2013 Rolling Thunder Ride in Washington, D.C.Every year on Memorial Day Weekend, hundreds of 1,000s of motorcyclists rumble into Washington D.C. for the Rolling Thunder Ride.
The gathering, which is expected to attract around 1 million riders this year, is a huge salute to U.S. military personnel who have sacrificed everything for our freedom.And this year’s Rolling Thunder XXVI will features some notable guests, including retired U.S. Marine R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey. Gunny, who is known for his famed role as Sergeant Gunny in “Full Metal Jacket,” will represent Victory Motorcycles at the event, saluting U.S. military personnel and their families on behalf of Victory employees and the community of Victory riders.Steve Menneto (VP of Victory Motorcycles) says: “We enjoy the freedom to ride because of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military personnel, and we’re honored to have the Gunny represent our brand at this Memorial Day weekend event.”On Saturday, May 25, Gunny will make appearances in four Washington, D.C., area Victory Motorcycle dealerships. Riders can join him as he rides between dealerships. Visit the Victory Motorcycles Facebook page for details on where and how to ride with Gunny.Rolling Thunder XXVI An estimated 1 million motorcycle riders, volunteers and supporters are expected to participate in the 26th annual Rolling Thunder in the Washington, D.C., area. This ride pays tribute to U.S. military personnel who gave all in service to their country, advocates on behalf of wounded warriors and their families, and calls for full accountability for military personnel such as Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIA). About Victory Motorcycles Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at VictoryMotorcycles.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!