The 92nd running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro got underway Monday in Brive, France.Team USA is the reigning Champion of the World Trophy class; last season in Navarra, Spain, USA riders Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert, both on KTM machinery, helped the team claim victory by nearly four minutes ahead of Great Britain, and 26 minutes ahead of the Czech Republic.
But things got off to a bad start at the 2017 ISDE for Team USA; its FIM World Trophy rider Thad Duvall crashed during Monday’s opening special test of the 155-mile day.The Husqvarna pilot suffered a bad injury to his left wrist, forcing him to retire from 2017 ISDE.This left the Team USA World Trophy class (Ryan Sipes, Husqvarna; Kailub Russell, KTM; Taylor Robert, KTM; Duvall, Husqvarna) down in 16th after day one; with one of four riders sidelined, Team USA’s total time of the day was 4:56:42.78.The three non-injured Americans all performed respectively in the 38- to 39-minute range, and if Duvall didn’t crash they’d likely be in the overall top three for 2017 France ISDE Day 1.
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!