Mongol Rally Motorcycle VideoIn 2011, Ricardu Fite piloted a 1982 Yamaha SR 250 in the Mongol Rally.The Spaniard rode from Barcelona to the Czech Republic, where the Mongol Rally begins. From there, Fite rode to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia where the rally ends.
The rally benefits the children of Ulan Bator; participants donate the bike they ride, and offer additional money to charities that benefit the kids.Fite says he resurrected a crashed SR 250 for the rally, and had little sponsors. But everything worked out, and he finished the trip in two months. During that time he rode from Barcelona through places like Praga (Poland), Warsaw (capital of Poland), Kiev (Capital of Ukraine, Volgograd (Russia), Samarkanda (Uzbekistan), Altai Mounts (Asia’s famous mountain range), and finally Ulan Bator. The total miles for the trip was around 7,000 miles.During the journey, Fite recorded much of the journey with an iPhone 3 and compact camera worth around $150. Following his trip, Ricardu and his brother Menna made the attached documentary, titled “Don’t Tell Mama I’ve Gone to Mongolia by Motorcycle.”We enjoyed the film, and had to share; it shows that passion that can only surface in the world of motorcycling.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.