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Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
An inside look at the latest builds from Workhorse Speed Shop.

Brice Hennebert, owner of Workhorse Speed Shop, in Belgium, has been busy during lockdown. After creating Appaloosa V1.0 in 2019 for the Sultans of Sprint then re-working the Indian Scout build into Appaloosa V2.0 for the Baikal Mile Ice Festival, Brice has focussed his attention on building two special dream bikes based on the Indian FTR 1200

Rider Magazine: Indian FTR 1200 S | First Ride Review

The first build, Black Swan, is a 90’s sports bike concept utilizing the latest parts and materials to make it extremely sporty. The build extensively uses carbon fibre to minimize weight, Ohlins suspension, Beringer brakes, and modern additions such as a quickshifter. The second build, FTR AMA, is based on the 80s era AMA SBK race bikes and Rally cars, inspiring an angular design and will be finished in the classic Martini Racing livery

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
Adjustable Öhlins suspension and Beringer brakes are some of the premium parts making up the builds.

Black Swan and FTR AMA Build – Q&A with Brice Hennebert 

We caught up with Brice to get an insight into his latest projects, both of which are shaping up to be remarkably interesting, but quite different builds – just as we have come to expect from Workhorse. 

It’s been a long time since you came back from Russia after taking Appaloosa V2.0 to the Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival – that must feel like a dream now, are the memories still strong? 

Yes, the memories are really strong. With the lockdown, it was some time after coming back from Russia that I saw many of my friends. Every time I reconnect with a friend they always ask about the trip. So, I get to relive the memories regularly and so they are still strongly alive.  

And when Appaloosa finally got back to Belgium after the Russian borders reopened, unpacking the bike and reassembling it meant I got to relive the memories all over again. 

Obviously, lockdown has changed the way we all work, but you have still been busy with brand-new builds based on the FTR. What are the concepts behind each project?  

The concept for the first build, Black Swan, came a few years ago when I was racing at Wheels & Waves against the Miracle Mike Scout built by The Young Guns. During that time, I had the vision to build a sports bike for road use. But, really sporty, built like a GP bike. It’s deeply inspired by 90’s sports bikes, all made from carbon fibre. That’s what happens when I have total freedom from the commissioners of a project. And I’m even thinking about doing a small series of this bike for sale. It’s pretty unique! 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
Black Swan Build: building out the clay model.

The second FTR project is based on the 80s era AMA SBK race bikes and Rally cars. Black Swan and the FTR AMA project are for two brothers. The brother that commissioned Black Swan asked me to design a second build for his brother. Something colourful but sharp like a war tank. The only restriction was that it should have a Martini Racing livery. 

After a little research and brainstorming, the main influence became the Lancia Delta HF. I’ve mixed this with a bit of the early Bol d’Or race bikes and some muscle bike flavour keeping an upright riding position, close to the original FTR which works so well.  

With the Appaloosa v1.0 and v2.0 builds, you had some great partners providing advice, components, fabrication, and tuning skills. Who has stepped up for these FTR builds? 

All of them and even more. I went to the Akrapovič factory a few days after the Baikal Mile to work on the Black Swan exhaust. I crossed the border to go home for a few hours and they decided to close the border. That was tight. 

Öhlins have shipped me a full set of custom components for Black Swan, quite impressive I have to say. Beringer Brakes is also in the game on both bikes with their new 4+ system. Super light, super nice. 

I’m also working with Vinco Racing in Holland, Tim is taking care of all the CNC parts around both bikes. And there’s many of them. 

My buddy Robert Colyns from 13.8 Composite is taking care of the carbon fibre fabrication.  

On Black Swan, we will be fitting Rotobox carbon fibre wheels, they really are pieces of art! Liteblox Germany have made a bespoke carbon fibre battery for the bike, Cerakote Nl did all the black ceramic treatment. Jeroen from Silver Machine the seat works. Christophe from Forame design did all the 3D modelling from the Clay scan. 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
Black Swan Build: Clay model ready for CAD scan.

The FTR AMA wheel set is a total eye catcher. I collaborated with Fabio from JoNich Wheels in Italy. The design is based on his Rush wheels but without carbon flanges. They are machined from billet aluminium. And the design made me think about the turbo fans wheels used on the racing Lancia, so that was a perfect choice. They are completed by a Dunlop GP tyre set with this mad 200 section rear tyre. 

So, as you can see, I’m not alone on this bike.    

We can’t reveal too much at this stage, but from the pictures from the builds so far, designing the bodywork seems to be a fairly intensive process. Can you walk us through the steps, from visualisation and sketches through to a finished piece of the bodywork?  

Yes, it’s quite a long journey, here’s roughly the stages for Black Swan: 

First, preliminary sketches and a compilation of reference pictures for the details. At this stage I’m drawing the main lines of the bike, the mood. 

Then I sent everything to Benny at Axesent in Japan to make proper renders in several versions, with realistic lighting and some livery ideas.  

When I was happy at this point, I started 3D modelling. I modelled the bike at full scale in clay directly on the FTR, but only on one side of the bike. This step took about 6 weeks, between the clay structure and perfecting the final shape.   

Then I scanned the bike in 3D to start the CAD modelling stage. The scan was used as a starting point to be sure of the proportions, but there was always freedom for new ideas. In the meantime, I worked on the symmetry, details, articulated parts, and assembly systems between the different elements. All told, another 2 months of work. 

The next step went to 13.8 Composites. Firstly, they 3D printed all the bodywork from the CAD models. These prints were used as a master for moulding and creating the die that the carbon fibre was laid into. 

Once done, adjustments were made between all the parts to be sure that it all fit together and looked perfect.  

With the FTR AMA build, rather than start with the clay, here I used direct CAD design based on a 3D scan of the FTR chassis. Then all the body parts were 3D printed and reinforced with carbon fibre. 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
FTR AMA Build: Modified tail to accommodate twin shocks.

Is this a process that you have used before? You seem really keen, on every project, to try something new and expand your skill set.  

This was something totally new to me, at least at this scale. I have done clay shaping before, but not on something so complex. 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
FTR AMA Build: “The wheel set is a total eye catcher.”
Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds

The bodywork is bound to be the main focal point when people first see the bikes, but what else can you reveal about the builds at this stage? 

The body of Black Swan is just 1.8 kg for the entire bike. I’ve also decided to fit a few accessories such as a quick shifter and Power Commander. The idea is to initially test the bike with the standard performance in the racing configuration (position, bodywork etc.) 123 hp is enough for road use today in Europe. And if the owner of the bike needs more power then we will go into the engine. 

On the FTR AMA, there are two aluminum fuel cells to reach a total capacity of 3.7 gallons with one of the tanks under the seat. Plus, the intake has been redesigned and 3D printed to work with DNA performance air filters. On the chassis side, the tail section has been modified to fit a twin shocks system powered by Öhlins. 

Plans are progressing on when and how the bikes will be revealed, but they will certainly make an impact. 

Yes, with the events calendar being difficult to predict over the last few months, we’ve had to come up with several plans. I really can’t wait to see the response to these two bikes. 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
FTR AMA Build: Custom Exhaust

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Davinci Tech: The Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycles That Will Follow You

Davinci Tech has just released two electric motorcycles – and one, in particular, has got a few extra toys under the hood.

The new DC Classic, from Davinci Tech - in the spotlight, looking pretty
The DC Classic

According to a report from PRNewswire, the Beijing-based company revealed the DC100 and the exclusive DC Classic on July 17. The bikes’ creations were seven years in the making, with Davinci Tech’s R&D team hailing from 11 different faculties of Tsinghua University.

The journey for the team involved industrial graphic and mechanical structure design, 3D engineering modeling, vehicle control system research, testing, and development – all to make an electric bike that could outperform a standard combustion-powered 1000cc motorcycle.

We are here to say they succeeded in spades.

The new DC Classic, from Davinci Tech - in the spotlight, looking pretty

Here are the general specs of the beasties (the DC 100 in particular, since she’s so pretty).

Both bikes’ batteries come with the option of either a 400.75km range pack (according to the NEDC metric) or a 357.51km pack (according to WLTP). 

a side view of Davinci Tech's new electric Motorbike, the DC100
The DC100

Both electric bikes can also be charged by any level 3 DC fast-charging station, with a full charge taking no longer than 30 minutes to complete. 

If you don’t have one of those handy, simply plug the bike into a normal outlet at home.

These charging successes are apparently due to the motorcycle’s high energy density ternary lithium battery pack, boasting a hefty 17.7kWh of energy.

a grey model of the new DC100, from Davinci Tech - in the spotlight, looking pretty

A self-balancing motorcycle is the big fish of the pond, and Davinci has written that the company’s engineers used electronic power steering – and a six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to pull this off for each machine.

With the company promising remote-controlled potential as well as self-riding and target recognition, it’s no wonder that Davinci Tech brags that you can “Imagine your motorcycle as your jogging companion.”

Not sure how useful this would be, though the concept of a remotely controlled and target-following module in everyday life could be quite functional from the groceries’ standpoint. 

a front/side view of the DC100, Davinci's new electric motorbike

The DC100 shows off a single brake lever linked to a system that merges ABS, CBS, and TCS for braking systems.

Both bikes also have a Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). When the brake is released, the HAC moves the bike forward and engages high torque at a low speed to guarantee a smooth start to any ride.

an orange model of the new DC100, from Davinci Tech - in the spotlight, looking pretty

 

Apply this concept to a bike riding in reverse, and you’ve got the Reverse Assist. 

The best part about the bikes for me: besides a keyless start, the DC100 features kinetic energy recovery, as well as a battery management system that real-time monitors the battery’s safety. 

Both of Davinci’s creations come with a companion SmartPhone app and will eventually boast remote control, as well as open-source software access. 

a view of the dash of the DC100, courtesy of Davinci Tech

Until then, here’s the rest of the bragging rights, in no particular order:

Top Speed: 200km/h

Peak Power: 135 hp (100.75kW)

Acceleration: 0-100km/h in ‘3.x seconds’

Peak Torque: 627 ft/lb (850Nm)

Suspension: Öhlins

Brakes: Brembo

Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III R17 (120/240)

Ride Modes: Relax, Sports, Race (Official riding training is required to unlock Race mode)

two riders enjoying the DC100, a new electric bike from Davinci Tech


All hail the Electric Bike Era!
Stay safe out there, folks – and head over to Davinci’s website for more information on these new models.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Record Sales at Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI)

​​Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is celebrating a new record in sales – and the successes point to an increase in popularity of the Activa 6G and the 125cc Honda Shine. 

According to a report from TimesNowNews, the two-wheeled manufacturer managed to increase its customer base twofold, with the past six years bringing in over 25 lakh (2,5000,000) customers. 

a view of the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India plant in Gujarat

While this may not seem like a large number, keep in mind – this is coming from a company that took 15 years before that to reel in its first 25 lakh (2,5000,000) customers. 

With the total number of sales adding up to over 5 million, Honda’s Activa 6G and the Shine (HMSI’s best-selling 125cc motorbike) are on the pedestal as the main breadwinners. 

The Honda Shine, in red, rolled out on a wooden floor in front of a Honda poster.
The Honda Shine, in red.

Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Sales and Marketing Director of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., has made a statement on the sales and successes of the plant in Gujarat. 

“We are delighted to be the first choice of two-wheeler customers in Gujarat,” says Guleria. “Serving our customers better by manufacturing closer to the markets, we started our fourth factory in Vithalapur (in Ahmedabad district) in 2015.”

A headshot of Sales and Marketing Director of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., Yadvinder Singh Guleria
Sales and Marketing Director of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., Yadvinder Singh Guleria

“Besides fulfilling their need for personal mobility, Honda 2Wheelers India remains committed towards societal development through its focussed initiatives in the areas of rural education, skill enhancement, and road safety.” 

“We are thankful for the love and trust bestowed on us by the people of Gujarat and will continue to delight them with more excitement in the times to come.”

a view of the plant floor of the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India plant in Gujarat

Good on Honda, and excited to see what the flux of the moto industry will do for the Gujarat plant.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

ADV:Overland – The Petersen Automotive Museum Celebrates the Spirit of Motorcycle Adventure

ADV:Overland – The Petersen Museum
The 1966 Triumph T120 that won the Baja 1000.

The Petersen Automotive Museum and Motorcycle Arts Foundation have launched a new exhibit titled ADV:Overland, which celebrates the spirit of adventure through off-road and off-world motorcycles and related vehicles. With support from Harley-Davidson, the exhibit features 23 adventure-touring motorcycles and race vehicles from 1930 to the present, as well as sci-fi and NASA off-world exploration vehicles, to tell a comprehensive story about adventuring on two wheels, on Earth and beyond.

ADV:Overland – The Petersen Museum
2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America – Photo by David Martinez

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Motorcycles and off-road racing vehicles on display include an example of the 1903 California that was the first motorized vehicle to travel coast to coast; a 1912 Henderson Four as used in the first motorcycle trip around the world; a 1915 Harley-Davidson 11-F with sidecar, as used by Effie and Avis Hotchkiss when they became the first women to drive across the United States; the 1932 Douglas “Mastiff” which inspired Robert Edison Fulton Jr.’s novel “One Man Caravan”; the 1933 Puch 250SL that was the first motor vehicle to overland from Europe to India; a 1964 Honda CL72 Baja Scrambler homage to Dave Ekins’ first timed run down Baja; a 1974 BMW R60/6 which inspired the book “Lone Rider” by Elspeth Beard; a 1906/2019 Contal Mototri veteran of the Peking to Paris rally; and many more, including an example of the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America.

RELATED: Silver Shotgun: Italian Motorcycle Design of the 1970s, about a recent motorcycle exhibit at the Petersen

Real and science fiction space vehicles are also on display and include a 2021 Tardigrade concept electric Lunar motorcycle; a replica of the 1965 chariot from the “Lost in Space” television series; as well as another from the 2018 remake; a model of the Opportunity MER-1 rover, the robotic spacecraft that holds the long-distance record in off-world overlanding; and a model of the 1996 Sojourner rover.

ADV:Overland – The Petersen Museum
1996 Sojourner rover – Photo Courtesy of Space Flight Insider

“We are proud to partner with Motorcycle Arts Foundation to gather this impressive display of vehicles in the spirit of adventure,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Coming on the heels of a global pandemic, ADV:Overland is an important retrospective of the freedom of exploration, to go where no one has ever gone and accomplish things that no one has ever accomplished. This visionary spirit drives innovation in transportation and has inspired this exhibit.”

Exhibit curator Paul d’Orléans explains, “This exciting, first-ever collection of Round-the-World, overland racing, and off-world overland vehicles is the perfect pandemic escape hatch. Most of these extraordinary machines have never been publicly displayed, and absolutely radiate the spirit of adventure: some even retain their original accessories, 90 years later.  These are must-see vehicles, on display in the best motoring museum on the planet.”

ADV:Overland – The Petersen Museum
1903 California – Photo Courtesy of the George A Wyman Memorial Project

“ADV:Overland” opened on July 3, 2021, at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit is produced by Motorcycle Arts Foundation (MAF) and Sasha Tcherevkoff with support from Harley-Davidson. Guests who would like to visit the museum must purchase tickets in advance on the Petersen’s website. Health and safety guidelines are being followed: face coverings are required for all guests (single-use face masks will be provided to those who do not have one). For more information visit: petersen.org/overland.com.

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BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter | First Look Review

New BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter
The CE 04 has a striking contemporary design and is available in Light White or Magellan Grey metallic.

The CE 04 scooter marks the beginning of a new chapter in what BMW Motorrad calls their “electromobility strategy.” The thoroughly contemporary design includes an all-electric drive and, BMW claims, innovative connectivity solutions aimed squarely at urban mobility and commuters. The bodywork is finished in Light White as standard, contrasting with black working parts, and finished with a modern “floating” bench seat. Solid wheels and a sidestand, integrated with the bodywork, finish off the styling. The CE 04 is also available in an optional Magellan Grey metallic, supplemented with a black/orange seat and an orange wind deflector. 

New BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter
The CE 04 has a claimed range of 80 miles (the reduced output version is 62 miles), and can fully recharge from flat in 1 hour and 40 minutes with the optional quick charger.

The CE 04 uses an innovative liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet electric motor, mounted in the frame between the battery and the rear wheel. BMW says they have conducted extensive riding tests to develop specific types of battery recuperation relative to the choice of riding mode. The motor is rated at 20 horsepower with a claimed maximum output of 42 horsepower, which should make it zippy. BMW has highlighted the importance they placed in providing opportunities for riders to choose between maximum efficiency and maximum riding fun, as the mood or need requires. Three riding modes include Rain, with reduced power, Eco, where range is prioritized over performance, Road for more zip, and an optional Dynamic mode, for maximizing performance. Top speed is limited to a healthy 74.5 mph, and 0-30 mph is achieved in 2.6 seconds.

New BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter
Top speed is limited to a healthy 74.5 mph, and 0-30 mph is achieved in a claimed 2.6 seconds.

The CE 04 has a battery cell capacity of 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh), providing a claimed range of 80 miles (the reduced output version manages 62 miles). The last published study conducted by the DOT on commuting was in 2003 and found that, on average, U.S. commuters travel 15 miles to work. The CE 04 is well within those limits but will require owners to regularly recharge. The lithium-ion battery is charged using one of the BMW integrated charging devices and a regular household socket or a public charging station. When the battery is completely flat a complete charge takes about 4 hours and 20 minutes. The optional quick charger reduces charging time to 1 hour and 40 minutes from completely flat and will take a battery at 20% up to 80% in 45 minutes.

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The frame is constructed from tubular steel, with a telescopic fork and twin disc brakes for the front wheel, and a single-sided swingarm/monoshock, and a single-disc brake at the rear. ABS comes as standard, and BMW’s ABS Pro (combines with tilt sensor) is an option. Tires are 120/70-R15 at the front and 160/60-R15 at the rear. A 10.25-inch TFT color screen with integrated map navigation and extensive connectivity should allow owners to safely stow their device in the ventilated mobile phone charging compartment with USB-C charging port. All-round LED lighting units are standard. Adaptive Headlight Pro provides cornering illumination as an available option, as is Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), available by means of an ASC (Automatic Stability Control) unit. ASC limits engine torque in relation to rear wheel slip and DTC enables safe acceleration in various conditions and is also sensitive to lean angle. 

New BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter
New BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter
New BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter
New BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter

Oliver Zipse, CEO of BMW AG, said, “The BMW CE 04 is our new electric star for the city. It combines an e-drive with emotion and motorcycling fun. The latest technology, and the best battery cells, which also provide power in the BMW iX. Just like the CE 04, all future new BMW Motorrad models for urban mobility will be pure electric.”

Price and availability have not yet been announced. For more information visit: bmwmotorcycles.com

New BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter

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Harley-Davidson Announces the “Lets Ride Challenge” Sweepstakes

Well since you’re going to be spreading the sound of Freedom everywhere on your Harley this summer anyway, you might as well sign up for the Harley-Davidson Let’s Ride Sweepstakes Challenge for the chance to win a new one. Why not?

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES THE “LET’S RIDE CHALLENGE” SWEEPSTAKES

Celebrating the Open Road with a Sweepstakes that Unlocks Prizes
as Miles are Ridden and Tracked Via H-D.com App

MILWAUKEE (JULY 26, 2021) – Harley-Davidson is celebrating the summer riding season and the open road with the “Let’s Ride Challenge”. This sweepstakes encourages riders to rack up miles via the H-D.com app in order to unlock bigger prizes, as each milestone is reached. In addition, the sweepstakes also features personal riding challenges, including instant win games that provide riders a chance to win. 

“We want to acknowledge and reward our Harley-Davidson riders, in the United States and Canada, for all the miles they’re putting in this summer,” said Theo Keetell, VP Marketing. “The ‘Lets Ride Challenge’ sweepstakes will encourage our riders to seek out new adventures, unlock new prizes via the H-D.com app and experience instant win games, as part of the Harley-Davidson community.”

From July 23 through September 30, riders in the U.S. and Canada who enter by registering on www.Harley-Davidson.com/ride or the H-D App, through riding-related milestones and activities, by visiting their local Harley-Davidson dealer, and by alternative methods of entry, participants can earn entries for a chance to win prizes at increasing thresholds. Depending on the threshold number of miles entered via the H-D.com app, prizes would include H-D gift cards, cash rewards, a riding trip, or a custom 2021 Harley-Davidson touring motorcycle.

For sweepstakes Official Rules, program and prize details and more information visit this page.

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Ryan Dungey Foundation: Dedicated to Creating Opportunities for Children

We applaud the folks working on the Ryan Dungey Foundation for looking to be a beacon of light in the eyes of children in need.

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Introducing the Ryan Dungey Foundation, Dedicated to Creating Opportunities for Children

Multi-Time Supercross & Motocross Champion Establishes Organization to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and All Kids Bike

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (July 22, 2021) – Ryan Dungey, one of the most decorated competitors in the history of off-road motorcycle racing, has taken a milestone step in his philanthropy with the introduction of the Ryan Dungey Foundation, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and All Kids Bike. The establishment of a non-profit organization in his own name is a natural evolution of the Minnesota native’s continued commitment to charitable endeavors and represents a growth in his aspirations to develop more impactful opportunities that can do more for the communities that mean so much to him.

For more than a decade Dungey has used his position as a world-class athlete to better the lives of others, serving as an ambassador for major non-profit cancer research organizations like Livestrong and St. Jude. The latter’s partnership with Dungey dates back to 2012, with the creation of an annual charity bike ride and run in his home state that raised more than $1.2 million toward the ongoing fight against childhood cancer.

“The opportunity to pay it forward has been a personal passion of mine since before I even turned professional,” explained Dungey. “I lost my grandmother to cancer in 2005, just as my racing career began to take shape, and her memory has been a driving force for my success on the racetrack and my commitment to philanthropy off of it. From the moment I signed my first contract I had an end goal to establish my own foundation, and I’m so proud that day has finally arrived. I’m grateful to have such an incredible relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We’ve accomplished a lot, but I want to do more, and with the Ryan Dungey Foundation we can do just that.”

Through his foundation, Dungey will continue his long-standing support of St. Jude by making the globally renowned hospital one of the beneficiaries. The next chapter of this partnership will provide more opportunities to raise awareness for continued cancer research and fundraise for the organization, with the foundation serving as a conduit for race fans and entities within the motocross industry to offer contributions.

ryan dungey foundation

Dungey’s success throughout his racing career is a direct result of the tremendous support he received within the motocross industry. From the teams he competed for and the manufacturers he represented, to his personal endorsement partners, loyal fanbase, and memorable friendships collected along the way, the two-wheel community embraced a virtual unknown from the outskirts of Minneapolis for who he was – humble with a strong work ethic. He rewarded them all with a hall of fame caliber career that saw Dungey capture a total of nine championships in the supercross and motocross disciplines, as well as victories representing Team USA at the Motocross of Nations. With that support, he also became the proverbial face of the sport with a pair of ESPN ESPY Awards and his own Wheaties box.

“I always wanted to be a leader within the motocross community, but that never would have been possible had I not been given a chance to show what I’m capable of,” added Dungey. “I’m blessed to have enjoyed such a wonderful career and racing certainly gave me the life I have today, but now it’s my turn to give back through the Ryan Dungey Foundation. Two wheels provided the gateway to pursue my dreams and I want to share the joy it brought me with as many kids as possible, because I know it can change someone’s life.”

With the inclusion of All Kids Bike as the foundation’s other beneficiary, Dungey hopes to cultivate the next generation’s ability to discover their own passions through the sense of freedom and endless possibilities that comes from riding, while also fostering a healthy and active lifestyle. Being on two wheels effectively changed Dungey’s life and through its initiative to place Learn-to-Ride programs into public schools across the country at no cost, All Kids Bike personifies the concept of developing childhood mobility, both physically and mentally.

To kickstart its charitable initiatives, the Ryan Dungey Foundation will coordinate an exclusive ride day alongside the former racer at Southern California’s Fox Raceway this fall. The event will be organized in conjunction with a collection of founding partners equally committed to Dungey’s passion to give back to those in need – Fox Racing, KTM North America, Inc., Kutzler Express, Inc., Next Level Sports, and Strider Sports International, Inc.

“Our partnership with the Ryan Dungey Foundation aligns incredibly well with our commitment to growing the sport of Motorcycling,” said John Hinz, Chief Executive Officer of KTM Group North America, Inc. “Our initiatives through co-branded STACYC’s, KTM’s electric mini’s and mini cycle range, KTM Jr. Supercross, and our engagement in amateur racing are just a few of the ways we are actively fostering the future of the sport. We love to see the youth segment thriving and enjoying outdoor activities such as motorcycling and bicycling, and we are excited to see the foundation create space for new and existing riders to take their first steps while also giving back to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and All Kids Bike in support of the amazing things they’re doing for children in need.”

Additional details surrounding the Ryan Dungey Foundation Ride Day will be announced in the near future, including ways in which the public can get involved.

“We are very excited to join forces with the Ryan Dungey Foundation as a founding partner,” said Austin Hoover, Global Director, Sports Marketing & Athlete Development, Fox Racing. “Having worked with Ryan as an athlete beginning in 2009 and experiencing so much success together on the racetrack, we are really looking forward to continuing our relationship beyond his racing career through the support of such an amazing foundation.”

Interested in joining the journey to create opportunities for the next generation?

DONATE NOW!

For more information on the Ryan Dungey Foundation, including signing up to receive direct communication about ways to donate and get involved, please visit RyanDungeyFoundation.org. Additionally, follow the Ryan Dungey Foundation on Instagram, @ryandungeyfoundation.

About the Ryan Dungey Foundation

The Ryan Dungey Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for the next generation of children. We will focus our efforts on supporting the fight against childhood cancer and our commitment to help children live healthy and active lifestyles. The Foundation raises valuable funds in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and All Kids Bike.

The Ryan Dungey Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of Minnesota. The foundation’s tax-exempt application was filed with the Internal Revenue Service on April 26, 2021. As of this date we are awaiting approval of our application.

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Potential KTM 990 Released In Recent Spy Shots

It’s been a sweet minute (2018, actually) since KTM released their 790 Duke to the masses.  Now, we’ve got spy shots suggesting that a new bike of a similar build is in the works.  

Is it a newbie or a soup-up to an older model? We may be looking at the 990, folks. 

According to a report from MCN, the new espied model has a bit of the old, but boasts a couple new twists. 

a back right view of spy shots taken of a new KTM machine

The engine is purportedly redesigned and new, along with nearly every part of the bike save one cover. 

Word is that the cc capacity has been increased to 990 to waylay the limitations of Euro5b.

New exhaust and massive radiators contribute to the current power limitations, and more clearance around a fatter exhaust with water jackets around engines will allow the machine to comply with Euro5b’s sound restrictions. 

a front right view of spy shots taken of a new KTM machine

We’ve also gotten a peek at the redesigned swingarm, alongside other changes to the bike’s chassis. 

Members of KTM were seen testing different types of suspension systems – one, in particular, showing a more loose, relaxed steering system. 

Whether this is a sign of a range expansion or simply prepping the bike for road riding is yet to be seen.

KTM only has one sport-tourer – the 1290cc Super Duke GT – and the sight of a newly redesigned engine has got us thinking that the company may be setting up for something new on the showroom floor that complies with current energy standards. 

A front view of riders battling on the all-new track-only 2022 KTM RC 8C

a back right view of spy shots taken of a new KTM machine

With the popularity of the Yamaha Tracer 7 and Tracer 9, it’s probable that KTM wants a piece of the niche in the market for themselves.

Hopefully, they’ll be keeping this beastie at a reasonable price, though we likely won’t hear more until closer to 2022. 

  Stay tuned for updates!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com