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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. All-New California 1400 Models Are Arriving at U.S. Dealerships Right Now

    Moto Guzzi announced that the all-new 2014 California 1400 models will arrive to U.S. Moto Guzzi dealerships starting April 15. Two versions are available: Custom and Touring. The MSRP of the 2014 California 1400 Custom ABS is $14,990. Available colors are Basalt Black or Mercury Gray. The ...    Read more

  13. ABS Now Available on the MV Agusta F4 Range

    ABS with RLM (anti-rear wheel lift) is now available on MV Agusta's F4 models. The compact, lightweight Bosch 9MPlus control unit at the heart of the ABS system contains pressure sensors that interface with two phonic wheels (one for the front wheel, one for the rear). The main ...    Read more

  14. Claudio Domenicali Becomes New Ducati CEO

    Claudio Domenicali has been named as the successor to Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio, who will leave the company to take up new professional challenges. Del Torchio, who has spent six years at the top of the brand was praised by Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI ...    Read more

  15. Washington Considers Letting Motorcyclists Run Red Lights

    Riders in Washington state who’ve experienced the frustration of sitting at stop lights while the trigger ignores them might not have to wait any longer. A bill has already passed the state Senate that would allow motorcycle riders to run a red light if they’ve sat through one complete cycle ...    Read more

  16. News: Obituary: Manel Segarra Barreno

    Words: Ed Milich Manel Segarra Barreno (December 1958-March 18, 2013) Internationally known Moto Guzzi racer and tuner Manel Segarra Barreno has passed away as a result of a collision with a car near his home in Spain. He was 54 years old. Manel was riding a freshly restored Moto Guzzi not far ...    Read more

  17. New 2013 Livery for Team Icon Brammo Race Bikes

    What does the reigning World Champion Team Icon Brammo do after winning the electric motorcycle series in 2012? Recharge? Not exactly. It partners with Icon to amp up the liveries for the Empulse RR with Zebra and Cheetah graphics for 2013. This year, Team Icon Brammo will participate ...    Read more

  18. BMW and H-D Score Lowest in Consumer Reports Reliability Survey

    Consumer Reports, best known for hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners, multi-brand toaster-oven comparos, has taken its first look at motorcycle reliability, and the results aren’t good if you own a BMW or a Harley-Davidson. Both brands were rated less reliable than Japanese motorcycles, with about a quarter of Harley owners reporting serious problems ...    Read more

  19. April 1st Kicks off AMA Go Ride! Month

    Spring is upon us and for many motorcyclists, emerging from hibernation means rolling out of the driveway and onto the street, trail, or track. To help celebrate the thrill of a new riding season, the AMA is sponsoring "AMA Go Ride! Month" in April, aimed to encourage members and riders ...    Read more

  20. Seen in the Wild: Aerostich’s Pop-Up Store

    Aerostich founder Andy Goldfine stepped out to the curb at 655 Bryant Street in San Francisco and surveyed the lineup of two dozen motorcycles parked at the curb. I doubt he was thinking, “We’re not in Duluth anymore,” but he seemed satisfied at the turnout for only the first hour ...    Read more

  21. The Spirit of Munro

    Thunder Stroke Indian Engine | First Look When Polaris purchased Indian two years ago, company leaders knew they faced an uphill battle. Indian might have been America’s first motorcycle manufacturer, predating Harley-Davidson by two years, but the once-proud name was tarnished by decades of bad product and worse business practices. ...    Read more

  22. E15 Fuel Sales Would Stop With Congressional Bill

    The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports that bill, H.R. 875, requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the sale of E15 fuel until the gasoline-ethanol blend is studied further has been introduced in Congress. U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the bill on Feb. 28. The measure would repeal the ...    Read more

  23. Restrictive Lane-Splitting Bill Withdrawn in California

    The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) has confirmed that bill S.B. 350, which would have restricted the common practice of lane-splitting by California motorcyclists would be withdrawn from consideration. This is good news for many California motorcyclists who employ the practice recognized by the California Highway Patrol as an important means ...    Read more

  24. Triumph Tiger Sport | Spied

    The prototype’s hacked-off fuel tank is purely for practical purposes, allowing Triumph to move the bars or alter the bike’s headstock without hitting the tank. What’s next for the Tiger 1050? Will it replace the Sprint GT? Fit into the Tiger line as a “Sport” model? So many questions! WORDS: Ben ...    Read more

  25. Pierre Terblanche Joins Confederate Motor Company

    Words by Alan Cathcart In a startling move within the resurgent American motorcycle industry, celebrated Italian-based designer Pierre Terblanche has signed a three year contract with Birmingham, Alabama's Confederate Motor Company, the USA's premier boutique bike manufacturer. Terblanche will head up Confederate’s product development division, and has already moved from Italy ...    Read more

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