Dunlop Motorcycle Tires: For the 2016 racing season, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires has redirected its contingency program to offer club racers across the country alternative support. Dunlop polled club racers and determined that contingency wasn’t a big reason why racers choose a tire brand at the club level. As a result, Dunlop has reallocated its contingency budget into other initiatives that will benefit riders who have used Dunlop tires in the past, and those who may want to give Dunlop race tires a try. Details of the new 2016 Dunlop Roadrace Program are available at our exclusive distribution partner Race Tire Services. For more information: www.dunlopracing.com Read More
People who live in cold climates know that home heating oil or Diesel, if exposed to very low temperatures (as in an outside, above-ground oil tank) can “wax out.” Waxing out is the process by which waxy components of these fuels can at low temperature form networks of interlocking solid crystals, capable of blocking filters. When I briefly inhabited a little house with an outside oil tank, I was advised to add five gallons of kerosene to each tank of oil to prevent waxing. The same thing happened in early lubricating oils, making them so stiff that engines built before World War I (1914-18) were often equipped with cylinder petcocks through which a few drops of fuel could be added before starting (with a hand crank), to help break the bond between pistons and cylinders. The ability of an oil to remain fluid at low temperature was quantified as its “pour point.” De-waxing at low temperatures helped, but because these waxy substances also had some positive properties, other means of lowering the pour point were sought. The result is pour-point depressant additives, which work by coating the faces of growing wax crystals, limiting their size and mutual adhesion. Such additives are effective in very small doses–a fraction of one percent. Lube oils contain a veritable ‘chemistry set’ of additives which are there for a variety of purposes–to reduce wear, to maintain useful viscosity at high temperature, to disperse wear and sludge particles, allowing them to be carried to the filter, to prevent rust, to prevent oil from completely draining out of bearings during long shutdown. Most of the old-timers who scoffed at oil additives (“Sonny, give me an oil that’s 100 percent oil!”) are gone now. Their objections had some validity in 1950, when oil additives were in their infancy, but today oil additives have become essential to the high performance modern engines require from lubricants. This is but one small example of the invisible technology that surrounds us in so many things we do. Read More
The return of Casey Stoner at the first MotoGP test of 2016 at the Sepang circuit, was a success for Ducati, which saw him lapping up front with the best. But it also showed that the paddock was once again focused on the action on the track and not on the turbulent end of 2015, which was all started at the very same venue when Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez had their famous title-deciding confrontation. It didn’t last long, however, as the divorce between VR46 (Rossi’s merchandising company) and the Marquez brothers was made official. At a higher level, the GP Commission announced important technical and sporting regulations to better manage the coming MotoGP season, and therefore to hopefully avoid the controversies that spoiled the final part of the 2015 championship. The FIM made official the decisions made in a meeting held on February 4, in Geneva by the GP Commission, composed of Dorna Chairman Carmelo Ezpeleta, FIM CEO Ignacio Verneda, IRTA’s Herve Poncharal, and MSMA’s Takanao Tsubouchi.
Dorna Chairman Carmelo Ezpeleta. Read More
Harley-Davidson Press Release: Hallmark Harley-Davidson style, quality and attention to detail is now available in new denim styles from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® Collection. New Men’s and Women’s jeans are offered in a variety of styles, including the latest fashion-forward looks and finish treatments. Each is designed for riders, with top-quality fabrics and thoughtful details. The new Women’s Boot Cut Embellished Mid-Rise Jeans offer a classic style and comfortable fit that’s universally flattering. These jeans fit straight through the hip and are relaxed through the thigh with a touch of spandex stretch for all-day comfort. Bright tees and hoodies contrast beautifully against the Dark Indigo Vintage wash. Back pocket bling is executed in embroidery embellished with sparkling rhinestones. Additional details include a unique left-side coin pocket with embroidered Bar & Shield logo and embroidered Harley-Davidson® graphics inside the waistband. They are offered in a full range of sizes and lengths. MSRP: $ 55.00 Got curves? The new Women’s Curvy Boot Cut Studded Mid-Rise Jeans offers curve-loving, mid-rise style plus shiny bling. These jeans feature contoured styling through the waist, hip, and thigh to flatter your shape and fit better to help prevent waistband gaps – not skinny, but nowhere near boot cut flare, and narrow through the leg for an on-trend, lean silhouette. Rhinestone accented button and rivets and back flap pockets feature signature Harley-Davidson® embroidery, leather accents, and rhinestone embellishment, plus a unique left-side coin pocket with embroidered Bar & Shield logo and embroidered Harley-Davidson® graphics inside the waistband. They are offered in a full range of sizes and lengths. MSRP: $ 100.00 The heavy-duty Men’s Original Traditional Fit Jeans are made with durable 100 percent cotton denim and have a slimmer fit through the seat and thigh with a tapered leg cut. Classic five-pocket style includes a unique left-side coin pocket for rider convenience, Harley-Davidson® embroidery on the back pocket and an embossed Bar & Shield leather patch at the back waist. They are available in 30 to 36-inch inseams and also available in Faded Denim, Black Denim and Washed Blue colors. MSRP: $ 39.00 Slimmer in the leg for a modern look, the new Men’s Modern Straight Leg Fit Jeans also have a slight taper to the ankle, a slimmer fit through the seat and thigh, and are cut to ride just below the natural waist. The 100 percent cotton denim features a dark wash and distressed finish. Details include a “V-Twin” back belt loop, printed graphics inside the waistband, an embroidered Bar & Shield logo on the coin pocket and embossed Bar & Shield logo leather patch on back waist. Available in 30, 32, and 34-inch inseams and also available in Washed Black and Light Indigo colors. MSRP: $ 60.00 Harley-Davidson MotorClothes are available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States. For more information: www.h-d.com Read More
BMW Motorrad Press Release: BMW Motorrad USA is offering current and prospective racers even greater incentives to compete on its bestselling BMW S 1000 RR superbike this year. More than $ 1 million in contingency money is available to racers piloting a 2015 or 2016 model year S 1000 RR in several 2016 race series. “BMW Motorrad’s Contingency Program, Rider Support Program, and International Race Trophy reinforce our commitment to supporting privateer BMW motorcycle racers throughout the world,” commented Kris Odwarka, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. “This year, we’re spreading the wealth beyond podium finishes by rewarding racers who qualify for the start grid and finish in the MotoAmerica series and ASRA Team Challenge,” said Odwarka. “BMW Motorrad is providing riders with all the tools they need to succeed on the racetrack – a class leading liter bike at a substantial savings, with the added incentive of HP Race Parts!” observed Professional Racer Nate Kern, who will serve as a BMW Motorrad Motorsports Advisor at MotoAmerica series races this year. BMW Motorrad’s Contingency Program is managed online via XTRM, which provides real-time distribution and management of contingency money payouts, results tracking and social media marketing. Racers competing on a 2015 or 2016 S 1000 RR can enroll by creating a profile HERE to cash in on their performance. For racers who want to get on board a new 2016 S 1000 RR this year, BMW Motorrad’s Rider Support Program offers substantial savings (over $ 6,800 off the MSRP) on a 2016 BMW S 1000 RR with Race Package and HP Race Power Kit, as well as a monetary rider incentive. Racers holding current licenses for MotoAmerica, WERA National or CCS series races and who have earned top finishes in those series are eligible to apply for the program at their local authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealer. Racers competing in the MotoAmerica series are also eligible to compete for the BMW Motorrad International Race Trophy. The Race Trophy provides an international platform for racers competing on an S 1000 RR, HP4 or a sidecar with BMW engine, to compete in local races against other riders around the world. The BMW Motorrad International Race Trophy 2016 is comprised of 19 championships that stage 318 races in 23 countries on six continents. The overall winner and the top 15 riders each collect cash winnings as well as a trophy and an invitation to an end-of-the-season celebratory gala. For more information about the BMW Motorrad International Trophy click HERE. The S 1000 RR supersport bike, featured in the 2015 film Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, was BMW’s best-selling model last year. For more information: www.bmwusa.com Read More