Progressive Insurance Laconia Motorcycle Week, America’s Original Riding Rally, had decent weather over both weekends and very strong attendance for 2013, its 90th year. Riders enjoyed the White Mountains, crystal clear lakes and great riding throughout New Hampshire.Charlie St. Clair (Rally Executive Director) says: “We launched our AMSOIL Laconia Passport to great success this year. We are already exploring ways of expanding the program for next year”.The passport program exceeded expectations for its inaugural year and riders from all over New England as well California, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, Canada and even Luxemburg participated! The Grand Prize winner of the “Win a Trip to Laconia in 2014” was Janis Bullen of Ashburn, VA.The Laconia Mobile Guide(TM) app was new for this year and assisted riders in planning out their stay as well as giving them ways to connect with other enthusiasts. “We plan to work on developing new content for the Laconia Mobile Guide(TM) app for next year as well as fine-tuning the existing content so even more riders can have a great experience with it for 2014″, said Jennifer Anderson of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association.This year also saw a ground-breaking 1st annual Laconia Motorcycle Week® Customer Appreciation Parade from New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Laconia Harley-Davidson, with over 300 riders participating to raise money for NH Children’s Charities and Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs on NH. Next year is sure to have even more riders taking in the sites, enjoying a ride around the famed NH Motor Speedway track and being a part of a great cause and parade.Hill climbers from across the country competed for a packed crowd, at the American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned Pro Hillclimb in Canaan, NH. Enthusiastic racing fans watch as John Koester took top honors in the unlimited and Xtreme Hillclimb division this year.Organizers and sponsors ended the event satisfied as the Rally kicked off its ninth decade in 2013 and with sights ahead for the 91st anniversary next June, to officially begin the ‘countdown to 100!”The Rally that began humbly in 1916, alongside the roots of the sport of motorcycling, continues to make a significant impact on the Lakes Region, the state of New Hampshire, and all of New England.For a complete schedule of next year’s events, watch for updates to http://laconiamcweek.com/Schedule/. For complete lodging and camping options, visit http://laconiamcweek.com/Lodging-and-Camping/. While you’re visiting the Official Progressive Laconia Motorcycle Week® website, be sure to sign-up for the free e-newsletter to learn about new information and special deals!
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.