Shoei Neotec II Modular Helmet Announced

November 17, 2017 Press Release 0

We’re big fans of the Shoei Neotec here at MO, so we were excited to hear about a new version of the flip-up modular helmet. The Shoei Neotec II modular helmet receives a new ventilation system, redesigned noise isolating cheek pads and a new chin spoiler design. The Neotec II is compatible with the Sena Shoei Rider Link intercom system and comes in six sizes (XS-XXL) and a choice of seven colors and three graphic variants.

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet Review

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The NEW Neotec II – Merge with Nature

Thanks to decades of experience in motorcycle racing and advanced manufacturing technology, Shoei has succeeded to develop a totally new Flip-Up helmet – the Neotec II.

The Neotec II comes in 7 colours and 3 graphic variants with an aggressive and compact shell design, newly designed cheek pads – including “Noise Isolator” – which prevents wind ingress and a newly designed chin spoiler (Aero Deflector) – all verified by wind tunnel tests for relaxed rides and less turbulences. Moreover Neotec II is prepared for SENA SRL * (SHOEI RIDER LINK) Intercom System, which is perfectly integrated into the helmet shell, with no protruding operating unit.

The optimised 3D-molded visor (CNS-3) offers extra wide vision and a unique shape for optimum sealing. Stainless steel micro ratchet retention system and a detachable high performance washable interior ensures maximum rider comfort.

The 6 size options (XS-XXL) will be produced out of 3 different outer shell constructions for perfect fit and compact dimensions. Furthermore a new developed ventilation system – with 2 inlets at the upper head and chin area as well as 2 rear outlet vents at the back – makes it once again a Shoei at its best and the perfect choice for motorcycle enthusiasts!

Last but not least an innovative locking system in opened state allows P/J double Homologation as Jet- and Integral-helmet and rounds off the whole Neotec II concept.

In terms of helmet graphics Shoei sets new standards as usual. Whether our pure racing helmet
X-Spirit III, the sporty street helmet NXR, the touring orientated GT-Air or our classic open face helmet J•O – all come with new stunning graphics for the upcoming season – the new Shoei graphics are once again innovative.

Discover the Shoei helmet-line-up for 2018 – as always under the motto: Premium helmets for perfect riding pleasure.

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2018 Yamaha XSR700 Sport Heritage First Ride Review

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2018 Yamaha XSR700 Sport Heritage

Editor Score: 91.5%
Engine 19.0/20
Suspension/Handling 14.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 9.5/10
Overall Score91.5/100

Whoever said, “you can buy fashion but you can’t buy style” has obviously never seen or ridden Yamaha’s all new 2018 XSR700 Sport Heritage. While this statement usually pertains to clothes, I don’t think it’s far off the mark when it comes to Yamaha’s new middleweight. The threads you wear and motorcycles you ride don’t have a lot in common, but one thing they do share is that they both allow you to express yourself and make a statement. Just about anything retro is “cool”, or in fashion these days, but what the wearer (or rider in this case) does with it ultimately evokes their style. The XSR700 makes it easy to do so on both fronts. Allow me to explain…

Just to reiterate – retro is “in” right now. Call it what you want to call it, whether it be retro, vintage, classic or traditional, it’s all the same, and kids these days are into it. Take it from me, a 28-year-old, tattooed, hipster millennial – I should know what’s cool, right? Maybe not, but it’s what a large portion of my generation digs. Plus, it’s this younger demographic that manufacturers are targeting to help keep our industry alive, though anyone, regardless of age can look good on this bike.

What else is a hipster to do these days but ride their vintage (looking) bike from coffee shop to coffee shop? We gotta get our caffeine fix somehow, and why not pair it with the excitement of riding?

Everyone wants the look and style of an old motorcycle, but could do without the difficult hurdles of its ownership – mainly the reliability, access to parts and the overall lack of performance (by today’s standards, anyhow). Yamaha has elegantly bridged this gap with the XSR700 Sport Heritage. Drawing influence from its classic “XS” series, Yamaha blends world-class engineering with timeless style and has created a machine for riders looking for an authentic and honest motorcycle that doesn’t sacrifice performance or leave you stranded on the side of the road.

The styling of many modern bikes today is edgy, with plenty of sharp angles and aggressive lines. The XSR has taken a different, more relaxed approach with the use of round components that include a circular multi-reflector headlight, LED tail and brake light as well as a compact LCD instrument gauge. The gauge displays all pertinent information that’s thoughtfully laid out and easily discernible at a quick glance. These round lines certainly harken back to the styling of the XS models of the ’70s – which is cool, I tell you!

Yamaha XSR700 Sport Heritage

A wide, easy to reach handlebar offers plenty of leverage and the compact, round gauge displays all the info you need with just a quick glance.

Yamaha XSR700 Sport Heritage

The round LED tail light atop the duckbill rear fender is bright and complements the bike’s styling nicely.

Just kidding, but what is cool is that Yamaha has engineered the XSR700 so that its owners can easily customize it to their liking. In fact, Yamaha encourages it. The gas tank has three covers (left, right and center), that are easily unbolted and can be painted any-which-way you want if the matte gray aluminum or raspberry metallic don’t tickle your fancy. There are also other raw aluminum covers and braces that can be painted or left bare – the bike will look good, either way. The rear portion of the subframe is removable to further aid and simplify customization. In addition, Yamaha has a whole slew of accessories specific to the XSR700 including everything from number plates to adventure saddlebags to truly make it your own.

Yamaha XSR700 Sport Heritage

The gas tank panels are easily removed so that you can paint and customize them anyway you want. So easy even a millennial can do it.

While looks and styling are obviously important factors when influencing and attracting potential buyers/riders, it’s the bike’s meat and potatoes that will ultimately determine its value. Nobody wants a bike that’s all show, no go. Hands down, my favorite part of the XSR700 is the motor. Why? It’s a torque monster. Yamaha claims 50 foot-pounds of torque from the 689cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder DOHC engine, but given how happy it is to loft the front end, you’d think it had a bigger motor. Ripping first, second and even third gear wheelies out of almost every turn is as fun and easy as it sounds. Coming to a stop sign or red light isn’t even that bad because it means you get to feather the clutch and click through those gears all over again – it’s addictive.

Throwing the XSR into city corners is no problem even with all the potholes, cracks and railroad tracks. The 41mm fork and rear monocross shock handle the bumps with ease.

Yamaha designed this motor to “maximize riding excitement in the real world,” and they succeeded. The XSR700 has super usable power and is a pleasure to ride in and around town. Exciting as the motor may be, it’s never overwhelming, and delivers linear power that keeps pulling all the way up through redline which makes it no slouch in spirited jaunts through the twisties. There are two major benefits to this: the predictability and user-friendly nature of the motor lends itself well to less experienced riders in building their confidence but can provide plenty of thrill to faster riders, too.

Going fast is no fun if you can’t slow down though, right? Scrubbing the XSR700’s speed is a pair of 282mm floating discs with four-pot calipers in the front and a 245mm disc in the rear. ABS comes standard to prevent wheel lock under heavy deceleration and works well when triggered. One of my biggest ABS pet peeves is when it’s too eager to engage, but the XSR’s unit finds a nice balance without any disconcerting modulation at the lever. Kudos.

Spirited riding is certainly one of the XSR700’s strong points as it’s well suited to carving up the curves. If you look closely, you can see sparks from dragging the foot peg feelers.

Keeping the XSR700 composed is a non-adjustable 41mm telescopic fork and a link-type monocross rear shock with preload adjustability. Each delivers 5.1 inches of suspension travel and together are tuned to provide a balance of comfort and control ideal for the street. The bike floats over railroad tracks and manhole covers gently but stays firm and planted while leaned over through rougher, choppier pavement as well. You can push the XSR700 pretty darn deep into a turn, and it holds its arc nicely.

Yamaha designers and engineers did a bang-up job in creating a great all-arounder. Whether it be commuting, sporty riding or long hauls down the freeway, the XSR700 has comfortable ergonomics to do it all. Compared to its FZ-07 (now MT-07) brother, the XSR’s 29-inch wide bars are about 3 inches wider and just a tad closer to the rider. This offers an open and roomy cockpit with an upright seating position that provides the pilot with plenty of leverage to throw the bike in and out of turns but also comfort for longer rides.  The tank is recessed effectively where your thighs can comfortably squeeze the bike, which in turn makes it feel super thin and nimble as a result.

A skinny chassis and 410 lb weight make the bike flickable through the twisty stuff.

Adding to the XSR700’s flickable handling is Yamaha’s claimed 410-pound wet weight, which is certainly lighter than most other middleweight bikes in its class. The bike’s light weight paired with its 25-degree rake make it a corner slayer, however it’s also very stable at speeds north of 80. Most Southern California freeways have little rain grooves that like to steer the bike in whichever direction they please. This sensation can be unnerving and it intensifies with more speed, but the XSR700 goes where you point it without any sort of backtalk or ideas of its own.

A couple other comfort characteristics worthy of noting are the seat and the lack of vibration transmitted from the motor. The two-level, stitched saddle is soft in all the right places and positions you comfortably forward right up against the tank. My upper inner thighs thank you, Yamaha, as that’s usually where any sort of discomfort is focused. Paired with the engine’s “Crossplane Concept” 270-degree crank is a vibration-reducing counterbalancer that doesn’t leave your hands or feet tingling after a long haul.

Coffee shops and record stores are good and dandy, but the open country roads are where the XSR700 shines brightest.

All in all, the XSR700 Sport Heritage is a solid motorcycle, and it’s fun to ride. I get excited just thinking about it. This is perhaps its greatest strength because above all else, riding motorcycles is about having fun, and the XSR provides plenty of it. We look forward to putting more miles on the thing to further determine where it shines and where it may falter, but so far, our first impression is positive. No question. And as far as the saying “you can buy fashion but you can’t buy style” goes, you can pick one of these up for $8,499. Yamaha will provide the fashion and you can provide the style as you wheelie off into the sunset, or to the next light, whichever comes first.

Wheelie pics and video coming soon!

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Save The Date 2020: Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride

November 17, 2017 Press Release 0

What could be a better way to celebrate women’s first access to voting than by having groups of women from all over the country enjoying the freedom of motorcycling all the way to Washington, DC? We anxiously await  more information as preparation for the Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride progresses.

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Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020

A ride celebrating the power, freedom and unity of American women on the centennial of the right to vote

Progress is measured in big and small ways every day. A formative step towards the equality of Women in America was the passage of the 19th amendment of the US constitution allowing American women equal vote in fair and free elections. Progress continues on to this day and will be celebrated in August of 2020 with the Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride. This cross-country ride is dedicated to all women who have fought for equality in the voting booth, in business and in life.

The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride 2020 (SCMR2020) is a female-centric multi-route cross-country motorcycle ride. The primary routes depart from the West Coast and arrive in Washington, D.C. approximately three weeks later. Major cities across the country will be announced as starting points for rides that will join into a single large group as they roll towards Washington, D.C. The ride will benefit several charities that service female interests across the US, and will be broadly shared via social media and editorial coverage.

Riders will have the option of registering for a nearly all-inclusive three week tour, with other options for shorter rides. Each ride will feature unique points of interest, historic locations and will wrap itself in the majestic scenery of the United States. SCMR2020 is being announced early to inspire women to brush up on riding skills, learn how to ride and to set a goal to join what will surely be an legendary group making a powerful statement.

The event is being managed by Alisa Clickenger of Women’s Motorcycle Tours in partnership with Robert Pandya of SpokesPeople LLC. “I have been hosting rides and events for women for many years after discovering the freedom and sisterhood of riding, and I am humbled and inspired by the Suffragettes,” says Clickenger. “Two summers ago I produced the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride to celebrate the bold American attitude and confidence of the legendary Van Buren Sisters ride in 1916. The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride is intended to honor and increase the appreciation for how far women have come, and how far we will go.”

“I have been involved in women’s riding initiatives for my entire professional career,” says Pandya. “SCMR2020 is going to be a great and meaningful event, and will arrive in Washington, D.C. with the strength and power that only a women’s ride can deliver. I know that this ride will be transformational for every participant and I know it will inspire women for generations to come.”

Those wanting the latest information on SCMR2020 can sign up for a mailing list at http://eepurl.com/c-_Viz . Updates will be sent regularly in the coming months. There will be limited entries into the three-week Full Ride Tour program, with other shorter ride options as well. Registration will start in 2018.

SCMR2020 is open to sponsorships and activation opportunities, and we’ll be tailoring each ride to create the most compelling experience possible for the participants. Interested organizations and companies can connect with the SCMR2020 team at Info@CentennialRide.com.

A complete website inclusive of the general route, inspiring stories of female riders, resource listings such as riding schools, female-friendly motorcycle media, apparel guides and more is being developed and will develop in the coming months. Log on to www.centennialride.com.

“This is an exciting and epic idea! It’s going to have a lot of moving pieces,” says Clickenger. “I know that our team will deliver a unique and historical ride that will ignite women across the country. I am so excited to once again ride with mothers, daughters and sisters who share the vision and who choose to live an inspired life!”

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New 2018 Ducati Models Coming to Long Beach IMS

November 16, 2017 Press Release 0

Ducati confirmed it will present the 2018 Panigale V4 along with five other new 2018 models at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show.

The Panigale V4 (along with its S and Speciale versions) will be joined by the new Scrambler 1100 Special, Multistrada 1260 S, 959 Panigale Corse as well as the recently reviewed Monster 821.

Ducati will also show the new Iceberg White color XDiavel S (which should also be appearing in dealerships any day now).

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DUCATI NORTH AMERICA TO DEBUT SIX NEW 2018 MOTORCYCLES AT LONG BEACH MOTORCYCLE SHOW

~ Ducati’s Groundbreaking Panigale V4 will be Unveiled for the First Time in North America on November 17 at Long Beach Convention Center ~

Cupertino, Calif. – Shortly after uncovering its newest 2018 motorcycle line-up in Milan, Italy, Ducati is headed to California to debut six new bikes for the first time in North America at the Long Beach Motorcycle Show, as part of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS). The display at the Long Beach Convention Center from November 17 to 19 will kick off with the unveiling of the highly anticipated Ducati Panigale V4, a track-bred masterpiece offering an astounding 214 horsepower with an astonishing dry weight of only 386 lbs.

The arrival of Ducati’s V4 motorcycle on North American shores showcases the company’s dedication to pushing engineering and performance to new extremes. Both the Panigale V4 S and the Panigale V4 Speciale are scheduled for display during Long Beach IMS, along with the all-new Scrambler 1100 Special, Multistrada 1260 S, 959 Panigale Corse, Monster 821 and XDiavel S in Iceberg White.

Also for 2018, Ducati has continued to take steps to improve the ownership experience and reduce service intervals, in support of the company’s passion for riding. An example of this is the extended 18,000-mile service interval for the new Monster 821, allowing for more time on the road.

North American Debuts Slated for Long Beach IMS

Panigale V4 (Available February 2018) – Powered by the new V4 engine delivering 214 horsepower and a suite of electronics, and weighing only 386 lbs, the Panigale V4 is the start of a new chapter in the Ducati story. The Panigale V4 replaces the iconic 1299 at the top of the Ducati supersport range, doing so by enhancing performance and ridability so that riders of all skill levels can enjoy boundless fun and excitement.

Scrambler 1100 Special (Available April 2018) – The Scrambler 1100 is the newest addition to the Scrambler family, bringing a third-engine to Ducati’s successful Scrambler product line. The Scrambler 1100 Special is a contemporary classic that has the elegance and character of black spoke wheels, aluminum mudguards and chrome exhausts. It is a personal statement that gets an update in the dedicated color Custom Grey enhanced by tank side panels in anodized aluminum.

Multistrada 1260 S (Available January 2018) – The new Multistrada 1260 S maximizes the concept of versatility. A new 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine offers 85% of its torque available under 3,500 rpm and delivery at 5,500 rpm is 18% higher compared to the predecessor model. There is also a new chassis and a cutting-edge electronics package, allowing for smartphone connectivity using Bluetooth technology, standard on the S model. The Multistrada 1260 S is truly a motorcycle built for adventure

959 Panigale Corse (Available March 2018) – The 959 Panigale Corse achieves the perfect balance between power, lightness, performance and control. It features many unique upgrades, including dedicated livery inspired by MotoGP racing colors, Öhlins suspension and Ducati quickshift standard. The 955 cc twin-cylinder Superquadro and the exclusive monocoque frame of the 959 Panigale Corse creates a unique mix of performance and ease of riding in a lightweight and easy to handle package.

Monster 821 (Available January 2018) – The Monster 821 pays homage to the legacy of the Monster 900, which more than 25 years ago revolutionized the motorcycle world, embodying the essence of a true naked sport bike. Standard equipment includes a TFT color display and Ducati standard quickshift. Sophisticated and sporty, agile and powerful, the Monster 821 combines perfect performance for both entry-level and seasoned riders.

XDiavel S (Iceberg White) (Available November 2017) – For 2018 Ducati is offering dedicated fans of its techno-cruiser XDiavel a stunning new color palette: Iceberg White. It’s an exhilarating new option for the “S” model, available as part of the new 2018 XDiavel, which also has improved ergonomics thanks to improved suspension and new handlebar. And with accessory options, there are more 147 rider configurations possible.

In addition to showcasing the company’s newest models, other brand favorites will also be showcased at the Long Beach Convention Center, including the Multistrada Enduro Pro.

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Rizoma USA And REVIT! USA Form Exclusive North American Partnership

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Two brands we love, Rizoma USA And REV’IT! USA, working together. We’re cool with that. 

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Rizoma USA and REV’IT! USA form exclusive North American partnership

Ferno, Italy and Oss, Netherlands, October 3, 2017.
 Rizoma USA and REV’IT! USA have formed a partnership that gives REV’IT! USA exclusive distribution rights for the premium Italian parts and accessories brand in the United States and Canada, effective October 1, 2017. The alliance will create a position for Rizoma to more deeply penetrate the US and Canadian markets, and to deliver the highest level of service and support to its dealers.

REV’IT!, a global leader in protective motorcycle apparel, will migrate all operations for Rizoma US to its East Coast headquarters in Brooklyn, as of October 1. Strategic sales and marketing synergies are expected to help broaden both brands’ growing dealer networks across the North American motorcycle parts and accessories markets.

Of the deal, Managing Director at REV’IT! Sport International Ivan Vos says, “This partnership highlights a shared passion for design, performance and innovation, and pushes forward our mission of delivering premium products to our retail partners in North America. We feel that there is excellent potential for both brands via this partnership.”

Fabrizio Rigolio, CEO of Rizoma, says “For some time we have wanted stronger market penetration in the US and Canada, with the aim of optimizing both our presence and service for our dealers. As with all our projects, we want to achieve the best possible result without compromising on our core values, and to do so, we must align with the best partners. This partnership was born through the sharing of this vision, with the aim of bringing Rizoma USA a new step towards the future.”

Paolo Bacchiarello, REV’IT! Sport USA VP of Operations adds, “We are happy that Rizoma has trusted us to develop both markets further. Our organization continues to grow strongly in the USA and Canada and Rizoma’s excellent brand recognition and quality focus are assets to the current portfolio.”

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New 2018 BMW Models to Make US Debuts at Long Beach IMS

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BMW will present several new 2018 models at this weekend’s International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif. For many of these models, the event will be their U.S. debuts following their global reveals last week at EICMA.

These include the K1600B Grand America and C400X scooter (pictured below). Also confirmed for Long Beach are the G310GS introduced at last year’s EICMA show and the C Evolution electric scooter, and the recently-reviewed carbon fiber HP4 Race. BMW says it will also have several special edition motorcycles on display at IMS.

Conspicuously absent, however, are the new F750GS and F850GS that were also introduced last week in Milan. Neither model has been confirmed as of this writing for the U.S. market, though both models are expected eventually.

 

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Can The State Seize Your $35k Harley for DUI?

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That’s the question the Illinois Supreme Court is pondering. Petra Henderson says she paid $35,000 for her Harley-Davidson in 2010, and was still paying it off when it was seized in 2014. She argues that taking it is an “excessive fine,” prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

“I would submit, your honor, the thing that Petra did wrong that night was exercise bad judgment,” her lawyer, James Campion, told the justices. “The facts show that she was arguing with her husband in the parking lot at 12:30 at night — of the bar — as to whether he should drive or not. Petra was the designated driver that night. Knowing that the trip was only going to be three to five minutes, she then made the decision to allow him to drive while he was intoxicated.

“For this act of hers, this bad judgment, the state feels that the taking of her valuable motorcycle … was justified,” Campion said. “We would submit that under the facts of this case, the forfeiture Petra Henderson’s motorcycle was an excessive fine, and in fact was in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Read the whole story here, at Peoriapublicradio.org, maybe leave a comment.

 

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Pirelli Test Riders Climb To More Than 17,000 Ft.

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Here’s a fun way for a tire company to create an interesting press release: Send out your test riders to India’s Himalayan mountain range to take on the 17,582-foot Khardung La Pass mountain pass, one of the highest in the world.

It doesn’t hurt when one of your riders is Salvo Pennisi (pictured in the lead photo), who we’ve met and enjoyed his genial and adventuresome personality at several Pirelli tire launches. The former Dakar Rally competitor saddled up on Royal Enfield’s recently introduced Himalayan, which uses Pirelli’s MT60 tires as original equipment.

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The Collaboration Between Pirelli and Royal Enfield is Growing: PHANTOM SPORTSCOMP Tires are Original Equipment on the New Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650. Following the Himalayan Model Equipped with MT 60 and the Continental GT 500cc with Sport Demon, now the New Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650 will be mounted with Pirelli Tires. To Celebrate the Original Equipment Supply, Pirelli’s Motorcycle Testing Department Climbed the Himalayan Chain to Reach One of the Highest Vehicle-Accessible Passes in the World

MILAN (November 15, 2017) – The collaboration between Pirelli, one of the leading tire manufacturers in the world, and Royal Enfield, the historic Anglo-Indian motorcycle company, is further strengthened: the new models Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650, recently presented at EICMA, will fit Pirelli PHANTOM SPORTSCOMP as original equipment tires.

The new Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650 are just the latest models that Royal Enfield has decided to equip with Pirelli tires. For the Himalayan, another Pirelli tire, the MT 60, was selected, while Pirelli SPORT DEMON was chosen for the Continental GT 500cc.

The new Continental GT 650 and Interceptor INT 650 powered by the 650 Twin will be equipped with the legendary PHANTOM SPORTSCOMP (in 100/90 – 18 M/C 56H TL front and 130/70 – 18 M/C 63H TL rear sizes).

PHANTOM™ SPORTSCOMP is part of a line of historical tires of the Pirelli Sport Classic range, which includes also the MT 60 and SPORT DEMON™ models, destined to respond to the heritage trends and chosen by motorcycle manufacturers and customizers, to equip modern café racers, medium-powered custom bikes and modern classics.

Tires of Pirelli’s PHANTOM line are legendary. They were produced for the first time back in 1977 and redesigned over the years to keep pace with the most modern technologies. Their constant presence and evolution over the years make it one of the most important brands among motorcycle products made by the “long P” company.

With the new millennium, Pirelli revised the PHANTOM SPORTSCOMP radically, combining the sporting origin of the Sportscomp with timeless charm and style, thus giving rise to a Sport Classic line within the Supersport segment.

Among the strengths of this tire include the easy handling and change in direction, stable and predictable behavior under acceleration and braking, being able to transmit power to the ground and regular wear combined to excellent mileage.

In addition, to celebrating and sealing the collaboration with Royal Enfield, an expedition of the Pirelli Motorcycle Testing Department has reached, with two Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles equipped with Pirelli MT 60 tires, the Khardung La Pass. At 5,359 meters (17,582 ft.) high it has long been considered the highest vehicle-accessible pass in the world.

The adventure was realized by Salvo Pennisi, Director of Testing and Technical Relations for Pirelli Motorcycle Division, and by Vincenzo Bonaccorsi, who for Pirelli is the tester responsible for the Original Equipment projects in the Asia-Pacific area.

In India to support normal working activities with Original Equipment companies such as Royal Enfield, the two Pirelli Motorcycle Testing Department representatives wanted to celebrate in this particular way the supply to Royal Enfield.

Riding two Royal Enfield Himalayan’s fitted with Pirelli MT 60 tires, Salvo Pennisi and Vincenzo Bonaccorsi decided to ride the Himalayan chain; to the Khardung La Pass, one of the highest vehicle-accessible passes in the world in the region of Ladakh, India, north of Leh and considered the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.

Departing from the town of Manali at midday on Thursday September 28, 2017, after two days and five hundred kilometers of roads and slopes that are so tough and challenging to enter, they are considered in the list of the ‘10 most dangerous roads in the world’. The route took them with forced acclimatization, through the passes of Rohtang (3956 meters above sea level), Nakeela (4711 meters above sea level), Lachungla (5035 meters above sea level) and Kangla Jal (4878 meters above sea level). Pirelli’s adventurers reached the Khardung La Pass at 12:16 pm on Saturday September 30, 2017, summing up in total, 48 hours and 23,968 meters of altitude, thus crowning one of the most iconic dreams of motorcyclists, to challenge themselves in the Himalayas and attempt the legendary Kardhung La.

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ABOUT PIRELLI

Founded in 1872, Pirelli is among the largest global tire makers, and focuses its business on the high end, premium product segment where it is a world leader. Present in over 160 countries, Pirelli has 22 manufacturing sites and employs approximately 38,000 people around the world. Successfully competing in motorsports since 1907, Pirelli is currently the exclusive supplier of the Formula 1 championship, the Superbike world championship, and many other championships around the world.

Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) member countries through its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico and its New York City, Montreal and Mexico City sales and marketing offices. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications (US, CA, MX) and Agro/Heavy Truck platforms (MX).

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Why Not Buy Tony Elias Yoshimura Superbike?

November 16, 2017 John Burns 0

Really, $20,000 doesn’t seem at all out of line for the very bike Tony le Tigre won five Superbike races on last season, especially given that a standard GSX-R1000R sells for over $17k. This one makes 221 rear-wheel horses, according to the ad, and weighs 370 pounds. It’s only got 300 miles on it.

As we used to say in Kansas City, it got’s: a hand-formed Yoshimura fuel tank, billet subframe, massive super bike radiator, Yoshimura full Ti exhaust system and numerous other Yoshimura parts, MotoGP spec Brembo radial brake calipers and 330mm superbike rotors, Martek magnesium wheels, Motec ignition system and a Yoshimura kit wiring harness. Also, free shipping in the US to the winning bidder!

Are the lights in a box? Can we put them back on? Could make a nice streetfighter… Well, don’t get your hopes too up: $20k is only the opening bid. But so far there aren’t any bids at all with four days to go. Probably a few lurkers…

Here’s the ad on ebay. Will you take a third-party out-of-state check?

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