Here is something more than inspiring for all motorcyclists. Meet Jonathan – a few years back he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of bile duct cancer that is incurable. He’s been undergoing chemotherapy treatment to stem the tide but to date, nothing has been effective.This hits close to home for me, and I’m sure the same can be said for many of our readers. There is a good chance that one of us knows someone who has gone through the rigors of chemotherapy or worse yet, someone who has lost a battle with cancer.
I guess you could say that Jonathan’s story is about making the best out of a bad situation, and he’s using motorcycling as the vessel. It’s no secret that all of us at Ultimate MotorCycling are huge fans of motorcycle racing, and coincidentally, Jonathan seems to be as well. From his own quick biography, his first word as a child may have been “motorcycle.”Jonathan is bringing it full circle, ending things where they begin, aboard a bike. But more importantly on the tracks that MotoGP stars such as Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Mike Hailwood and Gicomo Agostini made their bones on.That’s commendable. Jonathan’s story is a bit unique in that, apparently he’s doing just fine financially. Where he needs help is sourcing bikes and language liaisons while in some of these countries. Jonathan’s story is a rare one. We too often throw around the words bravery in situations like these but without a doubt, he is doing things the right way – his way.If you can help Jonathan out in anyway, let him know directly. He still has these countries he’ll need help in: Argentina, Brazil, Czech, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Qatar, or Spain. If you know someone who can loan or rent Jonathan a bike, don’t hesitate to extend a helping hand.Please contact Jonathan directly if you’d like to help or just give the guy an e-high five. Here is his Not Time Enough blog where he documents all of his travels.Let Jon’s story be the spark for something you’ve been putting off for far too long. I know I’m including myself when I say this, but there are plenty of things that we’ve all been reticent to tackle. Best of luck, Jon!
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!
Actually—Ultimate Motorcycling is giving away five copies of the book—signed by Freddie himself—to the first five listeners who contact us with the correct answer to the question: How many national AMA championships did Freddie win, and which years were they?
Please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact the winners and send you a signed copy of Feel. Those five winners will be announced on a future episode. Unfortunately for legal reasons this offer is ONLY open to US residents.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!