Online Tickets On Sale For 7 American Flat Track Rounds

February 28, 2018 Press Release 0

The 2018 season for American Flat Track is set to begin. You can now buy tickets for seven of those rounds.

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Online Tickets Now Available for 7 American Flat Track Rounds Promoted by AFT Events
Included are DAYTONA TT, Atlanta Short Track, Red Mile, Texas Half-Mile, New York Short Track, Black Hills Half-Mile and Williams Grove Half-Mile

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 28, 2018) – American Flat Track announced today that online ticket sales are now available for seven rounds promoted by AFT Events – AFT’s in-house event management company that promotes nine of 18 events on the 2018 calendar. In addition to the high-speed and bar-banging action on a variety of racetrack types, a wide range of entertainment and fan-friendly activities are being planned for each of the 9 rounds, including music, food, dealer rides, bike displays, vendors, and more.

Online ticketing links to each of the 7 AFT Events:

There are exciting new developments being finalized about the last two events on the 2018 AFT calendar – the Minnesota Mile at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN, and the Meadowlands Mile at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, just miles from mid-town Manhattan. Details and online ticket sales will be announced as they become available.

American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2018 season with the Bigger, Better, and Faster Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA under the lights inside the fabled trioval at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Tickets start at just $30 and are available for purchase now at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

About American Flat Track:

American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

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Indian Motorcycle Releases Daytona Bike Week Event Schedule

February 28, 2018 Press Release 0

Time to start planning for Daytona Bike Week! Here is the list of events organized by Indian Motorcycle.

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE STORMS DAYTONA BIKE WEEK WITH DEMOS, DISPLAYS, CUSTOMS BUILDS & EXCLUSIVE EVENTS

Indian’s 2018 Model Lineup and Custom Bike Displays Highlight Indian Motorcycle Activations at Daytona Bike Week

MINNEAPOLIS (February 28, 2018) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced a Daytona Bike Week lineup of activations packed with demo rides for 2018 models, custom bike displays, an exclusive rider’s group experience, and more. Carey Hart’s display of custom Chieftains, performance parts and accessories, and a Scout FTR750 photo opportunity are just a few of the offerings Indian Motorcycle will have available at its main footprint on Main Street.

Also, following one of the most dominant seasons in flat track history, Indian Motorcycle Racing will kick off the 2018 season opener at the Daytona International Speedway. The Indian Wrecking Crew of Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker, who finished first, second and third respectively in 2017, will be joined by privateers Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles and others for the 2018 season.

“We are thrilled to offer attendees a dynamic and unique Daytona Bike Week experience, including an exclusive look at Carey Hart’s custom bikes, the Scout FTR750, FTR1200 Custom and all of our 2018 models,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle. “Daytona also marks a special time: the return of American Flat Track and a chance to watch the podium-sweeping Indian Wrecking Crew and new crop of privateers who have turned to the Scout FTR750 for this highly anticipated 2018 season.”

Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Display at Main Street (Main St. & N. Wild Olive Ave.)

Check out Indian Motorcycle’s 2018 lineup at the Main Street display along with custom Scout Bobbers from the Brooklyn Invitational and performance accessories. Get an up-close look at Carey Hart and P!NK’s Chieftains, custom-built by Hart, as well as his custom Springfield and sidecar that were featured in the Hot Bike Tour. There will also be a photo opportunity with AFT championship-winning bike, the Indian Scout FTR750. The display will also feature the Scout FTR1200 Custom. The Main Street Display will be open Friday, March 9 to Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway (International Speedway Blvd.)

Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2018 lineup of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout Bobber and Indian Chieftain, among others. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Group demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire. Demo rides will be running daily during Bike Week, Saturday March 10, to Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daytona TT Flat Track Race (Daytona International Speedway)

Come early and get your favorite rider’s autograph from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, and then watch the Indian Wrecking Crew return to the track for the first race of the 2018 AFT season. The 2017 AFT champion Jared Mees will be joined by teammates Bryan Smith and Brad Baker as they look to dominate another season with flat track’s most dominant motorcycle, the Indian Scout FTR750. Privateers Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles and Jeffrey Carver, among others, will also be riding the Indian race bike for the new season. The season opener takes place on Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. EST.

Indian Motorcycle Riders Group Exclusive Event (Daytona International Speedway)

Join us Thursday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Daytona International Speedway including the track, pits and paddock. After that, members will meet with the 2018 Indian Wrecking Crew race team and a get a premium photo experience in the pits. VIP Parking and complimentary tickets to the Daytona TT are included. IMRG members can learn more and visit www.IMRGmember.com/events to sign up.

Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach (290 North Beach Street)

Open daily, visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach to check out Indian’s full 2018 lineup and take individual demo rides of your favorite models.

Klock Werks Kustom Cycles at Destination Daytona

Stop by Klock Werks and get an exclusive look at a new limited-edition motorcycle.

Broken Spoke Saloon (1151 US-1, Ormond Beach)

Check out the Indian Motorcycle on Tour display at the Broken Spoke Saloon on US Hwy 1 and get a close look at the 2018 Indian Chieftain models.

 ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

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Dainese Reveals 2018 North American Riding Gear

February 28, 2018 Press Release 0

It’s riding season, again, and that means that Dainese is ready to show off its 2018 motorcycle gear.

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Dainese Showcases 2018 North American Spring/Summer Motorcycle Gear

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 — Dainese – www.dainese.com – the world leader in the motorcycle protective gear category — incorporating style and design with premium safety — introduces innovative products to their line of Spring & Summer motorcycle wear.

From the track to sport touring, from adventure to urban riding – Dainese Spring / Summer Motorcycle Collection features top of the line protective gear. The products are a result of detailed product engineering as well as limitless hours of R&D and testing. From their athletes at the highest level of the sport to the everyday rider, Dainese brings to the North American market some of their best products yet.

Mugello R – D-Air®The Mugello R builds upon the success of the D-Air platform and includes airbags that cover the neck, shoulder, collarbone, and lower rib cage. It also features a seamless LED interface that is triggered by an on-board computer algorithm.  The Mugeller includes top of the line safety and comfort, as well as re-engineered sliders and textiles. D-Air has been shown to reduce the forces of impact by 90% compared to composite protection.Specs:

  • Quick release replaceable elbow and knee Slider System 2.0
  • Hydration system
  • Aerodynamic spoiler 2.0
  • Oversuit included
  • Leather cleaning kit included
  • Titanium cleaning kit included

Laguna Seca 4 –

The 4th generation of the Laguna family race suits. This is the suit for Motorcycle Riding track day racing enthusiasts. The Laguna Seca 4 is made from tough cowhide that includes perforated cooling zones and an integrated aerodynamic hydration bladder, and CE level 2 armor. It features the latest safety technology that Dainese offers, aluminum seamless shoulders, and RSS 2.0 sliders.

Specs:

  • Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Level 2 standard on elbows, knees, hips and shoulders
  • Seamless aluminum plates on shoulders & elbows
  • Suit certified to CE – Cat. II – 89/686/EEC Directive
  • S1 bi-elastic fabric
  • Tutu cowhide leather
  • Integrated suit-to-boots fastening system
  • Lycra inserts on inner lining enhance movements
  • Tri-axial elasticated insert on the back
  • 3D-Bubble fabric inserts
  • NanoFeel removable liner

Misano Jacket – D-Air

This is Dainese’s first product offering wearable airbag protection for the street category. The Misano provides the ultimate in protection by including aluminum inserts on the shoulders, full-grain leather and the D-Air system covering the upper body. Micro-inserts provide optimal comfort to supplement the safety provided by D-Air technology.

Specs:

  • Triggering algorithm and diagnostics managed by dedicated firmware, GPS, 4 Gigabyte internal memory
  • LED user interface on right forearm
  • Integrated D-Air System and protectors is CE Category II certified according to Directive 89/686/EEC
  • Aluminum inserts on shoulders
  • Pro-Armor: Soft protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1 on shoulders & elbows
  • D-skin 2.0 full grain perforated cowhide leather
  • NanoFeel liner with silver Ion treatment
  • 3D-Bubble liner air spaces
  • Jacket-trousers fastening system
  • Price: $1,700

Cyclone – D-Air

The new standard for protection in the sport-touring world. This jacket combines the ultimate standalone airbag system with the key features of Dainese’s standard D-Cyclone – including a breathable waterproof GORE-TEX® 2L membrane, protective cowhide leather inserts, removable inner collar and thermal liner. The D-Air system includes Pro-Armor technology and now combined, they deliver a superior level of protection.

Features:

  • Waterproof and breathable laminated GORE-TEX 2L fabric
  • Removable inner collar and thermal lining
  • Air vents on the thorax and back
  • Inserts in cowhide
  • Led Interface on forearm
  • Price $2,000

Racing 3 Jacket –

Tough Tutu leather with air intakes and perforated cooling zones (perforated versions only) keeps body climate at best. The Racing 3 offers S1 fabric and Micro-elastic 2.0 stretch zones, and in dedicated versions for men and women ensure a perfect fit.

Specs:

  • Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Standard
  • Co-injected shoulder with replaceable aluminum insert
  • Jacket certified to CE Category II – 89/686/EEC Directive
  • Thermoformed shoulder covered with Tutu leather
  • Jacket-trousers fastening system
  • Air vents on chest and sides
  • NanoFeel liner with silver ion treatment
  • Pocket for double chest protector (sold separately)
  • Pocket for G1 or G2 back protector (sold separately)
  • Soft inserts

Full Metal 6 –

Lightweight & top of the line protection. These gloves feature quad elastication for increased mobility between the knuckles and the back of the hand, as well as preformed and precurved cuffs with a new inner closure for outstanding fit, wrist mobility, and comfort. Carbon fiber and titanium inserts with Kevlar panels ensure superlight strength and protection.

Specs:

  • Carbon fiber inserts at the joints of the fingers and the head of the ulna bone
  • Composite inserts in carbon fiber and titanium on the knuckles and back
  • Gloves certified to CE – Cat. II – PrEN 13594 Standard lev. 1
  • Drum-dyed goatskin leather super soft palm
  • Internal reinforcements with aramid fiber jersey
  • Palm Super Touch in goatskin
  • Pre-curved fingers

Raptor Shoes

New lightweight ankle-hugging shoes with ventilation and a multi grip sole for summer comfort and total control. For finesse on the foot controls, dexterity is key. The Dainese Raptors tout a multi grip sole and slender toebox that make shifting and braking a breeze. The Raptors feature generous ventilated panels, ankle protection, asymmetrical lacing and a lace bag for clean lines and safety. Complementing this, the stand-out colorways are enhanced by reflective inserts. The innovative new sole design features multiple differential grip zones for superior grip. Perfect around town and on the open road.

Protection:

  • Perforated (AIR) and Non-Perforated versions
  • Rigid inserts on ankles
  • Shoes certified to CE – Cat. II – EN 13634 Standard
  • Mesh liner
  • Perforated upper
  • Gear shifter guard in TPU
  • Reflective inserts

Pro-Armor Back Protector –

The incredibly comfortable, CE -certified Pro Armor, constructed of expanded nitrile rubber with a perforated structure and a functional, anatomical shape is the ultimate in back protection.The protector bends and stretches longitudinally and laterally, and it’s held in place by removable shoulder straps and a removable, adjustable lumbar band.

Specs:

  • Back protector certified to CE Cat. II EN 1621.2/2014 Level 2
  • Removable and adjustable lumbar band & straps
  • Rotational stretch, lateral bending, and dynamic thickness
  • Anatomical shape on both directions
  • Perforated structure

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Ducati Test Rides Now Available Nationwide

February 28, 2018 Press Release 0

Springis in the air, and motorcyclists’ thoughts naturally turn to motorcycles. Riders can scratch that itch with Ducati test rides at their local dealer!

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DUCATI DELIVERS NEW 2018 MODEL LINEUP WITH SEASON OPENER EVENT
~ Test Rides of New Panigale V4 Now Available at Showrooms Nationwide ~

Mountain View, Calif. (February 28, 2018) – With Spring around the corner, motorcyclists will have the chance to experience Ducati’s newest 2018 models as the Italian brand brings its Season Opener event to participating dealerships on March 2-3.

The wait is over. A new chapter has been written for Ducati with the arrival of the highly anticipated Panigale V4 sport bike in U.S. showrooms. The Panigale V4 is the first standard production Ducati motorcycle to mount a 4-cylinder engine, derived directly from Ducati’s MotoGP racing program. Developed in close collaboration with Ducati Corse, this road bike is the closest thing possible to its MotoGP counterpart.

Accessible power and technology with proven performance, position the Panigale V4 as Ducati’s most approachable Ducati superbike — a perfect blend of style, sophistication, and performance. With Ducati’s Premier Financing the Panigale V4 is now within reach of every rider with payments starting at $269 per month.

Ducati 2018 Season Opener Motorcycles
Ducati test rides

Ducati Multistrada 1260 (Pricing starting at $267/month)

The new Multistrada 1260 provides a revised engine and greater usability and control. It has a new chassis and comes with Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) and Bluetooth technology with smartphone connectivity.

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Ducati Monster 821 (Pricing starting at $156/month)

The Monster 821 pays homage to the legacy of the original Monster, which more than 25 years ago revolutionized the motorcycling world, embodying the essence of a true naked sport bike. It combines the perfect balance of performance for both entry-level and seasoned riders.

Ducati XDiavel S in Iceberg White (Pricing starting at $303/month)

For 2018 Ducati is offering dedicated fans of its techno-cruiser XDiavel a stunning new color palette: Iceberg White with improved rider comfort from updated ergonomics and suspension. It’s an exciting new option for the “S” model.

 Ducati test rides

Ducati Panigale V4 (Pricing starting at $269/month)

The Ducati Panigale V4 is the first standard production Ducati bike to mount a 4-cylinder engine, which is derived directly from the Ducati race team yet inspires confidence for the everyday rider. This motorcycle sets a new standard in the sportbike production bike class.

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2017 BMW G310R Review

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2017 BMW G310R

Editor Score: 87.5%
Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 13.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score87.5/100

Er, well, BMW’s first made-in-India motorcycle is actually a perfectly nice little piece. Should anybody be surprised? The Bavarians have now beaten the rest of the world (or tied it) in just about every moto category (including bagger with its K1600B); why should inexpensive entry level be any different?

You get one 80mm piston, popping up and down 62.1mm per stroke, under a four-valve head and double-overhead cams. The claim is 34 hp; the fact is 31.45 rear-wheel horses at 9700 rpm on the Dynojet 250 – and 19.32 pound-feet of torque at 7600 rpm. That’s 5 more horses than the Honda CB300F (1000 rpm higher) that won our 2014 Lightweight Nakeds Shootout. It’s also 8 hp less than the KTM Duke 390 (a perennial favorite), but you can’t win ’em all. In terms of personality, the BMW lies somewhere in between those two – but in general it feels more like the feisty little KTM than the nicest-people Honda.

Weightwise, the MO scales tell us it’s one pound lighter than the CB, at 351 lbs wet, but 25 lbs heavier than the KTM. Either way, the BMW feels like a large dirt thumper loose on the street. Its main claim to engineering fame is reversing the cylinder so that the intake is toward the front wheel and the exhaust port is at the rear (a la Yamaha’s YZ450F MX bike); doing that and canting the cylinder rearward allows pushing more of the engine’s mass forward for better handling. Like the Duke, (and the YZ), something about the BMW wants you to treat it rough.

Not a bad-looking little bike, really. And plenty of places to grab onto/strap things out back.

Jumping off a bigger bike onto a little one requires a transition period, but once you’re back there it’s stupid teenage fun all over again. The little 313cc Single revs eagerly, fuels smoothly – and its counterbalancer has vibration totally under control at every rpm, including 8,000 and 80 mph. It just hits an indicated 98 mph on level ground when a governor or rev limiter kicks in at just about 10,000 rpm.

A quick-turn throttle lets you get to WOT quickly and keep the revs up there, and the really smooth little six-speed gearbox doesn’t much care if you use the clutch or not once you’re past second, both for up- and downshifting. Shifts are quick, smooth and precise.

Ergonomics are completely comfortable and transparent, and the seat is quite comfy with a soft lip to hold you in place. High, Standard and Low seats are available.

Suspension action from the inverted 41mm fork and single non-linkage shock out back are surprisingly good: 5.5 inches of travel up front and 5.2 inches out back are soft enough to absorb nearly all life’s bumps, but stern and well-damped enough to keep everything on an even keel when you’re channeling your favorite Moto3 rookie in Latigo Canyon. A short wheelbase, 25.1 degrees rake and 102.3mm trail (all numbers are close to the Duke’s) let the lightweight Beemer flip quickly from footpeg to footpeg on its nice Michelin tires.

The single 300mm disc up front and its four-piston Bybre (by Brembo, get it?) could be a bit more powerful. I couldn’t engage the ABS with two fingers (though I felt like I was stopping hard enough to, which is a good thing). I needed three or four digits to get the front tire ABS chirping, at which time my eyeballs were pressed into the inside of my face shield. There’s plenty of braking power there; you just need to squeeze. The rear brake, though, seems to engage ABS earlier than it needs to, which means no backin’ er in antics. And there’s no provision to turn the ABS off, either.

Add it all up and you’ve got one of those motorcycles with small-man syndrome, constantly needing to prove itself wherever you ride it by jumping up on the sidewalk, chasing cats, blowing off the cars from red lights, revving its motor at college girls in the crosswalk, etc. Irresponsible behavior, really, which is pretty much the opposite of what BMW ownership traditionally stands for. Whadaya want for $4,750 anyway? Some smart youngsters will be attracted to the 310 (but it’ll be hard for them to look the past the newly redesigned Duke 390 for a few shekels more). More than a few propellerheads will need one of these as a stable pony/around-town bike to go with their fleet of GSs and K-bikes, and some moto-sophisticates looking to downsize will appreciate this one for exactly what it is – a really comfortable fast-enough modern thumper ideal for carving up the urban maze. For a pittance.

Whether Americans buy it or not is really secondary to BMW. This one’s for the rest of the world. As we learned in Troy’s First Ride review of this bike a little over a year ago, the 310 doubles BMW’s potential customer base, from one million potential buyers to two million.

Well, it is a $4750 BMW, so what you don’t get are adjustable brake or clutch levers, or suspension adjustments other than rear preload, or standard heated grips… you do get nice stainless brake lines and a bike that seems mindfully put together wherever you look

For the money, though it’s definitely bare bones, this is a motorcycle BMW needed have no qualms affixing its roundel upon. Unlike some bikes we’ve seen from India, there are zero unsightly wire connectors, misrouted cables, horrible welds or hairy moles. It’s an inexpensive little bike, but not a cheap one.

After the initial oil change at 5000 miles, she wants clean oil only every 10,000 miles – and valve clearance checks are specced every 12,000. Finger-type cam followers mean you might enjoy doing that yourself. What a concept. But then, that’s what basic little motorcycles like this one are all about, and what makes them so fun to tear around on. The basics, as in getting back to them. We like it.

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MO Tested: Sidi Roarr Boots

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Sidi Roarr Boots

Editor Score: 89.0%
Aesthetics 8.0/10
Protection 9.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Comfort/Fit 9.5/10
Quality/Design 8.5/10
Weight 9.0/10
Options/Selection 10.0/10
Innovation 8.0/10
Weather Suitability 9.0/10
Desirable/Cool Factor 9.0/10
Overall Score89/100

Sidi’s mid-level Roarr street & track boots feature many of the same protective elements and materials sewn and screwed into them as the Italian footwear manufacturer’s race-focused offerings costing $200 more. The $295 Roarrs are positioned near the middle of Sidi’s selection of 24 motofootwear choices, which range from $100 to $500.

Built with a base material that Sidi claims is better than leather, the Roarrs’ “chassis” features articulating Achilles protectors, external bracing, a mechanized calf-adjustment system, conventional side entry, single-zip closure, a myriad of nylon protection panels, replaceable toe sliders, two-position vents and a wicking liner.

Testing my first pair of Sidi boots in more than a decade, I logged about 5000 miles worth of SoCal street riding and trackdays in five months — in everything from triple-digit desert heat to our harsh, 40-some-degree “winter” temps.

Positioning

The mid-level Roarr has the same closure mechanism and interior material as Sidi’s top-of-the-line, $495 Mag 1. This high-buck race boot provides a more adjustable fit via additional ankle and toe closures, and 10 replacement parts that offer a wider range of crash-damage repair options. In contrast, Sidi’s bare-bones, $195 Fusion doesn’t have the Roarr’s vents, mechanical closure or external bracing.

Compared to the $275 Vertigo, long Sidi’s mid-priced standard bearer, the Roarr’s elements are more integrated. For an extra $20, the Roarr gets an upgraded closure, external bracing, and easier-to-use vents, but lacks the Vertigo’s replaceable shin guards, heel cups and other swappable pieces.

Sidi Roarr Boots

Foundation

Like all of Sidi’s sporting boots, the Roarr’s foundation is made from its proprietary Technomicro base material. This modern synthetic is a composite of super-thin microfiber strands that the company claims act like leather fibers, but are stronger, softer and lighter. It also says that Technomicro is highly abrasion-, tear-, stain-and water-resistant, in addition to providing more flexibility and better feel than leather or other synthetic boot materials. No doubt that this high-tech base contributed to the Roarrs requiring very little break-in time.

Fit and Sizing

Sidi’s detailed sizing chart says I should wear a 40 or 41, so I tried both. Measuring them side-by-side, I discovered that the 40 and 41 have the same sole, as well as identical toe box, heel and height dimensions. Both are 12.5 inches tall and, when closed, 5.5 inches x 3.75 in wide up top. Despite these findings, the 41 fit better. That said, we recently found that the Roarrs are no longer available in sizes 40 and 41; just 42 (8.5 U.S.) to 47 (12.5 U.S.).

While we’re talking numbers, at 1.8 pounds each, the Roarrs are a few ounces lighter or heavier than similar boots from other manufacturers. In other words, right in the ball park.

Sidi Roarr Boots

Once unzipped, the Roarr’s clamshell structure opens super-wide.

Entry and Exit

Once unzipped, the Roarr’s clamshell structure opens super-wide. Each 9-inch, black, plastic YKK zipper is placed well. Rubber-like pull tabs rise a half-inch from the top of the boot, offering good grip and leverage when zipping up. They’re hardly needed because the Roarr is engineered in such a way that its zippers move up and down with a light, consistent pull that doesn’t balk or bind. This is, in part, due to ingenious, 3-inch slits backed by stretch material near the ankles that allow them to easily zip past these protruding bones.

Adjustable Calf Closure

First seen in 1999 on the MTB Action SRS cycling shoe, Sidi’s now-signature, cable-operated ratcheting closure was introduced to motorcycling in 2008 on its Vortice street boot. Roarrs use the latest version of this design, the Tecno 3 Iron, to evenly close and wrap the boot around calves. With a half-inch of movement, they allow a personalized fit – whether lower legs are skinny and bare when wearing jeans over the boots or bulked up when leather pants are tucked inside.

Sidi Roarr Boots

Adjusting the calf circumference is as simple as unfolding the mechanism’s lever, then spinning it clockwise to reel in the internally routed, stainless-steel wire.

Adjusting the calf circumference is as simple as unfolding the mechanism’s lever, then spinning it clockwise to reel in the internally routed, stainless-steel wire. Each definitive click incrementally closes the boot and dials in the preferred calf tension. To exit, simultaneously squeeze the mechanism’s spring-loaded tabs together to release the plastic-coated strap. Have patience, though, the lower tab is a little tough to access.

Combined with an effortless zipper, this one-strap closure makes donning and doffing fast and easy. Coming from a high-end, rear-entry boot that was awkward to step in and tough to close, Sidi’s entry and exit design is greatly preferred.

External Achilles Protection and Torsional Bracing

The Roarr’s Vertebra Achilles protection and torsional bracing help it achieve a CE Level 2 safety rating. First seen in 1998, Sidi’s patented, three-panel, integrated Vertebra system is another of the company’s signature designs. Sidi says it reduces the Achilles tendon’s vulnerability to tearing or rupture due to sudden stretching that can happen in crashes where feet contact pavement and are flexed upward.

The anti-twist ankle support braces on each side of the boot are made from carbon-fiber-reinforced nylon. They reportedly prevent feet from twisting and protect the ankle against impact.

We’re happy to report that the Vertebra system is nicely integrated into the Roarr boot – something that early versions couldn’t boast and, better yet, doesn’t squeak when moving. In years past, you could always tell when a Sidi-booted friend was approaching. On the flips side, these new panels flex enough to scrape away the reflective material below them, marring their clean look.

Although the Vertebra panels and ankle-support braces give the boots a somewhat robotic look, Moonwalking isn’t required. In fact, movement feels relatively natural. The Roarr boots certainly aren’t suitable for hiking, but in normal sportbiking and track-day use, the combo of stiff, molded plates sewn into the perfectly pliable chassis offers flexibility on- and off-bike.

Interior

The handsome, grey, perforated Teflon-treated mesh lining gives a pleasing, uniform look and doesn’t create any snags upon entry. The material efficiently wicked away sweat, dried quickly and never chafed shins, even when worn with light, ankle-length socks in stealth mode, under jeans. The thin insoles are lightly glued in place, making them easy to replace with others that better account for foot shape and arch height.

Sidi Roarr Boots

The vents can be easily opened and closed – even with gloves on.

Venting

Some of this sweat-displacing ability is due to a mid-foot ventilation port on each boot. Their half-inch intakes can be operated with gloves using a dual-position lever that travels ¾-inch. Tactile detents clearly communicate if they’re open or closed. Unfortunately, even with their cool-looking strakes directing airflow, breezes were only detected intermittently, depending upon air temperature, a bike’s aerodynamics and foot positioning while riding.

Soles

The soles’ tread is not very deep, but their soft compound provide good peg grip. Just like tires that shed water for optimum wet-weather traction, they have four sipes that direct water outward, away from the boot.

Sidi Roarr Boots

The soles’ tread is not very deep, but their soft compound provide good peg grip.

I’m extremely tough on boot soles and, at the five-month mark, the Roarrs show little sign of wear from my habit of aggressively digging into footpegs while positioning and holding my body in place.

Bolt-Ons

The Roarr’s bolt-on sliders are beveled and adjustable. The sliders, Vertebra structure and Techno 3 fasteners are held in by seven short Phillips-head screws. All seven of the bolt-on pieces, in addition to the soles and insoles, are replaceable, for about half the price of a new pair of boots. Sidi’s Mag-1, the top race boot, has 10 replaceable parts; its dirt counterpart, the Crossfire 2 has 9; its predecessor had 16, whereas the current Vortice and Vertigo street boots each have 15.

Roarr Replacement Parts

  • Toe sliders: $12/pair
  • Sole: $20
  • Tecno 3 strap: $35 /pair
  • Rear upper: $24/pair
  • Carbon Ankle support braces: $15/pair
  • Arched Insoles: $12/pair

Total: $118

Style

The Roarr’s molded pieces show off design flare that gives them individual personalities: Their surfaces are shiny and smooth, matte and textured or a combination thereof. They’re distinguished by raised surfaces, grippy dimples, horizontal lines of varying lengths, in addition to strakes and boomerangs that create the impression of movement, even when the boots are standing still.

Sidi Roarr Boots

During five months of use, we found that Sidi’s Roarr boots deliver on their promise of mid-level price and high-end protection.

Sidi’s red Vortex logo (said to represent strength and movement), a matching accent on the rear flap and the proud Italian Tricolore insignia out back add style and provide a nice contrast to our black boots. That said, the Roarrs’ trio of raised SIDI logos is a bit redundant and overstated — the one on the shin plate is more than 3 inches wide!

Documentation

To help consumers make educated decisions about prospective footwear choices, there’s lots of information and many high-resolution photos on the U.S. distributor’s website (Motonation.com), in addition to Sidi.com. This makes it very easy to compare the features of each Sidi boot.

The Roarrs come with a great package of info. Not just sales nonsense, but individual instructions for donning the boots and using the Tecno 3 closure. There are also stickers and cleaning instructions — in five languages, no less!

Crash- and Wet-Weather Testing

Although I’m a dedicated product tester, I draw the line at purposely throwing myself down the road in the name of science. As hard as I tried to crash while wearing the Roarrs, my efforts were rebuffed by deft throttle control, mad braking skills and well-honed survival instincts.

The excuse for not testing their wet-weather performance isn’t quite as colorful. It simply doesn’t rain much in southern California and, when it does, there are much better, Gore-Tex-lined options available for all-weather riding and sport touring. The unlined, non-perforated Roarrs were tested in their natural habitats, for their intended use and came through with high marks.

In the End

During five months of use, we found that Sidi’s Roarr boots deliver on their promise of mid-level price and high-end protection. They’re also comfortable, stylish and have held up well. The only major demerit points they racked up are for a venting system that is more show than readily apparent flow.

That said, the extra $200 worth of features found in high-end boots won’t be missed by most sportbikers because these boots pack a killer combo of street cred and performance for all-round road use and track days in a simpler, lighter and more comfortable package.

 

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Energica Offering New Electric Motorcycle Initiatives for the U.S. Market

February 27, 2018 Press Release 0

The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup official bike supplier, Energica, is offering special discounted pricing and financing initiatives to prospective electric motorcycle owners in an effort to help support the electric race series that’s set to debut in 2019. If you’ve ever been interested in either the Energica Evo or Eva models, here’s your chance to save some money.

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Energica: 2018 new initiatives US Market

Being the unique manufacturer of the new FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup is an important technological challenge for Energica Motor Company.

As announced during the official launch of this new competition starting from 2019, the bike used by the MotoE™ teams will be a tuned version of Ego.

The new Ego Corsa racebike will come from the series, and will have many connections with the production bike Ego – electric motorcycle of the year in 2017.

The Energica development team is already committed on this bike, working on drivability on the track, and then on track specifications.

Following these news, Energica is pleased to offer Special Factory to Dealers Incentives on all 2017 EGOs and EVAs. In particular the 2017 bikes can be purchase at the following prices:

• $ 18,040 for the EVA 2017
• $ 19,540 for the EGO 2017

This exceptional offer coincides with Energica’s entrance to the brand new FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup and it is a great news for Energica fans who can now purchase 2017 products guaranteed by the manufacturer and at advantageous prices.

Energica Eva

Moreover, Energica is pleased to introduce the Financing Promotion for the monthly payment, up to 84 months, on both 2017 and 2018 models.

List of models involved and full pricing details on energicamotorusa.com/finance

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BMW Motorrad USA Encourages Riders to Seize the Day and Hit the Road

February 27, 2018 Press Release 0

Someday could be any day, so why not make it today. Life’s short and you never know what could happen, or when, so BMW is encouraging all riders to seize the moment and hit the open road with friends, family and loved ones to live a little. The video below is pretty inspiring as it depicts an impromptu motorcycle adventure shared by a brother and sister where they drop what they’re doing, turn their cell phones off and live in the moment – something we all should do a little more often…

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – February 23, 2018 – Young and old, aspiring and experienced, female and male: everyone has an adventure that they dream of taking someday. To inspire people to seize the moment, BMW Motorrad USA and M&C Saatchi LA have captured the freedom and joy of the open road in the short film – The Someday Ride.  It debuted on social and digital channels in January 2018.

Riding two BMW motorcycles, a sister and brother embark on a journey through the winding roads and striking vistas of Southern and Central California, and into the Eastern Sierras. Traversing nearly 400 miles in four days, the film captures the magic of achieving the ride they always wanted. No excuses, no interruptions, just time spent appreciating the moment.

“We wanted to tell people that getting out on that adventure you may have dreamt about is easier than you might think,” says Ron Tapia, M&C Saatchi LA Creative Director. “The film was an exciting opportunity to speak to both legacy and new motorcyclists by taking them along for the ride – with a sister playfully pushing her younger brother to “take the leap” and beautiful BMW motorcycles to carry the story.”

“One of our overarching objectives right now is to inspire a new era of riders,” says Michael Peyton, Vice President, BMW Motorrad – Americas. “And while we’ve got the products and financing programs for them, it’s equally important that we’re speaking their language. The Someday Ride was the perfect answer to that challenge.”

“With the broadest model range in our history, BMW Motorrad offers motorcycles for every riding preference and style – from touring to sport to urban mobility, and more,” added Peyton.  “Plus, our 3asy Ride financing program can get riders on the bike of their dreams at a payment they’ve been dreaming of.  It’s never been a better time to Make Life a Ride.”

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Hot Leathers Sponsors Multiple-prize Win-a-trip to Laconia Bike Week Contest

February 27, 2018 Press Release 0

Laconia Bike Week is the Daytona of the Northeast and is a great time if you’ve never been. Hot Leathers has teamed up with a number of different companies to roll out the red carpet and offer you a chance to take a VIP motorcycle trip with a host of different perks. To find out more info and how to enter, read about it below!

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MANCHESTER, CT and LACONIA, NH – February 26, 2018 – The 95th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week bike rally is set for June, and Hot Leathers wants to send you there in style. Laconia Motorcycle Week, the oldest event of its kind in the country, occurs every summer in the beautiful town Hot Leather - LACONIA-Contestof Laconia, nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire. Hot Leathers, the industry leader in motorcycle apparel and accessories, is sponsoring a contest that includes travel and lodging expenses, as well as cash and a bevy of perks.

“We look forward to Laconia Bike Week every summer,” says Andy George, Hot Leathers Executive Vice President. “A lot of great sponsors have joined us in putting together this contest, and the prize package included is substantial.”

The contest winner will receive traveling cash from Twisted Tea; 3-night stay at Steele Hill Resorts; VIP package from the Laconia Roadhouse; custom-engraved whiskey-barrel top from Jack Daniels; 1-year subscription to Cycle Source Magazine; one-of-a-kind, USA-made Laconia 95th Anniversary leather vest from Hot Leathers; black Epiphone Les Paul Studio guitar from The Buffalo Chip; and riding apparel from Laconia Harley-Davidson.

Laconia Motorcycle Week begins Saturday, June 9, and runs through Sunday, June 17, and Hot Leathers is proud to be an Official Merchandiser once again. Advance designs for the LMCW Licensed Collection can be found here. The full collection will be available at multiple Hot Leathers locations during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

Contestants for the Win-A-Trip To Laconia Motorcycle Week Contest can enter at any Hot Leathers location, as well as online, so long as they have a valid e-mail address. The winner will be chosen May 21st and notified via e-mail. Online registration is at https://www.hotleathers.com/contest

About Hot Leathers

Hot Leathers has been serving the motorcycle community for more than 30 years and is the leading motorcycle apparel and merchandiser in the country. Want to stay updated on all the Hot Leathers events and specials? Want to follow the Hot Leathers trailers around the country and get first glimpses at Officially Licensed Merchandise? Then be sure to “Like” Hot Leathers on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hotleathers. You can also follow them on Instagram: https://instagram.com/hotleathers.

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Hammy Dawg Cheats Death

February 27, 2018 John Burns 0

Pretty much all of us have looked back at things we did in our youth, shaken our heads, and wondered how we survived. Few of us ever came as close as Hammy Dawg does here.

It calls for poetry, really. I think Oliver Wendell Holmes summed it up best in this Memorial Day speech he gave in 1884:

… Nevertheless, the generation that carried on the war has been set apart by its experience. Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. While we are permitted to scorn nothing but indifference, and do not pretend to undervalue the worldly rewards of ambition, we have seen with our own eyes, beyond and above the gold fields, the snowy heights of honor, and it is for us to bear the report to those who come after us. But, above all, we have learned that whether a man accepts from Fortune her spade, and will look downward and dig, or from Aspiration her axe and cord, and will scale the ice, the one and only success which it is his to command is to bring to his work a mighty heart.

http://www.people.virginia.edu/~mmd5f/memorial.htm

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