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Missouri Eases Helmet Laws

Details – including a complete lack of objection from the American Motorcyclist Association – here at The Missouri Times.

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Honda announces All-New CRF450R, CRF450RWE, and CRF450RX for 2021

Honda dishes on its high-performance line for 2021 including the CRF450R, CRF450RX, and CRF450RWE.

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All-New CRF450R Stars in Honda 2021 Model Year Announcement

CRF450RWE and CRF450RX are also all-new for 2021

Nearly two decades after its introduction to the motocross world, Honda’s CRF450R begins a new chapter for 2021, this latest version inspired by a “Razor Sharp Cornering” design philosophy. Already the industry’s top-selling motocross model along with its exclusive CRF450RWE sibling, the CRF450R is guided by three main goals for 2021: improved power (particularly on corner exits), improved handling and more consistent lap times over the course of a tough moto.
2021 Honda CRF450RX
Honda’s lightened, latest-generation twin-spar aluminum frame headlines the update list, with changes that reduce lateral rigidity for improved cornering performance and stability. Out back, a new swingarm improves rear traction. The Unicam® engine features updates to the decompression system, intake and exhaust (including a switch from two mufflers to one), resulting in improved low- and midrange performance and a narrower layout. A stouter clutch with hydraulic activation is new, delivering reduced slip and a lighter lever pull for more consistent performance. The new bodywork and seat offer a slimmer, smoother rider interface, as well as simplified maintenance.

2021 Honda CRF450RWE

“Having already earned a place on the list of all-time successful Honda models, the CRF450R continues to demonstrate Honda’s commitment to winning,” said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing at American Honda. “With its emphasis on cornering performance, we’re confident that the all-new 2021 model will help Red Riders write their own names in the record books with dominant performances from gate drop to checkered flag.”

2021 Honda CRF450RX

Each of the CRF450R’s updates is transferred to the closed-course off-road-focused CRF450RX and the high-spec CRF450RWE motocross machine, which in addition to its already illustrious list of trick parts, features a Twin Air air filter plus Hinson clutch basket and cover for 2021. Benefiting dramatically from the reduced weight and increased attention to low-end power delivery, the CRF450RX adds off-road-focused features and, new for 2021, handguards. The CRF450X, which has amassed an incredible 13 Baja 1000 wins, returns alongside the renamed CRF450RL dual-sport bike, both models adding handguards and updated graphics to an already proven formula. Honda’s mid-displacement ADV, the CB500X, returns in a new Matte Black Metallic color while the TRX®90X sport ATV returns with updated graphics and color-matched front shock springs.

While the focus is on the all-new 2021 CRF450R, Honda is happy to announce that it will continue to offer the 2020 CRF450R—the production version of the factory machine raced by Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Justin Brayton this season. Available at a permanent price reduction and made possible through an additional production run, the model is a standout option for customers seeking high performance and a good value.

CRF450R

CRF450R

The industry’s benchmark motocross machine, Honda’s CRF450R has amassed an impressive collection of awards and titles over the years. Rather than rest on its laurels, Honda has gone back to the drawing board for the 2021 model year, endowing the legendary machine with updates aimed at improved power, handling and consistency, with a focus on “Razor Sharp Cornering.” Drawing on lessons learned from Honda Racing Corporation’s global race program, including Team Honda HRC’s AMA Supercross and Motocross efforts, the 2021 CRF450R features engine updates focused on low- to midrange performance, a newly designed chassis with revised rigidity and a slimmer overall package. The combination yields a machine that performs at a high level for the duration of a tough moto.

  • Pricing: $9,599
  • Color: Red
  • Availability: September
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CRF450RWE

CRF450RWE

For motocross enthusiasts who demand the absolute best when it comes to performance, the premium CRF450RWE (“Works Edition”) benefits from the same improvements as the 2021 CRF450R, plus a long list of elite-level updates based on the machines in the Team Honda HRC factory race shop. As with the CRF450R, this model is endowed with important updates aimed at improving power, handling and consistency and—befitting its status as the clear benchmark when it comes to lap times—it boasts additional features aimed at refining power, suspension performance and aesthetics. New for 2021, the CRF450RWE now comes standard with a Hinson clutch basket and cover, as well as a Twin Air air filter.

  • Pricing: $12,380
  • Color: Red
  • Availability: November
  • Info

CRF450RX

2021 Honda CRF450RX

Ridden by Phoenix Racing Honda, SLR Honda and JCR Honda at the national-championship level, the CRF450RX is well-suited for closed-course off-road competition such as GNCC, WORCS and NGPC. For the 2021 model year, it’s better than ever, getting the same important performance upgrades as the motocross-focused CRF450R and retaining off-road-specific features like dedicated ECU and suspension settings, an 18-inch rear wheel and an aluminum side stand. New for 2021, the CRF450RX comes standard with handguards and a revised 2.1 gallon fuel tank that narrows the bike width at the radiator shrouds. The combination yields a race machine that’s ready to chase arrows and ribbon along trails from coast to coast.

  • Pricing: $9,899
  • Color: Red
  • Availability: October
  • Info

CRF450RL

2021 Honda CRF450RL

Through a winning combination of performance, durability and comfort, Honda’s road-legal dirt bike has made a name for itself in the dual-sport world. And for 2021, it has a title befitting its level of performance. Now called the CRF450RL, this capable dual-sport machine remains based on the trail-connecting approach that broadens customers’ ride-planning possibilities. Powered by Honda’s proven 449cc Unicam® engine and wide-ratio six-speed transmission, plus premium long-travel suspension and twin-spar aluminum frame, the CRF450RL now comes standard with lightweight handguards for increased comfort and protection no matter where the ride leads.

  • Pricing: $10,399
  • Color: Red
  • Availability: September
  • Info

CRF450X

2021 Honda CRF450X

When it comes to motorcycle racing in Baja, “dominant” doesn’t quite do justice to Honda’s record. Twenty-two of the last 23 victories in the legendary Baja 1000 have gone to Honda, including SLR Honda’s convincing 2019 win, and 13 of those belong to the CRF450X. Not only does it rule desert racing, but the CRF450X is a great trail bike thanks in part to its 50-state year-round off-road-legal status. With off-road appropriate features like a side stand, 18-inch rear wheel, headlight, sealed chain and six-speed transmission, the bike is ready for desert expanses or tight woods. Sharing similar styling updates as its CRF Performance Line counterparts, the 2021 CRF450X features all-new graphics and handguards.

  • Pricing: $9,799
  • Color: Red
  • Info

2020 CRF450R

2021 Honda CRF450R

While many off-road riders demand the latest technology, a number of customers see value as a top priority, though still not willing to make a big sacrifice in terms of performance. By creating the all-new 2021 CRF450R and making an additional production run of 2020 units that will be available at a permanent price reduction, Honda is able to address the needs of both groups. The same platform raced by Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Justin Brayton in the 2020 AMA Supercross series, the 2020 CRF450R features proven performance alongside electronic rider aids like Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), which maximizes rear-tire hookup to keep all of the Unicam® engine’s horsepower driving the bike and rider forward.

  • Pricing: $8,599
  • Color: Red
  • Info

CB500X ABS

2021 Honda CB500X

Honda’s CB500X proves that adventure is everywhere. Light, powerful and rugged, the bike offers easy-to-access performance that is ideally suited for traveling or commuting. Driven by customer feedback over time, the CB500X has evolved into an increasingly adventurous machine with a bump-absorbing 19-inch front wheel, long-stroke 41 mm fork offering 5.3 inches of travel, wide handlebar and touring-focused features like a tall windscreen. On the city streets, backroads or dirt roads, the CB500X is both practical and rewarding to ride.

  • Pricing: $6,999
  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • Availability: October
  • Info

TRX90X

2021 Honda TRX90X

Youngsters strive for independence, but they also love joining family and friends on the trail. Honda’s smallest sport ATV makes that possible, and for 2021 the model is updated with new graphics and color-matched front shock springs. Making shared experiences possible, the TRX90X has user-friendly features like a reliable, air-cooled four-stroke engine with an even spread of power, an electric starter and a no-clutch, four-speed transmission. Honda build quality means the riding won’t have to end any time soon, enabling young riders to build memories and skills that they’ll carry as they move on to larger machines—and future group rides.

  • Pricing: $3,199
  • Color: Red, White
  • Availability: September
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2021 Honda CRF450RX





2021 Honda CRF450R
2021 Honda CRF450RWE


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2020 Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring LE Announced

Polaris announced a new member of its second-generation Slingshot lineup, adding a limited edition Grand Touring model alongside the Slingshot S, Slingshot SL and Slingshot R.

The 2020 Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring LE comes standard with the Slingshade roof, quilted seats, tall wind deflector and GPS navigation. The GT LE is powered by Polaris’ four-cylinder ProStar 2.0L engine with an AutoDrive automated manual transmission. The Slingshot Grand Touring LE also comes with a Fairway Green paint job, with color-matched rear fender and bronze accents plus interior accent lighting.

The 2020 Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring LE is priced at $33,999, a $3k premium over the sportier R model.

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POLARIS SLINGSHOT ANNOUNCES NEW GRAND TOURING LE WITH AUTODRIVE TRANSMISSION

All-New Limited-Edition Model Delivers Luxurious Comfort for Any Driving Adventure;

AutoDrive Transmission Allows Anyone to Get in, Stand Out & Turn the Ordinary into Extraordinary

Make the road in comfort. Polaris Slingshot today announced its newest model to the 2020 lineup, the Grand Touring LE. As a limited-edition model, the Grand Touring LE delivers next-level comfort, style and design. Along with a host of amenities, the Grand Touring LE is highlighted by Slingshot’s new 2020 AutoDrive transmission, an automatic-like driving experience without the need for clutching or shifting that allows anyone to get in, stand out and enjoy the adventure only a Slingshot can deliver.

Featuring exclusive Fairway Green paint with bronze accents and special-edition bronze wheels, the 2020 Grand Touring LE stands out from the crowd like nothing else. Slingshot’s Quilted Comfort Seats provide all-day comfort for drivers and passengers, while a tall Ripper Series Wind Deflector adds protection from the elements. Slingshot’s seven-inch Ride Command infotainment system with built-in GPS navigation and turn-by-turn directions is perfect for any adventure. Finishing off the limited-edition, custom-inspired design is a color-matched Slingshade top, color-matched Rear Fender and interior accent lighting.

“With superior comfort, convenient technology, and head-turning styling, the Grand Touring LE transforms daily driving into unforgettable adventures,” said Chris Sergeant, Vice President of Polaris Slingshot. “Premium amenities set the Grand Touring LE apart from the rest of the Slingshot lineup, while Slingshot’s new ProStar 2.0L powertrain, AutoDrive transmission, and redesigned interior ensures that driving a Slingshot elevates an ordinary commute into an extraordinary driving experience.”

Similar to the 2020 SL and R, the Grand Touring LE features 70% all-new vehicle content. Taking center stage is Slingshot’s AutoDrive transmission. With no clutch pedal or manual shifting necessary, drivers can operate a 2020 Slingshot with AutoDrive in much the same way they drive a standard automatic. With the majority of people unable to operate a stick shift, the implementation of the AutoDrive transmission takes the next step to further expand accessibility.

Furthermore, 2020 Slingshot models pack Polaris Industries’ first four-cylinder engine, the ProStar 2.0L, and a completely redesigned interior – providing more comfort and convenience with a new steering wheel, gauges, and added storage compartments.

Drivers looking to personalize their Grand Touring LE can do so with Slingshot Engineered Accessories, including Slingshot’s new Heated and Cooled Seats and Stage 1 Tune upgrade to deliver up to 203 horsepower. Slingshot’s Heated and Cooled Seats features a proprietary thermoelectric technology that cools and heats the seat on three varying settings (low, medium and high), while a flexible graphene material disperses the heating or cooling throughout the bottom and backrest of the seat for full coverage. Each seat is plush, cushioned with accent stitching and an embroidered Slingshot logo in the headrest. A non-perforated design means each seat is water resistant and highly durable. With no HVAC system, the Slingshot Heated and Cooled Seat is easily installed in replace of the standard driver or passenger seat. Drivers can further personalize their Grand Touring LE with a wide array of Slingshot Engineered Accessories, included additional storage and lighting options. For more information, visit PolarisSlingshot.com.

Starting at $33,999, the 2020 Grand Touring LE is shipping to Polaris Slingshot dealers now. Consumers can learn more and find their nearest dealers at PolarisSlingshot.com.



















































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Indian Challenger to Challenge 13 Harley-Davidsons in King of the Baggers 1

In an outstandingly brazen display of adult delinquency, the inaugural Battle of the Baggers is set to go down during the MotoAmerica Laguna Seca event October 23-25 in beautiful Monterey, California. Fourteen contestants have been invited into the octagon; only one will come out on an Indian Challenger. That S&S-prepped machine will be ridden by multi-disciplined champ Tyler O’Hara. Actually, if you haven’t ridden a bagger lately, you’d be surprised how competent they are.

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE AND S&S CYCLE TO RACE AT INAUGURAL

 ‘KING OF THE BAGGERS’ INVITATIONAL AT LAGUNA SECA

Armed with the Indian Challenge & Piloted by Road Racing Champion Tyler O’Hara, Indian & S&S Take on An Entire Field of Harley-Davidsons

MINNEAPOLIS (July 13, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, and S&S Cycle today announced a collaboration to race an Indian Challenger at the inaugural Drag Specialties King of the Baggers invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway. The modified Indian Challenger will be piloted by the highly-decorated racing champion Tyler O’Hara. 

Among the 14 teams invited to the first-ever King of the Baggers race, S&S is the only Indian Challenger entry. Set to face off against a field of 13 Harley-Davidson baggers, the appropriately-named Indian Challenger boasts superior out-of-the-box performance, including a best-in-class 122 horsepower, an inverted front suspension, and a hydraulically-adjustable FOX rear shock.

“When the Indian Challenger was released last October, it set a new standard for performance-oriented, stock baggers and offers the ideal platform, from which to base our race modifications,” said Paul Langely of S&S. “That said, we’re leaving no stone unturned when evaluating the modifications needed to be successful at Laguna Seca.”

At the helm of the S&S-modified Indian Challenger will be road racing veteran Tyler O’Hara. A highly-decorated, and seasoned rider, O’Hara brings a diverse racing background – having won titles in supersport, supermoto, motocross and flat track racing. O’Hara also brings significant experience at Laguna Seca. 

“I’m thrilled to not only be racing in the King of the Baggers event, but to be piloting the only Indian Challenger in the field. It’s an incredible opportunity for me, and I expect it will be a ton of fun,” said O’Hara. “The Challenger is a remarkable machine in its stock form, but I know the S&S team will be working its magic to give us the best chance to be successful come race day.” 

Tyler O’Hara, Pikes Peak 2018 (Facebook photo)

“Just like the rest of the racing community and motorcycle industry, we cannot wait to see 14 baggers ripping around Laguna Seca,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “That said, we’re extremely proud to be the lone Indian Motorcycle in the field, partnering with our friends, the elite innovators at S&S.”

The King of the Baggers event will be part of the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey on October 23-25. The inaugural race will join the premier MotoAmerica Superbike, Supersport, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Stock 1000, Twins Cup and Heritage Cup racing.

Facing a field of nothing but Harley-Davidsons, King of the Baggers serves up a compelling extension of Indian Motorcycle’s Challenger Challenge program, a mobile demo tour and dealer test ride program that encourages motorcyclists to test ride the Indian Challenger, head-to-head against the Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special.

“We’ve seen incredible consumer response to the superior features and benefits of the Challenger when compared directly against the Road Glide,” said Gray. “King of the Baggers takes that comparison to an entirely different level, as we face off against the field at Laguna Seca.” 

For more information and ticketing for the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers, visit MotoAmerica.com. Learn more about S&S Cycle at SSCycle.com, and Indian Motorcycle at IndianMotorcycle.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Progressive Suspension Launches Suspension System for Yamaha XSR700 and MT-07/FZ-07

Progressive Suspension brings suspension upgrade options for Yamaha’s 700cc parallel Twins.

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Progressive Suspension Launches Full Suspension System for Yamaha XSR700 and MT-07/FZ-07 Riders

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La Palma CA – July 13, 2020 – Progressive Suspension, the nation’s premier manufacturer of motorcycle and UTV suspension products, announced the launch of a full suspension system designed for the popular XSR700, Yamaha MT-07 and its predecessor, the Yamaha FZ-07. The system consists of two products, a replacement front fork cartridge kit and a monoshock for the rear, both designed by Progressive Suspension specifically for these motorcycles. While each product is available separately, the magic happens when both front and rear suspension receive the upgrade.

The suspension system is designed to improve the quality of the XSR/MT/FZ ride, as well as offering greater front-end stability, improved cornering, front brake dive and bottoming control. The setup eliminates bottoming and shaking in sweeping corners, giving the rider a smoother, more nimble riding experience.

“We chose to launch this system for the MT-07, a great bike that needed better-than-stock suspension to really show its stuff,” said Sean Delshadi, brand manager for Progressive Suspension. “Customers who upgrade their FZ-07, MT-07 or XSR700 with our system will have a more stable ride and less front-end dive when braking. We think our system unlocks the real performance potential of the bike, making it a whole new animal for the rider to enjoy.”

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The front suspension package features Progressive Suspension’s state of the art Monotube Fork Cartridge Kit which replaces the open bath internals of the stock fork. It converts dual damper rod suspension to high performance gas charged monotube dampers and custom tuned fork springs. Monotube-style damping improves ride comfort, resistance to front brake dive as well as improving front end stability, cornering and bottoming control. The kit fits 2015 through current Yamaha FZ-07, MT-07 and XSR700 forks and replaces all of the internal parts. No modifications to the motorcycle are required, and the installation is simple. Suggested retail price is $339.95.

The 465 Series Rear setup represents state of the art in high pressure, gas monotube shock design. Utilizing a 46mm bore and deflective disc piston for precise damping, the beefy, 16mm, hard-chrome shaft rides on custom Viton seals for low friction and leak free life. Threaded body and a five-position rebound adjuster allows for fine tuning to match the owner’s riding style and load. Available with options including a standard rate or heavy-duty spring, and stock length. The 465 is custom tuned for each application, from the damping and spring rate all the way down to the jounce bumper. This product fits the 2015 and later Yamaha FZ-07, MT-07, XRS700 and the product line will soon expand to include other monoshock bikes. Suggested retail price is $649.95

More information is available on the Progressive Suspension website or at a Progressive Suspension dealer.

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2021 Yamaha Trail Bikes Announced

Yamaha announced its 2021 trail motorcycles lineup including the TT-R50E, TT-R110E, TT-R125LE, TT-R230E, and the PW50 which celebrates its 40th year of production.

All five models return unchanged but for new Team Yamaha Blue colors.

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Yamaha Announces 2021 Full Lineup of Trail Motorcycles

Yamaha Celebrates the PW50’s 40th Anniversary

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, announces its complete lineup of 2021 trail motorcycles and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the PW50. Designed for experiencing the outdoors, the TT-R lineup is made for trail riding that the entire family can enjoy.

“Yamaha’s trail-focused motorcycle lineup is perfect for those discovering the fun and freedom of the outdoors, trail riding, and enjoying time with friends and family,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorsports’ Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “With the 40th anniversary of the PW50, Yamaha is celebrating four decades of sharing our passion and introducing generations of kids to the world of off-road riding.”

2021 PW50: 40 Years, One Great Bike

 

With 40 years under its belt, the 2021 PW50 continues to be one of the best trail bikes for first-time riders. After making its debut, the PW50 established itself as the go-to bike for children just learning how to ride off-road. By focusing on a “toy-like” design, Yamaha engineered a bike that was both visually appealing and approachable to new, younger riders. Selling over 8,000 units in its first year, Yamaha has now shipped more than 380,000 PW50s to over 150 countries.

The 49cc, two-stroke engine coupled with the fully automatic transmission make this a perfect bike for beginners. The PW50’s seat height of only 18.7 inches and the adjustable throttle stop screw offer both rider comfort and parent peace of mind. Additionally, the PW50’s shaft final drive system is virtually maintenance-free while Yamaha’s proven Autolube oil injection system eliminates the need for fuel/oil premixing.

The 2021 PW50 will be available from dealers this month in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $1,649 MSRP.

2021 TT-R50E, TT-R110E, TT-R125LE and TT-R230E
The 2021 TT-R50E, TT-R110E, TT-R125LE and TT-R230E are made for ultimate trail riding fun. These electric start, air-cooled, four-stroke motorcycles offer Yamaha’s legendary durability and dependability, along with a broad, accessible powerband for ease of use and great performance in a variety of trail conditions. The low seat height of the entire TT-R line allows smaller and less experienced riders to gain confidence with easy access to the ground and great comfort.

The 2021 TT-R50E ($1,699 MSRP) will be available from dealers in August, while the TT-R110E ($2,299 MSRP), TT-R125LE ($3,349 MSRP) and TT-R230E ($4,449 MSRP) will be available from dealers this month in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue.

Learn more about the all-new trail bikes at www.yamahamotorsports.com/trail-motorcycle.

Find a range of Genuine Yamaha Accessories, apparel and more at www.shopyamaha.com/.

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All-New YZ450FX Headlines 2021 Yamaha Cross Country Lineup

Yamaha announced its 2021 YZ cross country models, including an updated YZ450FX model. The new 450 is joined by the YZ250FX four-stroke and the YZ125X and YZ250X two-strokes which return with a new Team Yamaha Blue color and graphics scheme.

2021 Yamaha YZ450FX

The new YZ450FX is designed for Hare Scramble and Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing. The 449cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine receives a new cylinder head with steeper valve angles and a reshaped combustion chamber. The rear-slanting cylinder also receives a higher compression piston with low-friction rings and a longer connecting rod. Yamaha also further refined the wide-ratio five-speed transmission, claiming smoother shifting, and a more fficient crankcase breather system designed to reduce pumping losses. Yamaha claims the updated engine is lighter and more compact than last year’s engine, while producing more power across the rev range.

The aluminum bilateral beam frame was also redesigned, with Yamaha claiming improved cornering performance, traction and bump reaction. The engine mounts, top triple clamp and front axle were also revised to work with the new frame, and the KYB suspension was likewise retuned. The YZ450FX’s front brake caliper, brake pads and front and rear brake rotors are also new for 2021.

The 2021 Yamaha YZ450FX is available for $9,699 in Team Yamaha Blue.








 

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Yamaha Announces 2021 YZ Cross Country Motorcycles

Yamaha’s Redesigned YZ450FX Features Engine, Frame and Suspension Updates

MARIETTA, Ga. – July 9, 2020 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, is announcing its 2021 YZ cross country models including a redesigned 2021 YZ450FX. Designed to beat the competition in Hare Scrambles and Grand National Cross Country (GNCC®) races, the newest YZ450FX features a refined, more efficient engine, a redesigned frame with all-new flex characteristics, updated suspension settings, and more.

“Yamaha’s cross country lineup builds on the unmatched success of our motocross designs, using industry-leading technology to provide uncompromised performance for cross country competition,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorsports Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “The newly redesigned YZ450FX provides a lighter, more powerful, and better handling off-road experience for both cross country racers and recreational riders alike.”

The return of the two-stroke YZ125X and YZ250X models and four-stroke YZ250FX completes the 2021 YZ cross country lineup. All models will feature a next-generation Team Yamaha Blue color and graphic scheme to further accentuate the advances of the YZ series.

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Yamaha’s off-road competition bikes offer the very latest in technology with performance features designed to help racing enthusiasts reach their maximum potential, win races, and stand on top of the podium.

New 2021 YZ450FX: Cross Country Domination
The 2021 YZ450FX is designed to beat the cross country competition. The new 449cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, electric start engine features an all-new compact cylinder head with redesigned combustion chamber shape, and steeper valve angles. The rearward-slanted cylinder houses a higher compression piston with low friction rings attached to a longer connecting rod. The wide ratio, 5-speed transmission has been refined to provide smoother shifting, and a more efficient crankcase breather system has been adopted to decrease pumping losses. In all, the lighter, more compact engine produces increased power across the entire RPM range for stronger and more linear pulling power.

The latest evolution of Yamaha’s lightweight aluminum bilateral beam frame has been redesigned with all-new flex characteristics that provide improved cornering performance, traction and bump reaction to give the rider more confidence to push harder in any off-road condition. Other chassis components such as engine mounts, top triple clamp and front axle, as well as the class-leading KYB® suspension with enhanced compression and rebound characteristics were carefully refined to reduce weight while improving handling and performance. To bring the new package to a stop, the 2021 YZ450FX features a newly designed front brake caliper, brake pads and front and rear disc. The combined changes to the new 2021 YZ450FX deliver increased power output with more controllable, linear acceleration and lightweight handling characteristics that mimic the YZ250FX.

To further showcase the YZ450FX’s cross country edge, electric start, a lightweight lithium battery, and advanced fuel injection are all standard features. The front-positioned intake and rear-positioned exhaust layout deliver the widest spread of reliable power while balancing the weight for excellent mass centralization. This cross country machine also continues to feature Yamaha’s advanced racing technology. The dual-mode switchable engine mapping and wireless connectivity is handled through the industry’s only free-of-charge complete tuning system, highlighted by the Yamaha Power Tuner App, which allows racers to adjust their engine performance right from their phone. With new next-generation Team Yamaha Blue colors and graphics, the 2021 YZ450FX showcases Yamaha’s cross country competitive edge.

The 2021 YZ450FX will be available from Yamaha dealers in September in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $9,699 MSRP.

2021 YZ250FX: Your Power, Your Way
Yamaha’s winning design returns with the 2021 YZ250FX. With its revolutionary front-intake, rear-exhaust, liquid-cooled, DOHC 4-stroke power plant, added sixth gear, and wide ratio transmission, this is the weapon of choice for cross country racing. The aluminum bilateral beam frame, and industry leading KYB suspension of the 2021 YZ250FX provide the ultimate balance of race-winning performance, rideability and comfort.

With electric start, a 2.16-gallon fuel tank, rugged plastic skid plate, sealed O-ring chain and 18-inch rear wheel, the YZ250FX is ready to win right out of the box. The bike also feature’s Yamaha’s free-of-charge complete tuning system, highlighted by the Yamaha Power Tuner App. With the ability to make fueling and ignition timing changes and choose between two user-defined ECU maps through the handlebar-mounted dual-mode switch, the YZ250FX is equipped for on-track, wireless performance adjustments.

The 2021 YZ250FX will be available from dealers in October in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $8,499 MSRP.

2021 YZ125X and YZ250X 
The two-stroke YZ125X and YZ250X are back for 2021. Optimized for the unique demands of cross country racing, the YZ125X and YZ250X feature the Yamaha Power Valve System with six-speed and wide ratio five-speed transmissions, respectively, for the ultimate cross country power plant. Their lightweight aluminum frame hosts the industry-leading fully adjustable, KYB speed sensitive spring-type suspension that is tuned specifically for cross country races. The 18-inch rear wheel, sealed O-ring chain, and off-road focused tires, coupled with the aggressive styling, ready the YZ125X and YZ250X for GNCC racing.

The 2021 YZ125X ($6,699 MSRP) and YZ250X ($7,599 MSRP) will be available from dealers this month in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue.

Yamaha bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program
All 2021 YZ models are eligible for Yamaha’s current 2020 bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, which features nearly $5 million for Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in off-road motorcycle racing. YZ riders can earn contingency payouts via a bLU cRU debit card, receive a 10 percent rebate on GYTR parts and accessory purchases of up to $1,000, and receive an instant $45 credit on http://www.bLUcRUswag.comThe 2021 bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program details will be announced soon.

For complete details on how to register for the bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, visit the Off-Road Racing Contingency page on the Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, website at:
https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/motocross/pages/yamaha-off-road-contingency-program.





















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2021 Yamaha YZ Motocross Lineup Announced

Yamaha announced its 2021 YZ motocross lineup, including a redesigned YZ250F, and new Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition versions of the YZ250F and YZ450F.

Also returning for 2021 are the two-stroke YZ125 and YZ250, and the YZ85 and YZ65 youth models.

2021 Yamaha YZ250F

The 2021 YZ250F receives a new cylinder head with an updated intake port shape, revised exhaust camshaft profile, a new silencer and an updated ECU. Yamaha claims the changes produce strong mid- to top-end power and more peak power while producing strong low-end torque. The intake is all-new, with intake ducts added to the air box lid for added air flow. Yamaha also added a new high flow air filter and reshaped the air cleaner boot while increasing the diameter of the throttle body joint.

Yamaha revised the chassis, changing the lateral beams and engine cradle tube thickness to fine-tune rigidity balance. The engine mounts, top triple clamp and front axle were also modified for rigidity. Both the front and rear suspension received new damping settings, with Yamaha claiming improved cornering performance, traction and bump absorption. The brakes were also updated, with a more rigid front caliper, a more compact rear caliper, and new discs and pads.

Also receiving changes are the crankcase, cam chain and tensioner, water pump, clutch basket and gears 3, 4 and 5, all to improve overall durability.












2021 YZ450F and YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions

The Monster Energy liveries are inspired by Yamaha’s championship-winning Supercross team.
















Begin Press Release


Yamaha Announces Full Lineup of 2021 Motocross Bikes

Race like a Champion with Yamaha’s Redesigned YZ250F and Monster Energy® Yamaha Racing Editions

MARIETTA, Ga. – July 9, 2020 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, introduces its complete lineup of race-ready 2021 motocross bikes including the updated YZ250F. Featuring a thoroughly refined engine, revised frame, new suspension settings and new brakes, the YZ250F continues to dominate the competition with the best balance of power and handling.

“The YZ250F is clearly the leader in its class, winning back-to-back Monster Energy AMA Supercross West Coast 250SX Championships, dominating media shootouts year after year, and by offering industry-exclusive features like the free Power Tuner app, which allows riders to wirelessly tune engine performance for changing track conditions,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorsports Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “For 2021 the YZ250F gets significant engine, frame, suspension and brake updates to deliver more class-leading power and offer a superior balance of nimble yet confidence-inspiring handling. Yamaha’s entire 2021 motocross lineup continues to raise the bar of competitive performance.”

Also new for 2021, the YZ250F and YZ450F will be offered in special Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions, pairing Yamaha’s legendary YZ performance with a new, race team-inspired aesthetic.

In addition to the updated YZ250F and the Monster Energy Racing Edition models, the full two-stroke lineup consisting of the YZ65, YZ85, YZ125 and YZ250, as well as the four-stroke YZ450F, all return for 2021 with the next-generation Team Yamaha Blue color and graphics scheme to further accentuate the advances of the YZ series.

Welcome to the victorYZone
Yamaha’s off-road competition bikes offer the very latest in technology with performance features designed to help racing enthusiasts reach their maximum potential, win races, and stand on top of the podium.

New 2021 YZ250F: Tune, Race, Win
The new 2021 Yamaha YZ250F has been redesigned for a more competitive, greater performing motocross experience. The new 250cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, electric start engine features an all-new cylinder head with an improved intake port shape and new camshaft profile, as well a new airbox and intake track, a new silencer, and an updated ECU. These modifications, along with other refinements like an updated transmission and shift cam, a revised clutch design and improved water pump impeller, all help to produce stronger mid- to top-end power and increased peak power, while retaining its class-leading low-end torque.

Tuned specifically for the 2021 YZ250F, the updated lightweight aluminum, bilateral beam frame, and new engine mounts have been redesigned with all-new flex characteristics to improve bump absorption, traction, and cornering performance. The industry-leading, fully adjustable KYB® coil spring-type fork, with enhanced speed-sensitive damping, provides an exceptional balance between comfort and bottoming resistance while the link-type rear suspension features a KYB shock with revised damping characteristics to match the updated chassis. Other chassis components such as the top triple clamp, handlebar mounts, and front axle were also redesigned to complement the new frame. Improved braking performance is achieved with newly engineered lighter weight front and rear brake calipers, larger surface area brake pads, and redesigned front (270mm) and rear (240mm) discs.

The 2021 YZ250F gives racers the edge right out of the gate. Standard equipment includes electric start, a lightweight lithium battery, advanced fuel injection, a front-positioned intake, and rear-positioned exhaust layout to deliver the widest spread of power with reliable performance while balancing the weight for excellent mass-centralization. Racers can adjust their engine performance straight from their phone using the onboard wireless connectivity through the industry’s only free-of-charge complete tuning system, which is highlighted by the Yamaha Power Tuner App. Once settings are dialed in, racers can then choose between two user-defined ECU maps on the fly via the handlebar mounted dual-mode engine map switch. Complemented by new next-generation Team Yamaha Blue color and graphics, the 2021 YZ250F showcases Yamaha’s race-winning pedigree.

The new 2021 YZ250F will be available from dealers this September in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $8,299 MSRP. The Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition will be available from dealers in September for $8,499 MSRP.

New for 2021: Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions
Stand out from the crowd. The 2021 YZ250F and 2021 YZ450F now come in new Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions. With a factory team-inspired color and graphics package, riders can feel as if they too are part of a Yamaha championship-winning Supercross team.

2021 YZ450F: Tune into Victory
The 2021 YZ450F returns with all of the class-leading features first introduced on the 2020 YZ450F, including an updated engine, cylinder head, frame and technology features for a more powerful and better handling motocross experience. Racers can achieve quicker, smoother race starts through Yamaha’s Launch Control System, adjust their on-track performance using the onboard wireless connectivity through the free-of-charge Yamaha Power Tuner App right from their phone, and choose between two user-defined ECU maps on the fly through the handlebar-mounted dual-mode engine map switch.

The 2021 YZ450F will be available from dealers this month in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $9,399 MSRP. The Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition will be available from dealers in August for $9,599 MSRP.

2021 YZ125 and YZ250

Yamaha’s YZ125 and YZ250 models return for 2021 to complete Yamaha’s full-size lineup of motocross bikes. With their modern styling, lightweight aluminum frame and industry-leading KYB Speed Sensitive System front forks and KYB fully-adjustable rear shock, the 2021 YZ125 and YZ250 continue their outstanding performance and durability with a rider-friendly chassis and race-ready features.

The 2021 YZ125 will begin arriving at Yamaha dealerships in August, while the YZ250 will be available from dealers this month. Both models will be available in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $6,599 and $7,499 MSRP, respectively.

2021 YZ65 and YZ85
The 2021 youth models are once again ready to tackle the track. The YZ65 and YZ85 are powered by confidence-inspiring 65cc and 85cc two-stroke engines. Featuring the Yamaha Power Valve System, these engines deliver a broad spread of power and torque across the entire rev range, without losing any power at high RPM. Fully adjustable, industry-leading 36mm KYB spring type forks and KYB rear shock contribute to class-leading handling and performance in a wide range of conditions. Four-way, adjustable handlebar positioning, as well as lever-reach adjustability are designed for ultimate rider comfort, regardless of size. Finally, with two-stroke ease of maintenance and Yamaha’s proven durability, the 2021 YZ65 and YZ85 are built to keep kids on the track.

The 2021 YZ65 and YZ85 will both be available from dealers this month in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $4,599 and $4,699 MSRP, respectively.

Yamaha bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program
All 2021 YZ models are eligible for Yamaha’s current 2020 bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, which features nearly $5 million for Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in off-road motorcycle racing. YZ riders can earn contingency payouts via a bLU cRU debit card, receive a 10 percent rebate on GYTR parts and accessory purchases of up to $1,000, and receive an instant $45 credit on http://www.bLUcRUswag.com. The 2021 bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program details will be announced soon.

For complete details on how to register for the bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Contingency Program, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, visit the Off-Road Racing Contingency page on the Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, website at:
https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/motocross/pages/yamaha-off-road-contingency-program.

















































































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Langen Motorcycles 2-Stroke

What’s more opprressed than the 2-stroke? Show your solidarity by riding out on this one from boutique British bike outlet Langen Motorcycles. You’re only supposed to ride it on closed courses, of course, but… It’s powered by a 90-degree Vins two-stroke twin, with twin counter-rotating crankshafts. Read all about it at Langen Motorcycles.

Vins?

Vins is an Italian company founded by ex-Ferrari people that builds Duecinquanta (sounds exotic but means “250”) racebikes. In an intereview here, CEO Vincenzo Mattia, explains “the particularity of our engine. “

Our Vins engine is capable, in standard configuration, of delivering 75 hp at 11,500 rpm. It looks like a brutal engine, difficult to use, but thanks to the electronic control and the management of the exhaust valves, we manage to manage the engine’s delivery arc within very high torque values ​​at the bottom without excessively compensating the delivery. 

What, there’s a street version? Vins further states: “Thanks to the management of the patented lubrication, the Duecinquanta Strada has passed the UK homologation test at full power, without the need to install any type of catalyst. The Vins Duecinquanta is therefore an ambitious motorcycle capable of concentrating innovation and tradition for a super light and performing road sports car, also optimized for oil consumption by bypassing the pollution system.”

I wonder if Indian is working on one? We’re not getting any younger.

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Christini AWD Launches All-Wheel Drive E-Bikes

You may know Christini from its all-wheel-drive dirtbikes, or perhaps you knew they made two-wheel-drive bicycles too. Well, now the company is entering the burgeoning e-bike sector.

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CHRISTINI AWD LAUNCHES E-BIKE SERIES OF PRODUCTS

All-Wheel Drive Off-Road E-Bicycles to be Manufactured in USA by Christini AWD

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — CHRISTINI AWD is launching a new generation of All-Wheel Drive bicycles utilizing the same revolutionary technology that has been providing traction and control benefits to off-road riders for years. But now these remarkable pedal-driven machines will have a high power electric-assist mid-drive motor to launch them over slippery rocks and wet roots like no other single, rear-wheel driven e-bicycle. Available in a 27.5” hardtail and several FAT tired models, these electric-assist mountain bicycles provide the ultimate in traction control allowing a rider to conquer conditions most thought to be un-rideable. The added benefits will dramatically extend ride length and climbing capabilities. Customers will be able to ride miles further and climb hills never before summited!

Inventor and entrepreneur, Steve Christini, announced this week he is looking to offer his unique machines via a select dealer network which understands the added performance a second-driven wheel provides to an e-bicycle. “E-bikes are taking over the world because they provide an off-road riding experience to a wider demographic than ever before. With AWD (all-wheel drive) added to that mix, riders will gain a go-anywhere level of confidence never available until now.”

Christini AWD Bicycles incorporate a mid-drive Bafang 1500W motor with torque sensing pedal-assist abilities all for under $5600 MSRP. These bikes are appropriately balanced – and offer a true mountain bike experience – without the burden of heavy hub motors found on some other 2WD utility bikes.

AWD Hardtail Plus Specs

  • Frame 6061 T6 aluminum
  • MRP Raven Air 35mm fork
  • 1500W Bafang mid-drive motor with color-display and torque sensing
  • 27.5” Sun Ringle rims with Wheelsmith spokes
  • Quality SRAM cassette, shifter, derailleur, brakes, calipers, rotors & levers
  • Weight: 49 pounds

MSRP: $5595

See www.christinibicycles.com for more information.





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