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High-End Helmet Bag About to “Kick-Off” from Neo and Sons

Singapore based startup Neo and Sons has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new helmet bag they have been working on.

Dubbed “The Classic”, this helmet bag doesn’t look or function like your typical lid carry-all.  Most helmet bags I’ve seen are pretty simple affairs made from nylon, polyester, or a similar textile. The Classic is made from full grain leather (there is a waxed cotton version too) and uses quality hardware like YKK brass (or gunmetal) zippers as well as heavy duty D-rings.  The interior is lined with black twill cotton and an optional hounds-tooth pattern will be available for a bit of extra style on the inside.

The materials aren’t the only thing that set this helmet carrier from the rest. Neo and Sons make use of the empty space within the helmet for additional storage. I often carry my gloves in my helmet when I carry them around but this carrying bag has an integrated storage pocket that protrudes into the open helmet space from underneath.

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MotoAmerica Release Details About Twins Class for 2018

While covering the final round of MotoAmerica racing at Barber this past Fall, we learned about some of the new classes coming for 2018. This includes the new Junior Cup which replaces the KTM Cup which we are very interested to see but also even more surprising is the new Twins Class. This is very exciting to see as it adds a huge range of possibilities for both riders and builders.

The Twins class will allow for a lot of modification to the machines allowed to compete in the class which  comprises 600cc to 800cc displacement two cylinder engines. Plus this segment offers a lot of inexpensive and versatile places to start including Yamaha’s MT-07Kawasaki’s Ninja 650, and Suzuki’s SV650 (replacing the SFV650 for 2018).

      

Modifications can be applied not only to suspension and engine components but competitors will be allowed to modify ECU programming. This will be a boon to tuners looking to get the most out of these middleweight machines. These lenient rules are going to likely make for a very interesting and diverse  field of machines on the grids for 2018.

Read more about the new Twins Class at MotoAmerica’s website. You can also download the detailed technical specs by clicking here.

Bike 55 Ends Up Fire Number 3

Gilbert on the track the day before.

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.

 

Greetings from Barber Motosports Park

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 🙂

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Barry Boone Passes Away

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.

RIP Barry, you will be missed.

webBikeWorld.com Under New Management Today

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.

-Brandon

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.

Happy Ride to Work Day!

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.

You can get more info over at www.ridetowork.org .

VW/Audi Considering Sale of Ducati?

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 .

Read the full story over at Reuters.

Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics Return to Nashville

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 .

 

 

The Reason Elena Myers Left Racing

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.

You can read the full story on Elana’s Facebook page  and the article can be found here.

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