Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild ProgramThe Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program uses a motorcycle as a tool to keep kids in school. The program teaches life lessons such as teamwork, self-confidence and problem solving and, in this case, to go fast enough to set an AMA Grand National Land Speed Record.
The program was developed by Laura Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles. In a collaboration with Victory Motorcycles and Pine Bush High School’s Starz Program, Helping With Horsepower set that new land speed record while providing a learning experience for at-risk youth.Lloyd Greer of Lloyd’z Motorworks partnered with Victory to implement Laura Klock’s curriculum and lead the at-risk youth, hands-on, as they built a Victory Hammer motorcycle for the speed record attempt on the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats this past August.The Freedom 106 powered Victory was modified with a Procharger B-1 Supercharger and special tuning to deliver more than 200 HP, capable of achieving the 2014 AMA Bonneville National M-BG/2000 Record of 173.223 MPH with Brian Klock at the controls.“We are proud to be part of this special program.” said Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles for Polaris. “Using Victory motorcycles to teach our youth the value of hard work and achieving goals is a terrific way to contribute to the future.”You can witness the Helping with Horsepower achievement at Bonneville on YouTube. The record-setting Victory and the team will be in the Victory Motorcycles booth at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City Dec. 12-14.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!