blank 08/28/14 12:01PM AMA Supermoto, American Motorcyclist Association, FIM Supermoto

U.S. Supermoto of Nations Team Will Include
Gage McAllister, Monte Frank and Johnny Lewis

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. team that will compete at the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme) Supermoto of Nations in Cremona, Italy, Oct. 12. The 2014 team will include Gage McAllister, Monte Frank and Johnny Lewis.

Brandon Ward and Eric Stump are alternates and will travel with the team to Cremona.

“Supermoto is a thrilling sport, and we’re excited for its resurgence in America,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “Sending riders to compete in the world team championship is another important part of accelerating the growth of U.S. Supermoto.”

Marco Pedde with Supermoto East Coast, which promotes the FIM North America Supermoto Championship Series, will manage the team.

“Supermoto has came a long way in the last few years, and the U.S. Supermoto of Nations team is the result of the hard work of the two AMA-sanctioned Supermoto series,” Pedde said. “Supermoto of Nations will be the great push the sport needs in America to get it back to where it belongs. I am really honored to be the team manager of the first American Supermoto of Nations team.”

Lewis competes in the FIM North America Supermoto Championship Series for Solid Performance KTM/Eyeball Moto.

“It’s been an amazing season racing the FIM North America Supermoto Championship Series so far with nine of 10 moto wins, and to now get the chance to represent the United States at the FIM Supermoto of Nations against the best in the world is going to cap off this awesome season,” said Lewis, who is from Coatesville, Pa. “I’m looking forward to teaming up with the other riders selected and putting in a great effort representing the USA.”

McAllister, who is from Lincoln, Calif., and rides for the Intents Racing team, said: “I am honored to be a part of the very first USA Supermoto of Nations team.”

Frank races in the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series for Team M&G Homes/Ajax Kawasaki. He’s second in points with four of six rounds completed.

“I’m pretty honored to be on the team since this is the first year,” said Frank, from Newcastle, Okla. “I’ve been racing Supermoto since 2006, so it’s good to still be around and get the opportunity to do this. The guys over there in Europe are super fast, so we’re looking forward to a great challenge. I’ve been going to Europe to race the last three years now, and everyone seems to take the sport just a bit more seriously over there, while over here in America, we’re still getting back up to speed. They might be a little bit more prepared in that sense, but Supermoto competition in the United States has definitely improved leaps and bounds with the new AMA series this year. We’re starting to get better rider turnout, and there’s a good group of fast guys committed to the series.”

Ward is part of the BW Racing team.

“I am extremely delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the United States Supermoto of Nations team,” said Ward, from Newport Beach, Calif. “Racing in Europe has been a dream of mine for many years. I had the chance to race alongside the world’s best racers in the Mettet Superbikers last year, and ever since then I have had my eyes set on improving and being able to compete for a top finish alongside guys like Bidart, Hermunen, Lazzarini and the Chareyre brothers. Being selected to be a part of the United States SMoN team as an alternate is an unbelievable honor and if necessary, I will step in and represent the United States to the best of my ability.”

Stump rides for Eyeball Moto.

“Supermoto is coming back, and I am happy to be part of the first official U.S. Supermoto team competing at the FIM Supermoto of Nations,” said Stump, from Levittown, Pa.

Matt Stewart with USA Supermoto, which promotes the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series, and Jay Kliger, with the FIM North America Supermoto Championship Series, will be assistant team managers.

“Everyone at the AMA Supermoto Championship Series is excited to be working with the Supermoto East Coast Series in sending the first U.S. team to the FIM Supermoto of Nations,” Stewart said. “We look forward to a successful trip and sending a team every year going forward.”

Added Kliger: “For the first time, the USA will have an official team for the FIM Supermoto Of Nations. This has been a goal of ours. To be part of it and to represent the United States on the world stage of Supermoto with a team of such talented riders is a true honor. We appreciate all the support from the AMA and the FIM and look forward to representing the USA in Cremona.”

Competition in the FIM Supermoto of Nations features the S1 class, which includes 175cc-250cc two-stroke motorcycles and 290cc-450cc four-stroke motorcycles.

The United States has never competed in the FIM Supermoto of Nations, which was first held in Bulgaria in 2008. Italy won the event in 2013, with Bulgaria second and France third.

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Strider Sports Pays It Forward with Rider Fund

Strider Sports International


Rapid City, SD  - Strider Sports International, the world's premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the creation of the Strider® Rider Fund to facilitate giving bikes to organizations that serve children.


Strider Rider Fund

 

"Our mission statement talks about why we exist, but the new Rider Fund shows how we "walk the talk", says Founder and CEO, Ryan McFarland, who has committed one percent of Strider Sports' gross revenue from all sales worldwide each month towards the Rider Fund. "Plus, for every STRIDER™ bike registered at www.StriderBikes.com/register, we will commit another $1 to the Rider Fund." 

 

To further the reach of this program, Strider Sports will convert every $100 in the Rider Fund to $300 worth of Strider bikes and products! The bikes and products will be donated through a grant application process. Based on prior year's sales data, Strider is expecting to donate more than $250,000 worth of STRIDER bikes and products to charities this year alone! Of these donations, half will be earmarked specifically to support Special Olympics chapters and the Young Athletes Programs all across the US.

 

Strider announced the Rider Fund in June at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and after only 3 months has already donated over $112,000 worth of STRIDER bikes for distribution to applicants from non-profit organizations!

 

STRIDER Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help people learn to balance and ride on two wheels. There are STRIDER bike models for all ages; from 18 month old toddlers and elementary aged children to teens, adults, and even seniors, as well as for all abilities.

 

For more information about the Strider Rider Fund, and how you can contribute, go to  www.StriderBikes.com/join-the-cause.

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blank 08/22/14 04:11PM AIMExpo, American Motorcycle Association, Kawasaki, Motorcycle Demo, Powersports Industry

2014 AIMExpo, North America’s Premier Motorcycling Industry Event
Powers into Orlando October 18-19, 2014

AIMExpo Logo

IRVINE, Calif. – Highlighted by global introductions of new products from some of the world’s most well-known and popular powersports companies, the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) rolls into Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) this fall with more exhibitors, a larger footprint, and even more excitement following a successful debut last year. Kicking off the summer riding season, tickets are now on sale to the public online.

Officially endorsed by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) as the premier motorcycle trade and consumer event in North America, AIMExpo unifies industry, dealers, media and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo opens its doors to the public on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19 providing participants the chance to immerse themselves in motorcycling through exclusive product debuts, showcases, riding demos, educational opportunities, celebrity appearances, and more.


Over 450 exhibiting companies from every category of the motorcycle marketplace will be present in AIMExpo’s indoor and outdoor exhibit areas. Major motorcycle manufacturers will be featured along with parts & accessories suppliers, apparel & gear companies, and more. Attendees can experience what’s new for the 2015 model year and see thousands of new products and services.

At AIMExpo Outdoors!, attendees can test ride the newest motorcycles, scooters, ATV’s, and side-by-sides from participating manufacturers. Fans new to motorcycling can learn proper riding and safety techniques at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation new rider introductory experiences. AIMExpo’s inside exhibit halls will feature a host of attractions including educational seminars aimed at enhancing the riding experience, along with Q&A sessions, meet & greets, and autograph signings from a wide variety of motorcycling celebrities.

"AIMExpo set a new standard for motorcycle events last year and we are working hard to deliver an even greater experience in 2014,” said Kerry Graeber, Marketing Director, Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group. “Altogether, AIMExpo continues to provide an unparalleled and fully interactive opportunity for participants to see, touch, and ride the latest and greatest from the motorcycle industry in one place, at one time. Whether a local resident or traveler combining a trip to our event with a visit to Florida’s world-class attractions, riders of all experience levels will find something new at AIMExpo.”

Adult tickets for AIMExpo are only $15 and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. AIMExpo delivers a unique, inexpensive, and fun opportunity to experience everything motorcycling has to offer with the whole family. 

Stay tuned to the newly designed AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on the continued progress by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook by visiting the AIMExpo page, and “Follow” on Twitter: @AIMExpo. To receive monthly updates from AIMExpo about new features, free giveaways, interactive opportunities and new product developments, click here to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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blank 08/21/14 11:06AM Bikefest, Biker Party, Custom Bike Show

14th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest, October 2-5

Las Vegas Bikefest
LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST®  -
Biggest Biker Party in the West!

Tighten your helmet straps, Vegas is calling!  Registration and hotel reservations for the 14th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest®, October 2-5, are now available at www.LasVegasBikeFest.com.  

“Bikers, their friends & biker wannabes can get their Ultimate and Party Passes now at early bird prices.”  Mindi Cherry, Las Vegas BikeFest organizer, described everything included. 30 bucks gets you into Rally Central at Cashman Center all weekend but, wait…there’s more.  You also get an event t-shirt, a 2014 Las Vegas BikeFest rally pin, and tickets to HEADLINE concerts on Friday AND Saturday night.  Yeah, we said it, the concerts are INCLUDED!  If you’ve had a few too many beers, we’ve got you covered with free shuttle rides between Fremont Street and Rally Central every day, all day. 

“Want more?  We’ve got more!  For an additional $25, the Ultimate Pass gets you everything included in the Party Pass plus entry into the poker runs, poker walks,  VIP Parking and chances to win big bucks and prizes in Vegas!.    If you think you have the coolest 2 wheels in town, the Ultimate Pass also gives you automatic entry into the Custom Bike Show and your chance to take home some cash or a trophy. 

Official Las Vegas BikeFest hotels are accepting reservations now.  The Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the Headquarter Hotel again this year.  Other participating hotels include The D, Downtown Grand, Golden Gate, and Plaza. "Rooms at the popular hotels will fill up quickly", commented Cherry.  Room rates start as low as $69.

Las Vegas BikeFest 2014 will be held October 2 - 5 at Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, NV 89101.  Pick up your swag and your entry passes  at the Golden Nugget on the world-famous and wildly popular Fremont Street Experience.  More information regarding vendor space, event registration and hotel reservations can be found at www.LasVegasBikeFest.com, or by calling 1-866 –BIKEFEST (1-866-245-3337)

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blank 08/19/14 01:24PM Performance Carburator

Mikuni TMX Series Performance Carburetors
Product Information

Mikuni TMX Carburetor


The innovative Mikuni TMX Series Performance Carburetor features a flat slide throttle design operating in a smooth bore venturi to provide a wider overall powerband, increased peak power, and quicker throttle response. The fuel bowl float system features independently moving twin floats, working with a main jet enclosed in a baffle chamber, allowing the TMX to perform smoothly on the roughest terrain without hesitation. TMX Series Carburetors are available in 35mm bore size for 125cc race engines, and in 38mm bore size for use on 250cc and larger engines.

Mikuni TMX Carburetors, Tuning Components, Replacement Part and Rebuild Kits are available from Mikuni Dealers and Distributors in the USA and Worldwide as shown on  http://www.MikuniPower.com.
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blank 08/15/14 10:08AM AIMExpo, Kawasaki, Motorcycle Demo Rides, Motorcycle Show

Kawasaki Becomes Newest OEM Participant at 2014 AIMExpo

IRVINE, Calif.  – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) establishes itself as the latest OEM to join the growing list of exhibitors showcasing new products at the 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo). The groundbreaking event returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, this October 16-19. Kawasaki has chosen the all-in-one platform AIMExpo provides to announce key 2015 products, one of which will make its world debut in Orlando. Attendees will also be able to witness the North American introduction of all-new vehicles in several categories that demonstrate the heritage and dynamic capabilities of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Kawasaki_Logo

“AIMExpo demonstrated last year that it can serve as the ideal platform for media and brand activities and Kawasaki will leverage this grand stage to reveal new products, as well as interact closely with dealers and consumers,” explained Kevin Allen, Kawasaki Manager, PR + Brand Experience. “We have some very exciting new product to share and AIMExpo is the perfect place to make these announcements.” Following the unveilings, all products will then be on full display for all to see inside Kawasaki’s booth (#2165) out on the AIMExpo show floor. “Kawasaki joins an expanding list of key companies that sees AIMExpo as the perfect means to infuse energy into the powersports business in North America,” said Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager, Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group. “The AIMExpo platform was strategically created for OEM’s to globally launch product to the press and engage their dealer body while also generating excitement among consumers with an immediate look at the brand’s new vehicles. Kawasaki has captured the vision, and we’re elated for them to join us in Orlando in October.” In addition to Kawasaki, more than 400 exhibitors have committed for 2014 and more are being added daily. Exhibit space allocation is ongoing as AIMExpo continues to cement its place within the powersports marketplace. Exhibitor numbers and interest continues to grow each day and companies looking to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform should contact an AIMExpo Account Manager toll free at 855-MCShows (855-627-4697). Stay tuned to the newly designed AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on the continued progress by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook by visiting the AIMExpo page, and “Follow” on Twitter: @AIMExpo.

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Bergen Knights Car & Cycle Show 2014
September 20, 2014; Tenafly, NJ

Bergen Knights Car & Cycle Show 2014
Bergen Knights Car & Cycle Show 2014

The AHEPA Bergen Knights Chapter 285 is proud to announce the 2014 BERGEN KNIGHTS CAR AND CYCLE SHOW, with all proceeds benefitting charity. This year’s show will be held on Saturday, September 20th at Saint John the Theologian Greek Orthodox, 353 East Clinton Ave. Tenafly, NJ.

Featuring classic American iron as well as rare imports, attendees can expect everything from modest daily drivers to restored trailer queens. Entries will be divided into 3 categories: Pre-World War II, from post war to 1979, and 1980 to present, and a panel of judges will view all cars and bikes.
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Coolbeth runs away with AMA Pro Flat Track Indy Mile victory

Coolbeth runs away with AMA Pro Flat Track Indy Mile victory

PHOTO BY DAVE HOENIG

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 8, 2014) - Kenny Coolbeth ripped the lead from Jake Johnson on lap four of Friday night's Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and went on to win his 32nd AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship main event aboard his Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson. Coolbeth's 2.470-second win margin turned heads, to say the least, as he was able to outgun the usual Kawasaki frontrunners, specifically Bryan Smith, to earn his third win of the season.

"This is great for us," said Coolbeth. "I feel so comfortable with my bike and my team right now. They are putting so much effort into my program every single day and it feels so good for it to pay off here tonight. Smith has the whole package, there is no denying that, but tonight we had it."

Coolbeth started on the pole but got off to a mediocre start, falling all the way back to fourth after the completion of lap one. On the second lap, however, Coolbeth found his groove and the No. 2 slot. On lap four, Coolbeth was able to get an angle on his rival, Johnson, and gain the lead for his first and final time of the night. Once in front, Coolbeth was able to check out and create enough space to ride smoothly to victory.

As easy as Coolbeth's victory looked, the battle for the next four slots was a tight one. In the end, it was Smith, aboard his Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki who earned second place. To everyone's surprise, Smith was riding as far back as sixth at one point. It wasn't until lap 16 when he appeared to turn on the jets, as he passed Jared Mees to take over the second spot. Smith would go on to forfeit his position to Mees on the last lap only to retake it from him down the final frontstretch.

Mees' third place finish aboard his Rogers Racing Harley-Davidson was his ninth top five finish out of the 10 AMA Pro Flat Track rounds, and his consistency has him atop the overall point standings heading in to the latter half of 2014.

Jake Johnson, aboard his Ramspur Winery Ducati, and Brad Baker, aboard his Factory Harley-Davidson, rounded out the top five, respectfully.

AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles

Jarod Vanderkooi ended a demanding span of three race dates in seven days in the best way possible. The pilot of the 17F Johnny's Vintage Motorcycle Honda won the famed Indy Mile, using a last-lap draft pass to get by runner-up Kyle Johnson in a finish that was so close, the timing screens showed it as a dead heat.

It's the third win of the season for Vanderkooi, and his second in Pro Singles competition - his other was on a twin at the Springfield Mile. After so much time on the road, the event also served as a homecoming for the Mt. Gilead, Ohio, rider. On Aug. 2, AMA Pro Flat Track held the Castle Rock TT, then went to Black Hills Speedway in South Dakota for an event that was washed out by Mother Nature on Aug. 5, before ending the trek in Indianapolis.

"All my friends and family are here, I'm about three hours from home," Vanderkooi said. "Everybody came out, my uncles, aunts, everybody. And it's the legendary Indy Mile, it's awesome.

"It was a long time on the road, about 7,000 miles. It's all worth it now."
Johnson, on his 77J Parkinson Brothers Honda, led coming off the final corner, but that's just how Vanderkooi wanted it.

"I wanted to go into Turn 3 in second place and hopefully draft by him on the way," Vanderkooi said. "I went on the low side of him, got the draft, and he kind of cut down to try to break the draft."
Johnson was able to hold off a similar move just weeks ago at the Sacramento Mile, where he took the checkered flag, but he still wasn't comfortable leading off Turn 4.

"We didn't want to lead off of 4," Johnson said. "Vanderkooi was smart, he didn't draft me on the backstretch. He played a smart race. ... He was able to draft me in the frontstrech and barely take that win."

Johnson retook the points lead (146-142) over Davis Fisher, who went down on the final lap on his 67M T.J. Burnett Farms Honda.

"We're four points in the lead now, hopefully we can get a couple more wins this season and come away with this points championship," Johnson said.

Nick Armstrong rounded out the podium on his No. 44E Southland Racing Honda. It's his second top three finish in the last three events, and it was special because of the lure of the race.

"Especially here at Indy, this was a big race, this is awesome," Armstrong said.

Ryan Foster on the No. 23Y Bob Weirbach Race Team Honda, and Jeffery Lowery on his 23F Englehart Racing Honda finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Twins Top 10 finishers
1. Kenny Coolbeth (Harley-Davidson)
2. Bryan Smith (Kawasaki)
3. Jared Meed (Harley-Davidson)
4. Jake Johnson (Ducati)
5. Brad Baker (Harley-Davidson)
6. Henry Wiles (Kawasaki)
7. Stevie Bonsey (Harley-Davidson)
8. Briar Bauman (Kawasaki)
9. Jake Shoemaker (Kawasaki)
10. Robert Pearson (Kawasaki)

Expert Twins top 10 in points
1. Jared Mees 182
2. Bryan Smith 181
3. Jake Johnson 174
4. Kenny Coolbeth 157
5. Sammy Halbert 138
6. Brad Baker 118
7. Brandon Robinson 117
8. Henry Wiles 115
9. Stevie Bonsey 105
10. Briar Bauman 82

AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Top 10 finishers
1. Jarod Vanderkooi (Honda)
2. Kyle Johnson (Honda)
3. Nick Armstrong (Honda)
4. Ryan Foster (Honda)
5. Jeffery Lowery (Honda)
6. Don Bromley (KTM)
7. Brandon Wilhelm (Honda)
8. Nick McFadden (Honda)
9. Bronson Bauman (Honda)
10. Jace Castles (Yamaha)

Pro Singles top 10 in points
1. Kyle Johnson 146
2. Davis Fisher 142
3. Ryan Wells 121
4. Jarod Vanderkooi 100
5. Bronson Bauman 100
6. Brandon Wilhelm 99
7. Dan Bromley 98
8. Dylan Morin 70
9. Dominic Colindres 69
10. Kolby Carlile 52

Next Up
The stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will head to Peoria, Ill. for the Peoria TT at Peoria Race Park on August 17, 2014. Footage of the Indy Mile will be available to view on AMA Pro Racing's YouTube portal at www.youtube.com/amaprovids shortly.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.

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