Legendary Motocross & ISDE Rider Malcolm Smith Tells his StoryIt’s true: Malcolm Smith, perhaps the most well-known and accomplished motorcyclist on the planet, is finally telling his story – all of it.From his childhood in Canada and southern California, to his first motorcycles and racing exploits, to his legendary ISDT run and the classic documentary On Any Sunday, to his Baja and African rally achievements, to his successful businesses and charity work, and to his family and many friends all over the world, “Malcolm! An Autobiography” is the story of Malcolm Smith.
Malcolm Smith says: “It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally time to do it. The timing seems right, too. I just turned 72, I’m slowing down a little, I’m spending more time with my family, and I’ve got more perspective than ever… So here we go! I’m sure you’ll love reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.”This large-format (11×11-in.), 300-plus page, hardbound coffee-table book will feature more than simply Malcolm’s life story. In it you’ll find hundreds of photographs from Malcolm’s private archives, many of which have never been seen by the public, let alone published.For the book, Malcolm teamed up with veteran moto-journalist and racer Mitch Boehm, who’s worked at Motorcyclist, Cycle World and American Honda during his career.Malcolm! An Autobiography is set to release in December, but you can pre-order your copy now. And if you do, you’ll get a very special bonus: Malcolm’s signature. That’s right: Order now at TheMalcolmBook.com and Malcolm Smith will personally sign your copy!Whether the book is for you or a gift for that special motorcyclist, it’s something that will be read over and over – and cherished – for years to come.
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!