I’m a bit of pragmatist or maybe I tend to err on the side of caution, but with the amount of prizes that the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame has been putting forward, I think I’m going to have to throw my money into the pool too.This time the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame has ponied up one of the great classics – a 1975 BMW R75/6. Not just any R75/6 but one that has been given the gift of modernity; tuned and styled with improvements all the way down the line.
The bike was built by Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles, based out of Chicago, Ill., and it has plenty of charm to represent the Midwest with pride.You’ll have to play the long-game for this one. In a year, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will bestow this bike to one lucky supporter of the AMA and they’ve chosen the 2017. But for all you curious readers out there, the bike was displayed Mama Tried Motorcycling Show in Milwaukee this past weekend.The bike has earned the name of the AMA BMW R75GS by Prust and like all things raffled off by the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, it is being used as a means to generate funding for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that oversees the Hall of Fame on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio. Their mission is to preserve motorcycle history, from the perspective of riders, for riders.“The 1975 BMW R75/6 is a classic among European motorcycles, and Tony Prust is a creative master,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “Bringing Tony’s talents to this project produced a truly awe-inspiring custom motorcycle. Some lucky Hall of Fame supporter is going to treasure this bike.”Here are just a few of the noteworthy mods that have been done: A subframe, Fox Street Performance RC1 shocks, Race Tech Gold Valves, billet triple clamps and rider pegs, an engine refresh, an aftermarket performance ignition, updated electronics and wiring throughout, custom paint, new controls, new brake lines, just to name a few.“The BMW airheads from the 1970s are such a solid platform for a build, and I was already familiar with them,” Prust said. “Due to the ever-increasing popularity of the scrambler models out there, and with adventure bikes on the rise, the current free-spirited nature of motorcycling these days sort of steered us in the direction we chose.”Prust’s AMA BMW R75GS joins a 1947 Indian Chief as 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle bikes.To donate to the Hall of Fame and get a chance to win either, or both, bikes, visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!