• Chris Evans Promises More Motorcycles On New Top Gear

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by now that DJ and auto collector Chris Evans has been named as one of the three hosts of the revamped Top Gear.

He’s got huge shoes to fill being part of a new trio that will be following up the dynamic troika of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. Evans recently signed a three-year deal with the BBC to be one of the three new faces of Top Gear, but what really got my attention was a tweet he sent shortly after the announcement.

Apparently, the revamped Top Gear won’t have a strict focus on cars like the previous administration because plans are being made to give motorcycles its own time in the Top Gear spotlight.

Rare was the day when motorcycles got some airtime in the old Top Gear so this is a refreshing change in direction that will get a lot of motorcycle fans excited. Since he’s the only Top Gear host that has been announced so far, Evans also sought the comments of his Twitter followers on what they want to see in the new Top Gear.

Apparently, jet skis are also on the table, as are hovercrafts and, well, lunar modules.
I’m not so sure that last one is going to hit off well with viewers unless Evans decides to race a lunar module with a Yamaha YZF-R1M on the moon, but that’s never going to happen.

In any case, the big takeaway here is that Top Gear will place more focus on motorcycles when it goes back on air in God-knows-when.

Continue reading to read more about plans to feature more motorcycles in the new Top Gear.

Why it matters

I’m over the moon with this development. Motorcycles on Top Gear? I never thought the day would come that we’d get to see motorcycles being prominently featured on Top Gear. It rarely happened during the CMH era (that’s Clarkson, May, Hammond, in case you got confused) and in some ways, avid fans of motorcycles felt cheated about bikes not getting nearly the same amount of love as its four-wheeled counterparts.

But if what Evans tweeted is true, it could open up a whole new segment of fans for Top Gear, a population that the previous group never got to tap. I really hope that this happens, not because I want to see The Stig spill off of a Hayabusa because he was admiring himself in the mirror too much, but because motorcycles should’ve had a place in Top Gear all these years.

Hopefully, at least one of the two other hosts partners will have the same vested interest in motorcycles as Evans has had on them in recent years. It would be really cool to see whole segments devoted entirely to motorcycles. I can’t contain my excitement!

A timetable for when Top Gear will return on air has yet to be announced, but I’m already looking forward to it more than I ever have when Clarkson, May, and Hammond were still doing their goofball antics on the show.

Motorcycles on Top Gear, baby! It’s a good day!

Source: Twitter - Chris Evans

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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