Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Sea-Doo announces 300 hp engine among 2016 model year updates

BRP charges into 2016 building on the successful launch of the Sea-Doo SPARK as the industry’s most accessible watercraft and introduces new technologies and designs that take riding to the next level emphasizing the Sea-Doo legacy of being on the forefront of innovation.
BRP continues to perfect the Science of Fun with the introduction of the new 300-hp Rotax 1630 ACE engine powering the 2016 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300, RXP-X 300 and GTX Limited 300 models and adding the Ergolock seat to all RXT and GTX models with many models receiving a redesign of the storage area providing up to three times the overall storage volume. All 2016 models featuring the iBR (intelligent Brake & Reverse) system will now have the new second-generation iBR and new, trend leading coloration including three new delicious colors for the 2016 Sea-Doo SPARK.
PSB Managing Editor Liz Keener spent some time on the 2016 Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 earlier this week in Nashville. Photo by Ronny Mac.
PSB Managing Editor Liz Keener spent some time on the 2016 Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 earlier this week in Nashville. Photo by Ronny Mac.

The new Rotax 1630 ACE engine is 9% bigger and efficiently creates 15% more power with a boosted 300 hp, becoming the most powerful engine ever produced by Rotax. The Rotax 1630 ACE engine has a longer stroke compared to the Rotax 1503 raising displacement to 1.6L and increases efficiency in two areas; friction reduction and better cooling. The ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) technology includes a new plasma coating technology for aluminum-block engines developed by a Rotax team in Gunskirchen, Austria. The plasma coating technology is a thermal spraying process that deposits a protective coating on engine cylinder liners to create a metallic layer that provides a hard and durable surface to withstand piston friction forces. It improves surface durability, while keeping lighter and more compact engines with better heat transfer and superior performance, and reduced use of chemicals. Adding to the power producing efficiency is a reengineered cooling system that includes an additional heat exchanger and larger, more efficient engine oil cooler.
To feed the larger engine more air a new, re-designed supercharger with a faster spinning 32- blade wheel (double the blades of the previous version) has been added producing 30% more intake boost. The new supercharger design has been improved to the point it is maintenance free1. A new larger intercooler provides a more dense air charge and aids in increased airflow and features a new air fin design for improved heat transfer utilizing a smart design with long life aluminum alloys for better corrosion protection. New ignition curves have been developed to efficiently match the increased air boost with the output of the larger fuel injectors leading to the 15% increase in horsepower in the 2016 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300, GTX Limited 300 and RXP-X 300 models. The 2016 RXP-X 300 sets the new standard at the next level now with industry’s best power-to-weight ratio.
2016 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300
2016 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300
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BRP enters utility-recreation segment with new 2016 lineup

BRP enters the utility-recreation segment of the off-road market with the all-new Defender family of side-by-side vehicles. The Defender side-by-side vehicle brings tough features, capable performance with control and clever adaptability to consumers looking to reach remote locations to work, farm or hunt.
The Defender family features two, new rear-mounted, Rotax V-twin heavy-duty utility engine options – a HD10 delivering up to 20% more torque at 4,000 RPM than the top selling competitor, and a high-torque HD8, an all new PRO-TORQ Transmission, high-precision chassis with TTA-HD rear suspension and automotive technology. The Defender family is engineered for hard work, but offers exceptional performance with control to provide the driver with the confidence to go practically anywhere. The vehicle’s 4-mode traction system, three selectable driving modes (Eco / Normal / Work) optimized tight turning radius (2-foot shorter than its top-selling competitor on a full circle) and specific Dynamic Power Steering enhances both its performance and handling for recreational use and tough jobs. An ample ground clearance, a plush suspension and class-leading towing and loading capabilities simplifies hunting, farming and ranching tasks. To afford owners more time for work and less for service, the Defender family offers also an easy and cost-effective maintenance.
Dealers gather around the Can-Am Defender display in the showroom after the global reveal in Nashville, TN.
Dealers gather around the Can-Am Defender display in the showroom after the global reveal in Nashville, TN.
The Defender side-by-side vehicles supply clever and adaptable solutions to work smarter and enhance the ease of use. From the industry’s most versatile and functional cargo box to its class-exclusive modular dash adaptable system to its VERSA-PRO bench seat, the Defender vehicles supply industry-leading storage, a roomy, intuitive cockpit for various types of users. Customization is necessary in this segment and the Defender lets users make it their own with multiple LinQ quick-attach system points to welcome a wide choice of accessories, plus various cabin options and factory-installed features for its profiled cage.
Furthermore, BRP adds to its industry-leading family of specialty X mr mud vehicles with the all-new, ultra-aggressive, 89-hp Can-Am Renegade X mr 1000R model. The mud-ready 4x4 ATV is purpose-built for mud with class-leading performance, key components and an intimidating appearance.
A new Commander MAX DPS 800R, with its proven recreational-utility design, is the most affordable four-seat side-by-side in the Can-Am family.
For more information, visit the Can-Am Off-Road website.

This article originally appeared on PowerSportsBusiness.com.
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The Kawasaki Vulcan S Riding Impressions - From a Small-Fry Beginner Rider

As the owner of two Kawasaki Ninjas, I feel like I have to preface this by saying I do drool over other motorcycles—it doesn't have to be a Ninja to catch my eye. I’d love to own a KTM 390, a little Honda NSR50, a BMW GS, among others. In fact, the last time I was perusing Pro Italia’s showroom, I exponentially worsened a previously small hole in the seat of my jeans while bending over to ogle the bottom bits of an MV Agusta. Pathetically true story.
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[Edit Note: Sasha is a member of the East Side Moto Babes motorcycle club in LA. With the club's involvement with Kawasaski, she was invited to participate in the Kawasaki Media Launch of the Vulcan S earlier this year. The launch was held in Santa Barbara and included a variety of riding from highways, around town to mountain roads.]
None of these machines are remotely like the Vulcan S, Kawasaki’s new cruiser-style model. In my newbie mind, cruisers were generally built for comfort, sport bikes were made to be leaned over, and supermotos/dirtbikes were meant to take massive impacts and be thrown through the air and mud. Every bike has its place, but guess which of the aforementioned categories least interests me. I respect cruisers, they’ve just never been my first choice as a rider.
WIth that said, holy poop was I impressed with the Vulcan S! Lets start with the fit. The bike features Kawasaki’s new Ergo-Fit system, which allows riders to set up the Vulcan S’s ergonomics to fit their specific needs. The system is way more versatile than it sounds, with three options: reduced, mid, and extended reach. That's a compilation of three forward control mounts, and two handlebar and seat options.
Not many cruisers fit me, save for a few metric cruisers and a long-seat Harley Sportster. On a good day, I stand at about 5'2", with a fairly short inseam. I often tip-toe my Ninja 250. When I looked at the Vulcan S it seemed huge, so I immediately opted for reduced reach settings across the board. In all honesty, I expected even that to be too large for me.
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After a day of riding the bike around, I had been proven entirely wrong. In fact, by the middle of the day, I had swapped bikes with another rider for a few passes of some winding pavement and was convinced that the mid reach settings were way more comfortable for me. What does that mean in the bigger picture? I’m confident the Vulcan S would comfortably fit riders even smaller than me with its versatile settings. Hear that? No more being relegated to only Honda Rebels.

Ergo Fit

  • Reduced Reach (Riders under 5’7”) - Includes handlebars that are back 1-inch, 2-inches forward on the seat, and 1-inch closer on the pegs.
  • Mid-reach (Riders 5’ 7”-6’ tall) This is the factory position.
  • Extended Reach (Riders 6’-up) Includes 1-inch forward pegs and a seat that’s back 1-inch.
The cool thing about the different combinations is they don’t cost a dime. If you buy the bike new, you can opt for any configuration. After that, you can still change it and it’s also pretty simple. The forward-control pegs simply need to be bolted into the other slots, and the gear-shift linkage needs to be replaced for a different length—it retails for around $10. The handlebars and seat are to be expected to be much higher, at around $200 each.
Speaking of smaller riders, for reference, I weigh under 120 pounds on a good day. That’s not a lot of mass to be picking up a bike or moving it around, especially when I'm weighed down by gear. I had anticipated some difficulty getting the Vulcan S off of it’s kickstand and moving on the asphalt, but once again the bike delivered on it’s promise of approachability. The shape of the chassis and tank tapers nicely, allowing even a shorty like me to stand it up with both feet planted solidly on the ground.
What’s more surprising, in spite of it’s large look, is that I had no problem getting it upright. This is likely due to the bike’s low center of gravity and curb weight, which is just shy of 500 lbs. There's practically no weight above the seat level, making it feel much more nimble than the spec sheet says. Once in motion, I hardly noticed its weight at all.
So how did the bike handle? First lets get a little context. Before I tried out the Vulcan S, I had arguably spent most of my riding career on my 2012 Ninja 250R. My little dude had over 20,000 miles under his belt, at least half of them from Southern California’s freeways. So for all intents and purposes, I'm a new-ish, smaller rider, accustomed to my small-ish, 375 pound bikes.
Looking at the Vulcan S, I expected it to be sluggish, have a steady straight-line speed, and a spongy response in the corners. I mean, after all, it weighed so much more than my little Ninja and has far from the same ergonomics.
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Starting with some low-speed turning, Kawasaki had us riding in the most urban area Santa Barbara has to offer. Surprisingly, the bike handled fairly well. At no point did I feel like I was going to dump it in a turn or when I needed to stop because some inattentive driver blew through an intersection, I felt confident. From there, we hit a variety of back country roads, freeways, and even some nice little twisties. The pavement varied from clean and smooth, to some patches covered in dirt and sand, and even some gravel-strewn sections that crossed railroad tracks.
On the freeways, the bike really shines. I never had issues with my 250 on the freeway, but it was nice being able to ride along at traffic speed without it screamin' at me the whole time. I also loved having access to so much more power and speed at lower RPMs. Doing over 40 mph in 3rd gear without the machine feeling like it was working overtime was great.
The bike’s throttle response was good, making merging onto highways from dead stops no problem, though, I wouldn’t expect any unintentional wheelies out of it. High highway speeds still saw its share of vibration and singing rpms inherent of a 650cc, but for someone who hasn't ridden over 400ccs, the bike is a dream.
Another huge difference I noticed was how much the weight and geometry of the bike helped the ride. It felt much more planted in the wind, and less like it was being whipped around when passing semi-trucks and large tour busses. The wide mounted front end also helps in the stability.
But how did it do in the twisty sections of road? With the different seating position, there was definitely an adjustment period for me when it came to cornering. I was pretty conservative with the bike for the first half of the day, but I knew I’d gotten comfy on it when we hit some nice little curves and I felt a peg scrape (yikes!).
While I didn’t freak out, I told myself to knock it off; I didn’t want to damage the press bike. But then I saw that beautiful ribbon of asphalt, and thought, “What the heck? I’ll just try leaning off the darn thing.” Much to my surprise, that did the trick. It cornered better than I expected, had good brake response, and managed to stay fun in the curves. In a lot of ways, it felt like a bigger version of my Ninja 250, with a cushier seat.
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Overall, the bike delivers a fairly comfortable ride experience that definitely boosts confidence in the saddle. It has a sporty take on the cruiser style that many people like, while still delivering the responsiveness that is so crucial in daily traffic. Features like optional ABS and instant fuel economy read-outs make it a great fit for beginners to grow into. It's also a great bike for veterans who want something fun and nimble, without sacrificing comfort.

This article is brought to you by RideApart.com.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015


Sports fans can meet the CycleTrader race team at the Meet The Pros Autograph event in Norfolk, VA & the Motocross Pro Jam in Elizabeth City, NC
CycleTrader.com, the leading online classifieds site for buying and selling motorcycles, will be hosting two pro motocross events this week. Fans will have the opportunity to meet our pro motorcycle riders up close and personal in Norfolk for the Meet The Pros event on Friday, September 18th. Sports fans will also be able see the team race in Elizabeth City, NC at the 2nd annual MX Pro Jam on Saturday September 19th.
The Friday Meet the Pros Autograph event will be from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Plume Street at Granby in downtown Norfolk. Attendees will not only get to hang out with pro riders Alex Martin, Luke Renzland, and newcomer Benny Bloss, but there will also be several chances to win autographed memorabilia during the course of the day. In addition to autographed posters, CycleTrader.com will be offering rig tours and displaying their pro racing bikes to the public.
Bring the whole family to the Saturday MX Pro Jam event at the Elizabeth City Motocross Track. There will be an exclusive Dirtbike 101 with Alex Martin and his mechanic Zeb Smith, as well as CycleTrader.com Race Team Rig Tours from 9:00-10:00am. There will also be hourly prize pack raffles, and amateur motocross racing to check out after the main racing event. Come on out this weekend to meet the pros, win prizes, watch some racing and have a great time!
Dominion Enterprises and Cycle Trader are proud to offer these events to our local sports fans of all ages!
For more information go to CycleTrader.com and click on our Race Team link or contact us at (866) 871-6644.
About CycleTrader.com
CycleTrader.com is made up of a unique portfolio of premier power sport buying and selling sites. These include: Cycle Trader, ATV Trader, PWC Trader, and Snowmobile Trader. With its wide variety of products, Cycle Trader provides a comprehensive advertising solution for all businesses serving the power sports industry. With a staggering 450,000 units for sale and 2 million visitors every month, Cycle Trader reaches more active buyers than any other source. Private sellers are able to take advantage of the site's free basic listings in order to sell their bike online. The site also provides many helpful resources to visitors including: research tools, industry news, financial resources, readily-available customer service teams, and more.
About Dominion Enterprises
CycleTrader is a division of Dominion Enterprises, a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, parenting, and travel industries. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, with 3,300 employees in the United States, Canada, England, Spain and Italy, the company provides a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions, and more than 45 market leading websites. Millions of For Rent® and HotelCoupons.com® publications are distributed across the U.S. each year. For more information, visit DominionEnterprises.com.
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