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EBR Motorcycles Back in Business

Motorcycle NewsWhile cats are said to have nine lives, businesses are rarely so lucky but Erik Buell Racing seems to have a life of its own, sinking, re-emerging and resuscitated for the third time. Dumped by Harley-Davidson when the parent hit hard times a few years ago, the Buell brand re-emerged as Erik Buell Racing but hit another wall last year.

Now it has been resurrected by an investment firm, Liquid Asset Partners, with production restarting in East Troy, Wisconsin.

There is said to be a multi-year plan in place, and Erik Buell has taken on the role of Chief Technical Officer. The company has started to produce 'America's Sports Bike' once again, the EBR 1190RX and 1190SX models, though as yet it is unclear through whom these will be sold.
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The Honda Three-Wheeler to Rival the Yamaha Tricity

Motorcycle NewsThe idea of a leaning three-wheeler has been around for more than a decade, since the Piaggio MP3, but the concept is now gaining traction as other big motorcycle manufacturers dive into the three-wheel market.

Yamaha is there with the Tricity 125 and the not so long ago announced Tricity 155 and Yamaha has even plans to expand the three-wheeler with larger engines, while Honda has also hinted that it's following suit, showing the NeoWing concept scooter last year.

As well as the Honda NeoWing, which might well reach production in some form, Honda has been working on the NC750 engine and chassis. But a new patent shows that Honda is also developing a scooter to directly compete with the Piaggio MP3 and the Yamaha Tricity.
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The Yamaha YZF-R3 - The Constant Fun Bike

Motorcycle ReviewsAfter living with the Yamaha YZF-R3 for a few months, is it still fun? Oh yeah! It's got the looks and the performance – and to top it off it's also very comfortable. Over the last few months, I've ridden the Yamaha YZF-R3 mainly in the city – and, on just a few occasions, outside Bangkok. But, frankly, it doesn't really matter where I'm riding the Yamaha YZF-R3, because it's always a joy to sit on it and rev the engine.

The only thing left to find out is if it can be a good 'small-capacity' touring motorcycle. The fact it doesn't vibrate at all – even at high speeds – means that it should be just fine. It makes the everyday commute enjoyable. The clutch can be a bit heavy if the traffic is bad, and your forearm can begin to hurt.

And now that the weather is getting hotter, the engine heat has started to bother me when at a standstill. But these are minor problems that you forget about as you begin to ride again.
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Indian Chief Line-Up Gets the 2016 Springfield

Motorcycle NewsIndian Motorcycles, the well-known cruiser manufacturer, has just added the 2016 Indian Springfield to its motorcycle line-up. The new touring motorcycle is named after the company's headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts and as far as we know the price for Thailand is not yet released. The motorcycle belongs to the Indian Chief family of motorcycles and it features a trunk-compatible chassis for higher loading capacity.

The massive tourer also sports a bespoke quick-release windshield, and gets other standard features such as remote locking hard luggage, adjustable passenger floorboards, leather seats, ABS, tire pressure monitoring system and cruise control.
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MV Agusta in Some Financial Difficulty

Motorcycle NewsMV Agusta, the well-known Italian motorcycle manufacturer, may have just have it record breaking world wide sales numbers but back home they're facing new problem: money.

It's never enough, is it? And, sometimes you run out faster than you are willing to believe. MV Agusta have witnessed a 30 percent growth, and even had sales go up from 30 million Euro to 100 million Euro over the past few years, yet a recent report included an increasing amount of debt to suppliers, banks and tax authorities, among others.
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Yamaha Complete Successful One-Day Test in Jerez

Motorcycle RacingFresh from their stunning 1-2 finish in yesterday's Gran Premio de España, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were back on track today at the Circuito de Jerez for a one-day Official IRTA test. Yesterday's second place podium finisher Lorenzo was the second fastest rider of the day whilst race winner Rossi wrapped up his post-celebrations testing day in fourth.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team spent an extra day in Jerez today, following on from yesterday's stunning 1-2 race victory in the Gran Premio de España to take part in a one-day Official IRTA Test.

Aside from the three options of front tyre Michelin brought for the MotoGP field to test, the Movistar Yamaha team also focused on several elements to evaluate over the day. Lorenzo and Rossi tested multiple electronic settings for their YZR-M1s and made a further test of a rear fuel tank.
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Semi-Synthetic or Fully-Synthetic Engine Oil

Motorcycle PartsI have lost count of the number of times a customer comes in asking for fully-synthetic oil for a regular motorcycle. Manufacturers specify, for arguments sake, a 10w40 semi-synthetic oil from their recommended oil supplier, be it Honda with Castrol or Yamaha with Yamalube, etc... It'll have a specification dictated by country, pollutants and additives in oils, designed specifically for that motorcycle. So why would you make the rash decision, and more expensive option to change to fully-synthetic after 15,000 kilometers running faultlessly?

People do some strange things, Their friend on a online forum syas, “I've got this in my motorcycle,” and they haven't actually thought that this motorcycle may be a KTM, for example, and requires a certain oil. Most manufacturers recommend a 10w40 to cope with a wide parameter of working temperatures and abuse, and work with this oil consistently as a base.
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Rossi Seals Spanish Victory As Lorenzo Scores Second

Motorcycle RacingMovistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi highlighted why he is the most successful rider at Circuito de Jerez today and rode one of the strongest races of his career to receive a standing ovation as he jumped onto the top step of the podium for the Gran Premio de España. Jorge Lorenzo also put in a stunning effort under the Andalusian sunshine and made it a perfect 1-2 for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team dominated the scenes in Spain as Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo set off from first and second place of the grid. They didn't relinquish the first two places once to any other riders and gave Yamaha a perfect one-two podium.

Starting from pole the nine-time world champion had a strong start and took the holeshot with his team-mate following his every move like a shadow. Two laps of tense racing action followed as they pushed each other to the limit. Rossi tried to make his YZR-M1 as wide as possible as Lorenzo tried to steal the lead. He had a brief success, but Rossi immediately responded. Realising the threat that was coming from behind, the Doctor dropped the fastest lap of the race on lap three, a 1'40.090s, and created a 0.7s gap to his pursuers. With clear track in front of him and behind him, Rossi put the hammer down and checked out.
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Suzuki the First with Hydrogen-Powered Scooter

Motorcycle NewsSuzuki has published patents for its first road-legal hydrogen-powered fuel-cell super scooter. America is an eager adopter of this sort of technology and Toyota has seen sales of its hybrids rocket in the US so it’s a sound game plan to launch this (although the Suzuki scooter is not a hybrid, a purely hydrogen-powered vehicle) as a first fuel-cell super scooter in America to gauge reaction and customer take-up on the idea.

This is a significant move from Suzuki which has been working on the technology for a few years and has already shown its hydrogen-powered motorcycle concept to the world.
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Jorge Lorenzo Signs with Ducati for 2017 and 2018

Motorcycle RacingReigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will make the switch from Yamaha to Ducati for the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP seasons.

Rumors began circulating before the MotoGP season had even started that Ducati had prepared a highly lucrative offer for Jorge Lorenzo, backed by the combined finances of longtime sponsor tobacco giant Phillip Morris and Ducati owners Audi, both of whom are keen to see the team return to winning races and championships.

The deal was confirmed last week after a nearly simultaneous statements from Yamaha and Ducati.
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