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Shooting the bull / Michelin Wins Unanimous Defense Verdict
« Last post by Biketographer on November 21, 2021, 07:28:27 am »
GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A South Carolina jury has ruled unanimously in favor of Michelin North America, Inc., in a high-profile product liability case involving a 2017 motorcycle accident. The crash resulted in catastrophic injuries to both occupants, including the driver who sustained permanent paralysis. Plaintiffs alleged that the motorcycle tire was defectively manufactured.

In their closing arguments, counsel for Plaintiffs suggested the jury award them $66 million in damages.

In a statement, the Company said: "Michelin respects the work the jury did to reach its decision. While we sincerely regret this tragic accident and the devastating effects it has had on the Nash family, the evidence presented throughout the eight-day trial showed that the accident resulted from severe under-inflation and improper maintenance of the Michelin tire, not a manufacturing defect. Michelin will continue to vigorously defend the world-class quality of its products and the high-level work of its engineers in these types of cases."

The case is Nash v. Michelin North America, 2019-CP-18-00080, in the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial Circuit, Dorchester County, South Carolina.

About Michelin North America, Inc.
Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its customers' mobility, and sustainably; designing and distributing the most innovative tires, services and solutions for its customers' needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 23,000 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com)

SOURCE Michelin North America, Inc.
Shooting the bull / Re: Regaining privacy- the END of 3rd party cookies
« Last post by Biketographer on November 11, 2021, 06:45:38 am »
The short explanation is that consumers are increasingly concerned about their online privacy and demanding greater control over their information. While third-party cookies aren’t inherently dangerous (like malware and viruses), they allow companies to track every website an individual visits and collect a vast amount of data. Consumers have little control over who is collecting their information, who has access to the data, and how it will be used.
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Shooting the bull / Electric Ducati in 2023
« Last post by Biketographer on October 22, 2021, 07:55:04 am »

BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna, Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ducati is thrilled to announce the beginning of its electric era: starting from the 2023 season it will be the sole official supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, the electric class of the MotoGP™ World Championship.

The agreement signed with Dorna Sports, organizer and promoter of the most important international two-wheel racing championships, lasts until 2026 and will therefore cover four editions of the MotoE World Cup.
Ducati Begins Electric Era: It Will Produce Bikes for FIM Enel MotoE World Cup From 2023 Season
Ducati Begins Electric Era: It Will Produce Bikes for FIM Enel MotoE World Cup From 2023 Season

This is a historic step for the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer which, following its custom of using racing competition as a laboratory for technologies and solutions that then become reality for all motorcyclists, enters the world of electric bikes starting from the sportiest sector, that of the electric class of the MotoGP World Championship.

The goal is to develop expertise and technologies in a constantly evolving world such as the electric one, through an experience familiar to the company like that of racing competition. This has been a consolidated tradition for the Borgo Panigale company starting from the Ducati 851, which inaugurated the trend of Ducati road sports bikes by revolutionizing the concept with its innovative two-cylinder water-cooled engine, electronic fuel injection and the new twin-shaft, four-valve heads, deriving from the Ducati 748 IE bike that made its debut in endurance races at Le Castellet in 1986.

Since then, this endless transfer of expertise has always taken place from the Superbike World Championships, in which Ducati has participated since the first edition in 1988, and from MotoGP, in which Ducati is the only non-Japanese motorcycle manufacturer to have won a World Championship.

The crossover is also evident in the most recent and prestigious products of the Borgo Panigale manufacturer: the V4 engine of the Panigale is in fact strictly derived in its entire construction philosophy – from the bore and stroke measurements to the counter-rotating crankshaft – from the engine that debuted on the Desmosedici GP in 2015. The V4 Granturismo that equips the new Multistrada V4 was then derived from the Panigale engine. All the vehicle control software is also directly derived from those developed in the racing world. Not to mention the field of aerodynamics.

The technological solutions developed in the world of racing, transferred to the products that make up the range, allow Ducati to offer its enthusiasts extremely high-performance and fun-to-ride motorcycles. The FIM Enel MotoE Championship will also be no exception in this regard and will allow the Company to develop the best technologies and test methodologies applied to sporty, light and powerful electric motorcycles.

At the same time, the fact that Ducati forms part of the Volkswagen Group, which has made electric mobility an essential element of its 2030 "New Auto" strategy, represents the best prerequisite for an extraordinary exchange of expertise in the field of electric powertrains.

The announcement of the agreement was made during a joint press conference in the press room of the Misano World Circuit 'Marco Simoncelli' on the eve of the Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, the third to last round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO Dorna Sports, and Claudio Domenicali, CEO Ducati Motor Holding, were both present.
Shooting the bull / V4 S Best Motorcycle of 2021
« Last post by Biketographer on October 20, 2021, 07:34:11 am »
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ducati Multistrada V4 S was today announced as the "Best Motorcycle of 2021" by leading luxury lifestyle publication Robb Report. As part of the magazine's "Best of the Best" issue, the revolutionary new Ducati Multistrada V4 – the first in the world to incorporate advanced radar technology on a production motorcycle – was named the top two-wheeled product of the year. The award recognizes those who stand apart from their peers with exceptional craftsmanship, extraordinary attention to detail, and relentless pursuit of perfection in their field.

The Multistrada V4 S is currently available in dealerships throughout North America.

"We thank Robb Report for recognizing the Multistrada V4 S as a game-changing motorcycle with its industry-leading technology that advances rider comfort and performance much like the original Multistrada 1200S did in 2010," said Jason Chinnock, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati North America. "The Multistrada V4 S is the motorcycle that not only fits a wide variety of terrain but also many types of riders. It is rare that one motorcycle is so well balanced that it satisfies the rational rider with its versatility and reliability, yet does not compromise the visceral experience that a rider would come to expect of a Ducati."

The new fourth-generation Multistrada V4 retains and extends the winning formula of "four bikes in one" introduced by the Multistrada in 2010, now boasting the all-new 1158 cc V4 Granturismo engine, which is the same engine found in the Panigale V4 superbike. The radar technology software which is set to release into the North American market on July 1, is an advanced aid system managing both Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD). The ACC is perfectly integrated into the motorcycle, which by means of controlled braking and acceleration automatically adjusts the distance (selectable on four levels) from other vehicles. The ACC system allows for more comfortable riding, especially on long highway journeys. The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) technology, housed under the headlight, can detect and report vehicles approaching in the so-called blind spot, namely the area not visible either directly by the rider or through the rear-view mirror.

United States pricing for the Multistrada V4 begins at an MSRP of $19,995, with the Multistrada V4 S starting at $24,095 and Multistrada V4 S Sport at $26,095. For Canada, the Multistrada V4 starts at an MSRP of $22,395 CAD and an MSRP of $26,745 CAD for the Multistrada V4 S, with the Multistrada V4 S Sport starting at a Canadian MSRP of $28,795 CAD.

Additional information about the Multistrada V4 can be found here: https://www.ducati.com/us/en/bikes/multistrada/multistrada-v4

SOURCE Ducati North America
Shooting the bull / Record Third Quarter for Ducati
« Last post by Biketographer on October 20, 2021, 07:32:08 am »
BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna, Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- An extremely positive third quarter has ended for Ducati with 49,693 motorcycles delivered to enthusiasts all over the world. At the end of the first nine months of 2021, the company has already exceeded the sales volumes obtained in the whole 2020 (year total 2020: 48,042).

The third quarter of 2021 is confirmed as the best in Ducati's history, with a growth of +3% over the same period of 2020 and +25% compared to 2019.

At the end of September, the biggest market for motorcycles delivered remains the Italian one (7,954), followed by the United States (7,475) and Germany (5,627).

Francesco Milicia, Ducati VP Global Sales and After Sales: "Ducati closed the first nine months of the year with sales volumes that are already higher than the full year 2020, both for the bikes and for after-sales products like clothing, accessories and spare parts. The growth we are experiencing is practically widespread on all the main markets in which Ducati is present and extends across the product families. We are very satisfied with the results obtained: the community of Ducatisti is growing all over the world and the most influential magazines in the motorcycling sector are awarding important prizes to Ducati bikes. This is a source of pride and satisfaction for us here in Borgo Panigale and in all Ducati subsidiaries worldwide. The brand is now more solid and appreciated than ever and we are already focusing on next year. In fact, in these weeks, we are presenting to the world the new products for the coming year, through the web series Ducati World Première 2022".

Confirming the appreciation of Ducati motorcycles, throughout the year all the product families of the Bologna-based manufacturer have been growing across the board. In particular, the most delivered bikes are the Multistrada V4, which has remained in first place throughout 2021, followed by the Ducati Scrambler 800 family, the Streetfighter V4 and, immediately after, the Monster.

Ducati has already started to present the new products of the 2022 range. The first episodes of the Ducati World Première was dedicated to the new Multistrada V2, a comfortable, fun to ride, versatile and technologically advanced twin-cylinder bike that represents the new gateway to the Multistrada universe.

Also the new models of the Ducati Scrambler world have been unveiled, with the arrival of the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO which was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the air-cooled twin-cylinder engine on a Ducati and which incorporates some stylistic elements typical of the 1970s era. On the other hand, the 800 family is joined by the Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard, a motorcycle created to experience the city environment by making itself noticed through a combination of style, sportiness and fun.

A section dedicated to the Ducati World Première is available on the official Ducati website to discover the calendar and not miss a single episode of the presentation of the 2022 range.

SOURCE Ducati North America
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Pre-entry for the 38th Annual Race of Champions and the AMA Road Race Grand Championships is open until October 4, 2021!

Eligibility of professionally licensed riders at 2021 AMA Road Race Grand Championship.
   AMA professionally licensed riders who either won a MotoAmerica event or finished in the top 10 in any MotoAmerica class standings in 2021 are not eligible to compete in any AMA Road Race Grand Championship classes.

Since we are featuring the AMA Road Race Grand Championships, the schedule has moved to 3 days of racing with the ASRA Team Challenge on Friday along with AMA and CCS National Championship races spread over all 3 days. ASra qualifying on Friday with the finals on Sunday.

For those looking to practice a bit, Thursday the 14th is a full day on trach with the Team Hammer Advanced School and Pro Practice. For info, click here!

Attached (below) are the following:
  • 2021 ROC / AMA RRGC Updated Tentative Schedule'
  • 2021 ASRA/CCS ROC Pre-entry Form
  • 2021 AMA RRGC Pre-entry Form
  • 2021 AMA RRGC Rules
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  • 2021 ROC Garage Rental Form Last Chance!
  • Classic / MotoGirl Pre-entry form
Instructions for the pre-entry form
1. Rider Information Section: Fill in your 2021 Competition # and check either Amateur or Ex-pert. Print your personal information. Give us the emergency contact information we need. You must be at least 16 years of age to race at Daytona except the following: Minors between the ages of 14 and 16 are limited to Moto 3, 300 SuperSport, 300 SuperBike, 300 GP, 500 GT, 500 SuperS-port, 500 SuperBike and ASRA Moto 3
2. Class Section: To enter a class, print the brand of motorcycle (Yamaha, Kawasaki, Aprilia, Etc.) in the BRAND column next to each class that you are entering, then print the displacement in the CC column.
3; Region Selection: Please put in the region you would like to be ranked from. If you do not pick a region, we will take a ranking from your home region (the one you are licensed in). You will be placed on the grid by these rankings as of the cut-off date, October 4, 2020, if you have no points in the region you circled, you will be placed on the grid by order of entry.
3. Fees: Daytona Pre-Entry fees are $135.00 for the first class entered for the Race of Champi-ons, $95.00 for each additional class entered All ASRA classes are $95.00 pre-entry. Checks on US banks should be for the full amount calculated as above. Canadian or other international rid-ers must remit by either charge card or cashiers check or money order in US funds. All checks or money orders should be payable to CCS or ASRA.
MasterCard/Visa/Discover: Please fill in the blanks on the front of the form. Check off the cor-rect card type (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover). We must have the expiration date, complete card number, CVN number, zip code from the billing address and name as printed on the card. Declined charges will result in a return of the entry form without processing. Declined charges void original delivery date; entry will be processed as of the date payment is made on resubmitted pre-entries. All pre-entry fees will be charged immediately upon receipt, no exceptions.
4. Mail entries: Either fill out the charge card information or enclose your check or money order and mail to:
CCS / ASRA PO Box 151738, Fort Worth, Texas 76108-5738
5. Fax/E-Mail entries: You may fax or e-mail your entries if you adhere to the following instructions. Fax/Email entry is for charge cards only and must include complete charge card information. Declined charges will result in a return of the entry form without processing to the rider. Declined charges void original delivery date; entry will be processed as of the date payment is made on re-submitted pre-entries. All pre-entry fees will be charged immediately upon receipt, no exceptions. Send your completed form via fax to 817-246-2977. (24-hour line). Fax/Mail/Email Pre-entries close October 1, 2021 at 5:00PM
Race Portal Pre-entries close October 4, 2021 at 11:00PM
All cancellations must be received in writing by CCS / ASRA no later than October 8, 2021.
Shooting the bull / Another H-D Electric / Battery bicycle
« Last post by Biketographer on September 19, 2021, 07:29:16 am »
$7,000 for a bicycle?

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Serial 1 unveiled its limited-edition S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE eBike today at Electrify Expo, North America's Largest E-Mobility Festival. The first release in Serial 1's exclusive new S1 Series, the S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE pays homage to the stunning vintage prototype that inspired the creation of the Serial 1 eBike brand.

Serial 1's S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE eBike pays homage to the stunning vintage prototype that inspired the creation of the brand

The new S1 Series will roll out special, limited-edition versions of the company's production eBikes that have been elevated with premium finishes, added technology, exclusive components, and unmatched attention to detail. Production of the S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE, available for pre-order today, will be limited to just 650 units total — 325 available in the United States and 325 available in Europe. Delivery is anticipated for late Q4 of this year.

"When Serial 1 launched in October 2020, the first eBike shown to the public was a stunning prototype drawn from the vintage motorcycle that inspired the creation of the Serial 1 eBike brand," says Aaron Frank, Brand Director at Serial 1. "We are thrilled now to offer a limited-edition that so faithfully captures the iconic look and feel of that first prototype, and to use this moment as a springboard to launch our S1 Series that will see even more exclusive and highly-desirable Serial 1 eBike models in the future." 

Based on Serial 1's MOSH/CTY production model, the S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE holds remarkably true to the original prototype, including rich gloss black paint with gold graphics, distinctive, white-toned Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires (exclusive to Serial 1), a hand-crafted, honey-colored leather saddle and matching leather grips from Brooks England, and a stamped-brass shield mounted to the front signature light.

Behind the special paint and components, the S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE maintains all the features and functionality of the standard MOSH/CTY model, including the maintenance-free Gates Carbon Drive belt, powerful Brose mid-mount motor, smooth TRP hydraulic disc brakes, internally routed cables and wires, and integrated lighting.

For downloadable images of the S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE, please visit https://serial1.com/press-kit/. For more information on Serial 1's S1 Series, or to reserve your very own S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE, please visit www.serial1.com/tribute.

About Serial 1
Serial 1 offers premium eBicycles that are guided by intelligent, human-centered design and crafted using the most advanced bicycle technology available, to create the easiest and most intuitive way to experience the fun, freedom, and instant adventure of riding a pedal-assist electric bicycle. Find out more by visiting www.serial1.com.
Shooting the bull / 500 Premier Showdown, Main Event at Barber, October 8-9, 2021
« Last post by Biketographer on September 18, 2021, 08:48:03 pm »
Press release from AHRMA

A season-long championship battle will be decided during the main event at the 2021 Barber Vintage Festival.

For 2021 the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) 2021 Vintage Cup featured class has been 500 Premier, sponsored by NYC Norton (nycnorton.com), and Roadracing World (roadracingworld.com). This class highlights big-bore Gran Prix race bikes from one of the Golden Ages of road racing.

The final two rounds of the 2021 Vintage Cup series will be run at the Barber Vintage MotoFest on October 8 and 9 with the Saturday race to be included as part of lunchtime special activities.

“This second annual Vintage Cup has seen some seriously exciting racing this year, culminating in a massive shootout at Barber,” said Arthur Kowitz, 2021 Chairman of the AHRMA Board of Trustees. “The lunchtime events at Barber Vintage Festival have always been reserved for phenomenal exhibition races and given how close the Vintage Cup Championship is this year, we’re putting it front-and-center.”

With two rounds left in the Vintage Cup series, Andrew Mauk, from Milwaukee, WI leads Tim Joyce, from Laurel Hill, FL by 171 points. However, while Mauk has earned more points during the season and finished more races, Joyce enters the final two rounds with more individual race wins. Mauk will need to beat Joyce in both Vintage Cup races to be held at the Barber Vintage Festival to secure the championship.

“In what will be my penultimate thoughts about the 2021 500 Premier Vintage Cup championship I couldn’t be a happier sponsor,” said Kenny Cummings. “This series has taken on a massive life of its own with incredible turnout all year and now we are down to the wire in a championship run between two of the heaviest hitters in AHRMA.”

Special 2021 Vintage Cup trophies were awarded to the 500 Premier class winners at select events including Roebling Road, Heartland Motorsports Park, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. The final special trophy will be presented to either Mauk or Joyce at Barber Motorsports Park.
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