Japanese Builder Hoshikawa Hideki flys in to win Best of Show
 at the 2012 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show

31 07 2012

CALABASAS, CA, USA – July 31, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The 21st edition of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys moved into its third decade as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America featuring its top Celebrity Builders, the Calendar Bike Building Championship & Concours d’ Elegance, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, Calendar Girl Music live performances, now taking place at a beautiful new new location on the lawn and under the shade trees of the Calabasas Inn, in the upscale Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas, California. The first decade of the Calendar Motorcycle Show took place at the exciting Museum of Flying at the Santa Moncia Airport, then expanded in 1991 to two days the larger Queen Mary event facility in Long Beach venue alongside the Pacific Ocean.

Presenting 2012 LA Calendar Best of Show trophy to Hoshikawa Hideki with his modified Sportster ‘Asterisk’. Pictured from left are Calendar Kittens Halle and Sabella, builder Hideki, show producer Jim Gianatsis, and Kinsey Ray. The unique aluminum die cut and laser painted Calendar Girl Trophies were produced by SicChops.com in Los Vegas.

The current 3-year decline in the economy and the resulting impact on the enthusiast motorcycle market with loss of so many custom bike manufacturers, builders, part manufacturers and buyers meant the LA Calendar Show needed to downsize as well, and show producer Jim Gianatsis of the motorsports adverting agency Gianatsis Design Associates and photographer/producer of the world renown FastDates.com Calendars , was excited to secure the Calabasas Inn private event facility as one of the best outdoor event locations in greater Los Angeles. Everyone from the participating bike builders, to venders and spectators were excited about the new grass park location which was next to a creek and duck pond and a huge man-made waterfall, offered an air condition banquet hall where many vendors were also located and had permanent restroom facilities.

The 2012 Calendar Show was spread across 3 separate wooded areas at the beautiful Calabasas Inn facility. In the background of one display area was a duck pond and waterfall. An adjoining area just as big under cool shade trees held more exhibitors, the Pro Builder Class, the live band stage with spectator seating, dining tables and food and beverage trucks. And the air conditioned Calabasas Inn Banquet Facility where spectators entered the Show held more exhibitors, restrooms, and the Sportbike Class.

The Show’s activities include the Calendar Bike Building Championship, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, the Motorcycle Machine Dyno, and Calendar Girl Music live performances featuring the Japanese girl rock band Nylon Pink, singer songwriters Rachel McGoye and Marina V.

As always the Show marks the world premier of next year’s new 2013 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars photographed by Calendar Show producer Jim Gianatsis. The Calendars include Fast Dates World Superbike and MotoGP roadrace bikes , Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycles, and Garage Girls Hard at Work, hosted by beautiful Calendar Kittens and SBK World Superbike grid girls Sabella Shake and Kinsy Ray featured in the in the FastDates.com Calendars and Website. The new 2013 Calendars are available now at FastDates.com, Amazon.com, at Cycle Gear Stores and your favorite dealer, or phone Van Leeuwen Distributing at 1-800-461-1226.

The Show park was filled to capacity with top industry names including Jim’s Machine, Edelbrock Engineering, Frog Specialties / Beringer Brakes, AXO streetbike apparel, and Universal Technical Institute training school. Spectators were treated to upscale dining on lined covered tables under shade trees, with food and beverages form some of LA’s top food trucks – Baby’s Badass Burgers, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Maui Waui Hawaiian Smoothies and Sugar Babies Cupcakery. The fresh baked heart topped cup cakes were passed out by the Calendar Kittens complimentary to show spectators.

The Calendar Motorcycle Show continues to feature many of the world’s top Pro and Amateur custom street bike builders with their newest 2-wheeled creations of rolling art to compete in the Calendar Show Bike Building Championship for fame and awards including the coveted Best of Show Trophy.  The Calendar Show broadened its focus to include the growing Collector Bike Market with Exhibitors and Bike Show classes for classic European, British and Japanese motorcycles, along with American V-Twins and Customs. Show Entries were place in a Concours d’ Elegance display throughout the venue on the grass and under shade trees at the Calabasas Inn.

Among the top custom and racebike builders in attendance and featured in FastDates.com Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle and Fast Dates Racebike PinUp Calendars over the past 20 years included Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles and Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles, Shinya Kimura / Chabott Engineering, Jim Giuffra & Spokesmodels / AFT Customs, Todd Silicato / Todd’s Cycle, Chris Redpath / MotoGPwerks, Caleb Owens / CRO Customs, Yaniv Evan / Power Plant Choppers and Steve Storz / Storz Performance.

Michael Schacht of Crocker Motorcycle brought his new bike to shoot for the FastDates.com Calendars the day after the Show with Calendar Kitten Kinsey Ray.

Among the Calendar Show’s World Premiers this year was the first showing of the newly reborn Crocker Motorcycle, produced by Michael Schacht of Crocker Motorcycle Company, this new production bike, built to the original designs, is now available for sale. It’s a true replica of the original 1936 high performance Crocker V-twin machines of which only 200 were built.

Chris Redpath of MotoGP Werks used the Show to display two really neat Ducati’s he had just built for Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, one a naked MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici streetfighter valued over $100,000, and the other an old Ducati Bevel-Drive 750 custom Cafe Bike. Redpath also brought along couple of former AMA National Superbike Championship racers, one a Mike Baldwin CB900F, the other a Matt Mladin Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR750, plus a classic Mike Hailwood type Ducati racer.

For the fourth time in eight years, a top Japanese builder used the LA Calendar Show to mark his entrance onto the world stage, following in the foot steps of former Best of Show and Class winners Shinya Kimura / Chabott Engineering, Kenji Nagai / Ken’s Factory and Hiroyouki Hirata of BB Custom Factory who all flew in with their bikes from Japan just to compete at the world renown Calendar Show.

Garnering Best of Show in this year’s 2012 Calendar Bike Building Championship was Hoshikawa Hideki / Asteris9.com from Miyagi, Japan who flew in to Los Angeles for just 3 days with his latest custom bike build to compete and take top honors, then fly back home to Japan. Celebrity judges Jim Gianatsis, Jim Giuffra, Chris Redpath and Michael Schacht choose Hideki’s 883cc Sportster based naked custom sportbike as the most exciting, original and well constructed custom at the Show. Hideki said he built it for a customer who gave him a blank check and no instructions whatsoever, other then to ask him to build the best bike he could build. Hideki is not necessarily a sportbike enthusiast, he builds all kinds of Harley based customs, but this time he said, he wanted to concentrate on the quality of the design and build, utilizing real sportbike feel and performance for the now highly modified 1200cc Sportster engine.

AFT Customs also awarded Hideki their own “AFT Visionary Awards Trophy” which was hand built by the spokesmodels at AFT, and award by shop owner Jim Giuffra, models and Angela and Shelby to the one builder at the Show who they felt exhibited an new direction in custom bike building. In this case Hideki had taken a mundane, underpowered, overweight, not-the-best handling 883cc Sportster and turned it into a 1200cc highly potent, world-class custom sportbike.

In the Pro Builder Class it was Yaniv Evan / Power Plant Choppers who took home top honors with his classically styled bare metal custom Black & Metal” based on a 1970 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead. “I wanted to build something in between a ‘Rudge Superior’ from the 1930’s meets 1960’s chopper, with a bit more power and good handlebar feel.” Evan’s shop PowerPlant Choppers.com is located on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood where he also sells cool PowerPlant apparel to visiting tourists and locals.

Among the Calendar Show’s exciting custom bike world premiers was Two-Time Best of Show and now Six-Time Class Winners with this year’s Sportbike Class victory, Jim Giuffra and the Spokesmodels from AFTCustoms.com, Jaskson, CA. premiering their latest build as always at the Calendar Show. Following their tradition of naming their bikes after spirit gods, their bike ‘Halia’ is a Hawaiian spirit named Honda Shadow performance custom Cafe Sport Racer that will head for the BUB Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August with its girl builders Angela and Shelby in the saddle for speed record attempts.

The 2012 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show’s move to the new Calabasas Inn venue, proved to be a tremendous success. Everyone had nothing but positive comments about the beautiful new location, how important the Calendar Show was to the custom bike building community on the West Coast, and how they looked forward to returning again next year on the 3rd weekend of July 2013 to see the Show continue to grow as the economy recovers.

2012 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show 
Calendar Bike Building Championship Results

  • Best of Show: Hideki Hoshikawa,’ #19 Asterisk’ H-D Sportster XLH1200 Cafe Racer
  • Pro Builder: 1). Yaniv Evan, Powerplant Motorcycles, H-D Shovelhead Custom; 2). Andy Iawwacone / TDC Cycles, 1947 H-D Knucklehead custom.
  • Street Custom: 1). Charlie Mitchell, 2001 H-D Heritage lowrider old school custom; 2). Doug Ide, 2009 H-D Road Glide Bagger.
  • Bar Hopper: 1). Yaniv Evan / Scott Cann, Powerplant Motorcycles, 1951 H-D Panhead Board Track Racer replica: 2). Manuel Muller, 1967 Triumph TR7 Glitter Cycle tribute.
  • Sportbike: 1). AFT Customs / ‘Halia” Honda VT750 Street Tracker; 2). Paul Morris / P&M Racing, G2 Gangster V-Twin Street Legal Street Pro Drag Bike.
  • Classic American pre 1980: 1). Shinya Kimura, H-D Panhead custom cafe racer; 2). Dave Destler, 1970 H-D Sportster XLH stock.
  • Classic European pre 1980: 1). Chris Redpath / MotoGPwerks.com, 1975 Kawasaki Z1 Daytona 200 Rob North Chassis / Don Vesco race bike; 2) LACD, 1975 Norton 850 Commando.

Additional Comment from Jim Gianatsis, LA Calendar Show Producer

The only negative note to another great LA Calendar Motorcycle Show was a protest group of about 50 bike club jacketed people on the street in front of the Calabasas Inn’s main entrance during the morning hours. They were there to protest the Calendar Show’s ‘No Outlaw Club Colors” policy and did their best to intimidate and threaten spectators to not enter the event. “The LA Calendar Show, like many other bike events in California,” explained Show producer Jim Gianatsis, “has had a ‘No Club Colors’ and body search policy the last 20 years when we were in both Santa Monica and Long Beach. I was happy to relax this policy with the move to Calabasas, modifying it to just no ‘Outlaw Club Colors’ to reflect the continued criminal activities, murders and arrests by law enforcement of the few well-known outlaw biker clubs in Southern California. As a private event on private property, we have our own constitutional right to invite who we want to our party, and to protect those who want to come and enjoy the day.

This new protest, however, was organized by a former ‘peaceful’ sportbike club president to who the Calendar Show had given unlimited complimentary admission and booth space to his club, and his associated clubs and members in past years, under their pretext they were supporting the sport and local charities. But this year with the move to the smaller Calabasas Inn venue, we could only offer them at 20-foot booth space for their designated charity or have to turn away paid exhibitors. In the current economy we can’t afford to give all these bike club members free admission to an event that costs a lot of money to produce. We needed them to pay the low $20 admission like everyone else, while we still would help support their charity. But this wasn’t good enough for them, they all had to get in free or they would now boycott us.

So under a vengeful, self serving banner of “bikers joining together to protect their constitutional rights” this small minded club president and his friends, and the gullible people they convinced this was some sort of justifies, democratic cause, came out to the Calendar Show to harass, intimidate and try to turn away the peaceful spectators with families and motorcycle enthusiasts who also have the constitutional right not be be harassed by such people. In effect, some of these self proclaimed peaceful bike clubs have become as annoying and hateful to the community as the known outlaw biker gangs they now support. And don’t overlook the harm they are doing to their own sport – the manufacturers, bike builders, vendors and sport of motorcycling in general which needs quality events like the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show to help them stay in business, attract new enthusiasts, and help keep the sport of motorcycling in America alive. These are the type of people who harm the sport, not help it.”


World-class bike restorer and motocross pioneer Brian Slark to be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

31 07 2012

World-class bike restorer and motocross pioneer Brian Slark to be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

PICKERINGTON, OH – July 31, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the fourth member of the induction class of 2012. Bike restorer extraordinaire and motocross pioneer Brian Slark will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 AMA Legends Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 16-17.

“Brian Slark is a true renaissance man in the world of motorcycling,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the board of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises funds for the Hall of Fame. “Not only did he help create motocross in America, but he also created works of art while working at some well-known motorcycle museums. His expertise is second to none.”

Born in London, England, on Feb. 2, 1938, Slark was a moving force in the creation of a vibrant motocross-racing community in the United States during the 1960s. He helped organize motocross tracks, and promoted the sport by teaching famous people — including then-teen heartthrob Bobby Darin — to ride motorcycles. He also imported and built Rickman Metisse and Cheney motocrossers.

Slark later assisted the late Dave Mungenast — who is also a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame — in the creation of a motorcycle museum in St. Louis. He then helped create the world-class Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala. Slark also played a key role in setting up the bikes for the immensely popular “The Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City in 1998, which later traveled to the Field Museum in Chicago and then Bilboa, Spain.

“As my wife said, for once I was absolutely speechless,” Slark said, reacting to the news that he would be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “[Working with motorcycles is] something I’ve been doing nearly 60-plus years and I love it. I never ranked myself in the league of other people in the industry. I’ve just done what I love to do.”

Slark said he is particularly humbled and honored that he is being inducted to the Hall of Fame where his longtime friend Mungenast is honored.

“Dave was an incredibly multi-talented person,” Slark said. “He did so much for kids and everybody. He was a mentor. He was a wonderful guy and a good friend. To be in the same league as Dave is an incredible compliment. I can’t express how I feel.”

Slark’s motorcycling career spans more than 60 years. It began in 1957 when he started work at Associated Motorcycles (AJS and Matchless) in London, England, testing and evaluating bikes. He soon moved to the factory race shop.

In 1964 he spent a year in California riding desert events and helping organize motocross tracks. His experience prompted him to move to California the following year.

In 1969, Slark managed the service and competition departments for Norton and AJS at the west coast factory facility. Later, he became marketing communications manager for Norton-Villiers and advised designers on models for the North American market.

Slark decided to strike out on his own in 1976, and he opened a British bike shop in Southern California. Two years later he became the volunteer technical editor for the International Norton Owners Association-a role he still holds today.

In 1986, Slark sold his bike shop and moved to St. Louis. Ten years later, he joined the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum as technical director and helped elevate the museum to its present position of the largest collection of motorcycles in the world. He remains in that post today.

Slark is the fourth member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame class of 2012 to be announced. He joins the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; and Jimmy Ellis, 1975 AMA Supercross champion. The remaining 2012 inductees will be announced in random order in the coming weeks.

The class of 2012 will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 16 as part of the AMA Legends Weekend. The weekend also includes the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring many of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles.

In addition to the current class, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony shines the spotlight on two previously inducted members of the Hall of Fame, reminding the motorcycling community of the amazing careers of these Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends. For 2012, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends will be 1998 inductees Malcolm Smith, a pioneer in off-road motorcycling and a star in the motorcycle documentary “On Any Sunday,” and Mert Lawwill, the 1969 AMA Grand National Champion whose title defense was the central theme of the timeless film.

Tickets for the AMA Legends Weekend are now available through this online registration form: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5r7zy8ea4316694&llr=vw9ldxbab or by calling (800) 342-5464.

The AMA Legends Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends Weekend. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group code RCIAME or AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST. Online room reservations are available at www.redrocklasvegas.com.

More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.


MX Sports Pro Racing Announces Annual Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season Celebration

31 07 2012

Celebration Will Recognize the Champions and
Achievements of 2012 Season

MORGANTOWN, WV – July 31, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  One day after the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, comes to a close at the Lake Elsinore National on September 8, the celebration will continue on Sunday evening. MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports, a division of NBC Sports, will host the fourth annual Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season Celebration from South Coast Winery, in Temecula, Calif., honoring this summer’s champions and recognizing the many moments that made 2012 a memorable and exciting season. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. Pacific.

On Sunday, September 9, the teams and riders of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the AMA ATV Motocross Championship, along with many members of the motocross industry, will gather to celebrate the title winners in the 450 Class, 250 Class, WMX Class and Pro ATV Class. FUEL TV and NBC host Jason Weigandt, along with trackside public address announcer Tim Cotter, will emcee the festivities. The two familiar voices of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross will take a look back at each round of the two- and four-wheeled motocross championships and the highlights that shaped how the titles unfolded in each division.

Headlining the several awards that will be handed out that evening are the coveted Edison Dye Motocross Cup for the 450 Class, the Gary Jones Motocross Cup for the 250 Class, and the Gary Denton Motocross Cup for Pro ATV. Each trophy will be awarded to the rider and team that claimed each respective championship. Additionally, the Women’s Motocross Cup will be presented to the rider and team that captured the WMX Class title.

All four of the respective 2012 champions will have his and her chance in the spotlight, receiving their own trophy and distinguished medal to commemorate their achievement and serve as the ideal complement to the exclusive number one plates that will adorn their bikes the following season. MX Sports Pro Racing will also recognize the 2012 Sportsperson of the Year, which is given to the rider that exhibited the determination and class often identified with the most renowned names in the sport, as well as hand out Rookie of the Year accolades to the top first-year rider in each class.

Moreover, the Team Manager of the Year, Motocross Team of the Year, and Transport Driver of the Year will give credit to people behind the scenes of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. These are the individuals whom make it possible for the world’s best riders, and a nation full of avid motocross fans, to enjoy a premier global competition in one of the toughest sports on the planet.

South Coast Winery is located in the heart of Temecula’s wine country at:
34843 Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA 92592

For additional information about South Coast Winery, log onto www.wineresort.com, or call (951) 587-9463.

Overnight accommodations are not available at South Coast Winery. However, downtown Temecula and the surrounding area offer a variety of hotel options within 15 miles of the venue. For a full list of area hotels, please click here.

For additional information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season Celebration, please contact MX Sports’ Kelly Kirby at Kelly@mxsports.com, or call 304-284-0080.

MX Sports Pro Racing
MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world’s most prestigious motocross series – the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The industry leader in off road powersport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visit www.mxsportsproracing.com.

Alli Sports
Alli Sports, is an action sports lifestyle brand whose mission is to connect fans with athletes and brands through best in class events, media, and authentic branded products. Alli Sports includes: the Dew Tour, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the Red Bull Signature Series; Alli Media, which creates, produces, and distributes original content; Alli RideShop, an online retailer carrying top skate and BMX consumer products; and Alli MotoShop an online retailer carrying top moto consumer products. Alli Sports is owned by NBC Sports. More information can be found at www.allisports.com.

AMA Pro Racing  
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing sanctioning body in the United States, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization sanctions professional motorcycle racing competition, which includes, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA Pro Road Racing, and AMA Pro Flat Track. Visit www.amaproracing.com.

NBC Sports Group      
When the Comcast-NBC Universal transaction was completed in January of 2011, the broad reach and storied history of NBC Sports united with Comcast’s 24/7 ability to super-serve fans to create the NBC Sports Group. The new sports media company consists of an array of broadcast television, cable television and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports & Olympics, Golf Channel, Versus, 11 SportNets (regional sports networks) and their respective websites. Together, the new combined assets of the NBC Sports Group possess an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the Olympics, NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, IndyCar, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Wimbledon, French Open, Tour de France and Kentucky Derby.

FUEL TV is the only cable and satellite television network that features the exciting world of adrenaline and thrill-seeking sports including UFC, surfing, motocross, snowboarding and more. This new generation of sports provides a rich landscape of some of the most vibrant and action-packed television entertainment in the world. With more hours of UFC coverage than any other network, FUEL TV is the place to be for live fights, weigh-ins, prelims, pre- and post-fight coverage, specials and events you won’t see anywhere else. See why adrenaline sports fans call FUEL TV the channel they never turn off. FUEL TV, part of FOX Sports Media Group, was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 36 million U.S. homes and can be accessed by broadband, mobile devices and other digital platforms such as iTunes®. FUEL TV programming is available in more than 50 countries around the world with 24/7 channels operating in Australia and Europe. To subscribe to FUEL TV, call 877-4 FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit www.fuel.tv.

Lucas Oil Products   
Lucas Oil is a worldwide leader in the production of oils, lubricants and additives. Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry, featuring a premium line of oils, lubricants and problem-solving performance additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry.  Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the “Official Motor Oil of the Pro Motocross Championship.” Visit www.LucasOil.com.


LeoVince USA Expands Brand Offerings, Announces Addition of BMC Filters, Dion Device

31 07 2012

RICHMOND, CA – July 30, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following nine years of tremendous growth, LeoVince USA will now offer an expanded catalog of brands that fit the level of quality that LeoVince is known for.

This is the first time that LeoVince USA has expanded its brand offerings via a partnership program. Each new partner will offer complimentary brands that represent the same dedication to quality, durability and performance as the family of LeoVince products. The first partner products are the Italian built BMC filter line and the dynamic new Dion Device brake lever protector.

BMC is recognized globally as the top-level air filter manufacturer in powersports. “We will begin to immediately modify our Track-Pack performance package to include our ignition, exhaust and now a BMC filter for one exceptional price,” says LeoVince USA Executive Vice President Tim Calhoun. “We will also now offer the widest and deepest selection of BMC products in the North American market.

The new Dion Device brake lever guard is designed to protect the brake lever, especially when two riders come together on the racetrack. “Bringing the Dion Device to market was an easy decision for me,” Calhoun says. “The team at Dion Device is exceptional, and this device was designed for one single purpose: to save riders’ lives. The passion that Stephane Dion and his team have poured into this product’s design is evident. Our Red Bull RoadRace Factory team has been using
this product all season, and they have been putting them to the test with exceptional results.”

Red Bull RoadRace Factory team rider #132 Jake Gagne

Dion Device

Regarding the future growth of LeoVince USA’s brand offerings, Calhoun adds, “We have no desire to become a large-box distributor shuffling commodity items. Rather, we feel there is a definitive void in the market for a company to offer a limited range of exceptional performance brands that are sold and serviced with expertise. It has always been our mission to make transactions with our dealer network as easy as possible and to offer riders the technical expertise and quality support they deserve on premium products as we’ve done with LeoVince products.”

Race fans at this weekend’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca will be able to see the BMC air filters and Dion Device on displays throughout the venue, as LeoVince staff will be present to represent all of their current and new product lines and to support our MotoGP and AMA Pro Racing teams.

For more information about LeoVince USA and its product partners, visit www.LeoVinceUSA.com, www.BMCAirFilters.com, and www.DionDevice.com.











Tim Calhoun
1445 B South Street, Richmond, Ca. USA 94804
Ph: (510) 232-4040 X 102


Team Honda Muscle Milk Extends Trey Canard Contract

31 07 2012

Torrance, CA – July 31, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Team Honda Muscle Milk is proud to announce that we will be continuing our relationship with rider Trey Canard through the 2014 season. Next year will mark Canard’s third season aboard the factory-prepared Honda CRF450R contesting both the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross Championships.

“It is a huge blessing to be back with Team Honda Muscle Milk,” said Canard. “I am extremely happy that I get to continue working with such a great group of people. I am looking forward to building on the good races we have had in prior seasons.”

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with Trey,” stated Team Manager Erik Kehoe. “Over the past few years he has proven that he has the skill and commitment that it takes to be a top contender for the championship.”

Visit the Honda Powersports web site at powersports.honda.com/experience.aspx to see what Trey Canard has to say about his extended deal with Team Honda Muscle Milk, how his recovery is going and his thoughts on the all-new 2013 CRF450R.

About Honda
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and personal watercraft in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com.


Kawasaki is Recalling 13,289 model year 2008-2012 Concours 14

30 07 2012


July 30, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
     KAWASAKI / CONCOURS 14 2008-2012
Manufacturer: KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A. Mfr’s Report Date: JUL 18, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V343000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13,289
 Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Concours 14 (ZG1400 A/B/C/D) motorcycles. Due to a gap between the brake pedal and guard, small stone or debris can become trapped, creating a brake drag. This can cause the rear brake to overheat, leading to rear brake damage and lock-up or failure of the rear brakes. The front brakes may also be affected on ZG1400C models.
 If the brakes lock up or fail, there is an increased risk of a crash.
 Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear master cylinder rod end and remove the brake guard (if installed), free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, July 30, 2012. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381.
 Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


Yoshimura R&D America Announce All-New Sprocket Covers for BMW and Ducati

30 07 2012

CHINO, CA – July 22, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Yoshimura R&D of America is proud to announce the availability of all-new front sprocket covers for the BMW 1000RR and popular Ducati models. This lightweight front sprocket cover is a great alternative to plastic OEM covers. It not only adds a noticeable amount of race class to your bike, but functions exceptionally well. The CNC machined aluminum cover with carbon fiber backing, mounts closely to the sprocket and surrounding area, which eliminates virtually all chain grime from being flung out from the sprocket. Helps keep your bike and riding apparel cleaner, longer.

  • CNC machined from high quality 6061-T6 aluminum
  • Carbon fiber backing plate
  • Black anodized finish
  • Laser etched Yoshimura logo
  • Lightweight, full-coverage design helps eliminate flying chain grim


  • 2008-2012 – Model 848
  • 2007-2009 – Model 1098
  • 2009-2011 – Model 1198
  • Part Number: 901BG198480
  • MSRP: $175.00


  • 2010-2012 – Model S 1000RR
  • Part Number: 901BG152010
  • MSRP: $195.00


Please see http://www.yoshimura-rd.com/t-NP_12_FrontSprocketCover.aspx for applications and updates.

These products are designed, manufactured, intended, and sold for use on vehicles that are operated only on closed course racing circuits unless otherwise noted.  Use of these products on public roads or lands is strictly prohibited and may be a violation of local, state, or federal laws. Products intended for use on vehicles operated on public roads or lands are clearly so indicated.

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.


Jake Klingensmith
Yoshimura Product and Race PR
714-546-2088 office
714-501-6549 mobile

Ryan Raymond
Yoshimura R&D of America
909.628.4722 office


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