We can only dream – Marquez Vs Rea

After finishing eighth in his first race on the Repsol Honda at Misano won by Jorge Lorenzo he came to Aragon. In the 23-lap race in his second, and as it turned out final MotoGP™ ride, Rea finished seventh one place in front of Valentino Rossi in the race won by his team-mate, Pedrosa. That was that. Casey returned to finish the season and then retire. A certain Marc Marquez replaced him, and the rest is history for both riders

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Husqvarna Brings Their Own App to the Battle

Holy Cr-Apps!

Wow. I feel like every single week I write a new article about a manufacturer’s upcoming motorcycle app. Last week it was KTM’s new app for controlling their MX bikes suspension and engine settings, and a few weeks prior to that it was Ducati’s MyDucati app to keep you updated on all Ducati-related things. This week, I’m introducing you to Husqvarna’s addition to the motorcycle app world.

myKTM, myDucati; what could this new Husky app possibly be called?

… the app is called myHusqvarna (sigh)…

The app will work seamlessly with all your 2021 4-stroke Husqvarna dirt bikes and 2020 FC 450 Rockstar edition bikes as well.

Similarly to the myKTM app, this rendition allows for controlling engine performance and power, while having an additional feature to let the bike tune/adjust the suspension depending on rider weight, skill level, and what kind of track you’re running around.

If you’re not very experienced with motorcycle setup, the app has 2 modes, one of which is a stripped-down version that allows for traction control sensitivity. The advanced model on the other hand gives the rider full control over throttle response, engine braking levels, launch control, etc. 

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You can create and save presets to use at a later date in the event that you find a perfect set up for your local track, but it perhaps doesn’t translate to a different track and you want to have multiple presets ready for a seamless transition when unloading and starting up your bike at a new track.

The unit that you connect to your bike to allow for the app to connect properly mounts directly to the bike and communicatess with your smartphone (both iOS and Android) so you can have full control of your motorcycle with the touch of a button (or screen, rather).

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Bajaj Brings New colors To Pulsar NS200 and RS200

The Pulsar 200 Brothers Finally Get New Colors

India’s market for smaller-displacement motorcycles is huge. With such densely populated cities compounded with such a low average household income, it’s no mystery as to why sub-200cc motorcycles sell like hotcakes in the country of over 1.3 billion residents.

KTM and Bajaj dominate the motorcycle market in India with affordable options. Bajaj’s NS200 was introduced in 2012 and the year after it was quickly awarded ‘motorcycle of the year’ at Bike India Awards.

With such a popular motorcycle, you’d think it would be important for Bajaj to offer a large number of colorways for the bike so the thousands of riders can have a little bit more of personalization and options to choose from seeing how many the manage to sell annually.

Finally, after 8 years of production Bajaj has decided to shake things up and offer a number of new colors for Indian bike motorcycle consumers to choose from.

The Pulsar NS200 is now offered in:

  • Metallic Pearl White
  • Pewter Grey
  • Plasma Satin Blue (unavailable on the RS200)
  • Matte Burnt Red

There are a few new design changes to the bikes but nothing revolutionary or notable. The new model still features the classic 199.5cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder thumper based on KTM’s 200cc engine found in the wildly popular (in India) KTM 200 Duke.

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2021 KTM 890 Adventure Announced

KTM has just announced its 2021 KTM 890 Adventure, the adventure-touring oriented model within KTM’s 2021 middleweight ADV lineup. The announcement comes shortly after the announcement of the 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R and Adventure R Rally models, which have a more off-road focus. For more information, read the press release below.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure
2021 KTM 890 Adventure

From Press Release:

It has never been a better time to reach out to the world on a bike. Getting from A to B safely, quickly and efficiently has always been important but to do it aboard a machine carrying KTM’s READY TO RACE DNA takes the experience to new levels. A new model for 2021, the KTM 890 ADVENTURE takes the lightweight and sporty characteristics you’d expect from a KTM ADVENTURE motorcycle to deliver a supremely capable adventure tourer – both on and off the tarmac.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

The KTM 790 ADVENTURE formed a robust basis for KTM engineers to begin their search to offer more – much more – while still maintaining that resourcefulness, light touch and confidence-inspiring handling. The new 889cc compact engine raises performance figures to 105 hp and 100 Nm of torque and the 20% extra rotating mass of the crankshaft brings an improved feeling at low revs while augmenting the centralized sensation and traction through corners. The KTM 890 ADVENTURE comes with a refined and stronger clutch to cope with the boosted performance and the powerplant is Euro5 compliant.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

A new WP APEX rear shock offers greater customization potential through a new rebound damping adjuster and an additional hand adjuster for spring preload. The suspension matches the rest of the chassis configuration in placing the bike firmly between use for the tarmac and the trail.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

Want the thrill of the gravel and breaking traction? Then count on 200mm of suspension travel, Dakar Rally-inspired ergonomics that mean the bike is comparably slim, light and manageable, an accessible seat height, a low fender, a 20-liter tank and KTM MY RIDE navigation.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

Prefer the flat expanses of the road? The KTM 890 ADVENTURE has Adventure-spec tires, a full-size TFT dashboard, Cornering ABS, Motorcycle Traction Control and Motor Slip Regulation, a seat that is adjustable in two heights and a strong yet lightweight subframe for pillion or baggage.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

A range of KTM PowerPart upgrades means that Cruise Control (with the handlebar switch now provided as standard), a Quickshifter+ (with optimized settings), heated seat and grips together with a wide compliment of luggage widens the travel potential of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE even more.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

// New engine with 90 cc added displacement
// Improved performance with 105 hp & 100 Nm (Euro5)
// Better rideability thanks to 20% increased rotating mass
// Stronger clutch adapted to increased performance
// Engine knock control system (use of low Octane fuel)
// High-quality WP suspension components & new rear shock
// Reworked front & rear brakes for added control
// Improved ABS & MTC settings
// Anodized wheel hubs instead of powder coated
// Handlebar switch with Cruise Control button (software additional)
// Weight optimization thanks to compact motor & fuel tank
// Slim profile, refined ergonomics & new graphics
// Travel-ready with two-part, adjustable seat & low fender
// Smartphone connectivity giving access to music, calls
// Optional KTM MY RIDE app for turn-by-turn navigation

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

Joachim Sauer, KTM Product Manager Travel: “With the development of the new KTM 890 ADVENTURE we hit all our marks by offering an upgraded machine for both road and gravel riding. With the new engine we worked a lot on optimizing the overall performance and feeling while out riding. The result is a big improvement in the bike’s rideability, better stability, less gear shifting and added comfort for the long days on the saddle. With the KTM 890 ADVENTURE we wanted a KTM that sets the benchmark through its performance on the tarmac while being able to veer offroad and keep the same high standards. As a true KTM ADVENTURE, this is a great machine to adventure everywhere.”

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

The KTM 890 ADVENTURE will be arriving at authorized KTM dealers worldwide from December 2020 onwards. For more info, visit ktm.com.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure Photo Gallery:

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King of the Baggers Battle Suddenly Seems Rather Serious

If you were expecting a bunch of beer-gutted C-listers to be riding the 11 Harley-Davidson and two Indian baggers in MotoAmerica’s inaugural King of the Baggers race coming up next Saturday at Laguna Seca, you’re in for a surprise. The entry list includes some serious talent, including 1998 AMA Superbike champ Ben Bostrom. Better pack a lunch in those bags. If you can’t be in Monterey (and not many people can, thanks to Covid restrictions), find out how you can watch live at the link below (along with all the other races at the MotoAmerica GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Speedfest at Monterey).

MotoAmerica Press Release:

Ben Bostrom, Josh Herrin And More Stars Set To Compete

IRVINE, CA (October 16, 2020) – As eye-opening as the built-to-the-hilt V-twin Baggers set to compete in the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers are, the list of riders set to do battle on them at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is equally as stout. And a fight it promises to be on Saturday afternoon, October 24, as the Baggers will highlight the opening day of racing in the MotoAmerica GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Speedfest at Monterey.

Tony Sollima races around the bowl at Chuckwalla during a recent test session on The Speed Merchant Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard. Photo by Cali Photo
The teams, who have gone all-in on the concept of showing off their wares in a race like none before it, aren’t just pulling guys off the street to race their steeds. One only has to look at the #77 Feuling Parts Harley-Davidson entry to see that’s not the case. Stop rubbing your eyes… that is former AMA Superbike Champion and multi-time World Superbike race winner Ben Bostrom’s name. Yes, the Ben Bostrom.

And how about the #50 entry from Performance Machine? That would be 2013 AMA Superbike Champion and current MotoAmerica Superbike racer Josh Herrin. What about that Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson? Yes, that’s Hayden Gillim, who last year came very close to earning the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.

The rest of the 13-rider field? Well, there’s not a slouch in the bunch.

The SlyFox Harley-Davidson will be ridden by former AMA and MotoAmerica racer Cory West; another former MotoAmerica racer, Tyler O’Hara, will be riding the S&S Indian Challenger; and Josh Chisum, on the Barnett Clutches Harley, is another who has raced in MotoAmerica previously.

Current MotoAmerica Stock 1000 and Superbike racer Travis Wyman will throw his leg over the Trask Performance Harley-Davidson with Michael Woolaway, a highly regarded bike builder and Pikes Peak racer, doing likewise on the Saddlemen Harley-Davidson Road Glide. Eric Stahl will take to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on the Alloy Art MFG Co. Harley Road King with Tony Sollima riding The Speed Merchant’s Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard.

Arlen Ness is set to field a Harley-Davidson with noted stunt rider and the son of former 500cc World Motocross Champion Logan Lackey handling the riding chores. A second Indian entry has been fielded by Roland Sands Design and will feature flat tracker/road racer Frankie Garcia.

You may also have heard of Michael Barnes, the veteran hired gun who has been a race winner in nearly all forms of AMA road racing over the years. The Floridian will ride a Bassani Xhaust Harley-Davidson Road King.

So, there you have it. Thirteen top-notch riders on some of trickest motorcycles the world has seen attacking the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The eight-lap Drag Specialties King of the Baggers race is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. (Pacific) on Saturday afternoon, October 24, on the Monterey Peninsula. The race will air live on MotoAmerica Live+, the live streaming and on-demand service from MotoAmerica, and on Harley-Davidson TV. Additionally, the final practice session for the Baggers will air live on MotoAmerica’s Facebook page at 4:40 p.m. (Pacific) on Friday.

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Zarco: how to come back from the brink

“You cannot really expect anything. The only thing you can hope and dream of is a World Title, and a World Title in MotoGP… So long as I believe I can do it in MotoGP, I am pushing myself to imagine the way to go. I think I’ve been kind of particular cause I was really close to my ex-coach, manager, we did a lot together and we did a really special way compared to most riders. That, already these things made me a bit special shall we say. But then when I grew up also I had to speak with this guy, and from that, I showed another side of myself and that’s why I guess the people are seeing these different faces from me.

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Valentino Rossi Is Doing Fine After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Rossi Seems Fine but Is Closely Monitored

Valentino Rossi recently tested positive for COVID-19, which caused him to miss the Aragon Grand Prix. As of right now he’s fine and being monitored by doctors so that if his condition worsens, he can be well-taken-care-of by healthcare professionals.

Rossi expressed frustration. The Yamaha racing team performed well at the Aragon Grand Prix, and he was forced to miss it.

“Seeing Yamahas go fast is like twisting the knife in the wound,” he told GPOne.

As for his condition, it was reported that he started to feel bad on October 15. After it was determined that he was sore and had a fever, two tests were conducted by doctors. The first gave a negative result, the second gave a positive result, and he was not allowed to race.

Rossi was home in Italy after the Le Mans race, so he was not in contact with other riders and teammates. He did say it was a little different than he expected. 


“I thought it was like the lockdown, but now I’m always alone without seeing anyone,” he said. “It’s quite boring. It’s a pain. Now I’m fine. I’m still a bit weak, but I no longer have a fever. I was sick for a day and a half, then I recovered.

It’s good to hear that he is doing well, and it is a shame he will have to miss more races while he is in quarantine.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com