Everyone has to have someplace where they started riding motorcycles. Some do it earlier than others. For those youngins’ out West who want to try their hand at road racing the ‘Why We Ride Minimoto USA Championship Series’ will kick off it’s schedule this weekend, April 5-6 2014, at the Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California.
The partnership between Minimoto USA (Minimoto USA is a racing organization that provides a place for kids to race Minimoto, MiniGP and asphalt only Supermoto machines) and Why We Ride (the #1 motorcycle film in America) will help young American road racers develop their skills and teach them to ride safely and responsibly. The Why We Ride Minimoto USA partnership will feature 10 races, including the championship, and will conclude with the presentation of the Why We Ride Championship Trophy in each youth class at Buttonwillow Raceway in Buttonwillow, California on October 26th.
Producer/Director Bryan H. Carroll: “Why We Ride has always been more than just a movie, it’s a lifestyle. Why We Ride is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and celebrating riders and their motorcycles. By partnering with Minimoto USA we plan on helping to solidify America’s road racing future by training future champions.”
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip has announced that the 2nd Trike Owners United Ride (T.O.U.R.) will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6 during the annual Sturgis Rally. This free all-trike event is sponsored by Roadsmith Trikes and will include a 50-mile self-guided ride through the scenic Black Hills before heading to the Buffalo Chip for a custom trike show and private reception. The T.O.U.R. event is open to all makes and models of trikes. Riders may pre-register for the event at www.buffalochip.com/TOUR.
“The Trike Owners United Ride allows trike riders from around the world to come together to celebrate the freedom and camaraderie shared by those who travel on three wheels,” says Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “We couldn’t be more excited to again welcome trikers home to the Buffalo Chip by hosting this distinctive event.”
The T.O.U.R. ‘trikers’ will depart from the Main Street in Hill City, South Dakota and ride 50-miles through the scenic highways of the Black Hills on a self-guided ride that includes Vanocker Canyon and culminates with a trike procession through the Buffalo Chip grounds leading to a private T.O.U.R. reception at the Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center.
This T.O.U.R. reception gives the ‘trikers’ an opportunity to spend socialize with hundreds of fellow 3-wheeler enthusiasts and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. There will also be door prizes, a custom trike show, plus full access to famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter’s Buffalo Chip’sMotorcycles as Art exhibition.
“This year’s T.O.U.R. event promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s, with more trikes, more prizes and more fun,” says Roadsmith General Manager, Doug Lindholm. “We’re proud to work with our friends at the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip to sponsor this event for the second year in a row.”
“The T.O.U.R. event gives trike owners the opportunity to experience and share with others our passion and love for the open road and the freedom it instills,” says 2013 T.O.U.R. participant, Paul Marquardt. “I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s ride from Hill City through some of the most picturesque parts of the Black Hills to the Buffalo Chip, and I can’t wait for another memorable event this year.”
Participants of the T.O.U.R. event can also take in additional Buffalo Chip events on Aug. 6, (including that evening’s performance by Florida Georgia Line) by purchasing campground admission passes. Passes for the Buffalo Chip’s 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival are on sale now. All concerts are free with camping. For more information, to register or to get passes to the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling, visit www.BuffaloChip.com or call (605) 347-9000.
Daytona Racing News
For all of you who enjoy watching the boys have at it on the track to see who’ll take home the checkered flag here’s the results from some of the racing action during this year’s Daytona Bike Week:
Eslick Wins Daytona 200
Danny Eslick started his Triumph on the pole and then lead 44 of 57 laps on his way to win Saturday’s 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway. By beating Yamaha riders Jake Gagne and Jake Lewis, Eslick became the first Triumph rider to win the Daytona 200 since the late Gary Nixon in 1967.
“It’s awesome,” Eslick said. “I’ve gotten the pole before. My very first 200 I got fourth. There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of years have passed by to get this victory. It means a lot.”
Eslick had some fierce racing with DiSalvo and Westby during the race, but his pit stops from proved to be the difference. “Pit stops for the Daytona 200 are the most important thing,” Eslick said. “You can’t have bad stops and we had great pit stops.”
“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”
Rounding out the podium were
AMA SuperBike Round 2
Cameron Beaubier won a four-bike shootout with Josh Hayes, Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas to take the AMA Pro SuperBike Race. Beaubier drafted past Hayden coming out of the chicane on the final lap to win by .090 seconds. Beaubier won last year’s Daytona 200.
“I knew it was going to be close if I let everyone onto the banking. It all just kind of worked out,” Beaubier said. “Roger had to stretch it out coming out of the chicane, which was good for me because he kind of pulled me back in the draft. Then I was able to get him across the line and I’m really happy.”
AMA Pro SuperSport Round 2
Corey Alexander led Wyatt Farris at the finish to win the 10-lap SuperSport race. “The past three years I’ve been on the podium and I hadn’t gotten a win,” Alexander said. “I kind of lucked out every time. I’m really happy to come here and pull off the double and just give them a good show.”
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Coolbeth Jr Brings Home Round 2 of the Grand National AMA Pro Flat Track
Kenny Coolbeth,Jr got off to a great start in 2014 at Round 2 of the Grand National AMA Pro Flat Track season at Daytona. Kenny won by over 4 seconds over Jake Johnson while lapping many of the other riders. Coolbeth passed on lap five and never looked back.
Brandon Wilhelm Takes AMA Pro Singles
Brandon Wilhelm came away with his first win of the year in the 18-lap AMA Pro Singles main event. “I can’t believe this is happening right now,” said an ecstatic Wilhelm. “It feels so good. The track was a little slick but it wasn’t bad. I just had to work the throttle a little bit and it worked in my favor. I’ve never felt anything like this before, it’s truly an amazing feeling.”
Bauman Wins Daytona AMA Pro Flat Track
Briar Bauman got the first AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National win of his career Thursday evening at the Daytona Flat Track as he won the AMA Pro Flat Track event.
“I saw those halfway flags I definitely knew I had a chance to win and felt myself tense up a little bit.” said Bauman.
Wells Takes The AMA Pro Singles
Ryan Wells started hot and went on to win the AMA Pro Singles race by over three seconds over second-place rider Justin Jones.
“The first day at Daytona I usually struggle quite a bit so to come out here and get the win is huge for me,” said Wells. “I knew I had to have a good start and that I would be forced to make very few mistakes if I wanted to win. I’m just glad I was able to do that and it paid off. Hopefully I’ll be back up here tomorrow night; the goal is to get the sweep.”
Source: American Dirt Track Magazine
Wyman Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Race at Daytona
On Friday Kyle Wyman won his 3rd in 4 career tries at the Daytona International Speedway in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson series race. He set up a move on the final lap that gave him 0.068-second margin of victory over Tyler O’Hara on the famed 3.5-mile road course.
“It was awesome,” Wyman said. “This is what we live for, and I was just loving it. That’s the third win for me, and I just love this place. I spent all winter thinking about coming here to Daytona. I’m just so happy to be up here. It was a long year last year, and I feel like we’re off on the right foot.”
The second round in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson series is May 30-June 1 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA, site of the 2014 Bikeweek, sun, warm weather, and more sun… I’m sure that there will be lots of follow up articles next week, but for some photographic experiences, jump over to BIKERPICS.ORG, of which is shooting in Daytona all week, and the majority of the images are being sent over to BIKERNET.COM, in their “Cantina”. Enjoy the coverage, we are all in this together trying our best to have the viewers see the action quickly.
Fans of the brand and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country are encouraged to join our community as we celebrate the historic launch of the 2014 Indian® Chiefs with parties, demo rides, giveaways, celebrity guests, special events, and much more.
Indian Motorcycle® Daytona Beach Kick-start Party; Saturday March 8 – 9:00 p.m. – 11:00p.m. at Full Moon Saloon on Main Street
Fans of the brand are invited to join Indian Motorcycle® for the unofficial kick-off to Daytona Bike Week at the hottest bar on the beach. Full Moon Saloon will host the party for Indian Motorcycle® enthusiasts and owners – both current and future. Mike Wolfe, star of “American Pickers”, will be on-hand with plenty to celebrate as Indian® Motorcycle gives away tons of swag and the opportunity for one lucky winner to enjoy an “Epic One-Year Demo Ride,” giving them the keys to an Indian® Chief® for a year-long lease. Riders can sign-up throughout the day at Full Moon Saloon and the winner will be drawn at 11 p.m. on stage – must be present to win.
Indian Motorcycle® Demo Rides @ Daytona International Speedway (Enter at Gate 70) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Bike week attendees will have the chance to ride the Indian® Chief® Classic, Indian® Chief® Vintage and Indian® Chieftain® and feel the confidence-inspiring handling and impressive power of the Thunder Stroke™ 111 engine. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.
Indian Motorcycle® Display @ Daytona International Speedway (Richard Petty & Midway Blvd.) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
In addition to the demo site at the historic Daytona Speedway, a display in the Midway area will feature the 2014 Indian® Chiefs® models plus the Spirit of Munro tribute streamliner, a collection of vintage motorcycles, and a unique “naked” display bike that gives fans an inside perspective on the unparalleled engineering prowess that makes every Indian® such a solid and reliable road bike. Fans can also take in the “Big Chief Custom,” the first custom Indian® Chief® created around the 2014 models designed to highlight their limitless customization possibilities. Additionally, on Saturday, March 8, attendees can stop by to meet Mike Wolfe from the HISTORY Channel’s “American Pickers” series, who will be at the Midway signing autographs from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Must-See Location: Indian Motorcycle® Main Street Store – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, 506 Main Street
Located in the heart of downtown Daytona Beach, the Main Street store will feature a full collection of Indian Motorcycle® apparel including riding products, casual apparel lines, and gift items. The official commemorative Indian Motorcycle® Daytona Bike Week 2014 T-Shirt will also be on sale.
Throughout the week’s events, Bike Week attendees are encouraged to stop in to Destination Daytona to experience both the rich, legendary 113-year history and the exciting future of Indian Motorcycle®. Fans can explore a collection of heritage engines and vintage Indian® motorcycles, plus a cutaway of the all-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, and much more. Stop by to get up close and personal with the 2014 Indian® Chiefs and check out a selection of 2014 Indian Motorcycle® apparel for sale.
All-Indian Motorcycle® Bike Show – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, Corbin Saddles, 1433 N. Hwy 1, Ormond Beach
Indian Motorcycle® owners past and present are encouraged to bring their bike and take part in a special bike show to celebrate the rich 113-year history of the brand. Participation is open to all Indian® and Indian-based motorcycles from 1901 to 2014. Admission and registration are free and registration is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with judging from 1-3 p.m. and a special awards presentation at 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to a wide variety of classes. Prizes will include trophies, a variety of Indian Motorcycle® gear and gift certificates from Corbin Saddles. The Bike Show is just one of the special events Indian Motorcycle® owners can enjoy throughout the week, and current owners can receive a special commemorative pin throughout Bike Week by showing their key fob at any Indian Motorcycle® location.
Indian Motorcycle® Owners’ Tribute Activities – Ongoing, Various Locations
Owners of new and heritage Indian® motorcycles will receive VIP treatment throughout Daytona Bike Week! A special owner experience will be offered at the “Kick-start” party on Saturday night, March 8, and other unique activities will be available during the week for Indian® owners only. Owners are encouraged to watch their email and social media for additional information and invitations.