Road Racing | Drag Racing | Stunt Riding | Custom Bikes | Moto Tech OCTOBER 2010 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 1
Kawasaki 2011 ZX10R | STEALTH RIDER Eric Hoenshell | MOTO-Photographer Elizabeth Raab
OCTOBER 2010 - ISSUE 1, VOLUME 1
The Business of Racing
Sizzler at the ROCK!
ELIZABETH RAAB: A VISION OF MOTORCYCLES AS PORTRAITURE
THIS AIN’T YOUR http://issuu.com/action/page?page=12 DADDY’S ZX10R
PETER LENZ: http://issuu.com/action/page?page=40 1997-2010
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KREIG ROBINSON http://issuu.com/action/page?page=30
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THE USUALS http://issuu.com/action/page?page=10 10 THE PRESS ROOM - YAMAHA FZ8, APRILIA 750, DUCATI EVO http://issuu.com/action/page?page=22 22 DEALER SPOTLIGHT - FAY MYERS http://issuu.com/action/page?page=24 24 THE SHOW - THE SHOW - MSP Racing: Krys’ R1 http://issuu.com/action/page?page=34 34 THE GRID - ASK MELISSA http://issuu.com/action/page?page=48 48 THE STRAIGHT LINE - HARDLINE By Rickey Gadson http://issuu.com/action/page?page=62 62 THE REV LIMITER - ILLMATIC http://issuu.com/action/page?page=74 74 THE LIFE
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MEET YOUR: CLUTCH HEALTHY RUBBERS: ARE RACE TAKE OFF TIRES EVER A GOOD CHOICE?
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EDITOR’S LETTER THETEAM
It is my goal to bring you a wealth of information and entertainment pertaining to the culture and sub-cultures of our sportbike world. We’ve incorporated all of the aspects of sportbikes to present a well rounded look at what we are. This magazine is for the road racer, the drag racer, the stunter, the custom builder, the independent rider, the motorcycle clubs and everyone in between.
Anyone that knows me will tell you that it is not often that you find me at a loss for words. In fact, they will most likely tell you that I never shut up. That being the case, I’ll keep this editor’s letter brief so we can get on with the magazine.
Thank you for being here with us as we launch what is sure to be an epic journey. You are appreciated. Special shout out my staff: Diesel, Baz, Leon, Carlos, Tyson, Rickey, Lisa, Melissa, Meekail and Mark. We’re just getting started.
Editor-in-Chief: Allan Lane Drag Racing Editor: Rickey Gadson Lifestyle Editor: Tyson Beckford Moto-Tech Editor: Mark Rozema Contributing Road Race Editor: Melissa Paris Copy Editor: Amy “Diesel” Lane Staff Writer: Lisa Macknik
Best, Allan This issue is dedicated to my grandmother, Antonia Brooks. Rest in peace, Grandma. You are missed. Love you. Antonia Brooks 1921-2010
ART & DESIGN
Ride harder. Hustle harder.
Art Director/Photographer: Leon Brittain New Media Director: Carlos Anderson Graphic Designer: Baz Staff Photographer: Meekail Shaheed
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DUCATI 848 EVO UNLEASHED Ducati has come out swinging in the middleweight class with the special edition 2011 848 EVO. Just a peek at the specs could lead one to salivate. At a glance: 13.2:1 compression ratio, 140 horsepower at 10,500rpm, 72.3 pounds of torque at 9750rpm and newly designed monobloc brakes. The dashboard display is derived straight from Ducatiâ€™s MotoGP technology, all controlled from the left handlebar mounted switch. Weighing in at a dry weight of 370 pounds, the Ducati 848 Evo hits US Ducati dealerships in September, early October 2010. MSRP $13,995 and $12,995 for the Dark Stealth.
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APRILIA’S REDESIGNED SHIVER 750 HITS THE MARKET Aprilia’s 2011 Shiver 750 has been updated with a new sub-frame, thinner rear wheel, a lowered seat height and the addition of a headlight fairing. Powered by an all new 90 degree V2 engine, “Ride By Wire” Technology, let’s see if the Shiver shakes things up. MSRP $8999
YAMAHA ANNOUNCES 2011 LINE UP, INTRODUCES THE FZ 8 Yamaha released its 2011 lineup listing the familiar R1, R6, FZ1 and FZ6R . Joining the Yamaha family in 2011 is the all new FZ 8. A naked, streetfighter styled middleweight, a first for Yamaha. The 779cc engine is liquid cooled with an inline four cylinder, four valve set up and boosts 12.0:1 compression ratio. Combined with the 68.0mm bore and 53.6mm specs, the FZ 8 should have optimum torque for its class. MSRP $8490.
THIS AIN’T YOUR Photos: Courtesy of Kawasaki // Story: By Allan Lane
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THIS AIN’T YOUR DADDY’S ZX10R After many months of speculation, rumors shrouded in secrecy and leaked photos scattered about the internet, the 2011 Kawasaki ZX10R is here. Not only is it here, but it is ready to breathe life back into what some have suggested is an ailing market of the mundane nature. The 2011 ZX10R is here to shake things up a bit. FORM MEETS FUNCTION Let us begin with the aesthetics. This is the most progressive bodywork to leap off of a Kawasaki design board and exist in reality. Aggressive lines matched with sharp edges and curves, it implies movement at a standstill. The 2011 ZX10R looks as if it was carved out of a bullet. A new, all cast, seven piece, twin spar aluminum frame greatly reduces the overall weight of the bike. Less is definitely more. The fewer the pieces, the fewer the welds and the cleaner the look.
New headlights make room for a shorter upper cowl. Sleek mirrors house the turn signals which are equipped with couplers to allow for easy removal. At the rear fender, the license plate holder and rear turn signals are conveniently removable. Three-spoke, gravity cast wheels aid in lightening the ZX10R. The 2011 is 22 pounds lighter than 2010 model. Braking equipment includes two Tokico radial mounted calipers and 310mm petal discs up front. The rear brake setup is equipped with a single piston lightweight caliper and a 220mm disc. The seat has been lowered just enough to complement the lowered adjustable rearsets to maximize rider comfort. The rearsets are positioned slightly more to the front of the bike, when compared to the 2010 model. The angles of the clip-ons are less severe, designed to offer relief on a rider’s wrists and upper body.
The MotoGP inspired dashboard is a complete redesign. The tachometer is a backlit bar graph. The LCD display screen is multi-functioning, offering the following data: speed, mileage, fuel, water temp...only to name a few. Once again, Kawasaki takes the track day rider and racer into consideration by offering a “race” mode for the dash. In “race” mode, the gear indicator moves to the center of the display. A NEW TYPE OF TRACTION CONTROL To be specific, the “most advanced traction control system in all of production motorcycling.” The Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) is like a miniature super computer that analyzes data from various sources measuring RPMs, position of throttle, slip and speed of wheel, acceleration... It then uses this information to predict less than desirable traction conditions. No, it’s not psychic. But it may seem like it. Advance software in the ECU communicates with speed sensors located on the wheels and based upon that conversation, the S-KTRC eases off the power to maintain maximum traction. The S-KTRC operates in three levels. Level 1: Maximum grip track use. Level 2: Intermediate. Level 3: Wet conditions. On the fly selections are controlled via a thumb switch on the left handlebar and displayed on the dash’s LCD display. Additionally, the “most advanced traction control system in all of production motorcycling” offers the rider control of the amount and delivery of the engine’s power in three settings. Here’s how it works: a throttle opened at less than 50 percent falls into the low power mode; medium power mode is similar; full power mode occurs when the throttle is opened more than 50 percent giving the rider access to more power. And what is the source of all this power that is complemented by this plethora of technological advancements? THE ENGINE The 2011 ZX10R’s engine is designed and engineered to be the pinnacle of motorcycle engine development. Displacing 998 CCs, the engine is a 16-valve, dual overhead cam, liquid cooled, inline-four. Those are the only remaining characteristics of the 2010 model.
THIS AIN’T YOUR DADDY’S ZX10R
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THIS AIN’T YOUR DADDY’S ZX10R New pistons are constructed with shorter skirts and are attached to improved connecting rods that produce a compression of 13.0:1. The strategic design and placement of the engine and its components have achieved a lower center of gravity. This mass centralization promises to have a positive effect on the bike’s handling. SUSPENSION The rear suspension mounts horizontally and is positioned above the swing arm, below the subframe. Benefit? Again, mass centralization. It’s fully adjustable equipped with a piggy back reservoir along with low and high speed settings. Up front, 43mm big piston forks offer enhanced suspension performance, control and feedback. HOW DOES IT BREATHE? The 2011 ZX10R’s lung system has evolved. The intake valves are now 31mm over the 2010’s 30mm. The new intake and exhaust ports improve the bike’s breathing.
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Inhale: The ram air intake is redeveloped and moved closer to the nose. Air rushes into a 9 liter air box. Fuel is injected into 47mm throttle bodies, 4mm larger than the 2010 model. Exhale: Exhaust travels through titanium headers into hydroformed collectors and then a pre-chamber that houses two catalyzers. Finally exiting at the silencer. A well-breathing bike, produces more power and performs better. TRANSMISSION Ratio changes are now simpler via a race-inspired cassette transmission. Downshift chatter is minimized by an adjusting “back torque” clutch assembly, similar to a slipper clutch.
If you were so inclined, the 2011 ZX10R is
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Also available with ABS. ABS on a sportbike? the KIBS communicates with the bike’s ECU Yes. And it’s a smart one. and tells it to ease up on the caliper pressure. The Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Brake System The 2011 ZX10R is a brand new motorcycle. (KIBS) is small in size. In fact, the Bosch design New design and new technology. It is the most is the smallest unit ever built for a motorcycle. progressive and innovative piece of machinery produced by Kawasaki. On paper and in The KIBS translates data it has collected from photos, the 2011 looks brilliant. How do the the sensors on the wheels and the ECU and numbers and tech translate in the real world? does the math. If it feels a lock-up coming on,
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BELLS AND WHISTLES SPECIFICATIONS
S-KTRC Electronic Traction Control
Removal LED Signal Integrated Mirrors LED Bar Graph Tachometer | LCD Display Instrument Panel | 43 mm Big Fork Pistons | Horizontal Rear Link Suspension | Adjustable Slipper Type Back-Torque Limiting Clutch Race Style Cassette Transmission | Seven Piece All Cast Frame | Ohlins Twin Tube Steering Damper | Tokico Radial Brake Calipers | KIBS Anti-Lock Braking System (available on ABS model only) 3-Spoke Cast Aluminum Wheels
Engine:.................................................... Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four Displacement:.......................................... 998cc Bore x stroke: . ....................................... 76.0 x 55.0mm Compression ratio:................................... 13.0:1 Fuel system:............................................ DFI速 with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder Ignition: .................................................. TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) Transmission: .......................................... Six-speed Final drive:............................................... Chain Rake / trail: . ........................................... 25.0 degrees / 4.33 in. Front tire: .............................................. 120/70 ZR17 Rear tire: ............................................... 190/55 ZR17 Wheelbase: ............................................. 56.1 in. Front suspension / wheel travel: ............... 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF) with DLC coating, adjustable rebound and .............................................................. compression damping, spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in. Rear suspension / wheel travel:................. Horizontal Back-link with gas-charged shock and top-out spring, stepless, dual-range .............................................................. (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 4.9 in. Front brakes:........................................... Dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers Rear brakes:............................................ Single 220mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper Overall length: . ....................................... 81.7 in. Overall width: . ........................................ 28.2 in. Overall height: . ....................................... 43.9 in. Seat height:............................................. 32.0 in. Curb weight:............................................ 436.6 lbs. Fuel capacity:........................................... 4.5 gal. Color choices:.......................................... Lime Green / Ebony, Ebony / Flat Ebony
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DEALER SPOTLIGHT Photos courtesey of Fay Myers dealership // Story by: Allan Lane
Address: 9700 E Arapahoe Rd,Greenwood Village CO 80112 | Hours: 9am-6pm, Tuesday - Saturday Year established: 1948 Brands sold: Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Polaris, Ducati, Vespa, MV Agusta, Aprilia, Piaggio and KTM. Fay Myers Motorcycle World is a force to be reckoned with in the motorcycle industry. Established in 1948, this dealership has enjoyed forward progression for over 62 years. In addition to its 19,000 square foot showroom, its 6,000 square foot service department and its 10,000 plus square foot parts department, Fay Myers has a full clubhouse open to riding clubs of all kinds. Fay Myers honors the Military, Police and Fire Departments every summer with special employee pricing. Their annual open house is a must attend event with Jason Britton’s Team No Limit and other industry personalities. They also look out for the future riders with their partnership with American Supercamps, setting up a large dirt track in the dealership’s parking lot and hosting a Kids’ Day to teach the riders of tomorrow how to ride dirt bikes. The dealership supports the sport as well, sponsoring Stillwell Racing and 5 Stones Racing Teams. They support the local bike scene via bike nights, demo rides, promotion and other off campus events. With their motto, “Loved by everyone but the competition”, Fay Myers will continue to ride their wave of success for years to come. Contact: www.faymyers.com | email@example.com | facebook.com/faymyersdenver | twitter.com/faymyers
MSP RACING: KRYSâ€™ R1 Based out of Frederick, Maryland, Motorsports Performance Racing (MSP Racing) is on a hot streak. Winners of the 2010 Boz Bros Amateur Bike Build, they approach their builds with a focus on clean aesthetics and attention to detail. The bike is more than eye candy. Krys Efantis, owner and builder, has made key engine upgrades to boost performance and boasts a meaty 172hp at the wheel.
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SPEC SHEET 2005 Yamaha YZF-R1 Owner: Krys Efantis, Frederick, MD Body/Frame: Fabricated Carbon Fiber Front End - MSP Racing Fabricated Rear Subframe and Tail Section - MSP Racing Brakes: Front and Rear Calipers - Performance Machine Wave Rotors and Braided Brake Line - Galfer USA Controls: Clutch and Brake Levers - CRG Nonadjustable Rearsets - Graves Motorsports Exhaust: One off stainless steel pipe, high temp heat coated - MSP Racing Carbon Fiber GYT-R muffler - Yamaha Lights: HID H7 Headlights Performance: Power Commander III - Dynojet Ignition Sytem - Dynojet Air Filter - BMC Velocity Stacks - Graves Motorsports Seat: Carbon and Black Leather seat cover -Luimoto Suspension: Front and Rear Air Ride - AirFX Swingarm: 240 Kit, 8â€? over factory - Trac Dynamics Tires: Venom R Street Rear 300 - Avon Wheels: Royale, 17x3.5 Front - RC Components Royale, 18x8.5 Rear - RC Components Other: Front and Rear Camera Set up, 4.5 Split screen - ANT Racing Built by: MSP Racing, Fredericks, MD Paint by: Creative Colours, Fredericks MD Powdercoat by: ClassicPowder.com
THE GRID NEWS
ROSSI TO DUCATI FOR 2011 MOTOGP
It’s official! The Doctor will be a factory Ducati Rider alongside teammate Nicky Hayden for 2011. Rossi inked a two year deal only a few weeks before Ducati announced that they were renewing Hayden’s contract for another two years.
JOSH HAYES WINS AMA SUPERBIKE 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP
With an overall points standing of 466, Graves Motorsports Yamaha rider Josh Hayes was crowned the 2010 AMA SuperBike Champion after placing seventh in the final round of the series at Barber Motorsports Park.
MotoGP (After Grand Prix of Japan - Motegi Circuit) Rider
Recently announcing an end to their WSBK factory program, Ducati went on to state that they still offer much needed support to satellite team for the 2011 season.
MAX BIAGGI AND APRILIA CLAIM VICTORY IN WSBK
Biaggi accrued a total of 451 points for the 2010 season. That, along with several, he captured the WSBK championship and lead Aprilia to a win in overall manufacturer points.
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Dani Pecrosa
3. Casey Stoner
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7. Nickey Hayden
8. Randy DePuniet
LCR Honda MotoGP
9. Marco Melandri
San Carlo Honda Gressini
10. Colin Edwards
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4. Andrea Dovisioso
DUCATI SAYS GOODBYE TO WSBK
5. Valentino Rossi 6. Ben Spies
BEN SPIES TO FIAT YAMAHA FOR 2011
Yamaha announced that the recently vacant factory seat, in absence of Rossi, will be occupied by Ben Spies. Impressive on many levels but extremely significant because he is still in his rookie year of MotoGP.
YOSHIMURA RETIRES FROM WSBK
Moto2 (After Grand Prix of Japan - Motegi Circuit)
Only for the rest of the 2010 season. It appears that they are heading back to the drawing board to re-evaluate their approach to the championship with a full scale attack in 2011.
2. Julian Simon
3. Andres Iannone
2010 has been an exciting year for the world of racing. It has also been a tragic one. In August and September, we suffered the loss of two rising stars of road racing, #45 Peter Lenz (see article on page 38 ) and #48 Shoya Tomizawa. They will be missed. Our condolences to their family, friends and supporters. FOR MORE LATE-BREAKING NEWS AND HEADLINES
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Rider 1. Toni Elias
Gresini Racing Moto2
Mapfre Aspire Team
Fimmco Speed Up
4. Thomas Luthi
Interwetten Moriaki Moto2
5. Simone Corsi
6. Gabor Talmacsi
Fimmco Speed Up
Tech 3 Racing
9. Shoya Tomizawa
10. Sergio Gadea
Tenerife 40 Pons
7. Jules Cluzel 8. Yuki Takahashi
FIM World Superbike (After Magny Cours - France) Rider
AMA Superbike (After Barber Motorsports - AL) Rider
1. Max Biaggi
Aprilia Alitalia Racing
1. Josh Hayes
2. Leon Haslam
RTeam Suzuki Alstare
2. Tommy Hayden
3. Carlos Checa
Althea Racing Ducati
3. Jake Zemke
4. Jonathan Rea
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
5. Cal Crutchlow
Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
6. Noriyuki haga
Graves Motorsports Yamaha
Rockstar Makita Suzuki
National Guard Jordan Suzuki
4. Larry Pegram
Pegram Racing Ducati
5. Ben Bostrom
Pat Clark Motorsports Yanmaha
Ducati Xerox Team
6. Blake Young
Rockstar Makita Suzuki
7. Sylvain Guintoli
Team Suzuki Alstare
7. Taylor Knapp
RidersDiscount.com-Taylor Knapp Racing Suzuki
8. Michel Fabrizio
Ducati Xerox Team
8. Chris Ulrich
M4 Monster Energy Suzuki
9. James Toseland
Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
9. Bret McCormick
10. Shane Byrne
Althea Racing Ducati
10. John Hopkins
M4 Monster Energy Suzuki
FIM World Supersport (After Mangy Cours - France) Rider
AMA Daytona Sportbike (After Barber Motorsports - AL) Rider
1. Kenan Sofuoglo
Hanspree Ten Kate Honda
1. Martin Cardenas
M4 Monster Energy Suzuki
2. Eugene Laverty
2. Danny Eslick
GEICO Powersports Suzuki
3. Joan Lascorz
3. Josh Herrin
Graves Motorsports Yamaha
4. Chaz Davies
Parkingo Triumph Be 1
4. Steve Rapp
Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati
5. Michell Pirro
Hanspree Ten Kate Honda
5. Dane Westby
Project 1 Atlanta yamaha
- David Salom
Parkingo Triumph Be 1
7. Robbin Harms
Harms Benjamin Racing
7. Tommy Aquino
Graves Motorsports Yamaha
8. Massimo Racoli
8. Bobby Fong
DNA Energy Drink Ducati
9. Gino Rea
9. Clinton Seller
Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha
10. Katsuaki Fujiwara
6. Cory West
10. Chris Fillmore
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Kreig Robinson – Michael Jordan Motorsports and The Business of Racing Photos : Courtesey of Evan Williams and Michael Jordan Motorsports // Story by: Leon L. Brittain
“It’s definitely more involved than throwing a few bikes on a trailer...”
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rom the outside, operating a professional race team owned by one of the most recognized personalities to play the game of basketball may like seem a breeze. You schedule a few a meetings; ensure travel arrangements for the racers, bikes are in order and jet around the country proudly carrying the title of Business Manager for Jordan Motorsports. Sounds easy, right? Not hardly. We had the pleasure to spend some time with Kreig Robinson, the gentleman that truly earned the opportunity to carry such a coveted title. Although an avid rider from his youthful days of yester-year, particularly in the drag race scene, Kreig never imagined a career in
the world of motorcycles let alone working for such a visible team and with such an influential personality as the Owner. With a Major in Communications and Minor in Music, he originally thought he would become a television broadcaster or radio personality. Well, thankfully the universe had other plans for “DJ” Kreig. Through hard work and unforeseen opportunities, Kreig became responsible for operating and running one of the largest Boys and Girls Clubs in St. Louis, MO that had up to 400 basketball and baseball teams. When the Los Angeles Rams relocated to St. Louis, Kreig’s facility was the only location in the vicinity large enough to accommodate the Rams
temporary practice needs until their permanent facility was completed. Several of the players were so impressed with the organization and Kreig that they offered to host workshops and camps for the Boys and Girls Club. Working with pro-athletes elevated Kreig’s opportunities which led to a successful career with Red Bull Energy Drinks as their Marketing Manager. Red Bull is heavily involved in motorsports,so you can see how this is coming back around. It was during MotoGP’s highly anticipated return to the States at Laguna Seca where Michael Jordan noticed Kreig’s hustle with Red Bull and told him he needed him on his team. And as they say, the rest is history.
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Kreig Robinson – Michael Jordan Motorsports
Operating a race team takes more than what most people think. It’s definitely more involved than throwing a few bikes on a trailer and traveling from point A to B. So, what is a typical day like in the life of Kreig Robinson? For starters, Kreig wakes up at 5:30 in the morning to read and respond to the tidal waves of e-mails along with a flood of voice messages. “We now have a staff of approximately 30 employees including painters, engine builders, suspension, development, carbon fiber and fiber glass specialists as well as our transport and race day support team”, says Kreig. As you might imagine, it takes quite an effort to
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orchestrate so many moving parts which plays a critical role in the success of the team. In addition to the logistical matters, Kreig also ensures his long term sponsors such as the Jordan Brand and Hanes remain solid while developing and fostering new sponsoring opportunities and presentations. You also can’t forget to mention his accounting and administrative duties along with oversight of the 23Race.com site. Don’t think for a minute that Kreig spends all of his time in a cushy office addressing the aforementioned responsibilities. He frequently hits the road for a quick trip from his office in Chi-town to the shop in Wisconsin to person-
ally check on things and to meet with his Chief Technical Manager. Although Michael Jordan is very involved with the design aspects of the bike and gear, the budget,rider selection and is very instrumental in securing sponsors, the day-to-day operations fall in the very capable and busy hands of the deserving Mr. Kreig Robinson. So, while the world may have been deprived of the Krazy Kreig & Friends Morning Show, let’s thank the universe for leading him in a different direction as we’re fortunate to witness his talents on one of the most recognized and successful teams in the AMA.
Every month, SBI’s Road Race Contributing Editor and AMA Pro Racer, Melissa Paris will select a few questions from our readers and answer them.
Maurice Williams (Philadelphia, PA): How do you know when your set up or bike is right? Melissa: You know your bike is set up right when you feel confident. To me, that’s the most important thing. If there isn’t something the bike is doing that is keeping you back... well then you’re in a good place. Sometimes you come in and it’s like, “Man this thing is pretty good...I can’t really complain. Natasha May Louis (New Castle, DE): What do you tell people when they tell you that motorcycle racing is a man’s sport? Melissa: Honestly, no one has ever really said that to me! But if someone did, I’d have to laugh. There are more and more women getting into this sport and competing at a level much closer to men then any other sport I can think of.
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Angi Wilk (Pottstown, PA): Why do you think more women don’t race? Melissa: I think there are a lot of reasons for this...A big one is that there are just fewer women riding in general than there are men. Another thing is that a lot of the people racing started riding/racing as kids...and in the past maybe Dad’s were less keen to teach their daughters to ride than their sons. But that is changing for sure...I think we’re only going to see more and more women getting involved.
If you would like to have Melissa answer your questions about racing, riding, training... anything bike related, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photos courtesy of Sean McNew, Peter Lenz.com, motogp.com // Story by: Allan Lane
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THE GRID Peter Lenz was a budding young star... Full of promise, passion and life. Sunday, August 29, 2010. Indianapolis Motor Speedway. USGPRU Race warm up lap. A tragic accident occurred injuring Lenz. He did not recover from his injuries. Later, in the afternoon, a visibly shaken Colin Edwards road bravely to honor his fallen protĂŠgĂŠ in the Moto GP Race. It was fellow racer, Ben Spies that encouraged Edwards to carry on. In 2008, during the Red Bull Rookies Cup, Toriano Wilson was fatally injured during his race in
which he was struck by another racer as he was trying to get clear of an accident. Wilson, like Lenz, was a star just beginning his ascent. Several media sources, external of the motorcycle industry have taken this sensitive time of loss to exploit what they deem vulnerabilities or lack of safety in youth racing. Are their deaths results of lacking safety or neglect? The answer is no. In both instances, the race organizations uphold the highest in safety standards and continually push to make the environments safer than the race prior. The safety equipment utilized by the racers is of the highest level. These young athletes
are in the same proper gear as the racers in the premiere classes. This was an accident. Unfortunately, accidents happen. When tragedies such as this occur, it touches everyone on so many different levels. It is indeed a time for reflection. It is a time to appreciate what you have, and not dwell on what you do not. It is a time to feel, because that is what makes us human. The staff of SportBikes Inc expresses its sincere condolences on the loss of Peter Lenz to his family, friends, sponsors and supporters. Likewise, to the family of Toriano Wilson and any other racer that we have lost, we express our sympathy.
To make a donation to the Peter Lenz Memorial Fund please visit: http://peterlenz.org To make a donation to the Toriano Wilson Memorial Fund please visit: http://www.torianowilson26memorial.blogspot.com Godspeed to them, one and all.
Toriano Wilson 1984-2008
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Shoya Tomizawa 1990-2010 Just before publishing, Shoya Tomizawa passed away as a result from injuries sustained in the San Marino Round of the Moto2 Grand Prix. He shall be missed.
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THE STRAIGHT LINE THE STRAIGHT LINE AMA DRAGBIKE CEASES OPERATIONS Citing economic reasons, rising costs and decreasing revenue, Hammer Motorsports owners of the AMA Dragbike Series shutdown operations. A complete shocker to the drag racing community and industry. This news news even caught 9 time and reigning champion, Rickey Gadson off guard. The following is directly from the AMA Dragbike website: Effectively immediately, Hammer Motorsports DBA AMA Dragbike Series, will cease operations indefinitely. Regretfully, today’s economic climate, rising costs and decreasing revenue makes it fiscally irresponsible to continue doing business. The final details are being worked out at this time. “Motorcycle Drag Racing has been a passion for both of us for many years and we have given all of ourselves to
this sport,” said Brandi Neithamer, Vice President of AMA Dragbike. “We knew this year would be very difficult given the economic conditions, but we never anticipated it would go downhill so
quickly. Scott Valetti and I have a tough road ahead of us to close the business, and we hope to receive the support of the community during this difficult time.” “The AMA will be issuing their own statement regarding the future of the
RICKEY GADSON IS OFFICIALLY THE WORLDS FASTEST BLACK MAN ... On two wheels, that is. While not breaking the land speed record for his class, Gadson topped at an astounding 217mph in the 1650 NA Class over the July 31 weekend.
MIROCK - THE SERIES TO KEEP AN EYE ON
MIROCK has really made an impact in the Mid Atlantic Region’s drag racing scene. Attend any of these events at the Maryland International Raceway or the Rockingham Dragway and you’re in for a great day of racing.
Wheelie bars, slicks and slider clutches are allowed. Delay boxes are prohibited.
MIROCK Classes: Orient Express Pro Street: A professional heads up class for street legal motorcycles. Unlimited engine modifications power upgrades are allowed.
House of Speed Crazy 8’s: Open to street legal motorcycles only, ran on a 8.88 index.
HTP Performance Real Street: A semi professional heads up class for ate model fuel injected bikes. Stock chassis and short wheel bases with minimium electronics. Non lock up clutches are mandatory. FBR Shop Quick 32: Bracket class for Pro E.T. 46 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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Fast by Gast NX Pro E.T.: Bracket class open to street bikes and drag bikes. Wheelie bars, slider clutches and slicks are allowed. No delay boxes. Schnitz Racing Street E.T.: Street bikes only. No slicks, slider clutches, delay boxes or wheelie bars. Afterdark Underground Grudge Racing: Self explanatory.
AMA Dragbike Series,” Neithamer continued. “If there are any parties interested in discussing our operation of the series, please feel free to contact us. We will do everything in our power to help you succeed.” Hammer Motorsports would like to thank all of the AMA Dragbike racers, sponsors and fans that have helped support the organization [formerly AMA Prostar] over the last 21 years. “We have always strived to hold safe, fair and exciting racing events, and we appreciate all that have helped us achieve that goal,” Neithamer said. “Scott and I extend our best wishes to all in our racing community.” Scott Valetti Brandi Neithamer AMA Dragbike
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The HARD LINE by rickey gadson As I sat back thinking about my article for this month, I realized that a life-changing event just happened to me about a year ago that was worthy of sharing. A stranger (at the time) named Burt, appeared at my shop a few months back telling me he remembered me from back in the 80’s when I used to street race my mom’s bike in Philly, which for the record, I never did (in case mom is reading). Anyway, Burt wanted to inform me how long ago he had seen me last. He went on to say that he was in possession of something he felt really belonged to me, and that as soon as he can get some help, he would bring it to me. A month went by and I, of course, thought no more about it, but on a sunny evening in August 2008, one of the most important possessions I could have ever dreamed of was returned to me some 24 years later. In 1979, I experienced a life-changing tragedy. On October 15, 1979, I lost the greatest man in my life to a motorcycle accident. My dad who was riding his Kawasaki KZ1300 was hit and killed by a young kid with only 2 weeks driving experience. In early 1979, my dad ordered and received the very first 1300cc 6-cylinder Kawasaki on the East Coast. I remember me, my mom and dad waiting at the Kawasaki dealership for the truck to get there with the crate and then watching them uncrate the 1st 1300 to hit the streets (so we were told) and servicing it. We left that dealership
“This is the only possession I have that belonged to my father and I plan on restoring it back to its original condition.”
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at 10:30 at night, and I rode home with him on it. One of my father’s favorite sayings was: “If he had to die, he wanted to die on his motorcycle” and tragically he got his wish. There were over 1.000 motorcyclists that came from as far as California to pay tribute to the man who left his mark, and attained unparalleled respect from all motorcycle clubs across the East Coast without ever belonging to one. In 1982, when I was 16, my mother gave me my father’s bike, and I was able to barely touch the ground. This is the very first bike I ever drag raced at ATCO Raceway. I remember running 12.02 just before blowing the motor. My mother sold it shortly after that, in 1983, and bought me a CB1100F which was more suited for drag racing. Now 25 years later, someone appeared at my shop to deliver something he said rightfully belonged to me, and believe it or not, it was my father’s bike… in the same condition (bald rear tire and all as the last day I saw it. The motor was still apart from me blowing it up in 1983. Same color, same radar detector, same tires and all. I couldn’t speak when Burt showed me the bike. I was so grateful and so choked up, that I could do nothing but tear up. This is the only possession I have that belonged to my father and I plan on restoring it back to its original condition. So just when you give up hope on people, someone like Burt comes along and changes your mind. Stay tuned…
THE STRAIGHT LINE THE STRAIGHT LINE
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THE REV LIMITER INSIDE XDL AIRS ON THE VERSUS CHANNEL, OCTOBER 12 Versus will be airing the six episode series “Inside XDL” beginning on October 12. This is an in depth look at the 2010 season of America’s only national stunt riding championship series. Plenty of ride time and behind the scene hijinks with a rogue’s gallery of stunt riders should equal plenty of entertainment if nothing else.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUXSyOaYESQ Click on the XDL image to view the teaser
Check your local listings for dates and times.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUXSyOaYESQ
CLUTCH CONTROL 2010 CANCELLED Philadelphia’s premiere stunt competition CLUTCH CONTROL has been cancelled due to issues with the venue, the Wachovia Center. Apparently, the issues are related to the new owner of the complex, Wells Fargo. The event owner is actively looking for a new venue and date to host the show in 2011. Stay up to date on developments at www.clutchcontrolusa.com.
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very sport has a small fraternity of elite athletes that rise to the top of their game and epitomize the term, “Professional”. What’s the difference between an amateur and a professional? Some may think it’s the money, but that’s not necessarily the case. Getting paid to perform is just a bi-product of years of dedication and hard work. The true difference is: amateurs practice until they get it right, while professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. Showtime is only the tip of the iceberg for professionals. It’s safe to say that most top pros spend nearly 90 percent of their week practicing or honing skills. The other 10 percent is the part the fans get to see; mind-blowing performances that make you say, “How did he do that?” Eric Hoenshell, is one of those elite athletes. In the world of sportbike freestyle, Eric is considered a natural. Anyone fortunate enough to have witnessed his fluid style and robust arsenal of highly skilled tricks just might assume that Eric was born on a bike. As a matter of fact, that assumption wouldn’t be far from the truth. Hoenshell straddled his first bike (a Honda 50cc model) at the tender age of two years old and was racing on the mini track before he turned three. By the age of six, Eric could wheelie his BMX bike with precision and he made the front wheel of his motorcycle point skyward by the age of 12. The rest, as they say, is history. It wasn’t long before Hoenshell claimed his first official practice spot. He and a few of his friends from his hometown of Oklahoma City dubbed the location, “Airport Road” and they practiced there nearly every day. Eric spent countless hours at his hometown stunt-spot sharpening his skills and he eventually turned pro. Now, at the age of 25, Hoenshell is a full-time professional sportbike stunt rider and spends most of his year traveling across the country, performing with Jason Britton and Team No Limit.
Photos: Courtesy of Eric Hoenshell // Story by: Carlos Anderson
ric has appeared on dozens of television shows and in several stunt videos throughout his young career and the one thing that stands out just as much as his riding is Hoenshell’s unique sense of humor. One can only imagine the antics that occur on the Team No Limit tour bus; between Eric’s wacky pranks and Jason’s witty remarks, it’s safe to assume that there’s never a dull moment during those grueling cross-country treks. “It gets fun on the No Limit Bus!!” says Hoenshell, “When you’re on there for 20 to 50 hours at a time, it gets crazy!” Life as a professional sportbike stunt rider is demanding and, at times, downright painful. Eric takes the marathon road trips in stride and always manages to bounce back from the inevitable injuries, because such is the life of a dedicated professional. His most significant injury to date was a severely broken thumb that he suffered while performing at Myrtle Beach Bike Week in 2007. “I broke my right thumb real bad! I lost about 90% of movement in my thumb and had to learn how to ride with my fingers.” When he’s not on the road performing his duties as a rock star stunt rider, Hoenshell likes to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. “I hang out with my dogs and play PS3. In the summer I have a jet ski that I take out with some friends”, says Eric. His time off is seldom and vacations are few and far between. At the time of this interview, Eric was enjoying a short stint on the homestead, but mentioned that he was soon scheduled to hit the road again with Jason Britton and Team No Limit. The tour is certain to pass by a city near you, so be sure to check his website for the tour schedule. Eric Hoenshell’s performance at a Team No Limit stunt show is definitely a sight worth seeing! Currently, you can catch Eric along with rest of the No Limit Team every Wednesday on the Speed Channel’s Stealth Rider. Check your local times and listings.
I broke my right thumb real bad! I lost about 90% movement” – ERIC HOENSHELL
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ILLMATIC Eric Hoenshell’s YouTube video, “The Hoenshell Shutter” became an internet sensation with over 70,000 views in three months. Now Eric and SportBikes Inc Magazine wants to give you a chance to show how ill you can get. Here’s the deal: Submit a YouTube video link, no longer than 2 minutes of you performing your sickest trick. Eric will review each video and select the sickest trick of the month. Win a prize. It’s that simple! Email your sickest trick YouTube video link to email@example.com with ILLMATIC in the subject. In order to be eligible, the rider in the submitted video must be wearing a helmet, gloves, body armor or a jacket with armor in it and long pants or leg armor. Safety first! Wear your gear! *SportBikes Inc Magazine, Eric Hoenshell, partners, sponsors and advertisers are in no way responsible in the event of damage or injury that may result in participating in this competition, to you or your vehicle used in said competition, including death. CLICK HERE TO PLAY THIS VIDEO
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ICON Shuts Down Indy Downtown Indianapolis was on fire during MotoGP 2010 weekend. Setting the blaze on Meridian Street was none other than ICON Motosports. ICON elevated the game by bringing the latest in safety gear and apparel right to the people during their ICON Street Scene fashion event. The show was nothing less than an overload appealing to every human sense. A multimedia amalgamate of stunt performances by Jason Britton, Eric Hoenshell, Ernie Vigil and Nick Apex; music by rap artists J. Pigg, I2K and D.J. JackHammer; videos by ICON Films on the big screen; a fashion showcase displaying the 2010 ICON fall line...Did I mention the stripper poles? For two shows on Friday evening and then again on Saturday evening, Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis was on lock. The spectators were captivated as they witnessed the biggest show away from the track, going down in what is best described as an alley or small parking lot. It was the perfect back drop and the definitive setting. The probability is high that the ICON Street Scene will launch a US tour and visit a city near you.. Stay tuned.
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Photos by Leon L. Brittain // Story by: Allan Lane
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STATS Years Riding: 1 year, 3 Months RIDING STYLE: Street and Track. Moto Corse Performance factory rider bike(s) Owned: Street: Ducati 1198 & Streefighter S Race: Ducati 848, Bimota D85, DB5C and Yamaha R6 FAVORITE PIECE OF GEAR: Arai Helmet and Sidi Boots
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most memorable ride: Mostly track/racing Laguna Seca, CA and Miller, UT
RIDING STYLE: Street and Track. bike(s) Owned: 2005 MV Agusta F4-1000 Tamburini (now w/11k miles) and a recently restored 1983 BMWR65LS FAVORITE BIKE MOD/ACCESSORY: Quickshifter on the F4 Tamburini
QUIRKS: Details bike after every ride most memorable ride: Mostly track/racing Laguna Seca, CA and Miller, UT most RECENT TRIP: 3Days, 775 miles. Pennsylvania to Vermont on backraods on the BMW
Years Riding: 15 years
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Brian “Seven” Lawson
STATS Years Riding: 22 Years RIDING STYLE: Street bike(s) Owned: 1985 Suzuki GS550, 1986 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6, 1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R, 1999 Kawasaki Nija ZX-9, and currently a 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R FAVORITE PIECE OF GEAR: Shoei RF-1000 Caster TC-1 Helmet and Sidi Vertigo boots
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most memorable ride: Nov. 14, 2008 ride from Philadelphia, PA to Mobile, AL to All Throttle MC Anniversary
RIDING STYLE: After years of riding the streets, Lance rides strickly on the track now bike(s) Owned: 2005 Kawasaki ZX6R and has owned everything from a vintage Goldwing, a Yamaha XS650 Street tracker, a GSXR 750, and a BMW Sport Tourer FAVORITE PIECE OF GEAR: Custom suit from Alexa at Sptder Leatherworks
most memorable ride: A “two-up” ride with Chris Ulrich on the M4 Monster Suzuki Superbike.
Years Riding: 19 Years on the street, 6 Years on the track
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THE LIFE Featured Club
#1 Stunnas Motorsports Club
Chapter: Washington D.C. and Maryland • Founded: 2005 • Members: 29 Officials: President - Kam (Kahlid Mustafaa) • Vice President - CUJO (Joe Smith) Treasurer - Prince (Jamaal Christian) • Secretary - Lil’ Steps (Crystal Collier) Sergeant-At-Arms - Jersey (Juwan McCloud) • Business Manager - Precious (Crystal Abarca)
History: The DC/MD Chapter of the #1 Stunnas was founded in November 2005. Officially announced to the #1 Stunna Community in January 2006. Club milestones/memorable moments: The DC/MD Chapter will be celebrating their 5th year Anniversary June 3-5, 2011. Future of the club: The DC/MD Chapter plans to play an active role in the DC/MD community. These plans include charity events such
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as car & bike washes, charity rides and fundraisers which support local charities. The DC/MD Stunna chapter consist of 29 members who all ride motorcycles, mostly Suzukis and Kawasawkis. A strong group of riders that believe in God, family, community service and riding,the members range from law enforcement, military and corporate personnel. The DC/MD Stunnas give back to the community via various community organizations that include
Children’s Hospital, St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home and So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.). The chapter is also a part of the DC Metro Clubs Association (DCMCA). The mission of the Club is to promote safety and camaraderie between all riders of motorsports vehicles and to provide recreational and social activities that enhance the quality of life for all members while partaking in various community service opportunities to help enhance the lives of others.
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MEET YOUR: CLUTCH How many of us really understand exactly how the clutch on our motorcycle truly functions? Do most of us just grab the lever and engage it without ever wondering just what happens inside that cover? A basic understanding of the clutch, the different types of clutches and how they function could actually make a difference in your every day riding experience. The right clutch for the right application can make a huge difference in safety and performance. Let’s take a quick look at the most common types of motorcycle clutches. THE WET CLUTCH The wet clutch is the most common clutch system on modern
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motorcycles. It consists of an inner and outer basket, a “stack” of numerous alternating metal and fibrous plates, a pressure plate and springs. The clutch plates are cooled by engine oil and offer a very consistent feel, smooth operation and low noise. The concept is quite simple; a “stack” of plates are sandwiched between the inner basket and the pressure plate forced together by the pressure of the springs. The friction of the clutch plates transfer power from the outer basket through the fiber plates to the metal plates which are connected to the inner basket, driving the transmission. When the clutch lever is applied the spring pressure is removed from the stack allowing the plates to slip. As the clutch is released the
spring pressure is increased causing friction between the plates until it is fully released at which time the plates no longer slip. The amount and size of the clutch plates and the amount of spring pressure determine how much horsepower and torque the clutch can effectively transfer without slipping. THE DRY CLUTCH The dry clutch is very much the same in design as the wet clutch. The major difference is, as the name implies, it is mounted outside the engine cases. The dry clutch receives no lubrication from the engine oil and relies solely on outside air for cooling. One advantage of the dry clutch is as the clutch wears the engine oil is not contaminated by clutch particles. The dry clutch
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also uses a high metallic content in the fiber plates which aids in prolonging clutch life and offering a higher coefficient of friction. The drawback of the dry clutch is increased noise and clutch residue. THE SLIPPER CLUTCH Both wet and dry clutches are available in a variation known as the “slipper” clutch, which now comes standard on many modern sport bikes. This clutch design adds a new level of safety for riders. The slipper clutch works by adding ramps and springs to the center basket allowing it to force the clutch pack open during heavy engine braking. This reduction in back torque keeps the rear wheel of the motorcycle from locking up or hopping, allowing the clutch to slip until the engine and rear wheel speeds match. Changes in the secondary spring pressure and the ramp angles control the amount of slip under engine braking.
want the clean look of no clutch lever, and also in the dirt bike market where stalling in tight trails may become an issue. Take the time to research what style clutch will work best for your application. With all of the choices currently on the market you are sure to find a clutch that will improve your riding experience.
“The right clutch for the right application can make a huge difference in safety and performance”.
THE CENTRIFUGAL CLUTCH The centrifugal clutch was designed for ease of use and requires no clutch lever. The clutch is engaged by a number of weighted arms that, when engine RPM increases, are forced outwards putting pressure on the outer hub. This style clutch is most commonly found on scooters and smaller displacement motorcycles but variations of this design are becoming more popular on custom cruisers that
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Healthy Rubbers: Are Race Take Off Tires Ever a Good Choice? You know that moment in the corner, full lean entering the apex... you see the exit and roll on the throttle. The quality of your tires in that “moment” can be the difference between a hard driving acceleration out of the corner or a ride ending low-side. Understanding how important tire quality is, I am always puzzled and honestly concerned when I hear fellow riders boast on what a great deal they received on “Race Take Offs”. Takes offs are tires that have been used during the course of a race or track day, and taken off of the bike they were originally used on. Those tires somehow find their way off of the track and onto a good number of motorcycles on the street. Current market price for a set of takes offs: $100.00 to $150.00. There are several types of tire genres that exist on the market today. I am going to remain specific to tires utilized by sportbikes and break it down to two categories: Racing and Hypersport.
All tires have a shelf life. After a 20 to 25 lap sprint race, the tires have served their purpose. The elements of the tires that offer those high levels of performance have burned off. Why would a team or track rider, both frugally watching their budgets, making the most of every resource available to them, some living race to race...
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Racing tires are the utmost in performance, offering the rider optimum grip, superb handling contact surface and maximum lean angles. Typically known as “Slicks”, these tires are treadless, produced with steel belt construction for stability at high speeds and are available in three selections of rubber compounds: soft, medium and hard. For wet conditions, these selections exist obviously with tread patterns for water to escape. Hypersport tires offer the rider high performance for track and street purposes…the best of both worlds. These tires come with a lower price tag than race tires, various tread patterns to select from and they last longer. All the while, they provide excellent traction, grip and handling. For a technical understanding of the science of tires, I spoke with Rich Moore, Roadracing Manager of Pirelli North America to get an expert’s point of view. ___
take the tires off in the first place after a race or session? Because they are no longer of use. Stick a fork in them. They are done. Racers know this. Crew chiefs know this. Manufacturers know this. That is why they are promptly removed or “taken off” of the bike and replaced by a set of new healthy rubbers.
Tires are the only things connecting you and your bike to the ground. Regardless of your riding style, tires can have the most profound effect on your ride or your race. Races have been won and lost based on the state of tires. So think about what you are putting on your wheels. Your life as a rider could depend on it.
// Story by: Allan Lane
SBI: What are tires made of? RM: Carbon Black, Resins, Steel cord, Rubber compounds. Depending on the intended use, the ingredients that make up a tire change accordingly. SBI: How long do/should tires last? RM: Our tires(Pirelli) have to meet certain benchmarks related to each segment in the market. For example; Extended Mileage Sport (EMS), Sport, Supersport, Racing Street, Racing Supersport, and Superbike. Any mileage figure we provide would be the average which can have a wide window subject to how the rider uses it. For example some riders don’t use the front brake much and therefore have front tires that seem to last forever. Other riders use a lot of downshifting and compression braking which can wear more than using the front brake to slow down. Of course with slipper clutches and electronic aids on some bikes make it less of an issue. SBI: What are the different tire compounds? RM: Street tires or race tires? Compounds are not and should not be categorized into specific groups. For example if we use different length curing cycles with the same compound, its behavior and intended use for that tire is different. For our race tires, we have different selections, SC0, SC1, SC2, SC3, and PRO
(Endurance racing). There is a lot of misinformation about these selections and here is the key with Pirelli race tires, you select based on a combination of track temperature, track surface, and intended use (Sprint racing, Endurance racing, or trackday). This is why we have a specific network of race vendors who can properly guide the rider to get the most performance from their tire. Our new race brochure has a bubble chart that demonstrates this in a simplified manner. Every year we revamp our line-up based on what we have learned with new constructions in the world championships where our race products are validated before being brought to market. SBI: What are Heat cycles? RM: Heat cycles for race tires are what happens when the tire is used, heated up to or beyond its recommended “optimal” range (or used in cooler than recommended operating range), cooled down, and then back to being heated again. Each time the tire degrades some. If you are working outside the recommended operating range, performance issues will arise. To diminish heat cycles and get longer life on the tires, it is recommended to keep race tires on a tire warmer so that the temperature remains stable. Our PRO series and Trackday tires have compounds and formulations that are affected minimally by heat
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SBI:Race take offs: Do or don’t? RM: The problem with race take offs on the street is that the person using them will not have the full positive experience they would have had at the racetrack.
Mechanically working the tire means applying loads generally associated with racing and not street riding. Witness what happened to Valentino Rossi not long ago when he slowed for some reason in his early laps on a new tire and this let his tire cool enough so that he lost traction and crashed, breaking his leg. Yes, the example is somewhat extreme but it does demonstrate the importance of selecting tires for the conditions or maintaining those conditions.
For a race tire to work its best it has to warm up. For this warm up to take place two things have to happen. One is pre-heating with a tire warmer and the other is mechanically working the tire which generates heat.
If you buy a takeoff you generally don’t have the choice of compounds and definitely don’t know how many times the tire has been heat cycled. Kind of like warming up a piece of toast multiple times, it gets
cycles due to the nature of what they are asked to do (ie. Endurance racing at any time of day or night, or trackday in any weather), and therefore don’t require tire warmers.
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“Tires are the only things connecting you and your bike to the ground. Regardless of your riding style, tires can have the most profound effect on your ride or your race.”
harder and degrades (At the extreme, think croutons in your salad). We have street and trackday tires that take all the factors into consideration to keep you safe and give you the needed traction. Yea, race tires look cool on the street especially if they are shagged to the edges. Which cost less? Bike repair or the right set of street tires? Takeoffs at the track, “if managed properly” can allow a friend to experience a tire or help set up a bike that started with a different brand of tire. Other than that, used race rubber is a not... ___ All tires have a shelf life. After a 20 to 25 lap sprint race, the tires have served their purpose. The elements of the tires that offer those high levels of performance have burned off.
ing their budgets, making the most of every resource available to them, some living race to race... take the tires off in the first place after a race or session? Because they are no longer of use. Stick a fork in them. They are done. Racers know this. Crew chiefs know this. Manufacturers know this. That is why they are promptly removed or “taken off” of the bike and replaced by a set of new healthy rubbers. Tires are the only things connecting you and your bike to the ground. Regardless of your riding style, tires can have the most profound effect on your ride or your race. Races have been won and lost based on the state of tires.
So think about what you are putting on your wheels. Why would a team or track rider, both frugally watch- Your life as a rider could depend on it.
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ELIZABETH RAAB: A VISION OF MOTORCYCLES AS PORTRAITURE Photos by: Elizabeth Raab // Story by: Lisa Marie Macknik
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n the world of photography what you see is what you get. Until now. One artist has stepped out of the boundaries and into the light. Elizabeth Raab has taken photography to new heights, and has no intentions of coming down anytime soon. She creates undeniable emotion with her use of intense lighting and sensuous angles, always leaving her audience wanting more. Attributing her start to a fortunate grounding as a teen, Raab found her passion for the art form when snapping portraits of her friends.
She figured, what a better way of getting out of being grounded then to convince her dad that she must practice her “new found hobby”. Much to her surprise, Raab immediately fell in love and began studying and surrounding herself with all things alike. Her career took shape when in 1999, she relocated to Italy to work in creative portraiture and enhanced her knowledge of Italian art, paying close attention to one of Italy’s greatest creations, Ducati. After absorbing all Italy had to offer, Raab returned home to the states where her work
continued to evolve into “more abstract interpretation of shape and content”. She began experimenting with saturation and lighting techniques which took her photography to the next level. Raab finds her inspiration in various, everchanging elements. Her love for motorcycles stems back to the days when her dad would come home on his bike, the vibrations of the powerful engine became a part of her. This unmatched feeling was sparked once again when she offered to model for a friend on a
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yellow 749. It was love at first sit. From there, the Ducati became her muse. In her latest collection, the Italian spectacle takes center stage. “In this series I’ve approached and juxtaposed the abstract qualities of the organic and mechanical female forms, highlighting both the complexity in design and emotion of this established Italian motorcycle. The unique color palette of the motorcycle extends from the framework to her hair, eyes reflecting the power of the engine hidden
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underneath the smooth exterior. She is, in a sense, an extension of the bike herself.” Photography has the powerful ability to combine space and time together, to create an eternal visual moment; a feeling, that allows the audience to take part in. Raab describes, “These images are a rich visual stimulation, allowing the viewer an abstract sense of mystery, intrigue, sensuality, and continued curiosity both visually and subjectively. As an artist, these works contain a history of emotional
and creative content; a detached portrayal of personal sexuality and movement while remaining a reserved and solitary piece or body of work.” One who has the capability to realize which moment is right, has a talent that is unparalleled. Elizabeth Raab has got it, and through her eyes we can now perceive the world, and Ducati in a new light. www.elizabethraab.com
She is, in a sense, an extension of the bike herself” – ELIZABETH RAAB
THE NEW ISH ICON • OVERLORD PRIME JACKET This is ICON’s first jacket that utilizes a “race cut” fitting. With its “ICON Attack Fit”, the Overlord Prime jacket offers safety first, with good looks closely following for the gear conscience rider. The inclusion of CE approved armor in the elbows and shoulders and external molded back and shoulder protection raises the level of function in street riding apparel. The Overlord Prime’s chassis is cut from Brazilian leather with perforations in all the right spots to optimize ventilation. Pre-curved arms aid in proper body position, depending on your ride. ICON boasts this as their “fastest jacket”. It may in fact, be their safest. Sizes: S to XXXL Prices: $450.00 to $480.00 Contact: www.rideicon.com
MOVOC 16:3 • “FRAME MEASURE” GRAPHIC T-SHIRT MOVOC 16:3 (pronounced “moe-vok sixteen three”) is turning heads with a collection of motorcycle inspired casual wear. The “Frame Measure” shirt is an artful reflection of sport bike engineering and the foundation of any bike - the frame! Great graphics, great fit and great style! Sizes: M to XXL Price: $24.00 Contact: www.movoc163.com
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PERFORMANCE AND PERFECTION • INDUCTION AIRBOX Performance and Perfection’s Performance Induction Airbox keeps your bike running cool. The cooler your air intake is, the greater your bike will run. Cool air makes power. Hot air does not. Performance & Perfection has constructed their own material that blocks and prevents engine heat from getting into your airbox. This is achieved by covering the outside of the airbox with their flame resistant material which is designed to be bonded to the airbox for life. The Induction Airbox is available in 2 stages. The “Stage 1” Performance Induction Airbox keeps the inside of your airbox 30 plus degrees cooler, resulting in a horsepower gain of 4. The “Stage 2” Induction Airbox lowers the temperature of the airbox an additional 30 degrees more than the Stage 1 version, resulting in a horsepower gain of 8. The Performance Induction Airbox can be purchased directly from Performance and Perfection or you can ship your stock airbox and have it modified by them. Who doesn’t want their bike to run cooler or better?
Price: $149.99 to 389.99 Contact: www.performanceandperfection.com
ZERO GRAVITY RACING • WINDSCREENS FOR 2010 BMW S1000RR Zero Gravity continues their successful line of aftermarket windscreens with the SR and Corsa Series for the BMW S1000RR. The SR series retains the shape and size of the stock windscreen while the Corsa Series is 1.75 inches taller, allowing for greater wind protection at full tuck position. The SR Series is available in clear, light smoke, dark smoke and a selection of other colors. The Corsa Series is available in clear and light smoke. The Double Bubble Series is scheduled for release later this year. Price: Starting at $99.95 Contact: www.zerogravity-racing.com SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 89
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DP BRAKES • STREET CLUTCH KIT DP Brakes is now the only aftermarket clutch manufacturer that offers springs, friction and steel plates all in one kit. The friction plates are composed of a blend of carbon and aramid materials without the asbestos sometimes used by other manufacturers. The clutch springs are made of heat treated, precision wound chrome silicon wire. These elements culminate in “precision gear shifting, feel, resistance to slip and fade, and extended component life.” The Street Clutch Kits are offered for Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and others. Check out their website for your fitment application. Price: $160 to $220 Contact: www.dp-brakes.com
TT ISLE OF MAN • OFFICIAL REVIEW 2010 DVD Amazing “on-bike” camera footage is just the beginning of the excitement offered on the 2010 Isle of Man Official Review. Features include: practice week, interviews, behind the scene access and commentary from James Whitham and Steve Parrish as well as the debut of the Zero Emissions race. Add this to your collection today! Price: $29.95 Contact: www.videoxsports.com
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Love your Motorcycle? INCREASE PERFORMANCE by PROTECTING it inside and out with BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY perfected and proven in INDUSTRIAL and MILITARY applications HIGH-SHINE WAX & RUST BLOCKER
One step paste wax that is the hardest working and brightest shining paste wax on the market. VpCIs seal and protect metal surfaces from corrosion. Protects against UV rays and fiberglass oxidation.
Powerful VpCI® additives combine with the crankcase oil, to protect internal metal parts against rust and corrosion, as well as dirt and other contaminants above and below the oil level. Your engine's performance will improve because of reduced oxidization and less friction.
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The hardest working cleaner/degreaser you can get, plus VpCIs protect metal surfaces from flash rust and corrosion. Biodegradable and phosphate free
Not only stops everything from squeaking and sticking, but also prevents it from happening in the first place. Protects against rust and corrosion for up to a full year.
Eliminates corrosion on all metal surfaces in the radiator, heater core, engine block and pumps. Coats all internal metals with a "molecular umbrella". Your cooling system will react better to the rigors of daily life with protection that will last until you flush your cooling system again.
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VpCIs® bond with metal surfaces to form a protective ‘Molecular Umbrella,’ sealing out air and moisture. that cause rust and corrosion.
Combine this with your fuel once every 3 months for continuous protection. VpCI's will coat all internal metal surfaces against the elements that cause damaging rust and corrosion within your fuel lines and system. Your engine will burn more efficiently thereby improving fuel mileage.
MOTORCYCLE COCOON Feel like your bike is safe from harm by covering it while not in use? Typical covers do nothing other than keep particles from landing on your bike. ACT’s Motorcycle Cocoon contains a powerful Rust Blocker to protect your machine from rust and corrosion by utilizing the same VpCI® technology inherent in all of our products. The cover is waterproof and non-abrasive.
Order Today - Mention Sportbikes Inc. and receive a FREE package of our tool wipes! (Free tool wipe 25 package for orders over $75-expires 12/31/10) ADVANCED CORROSION TECHNOLOGIES Call 317- 241-3398 or visit www.ActonRust.com SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 91
MOTUL WASH AND WAX Allan Lane I would much rather spend my time riding my bike than detailing it. So I am always interested in cleaning products that are easy to use but very effective. What I like about Motul’s Wash and Wax is the simplicity of it. Spray it on, then wipe it off. As it cleans, it polishes and protects. Sort of a no brainer. It gets 6 gears. www.motul.com Rating: 6 (out of 6) gears
Pig Spotters Mirrors with L.E.D. Turn Signals Leon Brittain We all know safety is paramount in this adrenaline fueled passion of ours, but we are also a vain group of fanatics that don’t want to sacrifice style when it comes to our bikes. With that in mind there are few must change items on stock bikes that have to go. One of those items being the very useful, but lack-luster rear mirrors. There are several choices in this area from no-mirrors at all for a super clean look to the single or dual bar-end style. I went with Pig Spotters to keep with the flow and lines of my windscreen. Pig Spotters feature convex mirrors with a 2.75 diameter with four LED’s on each mirror that can be set up as running lights or turn signals. They add the style I was looking for, but “ain’t” exactly the most useful item I’ve purchased. Don’t misunderstand me. They do work, however with a limited viewing range. This is easily remedied. Just turn your head when changing lane positions, which is always a safe practice to follow. Installation was easy and they are stylish, but because of their functionality they get 4 gears. www.stmachines.com Rating: 4 (out of 6) gears
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THIS LIFE: BY TYSON BECKFORD
port bikes are lots of fun but also very dangerous! I have seen my share of accidents and have had a few of my own! They say that there is a 35% greater chance you can be hurt or killed while riding a motorcycle then while driving a car, which I do believe, is true. So why is it that we dress the wrong way when riding them? I am guilty of that, sometimes, depending on how hot it is but I have never seen so many people really pushing the limit like I have seen this past summer during the heat wave of 2010! I’ve seen guys riding in flip flops and shorts and don’t get me started on the passengers… mainly females in short shorts, German helmets and high heels!! Don’t get me wrong, I like the view at first but I also think back at the horrific crashes I’ve had and thought about the dangerous near-death situations my passengers might have experienced. I can honestly say that in more than half of my crashes, the passenger would have died because the gear they were wearing was improper or not up to spec. So I spent the past few years reading and looking into who makes the best gear for sportbike riders. I seem to have found, in my opinion, the best on the planet or what I would strongly recommend. I’m not telling you to pick exactly what I wear, but do your homework and pick what’s best for your riding style and your budget. I have a friend who spent a season watching me and my boys ride. I feel like he was in it for the glory not so much the passion. The passion is the reason most of us risk our lives as we enjoy and live for the
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sport. I told him to not get into the scene if he is going to be a poser because you can get killed or seriously hurt riding! I sent him to look at riding gear, such as helmets, gloves, jackets, and boots, and showed him the different companies that I trust for my skin and my life. He wanted to buy a $100 helmet. I said look into an Arai helmet, which is what I consider, the best that money can buy. At first, he didn’t get why he should buy the more expensive one until I said to him, “What’s your head worth to you?” I told him to look into what he’s buying regarding safety ratings and the amount of money these companies spend on Research and Development for their products. I’ve seen this guy spend money on nice watches and buying drinks for ladies, but you don’t want to spend good money on great riding gear? The point of this whole article is to stress safety to you, the reader. And most importantly for you as a motorcycle rider, to wear your gear and do your homework on which company has the products that best fit you and your budget. I personally rock Alpine Stars and Arai for life! I love that it’s fashionable enough for the Red Carpet, but also built to protect and save me from injuries. I’m not saying that one might never get hurt during a crash, but I feel I have more of a chance of walking away from one and not having serious injuries. Take your time and look into what’s best for you. Please wear your gear and don’t take your safety or others riding with you for granted. You can always buy another bike, but you can’t buy another you or another friend or loved one.
Ducati’s 848 Evo Tony Carbajal The Show: “Tight” Mike Webb’s Garage Passion The Grid: 2010 AMA Superbike Champion, Josh Hayes Improve Your Skills: Where’s your head at? More staff stuff, more product reviews and testing!
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EVERYDAY IS A RACE DAY. DIABLO ROSSO™ Corsa. Every corner is pure excitement. Stable in braking, precise in line, fast on exit and the throttle beckons to be opened again. A riding experience Pirelli brings to the road directly from the Superbike World Championship. From the rear tire’s three zone differentiated compound and EPT technology that optimizes the contact patch, exceptional performance is guaranteed both on the road and on the track. DIABLO ROSSO™ Corsa: every day is a race day. 98 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM