Ducati Launches Social Network

The new Ducati Community site lets Ducati fans share pictures, videos and text while connecting with Twitter, Facebook and other social media networks.

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AMA SX Racer James Stewart Arrested

The 25-year-old Stewart, who currently races for the San Manuel Yamaha team, was arrested March 28. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Stewart was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup truck on Florida State Route 417 outside Orlando when he allegedly attempted to stop another vehicle using police-type red and blue lights.

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2012 Triumph Street Triple Revealed

French website Moto.Cardesiac revealed the first official photographs of the 2012 Triumph Street Triple as the British manufacturer presented the updated motorcycle in Paris.

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ECU Tuning for 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R

American Kawasaki ZX-10R owners are likely already well aware that their new literbikes are at a disadvantage compared to their European counterparts.

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AMA-SX: 2011 Toronto Results

It took 12 rounds in the 2011 season before defending champion Ryan Dungey took his long awaited first win of the campaign. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider took over the lead before the end of the first lap after passing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Fabien Izoird who claimed the holeshot. Dungey would go on to lead every lap for the win.

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WSBK: 2011 Donington Park Results

Former 250cc Grand Prix World Champion Marco Melandri posted his first WSBK win in Race One while defending WSBK Champion Max Biaggi was disqualified from Race Two after missing a ride-through penalty.

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BMW Motorrad Director Named ACEM President

Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad, was appointed as the new President of the ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), the European Motorcycle Industry Association. Based in Brussels, the ACEM represents the manufacturers of motorcycles, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles at European level.

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KTM Reports 2009-2010 Results

KTM’s latest fiscal report covers 16 months as the Austrian company realigns its fiscal year to match the calendar year, so direct year-on-year comparisons can be misleading. Nevertheless, KTM’s fiscal report can be described as positive with a net profit of 14.0 million euros (US$19.7 million) compared to a loss of 81.4 million euros (US$114.7) announced from its previous fiscal report.

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Thief Damages Top Gear Host's Triumph

According to British tabloid Daily Mail, the alleged thief broke the Triumph Daytona 675R’s ignition in an attempt to steal the three-cylinder sportbike in London. The Daily Mail reports the person stopped after a witness noticed the attempted theft and rode off on a different motorcycle.

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Suzuki Increases Earthquake Aid

The vehicle manufacturer is donating 70 million yen (US$865,550) to relief efforts in addition to the previously announced 30 million yen (US$371,060) donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

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H-D Foundation Donates $250,000 for Japan

The Harley-Davidson Foundation, the Motor Company’s non-profit charitable organization, is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross for recovery efforts in Japan. Harley-Davidson’s Japanese subsidiary has also established a fund to provide food, water and other necessities to people in areas of Japan affected by the March 11 earthquake.

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BMW Contributes to Earthquake Relief

The BMW Group, which includes the German company’s automobile and motorcycle divisions, Husqvarna, Mini and Rolls-Royce, has pledged 1 million euro (US1.4 million) in emergency aid.

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Honda Re-Opening Japanese Motorcycle Plant

Production at the Kumamoto factory, Honda’s main motorcycle production facility in Japan, has been suspended since March 14 because of the recent national disasters in the Asian nation. The Kumamoto factory produces Honda models such as the Super Cub, CBR600RR sportbike, CB1100 standard, DN-01 crossover and VFR1200F sport tourer, as well as some of Honda’s power generators.

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Suzuki Added to MX Vs. ATV Alive Game

Arriving at video game stores in May, MX vs. ATV Alive is the latest in the series featuring off-road motorcycle and ATV racing. Previous games in the series, which consists of 2004’s MX Unleashed, 2005’s MX vs. ATV Unleashed, 2008’s MX vs. ATV Untamed and 2010’s MX vs. ATV Reflex, featured real-life motocross and supercross racers such as Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and James Stewart.

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AMA Pro Racing Suspends Herrin

Shortly after Jason DiSalvo crossed the finish line to win the 2011 Daytona 200, Graves Yamaha’s Herrin made contact with M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby, appearing to activate his front brake lever and causing him to crash. Vesrah Suzuki’s Taylor Knapp also crashed after colliding with Westby’s GSX-R600.

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AMA-SX: 2011 Jacksonville Results

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto arrived at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field on a three-race winning streak and a 26 point lead in the championship standings. Florida native James Stewart of San Manuel Yamaha sat in second place but expected to chip away at the points deficit in his home state.

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Kawasaki Factory Undamaged by Earthquake

The Akashi factory is located about 400 miles southwest of Sendai, the center of the disaster area. Kawasaki Heavy Industry’s offices and factory were not damaged in the earthquake or the tsunamis.

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Zero Receives $26 Million From Investors

“With this investment, we will continue to ramp up our US-based production while rapidly expanding our global sales footprint,” says Gene Banman, chief executive officer of Zero Motorcycles. “Our new 2011 lineup of California-designed and assembled electric motorcycles has been very well received by the market and press, and we intend to further accelerate growth and enhance our leadership position.”

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MotoGP 10/11 Released for Playstation 3

“MotoGP 10/11” is now available for the Sony Playstation 3 system in North America for $39.99. A Microsoft Xbox 360 version will be offered in other markets but North Americans will only have access to the Playstation 3 version.

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TTXGP, FIM Together Again?

The TTXGP released a preliminary 2011 schedule for its electric motorcycle racing series. The bigger news however is the TTXGP also announced the possibility of holding joint rounds with the FIM’s ePower series.

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Mark Gardiner's 'Riding Man' Now on Kindle

Ironically, while that press prompted a huge search in searches for "Riding Man," Gardiner's book sold out last month.

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AMSOIL to Sponsor Erik Buell Racing Team

“AMSOIL is a great story of American engineering and entrepreneurship, and we are very proud that they recognize similar characteristics in our new motorcycle company and have chosen to work with us,” says Erik Buell. “They were the first company to introduce synthetic oils to the consumer market, and have become recognized throughout the industry as a leader in lubrication technology.”

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Piaggio Group Americas CEO Steps Down

Timoni is leaving after six years in charge of Piaggio’s American operations. The announcement comes a day after the Piaggio Group released a draft of its 2010 financial statements. North American sales results were not announced but Piaggio’s worldwide net sales totaled 1.485 billion euros (US$2.06 billion), a slight drop from 1.487 billion euros (US$2.07 billion) reported in 2009.

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Progressive IMS Heads to Daytona Beach

“We have re-energized the 12-city tour for all types of riders and non-riders and are excited to return to Daytona Beach with the all-new Progressive International Motorcycle Shows series,” said Marketing Director James Harter. “Motorcycle fans will be treated to a totally new show experience filled with hot new bikes from Suzuki, an action-packed Team No Limit Stunt Show, an amazing custom bike competition, hands-on do-it-yourself seminars and so much more!”

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Paris Joins All-Female Endurance Race Team

The AMA Daytona Sportbike racer will join Italy’s Paola Cazzola, Guatemala’s Vania Medrano and reserve rider Nina Prinz of Germany to form Team Weronica. The team will race on a BMW S1000RR prepared by a former British Superbike Racing crew of engineers.

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AMA Pro Racing Launches Mobile Apps

Flat Track and Road Racing will each have their own apps, each available in a free “Lite” version and a “Pro” version offered for $0.99.

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2011 Daytona 200 Week Activities

Among the activities the “World Center of Racing” has planned include:

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2011 Zero XU Unveiled

The new 2011 Zero XU is the fifth member of Zero Motorcycles’ lineup of electric bikes, joining the X, MX, S and DS. The XU is based on the Zero X’s platform, sharing many of its components but adding as street legal equipment, road-tuned suspension and street tires.

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Avon Offers Rebate Program for VP2 Tires

The program is simple. Purchase Avon VP2 Sport, VP2 Supersport or VP2 Xtreme tires March 1 through April 30 and submit your invoice with a rebate form directly to Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America. The invoice must show that the purchase was made in a single transaction within the specified date range to be eligible. Avon will then issue a rebate in the form of an Avon Tyres MasterCard® Gift Card for

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H-D Kansas City Unions Ratify Labor Deal

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 176 and the United Steelworkers Local 760 voted in favor of a new collective bargaining agreement. The unions represent 685 workers at Harley-Davidson’s Kansas City vehicle and powertrain operations plant which produces Sportster, Dyna and V-Rod motorcycles.

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WSBK: 2011 Phillip Island Results

The Althea Ducati rider was the fastest racer all weekend which comes as little surprise following his similar dominance at the final pre-season test the previous weekend on the same Phillip Island track. Without a factory team this season, it will be up to Checa to carry the Ducati banner and so far, the Ducatisti have little to complain about.

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2011 World Superbike Championship Preview

Leading the way with the #1 plate is 2010 WSBK Champion Max Biaggi of the Aprilia Alitalia team. Thanks to Biaggi, Aprilia captured the rider and manufacturer championships in just its second year of competition with the RSV4 Factory superbike. Biaggi will be teamed once again with Leon Camier who scored three podium appearances and eight top-five finishes in 2010.

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Scott Russell to Race H-D XR1200 at Daytona

The five-time Daytona 200 winner and 1993 World Superbike Champion will ride the #4 Harley-Davidson XR1200 sponsored by Harley Owners Group.

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H-D Reaches Deal With Kansas City Unions

Union representatives from International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 176 and United Steelworkers Local 760 will bring the proposed agreement back to its members Feb. 23 with plans to vote on the deal on Feb. 28.

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Husqvarna Streetbike to Launch in 2012

The news was announced by Hermann Bohrer, vice-president of BMW, Husqvarna’s parent company, at a launch event in South Africa. According to Bohrer, the new streetbike will combine German technology with Italian design, with former Aprilia designer Raffaele Zaccagnini overseeing the project.

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South Carolina Hosts Progressive IMS Tour

“We have re-energized the 12-city tour for all types of riders and non-riders and are excited to return to Greenville with the all-new Progressive International Motorcycle Shows series,” said Marketing Director James Harter. “Motorcycle fans will be treated to a totally new show experience filled with hot new bikes, an action-packed Team No Limit Stunt Show, a custom bike competition with huge cash prizes, hands-on do-it-yourself seminars and so much more!”

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Victory Motorcycles to Expand to India

According to Indian news outlet Business Standard, Victory will bring its cruisers and touring motorcycles to the lucrative Indian market. Victory and its parent company Polaris Industries have made no official announcement but Business Standard reports Victory is completing a market analysis of India and making plans to take part in the biennial Indian Auto Expo in 2012.

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Erik Buell Continues to Tease Streetbike

The new image, released on the Erik Buell Racing Facebook page, shows the bike stripped down without its fairing. The new streetbike, to be called the EBR 1190RS, is based on the 1190RR race bike.

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Price Drop on Ballistic EVO 2 Batteries

Ballistic Performance Component Batteries use the latest, state of the art lithium iron phosphate energy storage technology available to provide you with a smaller, lighter, higher energy battery. Each Ballistic Performance Component Battery is assembled by hand in the USA using computer designed custom proprietary cells, cases, and hardware. As a result, Ballistic Performance Component Batteries will provide more energy out of a smaller package while requiring almost no regular maintenance and under most conditions a service life of up to twice that of an existing lead acid battery.

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New Hybrid Scooters for Malaysian Market

While conventional motorcycle manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha are exploring electric technology and others like Piaggio and Bombardier producing or developing hybrid three-wheelers, a small electric vehicle manufacturer is going the other direction, adding a gasoline engine to an electric scooter.

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AMA-SX: Roczen on KTM 350SX-F in Houston

The 16-year-old rookie KTM factory rider recorded his first AMA Supercross Lites podium finish at the Feb. 5 Anaheim II round and currently sits sixth in the Western Regional Lites standings. But with the Eastern Regional Lites competing in Houston, Roczen will try to maintain his momentum in the premier class.

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Buell to Speak at Breakfast for Daytona

The founder of the Buell Motorcycle Company and Erik Buell Racing will speak at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum fundraiser March 11, the Friday of Bike Week at the Daytona 500 Club in the Daytona International Speedway infield.

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Progressive IMS Rolls Into Chicago

“We have re-energized the 12-city tour for all types of riders and non-riders and are excited to return to Chicago with the all-new Progressive International Motorcycle Shows series,” said Marketing Director James Harter. “Motorcycle fans will be treated to a totally new show experience filled with hot new bikes including the new Can-Am Spyder Hybrid Concept, Ducati Diavel, Victory High-ball, Harley-Davidson Blackline, the latest from Indian Motorcycles, an action-packed Team No Limit Stunt Show, a custom bike competition with huge cash prizes, hands-on do-it-yourself seminars and so much more!”

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2011 Zero Motorcycles Lineup

According to Zero, the optional quick charge unit cuts the charge time by nearly 50%. The quick charger is also compatible with J1772 public charging stations, a first for electric motorcycles, according to Zero. The quick charger is available on the Zero S, Zero DS, Zero X and Zero MX for an extra $595.

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2011 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom Announced

Based on the Sportster 1200 platform, the 2011 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom adds a 130/90B 16 front tire and chromed five-spoke cast aluminum wheels. The thicker tire is accompanied by wider fork spacing and re-tuned front suspension.

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Recall for 2011 H-D Softail, Security Kit

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, certain 2011 Harley-Davidson Softail models with the security system kit installed may have a faulty body control module (BCM). The casing that houses the BCM may not have been properly sealed during production, potentially allowing water to seep inside. Water intruding into the BCM may cause the engine to stall.

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Zero Motorcycles Now Available in Mexico

Dofesa Aventura will sell, distribute and provide service for Zero Motorcycles in Mexico. Dofesa Aventura is also the official Mexican distributor of Polaris products including Victory Motorcycles.

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Minneapolis Hosts Progressive IMS

“We have re-energized the 12-city tour for all types of riders and non-riders and are excited to return to Minneapolis with the all-new Progressive International Motorcycle Shows series,” said Marketing Director James Harter. “Motorcycle fans will be treated to a totally new show experience filled with hot new bikes, an action-packed Team No Limit Stunt Show, a custom bike competition with huge cash prizes, hands-on do-it-yourself seminars and so much more!”

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Victory Motorcycles 2010 Sales Results

Polaris Industries reported a 55% increase in sales revenue from Victory Motorcycles in 2010.

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2011 AFX Helmet Lineup

AFX is offering seven 2011 models including off-road, dual sport, beanie, half-faced and full-faced helmets. For more information, visit AFXhelmets.com or AFX’s official American distributor, Parts Unlimited.

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Harley-Davidson Reports 2010 Results

“We feel good about our 2010 results,” says Keith Wandell, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Through the hard work of a lot of very dedicated and talented employees and dealers, we have made strong progress at transforming our business to be leaner, more agile and even more effective at delivering great products and customer experiences.”

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WSS: BE1 Dropping Triumph for Yamaha

BE1 Racing has been entering the Triumph Daytona 675 in the World Supersport Championship since 2008. The team was negotiating with Triumph Motorcycles to continue their relationship but the two sides have agreed to split after being unable to come to terms.

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Harley-Davidson Unveils 2011 Blackline

H-D is describes its new creation with typical poetic, hyperbolic flair: “Lean as wire, hard as iron and dark as a tar road at midnight, the new Blackline motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson Softail model pared to the bone. The Blackline throws new fuel on a fire that burns across generations, an unquenchable desire to ride.”

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AMA Superbike: 2011 Daytona Test Results

The test featured many riders making debuts with new teams or motorcycles as well as an opportunity for riders to test the newly-paved race surface.

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2011 Dakar Rally Results

Coma finished just over 15 minutes ahead of fellow KTM rider and defending champion Cyril Despres to take the motorcycle class for the 2011 Dakar Rally. Despres was assessed a 10-minute penalty earlier in the race, so the result could have been much closer for the two KTM riders. Third place went to Yamaha rider Helder Rodrigues who finished 1 hour 40 minutes behind Coma.

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Electric Bike on the Podium in WERA Races

Riding his SWIGZ electric superbike, Yates earned a third-place result in the Heavyweight Twins Superbike class and a second-place result in a Heavyweight Twins Superstock race at a WERA West regional club racing event Jan. 9 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

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KTM Announces 2011 Contingency Programs

The new KTM amateur motocross support program is available through the company’s dealer network. Amateur racers can apply to the program by submitting a résumé to local KTM dealers. Résumés must list previous racing accomplishments and a planned race schedule with at least four amateur national events for 2011. The level of support will be determined based on rider skill and ability as well as past racing results and value as determined by KTM dealers. Resumes will be accepted until Feb. 1.

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Victory Donates Vegas 8-Balls to Servicemen

In cooperation with Operation Gratitude, Victory sent one set of keys to Afghanistan as part of the 600,000th care package delivered overseas by General James Amos, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corp on behalf of the California-based charity.

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BPG Uno III Transforming Scooter Unveiled

The name BPG Motors may not be well-known to most people, but its Uno electric scooter prototype may be more familiar. Developed in 2008 as a high school science project by Benjamin P. Gulak, the original Uno was an electric scooter with its two wheels lined up in parallel close together almost like a unicycle, with a gyroscope keeping it balanced and upright.

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Recall for 2010 Triumph Sprint ST and GT

Because they are not the proper length, the dipsticks will not provide an accurate measure of oil level. The faulty dipsticks will falsely indicate the engine is overfilled with oil, potentially leading people to remove oil to align with the markings. Inadequate oil levels may cause the engine to seize, potentially causing a crash.

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