MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY NEWS, PRESS RELEASES & INDUSTRY HAPPENINGS
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ENOUGH WITH THE “NOT ENOUGH FACTORY RIDES” IN 2017 NONSENSE
Who comes up with the clap-trap that good riders are being left out in the cold because there aren’t enough good rides to go around. The proven riders who did not get picked up for a 450 Supercross ride in 2017 are the Stewart brothers and Dean Wilson. These riders were not selected because of team manager doubts about their health, motivation, entourage, existing sponsors or cost. Every other potential contender is on a factory or factory-backed team. Here is a list of 21 AMA 450 Supercross riders who are collecting pay checks. The 21 paid riders include:
1. Ryan Dungy (KTM)
2. Trey Canard (KTM)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Blake Baggett (KTM)
5. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
6. Benny Bloss (KTM)
7. Cooper Webb (Yam)
8. Chad Reed (Yam)
9. Eli Tomac (Kaw)
10. Josh Grant (Kaw)
11. Cole Seely (Hon)
12. Ken Roczen (Hon)
13. Justin Brayton (Hon)
14. Vince Friese (Hon)
15. Mike Alessi (Hon)
16. Jason Anderson (Hus)
17. Christophe Pourcel (Hus)
18. Weston Peick (Suz)
19. Justin Barcia (Suz)
20. Broc Tickle (Suz)
21. Justin Bogle (Suz)
“THE DAY AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE” RACE ON SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017
REM will be hosting a sepcail race the morning after the Anaheim 1 Supercross. It will be held on Glen Helen’s USGP track and will be a perfect opportunity for you to practice all you learned while watching Anaheim 1 on TV. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com
CLUBMX TO HOLD NEW YEAR’S DAY PRACTICE ON JAN. 1, 2017
ClubMX will completely redesign their front track to host a special New Year’s Day open ride day. Usually only open to the public once a year, the front track is normally reserved for the Training Facility riders, but on this day its open to whoever wants to try it out. The gate fee will be $30. For more info go to ClubMX Training Facility
LOOKING FOR THE MOST EXOTIC MOTOCROSS BIKE IS THE USA? TM IS IT
MXA has been spinning laps and making adjustments to our 2017 TM 300MX-FI for the past month. TM also makes a 300cc two-stroke, but the decision to make a 300 four-stroke is a very unique decision. Word is that they built a 350 prototype, but elected to go with 300 to maximize the performance as a mid-size machine instead of mini-450.
There is little doubt that TM Motorcycles are the rarest of all breeds on the American motocross scene. Built in a small factory in Pesaro, Italy, TM produces around1200 machines year. When you consider that those bikes represent world-wide production and are sub-divided in 85, 125, 144, 250 and 300cc two-strokes, plus 250, 300 and 450 four-strokes. Add in the factor that TM production is also separated into motocross and enduro models, you can see that owning a TM makes you apart of a very exclusive club.
MXA’s 2017 TM 300MX-FI. It comes with Kayaba SSS forks, air filter in the gas tank, fuel tank under the seat, billet wheels, blue Excel rims, electric start, two map settings, six-speed transmission and hydraulic clutch.
MXA has already tested the 2017 250MX-FI four-stroke and are in the process of putting the 2017 TM 300MX-FI (FI for Fuel Injection) through its paces, we thought we’d help you find the closest TM dealer near you.
For more info on the TM dealer near you, go to www.tmracing-usa.com
HAVE YOU SEEN MXA’S 2017 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO: THE FULL TEST IS ON THE NEWSSTANDS NOW
AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION OBJECTS TO SCOPE OF TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS
The designation of two new national monuments by President Barack Obama this week could jeopardize access for responsible motorized recreation on more than 1.6 million acres of public land in Utah and Nevada. Using the Antiquities Act of 1906, the president designated 1.35 million acres in southeast Utah as the Bears Ears National Monument and nearly 300,000 acres in Clark County, Nev., just northeast of Las Vegas, as the Gold Butte National Monument. The Antiquities Act authorizes the president to issue proclamations to protect “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest,” while limiting those designations to “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.”
The AMA is “concerned about continued access to these public lands for responsible motorized recreation. With the national monument designation comes a review of management plans that could curtail or eliminate some off-road riding areas. These new designations cover far larger areas than needed to ensure that historic landmarks are preserved. None of the Utah congressional delegation wanted this, and many Nevadans were opposed to it, too.” Utah’s attorney general has threatened a lawsuit to reverse the Bears Ears designation, and the Utah congressional delegation vowed to pursue legislation to undo it. A study by UtahPolicy cited by U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) found that 60 percent of Utah residents opposed designating the Bears Ears area as a national monument, while 33 percent supported the proposal.
REKLUSE NETS 59 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2016
Rekluse racers won 59 national and international championships in 2016. With victories spanning 12 different riding disciplines, the 2016 champions are as diverse as they are talented, and Rekluse is proud to have contributed to their success. Two AMA championships with Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb, combined with Team USA’s ISDE win caps a stellar race season. Joining these programs atop the leaderboard was Arenacorss Champion Gavin Faith, MXGP World Champion Tim Gajser, Canadian National Champion Davi Millsaps, Dutch and Italian National Champion Evgeny Bobryshev, AMA Endurocross and World Super Enduro champion Colton Haaker, German ADAC Champion Dennis Ulrich, British National Champion Tommy Searle and AMA Flat Track Champion Bryan Smith. Rekluse supported champions ran Core Manual TorqDrive, Core Manual and Core EXP 3.0 products during the 2016 season.
WHAT THE 2017 MOTOCROSS BIKES ACTUALLY WEIGH
The lightest 450cc motocross bike is the 2017 KTM 450SXF. It weighs 22s pounds. That is 2 pounds less than the Husqvarna, 9 pounds less than the Kawasaki, 11 pounds less than the Honda, 16 pounds less than the Yamaha and 18 pounds less than the Suzuki.
These are the actual weights of the currrent crop of 2017 motocross bikes. They are weighed with the official AMA and FIM system of empty gas tanks, but all other fluids.
KTM 125 SX…194
FMF ANNOUNCES 2017 SUPERCROSS SUPPORT SCHEDULE
Coming off the 2016 250SX West Region Championship FMF is excited for the start off the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season. The FMF Rider Support Crew will be on board to help out with any rider support needs. Keep an eye out for our FMF Event Support Sprinter van at the following races:
Jan. 7…Angel Stadium…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14…Petco Park…San Diego, CA
Jan. 21…Angel Stadium… Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28…University of Phoenix… Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4…Oakland Coliseum….Oakland, CA
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RIDERS WHO EARNED ENOUGH 2016 RICKY CARMICHAEL”ROAD TO SUPERCROSS” POINTS TO QUALIFY FOR THE 250 EAST/WEST
To Qualify through the “Road to Supercross” program a rider must earn 3 points in a minimum of 2 cities (1 point for making a main event and 1 point for finishing in the top ten). It should be noted that some of the listed riders already have their AMA Supercross licenses. Look for the following riders when the AMA Supercross series comes to your town.
2015 THROUGH 2016 DUCATI SCRAMBLERS RECALLED
Ducati is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 Scrambler models because of a problem with their side stand position sensors. The recall affects 5502 units in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the side stand pivot bolt may not be of sufficient length. As a result, the nut may detach and the bolt loosen, consequently preventing the sensor switch from properly detecting the position of the stand. When an affected Scrambler is parked, this may prevent the engine from starting. When riding, the sensor switch pin may become disengaged, causing the engine to stall. It may also be possible to start the engine and begin riding with the side stand deployed.
Ducati first received warranty claims related to this problem in June 2016. Ducati then began a global analysis of the problem and found a total of 34 related cases. On Dec. 5, 2016, Ducati initiated recall proceedings. No related crashes or injuries had been reported. Dealers will install revised side stand pivot bolts. The new bolts have 17mm of thread compared to 15mm of thread found on the original bolts and have a black surface treatment (the original bolts were gray). Dealers will apply 35 Nm of torque (compared to the 24 Nm previously specified) and apply threadlock.
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THE DUTCH DENTIST’S USGP BIKE AT MECUM LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION ON JAN.25-28
For more info on all of the motorcycles in the auction click here.
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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT 2017 CRF450 HOSE KIT
Premiumgrade silicone materials are what make the new Pro Circuit High-Performance Radiator Hose Kit for the 2017 Honda CRF450R able to withstand higher temperatures and pressures than the OEM hoses. The Pro Circuit High-Performance Radiator Hose Kit comes in a non-fading bright blue color that adds a trick factory look to your new CRF450R. The Pro Circuit High-Performance Radiator Hose Kit is a must-have to keep your bike running cool and performing at its best. Retail price: $94.95. Please visit www.procircuit.com for more information on this and other Pro Circuit products.
PRO TAPER INTRODUCES CUSTOMER HOTLINE & TECH SUPPORT PROGRAM
Pro Taper press release: Since 1991 when ProTaper revolutionized the moto market with the introduction of the 1-1/8” Taperwall handlebar, the brand has been focused on enhancing the riders’ experience. Coinciding with the just released 2017 digital catalog is ProTaper’s new customer service hotline and an expanded tech support program. “ProTaper prides itself on our race proven and champion-approved technological advantages on the track,” says Brand Manager Paul Perebijnos. “So it was time to up our game on the customer support side so that we can provide the best possible customer service experience.” This is not some off-shore call center, but a dedicated team of U.S.-based CSR professionals.
“We had some issues with incoming calls and emails disappearing into cyberspace in the past, however we now have a dedicated CSR team answering the phone and a tech team an e-mail away,” he adds. Call 951-736-5369 to speak to a live person during business hours or e-mail [email protected]. Further enhancing the ProTaper experience, the digital catalog can be readily browsed online or downloaded with nearly 100 pages packed with everything from grips, levers/perches, throttle tubes, foot pegs, sprockets, chains and more. “The index of product applications in the catalog enables you to dial in your bike like the pros, from Max Nagl to Colton Haaker. When it’s time to upgrade your riding experience, turn to innovations from ProTaper,” says Perebijnos. See the entire collection of ProTaper’s race-proven products in the 2017 catalog: http://online.fliphtml5.com/lxnd/gxac/#p=1
NEW TO AMERICA! TORROT KIDS ELECTRIC OFF-ROAD BIKES
2017 TEXAS WINTER SERIES AT FREESTONE, SWAN, VILLAGE CREEK & JOHNSONVILLE FARM
For more info go to www.freestonemx.com
47TH ANNUAL FLORIDA WINTER SERIES STARTS JANUARY 1
UNITED STATES MOTORCYCLE COACHING ASSOCIATION FORMED
With a Board of Directors that includes Mark Blackwell, Jeff Emig, Nathan Ramsey, Buddy Antunez, Richard Zielfelder, Tim Buche and Jon-Erik Burleson the newly formed network of certified trainers, called the United States Motorcycle Coaching Association (USMCA) was created to help the growth of sport motorcycling with an inaugural Coaching Summit to be held in Texas on February 9-10, 2017. “We studied other sports facing challenges similar to motorcycling that have been experiencing more growth and appear better positioned to attract new participants,” said USMCA board member Jon-Erik Burleson. “We learned that the leaders in skiing, snowboarding and cycling believed well-established coaching programs were paramount to their success.” The goal is to establish a network of skilled, certified coaches providing coaching, encouragement and support that fosters growth in the sport of motorcycling. Coaching is to be carried out by qualified individuals who work with clients to improve their skills, judgment and performance to help them achieve their full potential.”
Coaches and others interested in the summit must register at the USMCA’s website, www.usmca.org, to attend the first annual gathering at AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas, Feb. 9-10) in the lead-up to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race. The summit is limited to the first 200 participants, but will be followed by seven regional events held in the spring to gain input from coaches for the development of the initial curriculum. The USMCA expects to certify at least 100 coaches in the first year. “Much of the inspiration for the USMCA crystallized early this year with a visit from AMA Hall of Fame Legend Torsten Hallman,” said Jon-Erik Burleson said. “Hallman helped introduce motocross to the U.S. in the 1960s and graciously shared many of the initial steps that led to the sport’s growth. We found that pioneering mindset very inspirational.” Additional information is at www.usmca.org