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Here’s our weekly guide to the upcoming motorcycle events and rides that are happening within the next month. Don’t see an event that’s happening in your neck of the woods? Leave a comment to let us know.
March Moto Madness
The worldwide adventure rally. If you love to ride, love to eat, love camping, outdoors and love spending time with good people, March Moto Madness is for you!
Mother Rally Site 801 Steer Creek Rd
Tellico Plains, TN
Thunder in the Hill Country
Poker run, bike show, biker games, wet t-shirt, naughty nightie, tattoo contest, burn-out pit, concerts, vendors, great food, free tent camping, free self-contained RV camping. I really can’t even think of anything else there could be.
2886 Hwy 16 North
International ConeMonkey Cup
Come out to San Pedro, CA to participate in M Gymkhana where it’s all about the riders capabilities to navigate around a tight, predetermined course with as few errors as possible. M Gymkhana with KTM North America will be hosting the first Annual International ConeMonkey Cup in sunny Southern California. The location will be in San Pedro, CA right next to the SS Victory Lane in Los Angeles Ports of Call, just north of Long Beach.
River Road Ice House
1791 Hueco Springs Loop Rd
New Braunfels, TX
Outlier’s Guild Moto Show
The OG Moto Show is an annual motorcycle event located in Downtown Los Angeles featuring select Cafe’ Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Old School Chopper, Modern Classic, Brat and full custom motorcycles on display in a unique setting.
615 S Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA
Arizona Bike Week
Rev it up at the biggest party of all, Arizona Bike Week at Westworld! One low admission price gets you into all the festivities. Top name builders and vendors, with the latest parts, accessories and apparel. Also included with your general admission pass; nightly concerts.
Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd
The Sena Momentum Smart Helmet Series have all begun to ship with the exception of the Momentum Pro which includes the integrated 2k camera. We will publish our own in-depth review of the new models just as soon as our staff gets home from everyone corner of the world in which we are currently spread.
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THE MOMENTUM SMART HELMET SERIES, INCLUDING THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED INC HELMET, HAS BEGUN SHIPPING.
SENA ANNOUNCES THE INITIAL SHIPMENTS OF THE BLUETOOTH INTEGRATED MOMENTUM, MOMENTUM LITE, AND MOMENTUM INC SMART HELMETS
Shipping has begun for the long awaited Momentum, Momentum INC, and Momentum Lite Smart Helmets. Sena has engineered this line of full face helmets from the ground up and for the first time riders will be able to hear our industry-leading technology the way it was meant to be heard, with the ideal integration of Sena’s technology creating an unrivaled audio experience.
Sena Momentum Helmet Line In-Depth Review - YouTube
Momentum: The first of its kind Momentum takes our top of the line 20S technology and packs it into a sleek fiberglass shell. Optimal speaker position combined with our Advanced Noise Control technology allows riders to effortlessly take calls, listen to music through their phone or the built in FM radio, audio multitasking, hear turn-by-turn GPS directions, even chat through the built-in intercom with up to 8 other riders for 27 hours on one charge at a distance of up to 1.6 km (1 mile). Momentum will be available in glossy white and matte black in sizes XS-XXL and will retail for $449.
Momentum Lite: The Momentum Lite boasts our tried and true 10 series technology in the same sophisticated shell design. Like all helmets in the Momentum series, the Lite comes with all of the tech pre installed and ready to ride straight out of the box. Intercom with 3 other riders over a mile distance, connect to your smartphone to take phone calls, listen to music and GPS navigation, or the built in FM Radio and much more with the Momentum Lite. The Lite will be will retail for $399.
Momentum INC: Along with the aforementioned Momentum models, an initial limited batch of the long awaited Momentum INC (Intelligent noise control) helmet has also shipped! Using the same 20S feature set, the difference for the Momentum INC is the revolutionary integrated noise-canceling technology which still allow you to hear vital audio cues like sirens, traffic, and your RPMs. Simply toggle the “on” button and the built-in INC™ module is ready to go. The module analyzes sound information from an array of four networked microphones and adjusts in real time to phase out harmful high frequency wind noise. In addition to the INC mode, the helmet also features an Ambient Mode that can be easily switched on with a convenient button on the helmet’s exterior, allowing you to hear clearly around you without removing your helmet. The Momentum INC will retail for $549.
Each helmet within the Momentum series is DOT approved and aerodynamically designed from composite fiberglass shell with multi-density EPS for added protection in the case of impact. The helmets have an intricate ventilation system with chin and forehead air intakes, along with an exhaust port in the rear of the helmet to keep riders cool. The helmet’s visors are scratch and UV resistant, pinlock ready(Max Vision 120), and feature a quick release system for ease of use. The helmets all include quick dry lining that‘s constructed with laser-cut foam and is removable and washable along with the chin curtain. The modern design full-face helmets are secured with a reinforced, nylon strap double d-ring retention system for a safe and comfortable fit.
More to come: Sena will soon be rolling out the Momentum Pro, and the Momentum INC Pro, which both include an integrated action camera.
Please visit our YouTube Channel for more detailed information regarding the Momentum Smart helmet series.
Ducati superbikes have long been known for running fairly warm. The rear cylinder’s header pipe connects to the engine just under the seat on some of the latest Ducati sportbikes and tends to create an often uncomfortable amount of heat for riders on warm summer days.
Header pipe heat issues are now the least of a gentleman who goes by Nitrouz on DucatiForum.com. On March 15th, his brand new Ducati Panigale V4 burst into flames on the side of a busy street in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fortunately, he states that Ducati is expediting his warranty claim – since there’s not much left of his bike.
The new Panigale V4 superbike is a marvel of modern engineering in performance motorcycling, putting out a claimed 214 hp and 91 lb-ft of torque and including the most advanced electronics system to be used on a production motorcycle to date. Former Editor Kevin Duke put it thusly in his review of the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4, “It’s packed with performance and technology that shames anything else in its price range, and the fact that its lovely Italian styling adds a certain panache is the cherry on top. It simply sets a new standard for sportbikes.”
Nitrouz claims he was riding his new Ducati as normal through the city when he smelled something burning and looked down to see that his new baby had caught on fire. The rider then pulled to the side of the street as the fire engulfed the beautiful Italian motorcycle.
Ducati North America immediately reached out to the owner ensuring him a new motorcycle and that they will do everything they can to take care of him. He has since thanked Ducati numerous times for taking care of him and has taken down the photos from the forum on his own accord.
Of course, the question remains, was this an isolated incident or will we see a recall from Ducati in the near future. I’m sure we aren’t the only ones hoping for this to be an isolated incident involving what is destined to be a benchmark in the sportbike category.
We are glad to see no one was hurt and that the rider is okay. Also, we are proud of Ducati North America for reaching out to, and easing the mind of the gentleman involved, so quickly. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for Ducati and new Panigale V4 owners that this was simply a fluke.
We have reached out to Ducati North America and have yet to receive any information. Just when we thought the only smoke coming from the Ducati Panigale V4 would be from a spinning rear tire.
Two wheels meet four as Tony Hawk is set to perform at the season opener for MotoAmerica.
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Tony Hawk & Friends Flying High At MotoAmerica
Skateboarding Legend to Perform At Road Atlanta on April 14
COSTA MESA, CA (March 20, 2018) – The opening round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Series, the Suzuki Championship at Road Atlanta, will see two extreme action sports – motorcycle road racing and skateboarding – converge as MotoAmerica will play host to legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk on Saturday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the main paddock. Hawk, and his five-skater crew of world-class skateboarders, will be skating on his personal, state-of-the-art vert ramp brought in just for this event. The Tony Hawk & Friends 45-minute demo is free with paid admission to the races.
“I’m really looking forward to bringing my ramp and crew to the MotoAmerica event in Atlanta,” Hawk said. “Road Atlanta is a world-class racetrack and we plan to bring some world-class skateboarding to the MotoAmerica fans in Georgia.”
“We’re pumped to have Tony Hawk and his group at Road Atlanta for the opening round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Series,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “I imagine most people have seen Tony in action on TV in the X Games and other competitions, but I can’t wait to see him live and up close. What those guys can do on skateboards is amazing and we really think our fans will enjoy the show.”
While Tony Hawk & Friends will highlight Saturday’s off-track action in the Suzuki Championship at Road Atlanta, that’s far from the only thing that’s going on over the course of the weekend as far as fan activities go.
Fans won’t want to miss the variety of motorcycles featured in the Caffeine & Kickstands motorcycle show, and adrenaline will be at an all-time high in the Wall of Death exhibition. If music is your thing, MotoAmerica is set to play host to country music star Annie Bosko and a DJ to be announced.
There’s also plenty for the kids to do at Road Atlanta with the Kids Zone featuring the Stryder bikes, Mini Moto exhibitions, a pump track, bounce houses and more.
MotoAmerica is also offering VIP ticket packages, Full Throttle Experiences and camping on site at Road Atlanta. The Dunlop Two-Up Suzuki Superbike will also be taking VIPs and members of the media on hot laps around the racetrack throughout the weekend.
It’s funny how time’s arrow flies. Seems like only yesterday we were in a chill and rainy Milano for the big international motorcycle exposition, drooling over the showstopping new Ninja H2 SX SE with Sean Alexander and Brent J., knocking out non-award-winning videos and wondering what Kawasaki could possibly be thinking to produce such an outrageous motorcycle? Shirley it will be way expensive and unobtainable like the other H2s?
Lo and behold, here it is four months later and 6000 miles removed, and it’s just me flogging the green beastie up and down my favorite test circuit under clear desert skies – and I only am escaped alone to tell thee… not only is the H2 SX SE only $22,000, the base model’s just $19k. I hate to break the news, but that’s what a premium motorcycle costs now.
I’ve forgotten exactly what backroom machinations culminated in MO getting the exclusive North American first-ride scoop on the SX, but it’s best just to say thank you, Sean A. and Kawasaki, and not look this gift horse in the mouth. On this bike, it’s best to keep one’s eyes on the road.
The big deal, of course, is the supercharger, and its main function seems to be to compress time and space along with air. The H2’s engine just never feels like it’s working all that hard beneath you, but past 7 or 8,000 rpm on the tachometer, speed seems to increase at a rising rate, and suddenly your faceshield is filled with corner – it’s the kind of speed that makes you grab the brakes too early. (Natch, we have great brakes with electronic assist that have no problem reining the beast right back in with road to spare.) Why are we rolling so slow through this perfectly paved corner, asks the Kawasaki? It takes a while to adjust, but after that, it’s very nice to have warp drive an eighth of a throttle twist away.
A planetary gear train running off the crankshaft gets this intricately machined 69mm impeller puppy whirring along at 9.2 x crank speed – reaching maximum speeds of nearly 130,000 rpm. Six blades at the tip expand to 12 at the base. If you want one for your mantel, Bike Bandit will sell you the entire Compressor Assembly part #15060-0005, for $3,292.95 (2017 H2).
Yes, there are more powerful 1000cc sportbikes than this 171-horsepower one, including the 180-hp Aprilia RSV4RR and 177-hp BMW S1000RR that duked it out in last year’s Superbike Shootout. But they make their power well past 13,000 rpm; you have to work for it a little. The H2’s artificial air inseminator lets its 998cc four-cylinder produce its peak at just 10,300 rpm. And even more to the point is the fact that the H2’s blown motor is making more torque way sooner – 89 pound-feet of the stuff at just 8600 rpm. The S1000RR puts out 80 lb-ft at 9600 rpm, the Aprilia 78 at 11,300.
The street specific Ninja H2 SX supercharger design and tuning were developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. to showcase its in-house knowledge of forced induction. High efficiency and minimal heat gain, aided by the use of this aluminum airbox and good airflow through the trellis frame, eliminate the need for an intercooler and let the impeller be placed in the best position to distribute compressed air to all four cylinders. An ECU-controlled blow-off valve releases pressure in the intake chamber when the throttle is closed to prevent impeller surging and abnormal vibration. A sound hole in the intake duct lets you hear the impeller chirping as it breaks the sound barrier when you roll off the gas at speed. Or something like that. I prefer to think of it as angel wings fluttering around my helmet.
Well, the SX is also 100 or more pounds heftier than those true sportbikes, but in its natural habitat – fast, open roads – you’d be hard pressed to tell. That extra weight takes the form of a cockpit with room for two and a beefed-up subframe capable of carrying a 430-pound payload and saddlebags – not to mention a standard centerstand and one-sided swingarm that’ll make changing rear tires a snap (a thing you might be doing a lot). More importantly, the SX, at 576 pounds wet on the MO scales, is around 100 pounds lighter than the next step up the hard-luggage-equipped Kawasaki food chain – the 1352cc Concours 14.
Is the H2 SX a sport tourer or a sportbike? It’s having a hard time deciding. To me, it’s way more tourable than slightly more-powerful but heavier megabikes like the ZX-14R and Hayabusa. At the same time, comparing the SX to our reigning sport-touring champ BMW R1200RT would seem like an apples and oranges affair – not that we’re always opposed to those. Really, the H2’s very cool supercharger tech means the bike is carving out its own niche somewhere between sport and sport-touring. Counterintuitively, Kawasaki uses the word “efficiency” quite a bit in describing it. You can definitely get through the H2’s five-gallon fuel tank quickly when you’re blasting up and down Montezuma Grade. But when I rode the 120 miles home after two days of that, at a slightly more sedate pace, we got 42 miles per gallon. That’s way better than Aprilia V4s, BMW S1000RRs and ZX-14Rs and Hayabusas.
Sedate being a relative term here. All motorcycles seem to have a happy speed (or maybe it’s just the rider?), but the H2 seems most content when it’s rolling along with the tachometer needle at 6000 rpm. The digital speedo says that’s about 90 mph in top gear, which nobody on California backroads and freeways seems to object to much lately. Knock on wood.
Even the jaded and crusty Mickey, of Mickey Cohen Motorsports, was impressed by this extremely smooth, linear power curve. A thing of beauty. It also appears the curve could continue upward quite a bit after 10,000 rpm with a little fine tuning.
From cruising speed, should the mood strike you and you find yourself alone on the road and bored, whacking the H2 SX’s throttle open seems to have the speedo into triple digits sooner than most monster bikes. Its supercharger is the same unit used in the original H2 and H2R, but its impeller blades are angled differently to produce less boost up high, more in the midrange (along with lots of other engine changes). The SX is the streetable H2, designed for real-world use instead of hyper performance and top speed: 6500 rpm seems to be where the blower starts really blowing. From 6500 to 8000 rpm we go from 95 to 130 hp, and from 77 to 86 lb-ft of torque. And from there the acceleration verges on intense even in sixth gear. It feels like the ram air duct that feeds the supercharger is really effective – a thing a stationary dyno can’t measure.
The 197.3 crankshaft hp Kawasaki claims jumps to 206.7 hp with ram air effect. The oil pan is even cool: “More efficient combustion produces less heat so that the pistons can be cooled by a single oil jet, which allows the oil pump to turn at a slower rate to reduce friction loss. This also allowed the engine’s oil volume to be reduced by nearly a half quart which contributes to weight savings. Large, deep-sump oil pan helps cool oil. Oil pan design ensures the oil pump is always surrounded by oil to prevent cavitation.”
Achieving the desired fuel efficiency while maintaining the low- to mid-rpm performance characteristics of the H2 platform meant improving the engine’s thermal efficiency by increasing the compression ratio from 8.5:1 to 11.2:1; this was done with new cast aluminum pistons with a revised crown, new cylinder head and cylinder. Squish is now 1mm instead of 4mm, and the new pistons are said to improve combustion and help prevent engine knock. Intake and exhaust cam profiles were shortened to match the reduced airflow requirements of street riding. Exhaust header pipes are 2.2mm..
We’re excited to see the beginnings of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup later this season. For a brief look at the Energica Ego Corsa’s maiden demonstration ride, take a look at the video below.
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FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup electric motorcycle Ego Corsa made its world debut yesterday evening with the first demo lap at Losail Circuit of Qatar in Doha.
The rider was the New Zealander Simon Crafar, former 500cc British Grand Prix winner who enjoyed his lap on the Ego Corsa.
For this new series, we’re taking a peek into the Amazon shopping carts of our readers. By exploring what you’re buying, we’ll get a better idea of the brands you trust and what products you deem essential. Here are some of the most popular bike accessories with the Motorcycle.com community.
Grip-n-Ride passenger safety belt
A one-size-fits-all design, this passenger safety belt is lightweight yet durable. Made to be worn as a kidney belt on its own, this device also features comfort handles on the sides and front for passengers to hold onto at high speeds. For added security, the belt secures with a Velcro strap and large buckle.
A durable, water-resistant case and shock-absorbing foam lining protect your valuables while on the road. Small enough to fit in any rear-seat, tank bag or saddlebag, the safe’s integrated locking cable means that it can’t be carried away. The dial combination can be re-set for added security.
This universal mount works on any bike with tubular handlebars from 0.6 to 1.4-inches in diameter. This shock-absorbing design features a rubberized clip with silicone belt that wraps around the four corners of the device to keep it in place. The mount fits phones up to 3.7-inches wide, and has a ball and bracket design for adjustable viewing angles.
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What kind of riding do you do? It’s easy to look at polls online as click-bait, or a trojan horse of somesort but sometimes, it really is just to help us get to know our readers better. Sure, we have posted plenty of silly polls over the years that don’t have any real interest to us other than engaging our readers and gauging general interest in a type of product or motorcycle or maybe which of two motorcycles one might prefer, but in the end, it’s a helpful way for us to better understand our audience.
While this one may seem relatively mundane, it helps us when brainstorming content. So, do us a favor. Have a vote! Tell us what kind of riding do you do. Pick the types of riding you do most and for a limited time, if you see ol’ Evans (EvB) Brasfield out on the town, show him you voted to redeem one free dad joke!
After a rough start to the 2018 MotoGP season opener, Andrea Dovizioso charges to victory, coming out in the lead of a late onslaught from 2017 MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez.
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Fantastic win for Andrea Dovizioso in GP of Qatar. Jorge Lorenzo forced to retire after a crash caused by a technical problem
The Italian rider, with eight wins to his name, becomes the second most successful Ducati rider of all time in MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso scored a splendid victory in the Grand Prix of Qatar, the opening round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship held this evening at the Losail International Circuit.
The Ducati Team’s Italian rider, who started from row 2, was unable to get a good start when the lights went out and he crossed the line at the end of the opening lap in seventh place. Dovizioso then moved up into the leading group, battling with Marquez, Rossi and Zarco and then took over at the front on lap 18, followed closely by the Spanish rider who tried an attack at the final curve. Andrea once again was able to get through on the inside and taking advantage of the acceleration of his Desmosedici GP18, he crossed the line 0.027s ahead of his Honda rival.
Thanks to today’s win Dovizioso has overtaken Loris Capirossi in the list of most victorious Ducati riders in MotoGP with eight wins to his name, and is now in second place in this particular ranking behind Casey Stoner.
It was an unfortunate race for Jorge Lorenzo, who started from row 3 with ninth-quickest time. The Spanish rider, after a complicated start, had managed to get up to tenth place together with Viñales and Miller on lap 12. Unfortunately a technical problem on the next lap caused him to crash and he had to retire.
The MotoGP World Championship will be back on track again at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit for the Argentina GP on April 8th
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1st
“I’m really happy with this win because we have confirmed the improvements made over the winter and I was able to manage the race well, even though I made a really bad start. On the first lap I had to come off the gas, otherwise I would have crashed into Rins I think, but then I began to make up places, trying not to ruin the tyres.. Towards the end, after passing Zarco, I tried to pull out a gap on Marquez and Rossi but I didn’t have any more grip and was unable to increase my lead. At the last curve I had to be very careful because I knew that Marquez would try and pass me, and that’s how it went. He closed the door on me even more than in Austria and Japan, but I passed him on the inside of the kerb and then took advantage of the power of my Desmosedici to stay ahead. Once again it was a great satisfaction!”
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – DNF
“It wasn’t one of the best weekends for me. I had a lot of problems and my crash was the result of a problem with the front brakes. Already on lap 2 I realized that something wasn’t right and I tried to manage the situation, but the problem was getting worse. I thought it was an overheating problem, but when I was about to catch Iannone I wasn’t able to stop the bike and I tipped myself off to avoid worse damage. Now we have to understand what exactly happened to prevent the same problem from repeating itself in the future. It’s a pity because I was lapping with good times and I think I could have got closer to the leading group.”
Claudio Domenicali (CEO of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.)
“It was a fantastic race! MotoGP is getting better and better because there are a lot of really competitive riders, but here at Losail our bike was in great shape and was really fast. Andrea rode so well, despite a bit of a difficult start, and by now he’s demonstrating he has an extraordinary racing maturity and great confidence in his bike, which allowed him to manage the race perfectly. Marquez and Rossi were also great today, but DesmoDovi had just that little bit more. Pity about Jorge, who was recovering well when unfortunately he crashed. This is the first round of the 2018 championship and I want to dedicate this victory to all the guys in Ducati and Ducati Corse and thank them for their commitment which has enabled us to produce this Desmosedici GP18, which already seems to be in excellent form!”
Congratulations to Danny Eslick for his fourth Dayton 200 win and to Dunlop for its 30th!
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Dunlop Hits 30 at Daytona
Buffalo, NY: The 77th running of the fabled Daytona 200 produced a familiar face atop the final podium: Danny Eslick dominated the race on his TOBC Racing Yamaha R6 to take his fourth Daytona 200 victory.
Eslick, averaged 95.834 mph, and credited his crew with their preparation of a spare engine forced into use after the team’s first engine failed during Friday’s qualifying.
Eslick’s victory marked the 30th time a Dunlop rider has won the Daytona 200. Daytona has an open-class tire rule—riders can run whatever brand tire they prefer—and Dunlop has been the overwhelming choice at Daytona for many decades. Eslick’s tires were made in America at Dunlop’s Buffalo plant, and are available to club and pro riders through dunlopracing.com.
About Dunlop Motorcycle Tires
Dunlop is the largest supplier and manufacturer of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S.A. For more information, visit www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com.