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From Motorcyclist Online

  • A New Yorker On The West Coast
    News Visiting the Motorcyclist HQ, riding with Zack and Ari, lane splitting, and having my fill of kale salads Riding with Zack and Ari and spending some time in the Motorcyclist office helps beat the winter blues, but is California all it’s cracked up to be? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-24
  • How To Care For Your Bike’s Belt Drive
    Videos Belts are low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean no maintenance Drive belts don’t require much maintenance, but you do need to check the condition and tension every few thousand miles. Here’s how it’s done. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-23
  • Great Compact Camping Gear Essentials For Your Next Adventure In The Great Outdoors
    Gear Essentials that don’t take too much of your precious cargo space Packing light for a camping trip is a no-brainer, and these items can prove that you, in fact, have the brains when it comes to gear for the great outdoors. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-20
  • 2018 Alta Redshift SM vs. 2018 Zero DSR Drag Race
    Reviews Modern e-bikes go head to head at the strip Everyone is always raving about the acceleration of Alta’s Redshift SM and Zero’s DSR e-bikes. But how do they stack up in a quarter-mile sprint? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-19
  • 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Dyno
    Reviews We check out Husqvarna’s single-cylinder street bike’s performance numbers Interested in Husqvarna’s new Vitpilen 401 scrambler? Here’s what you can expect to get in the horsepower and torque departments. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-17
  • Tackling El Camino Del Diablo On A Triumph Scrambler
    News Riding the deadliest road in the desert Adventure riding in this Arizona desert is unforgiving to street bikes and riders alike. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-10
  • The Benefits Of Learning Analog Motorcycle Navigation
    News Expert off-road navigator Emily Miller shares her simple secrets of navigation The navigation article you'll wish you'd read when your phone runs out of batteries in the woods. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-09
  • Are Frame Sliders Good Or Bad?
    MC Garage A guide to understanding motorcycle crash protection Will frame sliders save your bacon or bend your bike? We take a look at the pros and cons of crash protection in this video from the MC Garage. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-06
  • Seattle Cossacks Have Stunted On Harleys Since 1938
    News We get to know aerospace engineer Rob Root and his 1938 Harley-Davidson U The Cossacks didn't invent team stunt riding, but they've been perfecting it for generations. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-06
  • From Fireblade To Fat Boy In Five Bikes
    Reviews Barroom banter uncovers link between polar opposite motorcycles Motorcyclists can get from sportbike to cruiser in as little as five bikes. Is that just the beer talking or are we on to something? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-05
  • 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE – Favorites And Fails
    News What’s great—and, well, not so great—about Kawasaki’s latest supercharged sportbike Kawasaki’s new Ninja H2 SX SE is amazing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few complaints. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-05
  • Discussing Bridgestone’s New T31 Sport-Touring Tires With The Guys Who Know Them Best
    News Better wet grip and improved rider feedback are highlights of the new T31 sport-touring tires Who are the T31 tires suitable for, how were they tested, and why are they offered in a whopping 22 sizes? We talk with Bridgestone techs to find out. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-05
  • The Magic Of The Honda Super Cub
    News The most-produced motor vehicle in history. The Super Cub has been something to love since 1958. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-05
  • 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 vs. Yamaha XSR700 Drag Race
    Videos Modern café racer middleweights head to head at the strip Arguably the closest rival for Husky’s new Vitpilen 701 is Yamaha’s XSR700. But how do they stack up in a quarter-mile sprint? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-04
  • The Art Of The Highside
    News Nothing teaches patience like crashing your first bike There is no bummer like crashing on a long-distance ride. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-04
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From Motorcycle Writer

  • Motorcycle tracker technology improved
    The Slovenian company that brought us the innovative Smart Turn System self-cancelling indicators is now working on a Smart Motorcycle Tracker that they claim will be better than any current tracker. STS will test the prototype Smart Motorcycle Tracker in May with production to follow later this year. The makers admit a motorcycle tracking device will not deter or stop thieves, but they say it will help track down your bike as they send an alert to the rider and the police to improve the response time in the event of theft. “The response time is crucial,” they say. “After ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-26
  • Uniform technology boost for motorcycle safety
    A company that has developed vehicle-to-motorcycle (V2M) technology will join the Connected Motorcycle Consortium to develop an industry-wide uniform motorcycle platform for V2M communication. The Autotalk V2M system, launched in June 2017, detects motorcycles not visible to the human eye, cameras or other sensors and alerts riders and drivers to life-threatening situations such as imminent crashes. Click here to read more. Autotalks claims its advantages include simple integration, low power consumption, high range of operating temperature, small size and resistance to vibration which make to ideal for motorcycles. Boss Hagai Zyss says the company is an early innovator in motorcycle-to-vehicle ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-26
  • CFMoto 250NK fills learner gap
    The learner market continues to be flooded with models and now CFMoto Australia has filled the gap between the 150NK ($3090) and 400NK ABS ($5990) with the new 250NK at $3990 ride away. That compares with the Honda CB300F at $5699, Kawasaki Ninja 4090 at $6499, Suzuki GSX-R250 at $5790 and Yamaha YZF-R3 at $6299 (all are recommended rices and do not inlaced on-road costs). To further sweeten the deal, CFMoto is throwing in a free CFMoto rider jacket and helmet worth $350 when a customer buys a 250NK up until July 31. “The 250NK is a model we have been ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-26
  • Indian Motorcycle reports rapid growth
    Indian Motorcycle has reported rapid growth of 42% outside of North America in the first quarter of 2018. While its American parent company Polaris did not provide exact sales numbers, it was a remarkable result when compatriot Harley-Davidson recorded a 7.2% drop global sales in the same quarter. Polaris motorcycle sales were up 9.3% to $131.6 million which was offset by a decreased in the three-wheeler Slingshot. The company blames a cold and wet spring in North America for putting a dampener on sales growth. Rapid growth However, outside North America the company reported a rapid 42% growth in motorcycle ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-26
  • Thai Harleys ‘thanks to President Trump’
    Harley-Davidson is shutting its Kansas City plant and will this year start building bikes in Thailand because President Donald Trump has abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, says boss Matt Levatich. The extraordinary statement comes as Matt addressed media and shareholders over its first-quarter results. Harley’s global sales were down 7.2% in the quarter, including a 19.9% drop in Australia, but operating income was up 20.8%, thanks partly to “manufacturing optimisation”. Harley-Davidson Retail Motorcycle Sales Vehicles 1st Quarter 2018 2017 Change U.S. 29,309 33,316 ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-26
  • Crows Nest tour guide welcomes riders
    Riders now have a helpful online tour guide resource for the motorcycle friendly Crows Nest region north of Toowoomba. Crows Nest became a motorcycle friendly town a year ago and has since developed a good social media presence, added several motorcycle parking spots in the centre of town and produced brochures, videos and online resources to encourage more riders to the area. Motorcycle tour guide The Discover Crows Nest website now includes a motorcycle tours section that features seven interesting loops around the region which sits on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west about 150km west of ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-25
  • Suzuki GSX learners recalled on frame issue
    Suzuki Australia has recalled their learner-approved GSX-R125 sports bike and GSX-S125 naked bike (pictured above) over the possibility of frame breakages. The official notice was issued through the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission. “Due to improper paint application, the torque specification of the front engine bolts may cause the paint to wear down with heat and vibration from the engine,” the notice says. “This could cause the bolts to loosen. “The engine mounting bolts may break, which could cause the frame to break. This may pose an accident hazard to the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-25
  • Low motorcycle seats should be free
    Several motorcycle manufacturers now recognise that shorter riders are not being catered for by bikes with tall seats, so they are offering low seat options. However, these are usually not free. You have to buy the bike with the original tall seat then buy the short seat option sometimes costing as much as $600, depending on the model. It’s highway robbery and it’s no wonder motorcycle companies are struggling. Seat rip-off Providing a low-seat option is great, but making the customer pay for the seat is ridiculous. You can’t use two seats on the one bike. You only want one. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-25
  • 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 models price hike
    The 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 range is lighter and has more than 200 improvements, but you can expect a price hike of up to $2350 for the upgrade. The new models are now available in Australia and feature LED lighting, lighter exhausts, better ergos, six riding modes, up/down quick shifter, updated cruise control, full-colour TFT instruments, back-lit controls, keyless ignition, Brembo front brakes switchable ABS and traction control, and improved off-road ability. New TFT colour screenPrice hike But all that extra tech and features comes at a price hike: MODEL 2017 price 2018 price increase Tiger 800 XRX & XRX ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-24
  • Aprilia RSV4 RF LE sportsbike takes wings
    When wings were first used in MotoGP aerodynamic design a few years ago, we were concerned that the ugly F1-style appendages would make their way to road bikes. Well, our worst fears have been confirmed with Aprilia the first to add racing wings to a production bike. Aprilia RSV4RF LE with MotoGP wingsHowever, it’s only a limited-edition RSV4 RF LE, but it could be the start of such ugly looking fairing appendages. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some may see this as beautiful styling. Wings in MotoGP However, very few road riders would probably ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-24
  • Riders play significant role in wartime
    As you head to a 2018 Anzac Day service for the 103rd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, reflect on the significant role played by military motorcycles and their riders in wartime and peace. As the above image shows, motorcycles were present on the famed beaches of Gallipoli. This Admiralty official photo shows members of the Royal Engineers (Signal Service). Military motorcycles at the Indian Motorcycle Museum, BrisbaneMilitary motorcycles have played a number of vital roles in wartime and peace. They are also a significant feature in many motorcycle, and military and war museums around the world, including the Harley museum ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-23
  • Harley-Davidson interns get free bike
    Harley-Davidson is searching for eight millennials from around the world to act as paid marketing interns to ride around on one of their bikes for 12 weeks, post about it on social media and then keep the motorcycle! Aussie millennials aged over 18 can also apply for the eight internships. New Harley-Davidson Australia marketing director Keith Waddell describes the US promotion as a “fantastic initiative”. “We will be watching the program very closely as it progresses,” he says. Harley channel marketing director Heidi Skinner says they will send the interns on assignments around the world such as bike nights, flat-track ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-23
  • Rider successfully sues over roadworks crash
    A rider has successfully sued his local council and a traffic management company for compensation to repair his Triumph Rocket III after crashing in gravel left on roadworks. Unfortunately, both claims came with non-disclosure clauses, so we can’t name the rider, council, and company, nor imply liability to any party. However, the rider is keen for others to be made aware that they can successfully take on authorities who do not provide adequate surfaces for riders at roadworks nor adequate signage. Click here for information about suing for roadworks crashes The rider says the council settled out of court only ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-23
  • Honda Monkey Bike returns – with ABS!
    Honda announced it was dropping the 50cc Monkey Bike last year, but they now have a modern version with more than double the engine capacity, five gears and even ABS. With the phenomenal success of the Grom, Honda has obviously seen the potential for a modernised Monkey Bike. Honda Australia took two years to realise the potential of the 125cc Grom which now sells for $3999. There is no word yet on when the Monkey Bike will be available or its price. Bigger capacity Honda chief officer Noriaki Abe said last year they had reached their technological limit for controlling ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-23
  • Concerns over mobile pink slips trial
    A trial of mobile pink slips inspections could have issues for motorcycle riders, including being incorrectly fined for excessive exhaust noise or having their headlights set at the wrong angle, the motor industry claims. NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey claims the six-month trial in the Illawarra, Sydney, Central Coast, and Hunter areas would ensure inspections can be delivered safely. However, the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW has expressed concerns that the mobile vans would not carry enough equipment to perform accurate inspections. Pink slips Motorcycles older than five years require a safety inspection (previously called a ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-23
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 From Motorcycle USA

  • Victory’s Project 156 Prototype Engine in Video
    Victory Motorcycles continues to trickle out information about its Project 156, this time with a video about the prototype race engine it will use to race up Pikes Peak. The Project 156 team gets a peak at initial performance numbers after firing it up at its Minnesota R&D facility. Victory’s Darby Fowler, one of the project leaders, talks about needing a broad map to deal with barometer drops and the changing atmospheric conditions they’ll encounter from the continuous climb in elevation.Project 156 will make its dash up the mountain Sunday, June 28th, with Don Canet aboard. Good luck to everyone ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Honda Roads Racing Season Preview 2015
    With the 2015 Northwest 200 already underway and the Isle of Man TT races scheduled for the end of the month, Honda Racing has released a 2015 roads racing season preview featuring riders John McGuinness and Conor Cummins. Filmed during testing at Castle Combe, there’s on-track footage along with interviews from both riders and principal team members. Check out the video below to see both men in action as they prepare for some of the most intense races in the world.The post Honda Roads Racing Season Preview 2015 appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-14
  • Aprilia HSBK MotoAmerica Debut Video
    The Aprilia HSBK team debuted its 2015 MotoAmerica racing squad at the season opener at Circuit of the Americas, with riders Devon McDonough and Dustin Dominguez battling in the Superstock 1000 class. Aprilia compiled footage of the first event to highlight the team’s efforts, which saw Dominguez finish second in his class in Race 1 and 2, and McDonough take a pair of fifth-place results. According to the riders, the RSV4 is a potent weapon and with time, will be a threat for Superstock 1000 wins.The post Aprilia HSBK MotoAmerica Debut Video appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-13
  • Drifting Baggers, Victory Style
    When thinking of drifting motorcycles, 800-pound baggers are one of the last things that come to mind. But take a couple of professional stunt riders, throw them on a closed course, and cut them loose on Lloydz Motorworkz supercharged, 200 horsepower Victory baggers and anything is possible.In this case, it’s Tony Carbajal and Joe Vertical of the Victory Stunt Team who are backin’ baggers in at JenningsGP. I’ve tested the capable chassis of the Victory Cross Country myself on trips to Sturgis before, but this is above and beyond. Way beyond. The video is testament to both man and machine. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-12
  • Why We Ride Quail Riders’ Dinner for PBTF
    Why We Ride producers Bryan Carroll and James Walker are hosting a fundraising dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey this Friday night, May 15, to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The menu will be Cali-Mexi style, there’s sure to be a few surprise guests, and sponsor Bell Helmets will be demonstrating its Custom Fit technology where they scan heads to ensure the best fit possible. A long list of others are also sponsoring the event. The dinner party starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.There’s two tiers of tickets. A $125 donation includes ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-12
  • 2015 Las Vegas EnduroCross Recap Video
    The 2015 Las Vegas EnduroCross round kicked off a huge weekend for off-road motorsport in the Nevada desert this year as Arenacross and Supercross finals were held in the town the same weekend. EnduroCross provides a different kind of spectacle than the other two series’ though, with lots of technical, close quarter, slow speed battles that push riders to the limits of two-wheeled control. The best, riders like Colton Haaker (eventual winner of the round) and Cody Webb (defending EnduroCross champion), make navigating through craggy boulder patches and loose log traps look smooth and effortless. Beau Cottington was on hand during Las Vegas ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-06
  • Vance & Hines Quest for 4 Drag Race Video
    Vance & Hines recently dropped a stylish video recap of Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec’s 2014 season chasing the NHRA Pro Stock Championship title. Check out the video below for a look inside the shop and plenty of on track action.The post Vance & Hines Quest for 4 Drag Race Video appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-05
  • Josh Sheehan Pulls a Triple Backflip
    Nitro Circus is known for some pretty crazy stunts, and one of the latest is really incredible. Josh Sheehan, the Australian freestyle MXer that took home the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour title, goes for a mind-blowing triple backflip in the video below. You’ve got to check it out. The post Josh Sheehan Pulls a Triple Backflip appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-01
  • Rainey & Dunlop Talk MotoAmerica at CoTA
    MotoAmerica riders took part in a two-day preseason Dunlop Tire test at Circuit of the Americas in mid March, 2015. Dunlop had cameras rolling during the event, taking time to sit down with MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey about his outlook for the series before turning the cameras on Tony Romo, a Dunlop Motorsports Technician, to learn more about tire development. Check out what both men have to say in the video below.The post Rainey & Dunlop Talk MotoAmerica at CoTA appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-04-29
  • Mayor To Announce Ace Cafe Orlando
    The world famous Ace Café is coming to Orlando, Florida. A press conference is being held tomorrow to announce the newest addition to the Ace Café family. The café is part of Orlando’s downtown restoration project. Orlando Mayer Buddy Dyer will be making the announcement at 3 p.m. at 100 West Livingston Street. Special guests will be Mark Wilsmore and George Tsuchnikas, Co-Owners of the Ace Café London, and Steve Glum and Mark McKee of Ace Café North America. Hundreds of bikers and other special guests are said to be attending also “for a “Start Your Engines” British-style “Roar Up” ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-04-29

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