June 9-11 marked the largest gathering ever of Can-Am Spyder owners during the 10th Anniversary Homecoming event in Valcourt, Quebec, Canada.“We had an awesome time at the Spyder 10th Anniversary Homecoming event in Quebec this past weekend. BRP hosted nearly 3,000 Spyder owners. It marked the largest ever gathering of Spyders, with a guest list that included owners from all over the world — U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, Russia, and Europe. It was quite a spectacle,” says BRP’s Brian Manning.
Manning went on to explain that the BRP factory, Design & Innovation Center, R & D facilities and the J. Armand Bombardier Museum. The weekend included guided rides, entertainment, live music, food as well as the unveiling of three new special edition Can-Am Spyder models.Those new models included the 2018 Spyder F3 Limited 10th Anniversary Jet Black Metallic, 2018 Spyder F3-S 10th Anniversary Jet Black Metallic and 2018 Spyder RT Limited 10th Anniversary Jet Black Metallic.BRP employees and top management rolled out the red carpet for the event, with BRP President and CEO Jose Boisjoli participating in the Parade of Owners and Denis Morin, VP of Engineering leading tours of the R & D center, while entertainment and motorsports superstar Jay Leno sent in a video message to owners at the Homecoming Gala.For additional information, visit Can-Am Spyder.
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?
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So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!