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

Monster Energy Ramping Up For 2011 EnduroCross

Monster Girls and Team Monster Energy Kawasaki ready to put on a great show!

Irvine, CA (July 6, 2011) – Monster Energy is a big part of motorcycle racing and they have been a big part of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series presented by Lucas Oil from the beginning. With new events in Southern California and Boise Idaho as well as the Experts being included in X Games 17, 2011 will take EnduroCross to a whole new level. Monster Energy will be out in full force with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team of Justin Soule, Taylor Robert and Destry Abbott battling for the top of the podium to hang out with the beautiful Monster Girls.

“Monster is a big part of EnduroCross and they do a great job getting their local retailers involved with pre-event PR in the stores”, stated Lance Bryson, Director of Sales and Marking for EnduroCross. “It is so cool to go into a local convenience store and see a huge window sticker featuring one of the top EnduroCross riders blasting out at you”, Bryson continued.

Check out the schedule below and make plans to see an EnduroCross event in person where you will see some of the most exciting racing imaginable. And make sure you show up early as the pits are always open and you can mingle with the top riders and teams and maybe even a few of those Monster girls.

Tickets for X Games 17 are available now at all Ticketmaster locations and the box office at STAPLES Center. Tickets information for the remaining EnduroCross events can be found at www.EnduroCross.com

2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location Date Arena / Additional Information
Los Angeles, CA July 31, 2011 Staples Center     (Expert only during X-Games)
Everett, WA August 13, 2011 Comcast Arena
Indianapolis, IN August 26, 2011 Pepsi Coliseum    (Friday during MotoGP weekend)
Ontario, CA September 17, 2011 Citizens Business Bank Arena
Denver, CO October 1, 2011 National Western Complex
Boise, ID October 22, 2011 Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV November 19, 2011 Orleans Arena      (Double Main event)

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole…and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in!  Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO AMA EnduroCross “Live”. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition, which will include Enduro X. For the six remaining EnduroCross events, be sure to log-on to www.motorsportshour.com

For local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network.

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For rules and race information visit www.EnduroCross.com

  or email endurocross@sorc.com.

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.

Paris Hilton Sponsors Motorcycle Race Team

So, the obvious question is “who cares?”  Spoiled rich brat, (with an incredible looking artificially enhanced rack) is spending some of her daddy’s money on motorcycle racing.  Snooze fest huh?

Well, yes and no.  Paris’s most recent project, a 125cc MotoGP team, is dubbed SuperMartxe VIP by Paris Hilton. Its headquarters are in Barcelona, Spain.    According to the blogsphere, Spanish motorcycle heroes Sergio Gadea and Maverick Vinales form the nucleus of SuperMartxe VIP. Technical surveillance falls to mechanic Rossano Brazzi, who has worked with a number of famous racers like six-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi.

Truthfully it’s a slow news day and we might have posted something about vintage Harley-Davidson oil leaks if it had a picture like this attached.


Volcano Forces Postponement of MotoGP Race

Since racers would find it difficult, and in some cases impossible to get to the country,  Japan’s MotoGP officials have postponed their race this coming weekend.  Observers expect it will be rescheduled for October.  You can read more here.