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Ozbiker – Harley-Davidson Celebrates 110th Anniversary

Harley-Davidson has announced the official calendar of 110th Anniversary Celebration events for the coming year. The events will connect millions of Harley-Davidson fans across the globe, united by a common bond and shared passion for freedom, self-expression and epic adventure.

Included in the official calendar are 12 anniversary experiences that Harley-Davidson will bring to existing motorcycle events in global regional markets through September 2013. The events span 11 countries on six continents including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

The festivities began last week with a 110th Anniversary Celebration kickoff party at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, the Motor Company’s birthplace.
“The 110th Anniversary will be the biggest in our history, celebrated by fans at events on almost every continent on the planet over the course of an entire year,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer.

“This is more than an Anniversary event it’s an epic celebration of the freedom that unites us all, and we invite everyone around the world to join in.”

Capping the regional experiences will be two main anniversary celebration events in Rome, Italy and Milwaukee. The Rome event in June 2013 will include a party in the Touristic Port of Ostia, two headlining concerts at the Stadio Olimpico, and a special bike blessing inside St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, the heart of Rome, by Pope Benedict XVI.

The event in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend in 2013 will be an expanded celebration including rides to Milwaukee organized by fans, a
celebration at the world-renowned Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds), a massive parade through downtown Milwaukee, activities at the Harley-Davidson Museum and three headlining concerts.

Official 110th Anniversary Celebration Calendar of Events

Official 110th Anniversary Celebration experiences in regional markets between August 2012 and September 2013 include:

•Faaker See, Austria (Sept. 4-9, 2012): 110th Anniversary Kickoff Party at European Bike Week
•Goa, India (Feb. 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at the 1st National H.O.G. Rally
•Auckland, New Zealand (Feb. 14-17, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at the National H.O.G. Rally
•Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 9-16, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Daytona Bike Week
•Melbourne, Australia (April 13-14, 2013) 110th Anniversary Experience
•Margate, South Africa (April 26-28, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Africa Bike Week
•Qiandao Lake, Zhe Jiang Province, China (April 30-May 2, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
•Mexico City, Mexico (Spring/Summer 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
•Sao Paulo, Brazil (Spring/Summer 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
•Rome (June 13-16, 2013): 110th Anniversary Celebration
•Sturgis, S.D. (Aug. 3-10, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
•Milwaukee (Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2013): 110th Anniversary Celebration and H.O.G. 30th Anniversary Party
•Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sept. 14-19, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Asia Harley Days

Join the Celebration Online

Harley-Davidson fans are invited to join the celebration events online where they can share videos,

images and experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and at The website, which will remain live through 2013, will feature details about all of the Motor Company’s 110th Anniversary events, as well as content posted from fans around the world.

Information regarding ticketing and registration for the official 110th Anniversary Celebration events, which will vary according to event and region, will be made available on the website later this year.



Dunlop conquers Senior TT – The official Isle of Man TT website

Michael Dunlop joined Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen on 11 wins at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy when he took Friday afternoon’s PokerStars Senior TT race, the second year in succession when he’s won 4 races in a week.
The BMW Motorrad rider was down in seventh at Glen Helen, the first timing point,  on the opening lap but steadily moved through the leaders on the opening lap.  He eventually took the win by exactly 14 seconds from Honda Racing’s Conor Cummins with the Tyco Suzuki of Guy Martin in third.
With conditions all around the Mountain Course remaining perfect throughout the 6-lap race, the second Tyco Suzuki ridden by William Dunlop held the lead in the early stages, ahead by 1.3 seconds at Glen Helen with Cummins and Martin in second and third from Dean Harrison, John McGuinness and James Hillier.
William still led at Ramsey but Michael was beginning to make his move, closing the gap to just one second and by the end of the lap Michael was in front. His lap of 130.628mph gave him a 0.8s lead over Martin with Cummins, William Dunlop and Harrison in hot pursuit, just 3s covering the top five.
On the second lap, Dunlop and the BMW really began to make their mark on the race and with a new lap record, for the Senior race, of 131.668mph, he went 7.7s clear as he came into the pits for his first stop. William had edged out Martin for second as Cummins slipped back to fourth. Harrison remained in fifth as a slow starting Bruce Anstey moved up to sixth.
Lap three saw some major changes though and while Michael remained in the lead, Cummins and Martin moved up to second and third respectively as William Dunlop crashed at the Les Graham Memorial, the 28-year reported to have received a suspected broken leg and was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital. Harrison was also out, retiring at Sulby.
The gap between Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins went up to 13s at Ramsey on the fourth lap, but by the pits and the second stop, it was down to 9.5s as Cummins was the quickest on the fourth lap at 130.499mph. Martin was 10s further back in third, with Dunlop having caught him on the road, as Anstey, Hillier and McGuinness now slotted into fourth to sixth.
At Glen Helen on the penultimate lap, just 7s separated Dunlop and Cummins with the former circulating on the road with Hillier, McGuinness and Martin also encountering heavy traffic. However, the Ballymoney rider fought his way to the front of the quartet and once there he was able to build a slightly more comfortable lead.
By the end of the race, the margin was 14s as he swept to his 11th win of his relatively short TT career, with Cummins again justifying Honda’s faith in him in 2nd, 9.6s ahead of Martin who had to settle for third and his 15th TT podium.
Just like twelve months ago Anstey and Hillier battled all the way to the chequered flag, this time for fourth, and it was again the Kiwi who prevailed, this time by 1.4s. Meanwhile, McGuinness, sixth at the end of the opening lap, duly completed the race in the same position to end a difficult week with a solid finish.
Josh Brookes put behind the disappointment of Wednesday’s Supersport race, when he was knocked off by Lee Johnston at Creg ny Baa on the final lap, to finish in a strong seventh with Dan Kneen, Michael Rutter and David Johnson rounding out the top ten.
There was another sensational performance from newcomer Peter Hickman who not only took 11th place but also set the fastest ever lap by a first timer at the Mountain Course with a stunning lap of 129.104mph.
He was the first privateer home ahead of Ian Mackman (15th) but Ivan Lintin’s 16th place was enough to see him wrap up the TT Privateer’s Championship with 97 points overall.
John Ingram and Philip Crowe were reported off at Governors and Gooseneck respectively but both were reported as OK.  Martin Jessop, also off at Governors, was taken by ambulance to Nobles hospital with a suspected broken collar bone, while Austrian Horst Saiger was conscious after an incident at Gardeners Lane and taken to Nobles with a leg injury.


McGuinness Wins 21st TT Despite Injury – Motorcycles, Road Racing – The Checkered Flag

The 42-year-old, who is riding with a wrist injury, set an impressive lap of 117.366mph on the Mugen Shinden bike to go just five TT wins behind the 26 set by the legendary Joey Dunlop. McGuinness took a clear 23 second victory over team-mate Bruce Anstey, while former TT Zero winner Rob Barker took third on the Buckeye CurrentRW-2, four minutes and thirty seconds behind Anstey. The battle for third was much closer than the fight for the win, with Barker narrowly beating Team Sarolea Racing‘s Rob Wilson to the final step of the podium by less than a tenth of a second. Mark Miller and Timothee Monot completed the top six. Four of the ten starters failed to make it back to the Grandstand. “It’s been a tough week but it is great to get one for this incredible team,” said McGuinness, whose new lap record was faster than the current Sidecar record. “They are very clever people. I was gutted to lose this race last year but I’ve made the top step now. That is probably me done in terms of race wins this week – I’ve yet to make a decision on whether I’ll race in the Senior. I’ll come back fitter and stronger next year.” McGuinness has already withdrawn from Wednesday afternoon’s Supersport race because of his wrist injury.


Honda NM4-02 was ready to come in market | SAGMart

Honda Motors, Japan has officially announced that Honda NM4-02 hits the production and will soon be available on sale from the coming week on Tuesday 10th June, 2014. The bike is known as “VULTUS” in the European market. NM4-02 is the new version of Honda NM4 Vultus and it is based upon the same concept. The bike has made its entry in the “NM4″ series which was first showcased in the press conference at the 30th Osaka Motorcycle Show 2014, held in Tokyo, Japan in the month of March, 2014. The model and design of this bike is pretty much influenced by the previous model of the company Honda DN-01, which was used in Valkyrie as well as it has similarities with Shotaro Kaneda’s bike from anime hit series Akira. Whats new we have in Honda NM4-02? As Honda mentioned that “the NM4 series developed under the keywords of ‘the Neo-futuristic’ and ‘COOL,’ pursuing new, unique styling.” The NM4 series was designed by keeping two important things in mind, first is the Design Concept “the Front Massive Styling” and “the cockpit position”. The low set-up cockpit and adjustable backrest will provide comfortable ride to the rider.

The bike is powered by a four-stroke, liquid-cooled OHC inline 2-cylinder engine providing 750 cc of engine displacement. The power of the engine has been sent to the 200mm rear tyres. It has 6-speed gearbox with dual-clutch auto transmission. This is the first series by Honda with this much highest specifications if compared with the mid range bikes like Integra Scooter, NC7505, CTX700, and many more.


BBC News – TT 2014: Second competitor, Karl Harris, killed in race

A second competitor has died while riding in the 2014 TT races on the Isle of Man, organisers have confirmed. Three-time British Supersport champion, Karl Harris, was killed during the Superstock race on Tuesday afternoon. The 34-year-old from Sheffield crashed in an area known as Joey’s Corner, during the final lap of the 37.5 mile (60 km) Mountain circuit. Clerk of the TT course Gary Thompson said: “Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock.” He added: “His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings – he was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed.” Mr Harris is the second rider to die in as many days at this year’s event, following the death of Bob Price in Monday’s Supersport race. Organisers said the coroner of inquests had been informed and an investigation was under way. Mr Harris made his debut at the Isle of Man event in 2012, finishing 21st in the Superbike race and 28th in the Superstock race, lapping in excess of 121 mph. A spokesman for organisers ACU said: “The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Karl’s family and friends.”


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Dunlop opens commanding lead in TT Championship – The official Isle of Man TT website

Michael Dunlop has opened up a commanding lead in the Joey Dunlop TT Championship, which is based on points awarded for top fifteen place finishes in the Dainese Superbike, RL360 Superstock, the two Monster Energy Supersport Races and the PokerStars Senior TT.   Dunlop’s race victories in the Dainese Superbike and RL360 Superstock and his third place in the Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 have given him 66 points, 17 ahead of second placed Bruce Anstey with Dean Harrison a further 8 behind in third.   In the Privateer’s championship, open only to riders that don’t receive manufacturer support, Ivan Lintin currently tops the board with 56 points with Peter Hickman, courtesy of his stunning 10th place in yesterday’s RL360 Superstock race, second on 50 points. Hickman’s position is all the more impressive given that he has scored maximum points in both of the races that he’s competed in.   Dunlop has a chance to pull further away in the championship in today’s Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 (10.45) and could even win the title if he takes the top spot and Anstey finishes lower than second.   The RAC Sidecar Championship Trophy will definitely be decided later today with the second Sure Sidecar race due to take place at 14.30.  Any finish in the top fifteen places by Conrad Harrison/Mike Aylott will mean that Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance cannot win the title after they retired in Saturday’s opening Sure Sidecar race while John Holden/Andy Winkle and Tim Reeves/Gregory Cluze, second and third respectively, will be looking to finish ahead of the Shelbourne Honda outfit to top the Sidecar Championship.


On a bike and a prayer – SundayWorld

Bikers are hardly the beasts many think they are. They are the gentlest of giants.

This I got to experience at my first biker rally, hosted by Strawdogs MC in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape last weekend.

But let’s not mistake gentle with boring. These men in expensive leather suits throw the best parties.

So much so that I lost my voice.

The rally, I’m told, is intended to get like-minded bikers together to share in a weekend of bonding, brotherhood and camaraderie.

I’m in awe as I see mostly middle-aged men saddle themselves on to superbikes as opposed to cruising machines.

Roderick Mc Bride (42), of West Side Riders MC in Jozi, explained that a biker was different to a motorcyclist.

“My bike is my wife. It’s a part of me and I feel lost without it. We enjoy the thrill of a superbike. The fact that there is a rally in Graaff-Reinet is a good enough reason to go and we enjoy the scenery. Roads in South Africa are conducive to high-speed touring.

“Not just anyone can be a biker. There’s a stringent process you go through to get your patch. Only men of a certain calibre are allowed to apply to our club,” he said.

Wayne de Doncker (46), co-founder of the West Side Riders MC, said this was a time for bonding with his brothers.

“Riding is why we go. Going is not why we ride.

“Biking is about togetherness and to celebrate our brotherhood. We live by the principle of love, honour and respect. Functions are also held with charity in mind,” he said.

From Joburg to Graaff-Reinet is a drive of about eight hours , but we took more than 12 . The hours flew by on this thrilling journey.

No one is allowed to take off before saying a prayer while holding hands and asking God to keep them safe. The first thing I learn about these “tough” guys is that their motto is “Put God first”.

So in the bus we get, with the bikers leading the way on their mean machines. We have to make a few stops as some of them have unforeseen breakdowns.

The women on the bus can’t wait to get there and are enjoying the booze and music – two songs that play on repeat: Mafikizolo’s Happiness and I’m Free by Fistax Mixwell.

Graaffies is a small town and this is as much action as it gets.

Upon arrival the temperature is peaking at what feels like 40º.

Entry is R180.

Shawn Martlouw (47), president of Strawdogs MC (Joburg), said they held the rally there because it’s a central meeting place for Strawdogs members in Gauteng, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, as well as members of several other clubs.

But more than that, they help boost the tourism industry of the quaint little dorpie.

They also donate to the poor community by raising money for food parcels and blankets.

“The financial injection that the town receives over the rally weekend is phenomenal. We have 1500-plus bikers descending on the town and it’s growing every year,” said Martlouw.

Other advantages of Graaff-Reinet are that it has infrastructure and that the authorities are accommodating.

The activities start on the Friday. We are welcomed and go to freshen up in the communal showers.

It’s a pretty picture with camp tents all over the valley, surrounded by tall mountains. There’s a band playing, food stalls and a bar that doesn’t seem to run out of stock.

A little Asian girl dubbed “Pokemon” by rally revellers wins the Miss Strawdogs competition.

Then DJs take over. Bikers close to 70 outparty the youngest rock star.

After about three hours of sleep in Aan Die Oewer, a three-star B&B in town, we get back to the action of burning rubber on Saturday.

There’s a mass ride through the town escorted by traffic officials.

The main street is blocked off and professionals do daring stunts that have the crowd begging for more. There’s nothing more thrilling than the roar of a bike engine.

From here we move on to the bike concourse, where the guys enter their machines to be judged for overall work done, cleanliness and looks, followed by controlled racing along the drag strip.

Later, there’s a moment of silence for fallen brothers, and almost everyone is in tears.

Then it’s more partying, with shooters flowing between R5 and R8. Not a single fight breaks out, which I find impressive.

I walk away with a few lessons, including that biking is not a hobby but a way of life. True bikers are not weekend warriors that pull out their bikes on sunny days for a leisurely cruise through the countryside. Bikers are hard-core, they have an inherent sense of the value of life. They share a bond that you have to experience to understand.

As Martlouw put it: “Bikers are governed by a code of honour, loyalty and respect for each other. But through all the leather they have the most generous hearts. They are the first to rally to assist the underprivileged. This is not done for recognition but because of the value that bikers place on life.

“Bikers abhor violence against women and children. The stigma attached to bikers as being bad ass is a myth. Yes, we have bad ass bikers, but they are in the minority. Clubs do not make themselves party to crime.

“Bikers have a very close relationship with their Maker, because every time you mount your bike, you pray. Some pray throughout their ride because we are so close to the edge .”

This incredible dashcam video shows the moment a motorcyclist has a go at ‘biker roulette’ – and is hit by an oncoming vehicle.The deadly new craze involves bikers taking turns to cross a busy road without checking for cars.

In the clip, two young motorcyclists try their hand at the game on a road in Zhukovsky, Russia, with almost fatal consequences.

Pavel Drabin, 19, narrowly clears the oncoming traffic when he bursts out from a bank on the side of the road – but his fellow biker isn’t so fortunate.

Aleksey Rouhov, 21, is launched off his bike when an oncoming car smashes into it, leaving the bike in bits on the road.

Remarkably Mr Rouhov survives, getting straight back to his feet and dusting himself off.

The car’s driver Grigorii Amedov, 49, said he was sure the motorcyclist was dead.

‘I thought I was going to have a heart attack and couldn’t believe it when he just stood up and looked sheepish and embarrassed,’ he said.

‘To be honest I probably should not have punched him or at least shouted at him but I was so shocked I didn’t know what to do.’

A spokesperson for the police explained the game.

‘They call it biker roulette,’ said Felix Bobrov, 49. ‘It’s just as deadly as Russian roulette. It’s hit and miss whether they die. And it’s the same with this bizarre new craze.

‘After looking at the images it’s incredible the young man survived at all.’