An automotive group is calling for a”fairer” distance-based user-pays road tax system and incentives to encourage more people to take up electric vehicles.
The Motor Trades Association of Queensland call supports the Queensland-based Motorcycle Advocacy Group Facebook group who last month called for rego to be scrapped and a user-pays tracking system for electric vehicles.
MTAQ CEO Dr Brett Dale says the uptake of electric scooters and motorcycles will have a “huge place in the future of mobility”.
“They are undoubtably more environmentally friendly and the uptake should be supported with a focus on safe riding,” he says.
“We all know the future of mobility will be underpinned by electrification and micro-mobility options will be a big part of that future.
“Government needs to support the new clean technology revolution through incentives for all vehicles that contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions.
“A fair user-pays system would appear to be the most equitable and costs should be determined by the volume of kilometres driven, where the vehicle has travelled (city congestion), the emissions and possibly the size of vehicles.”
He says the expense of electric vehicles is a major impediment to their uptake.
That’s more expensive than all but the Harley CVO range and Trike Glide Ultra Classic. It is more expensive than the feature-laden Ultra Limited tourer at $A41,495 ride away and Freewheeler Trike at $45,995.
Dr Bell says Canada, China, USA, India, Japan and many European countries provide price subsidies and tax reductions, exemptions and credits to encourage the uptake of EVs.
Providing an incentive to buy electric vehicles could have two major ramifications for the community if there is a shift from petrol-powered to EVs.
One would be a power drain on the already stressed electricity grid.
However, some EV manufacturers such as Damon Motorcycles are including or considering a system were the vehicle actually puts stored power back into the grid, propping it up during peak load times.
The other issue is that road maintenance and construction could be impacted by EV users avoiding the 50c-a-litre fuel tax that contributes $13 billion a year.
However, Dr Dale says a user-pays system based on distance would help fill the funding gap.
Dr Dale also points out that the MAG call to scrap rego would benefit people with multiple vehicles.
“It makes sense that second vehicles in particular, are not paying premium prices in registration,” he says.
“Certainly motorcycles can fall into that category and a user-pay system is far more reasonable.”
A 55-year-old Toyota Hi-Lux driver who hit and injured a woman, 34, riding a Vespa scooter last August before driving off has been sentenced in a Sydney court today.
Paul Andrew Brown was found guilty in May at a hearing in Burwood Local Court on charges of failing to stop and render aid, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and not exchanging particulars.
His licence has also been disqualified for 18 months and he was ordered to pay a $600 fine for not exchanging particulars.
The collision occurred at the intersection of Wellbank and Spring streets, in Concord, about 7.45pm on 14 August 2019.
Police told the court the driver of the utility failed to stop to render assistance to the rider and continued to drive north on Spring Street.
The scooter rider, a 34-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Crash Investigation Unit officers found the ute parked in North Strathfield about 2.30pm the next day.
After a short foot pursuit, police arrested Brown and took him to Burwood Police Station were he was charged.
Spate of hit-and-run crashes
The incident follows a worrying spate of hit-and-run crashes leaving riders injured and dead.
In NSW, the requirement for those involved in a crash to remain at the scene until police arrive was dropped in 2014, even if a tow truck is required.
However, the motorists must report the incident to police and remain at the scene if anyone is injured.
If they don’t, police can charge a motorist with failing to stop at the scene of an accident which is considered a serious offence.
Depending on whether someone is injured or killed in the crash, the motorist responsible could face serious charges with up to 10 years in jail.
Police say motorists leaving an accident scene where someone is injured decrease a victim’s chance of survival.
Most riders in the American state of Missouri will soon be able to ride without a helmet if they are aged 26 or more and have health insurance.
That leaves only 19 out of 50 states where all riders must wear a helmet.
This is not the first time Missouri has been attempted to repeal its helmet law.
Missouri voted in May 2019 to repeal its helmet laws, but Governor Mike Parson vetoed the Bill only because of a provision to confiscate licences of people who don’t pay fines for minor traffic offences.
The Governor had no qualms with allowing riders over 18 to decide whether they want to wear a helmet or not.
In fact, Parson supported repealing the helmet rule as a legislator.
So on Tuesday, he signed the proposal as part of wider legislation. The new helmet law will come into effect from 28 August 2020.
Missouri is not the only American state reversing mandatory helmet laws for all riders. There have been several in recent years including Nebraska which last year finally rejected the idea.
US helmet laws were introduced in 1966 when the feds withheld 10% of states highway construction funds unless they introduced certain safety regulations, including helmet laws.
Within a decade, 47 states had complied.
But in 1975, Congress amended the Highway Safety Act to prevent the use of federal highway funding as leverage against states.
Despite evidence of helmets protecting riders form death and severe head injury, 28 states have repealed their helmet laws with more likely to follow.
It seems strange to Australian riders since we were the first nation in the world to make helmets compulsory in 1961.
Most American states introduced compulsory helmet laws in 1967, but there is a growing movement toward “more freedom” for riders with a strong civil liberties lobby actively fighting the laws.
In recent years, states such as Michigan have relaxed their helmet laws and the latest to consider the move is Tennessee, despite the overwhelming evidence that helmets save lives.
As Dudley (William H Macy) tells Woody (John Travolta) in “Wild Hogs”: “62 per cent of all motorcycle fatalities could be prevented with the use of an approved DOT helmet.”
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in crashes while not wearing a helmet, 37 could have been saved had they worn helmets.
Yet, the use of motorcycle helmets in the US continues to decline to about half from 71% in 2000.
So the temptation when you visit America is to try some of that freedom for yourself.
I must admit to having tried it a few times, usually at slow speeds around town, but on one occasion at the speed limit on an Indiana highway.
While I felt very vulnerable, I have to admit it was absolutely exhilarating … but also deafening.
The wind in your hair is one thing, but the wind in your ears is another.
It also blows your hat off! I’m surprised Billy in Easy Rider could ride without getting his cowboy hat blown off.
As soon as you get off the plane in California, you will have to wear a helmet to ride. In fact, 20 states, mainly on the west and east coasts of the US, have compulsory helmet laws.
American states with motorcycle helmet laws for all riders are: Alabama, California, DC, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
Only three states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire) have no helmet use law.
The remaining 28 states have varying laws requiring minors to wear a motorcycle helmet while six of those states require adult riders to have $10,000 in insurance and wear a helmet in their first year of riding.
About half the states also allow you to ride a low-powered motorcycle such as a 50cc bike or scooter without a helmet.
|State||Riders Required To Have Helmets|
|Alaska||17 and younger|
|Arizona||17 and younger|
|Arkansas||20 and younger|
|Colorado||17 and younger and passengers 17 and younger|
|Connecticut||17 and younger|
|Delaware||18 and younger|
|District of Columbia||All riders|
|Florida||20 and younger|
|Hawaii||17 and younger|
|Idaho||17 and younger|
|Indiana||17 and younger|
|Kansas||17 and younger|
|Kentucky||20 and younger|
|Maine||17 and younger|
|Michigan||20 and younger|
|Minnesota||17 and younger|
|Missouri||All riders (changes on 28 Aug 2020)|
|Montana||17 and younger|
|New Hampshire||No law|
|New Jersey||All riders|
|New Mexico||17 and younger|
|New York||All riders|
|North Carolina||All riders|
|North Dakota||17 and younger|
|Ohio||17 and younger|
|Oklahoma||17 and younger|
|Pennsylvania||20 and younger|
|Rhode Island||20 and younger|
|South Carolina||20 and younger|
|South Dakota||17 and younger|
|Texas||20 and younger|
|Utah||17 and younger|
|West Virginia||All riders|
|Wisconsin||17 and younger|
|Wyoming||17 and younger|
Two letters that have become the very meaning of adventure motorcycling are GS and they are celebrating their 40th birthday this Northern autumn.
Long before Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor made the GS name famous, BMW’s GS models were conquering the Dakar Rally and taking adventurous riders to remote parts of the world.
GS stands for Gelände/Straße in German which literally translates to “terrain/road”.
But it is also referred to as “off-road/road sport” which means it will tackle all sorts of roads in a lively fashion.
I can verify that meaning having owned an R 1150 GS, R 1200 HP2, R 1200 GS and an R 1200 GS Adventure.
They have all taken me to distant and remote regions in reliable comfort.
BMW Motorrad Australia says it is organising some special events to celebrate the GS 40th birthday, but details are not yet available. Stay tuned for more information as it comes to hand.
GS 40th birthday
Meanwhile, here is this official BMW Motorrad history of the GS models for the 40th birthday in both video format and unedited text:
In autumn 1980, BMW Motorrad presented the R 80 G/S, a motorcycle which combined two very special areas of riding for the first time: Off-road and on-road. Thanks to its unique combination of road, touring and off-road capability – without compromising on everyday use – the R 80 G/S became the conceptual forerunner of the new motorcycle category of touring enduros created by BMW Motorrad. And what is more: The BMW GS models became the perfect synonym for the perfect partner on two wheels to explore even the most remote corners of our planet. To date, BMW Motorrad has been able to hand over more than 1.2 million BMW GS models to customers.
Legendary BMW GS talents: Riding dynamics, off-road mastery, comfort and robustness.
But it wasn’t just motorcycle adventures that were ideally suited for the BMW GS right from the outset; the R 80 G/S and its descendants also quickly proved their qualities in racing. In 1981 Hubert Auriol rode to victory in the equally prestigious and challenging Paris – Dakar Rally. This is just one of the many motorsport successes that BMW Motorrad was able to celebrate with a GS. The outstanding talents of the boxer GS models – riding dynamics, off-road mastery, comfort and robustness – have been continuously maintained and developed by BMW Motorrad over the past 40 years and successfully transferred to other BMW Motorrad model series. In 1993, the F 650 “Funduro” was the first single-cylinder BMW enduro to come onto the market. While this bike drew its riding dynamics from its low weight and the thrust of the 47 hp single cylinder, the changing of the guard took place simultaneously on the BMW GS models with boxer engine.
The GS as an innovation driver: Four-valve technology and Telelever.
With the BMW R 1100 GS, BMW Motorrad not only presented the first GS with a 4-valve boxer and 80 bhp output, but also trod new paths with regard to suspension technology for large touring enduros. For the first time in an enduro, the engine and gearbox acted as load-bearing elements of the chassis, making a main frame superfluous. While the BMW Paralever rear wheel suspension system had already eliminated the drive reactions of the shaft drive in the models with the two-valve boxer years earlier, the BMW engineers had now created an innovative way of guiding the front wheels using the Telelever suspension. With the pitch compensation and highly sensitive response they set new standards in this area. In addition, the new R 1100 GS was the first enduro ever to be equipped with ABS – a safety plus that is now standard equipment on all BMW motorcycles.
The GS models of the F series: GS fascination for the middle range.
In addition to numerous new and further developments, including the F 650 GS (first single-cylinder with electronic fuel injection, catalytic converter and ABS), which was manufactured in Berlin from the year 2000 onwards, the F 650 GS and F 800 GS models launched in 2007 marked another outstanding milestone in BMW GS history. With their powerful, high-torque 2-cylinder in-line engine and torsionally stiff tubular frame, they interpreted the BMW GS theme in their own, yet very typical BMW way. With these new models, BMW Motorrad not only presented the successors to the extremely successful F 650 GS with its single-cylinder engine, but at the same time expanded the enduro offer in the medium range.
Advanced DOHC boxer with two overhead camshafts.
BMW Motorrad presented another highlight in autumn 2009 with the launch of the revised BMW R 1200 GS. Now equipped with the even more free-revving DOHC boxer with two overhead camshafts per cylinder, it offered 81 kW/110 hp and even more advanced riding dynamics. In the 2010 anniversary year, BMW Motorrad paid tribute to the 30th anniversary of the GS models and their successes in both production motorcycle manufacturing and motorsport alike with the “30 Years GS” special models of the BMW R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure, F 800 GS and F 650 GS painted in the BMW Motorrad Motorsport corporate colours.
BMW Motorrad continued the success story of the GS models in autumn 2010. With the BMW G 650 GS, BMW Motorrad added another attractive member to the BMW GS family. Thanks to its slender, wiry off-road stature, the new single-cylinder enduro looked bold, light and adventurous. At the same time it clearly stood out from its competitors in terms of quality, equipment and comfort. In combination with its comparatively low weight and the reduced seat height, it was the attractive entry bike into the world of motorcycling and into the fascinating BMW GS world of experience.
The power GS: Newly designed boxer featuring vertical flow.
The dynamic development of the BMW GS theme continued unabated in the fourth decade. When BMW Motorrad presented the new R 1200 GS at Intermot in autumn 2012, interest was particularly focused on the completely redesigned engine. The air/liquid-cooled flat twin engine introduced cylinder heads featuring vertical flow; they had an integrated gearbox and a shaft drive on the left side from then on, supplemented by state-of-the-art chassis technology and electronic control systems such as ABS, traction control or semi-active chassis. With an output of 92 kW (125 hp), the new R 1200 GS also provided superior riding performance. Barely one and a half years later, in March 2014, the 500,000th BMW motorcycle of the boxer-engine GS model series rolled off the assembly line at the plant in Berlin – this was an R 1200 GS Adventure.
The GS for the capacity segment below 500 cc: the G 310 GS.
In autumn 2016, BMW Motorrad presented yet another GS model. This time it was the G 310 GS. It transferred the core qualities of a BMW GS to the engine capacity segment below 500 cc and interpreted these in its own style. Extremely compact, yet fully grown and comfortable, it opened up a whole new world of experience in its segment and became unique in the entry-level segment, above all due to its versatility. With the new R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad expanded the GS portfolio not only with further product optimisations but also by broadening the motorcycle’s range of properties. For the first time, customers were able to give a BMW GS a more marked touch of enduro or distinguished style to suit its preferred area of use by ordering the style packages Rallye and Exclusive.
In the same year a completely different interpretation of the GS theme came on the scene: the R nineT Urban G/S. The R nineT Urban G/S drew on the genes of the very first and legendary BMW R 80 G/S of the year 1980, transporting them into the modern era with contemporary technology in the form of a classic enduro-style BMW motorcycle with boxer engine. As with the other R nineT models, the powerful, air/oil-cooled boxer engine with 81 kW (110 hp) output in combination with a six-speed transmission was installed.
New engine, new chassis: The new GS models of the F series.
In 2017 BMW Motorrad continued to write GS history with the two completely redesigned F 750 GS and F 850 GS enduro models. BMW Motorrad consistently built on the typical GS strengths in the successor models to the successful 2-cylinder F 650 GS, F 700 GS and F 800 GS motorcycles with the aim of making good things even better. As before, the GS abbreviation again represented a perfect synthesis of touring and long-distance capability combined with racing dynamics and supreme offroad performance. In short: A BMW GS is the perfect companion when it comes to discovering remote corners of the world by motorcycle. At the heart of the new development was a newly designed, powerful 2-cylinder in-line engine with two balancer shafts and 270/450 degrees ignition distance for optimised running characteristics and emotional sound. It generated 57 kW (77 hp) for the F 750 GS and 70 kW (95 hp) for the F 850 GS from 853 cc, thus providing superior drive power for both GS models.
This meant even more power, torque and efficiency for the big boxer-engined GS.
In autumn 2018, BMW Motorrad once again introduced a radical upgrade for the boxer engine of the large GS models in order to further improve power and torque yield as well as reduce fuel consumption and emission values. For this purpose, BMW ShiftCam Technology was used for the first time in the serial production of BMW Motorrad engines: this allowed valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side to be varied. In addition, the intake camshafts were designed for asynchronous opening of the two intake valves, resulting in enhanced swirl of the fresh, incoming mixture and therefore more effective combustion. Other technical changes to the engine related to the camshaft drive – now taken care of by a toothed chain (previously a roller chain) – optimised oil supply, twin-jet injection valves and a new exhaust system.
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
“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.”
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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.
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.”
“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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Two types of covers have been officially approved for use on motorcycle taxis in the Phillipines.
However, the government has not approved makeshift covers for other riders as they say they could be dangerous.
But that hasn’t stopped some riders who have invented their own protectors.
Joan Melani Mateo shared this photo on Facebook of the steel and plastic shield made by her husband Noel Alapar.
The Philippines and some other Asian countries, have limited pillions to married couples and partners only and they have advised them to wear face masks, gloves and helmets.
To prove their relationship, husbands and wives are required to present their marriage contract to authorities while common-law couples and live-in partners must have IDs showing they are living at the same address.
Meanwhile, one Uganda taxi driver who disobeyed the coronavirus curfew has committed suicide in a police station after his bike was impounded.
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
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.”
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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