Mustang’s “Seats 101″ Course Goes Live

IRVINE, CA – June 26, 2011 – Mustang Motorcycle Seats is the latest leading brand to go live with an interactive online training program at Powersports University (www.PowersportsU.com. Unlike conventional sales seminars and training programs that require employees to leave the dealership, Powersports U enables staff to earn as they learn without missing work.

“We call this Motorcycle Seats 101,” explains Mustang’s marketing manager Marilyn Simmons. “Dealership personnel can now learn what it takes to sell the Mustang difference. Once you have an idea of what is involved in designing and building a motorcycle seat, you have a better appreciation of the importance of quality materials and the workmanship involved in creating a new seat for a bike.”

Mustang’s Seats 101 is divided into three distinct training sessions. Starting with “Birth Of A Brand” the first course provides a little history and the basics behind these world-class saddles. The second course elaborates on the features and benefits, highlighting the three pillars of seat building, starting with the seatpan, moving through the custom-molded foam and concluding with the cover. Course 3 answers the essential “why they buy” question.

“I’ll let you in on a secret,” says Marilyn. “Customers buy a Mustang seat because they sat on one! Our job is to get more butts on seats!” Of course, that is where the Powersport U program comes into play.

In addition to the three new Mustang modules, Powersports U’s roster of training courses currently includes Performance Machine, Progressive Suspension, Renthal and Vance & Hines. These programs also dovetail brand‑specific, technically-oriented field training, conducted by Mustang at major events and rallies across the country.

PowersportsU.com is free to any user. To find out more and register, visit www.PowersportsU.com

Zero Motorcycles to Showcase Full Product Line And Provide Demo Rides at 2011 MotoGP AT Laguna Seca

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (July 19, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle technology, today announced it will be in attendance for its third consecutive year at the 2011 MotoGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. During the three day racing event, spectators will be invited to Zero’s newly developed tradeshow booth to take a closer look at the Zero Motorcycles 2011 product offerings, which are all available for purchase today. Always a hit at MotoGP, Zero will also be hosting its demo ride program, giving consumers the opportunity to take a Zero Motorcycle for a quick test ride to see and experience the world’s largest line-up of electric motorcycles.

“MotoGP is one of the biggest venues in the country that brings together motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life. Each year we look forward to showing spectators our newest products and this year is no different. Our 2011 product line is the strongest, fastest and most fun to ride bikes we’ve ever built,” said John Lloyd, VP of Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles. “Our new tradeshow booth will be a big highlight for us this year as it will really give consumers a different kind of Zero Motorcycles experience with new interactive kiosks and improved visuals of our motorcycle line.”

Zero Motorcycles’ demo program will kick-off Friday at 10 a.m., in the Yamaha Marketplace at Laguna Seca, Demos will continue throughout the weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Interested spectators that desire a test ride will be required to present a valid motorcycle license and sign a waiver. Due to limited space, interested spectators and media can Pre-Schedule a ride time online to avoid long lines and to ensure a quality riding experience. Zero Motorcycles executive and technical staff will be on-site to answer any consumer product inquiries.

About Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology.

For more information on Zero Motorcycles or to learn more about its complete motorcycle line including the Zero S, Zero DS, Zero XU, Zero MX and Zero X motorcycles, visit: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com

Honda Recalls Rear Brake Reservoir For ST1300

Vehicle Make / Model: Honda / ST1300

Honda / ST1300A
Honda / ST1300PA

Model Year(s): 2008-2010
2008-2010
2009

Manufacture: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Mfr’s Report Date: July 11, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V356000        NHTSA Action Number:N/A

Component: Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Component:Hoses,Lines/Piping, and Fittings

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,232

Summary:
Honda is recalling certain model year 2008 through 2010 ST1300 motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2007, through may 27, 2010, model year 2008 through 2010 ST1300A motorcycles manufactured from Nov.7, 2007, through April 6, 2010, and model year 2009 ST1300A Police motorcycles, manufactured from Nov. 18, 2008, through Dec. 8, 2009. When the rear suspension of the motorcycle is repeatedly bottomed out (fully compressed) the rear brake reservoir hose mat become damaged and leak fluid.

Consequence:
The rider will experience a loss of rear brake performance or function which increases the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealer will replace the rear brake reservior hose free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before July 26, 2011. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009

Notes:

Honda safety recall NO. R86. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

Stevie Nicks Takes Stage with Jeff Bridges at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

BUFFALO CHIP, S.D. (JULY 15, 2011) — Stevie Nicks will join Jeff Bridges on the main stage of the Buffalo Chip Campground on Thursday, August 11. The duo will perform songs from their respective albums, as well as favorites from Fleetwood Mac.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has selected The Legendary Buffalo Chip to host the American Thunder Music Festival during the iconic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to celebrate the men and women of the United States Military, hosted by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Rock and Roll Icon John Fogerty and featuring iconic music legend Stevie Nicks.
Nicks is one of America’s Rock Goddesses having had an incredible career with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career producing over 40 Top 50 hits and selling over 140 million albums.
In May, Nicks released her first album in 10 years, her seventh independent album, In Your Dreams. Nicks intends to delight audiences with her ethereal and seductive sound as her voice travels from the beginning of her career in 1974 to her latest 2011 album.
Rolling Stone once named Nicks “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll.”   She has eight Grammy Award nominations as a solo artists and was nominated five other times with Fleetwood Mac. In 1977/1978 she won the “Album of the Year” Grammy with Fleetwood Mac for   Rumors. In 1998, she was inducted, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac. The album Rumors is the ninth highest selling album of all time, selling over 40 million copies.
Buffalo Chip Campers might have the chance to hear such chart toppers as “Landslide,” “Say You Will,” “Don’t Stop,” and also have the pleasure of being introduced to songs from Nicks’ newest record.
Nicks will join Jeff Bridges and John Fogerty on Thursday The Chip  has a  fierce line-up for Sturgis 2011 including: Toby Keith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, STYX, Poison, Def Leppard, John Fogerty, Alice Cooper, Jeff Bridges and Friends, Tesla, Pop Evil, Puddle of Mudd and many, many more. .

For thirty years the Legendary Buffalo Chip has proven itself as the heart of Sturgis Rally Week. Poised and ready to once again offer their visitors the complete biker experience, the Legendary Buffalo Chip has rounded up an enormous selection of biker-centric fun and festivities in addition to offering the summer’s biggest and most authentic music experience of Rally Week. Reservations for multi-day passes or daily admissions available online at BuffaloChip.com or by calling 605-347-9000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (MST) Monday through Friday.

7th Annual Buffalo Bike Run

Miami, Oklahoma. Buffalo Run Casino, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd.
 Poker run with $101,000 in payouts, Circus Una, Ted Nugent concert, bike shows, Rte. 66 parade,
Buffalo Run Brisket Challenge, camping, and more.
FMI www.buffalobikerun.com

The MeanStreet Riders Presents Music for the Open Road

The MeanStreet Riders were formed in the fall of 2008 when we were riding our motorcycles through the southern United States on our way to ride one of the most challenging and dangerous roads in the world, Highway 129, also known as “Deals Gap” or “The Dragon”.  An 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, “The Dragon” is considered a motorcycle legend by riders around the world.The MeanStreet Riders debut LP High on the Hog (due September 13, 2011) stretches across a wide gamut of Rock and Americana.  The album speaks to a culture that sees life, liberty and freedom being challenged more and more everyday in this ever growing and rapidly changing world. The title track is about camaraderie and deep rooted friendship while not being caught up in the status quo.  The ballad “Rolling On” is based on the travels of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper on their ride filming the movie Easy Rider and deals with getting away from day to day pressures and the pursuit to simply be free and ride with the wind in your hair like they did so long ago. The song “I’ve Had a Good Ride” is based on a return to the Sturgis Rally, the Badlands and riding through the South Dakota hills. In addition to the reunion with old friends theme, the song’s chorus also references real life teachings and not believing everything you hear or read with the line “don’t read all the writing on the wall”.  The song invites you to take life “all in” and enjoy the good times while also taking an inner look at the end of the day or your life and ask yourself have you “Had a Good Ride”. “Where I Was Born” is rich with harmonies and tells the story of a father sharing a ride with his two sons across rural America.

The rest of the LP is nestled deep in Americana rock, with country overtones and arrangements about family, friends, relationships, roads, trips, towns and how the American dream of freedom and its pursuit seems to be continually challenged and shaped by the media, corporations and government bureaucracy.

The incredible growth of the motorcycle community in the past few years is the result of millions of people in the world wanting their freedom back and hitting the road to discover some great times, good friends and maybe… themselves again. The MeanStreet Riders not only speak to those people but people in all walks of life in more than just words and invite them to go somewhere they haven’t been before and discover this great country and world before it might be too late.

Remember: Life’s too short for traffic, so Rock N’ Roll on the open Road.

The Impact

We’ve put a lot of work into this album and we want to share this with you.  We want to get this out to the four corners of this great country so we can share our message and help people rediscover the open road, freedom, and music that speaks to and from the heart.  We want to introduce you to the MeanStreet Riders.

What We Need & What You Get

We’re raising money to do a radio and press campaign.  At our own expense, we’ve put together a great album that we think will really connect with anyone who loves the road, freedom, or even paving their own path.  What we need now is to get the music out there and we can only do that with your help.

What you get out of this will be a combination of great MeanStreet Riders music, merch, and other great perks.  What you get out of this is to help share great music with the world.  What you get out of this is to be part of a great community that cares about real music, real people and real America.
Other Ways You Can HelpShare this site with your friends.  Put it up on facebook, twitter, or wherever you are on the Internet.  We can only do this with your help.  If you’re new to MeanStreet Riders, check us out at www.MeanStreetRiders.com.

RoadTec Z8 Gets High Marks in Tire Test

Munich, Germany,  In their current July/August 2011 double issue, the editorial board of a German motorcycle travel magazine Motorrad & Reisen recently updated their best tire list. The result was extremely positive for Metzeler: the Roadtec Z8 InteractTM stood at the top having earned 3 out of 4 possible top marks. With the mileage (very good), handling (very good), behavior in curves (good) and the wet performance (very good), the Roadtec Z8 has made a solid showing, together with two competing products.

There was no surprise when the Roadtec Z8 InteractTM brought forth the following comments: “With the Metzeler Roadtec Z8 InteractTM, the rider has everything under control. The tire follows its instincts with an incredible blend of precise and effortless handling. The Roadtec Z8 InteractTM is designed to make driving easier, regardless of the bike – for long and safe riding experiences.”

• The tire’s new contour in combination with a patented tread design improves handling and reduces steering effort significantly, for maximum confidence in all driving situations. An innovative new design: matching the physical profile shape with a tread design inspired by the Greek letter “Pi”, functional in that it increases the flexibility of the profile, thus ensuring optimum tyre contact surface area in all conditions.

• The Multi Zone Tension technology (InteractTM technology) of the 0°steel cord gives the “Z8” long-distance performance and stability along with perfect cornering grip.

• A new composition of the silica component and its dispersion at a nano-scale increases the performance and safety levels in all weather conditions.

“Independent comparative tests from touring magazines like Motorrad and Reisen are critical for establishing also the real-world application of our products. The magazine staff and its readers are riding many kilometers” says Francesco Pietrangeli, Director of Marketing for Metzeler Motorcycle Tires, “enough to offer a valid feedback to tire dealers and consumers on the performances of our newest tire, the Roadtec Z8 InteractTM.”

For more information on the Roadtec Z8 InteractTM as well as Metzeler’s entire motorcycle tire range, please visit our website at: www.metzelermoto.com

About Metzeler Motorcycle Tire

On the road since 1892, Metzeler has over 100 years of experience meeting motorcyclists’ toughest tire demands with unflagging innovation and setting trends others must follow. Whether one is drawn to the longevity of its classic design or uncompromising performances, Metzeler is an iconic brand to motorcycling worldwide. Established in Munich, Germany, offices are spread throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, while production occurs in Germany and South America. All this makes Metzeler the “Two Wheels Specialist”, appreciated by motorcyclists for its quality and technology. Metzeler’s continued commitment to road safety is consistent with the European Road Safety Charter and its primary objective of saving 25,000 lives through the improvement of motorcyclists’ safety knowledge as well as their active riding skills. For more information on Metzeler and its line of motorcycle tires, please visit: www.metzelermoto.com

Royal Enfield Announces New Manufacturing Facility

Chennai, India – Royal Enfield Motors, manufacturer of the iconic Bullet motorcycle line and the world’s oldest motorcycle brand, today announced the construction of a new manufacturing facility to help the company meet worldwide demand for its motorcycles.

The new plant will spread across 50 acres in Chennai’s SIPCOT Industrial Growth Centre and is slated for completion by the first quarter of 2013. Once completed, the new plant will more than double Royal Enfield’s current capacity of 70,000 units per year to 150,000 units per year. The new plant will be equipped to produce the full range of Royal Enfield motorcycles and allow the company to keep up with the brand’s rising popularity, both in the booming Indian domestic market and in fast-growing export markets like the United States, where Royal Enfield’s improved engine design and vintage aesthetics have been making a big splash with consumers.

“We’re very pleased with the growth we’ve seen in recent years. Royal Enfield has made incredible improvements to its product design and consumers in the U.S. and elsewhere are really beginning to take notice,” commented Kevin Mahoney, President of Royal Enfield USA. “Today’s announcement shows that Royal Enfield is very aware of its growing customer base and is committed to meeting the expectations of consumers around the world.”

About Royal Enfield Motors

Royal Enfield motorcycles have been in continuous production since 1901. The marque was first established in 1893 by Enfield Manufacturing Co. of Redditch, Worcestershire, England under license from the Crown. The company’s legacy in weapons manufacturing served as inspiration for the Bullet model name and brand’s enduring motto “Made like a Gun, Goes like a Bullet”. The Redditch company’s Indian licensee started assembling Bullet motorcycles in India in 1951 and continued to uphold the brand tradition after the collapse of the British company in 1971. Today, as the owner of the original brand, the $100M Royal Enfield company is headquartered in Chennai, India and operates as a division of the $1B Eicher Group. In recent years, the historic brand has seen a resurgence of interest around the world, selling over 50,000 motorcycles per year to loyal riders in 30 countries.

About Royal Enfield USA

Royal Enfield USA is a division of Classic Motorworks, the exclusive licensed distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the United States. Royal Enfield USA operates in direct affiliation with Royal Enfield Motors to serve the United States market. More information is available online at www.royalenfieldusa.com

 

Rare Aermacchi/Harley-Davidsons Headed to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The list of rare and historically significant Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson motorcycles that will be on display at this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year, continues to grow, with a championship winning RR 250 heading the bill for the July 22-24 event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“We’ve got some great bikes,” said John Basore of the Aermacchi-based group that is serving as this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Classic Club. “I’ve probably got one of every racer Aermacchi ever had lined up.”

Every year at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the Classic Club display rounds out an exciting experience for vintage fans, many of whom will be attending to honor Kawasaki as the Marque of the Year. Aermacchi Harley-Davidsons, sold in the 1960s and ’70s, were the result of a unusual partnership between the quintessentially American motorcycle company and a small-bore Italian bike brand that introduced thousands of new riders to the Harley-Davidson name.

“At the time, Aermacchis may have seemed like an unusual choice to put in Harley-Davidson dealerships,” Basore says. “But the fact is that, when AMF bought Harley-Davidson, it allowed Aermacchi to win world championships for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. That’s most impressive.”

The RR250 is a water-cooled two-stroke, twin-cylinder roadracer with a cassette transmission, an eccentric swingarm adjuster, dual front disc brakes and a full fairing. “It was comparable in every way to the best Yamaha of that time period,” Bashore said.

In addition to the RR 250, bikes planned for display include: a 1965 250CR, a ’65 250CRTT, a ’67 250H, a ’69 350SS, a ’70 350SS, a ’76 SS250, a ’78 MX 250, a ’73 SR100 and an all-original 1961 250C Sprint-one of the first models imported.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will also feature other activities celebrating Kawasaki as the 2011 Marque of the Year. These include displays, demo rides, seminars and autograph signings. Grand Marshal Jeff Fredette, a multi-time national and international off-road champion, will be on hand to reminisce and sign autographs, as well as compete in several vintage racing classes. Enthusiasts will also have an opportunity to win a new Kawasaki Z1000 and a classic Z1, given away together in a single raffle that benefits the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Held at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days includes vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. The three-day event will also feature North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, demo rides of current production bikes, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers’ Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.

Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which is located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. Its exhibits honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame’s website at MotorcycleMuseum.org

Tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased online at MidOhio.com

For more information about the event, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com