Dungey Earns Another #1

Minnesota’s Ryan Dungey continues his domination of the dirt by clinching the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. It’s his third 450 Class title in six seasons.169_AllTheNews_Dungey

Dungey, riding for Red Bull/KTM, took home the Edison Dye Cup on Aug. 15 following the penultimate round of the season at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. It was his sixth overall win of the season.

The 12th and final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship took place Aug. 22 at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Ind.

Royal Enfield Transitions Biz

Classic Motorworks’ import and distribution of Royal Enfield (RE) motorcycles in the U.S. is being transitioned to Royal Enfield North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eicher Motors Ltd. of India.

Kevin Mahoney, owner of Faribault-based Classic Motorworks, began importing Royal Enfield motorcycles in 1999. Royal Enfield North America is led by Rod Copes, who spent nearly 20 years with Harley-Davidson and last served as senior VP global sales and customer service.

Copes joined Royal Enfield last July, and has spent the past year with Mahoney meeting the brand’s nearly 100 dealers and learning how the business operates in the U.S.

The new sales, marketing and administration headquarters will be moved from Faribault to Milwaukee, and vehicle distribution will be moved from Virginia to what Copes described to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as a more central location.

Buell Back?

Atlantic Metals LLC of New Jersey purchased Erik Buell Racing’s motorcycle manufacturing assets, which includes machinery, tooling, inventory, accounts receivable and intangible assets, for $2.25 million.

India’s Hero MotoCorp., an investor in the former EBR, recently purchased the consulting assets of the business for $2.8 million.

Bruce Belfer, CEO of Atlantic Metals Group LLC, reportedly said he wants to get Buell manufacturing motorcycles again, bring back employees who want to return to the company, and keep Erik Buell on as president.

Iowa Dealer to Auction Classic Honda

Greenfield Honda closed in 1992 when the owners retired and walked away from the business leaving approx. 100 motorcycles inside. This month, on Sep. 6, the contents of that Iowa business – among the first Honda dealers in the U.S. – will be up for auction.

Former owner Clyde Frizell and his business partner’s widow are liquidating the contents with the help of Randy Baxter of Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa.

The collection up for auction includes about 100 vintage Honda motorcycles. Among the treasures is a 1975 Gold Wing complete with the previous owner’s CB radio and bubble compass, an ’84 Gold Wing with low mileage, a 1962 Benly, a 1979 CBX with 43 miles, three CT70 Mini Trails, a pair of ATCs and a pair of BSA from the 1960s. There’s also crates of new engines, boxes of new fuel tanks, advertising signs, literature and posters, helmets, clothing, tools and parts.

The auction is set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at 409 NE Sixth St. (Iowa Highway 25), Greenfield, Iowa.

Road Guards Hit The Streets

Minnesota motorcyclists are now able to stop and control traffic for large group-rides. But there’s a catch: These “Road Guards” must 1) successfully complete a driving record review and a training course to receive a motorcycle road guard certificate, 2) meet safety and equipment standards outlined in the law, 3) only act as a flagger for group rides with 20 or more motorcycles, 4) notify each statutory or home rule charter city through which the ride is traveling, and 5) receive consent from the chief of police of city of the first class through which the ride is traveling.

Drivers stopped by a certified road guard must obey the flagger’s instructions and stay stopped until they are given the “all clear” signal from a flagger or police officer. Road Guards are not allowed to hold traffic for longer than 10 minutes.

More than 400 Minnesotans have passed the Department of Public Safety Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center Road Guard Training Course since the Motorcycle Road Guard Law was signed into law in 2012. The Road Guard Training Course is $30 and is offered through October.

For more information or to register, visit motorcyclesafety.org.

Bonneville Cancelled

The 2015 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials/AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, scheduled for Aug. 29-Sep. 3, has been canceled due to poor conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Parts of the dry lakebed are under at least a half-inch of water, said event manager Delicate Promotions LLC.

“We evaluated moving the course, such as last year, and could not find better conditions to support two courses or a viable alternate pit location,” Delicate’s Delvene Manning explained.

Skirting Rochester At 135 mph

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) says law enforcement wrote 16,410 speeding tickets and 2,101 seat-belt citations during an annual statewide enforcement effort from July 10-26.

The fastest? Two motorcycles captured at 135mph on a county road near Rochester. Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Vince Scheckel told the StarTribune he’s never encountered speeders going so fast in his 21 years in law enforcement.

The two men face a mandatory court appearance and the loss of their licenses for being clocked in triple digits.

Sturgis Attendance Up for 75th

Although official attendance numbers are yet to be released, organizers of the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally say they suspect that nearly one million people roared into South Dakota’s Black Hills for the event.

The previous attendance record of 633,000 people occurred at the 60th anniversary in 2000.

The attendance count starts on the weekend before the rally’s official Monday kickoff and ends the following Sunday. Among the tools used by organizers are traffic counts by the state 169_malcolmbooktransportation department, vendor reports, the amount of trash collected, and attendance numbers from Mount Rushmore.

Malcolm Smith Tells His Tale

Malcolm Smith’s long-awaited memoir, appropriately titled Malcolm! The Autobiography, is now available.
Malcolm teamed with longtime motojournalist Mitch Boehm for the two-year project that culminated in a 400-page, 11 x 11-inch hardbound book.

“It took us a while to finish the book, but it’s really good,” the famed 74-year-old motorcycle racer said in his typical modest style. “There’s a lot here. Ten chapters, over 100,000 words worth of stories, and hundreds of photographs, many of them never seen before. It’s an amazing book if I do say so myself.”

Stories include Malcolm’s early days along Canada’s Pacific coast, his childhood in San Bernardino, California, his first bikes, his racing efforts in the U.S., Baja, Europe and Asia, his business life, the iconic movie On Any Sunday and his family life.

For immediate order (and October delivery), visit www.malcolmsmith.com or www.themalcolmbook.com. Retail price is $49.95.

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