Building on the success of last year’s mens Classic ’92 jacket. Joe Rocket introduces the ladies Classic ’92. A jacket that combines casual comfort with ride-friendly features built on a top stitched 1 to 1.2mm drum dyed cowhide chassis.
Backing the premium cowhide outer shell is a mesh lining that not only lets you slip the jacket on and off easily, it also reduces wear strain on your clothing from the interior finish of the leather. Plus, integrated into this lining are armor pockets at the shoulders, elbows, and back for the addition of optional armor.
Comfort detailing includes an adjustable neoprene-lined mandarin collar and adjustment points at the waist and cuffs. For those cooler evenings the Classic ’92 also includes a 1.5 inch internal storm flap backing the main zipper along with a removable full-sleeve quilted liner. Other detailing that will make the Classic ‘92 your riding and everyday casual favorite includes; 5 inside utility pockets, 4 outside pockets, and YKK zippers throughout, while subtle badging complete this instant classic.
Joe Rocket has designed and manufactured industry leading riding apparel since 1992. For more information on the ladies Classic ’92 jacket and other outstanding Joe Rocket products, check out Joe Rocket.
Black: XSmall - 2Diva
Brown: XSmall - XLarge
Chain master link pliers
Tool specialists Motion Pro have a slick set of pliers specifically for removing and installing master link clips used on standard drive chains of most motorcycles before the advent of O-ring style chains. What makes the pliers special is the use of shorter and longer tips, with the short tip notched to hold the chain pin while the longer tip pushes the clip on or off. Simple and extremely effective, it makes removing and installing master link clips a breeze. $21.99. MC
Axle wrench set
RRR Tool Solutions makes an ingenious 7-piece axle nut tool set. Small and light (total weight is under 1lb!), the set has a 9-inch-long double-ended handle with two different sized openings to fit corresponding sockets. The large end ratchets include 32mm, 27mm and 24mm sockets, and the small end includes 22mm, 19mm and 17mm sockets. Flipping over sockets switches from loosen to tighten while the wrench is easily engaged wherever maximum wrench clearance is found. $125. MC
Farmington, CT — The Dream Ride Experience, a multi-day series of events benefiting Special Olympics culminated in Farmington, CT, last weekend, with The Dream Show, an exotic and collector car show as well as the annual Dream Ride, a 40-mile motorcycle cruise through the neighboring Connecticut countryside.
Thousands of motorcycles converged at the Farmington Club for the police escorted ride through neighboring scenic towns. Meanwhile, at the Farmington Club, an impressive collection of over 400 cars assembled for judging by a selected group of auto experts including Wayne Carini, from the TV show, Chasing Classic Cars.
The event included over 30 pet adoption agencies, live music by local bands and by acclaimed country band, Lonestar and other vendors. Over 100 Special Olympic athletes from across the country as well as Canada and Australia were brought together with thousands of motorcyclists and auto enthusiasts. As a grocery store wholesaler, Bozzuto's Inc. and its sponsors of the Dream Ride, IGA retailers and Hometown Foundation presented an impressive array of buffet-style breakfast and lunch meals that fed thousands of guests as well as booths offering food and beverage samples.
The focus of the Dream Ride is Special Olympics athletes who had the opportunity to participate in various unified events such as fishing and miniature golf with their families and Dream Ride participants. They were also treated to The Twilight Dream Cruise on Saturday with classic and hot-rod drivers carrying Special Olympic athletes from Papa's Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep in New Britain to The Farmington Club for a huge dinner and entertainment.
Additionally, the sale of event clothing, raffle tickets, souvenirs and other donations continued the fund raising throughout the weekend, helping to raise the total. As the event end neared, donor Mike Fux contributed an additional $50,000 to exceed the Dream Ride $1 million goal set by Michael Bozzuto, the event's founder.
"We did it!" Bozzuto exclaimed from the stage as he gave awards to a large group of participants, sponsors and athletes, "What an effort from everyone who participated-no matter how big or small the donation—it all works together to continue the great work of Special Olympics in celebrating the accomplishments of all these inspiring athletes!" he added.
The Dream Ride kicked off with a 7-day, 1900-mile motorcycle trip that left West Palm Beach, Florida on August 16, arriving in Farmington, CT on August 22. At each stop en route, Special Olympic athletes greeted the riders, were presented with Dream Ride medals and enjoyed the camaraderie surrounding the motorcycles and bikers. The Dream Ride also gave each local Special Olympics chapter a check for $1,000 to help continue their year-round sports programs. The original Dream Riders were joined by additional riders and escorts at different legs of the journey and were met in Virginia by sponsors from Australia who joined the caravan in exotic cars from Bozzuto's collection. Athletes from Australia also made the long trip to CT to participate in the festivities, creating lifelong memories and earning the Farthest Traveled award.
Bozzuto started The Dream Ride with a few friends to raise funds for Special Olympics in 2002, following several other smaller donations to the charity. It has grown every year and now encompasses a year-long series of events that culminates in the annual August Dream Ride Experience. "It is an 'experience' because until you actually see how big and how exciting this event is, you can't understand it. But once you do, it becomes personal-you feel the bond with the athletes and all the other participants and it changes you, just like it changes the lives of those athletes who make Special Olympics their way to change how they feel and how they live--we all benefit!" Bozzuto stated.
The 2015 Dream Ride Experience will be August 21-23; save the date and for more information visit Dream Ride and YouTube Dream Ride 2014. High resolution photos available upon request.
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.
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