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Triumph To Showcase Roadsters At MotoAmerica Opener

Triumph Motorcycles is geared up and ready for the opening round of the 2021 MotoAmerica Series at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, April 30-May 2. The British brand, with its North American headquarters based in Atlanta, is excited to show off its latest roadster models to the enthusiastic fans of MotoAmerica, North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series.

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Travis Pastrana To Race Flat Track At Atlanta Super TT

Motorsports legend Travis Pastrana will attempt to add a Progressive American Flat Track victory to his slam-dunk Hall of Fame résumé. Along with his numerous national titles, Pastrana has earned an astonishing 11 X Games gold medals — nine on two wheels and two on four. He’s set to race the Atlanta Super TT in AFT Singles competition aboard the #199 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F on Saturday, May 1, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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MotoAmerica, Harley-Davidson, and King of the Baggers

MotoAmerica, the AMA and FIM sanctioned American motorcycle road racing series, introduced a one-off exhibition race last year at the fabled Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca track in October. Dubbed King of the Baggers, the spectacle was a resounding success with fans and race teams alike, and Road Dirt had our own Ryan Nolan on hand to experience the roar of open-throated, American V-Twin Baggers thundering around the course as well. Expanding on that for 2021, MotoAmerica decided to up the race to a three-round series, and opened the competition to all AMA license holders, with championship points being tallied at each race round, and a national champion being crowned at the end of MotoAm race season.

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The Little Guys

While the large dealerships have so much to offer, not only in bikes, but in apparel, accessories, parts, and great service, I admire and applaud the small shops, the family and individually owned establishments, for their passion, dedication, and personalized attention to detail. The big enterprises get all the attention, but these “Little Men” as Alan Jackson once immortalized in song, are in many respects the backbone of American motorcycling, and certainly of our national economy. My father, before giving up riding in 2019, always carried his ’03 Harley Heritage to a small one-man shop in Sparta, Georgia, owned by Mike, a retired certified H-D mechanic, when he needed service or parts. They’ve become friends, and Pops completely trusted his bike to Mike. “I’ll never take my Harley to anyone but Mike,” Pops once declared.

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