Moto Guzzi Announces “Grand Tour of Italy in America” Winner

Moto Guzzi Announces “Grand Tour of Italy in America” Winner

From Tuscany (California) to Rimini (South Carolina) and 78 Italian-inspired
destinations in between, an Ohio motorcycle enthusiast lives la dolce vita
American-style

New York, NY – February 6, 2009 – John E. Frick, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based
business owner, passionate motorcycle enthusiast and long-distance endurance
rider, will be enjoying his next two-wheel adventure on a new Moto Guzzi
Norge 1200.  Moto Guzzi’s distinctive sport touring bike has been awarded to
Frick for winning the “Grand Tour of Italy in America,” a unique motorcycle
tour created by the American Motorcycling Association (AMA) as part of its
AMA Road Riding Cycle Trader Tours With KOA Along The Way program.  The “do
it yourself” tour was designed to appeal to riders who appreciate both the
thrill of the ride and the joy of discovering new destinations – in this
case all inspired by Italian locales and culture.

Participants were challenged to chart their own course from an official list
of destinations, ranging from towns like The Vatican, Louisiana, to venues
such as the Tuscany Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey.  Embodying the relaxed
pace and spirit of Italy, the tour stipulated no time or mileage limits,
allowing riders to travel at their own pace.  Riders documented each
official stop with a photo to provide proof of their visit. One point was
earned for each destination in a participant’s home state; two points were
awarded for stops visited in adjoining states, and three points for all
distant destinations. 

Competitors with 25 or more points earned a commemorative pin and were
entered into a special sweepstakes.  In addition to the Moto Guzzi Norge
1200 grand prize, sweepstakes winners received “motociclista style”
wearables from Moto Guzzi’s new line of retro-inspired sweaters, as well as
modern riding gear designed for the serious enthusiast.

All registrants received a complimentary Moto Guzzi towel, collectible pin,
and a coupon redeemable for a new Moto Guzzi hat. 

To claim his Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 grand prize, Frick visited more than
80 locations over the course of seven months. Stops included Argenta, Il;
Milan, TN; Rimni, S.C.; Rome, MS; Genoa, WI; Verona, ND; Tivoli, NY;
Sardinia, OH; Parma, MO, and, of course, Italy, TX.  Frick also visited
more than 25 Motor Guzzi dealerships, as well as Italian-themed locations
such as the Italian-American Banquet Hall in Livonia, MI, and an Italian
festival in Nutley, NJ.

“For me, every phase of the Grand Tour was fun, from planning and riding to
finding a unique or interesting object for the photo to document the visit,
even the record-keeping,” Frick said. “The learning element of the tour
was certainly a big part of the attraction. For example, I previously had no
idea that there is a city in Italy (population 32,000)  with the name of
Nola.  So I decided to visit Nola, Mississippi, which may have a population
of 10!”

With plenty of roads leading to Rome – or hundreds of other Italian-inspired
destinations – Frick’s adventures prove that the Italian spirit is thriving
on U.S. soil.  And, when enjoyed on a legendary Moto Guzzi motorcycle, it’s
double the dolce vita.

About Moto Guzzi and Piaggio Group
Founded in 1921, Moto Guzzi is one of Europe’s oldest continuous
manufacturers of motorcycles. This revered brand continues to produce
machines from its original location on the beautiful shores of Lake Como in
the village of Mandello del Lario, Italy. For information about Moto Guzzi,
visit http://www.motoguzzi-us.com.

With approximately 7,000 employees, approximately 708,500 vehicles sold in
2007, 5 R&D centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia, and
operations in over 50 countries, the Piaggio Group has a consolidated
leadership in the European 2 wheeler market.  Its production includes
scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200 cc displacement range,
marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto
Guzzi brands.

AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Opens 2009 with Events Celebrating

AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Opens 2009 with Events Celebrating
Classic Motorcycles

PICKERINGTON, OHIO – The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum invites fans
of vintage machines to rev up for two notable events. The International CBX
Owner’s Association (ICOA) will pay a special visit the Museum on Saturday,
January 24, 2009. Two weeks later, on Saturday, February 7, the Museum will
host the Penton Owner’s Group (POG) for the 8th Annual Penton Day. All
riders are welcome at both events.

The ICOA event on January 24 begins at 9:30 a.m., with a tour of the
Museum’s colorful exhibits, including “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles”
and “Awesome-Ness,” an installation chronicling the career of legendary
customizer Arlen Ness. The day will continue with a technical session and
presentation by special guest racer Geoff Smale.
Smale is known for a number of racing accomplishments, including becoming
series champion of the British Earlystocks “1300 production” class in 2000
astride a CBX with unmodified displacement. Smale also one of twelve racers
to lap at over 100 mph in a sidecar outfit, both as driver as well as
passenger, during the Isle of Man TT races. The ICOA’s visit to the Museum
will be held in conjunction with the club’s winter tech rally held in
Columbus, Ohio, on January 24 and 25. The ICOA invites all enthusiasts to
join them at the Museum on January 24. The event is free, but regular Museum
admission rates apply. Riders can log on to http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org for
additional information.

Penton enthusiasts are welcome to bring their machines to display at the
Museum on February 7, when the Penton Owner’s Group holds the 8th Annual
Penton Day. Sign in begins at 9 a.m., with the group’s annual business
meeting starting at 10 a.m. The topic of this year’s event will be the 50th
anniversary of Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Penton’s record-setting
transcontinental run on a BMW, and John will be on hand to share his
memories.  Penton’s son, Motorcycle Hall of Famer and AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Fame
Museum board member Jack Penton, will also be at the Museum to serve as a
host of the annual Penton Day events. Riders interested in joining the
festivities can log on to http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org for additional
information. Membership in the POG is not required and lunch will be
provided.

About the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum tells the exciting stories and
preserves the history of American motorcycling. Visitors to the Museum will
find award-winning exhibits rotating through three major exhibition halls.
Each exhibit immerses guests in the stories of American motorcycling by
capturing the thrill of the open road, the excitement of racing or the
inspiration of memorable personalities. The Museum is also home to the
Motorcycle Hall of Fame, honoring the distinguished men and women who have
played a vital role in shaping the sport and business of motorcycling,
thanks to their competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship.
Located just east of Columbus, on the campus of the American Motorcyclist
Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the non-profit Museum is open seven days
a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year’s Day. For more information call (614) 856 – 2222 or visit
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

TOP 1 OIL GOES TO EXTREMES AT 2009 DAKAR RALLY

 

Nearly 3,750 miles (6,000 km) of challenging South American terrain on tap
for Top 1 Oil sponsored Team Rally Pan America

BURLINGAME, Cal. (December 22, 2008) – Top 1 Oil Products Company has again
joined America’s premier motorcycle rally team, Rally Pan America, for the
world’s most grueling and challenging endurance race, the 2009 Dakar Rally. 
Now nicknamed “El Dakaro,” the legendary competition has moved continents
to South America where it starts January 3 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The
Top 1 Oil sponsored Rally Pan America team is led by veteran rider Jonah
Street and team manager and Dakar veteran Charlie Rauseo, along with an
equally experienced support crew.  The team will be up against a nearly
3,750 mile (6,000 km) torturous route that traverses the plains of
Patagonia, the Atacama Desert and the Andes – all during equally extreme
summer temperatures.  The race concludes on January 17. 

“Following last year’s disappointing cancellation of the Dakar Rally, Top 1
is very excited to be back with Rally Pan Am for the 2009 event.  Including
2008, the 2009 competition will be the 5th consecutive year we have been a
primary sponsor of Rally Pan Am.  We are looking forward to a strong
showing from Jonah and the team and we wish them a safe and successful
race,” said Frank Ryan, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Top 1 Oil
Products.

The desert and mountains of South America will be as mentally and physically
challenging as the original North African Dakar route.  However, since the
terrain is new to most of the competitors, traditional European favorites
won’t have the advantage of racing in their own back yard.  As a result,
Rally Pan America expects the 2009 Dakar Rally to be a level playing field,
rife with opportunity for teams with the experience, equipment and stamina
to handle the roadblocks of extreme endurance racing.

Top 1 Oil has long been involved with racing events that test the limits of
performance.  In addition to sponsoring Rally Pan America’s 2009 Dakar
entry, Top 1 Oil most recently became the world’s “fastest motorcycle oil”
when the TOP 1 ACK Attack streamliner toppled the existing absolute FIM
motorcycle land speed record with a blistering 360.913 mph run on the
Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

About Top 1 Oil Products

TOP 1 Oil Products Company was founded in 1979 with the purpose of providing
high quality lubricants to customers around the world.  Today, TOP 1
products are actively marketed in over 40 countries and its products are
recognized for quality, versatility and value. 
     
TOP 1 has been continually owned and operated by one family. Today, three
generations of Ryan’s continue to pursue the organizing principle of its
founder: that of providing quality lubricants while forming and sustaining
life-long relationships with its customers.    

In fostering their sponsorship tradition,TOP 1 continually looks to sponsor
and support unique and compelling motoring and /or motor sports individuals
and teams.  If you have a compelling and unique story or a personal dream
please send your idea via email to Frank Ryan, V. P. Sales and Marketing,
fryan@top1oil.com.

About Rally Pan Am

Rally Pan Am http://www.rallypanam.com is an experienced American cross-country
motorcycle rally team with years of success in some of the world’s most
challenging and grueling races.  For the 2009 Dakar Rally, the Top 1 Oil
sponsored team will again be led by racer Jonah Street, a long-time resident
of Ellensburg, Wash.  Jonah began “cutting through the sagebrush” in Central
Washington’s semi-arid-desert-like-terrain at the age of six and quickly
rose to regional prominence. Today, Jonah Street is a world-class motorcycle
racer who has staked his claim as a top contender. In the 2006 Paris to
Dakar Rally, Street competed against 252 other motorcyclists, and despite
being a newcomer to extreme endurance racing, placed 17th overall and
scoring Top 5 finishes in three tough stages.  Street will be supported the
seasoned Rally Pan Am support crew.

New 2009 Vespa S 50 Races Across North America

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The New 2009 Vespa S 50 Debuts with Most Powerful Small Displacement Engine
Available in Market Today

New 50cc four-stroke powerplant delivers a sporty punch of good, clean fun

NEW YORK, November 19, 2008 – Italian manufacturer Piaggio, renowned for
revolutionary ideas in personal transportation, announces the debut of the
2009 Vespa S 50.  This all-new addition to the company’s iconic scooter
portfolio blends all the premium Vespa product benefits, such as Italian
styling and the unique single-steel chassis, with a newly engineered
four-stroke, four-valve SOHC engine.  To develop the most powerful 50cc
four-stroke available today, Vespa engineers minimized weight and maximized
the power curve, creating a performance character that to-date has been
exclusively associated with two-stroke technology.  The new engine variant
not only gives the Vespa S 50 a distinct performance edge in the 50cc
category, but offers all the environmental benefits of modern four-stroke
design. 
       
Clean, Lean, and Ready to Twist and Go

All Vespa scooters retailed in the North American market have been equipped
with fuel-efficient, clean-running four-stroke engines since 2001, but the
new Vespa S 50 engine pushes the weight, power and efficiency equation to a
new benchmark.  Handily out-accelerating every other scooter in the 50cc
category, including two-stroke equipped competitors, the Vespa S 50 is the
scooter to own when performance, not size, matters.  To boost output even
more, engineers shaved weight wherever possible, including lightening the
valve clearance adjustment mechanism for reduced inertia and improved
rocker/valve action.  The result is higher engine speeds and more power.  At
the same time, the four-valve head improves air/fuel flow, which means
optimized combustion, reduced fuel consumption and lower than ever
emissions.

Like all Vespas, the S 50 features a ‘twist and go’ continuously variable
transmission (CVT) which transforms all that improved horsepower into smooth
and easy acceleration and riding from start to finish.

Original Vespa Lines, Progressive Features

When you are the original, it’s easy to continue classic family lines.  The
Vespa S 50 has the same pedigree as the first Vespa prototype built by
Piaggio in 1946, with all the core values that have defined the brand ever
since: eco-friendly engineering, elegance, passion, individualism, and
integrity.

The Vespa’s high-strength steel body acts as the scooter’s structural frame,
a chassis design solution unique in the world of scooter production.  In
addition to superior strength, the frame is exceptionally rigid, resulting
in excellent road holding and precision control.  The scooter’s low center
of gravity also makes riding it supremely simple.

Equipped with an advanced front disc/rear drum brake system, the Vespa S 50
offers confident stopping power.  The advanced mixed-type braking system
includes a front 7.8″ diameter disc with hydraulic linkage and a dual
opposed piston hydraulic caliper.  The back has a 4.3″ diameter drum with
mechanical linkage. The 11” front and 10” rear wheels with light alloy rims
add to the Vespa S 50’s excellent stability.  A wide arc front halogen
headlight ensures great visibility at all times.

The 2008 Vespa S 50 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of
$3,199.  Available colors include Dragon Red, Shiny Black, Taormina Orange
and Montebianco.  For more information on the Vespa S 50 and the entire
Vespa model line visit http://www.vespausa.com.

About The Piaggio Group:

With about 7,000 employees, an annual production of more than 680,700
vehicles in 2007, 5 R&D centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia,
and operations in over 50 countries, the Piaggio Group has a consolidated
leadership in the European 2 wheeler market.  Its production includes
scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200 cc displacement range,
marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto
Guzzi brands.

The Fastest Motorcycle Landspeed Record Falls

Top 1 Oil “Ack Attack” Sets New Absolute Motorcycle Land Speed Record –
360.913 MPH

On September 26, 2008, after five days of pushing their streamliner
motorcycle to new limits on the salt flats of Bonneville, the Top 1 Ack
Attack team achieved what it came to do – topple the existing absolute FIM
motorcycle land speed record with a blistering 360.913 mph run. At 8:58 MST,
team owner Mike Akatiff, driver Rocky Robinson and crew shattered the
existing 350.884mph record set by Denis Manning and Chris Carr in 2006. The
new record was witnessed by an FIM official onsite, but is still subject to
FIM ratification.

The historic record was set during the first annual TOP 1 Oil World Land
Speed Shootout taking place this week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in
Bonneville, Utah.