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Entries from January 30th, 2009

Getting Hosed – Price fixing in the rubber market

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Getting Hosed – Price fixing in the rubber market · Industry, Politics of Riding

We have written here before about what price fixing in the rubber market means to the motorcycle industry. The corporate corruption on the part of our beloved suppliers continues. According to this Oligopoly Watch post “Getting hosed“, the EU competition commission recently issued $173 million in fines to six global corporations for conspiring to fix […]

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5-time Daytona SX by xxxx winner

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on 5-time Daytona SX by xxxx winner · Industry

Time for a rant. I fully grasp the need to placate sponsors. I know they pay the bills. I know that teams and events can’t survive without them. I know we love them. But please, can we stop rewriting history every time a title sponsor changes? Ricky Carmichael is not a 5-time winner of the […]

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Cobra Motorcycles beats recession with Made-in-USA bikes

January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Industry

I love the Cobra Motorcycle company. It’s a great American story and proof that you don’t have to be Japanese to make a competitive dirt bike. I wrote about Cobra last year in a piece on just that topic. Now this Detroit Free Press article on Cobra features Cobra as an American manufacturer who is […]

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Team AMA finishes 11th in 24-hours of Daytona

January 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Team AMA finishes 11th in 24-hours of Daytona · Events, Racing

The AMA Pro Racing-sponsored team of Jeff Ward, Scott Russell, and Jason Pridmore completed the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 11th place. The team suffered a near race-ending pit fire around noon on Sunday, with four hours left to complete. “Mr. Daytona” Scott Russell had just climbed into the car when he smelled fuel. […]

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Two great interviews at the new McCookRacing.com

January 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Two great interviews at the new McCookRacing.com · Profiles in Riding, Vintage

The latest issue of McCookRacing.com is out, with two really good interviews. Headlining the issue is an interview with former AHRMA PR Director Alice Sexton. Alice ran for AHRMA Trustee this past December, on a platform of radical change in an organization that is staid and, many would say, stuck in a past that is […]

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PitPass Radio discusses the state of the M/C industry

January 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on PitPass Radio discusses the state of the M/C industry · Industry

Tonight’s show on Pit Pass was good. Good interviews, especially if you’re interested in industry stuff like I am. Important note: The crew mentioned that their email has been broken and they were not aware of the problem. So they asked that any listener who has emailed the show and not received a response to […]

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USVMX – US Vintage Motocross series announced

January 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on USVMX – US Vintage Motocross series announced · Events, Racing, Vintage

Rick Doughty, of Vintage Iron fame has announced the new, national VMX series — the U.S. Vintage Motocross Series. This has been in the works for a while. It’s the first vintage national MX series (to my knowledge) not promoted by the American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association (AHRMA). The off-road portion of AHRMA in general, […]

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Now you can add crappy content from MotocrossMX1.com to your Facebook page

January 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Now you can add crappy content from MotocrossMX1.com to your Facebook page · Racing

Youthstream announces that effective immediately all the users of MotoCrossMX1.com and SuperMotoS1.com can post the contents, including news and photos, to their Facebook friends. Woohoo. MotocrossMX1.com has some of the worst, most vapid motocross content on the planet. It’s a veritable black hole (and I don’t care what that moron John Wiley Price says, that’s […]

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US Trade Rep. drops motorcycles from tariff plan

January 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on US Trade Rep. drops motorcycles from tariff plan · Uncategorized

This press release from the AMA says the Office of the US Trade Representative has dropped small-bore motorcycles and scooters from a proposed tariff plan aimed at retaliating against European bans on US beef. According to the AMA its members, the Motorcycle Industry Council, individual manufacturers, dealers, and others had contacted the Office of the […]

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Dave Despain loses it

January 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Dave Despain loses it · Industry

Dave Despain is one of my favorite sportscasters. He’s sort of a “professor” of motorsports and covers a little bit of everything — even though everything these days is about 90% NASCAR. This little video has been around since 2006, but I just found it. It’s hilarious, and was no doubt quite cathartic for Dave. […]

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