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Tuesday 27 July 2021

News Briefs


Airspeeder (based out of South Australia) is the world's first electric flying car racing series. Yes, you read that right. The brainchild of a certain Matt Pearson, who runs Alauda - "the world's first performance electric flying car manufacturer" - it is hoped that the planned global race series will eventually see a full grid of eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) craft, manufactured by Alauda, managed by individual teams, and operated by elite pilots, compete at heights of up to 40 m off the ground and at top speeds of 200 km/h. The air races will take place on electronically created tracks and be streamed globally, minimizing the environmental impact of more complex logistics and infrastructure. Alauda's Mk 3 is described as "the world's first fully functional electric flying racing car." Pod racing anyone?

Alisa Clickenger and North Carolina based Women's Motorcycle Tours have announced Mad Maps as the Official Mapping Partner for the 2021 Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride July 31-August 20, 2021.

AFT has signed SUPER73 as the Official Electric Bicycle for the 2021 season. "SUPER73 has created a unique brand that skilfully fuses motorcycle heritage with today's youth culture. Merging segment-defining style, thoughtful design, responsible manufacturing technology and an incredibly fun riding experience, SUPER73 has helped to define the e-bike category since its introduction in 2016." Features include aluminum alloy frame, inverted coil-spring fork, rear coilover monoshock, disc brakes and a 960 watt-hour battery with multi-class rider modes accessed through the SUPER73 smartphone app.

During the Get On! Moto Festival in Texas in May, "the motorcycle industry took an important step toward expanding its audience." Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoaches helped more than 130 people experience the thrill of their first ride. "In just 30-45 minutes, participants - who had little to no prior experience - were able to get a glimpse of what it's like to ride, in the paddock area at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth."

The Progressive IMS Outdoors Tour is partnering with Strider and non-profit 'All Kids Bike'. Via the Discover The Ride 'Kids Zone' program, in conjunction with Strider, the reimagined 2021 event series will introduce a fleet of bikes and an educational PE curriculum to nine elementary schools across the U.S. "The Kids Zone with Strider, the latest addition to Discover The Ride, will elevate the industry-leading new rider program by introducing two experiential courses geared toward all riders ages two through 15 at each stop along the 2021 tour. Furthermore, to complement the onsite attraction and extend support to the local community, the organizers of the Progressive IMS Outdoors tour join the 'All Kids Bike' movement dedicated to teaching all children in America how to ride in kindergarten PE classes."

Alisa Clickenger and North Carolina based Women's Motorcycle Tours have announced sponsorship by brick and mortar PG&A retailer Cycle Gear, part of the Comoto Group. Additionally, Cycle Gear will provide marketing support to increase visibility and reach for the 2021 Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride - which culminates at the Women's Motorcycle Conference, Arlington, VA, on August 19-22, 2021. "With 151 stores in 38 states, and with their terrific customer service, they're the perfect partner for our expansive and historic cross-country event," said Clickenger.

The Bagger Racing League is taking over the 14th annual Legends Ride at the Sturgis Rally (Monday, Aug. 9, 2021). The run will set off from historic Deadwood and head to the Buffalo Chip led by ride captains from the Bagger Racing League. The first 200 sign-ups for this year's ride will get free access to the Stone Temple Pilots concert that night at the Buffalo Chip.

AFT will return to the Cal Expo Fairgrounds after a two-year hiatus for the legendary Sacramento Mile with a first ever doubleheader weekend on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday 12.

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MSNW, Electrek,,,, Cycle World,