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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2011 KTM 350XC-F, 250XC-F Announced

The 2011 KTM 250XC-F and 350XC-F off-road motorcycles are based on the respective SX-F motocross models. Both new models use SX-F style frames and the new-for-KTM linkage rear suspension system. The 350XC-F will be used by KTM factory riders Kailub Russell, Cory Buttrick and Charlie Mullins in the 2011 GNCC series.

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Triumph Presents New Models, CEO at IMS

Presented at the Long Beach, Calif., were Triumph’s new Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC adventure motorcycles, the Daytona 675R sportbike, and Thunderbird Storm cruiser, as well as the updated Speed Triple streetfighter and America and Speedmaster cruisers.

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More Details on Paris Hilton 125GP Team

Details on the SuperMartXé VIP by Paris Hilton team have emerged ahead of the team’s official presentation in Madrid that may shed some light on what to expect.

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Triumph Returns to IMS

The new 2011 Triumph Tiger 800, and 800XC adventure touring models, as well as the Daytona 675R and updated Speed Triple will make their U.S. debuts at the Dec. 17-19 Long Beach, Calif., stop of the IMS circuit. Demo rides for select models will also be available.

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Pegasus Race Team unveiled a streetfighter prototype based on the Eric Buell Racing 1190RR-B
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2011 KTM 50 SXS Announced

The 2011 KTM 50 SXS features a number of upgrades from KTM PowerParts. Upgrades include a new throttle assembly, clutch setting, Renthal diamond grips and bar pad, 38-T rear sprocket and special graphics. The SXS also comes equipped with billet machined chain adjuster blocks, chian guide, axle block and ignition cover.

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Triumph Launches 2010 Autumn/Winter Wear

Of course, the Autumn/Winter line-up wouldn’t be complete without expanding on Triumph’s popular casualwear collection. A fourth t-shirt is added to the Legends collection that features Steve McQueen while two new vintage inspired t-shirts also are added to the range.

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EICMA 2010: Triumph Daytona 675R Details

Like the Tiger 800 and 800XC, photos of the 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R were leaked in the weeks leading up to the Milan show. No details were announced at the time, though the images did reveal some of the upgrades over the base Daytona 675.

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EICMA 2010: Husqvarna Mille 3 Concept

No, that honor goes to BMW’s subsidiary Husqvarna which displayed a 993cc cruiser concept called the Mille 3.

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EICMA 2010: Aprilia RS4 125 Coming to US

Unveiled at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan, the Aprilia RS4 125 is an evolutionary successor to the RS125 which dominated the 125cc Grand Prix World Championship for years.

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EICMA 2010: Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC

Images of the Triumph Tiger 800 and its off-road focused 800XC sibling were leaked weeks earlier but official specifications have now been released with the new model’s presentation at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

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EICMA 2010: Aprilia Tuono V4R Unveiled

As the name implies, the Tuono V4R is powered by Aprilia’s V4 65-degree engine that churns out a claimed 162 horsepower. Aprilia is not shy about singing the Tuono praises, calling it the “fiercest naked ever seen” and “a bike that goes beyond the wildest dreams of even the most hardcore enthusiasts.”

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EICMA 2010 Preview: Triumph

That shouldn’t make Triumph’s EICMA presentation any less anticipated however. The Triumph Tiger 800 and its off-road sibling the Tiger 800XC, as well as the Daytona 675R sportbike are part of Triumph’s plan to introduce seven new models by 2012.

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EICMA 2010 Preview: Husqvarna

Husqvarna’s EICMA presentation will be combined with BMW’s this year, and the brand crossover will reflect on some of the new Husqvarna models.

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EICMA 2010 Preview: Aprilia

Aprilia introduced the special edition RSV4 Factory APRC at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, but the Italian manufacturer was surely saving something special for its home market.

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Victory Reports Q3 2010 Results

According to Polaris’ third quarter report, its on-road division, which consists almost entirely of Victory Motorcycles, produced $20.1 million in sales, more than double the $9.3 million in sales from the same quarter in 2009.

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INTERMOT 2010: KTM 125 Duke

The KTM 125 Duke first appeared in concept form at last year’s EICMA show in two different variants, but at Cologne, the Austrian manufacturer presented the final production versions.

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INTERMOT 2010: KTM 1190 RC8R Track

The KTM 1190 RC8R Track was developed to meet FIM Superstock racing regulations with a number of upgrades to the standard RC8R.

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Suzuki Tests Electric Scooter Prototype

The e-Let electric scooter prototype is taking to the streets of Suzuki’s home city, Hamamatsu, Japan, to produce data for development of a production model. The e-Let is Suzuki’s contribution to the Hamamatsu Social Experiment Project on Next-Generation Eco-Cars, which also involves other companies as well as educational institutions and the local government.

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Brammo Announces Manufacturing Partnership

“As Brammo pursues its international growth strategy it is critical to our success that we continue to build our strong reputation for quality, reliability and serviceability,” says Craig Bramscher, chief executive officer and founder of Brammo, Inc. “Flextronics is focused on providing a high quality end-to-end solutions approach to leading global companies, including automotive, and this is why we have selected them as our strategic manufacturing partner. We can now scale globally with the demand and the rapid evolution of this growth industry.”

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MINI to Reveal Electric Scooter Concept

The BMW subsidiary announced the MINI E Scooter Concept on its Facebook page along with some design sketches.

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Buell 1190RS Streetbike Teased

The new motorcycle, to be called the EBR 1190RS, will be the first Buell streetbike to be produced since Harley-Davidson shut down the Buell brand in October. Based on the name, it should be similar to the 1190RR race bike which uses an 1190cc V-Twin engine claiming 185 hp and 93 ft-lb. of torque.

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Zero Motorcycles Hires Scot Harden

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer has over 40 years of experience in the industry, first as an off-road racer, and later as an executive.

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Lightning Motors Sets Land Speed Record

The TTXGP North America series winning Lightning bike recorded a speed of 170.732 mph against a headwind, and a speed of 176.044 mph on a windless return run. The two-way average speed of 173.388 mph gives Lightning Motors the official AMA and FIM land speed record for special construction partial streamlining electric motorcycles.

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Electric Motorcycle Builder Killed in Crash

Matt Dieckmann, 29, of Santa Rosa, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on the morning of Aug. 30 in the Sonoma County city. It remains to be confirmed, but Dieckmann may be the first North American traffic fatality involving an electric motorcycle rider. Officials are still investigating the crash.

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MotoCzysz Electric Motor Adapted for Cars

The Portland, Ore., company and Indiana-based Remy Electric Motors are working together to bring an electric automotive drive system to market. Remy Electric Motors is a subsidiary of Remy International, a former division of General Motors. It supplies motors for electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Scot Harden Leaving Husqvarna

Harden will leave his post as Husqvarna national sales and marketing manager on Sept. 30. The AMA Hall of Fame off-road racer joined Husqvarna in 2008, helping the BMW-owned brand re-establish itself in the North American market.

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2011 Victory Motorcycles Lineup

The Freedom 100 engine is being discontinued to be replaced by the Freedom 106 which will be available in two versions.

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Husaberg Announces Two-stroke Models

The new 2011 Husaberg TE250 and TE300 will be the first two-stroke models produced in the 22-year history of the company which once used the slogan “4 Stroke Force”.

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Husqvarna Legends to Race at AMA VMD

The Husqvarna Legends Exhibition Race will features several top racers from Husqvarna’s past, including Smith, Burleson, Harden, Mark Blackwell, Terry Cunningham, Mike Melton, Mike Guerra, Bob Popiel and Gunner Lindstrom. These legendary racers, will ride vintage Husqvarna bikes from Alex Moroz’s Legends and Heroes Tour. Smith is this year’s grand marshal and Husqvarna is the Marque of the Year.

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Prize Giveaway Supports Erik Buell Racing

EBR in combination with Rat Pak Records will be giving away a ton of cool stuff including, an EBR Custom Racing Jacket, an EBR Custom Riding Helmet, 2010 Sponsored Pit Crew Shirts, a Buell 1190RR Air Box, an Apple iPod Touch, Cannon Power Shot SX20SI digital Camera, CD's, Shirts, and much more!

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2011 Husqvarna TC250, TE250, TE310 Revealed

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2011 Husqvarna WR150 Announced

The 2011 Husqvarna WR150 is based on the WR125 enduro model which was updated for 2010. The WR150 will use a 144cc engine that Husqvarna says will offer more torque and response than the WR125. The WR150 Husqvarna redesigned the WR125’s chromoly trellis frame with stronger engine mounts and added reinforcement to support the larger engine. The riding geometry also gets a tweak.

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BMW-Husqvarna Motorcycle to Debut in WEC

The new TC450 will use a new Husqvarna chassis and the 450cc four-stroke engine used in the BMW G450X. The prototype will be the first collaborative product from the two companies since BMW purchased Husqvarna in 2007.

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Victory Tops 2010 Pied Piper PSI Study

The fourth-annual Pied Piper PSI study examines how effectively a brand’s dealerships help potential buyers. The Monterey, Calif., based Pied Piper Management Co. sent 2,014 anonymous “mystery shoppers” into dealerships across the country between July 2009 and April 2010. The 2010 report examined 14 brands. Brands were rated based on a number of factors to produce an overall score.

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Buell 1190RR Wins Its First Two Races

Rider Harald Kitsch swept both races, April 17-18 at Germany’s Eurospeedway circuit for the first round of the European Sound of Thunder Championship Twins class. Kitsch won one race by three and a half seconds.

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Erik Buell Racing Signs Geoff May

May will make his Erik Buell Racing debut competing in the May 14-16 AMA American Superbike round at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. May will be joined by team manager Dennis Zickrick and crew chief Michael Tjon.

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Erik Buell Racing Releases 1190RR Details

The 1190RR, the first motorcycle produced by Erik Buell’s new venture, is based on the Buell 1125R and Buell 1125RR. The new race bike has been tested by riders such as Alex Barros, Jeremy McWilliams, Chris Ulrich, Taylor Knapp and Cory West.

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Husqvarna Offers $11M Contingency for 2010

“Think of it as the Husqvarna Bailout Program,” says Scot Harden, Husqvarna marketing & racing chief and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer. “Even though the economy is going through some tough times, now isn't the time to back down. Our support for all levels of racing has never been stronger.”

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TT Zero Details Announced

Scheduled to run June 9 after the second Supersport and second Sidecar class races, the TT Zero will be the second zero-emission race on the Isle of Man, but the first without Azhar Hussain and the TTXGP.

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MotoGP: 2010 Sepang Test 1 - Day One

The Fiat Yamaha rider had the fastest lap time at 2:01.411, nearly half a second faster than Ducati Marlboros Casey Stoner on the first day of the two-day test Feb. 4-5.

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The 2009 MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi and runner-up Jorge Lorenzo are back on the track at the Sepang Circuit ready to continue their success in 2010.

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Troy Lee Designing for Rizla Suzuki

Troy Lee and his team will design the livery for Rizla Suzuki s race bikes as well as the racing suits of Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista. Troy Lee Designs will also design the teams pit-box and hospitality units, as well as team clothing and merchandise.

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MotoGP: 2010 Sepang Test 1 - Day Two

Morning rain showers followed by a sunny afternoon provided for mixed track conditions on the second day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit.

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