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CCS / ASRA Racing Discussion / Summit Point May 2022
Last post by SVbadguy - June 02, 2022, 05:36:05 PM

And a word of advice from the weekend's safety director. Don't try to 'save it' if you run off in the grass early in T10.  It's unlikely to work out well for you.  Two ended up in the hospital this weekend.
It's really like to go better if you deliberately pitch it sideways smoothly then let the hard parts slow things down.

One guy impacted the air fence along with his bike. Busted leg I think.  Another basically got highsided less than 100ft from the wall. Ended up missing the air fence and end of exposed tire wall and slid up/impacted the dirt berm.

We had a great MARRC crew turnout, but a bunch won't be able to make it back in two weeks.  So please consider helping us out if you are able. Let me know if you're interested and I'll get you setup. If you just decide to show up, you will have to pay to get in. 
Shooting the bull / Re: Energica Experia
Last post by Biketographer - June 01, 2022, 06:47:54 AM
MODENA, Italy and NEW YORK, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- PRNewswire – Energica Motor Company S.p.A., a subsidiary of Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) and a pioneering Italian manufacturer and distributor of high-performance, 100% battery-powered, highly stylized electric motorcycles, today announced the launch of its newest electric motorcycle in the company's line-up, the Energica Experia. Experia, a Green Tourer, delivers on the company's vision of comfort and endurance and is the most nimble and maneuverable machine Energica has ever made, allowing riders to tap into their wanderlust by offering the longest range of any electric motorcycle on the market. 


Built from the ground up on a new platform with a new frame, steering, fairing and more, Experia offers an exciting riding experience no matter where your route takes you, with the thrills of a sportbike and the comfort of a traditional touring bike. Both the rider and the passenger will share an exhilarating riding experience without sacrificing supreme comfort. Experia is the fourth all-electric motorcycle based on the company's Italian racing heritage in Energica's award-winning line-up. Experia is currently in manufacturing and is expected to be delivered to dealers in the U.S. by this fall.

Energica: Italian Heritage and Innovative Product Line of Electric Motorcycles 

With more than 10 years of experience in the electric motorcycle industry, Energica's technical team has proven experience creating racing-quality motorcycles with no emissions. Energica's no-emission EV technology combined with the pedigree of high-performance mobility synonymous with Italy's Motor Valley delivers a range of exceptional products for the high-performance motorcycle market. In addition, Energica has developed a proprietary EV battery and DC fast charging in-house. Energica has spent 10 years developing its electric motorcycle powertrains, with much of the advanced technology developed in part due to Energica's presence on the race track.
Experia's New High-Tech Platform

Experia now brings Energica's innovative spirit into an entirely new segment of riding.  To counter the additional bulk and, therefore weight required to provide the comfort expected of any touring platform, Energica has utilized new technologies to lower the mass and weight of the heaviest components.  Battery, motor and frame are all redesigned.  A new aerodynamic fairing maximizes not only weather and wind protection but range.  The result is a Green Tourer:  excellent rider and passenger comfort, the longest travel distance between charging sessions, and the shortest time to charge of all-electric motorcycles on the road today.
Largest Battery with Fastest Charging - RESS

The Experia battery boasts a new internal RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System) geometry, adding capacity while centralizing mass.  This provides a lower center of gravity to give the vehicle superior low-speed handling while still enjoying the largest battery capacity of any electric motorcycle currently on the market, at 22.5 kWh maximum that can be charged from 0-80% in just 40 minutes at a Level 3/DC Fast Charger. Riders also have the option to use Level 2 or 1 charging on the road or at home. These offerings confirm Energica as the only electric motorcycle manufacturer to offer riders all three levels of charging. 
EMCE Permanent Magnet Assisted Synchronous Reluctance Motor

No longer a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) primarily based on internal permanent magnets, but instead Synchronous Reluctance assisted by permanent magnets.  It is smaller and 10 kg. (22 lbs.) lighter than the Energica's EMCE motor of the other models, without any loss of performance thanks to even greater thermal efficiency. Water-cooled and oil-lubricated, it is lower in the chassis, improving handling at all speeds.

"We have focused on the real-world needs of motorcycle riders worldwide, creating an ex-novo state-of-the-art engineering platform," said Giampiero Testoni, CTO of Energica Motor Company. "We melded high-tech electric mobility with the roaming spirit of the motorcycle traveler.  The intention was to create the first electric motorcycle created specifically for long-distance bike lovers. "

"It is Energica's intention to spread these technological innovations across a family of other electric motorcycles and additionally incorporate elements of these in Energica Inside, the recently launched business unit of Energica Motor Company S.p.A. dedicated to the development and production of powertrains, batteries and technology across numerous disciplines and applications."
Satisfy your long-distance wanderlust

The Energica Experia fairing provides excellent weather and wind protection while remaining stylish and unobtrusive. New voluminous hard side panniers and a top case with a total capacity of 112 liters will be included in the Launch Edition, designed for long-distance travel. The Launch Edition will also include bar ends and bolts in black ergal, heated handgrips and aluminum rims with red details.

Experia has two USP ports on the dash and two more in a waterproof large and lockable storage compartment. The accessories list will gradually grow and cover all the needs of all customers.
Experia Specifications 

    Range: 420 km (261 miles) City / 256 km (160 miles) Combined / 208 km (130 miles) Extra-urban
    Battery capacity: 22.5 kWh Max. / 19.6 kWh Nominal
    Charging time: 0-80% in 40 minutes with a Level 3/DC Fast charger, compatible with all levels of charging
    Peak power: 75 kW (102 HP) Sustained: 60 kW (80 HP)
    Torque: 115 Nm (85 lb. ft.)
    Top speed: Limited at 180 km/h (112 mph)
    7 Riding Modes: Eco, Urban, Rain, Sport, plus 3 Rider Customizable Modes
    Regenerative Braking: High, Medium, Low, Off
    Traction Control: Six levels of intervention combined with the existing eABS and the Cornering Bosch 9.3 MP
    Motor: EMCE Permanent Magnet Assisted Synchronous Reluctance Motor (PMASynRM)


The bike can be ordered from the 1st of June 2022 at all Energica stores worldwide and will be available in autumn 2022. For pricing, please refer to
Electric Motorcycle Market

Between 2020 and 2030, the electric motorbike market is projected to have a compound annual growth rate of 7.4%, reaching 30.5 billion USD in 2030, according to Statistica. The Global Electric Motorcycle Market was valued at $1930.64 million in 2020 and is anticipated to grow with a CAGR of 19.36% in the forecast period, 2022-2026, to reach $6220.82 million by 2026. Energica is uniquely poised to increase its market share in the US and across Europe, its lineup of premium electric motorcycles has more power, torque and range than all current competitors, with a competitive price point. 

Since being acquired by Ideanomics, Energica has doubled its US dealers and has 93 dealers in the rest of the world. This spring, Energica also announced the launch of its Energica Inside Program. Energica Inside is a business unit developed within the company that is designed to help other motorcycle manufacturers speed up their own electric vehicle development through the use of Energica's proprietary tech.
About Energica Motor Company S.p.A.

Energica Motor Company S.p.A. is the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance electric motorcycles and the sole manufacturer for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup. Energica motorcycles are currently on sale through the official network of dealers and importers.
About Ideanomics

Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) is a global group with a simple mission: to accelerate the commercial adoption of electric vehicles. By bringing together vehicles and charging technology with design, implementation, and financial services, we provide the solutions needed for the commercial world to commit to an EV future. To keep up with Ideanomics, please follow the company on social @ideanomicshq or visit
Shooting the bull / Harley to suspend shipping for...
Last post by Biketographer - May 20, 2022, 06:46:18 AM
MILWAUKEE, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, Harley-Davidson, Inc. ("Harley-Davidson") (NYSE:HOG) took the decision to suspend all vehicle assembly and shipments (excluding LiveWire) for a two-week period. This decision, taken out of an abundance of caution, is based on information provided by a third-party supplier to Harley-Davidson late on Tuesday (5/17) concerning a regulatory compliance matter relating to the supplier's component part.

Company Background

Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Our vision: Building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution and emotion. Our mission: More than building machines, we stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Our ambition is to maintain our place as the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has defined motorcycle culture by delivering a motorcycle lifestyle with distinctive and customizable motorcycles, experiences, motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides financing, insurance and other programs to help get riders on

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Shooting the bull / Dangers of Street Racing
Last post by Biketographer - May 17, 2022, 05:50:13 AM
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Freeway Insurance, the largest auto insurance and personal lines distributor in the U.S., today announced the launch of a new public safety campaign on the dangers of street racing. In conjunction with NASCAR driver Daniel Suárez, the campaign kicks off with a video of Suárez warning against street racing.

As the first Mexican champion in NASCAR, Suárez recorded videos for the campaign appealing to drivers in both English and Spanish.

During the pandemic, reports of street racing surged across the country as fewer commuters were on highways and streets became less congested, making them more enticing - and dangerous - for street racing.

"A few minutes of fun can change your life forever," Suárez said. "The sad reality is that, most of the time, an innocent bystander pays the price."

"I am very proud of Freeway Insurance and Daniel for launching this much needed campaign across the country," said Trackhouse Owner and Founder Justin Marks. "We all love racing. We live and breathe racing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But, there is a proper place for racing and it certainly isn't on the city streets. If you want to race, there are tracks in nearly every city in America where you can race safely."

Earlier this year, Freeway Insurance expanded its partnership with Suárez, serving as his primary sponsor for five events during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series. Freeway Insurance also has a national advertising campaign featuring Suárez, including the only Spanish-language commercials featuring a NASCAR driver.

"NASCAR fans associate Suárez and the Freeway Insurance Chevrolet Camaro with speed, but we wanted to educate them that nothing is more important than safety when getting behind the wheel of a car," said Cesar Soriano, CEO of Confie. "Even if this campaign stops just one person from putting themselves and others in a dangerous street racing situation, it will have been a success."

To learn more about Freeway Insurance, visit and/or to view the campaign, click here.

About Freeway Insurance
Freeway Insurance, Inc., established in 1987, is the largest personal lines insurance agency in the United States, and is an affiliate brand of Confie. As also one of the fastest-growing nationwide insurance distribution companies, Freeway offers insurance policies via a "click, call, or come-in" approach that provides customers coverage throughout the United States. The company is constantly researching, growing, and diversifying product offerings to stay responsive to the ever-evolving insurance market. Freeway offers a wide range of plans, from the most basic to premium plans, in auto, truck, commercial vehicle, fire, flood, homeowners, renters, small commercial, motorcycle, and recreational vehicle insurance products. In 2008, Freeway Insurance joined Confie, a national insurance distribution company. Today, Freeway Insurance services customers in more than 500 offices. Consumers access Freeway Insurance through neighborhood Freeway offices as well as by visiting or calling 888-851-4799.
Shooting the bull / Motorcyclist Deaths Are Rising...
Last post by Biketographer - May 11, 2022, 06:54:41 AM
QuoteNEW YORK, May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Riding a motorcycle brings with it the exhilaration of cruising the open road, but a new ValuePenguin study raises the question - are the roads becoming too dangerous for Motorcyclists?

The study - released in conjunction with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month 2022 - found that the number of fatal motorcycle crashes nationwide jumped by 11% between 2019 and 2020. This is more than double the increase among all fatal crashes from 2016 to 2020 (the latest year of available data).

Key Findings:

    Speeding led to 33% of all motorcycle accidents between 2016 and 2020. 24% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in the same time period received speeding tickets.
    Fatal motorcycle crashes nationwide increased by 11% between 2019 and 2020, after three year-over-year decreases in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
    July is the deadliest month for Motorcyclists. 13% of all fatal motorcycle crashes happened in July, and 49% of fatalities occurred between June and September.
    Texas, Louisiana, D.C, South Carolina and Arkansas are the deadliest states for motorcyclists. Alaska, Iowa, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Wisconsin are the safest states.

Find out where your state ranks for Motorcycle safety here:

According to Divya Sangam, Insurance Spokesperson at ValuePenguin. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that motorcyclists were about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash in 2020." She adds,"Lax helmet laws, poor rider safety awareness, riding without a proper license, and distracted or impaired riding are some of the biggest threats to motorcyclist safety, and need to be addressed."

4 Important details about motorcycle insurance

Having adequate motorcycle insurance is essential for motorcyclists. Below are four important details riders should understand before taking out a motorcycle insurance policy:

    Motorcycle insurance is a requirement in 49 out of 50 states. (Florida is the rare exception.)
    The average cost of motorcycle insurance in the U.S. is $721 a year. However, premiums can vary by location and by issuer.
    Full-coverage motorcycle insurance offers the most financial protection (including comprehensive and collision coverage).
    Shopping around for motorcycle insurance online and comparing premium costs can help motorcyclists find the most affordable coverage options.

Methodology: ValuePenguin analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For the purpose of this analysis - they looked at data from 2016 to 2020 - the latest year of data available.

For More Information:

About and its parent company, LendingTree®, have a common mission: to empower consumers with tools, information, and resources to help them make smarter, more informed financial decisions. For more information, please visit, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ValuePenguin.
Shooting the bull / Insurance Co. has surprise 500...
Last post by Biketographer - May 10, 2022, 07:16:10 AM
I read this twice - still not clear what is happening.

QuoteROCKFORD, Ill., May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Insurance King is a high-volume non-standard insurance agency and they are taking additional steps to educate their customers with First Chicago Insurance Company of the potential for a 500% surcharge on vehicles with UMPD or Physical Damage coverages. "This could happen in the first 30 days of inception or within 30 days of a reinstatement," says Dan Block, president of Insurance King. "Insurance King has been told by First Chicago Insurance Company that we are their largest agent so it is highly likely to happen to our customer base. In 22 years in business, I have never heard of any other company having language like this in their policy!"

Found on Page 11 of the First Chicago Insurance Company IL Auto Policy

{In the event of a loss and subsequent loss settlement under Coverage G or H, we are authorized to make appropriate deductions from the loss settlement amount for: (a) the deductible stated in the Declarations for that particular insured auto; however, in the event of one or more of the following losses, a 500% assessment of the deductible amount shown on the declarations page shall be assessed against the loss settlement, if the loss occurs within 30 calendar days of policy inception, lapse in coverage, reinstatement, addition of a vehicle with Physical Damage Coverage, or addition of Physical Damage Coverage to an existing vehicle on the policy. i. Single vehicle loss IL MV 01 08 0122 12 ii. Hit and run loss iii. Theft loss iv. Vandalism loss}
"Insurance Carriers used to mail out physical policies, but over the years the carriers just post them as a PDF on their website in lieu of mailing them out. I could not find the policy on the carrier's website so we uploaded it to our website for all to review." A link to the auto policy is below.

Insurance King founded in 2001 is headquartered in Rockford, IL offering affordable Auto, Motorcycle, Renters, and SR-22 currently in CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MO, MS, OH, TN, TX, and WI. Insurance King is a sponsor of NASCAR driver Josh Bilicki.
Shooting the bull / MotoGP™ strengthens exclusive ...
Last post by Biketographer - May 05, 2022, 09:46:01 AM
Fuelled with additional capabilities, the collaboration continues to bring live MotoGP™ race action to fans in over 200 countries around the world

MADRID and MUMBAI, India, May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Tata Communications, a global digital ecosystem enabler, and Dorna Sports, the exclusive commercial and television rights holder of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship, today renew and strengthen their exclusive multi-year strategic collaboration – bringing the spectacle of MotoGP™'s close racing and incredible competition to nearly half a billion homes worldwide.

With its world-leading, digital-first suite of media offerings, Tata Communications empowers the world's premier motorcycle racing series to deliver an innovative and transformed viewing experience to its fans worldwide. Tata Communications media edge services will allow MotoGP™ to continue to ensure excellent video quality, coupled with tremendous speed, delivering the race live from the track to the viewers' screens in just a few tenths of a second.

Tata Communications and Dorna teams will also boost migration from an onsite traditional media production to a remote production that will culminate in a future cloud-based model, increasing the number of video signals from 60 to 110 – some in ultra-low latency – providing more content to the viewers, and enabling the innovation of remotely produced immersive sound.

These remote production capabilities, combined with the global video content delivery network, will also enable increased remote broadcasting of live track action, supporting the increased sustainability and long-term environmental objectives of MotoGP™ and Dorna Sports as both continue to work together on world-leading and world-changing technological solutions.

Tata Communications and Dorna have also been working together to leverage Private LTE deployment at race tracks to manage wireless camera feeds in low latency and the highest quality possible, bringing even more incredible content to viewers around the world.

Manel Arroyo, Chief Commercial Officer, Dorna Sports, said, "Tata Communications has been  pivotal in enabling us to bring immersive live race action to our millions of fans around the world. Together, we've pushed the boundaries of innovation in sports broadcasting, increasingly bringing our global fans closer to their favourite sport." He adds, "With this renewed collaboration, we trust Tata Communications to help us take the fan experience even further, using cutting edge technology to deliver an incredible experience for fans at home, which is as enthralling as watching the races on tracks."

Dhaval Ponda, Global Head of Media & Entertainment Services, Tata Communications, said, "MotoGP™ represents the best in global motorsports today. Fuelled by our deep broadcast experience, video engineering pedigree and passion for technological advancements, we're proud to extend this relationship to further accelerate the fan experience. Together, we'll continue to co-create and elevate the viewing experiences for the legions of passionate motorcycle racing fans globally. "

Tata Communications enables some of the world's foremost sports and entertainment federations. The company's media, cloud and connectivity services are underpinned by the world's largest subsea fibre network of its kind, creating a fully-converged, end-to-end solution for fast-paced sports like MotoGP™. Since 2017, Tata Communications has played a key role of enabling MotoGP to continually push boundaries and create world-leading broadcasts of the world's fastest motorcycle racing Championship. This successful relationship has been built on Tata Communications end-to-end managed service capabilities and advanced proof of concepts (POCs) by deploying bonded cellular private LTE services, ultimately enhancing the viewer experience.

About Dorna Sports

Founded in 1988, Dorna Sports became organiser of the FIM World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP™) in 1991 and has been the exclusive commercial and television rights holder ever since. Based in Madrid, Spain, with premises in Barcelona and a subsidiary in Rome, the company is a leader in sports management, marketing and media,and has seen continued growth over the years; expanding its focus from solely MotoGP™ to include other leading motorcycle racing championships across the globe.

Those now include the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), the FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship, the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, the Honda British Talent Cup, the Northern Talent Cup and the new FIM MiniGP World Series, which became the latest path on the Road to MotoGP™ in 2021. Dorna has also been co-organiser of the Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup since its inception in 2007, and in 2019 the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup began, which is an electric series that races at a number of Grands Prix throughout the season.

About Tata Communications

A part of the Tata Group, Tata Communications (NSE: TATACOMM; BSE: 500483) is a global digital ecosystem enabler powering today's fast-growing digital economy in more than 190 countries and territories. Leading with trust, it enables digital transformation of enterprises globally with collaboration and connected solutions, core and next gen connectivity, cloud hosting and security solutions and media services. 300 of the Fortune 500 companies are its customers and the company connects businesses to 80% of the world's cloud giants. For more information, please visit
Shooting the bull / Vintage Motorcycle Auction Jun...
Last post by Biketographer - May 03, 2022, 07:24:16 AM
Vintage Motorcycle Auction & Open House! National Motorcycle Museum! Call today to Consign!

Auction Type
    Live On-Site With Online Bidding
    Saturday June 25, 2022
    National Motorcycle Museum- 102 chamber Dr., Anamosa, Iowa, 52205
    VanDerBrink Auctions

    507-673-2517 605-201-7005
CCS / ASRA Racing Discussion / NJMP 4/23/22 Photographer?
Last post by Skiertaz - May 02, 2022, 11:39:17 AM
Anyone know who was doing photos at NJMP 4/23/22?
Shooting the bull / Tallahassee Bike Fest
Last post by Biketographer - April 29, 2022, 04:20:04 AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Tallahassee's new motorcycle festival, Tallahassee Bike Fest, recently released an extensive event schedule on its website. Set to take place on May 13 through May 15, 2022 at Railroad Square Art District, the rally will host mapped motorcycle rides, bike shows, audio show, a poker run, musical performances, brunch, a kid's corner, and more!
Highlighting the stunning nature and scenery was important to Tallahassee Bike Fest's CEO, and Tallahassee local, Giavona (G) Williams. Therefore, she partnered with REVER, a motorcycle routing app, to map out some of Tallahassee's best roads for riding, featuring rolling hills, canopy roads, and breathtaking scenery.

For bikers with a competitive spirit, there will be plenty to do. Those with a unique ride can show off their bike at one of the scheduled bike shows and audio competition. Winners will receive trophies that can be up to 4 feet tall! There is also a scheduled poker run where participants compete by drawing a playing card from five checkpoints. Whoever has the highest hand by the end of the run wins.

For all the foodies, Tallahassee Bike Fest is hosting a biker brunch featuring famous food from the South. There will also be Tallahassee Bike Fest vendors selling everything from kabobs, barbeque, and seafood all weekend long. In addition to all the food, there will be other vendors selling everything from apparel to custom motorcycle parts.

Whether you love blues, rock, country, or pop, Tallahassee Bike Fest has 12 diverse performances scheduled throughout the weekend. Among the musical talent is Jasmine Cain. Jasmine is a female rock artist with a powerful voice and compelling song lyrics. She has won over 30 awards for her music and performances. Most of all, Jasmine Cain is a trailblazer for females seeking to succeed in the rock genre and motorcycle events industry. G is ecstatic to have a strong woman like Jasmine take the main stage at her rally.

Another artist performing at the Tallahassee Bike Fest is Mr. Sipp, "The Mississippi Blues Child." Mr. Sipp has over 125 recording credits to his name and has played on over 50 national recordings with several Grammy-nominated projects. Blues may not be the first music genre that comes to mind at a motorcycle festival, but make no mistake Mr.Sipp puts on a show that will get everyone grooving!

The kiddos that tag along for the fun have some activities to enjoy as well. There will be a free kid's corner at the festival with trolley rides, face painting, temporary tattoos, and more on Saturday and Sunday only!

Giving back has always been important to G. The motorcycle community is home to a vast amount of veterans. Many of them take up riding as a hobby after serving to cope with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. A veteran herself, helping veterans is a cause near and dear to her heart. As a result, G is donating a portion of the rally's proceeds to Team Guardian, a local veteran nonprofit.

G is thrilled that the rally has generated a lot of excitement already. Based on the festival's outreach thus far and local data, G predicts to welcome about 2,500-3,500 riders for their first year. She can't wait to host such a large turnout and create a safe and inclusive space for like-minded individuals within the motorcycle community.

Did we also mention that it's free to attend? If you live in Tallahassee or plan to be in the area from May 13 through May 15 come visit the festival!

For more information and a more comprehensive schedule of the festivities happening at Tallahassee Bike Fest, please visit their website: