I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING—But I don’t know how to describe it. We are having the time of our lives in the Black Hills. Guys ask me all the time about moving to snow country. It’s not so much about the move. It’s the ability to pack your shit and find a new adventure. It doesn’t matter where you go, just get it done, if you have the balls.
The second part of the equation is the fact that we can still do pretty much whatever we want to do, for now.
FACTORY HARLEY-DAVIDSON RIDER KYLE WYMAN WINS SUNDAY KING OF THE BAGGERS RACE AT NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK
Vance & Hines/Harley-Davidson racer Hayden Gillim Wins Saturday Race and Crowned King of the Baggers Series Champion
MILWAUKEE (September 24, 2023) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory rider Kyle Wyman scored his seventh win of the season and Vance & Hines/Mission Foods Harley-Davidson rider Hayden Gillim secured the season championship on Sunday in the final race of the 2023 MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers series at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J. Vance & Hines/Mission Foods rider James Rispoli finished second in the championship standings and Wyman was third as Harley-Davidson riders claimed the top three spots in final series points.
“It’s been one of, if not the best, year of my life,” said Gillim, who won three races with eight additional podium finishes on the season. “I’m really happy to bring this home for Vance & Hines, for Mission Foods, and for Harley-Davidson. Next season will be a real scrap in this series. Honestly the field is stacked, and if everybody stays next year it’s going to be a tough championship to hold onto.”
In the Friday qualifying session, Wyman broke his own New Jersey Motorsports Park class lap record of 1:24.447 aboard his race-prepared Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® motorcycle. That time would never be approached for the rest of the weekend, as rain resulted in very wet to damp conditions on the 2.25-mile, 12-turn road course on Saturday and Sunday.
Gillim (215 points), Rispoli (213 points) and Wyman (204 points) were each in contention for the championship before the start of the first eight-lap King of the Baggers race on Saturday. As the riders completed a warm-up lap in the rain, Wyman lost control and slid off track. He was able to remount and start the race, but his motorcycle was damaged, and he retired on lap 3. Gillim took the race lead on lap 3 and was never challenged as early leader Rispoli could not match his pace on the wet track and settled for second place, 9.10 seconds behind Gillim. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory rider Travis Wyman battled to finish in third place and score his first podium finish of the season, just 0.40 seconds behind Rispoli. After the Saturday race, Gillim led Rispoli by 7 championship points, and Wyman was out of contention for the title.
Kyle Wyman bounced back to win the Sunday race, taking the lead on lap 2, after Rispoli ran off the wet track. Wyman opened a gap and stretched his lead to 3.724 seconds over second place Gillim at the finish. Max Flinders finished third on the M3/Revolution Performance Indian. Rispoli finished in seventh place.
“After Rispoli went off, I just tried to be patient, not make a mistake and open a gap,” said Wyman. “I suppose a win in the last race sends a message. It really stings to come up short in the championship after winning the most races, but I’m also proud of my race wins, proud of the team and what it has accomplished from a development standpoint, which trickles down to the other Harley teams. This has been a crazy year and obviously this weekend did not end as we hoped it might, but Harley-Davidson is one-two-three in the championship and that’s the next-best result for us. I want to send a big thanks to everyone at Harley who worked so hard for us this season, and we’ll be back to get them next year.”
At the conclusion of the 14-race 2023 MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers series, Gillim wins the championship with 260 points. Rispoli is second with 242 points, followed by Kyle Wyman with 229 points. Wyman won seven of 14 races on the season, with one additional podium finish. Jake Lewis rode a Team Saddlemen Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle to seventh place with 126 points. Travis Wyman placed eighth with 112 points.
Harley-Davidson invites you to enhance the 2023 MotoAmerica King of the Baggers season with some adrenaline pumping action. Check out, ‘Push the Limit,’ a film that shares the story of defending 2021 champion Kyle Wyman, teammate Travis Wyman and the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle race team’s 2022 championship pursuit. Watch it now on Harley-Davidson’s YouTube channel.
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I said it was the odd Bikernet Weekly news, because we are living in strange times, but there’s always hope.
We are actually living in the Best of Times, and everyone has the opportunity to grow, build, learn, better themselves and prosper.
I say there’s hope, because like this weekend, brothers and sisters from all over the country are meeting in Harrisburg, PA to discuss strategies for freedom at the Meeting of the Minds. It’s not too late to be a part of the action. There’s always hope.
Well, all of us motorcyclists have one or one million reasons to ride.
What about the rest of ’em? What practical, utilitarian reason and purpose could one recommend to a person who doesn’t ride a motorcycle or does not even know how to ride a motorcycle?
Convenience : Its smaller than a car, gee whiz! Whiz past in smaller lanes and country roads too.
Savings : Costs less to own and maintain. Yes, the engine and power consumption is less as well. So you get more bang for your buck, more miles per gallon.
Friends among strangers : Motorcyclists seem to have a community irrespective of year and make of their vehicle, unlike most car enthusiasts who have limited engagement of car or travel club / group. Just wave and see the enthusiastic response from a biker.
Natural Joyride : Its a natural anti-depressant. Many pilots have mentioned riding a motorcycle as being the closest thing to flying. Plus, your senses have no distraction and thus no worries while riding.
Next Level Gaming : Well, how about learning off-road or endurance riding? Compete with friends or as an amateur.
Skill development : You learn to be more handy with mechanical breakdowns. Plus learning to ride a motorcycle will boost your motor skills, mental agility and self-confidence as well.
Travel light, move more : More adventurous way to pursue tourism, weekend getaway, a picnic at the park or beach, or just ride to the nearest gym.
And for the millennials — all of the above is true and applicable even for your electric motorcycle !
I’m going to put the ’58 Chevy on the market and the ’48 UL. Since I’m not spending bank on the run to Bonneville, I’m buying more parts for the 1913 Board Track racer. I found some flywheels on Ebay and rods. Competition Distributing is now making pistons for the early bikes.
The funky Panhead survived its first 100-mile test run with only minor issues.
I remember Wolfman Jack saying to the girls, “Are your peaches sweet?” It’s the season and the local peaches are amazing and as big as softballs.
It’s been an interesting week, with the debates, the political interviews and the cancellation of the BMST event in Bonneville. We were so ready to go to salt flats. Luke was excited to see the chute deploy properly.
The bros came over after the Hall of Fame breakfast to check the action, including Nick Trask. We discussed installing a Turbo on the Torpedo for the fast round. He mentioned wanting to become a Bikernet Sponsor. You’ll see more of him around here.
The next couple of weeks will be damn interesting. First, my major focus will be all about Bonneville. We will peel out next Wednesday and be on the Salt for a week, which will impact the news hopefully in a positive way.
The Bikernet News will be short and to the point. The next two weeks will be significant in more ways than one. You’ll see the Montana report, but over the next two weeks you may see a response. I hope.
What an interesting day, week closing in on the Rally. I can’t wait. I’ve watched tents, displays, new signage sprout up all over the town of Sturgis. The 120th rocked Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago, and I’m trying to access whether the brothers are coming here and how the anniversary might impact the 83rd rally.
It’s all going to be fun and exciting to watch. Let’s hit the news.