Aleix Espargaró Becomes First MotoGP Rider To Use MIPS Safety System

Mips, a world leader in helmet-based safety, is proud to announce its newest member to Team Mips: Aleix Espargaró, factory rider for Aprilia Racing in MotoGP™, the premier class of motorcycle racing in the world. 

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Six Exciting Ride Routes To The Harley-Davidson Homecoming

Routes From Every Corner of North America Guide Motorcyclists to Milwaukee

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The SMT Is Back: Say Hello To The 2023 KTM 890 SMT

Supermoto Touring? Of course!

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Livewire Confirms U.S. S2 Del Mar Pricing And European Launch Details

S2 Del Mar is priced at $15,499 USD for the U.S. and Europe receives a Launch Edition of 100 limited edition bikes on sale April 27.

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Garmin Zūmo XT2 Announced

Today, Garmin announced the next generation of the popular zūmo XT motorcycle GPS, the Garmin zūmo XT2. The XT2 builds on the feature set of the XT and advances even further by expanding the screen 0.5 in. to 6.0 in. and increasing the brightness for ease of viewing in all lighting conditions. Additional features include: moto paths preferred by other riders, ride summaries feature via the Tread smartphone app, Group Ride Mobile feature, and pair with a compatible inReach® satellite communicator.

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Forcite’s High Technology Helmets Now Available in the United States

Forcite and Tucker Powersports, announce the availability of Forcite MK1S, the world's most advanced motorcycle helmet, through powersports dealerships in the United States. The highly sought-after Forcite MK1S touts a first-to-market smart helmet system and advanced features in audio, visual and road alert systems for motorcycle riders.


Forcite MK1S capabilities are unmatched in the motorcycle helmet industry and operate as a system (helmet, built-in electronics and a related Forcite app) to provide an engaged and connected riding experience. 


Tech features include:

  • A proprietary road alert and in-helmet, peripheral LED display that communicates route information and turn-by-turn directions to the rider, with no need to look away from the road ahead. 
  • High-end audio with Harman Kardon speakers and a dual microphone designed specifically for Forcite's motorcycle environment.
  • Built-in action camera with 1080p resolution, low-light capability and a Sony IMX sensor. 


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Zero's New Incentive Program Offers $4500 Rebate Or 0% Financing

To offset the lack of federal tax incentives for two-wheeled EVs, Zero is broadening the incentives to Go Electric by introducing new savings and a 0% financing offer

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2023 Harley-Davidson X 350 Revealed for China

Harley-Davidson has officially revealed the X 350 for the Chinese market, a small displacement flat track-inspired roadster produced with Qianjiang Motor (QJ Motor). As of this writing, the X 350 is only confirmed for China, though a modified variant known as the X350RA will be used in Harley-Davidson Rider Academy programs in the U.S.

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Kawasaki Named 2011 VMD Marque of the Year

The 2011 Vintage Motorcycle Days will recognize Kawasaki’s 45 years in the U.S. market with a look at some of the company’s iconic models including the 500cc Mach III triple and the 900cc Z-1. Demo rides of current Kawasaki models will also be available. Kawasaki riders will also get access to a Kawasaki-only parking area and an invitation to join in a special parade lap of the Mid-Ohio track.

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Race tuner and former Cycle magazine editor Phil Schilling has been named to the Hall of Fame
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Contour+ Hands-Free Camera Announced

The new Contour+ camera offers a wider field of view than the company’s ContourGPS or ContourHD cameras. The ContourGPS and ContourHD can capture high-definition 960p and 720p video at a 135 degree field of vision (as well as 1080p video at 110 degrees). The Contour+ however offers 170 degrees of vision at 960p and 720p resolutions and 125 degrees at 1080p. The wide-angle lens can also be rotated from between -90 to180 to film video at different angles, including completely upside down.

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Yamaha Reports Q1 2011 Results

The Japanese manufacturer sold 1.689 million motorcycles over the quarter, an increase from the 1.605 million units sold in the same quarter of 2010. Despite the increase in unit sales, revenue dipped slightly to 219.7 billion yen (US$2.716 billion) from 220.1 billion yen (US$2.722 billion), due mainly to a poor exchange rate. Cost reductions however helped increase operating income by 11.9% to 13.3 billion yen (US$164.2 million) from 11.9 billion yen (US$146.8 million) reported last year.

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BMW Plant Builds 2 Millionth Motorcycle

The milestone motorcycle, a one-off special-edition BMW R1200GS, rolled off the assembly line on May 6. The Berlin plant has been producing motorcycles since 1969.

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Yamaha Building New Motorcycle Test Course

The Kikugawa Test Course has been in the works for years with construction originally scheduled to start in October 2009 for completion in the fall of 2012. Construction was shelved however when the recession hit.

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KLIM Adventure Summit and Scavenger Hunt

The inaugural KLIM Adventure Summit and Scavenger Hunt takes place June 10-12 at the company’s headquarters in Rigby, Idaho.

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2012 Honda Vision Unveiled

The Japanese manufacturer’s new global scooter model, the 2012 Honda Vision was designed to be a low-cost fuel efficient urban commuter. Powered by a four-stroke 110cc engine with Honda’s PGM-FI fuel injection system, the Honda Vision claims a maximum power output of 8.3hp at 8000rpm while torque peaks at a claimed 6.4 ft.-lb. at 6500rpm. The fuel tank holds 1.45 gallons so the claimed fuel economy of 122 mpg translates to a range of just under 177 miles on a single tank of gas.

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2011 BMW Motorrad Days Announced

The world’s largest BMW Motorrad meeting draws over 30,000 visitors to the Bavarian town along the Germany-Austria border.

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2012 MV Agusta F4 RR Revealed

As revealed in a teaser video released last week, the RR version of the MV Agusta F4 uses a new “Corsocorta” engine. According to MV Agusta, the Corsocorta engine shares little in common with the F4’s engine. The piston diameter has been increased to a 79mm bore (compared to 76mm on the F4’s engine) while the stroke was reduced to 50.9mm from 55mm.

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Suzuki Reports Q4 2010-2011 Results

Overall, Suzuki reported a profit of 107.4 billion yen (US$1.3 billion) on the year, a 36.5% increase from the 78.7 billion yen (US$974.2 million) profit reported in 2009-2010.

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Mark Blackwell Joins Zero Motorcycles

The very first 500cc motocross national champion, Blackwell was a motocross racing star in the late ’60s and early ’70s. After retiring from racing, Blackwell held management positions for Suzuki, Husqvarna and Polaris where he served as vice president and general manager of Victory Motorcycles. Blackwell will remain an executive at Polaris Industries while sitting on Zero’s board.

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AMA-SX: 2011 Las Vegas Results

An audience of 39,506 at Sam Boyd Stadium saw the Monster Energy Kawasaki racer capture the championship in a race that almost seemed to encapsulate the entire season. The Las Vegas race featured four racers holding the lead, TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed surging in the second half and a James Stewart crash.

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WSBK: 2011 Monza Results

Yamaha factory rider Eugene Laverty earned his first two career WSBK victories in just his seventh and eighth career races in the class. Meanwhile, Aprilia Alitalia’s Max Biaggi continues to his erratic season, with a ride-through penalty while in the lead costing him a Race Two victory.

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FIM, TTXGP to Hold Joint Events

The two rival electric motorcycle racing organizers appear to have healed their well publicized rift, announcing the final three rounds of the FIM’s 2011 e-Power championship will be held jointly with the TTXGP’s European and North American championships. According to a joint statement, the two sides decided to work together “in a spirit of collaboration and the common goal of promoting electric clean emission racing.”

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Husqvarna Streetbike to Use 900cc BMW Twin

Known best for its off-road motorcycles, Husqvarna will introduce its first streetbike for 2012 using a modified version of the parallel Twin engine from parent company BMW’s F800R.

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Ducati Announces 2011 Monster Challenge

The 2011 Monster Challenge is open to all 2008 and newer Ducati Monster owners, giving them the chance to share their customized bikes. Monster owners can submit their entries online from May 11 to July 15 in either the amateur or professional category. Entries will be posted online for voting by members of the Ducati Community website.

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2011 Roehr ESupersport Unveiled

The 2011 Roehr eSupersport joins the eSuperbike in the Illinois-based companie’s electric sportbike lineup alongside the conventional gas-powered Roehr 1250sc.

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2012 MV Agusta F4 RR Corsacorta Teaser Video

The 2012 MV Agusta F4 RR will use a new “Corsocorta” engine claiming 198bhp (or 201CV in metric horsepower as shown in the video), an upgrade from the 2010 MV Agusta F4’s claimed 183hp.

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Emde to Re-Trace 1914 Cannonball Baker Route

Baker, an American adventure riding pioneer, attempted over 143 cross-country motorcycle speed runs including the 3,378-mile ride from San Diego, Calif., to New York City on a two-speed Indian motorcycle. Baker’s adventures took place at a time before the country was criss-crossed with paved and well-maintained roads. The Indiana native was given the nickname “Cannonball” by a New York newspaper that compared him to the Illinois Central Railroad’s Cannonball train after completing the cross-country trip in 11.5 days, nine days faster than the previous coast-to-coast record. The Cannonball Run cross-country automobile race was later created in Baker’s honor.

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FIM E-Power Returning to Laguna Seca

The FIM e-Power round at Laguna Seca is scheduled for July 24, when the Monterey, Calif., circuit also hosts the MotoGP and AMA Pro Racing. Laguna Seca was part of the inaugural FIM e-Power series in 2010 but was not confirmed when the preliminary 2011 calendar was released in March though the July 23-24 weekend was tentatively included on the schedule.

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2011 Pied Piper PSI Study Results

The fifth annual Pied Piper PSI study provides a benchmark for the U.S. motorcycle industry measuring how effective a brand’s dealerships are in getting customers to make a purchase. Pacific Grove, Calif.’s Pied Piper Management Company sent 1,967 anonymous “shoppers” to dealerships across the U.S. between July 2010 and April 2011 to gather information for the study. The study included 14 major manufacturers: Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

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BMW Reports Q1 2011 Results

The German manufacturer reported sales revenue of 397 million euros (US$589.9 million) over the quarter, an increase from the 351 million euros (US$521.7 million) from the same quarter in 2010. Despite the increase in sales, profit before tax from BMW Motorrad matched last year’s total of 30 million euros (US$44.6 million).

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AGV Offers Helmet Trade-In Incentive

The “Trade in your past: start fresh with a new AGV helmet” program runs from May 1 to June 15, 2011 and is offered at participating dealerships across the U.S. The goal of the program is to promote rider safety, as older helmets may lose their protective integrity over time as materials wear with use.  According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing a helmet every two to four years, or sooner if there are any signs of damage.

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Brammo Announces Six-speed Electric Models

The electric motorcycle maker has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Italian engineering company SMRE for its Integrated Electric Transmission. With the IET technology, Brammo can introduce electric motorcycles equipped with six-speed transmission systems and a specially developed clutch and gear shift. According to Craig Bramscher, chief executive officer and founder of Brammo, the IET improves performance and range for electric motorcycles.

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MotoGP Claiming Rule Teams Defined

CRTs will not be allowed to represent any of the current members of the Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers Association (i.e. Ducati, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha).

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New Standard for Electric Motorcycle Range

The new City Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles was developed to establish a consistent method for defining the range of electric motorcycles under real-world conditions.

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14 Teams Accepted for 2012 MotoGP Season

The 14 teams, including 21 riders, have passed the first step towards entering the 2012 MotoGP season with the new 1000cc engine regulations. The 14 teams do not include the teams currently competing in MotoGP, as they are already approved for the 2012 season.

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Honda Announces 2012 Off-road Models

“Over the years, riding enthusiasts have come to know, appreciate and trust the wide diversity of machines that Honda offers,” says Bill Savino, Honda powersports press manager. “This extensive release of 2012 models serves as a perfect example of how we strive to meet the many needs of today’s riding enthusiasts. This latest new-model release will fulfill the needs of many riders, but I’m excited to add that in addition to these models, we have even more new releases to follow later this year.”

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Kawasaki Reports Q4 2010-2011 Results

According to the 2010-2011 fiscal report from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the company’s motorcycle and engine segment, which includes quads, Jet Ski watercraft and general purpose engines, operated at a loss of 5.0 billion yen (US$61 million).

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Ducati Diavel, Multistrada 1200 Recall in US

Transport Canada initiated a recall campaign earlier this week because of a problem with the electronic steering lock on some 2011 Ducati Diavel and 2010-2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200 models. Documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal details about the problem.

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Kawasaki is offering a special sales promotion in conjunction with International Female Ride Day
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Honda Reports Q4 2010-2011 Results

Motorcycle sales generated 1.3 trillion yen (US$15.8 billion) in revenue for Honda, a 13.0% increase over net sales reported in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Including its automobile, power product and financial services segments, Honda reported a net income of 534 billion yen (US$6.6 billon), nearly double the 268.4 billion yen (US$3.3 billion) reported in the previous fiscal year.

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Ducati Diavel, Multistrada Recall in Canada

According to Transport Canada, certain 2011 Ducati Diavel and 2010-2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200 models because of a problem with the electronic steering lock. On some units, the steering lock may fail to disengage when starting the engine. Riders may potentially start to ride without being able to steer.

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An Austrian KTM rider has snapped a photograph of a prototype for a new 690 Duke
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US Motorcycle Sales Up 7.2% in Q1 2011

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, U.S. dealers sold 102,547 units in the first quarter of 2011, up from the 95,696 units sold in the same period of 2010. While the 7.2% year-on-year increase is positive news, sales were still down 15.1% from the 120,794 units sold in the first quarter of 2009.

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New Asphalt for Indianapolis MotoGP Track

The infield section, a 1.5 mile stretch from Turn 5 through Turn 16, will receive its first resurfacing since it was built in 2000.

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Zero to Compete in 2011 MiniMoto SX

Electric motorcycles made their debut in the 2010 MiniMoto SX event competing against gas-powered pitbikes. Drew Gosselaar took the win for Swiss electric motorcycle manufacturer Quantya while Zero riders swept the rest of the top five spots.

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Polaris Acquires Indian Motorcycle

The Medina, Minn., based Polaris Industries purchased Indian Motorcycle Limited from its previous owners, primarily Stellican, a private equity firm from the U.K., and Novator Partners LLP, an investment firm based in London. Terms of the acquisition were not released.

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Polaris Reports Q1 2011 Results

On-road vehicle sales, comprised primarily of Victory Motorcycles, totaled $44.9 million over the three months ended March 31, 2011, an increase from the $25.4 million reported over the same quarter in 2010. Victory Motorcycles helped Polaris Industries gain an overall record first quarter net income of $47.3 million, a 139% increase from the $19.8 million profit reported in the first quarter of 2010.

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Motorcycle Fatalities Down 2% in 2010

The preliminary report, completed by Dr. James Hedlund of Highway Safety North, examined the GHSA’s motorcycle fatality reports across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Year-end totals are still being compiled but most states have provided data from January through September (the exceptions being California and Arizona which have completed reports for less than nine months). The preliminary data projects 4,376 fatalities or less on the year, down from 4,465 fatalities in 2009.

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ABS Standard on All 2012 BMW Models

“Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps prevent a rider from becoming a statistic,” says Pieter de Waal, vice president of BMW Motorrad USA. “It’s time for all of us in the motorcycle industry to embrace the benefits of ABS.  Extensive testing by safety experts, law enforcement authorities and journalists around the world consistently demonstrates that ABS reduces overall crashes and saves lives.”

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German automaker Volkswagen unveiled an electric scooter concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show
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Harley-Davidson Reports Q1 2011 Results

The $119.3 million profit is a dramatic increase from last year’s figures, though the 2010 numbers include a $35.4 million loss related to Harley-Davidson’s shedding of MV Agusta. Most of the profit can be attributed to decreased expenses from Harley-Davidson Financial Services.

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Wisconsin Offers H-D License Plates

The branded plates will be black, grey and orange and bare Harley-Davidson’s bar and shield logo and the message “Share the Road” to promote traffic safety. By state law, the Harley-Davidson Share the Road license plates will only be available for cars, light trucks and motor homes. Plates may feature regular numbers or a personalized message.

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WSBK: 2011 Assen Results

Coming off of the Donington Park round that saw Biaggi disqualified from one race and fined for a pre-race incident with Marco Melandri over alleged blocking during Superpole qualifying. At Assen, it was Biaggis’ own Aprilia Alitalia teammate, Leon Camier accusing the reigning WSBK Champion of blocking his line during the second Superpole run. The incident left Camier out of the final Superpole qualifier, ninth on the grid while Biaggi qualified sixth to start on the second row.

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The 2011 AMA Supercross Championship is approaching a dramatic finish
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Victory High-Ball 1000 Mile Challenge

The first 50 riders to reach the 1,000-mile mark on the new 2011 Victory High-Ball will receive a limited edition engine cover badge to commemorate the achievement.

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AMA Sanctions TTXGP

The TTXGP, which starts its second North American Championship May 14-15 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., has taken another step forward in bringing electric motorcycle racing into the mainstream motorcycle industry after receiving the sanctioning of AMA Racing.

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AMA-SX: Canard Breaks Leg in Practice

The American Honda factory racer fractured his femur in a crash at Competitive Edge MX Park in Hesperia, Calif. The injury will keep him out of the final three rounds of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship.

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Recall for 2010 MV Agusta F4

According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the upper fixture points of the rear subframe on some 2010 MV Agusta F4 units may not be sufficiently robust and may break under normal use.

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Scala Rider G4 Ver. 3 Upgrade Available

The version 3.0 upgrade for the Scala Rider G4 includes the new Click-to-Link feature which allows instant one-to-one intercom connections with other G4 users within range without the usual Bluetooth pairing process. Unlike the G4 system’s existing Rider A and Rider B intercom pairings, the Click-to-Link system is designed for short-term connections.

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