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MV Agusta Donates PCR Machine for Quick COVID-19 Testing to Varese Hospitals

MV Agusta makes donation of COVID-19 testing machine in Varese. 

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in collaboration with local charity Fondazione Circolo della Bontà


Varese, April 3, 2020 – MV Agusta takes the field in the solidarity race to support Varese community hospitals facing the coronavirus emergency. The company donated a sophisticated testing machinery able to process up to 96 swabs in just 30 minutes. The system can also be used remotely and will be deployed in Professor Fausto Sessa’s department.

The machine, by the name of QuantStudioTM 5 Real-Time PCR System is produced by British Thermo Fisher Scientific, and is a welcome addition to the equipment already in use by the Varese hospital. It will help address the growing needs for testing in the area, rapidly identifying affected individuals. Health workers and the medical staff will also have access to the testing, for their own protection and that of their families. This particular machine is not specifically dedicated to Covid-19, but it will also greatly improve, once the emergency is over, the hospital’s diagnostic capabilities in the entire virology field.

MV Agusta’s initiative stems from its collaboration with Fondazione Circolo della Bontà Onlus, a local charity who started raising funds for the coronavirus emergency on March 8, which already resulted in the donation of important intensive care equipment to the Varese hospital.

Timur Sardarov, CEO MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. commented: “It is important for us to do our part in this particular moment, supporting those who are working to address this situation and protect our community. Fondazione Circolo della Bontà helped us single-out some critical needs, so we were able to act swiftly and efficiently. We are also keeping in touch with the Varese hospital to identify further opportunities of intervention.”

“We are grateful for this constructive collaboration, and for the support we received from the company”, said Gianni Spartà, President of the Circolo della Bontà foundation, “the local community is responding to the situation in a formidable way. The hashtag we launched in 2011, #takecareofwhotakescareofyou, seems today more appropriate than ever”.

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Just Released: Kenda Knarly and Gauntlet Hard Enduro Tires

The Kenda Knarly and Gauntlet tires have been designed for the rigors of hard enduro. We’ll look forward to testing a set as soon as possible.

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Kenda Goes Big on New Line of Hard Enduro Tires

One of the most challenging, brutal and fastest growing variants of off-road motorcycle racing is hard enduro. This extreme format is designed to push the world’s most elite riders and their equipment to the breaking point. Kenda Tires sent shockwaves through the industry with the introduction of the super soft, extreme traction Ibex for the hard enduro segment. Today, Kenda reveals two brand new additions to their hard enduro family.

Kenda Knarly

Kenda’s new Gauntlet and Knarly tires are just what top tier riders have been looking for, and have been built from the ground up to get a grip when its needed most on grueling off-road terrain. The new models boast super sticky compounds with extra wide footprints that allow riders to run lower air pressure and conform to most any surface competition riders will face.

Kenda Knarly Gauntlet

An avid racer, Kenda’s Director of Powersports, Jason Baldwin says, “The racers are over the top excited about these new tires. Cody Webb won King of the Mountain racing on the Knarly and instantly became a believer. We are pumped to be launching such sweet tires for the enduro market.”

The Gauntlet and Knarly will be available in 7 different sizes to suit most riders. Check out the specs and more info at kendatire.com.

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SHARK Helmets SKWAL2 now available with WHITE LEDs

What, you didn’t like the green LEDs of the previous version? Now you can get pretty white ones, which you can set to blink or stay on solid, thanks to the internal battery. Visibility never hurts.

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While everything feels a little doom and gloom these days, we thought we could help lighting things up by introducing a new SKWAL2 version. Now available in Matte Grey with white LEDs.

The SKWAL2 helmet features four integrated LED lights on the chin and forehead vents, as well as on both sides of the rear spoiler. Developed with riders in mind, this helmet provides the ultimate protection while increasing visibility.

Did we mention that it also looks cool?

The lights can be on permanently or set to blink. Battery life on the LEDs is up to eight hours if set to be on permanently and up to twelve hours if set to blink, the battery is charged by USB.

Despite the new technology and LED battery, the helmet remains light and also features a new visor system, Autoseal, which uses a sprung visor that keeps it perfectly in place, keeping water out and hugely reducing noise.The visor can be fitted with a Pinlock® film to reduce misting and fogging.

The SKWAL 2 is available in stock today in 4 plain colors and 7 different graphics including some MotoGP replica design. MSRP’s from $259,99.

 The SKWAL 2 received 4* out of 5* at SHARP safety test. For more information about SHARP testing scheme, visit https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/
To find out more about SHARK Helmets North America LLC, visit our website https://us.shark-helmets.com/ or download our catalog

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Top Ten MotoGP Battles of Recent History

I know people who can tell you who won, placed and showed in every GP going back to Agostini, who played third for the Yankees in 1987, etc. I am not one of those people. I think the Washington Senators are the defending baseball champs, but I’m not sure… which is why getting to watch the Top Ten MotoGP Battles of Recent History, free for the next week, is right up my alley. It’ll be like seeing them for the first time. Thank you Dorna. Click here to be instantly transported to Mugello, 2019.

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2021 Honda ADV150 Features Innovative “City Adventure” Design

We hope the 2021 Honda ADV150 is up for the rigorous scooter adventure testing Troy is capable of dealing out.

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2021 Honda ADV150 Features Innovative “City Adventure” Design

New adventure scooter combines practicality, fun and good looks.

2021 Honda ADV150

April 1, 2020 — TORRANCE, Calif. American Honda chose April 1 to confirm that the unique, entertaining ADV150 will be brought to the U.S. for the 2021 model year – and they weren’t joking! Already a hit overseas, the model is an unlikely mix of scooter and adventure bike, resulting in an enjoyable, distinctive machine that’s ready for anything, whether it be a lighthearted variation on the campus commute or a trip down the local back road.

With a step-through design, substantial tires and robust Showa suspension, the compact-but-comfortable ADV150 has a rugged look that’s backed up by the powerful-but-efficient engine, a tapered handlebar and optimized frame offering nimble handling. At the same time, practical features like a two-stage adjustable windscreen, under-seat storage and a Smart Key system with built-in theft deterrents mean that it’s easy to live with on a day-to-day basis.

“What do you get when you combine an Africa Twin and a PCX150? We weren’t sure, but we knew it sounded like fun!” laughed Chris Cox, American Honda’s Manager of Experiential Marketing/Public Relations. “Seriously, more than any other powersports manufacturer, Honda has a record of success with fun, unique scooters and small motorcycles, and the ADV150 promises to carry on that tradition.”


2021 Honda ADV150

What exactly is the ADV150? That’s a fair question, given the unique nature of this new model from Honda, the U.S. leader in scooter sales. The answer: It’s a lightweight, compact scooter with adventure-ready features, a crossover model that embraces Honda’s “City Adventure” concept and is positioned for both daily commuting and recreation. Prepared for practical use while still enabling the rider to indulge in opportunities for new experiences, it facilitates smooth urban travel and also back-road exploring. Making the ordinary fun and facilitating the enjoyment of free time, the ADV150 is simply the most versatile scooter on the market.

  • Pricing: $4,299
  • Availability: June 2020
  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
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2021 Honda ADV150

2021 Honda ADV150

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Introducing the Slingshot Design Series

The Slingshot Design Series gives Slingshot owners the chance to customize their rides.

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Introducing the Slingshot Design Series

Slingshot Design Series

Since the three-wheeled Slingshot first hit the streets in 2015, owners organically began to personalize their ride through customizations. Today, seeing a stock Slingshot is like seeing a bird without feathers. Slingshot roadsters are the ultimate platform of self-expression and personalization. Enter the Slingshot Design Series, a collection of factory accessories that further enhances the vehicle’s style. Check out a fun video that celebrates personalization and self-expression through customization.

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NBC Sports Gold Offers Free Access to Pro Motocross Pass

Check out the NBC Sports Gold Pro Motocross Pass for free on-demand access to get your racing fix during the lockdown. 

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NBC Sports Gold Offers Free On-Demand Access to Pro Motocross Pass for Month of April

Watch Commercial-Free Viewing of Full Event Replays from 2017-2019 Seasons

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 27, 2020) – NBC Sports Gold, the direct-to-consumer streaming service from NBC Sports, has announced it is providing FREE access to nine different sports passes, including the popular “Pro Motocross Pass,” for a limited time through the month of April. With this access, viewers receive commercial-free and on-demand content, including full event replays and exclusive qualifying shows, from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.

NBC Sports Gold can be accessed via the NBC Sports app, which is available in the United States through the Apple App Store (iOS), Apple TV (tvOS), Google Play (Android), Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, Android TV, Amazon Fire (TV & Tablet), Amazon Echo Show, Roku, Chromecast, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and Smart TV.

Access can also be found at NBCSports.com/Gold.

Pro Motocross Pass

Duration: Through May 1

Available content includes:
All races from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons
All qualifying shows from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons
Pro Motocross highlights

In addition to the “Pro Motocross Pass,” NBC Sports Gold is also providing complementary access for a limited time to its “IndyCar Pass,” “TrackPass,” “Cycling Pass,” “Snow Pass,” “Rugby Pass,” “Premier League Pass,” “PGA Tour Live,” “Premier Lacrosse League Pass,” and “Track & Field Pass.”

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit: www.ProMotocross.com.

How to Watch Pro Motocross
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is televised on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and MAVTV, and is exclusively streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold subscription service. Every round features live coverage of the first motos of the 450 Class and 250 Class on MAVTV, while second moto coverage of most rounds can be seen on NBC Sports Network. Exclusive network broadcast coverage can be seen on NBC, with live coverage of the second 450 Class moto from High Point, Spring Creek, and Unadilla. Live and on-demand coverage, including an exclusive live stream of qualifying, can be seen on NBC Sports Gold via the “Pro Motocross Pass” for a one-time purchase of $59.99.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, competing aboard homologated bikes from one of six competing manufacturers on a collection of the roughest, toughest tracks on the planet. The 12-round series traditionally begins in May and ends in August for a summer-long championship that includes stops at America’s premier motocross racing facilities, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. Racing takes place each Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road powersports event production, manages the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The title sponsor is Lucas Oil, a leading producer of premium oils, greases, and problem solving additives, all made in America. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

NBC Sports Gold
NBC Sports Gold is NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product that provides sports fans with access to exclusive premium sports events and content, live and on-demand, at an affordable price. Launched in 2016 with a single cycling product, NBC Sports Gold currently offers 18 individual sports “passes” – twelve domestic (PGA TOUR LIVE, Premier League, Premier League Match Day, INDYCAR, Cycling, Track & Field, Premier Lacrosse League, Speed Skating, Rugby, Rugby World Cup, Supercross, and Snow, consisting of seven Olympic winter sports); two regional (Blazers and Philly); one combination (Supercross and Pro Motocross), two domestic and international (Figure Skating and Pro Motocross); and one international-only (Notre Dame Football). Find NBC Sports Gold in the NBC Sports app available in the U.S. on Apple iOS & tvOS, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast and NBCSportsGold.com, and also on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.

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Furloughed? Laid off? Upload Your Resume to MotorcycleIndustryJobs.com

We’re thankful to still be cranking out content at Motorcycle.com. If you haven’t been so fortunate and have been a part of the coronavirus-induced layoffs, upload your resume to MotorcycleIndustryJobs.com. Our own Troy Siahaan landed his first job in the motorcycle industry with the help of MIJ. 

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Update Your Resume For Free!

CARLSBAD, CA, March 26, 2020 – The world is a crazy place these days and MIJ is trying to do its part to help! Whether you just graduated from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute or have been furloughed “indefinitely” there is plenty of confusion, fear and uncertainty in our lives right now. However, MotorcycleIndustryJobs.com is confident that we will get to the other side of this chaos… Once we do, it will be time to twist that throttle WFO and hopefully get your job back or MIJ is here to help you shift gears into a new career!

“The rain doesn’t last forever… once the COVID-19 crisis is over people will be in the saddle again,” says MIJ founder Alex Baylon. “They will be going outside in a hurry to their favorite motorcycle shop and then favorite place to ride. Smiles on their faces, throttles in their hands. When that happens, these stores and manufacturers are going to look to ramp back up with enthusiastic employees ready to get back to a normal way of life.”

The enforced hiatus is a great time to take stock of your career and update your resume. “I encourage all dealerships personnel who have been laid off to upload their resume immediately, because MIJ will be offering free resume browsing with a 30-day job posting to dealers once the dust settles,”adds Baylon. “We have been helping industry pros turn their passion into a career since 2004.” By specializing in powersports since day one, MIJ has become the go-to source for HR personnel across the country.

The first step is to register and post a resume. To facilitate this process, MIJ software allows job seekers to build up to five resumes with five distinct cover letters.“Use a web application template, upload any type of file, or upload your LinkedIn data. Get creative! You can also add photos, upload videos, attach files and preview your resume before it gets posted,” he says.

“We expect dealerships and manufacturers alike will be looking to hire. We want to help you be prepared when they do. If you need help with your resume, please contact us by phone or email… and it is all free! As the mantra goes, we are all in this together.”

If you are ready to rebound from the COVID-19 closures, register at www.motorcycleindustryjobs.com today.

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27-Time World Champion Toni Bou Self-Quarantining

On Wednesday Toni Bou won his 27th trials world championship. Let’s see how a 27-time world champ deals with the coronavirus self-isolation. 

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Toni Bou, world champion, at home

Coronavirus has altered the plans of practically every athlete in the world with competitions cancelled and outdoor sports banned. Today, the conclusion of the X-Trial championship was officially confirmed, giving Toni Bou a 27th title, after the rider won every one of the season’s points-paying events. With the current lockdown conditions, we find out what the trial champion has been up to.

-Toni, we have all seen the viral video that you posted at the beginning of the lockdown, riding your motorcycle around the house… but… how has Toni Bou been spending the seclusion?
-A little like everyone else, as best I possibly can. It is a tough situation for everyone. And we are fortunate to stay home, while others get the job of putting an end to it all. I want to encourage and thank all of those who are making such an enormous effort. For my part, I’m trying not to lose my fitness and I am acting as if it were pre-season training, even if I’m at home… which is quite tricky, but with the change of pace, I will try to lose as little fitness as possible and hopefully make it through to the end of the lockdown in the best physical shape. That’s what’s keeping me motivated these days.

-What are the rules for citizens in the area that you live in? Is going out restricted?
-Yes, there is a decree which restricts everything and people are confined to their homes. You can only go out to buy what is really essential.

-What exercises do you do?
-Walking the dog is the only thing we can do to go outside. Only one person can go out and until now my partner has not been out.

-What sports do you do?
-The exercise bike. Cardio basically. I can’t do anything else. Core exercises and a lot of stretching…

-Do you take care of the diet?
-Our normal diet is supervised. So, I don’t think it needs to be changed right now. If we see something happen, maybe then we’ll change it, but for now just paying attention to what we eat is enough.

-What have you done with the bike?
-The video and nothing else. Anything else is a risk. I made the video without taking risks; it is fun for everyone and it was fun for me too. Until all this is finished, there’ll be no motorcycle. In my case, this break will do me good. I’ve had some nagging injuries and now it will be good to fully get over the vertebrae injury and recover from the lumbar area injury that I never completely got over. You have to be positive and take advantage of it to heal those weaker parts.

-The 2020 X-Trial World Championship has finished earlier than expected. What’s your final assessment after having won all five events held?
-It’s a shame to have finished the championship in the way that we did. We set a very high standard, with some very close trials with Adam [Raga]. Having won all five trials, the final assessment couldn’t have been more positive. It was a really good year for us, against an opponent who always makes it very difficult. I had to fight hard and battle it out in all the finals, with the team always giving 100%. This is a title that I will always remember – winning Barcelona again was an incredible moment for me. It’s a pity not having been able to celebrate it in Andorra with my friends, but I understand perfectly, given the current situation.

-What do you expect for 2021?
-We hope to have an X-Trial calendar with many events that we will be able to finish! The start of the next season is a long way away, but it seems that all the trials will be closely-fought in the Outdoor World Championship and there will be no rest possible. I think it will be a championship with many trials, just the way we like it.

-So, the start of the Outdoor World Championship has been delayed. Are you confident that you’ll be able to compete in all the dates?
-Right now it is super-difficult to know what will happen. It is an unusual situation for everyone and for sport in general. At least we will be able to recover the Saturday and Sunday two-day format. Doing the whole calendar will be complicated. If you do five double-date GP’s, that’s ten trials already. Let’s hope it turns out that way. There are not many other options…

-Do you think that all the riders will make it to the first event on equal terms?
-It is hard to know. It will be difficult for everyone. We are all experiencing a difficult situation and depending on how the Coronavirus affects the country that you live in, you may have more or less options. When the curve begins to flatten, that will be something else.

-What does your daily routine involve?
-I get up, walk the dog, have breakfast and my sports routine is 1h30 of exercise bike, gym and stretching. I prepare the meal, perhaps a little later than usual, a little television and social networks to try and stay up-to-date and find out what I should do. Gym in the afternoon, a little easier, for about an hour. Shower, dinner, TV and sleep…

-And the motorcycle?
-I haven’t touched the bike again since the last video. I haven’t had to do any maintenance or anything. It is clean and dust-free. Ready for when everything is over.

-What precautions are you taking against Coronavirus?
-I don’t have a mask. If I have to go out for something urgent, I try to go to the gas station nearby, first thing in the morning, when there is hardly anyone about. I wash my hands very well – that is also important. I buy food online and they deliver it to my home. I don’t go to any supermarket in order to avoid contact with people.

-Finally… do you want to send a message to the fans?
-I especially want to thank the health workers and other professionals who are working so hard and battling for all of us. We have the easiest job and all we have to do is to stay at home to get through this difficult time. Good luck and my best wishes to all those who have family and friends affected. Everything will return to normal soon.

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KTM North America Announces Early Availability For KTM 890 Duke R

Rejoice! Due to popular demand KTM is bringing the 890 Duke R here early!

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KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce early availability of the KTM 890 DUKE R. Unveiled at EICMA in Milan, Italy last November, this special “R” model was originally planned for North American release in the Fall of 2020 as a Model Year 2021 but due to the response and demand in the market following the successful unveiling, KTM was able to bring in a very limited number of “R” models this Spring as a MY2020 machines.

With the lightweight, compact and razor-sharp packaging of the KTM 790 DUKE as its starting point, the KTM 890 DUKE R brings out the best in the DUKE thanks to increased power and torque from the new 890cc engine, ‘racier’ ergonomics, performance BREMBO brakes, fully adjustable WP APEX suspension and enhanced electronic rider aids—just to name a few of the performance features that come standard on the “R.”

Honed to be a more powerful version of the already-impressive KTM 790 DUKE, the newly developed powerplant of the KTM 890 DUKE R features an increased bore and stroke, higher compression ratio and rpm ceiling, larger valves and a new piston design coupled with new connecting rods and a new crankshaft, all wrapped in new engine cases. This fire-breathing parallel twin steps up its performance levels to suit the aspirations of the most demanding street and track warriors.

Harnessing this enhanced power is achieved through the combination of race-derived componentry and new, sportier ergonomics blended with class-leading rider aids. To carve corners, the SUPER SCALPEL has been fitted with lower, more aggressive handlebars and a higher footpeg position to improve ground clearance. Offering optimum performance and adjustability, the WP APEX suspension features compression and rebound adjustment as well as high and low speed compression adjustment in the rear. The BREMBO brake system offers reduced weight and precise feel and is combined with BOSCH ABS and SUPERMOTO ABS mode for unmatched stopping power. An advanced electronics package offers the finishing touch and includes a new generation of Motorcycle Traction Control, Ride mode technology and the optional Track mode and Quickshifter+.

The KTM 890 DUKE R is a sportier and edgier no-compromise naked motorcycle for conquering twisty mountain roads or hard riding on the racetrack. This evolution of the DUKE is ideal for the motorcyclist wanting a more extreme experience or searching for bigger thrills in a compact and agile package. KTM has beefed up its potency in the midweight segment with the new KTM 890 DUKE R. It takes all the things we love about the KTM 790 DUKE and turns it up to 11, delivering more power, more torque and more Dukeness than any parallel twin that has come before.



  • More horsepower
  • More torque
  • Better rideability due to increased rotating mass
  • Completely new engine mapping logic (individual mapping adjustment per cylinder)
  • Knocking sensor
  • Wider Radiator


  • Improved traction control settings
  • New 6D lean angle sensor


  • New fully adjustable WP APEX front fork
  • New fully adjustable WP APEX shock absorber


  • New BREMBO brake system
  • Larger brake disks
  • New Michelin Power Cup II tires
  • Lighter steering stem


  • Sportier riding position
  • Lower flatter handlebar
  • Footpegs higher and further back, with more useable width


  • Completely new color and graphics
  • Single seat cover standard
  • Exhaust hanger for single riding
  • New mirrors

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