Ride On Newsletter - October 2018
Two months until Christmas! It scarcely seems possible but summer’s almost upon us again, and with it all the fantastic events to be enjoyed in the great outdoors. We’ve got a preview of some in this edition, along with news on Ferg’s Bonneville Land Speed Record attempt, a look at Indian’s gorgeous new roadster and some consolation for investors in a high-tech helmet project. Hope you enjoy our October issue.
Some time ago we reported on a new, high-tech helmet concept that was using crowd funding to get into production. The story of Skully helmets turned out to be quite a tale, full of twists, turns and takeovers. Eventually the assets were acquired by Ivan Contreras (known for resurrecting GasGas) in 2017 and the good news for those who coughed up US$1,800 for their Skully years ago is they will apparently now be getting one. Good work, GasGas man.
If you need proof of how important it is to check that your pillion has all their gear on properly, have a look this video. The guy looks a bit miffed at first when a driver points out their problem, but he actually takes it in good humour. Not everyone knows how motorcycle gear fits and does up…
There were all sorts of shiny new bikes on display at Intermot earlier this month, but arguably one of the best receptions was reserved for Indian’s FTR1200. With clear roots in the FTR750 flat-tracker race bike and the FTR1200 Concept, the new road bike really is a sock-knocker and instantly propels the brand into a whole new market segment. We’ll have to get our hands on one to let you know how it goes. But with 120bhp on tap it should get down the road okay, and experience with the Victory Hammer S shows Polaris engineers know how to make a big bike handle.
Summer’s coming. And that means motorcycle events–lots of ‘em. The first to stick in your calendar is the Ride Forever NZ Motorcycle Show, 24-25 November at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds. We’ll be there of course, and as always there will be competitions, prizes and giveaways to be had on our stand. Then it’s Shiny Side Up season, once more covering the country:
Nelson, Trafalgar Park (3 Feb); Kapiti, Southward Car Museum (17 Feb); New Plymouth, Quality Hotel Plymouth International (24 Feb), and Hampton Downs at the Mike Pero Motofest (2-3 March). There are accompanying evening events by all of our speakers, listed on the events section of our website.
With a line up of international guest speakers, demos and displays, these are experiences not to be missed. We’ll also be attending the Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill 7th-9th February. So come along and say Hi.
Fergus Maynes’s attempt at a Land Speed Record is gathering pace, with the engine and all its modifications about to come together, dyno time booked for November and a shakedown run in the shape of a New Zealand Land Speed Record event in December. There’s also a Facebook page up and running: pay a visit and like the page for updates.
There’s a proud tradition of bespoke engineering and meticulous craft in the custom bike scene. And then there are guys like these, who heard someone describe what they ride as an ‘Iron Horse’ or a ‘Hog’ and built accordingly, it would seem. Nor are they the worst offenders, as the following link will make clear.
Before summer gets its hooks into your schedule book yourself in for some Ride Forever coaching. If you’re attending the Motorcycle Show next month be sure to see us on our stand. Several of the Ride Forever instructors will be there so it’s the perfect time to ask questions, talk to them about what aspects you’d like to be coached on and book a date that suits you. We’ll be back to you with November’s edition of Ride On, and don’t forget to get your mates to subscribe as well. Stay safe and see you at the show.