Friday, February 26, 2016

Become a Tire Tester for Metzeler – Take the Road with the ROADTEC™ 01

Metzeler, in cooperation with RoadRUNNER Magazine, is looking for ten qualified readers who are willing to test Metzeler’s new sport touring tire, the ROADTEC™ 01. To enter this unique opportunity fill out the form below. Please note the participation rules and regulations. Metzeler will select a group of testers by March 31st, 2016. The testers will receive a free set of tires and have to agree to provide ongoing feedback through spring and summer.
The ROADTEC™ 01 is the latest evolution in Metzeler touring tires. With a focus on enhancing grip on wet and low friction surfaces, increased mileage, and a high degree of adaptability to different motorcycles, riding styles, and conditions, the ROADTEC™ 01provides modern solutions to past and future needs.

Main Features

The employment of completely new tread design, enhancing mechanical grip coupled with compounds evolved from those of tests-winner ROADTEC™ Z8, allows for increased confidence and feeling while riding in any condition.

New profile (larger and shorter contact patch) in combination with improved compounds ensure extended performance and tire life.
Tread design, specifically groove geometry and positioning, ensures long lasting performance.

Structural elements, the fine tuning and METZELER INTERACT™ technology, promote adaptive and predictable behavior across a wide range of motorcycles and riding situations.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Victory Releases Modern Musclebike

Every high-octane horsepower enthusiast is familiar with the muscle car formula: take a big motor, insert it into a lightweight chassis, then delete any creature comforts or other unnecessary accessories. What’s left is just what you need to go very fast, and nothing else.
The all-new 2017 Victory Octane is the two-wheeled expression of that concept, with a modern twist. This is raw adrenaline that rules the streets. A 1200cc, liquid-cooled V-twin—Victory’s first-ever liquid-cooled engine—utilizes dual overhead cams and four-valve heads to rev beyond 8000 rpm and put down an authoritative 104 horsepower. That’s more horsepower than any Victory motorcycle ever built. And weighing just 528 pounds, it’s the lightest Victory motorcycle ever built, too. No surprise, then, that Octane is also the quickest Victory down the quarter-mile, and the fastest from 0-60 mph, too. And with a price starting at just $10,499, Octane runs in a class of its own.
A stiff and light cast-aluminum frame transmits every last one of those horsepower directly to the pavement. Sharp steering geometry, a tight, 62.1-inch wheelbase and 32-degrees of available lean angle deliver agility previously unknown to American V-twin motorcycles. Muscular styling cuts an undeniably modern profile and a sportbike-inspired bullet cowl improves airflow over the rider at the triple-digit speeds Octane is built to achieve.
Developed from the Project 156 prototype that was tested at the most demanding racing event in the world—the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb—the 60-degree V-twin features short-stroke engine geometry just like the Project 156 racer to allow higher engine rpm and more horsepower, and a quick-revving engine response more like a sportbike than any traditional American V-Twin. An electronically metered 60mm throttle body feeds high-flow, 4-valve heads operated by dual overhead cams, and liquid cooling quenches the heat that is the byproduct of generating 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque. Geared short for quicker acceleration, Octane can sprint down the quarter-mile in 12 seconds and rush from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. With the heart of a racer, Octane has power to burn. 
Raw power is only half the musclebike equation. You also need a solid chassis that can transmit all that power to the pavement and also hold a tight line when bent into a corner. Octane’s solid-mounted powertrain is a stressed member that connects cast-aluminum front and rear frame sections, with twin tubular-steel backbones for added reinforcement. This rigid assembly is suspended up front by a 41mm fork equipped with dual-rate springs for solid front-end feedback over any type of pavement, and out back with stylish laydown shocks mounted 53 degrees off-horizontal, also equipped with preload-adjustable dual-rate springs. Oversized, 298mm disc brakes with stainless-steel lines at both ends wait at-the-ready for those rare occasions when you want to shed speed, instead. Cast aluminum, 10-spoke wheels are sized and shod for sure-footed handling. The 18-inch front wheel wears 130/70-18 rubber, while the 17-inch rear wheel is wrapped with a 160/70-17 tire. A low-slung solo saddle that rides just 25.9-inches above the pavement, an equally low pullback handlebar and semi-forward-set foot controls create a riding position that looks properly badass but still provides adequate support when the rider grabs a big handful of throttle and the bike wants to rocket off the line.  
There are no smooth, flowing lines here. Octane is the most aggressive Victory motorcycle ever built, and the styling has been revised to suit with harder lines, sharper creases, a more-pronounced center spine and other details that make Octane look leaner and meaner than any American motorcycle ever before. The bullet cowl is standard equipment and screams to oncoming traffic that this bike is built for speed—the only thing other riders are going to see is the LED taillight disappearing into the distance. Chrome won’t get you home, so there’s hardly any shiny stuff on Octane. The bulk of the chassis, running gear and powertrain are blacked-out, and Matte Super Steel Gray bodywork looks all business. Even the tank badge has been cast in gray instead of the traditional Victory red to create a modern, monochrome look.
Based off a proven Polaris platform, Octane uses a significant number of unique parts specifically designed and engineered to deliver the high-performance, raw-adrenaline riding experience Victory riders demand. With a high-revving engine character and surprising high-rpm power hit, it behaves more like a sportbike than any American V-twin that has come before. With unexpectedly low weight and lots of available lean angle, a well-ridden Octane will embarrass many replica-racers down a twisty stretch of pavement. And with pricing starting at just $10,499, it’s less expensive than most supersports—and tougher looking, too. Fast, capable, stylish and affordable, Victory’s Octane is the formula for the Modern American Musclebike.
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Winterizing Your Motorcycle Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

During the winter months or long periods of non-riding, it's important to properly care for and store your motorcycle. While some things might be common sense, others are not so obvious. But in any case, winterizing your motorcycle doesn't have to be perplexing. You can do it in three easy steps.

Step 1: Protect the Motorcycle From Dirt

The first step to protect your motorcycle is to give it a good cleaning all over. Thoroughly wash your motorcycle and consider using a wax for added protection. This removes all dust, dirt, oil and other grime that could damage the surface and parts of your motorcycle. Ensure that all areas are dry before placing it in storage. Whether you plan to store your motorcycle outdoors, under a car port or in a garage, it's always a good idea to cover it. You can buy a motorcycle cover designed to snugly fit the shape of your specific bike at most discounts stores or bike shops. Also, be sure to secure your bike with fork locks or an alarm to guard against theft.

Step 2: Preserve Motorcycle Parts

The next step to prepping your motorcycle for storage is to ensure that all parts remain in good working order. From the battery to the exhaust pipes, care must be taken or your motorcycle may not start or run properly the next time you decide to go for a ride. The battery is the most obvious part to take care. Some more expensive motorcycle batteries are made to last and don't require maintenance or charging when not in use. Typical batteries may need to have the fluids maintained and set on a trickle charge. Battery chargers for motorcycles are inexpensive. Besides the battery, give your motorcycle a thorough go-over to make sure that all parts are lubricated and free of issues. Lastly, it's a good idea to cover your exhaust pipes or stuff them rags to prevent bugs, mice and other critters from getting inside.

Step 3: Prep Motorcycle Fluids

Your motorcycle contains a number of different fluids that need to be checked. If you have a water-cooled motorcycle with a radiator, this might be the time to have it flushed and refilled with fresh coolant. The oil in your motorcycle is very important because it helps to keep the engine lubricated. If your motorcycle contains dirty, contaminated oil, you risk doing damage to your engine.
Whether you live in an area that has cold winters, or you simply need to put your motorcycle away for a short while, it's vital to consider these three steps before storage. This will help you avoid costly maintenance and repairs down the line.
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Ski-Doo Announces 2017 Platform

BRP, the number one snowmobile manufacturer in the world, presented a new snowmobile platform and a new engine together for the first time in 20 years during its semi-annual dealer meeting in Dallas, Texas. The combination delivers Ski-Doo snowmobiles that are effortless with precise handling and thrilling power.
This new platform/engine combination, available on 2017 Summit mountain, MXZ trail performance and Renegade crossover models, pushes the limits of innovation and creativity to unmatched levels.
“We revolutionized the snowmobile in 2003 with the original REV platform by completely changing how consumers rode. Once again, we challenged ourselves to re-think a snowmobile from a blank sheet of paper by designing it around the rider to give them the best experience on snow,” said José Boisjoli, BRP’s president and CEO. “The new Rotax 850 E-TEC engine is the most sophisticated snowmobile 2-stroke engine in the world, delivering an unmatched combination of power, responsiveness, fuel economy and oil economy, all in a lightweight, unique and durable package. The project’s code name was ICE, for Incredible Consumer Experience, and I am confident that is exactly what these new vehicles will be for snowmobilers.”
By specifically designing the engine and platform together, BRP is able to provide snowmobile riders with a host of benefits that redefine agility in deep snow and precision on the trails. The vehicle is extremely narrow and bodywork is minimized, giving the rider more room to maneuver. The additional room combined with new ergonomic improvements such as a beveled tunnel, Ergo-Step side panels, open toe holds and a unique forward-adjustable riser allow riders to customize their riding position to their style. The vehicle’s weight is also centralized from side-to-side, giving snowmobilers even more control over the sled.
Under the hood is the next generation of BRP’s E-TEC direct-injection technology in the form of the Rotax 850 E-TEC 2-stroke engine. It unleashes 165 horsepower, 10 more than its predecessor. Riders will also appreciate its 30% quicker response, which instantly delivers the extra power. This new powerplant provides Ski-Doo sleds with the best power-to-weight ratio in the industry for both mountain and trail segments. Even with these improvements in performance, snowmobiles with this engine cover 40% more distance per liter of oil and maintain the same impressive fuel economy when compared to the Rotax 800R E-TEC engine.*
More than 90 new accessories will be available for the new Ski-Doo models when they go on sale in the fall, adding function, features and style. The collection includes everything from windshields to GPS systems to several new items for customizing the fit to a rider’s style. Also of note are redesigned fuel caddy and tunnel bags using BRP’s exclusive and popular LinQ cargo system. The cargo bag can be attached to the top of the fuel can, so owners of shorter- tracked sleds can now attach both items, a feature requested by consumers.
Much of the Ski-Doo riding gear line was also redesigned for 2017 with dynamic color offerings and improved fit and style.
Full details on the 2017 Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Spring Fever promotion and spring tours are available at the all-new
* Based on internal BRP testing of MXZ X 850 E-TEC model.
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Trail models add to CFMOTO’s 2016 lineup

Often times taking the road less traveled results in the most thrills, which is precisely what a pair of new trail-friendly 50-inch wide ZFORCE sport side-by-side models from CFMOTO are ready to deliver. For 2016 CFMOTO USA has launched their most comprehensive line-up of off-road vehicles for the North American market and two of the most significant are the new ZFORCE Trail models engineered to deliver adrenaline adventure on any trail.
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Knowing several states limit trail access for ATVs and side-by-sides to a maximum width of 50-inches, the pair of new ZFORCE vehicles open up a world of riding opportunities. “Obviously gaining greater access to more trails was a primary driver behind the development of the ZFORCE Trail series,” said Dave Auringer, vice president of Sales for CFMOTO USA. “You’ll find that our ZFORCE Trail machines are fun and fast.”
That quickness can be attributed to pair of CFMOTO designed and built engines starting with their 800cc liquid-cooled V-Twin. Featuring Delphi electronic fuel injection delivering sure-fire starts in any weather and instant throttle response, the power from the torque abundant engine is fed through a constant velocity transmission developed by the highly renowned constant velocity transmission experts at CVTech.
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Not to be overshadowed, the ZFORCE 500 Trail touts the all-new for 2016 500HO engine. This single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-valve motor is fed fuel through a new Bosch electronic fuel injection system resulting in instant response, abundant power, and efficiency. An equally new CVTech drive and driven clutch design featuring integrated engine braking for improved control during steep downhill descents, joins the new 500HO. Put it all together and you have a light weight engine package that delivers 15 percent more power and 10 percent more torque than the 600 engine it replaces.
Of course power is only half of the performance equation, you also need a premium, quick to react suspension system to get the power to the ground and keep you in control with maximum comfort. The ZFORCE Trail series does just that with a fully independent suspension system controlled by premium gas shocks. These top shelf shocks feature a piggy back remote reservoir design for additional oil volume resulting in cooler operating temps and greater control. All four shocks also feature maximum rider tuning capabilities with adjustable pre-load, compression damping and rebound control.
Delivering more for less is an integral part of the CFMOTO strategy and the two new ZFORCE trail models are no exception. Both the ZFORCE 500 Trail and the 800 Trail come equipped with standard premium features including an integrated front-mounted 3,000lb winch; extra bright and far-reaching LED projector beam headlights with stylish LED accent strips; rugged yet lightweight aluminum alloy wheels; stylish molded roof cab; custom sewn seats and a whole lot more.
The new ZFORCE 500HO Trail and ZFORCE 800 Trail have started to arrive at CFMOTO dealerships in late January and already they have created a buzz amongst enthusiasts. Available in either black or red, the ZFORCE 500HO Trail touts an MSRP of just $8799 (U.S); while the ZFORCE 800 Trail has an equally impressive value focused MSRP of $9,999.

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