MOTOGP 2017 CALENDAR: BEGINS ON 26 MARCH IN QATAR, 18 RACES

MOTOGP 2017 CALENDAR: BEGINS ON 26 MARCH IN QATAR, 18 RACES

No new events next season, Mugello to take place on 4 June, Misano on 10 September

The FIM has today published a provisional MotoGP calendar for 2017. There are no new races planned for next year and the championship will again stage 18 Grand Prix, reconfirming this season’s circuits.

The championship will get underway on 26 March with the night race in Qatar, which will quite probably clash with the opening Formula 1 race in Australia. The final round will be held at Valencia, as is tradition, on 12 November.

As we’ve already mentioned, all of this year’s races have been reconfirmed for next season and will take place in almost exactly the same order, the only (small) change being that the Czech and Austrian races are inverted, with Brno scheduled to take place before the Red Bull Ring.

Right now, the only doubts concern the Silverstone and Malaysia races, with both events subject to contract renewals, though this should be just a formality. Also because, with regard to Great Britain, the Circuit of Wales project appears to have been abandoned, making Silverstone the only racetrack currently able to host the world championship.

Italian fans should take note of the dates of 4 June and 10 September, when the Italian GP and San Marino GP are set to take place at Mugello and Misano respectively.

Source: MotoGP, 2017 calendar: to begin on 26 March in Qatar, 18 races | GPone.com

HONDA BEGINS TEASING THE 2017 CBR1000RR

 

HONDA BEGINS TEASING THE 2017 CBR1000RR

Honda launched a dedicated website for its arriving 2017 model year motorcycles today, giving us a glimpse into what Big Red has in store for us at INTERMOT, EICMA, and the IMS Show in Long Beach, and the first machine they’re teasing seems to be the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR.

While the current teaser is set in the United States, at Thunderhill Raceway Park, we first caught glimpse of the new Honda CBR1000RR while shooting at a similar promo video in Croatia, strangely enough.

From those photos, we know that the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR (that’s the 2017 Honda Fireblade to our European readers) is based off the current model’s design, with the two machines sharing a chassis, and likely many engine parts.

Obviously, Honda has wrapped the 2017 CBR1000RR in very different fairings, and updated the superbike for Euro4 emissions.

Logic also dictates that Honda’s updated superbike will have ride-by-wire, traction control, and other electronic aids, and we can likely expect the engine to get a little bit more pep as well, just to keep us from moaning too loudly that the aged platform is seeing yet another year of service.

Details beyond this are non-existent, though there has been much speculation. Will this machine be the more affordable version of Honda’s two-pronged superbike approach? If so, will that other bike be a V4 based off the Honda RC213V-S street bike? Could we see that debut this year? For 2018?

Honda’s teaser site does show other models to be released, including the Honda X-ADV adventure scooter. The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR is being teased with the phrase “Total Control” while an unknown bike is labeled “Express Yourself” thus adding to the mystery.

Honda does have a general teaser video, which shows a variety of riders from different segments of the industry. Judging from this, Honda’s other bike is a street machine, geared towards urban riders.

As such, our hopes for a homologation special in the superbike realm will likely have to wait until the 2018 model year, but from now until the end of the new bike season, anything can happen.

We can expect the 2017 Honda CBR1000R to officially debut on October 4th – the first day of the INTERMOT show. Stay tuned.

NOTE: Teaser video has October 4, 2016 as the next release date for the new model information episode

 

Source: Honda Begins Teasing the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR

OFFICIAL NEWS: NICKY HAYDEN MAKES MOTOGP RETURN AT ARAGON!

NICKY HAYDEN MAKES MOTOGP RETURN AT ARAGON!

“I’ll try to learn something and have a little fun” – Nicky Hayden

As rumoured, former world champion Nicky Hayden will make a one-off MotoGP return at Aragon this weekend, riding for the Marc VDS Honda team.

The American, who spent 13 seasons in grand prix before joining World Superbike this year, is to replace the injured Jack Miller.

“I love racing motorcycles, so I’m looking forward to it,” Hayden said. “My home is Superbike now, so this ain’t some try-out to go back; this is just a case of a fellow Honda team needing a rider.

“I’ll go and try to enjoy it,” added the #69. “I know it’s tough in MotoGP and I’ve never ridden those Michelin tyres, but I’ll try to learn something and have a little fun.”

Miller needs more time away from the bike to heal hand fractures sustained last month in Austria and is sacrificing Aragon with the aim of being fully fit for the flyaway rounds, including his home Australian event.

“First of all I want to wish Jack a speedy recovery,” Hayden said in the official Marc VDS press release. “He is a buddy of mine and he is a rider I believe in a lot, so I hope he can get healthy as quickly as possible to show the high potential we all know he has got. He just needs to get his body right so he can perform.

“This is an unusual experience for me because I’ve never been a stand-in rider before. But I have a good relationship with Honda and when the idea first came up they were behind it and Ten Kate gave me their blessing, so it is nice to go and help out another Honda team. For me it just a chance to go and have fun. I’d probably be riding motorbikes anyway and I would definitely be watching the race on TV, so I might as well show up and have some fun.

“I know MotoGP is not a place that’s always easy to have fun because the level is so high but I’ve got a lot to learn and it won’t be a walk in the park. I haven’t ridden the bike and there are different tyres and electronics but I’ve got a lot of experience and I get another shot at MotoGP, which is great for me personally.

“I want to thank Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS for the opportunity and Ten Kate and my sponsors who all made it happen and I will try and do them all proud.”

Hayden last used Michelin rubber in 2008, the year before MotoGP switched to control Bridgestone tyres. Michelin took over the exclusive tyre supply this season. 2008 was also the last time Hayden rode a full specification RCV, the #69 spending his last two MotoGP seasons on Open-class Honda machinery at the Aspar team.

The 35-year-old is currently fifth in his rookie World Superbike season for Ten Kate Honda, claiming four podiums, including a wet victory at Sepang. His best MotoGP result at Aragon is a third place, for Ducati, at the 2010 event….

Continure to read more at: MotoGP News – Official: Nicky Hayden makes MotoGP return at Aragon

MOTOGP NEWS – MOTOGP WING BAN WORDING

MOTOGP WING BAN WORDING

MotoGP’s 2017 ban on aerodynamic wings will be enforced by the following rule, agreed by the Grand Prix Commission at Misano:

“Devices or shapes protruding from the fairing or bodywork and not integrated in the body streamlining (e.g. wings, fins, bulges, etc.) that may provide an aerodynamic effect (e.g. providing downforce, disrupting aerodynamic wake, etc.) are not allowed.

“The Technical Director will be the sole judge of whether a device or fairing design falls into the above definition”.

Giving the final say to the Technical Director avoids the need for an exact definition of such ‘devices or shapes’ to be written into the rules, although it was added that:

‘Furthermore, to avoid that the front of the fairing is wing-shaped, with unpredictable safety results, the front of the fairing cannot protrude more than 150mm beyond a vertical line drawn through the front wheel spindle. (It should be noted that all fairings in current use already comply with this).’

Interestingly, the new rule does not ban the use of aerodynamic devices if they are enclosed within the fairing or bodywork…

Source: MotoGP News – MotoGP wing ban wording

FREE DIGITAL COPY OF “FAVORITE RIDES & DESTINATIONS”

FREE DIGITAL COPY OF “FAVORITE RIDES & DESTINATIONS”

Favorite Rides & Destinations is a new, free digital publication from the editors of Rider magazine. It includes the very best of Rider’s touring features and Favorite Ride stories, inspiring photography, reviews of useful products and expert tips to help you have memorable touring experiences.

The premiere issue launched last spring, and issue #2 is now available. If you receive Rider’s free e-newsletter, you get Favorite Rides & Destinations automatically. Click on the link below to view the latest issue, read the premiere issue or sign up to be automatically alerted when new issues arrive.

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SPOT GEN3 SATELLITE TRACKER REVIEW | Rider Magazine

SPOT GEN3 SATELLITE TRACKER REVIEW

The Spot Gen3 is a rugged, waterproof device that comes with a velcro strap and carabiner for attaching it to your jacket or backpack.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 16, 2016

A few years ago, a friend of mine split off from the group after an all-day adventure ride and headed home. But he never made it. As darkness fell, his wife tried reaching him on his cellphone, but he didn’t answer. The next morning a highway patrol officer found my friend on the side of a mountain road, out of cell range. Fortunately, his injuries were minor, but he spent 18 very uncomfortable hours trapped under his BMW R 1200 GS.

With the Spot Gen3’s Tracking function, family and friends can follow your progress in real time.

Situations like that are the primary reasons to carry the Spot Gen3 Satellite Personal Tracker. Some of our favorite test roads pass through remote areas, away from crowds, traffic and cell towers. If someone were to crash and get badly hurt, being able to quickly notify emergency responders could be the difference between life and death. When you hit the Spot’s S.O.S. button, the device contacts the GEOS International Emergency Response Center via satellite, and GEOS sends your GPS coordinates to local responders (similar to calling 911). S.O.S. monitoring via GEOS is included in the Spot annual service plan (see below), but the costs associated with a rescue may be billed to the user. For $17.95/year, the add-on GEOS Member Benefit covers up to $100,000 in search and rescue expenses.

Fortunately, we’ve never had to use the Spot’s S.O.S. function. The Gen3 also has a Help button, which notifies your primary and secondary contacts in the event of a non-emergency situation, such as running out of gas. If you sign up for the SPOT Assist Roadside plan (starting at $30/year), pressing the Help button contacts a third-party roadside assistance…

Read More at: Spot Gen3 Satellite Tracker Review | Rider Magazine

8th ANNUAL SLO CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW OCTOBER 8th 2016 – Celebrating BMW Motorcycles

8th ANNUAL SLO CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW OCTOBER 8th 2016 – Celebrating BMW Motorcycles

Marty Dickerson

Grand Marshal

2002 AMA Hall of Fame

 

Thursday Oct. 6th, 2016 is Bike Night at Farmer’s Market
Motorcycle Display 6-9 PM, bring your bike to Union Bank, 995 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo, CA

Friday Oct. 7th, 2016 @10:00 AM Scenic organized ride up Coast Hwy 1
Meet at Carls Jr. 101 and Foothill
@6:30 PM Movie Night Palm Theater, 817 Palm SLO

Saturday Oct. 8th 2016 is the Classic Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet!
Saturday Show Admission $10, free parking, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Mountainbrook Community Church
1775 Calle Joaquin
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Judging Standards

Entry Form

Source: Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club

RAMSPUR WINERY SANTA ROSA MILE AMA PRO FLAT TRACK MOTORCYCLE RACE: Sept 23-25 2016

RAMSPUR WINERY SANTA ROSA MILE AMA PRO FLAT TRACK MOTORCYCLE RACE: Sept 23-25 2016

RAMSPUR WINERY SANTA ROSA MILE MAIN
Sunday is the weekend’s main event. People describe the mile as spectacular, majestic, mighty and awe-inspiring. American flat track mile races are the world standard and people come from all over the globe for the experience. The Santa Rosa track is a “cushion” surface which means that riders spewing dirt, going sideways at over 100 mph. Save money and get the best seats by buying online. Prices range from $25 to $75.

SATURDAY, SEPT 24TH: CFTA SHORT TRACK RACE

Come to the Chris Beck Horse Arena for the California Flat Track Association short track event. The racing action on this little 1/8 mile bullring short track is madness. You’ll see Grand National riders go at it in this full contact sport. Classes include the 750cc street-based Hooligans as well as showcasing the West Coast’s upcoming youth riders. Gates open at 5:30 & opening ceremonies are 6:30. $15 for adults, students and seniors are $10. Get your tickets online or at the gate!

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Source: Info | Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Motorcycle Race : September 23-25 2016

SUPERBIKE CORSE’S EVENTS 2016 – UPDATE

SUPERBIKE CORSE’S EVENTS 2016 – UPDATE


—>OCT 5th (Wed): Bike Night @ Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana – Irvine, CA @ 6:30pm [Directions]

NOV 2nd (Wed): Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – Laguna Hills, CA @ 6:30pm [Directions]

NOV 7th (Mon): Superbike Corse Track Day @ Chuckwalla Valley Raceway [Directions]
9/14 UPDATE! Superbike Corse is pleased to announce that BMW of Murrieta and KTM of Murrieta will be attending this event.  They will be providing bikes for demo rides as well as lunch!

DEC 7th (Wed): Bike Night @ Pizza 900° – Laguna Hills, CA @ 6:30pm [Directions]

#RideHVMC FREEMAN RACING DUCATI TO RUN FDNY TRIBUTE LIVERY FOR 9/11 RACE

#RideHVMC FREEMAN RACING DUCATI TO RUN FDNY TRIBUTE LIVERY FOR 9/11 RACE

The 9/11 tribute livery replicates in exact detail a typical F.D.N.Y. Fire apparatus

#RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati approaches the season finale MotoAmerica races at New Jersey Motorsports Park this coming weekend from a perspective of respect, honor, and remembrance. This Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th tragedies. To pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our city on that day, team rider Corey Alexander and the #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team are excited to showcase the Ducati Panigale R “Engine No. 23” with special edition F.D.N.Y. livery. This particular livery replicates in exact detail a typical F.D.N.Y. Fire apparatus with prominent yellow and white stripes.

The custom painted #23 Panigale R, as well as Corey’s custom race leathers, will be on display at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2016. Corey will be competing with the custom livery in the MotoAmerica SuperStock 1000 class. Additionally, #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati will have event shirts available for sale, with all profits being donated to the 9/11 Memorial Foundation. “Every year our home race at New Jersey Motorsport Park falls near September 11th, and so this year when we realized the dates aligned and race day (Sunday) fell on the 11th, we felt it was absolutely necessary to do something to really honor the brave men and women of the F.D.N.Y.. Being a New Yorker my entire life, I can remember the exact day of the tragedy. At the time only being 7 years old, I didn’t understand the magnitude of the events unfolding. Though I did feel the magnitude of the events then, I continue to feel the impact it had on our city, our state, and our country. With the help of our team painter Lance, graphics company Signs Ink, and leather sponsor Spidi Sport I’m excited to bring our vision come to life. It’s a tremendous honor to showcase this special livery, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!” Says Corey.

Source: #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati To Run FDNY Tribute Livery for 9/11 Race – Motorcycle.com News

DAINESE TO LIVE STREAM “THE FUTURE OF PROTECTION IN RACING” FROM MISANO

DAINESE TO LIVE STREAM “THE FUTURE OF PROTECTION IN RACING” FROM MISANO

Second edition of Dainese’s Misano unveiling to take place at exclusive location near circuit Misano.

Save the date for tomorrow! After last year’s success, Dainese and AGV are thrilled to announce the second edition of their official Misano event, where the future of protection in racing will be unveiled.

The event will take place on September 8th at 8pm (GMT +2 -TS)in an exclusive location near the Misano World Circuit – you will be able to watch it from home thanks to a live streaming available at live.dainese.com!

Don’t miss the most exclusive Dainese and AGV event of the year! Visit live.dainese.com now and start getting ready for the big night!

Source: Dainese To Live Stream “The Future Of Protection In Racing” From Misano – Motorcycle.com News

NICKY HAYDEN HOSTS HONDA RACING TV

NICKY HAYDEN HOSTS HONDA RACING TV

Ride along with the 2006 MotoGP World Champion and Honda World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden as he hosts the fifth installment of Honda Racing TV.

Ride along with the 2006 MotoGP World Champion and Honda World Superbike rider Nicky Hayden as he hosts the fifth installment of Honda Racing TV. Join Hayden at his Owensboro ranch and spin some laps on the family’s backyard flat track, while discussing his racing roots. Travel to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, listen to an in-depth interview with TT legendJohn McGuinness, and travel back in time through the history of Honda motocross bikes. Stay tuned for new episodes at HondaProRacing.com/tv, or subscribe to youtube.com/hondaproracing.

 

Source: Motorcycle.com: Nicky Hayden Hosts Honda Racing TV

KTM RC16 MOTOGP RACE BIKE REVEALED

KTM RC16 MOTOGP RACE BIKE REVEALED

KTM‘s new MotoGP race bike made its public debut ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix. We’ve previously seen the KTM RC16 undergoing testing last October, but this is the first time we’d seen the V-4 prototype in full colored livery and, as KTM is fond of saying, just about “Ready to Race.” KTM has four more tests lined up before it plans to enter the RC16 at the Nov. 13 season-ending race at Valencia, Spain.

The V-4 engine configuration is fairly standard in MotoGP now, but the RC16 does stand out by using a steel tubular chassis. The WP suspension also stands out against a field equipped entirely with Öhlins but comes as no big surprise, as WP is owned by KTM’s parent company, Cross Industries. While this combination is unique in the premier class, KTM has tasted success with its similarly set-up Moto3 bikes.

Test riders Mika Kallio and Alex Hofmann took the RC16 out for some demonstration laps of the Red Bull Ring circuit ahead of the MotoGP race. Last month at a MotoGP test on the same track, Kallio recorded a fastest lap time of 1:25.191, putting him 1.951 seconds behind Ducati’s Andrea Iannone’s field-leading fastest lap during that same test (Iannone also won this weekend’s race, posting a fastest race lap of 1:24.561 on a revised course layout).

“The first time I was on the bike I felt the basis was there and the lap times were already on a good level,” says Kallio. “We have needed to improve a lot of things and we did this. I think a few weeks ago we demonstrated to everyone that we’re on a good level. It was good to be on the bike and I really enjoyed all the laps I did. We are already quite close to our competitors and step-by-step we are improving. I would say the engine on this bike is already good and now we have four more tests before Valencia.”

KTM is keeping its expectations low for the RC16’s Valencia debut. KTM Technical Director Onroad Sebastien Risse, who helmed the project, says he’s calling the Wildcard entry an extended test under full race conditions. Suzuki used a similar tactic in 2014, entering its GSX-RR at the last round of that season before returning to MotoGP full-time the following year.

“So when the lights go out at Valencia in November, we will get a real experience of
all our technical work and team preparation,” says Risse. Nothing beats the pressure of a race to create a real test.”

KTM is also entering the Moto2 series next season, despite having to use the spec Honda engine. Including the Red Bull Rookies, KTM will be the only manufacturer to have machines in all Grand Prix road racing classes. That’s an impressive achievement for a company best known for its off-road racing heritage.

Source: KTM RC16 MotoGP Race Bike Revealed

AIR-COOLED ENGINES RETURNING TO THE DUCATI MONSTER LINE

AIR-COOLED ENGINES RETURNING TO THE DUCATI MONSTER LINE

Ducati’s 2017 line seems to be getting the full monty this week, with yet again more spy photos emerging of the Italian company’s upcoming motorcycles. Today’s installment sees us looking at the Ducati Monster line, which appears to be getting a third variant for 2017.

As you can see from the photo above, the Ducati Monster lineup will see the addition of an air-cooled model, likely one that shares the same 803cc lump that is found in the Ducati Scrambler.

This so-called Ducati Monster 803 will slot in below the other Monster models, which will likely include a Ducati Monster 939 and an updated Ducati Monster 1200.

Since the debut of the Hypermotard 939 last year, it’s been an almost certainty that the punched out 937cc liquid-cooled engine would find its way into the Ducati Monster for the 2017 model year.

But as we saw with the Ducati 959 Panigale, that upward trend in displacement can leave a vaccuum in Ducati’s lineup. To fix that problem, Ducati seems to have looked backwards in its offering, and adapted the old air-cooled two-valve engine for Monster duty, once again.

Unlike the Ducati Monster 796 of yore, we can expect this Ducati Monster 803 to make closer to 70hp (the Scrambler’s power figure), rather than the 87hp the Monster 796 was rated at – this is due to the new Euro4 regulations, which have been all but the death of air-cooled engines throughout the motorcycle industry.

With that sort of power difference at play though, Ducati should have some nice stratification in its Monster lineup based on horsepower. We also expect there to be a nice price gap between the Monster 803 and Monster 939, which should help add some affordability back into Ducati’s offerings.

The Italian brand has been engaging younger and newer riders into its brand, but has also see its overall average MSRP slowly rise over the past few years. Models like the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 and this new Ducati Monster 803, are aimed at hitting price-point riders who want one of these iconic machines.

Expect to see the Ducati Monster 803 drop at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, in just a few months’ time. In the meantime, stay tuned to Asphalt & Rubber, because we have more 2017 Ducati news still to come.

Photo: © 2016 BMH-Images — All Rights Reserved

Source: Air-Cooled Engines Returning to the Ducati Monster Line

CALIFORNIA BECOMES 1st STATE TO LEGALLY RECOGNIZE LANE SPLITTING

CALIFORNIA BECOMES 1st STATE TO LEGALLY RECOGNIZE LANE SPLITTING
Gov. Brown signs A.B. 51, directing California Highway Patrol to draft guidelines

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 51 into law today, making California the first state to legally recognize lane splitting, the practice in which motorcyclists ride between lanes of traffic.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Tom Lackey (R- Palmdale), grants the California Highway Patrol the authority to develop and issue lane-splitting guidelines in consultation with motorcycle safety groups and riders.

“This is great news for motorcyclists in California and throughout the country,” said Rob Dingman, president and CEO of the American Motorcyclist Association. “The California Assembly and the governor have taken a huge step in formally recognizing a practice that has been is use for decades.

“Lane splitting keeps riders safer by eliminating their exposure to rear-end collisions, and it helps ease congestion by effectively removing motorcycles from the traffic lanes.”

Studies by the University of California at Berkeley show that splitting lanes is a relatively safe maneuver when both the motorcyclist and nearby drivers know the law and adhere to safe and prudent driving practices.

In 2012, the CHP developed guidelines for splitting lanes, posting them online in 2013 and including them in the Motorcycle Handbook distributed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, a citizen complained in 2014 that the guidelines were “underground regulations” put together by a state agency, rather than the legislature. So the CHP and DMV removed them.

A.B. 51 clarifies that the CHP does have authority to develop educational guidelines on lane splitting. The law also removes the practice from the legal gray area, where it was neither expressly prohibited nor approved.

Several other states, including Nevada, Georgia, Washington, Oregon and Texas, have considered legislation during the past two years that would have made lane splitting legal, with certain restrictions.

“We hope that other states will follow California’s lead on this issue,” Dingman said. “The AMA is here to support individuals, groups and legislators who want lane splitting made legal in their states, too.”

The AMA’s official position on lane splitting can be found here.

Source: California becomes first state to legally recognize lane splitting – American Motorcyclist Association

MOTOGP RIDERS CRITICAL OF PIT-TO-RIDER COMMUNICATION PLAN

MOTOGP RIDERS CRITICAL OF PIT-TO-RIDER COMM PLAN

Championship leader Marc Marquez and British duo Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith have all said they don’t support the extension to pit-to-rider communication MotoGP is developing for next year.

The new system is set to give crew chiefs around 20 types of messages, including information about rival competitors, that can be relayed to their riders.

Honda’s Marquez said he is against the idea as the ability for rider to make their own decisions “is one of the nicest things” in MotoGP.

“Okay, we have a team behind us but then on the track the rider is alone and he has to make the decision,” said Marquez.

“For that reason the teams pay us to be the fastest, to defeat every time and for me one of the things that I don’t like in F1 is most of the times the teams have too much effect on the race.

“So for me, if you do the correct meetings before the race, if you are clever enough on the bike, also experience, it’s okay.

“For example in Germany I was the guy who changed the bike in the correct time – maybe it will be the opposite. But this is also the nicest things from the race.”

Future KTM man Smith backed up Marquez’s point.

“Not a fan [of the idea], I still think that the sole element of the rider making his own choices and calculations is that makes flag-to-flag racing much more interesting.

“If you bring in dash communication, it’s taking away the fun of flag-to-flag, it’s all part of how we should do it.”

Crutchlow, also against the proposed plans, argued communication in the other direction would be more useful.

“The problem is, how do I send something back? It’s difficult to text,” he joked.

“It’s okay reading something, but the information is, the rider to the crew chief, more than the crew chief to the rider.

“What can he tell me, for example? ‘It is drying up’? F**k, you’re not on the bike, mate. You can’t really make that call as much as anyone just because somebody else has pitted.

“I don’t know what they can tell at the end of the day, I don’t think it’s necessarily a good thing.”

Source: MotoGP riders critical of pit-to-rider communication plan

NEW! SUPERBIKE CORSE NOW OFFERS VALET SERVICE FOR YOUR MOTORCYCLE(S)!

NEW! SUPERBIKE CORSE NOW PROVIDING VALET SERVICE FOR YOUR MOTORCYCLE(S)!

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If you love your motorcycle(s) but just don’t have the space and/or security to keep them at your home, condo, or apartment complex, then Superbike Corse has the solution to your needs by offering you their motorcycle valet service.  This new ‘Superbike Valet’ service is conveniently located freeway close in a secured facility for ease of drop-off and pick-up.  The Superbike Valet Starter Kit will contain (1 ea) Baxley Sport Chock, (1 ea) Battery Tender, and (1 ea) Sportbike Cover.  This valet service location also makes it convenient to have Superbike Corse’s top mechanics perform maintenance or repair servicing tasks, performance mods, detailing, and track preparations on your bike while at the valet facility. Call 949-305-5563 for more information.

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BILL WOULD CLOSE 23 MILLION ACRES TO OHV USERS IN WESTERN STATES – Contact your senators today!!!

BILL WOULD CLOSE 23 MILLION ACRES TO OHV USERS IN WESTERN STATES – Contact your senators today!!!

On June 6, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced S. 3022, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act. This legislation, previously introduced in 2010 and 2013, would inappropriately designate as federal Wilderness 23 million acres in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

This Wilderness designation would make the 23 million acres off-limits to off-highway-vehicle riders, forever close thousands of miles of legal trails currently enjoyed by tens of thousands responsible OHV enthusiasts and their families and friends, and severely impact scores of local communities that depend on recreational tourism for their survival.

The American Motorcyclist Association supports the designation of Wilderness that meets the strict criteria set forth in the Wilderness Act of 1964. However, the vast majority of the 23 million acres in question do not meet the strict definition of Wilderness established by Congress.

Notably, the bill’s current sponsor (who represents residents of Rhode Island) and cosponsors do not represent any citizens in the affected areas, a strategy that ensures they do not invoke the wrath of their constituents.

Please fill out the form below and click the red “Submit” button to let your representative know that you oppose this inappropriate action.

Numerous studies have been conducted that indicate properly managed public lands ensure recreational opportunities for all citizens, are essential to mitigating devastating wildfire risks and that Wilderness designations cost local economies vital jobs and tax revenue.

The motorcycling community must rally together and stop S. 3022 in its tracks. This bill already has eight cosponsors in the Senate.

If this bill is signed into law, the effect on the OHV community would be devastating for generations to come.

Please contact your senators immediately and urge them to oppose S. 3022 so future generations of OHV enthusiasts and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy the public lands in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

Source: Send a Message

STONER SAYS MODERN ELECTRONICS HAVE ROBBED MOTOGP OF “FINESSE”

STONER SAYS MODERN ELECTRONICS HAVE ROBBED MOTOGP OF “FINESSE”

Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner believes that the current level of electronic aids prevalent in the sport today have robbed riders of the need to use “finesse”.

The 2016 season marks the first that MotoGP has used a standard electronics package, produced by Magneti Marelli, ending the two-tier system that was in place from 2012 to 2015 with the ‘Factory’ and ‘Open’ classes.

This was introduced with the goal of restricting costs by stopping manufacturers developing their own bespoke software, as well as bridging the gap between the works and independent teams.

But Stoner believes that, even with the current package introduced this season, the help a rider gets managing traction out of corners is still enough to have a negative effect on the racing.

In particular, he says that the close lap times that have been a common feature of qualifying sessions in the 2016 season are a direct result of electronic aids.

“Electronics are why you see MotoGP lap times so close in qualifying, so you think, wow, so many people can go fast,” Stoner wrote in an editorial for Australian Motor Cycle News.

“But in qualifying all the riders have to do is brake late, get the bike to turn, then pin it and let the electronics do the rest. There’s no more finesse.

“During a race, when you can’t brake that late every lap and get it perfect, that’s when you see the gaps grow so much through the pack.

“Electronics help massively for those riders who can’t control the rear like others can. Back in 2006 or 2007, if you had more finesse you’d pick up the bike out of the corner and almost pass the other guy halfway down the straight.

“Or maybe the other guy would slip and slide and mess up the exit, so you’d get a run on them and you’d pretty much have the pass done before you got to the next corner.”

Similar riding styles

Stoner also said that riders’ increased dependence on electronics has meant that riding styles have converged – with the emphasis now firmly on late braking to find speed, to the exclusion of other styles.

“Different riders [used to] set up their bikes very differently,” explained the Australian.

“Someone like Dani [Pedrosa] liked to have his bike set up for the middle of the corner to the exit and not much good on the entry, but he could get the corner squared off so well and get so much drive that he’d come up next to you down the straight.

“Everyone’s style shone through back then, now it’s heading more to one particular style.

“No one can make the difference on the exit – you can hear them all hitting the throttle at the same part of the turn and driving out – so they just make a big stab on the brakes.

“It’s all about who brakes the latest and who is willing to take the biggest risk.”

Source: Stoner says modern electronics have robbed MotoGP of “finesse”

DUCATI SIGNS MELANDRI, CONFIRMS DAVIES FOR 2017

DUCATI SIGNS MELANDRI, CONFIRMS DAVIES FOR 2017

Ducati has announced Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri as its line-up for the 2017 World Superbike season, the latter replacing Davide Giugliano.

Former 250cc champion and MotoGP runner-up Marco Melandri competed in WSBK between 2011 and 2014 and ended every season within the top four.

The Italian scored 19 victories in four years and then rejoined MotoGP for 2015, only to depart from Aprilia in the middle of the season.

While Melandri missed out on a WSBK seat for 2016, he had been linked to the Pata-backed Yamaha squad next year – only to end up with Ducati for his return to the series.

“I’m really excited to come back to racing, it’s a dream come true,” Melandri stated.

“I always said I was only interested in a top bike and top team, and I could not have asked for more. I kept following WorldSBK closely, and I’m confident the Panigale R can perfectly suit my riding style.

“We’ll just have to take one step at a time, but the potential is surely high. I know it won’t be easy to get back up to speed, but I have all the time to step on the bike, do laps and make sure I’m ready for the first test.”

Melandri will team up with Davies, who joined Ducati in 2014 and has had his contract extended by two years.

“I’m extremely happy to renew my professional relationship with Ducati for two more seasons,” Davies said.

“The continuity element is really important in our job, and so far we’ve made great strides and got progressively closer to our goal.

“Now we can fight for the win practically on every track, and I’m confident we can make further improvements.

“Moreover, to race for Ducati is something special: everything is done with heart and passion, you really feel part of a family and have a direct connection between the production and racing. It’s going to be exciting.”

Melandri’s arrival also means the end of Giugliano’s three-year tenure at the team.

Having missed much of 2015 due to injury, Giugliano is currently fourth in the standings but is 75 points adrift of Davies.

Source: Ducati signs Melandri, confirms Davies for 2017

BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL LETTER AIMS TO PREVENT E15 RELATED ENGINE DAMAGE – Did your representative sign the letter?

BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL LETTER AIMS TO PREVENT E15 RELATED ENGINE DAMAGE – Did your representative sign the letter?

On June 8, U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “…express concern about the lack of consumer awareness surrounding the inappropriate use of E15 gasoline and… how it [the EPA] plans to mitigate consumer misfuelings… .”

With your help, 45 representatives have agreed to support motorcyclists in their effort to ensure that safe fuels remain available and the risk of misfueling with E15 is reduced.

See if your representative signed the letter!

The bipartisan letter comes in response to the EPA’s Renewable Volume Obligations rule for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The EPA proposal would increase the amount of ethanol from all sources in the nation’s fuel supply to 17.4 billion gallons in 2016, up from 15.93 billion gallons in 2014.

Those increases come despite the EPA’s acknowledgement that the current market cannot absorb these higher ethanol production rates without substantially increasing the amount of ethanol in our nation’s gasoline supply. The practical effect of the EPA’s action is more unsafe E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume), less E10 and virtually no E0 for older and vintage machines.

As the American Motorcyclist Association has repeatedly warned, more E15 will inevitably lead to inadvertent misfueling, which can damage motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle fuel systems and engines not designed for its use. Moreover, the use of E15 may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

With a high probability of inadvertent misfueling, the letter urges the EPA to “…act to raise consumer awareness of the consequences of misfueling with E15.” Currently, the effort to bring awareness is left up to the AMA and other consumer-oriented and industry groups.

The urgency of EPA action to address misfueling is supported by a recent study from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. The study indicates only 5 percent of consumers are aware that E15 is prohibited for use in certain engines and that 60 percent of consumers assume that any gas sold at a pump must be safe for all of their engines.

This letter will help protect the 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in use and the riders who depend on their safe operation.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

Source: AMA Federal Action Center

SUPERBIKES WITH SOUL: CLASSIC vs MODERN SUPERBIKE COMPARISON TEST

SUPERBIKES WITH SOUL: CLASSIC vs MODERN SUPERBIKE COMPARISON TEST

Three-time World Champion Freddie Spencer test six amazing superbike homologation specials and two modern counterparts.

As Freddie Spencer climbed to the top step of the 1982 Daytona Superbike podium, he knew he was done racing Superbikes. His first year in Grand Prix loomed before him, and he had already tasted Formula 1 perfection aboard the Honda FWS1000. ?He knew what a good racebike should feel like and the CB900F-based Superbike wasn’t it.

“It was a handful,” Freddie reflects. “In this corner, it would move around in about six different directions before you could turn it. In that corner, it would move in eight! It was never settled, never calm. I won Daytona on it in ’82 and told Honda I was done with Superbikes.”

At this point, historians are scratching their heads and wondering, “So how did he win Daytona Superbike in ’83, ’84 and ’85?

“Because in the fall of ’82, I tested the prototype 750 Interceptor at Daytona. I was almost three seconds a lap faster than on the old CB and that was after about six laps! I told Honda I wanted to race Daytona. By March, the bike was really good.”

Honda admits the 1983 750 Interceptor was the first production bike built with racing in mind, but Big Red wasn’t alone: Suzuki’s ’83 GS750 and Kawasaki’s ’83 GPz750 bristled with race-inspired bits, and suddenly, all of us on Katana 1000s and GPz1100s and XS1100s found our-selves on heavy, wobbly streetbikes. I know because I was 21 years old and even my modded Kat couldn’t turn and rev like the shiny red Interceptor my buddy Don Debusk bought. Read more…

 

 

Source: Superbikes With Soul: Classic vs. Modern Superbike Comparison Test

SUPPORT THE RPM (RECOGNIZING THE PROTECTION OF MOTORSPORTS) ACT OF 2016 – Defend your right to race!

SUPPORT THE RPM (RECOGNIZING THE PROTECTION OF MOTORSPORTS) ACT OF 2016

BREAKING: According to the EPA “The final Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles will not contain clarifying language regarding modification for racing purposes.” For more information read “Removing Clarifying Language from the Proposed Phase 2 Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Standards

Members of both chambers of Congress have introduced versions of a bill that would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the conversion of street motorcycles and other motor vehicles into competition-only racers. The EPA failed to provide proper notice of this regulation, including it in an unrelated heavy-duty-truck regulation. The proposed rule would hurt thousands of amateur and professional motorcycle racing enthusiasts and the millions of fans who enjoy motorcycle competition.

The bi-partisan Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (H.R. 4715 and S. 2659, RPM Act) would ensure that converting motor vehicles into competition-only vehicles remains legal. Street motorcycles are considered motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act.

The RPM Act was introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Henry Cuellar(D-Texas), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.).

The Senate version was introduced by U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

The act states that it was the clear intent of Congress when passing and amending the Clean Air Act that motor vehicles, including motorcycles, used solely for competition would be exempt from the Clean Air Act’s prohibitions against modifying emission control devices.

On March 15th, The House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology’s Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on this issue. You can watch the hearing, as well as read the statements given by the Rep. McHenry, the Preident and CEO of SEMA, as well as the President of National Speed Sports News, Ralph Sheheen, here.

The American Motorcyclist Association supports the bills and their protections for amateur and professional racing enthusiasts.

Tell your senators and representatives that you support S. 2659 and H.R. 4715. Send a prewritten email by using the easy-to-use AMA Action Center.

The RPM Act now has 64 cosponsors in the House and 9 in the Senate, if your Representative or Senator is already a sponsor, you can thank them for their support as well.

The AMA is coordinating efforts with the Specialty Equipment Market Association and other racing sanctioning bodies in support of the RPM Act. SEMA represents vehicle aftermarket manufacturers, marketers and distributers.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

Source: Send a Message

NEW DUCATI REDLINE EDITION AVAILABLE NOW!

NEW DUCATI REDLINE EDITION AVAILABLE NOW!

The new edition of Redline Magazine is out now, with tons of news for Ducati fans around the world!

The central theme of this edition is the company’s 90th anniversary and you’ll find a focus on the many milestones that make up Ducati’s glorious history, as well as a special feature on the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario, presented during World Ducati Week. Don’t miss the pages dedicated to the Multistrada 1200 Enduro and 959 Panigale, the exclusive interview with Casey Stoner, and the latest news from the colorful Land Of Joy! The new Redline Magazine also provides details of all the new Ducati apparel, designed to offer maximum comfort and safety in any riding condition, without compromising on style or design. Click image above or here to download your copy now!

Source: Ducati

AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION TELLS U.S. EPA TO LOWER ETHANOL CONTENT IN FUEL

AMA TELLS U.S. EPA TO LOWER ETHANOL CONTENT IN FUEL

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it should stop increasing the amount of required ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply and, instead, lower the Renewable Volume Obligations for 2017.

The comments submitted to the EPA were accompanied by the signatures of 18,162 motorcyclists, all-terrain-vehicle owners and others who are concerned that increased amounts of ethanol in their fuel could void warranties, damage engines and harm other components on their vehicles.

The EPA’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations, part of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, call for 18.8 billion gallons of biofuel for 2017, up from 18.11 billion gallons this year. The obligations for 2015 were 16.93 billion gallons.

“The current proposed volumes would greatly increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and ATV owners by forcing the widespread availability of higher-ethanol fuel blends that are unsafe for these vehicles, such as E15,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. “And the EPA has proposed the increases, despite its acknowledgement that the market can’t absorb the higher ethanol production rates.”

The proposed percentage standards call for renewable fuel to compose 10.44 percent of the transportation fuel pool in 2017. The most widely used transportation fuel in the United States is E10, fuel containing 10 percent ethanol by volume.

To meet the proposed standards, the EPA is calling for increased use of E15 fuel in model year 2001 and newer vehicles and expanded use of E85 in flex-fuel vehicles. E15 fuel has 50 percent more ethanol than E10, and none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is approved to use E15 or higher ethanol blends. For engines and fuel systems not designed for E15, serious damage can occur.

“The AMA is fighting to ensure a safe fuel supply for motorcyclists, ATV riders and users of other small engines,” Allard said. “As the volume obligations continue to rise, even as fuel consumption declines or remains the same, the risk of inadvertent misfueling increases dramatically.

“The EPA has made it illegal for motorcyclists and ATV riders to use E15 fuel, yet shows little interest in the misfueling issue.”

The least the EPA could do is initiate a public information campaign on the dangers of misfueling, what fuel blend to select at the pump and what to do if a higher-ethanol blend gets into the vehicle tank.

Allard said that, because the Renewable Fuel Standard is broken, Congress needs to address it with a long-term fix. All concerned individuals are urged to visit the AMA Action Center and to find and contact their representatives about this issue.

Source: American Motorcyclist Association tells U.S. EPA to lower ethanol content in fuel – American Motorcyclist Association

REEVU MOTORCYCLE HELMETS – THE WORLD’S FIRST REAR VIEW HELMET: NOW AVAILABLE @ SUPERBIKE CORSE!

REEVU HELMETS – THE WORLD’S FIRST REAR VIEW HELMET: NOW AVAILABLE @ SUPERBIKE CORSE!

Reevu motorcycle helmets prevent accidents with their rear view system – a new level of safety

 

The World’s first motorsport helmet with a built-in, FULLY ADJUSTABLE rear-view mirror system is being launched by North East England based Global brand leader in rear-view helmets, Reevu.

Motorbike helmets serve one purpose – to protect. Reevu have taken this concept further, producing the world’s first motorbike helmets with an integrated rear vision system that helps prevent accidents. A new age in motorcycle helmets has arrived.

The latest Reevu helmet has been developed over the last 30 months in response to market demand for a motorsport helmet with a fully adjustable optic part allowing the wearer to tailor the rear-view mirror system to their precise requirements. The internationally patented development of the Reevu helmet will see sales of the new helmet get underway shortly across North America, Europe and the Far East / Australasia.

The innovative and world-leading technology allows the wearer to view the road behind using a set of bulletproof, coated optics, that are now fully adjustable for a bespoke fit.

Reevu, which has its head office in Washington and manufacturing plants in Europe and Asia, was established in 1999, and is represented in most international markets through exclusive distributors.

The launch of this latest Reevu motorsport helmet is the culmination of ten years of European R&D, all of which has been privately funded.

Reevu products are a unique revolutionary invention in the helmet market. This displacement innovation is taking market share all around the world.  Superbike Corse is now a part of this global phenomena and is the official Reevu Helmet distributor in Orange County.  If you would like to purchase this extraordinary helmet email Drew Immiti at drew@sbkcorse.com  or contact Superbike Corse through their Facebook or Website pageYellow, red, black and white Reevu helmet

Source: Reevu motorbike helmets. Reevu – the world’s first rear view helmet