boderman, VP Powersports Division at American Honda. “Along with his brother Gary and Marty Tripes, DeWayne helped put Honda’s CR250 Elsinore on the motocross map in its debut year, a contribution that began our company’s long, storied relationship with American professional motocross racing. As a charter member of Team Honda, DeWayne will always hold a special spot in our hearts, and on behalf of all of American Honda’s associates, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, loved ones and fans.”

DeWayne is survived by his mother Melinda, daughter Stephanie, son Jason and siblings Gary, Lois and Melinda.

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 Topic: Badge Engineering – Making Up The Numbers
Badge Engineering – Making Up The Numbers [message #11456] Tue, 21 June 2016 11:59
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Motorcycle companies sometimes sell one bike under another brand name to boost their numbers. The Insider asks what's under the sticker.

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