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  1. ZOOM Motorsports Announces partnership with Triumph Motorcycles



    Birmingham, Ala. (February 7, 2012) – ZOOM Motorsports announced today that Triumph Motorcycles will become the title sponsor of the AMA Pro Series race at Barber Motorsports Park, as well as presenting sponsor for the fast-growing Barber Vintage Festival. The three-year agreement is a natural fit for the iconic ...    Read more

  2. Harley-Davidson® Helps Collect More Than $160,000 For USO



    MILWAUKEE, Feb. 8, 2011 – Harley-Davidson announced today that the Company helped raise more than $160,000 on behalf of the United Service Organizations (USO) throughout November and December, which will be used to send care packages to troops overseas in the coming year. Donations were collected by Harley-Davidson dealerships and ...    Read more

  3. U.S. House panel backs more study of ethanol-gasoline fuels



    PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A key U.S. House committee has approved a bill that would require an independent scientific study of the effects of ethanol-gasoline blends on engines, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. By a 19-7 vote on Feb. 7, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved H.R. 3199 ...    Read more

  4. Husqvarna Market Share and HMNA Retail Sales Up in 2011



    Corona, CA - February 7, 2012 - Despite enduring a tough economic climate in the past few years, Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) is proud to report that 2011 was a landmark year. HMNA managed to set an all-time sales record under BMW care for the 2011 calendar year ...    Read more

  5. MV Agusta F3, Perfect In Detail



    Varese, February 3, 2012 - Every great motorcycle is made up of many small acts of magic. Each MV Agusta is the ideal combination of thousands of intricate pieces. Assembled with passion, skill and innate precision. Thus was born F3, three-cylinder that has changed the concept of supersport. Imagine an area ...    Read more

  6. Get To Know Keith Code at Pro Italia- Noon, February 5th, Sign Up Now



    Motorcyclist columnist, Keith Code, started riding motorcycles in the 1950s. In the 1970s, after years of professional riding, Keith began private instruction sessions with amateur racers, some of whom quickly became national champions. After retiring from professional racing, Keith founded the California Superbike School in 1980 with the goal ...    Read more

  7. House Committee action on bill to require EPA to seek independent scientific analysis



    Take Action! On February 7, 2012, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology will vote on H.R. 3199, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on October 14, 2011. This bill would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects ...    Read more

  8. U.S. House bill has trails funding, no money for motorcycle checkpoints



    PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Renewed funding for motorized trails and a ban on funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints are included in a major federal transportation bill being considered by a key U.S. House committee, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to vote Feb. 2 on ...    Read more

  9. Harley-Davidson Introduces Two New Motorcycle Models



    HARLEY-DAVIDSON SEVENTY-TWO™ REVIVES A LEAN LOOK Dark Custom Gets Some Color – A New Narrow Sportster in Sparkling Metal Flake Paint MILWAUKEE (Feb. 1, 2012) – The Harley-Davidson® Seventy-Two™ motorcycle is a metal flake dream machine, a Sportster® on a trip back to the days when the cool kids rode a Sting-Ray ...    Read more

  10. American Motorcyclist Association earns Grassroots Innovation Award



    PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and AMA Grassroots Coordinator Jessica Irving have earned a prestigious Grassroots Innovation Award for their inventive campaign to involve the public in overturning a federal ban on the sale of kids' dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The Public Affairs Council -- a nonpartisan, ...    Read more

  11. Harley-Davidson to Celebrate 110 Years of Great Motorcycles and Epic Riding Experiences



    MILWAUKEE (Feb. 1, 2012) – Harley-Davidson will celebrate 110 years of great motorcycles and epic riding experiences with an array of global events and activities in 2013. Among the events during the year-long celebration will be a rally in Rome, Italy, June 13-16, and a massive party over Labor Day ...    Read more

  12. Factory Customs from the Far East | First Look



    By Ari Henning | Photography by Star Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations models aren’t the only factory specials on the block anymore. Yamaha’s Star cruiser division recently announced the SCL (Star Custom Line): a factory customization program that is initially being applied to the Raider. The SCL will offer some of a ...    Read more

  13. 2013 Triumph Street Triple | Spied!



    By Ben Purvis Spied testing in southern Europe, the presumed 2013 version of Triumph’s thrilling middleweight streetfighter retains its core structure but debuts a fresh look and key technology updates to challenge new competitors like MV Agusta’s Brutale 675. Registration data reveals Triumph will stick with the 675cc displacement but power ...    Read more

  14. Bimota Branches Out | Euro Notes



    By Alan Cathcart | Photography by Bimota After an inevitable downturn in the wake of the global recession—2011 sales were a mere 150 bikes—Bimota is aiming for a comeback in 2012 with a pair of new naked bikes. Pharmaceutical magnate Roberto Comini, who rescued the Rimini-based brand from bankruptcy in ’03, ...    Read more

  15. Hammer and Cycle | Wild File



    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Solifague Designs First things first: These are digital renderings, not in-the-metal motorcycles, so it’s tempting to dismiss them as daydreams. But even if Moscow-based designer Mikhail Smolyanov is only manipulating pixels, it’s impossible not to appreciate the sheer creativity and idiosyncratic imagination on display in ...    Read more

  16. Honda Integra and NC700 | First Look



    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Honda Honda has introduced the next chapter in its ongoing effort to redefine two-wheeled “mobility” with a new range of crossover motorcycles powered by an innovative parallel-twin engine mated to the auto-shifting Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The maxi-scooter-like Integra, standard-styled NC700S and adventure-light NC700X all combine ...    Read more

  17. Tune in Tokyo



    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Yamaha & Honda In the roaring ’00s, when funny money flowed freely and the global economy had yet to soil the bed, outrageous concept bikes like Yamaha’s MT-01 and Honda’s nasty NAS were two-wheeled reflections of our own wretched excess. But much like governments, we ...    Read more

  18. Tucker Rocky Announces Partnership with Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino Entertainment



    Fort Worth, TX - February 1, 2012 Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino Entertainment announce a new relationship with Tucker Rocky Distributing, a leader in sales and distribution of Powersports products. River Road, a Tucker Rocky brand, will create and market apparel and accessories for the Powersports industry using legendary Grateful ...    Read more

  19. One of the World’s Most Important Ducati Collections To Be Offered ‘Without Reserve̵



    at RM's 2012 Monaco Sale • RM Auctions consigns acclaimed Saltarelli Ducati collection to feature at Monaco sale on 10th -12th May, 2012 • Important 100 motorcycle collection to be offered ‘without reserve’ • Collection further establishes RM’s growing reputation for historic motorcycle sales ...    Read more

  20. Ducati North America Reports 43 Percent Growth in 2011



    Cupertino, Calif. (January 19, 2012) – Ducati North America today announced 2011 motorcycle sales growth of 43 percent compared to 2010 and a record market share in all of it’s territories: US, Canada and Mexico. This result established North America as Ducati’s number one market for the first time ...    Read more

  21. Victory Motorcycles announces the first 2013 year model



    AMERICAN MUSCLE NEVER DIED. IT JUST NEEDED HANDLEBARS. At the intersection of exhilarating American V-Twin power and dynamic muscle bike styling is the all-new Victory Judge. This is a new cruiser from Victory, the only brand that can combine such powerful new styling with dominating V-Twin power and smooth, confidence-inspiring ...    Read more

  22. Roots Revisited by Husqvarna



    January 20, 2012 - New York, NY - The distinct retro flair of the golden age of motorcycling is one that only Husqvarna can genuinely embody. The Husky marque is the definitive emblem of an era, and one that continues to symbolize bold innovation, classic design and timeless passion. ...    Read more

  23. Is Transport the Key to Strong Health Systems? Zambia Says ‘Yes’



    People living in isolated villages in Southern Province, Zambia, will soon begin receiving more regular visits from health workers as Riders for Health launches its new program with the Zambian Ministry of Health. Today, January 20th, government officials and health partners will attend a ceremony in Livingstone to mark the ...    Read more

  24. Ducati North America Reports 43 Percent Growth in 2011



    Cupertino, Calif. (January 19, 2012) - Ducati North America today announced 2011 motorcycle sales growth of 43 percent compared to 2010 and a record market share in all of it's territories: US, Canada and Mexico. This result established North America as Ducati's number one market for the first time ...    Read more

  25. Rentals return to Long Beach BMW / Husqvarna



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