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Schuberth To Sponsor Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:25

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

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

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

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

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Baja Social Club Movie Teaser + Video

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30

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

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

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

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2013-2014 Harley-Davidson Breakout Recalled for Faulty Fuel Indicators

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:49

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Transport Canada, ACCC]

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Harley-Davidson And Marvel Searching For Real-Life Fan To Star In New Digital Franchise

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:33

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

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

Digital Casting Call

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

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

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

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The MotoPocket Makes Organizing Moto Luggage A Little Easier

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:04

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

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

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

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

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Fisker + Lego = the Lauge Jensen Viking Cruiser Concept

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:01

What do you get when you bring together the designer of the Fisker Karma and the great-grandson of the founder of Lego? The answer is this cruiser concept model by Danish brand Lauge Jensen called the Viking.

The company was formed in 2004 by bike builder Uffe Lauge Jensen but later sold to industrialist Anders Kirk Johansen, the scion of one of Denmark’s wealthiest families and great-grandson of Ole Kirk Christiansen who invented Lego building blocks.

Lauge Jensen’s latest concept was designed by Henrik Fisker, a noted automobile designer whose creations include the Aston Martin DB9, the BMW Z8 and the Fisker Karma hybrid electric car.

The Viking is powered by a 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin claiming 100hp. Lauge Jensen doesn’t provide specifics except to say the engine was produced in Wisconsin, likely an S&S engine. Lauge Jensen claims the Viking can top 130 mph and get 58 mpg. The company also claims the Viking meets the tough Euro IV emissions regulations that go into effect in 2016.

Though still a concept, Kirk Johansen says the company plans to enter serial production. Lauge Jensen currently produces pricey small-volume models like is Great Dane which is priced starting at €42,800 (US$59,150). Kirk Johansen says the Viking will be produced in larger volumes at a more reasonable price.

“It’s great to have Henrik, one of the world’s leading vehicle designers and a fellow Dane working in partnership with us to help create a really special, emotional design,” says Kirk Johansen. “Revealing a concept bike is all about gauging demand but, if it’s there, I look forward to producing the Viking Concept for the mainstream market.”

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Special Edition MV Agusta F3 800 AGO

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:56

MV Agusta announced it will produce a new special edition version of the F3 800 honoring the legendary Giacomo Agostini. The F3 800 AGO was originally revealed last fall at EICMA but MV Agusta has now confirmed it will be produced, releasing full details and pricing.

The all-time leader in Grand Prix race wins won 13 of his record 15 world titles with MV Agusta, making him a worthy subject for tribute model. The F3 800 AGO features the Italian Tricolore red, white and green colors, gold accents and a number of lightweight components.

Carbon fiber fenders, machined aluminum foot pegs and other aluminum parts help reduce the F3 800′s weight, as do the forged aluminum wheels. MV Agusta claims a dry weight of 377 pounds on the AGO model, 4.4 pounds lighter than the regular F3 800.

Mechanically, the F3 800 AGO is identical to the base model. It also sports MV Agusta’s Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS) electronics package of ride-by-wire throttle control, four selectable maps and an eight-level traction control system. The F3 800 AGO also comes with a quick shifter and anti-lock braking system as standard equipment.

MV Agusta will produce 300 units of the AGO, each featuring Agostini’s autograph across the fuel tank and a silver plaque mounted to the steering yoke. The F3 800 AGO also comes with a certificate of authenticity that is also signed by Agostini.

In Europe, the MV Agusta F3 800 AGO is priced at €23,990 (US$33,150), a significant increase from the €14,710 price for the base model and €15,310 for the ABS-equipped version. Stay tuned for U.S. availability and pricing.

[Source: MV Agusta]

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Kevin Schwantz Tests Suzuki MotoGP Bike at COTA

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:52

Former World Champion and Texas native Kevin Schwantz joined the Suzuki MotoGP team at Circuit of the Americas to test its new racebike. Schwantz, who won the 1993 500cc World Championship with Suzuki, joined test riders Randy de Puniet and Nobuastu Aoki in riding the new prototype which is set to enter the MotoGP championship in 2015.

Our own Troy Siahaan was in Austin for the MotoGP round and he was on hand to film this clip of Schwantz preparing for his ride:

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Schwantz, who posted a best lap time of 2:12.75 on the test bike, says the machine is a step above the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superbike he also got a chance to ride at COTA.

“I went on the MotoGP machine after riding the GSX-R1000 Superbike and it felt like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike; the MotoGP machine is so small and compact!” Schwantz says. “The bike turns, accelerates, goes fast; it does everything and I had fun and really enjoyed it.”

Here’s a quick clip of Schwantz shooting down the starting straight on one of his 11 laps:

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Suzuki had originally planned to return to MotoGP racing this year, but decided to push its plans back another year. Schwantz however says Suzuki should start racing sooner rather than later.

“With this bike you have power and braking so you brake and accelerate and the bike does all the rest,” says Schwantz. ” I think Suzuki should race now – the sooner the better! You can test a lot but in the race you really understand.”

De Puniet, who many expect will pilot Suzuki’s entry next season, completed 56 laps on the same day and another 62 on the following day, posting a top time of 2:05.85. Along the way, he tested a new engine, two different frames, different electronic fuel maps and gearbox ratios.

“I’m happy that we have found a big improvement on throttle connection and traction control. We worked some time to find the right setting with the new electronics also and at the end we found a good compromise,” says de Puniet. “We continued to work on the chosen chassis and it worked really well today. So the package is definitely better and I wanted to have an extra day to be able to continue the work as yesterday we spent most of the time setting-up the bike for the new circuit along with the new electronics. Also, I have not been riding a bike for a few weeks and I needed to get back the feeling.”

[Source: Suzuki]

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Held Rider Equipment to be Distributed Through Schuberth North America

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:50

Held Rider Equipment, long known for its quality riding gear, has inked a deal naming Schuberth North America as the company’s sole distributor of Held products in the United States. While most riders probably think of Held as manufacturer of premium motorcycle gloves, thanks to its 68 years of creating cutting-edge glove designs, Held also produces a wide variety of high-quality riding gear.

Schuberth’s initial offerings of Held gear will be available in June 2014 and should include: Held’s GORE-TEX, leather and textile riding gloves, premium GORE-TEX textile adventure riding suits for both men and women, and waterproof bag systems. Expect the same level of attention to detail and quality materials and armor found in the company’s line of gloves. For example, Held was the first manufacturer to use a titanium knuckle cover on gloves.

“We are very excited to welcome Held Rider Equipment to the Schuberth North America family,” said Randy Northrup, Vice President of Schuberth North America. “Held uses the highest quality materials and draws on decades of engineering innovation to produce some of the best motorcycle gear available, which we believe will perfectly complement our offering of Schuberth helmets.”

Schuberth is also well-known for producing premium helmets, utilizing the latest in technology, and currently exports helmets to 55 countries. For further information visit the Schuberth website.

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Yamaha Champions Riding School To Sell Hang Dry Leather Driers

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:00

Riders who sweat in their leathers – and who doesn’t at a track day or race – know how nasty damp leathers can get if not dried properly. Of course, there’s always the tried-and-true technique of hanging them up in your garage, but that can take days. What if you only have an hour?

The folks at the Yamaha Champions Riding School (YRCS) know a thing or two about sweaty leathers. After all, they have about 40 Kushitani andHeroic suits at New Jersey Motorsports Park that need to be maintained. So, they’ve joined with Adrenaline City Racing, LLC, the manufacturer of the Hang Dry system to sell them at all YRCS events.

The Hang Dry blows cool drying air into the suit where it absorbs the moisture and caries it out of the arm and leg openings. Rather than taking days to dry, your leathers could be dry and comfortable in just about 30 minutes. The system works so well that Michael Laverty, MotoGP racer for Paul Bird Motorsport, gave a glowing review about his Hang Dry.

“The suit dryer has been a revelation for me, trying to air a set of leathers between sessions can be challenging however the Hang-Dry takes away all the hassle.” – Michael Laverty

“I’ve been using Hang Dry for years and don’t know how I lived without it when I was riding and racing full time. When I joined YCRS the first thing I thought about was getting Hang Dry units for all of these leathers,” says YCRS Operations Manager Keith Culver, “The riders on my youth race team, Evolution Racing, all use Hang Dry so it was easy to show Hang Dry owner Tomer Levy how our facility could be a showroom and warehouse for his product,”

“I am very excited to see my brand grow and the Hang-Dry get the recognition it deserves. First, we got the best testimonial from a MotoGP rider who will be using the Hang-Dry in the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. Now, the most respected and prestigious riding school in the country wants to take care of their leathers with my product. I am just over the moon,” says Levy.

Look for Hang Drys on display at all YRCS events across the country. Additionally, YRCS students can rent a Hang Dry for $20 per school to drytheir personal leathers. Learn more at Yamaha Champions Riding School and Adrenaline City Racing.

[Source: YRCS]

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Ronax 500cc Two-Stroke Sportbike Coming June 8

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:18

German company Ronax GmbH is producing a limited edition street-legal two-stroke sportbike rumored to be based on the Honda NSR500 GP racebike. The company isn’t releasing much information but what little it has revealed about the Ronax 500 has certainly piqued our interest.

What we do know for certain is the motorcycle will be powered by a 500cc two-stroke V-4 engine, which sounds like Honda’s racebike of yesteryear. Toss in yellow cloth covering the bike in the teaser images and the fact Ronax plans to produce just 46 units … a color and number closely associated with one Valentino Rossi who won the 2001 500cc Grand Prix world championship on the NSR500.

“A legendary engine makes it comeback! Furious, demanding and impressive as it ever was!” Ronax describes the engine on its website, again offering a hint to the bike’s lineage.

The tightly-wrapped yellow cloth reveals some more hints of the NSR500.

Compare this:

To this:

Note the similar ram air intake on the nose of the fairing. A look at the rear of the Ronax 500 shows the outline of two exhausts on the right and another two under the tail, again resembling the NSR500.

Ronax says its 500 is a true racebike but can be easily configured to make it street legal, hence the mirrors.

The covers will come off on June 8, and we get the first official look at the Ronax 500.

[Source: Ronax]

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Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle Straddles the Line Between Radical and Weird

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 22:23

An Austrian manufacturer is producing a new electric motorcycle that claims to be the first to offer a range of more than 200 km (124 miles.) Sporting a sort of art deco design that some have liken to a snail, the Johammer J1 looks very radical, and some of its technological concepts are as well.

The Johammer concept has been around for a few years now under the name “the Biiista” (the original logo is still visible on the lower edge of the fairing behind the forward footrests.) Produced by Austrian firm Hammerschmid Maschinenbau and design studio Yellow Works, the Johammer J1 looks like what you’d get if you describe a motorcycle to someone who has never seen one before and asked him what you described.

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Two wheels? Handlebars? Streamlined fairing? Check, check and check. But take one look at the J1 and you’ll see very little else that you expect from a conventional motorcycle design. “A Johammer does not only look different, it is different,” reads the Johammer website.

Take the chassis for example. The electric motor mounted into the rear wheel hub might be the most conventional part of the design. The swingarm lines up with the main part of the frame and onwards to the front wheel which uses a hub-center steering system. The suspension dampers are actually housed inside the aluminum frame, making use of the space below the large lithium-ion battery pack. With everything mounted horizontally and low, Johammer says the center of gravity is just 13.8 inches from the ground.

Johammer will produce two versions, capable of a (claimed) maximum range of either 150 km or 200 km (93 miles and 124 miles). The battery carries a nominal 72V with the J1.200 carrying a maximum capacity of 12.7 kWh of juice while the J1.150 holds 8.3 kWh. Johammer claims it takes 3.5 hours to get the 200 battery to an 80% charge while the J1.150 can get there in 2.5 hours. Johammer also claims the battery will last for more than 100,000 km (62,137 miles) and still hold 80% of its original capacity.

The battery powers the 11kW brushless AC motor mounted to the rear wheel. Like most electric motorcycles, the J1 operates on a single gear, carrying a 1:10.15 gear ratio. Johammer claims a top speed of 75 mph.

While most motorcycles have the mirrors mounted on the handlebars, it’s the reverse on the Johammer. The hand controls actually clip onto the mirror stalks that poke up from the fairing. The stalks hide some electrical wiring, as the mirrors have 2.5-inch high-resolution displays that act as the J1′s instruments.

Other features include front and rear pegs, 57.3-inch wheelbase and a 25.6-inch seat height. The J1.150 claims a weight of 350 pounds while the J1.200 weighs a claimed 390 pounds.

Johammer Chief Executive Officer Johann Hammerschmid tells Salzburg.com the company hopes to produce 50 units by the end of the year, with plans to later increase production to 300 to 500 units per year. The J1.150 is priced at 23,000 euros (US$31,773) while the J1.200 goes for 25,000 euros (US$34,536).

[Source: Johammer, Salzburg.com]

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2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring DAir Revealed

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:44

Ducati officially presented the D|Air-compatible version of the Mulitstrada 1200, which claims to be the industry’s first motorcycle wirelessly connected to a wearable airbag. Available only for Europe, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|Air combines onboard sensors and Dainese‘s D|Air Street motorcycle jacket airbags into one integrated safety system.

A joint project between Ducati and Dainese, the Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|Air uses two triple-axis accelerometers mounted to the fork bottoms and another two mounted under the seat with a D|Air electronic control unit. The accelerometers detect potential crash scenarios and determines whether airbags need to be deployed.

If necessary, the D|Air ECU sends a signal to the rider’s D|Air Street jacket to deploy its airbag to provide added protection to the back, chest and collarbone. The entire process takes 45 milliseconds, including 25 ms for the accelerometer algorithm to decide airbags are required and another 20 ms for the airbags to fully inflate.
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The accelerometers can recognize impacts from the front, sides or rear, as well as low-side scenarios. The system also recognizes when an airbag is unnecessary such as a rider losing balance at low speeds or the Multistrada tipping over while parked.

According to Ducati, the D|Air Street reduces the energy of impact transferred to a rider’s body by 72% compared to a standard back protector and 89% compared to a chest protector. The system can be paired with two different D|Air Street jackets, providing protection for both a rider and a passenger.

The D|Air Street jacket (sold separately) is made of Gore-Tex fabric and includes a detachable thermal lining. A pair of 12-liter high-pressure airbags are integrated into the lining along with two “cold” technology gas generators to inflate them. The D|Air system is powered by a USB-charged battery pack that Ducati says offers 30 hours of use and can be fully charged in five hours. The airbag system adds about 3.3 pounds to the jacket’s weight. Dainese says the jackets require a maintenance check every 24 months.

The onboard components add about 2.2 pounds of weight, including the accelerometers and the additional LED display located above the Multistrada’s regular instruments. The green Rider and Passenger LEDs light up to show when a jacket is connected, and flash when a malfunction is detected or there is a problem with the connection. A center yellow D|Air LED lights up to indicate an error with the system or if the batteries in the jackets are running low.

The Multistrada’s round dot-matrix secondary display also displays the jackets’ battery levels and indicates when a maintenance check is required.

At the moment, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|Air is only offered in Europe, where it will arrive in showrooms in May. Pricing is set at €20990 (US$29,000), a premium of €700 (US$967) over a regular Multistrada 1200 S Touring. D|Air Street jackets are not included.

Riders of other motorcycles and brands are out of luck for now, though Dainese says it plans to make the technology available to other manufacturers.

[Source: Ducati]

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KTM Reports Q1 2014 Sales Results

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 21:37

KTM reported a record year in 2013, but the Austrian company does not appear to be slowing down in 2014. KTM claims sales of 32,994 motorcycles over the first three months of the year, an impressive 26.8% increase over the same period in 2013.

Considering KTM sold a record 123,859 all of last year, the impressive start bodes well for another attempt at a sales record in 2014.

Sales revenues also saw an impressive 20.4% increase compared to last year, increasing to €196.9 million (US$272.1 million) from €163.5 million. Even more impressively, KTM reports Earnings Before Interest and Taxes of €14.6 million, compared to €4.1 million last year.

KTM expects further sales and revenue increases through the rest of 2014, thanks to its expansion plans in Asia and South America. In March, KTM opened a new production facility in China with Chinese manufacturer CF-Moto. The facility will assemble 200 and 390 Duke models for the Chinese market.

[Source: KTM; Photo by Schedl R.]

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Isle of Man TT to Air on Velocity Channel

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:41

The Velocity Channel has signed a five-year agreement to broadcast the Isle of Man TT in the U.S.

Velocity, an automotive channel owned by Discovery Communications, will air seven one-hour race shows during Isle of Man TT week, starting with the 2014 event this June. Velocity’s coverage won’t be live; the channel will air its shows within 24 hours of the race, with content tailored for an American audience.

The broadcasting rights were negotiated with North One TV, the British company that has produced coverage of the Isle of Man TT since 2009. North One TV also established new broadcasting deals for the Isle of Man TT with Fox Sports in Australia and ITV in the U.K.

“These three new deals are the cornerstone of our distribution plans,” says Neil Duncanson, chief executive officer of North One TV. “ITV have been excellent partners here in the UK and the figures for the USA and Australia are growing fast.”

Velocity broadcasts in high definition, with a reach of about 45 million homes in the U.S. Check your local television provider for availability.

[Source: Isle of Man TT]

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2014 AMA Supercross – Seattle Results

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:56

Ryan Villopoto won his fifth race of the season while James Stewart took second place to just barely remain in contention for the 2014 AMA Supercross title. Meanwhile it was a bitter-sweet podium for third-place finisher KTM‘s Ryan Dungey who was officially mathematically eliminated from title contention.

Racing in his home town of Seattle, Wash., Villopoto led every lap en route to an easy win, his fifth of the season. The Kawasaki rider could have cemented the championship in Seattle if it weren’t for Stewart’s second-place finish. With two rounds remaining and Villopoto leading Stewart by 48 points, the three-time reigning champion needs to score just three points to take a remarkable fourth consecutive title.

Villopoto took the holeshot, but only just barely, ahead of Dungey through the first corner. It didn’t take long however for Villopoto to pull away. Meanwhile, Stewart began to close the gap with Dungey, pushing his Yoshimura-backed Suzuki into second on Lap 4.

By that point however, Villopoto was about three seconds ahead, a lead he would continue to stretch before completing the full 20 laps with a 12.148-second cushion.

Stewart took several risks, trying to extend his jumps to make up some time, taking some hard landings on his front wheel. Stewart nearly crashed on several occasions, but at this point in the season, he could not afford to hold anything back.

2014 AMA Supercross: Seattle 450 Top Five Results Pos. Rider Manufacturer Time 1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki - 2 James Stewart Suzuki +12.148 3 Ryan Dungey KTM +21.653 4 Eli Tomac Honda +26.672 5 Justin Barcia Honda +35.769

Troy Lee Designs Honda rider Cole Seely led all 15 laps to win the Western Regional 250 class main event. Seely held a lead as wide as 10 seconds before settling for the win 4.569 seconds ahead of points leader Jason Anderson of Rockstar Energy KTM. Kawasaki’s Justin Hill finished third for the final podium position.

2014 AMA Supercross: Seattle 250 Western Regional Top Five Results Pos. Rider Manufacturer Time 1 Cole Seely Honda - 2 Jason Anderson KTM +4.569 3 Justin Hill Kawasaki +6.853 4 Dean Wilson Kawasaki +22.543 5 Jessy Nelson Honda +24.929

The 2014 AMA Supercross Championship heads back across the continent to East Rutherford, N.J., with Villopoto holding a comfortable cushion needing just an 18th-place result to clinch the title. Stewart still has a mathematical shot at the title but barring a dramatic shakeup, the title belongs to Villopoto.

450 Class Top Five Standings 250 West Class Top Five Standings Pos. Rider Manufacturer Points Rider Manufacturer Points 1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki 318 Jason Anderson KTM 178 2 James Stewart Suzuki 270 Cole Seely Honda 170 3 Ryan Dungey KTM 267 Justin Hill Kawasaki 139 4 Ken Roczen KTM 249 Dean Wilson Kawasaki 138 5 Justin Barcia Honda 214 Cooper Webb Yamaha 121

[Source: AMA Supercross]

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2014 WSBK Calendar Updated Goodbye Russia, Hello Qatar

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:07

The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and the World Superbike Championship released an updated schedule for the 2014 season, dropping the Sept. 21 Russian round and tentatively slotting Qatar in the season-ending Nov. 2 round.

WSBK promoter Dorna and its Russian partners DWO and YMS Promotion released a statement saying the Moscow Raceway round was cancelled as a result of the political tensions between Russia and the Ukraine. Event organizer hope Moscow Raceway will return for the 2015 season and the remainder of its contract with WSBK which runs until 2021.

Meanwhile, the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar, has tentatively been added to the calendar, taking the previously labelled “Overseas” round scheduled for Nov. 2. The Doha round is still subject to final confirmation however, but if all the pieces fall into place, it will host the WSBK and World Supersport classes.

Provisional 2014 WSBK Calendar:

Date Country Circuit WSBK WSS STK Feb. 23 Australia Phillip Island X X April 13 Spain Aragon X X X April 27 The Netherlands Assen X X X May 11 Italy Imola X X X May 25 U.K. Donington X X June 8 Malaysia Sepang X X June 22 Italy Misano X X X July 6 Portugal Portimao X X X July 13 U.S.A. Laguna Seca X Sept. 7 Spain Jerez X X X Oct. 5 France Magny Cours X X X Oct. 19 South Africa Phakisa (To be confirmed) X X Nov. 2 Qatar Losail X X

[Source: WSBK]

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2014 WSBK – Aragon Results

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:35

Reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes put on a clinic this weekend, leading every lap in both races to claim a pair of wins at Spain’s Motorland Aragon circuit.

Sykes’ Kawasaki teammate Loris Baz was right there with him, recording a pair of second-place podiums to give Team Green a pair of one-two finishes. Sykes and Baz were also one-two in the Superpole qualifying on this nearly flawless weekend for the Kawasaki factory team.

Race One

Sykes led from the opening corner while Baz slotted behind in second and Ducati‘s Davide Giugliano in third. Giugliano and Baz swapped positions a couple of times in the first three laps, which helped Sykes build on his lead.

Baz and Giugliano continued their duel the rest of the race until the final lap when Honda‘s Jonathan Rea jumped into the fray, passing Giugliano on the long straight heading into the final corner. Seeing one final chance for the podium, Giugliano tried to squeeze through on the inside but ran into Rea and slid onto his side. Rea remained upright and held on for the final podium position while Giugliano was able to remount, finishing well back in fifth.

BMW Motorrad Italia rider Leon Camier was the highest-finishing EVO class rider, crossing the finish in 12th place. The Bimota Alstare team made its debut in Aragon with Ayrton Badovini edging out Kawasaki’s factory EVO rider David Salom for 13th while his teammate Christian Iddon made his WSBK class debut finishing 17th. The Bimota BB3 is still awaiting full homologation approval however, so neither results were official and Badovini did not receive the three championship points his result would have earned.

2014 WSBK Aragon Race One Top Five Results Pos. Rider Motorcycle Time 1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R - 2 Loris Baz Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R +4.275 3 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR +8.418 4 Chaz Davies Ducati 1199 Panigale R +15.715 5 Eugene Laverty Suzuki GSX-R1000 +19.305 Race Two

Track temperatures rose in the afternoon for the second race, increasing from the 16-degree temperature of the morning race to 90 degrees for Race 2. The warmer temperatures didn’t change the start however, as Sykes again shot off to an early lead with Baz on his tail.

The heat did seem to help Aprilia‘s Marco Melandri who complained about tire issues in Race One. Melandri was sixth after the first lap but established a strong pace and worked his way up to third by Lap 9.

The gap between the three lead riders closed on the final laps. Baz momentarily took the lead but Sykes grabbed it back, with Melandri following him into second. Melandri saw an opening on the final lap, moving into the lead but braked wide on the final corner, allowing both Sykes and Baz to slip through.

Salom was the top EVO rider, finishing 10th overall. Badovini once again was fast enough to score points, finishing an unofficial 12th for Alstare Bimota.

2014 WSBK Aragon Race Two Top Five Results Pos. Rider Motorcycle Time 1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R - 2 Loris Baz Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R +0.338 3 Marco Melandri Aprilia RSV4 Factory +0.470 4 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia RSV4 Factory +5.429 5 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR +8.861 After Two Rounds

Sykes jumps into the championship lead thanks to his Aragon double with Baz four points behind in second. Guintoli drops down to third, just ahead of his Aprilia teammate Melandri.

The 2014 WSBK Championship continues April 27 at the TT Assen Circuit in the Netherlands.

2014 WSBK Top Five Standings after Two Rounds Pos. Rider Team Points 1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 75 2 Loris Baz Kawasaki 71 3 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia 64 4 Marco Melandri Aprilia 49 5 Jonathan Rea Pata Honda 48

[Source: WSBK; photos by respective race teams]

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GEICO Set to Return as AMA EnduroCross Title Sponsor

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:22

Fans of EnduroCross are quite familiar with the GEICO name, and they’ll continue to see the name since the company has re-signed as the title sponsor of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil.

Beginning as a presenting sponsor of the series in 2007, GEICO became the title sponsor in 2008 and will retain that notoriety through the end of the 2014 season. GEICO’s relationship with EnduroCross doesn’t end with sponsorship, though. The company plays an active role in the promotion of the sport assisting the expansion of the indoor off-road racing series to new venues in more cities. For example, GEICO’s support helped to include two new cities in the 2014 season, which increases the number of rounds from seven to nine events.

“AMA EnduroCross is a fast-paced, high energy sport that embraces the competitive racing spirit,” said Ted Ward, GEICO vice president of marketing. “2014 marks the eighth year that GEICO has participated as a title sponsor, so we are excited to be a part of the EnduroCross Championship, which provides a great opportunity to connect with some very passionate race fans.”

The opening round of the will coincide with the Monster Energy Supercross finals weekend on May 2nd. The GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship’s finals will be held this year on November 22nd in Ontario, CA. Additionally, the X Games Enduro X event in Austin, TX will contain a points-awarding event for the AMA EnduroCross Championship.

2014 GEICO AMA EnduroCross, fueled by Monster Energy Schedule:
May 2, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada. Orleans Arena (Friday Night)
June 6, 2014 – Austin, Texas. X Games, Circuit of the America’s
June 21, 2014 – Sacramento, California. Sleep Train Arena
August 23, 2014 – Atlanta, Georgia. Gwinnett Center
October 4, 2014 – Denver, Colorado. National Western Complex
October 11, 2014 – Salt Lake City, Utah. Energy Solutions Arena
October 18, 2014 – Everett, Washington. Comcast Arena
November 15, 2014 – Boise, Idaho. Ford Idaho Center
November 22, 2014 – Ontario, California. Citizens Business Bank Arena

For more information,  visit www.EnduroCross.com. [Source: Source Interlink Media]

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New England Air Museum Motorcycle Show

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:12

On Saturday, April 19, 2014, the New England Air Museum and Murdercycles will host its inaugural motorcycle show in Windsor Locks, CT. Go check out show bikes in 13 classes: Best Military Motorcycle, Oldest Running Motorcycle, Best American Pre WWII, Best American Post WWII, Best Custom Built, Best Café Racer, Best British Pre 1960, Best British Post 1960, Best European Pre 1960, Best European Post 1960, Best Japanese Pre 1980, Best Japanese Post 1980 & Best Competition.

As you would expect for an event like this, live music, food and motorcycle vendors will be on the scene to make the day more enjoyable. If you have an interest in aircraft as well as motorcycles, mosey on over to the museum’s Restoration Hangar see a P–51D Mustang RacerBurnelli CBY–3 Loadmaster and several vintage engines.

For ticketing and show entry forms, go to www.neam.org or contact Ray Luce at mudercycles@hotmail.com, or by phone at (860) 916–1693.

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