Annual Ride To Work Day, Motoventures And More! - Tear-Offs

It's not too soon to be thinking about Annual Ride to Work Day-the third Wednesday in July 2001. For us nearly every day is ride-to-work day, but the annual Aerostich-sponsored event is an excellent way to send the message that there are a lot of us out there, from all walks of life, and that motorcycles are great commuter vehicles. Even in Duluth. Get your new and improved Ride to Work sticker by surfing over to www.ridetowork.org or dialing (218) 722-9806.

Springtime in the Rockies is not a bad place to be, and now is the time to start planning an Aprilia getaway with the help of Andy Holobinko's MotoRanch, located in Golden, Colorado. MotoRanch rents Aprilia Milles, Falcos and Pegasos by the day, week, or whatever, and points you in the right direction. More info is available at www.motoranch.com or at (303) 748-1862.

Maybe you like to get a little dirty when you're on vacation? Motoventures of Aguanga, California, offers off-road motorcycle tours through areas of the great Southwest you can't get to otherwise, as well as training for those interested in riding unpaved terrain-even trials training. They're at (909) 767-0991 and on www.motoventures.com.

Hard man three-time 500cc champ Wayne Rainey was inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame in September, upon the occasion of the Portuguese GP. The typically outspoken Rainey observed that, "If we had these bikes 10 years ago the lap record would be a lot quicker.... If the first year you didn't do well when I was riding, you didn't ride the next year.... Everybody has a factory ride now. Back then, if you weren't good, you didn't have one."

Rainey's rival and former 500 Champ himself Kevin Schwantz, meanwhile, was busy winning the final stage of the Vodafone Australian Safari, down under. Riding a Suzuki DR-Z400, his Kevness finished 13th overall in the eight-day, 2500-mile rally. Not bad for an old guy with shot wrists. Comeback time?

Former AMA rider and '99 British Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss was first to ink a deal for 2001 with the factory Ducati WSC team. Sounds like Ben Bostrom may return to the factory fold as well, and if Carl 'Carlos' Fogarty decides to return, Ducati Infostrada is looking at a three-man team for 2001.

Meanwhile in the AMA, Ducati North America is expected to announce its plan for 2001, having amicably relieved Vance & Hines of its Ducati duties before the end of the 2000 season. Rumor has it Ducati is going semi-inhouse-similar to Suzuki's long-running deal with Yoshimura-but whose house remains a mystery at press time.