Bike Pix Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:36:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bike Pix 32 32 Rockford Fosgate® Connects to a Global Dealer and Distribution Network in Las Vegas Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:30:00 +0000

Inaugural event focuses on equipping partners for success

TEMPE, Arizona., November 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Rockford Fosgate, the industry leader in high-performance audio systems, has taken Vegas storming with the events surrounding this year’s SEMA® show October 31November 4, 2022.

On monday 31 october, Rockford Fosgate hosted 280 guests comprised of US retail store owners and managers, international distributors and sales representatives. This inaugural event, dubbed the “Sit-Down,” was an all-day learning and networking opportunity focused on equipping our dealers for success. The day began with a presentation showing what sets Rockford Fosgate apart from all the rest, how Rockford resonates with consumer lifestyles, and how the entire global Rockford network is connected into one culture.

Bill JacksonRockford’s President and CEO said, “We share a common goal of delivering a best-in-class experience for our customers, and so we come together to set the tone for success, to network, to learn and to s have fun. .”

The group then divided into three sections to participate in educational seminars where Zach Luke conduct exercises to make their brand more memorable, Therese Antoine gave them tools to be more effective managers, and Bryan SchmittCEO of Mobile Solutions, taught them how to deliver bass with style and profit.

Bill continued: “This family is built for the long haul, we have 42 years behind us, we have experience, we know where to invest and what levers to pull to not only survive but succeed.”

To close the day when Rockford Fosgate announced its collaboration with Garrison Brothers bourbon and gave everyone a tasting and reception.

On Tuesday, Rockford’s sales, marketing and technical teams descended on the SEMA show in an expertly appointed 6,000 square foot booth to showcase the brand’s entire Mobile, Marine, Motorcycle and Motorsports product offering. Visitors to the booth had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Rockford personnel about aftermarket products as well as the vehicle’s OEM options. They completely immersed themselves in the Rockford DNA by experiencing the music on factory-equipped Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, Polaris® off-road vehicles and custom builds, including by Greg Cobb 1994 Chevy 1500 and by Blake Wilkey mini boat.

Tuesday was capped off with a signature Rockford Fosgate “The Family Affair” party at the Virgin Hotel Skybox. Rockford released their longtime favorite band “Boogie Nights” to bring the music and set the mood while everyone enjoyed dancing, drinks and good conversation.

Zach LukeRockford Fosgate National Sales Manager, said, “To those of you who attended this year’s event, we send a huge THANK YOU, to those who couldn’t, we look forward to forward to see you in 23!”

About Rockford Corporation

Setting the standard of excellence in the audio industry, Rockford Corporation markets high performance audio systems under the Rockford Fosgate brand.® for aftermarket and OEM mobile audio, motorsport and marine. Based at Temple, Arizona.Rockford Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Patrick Industries, Inc.

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]]> Jeff Proctor ready for last Baja 1000 as a rider, Honda Factory to launch Gen 2 Baja Ridgeline in 2023 Tue, 15 Nov 2022 04:15:41 +0000

Honda bikes are a mainstay in the off-road world, having won the Dakar Rally seven times and the Baja 1000 five times that counts. Since 2016, the Japanese brand has also become familiar with navigating the deserts on four wheels thanks to the work of Jeff Proctor and his Honda Off-Road Factory Race Team.

However, medical issues mean Proctor will end the driving chapter of his career after this week’s Baja 1000. But one door closing means another door opening, as Proctor intends to continue the team in the 2023 SCORE International Desert World Championship with a second generation Honda Ridgeline. Nicknamed the “Gen 2 Baja Ridgeline“, the new truck will compete in the Trophy Truck category because it uses the chassis of such a vehicle.

“After racing the Ridgeline for eight seasons and nine Baja 1000s, this race will be bittersweet for me,” said the overseer. “I am confident and delighted that our team is well prepared and has a real chance of achieving repeat victories. But at the same time, it will be my last as a pilot in the near future. I have decided to focus on leading the team while I take it to deal with the medical issues related to the numerous concussions I have suffered.

“The regular racing schedule and nature of off-road racing has not allowed my brain to fully heal from the concussions and impacts I have suffered over the past year and a half from on-track incidents. and off-road. I have a heavy heart with this decision, but I know it is the right decision for my health. I plan to share more about this journey in the months to come.

Benefiting from a factory support of Honda Performance Development, Proctor rides the #709 Ridgeline in Class 7. He enjoyed early success when he won his class at the Baja 1000 in the Ridgeline’s first two trials. The vehicle has also triumphed in Class 7 at the Baja 500 five times, including four in a row from 2017 to 2021, and the San Felipe 250 from 2021. Although Proctor has never won the SCORE World Desert Championship because he doesn’t run the full schedule, winning every start in 2021, including the Baja 1000, has consistently put him in the top two in terms of points.

His 2021 1000 win came alongside the IndyCar driver Alexandre Rossi. While Rossi will not return for 2022 because he switch to Chevrolet in his main series, Proctor’s teammates Richard Glasczak comes back with Prescott Chip.

“I am excited about the future of our Honda Factory Off Road Racing program and our new two-year contract extension with Honda through 2024,” Supervisor continued. “We will be announcing the new 2023 rider lineup in the weeks following the Baja 1000. This is a great opportunity to develop talent and continue to prove the rugged capabilities of the Honda Ridgeline.

“We have a plan to take it to the next level. we’re launching the Gen 2 Baja Ridgeline on a Trophy Truck chassis. That means it will be the standard Trophy Truck width with a twin-turbo Honda V6 engine. This is a first for the team and we plan to compete in the Trophy Truck class at some races.

The team also a Talon stable who competes in SCORE’s Pro UTV NA class as well as Best In The Desert. Zach Sizelove and Ethan Ebert finished 1–2 in class at the Mint 400 in March, which Sizelove then built on by winning at the Baja 500. For the 1000, Sizelove will ride the #1925 Talon while Elias Hanna is in #1920.

Honda Performance Development has been particularly keen to grow its brand in American desert racing lately. At the end of October, HPD started selling Talon crate motors to customers. HPD also donated a Ridgeline to Hoonigan Racing Division to convert to “IndyTruck(a Skeleton Ridgeline with an IndyCar engine) for road racing and climbing.

The 2022 Baja 1000 is scheduled for November 15-20.

6 advantages of two-wheeled loans that make your life easier! Mon, 14 Nov 2022 07:45:34 +0000

A recent study by the IDFC Institute shows that a typical 30-minute journey on Mumbai’s main roads takes over 60 minutes during rush hour. While the numbers apply to Mumbai, the same can be said for all other metropolitan cities. A two-wheeler is your most reliable bet for getting through rush hour. Nimble enough to weave through traffic, a two-wheeler can help cut your commute time and fuel costs, and help you stick to your appointments.

These benefits have boosted sales figures, making India’s two-wheeler market the largest and fastest growing. While commuter bikes are offered at a great price to meet this growing demand, customers can also avail two-wheeled loans at affordable bike loan interest rates. If you are currently thinking about buying a new two-wheeler on loan, here is how this loan will make your life easier.

Easy on the pocket

Buying a bicycle is undoubtedly a significant investment that requires quite large funds. A two-wheeler loan eliminates the need to pay for the bike all at once. Even if you have the necessary funds in your savings reserves, spending them as a lump sum can be unwise. Choose a low interest rate bike loan to finance your bike allows you to pay for the model in small monthly installments, protecting your savings reserves for unexpected rainy days. Plus, because two-wheeler loans let you choose repayment terms (12 to 48 months) that suit your needs, your bike loan EMIs don’t overburden your monthly expenses.

Zero waiting

If you want to buy a new two-wheeler without a loan, you will have to spend considerable time accumulating funds to finance the purchase. Saving enough funds can take a few years for people who are just starting a career or who already have existing financial liabilities. However, with a two-wheeler loan, you can avoid this hassle. Since the two-wheeler loan application process is quite simple, most lenders verify and sanction the loan in just a few days. Some even offer instant approvals to preferred customers, where the loan amount is disbursed within seconds. If you take out a two-wheeler loan from a lender that has ties to the bike dealership, your loan can be disbursed instantly.

Simplified application process

Gathering the documents for a loan application can be quite complicated. However, you won’t have to worry about this issue with a two-wheeler loan. Most lenders allow you to apply with only a basic set of documents, with some having a “no documentation” clause for existing clients. Plus, since two-wheeler loans come with a basic, easy-to-follow eligibility checklist, it’s easy to apply for and get quick approvals. So, whether you are an employee or self-employed, you can apply for a two-wheeler loan online and avoid going to physical offices.

Zero compromise

Budget plays a crucial role in determining the type of bike you eventually buy. In other words, your choices remain circumscribed by your budgetary parameters. Many potential buyers often compromise their choices simply because they need more funds to purchase a model with better specs. However, if you opt for a two-wheeler loan, you can completely free yourself from these budgetary constraints. With banks and NBFCs offering up to 100% financing options, you can even forgo the burden of managing funds for your dream bike down payment.

Affordable Interest Rates for Bike Loan

To make two-wheeler loans more affordable for customers, banks and NBFCs cap their interest rates on bike loans at fairly affordable levels. With bike loan interest rates starting at just 7%, you won’t have to worry about interest payments when deciding to finance your dream bike. Additionally, if you have an existing relationship with the lender or a good credit rating, the lender may also offer you a discount on the base bike loan interest rate. This means you can buy your dream bike, meet all of your existing financial obligations, and save money without too much hassle.

Help build your credit profile

A good credit profile can give you several credit benefits. Although a good credit score isn’t necessary for a bike loan, you can use your two-wheeler loan to build a credit profile. Since two-wheeler loans come with manageable EMIs and flexible repayment terms, it is quite easy to repay these loans on time. Repaying your two-wheeler loan on time positions you as a creditworthy borrower, thus improving your CIBIL score. This, in turn, increases your chances of getting high-value loans – like car or home loans – at cheaper rates in the future.

Besides these benefits, some lenders also offer special offers such as free insurance coverages, discounts on accessories, etc. For example, if you opt for a loan with two wheels on Bajaj Markets, you can benefit from several festive and seasonal offers. In addition to attractive interest rates for bicycle loans, you also benefit from up to 100% financing on certain models. With quick and easy approvals, you can apply for a two-wheeler loan with minimal paperwork online to take home your dream bike today!

Razgatlioglu leads Rea in Superpole race Sun, 13 Nov 2022 07:53:53 +0000

Toprak Razgatlioğlu © Gallo Images

Toprak Razgatlioglu held on to win the ten-lap sprint race at WSBK Indonesia in Mandalika by the narrowest of margins over Jonathan Rea.

The Yamaha rider led his team-mate Andrea Locatelli at the start, but Rea passed him then challenged Razgatlioglu for the lead on lap three, which allowed his motion to remain through Turns 11 and 12.

Over the following laps, Razgatlioglu showed relentless pace to stay with the six-time champion and beat the Kawasaki rider to a break before Turn 10 on lap six. The Turkish star held on to the lead until the checkered flag, with Rea just 0.5 seconds behind.

Locatelli grabbed third place, while drivers’ championship leader Alvaro Bautista could only claim fourth.


1 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK 10 laps

2 Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +0.586s

3 Andrea Locatelli ITA PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +1.821s

4 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +1.906s

5 Axel Bassani ITA Motocorsa Ducati +4.346s

6 Scott Redding GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +5.025s

7 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +5.686s

8 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +6.142s

9 Xavi Vierge SPA Team HRC WorldSBK +7.183s

10 Michael Van Der Mark SPA BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +9.831s

11 Xavi Fores SPA Barni Spark Ducati Team +14.596s

12 Loris Baz FRA Bonovo Action BMW +16.628s

13 Garrett Gerloff USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team +17.355s

14 Philipp Oettl GER GoEleven Ducati +17.902s

15 Hafizh Syahrin MAL MIE Honda Racing +21.025s

16 Leandro Mercado ARG MIE Honda Racing +22.530s

17 Eugene Laverty IRL Bonovo Action BMW +22.925s

18 Oliver Konig CZE Orelac Racing Kawasaki +23.371s

19 Kyle Smith GBR Pedercini Kawasaki +25.329s

20 Kohta Nozane JPN GRT Yamaha +27.729s

Harold W. Marengo, Jr. Obituary Sat, 12 Nov 2022 16:43:49 +0000

Harold W. Marengo, Jr., 82, of E.Brookfield, died Thursday, Nov. 10, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Palmer, the son of Harold W. Marengo, Sr and Doris R. (Decoteau) Marengo.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia A. (Grogan) Marengo, his son; Harold J. Marengo and his wife Teresa of Dudley, three daughters; Lori A. Espino and her husband Dario of Natick, Paula J. Gervais and her husband Stephen and Donna L. Fyrberg and her husband Greg all of Spencer, three brothers; Paul Marengo and his wife Ramona of Dudley, Walter Marengo and his wife Arlene of Boylston and Mark Marengo and his wife Brenda of Charlton, one sister Paulette McDonald of Barre, 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother Richard Marengo and a sister Evelyn Klink.

Harry was a member of the Army National Guard at Worcester as a Certified Welding Instructor, then was a mechanic for the former Conrail at Worcester for 30 years, retiring in 1998. He was a police officer auxiliary for the town of E.Brookfield for many years. years. He earned his 2nd degree black belt in karate, earned a private pilot’s license in 2005, enjoyed tinkering with his 1979 Corvette and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle in his youth. He will be remembered above all for his generous spirit, exemplified by the kind and uplifting words and the helping hand he offered so freely to all he met.

A celebration of Harry’s life will be held on Sunday, November 20 from 4-8 p.m. at The Public House, 277 Main St., Sturbridge, MA. Interment of his ashes will be at the family’s convenience at Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Second Chance Animal Services, PO Box 136, E.Brookfield, MA 01515.

The J. HENRI MORIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 23 Maple Terr., Spencer is helping the family with the arrangements.

Posted on November 12, 2022

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Mandalika WorldSBK Race 1 results: Toprak Razgatlioglu wins in style Sat, 12 Nov 2022 06:23:16 +0000

Alvaro Bautista will have to wait at least one more day before claiming the 2022 WorldSBK title after Toprak Razgatlioglu took a dominant Race 1 win at Mandalika.

Despite an impressive launch, Jonathan Rea backed off at turn one as Andrea Locatelli and Bautista went under the brakes.

As Bautista tried to make a move on Locatelli for second, the Ducati rider instead lost third to Rea after a mistake at turn ten gave the six-time champion a run on him in turns 11 and 12, the latter being the bend where the move was completed.

Still in the lead after his superb time on pole position, Razgatlioglu couldn’t tear himself away from Rea after the Kawasaki rider did some light work on Locatelli.

Bautista also found his way over Locatelli at the start of lap three as the Yamaha rider fell back to a comfortable fourth place.

Seemingly on the edge trying to stay in contention, Rea’s effort to challenge Razgatlioglu faded on laps four and five as the Yamaha rider extended his lead to over a second.

2022 World Superbike Mandalika, Indonesia – Race results (1)
Pos Rider Nat Crew Time
1 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK 21 rounds
2 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +4.324s
3 Jonathan Rea UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +11.855s
4 Andrea Locatelli ITA PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +19.954s
5 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +23.992s
6 Xavier Virgo SPA HRC WorldSBK Team +27.144s
seven Garrett Gerloff UNITED STATES GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team +27.776s
8 Axel Bassani ITA Ducati Motocross +31.015s
9 Alex Lowe UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +31.363s
ten Loris Baz ENG Bonovo Stock BMW +39.809s
11 Xavi Fores SPA Barni Spark Ducati Team +39.895s
12 Scott Redding UK BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +56.317s
13 Hafizh Syahrin WRONG MIE Honda Racing +1’00.618s
14 Eugene Laverty IRL Bonovo Stock BMW +1’04.247s
15 Kohta Nozane JPN GRT Yamaha +1’05.242s
16 Olivier Konig CZE Orelac Racing Kawasaki +1’06.538s
17 Michel Van Der Mark SPA BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team DNF
18 Leandro Mercado AR MIE Honda Racing DNF
19 Kyle Smith UK Kawasaki Pedercini DNF
20 Philippe Oettl ALL Go Eleven Ducati DNF

Rea, who was now the third fastest driver of the three title contenders, lost nearly seven tenths to Bautista on lap eight. Bautista then took second from Rea a lap later with a brilliant move at Turn 15.

Phillip Oettl became the first driver to retire from the race after a big highside at turn six. This was quickly followed by Leandro Mercado encountering technical issues which ended his run.

With victory looking assured, Razgatlioglu saw his three-second lead halved after an error at turn eight.

Fastest driver on track for several laps, Bautista then lost time to Razgatlioglu on lap 14 as the leader accelerated once again.

Razgatlioglu then extended his lead by nearly three seconds once more as he claimed the 12th victory of the year.

Michael Van Der Mark joined Oettl in an accident after trying to force his way onto Garrett Gerloff.

Mandalika’s WorldSBK Records:

Fastest lap – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha 1:31.371s 2022

Winners of the 2021 race:

Race 1 – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team

Race 2 – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team

2022 race winners

Race 1 – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha

Race 1 went without Iker Lecuona, soon to be rookie of the year Iker Lecuona after the Honda rider’s highside monster in FP2.

Lecuona suffered fractures to his vertebrae and the left side of his sacrum.

Mandalika WorldSBK schedule (UK time):


Free Practice 1: 02:00-02:55

Free practice 2: 05:10-05:55


Free practice 3: 00:30-01:00

Superpole: 02h40-02h55

Race 1: 05:30


Warm-up: 00:30-00:45

Superpole race: 02:30

Race 2: 05:30

Blend Labs (NYSE:BLND) shares the gap after analysts downgrade Fri, 11 Nov 2022 15:48:23 +0000

Blend Labs, Inc. (NYSE: BLNDGet a rating) fell ahead of market open Friday after Wells Fargo & Company lowered its price target on the stock from $3.00 to $2.50. The stock had previously closed at $2.18, but opened at $2.08. Wells Fargo & Company currently has an equal weight rating on the stock. Shares of Blend Labs last traded at $2.28, with volume at 22,393 shares.

BLND has been the subject of a number of other reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “downgrade” note on Blend Labs stock in a research note on Monday, July 25. Canaccord Genuity Group cut its price target on Blend Labs shares from $5.00 to $4.00 in a Friday, August 19 research note. Canaccord Genuity Group cut its price target on Blend Labs shares from $5.00 to $4.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a Friday, Aug. 19 research note. Piper Sandler cut her price target on Blend Labs shares from $3.20 to $2.40 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Friday. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group cut its price target on Blend Labs from $5.25 to $3.25 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a Tuesday, October 18 report. Seven research analysts gave the stock a hold rating and two gave the stock a buy rating. According to data from, the company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $3.84.

Insider Buying and Selling at Blend Labs

In other Blend Labs news, an insider crystal sumner sold 20,266 shares of the company in a trade on Monday, August 22. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.91, for a total transaction of $58,974.06. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 634,483 shares of the company, valued at approximately $1,846,345.53. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, available at the SEC website. In other Blend Labs news, President Timothy J. Mayopoulos sold 26,228 shares in a trade on Monday, August 22. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.91, for a total transaction of $76,323.48. Following the transaction, the president now owns 634,843 shares of the company, valued at approximately $1,847,393.13. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, accessible via this link. Also, insider crystal sumner sold 20,266 shares of the company in a trade on Monday, August 22. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.91, for a total value of $58,974.06. Following completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 634,483 shares of the company, valued at approximately $1,846,345.53. Disclosure of this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 141,495 shares of the company valued at $379,028 during the last quarter. 15.57% of the shares are currently held by insiders.

Institutional entries and exits

Hedge funds have recently changed their stock holdings. Walleye Capital LLC bought a new position in Blend Labs in the second quarter worth about $28,000. Mackenzie Financial Corp bought a new position in Blend Labs in the second quarter worth about $30,000. Royal Bank of Canada increased its position in Blend Labs by 418.5% in the first quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 6,009 shares of the company valued at $34,000 after acquiring an additional 4,850 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in Blend Labs in the third quarter worth about $36,000. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc bought a new position in Blend Labs in the second quarter worth around $37,000. Institutional investors hold 59.45% of the company’s shares.

Blend Labs Stock Performance

The stock has a 50-day simple moving average of $2.43 and a 200-day simple moving average of $2.91. The stock has a market capitalization of $493.42 million, a P/E ratio of -0.71 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a debt ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 10.49 and a quick ratio of 10.49.

Mixing laboratories (NYSE: BLNDGet a rating) last announced its quarterly results on Monday, August 15. The company reported ($0.32) EPS for the quarter, missing analyst consensus estimates of ($0.23) by ($0.09). Blend Labs had a negative net margin of 228.19% and a negative return on equity of 42.53%. The company posted revenue of $65.54 million for the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $59.96 million. In the same period a year earlier, the company posted ($0.48) earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter increased by 104.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Research analysts expect Blend Labs, Inc. to post -1.04 earnings per share for the current year.

Blend Labs Company Profile

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Blend Labs, Inc provides cloud-based software platform solutions for financial services companies in the United States. It operates in two segments, Blend Platform and Title365. The company offers a range of white label products for mortgages, home equity loans and lines of credit, auto loans, personal loans, credit cards and deposit accounts.

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Yamaha to be title sponsor of CABDA Expo’s new e-mobility showcase – Community Thu, 10 Nov 2022 11:30:15 +0000

Yamaha will be the title sponsor of CABDA Expo’s new E-Mobility showcase, organizers have announced.

CABDA Show Director Jim Kersten said: “We are thrilled to have Yamaha on board as title sponsor of our 2023 events. I think dealers across the country have been waiting long enough to lay their eyes on these bikes.

E-mobility brands, including e-bikes and electric parts and accessories, have been the fastest growing categories at CABDA shows in recent years, and the addition of Yamaha now bolsters the range of brands engaged in the B2B fair.

Drew Engelmann, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles, said: “We are excited to introduce Bike Shops to our model lineup which now includes some of the best fitness and commuter e-bikes in the class. , complete suspension electric mountain bikes and drop bar electric gravel bikes.

CABDA Expo has three shows on deck for early 2023. Early bird registration for all locations is currently open and still free for retailers.

Kersten said, “If you are a retailer looking to expand your store’s current e-bike selection or are still debating how to offer e-bikes and services, our lounges are the place to be. From the showroom to the demo track, to our seminar and clinic spaces, we work hard to have all of our bases covered for people looking to expand their e-bike offerings.

Read more: Next year ‘could be tough for bike industry’ but interest in cycling ‘won’t go away’, says WBIA president

CABDA West will take place January 10-11 at the Ontario Convention Center outside of Los Angeles.

CABDA Midwest takes place February 8-9 at the Schaumburg Convention Center outside of Chicago.

CABDA East takes place March 8-9 at the Meadowlands Expo Center outside New York City.

Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles is part of the Smart Power Vehicle division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. The Yamaha Bicycles line includes a variety of e-bikes. Additional show and registration information is available at

Profile: A look at the journeys of the pioneering female Harley Davidson women in Saudi Arabia Thu, 10 Nov 2022 07:19:25 +0000

It has been a few years since Saudi women were first allowed to drive. While many took to the streets in their cars, some chose to learn to ride motorcycles to quench their thirst for adrenaline.

Two Saudi women, trailblazers for other women in the Gulf country who are interested in cycling, told Al Arabiya English about their journey into the world of riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

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Saudi bikers Nour and Wedad said riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles through the streets of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia made them feel “an inexplicable sense of freedom”, as they continue to challenge Eurocentric stereotypes of Saudi women.

Nour and Wedad, who asked to be identified by their first names, are currently the only Saudi female bikers in the Riyadh chapter of the Harley Owners Group “Ladies of Harley”, a HOG-sponsored program to support and encourage motorcycle enthusiasts. become more active in the biker community.

The total number of LOH members ranges between 50 and 60 and there are currently 2,000 members in the Riyadh chapter, with the HOG in Saudi Arabia being the largest in the GCC.

For each, the passion for cycling was rooted in different circumstances.

In Nour’s case, it was his father who ingrained this desire to own and ride a bicycle.

“The passion for bikes started when I was five years old. I was brought up in a home where my father is a Harley Davidson rider and I was his passenger for many years. So the first person to m ‘Giving a helmet is my father,’ she said in an interview with Al Arabiya English.

“As soon as we were allowed to drive cars I went to my dad and told him I still love bikes and he told me if you loved him [get one] and I will be your support.

Nour’s father ingrained this desire for her to own and ride a bike. (Provided)

The ban on women driving was lifted in 2018 as part of Saudi Arabia’s path to reforms anchored in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

With those words of encouragement, Nour then bought her bike and officially became a cyclist in 2019, undertaking intense training before eventually joining the HOG community.

As for Wedad, who has just started, it was her husband who encouraged her to start training and cycling.

“My husband has been a biker for four years and the idea of ​​riding a bike was nice, but I didn’t think I owned one. So earlier this year he surprised me with a bike,” she said “I couldn’t believe it because for me it was nice to be a passenger and so when I tried to ride the bike myself it was a different kind of joy.”

Wedad still trains with her husband but said she could assure one thing: “When I’m driving I feel like I’m flying. You feel like you’re in charge and you’re in a different world.

For Wedad, it was her husband who encouraged her to start training and cycling.  (Provided)

For Wedad, it was her husband who encouraged her to start training and cycling. (Provided)

She noted that her husband’s encouragement was instrumental in pushing her out of her comfort zone to try this new experience.

“He doesn’t make me fear that. On the contrary, he supports me, ”she said, mentioning an instance where her bike went out at a red light when she started training and he calmly helped her reset things. “If he had handled things in a stressful way, I would have rejected that.”

Becoming a biker didn’t come without challenges for Nour, especially in the beginning as she made inroads into the community. However, with the rules imposed by the HOG, Nour stressed that the community made her feel protected and safe as a rider.

“I was scared at first. Driving that heavy engine was a challenge. I still remember the first time I started driving down the street, my legs were shaking,” she said.

Since then, Nour has traveled to different destinations in Europe on her bicycle, carrying the flag of the Riyadh chapter and is now a road captain leading treks and is in charge of the team she guides through the streets of Riyadh.

Nevertheless, reaching this milestone was no small feat. Road captain candidates, she said, must undergo intensive training and must be provided with a set of skills.

“Some of the members were surprised at first, like how are they going to keep up with a leading woman.”

During one of his first outings as captain, and as the team prepared to embark on its journey, Nour recalled that initially none of the members had placed their bikes behind theirs in the frame. of usual conduct.

She said those who were initially hesitant to do so “now want me to lead,” pointing to the support she received from directors and other team members at the time.

Wedad also reiterated Nour’s stance on being welcomed and supported by the community, with the two sending a message of encouragement to other women who want to join and become bikers.

“Those who don’t try won’t know what it really does,” Wedad said.

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Aprilia says the future will be electric Wed, 09 Nov 2022 14:55:42 +0000
  • Aprilia is making waves in the industry by launching an electric supermoto concept at the Milan Motorcycle Show in the name of future urban mobility.
  • Known as the Electrica, Aprilia’s experimental model is designed to make performance motorcycles clean, accessible and easy to own, with features like custom ride modes and compact dimensions.
  • Manufacturers like Honda and LiveWire are also aiming to capture a segment of the urban mobility market with relatively affordable and easy-to-drive models like the Navi and S2 Del Mar.

    Electric motorcycles are largely treated as an aside from the broader two-wheeler market. Despite a swingarm, trellis frame and full-size tires, the lack of internal combustion and an association with the small e-bike has dampened enthusiasm for machines that are basically motorcycles. The fact that only one historic manufacturer has bet on electric propulsion – and even Harley-Davidson quickly distanced itself from the LiveWire name – doesn’t help the cause startups love Zero Motorcycles and Tarform try to move forward. But Aprilia’s entry into the electric market could change that.


    Launched at Milan Motorcycle Show, Aprilia’s new Electrica project makes a bold statement. The supermoto-inspired battery-powered e-bike represents Aprilia’s vision of mobility for future and young riders, its press release claims, and it’s a big departure from the historically fire-breathing offerings from the Italian manufacturer. The all-new chassis and powertrain are dedicated to the next generation of urban cyclists, but that doesn’t mean it’s Aprilia’s first venture into electric propulsion.

    With the history of the production of the first hybrid scooter under its belt, Aprilia main owner Piaggio built on the lessons learned from the Hybrid MP3 in the creation of the Electrica. With a mid-mounted electric motor, chain drive and brake controls mounted on the dual handlebars, the bike is made for urban mobility and ease of handling. This goal is coupled with accessibility for new and experienced riders, big and small, as the company promises to maintain a low seat height and compact dimensions. A number of electronic active riding aids will also be fitted, in the hope that these systems will make a full-size motorcycle less intimidating for those giving up on scooters.

    Aprilia electrica project


    It would be easy to say that Aprilia is just following electrification trend, but the company says its approach to Electrica is the result of a changing work environment. Balancing those working remotely and those commuting, Aprilia says the future of mobility is directly correlated to clean, cheap and fun ways to get to your destination.

    Aprilia is not alone in this thought, as brands like Honda and LiveWire move to capture segments of the downtown transportation sector. Honda Navi is a 109cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled mini-moto that gets 110 mpg and costs $1807. The LiveWire S2 Del Mar is a 431-pound, 184 lb-ft of torque full-size motorcycle with an electric range of 110 miles and a price tag of $16,999. These models obviously represent different ends of the affordability spectrum, from teenagers to tech bros, but are designed to take low-end trips and put a smile on your face at the same time.

    livewire s2 del mar and honda navi

    Del Mar’s LiveWire S2, shown left, and Honda’s Navi, shown right, represent opposing sides of the same urban mobility initiatives.


    Not everyone lives in a metropolis with grocery stores and office towers, of course, and those riders deserve a version of two-wheeled mobility that serves them. And electric motorcycle manufacturers have made valiant attempts to meet the needs of these customers, whether they want something electric or not. Take Zero’s new DSR-Xa reclined adventure bike with 115 miles of combined range, or the Energica Experia, a Multistrada electric fighter with a combined range of 160 miles, and you’ll find the price, performance and range over alternative ICE motorcycles just aren’t quite there. For the $25,000 you spent on an Energica, you can buy a BMW F850GS for $13,000 less with the same power and more range, making traditional bikes the obvious choice for rural, on-the-go, or cost-conscious buyers.

    That’s not to say affordable electric technology is far away. In fact, it is currently available from mass manufacturers of electric scooters, bicycles and small motorcycles. But finding the right balance between character, quality and allure takes time and money, applied with some success by former makers like Harley and startups like Tarform. Aprilia is cautiously sharing the difference, for now, by regularly selling its track-ready ICE bikes. But its drive to launch an e-mobility project could be a turning point for mainstream performance makers in the future. Even as a simple concept bike, the message of Aprilia is clear: the future of two wheels will be electric.

    Are two-wheeled vehicles the right urban mobility solution? Please comment below.