We always like it when you can do a good deed, and get something in return—if you’re a bit lucky. Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead actor Ryan Hurst and MotorCity Harley-Davidson are raffling off his custom Harley-Davidson Road King in association with The Giving Project. The equal beneficiaries of the proceeds are the ASPCA, Almost Home Animal Rescue, and the K9 Youth Alliance.To participate is straightforward. Go to the Ryan To The Rescue! page at The Giving Project and make a donation. Each time you donate, you get an entry into the raffle, and the more you give, the more chances you have to win. The sweepstakes is only open to residents of the United States, and you must be 18 years old to win the custom Harley-Davidson Road King.
Hurst isn’t simply handing over the motorcycle to The Giving Project and walking away. He is demonstrably more involved than that. “I will be selecting a random winner at the end of summer,” Hurst announced on Instagram, “and they will be flown to Detroit, where I will personally deliver the bike to them!”The custom Harley-Davidson Road King will be delivered at MotorCity Harley-Davidson in Farmington Hills, Mich., builders of the motorcycle. Hurst, who played Opie in Sons of Anarchy from 2008 to 2012, and is currently acting in the role of Beta on The Walking Dead, will autograph the motorcycle.Hurst also played Chick Hogan on Bates Motel (2015-17) and Hector Bonner on Bosch in 2019. Hurst began his acting career when he played Crunch Grabowski in Saved By The Bell: The New Class in 1993. His next role is Oliver Ostergaard in the upcoming TV series, Paradise City.“It’s now 2020 which means it’s time to go big or go home!” Hurst wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m determined to save as many animals as I can this year! Please help me get the word out and share this with everyone you know! These animals need our help!”Harley-Davidson Road King photo: Neeley Jo Ryan Hurst photo: Sven Mandel
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!