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COVID-19 Forces Organizers to Cancel 2021 Tokyo Motor Show

The Tokyo Motor Show has showcased the latest and greatest innovations in the automotive and power sports industries since 1954. The show takes place every two years and since being held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center in 2019, this year’s event was scheduled to take place in October 2021. Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show has been canceled according to the Japanese Car Manufacturers (JMA).

The Japanese government has plans to declare its third state of emergency in the regions of Tokyo and Osaka. The 2019 Motor Show drew approximately 1.3 million people and hosting the event this year could put visitors at risk for infection. Akyo Toyoda, Head of the JMA was quick to cancel the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show via a virtual press conference.

Toyoda stated “We have concluded that it will be difficult to offer our main programs where many visitors get to experience attractive features of mobility in a safe environment,” 

“The Tokyo auto show showcases motorbikes, minicars, large vehicles, passenger cars, as well as mobility vehicles of other industries. As such, we would like to prioritize having visitors experience these vehicles in the real world, and we would rather hold the event in the real world, not virtually. So, we have decided to cancel the event.”

The cancellation of the 2021 event comes as no surprise as we move into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the news is unfortunate for everyone involved in addition to anyone who awaited the event, Toyoda has plans for the future. 

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“The next time, we would like to hold an improved event to be called Tokyo Mobility Show,” added Toyoda. “We would like to ask for your continued support.”

Information on the Tokyo Mobility Show hasn’t been released yet, but we look forward to bringing the info forward once it’s available.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Five Questions: Jesse Dobson

News 4 Aug 2020

Five Questions: Jesse Dobson

Why, when, what, how and who with the new Serco Yamaha pilot.


After recently transferring to Serco Yamaha and debuting his new YZ250F in Queensland’s Sunshine State MX Series at Gympie, MotoOnline got in contact with 23-year-old Jesse Dobson to ask him Five Questions about his year to date.

Image: iKapture.

Why have you decided to jump back down to the MX2 class after six years in MX1?

I felt I’d raced in the MX1 for a long time – I moved straight into that field when I turned pro in 2014. As a privateer I couldn’t afford to race a 250 four-stroke as they’re too expensive and it was a lot cheaper to get on a 450. Last year was tough, though. I was still a privateer racing on a shoestring budget and, while I showed some flashes, I didn’t really pull it together. This year I felt I had a good opportunity with a great team to go back and rebuild my racecraft and make a bit of money at the same time. In MX1 I feel like I’ve always been the fifth-placed guy and never cracked the podium, so thought I’d recreate myself. I’m still young and have plenty of time left in the sport.

When did you make the switch from the Recover8 KTM team to Serco Yamaha?

It was announced at the start of July. KTM and Husqvarna were hit quite hard with the COVID stuff and they’d pulled a lot of budget from racing. When a ride opened up at Serco Yamaha, Yamaha and Gavin Eales approached me with a good offer. I talked to KTM and with the budget changes and the MX Nationals up in the air, we came to a mutual agreement to be let out of my contract, which I’m really grateful for. The Recover8 team is awesome and I’m thankful for all the opportunities they gave me at the start of the year. There’s no bad blood or anything there, but I’m now excited for the chance I have to prove myself at Serco.

What do you think of the Yamaha now that you’ve spent a bit of time on it?

It’s a really good package, but different to the KTM I rode for the first six months of the year. Everyone will tell you it’s a big change moving from a European bike to a Japanese bike, but it hasn’t taken all that long to get comfortable on it. The team has made the adjustment easy and their support has been massive. I really like the torque of the Yamaha motor and I just need some more races to be able to show how much I’m enjoying the change.

Image: iKapture.

How did it feel to be back racing on the weekend?

It was exciting to be out there, that’s for sure. Even with everything that’s happening I haven’t slowed down my training and I’ve been working closely with Kirk Gibbs, who lives nearby and has the same trainer as me. The MX Farm track on the weekend was good, but I made a couple of bad gate picks and I found the track hard to pass on. I improved as the weekend went on and finished fifth overall, which I’m not super-pumped on, but there were a lot of positives and I’m happy that I now have a good idea on the areas I need to work on. The field was pretty stacked with Jay [Wilson], Aaron [Tanti], Luke Styke was back racing motocross, and Todd [Waters] rode both classes. It was just good being back out racing those guys and putting in some hard laps.

Who’s going to be the Australian with the best results overseas this year?

That’s a tough question! In the MXGP I don’t think you can go past Jed Beaton. I talk to him a bit and he’s working hard, is riding solid and has a good team around him. With his experience over there he’ll be the top Aussie. In the US, it’s hard to choose between Hunter and Jett Lawrence. I’ll probably go Hunter as he’s a hard worker and Jett isn’t proven yet, but it’s going to be interesting to watch how those boys go in a couple of weeks time. They grew up just down the road from me, so I’m stoked to see them doing well.

Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Motorcyclist Alley Rally Video 2019

Sometimes the best motorcycle rides are right in your own backyard. That’s the premise of the Motorcyclist magazine Alley Rally. The event is a guided turn-by-turn tour through the center of Los Angeles by Editor-in-Chief Chris Cantle. The ride weaves through Cantle’s hometown and shows of some of the lesser known areas of this megatropolis.

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Riders remained connected via Cardo’s slick Packtalk Bold Bluetooth-enabled communication device. Smaller than a pack of cigarettes, the device easily affixes to most any motorcycle helmet and allows riders to talk to one another, in addition to manipulating their smartphone when paired.

From winding bends to beat-up dirt roads, this tour shows off some of the most obscure portions of the city. Beautiful murals and street art line many of the narrow corridors which help expose the diverse nature of California’s largest city. But don’t take our word for it, watch the video and see for yourself.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Riding The 2018 Great Mile Rally

The thing about the Great Mile rally is that, to participate, your bike must be the definition of inappropriate. The ride runs 1,250 miles, from the northernmost point in the British Isles to the most southerly, which means a great many machines meet that definition. So, it was classic Hondas, Moto Guzzis, BMWs, and even a 1957 Triumph Thunderbird that waited to disembark from the Castle of Mey, a 15th-century tower house on the teetering edge of Scotland. Who would be barmy enough to ride an average of 250 miles a day for five days straight in all manner of British weather? This year, it was 50 riders, all with origins as varied as their motorcycles.

Teams hailed from France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and of course, the U.K. In that crowd, my BMW R nineT seemed out of place. As much as I wanted the experience of riding across my home country on an old bike, I was lugging a camera and wanted to get the shot all the more. At 6:30 a.m. on the first full morning of riding, a hot cooked breakfast greeted us, consumed as riders gathered their belongings and wrote out their routes, sticking them to their tanks. With logbooks stamped and a flamboyant billow of the Malle flag, the Great Mile began. Team by team embarked on their journey, only to be stopped at the end of the drive by a herd of cattle crossing the road.

The convoy to Dunnet Head Lighthouse was a sight, a trail of wheels and lights rolling across the moorland. Looking out to the sea, waves battered the stubborn rocks below. It would be five days before we saw anything like it again. Organizers made certain that riders didn’t have to worry with logistics. In addition to hot meals, our equipment was transported from camp to camp each night. Having the luxury of riding free of your gear and to arrive at a camp spot each night with your tent already up with a hot meal and cold beer waiting for you is one that can’t be matched. That’s not to say it was all luxury. Everyone underestimated the chill of the Scottish nights, even in July, and a shower was provided at just a couple of locations. Thankfully, there’s no rule saying you have to smell good to have an amazing time.

It’s one thing to travel from point A to point B by the easiest route possible, but it’s another to do so by way of the most breathtaking landscapes Britain has to offer. When the sun breaks in Scotland, for example, the vibrant contrast of colors is spectacular. Lochs glitter blues and silvers; green landscapes turn harshly dark at the edge of a cloud shadow. It’s a country full of surprises; you summit a hill, and whole valleys open up before you, beckoning you to travel the miles of zigzags you now see at your feet.

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We rode past lonesome cottages—the kind you imagine running away to when life gets too much—boats that gently rocked a little out from the shore, and churches whose Holy Communion must consist only of three local families. White-sand beaches with crystal-clear waters looking like they belong to the Bahamas enticed us to swim as the riders felt the sun’s sweltering heat in their leathers. Our minds would have changed as soon as we dipped a single toe into the North Atlantic.

One of the finest stretches of road in Scotland’s wide portfolio is Applecross Pass. It’s engulfed by thick cloud most of the year, but as we rode through, the weather gods blessed us and we had a clear view as far as the eye could see. Harsh mountains wall the pass, and our riders gingerly made their way down the 20-percent grade. In the wet, this road is lethal. But even with the underlying caution, it’s a road that one could simply ride up and down all day, purely for the fun. It’s a grown-up version of a child’s slide­—except you wouldn’t want to go down sliding on your arse.

We rolled through the Lake District on the third day. After the jagged, raw landscape of the Scottish Highlands, the softness of the lakes was a shock. Riding past swelling and sinking hills, the landscape breathes. That’s not to say the roads are any less exciting to ride. Just one look at Hardknott Pass will make your knees quiver against your tank. It’s tied first place as the steepest road in England, at a 33-percent grade, and I was grateful to have not read about the road before arriving at the foot of it. Isn’t it funny how one only remembers the immense power of gravity once on the edge of a guardless single-track mountain pass on a motorbike facing car traffic from the opposite direction?

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Teams on the rally can be as few as two, but many join solo and are matched up with other like-biked teams. The sense of care and community was apparent from the word go. If a rider had mechanical difficulties, which was common, other riders swarmed to their aid with tools, spares, and advice. When riding, teams would often amalgamate for long stints, keeping an eye out on the more delicate machines.

Over the last couple of days, the weather worsened dramatically, leading to problems for some of the rally’s more fragile bikes. While riding through Dartmoor, we noticed one of my favorite rides on the rally stopped on the side of the road, alone. The rain and spray had played havoc on the gorgeous custom Honda 750’s electrics, and the owner had to keep stopping to dry them out. We all sat together with a cup of tea before spending the rest of the day taking it slower together, making sure he wasn’t left on his own and that he got to camp safely.

But despite the slow going, the last five miles of the trip were electric. You could feel the eagerness running through everyone. Eagerness not to finish and be done with the trip, but to have successfully completed an epic journey across Britain. Cars began to dwindle as we rode, and then it appeared suddenly as we crested a hill on a final, narrow lane: the sea.

The moment we dismounted, all previous squabbles about getting lost or riding too fast or too slow were forgotten. We flung our arms around anyone and everyone with cheers of euphoria at the realization that we had made it. None of us cared that we were all dripping with rain, the skin of our hands stained by our gloves. Or that we’d not showered in three days, or that we felt like we needed to sleep for a week. Together, we’d completed the 2018 Great Mile.

Sitting in the local pub afterward, happily sipping a beer and drying out, the reality of completing the rally began to sink in. As tough as the past few days had been, most of us agreed that we could carry on for another week. It happens that way, sometimes, after a long ride. Places that seemed so far out of reach now appear just over the horizon. What if we extended the trip to the south of France, or Spain, or through the French Alps and beyond? What if we kept riding? More than anything, that’s the mark of a good trip: it does not quench your spark for travel but ignites it, opening you wide to the world’s possibilities.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

2019 Motorcyclist Alley Rally In Photos

Motorcyclist magazine hosted the third edition of its Alley Rally this past Sunday. The event shows off narrow corridors and hidden passageways that connect Los Angeles, and is best explored behind the handlebar of a motorcycle. The ride kicked off over coffee at downtown LA’s Lucky Wheels Garage.

Cardo Systems was on hand, outfitting riders with its recently introduced Packtalk Bold Bluetooth-enabled communication device. The headset easily slips inside most any modern motorcycle helmet and allows you to connect to your smartphone, and communicate in a group intercom format with other riders.

Editor-in-Chief and Los Angelite, Chris Cantle delivered a guided tour, sharing interesting factoids about California’s largest city. The ride concluded at the Petersen Museum, where participants were allowed free access to its exquisite collection of cars and motorcycles. Have a look at some of our favorite photos and we’ll see you again next year.

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Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Motorcyclist Alley Rally Returns To Los Angeles April 7, 2019

Sometimes a great idea is born and you wonder why you’d never thought of it before. That’s the case with the Motorcyclist Alley Rally, returning for its third year in 2019 on April 7. The event has been such a blast the last two times out that we couldn’t say no to another go, and we want this year’s rally to be bigger and better than ever. That’s where you come in.

Grab your gear, fire up the bike and get your butt down to Lucky Wheels Garage in Los Angeles at 9 a.m. on April 7 and be ready for a day of riding you’ll never forget. We’re going to hit up all the seedy stretches you might typically avoid. Bring along some friends because this is one of those events that’s better together.

We’re teaming with Cardo Systems so riders can communicate wirelessly, via its new PackTalk Bold Bluetooth-enabled headsets. These devices attach to most any motorcycle helmet and allow you to communicate while riding. They also easily pair to smartphones so you can answer phone calls, listen to music, and/or navigation directions, so you’re never lost.

Did we mention it’s absolutely free to participate? Anyone with a motorcycle is welcome to ride along.

And though you might be imagining dilapidated stretches strewn with trash and stink, think again. We’ll hit up some of the street art hot spots along the way and take in some of the beauty among the wreckage. After a few hours exploring, we’ll finish it off with a stop for some lunch (you’ll have to cover your costs for that though).

So mark your calendar and be ready for a phenomenal ride. We’ll see you there! Lastly, give us a follow on Instagram so we can be a part of your next ride.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

The Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show Returns To Downtown Los Angeles

The Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show was a success in its third year in downtown Los Angeles, drawing large crowds of motorcycle enthusiasts. The show featured a drool-worthy collection of café racer, bobber, classic, tracker, scrambler, modern classic, and brat-style bikes along with full custom builds from a wide array of builders, and an eye-opening collection of motorcycle-inspired art.

The OG Moto Show brings together more than a hundred of the top custom builders from across the States as well as featuring the artwork of many top motorcycle artists and photographers including Heidi Zumbrun and Captain Tom along with a wall of custom-painted Bell helmets. The show was founded by John Pangilinan, Stan Chen, Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering, and Ralph Holguin of RMD Garage. Their goal was to create a unique experience, in the heart of Southern California, with its combination of motorcycles and artwork as well as some motorcycle-themed tableaus.

A wide range of builders were featured with industry stars including Shinya Kimura of Chabott Engineering, Maxwell Hazan of Hazan Motorworks, and Woolie’s Workshop of Deus Ex Machina. Mitsuhiro Kiyonaga of Kiyo’s Garage, Dustin Kott of Kott Motorcycles, and Roland Sands also showcased their latest creations.

New to the show this year was Shirley of Issara Labs, who had a shiny chrome custom Moto Guzzi, and Ava Wolff of Gray Wolff Motors, who showed a custom XT600 tracker build for Tobacco Motorwear. On top of these custom bikes, the 2019 Kawasaki W800 Café was revealed and Royal Enfield brought its all-new parallel-twin-powered machines, including the INT650 and Continental GT along with the Himalayan adventure bike.

On top of the bikes and artwork, the OG Moto Market included vendors like gear makers Stellar Moto Brand and Aether Apparel and food trucks and a beer garden. The Aether setup was exceptionally elaborate with a storefront integrated into a renovated Airstream trailer. There was also an area where The Mighty Motor, a creative agency based out of LA that specializes in curating creative that shapes motorcycle culture, put on interactive talks with some of the builders about their creation while displaying the motorcycle on a stage. Onlookers got a chance to hear the builders talk about their projects firsthand.

Once again, the Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show didn’t disappoint for locals looking for a cool space to ogle motorcycles, have some libations, and get inspired for the next project in their garage.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com