Riding Skills

Sport Rider has a couple of good articles on honing your riding skills. One is on braking and the other on downshifting smoothly. Good info even for street riding. Downshifting smoothly on a sportbike, especially while braking hard from high speed, requires a definite measure of skill and dexterity. In order to avoid upsetting the bike, the engine rpm must be matched to road speed when the clutch is fully disengaged, otherwise the rear tire will momentarily... [Read More...]

Stewart wins at Washougal

Ricky Carmichael made an uncharacteristic mistake and Stewart jumped on it to take the win- but Carmichael still has a huge lead in the overall points. The AMA site has all the details.   Kawasaki’s James Stewart took advantage of a late-race crash by Ricky Carmichael in the second moto today to win before a crowd of 27,442 at the Unbound Energy National at Washougal Motocross Park, round eight of the 12-race Toyota AMA Motocross Championship,... [Read More...]

Vintage Racing

The AMA site has an article up on the vintage races at Mid-Ohio. This might be the perfect outlet for those of us past our prime (way past) who still have the need for speed. The scary part is that the bikes I used to race a “few” years ago are now considered vintage. One of the true highlights of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is always the American Historic Racing Motorycle Association competition on the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio road course. And... [Read More...]

Ito and Tsujimura win Suzuka 8 Hour

“The F.C.C. TSR Honda pairing of Shinichi Ito and Takeshi Tsujimura raced their XX-F Class CBR1000RR to victory at the Suzuka 8 Hours today. The Japanese pairing led the race almost all the way from start to finish completing 210 laps of the 5.821km circuit to take the win by one clear lap from the Harc Pro Honda of Yoshiteru Konishi and Tsuyoshi Yasuda, racing under Japanese Superbike regulations (JSB). Nobuatsu Aoki and Atsushi Watanabe brought... [Read More...]

Update on Vintage days at Mid-Ohio

The AMA site has a great article up about a group of guys from Wisconsin who decided to buy an old bike and parts at the swap meet and build it into a race bike for the vintage races. They wanted a Kawasaki GPz 550 but the best they could find was a cruiser style KZ550LTD. Sounds like a lot of fun. Read the whole thing here.  Read More →

Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race

The final grid is set for the 8 hour race at Suzuka with Honda on the pole. SuperbikePlanet has the details- Here is your final grid (top ten) for Sunday’s Suzuka 8-Hour endurance classic, with Takeshi Tsujimura & Shinichi Itoh, riding for the FCC TSR ZIP-FM Racing Team, in pole position following today’s superpole style qualifying session. Itoh was the man to set the fastest time during the ‘jump-up’ stage. Ryuichi Kiyonari... [Read More...]

Vintage Motorcycle Days

VMD at Mid-Ohio is underway. MV Agusta is the featured marque this year. Here is a snip from the AMA. What are you doing this weekend? If you go to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, you can do all this: See perfectly preserved vintage bikes in three bike shows. Revisit the history of one of the world’s most storied brands—MV Agusta. Watch hundreds of racebikes compete on pavement and dirt, from 60-year-old Indians to modern sportbikes. Meet race legends... [Read More...]

Blue Angels

blue angel ride.wmvAbout a year ago, I think, there was an article in one of the Motorcycle magazines about the Blue Angels and the fact that they all rode Sportbikes- against the rules at the time. If anyone knows the magazine and issue, let me know. But for now, here is a video that Motorcyclist has of one of their editors taking a ride in a Blue Angels F-18. Eddie Lawson also got a ride that day. Looks like fun except for the passing out part.... [Read More...]

Flying low and fast

As long as we are on the topic of flying, check out the video that Sport Rider did while testing the top speed of the Kawasaki ZX-14. It sounds like a jet and is faster than most small airplanes.  Read More →

WWII Ace Chuck Yeager

 Not exactly motorcycle related, but a friend is at Oshkosh for the huge airshow and fly-in (kind of like Daytona for the flying crowd) and he had a chance to sit and listen to Chuck Yeager tell stories about flying during WWII. He took this picture with his cellphone I think. If you have never read his autobiography, it is truly amazing and worth every minute.  Read More →

2006 AMA Vintage days

Each year Mid-Ohio hosts the AMA Vintage days which includes shows, races and lots of great vintage bikes- everywhere! We have a man there covering the action, and when he gets back, we will sift through the pictures and get an article up with the coverage.    Read More →

Erzberg Enduro

Bikes in the Fast Lane has a couple of good videos up of the Erzberg Enduro which takes place in a copper mine in Austria. Info here. The best riders in the world show up for this test of man and machine. Of the 1500 or so riders that start, only 40 made it across the finish line.  Read More →

Ducati Desmosedici RR

I ws poking around Ducati’s site, and they have some nice downloadable wallpaper of the new $65,000.00 street legal “MotoGP” bike. I suppose they will sell everyone they make, but us common folks will probably never see one except in the magazines. Speaking of which, Cycle World just happens to have a look at one, and they are very impressed. It has the best of the best in every area- Ohlins, Brembo, carbon fiber bodywork, etc. I’ll... [Read More...]

Motorcycle salvage is big business

I just got back from the big salvage auction in Atlanta, and it is amazing what wrecked bike are selling for. With demand for bikes and parts high, the wrecked bikes are bringing record prices. It isn’t unusual to see bikes that are “very wrecked” (as opposed to cosmetically totalled) bring insane money. I saw a 2004 GSXR1000 that was hit in the front with bent forks and frame bring $4200.00. It is hard to imagine what people do... [Read More...]

Honda to start production of jets

Honda announced today at Oshkosh that they will start production of the light jet they have been testing for the past few years. The press release is here. Now if they would only produce pod racers like in Star Wars, we would all be happy. Honda today announced plans to enter the innovative HondaJet in the growing very light jet market, with the process of accepting sales orders expected to begin in the U.S. in fall 2006. Toward this goal, Honda will... [Read More...]

Inaugural Legend of the Motorcycle Concours

Cycle World online has coverage of the 1st motorcycle concours held at the Ritz-Carlton resort in Half Moon Bay, California. This was billed as the motorcycle version of the Pebble Beach Concours for the auto world, and it looks like it lived up to its hype. There are lots of good pictures and coverage of some of the celebrities who were there. Definately worth taking a look.  Read More →

Indian® Motorcycle Company Announces New Home

Indian is back in business and is planning on introducing a new Chief in 2007. The Plant will be located in Cleveland county near Charlotte, NC. Here is some info from their press release- Kings Mountain, NC (July 20, 2006) – Indian® Motorcycle Company is pleased to announce that it will be revving up its engine in a new home. After carefully reviewing location options throughout the United States, Indian has selected a factory in Kings Mountain,... [Read More...]

Carmichael wins at Thunder Valley

 MotoGP wasn’t the only thing happening yesterday. Motocross was running too and Carmichael won again, as usual. From Speed–  Lakewood, Colorado – 7/24/2006 Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael added another win to an almost unbelievable collection of career AMA National victories when he went 1-1 for his 141st career AMA National win and sixth consecutive AMA Motocross win of the year at round seven of the Toyota AMA National Motocross... [Read More...]

Amazing crash video

Bikes in the Fast Lane has an amazing video of a guy getting hit by a car at a pretty high speed and walking away from it. It is crazy. Thankfully the guy seems OK- at least for the moment. I bet he was hurting the next day.  Read More →

World record attempt fails

From the AP– Guys like this are amazing. MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — Motorcycle daredevil Trigger Gumm crashed Sunday while attempting a world-record motorcycle jump at a northeast Oklahoma casino. Gumm, 38, fell far short of his attempted goal of 315 feet. Riding a 450cc Service Honda outfitted with a custom-built engine and specially designed shocks, Gumm hit a ramp that launched him about 70 feet in the air before he landed on the top of a... [Read More...]

Big weekend ends for 2006

Well the big weekend is over and some new content is up at various sites. Speed has a recap of the MotoGP race here. There are lots of rider and team members comments that make for some intersting reading. Enjoy.  Read More →

Kentucky Kid again!

Nicky Hayden ran away with the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca and extended his points lead to 34 in the championship series. It was extremely hot and the track was less than ideal with the pavement breaking up in places, but Hayden got the job done. Speed has the full story.  Read More →

US MotoGP results

From crash.net 1. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team 45min 4.867 secs 2. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 45min 8.053 secs 3. Marco Melandri ITA Fortuna Honda 45min 15.796 secs 4. Kenny Roberts Jr USA Team Roberts 45min 16.808 secs 5. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 45min 32.306 secs 6. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 45min 43.687 secs 7. Carlos Checa SPA Tech 3 Yamaha 45min 49.692 secs 8. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 45min... [Read More...]

Suzuki’s Ben Spies wins AMA Superbike

Yesteday’s Superbike race at Laguna Seca was run in record-breaking heat and Ben Spies added another win for a total of 8 this year. The final finish order was- 1. Ben Spies (Yoshimura Suzuki) 2. Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki) 3. Neil Hodgson (Ducati) 4. Miguel Duhamel (Honda) 5. Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki) 6. Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki) 7. Ben Bostrom (Ducati) 8. Jake Zemke (Honda) 9. Jason Pridmore (Jordan Suzuki) 10. Steve Rapp (Jordan Suzuki) You... [Read More...]

Acceleration

One of the things I love about bikes is the acceleration. Admit it- accelerating hard on a fast bike is addicting. But I came across some info on Top Fuel dragsters at Automobile and it is pretty interesting stuff. I think the article is pretty old, but still relevant. One Top Fuel dragster’s 500-cubic-inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first four rows at the Daytona 500. A stock Dodge Hemi V-8 engine cannot produce enough power... [Read More...]

Laguna Seca “ruined”?

The riders racing at Laguna Seca this weekend are all complaining about the newly repaved track claiming that it is ruined and will need to be done over. Cycle News has the whole story. From Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies: “It’s just a shame to see because it’s such a fun track. It’s one of our best tracks and them going off and repaving it, it’s horrible.” Added Jordan Suzuki’s Jason Pridmore, “You can’t go fast because the... [Read More...]

Ducati to lay off 100 workers

From the Washington Press– Italy’s Ducati Motor Holding SpA, a storied motorcycle company, will temporarily dismiss 100 workers.  The action, which was planned as a response to a seasonal sales dip, begins Sept. 1 and is expected to last four months, Ducati said in a statement Friday.  “Lowering production … is necessary to avoid creating high stock levels which would have inevitable and significant consequences on the company,... [Read More...]

1st Day of US MotoGP action

Kenny Roberts Jr. lead the pace on Friday with a best time of 1:23.859 which was considerably faster than the rest of the field by MotoGP standards. All the racers complained about how bumpy the newly repaved track is- which makes it tough to tune the suspension. Nicky Hayden had the 2nd quickest lap at 1:24.125. You can get the full story over at Speed.  Read More →

US motorcycle sales skyrocket

Streetbike sales were up a whopping 30.8% in January compared to the same month in 2005.  Overall, streetbike sales for the first quarter were up 8.6% from 2005, with 134,557 sold.  Dual-purpose bikes also showed a dramatic increase, up 27.4% from the first quarter of 2005 for sales of 7,185.  Off-road motorcycle sales had a slight uptick at plus 2.4%.  There was lots of hoopla about rising scooter sales in the U.S. due to the higher cost of fuel,... [Read More...]

Bike of the week

This week we are featuring a 2001 Ducati Monster 900Sie that is owned by Vicki Smith of Ducati.net and was one of the bikes in the Guggenheim “Art of the Motorcycle” show. I know the bike since I owned it and painted it before she bought it. It is black with a silver stripe down the middle and red pinstripes for accent. Vicki put the Ducati Corse emblems on it as a finishing touch. Monsters are one of the most run to ride bikes out... [Read More...]

Rare Vintage Japanese Bikes = $

A friend who watches the Japanese vintage market sent me this link to a rare 1972 Kawasaki H2-MachIV-750 2-stroke triple that was bid up to $14,900.00 on ebay and didn’t meet the reserve. These bike always had a reputation for being fast and semi-exotic for their day, but recently, the prices are getting into what was once the domain of European classics. It is a beautiful bike- lots of pictures on the ebay link. If you have a nice vintage bike,... [Read More...]

Honda donates CBR600RR’s to LA police outreach

 American Honda has donated  two Honda CBR600RR motorcycles to L. A. County based Team Sheriff Racing. The outreach program is designed to reach youth and educate them about the hazards of impaired driving, street racing and gangs. It is staffed by off-duty police officers who make appearances at schools and public events. Thumbs up to Team Sheriff Racing and Honda.  Read More →

Will we ever have electric motorcycles?

Wired has an article up on the new Tesla electric sports car. Powered by 6800 Lithium-Ion batteries, it goes 0-60 in under 4 sec and has a top speed of 130mph. It really is worth reading because the car is being built by Lotus and the company execs and capital venture people are all from Silicon Valley. So we have, perhaps a huge paradigm shift in the auto industry (or a tiny part of the auto industry, at least). Back to the original question- is... [Read More...]

More racing news

The AMA has a TV schedule on their site outlining when different Superbike and MotoGP coverage will air in the US. While motorcycle roadracing is primetime stuff in many other countries, the airing of a MotoGP race on U.S. network television marks a breakthrough in bringing the sport to a broader audience. “It is great news for the sport to be broadcast across the United States on network television,” said Manel Arroyo, managing director of... [Read More...]

AMA Pro preview- Laguna Seca

Speed has a preview of the AMA Pro race this Saturday at Laguna Seca. They run down the info for the top riders and the points race. Should be some great racing this weekend.  Read More →

Harley still on a roll

Harley-Davidson announced it’s second quarter financial results and things are good in Milwaukee- “Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HDI) today announced record revenue and earnings per share for its second quarter ended June 25, 2006.  Revenue for the quarter was $1.38 billion compared to $1.33 billion in the year-ago quarter, a 3.3 percent increase.  Net income for the quarter was $243.4 million compared to $237.4 million, an increase of... [Read More...]

GPS for your bike

Garmin has announced a new GPS model designed specifically for motorcycles. The list of features is extensive including Bluetooth for wireless headsets in your helmets and a touchscreen designed to be used with gloves on. Check out all the specs at Garmin’s site. This seems to be the only picture on Garmin’s site right now, but hopefully they will have some more images soon. From Bikes in the Fast Lane.  Read More →

Bike Faucets

Saw this over at Bikes in the fast Lane and had to post it. For the biker that has everything I suppose. I can think of a few other things I would spend the 700.00 on but still a very creative idea.  Read More →

The ultimate “dirtbike”

I saw this over at autoblog.com and thought it really needed to be seen by the moto world. The original article is at Popular Science and has a cool 3D cutaway video. This might be the ultimate go anywhere vehicle, but I’m guessing they don’t jump very well. Still, imagine the fun trying.  Read More →

July 19th-Ride to Work day

Tomorrow is the annual AMA Ride to work day. So if you can, take your scooter and save some gas! With the US being in a nationwide heat wave, at least it will be nice and warm in the morning. Read the AMA release here. There is also a good link there to “Commutes to Envy” that is worth looking at.  Read More →

Interview with Jake Zemke

If you are into AMA Superbike racing, there is a good interview with Zemke over at Speed. It gives you a little “behind the scenes” stuff and some good background.  Read More →

Ouch…

ZAGREB (Reuters) – A young Croat who posted a photograph of himself speeding on a motorbike on the Web was tracked down and fined by the police, the Jutarnji List daily reported Tuesday. The whole story is here.  Read More →

London Land Speed Record

Autoblog has a post on the British Car magazine Autocar doing a 1 mile land speed record at the London airport. They give the results for the cars but neglect to include the time for what appears to be a ZX14. So I dug a little and found this video of a basically stock ZX14 doing a 1/4 mile in 9.17 at 153. I’m pretty sure the bike put the hurt on the supercars. Mercedes McLaren SLR – 175.7 mph Ford GT – 174.3 mph Corvette Z06 –... [Read More...]

Traction control approved for AMA Superbikes

The AMA approved the use of traction control for Superbike and Formula Xtreme effective immediately. While it is not legal in the production classes, that will probably also change since traction control is an emerging technology that will be available on stock motorcycles as seen by BMW’s new system. The rule change effectively legalizes the use of traction control devices in the AMA Superbike and AMA Formula Xtreme classes while limiting the... [Read More...]

2007 Honda Dirtbike pricing

Honda has announced their 07 pricing- it is getting expensive to play in the dirt but the bikes keep getting better every year.     CRF450R  6999.00 CRF250R 6349.00 CR250R   6449.00 CR125R   5499.00 CR85R     3149.00 CR85RB   3249.00  Read More →

Carmichael and Villopoto win at Unadilla

The Unadilla round of the 2006 AMA/Toyota National Motocross Series marked the halfway point of the 12-round series. In the 250cc class, Ricky Carmichael extended his points lead, while the 125cc class saw a switch at the front of the championship chase. Read the whole story over at Speed.  Read More →

Round 10 MotoGP results

From Speed–  Valentino Rossi kept his world championship hopes alive with a stunning, come-from-behind victory in a thrilling German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring today.Although outnumbered by Honda rivals, Rossi again displayed his sublime skills and near perfect race craft to win his fourth race of the season.In a breathtaking final lap Rossi refused to concede to the audacious challenge by Marco Melandri and Nicky Hayden, to score a narrow... [Read More...]

BMW K 1200 R ad campaign

The usually conservative manufacturer has come out with a pretty agressive ad campaign for their naked streetfighter style K1200 R. Hit the link to watch the video.  BMW Motorrad USA announced today the roll-out of its newest advertising campaign for its K 1200 R, an aggressively styled, new generation model of “naked” street bike. The high energy campaign includes print ads, a micro website, promotional give-away and a viral spot developed... [Read More...]

2007 Harley-Davidson’s

The big news is that Harley-Davidson has an all-new 1584cc engine for all its 2007 Softail, Dyna, and Touring model big twin motorcycles. Harley describes the new motor as “the biggest new-engine program in the history of Harley-Davidson.” Head on over to Motorcycle Cruiser for complete coverage. The Night Rod Special is almost totally blacked out for the bad boy image. Harley’s site also has all the new models and info too.  Read More →

Seven Buell XB Models Are Refined for 2007

Milwaukee, Wis. — (Friday, July 14, 2006) Buell Motorcycle Company continues to challenge the sport-motorcycle status quo in 2007. Seven Buell XB motorcycles, innovative in design and bold in character, offer an uncommon riding experience for uncompromising riders. Each is engineered with passion, ingenuity and one goal in mind: To wring the last ounce of fun from every mile of road. For 2007, Buell XB motorcycles are offered in three distinct... [Read More...]

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