2013 AMA Go Ride! MonthMotorcyclists everywhere will celebrate the thrill of riding during “AMA Go Ride! Month” in April. Sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association, AMA Go Ride! Month encourages AMA members and riders nationwide to renew their passion for riding in the dirt and on the street.
Rob Dingman (AMA President & CEO) says: “Every spring, millions of riders roll out of the driveway or onto the track or trail to launch the new riding season.“AMA Go Ride! Month is our time to revel in the culture of motorcycling with our family and friends, and to experience once again the renewal that is a part of every ride.”Throughout AMA Go Ride! Month, the AMA will host contests with great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket, and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House. Details will be announced at the end of March.Each week during AMA Go Ride! Month the AMA will focus on a special motorcycling theme:March 29-April 5: “AMA Go Ride Your Way!” week taps into the individualism of motorcycling on favorite trails and twisties. Riders will be encouraged to submit stories and pictures of their favorite rides and the special meaning that they represent.April 6-12: “AMA Go Ride Together!” week showcases the fun of riding with family, friends and co-workers, including AMA clubs and the online motorcycle community. Rallies and smaller local events, from AMA national conventions and gypsy tours to dual-sport and adventure-touring rides will be featured.April 13-19: “AMA Go Ride for a Cause!” week spotlights events and activities where generous motorcyclists celebrate their love of riding to support worthy causes and help others less fortunate.April 20-26: “AMA Go Ride Safely!” week promotes rider training, skills development and selecting the proper riding apparel to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on every ride.Also during each week of AMA Go Ride! Month, “Freedom Friday” will alert motorcyclists about important issues that pose a threat to motorcycling freedoms.Now is the time to prepare for AMA Go Ride! Month. Check out the helpful tips and tools provided for street and dirt riding on the AMA website at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/street/resources and www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/dirt/getstarted. Stay tuned to www.americanmotorcyclist.com and www.facebook.com/americanmotorcyclist in the coming days for more details about 2013 AMA Go Ride! Month.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
Actually—Ultimate Motorcycling is giving away five copies of the book—signed by Freddie himself—to the first five listeners who contact us with the correct answer to the question: How many national AMA championships did Freddie win, and which years were they?
Please email your answers to email@example.com and we will contact the winners and send you a signed copy of Feel. Those five winners will be announced on a future episode. Unfortunately for legal reasons this offer is ONLY open to US residents.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!