When I hear Kentucky, I think of three things: thoroughbred horses, whiskey, and, of course, Nicky Hayden.
The only American currently competing in World Superbike (Honda), Hayden was born in Owensboro, the fourth-largest city in Kentucky. Hayden began riding motorcycles around the age of 3, and began racing at a young age with brothers Tommy and Roger Lee—both successful motorcycle racers—and sister Kathleen.While growing up, his father, Earl “the squirrel” Hayden, provided endless support for Hayden and his siblings. Earl’s story is told in the book every motorcycle-racing fan should read, “Family, Faith & Racing,” which has a warming foreword by King Kenny Roberts.For those who have yet to read Earl’s book, Honda Pro Racing offers the next best thing–a video interview with Earl. Honda released the above video, which brings Earl’s voice to the camera as he discusses Nicky’s rise to the top.Earl says Nicky was a hard worker, and this hard work led to a multiple championships: AMA Supersport (1999), AMA Superbike (2002) and MotoGP (2006). His MotoGP title is one of legend as he beat nine-time World Championship to the title by a mere five points. Following 13 years in MotoGP, Hayden joined in 2016 the Honda World Superbike, where he remains for 2017.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!