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2015 World Superbike Championship

2015 World Superbike Racing Schedule Calendar

This is the final race schedule for the 2015 World Superbike Motorcycle Championship as announced by the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme). New to the series is the Thailand race at the Chang International Circuit. The Russia race is back on the calendar again for 2015 after a cancelled 2014 race.

NOTE: Always check the final date with the sanctioning organization and the track prior to the event!
2015 World Superbike Racing Schedule
Round Date Venue Race
1 February 22 Phillip Island Australia
2 March 22 Chang International Circuit Thailand
3 April 12 Motorland Aragon Spain
4 April 19 Assen Netherlands
5 May 10 Imola Italy
8 May 24 Donington Park Great Britain
7 June 7 Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Portugal
8  June 21 Misano Italy
9 July 5 Moscow Raceway Russia
10 July 19 Laguna Seca California, USA
11 August 2 Sepang Malaysia
12 September 20 Jerez Spain
13 October 4 Magny-Cours France
14 November 2 Losail Qatar

More: 2015 MotoGP Schedule  2015 World Superbike Schedule  |  U.S. 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Racing Schedule live online webcasts during each race; archived versions also available  |  More local/regional motorcycle racing event schedules available at Roadracing World  |  Official MotoGP Website  |  Official World Superbike Website

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AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

December 17, 2014 - The American Motorcyclist Association has announced that next year's premier celebration of vintage motorcycling, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, will be July 10-12, 2015, at the Mid-Ohio Race Course in Lexington, Ohio.

"AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days has a long and rich history as one of motorcycling's most fun, feel-good events" said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey.

"From the vintage racing to the bike shows to the enormous swap meet, there is something for everyone at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. If you love motorcycles, there is no better place to be."

A fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features classic motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous. Activities include the AMA Vintage Grand Championship, which features road racing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track racing.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Another top attraction is North America's largest motorcycle swap meet with parts, bikes and memorabilia from all eras. Bike shows bring out examples of some of history's most beloved motorcycles. Stunt shows, such as the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, and demo rides of current production bikes keep attendees entertained, while seminars on numerous topics by noted motorcycling experts keep them informed.

AMA members who buy tickets directly from the AMA before May 29 receive an exclusive price discount. AMA members can call 800-262-5646 to purchase a weekend pass for $45, a $5 savings off the regular advance rate, and a one-day pass for $25 for Friday or Saturday and $20 for Sunday, a $5 savings off the regular advance rate. There is no service charge for AMA members when purchasing through the AMA.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a family-friendly event. Children 12 and under get in free with paying, supervising adults. All proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The mission of the Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling's legends and heroes.

For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame website For updates about events and activities, as well as information about past AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, visit the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days website.

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blank 12/31/14 08:55AM AMA, Motorcyclists of the Year, Why We Ride

2014 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year:
Bryan Carroll and James Walker

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association announced today the 2014 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year: AMA members Bryan Carroll and James Walker. Carroll and Walker directed and produced "Why We Ride," a documentary that promotes modern motorcycling across every discipline and is spearheading a new era of creativity in filmmaking about the sport. 

The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year Award recognizes the person or persons who had the most profound impact within the motorcycling community in the previous 12 months. The AMA Board of Directors bestows the award annually. 

"Bryan Carroll and James Walker have produced what is arguably the most compelling demonstration for why we ride, short of physically experiencing riding itself," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "Their mission was to promote motorcycling to riders and non-riders alike. A year after its debut, their film has become one of the best advertisements for motorcycling available anywhere." 

2014 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year
Brian Carroll and James Walker are the 2014 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year. Photo by Joey Carman Photography.

Producer/director Carroll and producer Walker created a film that is one of motorcycling's great testimonials -- a feature-length documentary about why we "dream, discover and explore" on two wheels. 

Their effort came at an opportune time for motorcycling, reminding riders about their passion and promoting riding to others when motorcycle sales were at some of their lowest levels in decades. 

"With the motorcycle industry still reeling from the ill effects of the worst economy since the Great Depression, 'Why We Ride' provided a much-needed boost in terms of the promotion of motorcycling and the motorcycle lifestyle," Dingman said. 

"For their tireless and professional effort to create a great film, for their selfless dedication to promoting motorcycling, for their personal love of riding, and for the riders new and old who have gotten behind the handlebars after watching 'Why We Ride,' it's our pleasure to recognize Bryan Carroll and James Walker as the 2014 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year," Dingman said. 

A full account of Carroll and Walker's creation of "Why We Ride," as well as their personal stories about motorcycling, can be found in the January issue of American Motorcyclist, the official journal of the AMA.

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blank 12/26/14 09:01AM 2015 Event Calendar, Events, IHRA, Nitro Harley

IHRA Renaissance

By Ben Mozart

IHRA-lead2Not for ten years would anyone have had such a thought, but, from all appearances, the IHRA is being revived to full competence.

During the past two years IRG Sports Entertainment purchased the International Hot Rod Association, its properties and its drag racing series—the Nitro Jam—from Feld Motorsports. In a sharply focused drive to restore both professional and grassroots quarter-mile drag racing, they purchased five drag racing tracks: Palm Beach International Raceway, Memphis International Raceway, Tucson Southwestern International Raceway, Cordova Dragway Park and two weeks ago they announced their acquisition of Maryland International Raceway at Budd’s Creek Road, Mechanicsville.

Twelve national Nitro Jam events are scheduled for 2015, starting in February in Tucson and ending in October in Memphis. Running on 12 different tracks, including the five they own, they will cross the border to host two national events in Canada, which will include a Top Fuel dragster program. US events will take place on Friday and Saturday while the two Canadian events will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Refreshingly, IHRA’s Nitro Jam initiates competitive drag racing across four or five classes including Nitro Funny Cars, featuring 250-260mph machines; Mountain Motor Pro Stocks; Jet Cars and Nitro Harley Davidson motorcycles, some of which race to 250mph.

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For Sportsman racers and sponsors the news is inspiring. Often regarded as an underclass, these stalwarts will receive much deserved promotion. As a result the best Sportsmen campaigners of the weekend will be highlighted by appearing in the Pro classes during the evening races. What a concept—the most agreeable advancement for grassroots drag racers in years!

Furthermore, the welcome return of the Sportsman classes to national event-style drag racing not only introduces prestige to the ranks of Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod but also pledges increased prize money and contingency.

And for the race fans the best news of all is access to the festivities at affordable ticket prices: $20.

See 2015 EventCalendar.

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Kawasaki Ninja 300 Fairings and Design

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As far as sport bikes go, the 300 is suitable for beginners, although you may think otherwise once you find out the bike's top speed has been maxed out at 106 miles per hour.

1. Kawasaki's Ninja 250R 2008-2012 VS Kawasaki's Ninja 300 2013-2015

When put side-by-side the 250R, the fairing is immediately noticeable because it is taller. From a power standpoint, the engine has been streamlined and creates more power than the 250R at 34.77 hp as opposed to the 250R's 25.48 In addition to taller gearing and slightly more power, the gas tank has been scaled back a little bit in size at four-and-a half gallons, and fuel rates that came in at seventy miles per gallon, also an improvement over its predecessor.

2. Bodywork Design and Engine Power

The bodywork on the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is what you would expect from the Ninja franchise; a daring, almost in your face sort of design that lets you know that although this may be a lightweight sport-bike, it holds an engine that is not to be considered lightly. For what is considered an entry-level bike, it is not to be underestimated. For starters, with its powerful engine, it also has very capable and forgiving handling ability (beginners take note). Also along those lines are the big brakes this sport-bike has, another feature making this bike attractive for those newbies and novices who may need the confidence associated with a powerful bike that may need immediate forgiveness from an over-eager and under-experienced rider... assuming the brakes do not throw said rider over the handlebars; shudder to think.

Timing is everything in life, so if you are a sport-bike enthusiast looking for that one extra reason to push you towards buying a bike, 2014 is a good year for Kawasaki's Ninja. In fact, this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Ninja, and its fairings and designs will pay homage to this milestone with some exceptionally robust looks and colors; green, to be specific. The graphics package for the bodywork is a respectable nod to World SuperBike Racing, as are the wheel-rim tapes, which have also been color-coded.

3. Available Color Schemes

Kawasaki's 2014 Ninja 300 is offered in three color choices, including ebony, lime green, or ebony and pearl stardust white. The fairings graphics kits, complete or otherwise, give the bike a very capable and almost formidably look, which is more than likely the desired effect, especially if you choose the Monster artwork. In keeping with the high energy drink guaranteed to rot your stomach-lining theme, Rockstar also has a line of complete graphics for the fairings kit, but they just don't look as cool. From this rider's point of view, if you're not sure just yet how you want to go with your fairings, start by investing in a windscreen graphic kit and some tight wheel strips so you can keep your options open.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tom_Kelly_Joyce

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blank 12/10/14 02:23PM Events, Indian Motorcycle, Indian Scout, Motorcycle Show

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE FIRES UP NEW YORK AND BEYOND
AT THE PROGRESSIVE® INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW CIRCUIT

Indian Motorcycle

 

Motorcycle fans are invited to attend their local show to experience the game-changing new Indian Scout, the Indian Roadmaster luxury touring model, custom bikes, vintage models, and 2015 Indian Motorcycle apparel and accessories



MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — December 9, 2014 — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its plans for this weekend’s Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York City, plus other upcoming show stops across the country. Each event will prominently feature the stunning new 2015 Indian® Scout™, the industry’s most talked about new middle-weight cruiser, the ultra-premium luxury touring Indian Roadmaster, the Chief Classic, the Chief Vintage, the Chieftain, and much more.

“With a starting price of $10,999 and a perfect blend of power, balance, and handling that appeals to virtually every rider, we know the 2015 Indian Scout is the perfect holiday gift for the motorcycle,” said Steve Menneto, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “With the holidays fast approaching, we’re delighted to be in New York City sharing the affordable new Scout and the rest of our 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup with our fans in the Big Apple.”

Experience the Indian Motorcycle Exhibit

Visit the Indian Motorcycle company display to check out the entire 2015 Indian motorcycle lineup, along with show-only features such as the Thunder Stroke 111 and Scout Engine Cutaways, hear a thunder Stroke 111 in action and much more. There will be vintage bikes on-hand including a beautifully restored 1935 Indian Chief, plus the board-tracker inspired Roland Sands “Track Chief” Custom, the Indian Scout Custom 101 as ridden on the Wall of Death in Sturgis, and much more.

Stop by and Hear the Road of the Thunder Stroke® 111 Engine

Indian motorcycle staffer will fire up an accessory pipe kitted Chief Classic and run it hard through the gears right inside the show, so you can experience the roar of the Thunder Stroke 111.

Friday – 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Saturday – 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Sunday – 12 p.m., 2 p.m.

Custom Bikes revealed a for the show

Karlee Cobb PreivewKarlee Cobb of Klock Werks

Attendees will also be treated to two new custom Indian Scouts. Custom builder and Bonneville Flats land speed record holder Karlee Cobb of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles has created “Outrider” inspired by the rough and ready attitude of the new model.  Outrider is a bike that pumps up the attitude of the 100 horsepower bike, in a design that will inspire home custom builders. Also being revealed for the weekend is “Scout 42” designed by John Shope, owner of custom shop Dirty Bird. The Scout has long been recognized for its sporting heritage framed by racing wins, world records and performances on the fabled “Wall of Death.” The custom work on John’s “Scout 42” was done to highlight that legacy and give his bike an almost sportbike aesthetic, while not detracting from its core handling package.

Shope PreviewShope

Both bikes will be unveiled before the press on Thursday, December 11 at the Javits Center, and will be on display for the reminder of the 2015 IMS tour. Karlee and John will be signing autographs in the Indian Motorcycle exhibit on Friday from 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. - Noon, 2-3 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

Apparel, Accessories & Giveaways

A great collection in the 2015 casual wear will be on display, including hats and gifts for sale and attendees get a free 2015 Indian Motorcycle calendar with a $75 or more purchase.  Genuine Indian Motorcycle Accessories will also be on-display, including an array of quick-release Indian Scout accessories so riders can easily find the right fit. Attendees who stop by the exhibit and get their picture taken on an Indian motorcycle will receive a free gift, and Indian Motorcycle Rider’s Group members who show their membership card at the booth will receive an exclusive 2015 patch.

2015 International Motorcycle Shows

Indian Motorcycle will take part in the remaining 2015 International Motorcycle Shows, including Washington D.C. (January 9-11); Miami, FL (January 16-18); Dallas, TX (January 23-25); Cleveland, OH (January 30-February 1); Minneapolis, MN (February 6-8) and Chicago, IL (February 13-15). For more information please visit www.motorcycleshows.com.


ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), 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.

ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands.  Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

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Brute III Extreme 2007 Touring 1 3/4" Enclosed Belt Drive Fits 2007 & later Touring models.
New Product Release

Brute III Extreme 2007 Touring 1 3/4" Enclosed Belt Drive

Fits 2007 & later Touring models. (2015-0066)

Brute III Extreme Touring Enclosed Belt Drive

Are you tired of leaky gaskets and oily messes?

Rivera Primo's new Brute III Extreme 2007 Touring Enclosed Belt Drive for 2007 & later Touring models will solve all those nasty little problems and so much more. This baby will replace your antiquated chain drive thereby shedding your drive train of approx 25 lbs of unwanted rotating mass. This will make your engine work more efficiently, utilizing more of your horsepower to spin the rear wheel and much less to just turn the freakin' primary drive. To top that little miracle of physics, it also relieves you of all those nasty little maintenance jobs that you probably either haven't done, have done but hate them or pay the dealer a whole lotta moolah to do for you. Jobs such as primary oil change, gasket replacement, chain adjustments, etc. ALMOST MAINTENANCE FREE!!


Brute III Extreme Touring Belt Drive Inside View

Da belt!

Years of engineering and on-bike testing have enabled us to produce a state-of-the-art high strength 8mm primary drive belt. Layers upon extra layers of Aramid fibers makes the Brute III Extreme 2007 Touring one of the most durable enclosed belts & drive available today. Make no mistake about it!


That's great. But can it hold the power?

The Brute III Extreme 2007 Touring comes standard with our Pro Clutch™. Now we don't wanna brag (too much), but our Pro CLutch™ is hands down, the best clutch for American V Twins available. It holds the power with ease, but does not break your arm doing it. It is a diaphragm clutch which means it uses one cupped piece of spring steel to put equal all around pressure on the pressure plate. Antiquated clutches of by-gone eras used multiple coil springs and many other parts to put the pressure against the pressure plate. Problem was that the coil springs did not all have the same rate of collapse, so the pressure plate did not have an even distribution of pressure, plus the more you collapse a coil spring to put more pressure on the pressure plate, the harder it is to pull in the clutch lever. Diaphragm springs have a mechanical advantage over coil springs and are much easier to pull in. Lets face it gang, the diaphragm spring Pro Clutch™ is the absolute best!

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blank 12/04/14 09:05AM Atco Dragway, Drag Bike, IRG Sports, Maryland International Raceway, MIROCK, Readers Pics

International Drag Bike League (IDBL) Launches
2015 Schedule

IRG SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES THE INTERNATIONAL DRAG BIKE LEAGUE 

 

JASON MILLER LEADS IDBL AS PROMOTER

 


 

MECHANICSVILLE, Md.  - November 19, 2014 - IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) President & CEO, Jason Rittenberry, announced today that the company has launched the International Drag Bike League (IDBL), and has named MIROCK Superbike Series founder Jason Miller as the Promoter of the new series.

 

For 2015, the IDBL will be comprised of five events with four events at IRG owned Maryland International Raceway and one event at Atco Dragway. There are plans to expand the IDBL to additional tracks in the Northeast for 2016 and return to a seven or eight race schedule.

 

IDBL Promoter Jason Miller states, "I started the Mickey Thompson Tires MIROCK Superbike Series a little over a decade ago between Maryland International Raceway and Rockingham Dragway and it has always been my biggest passion. I have always done most of the leg work to grow the series into what it is today and I am very fortunate to have the support from our motorcycle racers, families, fans, sponsors, media, and staff. I want everyone to view this transition to the IDBL as an evolution of the MIROCK Superbike Series, and not a dissolution."

 

"Two years ago I added Atco Dragway to the MIROCK schedule and the series grew from two tracks to three tracks. The MIROCK events at Maryland International Raceway and Atco Dragway have always thrived with bike counts in the 600-700 range at every event, and we have even seen as many as 800 bikes at an event."

 

"I have enjoyed the personal relationship with Steve Earwood at Rockingham Dragway over the last decade, and I am very grateful for the support he has shown me over that time," Miller continued. "I wish him all the best with his facility, but we are moving onwards and upwards with the motorcycle series. I have never been more excited about the future of our sport than I am right now."

 


International Drag Bike League 2015 Image

 

The IDBL will be the same racing program that the MIROCK racers, fans, and sponsors have come to enjoy. All payouts, entry fees, admission prices, and vendor pricing from the MIROCK structure will remain the same for the IDBL. The IDBL will host the following nine classes: Orient Express Pro Street, DME Racing Real Street, Louis Concrete 4.60 Index, FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Cycle Connection Crazy 8's, Trac King Clutches Top Sportsman, Fast by Gast Pro E.T., Brock's Performance Street E.T., and Psychobike.com Grudge. The IDBL will also honor Gold Cards from the 2014 MIROCK Champions.

 

In the coming weeks IRG will launch the new IDBL website at RaceIDBL.com with all the details along with a new logo and branding for the series. Stay tuned for more information and exciting news in forthcoming press releases during the off season.

 

Be sure to follow the IDBL on Instagram and Twitter @RaceIDBL, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RaceIDBL and visit www.RaceIDBL.com.

 

We look forward to seeing all of our motorcycle drag racers, fans, families, sponsors, and media at the first IDBL event of the season at Maryland International Raceway on April 24-26, 2015.

 

2015 IDBL SCHEDULE

Fast by Gast Spring Nationals

April 24-26, 2015

Maryland International Raceway

Fast by Gast Summer Nationals

May 29-31, 2015

Maryland International Raceway

WPGC Bike Fest

July 24-26, 2015

Maryland International Raceway

Orient Express Motorcycle U.S. Nationals

September 11-13, 2015

Atco Dragway

 

Fast by Gast Fall Nationals

October 2-4, 2015
Maryland International Raceway 

 

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