After months of racer testing in brutal conditions, Baja Designs has opened its vault and released to the public the long awaited High Speed OnX, which is available on a light bar that’s perfect for adventure motorcycles.The High Speed OnX features the in-house designed High Speed Spot optic unique to Baja Designs. The Scientists of Lighting at BD have rigorously tested and refined the High Speed Spot optic to achieve distances never before documented by an auxiliary LED light.As part of the release, Baja Designs is offering the High Speed ONx Light Bar, which works well for additional lighting on adventure motorcycles, such as the Yamaha Super Tenere shown above, the BMW R1200GS and the KTM 950/990 Adventure. The OnX bars for adventure bikes are available in 22″ and 15″ in various configurations.Alan Roach (Baja Designs Chief Engineer) says: “For years, LED technology was not capable of being focused enough to be practical for high speed use so the driver would out run the light.“With the release of our OnX LED bar we have demonstrated that LED technology has evolved by leaps and bounds and is finally ready for the big leagues. I personally drove a Trophy Truck at over 115 mph with the prototype High Speed Spot and with some small improvements, the production version is even better.”Proving Roach’s point, the OnX was the first light across the finish line in the 2012 Baja 1000 and was also the light of choice on three more of the top ten overall Baja 1000 finishers. Since then, the OnX has gone on to win many other grueling races which solidifies BD’s reputation for both amazing light output and durability.The OnX already includes High, Medium and Strobe modes, but the new Duacl Controlled OnX LED light bar allows the OnX to not only be controlled in two different sections, but both sections will have all three modes and can be produced in multiple color combinations.Also, Baja Designs’ uService technology allows you to customize your LED beam pattern and color at any time based on ever changing terrain and weather.For additional information on the OnX LED Light Bars for adventure motorcycles, click here.
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?
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So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!