State removes some rider safety barriers

Lower rub rails on safety barriers that are important for the safety of riders have proliferated in recent years, but now the Queensland Government is removing some where they trap wildlife on the road.

You could be forgiven for thinking that riders’ lives are considered less important than the lives of snakes, wallabies, possums, echidnas and bandicoots.

However, many lower “W beam” rub rails have been installed on benign straight stretches and the inside of curves, rather than the outside where riders are far more likely to crash.

Lower rub rails are about to be removed on a stretch of Gold Coast hinterland road to protect wildlife that is being trapped on the road and run over.

The rails are considered important in the event of a motorcycle crash as they prevent the rider hitting the lethal upright posts.

But a lot of money has been wasted over the years installing rub rails on sections where riders are highly unlikely to crash.

The money would be better spent installing the rails on more dangerous sections.

The Queensland Government’s Transport and Main Roads department is now believed to be rewriting its rules on rub rails.

Their first move will be to remove rub rails from sections every 2-300m in an eight-kilometre stretch of Beaudesert-Nerang Road at Witheren and Clagiraba, a popular motorcycle route to Beechmont and the Numinbah Valley.

This is an area where many wildlife have been killed because they are trapped on the road by the rub rails which are too close to the ground to squeeze through.

The rails are also so close to the ground that the grass and general debris has now blocked the natural drainage and water is retained on the road, increasing the risk to all vehicles of aquaplaning.

Transport and Main Roads south coast regional director Paul Noonan said in a statement that they have “worked extensively with engineering and road safety professionals to balance the need for guardrail to protect motorists and providing safe access for wildlife in the area”.

“A lot of analysis has been done to solve this problem, and I’m pleased to say we have a solution,” he says.

Work to remove the rails begins this month before the koala breeding season starts.

Let’s hope the rails are put to better use elsewhere.

The Australian Motorcycle Council has issued the following statement:

The Queensland TMR are to be commended for their previous introduction of a requirement for all new W Beam installations to have motorcycle rub rails, but they now recognise that the criteria in their guidelines was flawed.  Better consultation with knowledgeable and representative Motorcycle bodies may well have corrected these flaws and avoided the resulting problems with trapped wildlife and also with water retention on the road due to debris blocking drainage under the rub rails.
The danger to all road users from deep water retention in Queensland storms is a concern to all riders and would justify the planned removal of rub rails from the inside of bends and on long straights, but not on the recognised danger areas for riders, e.g. the outside of bends of defined radius.
The AMC would like to see better Motorcycle representation and consultation with all and any Government body in future Queensland road safety initiatives, especially the re-write of the W Beam Rub Rail criteria.

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Interview: Katie Abdilla – Tasmanian Rider, Racer and Designer

**Photos courtesy of Jason Lau

Even for Aussies, Tasmania is pretty much the end of the earth for a multitude of reasons. It’s far enough south to make it seriously cold in winter and it’s wild as all get-out once you leave the cities and it’s the least populous state in the entire country. Also, it quite literally is the end of the earth. Sail south from its southernmost tip and you’ll quite literally be in Antarctica before you can say, ‘frostbite-inducing snowstorm’.

So surely most sane people on this icy island would be more interested in just staying warm and indoors rather than, say, racing around in the open air on unfaired motorcycles hoping their extremities don’t turn black and drop off, yes? Well, if Tasmania’s Katie Abdilla is anything to go buy, then the whole place is totally nuts.

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi, my name is Katie Abdilla. I live in the South of Tasmania, Hobart, and I ride motorcycles. I was a picture framer but have now been undertaking full time study into graphic design.

Katie Adbilla on a Honda XL motorcycle in Tasmania

Tell us about growing up in Tasmania

I grew up in the north of the state on a cattle farm. My interest in motorcycles really began from the desire of wanting to go fast, faster than I could bomb a push bike down a gravel hill. A friend from primary school told me he raced dirt bikes. I decided that I too wanted to do this, so my parents bought me a little 1980s Honda QR50 to begin with from there, it all kind of snowballed for the better.

What bikes do you own?

I currently have: a 1967 Honda SS125, 1968 Honda CL175, 1972 Honda SL175, 1976 Honda XL175, 1976 Honda CB400F, 1992 Honda VFR400R (NC30), 2016 Honda CRF150RB and a 1972 Triumph Daytona 500 (T100R). I have had more small Hondas but sold them several years ago.

There are many reasons as to why and how these bikes came to be a part of my life. My favourite being my ‘76 CB400f. I first saw this bike at a motorcycle show back in 2014 and intuitively knew I was meant to have this model of motorcycle. The bike was completely stock at that point, and it was the sweeping headers that drew me in. Fortunately for me, she happened to have a for sale sign placed next to her. Not long later, I ended up with that same bike in my garage.

Katie Adbilla on her 1976 Honda CB400F in Tasmania

What’s Tasmania like for riding?

I love Tasmania for a multitude of reasons, but mainly for its abundance of winding roads and scenic landscape. Even though it gets chilly here in winter, the snow does not often settle at sea level, so riding all year around is an option. It is actually really hard to pick a favourite road here as there are so many, and they are all so different. I do like the roads in the Northwest of the State though.

Woman on her 1976 Honda CB400F Motorcycle in Tasmania

And you’re into motocross racing?

I did a few motocross races as a child and a couple grass track races in 2020, but wouldn’t say I race motocross. I really enjoy riding motocross though as I am forever learning rider technique and enjoying the challenge. I also enjoy road racing out at Baskerville Raceway in the warmer months.

katie Abdilla on her 1976 Honda CB400F Motorcycle in Tasmania

What other projects are you working on?

I’m not currently working on any moto projects, just riding and having fun! I am however itching to build another bike; I’d love to build a Triumph chop or knucklehead.

A few friends came down to Tassie to film a motorcycle journey documentary in February 2020. They needed a motocross track for filming content at, and just to have a good time. So my partner James offered them a ride at his track in Surveyors Bay. That was a really fun day we all had. Especially doing time trials around the sand track on the little XR100.

Katie Adbilla at dusk in a Tasmanian field

Who are some of your heroes?

I don’t really have any heroes. But I do admire riders like Ken Roczen (the German professional motocross and supercross racer), Barry Sheene, and Beryl Swain (the London-born motorcycle road racer and the first woman to compete solo in the Isle of Man TT race).

 Woman on a motorcycle at dusk in a Tasmanian field

What are your thoughts on electric bikes?

I actually love the approach of electric motorcycles. It’s wild how much speed and torque they carry. It is really cool seeing what companies and independents are bringing out as of late. The engineering side of things is fascinating.

Woman on a motocross motorcycle at dusk in a Tasmanian field

Name your fantasy road and bike combo.

I would love to ride the Isle of Man TT or the Manx GP course on either a Honda NC30 or on some vintage British steel.

Black and white photo of a racing motorcycle at Tasmania's Baskerville Racetrack

**Photo courtesy of Baden West

What would you say to other women who might be interested in riding?

What I would say to anyone, whether it be women or men who might be interested in riding a motorcycle would be to just do it! You do not know if you will fall in love with the sport or lifestyle unless you give it a hot crack. I would suggest for anyone who wants to take up riding of any kind, focus on technique first as controlled speed will come later with experience.

Seat time is everything. The more you ride in different conditions, the more experience and knowledge you gain. If you are new to riding, then ride with more experienced riders, ask them if you can follow their lines or have them tail you to give you pointers. The great thing with the motorcycle community is, generally we are a friendly bunch.

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A Peek Into Wild Triumph’s Mind-Blowing Motorcycle Tours

With vaccinations on the rise, many countries are preparing to reopen borders for travel – and it seems that everybody (myself included) has dug the old passport out in anticipation of a wee travel

Enter Wild Triumph – a company committed to luxury and adventure motorcycle/SUV tours across some of the lesser-known areas of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Thailand, and Mongolia. 

A rider experiences the iconic landmarks of Bhutan

Founded in 2018, the company originally started as a way for Founders Dushyant Yadav and Mohit Chauhan to travel and feed their passion for their motorcycles.

“I do not like tourist places much, so I used to travel to places that are not known to people. I would just open up a map and point at a spot and say, ‘Let’s go to this place”, Yadav says. “Traveling was something that I had to do, so I decided that I will make a living out of it.”

“It was then that we started Wild Triumph in January 2018. We started small and, little by little, we started getting clients.”

Two riders enjoy the view in Laos

With news of the tours traveling by word of mouth, Wild Triumph was able to slowly expand to the impressive network of connections, routes, and trips currently available on their website today. 

The company offers experiences for travelers from all walks of life – both those desiring a more adventurous route and those simply looking for a bit of luxury to accompany the new view.

riders travelling through the That Desert in India

Among other available options, riders can book a twist through the Himalayas, explore India from the Green Aravallis to the Thar Desert, or build a customized route of their own with Wild Triumph experts to recommend the best topography and landmarks.

Wild Triumph is also one of the only motorcycle tour companies to offer exclusive women-only tours.

Steel Barrier with lower rub rail

a female rider travelling through a field of grass on her motorcycle in Mongolia

“We at Wild Triumph are proud to convey the most mind-blowing motorcycle experiences accessible all over the globe…[and] we believe that experiences gained through traveling are unforgettable and remain with you for life”, says Wild Triumph. 

a group of riders enjoying their travels through Nepal

“Through traveling, we meet new people; we understand their culture, their way of living, and we expand our potential. This passion for bringing together people in a new and meaningful way drives us to innovate.”

Amen to that, and take my money.

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Quartararo and Marc Marquez shine brightest at Dutch GP

Catch up on all the need to know details from another brilliant round of MotoGP™ Fantasy action in Assen

A well-deserved break is on the horizon for those in the MotoGP™ paddock following the conclusion of the Motul TT Assen at the weekend. Before then, however, we have the small matter of recapping what happened at the Cathedral of Speed and how it has affected the state of play in MotoGP™ Fantasy.

Who made the Dream Team in Round 9?

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took his fourth race win of the season at the Dutch GP, and unsurprisingly, he is the weekend’s top rider. A mix of a P2 start, setting the race’s fastest lap and, of course, victory saw the Frenchman rake in an impressive 41 points.

Joining Quartararo as the Gold Rider in the Dream Team is Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), despite starting from P20 on the grid, a premier class worst ever qualifying from the eight-time Champion. The German GP winner didn’t let that statistic affect him though as he carved through the field on the opening lap. Marquez scored the majority of his 35 points from advancing his grid position, with an extra nine for his final P7 finish.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir launched a classic comeback from P10 on the grid to stand on the podium for the third time this season. That performance sees the Mallorcan make the Dream Team once again this season, as he pocketed 31 points.

A man who has been hitting the headlines recently rounds out the best from Assen, as Maverick Viñales’ (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) pole position and P2 finish saw him take home 30 points for his MotoGP™ Fantasy owners.

As for the best choice of the constructors, there was no touching Yamaha as their factory riders locked out the top two spots of the grid and podium in Assen, seeing the Iwate factory earn 35.5 points from the weekend.

How many 300V Motul Boosts were used in Assen?

The Dutch GP saw 3098 gamers use one of their three 300V Motul Boosts at TT Circuit Assen. 

Who have been the top riders so far?

As we head for the summer break, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on which riders have been offering up the best value in the season so far. Quartararo leads the Championship and it’s no surprise that he leads the way in MotoGP™ Fantasy, as he has simply been a must-have in your team. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) is another to have brought in plenty of points throughout the season, particularly in the opening rounds, and he is tied with title contender Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) in the overall standings on 220 points.

You can take a look at the top 10 MotoGP™ Fantasy riders below:

1. Fabio Quarataro (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – 264
2. Francesco Baganaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) – 220
3. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) – 220
4. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – 216
5. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) – 180
6. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) – 174
7. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) – 169
8. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) – 158
9. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – 125
10. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) – 113

The on-track action since the opening round in Qatar has been nothing short of exhilarating, keeping us on the edge of the seats over the past four months. We’re already counting down the days to when the grid heads to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian double-header!

Every practice session, qualifying battle and race, exclusive interviews, historic races and so much more fantastic content: this is VideoPass!

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All you need to know about the 2021 Rising Stars Series!

Just as Dorna’s junior racing programmes (the Red Bull Rookies Cup, the FIM Junior World Championship, Asia Talent Cup, the British Talent Cup, the Northern Talent Cup) aim to promote young talent to the pinnacle of the sport, the Rising Stars Series aims to do the same in the rapidly growing eSports world.

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Electric bike chases world speed record

A powerful electric motor and innovative aerodynamics are expected to help a British engineering company achieve a world speed record of more than 400km/h (250mph) for a motorcycle.

The bike will have emissions and economy implications for current and future electric and conventionally-powered motorcycles.

White Motorcycle Concepts has unveiled its prototype motorcycle which company founder and Chief Executive Officer Rob White will ride in attempts to break the British and world electric land speed records over the next 12 months.

It features three innovative technologies.

The company’s ultra-low drag system called V-Air has a large duct at the centre of the bike which forces air through the vehicle, rather than around it. 

V-Air reduces the WMC250EV’s aerodynamic resistance by as much as 70% compared to that of the market-leading high performance road bike according to the results of wind-tunnel testing at MIRA.

Aerodynamics of the bike and the rider are the biggest drain on motorcycle power and efficiency.

Australian Triple8 racing engineer Jeromy Moore says it is difficult for motorcycles to match a car’s aerodynamics, because they are too short.

“With aero, it will be hard to get a bike’s cD down as it is quite short so the air has to deflect at larger angles to go around and rejoin,” he says.

It seems the V-Air duct may have overcome this issue, especially with the rider tucked behind the fairing as in the above photo.

The duct also increases the axial load on the front of the motorcycle allowing the WMC250EV utilise a D-Drive motor unit that powers the front wheel, which in-turn makes it possible to harness regenerative braking energy – something unachievable with a conventional motorcycle. The third innovation, F-Drive final drive system, could filter down to your own motorcycle.

It is designed to give the bike a boost in power and enhance efficiency.

The WMC250EV high-speed demonstrator has been more than two years in the making and has already been granted a UK patent and expects Europe, the USA and Japan to follow suit by the end of August. 

If adopted by major manufacturers, these British devised technologies have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions across the industry and accelerate the mass-market de-carbonisation of motorcycles globally.

White, who has more than 25 years’ experience of world championship level motorsport, including Formula 1 and Le Mans, initially conceived his idea for V-Air six years ago, but it was exposure to Formula 1 packaging and sports car aerodynamics that gave him the confidence to pursue it seriously.

Having formed WMC in 2019, White reached into his network of contacts gained through his career. 

Rob Lewis MBE, the owner of Total Sim and a global leader in sports aerodynamics, recognised V-Air’s potential and supported the project through the initial proof of concept. 

The Northamptonshire company began developing the all-carbon fibre WMC250EV High Speed Demonstrator to F1 standards of design specification, component-packaging and technology with the ambition to test its potential to the highest standard.

“If you want to demonstrate to the rest of the world that you’ve just invented a new aerodynamic concept that means you can go faster for a given power, the best thing to do is go as fast you can,” Rob says. 

“That’s why we created WMC250EV high-speed demonstrator, the most radical version of this concept, to challenge for the world land speed record. It is electric, as that is the pre-eminent zero emissions power source at the moment, but as the aerodynamic concept provides efficiency benefit, it could just as easily be hydrogen or any other future power source.”

The concept’s more wide-reaching implication is the impact it could have on vehicular energy efficiency, leading to better fuel economy and lower emissions.

“The records are all champagne, but are actually the insignificant part of the story,” Rob says.

“While this technology allows you to go faster, it also allows you to go much further for the same amount of energy. This has a direct and tangible benefit on CO2 reduction. Market-disruptive ideas like this are uncommon, and if successful, have the potential to revolutionise industry.”

WMC is already working on a real-world application for the innovation and is producing a 300cc three-wheel hybrid scooter – the WMC300FR – that includes V-Air technology and reduces drag by 25%. 

That equates to 18% improvement in fuel efficiency, from aerodynamic improvements alone and when coupled with a small hybrid system enhances the performance to somewhere near 500cc levels, but with 50% less CO2 emissions.

“What we’ve managed to do is create something for the world market sector where people can use these vehicles in a city where the population is most effected by CO2 output and pollution – and we’ve managed to cut CO2 by 50% through aerodynamics and hybridisation,” Rob says.

The land speed record programme meanwhile is fully underway, with shakedowns continuing through the summer and an attempt on the Motorcycle Electric Semi Streamliner British Record planned for later on this year. 

Then the focus for WMC switches to the world’s largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, where Rob will attempt to set a new mark for the Electric Semi Streamliner World Record in July 2022.

“What started off as some sketches of an idea I was pondering, has become an initiative that can potentially change the motorcycle industry,” he says.

“I’ve always loved speed, and motorcycles. The challenge of breaking the world record satisfies a tenacity to achieve great things. But more importantly, it’s the perfect way to practically demonstrate that the theory behind this technology works.

“There are other record attempts running concurrently that have superstar riders and talismanic leaders fronting the projects, but for me and WMC the star is the technology. It’s a product of British engineering ingenuity and it has a real potential to disrupt the industry in a very positive way, becoming an important step towards the mass manufacture of non-fossil fuelled motorcycles, another milestone on the road to a zero-emission future.

“The company’s ambitions are great, and we aim to constantly produce high level engineering with environmental responsibility at its core, reducing carbon emissions throughout the entire motorcycle market from design and manufacture to end use.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda and KTM lead on safety recalls

The first half of 2021 has witnessed a significant number of motorcycle safety recalls with Honda and KTM the most prolific.

In the first quarter of 2021, there were 13 recalls, but the rate accelerated in May with 10 recalls and two in June, bringing the first half total to 25.

Perhaps as riders are coming out of lockdown around the world and riding again, they are discovering issues with their bikes which result in official recall notices.

KTM Australia has issued nine recalls, although some have been for the same issues across all the brands they import which also includes GasGas and Husqvarna.

Honda follows with nine recall notices. Its most recent affects 2981 motorcycles and covers an extensive range from the Grom to the 650 models.

Ducati and Yamaha had three recalls in the first half of the year, BMW, Kawasaki and Suzuki had two each and Triumph had one.

The latest official safety recall notices, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, are for 2020 BMW S 1000 RR and various Honda models.

Honda’s notice says the reflex reflector may not comply with the Australian Design Rule (ADR) 47 for reflection luminosity.

“If the reflector has insufficient luminosity, affected motorcycles may be less visible to drivers of other vehicles, which could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death of the rider and/or other road users,” the notice says.

Models affected are:

  • 2019 GROM(L) Z125M (pictured top of page)
  • 2019-21 CB500X, CB650R, CBR500R and CBR650R
  • 2020 C125AL, CRF250L-LA and CRF250R (Rally)
  • 2021 CB500F and CMX500A2
  • 2019-21 CMX500A

The BMW S 1000 RR notice says the screw plug in the rocker arm was not sufficiently tightened during manufacturing. 

“As a result, oil may leak from the affected bolting points,” the notice says.

“An oil leak may affect the rear tyre. If this occurs it will result in a reduction in traction for the wheel and increase the risk of an accident resulting in injury or death to the rider and/or passenger or other road users.”

Owners of affected bikes should contact their dealer and arrange for a free inspection and repair if needed.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

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International Motorcycle Shows Reveals All-New Attractions for 2021 Tour

The popular Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are introducing some new attractions to go alongside legacy ones for 2021.

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Today, the nation’s leading consumer motorcycle tour, Progressive IMS Outdoors, revealed an exciting array of attractions attendees can look forward to interacting with across the nine-stop tour kicking off next month in Sonoma, California. Designed to provide immersive, hands-on experiences for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, each stop will host a number of returning fan-favorite attractions, including the Discover The Ride program, IMS Vintage, Adventure Out!, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, and more, as well as two and four-wheel demos from a number of exhibiting brands. Tickets for each stop can be purchased now at motorcycleshows.com.

“After over a year apart, we are so excited to be bringing the Powersports community back together,” said Tracy Harris, SVP, IMS Outdoors. “Our goal is to showcase the diverse lifestyles and offerings across the Powersports industry in fun and inviting atmospheres. With our Tour’s new outdoor format, we are thrilled to be able to bring more opportunities than ever to allow our attendees to truly interact with the products and sport, not matter one’s age or skill level.”

Discover The Ride

Designed to introduce riding motorcycles to consumers of all ages, the returning Discover The Ride initiative will provide a variety of interactions for attendees to learn and grow their riding skills in safe and controlled environments. In partnership with Zero Motorcycles, the New Rider Course allows non-licensed motorcyclists to experience, first-hand, the thrill of two-wheels on speed-limited electric Zero Motorcycles and learn riding basics from Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) instructors.

New this year to Discover The Ride is the introduction of Strider in the Kids Zone and IMS’ partnership with All Kids Bike, opening the world of two wheels to enthusiasts as young as two years old.

Adjacent to Discover The Ride is the Motorcycle Industry Council’s (MIC) Ride With Us Moto Intro experience. The Moto Intro gives non-riders a chance to experience the thrill of their first ride within 45 minutes. MSF RiderCoaches will guide new riders through basic motorcycle controls and help them experience their first ride in a closed-course environment. Furthermore, at select events indicated below, Harley-Davidson’s Invitation To Ride program will also be extending a hand to prospective riders, delivering the opportunity to experience the basics of riding on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

  • Texas: Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, TX – October 1-3)
  • Nashville: James E. Ward Agriculture Center (Lebanon, TN – October 8-10)
  • Central Florida: SUN n’ FUN Campus (Lakeland, FL – October 15-17)

Demos

There will be ample opportunities along each Tour stop to hop on and ride both gas-powered and electric motorcycles and bicycles from brands including FLX, Harley-Davidson, Indian, Kawasaki, Pedego Santa Rosa, Pushpak Motors, RayvoltRoyal Enfield, Suzuki, Tern BicyclesYamaha, and Zero. More information on Street Demo Rides can be found here, and Electric Bike Demo Rides can be found here.

At select events on the Tour, Kawasaki and Yamaha will also offer Side by Side demos:

  • Northern California: Sonoma Raceway (Sonoma, CA – July 16-18)
  • Chicago: Goebbert’s Farm (Pingree Grove, IL – August 20-22)
  • Pennsylvania: Carlisle Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA – September 10-12)
  • Atlanta: Georgia International Horse Park (Conyers, GA – October 29-31)
  • Southern California: Venue and Date TBA

Returning Attractions

Returning this year will be a number of fan-favorite attractions, including:

  • Adventure Out!: a space to shop, prepare for the next trek or tour and learn about incorporating adventure and travel into a motorcycling lifestyle – now also including RVing. A central campsite, surrounded by exhibitors, acts as a place for education and discovery, with experienced riders and RVers sharing their stories and tips. While there, attendees can enter Explorify’s Adventure Out! sweepstakes for a chance to win a South Africa Tour and a lifetime subscription to Rider Magazine or a free three-day motorcycle rental and pick up a copy of Rider Magazine, your source for touring, travel, and adventure on two-wheels.
  • IMS Vintage: An IMS staple, Vintage will be returning to each market, enabling attendees to get up close and personal with the very best classic and retro-style motorcycles from vintage bike clubs across the country.
  • J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show: The nation’s largest motorcycle builder competition, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show will feature hundreds of motorcycles and tens of thousands in cash and prizes across the Tour. Professional and amateur builders are invited to compete at their local Progressive IMS Outdoors for cash, prizes, and recognition.

Shopping at IMS

Across the Tour, there will additionally be ample opportunities to explore brands and make purchases in the following areas:

  • Charged at IMS: Charged at IMS introduces visitors to the world of electric-powered “micro-mobility” vehicles with brand exhibits and an electric bicycle demo course or trail.
  • SHIFT at IMS: This curated, lifestyle-orientated space is for riders seeking new and known brands that emulate their lifestyles and values. A lounge sits at the center of this space, giving visitors a chance to socialize and chill while they shop.
  • The MarketplaceThe Marketplace is an interactive retail space allowing you to touch, test, and buy the latest gear, parts, and accessories from key aftermarket brands. Specialists will be on hand to educate, introduce products, answer questions and help you finalize your purchase.
  • The Shop: This is a one-stop shop for buyers looking to work on their vehicles and make updates to their rides. Visit The Shop to purchase parts, tools, and accessories. See the event homepage for participating brands.
  • The Range: At the heart of IMS Outdoors lies The Range, a place for attendees to explore and shop brands to outfit them head to toe with gear, apparel, and accessories, plus connect with clubs and services to enhance their riding lifestyle. See the event homepage for participating brands.

Across the nine stops of the Tour, each event will project a different tone in line with the region’s lifestyle and culture, including aspects such as music and food. Furthermore, attendees of the first event in Northern California will have the opportunity to ride the Sonoma Raceway track or ChampStreet course with the Yamaha Champions Riding School.

Complimentary Services

Onsite, there will be Progressive Gear Check at every event and free motorcycle and car parking, except in New York City.

Connect with IMS (#RidersUnite and #imsoutdoors):

About Progressive IMS Outdoors (motorcycleshows.com)

Progressive IMS Outdoors is an evolution of the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® tour’s nearly 40-year stint that not only transitions IMS from the traditional convention center setup to a new open outdoor experience but will also create a festival-like atmosphere that promotes enthusiasts of all ages and levels to come together to better engage with products, each other, and the industry. While continuing its presence as the nation’s largest consumer motorcycle tour, Progressive IMS Outdoors will support the growth of the powersports community by offering a unique experience the industry has yet to see. IMS Outdoors is organized by Informa Markets, a division within Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit www.informa.com.

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Energica Teams With Mavel On Lighter, More Powerful Motor

Dubbed the EMCE, Energica’s new motor was supposed to debut in 2022.

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Energica Motor Company S.p.A., leading company of high-performing electric motorcycle, presents EMCE, the new electric motor created in co-engineering with the Italian company Mavel. Since its inception, the Modena manufacturer has focused on the creation of technologically advanced motorcycles. The skills of Energica Motor Company S.p.A. have led it to become single manufacturer of the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup championship.

The name of the new EMCE motor is the acronym of Energica Mavel Co-Engineering and was born as a direct expression of the mentality of the Modenese motorcycle manufacturer, which every year focuses on technological innovation and the improvement of already high technological performance.

Mavel is a research, development and production company specializing in the electronics and automation sector based in Point-Saint-Martin, in the Valle D’Aosta, in a former hydro-electric power plant. As evidence of the great competence of Mavel, it is important to note that the company collaborates with the main international OEMs operating in the automotive sector, but with Energica makes its debut in the two-wheeled sector.

Energica EMCE motor closeup

Photo: Marcello Mannoni

The new Powertrain will in fact be used exclusively on the entire Energica range.

“Innovation is the main strength of our technical department which, together with Mavel, has found the perfect collaboration to push the limits of current technology, further improving an already high-performing product.” Says Giampiero Testoni, CTO of Energica Motor Company S.p.A.

“The introduction on the market of the new EMCE engine was scheduled for release in 2022, but following the difficulties of our supply chain – due to the global pandemic situation – we decided to anticipate this timing and instead, in just 6 months we have developed this co-engineering with Mavel, into our current model year production.”

“Progress is what drives us to look beyond, all for the benefit of our end customers. We are proud to place a major new technological advance in the Electric Valley that, day after day, we are building with so much commitment and passion.”

The technological collaboration that characterized the co-engineering between Energica Motor Company S.p.A. and Mavel is directed to the search for solutions that optimize the efficiency of the system. Among the main advantages that contribute to improving the performance of the motor and inverter we find:

– Innovative rotor and stators’ geometries that minimize energy losses and maximize performance. The uniformity of the torque delivered and the optimization of the weights make the engine unique in terms of power and torque density and allow the optimization of production processes;

– Innovative and patented cooling of the rotor capable of generating an internal flow of air that laps the magnets and cools them. This allows the engine to exploit its potential even at high speeds;

– Adaptive control algorithms that ensure that the inverter is always able to operate the system as efficiently as possible;

– Patented sensors capable, among other things, of collecting and storing the operating data of the motor to predict the onset of any mechanical failure.

Thanks to the new EMCE motor, peak power increases to 126 kW at 8,500 rpm and with a liquid-cooling method that guarantees greater performance, Energica motorcycles will now be lighter by 10 kg, with a relative increase in range of 5-10% according to riding style. 

Energica EMCE motor

Photo: Marcello Mannoni

Liquid cooling allows for better thermal conditioning of the motor and inverter, which translates into the ability to work with greater torque and power density which, even with a smaller in volume and lighter motor, leads to greater acceleration. Among perceptions in riding an Energica motorcycle with an EMCE engine, we find above all an improvement in handling. The transition from oil cooling to liquid cooling, present in the EMCE motor, is further demonstration of the technological advances which, year after year, contribute to the successes of Energica Motor Company S.p.A.

As Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energia Motor Company S.p.A. has pointed out, “We constantly receive messages of appreciation from our customers and this is why we continue to advance and develop in order to maintain our edge over all others. And it’s our determination to keep this edge into the future.”  

The localization process implemented by Energica Motor Company S.p.A. now finds maximum expression with the EMCE project. In this way, the Modena-based company aims to enhance its “Made in Italy” engineering and have a positive effect on a supply chain situation.

Thanks to local production in Italy, it becomes possible for Energica to shorten the timeline for motors and avoid future delays in the supply chain, demonstrating how the company is able to respond promptly and proactively to difficulties arising from external factors. The EMCE engine will first be available in Europe and the USA, while the APAC market will have to wait until autumn.

Inside the EMCE motor, we therefore find all the passion of the Motor Valley and the renowned skills behind the words “Made in Italy”.

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New Moto Guzzi Book Celebrates 100 Years Through Original Stories

100 years of Moto Guzzi history told through the eyes of 10 passionate characters

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Moto Guzzi 100 Years, the editorial work by Rizzoli Illustrati that celebrates the myth of the eagle brand, one of the most innovative, loved and famous motorcycle manufacturers in the world in the year of its hundredth anniversary, was presented in Milan. A volume of great aesthetic elegance that spans a century of history with the contributions of ten authoritative international personalities who celebrate their love for Moto Guzzi. A richly illustrated volume with splendid unpublished images in which the ten authors, distinguished and distant in terms of culture, origin, personal history and training, tell of their passion for splendid Italian motorcycles.

It is the testimony of the uniqueness of Moto Guzzi, a brand that after a hundred years from its birth continues to embody the values ​​of its brilliant founders. Since 1921 every single Moto Guzzi that has traveled the roads of the world has been assembled by hand, with craftsmanship and love for the product in the Mandello del Lario factory. This profound authenticity is the hallmark of every Moto Guzzi and is the value recognized and shared by ten authors around the world: a famous actor, a writer, three passionate journalists, an astronaut, a world-famous architect, a professor at Harvard, a DJ, a great designer. From London to Hollywood, from Tokyo to Sardinia, from Vermont to Mandello del Lario. It is a common thread that binds those who love Moto Guzzi and what these motorcycles represent.

Thus, ideally together talking about love for motorcycles, the writer Melissa Holbrook Pierson, the actor Ewan McGregor, the architect Greg Lynn, the journalists Marco Masetti, Mat Oxley, and Akira Nishimura, DJ Ringo, the designer Tom Dixon, astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Jeffrey Schnapp, the Harvard professor who also edited the volume.

Moto Guzzi reinterprets its first hundred years, with the contribution of these extraordinary authors, while preparing the next hundred, on the strength of a success that marks a second youth. A completely renewed motorcycle range, full of the best electronic driving support technology and projects that are about to blossom, accompany Moto Guzzi towards a future that promises to be no less brilliant than its fantastic past.

The century of Moto Guzzi represents a moment of great pride for the entire Italian industry and what is celebrated is a story lived always looking ahead, with the ability to innovate while remaining faithful to its talents and traditions. It has been a century of splendid motorcycles, of victories, of adventures, of extraordinary characters. Moto Guzzi has signed victories on circuits all over the world, winning 14 World Titles. It was the speed record bike, a symbol of a country’s growth, it was the bike of the Police, the Army and it has extended this vocation also abroad by equipping the Californian Police and, more recently, that of Berlin and many cities of Europe and has always been the bike of the Corazzieri, the elite body that accompanies the President of the Italian Republic.

The Moto Guzzi 100 Years volume (224 pages) is already available in bookstores at the cover price of 80 euros.









































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