GasGas, legendary in off-road circles, to go road racing for the first time. With new ownership from KTM, however, the Moto3 effort will essentially be a red version of Team Orange. This isn’t too dissimilar to the Husqvarna Moto3 entry, which is also a KTM-owned entity.
Back in September, Indian announced the eFTR Jr, an electric miniature version of the adult-size FTR750 flat tracker, to get kids (and their parents) excited about motorcycling. Click on the link to get some more information about the bike. For $750 USD, it’s a relatively affordable way for kids to get their first taste of two wheels and a motor.
Lest anybody should get the wrong impression about yesterday’s announcement re: Kawasaki Heavy Industry’s spin-off of its motorcycle division, we just received this release from Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA’s CEO, who tells us business is good and the spin-off is only going to make it better. It’s a new day in America.
If you’re quirky enough to be a Moto Guzzi person, you may also be quirky enough to still consume printed media. And if not, when it’s gift-giving season, it’s always complimentary to pretend that the giftee is sophisticated enough to consume print media even if you are not. Books are a win/win, and Ian Falloon’s latest history of Moto Guzzi covers 100 years worth of Guzzis, up to and including the beautiful new V85TT.
If you missed the inaugural “King of the Baggers” race last Saturday (easy enough to do) from Laguna Seca, never fear. Our Indian friends put together a nice little 5-minute highlight reel including, nice of them, quick hits with famous riders on the competing brand.
What do you do when you’re pinned down in Monaco and bored? Voxan had planned to travel to Bolivia last July to have its cutting-edge electric motorcycles break a bunch of speed records, but instead they’re going to Châteauroux airport in France to let their 367-horsepower (270 kW) electric bikes burn some electrons.
With its sights set on the huge target that is Asia, the Indian manufacturer says it plans to open a new plant in Thailand within the next 12 months, which can also feed Vietnam, Malaysia, China and others. As Harley retreats from India, RE says its sales have grown 88% across the region in the last year – and it even plans to launch one new bike per quarter for the next three to five years. Interesting story here at BBC.com.
I don’t know why I like the Indian Challenger’s chances in the upcoming King o’ the Baggers race, against a field of mostly Harleys, but I just do – especially the one being prepped by Roland Sands and S&S Cycles for Frankie Garcia to ride. Okay, I think it’s because the Indian’s got a modern, liquid-cooled engine in a modern, cast-aluminum frame. But it might only be because Indian sent us this cool little video of the build. The race is coming up this Saturday from Laguna Seca. More info two news items down, please.
If you were expecting a bunch of beer-gutted C-listers to be riding the 11 Harley-Davidson and two Indian baggers in MotoAmerica’s inaugural King of the Baggers race coming up next Saturday at Laguna Seca, you’re in for a surprise. The entry list includes some serious talent, including 1998 AMA Superbike champ Ben Bostrom. Better pack a lunch in those bags. If you can’t be in Monterey (and not many people can, thanks to Covid restrictions), find out how you can watch live at the link below (along with all the other races at the MotoAmerica GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Speedfest at Monterey).
In addition to all the other swell motorcycles it rents in Europe, Hertz Ride has struck a new deal with MV Agusta. Now you can rent a Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS or a Dragster Rosso in Italy and France. Soon to be followed by Portugal and Spain – also nice places to ride – and later even in the US, says MV.
The ladies are here to stay, dammit, and thank God for that. Polaris has put together a council of 12 of them, who will “drive increased participation, inclusion and representation in the world of powersports.” Socially-distant cocktail party factoid: Black women outnumber their male counterparts in snowmobiling by 61%.
Well, it’s always close racing, but defending champ Briar Bauman and multi-time champ Jared Mees have been swapping Indian FTR roost all season. And it’s about to come down to it. Going into the penultimate round in Charlotte this weekend, Bauman leads Mees 256 to 244 points. And if history offers any hint, it very probably will all come down to a two-legged Daytona Short Track final October 16 and 17. If you’ve been Jonesing for a live motorcycle racing fix all season and you’re in the area, in the shadow of Daytona International Speedway isn’t a bad place to socially-distant fan out and enjoy some great racing.
I think we’re in Vietnam, harvesting coffee beans and bringing them down from the mountain, but Lotus Coffee’s video is a bit vague on particulars. And that’s not important right now. What’s important is these women’s mad skills and fortitude. Is that the proper protective footwear? I don’t think it is. It frightens me and makes me cringe in equal measure, and yet they get the job done and the music is at least soothing. Maybe time for a nice cold brew?
Twenty years ago, according to Wikipedia, Nitro Noriyuki Haga improved his performance to challenge for the title in 2000. However, his season was disrupted when he was tested positive for a banned substance. Haga was tested positive for the substance Ephedrine after the race in South Africa, though it was later learned that Ephedrine occurs naturally in the herbs used in the Ma Huang supplement that he’d taken during the off-season. He initially received a one-month ban beginning on June 5 and had his points from both South African races deducted.  However, after a series of appeals the points from Race 1 in South Africa were reinstated and the ban was delayed and reduced to a 2-week ban, resulting in Haga missing the final round at Brands Hatch, Great Britain. With Haga losing 25 points and sitting out a 2-race weekend, Colin Edwards comfortably won the 2000 championship.
Business continues to look good says Can-Am On-Road reps. In fact, BRP’s on-road vehicle sales are said to be seeing six times the growth of the two-wheeled on-road segment. With relatively small changes for the 2021 Spyder models, Can-Am On-Road tells us they will continue to support new rider education initiatives as well as charitable programs to benefit minorities and women which it hopes will help bring a diverse rider base to the open road.
A week ago we were surprised to learn Harley-Davidson was pulling out of India after more than a decade producing and selling its products there. Today, it’s interesting to learn that Triumph Motorcycles is expecting its sales to grow around 15 to 20 per cent this fiscal year in India, and is gearing up to roll out a pre-owned vehicle program in the country by next month. That’s according to a senior company official quoted here in the Hindustan Times online.
The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows has taken the lemons of COVID-19 and made lemonade with the Progressive IMS Outdoors series of events. The outdoor format allows for more demo rides of more categories of powersports activities to be held. We’re looking forward to the final schedule of locations which will be released later in the year.
Polaris Industries and Zero Motorcycles announced a 10-year partnership to develop electric off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. Zero will be responsible for the powertrain technology, including both the physical hardware and the electronic software while Polaris will handle the development and manufacture of the rest of the vehicles.
After he’d just lost everything in the nearby Almeda Fire, Scott Flick says helping one Phoenix, Oregon, business owner was the least he could do. Riding his bike, Flick watched the fire swallow D and S Harley, but when the flames started making their way toward Oregon Motorcycle Adventures KTM, Flick says he couldn’t just stand by. After breaking down the door, Flick got to work.
RSD is building its own Indian Challenger to run against a field of 12 Harleys and one other Indian, in the inaugural King of the Baggers race scheduled to go off October 23-25 at Laguna Seca raceway during the last MotoAmerica round of the season. The bummer is no spectators will be allowed, thanks to Covid 19 restrictions. But you can settle onto the couch and sign up for an all-day view plan here – only $9.99 per event, with 6 to 8 hours of daily coverage.
However business is at Maurice Slaughter’s three east-coast Harley dealerships, things have just taken a big upturn as his wife of 37 years, Cynthia Slaughter, just gifted Maurice a surprise Ducati Superleggera, number 130 of 500. It just got off the boat last week. Personally, I think if more of this was going on, we’d have a lot more happy marriages. Read all about it at the the Virginia Pilot online here.