Flooding on the Bonneville Salt Flats outside Wendover, Utah, has forced the cancellation of motorcycle land speed racing events scheduled for later this month.The 2022 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship and the FIM Land Speed World Records events comprise the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, which were scheduled for August 27 to September 1.“We are all disappointed that we are forced to cancel. We have spent a year plus preparing for this event and investing in improvement,” explained Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials organizer Delvene Reber. “Like you, we have spent a year-plus preparing for this event and investing in improvements. This year we were implementing racer-driven improvements that include new flagging, course line improvements, and other racer-driven updates.”
The portions of the salt flats that comprise the land speed racing course have between four and ten inches of water covering the surface. With less than a month before the flag was scheduled to drop, there is no possibility that the water could recede and the salt dry out enough to allow acceptable track conditions for competition.The event also includes the unique Run Watcha Brung category. A rider can get two officially timed runs down the salt, get a timing slip, and own bragging rights to having run a motorcycle on the legendary salt flats of Bonneville. However, riders in the Run Whatcha Brung class are not eligible to set an official result recognized by either the AMA for a national speed record or the FIM for a world record.Reber indicated that BMST will be in touch with participants soon with further information. Additional updates will be provided on the BMST website. Reber has already announced August 26 to 31 as tentative dates for the 2023 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. Rules for the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship are spelled out on the sanctioning body’s website.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.