2013 AMA Supercross Legends & Heroes TourThis week, as this year’s season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross makes a stop in Seattle, Washington, The Legends and Heroes Tour honors former racer Pat Jacobson, who is a local to the Emerald City.
Jacobson started racing at the age of thirteen, but it didn’t take him long to fine tune his skills enough to move up in the ranks. Just two years after he began racing, Pat gained sponsorship from a local Seattle company, Westcoast Factory Operations (WFO).While making his way up the ladder in the amateur ranks, Pat traveled to Minnesota on vacation where a local Can-Am dealer offered him an opportunity to race the open pro class. After celebrating a victory in the first moto, the dealer asked him to race the 250 pro class as well. Despite getting a flat during the second race, Pat received a flurry of interest from the exposure.Soon after, Jacobson received a sponsorship from Bellevue Suzuki and continued to race the 125 class in the AMA Motocross Nationals.In 1979, halfway through the season, Pat was fifth in points, and the top privateer in the series when Suzuki offered him a factory ride. Tragically, during the first moto (in the very first turn) on his brand new factory bike, Pat Jacobsen suffered a life-changing crash that would end his racing career and leave him paralyzed from the waist down. As one of the most well liked riders of the time, Jacobsen was dearly missed in the racing world.Today, Pat works in IT for PACCAR (Kenworth/Peterbilt Trucks), and continues to be an avid fan of the sport. For more information on Pat Jacobsen, and The Legends and Heroes tour, visit LegendsAndHeroesTour.org.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.