Motos and Friends from Ultimate Motorcycling magazine
Honda Navi + EICMA Italian Round Up

Honda Navi + EICMA Italian Round Up

December 1, 2021

This week we bring you something a little different. In the first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks to us briefly about the new Honda Navi. At just over $1800, this little runabout is crazy good value for money and perfect for those students needing easy transport around campus, or perhaps for city folks looking for an easy, urban traffic-beater.

In the second segment, Editor Don Williams gives us a roundup of the various Italian machines announced at the recent EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. These include Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Aprilia, Benelli, Italjet, and Bimota. There are some mouth-watering motorcycles coming down the pike in 2022, and we are looking forward to riding and reviewing these new arrivals!

2022 Honda Navi Review (10 Fast Facts For Urban Motorcycle Riders)

2022 Honda Navi First Look (13 Fast Facts - $1807 Motorcycle)

 

Aprilia Tuareg 660 + Motus Motorcycles and Brian Case

Aprilia Tuareg 660 + Motus Motorcycles and Brian Case

November 17, 2021

Motos and Friends this week brings you Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s perspective on the newly launched Aprilia 660 Tuareg ADV bike. Nic rode the bike in Sardinia and was impressed with Aprilia’s take on the middleweight section of the adventure-bike market. It’s not exotically priced, so if you’re looking for this type of machine, the Tuareg is definitely worthy of your attention.

The second segment is brought to you by Editor-at-Large Neale Bayly. It’s the story of the sadly defunct Motus motorcycles, and he interviews Brian Case, who designed the well-engineered V-4 engine, as well as the entire motorcycle chassis to wrap around it. 200 Motus motorcycles were made, and Brian tells us the story of how it all played out.

From us all here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode.  

2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660 Review 17 Fast Facts from Sardinia

2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660 First Look (8 Fast Facts for Adventure)

Husqvarna Norden 901

Husqvarna Norden 901

November 10, 2021

This week we come to you straight from the launch of Husqvarna’s all new Norden 901 adventure bike. Jess McKinley was fortunate enough to try out the new beast—although he had to travel all the way to Azores to do it.

The new Husqvarna middleweight is high powered, light, and it contains a couple of very nice surprises—not least how competitively priced it is. 

We hope you enjoy this episode!    

BMW F900 XR vs Triumph Tiger 850 S + Neale Bayly‘s Laverda Project

BMW F900 XR vs Triumph Tiger 850 S + Neale Bayly‘s Laverda Project

November 3, 2021

This week’s Podcast starts off with a comparison between two ADV class bikes, the 2021 BMW F 900 XR, and Triumph's Tiger 850 Sport. On the face of it, these two machines are very similar, yet as we discovered, they’re really very different. Nic de Sena takes us through them and the surprising differences. If you’re in the market for this style of machine, we’ll be interested to hear which one you end up with, and why. Our contact information is below, so please let us know what you think!

In the second segment, Neale Bayly introduces us to his Laverda project. Laverda is one of the storied Italian brands that sadly disappeared some time ago. But in the 1970s Laverda was alive and well, and some iconic motorcycles came out of the factory. Neale chats with me about resurrecting one of the first motorcycles he acquired and the stories that are woven into the fabric of that machine.

Enjoy! Arthur Coldwells 

To contact us email producer@ultimatemotorcycling.com 

BMW F 900 XR vs. Triumph Tiger Sport Comparison

Neale Bayly Rides YouTube

Wellspring International Outreach 

 

Honda NC750X + Neale Bayly Rides pt1

Honda NC750X + Neale Bayly Rides pt1

October 27, 2021

On this week’s Motos & Friends we explore the theme of travel and touring. Our ‘Moto’ is Honda’s NC750X… a super user-friendly and incredibly versatile middleweight that won’t break the bank. Interestingly, with the addition of Honda’s luggage system, NC750X has a downright amazing amount of carrying capacity. The bike comes in both standard shift and DCT flavors, and Don Williams gives us his thoughts on the DCT—Dual Clutch Transmission—version.  

Our chat this week comes from long-time friend Neale Bayly. Neale and I have been fellow moto-journalists for approaching two decades, generally roaring around the globe testing the latest and greatest. All very cool and all that, but for those of you who have not heard of Neale, nor did you catch his TV show Neale Bayly Rides on either Speed when it was around, or on YouTube now, then hopefully you’ll find this conversation quite interesting. For those of you that have heard of this self-styled 'philanthropic adventurer', you’ll hear the genesis behind Neale’s true passion in life, raising money for his Wellspring Foundation, a charity based around motorcycling that raises money for both an orphanage in Peru, and subsequently for another in Africa.

If the mood takes you, you can contact Neale in one of several different ways below, and he’d love to hear from you. If you feel like taking a Neale Bayly Ride, or you just want to feed your soul a little and donate to Wellspring, then please check out the links below

 

Wellspring

Nealebaylyrides

2021 Honda NC750X DCT review

 

 

 

Yamaha MT-09SP + Mike Magrann of punk band Channel 3

Yamaha MT-09SP + Mike Magrann of punk band Channel 3

October 20, 2021

Yamaha have now brought to the USA the SP version of their mighty MT-09. Although Yamaha has had SP versions of some of its models for a while now, this is the first time we’ve had the SP version of this model.  Nic de Sena had a chance to ride it and tells us about the changes to the MT-09 SP and why it’s worth the extra coin.

Regular listeners and readers of our various publications know our Editor Don Williams, however it is less likely that you know he is a major fan of independent live music, especially around the Los Angeles area. This week Don chats with Mike Magrann, lead singer of the punk band, Channel 3. Mike is a musician and a motorcycle guy too.

Please visit Channel 3 on Spotify and other major music platforms.

To view the song Manzanar on YouTube click here

We hope you enjoy this episode!  

Ohvale GP2 + George Barber Advanced Design Center

Ohvale GP2 + George Barber Advanced Design Center

October 13, 2021

This week we have a couple of unusual chats for you. In the first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks to Arthur Coldwells about the new Ohvale GP2 mini bike. This is a full race machine that is scaled down to work on kart tracks, and yet it is designed to give a rider the full racebike experience. The Ohvale is not a toy and many, many professional racers use one to enhance their skillset and help with their training.

The second segment comes to you from the recent Barber Vintage Festival, held annually at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds Alabama. George Barber himself was kind enough to spare a few minutes to chat about the new Advanced Design Center project that has been created on the top floor of the museum. Ably headed up by Brian Case of Motus Motorcycles fame, George Barber’s Design Center is there to encourage and explore design. He has generously outfitted the center with every type of creative and production tool you can imagine, including a couple of high end 3D printing machines, and full clay-modelling capability. Brian Case has already collaborated with ex-Ducati designer Pierre Terblanche and their first project—done remotely with Pierre residing at home in South Africa I might add—is a modern take on the exquisite early 90s Ducati Super Mono, designed at the time by Pierre. The Advanced Design Center is a heck of a project and George Barber is justifiably proud of it. It is there to encourage and explore design, especially with young people who perhaps do not have the means to really explore their ideas or turn them into reality.  If you’re a designer with some ideas, please feel free to contact Brian Case at the Barber Advanced Design Center and talk to him about perhaps starting you off, or taking you to the next step in your career. His contact information is below.

design@barbermuseum.org 

2021 Ohvale GP-2 190 Review

New Bike Announcements + John Tagley 2, Endurance Run

New Bike Announcements + John Tagley 2, Endurance Run

October 6, 2021

To start this week off we’ve chosen to highlight some of the new machines announced in the past week. We’re coming up to new motorcycle season when the manufacturers roll out their new models and so Editor Don Williams takes us through the newly announced Suzuki GSX-S1000GT; the Yamaha YZF R6-GYTR; Triumph’s new Speed Triple 1200 RR; the Moto Guzzi V1000 Mandello, and last but not least, the new retro-styled Kawasaki Z650 RS.

In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams follows up with bike builder and long distance rider John Tagley, who recently completed his 24-hour endurance run as he promised. John takes us through his various preparations and the effort it took to complete his personal mileage best. I won’t spoil the surprise, but I can tell you he managed to put on more miles in 24 hours than a lot of people do in one year.

We hope you enjoy the show!     

Cholo Road King 24 hour challenge 

John Tagley j.e.t.film Instagram 

The eBicycle craze plus Kawasaki KLR650

The eBicycle craze plus Kawasaki KLR650

September 29, 2021

This week we start off with a discussion between myself and Senior Editor Nic de Sena on the eBicycle craze that seems to be so hot right now. We’ve tried various eBicycles over the last year or so but the question still remains —are they pseudo-motorcycles; are they a gateway perhaps to motorcycling; and are they here to stay?

In the following segment Don chats with Associate Editor Damon Powell about the new Kawasaki KLR650. The venerable KLR has been around since 1987 and Damon has ridden... well… all of them.

I hope you enjoy this episode. As a reminder—please send your feedback on our Podcast—good or bad, and especially if you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! You can contact us either on our Facebook page at Motos and Friends, or email at podcast@ultimatemotorcycling.com. Thank you!  

2022 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure Review

2022 Sondors Metacycle New Electric Motorcycle

Super73-ZX Review: Stylish Urban Pedal-Assist E-bike

 

Adam from Iconic Auctions + Benelli Leoncino

Adam from Iconic Auctions + Benelli Leoncino

September 22, 2021

In the first segment this week I get to chat with one of the most energetic guys I’ve met in a long time. Adam Tromp is the Founding Partner at Iconic Motorbikes Auctions. Starting out as a reseller of collectible machines, Adam’s vision quickly turned Iconic into an online auction site ...plus a whole lot more. I don’t want to spoil the story, so I’ll let him tell it in his own words, but suffice it to say that in a very short period of time, he and his partners have managed to turn Iconic Motorbike Auctions into a collector motorcycle sales powerhouse. Where’s it all going…and what’s next, I wonder…

In the second segment Editor Don Williams talks to me about the Benelli Leoncino. I’m not Italian and neither is he, so we’re not sure how it's pronounced, but suffice it to say that this Italian designed, Chinese built 500cc parallel-twin engined motorcycle actually holds several surprises—perhaps not what you’d think.

I really enjoyed both of these topics, and I hope you do too!  
 
Repsol Honda CBR1000RR Charity Auction: Ride For Kids Benefit

Iconic Motorbikes Auctions