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Beautiful SBK Fast Dates Calendar Kittens Jitka and Petra heat up the pits at Nurburgring World Superbike with Lorenzo Salvadori's Barni Racing Team Italia Ducati 1199RS Superstock bike. You'll find bikes like this with beautiful Kittens featured in the Calendar Bike Garage with full specifications and screensaver size pictures.
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Czech SBK Calendar Kittens Jitka and Petra to 2014
Laguna Seca World Superbike and the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show
By Jim Gianatsis Photos by Jim Gianatsis, Massimo Oliana and Sabrina Mosca
California, USA, July 15-22nd 2014 -The FastDates.com Calendars and myself, producer / photographer Jim Gianatsis were excited to announce an agreement with SBK World Superbike and the international model agencies PetrasAngles.com and UmbrellaGirlsUSA.com to bring beautiful Czech Republic SBK grid girls Jitka Pralinka and Petra Ruzinka to the United States during July 2014 to work for SBK and shoot with me at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca United States SBK World Superbike and AMA National race weekend July 11-13th, and the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show in Malibu on July 20th.
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Team Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea was happy to step in for a few pictures with the Kittens where we were shooting his team Ten kate Honda CBR1000R in front of their pit garage.
2014 LA Calendar Best of Show winner Image Vehicles International with Calendar Kittens Petra and Jitka, singer Katie Cole.
New Builder Image Vehicles International takes Best of Show with radical Honda CBX 6-Cylinder Cafe Racer
2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Concourse d' Elegance & Calendar Girl Music Festival
Report and photos by Jim Gianatsis
Malibu, CA, Sunday July 20th 2014 - The 2014 edition of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continued its now 23rd year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America with producer photographer Jim Gianatsis moving the Show this year to the beautiful green lawns of the Malibu Golf Course among the twisty canyon roads in the Santa Monica Mountains alongside the Pacific Ocean. Highlighting this year's exciting activities was the emergence of another new and soon to be renown custom bike builder to the sport for which the Calendar Show is known for cultivating.
A special treat this year were the personal appearances of SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Girls Jitka Pralinka and Petra Ruzickova from the Czech Republic. Just the weekend before they were featured at the SBK World Superbike USA round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where they worked on the starting grid and victory podium as the official SBK umbrella girls for the race and World TV broadcast.
SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar Kittens Petra and Jitka with the new 2015 FastDates.com Calendars.
The Calendar Bike Building Championship included the popular Pro Builder class with owner Jim Giuffra / AFT Metric Customs and his crew of female builders that including Natalie Jackson and Shelby Thompson taking their 7th consecutive win with a Honda CB 750 Cafe Racer. Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design took Special Mention in the class with a Harley Sportster Cafe Racer featuring hand built frame and bodywork and single sided swingarm.
First Place Pro Builder: Jim Giuffra / AFT Metric Customs, Honda CB 750 Streetfighter.
First Place Sportbike: Richard Pollock/Mule Motorcycles, Harley XR1200 Streetmaster.
Overall and Class winners received the coveted Mikuni Carburetor trophies featuring real Mikuni VM44 Carburetors, and all top three class winners received product gift bags from Meguiar's Care Care Products amd ProLong Lubricants. Spectators with special interest custom, sport bike and collector bikes were also invited to park inside the Show grounds and display their bikes for the day.
First Place Classic Import: Chris Carlson and his sole surviving 1934 Husqvarna TT500 factory road racer.
"This year was one of my favorite LA Calendar Motorcycle Shows ever, " said producer Jim Gianatsis. "We had a great venue with incredible bikes and celebrity builders, beautiful Calendar Kittens, great music, tasty food and beverages that everyone said they really enjoyed," "People kept coming up to me all day saying it was one of their favorite Calendar Shows ever, and that they looked forward to future Shows returning to The Malibu Golf Course. I look forward to making that happen. I'd also like to thank my Show assistants Lee Chapin, Craig Boone, Apple Price and Katrina Kazarez for helping make it all come together so smoothly again this year, and beautiful singer Katie for helping with sound mix for all the performers."
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July 1st, 2014 - The World's most exciting line of Motorccyle & PinUp Model Calendar photographed by legendary motorsports and fashion photographer Jim Gianatsis. Bikrs include the top Factory Race Bikes of the SBK World Superbike Championship, incredible Cafe Racers, and the winning custom bikes from the annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show. Photographed together with the FastDates.com Calendar Kittens... the offical umbrella girls of the SBK World Superbike Championship. A new Calendar title added for 2015 is Cafe Racers featuring classic custom street racers without the girls getting in the way.
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Calendar Kittens Petra and Jitka present Tom Sykes the Superpool award at Laguna Seca.
2014 Eni SBK World Superbike Championship, Laguna Seca USA Round 9 of 13
Melandri and Sykes share top honors at Laguna Seca World Superbike
Laguna Seca, California, USA, July 11-13th 2014 - The ninth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, at Laguna Seca in the USA, saw Tom Sykes secure a podium place in race one behind Aprilia's Marco Melandri and Sylvan Guintoli, then follow it up with his eighth race win of the 2014 season, to extend his championship leading advantage once again. Loris Baz scored good points in each race and David Salom (KRT SBK Evo) won both SBK Evo contests to put himself into an even more commanding lead in the Evo class. Complete Coverage Here
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE SETS A NEW BENCHMARK FOR AMERICAN CRUISERS
INTRODUCING THE 2015 INDIAN SCOUT
One of history’s most famous, innovative and versatile bikes is reimagined with timeless craftsmanship plus performance, handling and pricing that will appeal to riders of many experience levels
Sturgis, S.D. August 2, 2014 — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announces the launch of the 2015 Indian Scout™, a contemporary yet classic interpretation of one of motorcycling’s most famous and coveted bikes. With a starting US MSRP of $10,999 and a DNA that will appeal to riders of multiple skill sets and abilities, the new Indian Scout was unveiled Saturday night to a gathering of press, VIPs and celebrities at the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Rally attendees had the opportunity to be among the first to test ride the 2015 Indian Scout at the Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience.
Weighing in at a wet weight of 558 pounds – lightest in its class - the 2015 Indian Scout was derived from a clean sheet design, creating a potent and precise middle-weight cruiser that carries forward the spirit of innovation that made it one of the most storied bikes of all time. Boasting advanced technologies, design and engineering innovations, it offers a breakthrough chassis design featuring a lightweight and rigid cast aluminum frame coupled with a low 25.3-inch seat height for exceptional comfort, balance and maneuverability. Powered by an all-new and proprietary liquid-cooled, 69 cubic inch, 100 HP V-twin engine, the 2015 Indian Scout is powerful yet approachable. Its low seat height, low center of gravity, maneuverability and lightweight and compact design makes the Scout appealing to riders of all sizes and experience levels while the high horsepower and superior handling make it a bike that will thrill even the most experienced riders.
This is the first truly new Indian Scout in more than 70 years and marks the return of the legendary bikes that conquered the infamous “Wall of Death” and carried the legendary “Indian Wrecking Crew” motorcycle race team to multiple victories. Technology and designs derived from Scout models played a significant role for Allied Forces in World War II and a 1920 Indian Scout earned the title of the “world’s fastest Indian” as proven by Burt Munro in 1967.
“Over the course of 30 years of countless innovations, racing wins, world records and industry firsts, the Scout has earned its reputation as a versatile, multifaceted bike that appeals to just about every rider and every riding style, with superior handling, balance, performance and craftsmanship,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Our designers and engineers have taken that heritage and those characteristics and fused it into the 2015 Indian Scout, and we think just about everyone who rides this incredible bike is going to feel like it was built just for them.”
The new Scout was designed from the ground up for a superb balance of comfort and control, delivering a superior riding performance for both newer and experienced riders. It offers:
- The look of a classic “rigid triangle” design that is synonymous with original Scouts, coupled with a set of premium coil over monotube rear shocks that deliver exceptional ride, handling and comfort
- A 25.3 inch seat height, 61.5 inch wheelbase and 5.3 inch ground clearance, delivering a confidence-inspiring 31 degrees of lean angle and low center of gravity, along with exceptional high and low speed maneuverability
- A premium, genuine tan leather solo bucket seat, making the 2015 Indian Scout pure Indian and the only brand to offer this seating as standard.
The 2015 Indian Scout is powered by an all-new, in-house designed and proprietary 69 cubic inch V-twin engine that combines all the design, power and reliability elements that made the original Scouts unbeatable and mates it with state-of-the-art components and modern technologies. Smooth, flawless power throughout the power band featuring:
- Liquid-cooled design for 100 HP of pure power, along with enhanced durability and reliability
- Out of respect for the legendary Scouts of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the 2015 Scout carries forward classic engine design cues with purposeful styling that honors both form and function
- Closed loop fuel injection and drive-by-wire throttle actuation mated to a 6-speed overdrive transmission for peak torque of 72 ft./lbs. of torque at 5900 RPM
The 2015 Indian Scout is available for immediate ordering at a starting US MSRP of $10,999 with expected delivery in dealerships across North American in late 2014. Pre-orders may be placed on www.IndianMotorcycle.com; visit “Scout’s First Run” to learn more. It is available in Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red, Silver Smoke (matte finish) and Thunder Black Smoke (matte finish).
Josh Brookes on the Milwaukee Yamaha R1. Photo curtesy Gary Palfreyman
MCE British Superbike Championship, Thruxton Round 6 of 12
Double British Superbike Podiums for
Yamaha's Josh Brookes and Kawasaki's Shane Byrne at Thruxton
Sunday 3rd August 2014 - Triple British Superbike Champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne came away from the sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at the high speed Thruxton circuit with a pair of second place finishes to maintain his championship lead as the series reached its midway point. However, after such a dominant start to the 2014 season, it was a tough weekend for Byrne as he struggled aboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in qualifying and he had to call upon all of his experience to claim fourth on the grid for the first race.
In the opening race at the fast Hampshire track, the Sittingbourne rider immediately slotted into third place and although it wasn't until the ninth of 20 laps that he was able to find a way past Dan Linfoot, once there he was able to resist all further challenges, particularly from a charging Ryuichi Kiyonari in the closing stages, to claim a hard fought second place behind Josh Brookes on the Milwaukee Yamaha who took the win.
It was a similar story in the second race later in the day, which was reduced to 15 laps following a red flag. 37-year-old Shakey got the holeshot and led up until the sixth lap when Brookes edged ahead although the Australian was unable to pull clear like he had done in the opening encounter. There was little to choose between Brookes, Shakey and Kiyonari but in a grandstand finish, they crossed the line in that order allowing Shakey to claim his 11th podium out of the 12 races to date.
For team-mate Stuart Easton it was another tough weekend with the Scot struggling to get on the pace but he battled on gamely and was rewarded with a top seven finish in the second race. After a disappointing qualifying and first race, where he finished 16th, the Hawick rider upped his pace as the second race wore on and charged through the pack to claim a deserved seventh place. The result keeps the 2013 British Supersport Champion in eighth place in the points table as the season enters its crucial point.
After six rounds, the championship table sees Byrne leading Brookes by 82 points, increasing his important Podium Credits tally to 45, a lead of 21 going into next weekend's triple-header at Oulton Park.
Shane Byrne: "In the greater scheme of things, I should be ecstatic with two second place finishes and 40 points given all the problems we had in practice and qualifying but I rode my heart out in both races and I am a bit disappointed not to have grabbed a win. I made a few mistakes in the first race which allowed Josh to make the break and the team did a great job to give me a bike I could challenge for the race win in the second race so I was more confident. I had to work so hard to keep up with Josh though and thought I might be able to nick it on the last lap but it almost ended in tears as I had to scrub off an awful lot of speed so as not to collide with him. It's more points and fair play to Josh as he rode superbly all weekend but we'll see what we can do at Oulton next weekend."
Paul Bird, Team Owner: "After his double win here last year, I thought we may have just been a little bit stronger this weekend but I'm not too disappointed. Two more podiums for Shakey sees him edge closer towards The Showdown and he's only effectively dropped four points to Brookes. We know what the problem was so we'll sort it this week and come back stronger at Oulton. I'm particularly pleased with the way Stuart dug in and got a result in race two. He showed real determination after a difficult weekend for him and hopefully he can bounce back at Oulton too where he traditionally goes well at."
|MCE British Superbike Championship Race One - 20 laps
1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
2 Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
3 Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW)
4 Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki)
5 Tommy Bridewell (Yamaha)
6 Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
16 Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
| MCE British Superbike Championship Race Two - 15 laps
1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
2 Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
3 Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW)
4 Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki)
5 Chris Walker (Kawasaki)
6 Jon Kirkham (Kawasaki)
7 Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
Championship Points (after six rounds)
1 Byrne 261pts, 2 Brookes 179, 3 Kiyonari 139, 4 Ellison 124, 5 Linfoot 116, 6 Walker 116, 7 Bridewell 112 8 Easton 91
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Eni FIM Superbike World Championship 2014 Calendar Update
South Africa Cancelled
Qatar Season Finale added
Barcelona (Spain), Thursday 31 July 2014 - The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization would like to announce the confirmation of the Qatar Round at Losail International Circuit, scheduled for 2 November 2014.
The venue was on the WSBK calendar for five consecutive years between 2005 and 2009. In 2014, the races will be taking place under floodlights for the first time.
The impressive lighting system of the Losail International Circuit is powered by 44 13-megawatt generators and made up of 1000 structures, 3600 light bulbs and 500km of wires.
As the round will be held at night time, the final prize-giving ceremony for both WSBK and WSS classes will take place in Doha the following day, on the evening of Monday 3 November.
Regarding the Round in South Africa originally scheduled to take place on October 19, FIM and Dorna WSBK regret to announce that, despite the efforts of the local promoter (GAS Sport), the works carried out on the race track are not advanced enough to meet the conditions required to achieve FIM homologation.
Dorna WSBK Organization and the International Federation are looking into the possibility of finding a replacement for this race. Depending on the replacement venue, the awards for the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, European Superstock 600 and European Junior Cup, powered by Honda, could be presented either at the French Round, scheduled on Sunday 5 October 2014 in Magny-Cours, or at the new venue.
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World Superbike Tyre supplier call for tender
Rome (Italy), Monday 28 July 2014 - Dorna WSBK Organization, in agreement with the FIM, announce the open call for tender for those companies willing to be the sole tyre supplier of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship from 2016 onwards, as the agreement with the current tyre supplier will expire at the end of 2015.
The application for the tender procedure can be submitted starting from Monday 28 July within four (4) weeks, by Monday 25 August 2014.
Those tyre companies interested in this offer can address any technical request to Gregorio Lavilla, WSBK Sporting Director.
Note: We suspec this is just a formality and Pirelli will renew its contract with World Superbike. But we also suspect the Championship is having financial problems and needs to push up the tire sposnorship fees.- Editor
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California CHP Lane Splitting Guidelines
July 24th - One of the most debated and least understood maneuvers by motorcycle riders in California - zipping between lanes of stalled traffic, or "lane-splitting" - got a little dicier when the California Highway Patrol acknowledged Wednesday that it had been required to removed safety guidelines it had just published a few weeks earlier for for the practice from its website and tossed all printed materials.
Motorcyclists, some of whom might not own a bike if they couldn't split lanes, got revved up about the pullback.
They said it will cause even more confusion about lane-splitting, which remains legal and saves riders time and fuel, but often puzzles - and sometimes outright angers - drivers of four-wheeled vehicles stuck in gridlock. Some motorcyclists, too, aren't experts on the concept.
"I'm disappointed. A lot of people put a lot of time and effort into creating those guidelines," said Nick Haris, the Western states representative of the American Motorcyclist Association. "It's a pity to see it so quickly removed."
Guidelines, not laws
The CHP removed the guidelines about two weeks ago under orders from the state's Office of Administrative Law, after complaints from a Sacramento man that they could be misinterpreted as enforceable laws. Lane-splitting tips have been banished from materials distributed by the CHP as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Traffic Safety.
"People liked the guidelines and appreciated them," said CHP Officer Mike Harris, an agency spokesman. "But some people had thought they were given as rules or laws that can be enforced by the department."
Here are some of the guidelines for motorcycle lane-splitting that were removed from the California Highway Patrol's website:
-- Travel no more than 10 mph faster than other traffic - danger increases at higher speed differentials.
-- It is not advisable to lane-split when traffic flow is at 30 mph or faster - danger increases as overall speed increases.
-- Typically, it is safer to split between the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes (the lanes farthest to the left) than between other lanes.
-- Consider the total environment in which you are splitting, including the width of the lanes, size of surrounding vehicles, as well as roadway, weather and lighting conditions.
-- Be alert and anticipate possible movements by other road users.
-- Don't put yourself in dangerous positions.
-- If you can't fit, don't split.
Source: California Highway Patrol
Now this wasn't addressed by the Highway Patrol and may be a real grey area, but we like to split lanes on the Double Yellow Lines between the CarPool Lane and the #1 Lane on the Freeway. Here the space is wider and it's illegal for cars to cross over the Double Yellow, so there is much less chance of a car changing lanes in front of you as you come up from behind. - Editor