Some things, like love and substance abuse, everybody has to learn for themselves, the hard way. The wise man says, 'the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history,' but if you’re smart you can save yourself a little pain by listening to the wisdom of the ancients. Here are 10 of my pearls.
Cypress, CA - February 16, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced that the TMAX and redesigned Zuma 125 scooters, as well as the YZF-R3 sportbike, have joined the company’s 2016 model lineup. In addition, pricing information has been released for the updated 2016 FJR1300A, FJR1300ES, and the all-new 2016 XSR900.
The TMAX returns for 2016 in a striking, new Platinum Gray color. Featuring a powerful 530cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, twin-cylinder engine, the TMAX is fuel efficient while also producing excellent acceleration and power for highway riding or commuting. With its Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that eliminates the need to use a hand clutch or shift gears, operating the TMAX is easy.
Stylish LED headlights, front cowl, front fender, mirrors, and instrument panel all combine to give the TMAX cutting-edge styling and a sporty appearance, while advanced upside-down 41mm front forks and radial-mount front brake calipers deliver sportbike-like performance. For unmatched convenience, a Smartkey system makes turning the TMAX off-and-on as easy as pushing a button, and also operates the seat and handlebar lock mechanisms. And, for even more convenience, a handy 12-volt outlet is standard on the TMAX.
The 2016 TMAX MSRP is $10,490 and it will be available in dealerships beginning in late February.
2016 Zuma 125
The Zuma 125 has been updated for 2016, featuring new off-road-inspired styling, improved fuel economy, an upgraded rear brake and suspension, roomier ergonomics, enhanced storage, and even more convenience. Beneath the sleek new styling, the Zuma 125 is built around a strong steel frame with fat, aggressive tires on new cast aluminum wheels. Rugged front and rear suspension, along with protective brush deflectors and fork tube boots that further emphasize the off-road styling, make the Zuma 125 capable of riding on varied road surfaces while delivering plenty of attitude for daily commuting.
Powering the 2016 Zuma 125 is a compact, 125cc, four-stroke, four-valve engine with a ceramic-composite cylinder liner and electronic fuel injection, which delivers modern reliability and economical performance. With an estimated 103 mpg average and a 1.7-gallon fuel tank, you’re sure to get plenty of fun-filled miles before re-fueling.
The fully-automatic, V-belt transmission and push-button electric starting make the Zuma 125 super-convenient transportation. Standard center and side stands, along with a locking cover on the ignition switch, make it easy and secure to park. There’s room for two atop the Zuma 125’s seat, plus lots of locking storage beneath it, while the step-through floorboards make getting on and off a breeze.
The 2016 Zuma 125 will be available in two colors, Radical White or Ultramarine Blue, with a MSRP of $3,390 and availability in Yamaha dealerships beginning in March.
Also returning for 2016 is the YZF-R3 sportbike, with its user-friendly 321cc, twin-cylinder, four-stroke engine delivering excellent performance for... [Read More]
Motorcycles are inherently dangerous and riders are only allowed so much protection from the gear that we choose to place on our bodies. Dainese has always been an innovator when it comes to motorcycle safety. They were the first to incorporate back protectors into the leather pajamas that early motorcycle racers wore in the late 70's, and more recently they were the first to dream up the incorporation of airbags into jackets and race suits in 1995 and then implement them for testing in 2000.
As is the way when you have a good idea, others latch on like a bunch of lampreys and suck the life right out of it. There is a bit of a legal battle over the patents of the use of airbags in motorcycle gear. Alpinestars and Dainese are currently engaged in a he-said-she-said over the patents. Dainese holds several patents and had issued a cease and desist to certain German retailers of Alpinestars Tech-Air systems. AStars tried to get ahead of the news publicly by issuing a statement to the press essentially stating that the cease and disist had been issued, but not a legal action. Thus leaving readers to infer that they had done nothing legally wrong.
Dainese, this morning, offered a formal response to this statement setting the record straight. There were two injunctions levied against AStars by the German court stating that the Tech-Air systems infringe upon two of the Dainese European patents. There is an additional lawsuit seeking damages and the halt of commercialization of the Tech-Air system in Germany.
New rules have been created to stop sportbikes from climbing Pikes Peak!
These regulations were in place back in 2010, which stated that only bikes with a one-piece handlebar would be allowed on the Peak.
The rule goes as follows: Only motorcycles manufactured with one piece handle bars as original equipment will be permitted. Only OVM one-piece handlebars will be permitted. This Rule does not apply to bikes in the Pikes Peak Challenge Sidecar Class.
As far as context, the last two events have featured one death each. Bobby Goodin was killed after crossing the finish line in 2014 in a Triumph Daytona 675R, and Carl Soresen drove his Ducati 848 off a cliff last year.
The move to ban certain bikes using the criteria of handlebars seems arbitrary, and has been the subject of much debate in the racing community. Jeremy Toye, the 2014 champion, was quite vocal about this.
"The handlebars didn't cause those deaths, and the handlebar isn't going to reduce speed," Toye told RoadRacingWorld.com. "A motorcycle produced with a one-piece handlebar isn't designed for optimum handling, shall we say, and the conditions at Pikes [Peak] are pretty intense so you need the best-handling situation you can get whether it's the handlebars or an air bag or a fuzzy seat. I think it's ridiculous. The handlebar has nothing to do with [safety]."
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