What began as kind of a novelty seems to be turning into a Big Deal, so Harley is pumping more than half-a-million contingency dollars into the 2022 roadracing and flat track seasons. King o’ the Baggers kicks off with a double header on the high banks of Daytona March 10-12. AFT begins its season with the Volusia Half Mile double-header, March 10-11, at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL.
Dainese has signed a multi-year agreement to be the official apparel supplier for Yamaha Champions Riding School. Instructors will be equipped with Dainese gear including apparel equipped with its D-Air wearable airbag technology. Students will be able to rent or purchase Dainese gear through YCRS.
Ex-Honda media relations guy Jon Seidel is supposed to be retired, but he’s not letting that stop him from promoting a new Vintage Bike Night. That’s going to start Thursday, January 6, and will from thenceforth be on the first Thursday of every month, at Moon Goat Coffee in Costa Mesa, California, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. All brands are welcome, but the focus is on bikes stamped out before 1990. You know who you are.
We had a chance to catch up with our friends from Pando Moto while in Milan for EICMA 2021. Along with the brand’s new logo, we were able to check out much of the 2022 collection in the Dyneema and Kevlar, as it were. We’re definitely looking forward to getting our hands on some stuff from the new collection for review as the Steel Black jeans continue to be one of our favorites.
Speaking of MOBOs, our 2020 Lightweight/Entry-level bike of the year rolls into 2022 more worthy than ever. Now the KTM 390 Adventure gets Street and Offroad modes of TC, for even more control in loose or damp terrain. New, five-spoke cast wheels take the place of the six-spokers, bringing with them increased stiffness and greater rock-hounding ability.
Today, Moto Guzzi USA announced the launch of Moto Guzzi Experience 2021, a unique activity where passionate motorcyclists can join Moto Guzzi on the tour of their dreams, among other Guzzisti, on the new V85 platform. This is the first time the program is available in the United States, and there are three routes: Big Sky Country, September 9-15; the Ozarks, September 23-27; and the California Coast, October 7-11.
What started as kind of a novelty marketing race has turned into a Hog-eat-hog slugfest, in which AMA Superbike champ Ben Bostrom could only manage a fifth place at the third, and final round Sunday in Monterey. Kyle Wyman and his Road Glide Special won the race and the King of the Baggers championship, with the Indian Challenger of Tyler O’Hara taking second and the immortal Michael Barnes in third on his Harley-Davidson.