Continue the Ride

CONTINUE THE RIDE

Continue The Ride with the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® all year long with powersports news and events happening in the industry. We're bringing you the latest bike news, events, rides and interesting happenings each month. With Summer here, we know you are all gearing and getting out to ride!

Spot Check: Jimmy Fitzpatrick at Fitzland

Explaining Jimmy Fitzpatrick in a few words would be nearly impossible. Dirt bikes came into his life during family trips to the desert, primarly Ocotillo Wells. In his younger years Fitz was on a different direction of sports, taking on Aquatic High Diving. Once his family moved to a 54 acre vineyard propriety in Temecula, he turned his skills from flipping into water over to flipping a dirt bike onto dirt. He started riding at the age of 5 and turned pro by 20. He has taken on Freestyle demos all around the world making a name for himself and some of the biggest KOD flips in the action sports industry. Fitzpatrick also has quite a wrapsheet of accomplishements from all the contest and debuts he has entered. Fast forward to today, Jimmy holds a prime spot of property known to many as “Fitzland” which stretches on a 54-acre parcel of land located in the heart of Southern California’s Temecula wine country. What began years ago was the process of adding 50 foot jumps, 120-foot ramp to dirt jumps, which the escalated to bigger natural terrain jumps reaching 160 feet, and every height in between.

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Spot Check: Jimmy Fitzpatrick at Fitzland

Destin Cantrell Heads to X Games Minneapolis

Freestyle motocross rider Destin Cantrell has tried for years to make his mark in the growing Best Whip discipline. The Southern California rider has one of the best styles in the sport and is going to compete for "Best Whip" in the summer X Games Minneapolis next month. 

Tell me about yourself. When did you start riding and how did you get into the sport? 
I got my first dirt bike at the age of 4 for Christmas. My dad raced growing up so it was in my blood. I started racing until I was 15 years old and received the chance to switch over to freestyle. Shortly after that I was off traveling the world getting paid to ride my dirt bike. A dream come true 

Where is your favorite place to ride?
My favorite place to ride I'd say has to be at Jimmy Fitzpatrick's house, Fitzland!

What are some of the toughest tricks you are going to perform at X Games?
I am competing in Best Whip at this years X Games Minneapolis so I am focusing on trying to get my whip as big as possible without crashing. I am up against some stuff competition but I am going to give it my all and send it.

What is the year/make/model of the current bike you are competing with?
I am riding a 2017 KTM 450 SX-F

Freestyle motocross rider Destin Cantrell has tried for years to make his mark in the growing Best Whip discipline. The Southern California rider has one of the best styles in the sport and is going to compete for "Best Whip" in the summer X Games Minneapolis next month. 

Tell me about yourself. When did you start riding and how did you get into the sport? 
I got my first dirt bike at the age of 4 for Christmas. My dad raced growing up so it was in my blood. I started racing until I was 15 years old and received the chance to switch over to freestyle. Shortly after that I was off traveling the world getting paid to ride my dirt bike. A dream come true 

Where is your favorite place to ride?
My favorite place to ride I'd say has to be at Jimmy Fitzpatrick's house, Fitzland!

What are some of the toughest tricks you are going to perform at X Games?
I am competing in Best Whip at this years X Games Minneapolis so I am focusing on trying to get my whip as big as possible without crashing. I am up against some stuff competition but I am going to give it my all and send it.

What is the year/make/model of the current bike you are competing with?
I am riding a 2017 KTM 450 SX-F

What changes would you like to see in the sport to benefit riders, especially the younger generation? 
I would like to see more opportunities in our sport; Racing and FMX. I feel like there are amateurs and young kids that are great riders that get overlooked. Having more qualifying etc to see what talent is out there would be one of the best things. 

I'd like to thanks my fans and sponsors for all the support, see you at X Games! Follow me on Instagram at @CantrellFMX

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©Photos Courtesy of Connor Moore Photos @activatephoto
Destin Cantrell Heads to X Games Minneapolis

MotoDoffo Vintage Motorcycle Collection

My name is Marcelo Doffo and I was born in a raised in a small farming community in central Argentina. Back then, a horse carriage or a vintage car was the primary mode of transportation. Motorcycles were a luxury at the time. Old bikes from the early ‘40s and ‘50s were available, but not many people used them as transportation on a regular basis. 

It all started early in my life, when my cousin showed up in a fairly modern motorcycle for it’s time. Around the same time, there was a sudden explosion of motorcycles being imported from Italy or made in Argentina that were available to the public at an affordable price. In our small town, we had more than three places where we could buy motorcycles. Even the local general store had them for sale. Of course, there was only one way to know which bike was better or faster. We raced them. 

Locals would gather on any Sunday on a dirt track that my uncle made. Then there she was, a 175 cc Ducati Sport. It arrived at the race track as a display bike. My other uncle who worked at the dealership was showing it to potential buyers. The colors, all the chrome pieces and the sound was nothing compared to what we were used to seeing. I can close my eyes and hear it. Since that day, my heart and soul have been one with Ducati. 

Eventually, our family purchased our first motorcycle form  my uncle’s dealership, a Vicentina 125cc. It was used to take me and my brother Jorge to and from school. We had it until I enrolled in the Army. The bike was made for someone who need a bit of experience in welding because the frame was very fragile. I grew up going to local dances and dates in my Vicentina. We grew up together. It was part of our family. 

More than forty years later, I would like to share this humble collection of motorcycles with you. They may not have much value as unique collector pieces, but they are priceless to me since many of them are attached to my heart.

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MotoDoffo Vintage Motorcycle Collection

Remembering Pro Racer Kurt Caselli

Kurt Caselli was an American off-road motorcycle racer from Southern California. On November 15, 2013, Caselli crashed while competing in the Baja 1000, a race in Baja California, Mexico at 30 years old, after colliding with a large animal at high speed. Early reports indicated that he hit a man-made booby trap, but that ultimately proved to be incorrect information.His family honored his life and celebrated by hosting a memorial ride day on December 6, 2013 at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, California.

The Kurt Caselli Foundation was established in December 2013, using donations from the memorial ride day, with the help of fans, family and friends. The foundation's focus is the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. While they understand the inherent elements of danger, they aim to help minimize it to the best of their ability. The foundation has a three-part mission that encompasses safety precautions for riders before, during, and after a racing career.

  1. Before racing, they are committed to encouraging, developing, and standardizing safety precautions that will help minimize risk outside of the rider’s control.
  2. During racing, they are committed to developing, establishing, and encouraging the use of safety equipment and policies to increase the safety of the riders.
  3. After racing, they are committed to providing a safety net that allows and encourages former racers to further their education and reach career goals for themselves and their families.

The foundation is working with the medical community piloting motorcycle concussion studies, improving race course safety precautions, developing improved GPS systems while racing, and offering scholarship opportunities for post-racing careers

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Remembering Pro Racer Kurt Caselli

26th Annual Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Day

The 26th annual Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day is Monday, June 19th. Every year more than a million two wheeled moto-commuters demonstrate the benefits of riding, including: reduced road congestion, shorter commute times, more parking spaces and less fuel consumption.

Your city can support this event by proclamation, and also encourage riding by providing free motorcycle and scooter parking at municipal ramps and metered spaces on this day. Join hundreds of other communities as well as many motorcycle and scooter groups and organizations supporting this year’s Ride to Work Day.

Reasons to encourage motorcycle and scooter commuting:

  • Shared parking spaces, providing more parking for everyone else.
  • Fewer resources consumed per-commuter than other powered mobility options.
  • Reduced traffic and congestion.
  • Less commuter travel time.

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26th Annual Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Day

1961 Triumph T-100

Builder: Anthony Robinson 
Build: 1961 Triumph T-100 named La Mosca (The Fly)
Company: Gasoline and Coffee

I always wanted to build a bike. What kid doesn’t?  I came a crossed this ad in craigslist about a 61 triumph. I called the guy and eventually met up somewhere in canyon county 40 miles north of LA. He was driving this ratty old Toyota pickup full of triumph, bsa and Norton parts.  And there it was in the mess of it all.. this frame, ceased motor (unknown to me at the time) and wheels. I won’t lie, it was a pile. but it was my pile and I had a vision. I was going to build this bike. This was on my bucket list. I reached over, pulled the bike to have a closer look… wow! I have no idea where to start - everything on this was rusted, crusty, dirty, and oily. Had a hard time pulling it out of the truck, tires were deflated, seemed to be in gear, and the handle bars wouldn’t move. I eventually got this beauty in to my truck and headed home. I remember how I was so excited to get home to show the wife. Ha! I get home pulled it out of the truck staged it in the drive way and called for the wife to see this score I just picked up on craigslist. She did not see my vision. I think she exclaimed, what is that! (My wife came around eventually, about the time I brought the tins home painted she was on board. She is my biggest fan.) So I got a lift and started tearing this old girl down to every nut and bolt.  

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1961 Triumph T-100

Project Cobalt Storm

Builder: Samuel Kao
Build: 1997 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 1200 named Cobalt Storm 
Company: JSK Moto Company

Project Cobalt Storm is our design concept on how to make the Harley-Davidson Sportster even more minimalistic than our Ivory Comet café racer (#ProjectIvoryComet), give you more reason to ride, and the itch to ride just by looking at it. With the Cobalt Storm, the styling needed to be timeless as possible without adhering to trends. We want something you will choose to ride more and further everyday, and take it for some light off-roading just because you can. 

With this idea in mind, we found that it will be cool by adding tracker influences for an upright riding position and nubby tires to achieve some off-road capabilities. This gives us the performance of a café racer without the discomfort of a slouched position and more reasons to ride. But if that’s the main desire, the handlebar and tires can be swapped for the complete café racer ride.

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Project Cobalt Storm

A 2015 board tracker meets pro street style bike

Builder: Hank Thibodeau
Build: 2015 board tracker meets pro street style bike named Lo Life Luc 
Company: Widowmaker CDR

The bike build came from wanting to expand my range of creativity by combining products that are not generally used together. After our success and reception we received with “Mushu Suzie” at the Washington DC IMS Show, I wanted to go further outside the box. I really wanted to challenge my skill level and create another bike that is not bought out of a catalog. I wanted something that showcased what we can do.

Well, I guess you can say the bike found me. I originally bought a Harley-Davidson 2002 Electra Glide Standard from a gentleman that had an accident with it. I ended up getting the bike on a deal and bought it sight unseen. I picked it up on a deal only to find that it was worth more to me if I sold it. It was one of those deals that people tell you about. So I ended up selling it to increase my bike build budget. The bike did not start as anything else. I bought the frame on sale from Midwest Motorcycle parts, and bought it with no idea as to what it would become. I decided I wanted to do a 2015 Twin Cam build and located the engine in CA. I guess you could say it is a 2015 if you are going by engine year model. If you are going by time of conception, 2017. I further scored a deal on a set of new wheels that came off of 2014 Harley-Davidson Breakout and had the transmission sitting, waiting for a home. It was then that I had the makings of a bike.

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A 2015 board tracker meets pro street style bike

2016 Cleveland CycleWerks Ace Deluxe

Builder: Scott Colosimo
Build: 2016 Cleveland CycleWerks Ave Deluxe Modified named 216 Ace Scrambler
CompanyCleveland CycleWerks

This is a 2016 Cleveland CycleWerks Ace Deluxe, all of the scramblers are custom built for each customer, as so many customers have their own idea of what a scrambler should be, we just build them to order. 

The Ace Deluxe is setup for on road and light off road duty from the factory.  Many customers have been asking us for a street scrambler that can do light off-road duty, and that is exactly what you see here.  Beefier tires with the Conti Twin Duro setup, wide bars, flat seat, the bike is very light and nimble, so it lends itself well to scramblerizing. So, with that in mind, we wanted a fun bike for on road, stoplight to stoplight, wheelie away, but also wanted something super beefy for gravel roads and camping.  Basically just wanted to build a fun bike to wheelie, I think that was the main criteria.  

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2016 Cleveland CycleWerks Ace Deluxe

26" Harley-Davidson Big Wheel Bagger

Builder: Louie Bailey 
Build26" Harley-Davidson Big Wheel Bagger 
CompanyLucky 7 Custom Cycles 

There is no real story or tale to this bike, aside from the fact that we wanted to build another badass bagger that actually RIDES day in and day out. That gets on the road everyday and is eager TO GO, rather than sit in the showroom or the trailer. That is our goal: to ride them to work everyday and look good doing it!

This bike build took some time and imagination and a few failed attempts, but the finished product is gnarly!! Motor work by GMR Performance to 107 upgrade. Body kit design by Insane Asylum. All body work, paint, airbrushing, molding, building done in-house. The conversion to a Road Glide definitely beefed it up! Many hours were invested by our awesome team at Lucky 7 Custom Cycles. We wanted to feature our painter and airbrushing artists' talent, our builders ability and detail, our style and love for a good looking custom Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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26" Harley-Davidson Big Wheel Bagger

Marc Marquez is Crowned the King of COTA

Taking his first win of this season today, Marc Marquez completed another perfect weekend at Circuit of the Americas, succeeding in Austin for the fifth-straight time after starting from pole position. Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa made it a double-podium finish for Repsol Honda Team, posting a solid third-place result after leading the early going.

Marc’s win today also adds yet another important piece to Honda’s own domination in MotoGP events hosted in the USA. In fact, the last 14 MotoGP races on American tarmac have been won by Honda riders. (The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the country was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.) Honda have therefore won 17 of the 22 premier-class Grand Prix races that have taken place in the USA during the MotoGP era. With this result, Marc and Dani move up the Championship standings to third and sixth places, respectively.

© Article Courtesy of Moto Matters

Marc Marquez is Crowned the King of COTA

MotoAmerica Season-Opener at COTA

For the second straight day, Elias scored victory at COTA, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider matching his effort from a year ago with two wins. Like yesterday's Motul Superbike race, it didn't come easy as he had his hands full with two riders for the duration of the race. The first was his teammate Roger Hayden, the second was Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing's Cameron Beaubier, the defending two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion bouncing back from yesterday's crash-interrupted eighth-place finish to beat Hayden to the line for second place.

With two races complete in the 10-round (20-race) battle for the Motul Superbike crown, Elias leads the way with his perfect 50 points, 14 clear of Hayden's 36. Beaubier sits third with 28 points, one better than Fong.

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© Article Courtesy of MotoAmerica 

MotoAmerica Season-Opener at COTA

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show was an inspiring showcase of works from builders and craftsmen that combine knowledge, skill, and ingenuity to create one-of-a-kind truly hand-built machines. By sharing this work, Handbuilt adds fuel to a revolution in the making. People crave the satisfaction and creative outlet of producing something truly unique and fit to their own preferences for design and function. This renaissance of working with our hands has helped create the movement that is the custom motorcycle scene. It is our vision that those that visit The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show will be inspired to pick up tools and use their hands to make something of their own.

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

MotoGP FANS FLOCK TO THE HONDA TENT

For this year's MotoGP race at the world famous Circuit of the Americas, the Honda tent showcased over 50+ products including the ultra-exclusive RC213V-S and the all-new CBR1000RR SP.  They had a DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) roller for patrons to sit on and experience.  Popular demos were back this year and the 2017 Rebel and CBR10000RR SP were big hits among the patrons. But the key highlight of the event was interviews with Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa where fans packed the tent in droves having the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite rider.

MotoGP FANS FLOCK TO THE HONDA TENT

DUCATI ISLAND: A MUST-SEE EXPERIENCE

Ducati Island was serving up a world class experience for Ducati owners and race revelers looking for entertainment, product demos, a VIP hospitality with track view and more.  We got to take a Scrambler for a “Joy Ride”, watch kids live out their MotoGP dreams on electric minis, see racer interviews and be served prosciutto and cheese from the Ducati CEO himself. This was most definitely the place to be when taking in the one-and-only Americas GP.  

DUCATI ISLAND: A MUST-SEE EXPERIENCE

WHISKEY GRADE CARAVAN ROLLING INTO CHICAGO

The Whiskey Grade Caravan, an 50-foot trailer converted mobile store  is on the road for the #MotosAcrossAmerica Tour. Next stop – Motoblot in Chicago, IL. Whiskey Grade is in search of the people and places that make up our moto culture: riders, adventurers, creatives, builders and dreamers and documenting the entire tour so make sure to follow along on Whiskey Grade’s Instagram on their journey across America.

WHISKEY GRADE CARAVAN ROLLING INTO CHICAGO

"PURE EXCITEMENT!"; INDIAN®​ SCOUT SWEEPSTAKES WINNER ANNOUNCED

Indian® Motorcycles and The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® united riders nationwide during it’s 10-city tour with an online and in-person sweepstakes for a chance to win a 2016 Indian Scout Motorcycle – a bike that has conquered the Wall of Death, carried the Wrecking Crew to victory and made the world’s fastest Indian.

Dale Solmonson, an avid motorcycle rider attended the Minneapolis IMS Show and recently claimed his prize at Mies Outland dealership in Watkins, MN. Dale gifted the bike to his girlfriend for her birthday! Congratulations Dale and thank you to our sponsor Indian® and everyone that entered. 

SISTERS' CENTENNIAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE

2016 is the 100th anniversary of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren’s courageous and unprecedented ride across the United States on motorcycles. The Sisters' Centennial Motorcycle Ride July 3-23, 2016, will honor and celebrate our female motorcycling heroines of the past, as we promote the growth of women motorcyclists and the motorcycling community.

In 1916 the Van Buren Sisters were the first women to cross the continental United States, each on her own motorcycle. They became the first women to reach the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak each on her own motorcycle. In 2002 the Sisters were inducted into the American Motorcyclists Association Hall of Fame and in 2003 they were inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

Women, as well as men, are encouraged to come out and meet the riders along the way at community events posted on the website. Registration options now include attendance at the launch and grand finale in Brooklyn and San Francisco, as well as  a new day-rider option.

For more detailed information, click here.

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DUNGEY CAPS OFF CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING SEASON WITH NINTH MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS VICTORY IN LAS VEGAS

A crowd of 36,714 fans braved a day and night filled with rain at Sam Boyd Stadium to celebrate the end of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship. One week after clinching his third career 450SX Class title, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey survived the most difficult track conditions of the season to capture his ninth win of championship to cap off his successful title defense by moving into a ties as the winningest ride in Las Vegas history. In the annual 250SX Class East/West Shootout, GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart and Yamalube/ Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb were crowned champions in the Eastern and Western regions, respectively, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy took his third win of the season.

DUNGEY CAPS OFF CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING SEASON WITH NINTH MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS VICTORY IN LAS VEGAS

MOTOS ACROSS AMERICA PRESENTED BY WHISKEY GRADE

If you want to get to know a place, get to know the people. This spring Whiskey Grade is setting out in search of the people and places: riders, adventurers, creatives, builders and dreamers with a motorcycle ride across America (Motos Across America). They are hitting the road with the Whiskey Grade Caravan, an incredible 50-foot trailer that has been converted in a mobile store and spending quality time with tastemakers and influences around the country. The tour will be a collaborative, creativity-inspiring experience of meet-ups, pop-ups and ride-outs. A social gathering of like minded friends who just need an excuse to get out there. 

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