The Crux is currently Yamaha’s least expensive motorcycle at approximately $650. Don’t go running to your wallets just yet, though. The Crux is strictly for the Indian market. New reports show that Yamaha will be supplying the Indian market with an even cheaper model priced at $500. With a very heated low-priced-motorcycle-war going on in the region, this could be a huge gain for Yamaha. Details haven’t been released yet but we know it would be the cheapest Japanese manufactured motorcycle in that market. Assumptions are that an engine in the 100cc range will be utilized.
Any GSX riders out there? If you happen to purchase a new 2012 model, here is some important recall information. Suzuki has recently identified an issue with loose bolts on some 2012 models which may cause the side stand interlock switch to fail. On the GSX-R1000 models, failure of this switch will terminate the ignition circuit. As a result, the engine will stop running, which obviously will increase the risk of a crash.
Suzuki reports that it will notify owners and dealers will be replacing the side stand interlock bolts, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin before the end of June 2012. If you own a GSX-R1000 and would like to find out more information about this recall, you may contact Suzuki at (714) 966-7040. The recall campaign number is 2A29. You can also get additional information by contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236.
Recently, reports have been circling around that motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati is up for sale. Selling price for the company is set at 1 billion euros, which is three times the initial investment made by the Italian private-equity owner. Insiders believe the potential buyers to be Volkswagen, BMW and Mahindra (Indian motorcycle manufacturer). Back in 2009, VW showed some interest in purchasing the company but invested in Suzuki instead. We will keep you posted on the latest developments.
When it comes to racing, the last few laps are always the most exciting. It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen an end to a race which can compare to the performance John Hopkins and Tommy Hill put on in the video below. Both Suzuki and Yamaha were able to showcase the power and precision their bikes poses when driven by pros.
Take a look at one of the most exciting MotoGP finishes we have ever seen:
Today was the first day of school and we’re sure for every sad kid, there was a happy parent. It isn’t just kids going back to school though, many adults are back in the mix as well. In an effort to “keep it real” with our fans, we thought it would be a great idea to write about the hands-on Technology Training Program for Motorcycle Mechanics at the Universal Technical Institute. In a short period of time you can be working in the field and possibly doing what you love. Check out some of the program features:
MMI’s Core Program