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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.

Sign Up Now for the 2017 MTDR Spring Ride

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.

Click here to register online

Click here for the Youth Liability Waiver form

More info at the MTDR website

Hepco Becker Announces Orbit Side Case – Review Coming Soon

Hepco Becker Orbit Side Case

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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Continental Eyeing Russian Dandelions

Not a Russian dandelionSo at first glance that phrase the title of this article doesn’t make much sense but bear with me. It turns out that Continental Tires has been looking at finding a substitute for traditional rubber that grows on (OK, in) trees. You might be thinking that modern tires for motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc. are made from synthetics but the natural rubber content in some tires is as high as one-third of the overall rubber material.

Rubber trees grow in relatively narrow ranges of climate and those areas on our little planet are easily affected by the increasing threat of climate change in both the temperature kind as well as the geo-political kind of climate. Recently Continental tested a type of latex that comes from the Russian Dandelion plant and the results appear to be very promising. Hit the link below to learn more about how you might be carving up twisty roads in the future using flowers for traction.

http://arstechnica.com/cars/2016/10/the-secret-ingredient-in-continentals-future-tires-dandelions/

Three Weeks Until Vintage Festival!

Vintage FestivalThe Summer is winding down and Fall is coming up fast. This of course means something very important to the motorcycle enthusiast in the Mid-south area. The Annual Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park is coming soon! In three weeks from today, October 7th through the 9th, this annual festival of vintage motorcycle goodness will be happening just three short hours south of Nashville.

Now in its 12th year the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama (just outside of Birmingham) has been growing and is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States.  The three-day festival features the Ace Corner, a century parade, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors, wall of death, globe of death and more!

Racing of several kinds will be going on during the event with off-road and road racing happening including my personal favorite, sidecar racing! When you’re not watching the races there is the huge swap meet and the Barber Motorcycle Museum which can each take a day on their own to check out.

We’ve been covering this event for the past several years as Nashvilleriders.com and it is always a blast and the weekend is never long enough to see everything. Plan on coming down early and staying to the last minute!

Proper Use of the Left Lane

Slower Traffic SignWhen I’m on the interstate I always find myself moving out of the left lane once clear of slower traffic to my right. I didn’t realize that this happens to be the most efficient way to make use of the left lane. Using the left lane just for passing apparently has some science backing up how efficient it is. It also can reduce the stress of being stuck behind a slow driver sitting the left lane (we all hate that guy don’t we?!). While it has been a law in many states that slower traffic move to the right lane(s), police are now taking a more aggressive approach to enforcement and are starting to ticket drivers who camp out in the left lane. The video below from VOX explains.

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