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World Superbike Calendar Kitten and Playboy Playmate Heather Rae Young with
Casey Stoner's 2010 Ducati MotoGP Bike
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Leeann Tweeden, Calendar Kitten does Playboy for Christmas
December 1st, 2011 - It's unfortunate, but most hot female celebrities put off posing nude for Playboy magazine until their careers are in a decline and they are approaching age 40 when no one really wants to see them naked any more. Posing in Playboy before that, is considered bad for their careers and might prevent them from being cast in prime TV series or Movie roles, or from landing a good product endorsement deal. So they think. But once their careers are really in the tank and you're hosting a late-night poker show on cable TV, then that big money offer from Playboy to bare all and still prove to everyone you're as hot as ever, is a must do.
Case in point, former FastDates.com Calendar Kitten and Supercross TV commentator Leeann Tweeden is the featured celebrity cover model in Playboy magazine's December 2011 edition. Her pictorial in Playboy is a little conservative even for Playboy with nothing revealed down below, but there are a few nice pictures of Leann's ample Double D boobs.
Fresh out of high school in 1990, Leann Tweeden moved to Colorado where she started working at a Hooters Restaurant and got into swimsuit modeling, most notably for Venus Swimwear. Two years after moving out to Colorado in 1992 Leeann won the Venus International Model Search contest. The aspiring model/actress then packed her headed west to Los Angeles, and made her television debut for Tony Little, the Venus Model Search fitness trainer.
LeeAnn used her fitness toned body to begin doing glamour and nude modeling for the famed Frederick's of Hollywood lingerie catalog and on the cover and inside Playboy's Book of Lingerie in November/December 1994 and came to the attention of FastDates.com Calendar producer Jim Gianatsis.
In 1995 LeeAnn was also first hired by Jim Gianatsis and featured in a number of FastDates.com Calendar shoots. One shoot involved flying LeeAnn and model Valerie Bird up to Washougal, Washington for the AMA Outdoor Motocross Nationals to shoot the 1996 Berm Busters Motocross Calendar. There Leeann was introduced by Jim to AMA National Motocross Champion Jeremy McGrath with whom she set up a date to learn to ride dirt bikes back in Southern California. Their friendship saw Leeann attending the Supercross races where she networked her way into becoming an on track announcer for Supercross on TV.
In 1997 we shot with LeeAnn again, this time for the 1998 Iron & Lace Custom BIke & Centerfold Model Calendar. The shoot was out on location in the Hollywood Hills with the legendary 'Hollywood" hill-top sign in the background. The bike was a somewhat conventional V-twin custom built by a then still unknown builder named Jesse James, who in the next few years, would go on to become one of the most famous custom bike builders in the world.
Leeann warms up then boyfriend Ben's 1998 Honda 600cc Supersport Bike.
A few years later Leann hooked up and became the girlfriend of AMA National Superbike Champion Ben Bostrom. Their relationship last about a year, before Ben moved off to Europe to race World Superbike, and Leann moved on to hooking up with richer sports celebrities. To read and see more of Leann including her Playboy cover pictorial go to: Meet the Models: Leann Tweeden • Members Corner
A visit to EICMA 2011 Milan Italy
Ducati Steals the World's Biggest Motorcycle Show with the all new 1199 Panigale Superbike
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Milan, Italy November 8-12th, 2011 - When it comes to beautiful models, be it exciting new motorcycles or the long legged female type, nothing can top the annual fall International Motorcycle Show called EICMA for short, the world's biggest bike event now held regularly in Milan, Italy. All the manufacturers use EICMA to premier their latest prototypes and production machines. The first 3 days are trade days devoted to the Media and Dealers, then the doors are swung open for the general public on the weekend. Attendance is around half a million people taking in three huge exhibit halls that can take 2-3 days just to walk and cover thoroughly. More 2011 EICMA Coverage and Photos HERE and HERE
Ducati's all new 1199 Panigale Superbike
Ducati premier it's much anticipated 5th generation Superbike model at EICMA and it proved to be even more than expected with its lightweight frame less monoque design, an all new and significantly more powerful SuperQuadro engine design, and full electronics from traction control and suspension adjustment, to fly-by-wire throttle, electronic shifter and even optional anti-lock brakes. This is the bike that is so technologically and engineering advanced it could put the now struggling Japanese motorcycle companies out of the sportbike business. Shades of what the Japanese did to the European bike companies 40 years ago....
The most high tech, most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet is now an integral part of an innovative monocoque chassis that combine to deliver anastonishing 195hp from 164kg (361.5lb) of futuristic Italian thoroughbred. The highest production motorcycle power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios in the world are fitting trophies for the incredible results that Ducati have achieved. Bred for the track and trained for the road, priced at $17,995(USD) for the standard version, $22,995(USD) for the “S” version, $23,995(USD) for “S” version with ABS and $27,995(USD) for the Italian heritage-inspired Tricolore version, the new 1199 Panigale is a true revolution of the species destined to influence the entire sportbike environment. We're hoping the TriColore comes with the $3,499 Termignoni Titanium Racing Exhaust System in the crate to justify the $4,000 bump in price for more than just the paint job.
Complete Ducati 1199 Panigale Feature Coverage HERE
Even more to our liking, shown above, is the Ducati Cose accessorized 1199S stripped down for track duty. The only two options are the $3,499 Termignoni Titanium Racing Exhaust System which ads a 5% power increase / 8 lb weight reduction and the $999 Corse Racing Foot Controls. The massive new Pirelli Diabalo Super Corse 200/40x17 rear Supersport slick rear tire. Suprising (or not) this Corse track bike deleates the new electronic adjustable suspension found on the new 1199S-model. Aluminum is now standard for the fuel tank on all the Panigale models. You're looking at production bike that can beat Carlos Checa's World Championship winning190hp 2011 Althea Ducati 1198RS race bike also on display at EICMA, shown below.
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The story of 2-Time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss narrated by Ewan McGreggor
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Long Way Round DVD
Actor Ewan McGregor & friend Charlie Boorman's incrdible trip around the world on bikes! A must have, the best motorcycle documentary since On Any Sunday.
Long Way Down DVD
Actor Ewan McGregor & friend Charlie Boorman'son another incrdible trip, this across Africa
The FastDates.com Holiday Motorsport Movie Collection
What better way to spend the holidays than watching some of the best motorcycle and car movies ever made. If you've never seen any of these, they are a must see. And if its been 20 years or more since you last saw them, its time to see them again and to add them to your permanant movie collection. All are now on DVD and some like LeMans with Steve McQueen have been remastered in High Definition and are a must own. All movies ship diect from Amazon.com in as little as 1-day if you select overnight delivery. Call over your buddies and have a party while watching the best motorsports documentries and feature movie dramas ever made. There's even more Movies, Books and Video Games in Collectors Corner
Kawasaki Racing Team Riders Complete 2011 Testing Programme
Nov 30th, Valencia Spain - After two winter test sessions in Spain, at Aragon and more recently Valencia, KRT riders Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz enter the enforced winter break in good spirits after posting strong performances. The three-day Valencia test finished on Wednesday 30th November, just before the new testing ban kicks in for all WSBK teams. Sykes, using race tyres, set a best lap of 1’33.1s, which is a tenth or so faster than the best Superpole lap ever recorded at the former WSBK venue.
Overhead conditions on the first day at Valencia started out cloudy but the afternoon and the final two days provided good track conditions, allowing both Sykes and Lascorz to make improvements that saw them set consistently strong lap times, whether on fresh race rubber or nearing the end of a long run. There were many developments to the race-winning Ninja ZX-10R for both riders to test, including suspension, linkages, electronics, chassis geometry and the latest ride-by-wire system.
With more direct control of the entire KRT Superbike World Championship project once more evident at these tests, there were several Japanese engineers in the pit garages as all the team-members refined their working methods and strategies.
After the test ban is lifted in mid January the team will take to the track once more in Spain, at Almeria, to make further steps down the road toward the start of the new WSBK season. The 14-round/28-race campaign commences at Phillip Island in Australia on 26 February 2012.
Tom Sykes: “The tests went well and we ended up doing a 1’33.1 lap time on a race tyre. We have worked through a lot of different things, we are working well in the garage and I am relaxed. It is no secret that when I’m relaxed I work my best. We have had some good weather - consistent weather - in Valencia and that made it better to work through all we needed to do. We have a new electronics package and found a better overall machine balance for me. We also went well at Aragon even though we only really had half a good day there, because of weather and some car tyre rubber laid on the track surface. Once the conditions improved it took us only four outings of four laps each to beat the kind of lap times I set at the race last summer. Right now we are on a package that we have not changed so much between the two tests. We have a fairly good base setting that works for race distance and, when we put new tyres in, for a fast lap time as well. I think we have come a long way even since the post-season Portimao test. The bike tells me what it is doing quite a lot better than before, and the improved feedback tells me when I am arriving at the limit.”
Joan Lascorz: “I am very happy the way the test went because I set good lap times and I was very happy with the performance of the bike and the team. We made a lot of changes to the bike, changed a lot of general settings and worked on the suspension. Some are now much different from last year. All the staff worked well together again. I think I learned most from this test in terms of finding out more about our latest machine settings and then finding a more consistent good pace. These things should allow us to challenge closer to the top in 2012. Tom was very fast and we both worked well with race tyres.”
Elena Myers - America's Teenage Dream Girl Roadracer
Interview, Biography and Pictures here: Elena Myers
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A new generation Triumph twin given the full retro Cafe Bike treatment by Rickard Pollock. Click to go BIG.
Mule Motorcycles Retro Triumph Bonneville.
December 1st, 2011 - Richard Pollock works in the aerospace industry as a machinist, but in his spare time he builds custom Street Trackers and Cafe Racers in his garage at home. A former motorcycle mechanic and service manager, Richard first started modifying his own bikes, which we saw at earlier LA Calendar Motorcycle Shows in the mid 1990s and asked to shoot them for our FastDates.com Calendars. His bikes soon proved to be so popular, that people started asking him to build similar bikes for them. So now operating under the name MuleMotorcycles.net Richard has built and sold around 100 motorcycles to customers around the world.
Richard has recently sent us a number of pictures of bikes he is working on or has completed, for possible Calendar bikes. All of them are really incredible, and one of our most favorite is this new generation Triumph Bonneville which has been beautifully retro moded as a Cafe Racer with an aluminum gas tank and bodywork, Akront style alloy rims, and a big twin leading shoe front drum brake. The engine is hot rodded as well with the beautiful reverse cone megaphone twin exhaust system, and a bolt-on Sudco Keihin FCR Flatside racing Carburetor set.
For more information go to: MuleMotorcycles.net • Sudco.com
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World Ducati Week 2012 scheduled June 21-22nd Duc 1st - Announced during Ducati’s recent model year 2012 Press Conference and Milan International Motorcycle Show, the long-awaited dates and location for the World Ducati Week 2012 event are now confirmed. Passionate fans all over the world are invited to join Ducati at the Misano circuit in Italy, June 21-24, 2012.
First organized in 1998, WDW successfully brought together ‘Ducatisti’ from all over the world to celebrate their shared passion for the legendary Italian-made motorcycles. The event has since attracted an ever-increasing attendance of people who enjoy the high-powered fun and community spirit of the iconicbrand, with a record-breaking attendance of 60,000 fans from 5 continents and 28 countries recorded at the last event in 2010.
WDW2012 is sure to follow the tried and tested formula of race track events, shows, top riders, competitions and great music all combined with the incredible atmosphere created by thousands of motorcycles arriving from all around theglobe.
As the event’s massive attendance is sure to invade the entire Riviera Romagnola, Ducati’s WDW2012 organization has enjoyed the close cooperation and special partnership of authorities such as the Province of Rimini, Municipality of Misano, Municipality of Cattolica, Municipality of Riccione and the Republic of San Marino. Continued cooperation with the Leardini Group has also underlined the region’s Misano circuit venue as the ‘theatre’ for WDW, an event further supported by APT Emilia Romagna, promoting a region of Italy famously known as ‘Motor Valley’.
For more information please visit www.ducati.com.
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Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki returns to British Superbike with Shane Byre and Stewart Eastman
09 November 2011
Paul Bird Motorsport have signalled their intentions of a winning return to the prestigious MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with the signing of Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and Stuart Easton for the 2012 season.
The Cumbria-based team has spent the past four seasons in the World Superbike Championship but prior to that has won four British Championship titles, two of which came courtesy of Kent rider Byrne and Scotsman Easton, so by signing the two riders, Penrith businessman Paul Bird has assembled his ‘dream team’ for a concerted assault on the title.
Double British Superbike champion Byrne, from Sittingbourne, and former British Supersport champion Easton, from Hawick, will be aboard factory-specification Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R machines for the series as part of an ambitious plan which will see the team also field a CRT (Claiming Rules Team) rider in MotoGP.
Byrne, who won the 2003 BSB title aboard a Ducati for the PBM team and Easton, who claimed the 2002 British Supersport Championship also aboard a Ducati, will be looking for a winning return for certain. Byrne also raced a Honda for the PBM team in 2007, winning at Mallory Park in the process whereas Easton raced 125s and 250s in his early career for the team.
This year, Byrne led the series for much of the year but missed out in the Showdown races and despite a double win at Brands Hatch in the final round, he finished third whereas Easton was showing true championship potential when he was injured at the North West 200 and missed the rest of the season as a result.
Shane Byrne - “It’s a bit like coming home as this will be the third time I’ll have ridden for Paul and it’s quite funny as you spend five minutes with the team and it’s as if you’ve never been away!
The team always puts out competitive bikes and the Kawasaki will be a major threat I reckon. You know Paul wouldn’t be coming back to BSB if he didn’t think he could win it so I think we’ll have a real good shot at the title.”
Stuart Easton - “My injuries are healing well and everything should be sorted in time for me to start testing with the team as planned. It’s great to be back with PBM and I appreciate the support they have given me this year whilst I was out.
We have enjoyed so much success together in the past, I’m really looking forward to this challenge and if we can replicate that it will be great.”
Paul Bird, Team Owner - “When we decided to return to British Superbikes, signing both Shakey and Stuart was always the plan and I’m delighted they’ve come on board with us. We’ve won British championships as well as World championship races together and for me it’s my dream team.
We have proved that the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a fantastic bike and have won on it at BSB in 2010 so we know what we need to do. I promised Stuart a deal straight after his crash and he’ll be back to full fitness very soon and with Shakey keen to make up for missing out this year, we are ideally placed.
John Hopkins Signs for Cresent Suzuki in 2012 World Superbike
Team Suzuki Press Office, November 19th - Crescent Suzuki has retained the services of Californian John Hopkins for 2012, as he completes the two-man line-up for the team's World Superbike challenge.
Hopkins competed in the British Superbike championship for the UK based Crescent team in 2011 and has now put pen to paper to link-up with the team once again on the world stage.
Hailing from Ramona in California, but with English parents, Hopkins is still recovering in America, following surgery on a finger he damaged at Brno in the Czech Republic earlier this season whilst on MotoGP duty, but will be totally fit and focused in time for pre-season testing next year. He had a successful first season with the Crescent Suzuki team, narrowly missing out on the BSB championship at the last race of the year and he will now relish the chance to compete against the world's best Superbike racers on circuits where he has plenty of experience.
Hopkins will be joined at Crescent Suzuki by former BSB champion Leon Camier, whose addition to the team was announced last month. Camier will begin testing the Crescent Suzuki 'Powered by Yoshimura' GSX-R1000 at Portimao in Portugal later this month, with Hopkins joining him in the tests in early 2012. The first race of next year's calendar is scheduled for Sunday 26th February at Phillip Island in Australia.
John Hopkins: - "I am really happy to be joining up with the Crescent guys again. We had a great year in British Superbike and I'm sure we can continue that in WSB. I wanted to get back into world championship racing and this is a natural progression from last year. The difference this time is that I will be going to tracks that I already know and have some reference from, so that should make some things a bit easier.
"I know it's going to be a big step, but with some big technical advances and Yoshimura on board, I'm sure the bike will be fully competitive. It will be great to work with Lez Pearson again, as we built up a strong relationship and his understanding of the way the bike works will be invaluable next year.
"I'm also looking forward to riding with Leon. I'm sure he'll be strong next year and will be a difficult team-mate to beat and also one who will push me to the limit.
"I want to say thanks to Paul, Martyn, Jack and everyone at Crescent Suzuki for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I can't wait to get on the bike and see what we can do. I know it's not going to be an easy task by any means, but I have every intention of going out and trying to earn my first ever world championship for myself and the team. I'll be doing everything in my power to make it happen."
Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
"It's great to have John back onboard for next year and a real boost for the whole team that he has chosen to ride for us. He is a class act, not only for Crescent Suzuki, but for the whole Superbike series as well. The crowds will love him.
"I enjoyed working with him this year and, although he rode in the last three events with a severely injured finger, he only just missed out on the championship. That is history now and I look forward to continuing the relationship and building on what we achieved this year. I'm sure with what he learnt in BSB, and his experience on the tracks we will visit next year, that he will be able to get some spectacular results.
"I know he's really fired up for this and I'm looking forward to some exciting times. I cannot wait to see him and Leon out there next year."
Yoshimura of Japan backs Cresent Suzuki in World Superbike
Team Suzuki Press Office - November 16. - Crescent Suzuki is pleased to announce a collaboration with Yoshimura that will see the Japanese tuning company supporting the team as it enters its first year of World Superbike action.
Yoshimura will build, supply and develop the engines for the Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 that will participate in the 2012 World Superbike Championship, as well as supplying bespoke race performance exhausts. The Yoshimura engineers have already spent some time at the Crescent race headquarters in Verwood and evaluated the development that Chief Engineer Lez Pearson and his team have already made with the 2011 GSX-R engine. The Japanese company will work alongside Crescent to develop the motors further and make them as competitive as possible in time for the start of the 2012 season.
Yoshimura has an enviable record in the world of motorcycle racing and tuning. The company was started in 1954 by Hideo 'Pops' Yoshimura in Japan, followed by the opening of a tuning shop in North Hollywood, America in 1971. The work ethic and dedication installed into the company from day one by Pops still holds strong today and has seen Yoshimura have success in MotoGP, WSB and many national championships as well as in the world of motocross and supercross racing. Pops passed away in 1995, but his legacy will live forever in the history of motorcycle competition and it is that spirit and drive that Crescent Suzuki will now be a part of for its attack on the World Superbike series next year.
Crescent Suzuki SBK - powered by Yoshimura - will begin testing later this month with Leon Camier who was recently named as the first racer to join the team. His team-mate will be announced soon, as will further sponsorship and partner agreements. The 2012 World Superbike championship kicks off at Phillip Island in Australia in February.
Fujio Yoshimura - Owner, Yoshimura Japan: - "We at Yoshimura greatly appreciate this collaboration and it will be our highest priority. Thanks to Paul and Crescent Suzuki for trusting our engine tuning capabilities and our passion towards competing at the front of the 2012 WSBK Championship Series. We believe Crescent Suzuki has a record of structuring the best racing team in the BSB championship series, with very dedicated technical and supportive team members presenting the most competitive machinery and riders at all races. We hope that the partnership between Yoshimura and Crescent Suzuki will be the most perfectly matched racing team on the WSBK circuits!"
Paul Denning - Crescent Suzuki Team Principal: - "When Fujio and Yohei came to see me at the Japanese Grand Prix to discuss this partnership, it was clear that their passion and enthusiasm to work with Crescent Suzuki on the global stage was genuine and something they felt strongly about. For us as a team it is a significant level of assistance and a substantial boost to our performance potential. The Yoshimura company was built on engineering the best possible performance from engines and exhaust systems, and that principle has never changed. It is also very pleasing that the whole attitude to the project is of open communication and using the best combination of Yoshimura's own concepts and ideas and those which already exist in the Crescent developed engine.
"Yoshimura is a global household name in the motorcycle industry and we are very proud that they have shown such trust in the Crescent Suzuki World Superbike team to partner us so closely, and for us to uphold their honour on the world stage."
Jack Valentine - Team Manager: - "I'm very excited with the 'Powered by Yoshimura' partnership for next year and after spending time with Fujio, Yohei and the Yoshimura team both in Portimao and at the Crescent workshops, I can see they share the same passion and vision as our team. With that in mind it should make for a formidable partnership in SBK 2012."