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News Cycles: April 6, 2018

Apr 06, 2018
Welcome to News Cycles, Common Tread’s roundup of what’s happening on our servers and everywhere else. Every Friday, look for a collection of news, stories, and all things moto from around the web. This week, carbon fiber for the masses, manic two-stroke competition, and a Sportster 883 set up for desert racing.

40 Years of Suzuki and Yoshimura 

Suzuki and Yoshimura are celebrating 40 years of racing and development together. Between Suzuki’s bikes and Yoshimura’s go-fast know-how, the two icons have a long history of competition at the highest levels. Their anniversary video is worth a watch just for the Wes Cooley flybys. 

BMW’s new process could mean carbon fiber for all

A new manufacturing technique from BMW can produce sturdy carbon fiber parts, including frames and swingarms, with a significant improvement in cost efficiency. Once the domain of only the most exotic racers, structural carbon fiber components could soon be available on average bikes for everyday riders. 

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BMW's new process cuts weight and costs. BMW photo.

125 cc madness: A first-person view of the MTA 2 Stroke World Championship

TransWorld Motocross gave Kai Aiello a GoPro and let him do his thing at Glen Helen. Think 125 cc sounds too small to be fast? Watch this race, get your mind changed, and make sure the volume’s up for the ring-a-ding soundtrack.

Get prepared for your spring riding season

Warmer weather’s coming, or at least that’s what we keep telling ourselves here in Philly. If you’re getting ready to ride into spring, take a few minutes to read through this gem from the Common Tread archives. Ride smarter with a few tips and warnings to set you up for success before your first rides of spring.

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Everyone's eager to get out and ride when spring arrives, but the season brings its own hazards. Take time to brush up on your skills. Photo by Kevin Wing.

Biltwell’s Frijole 883 Desert Racing Sportster

I’ve been following this project from the guys at Biltwell for a while, and they just keep continuing to impress with their desert-ready Sportster 883. Details like backup coils and an exhaust designed to be crashed make it worth a look. 

Honda brings an unexpected bike to the U.S.: the CB300R

When we first saw this little neo-retro rocket, Honda was only talking about bringing its bigger brother, the CB1000R, to the states. In a surprise announcement, Honda says they’ll offer the sub-$5,000 CB300R to replace the CB300F. 

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More options for small bikes are always welcome, especially when they come with upside-down forks. 2018 Honda CB300R. Honda photo.

That's all for this week. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback, in the comments or via email. If you've got comments, feedback, or moto news you'd like to share, shoot an email to Check back for more News Cycles every Friday.