Feel the speed with Spyke in 2010

Spyke has revealed its 2010 range of motorcycle apparel; the “Feel the Speed” collection features an extensive choice of leather and textile riding apparel, gloves and boots. Spyke has a proven track record with some of the world’s best motorcycle racers including Randy Mamola, Loris Capirossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

Underlining Spyke’s dedication to both form and function is the Blaster Race one-piece leather suit. Full-grain leather construction combines with high tensile fabric in the flex zones and a thermoformed, anti-allergenic, Neoprene collar for a comfortable fit. CE approved armour throughout underlines Spyke’s commitment to safety, with new shells on the shoulders and elbows manufactured from TPU and composite fibres. A removable poly mesh lining and aerodynamic speed hump complete the Blaster’s impressive specification.
Priced at £599.99 it is available in sizes 38” – 50” chest.

Topping the 2010 boot range is the Totem WP racing boot, which features full leather construction with a multi-density racing sole. A shock-absorbing PU lattice is sandwiched between the upper and the rigid panels and the shin plate is designed to allow movement forwards and backwards but not sideways, thus bracing the ankle. Meanwhile the fully waterproof and breathable membrane, ventilation in the shaft and heel protectors and a DEOTEX® odour absorption insole ensure day-long comfort whatever the weather. Totem WP boots sell in the shops for £249.99 in sizes 5-12.

The new Spyke glove collection also offers multiple choices for riders. The ST303 ventilated racing gloves are perfect for road and track use; with carbon shields and articulated panels to increase comfort and maximise grip, there is leather and Kevlar fabric in crucial areas exposed to frequent shocks, as well as adjustable Velcro wrist straps for a secure fit. Available in sizes XS-3XL at £99.99.

Year-round riders are also catered for in the Spyke textile collection. The Alps is a multi-layered high tech jacket with a removable waterproof and breathable interior membrane and separate thermal lining for those chilly days. On warmer days, ventilation is provided through a removable front panel and zips on the sleeves. Its high-strength, Teflon-treated Nylon Dynatech shell, CE approved shoulder and elbow protectors and back padding mean that the Alps can be worn with complete confidence. The Alps retails for £339.99 in sizes XS – 4XL.

The new Spyke women’s range offers a choice of leather and textile clothing tailored for a female fit. Just one of the options is the Dea Evo Lady Jacket; with a full-grain leather construction, fixed polyester lining and special ‘short’ cut, it’s ideal for either sports or city riding. Removable CE approved shoulder and elbow armour provides excellent protection and two zips over the hips offer extra adjustment for a perfect fit. Produced in sizes 8-18 at £239.99 including VAT.

Spyke motorcycle clothing is distributed to UK dealers exclusively by the Key Collection. For further details on the full “Feel the Speed” collection call 0117 971 9200, or visit http://www.thekeycollection.co.uk/spyke/index.html

Industry Sets Out Case for Government Support in Meeting with Business Minister

The Motor Cycle Industry Association presented the case for Government support for the industry during a meeting with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills this week.

MCI representatives met Ian Lucas MP and his senior advisors to seek commitment and support for the motorcycle industry as an integral part of the automotive sector. The motorcycle industry was over-looked as a benefactor of various business support programmes, including the car scrappage scheme and the MCI is calling for equal status in the automotive field.

The outcome of the meeting has satisfied the MCI’s immediate request for a constructive dialogue and a programme of meetings will be put in place to explore industry demands in more depth. These include; inclusion in any future scrappage schemes, company electric car tax relief to be extended to electric bikes, inclusion in alternative fuelled vehicle grant incentives, much greater fairness in the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) regime and inclusion in the Government’s Automotive Council.

Although motorcycles of all kinds only represent 1% of road traffic, the 2010 industrial assessment (GHK) has found the UK motorcycle industry to have a significant impact on the UK economy. The industry is of considerable size with net sales now known to exceed £5 billion and directly employs 62,000 people in over 5,700 companies, with additional employment in related businesses. While a large proportion of these sales are goods imported from overseas, the UK motorcycle industry itself generates significant added value of £2.75 billion per annum. The industry contributes just under £1 billion in taxes to the Exchequer.

Motorcycle and scooter use also has many characteristics that are important for improving the overall transport structure in the UK and helping the Government to meet its own targets.

Congestion beating – riding motorcycles or scooters doesn’t add to congestion and can in fact contribute to lowering the costs to businesses.

Lower Pollution – When bikes are actually in use they are less polluting than cars, especially when using smaller capacity commuter bikes. Average CO2 emissions are 158g/km for the new car fleet compared to 110g/km for the motorcycle fleet. Smaller motorcycles and scooters emit well under 100g/km

Reduces Social Exclusion – can be reduced in a number of ways through the use of Powered Two Wheelers. It offers a cost-effective mode of transport for many sectors of society including young people, residents in rural areas, low income employees and workers with unusual hours such as shift workers in the public and private sector. Off road sport that engages young people, reduces illegal riding and also and also can help to reduce exclusion. Wheels to Work is another important initiative that helps get people on two-wheels to enable them to work.

The industry delegation was led by Tara Glen, MCI’s Chairman who was supported by Steve Kenward, MCI’s CEO, and Craig Carey-Clinch. Mr Kenward said; “We are very positive about the outcome of this meeting and are looking forward to working with the Government to create proper recognition for the motorcycle industry. “Motorcycles and scooters have an important role to play in transport policy as well as making a very notable financial contribution to Britain. Now is the time to readdress the balance and bring equality to the automotive sector.”

Capirossi sixth in Malaysia after constructive first test for Rizla Suzuki

Rizla Suzuki has completed the first Malaysian test of 2010 after two days of detailed testing, following a single day’s set-up work by test rider Nobuatsu Aoki, gave the team plenty of information.

Loris Capirossi had a good start to the test by recording the fourth fastest time on the timesheets on his Suzuki GSV-R during day one. His 2’02.102 from the 58 laps was also good enough to give him sixth place overall for the whole test. Capirossi spent day two running through a very detailed test programme and was unable to improve on his time during his 48 further laps, after the track had dried out from early morning rain.

New signing Álvaro Bautista equipped himself well at the 5,548m Sepang International Circuit during his first visit on an 800cc Grand Prix bike. He completed 88 laps during the two days and recorded a quickest time of 2’03.274. Bautista got into a good rhythm throughout the test and made many changes to his GSV-R to get the set-up right for his riding style, whilst improving steadily on his lap-time.

Capirossi and Bautista will now both head off to Suzuki’s headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan before returning to Sepang for the second test later this month. The two will be in race action at the first event of the year at Losail in Qatar on Sunday 11th April.

Loris Capirossi:

“I was quite happy with the lap-time and the consistent rhythm on the first day, because we know there is still a lot to come from the Factory for this year’s bike. We were able to test two new chassis and we are now much clearer on our direction to improve more. I go to the Suzuki Factory before the next test, so I will be able to give some more direct feedback to the engineering group. I got quite frustrated today, because I always want to go quicker and the work today was really detailed stuff – but we have to improve the bike so I have to do it! I am excited for the next test to see what our guys can come up with, including the new engine spec, and I want to keep improving.”

Álvaro Bautista:

“It was a good test and I managed to learn a lot. This was my first time here on the MotoGP bike after a long time without riding, and it was amazing how much faster everything seemed to happen compared to the 250! Day one just felt like starting all over again! I made steps with my speed and it was a shame we lost some practice this morning due to the rain, but even with this the team improved the feeling of the bike a lot and now I think I can start to push more . I am now looking forward to the next test and we certainly have a good base, and I feel ready to work when we get back to Sepang later this month.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“This has been a good shake-down test and has answered some questions for us, but we still need to find the correct solutions in one or two areas. The engineers will take the information back to Japan and the race department guys will be working flat out to find the necessary improvements for the next two tests. At the moment, I have to really thank Loris because we rely on him to give us the direction, and this means he has a really detailed workload! It’s tough for him because he knows he can go so much quicker when the base is fixed, but he also knows that we have to improve the bike a lot to avoid the same problems as 2009. We would rather leave Sepang a bit further down the order than 2009 but have a better race bike come the first GP!

“Álvaro is working well, riding within himself and learning everything step by step. His riding style changed a little over the 2 days and he’s gradually becoming a MotoGP rider! At the moment he is doing everything we are asking of him, he improved steadily over the test and we are convinced that we will start to see big steps when he gets into the full rhythm of riding a MotoGP bike. Overall we are quite positive after this first test, but we all still know there is a lot more to do to achieve our targets.”

Sepang Winter Test Overall Times:

1. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2’00.925: 2. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 2’01.320: 3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’01.680: 4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2’01.822: 5. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2’01.932: 6. LORIS CAPIROSSI (RIZLA SUZUKI) 2’02.102: 17. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI) 2’03.274:

Fiat Yamaha off to flying start in Malaysia

Valentino Rossi led the way for the second day running in Sepang today, concluding the first test of the year on top of the standings. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was also on the pace today, finishing the test third fastest behind Casey Stoner.
Rain this morning meant the track did not fully dry out until lunchtime and it was after one o’clock before Rossi left the garage on his 2010 YZR-M1. The World Champion, who turns 31 in ten days time, completed 32 laps and set a best time of 2’00.925, only half a second slower than the record pole time for the track, which he set last year.

Lorenzo put in a few laps in the late morning but the track was still wet in places and so he, too, waited until after lunch to really get started. The 22-year-old made a big improvement from yesterday and felt much more comfortable on the bike, finishing third fastest in a time of 2’01.680 after 60 laps.

The team will return to Sepang at the end of the month for the second of three pre-season tests.

Position: 1st Time: 2’00.925 Laps: 32

“After yesterday this second day has been very good as well, even though we lost a few hours to the rain, and the end we were still able to finish all our work. We worked on the new bike to find a better setting and I was happy to be the fastest overall – even though this is just testing this is important for me! At the next test we will have a few more new things but we’re already happy because we’re fast and strong. There is room to improve of course; Sepang is always a good track for the Yamaha so we will have to wait until Qatar to get a better understanding of our level, but we have made a great start.”

Position: 3rd Time: 2’01.680 Laps: 60

“I felt much better today and I was able to be fast straight away. It wasn’t a big problem yesterday, it’s just that after such a long break I forget how to ride a little bit! I need a bit of time, but it was much better today. I’m happy about my performance and about my feeling with the new bike. Yamaha have made good improvements without changing the best parts of the bike and this is the best way. They have made some good modifications to the chassis and the engine and this has already improved our pace. We don’t have many days on the bike until the start of the season so we will make the most of the time here next month to continue our good work.”

Test Times
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team – 2’00.925
2. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team – 2’01.320
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team – 2’01.680
4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team – 2’01.822
5. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 2’02.266
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team – 2’02.272
7. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 2’02.479
8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team – 2’02.493
9. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team – 2’02.647
10. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP – 2’02.763
11. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini – 2’02.810
12. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team – 2’03.032
13. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP – 2’03.043
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP – 2’03.195
15. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini – 2’03.245
16. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP – 2’03.274
17. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team – 2’03.359

Sepang: Record Lap
C. Stoner (Ducati) 2007, 2’02.108

Sepang: Best Lap
V. Rossi (Yamaha) 2009, 2’00.518

50% Off Yamaha Leather Suits!

For a limited period, Yamaha are now offering a staggering 50% off the recommended retail price of its Professional 1-piece and Makó 2-piece leather suits throughout its network of Authorised Yamaha Lifestyle Centres.

Manufactured for Yamaha by the world renowned motorcycle clothing manufacturer Dainese, these 1-2mm cowhide suits are fully equipped with composite CE-approved protectors at the shoulders, elbows, knees and along the shin bones with additional external titanium protectors featured on the shoulders of the Professional 1-piece.
Available in red, blue and grey, Yamaha’s latest Professional 1-Piece and Mako 2-piece leather riding suits offer superb style with extremely high standards of protection and excellent levels of comfort that you have come to expect from Yamaha and Dainese.

With Christmas just around the corner, make sure a set of Yamaha leathers are on you list for Santa! But hurry up, offer ends 31st October and with 50% off, they won’t hang around for long!

To get a closer look at these superb suits and find out the location of your nearest Authorised Yamaha Lifestyle Centre, check out the Yamaha website at www.yamaha-motor.co.uk/accessories.

Buell Motorcycles are no more

So much for the recession being old news, not if you work for Buell Motorcycles. Having ridden most of their range and been very impressed with their quirky take on how a motorcycle should look I’m deeply saddened that they’re no more, see release below for more info.

EAST TROY, Wis. (Oct. 15, 2009) – Buell Motorcycle Company officials thanked the company’s customers, employees and dealers for an unforgettable ride, following today’s announcement by Harley-Davidson, Inc. that it will discontinue the Buell® product line as part of Harley-Davidson’s go-forward business strategy. The new long-term strategy aims to drive Company growth through a focus of efforts and resources on the Harley-Davidson® brand.

“I want to personally thank all our past and present Buell employees, dealers and suppliers for their efforts. I also want to thank Buell motorcycle owners for their support and passion for the brand,” said Buell Motorcycle Company President Jon Flickinger.

Flickinger said a limited number of new Buell motorcycles remain available for sale through authorized dealerships and production will wind down by October 30. He also stressed that Harley-Davidson will provide replacement parts and service through dealerships and that warranty coverage will continue as normal for Buell motorcycles.

“I will always be proud of what we have accomplished. It is a testimony to what a small group of passionate and inspired people can do, and with brilliant innovations, we’ve produced some of the best-handling bikes of all time,” said Buell Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell. “I personally look forward to exploring how I can continue to work with Harley-Davidson to bring advanced product technology to riders.

“I have also had the great fortune to meet and get to know many Buell riders over the years, and they are an amazing and interesting group of free thinkers,” Buell said. “May you ride with pride into the future. And may your roads ahead be as adventuresome and rewarding as mine have been for the last 26 years.”

A wholly owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc. since 1998, Buell Motorcycle Company was founded in 1983 by Erik Buell and produced more than 135,000 motorcycles. Over the past 26 years, Buell motorcycles won numerous design accolades and awards, and countless races and championships around the world, including the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike championship in 2009.

For more information and to view a video message from Erik Buell, go to www.buell.com
To read the Harley-Davidson, Inc. 3rd quarter earnings announcement, including information related to Buell, go to www.harley-davidson.com.

Naked bike sales up in September

Statistics released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association for September 2009 show a recovery in demand after a poor summer. Sales in September were 21.2% lower than the same month last year, an improvement on the market’s performance in August when a 30.5% fall was recorded. Total registrations of powered two wheelers (PTWs) last month were 12,941, compared with 16,430 a year ago.

The Naked bike sector returned to growth last month, recording a 3.4% increase in registrations compared to September 2008 and a 25.4% increase in market share. The most popular model in this category is Honda’s new CBF 125 M, closely followed by the Yamaha YBR 125. Between them these two learner-legal, commuter-friendly models have taken one-fifth of the market share within the Naked style, with a combined total of 3,788 registrations year-to-date.

The three most popular style of new motorcycles registered in September were Naked (2,471), followed by Scooter (1,983) and Supersport (1,930). The biggest-selling bike in September was the Yamaha YBR 125, with 328 registrations. Yamaha was the biggest-selling manufacturer with 2,233 new registrations, closely followed by Suzuki (1,875) and Honda with 1,764.

Sheila Rainger, MCI’s Director of Communications, said, “The market has done well against the extremely testing conditions of economic uncertainty, poor weather and high-profile problems with the new motorcycle test.

“Continued strong performance in the learner and commuter sectors demonstrates again that people are interested in a budget-friendly, flexible and convenient means of transport.

The 2009 Carole Nash International Motorcycle and Scooter Show is now only 7 weeks away. Applications for press passes are now being taken at http://www.motorcycleshow.co.uk/press and Trade Day tickets can be purchased at http://www.motorcycleshow.co.uk/trade. The UK’s largest motorcycle Show will house a brand new off road zone in Hall 5, making this the largest bike Show ever staged at the NEC.

With a great line up of manufacturers, both on and off road, a whole host of interactive feature areas, and live entertainment the 2009 Show will be the only place to be in November.

For more information visit http://www.motorcycleshow.co.uk

*More information about getting a licence can be found at http://www.geton.co.uk