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News Cycles: March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018

Welcome to the very first News Cycles, Common Tread’s roundup of what’s happening on our servers and everywhere else. Every Friday, look for a collection of news, stories, and all things moto from around the web. This week: Drag racing history, a flying BMW concept, the MV Agusta Brutale first ride review, and more. 

Hector Arana Jr. breaks NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle’s 200 mph barrier aboard a Buell

We don’t cover drag racing much, but history has just been made in the sport. The 200 mph mark eluded Pro Stock racers until Hector Arana, Jr.’s milestone achievement at the Gainesville Raceway Gatornationals. Watch Arana’s 200.23 mph run below, or read more here.

BMW and the Lego-Inspired Flying Motorcycle

Everybody loves Legos, including BMW, apparently. Their R 1200 GS Adventure set makes a cool model for your desk, as seen here on gear tester Pat’s desk. The endlessly creative folks at Lego included an alternative set of instructions in the box, which could be used to make a strange flying GS. Designers at BMW were evidently unable to sleep after they saw it, and produced these incredibly detailed concept shots of the Lego-based hoverbike. Must have been a slow day at the office, but it’s sure cool to look at.

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Just a rendering, but the amount of time BMW put into this project is staggering. 2087 BMW R 1200 GS, probably. BMW image.

The least of these: Largest vehicle on the road helps the smallest

This isn’t a new video, but it’s new to me, and maybe you, too. After breaking down in one of the worst spots imaginable, a rider is guided to safety by a quick-thinking trucker.  When one of my rattletrap bikes quits on me, I sure hope that guy’s in my mirrors.

26 million pounds, or how a supercross track gets built

Ever wonder how they build supercross tracks in arenas? A little planning and 26 million pounds of dirt is all it takes. If that blows your mind, too, read more here.

They're supposed to be working, but you know they're racing just a little bit. Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar photo.

2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR first ride review

In one of our top articles this week, Mark Gardiner gives his first ride review of an exquisite motorcycle with a few flaws. But sometimes that’s just how beautiful things work. Read more

The signature exhaust. 2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR. MV Agusta photo.

Indian announces The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build-Off

Indian is looking for bike builders to enter its Scout Bobber build-off competition. Oh, and there’s a catch: No pro builders allowed. Indian wants passion-driven garage hacks and enthusiasts to have their shot at a big-time custom. If you’re selected as a finalist, they’ll hook you up with new Scout Bobber to mod, $10,000 towards the build, and a trip to Minneapolis for the showdown. Interested? Send them a sketch of your ideas, a little write-up, and some info on past builds. 
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Can't look at this Scout Bobber without thinking of changes you'd make? Indian wants to hear from you. 2018 Indian Scout Bobber. Indian photo by Barry Hathaway.

That’s all for this week. Loads of stories come across our desks every day, but we can only write full articles for so many of them. With News Cycles, we’re hoping to pass more good stuff along to you every Friday in addition to our daily CT articles. If you have any feedback, or something you’d like to see featured in next week’s News Cycles, email us at