The 8000 mile test ride on the HD Milwaukee-Eight begins

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My Grandfather, James Boone, was a Harley-Davidson rider. He and my Grandmother, Arpha Boone, rode well into their 80’s. My Father, Joseph William Boone and his two brothers, James and George were Harley-Davidson riders too. As a third generation Harley-Davidson rider, I take special pride in the American brand that has been producing motorcycles for the world market for 113 years. Today with over 300,000 touring and commuting miles on FLH Harley-Davidsons, I have a special understanding and relationship with the brand.

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Pictured from L to R: Joseph W. Boone, James Boone and George W. Boone. This photo was taken just after all three had returned from active duty in the U.S. Army in WWII.

We are fortune to own a 1958 Harley-Davidson FLH Duo-Glide Panhead Harley that belonged to my wife’s father. Colette and her siblings recall riding with their dad, Jerry Nace (also a WWII veteran) many times when they were younger. Jerry bought this bike from a good friend in 1959 when it was only one year old with 300 miles on the odometer. He stopped riding it in 1978 when it had 51,200 miles on it and never rode it again for the next 20 years though it remained in his garage safely tucked away. Today the bike is still 100% original and has 53,000 miles and climbing as I ride it once a week in the Daytona region. We have a Key West, Florida tripped planned for the Duo Glide as soon as we return from this trip to Santa Rosa, California. The Duo-Glide is historically significant because it was the first FLH to have rear suspension.

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The 1958 Duo-Glide just received a good bath before we left for California on the 2017 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic with the new Milwaukee-Eight powerplant. Living two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean means frequent washings. This old Panhead runs like new, has original paint and nearly everything else and starts with one prime kick and one ignition on kick nearly every time.

My history of riding long distance began with a 1989 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic evolution engine. Since then, I have owned/ridden every Electra Glide Ultra Classics to a total of more than 300,000 miles. That makes the opportunity that Harley-Davidson has given us to ride the new 2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic powered by their newest v-twin, the Milwaukee-Eight, even more special.

This is the 2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic. It was shipped to us by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company last Wednesday. We picked the bike up from Rossmeyers Daytona Harley Davidson in Ormond Beach, Florida Wednesday September 14th. Friday the 16th we began our annual West coast round trip from Daytona Beach. This year, I am Master of Ceremonies for the 2017 AMA Pro Flat Track championship event known as the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile on September 25th. After only 4 days and 1,600 miles I have made some discoveries about the new Ultra. Visually the only real change in the bike for 2017 is the new Milwaukee-Eight with it’s single camshaft design, balance shaft and four valve head. There is more change however. The 2017 touring chassis HD’s have new Showa top shelf suspension components front and rear. In our next story, we will begin to break down the things we have learned about the new powertrain, suspension and other aspects of the newest touring class motorcycle from Harley-Davidson.

This morning we are at Harley Davidson of Pueblo in Colorado for an overdue 1,000 mile service at 1950 miles. This afternoon we will head west on “The Loneliest Highway”, HWY 50 across Wolf Creek Pass. It is one of the passes in Colorado that I have not had occasion to cross and Colette and I are both excited to test out the new suspension and engine as we press on to Durango tonight.

Several times on our first days on the 2017, I can’t help but wonder what my Dad and Jerry would think about this amazing machine that is the grandson of their beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycles. I also wonder what my Dad would think about my motorcycle-centric life that he helped me begin when he bought me my first motorcycle when I was 6 years old. More on that later. Until then, we will be chasing sunsets late into the day headed West.

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Chasin’ sunsets…

The Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight

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We could not be more excited about spending quality time behind the windshield of the new touring class motorcycles from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company featuring the all new Milwaukee-Eight powerplant and revised suspension. Over the last three years we have documented many of our two lane and Interstate travels on Harley Davidson’s via this blog and soon we will begin posting new reports from the highways of America.

Our travels occur regardless of road and weather conditions as we simply press on. This time, we will add many new elements to our writing. Our discussions will include reports on the motorcycle with specific observations from the riders seat and passenger seat as well as coverage and recommendations on riding gear and equipment, great roads and highways that we enjoy and various regions across America with unique riding conditions.

Please bookmark and share this blog site with your riding friends regardless of what type or brand of motorcycle they ride. We are all inclusive and own/ride a diverse collection of motorcycles as do you. You are invited to follow our ride reports here and FB/Talking Motorcycles with Barry and FB/Barry Boone. We can be found on Twitter and Instagram as well and will be using all of the above to invite you along for our rides and to enjoy our radio show, Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone!

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Talking Motorcycles LIVE during the 75th Daytona Bike Week!

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Talking Motorcycles will be LIVE on WNDB AM1150 and FM93.5 during Daytona Bike Week. It’s easy to listen from anywhere in the world. Simply download the FREE WNDB app for your smart device, open it and “Listen Live”!

Wednesday March 9th from 7pm to 8pm Eastern LIVE from the Bahama Breeze Island Grille with Roland Sands of Roland Sands Designs plus Shelly Rossmeyer of Rossmeyers Daytona Harley Davidson/Destination Daytona.

Thursday March 10th from 7pm to 8pm Eastern LIVE from Bahama Breeze with Norm Nelson and Joe Gimple who will ride 100+year old motorcycles in the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball plus 90 year young Gloria Struck, a Motor Maid who is riding to Daytona on her Harley Heritage Softtail from her home in New York!

Friday March 11th from 7pm to 8pm Eastern LIVE from Bahama Breeze 

This is our 3rd Annual Daytona 200 preview show starring Danny Eslick, two time defending winner of the 200, Scott Russell (Mr. Daytona) who has won 5 200’s and Dick Klamfoth who won the 200 in 1949, 1951 and 1952 on the Beach!

Saturday March 12-Live in studio at WNDB from 11am to Noon

This show will feature two surprise guests that you will truly enjoy!

All shows rebroadcast the following day via BlogTalkRadio and in your iTunes app!

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Special thanks to:

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Talking Motorcycles with NASCAR great Geoff Bodine tonight!

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Geoff Bodine is the winningest driver in modified stock car history. He also is an IROC Champion, Busch Clash winner and the 1986 Daytona 500 Champion! Daytona was also the sight of his horrifying crash in the Daytona 250 NASCAR Truck Series race.

He is a cross country motorcyclist and participant in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America!

Tonight on the show he joins us LIVE at 8pm Eastern and we will hear things about Geoff Bodine you have never heard before. You can listen live tonight or anytime via this link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkingmotorcycleswithbarry/2016/01/14/talking-motorcycles-and-stock-cars-with-geoff-bodine

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Special thanks to: The Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and Dunlop Motorcycle Tires!

Talking Motorcycles with the CEO of AMA Pro Racing

Michael Lock joined us LIVE in this edition of Talking Motorcycles powered by Crosley Brands!

His experience as CEO perhaps uniquely qualifies him to lead the series into the future. Past CEO of Ducati of North America, Triumph Motorcycles and time with Lamborghini creates an interesting resume.

Lock was on air for about 1:15 with us and he generously shared his views on where the sport is today and where he would like to see it go. We heard a few ways in which he would accomplish some of those goals.

You an access the show anytime via this live link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkingmotorcycleswithbarry/2016/01/07/talking-motorcycles-with-ama-pro-racing-ceo-michael-lock

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 30, 2015) – Scottie Deubler is the play-by-play voice of AMA Pro Flat Track and has been since 2009! Now he joins us for this special edition of Talking Motorcycles powered by Crosley Brands to look back at 2015 and look ahead to 2016.
We will get special insight about the GNC1 and GNC2 riders who had success and failure this past season. Scottie will discuss his predictions for the upcoming year and who we should keep our eyes on. The voice of AMA Pro Flat Track on FansChoice.tv joins us LIVE!
Scott Russell knows a thing or two about racing motorcycles. The five-time Daytona 200 winner, 750 World Superbike champion and color analyst on MAVTV who calls the action for televised AMA Pro Flat Track events will offer his views.
We hear his thoughts on the tracks and riders as well as the situations that arose in 2015. He’ll also give us his thoughts on what to watch for in 2016!
It’s the tale of to Scotts! The combination of their unique insights should be entertaining, credible and informative.
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About Barry Boone

Barry Boone is a professional announcer and broadcaster with 14 years of radio experience, and he has announced and broadcasted automobile and motorcycle race events at nearly every major venue in America. He is a touring motorcyclist with over 1 million miles of on- and off-road experience. Talking Motorcycles covers the world of motorcycles and motorcycle racing from the inside, featuring guests from all walks of life that power the motorcycle sport and industry.

 

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Talking Motorcycles with Nicky Hayden tonight!

Nicky joins us LIVE tonight at 8pm Eastern on Talking Motorcycles!

Listen LIVE or anytime after the show via this special link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkingmotorcycleswithbarry/2015/12/17/talking-motorcycles-with-nicky-hayden-motogp-world-champion

The life and times of Nicky Hayden. We go behind the scenes with the AMA Pro Flat Track winner, AMA Superbike Champion and 2006 MotoGP World Champion who is now set to compete in the 2016 FIM World Superbike Championship!
Perhaps this is the best possible time to sit down with Nicky to discuss his life and career. The 2015 Inductee in the MotoGP Hall of Fame as a Legend will reflect on his 12-year run in MotoGP. During that time, he was teamed with Dani Pedrosa,Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi twice. 200 GP’s, 28 Podiums, 3 wins and the World Championships only tell part of the story. We hope to get the rest of them in this edition of Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone powered by Crosley Brands!
If he wins the World Superbike title, Nicky would become the first rider in history to win both the WSBK and MotoGP World Championships. Can he pull it off? We get his thoughts.
Nicky Hayden is now 34 years old but the competitive fires are still burning.

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