2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello First Ride Review

August 31, 2016 Evans Brasfield 0

2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello

Editor Score: 77.5%
Engine 16.0/20
Suspension/Handling 11.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 7.0/10
Brakes 7.25/10
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.75/10
Appearance/Quality 9.25/10
Desirability 8.5/10
Value 7.0/10
Overall Score77.5/100

Still need convincing that scrambler-styled motorcycles are hot? Moto Guzzi, a brand long known to march to the beat of a different drummer from the rest of the motorcycling world, has taken its updated-for-2016 V7 II platform and created a limited – and numbered – production scrambler model, the Stornello. In doing so, Moto Guzzi’s design team restyled the V7 II Stone to quite accurately resemble scramblers of the past.

2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone Review

Retro Roadster Gaiternational Shootout

Since the V7 II Stone is essentially Guzzi’s version of the UJM (universal Japanese motorcycle), it is an ideal base for customization – be it through the eyes of Piaggio Advanced Design Director Miguel Galluzzi or a private owner. The V7’s classic lines, including a bench seat, start with a neutral riding position that can easily be altered to be a café racer, as with the V7 II Racer (read our test of the original version of the V7 Racer here), or the Stornello.

The brushed aluminum fenders, number plates, and high pipe give the Stornello an authentic scrambler look.

The brushed aluminum fenders, number plates, and high pipe give the Stornello an authentic scrambler look.

The transition from Stone to Stornello was an easy one. Spoked aluminum hoops replace the cast aluminum wheels, though the 18-inch front and 17-inch rear specifications remain the same. The tires wear a more off-road-suitable knobby-ish tread pattern on their radial carcasses. Both models display the all important fork gaiters. Though the tanks both carry an impressive 5.8 gallons, the Stornello gets dressed up (to suit its numbered status) with rubber knee pads on the tank cutouts and red racing stripes under the Italian eagle logo. The seat didn’t require a restyle, but below it, the side panels now sport an oval, brushed aluminum number plate with the bike name etched into the surface. An abbreviated version of the number plate also resides over the round headlight. Hand-brushed aluminum fenders – front and rear – fit in with the number plates and scrambler history. Flat, toothy off-road footpegs look the part and will provide better grip than the rubber-covered ones they replace. Finally, the OEM exhaust system gives way to a street-legal Arrow 2-into-1 Arrow exhaust which mounts up high, tucked inward, completing the makeover with all of these changes amounting to a claimed 35 lb. drop in weight.

Thumbing the starter brings the transverse-mounted 744cc 90-degree V-Twin to life, and like with all Moto Guzzis, riders are required to blip the throttle immediately after the engine fires – for the pure pleasure of having the bike tilt to the right from the rotational forces created by the crankshaft spinning on the same linear plane as its wheels. The Arrow exhaust sounds a smidge throatier than the pipe on the Stone. Still, the exhaust’s claim of street-legality doesn’t raise eyebrows like some others we’ve heard lately.

The knobby tires add to the scrambler styling while giving a modicum of dirt performance.

The knobby tires add to the scrambler styling while giving a modicum of dirt performance.

Acceleration is similar to the Stone I rode earlier this year, but the Stornello doesn’t suffer from an as abbreviated clutch engagement zone as the Stone. While many bikes still have a longer, easier clutch engagement range, I didn’t need to devote as many neurons to the initial clutch release. Since we’ve tested the V7 II engine on the dyno, we know that the raw performance numbers it puts out aren’t terribly impressive, but riding the Stornello, once again, brings to the fore that there’s more to a fun motorcycle than big dyno numbers. Still, we would appreciate a bump in power. As with its sibling, the Stornello’s has the updated engine with sixth gear and tighter ratios in third, fourth, and fifth gears, which makes maximum use of the power on tap.

While this graph is from the V7 II Stone, our butt dyno – and the spec sheet – predict that that Stornello’s power delivery would look nearly the same.

While this graph is from the V7 II Stone, our butt dyno – and the spec sheet – predict that that Stornello’s power delivery would look nearly the same.

Strangely, I didn’t feel cramped behind the cylinders, like I did on the V9 Bobber in our Urban Sport Cruiser Shootout. The riding position is neutral for the lower body with a comfortable forward lean to the upper body. This places the rider in a great position for both ease of maneuverability and battling the wind at highway speeds. Although other V7 models use rubber covered pegs, I didn’t notice any additional vibration through the more dirt-focused aluminum ones. The only real complaint I have of the Stornello is that the seat gets uncomfortable long before I want to stop riding.

Taking this version of the V7 through the winding roads around the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally confirmed its do-it-all nature – which is similar to the V7 Stone – plus the tires on the Stornello made exploring a few gravel roads more fun. On pavement, the steering feels exactly like that of the Stone. A quick look at the spec sheet reveals that all of the dimensions, including tire size, are the same.

While the Stornello, being fairly light, can be prodded into a quick turn in on corner entry, it prefers to be bent in and not hustled. The riding style could best be defined as relaxed. Just chill and meander through the corners. The same can be said of the Brembo brakes. With a single 320mm disc gripped by a four-piston caliper in the front and a 260mm, two-piston caliper out back, the Stornello can be stopped pretty quickly, but the lack of feel and the firm grip required for maximum stopping power, again, points to a laid-back preference for riding inputs. Fortunately, the standard ABS can give riders the confidence to give the lever the big squeeze required in a panic-stop situation.

This stylish seat offers plenty of room to move around – and you’ll need it on longer rides.

This stylish seat offers plenty of room to move around – and you’ll need it on longer rides.

Using the same suspension as the V7 Stone, the Stornello worked quite well on the smooth pavement of the Black Hills, handling side-to-side transitions without bobbles or weaves. In my short excursion on gravel roads, the suspenders, with their 5.1 in. travel in front and 4.4 in. out back, were able to handle the occasional hit of a rut but were – not surprisingly – more suited for the pavement.

Moto Guzzi’s V7 II platform is a proven base for a variety of models, each with different styling and slightly different functionality. The Stornello (in a similar way to Yamaha’s SCR950) has taken a versatile chassis and dressed it in scrambler togs for retro-minded, (most likely) young urban riders to cut their teeth on while getting their first experience of the pleasures of a transverse 744cc 90° V-Twin – pushrods and all.

With a retail price of $11,190, the Stornello isn’t cheap, but it does carry the cache of a numbered, limited-edition model. As a styling exercise, the Stornello succeeds marvelously, hitting all the scrambler items on the check list. It also successfully achieves the versatility a rider who is looking for a do-it-all motorcycle expects. The Stornello is available only in white and is available at Moto Guzzi dealerships.


2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello
+ Highs

  • Authentic scrambler styling
  • Pleasant engine character
  • Fit-and-finish to match its numbered status
– Sighs

  • Down on power
  • Deliberate handling
  • One not parked in my garage
2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello
MSRP as tested $11,190
Engine Capacity 744 cc
Engine Type 90° V-Twin, air-cooled
Bore x Stroke 80.0 x 74.0 mm
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Fuel System Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Shaft
Front Suspension 40mm telescopic fork, 5.1 in. travel
Rear Suspension Die cast light alloy swing arm with 2 shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload,4.4 in.travel
Front Brakes 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo callipers with 4 differently sized opposed pistons,ABS
Rear Brakes 260 mm, stainless steel disc, floating calliper with 2 pistons,ABS
Front Tire 100/90-18
Rear Tire 130/80-17
Seat Height 31.1 in.
Wheelbase 57.0 in.
Rake/Trail 27°50ʼ/4.6 in.
Measured Weight 419 lbs. (claimed)
Fuel Capacity 5.8 gal.
083116-Moto-Guzzi-Stornello-01 083116-Moto-Guzzi-Stornello-4506 083116-Moto-Guzzi-Stornello-4547 The knobby tires add to the scrambler styling while giving a modicum of dirt performance. 083116-Moto-Guzzi-Stornello-4565 The brushed aluminum fenders, number plates, and high pipe give the Stornello an authentic scrambler look. 083116-Moto-Guzzi-Stornello-4579 This stylish seat offers plenty of room to move around – and you’ll need it on longer rides. 083116-Moto-Guzzi-Stornello-4589 While this graph is from the V7 II Stone, our butt dyno – and the spec sheet – predict that that Stornello’s power delivery would look nearly the same.

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Whatever! – Don’t Worry, We’re Professionals

August 31, 2016 John Burns 0

I was talking to a new acquaintance the other day when the usual topic came up, i.e., what do you do for a living? I write about motorcycles. Oh, she said, my good friend Whatshisname is a huge motorcycle guy; he’s practically a professional motocross racer. He’s broken every bone in his body!

All you can do is smile, though what I wanted to say was, well, I’m afraid he might be doing it wrong. Maybe Evel Knievel still defines “professional” for those of us of a certain age, but it’s been awhile since I equated motorcycles with multiple broken bones – though I guess if we’re talking MX, then all bets are off. I hate to put the mouth on myself by saying I’ve only ever broken a collarbone – and that was a crazy 65-mph tankslapper that ripped the bars out of my hands and put me on the pavement – but it’s true. Touch wood.

“Professional” takes on different meanings according to the profession, I think. For me, it means I’ve been lucky enough to eke out a decent living for quite some time writing about motorcycles, which makes me more a professional writer than a professional rider – though most of us need a little of the latter to make the former semi-credible. If you get paid for it regularly, to me you’re a professional. (And I’d go further and say “in cash” just so everybody I’ve ever dated or married doesn’t lose their amateur standing.)

For some people, the concept of professionalism extends well beyond the borders of the actual work being performed, which can result in conflict. My professionalism is heavily infused by the work ethic of characters like Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland in MASH, which was one of the things that made me think enlisting would be a fun thing to do later if all else failed. It did. Those four Army years reinforced my instinct that there’s a big gulf between the professional rule followers and those who do the actual heavy lifting. And surgery. And digging. And truck driving. While the professionals are busy re-drafting the field manual, the rest of us are figuring out the field-expedient way to get the thing done. Professionalism to me means accomplishing the task as opposed to endlessly dickering until other people accomplish it, which may leave an hour or two at the end of the day for the accomplisher to celebrate. Are professionals allowed to?

Looking back, this outtake from a Motorcyclist shoot may have crossed the line into unprofessional. Photo by Jim Brown.

Looking back, this outtake from a Motorcyclist shoot may have crossed the line into unprofessional. Photo by Jim Brown.

Not that there haven’t been some episodes along the way I think we can all agree may have hovered on the border of unprofessional. Riding a pair of sportbikes to a photo shoot once with a colleague dressed in a full California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer uniform may have been one of them, particularly when the officer stepped off of his CBR900RR at speed on Coldwater Canyon and slid the bike into a parked car. Whoops. That at least kept him from doing any more wheelies for the duration of the ride.

The unfortunate incident at the Kawasaki launch in Spain a few years ago when some person or persons in our group performed late-night donuts in a golf cart on the 18th green was also regrettable, but, a) I was not in the cart and, b) this was the era before serving personnel received training in how not to overserve alcohol to the consumer. I can’t believe how irresponsible some establishments used to be. The one young bartender at the golf resort that night actually left six or eight of us motojournalists in the bar on “the honor system” because she had an early class the next morning. The damage to all those rare old bottles must’ve outdone the damage to the golf course.

Wait, was that the Yamaha trip when Rich Oliver was charged with unprofessionalism for doing some very impressive rolling burnouts on the new R1? Can the guy who holds the record for the most AMA roadrace wins be unprofessional when the subject is motorcycles?

So what’s the deal? Do professionals need to continue being professional even when they’re off the clock? I know a lot of people who support Donald Trump because he’s not a professional politician. In politics, is it better to have just fallen off the truck? Meanwhile, his opponent Hillary gets beat up for being a professional politician. Which is preferable?

Dunno. I remember working at the Big Magazine, though, and spending what sometimes felt like more time loading and unloading bikes from vans and trucks than riding them: Bikes needed to get picked up and dropped off at manufacturers, bikes needed to go on photo shoots and to the race track, bikes had places to be – and they had to be clean, too.

There’s a lot of schlepping in motojournalism...

There’s a lot of schlepping in motojournalism…

Most of the guys on the staff would step in and help out, especially after the “shop steward” position was downsized, but there was always one guy who was always busy, just too harried to leave his office. He was also the guy who contributed the fewest pages to the magazine, wanted to discuss commas in meetings, and could never go on a group ride because he was always recovering from a bad ankle (or was it a bad wrist?) that never quite healed enough to ride a motorcycle unless it was some cool junket in France or someplace.

One Friday afternoon, though, the Editor in Chief and the big shot Editorial Director from New York were on their way to Las Vegas for a track day and some corporate bonding; their plan was to load a couple of sportbikes in the company van and hit the road. Cool. When I stepped out the back door of the shop that afternoon, I was shocked to see That Guy in back of the van, strapping down (awkwardly) the bosses’ bikes, all sweaty in his pleated Dockers. I’d never seen him load a bike, ever, before. That, friends, is a special kind of professionalism, the women-and-children-last kind that makes me a little queasy but might get you elected.

Anyway, it’s a good word when they’re trying to obfuscate and evade in the Human Resources department I guess. “Bob’s a great guy but he’s unprofessional.” Meanwhile, Bob’s probably re-attaching the turbo manifold that keeps blowing off the box van’s engine at the side of the road due to lax maintenance, putting a tourniquet on a poor guy’s leg who crashed a Ducati on a “sponsored” ride event, or finishing up a last-minute assignment in record time as a result of the three P’s from the boardroom (piss poor planning).

Happy Labor Day, my people, and let’s keep it Professional out there! Or not.

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MotoGP 2016 Silverstone Preview

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With six different winners in the last six races, trying to predict a winner for Round 12 is a fool’s errand. The usual suspects (minus Dani Pedrosa), Andrea Iannone, Jack Miller, Cal Crutchlow – who’s next? During this period, series leader Marc Marquez has built his lead over his nearest pursuers by being aggressive when he can and protective when he can’t. With #93 up 50+ heading to the two-thirds marker, there’s an eerie absence of pressure. Marquez can be cautious from here on out, while the Yamahas, or at least Valentino Rossi, have already conceded defeat. Sunday’s race should be a nice stroll in the Northamptonshire countryside, then.

Except for crazed, ravenous guys like Crutchlow, winner last time out, Iannone, who popped his premier class cherry in Austria, and even The Black Knight, Miller, who insists his latest injury is “only a flesh wound.” Pedrosa needs a win in the worst possible way. Andrea Dovizioso is long overdue for his second. And, with an assist from the weather, guys like Scott Redding might easily see themselves perched on the top step of the podium as #Sevenofseven.

Recent History at Silverstone

Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa put on quite a show in 2013. Lorenzo beat Marquez by just 0.081 seconds while Pedrosa was just 1.551 seconds behind.

The 2013 British GP was one of the great contests since I started covering MotoGP in 2008. Marquez, with a 26-point lead over Pedrosa after Brno, dislocated his shoulder in the morning WUP (nearly taking Alvaro Bautista’s RC213V in the teeth as he, too, slid off seconds later), then commenced a day-long chase of Jorge Lorenzo before finally succumbing at the flag by a microscopic 8/100ths of a second. Pedrosa, in the mix all day, podiumed in third, a second and a half behind Lorenzo. The Spanish slugfest up front left Rossi and the other factory bikes sucking wind off in the distance. On a day that appeared ripe for the field to close the gap on the leader, Marquez left Great Britain sore, but leading the championship by more than when he arrived. Battle lost. War won. Perhaps the best British Grand Prix in the modern era.

2014’s gorgeous British GP made it three dry races in a row. With a front row of Marquez, Dovi and Lorenzo, the two Spaniards again went off to fight their own private battle, Lorenzo in the early lead. Marquez took a run at him on Lap 14, but couldn’t make it stick. On Lap 18, though, after a little bumping and grinding, the young Catalan wonder went through for good on the way to his 11th win of the season. At the wire, it was Marquez, trailed by Lorenzo (+0.7), with the top five made up of Rossi (+8.5), Pedrosa (+8.7) and Dovizioso (+9.2). The win put Marquez 10 for 11 on the year, brimming with confidence heading to Misano.

2015: Round 12 of the season was shaping up as another Marquez-Lorenzo cage match, the two brightest lights of the sport hammering the grid during the four free practice sessions. They qualified one-two, with Pedrosa and Rossi, making up the top four. The weather waited to intervene until just before the sighting lap, and a dry race suddenly became wet. Rossi’s win in the rain put him 12 points in front of Lorenzo as the flying circus headed for Vale’s second home crib at Misano.

Rain played havoc with everyone’s pre-race set-up in 2015.

The main Spanish contingent at the 2015 race got rolled, as Marquez flipped his Repsol Honda RC213V out of second place in pursuit of Rossi at Turn 1 of Lap 13 while Pedrosa could manage but a weak fifth. Lorenzo, who led early, gave us no reason to doubt that he hates riding in the rain; having fallen as far back as sixth by mid-race, he managed to recover sufficiently to finish fourth, going through on Pedrosa late, well after Marquez had left the building. With all of his damage-control modules flashing red, Lorenzo managed to limit his debit to teammate Rossi today to 12 points; it could have been much worse. Having started the race dead even, Lorenzo left down 12 with six left. No hill for a climber.

Recent Injuries & Musings About Money

Andrea Dovizioso’s string of bad luck continues. After back-to-back podiums in Germany and Austria, Dovi failed to finish at Brno and then strained his knee during testing.
  • Dovizioso’s knee injury called “small” on MotoGP.com, quoting Dovi as saying,“…at the end of the test in Misano unfortunately my foot got stuck in the gravel and my knee twisted. I strained the medial collateral ligament and the anterior cruciate. Thanks to the Medical Center at the Misano World Circuit for the instant support, my staff and the Physiology Center; we are doing everything possible to be in the best condition to race the Silverstone GP.” Dovizioso’s status for Silverstone is Probable.
  • Bradley Smith leg injury: Slumming at the Oschersleben 8 Hours, Smith crashed during the free practice session. No femur break, but definitely going to leave a mark. Brit Alex Lowes, who recently tested the Tech Yamaha 3 M1, will replace Smith at Silverstone and Misano. Dude has DNF written all over him.
  • Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider Alex Rins (Moto2), contender, broke his left collarbone in a training crash. The Spanish Moto2 rider suffered the injury during routine training on Wednesday, and underwent surgery on Thursday. Dr. Xavier Mir performed the operation in Spain. Go figure. Rins’s status for Silverstone is, ahem, Probable. No one, however, should doubt that rival Johann Zarco will become history’s first repeat winner in the Moto2 class.
Alex Rins (40) is just 19 points behind Johann Zarco but a broken collarbone may curb any attempt to catch up.
  • Eugene Laverty’s pride. Despite having outpointed his competitors in Tranches 4 and 5, he is forced to step down to World Superbike:
    Rider Current Points 2017 status
    Eugene Laverty 63 Bupkis
    Scott Reading 54 Satellite Ducati
    Aleix Espargaro 51 Satellite Ducati
    Jack Miller 42 Satellite Honda
    Bradley Smith 42 Factory KTM
    Stefan Bradl 39 WSBK, tail between legs
    Alvaro Bautista 35 Satellite Ducati
    Loris Baz 24 Satellite Ducati
    Yonny Hernandez 8 Satellite Ducati

So how does Gene Laverty not get an offer for 2017 and the likes of Bautista, Baz and Hernandez do? The obvious and unfortunate answer to this question is, disappointingly, money. Laverty, the Northern Ireland Brit, cannot make it rain the way some of these other guys can. If MotoGP is, indeed, 70% rider and 30% bike, owners are missing a bet overlooking Laverty on two-year-old hardware. And, in a rather refreshing manner, he is one who avoids talking about his ability at length and instead comes across as humble, scrambling for a non-humiliating ride for 2017 which turns out to be a Ducati in WSBK, perhaps contending for a title. Too old for a second visit to MotoGP in two years even if he has some success at Superbikes. He’ll be 33, and Rossi’s young Italians will be all over the place.

Eugene Laverty, the anti-Crutchlow.

Thus, the inescapable conclusion that owners can do better financially and reputation-wise with a highly sponsored, non-competitive rider than with a leaner operation/pilot that threatens for podia on a regular basis. The riders and their teams raise money and bring team sponsors along; guys like Hernandez must be almost irresistible: ”With warmest regards from my Colombian countrymen, here is more money than you’ve ever seen. There will be some crashes. Please be my team. Thank you.” I had Hernandez pegged for great things this year, based on what he had done during the offseason, but he doesn’t appear to have it any longer, if indeed he ever did. Yet he will still be scoring MotoGP-caliber women, while Laverty will be relegated to Tranche 2 of the Rider Groupie guild.

Whither the Weather

Weather looks good this weekend. As usual this time of year, the race goes off early Sunday morning Eastern time. We will have results and analysis right here later in the day.

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KTM North America And The European Red Bull KTM Factory Team Up

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Press Release from KTM: KTM North America is pleased to welcome the European Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to the U.S. for the final two rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Following the conclusion of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Dean Wilson will join European riders Tony Cairoli and Glenn Coldenhoff in the premier MXGP division, while championship-hopeful Jeffrey Herlings and his teammate Jorge Prado will represent the team in MX2.

The U.S.-based Red Bull KTM Factory Racing crew members and team transporters will be on-site to support KTM’s international fleet of racers as they prepare to conclude their championship season on American soil.

The penultimate round takes place this Friday and Saturday night, Sept. 2-3, in Charlotte, North Carolina, followed by the season finale at Glen Helen Raceway the following weekend.

Furthermore, following a back injury sustained during Round 3 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in June, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey is set to make his return to racing in October, beginning with the SMX Riders’ Cup in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Saturday, Oct. 8. Dungey will compete in this event alongside his teammate Marvin Musquin and European rider Jeffrey Herlings.

Dungey and Musquin will then compete in the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 15 before heading to Pomona, California for the 3rd Annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Honda Releases Second X-ADV Adventure Scooter Teaser Video

August 31, 2016 Dennis Chung 0

Honda has released a new video teasing its upcoming adventure scooter. The new video is longer and offers a better look at the scooter, which we expect to be sold under the name “X-ADV,” than the first teaser video released last month. The latest teaser shows the scooter tackling some off-road terrain on the island of Sardinia before heading into an urban area.

Honda used a few tricks, obscuring the bike behind obstacles, filming with an intentional blur and, at times, even showing reversed images of the X-ADV (notice how the single exhaust keeps switching sides?). What we can see looks remarkably close to the City Adventure Concept shown last fall at EICMA.

The video does confirm some key details. From the concept’s shape, we assumed the X-ADV will be based off of Honda’s NC platform with a 745cc engine with its twin cylinders inclined at a 62-degree angle. A shot of the right handlebar shows a switch labeled “A/M,” which toggles between automatic and manuals shifting, confirming the presence of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission.


A shot of the back of the leg shield shows a small lever in front of the rider’s knee. This is the parking brake lever, also featured on the DCT-equipped Honda Integra scooter. For some reason, Honda reversed this part of the video as the lever and exhaust are on the right side of the scooter (if you look closely, you can see the letters on the license plate are reversed.)


Other features we can identify include twin front brake discs with Nissin calipers, an upside-down fork and wire spoke wheels.

The video ends with the X-ADV getting packed into a shipping crate, presumably to be sent to the location of the next video, scheduled to release Sept. 15 (or perhaps to be examined by top men alongside the ark of the covenant.)

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Happy Hour At AIMExpo

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Press Release from AIMExpo: HAPPY! Happy Hour Hour is back! The always popular combination of industry networking, a charity auction and sponsored (free) drinks returns to the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) on Thursday, October 13, kicking off at 6pm immediately following the conclusion of the show’s opening day. With a new location in the North Hall lobby of the Orange County Convention Center just outside the doors of the exhibit floor, AIMExpo also welcomes new presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) to this year’s festivities.
HAPPY! Happy Hour has been a staple of AIMExpo since its inception in 2013 and remains one of the most popular elements of the event thanks to the unparalleled opportunity for attendees to connect with one another by coming together as an industry in a casual, laid back setting. While there’s ample opportunity to network and even talk business, HAPPY! Happy Hour serves as a rare space for the shared passion of the business of motorcycling and powersports to be celebrated as an industry following a busy and successful first day of AIMExpo.

In addition to the opportunity for attendees to connect in a casual networking setting, a very important charity auction returns for a key cause. The Ride for Kids Happy Hour Auction hosted by National Powersport Auctions (NPA) benefits the Cycle World Joseph C. Parkhurst Education Fund, and showcases unique and rare items with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) college scholarship program. It’s a great opportunity for dealers and exhibitors alike to add to their collections while supporting a meaningful cause.

“Ride For Kids, the motorcycle community’s charity event of choice, funds PBTF’s mission to find the cause and cure of brain tumors in kids,” said Larry Little, vice president and general manager of AIMExpo. “With more kids surviving thanks to the benefits of the research funded by the Foundation, a new need arose in family support and education, and a number of years ago Cycle World helped create an education fund in memory of their founding publisher Joe Parkhurst. The auction showcases the continuing compassion of the powersports industry by raising funds for scholarships, giving the growing number of childhood brain tumor survivors a chance to continue their higher education efforts.”

National Powersport Auctions (NPA) is a founding exhibitor at AIMExpo and has conducted the live charity auction component of HAPPY! Happy Hour the last two years. In partnership with AIMExpo, NPA has been an advocate to the cause of supporting the families of pediatric brain tumor survivors that have faced financial hardships while battling the disease.

“It’s a great cause with long-standing connections to many of us in the industry,” stated Ryan Keefe, NPA director of marketing. “We’re honored and excited to be a partner once again with the PBTF at AIMExpo in support of the fund.”

Seeking an opportunity to further connect with the motorsports industry beyond the AIMExpo show floor, Wells Fargo CDF will serve as the presenting sponsor of HAPPY! Happy Hour. At the event, CDF team members will be available to answer financial solutions questions and as an added feature, the iconic 800 pound Wells Fargo stagecoach will be on display.

“Our team is extremely excited to connect with dealers and OEM’s at this year’s AIMExpo,” said Jeremy Jansen, president of CDF’s motorsports group. “This will be our fourth time attending, however it’s the first time we are bringing the iconic Wells Fargo stagecoach with us. Attendees can learn more about Wells Fargo and CDF, and talk to our team about a variety of financing solutions and resources that can help their business’ profitably grow.”

NPA is currently coordinating donations of rare and unique items and memorabilia for the Ride for Kids Happy Hour Auction. Interested parties can contact NPA’s Sara Spohr directly at (619) 964-3141 or sspohr@npauctions.com.

More than 500 exhibitors will showcase the latest the powersports industry has to offer at AIMExpo. In addition to new product launches, the latest innovations being showcased on the show floor, and an expansive demo space outdoors, AIMExpo attendees will have the opportunity to connect with others throughout the industry at numerous networking events, while dealer attendees can take advantage of the unparalleled curriculum of the Powersports DEALER Seminars presented by Powersports Business during the two trade days of AIMExpo, October 13 & 14.

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Van der Mark Joins Lowes On Yamaha World Superbike Team For 2017

August 30, 2016 Press Release 0

The worst-kept secret in the WSBK paddock is now official.

Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce its official challengers for the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, as talented Dutchman Michael van der Mark joins current rider Alex Lowes in the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team. Continuing for his second season aboard the WorldSBK-spec YZF-R1, Lowes is eager to reap the rewards of 2016’s developmental year, having assisted the Japanese marque as it returned to international Superbike competition. Alongside him, and showing consistently impressive pace throughout his career so far, 2014’s Supersport World Champion van der Mark will move to Yamaha for his third season in the Superbike class.

25-year-old British rider Lowes secured an impressive victory in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race in late-July, competing as part of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team with MotoGP’s Pol Espargaro and Japanese race and test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga. 2016 has seen his notable pace and talent used to enhance and fine-tune the development of the YZF-R1 in its debut year in WorldSBK, with Lowes qualifying on the front row twice in the opening six rounds before a broken collarbone dampened his initial progress. The recent showing in Suzuka proving the former BSB Champion is back to full strength, Lowes is looking forward to continuing Yamaha’s WorldSBK evolution in the latter part of the 2016 season before returning to the series in 2017, determined to challenge for victory.

Dutch rider van der Mark has achieved many successes in his 23 years, becoming champion in both the FIM European Superstock 600 and Supersport World Championship in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Progressing to World Superbike in 2015, he has secured eight podiums and one pole position to-date across the past two seasons and showed an increasing maturity, speed and hunger to win. Van der Mark’s drive to succeed is a perfect complement to Lowes and the YZF-R1 for 2017, ensuring Yamaha has the best tools to fight for victories from the opening race.

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team and Yamaha Motor Europe would like to emphasise their full commitment to Sylvain Guintoli for the remaining four events of the 2016 WorldSBK season, continuing the partnership when the Frenchman returns from injury in Germany next month. Yamaha, the Crescent team and Title Partner Pata would like to thank Sylvain for his hard work in 2016 and wish him all the best in his future career.

SeynesEric de Seynes

Yamaha Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer

“Yamaha’s new commitment to the Superbike World Championship has started in 2016, and now we look forward to using the lessons learned in this ‘comeback season’ and the increasingly strong relationship with our racing partner Crescent, in order to challenge for the top positions in 2017. Despite many challenges this year, we believe strongly in the speed and talent of Alex – as clearly shown by his superb performance in Suzuka – and Yamaha wants to see this talent develop and mature to the winning level together with us as we develop and improve the YZF-R1.

“We are also delighted and excited to have Michael joining Yamaha in 2017. At only 23 years of age, he is already a World Champion and is fighting at the front of WorldSBK – this is very impressive! Importantly, the rider line up demonstrates our philosophy of choosing two young riders, both who not only have the talent to fight for victory in WorldSBK but also the capacity to potentially grow their careers with Yamaha in the future. In this way, Yamaha would like to use the World Superbike series as a platform to demonstrate its racing spirit with the production based YZF-R1 and also to develop further the family of Yamaha riders – Michael is a perfect fit inside this philosophy and we are very excited to welcome him to the team.

“Finally, I would like to personally thank Sylvain for his partnership with Yamaha in 2016. He has suffered some very bad luck and some frustration since the beginning of the year and we hope that the end of this season will bring us some success and smiles together. I really wish Sylvain all the best wishes in his racing career and life in the future.”

Michael van der Mark

“I’m very much looking forward to this new challenge with Yamaha. I could see the potential of the R1 during its first World Superbike season this year and I’m convinced that with further development and the full support of Yamaha and the team I will have the right package to fight for the World Superbike title next year.

“It is never an easy decision to leave a team and a manufacturer after so many years and successes, I will always remain grateful for the support received and I will give my maximum for the remainder of this season to get as many podiums as possible.”

Alex LowesAlex Lowes

“Despite some challenges in the WorldSBK comeback season for Yamaha this year, it has been a pleasure to be part of the project from the start and I cannot wait to capitalise on the work we’ve all done when we start the 2017 season. The YZF-R1 is a magical bike to ride and we are now very close to a truly competitive level in this championship. I really feel part of the Yamaha family, the team is improving all the time and I couldn’t be happier to continue together into 2017. Michael is a very fast rider, I am sure we will push each other all year, and I look forward to him joining the team.”

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GasGas Hires Rod Overstreet As Eastern Region Sales Manager

August 30, 2016 Press Release 0

Torrot/GasGas Motos North America today announced that veteran motorcycle industry sales professional Rod Overstreet has joined the company as Eastern Region Sales Mgr. for the Torrot and GasGas brands.  Rod’s territory will include the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada and he will be responsible for all GasGas and Torrot product sales and dealer development.  He will be based out of Campbellsville, KY and report to Scot Harden, CMO of Torrot/GasGas Motos North America.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Rod’s background and experience to help guide our sales and dealer development efforts in this very critical geographic area for our products”, said Harden. “His previous experience with GasGas and intimate knowledge of the dealer network is a huge asset that will allow him to hit the ground running. We look forward to working with Rod for years to come as we build on our plan to become a major player in the off-road and EV market.”

GasGas now finds itself in the best situation of its existence, with an owner who understands the importance of the American market, and willing to invest in the tools we need to succeed”, commented Overstreet. “Being under the Torrot umbrella and its lineup of e-bikes and e-mobility technology, the sky is the limit as to what we can accomplish. I look forward to working with the entire Torrot/GasGas team both here in North America and Spain as well”, said Overstreet in summary.

“The addition of Rod Overstreet to the Torrot/GasGas Motos NA Sales Dept. is further evidence of our commitment to the North American market”, Harden continued. “We will also be adding a Western Region Sales Mgr. in the near future to complete this first phase of our corporate development plan”.

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iXS USA Announces Price Drop On MX Gear

August 30, 2016 Press Release 0

If you’ve been waiting to score some new MX gear, now might be the time to act.

iXS, the maker of High-Quality Motorcycle Apparel, today announced that it is set to drop prices effective immediately on its motocross gear. iXS successfully introduced its brand of MX gear to the United States earlier this year, and with a growing interest in the brand, iXS has ramped up production and is now able to offer better pricing, making its line of MX gear accessible to more riders.

The RACEWAY MX Jersey is available immediately for $45, with the matching HURRICANE MX Pants now priced at $149, the PIRU MX Gloves at $32, and the XP-S2 Off-Road Boots available for $239.

You can view the entire line of iXS MX apparel at https://www.ixsusa.com/motocross-gear/.

About IXS USA:

iXS is a family owned, Switzerland based company and a part of the Hostettler Group which was founded in 1906, with its U.S. subsidiary in Deerfield Beach, Florida. iXS is the manufacturer and distributor of Swiss design protective motorcycle fashion apparel. Its products are known for their unique, fashionable design while providing all the protection one needs while riding a motorcycle. The company’s mission is to blend state-of-the-art protection with high-quality design using the latest technologies.

For more information, please visit the company’s website at: http://www.ixsusa.com/


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