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AMA Pro Racing Releases 2012 Road Race Rulebook

The 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing Rules have been released!

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Number of Women Motorcycle Riders Continues to Increase

Number of Women Motorcycle Riders Continues to Increase

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“A woman on a motorcycle used to be a rare and exotic site. But women riders are becoming more and more common. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, the female motorcycle population has grown by more than 50% over the last several years.

The MIC reports that between 2003 and 2008, the number of women who own their own motorcycle has grown 52%.

In South Carolina, the total number of licensed motorcyclists comes in at around 190,000. More than 10% of those riders are women. According to the Post and Courier, there are currently close to 20,000 women riders in South Carolina. In 2007, that number was just 15,781.

Here are some stats from the Motorcycle Industry Council.

1 in 9 motorcycles are owned by women. In 2009, there were 11 million motorcycles in the US. Women owned 1,155,000 of them. 40% of female bikers are married. 35% have a college degree. 25% work in business or health care. Over the last few years, motorcycle manufactures like Harley-Davidson have been catering more to the female crowd. More motorcycles are being created with a woman in mind. Lower seat heights, less weight, and easy maneuverability, make bikes like Harley’s Switchback a popular choice for women riders.”

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Source: http://www.allaboutbikes.com/motorcyle-news/general-news/6003-number-of-women-motorcycle-riders-continues-to-increase?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+allaboutbikes%2FaIXA+%28AllAboutBikes%29

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AmSnow Super Sled Shootout and MSA All Sports Show Recap

AmSnow Super Sled Shootout and MSA All Sports Show Recap

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“Martin, Mich. – A new speed record was set and four winners were crowned at American Snowmobiler’s Super Sled Shootout over the weekend. However, rains ultimately washed out the final day of races.

More than 200 racers dodged rain for a day of practice on Friday and Saturday was chock full of fast racing fun at AmSnow’s 22nd Annual Super Sled Shootout presented by Aeroquip on the ¼-mile asphalt drag strip at US 131 Motorsports Park. While Saturday was a success, Sunday was washed out by  steady rains. This was the first year rain has cut short our weekend of racing.

While the dampness kept the times down some from last year’s record pace, Michael Swartz of London, Ont., was able to set a new ¼-mile speed record on the asphalt. Swartz hit 186.748 mph. That eclipsed last year’s mark of 183.59 set by Michigan’s Jeff Kerridge. However, Kerridge’s mark of 7.39 seconds remains the record time. Swartz set the top speed in qualifying for the Outlaw class aboard the Hurricane Performance sled of Dave Marshall Racing out of Prescott, Ont. The sled uses a Pro-Line chassis and the engine is a modified Yamaha RX-1 capable of 600 horsepower.

Kerridge, last year’s record breaker, still had a great day, eeking out a win in the Outlaw class with a final run of 7.963 at 164.86 mph aboard his 2006 Yamaha Apex that he set the record with last year. The sled is a Kenneth Smith/Mott Motorsports prepared unit. Swartz finished fourth.

Edwin Wirbel of Hope, Mich., won the Pro Stock 1000 class with a run of 8.427 at 151.65 mph on a modified Ski-Doo Mach Z. The win made Wirbel the first three time winner at the Shootout. He won races in 2008 and 2009 previously, but this time was driving a sled he prepped himself for his Sledwin Racing team.

A new 10.20 Index class race produced a strong field of nearly 30 racers with Boyd McGary of Horseheads, N.Y., winning by a scant .001 seconds due to his fast reaction time on the start. The 2004 Ski-Doo MXZ 800 he took to the winner’s circle is owned by McGary’s friend, Jamie Hitchcock.

Clearly the most ecstatic winner of the weekend was hometown hero Michael Winger Jr. of Dorr, Mich., just a few exits north of the track. Winger won the Bracket race after several years of being a runner-up in the brackets. He was consistent in the 9.40 range all day and hit 9.625 in the final, but had a 9.42 in the semi-final race. Winger, 22, and his dad, Michael Sr., do all the work on their M&M Racing machine, a 2000 Polaris XCR 800.

The MSA All Sports Show and Swap Meet drew people from all over Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Canada, and as far away as New York! Yamaha’s generator division supplied the power and although there was some damp weather, spirits were high and response was extremely positive. Consumers loved the clean, open show and swap meet side-by-side so you could peruse hundreds of vendors at your leisure. Plans are already being laid for next years combined Super Sled Shootout and MSA All Sports show so stay tuned to AmSnow.com for more info in the coming months.

For more details and photos from the wet and wild 2011 Super Sled Shootout, look for the December issue of American Snowmobiler. Subscribers can see a more complete story and photos from the races on our website later this week.

By Mark Savage, Editor of American Snowmobiler”

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Source: http://cs.amsnow.com/snocs/themes/blogs/sno/post.aspx?WeblogApp=news&y=2011&m=09&d=26&PostName=amsnow-super-sled-shootout-and-msa-all-sports-show-recap

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Tron Motorcycle Gets Electric Drivetrain Upgrade

Tron Motorcycle Gets Electric Drivetrain Upgrade

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“When the movie Tron came out, custom builders the Parker Brothers set out to create a driveable Tron lightcycle. The Parker Brothers motorcycle was an amazing futuristic looking motorcycle, but there was one thing amiss. It had a gas engine.

The Parker Brothers have redesigned their Tron Cycle to create a motorcycle that is even more Tron-like.

The new Tron Lightcycle is powered by 96-volt electric motor, that, according to Technabob, can propel the motorcycle to more than 100 mph. But you’ll just have to take their word for it. The only footage I could find of the new Tron Cycle took place in a mall parking lot with the bike crawling along at a cool 10 mph.

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You can check out more about the new Tron Lightcycle here, and even enter a contest to win your own.”

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Source: http://www.allaboutbikes.com/motorcyle-news/general-news/5961-tron-motorcycle-gets-electric-drivetrain-upgrade?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+allaboutbikes%2FaIXA+%28AllAboutBikes%29

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