Bykerk Takes The Women’s Win Ontario EnduroCrossKTM’s Chantelle Bykerk, already leading the Women’s class of the AMA Geico Powersports EnduroCross series, hit the top step of the podium Saturday night after a bruising race around the challenging obstacles at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
Over half the field went down in the rock garden following the first turn, and this section continued to play havoc with the riders all race. Multiple X Games Women’s EnduroCross winner Tara Geiger and last year’s Women’s EnduroCross runner up Louise Forsley got caught up in the initial pile up.Geiger managed to rebound to fifth place by the end of the first lap, but was unable to improve her position by the end of the race. Both KTM riders had a disappointing night, with Forsley finishing ninth in the 12-bike field. Motocross ace Sarah Whitmore finished well off the podium in sixth.Bykerk, riding out of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, led from the first turn, though briefly lost the lead to Gas Gas’s Melissa Harten (a fellow Canadian) early after a mishap in the tunnel. When Harten’s chain came off, Bykerk regained the front position and held it until the checkers.Coming into the Ontario round second in points, Rachel Gutish also went down with her Yamaha in the opening pile-up, leaving her playing catch up for most of the race. Morgan Tanke of nearby Riverside spent much of the race behind Bykerk, threatening for the lead at one point. However, a mistake on the last lap, allowed Gutish to pass Tanke for second position, though Tanke remounted her KTM to take the final podium spot. Gutish will be representing the United States in the 2013 International Six Days Enduro.Results, 2013 Ontario EnduroCross, Women’s Class 1. Chantelle Bykerk – KTM – #3 2. Rachel Gutish – Yamaha – #217 3. Morgan Tanke – KTM – #31 4. Kendall Reed – KTM – #27z 5. Tara Geiger – KTM – #68 6. Sarah Whitmore – KTM – #89 7. Jolene Van Zugt – Suzuki – #63 8. Tatum Sik – Honda – #972 9. Louise Forsley – KTM – #2 10. Melissa Harten- Gas Gas – #11 11. Rily Ellinger – KTM – #621 12. Megan Blackburn – Kawasaki – #426Photos by Don Williams
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!