2014 April Fools Motorcycle Pranks Round-Up

04/02/2014 @ 11:42 am, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS


Another year, and another April Fools Day is in the bag. I am fairly certain that for journalists, April 1st is better than Christmas Day, as it marks the one day where media outlets make the news the wish they could report on daily. And as usual, the imaginations of the motorcycle media pool didn’t fail to disappoint.

David had a wonderful timely piece on Red Bull acquiring the media rights to the MotoGP Championship, ousting Dorna from its position as Bridgepoint Capital cashed out its position. Red Bull has of course had its own issues in the Formula One Championship, and with energy drinks being the new tobacco, the premise was at least plausible.

Speaking of tobacco, we also ran a story about California mandating tabacco-style warning labels for motorcycles, a nod to our more libertarian readers and their growing concerns of “freedom” on two-wheels. Thankfully this story was a complete fabrication and not grounded in any truth, though maybe unfortunately for some, so was David’s piece as well.

How about from the rest of the industry though? In case you missed them, the highlights of April Fools Day are after the jump.

See any that we missed? Spread the love and post them up in the comments! Until next year, dear readers.

Photo: Supersonic Racing Ducati

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  1. This one was surprisingly popular among Guzzisti – http://westmoreland-moto-guzzi.com/%20/uncategorized/harley-davidson-to-buy-moto-guzzi-from-piaggio-wtf/

    The original post was shared a ton on facebook!

  2. Conrice says:

    Ural 2016 MotoGP entry – Now that’s hilarious!

  3. dc4go says:

    Was the Ben Spies comeback a joke cause i took it as a joke?

  4. Yes, his shoulder is attached to his body with zip-ties and safety wire.

  5. DC4 says:

    @ Jensen……… lol good one guess that answers my question.

  6. I’m really hurt you missed my contributions to April foolery. I wrote this helmet review for Motorcycle.com:


    And Motorcycle Daily ran my interview with the genius behind Ichiban Moto:


  7. jzj says:

    Gabe Ets-Hokin is a brilliant writer. Just ask him.

    Kidding aside, yeah, turns out he is.

    (The best reason to try to track down the hard-to-find-in-print Citybike.)

  8. @jzj: Thanks! I’m a legend in my own mind.

    CityBike hard to find? Only if you don’t live in the Bay Area! Go here to find out where to get it and sorry for plugging it at your site, Jensen…I owe you a plate of fried chicken.


  9. jzj says:


    Excellent, you’ve thoroughly saturated that square mile downtown!

    (I was spoiled: there used to be a box a couple of blocks from my home out by the ocean.)

    And that chicken does not need Jensen… or something like that.

  10. …and a plate of biscuits and gravy.

  11. You fancy-pants new-media people can pay for your own goddamn gravy!

    @jzj: those street racks got pilfered by recyclers and we couldn’t afford to keep stocking them! Blame it on the hippies.

  12. You’re both going on the list.

  13. Stevenk27 says:

    Anybody could be excused for believing the Rossi coming out story as being fact.
    Only a matter of time……

  14. smiler says:


    The Panigale 699

    Unfortunately the story about Red Bull is untrue. That is a real shame.

  15. Pablo says:

    Is the Honda NM4 coming to USA or not? I can’t understand it yet…

  16. Acknowledgement is due for Aerostich/RidersWearhouse new iPhone app: a kickstand pad

  17. That one was good Mark. They keep knocking those out of the park.