Rizla Suzuki Unveils MotoGP Bike Livery

The 2010 Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP bike is a deeper shade of blue than the lighter baby blue used in previous seasons. A darker blue is used to highlight the windscreen and tank.

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2010 Yamaha FZ8 and Fazer8 Revealed

Neither model, unfortunately, is likely to make its way to North America any time soon.

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Reminder: Tax Deduction for New Streetbikes

Under the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, new vehicles purchased between Feb. 17 and Dec. 31 2009 may qualify for deductions to state and local sales and excise taxes. Qualified vehicles include street and dual-sport motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, cars, light trucks and motor homes. Motorcycles were a late addition to the stimulus bill, added after lobbying from the AMA and other groups.

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Yamaha Demo Rides at NESBA Track Day

If youve got a valid motorcycle license and a helmet, Yamaha and NESBA have you covered with everything else. NESBA makes it so easy and everyone is super friendly. Bring a friend, and if youre a beginner, you wont be alone, says David Docktor, Yamahas Motorcycle Marketing Manager. Demo rides are at least 15 minutes and will be offered at eight of the premier tracks east of the Mississippi River.

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2010 Royal Enfield Bullet Lineup

The 2010 Royal Enfield lineup will be built around a new fuel injected unit construction engine. First introduced in 2009 to meet Euro 3 emission regulations, the new engine will be installed across Royal Enfields entire North American Bullet lineup. The new engine places the five-speed transmission inside the engine casing. The transmission uses a seven-plate wet clutch Royal Enfield says is lighter and more accurate than the previous system.

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Repsol Honda Introduces 2010 MotoGP Team

Rider Dani Pedrosa was on hand at the teams official launch, March 13 in Madrid, Spain. Approximately 7,000 fans attended the event at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad, coinciding with an FIM Indoor Trial World Championship round.

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AMA-SX: 2010 Toronto Results

With rain pouring onto the closed roof of the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, Villopoto led in all but the opening lap on his way to victory. The Monster Energy Kawasaki racer took over from Red Bull Honda s Trey Canard on the second lap and went unchallenged the rest of the way.

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A top motocross racer in the80s, Chandlers career ended after a crash at the Paris Supercross in 1985 left him paralyzed. After the accident, Chandler began promoting mountain bike races and supported the drug awareness program DARE. Chandler also organized visits by motorcycle racers to childrens hospitals.

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KTM Teases Freeride Electric Prototype

Codenamed Freeride, the prototypes represent KTMs first zero-emission motorcycle. KTMs official website features teaser images of the two prototypes, a supermoto model and an enduro. The first image below is the teaser picture for the orange enduro model while the second one has been lightened in PhotoShop to reveal some of the details hidden in the shadows.

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Ride to Work Day 2010

Marking its 19th year, Ride to Work Day is aimed at highlighting the practical side of motorcycles and scooters. Event organizers cite the benefits of motorcycles over cars such as improved fuel economy, better traffic flow and more efficient use of parking space.

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Triumph Celebrating 20th Anniversary

The British manufacturer is inviting its fans to the Sept. 18 Triumph Live festival for a day of on- and off-track activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Triumph Motorcycles ltd. was established after entrepreneur John Bloor purchased the rights to the bran following the 1983 bankruptcy of the Triumph Cooperative.

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Until June 15, customers purchasing a new 2009 or 2010 model from Ducati s Superbike lineup will be invited to a day at the track with the Doug Polen 1-on-1 Riders School at one of over a dozen venues. For the track day, Ducati will supply a set of tire warmers, a pair of Ducati-branded quad chairs and an EZ-Up tent for the pit.

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Hungary was originally supposed to host the MotoGP Championship in 2009 but the economic crisis delayed construction on the circuit near Lake Balaton. In July 2009, the International Motorcycling Federation released a tentative 2010 calendar with Hungary penciled in for Sept. 19.

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FB Corse Targets Jerez for MotoGP Entry

FB Corse will not be on the starting grid for the 2010 MotoGP season opener in Qatar but it may be ready when the series moves to Spain for the third round.

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D-Store Orange County in Costa Mesa, Calif., will hold a raffle March 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm PT. Proceeds from the raffle will support Riders for Health, an organization that provides motorcycle transportation to health workers in Africa.

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AMA BMW Riding Series Contest Winner Named

Doug Carter of Eubank, Ky., was named the winner of a new BMW F800 GS for taking part in the 2009 AMA BMW National Adventure Riding Series.

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The Ducati Travel Experience World travel program includes four separate destinations, Europe, Africa, Australia and the U.S.A. All four tours include stretches of on- and off-road riding, giving riders the chance to make use of the Multistradas four riding set-ups.

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Jeff Ward Joins AMA Pro Racing

Im delighted to be joining the AMA Pro Racing series, says Ward. I personally know many of the riders and am looking forward to helping them have a positive influence in the future direction of the sport and the way in which they plan and pursue their training, successful strategies and careers.

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MotoGP: 2010 Qatar Test Results

The Ducati Marlboro rider recorded a time of 1:55.353 on the second day of testing under the lights at the Losail International Circuit. Stoners time was a hair under Valentino Rossis best time, 1:55.402, set in the first night of testing. The two riders finished in reverse order on the first night of testing, showing why they are considered early favorites for the 2010 championship.

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AMA-SX: 2010 Dallas Results

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki racer led every lap and, after Ryan Villopotos fourth-place finish, Dungey leaves Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with a 24-point lead over his Monster Energy Kawasaki rival.

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MotoGP Goes HD for 2010

HD cameras have been used to film a lot of the racing action over the last year, but full HD broadcasts will be available for the first time with the April 11 season opener in Doha, Qatar.

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Aragon Named MotoGP Backup Until 2015

The Alcaniz, Spain, track was named the reserve circuit for the 2010 MotoGP season and was called into action to replace the Hungarian Grand Prix after construction delays meant the Balatonring race track wouldnt be ready for the scheduled Sept. 19 event. Under the new agreement, Motorland Aragon will continue to be the alternate circuit, ready to replace any events that cannot be held as scheduled.

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KTM Freeride Electric Prototypes Unveiled

The two prototypes were supposed to be unveiled March 26 at the Tokyo Motor Show, but after a German publication leaked photos and details, KTM decided to release official information a day early.

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Laguna Seca to Be Added to FIM E-Power Series

The International Motorcycling Federation is in negotiations to add Laguna Seca to its e-Power electric racing series.

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TrackDaz Extends Yamaha Partnership

TrackDaz and Yamahas Western dealer group will extend their partnership through 2011 track day season.

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Aerostich Supports Ride to Work Day

One of the earliest advocates for Ride to Work Day, Aerostich is once again showing its support for the demonstration of the benefits of riding. Aerostich is asking motorcycle and scooter riders to take part.

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AMA-SX: 2010 Jacksonville Results

Racing before a crowd of 38,321 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., Villopoto led every lap for the win, but a second place finish by Dungey cut the lead by only three points. Villopoto leads all riders with six wins in 12 races but Dungeys consistency (hes missed the podium only three times, and has finished no lower than sixth) gives him a 261-240 lead.

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WSBK: 2010 Portimao Results

Aprilia Alitalias Biaggi jumped out to the lead in Race One with Suzuki Alstares Haslam close behind. The two riders traded the lead through the race, both well ahead of the pack. Biaggi gained the advantage on lap 17 of the 22 lap race and held off several final-lap challenges to win by 0.200 seconds.

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AMA Sportbike: 2010 Fontana Results

The first Daytona Sportbike race was delayed due to high winds at the Fontana, Calif., circuit. When the race finally started, it was reigning champion Danny Eslick leading from the pole, followed by the Graves Yamaha pair of Tommy Aquino and Herrin. Latus Motors Ducati s Steve Rapp, Project 1 Yamahas Dane Westby and Cardenas were also among the lead group.

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AMA Superbike: 2010 Fontana Results

Three weeks after the season opener at Daytona, AMA Pro Racing was back in action in Fontana, Calif. Race fans had to wait a little longer however, as strong gusting winds delayed Saturdays racing by nearly two hours.

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Yamaha Boz Bros Bike Show Returns

In 2010, the Boz Bros Custom Bike Show adds a new twist the addition of Silver Star Casting Company as the presenting sponsor. The show draws ten amateur custom bike builders and ten professional builders from across the country to compete on site for the best Yamaha custom motorcycles.

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Vespa Announces New Eco-Smart Engine

According to Piaggio, the new engine consume 15 percent less fuel than its predecessor up to 85 miles per gallon. In addition, Piaggio says the new engine design provides stronger, smoother acceleration in stop-and-go traffic.

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AMA Membership Drive Rewards Recruiters

The new AMA Member Getter program rewards members for enlisting others. Existing members will receive a free cap with the AMA logo when they recruit their first new member. After recruiting four new members, recruiters will be rewarded with a free one-year extension to their AMA membership.

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KTM MX2 Champ Marvin Musquin to Race AMA

Musquin won the 2009 World Championship for KTM in the MX2 class which features a mix of two-stroke 125cc and four-stroke 250cc bikes. For 2011 and 2012, the French racer will compete in both AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross for the new KTM factory team.

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Jordan Suzuki Signs Brett McCormick

McCormick tested for the team at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and left a big enough impression to race for Jordan Suzuki. The 18-year-old from Saskatoon, Canada will make his Jordan Suzuki debut at the April 17-18 AMA Pro Racing round at Road Atlanta near Braselton, Ga.

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Charges in Death of 4 Riders in Phoenix

According to the Phoenix Police Department, toxicology tests on driver Michael Jakscht, 46, show he had methamphetamine in his system when he drove his sanitation truck into a group of riders stopped at a red light on March 25.

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WSBK: Aprilia Camshaft System Ruled Legal

The gear-driven camshaft system replaces the chain-driven system found on stock motorcycles, and is said to improve power delivery.

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Shift Racing Partners With XDL Series

At the core is the new Shift Kicker shoe, which is packed with performance features like a reinforced midsole for stability and a non-slip sole for optimal traction in all riding conditions. Medial and lateral plastic ankle protection protects against impacts and abrasions and a secure alloy buckle closure adds additional safety and a secure and personalized fit. The speed lace system makes it quick and easy to put on and take off the shoes, direct inject rubber atop the toe box provides extra durability and grip while shifting, and the breathable, moisture wicking interior materials offer exceptional comfort in the heat of a session. The Shift Kicker shoe will also be the shoe worn by XDL staff.

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MX: Glen Helen USGP Tickets Now on Sale

The race marks the return of the U.S. Grand Prix to Glen Helen after an 18-year absence. AMA Motocross racers will compete against MX riders from the World Championship.

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WSBK Introduces Official IPhone App

The SBK 2010 app offers live timing of Free Practice, Qualifying, Superpole and races in the Superbike, Supersport, Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 classes throughout the 2010 season.

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SPEED Extends MotoGP Broadcast Deal

As previously announced, MotoGP races will now be aired in high-definition. At least 12 of the 18 races will also be broadcast live, including the April 11 season opener in Qatar. SPEED will also supplement the international feed with its own content.

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WSBK: 2010 Valencia Results

Leon Haslam had a comfortable win in the end, after early leader Carlos Checa went out with a technical problem, and Max Biaggi could not make up the ground to get back into winning contention. James Toseland's return to WSB in 2010 was marked by his first podium on his Sterilgarda Yamaha four, while BMW Motorrad Motorsport earned a great fourth place with Troy Corser, the highest ever SBK place for the team since entering WSBK last year. Noriyuki Haga ( Ducati Xerox) fought through to fifth, but could not pass Corser in the final laps.

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Honda EV-neo Electric Scooter Announced

The Honda EV-neo electric scooter is designed to be a delivery vehicle for businesses. The EV-neo uses a brushless electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery produced by Toshiba. A prototype of the EV-neo was first introduced in prototype form at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, under the name EVE-neo.

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Italian publication Motociclismo reports Paolo Berlusconi, who also owns Garelli Motorcycles, has submitted a bid worth 2.9 million euro (US$3.9M) for Moto Morini which declared bankruptcy in September 2009. A consortium of businessmen led by a German Moto Morini dealer has also reportedly entered.

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Batwing Fairing for Kawasaki 1700

The fairing mounts to the Kawasaki 1700 bikes with Memphis Shades exclusive Trigger-Lock hardware. Once the hardware is installed it allows you to detach your Batwing for cruising or put it on for those long, windy rides, all without the use of any tools. Just as with most everything from Memphis Shades, the windshields for the Batwing come in four different heights, and seven different gradient colors, as well as clear and solar. The fairing surface is black Lucite® with a class-A finish that looks great as is, or can easily be painted. The inner structure is black textured ABS.

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Set to take place April 16 ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans World Endurance Championship race in Sarthe, France, the official entry list has six entries and five teams. With six entries, the e-Power series will have fewer participants than the rival TTXGP and possibly also the Isle of Mans TT Zero.

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American Chopper Back With New Format

According to the New York Post, the show will now be known as American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior and will premiere in August. The show will feature two competing bike shops, Paul Teutul Sr. and the original Orange County Choppers as well as Juniors new company, Paul Jr. Designs.

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Motorcycle Thefts Down 13% in 2009

The report analyzed motorcycle thefts from 2006 to 2009 and the number of thefts decreased each year. The 13% decline however marked the biggest drop in thefts during the period of study.

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Lorenzo and Nieto to Ride at Isle of Man

The two past and present Grand Prix racers will ride a lap of the course before the Dainese-sponsored Senior TT race on June 11. Dainese was named the official safety partner for the Isle of Man TT in 2008 and the event has played a role in the development of the D-Air airbag system.

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The founder of Buell Motorcycles and Erik Buell Racing is following his other passion, music, with a 10-song album titled Anthem. The Thunderbolts consist of drummer Dave Stone, guitarist Ed Laben and bass player Greg Pekley.  Buell plays guitar and wrote most of the songs.

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2010 AMA Superbike Purse Expanded

The new purse is worth $15,250 per American Superbike race, matching the purse structure for the Daytona Sportbike class. The new purse structure is a dramatic increase from $6,500 originally tabled for 2010 American Superbike races.

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2010 Piaggio MP3 300 Replaces 250 Model

The Piaggio MP3 300 will replace the 250 as the mid-sized version in the MP3 lineup, slotted between the 125, 400 and 500 models. Its not clear however when the MP3 300 will be available in North America where the 250 was the smallest model offered.

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The two companies will share technology and co-develop a new motorcycle engine mounting system. The first product from the new alliance will be the C3 X132 Hellcat, with deliveries set to begin Oct. 31 at Confederate Motors new facilities in New Orleans.

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Betti, a 29-year-old firefighter from Rimini, Italy, qualified in pole position and won the race, held April 16 at the Bugatti Circuit ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance World Championship race.

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2011 Ducati Monster 796 Unveiled

The 2011 Ducati Monster 796 will be slotted into the lineup between the 696 and 1100 models, both of which will still be produced. The new Monster is powered by an air-cooled Desmodue 796 engine, which first debuted in the Hypermotard 796 in late 2009.

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Icelandic Eruption Postpones Japanese GP

Ash from the April 14 volcanic eruption at Eyjafjalla Glacier in southern Iceland has halted air traffic over Europe where most MotoGP teams are based. As a result, the Grand Prix Bureau has decided to postpone the Grand Prix of Japan, originally scheduled for April 23-25.

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2010 Triumph Thunderbird SE

The 1600cc (98 cubic inch) Thunderbird SE comes with special Carnival Red paint, Triumph s sophisticated anti-lock braking system (ABS), a quick detach touring windshield with wind deflectors, leather saddle bags, touring seat, quick detach passenger back rest with luggage rack, and rider and passenger floor boards. MSRP is $14,999, which represents a value of nearly $1,600 compared to purchasing each of the accessories individually.

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AMA Superbike: 2010 Road Atlanta Results

After Saturday mornings exciting qualifying session that saw Blake Young really put a tremendous couple of quick laps together to take the pole position from overnight pole winner Jake Zemke, the AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike race looked all set to be another thrilling race.

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AMA Sportbike: 2010 Road Atlanta Results

This year's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL action could not have been more exciting and competitive.  With two winners in three races and one more rider who could have, or should have, won a race or two himself, today's first of two weekend AMA Pro Daytona SportBike races was another chapter in what has been a series of races that just keep on delivering one wild and crazy race after another!

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AMA-SX: St. Louis Results

Dungey led Villopoto by 12 points heading into St. Louis, but unlike last seasons tilt between James Stewart and Chad Reed, the two frontrunners were rarely involved in head-to-head battles through the opening 13 rounds. That changed in St. Louis.

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