May 02, 2019
Real American riders, true adventures from the road, and Helmets For Life.
NEXX North America scouted for adventurous and creative riders to document their journey to one of the biggest and fastest weekends in US motorcycling, and here are their stories:
• Tell us about the bike you rode to and around Austin.
The bike I rode was a custom Harley Davidson Street 750 which I built for the Handbuilt Show. It is an Evel Knievel tribute bike, which I supercharged and crafted lots of handmade parts, including the American flag gas tank and seat cowl.
• How were you travels down to Austin? Any challenges along the way?
Our road to Austin was fun, despite it being a nearly 30 hour haul. We broke it up by stopping in Moab to test run the Harley, and rode dirt bikes on Kane Creek trails and Slickrock trail.
• Was this the most fun aspect of getting down to ATX?
We also stopped outside of Roswell NM to ride offroad, but unfortunately didn’t run into any aliens…
• What was your most exciting experience of MotoGP?
We were lucky enough to have access to Kevin Schwantz’s VIP suite for the weekend! Meeting Kevin and watching the race was an experience I won’t forget.
• What was your favorite bike at the Handbuilt Show?
Jake Drummond’s Omen and Fullermoto’s 2029 were my favorite bikes of the show, but there were a lot of game changing builds there this year!
• Do you recall a favorite moment from the Austin weekend?
There were many great moments, tacos were one of them. As a builder, getting to chat with some of the industry leaders is inspiring and that’s what I value most about shows like the Handbuilt.
• Describe your experience with your NEXX helmet.
I was blown away by the NEXX X.G100 Grand Win helmet when I got it. I was expecting something similar to the other retro-styled helmets on the market right now, but the fit and finish of the X.G100 feels like it's on another level. It feels incredibly secure but still super-comfortable. The visor, closures, and vent systems are all well designed and work great. I have ridden in the helmet a few more times since being home and am looking forward to many more rides!
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