Founded ten years ago in southeast Poland, Game Over Cycles has earned a reputation for innovative and outlandish custom motorcycles. We first covered Game Over Cycles in 2013 when the metallic Behemoth caught our eyes. This time we are checking out the New York-Rzeszów—a build that began life as a 2019 Harley-Davidson Street Bob and celebrates New York City and GOC’s hometown of Rzeszów.Built for Polish expatriates Bobbi and Lucy Wawrzaszek, who live in the United States, New York-Rzeszów is an award-winning motorcycle, taking 1st place in the Over 1000cc Custom category in the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show at Daytona Bike Week.
A broad array of design features honors the two cities and are brought together on a stunning canvas.Drawing from New York, the Game Over Cycles New York-Rzeszów has iconic Manhattan buildings engraved in the 24-karat gold-plated wheels. Look closely. You’ll see the historic Empire State, Flatiron, and Chrysler Buildings, alongside depictions of the new 1 World Trade Center, and the late World Trade Center Twin Towers jutting from the rims toward the hubs. The Chrysler Building is reprised at a 90-degree angle, serving as a 24-karat gold heat shield.The timing cover flaunts the New York Yankees logo in 24-karat gold, with the ignition coil invoking the new World Trade Center Oculus. Between the front frame downtubes is a depiction of the ruins of the original World Trade Center, underlined with “9/11 Never Forget”.Atop the fuel tank is a faux $1 coin; fabricated from brass, it has a New York-Rzeszów inscription. The tank is painted with the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline on the right side, and the Rzeszów skyline on the left face. The fender is home to a painting of the Statue of Liberty.The rear fender support superstructure commemorates the Tadeusz Mazowiecki Bridge—the suspension cables on the Game Over Cycles New York-Rzeszów are brass. The turn indicators replicate the bridge’s warning lights.Connecting the rims to the hubs are bold depictions of Rzeszów’s Revolutionary Act Monument with Statue of Liberty coins and Rzeszów’s coat of arms placed between the arcs. The air filter cover is shaped like an iconic walking bridge in Rzeszów, and has the city’s coat of arms in the center—in 24-karat gold, of course. The rear brake light, mounted on the fender support, is in the shape of the Rzeszów coat of arms, as are the rearview mirrors.As motorcyclists, we cannot help but appreciate the beautiful springer front end, angular mini apes, sprung seat, four-piston front brake caliper, and Pirelli Night Dragon tires with a 21-inch front. Yes, this one’s a rider, be it in Manhattan or downtown Rzeszów.Photography by Mirosław MazurkiewiczModels: Anna Wawrzaszek and Marzena Wawrzaszek
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!