Motorcycle Radio Network | 10/23/2009

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This week on the Motorcycle Radio Network, the news that Harley-Davidson Motor Company was closing Buell and selling off its newly-purchased MV Agusta subsidiary has hit the American motorcycle community hard. Bill and Todd discuss the continuing fallout from this announcement, as well as cover some of the history of MV Agusta on this week’s radio show.

Bill and Todd jump on a Biker Help Line question from an Arizona resident who is struggling with abnormal sounds and performance of his Harley-Davidson touring rig after a camshaft swap. Remember, if you have a question for the Biker Help Line, send the Blockhead Boys as much information as possible about your ride and the problem or question you would like answered, as well as some way to contact you. You never know when you’ll get an e-mail or phone call from our crew…

Here on the Motorcycle Radio Network, we’re long time Ben Spies fans and we spoke before the World Superbike season began about him being the dark horse in the series. Some unknowing people considered his success in the US Superbike Series to be more related to his team than his talent, which can be partially understood given the success of the Yoshimura Suzuki squad.

Todd B told us early on that Matt Mladin is one of the most under-rated motorcycle racers in the world, and to beat him two years in a row on an identical motorcycle screamed volumes about the talents this 25-year old racer brings to the track every week. No longer an American secret, Ben’s work ethic, skills and results led Yamaha to promote the young Texan Spies to its 2010 MotoGP squad, with an early preview coming in this season’s last MotoGP race in Valencia.

As thanks for their support, Spies would like nothing more than to leave his team with a #1 plate, so it comes down to a two-race battle in Portugal. Xerox Ducati rider Noriyuki Haga leads the series championship by 10 points, but Team Yamaha rider Spies brings a well-sorted YZF-R1 to the fight. If Spies beats Haga in both races (something he has done several times already this season), the championship goes to Ben Spies in his rookie year on the world stage. Watch the updates as they appear on Best of luck Ben!

In motorcycle news this week, there are several interesting items. The first is news coming from the Bonhams’ Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show auction in Stafford, Great Britain. Of the 470 items to cross the block, almost three-quarters of them sold for a total of approximately $1,600,000 (£981,638)!

Top sellers included several Vincents, and there are unconfirmed reports that frequent Motorcycle Radio Network guest and Ultimate MotorCycling’s Online Guru may have been responsible for bidding a limited edition 2001 Ducati 996R Corse-spec superbike to $27,300 (£16,675). You can check out more about the auction in the full report on

The always smiling Chris Carr has given himself and the BUB 7 Streamliner team another reason to grin – actually 367.382 of them! That’s right, in the continuing battle between the BUB team and their arch rivals Ack Attack, the record has changed hands again. In case you are having trouble imagining what it would be like strapped into a two-wheeled projectile and turned loose on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats at 367.382 miles per hour, you can always watch the video at

Finally, we want to take a moment and say thank you to Yamaha Motor Corp., USA. Ultimate MotorCycling Magazine’s online site has the story about how Yamaha’s OHV Access Initiative has provided $1 million through over 100 GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nations Trails) to worthy causes.

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