American Motorcyclist Association corrects recent public statements about FIM North America and Supermoto competition

24 10 2014

PICKERINGTON, OH – October 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American Motorcyclist Association is correcting erroneous statements made about Supermoto competition in a press release issued Oct. 22, 2014, by the Mike Kidd Sports Agency.

The erroneous statements were made in a press release titled “FIM North American (sic) Supermoto Championship Appoints Mike Kidd as Vice President, General Manager.” The Mike Kidd Sports Agency distributed the press release without consultation with representatives of the AMA or FIM North America.

Despite the unauthorized use of the AMA boilerplate in the press release footer and use of the official FIM North America logo in the header, the press release was not authorized or reviewed by the AMA or FIM North America. FIM North America is not the international sanctioning body for motorcycle sport, as stated in the press release. FIM North America is a continental union of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (the international sanctioning body for motorcycle sport) and is made up of the AMA and the AMA’s Canadian counterpart, the Canadian Motorcycle Association.

Mike Kidd is neither an employee of the AMA nor FIM North America, and the Mike Kidd Sports Agency does not represent the AMA or FIM North America. No promoter or sports agency is authorized to do business as the AMA, FIM North America or the FIM North America Supermoto Championship.

To date, AMA-chartered promoter Supermoto East Coast has conducted six AMA amateur and one CMA amateur Supermoto events, which composed the 2014 FIM North America Supermoto Championship.

No AMA or FIM North America sanctions have been granted for any 2015 events promoted by Supermoto East Coast.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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California studies highlight advantages of responsible lane splitting

24 10 2014

PICKERINGTON, OH – October 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Riding a motorcycle between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving traffic — a tactic known as lane splitting — is a relatively safe maneuver when both the motorcyclist and nearby drivers know the law and adhere to “safe and prudent” practices, according to two California studies released this week.

One report is a crash study that examined nearly 8,000 motorcyclists who were involved in crashes while lane splitting between June 2012 and August 2013. The second report examined lane-splitting habits among various groups in 2012 and 2013. California has more than 800,000 registered motorcycles.

“We compared the proportion of collision-involved, lane-splitting motorcyclists with injury across several body regions by whether the lane-splitting was done only in traffic flowing at 30 mph or less and that the motorcycle speed should exceed the traffic speed by no more than 10 mph,” the crash study stated. “We found that the proportion with each injury type was high when the lane-splitting was consistent with neither speed component, was lower when it was consistent with one speed component, and was lower still when it was consistent with both speed components.”

The speed components mentioned in the report closely align with the lane-splitting guidelines posted on the California Highway Patrol website in 2013 and removed this summer after a complaint from one Sacramento resident.

“These findings bolster the position of motorcyclists and traffic-safety officials that responsible lane splitting is a safe and effective tactic for riders, particularly in heavily congested areas,” said Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association. “The AMA endorses these practices and will assist groups and individuals working to bring legal lane splitting or filtering to their states.”

California is the only U.S. state where lane splitting is permitted. State law neither prohibits nor specifically allows the maneuver.

In many countries, lane splitting and filtering are normal practices for motorcyclists, Allard said. Particularly in the highly urbanized areas of Europe and Asia, motorcycle and scooter operators are expected to pass between conventional vehicles and advance to the front of the group.

Among the findings in the California studies:

  • Lane-splitting riders (2.7 percent of crashes) were less likely to be rear-ended by another vehicle than were other motorcyclists (4.6 percent);
  • Lane-splitting motorcyclists involved in crashes were notably less likely than other motorcyclists in crashes to suffer head injury (9.1 percent vs. 16.5 percent), torso injury (18.6 percent vs. 27.3 percent), or fatal injury (1.4 percent vs. 3.1 percent) than other motorcyclists.
  • The proportion of motorcyclists with a head injury was 6.3 percent for those lane-splitting consistent with the “safe and prudent” traffic speed guidelines, 10.7 percent for those lane-splitting in traffic flowing at 30 mph or less but exceeding the traffic speed by more than 10 mph, 9 percent for those lane-splitting in traffic flowing faster than 30 mph but exceeding traffic speed by less than 10 mph, and 20.5 percent for those who were lane-splitting in traffic flowing at more than 30 mph and who were exceeding traffic speed by more than 10 mph.

“Motorcyclists who oppose lane splitting should remember that it is optional in California,” Allard said. “Permitting lane splitting is not the same as requiring it. So those opposed to the practice should consider the desires of other motorcyclists who believe they would benefit from it. Lane splitting is an issue of choice.”

The California studies are Safety Implications Of Lane-Splitting Among California Motorcyclists Involved In Collisions by Thomas Rice and Lara Troszak of the Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC) at the University of California Berkeley, and the Motorcycle Lane-Share Study Among California Motorcyclists And Drivers 2014 And Comparison To 2012 And 2013 Data conducted by Ewald & Wasserman Research Consultants, LLC, on behalf of the California Office of Traffic Safety and SafeTREC.

The goal of the project was to obtain information not usually collected during law enforcement investigations of motorcycle traffic collisions in California. The reports are the result of a two-year collaboration between SafeTREC and the California Highway Patrol. The California Office of Traffic Safety provided funding.

The data came from collision investigations by CHP officers and by officers at more than 80 allied law enforcement agencies in the state.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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Polaris Declares Regular Cash Dividend

24 10 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – October 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the declaration of a regular quarterly $0.48 per share cash dividend payable on December 15, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 1, 2014.

About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory, Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

Contacts

Polaris Industries Inc.
Richard Edwards, 763-542-0500

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Bulldog LED Lighting and Rockstar Performance Garage have a lot to show off at SEMA 2014

24 10 2014

Bulldog LED Lighting manufactures all their products in the USA and is proud to be working with Rockstar Performance Garage on several specialty builds for SEMA 2014.

SAN CARLOS, CA – Oct0ber 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Bulldog LED Lighting is pleased to be working with one of the best in the industry, Rockstar Performance Garage, for the upcoming SEMA show. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets, per the SEMA Show website.

“Bulldog LED Lighting is a company that we can stand behind. They have quality products, and are Made in the USA. We love their products and rely on the quality and durability on our specialty builds,” said Nicholas Ashby of Rockstar Performance Garage. “We strive to align with quality products that will enhance our brand, not diminish it.” This high standard of quality is why RPG turns to Bulldog LED Lighting as its LED light bar supplier and partner, as the vehicles’ accessory lighting plays an integral role in the final look and function of RPG’s vehicles.

“We have some really cool builds we’re involved in for the show – Spyder Auto, GenRight Off Road, RIPP Superchargers, Mickey Thompson Tires – that Rockstar Performance Garage is transforming into amazing SEMA 2014 builds!” said Dylan Sievers, President and Founder of Bulldog LED Lighting. “We are honored to be working with Nic and feel grateful that as a newcomer to this industry he cares that a product is still Made in the USA and supports our endeavours.”

Bulldog LED Lighting will be on several SEMA 2014 builds throughout the SEMA show in Las Vegas on November 4th-7th, but you can also see them at Booth#31211.

About Bulldog LED Lighting (www.bulldogledlighting.com)

Bulldog LED Lighting, established in 2011, proudly designs and manufactures all their Off Road LED Light Bars in the United States of America using USA sourced materials. They employ hundreds of American workers through factories across the United States.  Bulldog LED Lighting continually focuses on developing affordable, innovative, and durable products that are Made in USA.

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Arctic Cat Recalls Single-Rider and 2UP ATVs Due To Crash Hazard

24 10 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -

RECALL SUMMARY

Name of product: All-Terrain Vehicles

Hazard: Components in the front gear case can fail, posing a risk of loss of control and crash hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.arcticcat.com and click on Customer Care, then Product Recall and then List of Safety Bulletins for more information.

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RECALL DETAILS

Units: About 40,000

Description:  This recall involves model year 2008 and 2009 Arctic Cat single-rider and 2 UP style ATVs. Single-rider ATVs have one seat and one set of footrests for the operator. 2 UP ATVs have an elongated seat designed to hold one passenger behind the operator, a set of hand-holds mounted to the rear frame for the passenger and two sets of footrests. The recalled ATVs came in a variety of colors and have the name Arctic Cat on each side of the fuel tank and on the front above the grill opening.

All model year 2008 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines are being recalled.

Model year 2009 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines and with production numbers within the following ranges are being recalled: 200001 through 203861, 808001 through 808137, and X25082 through X30243.

The engine size is printed on the back of the instrument cluster between the handle bars.

The vehicle identification number (VIN) in the format 4UF09******XXXXXX is on the frame tube near the driver’s side rear wheel and contains the model year and production number of the vehicle.

The model year is the fourth and fifth characters of the VIN in the YY format. The production number is the last six characters of the VIN.

Incidents/Injuries: Arctic Cat has received 44 reports of components in the front gear case failing, including 10 reports of the vehicle stopping abruptly or the operator losing of control of the ATV. Arctic Cat has received four reports of injury, including one incident involving a consumer sustaining broken ribs and injuries to a knee and a back.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact an Arctic Cat dealer to schedule a free repair.

Sold at: Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from May 2007 to October 2014 for between $5,500 and $12,000.

Manufacturer: Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn.

Manufactured in: United States

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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Corbin Introduces Gunfighter Saddle for 2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie

24 10 2014

HOLLISTER, CA – October 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Corbin’s new Gunfighter saddle is comfortable on a long trip while it looks great cruising the boulevard. They started with their exclusive high density Comfort Cell foam that allows a sleek profile while providing a firm, supportive ride. Then sculpt the rider seating ergonomically to fit the curve of your body and provide better weight distribution. This also helps to eliminate the centralized pressure felt from the stock seat. In the nose area, Corbin sculpted the saddle narrow to allow for ground reach.

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For a solo look, the Gunfighter tail section is shaped to emulate the lines of the bodywork with a fastback tail section. On the inside, the tail is padded and upholstered to provide for short trip passenger capability. Although the shaping of the tail is designed primarily for looks, the Comfort Cell foam still provides a good perch for your copilot on short to medium length trips.

Notice how close the Corbin saddle fits to the tank, tail section and chassis… this kind of fit comes only from a Corbin saddle and their unique Fibertech basepan. Corbin’s rigid base material not only fits perfect to the bike, but provides a firm foundation to support the carefully designed foam shape. Corbin’s ergonomic shaping creates a visually pleasing look on the motorcycle and adds to the custom appeal. Over time, the exclusive foam material will break in for a personalized fit to your body.

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Included on top is your choice of genuine leather seating panels in a wide range of colors and textures. The images show Black natural grain leather seating with a Black welt and Asphalt vinyl contrasting sides and tail for clean, sporty looks. You can also choose from a range of color options by special order at no additional charge!

Corbin uses genuine leather seating in all of their saddle models because it breathes with your body and will conform along with the foam shape during break in. This provides an added bit of luxury on those long rides. In the side panels, we use a coordinating vinyl material that will support the foam shape and keep the saddle looking sharp longer.

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Corbin’s seat rides on rubber bumpers to protect your paint job and the single piece base mounts to your bike using a tongue in the front and a two bolts into your fender at the rear into stock locations. All required brackets come pre-mounted on the saddle. Rear seat tabs are adjustable to assure a perfect fit.

For those interested in obtaining more information on Corbin, you can reach them at 800-538-7035 or online at www.corbin.com. Visit Corbin Headquarters at 2360 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA. 95023 or Corbin Florida at 1433 US Highway 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

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Experience Schuberth’s Light, Quiet Flip-up Helmets and More at Love Ride

24 10 2014

ALISO VIEJO, CA – October 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Schuberth is a proud supporter of Love Ride 31 and will be presenting their premium helmets and Held apparel at the Castaic Lake grounds event on Saturday, October 25.

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Schuberth joins the Harley-Davidson So Cal Dealers Association and other sponsors as the 31st Annual Love Ride brings together motorcyclists from all walks of life in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. With notable attendees including Jay Leno, Peter Fonda, Willie G. Davidson and more, Love Ride 31 participants will ride to Lake Castaic in Southern California for entertainment, food, vendors and live music. For more information and to get tickets visit www.LoveRide.org.

The Schuberth event van will be onsite with the full lineup of Schuberth helmets and new Held products. Come get professionally fitted for a Schuberth helmet, and take advantage of a unique opportunity to get a firsthand look at the new collection of Held motorcycle gear, gloves and luggage.

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The Schuberth event van will be setup at Love Ride 31 with a full lineup of Schuberth helmets and Held motorcycle gear, gloves and luggage.

Also at the Schuberth display, check out the 5-Ball Racing landspeed Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Former road racer Tobey Harden pilots the 1940 Harley-Davidson flathead at Bonneville while wearing Schuberth’s SR1 premium full-face race helmet. The bike, which has been heavily modified to be optimized for landspeed runs, competes in the 750-APG class alongside both vintage and contemporary bikes.

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5-Ball Racing’s Tobey Harden donning a Schuberth SR1 helmet on the Bonneville salt.

Learn more about Schuberth’s line of premium motorcycle helmets at SchuberthNorthAmerica.com. For more Schuberth promotions, giveaways, product news and more, be sure to like Schuberth on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

About Schuberth GmbH

The German helmet manufacturer Schuberth has been developing and producing high-end head protection systems for over 90 years. With a multitude of innovative products, the company ranks among the world’s leading manufacturers of motorcycle, Formula 1 and motor sport helmets as well as head protection for innovative solutions in industrial safety, fire fighting, the police and the military. The experience gained in particular from Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor sports, constantly provides fresh impetus for product developments that set the benchmark for head protection systems.

About Schuberth North America

In 2010, Schuberth GmbH opened the North American sister office in Aliso Viejo, California and continues to grow its exclusive dealer network for motorcycle products in the U.S. and Canada. Additional business segments work directly with law enforcement departments on the motor officer and crowd control products and with IndyCar and NASCAR teams on the auto racing helmets. In 2014, Schuberth North America also assumed U.S. distribution for German apparel and glove manufacturer Held.

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