2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR Dual-Sport Enduro First Look

June 13, 2018 admin 0

The news just keeps getting better. Alta has announced the latest addition to its growing family of electric-powered dirtbikes. This time it’s the ‘R’ version of the Bay Area-based manufacturer’s fully street legal dual-sport, the 2019 Redshift EXR.

A couple months ago, we got to see how Alta’s motocrossers, the Redshift MX and MXR, stood up and compared to regular gas-powered bikes, and we came away impressed. It’s crazy how easy and intuitive riding the Redshifts is. It takes a couple minutes for your brain and moto-senses to recalibrate and forget there’s no clutch or gears to click through, and there’s a whole new set of sounds to get used to as well (or lack thereof). However, as soon as you get over all of that, everything falls into place and you feel like you’re riding a bike no different from anything else. It’s kind of a trip…

2018 Alta Motors Redshift MX and MXR First Ride Review

2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR

Just like the MX and its upgraded MXR version, the EXR offers more horsepower than the EX (50 vs. 42) and more torque (42 lb-ft vs. 38) thanks to its R5.8 battery pack who’s state-of-the-art cell chemistry is able to deliver full power for longer, while remaining cooler. The R vs. non-R models received additional upgrades to the firmware and software to increase range and power while decreasing charge time. The EXR weighs 273 lbs (2 lbs less than the EX) and can be yours for $12,495. With a couple tweaks here and there, the EXR is essentially the MXR with a headlight, taillight, mirrors, handguards, an 18-inch rear wheel and a license plate, which means this thing can boogie off-road – and it has a claimed top speed of 71-mph, meaning it can handle a trip on the highway. Though, being an electric motorcycle, prolonged highway riding will deplete the battery quicker. Then again, dual-sports weren’t built with highway prowess in mind, anyway.

Nonetheless, we’re excited about the 2019 Alta Redshift EXR as a new electric alternative to dual-sport motorcycling, as environmental concerns and some people’s “get-offa-my-lawn” crabbiness to noise forever continue to intensify…

Read on below for all the details on the new Alta EXR.


Alta Motors Announces the 2019 Redshift EXR

Offering more power and capability than ever before, the Redshift EXR empowers riders with the control and confidence to ride faster, safer and smoother

Brisbane, CA – Alta Motors, the leader in high-performance electric motorcycles, today announced the release of its highly-anticipated Redshift EXR. The 2019 Redshift EXR is the ideal multi-terrain motorcycle for the performance enthusiast, but equally intuitive and easy to ride for beginners. It recently made a clandestine global debut at the notorious Erzberg Rodeo and made history as the first electric bike to ever qualify for the main event. Ty Tremaine positioned his EXR on the front row in 43rd position, ahead of 457 other bikes, proving the EXR’s performance in the most extreme race conditions.

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“The Redshift EXR climbs ridiculously well,” said Ty Tremaine. “Even on the most treacherous trails, like the Iron Mountain, it’s really intuitive and easy to control. Hands down, this is the best enduro bike on the market, and a lot of fun to ride.”

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Alta created a bike that can be ridden to local trails and unleashed to flow through off-road obstacles and effortlessly conquer even the most daunting hill climbs. Impossible to stall and incredibly sure-footed, the EXR is a purebred, single-track slayer with street legal capabilities. As a zero-emission, street legal dirt bike, the Redshift EXR has full access to all areas that permit off-highway vehicles, regardless of the season. With minimal engine noise, the riding experience heightens the rider’s senses to the terrain around them while promoting responsible land usage.

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The 2019 Redshift EXR will be available at over 60 dealerships nationwide midyear. Click here for the full brochure.

Key Features and Benefits


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Building off of Alta’s industry-leading A-pack technology, the highest-energy density battery ever put in a motorcycle, the new R-Pack represents the next evolution in battery performance. Alta’s new R-Pack utilizes state-of-the-art cell chemistry that delivers extended full-power range at cooler operating temperatures. The Redshift platform’s firmware and software upgrades result in more range, increased power and faster charge times, making the 2019 EXR one of the most capable multi-terrain motorcycles available.

2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR


2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR

Alta’s proprietary software is developed to be lean and elegant. The company’s development cycles are extremely fast and have enabled Alta to create the most refined throttle feel in the industry as well as swiftly release new controls and capabilities. Four unique performance maps allow the rider to change the power delivery character, engine braking freewheel, and flywheel effects. The Open loop “rate of change” torque control has a response rate of 5,000Hz, yielding the closest thing to “theoretically perfect” torque control yet achieved in the motorcycle industry. The seamless drive technology lets you focus on the terrain and the obstacles rather than what the engine clutch and transmission need from you. This means more of your attention is on the ride.

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Full Specs: 2019 Alta Redshift EXR

Top Speed: 71 MPH
Power: 50hp, 42 ft-lbs (claimed)
Charge Time: 1.5 Hours (240v) / 3 Hours (120v)
Front Tire: Metzeler 6 Days 80/100-21
Rear Tire: Metzeler 6 Days 120/90-18
Forks: WP Xplor 48
Shock: WP Alta Custom Spec
Front Brake: Brembo 260mm rotor, Brembo dual piston caliper
Rear Brake: Brembo 220mm rotor, Brembo single piston caliper
Curb Weight: (wet) 273 pounds
Wheelbase: 58.75 in
Seat Height: 36.5 in
Rake: 26.3 degrees
Trail: 113 mm
Triple Clamp: 18/22 mm adjustable
Handguards: Cycra Stealth
MSRP: $12,495

2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR

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2019 Kawasaki Off-Road Model Lineup First Look

June 12, 2018 admin 0

With all-new model announcements and major revisions and upgrades to already great machines from various manufacturers so far, the 2019 new off-road model season has yet to disappoint, and has delivered good news to pique just about any rider’s interests. The latest manufacturer to pull the veils off of what they’ve been cooking up is Kawasaki, and their biggest news comes in the form of an all-new completely-redesigned 2019 KX450.

It would probably be easier to list what Kawasaki hasn’t changed, but to give you an idea, this is biggest update the KX450 has got since its introduction in 2006. Also, notice that it’s lost the ‘F’ as well. Now in its fifth generation, the 2019 features an all-new chassis, frame, swingarm and bodywork. Also brand new is its redesigned inside-and-out engine, hydraulic clutch (first Japanese manufacturer to do this – kudos, Kawasaki), suspension componentry and… electric start! Anyone who’s watched any motocross or supercross in the past couple of years knows Eli Tomac has been kicking some serious ass on his KX450, so we know some pretty sweet upgrades will have trickled down from everything Kawasaki’s Factory Racing Teams have learned over the years – including from its road-racing teams, too! More on that below.

For those looking for bikes that breathe a little less fire than the premier class 450, the KX250 (again, no ‘F’) as well as the two-stroke KX100, KX85 and KX65 are back for 2019. And for those looking for even more trail-friendly, low maintenance and easy-to-ride off-road bikes, the KLX line has multiple model variations to fit every rider, including the little ones. Scroll down for all the new tech and in depth innovations Kawasaki is offering us for 2019.


Kawasaki Introduces All-New KX450

The Kawasaki KX™ lineup has an unmatched history of success and has paved the path to championships for the motocross heroes of today, while continuing to serve as the ultimate tool for the future stars of tomorrow. The KX family is the most dominant motocross and supercross brand of motorcycle available today, led by its flagship model the KX™450. The all-new 2019 KX450 weighs in at 232.4 lbs without fuel while boasting a powerful engine, nimble handling, and technologically advanced features that are derived directly from the motorcycles used by Kawasaki’s factory race team. All-new features for 2019 include a new lightweight, more powerful engine, new slimmer aluminum frame, new Showa coil spring front forks with A-KIT technology, new hydraulic clutch and new electric start system.

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The KX450 motorcycle is the bike that builds champions. Kawasaki racers also receive the benefit of the industry-leading Team Green™ support network that can be found trackside at events across the nation. The Kawasaki KX450 is notorious for asserting its championship proven dominance across the world.

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  • NEW Kawasaki’s first electric start motocross bike
  • NEW hydraulic clutch
  • NEW finger-follower valve train designed by Kawasaki’s World Superbike engineers
  • NEW aggressive cam profiles
  • NEW larger intake and exhaust valves
  • NEW lightweight bridged-box piston
  • NEW thinner air cleaner element
  • NEW downdraft-style intake routing
  • NEW longer exhaust header pipe
  • NEW larger 44 mm throttle body
  • NEW change drum and shift fork reduce weight
  • NEW plain bearings for the connecting rod big-end
  • NEW compact fuel pump

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The engine of the KX450 has always been strong, and the lightweight engine package is even stronger in 2019 thanks to the input from the factory race team. The four-stroke, single cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled 449 cc engine has increased peak power and a flatter torque curve that makes it easier to get on the gas sooner.

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New for 2019, the KX450 becomes Kawasaki’s first motocross bike with an electric start, which is activated by the push of a button located on the handlebar near the right grip making starting easy and convenient. A lightweight, compact Li-ion battery helps keep weight down, as does an automatic centrifugal decompression system fitted to the exhaust cam, which lifts one exhaust valve to facilitate starting.

In addition to an electric start, the KX450 also becomes Kawasaki’s first motocross bike equipped with a hydraulic clutch. The new clutch offers a more direct feel and an easier pull for lighter lever action, helping to reduce fatigue while on the racetrack. The hydraulic clutch is designed to provide a more consistent feeling through minimal change in clutch play as the clutch heats up during heavy use.

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Kawasaki brought top-level road racing technology to the KX450 valve train, using designs from Kawasaki World Superbike engineers. It uses finger-follower valve actuation, enabling larger-diameter valves and more aggressive cam profiles. Thanks to the finger-follower valve actuation, the rev-limit has been raised, contributing to increased high-rpm performance. The change to finger-follower valve actuation reduces the valve train mass and friction compared to a tappet-style valve actuation. A DLC coating on the finger followers helps protect against wear.

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Complementing more aggressive cams, larger 40 mm intake valves and 33 mm exhaust valves with increased lift help air flow and contribute to increased power. Valves are formed from lightweight titanium, reducing reciprocating weight and offering high-rpm reliability. Chromium steel valve spring retainers and a highly durable chromium nitride coating on the camshafts improve reliability at high-rpm. The lightweight bridged-box piston uses the same design as the Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team’s factory race bikes, contributing to strong performance throughout the entire rpm range. The revised piston design reduces weight and optimizes strength for durability.

The cylinder is offset 8.5 mm forward to reduce mechanical loss through friction from the piston movement, enabling more efficient power generation. A special coating used on the intake port cores during the casting process make ports ultra-smooth, which increases efficiency and performance throughout the rpm range.

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The new header pipe length has been increased by 105 mm to match the updated engine package and improves low-end power. A resonator chamber fitted to the exhaust system header effectively increases exhaust pipe length and helps reduce the decibel sound level. A new thinner air cleaner element improves air flow, contributing to increased performance at all rpm. New downdraft-style intake routing allows an even straighter approach for intake air into the cylinder, improving cylinder-filling efficiency and contributing to increased engine power. The new 44 mm throttle body is now larger and features reversed orientation of the butterfly for better fuel atomization from the top mounted injector. A new fine atomizing, 12-hole injector now sprays 75 micron droplets and flows over 20 percent more fuel to contribute to increased power, smooth power delivery and superb engine response at partial throttle.

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A close-ratio five-speed transmission features lightweight gears and shafts to keep weight down, yet retain strength, while contributing to the motorcycle’s winning performance. Revisions have been made to the shift drum and shift fork, resulting in a weight savings. The engine cases, which feature a scavenger pump on the right case, have been constructed of extremely light materials and are designed to meet the highest standards of durability. A change from needle bearings to plain bearings for the connecting rod big-end reduces mechanical loss, contributing to overall performance.

The new lightweight fuel pump is located in the plastic fuel tank and has a revised design that is more compact, enabling a flatter design for the top of the tank.

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  • NEW Ability to adjust mapping while engine is running

Contributing to the race-winning engine characteristics, the digital fuel injection system of the KX450 features a coupler package that has set the industry standard. Each KX450 motorcycle comes standard with three different couplers, easily allowing riders to select pre-programmed fuel injection and ignition mapping to suit their riding style or track conditions. The four-pin DFI® couplers select maps that are designed for standard, hard or soft terrain settings. Changing the engine map is as simple as connecting the coupler cap of choice. For riders looking to fine tune their ECU settings, the KX FI Calibration Kit (Handheld) is offered as a Kawasaki Genuine Accessory, and provides access to the fully programmable ECU. The handheld device eliminates the need for a trackside laptop and gives riders the ability to create custom maps for precise adjustment of fuel and ignition settings. The user-friendly device can store up to seven preset maps and is PC-compatible. For 2019, maps can now be changed while the engine is running by changing couplers, eliminating the need to shut off the engine.


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The launch control system of the KX450 motorcycle is a favorite for riders who are focused on getting to the first turn ahead of their competition. The push-button activation retards ignition timing in first and second gear, helping maximize traction and put the bike’s potent power to the ground. Once the rider shifts into third gear, normal ignition mapping immediately resumes and full power is restored.


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  • NEW slimmer aluminum perimeter frame
  • NEW engine used as a stressed member for rigidity balance
  • NEW swingarm with revised rigidity to match the main frame

Kawasaki’s engineering team has worked closely with the factory racing team to develop an industry-leading slim aluminum perimeter frame that is capable of providing precise cornering through excellent front-end feel and the ultimate agility at high speeds. As an evolution of the current design, the new frame boasts increased overall rigidity balance. The frame’s lightweight construction is composed of forged, extruded and cast parts, while the engine is used as a stressed member and adds to the frames rigidity balance. The overall rigidity balance has been increased through a new steering head area with optimized rigidity, main frame rails with revised cross-section, and a revised line for the swingarm brackets. Lower frame rails have been widened and also contribute to the bikes overall rigidity balance. Forged chain adjusters are also equipped with a self-locking rear axle nut. The axle nut holds 80 lb-ft torque without the need of a cotter pin, simplifying maintenance at the track.

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The KX450 motorcycle also features a new lightweight swingarm that has revised rigidity and was designed to match the frame, and contributes to increased traction at the rear wheel. The alloy swingarm is constructed of a cast front section and twin tapered hydro-formed spars in a raw aluminum finish. With center of gravity and balanced handling in mind, engineers carefully placed the dimension of the swingarm pivot, output sprocket, and rear axle locations, so that the rear tire would drive the bike forward.


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  • NEW Showa 49 mm coil spring fork with A-KIT technology
  • NEW revised linkage ratios
  • NEW rear shock layout and Uni-Trak® rear suspension
  • NEW front brake master cylinder
  • NEW larger 250 mm rear disc
  • NEW rear brake master cylinder and hose
  • NEW larger-diameter 22 mm front axle

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For 2019, the KX450 motorcycle is equipped with new high-performance Showa 49 mm coil spring front forks with A-KIT technology, which feature large diameter inner tubes that are the same size as those found on Kawasaki’s factory racing team’s bikes and enable the use of large damping pistons for smooth action and firm damping. A hard titanium coating on the outer surface of the fork inner tubes helps prevent wear abrasion. The increased surface hardness of the dark navy blue coating also helps to prevent scratches and damage to the tubes. As a result of the surface remaining smoother for a longer period, the reduction of friction creates a smoother and more enjoyable ride. A Showa “Dimplush™” finish process plus Kashima Coat creates a micro-dimpled surface on the inner walls of the outer fork tubes to improve oil retention, and helps prevent wear abrasion on the inside of the tubes, ensuring the sliding surfaces remain smooth for a long time, while the outside is protected against corrosion. The A-KIT technology used in valving, surface treatments and finishes, contributes to noticeably smoother suspension action at the initial part of the stroke and a better ride feel. Incredibly precise personalized settings can be found with 16-position compression and 16-position rebound adjustments.

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On the rear suspension, a new Kawasaki Uni-Trak® linkage system is designed to work in conjunction with the new shock, new aluminum frame and new swingarm. The linkage, which is mounted below the swingarm, allows for a longer rear suspension stroke and allows more precise rear suspension tuning. The linkage ratios have been revised to help keep the rear wheel planted for increased traction. The Showa shock layout has been shifted 5 mm to the right to allow room for the new downdraft-style engine intake and increases rear wheel traction. The new Showa Compact Design rear shock has A-KIT technology with bigger diameter compression adjuster, improving damping on the high frequency movements found on today’s motocross tracks. Dual compression adjustability can be found on the rear shock, allowing high-speed and low-speed damping to be adjusted separately. The fully adjustable shock allows for settings to be personalized for riding preference and conditions.

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An oversized 270 mm, petal-shaped front brake rotor from the renowned manufacturer, Braking, is fitted to keep up with the powerful engine of the KX450 and help riders brake harder and later than the competition. The front brake master cylinder has been revised and offers better initial control, while contributing to overall braking performance and consistency. The rear is equipped with a new larger-diameter 250 mm petal-shaped Braking® rotor that matches the large front disc and contributes to stronger stopping power. The rear brake master cylinder and hose have been revised to reduce weight.

Derived from Kawasaki’s factory racing efforts, front-end traction has been improved thanks to a new larger-diameter 22 mm front axle shaft. Dunlop MX3S tires contribute to increased front and rear traction.


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  • NEW lighter and wider footpegs

Kawasaki continues its unmatched commitment towards providing riders with class-leading ERGO-FIT™ comfort thanks to its adjustable handlebar mounting system and footpegs to fit a variety of riders and riding styles. The handlebars feature four-way adjustable mounts. The multi-position handlebars offer two mounting holes with 35 mm of adjustability, and the 180-degree offset clamps boast four individual settings to suit different size riders. The new lighter footpegs are 5 mm wider and positioned 3 mm further rearward, offering excellent grip and making it easier to weight the pegs. The footpegs feature dual-position mounting points, with a lower position that reduces the standard setting by an additional 5 mm. The lower position effectively lowers the center of gravity when standing, and reduces knee angle when taller riders are seated.

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  • NEW bodywork designed to facilitate rider movement
  • NEW slimmer single piece radiator shrouds
  • NEW flatter and lower fuel tank
  • NEW smooth engine covers

Complementing its championship proven technology, the 2019 KX450 motorcycle features aggressive styling along with in-mold graphics on the radiator shrouds that result in an ultra-smooth surface and racy look needed to finish at the top of its class. The sleek bodywork has been molded to match the V-mounted radiators and narrow chassis design. The flatter fuel tank design allows the tip of the seat to be 20 mm lower and gives the rider greater freedom of movement when changing riding position, and facilitates sitting farther forward.

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Each piece of bodywork has been designed to help facilitate rider movement with long, smooth surfaces that make it easy to slide back and forth. New single piece shrouds are slimmer where they come to contact with the rider’s legs and are easier to hold on to. Seams between the shrouds, seat, and side covers are nearly flush in order to increase bike control as well as moving around on the motorcycle.

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Adding to the distinctive Kawasaki factory race team look is a green oil cap, generator cover plugs, green alumite suspension adjusters, and black alumite wheels. Engine covers were designed to be smooth in order to not impede rider movement.

The 2019 Kawasaki KX450 motorcycle can easily be made to suit a large range of riders thanks to its flat seat design, adjustable handlebar and footpegs and adjustable suspension components. This perfectly complements the wide range of damping settings as well as the DFI couplers and optional handheld KX FI Calibration Kit, allowing the rider to find the ideal engine characteristics to suit a particular track or conditions. While the base settings on the KX450 motorcycle are based on extensive testing and racing, the motorcycle provides a huge range of technology and adjustment to help ensure every rider can experience the incredible ability of this extremely capable motocross bike.


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Kawasaki Team Green Racing Contingency for 2019 supercross, motocross, and off-road racing are set to be announced and include the all-new KX450. Highlights of the contingency program include increased payouts in off-road racing and more privateer support in both supercross and motocross.

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MSRP: $9,299

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The Kawasaki KX™ motocross lineup is ingrained with a long list of successes that has stemmed from building champions since the start. The entire lineup returns for 2019 with models to build future champions.

The Kawasaki Team Green™ racing team has been the dominant force in amateur racing for more than 35 years, providing contingency and trackside support to racers. As a result, Kawasaki has relied on the aspiring young stars to provide input and to help develop winning products across its lineup.


The dominating Kawasaki KX™250 motorcycle returns for 2019. Tuned to best suit race-experienced riders, the 249cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke single’s wide power-band focuses on high-rpm performance that extends way into the over-rev. The slim chassis design contributes to light, nimble handling. The flat seat makes it easy for riders to shift their weight, offering a high level of riding freedom.

The KX250 is built with race-winning components to help Kawasaki riders get to the top step of the podium. From the showroom to the racetrack, the performance of Kawasaki’s KX™ family of motorcycles is proof of its engineering pedigree. It truly is the Bike that Builds Champions.

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MSRP: $7,749

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Despite its smaller stature, the powerful 99cc two-stroke engine in the KX™100 motorcycle resembles the jaw dropping “big bike” look of its larger KX counterparts, while maintaining its ability to outperform the competition. Designed using the same championship winning technology as Kawasaki’s full-size motocross models, an adjustable handlebar mounting system allows for riders to place themselves in the best ride position. Backed by winning performance from Kawasaki Team Green, the KX100 has been a natural step for the riders who are looking to make the transition from the 85cc class to a full-size motocross bike.

Color: Lime Green

MSRP: $4,599

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The KX™85 motorcycle defines a “big bike in a small package” and has been strategically developed to meet the standards of youth racers searching for the upper hand over the competition. Embedded with the performance and winning technology of the KX lineup, the KX85 relies on its instantaneous power, nimble handling, and factory-race inspired styling to reach the checkered flag first.

The two-stroke, single cylinder 85cc engine is equipped with the highly advanced KIPS® powervalve system that generates an easy-to-use wide-spread powerband. Championship performance requires power and reliability, which is exactly why the KX85 stands above the competition.

Color: Lime Green

MSRP: $4,349

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The KX™65 is the most compact bike in the Kawasaki KX lineup, built to serve as the machine of choice for aspiring motocross racers driven to follow in Kawasaki’s championship footsteps. The durability and reliability the KX models are known for creating a dependable platform for starting off in racing. Featuring a six-speed transmission, race-ready engine, strong stopping power, and superb handling, the KX65 grooms champions.

Its liquid-cooled, two-stroke 65cc engine and light weight chassis delivers strong controllable power and exceptional handling that is the ultimate recipe for winning races. The 33mm front forks and four-way adjustable rebound damping are capable of performing at the highest level in aggressive terrain, while the rear is fitted with Kawasaki’s Uni-Trak® single-shock system with adjustable rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload.

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MSRP: $3,699

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The Kawasaki KLX® family of off-road motorcycles are widely popular for their low maintenance, easy-to-ride character, and incredible capabilities while on trails. The five models consist of two engine configurations and are built to suit a variety of riders.

The KLX®140 motorcycle is available in three model variations, and is designed to provide a natural terrain experience with memories to last a lifetime. The powerful 144cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine features an electric starter and keyless ignition. Its broad and smooth high-revving 144cc engine utilizes a manual clutch and 5-speed transmission to offer an efficient and user-friendly feel. The KLX140 uses a 17” front and 14” rear wheel, while the mid-sized KLX140L motorcycle is equipped with a 19” front and 16” rear wheels to accommodate taller riders, providing extra ground clearance on the KLX140L. The KLX140G comes equipped with full-size off-road wheels and tires, using a 21” front and 18” rear.

There’s no better motorcycle than the KLX®110 for a new rider who is looking to experience dirt for the first time. A high-tensile steel frame, 30mm telescopic fork, and single rear shock provide easy handling and maximum longevity. It also incorporates an automatic centrifugal clutch system that allows easy take off and shifting through the gears, helping the rider maintain focus on the terrain and to make the most of the 112cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine. The bigger KLX®110L motorcycle has a taller seat height (28.7” compared to 26.8” for the KLX110), longer suspension travel and an extra 1.9” of ground clearance.

Model Variations


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MotoGP Catalunya Preview 2018

June 12, 2018 admin 0

Virtually lost amidst the frenzied game of musical chairs being played in MotoGP is the fact that, pursuant to his careless crash in Italy ten days ago, Marc Marquez has returned to Earth. Though the title still appears to be his to lose, his margin of error has been trimmed. Another off in the next few rounds will breathe life into his six closest pursuers. Or, he could win the next three rounds without breaking a sweat, forcing us to start thinking about 2019. Dude records way more wins than DNFs.

Riders Chasing Marquez
Position Rider Points
2 Valentino Rossi 72
3 Maverick Viñales 67
4 Andrea Dovizioso 66
5 Johann Zarco 64
6 Danilo Petrucci 63
7 Andrea Iannone 60

Points-wise, the aforementioned pursuers are tight as ticks. These six fast movers are highly motivated to put some real pressure on Marquez. Rossi wants to show the world he still has it at age 39. Dovi was this close last year and can still taste the title. Zarco has the fastest Yamaha on the track and believes he can pull it off, becoming the first satellite rider to win a premier class title EVER. Petrucci, bubbling over with confidence, wants to impress Gigi Dall’Igna even more than he already has. And Iannone wants to stick his thumb in the eye of the suits at Suzuki who lost confidence in him last year. As for Viñales, he simply wants to stay in the mix long enough for Yamaha to give him a bike he can win on.

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After the disappointment at Mugello, Marc Marquez got to blow some steam with a test ride of the Toro Rosso F1 car.

Recent History at Catalunya

2015, it will be recalled, was The Year of Discontent for Marc Marquez. It was on Lap 3 at Montmelo when, frantically chasing Jorge Lorenzo from second place, he hit the deck, his day (and championship hopes) done and dusted. Lorenzo, having seized the lead on the first lap, was doing his best to get away, and Marquez had to try to force the issue early. Boom. Lorenzo edged Rossi by almost a second, with Dani Pedrosa arriving some 20 seconds later. At the end of the day, Marquez trailed Rossi by 69 points and Lorenzo by 68. Marquez switched to the 2014 chassis after this round, found his mojo, and collected six podia over the second half of his lost season.

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Jorge Lorenzo led the MotoGP championship going into Catalunya in 2016. After getting clipped by Andrea Iannone and crashing out, Lorenzo lost the lead to Marc Marquez who went on to win the title.

The 2016 tilt featured a struggling but gritty Jorge Lorenzo getting “Iannoned” out of fifth place on Lap 17, leaving Rossi and Marquez at the front, where they slugged it out for the rest of the day. Rossi prevailed after the challenge from Marquez subsided once his pit board flashed “LORENZO KO.” Dani Pedrosa again finished a respectable third, followed some distance back by Viñales on the Suzuki. Marquez took the series lead from Lorenzo that day and never looked back, cruising to his third premier class title.

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Andrea Dovizioso was victroious in 2017, overcoming both Repsol Hondas.

2017 – After recording no wins between Donington Park 2009 and Sepang 2016, Ducati #1 Andrea Dovizioso made it two in eight days, delivering scintillating rides at both Mugello and Montmelo. By mid-race, Dovizioso was keeping his powder dry, tucked in behind the two factory Hondas. Marquez and Pedrosa were making polite moves on one another through the middle of the race until Lap 17, when Dovi, having earlier absconded with Marquez’ lunch money, went through on Pedrosa into the lead he would keep for the rest of the day. Marquez later passed Pedrosa to take second place, as Dani appeared to have shot his tires to pieces early in the race.

Silly Season Singalong

“Well we’re movin’ on up
To the east side
To a de-luxe apartment in the sky.
Movin’ on up
To the east side
We finally got a piece of the pie.”
—Theme song, The Jeffersons, being sung (in three-part harmony) by Danilo Petrucci, Pecco Bagnaia, and Joan Mir

Jorge Lorenzo’s defection from the factory Ducati team to Repsol Honda has given voice to Petrucci, who has been itching for a factory ride seemingly forever. Bagnaia and Mir are being promoted from Moto2 to the majors (Pramac Ducati and Suzuki Ecstar, respectively) and are singing backup to Petrux. Lorenzo’s switch must be viewed as a lateral, along with a joyful Hafiz Syahrin, who has been retained by the Tech 3 team in its forthcoming KTM iteration. Syahrin made it into the premier class the hard way, by being the last man standing when Jonas Folger pronounced himself unfit to race this year due to illness.

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Jorge Lorenzo opting to leave Ducati for Honda next season opened up opportunities for others.

A number of riders have little reason to sing at this point of the season. Andrea Iannone has been dropped down a notch or three, moving from Suzuki to Aprilia next year. Dani Pedrosa, after 13 years on a factory Honda, could end up anywhere; the rumors of a satellite Yamaha team sponsored by Petronas next year persist, with Pedrosa one of the two riders thereon. Jack Miller, speaking confidently of a factory ride in 2019 only a month ago, will likely stay put with Pramac. He will, however, probably pick up a little Italian profanity courtesy of Bagnaia.

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Despite showing better results this season, Andrea Iannone knew his days with Suzuki were numbered. He hopes to have better luck next season with Aprilia.

Drunkenly singing the blues, in English, in a dark corner of this article are Scott Redding and Bradley Smith, both of whom appear to be on their way out of the premier class. The jury is still out on Taka Nakagami, Tom Luthi, Karel Abraham, Tito Rabat and Alvaro Bautista, with Nakagami and Rabat most likely to hang around for another year. Then there is Hectic Hector Barbera, whose downhill slide continues. Last year at this time, he was a Tranche 4 rider in the premier class. Last week at this time, he was a Tranche 4 rider in Moto2. Today he is unemployed, courtesy of a DUI in Valencia after Round 6.

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Hector Barbera is now unemployed as the Pons Moto2 team released him following a DUI charge.

Your Weekend Forecast

The weather should not be a factor this weekend, as the extended forecast for greater Barcelona calls for clear skies and warm temps. As for the race, I have narrowed down my pick for the winner to five riders. Marquez does not have great history here, but he is Marquez, a threat to win every time out, not to mention being a little cheesed off at the Italian fans who cheered wildly when he crashed at Mugello. Lorenzo, Rossi and Dovizioso have recorded wins here in the last three years; Lorenzo can be expected to try to prove that last week’s win wasn’t a fluke. Rossi and Dovi are in the midst of a title chase, giving them all the incentive they need.

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Valentino Rossi has been fairly consistent this season, the only rider with five top-five finishes in six rounds. His lone exception came in Argentina when he was taken out by an over-aggressive Marc Marquez.

My dark horse on Sunday is Dani Pedrosa. He is intimately familiar with Montmelo and has podiumed here the last six years. He has been jilted by his girlfriend of 13 years. He is looking for a ride next year and anxious to demonstrate that he has something left in the tank. And he would love to show Honda they’ve made a mistake – which is very possibly true – letting him go in favor of Lorenzo. The weather does not look to be a negative factor. And the fans, who simply want a Spaniard, any Spaniard, on the top step would get behind him if he finds himself in the lead. Stranger things have happened.

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Dani Pedrosa has finished third in Catalunya in four consecutive years. The last time he won at Montemelo was in 2008.

As usual this time of year, Moto3 goes off at zero dark thirty in the Eastern US, with Moto2 and MotoGP following. We will bring you results and analysis once the Father’s Day celebrations have concluded. Happy Father’s Day to all you MOrons.

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Out and About at The Isle of Man TT 2018 Pt 2

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As the 2018 Isle of Man TT wound down, the pace of activity sped up. The races, the touring, the search for the perfect cake, the pubs… more speed, Vicar! ‘You better get the final column written, buddy’ whispered the Manx fairy on my left shoulder, while the more persuasive one on the right urged me on to another romp around the island on my rented Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, and to enjoy just-one-more Shuttleworth Snap IPA at the Bushy’s Beer TT Village. You can guess which one I flicked off.

Out and About at The Isle of Man TT 2018 – Pt 1

Conor Cummins prays at St. Ninians on the way down Bray Hill at 185 mph in The PokerStars Senior TT. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press Intl.

So, I’m back in the States, with the TT fortnight behind me. In that so many questions come my way regarding the TT each year, the last installment of ‘Out and About at the 2018 Isle of Man TT’ is presented in a Q&A format. Here we go:

How were the last few days of racing and events, you know, the ones that you were supposed to write about and photograph and send the column back as scheduled but didn’t, because, you know, ale? Sincerely, Ed.

Oh, they were awesome, thanks for asking, Ed! Michael Dunlop won the Bennetts’ Lightweight TT on Wednesday on a righteous sounding Paton, busting both the lap and race records on his way to his 18th TT win. Michael Rutter, on the Mugen machine, blew past the 120-mph lap barrier, winning the SES TT Zero. The electric machines are now reaching over 175 mph on the Sulby Straight.

Michael Rutter (Mugen/Team Mugen) at the Creg ny Baa during the TT Zero race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) beat Peter Hickman in the Monster Energy Supersport Race 2, breaking the race record by 8.7 seconds. Ben and Tom Birchall became the first sidecar crew to lap the Mountain Course in under 19 minutes as they swept to their second win of the week.

The pinnacle of the fortnight, however, was the Senior TT, where a new generation of top riders arrived in full. Senior Race Day is a national holiday on the Isle of Man. Schools and many businesses close, and the citizenry was treated to one of the greatest races in the TT’s long, illustrious history. Peter Hickman won a sensational race, dicing it out with Dean Harrison over the 6-lap, 227-mile contest. Harrison led for five-and-a-half laps but Hickman reeled him in, and set a new outright lap record of 135.452 mph on the final lap for the thrilling victory, obliterating the race record by 48.064 seconds. Harrison took second, with local hero Conor Cummins in third.

Peter Hickman high fiving spectators after winning the 6 lap/226 mile long PokerStars Senior TT. Credit: IOMTT.com

What do you do to watch the races? Are tickets required? How do you get around? What’s your favorite spot? Best, B.S.A.

The course is 37 ¾ miles around, the racing is free, and there are hundreds of vantage points, ranging from expensive VIP sections, to modestly priced grandstands, to free pub gardens, prickly hedges and stone walls. You can go to the TT for 60 years, like my dear friend and IOM guide Peter Thompson of Llandudno Wales has, and still find new places to watch.

Andrew and John with Peter Thompson of Wales. 60 years of TT visits, Peter knows every nook and cranny. And still a belting rider on his new Africa Twin. Photo by Andrew Capone.

Spectating the Isle of Man TT

With the benefits of rented motorcycles and empty back roads, we watched the racing from seven distinct locations this year. My long-time favorites are the Ginger Hall, a pub just past Sulby Bridge, The Gooseneck, and Hillberry. But this year, we experienced Cronk-y-Voddy. As George Takei would say, ‘oh, my.’

This bike is going 175 mph at Cronk-y-Voddy, inches from spectators heads and other vital body parts. Photo by Andrew Capone.

When we pulled up, a kindly race marshal suggested that, in order to experience Cronk-y-Voddy full fat, we crawl under that rickety scaffolding over there, trudge through thicket, climb a fence into a manure-rich pasture, across a ditch, and up an embankment… you know, just like spectators do at a MotoGP race… to reach a good spot. There, lying flat on a berm, survival instincts kicked in while 175+ MPH machines whipped by inches away from my noggin. It was magnificent. It was frightening. I want to go back there now.

The bottom line is that you can easily reach myriad wonderful race viewing locations via car, bus, taxi, foot or bike. I’m posting a short edit of iPhone footage from this year’s view spots, so you get a sense of how close you get to the action at the TT.

What else is there to do on the Isle of Man? I’d like to take my significant other, but I’m not sure if it would work out of it’s just about the racing. One does not live by viewing spectacular road racing alone. Right? Thank you, Noddy Isleowight.

The scene at the Bushy’s Beer Festival, with room for 4000 revelers. Credit: Manx Radio

Well, if you’ve read my columns over the last few years, like everyone else has, Noddy, you’d know that The Isle of Man punches well above its weight in scenic beauty, hiking and pedal bike touring, food, drink, music, and culture. You can amble along the Douglas Promenade, spend time mingling in pubs, or listening to dozens of bands performing at one of the three ‘beer tents,’ Bushy’s, The Hooded Ram, and The Trackside.

Locals Ruth Stanley and Adam Crebbin at Tynwald Mills. Norton leather jackets 50% OFF! Photo by Andrew Capone.

There are museums, electric and steam trains, and non-motorcycling cultural events everywhere. It is a stunningly beautiful island, and only a few miles off the mayhem of the TT course, you’d think you were in rural New Zealand.

Out and About on the Isle of Man – 2015

It ain’t Rodeo drive, but if your SO wants to do some shopping, there are options. A branch of Marks and Spencer. Plenty of local artisan outlets. In St. Johns, Tynwald Mills offers higher end brands, and a nice tea room. Employees Ruth Stanley and Adam Crebbin helped me out with really nice deals on Norton and Barbour branded leather and wax cotton jackets.

All that being said, the TT is like a pilgrimage to Mecca, an overwhelming, non-stop motorcycle hejira, an expensive bucket list trip. If your traveling partner isn’t all-in, you won’t be either. You could consider a split trip, a few days in London or Dublin or Liverpool, along with the IOM.

Hey, you rented a nice array of bikes this year, care to share any impressions with us? Many thanks, B. Ray Hill.

Sure! We did have a fine assortment of rental bikes from Jason Griffiths Motorcycles in Ballasalla, and all of the riders were competent, experienced blokes. The Isle of Man, has hundreds of miles of winding roads that range from mountain sweepers to primitive pathways and unpaved green lanes.

The crew with our selection of rental motorbikes from Jason Griffiths Motorcycles, IOM. Photo by Andrew Capone.

My bike, a Suzuki V-Strom 650XT (another member of our group, John Pacioni, a V-Strom 1000 owner back in Jersey, also had one) was clearly the best tool for the job. Compliant suspension, good V-twin grunt and fine comfort – I’d own one in a minute if I lived on the IOM, although with a lower seat.

Terry Two Cakes had a Kawasaki Versys 650, a bike he owns back in the states, and had high praise for the versatile machine, struggling only with a lack of low rev tractability against the Wee-Strom. We agreed that the Versys was a fantastic bike, a real looker in it’s K-green livery, but a bit better suited for New Jersey roads than IOM ones.

John San, the most spirited rider in our group, had a Kawasaki Versys 1000, which, despite some snatchiness that made him keep it in low power mode for much of the trip, combined comfort with a sporty, powerful engine and light, neutral handling. He owns an Aprilia Tuono Factory V4, so consider that high praise.

Exhausted by the Rental Bike Comparo, a tea break is taken at the Sound Café, Calf of Man. Photo by Andrew Capone.

Dave McClellan’s hire bike was a Yamaha MT-07, which he thought was snappy and perfect for the island, with an ideal riding position, tractable power band, and surprisingly good suspension for the choppy backroads. He’s a Ducati Supersport rider back home, so maybe he’s been bitten by the standard/naked bug.

Lothar Sroka had the same bike he had last year, a Kawasaki Z650, and found it comfortable and responsive, if a bit overmatched in the suspension department by some of the goat paths and poorer surfaced roads. But he’d still buy one!

And Eric Whitman of Minnesota had a Triumph Street Scrambler. A big bloke, he was surprised at how well it handled and certainly took to the rugged C-roads with aplomb. But it was a little out of its league when we wicked it up, and could have used a bit of wind protection. It sure looked damn good out there, particularly when we came upon one of its spiritual sources, a mid ’70s Triumph Trophy 500 out hooning in the abandoned mines of Foxdale.

So, based on the fact that I’m writing this, and it was my bike, the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is the winner of our unscientific Out and About on the Isle of Man comparo test for 2018.

The winner of our Comparo, up at Injebreck. Photo by Andrew Capone.

What about the TT impresses you most, other than the road races, and the ale and Manx cakes and stuff? Best, Craig Neebah.

The people. First, the Manx residents, who embrace and cherish the TT as an enduring component of their culture. Churches across the IOM open up for TT Teas during the fortnight, offering bikers homemade sandwiches, cakes, scones and other delights. The Homestay Program sees locals open up their spare rooms to visitors on an island where hotels are sparse and camping may not be a desired option.

Then there are the hearty souls who voyage to the TT every year, many for their entire adult lives. They book ferries a year ahead of time. They save their money and vacation time, and come over and work as one of the 1500 volunteer TT Marshals, putting in 9 to 12 hours a day with great responsibilities on their shoulders to ensure that the races can go on. Visitors like Dave Wilson, Gosia Szwed, and Richard Anderson, from Norwich, England, who camp out for two weeks on a rocky promontory with mind-boggling views, but little in terms of creature comforts, just to be part of the concentrated motorcycle and human experience that is the TT.

Dave, Gosia and Richard enjoying seclusion and a stunning view, only 10 minutes from the beer tent. Photo by Andrew Capone.

Privateer Shaun Anderson turned in a 14th place finish in the Superstock race. Photo by Gary Harrison/Manxmania.com

And, most of all, the TT racing community. Despite skimpy purses, logistical challenges and extraordinary dangers, this is the tightest and most open of all race fraternities. John McGuinness hanging around the paddock and pubs. Privateers like Shaun Anderson, with his dad as a crew chief and one tenth of the budget of the big teams, going out there and doing 127-mph laps, and placing an impressive 14th in the Superstock race, for a small trophy and a few hundred quid appearance fee. His buddy Ryan Duffy, fielding an older Brammo for Anderson to ride in the TT Zero against the multi-million-dollar Mugen Hondas.

Isle of Man TT the Hard Way

Guys like Graham English, who, in the midst of three years of difficult recovery after a horrific crash at the 11th milestone, is back in the paddock lending a hand, a van, and his Supersport class bike to Shaun. Incredible men like Stan Dibben, now 93 years of age, the 1953 World Sidecar Champion, who holds court in the paddock, and regales us with stories of more innocent, but no less thrilling times.

The TT is how I imagine all motorsport was in the 1950s. But it is with us in all its glory today, and hopefully, for many tomorrows as well.

Sit tight, I’m working up the sizzle video, and already getting prepped for TT 2019.

The R.A.F. Red Arrows perform aero acrobatics each year at the TT. Photo by Andrew Capone.

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Honoring Nicky Hayden: Crafting Kentucky’s Finest

June 11, 2018 admin 0

Circa-1974. MotoGP bikes racing flat out around a newly constructed Mugello track, while just over the hills in Florence, Italy, a young George Lundeen studies sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Every bit the struggling artist, he insists that even if GP tickets were 1,000 lire (about 50 cents), he wouldn’t have been able to afford a day at the races with the fastest boys on two wheels.

Still, it’s comforting to know that the artist who would come to detail each and every one of Nicky Hayden’s features, along with the bike that raced him to World Championship status in 2006, honed his craft in the land where all-things motorsport reign supreme.

Nebraskan born and bred, Lundeen and his studio now reside in Loveland, Colorado. So how did he develop a relationship with the city where Nicky was born and raised on flat-track bikes? It began when two of Lundeen’s sculptures were entered into the RiverArtes exhibitions, led by Owensboro’s Museum of Fine Art.

After Nicky’s bicycle fatality in Italy last year, which devastated the entire motorsports nation as well as millions of “Kentucky Kid” fans ’round the world, the Hayden Family began working on a project to commemorate their son, brother, uncle and fiancé. Tommy, Nicky’s older brother, began asking for artist suggestions. The Museum’s Director, Mary Bryan Hood, says, “We introduced the Hayden Family to some of George’s sculptures and the family then selected him based on his work.”

The Kid’s in the Details

Tasked with memorializing the darling of Owensboro, Lundeen says it wasn’t as daunting as you might think, thanks to the endless reels of photos and videos that show Nicky racing from ages 5 to 35. To hear him tell it: “I didn’t have to ask anybody in town for an interview. You just mention to people that you’re creating this piece for Nicky, and everyone has a story about what a great guy he was. I was at the gas station when I asked a woman if she knew Nicky. She replied, “Know him? I babysat him!”

After several meetings with Jackie Marin, Nicky’s betrothed, and Tommy, the family decided to use an image of Nicky celebrating his victory lap at Valencia. Apropos, to say the least. The 2006 Spanish GP where he clinched the World Title is not only the Holy Grail moment Nicky had worked for his entire life, it was also the nail-biting, down-to-the-wire season that would showcase a sold-out show to more than 145,000 fans and go down in history as one of the most spectacular races in the sport’s then-storied 57-year history.

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Lundeen recounts his sculpture process by explaining how he and his team start by creating several sketches. After that, they build the figure out of clay and steel armature. “We used a lot of foam as well as 3D sculpting for the bike… to make sure it was as detailed as possible,” he says. Now, it’s here that the essence of the bike is essential: That the ride bronzed solid beneath its irreplaceable pilot is a four-stroke 990cc – the last season of these bikes after the phasing out of two-stroke 500s, and before the reduction to 800cc – is a point only true MotoGP evangelicals will appreciate.

Once the 3D portrait of Nicky was rendered, Tommy flew out to the artist’s Colorado studio to review and approve. From there, a rubber mold was made of the clay-and-steel structure. Wax is poured into that mold, and then it’s pulled off of the wax. Next, extremely hot bronze is poured into the mold, where it permeates every fissure of rider and trusty steed’s form.

Once cooled, there were about 25 to 30 pieces that need to be welded back together. The seams are ground out, the piece is then buffed and polished, and finally patina is added to color the bronze. Lundeen adds that this piece has a very unique feature, “The statue has Nicky holding the American flag during his victory lap, and it will be a real flag attached to the bronze pole. I’ve never done anything like that before.”

And how perfect is that. A uniquely brilliant statue for the one-of-a-kind Kentucky Kid.

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Weekly Motorcycle Racing and Events Viewing Guide: June 8 June 15

June 8, 2018 admin 0

Upcoming Weekly Motorcycle Racing and Events: June 8 – 15

Here’s our weekly guide to the upcoming motorcycle races and events that are happening within the next week and how to watch. Don’t see a race or event that’s happening in your neck of the woods? Leave a comment to let us know.


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Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2018

June 8, 2018 admin 0

We already ran an article about the winners from the 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering and our impressions from being there, so let’s take a look at my own personal list of bike’s that I think deserve an extra shoutout. Here are the top 10 motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering as I see it in no specific order.

Disclaimer: They were all rad. It’s difficult to distill it down to 10, so just enjoy the pretty bikes.

1968 Ducati 250 Narrow Case, Built by Analog Cycles of Illinois

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Analog cycles brought this custom 1968 Ducati 250 all the way from Illinois to showcase it at the Quail. It was no big surprise when the motorcycle ended up winning the Style and Design Award during the show. This work of art uses a Moto3 prototype chassis which has been modified to house the 1968 Ducati 250 narrow case engine. A much deserved award winner.

1974 Hercules W-2000

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Designed in the late 1960s, the Hercules W-2000 is a German motorcycle using a Wankel rotary engine. The engine was originally designed in 1929 by Felix Wankel and later licensed by Sachs as a snowmobile engine however, it ended up being used by Hercules in the W-2000. Other motorcycle manufacturers to use Wankel engines include Norton and Suzuki. You could also find Wankel engines in Mazdas up until 2012.

1918 BSA Model H

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Model H from the Birmingham Small Arms Company dates back to even before Brasfield’s childhood. The Model H, an upspec-ed version of the original Model K, was cranking 4.5 hp out of a 557cc single-cylinder engine and even had an iteration developed to be used with a sidecar. To think people complain about the Ural’s power numbers!

1933 Sunbeam Model 9 500cc with wicker sidecar

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The 1933 Sunbeam Model 9 was built after the British company’s heyday in the mid-20s although looking at this meticulously restored example you’d never know it. Sunbeam was originally viewed as a premium motorcycle in England and also enjoyed success at the Isle of Man TT in 1928 & ‘29. The wicker sidecar included with this beaut is really what did it for me.

Curtiss Motorcycles Zeus Concept

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Again, no big surprise that Curtiss took home the Most Innovative Motorcycle Award for its Zeus Concept ebike. Formerly known as Confederate Motorcycles, Curtiss Motorcycles is the new name with a new outlook. The Curtiss Warhawk will be the company’s first and last I.C.E. bike as the Zeus concept ushers in the company’s new vision, which is all electric. Curtiss calls the Zeus Concept the All-Electric Hot Rod God and the world’s first E-Twin motorcycle. E-Twin means the machined aluminum chassis houses a dual-motor platform which, in partnership with Zero Motorcycles, consists of two Zero electric motors with a single output shaft. Performance numbers have been quoted at 170 hp and an unbelievable, and perhaps uncontrollable, 290 lb-ft of torque. After having recently ridden the DSR, I can only imagine what it would be like to ride this beast. The current battery pack is a 14.4 kWh battery (likely from Zero), yet Curtiss plans to have a larger battery when production begins.

Henderson Motorcycle Co.

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

In 1911 the Henderson Motorcycle Co was formed right here in the good ol U.S. of A. specifically in the motor city of Detroit. The company became known to produce some of the fastest of the time and therefore were used by speed junkies and police departments throughout the U.S. The Henderson’s long wheelbase and flat-four engines became synonymous with the brand from 1912 till 1931 when the great depression forced what was at that point the Schwinn-owned Excelsior-Henderson brand, to cease operations.

1960 Harley-Davidson Super 10

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The immaculate H-D Super 10 above won the Industry Award at the Quail though I’m not entirely sure what that means. I’m sure it was deserving of such an accolade. This 165cc single was a showstopper. From every angle the build was pristine. And I checked. From every angle.

1977 Laverda 1200 Jota America

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

This disco-inferno loving Italian is a hopped up version of what was already fairly hopped up at the time of production. Laverda was known for creating performance motorcycles and, at the time, stunned the industry when the production version of the bike above hit 146 mph. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a Triple.

Batman & Robin’s Batcycle

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Built around a 1966 Yamaha YDS3, the Batcycle is rad. Enough said.

1927 BMW R42

Top 10 Motorcycles at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

You really don’t understand how difficult this is. Even after choosing 10 bikes to include in this list, everytime I look through the photos there’s something else I want to include. I’ve always loved the look of these BMW motorcycles. One day, I hope to own one; though with production only spanning three years, it might be difficult.

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2018 Isle of Man TT: Monster Energy Supersport TT 2 Results

June 7, 2018 admin 0

Dean Harrison shattered the Supersport TT record books, besting the preivous record by 8.749 seconds to win his second career TT.

The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider led from the start and for a while, the only rider who looked like he had a shot to catch him was Michael Dunlop. A 30-second penalty for exceeding the speed limit in pit lane, however, curtailed any chance Dunlop had of beating Harrison.

The penalty also helped bump Peter Hickman into second and James Hillier into third.

Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison, James Hillier Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press Intl.

2018 Isle of Man TT: Supersport TT Race 2 Top Six Results
Pos. Rider Machine/Team Time Speed
1 Dean Harrison Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering 1:11:28.059 126.703 mph
2 Peter Hickman Triumph/Trooper Triumph by Smiths Racing 1:11:46.730 126.154 mph
3 James Hillier Kawasaki/Quattro Plant JG Speedfit 1:11:58.508 125.810 mph
4 Conor Cummins Honda/PadgettsMotorcycles.com 1:12:08.333 125.525 mph
5 Michael Dunlop Honda/MD Racing 1:12:14.160 125.356 mph
6 Joshua Brookes Yamaha/McAMS Yamaha 1:12:51.195 124.294 mph

Begin Press Release:

Harrison tears up the records books in Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2

Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) took his first win of the week with an 18.6s victory over Peter Hickman in the Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 at today’s Isle of Man TT Races. The Bradford rider broke the race record by 8.749s in the process.

Harrison led from the start and continued to pull away from Michael Dunlop with the latter picking up a thirty second penalty for exceeding the pit lane speed limit at his pit stop. That gave Harrison the breathing space he needed and he followed up his 2014 Lightweight victory with a second TT win as Hickman (Trooper Triumph by Smiths Racing) and Hillier (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) joined him on the rostrum.

Peter Hickman Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press Intl.

As he has done for most of this week, Harrison led through Glen Helen on the opening lap – his lead over Dunlop 1.8s but Hillier was certainly in touch, only 0.4s behind Dunlop. Hickman was a further 1.8s back with Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson holding on to fifth and sixth.

By Ramsey Hairpin, Harrison had increased his lead over Dunlop to 2.7s and whilst Hillier was still in third, he was now 4.3s adrift of Dunlop. Hickman had closed to within 0.1s of Hillier as Cummins and Johnson held station.

An opening lap of 128.188mph gave Harrison a 3.6s lead over Dunlop and Hickman had now moved to third albeit by the tiny margin of 0.197s. Cummins was still in fifth but team-mate Lee Johnston had moved up to sixth with Josh Brookes in seventh thus relegating Johnson to eighth. Derek McGee was again going great guns in ninth with James Cowton tenth.

As they swept through Glen Helen on the second lap, Harrison’s advantage had stretched to 4.5s over Dunlop and Hickman had edged away from Hillier too, the gap between the riders now one second. The two Padgetts Honda’s of Cummins and Johnston continued to occupy fifth and sixth.

Harrison continued to pull away from Dunlop through lap two and with a lap speed of 129.099mph, just outside Dunlop’s lap record from Monday’s race, he’d extended his lead to 8.3s as he came into the pits. The battle for third was still raging though with Hickman still only two seconds ahead of Hillier, who was now leading on the road having overtaken Cummins who was now enjoying a healthy 20s advantage over Johnston. Brookes, Johnson, McGee and Cowton was now the order for seventh to tenth.

Michael Dunlop was penalized 30 seconds for exceeding the speed limit in pit lane. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press Intl.

Dunlop changed his rear tyre but there was drama as he was given a 30s penalty for exceeding the speed limit in pit lane at 60.2km/h and that meant Harrison’s lead had shot up to 18.3s over Hickman as he rounded Glen Helen for the third time. Hillier was still well in touch, the deficit now 1.4s with Cummins up to fourth as Dunlop slipped back to fifth.

Through Ramsey, Harrison was continuing to pull away over Hickman and he was doing the same over Hillier. Dunlop was closing in on Cummins though and Brookes had now moved up to sixth.

Going into the fourth and final lap, Harrison had a comfortable lead of 19.5s over Hickman who was now looking more secure in second, Hillier now 7.9s in arrears and Cummins had edged away from Dunlop also.

James Hillier (Kawasaki/Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) at the Creg ny Baa during the Monster Energy Supersport TT Race two. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

There was little change in the running order and Harrison, who was now leading on the road, duly crossed the line for his second TT win with Hickman and Hillier back on the podium once more in second and third.

Cummins, Dunlop and Brookes completed the top six with Johnston, Johnson, Cowton and Ivan Lintin rounded out the top ten as McGee’s excellent run came to an unfortunate end on the final lap with a retirement at Sarah’s Cottage.

Dunlop (81) continues to lead the Joey Dunlop TT Championship from Hickman and Harrison (both 61) whilst Sam West continues to lead the TT Privateer’s Championship after finishing in 13th. He leads Davey Todd by just two points with the newcomer again having a great ride in 12th.

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Riding The Triumph Tiger 1200 To And Fro

June 7, 2018 admin 0

Adventure bikes are one of my favorite categories of motorcycles. Ask me what I would take on a long trip given the choice between full-blown touring bikes, sport tourers, or ADVs, and it’ll be the adventure bike every time. I like to explore so the additional ground clearance and better equipped-suspension means that I don’t have to stop when the road does. With the big ADV bikes floating around 1200cc, they generally pack enough oomph to be a lot of fun on a canyon road while still delivering enough torque to chug along at low rpm off-road. When I pitched a two-up ride to the Quail Motorcycle Gathering to Mr. Brasfield, I already knew which bike I would propose to take, the Triumph Tiger 1200 that had been floating around the garages of our staff for a couple of weeks.

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Full disclosure: I really like Triumphs. My first street motorcycle was a 2000 Triumph Speed Triple 955i, and more recently, I owned a newer version of the same bike, a 2012 Speed Triple 1050. I thoroughly enjoy the Triple engines that Triumph builds and love their characteristics. My first ride on the Tiger 800 XC almost landed one in my garage when I was searching for an adventure motorcycle of my own. Fast forward six years, and the latest and greatest of Triumph’s adventure line-up, the Tiger 1200 XCA, is basically the ultimate touring machine. All day comfy ergos, plenty of torquey power from the big Triple engine, a host of rider aiding electronics, and fit and finish that exudes quality. The only issue taking our press Tiger on a tour? OEM luggage for the 2018 model was not yet available. Thankfully, our friends at TwistedThrottle had just introduced its line of Dryspec H35 side/top cases which were available, and were sent to us to be used during our travel. Between my own Wolfman drybag and the Dryspec cases, we had more than enough storage for the three-day trip.

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Triumph Tiger 1200

The California state flower and Dryspec cases. What more could you ask for? Photo by Kiyoji Whitener.

I was excited to get to know the 2018 Tiger 1200 a bit better over the course of a 900-mile, three day trip to the Monterey Peninsula with my wife on the back and two friends in tow. I had spent a fair amount of time bouncing around town on the Tiger plus a full day out on Jeep trails with the big kitty, but this would be the kind of test we all too rarely get to do because of time and resources.

2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa Review

Our ride would include the four of us on two motorcycles making our way up to Monterey on Friday, checking out the Quail Motorcycle Gathering Saturday, and making our way back to the LA area on Sunday.  It would be the first time at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering for all of us, and we were stoked to attend the event. However, we were just as excited to enjoy some time in the saddle through the sinuous roads of California’s central valley and on to the always awe-inspiring central coast and Big Sur area of California’s shoreline.

Triumph Tiger 1200

Other areas of trail weren’t so smooth, but those sections made it harder to park and take a picture.

We used highway 101 North to displace some time that we hoped to use later on more entertaining stretches of tarmac, which we hoped were less traveled. The Tiger 1200 was a willing steed for gobbling up freeway miles. Cruise control set, suspension preferences set, for the early morning stretch the heated seats and grips were flipped on, and adjusting the electronic windscreen all the way up kept the wind off of both myself and my passenger. Dang! Who knew touring could be so comfortable?

Blasting up the 101 and cutting over to the Pacific Coast Highway (north of the landslide that has yet to be cleared) via Nacimiento-Ferguson Road, I had hoped to see much less traffic on that one lane, somewhat narrow road. Unfortunately, now that Nacimiento is the only connector to the coast road in the area, it’s constantly busy on the weekend with folks who are driving too fast, don’t know the size of their own vehicle, or a combination of the two, making for a less than enjoyable cruise on the otherwise scenic route. It’s interesting how much more nervous I was in that scenario with my wife on the back than I would have been riding alone. Love does weird things.

Triumph Tiger 1200

The Pacific Coast Highway will always be one of my favorite roads.

Coming around the bend of Nacimiento road as you near the coast offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and for now, a left turn onto PCH gives you an eight-mile or so stretch of road than doesn’t go anywhere so there is little traffic, allowing you to truly take in the beauty that surrounds you.

After making our way north to the ocean-front accommodations we had secured, we Ubered to Cannery Row in Monterey for a nice dinner, at which we were joined by some friends who were also visiting for the Quail, before retiring early after the long day.

Triumph Tiger 1200

No time to stop and smell the flowers. We’re working! Photo by Vineece Rosario.

I thoroughly appreciated how easy to use the Dryspec cases were – but you can read more about that here. Taking the cases into the hotel in the evening and putting them back on before leaving for the Quail was a cinch. Only needing camera gear and whatnot at the Quail left the other case empty to store jackets and such. Having lockable storage is incredibly convenient.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering: A Virgin Voyage

Triumph Tiger 1200

Kiyoji and I devising a plan on how to sneak out of the event with the Curtiss Warhawk.

Walking around the green at The Quail Lodge, ogling motorcycles, and chatting with industry friends was an unforgettable experience. The event brings out some of the rarest motorcycles in the world and a whole slew of interesting folks who own them. It’s easy to see why so many people I know opt to come back to check out the show year after year.

Triumph Tiger 1200

On the hunt for a coffee roastery. Photo by Vineece Rosario.

With my head still spinning from the sensory overload of unique machines, we left the concours and headed for the nearest coffee shop to sit and distill our thoughts and share photography and video.

Triumph Tiger 1200

After a low-key dinner, we sat out on the rocks of Lover’s Point near our hotel as the sun sank into the Pacific ocean. Although we still had a full day of riding the next day, we felt as if our journey was coming to an end since we would be leaving the Monterey Peninsula in our rearview mirrors. The sunset was particularly spectacular that evening, and we stayed until the fiery orange and red sky had turned to the deep blue of night.

We had another fun route planned through Carmel Valley for the way home before connecting back to the 101 farther south. It seemed we weren’t the only folks looking for a fun ride after the Quail, and we happened to see many of the motorcycles that were on display while making our way east on Carmel Valley Road.

Triumph Tiger 1200

Photo by Vineece Rosario.

During my time on the Triumph Tiger, I really came to appreciate all the comforts the machine offered in terms of tech, adjustability, and actual rider and passenger comfort. My wife, who doesn’t ride for long distances very often, praised the passenger comfort of the Tiger and thoroughly enjoyed the heated seat during the chilly mornings. I was constantly adjusting the suspension and windscreen to best suit conditions and using cruise on every long stretch of highway.

Triumph Tiger 1200

Photo by Vineece Rosario.

There were only two issues that I would ding the 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 for. First, 5.3-gallons of gas isn’t much when considering the adventure market boasts bikes with nearly eight gallons of tank capacity. The gas light would come on around 165 miles, and although my calculated fuel mileage of 40 mpg projected that I had 212 miles per tank in range, I didn’t want to push my luck with my SO on the back. The other issue was heat, which was only noticeable while lane-splitting in and out of the hell that is LA traffic. When the fan was on and we were slowly making our way down the 101, the heat put off from the big Triple was felt from my knees to my chest. On a 90-degree day, after riding 400+ miles, it was fairly unpleasant. Thankfully, once up to 40 mph or more, I didn’t really notice it much.

Even if your riding plans don’t include so much as a notion of riding on much more than a dirt or gravel driveway, adventure bikes continuously prove to be versatile machines that are just as adept on canyon roads and touring on highways as they are around town or down the trail. It’s not really a surprise that the segment is booming and we keep seeing manufacturers like Triumph dumping technology and research into these machines.

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2019 Yamaha Off-Road YZ Motocross and Cross-Country Model Line First Look

June 6, 2018 admin 0

The 2019 off-road new model bike season is in full swing, and Yamaha is the latest manufacturer to announce its full lineup of motocross and cross-country motorcycles. Over the past couple of seasons, Yamaha has made big steps in expanding its model range with the introduction of the FX models in both 250 and 450cc configurations. Additionally, it’s the only Japanese manufacturer to continue producing full-size two-strokes, including the YZ125 and YZ250 motocrossers, as well as the recently introduced cross-country oriented YZ250X.

The bLUcRU hasn’t forgotten about the little guys either. The all-new YZ65 was announced just a couple months ago, and the YZ85 has received extensive upgrades for 2019, too. But this season, it’s the YZ250F that’s received the most love. Last year, the 2018 YZ450F got a major overhaul, and it was only a matter of time before those upgrades trickled down to its 250cc little brother.

For 2019, the YZ250F gets an all-new engine, with updated cam profiles, piston, cylinder geometry, throttle body, a larger diameter clutch and electric start. The chassis is redesigned too, with modifications to the frame and bodywork to improve handling and make the overall feel of the bike slimmer and more nimble to move around on. Additionally, the entire model range received upgrades and updates to its KYB suspension components, with larger fork cartridges and damping rods. And possibly 2019’s crowning jewel, most four-stroke models now feature a wireless smartphone based engine tuner – scroll down to find out more.

What’s missing, unfortunately, is a street-legal YZ450F-inspired dual-sport. After Honda’s recent announcement of its CRF450L, we’re hoping a blue version comes along soon..

Yamaha Motor Co.:

Yamaha Introduces Completely Redesigned YZ250F and Updated YZ450F for 2019

Smartphone Power Tuner App Technology Highlights Model Features

Cypress, CA – June 6, 2018 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today introduced the entirely redesigned 2019 YZ250F, complete with electric start and the world’s first smartphone engine tuning app featured for a production 250cc motocross bike. An all-new engine, new frame, new bodywork and more are also major focal points of the extensive model redesign.

The 2019 YZ450F returns to the lineup with several updates, including updated suspension settings, changes to the electric start system and more.

2019 YZ250F

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The 2019 YZ250F utilizes an all-new engine design that features electric starting, a new cylinder head, piston, cam shaft profile, cylinder geometry, larger diameter clutch and more. Working together, these changes produce more mid-range and top-end power and deliver class-leading engine performance.

The bilateral beam frame is all-new with an optimized engine mounting position to improve the machine’s rigidity balance, resulting in improved cornering ability and traction. Redesigned bodywork and ergonomics provide a lighter and more compact feel with easier rider movement, while the class leading KYB suspension with updated internal components provides the optimal balance between comfort and race-winning performance.

World’s First Production Power Tuner App

2019 Yamaha YZ models

Yamaha is breaking new ground in the industry again, with the 2019 YZ250F becoming the world’s first production 250cc motocross bike with a wireless smartphone based engine tuner. Yamaha introduced the Power Tuner app, which brings the power of the GYTR Power Tuner to your iOS® or Android® device. Using Wi-Fi to connect to the bike’s onboard CAN-bus network via a Communication Control Unit (CCU), the app allows owners to adjust air/fuel mixture and ignition timing maps to tune engine performance for track conditions, record race log information, and monitor a range of data such as maintenance and system diagnosis, engine run time, and more.

The Yamaha Power Tuner App, first released with the 2018 YZ450F, makes it possible to modify engine mapping in greater detail than previously possible. It also allows users to share settings among their team or with friends (along with other information), thus evolving the system into a tool that facilitates group communication.

Dual-Mode Switchable Engine Mapping

2019 Yamaha YZ models

Two-mode adjustable engine mapping allows the rider to adjust engine character with the push of a button, making it easy to tune the YZ250F for changing track or weather conditions.

All-New Electric Start

Utilizing a compact starter motor and ultra-lightweight lithium-ion battery, the 2019 YZ250F brings the convenience of push-button starting to the racetrack for quick and effortless restarts under pressure, and relaxed riding when the clock isn’t ticking. Powered by a high-capacity and ultra-lightweight lithium-ion battery, the system adds minimal weight.

New Engine

2019 Yamaha YZ models

For 2019, Yamaha has refined its distinct rearward-slanted cylinder design for the YZ250F engine. The liquid-cooled, DOHC 4-valve, fuel-injected engine features a forward-positioned straight downdraft intake with symmetrical intake and exhaust ports. Fuel is delivered by a lighter 44mm throttle body, through a new 12-hole Denso® injector. A new, higher-compression flat-top forged piston features a bridge-box design for additional strength with minimal weight. The piston, rings and DLC-coated piston pin, along with the offset cylinder configuration, all reduce friction loss and contribute to quick response.

The engine’s intake ports, cam profiles, high-strength connecting rod and optimized crank and counterbalancer all work together to produce more potent mid-to-high-rpm power with user-friendly delivery and exceptional reliability. The new cylinder is also lighter and angled more upright to improve mass-centralization.

The 2019 YZ250F’s transmission and clutch were also overhauled for a more direct connection as well as enhanced durability. The gears and shift drum have been revised for lighter weight, and the dogs and shift mechanisms are designed to smooth gear changes and improve durability under the heavy demands of motocross racing. A larger-diameter clutch is also a new feature, designed to improve feel and boost reliability even further under high-heat conditions.

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The radiators and exhaust system have also been modified for improved performance and weight distribution. The updated radiators are larger and angled more directly into the incoming air stream for improved cooling under the most demanding race conditions. The innovative wraparound exhaust pipe design improves mass concentration and improves power development, with revised geometry for 2019. The new layout moves the rear end of the exhaust pipe farther forward and enables a muffler position closer to the bike’s center of mass.

New Frame and Optimized Ergonomics

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The compact bilateral beam frame is completely new for 2019, and it further refines the instinctive feel that makes this Yamaha the best handling machine in the class. Designed to improve contact to the ground and provide the best possible balance of stiffness for bump absorption and effortless cornering, the all-new frame features a redesigned swingarm pivot area along with redesigned upper frame bracing and rear frame spars. All-new engine mounts that centralize mass and increase rigidity on lateral, horizontal and vertical axis help to provide an ideal balance between cornering feel and straight-line rigidity.

New Compact Body and Seat Design

2019 Yamaha YZ models

Surrounding the fully-redesigned chassis, the 2019 YZ250F features a new lighter, compact body from tip to tail.  The radiator shrouds incorporate a new air duct with a concave shape that not only improves styling, but is also narrower for better knee grip and overall rider movement. The seat height has been reduced by 8mm towards the front and almost 20mm lower at the tail end, giving the rider better maneuverability on the bike.

Easily Tuned KYB® Coil Spring Suspension

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The industry-leading, fully adjustable KYB® coil spring-type forks with speed sensitive damping receive updated settings, larger pistons and newly designed fork lugs/axle brackets to provide exceptional balance between handling and bump absorption for race-winning performance. The KYB® shock boasts new damping characteristics to match the new chassis as well as a new, lighter-weight spring.  The reservoir has been increased 30cc to increase damping control during long motos.

Lighter Wheels

Careful computer-aided refinement of the EXCEL rim’s cross-sectional profile shaves valuable un-sprung weight without sacrificing durability, while wheel collars with increased rigidity provide an improved feeling of contact to the ground when braking and a clear feeling of traction.

Price, Color and Availability

2019 Yamaha YZ models

Available in either Team Yamaha Blue or White color schemes, complete with the onboard Communication Control Unit (CCU) and the Yamaha Smartphone Power Tuner App, the all-new 2019 YZ250F will arrive at Yamaha dealers beginning in June 2018 with a MSRP of $8,199.

2019 YZ450F

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The potent YZ450F went through a complete redesign in 2018 and enjoyed immediate success on-and-off the race track. It returns for 2019 with its powerful yet easy to use engine, simple electric starting, rearward-slanted cylinder design with rear exhaust and forward mounted downdraft intake system as well as Yamaha’s exclusive Power Tuner iOS® and Android® App and communication control unit.

Other returning features of the 2019 YZ450F include the compact bilateral beam frame, compact body, adjustable ergonomics and industry leading KYB® Coil Spring Suspension.

2019 Yamaha YZ models

New features for the 2019 YZ450F include:

  • Updated suspension settings for improved feeling of traction
  • Redesigned front fork lugs/ axle brackets for improved rigidity and front-end feel
  • Redesigned front and rear wheel collars for improved feeling of traction
  • Updated starter system to reduce drag and horsepower loss
  • Increased seat foam density
  • Blue valvetrain cover

Price, Color and Availability

2019 Yamaha YZ models

Available in either Team Yamaha Blue or White color schemes, complete with the onboard Communication Control Unit (CCU) and the Yamaha Smartphone Power Tuner App, the 2019 YZ450F will arrive at Yamaha dealers beginning in June 2018 with a MSRP of $9,299.

Yamaha 2-Stroke Motocross Models for 2019

Lineup Includes the New YZ85

Cypress, CA – June 6, 2018Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today announced their exciting 2-stroke motocross models for 2019. Highlighted by the new YZ85, the 2-stroke lineup includes the return of the iconic YZ125 and YZ250.

New 2019 YZ85

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The new 2019 YZ85 youth motocross bike arrives with major redesigns purely focused on performance. Featuring an all-new engine, suspension, and more, the YZ85 is designed to provide Yamaha bLU cRU riders with race-winning performance and unrivaled reliability.

All-New Engine

2019 Yamaha YZ models

A newly-designed 85cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine featuring a case reed-valve intake and a mechanical Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) lies at the heart of the 2019 YZ85. Combined with a redesigned cylinder and head, crankcase, crankshaft, connecting rod, transmission, exhaust and CDI unit, this new YZ engine provides broad, tractable power across the rev range without losing peak power at high RPM.

Updated Chassis and Optimized Ergonomics

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The semi-double-cradle steel frame, removable subframe and redesigned aluminum swing-arm provide a nimble feel, confident handling and ease of maintenance. The ergonomics feature a flat, comfortable seat, four-position adjustable aluminum tapered handlebars and adjustable-reach levers to provide comfort and ease of movement for a wide range of young rider sizes.

Updated Brake System

2019 Yamaha YZ models

For 2019, a new, stiffer front brake line with new routing improves braking feel, while wave-style brake discs offer improved self-cleaning and cooler-running performance. The 220mm front disc and 190mm rear disc deliver strong, precise stopping power.

Easily Tuned KYB® Coil Spring Suspension

The new YZ85 features KYB®’s race-proven, fully adjustable 36mm coil spring fork with one-piece outer tubes and tapered shape to provide optimal rigidity balance. This provides exceptional handling, bump absorption and ease of set-up for race-winning performance. The KYB® fully adjustable link-type shock utilizes specially designed damping characteristics to match the new chassis.

Price, Color and Availability

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The all-new 2019 YZ85 will be available in Team Yamaha Blue and will arrive at Yamaha dealers starting in June 2018, with a MSRP of $4,599.

2019 YZ125 and YZ250

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The legendary YZ125 and YZ250 models return for 2019 to complete Yamaha’s lineup of 2-stroke motocross bikes.  Lightweight aluminum frames and patented YPVS™-equipped (Yamaha Power Valve System), reed-valve inducted engines provide an incredible power-to-weight ratio while maintaining Yamaha’s excellent reliability and durability.  Both the YZ125 and YZ250 each receive the same industry leading KYB spring-type fork and KYB rear shock for unmatched handling on the track.

The 2019 YZ125 and YZ250 will be available in Team Yamaha Blue and begin arriving at Yamaha dealerships in June with MSRP’s of $6,499 and $7,399 respectively.

Yamaha 2019 Cross Country Motorcycle Models

All-New YZ450FX Leads Cross Country Lineup with Race-Winning Performance and Technology

Cypress, CA – June 6, 2018 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today introduced the company’s roster of championship-ready cross-country motorcycle models for 2019. The lineup is headed by the competition-focused YZ450FX and includes the return of the race-winning YZ250FX, and YZ250X.

2019 YZ450FX

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The 2019 YZ450FX utilizes an all-new engine design that features a new cylinder head, piston, cam shaft profiles, cylinder geometry and more – all working together to deliver class leading power and even more controllability for Cross Country racing. Its bilateral beam frame is all-new with an optimized engine mounting position to improve the machine’s rigidity balance, resulting in improved cornering ability and traction.

World’s First Production Power Tuner App

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The 2019 YZ450FX is the world’s first production Cross Country bike with a wireless smartphone based engine tuner. The new Yamaha Power Tuner iOS® and Android® App and communication control unit connects the rider with the bike like never before. The Yamaha Power Tuner App can make fuel and ignition mapping changes – uploaded wirelessly to the bike via the onboard Wi-Fi system – for the ultimate in track-side tuning. A “Log” function allows you to make notes about your riding location, conditions, bike settings and more, giving you a baseline for future rides. The app can also monitor a range of information such as RPM, throttle position, engine coolant temperature and more. There is also a maintenance function with customizable trip meters to monitor run times for a selection of components.

The Yamaha Power Tuner App, which was first released with the 2018 YZ450F, makes it possible to modify engine mapping in greater detail than previously possible. It also allows users to share settings among their team or with friends (along with other information) thus evolving the system into a tool that facilitates group communication.

Updated Electric Start

2019 Yamaha YZ models

Utilizing a more compact starter motor with revised positioning and an ultra-lightweight lithium-ion battery, the 2019 YZ450FX brings the weight of the electric start system closer to the bike’s center of mass for a lighter feel and quicker handling. Powered by a high-capacity and ultra-lightweight lithium-ion battery, the system is lighter than ever.

Dual-Mode Switchable Engine Mapping

Two-mode adjustable engine mapping allows the rider to adjust engine character with the push of a button, making it easy to tune the YZ450FX for changing terrain or weather conditions.

New Engine

2019 Yamaha YZ models

For 2019, Yamaha has refined its distinct rearward-slanted cylinder design for the YZ450FX engine – complete with a rear exhaust and forward-mounted downdraft intake system. The all-new cylinder head features a more upright slant to work with the bike’s updated frame for optimized front weight distribution. Inside, the engine features new cam shaft profiles, a new crankshaft, a high-compression “box bridge” piston design with a DLC-coated (Diamond-like Carbon) piston pin, and breathes through a 44mm Mikuni® throttle body. Together, these updates give the rider an ideal balance of 450cc class power with exceptional control and response.

The wide-ratio transmission and clutch have been overhauled for a more direct connection as well as enhanced durability with a lighter clutch pull. Revised gears, along with an optimized clutch that features a redesigned outer pressure plate, combine to boost controllability and durability.

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The YZ450FX radiators and exhaust have also been modified for improved performance and weight distribution. The updated radiators feature a larger core size and are angled more directly into the incoming air stream for improved cooling under the most demanding cross-country race conditions. The innovative wraparound exhaust pipe design improves mass concentration and power development, with revised geometry for 2019. The new layout moves the rear end of the exhaust pipe farther forward and enables a muffler position closer to the bike’s center of mass.

New Frame and Optimized Ergonomics

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The all-new compact bilateral beam frame of the YZ450FX further refines its instinctive handling.

Redesigned upper frame bracing, rear frame spars and all new engine mounts centralize mass and increase rigidity on lateral, horizontal and vertical axis to provide an ideal balance between cornering feel and straight-line rigidity. Simply said, the new frame was designed to improve contact to the ground and provide the best possible balance of stiffness for bump, rock and root absorption, as well as effortless cornering.

Surrounding this fully redesigned chassis, the 2019 YZ450FX features a new lighter, compact body from tip to tail including a larger, mass-centralized fuel tank.  The radiator shrouds incorporate a new air duct with a concave shape that not only improves styling, but is also narrower for better knee grip and overall rider movement.  To further aid rider movement and comfort, the seat height has been reduced and the aluminum tapered handlebars are four-way adjustable.

Industry Leading KYB® Coil Spring Suspension with new Settings

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The industry-leading, fully adjustable KYB®, SSS coil spring-type forks with speed sensitive damping receive updated valving, larger pistons and newly designed fork lugs/axle brackets to provide an improved feeling of traction and an exceptional balance between handling and bump absorption for race-winning performance. The KYB® shock also features reworked valving specs and damping characteristics to improve traction feel in and out of corners.  Both ends are optimized for Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) and Hare Scrambles racing.

Cross Country Specific Features

2019 Yamaha YZ models

In addition to the Wide-Ratio transmission and specifically tuned suspension, the 2019 YZ450FX features a larger capacity fuel tank, newly designed composite skid-plate, redesigned aluminum side-stand, an 18-inch rear wheel, sealed O-Ring chain and special ECU settings to maximize performance, rideability, and reliability in grueling Cross-Country conditions.

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The 2019 YZ450FX will be available at Yamaha dealerships beginning in July with a MSRP of $9,499.

2019 YZ250FX

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The YZ250FX returns for 2019 with its powerful yet easy-to-use engine, simple electric starting, rearward-slanted cylinder design with rear exhaust and forward mounted downdraft intake system for strong, easy to access power that is optimized for cross-country racing. Its bilateral beam aluminum frame provides a nimble lightweight feeling in tight technical terrain, while still providing confidence-inspiring stability in fast sections and Yamaha’s industry leading KYB® coil spring suspension provides comfort and performance in any off-road condition.

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The 2019 YZ250FX will be available at Yamaha dealerships beginning in June with a $7,999 MSRP.

2019 YZ250X

2019 Yamaha YZ models

Yamaha’s 2019 YZ250X brings two-stroke performance to cross country racing. Its lightweight aluminum frame and proven reed-valve inducted engine is race-ready.  Based on the YZ250 motocross model, the YZ250X features a revised compression ratio, revised exhaust port, revised power valve timing, and model specific CDI unit for improved trail performance. All these features are focused on creating a wide, controllable power character ideal for cross country racing.

2019 Yamaha YZ models

The 2019 YZ250X will be available at Yamaha dealerships beginning in June with a $7,499 MSRP.


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