I don't know what being sent to review a bicycle says about my driving abilities, but I got the last laugh for having the most fun with a vehicle review. Tearing through neighbourhoods, hills and city streets on an electric pedal-assist bicycle is living out your best unfulfilled grade-school speed demon dreams.
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During the Moto3 race at the MotoGP World Championship's French Grand Prix over the weekend, it was almost like some sort of weird, hypnotic spell had been put on the field. As if prompted, a huge group of riders began solo slides into a gravel trap along the race course in an almost surreal fashion.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
The 1980s and '90s rivalry between Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz was one of the greatest in the history of motorcycle racing. With his hot lapping days behind him now, he instead runs the MotoAmerica series, where he wants to see the same fierce competitive energy in up-and-coming riders. And it's starting to look like he'll get his wish.
Recently, my lovely coworkers volunteered me to ride on the back of a racing motorcycle, the kind used in MotoAmerica, at Austin's Circuit of The Americas. I feel like we've known each other for a long time on this blog, friends, and I need to be honest with you: I was scared to death. In a good way. I think.
The 2017 Alta Redshift MX may be a high-end, high-tech electric dirt bike, but it's not afraid to get down and dirty. I know this because I crashed a brand new one on a Florida motocross track, and it didn't even flinch. Actually, it didn't even stall. I could get used to this "electric dirt bike" thing.