Kevin Schwantz to Appear at Ducati Austin StoreAhead of the second round of 2013 MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, fans have the opportunity to meet one of most respected US champions – Kevin Schwantz.
The 1993 World Champion, who donned the #34 while competing in the aggressive 500cc era, will be the special guest at the Ducati Austin store, 812 E. Braker Lane, Austin, Texas, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18.Schwantz, a Houston native, will make the appearance thanks to a collaboration of Ducati Austin and Dainese. During the meet and greet, Schwantz, who runs the Kevin Schwantz School, will share memories and his thoughts on the 2013 MotoGP Championship.After an interview, there will be an autograph session followed by a Ducati Austin Happy Hour. Ducati Austin also will provide complimentary posters for all attendees.Schwantz was a fierce competitor in the two-stroke, 500cc era of World Championship racing from 1986 – 1995, taking the title in 1993 aboard the Lucky Strike Suzuki RGV500. During his tenure in racing, he dueled with many other icons on the track, including Edie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and Mick Doohan, who called Schwantz “the fastest person he ever raced.”Through his nine-year career, Schwantz won 25 races. Besides running his school, Schwantz has much influence on many of today’s top MotoGP stars, including nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, and the Americans currently competing, Ben Spies, Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards.Lately, Schwantz has been involved in a legal mess with the owners of Circuit of the Americas. To read more, click here.For additional information, visit ducatiaustin.com and dainese.com.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!