Earlier this month I posted HERE that Indian Motorcycles® would be racing their new Scout FTR750 flat track bike in Santa Rosa, California. The bike, piloted by Joe Kopp, took 7th in the 25 lap GNC1 race and won the AMA Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile Pro “Dash for Cash”. Kopp took the checkered flag in the Dash with a time of 164.1 seconds, finishing just ahead of Brandon Robinson, riding a Harley-Davidson XR750. Kopp’s best lap came in at 40.161 seconds. Robinson finished .244 seconds behind, followed by Jake Johnson also riding a Harley-Davidson 750, in third place.
Brad Baker decisively won the GNC1 final riding a Harley-Davidson® XR750 followed by Bryan Smith on a Kawasaki Ninja. The second place finish earned Smith the 2016 Grand National Series Championship. Jared Mees rounded out the top 3 on another Harley-Davidson 750 earning him 2nd Place in the season long Championship chase behind Smith.
Indian® believes the FTR750 will prove they can build a bike that will challenge the historically dominate Kawasaki® and Harley-Davidson® built bikes. Race fans are hoping the new Indian will make this series entertaining and competitive and with some luck bring excitement back to the sport in the same way the Indian-Harley Race Wars did decades ago.
The 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball “Race of the Century” is now well over half way completed. The annual cross-country ride began in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10th and is scheduled to end on the other side of the country in San Diego, California on Sunday, September 25th. To most driving from coast to coast in 16 days may not sound challenging, however the Motorcycle Cannonball only allows antique motorcycles, 100 years old or older. That means riders and hitting the road on 1916 and earlier motorcycles and riding literally from one end of the country to the other. Continue reading Coast to Coast Motorcycle Cannonball is Now Underway→
Across the nation this weekend Harley-Davidson Dealerships will be celebrating “Discover More” Open House events. The events are tied to the release of the new 2017 product line that launched late last month. The center piece of these events is expected to be the new Milwaukee 8 touring motor, but they will also promote new clothing and gear and new parts and accessories. Each dealership is asked to participate in giveaways and raffles to promote the line and engage Continue reading Harley-Davidson to Sponsor Nationwide Open House Weekend→
Polaris Industries has declared recall conditions exist with two more of their RZR line of side by side ATV’s. This brings the company’s total number of recalls to 6 in the last 12 months. The new recall effects all 2014 RZR900 models. In total 42,000 vehicles have been impacted by the recall including many 2016 RZR XP Turbo models still on show room floors across the country as Polaris has struggled to find a solution to the problem.
There is more bad news in what is proving to be a tough year for Polaris. Last week corporate litigation firm Bronstein, Gewirtz, and Grossman LLC announced an investigation into the company had been launched based on claims of investors regarding possible violations of the Securities Exchange Act. Multiple firms have now announced a related class action lawsuit has been filed against the Power Sports company.
Earlier this summer I reported HERE that Royal Enfield had opened their US headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as part of the 115 year old company’s Global growth strategy. Last weekend they opened their flagship dealership, also in Milwaukee. The store, located at 226 N. Water Street, features their full motorcycle line as well as clothing and accessories. It currently employs a 20 person staff. Continue reading Royal Enfield Opens Flagship North American Dealership→
The kids are back in school, the leaves are falling and its getting dark earlier. The signs summer is ending are all around us. Despite that, there are still a few major rallies and rides on the horizon.
The next, and possibly largest, is Street Vibrations®. Running from September 21-25, the event takes place across Northern Nevada with festivities in Reno, Tahoe, Carson City, and Virginia City. Roadshows, the production company that organizes the event, has billed it as a week of “Music, Metal, and Motorcycles”. More then 50,000 motorcyclists come to the area to enjoy rides, Continue reading Reno Street Vibrations is Ready to Kick Off→
To read the initial Cycle Blog report on Harley-Davidson’s fine and settlement with the EPA CLICK HERE.
In August Harley-Davidson and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement regarding the sale and use of Screamin’ Eagle Race tuners, a device used to change factory fuel and ignition settings, allowing bikes to operate outside of the EPA’s clean air rules.
Indian Motorcycle® has announced their all new Scout FTR750 race bike will make it’s race day debut on Sunday, September 25th. The bike will be racing in Santa Rosa, California at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race. Gates open at 11 am PDT at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
The FTR750 was unveiled in August at the annual Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. The bike is powered by a specially designed, high performance 750cc V-twin engine. It features a reduced weight, carbon fiber body and steel frame. It was designed by the Indian Motorcycle Racing design and engineering team and will be ridden by Joe Kopp, winner of the 2000 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship.
On September 17th Indian Motorcycle dealers will be offering limited edition screen cleaning clothes and micro wallets to customers who visit and take a look at the 2017 models featuring Ride Command™. Models featuring the new information and sound system include the 2017 Chieftain® and Roadmaster®. The system features the largest touch screen in its class. For more information contact your local Indian Motorcycle dealer.
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