Motos and Friends from Ultimate Motorcycling magazine
Dual Sport bike comparison and Nearly Antarctica with George Puckhaber

Dual Sport bike comparison and Nearly Antarctica with George Puckhaber

January 19, 2022

Welcome to Motos and Friends, an Ultimate Motorcycling Podcast brought to you by Suzuki motorcycles. The all-new 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle is here—check it out at suzukicycles.com or of course, at your local dealer. The ultimate ride awaits!

This week on Motos & Friends we take you on a couple of journeys. The first was relatively local, and pretty short, to Moab, Utah, where Associate Editor Teejay Adams and I tested the Yamaha TW200 and the Kawasaki KLX230 on a long, local fire road trail and later on the street. These relatively entry-level bikes, but man, we had huge fun on them, and in several ways both bikes surprised us.

In the second segment, I chat with a dear friend of mine, Gentleman George Puckhaber. As a successful TV show Producer, with projects such as “The World’s Deadliest Catch”, “Ice Road Truckers”, and “Storage Wars” on his resume, George decided that he wasn’t quite living large enough.

So, checking an item off his bucket list, he bought a big BMW 1250 GS ADV bike, and headed South. Ultimately riding a long and winding path through some 11 countries and covering nearly 40,000 miles, he rode through Patagonia and the Andes, all the way through Chile and into Argentina to the bottom of the World—Ushuaia—pretty much the last place you can get to before reaching the Antarctic.

George’s ambitious journey took some telling, so we’ve had to separate it into two parts, the second of which you’ll be able to hear next week. It’s a really cool story from a really great guy—we hope you enjoy hearing all about it!        

Suzuki SV650 + Britten V1000 and Chuck Huneycutt w Neale Bayly

Suzuki SV650 + Britten V1000 and Chuck Huneycutt w Neale Bayly

January 12, 2022

Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling, and powered by the all new Suzuki Hayabusa—the ultimate sportbike. Visit suzukicycles.com to find out more. The ultimate ride awaits!

In the first segment Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks about the Suzuki SV650. The iconic SV actually came out over 20 years ago, and it can be argued has subsequently become a cult classic, especially among the racing fraternity. Despite its age, this inexpensive middleweight still works extremely well with massive aftermarket support should you want to go fast with it.  

In the second segment, Neale Bayly chats with Chuck Huneycutt, the Lead Motorcycle Restoration Expert at the Barber Museum. Chuck is an ex-racer and arguably the leading restorer of racing motorcycles in the country. Needless to say Chuck also gets to ride a lot of them, perhaps the most interesting one of which is the astounding Britten V1000 which is displayed on the top floor of the museum, appropriately just outside the new Design Center. Chuck rode the Britten several times so we get to hear his thoughts on that.

 

2020 Suzuki SV650X Review: Café and Canyon Ready
By Teejay Adams

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa Test: Quicker and More Refined
By Arthur Coldwells

2021 Barber Vintage Festival Report: Supermono Project Revealed
By Teejay Adams

Triumph Tiger 660 + Mike Holliday w Neale Bayly

Triumph Tiger 660 + Mike Holliday w Neale Bayly

January 5, 2022

Hello everyone and happy new year! Here’s hoping 2022 is a great year for us all! This is Motos and Friends – a weekly podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling and sponsored by Suzuki motorcycles USA. Are you ready for the revolutionary new 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle?! Check out the details of the ultimate ride, at suzukicycles.com.

This week, our contributor Laura Fitzpatrick gives us her impressions of the new Triumph Tiger 660. Laura left her cold and rainy home in Dublin, Ireland for the sunny skies and balmy temperatures of Faro, Portugal to ride the exciting new middleweight. The Tiger 660 uses the company’s excellent new three-cylinder engine slotted into an ADV package, and it seems Laura really liked not just Portugal, but the Triumph Tiger as well.

In this next segment, Editor-at-Large, Neale Bayly, chats with Mike Holliday, owner of the Crossroads Coffee Shop in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Neale lives locally to Mike and visits Crossroads Coffee almost daily, although for some odd quirk of the universe Neale and Mike were somehow never in the shop at the same time, and so never met.  However, when it actually happened, Neale was blown away to discover that Mike was not just a fellow motorcyclist, but that they’d traveled much the same path on trips across South America. Small world eh??  So Mike and Neale get to reminisce about some of their equally crazy travel stories, and give us an insight into what it’s like to REALLY travel on two wheels.

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 Test in Portugal: A Personal Experience 

 

 

Ducati V4 Pikes Peak plus Sportbike Chic, LaShundra Rucker

Ducati V4 Pikes Peak plus Sportbike Chic, LaShundra Rucker

December 23, 2021

Season’s Greeting to you all! The team here at Ultimate Motorcycling wishes every one of you a happy and relaxing holiday—I think we’ve all earned it!

This week’s episode brings you the Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak edition. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode it in sketchy weather conditions in the mountains above Palm Springs. The bike is really very different from the ADV version launched earlier this year, so I’m sure you’ll be interested to hear what he has to say.

This second segment brings us a young lady that I personally admire very much. Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with LaShundra Rucker, founder and owner of Sportbike Chic, a motorcycle apparel and accessories retailer for women. LaShundra is a former Marine, so as you might imagine, she’s made of stern stuff. Sportbike Chic is growing well, and as a small business owner myself, I know how challenging it can be to make a living in the motorcycle world. That she had the courage to do it, and the brains to make it work, is very impressive, and it makes her worthy of our respect. She’s very articulate and has a great sense of humor, so I really enjoyed hearing what she had to say about her company’s journey to date.  I hope you do, too!  

2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak Test: Palms to Pines First Ride

SportBike Chic™

Season Gift Guide + Mert Lawwill w Jeff Buchanan

Season Gift Guide + Mert Lawwill w Jeff Buchanan

December 16, 2021

Well, ‘tis the season to be jolly and all that, so in the first segment this week, we bring you a brief Gift Guide. Associate Editor Teejay Adams and I discuss several suggestions for that hard-to-buy-for motorcycle enthusiast you care for. Alternatively, if you hear of something you fancy and you figure you’re on Santa’s nice list—then maybe drop a little hint in the right place and make his job slightly easier.

The second segment is just plain cool. Well, to be more specific, Jeff Buchanan chats with Mert Lawwill about the King of Cool—Steve McQueen. That’s a little cryptic, so, to be more specific, it was 50 years ago this year that the most enduring motorcycle movie ever made was released: On Any Sunday. If you haven’t seen it, the documentary featured Mert Lawwill, Malcolm Smith, and Steve McQueen as the individual subjects.

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Badass Moto Gear Motorcycle Cover

Miss Moto MotoGirl Dungri Overalls: Ladies Riding Pants US$198

Sena +Mesh Review: Mesh Intercom Adapter for Legacy Sena Units

Dainese Men and Women D-Air® Smart Jacket

The Bad Editor by Peter Jones: Rider's Library Review

Kisan Electronics PathBlazer [Project Bike Headlight Modulator]

Joe Rocket Heartbreaker Boots: Women's Motorcycle Boots Review

Gary's 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Ultimate Motorcyclists

50th-anniversary celebration release of "On Any Sunday"

Triumph with Steve McQueen connection sells at Bonhams Auction

Flagships Tested - Triumph and Ducati

Flagships Tested - Triumph and Ducati

December 8, 2021

Hey everyone and welcome to our Motos and Friends Podcast, brought to you by the Editors at Ultimate Motorcycling. I’m Arthur Coldwells.

This week we feature two premium quality, flagship-level motorcycles. We’re coming into launch season and that means we ride the latest and greatest motorcycles for the coming year.

Senior Editor Nic de Sena has just returned from a week in southern Spain where he put two exceptional motorcycles to the test.

The first was the 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR—that’s the one with the gorgeous Café Racer styling—on both road and on track. 

Days later, Nic made his way to MotoGP’s Circuito de Jerez—Angel Nieto, where he spent a day riding Ducati’s jaw-dropping new Panigale V4 S, with two riders whose names you might recognize if you follow Grand Prix racing.

Nic’s insight into both these machines is fascinating to hear—I really hope you enjoy this episode! 

2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Review [13 Fast Facts]

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 Lineup

First Look [22 Fast Facts + Photos]

 

 

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 

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