Although AVID MotoTours is a new company, it is led by an "old" face in the tour industry. Wanting to continue to lead people on motorcycle tours to see and experience North America and Europe, Karen Thomson has established this new company. Two tours are described here. Other tours include the American Southwest, the Colorado Rockies, the Alps, Central Italy and Southern Italy.
DUU Custom Bike
The CR&S "DUU" is a custom concept motorcycle, which was unveiled at the EICMA Milano International Bike Show in November 2009. The DUU is a naked, two-seater premium motorcycle with a modular layout. Two western motorcycle cultures have been synthesized inside the "DUU": a sporty European rolling chassis powered by a muscular American V-twin. The DUU is said to provide an intuitive ride, with technological innovations and assertive styling.
World Superbike rider Ben Spies and Yamaha made history today, claiming the first ever Word Superbike (WSBK) title for the Yamaha World Superbike Team. In yet another Ben Spies masterclass of riding, the American rookie sensation took a race win and a well executed fifth place finish to lift the title for Yamaha for the first time.
World Superbike race one saw a textbook performance from Spies, taking the holeshot on the first corner and leading from the first lap.
Harley-Davidson will divest MV Agusta. As Harley-Davidson unveiled key elements of its go-forward business strategy to drive growth through a single-minded focus on the unique strengths of the Harley-Davidson, MV Agusta is left out of the plan. As part of this strategy, the Company will not only divest its MV Agusta unit but will also discontinue the Buell product line as reported here on UltimateMotorCycling.com.
"Our objective in acquiring MV Agusta last year was primarily to expand our presence in Europe, and was a recognition of MV Agusta’s proud legacy.
European motocross and off-road fans received their first glimpse of the all-new YZ450F this afternoon at a sun-blessed and hot Franciacorta in Italy; scene of the 63rd Motocross of Nations and already a packed event with a huge crowd dwarfing the banks of the new venue for Saturday’s practice and qualification programme.
Ducati releases the first news of the Hypermotard 796, in advance of the international EICMA motorcycle show, Milan.
The Hypermotard family will expand for 2010 with the addition of the exciting new Hypermotard 796. Just as aggressively striking as the 1100, the new Hypermotard 796 features a lower seat height and brand new smooth and flexible engine to make it the perfect urban assault vehicle.
World’s First Automatic Sportbike
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed a motorcycle Dual Clutch Transmission (*1), the world’s first (*2) fully automatic motorcycle dual clutch transmission for large-displacement sport bikes. The new transmission provides riders sporty riding enjoyment with easy operation, while its superior transmission efficiency delivers fuel economy equal to or better than a conventional manual transmission.
European Motorcycle Intro
The Saxon Whip is a real hard-tail high-necked chopper, handmade but with modern technology. A rebellious uncompromising bike especially for men with guts . The proto-type of the Whip was shown during the Hamburg Harley Days in Germany and the Custom Show Viva La Clusaz in France. "The visitors have received the Whip, during these shows, with great enthusiasm and therefore it is fantastic that we are able to launch it so quickly" says Frank Vermeulen owner of Saxon Motorcycles Europe.
Dirt-track Inspired Sportster
Gunning a motorcycle around a dirt oval is a pastime as indisputably American as swatting the horsehide with a Louisville Slugger, so it is little wonder that Harley-Davidson’s decision to release the dirt-track inspired Sportster XR1200 exclusively in Europe left many frustrated Yanks feeling as though a hunk of the American Soul had been crudely expatriated.
Just a week after celebrating a podium finish for Nicky Hayden in his own home race at Indianapolis, the Ducati Marlboro Team heads to the factory’s second home race this weekend as the series returns to Europe and the Misano circuit on the Adriatic coast. The American, who is hugely popular amongst Ducatisti thanks to his cheerful character and determined approach to racing, will be congratulated and supported by thousands of them – packed once again into the "Variante del Parco" corner.
Chris Pfeiffer shocked the competition during the "German Open" stunt riding contest at the Hockenheimring. The BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider took the win in a field packed with Europe´s top stunt riding athletes. Altogether 36 riders from 12 countries competed in the brand new event.
Bonhams is delighted to have been instructed to handle the dispersal sale of reserve vehicles from The Ward Brothers’ Collection – one of Europe’s foremost groups of early automobiles – at 2pm on Saturday 18th July at Henley-on-Thames. The brothers, Toby and Daniel, have a motoring heritage and both have gone on to amass a unique collection of early vehicles which they actively campaign both nationally and abroad.
Team Suzuki Alstare Brux are giving talented American Blake Young a ride on Max Neukirchner’s GSX-R1000 K9 at Donington this weekend, With Max still sidelined through injury, Team manager Francis Batta has decided to give 21-year old Blake a no-pressure ride at the East Midlands circuit after discussions with Young and former World Champion Kevin Schwantz.
Blake comes from Wisconsin, USA and is riding the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000 in this year’s AMA championship, taking two podiums to date.
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus are happy to be back on European soil and looking forward to the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship at Misano circuit this coming weekend. After a tough couple of flyaways, the team have been able to get the bikes back to their workshops for the first time since the Monza race and analyse all the data and feedback they received.
For Troy, the gap between the USA round and now has given him a chance to find out what has been troubling his right shoulder during the Salt Lake City race weekend.