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Café Racer TV Series
October 12, 2010 - Some of the coolest motorcycles in history are hitting the screen when the HD Theater channel launches its new series, Café Racer.
This 13-part series will air every Wednesday in the U.S. and it explores the history, development and worldwide culture surrounding the café racer, a motorcycle directly responsible for today’s superbikes. Café Racer premieres Wednesday, October 13 at 21:00 (-5 UTC or EDT) on HD Theater (YouTube promotional video).
The series will visit visionary motorcycle builders in the U.S. and England as they search for the perfect combination of style and speed. Chronicling some of today’s top motorcycle builders through the search and build process, Café Racer rides with pro superbike racers Eric and Ben Bostrom as they test ride these unique machines.
Recorded in vivid high definition, Café Racer takes viewers on a full-throttle ride to Mods and Rockers rallies and to London’s legendary Ace Café. Viewers can catch behind-the-scenes footage and learn how-to customizing tips at www.caferacertv.com.
More: wBW Book Review: The Mod Years and The Rocker Years
Yamaha Confirms Lorenzo for 2011-2012
October 2, 2010 - Yamaha announced today that it has reached an agreement with Jorge Lorenzo for the Spaniard to remain with the factory for the next two years.
23-year-old Lorenzo, who joined Yamaha in 2008, has won an impressive seven races so far this season and is on target to take his first premier-class crown. He currently leads the standings by 56 points with five rounds remaining.
Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Lin Jarvis said "We are extremely happy that we have reached an agreement with Jorge to remain a Factory Yamaha rider for 2011 and 2012.
"Since he joined three years ago he has made great progress and has improved himself every year to go from fourth place and ‘best rookie' in 2008, to second place in 2009, to challenging for the MotoGP championship title in 2010.
"I am particularly pleased to finally get the agreement in place here in Japan because it will now enable Jorge to focus all of his efforts and concentration in the coming weeks to try to secure his first MotoGP class rider's title. Being only 23 years old I believe Jorge has a long career ahead of him and hopefully he can win many world titles with Yamaha.
"Jorge will be joined by Ben Spies in the Factory Team next year and with these two exceptionally talented hungry young riders we will start the 2011 season with the most exciting and competitive team in the paddock."
Lorenzo added "My first choice was always to stay here with Yamaha and I am very glad that this will happen. I feel happy here; I have good people around me, a strong relationship with Yamaha and a great bike.
"I want to say thanks again to Lin Jarvis, who has always supported me. Now we are focused on winning the championship but I am already excited about next season. I know that Ben and I can do a great job for Yamaha and I want to thank them for their belief in me." (Text and Photos Courtesy Yamaha Racing. Edited by webBikeWorld).
Consumer Reports Motorcycle Rider Survey
June 6, 2010 - Consumer Reports conducted a survey of U.S. motorcycle riders recently and found that 70% of the respondents "consider themselves to be experienced riders and have held their motorcycle license or endorsement for at least five years".
10% of the respondents said they had been in an accident within the last five years, and reported that almost half of those were single-vehicle crashes, with many of them either running wide on a curve or sliding out in a turn. This is consistent with the Hurt Report information from nearly 40 years ago.
Slightly more than half of the riders responding to the survey said they had taken a formal riding instruction course, and about 25% indicated that they do not always wear a helmet when they ride.
The report also found this information about the respondents:
More information on the survey can be found in the Consumer Reports Car Blog. Note that the respondents to this study were not from the general public but from Consumer Reports readers, so there may be some bias in the results.
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