August 28, 2014 — Mandello del Lario’s best seller returns for model year 2015 offering more options than ever. The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone, known for its retro style and timeless character, gets special attention reinforcing its modern vintage ‘70s aesthetic. In 2015, the V7 Stone receives a make-over, enhancing its minimalist nature, transforming the chrome plating into black, with the exception of the engine, which retains the chromatic tones of the metal alloys and shine of the exhaust system. The rest of the motorcycle, from the mirrors and shock absorbers to the mudguards and side panels, is updated with a complimentary dark tone, in a triumph of black. 2015 will expand the V7 Stone to three colors, each with a distinct expression of personality: sporty in the new gloss-finish “Rosso Corposo”, aggressive and in the militaristic satin-finish “Verde Agata”, and the sophisticated, yet stealth in the returning ever-popular “Matte Black”.
The V7 combines the best elements — reliability, style, and soul — with no shortage of eye-catching when parked, and an excess of smiles when riding. The 750cc, 90° V-twin engine is powerful and stays true to the characteristics of the Moto Guzzi tradition, that touring on a motorcycle at its most pure should be nothing but enjoyable. With a 5.8 gallon metal tank, there will be no problem eating up miles, taking pleasure with improved engine functionality — greater torque and power even at low RPMs — making the V7 more efficient, with higher fuel economy and reduced emissions.
If there are few aesthetic details that betray their classically-inspired nature, many are the advantages of technological evolution: the Moto Guzzi V7 can cover over 250 miles with a tank of gas, requires limited service every 6,200 miles, has a maintenance free cardan shaft drive, and in 2015 an update to a new wet flywheel, replacing the previous dry alternator, slightly modifying the front of the 90 degree V-twin, thanks to a more compact and sleeker new cover.
The 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone will arrive in US September 2014, and will carry a MSRP of $8,490.
Find out more about the latest Moto Guzzi products, offerings and test ride opportunities at: MotoGuzzi-US.com, MotoGuzziOriginals.com, Moto Guzzi Americas Facebook and Moto Guzzi Americas Twitter pages
Yamaha clutch bolts
Yamaha 2-stroke specialists HVC Cycle have new clutch bolts for Yamaha 2-strokes. The kit replaces Yamaha part no. 90149-05147-00, which has been out of production and out of stock for years. Where the originals had a Phillips-type head with a habit of stripping out when you tried to remove them, the HVC Cycle bolts have an internal 5mm Allen head, making removal easier and staving off stripped heads. The set of six fits a huge selection of Yamaha 2-strokes built from 1969-1990. $27.95. MC
New Delhi/ Milwaukee, August 5, 2014: Royal Enfield, the world’s oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production and the world’s fastest growing motorcycle manufacturer, has named industry-veteran Rod Copes as President, North America. Rod will be responsible for driving Royal Enfield’s businesses in the United States and Canada. By naming Copes to a top-level executive position, Royal Enfield has firmly stated its intentions to rapidly expand the brand in the U.S., its top export market.
Welcoming Rod, Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO Eicher Motors Ltd said, “Rod comes to us with a rich worldwide experience of more than 20 years in the motorcycle industry. His in-depth understanding of the North American markets and marquee brands will be vital for Royal Enfield. U.S.A is an important market for us as we aspire to become the leader in the global mid-sized motorcycle industry. We realise that the mid-sized motorcycle market is underserved and opportunities are immense on this continent. I welcome Rod to the Royal Enfield family and wish him a long a fruitful association with the company.”
Copes previously worked with Harley-Davidson for nearly 20 years, most recently as Head of Global Sales and Customer Service. He was responsible for growing the company’s businesses across four global sales regions and three product categories: motorcycles, Parts & Accessories and General Merchandise. He spearheaded the brand’s geographic expansion across emerging markets and established offices in locations such as Singapore, Miami (Latin America), New Delhi, Moscow, Dubai, Saul Paulo, Shanghai, Prague, Athens and Seoul. Rod, who holds both a Master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, left Harley-Davidson in late 2012 to follow his passion and entrepreneurial spirit of working with smaller companies and new ventures.
Copes is also active in several industry associations and business forums like the World Trade Center Wisconsin’s International Business Roundtable, India Business Council, and UW-Milwaukee’s International Business Center. He is currently on the Industrial Advisory Boards for University of Wisconsin - Madison’s Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin - Madison’s MBA Operations and Technology Management Program, and the President’s Advisory Council for Carroll University. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Hunger Task Force from 2006-2012.
Commenting on his new role, Copes said, “My association with Royal Enfield goes back to my early days in India when I first met Siddhartha. I have admired Royal Enfield’s classic designs ever since. These are exciting times for the motorcycle industry and I am looking forward to working with the world’s fastest growing motorcycle brand. The North American region provides an interesting opportunity for the brand. While lightweight and heavyweight bikes dominate the motorcycle scene in the U.S.A and Canada, Royal Enfield sits right in the middle with classic, fun, approachable designs that appeal to a younger, urban-oriented demographic. The new generation of riders is interested in a more hands-on motorcycling experience that is part of their lifestyle.”
In 2013, Royal Enfield sold 178,121 motorcycles. For the seven month period in 2014 (Jan-July), Royal Enfield has already sold 165,713 motorcycles, registering a growth of 84% over the corresponding period last year. Rod Copes sees an opportunity to grow Royal Enfield’s North American presence in the mid-power market, the brand’s sweet spot with its predominantly 500cc collection.
The announcement comes on the tail of Royal Enfield’s 2014 North American launch of its all-new Continental GT café racer. The 535cc Continental GT brings the core idea of the rocker sub-culture from the 1960s roaring into the 21st century with a motorcycle that is nimble with a lot of useable power and torque — one that is outstanding and fun to ride at regular road going speeds. Available in the signature GT red and a brand new shade of GT yellow, the bike is currently available for USD 5999 MSRP in the United States.
About Royal Enfield: The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic bikes. With its new manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield is able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. With 50% growth every year for the last 3 years, Royal Enfield is fast becoming a very important player in the global mid-size motorcycle market and is working towards re-inventing this space with motorcycles that are evocative and engaging and great fun to ride.
Royal Enfield’s product line‐up includes the Bullet, Classic and Thunderbird models in both 350 and 500cc displacements; and the recently introduced Continental GT 535cc café racer. Royal Enfield operates through 11 company-operated stores and 250 dealers in all major cities and towns in India, and exports to over 40 countries across the world including the USA, Japan, UK, several European and Latin American countries, as well as the Middle East and South Asia.
Royal Enfield also organises and supports many motorcycling events and rides , more prominently the Rider Mania — an annual gathering of Royal Enfield riders from all over India to the lovely beaches of Goa, and the Himalayan Odyssey, the most arduous motorcycle ride over some of the toughest roads and highest mountain passes in the Himalayas. Royal Enfield also conducts the popular ‘One Ride’ where people around the world ride out on their motorcycles on the first Sunday of April.
Visit Royal Enfield online to know more about them, their motorcycles, marquee rides and other initiatives.
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Korbach, Germany, March 2014. Coinciding with the launch of BMW’s new water-cooled R1200RT—one of the most capable sport-touring machines on the market—Continental is proud to introduce the new ContiRoadAttack 2 Gran Turismo tires, which will be original equipment on the R1200RT.
Based on Continental’s well balanced and proven ContiRoadAttack 2 tires, the Gran Turismo tires were developed specifically for today’s high-horsepower heavyweight touring machines. To optimize the tires for the demands of R1200RT, Continental engineers added additional carcass plies for enhanced stability and handling, and also developed a new tread compound for greater durability. The new tires will feature Continental’s trademark checkered flag pattern along with a “GT” designation embossed on the sidewall.
The Gran Turismos offer outstanding grip, light handling, and excellent stability through Continental’s three core technologies: MultiGrip, TractionSkin, and ZeroDegree belting.
MultiGrip technology balances durability with grip via tread rubber that progresses from harder to softer from the crown to the shoulders. Additionally, the Gran Turismo tires benefit from Continental’s innovative TractionSkin treatment, which leaves the tires with a rough, residue-free finish that provides for an exceptionally safe and short break-in period. Beneath it all is Continental’s ZeroDegree steel-belt construction, which allows engineers to tune carcass stiffness for an optimum balance between straight-line stability and compliance while leaned over.
Continental ContiRoadAttack 2 Gran Turismo tires are an ideal match for today’s performance-oriented touring machines, and are available in the following sizes:
120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) TL
180/55ZR17 M/C (73W) TL
190/55ZR17 M/C (75W) TL
Visit conti-online.com for more information and to locate a dealer near you.
Tonight's episode of Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone (8 p.m. EST, July 30, 2014) will feature Matthew Miles, Cycle World's senior motorsports editor.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 30, 2014) - Matthew Miles is the senior motorsports editor of Cycle World Magazine. He has been with America's premier motorcycle publication since 1991. In those 23 years he has become one of the industry's most prolific writers and has his finger on the pulse of racing in America and around the world.
In this episode we will discuss the announcement that MotoGP great Marc Marquez will be the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Indy Mile AMA Pro Grand National during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. We will learn how the MotoGP superstar who has a passion for flat track became the Grand Marshal. We will also hear all about a special motorcycle created just for this event!
Join us this Wednesday night at 8.00 p.m. Eastern on Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone
Last year's Superprestigio was instrumental in creating awareness for America's sport, Grand National Championship motorcycle racing. The Superprestigio II will be bigger and better and we will learn all about that in this episode of Talking Motorcycles!
The final plans have been made for the much anticipated Cycle World Industry Panel planned for Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP just before qualifying for the MotoGP. Brad Baker has been confirmed along with Randy Mamola and the rest of the star-studded panel. We find out who is involved and what will be the likely topics of this entertaining and informative panel of all-stars.
Triumph valve tool
Motorcycle and power sports tool specialist Dennis Stubblefield Sales makes a two-piece valve adjustment tool specifically for Triumph twins. Designed to work on most 1950s-1970s Triumphs 500cc twins, 650cc twins and 750cc twins, the 100 percent made in the U.S.A. tool makes valve adjustment easy. The handled part of the tool is sized to fit the valve adjuster locknut and the knurled inner shaft keys the adjuster. A three-piece metric set for Japanese and European bikes is also available. $28.95. MC
(Allentown, PA) – Following up on the highly acclaimed VX-Pro3 model, Arai Helmet, Inc., makers of world class, handmade helmets for more than six decades, is proud to announce its worthy successor: the all-new VX-Pro4.
With a more aggressive look and a host of updated features and improvements, the VX-Pro4 is still at its core an Arai. And like all Arai helmets, that means its shell is made entirely by hand, by dedicated craftsmen, built to Arai’s unique R75 Shape concept. This results in a rounder, smoother and stronger shape that will more easily glance off impacts, instead of catching. The VX-Pro4’s shell is constructed using Arai’s exclusive Super Fiber for exceptional strength and elasticity, while its uniquely rounded chin bar maintains the same compact shell length as the VX-Pro3, resulting in even less likelihood for catching or digging in during a crash.
New features abound on the VX-Pro4’s exterior. An updated chin bar vent grill, which now mounts from the outside and can be easily removed for cleaning or damage replacement, is also designed to break away from the chin bar during a spill. Updated Air-Through top front, top rear and side port ducts greatly improve ventilation on the VX-Pro4, while also being easier to clean and maintain compared to the VX-Pro3. The new top rear duct diffusers can be easily removed or replaced simply by removing a single screw on the rear duct brace.
Up front, the VX-Pro4 sports a new peak that is 14mm longer and 5mm wider for improved debris and roost deflection. Larger air outlets in the peak also help to reduce lift and buffeting. To aid with goggle strap positioning, the VX-Pro4 features innovative strap locators in the side port cowlings and top duct center brace, helping to keep goggles in place during aggressive riding.
Interior updates on the VX-Pro4 include the removable neckroll for convenient and easy cleaning, plus an improved emergency cheek pad release system, with tabs that are easier to access by rescue staff.
“The Arai VX-Pro3 has been one of the most acclaimed off-road helmets available,” said Brian Weston, Managing Director of Arai Helmet, Inc. “With its improved features, updated design and legendary Arai focus on rider protection, we’re confident the new VX-Pro4 will only build on that tradition.”
The all-new Arai VX-Pro4 will be available for purchase in October 2014, in a variety of color and graphic choices, including White, Black Frost, Tip Orange, Tip Red, Tip Blue, Tip Green,
Tip Yellow and NuTech. MSRP will be $599.95 to $609.95 for solids and $729.95 to $739.95 for graphics and racer replicas. For more information on the entire 2014 Arai lineup, visit AraiAmericas.com