Jorge Lorenzo Wins Sportsperson of the Year Award

Jorge_Lorenzo_Wins_Sports_Person_of_the_Year_Award2010 MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has just been given another award. Lorenzo was awarded the 2010 Don Felipe de Borbón prize for the best sportsperson of the year. Marc Marquez, the 125cc World Champion, was also give the best sportsperson of the year award, for athletes under the age of 18.

Lorenzo was honored at the Spanish National Sports Awards at the El Pardo palace on Monday. The awards ceremony was presided over by the Spanish Royal Family.

“Spanish sport is now on a clear international projection beyond our borders,” said Don Juan Carlos, the King of Spain, in a speech addressing the winners. “I want to highlight the successes of our sportspeople as they help our country to represent itself on a global scale.”

“Their attitude and constant work rate are of great pride and should serve as an example to all of us. 2010 has been one of the best years in the history of Spanish sport, and the spirit of survival and companionship shown by our athletes is also worthy of special mention. Their successes serve as examples and we should continue working like this.”

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The Schampa Stormgear Gordito: No Salsa Needed

gorditoWhat do we have here…a review of a delectable Mexican dish?  No, this Gordito is not a taste treat for your throat. However, it is protection for the vulnerable region.

You can buy the finest insulated and waterproof jacket, pants, boots and gloves. But all it takes is one little chink in your cold weather riding armor to allow infiltration of the elements. I have found that the one area that is most often left unprotected in the rider’s war against the elements is the neck. What makes this even worse is that on a motorcycle, the neck is often at a level at which the cold and wet is focused as it is directed over fairings and windshields.

The Schampa Stormgear Gordito is the cure for the common neck chill. It is designed to contour securely to the face and neck and is made of a fabric that stops wind and water.  It also features an ergonomic nose piece and mesh mouth panel – after all, you’ve got to breathe!

At a retail price of only $27, there is no reason to suffer in the cold and wet.

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Harley Has Big Plans for 70th Annual Daytona Bike Week

harley_davidson_logoDaytona Bike Week is almost here, and Harley-Davidson is gearing up for the week long party. This is the 70th anniversay of Daytona Bike Week, and manufacturers are going all out to celebrate the occasion. Harley will be bringing over 70 motorcycles to the Daytona International Speedway, and has events planned all throughout the week.

“Daytona Bike Week launches the motorcycle riding season, and Harley-Davidson will be there at full throttle,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience. “Our location at the Speedway gives riders a chance to enjoy any of our 75 demo bikes and we’re excited to be part of the thriving scene at Riverfront Park on Beach Street focusing on custom Harleys, cool clothing and great motorcycle experiences.”

Harley-Davidson will be set up in two locations at Daytona Bike Week. They’ll be set up on Beach Street, as well as at the Daytona International Speedway. Here are some of the events that will be going on at the Beach Street location, from March 5th to March 12th.

  • Harley-Davidson H-D1 customization tools and lifestyle interactive experience: Check out the latest options for lighting, exhaust systems, audio and more.
  • Harley-Davidson MotorClothes displays with demonstrations and seminars on helmet fit, Force Flex eyewear and Hi-Vis gear.
  • Women’s Area daily and 4th Annual Harley-Davidson MDA Women’s Ride Daytona, Tuesday, March 8 with registration at
  • The Jack Daniels Experience
  • XR1200 Race Experience
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) raffle
  • Food, beverage, music and free parking

Here are some of the events that Harley will have going on at the Daytona International Speedway near the Intersection of Midway Avenue and Richard Petty Boulevard.

  • Harley-Davidson 2011 motorcycle demo rides
  • 2011 Harley-Davidson interactive motorcycle display
  • Fit Shop motorcycle experience – custom fit Harleys with riding experience
  • Food, beverage, music and free parking
  • AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 road race, Thursday-Friday, March 10-11. (Requires Speedway admission)

You can see more of what Harley has planned at

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AMA Urges Off-Road Riders to Contact Congress About “Wild Lands” Policy

off_roadIf passed, the “Wild Lands” land-use policy would close millions of acres of federal land to off-road riders. The AMA is urging motorcyclists and ATV riders to get in contact with their federal lawmakers, and to ask them to not support the “Wild Lands” policy.

A key US House Committee will be holding a hearing on March 1st of the “Wild Lands” issue.

The AMA says that the “Wild Lands” policy “usurps congressional authority over public land-use designations.”

Secretarial Order 3310, signed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on December 22nd, created the designation “Wild Lands,” which would allow for the Federal Bureau of Land Management to manage land as if it had been designated “wilderness” by Congress. The “Wild Lands” policy would essentially remove the need for congressional approval.

When an area is designated wilderness, nearly all non-pedestrian activity is prohibited. The AMA fears that if the “Wild Lands” policy becomes a reality, millions of acres of land that is currently used by off-road vehicles, will become “wilderness,” and will no longer be able to be used by off-road vehicles.

“With the new Wild Lands policy, anti-access advocates and the administration are now seeking an end-run around Congress,” said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations. “Salazar’s order has far-reaching implications because the BLM manages about 245 million acres of public land nationwide, primarily in western states.”

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Motorcycling in America – 1982

Life In America
1982 – Argentina and Britain go to war over the Falkland Islands. Disney opens their futuristic amusement park EPCOT in Orlando. Toyota introduces the Camry. We’re listening to the J. Geils Band’s Centerfold, and Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger. At the movies E.T. is winning hearts and audiences. And Stallone sheds Rocky and becomes Rambo in First Blood. David Letterman debuts on Late Night, and the Weather Channel launches. The average new car runs $7,983. A gallon of gas goes for $1.30 and a new Husqvarna WR250 will set you back $2,545.

Number One Motorcycle Trend For 1982:
Turbo chargers, used in automobile applications for a few years are making their way into the motorcycle business. Honda previewed their CX500 Turbo in ’81, and brought it to market in ’82. Yamaha has introduced their Turbo Seca 650 and Suzuki supposedly has one in the works. No word from Kawasaki.

European Brands
BMW: R65LS. Ducati: 600SL. Husqvarna: XC250, WR250, 430WR. KTM: 495 Pro-Lever, 500GS, 500MX. Laverda: Jota 1000. Montesa: Cota 200.

Asian Brands
Honda: XR200R, CR480R, GT70 Passport, MB5, CX500 Turbo, CB450T, V45 Magna, FT500 Ascot, V4 Sabre, XL250CR, CR125, CR250R, GL650. Kawasaki: GPz750, GPz1100, KX250, KDX250, GPz550, KX125, KZ1000R ELR, KZ750N Spectre, KZ1100 Shaft. Suzuki: GS850GL, GS650E, RM465Z, GS1100E, RM250G, GS550M, RM80Z, RM125, GS1100GK, PE175Z, SP250, DR250, GS450 Automatic.Yamaha: XJ550J Maxim, 650 Heritage Special, Seca 650, XZ550 Vision, YZ490J, Turbo Seca 650, YZ250J, IT175J, 550 Seca, Seca 400, YZ125, XT550, XT200.

North American Brands
Can-AM: 250 Qualifier. Harley-Davidson: XLS 1000 Sportster.

Brad Lackey, Suzuki, becomes first American to win 500cc World Motocross title.

Danny LaPorte is first American to win world 250cc Motocross Championship.

Danny “Magoo” Chandler and his Honda leads four-man team to victory at Trophee Des Nations, and scoops up another two wins with the “Superbiker” race in Carlsbad and USGP.

Eddie Lawson wins his second US Superbike title on his Kawasaki KZ1000.

Ricky Graham wins the GNC.

Wrangler Jeans to sponsor AMA Supercross Series.

AMA agrees to sanction an eight race Battle of the Twins series.

Daytona – Freddie Spencer wins Superbike race aboard his Honda. Graeme Crosby on a Yamaha wins the F1 200 miler. Rich Schlacter takes the 250GP class for Yamaha.irst woman to finish the 200 miler. Speed reached by Superbikes at Daytona would have qualified them for 10th position on the F1 grid.

Other Issues
For the first time Japanese OEs begin to advertise price reductions on new motorcycles.

Harley’s Sportster is 25 years old.

Insurance companies indicate that insurance rates for turbos will be twice that of bikes of similar displacement without turbos.

Til Thompson’s popular rally in Ruidoso, NM, Aspencade, ends. Bill Dutcher, starts new Aspencade in New York.

Goodyear tires depart the motorcycle business citing high production costs and decreasing sales.
Harley announces intent to seek relief through the FTC from Japanese competitors. They sold 56,000 motorcycles in 1981.

MIC reports 92% of motorcyclists are male. Median age is 24.

1,225,000 motorcycles are imported in ’81, only 1,045,00 are sold. There are an estimated 550,000 unsold motorcycles on dealer showrooms and 540,000 in OE warehouses. The market is in big trouble.