Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BP Racing Supermoto


BP Racing Yamaha’s Tyler O’Hara won the Supermoto USA Open Expert Championship at the final round held at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds in Stockton California last weekend. He accomplished this by winning five out of eight rounds during the year and by playing it safe in last weekend’s final. His competitors forced him into this line of thinking during Saturday's Open Pro races.

Although Tyler ’s BP Racing Yamaha YZ450F had him on the pole for the Saturday Pro race via his fastest time in practice, his run for the cash was held back in the first turn in both motos. Casey Yarrow riding a BP Racing Yamaha YZ450F was able to fight his way to the front and bring home the money with a second place in the last moto netting him second overall.

Casey won Sunday’s Expert heat giving him the pole, Tyler finished fourth giving him the outside first row. Tyler wanted this starting position; after what had happened to him the day before. With BP Racing’s YZ450 riders controlling the first turn everyone made it through unscathed. Tyler ’s "safe" sixth place finish secured the championship for him. Casey’s "safe" fourth place finish secured his second place finish in the championships.

Earlier in the day,Casey won the 450 Class Series Championship; with a second place finish riding his BP Racing Yamaha YZ450F. Teammate Tyler finished behind him in third.

In the 250 main it was all Casey; riding his BP Racing Yamaha YZ250F to a huge lead; riding wheelies down the front straightaway for his final laps and winning the race by a full straightaway.

See BP Racing Yamaha’s Casey Yarrow and Tyler O’Hara go up against the best at the XTRM AMA PRO SUPERMOTO FINALS NOVEMBER 15-16 AT INFINEON RACEWAY, SONOMA CALIFORNIA

BP Racing would like to thank their sponsors; Yamaha, Super Moto Engineering, Graves Motorsports, Mach 1 Motorsports, Dunlop, Super Plush Suspension, CytoSport, QTM, Dirt Digits, Cometic Gasket, Wiseco Pistons,, Motostrano, Millenium Technologies, East Coast Wheels, and ERC.

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Supermoto Kit From Motostrano

Motostrano has created a new supermoto kit for budget Supermoto riders. The "Bare Bones Supermoto Kit" is for street and occasional track day supermoto riders. The kit uses the Warp9 Supermoto wheels and accompanying brake and sprocket parts along with some AVON distanzia tires and a supermoto fender. For the rider on a budget.

Other kits utilize the popular Excel/Talon Supermoto wheels, or the performance oriented Marchesini Supermoto Wheels.

Motostrano now offers 9 kinds of complete supermoto conversion kits for all types of rider abilities and focuses. Kits are offered for virtually every common supermoto bike for racing and street.

Supermoto conversion kits allow riders to easily convert their moto-crosser into a full blown asphault going Supermoto bike with wheels, street tires, brakes, plastic parts and more. Each Motostrano kit is custom tailored for specific rider needs and a direct bolt on for all bike applications.

View Motostrano's complete Supermoto Conversion Kit line-up.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Suomy Helmets in the USA

I have spoken to a handful of customers lately who call and ask about Suomy helmets and what is going on with them in the USA. Contrary to popular rumor, Suomy helmets continue to be distributed widely in the United States. A few months ago Suomy changed how and who handles the importation of their helmet line in the United States, no longer working with an entity called "Suomy USA", the original importer of the Suomy line-up. Whenever there's a change of guard between manufacturers and distributors of a product, it tends to cause confusion for the consumer, as in this instance.

Suomy helmets are imported strongly in the USA direct from Italy. They are distributed by two main US distributors, one of them being the largest distributor of motorcycle parts in the world, Parts Unlimited. In other words, Suomy is in good company in the USA. Part Unlimited is the same company distributing Alpinestars, AGV, ICON and others.

Suomy Helmets, Suomy spare shields and all Suomy Helmet replacement parts are available at to the retail consumer.

SIDI Streetburner Boots at

Short boots, perhaps like short skirts, have never been so popular. Virtually all moto boot makers have a vibrant line of short boots available to the street bike rider, commuter and around-towner. Alpinestars, ICON, Gaerne, Joe Rocket, Shift, all have a lot of short riding boots to choose from.

Among the boots we like most there is the SIDI Streetburner boot. A short boot with an obvious racing pedigree. Like many of the more sport oriented shorter boots, the Streetburner looks like a standard tall booth that's been chopped down.

Sidi says: "SIDI Streetburner Boots! Sidi, continuously researching new technological solutions to enhance rider safety, is proud to present the Streetburner boot. With Sidi's great style, feel, support and quality there are no finer performance off road boots in the world."

The Streetburner looks like a low Vertigo. It has many of the adjustment and replacement features of the Vertigos with a low cut design. There's the external ankle brace system and the "Tecno-II" buckle system for adjustability.
The Burner also has bolt on replaceable, adjustable and aerodynamic nylon scuff pads on the toe as well as a removable arch support.

The Streetburner is intended for street duty. It's a good commuting boot for the sport bike rider, a boot you can take on a leisure/sport weekend ride. Like all shorter boots, the burner has less true ankle support and no shin support.

Worthy competitors to the Steetburner worth looking at are the Alpinestars SMX-2 Boots and the Gaerne Jet Boot.

The SIDI Street Burner, is available at

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Motostrano Offers International Express Mail Shipping

Motostrano now offers Standard International Express Mail service for our outside the use-based customers looking for a more affordable shipping service for parts, accessories and clothing purchased at The new feature allows international customers to save on shipping and brokerage fees using the new International Express Mail service worldwide. Savings average 50% over our standard UPS ship rates.

Atkins 4th in Mettet Belgium, Stars Final

Atkins 4th in Mettet Belgium, Stars Final

This prestigious event was adorned with over 30,000 die hard race fans over the course of 3 days; many of whom traveled from all corners of Europe to witness the worlds best motorcyclists battle it out on the famed Supermoto course. 370 riders from around Europe gathered here hoping for the chance to race with the worlds most esteemed athletes of their genre, and a grueling back to back series of eliminations decided the few who would be placed on the starting grid.

There were 2 categories formed to make up the 2 finals. The Stars Category was made up of riders from all backgrounds, such as: Stefan Everts, Mickael Pichon, Frederick Bolley, Josh Coppins, Joel Smets, Jeff Ward etc. While the Supermoto category contained Supermoto specialist athletes.


Stars Category: Atkins 7th
Supermoto Category: Carlson: 4th

Stars Final Top 10:

1st - Mickael Pichon
2nd- Frederic Bolley
3rd - Stefan Everts
4th - Darryl Atkins
5th - Micky Dymond
6th - Sven Breugelmans
7th - Josh Coppins
8th - Didier Jadoul
9th - Joel Smets
10th - Cedric Melotte

Darryl got off to a 6th place start, and fought his way up to 4th with 10 laps to go. Atkins put in one of his most impressive races to date, and battled relentlessly with 8 time MX World Champion (and local star) Stefan Everts. Atkins and Everts went back and forth into 3rd position which created an enormous uprising of the predominantly Belgian spectator base. Out of control fans often times had to be pulled off the track by security to avoid any disturbance to the combative duo.

The final dirt section gave Everts the last advantage, awarding him 3rd with Atkins inches behind in 4th. The race long struggle had clearly been the highlight of the day judging by the crowds out of control enthusiasm.

“It was an amazing feeling for me to run so closely with this level of racers. I definitely had the speed over Everts on the road, as I passed him several times, but he immediately got me back in the dirt. After giving it such a great shot, it was frustrating to miss the podium by just a few inches. However, the purpose of me accepting to do this event was to gain the speed, strength and fitness needed for me to get the job done at the final round of the AMA Championship. That goal was achieved, and I am 100% ready for the final round.” Noted Atkins after the race.

Semi Final – Supermoto Category:

Carlson: 7th Semi 2

Benny was gridded on the front row due to his excellent qualifying time. Unfortunately he got a poor start, and came across in 7th for the 1st lap. After fighting his way into 5th, Carlson lost the front end and went down during an attempt to make the pass into 4th position. Quickly, he remounted and finished 7th, which was good enough to put him into the final.

Superbiker final

Carlson 35th

Benny gridded up on the 7th row which didn't allow him to get a great start. After fighting his way up the field to 16th, he was forced to coast over the line due to a technical problem.

“It was a shame I dropped it in the semi, as it didn't allow me a good start position for the final. With that aside, it was a great experience being here and I’m very thankful for having this opportunity. This experience is helping me mentally for the US events, and I really look forward to racing the final AMA round in a few weeks.”

A special Thank you to Freddy Tacheny, the promoter for the Superbiker event - also, Oliver from Quick Motor Specialties in Gent, Belgium for his support with the bike. As always, we would like to thank the team sponsors:

Aprilia USA, Rip It Energy Fuel, Parts Unlimited, Bel-Ray oils, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Global Freight Solutions, AF1 Racing, Supermoto Engineering, Race Tech, FA-BA Wheels, Ice Parts, Stilmoto, Extreme fork bottoms, Sunoco Racing Fuels, Beringer brakes, Scott goggles, Thor, Alpinestars, Renthal, Asterisk, Works Connection, Twin Air, Supersprox, Suzuka Tire Warmers, Regina chain, Ogio bags, Mechanix wear, ZLT, Pit Bull, G2, CR&A, Acerbis, TecBolts, Stomp Grip, Ap Designs, Power Commander / Dyno Jet, Cycle Cynch.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

2008 XTRM AMA Supermoto Championship Series Finale Location & Date Announced

2008 XTRM AMA Supermoto Championship Series Finale Location & Date Announced

Oct. 17,2008 5:00 PM

XTRM Supermoto National Championship Series finale, presented by Parts Unlimited, will be held the weekend of November 14 and 15 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. This double-header finale will be a pure slugfest, sure to provide a spectacular finish to the series.

This closely fought yearlong battle for three AMA Supermoto Championships will come to a stunning, street fight like conclusion. The eventual champions will be awarded among the top Pro contestants in a total of SIX point paying finals over the weekend. With the Premier 450 class, the big bore Open class and 250cc Lites titles all up for grabs.

This is one of the best opportunities for race fans to witness the best bar banging action ever seen in a take it all season ending battle of the titans.

These plates must be used for the AMA Supermoto Championship Series. You can order these backgrounds directly from ZLT Racing. If you prefer to use your own graphics company, you can download a PDF version [336 KB], or Illustrator version [2 MB] to supply to them. The files contain art for front and both side plates.

There can be no additional logos on this plate.

Black plates are for Lites, White plates are for Premier, Blue plates are for Unlimited

Supermoto XTRM

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Street-Sport Conversion Kit from Motostrano

Motostrano has pieced together a special kit intended for off-road and dual-sport bike conversions from off-road to road-going street legal bikes. The new SM Factory Street-Sport Conversion Kit contains many of the required parts some states require for legalizing an off-road motorcycle for road duty. Laws and requirements vary from State to State, so check your local motor vehicle offices for your specific State's rules.

The nice part about our kit is that it uses some high end headlight and tail light parts from Acerbis, a leading maker of aftermarket plastics and headlights, making the kit both functional and aesthetically appealing. Priced at $459, the kit includes

* Acerbis Dimension Universal Headlight, DOT Approved
* Acerbis LED Universal Brake Tail Light, DOT Approved
* 4 Universal DOT Turn Signals, DOT Approved
* Universal Control switch with Signals, Headlight, Horn, On/Off
* Universal Wiring Harness
* Front and rear brake light switches
* Universal Horn mechanism
* Pair of Acerbis off-road mirrors.
* Reflective Strip Kit (RED)
* Relay Flasher

Available at

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Suomy Helmets at La Ducati Day

Motostrano participated in the La Ducati Day festivities in La Honda, California. La Honda, home to some of the best pavement for sportbikes in the world, former home to Keasy and his Merry Pranksters.

Each year, La Ducati Day takes place as a fall event. It's my favorite motorcycling event, have to say.

Motostrano appeard at La Ducati Day this year representing the full line of Suomy helmets in partnership with Suomy themselves. Two 10x10 booths pumped the Suomy's out into the atmosphere for all to see. Vandals, Spec1Rs, Extremes. Helmets for the 2008 and 2009 catalogs.

"Great response. Great interest in this high end helmet," said Motostrano's Joe Witherspoon.

Acerbis Plastic

MX plastic, Supermoto plastics. Acerbis (pronounced acherbis) dominates the scene. Acerbis produces a complete range of plastics for virtually all makes and models of off-road machine from the big four and most of the european brands.

Fenders, Shrouds, number plates. Chain sliders, handguards, headlights.

There are four or five plastics companies: Acerbis, UFO, Cycra, Polisport, Meier. Acerbis dominates, coming out with the most variety, latest models first. Quality plastic that lasts.

Acerbis makes two kinds of Supermoto fenders, some Supermoto handguards and a full range of special parts.

The sportbike guys should be so lucky to have the ability to redo their body work for $150 bones.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Supermoto Final Postponed

Due to a last minute loss of venue, this weekend's Supermoto National Championship to be held in Austin this weekend Oct 11-12, has reluctantly been canceled. XTRM and the AMA apologize for this inconvenience and want you to know that we are committed to this series. Please know that all efforts are being made to relocate this event finale. More information regarding this event will be distributed as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Updates.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Scorpion Octane Helmets on Sale at

The benevolent Scorpion Octane helmet, we've just heard, has been put on sale. Save some bucks on this feature-full helmet. Protect your head. Enjoy the creature comforts of a helmet with removable liners, fogfree shield and an easy on/off one at that! Biatchin' design AND you can wear your Scorpion Octane helmet, along with your Alpinestars Octane Jacket, Boots and Gloves and become completely OCTANED. The Octane is a mid hundredish helmet and on sale just in time for the Great Recession of 2008!

Friday, October 3, 2008

New Search Functions Launched at

Press Release

Redwood City, CA. launched a number of new search enhancements today, making it the first time an enhancement was done to the company's feature since 2005 when it experimented with Google Search.

Customers of fine motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel can now search and sort by Price, Name, Brand, Make, Category all at the same time. Users can also select from Grid or List view and sort by Relevancy, Price or name.

The new search features cost the company some extra dough to release, but even in these dire economic times, where every one is all serious and down hoping for CHANGE and not more of the same, Motostrano decided to surge ahead with a new technology, allowing past, present and future Motostrano customers easier access to the products they need to be a good motorcyclist.

"You can't blink," said CEO and serial entrepreneur Joe Witherspoon. "Customers were getting lost and not finding stuff with our old search box and when an opportunity arises to make improvements to your web site, even if those opportunities seem unproven, you have to look those opportunities in the face and go with them and that's what we did here by enhancing our search."

For a technology partner, Motostrano chose Celebros, a software company... or rather Celebros chose Motostrano and didn't let up until Witherspoon almost blinked and signed the deal.