Yamaha Announces Sweepstakes

Yamaha Announces “Beaubier Superbike Championship R1 Bodywork Sweepstakes”


Cypress, CA – July 27, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced the “Beaubier Superbike Championship R1 Bodywork Sweepstakes.”

In a random drawing from all entries received, Yamaha will select one winner who will receive the authentic, race-spec bodywork–in iconic yellow-and-black Yamaha 60th Anniversary livery–from defending 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier’s Yamaha YZF-R1, as used by Cameron himself after the final round of the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, which took place at New Jersey Motorsports Park last September. The special Yamaha Factory Racing bodywork is in “as-raced” condition and has been personally autographed by Cameron.

“I was very proud to race my R1 Superbike in the 60th Anniversary livery last year at New Jersey Motorsports Park, when I clinched the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship,” Cameron said. “And I’m just as proud to know that this special race-spec bodywork is going to a lucky fan. The fans are the ones who make all this possible for me, and the fact that Yamaha is giving away the actual bodywork from my Superbike, and with both my signature and the big #1 that I earned at New Jersey on it, really makes me happy! Good luck to everyone who enters. I hope you win!”

Fans may enter online to win this very unique and historic racing memorabilia at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/supersport/campaign/beaubiersweepstakes

Sweepstakes entrants must be U.S. residents and 18 years of age or older. More details and complete sweepstakes rules are available on the Website.

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

Also, check out “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.

Indian Motorcycle Introduces Infotainment System and 2017 Model Lineup

Indian Motorcycle Elevates ‘Premium’ Yet Again with Industry-Leading Ride Command™ Infotainment System and 2017 Model Lineup

Newly expanded family of award-winning premium motorcycles includes mid-size cruisers, heavyweight cruisers, baggers and touring bikes that encourage our riders to stand apart and ‘Be Legendary’

July 26, 2016 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its lineup of Model Year 2017 bikes. The 2017 family carries forth all 2016 models including the recently released Scout® Sixty, Indian Springfield™, and Chieftain Dark Horse® models, while featuring an array of new features, new color choices, awe-inspiring infotainment, and more.

Indian Motorcycle raises the bar yet again, redefining premium motorcycles with Ride Command™, motorcycling’s most advanced yet user-friendly infotainment system. Sporting the industry’s largest and brightest touchscreen display, highest resolution and fastest response time, Indian Motorcycle masterfully fuses state-of-the-art technologies with iconic styling. Fully integrated into the dash for an up-close rider experience, Ride Command offers an intuitive interface, customizable information displays, glove-compatible two-finger touch capabilities, and easy navigation to points of interest, like gas stations and restaurants. The breakthrough new Ride Command infotainment system comes standard on the 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster. Features include:

  • 7-inch display, 800×480 pixels, 2-finger capacitive with swipe and pinch to zoom
    astest boot time – ready in about 10 seconds
  • 100-watt premium audio system output (Chieftain), 200-watt Roadmaster, with both touchscreen and handlebar audio controls
  • Bluetooth® audio, AM/FM/weather band, USB flash drive support with USB song shuffle
  • GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions, points of interest, and more
  • Critical information always displayed, like clock, air temperature, compass heading, fuel level and fuel range
  • Convenient phone features available through easy Bluetooth® pairing, including phonebook download, incoming call notification with name display, voice activated calling, incoming text notification, and more
  • Easily updatable software and maps

2017 Midsize Lineup

Indian® Scout® – Riding a landslide of awards, accolades and phenomenal sales success, the ever-classic Indian Scout is back for 2017. This middle-weight cruiser’s weight has been reduced to 538 pounds (dry) and extends its legacy of dominance with perfect balance, precise handling and category-leading power and quickness. With a low 25.3-inch seat height, lowered center of gravity, and available extended and reduced reach accessories, the Indian Scout is the perfect bike for riders of many sizes and skill levels. Featuring a liquid-cooled 69 cubic inch V-twin engine, an exhilarating 100 HP of sophisticated power and starting at $11,299, the 2017 Indian Scout is the thoroughly modern rebirth of an American classic. Available in Ivory Cream, Thunder Black, Silver Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. Indian Scout featuring ABS is offered in Burgundy Metallic plus a pair of two-tone finishes starting at $12,299.

Scout® Sixty – For 2017, the Scout Sixty returns in all its glory, encouraging riders to “Start Your Legend.” With the legendary handling and performance of the Scout, the Scout Sixty is offered at a very attainable $8,999 starting price. Powered by a potent 60 cubic inch engine mated to a silky smooth 5-speed transmission, this mid-size cruiser is arguably the best buy in motorcycling today. Available in Thunder Black and Pearl White. Scout Sixty with ABS is offered in Indian Motorcycle Red starting at $9,999.

2017 Cruiser Lineup

Chief® Classic – Powered by the proven and award-winning Thunder Stroke® 111 engine, the aptly named Chief Classic has set a new benchmark as the classic American cruiser. Its iconic lines, world-class finishes, heritage inspired design, balance, and unrivaled engineering make it the ultimate choice for pure cruiser enthusiasts. The 2017 Chief Classic is available starting at $18,499 and is available in Pearl White and Burgundy Metallic over Thunder Black two-tone.

Chief Dark Horse® – Embrace the darkness with the 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse, the baddest, boldest bike on the road. With the endless power of the award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine, end-to-end matte black finish and just a touch of chrome, every other bike on the road seems tame. Featuring ABS, remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, a dry weight of 751 pounds and starting at just $17,499, the Indian Chief Dark Horse® has it all – including a seriously bad attitude.

2017 Bagger Lineup

Chieftain® & Chieftain Dark Horse® – Indian Motorcycle proudly offers riders an opportunity to lead the pack with two of America’s most commanding, versatile and awe-inspiring bikes. Both feature the Thunder Stroke® 111 engine, TPMS, ABS, fairing with integrated driving lights and power windshield, cruise control, remote locking hard bags, keyless ignition, and much more. The Chieftain Dark Horse, starting at $21,999, is the newest addition to Indian’s bagger family. Sporting a premium 100W audio system and ominous nose-to-tail matte black finish (Thunder Black Smoke) with minimal chrome, this bike delivers a menacing presence that refuses to be ignored. The Indian Chieftain starts at $23,999 and comes standard with the all-new Ride Command™ system, blasting out 100W of premium audio and all the infotainment features a rider leading the pack could ever want. Chieftain is available in Thunder Black Pearl, White Smoke, Silver Smoke, and a pair of two-tone palettes. White Smoke and Silver Smoke models feature a blacked out engine package, which also comes standard on Chieftain Dark Horse.

Indian Springfield™ – Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle, the Indian Springfield offers classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility. The Springfield can be quickly transformed to traditional cruiser styling with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories. Remote locking hard bags and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard along with genuine leather seating, ABS, TPMS, cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights. Indian Springfield is offered in Thunder Black or Indian Motorcycle Red. New for 2017 are stunning Steel Gray/Burgundy Metallic and Blue Sapphire/Star Silver two-tone finishes. Starting at $20,999.

Chief® Vintage – The 2017 Chief Vintage is the ultimate retro-vintage bagger, turning heads with its classic styling, iconic soft-sided saddle bags crafted from Desert Tan Genuine Leather – dripping in fringe and Indian Motorcycle nostalgia. Featuring the classic power of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Chief Vintage is offered in Thunder Black and three gorgeous two-tone vintage color schemes. MSRP starting at $19,999.

2017 Touring Lineup

Indian® Roadmaster® – The Roadmaster returns for 2017 as the industry’s flagship tourer and the epitome of luxury and comfort. Powered by the rock solid Thunder Stroke 111 engine and offering more than 37 gallons of storage, Roadmaster is your ultimate ride. Roadmaster comes standard with the Ride Command™ infotainment system, delivering a glorious 200W premium audio experience, along with state-of-the-art GPS/Navigation, a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, seamless Bluetooth® integration, a wealth of vehicle information, and more. It offer riders and passengers unmatched luxury and premium features like a power-adjustable windscreen, heated grips, individually controlled heated seats for driver and passenger, ABS, TPMS, keyless ignition with remote locking storage, electronic cruise control and adjustable passenger floorboards. New for 2017, Offered in Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic, and three two-tone palettes starting at $28,999.

Experience the 2017 Lineup at the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis attendees are cordially invited to view the entire new 2017 lineup at the Indian Motorcycle Factory display on Lazelle St. throughout the rally, or to experience them firsthand with a Factory Demo Ride at 2100 Whitewood Service Road (I-90 at Exit 30) from August 6 – August 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. The entire family of 2017 models will be available for demo rides, including a selection of accessorized models.


Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.


Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence globally in adjacent markets with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

AMA Pro Flat Track Returns to North Carolina

AMA Pro Flat Track returns to North Carolina for the CHDDA Charlotte Half-Mile


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 26, 2016) – AMA Pro Flat Track riders are feeling the pressure, and with just six rounds remaining in 2016, the stakes have never been higher. Championship hopefuls in both the premier Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines and GNC2 classes will need to be at their best this weekend when the green flag drops in Charlotte.

Last year’s Charlotte Half-Mile winner, Bryan Smith, pilot of the No. 42 Crosley Radio Kawasaki Ninja 650, heads into this year’s event with a 13-point lead in the GNC1 point standings. Smith ripped off three consecutive wins in the month of May and is well within striking distance of capturing his first GNC1 championship. The Michigan native finished fourth in the Round 8 contest at Lima, which was impressive considering his strength is typically reserved for Mile circuits. If Smith wants to earn his first championship, he’s going to need to continue to find success on the shorter courses, as only two of the remaining six races in 2016 are Miles.

Another hurdle that Smith is going to need to overcome goes by the name Jared Mees. X Games Gold Medalist Mees stole the X Games crown from Smith this year, and aims to recoup from last year’s mechanical issue at Charlotte to take the crown in North Carolina too. Mees is the reigning GNC1 champion and has won the ultimate title three of the last four years. Sitting just 13 points back of Smith in the standings, and entering Charlotte fresh off three-straight races where he finished second or better, Mees has proven that he’s more than capable of running Smith down and capturing his fourth GNC1 championship in the last half decade. The No. 1 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XR750 pilot was poised to earn the Charlotte Half-Mile win a year ago before a bike malfunction on the last lap of the main event forced him from the race and gave Smith the victory.

Entering Charlotte third in the point standings is Sammy Halbert, who is changing teams mid-season and arrives at Charlotte as the rider of the No. 69 Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson. Halbert is coming off his worst performance of the season, 13th at the previous round in Lima and is aggressively looking to get back to the front this weekend. Replacing Halbert on the No. 23 BriggsAuto.com Harley-Davidson is Jeffrey Carver, Jr.

Brad Baker and Davis Fisher have been hit or miss for the Factory Harley-Davidson team this season. Baker recorded his third podium appearance at Lima last round with a third-place finish while his teammate failed to make the main event. Look for Baker riding the No. 6 Harley-Davidson XR750 and Fisher aboard the brand new No. 67 Harley-Davidson XG750R this Saturday. Brandon Robinson will enter the weekend at Charlotte coming off his first win of 2016 and his first win aboard the No. 44 Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750. Robinson sits fifth in the GNC1 point standings and will look to continue his momentum this Saturday.

Another big story is that the popular brother and sister team of Cory (No. 65) and Shayna Texter (No. 52) will be more than a family when they arrive at Charlotte, they are now teammates as well. Cory is joining Richie Morris Racing as a second rider, a move that will take the pressure off of Cory who has been running his own team all season and will allow him to focus on riding and developing the team’s in-house built chassis.

Ryan Wells leads the GNC2 class heading into Charlotte with 141 points in the standings and he has been dominant all season long. Wells is being chased in the standings by Dalton Gauthier, who has accumulated just 102 points.

Gauthier, Jamison Minor, Tristan Avery and company will need to step up their games quickly if any one of the young riders wants to give Wells a real run for the GNC2 championship.

Event Entertainment Extravaganza
The CHDDA Charlotte Half-Mile will take place this Saturday, July 30th at The Dirt Track at Charlotte which is located in the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex. As with every AMA Pro Flat Track event, the CHDDA Charlotte Half-Mile will feature a full night of racing by the world’s fastest dirt track motorcycle racers in the premier Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class and the rising stars of the sport in the GNC2 class. To complement the intense on-track racing action, fans will be treated to a wealth of off-track entertainment.

The party starts on Friday, July 29. The Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association (CHDDA) will have demo rides available at The Dirt Track at Charlotte from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., followed by a Kickoff Party at Motorcycles of Charlotte from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Come early on Saturday, July 30, because there is plenty to do before bikes take to the track. Keeping the vibe alive for the weekend, the CHDDA will continue with demo rides from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The American Flat Tracker Clothing Co., a lifestyle brand debuting at the CHDDA Charlotte Half-Mile, will begin selling merchandise at 11:00 a.m. from multiple locations throughout the venue. At 2:00 p.m., gates to the grandstands, Fan Zone and Kids Zone open to provide the whole family with entertainment options, including a wide variety of vendor displays, food trucks, live music, stunt shows and much more.

Bikes will first take to the track for practice and qualifying at 3:00 p.m., giving fans their first glimpse of what’s to come. With practice and qualifying wrapped up, opening ceremonies will set the stage for the night at 6:00 p.m., followed by Heat races at 6:30 p.m. The green flag will drop for the GNC2 main event at 8:40 p.m. and the GNC1 main event is slated for a 9:15 p.m. start time.

After the final checkered flag flies, fans are invited to join the stars of the sport at the official Charlotte Half-Mile After Party, hosted by Twin Peaks Restaurant in Concord, N.C.

For tickets (prices start at $29) and more information regarding the CHDDA Charlotte Half-Mile, fans are encouraged to visit http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/ama_pro_flat_track_charlotte_half_mile/.

Watch Live on FansChoice.tv
Fans that aren’t able to make the trip to Charlotte this weekend are invited to follow all of the live action on FansChoice.tv which will broadcast the entire Charlotte Half-Mile in high definition at www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/ama/flat-track.

Coverage will begin with practice and qualifying at 3:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. PT). The Charlotte Half-Mile Pre-Race Show will take place at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT), followed by Opening Ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT) and Heat Races immediately afterwards at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT). The GNC2 class will grid up for their Main Event at 8:40 p.m. ET (5:40 p.m. PT) followed by the 18 fastest flat track motorcycle racers in the world at 9:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. PT).

For fans that would like to follow via social media, the official hashtag for the Charlotte Half-Mile is #CharlotteHM. Follow Charlotte Half-Mile on Twitter at @CLTHalfMile and Instagram at @charlottehalfmile.

The official hashtag for AMA Pro Flat Track is #AMAProFlatTrack, and be sure to follow AMA Pro Flat Track on Twitter and Instagram at @amaproflattrack.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

BMW Motorrad USA Introduces New On-Board Luggage System

BMW Motorrad USA Introduces New On-Board Luggage System For Off-Road Riding

BMW Luggage
BMW Luggage

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 26, 2016… BMW Motorrad USA has introduced a totally new concept in on-board luggage and personal storage for the growing number of adventure riders exploring roads less traveled. Intended primarily for use when riding BMW GS-model motorcycles off-road, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System provides more flexibility when piloting expert-level, back-country trails as well as continuing the expedition off the bike at remote camping locations. The luggage system, which utilizes the same case carrier system developed for the original BMW aluminum cases, gives riders an extra level of flexibility and security when navigating more challenging riding conditions and further enhances the capabilities of the GS. Currently, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System is only available through authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealers.

Atacama Adventure Luggage System Gives BMW GS Riders More Reasons To Explore Roads Less Traveled

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 26, 2016… BMW Motorrad USA has introduced a totally new concept in on-board luggage and personal storage for the growing number of adventure riders exploring roads less traveled. Intended primarily for use when riding BMW GS-model motorcycles off-road, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System provides more flexibility when piloting expert-level, back-country trails as well as continuing the expedition off the bike at remote camping locations. The luggage system, which utilizes the same case carrier system developed for the original BMW aluminum cases, gives riders an extra level of flexibility and security when navigating more challenging riding conditions and further enhances the capabilities of the GS. Currently, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System is only available through authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealers.

“We are thrilled to offer this completely new line of on-board luggage for GS riders,” commented Michael Hernandez, Manager, Parts and Accessories, for BMW Motorrad USA. “This original BMW accessory product was developed in the U.S. with the needs of global adventure motorcycle riders in mind – a riding community that is expanding along the trend of riding big adventure motorcycles in further and further remote locations off road.”

The Atacama Adventure Luggage System supports the following BMW GS Models:

  • K25 (2004-2013 R 1200 GS/GS Adventure with BMW aluminum case mounting installed)
  • K50/51 (2013-Present R 1200 GS/GS Adventure with BMW aluminum case mounting installed)
  • K72 (2008-Present F 650/700/800 GS with BMW aluminum case mounting installed)
  • K75 (2014-Present F 800 GS Adventure)


The Atacama Adventure Luggage System includes the Atacama Side Cases and Atacama Duffel. The side cases require the purchase of an additional adapter kit by model for installation. A unique feature of the side case system is the frame and wedge that provide a solid mounting to the motorcycle and easy removal and installation without the need for straps and constant adjustment. The Atacama Duffel serves as a top case and convertible hiking backpack. Cinch straps (included) are used to attach to the motorcycle luggage rack

Functional advantages of the off-road soft luggage system include:

  • Wedge and plate mounting system – Unlike traditional soft luggage systems that use straps to mount, these mount solid to a wedge mounting system made from injection molded glass-filled nylon (designed to withstand severe wear and impact) for one-click on/off mounting and removal from bike, just like a hard bag which attaches to the BMW case mountings. The benefit is no movement and an easy on and off application. The soft bags won’t bounce around in rough terrain like traditional “over the seat” softbags and strap-based connection systems.
  • Offset side case sizes – 6.6 gal (25L) for the exhaust side and 9.2 gal (35L) for the non-exhaust side – allows for symmetrical positioning on the bike, while maximizing overall carrying capacity.
  • Bag Compression – Soft bags require the ability to compress their contents to maintain maximum efficiency when riding loaded. The roll top, vertical and horizontal compression straps on these bags allow for compression at all axes. Four side-compression straps, one bottom-compression strap, and one large top-compression strap, plus a roll-top closure, allow for superior compression/expansion capabilities.
  • 100% Waterproof Main Compartments – 22oz vinyl inner liners are radio frequency seam welded for maximum efficiency and 100% waterproof.

Features and Design

  • Beaver Tail – Quickly stash an extra jacket or rain liner, shoes, trash from camp, etc. behind this panel. It also provides even load compression and abrasion/crash protection, and can be peeled back from the bag for easy sewing-machine repairs. On the inside of the beaver tail, there is a hidden stash pocket for a spare key, paperwork, etc.
  • Sewn-in side pockets – Designed specifically to hold tools, tubes/tire repair, tire levers, air pump, water filter, snacks (things you need quick access to throughout the day without digging through your side case). On the larger 9.2 gal (35L) bag, each pocket fits two 2L fuel bottles or a 2-3L water storage bag. On the smaller 6.6 gal (25L) side case, each bag fits one 1L fuel bottle or a water bottle.
  • MOLLE Attachments –enables the quick attachment/removal of MOLLE compatible accessories such as hydration bladders, extra storage bags, holders, etc.
  • Aluminum D-Rings – Attach additional items with clips.
  • Waterproof Inner Liners – Completely separate and removable, these bags give riders the means to store items that they may be carrying temporarily or that may be soiled.
  • Model-specific BMW adapters allow riders to keep their hard bags, then use their soft bags on the exact same racks when they’re going on more off-road and dirt-oriented trips. This prevents damage to hard bags when riding through very rough terrain.
  • Liner on the inside – Protects contents from outside elements. If a tip-over happens, the outer shell, stiffener and beaver tail provide a protective layer for the main waterproof compartment/liner.
  • Outer shell – keeps all contents dry and allows all the features and accessory items like the beaver tail, MOLLE, additional pockets etc. to be sewn on the outside shell without compromising the waterproof liner.
  • Internal front and rear stiffeners help the bag hold its shape even under a heavy load.


  • Outer surfaces made from 22oz PVC material for easy washing, extra water resistance, and abrasion resistance.
  • Side panels and roll tops made from 1680 D Ballistic Nylon material.
  • High quality extruded aluminum pucks, zinc-coated steel mounting hardware, and powder coated mounting latches.
  • Front compression G-hooks and D-rings are made from T6061 aluminum with no moving parts, so they won’t break in a crash.

Features and Design

• Duffel consists of two separate bags:

  1. A sewn seam outer bag made from highly abrasion resistant material
  2. A welded-seam 100% waterproof inner bag made from 22oz vinyl.
  3. Outer bag is designed to absorb the abrasion and impact leaving the inner waterproof bag intact.
  4. This enables reliable waterproofing even after multiple bike drops or off-road slides.

• The Dual overlapping beaver tails feature a unique through-strap mounting system, making it an ideal spot to tuck items throughout the day without having to get inside the bag. For example, a place to store a wet rainfly if it rains while you’re camping. The overlapping beaver tails feature a zippered mesh pocket on one side, a removable clear map pocket on the other, and they’re a convenient storage spot for your cinch-strap tails as well.

• Double-ended roll top for easy access throughout the day without having to unstrap the duffel from the bike. With traditional top-opening duffels you have to undo the connection straps in order to open the bag.

• Quick-stash backpack straps, an internal frame, and a padded back panel for easy carrying when the duffel is off the bike. Put the duffel on your back, carry a pannier in each hand, and transport all your luggage at once. The duffel also works great as a carry-on or checked luggage, perfect for fly-to-ride trips. A central briefcase handle and a carry handle at each end of the bag.

• Large top pocket accommodates a 2L hydration bladder and has a hydra-port for the hose. An internal mesh pocket that’s useful for wallet, phone, etc.

• External tent pole pocket enables you to pack your tent poles separate from the main body of the tent, making field packing easier.

• With side compression straps, two roll tops, and a double overlapping beaver tail, the duffel can be expanded and compressed significantly to accommodate different load volumes.

• Top panel made from 22oz vinyl material for easy washing, excellent abrasion resistance, and extra water resistance.

• Overlapping beaver tails made from 1680D Ballistic Nylon for extreme abrasion/impact resistance.

• 4 T6061 aluminum corner D-rings and a front daisy-chain for quick attachment of straps and accessories.

Technical Data

  • Payload of Atacama Side Case max 22 lbs (max 10 kg), Per side
  • Speed limit for Atacama Side Case max 81 mph (max 130 km/h)

Volume of Atacama Side Case

  • Approx. 6.6 gal (Approx. 25 l), Small Atacama Side Case
  • Approx. 9.2 gal (Approx. 35 l), Large Atacama Side Case
  • Payload of Atacama Duffel on luggage rack max 11 lbs (max 5 kg)
  • Speed limit for Atacama Duffel max 81 mph (max 130 km/h)
  • Volume of Atacama Duffel Approx. 10.6 gal (Approx. 40 l)

Part Numbers and MSRP

Description, Part Number, MSRP

  • Atacama Soft Side Case Kit, 71 60 2 412 379, $ 861.50
  • Atacama Soft Top Case Duffel, 71 60 2 412 380, $ 326.99
  • K7X Soft Side Case adapter kit, 71 60 2 412 381, $ 243.99
  • K5X Soft Side Case adapter kit, 71 60 2 412 382, $130.99
  • K2X Soft Side Case adapter kit, 71 60 2 412 383, $126.99
  • Atacama Soft Side Case 35L (individual), 71 60 2 412 384, $483.99
  • Atacama Soft Side Case 25L (individual), 71 60 2 412 385, $449.99
  • Atacama Soft Case Cinch Strap, 71 60 2 420 944, $22.05
  • (+) K50 aluminum case holder retrofit kit, 77 41 2 414 108, $963.17

(+) Case holders as required where not already fitted

Warranty: Warranty period two years from purchase for defects in materials or workmanship

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Russell Bobbitt Maintains Overall Points Lead

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Russell Bobbitt Maintains Overall Points Lead After Rough Finish at Rattlesnake National Enduro

Round 6 – AMA National Enduro Series – July 24, 2016


CROSS FORK, Pa. – Round 6 of the AMA National Enduro Series took place on Sunday with the Rattlesnake National in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania. It was a rough ending to the day for FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt after a pair of crashes on the final test resulted in a 6th place finish in the Pro Class. Despite finishing outside the top three for the first time all season, Bobbitt still maintains the lead in the Overall National Championship points with three rounds remaining in the series.

Following two consecutive overall wins, Bobbitt came into Round 6 with high confidence as he set out for three-in-a-row aboard his KTM 250 XC-F. The Rattlesnake National Enduro showcased dry and rocky terrain, grass track sections and very dusty conditions that made for low visibility and scarce passing opportunities. The first test of the day presented a grass track section, where Bobbitt finished in 4th amongst a tight-knit group of front-runners. From there, the top riders continued to post close times through the first five tests and Bobbitt maintained a consistent position throughout the day.

Heading into the sixth and final test, Bobbitt sat only four seconds behind Josh Strang in the 2nd place position. Bobbitt was well on his way to extending his five-race podium streak when he succumbed to the rocky conditions, crashing twice in the final test.

“I was feeling good all day,” Bobbitt said. “I knew the final test was going to be the rockiest of the day and I ended up crashing twice. My front wheel was out of alignment so I had to stop and hit it on a tree to straighten it out, which lost important time.”

After six rounds, Bobbitt now holds a nine-point advantage over Grant Baylor in the Overall National Championship Standings.

After winning the final test of the day, SRT/KTM rider Steward Baylor Jr. put his KTM 450 XC-F atop the Pro Class podium with a 3rd place finish for the day. Baylor now holds 3rd place in the Overall National Championship Standings after six rounds of racing.

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kacy Martinez was forced to sit out of Round 6 due to a fractured radius and ulna in her left arm, which was sustained during the last round of GNCC in June. Martinez is expected to return back to racing at Round 7 of the National Enduro Series, where she will continue to vie for the Women’s Class Championship.

Next Event: August 28, 2016 – Chandlersville, Ohio

Overall Results

1. Grant Baylor

2. Josh Strang

3. Thorn Devlin – KTM

4. Steward Baylor – KTM

5. Ryder Lafferty

6. Nick Fahringer

7. Russell Bobbitt – KTM

8. Jesse Groemm – KTM

9. Cory Buttrick – KTM

10. Craig DeLong

Overall Results Women’s Class

1. Shawn Davidson – KTM

2. Jamie Wells – KTM

3. Kiersten McDonal – KTM

4. Valerie Crews – KTM

5. Kristin Zmuda – KTM

6. Ashlee Applewhite – KTM

Overall Point Standings Pro Class

1. Russell Bobbitt – 149

2. Grant Baylor – 140

3. Steward Baylor – 137

4. Josh Strang – 97

5. Jesse Groemm – 91

Overall Point Standings Women’s Pro Class

1. Shawn Davidson – 156

2. Kacy Martinez – 145

3. Ashlee Applewhite – 103

Marvin Musquin Secures 3rd Overall at Washougal Motocross National

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin Secures 3rd Overall at Washougal Motocross National

Round 9 – AMA Pro Motocross Championship – July 23, 2016


WASHOUGAL, Wash. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin captured 3rd overall in the 450 Class on Saturday for Round 9 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Additionally, three other riders finished inside the top ten aboard their KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition motorcycles at Washougal MX Park.

In 450 Class Moto 1, Musquin had his work cut out for him as he began the race just inside the top ten. His teammate, Dean Wilson, started just ahead in the 7th place position on lap one. Musquin quickly made passes to advance toward the front where he powered his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition into 4th place by lap three, with Wilson maintaining a steady position in 7th.

Musquin continued to gain ground on the 3rd place rider of Eli Tomac as he eventually put himself within striking distance of Tomac. However, Musquin went down in a bold attempt to make the pass on Tomac, where he landed into a breaking bump and launched off his bike.

Musquin quickly remounted to maintain his 4th place position as he continued to charge ahead. Musquin finished 3rd place in Moto 1 after gaining a position due to an unfortunate crash by Christophe Pourcel late in the race.

Wilson battled with James Stewart in the final laps, where he ultimately bested Stewart to finish 8th in Moto 1.

In Moto 2, Musquin shot off the line to capture the holeshot with his teammate Wilson close in tow. Musquin led the way on the opening lap until Roczen, and eventually Tomac, moved past to engage in a battle for the lead, while Musquin settled into 3rd place.

Musquin put forth a solid performance to earn 3rd place in Moto 2, thus securing 3rd overall for the day.

“I honestly expected better from myself in the second moto after a decent first moto and good lap times,” Musquin said. “The track was really tough – it was dry and kind of sketchy so I was trying to be safe and finish the moto but I should have had better lines. No excuses, though, 3rd overall is good but I know I can do better.”

Wilson maintained a top-five position for nearly the first half of the race before dropping back a few positions, where he ultimately finished 10th in Moto 2. In only his second race back this summer, Wilson claimed 9th overall with 8-10 moto scores.

The AMA Pro Motocross Championship will return to action on Saturday, August 13 in New Berlin, New York.

450 Class Overall Results

1. Eli Tomac (2-1)

2. Ken Roczen (1-2)

3. Marvin Musquin (3-3)

4. Weston Peick (7-5)

5. Justin Barcia (10-4)

6. Andrew Short (6-7)

7. Benny Bloss (5-9)

8. Phil Nicoletti (4-11)

9. Dean Wilson (8-10)

10.Fredrik Noren (15-8)

Championship Point Standings

1. Ken Roczen – 434

2. Eli Tomac – 379

3. Marvin Musquin – 283

4. Justin Barcia – 244

5. Christophe Pourcel – 217

Shorai LFX21A6-BS12 Battery

Shorai LFX21A6-BS12 Battery


Whether you’re a veteran motorcycle rider or just embarking on your journey in the sport, you’re probably thinking about ways to upgrade your ride. While I’m a big proponent of carbon fiber, titanium, magnesium and other exotic materials, there are numerous other ways to lose weight without breaking the bank. One that’s commonly overlooked, is the battery. Thankfully using today’s technology, we have the ability to reduce weight and maintain the stability of starting/powering our motorcycles without the need to worry.

A while back we published a detailed article on Shorai’s LFX19A4-BS12 battery for our Yamaha R1 project bike. This time around we have a KTM 1290 Super Duke in the garage that we’ll be building up in the coming months and once again we turned to Shorai to power it.


While Yuasa batteries are generally the brand of choice for motorcycle manufacturers, Shorai supports over 30 varieties and will almost certainly have a replacement battery for your bike. This is a testament to Shorai’s commitment to the industry by covering multiple manufacturers and motorcycle segments.

As with all of Shorai’s batteries, the construction is impeccable and the weight savings is substantial. For the latter, the LFX21A6-BS12 weighs just 3.03 lbs. which equates to nearly 5 lbs. of weight removed compared to the OEM version. Add in the fact that the LFX21A6-BS12 battery has 315 cold cranking amps (CCA) vs. 230 and those cold winter days shouldn’t be a problem.

Installation is straight forward (as always, consult your owner’s manual for the exact removal procedures) as in our case removing the seat, battery cover and old battery is all that is necessary. Reverse the process with the new battery and in about 10 minutes the job was finished.


Having used Shorai’s battery before and after traveling hundreds of miles with the LFX21A6-BS12 installed, I expected no ill effects and thus was the case. This is a simply upgrade that should be made especially if you’re in the market for a new battery.

For additional information on Shorai and the products they produce, please visit their web site (http://www.shoraipower.com) or your local dealer.

Movistar Yamaha Get First Feel For Austrian Circuit


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo completed their first kilometres aboard their YZR-M1s at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg track in Styria, Austria, during the two-day private test that started just two days after the German GP


Red Bull Ring (Austria), 20th July 2016

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team shaped up for the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich during today and yesterday‘s private test at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg circuit. Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo took their YZR-M1 machines to the track for the first time to get a head start on preparing a well-balanced setting for the tenth race of the MotoGP season. The teammates tried various Michelin tyres and worked diligently on their settings at the circuit that lays the importance on top speed, acceleration and braking stability.

On August 14th, the circuit will host a MotoGP Grand Prix for the first time in nineteen years. Thanks to his long career in the MotoGP World Championship, Rossi is the only current premier class rider who has ever ridden at the circuit before. He has good memories of the venue as he secured his first ever podium at the Red Bull Ring for a third place in the 125cc class in 1996. The Italian had fun experiencing the track on a 1000cc bike over the last two days, as shown by the fifth fastest time he set today, a 1‘24.169s.

As it was the first time for teammate Lorenzo to ride at the Austrian circuit, his main aim was to get a feel for the track‘s unique character and find a good balance for all aspects of his bike‘s set up. The track has only ten corners (three left and seven right), a 626m longest straight and many opportunities to fully open the throttle. The Mallorcan was impressed with the beauty of the circuit and looks forward to racing there in three weeks‘ time after booking progress with the set up of his bike today. His fastest time, a 1‘24.194s, earned him sixth place in the second day time sheets.


“We finished the first testing days at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg well and it has been a reasonably successful outing. It was very important we came here, so we could start preparing the race at a place for which we didn‘t have any kind of information. We made an improvement from yesterday to the end of today. We invested a lot of time in bettering the setting, the chassis and also the electronics and we did quite a lot of work for Michelin as well. This circuit doesn‘t look like it will be one of Yamaha‘s favourites, this kind of track lay out doesn‘t play into our strengths. It will be fundamental that our Japanese engineers at Yamaha Motor Company will study the data we got during these two days so we can come back here with some good solutions. There is still some work to do for the race, but we were able to collected good data. We are now midway through and we deserve some rest before we come back here in three weeks‘ time.”


“It‘s a very particular circuit because it is really, really fast and you spend a lot of time with the throttle fully open. Compared to the other circuits it has a lot less corners, at the end of the lap you have done only nine or ten, normally there are around fifteen. It‘s very fast and the place is good and the corners are OK. For us, personally, it‘s not the best circuit because usually we suffer a bit on top speed, and in fact we are struggling, but it‘s just the first day and we collected a lot of data and made some kilometres.

It were two good days, especially today we improved the performance and the balance of the bike a lot, but also the track was better, with more rubber where we needed it. We were able to improve the lap times and our position and we‘re a little bit closer to the top guys. I think racing here will be very difficult because it‘s a fast track, so for sure it‘s not the best circuit for us or for the YZR-M1. We have to work and give the maximum to get the maximum. Already today, we made a step and now we‘ll see. We‘ll get some rest and take a holiday and we will see what happens when we come back in August. It will be a very difficult race, especially with some of our factory rivals, they are faster than us. It will be very important to also understand the potential of the other competitors, because some are not here. It will be interesting to see if we are a little bit faster or slower than them, but we‘ll have to wait for the race weekend.”


“The track is beautiful and very fast. The tarmac is good, there are just three or four corners where the wall is very close and that can be dangerous in case of a crash. It‘s difficult to change this track, but for sure for the future it would be good to try to improve the safety. The test of speed has been hard, because some of our rivals are fast, it looks like the track is giving them a big advantage, especially in braking stability, acceleration and top speed. They can put in all the power they have at this track and the difference is huge. Compared to other competitors we are not so far behind, but there are a lot of rivals, who are all very fast. We will reduce their advantage, but not close the whole margin, because they are so fast. With the bike we have – the balance and the electronics – we have to find the best setting for all the aspects and go as fast as possible.

Compared to yesterday, today was better, because by riding all day the track was gaining grip and we were able to go a little bit faster. We also tried many things on the bike and some of them improved, so again I could go a little bit faster. Finally we were not 1.4s from the fastest one, but nine tenths. It‘s a little improvement and we are still far behind, but let‘s see if we can do another step in the race weekend. We will have to see what the weather does and which tyres Michelin will bring for the GP. Maybe they won‘t bring the tyres that we tried here. Let‘s see if they have less grip or suffer more graining. The one they keep may not be the best, but should be safer for a long race. Let’s see how we feel in one month‘s time.”

TEST RESULTS20/07/2016

















17. M. KALLIO KTM TEAM 1’25.191

18. T. LUTHI KTM TEAM 1’25.705

Kenny Roberts Jr. Named “AIMExpo Champion” for 2016 Event

Kenny Roberts Jr. Named “AIMExpo Champion” for 2016 Event this October 13-16

Second Generation World Champion Joins Father with Honorary Distinction


IRVINE, Calif. (July 20, 2016) – The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced today that second generation road-racing legend Kenny Roberts Jr. has been selected with the coveted distinction of being “AIMExpo Champion” for the 2016 event, which will take place October 13-16 from the North Hall of Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Roberts is the newest addition to AIMExpo’s growing list of legendary American racers and industry influencers that have served the role of official event ambassador to North America’s premier powersports event.

Roberts Jr. is the son of Hall of Fame racer and motorcycle racing icon Kenny Roberts, who served as the inaugural AIMExpo Champion for the first ever event in 2013. Together they share the distinction of being the only father-son duo to ever win the FIM 500cc World Grand Prix Championship, now known as MotoGP, and are the now the first father and son to serve the role of AIMExpo Champion.

“It is an exciting privilege to be named AIMExpo Champion for this year’s event,” said Kenny Roberts Jr. “I’ve been out of racing and day-to-day contact with the industry for almost 10 years now while starting a family, so I’m definitely looking forward to reconnecting with the many people I’ve known from my racing days, and AIMExpo is the perfect place to do that!”

“I’ve known Larry Little for a long time and watched from afar while he and the team worked on creating AIMExpo to mirror the longstanding industry shows in Italy and Germany that I often attended while racing. Just like those shows, I’m looking forward seeing a lot of familiar faces, being a part of all the festivities and seeing all the exciting new products from the industry while helping promote this year’s event.”

Roberts Jr. honed his professional roadracing on 250cc motorcycles in the early 90’s with the same Marlboro Yamaha team that his father helped bring to prominence. He stepped up to full-time competition in the premier 500cc division in 1996 as a Factory Yamaha rider before joining his father’s upstart racing program in 1997. After two seasons of acclimating to the competition in the World Championship, Roberts Jr. was selected to ride for the Factory Suzuki effort in 1999. In his first outing with the team Roberts Jr. broke through for his first career victory, which vaulted him into a championship contender. He would ultimately finish runner-up for the 500cc world title that season, setting the stage for the most memorable season of his career.

The 2000 season was a banner one for Roberts Jr., outlasting Alex Criville and a rookie hotshot named Valentino Rossi to become the first second-generation 500cc World Champion in history. His triumph put Suzuki back atop the global racing scene for the first time since former AIMExpo Champion Kevin Schwantz won the crown in 1993.

Roberts’ illustrious career featured 185 career FIM starts, highlighted by eight wins and 22 podiums.

“Kenny Jr.’s accomplishments as an American world champion are well-deserved in their own right, and it is fitting to be able to welcome him to the 2016 AIMExpo as an iconic representation of America’s long history of world champions,” said Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager of AIMExpo. “I was fortunate to have attended a number of MotoGP’s while he raced and was always impressed with his very calculated approach to his craft. The singularity of being a part of the only father and son premier class championships is a distinction that will likely never be eclipsed, and we’re very proud of his association with this year’s show.”

As “AIMExpo Champion,” Roberts Jr. will serve as the proverbial face of the event, a special distinction that he shares with his father as well as Hall of Fame inductees Kevin Schwantz (2014) and Malcolm Smith (2015). Roberts Jr. will play an integral role in pre-event publicity and promotion, and will be a focal point of several of AIMExpo’s festivities, both during the trade days on October 13-14 as well as the consumer days on October 15-16.

More than 360 exhibitors have committed to showcase the latest the powersports industry has to offer at AIMExpo. In addition to new product launches, the latest innovations being showcased on the show floor, and an expansive demo space outdoors, AIMExpo attendees will have the opportunity to connect with others throughout the industry at numerous networking events, while dealer attendees can take advantage of the unparalleled curriculum of the Powersports DEALER Seminars presented by Powersports Business during the two trade days of AIMExpo, October 13 & 14.

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

About American International Motorcycle Expo
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and powersports community. AIMExpo was recently honored in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50, recognizing the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. AIMExpo is produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council (www.mic.org).

About the Motorcycle Industry Council
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.