MotoAmerica has replaced its entry-level series, the spec-class KTM RC UP, with the Junior Cup for 2018. This opens the series to other OEM motorcycles, including Yamaha and its YZF-R3.Graves Motorsports is ready to take on the 2018 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Series with a field of nine riders aboard YZF-R3 machinery.
Every week leading up to the season, Graves will release a video showcase for each rider. Graves has already showcased Jackson Blackmon, Toby Khamsouk, Cory Ventura, Hunter Dunham, Gauge Rees, Dylan Deutschlander and Tyler Wissel (all profiles are on our MotoAmerica page).This week the spotlight goes to Chase Lyons, who is highlighted above.Lyons, 16, of Saugus, Calif., is focused on top-10 results in 2018. His biggest influencer is Valentino Rossi – not because of the nine-time World Champion’s winning ways, but also his fun attitude both on and off the race track.For additional information, visit MotoAmerica and Graves Yamaha.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
The guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—visit your local dealer or suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.