First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

29 07 2014

“We again welcome the impressive innovation and technology from the Honda Aircraft team, as it is a perfect fit for the world of flying ingenuity we see every year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s chairman of the board. “It has been fascinating to watch the development of the HondaJet from its original concept to the production aircraft shown here at Oshkosh. It is a tribute to the entire Honda team that made it possible.”

The first production HondaJet will be on static display in the Honda Aircraft Company exhibit through Friday, August 1. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world’s premier aviation event that attracts more than 500,000 people each year. The show runs through Sunday, August 3, and is held at Wittman Regional Airport.

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The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.

For more information about the world’s most advanced light jet, visit www.hondajet.com.

About HondaJet

HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda’s first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

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Polaris Industries Inc. Announces New Business Unit and Leadership Changes in EMEA Business

29 07 2014

Organizational changes enable company to leverage scale and resources for global growth

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – July 29, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced that it is integrating several emerging business lines to create a new Global Adjacent Markets business and that it has named Matt Homan to lead the fully integrated business as President, Global Adjacent Markets. This new business unit is operational effective immediately.

“In his time with Polaris, Matt Homan has demonstrated the ability to spur growth and develop synergies amongst a range of businesses,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “His background makes him ideally suited to lead our vitally important Global Adjacent Markets business, which aggregates our adjacency initiatives to better utilize scale and resources while providing clearer accountability. Building this business is one of the foundations of our long term strategy, and we are excited to apply Matt’s talents to this task.”

Homan has been with Polaris for 12 years and was previously Vice President, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Small Vehicles and prior to that Vice President of Off-Road Vehicles. In this new role, he will report to President and Chief Operating Officer Bennett Morgan and will be supported by dedicated Global Adjacent Markets teams, including human resources, engineering, finance, business development, operations and legal. Homan will also report to Wine for business development activities in the adjacent-market space.

Under Homan’s leadership, the Global Adjacent Markets business will have responsibility for all Small Vehicles product lines, including GEM, Goupil, Aixam/Mega and Brammo, as well as all commercial, Brutus, government and B2B applications of Off-Road Vehicles (ORV), Snow and Motorcycles outside Polaris’ traditional dealer channels. Homan’s team will also have responsibility for all merger and acquisition activity related to adjacent markets. Polaris’ Defense product line will report financial results through the Global Adjacent Markets business, but continue to operate as a separate business line.

This change does not affect Polaris’ core consumer business units including Off-Road Vehicles, Snow, Motorcycles, Parts Garments & Accessories (PG&A) or Eicher Polaris Private Limited (EPPL).

Commensurate with Homan’s promotion, Suresh Krishna has accepted the position of Vice President, EMEA. Krishna joined Polaris in March 2010 and previously served as Vice President, Global Operations and Integration. In his new role, Krishna will lead the company’s EMEA business, concentrating on the continued development of both organic and new growth opportunities in the region. He will also expand the EMEA role to include responsibility for manufacturing, sourcing, new product development and expanded distribution.

The move also allows Krishna to build on his strong portfolio of operations, supply chain and successful lean manufacturing experience to take the EMEA region to the next level of development. With the rapidly expanding business opportunity in the region, including the start-up of the Poland plant, Suresh and his team will be positioned to build out Polaris’ presence through both top- and bottom-line performance improvements. In this fully-loaded regional P&L role, Suresh will have a dedicated team for sales and marketing, operations, engineering, product development, finance, HR, legal, business development and IT. Suresh will report to Bennett Morgan, President and COO, for day-to-day business and to Scott Wine, Chairman, CEO, for business development.

“Suresh Krishna has done a tremendous job overseeing the seamless integration of several key acquisitions and multiple facility expansions, improving our supply chain and forging Polaris into a more lean organization,” said Wine. “We are excited for him to bring this same passion and focus to his new role as we look to continue growing our footprint in the EMEA region.”

Information regarding the replacement for Krishna’s previous position as Vice President, Global Operations and Integration will be forthcoming.

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 and Indian Motorcycle 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.

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Baggett Returns to the Podium while Wilson Posts Solid Effort for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at Washougal

29 07 2014

CORONA, CA – July 29, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – With teammate Justin Hill sidelined with an injury at his hometown race, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki duo of Blake Baggett and Dean Wilson looked to provide a strong outing for the team as the AMA Pro Motocross Championship made its annual visit to Washougal, Washington. The veteran tandem was in the mix throughout the afternoon in the 250 Class and ultimately posted a pair of solid results, with Baggett making his return to the podium and Wilson securing another top-10 effort.

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Baggett Back Up Front
Following a forgettable outing at Spring Creek the week prior in which he was forced to record his second DNF of the 2014 season, Baggett knew he needed to turn things around at Washougal, where he won during the 2011 championship.  He began his afternoon modestly, posting a top 10 time in practice, but was ready to step up his efforts for the motos.

Baggett’s afternoon got off to a solid start in Moto 1, slotting into sixth place within striking distance of the front in the early stages. He wasted little time in making moves forward and was into a podium position by Lap 7. After taking over second just a couple laps later, Baggett looked to assert his control of the spot and soon engaged in a competitive battle for the position that lasted several laps before he crashed and dropped to fifth. He recovered nicely and maintained his top five result at the finish.

In Moto 2, Baggett got arguably his best start of the season thus far, assuming control of third out of the gate and marching to the front. Although he lost a spot early, Baggett stayed in the thick of the hunt out front and was ultimately able to wrap up a runner-up effort in the moto that would secure second overall on the afternoon.

“It definitely stings to give up spots like we did in that first moto, but I’m really pumped to be back on the podium and get second today,” said Baggett. “We were really good and the Kawasaki KX250F felt great. We had some really challenging track conditions to deal with but we were able to fight our way forward when we needed to, got two good starts, and ended up on the box like we wanted. We’ll build of this and be better following the off week.”

Baggett maintained control of third in the 250 Class standings, 11 points out of second and 54 points out of the lead with three rounds remaining.

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Wilson Works for His Results
Wilson knew he had the speed to contend at the front of the field following a season-best outing at Spring Creek the week prior, but starts ultimately added to the challenge he faced at Washougal. In the first moto he emerged with a 15th-place start and had to battle his way through the field on a brutal track where passing was at a premium. Wilson fought valiantly and was able to break into the top 10 and climb up to eighth by the time the checkered flag flew.

Wilson was better out of the gate in the final moto, assuming a spot inside the top 10 in ninth and putting himself in striking distance of the lead pack. He patiently moved his way forward, seizing opportunities as they came to him, and put in a solid 16 laps to finish just outside the top five in sixth. Wilson’s combined scores resulted in seventh overall, his fourth top-10 effort in five starts since returning from injury.

“Another top 10 is good, but I’m not really satisfied with how I rode today because I know I’m better than that,” said Wilson. “I didn’t get a great start in either moto and that really made things harder because the track was so rough and tough to pass on. The Kawasaki KX250F was where I wanted it to be, I just wasn’t able to get it up front right away and it made for a pretty tough day battling for positions. It’s still a solid result and I’ll do my best to build off it during the week off.”

Wilson still sits 12th in the 250 Class standings but is closing in on his teammate Hill for the 11th spot due to the sophomore rider’s injury. Wilson sits seven points out of 11th and 13 points from a spot in the top 10.

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Photos courtesy of Steve Cox and Hoppenworld

Looking Ahead >> Unadilla National
The AMA Pro Motocross Championship will take its final break in action for the 2014 season before returning to the track on August 9 for the legendary Unadilla National in Central New York. The ninth stop of the championship has been a successful track for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in the past with a total of 10 victories between seven different riders. Wilson was the most recent victor for the team during his title-winning 2011 campaign.

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About Pro Circuit

Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages, and everything in between.

Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 29 AMA championships and more than 200 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.

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2015 F-35 Lightning Mustang First Reveal at EAA Charity Auction

29 07 2014

PHOENIX, AZ – July 28, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Rigid Industries LED Lighting is pleased to be a part of the one-off 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang led by the engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company, which will be donated by Ford and sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event. The event is held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators.

Ford is the exclusive automotive sponsor of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, held July 28 through Aug. 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

“The idea to model one of our specialty builds after the F-35 was four years in the making, under discussion even as we created the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang for auction in 2010. Just as the F35 was designed with unprecedented capabilities and versatility in mind, we felt it would be a natural fit to pair with the all-new 2015 Mustang,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of Directors. “Visitors to the Ford Hangar are sure to be wowed by both the beauty of the F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang and the opportunity to get the fighter jet experience first hand.”

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The unique 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang draws design cues from the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, the new joint forces strike fighter. The aircraft is the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter jet, providing unmatched capabilities to the military forces of the United States and its allies.

This one-of-a-kind sports car will be one of the first 2015 Ford Mustangs to be sold. The design of the modified Mustang GT fastback exudes a creative connection to the F-35 Lightning, while highlighting the new design features of the 2015 Mustang.

The exterior will showcase a customized glossy and matte titanium paint scheme with distinctive accents inspired by the blue and yellow lightning tail livery applied to the early production examples of the F-35. The bubble canopy of the stealthy F-35 features a distinctive gold tint designed to help minimize its radar signature – an appearance that is replicated on the windows of this Mustang.

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The springs of the Mustang GT performance pack have been replaced with Eibach units for a lower ride height and the exhaust system gets larger, ceramic-coated outlets. This Mustang rolls on a set of Forgiato-created custom 21-inch wheels to further differentiate it from anything else on the road.  Rigid Industries LED Lighting was chosen for the underglow with eight A-Series, six in-car Dome Lights, and the front grille being the legacy E-Series LED Lights.  Additional elements include a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and rocker moldings, unique mirror skull caps and a vertically-enhanced rear spoiler.

Exclusive interior details include a modified instrument cluster, Recaro® seats, custom audio system and floor mats embroidered with F-35 Lightning II elements and unique sill plates.

Exact performance upgrades aren’t available yet, but last year’s Thunderbirds Mustang was packing heat with a supercharger, Brembo brakes, and an improved suspension. It sold at auction for $398,000.

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If you want to support the EAA Young Eagles and get your hands on the 2015 Ford Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition, one of the first 2015 Ford Mustangs sold, bring your checkbook to Oshkosh on July 31.

The toughest conditions on Earth are no match for the superior lighting and long-lasting performance Rigid Industries LED Lighting products provide. Rigid’s rugged and durable products are backed by a world-renowned warranty program and customer service by an American-made company located in Gilbert, Arizona.

To stay connected to all Ford EAA AirVenture news, connect with the Ford EAA AirVenture team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FordAirventure or visit www.FordAirventure.com.

About Rigid Industries

Due to its unparalleled patented optics and torture-tested housings, Rigid Industries® is a world leader in forward-projecting LED lighting. Rigid LED lighting products are used in industries such as: aviation, agriculture, construction, emergency response, industrial, marine, military, mining, off-road and power sports. Rigid Industries® is committed to providing innovative technologies, and guarantees a quality product designed, engineered and assembled in the USA. For more information and a list of products, please visit www.rigidindustries.com or follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Kiara Fontanesi Gives Sidi a Triple Crown World Championship

28 07 2014

She is the WMX World Champion for the third consecutive time

July 28, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Kiara Fontanesi is still number one. She is the undisputed Queen of motocross. On the Loket track in the Czech Republic, Kiara took home her third World Championship title in the WMX class, the world elite in women’s motocross.

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Kiara raced with grit and determination but moreover with her head, attacking when necessary and playing on her advantage at the right time. In the GP of the Czech Republic, after winning race1 on Saturday and thanks to the third place she gained on Sunday in race2, Kiara decidedly quelled the resistance of her first closest rival, Australian Rutledge. For Kiara Fontanesi, the dream of being crowned World Champion for the third year in a row has come true.

The final classification finds Kiara Fontanesi (Yamaha) in first place with 255 points; Meghan Rutledge (Kawasaki) is in second place with 250.

Sidi was also thrilled and gratified to be there, accompanying Kiara on her winning ride with our Sidi Crossfire2 boots, which thus remain the number one in motocross. Hers were specifically designed by Sidi for their Queen in a special pink version for a look that’s always in style, gutsy and appealing, just like the World Champion’s own personality.

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Kiara Fontanesi was born in Parma in 1994. Now, at the tender age of 20 she has three World titles in her pocket and she is keenly aware of the fact that she could still write some more important pages in the history of motocross. The present and future of women’s motocross belong to her, and Sidi is ready to help their Queen write a new chapter in this enthusiastic-adventure.

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2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Concourse d’ Elegance & Calendar Girl Music Festival rocks Malibu

28 07 2014

New Builder Image Vehicles International takes Best of Show with radical Honda CBX 6-Cylinder Cafe Racer

MALIBU, CA – July 28, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Sunday July 20th 2014 – The 2014 edition of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continued its now 23rd year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America with producer photographer Jim Gianatsis moving the Show this year to the beautiful green lawns of the Malibu Golf Course among the twisty canyon roads in the Santa Monica Mountains alongside the Pacific Ocean. Highlighting this year’s exciting activities was the emergence of another new and soon to be renown custom bike builder to the sport for which the Calendar Show is known for cultivating.

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2014 LA Calendar Best of Show winner Image Vehicles International
with Calendar Kittens Petra and Jitka, singer Katie Cole.

Taking Best of Show in this year’s in the Calendar Bike Building Championship was Calin Senciac’s Image Vehicles International motorsports fabrication shop with an incredible custom billet aluminum designed chassis built by Terry Ward and the shop crew, housing a legendary 1979 Honda CBX 1047cc air-cooled in-line 6-cylinder engine. Image Vehicles now joins other celebrity builders including Jesse James, Russell Mitchell, Jesse Rooke, Roland Sands, and Shinya Kimura among many who first premiered their bikes at the Calendar Show and went on to have their winning bikes featured in the FastDates.com Calendars to assure their place in history among the premier custom bike builders in the world.

This year’s Calendar Show supported the American Cancer Society with a portion of the ticket sales going to find a cure for cancer and support those affected by the deadly disease. Builders Adrian and Ruth Packett of Canyon Motorcycles together with their spokes model, Calendar Kitten Lindsay Hancock, also raised money for the cause with Lindsay posing for pictures on a custom Canyon Triumph with spectators for their donations.

Together with the Calendar Bike Building Championship & Concourse d’ Elegance, this year’s Show again featured top Celebrity Builders premiering their latest custom builds. Included were previous Show winners Jim Giuffra / AFT Metric Customs, Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles, Ron Baldonado / Rock Bottom Customs, with special appearances by Russell Mitchell / Exile and Chris Redwing / MotoGPwerks.

Other selected Builders, Vendors and Exhibitors, together with 4 hours of live music with the Calendar Girl Music Show featuring the Japanese girl band Nylon Pink, singer songwriters Katie Cole and NBC TV’s The Voice finalist Lily Elise added to the day’s entertainment. And not to forget the Calendar Show always kicks off the world premier of next year’s new 2015 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars photographed and produced by Jim Gianatsis, featuring the world’s top road race and custom motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens featured in the Calendars in attendance at the Show.

A special treat this year were the personal appearances of SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Girls Jitka Pralinka and Petra Ruzickova from the Czech Republic. Just the weekend before they were featured at the SBK World Superbike USA round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where they worked on the starting grid and victory podium as the official SBK umbrella girls for the race and World TV broadcast.  During their first ever trip to America the two beautiful Czech super models also got to shoot with Jim Gianatsis at Laguna Seca with all the top factory race bikes for the next Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar, and the following week in Los Angeles with the top class winning bikes from the Calendar Show. Both Jitka and Petra are featured in the current 2014, and new 2015 FastDates.com Calendars which premiered at the Show. Fans had the chance to buy the new Calendars, have them personally autographed by the two Czech Calendar Kittens, and pose with them and their bike for pictures by Victory Jon of HighwayPhotos.net.

The Calendar Bike Building Championship included the popular Pro Builder class with owner Jim Giuffra / AFT Metric Customs and his crew of female builders that including Natalie Jackson and Shelby Thompson taking their 7th consecutive win with a Honda CB 750 Cafe Racer. Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design took Special Mention in the class with a Harley Sportster Cafe Racer featuring hand built frame and bodywork and single sided swingarm.

Other class winners this year included Street Custom: Daniel Patino / custom Road King; Cafe Bike / Bobber: Adam Gaspic/Gasser Custom,/ Honda 550; Sportbike/Racebike: Richard Pollock/Mule Motorcycles, Sportster XR1200; Classic Imported: Chris Carlson, with the last surviving 1934 Husqvarna TT500 factory road racer; and Classic American: Ron Baldonado/Rock Bottom Motorcycle Company, 1932/1937 Harley custom.

Overall and Class winners received the coveted Mikuni Carburetor trophies featuring real Mikuni VM44 Carburetors, and all top three class winners received product gift bags from Meguiar’s Care Care Products and ProLong Lubricants. Spectators with special interest custom, sport bike and collector bikes were also invited to park inside the Show grounds and display their bikes for the day.

Show attendees were also treated to great food from the Baby’s Badass Burgers and The Grilled Cheese food trucks, Mike’s Italian Ice. The Malibu Golf Course’s own Malibu & Vine Restaurant offered a full beer, wine and soft drink bar. Plus there was ample seating on the grass field to enjoy the live music, and dining tables with umbrella shade. Riding or driving to the Show brought you on the beautiful motorcycle roads of Mulholand Highway and the Santa Monica Mountains, and spectator bike and car parking was free. In all a great day of excitement for motorcycle fans for the low $20 admission.

“This year was one of my favorite LA Calendar Motorcycle Shows ever, ” said producer Jim Gianatsis. “We had a great venue with incredible bikes and celebrity builders, beautiful Calendar Kittens, great music, tasty food and beverages that everyone said they really enjoyed,” “People kept coming up to me all day saying it was one of their favorite Calendar Shows ever, and that they looked forward to future Shows returning to The Malibu Golf Course. I look forward to making that happen. I’d also like to thank my Show assistants Lee Chapin, Craig Boone, Apple Price and Katrina Kazarez for helping make it all come together so smoothly again this year, and beautiful singer Katie for helping with sound mix for all the performers.”

Additional Calendar Show information and photos are online at: www.FastDates.com/BIKESHOW.HTM

CALENDAR BIKE BUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Best of Show: Image Vehicles International, Calin Senciac and Terry Ward, 1979 Honda CBX
AFT Customs Visionary Award: Image Vehicles International, Calin Senciac and Terry Ward, 1979 Honda CBX
Special Mention: Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design, Harley Sportster Cafe Racer

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Pro Builder: 1. Jim Giuffra / AFT Metric Customs, Honda CB 750 Cafe Racer; 2. Jim Tiltz, Big Twin Custom; 3. Adrian Packett / Canyon Motorcycles, Triumph Cafe Bike.

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Street Custom: 1. Daniel Patino, custom H-D Road King; 2. Unkle Al’s, Harley custom; 3. Adrian Packett, Triumph late model cafe bike.

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Bar Hopper: 1. Adam Gaspic / Gasser Customs, Honda CB750; 2. Michael Cooper / Gasser Customs, Honda CB550; 3. Unkle Al’s, Triumph old model custom.

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Sportbike: 1. Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles, Harley XR1200 Streetmaster; 2. Brandon Holstein, H-D Sportster; 3. Ralph Bauman, Honda CB550.

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Classic American: 1. Ron Baldonado / Rock Bottom Motorcycle Company, 1932 H-D VL Antique Bobber Custom w/ 1937 ULH engine; 2. Unkle Al’s, H-D Shovelhead Cafe Bike; Geraldo Montano, 1969 Sportster cafe bike.

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Classic Import: 1. Chris Carlson, 1934 Husqvarna TT500 factory road racer; 2. Kent Riches / Race Tech, Rickman Honda 750 cafe racer; 3. Michael Cooper, 1971 BSA B54 cafe racer.

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Honda Rolls Out Two Trials Bikes for 2015

28 07 2014

TORRANCE, CA – July 28, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Trials riders are about as passionate a bunch of enthusiasts as you’re likely to find. Now they have a new way to fire up that passion as Honda adds a second new Cota trials mount to the line that includes the Cota Race Replica introduced in 2014.

“Trials riding is a very unique style of competition that’s spectacular to watch and incredibly difficult to do well,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “Last year we unveiled the COTA 4RT Race Replica, a hard-core bike made for national-level competition. That bike returns for 2015 with some important new features. The new COTA 4RT260 we’re introducing is designed and priced for riders entering the sport; those who compete at local and regional levels, rather than in national-level and pro events. Together, this pair allows trials riders to pick the one that best suits their tastes and budget.”

2015 Honda COTA 4RT Race Replica

  • COTA 4RT Race Replica
    Inspired by Honda’s world championship machines, this built-for-competition trials bike returns for 2015 with a new 4-piston monoblock front brake caliper that is stronger for more precise actuation and superior stopping action. A new shift lever is slimmer to stay out of harm’s way over rocks or other obstacles. And a new black finish for the triple clamps and handlebar, re-shaped, slimmer front fender and new-style rear final-drive sprocket add to the all-new official Team Honda Repsol looks. Designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, it features a four-stroke Honda 260cc engine with electronic fuel injection and a revolutionary decompression system that reduces engine braking for an operating character similar to that of a 2-stroke. Other key elements include fully adjustable competition-level Showa suspension front and rear, DID rims, Michelin tires, extra-wide aluminum footpegs, a race-replica headlight, Repsol sticker kit, plus many carbon-fiber protectors: fork guards, front fender brace/mount, clutch cover, head pipe heat shield and silencer cover. Color: Repsol Edition; Price: $9499; Availability: January 2015

2015 Honda COTA 4RT 260

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    The COTA 4RT260 carries over most of the main elements that make the COTA 4RT Race Replica a world champion, including the aluminum frame and 260cc engine. The COTA 4RT260 carries its own 39mm TECH fork and R16V shock for the Pro-Link rear suspension, components that are fully trials capable while allowing a better price point. As with the Race Replica, both ends are fully adjustable for rebound and compression damping. The 4-piston front brake caliper is also unique to the COTA 4RT260, along with the Dunlop tires and Morad rims—all components that are competition-ready. Perhaps the biggest difference is the seat that comes with every COTA 4RT260. At the expert level, the seat is reduced to virtually nothing to give the rider maximum freedom of movement. For more casual competitors, this larger seat adds comfort while riding between sections or waiting to enter the next section. The seat is removable and can be switched out as desired, and it incorporates a bit of underseat storage. Color: Red; Price: $7799; Availability: January 2015

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About American Honda

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.

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