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Making Art While You’re High at It

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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.

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The Salt Torpedo is to be raced at Bonneville Salt Flats. Illustrations on by Atomic Bob.

Vendors Don’t Miss Out: Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo

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You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to show your amazing products at the original Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo!

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will converge for a weekend of camping, dirt track motorcycle rodeo competitions on two-wheeled steel ponies, and a great lineup of concerts.

Plus, it wouldn’t be a true biker rally without the very best motorcycle-lifestyle related vendors in the country!

The 2022 Easyriders Rodeos are coming to Fowlerville Michigan August 19-21 and Bloomville Ohio Sept 1-5.
Vendor space is limited!

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the action! Ask about our poker crawl. We supply everything. Get all the attendees to stop at your booth. More information can be found at EasyridersEvents.com

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Jo Shimoda Makes History with First Pro Motocross Overall Win at RedBud

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Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda Makes History with First Pro Motocross Overall Win at RedBud

July 2, 2022 | RedBud MX | Buchanan, Mich.

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (July 3, 2022) – The AMA Pro Motocross Championship headed north to Buchanan, Michigan for Round 5, ‘America’s National’ at the iconic RedBud MX. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Jo Shimoda proved himself to be a fan favorite by animating the notoriously lively crowd with 1-3 moto scores en route to carving his name in the history books as the first Japanese rider to earn an AMA Pro Motocross overall win. Fellow Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Seth Hammaker overcame second moto adversity for 11th overall (5-15), while Ryder DiFrancesco scored 14-12 for 13th overall in his Pro Motocross debut. In the 450 Class, Jason Anderson secured fourth overall (7-4) and Joey Savatgy finished sixth overall after a personal best third place in Moto 1 (3-9).

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team quickly set the tone for the day as all three riders charged through the opening qualification sessions. Shimoda was clearly in tune with both track and machine as he logged the fastest lap (2:03.742) of the 250 Class to claim his first pole qualification. Meanwhile, Hammaker ranked ninth with a 2:06.226 and DiFrancesco showed his readiness to compete with the Pro Motocross elite by qualifying 11th (2:06.297).

At the start of 250 Moto 1, the rising Team Green star DiFrancesco was narrowly edged out for the holeshot with both of his teammates close in flank. A push of the front end in Turn 2, however, placed DiFrancesco on the ground and shuffled him to the bottom of the running order; the young rider had his work cut out for him in the race ahead. Meanwhile, Shimoda and Hammaker established themselves inside the top five with decisive moves on the opening lap. Shimoda raised the intensity to a fever pitch as he swiftly became the driving force in a three-way battle for the lead position. The No.30 KX™250 rider kept his main championship rivals under heavy pressure for the lion’s share of the race until he finally took command of the top spot with six laps remaining. Shimoda held true to form by maintaining his pace through the finish to claim his first moto win with more than a 20-second margin over second place. Hammaker logged consistent laps to hold onto a fifth-place finish while DiFrancesco turned heads with an impressive race from 32nd on the opening lap to 14th at the checkered flag.

The second 250 Class moto hosted green at the front again when DiFrancesco grabbed his first Pro Motocross holeshot in just his second start. A quick pass by Hammaker in the opening section of Lap 1 allowed the No.47 rider to take control of the lead from DiFrancesco before he lost traction accelerating out of Turn 4 and crashed. Further back, Shimoda found himself in 25th at the end of the first lap after a non-optimal start was worsened by a collision with another rider. DiFrancesco persisted with his sights on the leaders as the rookie held his own in the top five for more than half the race. While DiFrancesco gained vital experience at the front of the field, the crowd’s attention turned to Shimoda who was racing his way back into overall contention. The roars of the crowd followed Shimoda around the track while he passed multiple riders per lap, using creative line selection and relentlessly carrying his momentum through the pack. Despite his early race adversity, Shimoda clawed his way up to a heroic third place position to secure his first career overall win and made his mark in the history books as the first Japanese rider to grace the top step of the AMA Pro Motocross podium. After visiting the mechanic’s area to regroup from his crash, Hammaker made his way to 15th to salvage 11th overall (5-15) on the day and DiFrancesco finished the race with a respectable 12th place finish for 13th overall (14-12).

“In the first moto, I started up front and had a fast pace going as I pressured the Lawrence brothers for the top-two positions. I was able to make a good pass into the lead and finished strong for the moto win. In Moto 2, my start wasn’t great and then I got caught up with some riders on the first lap which put me outside the top 20. I pushed hard the whole race to fight my way to third and earned my first overall victory. I had to race really hard in both motos, and it paid off for a great day.”
– Jo Shimoda

“I made it a little tougher on myself than I needed to today but, my starts are improving and I just need to clean up a few things. In Moto 1, I had a pretty steady race all the way through to come away with a fifth but, I was looking to better that and get into the podium battle in Moto 2. Unfortunately, I lost traction at the bottom of the hill and fell just after passing into the lead so, I had to race forward from the back of the pack. It’s frustrating of course but, I will keep putting myself up there in the mix and keep improving to iron out those small mistakes.”
– Seth Hammaker

“I had a great start in the first moto but, a crash in the second corner put me way down the running order. I raced forward and made a bunch of passes to finish 14th. In Moto 2, I grabbed the holeshot which felt awesome, and I did my best to keep pace with the leaders for as long as I could. My goal for the day was to do exactly what I did for the first half of that second moto, I matched the speed of the guys at the front for as long as I could before getting tight and settling back a bit. I’m looking forward to Millville where I’ll try my best to stay up there even longer.”
– Ryder DiFrancesco



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The RedBud National featured the second reverse moto schedule of the season which meant a smoother track and higher speeds for the 450 Class qualifying sessions as they took to the course first. Never shying away from a high speeds, the Monster Energy Kawasaki duo of Anderson and Savatgy put the power of their KX™450SR machines on display by qualifying at the front in both timed sessions. When qualification concluded, Anderson had the second-fastest lap of the morning (2:03.505) and Savatgy was hot on his tail with the third-best lap time (2:03.698).

In 450 Class Moto 1, Savatgy was narrowly beaten out for the holeshot as he jockeyed for position with several of the top championship contenders. At the completion of Lap 1, Savatgy had taken a firm hold on second place with his pace in lockstep with the race leader. Unfortunately, Anderson was collected in a first turn crash and the No.21 KX™450SR rider crossed the green flag in 31st position. As the race progressed, Savatgy fortified his spot at the front by extending a gap over the riders behind and keeping in close tow of the rider out front. Unphased by the pressure of battling among several premier class champions while maintaining a smooth intensity to his speed, Savatgy held onto second place until Lap 14 when he was overtaken. A brief battle ensued when Savatgy launched himself back into second by skying out Larocco’s Leap but, he soon settled into third for the final laps of the moto. Savatgy crossed the checkered in third to secure his first 450 Class podium result and proved his recent progress with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team is affirming his place among the best in the world. Not to be overshadowed, Anderson thrilled fans as he charged through the field for the full 30-minute plus two lap race, passing over 25 riders, to secure eighth place at the finish.

The second 450 Class moto saw both Monster Energy Kawasaki KX™450SR riders emerge from Turn 1 inside the top-10. Anderson looked to fight toward a podium position as he moved forward from fifth on the opening lap to take control of fourth on Lap 4. A brief crash in the turn prior to the mechanic’s area, however, set the New Mexican back to eighth place and forced him to race his way up the running order again. A benefactor of Anderson’s crash, Savatgy moved into contention for the overall podium as he pressed forward to sixth by Lap 5. Savatgy continued to push himself forward until a swap through the sand turn after Larocco’s Leap caused him to crash and drop to ninth place on Lap 6. Anderson quickly found his form again as he maneuvered through the competition to reach fifth place by the checkered flag; his 7-5 moto scores earned him fourth overall. Savatgy finished out Moto 2 in ninth to earn sixth overall (3-9) and, more importantly, proved himself as a legitimate podium contender.

“Minor crashes in each moto cost me valuable time and positions early so, I felt like I was playing catch up all day. My speed was solid, and the bike felt great but, a couple of miscues are all it takes to put the podium out of reach. Overall, I made a lot of passes out there and managed to salvage a fourth overall so, we’ll just keep moving forward with the goal of getting another win here soon.”
– Jason Anderson

“It’s been almost four years since the last time I was on the podium and there have been plenty of highs and lows along the way. Finally getting myself back up on the box in the first moto felt amazing. Thank you to the Monster Energy Kawasaki team for this opportunity to be racing and improving each weekend. I was set back a bit overall by the crash in Moto 2 but, we took major steps in the right direction today and look forward to more progress ahead.”
– Joey Savatgy

Progressive Suspension 4th of July Sale

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Five Motorcycle Sales Trends Shaking the Vintage Market

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Prices for classic motorcycles are changing

by James Hewitt from Hagerty.com

There’s a Hagerty Motorcycle Price Guide that uses thousands of transactions to track values on 9751 motorcycles. Here are five trends that stood out to us in the most recent update, released in June.

The smart take in the motorcycle community of late, much like for cars, is that a full-on, concours-level restoration rarely pays — at least financially speaking.

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Milestone Collection Apparel from Indian Motorcycles

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Indian Motorcycle is launching the new 2022 Milestones Collection of casualwear for men and women.

The Milestones Collection aims to celebrate the brand’s heritage by correlating each piece of apparel to a significantly iconic element from its 121-year history. Featuring premium quality and construction, the line includes nine new arrivals.

1920 Scout Engine Tee
Since its debut in 1920, the Indian Scout has set the standard for American cruisers and carved its place as a truly iconic motorcycle. With its innovative helical gears and lightweight frame, the Charles Franklin 1920 Scout became a favorite of riders seeking a thrill. Today, the Scout remains a popular choice for new and experienced riders alike. The 1920 Scout Engine t-shirt features the iconic 1920’s Scout engine on the back of the white pocket tee, with an exclusive “Milestones Collection” label on the sleeve. It’s available in the men’s classic fit.

1910 Script Tee and Hat
Introduced in 1910, the Indian Script logo ushered in a new era of success on and off the track for Indian Motorcycle. Within a year of the logo’s inception, the Indian Motorcycle racing team swept the podium at Isle of Man – the first of many podium finishes to follow. The grey marl 1910 Script T-Shirt features the original Indian script stamp graphic on the back and is available in the men’s classic fit. The hat, featured in black, includes an embroidered Indian Motorcycle script logo.

Big Chief Tee
One year after legendary Isle of Man racer and Indian Motorcycle engineer, Charles Franklin, launched Indian Motorcycle’s most enduring line, the Chief, Indian Motorcycle (formerly Hendee Manufacturing Company) introduced the Chief 74. This bike featured a class-leading 74 cubic-inch engine and boasted more power than any other Indian Motorcycle to date, earning it the name “Big Chief.” 100 years later, the reborn Indian Chief honors the original machine – one of the most historic and influential motorcycles of all time. Available for both men and women in black, the 1922 Big Chief T-Shirt features a distressed graphic sketch of the original Big Chief motorcycle on the front with and an exclusive “Milestones Collection” label on the sleeve.

IMC Factory Sign Tee and Hat
Founded in Springfield, Massachusetts by world-renowned bicycle racer George Hendee and powered by Oscar Hedstrom’s revolutionary 42-degree V-twin engine, Indian Motorcycle built a legacy through technical innovation, racing excellence and unmatched brand loyalty. The IMC Factory Sign T-Shirt features the original Springfield, Massachusetts factory sign and a list of key milestones from the early days of Indian Motorcycle. The Factory Sign Tee is available for both men and women in charcoal grey and in the classic fit. In addition, the hat is available in grey marl and also features the factory sign.

841 Bike Tee
Amidst the second world war, the U.S. War Department issued contracts for experimental military motorcycles. Indian Motorcycle developed numerous options, including motorized tricycles and extremely lightweight motorcycles that could be dropped out of airplanes. These offerings earning the company two Army-Navy “E” Awards during the war. The 841 Bike T-Shirt features the shaft-driven Indian Motorcycle developed specifically for desert warfare. This bike was one of three Indian Motorcycle models that answered the American and Allied forces call to action. This white men’s tee features the 841 bike American Flag Shield graphic on the back and is available in the men’s classic fit.

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XDA Racers Gear Up for A Mid-Season Showdown

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On June 17-19, 2022 The XDA heads back to Maryland International Raceway located in Mechanicsville, Maryland for 5th annual FuelTech Superbike Showdown!

Round three in a six round series will feature the Orient Express Pro Street class running at speeds over 230 mph in only 6-seconds! Over 90 Professional riders, plus another 700+ Sportsman, and Grudge motorcycle racers who will compete for over $80,000 in cash purse at this event. This season XDA will payout over $500,000 in purse money along with a $130,000 contingency fund that spans all classes.

Next weekend’s Orient Express Racing Pro Street class will deliver another healthy round from the baddest street tire motorcycles in the world. These 650+ horsepower motorcycles running at speeds over 230mph in the quarter mile, in only 6-seconds will keep the excitement level high as this class is always looking for more performance.

Pro Street competitors are also battling for a spot at the 26th annual Haltech World Cup Finals presented by Wiseco at Maryland International Raceway on November 2-6, 2022. In points, XDA’s top ten finishers will earn a spot to compete in front of 50,000+ fans and win the $5,000 Pro Street Shootout sponsored by Platinum General Services. Currently qualified for WCF are Rodney Williford, Greg Wallace, Ryan Hable, Darion Payne, Gaige Herrera, Justin Shakir, Jason Dunigan, James Waugh, Jamie Lopes and Jordan Haase. Several racers will be fighting hard to bump into these coveted spots this weekend.

Saturday Night, the HTP Performance Afterdark Underground Grudge program will feature the “Running of the Bulls” Grudge Shootouts and all the Grudge Racing you can handle!

Serious Grudge racers have four different Championship points earning classes to choose from with XDA this season. Boosted Bulls (Turbo Bikes), APE Nitrous Bulls (Nitrous Bikes), 3 Sixty 5 Transport Monster Bulls (Heavyweights), and Tommie’s Motorsports DMV Bulls (Introductory Class). There will also be an All Motor Bulls Shootout on Friday! XDA offers Grudge racers a world-class stage to show their performance with a consistent ‘on kill’ prepped racetrack and event schedule that you can set your watch to.

The DME Racing 7-second, 190mph Real Street class, is designed for street‐legal sportbikes with limited modifications and a hand clutch. Next weekend’s XDA Championship points chase will heat up as only seventeen points separate Ben Knight from his points lead over the class. Knight has two class champions, Mark Hylton and David Stewart working hard to gain ground and dethrone his modest lead. Rickey Gadson sits fourth in points and has the talent and determination to reach the top of the leader board this season. Come out next weekend and watch the action at Maryland International Raceway.

MaxxECU Pro Xtreme features the World’s quickest turbocharged, nitrous injected or injected nitro drag bikes. This is the quickest and fastest 1/8 mile category in the XDA and there is nothing better than first to the finish line, heads up racing. Class Champion Kevin Clarke returns to action this weekend for the first time this season. You won’t want to miss the horsepower they can throw down in only 660 feet, these bikes are big, powerful, and exciting to watch.

The stock wheelbase HTP Performance Super Stock class features strict modification rules, stock wheelbase, stock motor, MR12 spec fuel, no air shifters, no dataloggers, etc. Whoever has the best clutch hand will own this class. Darion Payne has been the class leader for the last two events with a forty-two point lead over the field of 4‐stroke naturally aspirated production machines. With the FuelTech Superbike Showdown being the halfway point of the season, racers need to make some moves to close the gap on Payne’s lead before it’s too late.

The Vance & Hines 4.60 class is the World’s quickest index class that originated with the XDA’s predecessor MIROCK back in 2013. The bikes in this popular 1/8th-mile sportsman index category make their four-second passes in a span of only 660 feet. With little margin for error, their reaction times at the starting line will make or break their runs. Mac McAdams is leading over forty-two competitors by a mere thirty-one points. The class veterans won’t be sitting idly by next weekend as the claws come out for the 2022 Championship points chase.

The XDA will additionally hold competition in SIX additional sportsman classes featuring 1 Stop Speed 5.60 Index, Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman, VooDoo Components Bracket Bash, MPS Racing Pro ET, Brock’s Performance Street ET, and the Friday night Hard Times Parts & Service Gambler’s race. XDA offers up to $28,000 in guaranteed payouts for sportsman racers at each event, all while giving them a safe and professional environment to compete in.

Great weather conditions are on the schedule for next weekend with another competitive round of XDA at Maryland International Raceway. Make plans now to come out and watch or better yet, race with us, on June 17-19, 2022.

Visit www.xdaracing.com/superbikeshowdown for event information, class rules, payouts, entry fees, schedule, and more

About XDA Racing: The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) is an east coast motorcycle drag racing series with 700+ motorcycle racers competing at each event. Every XDA event hosts professional classes, sportsman classes, grudge racing and a vendor midway. Lifestyle activities such as bike shows, bikini contests, DJ and live bands are also held at select events. For more information on the XDA, please visit www.xdaracing.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @xdaracing

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