Nicky Hayden – AMA Hall of Fame 2018

Friday night Nicky Hayden became one of the latest AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Inductees.

The award, accepted by his oldest brother Tommy, said: “It is hard to imagine that there is anyone who loved motorcycle racing more than Nicky. He ate, slept and breathed motorcycles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So many of his idols and heroes that he looked up to as a kid are members of the AMA Hall of Fame. So, to be joining them tonight in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, I know would be one of his proudest accomplishments.”

Read about Nicky and the other new members here on UltimateMotorcycling.Com

You can check out his numbers & awards on his website here 

Just Go!

What’s the Best Motorcycle to Ride Around the World?

Occasionally an article will pass thru my Inbox that catches my attention. This one from ADV Rider (ride the world) by a rider named Paolo. I don’t normally follow that site, but glad this article made it my way.

Will take you 2-3 minutes to read it and well worth the time.

I liked his conclusion… “Just ride whatever you like, whatever you have already, or whatever you can afford. And just go.”  Here’s the Linky

…reminds me a lot of our old friend FH!

Ooh, that’s slippery

Now that fall is in full swing, please remember our favorite twisty back roads do not have to be icy to be slick!

Below is a clip from an Allstate Insurance Blog that is worth a quick read for a reminder!

Rain is not the only thing falling from the sky in autumn.

As leaves turn from green to yellow, orange, red and brown, they often fall to the ground, sometimes obscuring the surface of the road from the eyes of motorcycle riders.

Be careful when riding over and through leaves, as they may be covering potholes or imperfections in the road that could affect your control of your bike. In addition, says the Illinois State Police, wet leaves could be slick and affect your wheels’ traction or make it more difficult to stop quickly.”

Didn’t know that?

Webster defines a Gearhead as: a person who pursues mechanical or technological interests (as in automobiles or computers)

But what about all the others (like me) who just love to ride and only have the technical/mechanical ability to change our oil or a light bulb?

Kevin Cameron has written about motorcycles for 50 years and worked for Cycle World since 1992. He has many articles and videos that explains how and why mechanical things work.


He has many blog entries, with video 🙂 you can view on Cycle World’s website

For example, how racing is responsible for making many of the engine parts on our bikes seem to last forever! Check out that video here

So if you are interested in what a Roller Tappet is, or maybe what causes Poor Shifting, well on a rainy Sunday like today, might want to scroll the articles and see if any interest you. Here is the Link

When you go too far…

Professional Motorsport Racing is both dangerous & exciting. That’s why most of us love it. Be it cars, motorcycles, boats or anything with an engine, we enjoy watching the competition and risk these pilots attempt…as long as the “rules of sportsmanship” are followed.

HOWEVER, there are lines you DO NOT CROSS and if you do, harsh penalties will undoubtedly come your way.

Italian motorcycle racer Romano Fenati was black flagged during the Moto2 race in San Marino, Italy this past weekend. Although he was suspended for the next 2 races, further discipline, I am sure will haunt the 22-year old racer.

While close, exciting, competitive racing is expected & accepted on track, incidents like what happened Sunday have no place when you are running 140+ MPH or any speed, anywhere. The video below shows what happened.

Below are comments from his Race Team:

“We can communicate that the Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati, from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all,”

“With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team.”

I am sure it was a tough decision for the Marinelli Snipers Team, but Well Done!

2018 Rally Entertainment

Two great local bands are set for this years event:


Celebrating classic American and British Rock from the 1960’s and 1970’s  from Blacksburg, VA

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Dogtown Roadhouse April 7th,2017

Posted by Arkenstone on Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Acoustic and Newgrass group from Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

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9th Annual Rally Twin Valley Rally – Registration CLOSED

The Jackpine Gypsies

Clarence “Pappy” Hoel, purchased an Indian motorcycle franchise in Sturgis, SD in 1936 and formed the Jackpine Gypsies MC Club. (love those uniforms!!!)

The first rally was held by Indian Motorcycle riders on August 14, 1938


This year, tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife as a rivalry older than the rally itself plays out right before your eyes. Presenting sponsor Indian Motorcycle will be tapping into the same spirit of competition with Harley-Davidson that sparked the first races between the Jackpine Gypsies and Rapid City Pioneer Motorcycle Club during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in back 1938.

Part of the Sturgis Rally Timeline

  • 1936 Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchased an Indian Motorcycle Franchise in Sturgis, SD. The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club was formed.
  • 1938 The Rally Begins…The first Sturgis® Rally, known as the Black Hills Classic was held on August 14th with a race of 9 participants and a small audience.
  • Due to gas rationing in support of the war efforts the Rally did not take place from 1939-1941. 1942 was the return year of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Check out the rest of the timeline here: