Sprint Phone Recycling Goal Gets a Boost With Vespa USA Relationship

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] and Vespa USA announced a new customer contest to drive greater participation in Sprint’s Buybackprogram by offering customers a chance to win a new fuel-efficient Vespa LX 50 motor scooter. Between June 26 and August 20, wireless users who return their old or unused cell phones to Sprint can receive up to $250 instant credit toward the purchase of a new wireless device and will be able to enter to win one of six Vespa scooters athttp://sprint.com/govespa.

Winners of the Vespa scooters also will receive the new Samsung Replenish™, the fourth eco-friendly device from Sprint, one of its latest Android devices. All devices returned through the Buyback program either will be recycled or re-purposed to continue Sprint’s momentum toward its zero waste policy and 2017 goal to recycle nine mobile devices for every 10 sold.

With its recently announced Electronics Stewardship Policy, a key component of the company’s efforts to reduce improperly disposed e-waste, Sprint is providing customers responsible end-of-life solutions for their mobile devices. Since 2001, Sprint has collected more than 24 million phones for reuse and recycling. Currently, only 10 percent of phones in this country are recycled, leaving more than 140 million mobile phones in landfills each year.

“We are excited to join with Vespa to make this special offer available to new and existing Sprint customers,” said Matt Gunter, Sprint vice president of consumer marketing. “Our aim is to address the entire lifecycle of the mobile devices we buy and sell – it’s a win-win for our customers, for Sprint and for the environment. While we continue to educate customers on responsible ways to manage e-waste, this relationship with Vespa will draw greater attention and enthusiasm to our efforts. We hope to drive greater participation in our Buyback program and to encourage new customers to join us in this initiative.”

As part of Sprint’s loyalty program, Premier customers were able to participate in the sweepstakes in advance of the national promotion that started in April. The Premier customer sweepstakes offered 10 lucky winners a Vespa LX 50 and received a significant response, with more than 300,000 entries submitted. The Premier customer contest ended June 10.

While most participation in the Buyback program will occur in Sprint stores across the nation, customers will also have a chance to trade in their phones as part of the Sprint/Vespa “Green on the Go” Tour. The tour will start on July 2 in San Francisco and travel through Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Boston before ending in New York on Aug. 13. The events, with more information on location and times at www.VespaUSA.com are as follows:

– San Francisco: July 2, 3
– Los Angeles: July 9, 10
– Seattle: July 16, 17
– Chicago: July 23, 24
– Boston: July 30, 31
– New York: Aug. 6 and 13

At the events, customers can:

  • Trade in their phones to be recycled to see whether they can earn an instant credit toward the purchase of a new device or donate their phone through Project Connect.
  • Demo Sprint’s first eco-friendly Android powered device – the Samsung Replenish made partially from recycled materials and recyclable packaging.
  • Participate in a Vespa photo experience.
  • Learn more about the benefits of using a Vespa as an alternative mode of transportation – as part of Vespa’s Vespanomics program.
  • Enter for a chance to win a Vespa LX 50 scooter, Samsung Replenish and three months of Sprint wireless service at each of the six city stops.

“The decision to partner with Sprint was an easy one as we have the same goal: find ways to conserve resources for the betterment of our planet,” said Melissa R. MacCaull, vice president, Piaggio Group Americas. “Sprint’s popular phone recycling program and the use of Vespas as a viable form of alternative transportation to reduce oil and gas consumption, pollution and traffic congestion are two solutions Sprint and Vespa are putting forth and that Americans are embracing.”

Vespa USA, through its Vespanomics program, promotes the use of fuel-efficient motor scooters as an alternative form of transportation that can greatly reduce gasoline consumption and put more money back into the pockets of Americans. Vespa estimates that in the year 2020, if a fraction of licensed U.S. drivers converted a small percentage of their miles to a Vespa, gasoline consumption would be reduced by 3.9 billion gallons per year, resulting in a savings to Americans of more than $21 billion.

Winners of the contest will be announced following Aug. 20 no later than October 1. For more information on the tour dates and the contest, please visit www.VespaUSA.com. To learn more about Sprint programs that protect the environment, go to www.sprint.com/responsibility or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter. To learn more about Vespa motor scooters, Vespanomics or to find a Vespa dealer in your area, please visit www.VespaUSA.com or like them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/VespaUSA) or follow them on Twitter @VespaUSA.

Sprint GREEN ON THE GO VESPA SWEEPSTAKES

ABBREVIATED RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00a.m. EST on June 26, 2011 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST August 20, 2011. For complete Official Rules, including entry instructions and prize details, visit Sprint.com/govespa. Sponsor: Sprint Communications Company L.P.

“Green On The Go” Tour Sweepstakes

ABBREVIATED RULES

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal U.S. residents who are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in jurisdiction of residence (whichever is older) at time of entry. Sweepstakes is offered only in San Francisco, California, Los Angeles, California, Seattle, Washington, Chicago, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York. Sweepstakes begins at the dates and times as specified for each live event in the Official Rules. For Official Rules, including entry instructions and prize details, visit the Green on the Go booth at the live event. Sponsor: Sprint Communications Company L.P.

Sprint’s Sustainability Program

Sprint’s industry-leading role in corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability continues to receive recognition. For the second year in a row, Sprint ranked highest among all U.S. telecom companies on Newsweek’s 2010 Rankings of America’s Greenest Companies at No. 6, up from No. 15 in 2009. Sprint was also ranked highest among the wireless carrier industry on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s “Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.” Sprint also received Frost & Sullivan’s 2010 North American Green Excellence of the Year Award in Mobile & Wireless for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, proactive approach to the deployment of renewable energy, and aggressive cell-phone recycling efforts. To learn more about Sprint programs that protect the environment, go to www.sprint.com/responsibility or follow@SprintGreenNews on Twitter.

 

Kendon’s Ride-Up Single SRL Motorcycle Trailer Offers The Best Of Both Worlds!

June 20, 2011 – Anaheim, CA – Kendon Industries, Inc., the originator of Stand-Up™ motorcycle trailers and innovative motorcycle lifts, expands its trailer offerings with a new ride-up single rail trailer. Billed as an easy loading solution for everything from lightweight sport bikes to heavyweight touring bikes, the new “Ride-Up Single SRL” trailer combines versatility and convenience with durability and practicality.

The new Ride-Up Single trailer incorporates Kendon’s new SRL technology. Exactly what is SRL? The acronym is short for “Suspension Reactive Loading,” or more simply put, it eliminates the apex created by a traditional ramp angle and the bed of the trailer when loading and unloading. The independent torsion suspension on the Kendon trailer works with the loading ramp to eliminate the apex and creates a smooth parallel surface for loading and unloading. This means that there is a much lower angle when loading/unloading a bike and virtually no point to hit the frame of the bike. The suspension compresses and lowers the bed of the trailer while loading a motorcycle and raises it back up to towing height after the bike is fully loaded onto the trailer.

Features and benefits of the new Ride-Up Single Trailer with SRL technology include:
* Single Person Ride-Up Loading
* The 2-Degree lower rear section provides a lower ramp angle that allows for easier loading
* Lock down 3-piece loading ramp featuring integrated footboards
* Expanded metal ramp surface improves traction and increases loading stability
* Ramp sections are lightweight and small enough to store in the trunk of a compact car or bolted into place on the trailer itself
* Full 1,000 lb. capacity
* Made in USA
* Lightweight, can easily be stood up for vertical storage

In addition to the new Ride-Up Single Motorcycle Trailer with SRL, Kendon’s popular standard single rail trailer will remain in the product line. Kendon is even offering a retrofit kit to upgrade its older single rail motorcycle trailers to the Ride-Up Single SRL technology.

Kendon’s Ride-Up Single Motorcycle Trailer with SRL is “The Simple, Lightweight, Stand-Up™, Ride-Up Solution.” The Ride-Up Single SRL is available now from Kendon dealers nationwide for $2,599.95 and is distributed by Tucker Rocky/Bikers Choice and Custom Chrome in the USA. More information about any of the Kendon Stand-Up™ trailers or lifts can be found at www.KendonUSA.com

or by calling 714-630-7144.

 


About Kendon Industries
Established in 1991, Kendon Industries, Inc. is proud to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. Kendon is proud to hold more than two dozen United States Patents on its products. Kendon is recognized as the industry leader in the USA for high quality fold-up Stand-Up™ Motorcycle Trailers and Lifts. Kendon’s complete line of trailers is designed and Made in America. For more information visit www.KendonUSA.com. Join Kendon on Facebook at facebook.com/kendonusa
Stand-Up™ is a trademark of Kendon Industries, Inc. © 2011.

 

Roadsmith Trikes Introduces 2012 Gold Wing Conversion

White Bear Lake, MN ( June 13, 2011)- Finally! After months of anticipation and speculation about what form it would take, the new 2012 Gold Wings arrived in dealerships around the country. Enthusiasts were relieved to finally get their hands on the new Honda flagship and it wasn’t long before they were looking for a trike conversion that would nicely complement their new ride. Roadsmith Trikes, having been in the trike business for 35 years, was ready and waiting when the new “Wings” arrived in the U.S. and immediately went to work creating their vision of the new trike.
Working until the last possible minute in order to effectively address each and every detail of the new model’s systems and design, Roadsmith introduced their new 2012 Gold Wing Trike at this year’s Americade Rally in Lake George, NY on June 6th. Reviews from the media and the general public were all positive and the new trike stole the show at the Roadsmith Display located at Fort William Henry in the demo area.
Like all Roadsmith Trikes, the new 2012 Gold Wing Trike Conversion is available with the company’s trademark AccuRideTM self-leveling suspension system as well as any number of options and accessories.
Roadsmith Trikes is based in White Bear Lake, MN where the company manufactures and distributes twelve different trike conversion kits for Honda, Harley-Davidson and now Indian motorcycles. They are also represented by over a hundred dealers in the U.S. and Canada as well as their own retail locations, The Trike Shop at Destination Daytona and on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, FL.

Rare, Historic Motorcycles to Roar across Auction Block at Dana Point Concours d’Elegance

DANA POINT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EG Auctions, a premier collector vehicle auction company, will auction some of the finest examples of vintage motorcycles from the 1900s through the early ‘50s during the 29th Annual Dana Point Concours d’Elegance, on June 24-26. Located at the esteemed St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif., the Dana Point Vintage Automobile Auction will offer more than 100 collectible, classic vehicles including European sports cars, exotics, hot rods, muscle cars and motorcycles during Southern California’s three-day celebration of automotive elegance.

“The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance is renowned for presenting some of the most breathtaking classic cars and vintage motorcycles in the world,” said David Berg, managing partner of EG Auctions. “To complement the wonderful examples of antique motorcycles slated for display on the Concours North Lawn, we’re going to offer people the opportunity to purchase one also. From a restored, classic Harley Davidson to an early 20th century Indian Twin two-speed, EG Auctions has an eclectic assortment of motorcycles for sale that would be wonderful centerpieces for any collection.”

Of the most interesting motorcycles crossing the auction block is a 1914 Indian Twin two-speed model #88F778 assembled by the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company. Built during the decade when Indian became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world, this is a fine example of a “survivor” bike. With original paint and rims, the fiery red cycle has been stored indoors for years. Even the engine is complete and operates correctly.

No vintage motorcycle auction would be complete without a legendary Harley Davidson bike or two. A beautiful barn find available to the highest bidder is a 1934 Harley Davidson VD with a side car. Found in an industrial building down the road in Orange County, the three-speed bike was registered at the building for more than 35 years and has approximately 44,000 miles on the odometer. The rustic feel of the Harley adds to its allure, with an engine and transmission that would make any enthusiast believe it just rolled off the production line.

“For many collectors, these pre-war Harley Davidsons are the king of the road with their bad boy looks, rumbling exhaust note and smooth handling,” added Berg. “These bikes aren’t just rubber and engine grease; they symbolize a way of life.”

Harley Davidson fans will also be pleased to find some of the first Harleys on the auction docket, including 1905 and 1908 built bikes. The ‘05 is a replica of one of the three Harley Davidson motorcycles made in the first year of production. Today, only two of these bikes can be accounted for in the world. The 1908 Harley is a fine example of an early strap tank, belt drive machine.

For those interested in adding a vintage motorcycle or a collectible car to their collection, the auction preview starts Friday, June 24, at 4 p.m. PDT with the auction scheduled for 7 p.m. Bidders can review the docket, which will be on display starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, with sales to begin at 10 a.m. on both days inside the auction tent.

Visit www.danapointconcours.org to learn how to get tickets for the premier Southern California celebration of automotive elegance. To register to become a bidder or to consign a vehicle at one of the nine EG Auctions in North America, log on to www.egauctions.com. Like EG Auctions on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.

About The Electric Garage

The Electric Garage was established in 1999 with offices in Canada and the U.S. The U.S. operations are headquartered in Bermuda Dunes, Calif. The company has an impeccable reputation for providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, automotive enthusiasts and astute collectors around the world. EG Auctions maintains Classic Car sales showrooms and manages quality Collector Car Auctions in many regions of Canada and currently expanded their operating base to the U.S. market. For more information about EG Auctions visit www.theelectricgarage.com or call 1-888-296-0528.

About Dana Point Concours d’Elegance

The Dana Point Concours d’EleganceTM is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, with excess proceeds supporting the Ocean Institute, the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital and other Southern California youth charities. The event is operated primarily as a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Concours, with additional classes showcasing interesting and relevant automobiles. The Dana Point ConcoursTM organizing committee aspires to create a premier automotive event that showcases the rich Southern California automotive heritage. For more information, please visit www.DanaPointConcours.org.

New ApriliaUSA Video: Can Technology Help You Become a Better Rider/Racer?

NEW YORK, NY – June 15, 2011 Motorcycle performance is being revolutionized and, for the first time, this new era heralds increased rider control and safety as much as it does more power and less weight. At the forefront of that revolution is ApriliaUSA with its advanced new Performance Ride Control system. Unlike rivals, APRC isn’t just a safety net, but instead works to enhance rider control, allowing RSV4 riders to wring the maximum possible performance from their motorcycle.The individual components of Aprilia Performance Ride Control (Launch Control, Wheelie Control, Traction Control and Quick Shift) are explained in this video.

Can technology help you become a better motorcycle rider or racer on and off the track? ApriliaUSA says “absolutely” – and the Italian manufacturer is showing you how it’s done with an adrenaline-charged new video. Enter Aprilia Performance Ride Control

(APRC) as seen on the new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE and RSV4 R APRC.  To highlight the APRC features and how riders can benefit by the use of the electronics package to ride like a champion on and off the track, check out this short video released from Aprilia USA today:

Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheApriliaUSA

Backed by a record of 45 World Championships, 327 race victories and 277 MotoGP wins, Aprilia’s experience and knowledge gained on the track has paved the way for cutting-edge innovation and technological advancements for their production bikes.  In fact, the Aprilia RSV4 took the Triple Crown in the World Superbike Championship last year.  From there, Aprilia transferred its racing technology from champion Max Biaggi’s RSV4 directly to their production-based motorcycles. Unlike past generations, the new RSV4 was built with APRC, the same technology used on the winning RSV4.

The new APRC system features four levels of control: ATC (Aprilia Traction Control), AWC (Aprilia Wheelie Control), ALC (Aprilia Launch Control) and AQS (Aprilia Quick Shift). All of the APRC systems work together to produce quicker lap times.

·         Aprilia Launch Control gets you off the line faster;

·         Aprilia Quick Shift lets you get up to top speed faster;

·         Aprilia Wheelie Control lowers the front end under hard acceleration and out of bends;

·         Aprilia Traction Control lets you explore cornering limits with 8 levels of sensitivity.

Developed for and proven on Max Biaggi’s World Championship-winning RSV4 superbike, APRC combines four individual components — launch control, wheelie control, traction control and quickshift into one seamless system. The rider can program individual levels of intervention or disable each system individually, but in action, they’ll only experience greater control and increased confidence.

Aprilia Launch Control works with both Wheelie Control and Traction Control to facilitate the fastest possible race starts. Three rider-programmable modes make this accessible to everyone from novices to experts. Once set, the rider only has to hold the throttle wide open and modulate the clutch to launch the RSV4. Launch Control holds revs at maximum torque — with programmable rpm thresholds from 9,500 to 10,000rpm — while preventing the wheelies and wheel spin that could limit performance. Once the RSV4 crosses 100mph and 2nd gear is selected, Launch Control disengages. The Aprilia RSV4 is the first street-legal motorcycle to ever be equipped with Launch Control.

Aprilia Wheelie Control APRC uses multiple data points including acceleration, attitude and throttle position to determine if a wheelie is actually occurring. Rival systems are much less sophisticated, simply comparing the differences in wheel speeds. All that data allows APRC not just to cut power when a wheelie is detected, but to incrementally modulate the height of that wheelie, maintaining maximum acceleration in safety. This advantage is especially felt while cornering, enabling the front tire to maintain contact with the track as the RSV4 drives out of corners.

Aprilia Traction Control allows riders to intuitively select eight different levels for different corners on the same track. In addition to comparing wheel speeds, APRC consults a gyroscope to determine lean angle and an accelerometer to determine acceleration. Unlike rival traction control systems, this enables APRC to maintain rather than simply cancel slides. Since maximum acceleration is achieved beyond the threshold of complete grip, this makes motorcycles equipped with APRC faster. While in that controlled slide, APRC also allows riders to determine their own angle of slip using the throttle. More throttle equals more slide and vice versa. Because all this occurs while the RSV4 is prevented from spinning out of control is indicative of how sophisticated APRC is.

Aprilia Quick Shift also brings novel functionality. Like other systems, RSV4 riders can use it to upshift without closing the throttle. APRC can complete shifts in just 40 milliseconds. Unlike rivals, Aprilia’s solution will bring benefits away from full-throttle too. APRC evaluates the ride mode selected, throttle position, gear position and acceleration to determine how to deliver the smoothest possible shift. RSV4riders will most appreciate this while riding at the limits of adhesion, shifts will no longer have the potential of crudely breaking grip.

Combined, APRC works to increase rider safety in the same way as rivals. But where their traction and wheelie control systems can do only that, APRC seamlessly facilitates enhanced rider control. APRC is the only traction control system that allows for re-calibration to different tire sizes, as no other manufacturer offers this.

Ride for Our Heroes: New England Biker Community Rides to Support Veterans and Families

June 13, 2011 – BOSTON – New England-area motorcycle enthusiasts are kick starting their bikes and riding in the first Ride for Our Heroes on Saturday September 24.  Ride for Our Heroes supports the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program’s services for veterans and families affected by combat stress and traumatic brain injury.  The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to service members and veterans of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, throughout New England, who are affected by combat stress and traumatic brain injury (TBI) – the “invisible wounds of war.” Home Base also provides counseling for families; education for clinicians and community members; and research in the understanding and treatment of PTSD and TBI.

The Ride for Our Heroes will kick-off at six locations – one in each New England state – with special guest speakers, military leaders, celebrities and an opening ceremony. Riders will finish the trip with a celebratory “Rider Appreciation” party at the Manchester Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester, New Hampshire which offers a 16-acre site for a complimentary BBQ, family entertainment, live music, and raffle.

“The biker community has a long history of riding to support veterans through its annual Rolling Thunder event which raises awareness of POWs and MIAs and supports veterans’ services.  We hope the Ride for Our Heroes can become another great tradition to honor those who suffer from the “invisible wounds of war”—post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.  We are honored to work with the biker community on this event,” said John Parrish, MD, Director of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

As part of Ride for Our Heroes, the Home Base Program will be raffling off a custom-designed Home Base and baseball-themed Dirico Motorcycle that features an autograph by Aerosmith music legend and co-founder of Dirico Motorcycles, Steven Tyler.

“The Ride for Our Heroes has all the right elements for New England-area bikers; a tremendous cause of serving veterans and families, six starting locations so all bikers in New England can participate, food and fun activities for family members, and a bike raffle.  We are delighted to be part of it,” said Steve Talarico, President of Manchester Harley-Davidson and Dirico Motorcycles.

Riding is not a requirement to support the event.  Supporters who do not wish to ride may attend the post-ride BBQ by purchasing tickets on line.  For those interested in showing their support for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, donations can be made online.

To pre-register for the ride, purchase motorcycle raffle tickets, purchase event BBQ tickets, make a donation or learn more, please visitwww.homebaseprogram.org/rideforourheroes.

For veterans and family members who want more information about the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital Home Base Program, or to schedule a confidential appointment, please call 617-724-5202, email homebaseprogram@partners.org or visitwww.homebaseprogram.org.

About the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
The Home Base Program provides clinical care to New England veterans of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who experience combat or deployment-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI); counseling to family members including spouses, parents, children, siblings, partners and other family members facing deployment or re-integration challenges; community education for caregivers throughout New England who serve veterans and families including primary care physicians, social workers, clergy, and first-responders; access to clinical trials and the newest and most effective therapy and treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.  The Home Base Program is a philanthropic partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. For information about the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital Home Base Program, please visit www.homebaseprogram.org.

Klim® Enduro Rider Pants Go Full Throttle on Durability

WICHITA, Kan– June 14, 2011 – INVISTA announces the adoption of CORDURA® fabric  in a new apparel line powered by KLIM®.  CORDURA® fabrics are used throughout the collection’s premium line of pants specially designed for “enduro” motorcycle riders.

“We needed a fabric that would withstand the challenges of the outdoor elements and the demands and rigors of extreme riders,” said KLIM® U.S. director of marketing, John Summers. “Renowned for its durability and abrasion resistance, we knew CORDURA® fabric was the right choice because it provides durable protection and mobility allowing riders to perform at their best.”

This effort between the KLIM® and CORDURA® brand teams provides riders with an apparel system designed with a wide variety of functional capabilities: maximum durability and abrasion resistance, exceptional moisture management performance, and enhanced comfort and breathability.

Additionally, the exceptional strength-to-weight ratio of CORDURA® brand fabrics provide the collection with lightweight, high-tenacity fabric functionality to allow riders flexibility and agility in their movement.

“Being included in these designs with such leaders in the motorcycling industry is certainly an honor,” said Allen Mortimer, global product manager for INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand. “I’m enthusiastic because I anticipate riders will appreciate the product’s strong performance features.”

CORDURA® fabrics are featured in four pant designs – Chinook, Baja, Dakar, and Mojave – and are available in red, blue, orange and gray.  Additional specifications are as follows:

·      The Chinook Pant delivers durability and all day comfort. Its construction, which includes a 420 denier CORDURA® fabric shell, seat, and knees  allows it to stand up to the harsh elements found on the trail, and its design allows for ultra-flexible movement.
·       Providing relief from the unforgiving summer heat was the inspiration for the Baja Pant.  Making this an ultra-rugged, in-the boot pant are the incorporation of 830 denier CORDURA®  fabric shell and 1800 denier CORDURA® Ballistic fabric in the seat and knees.
·       Engineered with comfort in mind, the Dakar Pant provides zippered vents combined with rider specific patterning and 840 denier CORDURA® fabric in high wear areas and throughout the outer shell – The Mojave Pant is designed to conquer the elements.  Powered by 840 denier CORDURA® fabric in the seat and knees and coupled with rider specific patterning and a comprehensive ventilation system  helps this pant  provide enduro aficionados with a durable riding solution.

“The distinguishing factor that motorcyclists will find when browsing these products is the CORDURA® brand hangtag and sew in label,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand marketing director. “Our hangtag and sew in label assures wearers that the fabric is made to last.”

About Klim
Klim is the global leader in Technical Riding Gear for both the snow and enduro industries, which includes GORE-TEX jackets, pants and boots along with helmets, hydration backpacks, and technical layering pieces.  For more information, visit www.klimusa.com.

About CORDURA® brand
INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand essence celebrates individual durability: As Long As The World Is Full Of Durable People, We’ll Keep Making Durable Fabrics™.  Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, CORDURA® fabric is a primary ingredient in many of the world’s leading high-performance gear and apparel products ranging from luggage, upholstery and backpacks to footwear, military equipment, tactical wear, workwear and performance apparel. The CORDURA® brand is a registered trademark of INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated polymer, intermediates and fibers businesses. To distinguish the CORDURA® brand, the word “CORDURA®” must be spelled out in all caps, used with an ®, and followed by the word “brand” or “fabric.”

To learn more about INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand, end-use products, and marketing tools please visit www.CORDURA.com and follow us on Facebook, http://facebook.com/CORDURABrand, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/CORDURAbrand.

About INVISTA
INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX®, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVATM, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com.

Hall of Famer, Kawasaki icon Jeff Fredette selected as Grand Marshal for 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — In 1978, a nervous rookie off-roader lined up in the rural Swedish countryside at the biggest off-road race in the world, the International Six Days Trial (ISDT). Six days later, Jeff Fredette was credited with a gold medal finish, and launched what would become one of the most enduring international motorcycle racing careers of all time.

In recognition of Fredette’s stellar off-road racing career, his record-setting number of ISDT andInternational Six Days Enduro (ISDE) finishes and his support of the Kawasaki brand, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA are pleased to announce that Fredette will be honored as Grand Marshal at the annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 22-24, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Fredette’s selection highlights Kawasaki’s status as the Marque of the Year for 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.

“Jeff Fredette represents determination, excellence, sportsmanship and professionalism,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Not only does he bring a career-long association with our 2011 Marque of the Year, Kawasaki, but he stands as an excellent role model for the AMA’s aspiring cadre of amateur racers of all ages. We’re honored that he will be on hand to greet fans and support AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, which raises funds for the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”

Added Chris Brull, Kawasaki’s marketing communications director: “Jeff Fredette and Kawasaki have ridden together for nearly three decades. The relationship has been long and rewarding. When it comes to celebrating the history of Kawasaki and the people who have helped elevate the brand in America, we can think of no better representative than ‘Mr. ISDE’ himself.” Not only is Fredette a multi-time gold medal winner at the ISDT/ISDE, but he has won hundreds of AMA Racing off-road events, including several on the national level.

Fredette, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, remains an active competitor. He further burnished his reputation last year when he not only competed in his 30th ISDE, where he won another gold medal, but he also won two AMA Racing National Championships: the Senior 40+ A class title in the AMA Racing Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, and the 86cc-200cc Modern class No. 1 plate at the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships. Fredette also has won the 2004 Senior 40+ and 1989 126-200 A class national enduro titles and 15 Ice Race National Championships, from 1984-2007. He was named AMA Racing Sportsman of the Year in 1993 and AMA Racing Vet/Senior Rider of the Year in 2010.

“I’m excited about this opportunity and to really experience all the things going on at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,” Fredette said. “Last year was my first year at the event, and my schedule only allowed me to see the hare scrambles. I’m looking forward to the swap meet, the flat track, the bike shows and taking in the vintage scene. Plus, I’m not going to miss out on the racing. I want to compete in the trials, the hare scrambles, the motocross and the flat track. It should be a great time all around.”

Of course, Fredette will compete on Kawasakis, which he has raced since 1983.

“It was the year after Suzuki pulled out of off-road, and I didn’t have a ride,” Fredette remembered. “Kawasaki came along with some bikes and support, and things just started to click. Kawasakis have always been great bikes, and I’m pretty loyal, so from then on, as long as everything worked, I had no reason to change.”

Fredette’s role as Grand Marshal will be one of many Kawasaki-themed activities this year at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Known as a leader in the performance category for the past 45 years, Kawasaki will host a number of interactive opportunities for attendees. Fans will be able to immerse themselves in the brand’s history — and its future, as licensed riders will be able to demo the latestKawasaki motorcycles.

Hosting a Kawasaki display at the Mid-Ohio venue for the event, the company will exhibit many of its groundbreaking models, including the famed 500cc Mach III triple and the 900cc Z1, recognized as one of the industry’s first true superbikes. In addition, attendees will have a chance to win both a modern Z1000 muscle bike and a classic Z1 in the Hall of Fame raffle.

Kawasaki riders attending the event will enjoy special perks, including a Kawasaki-only parking area and the chance to participate in a special lap of the Mid-Ohio track.

Held at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, 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 for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased online at MidOhio.com. For more information about the event, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.

Motorcycle Riders: Snap Photos Outside Best Western Hotels and Be Entered To Win Big Rewards, Free Nights

Photo Contest Celebrates Launch of Three Types of Best Western Hotels

PHOENIX (June 6, 2011) – To kick off motorcycle riding season and introduce two-wheeled travelers to Best Western’s three new types of hotels, Best Western International , the World’s Biggest Hotel FamilySM, announced a photo contest for motorcycle enthusiasts who visit any of the chain’s 2,200 BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS or BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels inNorth America.

 

Motorcyclists who visit a Best Western hotel and upload a photo of their bike in front of a Best Western sign will be entered to win and each week between now and July 15, three winners will randomly be chosen to receive 5,000 Best Western Rewards points.

One grand prize winner will be chosen at random to receive 65,000 points, good for room nights, gift cards, airline miles and more,in celebration of Best Western’s 65th birthday in 2011. To commemorate the launch of the three new types of Best Western hotels, the first rider to submit a photo in-front of all three different BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER signs will win a $650 travel card – good for use at any of the chain’s 4,000 hotels worldwide.

Participants must upload their digital photos to Best Western’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BestWestern between now and July 15, 2011 to be eligible to win prizes.

“We want motorcycle riders to know that there’s a Best Western hotel for every type of trip they take with the introduction of BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels, and we welcome them to come and stay with us,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western senior vice president of marketing and sales. “This photo contest allows new and existing Ride Rewards members to experience the special amenities and services we offer exclusively to riders. What’s more – one lucky rider will win 65,000 rewards points which can be redeemed for up to a week of free nights at participating hotels, gift cards, airline miles and much more.”

Photo contest entrants must sign up or be existing members of Best Western Ride Rewards®, the industry’s only free loyalty program for guests traveling by motorcycle. Best Western Ride Rewards members will automatically earn Gold Elite status when the sign up, allowing them to earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar spent on qualified room rates and 10 percent bonus points with each qualified stay at any Best Western hotel. Motorcycle travelers can register for Best Western Ride Rewards by visitingwww.bwrider.com or calling 1-888-BW2BIKE.

As part of its partnership with Harley-Davidson®, Best Western has more than 1,200 Rider-Friendly® hotel locations in North America which provide services such as a special Harley-Davidson rate, a clean wipe-down at check-in and a bike cleaning station. Additional benefits at some properties include reserved parking spaces, bottled water and lip balm.

As a complement to Ride Rewards, enthusiasts can also use the Harley-Davidson Ride Planner tool to map and plan rides, and book a Best Western hotel along the route.

Keep up with the photo contest by following Best Western on Twitter @TheBestWestern, hashtag #BWBikerPhoto.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Best Western International, Inc. is THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILYSM, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in 90* countries and territories worldwide. Each Best Western-branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Now celebrating 65 years of hospitality, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world’s biggest family, with our hotels and staff sponsoring children in need around the globe. Our partnerships with AAA/CAA, Michael Waltrip Racing™ and Harley-Davidson® help guests make the most of every trip. For the fastest way to a free night globally, join Best Western Rewards®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visitwww.bestwestern.com

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*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.

 

Dare to Compare a Harley-Davidson®

Demo New Harley® Motorcycles at 200 Events Nationwide and at Americade’s New Extended Test-Ride

To experience the exhilarating difference of twisting the throttle on a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, H-D is offering more than 200 events nationwide.

1. Since 2008, Harley-Davidson has tripled its fleet of motorcycles offered for dealer demo events due to the demand from riders. Harley-Davidson dealerships host over 180 free demo events at their stores. In addition, on a daily basis they offer individual test ride opportunities. Check out our website where you can schedule a free test ride online or find a dealer demo event nearest you, www.h-d.com/testride

Test rides are generally available for all licensed riders at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships anytime during the riding season.

2. Motor Company Demo Events are offered in more than 15 locations and are staffed by Harley-Davidson employees. These events offer our newest models to test. Also new this year is the opportunity for non-riders to experience our “Jumpstart.” This stationary motorcycle allows aspiring customers to learn how to start, shift and twist the throttle on a fully-functioning motorcycle that does not move, www.h-d.com\demos

.3. Rentals are the ultimate test ride opportunity. Planning a trip to a new location, why not check out a new motorcycle at the same time,www.h-d.com/rentals

The new one-day Dare to Compare Experience at this week’s Americade Motorcycle Rally will offer riders not only our demo test rides, but also the option to swap their competitive brand motorcycle to test ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the day. The Dare to Compare Experience is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with select 2011 Harley-Davidson models from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It will be located at the Beach Road Lot down the hill from Fort William Henry. These rides are free, but participants must bring a valid motorcycle license, sign a release form and wear a helmet that meets DOT requirements and eye protection.

“With the riding season starting in scenic areas like Lake George, we’re daring riders to measure their motorcycles against ours and see why no other bike on the road compares to a Harley-Davidson,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience. “There’s more reason than ever to test ride and feel why Harley-Davidson motorcycle design, detail, power and heritage combine for a premium riding experience.”

Learn more online about what goes into creating the ultimate ride on a Harley-Davidson. H-D’s heritage is rich, the attention to detail and design are impeccable and our V-Twin power is distinctly unique.  With over 10 videos, we illustrate the undeniable differences that make Harley-Davidson motorcycles truly unique, www.h-d.com/whyharley

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Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com