You Won’t Believe Which Brand Received The Worst “Reliability” Rating

12-BMW-K1600GTL-0151Consumer Reports surveyed 4680 subscribers who are motorcycle owners about the reliability of their motorcycles.  Out of those who responded to the survey, BMW touring and dual sport owners reported more problems with their motorcycles than owners of other brands.

One in every three BMW owners (33%)  said they’ve had an issue with their motorcycle in the past year.  One in every 4 Harley-Davidson owner (25%) reported an issue with their motorcycle.

Honda CBR, and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R owners reported the least amount of problems.  The issues that were brought up the most by those who responded to the survey were problems with lights, switches, instrumentation, electrical or fuel systems.

Other brands such as  Kawasaki, Victory, Indian, Suzuki and Triumph were not ranked as the owners did not provide enough information as required by the survey.

A One-Two Finish for MICHELIN at Albacete

The second round, in Albacete, Spain, saw Michelin Motorcycle tires claim the top two places thanks to its partners BMW Motorrad France and Yamaha GMT 94. The eight-hour marathon enabled MICHELIN to showcase its expertise round this difficult circuit where teams faced a particularly broad range of temperatures.

The second round of the 2011 Endurance World Championship at Albacete, Spain, saw MICHELIN tyres claim the top two places thanks to its partners BMW Motorrad France and Yamaha GMT 94. The eight-hour marathon enabled MICHELIN to showcase its expertise round this difficult circuit where teams faced a particularly broad range of temperatures.

It might not be the championship’s most technically demanding venue, but Albacete is always a big challenge for tyre manufacturers. The chief reasons for this are its high number of turns, the abrasive nature of its surface and the big fluctuations in temperature between the daylight and night-time phases of the race. To be competitive here, tyres must be extremely versatile and MICHELIN’s range rose to the challenge of the Spanish track with flying colours…

Philippe MUSSATI (manager of MICHELIN Competition’s two-wheel racing programmes): “Albacete is reputed for being very hard on tyres and we had to carefully tailor the range we took there for our partner teams. Track temperatures of around 40°C called for competitive, durable and versatile products, which are three essentially opposing qualities. Yet the combination of our engineers’ excellent development work and the first class job the teams did setting up their bikes gave our partners a certain edge throughout the race. The BMW set a new lap record for the track during qualifying before going on to dominate the race, while Yamaha GMT 94 quickly made its mark to secure an unchallenged second place. Indeed, only two bikes succeeded in lapping under the 1m32s mark during the race, and they were the BMW and YART Yamaha, which had the honour of posting the fastest race lap (1m31.609s). It’s such a shame that YART ran out of fuel at one point, because we were heading for a MICHELIN one-two-three at that stage. I would also like to underline DG Sport’s outstanding run in the Superstock class. Had it not been for a fall, they could well have finished on the podium.”

This MICHELIN one-two has boosted the positions of the firm’s partners in the provisional world championship standings. BMW Motorrad France is now just two points short of the current leader, while Yamaha GMT 94 has moved up to third spot.

 

AMA Dragbike is gone, but Straightliner magazine lives on


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Straightliner Magazine Continues despite AMA Dragbike Ceasing Operations

Straightliner is sorry to see AMA Dragbike go, but America’s only all-motorcycle drag racing magazine is looking forward to more time with the many thriving series in the sport. In addition to complete coverage of every Mickey Thompson MiRock Superbike Series event, Straightliner has already begun discussions with the ADRL and Hurricane Alley. So even though the icon is gone, the sport and our place in it will continue unabated.

Our July issue covers the May Rockingham and June Maryland races, and what will now stand as AMA Dragbike’s final event in Montgomery. We’ll have opinions from racing veterans and industry insiders about this latest development in the landscape of the sport and find out where the action is growing. This issue will debut in record numbers at the blockbuster Fast By Gast WPGC Bike Fest at Maryland International Raceway in July. Secure a spot for your company in this landmark issue of Straightliner by July 2nd.

America’s only all-motorcycle drag racing magazine thanks you for your continued support and will continue to deliver the best coverage to the best customers in motorsports!   For more information on advertising opportunities in Straightliner, contact  Tim Hailey timhailey@earthlink.net (718) 554-3866 or Sylvia Cochran sylviac@usridernews.com 478-237-3761