Motorcyclist Highlights from the March/April 2017 Issue

Framed: A Motorcycle Photo Diary

The best shots of the issue Framed and highlighted for you. A racing inspired showcase including a racer's retirement, and an AMA Flat Track champion. Big powerful photos that capture the spirit and inspire you to ride, race or set out on your next motorcycle adventure. Save them for your desktop or mobile phone.

Kevin Schwantz retires...again

Kevin Schwantz was booked to attend last fall’s Goodwood Revival, a three-day, steeped-in-tradition festival held annually in England to exalt mid-century racing cars and motorcycles. Days before the event, however, the 1993 500cc world champion backed out. “After much deliberation, I have decided that I no longer wish to roadrace competitively at any level,” he said. “For me, it is not possible to just get on the bike and ride for fun; I will want to ride to the limit and try and win, and that risk is not something I am interested in taking anymore.” That makes Schwantz’s third place at the 2013 Suzuka 8 Hours his final podium finish on the international stage. The 52-year-old Houston native has been known to change his mind, but when reached for comment he confirmed that his decision is indeed final. Thanks for the memories,

Brad Baker: American flat track’s secretary of state

Former AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Brad Baker is taking a page from the “pay it forward” playbook. Having benefitted from kindness bestowed upon him in Spain by Americans Dennis and Kenny Noyes, Baker (seen here practicing for last December’s Barcelona Superprestigio, an event he has won twice) is repaying that good deed by showing inaugural Spanish National Flat Track Champion Ferran Cardús the ropes in America. Cardús will contest at least the first three rounds of the 2017 American Flat Track Singles Championship on Baker’s Honda CRF450Rs. “Ferran is a very talented motorcycle rider,” Baker said. “Maybe he went against the grain a little bit. If he would have focused more and said, ‘This is what I want to do,’ he might be in Moto2 right now. He needs to take this opportunity and run with it.” Baker will race the AFT Twins class on an Indian FTR750.Alejandro Ceresuela