Rick Johnson and Sebastien Tortelli to Coach KTM Teams


Rick Johnson and Sebastien Tortelli have joined forces with KTM to serve as rider coaches for the KTM Factory Junior SX/MX Team as well as the MDK KTM Factory Racing and MDK KTM Lites Teams.

After witnessing the success that ten-time World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts has had after he began coaching KTM's European teams, KTM's Director of Racing, Kurt Nicoll, decided to follow that lead by bringing Johnson and Tortelli aboard. "I feel Johnson and Tortelli have the knowledge and ability to share their skills with these riders in a way that will benefit them at this point in their racing program, but more importantly, throughout the rest of their pro career," stated Nicoll.

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three-time motorcycle Grand Prix winner Abe dies in street accident


It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Norifumi (Norick) Abe (32) on October 7, 2007, following a traffic accident. Norick Abe, as he is fondly known by motorcycle race fans around the world, was competing this season in the JSB1000 class of the All-Japan Championships from the Y'S GEAR Racing team. Norick was riding a motorcycle in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Pref. when he met with an accident at about 6:20 pm and he was pronounced dead at 8:50 pm at the hospital where he was taken for treatment.

In 1993, Norifumi Abe became the youngest rider ever to win the pinnacle 500cc class of the All Japan Road Race Championships. The following year he was competing in the All Japan Superbike Championship when he joined the Yamaha camp and started competing in the World GP500cc class.

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Lanzi Ahead of Bayliss as Ducati Xerox Men Line Up


Lorenzo Lanzi and Troy Bayliss will line up on the second row of the grid for the Ducati Xerox Team after a relatively below-par Superpole qualifying session at the Magny-Cours circuit. James Toseland (Honda) took the pole ahead of Max Neukirchner (Suzuki), with the other two title contenders Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and Max Biaggi (Suzuki) in fourth and sixth respectively.

Quickest after the first two qualifying sessions, the 38 year-old Australian put together his fastest lap of the weekend in Superpole, but his time of 1m39.174s was only good enough for the second row. "I'm pretty disappointed with my lap to say the least" declared Troy. "That was as fast as I've ever gone around here, but I honestly thought I was going to do quite a bit better. It wasn't just one thing, the whole lap was missing just a little bit; I didn't flow with the bike and it didn't come together. I'm a bit disappointed to start on row 2, but the bike's been working quite good and I'm looking forward to a nice sunny day and some good racing.

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Kawasaki KSR-110 Big Performance by Fun-Sized bike


Kawasaki KSR-110 Big Performance Delivered by a Fun-Sized bike. The design and the engine are both designed to be friendly to use for beginners and novices drivers. while also offering a roomy layout and enough performance to suit more-advanced riders.

Power for the Kawasaki KSR-110 is loaded with a user-friendly 111cc air-cooled, SOHC two-valve, four-stroke single cylinder engine which produces an output of 8.4 horsepowers. Considering economics the Kawasaki KSR-110 drives about 55 kilometer on 1 liter fuel.

The engine's tractable power is delivered to the rear wheel via an easy-shifting, semi-automatic 4-speed transmission, complete with semi-automatic clutch. Newer riders gain confidence quickly by focusing on the basics of steering and balance instead of throttle/clutch coordination.

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Ducati and Benelli at UK Motorcycle and Scooter Show


Two of the world's biggest bike names are showcasing their 2008 models at this year's International Motorcycle and Scooter Show.

Ducati is appearing for the first time since 2005, while fellow Italian bike maker Benelli is making its show debut.

This means the UK's biggest two-wheeled show will play host to the most phenomenal selection of bikes ever to appear in Britain, when the show opens next month.

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Takeover Husqvarna Motorcycles by BMW Motorrad Finally Complete


Following the signing of the contract by the current president of BMW Motorrad, Dr Herbert Diess, (member of the board of BMW AG since 01/10/2007), and Claudio Castiglioni in Milan yesterday, the new managers of Husqvarna Motorcycles have today been named.

Rainer Thoma is in charge of Business Operations (development, production and sales) and Thomas Moser of purchasing, finances und personnel. Both were previously employed in managing positions at BMW Motorrad and BMW AG respectively.

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Motorcycles with Storage Space will Sell Better


Vietnamese motorcycle producers are rushing to re-design their bikes: it is expected that motorcycles with larger storage space will sell better in the time to come.

As of December 15, 2007, motorcycle drivers in Vietnam all must wear helmets, and drivers need a space to keep their helmets, while the current motorcycles do not have storage space large enough. Customers now tend to purchase scooters instead of regular motorcycles partially because scooters all have large under the seat storage space.

Motorcycle producers say that they had polled customers and found that customers would purchase motorcycles with larger storage space for helmets among two models with the same function and price. The finding has prompted producers to design motorbikes with larger storage space.

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Introducing Honda 2008 Motorcycle Models


Honda Motor announced its new 2008 motorcycle models. The models are on display at the Paris International Motorcycle Show, which is part of the Paris International Two-Wheel Show that opened on Saturday, September 29, in Paris, France.

This year the CBR1000RR super sports bike, popular for its high performance and stylish design, has undergone a full model change, featuring the latest in advanced technologies honed in Honda's MotoGP (FIM* Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix) machines. The engine and frame construction have been changed along with the fairing design for weight reduction and greater concentration of mass.

Also sporting a makeover this year is the XL700V Transalp, the dual-purpose sports model fitted with a 2-cylinder, V-twin engine that delivers powerful low- to mid-range torque for outstanding performance in all riding conditions. The Transalp's engine displacement has been increased from 650cc to 700cc for improved acceleration, and the headlight redesigned for a more aggressive look.

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BMW Introduces HP2 Sport Sportbike at Paris Motorshow


Saturday at the Paris Motorcycle Show, BMW Motorrad introduced the third motorcycle in its HP2 (High Performance two-cylinder) series, the Sport, a highly-modified version of the R 1200 S, which is raced in the MOTO-ST endurance series.

The HP2 Sport keep the 1170cc (101.0 x 73.0mm bore x stroke), air-and-oil-cooled, opposed Twin ("Boxer") engine of the R 1200 S, but the engine has been fitted with chain-driven, double overhead cams in place of the High Cam and push rod configuration of the R 1200 S.

Each of the horizontal camshafts actuates one 39.0mm (up from 36mm) intake and one 33mm (up from 31mm) exhaust valve via a "drag lever." Shims under the "drag lever" are used to adjust valve clearance. The four valves in each cylinder head are arranged in a radial fashion. The new cylinder heads also get revised intake porting and carbon covers with replaceable, hard plastic slider/protectors. New forged pistons and new connecting rods are used in the HP2 Sport, but compression ratio remains 12.5:1. While the use of higher-octane fuel is required, only a single spark plug is needed for ignition for each cylinder.

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Yamaha Motorcycles New Models 2008


Yamaha unveiled it's exciting new range of 2008 Power Two Wheeler's and scooter range about 10 days ago.

This year Yamaha has something for everyone, whether you are track inspired, want to take your adventures off road or are looking for smart city commuting solutions.

We have picked out three of our hero products but for the full overview visit the 2008 Motorcycles and Scooters overview page, please see the link at the bottom of this feature, where you can see at a glance what has been launched this autumn.

Catch the extreme. Using Yamaha's racing heritage and passion for being first, the new YZF-R6 is bursting with refinements and technology taken from the track.

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