Shake off the winter doldrums at Daytona Bike Week, one of America’s biggest motorcycling events, running March 7-16. The 73rd running of the Daytona 200 is a big draw, but it’s just one of the events being held through the week. Other highlights include the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona featuring Craig Vetter and the Bike Week premiere of the acclaimed film “Why We Ride.”
Here are just some of the events planned for the 2014 Daytona Bike Week.March 7 and 9 All-Star National Flat Track Series Steve Nace Promotions presents this AMA-sanctioned dirt-track competition. Action starts with a half-mile race at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Pooler, Ga., followed by a half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in De Leon Springs, Fla. For more information, visit http://www.stevenaceracing.com March 8-9 Moose Racing Mud Mucker GNCC The 2014 AMSOIL AMA Grand National Cross Country season kicks off at Mud Muckers Off-Road Riding Park in Bunnell. For more information, visit http://www.gnccracing.com. March 8, 10-11 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series and
AMA Daytona Bike Week Hole Shot Series Amateur dirt-track racers compete at Olgethorpe Speedway Park to earn points for the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships on March 8 and again on March 10-11 with half-mile and short-track competition at Volusia Speedway Park. For more information, visit http://www.stevenaceracing.com March 8 AMA Supercross Ryan Villopoto leads the AMA Supercross Championship heading into Daytona International Speedway’s infield. Tickets are available at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com March 9 Daytona Flat Track Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway presents amateur short-track racing at the Daytona Flat Track just outside Daytona International Speedway. For more information, call (530) 906-2104. March 9-10 Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross After the pros are done, amateur racers get their turn in Ricky Carmichael’s AMA-sanctioned race. For more information, visit http://www.racedaytona.com March 9-10 Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross After the pros are done, amateur racers get their turn in Ricky Carmichael’s AMA-sanctioned race. For more information, visit http://www.racedaytona.com March 10 Alligator Enduro The Daytona Dirt Riders hosts one of the country’s oldest enduros, with pro, semi-pro, sportsmen and amateur competitions at the Strickland Ranch on US 1 north of I-95. For more information, visit http://www.daytonadirtriders.com March 13 “Why We Ride” The AMA sponsors the Bike Week premiere of the acclaimed documentary “Why We Ride”. The screening is free for all AMA members at 7 p.m. at the Paragon Ocean Walk hteatre. Tickets are available in advance at http://events.constantcontact.com/ March 13-14 Daytona Flat Track The 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season begins with intense-bar-to-bar short-track action at Daytona International Speedway. For more information, visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com March 14 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona Yamaha presents the Breakfast at Daytona fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame faturing Craig Vetter, 7 a.m. at the Daytona 500 Club in the Daytona International Speedway. Tickets are available at http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org March 14-15 Daytona 200 The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season begins with the 73rd running of the Daytona 200 featuring the AMA Daytona Sportbike class. For more information, visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com March 14-15 AMA Pro Road Racing While the Daytona 200 is the main event, AMA Pro Racing’s other classes take to the banked corners of Daytona International Speedway with AMA Superbike and Supersport racing as well as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series. For more information, visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com March 15-16 Cross-Florida Adventure Ride Dual-sport and adventure riders star in the dual round of the Husqvarna AMA National Dual Sport Series and Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Ride Series. For more information, visit http://www.dixiedualsport.com
Four U.S. senators representing both the Democrat and Republican parties introduced new legislation that would prevent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from funding checkpoints that specifically target motorcyclists.
The new bill – S.2078 – would put a stop to NHTSA‘s Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstration Program which provides states with federal funding for traffic checkpoints that stop only motorcyclists. The checkpoints allow law enforcement to inspect motorcycles and determine if they meet state standards ranging such as noise levels, tire conditions and handlebar lengths.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who introduced S.2078, argues the practice is discriminatory, unfairly picking on motorcyclists who already have to meet the same registration and licensing laws as other motorists, and stop at the same sobriety check points.
“These checkpoints unfairly target motorcycle riders who already have their vehicles inspected and registered just like all motorists,” says Shaheen. “We don’t have checkpoints that stop cars to check their tire pressure and we shouldn’t for motorcycles either.”
Cosponsor Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) echos Shaheen’s comments.
“Motorcyclists shouldn’t be pulled over simply because they’re driving a motorcycle and not a car,” Ayotte said. “It doesn’t make sense to use federal money to pay for discriminatory motorcycle-only checkpoints, and I’m pleased to see bipartisan support for the rights of motorcyclists.”
A similar bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) in 2013. H.R.1861, also known as the “Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act“, is currently in the hands of a subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee.
Another Wisconsin politician, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R) is a cosponsor to S.2078, argues the NHTSA-funded checkpoints violates riders’ rights and freedoms.
“Wisconsin can boast of hundreds of thousands of responsible and law-abiding motorcycle riders on America’s roads,” says Johnson. “To them, safety is as important as scenery, so I’m deeply concerned the establishment of these checkpoints unfairly, and perhaps unconstitutionally, violates their personal freedoms and rights. The NHTSA grant program in question is a one-size-fits-all approach, will not address the primary causes of motorcycle accidents, and should be stopped.”
Another cosponsor, Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), argues the checkpoints are a waste of taxpayer funding that can have an adverse effect on states’ economies.
“Requiring bikers to drive through motorcycle-only checkpoints is not only an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars, but it also raises legitimate questions about discrimination against motorcyclists. In West Virginia, bikers travel near and far to drive on our winding roads and enjoy the beautiful scenery, which attracts tourism and helps boost both our local and state economies,” Manchin said. “As a Harley owner myself, I am pleased to work with my colleagues on this bipartisan legislation that simply would prohibit yet another senseless and unreasonable federal regulation which could harm states’ economies.”
A couple of states have recently held motorcycle-only checkpoints during popular events that attract a lot of riders. In 2011, Georgia used NHTSA funds to stop riders on their way to Florida for Daytona Bike Week while officials in northern Virginia staged similar checkpoints during Rolling Thunder. Utah officials also held checkpoints for riders leaving Miller Motorsports Park when it hosted a World Superbike Championship round.
The American Motorcyclist Association has long stood against the practice of funding motorcycle-only checkpoints. The AMA argues the money is better spent supporting rider safety programs
“During the past two years, federal, state and local governments spent more than a half million dollars on motorcycle-only checkpoints,” says Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “The AMA believes that money could be better spent supporting programs that conduct rider education, reduce distracted driving and encourage motorist awareness of motorcycles.”
[Source: AMA, Senator Shaheen]
Chinese manufacturer CFMoto has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency for the alleged illegal import of more than 12,000 vehicles and insufficient control of gasoline vapors in approximately 1,000 vehicles.
CFMoto and its U.S. distributor, CFMoto Powersports, agreed to pay a combined civil penalty of $725,000 for allegedly importing more than 12,000 motorcycles and off-road vehicles between 2007 and 2013 without certification from the EPA. Of those vehicles, 993 units had uncertified fuel tanks that the EPA says do not properly contain gasoline vapors and approximately 1,400 vehicles were imported without emission control information labels.
Under the terms of the settlement, CFMoto agreed to recall the 993 units and replace their fuel tanks with new, certified tanks that meet the legal standard for gasoline vapors. CFMoto will also provide emission control labels on the 340 units still within the company’s possession that did not have them.
“Enforcing emission standards is a critical way we protect clean air for all Americans,” says Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “The upgrades and changes required by today’s settlement will help reduce harmful air pollution that can cause respiratory illnesses, aggravate asthma and lead to smog.”
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Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has announced that they will be expanding their presence on the AMA Superbike grid. Along with partnering with Amsoil and Hero to support Pegram Racing’s Foremost Insurance entry, they will field an Amsoil/Hero entry for Cory West to compete in the AMA SuperBike in 2014. The new entry will campaign EBR’s 1190 motorcycles as Team Amsoil/Hero, and are joined by additional sponsors Shorai, K&L Supply and Foremost Insurance.
According to Erik Buell, having an 1190RX in the hands of Larry Pegram, running the Foremost Insurance livery was one thing, “but we were really hoping to continue the tradition of an Amsoil/Hero EBR bike on the grid. With the additional support of Shorai, K&L and Foremost, we have been able to put that together as well.” Pegram and West will be pitted next to each other this season and their partnership will go far in the development of the EBR 1190RX.
The 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season begins March 13-‐15, 2014, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. A total of five events are scheduled with a possible sixth event being added in the upcoming weeks. Confirmed events are as follows:
March 13 - 15 -‐ Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 30 - June 1 -‐ Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
June 21 ‐ 22 -‐ Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.
July 19 ‐ 20 -‐ Mid-‐Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
September 13 ‐ 14 -‐ New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.
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Earlier this week, we uncovered Kawasaki‘s design trademark for a naked version of its 250cc single-cylinder Ninja RR Mono. It now looks like Kawasaki isn’t the only Japanese manufacturer with a small-displacement naked model on the way.
Honda has registered a trademark on the design for a new motorcycle that appears to be a naked CBR300R or CBR250R. Registered with the European Union’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market on Dec. 20, 2013, the design at first glance resembles the Honda CB500F, especially with its single headlight design.
Upon closer inspection however, we see the design varies significantly from the CB500F, especially the telltale single pipe exiting the engine suggesting just the one cylinder. Look at the renderings next to a picture of the CBR250R without its fairing and we can see a similar engine, frame and wheel design as the entry-level sportbike.
Here’s a detailed rendering from the trademark filing:
And here’s the stripped-down CBR250R. See the similarities?
We’ve long been expecting Honda to release a naked version of the little CBR ever since the company first introduced the 250 in 2011. Last September, we broke the story about allegedly leaked internal Honda document that revealed several model names including the VFR800F, CTX1300, CBR650F, CB650F and a redesigned CBR250R. In the ensuing months, we’ve seen all of those models come to light, including the revamped 250 and a new CBR300R for developed markets.
The only new model from that document yet to be revealed was the CB250F, which leads us to believe that will be the name Honda will use for this new model, with some markets likely getting a 286cc CB300F.
There’s no indication when Honda will official announce this new naked model, but we expect to hear something soon.
Things have been fairly quiet of late with German manufacturer Horex. We’re still waiting for Horex to produce the supercharged version of its VR6 Roadster, not to mention the eventual expansion to North America. That’s why we’re glad to hear about the latest motorcycle to come out of Augsburg, Germany, the Horex VR6 Cafe Racer 33 ltd.
Following the original VR6 Roadster and the VR6 Classic, the new Cafe Racer shares the same 1218cc engine with twin offset banks of three cylinders arranged in a 15-degree V configuration. Horex claims an output of 125 hp at 8500 rpm and 88.5 ft-lb. at 7000 rpm, matching the Classic’s numbers but down from the Roadster’s claimed 158 hp and 101 ft-lb. As its name implies however, Horex will only produce a limited run of 33 units, each priced at €33,333 (sensing a theme here?)
Designed with the help of German parts developer LSL Motorradtechnik, the Cafe Racer shares the same frame as the original Roadster, but with a leaner, deeper cut seat that Horex says makes it easier for the rider to shift his weight. Horex removed the standard Roadster’s rear fender while trimming the front fender.
A lower CNC-machined triple-clamp and footrests pushed 10 mm back create a more aggressive riding position with a low horizontal profile highlighted by the new tail cover.
While the Roadster and Classic models come with 48mm WP forks and Sachs monoshocks, the Cafe Racer is equipped with an Ohlins 43mm fork and TTX36 rear shock. Ohlins also supplies the 16-way adjustable steering damper. Brakes are the same Brembo four-piston monobloc calipers and 320mm disc up front and two-piston rear caliper with 264mm disc at the rear. Like the other Horex models, Bosch 9MB ABS comes standard.
Okay, maybe it’s not a real bear, nor is it an actual monkey, but “Bear Riding a Monkey” is as apt a description as any. What we have here is a video about a bear mascot in Japan riding a Honda Monkey. Why? Because it’s Japan. Perhaps a bit of background is necessary.
The bear is Kumamon, the official mascot for Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture. Created by the local government in 2010, Kumamon is a big part of Kumamoto’s tourism industry, with the bear featured prominently on local advertising, landmarks and trains. Kumamon’s popularity has spread beyond the Prefecture and is now recognized throughout Japan.
Kumamoto is also home to one of Honda’s motorcycle factories, which led to the production of a three-part video series about Kumamon riding a Honda Monkey bike.GA_googleFillSlot("MCL_com_Pre-Roll");
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The first two parts (part 1 and part 2) show Honda giving Kumamon his (her? Its?) own 50cc Monkey motorcycle and touring the factory where it is assembled. In the third and final part, Kumamon finally takes the Monkey out for a spin. The first half of the video recaps the other two videos, so feel free to skip ahead to the 1:45 mark to see this bear ride.
Needless to say, we don’t recommend anyone putting on a bear costume and riding a motorcycle (the huge feet would make shifting difficult while the thick mitts would hinder braking), and we’re pretty sure that helmet isn’t DOT approved, but we’re always happy to see new riders enter the sport. Even if they are Japanese bear mascots.
During the upcoming Daytona Bike Week, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will reveal its official 2014 Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes Victory motorcycle and matching Epiphone guitar for the first time. This annual sweepstakes is a chance for one fan to ride off on a Ness-customized Victory Motorcycle, complete with a matching Les Paul Studio Epiphone Guitar.
The Victory Motorcycle factory display at the Daytona International Speedway will showcase the bike and guitar March 8-16, and rally-goers are encouraged to stop by the free display to register for this sought-after prize package. No purchase is necessary to win this bike and guitar, just register to win. If you can’t make it to Daytona, you can register online at www.BuffaloChip.com. The Buffalo Chip will award the bike and guitar to the sweepstakes winner during its annual Motorcycle and Music Festival this August.
“This year’s bike is loaded up with the best of the best from Arlen Ness,” exclaims builder, Cory Ness. “We started at the front with our new Beveled 23” billet wheel, 6 degree raked trees and a 23” Ness front fender. We added some Ness ape hanger handlebars and Fusion grips to give the bike some additional attitude. We also stretched the tank to accept the custom leather seat from Le Pera. The rest of the bike is covered in Ness Beveled accessories. I’m confident this bike is going to make someone very, very happy.”
The Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes bike and guitar both feature matching custom paint jobs courtesy of award-winning painter, Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios. With a traditional design in mind, “I immediately thought of ‘California Kid,’ a traditional iconic hot rod from the ’70s. It was a ’34 Ford that was black with orange flames and white pin stripes. I didn’t think you could get much more traditional than that. The guitar and bike will be both a basic black with a pearlized orange flame and a white stripe, and the custom guitar is named the ‘California Kid.’”
Those interested in registering for the Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes following Daytona Bike Week may do so on the Buffalo Chip website or by visiting participating rider-friendly businesses. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will randomly select one fan to receive the Victory motorcycle and Epiphone guitar on the main stage during its 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. For more information or to enter online for a chance to win, visit www.BuffaloChip.com
With Daytona Bike Week only days away, Victory Motorcycles has released its events schedule for the riding season opener. Naturally, these activities will cater to current and prospective Victory owners. The good folks at Victory want you to be part of the family.
The hub for all of the manufacturer’s Bike Week activities will be the all-new Victory Display at the Daytonal Int’l. Speedway. With daily hours from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on March 8–15, riders will have plenty of time to check out the 2014 Victory line and even take a gander at the 2015 Victory Gunner.
If you’ve already got the motorcycle, then Victory offers its Fit Stop to fondle accessories and gear. Since this tactile interaction usually leads to purchases, the items will also be available for pickup on the spot. Other Victory vendors will be showing off their wares at the display, too. Attendees can register to win a Victory Gunner.
The display area will be the location for meet and greets with the legendary Ness family and the ever popular “Gunny,” the Victory rider, actor, and retired U.S. Marine Drill Instructor otherwise known as R. Lee Ermey. Stop by on March 12 from 11:00 AM-noon and 3:00–4:00 PM or on the 13th from 11:00 AM-noon and 2:00–3:00 PM to see what Gunny has to say. For the Ness’ schedule, stop by the display or check out the Victory website.
Other Victory activities include demo rides and the amazing Victory Police Motorcycle riding team, who will show what a patrol duty equipped Victory is capable of performing. Look for the free Victory Demo Rides are outside the backstretch of Daytona Int’l. Speedway. Enter at Gate 70 off Midway Avenue, or take a free tram from the vendor midway.
The Fuel Your Day with Victory free breakfast on Tuesday, March 11 will take place from 9:00–11:00 AM. All you need to do to chow down is register for a Victory Demo Ride.
The 5th Annual Victory Custom Bike Show takes place at Volusia Motorsports located at 1701 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 Wednesday, March 12 from 3:00–4:00 PM. Registration begins at 1:30 PM. Go for the bikes but get food truck food and live music, too.
Victory will be pulling out all the stops for Victory owners at the Victory Bike Night at HT’s Pub 44 on March 11 and Victory Bike Night at BJ’s Brewhouse on the 13th. Victory owners get VIP parking, food specials and giveaways.
Finally, two special events for Victory riders will round out the week on Friday, March 14. First, the Victory Owners Ride will take Victory owners on a silt-guided tour from Volusia Motorsports to the Blue Grotto in Daytona Beach for the Victory Owners Lunch. Preregistration is available.
Steve Menneto, Polaris VP Motorcycles sums up the Bike Week schedule by saying, “Victory is going to keep riders busier than ever throughout Daytona Bike Week with the new Victory Display, Victory Bike Nights, and special events exclusively for Victory riders…We plan on making this the best Bike Week ever.”
More women than ever before are choosing motorcycling as their way to unwind and de-stress from their busy lives. Latest motorcycle ownership numbers, just released by the Motorcycle Industry Council, show female motorcycle owners rose to 12.5 percent up from 10.5 percent in 2009.
“More than ever, women need a way to unwind, disconnect and de-stress from their busy, on-the-go lifestyles,” says Genevieve Schmitt, founder and editor of the leading resource for female motorcyclists, WomenRidersNow.com. “My readers tell me riding a motorcycle does wonders for their soul as being out on the open road re-charges their mental batteries while helping them find clarity and peace of mind.”
“I’m a busy realtor in one of the most desirable areas of the country, Scottsdale, Arizona,” says 56-year-old Jan Kane. “Motorcycling is my way of unwinding from my busy life. Feeling the wind of my face and getting out in nature on the open road helps to slow me down enabling me to prioritize and focus on what’s really important. Riding is far better for me for de-stressing than a day at the spa.”
Ashly Holland, 33, of Livingston, Mont., started riding last year. “If you told me I would feel this good by simply riding a motorcycle, I’d have started years ago. I actually spend less time mentally unwinding on a massage table now that I have a motorcycle,” she laughs.
“It seems counterintuitive to think that riding a motorcycle could have such mental health benefits,” says Schmitt, “but talk to any woman rider and she’ll agree riding is far more powerful at creating balance in one’s life (excuse the pun!) than one would imagine.”
Finding sponsors for U.S. racing might be next to impossible, but this isn’t the case elsewhere, as Movistar, a telecommunications arm of Spanish company Telefonica, has signed on to be the title sponsor for the Factory Yamaha MotoGP team for the next five years. Short of the 20-year relationship between Honda and Repsol, this comes as one of the more significant sponsorship deals in recent memory.
The Movistar name might sound familiar to some, as it was also a long-time supporter of Honda in MotoGP and development programs for up-and-coming racers (Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner among many). This marks a return to top level race sponsorship for the brand after a brief hiatus, and the partnership with Yamaha — Honda’s chief rival — comes at a good time for the tuning fork company, as the team has lacked a title sponsor for a few years.
Starting from the first race of the 2014 season, the team will be known as the “Movistar Yamaha MotoGP” Team and riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will embark on their title challenge under the floodlights of Qatar on March 23rd under this name.
The Movistar brand will feature prominently on all team assets (YZR-M1, riders’ leathers, team uniform, pit-garage, trucks, hospitality) for the next five years.
The new official team logo is made public today but the full 2014 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team livery will only be unveiled on Wednesday March 19th in Losail, Qatar, just before the opening race.
Lin Jarvis – Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing
“This is a big day for the sport. We are delighted to be able to welcome the Movistar brand back into the world of MotoGP in such spectacular fashion. Dedicated fans of motorcycle racing will know that Movistar has a strong history in the sport, and in the past they supported many talented young riders who later evolved to be the top stars in the MotoGP class. We are therefore honored that they chose Yamaha as their partner to re-enter motorcycle racing.
The 5-year partnership provides an incredibly stable platform for both parties to fully exploit the relationship and make plans not just in the short-term but also strategically over a longer period. Their long-term commitment is also a strong sign of confidence in the sport and provides reassurance to the other sponsors and partners involved with our team. We also believe the activation and promotion that Movistar will bring will also help to raise awareness and interest in our championship from brands not yet involved in MotoGP. The Movistar announcement is the last and most significant of our planned sponsor agreements for this season. We are delighted to have such a full portfolio of premium brands now onboard with us as we make final preparations for our 2014 title challenge campaign.
We’re keen now to get to the start grid under the floodlights and kick off our title challenge together!”
Dante Cacciatore – Director of Communication and Customer Experience, Telefónica Spain
Movistar is coming back to MotoGP; this moment is going to be one of the most important landmarks for our company history in 2014. Even though the adrenaline and engine sounds and even the smell of the gasoline and the support of the fans are yet to flow through our veins it’s impossible for us to be much more excited. This return couldn`t have been a better kick off.
We have decided to join Yamaha Factory Racing as a travel partner to embark on the same journey together. The team has achieved nine world championship titles and holds two magnificent world champions in Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
To speak of Yamaha is to speak of motorcycling, and not only that. It is to speak of the essence of teamwork at its best and the passion of proudly waving a flag of true racing heritage in front of a passionate crowd who support on each turn and on each straight. These values are identical to those we share at Movistar. It is a huge honor to belong to this new family that we receive with open arms. We are hungry and really looking forward to seeing the start lights go out in Qatar. Now is the time to live this dream; welcome to Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
“I am so happy with this announcement and the arrival of such a big, key sponsor as Movistar. This is an enormous partner that is not just Spanish like me but also that shares a big history in the past of the motorsport, especially in motorcycling. Now they’re back in MotoGP and more importantly, they have made a perfect marriage with Yamaha!
It’s great to see such an important company as Movistar make a return to motorcycle racing with such a large scale sponsoring activity. I know we can have a great journey battling for the championship alongside them and looking into the future we will do a great job together to achieve loads of success. Welcome Movistar again to this amazing sport that we love, and of course welcome to the Yamaha family!”
It’s really a great pleasure to know that Movistar will be joining Yamaha Factory Racing in MotoGP. I am also very happy that Yamaha have a new title sponsor! It will be a very important season for me and for Yamaha. We have always been very motivated but this news has brought new enthusiasm and this is a very positive thing. At this time the team is very busy in the pre-season tests, we are working very hard because we want to make a fantastic season. This goal I believe is important for our new sponsor. We will definitely try our best to be protagonists at every race. I give my best wishes to Movistar for this new adventure!
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Those Aussies sure know how to have fun. Feeling the need to reconnect with nature, the Sydney Cafe Racers (SCR) threw caution to the wind, grabbed whatever bike they could find, and headed to the hills. This short film, Aftershock, says SCR, “is all about backyard racing on inappropriate bikes.”
The premise of Aftershock is simple. “Inspired by Dirt Quake in England and the Australian flat track scene, Aftershock is a private event held in Sydney by the Sydney Cafe Racers. It is all about laughter, cracked ribs, stupidity and friendly racing. A weekend of mud, bikes, bands, beers, tents and shenanigans.”
Sounds like our kind of event!
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As we’ve written about in the past, CTEK battery chargers and maintainers have come in very handy for many motorcycle riders. While we’d have no problem recommending you spend your hard earned money on one, free is certainly better.
For your chance to win some free CTEK goodies, head over to Facebook.com/SmarterCharger and enter the CTEK Living Life Fully Charged Contest. All you have to do is “like” the Facebook page and upload a picture of yourself with your motorcycle. The contest is open until March 31, 2014.
1st place- CTEK MUS 4.3 Test & Charge Battery Charger/Maintainer
2nd place- CTEK MUS 3300 Battery Charger/Maintainer
3rd place- CTEK Battery Status Indicator Eyelet
Full contest rules and regulations are posted on the Facebook page.
In January news broke that Larry Pegram would be teaming up with Erik Buell Racing to race the 1190RX in AMA Superbike. At the time no official photos were revealed, but that’s all changed as Pegram posted these pictures of his completed 1190RX in full race livery on his Facebook page.
These photos were captured during team testing in Florida, and the colors show off the all-American design motif. A white base color is wrapped with red and blue ribbons throughout. Stars placed within the blue stripe finish off the homage to the American flag. It’s a good looking design, though personally, red, white, or blue wheels would make the 1190RX really stand out.
Pegram, with help from long-time sponsor Foremost Insurance, will be competing on his fourth different brand of motorcycle in as many years, having previously raced with Ducati, BMW, and Yamaha. But with Erik Buell’s resurgence onto the sportbike/racing scene, and his commitment to World Superbike, having one of his bikes represented in the domestic series is good for the sport.
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Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries occasionally happen when something goes tragically wrong on a motorcycle. Former 250cc Motocross World Champion Heinz Kinigadner and Red Bull have teamed up to create the Kini Red Bull Collection of high-end MX gear. Proceeds from each sale directly benefits the Wings For Life Foundation, whose mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
Heinz Kinigadner was one of the top riders in the Motocross Grand Prix World Championships during the mid-1980s. He was the F.I.M. 250cc Motocross World Champion in 1984 and 1985 while riding for the KTM factory racing team. After his motocross career, Kinigadner began competing in off road races such as the Paris to Dakar and Incas rallies. Being the first Austrian World Motocross Champion, racing on the Austrian KTM, made him a national hero in his home country. His reputation allowed him to be the first motocross rider to be sponsored by Red Bull.
Heinz’s brother Hans had an accident in 1984, and his son Hannes also came off his bike in 2003. Both injured their spine and are paraplegic. After his son’s injury Mr. Kinigadner and the owner of Red Bull decided to create the “Wings For Life Foundation.” The Kini Red Bull collection is one of the very few ways that retailers and consumers can purchase casual wear featuring the Red Bull logo. The premium priced gear will be limited in availability, with high end materials and construction.
Availability in the USA is very limited. Below is a list of current Kini Red Bull retailers:
1178 University Blvd.
Rexburg, ID 83440
2346 South Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83705
26860 Jefferson Ave.
Murrieta, CA 92562
6275 S. Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Motorcycle Supercenter of Laredo
3105 San Dario Ave.
Laredo, TX 78040
4622 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95841
South Bay Motorsports
1890 Auto Park Pl.
Chula Vista, CA 91911
6400 W. 20TH Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33016
3180 NW 72nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33122
Kawasaki has registered a design patent for what appears to be a naked version of its recently revealed 250cc single-cylinder Ninja RR Mono. While the Ninja RR Mono (also known in some markets as the Ninja 250SL) is produced for the Asian market, the new design is registered with the European Union’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, making it more likely to arrive in western markets.
The detailed design renderings reveal many clues indicating this is a naked version of the RR Mono. The exhaust design and engine appear identical to those of the single-cylinder Ninja. The frame also appears identical to the steel trellis Kawasaki designed specifically for the RR Mono. The headlight design also appears to be similar to the single lamp design on the faired Single.
The patent document does not provide any indication what this new model will be called, but our guess is it will be called the ER2n, following a similar naming pattern as the ER6n which is the naked version of the Ninja 650. We expect Kawasaki to make an official announcement later this year, likely close to the fall motorcycle show season for Intermot in October or EICMA in November.
A Pro-Am style, three-round professional motorcycle racing series is set to debut in 2014, run in conjunction with AFM, America’s oldest club racing organization. This according to a press release from Sonoma Raceway, which will also be hosting the first stop of the three-round series, May 3-4.
Hosted and sanctioned by AFM, a full field of Pro Superbike and Pro Sportbike professional riders and teams are expected to compete in the event. The weekend will include Pro Superbike and Pro Sportbike main events, as well as a full schedule of amateur races.
The entry list will include a who’s-who of the country’s top motorcycle road racers, including J.D. Beach, Cameron Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff , Jake Zemke, and three-time Superbike Champion Josh Hayes.
The pro-am style event is part of a new, three-round series started by racer, team owner, and magazine publisher John Ulrich. The event in Sonoma was made possible when AFM opened its special 60th anniversary weekend to the concept of running alongside Superbike and Sportbike classes. The series will also include stops at Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) and Miller Motorsports Park (Tooele, Utah). The group is currently working on a television package for the series.
Professional riders will run practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday, with 18-lap main events slated for Sunday afternoon. AFM groups will be on the track before, in between and after the Pro Superbike and Pro Sportbike sessions and races, and the entire event is open to the public.
Racers and organizers alike are excited about the series, which brings motorcycle racing much closer to the heart of the motorcycle industry in America.
Says Josh Hayes, ”From a racer’s perspective, I’m excited that someone has put in the effort to give us racers the opportunity to spend more time racing our awesome Superbikes. A big thank you for that,” said Hayes, who rides the #4 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. “We’ve always had good crowds at Sonoma Raceway. It’s one of the best tracks we go to in the country and one that’s always brought me a lot of success.”
Meanwhile, Ulrich was equally hopeful for the series, born from a need for more racing on the left side of the country. “When I learned that there were no national-level professional road races scheduled west of the Mississippi River for the 2014 season, I realized that I had to try to make something happen,” said Ulrich. “This event is the first step, and is modeled after the successful formula used by British Superbike. I’d like to thank the AFM, the club I started racing with in 1973, for working with me on this effort to rebuild our sport in the United States.”
“This is probably the coolest thing that I have been able to be involved with since I’ve been the president of the club,” said AFM President Berto Wooldridge. “It fundamentally changes the landscape of AFM racing to have a signature event at our home track that brings in AFM amateurs and semi-pro and pro riders from across the country.”
The event also has the support of Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty, who has embraced the idea of creating more road racing events in the western United States.
“First and foremost, we want to race,” said McCarty.”That’s the simple reason that we’re going to Sonoma Raceway. But, more importantly, we’re glad that our fans in the western part of the country will be able to see us. And we’re also happy that our fans, and fans of all motorcycle road racing in general, will have additional exposure to our team sponsors. Everyone is excited about our involvement – our riders, our crew members, our sponsors – and we’re sure our fans will be as excited as we are. We’re looking forward to being a part of it.”
Likewise, Sonoma Raceway president, Steve Page, was understandably optimistic about the new series. “We are delighted to welcome the country’s top motorcycle road racers back to Sonoma Raceway. This is an excellent addition to the AFM race weekend, and I know it will be very well received by the many two-wheel racing fans in Northern California.”
For more information on the AFM weekend at Sonoma Raceway, May 3-4, visit www.afmracing.org. Tickets will be available at the gate for $25; children 12 and under are admitted free and parking is free.
Tour Master, and sister brand Cortech, have released new jackets for 2014, all well under $250. The Tour Master line consists of the Saber Series 3, Jett Series 3, and Draft Air jacket, while Cortech’s latest is the GX Sport 3 jacket. Keep reading for details on each.
Saber Series 3 ($159.99, pictured above)
The Saber Series 3 is a dependable touring jacket with 600 denier Carbolex construction. The three-quarter-length shell features a Rainguard waterproof and breathable barrier. The soft microfiber collar feels nice against the neck, while the zippered chest, sleeve, and rear exit vents provide plenty of ventilation. It features a host of straps, zippers and velcro to ensure a snug fit, and the removable CE-approved armor at the elbows and shoulders, combined with the triple-density back protector help absorb impact in a fall. Complete with a zip-out quilted liner and a plethora of pockets, it’s ready to go anywhere. Available in Black/Black, Red/Black and Silver/Black in sizes S-3XL.
Jett Series 3 ($169.99 adult, $144.99 youth)
The Jett Series 3 is a lighter-duty touring jacket, but still retains many of the same features as the Saber Series 3, like the 600 denier Carbolex shell, Rainguard waterproof and breathable barrier, microfiber collar, shoulder, sleeve, and rear exit vents. Reflective piping completely surrounds the jacket for better visibility at night, and adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep help keep the armor in place. Speaking of which, the Jett comes with elbow and shoulder armor, and a triple-density back protector. A zip-out, quilted liner and a number of pockets mimics that of the Saber. Available in Black, Blue, Red, Silver and Steel Blue, it comes in both adult and youth sizes.
Draft Air Jacket ($159.99)
The Draft air is perfect for the summer months, as its armor-link mesh material combined with 600 denier Carbolex in impact areas creates a well-ventilated garment that helps keep rider protected. Phoslite 360º reflective piping and Tour Master’s signature reflective rear triangle help increase nighttime visibility, while removable CE-approved armor at the elbow and shoulders also features an articulated triple-density back protector for impact protection. The draft air comes with a waterproof, removable liner, and a slew of pockets. Available in Black, Blue, Red and Silver in men’s sizes: S-3XL.
Cortech GX Sport 3 Jacket ($224.99)
Cortech, Tour Master’s more sporty sibling, brings us this GX Sport 3 jacket. Designed with the sport rider in mind, the performance-cut, 600 denier Carbolex shell incorporates 1680 denier ballistic polyester material in elbows and shoulders. The sleeves are also pre-curved for greater comfort in the riding position. Soft microfiber trim in the Mandarin-style collar feels nice against the neck, while a Rainguard barrier keeps the jacket waterproof and breathable. Waterproof zippered chest vents combine with sleeve vents and rear exhaust vents to provide flow-through ventilation. Reflective piping helps you been seen at night. Impacts in a fall are partially absorbed by CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders, combined with a triple-density back protector. Also equipped with a quilted liner, numerous pockets, and zips for compatible pants, it’s available in men’s sizes: XS-4XL and tall sizes MT-3XT.
For more information on these jackets and the rest of the Tour Master/Cortech line, visit www.helmethouse.com.
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Lonnie Hannah is more than just a rider, he’s the Sr. Layout Designer for Indian Motorcycle. A lifelong motorcyclist, he currently calls his — wait for it — 2005 H-D Heritage Classic his pride and joy. But Lonnie can’t wait for the day he can roll an Indian Chief alongside his Harley, and to show his loyalty and excitement for the rebirth of Indian, he has chosen to do something rather permanent: get a tattoo.
Hannah’s design of choice is an old Indian Scout tank badge, which he had inked on his arm — right next to his Harley-Davidson tattoo. So while Lonnie may be working at Indian and riding a Harley, clearly, he likes the position of not having to choose between the two. Learn more about him and follow his story below.
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The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has named Dennis McNeal as the new chair of its board of directors. McNeal, the vice president of motorcycle operations for Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A., will take over the chairman position from Mark Blackwell, the retiring vice president of Polaris Industries.
McNeal (pictured standing above in the dark shirt) will lead the industry trade association’s board of directors along with returning vice-chair Jon-Erik Burleson of KTM-North America. Larry Little of Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group was elected as the board’s new secretary and treasurer.
“I’m honored to be elected as the chair of the MIC, just as the organization begins its second century of vital work preserving, protecting and promoting motorcycling,” says McNeal. “This is an exciting time for the industry’s trade association, with great potential ahead, and an excellent team of veterans and fresh talent on the board and among MIC staff assembled to take on challenges and opportunities.”
Blackwell was appointed as chair in 2013 but is retiring from both the MIC and Polaris. After a successful career as a racer in the ’70s and three decades as an executive with Husqvarna, Suzuki, Arctic Cat and Polaris, Blackwell says he will be devoting more time to his wife Patti and son Brett.
“Mark Blackwell was, and will remain, a tremendous asset to the MIC,” says McNeal. “His vast industry experience, genuine enthusiasm and leadership skills were greatly appreciated over the past year, particularly as the MIC embarked on expanded initiatives such as the new class of MIC membership for dealers and retailers nationwide.”
The MIC Board of Directors also welcomes the addition of Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles with Polaris, Sarah Schilke, marketing and public relations at Schuberth North America to new two-year terms on the board. Little was also reappointed to another two-year term.
They join the following continuing board members:
- Hans Blesse, vice president, BMW Motorrad USA
- Steve Bortolamedi, senior communications manager, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.
- Russ Brenan, senior advisor, government relations and public affairs at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
- Don Emde, owner/president of Don Emde, Inc.
- Frank Esposito, president at Kendon Industries, Inc.
- Robert Gurga, vice president, motorcycle division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
- Steve Johnson, of Tucker Rocky Distributing