Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport team of the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters – Hero MotoCorp, has created history becoming the first ever Indian manufacturer team to finish on the podium of the legendary Dakar Rally. Hero MotoSports Team Rally was formed in 2016 and it participated in its first Dakar Rally in 2017. Over the years, the team has achieved multiple podiums, wins and stage wins at top rally-raids across the world. In its fifth year at Saudi Arabia, the 2024 edition of Dakar Rally was undoubtedly the toughest so far – longer stages, extreme terrains, and confusing navigation right from the start. Two new formats of racing were also introduced by the organizers to add more spice – a marathon stage early on in the race, and a 48H chrono stage during which the competitors were split across several bivouacs – away from their teams, and surviving on bare minimum essentials. As many as one-third of the competitors who started the race retired from the rally across the 14 days of grind. To get to a Dakar podium is no small feat – a thousand things need to be right, and yet, each kilometer of these many thousands can destroy a result with a tiny mistake. 8,000 kilometers at the world’s toughest rally conquered with a top-2 result – Hero has made it clear they’re here to stay. Ross Branch finished the Rally at the second place for the Hero Factory Team. His consistent performance over the 12 stages saw him at the first and second spots in the overall rankings throughout the Rally.
by Prince Najar Coming to the Flying Piston Breakfast 2024 Kelly Campanile’s art is a riot of humor and irreverence, brought to life with a palette of bright, bold colors and exaggerated, cartoonish forms. She’s not just an artist; she’s a trailblazer, pushing the boundaries of what’s expected. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Kelly has earned her spot on the Flying Piston Benefit “Art On Deck” presented by BIG FRIG contest. This breakfast event kicks off Monday, March 4, 2024 at Teddy Morse’s Daytona Harley-Davidson dealership. Join us as we unravel the mind behind the art, where every stroke tells a story and every color sparks the imagination. Click here to read this interview, only on Bikernet,com * * * * Support Flying Piston Benefit. Tell ’em Bikernet.com sent ya
A New year and the Dakar Rally is back The 2024 Dakar Rally will kick off with a prologue stage on Jan. 5, in Al-‘Ula, Saudi Arabia. The rally will have 12 stages to follow including a 48-hour marathon stage. This year’s rally has 136 registered entries in the motorcycle class. The competitors include Kevin Benavides, who won last year and in 2021, the 2022 winner Sam Sunderland, and American Ricky Brabec who won in 2020. Rally dates are Fri, 5 Jan, 2024 – Fri, 19 Jan, 2024 Watch and read live updates at: https://www.dakar.live.worldrallyraidchampionship.com/en/ * * * *
This month the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its annual report, Traffic Safety Facts 2021: A Compilation of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Data. The 225-page report contains information on crash types, causes and participants involved. Remember that while we are nearing the end of 2023, this report is 2021 data. NHTSA spent nearly two years compiling these figures before releasing the report. The data on motorcyclist fatalities is especially troubling. According to the report, in 2021, motorcyclists made up 13.8% of all nationwide traffic fatalities, with 5,932 motorcyclists killed on our nation’s roadways. That is the highest number since data collection began in 1975. In comparison, the pre-Covid year of 2019 saw 5,044 bikers killed. The number of those injured on motorcycles reported in 2021 was 82,686, which is fewer than the all-time high of 104,442 in 2016. This total injury count represents 3.3% of the 2.5 million people injured in all motor vehicle crashes. It is important to note that 2021 showed a substantial increase in motorcycles registered. The data also shows an increase in vehicle miles traveled by bikers. NHTSA data shows 9.8 million registered motorcycles with approximately 19.6 billion miles traveled in 2021. Those increases mean that while the total number of fatalities and injuries went up, fortunately, the rate per 100,000 registered motorcycles went down. Here are other takeaways: Riders accounted for 95% of deaths, while 5% were motorcycle passengers. 57% of fatalities occurred by collision with another vehicle, 26% resulted from a collision with a fixed object, 4% collision with a non-fixed object, while 13% of fatalities occurred without a collision. 34% of fatalities involved a rider impaired by alcohol. That number is in line with the 31% of alcohol-related fatalities nationwide. Riders were wearing helmets in 59% of fatalities, while riders were
by DMAC Single Speed, No Clutch, No Brakes Vintage Motorcycle Racing – Daytona Beach was and is where it’s at! Along with the evolution of Bike Week, The Daytona 200 has since been moved to blacktop of the Daytona International Speedway. And decades later, Billy Lane resurrected the board track racing tradition and brings alive Sons of Speed racing at New Smyrna Speedway, which is one half mile asphalt track with a 20degree bank. Perfect October weather – great track conditions – and the home town crowd made for an exciting afternoon of old iron, some newer faces, and an overall great event! This is the 6th year since Sons of Speed was launched during Bike Week in 2017, rescheduled due to the hurricane that damaged the track in October, 2016. Click here to read this photo feature article only on Bikernet.com * * * * * * * * * * * * Follow our lead and get action delivered to your desktop. Click and Subscribe to our Free Weekly Newsletter.
WATCH THE VIDEO: Insane 3 Hour Mini Bike Enduro Race is a Nonstop CRASH AND BURN!! | 2022 GPS 180 Three hours of mini bike racing on a grueling 3.5 mile rocky race track. Bikes hold up astoundingly well considering the terrain, but the competition is fierce! Some built an awesome full suspension racing mini bike, and racers do their absolute best on this mini bike race trail. by Janaki Jitchotvisut from https://www.rideapart.com Only about half the bikes that started this race made it to the finish line. When you see the number 180, what’s the first thing you think of? For many, it’s a complete reversal—you’re going in exactly the opposite direction from which you came. If you’re Go Power Sports, though, it’s a three-hour enduro race run entirely on minibikes in the wilds of its Texas grounds. The guys behind the Cars and Cameras YouTube channel participated in both 2021 and 2022. Naturally, the most recent 2022 run was all about improving on mistakes made last year. I mean, that’s what all racers do, isn’t it? Overall, the experience did go a bit better, but there were definitely some hiccups that could be improved upon for 2023. About 60 or so bikes (give or take) lined up to compete on the day, divided into three different classes. There was a junior class, for young racers. There were also two separate classes for riders with full suspensions, and hardtail riders (who were allowed to have front suspensions). The Cars and Camera crew, in their infinite wisdom, built their full-suspension entry and got it together just one day prior to race day. While the bike and riders did pretty well, considering, as you’ll see throughout the video, building a bike the day before you plan to race it may not
Text and Photos by Jeff Najar. I sent some tins to Atomic Bob in Ohio to do some of his magic. You might be familiar with Mr. Atomic. He’s become part of the 5-Ball Racing Team by Bandit. His company is Atomic Dice. With Atomic Bob, you never know what you will get back, but you do know it will be cool and you do know it will be out of the box. Mr. Atomic always pulls it off. Each letter is unique but they also flow together. And their size fills the space on the sides of the tank. CLICK Here to Read this Photo Feature on Bikernet.com Read about significant medical benefits and natural remedies in this unique motorcycling feature article. * * * * The Salt Torpedo is to be raced at Bonneville Salt Flats. Illustrations on by Atomic Bob.
Atlanta, GA – June 9, 2022 – METZELER USA is proud to announce their continued support of the BMW MOA at the 2022 National Rally, to be held June 16-18 in Springfield, MO. Celebrating 50 years of the MOA, this landmark rally will be highlighted by the U.S. launch of two brand new Metzeler tire models: the Tourance Next 2 and Karoo 4. “It is a huge honor to return as the Title Sponsor of the BMW MOA National Rally and support this amazing community of enthusiasts,” said Brian Davenport, Senior Sales Manager for Metzeler. “This event is always an excellent opportunity for us to not only interface with serious riders who log enough miles to really put our tires to the test, but also to educate riders on proper tire maintenance and care.” The centerpiece of METZELER USA’s exhibit will be two new tires: the Tourance Next 2 and the Karoo 4. The Tourance Next 2 tire is the perfect tire choice for sport touring riders, with the stability and grip to perform well in any conditions, even with bikes loaded with luggage or a passenger. For those adventure riders seeking some fun off the pavement, the Karoo 4 provides exceptional traction and clearout in even the messiest of conditions while maintaining a smooth ride on the road as well. Attendees can visit the METZELER USA booth during the rally to see the Tourance Next 2 and Karoo 4 up close, along with the rest of the lineup of sport, touring and adventure tires from METZELER. In addition, the tire manufacturer will be hosting a seminar designed to help riders get the most longevity and performance out of their tires. “We’re proud to have Metzeler as our title sponsor for the 2022 Wander Farther National Rally,” said MOA Executive
Time to Get out and Ride…. It sure is feeling like summer around here. The days are warmer, the landscape a little greener and the sounds of motorcycles are everywhere, from the top of the “Kanc” in Lincoln, to coastal route 1A in Seabrook. Get pumped! Riding weather is here and soon the 99th Laconia Motorcycle Week will be, too. Have you booked your lodging yet? Don’t wait any longer. We have a full 9 days of events lined up for #99 and it’s a lot easier to play here when you stay here. Click here to check out our lodging options, ranging from campgrounds to 5-star hotels. Our popular Laconia Passport Program returns this year, incentivizing visitors to get out and ride to earn exclusive, member’s only souvenirs. Passports can be picked up at Rally Headquarters on the Boardwalk of Lakeside Avenue and feature stops at many businesses including Harley-Davidson dealerships throughout the state. Have you purchased your raffle ticket yet? You could be riding on a brand new Harley-Davidson Street Glide this summer! Purchase your ticket soon (just $20), because only 5000 are sold and they usually sell out. Net proceeds raised benefit Laconia Rotary Club’s Charities. Take the Train! Did you know you can skip the traffic via a shuttle directly to Weirs Beach from Meredith? Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is offering a special Weirs Shuttle Train both weekends of Motorcycle Week. Check the schedule here. Or take the boat… The annual Motorcycle Week Cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington takes place on Tuesday, June 14th from 4:30 – 7pm. This 2 1/2 hour cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee offers food & beverage plus spectacular views of NH’s largest lake. “Laconia – Where Rallies Were Invented” #LaconiaMcWeek #NHLakesRegion #LaconiaBikeWeek Sponsored in part by a Joint Promotional Program grant through
article by DMAC Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 This is the third year that the American Legion Riders Post #104 gather to remember their brother, a retired Air Force veteran with 22 years of service. The annual memorial event this year was a Poker Run and Fundraiser with all proceeds being donated to K9s for Warriors. CLICK HERE To Read this article on Bikernet.com and learn more to spread awareness about Veterans K9s for Warriors Mission: “Determined to end veteran suicide, K9s For Warriors provides highly-trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma.” You can find out more about K9s for Warriors at their website: https://k9sforwarriors.org CLICK To Read: National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report/September 2021 You are not alone. If you or anyone you know is a Veteran needing any form assistance or care, please contact the Crisis Line. Call 1-800-273-8255