2018 BMW G 310 GS First Ride Review

March 17, 2018 admin 0

2018 BMW G 310 GS

Editor Score: 77.50%
Engine 12.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10
Brakes 7.0/10
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.5/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 8.5/10
Overall Score77.5/100

It would seem as though I had brought some of the lovely weather I had endured while in Spain back with me as we geared up to ride the 2018 BMW G 310 GS. More rain, you’re welcome Southern California. Thankfully, this time around it would only last for the first half of the day, although that was where the good stuff was in regard to our route. Nonetheless, the mixture of weather during our introductory ride of BMW’s lil GS gives us an opportunity to deliver an all-weather review of this new motorcycle.

2017 BMW G310R First Ride Review

I haven’t so soon forgotten where I came from. In Illinois, we had all seasons with beautiful Falls and lush Springs sandwiched by incredibly humid summers and frigid winters. I guess what I’m saying is that I need to be happy with what I’ve got. And what I’ve got today, is the chance to test a new BMW.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

BMW has done a fantastic job in designing the G 310 GS to carry-on the quintessential GS look while being quite svelte. From the GS beak, to the large, robust rack capping off the rear, there is no mistaking the styling of BMW’s newest addition to it’s ADV family. In my opinion, after having sampled the others, it is the best small-displacement ADV bike on the market in terms of fit and finish.

The 310 GS uses a 41mm upside-down gold fork which, aesthetically, offers a premium look that rivals in the category have yet to opt for, although it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be suspended better than a traditional style fork. The cast five-spoke aluminum wheels look fantastic, and the 19-inch up front is helpful off-road – while I might have liked to see spoked wheels on a bike with off-road potential. Lighting is well-placed with the turn signals up high out of the way of impending tip over damage surprisingly perhaps, no LED lighting has been used on the 310.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

Graphics and colors also exude GS DNA with Cosmic black, Racing Red, and Pearl White Metallic. The Pearl White Metallic adds $100 and is the only factory option on the 310 GS. Pricing is set at $5,695 and BMW has gone the extra mile to cut their destination and handling fee in half, to $245, which will get you out of the dealership under $6,000 before tax.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

BMW claims 71 mpg out of the 313cc single which is good because the tank only holds 2.9 gallons, equating to 206 miles between fill-ups. Your mileage may (will) vary.

The single-cylinder, 313cc GS is quite comfortable around town with its wide handlebar, upright riding position, and nimble handling characteristics. While the suspension is quite soft, it’s comfortable around town. The 32.9-inch seat height which may seem high to some, but the suspension squats considerably once mounted.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

We began our day cruising out into the backroads of San Diego County where it immediately started raining, progressing from light drizzle to full-on vision-inhibiting rain. Am I back in Spain? Déjà vu? Although the G 310 GS is devoid of electronics such as traction control or cornering ABS and rider modes, it is still somewhat comforting to be on a bike with lower horsepower and torque numbers that is lightweight and easily maneuverable in these adverse conditions.

BMW claims 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 21 lb-ft of torque at 7,500 out of its single-cylinder engine, numbers that are nearly identical to the parallel-twin Versys-X 300 we dyno’d this past September. Engine performance is admittedly mild most of the way through the rev-range with the most excitement coming in close to the 10,600 redline. It can take a bit of getting used to in order to keep the motor in its peak performance range, but owners will likely come accustomed to it.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

Once we made our way to the beginning of the fire road, we paused to discuss the next part of our route. t was suggested that we turn off ABS. On the G 310 GS, ABS is easily disabled while moving with a dedicated button on the right control module. Yes! Although there are no off-road modes or complicated algorithms detecting the rate of wheel spin individually, I was so happy to see an easily switchable ABS system on a bike like this. Of note, like many other models, ABS will be turned back on if the key is switched off. If the ABS light is off while riding, it is on, if the ABS light is solidly lit, ABS is off. Easy as that.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

While making our way up a somewhat slimy, flat section of dirt I began to toy with the bike’s limits of traction. I was surprised by how well the stock Metzler Tourance tires hooked up on the muddy ground. With the 110/80R19 up front and 150/70R17 in the rear, those hunting for even more traction should have a fair amount of choices.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

Even with our brief stretch of wet pavement in the morning, it was enough to notice the lack of initial bite and overall weakness of the brakes. The 310 GS uses Bybre brakes front and rear, a 300mm single disc with a 4-piston radial-mounted caliper fore and a 240mm single disc aft clamped by a single-piston floating caliper. For those of you not familiar with Bybre brakes, they are a subsidiary of Brembo used by small-to-medium displacement scooters. ByBre: By Brembo.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

While our dirt section was almost devoid of bumps, there was still a section or two where we were happy to have the 7.1-inches of travel front and rear, that being said, the bike bottomed with my 170 lbs on it going over a relatively small washed out section on the side of the fire road at slow speed.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

Just as we were nearing our lunch stop, the skies opened, the clouds blew away, and we were left with the sunny California weather we know so well (and that those who had traveled to San Diego had hoped for). After lunch, we hit the road, eager to push the bikes to there limits to really test the performance of the machines.

I am happy to admit even when hustling into corners with the fairly soft suspension, once in a corner at speed, the suspension was predictable and linear in its stroke without bouncing all over the place. I’m sure speeding through tight switchbacks would offer a different outcome; however, it worked just fine where we were riding.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

Braking on dry pavement at speed only further accentuated the weaknesses of the braking system on the G 310 GS. The soft front suspension coupled with the weak stopping power leads to very little feel or feedback at the lever, something riders of varying skill levels will likely notice.

2018 BMW G 310 GS

2017 Lightweight ADV Shootout

Let’s take a step back for a moment though and consider the potential buyers of the BMW G 310 GS:  a new rider or one interested in the adventure motorcycle segment who doesn’t want to make a $15,000 investment just yet, or perhaps the buyer of the wee GS has a 1200 in the garage already and wants a bike to slap on the back of the RV while on summer road trips. Well, Any of the aforementioned will likely be happy with the 310 GS. The performance attributes that can be seen as negatives, when comparing the motorcycle to costlier larger machines are probably going to be enough for the intended audience of the new 310 GS. On the spec sheet, the BMW stacks up nicely to potential competitors like the Kawasaki Versys-X 300. So closely in fact, that I had to ride one of these bad boys an hour and a half home on the 5/405 freeway so we can have a chance to test it more thoroughly and get it side by side with the competition for a good ‘ol fashioned MO shootout.

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Energica Ego Corsa, Official FIM Enel MotoE World Cup Electric Motorcycle World Premier

March 16, 2018 Press Release 0

The highly anticipated 2018 MotoGP season is ready to kickoff this weekend in Qatar. Also making its debut is the Energica Ego Corsa, the official FIM Enel MotoE World Cup electric motorcycle, and it will run its first lap under the lights at the Losail International Circuit. MotoE racing starts next year, in 2019.

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The 2018 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship will start this week with the Qatar season-opener set to take place on March 18. It will be an epic date as Ego Corsa, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup electric motorcycle, will run its first demo lap in world premiere!

The first rider to get on track with the green rocket will be New Zealander, MotoGP Commentator and 500GP winner Simon Crafar.

Energica back on track

Energica Ego Corsa MotoE

Energica, the only manufacturer chosen by Dorna for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, comes from the heart of racing. The Energica concept came from the eCRP 1.4, the runner-up  World Champion and European Champion electric racing motorcycle. The team made two years of racing then they started working on the road version, Energica.

On the design of the bike has played a key role the CRP Group’s know-how because thanks to the CRP technologies developed for the aerospace and F1, the team were able to shorten the time to market and the timing of the research, keeping the products at the state-of-the-art.

Today Energica Motorcycles are on sales in Europe and United States: among the 3 models of the manufacturer there is the sportbike Energica Ego. This model will be used by teams that will race the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup in a tuned version, Ego Corsa.

“Our soul is linked to the tradition of Made in Italy that has always identified us in the world.

We are proud to put the signature of an Italian manufacturer on this project that will actually mark the history of international motorsport and that will give the final “push” to the entire automotive market, already committed towards electric.” Said Livia Cevolini, CEO Energica Motor Company S.p.A. “We are ready and fully charged, see you on the starting grid!”

MotoGP™ Grand Prix of Qatar will start on Sunday, March 18th, lights out at 17:00.

MotoE™  first demo lap will take place on Sunday, March 18th, at 16:25 so tune on www.motogp.com to watch it live.

About Energica Motor Company S.p.A.

Energica Motor Company S.p.A. is the first Italian manufacturer of high-performing electric motorcycles.

Energica electric motorcycles are the ultimate expression of Italian exclusivity, masterfully manufactured in the Italian Motor Valley in Modena, Italy. Energica motorcycles are already on sales through the authorized importers around United States and Europe

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Over $6 Million in Contingency Up For Grabs in MotoAmerica For 2018

March 16, 2018 Press Release 0

With this contingency money up for grabs, we just may have to quit our day jobs and go racing instead!

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COSTA MESA, CA – March 15, 2018 – Six manufacturers are putting their money where their mouths are this year with BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha offering up a combined contingency of over $4.5 million for the 2018 MotoAmerica Series. Throw in the almost $1.5 million in MotoAmerica purse money and the total haul for the series in 2018 is a lofty $6.03 million, the largest in the history of a U.S. motorcycle road racing series.


“It’s great to see the manufacturers upping their game in contingency payouts,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “It shows their belief in the MotoAmerica Series and what it’s worth to their brands. From a rider standpoint, having contingency programs of this magnitude is a game changer and really gives you something to shoot for. We can’t wait for the season to get started.”

  • Honda’s contingency program for the 2018 MotoAmerica Series totals $1.43 million in Superbike, Supersport, Stock 1000 and Junior Cup classes. A win in Superbike, Supersport and Stock 1000 will pay $5000 with a Honda victory in the new Junior Cup class netting the rider $2500. Honda will pay through to 10th place in all four classes.
  • Kawasaki’s contingency program totals $1.07 million with the company offering money in all five MotoAmerica classes. A victory in the Motul Superbike class will earn a rider $15,000, a Stock 1000 win will get them $5000 with a Supersport or Twins Cup victory worth $3000. A win in the Junior Cup class will pay $2500. Kawasaki will pay contingency down to fifth place.
  • Suzuki is offering up $931,250 with a whopping $10,000 up for grabs for a win in the Motul Superbike class, $6000 in Supersport and $3000 for a Stock 1000, Twins Cup or Junior Cup victory. Suzuki will pay through to fifth place in all five classes.
  • BMW will offer contingency in both the Motul Superbike class and the Stock 1000 class to riders using its S1000 RR. BMW will pay $4000 to win a Superbike race and $3000 to win a Stock 1000 with a payout back to 10th place in both classes. In addition, BMW will offer up $27,000 in championship bonus money in Superbike and Stock 1000. The total BMW contingency program is worth $795,000.
  • Yamaha has posted $312,000 in its bLU cRU contingency program with payouts in all five MotoAmerica classes. A Yamaha victory in the Motul Superbike class will pay $5000 with victories in Supersport, Stock 1000 and Twins Cup paying $1000 each. If you win a Junior Cup race on a Yamaha R3, you will take home $500. Yamaha will pay contingency to the top five in Superbike and Junior Cup and to the top three in Supersport, Stock 1000 and Twins Cup.
  • KTM has announced a contingency program of $51,500 with $25,500 in race contingency for the nine-round Junior Cup Series and $26,000 in championship bonus money. KTM will pay $15,000 to win the Junior Cup Championship, $7500 for second and $3500 for third.

“If you take a look at the contingency and purse structure and the money available, it’s impressive,” said MotoAmerica Partner Chuck Aksland. “A Junior Cup racer could potentially walk away from a MotoAmerica weekend with $5000 in contingency money for two wins; if someone wins a Stock 1000 race, the potential is there to win up to $6000; if a privateer were to win a Motul Superbike race on a Kawasaki, for example, he would take home $20,000 in combined contingency and purse money. And we are proud to offer a significant payback throughout the field to reward racers who participate in the championship.”

The 10-round 2018 MotoAmerica Series kicks off with the Suzuki Championship at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, April 13-15.

About MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica is the new North American road racing series created in 2014. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Valentino Rossi And AGV Unveil Soleluna Helmet Design For Qatar

March 16, 2018 Press Release 0

In a ritual as anticipated as packing the sweaters away at the end of winter, AGV and Valentino Rossi have unveiled his latest custom designed helmet for Qatar. Enjoy.

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Nine-Time World Champion Unveils New Helmet Design At Grand Prix Of Qatar

Friday, March 16, 2018 — DOHA, March 15, 2018 – AGV and Valentino Rossi present the nine-time World Champion’s new MotoGP helmet, featuring an innovative take on the historic Soleluna (Sun and Moon) graphic, used by Rossi since the beginning of his career. The 2018 design of Rossi’s Pista GP R – the pinnacle of AGV’s racing helmets – is a modern twist on designs from the 1970’s.

Valentino Rossi AGV

Valentino Rossi and legendary helmet designer, Aldo Drudi, collaborated to update the design of the AGV Pista GP R in a completely new and unique look compared to Rossi’s past helmet designs. The combination of technical support from AGV and design collaboration between Rossi and Drudi brings together the best of technology, safety and racing style.
Inspired by popular graphics from the 1970’s , the new Valentino Rossi helmet features linear shapes, color blocks that stand out on the shells, and the name of the rider.Valentino Rossi AGV

Drudi’s creativity brought Rossi’s concept to life: a helmet that he would have worn should his racing career have taken place in the 1970’s, an idea the champion from Tavullia, Italy, has had in mind for years.

The design is a pronounced change in direction compared to the style of the latest designs presented by AGV and Rossi, including the extremely colorful Mexican-themed helmet used during the 2018 Winter Tests. For Rossi, the presentation of new helmets has become a true ritual, full of nuance, and often imitated.

The design of the new helmet is deliberately clean and simple, leaving ample room to emphasize the drawing of the Sun and the Moon, and introduces a change in colors including a refined matt finishing for the dark blue areas.

With unmatched protection, performance and comfort, the AGV Pista GP R is the top-of-the-range of the AGV Extreme Standards, an innovative and pioneering integrated design protocol that revolutionizes development, resulting in significant improvements in the helmet’s performance in terms of impact protection, field of vision, compact design, lightweight, aerodynamics, ventilation and ergonomics. The AGV Extreme Standards process raises the level of helmet R&D and represents a milestone in head-protection technology.

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The Fifth Annual Handbuilt Motorcycle Show Presented by Revival Cycles

March 16, 2018 Press Release 0

In just over one month, Revival Cycles of Austin, TX, will present their fifth annual Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. Last year there were over 100 custom built bikes in addition to great food, drinks, parties and a wall of death. This year, the Revival Cycles team will look to top last year’s show. Ain’t nothin’ like some motorcycles mix in with a little Southern hospitality.

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AUSTIN, TX March 15, 2018 – Revival Cycles is preparing for its 5th year of the The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show and its 2018 event is set to be the biggest yet. The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show will be happening the weekend of MotoGP April 20th through the 22nd in the heart of downtown Austin at Fair Market – 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Last year the event brought an estimated 42,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and onlookers that circled among some 110 custom handbuilt motorcycles inside of Fair Market in the middle of downtown Austin, TX. The custom motorcycle shop, Revival Cycles, are the inventors and curators of the annual event that is remarked as the best custom motorcycle show in the country.

Fair Market is an event warehouse, located at 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702, and is transformed by the Revival Cycles team in the week prior by presenting each machine as a piece of sculpture in a setting that is beyond the average gearhead gathering. This creative aesthetic and intense attention to detail is one of the main differences from other shows and sets the Handbuilt Show apart. This coupled with great music, fantastic food and beverage and a totally inclusive and welcoming staff make for a great weekend. From the motorcycles to the artists behind them, all have taken months and sometimes years to modify every detail and this event shows it all.

Aside from the motorcycles, Revival Cycles has brought in top talent and as always the Wall of Death, a 40 foot high vertical wooden cylinder where riders speed around the inside surfaces traveling vertical to the ground. This death defying act had been pleasing crowds for over 100 years and The Handbuilt Show brings this spectacle to show attendees as included in their ticket price. Nobody leaves this show unaffected…no matter how many times you see it.

Included in the ticket purchase is a pre-party Thursday night, April 19th at the South Congress Hotel as well as a closing party April 22nd at Revival Cycles’ workshop located at 5305 Bolm Rd Austin TX 78721.

For a limited time, this event is $10 for a day pass or $25 for a wristband good for the entire weekend. For those would like to enjoy some extra perks, the Supporter Badge is specially priced at $150. [Ticket and Supporter Badge prices will increase closer to the date of the show].

To see schedules, purchase tickets and look at pictures from years past visit thehandbuiltmotorcycleshow.com for more information about The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

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Jared Mees on Top in Season-Opening Daytona TT

March 16, 2018 John Burns 0

The defending AFT Twins champ starts 2018 right where he left off last year, on top and on an Indian. Here’s the whole story from AmericanFlattrack.com:


The world’s elite dirt track motorcycle racers entered the 2018 American Flat Track opener at Daytona International Speedway having spent practically every available moment for the past several months searching for answers after getting roundly trounced by defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees last year. One round into the 2018 AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines season, they’re still looking.

The target on Mees’ back, along with the extra weight of the No.1 plate on his Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Sidi Scout FTR750, only appeared to spur the champ forward in Thursday night’s Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA.

If anything, this year’s bigger, better, and faster DAYTONA TT layout played even more surely into Mees’ hands. He called upon an unparalleled combination of pace, determination and daring to force his way into the lead early and then fend off any challenge from there to immediately seize the early-season title advantage.

Mees came into contact with fellow Indian Wrecking Crewman Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) multiple times over the race’s opening laps as he looked for a way into the lead as a group of five riders bunched up at the front. He ultimately made the decisive maneuver coming off the jump, jamming through as the two entered the switchback that immediately followed.

Mees was quickly followed through by MotoAmerica superstar JD Beach (No. 95 G&G Racing/Rickdiculous Racing/Team95 Yamaha FZ-07). Once into second, Beach showed off the skills that allowed him to reign supreme in December’s Superprestigio Dirt Track, cutting into Mees’ gap during the middle portions of the race. However, after the lead narrowed to around a half-second, Mees wicked it back up and safely powered home to the checkered flag.

“In the very beginning I had to get physical with Brad a couple times — I had to get by,” said Mees. “Over the jump I had a real good line, which allowed me to get aggressive. To come out and win the DAYTONA TT two years in a row is just huge.

“Big hats off to my crew and everyone that supports us. The last ten days have just been a lot of time and effort put into testing and getting prepared. I’ve got to thank Indian Motorcycle for all the support and backing. It’s a phenomenal company to work with.”

Moments after looking like Mees’ biggest threat, Beach became his biggest helper as he stole precious second-place points from series’ full-timers hoping to contend for the 2018 crown.

Afterward, multi-time national road racing champ Beach said this: “It was a lot of fun. I missed the race last year so it’s awesome to come here tonight. I just have to thank my family and everyone else who helped get me here. Going into the last five laps, I was making up a little bit of time on Jared, and I was like, ‘Come on! Come on!’ But he’s riding so well right now. For me, this is awesome. We’ll go to Round 2 and try to get a win.”

TT master Henry Wiles (No. 17 Willy Built/Bandit Industries Kawasaki Ninja 650) had the speed to battle for a record-extending 19th TT victory — he just didn’t have the start. Wiles ran into Turn 1 mired in sixth position and found himself playing catch-up for the remainder of the race.

While tracking down Mees and Beach proved a feat too big for even Wiles, he did slash past the likes of Bryan Smith (No. 4 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750), Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650), and early-leader Baker to secure the final spot on the podium.

The third-place finish was Wiles’ second at the DAYTONA TT in as many years. He said, “I just had to pass too many people. I was watching the leaders gap away while I was working my way up… I was watching Jared, and I thought, ‘I can’t let him get out.’ Once he did, I was able to pass a few more people, but I came around this last corner and saw the gap he had, and I knew I had to start pulling some rabbits. I was trying to hustle.

“The track was real technical — slick coming out of the corners. I made a few mistakes, caught a few bumps, and they just got too far out on me. So I just settled into a nice, easy pace… I’m really happy to be up here on a Daytona podium but a little bummed at the same time because I knew I had the pace to run at the front.”

Bauman continued to build his resume as one of the better TT riders in the paddock with his fourth-place finish, while Baker rounded out the top five. That result may not have been what the factory Indian rider envisioned after storming to the holeshot from pole, but it’s certainly an upgrade over last year’s DAYTONA TT opener in which he failed to advance to the Main Event.

Jake Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing Yamaha FZ-07) made a solid debut with the Estenson Racing squad in sixth. He was followed by Davis Fisher (No. 67 Bob Lanphere Beaverton Motorcycles Kawasaki Ninja 650) and a rejuvenated Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Nila Racing, Columbia Avionic Indian Scout FTR750).

Former champ Smith halted his slide down the order at 9th after running inside the top five early, while Roberts Pearson (No. 27 R/J Performance/Hite Trucking Indian Scout FTR750) made it five Indian FTR750s in the top 10.

AFT Singles

The projected AFT Singles title favorites were forced out of the spotlight in the 2018 season opener; the primary agents of speed and drama on this night under the lights at Daytona International Speedway were the TT specialists and the one-off wild cards.

The wild cards in particular raced like they had nothing to lose. With blistering speed on their side, MotoAmerica star Jake Lewis (No. 185 Team M4 Suzuki RM-Z450), British Supersport contender James Rispoli (No. 143 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450R), and two-time Spanish Dirt Track champ Ferran Cardús (No. 377 Number 6/Diesel Minnesota Honda CRF450R) locked down the top three positions on the grid and looked every bit capable of doing the same to the podium.

However, all three crashed in an eventful, twice red-flagged Main Event, which opened the door for others to rush through. In fact, Rispoli forced a red flag moments after the original start and was then the innocent victim of a second red-flag incident himself, which ended his night early. Cardus had the misfortune of saving his fall(s) for the third and final leg of the race, costing him a shot at victory.

Lewis got the holeshot in the first start but was brought down from behind in Turn 1 by Rispoli. As a result, he was forced to restart from Row 4 but still somehow managed to fight his way up to fourth at the checkered flag.

Lewis wasn’t completely innocent himself. Earlier during the Semi, he clashed with defending class champ Kolby Carlile (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) who fell as a result of the contact. While Carlile managed to grit his way back through to a qualifying position, he injured his shoulder in the spill and was unable to take part in the Main Event.

However, Carlile could take some solace in the fact that 2017 race winners Shayna Texter (No. 52 ST52 Husqvarna FC450) and Tanner Dean (No. 38 Walrath Racing/See See Motorcycles Honda CRF450R), along with four-time ’17 race runner-up Tristen Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers/Mr. Sign Honda CRF450R), failed to advance to the Main in the face of an extremely stacked field packed full of TT specialists and visiting road racers.

The fact that fellow title hopefuls Brandon Price (No. 92 Parkinson Brothers Racing/DPC Racing Honda CRF450R), Ben Lowe (No. 20 Bruce Lowe Excavating Kawasaki KX450F), Ryan Wells (No. 94 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450) and Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Roof Systems Honda CRF450R) ultimately finished between seventh and 15th also helped to minimize the damage of Carlile’s season-opening scratch.

Instead, the evening belonged to the AFT Singles category’s two preeminent TT aces, Dan Bromley (No. 62 Big Momma & Daddy Deep Pockets Racing KTM 450 SX-F) and Jesse Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems/West Bend Harley-Davidson-backed Yamaha YZ450F).

The two first escaped from the chaos and then from the field, opening up a massive gap to third as they battled for the lead. Bromley gradually worked his way free of Janisch and set sail to a convincing DAYTONA TT triumph.

The win was the fourth of Bromley’s AFT Singles career. After the race he said, “It feels great. It shows all the preparation we put in coming here really paid off. The track was really one-lined so I knew we had to get a good start here. Rekluse came in right before the Main Event and helped adjust the clutch, and it worked really good. I can’t thank them enough. I knew the guys behind me were coming. I knew I had to ride perfect every lap, and I did that. It feels good.”

Despite being caught up in the early melee which forced him restart from Row 4, Shane Narbonne (No. 27 JMC Motorsports/All Phase Chimneys Honda CRF450R) successfully slashed his way through the pack and held off Lewis for third to claim his first career AFT Singles podium.

As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA on Sunday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. ET. The one-hour show will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. To check out the complete NBCSN schedule, please visithttp://americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn.

Next Up:

The American Flat Track paddock will next head up I-65 for the Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson on Saturday, April 7 in Woodstock, Ga., for Round 2 of the 2018 season. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased athttps://www.showclix.com/event/atlanta-short-track.

Fans can keep up-to-date with American Flat Track on Facebook (@American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). AFT mobile apps are available for iPhone on the App Store and for Android at Google Play. For more information, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com.

How to Watch:

NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2018 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT moves to highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event on AFT’s live page while previous events and exclusive features are available on AFT’s VOD page.


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2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR First Ride Review

March 16, 2018 Tom Roderick 0

2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

Editor Score: 85.75%
Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.5/10
Brakes 8.25/10
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 10.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 7.0/10
Overall Score85.75/100

Billing yourself as a boutique manufacturer of motorcycle art invites intense scrutiny and whether fair or unfair, a cosmetic blemish or performance shortcoming when found is profoundly magnified. It’s the cross MV Agusta must bear, along with its tumultuous history of financial liquidity as well as its family history of adopted ownerships. Regardless the burden, MV remains relevant by ceaselessly pushing the boundaries of motorcycle design by offering enthusiasts something more than a two-wheel commodity.

A 2018 example of MV’s commitment to bettering its stable of show horses is the revised Brutale 800 RR. While not every reason the old model Brutale 800 lost to the new-for-2017 Triumph 765 Street Triple RS in our 800cc Euro Triples Streetfighter Faceoff has been addressed by MV engineers at the factory in Varese, the litany of updates do mandate another shootout be commissioned (hint, hint MO staffers).

2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS First Ride Review

A continuing gripe since the bike’s 2013 introduction has been the throttle response of its ride-by-wire system, an imperfection that felt digital at the twistgrip and was especially aggravating at urban speeds where mere road imperfections created a herky-jerky nature that made smooth, consistent throttle application an impossibility. MV solved this problem by implementing a new throttle return spring and tweaking the Brutale’s MVICS system’s algorithms for improved throttle sensitivity. Our day aboard the Brutale proved their efforts fruitful, as throttle response was as natural as an old timey cable operated system manipulating a bank of well-tuned carburetors.

Triumph’s 765 Street Triple (right) came out with color TFT instrumentation for 2017 while the Speed Triple followed in 2018. Compared to the Brutale’s black and white LCD screen the MV’s instrumentation certainly doesn’t seem very artful.

Another improvement of the Brutale is its redesigned gearbox and shift lever system. Selecting any one of its six gears is a buttery smooth operation but only realized while in stop-and-go traffic because anything above 30 mph outside of town you’ll be using the new up/down auto-blipping quickshifter to select gears. Although our ride offered limited opportunity to seriously hustle the Brutale through a winding set of lakeside curves, the quickshifter system proved itself on par with the likes of the Speed Triple we recently tested. For track day enthusiasts the quickshifter will certainly help lower lap times.

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS Review: First Ride

The Brutale’s handling characteristics remain as sharp as ever. For 2018 the RR model comes equipped with a steering damper to help quell any front end nervousness. Mounted above the top triple clamp, the damper features a twist knob for easy adjustment on the fly. A more aggressive street ride, or especially a track session, would have helped shed light on any irregularities, so for now we’ll have to abide by our previous proclamations that the Brutale will impress any rider with its agility and eagerness to turn into a corner. Helping the Brutale maintain its reputation as a premium corner carver is its boast of a counter-rotating crankshaft which negates gyroscopic forces.

The CRC steering damper is an upgrade over the base model Brutale. The RR model also boasts more horsepower, 140 hp @ 13,100 rpm vs 110 hp @ 11,500, as well as more torque with the RR claiming 63 lb-ft @ 10,100 rpm vs 61 lb-ft @ 7,600 rpm of the standard model.

Front end braking power and feedback isn’t lacking for anything, at least within the speeds and environment we were testing. Having said that, the curious combination of Nissin master cylinder mated to Brembo calipers should be noted. If blind testing were possible, I’d never have suspected the mismatched combination existed on the Brutale. However, with knowledge comes complaining, and the fact that the premier Brutale isn’t fitted with Brembo’s premier M50 calipers, especially at this price point (Street Triple RS is and for less money), is a glaring point of contention, not to mention a loss of bragging rights.

2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800RR Pirelli Announced

Spring rates on the Brutale’s Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock are stiff for casual street riding, meaning you’ll definitely feel road imperfections, but they seem to do a good job absorbing those same imperfections as speeds start climbing. As with the brake components, the Brutale’s suspension may perform adequately, but when it comes to the preeminent name in suspension, Öhlins is what comes to mind (2018 Speed Triple RS wears fully adjustable Öhlins 43mm NIX30 fork and fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 shock).

The Sachs shock is of the fully adjustable variety, but MV doesn’t make adjustments easy by hiding the screwdriver adjustment knob behind a frame spar. The inverted 43mm Marzocchi fork is also fully adjustable.

An area where MV failed to make any improvements is with the footpegs. Utilizing a large one-piece bracket for both rider and passenger footpegs that must allow for stylish but in-the-way exhaust system on the right side and shift linkage placed inside the bracket on the left side dictates a wide feeling between your feet. This is exacerbated when on the balls of  your feet and having your ankles forced out even wider due again to the bracket’s one-piece design and positioning of the exhaust.

Here you can see how the footpeg bracket is pushed outward by the exhaust, and visualize how the the design will also impede ankle movement. Above that, outlined in red, is the seat/tank juncture protuberance that’s uncomfortable and seemingly unnecessarily. MV is sometimes a victim of its form over function creations.

Another ergonomic complaint is a seat/tank juncture that features a sharp protrusion right where your inner thighs come in contact with the bike when in a relaxed riding position. I got used to it by day’s end, but it really is an uncomfortable feature that shouldn’t exist on a premium bike from the likes of MV Agusta. Otherwise, the rider triangle is quite comfortable with plenty of legroom and a short reach to the wide one-piece handlebars. The seat retains a rather thin, hard cushion, but this is often subjective and differs for riders who spend more time on the street vs those who enjoy spinning track day laps.

2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR Quick Ride Review

The $18,498 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is intoxicatingly alluring; a motorcycle you’ll make an unwarranted trip to the garage just to ogle its beauty and fantasize about next weekend’s ride. But it lacks technology such as cornering ABS and cornering TC as well as the aforementioned color TFT display –  technologies that are hard to overlook on a motorcycle billed as exalted among nakeds. Saving the money and going with the new $16,350 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS or the more closely related and even less expensive Street Triple RS ($12,500) can be a tough decision to make. Or, for frugal motorcyclists, pocket a few dollars more and go with a Twin, the $7,599 2018 Yamaha MT-07 Ryan Adams recently ran through a Spanish car wash.

2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

When it comes to what compels a person to buy an MV Agusta, former MO chief editor Kevin Duke wrote it best in his 800cc Euro Triples Streetfighter Faceoff, “The MV earns its greatest kudos when it’s time to park down at the Burger Barn. Style-wise, its attention to detail is superb, making MV’s ‘Motorcycle Art’ motto more than just the empty words from a PR flack. It boasts alluring elements no matter where you look, whether it’s the steel-trellis/aluminum hybrid frame, the magical open space below the seat, the single-sided swingarm, or the triple-exit exhaust.” Nuff said!

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2018 Alta Motors Redshift MX and MXR Video Review

March 16, 2018 admin 0

Two weeks ago we got the opportunity to ride the all-new Alta Motors 2018 Redshift MXR, as well as the Redshift MX for comparison. It was my first time riding an Alta, and an electric dirtbike for that matter, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. How easy would it be to ride and how would it compare to a regular gas-powered dirtbike?

2018 Alta Motors Redshift MX and MXR First Ride Review

Well, as it turns out, they’re just as easy to ride (easier actually) and just as easy to crash, too! What I liked about both bikes was how intuitive the throttle response was and especially how much torque they delivered. With 120 and 147 ft-lbs available on the MX and MXR, respectively, goosing the throttle at any speed provided instant acceleration.

2018 Alta Redshift MXR

Another feature that really stood out was how you could actually communicate with other Alta riders on the track or trail. The capability to talk to each other like that adds a whole other dimension to riding and makes it that much more fun. If I could compare riding the Redshifts to anything, I’d say they’re a lot like driving the electric go-karts at K1 Speed, or some other type of indoor go-kart racetrack, but faster. In other words, they’re a blast. If you’ve ever been to K1 or a similar track, you’ll know what I mean.

Finally, riding the Redshifts, contrary to their name, means you don’t have to shift, which translates to more time to focus on line selection, body position and being smooth. After all, smooth is fast and fast is smooth.

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We’re excited to see what Alta does going forward. Like any other technology, it’s only going to get better with time. The bikes are going to get lighter, faster, more powerful, and given how quickly Alta has been able to reduce charging time just over the course of the last year, we’re sure that owning an Alta Redshift will become more of a viable and attractive option – or even alternative to a gas-powered bike.

2018 Alta Redshift MXR

Hopefully at some point down the line, Alta Motors will help change the landscape of how and where we can ride, especially in more heavily populated areas where noise is a big limiting factor. Alta has made huge strides towards making this dream a reality, but only time will tell…

Please check out my complete first ride review of the MXR by clicking the link above or here, as well as the video below for a glimpse of what it’s like to ride and hear the Alta Redshift MXR in action!

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10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

March 16, 2018 admin 0

I’ve used quite a few backpacks during my time as a motorcyclist. At one point, I had gone nine years without owning a four-wheeled vehicle with only motorcycles in the garage. During that time I had a chance to try out a few different styles and brands and even the misfortune to lowside while wearing the one in the lead photo (this picture was taken months after the mishap).

Below you’ll find a list of 10 moto-centric backpacks that carry their own unique features and style. While it’s hard to say that the best motorcycle backpacks will be the same for you as anyone else, it is, at the very least, a chance to peruse some packs you may not have heard of before. So, here it is, in no specific order, the top 10 best motorcycle backpacks.

Kriega R25

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

Kriega is a British company founded in 2000 by Dominic Longman and Michael Cottam created to build high-quality motorcycle backpacks and now, other pertinent moto-luggage. Kriega’s current line of backpacks available in the U.S. include six models, five of which get their name from the liter capacity of the bag itself, ie: R25.

Most of the backpacks are made with a combination of 1000D Cordura and 420D nylon rip-stop with reflective panels included throughout. My only gripe, which some may prefer, would be that the Kriega bags are basically one large compartment. The different bags will include some combination of one outside pocket, an inner zip pocket, and an inner laptop/tablet pouch. They also have compression straps on the outside to cinch everything down to a small and compact package. Kriega also offers back protectors, hydration bladders, and extra external storage which can be fitted to many of their backpacks.

One of Kriega’s most noteworthy attributes though, would be the Quadloc harness system with which you strap the bag to yourself. I have ridden over 10,000 miles and had one lowside with the Kriega R25 that I use on a daily basis. Everytime I throw on the R25, I’m reminded of how easy it is. Whether you’re wearing all of your gear, helmet, jacket, gloves, etc., it’s easy to get your arms into the straps. With the Quadloc system, pack weight is transferred to the chest and body, reducing fatigue to the shoulders and back, and while it doesn’t transfer all of the weight off of your shoulders with a heavy load, it certainly helps. Check out Kriega’s entire backpack line here.

Kreiga R25 $189.00

Velomacchi Speedway 28L

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

I’ve noticed a whole slew of motojournalists using the Velomacchi Speedway 28L bag recently. And why not? Velomacchi blends style and functionality together to create a great looking bag with a quality feel.

The Speedway 28L is waterproof and uses a roll-top design with 1000D competition fabric throughout its construction. The Speedway has five pockets for storage as well as an emergency medical information pocket on the right shoulder strap. Also on the right shoulder strap next to the metal clasp, is a flat plate to mount an adhesive GoPro mount or something similar. Velomacchi uses a magnetic sternum coupler to clasp the shoulder straps together and while it is a sleek design, I have heard of it getting clogged up fairly quickly by dust in an off-road situation. Thankfully, I was also told the clasp is easy to clean out.

If you’re looking for something more stylish than your everyday backpack while being functional and waterproof, check out Velomacchi Speedway 28L. See the full Velomacchi line of product here.

Velomacchi Speedway 28L $269.00

Ogio Mach 5

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

The Ogio Mach 5 has had a few different iterations over the years and has been popular since its inception with a full focus on aerodynamics. Guys who choose to commute on sportbikes will thank the aerodynamic design of the Mach 5. When donned and strapped tight, the Mach 5 does exactly what it’s designed to do, slices through the air without pulling you around like some backpacks do in strong winds.

The Mach 5 zips open from the front to retain the no-drag profile on the back. Inside, as with most Ogio backpacks, you have plenty of storage options with various pockets, pouches, laptop sleeves, a removable helmet carry strap, and even a padded interior helmet visor sleeve.

Planning to go somewhere fast, but need to bring along a few well organized essentials? Check out the Ogio Mach 5.

Ogio Mach 5 $189.99

Nelson Rigg Hurricane

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

The Hurricane is a new model from Nelson Rigg. Nelson Rigg may be better known for its soft motorcycle luggage, tank bags, and motorcycle covers – and rightly so, given that they have been producing the stuff since 1972.

The Nelson Rigg Hurricane comes in 20L and 40L capacity and features a fully waterproof UV coated 24oz Tarpaulin PVC outer layer with seams that are heat welded. The Hurricane opens from the top in typical “dry-bag” rolling fashion. With compression straps and MOLLE panels on the outside, it is easy to strap on other essentials or to lash the bag itself onto a motorcycle.

The shoulder straps are fairly basic but beefy, and the Hurricane offers a chest and waist straps to keep things cinched down in bumpy environments. One of my favorite features of the Nelson Rigg Hurricane is the air purge valve which makes compression easy, something those of you with experience using dry bags will find a welcome addition.

Nelson Rigg Hurricane 20L $119.95

Oxford B-25

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

The Oxford B-25 is a fairly basic 25L capacity, waterproof backpack with a roll-top design, welded seams, and water-resistant zippers. The B-25 has one large main compartment with two outer zippered pockets as well as two mesh pockets on each side. Compression straps located on the outside are easily adjustable. Reflective piping is also used for greater visibility at night. Oxford delivers a simple waterproof pack at an affordable price with the B-25. The B-25 is available in black, white, and hi-viz yellow.

Oxford B-25 $74.95

SW Motech Baracuda

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

Another company more widely known for motorcycle luggage and accessories, SW Motech has made a name for itself within the ADV community and beyond. The SW Motech Baracuda is a 25L capacity, waterproof, roll-top backpack. The Baracuda includes a padded laptop compartment as well as other compartments for smaller items. On the outside of the bag you will find a large zipper down the center for quick access into the bag’s main compartment without having to unroll the top.

SW-Motech Baracuda $176.95

GoPro Seeker

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

Fancy yourself a MotoVlogger? The GoPro Seeker is the optimal pack if your planning on bringing and using all of your GoPro cameras and accessories. While the Seeker’s 16L of storage capacity is small in comparison to others on this list, it more than makes up for its small size in features.

The GoPro Seeker is compartmentalized to hold five GoPro cameras up top, as well as extra batteries, SD cards, chargers, etc in other pockets. Some pockets are complete with elastic straps to keep things from bouncing around while packed. The outside of the Seeker is just as feature-rich: an integrated chest mount, and shoulder mount are included for standard GoPro mounting plates and the left side of the pack is also set up for unique shots using GoPro’s 3-Way gimbal.

While GoPro doesn’t claim the Seeker is waterproof it does use the term weather-resistant. Probably best used during drier rides.

GoPro Seeker $169.99

Klim Krew Pak

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

Planning to make your way into the backcountry? Klim’s Krew Pak might just be the perfect companion for an ADV trip into the bush. Klim is synonymous in the adventure community for rugged gear that is meant to take a beating in the world’s harshest environments.

The Klim Krew Pak is ready for adventure and the perils that can befall. The Krew Pak comes with a removable tool pouch, a 3L hydration pouch with bladder and a well thought out routing system to keep the tube from getting too cold or hot, hook and loop closures on each side for storing things like a shovel handle, gimbal, or avalanche probe and a plethora of different sized storage compartments.

The Pak uses thick padded shoulder straps, an adjustable sternum strap with a rescue whistle built into the buckle, and a waist strap with a small pouch. Just be careful when loading ‘er down with tools, this bad boy could get heavy really fast.

Klim Krew Pak $139.99

American Kargo Trooper

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

The American Kargo Trooper is a well thought out, robust and feature rich backpack. The pack is made from PVC backed 600D fabric and offers five different pockets with multiple layers of other organization options. Used to cinch things down taught, are two compression straps to allow for a secure pack.

The harness system may look similar to others with wide shoulder straps and a centre buckle clasp, but the American Kargo system offers a few different quick on/off options the straps which connect the waist and shoulder can be disconnected via buckle closures and the sternum buckle can also be removed completely. Also included on the shoulder straps are options for routing drinking tubes from a hydration bladder or audio wires.

Another noteworthy feature of the Trooper is the Retroflect reflectivity that almost completely covers the pack, both front and back, in a subtle and tasteful way that most may not even notice in the daylight. It is also available in Stealth, Black, White, Hi-Viz Yellow, and Hi-Viz Orange.

The American Kargo Trooper is a well-designed piece of kit for just about any scenario.

American Kargo Trooper $210.00

Point 65 Boblebee 25L

10 Best Motorcycle Backpacks

And now for something entirely different, the Point 65 Boblbee GTX 25L. According to Point 65, the Boblbee backpack system was designed for protection. Protection for you, protection for your stuff.

The Boblbee carries a CE Level 2 back protector rating which is the highest safety rating for back protectors, not bad. The pack also includes a main compartment with multiple pockets for organization as well as a laptop sleeve. Sternum straps and waist straps are also used with an external phone pocket attached to the shoulder strap which can be easily removed.

The curved lower portion of the Boblbee Point 65 claims, is for lumbar support which they claim is “for stability and award-winning ergonomics” and reduces carry weight drastically. An interesting proposition.

Point 65 Boblbee GTX 25L $285.00

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Bubba Blackwell to Kickoff the 2018 American Flat Track Season Opener With Style

March 15, 2018 admin 0

Today marks the start of the 2018 American Flat Track season in Daytona Beach with the famed DAYTONA TT. The off-season has been a busy one for anyone involved with the sport and this year is sure to provide some of the closest, most exciting, edge-of-your-seat racing ever seen. Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles are obviously the two biggest heavyweights competing for not only race wins, but bragging rights too.

They’re not the only manufacturers with skin in the game, however, as just about every other motorcycle brand has thrown its hat in the ring too, offering contingency incentives of various amounts that total almost $3,000,000. Yup, that’s right, no typo there – six zeros.

American Flat Track racing was founded and officially sanctioned by the AMA in 1954, which makes it one of the oldest organized motorcycle racing series there is. (MotoGP’s inaugural season was five years earlier in 1949.) Flat track racing was wildly popular throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, as was motorcycling in general. However, no motorcycle sport these days has the same nostalgic, grassroots type feeling to it like American Flat Track does.

Bubba Blackwell Daytona 2018

You know who else was wildly popular for motorcycle antics during that same time? Evel Knievel, baby. To kick the opening ceremonies off today will be stuntman Bubba Blackwell, and he’ll be jumping his Harley-Davidson XR750 over 14 GMC Canyon pickup trucks right on Daytona’s Pit Road before getting mic’d up to emcee the night’s festivities in addition to flagging the race too.

Bubba has broken several of Evel Knievel’s jump records (as well as several bones, 42 to date) in the past and has been “retired” from stunting motorcycles for some time now. However, with all the excitement and commotion surrounding this year’s American Flat Track season, Bubba couldn’t turn down the opportunity to jump again on his period-correct XR750 no less.

How cool is that? We wish him a safe flight!

Bubba Blackwell Daytona 2018

American Flat Track:

American Flat Track (AFT) and Bubba Blackwell are going to extreme lengths — the length of 14 GMC Canyon pickup trucks lined up side by side, to be precise — to ensure the season-opening Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA is nothing less than unforgettable.

That’s right, “The American Daredevil” Bubba Blackwell will kick off the 2018 AFT season with a high-flying, jaw-dropping stunt at Daytona International Speedway to elevate what’s already a hugely anticipated event in the motorsports world to a full-blown spectacle.

Blackwell will execute the jump at 6:00 pm to set the opening ceremonies into motion. The stunt will take place on Pit Road, in perfect view of the grandstands and skirting alongside the edge of the Bigger, Better, and Faster DAYTONA TT course.

And as if there was any doubt, Blackwell will be performing the terrifying 14-GMC leap aboard the legendary Harley-Davidson XR750 — the perfect beast for the task made all the more fitting considering its iconic status in the dirt track history books.

After completing the stunt, Blackwell will showcase his versatility by immediately getting mic’d up and taking hold of his new collection of racing flags. In a unique arrangement, Bubba will assume the role of series flagger in 2018 while maintaining his prior role as paddock emcee.

Once again adding color to the play-by-play commentary of lead PA announcer and “Voice of American Flat Track” Scottie Deubler, Blackwell’s trackside view and flagger status will see him serve as a sort of de facto ringmaster for both the fans in attendance and those at home (and elsewhere) following the action on FansChoice.tv.

Blackwell first gained worldwide attention for breaking a series of world records previously set by Evel Knievel. He officially retired from the stunt game back in 2015 but can be coaxed out of retirement on rare occasion by the most special of events.

“It’s been a long, cold winter, and I’ve been on the couch and off the bike for a bit,” said Blackwell. “But I’m excited about my new role with American Flat Track, and getting back on the legendary XR750 for a jump over 14 GMC Canyons. I’m just glad they’re pickups and not Snake River Canyons!”

American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2018 season with the Bigger, Better, and Faster Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA under the lights inside the fabled trioval at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Tickets start at just $30 and are available for purchase now at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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