Photo courtesy of Polaris Industries Inc.

by Guido Ebert
guido@mnmotorcycle.com

Indian Unveiling Aug. 3 in Sturgis

The 2014 Indian Chief (MSRP: $18,999) is to be revealed 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, located at the corner of Junction and Main Street. The event is free of charge and features live music, celebrity appearances, interviews with Indian Motorcycle team members, a multimedia tribute to Indian Motorcycle’s history and more.

Indian intends to host events at multiple locations throughout the Sturgis Rally. There’ll be a display at 2nd and Lazelle Street in downtown Sturgis from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Chief demos daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Indian Motorcycle Hospitality venue just off Hwy I-90 at Exit 30, and an Indian Motorcycle Night Party at the Buffalo Chip on Aug. 9.

The full schedule of activities, including displays, demo rides and parties, is available at IndianMotorcycle.com. Read more about the new Indian Motorcycle elsewhere in this issue of MMM.

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Victory 15-Year Celebration

Victory Motorcycle intends to mark its 15th anniversary at the annual American Victory Rally (AVR) to be held Aug. 16-17 in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Drawing Victory brand enthusiasts from around the nation, AVR includes factory tours, demo rides of 2014 product, a bike show, vendors, demonstrations, organized rides, dyno opportunities, games, food, live music, and fireworks above Lake Okoboji.

Hero Takes $25 Million Stake in EBR

Hero Motorcorp of India intends to invest $25 million in Erik Buell Racing (EBR) over the next nine months for a 49.2% stake in the company.

As MMM reported, the two companies formed a partnership in February 2012 when Hero sponsored EBR’s two bikes in the AMA Pro Racing series and Buell sent engineers to India to help Hero develop new products.

The investment keeps Buell in charge of his company headquartered in East Troy, Wis., and allows EBR to continue to develop its 1190 RS superbike. On the flip side, Hero MotoCorp says it hopes the partnership will allow it to gain traction in the Indian sportbike market.

Honda Unveils More 2014 Dirt Models

For this model year Honda replaced the CRF70F with the CRF110F within Honda’s family of entry-level off-road bikes. For 2014, two new CRF125F models enter the lineup with unique wheel sizes that allow them to replace the CRF80F and CRF100F.

With a seat height of 28.9 inches, the small-wheel CRF125F ($2,799) seat is the same height as the CRF80F it replaces, while the CRF125F Big Wheel ($3,199) features the same seat height—30.9 inches—as the CRF100F it replaces. Both will be available in September

Other models confirmed for the line-up include the CRF50F ($1,399, October), the CRF110F ($1,999, October), CRF150F (price TBD, September), CRF230F ($4,170, August) and CRF450X (price TBD, October).

Kawasaki Updates KX85 & KX100

The first thing you’ll notice about Kawasaki’s new-for-2014 KX85 and KX100 is the new bodywork, restyled fenders, new fuel tank, flatter two-tone seat, slimmer side panels and new wrap-around fork guards.

Mechanically, both small-bore two-strokes feature numerous improvements for a gain in peak output of up to 20%. The radiator has increased cooling capacity of 52%, there’s a new Uni-Trak linkage with a lighter black-anodized KYB shock, the high-tensile steel perimeter frame received reinforcement in key areas to handle the more powerful engine, and new 220mm front and 184mm rear petal-type rotors were added.

More power is never a bad thing.

Biker Belles Plan Sturgis Ride

The 5th annual Biker Belles Celebration, “a day of Real Women, Real Stories, and Real Fun,” takes place on August 6 in Sturgis.

The Biker Belles Celebration raises funds for local charities empowering and encouraging girls and women through the community of motorcycling. The day begins with an inspiring symposium of leading industry women, including Shelly Rossmeyer (co-owner of Bruce Rossmeyere’s Harley-Davidson at Destination Daytona), Cris Sommer-Simmons (Motorcycle Hall of Famer), Vicky Sanfilipo (safety advocate), and celebrity rider Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) among others, at the Lodge at Deadwood.

Tickets for the 2013 Biker Belles celebration are available at BikerBelles.com. The ticket contribution is $45 per person with 100% going directly to Sturgis local charities.

BMW Motorrad Days

More than 40,000 visitors from all over the world attended the 13th BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, from July 5-7.

The event featured group rides, exhibits, vendors, new products, demo rides, stunts, a participant parade, racing stars and concept bikes – including the
electric C evolution scooter prototype and the BMW Concept Ninety, which Roland Sands had been closely involved in creating. How good of a party was it? BMW says its catering service alone tallied
6,604 gallons of beer, 10,000 pretzels, 4,800 grilled chicken halves and 1,500 burgers.

The 14th BMW Motorrad Days is scheduled for July 4-6, 2014.

BMW Recall

BMW is recalling about 870 of its 2013 F700 GS and F800 GS motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2012, through October 18, 2012, because the side-stand switch that prevents the engine from running while the side-stand is down “may become damaged,” allowing the engine to run with the side-stand down. “May become damaged”?

Moon Adds Motus

Moon Motorsports in Monticello has become the latest retailer of American-made Motus MST and MST-R sport touring motorcycles powered by 1650cc V4 Baby Block engines. Moon is currently taking reservations on a limited number of 2014 Motus MST models.

MN Rider Fatalities Rise in First Half of 2013

Twenty-eight motorcyclists had been killed in motorcycle crashes in Minnesota by the time this issue of MMM went to press in late July. Last year at this time, 18 riders were killed.

Seven riders lost their lives in the first 13 days of July and 10 riders were killed in June. Of the 23 motorcycle fatalities for which details on helmets were available, 16 riders were not wearing helmets.

There were 55 deaths in all of 2012 – the most since 2008.

Let’s be careful and smart out there folks.

MMM

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