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Welcome to the World of Motorcycling blog covering rider culture and the motorcycling world. This blog is designed to be an extension of the World of Motorcycling weekly podcast launched on October 12th, 2017. For the latest episodes you can click on the episodes listed here or you can visit www.worldofmotorcycling.podomatic.com for all the latest episodes. If your an itines or stitcher user then look us up subscribe to weekly show. If you like what you see and hear please pass us along to all your friends. Thanks for stopping by.

 

World of Motorcycling EP28 The Crew is at it Again & More 042018

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We kick off the show with the latest from Inside the Helmet where we do a ride by overview of what’s happening in the world of motorcycling. This week we start things out with MAG’s new CEO, Ducati adding more Advanced Rider assistance Systems to their upcoming bikes, a couple of new Electric bike makers coming on the scene and more.

Then it’s onto Behind the Bars where we cover the latest trends in the motorcycling world. This week we chat about Flat Tracking and Moto GP along with the lawsuit between Klock Werks and Dragon Fly Concepts, a fatal accident that could have been avoided and BMW using 3D printing to produce more parts for its bikes.

Up next it’s Between the Lines where
John, Steve and Walt discuss this week’s safety issue. Oh and don’t forget the weekly trivia question.

So grab yourself a hot cup of coffee and join us or download the show and take it with you, as we bring you another fun and informative show.

What if Motorcycles Were Outlawed? New Video series tackles this question.

What if Motorcycles Were Outlawed? New Video series tackles this question.

Motorcycles are outlawed. Gasoline is $20 per gallon. Self-driving cars are becoming dominant. Silicon Valley tech firms and the U.S. Government have collaborated to push society toward a fully-autonomous transportation system and motorcycles are an easy first target in the campaign to ban human-operated vehicles. This is the basis for the first season of The Last Motorcycle on Earth, directed by filmmaker, Eric Ristau. The series is co-written and produced by Ristau, wife and partner, Geneva Ristau and veteran motorcycle builder Neil “Morto” Olson.

“There is a culture war on the horizon between Americans who want to drive their own vehicles and those who want to be driven by a robot,” says director Eric Ristau. “On an engineering level, motorcycles pose enormous challenges to autonomous vehicle technology. We wanted to envision a future where motorcycles have been banned and suddenly every rider is an outlaw.”

The first hour-long episode is complete and the second two are currently in production. The filmmakers have drawn on the vintage motorcycling community for talent, locations and the motorcycles that populate each episode. Due to the costs of post-production and visual effects, an IndieGogo campaign was launched this month to raise $145,000 to complete the first three episodes. The campaign is currently live at http://www.lastmotorcycle.com and ends May 13th.

“The independence of motorcyclists to ride where they want, when they want is ingrained in their DNA,” says Olson, a lifelong motorcyclist. “The idea of someday seeing that right disappear due to technological shifts in our transportation system gave us endless story ideas. The plot of this show is every biker’s worst nightmare.”

The series will stream on major video-on-demand platforms and expects general release in early 2019.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame invites community to Spring Bike Night April 28th

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame welcomes motorcyclists and fans of motorcycling to its AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Spring Bike Night, 5-8 p.m., April 28 at the American Motorcyclist Association campus, 13515 Yarmouth Drive.

The event, a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, features music, food vendors, free entry to the museum and a display of police department motorcycles.

“Our bike nights are cool,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “We always have a great turnout, rockin’ entertainment and good food. And everyone loves to go through the museum and check out all the cool bikes and memorabilia. It’s a fun time for all ages.”

Employees of Motohio European Motorbikes, a local motorcycle dealership, will lead a 60- to 90-minute fun run from their site to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Spring Bike Night. The ride stages at 3:30 p.m., April 28 at Motohio, 5936 Scarborough Blvd., Columbus, Ohio.

Registration before April 18 is $10. Onsite registration is $15. All ride proceeds benefit the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. For more info visit http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Dunlop Preseason Day 2 Test Results at Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Pre Season e69bc232-e4fa-4ecf-ac75-5cd6b3e2355fMonster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier continued to hold the hot hand through off-season testing as the two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion came out on top of the Dunlop Preseason Test at Barber Motorsports Park. Beaubier had previously led all the test sessions coming into the final shakedown and looks more than ready as the season opener looms less than three weeks away with the Suzuki Championship at Road Atlanta.

Dunlop Preseason Test – Day 2   Motul Superbike

  1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 1:24.677
  2. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) 1:24.695
  3. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 1:24.783
  4. Toni Elias (Suzuki) 1:25.096
  5. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 1:25.539
  6. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 1:25.6612
  7. Cameron Petersen (Honda) 1:26.060
  8. Danny Eslick (BMW) 1:26.512
  9. David Anthony (Kawasaki) 1:26.852
  10. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki) 1:27.496

Supersport

  1. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha) 1:26.804
  2. JD Beach (Yamaha) 1:27.312
  3. Braeden Ortt (Yamaha) 1:28.910
  4. Nick McFadden (Suzuki) 1:28.990
  5. Jason Aguilar (Yamaha) 1:28.995
  6. Ashton Yates (Yamaha) 1:29.538
  7. Miles Thornton (Yamaha) 1:29.702
  8. Daytona Anderson (Suzuki) 1:29.843
  9. Nolan Lampkin (Yamaha) 1:30.773
  10. Lucas Silva (Yamaha) 1:31.695

Junior Cup

  1. Ashton Yates (Kawasaki) 1:39.061
  2. Alex Dumas (KTM) 1:40.017
  3. Jackson Blackmon (Yamaha) 1:40.094
  4. Dallas Daniels (Kawasaki) 1:40.821
  5. Joshua Jovi (Yamaha) 1:40.902
  6. Cameron Jones (Yamaha) 1:41.316
  7. Sean Ungvarsky (KTM) 1:41.626
  8. Gauge Rees (Yamaha) 1:41.833
  9. Tyler Wissel (Yamaha) 1:42.617
  10. Joseph Blasius (Yamaha) 1:42.701

Twins Cup

  1. Brad Perdiew (Yamaha) 1:38.256
  2. Jason Madama (Yamaha) 1:38.571
  3. Shane Perry (Suzuki)
  4. Carl Price (Yamaha) 1:42.071
  5. Samuel Wang (Yamaha) 1:44.225

 

Indian Motorcycle Company today announced the hiring of motorcycle industry design veteran Ola Stenegard as its Director of Product Design

Ola-5Indian Motorcycle Company today announced the hiring of motorcycle industry design veteran Ola Stenegard as its Director of Product Design. Stenegard brings Indian nearly two decades of product-design experience, a life-long passion for American V-twins and a proven record of success in designing motorcycles that resonate with a global audience.

Stenegard’s unique combination of domestic and global expertise aligns perfectly with Indian’s long-term strategy of driving global growth.

“Ola has been incredibly successful in helping brands expand into new product categories and appeal to a wider variety of riders, which is exactly what Indian will be focused on in the coming years,” said Steve Menneto, President, Indian Motorcycle Company. “It’s rare to find a designer with Ola’s unique experience, and we are thrilled to have him on board at such an exciting and important time for our business.”

Stenegard previously led product design for BMW Motorrad. There he played a critical role in designing motorcycles, including most recently the BMW R-nineT. While his professional focus has largely resided in European motorcycles, Stenegard’s life-long personal passion has been the design and customization of American V-twins.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Indian Motorcycle at a time when the brand has successfully returned itself to prominence and is powered by an increasing level of momentum,” said Stenegard. “There is no brand any more historic to American motorcycling than Indian, and I’m thrilled to build on the brand’s momentum going forward.  I couldn’t ask for a better situation.”

As a young boy in Sweden, Stenegard was heavily influenced by an older brother who had a passion for choppers and hot rods. In the words of his brother, “If you want to be into bikes, there are only choppers,” and thus, a lifelong love for designing and customizing American V-twins was born. By age seven, he had learned to weld and was chopping and customizing anything he could get his hands on, from bicycles to mopeds.

At 15, Stenegard took first prize at his first motorcycle show in Stockholm with a moped he’d modified into an Arlen Ness-inspired chopper. The years forthcoming would see him customizing a countless array of bikes, including everything from café racers to dirt bikes, and most of all, a host of classic American V-twins.

Intent on making his passion his profession, Stenegard attended University College of Art, Craft & Design in Stockholm in 1994, where he spent three years before transferring to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. There he was immersed in the design of cars and motorcycles in Southern California, which he refers to as “the epicenter of the hot rod and custom motorcycle universe.” He later returned University College of Art, Craft & Design in Stockholm where he earned a Master’s degree in Applied Art (Industrial Design) in 1998.

After completing his degree, Stenegard immediately entered the work force, working for SAAB, and doing freelance work for Ohlins Suspension, Unique Custom Cycle and MCM Magazine. In 2001, Stenegard returned to the United States to join Indian Motorcycle (under a previous ownership group) in Gilroy, Calif.Ola-4

In 2003, he joined BMW Motorrad where he would become one of the brand’s most influential designers over the next 15 years, ascending to Head of Vehicle Design and working on virtually every significant new model program, ultimately helping the company successfully increase its relevance with a wider range of riders. Moreover, Stenegard’s influence wasn’t limited to product design. His passion for riding and his understanding of the marketplace allowed him to assume an influential role in the marketing of motorcycles. Stenegard’s creativity resulted in a number of BMW’s more-popular marketing platforms, including the “Soulfuel” campaign that supported the launch of R-nineT.

Aside from his professional efforts, Stenegard still immerses himself in the garage, working on choppers and other custom builds. Over the years, his custom builds have been featured in hundreds of magazines across the world and have earned numerous awards at some of the world’s most renowned motorcycle shows, including the AMD European Championship of Bike Building and Mooneyes, Yokohama. He also is distinguished as the youngest inductee in the Swedish Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Stenegard and his wife Terese reside on a horse farm on the island of Gotland, with their three children, sons Isaac (18) and Grim (11), and daughter Saga (14).

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE, JACK DANIEL’S® & KLOCK WERKS KUSTOM CYCLES HONOR FIRST RESPONDERS WITH LIMITED EDITION SCOUT® BOBBER

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Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and Jack Daniel’s, America’s first registered distillery, today introduced the Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian® Scout® Bobber. For the third straight year, the two iconic American brands have joined forces with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, SD to celebrate their shared values with an ultra-premium, limited-edition motorcycle. This year, they looked to the Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade and their impressive gold and black firetrucks for design inspiration.

Jack Daniel’s® is the only distillery in the world with its own fire brigade, which is staffed entirely by employee volunteers. The Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade is an impressive showcase of the company’s commitment to quality and a remarkable symbol for the passion and dedication shared by Jack Daniel’s employees. The employees at Indian Motorcycle share that same passion for their craft and developed this bike as a tribute to the people who are committed to keeping their communities safe, the state-certified firefighters of Jack Daniel’s, as well as firefighters and EMS professionals everywhere.

The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber maintains the low-slung, blacked-out and stripped-down attitude of the Scout Bobber, but also boasts several ultra-premium, custom features that create a truly unique motorcycle. As a nod to the “Old No. 7 Brand”, only 177 of these bikes will be built globally, making anyone who owns one a member of an extremely exclusive club.

“Our partnership with Jack Daniel’s celebrates American craftsmanship of the highest order,” said Steve Menneto, President – Indian Motorcycle. “This year’s limited-edition bike draws inspiration from the incredible story of Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade, while honoring the passion and dedication of firefighters and emergency medical responders who serve our country.”

Each of the 177 individually-numbered motorcycles are accented with Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade themes.  The bike has subtle two-tone matte black paint, a first for Indian Motorcycle, and is covered in real 24-karat gold graphics on the tank and fenders. The 24-karat gold carries through to the Fire Brigade emblem on the tank and the “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” emblem on the front fender.  Other custom details include a perforated genuine leather seat with “Jack Daniel’s” embroidery and custom grips, pegs, and shift levers inspired by the “Old No. 7 Brand.” Premium gloss black finishes on the fender struts, hand control levers, engine valve covers, and exhaust tips, while a gold colored Indian Scout badge further showcases the attention to detail given in the design of this limited-edition bike. Also unique is a one-of-a-kind Montana Silversmith badge that’s individually numbered and coated with real 24-karat gold.

In addition to the bike’s custom accents, it also features chopped fenders, bar-end mirrors, vented exhaust shields, knobby tires and a sleek headlight nacelle.

“The public’s response to the motorcycles that Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s have collaborated on has vastly exceeded our expectations year-over-year,” said Greg Luehrs, Director of Events and Sponsorships for Jack Daniel’s. “In celebration of this great partnership and our own Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade, we are delighted to deliver a bike that honors firefighters and EMS first responders while also reinforcing the message that ‘Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix.’”

To celebrate the hard work, commitment, and bravery of all firefighters and EMS first responders, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s are hosting a sweepstakes only open to these service members. Participants can enter to win bike #001 at a variety of events this year, including Daytona Bike Week (March 9-18), Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (April 23-28), Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Aug. 3-12), and Red Knights Motorcycle Club International Convention (Aug. 16-19).

The Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian® Scout® Bobber will be available globally for order starting 12 p.m. EST on March 13. To reserve one, visit or call an Indian Motorcycle dealership. The 2016 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield and Chief Vintage models sold out in less than 8 hours, while the 2017 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Chieftain sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Each bike will come with a commemorative fireman’s axe, which will be engraved with the owner’s name, motorcycle number (#001-#177) and VIN.  Pricing starts at $16,999 in the U.S. and $20,999 in Canada. Each bike also comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year. Each bike will be built to order with delivery starting in August 2018.

For more information on Indian Motorcycle, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.