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MotoGP 2017 COTA Preview

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  As the checkered flag fell in Argentina, the shape of the 2017 season changed. Suddenly, Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales and partner Valentino Rossi, the Boys in Blue, sit on top of the world looking down. Those looking up, WAY up, include defending champion Marc Marquez of Honda and the factory Ducati team, currently residing on the other side of the proverbial tracks. Marquez has never lost, deep in the heart of Texas, which makes Sunday’s contest what my wife (eyebrows raised) refers to as “critical?” Even though it’s so early in the season – Round 3 – the Yamaha contingent [...]

BMW S1000XR Vs. KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Vs. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce

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Just as there are a million ways to skin a cat, there are a million ways to go sport-touring, too. Some folks prefer the full-on Gold Wing style of touring, while others sway the other direction, slapping on a backpack filled only with the bare essentials as they dart off aboard their sportbike. Throw in muscle cruisers and adventure bikes with integrated or aftermarket luggage, and the options for burning miles and scraping peg feelers are very wide. For this test, we’re shooting for the happy medium, with three motorcycles that all approach sport-touring slightly differently. The players include the [...]

Racing Schedule Announced For 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

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  If you haven’t gone to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, you really should. There’s something for every motorcycle enthusiast. Begin Press Release: Racing Schedule Announced For 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Youth classes added to motocross and hare scrambles competition Motorcycle fans and racers will have the opportunity to experience three days of action-packed motorcycle competition during the 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days on July 7-9 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Vintage and post-vintage competition will be held in hare scrambles, motocross, trials, dirt track and road racing. “The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days vintage racing program acknowledges [...]

Yamaha Fan Activities For COTA This Weekend

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Lots going on with Yamaha for the race weekend. Begin Press Release: Yamaha Previews bLU cRU Road Racing And Fan Activities Scheduled For The Circuit of The Americas This Weekend Cypress, CA (April 19, 2017) – Beginning tomorrow through Sunday, the Yamaha bLU cRU road racing teams will be on the world stage as they join the stars of MotoGP in Austin, TX. Round 1 of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship gets under way Thursday morning at the 3.426-mile, 20-turn Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing: Beaubier & Hayes Two-time and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion [...]

Get Ready For The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2017

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In just four short years the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show has grown leaps and bounds. Put on by the folks at Revival Cycles, an Austin, Texas-based moto shop, the creations it has pumped out are enough for a show in its own right. However, the Revival folks team up with some of the most innovative and creative talents in the motorcycle customizing business to display their talents each year at the Handbuilt Show. Scheduled for the same weekend as the MotoGP race at the neighboring Circuit of the Americas, the crowd for the show has been steadily climbing as word of [...]

Rickey Gadson Sets New Speed Record

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Rickey Gadson has been hard on the gas. The multi-time champion drag racer recently hit the small screen with a co-starring role in a new TV show, Caffeine and Octane airing on Velocity, and he’s recently ridden to the highest speed ever clocked on a supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2. Rickey Gadson on TV You may recall that Gadson also had accompanied me to the Oregon Airstrip Attack event in which we both attempted to break through the 200-mph barrier in a half-mile sprint on a stock Kawi H2R, but we both came up just a few mph short. Kawasaki H2R [...]

MO Tested: Healtech Quick Shifter Easy Review – Update

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Almost two years ago, I reviewed the Healtech Quick Shifter Easy and finished my review with the following sentence: “The HealTech Quick Shifter Easy lives up to its name, and it will bring a smile to your face as you run through the gears, hearing the exhaust note seamlessly change as you snick through the gears.” Well, in the world of electronics, two years is a long time. So, when I learned from Blue Monkey Motorsports that the QSE’s control unit and sensor had been updated, I ordered one up and paid with my own dang money. No review unit [...]

Yamaha Reflects On Impressive LeMans 24-Hour Performance

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Yamaha goes one-two at LeMans, with the teams separated by less than one minute over the course of 24 hours! Begin Press Release: Yamaha Deliver Le Mans Masterclass with Incredible Double Podium The GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team and YART Yamaha Official EWC Team delivered a masterclass in Endurance racing over the last 24 hours. The two Official Yamaha Endurance teams took first and second on the podium respectively for the 2017 FIM 24 Heures Motos at the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans, turning the event into a two horse race as they fought less than a minute apart, over [...]

WIN A 1950 Triumph Thunderbird Bobber

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That’s a cool door prize! Begin Press Release: Presenting this years VVMR10 Raffle Bike… This year, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be giving away a Triumph Thunderbird Bobber, built and curated by the VVMC Build Team! This will be the 5th bike that the club has given away, and promises to be one of our oldest, and most challenging builds. The build is underway, and tickets are ON SALE NOW! Head on over to www.venicevintage.com/tickets for your chance to win this fine British Custom Hard-tailed Bobber! The raffle will happen Saturday, Sept. 16th at the 10th Annual Venice Vintage [...]

Designer Tom Dixon And Customizer Stefano Venier Team Up On Moto Guzzi Custom

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Apparently famed UK furniture and lighting designer, Tom Dixon, is an avid motorcyclist and a long-term Moto Guzzi owner. In fact, in an interview with Dezeen he credits his desire to work on his own motorcycles as the impetus for learning to weld – a skill that launched his career creating things with metal. On a visit to the Moto Guzzi factory, Dixon procured what appears to be a V7 to use as a new canvas in collaboration with notable customizer Stefano Venier. The result blends Venier’s raw style with Dixon’s penchant for geometric designs. Dubbed Tomoto, the motorcycle was [...]