As the details of North America’s new road-racing series MotoAmerica continue to emerge, new teams keep jumping aboard.The latest is an official entry into the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 series from no other than Aprilia USA. The new team – titled “Aprilia HSBK Racing” – will field two riders aboard RSV4 Factory machines. Aprilia HSBK Racing says it will announce the rider lineup soon.
Speaking of the news, Phil Read Jr., Marketing & Communications Director, Piaggio Group Americas, says “Aprilia is a racing brand, it is in our DNA. The passion for racing is what drives our ambitions and a relentless determination for success. The new MotoAmerica Superstock series offers a critical step to developing future champions and gives Aprilia USA the ideal opportunity to go racing with the RSV4 Factory. But this is only the first step of a longer plan and we look forward to some exciting racing this year.”Bobby Shekarabi, Team Principal, HSBK Racing, also commented: “Since its conception, HSBK Racing has been focused on bringing the Aprilia RSV4 on the national racing stage. Partnering with Aprilia is a perfect fit as we are a franchised dealer for the brand with strong race experience. The Aprilia RSV4 is the premier bike in its class, we are excited to get this amazing bike on the grid and take it to the podium.”MotoAmerica, spearheaded by three-time World Champion Wayne Rainey, debuts in 2015 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin April 10-12 alongside MotoGP. The Austin round is the first of nine scheduled so far for 2015.As for Aprilia, it’s no stranger to titles. The Italian manufacturer holds a total of 54 titles – 38 in MotoGP, seven in World Superbike, and nine in off-road disciplines.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!