GoPro Named Official Sponsor of Daytona Sportbike Championship

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The AMA Daytona Sportbike class has just received a new title sponsor. AMA Pro Racing and GoPro have signed a multi-year deal to make GoPro the official camera of the AMA as well as the title sponsor of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike class.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with GoPro and their very unique HD HERO product line of video cameras and accessories,” said David Atlas, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “This is especially important to AMA Pro in that it will open up a new dimension of video content for fans and will significantly elevate our ability to display to the public the very exciting and close racing which our special athletes perform with such exciting regularity.”

 

GoPro is the world leader in action photographer and has several cameras and mounts that are often used by professional racers. The cameras provide some great exciting video, but also give riders a chance to re-watch and races from various perspectives.

The AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike Championship will start in march at Daytona.

Harley Sending Out Pink Slips for the Holidays

harley_davidsonHarley-Davidson is expected to cut its work force by about 250 employees in the Spring and the American manufacturer is giving its employees in Wisconsin the chance to volunteer to be laid off.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Harley is offering financial incentives to any worker who volunteers for the permanent layoffs. The details of the financial incentives weren’t clear.

According to a press release from the Financial News Network, the pink slips will start coming whether people volunteer or not as Harley is looking to reduce its permanent work force. The Milwaukee area plant could shed nearly a quarter of its permanent workforce to free up space for temporary seasonal workers.

Harley-Davidson spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim said that the company would wait until December 23rd before they decide to implement involuntary layoffs.

New Zealand Safety Survey Says Motorcyclists Are Responsible, But Fast, Drivers

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For the last month, police in New Zealand have been stopping motorcyclists to talk to them about their driving habits. The goal of the campaign was to promote safe riding, encourage helmet use, and discourage drunk driving. The survey found that most motorcyclists were responsible drivers, although New Zealand police said that they could slow down a bit.

The police in New Zealand talked to 645 motorcyclists during the “Month of Motorcycles” campaign. The campaign found that nearly a quarter of the riders (153) were driving too fast, 29 had driver license issues, 19 had faults with their vehicles, and a few had problems with registration.

“We were pleased to find that on the whole riders are showing responsibility in regard to the condition of their vehicles, and most are driving with the appropriate class of license,” said the officer in charge of Highway Patrol for Central District, Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery. “The percentage of those spoken to who were riding at excess speed is disappointing and shows more work is needed to educate riders. Riding at speed increases the risk of a crash and evidence is clear that in a high speed crash a motorcyclist has a far greater chance of being seriously injured or killed. Overall, however, we are encouraged by the results of the campaign.”

The campaign also notes that not a single driver was found to be drinking.

“The majority of riders were quite appreciative of our focus on motorcycles and we had positive feedback from our interactions with riders around safety,” Burbery continued. “It helps us as police officers to learn a bit more about the issues riders face and with an understanding of those issues we can work to identify ways to prevent tragedies involving motorcycles.”

TTXGP Signs Multi-Year Deal With Assen

tt_assenThe TTXGP has been steadily growing a fan base over the last few years and now it looks like the electric motorcycle racing championship is officially here to stay. The TTXGP has just inked its first multi-year contract which will see the electric racing series head to Assen from now until at least 2014.

“The Dutch round will be an amazing experience and truly memorable one in the TTXGP Calendar.  The Atmosphere at Assen is unrivaled and the GP course is thrilling for both riders and spectators,” said TTXGP founder, Azhar Hussain. “We are also very pleased to have found our first long term home for TTXGP. This will see TTXGP committed for the next 3 years to partner with LDP to build a world class platform for racing and innovation not just on the track but also with the City of Assen.”

The TTXGP will be partnering with GAMMA Racing Day, Europe’s biggest combined annual racing event. With an expected crowd of more than 50,000 people, the TTXGP will have a prime opportunity to display the power of electric vehicles.

Bertram Buikema said on behalf of GAMMA Racing Day owner LDP International b.v.: “To market an exciting and high performance vehicle you go racing. Manufacturers and dealers tend to eventually shift their attention in racing and marketing to machinery and technology they are most likely to sell on the streets. With the current financial stimulations from governments worldwide we expect the market for electric road vehicles to grow. One of the leading conventional manufacturers Honda’s recent RC-E prototype release confirms this development. With the TTXGP round at Europe’s biggest combined racing event we offer a great marketing tool for any brand associated with electric mobility and its technology.”

The Assen round will be part of the TTXGP Euro series. The event will be held on August 5th.

FSU Football Player Arrested For Motorcycle Theft

arrington_jenkinsIf you leave your motorcycle on the street you deserve to have it stolen… That’s the defense of Arrington Jenkins, a football player at FSU who was arrested this weekend for stealing a motorcycle.

Miami New Times reports that the bike’s owner had his motorcycle parked in the bed of his truck on Sunday night. At around 2 a.m. he noticed that the bike was missing and called the police.

When police arrived, they found tire tracks right next to the motorcycle and followed them down the street to find the bike at the apartment complex where Jenkins lives.

Police confronted Jenkins the following day about the theft.

“Anyone who leaves a motorcycle out in the open should expect to have it stolen,” Jenkins said.

The freshman football player was charged with felony vehicle theft. He was released after posting $5000 bond.

Do you park your motorcycle on the street? Do you worry about having it stolen?