Thursday, 28 August 2014

Motocross of Nations

Motocross of Nations, Latvia, September 27-28


The 68th FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme) Motorcross of Nations is being held at Kegums, Latvia on September 27th and 28th.
2013 saw Belgium take the crown at Teutschenthal, Germany, where a huge home crowd had hoped to see the reigning champions retain the trophy.

However, it was not to be, and team Belgium repeated their Lierop, Netherlands triumph of 2004 - when Stephan Everts was among the Belgian team.

The United States was second last year, with Italy third, Australia fourth and France fifth, ahead of Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Switzerland with Estonia tenth.

The event is being organised by the Latvian Motorcyclist's Federation, which was founded in 1924.

The 1,540 metre circuit is some 60km from Riga (the Latvian capital) and the event surrounding the races opens at 2pm on Thursday September 25th.

First staged in 1947, teams compete for the Chamberlain Trophy, and the modern format (established in 1985) is actually an amalgamation of three separate events - the original Motocross des Nations, raced with 500cc motorcycles, the Trophée des Nations, raced with 250cc motorcycles, and the Coupe des Nations, for 125cc motorcycles.

The first Motorcross of Nations was held in 1947 in The Netherlands - when Bill Nicholson on a BSA took the British team to the first win

Prior to 1984, the three events were held in three different locations on different weekends, but the revised format, which is now in its 31st year, sees each rider in the three man National teams competing one in each class.

The advance betting has the US team installed as hot favourites including, as it does, Ryan Dungey who was a member of USA in each of the last three times the Americans won the event from 2009 to 2011 - indeed the United States posted seven consecutive wins from 2005 before Germany took its first ever win in 2012; last year's Belgian triumph was their 15th in the 67 year history of the event. This puts Belgium level with Great Britain, also with15 wins, with only the United States having won more often (22 times).

This year's FIM SuperMoto of Nations will be held on 12th October at Cremona, Italy.

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Triumph Motorcycles

Special edition Bonneville launched

TRIUMPH has launched a one-off run of 50 special edition Bonneville T100s. The bespoke machines mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 International Six Day Trials (ISDT), which saw the Triumph Factory Team compete and ride to gold medal victory.

The commemorative motorbikes have been developed to incorporate a number of features and styles to replicate the original 1964 T100s. Alongside customised bodywork depicting an image of the ISDT gold medal, the motorcycles feature an original image of the ‘64 Triumph Factory Team winners. In keeping with the nostalgic theme, the bikes use the original Triumph logo – which hasn’t been replicated in production for over 30 years, as well as original signatures from each of the four riders.

The 865cc modern T100s have also been fitted with classic adaptations, including the addition of cross-brace handlebars, engine sump guard, a stylistic number plate, centre stand and a bespoke seat with integrated tool bag. Official certification, signed by Triumph’s owner John Bloor, will be presented to the purchasers to guarantee authenticity and collectability.

Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1455 251700


Slingshot three-wheeler announced by Polaris

POLARIS, the parent company of both Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycles, is celebrating its 60th anniversary by releasing details of a new vehicle. The company is describing its new Slingshot as a three-wheel roadster.

“Slingshot was designed to deliver head turning exhilaration on two dimensions”, said Mike Jonikas, VP of Slingshot. “First is the exhilaration that you can see, hear and feel while riding in Slingshot. Second is the exhilaration you feel when people turn their heads to stare at Slingshot’s unique and exotic styling”.

The Slingshot has two wheels at the front, behind which is side-by-side open air seating for two. The Slingshot is powered by a 2.4-liter, dual overhead cam engine and a five-speed manual transmission, all of which is carried in a steel spaceframe that is matched to an aluminium swingarm, with final drive being via a carbon fibre reinforced belt.
Drawing on its motorcycle heritage, Polaris has equipped the Slingshot with electronic stability and traction control, three-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and LED taillights, while from its ATV range is has taken key safety features such as forged aluminium roll hoops and three-point seat belts.
Polaris will be offering two versions of the Slingshot; the base model features titanium metallic paint, 17in alloy wheels upfront, and an 18in wheel in the rear. The premium model called Slingshot SL features red pearl paint, larger 18in forged aluminium wheels upfront and a 20in wheel in the rear, and a blade windscreen for  wind protection. It also features a media console with a 4.3in LCD screen, backup camera, Bluetooth integration and a six-speaker audio system.

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

Advanstar Communications has confirmed the schedule for this winter's Progressive International Motorcycle Show Series.
The program kicks off at the end of October in Northern California, before taking in Arizona, Southern California and Seattle, before heading East to New York. Then, after Christmas, being staged in Washington DC, Miami, Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and finishing up in Chicago in mid February.

The series will again feature the J&P Cycles sponsored Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Series.

The full schedule is:

October 31 - November 2
San Mateo, California

November 7 - 9
Scottsdale, Arizona

November 21 - 23
Long Beach, California

December 12 - 14
New York City

January 9 - 11 2015
Washington DC

January 16 - 18
Miami, Florida

January 23 - 25
Dallas, Texas

January 30 - February 1
Cleveland, Ohio

February 6 - 8
Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 13 - 15
Chicago, Illinois

Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle introduces two new models

INDIAN Motorcycle has launched the all-new Indian Roadmaster and Scout models as it continues to expand the line-up of motorcycles for 2015.

Originally produced from ‘47-‘53, the Indian Roadmaster has been reintroduced to the Indian range as a premium touring model.
“It is truly a privilege and an honour for our team to be a part of motorcycling history in designing and reintroducing the Roadmaster, which has such a legendary reputation as the king of luxury touring bikes”, said Steve Menneto, VP of Indian Motorcycle. “The heritage, quality, craftsmanship, performance and standard features on this bike are simply unmatched in the luxury touring segment”.

The 2015 Indian Roadmaster has been designed to be capable of two-up touring with expansive, easy-access storage for extended rides in virtually any weather condition. The integrated and weatherproof storage has a capacity of nearly 38 gallons spread across dual hard saddlebags that have a quick-release capability and a removable carpet-lined trunk.
Rider and passenger comfort is catered for by the power adjust Horizon windscreen, leather heated seats with individual controls and high/low settings, adjustable airflow lower fairings that also feature additional easy-access storage, heated grips featuring 10 temperature settings and adjustable passenger floorboards, while electronics on the Roadmaster include a tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control and LED lighting.
The integrated infotainment system offers AM/FM/WB, optional XM and features communication, navigation, media device, telephone and Pandora integration, and there is Bluetooth capability for hands-free multi-device connectivity.
Like other motorcycles in the Indian range, the Roadmaster is powered by the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, a 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin, mated to a six-speed overdrive transmission.
Joining the Roadmaster in the 2015 Indian Motorcycle line-up is the new Scout. Claimed to be the lightest machine in its class with a wet weight of 558lb the 2015 Indian Scout is powered by an all-new proprietary liquid-cooled 69"/100hp v-twin. Created from a clean sheet design, it features a chassis design that is made up of a lightweight rigid cast aluminium frame coupled with a low 25.3in seat height.

“Over the course of 30 years of countless innovations, racing wins, world records and industry firsts, the Scout earned its reputation as a versatile, multifaceted bike that appealed to just about every rider and riding style”, said Steve Menneto. “Our designers and engineers have taken that heritage and those characteristics and fused it into the 2015 Indian Scout”.

Exhaust Pro-Guide

Arrow offerings for S1000R

BMW’S S1000R, the naked version of the German company’s S1000RR, can now benefit from the performance improvements of an Arrow exhaust. 

Arrow’s slip-on collection includes five street legal options and a race fitting, with all of them fitting the OE pipes. The range is made up of the Works titanium silencer with a carbon end cap, The Race-Tech in a choice of aluminium, black anodized aluminium, or titanium, with all three versions having carbon end caps, and the X-Kone NiChrom silencer with a stainless steel mid-pipe. The final option is the GP2 titanium silencer with a stainless steel mid-pipe.

San Giustino (PG), ITALY
Tel: +39 0758 61811


Pipe Werx Honda NC700 exhausts

PIPE Werx, a British performance exhaust specialist, has launched a range of exhaust silencers for Honda’s NC700X and NC700S, with 30 30 combinations of shape, finish and silencer type available. 

The replacement exhausts from Pipe Werx are said to offer substantial weight savings – losing 2.1kg for a titanium silencer and 1.5kg for stainless steel.
All Pipe Werx exhausts are constructed with 304 grade stainless steel internals and sleeve options available are stainless steel, powder coated black, carbon fibre, titanium or coloured titanium. The ‘SL’ version features traditional style end caps finished in stainless steel, while ‘CarbonEdge SL’ has a carbon fibre end cap. Both variations are available in round, oval or the new tri-oval shape, and feature a removable baffle that increases noise and improves gas flow and throttle response.

Lathom, UK
Tel: 01704 895252


Hypercone slip-ons for Diavel

REMUS has now launched a selection of exhaust options for use on Ducati’s Diavel Power cruiser. The range includes Hypercone slip-on muffler choices and a selection of connecting tubes to work with the slip-ons.

Remus’ Hypercone silencer selection for the Diavel is made up of three options; stainless steel, black stainless steel, and titanium. All three options can be purchased with or without a heat shield included.
The connecting pipes are available in either a polished or matt finish and with or without a catalytic convertor included.

Baernbach, AUSTRIA
Tel: +43 (0)3142 6900 0


HP Corse Hydroform exhaust of MT-09

HP CORSE is now producing a complete replacement exhaust for Yamaha’s MT-09 with its new Hydroform system. The Hydrofrom is made up of stainless steel manifolds and fittings and a silencer made from hydroformed stainless steel. Thanks to the use of hydro forming the body of the silencer can be reduced in thickness to create a low weight of just over 1kg.

Canaletti di Budrio (Bo), ITALY
Tel: +39 051 802334


Exhausts for 750 Hondas

GPR Exhaust Systems has introduced a range of homologated slip-on exhaust silencers for the 2014 Honda NC750 and Integra 750.

The range of slip-ons is available with a specific link pipe and removable db killer, the exhausts require no changes made to the engine’s mapping unless a racing header pipe is also instead. Options in the exhaust line-up include Deeptone, Furore, GPE EVO, Sportcan, Fastcan and Powercross, with a weight saving of between 2.5 and 3.5kg and a power increase of 1.5hp possible depending on the slip-on chosen. 

Riozzo di Cerro al Lambro (MI), ITALY
Tel: +39 02 98112058


Rack and guard options for Honda NC 750


HONDA’S NC 750 models are the latest motorcycles to have been through the Fehling workshop allowing the German luggage specialist to create a range of luggage carriers and crash protection options. The new pieces have been designed to fit the NC 750 X and NC 750 S, including the DCT models.

Fehling’s crash protection bars, which are finished in black, fit the NC 700 X and are also suitable for use on the NC 750 S and X models. Listed as an ‘Off-road Protection Guard’, the second set of crash protectors have been designed exclusively for the NC 700 X and offer impact protection for the lower parts of the bike’s fairing. 

To allow luggage to be carried on the NC 700 X Fehling makes a small universal rack that uses the pillion grab mounting points, a top box carrier that is compatible with Givi and Kappa (Monokey) cases, and pannier racks that also work with Givi and Kappa (Monokey) luggage.

Wickede (Ruhr), GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)2377 2033