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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.

 

Honda to bring back the Monkey in 2018

Honda’s iconic mini-bike is re-imagined for the present day, with styling that draws heavily on the original, complemented by modern, premium touches such as USD forks, twin rear shocks, LCD instruments, IMU-based ABS and full LED lighting. Its 125cc air-cooled engine delivers 6.9kW power, and fuel efficiency of 67km/litre; wet weight is a mere 107kg.

However, it hasn’t yet been released where and when the revived Monkeys will be available, and what the MSRP will be.

The Honda Monkey bike is perhaps most widely known as a groovy icon of the 1970s, but it first saw the light of day in 1961. Originally developed as a 49cc child’s plaything for Tama Tech, an amusement park in Tokyo, it proved so popular that a road-going version was developed, which was initially exported to America and Europe in 1963, with a distinctive chrome tank, folding handlebars and 5-inch diameter rigidly-mounted wheels. For more of this story visit http://www.powersportsbusiness.com.

Indian Motorcycle Announces Three Finalists to Battle Head to Head in “The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off” Competition

Indian Motorcycle today announced the three finalists for The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off, a custom motorcycle competition that spotlights amateurs who build bikes purely for the love of turning a wrench. A judging panel of professional builders and experts, including Roland Sands, Satya Kraus, Jason Paul Michaels and Hot Bike Editor-in-Chief, Jordan Mastagni along with an online fan vote, selected Alfredo Juarez, PJ Grakauskas and Christian Newman as the top three entrants. The three selected finalists will face off in a custom-build battle for a grand prize of $10,000 and a feature spread in Hot Bike Magazine.

From March 15-30, hopefuls from across the nation entered for the chance to win a new 2018 Indian Scout Bobber and a budget of $10,000 to design and customize the stock bike. From over 100 submissions, 12 top designs were showcased online and available for fan voting until April 19. Juarez, Grakauskas, and Newman, who received the three highest vote counts, each come from distinctly unique backgrounds and offer concepts that are as equally diverse.

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Christian Newman – Age 36 | Buffalo, NY

Newman, a mechanical engineer of mining equipment from upstate New York, is an incredibly creative amateur builder who shook up the chopper scene with his recent build of a 1940 V-twin fabricated almost entirely out of stainless steel. Newman will be building a swingarm-chopper-style Scout Bobber with old-school custom components, including a Crazy Frank fender and raw metal fabrication. Newman uses many old-world techniques which are more painstaking than most modern methods but require a more intensive attention to detail and higher level of craftsmanship.

“I’m excited to take a modern Indian motorcycle and infuse it with an 80’s chopper aesthetic,” said Newman. “I love that Indian is doing a 180 with this contest and shining a light on the guys that build for nothing more than the love of creating something totally personal and totally unique”.

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PJ Grakauskas – Age 39 | Avon, OH

Grakauskas is a family man from Ohio working as a safety inspector for OSHA, but it’s inside the shed in his backyard where his real passions are fed. With several polished and refined café racers under his belt, the Scout Bobber will be a totally unique platform for Grakauskas, but one he has been dreaming of building for quite a while. Inspired by his love for road racing, Grakauskas is building a full-fairing café racer with race-inspired brakes and suspension, as well as taking additional measures to increase the stock engine’s output. Grakauskas’ drawing looked good, but he promises it’ll be nothing compared to the finished product.

“I’m looking forward to creating a bike that expresses my passion and love of all things moto and paying homage to those who paved the way for what custom motorcycle culture is today,” said Grakauskas. “I couldn’t be more grateful or humbled to be chosen to build for a company with as much history as Indian.”

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Alfredo Juarez – Age 34 | Las Cruces, NM

Juarez is a NASA engineer based in Las Cruces, N.M. He started wrenching at the age of 12, but his fabrication journey began in college, building bikes and hot rods for his friends, and making all of the tools and tables he needed to do the job right. Spending his work days building things like flammability testing chambers makes the complex designs and ideas he submitted seem simple to him. When developing his concept for the competition, he visited an Indian Motorcycle dealership with an engineer’s scale and was able to glean all the necessary measurements to design his draft perfectly to scale—including his proposed rake, trail wheelbase and seat height within his entry. While his design concept is incredibly ambitious within the short timeline, Juarez has built frames in a matter of weeks and is confident he’ll can produce an incredible rigid Scout Bobber on deadline.

“I’m very blessed to have this opportunity put before me, and I’d like to express my appreciation and gratitude to Indian Motorcycle for including me in such a unique competition,” said Juarez. “After all the hours I’ve spent working on bikes over the years, it’s amazing to be recognized with something like this contest.”

The three custom Scout Bobbers will be unveiled on August 5th at the Buffalo Chip during the historic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The public unveil will trigger a second fan voting process, which will determine the grand prize winner. The winner will be announced two weeks later and will receive a $10,000 grand prize along with a feature spread in Hot Bike magazine.

 

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).