Ducati Most Anticipated 2015 Models Arrive in North American Showrooms

24 04 2015

The Ducati Scrambler and 1299 Panigale Superbike are Now Available to Test Ride at Participating Dealerships, Soon Followed by the Multistrada 1200 DVT

CUPERTINO, CA – April 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The Scrambler is out of the yellow container and has arrived at dealerships all over North America, along with Ducati’s new 205 horsepower flagship Superbike: the 1299 Panigale. Also arriving just in time for summer, the all-new Multistrada 1200 DVT will be rolling off the production line soon. These three motorcycles are the most significant additions to the Ducati family in years and can all be seen at local Ducati showrooms, which can be found through the dealer locator at www.ducati.com.

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Scrambler: Sky-high pre-orders for the Scrambler set the tone for the much buzzed-about retro model, which began arriving at dealerships in April. With an MSRP starting at just $8,495 in the U.S., $9,295 in Canada and $129,990 in Mexico, the vintage-inspired aesthetic of the iconic Ducati motorcycle pays tribute to the brand’s heritage while providing riders with a contemporary twist and new-generation components, such as front and rear LED lighting, LCD instruments and a hidden USB port to charge mobile devices. With endless options for personalization, the modern reinterpretation of the classic boasts four distinct iterations: Icon, Urban Enduro, Classic and Full Throttle, and marks a return to the pure essence and joy of motorcycling.

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1299 Panigale: Also arriving at showrooms is the latest addition to the Superbike family – the 1299 Panigale. Its category-leading technology and state-of-the-art electronics are being touted as some of the most advanced in the world, and build upon the engineering and design achievements that were introduced with the 1199. Built to exhilarate its riders, the 1299’s potent package boasts unprecedented engine power and responsiveness suitable for street and track riding alike.

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Multistrada 1200 DVT: The Multistrada 1200 DVT – a bike that revolutionized the motorcycling world when it was launched in 2010 – has undergone a complete redesign, cementing its place as a game-changer in the sport-touring category. The 2015 model is equipped with an unprecedented combination of torque, horsepower, and low fuel consumption and sets new electronics benchmarks as the first motorcycle in the industry to feature Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT). Already the ultimate “four bikes in one,” the all-new Multistrada now includes electronic cruise control as a standard feature, and is a game-changer across the board.

Additional information, including participating dealers and availability can be found at www.ducati.com.

Nathon Verdugo
Public Relations Manager
Ducati North America
Ph. +1.408.343.4414
nathon.verdugo@ducati.com

About Ducati

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. – A Sole Shareholder Company

A Company subject to the Management and Coordination activities of AUDI AG

Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Today, their motorcycles are characterized by performance engines with Desmodromic valve actuation, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati’s range of motorcycles is divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter, and Superbike. In 2015 Ducati presents the Ducati Scrambler: not just a new motorcycle but rather a new brand, offering a whole new world made up of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in self-expression.

These authentic icons of “made in Italy”, together with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North American and Asia-Pacific markets. In addition to the Bologna factory located in the Borgo Panigale area, Ducati has a plant in Thailand, which opened in 2011 and assembles motorcycles for the Asian market, and, since 2012, another in Brazil that assembles motorcycles for South America. In 2014 Ducati delivered 45,100 motorcycles to customers, an all-time company record.

Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007

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Harley-Davidson is Recalling certain 2015 XG500 and XG750 motorcycles

24 04 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

RECALL Subject: Missing Rear Reflector Assembly/FMVSS 108

Report Receipt Date: APR 13, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V217000
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING , VISIBILITY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,904

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

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Model

XG500

XG750

Model Year(s)

2015

2015

Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2015 XG500 motorcycles manufactured January 28, 2014, to March 9, 2015, and 2015 XG750 motorcycles manufactured May 12, 2014, to March 9, 2015. The affected motorcycles may have been manufactured without a rear reflector assembly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

CONSEQUENCE:
If the motorcycle is missing the rear reflector it can reduce the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will install a rear reflector assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0620.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Harley-Davidson is Recalling 45,901 model year 2014-2015 motorcycles

24 04 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

RECALL Subject: Clutch may not Fully Disengage

Report Receipt Date: APR 13, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V216000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 45,901

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Model

FLHRSE

FLHTCU

FLHTCU TC

FLHTCUL

FLHTCUL TC

FLHTK

FLHTKL

FLHTKSE

FLHTP

FLHX

FLHXS

FLTRX

FLTRXS

Model Year(s)

2014

2014 – 2015

2014 – 2015

2015

2015

2014 – 2015

2015

2014 – 2015

2014 – 2015

2014 – 2015

2014 – 2015

2015

2015

Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Electra Glide Ultra Classic – Twin Cooled (FLHTCU TC), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low – Twin Cooled (FLHTCUL TC), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), and 2014 CVO Road King (FLHRSE) motorcycles manufactured April 28, 2014, to October 24, 2014. In the affected motorcycles, the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

CONSEQUENCE:
When the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 23, 2015. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0165.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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KTM RC Cup 2015: World Racing, World Website!

24 04 2015

April 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – READY TO RACE in seven countries with dedicated RC CUP online portal launched.

  • KTM RC CUP now racing in Germany, United Kingdom, USA, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy and Mexico for 2015
  • CUP specification RC 390 perfect package for young racers
  • New website launch to capture all KTM RC CUP activity – www.ktmrccup.com

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KTM RC CUP – Countries
Thanks to the impact the supersport KTM RC 390 has made since it was let loose on roads all over the world in 2014, KTM is proud that its ‘CUP’ racing variant will battle it out in competition in no fewer than seven countries in 2015 with all of the exciting track activities communicated through a dedicated new website.

Following this successful introduction of the ADAC Junior Cup, that had its premiere in 2014 with 30 young riders successfully battling for good results, the German series is also joined by similar concepts in the United Kingdom, USA, Finland, the Netherlands and Mexico to springboard future talent in 2015. While in Italy, RC CUP machines will battle with other similar displacement bikes in the CIV Italian Speed Championship.

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KTM RC CUP – Bike
The KTM RC 390 is an exciting, light and practical sports bike with a 44hp, 375cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine housed in a steel trellis chassis and fitted with top-level components. Being a KTM, the RC could only be created in the READY TO RACE way and its potential base as a competitive, capable and yet unintimidating race machine became quickly apparent.

In sporty action the CUP version of the RC 390 convinces with a huge array of readily available, performance-focused KTM PowerParts and fully-adjustable WP Suspension. Along with removing an unnecessary 9kg of weight from the unwanted road kit, the result is proven; the KTM RC 390 CUP single-minded race machine and corner expert.

The fully-adjustable suspension package not only allows for individual set up for each race; it is also a valuable learning tool for suspension set-ups. The bike has adjustable foot pegs and handlebar levers to fit different ergonomics, making it ideal for young talents that are still growing.

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KTM RC CUP – Website
To keep track of these global battles and to find out further information about the RC CUP and its relevant series around the world, KTM has set up a new KTM RC CUP website as the definitive hub for all information – www.ktmrccup.com.

The website is available in five languages and details bikes, racing series with results and championship standings and photo albums. Not solely an information hub, the new website regularly provides background and paddock stories as well as portraits from all over the RC world. www.ktm.com

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Aston Martin launches in the heart of Seoul

24 04 2015

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – April 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Aston Martin’s ongoing expansion in the important Asia Pacific region continues to gather pace with the opening, today, of the luxury British sports car brand’s first official dealership in the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Operated by Kiheung International Limited Company and known as Aston Martin Kiheung International (AMKH) the impressive new dealership comprises a superb 500-square metre showroom allied to a state-of-the-art 1,500-square metre aftersales facility at 235 Banpo Street, Seocho-gu, in Seoul.

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It will offer the full range of Aston Martin sports cars, from the track-inspired Vantage through the timeless DB9 and elegant four-door Rapide S to the ultimate in sporting luxury: the Vanquish.

Officially opened today by Kiheung International CEO Mr Lee Kei Wung along with Aston Martin Global Sales Director, Christian Marti, the new showroom represents Aston Martin’s ongoing commitment to its customers in the region.

Speaking at the opening of AMKH, Mr Lee Kei Wung said: “Aston Martin is a luxury car brand for those who love true exclusivity, timeless design and breath-taking performance.

“With the opening of this new AMKH dealership we are bringing Aston Martin’s Power, Beauty and Soul to Korea. Not simply selling a car, though, we are also seeking to introduce the diverse aspects of ‘British luxury’ culture here.”

He added: “We will, of course, provide a ‘one-stop’ shop for world-class customer service and sales.”

Attending the opening ceremony, which included a gala dinner and jazz show for around 100 VIP guests featuring celebrity chef Leo Kang and jazz musician Lee Jung-Sik, Aston Martin Global Sales Director Christian Marti said: “Expanding into the Korean luxury car market with this exceptional new dealership is an important part of our ongoing strategy to grow our business right across the Asia Pacific region.

“I’m sure sports car enthusiasts across the country will be thrilled to see our brand officially represented by AMKH in Korea now, and I look forward to welcoming many more customers into the Aston Martin ‘family’ as a result.”

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RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Auction to Showcase Epic Selection of Ferrari Models

24 04 2015

LONDON, UK – April 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  With only four weeks to go until RM Sotheby’s incredible Villa Erba auction during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend, it is with great excitement that we announce the consignment of a stunning 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, chassis 2505 GT. Unquestionably one of the most iconic cars of all time, and certainly one of the most collectible Ferraris ever made, the California Spider leads a superlative roster of 37 of the world’s finest and most desirable cars at the 23 May event. The offering includes a remarkable collection of Maranello classics, along with two vintage Riva boats, perfectly matched to the event’s Lake Como setting in Northern Italy.

The starring lot at RM Sotheby's upcoming Villa Erba sale, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (Photo Credit: Tim Scott Fluid Images (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby's)
The starring lot at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Villa Erba sale, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
(Photo Credit: Tim Scott Fluid Images (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

  • 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider headlines staggering Ferrari line-up at  RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale, 23 May during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend in Italy
  • Offered in stunning, factory restored condition, California Spider is one of only 16 open-headlight versions built
  • Sale showcases more than 60 years of Ferrari production, including an early 1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Berlinetta
  • Another RM ‘full house’ of Ferrari supercars, including a 288 GTO, a F40, F50, and Ferrari Enzo join 37 vehicles at the exclusive evening sale
  • Complete digital catalogue now available at www.rmauctions.com

“The words ‘California Spider’ are synonymous with ‘La Dolce Vita’ and the finest motoring experience that can be imagined,” says Peter Wallman, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Perhaps the most beautiful convertible car ever made, and featuring the powerful Colombo designed 3.0-litre V-12 engine, this spacious and versatile two-seat sports car with race car performance is the ultimate road going Ferrari of all time.”

The starring lot at RM Sotheby's upcoming Villa Erba sale, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (Photo Credit: Tim Scott Fluid Images (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby's)

The starring lot at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Villa Erba sale, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
(Photo Credit: Tim Scott Fluid Images (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

The California Spider on offer at the upcoming RM sale, chassis no. 2505 GT, is one of only 16 open-headlight versions, and the 18th of just 56 SWB California Spiders produced.  Unlike most examples that were delivered to the United States, 2505 GT was a European delivery car, sold new by the official dealership in Milan. It remained in Italy up until 1974 when it was sold to a Swiss collector, who kept the car for the next 20 years.  In 2007, its current owner returned the car to Maranello for a full, concours-quality restoration by Ferrari Classiche. As part of this process, all mechanicals were fully re-built and it was refinished in its stylish shade of Blu Scuro over a Pelle Beige interior. The California Spider went on to appear at the Ferrari Challenge World Finals in Valencia in 2010, where it was driven on the parade lap by none other than Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo. It was later displayed at the Cavallino Classic where it won the prestigious Ferrari Classiche Cup for being the finest Classiche certified automobile entered for judging. It also received a ‘Mention of Honour’ at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and has been displayed at the famed Museo Ferrari in Maranello.  Presented in spectacular condition and with Ferrari Classiche certification, 2505 GT remains ready and eligible for display at all of the world’s most prestigious concours events, and as a European delivery example, will be a rare prize for any serious collector (Estimate available upon request).

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7 examples from the Maranello marque slated for RM’s Villa Erba podium.  For those with an appreciation for the purity of the design of early Ferraris, the sale includes a lovely 1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Berlinetta, chassis no. 0089/S. Shown at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium in 1951 before being delivered new to Comptoir Automobiles Richard SA in Brussels, 0089/S was later raced in the 1957 Liège–Rome–Liège Rally. By the 1960s, the car had been sold to the UK where it has resided ever since. The subject of a comprehensive restoration by marque specialists in 2003, the Ferrari certified 0089/S has since competed in the Mille Miglia.  As the third of only a few Ferraris bodied by Carrozzeria Ghia, it represents one of the most important remaining examples of an early coachbuilt road-going Ferrari in existence (Est. €1.125.000 – €1.650.000).

If a more recent example of Maranello’s ultimate performance engineering is on your wish list, the auction also features a rare offering of the marque’s ultimate modern-era ‘hypercars’. Often referred to as the ‘full-house’ of Ferrari supercars, RM Sotheby’s Lake Como sale will present a 1985 288 GTO, a 1991 F40, a 1996 F50 and a 2002 Enzo. Boasting in excess of 2000 bhp between them, these cars represent the pinnacle of supercar engineering in their respective eras, and form an important part of Ferrari’s unsurpassed global reputation for making the fastest and most accomplished road cars ever conceived.   Additional late-model Ferraris set for the auction stage include: a breath-taking Grigio Silverstone over Cuoio 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica, in single ownership and showing just 700 kilometres from new (Est. €370.000 – €450.000); and, a 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE, one of just 10 manual-transmission examples delivered to Europe, and perhaps the only six-speed example upgraded to the HGTE specifications (Est. €225.000 -€300.000).

Beyond the Ferraris, the RM sale will present a selection of other blue-chip automobiles from the world’s most admired marques, including a beautiful 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupé, chassis no. 915.882, one of just 36 built and the last hand-made Alfa Romeo of its era (Est. €600.000 – €750.000) ; and, a grand, multi award-winning 1930 Minerva AL Cabriolet, chassis no. 80139, the only surviving Minerva AL Cabriolet (Est. €1.100.000 – €1.390.000).

For further information on RM Sotheby’s sale during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este or to view the complete digital catalogue, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call +44 (0) 20 7851 7070.

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. and HJC Announce Helmet Collaboration

24 04 2015

Designs inspired by the 2015 YZF-R1 as well as other Yamaha models

KENNESAW, GA – April 24, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Yamaha Parts and Accessories, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced an exclusive collaboration with leading helmet manufacturer, HJC Corporation, to deliver a collection of helmets created specifically for Yamaha owners.

“Yamaha and HJC® always puts its customer’s safety first. The alignment made perfect sense,” said Frank Pittman, Vice President, Customer Support Group, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “The new Yamaha by HJC® collection brings these two companies together to offer cutting-edge technology, Yamaha’s color matched designs, and price points that are highly attractive to our consumers.”

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Yamaha by HJC Y10 Racing Helmet

Enhancing Yamaha’s product offering, the newly announced helmet collection will be available from Yamaha’s large network of authorized dealers as well as on http://www.shopyamaha.com, Yamaha’s online apparel and accessories store.

Featuring a RapidFire™ shield replacement system, Advanced Channeling Ventilation System and constructed of a premium integrated matrix of Carbon Fiber, Aramid, and Fiberglass, these DOT approved helmets are cutting edge. In addition, the crown and cheek pads are comprised of SilverCool Plus™, a moisture-wicking and odor-free interior that are fully removable and washable. To top it off, the shield has a one-touch open/close locking system for ease of use.

The two companies’ launched the much anticipated collection at MotoGP’s® first U.S. stop in Austin, Texas at the Circuit of the Americas on April 9 -12. Yamaha will launch a marketing campaign, including promotions through Yamaha’s websites, digital advertising, catalogs, and event support kicking off with a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will receive a free Yamaha Racing Y10 helmet by going to http://www.shopyamaha.com/getingear and registering.

For more information on the Yamaha by HJC® collection please visit http://www.shopyamaha.com

About Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Headquartered in Cypress, California, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS) is a leading distributor in the motorsports market, with the most diversified line of such products in America. Yamaha’s ever-expanding product offerings include motorcycles, ATVs, side x side vehicles, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel, and much more, which are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Yamaha products are recognized the world over for superior quality in design, technology, craftsmanship, and customer-oriented services. These products and services under the brand name of Yamaha are highly regarded by a large number of professionals, institutions, business people within the related industries, and consumers as the best available.

This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

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