topbanner ad

Tuesday 3 August 2021

News Briefs

Puerto Rican phenomenon David Fondon piloted the Taylors, SC based Moore Mafia (Chris Moore) Brock's CT megaphone titanium full exhaust system equipped 2020 GSX-R1000 to a 7.91 ET at 170 mph at the Maryland International Raceway in May 2021. In doing so, it became the world's first stock engine bike to break the 7-second barrier - making it the quickest and fastest stock engine motorbike (no nitrous/power adder) on the planet.

Motul is partnering with Women's Motorcycle Tours to support and increase visibility for the 2021 Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride and Women's Motorcycle Festival and Conference July 31 - August 22, 2021. As the Official Oil Sponsor of both events, Motul will be providing oil, lubricants and other products as well as marketing support for the event to increase visibility and participation in the Centennial Ride. Motul will also be sponsoring the attendees of the Women's Motorcycle Festival and Conference in Arlington, Virginia, with a Motorcycle Maintenance Station.

The Biden administration proposal that a minimum global corporate tax rate be set at 15% has been adopted by the G7 group of wealthiest nations. America put the plan forward during the latest round of tax negotiations at the OECD, a mostly rich-country club. It wants to deter companies from shifting profits into low-tax jurisdictions - it is claimed that American multinationals book more foreign profit in Bermuda than in China! Mr Biden plans to raise America's corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.

Dealernews reported that, following a tornado hitting Yamaha USA's hometown of Newnan, Georgia, a 200% matching fund offer for all employee donations to put towards relief efforts had resulted in $50,760 being raised for the Coweta Community Foundation Tornado Relief program as at May 14.

Damon Motors (Vancouver) has announced a strategic alliance with Auteco Mobility to "deliver the world's smartest, safest, connected electric motorcycles" to the Latin American market. The two companies plan to collaborate for sales and support of Damon-branded motorcycles. Additionally, Auteco plans to license aspects of Damon's CoPilot safety technology for use in their own Victory branded motorcycles.

Alexander Smith, of Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Southern California - the son of legendary MX champion and "On Any Sunday" co-star (with Steve McQueen) Malcolm - has joined the MIC Dealer Advisory Council. Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside, California is a dealership that's home to 15 OEM powersports franchises. On the council, Smith joins DAC Chairman Rick Alcon, of Team R&S Powersports Group in New Mexico; Curtis Sloan, of Sloan's Motorcycle ATV; Kim Harrison, of Coleman PowerSports; Bob Althoff, of Farrow Harley-Davidson, and the owner of Dealernews; and Kevin Lackey, of Freedom Powersports.

The AMA has announced 10 World, Junior and Women's Trophy riders - along with 21 Club Team riders - to represent the United States in the 2021 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Italy on Aug. 30 - Sept. 4, 2021. The 10 Trophy riders will compete as the U.S. World Trophy, Junior World Trophy and Women's World Trophy teams. Every country participating in the ISDE is allowed four riders on its World Trophy Team, three riders aged 23 or younger on its Junior Trophy Team, and three female riders on its Women's team. The U.S. World Trophy Team last won the ISDE in 2019, giving the U.S. its second ISDE World Trophy title. The AMA says that its ISDE effort would be impossible without the support of its sponsoring partners, including Motion Pro, KTM, FMF, Arai Helmets and Spectro Oils.

It is not necessarily only the strongest or the most intelligent who survive, but also those who best manage change. (att. Charles Darwin c. 1859)

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