2014 Sturgis Motorcycle RallyA month following the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the Buffalo Chip is already planning next year’s concert lineup.The Sturgis Buffalo Chip announced the famed Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is set to rock its 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival.
Originally formed in 1964 by a group of rebellious teens, Lynyrd Skynyrd is now considered one of the most respected bands in rock ‘n’ roll—often credited with the creation and popularization of the Southern rock music genre. Skynyrd blends together gritty blues-based rock and traditional country undertones, employing lyrics that celebrate the values, dreams and excesses of the Southern working-class.The quintessential Southern rock band, Skynyrd comes to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip toting a deep catalog of universally known hit songs including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Saturday Night Special,” “You Got That Right,” “What’s Your Name,” “Smokestack Lightning,” “Simple Man,” “They Call Me the Breeze,” “Gimme Three Steps” and “Freebird.”Rod Woodruff (President, Sturgis Buffalo Chip) says: “Lynyrd Skynyrd delivers an honest down-to-earth message that our guests really relate to. You wanna talk about ‘Freebird?’ During Rally week, we have an entire campground filled with ‘Freebirds.”The Buffalo Chip has pulled out all the stops to show its patrons a good time for over 32 years. “Chipsters,” as returning guests are affectionately called, say that the lifelong memories made during the annual nine-day festival are impossible to attach a price tag to and it’s an experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else.The Buffalo Chip’s Lynyrd Skynyrd announcement is the first of many to come from the Sturgis campground this the year. The 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival will again deliver nine days of non-stop entertainment Aug. 1-9, 2014. Camping passes are on sale now, and all concerts are free with camping. For more information visit BuffaloChip.com or call (605) 347-9000.
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!
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So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!