The special, one-of-a-kind Yamaha GYTR-equipped YZF-R1, featuring Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary red-and-white paint scheme and ridden in demonstration laps by Kenny Roberts at last month’s Red Bull United States Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, was sold to the highest bidder at Mecum’s Motorcycle Auction this past Thursday night in Monterey, Calif.
Appearing along with Jay Leno and Ted Turner at the recent International AWEA Wind Power Conference in Anaheim, Calif., Dave Perewitz left little doubt the motorcycle industry would be hard pressed to find a more competent, adaptable and universally respected ambassador.
Who is your favorite celebrity biker? (Jay Leno 48%, Ewan McGregor 32%, Brad Pitt 11%, William H. Macy 5%, Tom Cruise 4%)
If healthy, who is the best current motocross race (late 2010)? (James Stewart 51%, Ryan Dungey 30%, Chad Reed 10%, Tony Cairoli 6%, Clement Desalle 3%)
Moto enthusiast Jay Leno added his unique energy and spark to Piaggio Group America’s 2010 product introduction, held during the company’s October 2009 national dealer meeting at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA.
Gary Pietruszewski, vice president of sales and marketing, Piaggio Group Americas and Jay Leno shared the stage with the award-winning 2010 Aprilia RSV4 at the 2009 Piaggio Group Americas National Dealer Meeting. This was Mr. Leno’s second consecutive appearance as keynote speaker at the annual gathering.
Jay Leno at Barrett-Jackson
Jay Leno sold his Star VMAX motorcycle in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 10, 2009 for $120,000.00 USD at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. Jay Leno’s auction proceeds, from the famed auctioneers, will go to Bailey’s Café. Bailey’s Cafe is a center for educational and cultural activity.
The new Harley-Davidson strategy focuses on extending the Harley-Davidson brand, emphasizes productivity and strengthening the core cruiser business. This leaves the American motor company in a position where they will now discontinue the Buell Product Line and divest the famed and historic MV Agusta motorcycle brand. This sudden move was a shock to many and a confirmation to what insiders have been hearing for the last few months.
Jay Leno sold his Star VMAX motorcycle in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 10, 2009 for $120,000.00 USD at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction.
Jay Leno’s auction proceeds, from the famed auctioneers, will go to Bailey’s Café. Bailey’s Cafe is a center for educational and cultural activity.
"Bailey’s Café is an arts program," says Jay, "but since I didn’t have any Yamaha musical instruments to auction off, I thought I’d sell my Star VMAX, which was made by Yamaha."
Jay Leno will be appearing in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 10. The star of The Jay Leno Show is no stranger to ‘Vegas – he did over 160 stand-up gigs last year. But this time, he’s proving that he’s really a ‘stand-up guy.’
Leno will be at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction and he’ll be helping the famed auctioneers get the highest bid for his customized Star VMAX motorcycle. The proceeds of the sale will go to Bailey’s Café, a community program that brings art education to some of New York’s toughest neighborhoods.
Magic at Bonneville
Arguably there has never been a more dramatic motorcycling photograph than that of Rollie Free at Bonneville, riding to immortality at over 150 mph. The man with "nerves of steel" was wearing nothing but a bathing suit, a small helmet, a pair of borrowed (and too-long) tennis shoes-and presumably a diabolically determined expression. Nerves of steel or not, was the man just insane?
2009 Concours d’Elegance
Late night talk show host, Jay Leno, is well known for his insatiable fascination of cars and motorcycles. His first foray into motorized vehicles was as a teenager on an old mini-bike. Much to the horror of his mother he took off on his maiden voyage across a rutted field next to the family home, being bounced around on the rigid frame, feet off the pegs, dirt in his teeth. It was true love.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) will celebrate 85 years of protecting and promoting motorcycling this July 24-26 during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and one must-see event will be the AMA 85th Parade on Saturday, July 25. The moving timeline of motorcycle history will showcase bikes from 1924 to today.
Led by Grand Marshal Don Emde, the vintage bike column will lead off with a 1924 Harley-Davidson JDCA, ridden by owner and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Buzz Kanter.