Can you picture yourself drifting a motorcycle around an oval dirt racetrack at 140 mph, bar-to-bar with 17 other riders? Oh, and you have no front brake? That is what American Flat Track (AFT) racing professionals do in an exciting and dangerous motorsport with roots nearly 100 years old. Interest is growing quickly as of late, fueled this year in no small part by the rekindled competition between factory teams from Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle.Flat track racing, America’s first extreme sport, kicks off the 2017 X-Games that runs from July 13 to July 16 in Minneapolis. Sponsored by Harley-Davidson, the race will be in front of the Mall of America, ESPN MediaZone reports. Harley is sponsoring the flat track event for the second year in a row. AFT is the professional version of Hooligan Racing.“Harley-Davidson’s official racing department, which started in 1903, has been continuously involved in flat track racing since … [Read more...] about Have you ever seen 18 motorcycle racers slide around a dirt track at 140 mph?
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Cars, bikes, racing, and the beach — what could be better than that? Whether you’re a lifelong racing fan or have never attended a race, you’ll want to at least know about The Race of Gentlemen. Organized and run by the Oiler’s Car Club, The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey, June 10 and 11, will be a crazy fun way to kick off the beach season before summer officially kicks in.TROG is unlike any other race you’ve attended. During TROG’s two days, motorcycles and cars race on the water’s edge, two at a time, without the Christmas tree starting lights and digital timers of contemporary drag race parks.If you don’t look around, but just at the cars, bikes, and the people involved in all aspects of the event, you might think you’ve slipped back at least 50 or 60 years. The bikes, cars, and in many cases the clothing of the people involved purposefully emulate beach racing from the late 1940s and … [Read more...] about The Race of Gentlemen classes up the beach with vintage motorcycles and cars
On a hot summer day in Utah at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 1967, New Zealander Burt Munro set a land speed record for motorcycles under 1,000ccs. Munro drove a highly-modified 1920 Indian Scout Streamliner for a two-way average running mile speed of 183.59 mph — officially corrected in 2014 to 184.087 mph after his son noticed a calculation error. The record remains unbroken.On August 13, Burt Munro’s great-nephew Lee Munro will ride a 2017 Indian Scout modified by Indian Motorcycle engineers at Bonneville in memory and celebration of his uncle’s feat. The team of Indian Motorcycle engineers volunteered for this project and worked on their own time to prepare the bike the younger Munro will ride. Lee Munro will not attempt to best his uncle’s record but will honor the original ride.Lee Munro is a Kiwi road racer who recently won the vintage motorcycle class at the Methven Street races on a 1941 Indian … [Read more...] about Indian Motorcycle to commemorate Burt Munro’s 1967 land speed record
Dual-sport motorcycles live in a land of compromise. The jack-of-all-trades of the motorcycle world, dual-sport bikes can really do it all, and with one in your stable, you’ll be able to cruise the street, hit the trail, and return home without worry. The broad capabilities of these bikes mean they’re less focused than others though, so if you’re only going to ride on paved roads, don’t choose a dual-sport bike “just in case.” The same goes for riders with no intention of hitting the street. Thankfully, the motorcycles listed below are purposely designed for both types of riding.If you’re new to motorcycling or have never ridden off-road, we advise starting with a smaller bike to learn the basics, develop your reflexes, and fine-tune your off-road “spider sense.” Controlling a motorcycle off the pavement calls for more strength and finesse than street riding. If you start too large, it can result in a lousy first experience, … [Read more...] about The best dual-sport motorcycles to take you on or off-road
Updated on May 17 by Miles Branman to include the Aprilia RSV4 RF.Motorcycles. They’re efficient. Fun. Stylish. Rebellious. They scream of freedom from the daily drone, giving you a means of kickstarting your boring commute. That’s all fine and good, but sometimes, it’s really all about speed. Insane speed. Ludicrous speed. Lose your license — or worse — speed.Forget “safety first” for a moment and thrill to the kind of bikes that epitomize the enormous power of the modern motorcycle and don’t apologize for being really fast. Oh, your million-dollar “supercar” can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds? Well, you just came in a very distant second to my sub-$20,000 hyperbike. Sucker.So in no particular order, let’s take a look at who’s making the fastest moto machines you can buy today.Honda CBR1000RR-SSorry to say, but at this point, you’ve missed out on getting your hands on … [Read more...] about Unreasonable need for speed? Take a spin on the world’s fastest motorcycles
We’ve seen a lot of both amazing and lackluster attempts at capitalizing on the success of a popular series via the trusty spinoff through the years, and the trend continues. The Blacklist spinoff, The Blacklist: Redemption, has gotten an order by NBC, as did 24’s next chapter, 24: Legacy. Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC, which will focus on the Mayans Motorcycle Club, is in the works, too. Even sitcoms are getting in on the action, with CBS reportedly eyeing a Big Bang Theory spinoff called Sheldon, set to explore the nerd-genius himself as a 12-year-old.In that spirit. we’ve dipped back in time to find some of the most successful spinoff efforts through the years. Check out the 10 shows we’ve unearthed that were (or are) just as popular as the shows which birthed them, if not more so.We’re starting off strong with perhaps one of the most surprising and beloved spinoffs ever. A continuation of the … [Read more...] about Better call these 10 awesome spinoffs that made their original series proud
Handy smart devices that focus on well-being can help improve your state of mind. One such device, the Spire Mindfulness Activity Tracker, which is currently 15 percent off on Amazon, is the only wearable that increases mindfulness and productivity by tracking breathing patterns that reflect your state of mind.We got our hands on Spire when it was first released, and found it to do exactly what it advertises — calm you down. We also touted its great battery life, aesthetically pleasing shape, and companion app, concluding that it “isn’t intended to interrupt you each time you’re stressed, but rather to bring mindfulness and awareness of tension to this chaos.”Spire is an activity tracker that measures your breathing and provides feedback to help you have a more focused and calm day. When your breathing indicates tension, in the form of hasty, tense breaths, a gentle notification reminds you to stop and take a deep, relaxing breath. … [Read more...] about Train yourself to breathe better with Spire (15 percent off)
Kurt Sutter is busy with his latest series, The Bastard Executioner, but he’s still finding time to pursue a Sons of Anarchy spin-off. According to Entertainment Weekly, the SoA creator is in the early stages of developing a new motorcycle club-focused show for FX.There’s been talk of a Sons of Anarchy spin-off since even before the series went off the air in 2014 after a seven-season run. In 2013, the idea of a prequel set in the ’60s was bounced around, People reported at the time. Now, however, plans for the spin-off may be moving in a different direction. Sutter is reportedly working with a storyline that centers on a familiar gang, the Mayan Motorcycle Club.Updated 9/11/2015: We now know that the upcoming Sons of Anarchy spin-off won’t be a prequel, Better Call Saul-style, but rather a modern story that follows the lives – and er, doings – of the Mayans. And, according to Deadline, there might be a few familiar faces … [Read more...] about Sons of Anarchy spin-off focusing on the Mayans Motorcycle Club [Update]
The Lazareth LM847 is the coolest motorcycle you'll probably never see. It has four wheels, hinges between the wheels on each axle, and sandwiched between all that is a Maserati-sourced V8. That may sound like just another silly concept, but Lazareth's latest video proves that it works.The last thing a newbie would want to do, though, is strap in and try to take this thing for a ride. With 470 horsepower, 457 pound-feet of torque and a curb weight of just 880 pounds, it's packing a power to weight ratio of 0.534 horsepower per pound. To compare, Koenigsegg's 1,340-horsepower One:1 has a power to weight ratio of just 0.454 hp per pound. This thing is undoubtedly quick.Sadly, the video doesn't contain any ridiculous antics, but that's OK because we'd like the rider to live. Still, it's fun to watch the hinged axles lean the bike into turns, and there's no tiring of that engine's exhaust note. This is what happens when humanity runs out of productive things to do, but society is all the … [Read more...] about A Maserati-powered motorcycle exists, and it actually works!
Linux has long played a leading role in the world of servers, due in large part to its stability, security and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). What many don't realize, however, is just how ubiquitous it's becoming in other parts of life as well.Not only are distributions like Ubuntu helping Linux make great strides on the desktop, but the open source operating system is now quietly powering myriad innovations that many of us take for granted. Slideshow: The Oddest Places to Find LinuxWhere can Linux be found today? Let's count just a few of the many places it's making life better.1. AndroidFirst and foremost, of course, is Android, Google's Linux-based mobile operating system. Well-poised to relegate Apple's successful iPhone to the realm of niche devices, Android is giving the popular iPad a run for its money as well. By putting Linux in the hands of countless mobile consumers around the globe, Android is arguably Linux's greatest mainstream success to date.Slideshow: Android … [Read more...] about 10 Ways Linux is Making Life Better