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Long live the two-stroke Part Deaux: FUD in the marketplace

July 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on Long live the two-stroke Part Deaux: FUD in the marketplace · Industry, Politics of Riding, Technology, Two-Stroke

Editor’s note: You may want to read Long live the two-stroke: Part 1 and FIM to put 2-strokes on even footing in 2010 for more background. Recently a vintage racing/CZ friend posted the following query here: Hey Terry, Correct me if I’m wrong because I’m not totally sure, but hasn’t Calif banned 2 stroke sales […]

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Why has only one company successfully entered the MX market since 1985?

June 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Politics of Riding, Technology

To my knowledge only one (1) company has successfully entered the motocross market since 1985 – the small Hillsdale, MI firm of Cobra Motorcycle Mfg. What did Cobra do? They brought innovation to a market the Big Four were ignoring. They met a need. They built good products – right here in the USA. Once […]

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Fairy tales and myths about modern racing

March 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Fairy tales and myths about modern racing · Industry, Racing, Technology

I just saw a boisterous rebuttal of an earlier article – The Long-term Effects of Production-based Racing – over on the TMSuzuki Yahoo! group. I can’t post it here because I don’t have permission but I hope the author will stop by and do it himself. The author takes great exception to my assertion that […]

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Contact your congressman on insurance anti-discrimination bill

February 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics of Riding

The AMA is looking for help in getting Congressional support for H.R. 1076, the HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act. According to this AMA press release: The AMA is calling on motorcyclists and others who face health insurance discrimination to urge their U.S. Representatives to support H.R. 1076, known as the HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical […]

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What price fixing in the rubber market means to motorcyclists

December 12th, 2007 · Comments Off on What price fixing in the rubber market means to motorcyclists · Industry

Oligopoly Watch reported yesterday on recent price fixing scandals in the rubber industry. Why does this matter to the motorcycle community? Because we use a lot of rubber products and our suppliers are just as likely to be involved in this stuff as not. Just one cartel identified by US regulators for fixing the price […]

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The long-term effects of production-based racing

December 3rd, 2007 · Comments Off on The long-term effects of production-based racing · Racing, Technology

This article originally appeared at McCookRacing.com — twf In 1985 the AMA mandated production-based race bikes for all MX/SX National competition. This well-intentioned rule change was supposed to level the playing field between the factory race teams and the privateers, and reduce the overall cost of racing. But like so many such changes, this one had […]

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The non-profit professional

October 11th, 2007 · Comments Off on The non-profit professional · Politics of Riding, Racing

In AMA Motocross is Not NASCAR I noted that NASCAR is all business. The AMA is a private, non-profit corporation chartered in Ohio. Think about that. Professional racing is so named because the racers are professionals – that is, they expect and work to make their living by racing motorcycles. By inference then, racing is […]

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The riders are the problem

September 21st, 2007 · Comments Off on The riders are the problem · Politics of Riding, Racing

After my brief appearance on PitPass Radio I got a nice follow-up e-mail from the crew – Scott Casber, Tony Wenck, and Ed Kuhlenkamp. I forgot to mention Ed in my earlier post about the show. He is president of BUILD-MOMENTUM High-Performance Marketing and serves as a third co-host on the show, usually calling in from his […]

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Effects of motorcycle industry consolidation on the AMA

August 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Effects of motorcycle industry consolidation on the AMA · Industry

Recently I was on PitPass Radio, a weekly radio show that covers motorcycle racing. The hosts of the show – Scott Casbar, Tony Wenk, and Ed Kuhlenkamp – are really nice guys and do a great job. Their guest list is filled with industry leaders, racers, promoters, and interesting personalities from the world of two-wheeled […]

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