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Alisa Clickenger Announces Dates and Sponsors Women’s Motorcycle Conference Online

November 6-7, 2020

Alisa Clickenger announced the next Women’s Motorcycle Conference Online will be held on November 6-7 of this year. This time around the theme of the conference is “Connection.”

Indian Motorcycle and Motul are the key sponsors for the event. It’s a virtual gathering focused on any and all who ride motorcycles or are interested in bikes and the lifestyle.

There will be stories and seminars and the event will provide an opportunity for female riders to connect and communicate in real-time.

This conference will feature 20+ presenters, 15 presentations, and three Connection Sessions. There will be focused workshops, expert panels, round table discussions, a meet & greet with the presenters on Friday night. There’s also online networking time for all registered lady riders.

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“Registrants of the Women’s online conference will be able to interact with their fellow riders as well as the presenters over a two-day period in a way that is safe, comfortable, convenient, and community-minded,” said Clickenger.

Registration is $20 until October 31. If you register after November 1, you’ll be charged $25. You can register by clicking here.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Benelli Announces TRK502 and TRK502X Adventure Models

Benelli enters the 500cc adventure market with the TRK502.

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Benelli Motorcycles USA Welcomes All-New TRK502 & TRK502X

Venture beyond with the powerful new mid-size duo from Benelli Motorcycles

Benelli TRK502

Norwalk, CA (September 22, 2020) – Benelli Motorcycles USA and SSR Motorsports are proud to reveal the all-new Benelli TRK502 and TRK502X motorcycles, the ideal midsize mounts ready to head out for adventure. Wherever the roads may take you—across town or across the country—the TRK502 and TRK502X have the smooth power, comfortable ergonomics and versatile suspension for whatever journey your adventurous soul craves.

At the heart of the aggressively styled TRK502 and TRK502X beats Benelli’s all-new 499.6cc parallel twin engine. Designed with four-valve technology, the four-stroke fuel-injected, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine produces the ideal amount of midsize muscle, ensuring a broad spread of useable power and excellent fuel efficiency. Power is put to work by a six-speed transmission, ensuring a broad spread of useable torque, capable of carrying you through diverse road conditions.

Benelli TRK502

The chassis of the TRK502 starts with the steel-tube trellis frame, which not only provides excellent handling and balance both on and off the tarmac, but also adds an aggressive flare to the adventure styling. Long-travel suspension is provided by a rugged 50mm inverted fork up front, with 5.3 inches of travel. The single shock rear suspension offers preload adjustability along with compression and rebound adjust so you can tune your ride for the road ahead, or the luggage on board.

The TRK502 features 17-inch cast aluminum wheels, front and rear, with 120/70 and 160/60 tires for a smooth ride and efficient road handling capabilities. The more adventurous TRK502X features wire-spoke wheels, 19-inch up front and 17-inch in the rear. When crossing over to the adventurous side, the aggressive Metzeler Tourance tires help tackle more versatile terrain. The TRK502X stands a bit taller, with 8.6 inches of ground clearance, while the TRK502 provides ample clearance of 7.5 inches.

Benelli TRK502

Both the TRK502 and the crossover TRK502X offer generous 5.28 gallons (20 liter) fuel capacity, allowing you to go the distance. Ride in comfort with amazing wind and weather protection from the sleek windscreen, wrap-around hand guards and stylish bodywork. Ergonomics provide all-day comfort as well as an easy reach to the ground with a 31.5-inch seat height (33-inches on the TRK502X).

“We are very excited to introduce these all-new Benelli TRK motorcycles to the United States,” said Jeff Li, General Manager of SSR Motorsports, U.S. distributor of Benelli Motorcycles. “The TRK502 models provide much-needed midsize options in the adventure touring segment, and we feel that the Benelli TRK’s will offer a fun, versatile and comfortable ride for a wide range of riders.”

Benelli TRK502

Maximize your touring possibilities with EVO Aluminum Cases available from Benelli. The top case and two side cases integrate seamlessly with the Benelli TRK502 and TRK502X, offering generous onboard capacity to pack whatever you need for your adventure. The full set retails for $999.

List prices are $5,999 for the TRK502, and $6,399 for the TRK502X. Both models are becoming available at SSR/Benelli Motorcycle dealers now.

Find more information, including specifications, at http://benelli.ssrmotorsports.com/bikes/trk502.php and http://benelli.ssrmotorsports.com/bikes/trk502x.php

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Gee Thanks, Hon!

However business is at Maurice Slaughter’s three east-coast Harley dealerships, things have just taken a big upturn as his wife of 37 years, Cynthia Slaughter,  just gifted Maurice a surprise Ducati Superleggera, number 130 of 500. It just got off the boat last week. Personally, I think if more of this was going on, we’d have a lot more happy marriages. Read all about it at the the Virginia Pilot online here.

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MV Agusta Announces partnership with QJ-Motor Co.

QJ-Motor Co., one of China’s largest two-wheel manufacturers, will handle distribution for MV Agusta within China.

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Varese, Italy, September 19, 2020 – MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. has announced a new strategic partnership with QJ-Motor Co. for the distribution of the brand’s motorcycles in China. QJ Group is one of the largest and most prominent two wheeler manufacturers in China, with extensive commercial presence in the region. The agreement will initially concern the distribution of MV Agusta models through a network of flagship stores across the country, providing the highest standards of service to Chinese customers. At a later stage the partnership will also have important developments on the industrial front, and collaboration in that sense is presently being defined.

After the successful launch phase in collaboration with Fekon Co., who was instrumental in the introduction of MV Agusta motorcycles in China, QJ will now take over the 7 existing mono-brand stores and expand the sales network with an additional 21 stores within 12 months and service centres with the objective of rapidly and significantly incrementing MV Agusta’s presence and visibility on the Chinese market. QJ has an impressive track record and considerable experience in managing international prime brands.

Timur Sardarov, CEO MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. said “I am thrilled about this agreement with QJ for the second phase of our expansion into the Chinese market. It is a very ambitious long term partnership that will make MV Agusta the number one Italian premium motorcycle brand in China in the next 5 years. QJ is one of the leading global players in terms of scale, market presence and quality standards and I am confident that with such a solid partner we will reach, and possibly beat, all our commercial objectives very rapidly. We are also developing a further, important collaboration on the industrial front, which we will announce shortly.”

Dongshao Guo, General Manager of Qianjiang Motor Co. commented: ”We thank MV Agusta for choosing to establish a new strategic partnership with us. MV Agusta is a world-famous brand with a long history, and also an old friend and close partner of Qianjiang Motorcycle. This cooperation is not only a strong combination of the two sides’ business, but also a further recognition of the brands and ideas of each other. We hope that in the future we could work together to bring in for the Chinese customers more high-performance motorcycles that are fashionable, easy to handle, and fun to ride. We aim to make motorcycle travels freer, greener, and more passionate.”

About MV Agusta Motor S.p.A.

MV Agusta is one of the world’s leading premium motorcycles manufacturers. Based in Varese, in Northern Italy, it crafts legendary racetrack-derived bikes. Iconic design and class-leading performance through advanced technologies and materials make MV Agusta motorcycles admired the world over and celebrated as unique pieces of Motorcycle Art. Since 1945, the brand has evolved to become a point of reference in the industry, having won 37 World Championship titles. A record still undisputed. www.mvagusta.com

About QJ-Motor Co.

QJ-Motor Co. is a subsidiary corporation of Geely Technology Group, as well as is one of the largest and most prominent two wheeler manufacturers & engines in China, with extensive commercial presence in the region. It was found in 1985, owns a variety of brands including Benelli, QJMOTOR, Molinks & Dolnnext. QJ-Motor Co. is supported by a leading design team and the world-class advanced engineers as well as a National Enterprise Technology Center and a National Accredited Testing Laboratory. With strong capabilities to deploy the latest technologies in products (from 50cc to 1200cc), QJ-Motor Co. has kept the champion for eight years at above 250cc large displacement motorcycle market segment. For more information, please reference www.qjmotor.com 

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What? I didn’t win? I demand a recount, this contest was obviously rigged! Congratulations to the winners anyway. May they fly like eagles, to the sea, fly like an eagle,`til they’re free.

Moto Guzzi Press Release:


NEW YORK, NY – 16 September 2020 – Moto Guzzi USA launched the “Spirit of the Eagle” contest online earlier this year, while many were at home daydreaming of the next time they would get to ride. Now, the contest has completed, three winners were selected to experience the ride of their dreams, with accommodations from Moto Guzzi. 

Of over 750 contest entries, the winners were selected to take the 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel, their tours stretching all across the American West, independently covering Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and California. The three winners included Kevin Young of Utah, James Muriel of Tennessee, and Guy Pickrell of California. Each are being joined by a guest this month to live out their greatest trip in their mind, on the road. 

You can follow their journeys on the Moto Guzzi Americas social platforms on facebook and instagram 

Customers who did not win, can still benefit from the activity, as all participants are being rewarded with a $250  accessory credit, should they decide to purchase a new 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 this year. 

Moto Guzzi V85 TT 

The new V85 platform, built around an entirely new engine, reflects a construction philosophy in which simplicity,  practicality and lightness make for an unfiltered relationship between motorcycle and rider. The TT acronym,  meaning “tutto terreno”, or all-terrain, it identifies a motorcycle dedicated to travel in its purest and most original  form. Moto Guzzi V85 TT combines style features reminiscent of the golden age of motorcycle adventures with  the content and functionality of a modern touring enduro. Its configuration mirrors that of all Moto Guzzi bikes in  production today: an air-cooled transverse 90° V-twin with OHV distribution and two valves per cylinder. 

Additional model information, special offers, dealership locations, and more can be found at: MotoGuzzi.com 

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Moto Guzzi Americas Instagram 

Moto Guzzi Americas Twitter 


New WP XPLOR Pro 8946 Shock Now Available for KTM Enduro Models

The new WP XPLOR PRO 8946 shock is designed to take dual-sport riders even further. 

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WP Suspension is pleased to announce the launch of the new WP XPLOR PRO 8946 Shock. This product of the latest innovation in motorsports and handcrafted perfection takes the performance of Enduro machines to the limits of what is physically possible. XPLOR PRO helps enduro riders to get through even the most demanding terrain faster, more efficiently and with significantly more power to the ground. The duo of technical All-Stars consisting of SUPERTRAX and PROGRESSIVE DAMPING SYSTEM (PDS) works perfectly as a unit to improve ground contact, enables the most sensitive feedback from the ground and provides the most reliable damping performance with sufficient reserves no matter what awaits the rider behind the next hilltop.

The WP XPLOR PRO 8946 Shock is unaffected by all the obstacles the terrain throws at it. Due to the highly innovative SUPERTRAX technology, the rebound speed can be optimized via adjusters after a lift off of the rear wheel and the time without ground contact can be drastically reduced. This means that enduro riders with the XPLOR PRO 8946 Shock are back on the throttle faster and dig their rear wheel into the dirt without losing precious time. Reduced motorcycle compression and a more upright riding position reduces the physical stress on the rider and ensures a crucial advantage in competition.


  • Increased control and a more comfortable riding experience even in tough terrain
  • Individual adjustability of the rebound movement and speed
  • More grip and traction of the rear wheel and therefore improved acceleration
  • SUPERTRAX is used by the most successful factory team riders in Enduro

The XPLOR PRO 8946 Shock will be available from September 21th for the following motorcycles:

KTM: EXC (150, 250, 300); EXC-F (250, 350, 450, 500); XC-W (150, 250, 300); XCF-W (350, 500). -From 2017-

More information is available at wp-suspension.com or at the next WP Authorized Center.

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Vanderhall Reveals Electric Off-road Adventure Vehicle: The Navarro

The Vanderhall Navarro sees the company add a fourth wheel to its latest vehicle as well as a fully electric powerplant. More information is expected to come out mid-October with January 2021 slated as the full release date. 

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Vanderhall Releases Offload Adventure Vehicle

PROVO, UT (September 14, 2020) – Today, Vanderhall Motor Works released a video of its new offering: the Vanderhall Navarro. The video release first references the 200,000 square foot expansion that effectively doubles Vanderhall’s existing production space “to make room for one of our greatest ideas ever.” Then it teases a supposed Three-Wheeled Venice Off-Road Edition as that idea. However, a huge 30,000 lb. concrete block suddenly falls onto and crushes the prototype in a ball of flame as a silhouetted off-road vehicle rumbles up on top of the wall and crushed Venice, introducing the actual new model, the Vanderhall Navarro.

“In an effort to provide new and disruptive products to bolster our dealer’s profitability, cement our brand’s status as the premium powersports manufacturer, and expand our total market share, Vanderhall is pleased to announce the Navarro as our next evolutionary model. The four-wheel, all-electric, off-road Vanderhall Navarro will have many groundbreaking technologies and firsts for any production powersports model,” said R. Scott Bell, Vanderhall COO.

The Navarro is estimated to be released as a 2022 Vanderhall Model Lineup.

VANDERHALL MOTOR WORKS is dedicated to the powersports industry, building gas, and electric powered highway-legal premium roadsters often defined as autocycles for state-specific licensing. President and founder, Steve Hall, leads the company with the adapted adage “form follows function… unless it’s ugly.” Vanderhall currently has three roadster models, the Venice, the Carmel, and the Edison. Dealers are rapidly expanding throughout the United States and internationally. Manufacturing and assembly are located in Provo, UT. For more information, visit vanderhallusa.com, Facebook: Vanderhall Motor Works, Instagram: @Vanderhall, or Twitter: @Vanderhallusa.

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2020 DAYTONA 200 Canceled

The 2020 DAYTONA 200 is the latest racing event to be added to the long list of cancellations due to the COVID-19 situation. 

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2020 DAYTONA 200 Presented by Comoto at Daytona International Speedway Canceled

Most Historic Motorcycle Road Race Set to Return in March of 2021

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2020) – The 79th DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto, America’s most historic motorcycle road race, held at the iconic Daytona International Speedway, has officially been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and operated by the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA), the DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto was postponed from its original date of March 14 and rescheduled to be a part of Fall Cycle Scene on Saturday, Oct. 17.

In addition, the Midway, located between the venue and International Speedway Blvd., as well as Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley and all of its activities during Fall Cycle Scene, will not be in operation.

“The DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto is a very important part of Daytona International Speedway and the fabric of our great community,” said track president Chip Wile. “We are all faced with difficult decisions this year, and this was definitely one of them. We will miss not having the iconic motorcycle race and fans in our region but look forward to welcoming the event back as part of Bike Week 2021.”

The 2021 DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto is scheduled to return on Saturday, March 13, 2021, during Bike Week At DAYTONA (March 5-14). The 57-lap, 200-mile event will showcase 600cc sportbikes on the Speedway’s 3.51-mile DAYTONA Road Course. Kyle Wyman is the event’s latest winner, capturing the checkered flag in March of 2019.

The roots of the DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto go back to the sands of Daytona Beach where they began racing on a 4.2-mile shoreline course in 1937 before moving the event to Daytona International Speedway in 1961 and incorporating the high banks of the “World Center of Racing.” This marks the second time in history that the DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto was not held. The other was from 1942-46 due to World War II.

Customers who purchased tickets to the 2020 DAYTONA 200 presented by Comoto will be offered a 120% credit to any American Flat Track (AFT) Events race held through October 2021 or a full refund. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

The status of the DAYTONA TT, the season-opening race for the AFT season that was also postponed in March, will be addressed by AFT officials in the near future. The Championship Cup Series (CCS), which traditionally conducts a motorcycle road-racing program at DAYTONA each October, is expected to announce its plans as well.

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Suzuki Announces Returning 2021 US Models Including 100th Anniversary GSX-Rs

Shortly after Suzuki announced a limited edition 100th livery for its GSX-R models, the manufacturer confirmed a number of models returning to the US for 2021.

For the U.S., Suzuki will offer the GSX-R1000R, GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 with the anniversary edition blue and silver paint.  Joining them are the DR-Z400S dual sport and its DR-Z400SM supermoto variant, the RM-Z450, RM-Z250 and RM-85 motocross racers plus the DR-Z50 and DR-Z125L youth off-road models.

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Suzuki Announces New and Returning 2021 Models

GSX-R, RM-Z, and KingQuad ATV models lead the way in 100th anniversary year.

Brea, CA (September 9, 2020) Suzuki celebrates its 100th anniversary as a company in 2020. Founded originally as a loom manufacturer in Hamamatsu, Japan, Suzuki has evolved into a global leader of automotive, marine, motorcycle, and ATV products. The performance-driven DNA of Suzuki is alive and well in all of its first release 2021 powersports models, including race-ready Suzuki GSX-R sportbikes, RM-Z motocross machines, DR-Z Off-Road/DualSport motorcycles, and KingQuad and QuadSport All Terrain Vehicles.

Sportbike models

In 1985, Suzuki revolutionized the sportbike category with the introduction of the original GSX-R750. This year also marks Suzuki’s 60th year in racing, a milestone celebrated with the MotoGP team’s retro-inspired livery. The MotoGP GSX-RR’s traditional blue and slate silver paint scheme pay homage to Suzuki’s early Grand Prix machines of the 1960s.

The family of GSX-R ultra-high performance motorcycles including the GSX-R600, GSX-R750, and GSX-R1000R continues this tradition of Suzuki excellence and all three models will sport the striking limited edition 100th Anniversary Edition color scheme featuring the iconic blue and slate silver from that historic Suzuki era. Available in limited numbers, these eye-catching GSX-R models may be nostalgic for some, yet love at first sight for others.

2021 Suzuki GSX-R1000R 100th Anniversary Edition
MSRP $17,999


2021 Suzuki GSX-R750 100th Anniversary Edition
MSRP $12,699

2021 Suzuki GSX-R600 100th Anniversary Edition
MSRP $11,599

DualSport/SuperMoto models

Suzuki DualSport and SuperMoto machines are some of the most versatile, reliable, and fun-to-ride motorcycles available on the market.

The 2021 line-up of Suzuki DR-Z’s include the tough and durable DR-Z400S for go-anywhere capability and the best-of-both-worlds SuperMoto, DR-Z400SM. The DR-Z400S and DR-Z400SM both return with new colors and stylish graphics treatments for 2021.

2021 Suzuki DR-Z400S
MSRP $6,899

2021 Suzuki DR-Z400SM
MSRP $7,499

Off-Road models

If family fun is what you’re looking for, Suzuki off-road motorcycles are just what you need. Suzuki off-road machines provide young and smaller stature riders with a great blend of durable off-road performance, premium features, and champion-approved RM-Z styling.

The DR-Z50 is the ideal way to introduce young, beginning riders to the sport of motorcycling. This compact, Suzuki-built mini-bike brings ease and convenience to riders just getting started on two wheels. The DR-Z125L is the perfect next-step in Suzuki Off-Road motorcycles and is built to deliver big bike performance to a size-appropriate motorcycle. Both the DR-Z50 and DR-Z125L return with new graphics for 2021.

2021 Suzuki DR-Z50
MSRP $1,799

2021 Suzuki DR-Z125L
MSRP $3,349

Motocross models

As one of the winningest brands in the history of the sport, Suzuki’s motocross machines remain the champion’s choice, as their sleek, cutting edge appearance, powerful, yet reliable engine, and natural ergonomics continue to deliver on Suzuki’s racing identity.

The RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 siblings epitomize Suzuki’s “Winning Balance” philosophy with strong brakes for controlled stopping power, a wide spread of engine torque with high peak power, and a strong, light, and nimble chassis that remains the class standard for cornering performance and extraordinarily precise handling. Add to that leading ergonomics, beautiful styling and unmatched reliability and you’ve got the perfect race-ready machine.

The RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 return with updated graphics for 2021, as well as the ability to now tune the electronic fuel injection, and ignition system for maximum performance, thanks to Suzuki’s mobile device-based MX-Tuner 2.0 and proven fuel-coupler system that are included with each 2021 RM-Z250 and RM-Z450. Now you can easily tune your motorcycle to suit track conditions or your riding preference from the convenience of your personal device.

The RM85 returns with updated graphics for 2021 and continues to carry on the powerful tradition of racing excellence and like its larger RM-Z cousins, the RM85 delivers Suzuki’s renowned handling for both experienced junior racers and rookie riders alike. With its reliable two-stroke engine, smooth power delivery and lightweight handling, the RM85 is the perfect motocross bike for anyone learning to race—and striving to win.

2021 Suzuki RM-Z450
MSRP $8,999

2021 Suzuki RM-Z250
MSRP $7,899

2021 Suzuki RM85
MSRP $4,299

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Suzuki Announces 100th Anniversary Livery for GSX-R Models

Suzuki announced a special livery for its GSX-R lineup to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. The blue and silver color scheme matches the livery of Suzuki’s GSX-RR MotoGP racer and pays homage to Suzuki’s early race bikes from the 1960s.

While the press release supplied only mentions a limited edition 100th Anniversary GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R, Suzuki confirms the graphics will be available for all GSX-R models, including the GSX-R750, GSX-R600 and GSX-R125 (subject to market availability, of course).


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Suzuki has announced a new GSX-R series of models that will go on sale in a number of Suzuki markets worldwide to celebrate the firm’s 100th Anniversary.

The flagship superbike sports the same retro-inspired livery as the GSX-RR MotoGP machine, with the traditional blue and slate silver colour scheme paying homage to Suzuki’s early Grand Prix machines of the 1960s.

The GSX-R1000R – which has won races and championships in the UK, the USA and Australia, plus the Senior TT on the Isle of Man following its launch – also shares more than just paint with the GP racer, and utilises the same variable valve timing system to boost both torque and peak power. It also gets a comprehensive suite of electronics, which includes 10 traction control modes, a quickshifter and auto-blipper, launch control, and lean angle-sensitive ABS.

2020 marks 100 years since the inception of the Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. The firm began the production of motorcycles in 1952 with the launch of the Power Free, and two years later changed its name to Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. Since then it has gone on to produce some of the most iconic motorcycles of the 20th and 21st century, including the complete GSX-R series – most notably the genre-defining 1985 GSX-R750F and the 2001 GSX-R1000 K1 – the GT750, GSX1100S Katana, and RGV250.

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