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Dainese vs. Alpinestars Patent War: 1-0




February 08, 2019 at 04:47PM


After a long judicial battle, also the Munich Court of Appeal (following the decision of the Court of Munich Court of First Instance I in August 2017) confirmed in a judgment issued on 7 February 2019 that the Tech-AirTM Street airbag Vest (for road use) and Tech-AirTM Racing airbag Vest...

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What Prompted Two-Stroke Engine Design’s New Orthodoxy?




February 08, 2019 at 04:00PM

A narrative of two-stroke scavenging, part 5

The early 1970s were heady times for two-stroke engine advancement, as Kevin Cameron explains in this deep dive into the twins and triples of that era.


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Yamaha Monster Energy MotoGP Launches The New YZR-M1 Under Signs Of A Strong Evolution




February 08, 2019 at 02:55PM

Yamaha MotoGP team

“We had the courage to jump the wall and explore new ways.” —Kouichi Tsuji, president, Yamaha Motor Racing

Yamaha debuted the YZR-M1 just ahead of this week’s MotoGP test at Sepang.


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11th Annual Shriners Hospitals for Children Ride_Sunday, March 10, 2019




February 08, 2019 at 02:21PM

Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Apopka to Sanford, Florida – Rain or Shine!

The Ride will be here March 10!

If you’ve already registered, THANKS and we look forward to seeing you!

If you haven’t, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??
Don’t get left behind! Register today and secure your spot in this great Ride!

We start with breakfast at our Shrine Center in Apopka (8:30 am -10:30 am) and end at Seminole Harley!
Food, Entertainment, Auctions and more await you there!

Sign In: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Donations: $30.00 Per Person (Day of the ride)
Start: BAHIA SHRINE, 3101 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL 32703
End: SEMINOLE HARLEY-DAVIDSON, 620 Hickman Circle, Sanford, FL 32771

Click HERE to Register ONLINE!

• FREE BREAKFAST at Bahia Shrine until 10:30 AM
• FREE LUNCH at Seminole Harley
• FREE Event T-shirt & Pin (as long as supplies last)
• NUMBERED ARMBAND for a chance to win a door prize.
• Raffles, Drawings, Live & Silent Auction.
• Food/Beverage Concession.
• Lots of paved parking.
• First-aid and restroom facilities.
• BIG 50/50
• Chapter Challenge $1,000.00, $500.00 and $250.00

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SPIED: Triumph Daytona returns with 765 engine




February 08, 2019 at 06:00AM

Triumph have developed an all-new Daytona using the 765 engine first debuted in their Street Triple, an evolution of which will be used in Moto2 from this season onwards. While speculation has been...

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Top 10 Motorcycle Predictions!




February 08, 2019 at 12:54AM

It’s that time of year again – that time where it’s my turn to do this week’s Top 10, and I’ve got nothin’. Time to make some predictions about the future, then! Let us prepare a beverage and gaze once again into the crystal ball.

10. Battery breakthrough

Now that Harley-Davidson is basically staking its future on the LiveWire electric, and Ducati says it’s headed down that road too, along with KTM, Zero… somebody better come up with something quick! Wouldn’t it be ironic if it was developed by Honda, who’ve lately been working on a fluoride-ion battery with NASA and Caltech that could have 10 times the energy density of lithiumion? Ride your motorcycle and fight cavities at the same time. Seriously, we’ll miss the internal combustion engine, but we miss steam locomotives too. There’ll always be museums.

9. Superbike racing will be replaced by old guys racing ADV bikes

Once you get past MotoGP, I hate to say it, but roadracing has become sort of passé, since most of the people who buy motorcycles can’t trim their own toenails anymore. Also, now that the riders are highly trained athletes on bikes that are way too fast yet almost uncrashable thanks to electronics, a lot of the thrill has gone. Watching fat middle-aged men wobble around on 600-pound ADV bikes, on the other hand, seldom fails to amuse. You know what’s coming, just not when…

8. Women will take over

And the only thing more fun than watching fat middle-aged men wobble around is watching attractive young women beat them down – and I’m not talking about the House of Representatives. Now that the MIC reports women make up 19% of our motorcycling community, we hope the feminizing trend continues, nay, accelerates. For one thing, women tend to be much better caregivers when we’re out falling off of huge ADV bikes.

7. Outriggers will be yuge…

And speaking of old guys wobbling round on big, tall ADV motorcycles, I predict outriggers, virtually an untapped market, will be the bolt-on accessory of the future as well as the most popular option on a range of motorcycles. Trikes are already big, but everybody doesn’t want to publicly admit they need to be on one. Discreet electric outriggers that let you lean in the corners, then deploy automatically at 2 mph, are the wave of the future as we Boomers increasingly segue into true codgerhood.

6. Harley-Davidson will move into the retirement community business in a big way

The Motor Company has never been anything but open when it comes to following the money, albeit after everybody else. Electric motorcycle? Check. Adventure bike? On the way. With the population aging and a large percentage of that population its loyal customer base, I see H-D-themed retirement communities springing up all across the Sun Belt, along with big demand for its trikes, golf carts and a whole new line of leisure MotorClothes and prosthetics.

5. Climate-controlled riding gear

Winters are getting more wintery and summers are getting hotter. We’ve had climate-controlled automobiles forever; why can’t there be climate-controlled riding gear? Behold the Feher air-conditioned helmet, DOT-approved and all yours for $549.95. Keeping a cool head goes a long way toward keeping your whole body that way, but why not something in a nice, air-conditioned Aerostich suit? Andy Goldfine where are you?

4. Urban MX parks

Hooking them young is what it’s all about if we want motorcycling to continue, and nobody wants to fight traffic to the outskirts of their megalopolis to let Junior ride for a couple hours. I predict the battery breakthrough will spawn a new generation of lightweight dirt bikes, that will, in turn, spawn new infill urban MX parks, where kids can roost till the cows come home on quiet, emissions-free electrics. KTM showed its new SX-E 5 mini last November at EICMA; it should be in US dealers this fall.

3. More Bike Sharing

Who the heck wants to let a complete stranger borrow their motorcycle? Maybe not quite as many people as the number who want to let a complete stranger stay in their house, but if companies like Twisted Road become even 1% as popular as Airbnb, then it’ll be wildly successful. Lots of people have motorcycles they don’t ride very often; the opportunity to rent them out to responsible, insured riders for a day or three seems like a win/win for all concerned.

2. Your bike will become your new best friend

Honda showed its self-balancing Riding Assist Technology motorcycle just over two years ago. Aside from being self-balancing when stopped, it can also follow its owner around like a loyal hound. Once autonomous vehicle technology is grafted on to that, instead of having to remember where you parked, you’ll be able to have your motorcycle pick you up at the front door. Sleep at the foot of your bed. Roll over. Fetch. You probably won’t want to rent it out to anybody after all.

1. The Return of the Two-Stroke

In spite of all our talk about the ascendance of electrics, the internal combustion engine still has a decade or two left. Now that we’ve squeezed about as much power as possible out of the four-stroke – 200-plus horses from a Ducati Panigale V4 – what’s left? Less weight and less complexity, that’s what, both of which are achievable by doing away with all those camshafts and valves and chains. The technology is now there to inject fuel after a two-stroke’s exhaust port has closed, which means there’s no reason why a two-stroke can’t run as clean as a four-stroke. Well, not many reasons. Right now, I’m pretty sure it’s the same evil forces who withheld the 200-mpg carburetor that are keeping the two-stroke from reasserting its dominance. Once that’s cleared up, we’re going to see a reemergence of the RD400s and other light, zippy, inexpensive bikes that made motorcycling great – but about four decades more advanced.

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KTM Freeride E-XC




February 06, 2019 at 04:00AM


Power capacity is one of the major hurdles EV bikes have to overcome, and KTM seeks to address that issue with its newest electro-tastic Freeride E-XC. This is a second-generation machine that packs half-again more power than the previous gen along with revised graphics and bodywork for a new look as well. KTM’s off-road experience is evident in the lightweight, agile frame and long-stroke suspension components that make this a truly capable machine that definitely furthers the cause of EV bikes in general.



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Honda CBR600F used test




February 07, 2019 at 01:53PM

With the 2019 Honda CBR650R release fresh in our minds, we thought we’d take a look back at one of its predecessors, the Honda CBR600F. MORE FROM MCN Huge collection of MV Agustas to be sold Get...

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Africa Twin set to evolve for 2020




February 07, 2019 at 02:24PM

Rumours emanating from Japan suggest that Honda are planning a raft of incremental changes for the popular Honda Africa Twin, with a new Euro5 version set to arrive for 2020 boasting a bigger engine,...

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Best Adventure Helmets for 2019. Our own helmets and some other suggestions




February 07, 2019 at 01:36PM


Let’s make it clear. The best helmet is the one that fits you the best - only this way it will offer you the right protection and comfort. Just after that, we can start the discussion about things such as ventilation and noise reduction. So, first of all, try it...

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Suzuki special build hints at teaser for V-Storm based DR BIG




February 07, 2019 at 01:06AM

Back in 2017 German firm Hessler built a special edition of Suzuki’s great (if slightly vanilla) V-Strom 1000, and dubbed it 'Desert Express' – the tagline attributed to the original DR750S 'DR-BIG'...

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Life on two wheels with Olympian Aimee Fuller




February 07, 2019 at 09:58AM

British snowboarder and Olympian Aimee Fuller teamed up with Triumph after passing her bike test. In November last year, Aimee showed off her new wheels on Instagram, revealing that going for a...

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Whatever: Back in the Saddle Again




February 06, 2019 at 11:34PM

I didn’t get a new motorcycle for Christmas, but I did get a new chainsaw. They’re enjoying the same conundrum as we are over there in the chainsaw world – gas versus electric. Since “range” is not important for me (I only want to trim branches and cut things up around the house and maybe in the bathtub), I went with a plug-in electric. I didn’t know you could get a chainsaw for 75 bucks, or I probably would’ve gotten one years ago. I mean, I’d like to ride motorcycles every weekend, but somebody’s gotta take care of the homestead – and the faster the better.

As it turns out, my chainsaw gives me an almost moto level of joy. They’re even made by the same manufacturers. A nice two-stroke powered Husqvarna would’ve been nice, but those are more money, and I’m probably not gonna run the thing often enough to warrant keeping fresh premix around – then figuring out why it won’t start anyway.

The Husky 3120 XP has a 119 cc two-stroke engine that puts out 8.3 horsepower, and can use a bar up to six feet long – for “extreme logging.”

My little electric puts out a reasonably loud whine to impress the neighbors, and when my mighty(ish) 16-inch blade bites into a nice eucalyptus branch, stand back! Wood chips flying feels a lot like fresh loam off a new  knobby – the main difference being that the resultant thunk is something other than my body hitting the ground. That’s refreshing. So is the smell, just like being out in the forest on your motorcycle. (With a two-stroke saw, you might close the moto gap even further.)

Naturally, there’s a learning curve just like with a motorcycle. On a chainsaw, you can put the chain on backwards, and if you do that you’re cutting nothing. Get ’er biting in the right direction, though, keep your chain taut and lubed, and stand back! This is fun. Hedges that laughed at the hedge trimmer melt before the chainsaw. Palm fronds jump off the palm at your approach. There’s a little expertise involved in chopping off bigger limbs so you don’t bind up your blade, and don’t call it a blade! It’s a chain. You just have to remember to be careful not to sever your femoral artery or suffer the dread kickback, wherein the thing bucks back onto your forehead. Ouch.

That kind of manly plaid-shirt fun can’t last forever, though, and work called me away to ride the new Ducati Hypermotard 950 at its European launch a couple weeks ago. Dang. Speaking of manly rural fun, who should also be on the launch than one of my oldest motojournalist pals, Don Canet. Rural because Don managed to escape the SoCal rat race a year or two ago when his Bonnier Motorcycle Group employers gave him the go-ahead to move up north to Oakhurst, California, and telecommute! Unfortunately, somebody else decided that that wasn’t such a good idea shortly after, and after 30 years as Cycle World’s Road Test Editor, DC vanished from the magazine’s pages without a trace.

I have surprisingly few photos of DC, as our relationship predates the cell phone. This one should embarrass him nicely.

Well, so have quite a few other people, so the time was right for CW to reenlist DC to jet off to Gran Canaria to ride the new Ducati. This is a good thing. Once upon a time, media outlets only sent really proficient riders off to review new motorcycles – sportbikes especially (yours truly excepted) – but lately they’re not sending their best. They’re sending rapists and drug dealers and influencers… (kidding about the first two, I think). Anyway, that Canet kid could ride the wheels off a motorcycle, leave the rest of the press corps for dead, and the people that run Ducati et al all still recognize DC’s speed and skill and seek out his opinion.

Hanging out with the guy takes me back, too. When we both were at Cycle World in the early ’90s, we both lived in Laguna Beach – DC in a rental house he shared with the CW art director a couple blocks from the beach, myself a bit farther up Bluebird Canyon in an ocean-view cottage I shared with a Road & Track art person destined to become my ex-wife. Our rent was $1,000; I think Canet’s was even less. I’m pretty sure you need to be a millionaire to live anywhere in Laguna now.

Now it’s all dyno numbers, but before that, the big magazines used to pride themselves on generating their own performance numbers, which we’d record out in the field. A bean field in Oxnard, at Cycle magazine, in fact, with a hokey third wheel we’d hose-clamp to the muffler and a cable to a computer the size of a toaster on the gas tank. Danny Coe was convinced engines made the most power cold, so once she was rigged, he’d hop on, hit the starter and blast off (making sure no tractors were about to cross the road). Hooboy!, as Phil Schilling used to say.

Later, at Cycle World, test equipment became more sophisticated as bikes just kept getting faster. Canet and I spent many an hour in the box van driving out to our Secret High Speed Testing Area(s) out in the desert, where we’d unload that month’s test bikes and set up the radar gun at the side of the road. Then DC would do acceleration and decel runs until he felt like he’d got the best out of each bike while I wrote down the numbers, or until I’d had enough sun for the day. I still remember watching the smoke pour off the ZX-11’s front tire as it settled back down onto the ground at 100-something mph.

In 1990, this thing was ludicrous fast. It still is.

Does anybody do 0-60 or 0-100 mph times anymore? It seemed like a big deal at the time. So were top speed and quarter-mile times, which Canet also measured. The ZX-11 in question did 170-something, which was crazy-fast for its time, especially on that baked, bumpy section of Route 66. I always said a little prayer, as I did not want to be the only medical care available if anything went wrong. Also important were 100-0 and 60-0 stopping distances. Now we just say “the brakes are really powerful” and leave it at that.

Wow, am I really the greybeard pining for the old days? Actually, I think I was one of the first to say all this is really a waste of resources now that the ubiquitous Dynojet is here and all brakes and tires are pretty damn good – though when I came to MO in 2001, we still went to LA County Raceway a lot just because it’s stupid fun to launch motorcycles down a dragstrip. Come to think of it, in the early Canet days, we used the dragstrip down the coast at Carlsbad, where the big MX park used to be. Jeff the caretaker would unlock the gate for us; he never wore shoes. Both dragstrips are long gone.

Good times, with DC, Corie and Freddie at Chuckwalla.

Where am I? Oh yeah, DC almost single-handedly invented supermoto in the US. I think he started on a KX80, then moved up to a CR500 Honda supermoto project that led to the creation of the SuperTT American Racing Series in 1997; STTARS was the very first supermoto series in North America. Canet was out there at least one weekend a month putting on races, and when the AMA started its own Supermoto series a few years later, it was DC they came to for track layout advice, etc.

Basically, I’ve always been a huge fan of DC’s skills and early adoption of new tech: He was already internet dating before most of us knew what the internet was, and he already knew the Nurburgring like the back of his hand when he flew off to do a feature story by learning it in a video racing game – a thing everybody does now. He likes to say he probably did the fastest third lap of anybody to ever ride a motorcycle around the ’Ring.

How apropos, then, that I got the chance to reunite with the old dog riding Ducati Hypermotards. Luckily they broke us into two groups and Canet was not in mine, so I didn’t have to suffer the indignity of him passing me like I was tied to a post again (Zack Courts did that), but I had fun watching DC ride from the pits, as usual. One guy in his group was faster, which was highly unusual. DC was not amused.

Do I have a point? Not really. Other than, appreciate your friends, and especially your motorcycle friends while you’ve got them. And to just give a big thumbs up salute to a guy (since it seemed like nobody else was going to) who actually has put his butt on the line many a time over the last 30 years for our motorcycling enjoyment, since it seemed like nobody else was going to. I hope we both keep getting to do it for another 30 years. Touch wood.

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Top Touring Helmets of 2019




February 06, 2019 at 10:14PM

Touring connotes long days in the saddle, and that means long days with your head inside your helmet. Fit, then, is going to be of utmost importance when it comes to selecting a touring helmet. A helmet that gives you a hot spot might not be a huge deal when you’re only wearing it for 45 minutes. Over the course of days, though, like an annoying travel companion, an ill-fitting helmet will grow to be a thing you loathe.

Traveling to a brick and mortar store to try helmets on is the best thing you can do, and if that’s not possible then finding an online retailer with a generous return policy is the next best way to go. When you try a helmet on, keep it on for a while too. Minor annoyances that grow large over time can take a while to show themselves.

Anyway, here we scratch the surface with eight touring helmets we’ve either sampled or that come highly recommended from our friends. (Some of our favorites are modulars, or flip-front helmets, but those will be covered in a separate article.)


Bell Qualifier DLX $149.95 – $249.95

Bell Qualifier DLX

The DLX packs a lot of the features from Bell’s more expensive Stars into a ridiculously inexpensive lid – ridiculously inexpensive mostly because it comes standard with a Transitions faceshield, which sells separately for around $130 if you’re lucky enough to wear a brand that even offers one. When you’re riding all day and half the night, nothing’s more convenient than not having to change faceshields all the time. Among most of the features you expect, the Qualifier also comes rigged for Sena and Cardo Bluetooth stereo headset and intercom systems, with integrated speaker pockets. If the DLX fit, you must admit.

Shop for the Bell Qualifier DLX here


AGV Veloce S (Sole Luna graphic shown) $389 – $399

AGV Veloce S

This Italian stallion melds features from AGV’s Pista track helmets with touring functionality. Big airflow from a track-developed ventilation system doesn’t interfere with a quiet, comfortable ride. Four sizes of the carbon/aramid/fiberglass shell keep it compact and aero. The quick-release face shield is fitted with a swivel mechanism which provides a perfect seal with the shell, a Pinlock lens is included, the interior is, of course, plush and removable – and the Valentino link is unmistakable. Unless you just want a solid color.

Shop for the AGV Veloce S here


HJC RPHA 70 ST (Grandal graphics shown) approx. $410

HJC RPHA 70 ST

HJC is a Korean manufacturer that’s been in the skidlid business for 47 years, and every time we stick our head in one lately, we’re pleasantly surprised by a level of fit, materials, and lightness that belies the price point. This one’s lightweight carbon fiber/ carbon-glass hybrid fabric shell takes on an intermediate oval shape (Arai’s most popular in North America), and aims to “bridge the gap between sport riding and touring.” It comes with an anti-fog internal sunshield and an antifog insert.

Shop for the HJC RPHA 70 ST here


Shark Spartan $369 – $450

Shark Spartan

If you like Citroëns, foie gras, and baguettes, you’ll also dig Shark’s line of helmets Francais. The Spartan gets great reviews for its lightness and smooth-running aerodynamic shape. “Large ram-air intake vents located on the chin bar and crest channel cool air in while hot air gets expelled out via the venturi created by the twin spoiler design. Your vision will be clear thanks to the MaxVision anti-fog system. Your hearing will be acute since Shark takes a full-system approach to sound damping. Your neck will not strain since the Spartan is both lightweight and volumetrically optimized for drag reduction.”

Shop for the Shark Spartan here


Scorpion EXO-ST1400 Carbon (Antrim graphic shown) $429.95

Scorpion EXO-ST1400 Carbon

Scorpion makes pretty nice helmets in that midprice range, too. In addition to its light and aero-sculpted carbon shell, the EXO comes with all kinds of features including an internal sun visor and Pinlock insert, as well as at least one thing you won’t find anywhere else: the “AirFit cheek pad inflation system allows you to obtain a personalized fit by pumping the air inflation ball located at the chin bar or near the rear of the helmet. To release the air, simply push the quick-air release. AirFit makes it easy to create a truly tailored helmet fit.”

Shop for the Scorpion EXO-ST1400 Carbon here


Schuberth R2 (Traction graphic shown) $419 – $569

Schuberth R2

You know how the Germans are. This one’s got “perfected aerodynamics for high-speed stability” and is constructed using an innovative proprietary method called Direct Fiber Processing (DFP), yielding a shell of superior strength that is no thicker in any one area than it needs to be. Inside, we’re inherently antibacterial, washable, and fast-drying, with a seamless headliner and integrated spectacle channel. Further, the R2 is ready to accept the plug-and-play SCHUBERTH SC1-System (sold separately), with integrated antennae, pre-installed speakers and microphone. Pretty cool, really.

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Shoei GT-Air 2 (Conjure graphics shown), $599

Shoei GT-Air 2

Shoei and Arai are the two premium Japanese-built helmets widely available in the US, and both brands enjoy impeccable reputations for quality and comfort. While Arai offers a bunch of different shapes, Shoei somehow provides many of us an outstandingly comfortable fit with its typical longish-oval shell shape. The new GT-Air 2 is SHOEI’s premiere full-face touring helmet. It features “a lengthened internal sun shield for optimal sun-glare protection, an all-new ‘first position’ shield opening for advanced ventilation and defogging, enhanced aerodynamics and noise-reduction technology, and the ability to seamlessly integrate with the all-new SENA SRL2 Communication System.”

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Arai Corsair-X RC (Racing Carbon) $3,595.50

Arai Corsair-X RC

Light weight is an important consideration when your neck is holding a thing up all day, and there probably aren’t many helmets lighter than Arai’s carbon-fiber Corsair, which the company says uses “the same CF found on the newest generation of commercial airliners, combined with Arai’s own resin plus Zylon reinforcement.” If you can’t spend $3600 for a helmet, though, the non-CF shelled, highly evolved Corsair is available in a slew of paint schemes, beginning at around $750.

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