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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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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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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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Bultaco Pursang revival

January 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Industry, Vintage

A 32-year-old Spanish automotive designer and a partner plan to relaunch the historic Bultaco motorcycle brand with the release of a modern 450cc motocross bike with retro-modern styling taken from the beautiful 1970’s-era Pursangs. Jim Palau-Ribes and partner Roger Gubert have been working on the project for seven years and hope to build a prototype […]

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Thinking differently: The future is coming

December 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Thinking differently: The future is coming · Industry, Politics of Riding, Technology

This is only tangentially about motorcycles, and only in the sense that it points to how the world of the future will work. But it’s an important insight into our future. This NYTimes editorial by Thomas Friedman (author of “The World is Flat” and “The Lexus and the Olive Tree”) is about a new kind […]

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New patent filed by KTM

December 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on New patent filed by KTM · Industry, Technology

Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has filed patents for a new, 2-wheel-drive, hybrid motorcycle. Following KTM’s announcement of their all-electric zero-emissions bike, which is planned for production by 2010, this hybrid features an internal combustion engine driving the rear wheel with an electric motor driving the front wheel. I don’t know exactly how it works, but […]

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2008 AMA Congress remains ineffectual

November 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on 2008 AMA Congress remains ineffectual · Industry, Politics of Riding

There is a very disturbing letter in the upcoming (November 26, 2008, Issue #47) edition of Cycle News from AMA member Jerry Fouts. Jerry is the ATV Congressman for District 36 and attended the 2008 Congress. I have long wondered just how effective the AMA Congress really is at effecting change in the organization. Here’s […]

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Dualsport M/C sales up 30 percent over 2007

November 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Dualsport M/C sales up 30 percent over 2007 · Industry

This L.A. Times story, “Women drive increase in sales of motorcycles, survey shows” out yesterday quotes the new Motorcycle Industry Council 2008 owner survey with some interesting statistics: Sales of cruisers, sport bikes, tourers and off-highway or dirt models are all down in 2008 compared with last year, but scooters and dual sports (bikes that […]

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What permanent indoor facilities mean for MX

November 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on What permanent indoor facilities mean for MX · Industry, Racing

The Boston Globe Online today is reporting that a new, indoor MX facility has been approved in Bellingham, southwest of Boston. R. J. Cobb Land Clearing Inc. of Bellingham has received approval to construct a 68,400 sq. ft. enclosed facility near I-495. To date, Supercross has remained the domain of professional racers because there are […]

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