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Special Guests: Jim Petty, three-time Motorcycle Cannonball rider, vintage collector, and owner of “Gentleman’s Choice Motorcycles”
Looking back to the early days of motorcycling, one thing was clearly evident: the style and taste of both motorcycle design and their riders was exceptional. Enthusiasts in the early days of motorcycling could be found quietly motoring in a top hat and three piece suit, or tucked behind drop handlebars blasting around the track in leather helmets and wool sweaters. Simply put, the classiness of the era was unparalleled; it was, after all, the era of gentlemen. The attire and attitude of the Gentleman’s era has taken its own form in today’s motorcycle enthusiasts. This week, we at Classic Chrome are honored to be joined by one man who exemplifies the persona and era of a gentleman and his mount. Our guest this week is Jim Petty, who is the man behind “Gentleman’s Choice Motorcycles.” Petty is a dedicated lover of all types, brands, years, and sizes of motorcycles. Alongside his brother Steve, Jim has undertaken the restoration and preservation of many different motorcycles over the years, as well as promoting their avid use. “Gentleman Jim” is a three-time veteran of the coast-to-coast Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Race.
Gentleman's Choice Motorcycles Website: www.gentlemanschoicemotorcycles.com
Many of us have ridden coast to coast. We do it on Harley-Davidson Ultra Classics, BMW R1200GS's, Honda Gold Wings or RT's. Our guest tonight has done it many times. It is always an adventure whatever we choose to ride. Norm Nelson defines an adventure motorcyclist.
His prize 1958 Harley-Davidson Sportster has been his choice for two coast to coast rides to Alaska including all the way up the Alcan Highway. The interesting thing is those two trips were 25 years apart!
Norm has competed in two coast to coast Motorcycle Cannonball twice. In his first effort he finished third. His second try resulted in a second place finish. In 2016, Norm Nelson will compete in his third Motorcycle Cannonball. This time he will be riding a 1911 Reading Standard 500cc Single cylinder, single speed motorcycle that is little more than a bicycle frame with about 5 horsepower.
All motorcycle road racers would like to say they have won at the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway. Norm Nelson has 7 wins at Daytona. Six of those victories were on a 1950 Norton Manx!
In this edition of Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone powered by Crosley Brands, we learn a great deal about a true adventure touring motorcyclist. Meet Norman Frederick Nelson!
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We ride motorcycles for a multitude of reasons. The movie "Why We Ride" illustrated many of them. I have mine and you have yours. Regardless of why we ride there are times when things go badly. As motorcyclist we go down. What we do in the minutes, hours, days and weeks that follow a motorcycle accident makes a difference. Do you know what those things are?
Chuck Koro with Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys joins us in this episode to educate and inform us on the answers to those questions and more. We will delve deeply into the topic of motorcycle accident and injury. Together we will learn valuable information about this all important topic to us all.
The old adage is that there are two types of motorcycle riders, those that have gone down and those that will. We may add one more and that is those that will again. Accidents of many types are a fact of life in motorcycling. It is a subject we may prefer to avoid but that may be a costly mistake!
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Triumph Motorcycles is doing something they have not done since the 60's by sponsoring a Grand National!
The Ramspur Winery Calistoga Half Mile National presented by Triumph Motorcycles
Terry Otton of Ramspur Winery and his partners are promoting the Calistoga Half Mile and they are announcing that Triumph Motorcycles has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor. We get all the backstories of how this package came together, who is involved and what it means to the race and the sport. This is the second year they have promoted this race and they are bringing back popular features and adding new ones!
George Latus is the owner of Latus Motors Racing Factory Triumph team who will be competing at the Ramspur Winery Calistoga Half Mile. They are also fierce competitors in the MotoAmerica Series with their rider Bobby Fong currently 6th heading into the championship race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. What does it take to race with teams in two different series while managing your motorcycle dealerships? We get answers to that and more as George calls in from Washington State to join us!
Bill Gately is the owner of the Bonneville Performance Factory Triumph team and he joins us to catch us up on the on track and off track activities of his team. Following the Black Hills Half Mile he had a banged up rider, Jake Shoemaker, and a badly damaged Triumph flat track motorcycle. How bad was the aftermath of the 80mph contact with the fencing? Get answers to that and what it means for Triumph Motorcycles to come on board at Calistoga from a lifelong Triumph guy who has a long standing relationship with the factory in this episode!
Steve Bidlack of Triumph Motorcycles joins us as well!
Larry Little was part of the team that founded the Aim Expo in Orlando. It has now been announced that Aim Expo has been sold and now is under the MIC banner. Larry joins us to bring us up to speed about the sale of the fastest growing motorcycle trade show in North America.
Larry is never at a loss for words and is the man responsible for the tremendous growth of this trade show that combines a manufacture trade show with a consumer trade show. The concept is an obvious hit amongs industry insiders and motorcyclists. We have many questions about the 2016 show in Orlando. Larry will bring us the answers!
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Roland Sands of Roland Sands Designs kicks off our all new show!
We are very excited to present this episode with one of the most prolific motorcycle builders/customizers of our time. Roland has put his touches on just about every type of motorcycle ever built. He and his team have contributed an amazing body of work to the motorcycle community. It is difficult to imagine the total number of hours involved in these amazing builds.
In addition, he is involved with the IV League Flat Trackproject and that is the epicenter of Flat Track Hooliganmotorcycle races. When the AMA Pro Flat Track series rolls into Las Vegas for the championship event/Superprestigio of the America's weekend, the event will feature the Super Hooligan races!
Hehas joined forces with Richie Morris Racing racing to promote the talents of Shayna Texter in GNC1 Grand National racing.
What more does he have going on? We find out in the special edition of Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone powered by Crosley Brands!
Crosley Brands' Bo LeMastus joins us to discuss AMA Pro Flat Track and his ARCA season.
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Royal Enfield is one of the biggest names in motorcycling in India and is the world’s oldest motorcycle company to be in continuous production, has named Rod Copes as its President for North America. Rod will now be responsible for driving the business in the United States and Canada for Royal Enfield. With Copes on board Royal Enfield fully intends on rapidly expanding its brand in the US of A, which is also its top export market at present.
Royal Enfield NA President Rod Copes joins us for this episode of Talking Motorcycles to bring us up to speed on their plans for the North American market going forward. Their new distribution center is located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The new game plan includes factory owned retail stores.
Rod Copes had a 20 year history with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. His final position with Harley-Davidson was Director of Global Sales and Customer Service. This would appear an unlikely career path for a man with a Masters degree in engineering, He brings to Royal Enfield understanding of global markets as well as the North American market.
We will discuss the current product line of 500cc long stroke powerplants and get some hints as to new models that may be in the pre-production phase.
As the fastest growing motorcycle brand in the world, Royal Enfield has a game plan for success in North America and we are excited to have the opportunity to go inside the mind of the man who will lead the charge in America!
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Corinna Mantlo returns to Talking Motorcycles to bring us up to speed on the2015 Motorcycle Film Festival, which is scheduled for Sept. 23-27 in Brooklyn, N.Y. As the event's co-founder, Corinna is definitely on the cutting edge of the motorcycle film culture. Interestingly, she will be calling in from Cine Meccanica where they are previewing the 1968 movie Girl on a Motorcycle, featuring the great Marianne Faithful!
Corinna is completely immersed in the Cafe culture and is a very interesting and talented lady who lives, sleeps and breathes the vintage scene, enjoying both vintage motorcycles and vintage cars as a lifestyle!
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JD Beach is the newly crowned MotoAmerica Supersport Champion and he joins us LIVE! The versatile rider is a National Number AMA Pro Flat Track GNC1 flat track racer who just happens to be one of the best road racers in America as well. With eight wins in 2015, JD convincingly won the championship in a crowded field of fast competitors on great equipment. The Graves Motorsports Yamaha team gave him a great ride and he was on point all season!
Jake Gagne is the 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 class champion! Riding for Danny Walker's Roadrace Factory Yamaha team, he was the class of the field. What's in store for 2015? Europe? Many believe Jake is one of the most talented racers in the world. We have many questions and he will have answers!
Danny Walker came on the show pre-season and told us his goal was to win the Superstock 1000 championship with Jake Gagne on a Yamaha R1. We look forward to hearing Danny's valuable insight and his outlook for the road ahead. The team took on a major challenge with three riders on 600's in addition to Gagne.
Yve Assad has a beautiful vision. She "creates with light" every time she picks up a camera. She tours many miles per year on her vintage BMW airhead traveling the two lanes of America in search of images that captivate. We look forward to catching up with Yve and discovering her most recent work and where she envisions her career in the months and years ahead.
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Special Guests: Brian Keating, Gary Keating, and Robert Keating
When looking at the market for pre-war motorcycles, it may seem that field was dominated by just a handful of manufacturers; Harley Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Henderson. But, did you know that in these very early days of motorcycling, hundreds of motorcycle companies were in existence across the globe? Many of these manufacturers actually date back even earlier than American legends Harley Davidson and Indian! Dozens of these smaller companies were in existence here in the United States, with many of them located in the Northeast. While some of these companies were later purchased by the industry leaders, most of these early builders wound up closing their doors. The design elements of several of these defunct manufacturers still wound their way into the machines produced by the larger companies. Today, machines such as the Flying Merkel, Reading Standard, Minneapolis, Cyclone and several others are invaluable to cataloging the history of the sport and are usually only seen from behind plate glass in a museum. On September 23rd, we are joined by three very special guests. Signing on for the cast on the first episode on our new network, we are honored to welcome the Keating Brothers: Brian, Gary, and Robert. The Keating brothers have an interesting link to the pioneering days of motorcycle development: enter the Keating Wheel Company. Amongst a long and incredible list of milestones, the Keating Wheel Company was the very first manufacturer in the United States to build a complete and running motorcycle (also called a motor bicycle)—MONTHS before Oscar Hedstrom and the Indian Motorcycle Company offered their first machine. Adding to the incredible history of the company, the Keating Wheel Company sued both Indian Motorcycle and Harley Davidson for patent infringement and design, and WON both cases.
The Stayin’ Safe experience combines the pleasures of motorcycle touring with real world, real-time advanced skills coaching. Regardless of which tour you choose, our programs are similar in that they offer riders of nearly every motorcycle type a fun opportunity to enjoy some of the best riding roads and attractions in the country while also learning advanced visual strategies and techniques for smoother cornering and safer riding. With a target ratio of three or four participants to each tour leader/coach, we conduct our instructional tours primarily on mountain roads, in rural settings and smallish towns with limited riding on divided highways and in urban environments (although we do have custom programs available for this type of riding).
Using one-way radio communication, coaching commentary is provided during the tour in real-world riding situations. This approach enables riders to apply new visual strategies and to sharpen cornering and braking skills en route in real time. In addition to the real-time coaching, our tour leaders/coaches conduct “chalk talks”, creating a virtual classroom along the roadside. These breaks provide opportunities to illustrate concepts, discuss techniques and address any questions participants may have. Our training tours are not fast sport rides and all riding sessions begin slowly. When conditions permit, we do sometimes enjoy an “adult” pace. At times we will ride at the pace of the slowest rider, but never at a faster pace than each rider is comfortable with.
Eric Trow of Stayin Safe joins us for a full episode of Talking Motorcycles and we expect to learn much about staying off the ground, having more fun and being smoother!
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For antique American motorcycle enthusiasts, there has always been and will always be a need for a source of parts to restore and repair their machines so that they can stay on the road and into the wind. With the price for OEM and NOS parts going through the roof in recent years and the falling amount of usable original pieces, enthusiasts are sometimes hard pressed to justify these rising costs in order to keep their machines operating. This week we are joined by one man who had a vision to start a business that would build faithful reproductions of the parts needed and wanted by American motorcyclists. Calling into the show live is Mr. Ted Doering, who is the man behind the largest parts supplier for antique American motorcycles in the world: V-Twin Manufacturing?. We will be discussing the finer points of the business and cover some of the great products offered by VTwin. In addition to talking about the business end of things, we will cover the famous Motorcyclepedia Museum? in Newburgh, New York that Ted is heavily involved in. This should prove to be an exciting and interesting look behind the scenes of an industry giant, and motorcyclists from all over the world are welcomed and encouraged to tune in to the program at 7pm Central.
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