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Tuesday 15 June 2021

News Briefs


RawHyde Adventures has announced the opening of its new Zakar Overland Terrain Park and Event Center. Located in the heart of the Mojave Desert in California, Zakar will serve the powersports, over-landing and side-by-side industries as a venue for companies to host media events, product launches, corporate retreats, meetings, and more. PSB recently reported on Motorcycles of Manchester (MOMS) pursuing a similar venture in the Northeast, hoping to expand access to recreational opportunities for potential customers.

Yamaha's new Riding Feedback System (YRFS) has been designed to evaluate riding skills and provide the results in visual form as feedback for riders in order to help advance their skills. Introduced into the Yamaha Riding Academy (YRA) curriculum for this year in Japan, before an international roll-out, it uses a simple GPS-based logger device to acquire data for vehicle position and speed and then converts the values for acceleration, deceleration and cornering during the ride into visual form, which can be compared to photographs of a participant's body positioning while cornering.

Zero Motorcycles is to supply Viatec Inc. with electric powertrains for Viatec's line of SMARTPTO electrohydraulic systems. The 10-year agreement "aligns Zero Motorcycles' state-of-the-art engineering and production capabilities with Viatec's goal to be the industry standard for reliable vocational vehicle electrification."

Texas based Kandi America, a subsidiary of NASDAQ listed Kandi Technologies Group ("an international automotive and powersports manufacturer") has announced Kandi Powersports as a dedicated product division "to focus exclusively on bringing Kandi's unique combination of industry knowledge, cutting edge technologies and expertise across manufacturing and electric to the powersports market." First products will include electric ATVs and electric bikes and a selection of gas-powered models "to support Kandi dealers and keep them competitive while consumer demand for electric continues to grow." Kandi acquired vehicle and parts distributor SC Autosports in 2018.

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MSNW, Electrek,,,, Cycle World,