During Sunday morning’s warm up for the 600cc machines we had another bike on fire incident, this time involving Michael Gilbert (55). Gilbert had a low-side get off that of course wasn’t great for him, but not anything that likely would have prevented him from taking the track later in the day. However shortly after the bike was moved a fuel tank leak resulted in the motorcycle catching on fire.
This was the third motorcycle to catch on fire during this weekend races here at Barber during the final round of MotoAmerica’s season. David Anthony and Josh Hayes also ended up with their own machines in flames the previous day. Needless to say it has been a rather dramatic weekend so far.
Michael appeared uninjured when I spoke with him a but later on after the crash but I know this was a big disappointment for him. It was for me too as I’ve been following his progress this year and was hoping to see him on the podium in person this weekend instead of reading about it later. With any luck I’ll get to see Michael on the podium next year as he told me he will be coming back. Looking forward to seeing you there again soon, Michael.
The sad aftermath of Gilbert’s (55) bike after catching fire.
We’re off to a cloudy start this morning here at Barber for the final round of MotoAmerica road racing this weekend. Kevin and I are here to get some photos and capture some interviews (and watch some motorcycles go roundy roundy). This is always a fun weekend for us as we get to be right in the thick of motorsport and get the view from behind the scenes behind our favorite sport.
Here Kevin contemplates the object in front of him. Yes, it is a motorcycle Kevin! Good job 🙂
It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the news that Barry Boone, the voice of AMA Racing, host of Talking Motorcycles, and all around great guy has passed away. Barry was an incredible advocate of everything motorcycle and was one of the most down to earth people I ever had the pleasure of meeting. I had the good fortune to hang out with Barry and friends after a day of covering the racing at Barber Motorsports park and it was great to hear him share stories from his past.
Barry took the time to talk to us “small potato” media types and even was kind enough to give a shout out to our site during a race weekend at Barber. He even took the time to talk with us on camera for an interview (see below).
Heading to Barber this weekend will be bittersweet as even though Barry had stepped away from the mic since the start of MotoAmerica, I still hear his voice echoing throughout the facility when I’m there.
After eighteen years running the independent review site webBikeWorld.com, Rick Korchak is stepping down from helm of the popular news and reviews site. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rick over the past eight years as a contributing writer and while I’m sorry to see him go, I know he’s looking forward to a break before he gets into a new project (I’m sure he won’t sit idle long).
Spanning nearly two decades, webBikeWorld.com has racked up nearly 1,800 reviews of motorcycle accessories,apparel, and related products. Rick’s mission with webBikeWorld was to provide unbiased and fair reviews to the motorcycling community and he could not have been more on target with the results of his labors.
Here’s to you, Rick! You created something very special that grew from a humble start to an internationally recognized source for motorcycle related news and reviews! Sit back now and take it easy as the new team presses that inside bar and looks deep into the next corner of wBW’s ride.
For my part I’m honored to have had my articles published on webBikeWorld (over 90 reviews!) and take pride in having contributed to Rick’s vision. I’m looking forward to seeing how the new management team plans on growing wBW going forward. Hopefully I’ll be asked to continue my role as a contributing writer.
Today, Monday June 19th, is international Ride to Work Day and hopefully many of you were able to get out and make the commute on your bike today. Here in Nashville is was still wet and a little drizzly from our overnight rain but precipitation was pretty minimal at 6:30 this morning. Still, I saw many riders on the streets this morning on my way into town from Brentwood.
If you’re not familiar with Ride to Work Day, it is more than just a day to commute on your ride. Ride to Work is a 501 c4 non-profit organization, advocating and supporting the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and providing information about everyday utility riding to the public.
Reuters is reporting that Volkswagen might be looking to sell Ducati. In the wake of VW’s diesel emissions scandal, the automaker has been working to streamline its operations and reduce costs as it prepares to pay out hefty fines and compensate owners of affected vehicles.
As part of this streamlining effort, there is speculation that Ducati might go up for sale. Nothing is concrete but there are indicators that this could be a thing. Volkswagen AG owned Audi purchased the Ducati brand back in 2012 for over 900 million (USD) so it makes sense that if the right buyer comes along, this could really help boost VW’s bottom line .
I’m very saddened to report that I cannot no longer support Lee Parks’ programs. As good as the program is I, cannot support Lee Parks and how he has treated some people who work for him. It is unfortunate that it has come to this.
Please continue to search out education on improving your riding skills. It is important to always to keep learning but I cannot recommend anyone participate in the Total Control Advanced Riding clinics.
I’m very pleased to announce that the Lee Park’s Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics are coming back to Nashville this summer. In partnership with Music City Motorcycle Training, David Beyer will be returning to Nashville this July to teach Level 1 clinics on Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th.
The classes will be hosted at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway at 625 Smith Ave. Nashville TN 37203. These classes are limited to 12 spots each day so don’t wait too long to register. You can register by clicking here or by going to totalcontroltraining.net .
All, usually I keep things pretty light and upbeat here on Motorcycle Words and my social media posts but this story from Elena Myers needs to be shared. It is not a pleasant story and it involves a sexual assault that happened to Elena and ended up causing her to drop out of racing.
Elena was always a strong competitor on the track and this sharing of her story is a very brave act. Please share this story and help to increase awareness so we can prevent these kinds of assaults.
MTDR will be putting on their 16th Annual Spring Ride event at the famous Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. This offers some of the best dirt riding available in TN. There will be a Banquet Dinner on Saturday evening, tickets are limited so don’t delay. The event pre-registration fee for adults & children 13 yrs. and older is $42.00, and children 12 yrs. & younger is $26.00. Pre-registration forms and payment must be postmarked on or before March 24th, 2017. Failure to meet this deadline will result in participant needing to pay the standard event registration fee. If you choose not to pre-register, the event fee for adults & children 13 yrs. and older is $50.00 and children 12 yrs. & younger will be $35.00 during designated registration hours each morning.
NOTE: The Orbit cases would not fit the American market version of the XSR900 and we were unable to do the full review. We ended up reviewing the Royster cases which did fit on the XSR900.
Hepco Becker recently took the wraps off of their new Orbit side cases and I’ve got a set here for review for webBikeWorld right now. These new cases mount using H&B’s C-Bow luggage system which is a low visibility luggage carrier system designed to not detract from the looks of a motorcycle when the bags are not mounted.
The Orbit side cases are the first hard luggage units for use with the C-Bow system which has up until now consisted of soft bags and semi-rigid cases. Later today we’ll be installing the C-Bow system and the Orbit side cases on Johnny’s Yamaha XSR900 with a full review for webBikeWorld following shortly. Until the review is ready, you can have a look at some of the studio photos I took last night to whet your appetite. (click the images for full size versions)
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