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BMW R 5 - Custom meets heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

80 years ago, BMW presented the BMW R 5 to the international public - an exciting new technological development that was to influence motorcycle construction right through to the 1950s. Inspired by the 500 cc factory racing machine of 1935, it was one of the groundbreaking sports motorbikes of the late 1930s with its newly designed light frame. To mark the 80th anniversary of the BMW R 5, BMW Motorrad is honouring this icon at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016 with a special model: the BMW R 5 Hommage.


The BMW R 5 Hommage translates the essence of motorcycling into the modern era, combining the world of historical motorcycle design with the modern world of custom bikes.

“At its debut, the R 5 was not only a masterpiece of engineering, the clarity of its lines and the elegance of its proportions also made it stand out clearly from the masses. To this day, the R 5 remains one of the most aesthetically appealing motorcycles in BMW history in my view,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad. “In my opinion, its fascinating and unique beauty lies in its sheer simplicity,” adds Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design and Creative Director Heritage BMW Motorrad. “In today’s world it is very simple to keep it complicated, but very complicated to keep it simple. And the BMW R 5 captures the very essence of a motorcycle. Our aim was to transport its clarity and elegant aesthetic appeal to the modern era - creating a respectful combination of old-school and high-tech with a dash of high performance.”


Vintage meets custom.


The BMW R 5 Hommage shows just how well the world of historical motorcycles and the custom scene harmonise. At the core there is an original 500 cc Two-cylinder engine provided by motorcycle enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch. This boxer engine was damaged in a race and provided the starting point for creating the BMW R 5 Hommage.


As befits a custom bike, the homage bike was elaborately hand-crafted from scratch. Ronny and Benny Noren were called upon to produce the parts according to the specifications of the BMW Motorrad Design Team: the two brothers have been building tailor-made customer bikes for more than 30 years.


Historical core ...





The Two-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine of the R 5 was completely newly designed at the time and had an output of 24 bhp at 5,500 rpm. The valve drive was taken care of by two camshafts powered by a timing chain. Thanks to the likewise newly designed frame made of electrically welded oval tubing, the light R 5 reached a top speed of 135 km/h, making it almost as fast as R 17 with 33 bhp 750 cc – which is one of the reasons it was so frequently used for racing, just like the engine selected for the BMW R 5 Hommage, which was damaged during a race. For the homage bike, numerous components such as the valve cover and the breastplate of the boxer engine were machined from billet aluminium based on sketches: they give the historical core a dash of modern flair.


... in a tailor-made custom outfit.


Two doyens of the custom bike scene, Ronny and Benny Noren, were the perfect partners for the BMW R 5 Hommage project when it came to providing a fitting outward appearance for the historical core and producing the missing parts for the engine and gearbox. The remaining parts gradually took shape in the Noren brothers’ workshop based on sketches by the BMW Motorrad Design Team. All parts such as the frame, fuel tank and rearfender are unique, elaborately hand-crafted components – making this a genuine custom bike. And most important of all: the newly fashioned parts clearly transport the original purist character of the R 5.


Timelessly elegant: the proportions.


The result is impressive: even from a distance the proportions convey the timeless beauty of a consistent reduction to the essentials – entirely true to the spirit of the R 5 – and translate this idea into the modern age. The frame and fuel tank echo the elegant drop shape of the original, though in a more modern, streamlined interpretation. The steering head is slightly more tilted, for example, so as to give the R 5 Hommage greater presence and expressive stance while at the same time underscore the fact that it belongs to the customer bike world. As far as the frame is concerned, the focus here was on the oval shaped tubes which were such a striking feature of the original. Together the frame and fuel tank draw a continuous line from the steering head to the rear wheel hub, giving the side view a touch of elegance. The hand-made steel rearfender perpetuates the minimalistic layout.


A modern interpretation of historical details.


A particularly defining feature in terms of the appearance of the original R 5 was the telescopic fork - new at the time - whose characteristic fork covers were aerodynamically shaped at the level of the headlamp. The BMW R 5 Hommage invokes this element and interprets it in modern style based on the custom made fork. The leading edge of the forkcovers echoes the “crease” on the breastplate and valve covers with a suggested interpretation of the typical “R 5 rib”. The brake and clutch levers activated from the bar-end likewise blend the past with state-of-the-art technology: these custom-made components combine the look of historical reversed levers with the adjustment options of modern controls.


Exquisite custom craftsmanship: supercharger, exhaustpipes and suspension.


The heart of the BMW R 5 rests within the minimalist proportions of the homage bike. The technical highlight of the engine is the specially developed supercharger, which in the BMW R 5 Hommage now significantly boosts the output of the original 500 cc power unit of 26 bhp to achieve a contemporary accurate level.


A completely newly built stainless steel exhaust system ensures that this increase in power is appropriately reflected in terms of sound.


Other contemporary accents are provided by the new rear wheel suspension, the modern piston brake system and the elaborately designed front and rear wheel hub. The latter combines the brake system and spoke mount in a single formal unit - a detailed reflection of the minimalistic concept embodied by the BMW R 5 Hommage.


The colour: classic BMW style yet still a true custom bike.


The BMW R 5 Hommage is presented in classic style when it comes to colour. The basic theme is typical BMW – black with white pinstripes, though interpreted in contemporary style of course. In addition to the opaquely finished surfaces, the so-called smoke finish on the fuel tank and rearfender allow the steel underneath to partially show through. In addition to the white pinstripes, the black finish on the fuel tank and rearfender especially comes into its own right, in perfect custom style, due to the metallic finish and a slight flake effect.  The engine cases and gearbox in glass bead aluminium provide the perfect stage for the polished aluminium parts such as the machined breastplate and the valve covers with its “R 5 crease”. The soft lustre of the polished aluminium is especially reminiscent of the BMW R 5 originals. The overall image is rounded off with a handstitched leather seat with high-quality embossing.

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Motorcycle Experience Newsletter May 20

A letter from Dave at Motorcycle Experience.
Looks like a must watch episode!

Earlier this week I was out in the Ganaraska Forest just south of Kirby, Ontario, shooting a pile of new Red Adventure riding features with two of my favourite off-road riding buddies, Lawrence Hacking and Toni Sharpless. When it comes to off-road racing and riding, nobody knows more than Lawrence Hacking. This guy has raced in the International Six Days, the Baja 1000, the Mexican 1000 and the Paris to Dakar. Trust me, when we get together, I always learn something new. As for Toni, we go all the way back to 1990 when she made her first appearance on Motorcycle Experience testing a Yamaha FZR600. The first time I met Toni, I could tell that she had motor oil in her veins. Toni is such a spark and is always a pleasure to hang with. She’s raced professionally as a road racer at such prestigious events as the Daytona 200, the Suzuka 8 hour, the Bol d’Or and the 24 hours of LeMans. Now that’s an impressive resumé! More recently she’s been hitting the enduro trail here in Ontario and again, this gal has compiled an amazing wealth of knowledge when it comes to adventure riding. Be sure to check out her feature this week on the show. Anyway, we all had a blast out in the Gani. And speaking of Motorcycle Experience...

On this week’s edition of Motorcycle Experience, we will kick off the show by asking long time viewer, Mark Russell to sample Triumph Motorcycle’s hugely popular tribute to the café racers of the late 1960’s, the Thruxton. Then Norm Wells and I will continue our Ultimate Ride down in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year we’ve rented a couple of BMW GSs and we’re taking in the amazing scenery out in the Nevada desert. This week on day 2 we tackle the all important question of where to grab lunch.

On Shifting Gears, SMART riding instructor Clinton Smout looks at extending the riding season and Senior Editor Colin Fraser stops by to discuss the art of shopping for a used set of wheels, while looking back at Harley-Davidson’s 2007 Night Rod. And during this week's “Red Adventure” segment Toni Sharpless, will talk about what to wear under your adventure riding Jacket.

Also, don’t forget that I’ve been invited to head up to Whitehorse next month to help host their TELUS Ride For Dad event on June 11th. I plan to be there for the whole weekend as this is a super worthy cause and I’m sure that it’s going to be a blast. To date, some 250,000 people have helped to raise over 16 million dollars in the fight against prostate cancer and now you can add me to the growing number of folks who want to help out. There are some 40 communities across Canada hosting a Ride For Dad right now so please sign up and join a ride near you. You'll be glad you did.

Keep your right hand cranked!
Dave

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Motorcycle Experience on TSN

A message from Dave Hatch:


Well the wait and winter is finally over! May’s arrival means that it’s officially time to get out and ride and watch Motorcycle Experience on TSN.
 
This year we have changed our format slightly, added a new official charity for the show and picked up a new riding apparel supplier. First up, lets talk about the new show line up. Here’s what you'll see on this week's episode: On this jam-packed edition of Motorcycle Experience, we will kick off our 27th season on TSN by sampling Honda Canada's all new Africa Twin out in Victoria, BC. Then Norm Wells and I will kick start our 15th BMW Ultimate Ride down in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year we’ve rented a couple of GS’s from EagleRider and plan to double-down on some amazing scenery and roads out in the Nevada desert. Then, during our brand new “Red Adventure” segment, expert off road racer, Lawrence Hacking, will examine the exploding sport of adventure riding. On Shifting Gears, SMART riding instructor Clinton Smout tackles the sand and gravel and Senior editor Colin Fraser will wrap up the first episode by stopping by to discuss the art of shopping for a used set of wheels, all the while looking back at a 2006 Suzuki 650 bandit.

During many of these segments you’ll note that I’m now wearing the latest riding gear from Olympia Moto Sports. They came on board with us late last fall and, I gotta say, I really like how they design their products. The gear is really well made, fits me perfectly, and I like their price point. I was wearing one of their Expedition suits during the shooting of this year’s Ultimate Ride in Las Vegas and it was a perfect choice for the chilly (5 degrees every day) Nevada desert.

Also new for 2016 is our official charity, the Ride for Dad. I'm heading up to Whitehorse this summer to help host their TELUS Ride For Dad event on June 11th. I plan to be there for the whole weekend as this is a super worthy cause. To date, some 250,000 people have helped to raise over 18 million dollars in the fight against prostate cancer and now you can add me to the growing number of folks who want to help out.

There are 40 communities across Canada hosting a Ride For Dad this year so please sign up and join a ride near you. You will be glad you did.

Keep your right hand cranked!

Dave

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Victory Motorcycles Racing For a Return to the Podium at Isle of Man TT

Victory Motorcycles®, a brand that delivers Modern American Muscle by producing motorcycles with head-snapping acceleration, power and handling, is returning with the Victory Racing team to compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero race with an all-new electric race bike called the Victory® RR.
 
The Victory RR has been developed over the past year using data gathered during last year's TT Zero and will be ridden by William Dunlop.
 
“One way we continuously push ourselves in performance is through our Victory Racing initiatives,” says Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles. “The Isle of Man TT is one of the most challenging motorcycle races in the world, so of course we have to be there.”


 
Victory’s international R&D development program is well underway and the Victory RR bike serves as a test bed for technology that will be used in the brand’s future products.
 
According to Brian Wismann, Victory Racing's team manager: “Our electric Empulse RR race bike placed third on the podium in the TT Zero race last year, which we were thrilled with. Using the data we gathered on our laps of the TT course has helped us to develop a new battery module as well as improving the powertrain. We feel like we can return to the TT with more performance as well as being able to test this technology for our future products.”
 
“This year with a new machine and new technology behind us we continue to have high expectations,” Hultgren adds. “We are working to develop the best platform for our racer, William Dunlop, who is familiar with the view from the podium.”
 
“The newly developed battery leverages the lessons learned from our entry in last year’s TT Zero event,” Wisemann says. “The battery is a ground-up new design with the help of our technical partners at Brammo and necessitated a big change in the chassis design – from an extruded aluminum twin spar to a steel trellis frame. The biggest difference in the battery itself is an improvement in both the overall energy / capacity we’re carrying onboard the bike, as well as a marked improvement in the energy density of the battery itself. As you know, lithium-ion battery technology is improving every year and with the Victory RR we are leading the way to batteries that will provide more performance, greater range and less cost in future vehicles.”
 
Some enhancements have also been made to the electric motor. Developed in partnership with Parker Hannifin, the motor is called the Parker GVM. It boasts world-class specific power (the power to weight ratio), producing a peak of over 170hp from a package that is only eight inches in diameter and five inches long. With peak efficiencies topping 97 percent, it is clear to see why Victory gets excited about the potential of this powertrain for future products.
 
“Compared to the electric motor we used in the TT Zero event last year, this year’s version features an even further optimized winding configuration based on the data gathered from last year’s bikes,” Wismann says. “Coupled with the increased energy on board in the battery, William Dunlop will have access to more of the power available from this motor than in 2015.” 
 
The first practice for the TT Zero is scheduled for Friday June 3 at 8:40 p.m. A second practice takes place on the Monday June 6 at 4:25 p.m., and the race itself begins Wednesday June 8 at 4:20 p.m.
 
Visit www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/isle-of-man for more information about Victory Racing at the Isle of Man TT. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.
 

TECH SPEC VICTORY® RR
Length/Width/Height (mm.)
2089 / 680 / 1218
Seat Height (in.)
32
Weight (kg)
240
Front Tire
Metzeler 120/70 R17
Rear Tire
Metzeler 200/60 R17
Frame
Trellis Steel and Composite Monocoque
Motor
Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC
Max Power (kW/HP)
130 / 174
Max Torque (Nm)
240
Battery
Brammo Power Lithium-Ion
Battery Voltage (Vdc)
370 or more
 

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Yamaha brings back the Factory Ride Award for 2016

For 2016, Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to bring back their popular and newly rebranded ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’ award. One award will be given at each of the three biggest amateur motocross events in Canada. Last year’s big winners were Kyle Biro (WCAN), William Mirreault and Nick Denniston (ECAN), and Marco Cannella (TransCan). Each won a ‘Factory Ride’ in addition to a $2500 parts credit!

This year, Yamaha has adopted the bLU cRU program from the United States and brought it north to Canadian riders to further offer amateur racing support. 

Bryan Hudgin, Yamaha’s Race Director commented, “Right now we already have Canadian amateur riders like Marco Cannella and Jake Tricco being supported by bLU cRU while riding in the U.S. so making this a North American program makes sense. What’s great about the ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’ award is, not only do the winners get the use of a new YZ of their choice for the next race season but they also can use the parts credit for our GYTR and Yamalube lines as well as our affiliated brands like One Industries, Factory Effex, Matrix and Cycra. 

With the award available at the Raymond Western Canadian Amateur National (July 1-3, 2016), Deschambault Grand National Amateur Championship (August 4-7, 2016) and at the Walton TransCan (August 17-21, 2016). Hudgin went on to discuss the importance of giving one award away at each event, “The ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’ award gives amateur Yamaha riders from coast to coast a chance to earn this prize. We want to show customers our commitment to amateur racing and our appreciation for their business.”

How Do You Win?
Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider must attain the most cumulative points for their finishes.
The Rules:
• Contest open only to amateur Yamaha riders.
• You must be a resident of Canada.
• Your Yamaha must be a Canadian purchased unit.
• Rider cannot be an employee of Yamaha Motor Canada or one of its dealerships.
• Winner is only eligible for one prize. (Cannot win at multiple events)

Hudgin concluded, “If you race Raymond, Deschambault or Walton, make sure you’re doing it on a Yamaha. You may ride for free in 2017 on a ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’!”


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Zach Ness reveals "Combustion" concept based on new Victory Motorcycles engine

Victory Motorcycles revealed the final instalment in their 1200cc concept series at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City.  This concept, called “Combustion,” is powered by the production version of the engine that made its debut last month at EICMA in Milan. It was built by Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, California and revealed at the Unions Garage in Brooklyn, NY just prior to its public showing at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City.


“Our family has a long-standing relationship with Victory Motorcycles customizing many Victory production bikes in the past,” says Zach Ness, third generation custom builder and grandson of the “Godfather of Customs,” Arlen Ness. “It’s always fun to look into the future – so to have the trust of Victory to create a more conceptual bike has been great.  Also, as one of the first to ride this new engine it absolutely RIPS!”

This Ness concept follows the Milan, Italy EICMA reveal of a concept bike built by Urs Erbacher of Switzerland. His concept bike known as “Ignition” took the first pre-production engine and wrapped it in an aggressive sport-bike inspired stance intended to satisfy needs of European riders.

Both the Ignition Concept and the Combustion Concept are propelled by production-intent engines that will power a new model Victory Motorcycle to be revealed in 2016. The Engine is a 1200cc liquid cooled 60 degree V-Twin design with four valves per cylinder that will deliver the kind of engine performance enthusiast riders find exhilarating.

“This new engine platform offers the most versatility in American Motorcycling.” says Motorcycle Product Director Gary Gray.  “Both concepts, Ignition and Combustion, are intended to show what this motor is capable of in very distinct, visual forms.  While the bikes are very different, the powertrain is capable of delivering the performance required of the look in both cases.” 

“Victory Motorcycles have taken a strong positioning as the Modern American Muscle brand,” says Steve Menneto, President of the Polaris Motorcycles Division. “We are excited about our path for this brand.  Our latest work will complement the existing line-up of motorcycles powered by the award-winning Freedom 106 design.”


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BMW Motorrad increases sales in the first quarter

BMW Motorrad achieves its best start into the new motorcycle season to date with a solid growth of 7.7 %. In the first three months of 2016, 33,788 motorcycles and maxi scooters were delivered to customers (prev. yr.: 31,370 units). 2.418 units more than in the equivalent period last year. In March 
BMW Motorrad delivered 16,465 vehicles worldwide (prev. yr.: 15,912 units) amounting to a 3.5 % growth in sales.

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "BMW Motorrad has started into the new 2016 motorcycle season with the best first quarterly sales of all time. With a solid growth of 7.7%, BMW Motorrad remains firmly on course for success following the record year in 2015. The current model range is very popular with our customers. This is also reflected by the high number of incoming orders. We are expecting are very positive business performance this year, too.”

In the first quarter BMW Motorrad recorded growth above all in Europe and Asia. Developments are especially positive in Spain (2,190 units, +39.2 %), Italy (3,125 units, +6.4 %) and Great Britain (1,984 units, +9.2 %). Germany still remains the strongest single market with 5,668 units (+5.6 %) followed by France (3,230 units, + 2.4 %). In China BMW Motorrad has increased sales by 74.4 % to 853 units sold.

The BMW Motorrad sales ranking is still headed by the R 1200 GS travel enduro and its sister model, the R 1200 GS Adventure. In the first three months already more than 11,391 flat-twin GS motorcycles have been delivered to customers worldwide. Next on the list of the most sought-after models is the BMW S 1000 RR (2,385 units) and the BMW S 1000 XR (2,206 units).

Heiner Faust comments: “Naturally last year’s new models are strongly contributing to growth, for example the R 1200 RS sports tourer and the S 1000 XR Adventure bike. However, our spring business is a result of our strong overall model range. Even in its third year on the market, the ultimate travel enduro, the R 1200 GS Adventure, is continuing to achieve ever higher sales figures. Sales of our long running F Series, the F 700 GS and F 800 GS, also exceed last year's sales overall. Our new C 650 maxi scooters, launched at the turn of the year, are also fully on target.” 

Tough endurance test for both customers and R 1200 GS at the  GS Trophy 2016

The 5. BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, probably the most unique motorcycle customer event worldwide, ended on 5. March after seven tough days of competition. This time it was held in Thailand. In this year’s edition, 19 teams from a total of 25 countries took part. On their seven-day trek covering more than 1,300 km through the forests, jungles and mountains of Northern Thailand, the participants not only put their riding skills to the test, but their endurance and team spirit as well. With temperatures far exceeding 30° C and very humid conditions, this was one of the most strenuous GS Trophies. The 114 motorcycles involved covered a total distance of 150,000 km under the toughest conditions.

Heiner Faust comments: “Once again the flat-twin GS bikes proved their stuff. There were no technical failures in this merciless event for man and machine. Participants praised the BMW cult enduros for their ease of operation, their robustness and their unbelievable on and off road potential.

The participants battled it out right up until the end. Following a thrilling finish, Team South Africa managed to take first place. It kept its nerve and took the first victory for its country at this event.


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BMW Motorrad Canada posted its best ever March sales

BMW Motorrad Canada posted its best ever March sales, reporting 223 units sold, marking an increase of 59.3 per cent compared to March, 2015. Year-to-date sales for the two-wheeled brand were 371 units. This is an increase of 121 units, or 48.4 per cent, over the same period in 2015 and the best-ever March results for BMW Motorrad Canada.

The BMW R1200GS, R1200GSA and R1200RT posted particularly strong sales in the first quarter as momentum gathers for the start of the riding season.


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Ducati Island Returns to Circuit of the Americas for MotoGP Weekend

Beginning April 8, thousands of Ducati fans from around the world will gather to experience Ducati Island at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin for the one-and-only MotoGP stop in the United States during the 2016 schedule.


Known as a must-stop experience for race goers, Ducati Island has grown into the largest Ducati fan activation at any MotoGP race around the world. The hugely popular Ducati Company Store, presentations by Ducati Master Technicians will all return, with Ducati’s various performance partners, including Öhlins, Pirelli, Brembo and Marchesini. The owner hospitality amenities that riders love will also be there: Ducati Welcome Center, Ducati Gear Check, Ducati Owners Cafe, Ducati Fashion Models, the Scrambler Land of Joy and the Ducati Kids. A new addition is the XDiavel Lounge with the new Ducati XDiavel that is taking the cruiser world by storm.




Additional Ducati activities in Austin include a Ducati MotoGP Party at Ducati Austin on the evening of Thursday, April 7, a Ducati Owners Club Event on Friday evening and the much anticipated Ducati Red Storm Ride early on Sunday morning before the races.


For music Ducati will once again be presenting a main stage for all the action and entertainment. Ducati presents our host and MC, DJ HAPA and live performances from Otis the Destroyer, Moonlight Towers and returning for her 3rd year on Ducati Island, Ms Kimberly Dunn.






On Sunday following the day’s racing, Ducati and COTA are proud to present headliner and American singer and songwriter Franky Xavier Perez! Franky with his backing band, The Truth will perform on the Ducati Island Main Stage to close the weekends racing action. Perez, who has been compared by music critics to Robert Plant and Otis Redding, has collaborated on stage with Slash from Guns-N’-Roses, The Doors, and members of The Cult, Weezer and Velvelt Revolver. Ducati fans may remember Franky as the front man for the Ducati All Stars which played select shows across the West Coast and headlined the 2012 World Ducati Week in Italy. He was also included as a re-occuring live band member of the Sons of Anarchy television series. Currently Perez is the singer for Apocalytica, whose U.S. tour begins this spring.


The three-day Ducati Ticket Package is now available for $215 per person at www.ducatiusa.com.

Ducati Ticket Package
(1) Turn 12 Ducati grandstand seat (three-day pass)
(1) Ducati motorcycle parking pass on Ducati Island
Exclusive access to explore COTA on the VIP Pit Walk
Parade lap around the COTA track for Ducati owners
Commemorative Ducati gift

Ducati Island is located within COTA’s central Grand Plaza. All Ducati owners in attendance will receive entry to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area and the ability to check their gear at no cost. 

All these activities and more are fully detailed on the Ducati website at http://www.ducatiusa.com/motogp-of-austin


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NEW Alpinestars 2016 Motocross/ Off-Road Collection

Some new motocross and off-road gear from Alpinestars.

Bionic Pro Jacket (suggested retail price – $239.95 USD)

Premium materials combined with innovative design on the Bionic Pro Jacket make for a protection garment that is light, ergonomically engineered and extremely durable.  Designed for rugged off-road outings, the Bionic Pro is constructed from a breathable stretch mesh that offers high levels of ventilation while keeping the protection close to the riders body.

 

Racer Braap Gloves  (suggested retail price – $29.95 ea. USD)

Alpinestars Racer Braap Gloves packs a range of innovative features, such as a single-piece upper and synthetic suede reinforcements into its revolutionary chassis for a durable performer providing a highly personalized fit – for each and every moto.



Orbit Backpack   (suggested retail price – $199.95 ea. USD)

The orbit is an extremely versatile backpack with large capacity storage options that is designed to withstand the toughest touring and riding conditions. Incorporating new innovations such as the advanced load carrying system, which evenly distributes weight across the back, or the free-moving anatomical shoulder straps, the Orbit backpack features a waterproof chassis and a versatile roll-top closure system.


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Indian Motorcycle Presents the 'Frontier 111' Custom Springfield

Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to present the “Frontier 111” crafted by Azzkikr Custom Baggers of Phoenix, Ariz., as a radical interpretation of the new Indian® Springfield™ motorcycle.



The first custom to be built based on the 2016 Indian Springfield, Azzkikr’s Frontier 111 showcases builder Len Edmondson’s exceptional talents for creating award-winning and fully functional artwork. With this bike, his acute attention to detail and outrageous craftsmanship offer a truly show-stopping example of a thoroughly modern retro bagger that features classic lines via contemporary, artistic flare.

The Frontier 111 has obvious salutes to pedigree by incorporating the heritage of the Indian brand’s skirted front fender, a leaf-spring equipped springer front end, jockey shifter with foot clutch, and historically inspired color palette surrounding Indian Motorcycle’s powerful Thunder Stroke® 111 engine.



“We have been working on the cutting edge of the custom bagger movement for years now, but it’s not often that you get to reveal a custom based on a motorcycle the factory just introduced,” says Azzkikr’s Len Edmondson. “From Day #1, we wanted something that reflected the big front wheel trend but still spoke to the heritage and style that is uniquely Indian.”

The sleek Frontier 111 incorporates a sweeping line from its hand-built headlight housing to the tip of its expertly crafted rear fender. The front clip includes a custom-made triple tree sourced from KewlMetal, a springer-type suspension utilizing a leaf-spring, a 26-inch spoked wheel wrapped in Metzeler rubber, and a hand-formed aluminum hub hiding a modern disc brake system. Up top the Springfield’s fuel tank was modified for a vintage look and topped with a polished dash piece featuring stock gauges, and a hand-tooled leather seat diverts the eye to the back of the bike, where you’ll find hand-formed side panels, bags and rear fender. The removable bags are fully functional with a mechanical lid, and there’s a vintage-look taillight assembly with brake light and indicators. Hidden by the bags, the stock-size 16-inch rear wheel is spoked while rear air-suspension allows the bike to ride at factory height or drop low for show. As with everything else, the striking red and black paint palette with gold leaf detailing also was done in-house.



“Everything on the bike aside from the triple tree was hand-made or manufactured in our shop to an OEM quality standard to fit on the Springfield’s stock frame, so nothing on it makes any actual changes to the engineering of the present bike,” Edmondson says. “In other words, if I wanted to send parts to someone to reproduce this bike with a new Springfield, they could put it together using the same bolt patterns. That makes this build truly revolutionary.”

“The Indian Springfield is a touring bike that is meant to be ridden, and by building an extreme custom around the stock frame the Frontier 111 stays true to the spirit of the motorcycle,” commented Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Len and his team did an amazing job with this build and it was very exciting to unveil this bike at the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week.”

Learn more about Azzkikr Custom Baggers and its Frontier product line for Indian motorcycles at AzzkikrCustomBaggers.com. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook,Twitter and Instagram social media channels.



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BMW S1000 RR 2016 motorcycle first look with Ben Young

Ben Young starts his Canadian Super Bike journey soon and he'll be riding a full Full Season in CSBK aboard a BMW S1000RR. Watch him as he picks up his BMW bike for the 2016 CSBK race season.

Also featuring Chris Duff, Manager Motorrad Marketing.




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