This is the annual Custom Bike Issue with amazing custom builds by Break Lites Motorsports, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, Garwood Custom Cycles, Icon, Brandon Clark and StillRollin’ Modellart. On the cover and featured inside is Roland Sands’ custom “KH9” Ducati Panigale 1299S with an interview by LeticiaCline.
Here are a few of the other features that you’ll find inside:
The SBI 2016 Invitational Custom Bike Show.
B.T. is getting ready for the 2016 MotoGP season with a few notes from the Sepang Test in this edition of MOTOGP WITH B.T.
Michael Lawless profiles Sammy Halbert in this month’s THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN.
And all of the usual suspects are in this issue of SportBikes Inc Magazine. Check it out for free right now online by clicking here.
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PJ Jacobsen will be sharing a garage with Nicky Hayden as he competes in the 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship. While Hayden takes on the challenges of his first season in World Superbike, Jacobsen will pick up where he left off from last year’s supersport efforts. The 2015 season concluded with Jacobsen in second place after he joined the Honda family after the seventh round. Jacobsen earned two pole positions and added two fastest laps to his 2015 record.
The 2016 season kicks off on February 28 at Phillip Island.
The International Drag Bike League has released their rule book for the 2016 drag racing season. The IDBL allows for input and suggestions from its racers so a preliminary rule book specific to the Pro Street and Real Street classes has also been released. After a review by competitors, a final version of the PST/RST rule book will be published. CLICK HERE to view current version of the rules.
NJMP upgrades their track curbing to FIM standards.
In preparation for the 2016 MotoAmerica season, New Jersey Motorsports Park has upgraded their track curbing and white line paint to the standard FIM paint that features a gritty substance that makes it grippy, even when it is wet. NJMP is hosting two rounds of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM series. The first race weekend is April 28 – May 1. The second and finale race of the series is September 9 – 11.
In a massive recall, Suzuki is calling back 68,000 motorcycles thanks to an electrical issue. The fault is with the regular/rectifier unit that may not sufficiently charge the bike’s battery. Here are the models affected by the recall:
2008-2012: AN400, AN400A, DL1000, GSX1300R
2008-2009 GSF1250S and GSF1250SA
2008 GSX1300BK and GSX1300BKA
2008-2010 GSX650F, GSX-R600, GSX-R750, VLR1800, VLR1800T
2009-2010 SFV650, VZ1500
Suzuki is going to alert owners and have instructed the dealer network to replace the regular/rectifier at no cost.
Xavier Zayat joins Team Hammer for MotoAmerica’s 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Team Hammer has just signed a two year deal with 17 year old, 2015 AMA Horizon Award Winner, Xavier Zayat. Zayat will compete in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 600 class on the M4 SuperbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki GSXR 600.
MotoAmerica is looking for qualified individuals to volunteer for the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. Current positions include track, tire, and grid marshals, technical control, and registration staff for all nine rounds. Training, camping options, guest and parking passes as well as lunch will be provided by MotoAmerica.
Below is a brief description of the positions and their duties:
Track Marshal: Provides support with motorcycle recovery in the event of a crash or mechanical failure. The race director relies heavily on having a team of well disciplined and competent marshals.
Tire Marshal: Assists Tire Control Coordinator in paddock, hot pit, and grid to ensure competitors follow tire-allocation regulations. Volunteer will check tire tags on motorcycles as they leave pit out, log tire tags and report any infractions to Tire Control.
Technical Control: Supports Technical Director to certify racing motorcycles conform to rulebook.
Registration Staff: Helps Registration Manager verify competitors, crew, media, and VIPs have appropriate credentials and parking passes. Volunteer helps with making copies and other clerical duties needed.
Grid Marshal: Assists Chief Steward help riders follow practice and qualifying procedures and make sure their motorcycles are positioned correctly on the grid for race starts as well as monitors for potential safety risks on the race start.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the opportunities and how to apply.
The factory Yamaha Movistar MotoGP team revealed their 2016 livery in Barcelona. Both 2015 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo and six time Champion Valentino Rossi were both on hand for the unveiling. The most notable difference on the new machines are the Michelin tires, a change from the Bridgestones.
When asked who would be a greater rival this season, Rossi or the Hondas, Lorenzo answered, “It’s difficult to know at this moment because we’ve only made one practice in Valencia after the race so we didn’t check how the new electronics or tires are working in other tracks. Especially as the factories have been improving their bikes and the electronics during this time from Valencia. Soon we will discover in Malaysia how all the bikes, factories and riders are in this new situation. At this moment I can’t tell you the performance of how the riders will change.”
Bell and 360fly unveil the first 360 degrees 4K video smart helmet.
The first 360 degrees 4K video smart helmet made its debut at the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show. With a 2016 Bell Star Helmet as the foundation, a 360fly 360 degrees, 4k video camera is seamlessly combined, featuring mobile editing and sharing options, in addition to several intuitive capabilities that include a Collision Avoidance Alert.
The camera has a built in GPS, barometer, altimeter and accelerator, not to mention Bluetooth and WiFi functions. The camera can also be detached from the helmet and used independently with a battery that lasts just around two hours.