2011 January - Motorcycle News

January 31, 2011

Repsol Honda Team embraces the 2011 season in Sepang

Making their first appearance on stage together was the formidable 2011 Repsol Honda Team line up with Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner unveiling the new RC212V. HRC goes into the 2011 season with an incredible effort and determination and Vice President, Shuhei Nakamoto underlined the hard work done during the winter to improve all aspects of the RC212V. Shuhei Nakamoto welcomed on stage Dani, Andrea and Casey. Read the full article »

January 31, 2011

Orange County Choppers faces foreclousure over major debt

Orange County Choppers, the business featured in the reality series American Chopper is facing foreclousure, as Long Island Press reports. Two members of the Teutul family, founder Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. have been fighiting over money, specifically Jr’s stake in OCC. Now, OCC is facing foreclousure over major debt. The company has allegedly missed several morgage payments, one for $96,400 and another for $14,000. Read the full article »

January 31, 2011

Yamaha enters 50 years of road racing

2011 witnesses a landmark of World Championship Grand Prix racing for Yamaha, having successfully competed at the highest level for 50 years. From the very first Grand Prix entry in the French GP of 1961 to today, Yamaha has been an icon at the forefront of Grand Prix racing with countless victories delivered the world over to the delight of the many loyal and dedicated fans. Yamaha will commemorate this incredible achievement over the course of this year with a number of actions. Read the full article »

January 31, 2011

2012 Izh Concept revealed

Izh was a large Soviet motorcycle factory before the fall of the USSR, with a production even more massive than the Imz-Ural. The motorcycle production started in 1927, when Russian engineer P. V. Mozharov designed the Izh-1. The bike featured a 1200cc V-twin (placed transversally, Moto Guzzi-style) and three-speed gearbox. The 2012 Izh Concept was drawn by Igor Chak, a young Russian designer. Read the full article »

January 29, 2011

BMW S1000 RR voted International Bike of the Year

The S 1000 RR has won the International Bike of the Year (IBOTY) award for 2010. The 26th edition of the prestigious annual competition awarded top honours to BMW Motorrad’s Superbike, marking yet another significant achievement in its short history in the marketplace. The jury of the International Bike of the Year 10/11 was composed of 14 members representing leading motorcycle magazines from all over the world. Read the full article »

January 28, 2011

Honda CB400 Super Four & Bol d’Or Special Edition launched

Honda today launched the CB400 Super Four & Bol d’Or Special Edition for the Japanese market. The first bike, called the CB400 Super Four Limited Edition is a naked, while the Bol d’Or comes with fairing. Highlights include red frame, gold rims and brake callipers, and white body colour. The new colours give the bikes an agressive and sporty look. Just 500 of the Special Edition bikes will be made in both naked and faired forms. Read the full article »

January 28, 2011

Rare, factory-prepared 1939 BMW R51 RS fetches over $130,000 at auction

Earlier this month in Las Vegas, a packed auction room of international buyers bid on approximately 200 motorcycles from every era of history, for a total sum exceeding $2.5 million. Six bikes made in excess of $100,000, among them a very rare, factory prepared competition 1939 BMW R 51 RS, which made $130,200 after competitive bidding from US collectors. The 1939 BMW R 51 RS is one of only two known BMW factory racers in private hands and the only unrestored pre-War ‘Rennsport’ in existence. Read the full article »

January 27, 2011

Rossi tests with Ducati 1198 Superbike

Misano Circuit: Seventy-three days after an operation to his right shoulder, Valentino Rossi returned to the track at Misano Adriatico aboard a Ducati 1198 Superbike. On November 14 at Cattolica’s Cervesi hospital, the Italian had undergone surgery on the supraspinatus tendon and the long head of biceps tendon, as well as cartilage in the Glenoid Labrum. Rossi took some laps at the track to test his physical condition. Read the full article »

January 27, 2011

Steve McQueen’s Husky up for auction

Following Bonhams' highly successful inaugural motorcycle sale in Las Vegas earlier this month, the world's leading auctioneers of motor vehicles is proud to announce its third annual auction at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Hosted on May 14th at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, Bonhams' sale of "Exceptional Motorcycles & Related Memorabilia" will include what is understood to be the very motorcycle featured on the front cover of the August 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated being ridden by none other than "The King of Cool," Steve McQueen. Read the full article »

January 27, 2011

Honda motorcycle sales show why USA and Europe aren’t important any more

Honda Motor Co said Thursday that it sold 17,9 million motorcycles globally, up 19% from the previous year as demand grew 23% in Asia. Honda’s domestic sales grew 8% to 196 000 units, while sales in North America were down 8%. What’s really amazing, is the fast-growing gulf between motorcycle sales in Europe, Africa, Middle & Near East (258 000 units in 2010), North (192,000 units) and South (1,6 million units) America and Japan (196,000 units) when compared to Asia (14,4 million units). Read the full article »