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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Husqvarna Motorcycles enter 2014 Moto3 World Championship

 Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce their participation in the 2014 Moto3 World Championship, which starts in Doha, Qatar on March 23. The official team will be named Red Bull Husqvarna Factory Racing and directed by team manager Aki Ajo. Official team rider will be Britain's Danny Kent.

Under the watchful eye of experienced former racer Aki Ajo, who has enjoyed a long and successful career in motorsport racing and team management, Danny Kent will challenge for the Moto3 World Championship title. A second Husqvarna will be ridden by the promising young rider Niklas Ajo from Finland. Stepping into Grand Prix Road Racing in 2014, Husqvarna Motorcycle's will begin an exciting new racing chapter.

The Moto3 class was introduced in 2012, replacing the 125cc two-stroke category. The class highlights up-and-coming young talent and is a proving ground for racers aiming to progress into Moto2 and eventually into the main MotoGP class. Machinery is restricted to single-cylinder 250cc four-stroke engines. The minimum total weight for motorcycle and rider is 148 kg (326 lb.). Riders in the Moto3 class cannot be older than 28 years.

Stefan Pierer, KTM AG CEO: "Running Husqvarna in the Moto3 World Championship will bring considerable interest to both the category and the brand. With its history of 110 years the Husqvarna brand is highly known throughout the world of racing. The Moto3 stage will give a further boost to grow Husqvarna stronger than ever. We're looking forward to see great competition next year."

Pit Beirer, head of Husqvarna Motorsport: "After our strong commitment to offroad competition, entering the Moto3 World Championship is a new milestone in the history of Husqvarna. With the full support of Mr. Pierer and the Husqvarna Motorcycles Board of Directors, we are extremely excited about this new project. We will bring the best people and all the necessary energies together to give the project the success it deserves. Danny Kent will be our official factory rider, with Niklas Ajo our official support rider. Both hugely talented young racers, we are looking forward to the start of Husqvarna's new journey into Grand Prix Road Racing."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Harley-Davidson Storage Bubble

The first time I saw a photograph of the Harley-Davidson Bubble in action, I thought I was looking at a fancy little toy motorcycle in a plastic display case destined for a mantel somewhere. Upon closer inspection I realized that it was no toy at all, but a full-size Harley with all the trimmings in a protective, as the name states, bubble.
Harley-Davidson Bubble This is for the biker who really, really loves their ride. The Bubble will accommodate any make or model motorcycle, although I doubt a trike would fit. You won't even have to take off your windshield or bags.
Using a standard 110-volt outlet, the Bubble creates a constant flow of fresh, filtered air across your bike. It won't even know that it's parked. This process creates an atmosphere around your machine that is free of condensation and dust, thus drastically reducing the chance of corrosion.

Since you love your machine so well as to get it such a gift, you probably want to show it off. Gone are the days of an amorphous gray blob at the back of your garage that might be a stored motorcycle, and here are the days of full view storage. Remember how I said this looked like a toy for display? Well, in a way, it is. The Bubble will act as a protective display case for your machine during the off season. When riding days are here again, your bike will be dry, clean, and ready for the road.

Daily Motorcycle News • Harley-Davidson Museum Unveils Tsunami Motorcycle

The 2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train, recovered off the coast of British Columbia by Peter Mark, is being displayed at Yokoyama's request. He asked to have the motorcycle preserved in its current condition and displayed at the Harley-Davidson Museum as a memorial to those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

"We're truly humbled to display Mr. Yokoyama's motorcycle," said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum. "This motorcycle has an amazing story to tell, and we are honored to be able to share it."

The remarkable story of the motorcycle's survival and recovery made international headlines after Mark found it washed ashore on a remote beach on British Columbia's Graham Island at low tide. He discovered the motorcycle, still bearing its Japanese license plate, in a container where the bike was being stored by Yokoyama.

Working with news agencies and representatives from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and Harley-Davidson Japan, contact was made with Yokoyama, who lost his home and currently lives in temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Still struggling to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the disaster, Yokoyama declined Harley-Davidson's offer to return the bike to him, although he was grateful for the offer and touched by the outpouring of support from Harley riders around the world.