Last year, the F-150 enabled Kennedy to explore his newfound passion of motorcycle racing. He won his first race at the Willow Springs Motorcycle Club on his Kawasaki and he finds the big track challenging.
"I've been all over California from Thunder Hill, Laguna, Sears Point, out to Vegas, but big Willow is the only one that is that fast," he says. "It makes you better everywhere else, being you're so comfortable seeing things that fast. Streets of Willow is super fun, whereas big Willow is its own thing. It's not been paved in I don't know how long. There are lines and bumps and sealer. Guys that are going fast out there; it's really, really gnarly what they're doing."
Racing at Willow Springs makes other tracks seem easier. "The Willow guys are so comfortable going that fast. If you're OK going 180 miles an hour without even thinking about it, then you can be at Thunder Hill and go into Turn One at 115. You're so used to that, you should be able to perform pretty well everywhere."
Racing was a natural progression for the biker. "When I was a kid I got myself a dirt bike, a KX 250 two-stroke and I crashed a lot." As a big fan of movies like "The Wild One," he then got into café racers. And in 2007 he attended a MotoGP race at Laguna Seca, which he found was an intimidating environment, but it was also inspiring.
"I'm hoping I get into more racing later this year. It's not my day job and that particular hobby you can get really hurt," he laughs.
Car he learned to drive in
Kennedy grew up riding motorcycles like his dad. Although he had the dirt bike, he rode his 1982 P200 Vespa to high school in Poway, California.
"People don't know that it's cool. Like my KTM here, people that know it's cool, think it's cool. For the most part, they look at me like 'Wow, you got a dirt bike, that's really cool, man.' That doesn't really get girls. Mine was so bitchin' too, I'm such an idiot because I sold it because I was young and stupid!" he says of the Vespa.