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Harley-Davidson plans York County layoffs

· Harley-Davidson

ORK, Pa. — Harley Davidson says it is laying off an unspecified number of employees in York County next week.

The motorcycle maker says the temporary layoff is in addition to a June 30-through-July 3 shutdown at the...

Read the full article in The Tribune-Democrat

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Bike Week schedule

· News

Laconia newspaper The Citizen of Laconia has posted the full schedule for the Laconia Bike Week at their website.

See the schedule in The Citizen of Laconia

Or visit the Laconia Bike week Website for more information.

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Relentless TT Domination For Suzuki

· TT News

In what turned out to be a dream week, the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing team ended the 2008 Isle of Man TT races victorious in virtually every solo category last week, taking Superbike, Supersport and Superstock wins on their Suzuki GSX-R race machines.

Starting with a perfect result on the first race day (Saturday 31st May), Australian Cameron Donald took his GSX-R1000 to victory in the coveted ...

Read Tasha Cook's full article about the TT races at London Bikers.com

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Ohio Bike Week Is Back with Ridin’, Rockin’, & Racin’

· News

This year's pirate themed bike rally is to include the thrill and excitement of fireworks and incredible "flame cannons" with the attractions of the Ohio Women Rider's Symposium (featuring the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum's "Women in Motorcycling" display), antique bike displays, bike shows, poker runs, Jay Allen's Broken Spoke Saloon, an AMA Dirt Track Race and the AHDRA Drag Racing Nationals.

This annual event features daily live entertainment, vendors and many more shows and attractions. This week includes activities planned around not only Sandusky and its tourist attractions; but the five county region surrounding the area, including Kelleys and Put-in-Bay Islands...

Read the full announcement at The Beacon

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Disappointment for Martin in Senior TT

· TT News

Guy Martin's 2008 Isle of Man TT Races campaign ended on a disappointing note on Friday when he was forced to retire from the Senior race, the Blue Riband event of the festival. The Kirmington ace was involved in a titanic battle for the lead during the first two laps but as he left the pits after the first refuelling stop, he encountered mechanical problems and his race was over.

With ideal racing conditions on the Island, Guy set off at his customary number 1 position on the Hydrex Bike Animal Honda and at the first...

Read the full article at Manxnet

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Reality TV show can’t compare to real-life drama at local motorcycle shop

· Choppers

With a shop full of motorcycles, machine tools and people with tattoos, Franko's Custom Cycles could easily pass for Orange County Choppers, the bike-building business made iconic on Discovery Channel's “American Chopper.”

Like its TV counterpart, Franko's in San Antonio is a family operation that creates eye-popping works of two-wheeled art, including a bike that won “best custom chopper” at last year's annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally in Austin.

There are other parallels. If he weren't so camera-shy, for instance, FCC owner Frank “Franko” Guerrero could...

Read this great article by David Uhler at San Antonio Life

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Steve Plater Wins Junior TT for AIM Yamaha

· Yamaha

Steve Plater rode a scintillating race on Monday to take his maiden victory in the Relentless Supersport Junior TT run over four laps of the 37.73-mile Isle of Man mountain course. But Ian Hutchinson suffered more bad luck as he retired at Sulby Bridge with a blown engine on lap two.

Plater opened his account with a strong 10th place in Saturday’s Dainese...

Read Tasha Crook's full article at London Bikers

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Excellent day for Shand in Monday’s TT races

· TT News

Les Shand had an excellent day of racing at the Isle of Man on Monday, finishing 11th in the Superstock TT and 16th in the first Supersport race to earn himself two more silver replicas. The Superstock result was his best ever finish at the Isle of Man and he put in a total of 4 120mph+ laps during the two races to continue his great week.

In the morning's Superstock race, Les was aboard the Leeds Parcel Company R1 Yamaha and an opening lap of 120.915mph saw him lie in 18th place. However, an excellent second lap enabled him to jump up the order and, with a superb pit stop, and a final lap of 123.920mph, Les completed the four lap race in a brilliant 11th for his highest finish at the TT.

Read the full article by Phil Wain at Manxnet

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M and M acquires Italian motorcycle designing firm

· News

Mumbai, June 5 : Automotive major Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) has acquired "a controlling stake" in a leading two-wheeler designing firm, Engines Engineering SpA of Italy, it said in a regulatory intimation to the Bombay Stock Exchange Thursday.

Under the agreement between 100 percent M&M subsidiary Mahindra Systech and the European firm, a new entity called Engines Engineering S.r.L has been formed, with M&M holding a 100 percent stake in it.

Alongside, the $12 million Engines Engineering SpA will also transfer all ...

Read the full article in the New Kerala

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Carlos Checa 13th rider to take wins in both GP and WSB

· Moto GP / SBK

Carlos Checa's WSB victories at Miller Motorsports Park in the USA last weekend cemented the Spaniards place in the history books as one of the few men to win a GP and WSB race in their career.

Checa joins some of the sports all time greats with his double win to become the 13th rider in history to join the illustrious club...

Read Michael Guy's full article at MCN Motorcycle News

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