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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paolo Berlusconi, brother of Italys prime minister and owner of Garelli, submitted a bid worth 2.9 million euro in April for the struggling Moto Morini. Berlusconis offer included a three-year plan with provisions for keeping 20 Moto Morini employees and severance pay for the other 37 workers. Berlusconis plan would have also moved production of a Garelli scooter to the Moto Morini factory.
According to BMW Motorrad, a potential fault in the front brake pipe may cause a brake fluid leak. The recall affects an estimated 122,000 K1200GT, R1200R, R1200RT, R1200ST and R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure models manufactured between August 2006 and May 2009.
Aragon will host the WSBK Championship in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. The newly built circuit, located near Alcaniz, Spain, is also the official reserve circuit for the MotoGP Championship, and has already been pressed into service to host a MotoGP round Sept. 19, as a replacement for Hungarys Balatonring circuit.
The J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study received information from 4,800 customers who bought 2009 model year motorcycles about their most recent helmet experiences. Helmets were rated based on three key factors: face shield, ventilation, and style. Each factor is broken down into 11 different attributes, such as weight and face shield scratch resistance. Customer responses were compiled to form an overall score on a 1,000-point scale.
While this was a difficult decision for us, given the impact on our employees at the Osceola facility, we believe the creation of these manufacturing centers of excellence will strengthen our company over the long-term and enable us to maintain our lead in a competitive market, says Scott Wine, CEO, Polaris Industries Inc. This decision was based on a thorough review of our worldwide operations and will allow us to improve our ability to meet the quality, delivery and cost standards desired by our dealers and customers.
The new site, http://m.kawasaki.com/, offers many of the features of Kawasakis regular home page, such as a dealer locator and specifications for the companys motorcycle, ATV, 4x4, and watercraft products. The mobile site will provide real-time information in sync with the regular site.
The 2011 Kawasaki KX250F uses a new Separate Function Fork system from Showa that splits spring and damping functions between each leg. According to Kawasaki, the Separate Function Fork reduces friction by 25%, lowers weight and is easier to adjust than conventional forks.
The event will see the FIM Motocross World Championship compete on American soil for the first time since 1999. AMA riders such as Jagermeister KTM s Mike Alessi, Troy Lee Designs Honda s Ben Townley and Motoconcepts Yamaha s Kyle Chishom will also compete against the international racers.
Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC gamers can download the demo and play the official WSBK video game. With the demo, players can race on Portugals Portimao circuit as Max Biaggi on the Aprilia RSV4 or Cal Crutchlow on the Yamaha R6. The demo will also allow up to 16 players to race against each other online.
Suter, which produces the MMX chassis used on 13 out of approximately 40 motorcycles that make up the Moto2 grid, plans to enter the new prototype in the 2012 MotoGP Championship when engine capacity rules move up to 1000cc. Suter chief Eskil Suter says the prototype should be ready to test this summer.
The first team to post an entry for the new spec motorcycle class is the Richie Morris Racing Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing team. AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike rider Jake Holden will be leading the No. 3 team with valuable support from the team's successful sponsorship group, GEICO Powersports, Lucas Oil and Revolution Performance.
According to a report by MCN, discussions are underway for the new class, to be called Moto3, to debut in 2012. The change is expected to come just as the premiere MotoGP class increases engine capacity from 800cc to 1000cc. Moto3 is expected to replace the 125cc motorcycles with 250cc single cylinder bikes and join MotoGP and Moto2 on the Grand Prix tour.
The five-story dealership in the upscale Cheongdam-dong district of the capital city Seoul is designed around the concept of Motorcycle & Coffee. MV Agusta motorcycles, parts and clothing are displayed in a minimalist showroom while other spaces are used for hosting cultural events. An external elevator leads to a service area with technicians trained by MV Agusta.
The KTM lineup at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will include the full 690 line of bikes -- the 690 Enduro, the 690 SMC and the 690 Duke. Also available will be the 950 Super Enduro, the 990 Adventure, the 990 SMT, the 990 SMR, the 990 Super Duke and the 1190 RC8 superbike.
Superbike Toy Store is pleased to announce that we have connected with TWM Special Components to supply the USA with their products. Direct from Italy, TWM folding levers are made with quality and function in mind. They fold and are ready for that ever-sexy remote adjuster!
The goal of TrackTactics is to train and educate motorcycle riders on the streets and bring them to the race track where they can learn and advance in their skills. With these skills, we hope that all these motorcycle riders will think twice about racing on the streets, said Jesse Kent. TrackTactics offers these events for a very small fee which should entice every rider to support the program.
Team Zyvax riders Chris Clark and Ben Bostrom joined by guest rider Eric Bostrom road their Graves Motorsports prepped, Dunlop shod Team Zyvax Yamaha R1 finishing with an impressive 175 laps. The Team Zyvax Yamaha R1 mounted riders set a Miller/WERA Endurance track record of 152.7 (set during Ben Bostroms second race stint).
The KYMCO scooters on hand will be the Xciting 500, featuring the company's electronic fuel injection (EFI) and anti-lock braking systems; the all-new Downtown 300i with EFI; the Quannon 150 motorcycle; the Yager 200i with EFI; the People 150; the Like 50 and the Super 8 50.
The reigning MotoGP Champion, Rossi fractured his right shin bone after a highside crash June 5 during practice before the Italian Grand Prix. The crash occurred at turn 13 ahead of a chicane. According to MotoGP.com, the tire temperature for Rossis Fiat Yamaha M1 was cited as a likely factor behind the crash.
Josh Hayes' recent winning trend in AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike competition continued Saturday at the Suzuki SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America with a gripping photo-finish victory in the first race, marking his third win in as many races and propelling him to first in the championship standings.
Racing for Lightning Motorcycles, Barnes won the five-lap race, averaging 80.402 mph on the 4.05 mile circuit. The Lightning bike, based on a Ducati 1098, may have suffered from a lack of corner clearance in the first race at Infineon Raceway but Road Americas long stretches of straight played more to its strengths than the Sonoma, Calif., circuits curvy layout.