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  1. MotoGP TV Coverage Increases for 2014



    A total of 83 networks worldwide will now be broadcasting MotoGP action that includes agreements with several new networks for the 2014 season.  This media growth will undoubtedly increase MotoGP’s audience as newcomers to the sport as well as returning fans will now have viewing access across many platforms simultaneously, ...    Read more

  2. SPIED! Ducati Scrambler



    PHOTOS: BMH Images Last summer ( Up To Speed, July 2013) we reported news that Ducati had trademarked the “Scrambler” name, and showed a concept drawing of what we thought a new-generation Scrambler might look like. Now we’ve acquired spy photos of a clumsily disguised prototype undergoing testing near Ducati headquarters ...    Read more

  3. Kawasaki USA Names Nakagawa As New President. Outgoing President Teranishi To Head KMC Japan



    Press release from Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA IRVINE, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2014)Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) has announced that Masafumi “Masa” Nakagawa will succeed Takeshi “Tak” Teranishi as president of the company, effective April 1.  Nakagawa, who spent six years at KMC’s Irvine headquarters in the late 1990s, will ...    Read more

  4. Erik Buell Racing Announces Partnership with Hero MotoCorp



    Erik Buell Racing, already the North American distributor for India’s Hero MotoCorp, has officially announced collaboration with the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer by volume. Hero MotorCorp recently launched several new models at the Delhi Auto Expo which were designed in joint partnership between Hero and EBR engineers. Although several Hero ...    Read more

  5. Repsol Honda Team Celebrates 20 Years



    Over the past 20 years, the Repsol Honda racing team has celebrated 10 World titles, 124 race wins and 338 podiums in 500cc and MotoGP. The longest running partnership between sponsor and manufacturer in the history of the Motorcycle World Championship began their relationship in February of 1995. At the ...    Read more

  6. 2015 Victory Gunner | First Look



    From Victory Motorcycles: Following a recent no-photos media teaser that announced the coming of “a bobber to blow your mind,” Victory introduces Motorcyclist readers to the all-new 2015 Gunner, an urban cruiser that combines the best of two worlds, bringing an intense blend of heavyweight V-twin muscle with killer looks ...    Read more

  7. Moto Guzzi USA Announces 2014 Models and Prices



    From Moto Guzzi USA: Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. Founded in 1921 on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Mandello Del Lario, Italy, where each motorcycle is still produced today, Moto Guzzi remains ...    Read more

  8. Ducati Presents Their 2014 Superbike Team



    With just a few weeks to go before the start of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island, Ducati made an official presentation of their Superbike team via live streaming web broadcast from the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale, Italy. The 2014 season will see the ...    Read more

  9. The 2014 Motorcyclist Readers Photo/Hashtag Challenge Is On!



    To enter, simply follow Motorcyclist on Facebook here, follow @MotorcyclistOnline on Instagram here, then share your best theme-related pics. If you do not have an Instagram account, you can sign up for free in the App Store using your iPhone or iPad. Make sure your settings are ...    Read more

  10. Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniel’s Raise $30K for U.S. Military Personnel and Their Families



    The Indian Motorcycle company announced recently that its one-of-a-kind custom 2014 Chief Vintage that was created in support of the “Operation Ride Home” program for the benefit of U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families, sold on the auction block on January 19th. This unique motorcycle, featuring the lowest publically ...    Read more

  11. Ducati Power For the Volkswagen XL1 Plug-In Hybrid



    While official word is yet to come, an inside source at VW has just confirmed that the XL1 plug-in hybrid prototype two-seater that appeared last year with a diesel-electric powertrain is now powered by Ducati (an Audi Group company). Our source went on to say that current images of the ...    Read more

  12. Traxxion Dynamics’ Staff Completes Training at Öhlins USA’s new Technical Training Center



    Members of the staff of Traxxion Dynamics comprised the first class to attend service and sales training at Öhlins USA’s new Technical Training Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  The new state-of-the-art facility is a key component in Öhlins ongoing commitment to providing their customers with highly trained Authorized Service Centers ...    Read more

  13. 2014 Honda CTX1300 | FIRST LOOK



    Part of Honda’s rollout of new 2014 models got a slight head start when photos were leaked showing an undisguised CTX1300 caught on public roads during a photo shoot in California. And that’s why when Honda pulled the drape off the 2014 CTX1300, we had that sense of deja vu. ...    Read more

  14. 2014 Harley-Davidson FLT Touring Bikes | FIRST RIDE



    PHOTOS: Brian J. Nelson, Tom Riles & Harley-Davidson They say: “Built by all of us. For all of us.” We say: “The first crowdsourced motorcycle.” ...    Read more

  15. Suzuki Celebrates 50th Anniversary At Red Bull Indy MotoGP



    Suzuki has been in will-they-won’t-they mode with respect to MotoGP for some time now, but when it comes to the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP, August 16-18, the company will definitely be attending—and Suzuki owners are invited to come along. The occasion is the 50th anniversary of Suzuki’s entry into the ...    Read more

  16. 2014 Kymco MyRoad 700i | Short Shift



    Words: Zack Courts            Photos: Brian J. Nelson Taiwanese brand Kymco might be a small player in your world of motorcycling but it's a major force in the global market, so if you aren’t familiar with Kymco here’s a chance to brush up. Founded in 1963, Kymco has ...    Read more

  17. Motorcycle Film Charge Comes to Theaters May 20



    ChargeZero Emissions/Maximum Speed is a documentary by Mark Neale (director of FASTER) and narrated by Ewan McGregor; the film follows several teams to the world’s first zero-emissions grand prix on the Isle of Man–a demanding and deadly circuit–in 2009 and their return in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The movie is available for ...    Read more

  18. KTM Brings Husqvarna and Husaberg Together—Again



    Months after KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer announced that his holding company had purchased Husqvarna from BMW, plans have been revealed that bring Husky and Husaberg together, while also severing ties with Husky’s current manufacturing facility in Biandronno, Italy. The new company will be called Husqvarna Sportmotorcycle GmbH, based ...    Read more

  19. New Suzuki Reports 68% Wholesale and Retail Growth in April



    According to Powersports Business, the new Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. has reported strong wholesale and retail sales growth after one month in operation. Combined motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales to Suzuki dealers are up 68 percent for April compared to last year’s sales (reported by American Suzuki Motor Corp.). Retail sales have been ...    Read more

  20. Honda Announces 2014 Lineup Additions



    Honda has introduced some new offerings for its 2014 lineup. Brand new are the 12-in wheel shod Grom (priced at $2999), and the Forza scooter (Price: $5599, $6099 for the Combined ABS model).  The 2014 CRF250R gets an entirely new engine and chassis, while the CRF450R introduced last year receives ...    Read more

  21. BMW Offers Armrests for K1600GTL



    When you think of BMW, odds are you think of adventure––riding around the world, eating strange food, and getting bitten by exotic fauna. But lately, along with the graying of American motorcyclists, the term “adventure” is broadening to encompass spa weekends and wine tours, often two-up. Recognizing that in this scenario ...    Read more

  22. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering



    A great venue for this superb show. by Reg Kittrelle To say that “The Quail Motorcycle Gathering” features nice bikes is akin to noticing that the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel features nice paintings. While both statements are true, they only just begin to tell the story. I’ll leave Michelangelo’s Sistine efforts ...    Read more

  23. H-D’s 5th Annual Women Riders Month



    This month, Harley-Davidson is celebrating women riders during the fifth annual Women Riders Month with a nationwide search for top stories of female independence. From May 1 to May 15, 2013, fans are encouraged to share stories about incredible women riders they might know. Fans can submit stories through a crowd-sourcing ...    Read more

  24. AMA Pro Roadracing Announces TV Agreement with CBS Sports Network



    AMA Pro Roadracing finally got the TV deal it was looking for with the CBS Sports Network, announcing a two-year television agreement, in conjunction with Chet Burks Productions, to showcase GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Roadracing as part of the Network’s CBS Sports Spectacular series. Programming will begin Saturday, June 1 ...    Read more

  25. Dana Brown Begins Shooting On Any Sunday Sequel



    Red Bull Media House announced the start of production on a new motorsports documentary called, “ON ANY SUNDAY, THE NEXT CHAPTER.”  The new film, from Director Dana Brown, is set to start shooting this week at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, during the inaugural Red Bull Grand ...    Read more

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