Kawasaki Celebrates International Female Ride Day with Rebate on New Bikes

KawasakiIf you’ve been thinking about getting on a new bike this spring, consider this a sign: Kawasaki is offering a $250 rebate on new bikes purchased between May 6 and May 8, in celebration of International Female Ride Day.

Here’s how it works. First, you buy a Kawasaki from a participating dealership between Friday, May 6 and Sunday, May 8, 2011. Then you register online at www.kawasaki.com/kawigirl, and if you’re one of the first 500 customers to do so, you’ll qualify for a rebate of $250 (awarded in the form of a pre-loaded MasterCard debit card). If you’re one of the first FIFTY to do register your new Kawasaki purchase, you’ll receive a Kawi Girl jacket. (It’s not an armored riding jacket, but it’ll look good on the street.)

A video promoting Kawasaki’s support of International Female Ride Day lists the KX250F, KLX250S and the Ninja 650R as some of their “favorite models” — assumedly meaning, those most popular with women. The Ninja is well-known for offering a low, narrow seat that many female riders prefer.

In a statement announcing the promotion, Kawasaki’s director of marketing communications Chris Brull said, “This short-term promotion underscores the company’s interest in continuing to expand the female market, and it will give our dealers added exposure to this important audience.”

Did you hear that, Harley? Somebody new’s coming to the garage.

For more information on International Female Ride Day, visit www.Motoress.com. To see the official rules and details of the Kawasaki offer, visit www.kawasaki.com/kawigirl

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Jenny Tinmouth BSB Debut On Hold Following Parts Issue

Jenny Tinmouth suited up on the track. April 24, 2011. British racer Jenny Tinmouth’s historic debut in the MCE Insurance British Superbike (BSB) Championship has been put on hold after a parts issue at Brands Hatch on Friday, sponsor Splitlath Motorsport announced on April 23. The Easter weekend race was supposed to mark Tinmouth’s entry as the first-ever female on the BSB circuit.

Jenny Tinmouth said last week, “I’m very excited and I just can’t wait to get out on the bike. It’s been a long off-season and I’m looking forward to finally getting going.”

But during test runs on Friday, there were as-yet unnamed technical issues with Tinmouth’s #100 motorcycle, which led to the team’s decision to pull the bike from competition. They’ve shifted focus to getting the Aprilia RSV4 ready or the next round of races at Oulton Park — Tinmouth’s home round — the weekend of April 30.

Splitlath Motorsports Team Manager John Dimbylow said: “We are all very disappointed to be in this situation today, especially since so much hard work has gone in from the team and Aprilia Racing.

“But we feel the best thing to do here is to concentrate on next weekend instead. Oulton Park is her home round, so it could be quite fitting that she makes her BSB debut there. It’s a shame and bitterly disappointing for everyone involved, but we need to stay positive and look ahead to next week instead.”

Teammate Hudson Kennaugh raced as planned on Saturday, qualifying in the 29th spot.

For up-to-date news on Tinmouth’s return to the track, visit Splitlath Motorsports or British Superbike.

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Ituen Basi Promotes Helmet Safety with Fashion

Models in custom motorcycle helmets at the Ituen Basi Show (Photo credit: PopAfricana.com)Nigerian fashion designer Ituen Basi made bold statement about motorcycle road safety at the first ever Arise African Fashion Week in March. Instead of the studs and leathers that generally mark biker style, Basi used bright, cloth-covered custom motorcycle helmets to promote helmet use as a life-saving strategy.

Helmet Safety in Nigeria

Nigeria’s outdated infrastructure and congested roadways have long made motorcycle transport a faster, more desirable alternative to cars; the same factors have also made them the least safe option. Victims with spinal injuries are admitted almost daily to Nigerian hospitals.

City streets teem with zippy okadas, the commercial motorcycles that carry passengers for hire. After decades of alarmingly high mortality rates amongst these motorcyclists, a law was passed in January of 2009 to make helmets mandatory for both drivers and passengers.

Okdada users did not respond well to the new safety legislation. Drivers (who earn around $0.50 per trip) bemoaned the hefty $25-30 price tag on helmets, and in certain areas prices shot up to $70 or more. Passengers feared drivers would fill the helmets with black magic, or use them to cast spells.

Ituen Basi: Helmet Safety as Fashion

Models in custom motorcycle helmets at the Ituen Basi Show (Photo credit: PopAfricana.com)Public resistance to safety gear led Ituen Basi to send each of her models out wearing a custom helmet during Africa’s 2011 Fashion Week. It was a way to harness the influential power of fashion and use it to shift public opinion on helmet safety.

“I felt that while spirited efforts are being made to raise awareness and educate people on the import of these helmets, we could contribute to making it ‘cool’, especially for the younger populace. Its acceptability could be more widespread if packaged differently,” Basi told LadyMoto.

The Nigerian designer says she will continue to raise awareness about motorcycle helmets and road safety through fashion campaigns and editorials.

“We are very pleased for the visibility the show created about helmets.”

To see the full Ituen Basi fashion line, visit Ituen Basi’s site.

Photos courtesy of Oroma Elewa, Pop Africana

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Miller to Host Women-Only Yamaha Champions School

Yamaha Champions Riding SchoolComing up during the weekend of 17 – 18 August 2011, The Yamaha Champions Riding School will be presenting a women-only class at their home base within Miller Motorsports Park, perhaps the most modern motorcycle racing circuit in the United States currently. It is a fantastic chance to get out on this track in a more welcoming atmosphere which will focus on the unique needs of the female rider.

The Yamaha Champions Riding School took the time to conduct some exhaustive research into the needs and wants of female bikers who are interested in learning the finer points of guiding a motorcycle at high speed around a track.

The information they gathered demonstrated that women who attend the school were initially tentative to attend the school for some specific reasons: nervous about there being too much ego in the classroom and on the track, worried that they would not fit in with other students, and they were worried that they would be too slow, too inexperienced or too reserved on the circuit.

Yamaha Champions Riding School in action at MillerLead instructor of the school, and well-known motorcycle racer and writer, Nick Ienatsch, stated, “There are a lot of women who ride motorcycles and would benefit from the Yamaha Champions Riding School. We average about one or two women riders per class, but we know there are more women who would like to participate. We’ve decided to hold a women’s-only school just for them.”

The Yamaha Champions Riding School will conduct one of the standard two-day riding schools which will consist only of women; and female riders of all skill levels are welcome. There are 18 slots open – no word on how many are already taken – which will be filled on first come, first served basis.

The school is also offering 20 “audit-only” spots for women who wish to attend the classroom sessions, watch the instructional videos, and learn as much about piloting a high-performance motorcycle as you can without taking to the track.

Miller Motorsports Park would also qualify as one of the best tracks on which anyone can hone their motorcycle riding skills. The track is technically complex, but the sightlines are almost perfect, and that is something that any rider, from first-timers to experienced club racers, can appreciate and use as an advantage. Miller would seem purpose-built for a track-focused riding school, and the Yamaha Champions Riding School knows this very well.

Nick Ienatsch's book Sport Riding Techniques“There are measureable, understandable and repeatable reasons why riders win championships…and that means riding quickly and consistently, with consistency being the most important of these two factors,” said Ienatsch. “This women’s-only school will show them how, explain it in an understandable manner and then help them attain whatever goal they have on two wheels.”

That about sums it up, so if you are a woman and are looking for a great opportunity to ride alongside other women – with the men sitting quietly on the sidelines – the Yamaha Champions Riding School has you covered. If attendance and demand are high enough, this may become a regular part of the schedule, so get yourself to Utah in August!

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Sergio Gadea Finishes Third for Team Hilton (But Where’s the Pink?)

The bike for Paris Hilton's new racing team announced on December 18, 2010.Spaniard Sergio Gadea pulled in an impressive third place finish for Paris Hilton’s new 125 cc MotoGP team in the Qatar opener today… but we noticed something different about that bike that made the press rounds with Hilton in December. It was noticably absent of its trademark Hilton signature: the color PINK.

Check out these before and after pics. The first is the the bike as it was presented on December 18, 2010 during Hilton’s press announcement about the racing team.

Sergio Gadea for team Pev-Blusens-SMX-Paris Hilton at the Qatar MotoGP opener on March 20, 2011The second is from the actual MotoGP track.

Looks like this bike got a pretty substantial makeover since its bubble-gum launch a few months ago. The front faring and gas tank have been fully de-pinked, and I would venture a guess that those cutesy star accents along the bottom got the chop, too.

It’s no big deal. But it is funny.

What’s the adage… Takes a real man to wear pink?

(Guess the sayings are different in the school of Steve McQueen…)

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