Tardozzi joined the BMW team in January after a successful tenure with Ducatis WSBK team. With Tardozzis leadership, the BMW team showed some improvement in this, its second season in the WSBK Championship, including the first two podium results for the BMW S1000RR.
Lorenzo is on his way toward winning his first MotoGP World Championship, holding a commanding 69 point lead with just four rounds remaining. Only 23-years-old, Lorenzo has consistently been one of the fastest riders in the series since debuting in the 2008 season with three consecutive poles.
Aprilia unveiled the RSV4 Factory Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) Special Edition at the 2010 INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany. The APRC SE was developed using data from the 2010 World Superbike Championship that saw Aprilia claim the manufacturers title and Max Biaggi win the world championship riding the RSV4.
The 2011 Triumph Speed Triple gets an all-new chassis featuring a twin-tube over engine design. The twin headlights have been restyled for a more angular appearance instead of the previous models round lights. According to Triumph, the updates have made the 2011 Speed Triple about four pounds lighter with a claimed wet weight of 477 pounds.
The 2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm is powered by a 1699cc liquid-cooled Parallel Twin engine with a 270 degree firing interval, up from the standard Thunderbirds 1597cc powerplant. Triumph did release a limited edition 1700cc Thunderbird for 2010, but that was merely the regular Thunderbird with the optional big bore upgrade kit included. Triumph claims 98hp at 5200rpm for the Thunderbird Storm, with torque rated at 115 ft-lb. at 2950rpm.
"As a major supporter of amateur racers, World of Powersports is a perfect and familiar fit at the AMA Racing Championship Banquet," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "We're thrilled that this company is stepping up to help shine the spotlight on our many champions at this memorable end-of-year celebration."
The 2011 Honda sportbikes were among the models displayed at the 2010 INTERMOT show which all received new colors and graphics. While other manufacturers unveiled new models at INTERMOT, Honda had previously announced it was saving its eight new models for the EICMA show in Milan in November.
Classic Motorworks, the American importer of the Chennai, India, based Royal Enfield Motors, has established a network of seven dealerships in California. Royal Enfields four-model 2010 Bullet lineup has been available in dealerships in other states since March and now the 500cc motorcycles can be sold in California.
When Suzuki unveiled its 2011 GSX-R supersports, one of the notable updates was the use of Brembo monobloc calipers. As Kevin Duke reported from the launch of the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750, both new models were equipped with Brembo brakes as OEM components, a rarity for a Japanese manufacturer.
The new race machine will be called the Honda NRS250 (NRS stands for Next Racing Standard) and is not to be confused with Hondas championship-winning NSR series or NR series. NRS stands for Next Racing Standard and it is expected to be Hondas entry into the Moto3 class.
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Last week, Honda released the first image, showing an abstract shape superimposed on a shadowy silhouette of the new adventure bike (Honda is calling it a crossover, like the automobile segment which combines the features of an SUV and a car.) In this case, the term crossover refers to on- and off-road use.
Despite the continued challenges in the economy, we are making solid, steady progress at transforming our business, says Keith Wandell, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. With our strategic focus on future growth initiatives and continuous improvement, we are positioning Harley-Davidson to succeed at todays volumes, as well as to grow and restore greater profitability longer term.
BMW issued a recall on K-series motorcycles from model years 2004-2010 due to a problem with the rear wheel linkage. The bearings of the link lever attached to the rear strut may become corroded under certain environmental conditions. Corroded bearings may restrict the movement of the link lever, affecting the bikes handling.
While the 2011 Honda CBR150R will only be available in the Asian market, its design offers a preview of the next version of the CBR125R which is available in Europe and Canada, as well as the upcoming CBR250R expected to debut in November at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan.
The 20-foot-long, twin-engined, streamliner holds the motorcycle land speed record, recording a two-way average speed of 376.363 mph in September at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Ridden by Rocky Robinson, the Top 1 Oil Ack Attack streamliner surpassed the previous land speed record by 8 mph. Built and designed by Mike Akatiff, the record-setting motorcycle is powered by a pair of turbocharged and intercooled Suzuki Hayabusa engines.
The industry trade group reports sales of 555,440 motorcycles and ATVs over the first three quarters of 2010, down from 679,806 units sold over the same period in 2009. Excluding ATVs, which had a 23.6% drop in sales, motorcycle sales decreased 15.3% to 368,752 units.
The Italian manufacturer unveiled the Multistrada 1200 at last years EICMA show, and it is looking to make another splash this year the premier of the Ducati Diavel. Ducati s first entry to the muscle cruiser segment has been spotted on Italian roads for months but the Diavel will finally be revealed at the Milan show.
A member of the Piaggio family, Moto Guzzi made a splash at the 2009 EICMA show with the unveiling of three V12 concept models designed by former Ducati designers Pierre Terblanche and Miguel Galluzzi, as well as the V7 Clubman Racer prototype that is now going into limited production as the V7 Racer.
The F3 will be an important model for MV Agusta as it will be the first new model introduced after the Italian manufacturer was resold to the Castiglioni family after a brief moment as a Harley-Davidson subsidiary.
The latest image reveals a more refined look at the interlocking dual-layer design hinted at in the first teaser image. Honda will unveil the new V4 model at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan, but so far it has been revealed the new model has wide handlebars, offers an upright seating position, and uses a mid-sized V4 engine, likely to be in the 800cc range.
The 2011 BMW R1200R receives an updated boxer engine developed from the HP2 sport. The new 1170cc DOHC engine was added last year to the R1200GS and R1200RT, so its addition to the R1200R comes as no surprise. The updated engine has a larger rev limit than the previous SOHC engine (8500rpm compared to 8000rpm), with BMW claiming 110hp at 6000rpm and 87.8 ft-lb. at 7750rpm.
Revealed ahead of the 2010 EICMA show in Milan, the 2011 MV Agusta F3 is powered by a 675cc three-cylinder engine the Italian manufacturer claims is the most compact in its category. The engine uses a counter-rotating crankshaft to reduce vibration. No power or torque figures have been released yet.
The Diavel marks Ducati s entry to the power cruiser segment, though Claudio Domenicali, general manager of Ducati Motor Holding, does not describe it as being just a cruiser. Perhaps borrowing from the Multistrada 1200Fs four-bikes-in-one rhetoric, Domenicali describes the Diavel as a combination of a naked streetbike, a cruiser and a sportbike.
Dubbed the Crossrunner, the new model is what Honda describes as a combination of the flexibility and exciting attitude of a Naked performance machine with the upright riding position and rugged appearance of an adventure bike. Despite the adventure bike influence, Honda is clear about the Crossrunner being a road-only machine.
The Stelvio reaches a record range thanks to a new, 8.45-gallon fuel tank. The massive tank has been rounded off by integrating it within the fairing. This flows into the double front headlight assembly, which was inherited form the previous version. The top fairing, windshield and the half-fairing with integrated turn indicators are all brand new elements.
Known as the Piaggio MP3 Yourban in other markets, the MP3 City will be available in the U.S. with a fuel injected 278cc engine claiming 22.4hp at 7500rpm and 17.1 ft-lb. at 6500rpm, which is a slight dip in power but more torque than the MP3 250 currently being offered by Piaggio USA.
In the three months ending Sept. 30, 2010, Honda sold 2.7 million units (including motorcycles and ATVs) worldwide, up from 2.4 million units sold over the same period in 2009. Motorcycle sales generated 312.8 billion yen (US$3.7 billion) in net revenue, an increase of 13.6%.
The former AMA Supercross World Champion announced he is creating his own team, to be called TwoTwo Motorsports. Reed will compete on a Honda CRF450 but will not draw support from the manufacturer. TwoTwo Motorsports will receive technical support from Pro Circuit.
At Harley-Davidson, were all about freedom, but we cant forget that freedom comes at a price, says Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidsons director of Marketing and Communications. Its humbling to think of the countless sacrifices these brave men and women and their families have made to keep our country free, so the Motor Company is honored to help salute military personnel this November.
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