Common Tread

News Cycles: May 4, 2018

May 04, 2018

Welcome to this week's 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: Futurists, Rossi laps the world, and a man tries a jump. Oh, and today’s May the Fourth.

Johann Zarco signs two-year deal with KTM

KTM is preparing for war in MotoGP, first scooping up Tech3 as a satellite team and now capturing Johann Zarco for their factory team. He’ll be joining Pol Espargaro for 2019.

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In the gallery: Futurism and motorcycles

Get a little culture in ya via The Vintagent’s latest article on motorcycles and the Futurist artists obsessed with machinery and motion.

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Fortunato Depero's 1928 "Motociclista Solido Velocita". Sounds like he'd wear Velomacchi. The Vintagent image.

Mees culpa: This is not the first time the flat track champ was accused of tire doping

A random tire test brought back concerning results for American Flat Track’s star. Mark Gardiner digs deep into AFT, tire doping, and Jared Mees’ not-exactly-spotless history with tire tests.

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Mees won loads of races. Could doped tires explain his edge? American Flat Track photo.

How to get your kid on a motorcycle

Who’s going to show young riders the ropes if we don’t? Lemmy shares his experiences guiding Stinky from backyard minibiker to street-legal motorcyclist. Sweet Grom!

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Test ride an Indian, lend a hand

Indian’s looking to raise up to $30,000 to benefit the Infinite Hero foundation.  “For every motorcycle test ride completed at an Indian Motorcycle dealership in the month of May, Indian will donate $20 in that rider’s name. Riders can schedule a test ride at a nearby Indian Motorcycle dealership at” As part of this campaign, Carey Hart is heading out for a Hart’s Good Ride event to show appreciation for active duty soldiers.

Carey Hart is thinking about soldiers serving abroad. He's also probably thinking about backflipping his Indian. Indian photo.

Valentino Rossi has raced enough to lap the world

That's 369 Grands Prix, 8,730 laps raced. Someone did a little trackside math and figured out that by the 15th lap of this weekend's Spanish GP, the Doctor’ll have raced the equivalent of a lap around the world across his long career.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Month

But only if you want it to be.

On that note, it’s time to conclude this week’s News Cycles. If you've got feedback or moto news you'd like to share, shoot an email to Check back for more News Cycles every Friday.