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Worldwide sales were down 18.2% over the quarter compared to the same period in 2009, but that marked an improvement over the previous two quarters that each saw a decline of over 20%. Domestic sales were down 24.3% while international retail sales were down only 2.8% compared to double-digit decreases in preceding quarters. Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales were up in Europe and Canada but down in Asia and Latin America.

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Volcano Ash Won't Delay WSBK Assen Round

Air traffic over Europe was brought to a halt by volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland. Airports across Europe re-opened April 20 to face a backlog of flights. The delay forced the postponement of the April 23-25 MotoGP round in Motegi, Japan, but the WSBK round in the Netherlands will be held as scheduled over the same dates.

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2010 Isle of Man TT to Be Filmed in 3D

British production company CinemaNX has begun principal photography for the documentary, titled TT3D". The film will follow riders and teams as they prepare for the legendary road race. Footage will be filmed on the Isle of Man as well as in Ireland, England and Los Angeles.

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Rossmeyer Team Enters H-D XR-1200 Series

The entry marks the return of Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing to AMA Pro Road Racing competition since the closing of Buell.

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Neil Hodgson Retires From Racing

A former WSBK and British Superbike Champion, Hodgson signed on to race for the Yamaha Motorpoint team in the British series. At the season opener at Brands Hatch, however, Hodgson crashed out of the warm-up session before the race, damaging a previously-injured shoulder. After several weeks of tests and visits to specialists, Hodgson has decided to call it a career.

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Motorcycle Fatalities Down in 2009

Preliminary data from the report projects up to 4,762 motorcycle fatalities in 2009, down from 5,290 in 2008 across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data includes final totals from some states and estimates based on data from a portion of the year.

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Air traffic restrictions caused by volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland forced the cancellation of the Grand Prix of Japan, originally scheduled for April 23-25. Approximately 600 crates carrying 270 tons from various teams and organizations, including over 100 motorcycles, were already shipped to Japan following the Grand Prix of Qatar.

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AMA-SX: 2010 Seattle Results

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider needed at least a sixth place finish to mathematically clinch the title with two more rounds remaining, but with his only challenger, Kawasaki s Ryan Villopoto, out with a broken leg, it was merely a formality.

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WSBK: 2010 Assen Results

The double was the first for a Honda rider since Carlos Checa performed the feat at the 2008 Miller Motorsports Park round. The wins were Reas third and fourth of his WSBK career. Rea also won the Superpole for his first career WSBK pole.

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Industry Sales Down 23% in Q1 2010

Dealers sold 152,431 units in the first quarter of 2010, down from the 197,249 units sold over the same period in 2009. The decrease, however, was smaller than the 32% drop from the first quarters of 2008 to 2009, as well as the 37% decrease in all of 2009.

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TTXGP Offers Discount for Infineon Round

The Sonoma, Calif., circuit hosts the electric racing series first North American Championship race during an AMA Pro Racing round May 14-16.

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Paint operations at both facilities were shut down April 21 after a paint supplier notified Harley-Davidson that its product may contain benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. Full production was halted a day later as the supply of painted parts grew lower.

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Aprilia Shiver 750 Updated for 2010

 The 2010 Aprilia Shiver 750 gets a new narrower saddle and has a lower seat height at 31.5 inches, down from the 31.9 inches found on the 2009 model. The rider geometry has also been modified with the footpegs moved backward and the handlebar moved forward for a more aggressive riding position. The rear wheel is also a half inch thinner at 5.5 inches while it uses the same 180/55 tire, a change Aprilia says improves handling and increases turn speed. Visually, the 2010 Shiver gets a new fairing and wave brake discs.

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Honda Reports 2009-2010 Sales Results

The Japanese manufacturer sold 9.6 million motorcycles and scooters during the fiscal year, down from the 10.1 million shipped in the previous year. Honda reported decreased sales in North America but overall sales were buoyed by gains in Asia where Hondas smaller vehicles are popular.

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US House Hearing to Re-examine Lead Ban

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing April 29 to discuss the Consumer Product Safety Enhancement Act (CPSEA) which is intended to resolve some of the concerns about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act including the ban on youth-model vehicles that contain traces of lead.

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Bazzazz Z-Bomb for Honda CBR600RR

With a Bazzaz Z-Bomb. Recently released to the market, the Bazzaz Z-Bomb for the 09-10 Honda CBR600RR is one of, if not THE most effective and inexpensive way to release the inner beast of the CBR. There is no other product on the market that can add this much HP for the cost of only $149.95!

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Advanced Carbon Composites (ACC) produces half-shell helmets made of carbon fiber.

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SpeedyMoto EVO Ducati Water Pump Housing

SpeedyMotos EVO water pump housing replaces the fragile, cast aluminum stock unit. The EVO pump is designed to protect the vulnerable left side of your Ducati power plant. Proven to increase the flow and efficiency of your cooling system, our housings act as a heat sink, netting up to 10% cooler running temperatures compared to the stock piece.

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Piaggio Group Reports Q1 2010 Results

Net profit totaled 2.9 million euros (US$3.8 million) over the quarter, a turnaround from the loss of 4.7 million euro (US$6.2 million) reported over the first quarter of 2009.

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The California-based charity group is sending veterans from Texas bases Fort Hood and Fort Sam Houston to Los Angeles for LASIK corrective eye surgery or implantable contact lenses.

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Moto Guzzi Offers New Financing Program

Qualified buyers can get financing for as little as zero down and a 5.99% APR rate.

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The 10,000 square foot True Evel: The Amazing Story of Evel Knievel exhibit will be featured at the Harley-Davidson Museum July 10 September 6.  Items on display include Knievels iconic riding suit and diamond-headed cane, personal photographs and letters, collectors memorabilia and the rocket-propelled Skycycle X-2 motorcycle Knievel used in his 1974 attempt to jump Idahos Snake River Canyon.

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AMA Flat Track: 2010 Arizona Mile Results

The first time event was full of firsts. The first win for Ducati, the first BMW in a Flat Track National since 1954 and the first Kawasaki since 1975 to make a National Main.

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Triumph Offers Discount for US Military

The Thank a Hero program offers a $750 discount on all new Triumph motorcycles. Active duty members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard, including all active Reserve service members can take advantage of the discount.

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Today, Harley-Davidson is threatening to pull out of the state if it cant find a way cut $54 million in manufacturing costs.

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Kawasaki Offers Police-spec Concours 14

The Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Police motorcycle has a number of features designed to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies. Kawasaki gave the police bike a tighter turning radius and equipped each unit with an adjustable speedometer, a second wiring harness with 12 fused circuits and a separate battery dedicated to electronic add-ons.

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North American TTXGP Teams Announced

The entry list includes 12 teams featuring a mix of purpose-built electric motorcycles and conventional motorcycles converted to use an electric motor. Should all 12 teams compete in the series debut at Infineon Raceway, the starting grid would be more than double the opening race of the FIMs competing ePower series.

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Capirossi and his MotoGP bike will be part of the festivities as Suzuki celebrates 50 years of international racing.

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BMW Reports Q1 2010 Results

The German manufacturer reported a profit of 32 million euros (US$41.1 million) over the quarter, up 14.3% from the first quarter of 2010. The BMW S1000RR is credited as a reason for the increase.

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Danny "Magoo" Chandler: 1959-2010

Chandler passed away the night of May 4 at his home in Yuba City, Calif., from illnesses related to his paralysis.

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1981 Ducati 900 SS Auction for AMA HoF

King, an actor and assistant secretary of the AMA board of directors, rode the bike to a third-place finish La Carrera-Classic in Mexico in 1987.

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Ohlins Supports US Army Rider Training

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, as promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The US Armed Forces use this annual opportunity to augment the motorcycle safety training of its personnel, at various locations around the world. Fort Knox has between 700 and 800 registered motorcyclists at any time, who are required to follow more stringent rules than those governing the state of Kentucky, such as wearing a helmet and attending an Army-approved Motorcycle Safety Course. At Fort Knoxs 2010 celebration of safe riding on two wheels, Mike Fitzgerald and Matthew Hickson carried the Öhlins USA flag into battle against unnecessary riding risks, taking charge of setting up the personal motorcycles of attending personnel.

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SS Trike to Use S&S X-Wedge Engines

The Rudolph, Wis., trike manufacturer, will use the 117 cubic-inch (1,917cc) X-Wedge engine in all its models. The 56.25 degree V-Twin engine meets Environmental Protection Agency rules, making it legal in 49 states. SS Trike does not specify whether it is using the CARB-compliant version of the X-Wedge which would make it legal in California. According to SS Trike, the new engine offers more power than the previous power plant.

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Yamaha Donating 5 Super Teneres to Charity

The five Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z motorcycles will operate in rural areas in Zambias Eastern province, helping to provide efficient detection and diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other illnesses. Yamaha will also provide a support package of replacement parts to ensure at least three years of operation.

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World MX to Honor Chandler and McFarlane

Chandler passed away May 4 while McFarlane succumbed to head injuries in a crash during a practice lap before a race in Australia May 2.

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Zero Agni, a joint effort between Zero Motorcycles and 2009 Isle of Man TTXGP winning Agni Motors, is one of 12 teams competing in the TTXGPs inaugural North American Championship. While Zero Agni was announced as one of the competing teams earlier in the week, it was not listed among the others on TTXGPs website until today, with Higbee listed as the teams rider. Zero Motorcycles public relations agency has confirmed with Motorcycle.com that Higbee will race for Zero Agni.

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Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica Unveiled

The Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica is loaded with upgrades over the production street bike, enough so that Aprilia says the replica meets FIM regulations and can be used as an entry-level WSBK race machine. With an impeccable sense of timing, Biaggi demonstrated the RSV4s potential by winning both races of the Monza round.

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James Stewart Yamaha YZ450F Contest

Stewart designed the graphics and raced with it at the Anaheim II round, where the 2009 AMA Supercross Champion finished third despite a broken wrist. The Anaheim II round turned out to be Stewarts final race of the 2010 season.

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WSBK: 2010 Monza Results

Biaggi started in pole position for the first time in his WSBK career, setting the all-time fastest top speed in WSBK history in the process with a record 205.2 mph. Biaggi carried that momentum into the two races to score two victories for Aprilia Alitalia in front of a supportive Italian crowd of 115,000.

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Thundersprint 2010 Called the "Best Ever"

Chris Walker really has collected every t-shirt in the racing world from GPs to World and British Superbike and as he sat on his Norton 961 race bike, surrounded by hundreds of autograph hunting fans, he was amazed: This really is a mega event. Ive always heard stories about the size of the Thundersprint but youd never believe it without seeing it.

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Special Edition BMW 30 Years GS Models

The GS lineup (Gelande-Strasse translates as on-/off-road) was first unveiled in 1980 with the R80 G/S, combining on-road, touring and off-road qualities.

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Roehr Releases Details on Electric Models

Roehr Motorcycles has released more information about its line of electric sportbikes including two street models and a higher-spec racing version.

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Casey Stoner to Honda Deal Rumored

According to Italys Sportmediaset, Stoner, currently in the final year of his contract with Ducati Marlboro, will replace Dani Pedrosa who is also in the final year of his contract with Repsol Honda.

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SPEED Announces SPEED2 Network

Set to launch over the summer, Speed2 will be available to Speed subscribers as an authenticated online network. A beta version is scheduled to debut in June while a wider release will be available in July.

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Inmotec Tests MotoGP Prototype

Former Ducati test rider Ivan Silva rode two 800cc GPI10 prototypes at the Spanish track, testing two engine configurations as well as a new chassis and swingarm.

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Yamaha Reports Q1 2010 Results

The Japanese manufacturer reported 309.9 billion yen (US$3.3 billion) in sales over the first quarter ending March 31 2010, up 16.3% from the 266.5 billion yen (US$2.9 billion) in the first quarter of 2009.

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Triumph US Sales Rise in April

Its feels good to see consistent growth, and were optimistic about the future said Mark Kennedy, President and CEO of Triumph Motorcycles North America. Triumphs all new Thunderbird has gained great support, our new Special Edition models have customers very excited, and the U.S. economy is showing signs that indicate we should have a good year.

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2011 Honda PCX and Ruckus Scooters

Weve enjoyed tremendous success with our line of scooters, says Bill Savino, Honda s powersports press manager, "and now along with the 2011 Ruckus were introducing the brand-new PCX, a very stylish 125cc scooter that adds even more depth to Hondas scooter line."

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Electric Bikes Dominate MiniMoto Race

The event, dubbed the Energy Crisiscross (ECX) was part of a May 7 MiniMoto SX event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The race featured electric motorcycles against stock 16-inch wheel class gas-powered motorcycles.

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Bayliss Tests for Ducati WSBK Team

Bayliss, who won WSBK titles in 2001, 2006 and 2008 with Ducati, rode a Ducati Xerox 1198 development bike in a two-day test at the Mugello Circuit in Italy. Bayliss retired following his 2008 Championship but remains under contract with Ducati as an occasional test rider. The May 11-12 test was Bayliss first ride on a WSBK-spec motorcycle since winning his final two races at the 2008 season finale in Portimao, Portugal. Bayliss also tested the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike in 2009.

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Piaggio Forms New Canadian Dealer Network

The Italian manufacturer ended its ties with importer Canadian Scooter Corp. in November 2009. Instead, Piaggio Group Americas (PGA) is handling Canadian distribution itself out of its New York office, in conjunction with managers in Toronto and Montreal.

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Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring Tires

Replacing the BT-021 (except in original equipment applications), the Battlax BT-023 tire uses a new rubber compound enhanced with silica and RC polymer to offer strong wet performance and wear life. Both front and rear tires incorporate a high-tech belt package consisting of Bridgestone Corporations proven Mono Spiral Belt (MSB) which enhances grip levels, bump absorption and straight-line stability. In addition to these advancements, 3LC (Dual Compound) technology in the rear tire places the appropriate rubber compounds in the center and shoulder areas of the tire. The center compound provides good stability and mileage, while the shoulder compound offers grip and bump absorption for cornering. Even the tread pattern design enhances wear, contact feel and linear handling.

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Should ABS Be Required on All Motorcycles?

An insurance industry group has opened a debate on whether lawmakes should make anti-lock brakes mandatory for new motorcycles.

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2011 Triumph Sprint GT Announced

The 2011 Triumph Sprint GT (for Grand Tourer) comes five years after the introduction of the Sprint ST. The Sprint GT uses an updated version of Triumphs 1050cc three-cylinder engine while a new side-mounted exhaust replaces the Sprint STs underseat pipe. According to Triumph, the Sprint GT gets more power (128 hp versus 123 hp) and torque (79.7 ft-lb. @ 6,300 rpm vs 76.0 ft-lb. @ 7,500 rpm) than the Sprint ST.

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WSBK: 2010 Kyalami Results
Michel Fabrizio earned his first win of the season while Leon Haslam extended his WSBK points lead
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WSBK: FIM Reduces Weight Limit for Twins

Starting at the May 29-31 round at Utahs Miller Motorsports Park, the new minimum weight for 1200cc Twins such as the Ducati 1198R will be reduced to 165 kg (363.8 lb.) from 168 kg (370.4 lb.).

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AMA Sportbike: 2010 Infineon Results

In his usual quiet, yet effective way, Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas once again took a well-judged and hard-fought victory here today in the first of two AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL motorcycle races at Infineon Raceway.

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AMA Superbike: 2010 Infineon Results

Josh Hayes repeated history today with a dominant first 2010 AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike win at Infineon Raceway.

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2011 KTM SX Model Lineup

The 350SX-F is the star of KTM s 2011 lineup. Developed by ten-time Motocross World Champion Stefan Everts, the 350SX-F has already made a splash in the FIM World MX1 Championship, with factory rider Tony Cairoli riding the bike to two Grand Prix wins and first overall in the standings.

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MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner will join WSBK racers Noriyuki Haga, Michel Fabrizio, test rider Franco Battaini, Vittoriano Guareschi and Troy Bayliss will drag race Ducati Streetfighters at Italys Misano Circuit on June 12. Other satellite Ducati racers are expected to take part.

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