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Erik Buell Racing closes, company assets up for bid

Publish Date:    Apr 15, 2015EAST TROY, Wis. - Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has ceased operations and gone into receivership, and is seeking state protection similar to bankruptcy, according to a published report."The turn we recently took, after we thought we were moving forward, was unexpected. We thought we had secured funding, but in the end, we were not able to get the funding in place. Therefore we need to do the best we can under the circumstances for all parties in interest," Buell said in a statement to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.EBR was a follow-on to Buell Motorcycle Co., which was owned by Harley-Davidson Inc. for more than a decade before Harley dropped the brand in 2009.The company is closed for now, Buell said, and is seeking protection under a state statute which is similar to federal bankruptcy law. Attorney Michael S. Polsky will be the court appointed receiver at the company's request. Bids will be solicited for the company as part of the Chapter 128 process, with the winning bid to be determined by the court.EBR started by producing hand-built $40,000 and was adding the mass-production 1190RS superbike with a price tag closer to $19,000.Buell invested his own money into the new venture, the in July 2013, Hero MotoCorp., the largest motorcycle manufacturer in India, bought a 49.2 percent stake in the company, which had 126 employees."To say this setback is a disappointment does not begin to express what I feel right now," Buell said. "I am personally grateful for the support of our outstanding workers, customers and vendors. While this is a sad ending, I personally hope for a new and better beginning."

Yamaha recalls 3,500 Viking VI SxS for loose rear wheels

Publish Date:    Apr 17, 2015WASHINGTON, D.C. -Yamaha is recalling about 3,500 Viking VI side-by-side vehicles because the rear wheels can loosen.If the wheels become loose, it could cause the rear end of the vehicle to wobble or the wheels may come off entirely, resulting in a crash, injury or death hazard, the OEM told the Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries had been reported.The recall involves the 2015 model year YXC700DF (Viking VI), YXC700DHFH (Viking VI Hunter), YXC700PF (Viking VI EPS) and YXC700PHFH (Viking VI EPS Hunter) SxS vehicles sold between June 2014 and March 2015. Yamaha advises consumers to stop using the vehicles immediately and take them to their dealership for repair.

Yamaha recalls 4,900 new models for transmission fix

Publish Date:    Apr 9, 2015WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Yamaha is recalling a number of 2015 model year vehicles, saying they may have an incorrectly manufactured shift cam segment stopper with a sharp edge on the inside of the bend instead of a smooth radius. As a result, the stopper can crack and possibly fracture at the sharp edge, the OEM told NHTSA. If the stopper fractures, the transmission in these units may not shift properly.Yamaha is advising owners not to operate the vehicles until a repair can be made. Units involved in this recall include about 4,900 models manufactured from Sept. 1 to Nov. 17, 2014, from the following lines:
  • FJ-09 (FJ09F/FC; see image)
  • FZ-09 (FZ09F/FC)
  • FZ6R (FZ6RF/FC)
  • Super Tenere (XTZ12F/FC)
  • Super Tenere ES (XTZ12EF/EFC)
  • R6 (YZF-R6).
Affected units must have the shift shaft assembly replaced with a new one that has a properly manufactured shift cam segment stopper, Yamaha informed dealers

Monster Energy Kawasaki Terminates Davi Millsaps' Contract !

  April 17, 2015  Monster Energy Kawasaki has terminated its agreement with Davi Millsaps effective immediately. Unfortunately this means our factory race team will not be competing at the final three rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross season but we will be cheering on our 250SX support team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki as well as TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed and Josh Grant in the 450SX class. With Wil Hahn continuing to recover from his injury, we are working hard on our motocross program and the factory team is looking forward to getting back to the track for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season opener at Hangtown on May 16.150417 kawasaki millsaps-anaheim

88-year-old Marine Veteran of Battle of Okinawa on 6,000-mile Cross Country Motorcycle Ride to Publicize WWII 70th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend in August

Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive coalition to honor legacy of "Greatest Generation" with events throughout country, international wreath layingRICHMOND, VA - April 16, 2015  E. Bruce Heilman, an 88-year-old veteran of the Battle of Okinawa and chancellor of the University of Richmond, Virginia, is embarking on a 6,000-mile motorcycle ride across America to help raise public awareness about the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II that will be commemorated throughout the country this summer.Heilman will travel through more than 20 states during a monthlong coast-to-coast tour that begins on Thursday, April 23, when he departs from the Marine Base at Quantico in Virginia and travels cross country to San Diego where he received his basic training before being shipped out with 800 fellow Marines to fight in the final battle of the war in 1945. On Mothers Day (Sunday, May 10) he will be escorted by a group of bikers from San Diego to Las Vegas to begin his return trip to Washington, DC where he will join the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and ride in the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25.E. Bruce Heilman, an 88-year-old veteran of the Battle of Okinawa"This is a very special Memorial Day for me," said Heilman. "More than 14,000 young Americans lost their lives during the 83 days of the Battle of Okinawa 70 years ago. It is important that we never forget them as we honor the Gold Star families of all eras who have paid such a price for the freedoms we too often take for granted."Heilman will be making several whistle stops along the way, including a visit with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad who is encouraging his fellow governors to support a nationwide 70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend on August 14 - 15 - 16, which will include events in Times Square, flyovers by WWII aircraft, rallies of Rosie the Riveter lookalikes, '40's style swing dances and concerts, and an around the world wreath laying ceremony honoring America's "greatest generation."Heilman will also visit the national headquarters of the American Legion when he rides through Indianapolis en route to the nation's capitol. The American Legion Riders, which has more than 100,000 members throughout the country, are providing logistical support to help assure the success of Heilman's ride.Heilman is undaunted by the prospect of riding solo for long distances on 1,000 pounds of bike and gear. Last year he traveled more than 10,000 miles from Virginia to Alaska and back to honor his late wife, Betty, who gave him his first Harley on their 50th anniversary when he was 72, telling him that he was finally old enough to have a motorcycle.A lifelong educator, Heilman hopes that the youth of America will actively participate in this year's 70th anniversary commemoration and carry forward the legacy of his generation."I am confident that today's youth have the same qualities of character and potential for greatness as my generation," said Heilman. "There are plenty of big challenges facing them."For updates on Chancellor Heilman's Memorial Day Ride, please call (408) 857 5252 or visit Donations to support the Ride are welcome encouraged, and are tax deductible.

BMW of North America issues a Recall for 43,426 motorcycles

27 03 2015WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 27, 2015 RECALL Subject: Rear Wheel Mounting Flange may CrackReport Receipt Date: MAR 11, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V141000 
Component(s): WHEELS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43,426All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle MakeBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWModelHP2 ENDUROHP2 MEGAMOTOHP2 SPORTK 1200 GTK 1200 RK 1200 R SPORTK 1200 SK 1300 GTK 1300 RK 1300 SR 1200 GSR 1200 GS ADVENTURER 1200 RR 1200 RTR 1200 SR 1200 STModel Year(s)20062008 - 20092008 - 20102006 - 20082006 - 200820072005 - 20082009 - 20102010 - 20112009 - 20112005 - 20102006 - 20102007 - 20102005 - 201020072005 - 2007
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLCSUMMARY: 
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 R1200GS and R1200RT, 2006-2010 R1200GS Adventure, 2007-2010 R1200R, 2007 R1200S and K1200R Sport, 2005-2007 R1200ST, 2008-2009 HP2 Megamoto, 2006 HP2 Enduro, 2008-2010 HP2 Sport, 2005-2008 K1200S, 2006-2008 K1200R, K1200GT, 2009-2011 K1300S, 2010-2011 K1300R, and 2009-2010 K1300GT motorcycles. In the affected motorcycles, the rear wheel mounting flange may crack if the rear wheel mounting bolts are overtightened.CONSEQUENCE: 
If the rear wheel mounting flange cracks, the mounting bolts may loosen and the rear wheel may not remain secured to the motorcycle, causing a loss of stability and increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: 
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing aluminum rear wheel flange with a steel one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 21, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.    

Craigslist scammers troll Portland dealer

Mar 25, 2015PORTLAND, Ore. - As if it wasn't hard enough to run a business, a dealer in Portland is reportedly dealing with a scammer that trolled him and left his phone ringing off the hook.According to local media, recently a lot of angry customers started calling Harris Katz, owner of Motorcycle Warehouse, claiming they were duped when they tried to buy a motorcycle from Craigslist. But Katz never listed one on the site."Every hour I'd get one or two calls about this same thing and it was the same back story about this guy who is overseas storing this bike for him and they want to know how much it's going to cost to ship it," Katz told KOIN.The callers wanted to buy a 2013 Honda Gold Wing California Side Car Viper Trike, which Katz said someone else posted for sale on Craigslist. The listing required a customer to pay a specific European transportation company called Paul Marsden Transport and Warehouse Services to ship it. But the contact information on the transport company site led to Katz, and the site disappeared altogether after KOIN tried to make contact. One buyer sent $5,000 before the scam was uncovered.

Permanent Harley-Davidson plaza in Sturgis underway

Mar 25, 2015STURGIS, S.D. - Harley-Davidson is cementing its name in Sturgis - literally. The city of Sturgis and Harley Davidson are breaking ground on a new downtown plaza named after the Motor Co., part of a long-term partnership that also renames a city street after the company.
Officials from the city and motorcycle company break ground on the new Harley-Davidson Rally Point March 25.
The plaza will cover more than 11,000 sq. ft. and is meant to serve as a hub for riders during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and a gathering place for the public during the rest of the year. It also will include a stage for events, concerts and weddings, and an elevated area for riders to take photos on their motorcycles with the iconic "STURGIS" sign as the backdrop.Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen told KLDT the plaza solidifies Harley's presence in the city.
Harley plans to have the plaza ready for this year's rally, which is the 75th anniversary.The bricks are coming via a Historic Brick Ride, in which HOG members relay them from dealership to dealership until they get to Sturgis."Sturgis is a mecca for riders around the world. The Harley-Davidson Rally Point establishes a new site in downtown Sturgis for people to gather year round," said Bill Davidson, great-grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson and vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum. "The renaming of 2nd Street to Harley-Davidson Way honors the legacy of our company's founders along with all the extraordinary men and women who ride our motorcycles."Seventy-four bricks from the company's Milwaukee headquarters, a building that once housed the company's factory dating back more than 100 years, and one brick from the Harley-Davidson Museum will be integrated into The Rally Point's final construction. As part of the ceremonial groundbreaking, the bricks traveled 900 miles from Milwaukee on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and were delivered to Carstensen by members of the Harley Owners Group. Carey Hart, motocross star and 2015 Grand Marshall of the Sturgis City of Riders Mayor's Ride, received the bricks with Carstensen. 

AGV launches AGVisor clear-to-dark transition shield

Mar 23, 2015COSTA MESA, Calif. - AGV's latest piece of technology is the AGVisor, an LCD helmet shield that transitions from clear to dark with the click of a button. It is slated for availability to U.S. dealers in April of 2015, after the homologation process is completed.The visor utilizes a liquid-crystal display to change from clear to dark in less than one second. A small, built-in rechargeable battery powers the AGVisor. The system is designed so it can be easily operated while riding, even when wearing gloves.The AGVisor can be fully charged in two hours, and when fully charged, it can be used in dark mode for 12 hours. If the battery's charge is depleted, the shield returns to clear.The AGVisor will be available as an accessory for AGV's Pista GP, Corsa and GT-Veloce models.

Mustang gives love to FL Touring models with new LowDown Solo

Publish Date: Mar 27, 2015THREE RIVERS, Mass. - Mustang's newest Solo seat for touring bikes, The LowDown Solo, was specifically engineered for 2009-2015 Harley-Davidson FL Touring models to give riders a lower seat height without compromising on comfort, the company says."Touring riders asked, Mustang listened," said Director of Business Development Marilyn Simmons. "Now riders can be lower on their FLs without compromising long-distance comfort."The Solo's 13-inch-wide bucket is shaped and angled for optimal touring posture on the go, according to Simmons. "But the real bonus is the fact that the LowDown really does drop the rider down closer to the ground. The Solo seat is also cut narrow at the front so you can plant your feet firmly on the ground at a stop."Available with or without studs, riders can opt for chrome studs or really bring on the bling with black pearl-centered chrome studs. It can be paired with a Mustang passenger seat.The LowDown seats also come with slotted mounting nuts and Mustang's mini bib for a custom look. "For even more long-distance comfort, add Mustang's fully adjustable, easily removable driver backrest," Simmons said. "Bottom line for the LowDown: it puts your butt closer to the ground, without being a pain in the posterior... or your wallet!"

Bill to repeal Tennessee helmet law defeated

Mar 27, 2015NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee senate committee voted to keep a lid on it March 26, voting down a bill that would have repealed the state's helmet law for adults 21 and older.The Automobile Club of America opposed the repeal, saying it would lead to more highway deaths. A survey AAA conducted in October found 91 percent of Tennesseans were in favor of the current helmet law.Garry Griffith, Griffith Cycle, told WTVC he had a close call on a motorcycle and a helmet saved his life. "Well they'll save your life. You've got nothing between you and the road and they've saved my life before."

Bomb threat disrupts business at Florida shop

Mar 27, 2015NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - 
Life got a little too exciting at Paradise PowerSports March 25, when an unknown person called in a bomb threat, forcing police to close the shop for several hours for an investigation.The threat was reported just after 8 a.m., deputies told WKMG.Authorities said the caller claimed to have placed 10 bombs around Paradise Power Sports and made a threat to law enforcement that any officers who responded would be shot. Officers said they didn't encounter any threats once they arrived, and they didn't find any bombs.

Honda 2016: First announcement features IRS-equipped ATVs

Publish Date:   Mar 17, 2015 TORRANCE, Calif. - Honda launches its 2016 new model announcements with a slate of full featured ATVs, all featuring Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). FOREMAN RUBICON
The 2016 Foreman Rubicon with IRS accommodates tough trails to long days in the saddle, Honda said. The 500-class engine, 4X4 and IRS are standard on all models, and two transmission choices are offered: conventional (the only manual shift IRS on the market, Honda added), and Automatic DCT. Deluxe models with cast aluminum wheels and red A-arms and springs are available. Depending on model, colors available include red, olive, Phantom Camo and black.  The Rubicon will be available starting in June for a base MSRP of $7,799. FOREMAN 4X4
The Foreman 4x4 swingarm models (see image, right) return with choices between manual and electric shift, and standard and Electric Power Steering. All come standard with a locking front differential. Colors include red, olive, Phantom Camo and a new orange option. The Foreman 4x4 will be available in May for a base MSRP of $7,099. RANCHER
The "ATV of the Year" 420cc Rancher is available with a number of features: swingarm rear suspension or IRS, EPS, manual shift, push-button Electric Shift Program, automatic DCT, and two or four-wheel drive. Depending on model, colors include red, white, Phantom Camo, olive and blue. The Rancher will be available in May/June, according to Honda, with a base MSRP of $5,199. RECON
The 250-class Recon with 2WD is still offered in two models (one with a conventional foot-shift transmission and the other with Honda's ESP), and for 2016 gets updated emissions equipment and a new, easier to use reverse/parking brake, Honda said. Green joins red when it comes to color options. The Recon will be available in July; price was not disclosed at press time. TRX250X
The air-cooled TRX250X featuring Honda's SportClutch now comes in white, with a red/white special edition model with red suspension springs and hubs. All have black frames. The unit will be available starting in July; price was not yet disclosed. TRX90X
Younger ATV riders have the TRX90X with push-button electric starting, smooth power delivery, clutchless transmission and a keyed ignition switch, Honda noted. The littlest FourTrax gets big ATV styling inspired by the TRX450R. It comes in red and will be available in August for a yet-undisclosed price.

Indian recalls 2015 Scouts for brake master cylinder problem

Publish Date:    Mar 16, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Indian Motorcycle Co. is recalling about 800 model year 2015 Scouts manufactured from May 12, 2014, to Feb. 13, 2015, to inspect and possibly replace the rear brake master cylinder, NHTSA announced. A defect identified with the rear brake master cylinder, manufactured for Indian by Zhejiang Jingke Auto Parts Co. Ltd. of China, could cause the motorcycle to have a reduction or a complete loss of rear brake power. Affected are 2015 Scout N15MSA00AA, N15MSA00AH, N15MSA00AR, N15MSA00AS, N15MSA00BA, N15MSA00BH, N15MSA00BS, N15MSA00CA, and N15MSA00CS motorcycles. "In some vehicles, the piston retaining ring in the rear master cylinder may not fully seat into the machined groove in the master cylinder bore," Indian told NHTSA. "If this were to occur, the vehicle may experience an inability to generate fluid pressure to the rear brake caliper." According to Indian, a machining or assembly error made by the component manufacturer may have located the piston retaining groove in an incorrect location. "If this was made the retaining ring would not be fully secured," the OEM stated. This in turn would cause the master cylinder to slowly migrate out of the bore during operation. "The rear brakes would gradually become softer and brake pedal travel would gradually increase." Indian said it received warranty claims on Jan. 15 and Feb. 18 related to the problem but that neither incident resulted in an accident or injuries. Dealers are asked to inspect and if necessary replace the rear brake master cylinder free of charge. 

Harley-Davidson will lay off 169 Kansas City workers this summer

Publish Date:    Mar 13, 2015 MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Harley-Davidson Inc. will lay off 169 people at the company's Kansas City, Mo., plant starting in May. In a notice filed with the Missouri Department of Workforce Development, Harley said the layoffs are effective May 11. The company told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the layoffs are anticipated to continue through Sept. 30 and reflect production needs and the outsourcing of work performed in the Materials Velocity Center and some related sub-assembly work. "This is not easy news to share and was a decision made after careful analysis and consideration given to our long-term manufacturing and business strategy," the company said. Harley manufactures Dyna, Street and V-Rod motorcycles at its Kansas City plant that employs about 750 people. There are no layoffs planned for the company's Wisconsin plants or the York, Pa. operation, Harley-Davidson said. A Wells Fargo  analyst wrote that the layoffs indicate some demand weakness for the products produced (Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod) at the facility. "We applaud HOG's inventory discipline, but this action will likely be perceived as a short-term negative by investors," reads the WF note.

Kawasaki recalls more police bikes for modification problems

Publish Date:    Mar 12, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kawasaki is recalling about 200 Concours 14 and 14 ABS motorcycles from the 2009-13 model years that are modified for police authority use. Additional police accessories may cause the 30-amp main fuse to blow, and the additional police wiring harness may chafe, leading to a short which may blow the main fuse, according to the recall announcement from NHTSA. Number of vehicles affected: 194, according to the notice. Affected vehicles have replacement equipment installed and related modifications made by Beaudry, Enforcement Motors and BMS, Kawasaki told the agency. This recall is related to a March 2012 determination by Kawasaki that the equipment installed by the three companies contained safety-related defects, the OEM said. Kawasaki has notified the affected police departments and will send trained personnel to repair the motorcycles, free of charge.

Utah Senate approves expanding ATV road access

Publish Date:    Mar 11, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The state Senate voted Monday to let street-legal ATVs on more roadways and at higher speeds. The bill, SB 258, passed by a 21-4 vote and was sent to the House. The bill would allow "street-legal" ATVs on any state roads or highways outside of Salt Lake County other than interstate freeways. It would also increase the maximum speed limit for the vehicles from 45 to 50 miles per hour.  Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said he supports SB 258. "In general, as long as they are street-legal, street-compliant, and adhere to all the same lights, emissions [requirements] as any other vehicle, and they can maintain the speed of the traffic flow, I personally don't have a problem with it. I mean, you look at the size of a motorcycle or moped, they're pretty small, but they're street legal," he told the Park Record. "Anybody that's riding in a moped or an street legal ATV vehicle, wear your seatbelt, be safe out there," he said. A House vote would have to happen before Utah's legislative session ends March 12 or the bill dies until the next session.

Harley-Davidson recalls LED Bullet Turn Signal Kits

Publish Date:    Mar 9, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Harley-Davidson Motor Co. is recalling an estimated 2,476 accessory LED Bullet Turn Signal Kits manufactured from May 31, 2011, to Dec. 16, 2014, and sold for installation on 2012-and-later Dynas and 2011-and-later Softails. The affected Turn Signal Kits may not flash brightly enough to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment," according to the announcement made by NHTSA. Insufficient illumination of the turn signal can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers are asked to replace the turn signals with updated and compliant ones, free of charge. Control module firmware has been udpated to conform to the photometric requirements for turn signals as specified in FMVSS 108, the Motor Co. stated. Moreover, the firmware for the control module was updated for all parts built after Dec. 16, the OEM noted. Harley-Davidson's number for this recall is 0619.

Smith donates 'On Any Sunday' bike to AMA Hall of Fame

Publish Date:    Mar 9, 2015 PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame legend Malcolm Smith's 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross from the iconic motorcycling movie, "On Any Sunday" will become a permanent installation at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Smith donated the motorcycle, previously loaned for display at the Hall of Fame, so it would continue to promote motorcycling. "Many remember 'On Any Sunday' as the reason they started riding," Smith said, "and I continue to hear it today. Whenever I'm at a motorcycle event, people always tell me that watching me enjoying riding so much in the movie was the reason they got into bikes, and they're so happy they did. I always ask them what their lives would have been like if they hadn't discovered motorcycles. They can't imagine it," Smith said. Many remember this Husqvarna 400 as the motorcycle that inspired their love of riding. Now, fans can admire this historic machine for posterity as a part of the permanent collection of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio. "A true legend of motorcycling, Malcolm Smith is one of the Hall of Fame's most recognizable members," said AMA president and CEO Rob Dingman. "We're humbled and inspired by this memorable gift. Like Malcolm himself, this Husqvarna has launched many motorcycling dreams, and we're honored to give it a permanent home in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame." Soon, fans will be able to learn more about Malcolm in the upcoming Malcolm! The Autobiography, which will include an entire chapter on "On Any Sunday." For information, see 

EPA, Customs operation nets hundreds non-compliant ATVs, motorcycles

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection today were showing off more than 730 ATVs, motorcycles, generators and other items seized or exported back to their country of origin for emissions certification violations.The haul was the result of a 90-day joint operation targeting foreign-made vehicles and equipment imported without proper emission controls in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. EPA estimates that the noncompliant vehicles and engines in these enforcement cases would have emitted more than 350,000 pounds of pollutants per year."Small engines mean big emissions, so we have to be extra vigilant when allowing their entry into our country," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "This initiative marks a new chapter in our efforts to prevent air pollution from vehicles and engines."Under the joint operation, EPA conducted inspections at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and worked with CBP to investigate companies that had previously imported engines and vehicles. The inspections found that numerous companies imported vehicles and engines without proper certification, EPA said.The eight cases announced today are expected to result in the subject companies paying more than $57,000 in civil penalties. Because the companies involved are first-time violators, penalties will significantly rise if they violate Clean Air Act regulations again, the agency added. EPA and CBP will continue to work together to scrutinize future imports of mobile sources of emissions.According to EPA allegations:
  • Dynamic Power Equipment Inc. 
imported 145 uncertified gasoline or tri-fuel generators that either were not covered by an evaporative emissions certificate or contained catalysts that did not conform to the description in the application for certification. EPA required the company to export the generators in violation out of the country.
  • Kandi USA Inc.
 imported 64 uncertified ATVs and go-karts. The off-road vehicles also contained catalysts that did not conform to the description in the company's application for certification. EPA required the company to export all ATVs and go-karts in its inventory that were in violation out of the country.
  • Dongfang Motor Inc.
 imported 52 uncertified ATVs. EPA required the company to export all ATVs in violation out of the country.
  • Alliance Powersports Inc. imported 36 uncertified gas-powered highway motorcycles that were not covered by an EPA certificate of conformity that shows that the vehicles meet applicable federal emissions standards and requirements. The company was required to export all motorcycles out of the country.
  • Denebola Motor Sports USA Inc. imported 14 uncertified highway motorcycles and did not have the correct documentation or engine labeling to demonstrate appropriate use of the vehicles. The company demonstrated that the motorcycles were imported for research and development, and not to be sold for on-road use and were provided with the necessary exemption information.
  • Sanven Corp. imported 52 uncertified outboard engines and 55 uncertified small spark-ignition engines. EPA required the company to export all 107 engines out of the country.
  • Nan Fang Distribution Group LLC imported 26 uncertified compression ignition engines. The engines, imported as parts, lacked the proper emissions certifications and labels. The engines ranged in horsepower and could be used in trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine applications. Nan Fang was required to export all engine models in its inventory that were in violation out of the country.
  • Vantage Vehicle International Inc.
 imported 21 uncertified non-road vehicles such as mini trucks, whose catalysts did not conform to the description in the company's application for certification. The company was required to submit a report to EPA correcting its application for certification.
EPA Region 9 said it will continue inspections with CBP at the ports on a monthly basis.

Polaris buys Chinese ATV maker Hammerhead

Publish Date:    Feb 19, 2015MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - Polaris Industries Inc. has agreed to buy Hammerhead parent company HH Investment Limited, which manufactures gas-powered go-karts, light utility vehicles, and electric utility vehicles in Shanghai, China. The transaction is expected to close within the next 90 days. The terms were not disclosed.The company markets its products globally under the Hammerhead Offroad brand, along with maintaining key private label relationships with other OEMs."Hammerhead provides Polaris with a unique opportunity to expand both our international manufacturing footprint and our armada of off-road products," said Scott Wine, Polaris chairman and CEO.  "We are impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation of the Hammerhead team, and look forward to pursuing new customers in new markets with their high-quality and low-cost off-road vehicles. We are excited to establish Polaris' operational footprint in China and believe the opportunities for further international growth are significant."Hammerhead's main manufacturing operation is in Shanghai, near Polaris' Chinese subsidiary. Hammerhead also has an operation north of Dallas, Texas, responsible for light assembly and sales distribution of its products in North America. Hammerhead will continue to market its products under the Hammerhead brand and operate under its current leadership structure as a stand-alone entity."I am thrilled at the opportunity to make Hammerhead a part of Polaris and its growing portfolio of global brands," said Jerry Qiu, chairman of Hammerhead. "I am very proud of what we have built at Hammerhead. We share the same enthusiasm and passion for off-road vehicles as Polaris and look forward to sharing our mutual expertise as we take our products, engineering and manufacturing skills to the next level."

KTM recalls KTM and Husqvarna enduro bikes for faulty forks

Publish Date:    Feb 13, 2015AMHERST, Ohio - KTM North America is recalling about 2,864 KTM brand and 457 Husqvarna brand motorcycles because of potentially faulty fork pistons that could lead to crashes.The recall involves model year 2015 KTM and Husqvarna enduro motorcycles with 125cc to 300cc, 2-cycle engines and 250cc to 450cc, 4-cycle engines. The bikes were sold at KTM and Husqvarna dealers nationwide from June to October.The front fork pistons on the subject vehicles can become stuck within the fork leg and cause the operator to lose control of the motorcycle and crash. The bikes were manufactured in Austria.Although no incidents or injuries have been reported, consumers have been warned to immediately stop riding the recalled motorcycles and schedule an appointment with an authorized KTM or Husqvarna dealer for a free recall service check. Dealers are asked to make free repairs if needed.KTM is contacting consumers directly.


Vintage dirt-track competitors chase titles in AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series

Recognition acknowledges outstanding motorcyclists Competitors in the most American of motorsports, vintage motorcycle dirt-track racing, will launch their campaigns for AMA National No. 1 plates on March 7 in Savannah, Ga., with the start of the 14-round 2015 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series.150209 AMA Vintage Dirt Track"From the early days of the 20th Century, racers have been battling for glory on America's dirt ovals, and the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series keeps this time-honored sport alive," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "The history of American motorcycling was written by companies who challenged each other for dirt-track racing supremacy, in both original factory Class-A competition in the 1920s and the Class-C production-based format that continues today."The AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series recognizes national champions in period-correct classes that reflect the storied history of AMA dirt-track competition. Class winners are honored at the annual AMA Championship Banquet, which recognizes national champions in all amateur racing disciplines.Class rules and equipment regulations are available The full series schedule is below.The first three rounds of the 2015 AMA Vintage National Dirt Track Championship Series run in conjunction with the AMA-sanctioned amateur dirt-track program that has grown up around Daytona Bike Week.Following Bike Week, the 14-round series travels through Illinois, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin before returning to New York for the Sept. 26-27 finale in Cuddebackville, N.Y.2015 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship SeriesRound 1: March 7 
Oglethorpe Speedway, Savannah, Ga. 
Half Mile 
Steve Nace Racing 
(270) 442-7532 
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 2: March 9 
Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, Fla. 
Half Mile 
Steve Nace Racing 
(270) 442-7532 
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 3: March 10 
Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, Fla. 
Short Track 
Steve Nace Racing 
(270) 442-7532 
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 4: May 2 
Henry, Ill. 
Half Mile 
Steve Nace Racing 
(270) 442-7532 
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 5: May 9 
Tar Heel Speedway, Tar Heel, N.C. 
Short Track 
Tar Heel Speedway 
(910) 258-2272 
tarheelspeedway@yahoo.comRound 6: May 10 
Tar Heel Speedway, Tar Heel, N.C. 
Short Track 
Tar Heel Speedway 
(910) 258-2272 
tarheelspeedway@yahoo.comRound 7: June 12 
Harpursville, N.Y. 
Short Track 
Square Deal Riders 
(607) 725-3069 
www.squaredealriders.comRound 8: June 13 
Harpursville, N.Y. 
Short Track 
Square Deal Riders 
(607) 725-3069 
www.squaredealriders.comRound 9: July 11 
Ashland County Fairgrounds, Ashland, Ohio 
Half Mile 
AMA Racing 
(800) 262-5646 
www.americanmotorcyclist.comRound 10: Aug. 8 
Marion County Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Short Track 
Mid-America Speedway 
(317) 871-4392 
www.midamspeedway.comRound 11: Aug. 29 
Oshkosh Speedway, Oshkosh, Wis. 
Three-Eighth Mile 
Southeastern Short Trackers 
(414) 303-1331 
www.dairylandclassic.comRound 12: Sept. 5 
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill. 
Short Track 
Steve Nace Racing 
(270) 442-7532 
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 13: Sept. 26 
Cuddebackville, N.Y. 
Short Track 
Tri-State M/C Ltd. 
(845) 566-4956 
www.tristateclub.comRound 14: Sept. 27 
Cuddebackville, N.Y. 
Short Track 
Tri-State M/C Ltd. 
(845) 566-4956

Two men sought in dirtbike tire heist

Publish Date:    Feb 9, 2015WATERFORD, Mich.  - Authorities are looking for two men who broke into a Waterford motorcycle shop early Feb. 7 and took off with thousands of dollars' worth of tires and an expensive motorcycle.Dave Bowman, owner of Tech-Care Suspension, toldWXYZ the thieves were on a clear mission when they cut through his fence and back storage facility and stole about 40 dirtbike tires and a customer's 2007 Honda.Motion-triggered alarm sirens woke neighbors who called police to the business around 5:30 a.m. The men had parked by an adjacent apartment complex and trudged through the snow across his test track area to get to his shed.Angela Smith said she and her fiancé saw the suspects loading the stolen tires and bike into their black pickup truck.Bowman and Waterford police arrived just after the suspects had left.

"I'm sure it was somebody that knew us and planned out what they did," Bowman said.The suspects are described as two white males in their 20s with blond hair.
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U.S. Forest Service responds to concerns about dangerous spikes along Western states trails

19 12 2014PICKERINGTON, OH - December 19, 2014 

The U.S. Forest Service has investigated four incidents in which vandals endangered the lives of motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders by burying spikes along trails used by off-highway vehicles and others, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.The spiked strips, which resemble heavy barbed wire, can cause flat tires on motorized vehicles, which could cause loss of control and result in a crash. The booby traps also threaten the safety of hikers and horseback riders and even the wildlife that travel along trail corridors.Two incidents came to the attention of the AMA in May through AMA Life Member Jerry Abboud and the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition. The AMA then began working with COHVCO and Western states politicians to ensure this matter was fully investigated.In September, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) wrote a letter to Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell citing concerns about the dangerous and illegal trail spikes. Bennet's letter was cosigned by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)Joe L. Meade, director of recreation, heritage and volunteer resources at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, responded to the senators on Dec. 8. He reported that the Forest Service received four reports in the past five years - two in Colorado and two in Arizona."These incidents appear to be random acts that were intended to target both non-motorized and motorized trail users," Meade wrote. "We have issued public awareness press releases and have shared the information with the (U.S.) Bureau of Land Management and other state and local law enforcement and land management agencies."Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations, said he appreciates the Forest Service's full investigation of these incidents and hopes that the perpetrators can be brought to justice."The people who plant these spikes are putting at risk the lives of innocent, law-abiding Americans," Allard said. "We join COHVCO, the Forest Service and other groups in urging anyone with information about these crimes to come forward."In May, the Forest Service provided guidelines for anyone discovering booby traps in the trails:
  • Document the location - with latitude and longitude, if available;
  • While at the site, try to report the device to the nearest Forest Service office, which can be found here:;
  • Follow the Forest Service directions;
  • If the Forest Service cannot be contacted, conspicuously mark the site to warn other trail users or carefully remove the device.
The AMA also requests that information be emailed to Please include the location of the device - a description of the device, the date of discovery and any other information deemed important or appropriate.Individuals with information about the found booby traps are asked to leave a message on the Forest Service Law Enforcement Tip Line at (303) 275-5266.

Rolling Stone Releases "40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of all Time"


Indian Motorcycle®, America's first motorcycle company, today announced it has joined forces with Rolling Stone in this week's release of a chronology of the "40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of all Time," exclusively presented by the groundbreaking new2015 Indian® ScoutTM. The compilation by the editorial staff of Rolling Stone identifies the most "monumental musical statements that changed the world."Rolling-Stone-SponsorshipThe chronological listing spans the nearly 60 years from Woody Guthrie's 1940 "Dust Bowl Ballads" to Kanye West's 2008 album "808s & Heartbreak," and includes dozens of groundbreaking albums from the likes of Radiohead, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead."We are proud to align with the folks at Rolling Stone on this seminal project to identify the 40 most important, industry-changing albums dating back to 1940, and we knew our industry-changing 2015 Indian Scout had to be associated with this endeavor," said Scott Meek, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. "The Indian Scout has been around for roughly that same timeframe, and it clearly changed the history of motorcycling and was an important part of American culture. We think the new 2015 Indian Scout is destined to be a monumental motorcycling statement that will change the course of our industry."2015 Indian Scout front sideThe 2015 Scout is the first truly new Indian Scout in more than 70 years, yet its design pays homage to the legendary early Scouts that conquered the infamous "Wall of Death" and notched countless innovations, racing wins, world records and industry firsts along the way. A 1920 Indian Scout earned the title of the "world's fastest Indian" at the hands of Burt Munro in 1967. The new Scout is powered by an all-new, 69 cubic inch, 100 HP V-twin engine that combines the design, performance and reliability elements that made the original Scouts unstoppable and combines it with cutting edge technologies and industry-leading engineering for unparalleled durability and reliability. The 2015 Indian Scout is available at a starting MSRP of $10,999.

Honda Heritage Center: A tribute to the past, a focus on the future

19 12 2014New Museum in Ohio Showcases Honda History in North AmericaMARYSVILLE, OH - December 19, 2014 -
The Honda Heritage Center in Marysville officially opened its doors today, offering the world a glimpse of the innovative history and growth the company has achieved in Ohio and North America during the past 55 years.HHC_C100-Super-Cub"The new Honda Heritage Center is a collection of Honda dreams in the form of products that are responsible for millions of customer relationships," said Takuji Yamada, chief operating officer of Honda's North American regional operations. "The great variety of products on display - including powersports, power equipment and automobiles, as well as aviation and robotics - together with the major milestones highlighted, tell the stories of Honda associates in Ohio and from throughout North America."HHC_Ohio-governorOhio Gov. John Kasich joined Honda officials and state and local community leaders to celebrate the opening of the new $35 million, 160,000-square-foot facility, which includes a museum, Technical Development Center and office space for Honda North America.The new museum, which will open to the public in January, pays tribute to Honda's unique tradition and highlights products and significant milestones in the history of Honda in North America, including a natural focus on the role of Honda's operations in Ohio. A vision to dream big is evident throughout the museum, exemplified by the visible evolution of the motorcycles, automobiles and power equipment on display.  In addition, the space honors groundbreaking new Honda technologies such as a replica of the humanoid robot ASIMO and the HondaJet, which will begin customer deliveries in 2015.HHC_1974-Civic-1In addition to the Honda museum, the building is home to a new Technical Development Center, which is focused on advancing the skills of Honda engineers, equipment service technicians, and production associates involved in auto production at Honda plants in Ohio and throughout North America. This will help prepare Honda and its associates for the 21st century of manufacturing where success will be defined by the successful interaction between associates and advanced technology.According to Tom Shoupe, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Honda of America Mfg. Inc., the Technical Development Center is significant as Honda's North American operations take on an even greater role in the development and production of global Honda models.HHC_racing"Honda is committed to investing in its team of associates and this new training center will allow our associates to continually develop their manufacturing skills so that they can lead the production of critical global models," Shoupe said. "As we introduce more sophisticated technologies in our products and in our plants, we are working to ensure that our associates are equipped with the skills required for the manufacturing demands of the future. We view this investment in Honda people as critical to our future success."Honda Technical Development CenterThe Technical Development Center, supported with a grant from JobsOhio, features five dedicated classrooms and includes robotic manufacturing cells designed to give technicians more hands-on experience. The curriculum provides instruction in basic fundamentals such as fluid power, maintenance math and frequency drives as well as advanced training for specialized areas, such as die molds and machining.HHC_exterior"Honda's Heritage Center showcases this global company's extraordinary growth, including right here in Ohio," said John Minor, JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer. "We are proud that Ohio is home to this impressive facility, which will serve as an important hub for Honda and enhance workforce development in the region."About HondaHonda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet.Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, more than 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts.  A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX supercar.Honda also operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.

Yamaha Recalls YZ250 Competition Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Risk of Injury, Death

19 12 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 19, 2014 
RECALL SUMMARYName of product: Off-road motorcyclesHazard: The engine can lock up during operation, causing a rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash, resulting in injuries and death.Remedy: RepairConsumer Contact: Yamaha at (800) 962-7926 anytime or online and under the Sport tab, subcategory Motorcycles-Off-Road, click on Parts and Service, then Factory Modification Campaigns, then Customer Letter M2014-020R for more information.141219 CPSC Yamaha 2015 model YZ250FFW141219 CPSC Yamaha YZ250RECALL DETAILSUnits: About 875Description: This recall involves model year 2015 Yamaha competition off-road motorcycles with model numbers YZ250FFL and YZ250FFW. The recalled motorcycles are blue and white, and white and red. The model number is on left and right side of the fuel tank cowling. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is stamped on the frame near the steering stem. The letter F in the 10th position of the VIN number indicates that the unit was made in the 2015 model year.Incidents/Injuries: None reportedRemedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha is contacting all registered owners directly.Sold at: Yamaha motorcycle dealers nationwide from May 2014 through November 2014 for about $7,600.Manufactured in: Japan

Triumph is Recalling certain Explorer motorcycles

19 12 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 19, 2014 

RECALL Subject : Side Stand Pivot Bolt may FractureReport Receipt Date: DEC 02, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V765000
Component(s): STRUCTURE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,180All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle MakeTRIUMPHModelEXPLORERModel Year(s)2011 - 2014
Manufacturer: Triumph Motorcycles America, LTDSUMMARY: Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Explorer motorcycles manufactured November 1, 2011, to June 1, 2014. The side stand pivot bolt may fracture.CONSEQUENCE: If the side stand pivot bolt fractures, the motorcycle may fall when parked on the side stand, increasing the risk of injury to someone nearby.REMEDY: Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side stand pivot bolt and lock nut, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2014. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010. Triumph's number for this recall is SB518.


Husqvarna Unveils Exciting New Street Models

4 11 2014First look at the 701 SUPERMOTO and presentation of the
401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN concept bikesMILAN, November 4, 2014
Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to announce that it has unveiled three new street models at the International motorcycle Expo EICMA. With 111 years of heritage in both street and offroad motorcycling, Husqvarna today makes its return to the street segment delivering machinery featuring the finest characteristics - clean bodywork, state-of-the-art technology and functional Swedish inspired design.141104 Husqvarna Motorcycles Press Conference at EICMAHusqvarna Motorcycles Press Conference at EICMAYears of supermoto tradition combined with the finest craftsmanship and unparalleled single cylinder performance are embodied in the all-new 701 SUPERMOTO. Highest quality components and uncompromising engineering provide outstanding levels of agility and handling. The new Husqvarna street model features the latest ride-by-wire throttle control and Engine Management System as well as the most advanced WP suspension dedicated Supermoto ABS and APTC slipper clutch.141104 Husqvarna Motorcycles Press Conference at EICMA -2Husqvarna Motorcycles Press Conference at EICMA145kg and producing 67hp, the 701 SUPERMOTO allows riders to accurately feed power to the rear wheel while enjoying superior levels of stability, safety and enjoyment. The bike will be available on dealer's floor in Autumn 2015.2015 Husqvarna_701_Supermoto_rear_right2015 Husqvarna_701_Supermoto_leftHusqvarna 701 SUPERMOTOWith the unveiling of Husqvarna's new concept bikes, the 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN, we have a small glimpse of what the future street chapters will look like. Inspired by the rebellious spirit of the golden age of the brand in the 60s and 70s, these concept machines are true Husqvarna - high quality motorcycles with a rich sense of heritage.The Husqvarna 401 VITPILEN (Swedish for ‘White Arrow') draws on the DNA of the pioneering 1953 Silverpilen. With a ground-breaking design in its own right - interpreting the functional simplicity of the classic Silverpilen - it combines modern technology, cutting-edge design and high quality hardware to deliver an uncompromised, genuine riding experience for the street.2015 Husqvarna_Vitpilen_front_rightHusqvarna 401 VITPILEN2015 Husqvarna_Vitpilen_rear_right2015 Husqvarna_Vitpilen_rightThe Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN (Swedish for ‘Black Arrow') concept bike is a golden-age inspired modern street bike that draws its design ethos from past iconic Husqvarnas. Reduced to the bare functional essentials, it's free of gimmicks, gadgets and extravagant design embellishments. It ensures a riding experience that honours the simple idea behind early, pioneering Husqvarnas. With a lightweight and powerful single-cylinder fourstroke engine in a compact chassis, the Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN provides a more upright, comfortable and natural riding position - designed to reflect the timeless authenticity evident in the growing revival of the motorcycling scene.2015 Husqvarna_Svartpilen_front_rightHusqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN2015 Husqvarna_Svartpilen_rear_right2015 Husqvarna_Svartpilen_leftThe new Husqvarna 401s are very much new and progressive motorcycles, where advanced engineering meets authentic design. They bring back the honest and pioneering spirit of pure motorcycle riding from the good old days into our modern times.

Honda Unveiled Two Prototypes at EICMA 2014

4 11 2014November 4, 2014 

Honda today reveals its full 2015 motorcycle line up, looking back to the past by celebrating a long manufacturing heritage and, simultaneously, forward into the future with a glimpse of two stunning Prototypes.
  • Road going RC213V-S Prototype revealed
  • True Adventure Prototype revealed
  • 40th Anniversary Gold Wing, Gold Wing F6B and Gold Wing F6C
  • Completely revised adventure sports VFR800X Crossrunner
  • High performance Forza 125 sports GT scooter
  • Repsol replica paint for the NSC50R, CBR125R, CBR1000RR Fireblade and CBR1000RR SP Fireblade
  • New paint options for VFR1200F, VFR1200X Crosstourer, CB1000R, CB500F and CB500X
  • Full 2015 HRC rider line up
Honda has always worked to produce motorcycles and scooters that inspire dreams and expand horizons. Adding an engine to two wheels creates a machine that connects the rider to true emotion, excitement and a world full of adventure and experience.And Honda's desire to encourage new riders - in particular a younger demographic - to the world of motorcycling continues. Core elements of this approach include fifteen A2 licence models on offer, with eight* bikes equipped with Honda's unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). DCT technology has enjoyed growing popularity in the market, with over 30% of riders choosing the DCT option, where available, in 2014.THE PROTOTYPESRoad going RC213V-S PrototypeDeveloped by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and Honda Motor, the RC213V-S is a road going prototype of the awesome Championship winning MotoGP RC213V machine. Inspired by, and developed with input from many legendary GP riders, the RC213V-S Prototype is set to be the ultimate road going motorcycle.2015 Honda RC213V-S PrototypeTwo machines have been presented; a static bike painted with a distinctive Japanese flag to mark 100 years of the EICMA show, along with a fully functioning, running version clothed in full carbon-fibre, fittingly ridden onto the stage by 2013/14 MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez.True Adventure PrototypeThe second prototype on display is the True Adventure Prototype. Inspired by both Honda's fantastic heritage in adventure motorcycling and our recent Dakar programme, the True Adventure Prototype captures the product direction as Honda seeks to expand its presence in the Adventure segment. This prototype has been developed to deliver outstanding off-road capability, and could provide the basis of a true round-the-world motorcycle. It's flanked by the current Team HRC CRF450 Rally and, paying respect to Honda's competition legacy, the 1989 Paris-Dakar winning NXR Africa Twin ridden by Gilles Lalay.2015 Honda True Adventure PrototypeNo further technical details or information on either the road going RC213V-S Prototype or True Adventure prototype are available at this time.NEW MODELS2015 40th Anniversary Gold Wing, Gold Wing F6B and Gold Wing F6CMarking 40 years of continuous Gold Wing production Honda celebrates with a Gold Wing finished in stunning two-tone paintwork and blacked out chassis, plus special 40th Anniversary emblems and key fob which will also be found on the three other 2015 Gold Wing paint options.The 2015 Gold Wing F6B 40th Anniversary model receives cruise control and reverse gear, the same commemorative emblems as its siblings and unique Matt Silver paint finish.The F6C power cruiser also receives a 40th Anniversary emblem on its key fob.2015 VFR800X CrossrunnerThe completely revised VFR800X Crossrunner features longer travel suspension, new wheels and brakes and aggressive adventure sports touring styling, and also benefits from more mid-range torque and top-end power from its V4-VTEC engine plus HSTC, ABS, premium LED lighting and 5-stage heated grips fitted as standard.2015 Forza 1252015 Honda Forza 125The Forza 125 is a sports GT scooter that delivers more: more from a 4-valve low-friction engine designed for maximum highway performance, around-town zip and fuel efficiency. And more comfort for two with massive storage capacity, plus premium Honda LED technology and compact, cutting edge style.NEW 2015 PAINT OPTIONSRepsol replica paint2015 Honda NSC50R2015 Honda CBR1000RR FirebladeFollowing 4 consecutive Constructors' Championship wins, and inspired by 2013/14 Moto GP Champion, Marc Marquez, the NSC50R, CBR125R, CBR1000RR Fireblade and CBR1000RR SP Fireblade will all be available with special Repsol replica paint.VFR1200FHonda's V4 sports-touring flagship wears a new Pearl Glare White finish.VFR1200X CrosstourerThe V4 adventure sports Crosstourer gets Special Edition Digital Silver Metallic/Pearl Glare White and Special Edition Digital Silver Metallic/Black paint options.CB1000RFor 2015, the CB1000R comes in three colour versions that emphasise its mix of cool urban style and litre-class super sports performance. On display at EICMA are its new Hyper Red/Black and Pearl Cool White/Black paint options; also available will be a revised Pearl Siena Red/Pearl Cool White.CB500FNimble, frugal and fun the naked twin-cylinder CB500F features new eye-catching Gunpowder Black Metallic/Matt Summit White paint, and is on display. Two other 2015 paint options - Ross White/Candy Lightning Blue and Ross White/Millennium Red - will also be available.CB500XWith all of the attributes of the CB500F the CB500X adds adventure sport style and upright riding position, expanding its all-round ability. On display is its new Gunpowder Black Metallic paint option; also available will be Matt Summit White and Millennium Red.

New invention trips brake lights to warn motorists of slowing bikes

Publish Date: Dec 3, 2014LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A bad accident led a student to a good idea, and now it's gaining traction with investors and, inventor Chris Bailey hopes, the industry.Bailey totaled his Ninja when he was a University of Louisville business management student. A motorist hadn't seen him before turning left in front of his bike. Over time, that led to startup GearBrake, a product that connects to the wiring of a motorcycle's rear brake and flashes with deceleration or engine braking to gives other drivers extra  seconds to react in traffic.The company beat out three other finalist companies in late November to win a Vogt Award, a $100,000 prize that aims to spur new manufacturing-based businesses, create jobs and boost economic development. It was the second win last month for partners Bailey and Jason Harrington. They scored $5,000 at the Kentucky Angel Investors competition for new business.The partners plan to seek an endorsement from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), and hope their light will become as standard on motorcycles as the rear windshield light is on car and pickup truck rear windshields. The partners realized they needed to broaden their sales targets beyond the aftermarket segment.They plan to approach manufacturers to add the module as custom feature, and reached a deal recently with Janus to add the module as an upgrade on its bikes starting next year.While they've sold a few hundred units since manufacturing began earlier this year, they project revenues of $10 million in 2016 if they can gain traction getting other manufacturers to incorporate the module into their bike."Eventually, we hope manufacturers adopt the light as standard feature because it helps them sell bikes," said Bailey.    




Yamaha is Recalling certain 2015 FZ07 motorcycles

8 12 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 8, 2014 RECALL Subject : Battery Cable Pinched By Seat BaseReport Receipt Date: OCT 20, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V657000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,100All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle MakeYAMAHAModelFZ07Model Year(s)2015
Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USASUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 FZ07 motorcycles manufactured May 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014. In the affected motorcycles, the positive battery cable may be pinched between the seat base and seat bracket.CONSEQUENCE: If the battery cable is pinched, it may chafe and short-circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.REMEDY: Yamaha has notified owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable and seat bracket, free of charge. The recall began in early November 2014. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990089.

Honda is Recalling certain GROM125 and Forza motorcycles

8 12 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 8, 2014 -RECALL Subject : Resin Bracket May SwellReport Receipt Date: OCT 27, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V672000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10,076All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle MakeHONDAHONDAModelFORZA-NSS300GROM125Model Year(s)20142014
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)SUMMARY: American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014 GROM125 motorcycles manufactured June 12, 2013, to September 24, 2014, and 2014 Forza-NSS300, and NSS300A motorcycles manufactured June 18, 2013, to May 21, 2014. The resin bracket inside the fuel pump of the affected motorcycles may swell, interfere with the impeller, and potentially lead to a fuel pump failure.CONSEQUENCE: A fuel pump failure will cause the motorcycle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump with an updated fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began November 28, 2014. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JL1 NSS300 (Forza) and JL2 Grom (Grom125).

Triumph is Recalling certain 2014 - 2015 Triumph Thunderbird, Tiger 800, Thruxton, and Bonneville motorcycles

8 12 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 8, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -RECALL Subject : Unintended Fuel Injector ActivationReport Receipt Date: NOV 03, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V694000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 0*All Products Associated with this Recall
Manufacturer: Triumph Motorcycles America, LTDSUMMARY: Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Triumph Thunderbird, Thunderbird ABS, Tiger 800,Tiger 800 ABS, Thruxton, and Bonneville motorcycles manufactured February 6, 2014, to August 7, 2014. The engine control unit may improperly activate the fuel injectors.CONSEQUENCE: Improper signalling to, and activation of, the fuel injectors could cause the engine to unexpectedly lose power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.REMEDY: Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will modify the internal ECU hardware, free of charge. The recall began November 6, 2014. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010. Triumph's number for this recall is SB519.

Pro Circuit Ti-2 Shorty Carbon Kevlar/Titanium Silencer

8 12 2014CORONA, CA - December 8, 2014 -
Since the switch to four-stroke motorcycles several years back, many aftermarket exhaust companies have put aside their desire to improve two-stroke performance parts. Not Pro Circuit. Four-strokes might have become the primary ride for most riders, but that doesn't mean Pro Circuit is going to stop improving its line of pipes and silencers for the two-stroke fanatics. The Ti-2 Shorty Carbon Kevlar/Titanium Silencer is the latest piece of racing technology offered by Pro Circuit and is guaranteed to be a favorite for most two-stroke riders.141208-Pro-Circuit-Ti-2The Ti-2 is similar to the popular R-304 Silencer except it is constructed with a Carbon Kevlar shell, Titanium tubing and Titanium end-caps. The Titanium and Carbon Kevlar construction offers the "factory" look and appearance while reducing weight. The Ti-2 is for closed-course racing only.Features:
  • Optimum performance gains
  • Carbon Kevlar silencer body construction
  • Titanium tubing and end-caps
  • CNC machined aluminum mounting bracket(s) (select models)
  • Double-walled aluminum mounting bracket(s) (select models)
  • Closed-course racing only
  • Made in the USA

Two Brothers Racing New Tarmac Exhaust for the Honda CBR250R

5 12 2014SANTA ANA, CA - December 5, 2014 

The Honda CBR250R was created to be a fun, reliable, fuel efficient way to have a good time on a motorcycle. It was only lacking one thing...the Two Brothers Racing Tarmac Series.First things first...this lightweight bike is about to get lighter. When you install the Tarmac Series system to your Honda CBR250R, you'll be dropping 12 LBS! Then this small displacement machine gets an added 1.47 HP.141205-Two-Brothers-Honda-CBR250r-1But did we mention the sound? With the stock exhaust, you're as quiet as a mouse, but adding a Two Bros exhaust helps people on the road hear you first before they see you. And that's going to make you the envy of your friends!141205-Two-Brothers-Honda-CBR250r-2




Polaris is Recalling certain model year 2015 Victory motorcycles

RECALL Subject : Transmission Component Installed IncorrectlyReport Receipt Date: SEP 26, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V596000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 122
All Products Associated with this Recall
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Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc.SUMMARY: Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain model year 2015 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eightball, Cross Country Tour, Gunner, Hammer Eightball, High-Ball, Magnum, Vision Tour ABS and Vegas Eightball motorcycles manufactured August 11, 2014, to September 2, 2014. The affected motorcycles may have been manufactured with the transmission shift drum detent roller spring incorrectly installed.CONSEQUENCE: If the roller spring is incorrectly installed, the transmission may not shift as intended, potentially causing the operator to lose control, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Polaris has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the transmission, free of charge. The recall began on October 9, 2014. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-888-704-5290. Polaris' number for this recall is V-14-03 A/B.

Husqvarna recalls 2015 FC, FE, TE and TC motorcycles for fork issue

Publish Date:   Nov 12, 2014MURIETTA, Calif. - Husqvarna is recalling model year 2015 FC and FE as well as TE and TC of motorcycles to check the front fork for proper assembly. The affected vehicles are equipped with WP 4cs fork.The recall is necessary to check the correct assembly of the fork's piston rod and screw cap and ensure maximum operational safety, function and quality of the front wheel, according to Husqvarna.The recall action affects the following models: FC 250, FC 350, FC 450, FE 250, FE 350, FE 450, FE 501, FE 350, S FE 501, S TC 125, TC 250, TE 125, TE 250 and TE 300.Husqvarna does not have any information on accidents resulting from the manufacturing defect. Customers of affected and already distributed motorcycles have been contacted in writing by Husqvarna Motorcycles. Customers can also check online to find out if their motorcycle is affected. The recall information is available in the "Servicecheck" area and can be seen by entering the complete VIN (17 digit) and the ID number of the motorcycle's delivery certificate.Consumers are advised to take their affected vehicles to an authorized dealer for a professional check of the front fork, at the company's expense. The check takes at most 30 minutes.

KTM confirms Duke 390 and RC390 U.S. arrival - and pricing

Publish Date:   Nov 16, 2014By Bruce SteeverMURRIETA, Calif. - After earning positive reviews in the European and Indian markets, it looks like North America will finally get a taste of KTM's new sport singles. At the Long Beach stop of theProgressive International Motorcycle ShowKTMconfirmed the ETA for the new Duke 390 and RC390-along with competitive pricing.Both bikes are aimed at riders looking for a more approachable, and affordable, way into the KTM brand. The 390 is an expansion to the Duke line that already includes the 1290 Super Duke R twin and 690 Duke single. To attack the lightweight sportbike class, the Austrian manufacturer built a state-of-the-art, four-valve liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine with DLC-coated finger followers and a Bosch EFI system, but what really separates the entry level KTMs from the competition is the high-end running gear: WP suspension components and a top-quality ABS braking system by Brembo. The Duke 390 will retail for a price of $4,999 when it arrives in the spring.Built on the same platform, the KTM RC 390 is the Duke's racier sibling, which should translate the thrill of Moto3 racing into a nimble street-legal bike. The 375cc single-cylinder 4-stroke motor delivers a claimed 44 horsepower and an impressively high power-to-weight ratio. Exceptional braking performance and a lightweight chassis combine to deliver both control and agility. This fully-faired race machine comes with a trellis frame, WP upside-down 43mm front forks, LED lighting, ABS, a lightweight cast aluminum swingarm, and light aluminum alloy wheels to make it a potentially class-leading performer. This unit will retail at $5,499 - and it will also serve as the basis for a new U.S. spec-racing class that the OEM hopes will grow its U.S. brand and provide a new channel into road racing for young American riders.

Newport News PD closing in on suspected chop shop ring

Publish Date:   Nov 13, 2014NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Authorities are getting ready to drop the hammer on a suspected chop shop ring that has been stealing motorcycles in the area all summer.Since the beginning of the year, nearly 90 motorcycles have been reported stolen throughout Newport News. Police believe most of the thefts are related, and have identified multiple suspects they believe are involved."Of those 90 (thefts), we've had about eight recovered recently, which has led us to a couple of suspects who we are investigating right now," Newport News Police Detective Adam Hoxter told WVEC.covered bikes were found in someone's garage Nov. 7 after James County police received a tip. Hoxter said he has interviewed dozens of witnesses, some of whom saw the alleged bandits snatch the bikes and drive off."Each witness has given us different accounts of types of vehicles they're using, anything from U-Haul trucks to box trucks to minivans," Hoxter said, adding he is working on securing warrants and will make the arrests soon.

Moose offers heated seat conversion kit

Publish Date:   Nov 13, 2014JANESVILLE, Wis. -- The new Moose heated seat kit can convert a stock ATV, UTV or motorcycle seat to keep a rider warm on cold days.Selling points: The 9-inch by 9-inch heating element, made of carbon fiber, is thin and flexible, and installs under the stock seat cover. The kit comes with a 24" disconnect cable, required hardware for installation and instructions. The heating unit is powered with 30 watts, taking up less than 2 amps of electricity.BUY NOW FOR THE HOLIDAYS & receive an instant ACTION SPORTS rebate !MSRP: $59.95

Sharp-eyed service tech spots stolen bike on lot, suspect arrested

Publish Date:   Nov 13, 2014GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Having a tightly-knit powersports community worked out well for the owner of a stolen bike, but not so well for the thief.Ridenow Powersports of Gainesville service tech Ryan Williams was working on a customer bike in the parking lot Nov. 11 when he looked up and saw another bike on the lot that didn't belong. He recognized the 2007 Honda CBR 1000 because it had been stolen from its owner, Sandra Rauert, in March. Rauert, who recently moved to Cape Coral, hopes to get her bike back today.Police say the thief stole the bike in March and didn't expect anyone to recognize it when he parked it at the curb outside the dealership and went inside. The bike had a tag on it from another stolen motorcycle, and it had also been hotwired.        Detectives searched the suspect's home Nov. 12 and told WCJB they found three more stolen motorcycles and parts. The suspect is being held on a $20,000 bail. He is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Slingshot not a motorcycle in Texas? Snafu over state code delays shipments

Publish Date:   Nov 13, 2014By Holly J. WagnerAUSTIN, Texas - Texas Polaris dealers eagerly awaiting delivery of the new Slingshot three-wheeler are running into a boomerang instead: the state had approved the vehicle for sales over the summer, but decided Nov. 4 that the vehicles can't be licensed for street use.Spokespersons for Polaris and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles did not immediately return calls seeking comment. But Polaris notified Texas dealers in a Nov. 10 letter that the state had rescinded approval, and the company won't ship Slingshots to Texas until the matter is resolved."We are working closely with the DMV to gain clarity around the issue and to determine when it will be resolved. Unfortunately at this time we cannot say how long that will take," states the memo, leaked online on a variety of Slingshot forums. "What this also means is that until we do achieve resolution, we wil not be able to ship wholegood units to any dealers in Texas."Texas reportedly joins a handful of other states that have not approved the Slingshot for sale yet.The issue in Texas is that the Slingshot does not strictly fit the state's definition of a motorcycle, which the state Transportation Code defines as "a motor vehicle designed to propel itself with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and having a saddle for the use of the rider. The term does not include a tractor or a three-wheeled vehicle equipped with a cab or occupant compartment, seat, and seat belt and designed to contain the operator in the cab or occupant compartment." The Slingshot doesn't have a saddle; rather, it has bucket seats more akin to those in a side-by-side.The assurance that customers may buy and register the Slingshot in surrounding states where they are approved is cold comfort to Texas dealers. Polaris accompanied the letter with a FAQ that explains that Texas Polaris dealers will be able to sell Slingshot parts, apparel and accessories - just not the trikes - until the matter is resolved.Meanwhile, "Polaris has placed a hold on any outstanding signage and retail merchandising fixture orders," the FAQ states, advising dealers who have already received their fixtures to hold off on installing them if they haven't yet, and leave them in place if they are already installed.Kevin Lackey, dealer principal at Top 100 concern Freedom Powersports, has nine stores in Texas and manages three more in the southeast. Five of them should have Slingshots in them now, but instead each store has about 800 sq. ft. of floor space all dressed up for a product that isn't there."We were excited about the revenue generation for October, November, December. It's generally a slow time of year. We were looking forward to people coming into the dealerships" to see the Slingshot, he said.. "At this point, we spent a lot of headache and effort and brain damage to get ready for that. We've disrupted the dealership showroom floors to get ready for that product."Lackey estimates he's spent about $15,000 to $20,000 per store "without the buildouts that we will be paying out. That will be close to $15,000 per store additional," he said.. "We have changed the entire dealership to get the products on the floor. We had to put in Glass doors at one store to fit them through. We knocked out an entire brick wall to do it."Still, he's optimistic that Polaris will get the situation resolved soon, and in the meantime he's philosophical. "At the end of the day, we are supporters of their team. They are just as frustrated as we are. Some things are just out of your control. You have to take the high road," he said. With 18 to 20 preorders across stores, he said the dealer will tell customers, "This was not part of the program, if they want to be patient we will work with them in any way that we need to."Dealers may make the decision whether or not to return customer deposits because of the delay, and for the time being, Texas customers who use the "build a quote" feature on the company website will get a message explaining the situation that pre-empts the quote builder."We've got our retail fixtures on the showroom floor, installed and ready to go. We're not too happy about it," said Kenny Martin, co-owner and president of Top 100 store Cycle Center of Denton. "We've got Slingshot POP and fixtures and gear and no Slingshot to represent on the floor. I've got a license on the wall that says Slingshot on it."Martin estimates the store has invested $30,000 to $40,000 to prepare for the Slingshot - including an open house event that featured a pre-production model a couple of months ago. Thursday afternoon, the store was sitting on about 10-plus preorders. He said of one of those customers: "They are in my store now buying a motorcycle instead of a Slingshot, because they want the vehicle right now and can't wait for it."The FAQ also calls on Texas dealers to contact their legislators to press for a change in the definition of a motorcycle.Lackey and Martin both said they have done so, and are encouraging employees, customers and enthusiasts to do it, too.Lackey thinks the situation will be resolved by the end of the year. And even if it isn't Slingshot will be worth the wait, he said: "No one else is going to design, tool and manufacture a product like this any time before that."

Mustang expands options with Tour-Pak back rests

Publish Date:   Nov 13, 2014THREE RIVERS, Mass. - Mustangis expanding its seating options with the FL Chopped Tour-Pak back rests for Harley-Davidson.The back pads feature ergonomic design and controlled density polyurethane foam, and are available plain, or with chrome or black-pearl centered studs.MSRP is $139 for the plain pad, and $149 for studded pads.

Authorities seek Florida dealer who said he shot alleged burglar

Publish Date:   Nov 5, 2014DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Local and federal authorities are searching for a powersports dealer who told police he shot a burglary suspect early Oct. 20.Boynton Beach police and the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force say Aurelio Gabriel Silva, 34, of Boynton Beach, is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and carrying a concealed firearm.Silva allegedly shot Louis Jason Santos, 32, after he and an unidentified man allegedly broke into Motorcycle Avenue in suburban Delray Beach around 3 a.m. Santos and the other man fled on motorcycles allegedly stolen from Silva's store. Santos remains in Delray Medical Center in stable condition.Anyone with information on Silva's whereabouts is urged to call Boynton Beach Police at 561-732-8116, the U.S. Marshals Service, their local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted via



Continental recalling 9,000 tires in U.S., Canada

Publish Date:   Aug 12, 2014FORT MILL, S.C. - Continental Tire is recalling about 9,000 120/70 ZR 17 and 120/70 R17 motorcycle tires in the U.S. and Canada, and 170,000 tires worldwide."Market feedback indicates that some of these tires have exhibited a condition in the tread and/or belt which may lead to separation and possible air loss," the manufacturer announced. The company said it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the condition.The affected tires were sold as OEM and replacement worldwide between 2007 and 2014. The tires with their DOT serial numbers are as follows:
  • 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiSportAttack - CP8B 1008 to 2614
  • 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiSportAttack 2 - CP8B B5M4 2811 to 2614
  • 120/70R17 M/C 58H TL ContiAttack SM - CP8B BXM9 1011 to 2614
  • 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiRaceAttack Comp. Soft - CP8B B5M1 1907 to 2614
  • 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiRaceAttack Comp. Medium - CP8B B5M1 2307 to 2614
  • 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiRaceAttack Comp. Endurance - CP8B 918B 3011 to 2614
  • 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiRoadAttack 2 GTW - CP8B 91E9 2513 to 2614
Consumers are being directed to Continental's website for more information.

Ergodyne expands Arsenal line with tool backpack

Publish Date:   Aug 7, 2014ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ergodyne is expanding its Arsenal collection with the  Arsenal 5843 Tool Backpack. The 5843 is third-party certified for hoisting up to 50 lbs. with its two-compartment system, allowing for hands-free climbing and easy mobility of tools and equipment around the jobsite.The two main compartments house 26 interior pockets, 11 PALS webbing loops and seven exterior pockets of different shapes and sizes. Other features include nickel-plated hardware, 1200D ballistic polyester with PVC backing, reinforced padding on the back, a holster on the side and ring attachment points throughout the bag to hook caribiners. 

Snowmobiles Recalled by Arctic Cat Due to Fuel Leak and Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 15, 2014 RECALL SUMMARYName of product: Arctic Cat snowmobilesHazard: Fuel can leak from the fuel line assembly, posing a fire hazard.Remedy: Repair
Consumer Contact: Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at and click on Customer Care, then Product Recall and then List of Safety Bulletins for more information.140815 2014 Arctic Cat XF 70002014 Arctic Cat XF 7000140815 2014 Arctic Cat ZR 70002014 Arctic Cat ZR 7000140815 2015 Arctic Cat XF 70002015 Arctic Cat XF 7000140815 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 70002015 Arctic Cat ZR 7000RECALL DETAILSUnits: About 3,260Description: This recall involves model year 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 and ZR 7000 and model year 2015 XF 7000 and ZR 7000 snowmobiles. They were sold in a variety of green, black, orange and white color combinations. All XF and ZR 2014 models are included in this recall. Recalled 2015 model vehicles have the last six digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN) in the following ranges: 100920 through 100993 for the XF 7000 models and 100792 through 100919 for the ZR 7000. The fourth and fifth digit of the VIN, "14" or "15," correspond to the model year. The VIN appears on a sticker attached to the chassis near the rider's right foot rest. The model name appears on the front sides of the snowmobile.Incidents/Injuries: None reportedRemedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled snowmobiles immediately and contact an Arctic Cat dealer to schedule a free repair. Arctic Cat is contacting its customers directly.Sold exclusively at: Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from June 2013 to August 2014 for between $12,000 and $14,500.Manufacturer: Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn. 

Drag Specialties releases new levers, speedometer, handlebar clamp

Publish Date:   Aug 15, 2014JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Drag Specialities unveils new levers, speedometer and handleblar clamp for late-summer sales.Stock levers can be replaced with the new slotted wide blade lever sets, which feature strong, forged aluminum construction with CNC-machined slots, and are available in chrome or matte black. Lever sets fit 2014 FLHT/FLHX models with OEM hydraulic clutch. Suggested retail price is $59.95.New cam covers feature a matte black finish and will accept an OEM gasket and mounting hardware. The covers fit 1999-2014 twin cam engines. Suggested retail is $99.95.The skull handlebar clamp is die-cast and available with a black skull or matte black with a chrome skull.  The clamps, which include all mounting hardware, fit most 1984-2014 Harley-Davidson models with 3 ½" on-center risers and offset mounting holes. The clamps are not for models with indicator lights built into the clamps. Suggested retail is $21.95 to 26.95.Drag Specialties also offers a speedometer/tachometer for several Harley 1996-2003 models. The speedometer measures speeds up to 220 km/h (137 mph), and the tachometer measures rpm from 0-8000. The speedometer/tachometer has a black face that matches the stock gauge look.  It also features an LCD odometer, trip meter, and all stock indicators, including a "Check Engine" light.Direct plug-in installation is available for 99-03 FLHR and 99-03 FXST/FLST/FXDWG models, and the speedometer/tachometer will also fit 1996-1998 models which require a sub-wire harness. All 1996-2003 models require the use of a tachometer wiring kit, sold separately. Suggested retail is $269.95.

Ride in Peace: Kevin Ness, brother of Arlen Ness

Publish Date:   Aug 5, 2014RENO, Nev. - Kevin J. Ness, brother of Arlen Ness, has died from injuries sustained in a auto accident.
According to police reports, the driver of a Toyota Camry failed to notice slowing traffic ahead of him on the interstate and swerved to avoid colliding with another vehicle in front of him. But he then collided with a PT Cruiser driven in the next lane and bounced into another lane where Ness was riding his 2008 Victory Vision. Ness was thrown off the bike, police stated.
July 30 chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Reno, Nev. He was 59.Ness was a resident of Oakland, Calif.The Nevada Highway Patrol at press time was asking witnesses to the crash or anyone with additional information about the accident to contact Trooper Doug Farris at 775.689.4614 or at regarding Case No. NHP-140702711.

Indian Scout returns to lineup for 2015

Publish Date:   Aug 4, 2014STURGIS, S.D. - On Saturday,Indian Motorcycle unveiled the 2015 Indian Scout at Sturgis, marking the first time in over 70 years that a completely new Scout model has been in the company's lineup.The 2015 Indian Scout is available for ordering now, and it is expected to arrive in dealerships in late 2014. Pricing begins at $10,999, and color options include black and red, along with matte finishes in silver and black.The Scout is a new design for the middleweight cruiser class, and it weighs in at 558 pounds wet. It has a rigid cast aluminum frame and a low 25.3-inch tall leather solo seat. Those elements encompass Indian's new liquid-cooled, 69 cubic-inch V-twin engine, which Indian says produces 100hp. Closed-loop fuel injection and drive-by-wire throttle actuation give the six-speed Scout a maximum torque of 72 ft./lbs. Engine design cues pay homage to the Scouts of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s.Another nod to the past is the "rigid triangle" design, which is paired with coil over monotube rear shocks.The Indian Scout's long history includes a role in World War II and numerous racing accomplishments, including the land speed record set by Burt Munro in 1967."Over the course of 30 years of countless innovations, racing wins, world records and industry firsts, the Scout has earned its reputation as a versatile, multifaceted bike that appeals to just about every rider and every riding style, with superior handling, balance, performance and craftsmanship," said Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. "Our designers and engineers have taken that heritage and those characteristics and fused it into the 2015 Indian Scout, and we think just about everyone who rides this incredible bike is going to feel like it was built just for them."

NHTSA investigating new reports of fires on Can-Am Spyders

Publish Date:   Aug 8, 2014By Mary SlepickaWASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal safety investigators said they are looking into reports of new fires on Can-Am Spyder three-wheelers.NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation said it has become aware of two recent fires that "appear to be unrelated" to  three recalls issued by BRP in the last 19 months (see below) that addressed defects which could results in a fire on the 12V-581 and 582 and 13V-386 models. ODI listed a July 20 fire involving a 2011 Spyder RT used as a traffic enforcement vehicle by the Morgantown, W.Va., police department, and a July 26 incident involving a 2013 Spyder RT SE5 which reportedly caught fire in the Mojave desert region of California. "ODI became aware of [the July 26] incident through a posting (with photos) on,"; the agency said.The ODI has opened a preliminary investigation into the following models:
  • 2013 Spyder
  • 2008-12 Spyder GS and RS
  • 2008-14 Spyder RT
  • 2010 Spyder RTS
  • 2013 Spyder ST

Kawasaki recalls Teryx4 to bolster the floor boards

Publish Date:   Aug 1, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kawasaki is recalling about 11,000 Teryx4 vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years, because the floor boards won't protect passengers from sticks or other debris that can break through and protrude into the foot rest area.Involved are Teryx4 750 4x4s that were sold by Kawasaki dealers from October 2011 through July 2014, according to the announcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.Kawasaki told CPSC that it has received four reports of debris breaking through the floor boards of the vehicles, and reports of two injuries to riders' toes and thighs.The OEM is advising customers to immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact their Kawasaki dealer, which will install floor board guards at no charge.

Harley-Davidson recalls FXDL Dyna Low Riders for ignition switch problem

Publish Date:   Aug 1, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider motorcycles to fix a problem with the ignition switch on units modified to rev higher than 5,600 rpm.The recall affects 2014.5 model year Low Riders built from Jan. 6 through June 19. "In the affected motorcycles, certain optional performance electronic control module calibrations may allow higher engine rpms that could result in engine vibrations that cause the ignition switch to move from the "IGN" (ignition on) to "ACC" (accessory only) position, which will shut the engine off," The Motor Co. told NHTSA.If the vibration causes the ignition switch to move to the accessory-only position, it would stall the engine, increasing the risk of a crash.Harley dealers are asked to replace the engine mount bracket assembly and ignition switch knob free of charge.

Wild style: Polaris debuts three-wheeler Slingshot

Publish Date:   Jul 27, 2014By Bruce SteeverWYOMING, Minn. - ...And now for something completely different.Polaris Industries, not content with being a dominant force in SxS and ATV sales, nor with manufacturing a well-regarded range of motorcycles with its Victory and Indian brands, has unleashed a stunning three-wheeled road vehicle, the 2015Slingshot.Even with the patent approved and posted earlier this year (#8,695,746 B2) for all the world to see, the unique motorcycle design was still a surprise thanks to its wild styling and unusual specification. Compared to conventional trike designs with paired rear wheels, the Slingshot uses a pair of front wheels with the third wheel on a motorcycle-style swingarm, a layout shared by the Can-Am Spyderand the Campagna T-Rex. But that's where the similarities end.Like the Can-Am, the Slingshot will be legally considered a motorcycle, and will require a motorcycle helmet in states with helmet laws on the books. But unlike the Can-Am tripod, the rider and passenger sit in tandem, in automotive-style bucket seats with three-point harnesses, a steering wheel and conventional car foot controls. Compared to the more enclosed T-Rex, the Slingshot's occupants are also more exposed to the elements, and unlike the rear-engined T-Rex that uses a donor motorcycle powerplant, the Slingshot uses a front-mounted General Motors motor.The 2.4L DOHC Ecotec engine that powers the Slingshot is rated at 173 hp @ 6,200 rpm, with 166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,700 rpm, and a 7,000 rpm redline. Power is transferred via a hydraulically actuated, single-plate dry clutch and a gated H-pattern Synchromesh five-speed-plus-reverse transmission, delivered to the rear wheel via a driveshaft "secondary" and a 36mm carbon fiber-reinforced belt final drive.According to Polaris, the relatively narrow belt is more than up for the task at hand, as it only needs to transfer as much torque as the rear wheel can grip, with burnouts being quite easy to achieve in the first three gears. Car folks also tell us that GM has a huge range of go-fast parts for the Ecotec engine, too, so the Slingshot tuning industry should be able to take off rather quickly.The Slingshot's chassis is also unique, a tubular spaceframe built around the front-mounted motor and central driveshaft. Suspension uses the single-sided swingarm for the rear wheel, while the front wheels are controlled by paired A-arms, a sway bar and independent shocks. Front track is a massive 69.1 inches, with an electronically-boosted rack-and-pinion steering system. The tires are supplied by Kenda, in automotive sizes and profiles: the standard Slingshot runs 205/50R17s up front with a 265/35R18 rear, while the upmarket Slingshot SL runs 255/45R18 fronts and a 255/35R20 out back.Peak cornering is claimed to be around 0.88 G on the skidpad, firmly placing the Slingshot into high-dollar sportscar territory. Finally, braking is provided by 298mm vented rotors at each wheel. To maintain control of the wheels, and the chassis as a whole, the Slingshot mounts several rider (or is it driver?) aids, including Electronic Stability Control and ABS. Total curb weight for the Slingshot is claimed to be just over 1,700 lbs.The styling of the Slingshot speaks for itself. There are obviously angular bits and pieces that ape other Polaris products, but the end result is a wide, low and compact vehicle that puts its riders into the wind. Aluminum roll protection sits behind each rider, but there are no doors, no roof, and a windscreen is an optional accessory.The entire vehicle, inside and out, is waterproof, so when things get dirty, just hose it off. Despite the non-existing rear overhang, there are small luggage compartments behind each seat. Auxiliary lighting is provided by LEDs with four projector beam headlights to illuminate the road.Inside, things are quite spartan, but a central display unit with Bluetooth capability offers infotainment.The new Polaris Slingshot aims to carve itself a niche of buyers from both the two- and four-wheeled worlds. Pricing for the new three-wheeler may also surprise many, with the base Slingshot retailing for $19,999 while the upmarket, windscreen- and audio-equipped SL model will sell for $23,999. Compared to a well-equipped Spyder RT at $22,999, or a K1600-powered T-Rex at around $65,000, the Slingshot looks to be very competitively priced as well.

Honda COTA 4RT 260 is entry-level trials bike

Publish Date:   Jul 26, 2014TORRANCE, Calif. - Hondaintroduced the COTA 4RT Race Replica in 2014, and the trials bike returns in 2015 with a slew of upgrades. In addition, Honda is introducing the COTA 4RT 260, with a price point and configuration that makes it an option for entry-level trials riders as well as amateur competitors. Both of the COTA versions will be available in January.COTA 4RT Race Replica ($9,499): The Repsol-liveried race replica has quite a list of changes for 2015. A new four-piston monoblock front brake caliper should result in better, more precise braking. The updated shift lever is slimmer in an effort to make it less susceptible to obstacles. The triple clamps and handlebars have a black finish, and the front fender has a slimmer design. The rear final-drive sprocket is an updated version, too.COTA 4RT 260 ($7,799): Based on the same platform as the race replica, the 2015 COTA 4RT 260 has the same aluminum frame and 260cc engine as its counterpart. Suspension comes in the form of 39mm TECH forks and an R16V shock in the Pro-Link rear suspension. Both the front and rear are fully adjustable for rebound and compression damping.The 260 also has a different four-piston front brake caliper and Dunlop tires on Morad wheels - as opposed to the Michelin/DID setup on the race replica. The seat, though still a mere suggestion of one compared to traditional motorcycles, is nevertheless larger than the one on the race replica. Honda says this offers "casual competitors" the chance to relax between sections. It can be removed and replaced, and there is storage underneath.

Italy-based Energica plans electric superbike for North America

Publish Date:   Jul 24, 2014MODENA, Italy - Energica said it plans to start offering electric motorcycles in early 2015 and has identified North America as a key market.Energica, a subsidiary of the CRP group, chose electric motorbikes as a category ripe for entry, calling the first Italian electric superbike the Ego. The price tag is $40,000.Energica also plans to manufacture 45 limited edition Egos with upgraded features and parts -- at a cost of at least $67,000.Energica plans to get the jump on other products by selling 500 Ego motorbikes in its first year of production, with a target of 1,200 and 5,000 units in the second and third years, respectively.CEO Livia Cevolini stated that the break-even number was 2,000 units per year.According to the Energica website, the Ego superbike has a top speed of 150 mph, 100 kW green power, and a torque of 195 Nm. The company claims it can do 0-60 mph in three seconds. Energica is conducting a test drive world tour that started July 18 and will conclude in New York on July 30 after visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles.The group  is known for manufacturing customized parts for Formula One, NASCAR, and other racing associations.

Husqvarna adds TE 125, FC 350, two dual sports to 2015 lineup

Publish Date:   Jun 30, 2014MURIETTA, Calif. - Husqvarna in late June broadened its lineup from 10 motorcycles to 14 as it introduced two new dual-sport bikes and an expanded lineup of enduros and motocross models.New to the North American market are the FC 350 four-stroke MX bike, the TE 125 off-road two stroke, and two street-legal dual-sport models, the FE 350 S and FE 501 S.
For a list of technical upgrades to the entire 2015 Husqvarna motocross and off-road lineup, click HERE
Husky rejoins AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross racing with an "elite spec" of motocross bikes featuring a subframe made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide, an advanced injection-molded material selected for its lighter weight and enhanced strength, the OEM noted. "The four new models and the advancements made to our motocross line are going to make a very big statement for the brand: Husqvarna is headed back to the top," said Steve Lawler, brand manager, in the announcement.Dual-sports
The FE 350 S and FE 501 S are street-legal options for the FE 350 and 501. The 350 S has a DOHC four-stroke engine with a heavier crankshaft than the off-road version to improve traction. The 501 S (see photo, below left) is powered by a SOHC four-stroke engine with titanium intake valves and DLC (diamond-like carbon)-coated rocker arms, and is also tuned for improved traction and maximum durability with a three-layer head gasket.
Both dual-sports have the same suspension components as the rest of the FE family -- the 4CS WP fork and link-mounted DCC (dual compression control) WP shock -- but are optimized for the specific demands of dual-sport riding, the OEM noted.TE 125
Husqvarna's two-stroke lineup gettings a little bigger with the new TC 125 (see top photo), which carries many of the features from the larger TE machines, including the 4CS WP fork and linked rear suspension featuring the DCC WP rear shock. CNC-machined triple clamps ensure optimum clamping surface and precision control of the front end while enabling four different handlebar positions, the OEM announced.
The eighth-liter mill features a high-performance cylinder and power valve. The Vertex piston is designed to deliver healthy bottom-end torque and top-end performance. And in keeping with its simple and lightweight nature, the TE 125 uses a kick start.The bike's Magura hydraulic clutch offers smooth, consistent actuation of the six-speed gearbox, and Boyesen reed valves ensure crisp throttle response and maximum durability, the OEM added.FC 350
Husky's new middleweight four-stroke (see image, right) combines the lightweight agility of a 250 and the hard-hitting power of a 450. The FC 350, which is based on the 250 platform, is powered by a DOHC engine with lightweight titanium valves and DLC-coated finger followers. A CP-Carrillo-forged box-type piston combines maximum performance and reliability with minimum weight, and cranks out 54 hp.
The FC 350 carries the same 2015 upgrades to the 250, including the CSS clutch and one-piece machined steel clutch basket. The 350 shares suspension components and key features such as electric start, Brembo brakes and hydraulic clutch. Unlike the 250 and 450, however, the 350 will carry Husqvarna's fiberglass-reinforced polyamide composite rear subframe.

BMW follows R 1200 RT 'do not sell' notice with formal recall

Publish Date:   Jun 30, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - After issuing a "do not sell/do not ride" advisory on the R1200 RT in early June, BMW of North America in June made it official by announcing a recall through NHTSA.To be recalled are model year 2014 R1200 RT motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 27, 2013, to May 5, according to the NHTSA notice. The affected vehicles have a Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) rear shock absorber supplied by Tenneco Automotive of Belgium. The piston rod within the rear shock absorber can break without warning, causing loss of stability, according to the recall notice.About 950 bikes are involved. BMW said more than half of the recalled bikes are estimated to have the defect."On April 1... BMW initially became aware of this issue through a warranty claim in France, " the OEM reported to NHTSA. "It was noted that the piston rod of the rear shock absorber broke after approximately 700 miles, collapsing the rear suspension. The defective assembly from France was returned to the supplier for analysis."A second warranty claim occurred in Sweden on May 27... after approximately 1,500 miles. By May 30.... slider tool drum endurance tests on production spring strut assemblies were conducted by t he supplier, which replicated the failure observed in the two warranty claims."BMW said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.The recall is expected to begin in July. BMW is notifying owners, and dealers are asked to replace the Dynamic ESA shock absorber free of charge. Owners are still advised not to ride their motorcycles until they have been fixed. 

BMW recalls Maxi-Scooters for engine noise, stalling issue

Publish Date:   Jun 30, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - BMW of North America is recalling certain 2012-2014 model year scooters because the camshaft chain tensioner may not function properly, a condition that could stall the engine.Involved are 2012-14 C 600 Sport Maxi-Scooters and C 650 GT Maxi-Scooters manufactured from Aug. 2, 2012, through Feb. 18 of this year. About 1,360 units are affected."As a result of an improperly produced camshaft chain tensioner, a clearly audible noise from the chain drive can occur because of an improperly adjusted loose chain," BMW told NHTSA. "If the noise is not noticed by the rider, an engine breakdown could result while riding the motorcycle. If this were to happen, the motorcycle will lose power and the engine may stall when decelerating, which could increase the risk of a crash. The engine cannot be started after stalling."BMW told NHTSA it has been working on the noise and stalling issues since February 2013. In May 2013, excessive noise and a stalling condition appeared on an endurance test bike after about 15,500 miles; however, it was possible to restart that bike, BMW said, and the defective camshaft chain tensioner was returned to the part manufacturer, Kwang Yang Motor Co. Ltd. in Taiwan, for analysis. The Taiwan manufacturer in August 2013 identified the defect as a stamping burr which resulted in excessive wear on the camshaft chain tensioner."In August 2013, improved stamping tools and processes were implemented at the engine supplier to enhance the surface finish quality of the camshaft chain tensioner," BMW noted. "In December 2013, engines with the improved camshaft chain tensioner were first introduced to motorcycle production."In November 2013, BMW said it received a field report from Korea indicating a unit that experienced engine stalling without an ability to restart. "The associated parts were not returned for analysis," the OEM added. This was followed in January 2014 by a field report from the Netherlands indicating an inability to restart the engine after shutting it off, and another report from Korea indicating that a unit was stalling while idling without an ability to restart. BMW received the camshaft chain tensioners from the last two reports for analysis and confirmed that they exhibited the same wear condition as found on the endurance test motorcycle. At that time, 42 warranty claims had been reported for this condition, mainly due to the excessive engine noise issue. The recall is expected to begin in July. BMW told NHTSA it is notifying owners. Dealers are asked to replace the camshaft chain tensioner free of charge

Is lifted the new lowered? Burly Brand shocks get new angle

Publish Date:   Jun 29, 2014By Bruce SteeverLA PALMA, Calif. - According to Burly Brand, customers are finally starting to realize that a slammed-to-the-deck motorcycle with minimal suspension travel doesn't work for anything other than posing.The custom V-twin firm claims that "lifted is the new lowered" now, and, of course, has the products to help customers make the most of this angle.The Burly Stiletto shocks are, according to the company, "pure coil-sprung sexiness." A high-performance damper is wrapped in a dual-spring combination designed specifically to deal with both subtle road noise and imperfections, with a main coil built to handle the big hits and control bottoming.The claimed result is a plush ride that's not afraid of rougher tarmac, and should be an ideal match for a rider looking to add real road-worthy performance to their V-twin, rather than just another shiny bolt-on.Available in a 13-inch length for most Sportster models for extended suspension travel, the Stilettos include fitment for most 1986 to current XL models.

Couple sues Harley-Davidson because ABS wasn't offered on their bike (what about the cup holder & cigarette lighter?)

Publish Date:   Jun 26, 2014CAMP COUNTY, Texas - A couple is suing Harley-Davidson in a case asserting product liability because antilock brakes were not offered as an option on their motorcycle.Mark and Pamela Jones filed a lawsuit against Harley-Davidson Inc. on June 16 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas.According to the complaint, Mark Jones was driving and his wife, Pamela, was a passenger on their 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic last July 6, when a car cut in front of the plaintiffs, forcing Mark Jones to make an emergency stop. He claims the motorcycle's wheels locked up, causing the bike to fishtail and then pitch in the opposite direction, flinging Jones and his wife some distance, according to the Southeast Texas Record.The complaint states he suffered skull fractures, broken bones and a severe brain injury, and Pamela Jones suffered a skull fracture, brain injury, a spleen injury and a shattered elbow.According to the complaint, the motorcycle did not have ABS as an option when the couple purchased the motorcycle. They seek more than $75,000 in damages on claims of strict product liability, failure to warn/marketing defect and negligence.     

BMW recalling R1200GS models for transmission seal repair

Publish Date:   May 28, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2013 R 1200 GS motorcycles, because pressure inside the transmission may cause the output seal to be pushed out of place.If the output seal ring is pushed out of position, oil may leak from the transmission onto the rear tire, increasing the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA.About 1,420 bikes, manufactured from November 2012 through August 2013, are affected, BMW said. Dealers are asked to fit a bracket to prevent the transmission seal from being pushed out of position. BMW is notifying owners. The recall is scheduled to start in June.

Shape of Super Cub Becomes First Vehicle to Obtain Three-dimensional Trademark Registration in Japan

26052014TOKYO, JAPAN - May 26, 2014  - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that the Japan Patent Office granted a three-dimensional trademark registration for the shape of the Super Cub, Honda's popular and long-selling scooter. This is the first time in Japan for the shape of a motorcycle or any other product from an automaker to be registered as a three-dimensional trademark, and it is an extremely rare case for an industrial product of any kind.140526 Honda Sample of three-dimensional trademark of Super CubSample of three-dimensional trademark of Super CubMore than 50 years since the Super Cub was first introduced in 1958, Honda has maintained a consistent design concept of the Super Cub while continuously achieving functional improvements. As a result, it came to a point where most consumers who see the design of the Super Cub recognize it as a Honda product, and that became one of the determining factors for the Japan Patent Office to grant the trademark.The Super Cub has been sold in more than 160 countries*. Cumulative worldwide production of the Super Cub has reached 87 million units* as of March 2014, which makes the Super Cub a motorcycle with the largest production volume in the world.Honda will continue cherishing the basic concept of the Super Cub and strive to deliver joy to customers all around the world.
* Honda's internal data

< About the Super Cub production >
Cumulative worldwide production of the Super Cub series
10 million units: August 1974
50 million units: December 2005
60 million units: April 2008
Production of Super Cub:
Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil, China, Nigeria, Japan, etc.
Honda is currently producing the Super Cub at 15 production plants in 14 countries around the world.

Yamaha Motor Announce Manufacture and Sales of YZF-R25 in Indonesia

New fully fledged 250cc sports model for global market

IWATA, JAPAN - May 21, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced today that the new YZF-R25, an addition to the YZF-R supersport series and powered by a 2-cylinder 250cc engine, will be released onto the Indonesian market in July 2014. Manufacturing and sales of the new model will be carried out by Yamaha Motor's group company, PT. Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM).Yanaha yzf-r25YZF-R25 (Indonesian Model)Model: YZF-R25 (Blue & White/Black/Red)Launch date: July 2014RRP: 53 million rupiah (Jakarta retail price) ($4,587 U.S.D.)Target Sales: 12,000 units (first full year from time of release, in Indonesia)The YZF-R25 has been developed both as a global model and leading force for business scale expansion as set out in Yamaha Motor's new medium-term management plan (2013-2015). Therefore, the new model is also developed with both the ASEAN and developed markets in mind.Using the concept ‘superbike you can ride every day', the new YZF-R25 achieves a high level of performance and stylistic features worthy of the ‘supersport' title through class-leading engine output, as well as a lightweight body and design that continue its lineage from the YZF-R series. In addition, the new model is nimble and easy to handle for everyday use as well as offering an exhilarating ride in a wide variety of scenarios.In Indonesia, the popularity of sports models has been increasing in recent years. In response to this, YIMM is carrying out brand strategies that focus on the sporty side of motorcycling, along with existing marketing activities centered on motorcycle racing. For example, YIMM launched Yamaha Motor's flagship supersport models - the YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 - last November, and in May this year, YIMM kicked off its manufacture and sale of the YZF-R15. The launch of the YZF-R25 further expands the YZF-R series lineup. With this launch, there will also be initiatives for further sales expansion and brand strength improvements.Development AimsIn 1998, Yamaha Motor launched its new flagship supersport model YZF-R1 (1,000cc), which won acclaim for its exciting performance on winding roads, thanks to the combination of its high-performance engine and lightweight frame. Since then, Yamaha Motor continued its expansion of the YZF-R series through the launch of YZF-R6 (600cc) and YZF-R7 (750cc). And in 2008, YZF-R15 (150cc) and YZF-R125 (125cc) were introduced to India and Europe respectively. The new YZF-R25 is developed not only for the Indonesian market where the popularity of sports models has been increasing, but also as a 250cc supersports model to cater for the global market.Main Features1) Newly-developed high performance two-cylinder engine
The YZF-R25 is equipped with a newly-developed 250cc, liquid-cooled inline two-cylinder fuel-injected engine. In order to promote faster combustion, the new engine was designed using the latest analysis technology to actively generate a tumble (a vertical whirl of air-fuel mixture) in the combustion chamber while obtaining an optimum flow rate of the engine's air-fuel mixture. As a result, the engine boasts a class-leading power output while also offering a power delivery suited for daily use. In addition, the new engine uses Yamaha Motor's unique DiASil (Die casting Aluminum-Silicon) cylinders, which offer excellent heat dissipation and lighter weight. This is the first time this technology has been implemented in 2-cylinder engines made by Yamaha Motor.
2) Mass-centralized lightweight body
A simple and lightweight steel frame with minimal curves and welding is employed. The new YZF-R25 offers excellent handling through various features, including the front suspension with 41mm inner tubes, one of the largest in the class, Monocross suspension that contributes to mass centralization, and a rear arm that has the same axial distance ratio as the YZF-R1.
3) Body design inherited from the YZF-R series
The new YZF-R25 features a sporty and advanced-looking design worthy of the YZF-R title. The mass-forward silhouette and sharply-sculpted rear end inherit the DNA of the R-series. The reverse-slant twin headlights for a sharper look, an air duct that evokes a sense of high performance, shift timing indicator identical to the YZF-R1, and other features are also derived from previous YZF-R designs.
YZF-R25: Main Specifications *Indonesian model
Length x Width x Height2,090mm x 720mm x 1,135mm
Seat Height780mm
Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve
Cylinder ArrangementInline two-cylinder
Total Displacement249cm3
Bore x Stroke60.0mm x 44.1mm
Maximum Output26.5kW (36.0PS)/12,000rpm
Maximum Torque22.6N・m (2.30kgf・m)/10,000rpm
Fuel Capacity14L
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection
Transmission Type/Shift MethodConstant mesh 6-speed/Return type
Tire Size (Front/Rear)110/70-17 / 140/70-17
Brake Type (Front/Rear)Hydraulic disc/Hydraulic disc
Suspension (Front/Rear)Telescopic/Swingarm

Victory recalls 872 motorcycles for crankcase defect

Publish Date:  May 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for 872 model year 2014 and 2015 Victory motorcycles because the OEM reported that the crankcases may have been incorrectly machined.

The recall could temporarily put the brakes on sales of the 2014 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eight Ball, Hammer Eight Ball, High Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Ness Cross Country, Vegas Eight Ball, Vision, Boardwalk and the 2015 Gunner manufactured between January 22, 2014 and April 25, 2014.

Victory has issued a stop sale notification to its dealer network until the problem can be remedied.

"Victory has determined that some crankcases may have been manufactured with insufficient clearance between the crankshaft and crankcases which can result in too little crankshaft endplay...Engines assembled using a faulty crankcase may unexpectedly seize. This could cause the vehicle operator to lose control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash," the recall notice submitted by Polaris stated.

To date there have been no reports of engine failures. Victory discovered the issue during quality control assessments on the production line. Procedure dictates that all engines be "started and run at the end of the production line. These engines are not in chassis at this point and are attached to an engine run-up stand." On March 26, one of the engines seized, and further investigation resulted in two additional engine failures in mid-April.

Victory's investigation has determined that the vendor's quality control measures had allowed some out-of-specification crankcases to be delivered to Victory," the company stated.

Victory is warning owners not to ride motorcycles included in the recall until a dealer has conducted an inspection and made any necessary repairs. Crankcase clearance will be fixed free of charge on motorcycles found to have the defect.

Owners may contact Polaris at 1-888-704-5290 for more information. Owners may also go to or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for details. The NHTSA campaign number is 14V227000.

Ducati recalling 2,000 Panigales for faulty handlebar switch

Publish Date:  May 5, 2014

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Ducati North America is recalling 2,083 model year 2012 and 2013 1199 Panigale and Panigale S motorcycles because the left handlebar switch may not get power from its connection at the dashboard, preventing the horn, instrument panel display, high beam and right turn signals from functioning.

Because of the defect, the motorcycles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No.123, "Motorcycle Controls and Displays." The rider's inability to use the horn, right turn indicators and high beam could increase the risk of a crash, the OEM reported to NHTSA.

The recall covers 1,515 bikes minted in 2012 and another 568 made in 2013.

Dealers are asked to install an additional wiring harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 16. Ducati's number for the recall is RCL-14-001.

Suzuki's new TU250X a classic style for entry-level riders

Publish Date:  May 1, 2014

BREA, Calif. - Suzuki's TU250X for 2015 is designed to be a modern motorcycle wrapped in a retro bike style, featuring a round headlight, sweptback and low-slung chrome exhaust, and polished crank side case.

The OEM said the new model, with an MSRP of $4,399, was shipping to dealers in May, but it is not available in California, the company noted.

"The TU250X is a good fit for many entry-level riders, with the long and comfortable padded seat positioned low for a seat height of just 30.3 inches," the OEM announced. A classic steel-tube frame and naked styling keeps the TU's curb weight at 326 lbs., Suzuki noted.

The TU250X features chrome-plated spoke wheels, with the front wheel stopped by a hyraulic disc brake using a dual-piston caliper for consistent brake activation.

The single-cylinder, 250cc air-cooled engine exposes its cooling fins for old-school style, while modern performance is enhanced by the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system and digital ignitio, the OEM noted. The engine is tuned to deliver strong low-end torque and quick throttle response.

The bike's 3.2-gallon fuel tank "means riders will enjoy long road sessions with few stops for fuel. The bike's exhaust system is complete with a catalytic convertor to help keep emissions low," Suzuki announced.


Ohlins expands steering damper kit recall

Publish Date:  May 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ohlins Racing AB is recalling 2,827 steering damper kits manufactured with an incorrectly machined bracket that can cause the steering mechanism to lock up.

The dampers were sold for use as aftermarket equipment on Yamaha R1, R6, and FZ6, Suzuki TL1000 R and GSX1300R, Honda CB600RR, and Ducati Monster 1000, 748, 848, 916, 996, and 998 motorcycles. Also included are universal steering damper kits with part numbers SD 000 through SD 005.

The affected brackets may crack, according to the company. If there is a crack in the steering bracket, at low speeds it may cause the steering to lock, leading to personal injury or a crash.

Ohlins will notify the distributors and provide their customers with a new bracket. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule for the campaign. This recall is an expansion of recall 13E-034. 

Lauge Jensen unveils Viking concept bike with Wisconsin-built engine

Publish Date:   Apr 18, 2014HORSENS, Denmark - Danish bespoke OEM Lauge Jensen motorcycles has unveiled the Viking Concept at the Top Marques luxury brands show in Monaco.The premium motorcycle is billed as "a design study that blends the talents of two of Denmark's most creative talents": Anders Kirk Johansen, an industrialist whose family invented Lego, and vehicle designer Henrik Fisker.The Viking Concept points to a possible volume-production direction for Johansen's Lauge Jensen brand, following his acquisition of the company in 2012.Johansen commissioned automotive designer Fisker, previously a design chief at BMW and Aston Martin and the designer of the Fisker Karma, to design the Viking Concept.The result is a bike that retains a classic cruiser look sculptured into a dynamic, flowing design. In particular the tank, seat and rear fender blend together to create a seamless effect. Fisker believes this to be unique in custom motorcycles."It's been a dream of mine to design and create a motorcycle for many years and this is the first time I have the freedom to go and do it," he said. "I hope people like what we have created and that we can make more of them - for sure there's plenty more to come from this collaboration between myself and Anders."The Viking Concept is powered by a 45-degree V-twin producing 100hp, making the bike capable of more than 130mph. It's the first motorcycle of its type to comply with new, much more stringent Euro IV emissions regulations that come into effect in 2016. The engine, built in Wisconsin, has been carefully developed and tuned to achieve this without losing its trademark V-twin sound or soul.Lauge Jensen also produces the limited edition Great Dane custom cruiser, which starts from €42,800 (US$59,124). The company intends to build a bike based on the Viking Concept at higher volumes and with a lower price tag than the Great Dane."Potentially, it's the next step for our company beyond our limited production Great Dane custom bike," Johansen said. "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. 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."

Mustang expands Super Touring offering

Publish Date:   Apr 23, 2014THREE RIVERS, Mass. - In response to customer requests, Mustang Seatshas started offering Super Touring seats for early FLs, including 1997-2007 Road Kings, 1997-'05 Screamin' Eagle editions and 2006-'07 FLHX Street Glides, plus 1997-07 FLHT/FLTR models.The Super Touring model sits the rider back further than stock.Key design elements incorporated into the Super Touring seat include a 19-inch wide driver seat, and the passenger part of the seat is 14 inches wide.Although a one-piece design, the Super Touring seat is split to accept the stock or Mustang driver backrest kit, and the seat is contoured to better clear the saddlebag lids.The classic seat costs $489, or $509 with chrome or black-pearl centered studs. 

Harley is Recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE motorcycles

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 28, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -RECALL Subject: Fuel Gauge InaccuracyReport Receipt Date: APR 08, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V185000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,102
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
Harley-DavidsonFXSB2013 - 2014
Harley-DavidsonFXSBSE2013 - 2014
Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor CompanySUMMARY: Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE motorcycles manufactured March 20, 2012, through March 10, 2014. Suspension variances may affect the gas tank mounting angle causing the fuel level sensor to read inaccurately.CONSEQUENCE: The gauge inaccuracy may cause the motorcycle to run out of fuel unexpectedly, possibly even before the Low Fuel Warning lamp illuminates. The lack of fuel would cause the motorcycle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will update the software to recalibrate the fuel level sensor signal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.

Off-road group seeks volunteers to help reopen Imperial Sand Dunes

Publish Date:   Apr 24, 2014GLAMIS, Calif. - The American Sand Association is working on a volunteer effort in conjunction with the federal Bureau of Land Management, to start removing the closure stakes in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.Thanks to the efforts of numerous volunteers, 40,000 acres of closed dunes will be reopened for OHV recreation. The stake removal will begin at the small central closure near Gecko Campground and the 160 acres in Buttercup. The Buttercup project will also call for assistance with the reinstallation of the critical habitat closure near the Mexican border.Volunteers are sought to help out the weekend of May 3 to come out on their ATVs, SxSs and trucks with trailers, ez-ups, goggles, gloves, shovels, rope, tie-downs and moving blankets.Volunteers may register from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 at the Gecko Campground and Buttercup Ranger Station in Glamis. Volunteers will be up bright and early to beat the heat, starting with a briefing at 5:30 a.m. The stake removal is expected to be finished by 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided afterward.To sign up or for questions, please email Nicole Gilles at

EPA acknowledges that ethanol damages engines

PICKERINGTON, OH - April 21, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.The EPA statements are found in a rule proposal issued by the Federal Trade Commission regarding a new label for pumps that supply fuel blends high in ethanol.According to the EPA, "[e]thanol impacts motor vehicles in two primary ways. First ... ethanol enleans the [air/fuel] ratio (increases the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons) which can lead to increased exhaust gas temperatures and potentially increase incremental deterioration of emission control hardware and performance over time, possibly causing catalyst failure. Second, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues, which may lead to other component failures."In motorcycles and nonroad products [using E15 and higher ethanol blends], EPA raised engine-failure concerns from overheating."These EPA statements, contained in the FTC document, back the long-held position of the AMA."The American Motorcyclist Association has fought the distribution of E15 fuel blends in an effort to protect motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles from the damage that ethanol causes," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. "Now the EPA acknowledges that ethanol itself is harmful to emissions hardware and other components on all motor vehicles. It is time for the federal government to pause, take a hard look at this product and change its entire approach to ethanol in fuels."E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume.None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in operation can use fuels with blends higher than 10 percent ethanol. Doing so could void the manufacturer's warranty, in addition to causing damage to the vehicle.The AMA applauded the EPA's decision in its proposed rule to roll back the requirement for wider distribution and use of E15 under its Renewable Fuel Standard.The AMA also is concerned about the continued availability of E10 blends and E0 fuels - gasoline with zero ethanol content - if E15 is allowed to permeate the marketplace

T.A. Motorsports was Broken Into and had a 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat X Stolen

FRANCIS CREEK, WI - April 10, 2014 - On April 10th, 2014 at about 1:30am T.A. Motorsports, Inc - located in Francis Creek, WI - was broken into by 2 men. The men stole a 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat X in Viper Blue and White.2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat_X_VipBluThe vehicle serial number is - 4UF14MPV1ET307502.We ask that anybody with information regarding this missing unit or suspect information please call T.A. Motorsports at 920-682-1284 or the Manitowoc County Sherriff's Department at 920-683-4201.T.A. Motorsports is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible.

Zero recalls 2014 bikes for motor inspection

Publish Date:   Apr 9, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Zero Motorcycles Inc. is recalling certain 2014 model year motorcycles for a possible manufacturing defect that would allow the motor rotor to contact the stator while the bike is operational, NHTSA announced.If the rotor contacts the stator, the motor could seize. This could lock up the rear wheel and increase the risk of a crash, according to the manufacturer.About 94 models are involved in the recall. They are:
  • 2014 Zero SRs manufactured between Dec. 30, 2013, and Feb. 20, 2014,
  • 2014 Zero S motorcycles manufactured from Dec. 26, 2013, through Feb. 18, 2014,
  • 2014 Zero DSs made from  Jan. 24, 2013, through Feb. 4, 2014, and
  • 2014 Zero FXs  made from Jan. 14 through Jan. 27, 2014.
Dealers are being asked to conduct an in-motorcycle stationary screening test of the motor and determine whether replacement is needed. The motor is supplied to Zero by Motenergy Inc. of Slinger, Wis."Dealers and owners will also be advised to keep motor rpm below 5,000, should they choose to ride the suspect motorcycles prior to running this screening test," Richard Kenton, Zero's director of customer service, informed NHTSA. "5,000 rpm corresponds to the following approximate top speed per model: 85 mph on SR, 79 mph on S, 82 mph on OS and 71 mph on FX."


Dealer Expo Updates

Premier announces midsized Enforcer snowmobile

Publish Date:   Apr 1, 2014HOWELL, Mich. -- Premier is debuting its first model, a 2015 Enforcer 350EFI mid-size snowmobile.Standard features on the 2015 Enforcer 350EFI include an advanced 350cc 4-stroke engine, fuel injection, electric start, push-button reverse, heated grips, and a suspension system designed to deliver a smooth ride.The Enforcer was designed and developed to fill in the current market gap between the youth 120cc snowmobile market and the adult full-sized snowmobile market."The 2015 Enforcer 350EFI mid-size snowmobile is designed to be the perfect family snowmobile, a machine small enough for junior riders to handle, yet large enough that an adult could also ride it," said Chris Bell, president of Premier. "We set out to create a machine that redefines what a mid-size snowmobile should be. The Enforcer 350 EFI will offer a more affordable entry price, while not sacrificing any features."

Burly Brand Braided Stainless Extended Cable Kit

Burly Brand has released a collection of braided stainless kits specific to the 2008-2013 Harley Street Glide. Each kit is tailored to work with Burly Brand's 13" or 15" apehanger and is available for ABS as well as non ABS FLHX and FLHT/C/U models. Kits include extended brake lines (including ABS lines) and extended clutch cable as well as all relevant wiring extensions for switches and throttle by wire, making installation much simpler. Look for cable/line kits for 2014 and newer models later this year.   
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Honda recalls 7,000 CB500, CBR500 for bolt replacement

Publish Date:   Mar 8, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Honda has started notifying consumers that it is recalling certain model-year 2013 CB500 and CBR500 motorcycles.The recall affects 6,954 CB500s (F, FA, X and XA) and CBR500s (R and RA) from the 2013 model year, Honda reported.The rocker arm shaft retaining bolts may have been manufactured incorrectly, the OEM told NHTSA; as a result, the bolts could loosen during engine operation."A loose bolt will initially result in a slow leak of engine oil, but if not addressed the bolt can come out of the cylinder head entirely," the recall stated. "Without a bolt, the engine will have reduced power which may result in a stall, increasing the risk of a crash."Honda dealers, who were notified by the OEM last month, are being asked to replace the rocker arm shaft retaining bolts free of charge. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 14V056000.

Polaris Debuts 2015 Snowmobile Lineup

The all-new AXYSTM platform delivers new levels of rider-balanced control, acceleration and comfortMINNEAPOLIS, MN - March 4, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Celebrating 60 years as a respected leader in the snowmobiling industry, Polaris' commitment to innovation strikes again. The 2015 snowmobile lineup features the all-new AXYSTM platform, designed to deliver unmatched handling and performance, along with two new long-track INDY models for exceptional on-and off-trail riding. The 2015 sleds were introduced this week during Polaris' dealer meeting at Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.2015 Polaris 600_Switchback_Adventure_SC_LE_60th_Anniv"Sixty years ago, our founders invented the modern snowmobile, establishing a culture of innovation at Polaris," said Mike Jonikas, vice president, snowmobiles, Polaris Industries Inc. "That culture continues today. We are committed to delighting riders with world class quality and industry leading comfort. Our new AXYS platform and long-track INDY models were designed to redefine our rider's experience and further deliver on our promise to provide those riders with terrain dominating control."In addition to unveiling sleds to dominate any terrain, Polaris also announced an expanded SnowCheck Select program for 2015 that offers riders more customization options than ever before. With more than 20,000 unique combinations to choose from, riders may select their model, color and equipment options to suit their riding style. The 2015 program runs now through April 15, 2014. Riders can customize their sleds online at Complete details can be found online or by visiting a local Polaris dealer.2015 MODEL SEGMENTSALL NEW AXYSTM PLATFORM FOR RUSH® & SWITCHBACK®Polaris is once again showcasing its strong engineering, innovation, manufacturing capabilities and dedication to the rider experience with the introduction of the all-new AXYS platform - a true game changer. AXYS radically raises the bar in control, performance and comfort. This next generation premium platform is featured in nine new 2015 models within two familiar segments: RUSH and SWITCHBACK. Built with 93 percent new parts, the AXYS chassis is truly all new. AXYS was designed to redefine the rider's overall experience through rider-balanced control, unrivaled acceleration and rider-centric comfort. Rider-balanced control is all about flatter cornering and greater control on any terrain. To achieve this, Polaris altered the rider's location on the sled, centralized the vehicle mass and optimized the suspension geometry. AXYS delivers unrivalled acceleration by pairing more power with less weight. More power starts with the new 800 HQ engine with electronically controlled exhaust values. Additionally, Polaris achieved a 38 lb. weight reduction to provide the industry's lightest flatland sleds. Finally, models on the AXYS platform offer the ultimate in rider comfort with integrated storage, enhanced wind protection, improved controls, a more comfortable seat, longer and wider running boards and standard LED headlights - an industry first.Models that include AXYS include: 600 RUSH PRO-S, 800 RUSH PRO-S, 800 RUSH PRO-X, 800 Switchback PRO-S, 600 Switchback PRO-S, 600 Switchback Adventure, 800 Switchback PRO-XPolaris 600_RUSH_PRO_S_PrDEEP SNOW LINEUP: RMK® AND SWITCHBACK® ASSAULTYear after year, Polaris' Deep Snow models outshine the competition with the ultimate combination of power, strength, lighter weights and durability. Weighing in at only 417 lbs., RMK is 42 lbs. lighter than the nearest competitor making it the lightest and most "flickable" sled on the market. The 2015 collection of RMK, PRO-RMK, ASSAULT and SWITCHBACK ASSAULT models continue to defy deep snow and high climbs. At the core of these sleds is the PRO-RIDE RMK chassis, which is purpose-built for deep snow riding, and the sleds strong, ultra-light Carbon Fiber Infrastructure. The RMK's Coil-Over Rear Suspension outperforms competitor sleds in deep snow, offering more control and excellent flotation to climb higher and faster, supplemented by Gripper skis. Additionally, PRO-RMK models leverage the QuickDriveTM Low Inertia Drive System for quicker acceleration and increased "flickability." Riders with a passion for extreme terrain riding are a perfect match for ASSAULT models. The 600 Switchback ASSAULT and its 800 counterpart, offer a nimble machine capable for both trail and backcountry riding thanks to their 144" uncoupled skid, with tipped-up rails, rail reinforcements and a Cobra track for excellent flotation.In 2015, RMK riders have the ultimate opportunity to truly customize their sled, building it from the ground up to suit their riding preferences. The 2015 SnowCheck Select program offers more than 20,000 unique combinations of chassis, suspension, track, color and tunnel and rail choices.Models Include: 600 RMK 144, 600 RMK 155, 600 PRO-RMK 155, 800 RMK 155, 800 PRO-RMK 155, 800 RMK Assault 155, 800 PRO-RMK 163, 800 SWITCHBACK Assault 144, 600 SWITCHBACK Assault 144INDY®: GREATER OFF-TRAIL VERSATILITY WITH NEW 155" TRACK MODELSPolaris is once again adding to the most legendary name in snowmobiling with the introduction of the new 550 INDY Voyageur 155 and 550 INDY Adventure 155 aimed to provide riders enhanced versatility both on- and off-trail. These new 155-inch track models deliver the ultimate in deep snow flotation, the best trail handling, no matter the speed, and unmatched hauling and towing capabilities. The new 155 INDY models offer superior ride, handling and versatility thanks to three key features including, 155 articulated rear suspension, PRO-FLOAT skis and aggressive high-flotation Cobra 155-inch track. The ultimate in recreational utility, INDY Voyageur models are light with great cargo towing capabilities allowing them to excel at both work and play. The 2015 INDY Adventure models, 550 INDY Adventure 144 and the new 550 INDY Adventure 155 are easily configured for solo or 2-up riding and feature the most innovate cargo system in snowmobiling. The INDY lineup also includes two additional long-track models (550 INDY XLT 144 and 550 INDY 144) and four performance models (800 INDY SP, 600 INDY SP, 600 INDY and 550 INDY) thus offering the ideal sled for every rider.Additionally, in recognition of 60 years of snowmobile excellence, Polaris is offering two specially equipped INDY models - the 800 INDY SP 60th Anniversary Model and the 600 INDY SP 60th Anniversary Model - exclusively through SnowCheck Select.Models Include: 800 INDY Voyageur 144, 550 INDY Voyageur 155, 550 INDY Voyageur 144, 550 INDY LXT 144, 550 INDY Adventure 155, 550 INDY Adventure 144, 800 INDY SP, 600 INDY, 550 INDY 144, 550 INDYIQ®Designed for solo or 2-up adventures, the 600 IQ LXT is perfect for long rides. A strong collection of features geared toward comfort - from handwarmers for both driver and passenger and a 2-up pillow seat to the smooth-riding IQ 136 Comfort rear suspension and an adjustable, five-position steering post for positioning the bars - ensure riders are comfortable on even the highest-mileage rides. The 600 IQ WideTrak is built to easily transition from work to recreation. Its 600 Cleanfire® engine, IQ independent front suspension, Gripper skis and Utility Tipped-Rear rear suspension combine to handle demanding work tasks with a combination of power, flotation and control.Models include: 600 IQ LXT, 600 IQ WideTrakYOUTHThe 120 INDY, Polaris' youth offering, is specifically designed for young riders, providing a fun, full riding experience while incorporating several special safety features. The 120's four-stroke engine is built for efficiency and trouble-free performance, perfect for a starter sled.Models include: 120 INDY

Bipartisan Senate bill would ban federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints

PICKERINGTON, OH - March 5, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - A bipartisan bill introduced today by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) would prohibit the use of federal funds in establishing motorcycle-only checkpoints.This is a similar bill to H.R. 1861, introduced in in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).Specifically, the "Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act" would restrict the Secretary of Transportation from granting funds to any government entity for a program to check helmet use or to create checkpoints for an operator of a motorcycle or a passenger on a motorcycle.The American Motorcyclist Association fully supports the bill."During the past two years, federal, state and local governments spent more than a half million dollars on motorcycle-only checkpoints," said 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."The AMA has tracked motorcycle-only checkpoints since they were first enacted in New York.The state of Georgia used funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March 2011 to conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints as thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Fla., for Bike Week.Another motorcycle-only checkpoint was conducted in northern Virginia during one of the nation's most visible motorcycle rallies - Rolling Thunder - over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend.Motorcycle-only checkpoints also were conducted in Utah when thousands of riders attended a world-class road-racing event.California, Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Virginia have passed legislation curbing MOCs. If passed, this federal bill will ensure that riders across the country are safeguarded from ineffective and prejudicial MOCs. For more information on the efforts by the AMA to fight motorcycle-only checkpoints, go to

CFMOTO Powersports, Inc. will pay $750,000 EPA fine for Importing None Certified Vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC - March 4, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - 
A Chinese powersports company and its related U.S. distributor have agreed to recall and replace fuel tanks that will better control gasoline vapors in approximately 1,000 vehicles and take other steps to control pollution stemming from the illegal import of over 12,000 recreational vehicles and highway motorcycles. These motor vehicles were manufactured in China and imported without the required certification indicating that emissions would meet federal standards.Overview of Companies
CFMOTO Powersports, Inc. is a Minnesota corporation that holds certificates of conformity and that imports highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles manufactured by Zhejiang CFMoto Power Co., Ltd. and ChunFeng Holding Group Co. Ltd., both Chinese companies. CFMOTO America, Inc. is a now-dissolved Michigan corporation that was the predecessor to CFMOTO Powersports, Inc.
Between March 2007 and August 2013, CFMOTO imported over 12,000 highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles into the United States that were not certified by the EPA, as required by the Clean Air Act, to meet applicable federal emission standards, including approximately 1,400 vehicles that were imported without proper emission control information labels.
Pollutant Impacts
Nine hundred and ninety-three (993) recreational vehicles were imported with uncertified fuel tanks. Fuel tanks are emissions related parts that ensure that highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles meet emissions requirements under Title II of the Clean Air Act.
Non-Penalty Conditions
The settlement requires CFMOTO to institute a Recall and Fuel Tank Replacement Program to prevent any excess emissions from the uncertified fuel tanks. Furthermore, the settlement requires CFMOTO to correct the emission control labels for 340 of the vehicles with nonconforming labels that are still within CFMOTO's contol.
Health Effects and Environmental Benefits
Highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles emit carbon monoxide, as well as hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone.
  • Nitrogen Oxides - Nitrogen oxides can cause or contribute to a variety of health problems and adverse environmental impacts, such as ground-level ozone, acid rain, global warming, water quality deterioration, and visual impairment. Affected populations include children and people with lung diseases such as asthma. Exposure to these conditions can cause damage to lung tissue for people who work or exercise outside.
  • Ground-level ozone - Ground-level ozone is formed by reactions involving HC and NOx in the presence of sunlight. Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems, including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion. It also can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Ground-level ozone damages vegetation and ecosystems as well. In the United States, ozone is responsible for an estimated $500 million in reduced crop production each year.
  • Carbon Monoxide - Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is formed when carbon in fuel is not burned completely. It is a component of motor vehicle exhaust, which contributes about 56 percent of all carbon monoxide emissions nationwide. Carbon monoxide can cause harmful health effects by reducing oxygen delivery to the body's organs (like the heart and brain) and tissues.
Civil Penalty
CFMOTO will pay a $725,000 penalty 

BRP recalls Can Am and Ski-Doo heated gloves

Publish Date:   Feb 27, 2014STURTEVANT, Wis. - BRP is recalling Ski-Doo ad Can Am heated gloves because the gloves' lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack can overheat, posing a fire hazard.The gloves were made in China and sold at BRP authorized dealerships nationwide and via BRP's website from August 2013 through February 2014. Recalled product codes are 446247 for the Can-Am heated gloves, 446248 for the Ski-Doo heated gloves and 4880580001 for the two Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that are sold separately.BRP has received three reports of batteries overheating while charging, two in Canada and one in United States. In two reports, there was minor property damage. No injuries were reported, according to the recall notice posted by the CPSC.Consumers are advised to immediately disconnect all battery packs from the electrical connections and remove the battery. Avoid charging the battery packs and contact an authorized dealership or BRP directly for a full refund of the paid price up to $199.99 plus taxes. Customers can keep the gloves. A full reimbursement of the paid price up to $49.99 plus taxes will be offered for the return of additional two battery packs.

Yamaha recalls 1,300 off-road competition bikes for drive chain fix

Publish Date:   Feb 27, 2014CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha is recalling about 1,300 competition off-road motorcycles because the drive chain can detach and cause the rider to lose control of the bike.The recall, posted by the CPSC, involves model year 2014 bikes with model numbers YZ250FEL, YZ250FEW, YZ450FEL and YZ450FEW. YZ250F or YZ450F and 250 or 450 is printed on the left and right side panels of the motorcycles.The bikes were sold from December 2013 through January 2014 for between $7,500 and $8,500.No incidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the drive chain issue, the OEM reported.Yamaha is contacting registered owners directly. Consumers are instructed to immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair. 

Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction Set For Houston Debut At Reliant Center

Over 200 Vintage Bikes from Ariel to Zundapp will Cross the Block Sunday, April 13

WALWORTH, WI - February 26, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Mecum Auctions will present the next MidAmerica Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction Sunday, April 13 at the Reliant Center in Houston. The offering of more than 200 vintage and collector bikes will immediately follow the auction house's third-annual Houston classic and collector car auction April 10-12.140226-Mecum-Auctions-Houston-Motorcycle-AuctionFollowing the record-breaking motorcycle-exclusive auction in Las Vegas, Jan. 9-11, Mecum is excited to now present MidAmerica Motorcycles at an entirely new venue in a state that is home to some of the most well-known motorcycle rallies and events in the country.Mecum-Houston-1928-Henderson-K-Deluxe1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsMecum-Houston-1949-Vincent-HRD-Black-Shadow1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsMore than half of the sought-after lineup of bikes to be offered at the Houston auction hail from the Mike Doyle Collection of Dixon, California. Comprised of 100-plus motorcycles, Doyle's collection includes some of the finest two-wheeled machines available like a 1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65), a completely restored 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72) with correct factory engine and frame numbers, and a 1913 Sears Auto-Cycle Single Cylinder (U132). Doyle's 1926 Harley-Davidson JDH-8 Valve Board Track Racer (Lot U81) is a truly rare find. Built approximately 15 years ago using factory original cases and parts, this bike could be shown and judged at any A.M.C.A. event. Doyle's collection also includes a great period racer in the form of a 1960 Ducati 260 Elite Racer (Lot U89). This gem is one of the early Ducati motorcycles with the company's trademark valve systems and features a fresh concours restoration. Rarely does such a varied collection of American, British, German, Italian and Japanese motorcycles come to be offered from one collection.Mecum-Houston-1926-Harley-Davidson-JDH-8-Valve-Board-Track-Racer1926 Harley-Davidson JDH-8 Valve Board Track Racer (Lot U81)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsMecum-Houston-1960-Ducati-260-Elite-Racer1960 Ducati 260 Elite Racer (Lot U89)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsAlso set to cross the auction block are two motorcycles that once belonged to the King of Cool Steve McQueen including a 1931 Harley-Davidson VL (Lot U85) and a 1971 Husqvarna 250cc Moto-Cross (Lot U59). The Husky is a well-documented motorcycle initially invoiced to McQueen's film business, Solar Productions, on Oct. 19, 1971, with a note on the invoice that read "Ship to Valerians for Steve to have picked up." Originally purchased for $898, this machine has since been restored and is currently in clean, running condition.Mecum-Houston-1931-Harley-Davidson-VL1931 Harley-Davidson VL (Lot U85)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsMecum-Houston-1971-Husqvarna-250cc-Moto-CrossL1971 Husqvarna 250cc Moto-Cross (Lot U59)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsFor a complete list of consignments visit Mecum's website is updated daily with the most recent consignments including photos and descriptions of each motorcycle. For more details on the Houston Motorcycle auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit or call (262) 275-5050.About Mecum AuctionsNobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 26 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum's social media news and join us on FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest and Instagram.Schedule:
Mecum Houston Auction
The Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
April 10-12, 2014
  • Admission: $20 per person per day, children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission
  • Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Auction: Vehicles start at 10 a.m. each day with Road Art 30 minutes prior
  • TV Schedule: April 10, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
April 11 3:30-6 p.m. and 9:30-11:30 p.m.
April 12 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
(All Times Central)

Yamaha recalls 24,000 YZF-R1s, Super Teneres

Publish Date:   Feb 26, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has notified NHTSA that it is recalling nearly 24,000 sportbikes and adventure-touring motorcycles due an overheating problem associated with the headlights.The OEM is recalling:
  • 2009-13 model year YZF-R1s manufactured from October 2008 through August 2013 (roughly 19,000 units, according to Yamaha), and
  • 2012-13 model year XTZ12 Super Teneres (about 4,700 units) manufactured from October 2011 through August 2013.
In affected units, "use of the headlight may generate enough heat to cause the bulb connections to expand, resulting in arcing in the headlight bulb socket," NHTSA noted. This condition could cause the bulb to overheat, melt and cause the headlight to malfunction.Yamaha is notifying owners; dealers are asked to replace the headlight socket, free of charge (see image). The NHTSA Recall Campaign No. is 14V044000.

Polaris recalling 16,550 Ranger, Crew SxS vehicles

Publish Date:   Feb 27, 2014MEDINA, Minn. - Polaris is recalling about 16,550 2013 Polaris Ranger 500 EFI and Ranger Crew 500 EFI recreational off-highway vehicles because the vehicles' throttle cable can melt on the exhaust pipe and fail to operate properly. The defect can cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard, according to a notice posted by the CPSC.The vehicles were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from June 2012 through February 2014 for between $9,300 and $11,000.Polaris has received one report of a vehicle's throttle failing to return to idle after accelerating, causing the operator to lose control of the vehicle and be thrown from it, resulting in a scraped shin.Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled Polaris Ranger vehicles and contact a Polaris dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. Consumers will also be given inspection instructions if they wish to perform their own inspection. Polaris is contacting its customers directly.

The Legend and Heroes Tour to honor Motocross Icon,
Gary Semics, in Georgia!

February 21, 2014 - Manlius, NY:  As a mainstay of the Monster Energy Supercross series and launching its' new program at the opening round this year with the industry's first digital media mobile Moto Museum experience, which is part of the Monster Energy Supercross "Party in the Pits".  The display includes period champion machines and historical paraphernalia. Inside is a state of the art digital showcase sporting the history of Supercross via a video wall for a full audio-visual theater experience.

Monster Energy Supercross' round #8 in Atlanta, GA will see motocross instructor and champion, Gary Semics, receive his Legends & Heroes Tour 40th Anniversary of Supercross award.  Gary Semics was brought up in the late 1950's, early 1960's, when the world was an entirely different place as far as motocross goes.  In 1967, at the age of thirteen, young Semics was introduced to motocross when he went to Mathis Racetrack in New Philadelphia, OH with some friends.  Up until then, he thought Hill Climb competition was it.  But boy was he wrong.

Gary's first experience watching motocross just happened to be watching of the world's best racers from Europe.  It was one of the events where Edison Dye brought the, then dominate European racers, over to promote the popular European sport.  Semics saw CZ's Joel Robert, Husqvarna's Torsten Hallman, the top Czechoslovakian riders on CZs and many others riding like he never even imagined.  From that day on, Semics was hooked and knew somehow that this was what he wanted to do.  Semics went on to earn a AMA Pro Supercross title and with his years of professional racing under his belt, not to mention his training and coaching experience, earned the respect from the industry and his pears as well.

Gary Semics will be at the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum display at the Georgia Dome this Saturday, February 22nd at 3:00pm for a "Meet and Greet" with the fans.  Later in the day, Mr. Semics will be honored on the Monster Energy podium and presented with the Legend and Heroes 40th Anniversary of Supercross award. 

Kawasaki USA Recalls About 10,000 Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Fuel Leak and Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 15, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -RECALL SUMMARYName of product: Off-road motorcyclesHazard: Fuel can leak from between the fuel tank and fuel tap, posing a fire hazard.140215 CPSC 1-14714 Kawasaki KLX110 LARGERECALL DETAILSUnits: About 10,000Description: This recall involves model year 2010, 2011 and 2012 KLX110 and KLX110L off-road motorcycles. The motorcycles have a 110 cubic centimeter engine, agreen fuel tank, shroud cover and fenders, a black seat and white side covers. "Kawasaki" is on both sides of the shroud cover. Model names and numbers are on both side covers directly beneath the seat. KLX110 models have an automatic clutch, a shift pedal and no clutch lever on the handlebars. The seat height for these models is about 27 inches. KLX110L models have a manual clutch, a shift pedal and a clutch lever on the handlebars. The seat height for these models is about 29 inches.Incidents/Injuries: None reportedRemedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact a Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free repair.  Kawasaki is contacting its customers directly.Sold at: Kawasaki dealers nationwide from November 2009 to January 2014 for about $2,100 to $2,350.Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif.Manufactured in: Thailand

Stewart Makes it Two-in-a-Row with Second Win of the Season in Arlington

Cianciarulo Grabs Maiden Victory in Eastern Regional 250SX Class OpenerARLINGTONTX - February 16, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - In front of 54,421 fans inside AT&T Stadium, Team Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewartwon his second straight Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race with a dominant performance in the 450SX Class for the 47th win of his career. In the opening race of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo captured his first career victory in his Monster Energy Supercross debut.Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey raced to the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award to start the 20-lap 450SX Class Main Event, edging out Stewart and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto. By the conclusion of the opening lap, Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia had moved into third, with Toyota/Yamaha/N-Fab/JGRMX's Justin Brayton in fourth and Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen in fifth. Villopoto crossed the line in sixth.Dungey led the opening three laps before Stewart made the winning pass and pulled away steadily for the remainder of the Main Event. Dungey was never challenged for second, but the battle for the final spot on the podium waged on between Barcia, Brayton, Roczen, and Villopoto. Both Barcia and Brayton took turns occupying the position while Villopoto challenged for the spot in the late stages of the race. Ultimately, Barcia held on to third to secure his first podium result of the season.Stewart moved to within one victory of tying five-time Monster Energy Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time 450SX Class wins list. It was his first win inside AT&T Stadium, but his third in North Texas following wins in 2005 and 2007 inside the old Cowboys Stadium in Irving, Texas. He also joins Villopoto andDiscount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed for the most wins in the division this season with two.stewart1James Stewart captured his 47th career win of his career
Photo credit: Simon Cudby"I'm so happy," exclaimed Stewart. "I thought we needed to be better for the Main Event and we were. The track was really difficult and I knew I had to get myself to a certain point in order to make a pass and control the race. The championship doesn't matter right now. We just need to keep riding like we are. If we do that, then we'll be good."Villopoto finished fourth to maintain his lead in the championship standings, which now sits at 12 points over Roczen, who finished sixth. Stewart moved into third place, 14 points out of the lead.Reed, who suffered an injury on the final lap of competition one week ago in San Diego, attempted to practice on Saturday despite a broken scapula, collarbone, and T1 vertebrae, but ultimately pulled out of competition. He fell from third to sixth in the championship.By virtue of his victory, Stewart assumed control of the Toyota Triple Challenge and holds a one-point lead over Villopoto and Barcia. With one race remaining in the Triple Challenge from East Rutherford, N.J., on April 26, Stewart is now in position to win a new Toyota Tundra if he maintains the advantage. The wins by Reed and Stewart in the first two races mean that no rider will claim the $250,000 bonus for winning all three Main Events.Dallas Monster Energy Supercross 450main1450SX Class Main Event start
Photo credit: Simon CudbyCianciarulo began his first career Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event by racing to the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, bringing his Monster Energy/ProCircuit/Kawasaki teammates Martin Davalos and Blake Baggett with him. Davalos, who was the fastest rider in practice, made a pass for the lead on the opening lap but crashed on Lap 3, allowing Cianciarulo to reclaim the top spot and Baggett to take over second. Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Anthony Rodriguez took over third in his first career professional start, but crashed out of the race on Lap 6, handing the position to TiLUBE/Storm Lake Honda's Gavin Faith. Out front, Cianciarulo and Baggett opened a significant advantage over the rest of the field before Baggett made a pass on Cianciarulo for the lead on Lap 7. The rookie rider responded quickly and retook the lead in the next turn. On Lap 8, Faith crashed out of the race, which allowed Davalos to move back into podium position.Once back out front, Cianciarulo extended his advantage to become the first rider since Trey Canard in 2008 to win in his first career Monster Energy Supercross start. Baggett finished second while Davalos rebounded from a pair of crashes to climb his way from sixth to third and secure a podium sweep for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki.Dallas Monster Energy Supercross adamCianciarulo celebrates the first 250SX Class win of his career
Photo credit: Simon Cudby"I couldn't be more pumped," said Cianciarulo, who became the 93rd different 250SX Class winner in Monster Energy Supercross history. "This is for everyone who has stuck behind me through all the good times and bad. It's taken a lot of good days and a lot of bad days to get to this point. I cannot believe it, all these fans cheering for me and giving me the support. I just can't believe it. We did it."Monster Energy Supercross visits Atlanta's Georgia Dome next Saturday, February 22, for the eighth race of the 2014 season. Live broadcast coverage on FOX Sports 2 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Arlington
  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
  3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki
  4. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda
  5. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
  6. Cole Thompson, Brigden, Canada, KTM
  7. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Honda
  8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 22
  3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki, 20
  4. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 18
  5. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 16
  6. Cole Thompson, Brigden, Canada, KTM, 15
  7. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Honda, 14
  8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda, 13
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 12
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda, 11
450SX Class Results: Arlington
  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  3. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda
  4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
  5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
  6. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
  8. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda
  9. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
  10. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
450SX Class Season Standings
  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 144
  2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 132
  3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 130
  4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 116
  5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 114
  6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 111
  7. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 109
  8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 83
  9. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 65
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 63
Toyota Triple Challenge Standings
  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 39
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo Wash., Kawasaki, 38
  3. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 38
  4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 37
  5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 31
  6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
  7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 23
  8. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 22
  9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 16
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 14
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
  1. Ethan Kidd, Bates City, Mo., KTM
  2. Colton Trouille, Lake Park, Ga., KTM
  3. Weston Duke, Selling, Okla., KTM
  4. Ashton Werline, Everman, Texas, KTM
  5. Stockton Singleton, Marietta, Ga., KTM
  6. Jacob Baran, Jenks, Okla., KTM
  7. Marisa Menning, Kelso, Wash., KTM
  8. Jase Chelin, Lake Hills, Ga., KTM
  9. Daric Johnson, Perryton, Texas, KTM
  10. Ky Keadle, Amarillo, Texas, KTM
  11. Clay Fishback, Washington, Iowa, KTM
  12. Brody Farris, Haslet, Texas, KTM
  13. Ben Stroud, Cornelius, N.C., KTM
  14. Kaden Shaw, Tucumcari, N.M., KTM
  15. Boston Allison, Waxahachie, Texas, KTM
For the first-time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races live and FOX Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy Supercross programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.
 The Legend and Heroes Tour will honor Yamaha's World Renowned
Keith McCarty as part of
the Legends & Heroes 2014 40th Anniversary of Supercross Tour at A-3!

January 31, 2014 - Manlius, NY:  The Legends and Heroes Tour has been a mainstay of the Monster Energy Supercross series for the past four years, and has once again hit the road for its fifth year while celebrating the 40th anniversary of Supercross.

The Legends and Heroes Tour launched its' new 2014 program during the opening round of the Monster Energy Supercross at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.   The industry's first digital media mobile Moto Museum experience, with a new museum design, is part of the Moto Museum's 100' plus foot print, which is part of the Monster Energy Supercross "Party in the Pits".  The display includes period champion machines and historical paraphernalia. Inside is a state of the art digital showcase sporting the history of Supercross via a video wall for a full audio-visual theater experience.

Keith McCarty &amp; Bob Hannah - photo by vitalmx.comThe Legends and Heroes Supercross Tour's next stop is back at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim this weekend.  This third So Cal stop will honor Yamaha's Keith McCarty.  Well known in the early days of Motocross and Supercross, McCarty was responsible for helping pilot Bob Hannah as the first "Triple Crown" winner of Supercross.  Keith and his team gained national recognition as the first manufacturer to win three Supercross titles in a row.  Hannah piloted the YZ's to championship heights from 1977, 1978 and 1979.

Mr. McCarty will be at the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum display at A-3 this Saturday, February 1st at 3:00pm for a "Meet and Greet" with the fans.  Later in the day, Keith will be honored on the Monster Energy podium and presented with the Legend and Heroes 40th Anniversary of Supercross award.    

The EPA needs to hear from you on E15
Submit comments before the deadline, Jan. 28!

 Submit Comments!

You have less than two weeks to tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that you support its proposal to reduce the total amount of ethanol required in transportation fuel nationwide in 2014.

The AMA supports this proposal because it could slow the introduction of E15, a gasoline formulation that contains as much as 15 percent ethanol by volume, into the marketplace. The AMA opposes E15 because it can cause engine and fuel system damage to your motorcycle or ATV, and can void manufacturer's warranties.

You play an important role in convincing the EPA to change the 2014 ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

As of Jan. 17, the EPA has heard from more than 4,000 motorcyclists! But the EPA needs to hear from more of you to counter the pro-ethanol groups that want E15 to be sold throughout the country.

During this public comment period, you can tell the agency how this proposal will help protect 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in America -- and the riders who depend on their safe operation -- from inadvertent misfueling.

Don't forget, the deadline for comments is Jan. 28! Act today to ensure your voice is heard.

For the latest information on the American Motorcyclist Association's efforts to protect your access to safe fuels, go to

The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at, including any personal information provided. 
Arctic Cat recalling Sno Pros for fuel leak fix
Publish Date: Jan 15, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arctic Cat is recalling about 264 Arctic Cat 500 Sno Pro snowmobiles to fix a fuel leak that can cause a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Vehicles being recalled are model year 2014 Arctic Cat 500 Sno Pros with model numbers S2014ACCPRUSG and S2014ACCPRPVG, sold by dealers starting in September 2013 for between $7,800 and $9,000, the agency reported.

Arctic Cat is notifying owners. Dealers are asked to make repairs free of charge.


Monster Energy Supercross Race This Saturday Honors 40 Years of the Sport's History

AURORA, IL - January 16, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Feld MotorSports® announced today that the second Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at Angel Stadium this Saturday will serve as the official "40th Anniversary Celebration Race."
73871422-42da-424f-80fb-bb3f9625f3efTo kick the weekend off, several past champions will join Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen at the pre-race press conference and take part in a Q&A session that looks back at the 40 years of racing at Angel Stadium. On Friday evening, fans can celebrate with the champions at the OC Sports Bar (450 North State College Blvd Orange, CA) from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. PT.On race day, fans can take part in a meet and greet at the Monster Energy Supercross 40th Anniversary Legends and Heroes display in the pit area, where iconic bikes and retro memorabilia will be on display. During opening ceremonies, all 22 Monster Energy Supercross champions will be presented a commemorative helmet before being introduced to the crowd during opening ceremonies.94ad1009-f424-4418-9e9b-2d246684c8b8The race track will be a replica of the 2001 Anaheim season opener, which marked the passing of the torch from seven-time 450SX Class Champion Jeremy McGrath to Ricky Carmichael, who went on to win five championships and sits second on the all-time win list. These two great champions will take a hot lap on the iconic track during opening ceremonies.Many of the current teams and riders of Monster Energy Supercross are also expected to get into the throwback spirit of the 40th anniversary celebration, and fans are encouraged to embrace the commemorative theme.2c3bb698-30c7-4f9c-ab87-8bc457743cbf"Supercross was a very important part of my racing experience," said Pierre Karsmakers, the first-ever supercross champion. "I was fortunate enough to be a part of an emerging sport in its early years. My generation is so impressed by the new generation of riders and of course the development of the bikes. As the first AMA Supercross Champion, I have great respect to be honored with such remarkable riders at the 40th anniversary celebration""It is an honor to be among these 22 deserving champions of Monster Energy Supercross," said Ryan Villopoto, the reigning three-time 450SX Class Champion who rides for Monster Energy Kawasaki. "I am especially excited to race at this 40th-anniversary event and to see the legends of the sport honored in front of a huge crowd. The second race at Anaheim is going to be a great race, and I am also looking forward to seeing everyone in the pits wearing their retro gear.""The 2014 season marks a special milestone for the sport as we celebrate its 40th anniversary," said Todd Jendro, vice president of two-wheel operations, Feld Motor Sports. "We wanted to pay tribute to the heritage of the sport by hosting a commemorative race that reflects on Monster Energy Supercross' remarkable evolution and expansion into the mainstream. For the first-time ever, we will have all 22 supercross champions on hand at Angel Stadium."
450SX Class ChampionsTitle(s)Year(s)
Jeremy McGrath7'93; '94; '95; '96; '98; '99; ‘00
Ricky Carmichael5'01; '02; '03; '05; ‘06
Bob Hannah3'77; '78; ‘79
Jeff Stanton3'89; '90; ‘92
Ryan Villopoto3'11; '12; ‘13
Jeff Ward2'85; ‘87
Chad Reed2'04; ‘08
Rick Johnson2'86; ‘88
James Stewart2'07; ‘09
Pierre Karsmakers1‘74
Jim Ellis1‘75
Jim Weinert1‘76
Mike Bell1‘80
Mark Barnett1‘81
Donnie Hansen1‘82
David Bailey1‘83
Johnny O'Mara1‘84
J.M. Bayle1‘91
Jeff Emig1‘97
Ryan Dungey1‘10
For the first-time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races live and FOX Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy Supercross programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app
 BMW is Recalling 50,184 Motorcycles Manufactured Between 2005-2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 6, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -

RECALL Subject: Fuel Pump Flange may Leak , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)

Report Receipt Date: DEC 12, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V617000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 50,184



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K 1200 GT

K 1200 R

K 1200 R SPORT

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K 1300 GT

K 1300 S

K 1600 GT

K 1600 GTL

R 1200 GS


R 1200 R

R 1200 RT

R 1200 S

R 1200 ST

S 1000 RR


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2008 - 20010

2006 - 2008

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2009 - 2011



2005 - 2011

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Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

SUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2011 model year R-model motorcycles, model year 2005-2012 K-model motorcycles, model year 2010-2011 S 1000 model motorcycles, and model year 2006-2010 HP2 motorcycles. In the affected motorcycles, the fuel pump flange (and the auxiliary fuel pump flange if equipped) could develop cracks and leak fuel.

CONSEQUENCE: A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will either reinforce the fuel pump flange or replace the pump, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at


FLY Racing Releases 2014 F2 Carbon Andrew Short Replica Helmets


Now available from FLY Racing, the all-new Andrew Short Replica F2 Carbon helmet!

BOISE, ID - January 6, 2013 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - The F2 helmet has quickly become a leader in the high performance off-road helmet category. The F2 Carbon sets itself apart with a unique style and identity all its own. Utilizing state-of-the-art, aircraft grade carbon fiber and Kevlar® composite construction, the F2 Carbon represents lightweight race-inspired helmet technology for the masses. Yes, you too can wear the same off-the-shelf helmet as the one worn by Andrew Short, Trey Canard, Weston Peick, Jimmy Albertson and other top FLY racers.GET THIS HELMET AT A PRE-SEASON DISCOUNT UNTIL MARCH 1ST!!!

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Part # 73-4082 - Black/Yellow/Blue
Part # 73-4083 - Black/Purple/Orange
Sizes: S-2XL
Price: 299.95

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 The MX3 GP's are dropped for 2014 and replaced with a two stroke European 300cc championship - all a little confusing but read on.

So if the PR below is correct it looks like 250cc machines are making a return - if so are we looking at an all round two stroke world championship return in 2 or 3 years?
After a meeting between manufacturers and FIM, Youthstream and FIM Europe are glad to announce to start from next year of a new European 300cc 2 stroke Championship, that is likely to have a great success and it will be the base for a future World Championship.
The market demand of the 2 stroke for Motocross is increasing rapidly. Youthstream plans to hold between 6 to 7 races together with the MXGP (like it is already done for the 125 and 250). Suggested capacity for the technical rules is going to be from 200cc to 300cc 2 stroke.
Youthstream and FIM Europe believe a large number of riders is going participate in this Championship, in particular because of the fact that the MX3 World Championship will be stopped and for sure there will be many riders wanting to enter.



BMW is Recalling certain model year 2007-2009 F 800 S and F 800 ST motorcycles

9122013WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2013 RECALL Subject : Rear Wheel Bearing WearReport Receipt Date: NOV 01, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V549000
Component(s): WHEELS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,608
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
BMWBMWF 800 SF 800 ST2007 - 20092007 - 2009
 Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLCSUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 F 800 S and F 800 ST motorcycles manufactured August 2006 through January 2009. Due to incorrect tolerances, the rear wheel drive bearing and rear axle may wear.CONSEQUENCE: Bearing and axle wear may affect handling and control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wheel bearing, and if necessary, replace the bearing and rear axle, at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at

Harley is Recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles

9122013WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2013 RECALL Subject : Clutch may not Disengage/Incorrect Clutch PlateReport Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V517000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,886
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor CompanySUMMARY: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles manufactured May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013. The affected motorcycles may have been built with an incorrect clutch release plate.CONSEQUENCE: An incorrect clutch release plate may prevent the clutch from disengaging. If the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch release plate. If the clutch is incorrect, it will be replaced free of charge. The recall began in October 2013. Harley-Davidson's recall number is 0154. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.

Duluth National

9122013December 9, 2013 - Team Yamaha's X-country team puts in some pre-season testing and development at the first ISOC national snocross race of the season.Yamaha ATV BK Logo

Harley is Recalling Certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE motorcycles

9122013WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2013RECALL Subject : The Clutch may not DisengageReport Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V515000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,597
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor CompanySUMMARY: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE motorcycles manufactured May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013. The clutch master cylinder may allow air into the clutch system. Additionally, the motorcycles may have been assembled with an incorrect clutch release plate. Either condition may prevent the clutch from disengaging.CONSEQUENCE: If the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Harley-Davidson has already notified owners, and dealers will rebuild the clutch master cylinder and install the proper clutch release plate, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in late October 2013. Harley-Davidson's recall number is 0153. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.

Suzuki launches two big hitting featherweight outboards

- the new DF30A and DF25a

122013December 9, 2013 -- Suzuki has announced the addition of yet another two new lightweight and fuel-efficient outboard motors to its range - the DF30A and DF25A. Both of these new models punch well above their weight in terms of delivering high-end specification and performance from small portable units.131209 Suzuki DF30A

High Lifter, 2013 Shriners Ride Raises More Than $14,000 for Children's Hospital

9122013SHREVEPORT, LA - December 9, 2013 - High Lifter Products and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar teamed up for the sixth consecutive year to host a benefit mud ride for the Shriners Hospital for Children at High Lifter Off-Road Park in Shreveport on December 7, 2013. Attendees braved freezing temperatures to ride their off-road vehicles in the mud and to help raise more than $14,000 and loads of toys for the children's hospital. The event is one of the biggest fund-raisers for the Shreveport-area hospital.131209-High-Lifter-webDSC_0393Funds for Shriners Hospital for Children were raised through park admission, concessions, pancake breakfast, and a raffle for prizes including a 2014 Polaris Ranger 570, a Warn Winch, Moonshinexxx Light Bar, and a year's worth of coupons for Applebee's valued at $7,300."This truly is my favorite event we put on each year," said Scott Smith, owner of High Lifter Products. "It's a busy time of the year where we can stop, have fun, and put others first. The hospital has changed so many lives for the better, including my son's, and hosting an event like this is the least we could do. The event's continued success is direct results of the support from our awesome sponsors, including Polaris, Warn, Moonshinexxx, and Applebee's. We are eager to continue to see this event grow and can't wait to what next year brings!"131209-High-Lifter-webDSC_0418High Lifter and Applebee's have already begun planning for the 2014 Shriners Ride scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Since 1922, the Shriners Hospital and their 22 facilities have been dedicated to providing specialty pediatric care. Thousands of children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries, have been treated in a family-centered environment at no charge. For more information on the Shriners Hospital, go to

BMW recalling K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles

Publish Date:   Dec 3, 2013WASHINGTON, D.C. -BMW of North America is recalling about 2,475 model year 2012 K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles for an engine control unit defect that can cause the motorcycles to stall unexpectedly.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s notice says in certain riding conditions, an incorrect throttle valve control signal may be received by the engine control unit, limiting the engine speed. That can cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash."A calibration threshold within the throttle valve control software has been determined to be overly sensitive. As a result, under certain operating conditions, an implausible signal may be registered within the engine control unit. If this happens, the engine control unit may initiate a ‘fail safe mode' (i.e. ‘limp home mode,' engine speed limited to approximately 2,000 rpm). In rare cases, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash," according to the NHTSA notice.BMW said it is not aware of any accidents and of only one minor injury having resulted from the issue.BMW will notify owners. Dealers are asked to update the throttle control software, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin this month.

Group plans to sell Benelli in U.S. as scooter, ATV brand

Publish Date:   Nov 26, 2013
SIKESTON, Mo. -  A U.S.-based manufacturing group is planning to bring new life to the Benelli brand here  -- with an ATV and scooter assembly plant in the Midwest and a new dealer network."We've decided to revive the Benelli Motor Sports brand in the United States," said operations manager Roger Strong, who once ran a dealership selling Chinese scooters and ATVs.The Italian Benelli brand, regarded as the oldest European motorcycle company, is in the hands of Chinese company Group Qianjiang and continues to produce and sell motorcycles in Europe. But that company allowed the U.S. trademark to lapse, so the U.S.-based firm captured the trademark and logo to launch the new line here.Ownership of the trademark bars other businesses from importing or selling motorcycles to the U.S. under the Benelli name.The new Benelli Motor Sports will offer 50cc scooters priced around $995 and 250cc ATVs priced at about $2,495.Benelli will import components from Taiwan and assemble the vehicles here for sale in the United States. In all, the company proposes to make about 25 products. The plans also include small boat motors, which the company plans to display at boat shows early next year in Atlanta, Ga., and Miami, Fla."There is a big difference in the quality of Taiwanese products vs. Chinese makes," Strong said. "It's the fit and finish."To eliminate one drawback of some foreign makes, the company said it will only import models with a required number of accompanying spare parts -- that way, Strong said, dealers will be able to get parts if the units need repairs. "We'll have guaranteed parts with 24-hour shipping," he notedd. "Our dealer service and parts network will set us apart."James Best, of Sikeston, is the U.S. company's CEO. Strong said some of the company's executives are also executives of The Lock Co., which will have a co-located factory with Benelli; and Red Wasp Ammunition, an Illinois company that makes practice rounds for law enforcement.The company said it is working on a 50,000 sq. ft. industrial space in Sikeston for the assembly plant, which is expected to employ about 100 people at full buildout. The facility will include an on-site showroom. Hiring is expected to begin in December and January.The scooters and ATVs are not expected to be in showrooms for another year, 

Ohlins expands recall for steering damper kits

Publish Date:   Nov 26, 2013HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -  Öhlins Racing AB has expanded a previous recall for aftermarket steering damper kits.The company said it discovered that a safety issue concerning possible cracks occurring in the brackets of the aftermarket steering damper kits affects more model numbers than originally listed in the previous recall. Thatrecall notice was for BMW steering damper kits SD 033, SD 037 and SD 038 and was issued in June 2013 (see image).Material that was machined in an unfavorable direction, in combination with probable material defect, is causing the aluminum alloy to be sensitive to stress-corrosion cracking, the company said. This recall has been expanded to include steering damper kits produced from September 2008 until October 2013.Here are the part numbers involved (only batches of these part numbers as listed on the company's website are affected):  SD000, SD 001, SD002, SD003, SD004, SD005, SD020, SD027, SD031, SD041, SD120, SD124, SD137, SD154, SD170, SD178, SD180, SD182, SD183, SD197 and SD215.The issue does not exist on steering damper kits currently in production, the company added.Öhlins Racing AB decided to recall all steering damper brackets of specific batches after seven known cases were discovered. "There is a risk that the bracket will fail, allowing it to slide on the cylinder body of the damper, resulting in less steering angle in one direction, or possibly asymmetric damping. Either of these events are cause for concern," the company said.Customers with a steering damper listed above are being instructed to contact their dealer or Öhlins USA to have it replaced. A page on website lists the specific batch numbers and provides further contact information for any questions. New brackets are being made available to dealers now, the company noted."Please remove the recalled steering damper before using the motorcycle!" the company announced. "We apologize for this manufacturing issue. Safety is of the highest importance to Öhlins Racing AB and its affiliates. Customers will receive a replacement bracket without charge or shipping costs."

One-Wheeled Microcycle from RYNO Available for Pre-Order

December 4, 2013

RYNO Motors announced today that the company would start to accept customer deposits for the RYNO, a one-wheeled electric microcycle. Customers can guarantee that they receive a RYNO with a fully refundable $150 deposit. The company expects to begin production in 2014. The self-balancing electric RYNO is designed for city errands, commuting to work and for personal transportation within large campuses and industrial facilities where people need to move quickly and efficiently over short to medium distances. The RYNO is small enough to be brought into offices and elevators, and it mingles well with pedestrians. "The RYNO is a fun, efficient and convenient way to get from place to place," said Chris Hoffmann, CEO and founder of RYNO Motors. "It's half the bike and twice the fun." To operate a RYNO, the rider must balance the RYNO from side to side in the same way as any other bicycle, but the forward and back balance is managed by the electronics on the vehicle. As a self-balancing form of transportation, the RYNO moves forward when a rider leans forward, and stops when a rider leans back. It generally takes a new rider about one hour to begin to get comfortable riding the RYNO, and a few days to achieve intuitive and natural control. With a top speed of 10 miles per hour, the RYNO is suited for use in bike lanes and on sidewalks. It produces zero emissions, is easily charged in a normal AC outlet and costs under a penny a mile to ride. According to the company, initial pricing is expected to be $5,295 per cycle.

Sea-Doo Introduces Budget-Priced Spark

November 13, 2013

Dealers arrived at Sea-Doo's annual dealer meeting expecting something big. For months, rumors of a new craft circulated - a new craft with a lower price point and possibly even a completely new hull and engine. Instead, dealers received a craft that arguably exceeded their expectations. The cleverly named Spark features an entirely new design built from a unique material, and in this day of near constant price creep, it starts at an almost unheard of price of $4,999.

According to Sea-Doo reps, Spark has been a long time coming. The project dates back to 2006, when Sea-Doo tasked engineers and designers with creating a new craft that was fun, like the early SP line, and had an ultra-affordable price tag. In order to accomplish this goal, Sea-Doo seriously examined its current construction techniques. Sea-Doo forewent fiberglass in favor of plastic, more specifically polypropylene reinforced with long-strand glass fibers. Why choose plastic over glass? Cost is the obvious reason, but so too is weight. The material - coined PolyTec - is substantially lighter than glass. Paired with a similarly lightweight, lower horsepower engine, Sea-Doo is able to exploit the horsepower-to-weight ratio and essentially offers more bang for the buck.

Plastic doesn't offer the gloss of fiberglass, but it does make it easier to offer a wider variety of color choice. The Spark comes in a palette of five shades, including bright hues of pineapple (yellow), bubble gum (magenta) and orange crush (orange), as well as a more subdued vanilla (white) and licorice (black). Each is evenly mixed with black deck components and a black hull.
Rather than use an adhesive, Sea-Doo bolts the hull and deck together with a multitude of Nyloc-style fasteners. The technique offers intriguing possibilities for dealer service. Service reps won't have to wriggle their hands into a tight engine compartment; instead, they can unfasten nearly the entire top deck in about 10 minutes and remove it completely from the hull, offering unprecedented access to the engine and fuel system. For the consumer, the Spark includes exterior access ports only for necessary items like the dipstick and battery. The fuel fill, along with a fire extinguisher, is located below the seat.

To give this plastic hull the necessary rigidity, designers created a wishbone-like exoskeleton extending from steering column to deck. The space between this "wishbone" is left empty. It's a cost and weight savings, but also an opportunity to make the styling more dramatic. An accessory storage compartment with seven gallons of capacity can be added to the void if desired.

As to the aforementioned engine, the three-cylinder Rotax 900 ACE was developed jointly for the snowmobile and watercraft markets and comes in both 60- and 90- horsepower variations. That may seem overly small by today's standards, but consider the craft's overall weight is only 405 pounds in its base, two-seater version. That gives the Spark a 300-plus pound advantage over Sea-Doo's own GTi and Yamaha's VX Sport. Initial testing showed the 60-horsepower versions to peak at about 42 mph, and the 90-hp at about 50 mph. Both variations are also extremely fuel efficient, with Sea-Doo claiming as low as a 1.94 gallon-per-hour consumption over the course of an average duty cycle.

As to how the engine bolts into the plastic hull, Sea-Doo addressed the situation by using unique motor mounts. The engine bolts through the hull to parallel aluminum plates recessed into the exterior. One of those plates also serves as the heat exchanger for Sea-Doo's closed-loop cooling system.

The engine is but one of many choices available to Spark owners. In an attempt to make the boat completely customizable, buyers can also choose between two- and three-passenger versions (the latter includes a longer seat and bolt-on hull extension that increases capacity from 350 to 450 pounds), as well as the option to include Sea-Doo's Intelligent Brake and Reverse. The company has also made available more than 20 stick-on graphic kits to further customize the craft's look.  


When I show up for a doctor's appointment. 
When filling out a credit card or loan application. 
When applying for/renewing a driver's license or passport.
When applying for any kind of insurance. 
When filling out college applications. 
When donating blood.
When obtaining certain prescription drugs.
When making some debit purchases, especially if I'm out of state.
When collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel. 
I'm sure there are more instances but the point is, we citizens are required to prove who we are nearly every day. 
Why should people illegally in this country be exempt? For that matter, perhaps the liberals here can answer the question as to why we shouldn't guard our borders as closely as every other country in the world does? 



Motorcycle Mechanic
Did You Know?
The first Honda motorcycles were pushbikes with generator engines (for army field telephones) bolted on.



Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful princess, “Will you marry me?” The Princess said,  “NO!” And the Prince lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and HAD skinny big titted broads and hunted and fished and raced cars and went to naked bars and dated women half his age and drank beer and Crown Royal and never heard bitching and never paid child support or alimony and SEXIFIED cheerleaders and kept his house and guns and never got cheated on while he was at work and all his friends and family thought he was $*ckin cool as hell and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up ..... The end

Honda expands 2012 FourTrax weld-related recall to nearly 20,000 units

Publish Date: 
 Dec 26, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission,Honda is expanding its recall of FourTrax ATVs due to a crash hazard. The recall affects about 19,500 units, including about 2,900 that were recalled in February for the same reason.
A weld on the ATVs’ front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Honda is aware of 10 incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.
The recalled vehicles are two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV TRX420 FA, FE, FM, FPA, FPE, FPM, TE and TM models. Rancher models in the following VIN ranges are being recalled (“*” denotes a random alphanumeric identifier, zero to 9 or “X”):
ModelVIN Ranges
TRX420FA1HFTE370*C4300541 thru C4301380
TRX420FA Camo1HFTE374*C4300121 thru C4300240
TRX420FE1HFTE354*C4501741 thru C4504380
TRX420FE Camo1HFTE357*C4500301 thru C4500720
TRX420FM1HFTE350*C4502342 thru C4506061
TRX420FM Camo1HFTE359*C4500317 thru C4500840
TRX420FPA1HFTE372*C4300482 thru C4302461
TRX420FPA Camo1HFTE375*C4300061 thru C4300420
TRX420FPE1HFTE35K*C4501202 thru C4502881
TRX420FPE Camo1HFTE35M*C4500241 thru C4500360
TRX420FPM1HFTE35F*C4501441 thru C4502760
TRX420FPM Camo1HFTE35H*C4500301 thru C4500420
TRX420TE1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4504020
TRX420TM1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4503001
The model number is visible on the right front frame down pipe above the driver’s right-hand side front wheel. The VIN is located on the top center front of the frame and is visible looking down between the bars of the gear rack and through the middle opening of the front fairing.
Consumers reportedly are instructed to immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.

BRP issues two Spyder recalls because of fuel vapor leaks

Publish Date: 
 Dec 21, 2012
VALCOURT, Quebec - BRP has issued two separate Spyder recalls, both in regard to a fire hazard caused by fuel vapors.
First, the company is recalling certain 2008-to-2012 Can-Am Spyder GS, RS, and RT models. The fuel cap may not fit onto the fuel tank filler neck, preventing it from sealing properly. The potential number of units affected is about 33,700.
If the fuel cap does not seal properly, it may leak fuel vapors. According to the recall bulletin, vapors in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire and personal injury.
The recall affects the 2008-to-2009 Spyder GS, the 2009-to-2012 Spyder RS and the 2010-to-2012 Spyder RT.
BRP will notify owners and send them a free replacement fuel cap. The safety recall is expected to begin in mid-January. Owners may contact BRP at 888-638-5397.
The second recall affects 2008-to-2009 Spyder GS models and the 2010 Spyder RS, about 9,600 units in all. Fuel vapors may exit the fuel vapor canister vent hose in the enclosed engine compartment, causing a fire hazard.
BRP will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel vapor canister vent hose and replace and reroute it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to in early January.

Texas court finds for Harley dealer in test ride case

Publish Date: 
 Dec 26, 2012
VICTORIA, Texas - Justices with the 13th Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 20 thatEuton Harley-Davidson Inc. was not negligent when an employee crashed while doing a diagnostic test ride on one of its motorcycles.
Robert Zissa Jr. filed the appeal in April 2011. Zissa reportedly ran a stop sign July 5, 2006, while test driving a motorcycle for the dealership. He collided with a 2002 GMC Yukon, lost part of his right leg and incurred $600,000 in medical costs, according to court documents cited in the Victoria Advocate.
Zissa accused the dealership of failing to instruct its employees on how to properly operate motorcycles and to provide a safe place to test drive motorcycles. The dealership’s attorney argued that he chose not to take one of two safe routes the dealership recommended to him for test rides. Zissa’s attorney argued it would have been impossible to diagnose a problem with the motorcycle and be aware of the hazards on the road at the same time; he said the dealership should have a test track.
The justices said Zissa's 16-year motorcycle riding career proved he was neither inexperienced nor ignorant about the dangers that come with his line of work.
"By Zissa's own admission, he test-drove motorcycles seven to 10 times a week for three years without incident. Therefore, we conclude that (the dealership's) duty to instruct did not apply to Zissa, "Justice Gina M. Benavides wrote in the opinion.
Zissa has until Dec. 28 to file a motion for rehearing.

BMW recalls S 1000 RR for kickstand fix

Publish Date: 
 Dec 22, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - BMW is recalling certain 2012-to-2013 S 1000 RR sportbikes due to a manufacturing fault. The side-stand attachment bolts could start to loosen, potentially causing the stand to fall off.
A separation of the side-stand in turn could cause the motorcycle to fall, creating a risk of injury.
The recall (No. 12V585000) potentially affects 2,385 units. BMW will notify owners, and dealers will clean the side-stand mounting plate threads and replace the side-stand mounting plate bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January.

Triumph recalls Trophy due to label with wrong tire data

Publish Date: 
 Dec 22, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Triumph is recalling certain 2013 Trophy models after producing the units with a label bearing incorrect tire data.
The recall (No. 12V592000) potentially affects 283 units. None of the affected motorcycles have been sold to consumers, and they will be repaired prior to sale.
If the mistake hadn’t been detected, owners relying on the information contained in the label may have installed incorrect replacement tires, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Triumph announced the brand-new 1215cc Trophy in June, saying that dealers would receive their first shipments in January.

Vega recalls XTS helmets for potentially failing impact standard

Publish Date: 
 Dec 30, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vega Helmet Corp. is voluntarily recalling certain XTS motorcycle half-helmets because they potentially fail to conform to the impact attenuation requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218.
The number of helmets affected is 30,546, though Vega has announced that less than half of these helmets have entered the market. The affected XTS models are sizes L, XL and XXL manufactured between May 2011 and October 2012.
“Safety is of paramount importance to us at Vega, and we made a swift decision to voluntarily recall the entire population of helmets in question,” said Jeanne DeMund, vice president of Vega Helmet. “We will be replacing these helmets as quickly as we can for both our dealers and end users.”
The recall (NHTSA campaign 12E056000) is expected to begin in late January. Any noncompliant helmet will be replaced, free of charge. Vega said it has redesigned the large shell for the XTS half-helmet to ensure compliance. The shell will be available in January.
Vega is advising customers who have bought an affected helmet to contact the company by e-mail at or by phone at 425-656-0683. Vega also is telling customers they may contact the dealership from where the helmet was purchased.

Mitas recalls E-07 tires that could fail in extreme conditions

Publish Date: 
 Dec 21, 2012
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Czech tire manufacturer Mitas is voluntarily recalling 1,752 potentially dangerous tubeless E-07 motorcycle tires. Most were sold in Europe, but some also were retailed in the U.S. and Canada.
Under extreme conditions, the affected tires can suddenly lose air pressure, Mitas claimed. The tire sizes subject to recall are:
  • 110/80-19 M/C 59T E-07 TL MI
  • 100/90-19 M/C 57T E-07 TL MI
  • 110/80-19 M/C 59T E-07 DAKAR TL MI
Customers can determine whether their tire is subject to recall by checking the brand name “Mitas,” tire name “E-07,” inscription “tubeless” and DOT codes ranging from 0111 through to 4812, on the tire sidewall. No other Mitas tires are affected.
The DOT code shown on the sidewall identifies the tire production plant and date of production. The manufacturing date is a four-number code following the plant code. The date code signifies the week and year of production. For example, the DOT code “6J 0512” is shown on a tire that was manufactured in Mitas’ Zlin factory (code 6J) in the fifth week of 2012. The recalled DOT range of 0111 through to 4812 contains tires made from January 2011 (0111) to November 2012 (4812).
The recall follows a quarantine of stocks at tire dealers. All customers are advised to contact the point of purchase to discuss options for replacement. Improved E-07 tyres will be made available at sales points in February.

Ducati reveals 2013 Multistrada motorcycle lineup

BOLOGNA, Italy - Ducati's 2013 Multistrada range will get a second generation Testastretta 11° engine and ABS, while the S versions will get the new Ducati Skyhook Suspension setup, a "semi-active" suspension design. (Click on images for full-size versions.)
Headlining the lineup is the Multistrada 1200 S Grandturismo, which offers all the Multi's high-tech features along with increased side luggage capacity, a top case, additional LED lighting, enhanced wind protection and long-distance tires.
The enhanced Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak edition comes as a replica of the 2012 mountain roadrace-winning bike.
The whole lineup — including the Multistrada 1200 and the Multistrada 1200 S Touring — come equipped with the standard bell-and-whistles. These include ride-by-wire, Ducati traction control and ABS. The later gets the aforementioned new suspension and extra capactity saddlebags, heated grip and a center stand.
Ducati will hold its Multistrada 1200 international press test Sept. 20-27 in Bilbao, Spain, with the first public unveiling of the range at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, German in October.
The new models will be available across Ducati's dealer network starting in December.

Jail time for looting Joplin dealer after 2011 tornado

Sep 17, 2012
CARTHAGE, Mo. – A Missouri judge has sentenced a man to “shock incarceration” for looting a Joplin powersports store the night of the devastating tornado in May 2011.
“In the course of one night, you destroyed our business,” former Family Powersports owner Shane Smith told convicted burglar Jake A. Busby at a hearing Sept. 14.
Circuit Judge David Mouton sentenced Busby, 27, to two concurrent seven-year terms on convictions for second-degree burglary and theft. The judge sentenced the defendant under a state shock-incarceration program, meaning he must serve 120 days in prison before he can be brought back before the judge for possible placement on probation, according to the Joplin Globe.
Busby, a longtime customer of the shop, broke in it the night of May 22, 2011, and stole about $20,000 worth of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and tools.
Following the break-in, Smith took the business online-only, selling PG&A. His insurance covered just $3,000 of the loss, and the resulting financial hardship forced him to close the business, he said. Smith told the court that Busby has shown no remorse and instead harassed his family with restraining orders in the year since the crime.
Busby pleaded guilty in July to burglary and theft in a plea agreement that dropped three other counts of theft that he was facing in the break-in.

Kawi's 2013 Ninja ZX-6R gets 636 engine, TC, ABS option

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The new 2013 Ninja ZX-6R with ABS option made its debut today in an all-out marketing blitz that started with a Ninja Takeover Event in Times Square and which will be followed up by corporate and dealer marketing messages throughout the country.
The new ZX-6R carries a 16-valve, long-stroke DOHC 636cc inline-four that's torque rich, happy to rev, supremely powerful and yet smooth enough for everyday use, Kawasaki said. Its broad-spectrum performance is ideal for everyone from stunters and street riders, to canyon carvers and racetrack junkies, the OEM noted.  
The 636cc long-stroke engine carries a 37cc displacement increase from the previous model. "Increased performance throughout the rpm range is always welcome when racing or sport riding, but increased low- and mid-range torque also significantly enhances everyday usability. Thanks to this engine’s larger displacement, performance is boosted throughout the entire powerband," the OEM stated.  Low-mid range torque is significantly stronger, officials said, and the engine’s total “area under the power curve” grows substantially when compared to the previous 600cc model.
Among the major performance upgrades, according to Kawasaki:
  • New intake and exhaust port shapes were optimized to suit the extra displacement and help deliver increased performance and improved throttle response.
  • The intake ports are wider near the throttle bodies and now split further upstream from the intake valves.
  • The exhaust ports are wider near the valves and taper on their way to the new exhaust header.
  • New lightweight chromoly steel intake and exhaust camshafts feature increased intake duration, plus increased intake and exhaust lift to compliment the new engine’s extra displacement.
  • Revised piston crowns increase piston strength and accommodate the increased valve lift.  
  • A molybdenum coating on the piston skirts fights friction and helps with engine break-in.  
  • New straight piston pins are more rigid to help preserve high-rpm durability.
  • New 1.5mm shorter connecting rods are also stronger to suit the increased kinetic energy of the longer-stroke; their stems are now 2mm thicker and the small ends feature a 1mm larger-radius to add even more strength. 
  • A new larger airbox features 12.5 percent more internal volume and contributes to both increased power and a smoother power delivery.
  • New longer single-bore intake funnels contribute to low-mid range torque and feature unique designs for the inner and outer cylinder pairs to help enhance the engine’s character.  
  • Ultra-fine atomizing injectors deliver a sub-60 micron fuel droplet size for more effective air-fuel mixing and maximum combustion efficiency.  Those new injectors are also capable of delivering a greater total volume of fuel to accommodate the demands of the larger engine. More precise Digital Fuel Injection tuning also enhances throttle response and contributes to reduced emissions. 
"The result is that 636cc engine not only delivers class-leading drive out of corners, it also offers superior flexibility and precise throttle control that pays big dividends when making mid-corner power adjustments or stringing a set of curves together on a racetrack or twisting backroad," the OEM stated.
Kawasaki issued an extensive description of the technical specifications of the new 636, so we'll include them here:
A new high-tech F.C.C. clutch (also available on the Ninja 300) with assist and slipper functions allows quick, effortless downshifts when scrubbing-off speed for a corner and helps minimize rear wheel hop caused by excess back-torque. The new F.C.C. design uses two types of cams, an assist cam and a slipper cam that were developed based on racetrack testing and rider feedback. The “assist” cam acts like a servo mechanism to pull the clutch hub and operating plate together and compress the clutch plates under load.  This allows the total clutch spring count and tension to be reduced, resulting in a 20 percent overall reduction in effort at the clutch lever. The assist cam also increases the clutch’s maximum torque capacity, to help it cope with the extra power from the new 636cc engine, without gaining any weight. Whenever back-torque is present, the clutch’s “slipper” cam reduces clamping force on the hub and operating plate to help prevent rear wheel hop on trailing-throttle and when down-shifting.  A new spring plate assembly offers smoother engagement and helps minimize vibration and clutch judder, and a new aluminum clutch hub is 600-grams lighter than the previous steel unit.
The ZX-6R also employs a cassette-type transmission to simplify gearing changes at the track, help reduce the time needed for bike setup and allow more time for riding.  A new shorter first gear, stronger alloys and revised gear thicknesses boost gearbox durability and help it cope with the extra torque produced by the new 636cc engine, Kawasaki stated.

V Star 1300 Deluxe headlines Star Motorcycles' 2013 lineup

CYPRESS, CALIF. - Yamaha's Star Motorcycles unleashes its 2013 lineup, which includes the accessories-laden V Star 1300 Deluxe bagger.
The bike (click photo to see full-size image) is is powered by a 1304cc V-twin, with a 9.5:1 compression ratio, aggressive cam timing and fuel injection. Exhaust duties are handled by a 2-into-1 pipe.
V Star 1300 DeluxeChassis features include a double-cradle steel frame for a light and nimble feeling, and handling is said to be outstanding given the slightly forward-mounted engine and 16-in. wheels. Front and rear fenders are real steel.
Road comforts come via the fork-mounted fairing that houses an integrated sound system and Garmin Zumo 665 GPS. The unit is waterproof, is satellite radio capable and has Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The sound system is iPod/iPhone compatible with easy handlebar mounted controls.
The color-matched, lockable hard side bags are also uniquely designed for the V Star 1300 Deluxe and hold 7.6 gallons each. The 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe is available in Deep Blue with an MSRP of $13,690.
The complete 2013 Star Motorcycles touring line includes the iconic Star Venture in charcoal silver/raven, the 1900cc V-Twin Stratoliner S in deep blue, the 1700cc Road Star Silverado in impact blue, and the V Star 1300 and V Star 950 Tourer each available in new colors. Classic models include the 1900cc Roadliner S, the 1700cc Road Star S, the V Star 1300, the V Star 950 and the V Star 250.
Star's chopper-inspired lineup has the Raider SCL in crimson red/intense black, the 1900cc Raider S features chrome trim in pearl white or candy red, and the standard Raider all blacked out in raven. The low-slung Stryker returns in raven, candy red and pearl white. All 1900cc models feature a new easy pull clutch operation that requires 20 percent less effort at the lever
E-Z Jim's Team Bull AHRMA National!
1 Week & Counting
AHRMA Vintage MX National Weekend Just Around the Corner!

September 21-23, 2012 @ Mudville USA

September 14, 2012 – St. Clair, MO:   With just one short week until the 2nd Annual Team Bull AHRMA Vintage National weekend, we’d like update you on some things.

In addition to 2-Time FIM World MX Champion, Trampas Parker and Champ Guy Cooper, we are pleased to announce that the legendary Chuck Sun will be participating at our event this year.  Mr. Sun is a former professional motocross racer who, in 1980, won the AMA 500cc National Motocross Championship.  He was also a member of the First U.S. Team in history to win the Motocross Des Nations.   He is also the only Asian American to have won a national championship in American professional motorcycle racing.  In 2003, Sun was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.  His presence at our event is an honor and we’re very proud he will be joining us.

Last year, the track was laid out by EZ Jim Sr. and Chris Blankenship of Durt Wurx.  This year, Jim wanted to enhance the track, making it bigger and better for all riders.  With Chrs Blackenship’s recommendations, the track layout has been updated to include trucking in 500 loads of topsoil and eliminating the one-line corners to create the vintage friendly feel AHRMA has fought so hard to protect.  If you didn’t attend last year’s event, you shouldn’t miss this one!

To closed, we are reaching out to all AHRMA members, asking everyone to bring a friend to share the AHRMA experience with.  Introducing a friend or family member to the sport will help our sport grow and is a great way to have fun to boot.  AHRMA now has one-event membership ($30) that can be purchased at the track.  This allows riders to experience an AHRMA national without expense of a full membership and its’ commitment.  Riders who take out this membership are allowed to sign up at the pre-entry rates of $45 for the first class and $30 each additional class on race day.  Please note: the one-event membership may not be renewed for 13 months from the date of original purchase.  The one event (weekend membership) is not entitled to series points, voting rights or the issuance of the monthly magazine – Vintage Views.  The one event (weekend membership) can be upgraded to a full membership or a non racing membership by contacting the membership office and paying the additional fees due.  No back issues of Vintage Views will be sent if converted to a full or non-racing membership.

Gates open at 6:00am on both race days, with sign-up opening at 7:00am.  Riders meeting will start at 8:30am with practice at 9:00am and racing starting at 10:00am.  For more event information and directions to the track, please visit or our Facebook by clicking HERE!

Renewed funding for motorized trails and a ban on funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints are included in a major federal transportation bill being considered by a key U.S. House committee, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has reported. 

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to vote Feb. 2 on a transportation funding authorization bill – H.R. 7, the "American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012." If approved, the measure would go to the full House for a vote before moving to the Senate for consideration. 

Since the Senate has its own version of the bill, the spending plan would eventually end up in a House-Senate conference committee where differences would be worked out before going back to both chambers for final approval. 

The House measure includes $85 million a year through fiscal year 2016 for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which provides money to states to develop and maintain trails. Federal lawmakers had been looking at eliminating the dedicated funding for the program, which threatened to end the RTP. 

"Motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders by the thousands spoke, and federal lawmakers listened," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. "We want to thank the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their hard work in putting together this massive transportation bill, and for including provisions that benefit our members." 

Besides including RTP funding, the House measure bars the U.S. transportation secretary from providing grants to states and local governments for motorcycle-only checkpoints, which are opposed by the AMA. The AMA has been tracking the disturbing development of motorcycle-only checkpoints since they first appeared in New York several years ago. 

"The AMA believes that strategies to promote motorcycle safety must be rooted in motorcycle crash prevention, and don't include arbitrarily pulling over riders and randomly subjecting them to roadside inspections," Allard said. 

The House bill also provides funding for state motorcycle safety programs, which AMA has long promote to prevent motorcycle crashes. 

BRP to Exit Sports Boat Market

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, – (Motor ports Newswire) – BRP today announced it will exit the sport boat business over the coming months, citing the continued global sales decline in the marine industry, particularly the drop in sales of sport boats since the financial crisis.
“This is a difficult but necessary decision for BRP,” said José Boisjoli, president and CEO.  “We worked hard to grow our sport boat business through a serious sales decline that began in 2007. But now, we must focus our research and development resources and capital investments in areas of our business that offer greater growth potential.”
BRP entered the boat manufacturing business in 1994 and purchased the assets of Celebrity Boats in 1995, at which time it moved its facility to Benton, Illinois.
“We looked for a buyer for our sport boat business, but that effort proved unsuccessful,” Boisjoli added. “Consequently, we decided not to resume production of the upcoming model year due to seasonal production planning requirements.”
All impacted employees will receive a good transition package.
BRP will continue to provide parts and honour warranties for its customers.
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately held company, is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorised recreational vehicles. Its portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea‑Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude and Johnsonoutboard engines, Can-Am all‑terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines. BRP products are distributed in more than 100 countries.
Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Lynx, Evinrude, Johnson, Can-Am, Rotax and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates.

Harley-Davidson brings it to 2012 Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally

 Harley-Davidson will bring the best of its brand to the annual Bikes, Blue & Barbeque Rally in Fayetteville, Ark. from September 26-29, 2012, including:
  • Motorcycle demo rides provide the chance to test ride any number of new 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycles free daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Those attending the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally who own a competitive-brand motorcycle can check out Harley-Davidson’s Dare to Compare experience and take a half-day test ride on select 2013 Harley-Davidson models.
  • Official H.O.G. Pin Stop where members can pick up an exclusive 2012 Bikes, Blues & BBQ pin with H.O.G. experience all weekend and special free event Thursday, September 27 with music, food and more at Rogue Pizza Company sponsored by H-D Visa.
  • Displays with 2013 motorcycles, H-D1 Fit Shop Parts & Accessories, MotorClothes and Women’s Area.
  • Harley-Davidson Insurance Parts Challenge, photo booth, roof top deck and sweepstakes, and H-D Visa display.
  • Harley-Davidson employees and executives will meet with attendees onsite.
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson in Rogers, Ark., will host dozens of outside vendors, Scott Jacobs from “Secret Millionaire” and RK Stratman and his famous Buffalo Bike. Destination Eureka Springs has some of the best riding in the area, shopping and food at the Rockin’ Pig Saloon.
Cycle Connection Harley-Davidson in Joplin, Miss. is the founding Harley-Davidson dealer of the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally and will be a welcome spot during Bikes, Blues and BBQ proudly supporting rally activities at the Tyson Track Center.
Additional information on Blues, Bikes & BBQ and other events throughout the year is available at or

Yellowstone Harley-Davidson parts man, mechanic killed during poker run

 Sep 10, 2012
BELGRADE, Mont. – A memorial service was held Sept. 7 for two employees ofYellowstone Harley-Davidson who were killed in a Labor Day weekend poker run.
The men were part of a large pack of riders on a poker run Sept. 2 when their motorcycles collided with a Toyota Tundra on a Highway.
The Montana Highway Patrol told the Belgrade News parts man Cote Jonathan Fugere, 29, was trying to pass on a right-hand curve when he drifted into an oncoming truck. Mechanic Joseph Swanger, 40, also a dealership employee and Belgrade resident, was close behind Fugere and also hit the truck.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither man was wearing a helmet. The Montana Highway Patrol said alcohol was a factor in the accident.
“They were both absolutely incredible people,” said Yellowstone Harley-Davidson general manager Josh Fry. “We loved them dearly. This is an absolute tragedy, but they died doing what they loved.”
Kawasaki recalls Ninjas, Versys models for faulty footpegs
Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA has just announces a recall of certain 2012 model year vehicles, including the Ninja and the Versys, which were manufactured from Sept. 13 to Oct. 25, 2011.
See the list below for the specific models involved in the recall. The potential number of vehicles affected is 793.
The company says that engine vibration, along with damage during the assembly process, can cause the circlips on the footpeg mounting pins to potentially break, and the footpeg to detach from the bike. This could increase the risk of a crash if the vehicle is in motion.
Kawasaki asks dealers to replace the passenger footpeg pin circlips free of charge. The recall will begin on or about March 12. For more information, call Kawasaki at 866-802-9381.
The specific vehicles being recalled is as follows:
2012 Kawasaki EX250JCF 
2012 Kawasaki EX250JCFA 
2012 Kawasaki EX250JCFAL 
2012 Kawasaki EX250JCFL 
2012 Kawasaki EX650ECF 
2012 Kawasaki EX650ECFL 
2012 Kawasaki KLE650CCF 
2012 Kawasaki KLE650CCFL

A clear solution for saddlebag scuff

Motorcycle Armor’s latest kit helps protect hard saddlebags from the daily wear and tear of touring. The company now has pre-cut, paint-protection film that one can lay over the front of Harley-Davidson hard saddlebags to protect from rocks, bugs, and other nuisances.
Kits are available in clear gloss or matte film, and are compatible with most Harley-Davidson baggers and trikes. Kits include pre-cut film, install solution, buffing towel and squeegee.

Harley-Davidson settles footwear dispute with Marlon Brando estate

Harley-Davidson and the estate of Marlon Brando have settled a legal dispute over the name of a boot styled after the ones Brando wore in the movie “The Wild One.”
Brando Enterprises LP and Harley -- along with Wolverine Worldwide Inc, which makes the boot -- Monday agreed to settle a suit over the unlicensed use of the Brando name on a Harley-branded boot, according to MSNBC.
The companies said in a filing in federal court in California that they had settled their dispute, but did not disclose the terms of the settlement. Harley spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim declined to provide further details. Representatives of Brando Enterprises and Wolverine Worldwide could not be reached for immediate comment.
The case is Brando Enterprises LP v. Harley-Davidson, Wolverine Worldwide et al, U.S. District Court, District of California, No. 11-5473.

CRIME WATCH: Spartanburg, S.C. sheriff seeks help solving 2003 dealership quadruple murder
The Spartanburg Sheriff’s Department is reviving the cold case of four people slain at a Chesnee, S.C., powersports dealership nearly nine years ago with a revised sketch of a person of interest in the case.
Someone gunned down Superbike Motorsports owner Scott Ponder, his mother Beverly Guy, service manager Brian Lucas and mechanic Chris “Shubby” Sherbert at the dealership Nov. 6, 2003, and has not been caught.
A witness who saw a man in the shop looking at a Suzuki sport bike with Ponder just minutes before the murders has been cooperating since the crime, but was never satisfied with the sketch of the man created from witness accounts, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says. The department called in another artist to create the new sketch.
The motorcycle and its paperwork were being prepared for a sale, deputies say. It’s unclear whether the man in the sketch was a local or from another area.
“Investigators feel that this person is certainly someone of great interest to them and could provide crucial details of the crime,” according to a press release.
The man is described as a white male, about 25 to 40 years old at the time of the crime, about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, with feathered dark brown hair. He may have been driving a dark blue 1990s Chevrolet or GMC Z71 truck, a small light blue truck, or a red, early 1990s model sedan, possibly a Honda Civic.
The new sketch will be shown on an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” late this month. The case was featured in a 2006 episode of “Geraldo At Large.”
Anyone with information about the man in the sketch is asked to call authorities at (864) 503-4500 or (864) 503-4509.
Delaware bill would apply DUI penalties to off-road riding
A Delaware state representative has introduced a bill that would apply the same DUI laws and penalties to off-road vehicles as the state has for cars.
State Rep. Helene Keeley says her bill would close a loophole in Delaware's driving under the influence laws.House Bill 259 proposes classifying operating riding lawn mowers, ATVs and other similar automobiles while intoxicated as the same as driving a car.
The bill would increase the penalty for drivers of "off-highway vehicles" while under the influence of alcohol on public roads or private property without the property owner's permission, from the $100 fine to the same as the state's penalties for DUI.
"They're not supposed to be driving on the road anyway, let alone drunk," Jim Seiberlich, the owner of Harbeson Cycle & Service, told the Delaware Coast Press. "I'd have to put some thought into it, but if they're going to punish them the same as driving a car, I think that's a little expensive."
The bill is assigned to the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee. It also includes a provision that anyone operating an ORV on a public road who injures another person can be charged with vehicular assault.
"You shouldn't be on the road in the first place," says Dean Scarborough, who owns Delmarva Speed and Sport in Milford. "They're not supposed to do it, but everyone does something they're not supposed to do every once in a while."

The Recreational Trails Program Still Needs Your Help
Call your U.S. senators immediately!
The U.S. Senate has a chance to save the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) with help from your senators.  Now is the time to call to urge support for the RTP!
The Senate transportation bill, entitled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” or MAP-21, contains a revision of current law that would essentially end the RTP. However, a bipartisan list of seven senators, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), have introduced an amendment to modify the revision and preserve the RTP.
Klobuchar amendment No. 1661, as it is commonly referred to, would re-establish dedicated funding for RTP and maintain the programs structure on state and federal levels.  Some are under the mistaken impression that a different amendment offered by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) helps the RTP, but it does not.
Only the Klobuchar amendment No. 1661 can restore the RTP.
The RTP was created on a bipartisan basis in 1991 to provide funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Funds for the RTP come from taxes generated by fuel used for off-highway vehicle recreation -- by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks.
The best way for the Klobuchar amendment No. 1661 to be accepted and passed is to ask your senators to speak to the leaders of MAP-21, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). These two senators must hear from their colleagues about how strongly you feel about saving the RTP.
If you are represented by Sens. Boxer or Inhofe, it is urgent that you call their offices and tell them now. The fate of RTP rests in their hands.
Please call your senators immediately and urge them to speak with Sens. Boxer and Inhofe about accepting and passing Klobuchar amendment No. 1661 to save the RTP. If your senators are either Sens. Boxer or Inhofe, tell them to move forward with Klobuchar amendment No. 1661.
Talking points are available for your convenience when you click the “Take Action” option.

Ducati recalls Monster 1100 EVO for wheel spoke fix

Ducati is recalling about 900 model-year 2011-2012 Monster 1100 EVOs to replace the rear-wheel rim.
The motorcycles involved in NHTSA recall RCL-12-002 were manufactured between Jan. 17, 2011 and Jan. 24, 2012. The rear rims are marked with code DU6-RR.
The problem involves the spokes in the rear wheel rim, which can crack over time. "Cracks may lead to failure of the rear wheel rim, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said.
This is the second recall in less than a month for the Monster 1100 EVO; certain 2012 models were recalled in mid-February to replace a faulty brake line.
Owners are being notified by Ducati. Dealers will be asked to replace the rear wheel rim free of charge.

Arctic Cat co-brands 2013 youth snowmobile for Yamaha

Arctic Cat announced today that for the 2013 model year, it will be co-branding its 123cc youth snowmobile withYamaha Motor Corp.
Arctic Cat will manufacture the Yamaha SRX 120 in its Thief River Falls, Minn., factory per Yamaha’s specifications, but the snowmobile will be based off the Arctic Cat Sno Pro 120 platform.
“This partnership makes perfect sense for our companies as we’ve been buying Yamaha’s 123cc four-stroke engine for our Sno Pro 120 since 2009,” said Brad Darling, general manager of Arctic Cat’s Snow Division.
According to Arctic Cat, parents find the easy-to-start, fan-cooled engine easy to manage, while kids find it fun to operate. “Wrapped in a package with bold graphics and color combinations, the 120 will instill a lifelong snowmobiling passion into youth riders,” the company said.
“Snowmobile consumers are extremely brand-loyal,” added Darling, “so we don’t see this partnership cannibalizing any of our current Sno Pro 120 sales. Instead, the SRX120 will attract an added number of Yamaha youth to the industry. Any time we can be a part of growing the snowmobile industry, it’s a good thing.”

2012's Top Street Helmets

FX-95 Street Helmet

The FX-95 is a perfect example of AFX's commitment to quality and safety at an economical price, the company says. With its aerodynamic shell design and advanced poly alloy plastic construction, it's the ultimate combination of streamline performance and lightweight strength. And the quality continues inside the helmet, where the FX-95 features hypoallergenic, antimicrobial nylon liner and cheek pads that are both removable and washable, and ear cavities large enough for a wide-variety of today's modern communications speakers. It also boasts additional features like a flush-fit, optically correct face shield that's UV- and scratch-resistant, an eight-point ventilation system, and a cam buckle-style quick-release retention system.

Retail Price: $104.95-$114.95 

Arai Helmets

The hallmark of Arai’s new Signet-Q model is its shape: an elongated interior shape specifically designed for riders with longer-shaped heads that can produce those red forehead marks, or "hot spots," from ill-fitting, rounder-shaped helmets. The Signet-Q, which replaces the Profile model, is 5 mm longer than the somewhat rounder-shaped RX-Q model. Introducing a new model whose major feature is its interior shape comes from Arai’s long-held credo that head shape is as important as head size in getting the "perfect" fit. The lid also features a patent-pending Facial Contour Support cheek pad design that uses an exclusive spring support to add a soft, easy “pressure” around the ears to enhance noise reduction and cradle the head from below.

Retail Price: $609.95 to $739.95

K4 Evo

The K4 Evo from AGV is thoughtfully designed to be durable, comfortable and easy to clean. It features Dry-Lex fabric with hygienic treatment, and its inside padding is removable and washable. A micro-metric adjustment buckle keeps the helmet snugly in place, while its Extra Quick Release System shield system allows for replacement without tools in seconds. The shell is painted with a high-resistant thermoplastic resin for durability. The ventilation system has air intakes and rear extractors for airflow and comfort, while the clear visor has anti-scratch and anti-fog protection for maximum visibility. 

Retail Price: $219.95 

Revolver Evo
Bell Helmets

The R&D team at Bell has turned the Revolver helmet into a class-leading modular with improved features like a redesigned eyeport seal to reduce wind noise, new chin curtain to keep cold air out and an improved flip-down sun shade. Bell says the Revolver EVO has truly taken Bell modular helmets to the next level in rider comfort and performance. It also sports a lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell, integrated speaker pockets, contour cut cheek pads, a removable and washable interior and an internal sun shade. A Magnefusion magnetic strap keeper, ClickRelease shields and a NutraFogII anti-fog, anti-scratch UV-protected shield round things out.

Retail Price: $199.95-$219.95 (depending on graphics)

Paradigm Classic Helmet
FLY Street Gear

FLY believes the perfect helmet incorporates safety, comfort, quiet and weight, and the company incorporated all those elements into the Paradigm. The helmet meets DOT and ECE 22/05, the world’s highest safety standards. On the interior, FLY uses the highest quality materials that, while soft to the touch, also offer excellent moisture wicking properties. Additionally, the interior was designed in coordination with the styro to create maximum airflow with minimum wind noise, yet still allow the wearer to hear the traffic. At around 3.5 lbs., the FLY Paradigm is a helmet that can be worn in comfort all day.

Retail Price: $199.95      

RPS-10 Ben Spies Monster Replica
HJC Helmets

This helmet from HJC is packed with features focused on rider comfort. The Max Air-flow Top Vent has glove-friendly dials on each intake vent for adjustments. An advanced Premium Integrated Matrix fiberglass shell is designed for superior fit and comfort. Optically superior Pinlock-prepared 2D Flat-Racing Shield has a one-touch open/close locking system is designed for an extremely secure seal. Advanced Channeling Ventilation System gives full front to back airflow that flushes heat and humidity up and out with low wind resistance and maximum ventilation. SilverCool Plus Interior has a premium soft feel with Ginkgo Extract, moisture-wicking and odor-free interior with advanced silver anti-bacterial fabric. Crown and cheek pads are fully removable and washable.

Retail Price: $549.99           


The new N104 is 100 percent made in Italy and represents the sum of all the safety and comfort features that Nolan could put into a contemporary design. Sizes range from XXS to XXXL in two shell sizes to keep the weight and volume proportionate to the size of the rider. The lightweight and aerodynamic Lexan polycarbonate shell features a built-in spoiler for improved stability. This helmet is packed with tons of  features to keep riders ultra-comfortable and safe.

Retail Price: solids, $449.95; graphics, $499.95 

Diablo Full Face 

The XR1.R Diablo Full Face helmet has a sleek, fashionable design based on the XR1.R Carbon helmet weighing in at 1,250 grams.  The Diablo's patent-pending Thermal Isolation System and Noise Isolation Systems keeps the interior at mild temperatures all year long and keeps the noise level to a minimum. The Diablo is wrapped with optic leather to promote strength and layered by NEXXpro’s patent-pending sound-absorbing foam and secured by carbon fiber layers. It's buttoned up with a triple-density EPS liner for ultimate cranial protection and CoolMAX liners. Plus, it's ECE/22-05, DOT and NBR-7471:2001 certified.


The S2 is Schuberth's latest premium offering: a light, quiet, full-face helmet. It can be upgraded with the Schuberth Rider Communication System (SRCS), an easy-to-install, fully integrated Bluetooth system. The S2 is the successor to the ultra-quiet S1 and still features a low 85-dba noise rating and patented Anti Roll Off System. Developed and tested in Schuberth’s own acoustic wind tunnel, the S2 is significantly lighter and more aerodynamic with reduced drag and lift. The integrated sun visor has also been upgraded with a higher-quality material and new contour to provide more coverage.

Retail Price: $699

X-Twelve B-Boz TC-6
Shoei Helmets

The demands that a world-class racer puts on his or her equipment may be second to none, but that hasn’t stopped SHOEI from producing a pure racing helmet that can also meet the needs of today's performance-driven enthusiasts. Born from racing, the X-Twelve combines integral feedback from professional racers around the globe with SHOEI's 50 years of helmet building experience, the very latest in technology and the most advanced materials known to man. Track certified by the fastest riders on the planet, the X-Twelve’s innovative features unite to form the most progressive racing helmet on the market. The all-new B-Boz TC-6, as ridden by Jordan Motorsports roadracer Ben Bostrom, is an exciting new addition to the X-Twelve lineup, SHOEI says.

Retail Price: $839.49 


Starting with the exclusive TCT (Thermodynamical Composite Technology) shell construction process and a revised EPS liner, the EXO-1100 is entirely new, inside and out. The shell gradually crumples on impact, allowing it to absorb much of the energy generated by the shock, while still retaining the majority of its structural integrity. TCT construction also means a lightweight fiberglass/Kevlar/poly-resin blend of fibers. The helmet also boasts EverClear no-fog shields and exclusive SpeedView integrated retractable sun visor. It also benefits from the AirFit helmet inflation system that enables the rider to inflate the cheek pads, providing a fine-tuned fit. It's ECE 22.05 certified and meets or exceeds DOT standards. 

Retail Price: solids, $289.95; most graphics, $299.95 

Z936 Coyote
Zoan Helmets

This slick number from Zoan is ECE-approved in sizes up to 2XL and DOT-approved for all sizes. Its injected thermoplastic alloy shell has three EPS interiors and laterals: sizes XS-M, L-XXL and 3XL-4XL. For added versatility, snow D/L and E/L shields are also available. Inside, a removable and breathable anti-allergic washable interior keeps things fresh. A scratch-resistant optical GE LEXAN visor ensures clear vision, while a double DD-ring chinstrap keeps things snugly in place.  For ventilation, a front intake chin vent, two top intake vents and two rear exhaust vents keep air moving. Also includes a breath guard, chin curtain and fabric carrying bag.

Retail Price: $109.95 

Primo R Knight
Zox Helmets

Available in sizes XS-2XL and offered in red/black, silver/black and blue/black, this high-tech, lightweight helmet is made out of the latest injected thermoplastic resins, molded in two shell sizes and offered in three EPS sizes. This wallet-friendly offering has a high-integrity chin bar for added security and intergraded ducts and rear extractors, creating excellent air flow. The removable, washable interior is made with bacteriophobic and hydrostatic treated padding for that sense of extra comfort. The helmet is secured by a Double-D ring chin strap mechanism and an external high safety anti-scratch visor equipped with a quick-release visor fastening system. It meets and exceeds DOT, AMA, RACE, CMRC and other professional racing standards.

Retail Price: $99.99
Ducati recalls Monster 1100 EVO for wheel spoke fix
Ducati is recalling about 900 model-year 2011-2012 Monster 1100 EVOs to replace the rear-wheel rim.
The motorcycles involved in NHTSA recall RCL-12-002 were manufactured between Jan. 17, 2011 and Jan. 24, 2012. The rear rims are marked with code DU6-RR.
The problem involves the spokes in the rear wheel rim, which can crack over time. "Cracks may lead to failure of the rear wheel rim, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said.
This is the second recall in less than a month for the Monster 1100 EVO; certain 2012 models were recalled in mid-February to replace a faulty brake line.
Owners are being notified by Ducati. Dealers will be asked to replace the rear wheel rim free of charge.

Reed Withdraws From 2012 AMA Supercross Title Chase

22 02 2012
CARLSBAD, CA – February 20, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) - In a devastating blow for TwoTwo Motorsports Chad Reed, injuries sustained at last weekend’s Dallas round of the AMA Supercross, have forced him to retire from the remainder of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.
Reed suffered a horrific crash while challenging for the race lead on Lap 7 and was unable to finish the race.
Initial scans have revealed the Australian has torn his anterior cruciate ligament, broken his tibia and fibula, sustained two broken ribs and has a broken T6 vertebrae.
At this point in time doctors are waiting for the swelling on his knee to subside before they conduct surgery.
“To say I am hurting right now would be a major understatement,” Reed said. “I am just trying to figure out what hurts more, the injuries or the fact that I am going to be out for a while with knee surgery.
“This is bitterly disappointing, I felt like I had everything in my corner this time. I’ve never felt more comfortable, from the bike and team to my riding.
“I was genuinely in a position to fight for race wins week in week out and expected to be going to Las Vegas for a shot at the title.
“To my sponsors and fans thank-you for your messages of support, they mean a lot. This is a difficult time,” Reed added.
The TwoTwo Motorsports team and sponsors will regroup over the next week and formulate a plan to move forward.
Reed is aiming to return for the outdoor season but that goal will be re-evaluated by doctors post surgery.

RECALL: Pro Armor Recalls Latches for Utility Vehicle Doors Due to Ejection and Laceration Hazards

22 02 2012
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Latch for Utility Vehicle Door
Units: About 5,200
Importer: LSI Products Inc. dba Pro Armor of Riverside, Cal.
Hazard: The latch pin can disengage from the latch allowing the door to open while the vehicle is moving. This can pose a risk of ejection of an unrestrained rider and impact or laceration hazards.
Incidents/Injuries: Pro Armor has received nine reports of the latch pin disengaging. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The Pro Armor Slam Latches are black metal door latches sold for use in Polaris RZR, Can-Am Commander and Kawasaki Teryx utility vehicles. The latches were sold separately or purchased as an add-on installed on a door that was bought separately.
Sold at: Powersports dealers and online nationwide from January 2011 through November 2011 for about $50.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using vehicles with this latch installed and contact Pro Armor for a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Pro Armor at (888) 312-7667 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or via the firm’s website at Pro Armor is contacting its customers directly.

RECALL: American Honda Recalls About 2,900 ATVs due to Crash Hazard

22 02 2012
February 21, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
Units: About 2,900
Distributor: American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif.
Hazard: A weld on the ATV’s front right upper suspension arm can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Honda is aware of four incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.
Description: The recalled vehicles are two-wheel drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV models TRX420TE and TRX420TM. The ATVs are red or green and have the word “Honda” on both sides of the fuel tank and the word “Rancher” on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. Rancher models in the following VIN ranges are being recalled:
ModelVIN Ranges
TRX420TE1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4502580
TRX420TM1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4501681
*Denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: “0-9″ or “X”
The model number is visible on the right front frame down pipe above the driver’s right-hand side front wheel. The VIN is located on the top center front of the frame and is visible looking down between the bars of the gear rack and through the middle opening of the front fairing.
Sold at: Honda ATV dealers nationwide from September 2011 to January 2012 for between $5,100 and $5,300.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact American Honda between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday toll-free at (866) 784-1870 or visit the American Honda’s website at American Honda is contacting its customers directly.


Amazing! (The future is here!)
They have been testing them for several years now.

Resilient Tech was developing them for the military application.
Amazing new tires.........................
Michelin Tires... Absolutely SCARY looking... Look for 'em in August.
These tires are made in South Carolina , USA .
Radical new tire design by Michelin.
The next generation of tires.
They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show.
Yes, those are 'spoke' like connections to the inner part of the tire from the outside tread 'wrap!' The next picture shows how odd it looks

in motion...
Makes you wonder how the ride feels doesn't it?
These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon.
The bad news for law enforcement is that spike strips will not work on these.
Just think of the impact on existing technology:
A. no more air valves..
B. no more air compressors at gas stations...
C. no more repair kits..
D. no more flats...
These are actual pictures taken at the South Carolina plant of Michelin.

Leatt® Corporation Sues Atlas Brace for Patent Infringement

Leatt Corporation (OTC: LEAT.PK) (“Leatt” or the “Company”), a global developer, marketer and the distributor of the Leatt-Brace®, a neck brace system designed to help prevent potentially devastating injuries to the cervical spine (neck) for helmeted sports, announced today that the Company has sued Atlas Brace Technologies US, LLC (“Atlas”) for infringement on two of the Company’s neck brace patents.
Leatt is the exclusive licensee of certain patents, manufacturing, sale, use and distribution rights held by Xceed Holdings CC (“Xceed”), a South African company owned by Leatt’s founder, Dr. Christopher Leatt, including the patents to the Leatt-Brace®.  On October 21, 2011, the Company sent a letter to Atlas’ subsidiary notifying them that certain models of Atlas’ neck braces infringe on the Company’s patents, demanding that Atlas cease and desist the manufacture, use, offer and sale of such products.  Instead of complying with the Company’s request, on or about December 1, 2011, Atlas brought suit against the Company in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California seeking a declaration that Atlas does not infringe on the Leatt neck brace patents. On January 18, 2012, the Company filed an Answer and Counterclaim with the Court, denying Atlas’ claims and countersuing Atlas (with Xceed) for patent infringement of the Leatt neck brace patents.  The Company is also seeking injunctive relief, damages for Atlas’ willful infringement of the Leatt neck brace patents, and attorneys’ fees.
Sean Macdonald, the Chief Executive Officer of Leatt Corporation, remarked “we are disturbed by Atlas’ filing of this action in response to our initial letter and by their continued infringement on our patents. We will take all necessary action to vigorously prosecute and enforce Leatt’s intellectual property rights which protect the product internationally.”
About Leatt Corporation: 
Leatt Corporation develops, markets and distributes personal protective equipment and ancillary products for all forms of sports, especially extreme motor sports. The Leatt-Brace® is an award-winning neck brace system considered the gold standard for neck protection for anyone wearing a crash helmet as a form of protection. It was designed for participants in extreme sports or riding motorcycles, bicycles, mountain bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and other vehicles.  Additional information is at
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This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding Leatt Corporation (the “Company”) within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “seeks,” “should,” “could,” “intends,” or “projects” or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Any indication of the merits of a claim does not necessarily mean the claim will prevail at trial or otherwise. The Company’s actual results in any endeavor may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, which factors or uncertainties may be beyond our ability to foresee or control.

Pro Circuit Product Spotlight: Pro Circuit Carbon Fiber Chain Guide

 Used by the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Race Team, the Pro Circuit Carbon Fiber Chain Guide combines precision, performance, and style—giving you more for your money.
Pro Circuit Carbon Fiber Chain Guide
Photo: Pro Circuit
The Pro Circuit Carbon Fiber Chain Guide includes a Carbon Fiber Chain Guide Bracket, as well as a Chain Guide Block Insert. The Bracket extends farther towards the rear wheel than an OEM bracket, allowing the drive chain to feed directly from the chain guide to the sprocket, providing a precise feed of the drive chain to the rear sprocket. The high-quality carbon fiber materials and machine-finished profile earn the Bracket a few more style points than what is available out of the crate.
The Pro Circuit Carbon Fiber Chain Guide also comes with a Chain Guide Block Insert. The Insert is CNC machined from high-density polyethylene, providing a durable, long wearing, and low friction surface for the chain to ride. The Insert fits tightly within the Bracket, reducing the clearance between the chain, guide block, and sprocket. This also contributes to a more direct and precise feed of the drive chain to the rear sprocket, reducing the likelihood of chain derailment. The Insert also wraps around the front face of the Bracket to provide wear protection to the Bracket. The Insert can also be purchased on its own as a replacement part, if needed.
Additional product specifications are included below. The Pro Circuit Carbon Fiber Chain Guide is available at ACTION SPORTS NOW!
Pro Circuit Carbon Fiber Chain Guide:
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Currently available for KX 250F/450F 2009-12 models
  • Kit comes with Carbon Fiber Chain Guide Bracket and Block Insert
  • Provides a precise feed of the drive chain to the rear sprocket
  • Chain Guide Bracket extends farther towards rear wheel than OEM bracket
  • Chain Guide Block Insert is CNC machined from high-density polyethylene plastic
Part#DescriptionRetail Price
KCG12250PC Chain Guide “09-12 KXF250/450$299.95
 PC Chain Guide Insert 09-12 KXF250/450
(Replacement for Part# KCG12250)
Arctic Cat recalls 19,000 snowmobiles for steering problem
In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Arctic Cat is recalling about 19,000 snowmobiles due to a crash hazard. Owners should stop using the units unless otherwise instructed, the government says.
According to the CPSC, the lower steering tie-rod attachment can loosen and cause loss of steering control.
Arctic Cat has received four reports of incidents, including one complete loss of steering control. No injuries have been reported.
The recall involves the following 2012 models:
  • F models: F800 LXR, F1100 LXR, F800 Sno Pro, F1100 Turbos, F1100 Sno Pro/Limited/50th
  • XF models: XF800 LXR, XF1100 LXR, XF800 Sno Pro High Country, XF1100 Turbos, XF100 Limited/50th
  • M models: M800, M1100, M800 Sno Pro, M1100 Sno Pro/Limited/50th, M800 HCR, M1100 Turbos
Consumers are being asked to contact their local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. Arctic Cat has notified owners of these snowmobiles directly by mail.
Legends &amp; Heroes MX Tour!
Legends & Heroes Tour to Honor
Multi-World & National MX Champion
Jean-Michel Bayle, at A2 SX!

February 1, 2012 ~ Merced, CA:  Jean-Michel Bayle was one of the most successful riders of his era, achieving his goals at the highest levels in both motocross and road racing.  For his accomplishments, Jean-Michel will be honored this Saturday, February 4, 2012 during round five of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim California.

The 1988 FIM 125cc Motocross World Championship series saw Bayle on top, bringing home the title for Honda.  Stepping it up a notch, Bayle continued his championship winning streak earning the title in the FMI 250cc Motocross World Championship in 1989.  That same year, Bayle also place well in selected American AMA outdoor nationals rounds.

In 1990, Bayle returned to the USA to race in the AMA 125cc Motocross Championship, where he earned three overall wins and was ranked fourth overall in points. He contested the AMA 250cc Supercross Series, earning five wins and finishing as runner-up for the title.

Bayle became one of the few Europeans to win 250cc and 500cc Motocross Championship titles during the 1991 outdoor circuit under the AMA umbrella.  That same year, Bayle secured the Supercross Championship title, racing for American Honda and JT Racing USA.

Having won significant major motocross championships around the world, Bayle became one of the few French riders to race against such notable American contemporaries as Jeff Ward, Jeff Stanton and Rick Johnson, among others.   As he dominated the Moto World here in America for HRC Honda, Jean-Michel was one of the few riders to ever switch motorcycling disciplines, going from motocross to road racing competition.  The American Motorcyclists Association inducted Jean-Michel Bayle into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.

Tom White, owner of the Early Years of Motocross Museum, remembers “Danny La Porte introduced me to Jean-Michel at our White Bros World Vet Championship venue held at Perris Raceway in November of 1989.  Before the event, Danny asked if Jean-Michel could race my CR250 in the vet pro class.  Having never ridden in America before and being a World Champion, I thought our veteran competitors would love to see Bayle race.  We decided to have him start 30 seconds after the pro gate dropped.  Wrong!  Within two laps, Bayle soon caught and passed every rider on the track, really embarrassing the best field of veteran riders that day.  He literally blew the carbon out of my bike!  After seeing him ride it, I never changed a setting! Jean-Michel Bayle may arguably be the most talented riders ever!”

“I feel very lucky to be a part of another great Legends & Heroes presentation in honor of this talented rider” remarks Gary “The Professor” Bailey.  “Before competing in America, Jean-Michel’s favorite rider was my son, David Bailey.  I always thought David was the smoothest rider, indoors and out, until Bayle landed in America.  He took what David had to the next level with his smooth, effortless style and always making it look so easy.  Jean-Michel was for sure one of the super nice guys at the track” the Professor adds.

“JMB started his racing career in France at the age of twelve.  After making his mark as a two time World Champion, he came to America to race with the best of the best in the USA.  With his “Never Give Up” attitude, Bayle accomplished his goal in 1991 with two titles in the outdoors and taking the Supercross title as well.  He’s a true champion.” Alex Moroz & Mike Owens, managing partners of the Legends & Heroes Tour comment.

Mr. Bayle and his Championship 1988 Factory HRC Honda works bike will be on display the
Legends & Heroes Tour Moto 2 Museum exhibition at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
this Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 3-4pm for a “Meet & Greet” with the fans.

KYMCO recalls UXV 500 due to fire hazard

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, KYMCO is recalling about 1,876 UXV 500 side-by-sides due to a fire hazard. Owners should stop using the units unless otherwise instructed, the government says.
According to the CPSC, an exposed portion of the exhaust system can allow debris such as leaves, brush or other flammable materials to enter the opening and ignite.
KYMCO USA has received three reports of vehicles catching on fire and being damaged. No reports of injuries have been received.
The following models are being recalled:
  • 2009-to-2012 UXV 500, UXV 500 LE and UXV 500 SE models with a VIN ranging from RFBUS37A 09B100101 through 9CB490364.
  • 2012 UXV 500i, UXV500i LE and UXV 500i SE models with a VIN ranging from RFBUS33A 4CB100101 through 8CB230205.
The VIN is on the frame behind the right front wheel. The 10th alphanumeric character of the VIN is the model year (9 = 2009, A = 2010, B = 2011 and C = 2012).
Consumers are being asked to return these vehicles to KYMCO dealer for a free installation of a repair kit.
Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson moves spring rally to May 18-28
Motorcycle riders and vendors are scratching their heads about a decision to change the dates for this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast rally in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson posted a notice on its website that the rally will be held May 18 through 28, which encompasses the Memorial Day weekend and overlaps with the Atlantic Beach Bikefest. In part, it says: “Plans are in the works for events throughout the area including World Record organized event, scenic rides, Pier Parties, Drag Races, vendors and more.”
Even so, Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier told the Sun News the county has not been approached about a date change. The county’s website says the county will allow vendors for the Harley rally from May 14 through May 20 and for the Memorial Day Bikefest for May 24 through May 27.
That leaves local businesses and visiting vendors wondering how this year’s rally season will go. Some locals plan to host events during the previously scheduled dates.

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Dungey Maintains Points Lead Heading to Oakland

LOS ANGELES, CA – January 23, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey turned in another impressive finish with a 2nd place result at the third round of the AMA Supercross Series held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA which allows him to maintain the points lead heading to the next round.
Threats of rain throughout the early afternoon caused the track crew to keep the course covered until 4:00 pm. The crew did a great job of protecting the track, and once the cover was removed, riders were presented with a nearly dry track. Each practice group was given only one practice session before the night show.
Dungey qualified third fastest from the practice session to earn a top spot in heat number two. When the gate dropped for the heat race Dungey jumped to a 5th place start and was pushed back to 7th on the second corner. He quickly moved back into the top five and was able to finish 4th in his heat.
He had a decent gate pick for the main event and was able to leap off to a great start pulling the holeshot around the first corner. He and Ryan Villopoto quickly found each other and began a battle for the lead. Unfortunately, Trey Canard and Ryan Morais were involved in a bad crash on the first lap that caused the race to be red flagged. All the riders were removed from the course while medics assisted the injured riders.
On the restart, Dungey pulled off another fine start and rounded the first corner in 4th place. He remained in that position for the first seven laps in a four-way battle for the lead with Jake Weimer, James Stewart and Chad Reed. On the seventh lap, Reed jumped into the lead while Stewart put an aggressive block pass on Weimer which caused Weimer to crash and gave Stewart the position. Dungey was able to avoid the downed rider and moved into 3rd. Dungey and Stewart began to battle for 2nd place for the next four laps until Stewart crashed on his own and handed the position to Dungey.
Once in 2nd, Dungey maintained his pace and held on to the position to finish 2nd for the night. His third podium finish of the season makes him the only rider to have finished on the podium at each of the first three rounds. His consistency also pays off in the championship chase as he will retain the red number plate and the series points lead heading to the fourth event.
Now three rounds into the series, Dungey holds a 4-point lead over Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed who are tied for 2nd place. “It feels great to hold the red number plate as we head into the fourth round,” remarked Dungey after the race. “It’s still early in the series, but it is definitely off to a good start for the Red Bull/KTM Team. I can’t thank everybody on the team enough. They have put in so many hours and we have made so much progress on the new 450. The bike is running amazing.” 

Next Race: Oakland/CA – January 28, 2012 
Results Supercross Los Angeles
1. Chad Reed (USA), Honda, 18:45.084 min (20 laps)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +2.968 sec 
3. James Stewart (USA), Yamaha, +8.503
4. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, +9.113
5. Brett Metcalfe (USA), Suzuki, +22.881
Supercross Standings after 3 of 17 rounds

1. Dungey, 67 points 

2. Reed, 63
3. Villopoto, 63
4. Jake Weimer (USA), Kawasaki, 48
5. Stewart, 43
Harley-Davidson adds engines to remanufacturing program

Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories has added three engines to its Engine Remanufacturing Program.
The “Reman” program, which restores Harley-Davidson engines to original factory specifications, recently added the Twin Cam 96, Twin Cam 103 and 2003-to-2006 CVO Twin Cam 103.
All 1999-to-2006 Twin Cam engines will be upgraded with the Screamin’ Eagle Hydraulic Cam Chain Tensioner and Oil Pump Kit, the only exception being engines from 2006 Dyna models.
Remanufacturing also is now available for all 1999-and-later engines with a Screamin’ Eagle Street Legal Big Bore Stage I EFI Kit.
The program will continue to accept 1984-and-later Evolution 1340 engines as well as Twin Cam 88, Twin Cam 88B and Twin Cam 95 engines.
The Reman program requires an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership to remove the engine, ship it to the Harley-Davidson Reman facility, then reinstall the engine. During remanufacturing, the engine is disassembled and rigorously inspected. Components are remanufactured or replaced if they are worn beyond their service limits. The engine is repainted and hot-tested, and the motorcycle retains its original VIN.
Harley-Davidson claims Reman engines are usually returned to dealers within two weeks. The rebuilt engines carry a 12-month limited warranty. For additional details, go to

Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson moves spring rally to May 18-28
Motorcycle riders and vendors are scratching their heads about a decision to change the dates for this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast rally in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson posted a notice on its website that the rally will be held May 18 through 28, which encompasses the Memorial Day weekend and overlaps with the Atlantic Beach Bikefest. In part, it says: “Plans are in the works for events throughout the area including World Record organized event, scenic rides, Pier Parties, Drag Races, vendors and more.”
Even so, Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier told the Sun News the county has not been approached about a date change. The county’s website says the county will allow vendors for the Harley rally from May 14 through May 20 and for the Memorial Day Bikefest for May 24 through May 27.
That leaves local businesses and visiting vendors wondering how this year’s rally season will go. Some locals plan to host events during the previously scheduled dates.

Legends &amp; Heroes MX Tour!

Legends & Heroes to Honor Moto Great & 1979 AMA Motocross Rookie,
Donnie Cantaloupi, at Oakland SX! 

January 25, 2012 ~ Merced, CA: 
 Donnie Cantaloupi made a big impact in the Northern California Moto World in the early 1970’s.  He started his racing career on a Steen’s Hodaka racing with moto legends, Danny Chandler and Brad Lackey.   In 1977, Donnie secured his first sponsorship with FMF Racing to include a Yamaha ride.  With the support of his sponsors, Donnie dominated the Golden State Series and held the CMC #1 plate for the 1978 season.  The AMA Rookie of the Year award went to Mr. Cantaloupi in 1979 as he continued to dominate on the moto battle fields of America.

Two years later, Donnie teamed up to train with soon to be World Champion, Brad Lackey, as the champ got ready for his Euro Wars to capture the world title. Team training with Lackey helped Donnie secured the overall win in the 500cc class for KTM during the Trans Am series at RedBud in 1983.  That same year, Cantaloupi won the Super Bowl of the World in Genoa, Italy.  He continued his racing career with a factory Husky ride until 1985, when a severe race injury damaging his arm ended his racing career.

"Donnie and I trained quite a bit at the end of 1981, beginning of 1982, preparing for our race season.  He was a great training partner who helped me greatly in my assault on the 1982 World Championship.  His “Never Give Up” attitude in our training sessions was one reason why I did so well that year!  I give him thanks for that!" American’s First 500cc World Motocross Champion, Brad Lackey remembers.

Donnie will be at the Legends & Heroes display at the Coliseum in Oakland, CA on Saturday, January 28th from 3-4pm for a “Meet & Greet” with the fans.

Stop on by and join in on the fun! 
Legends &amp; Heroes MX Tour!
Legends & Heroes to Honor 4-Time American 250 National MX Champion
Gary Jones at Dodgers Stadium! 

January 16, 2012 ~ Norco, CA:   As motocross spread across the globe and became a dominant motorcycle racing discipline, Gary Jones was at the leading edge of the coming American storm.  The four-time American 250 National Motocross Champion (1971 to 1974) was first exposed to motorcycles shortly after birth.  “My dad, the only thing he had was motorcycles, and when I came home from the hospital, I was on it with my mom,” says Jones.

Gary’s father, Don Jones, a BSA/Matchless dealer, was also one of the first Yamaha dealers in Southern California in the 1960’s.  Young Gary was riding a BSA in local TT, scrambles, flat track and motocross events, winning his first expert class race at the age of 15.

“There was this new lightweight bike coming out and it was cool.  We were making a lot of modifications to it, racing it every week” Gary recalls about the debut of the Yamaha DT1.   The Jones family was well placed to help lead, direct and develop the advancing wave of Japanese motocross innovation.  The motorcycle that Jones and his father developed was to become the basis for the strap tank YZ Yamaha and successful YZ motocross race bikes.

 “It only took three years after Gary and Dwayne got "blown off the track" at Corriganville on their BSA Victors for the Jones to figure out they needed better equipment and skills to compete against the Euro's.” Tom White from the Early Years of Motocross Museum remembers.  “By 1971 Gary, with a lot of help from his dad Don, rose to be the "Cream of the Crop" of aspiring American motocross riders, claiming the first Trans-Am Championship by an American.  Some controversy still exists whether this was the first AMA 250cc National Championship, so Gary settled that by winning again in '72, '73, and '74.  Oh, did I mention he won the championships on 3 different brands?” Tom White adds.

“Good to be a part of this one because as I was there when Gary started and was there for many of his wins. I also got to race with Gary and his brother a little as I was finishing my pro racing. The Jones boy’s where always fast and fun to race with. Gary was and is a class act, a hard worker and a real sportsman. Glad to be a part of this presentation to a real Champion on and of the track” the Professor, Gary Bailey remarks.

“It was 40 years ago this year that Gary won for Yamaha their first 250 National AMA Championship on the legendary YZ yellow strapped tanked machine.  It was an exciting time for all of us to watch him and his family as they developed the prototypes and went out every weekend to race, break and fix in those early days of product development.  Gary Jones was one of the reasons why the YZ line of Yamaha race equipment was so successful in the early days of MX” Alex Moroz and Mike Owens, managing partners of the Legends & Heroes Tour concludes.

Gary Jones will be at the Legends & Heroes display at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday, January 21st from 3-4pm for a meet and greet with the fans.  You don’t want to miss this one! 

BRC Seeks Role In Snowmobile Lawsuit

January 17, 2012

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) has filed papers seeking to enter a lawsuit threatening snowmobiling on lands throughout the National Forest System.

The suit claims that numerous Idaho forests have illegally relied on a "snowmobile exemption" in the 2005 Forest Service Travel Management Rule in allowing continuing snowmobile access. BRC is a nonprofit, grassroots organization headquartered in Pocatello, Idaho, which has participated for more than two decades on the administrative, legislative and legal fronts defending reasonable access to public lands.

"This is an important challenge which could affect Forest Service snowmobile programs and travel planning nationwide," said Joni Mogstad, president of the BRC board of directors. 

"BlueRibbon was involved in all aspects of the process creating the 2005 rule, and has taken the lead defending recreation interests in numerous lawsuits interpreting the rule. It is essential that our members' interests in snowmobile access and other forms of recreation be protected here, and our unique experience makes BlueRibbon singularly qualified to serve that role. We have little choice but to seek party status in this case," Mogstad concluded.

The case was filed in Idaho in late November by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a preservationist group seeking to restrict snowmobile access for recreation. The case is presently assigned to U.S. Magistrate Ronald Bush, who last year struck down portions of the Salmon Challis National Forest travel plan. The Forest Service has not yet filed an appearance in the new lawsuit.
Husqvarna revisits roots with Concept Baja model

Husqvarna unveiled today at the New York City stop of the International Motorcycle Shows a new concept model. The Concept Baja trek-touring design, the company said, combines “timeless style, bold innovation and dual-purpose capability.”
Husqvarna’s description continued: “The distinct retro flair of the golden age of motorcycling is one that only Husqvarna can genuinely embody. The Husky marque is the definitive emblem of an era, and one that continues to symbolize bold innovation, classic design and timeless passion. Husqvarna’s distinctive 1970s vibe is revisited in the Concept Baja — where vintage meets technology, and legendary style is redefined.
“Vintage allure isn’t all this trek-touring design has to offer; performance is what makes the Concept Baja truly exceptional. Ideal for the casual rider as well as the committed enthusiast, The Baja will continue the trek well after the pavement ends.”
Concept Baja specifications, according to Husqvarna:
  • 650cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine
  • Five-speed wide-ration transmission
  • Electronic fuel injection
  • Brembo disc brakes
  • Perimeter frame with progressive linkage swingarm
  • Wheels: 19-inch front, 17-inch rear with intermediate-knobby tires
  • Innovative LED crossbar instrument display
  • Approachable seat height and layout suits wide spectrum of riders

MissingLink offers unique SPF protection with ArmPro(NO PAIN-NO GAIN?)

MissingLink has released a nifty way to protect exposed arms from harmful UV rays while riding. The ArmPro is a four-way stretch sleeve with SPF 50 protection. Not only does the ArmPro have a stylish tattoo design, but it also wicks away sweat and provides muscle compression. Fabric is stretch- and fade-resistant, and can also be worn wet when riding in hot temperatures. The ArmPro is packaged in pairs.
Arizona MX Great, Carlos Serrano, Honored in Phoenix! 

Legends &amp; Heroes MX Tour!
Legends & Heroes to Honor Arizona MX Great, Carlos Serrano, in Phoenix!

January 13, 2012 ~ Norco, CA: One of Arizona’s best known and most successful motorcycle competitors, Carlos Serrano, will be honored this Saturday during the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross event at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.  Serrano began competing in motocross during high school in the Tucson area and quickly rose to the top by capturing full factory sponsored rides.  He has competed on the professional level in Motocross, Supercross, Superbikes and at the International Grand Prix level.  Carlos was known for his aggressive riding and being a fierce competitor.  He was also coined the most widely traveled competitor by Motocross Action Magazine.

What is so interesting is his diversity in racing, not only competing on two wheels, but also having a successful career in auto racing during the NASCAR Winston Racing series and the competitive Craftsman Truck series.

 In 1980, Serrano won the Gran Premio de Amistad, Mexico’s biggest motocross event against such great riders like Tony D. and Rick Johnson.  He won every class he entered, even posting the fastest lap time.  Also in 1980, he won the “Copa de Cuba” 125 and 250 class in Cuba’s coveted national event, 1982 saw Carlos as a factory Maico rider and in 1983, Serrano won the Italian International series as a Moto Villa Factory rider. To his credit, in 1983, Carlos competed in the 250 World Championship Grand Prix Motocross series throughout Europe as a factory rider, finishing in the top ten.

Since his retirement from professional competition, Serrano as returned to racing while competing in vintage motocross events.  He has numerous national and regional championships under his belt within this sport as well.

Alex Moroz and Mike Owens, managing partners for the Legends & Heroes Tour conclude “Carlos is a great champion who showed perseverance and dedication to his sport.  As a moto-journeyman, Serrano paved the way for other kids to reach their dreams in the motorcycle world”. 


Dungey Earns First-Ever Supercross Podium for KTM

ANAHEIM, CA – January 8, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Red Bull/KTM Factory Team rider Ryan Dungey finished 3rd overall at the opening round of the AMA Supercross Series effectively earning KTM’s first-ever U.S. Supercross class podium finish.
Dungey looked impressive from the start of the first practice session on his newly released KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition race machine. He qualified third fastest from practice and was placed in the second heat.
Heat Race
He nearly nailed the holeshot once the gate dropped for his eight-lap heat but was cut off as the riders rounded the first corner and dropped back to 3rd. He quickly passed Brett Metcalfe to move into 2nd behind Andrew Short at the end of the first lap. Dungey, Short and a hard-charging James Stewart soon found themselves in a three-way battle for the lead. Stewart made the pass to take over the lead position while Dungey and Short battled it out for 2nd place. Dungey was able to make the pass on the final lap to earn 2nd overall in the heat.
Main Event
At the start of the main event, Dungey leaped out front early to earn another good start on his KTM. He rounded the first corner in 5th position and passed Mike Alessi for 4th within the first few turns. He continued his forward momentum making a clean inside pass on Ivan Tedesco on the third lap of the race to move into podium position. Out front, Ryan Villopoto led the way while Chad Reed sat in the runner-up position and Dungey sat approximately 5 seconds back in 3rd.
Dungey spent the first half of the race closing the gap on Reed, turning lap times nearly a full second faster. On the ninth lap Dungey made a mistake and tucked the front end causing him to crash. He quickly recovered but lost his position to Stewart. On lap twelve, Stewart made a slight mistake that Dungey capitalized on and moved his KTM back into 3rd. On the next lap, Reed crashed which allowed Dungey and Stewart to close on him. The three riders then began a battle for 2nd place that ran for the next four laps.
The crowd was on their feet as the three battled it out swapping positions. On the sixteenth lap, Stewart crashed, marking one crash for each of them. Stewart’s crash cost him a lot of time and he recovered in 6th position allowing Reed and Dungey to pull away. Dungey continued to pressure Reed for the remaining laps eventually crossing the line in 3rd just a bike length behind Reed.
Dungey’s podium finish marked the first for the KTM brand in its U.S. Supercross racing history. It also marked the first podium for the new KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. “My bike ran flawlessly tonight,” remarked Dungey after the race. “I would have definitely liked to pass Chad and take 2nd tonight, but I am happy to earn KTM its first podium. I can’t thank the team enough for all they have done for me in the development of this new bike.”
Red Bull/KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster commented“The entire team is excited for the podium finish but we also know that 2nd place was within our reach tonight. We were happy with Ryan’s performance but we know we have some areas that need work and we will begin to correct them immediately this week. We hope to continue this success into next week and improve our position on the podium.”
Next Event: Phoenix/AZ – January 14, 2012
Results Supercross Anaheim 1
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, 21:19.553 min (20 laps)
2. Chad Reed (USA), Honda, +12.223 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +13.577
4. Justin Brayton (USA), Honda, +30.470
5. Jake Weimer (USA), Kawasaki, +31.416
Supercross Standings after 1 of 17 rounds   
1. Villopoto, 25 points
2. Reed, 22
3. Dungey, 20
4. Brayton, 18
5. Weimer, 16

2012 Honda Contingency Program

TORRANCE, CA – January 3, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – American Honda proudly announces the continuation of the Red Riders Rewards program for 2012. For the upcoming racing season, the Red Rider Rewards program will provide Honda owners with over 28,000 opportunities to earn payouts at more than 600 race events across the United States.
Winnings will be issued through the Red Rider Rewards Card and can be used anywhere that Visa® is accepted. All results and rewards are processed electronically via XTRM Sports Network. Just sign up once and then go racing; we’ll automatically load your earnings onto your Visa Red Rider Rewards Debit Card.
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LoJack lists top five motorcycle recoveries of 2011

LoJack Corp. has listed its top five motorcycle recoveries of 2011, and they include everything from busting chop shops to recovering a bike stolen from a soldier just back from Afghanistan.
Taking the top spot: returning a Harley-Davidson to a soldier just back from Afghanistan. A Sergeant First Class in the Army National Guard who had just returned from deployment in Afghanistan went to retrieve his 2009 Harley Davidson Softail motorcycle from a storage facility in Everett, Mass.; however, it was nowhere to be found. The Sergeant reported the theft to the Everett Police Department, which activated the LoJack. Shortly afterward, officers with the Manchester, N.H., Police Department Auto Theft Unit began picking up the silent signal from the bike and tracked it to a garage at a residence in Manchester. The bike was recovered intact, and the investigation is ongoing, according to the company.
LoJack systems also played a role in busting a motorcycle chop shop in 2011.  "The owner of a 2008 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle parked and locked his bike on the street outside his apartment in the Columbia Heights section of Manhattan" the company stated. "When he returned, it was missing and he immediately reported the theft to the NYPD. Within a short while, police at the Brooklyn North Auto Larceny Unit picked up the signal and tracked it to a residential area in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. The signal was emanating from the basement of a multiple dwelling building.
"As the police approached the door of the basement, they noticed it was ajar," LoJack continued. "Peeking through the opening, they observed a motorcycle and they smelled a strong odor of gasoline. They called for Emergency Service Police to gain entry to the basement. A search of the basement revealed a treasure trove of stolen motorcycles and motorcycle parts. All together, 23 intact motorcycles were recovered, as well as parts from nearly 50 different motorcycle makes and models. They also found a carton loaded with all the parts from a completely disassembled motorcycle. The LoJack-equipped Honda CBR was recovered with minor damage."
This reportedly was the second time the CBR had been stolen and recovered, the company noted.
Other recoveries on the list include the finding of a 2008 Yamaha YZF 1000 when the LoJack signal was picked up by an overhead police helicopter; the recovery of a 2009 Suzuki GSX 1300 along with a stolen truck, trailer and ATV that the police didn't even know about initially;  and the retrieval of a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 that had been hidden in an apartment bedroom.
Legends &amp; Heroes MX Tour!

The Legends & Heroes Tour Returns for its third year at Supercross!

January 3, 2012 ~ Merced, CA: The nationally successful Legends & Heroes Tour celebrates the Champions and Machines of Supercross and Motocross as it returns for its third year during the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series this weekend in Anaheim.  The new “MOTO-2” Motocross Museum will make its debut on January 7th at this opening round.

This weekend, in celebration of the tours third year, a host of former World and National Champions will be on hand at the Legends & Heroes “MOTO-2” Motocross Museum to meet and greet the fans from 3 to 4pm on Saturday, January 7th. They include 2 -Time World Champion - Sebastian Tortelli, National & World Champion - Brad Lackey along with Brad’s 1972 National Champion Team Manager - Steve Johnson, Multi-National Champion - Gary Jones, 3-Time National Champion - Marty Smith and motocross pioneer - Gunnar Lindstrom.  Also invited is Multi-National Motocross champ - Jeff Ward, Ron Lechien, moto great - Jim Gibson and various industry leaders.

On display will be “Bad Brad” Lackey’s original “Black Kaw” which Brad piloted in 1973 after winning his 1972 National Champion 500cc crown.  The bike, restored by Patrick Johnson (Steve Johnson’s brother), will be part of this weekend's “MOTO-2” display in celebration of Lackey's 40th anniversary of his first national title. Also on display will be Gary Jones replica 1972 Yamaha 250 which Gary piloted to his first national title championship 40 years ago. Johnny “O’Hanna” Wolvern will be on hand to MC and interview the champs and former team members at the 3pm “Meet and Greet”.

The motocross museum will be present at all Supercross rounds this year, the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series, select national amateur events and specialty vintage national events as well.

Judge says 'Daytona Beach Bike Week' is generic, invalidates trademarks
'Daytona Beach Bike Week' is too generic to be trademarked, according to a federal judge in Florida, who denied a company's recent petition to trademark the popular motorcycle rally name.
The decision may have implications for ongoing trademark disputes over the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota.
The ruling is a victory for the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, which sued Joe Cool Inc. and Mettemp Inc. last February after the two companies registered the trademark with the State of Florida and sought license fees for using the term from other rally vendors.
The chamber and Good Sports Inc., parent company of Hot Leathers, sued Joe Cool and Mettemp, seeking to have the state mark invalidated. In a Dec. 19 ruling, Judge Mary S. Scriven found that the state mark was either “fraudulently obtained or improperly granted.”
She based her finding on the plaintiffs’ argument that the term “Daytona Beach Bike Week” has been in general use for at least 70 years, and that consumers do not associate rally goods with any particular vendor. The judge noted that Good Sports has been using the term on rally clothing since 1983, five years before Joe Cool claimed to have exclusive use of the term. She also noted that the chamber has been the only entity empowered to designate rally sponsors since 1988, when the city conferred that authority.
“Daytona Beach Bike Week has been held in Daytona Beach, Fla., for at least 70 years. During that time, innumerable vendors have sold products, including all manner of clothing, bearing the words ‘Daytona Beach Bike Week,’” Scriven wrote. “Because the phrase ‘Daytona Beach Bike Week’ has been used by so many different entities over the past few decades, consumers do not associate the term or phrase with any one source and no one entity has had any control over the use of the phrase ‘Daytona Beach Bike Week’ or the quality of the products on which the phrase was applied. Therefore, the court finds that the phrase ‘Daytona Beach Bike Week’ and its functional equivalents and generic and cannot receive trademark protection.”
Scriven’s ruling was a default judgment, something courts may impose when a party fails to respond to civil allegations or have a representative in court. The judge found that the chamber and Good Sports had been diligent in seeking to serve Joe Cool and Mettemp with court papers, but were unable to find a representative for the company.
She also granted an order invalidating the state mark and forbidding Joe Cool and Mettemp from asserting trademark rights to the term.
“In our minds this was always a fight to protect our business community, our city, and the greater community at large, and specifically to fight off the defendants’ attempt to take something that wasn’t theirs ... and then charge people for using it,” said Thomas J. Leek, chairman of the Daytona Chamber of Commerce and partner at Cole Cobb, the firm that litigated on behalf of the chamber. “This ruling ensures that the mark will remain the property of the city of Daytona Beach and the community at large, for all local businesses and distributors to use in perpetuity. This is a significant milestone in that it will live as a warning to future trademark squatters and provide protection for all to continue to enjoy the use the mark.”
The case could have implications for the dispute over trademarks for the term “Sturgis Bike Week” and other terms registered to a company called Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. (SMRI).
Among SMRI’s board members is Jerry Berkowitz, owner of Good Sports Inc. and Hot Leathers. SMRI has been seeking to enforce federal trademarks that Berkowitz secured for Sturgis rally terms.
Opponents say the term is generic and are asking the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to invalidate the federal Sturgis marks. Among their primary arguments are that the terms are generic because so many vendors have used them over the years and because they describe a geographic location.
In that case and in documentation to the USPTO, Good Sports has argued that the term is not generic, and that the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, which signed its trademarks over to SMRI early in 2011 after Good Sports dropped opposition to granting of the marks and Berkowitz became and SMRI board member, had exclusive use of the term for at least five years before the marks were granted and signed over to SMRI.

RECALL: Piaggio is Recalling 2,147 Fly 50, Vespa LX and Vespa S50

30 12 2011
December 30, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
     PIAGGIO / FLY 50 2011-2012
     PIAGGIO / VESPA LX50 2010-2012
     PIAGGIO / VESPA S50 2009-2012
Manufacturer: PIAGGIO USA, INC.Mfr’s Report Date: DEC 19, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V603000NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,147

Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Double Dose of Distance

1 01 2012
Levi LaVallee and Robbie Maddison simultaneously break world records over 300-foot water gap On New Year’s Eve, live in San Diego on ESPN
SAN DIEGO, CA – January 1, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Just after midnight on the East Coast (9 p.m. Pacific) Levi LaVallee and Robbie Maddison soared over 300 feet of water, and when they safely landed, both established new world records for distance jumping on a snowmobile and motorcycle, respectively, at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. The event was telecast live from San Diego, Calif., on ESPN, ESPNHD and ESPN3.
LaVallee, a 29-year-old native of Longville, Minn., who was slated to jump in the same event last year before a testing accident derailed his New Year’s plans, redeemed himself in a big way – by breaking his existing certified world record of 361 feet with a leap of 412 feet 6 inches.
Maddison, a 30-year-old Aussie now living in Temecula, Calif., also achieved history by breaking his existing certified world record of 351 feet 3 inches by more than 30 feet, landing 378 feet 9 inches from his take-off ramp.
Soon after the fog blanketing the event site cleared, the two athletes blasted toward the take-off ramps on the North park at Embarcadero Marina Park in the downtown area of San Diego Bay, and launched across the 300-foot water gap, touching down on the massive landing ramp on the South park. A capacity crowd of thousands packed the park and got an early jump on their New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“I’m as excited as I think a person can be,” said LaVallee. “I just landed an over 400-foot jump. I’m not sure how the sled’s doing, but I’m OK, so it was good. It’s an amazing feeling. You have no idea how pumped I am.”
“It’s a cool feeling to do what I do and have the backing I do,” said Maddison. “I was confident we were going to go a long way tonight and we’re going to come back and go even further.”
Maddison boasts an accomplished freestyle motocross career, with an X Games silver medal in 2010 in Moto X Best Trick and two wins on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour (Calgary 2009 and Madrid 2010). He also has a successful history of record-breaking achievements and globally captivating feats. Among them are backflipping across the Tower Bridge in London and clearing the Corinth Canal in Greece, to go with his previous New Year’s Eve successes, beginning in 2007 when he jumped his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto – and off – the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas.
LaVallee is a seven-time Winter X Games medalist (four golds) and champion snocross racer. He is widely known for becoming the first person to double backflip a snowmobile in 2009 at the Winter X Games. Despite the temperate climate in San Diego, LaVallee used artificial turf on his run-up path, which provided the necessary grip for his snowmobile’s track to ensure maximum speed as he hit the take-off ramp.
Red Bull’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration highlights extraordinary athletes pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records. Leading up to their big night, LaVallee and Maddison worked with Red Bull’s athlete performance experts, physicists and engineers, in addition to their core teams, in an effort to get the most out of their bodies and machines. Valuable information has been attained with the goal of integration into future technological and athletic development.
After last year’s unfortunate cancellation, this was the fourth Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event in the last five years. In 2008, the year Maddison went up and off the Arc de Triomphe, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck. In 2009, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car a staggering 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.
Mystik Lubricants, title sponsor of LaVallee’s race team, is excited to partner with Red Bull in showing support for Levi during his record-breaking achievement.
Michael Jordan race bikes head to auction block

Auctions America will hold its first Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction Jan.12-14 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Bikes to be auctioned include five competition two-wheelers from Michael Jordan Motorsports.
“We’re both honored and excited to have been entrusted with the presentation of these select Michael Jordan Motorsports team bikes for the first time at a public sale,” said Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America by RM. “Each represents an important chapter in MJM’s history and, in turn, presents an exclusive ownership opportunity for savvy collectors.”
Bikes to be auctioned include (from a news release):
• Race-winning 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superstock from the 2008 Superstock season and autographed by NBA hall-of-famer Michael Jordan. Presented in the MJM team color of Carolina blue, this Suzuki was not only ridden by Aaron Yates (No. 20) and Geoff May (No. 99), it claimed the 2008 Superstock Championship, the first for the MJM race team. 
• Yamaha YZF-R1 AMA Superbike, ridden by Montez Stewart (No. 123) during the team’s first year in the 2004 AMA Superstock class. 
• 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superstock, ridden by Stewart during the second year of MJM and featuring detailed graphics of the Air Jordan XX shoe, inspired by Jordan’s celebrated career 
• Gold-and-black 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superstock, ridden by Jake Holden (No. 59) in MJM’s third year and presented in the team’s 2006 “Gold Medal” color theme signifying Jordan’s achievements with Team USA in the ‘84 and ‘92 Olympic Games 
• Royal blue-and-white 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superstock, ridden by Holden during MJM’s fourth year in the 2007 AMA Superstock class.
These motorcycles will be part of an auction that includes more than 400 other collectible and rare motorcycles. For more information, visit or call 877-906-2437.

Cycra skid plates protect frames from dirt damage

From Cycra Racing comes Speed Armor high-impact skid plates, which protect dirtbike motors and lower frame rails from damage while racing. Plates are made of injection-molded plastic, which still allows the frame to move and flex, which regular aluminum plates don’t normally allow. The skid plates also are about half the cost of their aluminum counterparts.
Installation is easy with the included tie-down straps and molded lower frame tongues.
Contact: ACTION SPORTS; 920-996-9480

Polaris unveils four-passenger Ranger RZR XP 4 900

Polaris Industries today announced the release of the Ranger RZR XP 4 900 with a suggested retail price of $17,999. The company is calling the model the “first four-passenger vehicle in a class Polaris pioneered earlier this year,” referring to its Xtreme Performance class.
Polaris unveiled the model to the press and dealers via a webcast earlier today with information available to consumers The model will ship to dealers in the coming weeks and be on show floors in January.
The RZR XP 4 900 does not replace the RZR 4 800, which remains in the lineup as a more affordable option.
“Polaris’ reputation for unrivaled quality and innovation comes from our unending drive to stay on the throttle and consistently deliver the industry’s best products,” said Bennett Morgan, Polaris president and chief operating officer. “The introduction of the RZR XP 4 900 marks another industry first for Polaris — and it will be incremental to our other RZR products. We continue to gain market share in the growing and existing side-by-side segments, and we’re looking forward to sustaining our momentum with new, unique vehicles, like this, in the years to come.”
Polaris created its Xtreme Performance class earlier this year by introducing the Ranger RZR XP 900. With the addition of the RZR XP 4 900, Polaris now offers consumers both two- and four-passenger options in the class.
In addition to strong consumer demand, Polaris claimed, the U.S. Department of Defense has placed orders for militarized versions of the high-performance RZR models.
The RZR XP 4 900 is powered by an 88 hp engine complemented by a 3-Link Trailing Arm Independent Rear Suspension, premium Walker Evans shocks and a long wheel base. Polaris said that a low center of gravity, built upon its engine-behind-the-seat design, optimizes vehicle weight distribution and contributes to vehicle control for riders. “A collection of ergonomic considerations further enhance the riding experience, offering great comfort and outstanding safety for all passengers,” the company added.

Indian Motorcycles of Chicago closes
It looks like Indian Motorcycles has lost another dealership. A Chicago-area showroom is empty save for a few fixtures, and calls to the store's main phone number are met with a recording from Verizon.
Indian Motorcycles of Chicago, situated 45 miles west of the city in South Elgin, Ill., has shut off the lights. Interestingly, the store's website is still live.
Sources tell Dealernews that the dealership closed its doors after Thanksgiving. It is the latest in a series for the long-suffering marque which fought its way through a number of ownerships before finally being bought by Polaris. A dealership in Wichita, Kansas, dropped the brand a few weeks ago and opted to ride out the rest of the recession by focusing on used bikes.


Daytona Regional Chamber Of Commerce Wins Lawsuit Over Use Of Term “Daytona Beach Bike Week”

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – December 22, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Daytona Regional Chamber Wins Landmark Decision For The Community: The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Cobb Cole law firm earned a hard fought victory on behalf of the City of Daytona Beach and the surrounding communities yesterday. United States District Court Judge Mary Scriven issued an order prohibiting one local company and two apparently related New York companies from claiming exclusive ownership of the term “Daytona Beach Bike Week” and threatening others with prosecution if they did not pay for the use of the name.
In late 2009, the Chamber discovered that Consolidated Distributors, Inc., Joe Cool, Inc., and Mettemp Inc., were sending letters to local business threatening to sue them for damages if the local businesses did not pay a royalty for each item that was sold bearing the term “Daytona Beach Bike Week,” and its variations used during the event. The Chamber, in partnership with Cobb Cole, stepped up and defended the Community’s use of the term by filing suit to stop the Defendants.
In its decision the Court found that the Defendants were barred from claiming ownership of the term because “Daytona Beach Bike Week and its functional equivalents are generic and cannot receive trademark protection.” This means that the term Daytona Beach Bike Week belongs to the community, and not any one person or entity. The Chamber and co-plaintiffs Good Sports Daytona, Inc., were awarded a final judgment cancelling the Defendants attempt to trademark the term “Daytona Beach Bike Week” finding that the Defendant’s registration of the term as a trademark was “fraudulently obtained or, alternatively, was improperly granted.”
Daytona Regional Chamber Chairman of the Board, Thomas J. Leek, who is also a partner with Cobb Cole, enthusiastically endorsed the decision, “In our minds this was always a fight to protect our business community, our City, and the greater community at large, and specifically to fight off the Defendants’ attempt to take something that wasn’t theirs … and then charge people for using it. This ruling ensures that the mark will remain the property of the City of Daytona Beach and the community at large, for all local businesses and distributors to use in perpetuity. This is a significant milestone in that it will live as a warning to future trademark squatters, and provide protection for all to continue to enjoy the use the mark.”
The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce has acted as managers of Bike Week in Daytona Beach since 1988, marking the formation of its Bike Week Festival Task Force. Comprised of over 30 individuals representing a variety of organizations and disciplines from both the public and private sectors, the Task Force acts as stewards of the event and performs many duties and functions geared toward improving the quality of the event and overall experience of Bike Week visitors.
Bike Week Festival Task Force Co-Chairman Bob Coleman was also relieved to hear the news, “This has certainly been a long road but we are delighted that the court has chosen to make a strong statement denying any claim of ownership to what has always been a term freely used by our businesses. This should be a timely relief of a burden hanging over those businesses planning for the 2012 event.”
Daytona Regional Chamber President Larry McKinney also had high praise for the Chamber’s legal team, “We’d especially like to thank the law firm of Cobb Cole, and specifically attorneys Kelly Parsons Kwiatek and Heather Vargas. When this issue first arose in 2009, the Chamber recognized the serious negative implications of what the Defendants were trying to do, but we didn’t have the legal or financial resources to fight the Defendants off. That’s when Cobb Cole stepped up and agreed to partner with us to protect our community. Their tireless efforts and legal skills were the key to our success, and this victory for our community is a gift that all can enjoy for many years to come.”
The 71st Anniversary of the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event ” will be held March 9th through March 18th as Bike Week 2012 roars into Daytona Beach. Additional information on Bike Week in Daytona Beach can be found on the Official Daytona Bike Week Website at or by contacting the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce at 386-255-0981. Thomas J. Leek, Heather Vargas, and Kelly Parsons Kwiatek can be reached at the law offices of Cobb Cole at 386-255-8171.
Great and exciting new from Pirelli!
This is going to give us some great traction with the new 554 (MXMH), this tire will go head to head with Dunlop’s MX51 and Bridgestone’s 403/404. It’s a true intermediate designed for the US market!
Rome, Georgia, December 12, 2011 – Pirelli and JGRMX will continue their technical partnership through the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship season. With the recent addition of supercross rider James “Bubba” Stewart, team owner Coy Gibbs believes that the JGRMX/ Toyota/ Yamaha Team of Stewart and veteran Davi Millsaps, who will race exclusively on Pirelli’s Scorpion MX tires, has the potential to be a championship contender.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with JGRMX,” said Pirelli North America Off-Road Manager, Josh Whitmire. “Working with a first class team and organization like Joe Gibbs Racing will allow us to continue the success of the Scorpion MX family of tires in theUSA.” Millsap’s echoed Whitmire’s sentiments: “Pirelli has been working really hard to develop for us the best possible tires. 2012 is going to be a great season.”
Whitmire continued, “Pirelli has won 56 World Championships to date, making us a leader in off-road tires worldwide." This legacy of success has led to an expertise in engineering and optimum tires to support the Toyota/ Yamaha/ JGRMX Team at each of the 17 rounds next season.
Stewart, a multiple championship class winner commented, “I was really impressed with the commitment that the guys at Pirelli [showed] during testing, including bringing engineers over from Italy. I am looking forward to the 2012 racing season.”
The 2012 AMA Supercross and FIM World Championship Series will kick off January 8th at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.


Seven Years for 'Barefoot Bandit'

Twenty-five years after the record flight

Courtesy: NY Daily News
December 22, 2011 – Colton Harris-Moore, known as the “Barefoot Bandit” for drawing footprints and messages at the location of numerous thefts he committed, was sentenced to seven years in prison last week in Washington State, where most of his crimes occurred. The 20-year-old Harris-Moore, who also stole several light aircraft, pleaded guilty to 33 charges resulting from a multi-year burglary spree that began when he was 16. His upbringing by a negligent mother was a factor in his sentence, but one thing he always liked was airplanes.
Harris-Moore’s fascination with flight led the self-taught aviator to steal several aircraft during his time on the run. Clues at each subsequent crash scene suggested that his flying skill was improving with each aircraft theft. While most of his crimes occurred in the Pacific Northwest, in 2010 he moved eastward, eventually crashing a stolen Cessna Corvalis 400 TT in the Bahamas. He was eventually captured after a high-speed boat chase.
Harris-Moore, who is facing seven federal charges next month, agreed to pay for many of the stolen items including the planes through the proceeds from a $1.2 million movie deal. While seen as a folk hero in some social media circles, property owners and proprietors who were victimized by Harris-Moore’s crimes were much less sympathetic.

Harley-Davidson Sending Out Layoff Notices

MILWAUKEE, WI – December 19, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) has started sending pink slips to hourly workers in Wisconsin, according to Chicago Tribune.
The motorcycle manufacturer is looking to reduce the full-time headcount at its Milwaukee-area plants by about 26%, and hire more seasonal workers, the newspaper said.
Harley-Davidson spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim said the company would wait until the Dec. 23 deadline before deciding whether to implement involuntary layoffs.
Harley-Davidson, based in Milwaukee, has been retooling several aspects of its business since Keith Wandell became chief executive in 2009. In addition to restructuring its workforce and factories, the company has begun focusing on attracting a wider range of buyers in the United States and emerging markets, added the Tribune.
Harley-Davidson should find initial resistance at its 50-day moving average (MA) of $37.32 and further resistance at its 200-day MA of $38.17.
In the last five trading sessions, the 50-day MA has climbed 0.68% while the 200-day MA has slid 0.2%.
Yamaha special-edition sled comes with deep-lug kit
Yamaha Motor Corp. USA announces a 2012 FX Nytro XTX kitted with a Camoplast Backcountry 15x144x1.75-inch track. The company says there will be a “very limited” number of units available to consumers near the end of December.
“We are excited to bring this special sled to market just in time for the season,” said Yamaha snowmobile product manager Rob Powers. “I had the opportunity to personally put this model through its paces last winter. I thought it was awesome on the trail, with great traction for accelerating, but it also had just enough side slip to let the sled corner well.
“The deeper lugs also give this Nytro XTX better deep-snow performance than the original 1.25-inch model,” Powers adds. “This sled is easily the most versatile model we have in the lineup.”
Engine/Power Train
Type: four-stroke/three-cylinder/ 1049cc
Fuel delivery: 3 x 41mm fuel injection
Fuel capacity: 7.3 gallons
Front suspension: FXG2
Front shocks: 40 mm GYTR dual-clicker HPG
Front travel: 8.5 inches
Rear suspension: Dual Shock CK 144
Rear shocks: C40 R12.5 aluminum HPG/C40 R12.5 aluminum HPG with clicker
Rear travel: 13.8 inches
Track/WxLxH: 15 x 144 1.75 inches
Track type: Camoplast Backcountry
Ski Stance (center to center): 41.3 inches
Electric Start: Standard
Reverse: Standard
DC Outlet: Optional
Color: Yamaha Blue and White
MSRP: $11,599

BRP Files Lawsuits Against Arctic Cat for Patent Infringement

VALCOURT, QC – December 15, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –
 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), manufacturer of Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, today filed lawsuits in Canada and the United States claiming that Arctic Cat has infringed various Canadian and American patents for the revolutionary REV platform used in BRP’s lines of snowmobiles.
BRP claims in documents filed in the Federal Court of Canada and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that Arctic Cat knowingly used certain innovations protected by BRP’s patents, without permission. BRP is requesting that Arctic Cat halt production of the infringing models, that it destroy those in stock, and is seeking monetary compensation for the infringement.
“In recent years we have seen our competitors attempt to copy an increasing number of our inventions and designs,” said Martin Langelier, vice-president, General Counsel and Secretary. “Innovation being at the core of BRP’s strategy, we will not tolerate infringement of our intellectual property rights. We are, as a result, taking legal action to protect them.”
In 2002, BRP revolutionized the snowmobile industry with the introduction of a new platform, the REV chassis. This new chassis allowed the company’s Ski-Doo brand to regain the number one position in the industry, a lead it has since maintained.
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately held company, is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorised recreational vehicles. Its portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines. BRP products are distributed in more than 100 countries.

Saving the Best for Last: KTM’s Factory Edition MX Bikes in Production!

16 12 2011
December 16, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – KTM celebrates the outstanding 2011 Motocross season by presenting the official “Ready to Race” edition models of Tony Cairoli’s and Ken Roczen’s world championship-winning bikes. Out of the starting gate and just in time for Christmas are just 500 models each of the limited-edition factory versions of the 250 and 350 SX-F.
With almost the performance of a 450 combined with the agility of a 250 – the 350’s winning formula for success at the MX1 World Championship – is now available as a limited replica in the official KTM dealer showrooms. Antonio Cairoli’s second season with KTM to again reclaim his MX1 World Championship has facilitated the release of the KTM 350 SX-F, the second consecutive replica bike that honors the superb riding skills 26-year-old Italian. In his two seasons on the revolutionary bike this exceptional rider has registered no less than 23 race wins. The replica of his world champion machine is not only a logical consequence for the brand that is always “Ready to Race” but also a tribute to the MX1 Champion.
This equally applies to the reigning MX2 World Champion. KTM rookie Ken Roczen put in an unbelievable performance to discount his old rivals and match KTM’s experience in previous seasons. 19 race wins on the KTM 250 SX-F assured the 17-year-old star from Mattstedt, Germany his first world championship crown. Four consecutive world championship rider titles for KTM (Tyla Rattray 2008, Marvin Musquin 2009 and 2010 and Ken Roczen 2011) clearly indicate that nothing surpasses the 250 cc machine made in Austria. As with the Cairoli replica, just 500 fans und customers can benefit from this faithful replica of the 2011 ‘factory’ bike. Release of both of these models, which reflect the true “Ready to Race” spirit of the brand like no other KTM machine, begins now!
In detail: KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 350 SX-F Factory Edition
  • - Exclusive Red Bull Factory graphics of both World Champions
  • - Akrapovic Factory titanium exhaust manifold and silencer
  • - Motor 250 SX-F with performance kit
  • - Machined factory clutch cover
  • - Orange central double-cradle tubular frame from 25CrMo4-Steel
  • - Motor Protection from high-strength Aluminum
  • - Black EXCEL-Wheels front and back
  • - Front Brake Disc Protection
  • - Factory Triple Clamps, orange anodized
  • - Black Renthal handlebar 827 + Renthal Soft Grips
  • - KTM Design Hand Guards
  • - Factory Start System
  • - Hour counter
  • - SXS Seat
  • - Stickers individually numbered between 1 and 500
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JT Racing Signs With MotoConcepts For 2012

17 12 2011
MotoConcepts Team to Debut JT Racing Gear to Media at Milestone MX
LOS ANGELES, CA – December 16, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – JT Racing is proud to announce its sponsorship of the MotoConcepts race team! Supercross racers Mike Alessi, Jeff Alessi, Tommy Weeck, Jake Canada and Vince Friese are ready to kick off the 2012 AMA Supercross season decked out in JT Racing gear. The official MotoConcepts/JT Racing gear will break cover on Monday, December 12 at Milestone MX where all five racers will take to the track and debut the gear for industry press.
“For the first time since the mid ’90′s, JT Racing will be back in Supercross stadiums,” commented JT Racing CEO David Dray. “We are thrilled to put our support behind riders like the Alessis and the entire MotoConcepts team. It’s a great showcase for the retro style and modern innovation that are bringing the JT brand back into the spotlight.”
JT Racing was not only the dominant gear brand of the 70′s and 80′s, but also the originators of the very idea of dedicated motocross gear. The company has now risen from a decade-long hibernation, and is poised to re-emerge as a premier brand in motocross and off-road. The Alessi’s, Weeck, Canada and Friese will show off the latest from the iconic brand on Monday at Milestone MX. Look for photos next week of all five racers in the MotoConcepts/JT Racing Pro-Tour MX Jersey, high-tech Classick ALS MX Pant, performance gloves and ALS-O2 Helmet.
ABOUT JT RACING USA – Launched by John and Rita Gregory in the late 1960′s, JT Racing ruled the motocross world for decades. It was the gear of choice for racing legends like Smith, Sun, Vimond, Lechien and Bailey. For 2011, JT Racing returns to the sport it helped build with an innovative line of motocross gear: pants, gloves, jersey and a trick new helmet not only reminiscent of the ground-breaking ALS-2 of the early 1980′s, but one that will make you rethink helmet technology entirely. With many past champions – Glover, LaPorte, Lechien and Hansen – developing, testing and promoting the new line of gear, JT Racing is poised to unleash the style and innovation that will once again become the gold standard in motocross. JT Racing USA – History. Innovation. And heart.
Arctic Cat and E-Z-GO issue recalls

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Arctic Cat and E-Z-GO are recalling vehicles due to defects. Consumers should stop using the units unless otherwise instructed, the government says. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Arctic Cat is recalling about 7,100 snowmobiles. According to the CPSC, the headlight fuse can fail, disorienting the operator during periods of limited visibility and posing a crash hazard. Arctic Cat discovered the problem during production testing. There have been no reports of headlamp failures or injuries.
The recall involves the following 2012 F, XF and M models:
  • F: F800 LXR, F1100 LXR, F800 Sno Pro, F1100 Sno Pro/Limited/50th
  • XF: XF800 LXR, XF1100 LXR, XF800 Sno Pro High Country, XF1100 Limited/50th
  • M: M800, M1100, M800 Sno Pro, M1100 Sno Pro/Limited/50th, M800 HCR
Dealers can identify the recalled snowmobiles by the last six numerals of the VIN in the following ranges: 105092 through 112175 or 800001 through 800033. The model name is located on each side of the hood. The VIN is located on the right side tunnel. The snowmobiles come in three color combinations: black, white and orange; black and orange; and black and green.
Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide sold the units from May 2011 through September 2011.
Arctic Cat has notified owners of these snowmobiles directly by mail. The government is telling owners to contact their local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer to schedule a free repair.
E-Z-GO is recalling about 22,000 TXT golf cars, TXT and Cushman shuttle vehicles and (relevant to powersports dealers) ST and Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles.
According to the CPSC, the threaded end of the rack rod ball joint on all of these models can break and the ball joint can become displaced, causing the driver to lose steering control. This can result in a crash. The firm is aware of 71 reports of the ball joint breaking, 13 of which resulted in the ball joint displacing. No injuries have been reported.
The following off-road utility models are included in the recall:
  • E-Z-GO ST utility vehicles, serial numbers 2748187 through 2770316
  • Bad Boy Buggies HD, LD and LTO utility vehicles, serial numbers 8000035 through 8002809
The brand and model names are printed on the side and front panels of the vehicles. Serial numbers are printed on a plate or label located on the exterior of the vehicle below the driver’s seat.
E-Z-GO and Bad Boy dealers sold the vehicles nationwide from February 2011 through July 2011.
The government is advising owners to contact E-Z-GO or an authorized dealer for a free repair. E-Z-GO and its dealers are contacting known owners.
Based in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO is owned by Textron Inc.

The Victory Hard Ball: Is it a cruiser or a tourer?

Victory's new Hard Ball, it's a tourer and a cruiser, all in one. We're just going to run with Victory's marketing copy because really, what else is there to say?
Like a two-wheeled stalker of the night, the Victory Hard-Ball owns the streets. It stretches out beneath you as you take command of the ape hangers and unleash massive Victory power.
Is it a Cruiser? Is it a Tourer?
You can’t label it. This bike refuses to conform. It makes its owns space. It’s a bad ass touring bike. It’s a bad ass cruiser. It’s whatever the #$*@!!% you want it to be. Everybody’s got baggage. The Victory Hard-Ball gives you a place to throw it and hit the road.
Color? Black. End to end. We added red pinstripes so you can find your bike in the dark of night.
Its long, low platform can carve corners and deliver long-riding comfort.
The Victory Freedom 106/6 serves up torque to shove everyday traffic into your mirrors and cruise from point A to B or wherever the you want to go.
The height-adjustable ape hangers serve up Victory Hard-Ball style and offer a fists-up salute to its little brother, the Victory High-Ball.
The new Victory Hard-Ball. Born on the wrong side of the tracks.


2012 Monster Energy Supercross Season Preview to Air on CBS Sports Christmas Day

13 12 2011
 (Motor Sports Newswire) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that CBS Sports will showcase the highly anticipated Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, preview show Sunday, December 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The one-hour season preview show will foreshadow what’s to be expected when the gates drop on the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Championship from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. January 7.
The depth of talent in this year’s field is the deepest the sport has ever seen as it enters its 37th season. Nine different riders – Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Trey Canard, Kevin Windham, Josh Hill, Josh Grant and Davi Millsaps – have earned Supercross Class wins during their careers. Among them, Stewart, Reed, Dungey and Villopoto have captured the coveted Supercross Class championship.
CBS Sports will give an insider’s perspective on the multi-faceted season that lies ahead and provide an update on the developments of Stewart and Dungey’s camps as the season draws near. Once the season gets underway, CBS Sports will provide a Monster Energy Supercross special on February 26 at Noon ET and a Monster Energy Supercross season recap show on May 6 at Noon ET.
“Network coverage on CBS Sports is the perfect platform to showcase the highly anticipated 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship,” said Charlie Mancuso, president, Feld Motor Sports.
Beyond the competition, 2012 is being tabbed as a significant season of change for many of the sport’s biggest names. Most notably are the respective moves of both Stewart and Dungey. After three years with San Manuel Yamaha, Stewart made a high-profile move to Joe Gibbs Racing and the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX stable, while Dungey will compete professionally on a machine other than Suzuki for the first time in his young career, rejoining his mentor and team manager Roger DeCoster at Red Bull KTM.
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig or 630-566-6305. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook and Twitter, log on to and

State Farm Research Shows Distracted Driving Problem Extends Well Beyond Texting

13 12 2011
Use of mobile web in vehicles now increasing at a rapid rate
BLOOMINGTON, IL – December 13, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – New research from State Farm is showing that though texting while driving remains a concern on the nation’s highways, drivers are accessing other mobile web services at much higher rates.  These behaviors may pose equal or greater concerns in the battle against distracted driving.
In a new survey of nearly 900 motorists, the company found that use of mobile web services has increased dramatically over the last two years.
For drivers 18-29:
  • Accessing the internet while on a cell phone while driving increased from 29 percent in 2009 to 43 percent in 2011.
  • Reading social media networks while driving increased from 21 percent in 2009 to 37 percent in 2011.
  • Updating social networks while driving increased from 20 percent in 2009 to 33 percent in 2011.
“Calls from the NTSB and others to ban cell phones are focusing now on both texting and web use while driving. The mobile web is a growing issue for safety advocates concerned about distractions while driving,”  said David Beigie, State Farm Public Affairs Vice President. ”Additionally, while the focus has been on young people, the data also indicates that motorists of all ages are increasing their use of the mobile web while driving.”
For all drivers, the data showed:
  • Accessing the internet while on a cell phone increased from 13 percent in 2009 to 18 percent in 2011.
  • Reading social media networks while driving increased from 9 percent in 2009 to 14 percent in 2011.
  • Updating social networks while driving increased from 9 percent in 2009 to 13 percent in 2011.
Ironically, the study showed that use of texting while driving was remaining flat or decreasing in some instances:
  • For drivers 18-29, 71 percent said they engaged in texting while driving in 2009.  That number dropped to 64 percent in 2011.
  • For all drivers this number stayed relatively flat coming in at 31 percent in 2009 compared to 32 percent in 2011.
About the survey:
In August 2009 and 2010, and in July 2011, State Farm’s Strategic Resources Department used an outside panel vendor to conduct an online survey of U.S. consumers ages 18+. Survey responses were received from consumers who identified themselves as having some insurance and financial responsibility for their household.  Only responses from consumers who had a valid drivers license, owned a cell phone, and reported driving between 1 and 80 hours per week were used when reporting the findings of behavior-based questions. Driving was defined as any time the car was en route to a destination, including being stopped in traffic or at a stoplight.

E-Z-GO Recalls Golf Cars, Shuttles and Off-Road Utility Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard

14 12 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 14, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: TXT golf cars, Cushman shuttle vehicles and Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles
Units: About 21,900
Manufacturer: E-Z-GO, a Textron Company, of Augusta, Ga.
Hazard: The threaded end of the rack rod ball joint can break and the ball joint can become displaced, causing the driver to lose steering control. This can result in a crash.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of 71 reports of the ball joint breaking, 13 of which resulted in the ball joint displacing. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled vehicles are gas- and electric-powered, four-wheeled vehicles with bench seats for the driver and passengers. The following models are included:
ModelSerial Number
E-Z-GO TXT Fleet golf cars2748187 thru 2770316
E-Z-GO Freedom TXT golf cars2748187 thru 2770316
E-Z-GO TXT shuttle vehicles2748187 thru 2770316
Cushman Bellhop shuttle vehicles2748187 thru 2770316
E-Z-GO ST utility vehicles2748187 thru 2770316
Bad Boy Buggies HD, LD and LTO utility vehicles8000035 thru 8002809
The brand and model names are printed on the side and front panels of the vehicles. Serial numbers are printed on a plate or label located on the exterior of the vehicle below the driver’s seat.
Sold at: E-Z-GO and Bad Boy dealers nationwide from February 2011 through July 2011 for between $6,650 and $10,650.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact E-Z-GO or an authorized dealer for a free repair. E-Z-GO and E-Z-GO dealers are contacting known owners.
Customer contact: For additional information, contact E-Z-GO toll-free at (800) 774-3946 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or visit the firm’s website at

True Dual 'Crossover' with dB Killer Baffles and Billet End Caps for Softails

Samson recently introduced its new True Dual "Crossover" System, which includes 4-by-30-inch mufflers with dB Killer baffles (84 DB at an idle) and billet end caps for most Harley-Davidson Softails. The patented muffler design creates negative pressure that scavenges exhaust gases for increased horsepower, torque and fuel mileage and reduces dB levels without any loss in performance.

• Eliminate the rear crossover pipe to the front pipe, providing for a cooler and improved ride
• Available in a show quality finish with Samson's exclusive Quad Chrome plating that provides ultimate adhesion and corrosion protection
• Fits 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail Motorcycles; 2006 and earlier models require O2 sensor plugs, purchased separately (O2 sensor ports accept OEM/Aftermarket sensors)

Retail Price: $899.95  

Motorcycle Passengers Banned

11 12 2011
The Honduran Congress has voted to ban motorcyclists from riding with passengers in a bid to curb a spate of drive-by killings.
TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS – December 9, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The move follows two high-profile murders this week, both blamed on gunmen on motorbikes.
Congress also approved a wiretapping law proposed as part of efforts to tackle crime but which has raised privacy concerns.
Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate: 82 per 100,000 people a year.
During a session held in private because of security fears, legislators approved a decree limiting the number of people allowed on a motorbike to just one.
The measure, which will last for six months, was requested by President Porfirio Lobo, whose government is facing rising crime.
“We know it is going to affect a certain part of the population,” congressman Erick Rodriguez was quoted as saying by El Heraldo newspaper.
But the country had to take steps against hired killers, he said.
Soldiers on patrol
Motorcycles have been used in several high-profile murders.
Journalist Luz Marina Paz and her driver were shot dead on Tuesday as they drove through the capital, Tegucigalpa.
The following day men on motorcycles killed former government security adviser Alfredo Landaverde in his car.
Honduras is a key transit country for cocaine smuggled from South America and on to the US market.
Increasing encroachment by Mexican drug cartels, as well as the presence of violent street gangs, have increased insecurity in the country.
In November, the Honduran authorities began deploying troops to carry out policing duties.
The police force itself is undergoing a purge amid efforts to root out officers with links to organised crime

Injury Delays 2012 Supercross Start for Honda’s Trey Canard

10 12 2011
TORRANCE, CA – December 9, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – American Honda announced today that Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard will miss the opening rounds of the 2012 Supercross Championship after injuring his collarbone in a crash during practice while preparing for the season opener at Anaheim, CA. Canard and the team were making preparations for the upcoming Supercross season when the incident occurred.
“Trey suffered a fracture to his collarbone when he crashed at a team test,” said Team Honda Muscle Milk Manager, Erik Kehoe. “He underwent surgery and his physicians estimate he will need a recovery time of four weeks at the minimum. It’s very disappointing to see this happen to Trey, especially after all the hard work he’s put in to recuperate from injuries in 2011. He will miss the first few Supercross rounds, but our team will continue our preparations for the upcoming season with Trey’s teammate, Justin Brayton.”

Harley-Davidson to Exit Operation of New Castalloy Manufacturing Subsidiary

9 12 2011
Australian Plant Produces Cast Wheels and Wheel Hubs
MILWAUKEE, WI December 8, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) will cease operations at New Castalloy, its Australian subsidiary producer of cast motorcycle wheels and wheel hubs, and source those components through other existing suppliers. Harley-Davidson expects the transition of supply from the Adelaide-based New Castalloy to be complete by mid 2013.
The decision to close New Castalloy comes as part of an overall strategy Harley-Davidson embarked on in 2009 to develop world-class manufacturing capability throughout the company by restructuring and consolidating operations for greater competitiveness, efficiency and flexibility. Under the strategy, the Company is focusing its production operations on metal fabrication for motorcycle fuel tanks, fenders and frames, paint, final assembly and powertrain production, and has been transitioning to suppliers work that is outside these areas or cannot be performed competitively in house.
“The Company’s decision on wheel production follows a review of the long-term fit and competitiveness of the New Castalloy business with our strategy and was not made lightly,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “New Castalloy has been a valued part of the Harley-Davidson team. We appreciate the many significant contributions of New Castalloy’s employees over the years.”
The facility produces the majority of cast wheels for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and has a workforce of 212, including 183 employees and 29 contract workers.
Harley-Davidson acquired the wheel producer in 2006 to ensure continuity of supply at a time when the facility – a long-time supplier to Harley-Davidson – was on the verge of closing amid the bankruptcy proceedings of its then parent company.
The sourcing of the New Castalloy production to other existing suppliers is expected to generate about $9 million in annual ongoing savings beginning in 2014.  Harley-Davidson expects to incur about $30 million in restructuring charges related to the transition, including approximately $10 million in 2011 and $20 million in 2012. Approximately 35 percent of the $30 million will be non-cash charges.
Including the closing of the New Castalloy operations, Harley-Davidson now expects all restructuring activities initiated since early 2009 to generate annual ongoing savings upon completion of approximately $315 million to $335 million, and to result in one-time overall costs of $505 million to $525 million, including costs of $75 million to $85 million in 2011 and $45 million to $55 million in 2012.

Suzuki Offers More Than $4.2 Million in Race Contingency for 2012

11 12 2011
BREA, CA – December 7, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) is proud to announce the allocation of more than $4.2 million in contingency for the 2012 Motocross and Road Race seasons in the United States. For nearly three decades, ASMC has provided extensive contingency support to amateur and pro racers alike, and the 2012 season will be no different. Suzuki continues to reward racers who purchase the RM/RM-Z and GSX-R product lines and, in turn, support Suzuki dealers.
“Suzuki is proud to continue carrying on this long and significant tradition of providing support to our most dedicated racers,” said Pat Alexander, ASMC’s amateur support manager. “We are excited about seeing Suzuki riders on top of the podiums around the country, in both Motocross and Road Racing. I have been fortunate enough to see some of the world’s greatest racing talent competing for Suzuki contingency dollars in the past, and I look forward to enjoying that privilege again in the very near future.”
Over the course of the 2012 season, ASMC will be offering in excess of $4.2 million of contingency to racers who purchase 2011 or 2012 RM85/85L, RM-Z250, RM-Z450, GSX-R600, GSX-R750 or GSX-R1000 models. Complete details outlining the dates and locations of the 2012 Suzuki Contingency Program will be available soon on

Honda Recalls Upwards of 126,000 Goldwings

2 12 2011
TORRANCE, CA – December 2, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that a potential defect relating to motor vehicle safety exists in the secondary master cylinder on certain 2001-2010 and 2012 model year GL1800 motorcycles.
The compensating port hole inside the secondary master cylinder (part of the combined-braking system) can become blocked due to (1) stacking of tolerances in manufacturing and (2) sufficient swelling of the primary pressure cup inside the master cylinder. If the compensating port hole becomes completely blocked, the rear wheel brake caliper can drag after the rider releases the brake input. If this occurs, the rear brake temperature and pressure progressively increase. Unexpected braking increases the risk of a crash and continued riding with the brake engaged can generate enough heat to cause the rear brake to catch fire.
Inspection and Repair:
Honda motorcycle dealers will inspect the secondary master cylinder of all affected motorcycles in dealership stock or sold to customers (consumers and commercial entities). If an inspection indicates that the compensator port hole can become blocked due to this problem, the dealer will replace the secondary master cylinder. Registered owners of affected motorcycles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their motorcycle to a Honda dealer. The dealer will inspect the motorcycle, and if necessary, replace the secondary master cylinder, free of charge.
Additional Details:
Honda motorcycle dealers will immediately receive a transmittal of complete repair instructions. Replacement secondary master cylinders in the U.S. will initially be made available through American Honda’s dealer technical support hotline. Upon approval by NHTSA, American Honda will mail a letter to all registered owners, and also post a copy of the letter on the Honda Brand website: Target dates for website posting are before the end of December 2011, and mail receipt by registered customers should occur before the end of January 2012.
Honda apologizes for any inconvenience this creates, but feels the safety of our customers is the highest priority. Honda encourages every customer to contact their dealer to schedule an appointment upon receiving the SAFETY RECALL letter.

Confederate Motorcycles Unveils Third Generation Hellcat

 December 2, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Confederate Motors, Inc. (OTCBB:CFED), makers of handcrafted heirloom motorcycles, unveiled their anticipated third generation Hellcat today. Drawing on the first and second generations’ distinctive drag race architecture, the company’s new X132 Hellcat advances that architecture with innovative engineering and avant-garde design. The result is yet another iconic machine that challenges the paradigms of the American motoring landscape.
The company’s founder and CEO, H. Matthew Chambers, described the new Hellcat by saying, “This is the motorcycle we were conceived to execute when I founded the company 21 years ago. I have every confidence that we have delivered all we ever dreamed of giving.”
Named after the legendary F6F Hellcat fighter plane of WWII, the X132 Hellcat is the result of an uncompromised design and manufacturing approach. The centerpiece of this approach is the Hellcat’s billet aluminum case. Instead of the usual casting method, the Hellcat’s case is machined from two blocks of billet 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. Chambers said, “This new case unites America’s best Vtwin technology and America’s superior powertrain technology into a singularity. Although this is the most expensive material selection and craft methodology, it is simply the best approach for maximizing strength and guaranteeing permanence.” Confederate’s lead designer, Edward Jacobs, said, “We’ve always dreamed of designing the core of the machine. For the first time in our 21 year history, we’ve been able to do that with the unitized case of this new Hellcat. The result is the first pure and undiluted Confederate.” The company’s uncompromised approach does not end with the case. “Because we design and craft each Confederate motorcycle to be a multi-generational heirloom product, we require that each component, from the carbon fiber wheels to the smallest stainless steel bolts, be of the highest quality, no matter the cost. Our clients deserve nothing less,” said Clay Morrison, the company’s Director of Marketing.
With over 40 units already pre-sold, the company is set to begin production in January at a rate of two units per week. Pricing for the X132 Hellcat is set at $45,000 through February 29, 2012. The price will rise to $49,500 on March 1, 2012. Orders may be placed online at
For the past the 21 years, Confederate Motors, Inc. has designed and crafted uncompromised heirloom motorcycles for the motoring purist. For more information, please visit
Clay Morrison
Confederate Motors, Inc.
SOURCE: Confederate Motors, Inc.

MX Sports Pro Racing Announces 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

MORGANTOWN, WV – November 29, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Just weeks after celebrating the conclusion of an epic 40th season of professional motocross racing, MX Sports Pro Racing and partners, Alli Sports, are pleased to announce the 2012 schedule for the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The series will begin on Saturday, May 19, near Sacramento, Calif., at the Hangtown Classic-the longest-running event on the schedule-and will conclude on September 8 in Southern California, at the championship’s newest stop (to be announced at a later date). Throughout the summer, the 12-round series will visit such highly-regarded motocross circuits as High Point, in Pennsylvania, RedBud, in Michigan, Washougal, in Washington, and New York’s legendary Unadilla.
“We are very fortunate to have so many great, iconic motocross tracks as part of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship-tracks that challenge the racers and have strong, loyal fan bases that come out to see these races,” said MX Sports Pro Racing President Davey Coombs. “This series is the pinnacle of professional motocross, and the growth we’ve seen in the last three years for both the live audiences and television viewers watching from all over the world has been outstanding.”
Not only does the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship include the best tracks in the sport, it also features the fastest riders on the planet, as well as an expanded television package with NBC Sports Group. Add in a global television package that allows fans from all over the world to tune in, plus live event streaming on, and the result is an unprecedented audience for motocross racing.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto will defend his #1 plate against no less than three former 450 Class Champions in 2012. Besides the man he wrestled the 2011 title from, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, as well as a hugely-popular Australian star in TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed, Villopoto must also contend with James Stewart, who is returning to outdoor motocross for the first time since his perfect 2008 season as a member of the Joe Gibbs Racing/Toyota/Yamaha team. There will also be challenges from such formidable programs as Team Honda Muscle Milk, the Yoshimura Suzuki factory team, MotoConcepts/Alessi Racing, the new L&Mc Racing Honda team spearheaded by legend Jeremy McGrath, and more.
In the 250 Class, newly-crowned champion, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Dean Wilson will not only have to defend his title against the best young riders in America, he will also be pursued by the two most recent MX2 World Champions. Frenchman Marvin Musquin and German sensation Ken Roczen have each earned Grand Prix titles on 250cc motorcycles, and will now join forces at Red Bull KTM to challenge Wilson for the most-coveted outdoor title in the sport, a Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Add in the formidable GEICO Honda team, DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha, Rockstar Energy Suzuki, JDR KTM, in addition to Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda, and the 2012 season is ripe for exceptional competition.
Additionally, the Women’s Motocross Championship will be included at eight rounds. Led by defending champion, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Ashley Fiolek, who claimed her third title in four years as a pro, the world’s fastest women riders are set to bring even more excitement to the series. Fiolek can once again expect serious competition from her primary rival, and fellow multi-time champion, Jessica Patterson of the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha team.
Following the traditional opener at Hangtown, series favorites – Freestone, Thunder Valley, High Point, Budds Creek, RedBud, Spring Creek, Washougal, Southwick, Unadilla and Steel City – all return to compose the bulk of the 2012 schedule. While some venues’ traditional dates on the calendar have shifted, they remain as part of the integral foundation of American Motocross.
The season finale will feature a new venue in the motocross hotbed of Southern California. Details and additional information will follow.
Tickets for all 12 rounds of the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will be on sale on Moto Monday, December 5th. Fans eager to get a head start on plans for next summer can simply log onto the official website of American Motocross at Special holiday promotions for advance purchasers will be available.
2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Schedule
  • May 19    Hangtown Motocross Classic*    Sacramento, Calif.
  • May 26    Freestone Raceway*    Wortham, Texas
  • June 2    Thunder Valley Motocross*    Lakewood, Colo.
  • June 9    High Point Raceway    Mt. Morris, Pa.
  • June 16    Budds Creek Motocross    Mechanicsville, Md.
  • July 7    RedBud*    Buchanan, Mich.
  • July 14    Spring Creek Motocross*    Millville, Minn.
  • July 21    Washougal MX Park    Washougal, Wash.
  • August 11    Moto-X 338*    Southwick, Mass.
  • August 18    Unadilla    New Berlin, N.Y.
  • September 1    Steel City Raceway*    Delmont, Pa.
  • September 8    TBA*    Southern Calif.
* WMX Events 
BMW dealers to sell maxi-scooters next year

Early next year, BMW dealers will begin retailing two maxi-scooters for sports and touring: the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT.
BMW Motorrad says the scooters are the first offerings since “expanding its business activities to include urban mobility.”
The models, built in Berlin, share a two-cylinder inline engine with a displacement of 647cc. In both models, its rated power output is 60 hp at 7500 rpm, and its maximum torque of 49 ft.-lbs. is available at 6000 rpm. The power is transferred via a directly integrated continuously variable transmission.
The engine owes its low position, and therefore low center of gravity, to its cylinder bank, which is inclined to the front through 70 degrees. Characteristic sound and low vibration levels are the result of the 90-degree crank pin offset, 270-degree ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts driven by spur gears.
An electronic fuel injection system supplies the four valves under the two overhead camshafts. Oil is supplied from a dry sump with double oil pump, and an efficient cooling concept optimizes the thermal equilibrium in the engine.
The exhaust system is made completely of stainless steel. It comes with a closed-loop catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor.
The design of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT suspension features a torsionally rigid hybrid interconnection of a tubular steel bridge frame and a die-cast aluminum unit at the swingarm bearing. In addition, the engine functions as a bearing element, presenting a particularly rigid construction for stable and high-precision response. An upside-down fork presents a generous fixed fork diameter of 40 mm. The tail presents a reclining spring strut on the left side. The spring travels are each 115 mm, as commonly found with motorcycles. The tire widths and cross sections of the models are also aligned to motorcycle dimensions.
The new C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are fitted with a generously sized braking system consisting of a two-rotor disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, each 270 mm in diameter. The BMW Motorrad ABS comes standard.
The instrument cluster of the models presents a large, easily readable LCD display with integrated engine speed readout and an analogue speedometer. For the first time, BMW Motorrad is also offering an LED daytime running light as an optional equipment feature.
The FlexCase for the C 600 Sport is a stowage space concept. A flap in the tail base under the seat enlarges the stowage space on the stationary vehicle. This can be used to hold two helmets. The C 650 GT has a stowage space of about 60 liters in the tail for taking two helmets and other utilities.
The C 600 Sport’s windshield adjusts mechanically by hand. The C 600 GT’s comes with a larger windshield that’s powered.
The sport model has a seat positioned for extremely active riding, made possible by the arrangement of the foot boards, seat, and handlebar in an ergonomic triangle. The C 650 GT, on the other hand, allows the rider and passenger to adopt a more relaxed sitting posture on a larger, more comfortable seat. The touring model also has an adjustable backrest for the rider in conjunction with a higher handlebar and comfortable floor boards in lieu of separate footrests for the passenger.
The C 600 Sport will be available in cosmic blue metallic matt, titanium silver metallic, or sapphire black metallic.
The C 650 GT will be available in sapphire black metallic, platinum bronze metallic, or vermilion red metallic

Revised 2012 CBR1000RR marks model's 20th anniversary

Shipping to dealers next month is the revised 2012 CBR1000RR, a model that celebrates the model’s 20th anniversary.
According to Honda, the new CBR1000RR handles better via a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock, Big Piston Fork and new wheels. New aggressive bodywork aids aerodynamic flow and high-speed handling, and new LCD instrumentation includes a lap timer, five-level shift indicator and more.
Honda’s summary of what’s new for 2012:
  • Unit Pro-Link rear suspension features a new, patented Balance-Free Rear Shock from Showa that incorporates a unique double-tube design featuring a damper case plus an internal cylinder for more responsive damping and a smoother, better-controlled damping action.
  • The new 43mm fork incorporates Showa’s latest Big Piston Fork technology with a larger damping volume to effectively reduce the hydraulic pressure generated as the fork legs compress and extend. The result is more precise action during the initial stroke and smoother damping action, for improved handling, enhanced front-end feedback and a more solid feel during hard braking.
  • New 12-spoke cast aluminum wheels provide more consistent rigidity. Together with the new suspension, these wheels offer improved feedback for the rider.
  • New layered fairing design creates a large pocket of calm air around the rider to improve comfort while also helping draw air through the cooling system. An integrated chin spoiler in the nose also reduces aerodynamic lift to improve handling.
  • Multi-function LCD instruments communicate all important information plus the option of four readout modes for tachometer display, lap timer, five-level shift indicator, gear position indicator and more.
  • New revised fuel injection settings give the CBR1000RR a more linear response, particularly at smaller throttle openings.
  • Revisions to the optional electronic Combined ABS create a new bias toward sporting/track riding conditions during rear brake application.
  • New Red and Pearl White/Blue/Red colors join Black. (C-ABS model available in Red only.)
  • Honda Genuine Accessories: Color-Matched Passenger Seat Cowl, Carbon-Fiber Accents, Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame, Outdoor Cycle Cover, “E-Cushion” Seat for greater comfort, Rear Tire Hugger, HRC Power-Up Kit for Racing (Track Use Only).
Model: CBR1000RR / CBR1000RR C-ABS 
Engine Type: 999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 76mm x 55.1mm
Compression ratio: 12.3:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain
Suspension Front: 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability
Rear: Unit Pro-Link Balance-Free Rear Shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability
Brakes Front: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 320mm discs Rear: Single 220mm disc; Optional Honda Electronic Combined ABS (CBR1000RR C-ABS)
Tires Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear: 190/50ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase: 55.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 23° 3'
Trail: 96.0mm (3.8 inches)
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Fuel Capacity: 4.7 gallons, including 1.06-gallon reserve
Estimated Fuel Economy: TBD
Colors: CBR1000RR: Red, Black, Pearl White/Blue/Red CBR1000RR C-ABS: Red
Curb Weight: 441 pounds (CBR1000RR) / 467 pounds (CBR1000RR C-ABS). Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel — ready to ride.
It was 20 years ago that Honda ushered in the modern era of big-displacement street-going sportbikes with the CBR900RR. Back in 1992, the concept of “light makes right” produced a lightweight and compact CBR900RR.
“In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the CBR-RR and in keeping with the original concept,” Honda says, “the 2012 CBR1000RR continues to supply exemplary liter-class sportbike performance, pumping out huge midrange horsepower and torque for class-leading real-world muscle in a great-handling high-performance package unmatched by the competition in its overall balance.”

Bonhams Las Vegas to auction vintage motorcyles Jan. 12

The Bonhams auction firm is soliciting motorcycle consignments for its second Las Vegas motorcycle auction in January, but it won’t be easy to be the star of this show.
Already on the block at the Jan. 12 auction at the Imperial Palace hotel is a collection of 40 rare and vintage motorcycles from the DuPont collection, including an Indian Camelback, a Manx Norton and a Vincent Black Shadow, all to be offered without reserve. Also featured will be fine racing and road machines from the likes of Henderson, Vincent, Ariel, BMW, Harley-Davidson.
Those interested in buying, or just drooling, can see a lot preview here.
But don’t plan on bidding unless you have a very healthy bank account.
Bonham’s first Las Vegas motorcycle auction sold more than 200 bikes for a total of more than $2.5 million. More recently, an auction at Pebble Beach sold a1940 Brough Superior SS100, the very last to roll off the production line, for $295,000, and a rare 1928 Coventry Eagle Flying-8 OHV brought a record $263,500

Vermont agency repeals rule permitting ATVs on state lands

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has filed a final proposed rule with the Vermont Secretary of State and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) that repeals a 2009 rule that addressed the use of ATVs on state land.
What this means is that ATV riding is no longer permitted on state lands in Vermont.
Following a public hearing held last spring, and a review of thousands of comments, ANR says it will repeal what is known as the ATV rule.
“I was pleased to see so many Vermonters weigh in on the issue of whether it makes sense for ATVs to ride on public land. After weighing the substance of the comments and concerns about the legality of the original rule we decided to move ahead on the repeal,” ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz said. “We have also taken concrete steps to address the Vermont ATV Sportsmen’s Association’s legitimate need for limited connector trails across public land.”
Under the separation of powers in state government a state agency may only adopt a rule if it has been given the power to do so by the legislature. As a check on the executive branches’ rulemaking authority all rules go to the Legislative Rules Committee (LCAR) before they become effective.
“In 2009, LCAR voted unanimously to object to the ATV rule. They strongly believed that ANR did not have the power to adopt the regulation. Because we cannot point to clear authority to adopt this rule, the regulation is vulnerable to legal attack, with little likelihood of prevailing in court.” The rule has been challenged in the Washington County Superior Court by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). Markowitz states, “it does not make sense to try to defend the ATV rule in court given that LCAR has already determined that no authority to adopt the rule exists.”
About 2,000 people commented that ANR should not repeal the ATV rule, citing the impact on tourism and local economies. Another 1,000 parties supported the repeal, citing environmental concerns.
Markowitz said, “Although ANR is repealing the prior rule on ATV’s , we are working with Vemont ATV Sportsman’s Association to use our existing authority to provide license agreements for limited use of state property.”


Vietnam using nets to catch speedsters

November 25 2011
Hanoi - Police in central Vietnam have started using fishing nets to stop speeding motorcycles, local media said on Friday.
Authorities in Thanh Hoa City have caught 21 people since they started using the nets a month ago on people racing motorcycles, speeding or driving dangerously, the news website VietnamNet reported.
The technique is only used on people who do not stop when flagged down by police.
The net is thrown over the back wheel, forcing the vehicle to stop. So far, no one has been injured.
Informal motorcycle races on public roads, usually by schoolchildren or students, is widespread in Vietnam's larger cities, particularly after dark. 

Polaris IQR Tall Windshield

The Polaris IQR Tall Windshield is a new addition to the Cobra by PowerMadd Polaris IQR line. The IQR tall adds an inch of height over the mid but also adds additional height on the sides of the shield for added hand and body protection on those cold days of racing.

• Made from high quality optical grade polycarbonate
• Over .080 inches thick
• Provides great protection from wind, snow, ice and debris
• Fits Polaris IQR '05-'12 and IQRR '08-'09

Retail Price: $85

3-Inch Round Twin Slash Slip-On Mufflers

The Vance & Hines 3-Inch Round Twin Slash Slip-on Mufflers available from Drag Specialties can dress up any Harley.

• Muffler bodies are shielded by full-coverage heat shields
• Blue-proof look increases performance with a throaty growl
• Include standard louvered core baffles and are sold in pairs

Retail Price: starting at $325.95

Fly Racing 2012 Kinetic Youth Racewear

Pure poetry in motion is the phrase often used to describe top-level racers who make riding a motorcycle look as natural as breathing. With this in mind, Fly designed its Kinetic racewear to complement a rider’s natural movements on the motorcycle, eliminate unnecessary distractions and look as stylish as possible.

• Jersey features multi-panel construction, comfort stretch collar, mesh panels, shorty cuffs with elastic sleeves, extended tail and sublimated graphics
• Pant features ultra-durable 840-denier construction, Asterisk booth-tether compliance, high-grade Kevlar sewn leather heat shield panels, ergonomically shaped knee, integrated "soft-flex" TPR protective badging, customizable leg cuff design, internal pocket, ratcheting fly closure, YKK main zipper, adjustable waist belt, stretch-rib panels, full-floating seat, comfort mesh liner and sublimated graphics
• Glove features four-way stretch multi-directional construction, soft-flex TPR graphics, durable double-layer palm, reinforced thumb, split-knuckle design, silicone finger grippers, adjustable Velcro wrist closure and Lycra finger gussets.

Retail Price: jersey, $27.95 Youth in sizes YS–YX; pant, $89.95 Youth in sizes 18–26; glove, $26.95 Youth in sizes Y3XS

2011-12 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Windscreens

The designers at Kawasaki decided to throw the sport bike crowd a curveball in 2011 with the Ninja 1000: futuristic, unconventional, not quite a sportbike, not quite a sport tourer, the Ninja 1000 offers the rider a little of both. In response, Zero Gravity decided to create windscreen choices that give Ninja 1000 owners the ability to dive firmly from one camp to the other.

• Sporty light Double Bubble (shown in light smoke) repeats the angular-yet-curvy lines of the bike to produce a more sportbike look and performance characteristic
• Sport Touring (shown in light smoke) series screen is wider, taller and more smoothly shaped while offering more wind protection than the OEM screen
• Feature a precise fit, hand polished visible edges and distortion free optical clarity

Retail Price: starting at $99.95

Suzuki pulls out of MotoGP

TOKYO, JAPAN – November 19, 2011 This suspension is to cope with tough circumstances mainly caused by the prolonged recession in developed countries, a historical depreciation of Japanese Yen and repeated natural disasters.
Having an eye to returning to MotoGP in 2014, Suzuki will now focus on developing a competitive new racing machine for that class.
Suzuki will continue motocross racing activity and support of road racing activities using mass-produced motorcycles, by obtaining FIM homologation and co-operation with the supplier of its development racing kit parts.

Honda Factory Team and Support Teams Gear Up for 2012 Supercross Season Opener

20 11 2011
TORRANCE, CA – November 18, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The short off-season period is hardly a slow time of year as the Honda Red Riders gear up in preparation for the 2012 AMA Supercross series, an FIM world Championship, which is set to launch on January 7 in Anaheim, California. With all the team rosters filling out, here’s a preview of things to come.
- Team Honda Muscle Milk
The American Honda team will roll into 2012 with our new sponsor Muscle Milk, featuring riders Trey Canard and Justin Brayton aboard the 2012 Honda CRF450R. In addition, the team enjoys the support of GEICO, Pro-Honda Oils, Dunlop, Troy Lee Designs, Yoshimura, Renthal, DID, Twin Air, Moto Tassinari, Hinson, Throttle Jockey and VP Fuel.
Alongside Team Honda Muscle Milk, American Honda again welcomes Ashley Fiolek into the factory semi. Fiolek won the 2011 Women’s Motocross Championship—her third title—and will again take on all comers in 2012.
In addition to the factory Honda team, several other teams and riders will compete aboard Honda CRF250Rs and CRF450Rs.
- GEICO Honda
Honda has had a long and successful relationship with GEICO Honda: The team has delivered numerous wins and championships, including former team member Trey Canard winning the 2008 Supercross Lites East title and current rider Justin Barcia taking the 2011 Lites East championship. Barcia returns to defend his title in 2012, and is joined in the 250 class by teammates sure to pack the podium in 2012, including Eli Tomac, Wil Hahn, Justin Bogle and Jimmy DeCotis. In the 450 class, GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham enters his 19th season as a professional in 2012—a remarkable achievement on its own, yet Windham remains at the top of his game, an ever-present threat to win. “We’re happy to continue into 2012 on Hondas,” said Mike LaRocco, GEICO Honda Team Manager. “Having a strong bike to begin with helps us get results. We aim to win even more titles for GEICO and Honda this coming year.”
- TwoTwo Motorsports
After a thrilling 2011 season, Chad Reed and his TwoTwo Motorsports team return for their second year riding a factory-supported CRF450R. “I’m really excited to continue our relationship with Honda into 2012 and beyond,” said Reed. “We entered 2011 as an unknown commodity and as the year progressed Honda really stepped up its support for the TwoTwo Motorsports team. It’s definitely one of the most memorable years of my career.”
- L&Mc Racing Honda
An exciting new addition to the Honda fold is L&Mc Racing Honda—a brand-new team for 2012. The new partnership between Larry Brooks and “The King of Supercross” Jeremy McGrath sees Andrew Short racing a factory-supported Honda CRF450R in both Supercross and Motocross championships. “It’s every race team owner’s dream to have access to the best equipment,” said team co-owner Brooks. “In my opinion Honda has the best motorcycles. They have access to a lot of resources and in-house support, making them the leaders in the industry. It’s only natural that with Jeremy’s connection to Honda, and Shorty’s history racing Hondas that we ride Honda in 2012.”
- Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda
Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda will field a three-man team of 250-class riders, including Christian Craig, Cole Seely and Travis Baker on Honda CRF250Rs. Tarah Gieger will also compete once again on a Honda CRF250R in the Woman’s Motocross Championship, where she finished third overall in 2011. “I am very excited for the upcoming season,” said team manager Tyler Keefe. “We continue to improve every year and with American Honda’s ongoing support, I think we have a great chance at winning a championship in 2012.”
“This upcoming Supercross season is going to be really exciting for Honda fans,” said Ray Conway, Honda Racing Coordinator. “There will be a very strong contingent of racers aboard the Honda CRF250R and CRF450R race machines all season long, and every one of them will be in contention for the win. Look for your favorite riders to be climbing the podium all season long.”

AMA Visa Card Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Presented by KTM, Inducts Five Motorcycling Greats

20 11 2011
LAS VEGAS, NV – November 19, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Five outstanding motorcyclists took their place in history Friday, Nov. 18, at the 2011 AMA Visa Card from Capital One Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, held here at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa.
Hosted by actor and motorcyclist Perry King, the event kicked off the AMA Visa Card Legends & Champions Weekend. It honored the Hall of Fame Class of 2011: magazine editor Phil Schilling, motocross promoter Stu Peters, industry leader Fred Fox, motorcycling pioneer Norbert Schickel and roadracing champion Doug Polen.
In addition to the class of 2011, the induction ceremony recognized the outstanding careers of two existing Hall of Fame Legends: world champion racing icons Roger DeCoster and Kenny Roberts.
Jeff Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money to support the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, welcomed a sold-out crowd to the induction ceremony and voiced appreciation for their support.
“The vision of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony is only possible with partnership,” Heininger said. “You need only to look around this room tonight and see the realization of this vision. I’m honored to be a part of this effort.”
The 2011 inductees were honored with videos chronicling their careers, Hall of Fame rings and induction speeches. In addition to the honorees, several luminaries from the world of motorcycling participated in the ceremony. These included motocross superstar and 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Bob “Hurricane” Hannah; roadracer and Hall of Famer Jody Nicholas; journalist and Hall of Famer Gunnar Lindstorm; roadracer and Hall of Famer Don Emde; promoter and Hall of Famer Gavin Trippe; and industry leader, motocrosser and Hall of Famer Mark Blackwell; among others.
“What an evening this has been,” said King, as he closed out the program. “Gathered in this room tonight with our heroes and legends, we are reminded that events like this don’t occur often enough. With well over 400 members, today’s Hall of Fame is a Who’s Who of men and women who have thrilled us, inspired us and, in many cases, brought a tear to our eye with ground-breaking achievements that have forever altered the world of motorcycling.”
Phil Schilling
Phil Schilling was one of motorcycling’s most accomplished journalists and an expert race tuner who set the early mark for Ducati motorcycle’s on-track success in America.
Schilling was teaching at the University of Wisconsin when Hall of Famer Cook Neilson asked him to become managing editor of Cycle Magazine. Schilling and Neilson developed Cycle Magazine into the gold standard of motorcycle periodicals in the 1970s. Schilling and Neilson were not just successful at the editor’s desk. In 1977, they entered a Ducati in the Daytona 200 and gave Ducati its first AMA Superbike win in the United States.
Schilling was joined on stage by Neilson, who read Schilling’s comments on his behalf.
“Thank you to the American Motorcyclist Association for this tremendous honor and to all those who nominated me, wrote letters on my behalf, and voted for me,” Neilson read. “I am humbled and proud beyond words to be in the company of so many of motorcycling’s great talents and industry leaders and my fellow Hall of Fame classmates.
“I have been fortunate in my life to do exciting work that I love alongside people I love and admire. Cook’s and my success at Cycle Magazine and on the racetrack was due in large part to the talent and hard work of an army of people, who share in this honor and deserve our gratitude.”
Stu Peters
Stu Peters is one of the most prolific and enduring motocross promoters in the history of the sport in America. Peters’ company, the Continental Motosport Club (CMC), has been promoting motocross races since 1968.
Although Peters has expanded beyond his Southern California base, his early start and subsequent success in what became a hotbed of motocross competition in the 1970s, 1980s and beyond, established his presence in the national consciousness of American motocross.
Peters, who raced motocross professionally in Europe in the 1950s, was already actively running local events when the AMA approached him to promote two rounds of the 1970 Trans-AMA Series, which became the sport’s first national championship series in the United States sanctioned by the AMA and recognized by the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme), the world governing body for motorcycle sport.
Today, CMC Racing has grown into one of the largest motocross racing organizations in the country.
“Most of all, I’d like to thank my family for holding up the fort,” Peters said. “I also thank the Hall of Fame for honoring me with this great award for doing something I loved to do and would have done anyway.”
Fred Fox
Parts Unlimited founder Fred Fox built a small business into the largest aftermarket motorcycle, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and personal watercraft accessory distributorship in the world.
Fox founded Parts Unlimited Distributing in 1967 to distribute motorcycle parts and accessories to dealers. Today his umbrella company, LeMans Corp., is based in Janesville, Wisc., and it employs more than 1,000 people in operations spread across the U.S. and in Europe. Parts Unlimited serves the “metric” side of motorcycling, while Drag Specialties serves the American V-twin industry. The company’s own brands include Thor Motocross, Moose Off-Road, Icon and Z1R Helmets.
Fox elevated motorcycling and the sport of motorcycle racing nationally by creating a state-of-the-art distribution system that got parts to dealers quickly and by sponsoring motorcycle racing series as well as amateur and professional racers. His sponsorship dollars also supported various races and series to help grow the sport.
“I’m honored to be here,” Fox said. “This business means so much to me. I’m still enjoying working every day. I still go in early and leave late, but it’s the employees who do all the hard work. I really enjoy this industry. It’s been good to me.”
Norbert Schickel
Norbert Schickel was an innovative designer and builder in the early years of American motorcycle manufacturing. As the founder of Schickel Motor Co., Schickel was part of the motorcycle design boom that occurred in the United States between 1905 and 1915.
Schickel unveiled his first motorcycle at the 1911 Chicago Motorcycle Show, and Schickel Motor Co. began producing motorcycles in 1912 in Stamford, Conn. The company sold more than 1,000 motorcycles.
Schickel’s vision and designs were evident in his two-cycle motorcycles that he developed. He also helped popularize the twist grip control and had a patented “spring fork front suspension” and “fly wheel magneto.”
Ken Anderson, Schickel’s grandson, accepted the Hall of Fame honor on his grandfather’s behalf.
“If Norbert Schickel were here today he would be thrilled by his selection and would take great pride in knowing that his designs and innovations were worthy of Hall of Fame recognition,” Anderson said. “It is a great honor for me to represent my grandfather here tonight. Norbert Schickel’s selection to the Class of 2011 is a dream come true for our family and attending his induction is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to celebrate his achievements.”
Doug Polen
Doug Polen was a dominant national and world champion roadracer in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Polen had a series of strong winning performances in motorcycle roadracing in the United States and abroad, including winning 45 of 51 Suzuki Championship Series events in 1991 and earning the World Superbike title by 150 points. He was the Suzuki GSX-R National Cup champion in 1986, Japan Formula 1 and Formula 3 National Champion in 1989, AMA Pro Twins National Champion in 1991, World Superbike Champion in 1992 and 1993, AMA Superbike Champion in 1993, and World Endurance Champion in 1997 and 1998.
“Being recognized with so many iconic people is touching, and to see my career made permanent as part of the Hall of Fame is really something,” Polen said. “I’ll always have that. I’m truly honored to be inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”
Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster
Roger DeCoster’s name is practically synonymous with the sport of motocross, and he is generally recognized as the best-known MX racer in the first 50 years of the sport.
When DeCoster was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, his racing accomplishments were simply remarkable: five 500cc Motocross World Championships, numerous 500cc Motocross Grand Prix victories and four Trans-AMA Motocross Championships.
He also was a member of six winning Belgium Motocross des Nations teams, was a Gold Medalist in the International Six Day Trial (Enduro) and earned numerous national championships in his native Belgium, including a national Trials title.
DeCoster continued to find success after his racing career. He was the manager of the first U.S. team to win the Motocross des Nations in 1981, and managed many U.S. teams at the prestigious event over the years to the present day.
Today, DeCoster is in charge of KTM’s Supercross and motocross efforts in the United States. His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as “The Man.”
“I have to thank America for welcoming me,” DeCoster said. “First was Bud and Dave Ekins. I met them in Germany in 1964, and it was the beginning of a great journey in America. We have come a long way from when I was inducted in 1999 in the AMA parking lot under an E-Z Up. This is a fantastic event.”
Hall of Fame Legend Kenny Roberts
Perhaps more than any other competitor, Kenny Roberts has put his stamp of dominance on American and World roadracing, both as an AMA National Champion, a Grand Prix World Champion and then as a Grand Prix team owner.
In recognition of his outstanding achievements on both the American and world racing circuits, Roberts, who was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998, was honored as a 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend.
“King Kenny” Roberts won his first-ever AMA Grand National race in 1972 and went on to win 33 AMA Nationals in dirt-track and roadracing, including the prestigious Daytona 200 three times.
A two-time AMA Grand National Champion, Roberts moved to the world stage and became the first-ever American to win a 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championship in 1978. In the following years Roberts dominated the World Grand Prix circuit, and by the end of 1980, he had captured three consecutive World 500 Grand Prix titles.
Retiring from full-time racing at the end of the 1983 season, he formed his own World 500 Grand Prix team. In 1990, Team Roberts’ rider and future Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey won the World 500 Grand Prix title, and teammate John Kocinski took the World 250 Championship — bringing the team a rare 500 and 250 championship season.
“I have to thank the AMA,” Roberts said. “I did what I did, and that’s what we do. We ride motorcycles. I do this because I’m a motorcycle person, and this room is full of motorcycle people. To honor me like this in front of motorcycle people is very important to me.”

CFMoto Recalls 6,405 Motorcycles

18 11 2011
November 18, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
     CHG / CF250T V3 2005-2009
     CHG / CF250T V5 2005-2009
Manufacturer: CFMOTO POWERSPORTS, INC.Mfr’s Report Date: NOV 08, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V544000NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,405

Moose Utility Division New Product: Rear Storage Trunk

18 11 2011
JANESVILLE, WI – November 18, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Front Storage Trunk from Moose Utility Division is the perfect option for riders looking for additional storage space without the bulk. Manufactured to exceed the most demanding conditions, the Rear Storage Trunk features a double-wall construction on the lid, while the single-wall base allows for maximum storage space. The Rear Storage Trunk also kept safety in mind with a reflector placed at the top and center of the trunk.
Additional product specifications are below. The Rear Storage Trunk is now available from your local Parts Unlimited dealer- ACTION SPORTS !. Rear Storage Trunk Product Information:
  • Includes two key lockable latches
  • Measures 37″ W x 17″ D x 14.5″ H
  • Made in the USA
  • Part Number: 3505-0162
  • Price: $149.95

Georgia Court of Appeals Reverses Trial Court Ruling Regarding Yamaha Rhino, Orders Judgment for Yamaha

With Ruling in McTaggart vs Yamaha, Yamaha Now Victorious in all Rhino Cases that have Gone to Trial
CYPRESS, CA – November 16, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Court of Appeals of Georgia today unanimously reversed a trial court’s May 2010 decision in favor of plaintiffs and ordered judgment for Yamaha in McTaggart vs Yamaha, a case involving an accident on a Yamaha Rhino. The Court of Appeals’ decision means that courts in all nine cases that have gone to trial have rejected plaintiffs’ claims and found in favor of Yamaha.
Yamaha stands firmly behind the Rhino and will continue to vigorously defend the product. The Rhino is a safe and useful off-road vehicle when driven responsibly, and has won virtually every “first in class” award and top safety ratings in independent reviews since its introduction.
The testimony and evidence presented during the trial showed that this unfortunate incident had nothing to do with the design of the product. The incident illustrates the importance of following the safety guidelines posted on the vehicle and the owner’s manual. The Rhino is a safe and useful off-road vehicle when driven responsibly. Drivers and passengers should wear helmets, protective gear including foot wear, and the vehicle’s three-point seat belts at all times.
Yamaha’s top priority is the safety of our customers, and we pride ourselves in the safety and quality of our products.
To learn more about the Yamaha Rhino, visit our website

WIDE OPEN Releases New In & Out Drive Shaft Utility

16 11 2011
 UNDER its WideOpen brand, has released a new in & out drive shaft utility to aid riders.  The Drive Shaft Switch Out (DSSO), is engineered for all time 4-wheel-drive ATVs to allow the rider to switch to 2-wheel drive with the press of a button. Shifting to 2wd improves the steering radius of the ATV, allows for sport-bike stunts like back end slides that are simply not possible with 4wd engaged.  The Drive Shaft Switch Out reduces steering effort to save wear and tear on both rider and vehicle and improves fuel economy at the same time.  When the rider is ready for 4wd, the Drive Shaft Switch Out allows for easy re-engagement of the front wheel drive.
Reports that demand for these products is high!  In addition to the Drive Shaft Switch Out, the WideOpen also manufactures a service kit that works with the Drive Shaft Switch Out as well as other drive shaft utilities that have been discontinued.
Consumer reports have been overwhelmingly positive, as these products have been sought for years!   The Drive Shaft Switch Out is an affordable upgrade within the price range of any ATV enthusiast.  CONTACT ACTION SPORTS FOR THE SPECIAL PRICING ON THIS "MUST HAVE" PRODUCT !!!
Norton Motorcycles USA rebuilding storied brand, new dealer network

Motorcycling's history is filled with the names of marques that have come and gone — and come back again and then disappear yet again.
And then there are those that never really seem to go away. These are the ones that seem to just hang about, as if suspended in time, surviving on the strength of legend and the dedication of diehard enthusiasts.
Like Norton Motorcycles. It's one of the handful of brands that is synonymous with the word motorcycle. Norton, two short syllables that sound like internal combustion. It's also one of those names you'd expect to see paired with the words "resurrection" or "revival" in a sentence.
But U.K. businessman Stuart Garner is hoping to change all that with a renewed manufacturing effort in Castle Donington, U.K., where he has resurrected (there's that word) the Norton brand and the Commando model name with a lineup that includes three iterations in that range. Earlier this year, the company received a British-government-backed trade loan to help increase production and help benefit its supply chain.
This revival (again) is slowly taking shape here in the United States as its Connecticut-based subsidiary works to solidify a North American dealer operation. Dan Van Epps, Norton Motorcycle USA's CEO (pictured right), says the Brit bike company is focusing on building a network of about 50 profitable dealers over the coming two years.
"Fundamentally, we need to ensure that most U.S. riders have reasonable access to a Norton dealer," says Van Epps, adding that they eventually expect to reach about 15 different markets. "The goal is not quantity, but quality. We want the very best professional, experienced dealers in each market, obviously delivering superior service and support to the Norton owners, who this is all about."
Thus far, Norton USA has seven dealers signed up, and about six more in the pipeline, with the company taking a very methodical and calculated approach to placing more. Why such painstaking steps? Because the success of its dealerships is intricately tied to the future success of reestablishing Norton, Van Epps says.
Yes, a manufacturer has to educate its dealers, but it also has to listen to them, he explains. The dealers are the experts in their markets. A dealer in Dallas is going to best know what products his customers want and how the company can improve its products to satisfy more customers.
Dealerships also have to be profitable in order for the company to be solvent in the current market, he says. And Norton is looking to do things differently both on the manufacturing side and on the dealer-relations end. This includes a lean U.S. management structure and an effort to make sure each dealer has a Norton "specialist" on hand, who knows the brand and its dealer programs backward and forward.
"We looked carefully at the motorcycle business over the last decade and we've seen this universal struggle for motorcycle dealers to remain profitable, or break even, for that matter. Dealers who have been around for 50 years are closing their doors," he says. "We believe that a lot of the current practices are clearly unsustainable for Norton to be profitable in this market.
"We don't seek to produce the volumes of the larger European manufacturers. Our growth plan, infrastructure are calculated to make sure we remain flexible, profitable and able to scale ourselves with the market. Rather than trying to push the market, we want to react to the market. That's the fundamental difference. We're not going to be leaders in absolute volume, we will be leaders in the contribution to our dealer's bottom line."
And that bottom line is contingent on a bike that he says will likely be ready for the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2012 — granted everything goes smoothly during the approval process with the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. The bikes will retail for between $16,000 and about $20,000. Up to this point, the company has focused on delivering bikes in Europe that are Euro III compliant. Van Epps points out that the wait for EPA and CARB approval has allowed the company to fine-tune its U.S. market strategy.
This lineup will include the Commando 961 Cafe Racer and the Commando 961 Sport, both available as single or two-seaters in four color choices — silver, red, yellow and black. Van Epps says the factory can hand-build about 100 bikes a month right now, and can push the production up to 200 a month if necessary.
"Our goal is to sell motorcycles as they're made. I think another component is the value of the bike. By keeping a truly British bike with a high level of quality, the bikes retain value," Van Epps says. "We are at the high end of the market. Our bikes start out at about $16K and go up to about $20K. We don't have plans to build a bike simply at a price point. We build bikes and the price point is whatever comes out of it."
Dealernews asked Van Epps to share more details about the company's volume plans in the U.S., information about efforts to retain dealership profitability, stocking and flooring and Norton's enduring appeal.
Dealernews: What are the plans for U.S. sales volume?
Dan Van Epps: It's important that we understand the volumes we're talking about in the U.S. We figure that the U.S. market will be somewhere between 20 and 25 percent of the volume of Norton motorcycles. We never see a day when we exceed 10,000 motorcycles. If you take the number of motorcycles that would end up in the U.S., let's say it's 2,000 to 2,500 motorcycles a few years down the road, and you divide it by the number of dealers we have planned — about 50 — you do a little simple math that our volume per dealer will be very similar to the other European manufacturers [they carry]."
DN: How will the company work to help Norton dealers be profitable?
DVE: The key point is exclusive market areas for the dealers. It seems clear to us that for any given brand, there are too many dealers carrying that same brand in any given market. We want every Norton dealer to have a market that's large enough, that, if they can justify it, aggressively local promotion of Norton and allow them to reap the benefits of those efforts.
With a strictly limited number of dealers, even though Norton total volumes are smaller, each dealer is going to realize sales on par of other brands. Another component of the value of a Norton dealership is control of inventory … the point being that excess inventory, whether in our warehouse or at a dealer's warehouse, erodes margin and depressed prices. Some inventory carrying is of course a reality, but it's our job to manage it intelligently. The day that the average Norton dealer has motorcycles stacked in his warehouse is the day that they'll have to replace me.
The optimum situation will be that a consumer may have to wait a couple of weeks for a bike to arrive. That's great news for everybody. It retains the value of the brand and of the model. The way that we're building bikes, we're hand-building motorcycles in our factory. We don't plan to crank up production based on an Excel spread sheet and push them into the U.S. market, and then find a place for those to go and when they don't go there, with flooring terms and discounts, push into dealer warehouses. That's not our program.
DN: How will Norton USA's stocking/flooring work?
DVE: Each dealer, we want them to display just enough bikes to allow a customer to understand their choices. Each one will also be required and requested to have at least one demo bike, maybe two, in stock. We have some pretty good incentives for them to do that.
We do not want dealers to have stacks of unsold inventory in their warehouse. When that happens, margins erode. And we don't plan to front-load any dealer. The plan is build bikes in Castle Donington, load them in container, ship them to the U.S. and deliver them to customers waiting for motorcycles.
DN: What is the lasting appeal of Norton motorcycles?
DVE: Norton always had this appeal that's kind of hard to describe. I think part of it was the style, part of it the sound. While we might remember all of its streetbikes, Norton has also had a pretty glorious racing history. Norton had a pretty interesting approach to racing in that they made race-specific motorcycles and street-specific motorcycles. The two never really crossbred. That's an interesting approach and it's one that we're embracing also.
If you intermingle designing race bikes and streetbikes, you compromise both. [We have] the approach of using racing to develop ideas and systems and win races, and to keep street motorcycles as sort of a separate entity.
When I started thinking about taking on this task and was talking with Stuart Garner about what we could do and what the structure of the company would be and how we could manage it, I started to look around at what was Norton right now and we looked at this large group of Norton clubs. I was surprised at how strong the Norton owner's clubs are and the number of chapters. There are more than 35 Norton owners' clubs chapters officially in business around the U.S. It was a bit of a shocker, the number of members they have and the level of enthusiasm they have. They've been carrying the flag for Norton for the last 30 years.

Kawasaki, Louisiana dealer win appeal in 'malfunctioning' ZX1400 case

A Louisiana appellate judge has found Kawasaki and one of its dealers not liable for a malfunctioning motorcycle, overturning a lower court verdict.
The case involved a redhibition suit, in which a plaintiff asks for a purchase to be rescinded and then to be refunded the cost of the product and the money spent on it. It was a long and drawn out matter that serves as a reminder to every service department: Keep complete records, and enlist a second opinion from another dealer if you think you need backup.
The plaintiff, in this case, is Eric Cazaubon, who sued Cycle Sport (doing business as Cycle Shop in Slidell, La.) and Kawasaki Motor Corp. for refusing to take back a ZX1400 and refunding him the full purchase price plus any additional money he had spent on it – or to reduce the sale price for a partial refund. He also sued for legal fees.
Cazaubon claimed that the motorcycle had a defective engine and a cracked frame. In the end, however, the appeals judge found that the motorcycle was not proven to be defective and ruled in favor of the OEM and the dealer.
Background. Cazaubon purchased the ZX1400 from Cycle Shop in September 2006 but brought it in for servicing an engine rattle in April 2007. (According to court records, Cazaubon had owned another ZX1400 with the same problem, and Cycle Shop reportedly repaired it under warranty.) Cazaubon testified that Cycle Shop’s service manager, identified as Dane Beagle, suspected a loose rod – which had been the problem with Cazaubon’s other bike. In the course of this discovery, the two reportedly removed the clutch cover, oil pan, exhaust and side covers. Cazaubon said Beagle told him the repair would be covered under warranty and would order the parts to make the fix.
Cazaubon said he left the vehicle at the shop, where it sat for more than a year, without any repair. When a shop mechanic finally looked at the vehicle, he discovered that it had a cracked frame. At that point, Cazaubon told Cycle Shop that he didn’t want the bike back due to 1) the cracked frame and 2) the fact that it had sat in the dealer’s service shop for so long.
Here’s where the stories diverge. Cycle Shop owner Robert Miller testified that Cazaubon actually took the bike home in April 2007 while the parts were on order and brought it back in August 2007. When he brought it back, Miller said he informed Cazaubon that the repair would not be under warranty because the motorcycle, Miller had discovered, had been used for competitive racing. Cazaubon would need to guarantee payment for the repairs, Miller said, before the dealership would begin working on the bike. Cazaubon, Miller said, then agreed to pay to have a new motor installed which he would personally provide.
“When the mechanic took out the old motor on Mr. Cazaubon’s motorcycle to start working on it, he discovered that the frame was cracked, so he ordered a new frame and replaced it,” according to the court documents. “No repairs were ever done to the engine, and Mr. Miller did not believe that there was ever anything actually wrong with the engine. This opinion was based on his assertion that Cycle Sport’s employees started the motorcycle almost every day to move it in and out of the shop, and never heard any noise. Although they did not test out the motor initially because Mr. Cazaubon had removed the exhaust, after this litigation began Cycle Sport put a stock exhaust on the bike and tested it, and found nothing wrong. Cycle Sport then sent the bike to another dealership,D&L Power Sports, who tested it and confirmed that there was nothing wrong with the motorcycle.
“Brian Lambert, Cycle Sport’s head mechanic, testified that he had no knowledge of what [Beagle] told Mr. Cazaubon when he first came in with the bike or what parts were ordered for the bike,” the records state. “However, none of the parts ordered by [Beagle] were ever used on the bike. The only work Mr. Lambert ever did on the bike was between June and August of 2008. At that time, he took the engine out and inspected the rod bearings and crank bearings to make sure there was no damage before putting it all back together. After reassembling the bike, he put a stock exhaust on it because Mr. Cazaubon had removed the exhaust, and then he started it and rode it. He testified that when he rode it there were no noises, no hesitations, and the bike rode just like it should.”
But the lower court sided with Cazaubon’s claims that he and Beagle (who is no longer working for the dealership and was not called to testify, according to court documents) diagnosed an engine problem and that Cazaubon had not race or abuse the motorcycle, and concluded that the motorcycle engine had a redhibitory defect. It also concluded that the motorcycle frame was defective. So it ruled in favor of the plaintiff, ordering the dealership to pay Cazaubon $10,500 (the purchase price of the ZX1400) and $2,508 (the cost of preserving the bike), and instructing Kawaskai to pay $7,500 in attorney’s fees.
Kawasaki and Cycle Sport filed an immediate appeal, and on Nov. 9 the appeals court overturned the lower court’s verdict.
What the appellate judge said.  “There was no evidence offered to prove that anything was ever actually wrong with the engine,” the appellate judge stated. “Cycle Sport and D&L Power Sports both examined the engine and found nothing wrong. Mr. Cazaubon did not have a mechanic examine the bike. The only evidence he presented was his own testimony that they looked at the bike with the service manager and knew what was wrong. Finally, Mr. Cazaubon testified at trial that he did not know if there was anything wrong with the bike’s engine. Based upon this, we find that Mr. Cazaubon failed to carry his burden of proof that the bike was defective, and the court was clearly wrong in concluding that the bike had a defective engine.”
The appeals court also overturned the lower court’s finding that the motorcycle frame was defective. “It is unclear from the testimony presented at trial when or why the frame cracked on the bike,” the appellate judge stated. Neither Kawasaki nor the dealer could determine the source of the cracked frame; however, the judge noted that Kawasaki supplied a brand-new frame at no cost and that the dealership replaced the cracked frame with the new one at no cost. “At the time this suit was filed, the bike had a brand new frame,” the appellate judge stated.
In addition to reversing the lower court’s decision, the appellate judge assessed all costs of the appeal to Cazaubon. You can read the decision at by clicking here.



Arctic Cat Recalls 1,384 ATVs due to Crash Hazard

11 11 2011
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Arctic Cat All-Terrain Vehicle
Units: About 1,384
Distributed by: Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn.
Hazard: The ATV’s steering tie-rod can bend, causing loss of control which poses a crash hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Arctic Cat has received three reports of bent tie-rods. No reports of injuries have been received.
Description: The recall includes all 2011 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs and some 2012 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs. Recalled 2012 model year ATVs can be identified by the last six numerals of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the following ranges: 6V0101 through 6V0178 and 700101 through 700230. The VIN is located on the lower front frame tube below the front bumper. The recalled ATVs are black and orange or black and lime green and display the words “Arctic Cat” on each side of the cowl ahead of the handlebars. The model number “450 XC” is on the front center of the cowl.
Sold at: Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide since February 2011 for between $6,500 and $6,900.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their local Arctic Cat ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners have been directly notified about this recall by mail.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at
Ride in Peace: Freestyle MX rider Jim 'The Real Deal' McNeil

Freestyle motocross rider Jim “The Real Deal” McNeil was killed Nov. 6 in a crash at Texas Motor Speedway, and mechanical failure is being blamed for his death.
McNeil, 32, was performing a practice jump on his Yamaha YZ250 before the Boost Mobile Freestyle MX event. He was doing a straight jump between two ramps when he crashed. Cory Stem, tour manager of, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram an internal investigation found "an unknown mechanical failure on the machine caused him to improperly execute the completion of the jump."
"We could hear the engine running poorly after he made the jump," Stem said. "It's physics. If you don't have enough speed, you're not going to go the distance. He came up short on the landing."
McNeil was airlifted to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later. His death was ruled an accident Monday by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office, caused by blunt-force trauma to the chest and neck.
McNeil, who lived in Phoenix, Ariz., had participated in five X Games and performed on the Boost Mobile team for seven years.
"He worked with us a lot simply due to the fact of his exceptional riding ability, his professionalism and the fact that we knew that when we hired McNeil, problems rarely happened," Stem said. "Very rarely in our sport do we have an incident such as this. This is the first time for us in 14 years."
Stem said riders understand that the sport is dangerous. "A lot of them wouldn't have it any other way. Jim McNeil was definitely a guy like that," Stem said. "While it's hard for us, we celebrate Jim's life and what he's done for the fans ... rather than focus on the negativity."
ATV Magazine publisher buys ATV Rider
GrindMedia, a division of Source Interlink Media, has bought ATV Magazine, and
The magazine, which has been published since 1995 by Ehlert Publishing Group, and the websites will be folded into GrindMedia's ATV Rider Magazine, according to Norb Garrett, senior vice president and group publisher of GrindMedia. Current subscribers to ATV Magazine will begin receiving ATV Rider effective with the January/February 2012 issue.
"This acquisition will strengthen our efforts in the ATV market," said Garrett. "ATV Rider has been making great strides in both its editorial and sales efforts, and this additional reach will provide our readers and marketing partners with even greater access to this terrific audience."
ATV Rider will continue to publish six times per year. As a result of the acquisition, the magazine's circulation will increase to 30,000, according to publisher Damian Ercole. ATV Rider will also expand its coverage of the utility ATV market under the direction of editor Eli Madero.
Ehlert, now a subsidiary of Good Sam Enterprises, LLC, is going through a significant restructuring this year, according to its president, Steve Hedlund. "ATV Magazine is simply no longer a strategic fit for our reorganized media and events division,” he said, “but we believe we've found a great new home for the readers and advertisers of the magazine at Source Interlink Media."
Lehman Trikes lays off workers ahead of investment

Lehman Trikes has laid off workers in a temporary measure before receiving a major investment, but executives hope to hire them back later.
"We are absolutely viewing this as a good news event," Lehman president Ken Hines told the Rapid City Journal. "That good news event is a highly qualified investment firm with motorcycling experience that will bring capitalization, and, my belief is, new products."
Hines wouldn't say how many employees had been laid off or how many remained at the Spearfish, S.D.-based company, but said he views the layoffs as a "30-day event." He didn't say why the potential investment had caused layoffs.
Lehman Trikes USA shares trade publicly under the symbol LHT.

James ‘Bubba’ Stewart gets community service

November 9, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -
Stewart, 25, pleaded no contest this morning to a misdemeanor related to a March arrest.
By Henry Pierson Curtis and Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
Millionaire motocross star James “Bubba” Stewart, accused in March of trying to use flea market-bought flashing lights to pull over a vehicle containing actual law officers, pleaded no contest this morning to a misdemeanor related to the case.
The plea agreement calls for Stewart to perform 75 hours of community service but adjudication of guilt was withheld because he is a first-time offender.
He will be fined $500 and will be on probation for a year.
Stewart, initially charged with impersonating a law enforcment officer — a felony —pleaded no contest to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of using flashing or rotating lights on a motor vehicle.
He declined comment after a brief hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse.
Power and New “Life of Motorcycle” Power Pack8 11 2011
- Game-Changing New Motorcycles to Begin Shipping in February 2012 -
SANTA CRUZ, CA – November 8, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Zero Motorcycles today announced its 2012 model line that includes a revolutionary new powertrain, models capable of exceeding 100 miles range, a power pack designed to last the life of the motorcycle and top speeds of up to 88 mph. Stealthy looking and contemporary, every model has been transformed to be faster, go further and, in the spirit of all two wheeled enthusiasts, to be more fun than ever before. Innovating at an exceptional pace, Zero Motorcycles plans to begin delivery of its complete 2012 model line in February 2012. This will mark the first time in transportation history that a mass production electric motorcycle capable of exceeding 100 miles range will be available for consumers to own.
Zero’s new Z-Force™ power pack uses a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration that is up to 95% more energy dense and is rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80% capacity. This means that a Zero S could travel as much as 308,000 miles on its original power pack. All Zero’s on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.
“The 2012 model line is truly game changing. It marks the first time in history that riders can actually own an electric motorcycle that is capable of exceeding 100 miles of range on a single charge,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing of Zero Motorcycles. “Every model in the lineup goes faster, further and is more fun than ever before. These are not concepts. In less than three months, riders can see and purchase 2012 models at authorized Zero Motorcycles dealers.”
The Zero S, a street fighter, and Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S topping out at 88 mph. Perhaps more importantly, both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride. In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zero’s lineup of street models just about the world’s easiest to own form of transportation.
If you are interested in opening up new off-road riding possibilities with a nearly silent dirt bike, Zero has two models that are better looking and faster than ever before to meet your needs. For 2012, Zero streamlined its off-road model line. The Zero X, designed for trail riding, is now exclusively available with lights and is street-legal. With 33% more overall power and 75% greater range, it now uses the same championship winning powertrain as the Zero MX. Built for motocross riding and now exclusively available for off-road only, the Zero MX also received more power and offers riders the ability to accelerate harder and hit higher top speeds. Both off-road models have a bold new design that speaks to their more aggressive and longer lasting powertrain.
Pricing information:
Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100% electric and, as a result, is sometimes applicable to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through dealerships and, in states or countries without dealerships, sells motorcycles through its website. Each motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty and will begin shipping in February. Zero and its dealers will accept pre-orders from customers who would like to secure a new 2012 electric motorcycle. The complete pricing for each model is below.
Zero S
  • MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | euro 11,495**
  • MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | euro 13,995**
Zero DS
  • MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | euro 11,495**
  • MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | euro 13,995**
Zero XU
  • MSRP: $7,695* | euro 7,695**
Zero X
  • MSRP: $9,945* | euro 9,945**
Zero MX
  • MSRP: $9,495* | euro 9,495**
*Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI, or road registration fees.
**Includes Product, Shipping, and VAT. Does not include PDI or road registration fees

Nationwide Effort Needed to Save Trails Funding

Tell Your Senators to Continue Critical Trails Funding
Call Your Senators Now!
On Nov. 9, 2011, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Cali.), voted in support of S. 1813, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act.  The measure is a two-year transportation funding authorization bill that specifies what transportation programs are approved to receive federal dollars. Unfortunately, this bill also includes a provision to eliminate dedicated funds for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which provides money to states to develop and maintain trails and to educate trail users.
The RTP funds represent a portion of the federal motor fuel excise tax collected only from non-highway recreational fuel use. In other words, the RTP is a “user-pay/user-benefit” program for off-highway vehicle recreation, which includes snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks.
By eliminating this program's dedicated funds and diverting these fees away from the RTP, MAP-21 is creating what is essentially a new tax on responsible motorized recreationists.
Since S. 1813 was approved by the  EPW Committee, it will now be considered by the full Senate. A date for that vote has not been scheduled, so there is still time to appeal to your Senators.
The AMA needs you to call your Senators today and ask them to amend S. 1813 to restore dedicated funding to the RTP.
To call your Senators, click on “Take Action” to insert your zip code in the “Call Action” box to get your Senators' phone numbers. Or, you can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators by name.
Call your Senators and remind them the RTP is a “user-pay/user-benefit” program. Let them know that eliminating its dedicated funding would create what is essentially a new tax on you and their other constituents that participate in responsible motorized recreation.
MV Agusta Brutale 675: 113bhp triple threat

from a release
The MV Agusta Brutale family is about to grow with the introduction of a completely new model that is destined to become the reference in the middle-weight category. The Brutale 675 is born, a bike that pays tribute to the avant guard styling of the original Brutale and offering performance never before available in this market segment.
The incredibly refined mechanical design has been matched with an ultra-technological chassis makes the new Brutale 675 a guaranteed success.
An innovative project, exclusive while at the same time accessible to all passionate motorcyclists with various levels of experience. This motorcycle is capable of satisfying even the most demanding riders as well as those that are new to the sport. From street to track, the MV Agusta Brutale 675 is able to take on any situation in stride and offer the pleasure, excitement and emotion that is typically MV.
Light, agile and power above and beyond that offered by the competition, the MV Agusta Brutale has a revolutionary engine that is the most advanced in the middle-weight segment. The new in-line three cylinder power plant is derived directly from the F3 and sets new records for compactness and the application of technical solutions only previously seen on MotoGP motorcycles such as advanced electronics with the MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System), a system that integrates the Full Ride By Wire throttle control with integral multi-maps for the engine and traction control.
Power output is a staggering 113hp at 12,500 rpm and a torque curve that is more similar to a liter bike rather than a supersport.
The chassis, as is the MV Agusta tradition, is without rivals in this category. The frame is a mix of steel tubing and aluminum components that offers a level of rigidity that is destined to make it the reference in its class.
At only 163 kg dry, the MV Agusta Brutale 675 can satisfy even the most demanding of riders. The extremely light weight coupled with the high power output of the engine will allow the Brutale 675 to accompany new riders from the beginning of their adventure on two wheels all the way to the peak of their riding capabilities.
In detail, the principle characteristics of the MV Agusta Brutale 675 are:
  • Ultra-compact three cylinder engine with counter-rotating crankshaft
  • Electronic technology: MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System)
  • Traction control with eight levels of adjustment
  • Frame with a mixture of steel and aluminum components
  • Single-sided rear swingarm with a Sachs rear shock
  • 43mm upside-down front forks
  • Racing brakes with radial calipers
As with all MV Agusta products, the Brutale 675 is characterized with a truly unique style where even the smallest detail was fretted over. For and function come together to create perfection.
The integration of the fuel tank, seat and tail section is a fulcrum of the design of the Brutale 675 and demonstrates the extreme compactness of the bike. The rider becomes an integrated component of the bike, perfectly inserted into the ultra-short and agile chassis with the narrowest mid-section ever seen on a production supersport that allow all riders to easily place their feet securely on the ground.
The in-line 675cc three cylinder engine, which made its debut in the supersport F3, finds an ideal position within the Brutale 675 after receiving a number of modifications that adapts it perfectly to sport/street use that typifies the Brutale.
The most advanced electronic engine control system ever seen on a middle-weight naked has been designed specifically for this extraordinary new three cylinder. A system of fuel injection that is extremely sophisticated with a 47mm throttle body for perfect combustion at all rpm’s. The MVICS system that allows the engine to unleash a record level of power and control in every situation.
The rider can select one of the four maps available, or customize an additional map to obtain the power delivery desired. With the MVICS system it was possible to generate a perfect harmony between the power delivery and the traction control which offers eight levels of adjustment and is accessible through the input on the left handlebar and dashboard interface.
The Brutale 675 confirms the fact that MV Agusta is always capable of developing an extremely easy and intuitive chassis while at the same time offering the maximum performance. The upper section is fabricated from steel tubes and connected to the aluminum side plates which mate with the engine.
The realization of all new MV Agusta models is a synergy between the work of the chassis and engine designers. The ultra-short engine allowed the chassis designers to develop an extremely short and agile bike mated with a long single-sided swingarm that helps put the power to the ground.
The optimum performance of the suspension was a very important point during the development of the Brutale 675. Even a “simple” naked motorcycle needs to have the best that the market offers in terms of suspension performance. The 43mm upside-down front forks offer feedback that leads the competition and allow the rider to easily take on even the most challenging city streets or tortuous mountain roads with confidence. The rear suspension works through a progressive linkage and has adjustable spring pre-load with 123mm of rear wheel travel.
The best technology currently available is utilized on the MV Agusta Brutale 675, including Brembo radial calipers and Nissin master cylinders with integrated reservoirs underlining the supersport intentions of the project. The 320mm front disks are the same as those employed on the F3 and offer incredible stopping power that is also completely controllable in all situations.
The new BRUTALE 675 will be available in three color combinations: Red/Silver, Pearl White/Matt Gold and Matt Magno Grey/Matt Antrhrocite.
Yamaha recalls V-Stars for fuel hose issue; Honda to replace some tire info labels

Two OEMs have issued recalls that are expected to begin on or about Nov. 11, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
The Yamaha recall affects certain model-year 2009-2012 V-Star 950s and 950 touring motorcycles manufactured from October 2008 through August 2011; and 2007 model-year V-Star 1300s and 1300 Tourers manufactured from August 2005 through March 2007. An “improperly molded fuel hose” may weaken the seal between the fuel pipes for the fuel injectors and the fuel hose, according to NHTSA. “Over time, pressurized fuel can begin leaking at the hose connection points, which could result in a fire hazard,” the agency stated.
The Yamaha recall is expected to begin Nov. 11. Dealers will be asked to replace the fuel delivery pipe free of charge. The potential number of vehicles affected is 1,069, according to NHTSA.
Honda is recalling about 120 2010 model-year NT700Vs manufactured on Nov. 26-27, 2009 for a faulty label. The tire information label on the swingarm may display incorrect tire size and air pressure specifications, according to NHTSA. Honda is mailing the correct tire information labels, along with installation instructions, to owners, who can replace the labels themselves or have the dealer do it for free.
Spooky discovery stalls construction of new Vandervest Harley-Davidson

Anyone who’s ever embarked on a major construction project knows to expect delays, but the owners ofDealernews Top 100 dealership Vandervest Harley-Davidson are facing delays for a strange reason: skeletons in the closet.
More accurately, in the ground under the construction site for the new dealership in Howard, Wisc. Efforts are under way to uncover additional bones after two human skulls and other remains were found yesterday at the construction site.
Brown County Medical Examiner Al Klimek told the Appleton Post Crescentthe site is an undocumented burial site. Investigators do not think the remains were left as the result of criminal activity.
Excavation workers found the remains about 6 to 7 feet below ground in an area suspected to be virgin soil. The workers stopped and notified authorities.
Brown County Sheriff's Capt. David Konrath says the site owner is required to make arrangements with the Wisconsin Historical Society to hire an archeologist, who will process the rest of the scene, formerly a farmstead.
Rick Vandervest and Eric Vandervest bought the 4.75-acre site from Paul, Linda and Todd Kaczrowski. They plan to convert it into a Harley-Davidson retail and service center. The Vandervests own Vandervest Custom Cycles, a used motorcycle dealership, and Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Peshtigo.
Legends &amp; Heroes MX Tour!

The Legends & Heroes of Motocross to display at the
27th Annual MTA World Veteran MX Championships
@ Glen Helen Raceway 

Norco, Calif. ~ October 3, 2011:  The Legends & Heroes Tour will make a stop at this year’s MTA World Veteran MX Championships at Glen Helen Raceway. The display of concourse vintage machines and the time line of motocross history will be on display this Sunday.

The MTA World Vet Championship in the past has drawn vet class heroes like Doug Dubach, Ryan Hughes, Gordon Ward and Ron Lechien who have done battle on Glen Helen's world class USGP track. The organizers bring the tour to this event to celebrate the rich motocros past with these champions and the fans.

"As we celebrate the 27th year of the MTA World Veteran MX Championships, I'm especially excited about the 12:30 noon on Sunday for the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Presentation to David Bailey” says Tom White of the Early Years of MotocrossMuseum.  "Please come out and join us while we honor David Bailey for his championships on the motorcycle, in the Iron-Man Triathlon, and as a human being.  There will be 100 posters that will be signed by David and his fellow AMA Hall of Famer’s at the end of the presentation at a special display honoring David" concludes Mr. White.

The MTA World Vet Championships draws racers and fans to an exhilarating weekend full of competition and excitement on the famous USGP track in the heart of Southern California. The 2-day event will take place on the weekend of November 5-6, 2011. Throughout the course of the weekend, numerous fun fan activities will take place.

Mike Owens, managing partner of the Legends & Heroes Tour states "We are proud to be a part of the MTA World Veteran MX Championships. The Mobile Motocross Museum will be on display this Sunday.  Please come by to view the Vintage MX motorcycles and memorabilia. The Legends & Heroes Tour is excited to witness the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Presentation to a True Legend, David Bailey!" 
 Air powered motorcycle to be revealed at the Sydney Motorcycle

A motorcycle powered purely by compressed air will be uncovered at the 2011 Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show, November 25-27 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

RMIT Industrial Design student Dean Benstead has designed and developed the '02 Pursuit', a working prototype of a motocross bike that gives value to air as an alternate source of 'fuel' with the use of the DiPietro air engine developed by Angelo DiPietro of Engineair Australia.

Based on the geometry of a current-spec 250cc motocrosser, the project's initial focus was on the design and product development processes over performance engineering, but Benstead said he could see a future for a marketable model based on the air-powered prototype.

If petrol power was past and electric power was present, Benstead said he believed that with further development there was a place for compressed air in the future as an economical and environmentally-friendly option.

"The concept evolved from research to sketches to computer modeling before the chassis and bodywork was built and fabrication at local manufacturer, Rinlatech Engineering, began," explained Benstead.

"I wanted to explore the viability of compressed air as an alternative fuel, and my childhood experiences riding dirt bikes led me to design the motocross bike based around the Engineair engine.

"I've worked closely with project partners including Engineair, Yamaha Australia, who donated the running gear from a WR250F to power the bike, as well as various design staff, Simon Curlis and Automotive designer Marcus Hotblack at RMIT.

"The stationary test runs we've run have been very positive – the bike can hit speeds in excess of 100km/h in its current build, and with more development we can see the range of the bike doubling or tripling.

"The next prototype would involve a total re-style, different material choices over the current steel tube chassis, such as aluminum or even a futuristic printed titanium, reducing the weight comparable to a heavy-duty mountain bike.

"I'm excited to be able to reveal the bike in front of an audience at the Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show and am very much looking forward to any feedback from visitors and industry."

The '02 Pursuit' will be unveiled in a working demonstration at 10.30am on Friday November 25. It will be displayed on the Two Wheels exhibit for the duration of the three-day show.

The Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show is Australia's largest showcase of everything on two wheels, featuring a comprehensive display of bikes from all major manufacturers and products and services from a range of industry specialists.

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Dealership not liable in toy run injury, says California court

A California appellate panel has ruled against a couple injured during a toy run who claimed the organizers of the rally didn’t provide adequate safety measures.
Robert and Nancy Amezcua sued Los Angeles Harley-Davidson, Inc. of South Gate over injuries sustained in the 2006 Pursuit for Kids Toy Drive. The Amezcuas claimed they had signed releases for previous rides but did not for this ride.
The Amezcuas were injured when their motorcycle collided with a van that swerved into their lane. The van driver said that he was startled by the roar of the motorcycles behind him and swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of him.
The Amezcuas’ complaint alleged the dealership breached its duty of care in organizing the ride, and that it was grossly negligent in doing so, according to the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.
A Court of Appeal last week ruled that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas McKnew was correct in granting summary judgment to the dealer. His ruling was based on the doctrine that the couple assumed risk for their own safety when they joined the ride.
The plaintiffs also sought to sue Los Angeles County, claiming county police had taken on a duty to supervise the ride and failed to perform it adequately. But they failed to file a timely claim, and it was denied in the Superior Court.

2009-2012 Yamaha FZ6R Windscreens

Made in the USA, Zero Gravity's new line of 2009-2012 Yamaha FZ6R windscreens is now available in three distinctive styles: SR Series, Double Bubble and Sport Touring. 

The stock replacement SR Series (20-523 shown in light smoke) approximates the size, shape and function of the OEM windscreen. 

The Double Bubble (16-523 shown in light smoke), features a stepped profile design with an overall height somewhere between the SR Series and Sport Touring. Performance is geared for sports riding, canyon carving and “tucked in” aerodynamics. 

Both the SR Series and Double Bubble are available in a variety of colors as well as clear, light smoke and dark smoke. 

The Sport Touring Series screen (23-523 shown in light smoke), is 3 ¼ inches (82.55mm) taller than stock and provides enhanced wind protection while ridingin the upright position. 

Mounting holes are pre-drilled. Installs using OEM fasteners. Included with each screen is a photo-detailed instruction sheet for quick installation. 

7.25-Inch Fairing Speaker Kit for 2006-12 H-Ds

J&M's new high-powered three-way ROKKER series 7.25-inch speaker set has been designed specifically for the 2006-2012 Harley StreetGlide/Ultra/ElectraGlide fairing.

• 2 ohms impedance and 170+ watts max power.
• Waterproof injection-molded polycarbonate woofer cone
• Custom designed grillwork with high-output titanium-colored tweeter and midrange drivers
• Top-quality adapter rings/bracket hardware for secure and clean mounting into the fairing


World Records Broken at Loctite-Sponsored Cook’s Bonneville Shootout

28 10 2011
Henkel Announces Results of 2011 Bonneville Land Speed Racing
ROCKY HILL, CT – October 27, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) - The fastest vehicles in the world gathered on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last month, racing against time to beat existing world land speed records. But 2011 was a year of heartbreak — most teams returned home with broken vehicles rather than broken records. Four teams drove away victorious, surpassing standing records by traveling at speeds of 216 to more than 366 mph.
At the end of the five-day Cook’s Bonneville Shootout event that took place September 19 through 23, one professional team had earned their second consecutive world record and three street bikers made world land speed racing history.
  • For the second consecutive year, Dallas-based Charles Nearburg raced his normally-aspirated streamlined race car, the Spirit of Rett, at record-breaking speeds. This year, Nearburg sped to a two-way average of 366.374 mph, a time that beat the existing record by 7.129 mph to take the FIA International’s Category A, Group II, Class 10 record. Last year, Nearburg claimed his first-ever land speed title in a highly emotional race that shattered a record standing for 45 years. The Spirit of Rett is named after Nearburg’s son Rett, an avid car enthusiast who lost his long battle with cancer in 2005.
  • Motorcycle racer Jamie Williams of California claimed the FIM International’s Class 12, Type I record by racing his 2000cc, internal combustion, naturally-aspirated Suzuki street bike to a two-way average 216.912 mph.
  • Racer Al Lamb of Texas bested the existing FIM International Class 10, Type II record by almost 20 mph, racing his 1000cc, internal combustion, forced induction Honda street bike to a two-way average of 245.361 mph.
  • A third motorcyclist, Richard Assen of Austria raced his 1350cc, internal combustion, forced induction Suzuki street bike to a two-way average of 261.243 mph to claim the FIM Class 11, Type II record.
A week before this year’s Cook’s Bonneville Shootout, the area experienced an unusual amount of rain that left the terrain in very poor shape. The usually smooth track was unusually rough.
“The Cook team did their best to smooth out the most critical areas of the track; however, some pretty rough areas still remained,” explained Mike Williams, Henkel’s North American OEM market manager. “We believe this may have contributed to some of the issues the teams were experiencing. As a result of the terrain, Loctite® products played an even more important role with the teams, with products such as threadlockers and structural acrylics in great demand to help hold the vehicles together at exceptionally fast speeds.”
Dealer struggles to be reimbursed for $200,000 in overpaid electric bills
A Nebraska dealer’s unusual situation may send owner/operators all over the country scurrying to check their electric power meters: Steve Budke found out the city of North Platte owes him $200,000 for overpaid electric bills on Budke Powersports.
But getting reimbursed isn’t as simple as it sounds.
The North Platte City Council debated his situation for nearly two hours last Tuesday without reaching a resolution. The panel will discuss the matter further at its second meeting of November, according to the Bulletin.
City administrator Jim Hawks told Budke in December that he’d been overcharged for the previous 10 years. Budke filed a claim against the city, and reportedly has met with an attorney.
At the meeting, Municipal Light and Water employee Cindy Huntsman told the council that one of Budke’s nine meters had been calculating at 10 times its normal kilowatt-hour rate. Huntsman admitted the meter had a prior history of billing at 10 times more than it should, but said the meter was repaired before Budke began using it.
City attorney Douglas Stack told the council that the city is only technically obligated to pay Budke $1,800 because he is only entitled to reimbursement for the 90 days prior to the date of a claim.
Cache of stolen motorcycle parts worth $200,000 found in Wisconsin
Authorities in Wisconsin and Minnesota are piecing together the story of how $200,000 worth of motorcycle parts stolen in both states have ended up in a storage unit in Hudson, WIsc.
Hudson police executed a warranted search at the unit Oct. 8 and found the cache. The tip came from the Minneapolis Police Department but multiple agencies are involved in the ongoing investigation including police from St. Paul, North St. Paul and Washington County.
Hudson Police Department Det. Shawn Pettee estimates there are parts from around a dozen different motorcycles including thousands of dollars in aftermarket parts like handlebars and exhaust pipes.
Four of the bikes have already been claimed by their owners. “These people know their bikes down to the smallest scratch or dent and we’re using those kinds of things to identify them. They also have nice photos of them and we’ve been able to match several of them to their miscellaneous parts,” Pettee the Star Observer.
Authorities are hoping to learn more as more owners come forward and when a representative of the National Insurance Crimes Bureau inspects the parts over the next few days. The NICB registers stolen vehicles and works with law enforcement on recovery.
Pettee said the person who rents the storage unit was notified of the search warrant but he has not yet been taken into custody. He does not live in Hudson.
Anyone who thinks parts of their motorcycle may be among the stolen property or who has any information related to the investigation should contact Pettee at the HPD at (715) 386-4771.
Employee safe after dodging car that crashed into shop
A flash of headlights provided just enough warning to save the life of a Michigan powersports shop employee who dodged just in time when a car crashed into the showroom.
Last night a car on a road in front of All Parts turned in front of a truck, then spun into the store from the impact, Kent County sheriff's deputies told the Grand Rapids Press,
Just before the vehicle slammed into the store's entry area, an employee working behind the counter saw the oncoming headlights, ran out a sie door and eluded being hit, deputies said. The driver of the car was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, deputies said.

Honda Mourns Loss of Marco Simoncelli During Malaysian Race

The Honda family is mourning the loss of one of its rising stars, the charismatic Italian Marco Simoncelli, who lost his life in a racing accident in Sunday's MotoGP race in Sepang, Malaysia.

"Simoncelli was one of the sport's rising stars, a charismatic 24-year-old who rode with his heart," Honda said in a statement. "He was as passionate on the track as he was off, and sometimes that got him in trouble. His was an aggressive style that didn't always suit the venue, but he was maturing as a rider. This season he earned his first two MotoGP podiums and his first two MotoGP pole positions. Only a week ago, he finished a career best second in MotoGP race at the Australian Grand Prix, taking the runner-up spot to Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V) with a brilliant last lap pass of Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V).

"The Honda Motor Company family would like to express its sincere condolences to the family of Marco Simoncelli, his team owner Fausto Gresini, his team, his legion of friends, and his thousands of fans throughout the world. He will be missed."

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President, said: "I just don't know what to say; words escape me. Marco was a very nice guy and a very talented rider. Sometimes I was a little harsh with him, for example after his first MotoGP podium in Brno when I told him, 'Lucky podium!' and he was so angry, but I wanted to motivate him as I knew he was able to do even more. I was thinking that when he won his first race we would have been able to celebrate together. Now I just want to say thank you to Marco, for what you gave me, and pass my sincere condolences to his family at this very sad time."

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa said: "In a tragedy like this there is not much to say. I just want to give my condolences to his family and all the people who love him. I've been with his father and all we could do was to hug, nothing else matters. It was a fatal accident and everybody in the paddock remains in shock. Many times we ourselves forget how dangerous this sport can be and when you lose people on the way nothing has any meaning. It's clear that we all do what we like, what we love, but on days like today nothing matters."

Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso said: "In these circumstances, words don't seem to be appropriate. I think of Marco's family and all the people dear to him, in particular his father and mother. I also have a child and what happened today is the hardest situation you can imagine. I watched the images and I'm shocked. In a race you fight and push hard and disaster is often around the corner. Marco was a strong rider and he always pushed hard. We raced together since we were kids. I saw him always pushing to the maximum, he crashed many times, but without major injuries, he was seemed invincible. What happened today seems impossible."

Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner said: "I'm so shocked and saddened by the loss of Marco. When things like this happen it reminds you how precious life is, it makes me feel sick inside. All I can say is how sorry I am for Marco's whole family I can't imagine what they are all going through and our thoughts and wishes are with them at this time. I hope they all stay close and pull through this tragedy together."

2012 Lineup Includes New Sportbike, Cruiser, Dual Sport, Standard and Scooter Models.

25 10 2011
BREA, CA – October 24, 2011 – (Mtor Sports Newswire) – Suzuki is pleased to announce the unveiling of the full 2012 motorcycle and scooter lineup, with updated and new models joining the recently introduced 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS and 2012 motocross and off-road motorcycle lines.
The diverse line of 2012 Suzuki motorcycles and scooters was introduced at Suzuki’s annual business meeting held this year at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
“We are excited to release a wide range of incredible Suzuki models for 2012,” said Suzuki’s Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi, “whether it’s hitting the open highway on a Boulevard C50T Classic, cruising city streets on an efficient Burgman scooter, adventure touring on the new V-Strom 650 ABS or dominating the racetrack on a class-leading GSX-R sportbike – the 2012 Suzuki lineup has a motorcycle or scooter for everyone.”
The 2012 Suzuki motorcycle models include updated Sportbike, Boulevard Cruiser, Dual Sport, Standard and Burgman scooter models.
The 2012 sportbike models include the original ground-breaking high-performance Hayabusa model and the GSX-R1000, GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 models – the ultimate race-developed sportbikes designed to Own the Racetrack.
Boulevard cruiser models for 2012 include the new C50T Classic, M109R, M109R Limited, C50T and S40 models. These class-leading cruiser models feature advanced Suzuki technology to provide exceptional performance on the road or highway.
Standard 2012 models include the versatile GSX1250FA and classic-styled TU250X motorcycles – both models that offer outstanding performance and all-purpose versatility.
2012 Burgman 400 ABS and Burgman 650 Executive models continue to offer riders exceptional performance for the city or highway with incredible fuel efficiency and the ultimate in rider convenience and comfort.
In addition to the all-new 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS introduced earlier this year, a new 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure model will be available that provides a full touring package including hard saddlebags. The celebrated V-Strom 1000 model returns for 2012, along with a V-Strom 1000 Adventure model that also includes the full touring package. These adventure models are exclusive to the U.S. market and offer riders excellent versatility and convenience for adventure touring and long-distance riding.
Great riding doesn’t have to stop where the road ends though – Suzuki’s dual sport models for 2012 include the DR-Z400S and DR650SE. These versatile dual sport motorcycles offer class-leading features and technology to provide exceptional performance on the street or trail.
More information about the 2012 Suzuki product lines can be found at:

Historic 1894 Roper Steam-Powered Motorcycle Expected to Set New World Record at Auction

26 10 2011
  • Auctions America by RM presents inaugural Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction, January 12 – 14, 2012
  • One of the world’s oldest motorcycles, 1894 Roper Steam Motorcycle expected to establish a new world record for a motorcycle sold at auction
AUBURN, IN – October 26, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A historic 1894 Roper Steam Motorcycle is expected to establish a new world record* for a motorcycle sold at auction when it crosses the podium at Auctions America by RM’s debut Las Vegas sale, January 12 – 14, 2012.  The multi-day auction will feature an impressive docket of over 400 collector motorcycles.
The second of just two steam-powered motorcycles built by Sylvester Roper of Roxbury, Massachusetts, arguably one of America’s first auto manufacturers, the 117-year-old motorcycle is regarded as one of the world’s oldest, predating early examples produced by Orient, Indian and Harley-Davidson.
“We’re delighted to have been selected to present this historic motorcycle at our inaugural Las Vegas sale in January. A significant piece of Americana, it is arguably one of the world’s most important motorcycles. We anticipate strong interest in its sale,” says Glenn Bator, Head of Auctions America by RM’s Vintage Motorcycle Division.
Based on the frame of a Columbia bicycle, the Roper Steam Motorcycle’s revolutionary design features a compact rectangular boiler, burner and grate, and a small steam engine on the right side. A water tank is located directly over the boiler, from which a smoke vent exits at a rakish angle. All controls are located on the handlebars. In keeping with the true definition of a motorcycle, it was completed without pedals.
In addition to its pioneering design, the Roper Steam Motorcycle boasts a remarkable provenance from 1894, including a known, unbroken history from new. Regularly used by Roper, it averaged a record speed of 40 miles per hour on the Dorchester Road in Boston for a measured mile in May 1896.
Following Roper’s passing, it was sold by one of his heirs to a Long Island museum and after moving through a series of other museums, formed part of two prominent private collections. The current owner acquired the historic motorcycle in 1996 and has seldom lent it for display. Most recently, it was shown at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, where it helped to celebrate the induction of Sylvester Hayward Roper, America’s first motorcyclist. Presented in its original black stove livery, the upcoming auction represents the first time it has been offered at a public sale (Estimate available upon request).
“With the only other Roper motorcycle ever built on long-term display at the Smithsonian Institution, the upcoming sale of this example presents an exclusive ownership opportunity for serious collectors,” Bator adds.
For full event details visit or call Toll Free 877-906-2437.
SOURCE: Auctions America by RM

Cobra rolls out 2012 lineup of 50cc, 65cc MX bikes

25 10 2011
HILLSDALE, MI – October 25, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – We see it in their faces … that “No freakin’ way” look when a mini dad shows up to the MX track for the first time and his kid – sad to say on another brand – has to face a gate full of Cobras.
Humbling and unsettling at the same time. We truly feel for the kid. But there’s certainly a way around it … We’d love to sell you a Cobra!
For 2012 the already fast, amateur MX national-title dominating Cobra lineup receives improvements in a number of areas – ranging from the CX65’s all-new, game-changing computer controlled electronic power valve 65cc engine to Cobra’s new and improved patented Cobra Friction Drive® – destine to change the competition mini playing field even more in favor of kids on new Cobras. And don’t forget Cobra’s CNC machined mag wheels that set the standard for maintenance-free service – all features that evolved from the Cobra engineering staff taking the time to show at the races with the legions of dads (and moms and grandpas) who keep the Cobra Generation™ running and getting their valuable input on how to improve our bikes.
“Cobra engineers and technicians have been working very hard toward the launch of these models — fender to fender, top to bottom, engine to chassis. We are very pumped to show off the improvements to the 2012 Cobra lineup,” said Phil McDowell, Cobra’s Chief Engineer. “From the CX50 Junior to the CX50 Senior (“King” Cobra) and the CX65, 2012 enhancements will further the lineage of the world’s most successful competition mini cycle line, making them even stronger, faster and more reliable.”
Here’s a look at the changes in store for the 2012 Cobra mini cycle lineup, beginning with the CX65.
  • All-new engine featuring Cobra’s direct-acting electronic power valve. More torque, more power = winning performance.
  • All new shift mechanism provides smooth power-shifting even in the deepest loamy conditions.
  • CARD piggyback rear shock with adjustable rebound, adjustable high speed compression, and adjustable low speed compression – more features than most of the big bike shocks!
  • Class-leading twin spar High-Strength Low-Alloy oval tube frame – super-strong, outstanding lateral strength with just the right amount of torsional rigidity.
  • X-Track aluminium swingarm: Aerospace construction technology delivers light weight and improved rear wheel tracking.
  • Largest air box in its class featuring the largest filter surface area of any 65cc bike out there. The result: More power under the worst of conditions.
  • Improved Steering Head – Double-sealed steering head design improves bearing life and steering performance.
  • All-new CARD front brake system. Super adjustable for all sized hands, progressive feel for excellent control, and a tight package for minimal weight and excellent ground clearance.
  • Billet triple clamps with adjustable bar mounts.
  • Scott soft compound grips.
  • Dunlop MX51 rubber.
Cobra CX50 Sr., aka the “King” Cobra
  • Revolutionary MXT front fork – Cobra’s new Velocity Sensitive Traction Control fork will revolutionize the competition minicycle market. Our exclusive-to-Cobra 30mm USD architecture is designed specifically for the 50cc application. It’s not just a shortened version of a fork meant for a larger bike! Furthermore, its action is very supple over small bumps, yet the fork is highly progressive for excellent control through the biggest of hits. Couple these improvements in damping with drastically reduced friction, and lap times will drop!
  • Patented Cobra Friction Drive® – no one else has anything close. Cobra’s all new CFD design is much easier to maintain, and it offers reduced gear drag and lower rotating inertia. Of course, the benefits of a well-protected driveline and improved traction and suspension action are retained from our previous design.
  • CARD piggyback rear shock with adjustable rebound, adjustable high speed compression, and adjustable low speed compression – more features than most of the big bike shocks!
  • The King Cobra’s world-class engine features an improved exhaust port, reduced friction, V-force reeds, and a transmission gear set designed for the world’s toughest competition.
  • Class-leading twin spar high strength low alloy oval tube frame – super-strong, outstanding lateral strength with just the right amount of torsional rigidity.
  • New super-protective fork guards.
  • Largest air box in its class with a real air filter featuring the largest filter surface area that is vertically mounted for optimal engine protection and maximum power.
  • Improved Steering Head – Double-sealed steering head design improves bearing life and steering performance.
  • Highly-tuned off-plane stamped pipe = more power, more ground clearance and less prone to damage.
  • Cobra exclusive 2012 “Mag” wheels are lighter weight, stronger and, as always, maintenance-free! The new rear wheel is more than 25% lighter than last year.
  • Billet triple clamps with adjustable bar mounts.
  • Scott soft compound grips.
  • Dunlop MX51 rubber.
CX50 Jr.
  • An all-new piggyback CARD rear shock with high and low speed adjustable dampening control.
  • An optimal combination of bodywork design, chassis layout, and suspension geometry that lets the CX50 Jr. squeeze out 25mm more suspension travel (front and rear) than our competitors.
  • New enhanced frame design soaks up even more punishment for 2012.
  • All-New Radiator Shrouds – Not only do the 2012 shrouds give the bike a much needed facelift, but they fit and perform better as well! Count on increased air flow over the radiator, improved radiator protection, and more comfortable ergonomics.
  • Cobra exclusive 30mm USD forks feature more supple action for 2012.
  • New cylinder head design for easier maintenance and improved torque.
  • Cobra’s 2012 “Mag” wheels are lighter weight, stronger, and as always, maintenance-free! The new rear wheel is more than 25% lighter weight than last year.
  • Improved Steering Head – Double-sealed steering head design improves bearing life and steering performance.
  • Billet triple clamps with adjustable bar mounts.
  • Scott soft compound grips.
  • Dunlop MX51 rubber.

New Honda Integra – motorcycle performance with scooter comfort and protection

24 10 2011
October 24, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Honda reveals the exciting new Integra. This is the first model to feature a new lightweight liquid-cooled, in-line 2-cylinder 670cm3 engine that delivers strong torque at low to medium rpm with low exhaust emissions and superb fuel efficiency. It is combined with the second generation of Honda’s innovative Dual Clutch Transmission, providing the convenience of an automatic transmission with the option of a manual mode if desired.
As well as being practical and fun to ride, the Integra is a bold and original styling statement, fusing new forms, slick surface treatments and strong lines. It offers a high level of wind protection and a relaxed, comfortable riding position.
TypeLiquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder
Bore x Stroke73 x 80mm
Compression Ratio10.7: 1
Max. Power Output38.1kW/6.25min-1 (35.0kW/6,250min-1 – 95/1/EC)
Max. Torque62Nm/4.75min-1 (60Nm/4,750min-1 – 95/1/EC)
Fuel System
CarburationPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore36mm
Fuel Tank Capacity10.7: 1
Max. Power Output14.1litres
Fuel Consumption27.9km/l (3.579 L/100km (WMTC D-Mode) / 3.585 L/100km – (WMTC D-Mode)*)
Electrical System
Ignition SystemComputer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing12° BTDC (idle) ~ 53.9° BTDC (6.600min-1)
Sparkplug TypeIFR6G-11K
Battery Capacity12V/11AH
Headlight212V, 60W x 1 (low)/55W x 1 (high)
ClutchWet, multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch
Clutch OperationD mode/S mode/Manual mode
Transmission Type6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission
Primary Reduction1.92
Gear Ratios12.67
Final Reduction2.44
Final DriveChain
TypeDiamond; steel pipe
Dimensions(LxWxH)2,195 x 790 x 1,440mm
Caster Angle27°
Seat Height790mm
Ground Clearance135mm
Kerb Weight238kg (F: 49.8kg; R: 50.2kg)
Max. Carrying Capacity195kg
TypeFront41mm telescopic fork, 120mm travel
RearMonoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 120mm travel
TypeFrontmulti-spoke cast aluminium
Rearmulti-spoke cast aluminium
Rim SizeFront17 x MT3.5
Rear17 x MT3.5
Tyre SizeFront120/70-17 ()
Rear160/60-17 ()
Tyre PressureFront250kPa
TypeFront320mm single wavy hydraulic disc with 3-piston calipers and sintered metal pads, ABS/CBS as standard
Rear240mm single wavy hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and sintered metal pads, ABS/CBS as standard
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
Suzuki unveils V-Strom 650 and 1000 Adventure bikes

ORLANDO, FLA - If you haven't noticed, there's been a sudden proliferation of upright-seated, vaguely rugged, off-roadish looking motorcycles being released by the OEMs — the dual-sport/adventure touring segment is on fire.
At the same time, the touring segment accounts for 28 percent of the market thus far in 2011, compared to the 17 percent slice it held in 2006.
And, the Motorcycle Industry Council reports that YTD sales of dual-sport motorcycles jumped by 14.3 percent, and in September were up 15.4 percent over the same month in 2010.
These market segments played a major part of American Suzuki Motor Corp.'s general presentation to an auditorium full of dealers at the OEM's 2011 dealer meeting at the Marriott Orlando Center Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Suzuki's new executive management team used the categories' glowing numbers in the buildup to announcing the 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure and the 2012 V-Strom 1000 Adventure, two variations on the OEM's popular DL series bikes.
Under the Adventure moniker, the DL650 comes equipped with aluminum saddlebags, a touring windscreen and an accessory bar. The extras bump up the msrp of the newly reworked and restyled "Wee-Strom" from $8,299 to $9,799. The larger DL gets saddlebags and a top case, additions that increase the msrp from $10,399 to $10,999.
It was just back in June that Suzuki unveiled the updated DL650 after an extended online teaser campaign. The new version includes an reworked 645cc motor from the Gladius, new bodywork, ABS as standard fitment and a reduced curb weight.
Suzuki gives 2012 GSX-R1000 improved mid-range, upgraded brakes; cuts weight

ORLANDO, FLA. - To the applause of dealers gathered for its 2011 dealer meeting, Suzuki unveiled the newly retuned and reworked GSX-R1000.
The flagship motorcycle joins the OEM's 2012 model lineup with new Brembo monobloc front brake calipers, a new single-muffler exhaust system, a retuned engine designed to improve mid-range power, an overall weight savings of more than 4 lbs. from the previous model, and a host of other changes.
The GSX-R1000 was one highlight of the meeting at the Marriott's Orlando World Center resort and convention center, a gathering that also include the the introduction of a new cruiser and two Adventure versions of the popular DL series motorcycles.
American Suzuki's executive management team also used the time to explain to its dealer network that the OEM is now on a mission to rebuild its market position through new product offerings, improved marketing efforts and better dealer support programs.
“This new GSX-R model reflects decades of development through on-track domination around the world and the latest model continues the GSX-R1000’s legacy of championship-winning performance by integrating race-developed technology into our class-leading products,” said Steve Bortolamedi, Suzuki's senior communications manager.
Other new features of the 2012 GSX-R1000 include the updated engine design with lighter, more durable pistons and higher compression ratio and aggressive new styling. These changes improve both the handling and performance of the model to reinforce its position as a purpose-built machine designed to "Own The Racetrack," the OEM says.
The 2012 GSX-R1000 model is scheduled to arrive in Suzuki dealerships in early 2012 and has an msrp of $13,799.
More information about the 2012 GSX-R1000 and other 2012 models can be found at
Ride in Peace: Marco Simoncelli
The powersports racing community mourns the death of Marco Simoncelli, who died from injuries as a result of a crash during the Malaysian Grand Prix race this past weekend. He was 24.
Simoncelli, racing for Gresini Honda, lost control of his bike on the second lap just four minutes into the race. Video shows that he slid across the track, subsequently being hit by two other racers, Colin Edwards (who was slightly injured) and Valentino Rossi. Simoncelli’s helmet came off during the accident, according to reports, and he died from “serious trauma” to the head, neck and chest.
Simoncelli was born on Jan. 20, 1987, in Cattolica, Italy. He won the Italian Minimoto Championship in 1996 at the age of 9. He won the European 125cc title in 2002 and his first Grand Prix, racing for Rauch Bravo, in 2004. In 2006 he transitioned to 250cc-class racing and finished the season in 10th place overall.
In 2008 Simoncelli won his first 250cc race at the Italian GP and then took the 250cc World Championship. He started racing MotoGP with Honda in 2010 and finished in eighth place overall. In May 2011 he was involved in a crash with Dani Pedrosa at the French GP and accepted a ride-through penalty as a result.
Honda on Monday afternoon released the following statement: "American Honda sends its condolences to the family and friends of San Carlo Honda Gresini MotoGP racer Marco Simoncelli who lost his life in a racing accident at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang yesterday.
“'Marco was one of MotoGP’s rising stars and he was very popular with fans in the U.S.,' said Ray Blank, senior vice president, American Honda Powersports Division. "He was an incredibly talented and passionate rider who was thrilling to watch, and his tragic passing is being felt across the world. Our hearts go out to his family and to the Gresini team.'"
Reward offered for information on Mississippi shop arson
Authorities in St. Martin, Miss., have offered $7,000 reward for anyone who can help them catch a firebug who set a fire that destroyed Rose Farm Custom Cycle Sept. 12.
The reward constitutes $5,000 from the U.S. Justice Department's Gulfport Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; $1,000 from the Mississippi Coast Crimes Stoppers; and $1,000 from the Mississippi State Fire Marshal's office.
Those agencies, as well as the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, are jointly investigating the fire, which has been ruled arson.
Shop owner Boyd Nix said he was awakened at 1:20 a.m. Sept. 12 by a phone call from police telling him his shop was on fire. The fire did $400,000 damage and the shop he’d occupied for just six weeks is considered a total loss.
"I got out here and saw nothing but flames and fire trucks," Nix told the Mississippi Press. "I watched it burn as they worked to put it out. It was my birthday."
Nix, who’s trying to rebuild, said there were 25 motorcycles in the shop when it burned, only five of which had insurance coverage.
"Those bikes have been deemed a total loss on their insurance," Nix said. "I'm going to have to repair the others at my own expense. They mainly have heat damage to the plastic, metal and chrome. But, it's going to take me a while."
Anyone wanting to help with the repairs can call the shop at 228-818-2700.
Anyone with information can call:
  • U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at 888-283-3473
  • Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898
  • Mississippi State Fire Marshal's office at 888-648-0877


    Harley Recalls 250,757 Motorcycles and Trikes

    23 10 2011
    October 22, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -
    Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
         H-D / FLHP2009-2012
         H-D / FLHPE2009-2011
         H-D / FLHR2009-2012
         H-D / FLHRC2009-2012
         H-D / FLHT2009-2010
         H-D / FLHTC2009-2012
         H-D / FLHTCU2009-2012
         H-D / FLHTCUSE42009
         H-D / FLHTCUSE52010
         H-D / FLHTCUSE62011
         H-D / FLHTCUSE72012
         H-D / FLHTCUTG2009-2012
         H-D / FLHTK2010-2012
         H-D / FLHTP2009-2012
         H-D / FLHX2009-2012
         H-D / FLHXSE2010
         H-D / FLHXSE22011
         H-D / FLHXSE32012
         H-D / FLHXXX2011
         H-D / FLTR2009
         H-D / FLTRSE32009
         H-D / FLTRU2010-2012
         H-D / FLTRUSE2011
         H-D / FLTRX2010-2012
         H-D / FLTRXSE2012
    Manufacturer: HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANYMfr’s Report Date: OCT 19, 2011
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V506000NHTSA Action Number: N/A
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 250,757

    Robbie Knievel to Attempt 150 Ft. Jump at 'Daredevil' Festival

    October 17, 2011

    In his first-ever appearance in the desert, the legendary daredevil will look to clear over 150 feet of tractor trailer trucks in the back parking lot at Spotlight 29 Casino in Palm Springs, Calif.

    "There are a lot of Knievel fans in California, so we are really excited to be here at Spotlight 29," said Kaptain Robbie Knievel, the son of the late Evel Knievel. "People can expect to see a great show."

    The jump on Saturday, October 29 at 4 pm, will cap off a 3-day festival at Spotlight 29. "Daredevil in the Desert" takes place 10 am – 8 pm, Thursday, October 27 through Saturday, October 29. The festival, and Kaptain Knievel motorcycle jump, are free and open to the public of all ages.

    The free festival includes a classic car exhibition, as well as vendors, food, drinks and a beer garden. Guests will also be treated to a special show featuring the Globe of Death – a motorcycle stunt show where a number of motorcycles ride at the same time inside a mesh globe. 

    For more information about the festival, visit
    Sturgis rally down 11 percent but crowds were rowdier

    City officials in Sturgis, S.D., estimate that this year's rally attendance was down 11 percent, or about 50,000 people, but the crowds may have been rowdier, based on police statistics.
    Brenda Vasknetz, Sturgis rally department director, told the Rapid City Journal the drop in attendance had been expected since the 2011 rally followed the 70th anniversary year. She also cited the weak economy, high gas prices and Missouri River flooding. According to rally officials, 416,727 people attended the 2011 rally, which was down by 50,042 people from the previous year. More than 630,000 visited during the 60th rally in 2000.
    Estimating rally numbers isn’t an exact science. The City of Sturgis uses an algorithm that includes tonnage of garbage hauled out of town, vendor licenses issued, South Dakota Department of Transportation traffic counts for Sturgis and at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and the amount of state sales tax collected.
    Despite the smaller crowd, Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush said the police department had 1,376 calls for service this year, compared to 1,145 in 2010. Non-traffic-related arrests were up by 44 from last year and traffic arrests were up by 60 over last year. The police issued 37 more parking tickets this year and jailed eight more people. Drug and alcohol offenses were down, although still leading categories.
    “It seems like the average biker is not a kid anymore, so I don’t know if that has something to do with it,” Bush told the Journal. “But 416,000 is still a lot of people, so I don’t know if any one thing can contribute to that other than the average age of the crowd.”
    Reward offered for information on Mississippi shop arson

    Authorities in St. Martin, Miss., have offered $7,000 reward for anyone who can help them catch a firebug who set a fire that destroyed Rose Farm Custom Cycle Sept. 12.
    The reward constitutes $5,000 from the U.S. Justice Department's Gulfport Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; $1,000 from the Mississippi Coast Crimes Stoppers; and $1,000 from the Mississippi State Fire Marshal's office.
    Those agencies, as well as the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, are jointly investigating the fire, which has been ruled arson.
    Shop owner Boyd Nix said he was awakened at 1:20 a.m. Sept. 12 by a phone call from police telling him his shop was on fire. The fire did $400,000 damage and the shop he’d occupied for just six weeks is considered a total loss.
    "I got out here and saw nothing but flames and fire trucks," Nix told the Mississippi Press. "I watched it burn as they worked to put it out. It was my birthday."
    Nix, who’s trying to rebuild, said there were 25 motorcycles in the shop when it burned, only five of which had insurance coverage.
    "Those bikes have been deemed a total loss on their insurance," Nix said. "I'm going to have to repair the others at my own expense. They mainly have heat damage to the plastic, metal and chrome. But, it's going to take me a while."
    Anyone wanting to help with the repairs can call the shop at 228-818-2700.
    Anyone with information can call:
  • U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at 888-283-3473
  • Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898
  • Mississippi State Fire Marshal's office at 888-648-0877
  • Path Pro plow is a 'winter work horse'

    Two products unveiled by Meyer Products LLC can help turn an ATV into a “winter work horse.”
    The Meyer Path Pro can clear snow from sidewalks and tight areas that plow trucks can’t reach, the company says. When paired with the Meyer Base Line-125 spreader, the ATV can help manage snow and ice.
    The plow is available in 50- or 60-inch widths, and feature highway-inspired flared wings that reportedly scoop and funnel snow faster and more efficiently. A 65-degree angle scrapes surfaces more cleanly than straight blades, the company says, while the plow itself can be locked into five different positions.
    The plow is made of 14-gauge steel, while the universal mount is made of dual-walled tubular steel with a rust-resistant coating.
    The low-profile spreader mounts on the back of an ATV and has a rubber-covered electric motor that can withstand harsh winter conditions. The spreader weighs in at 30 lbs.

    Ducati reveal additional 2012 model details – Multistrada and Hypermotard

    6 10 2011
    CUPERTINO, CA – October 6, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Just weeks away from the unveiling of Ducati’s new 1199 Panigale Superbike at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan (November 10th – 13th) and following the recent release and launch of the brand new Streetfighter 848, Ducati now reveal even more details of next year’s range.
    Having proved its innovative concept and established itself as a new industry benchmark, the awardwinning Ducati Multistrada family moves into 2012 as the company’s top-selling motorcycle, with the confident range of the Multistrada 1200, 1200 S Sport Pikes Peak Special Edition and 1200 S Touring. In addition to the currently available red and arctic white color schemes, the Multistrada 1200 S Touring will also be offered in a brand new “race titanium matte” color scheme with a “racing black” frame, arriving in dealerships December, 2011. All 2012 models will have a revised, comfort-enhanced rider’s seat with an increased front and rear length and will be offered at model year 2011 pricing.
    The 2012 Hypermotard 1100EVO SP will now be available as a Corse Edition, taking the whole Hypermotard concept to a higher level in Ducati Corse style. High ground clearance, high spec suspension, new seat aesthetics and high bars make the 1100EVO SP Corse Edition track-ready for action in full red, white and black Ducati Corse official colors. With pricing that will remain unchanged, the 2012 Hypermotard 1100EVO SP is available immediately.
    Tim Collins
    Public Relations Manager
    Ducati North America
    Ph. +1.408.343.4414
    Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence. The company produces motorcycles in six market segments, which vary in their technical and design features and intended customers: Superbike, Streetfighter, Monster, Multistrada, Diavel and Hypermotard. The company’s motorcycles are sold in more than 80 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European, North American and Japanese markets. Competing in MotoGP since 2003, Ducati won both the Constructors’ and Riders’ world titles in 2007. For more information, please visit our web site at

    2012 RM-Z Suzuki Launch

    7 10 2011
    October 6 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Behind the scenes with Suzuki Australia and motocross coach Luke George as Suzuki’s 2012 RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 production motocross machines are rolled out ready for testing by the motorcycle media.

    Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon Joins New-Model Release for 2012

    7 10 2011
    TORRANCE, CA – October 6, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – To add to the extensive list of models available for the 2012 season, Honda announces another release for 2012, the much-praised FourTrax® Foreman® Rubicon™ ATV. The FourTrax Foreman Rubicon joins the comprehensive assortment of 2012 Honda street bikes and off-road machines that offer multiple choices to fill just about every niche in today’s riding scene.
    “The FourTrax Foreman Rubicon fills out the amazingly broad range of ATVs Honda has to offer in 2012, and it is now available,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “The FourTrax Foreman Rubicon along with the Rincon cap off the full-size multi-purpose ATV lineup with two distinctly different alternatives, while the FourTrax Foreman, Rancher and Recon families offer a wide variety of hard-working and recreational options. Add to that an incredible array of sport ATVs ranging from the rider-friendly TRX90X to the Baja-winning TRX450R plus the hard-working Big Red MUV, and you see a lineup that places Honda at the head of the four-wheel category. We now see that the industry is turning the corner as sales continue to improve and we’ve been working hard to get our dealer network placed in a position with great products at a high value. We believe that consumers will respond to the many options they can choose from and will enjoy once they enter a Honda showroom.”
    n FourTrax Foreman Rubicon: Loaded with Technology and Off-Road Prowess
    The FourTrax Foreman Rubicon has earned a stellar long-standing reputation for its off-road capabilities, and for good reason. Its proven, beltless, continuously variable Hondamatic automatic transmission with true engine braking is efficient, maintenance-free and extremely rugged. Add in a torque-sensitive front differential along with Honda’s TraxLok® selectable 2WD/4WD system plus the option of electric power steering, and it’s easy to see why the Rubicon remains the machine of choice among riders in search of an especially capable off-road ATV. Price: $7,899 – $8,899; Availability: October 2011

    New Moto Guzzi California 90 Marks End Of California Model Line

    Last month, Moto Guzzi announced the final edition of the historic California model during its 90th Anniversary celebration at Moto Guzzi World Days in Mandello del Lario, Italy. After 40 years in production, the new California 90 will be the last version of the iconic California family produced and imported to the United States. Guzzisti and interested two-wheel aficionados can contact a local Moto Guzzi dealer, starting today, to pre-order a piece of history. The Moto Guzzi California 90 will have an MSRP of $15,990 and arrives at dealers in March 2012.
    Exemplifying a stunningly beautiful lineage of the Guzzi brand, the California 90 was crafted with the same care and attention that has made the brand famous. A few of the highlighted features include:
    •   A color scheme with a two-colored chromium plated concept of retro California Metallic Orange / Diamond White.
    •   A tank logo which reproduces the writing used by Moto Guzzi and its original designers in the 1930s.
    •   An identification plate on the steering yoke that certifies the limited edition production as the final edition of the California.
    •   A Cowhide saddle as comfortable as an armchair to enjoy the open road on.
    The “Anniversario” graphic enhances the beautiful spoked wheels, steel mudguards and fog lights – elements that were inherited from the Vintage model. The California 90 maintains the beautiful fit, finish and attention to detail that Guzzi’s are known for. The windshield’s stainless steel brackets, a chrome-plated luggage rack, and two saddlebags with velvet lined interior boast “Guzzi Beauty” from start to finish.
    The beating heart of the California 90 is the standard big block 90 degree v-twin engine, famous for its tremendous torque and renowned reliability. With a bore and stroke of 92 and 80 mm respectively, the 1064cc unit features aluminium alloy cylinders and pistons with a special wear-resistant graphite coating. Fuelled by a Weber Marelli IAW electronic injection system with 40 mm diameter throttle bodies, it boasts low emissions and a weighty thrust even at low rpm’s. The California 90 puts out a healthy 69 ft. lbs. of torque at 5,000 rpm, and further capacity to stretch out to 6,400 rpm where it puts out its maximum power of 74 hp.
    Just like the engine, the chassis aspects of the Moto Guzzi California 90 also share the same characteristics as the Vintage version. The frame is a modular double cradle with a steering angle of 29 degrees which ensures stability and precision in turns. Comfort is guaranteed by quality suspension components. At the front is a Marzocchi fork with 45 mm stanchions and 140 mm wheel travel while the rear has an aluminum swingarm linked to two shock absorbers, featuring adjustable spring preload and 104 mm of wheel travel. The braking system boasts the best components available on the market: it consists of 320 mm dual front floating disc operated by two, four-piston Brembo calipers and a 282 mm rear disc with a Brembo two-piston caliper. It is also characterized by the famous Moto Guzzi linked braking system. Other standout features are the spoked wheels, with 18-inches at the front and 17-inches at the rear to accommodate high profile tires, providing outstanding agility and a superlative feel.

    Red Bull/KTM Signs Ryan Dungey to Factory SX/MX Team

    6 10 2011
    MURRIETA, CA – October 5, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – KTM Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of Supercross/Motocross racer Ryan Dungey to the Red Bull/KTM Factory Race Team for the 2012 and 2013 AMA Pro Supercross and Motocross Championship Series.
    The well-decorated rider’s first official race with the Red Bull/KTM Factory Team will be the opening round of the AMA Pro Supercross Championship Series at Angel Stadium on January 7, 2012 where he will race aboard the KTM 450 SX-F in the premier Supercross class.
    KTM expressed its desire to strengthen its motocross efforts in 2010 when it released the new generation SX model line of motorcycles and hired Roger DeCoster, the most well-known and prolific team manager in motocross racing history. In 2011, KTM proved its determination to push ahead in the segment by signing 250cc riders Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin. Now, two years after the launch of the new model line, KTM has continued to release new innovative product development on its 2012 line and has again stepped up its motocross racing effort with the addition of Dungey.
    “I am really happy to have Ryan Dungey join our team. He and I have worked together for several years so we know each other well. Our past should help us get the best out of each other and put us in position to be legit championship contenders in the big bike class,” commented Red Bull/KTM Team Manager Roger DeCoster. “Everyone at the factory and here on the U.S. side is very excited to start working with Ryan and see where the future will take us.”
    At only 21 years of age, the Minnesota native has already accomplished every goal he has set for himself. In 2009 he won the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Title and followed that up with the AMA Pro Motocross Championship 250cc class crown. That same year he competed in the 2009 Motocross des Nations where he was one of three members aboard the winning U.S. Team. In 2010, he became the first rider in history to win both the AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross Championship in his rookie year. He again went on to lead the 2010 Motocross des Nations team to victory on U.S soil in Lakewood, CO. Most recently, in mid-September, he added one more win to his belt as he and the US team captured yet another Motocross des Nations victory in France.
    KTM has signed Ryan Dungey to a two-year contract. Ryan expressed his excitement about switching to KTM and working under the guidance of Roger DeCoster, commenting, “I’m looking forward to riding for the new Red Bull/KTM team and working again with Roger. I am excited to start something new and am ready for the challenge. I like the way that KTM has backed Roger since he made the switch last year and I appreciate KTM’s goal of working hard to develop their race team to earn championships. I am making this switch to win races and work toward getting that championship for KTM.”
    KTM Sportmotorcycle AG’s Head of Motorsports, Pit Beirer, added a personal note, stating, “I am extremely proud that we have brought a great rider to the KTM team. Three years ago we started to rebuild our Supercross and Motocross efforts based on a dream to bring KTM to the top of the sport. A small number of people trusted in my idea and stayed with me. Soon after Roger (DeCoster), Ian (Harrison) and the entire U.S. Red Bull/KTM Team came onboard and began helping us get closer to our goal. We now have Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin, two MX2 World Champions, on our team and with Ryan coming to our side the dream team is a reality and we are truly ready to race.”

    evolve motorcycles Launches its line of 100% Electric Vehicles this Fall

    4 10 2011
    NEW YORK, NY – October 4, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – On October 6th, 2011 in New York, NY evolve motorcycles is set to premiere its two-wheeled 100% electric vehicles. The company, founded by Benjamin Plum, Mazdack Rassi and Lex Kendall, saw the need for a stylish, sustainable and affordable solution to urban transportation. The result was evolve electric motorcycles.
    Everything about evolve is different: from the way it looks, the technology behind the power, to its mobile community and even how much it costs. The designers behind evolve challenged old problems and solved them with new technologies, smart but simple design and understanding their consumer.
    The company’s fall launch will feature three models: titanium, neon and helium as well as a preview of two of their upcoming designs. The bikes are capable of speeds up to 60 mph and offer the highest battery ranges in the industry.
    evolve motorcycles feature the latest electrical & charging technologies, sleek design, an active social media community, 24/7 roadside assistance, and competitive pricing – the top of the line model is priced at about a 1/2 the cost of competitors.
    All models use lithium ion battery technology for easy charging (the same technology that powers your cell phone) and feature an ultra-efficient battery management system to take the worry out of operating and maintaining the electrical components.
    But perhaps evolve’s most radical belief is consumers are not just buying a motorcycle, they’re buying into the living, breathing evolve community. The free evolve mobile app is where the freedom of mobility meets social media technologies that allow riders to connect and share on the road. Through the app, riders can find one another’s real time locations, locate charging stations, share their photos, videos, updates and even call for emergency assistance.
    And of course, all evolve motorcycles are made in the USA.

    Kawasaki shows off 2012 ZX-14R, calls it world’s fastest-accelerating motorcycle

    Kawasaki has released a slew of images of the 2012 ZX-14R, a motorcycle that will feature new electronic enhancements, a reworked engine and slightly restyled bodywork for next year. As reported by Asphalt & Rubber, the engine block will be stroked to 1,441cc and the cylinder head will be ported and polished for greater flow.
    In addition, the ZX-14R will make use of a higher compression ratio and new cam timing. No one’s saying exactly how much power that will all add up to, but Kawasaki calls the bike the world’s fastest-accelerating production motorcycle

    Villopoto Cashes in on $1 Million at Inaugural Monster Energy Cup

    16 10 2011
    Hill Captures Amateur All-Star Championship
    as Cianciarulo Claims Super-Mini Title 
    LAS VEGAS, NV – October 15, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For the first-time  in off-road motorcycle racing history, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won $1 million by sweeping all three main events at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium. Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo, of Port Orange, Fla., went 1-1 in the Super-Mini class and earned the overall championship. Justin Hill, of Yoncalla, Ore., finished 4-1 in the Amateur All-Star class and scored the overall.
    “It’s pretty unreal,” exclaimed 2011 Monster Energy Cup champion Villopoto. “I’m happy we were able to pull it off. To back it up next year would be hard, so if we do, it would be great.  I can’t thank my team enough for this amazing victory.”
    In main event 1, Villopoto jumped out to an early lead with the holeshot followed by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley, of Taupo, New Zealand, Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Bret Metcalfe, of Menifee, Calif., and Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Du