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THE TEAM Publisher/Editor in Chief: Allan Lane


Lifestyle Director: Tyson Beckford

Staff Writers: Dystany Spurlock Michael Lawless Lion James Meekail Shaheed

Fashion Editor: Kiana Gadson

Contributing Writers: Alicia Elfving Tammy Means

Drag Racing Editor: Rickey Gadson

Copy Editor: Angela Lane

Road Racing Editor: Corey Alexander


Moto Tech Editor: Thomas Campion Riding Editor: Eric Wood Rev Limiter Editor: Leah Petersen

Creative Supervisor: Leon Brittain Graphic Designer: Baz Cover: Photographer: Anna “RED SPADE” Rigby

Bike Life Editor Lady Kim International Correspondent Billy Morrison

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SBI’s Drag Racing Editor Rickey Gadson has announced the details regarding his annual charity ride that benefits the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pediatric Diabetes Center. Rickey Gadson’s Rolling with Speed and Strength Pediatric Diabetes Charity Ride will take place on Saturday, May 24 in Myrtle Beach, SC over the Bike Week/Memorial Day Weekend. Rickey has made it ever so easy to help make an impact in his charity by way of donation. For a donation of $25.00, you will receive a free Rickey Gadson/Speed and Strength tee shirt to wear on the ride. If you donate and


are one of the first 500 to donate, you will have your name listed on the back of the shirt. Motorcycle clubs and businesses also can have their names listed as supporters for a minimum donation of $150.00 and receive 5 shirts. SportBikes Magazine is proud to be one of the sponsors of this noble and heartwarming charity ride event. Among other reasons, the fact that 100 percent of the donated money is given to the Pediatric Diabetes Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For more details on how to get involved, please visit

MV AGUSTA UNVEILS THE F3 800 AGO Paying tribute to the legendary Giacomo Agostini, MV Agusta has unveiled the F3 800 Ago in honor of the man that took MV to Gran Prix glory 15 times. There will be only 300 of the bikes produced and will be available to US dealers in mid summer. Each bike will be accompanied by a numbered plaque on the steering yoke, Agostini’s autograph on the fuel tank and a certificate signed by Agostini, as well. MSRP: $24,598.

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is heavily promoting Motorcycle Safety Awareness in the month of May. The emphasis is to remind all vehicles to “share the road”, be alert and aware and to help keep riders safe.


THE PRESS ROOM CHRIS “TEACH” MCNEIL SIGNS WITH JOE ROCKET Pro Freestyle Stunt Pioneer, Chris “teach” McNeil has just inked a deal with Joe Rocket for 2014 and 2015. McNeil, the only factory BMW Pro Stunt Rider will sport and promote the Joe Rocket brand while performing and competing in over 30 events and competitions throughout the season. “Joe Rocket has been a championship brand for many years and I’m excited about the opportunity to represent Rocket Nation and help keep Joe Rocket at the forefront of the industry for many years to come.” — Chris “Teach” McNeil.

VOTE NOW! SBI HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A BIKERS CHOICE AWARD SportBikes Inc Magazine has been nominated for a Bikers Choice Award in the category of BEST MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE IN 2013. The ballots are officially open so please show support for SBI by visiting and casting your vote. Also nominated in their respective categories are SBI’s Drag Racing Editor RICKEY GADSON and Staff Columnist DYSTANY SPURLOCK. The winners will be announced at the 2014 Bikers Choice Awards Show which goes down live on May 24, 2014 at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC as part of Memorial Weekend Black Bike Week. SBI’s very own Lifestyle Director, TYSON BECKFORD will be serving as the Celebrity Host for the event.


ROCK GUITAR LEGEND BILLY MORRISON JOINS SPORTBIKES INC MAGAZINE SportBikes Inc Magazine has added the talents of Rock GuitarLegend, Billy Morrison to the SBI staff. Morrison, whose father and uncle both raced motorcycles professionally, has shared the stage with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Steven Tyler, Slash, Robbie Williams, Lou Reed, Ronnie Wood and Jerry Cantrell, just to name a few. Currently playing guitar for Billy Idol, Morrison will contribute to SportBikes Inc with a monthly column entitled, “Dirty Little Secrets” that will chronicle his life as a passionate motorcyclist and enthusiast that just happens to tour the world as one of the most raging rock guitar icons on the face of the planet. “SportBikes Inc Magazine and Allan have been huge supporters of mine for a few years now. And I have admired and respected Allan for the way he puts SBI together each month, with genuine care and love for his magazine. So I’m super happy to have joined such a passionate team and hope that my contribution helps SBI to grow and become even stronger and more entertaining for the two wheeled community.” – Billy Morrison. “Billy and I have known each other for a few years and he has periodically contributed to SBI. With him joining the team in a more consistent capacity, the content of the magazine will definitely be enriched. SBI is a motorcycle lifestyle brand. Having great quality individuals involved with the magazine that fully and authentically represent the motorcycle lifestyle is what makes SportBikes Inc Magazine stand out from the rest. Billy’s a wild one so you know he’s got some stories to tell. Stay tuned!” – Allan Lane, SportBikes Inc Magazine Publisher and Editor in Chief. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 15

THE PRESS ROOM KAWASAKI’S BIKE NITE IN THE DAY LITE: THE WINNERS The competition at Kawasaki’s 2014 Bike Nite in the Day Lite in Daytona was serious. A great turn out of motorcycles in various styles and classes made for a well rounded custom

Here are the winners:

Billy Ray Bryant from Catlett, VA 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 Most Unique

Rene Saint Martin from Sainte Victoire de Sorel, QC, CAN 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Best Cruiser 16 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

bike show. Bike owners were competing for a 16 gigabyte iPad mini, a $500.00 debit card or a set of Pirelli tires in the following classes: SportBikes, Vintage, Cruiser and Unique.

Glenn Bergin from Churchville, PA 1973 Kawasaki H2 Best Vintage

Ricky Taylor from Daytona Beach, FL 2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14 Best SportBike SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 17


Email SportBikes Inc Magazine at INBOX@SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM. Every month, we are giving away a R25 Back Pack from Kriega and an SBI T Shirt to the LETTER OF THE MONTH! Dear SBI, Will you ever do a print version of the magazine? - Sam Austin, TX Sam, SBI is indeed a digital magazine and has been so from the start. We intend to remain digital for the fact that as technology progresses, SBI will continue to progress in the manner that we present the digital reading experience to you. However, we do have plans in the very near future to release a limited edition print version of SBI. Let’s just remember that this October marks a five year birthday for us so our print offering will coincide with that milestone.

LETTER OF THE MONTH Dear SBI, I see that your magazine sponsors massive street rides in the city of Philadelphia. How can you as supposed voice for the bike community justify your participation in such a dangerous and unlawful event call Shut the City Down, especially after what happened in New York. You guys have a nice publication. It just seems counter productive. I guess some people learn the hard way. - Will Boston, MA


Will, Thanks for reading. Believe it or not, we get asked this question quite often. Not only do we sponsor and host the event... We actually produce the ride. Meaning, SBI sits down with the city officials and the affected police departments weeks in advance to discuss the date, time and route of the ride. Yep, we actually have the support from the local law and government agencies. They not only support and advise on the ride, they encourage it. While it is not a police escorted ride, the Shut the City Down ride is an organized run that has a specific start and end point. The message of the ride to exemplify what cool things can happen when you as an individual or a large group approach the appropriate parties and ask for support beforehand instead of waiting to be forgiven after the deed is done. The Shut The City Down ride brings riders from all over to ride into the city for a classic Philly Cheesesteak at a well known spot in South Philly. A riders meeting is held before we depart from the meet spot to inform everyone as much as possible of the route and any other concerns or issues that may be pertinent. While a majority of the riders are out for a cruising large group ride, there will always be one or two individuals that are going to act a fool. Regardless, for the last few years that we have had the ride, we’ve been blessed with enjoyable afternoons of camaraderie and community. SBI is a motorcycle lifestyle brand. Riding is the focal point of our lifestyle. Spreading the message and showing the benefits of healthy and positive rider images that work within the support of the city and law agencies opens the door for more cool stuff to happen.



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service and enhancement, they are also well versed and offer uber quality service for other Italian brands such as Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta and Bimota, to name a few. Moto Corse Performance takes their passion of high end beyond the walls of the service bay. They are heavily active in the Florida racing scene competing in the CCS and WERA series.

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he One Motorcycle Show or shall we refer to it as the One Motorcycle Snow, of 2014 was something else to say the least. One of the best things to happen to motorcyclists of the Pacific Northwest in a long time, it draws in upwards of 10,000 people each year over the weekend of the event. This year was no different, despite a massive snow storm taking nearly all of Oregon by surprise in the middle of February... a rarity and new record for the area. Builders trekked in from across the nation and even overseas, braving the blizzard for the one of a kind motorcycle show. Huge names unveiled major builds, attendees essentially witnessing history being made in motorcycling by the growing number of riders taking design into their own hands. Icon Motosports produced a bike for Triumph America, even... prominently displayed with their other eye catching rides. "Go fast, look flash" is their motto, exuded by their custom bikes in overall shape and each back-breaking detail. Classified Moto brought over their new builds all the way from Virginia, El Solitario travelled over 10,000 miles arriving literally in the nick of time with their bike the Impostor, snow dappled from riding in

an open crate on the back of a Penske truck. The hurdles were large and the trip arduous for many, but a couple inches of snow and ice were not enough to shut down the One Moto Show. We are determined. A motorcyclist cannot easily be deterred from a task. The transition from show set up to doors open was seamless, except for the throngs of folks flooding in to see the amazing variety of builds spanning two stories in the huge historic SE Portland building. From the bustling photo line and shuffling bikes around on display blocks to a packed house in less than an hour... an amazing sight for such a 'small town'. Live bands each night, fresh pizza and coffee, multiple bars... this event is an inspiration for all others. A motorcycle show that leaves one with a deeper sense of community once it's over, one that promotes collaboration and creativity instead of pigeon-holing and smack talk. Built on the idea that the perfect motorcycle is a completely subjective reality, the One Motorcycle Show curates a truly eclectic collection of bikes that can impress both the grey beards, new riders, and everyone in between. Missing next year's show would not be wise. And hey, there probably won't be snow. 










THE GRID: NEWS MOTOGP: DISCOUNTED 2014 RED BULL INDY GP TICKETS FOR SPORTBIKES INC READERS The 2014 Red Bull Indy MotoGP round is scheduled for August 8-10 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. SportBikes Inc Magazine has teamed up with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to offer discounted ticket packages for the race weekend. The package includes reserved seats for race day, August 10, in the Southwest Vista, a Friday/Saturday combo ticket and official IMS souvenirs. Also included is a $5.00 retail coupon for IMS Merchandise. This ticket package also includes motorcycle laps on the

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AMA: NJMP ANNOUNCES KAWASAKI AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR 2014 SEASON FINALE WEEKEND New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Devil’s Showdown AMA Pro Racing weekend has landed Kawasaki as the title sponsor for the final round of the 2014 season. The race event is officially titled the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown and falls right in line with Kawasaki’s year long celebration of 30th anniversary of the Ninja.

MOTOGP: SCHWANTZ AND DEPUNIET TEST THE NEW SUZUKI AT COTA Following the Grand Prix of the Americas, 1993 World Champion Kevin Schwantz laid down some rubber at the Circuit of the Americas, completing 11 laps on the Suzuki MotoGP bike. Schwantz had a best lap time of 2.12.75. Fellow test pilot, Randy De Puniet also put the machine throught the paces, completeing 56 laps with a best time of 2.06.41. Both riders expressed positive feedback from the

bike noting stability, agility and power. Suzuki is looking to reenter the MotoGP paddock in the 2015 season, however no official nods have been given toward whom they will select as riders. Speculation of De Puniet is strong, but no official remarks have been made other than that he is a candidate for the seat.


THE GRID: NEWS MOTOGP:KEVIN SCHWANTZ JOINS THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS AS OFFICIAL MOTORCYCLE AMBASSADOR Kevin Schwantz will join Circuit of the Americas as the official motorcycle racing ambassador as announced via press release. The legal battle between both parties sent shockwaves throughout the global racing community when it sparked last year. However, both Schwantz and COTA have settled their legal differences with a new agreement that places Schwantz in a position to promote motorcycle racing at the circuit and serve as ambassador. Schwantz will also served as Grand Marshall for the Redbull Gran Prix of the Americas led parade laps over the race weekend between practice sessions. COTA supported Schwantz’s efforts to raise funds for the Simoncelli Foundation. For every ticket purchased for the GP race, COTA will donated $1.00.


AMA Pro Racing announced SOZO Motorsports as the official beverage partner for the 2014 season. SOZO is an all natural energy drink made from coffee fruit extract. SOZO will be in attendance at select racing


events offering free samples as well as offering an opportunity for one sweepstakes participant to win a a custom 2014 Suzuki GSXR 600 at the end of the season.

MOTOGP: COLIN EDWARDS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT During a press release, veteran rider Colin Edwards announced that he would be concluding his career at the end of the 2014 season. Edwards’ career has spanned 22 seasons. Edwards won the 2000 and 2002 World Superbike Championships before arriving on the MotoGP grid in 2003. Since 2003, he has been a rider for five different teams and has 12 podium finishes under his belt.

THE FIM CELEBRATES 110 YEARS The Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme is 110 years old. Founded in 1904, the FIM has unveiled a new logo to honor this miletsone. Originally called the Fédération Internationale des Clubs Motocyclistes, the organization was composed to host the International Cup in Dourdan, a race in Paris supported by Austria, Denmark, France, Germany and Great Britain. In 1949, the group changed their name to the moniker that we know them by today, FIM, the same year that the Road Racing Championship Grand Prix was launched... now known as the MotoGP Championship. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 37


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chose it because it was the year I was born.”








“Love is the feeling you get when you like something as much as you like your motorcycle” - Hunter S. Thompson I

feel as though that very quote is more than fitting for this months riders edition of SBI. Aside from racing and having a career riding motorcycles, it’s much more than that. It’s a hobby, it’s a sport, and most importantly a way of life. I spend the majority of the time I’m aboard any motorcycle trying to avoid getting off, both willingly and unwillingly, and the time I’m not aboard one wishing I was. Literally one of my first memories of the day when I got my first bike on my fifth birthday, a JR 50. From then on, as I grew so did my abilities. As my abilities out grew the bikes so did I. Bike by bike, year by year, I grew up along with my various bikes. I think it’s important to recognize not only as riders but as people just how significant and life changing motorcycles can be. The memories I have made aboard a motorcycle far outweigh anything else in my life. I remember how excited I was to hop on a KX-65 and ride with a clutch for the first time. I remember what it felt like to feel the

smoothness of the pavement when i first started out on a supermoto bike when I was 11. I remember what it felt like the first time I rode around the banking at Daytona at an AMA Pro Roadrace on my GSXR 600. I remember what it felt like to get my first win, the sheer disbelief I was in that I won a race by almost 20 seconds in the rain, also riding a GSXR 600. I also know what it feels like to break bones thanks to my first injury aboard a RM-Z450. Contrary to that I also know what it feels like to come back from not walking for three months, to feel the worst pain in my entire life, and to be unsure that racing bikes is what I really wanted to risk my life doing... all to win a championship that very year. I owe so many experiences and feelings I may or may not have ever felt, thanks to riding motorcycles, as you can see. The people I met, the fact that I’m writing an article in this magazine, the family I’ve grown to love, I owe all to motorcycles. I struggle to find the SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 43


excitement in many other aspects of life due to the joy and sheer adrenaline I get out of going fast, hitting that perfect line, and above all; winning. Most people resort to various ways of stress relief... Some legal, some not. For me, the entire world could be crashing down but the focus and whole heartedness I put into riding makes all of that disappear. I can only hope that every other motorcyclist feels just as strongly and can only wish that everyone else in the world knew what they were missing out on. Perhaps motorcycle racing 44 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

would then prosper a bit more particularly in the U.S. If you are an adult or a parent or a grandparent, get out and ride. Particularly if you are a parent, give your children all the opportunities that you can to them. Obviously I’m biased to motorcycles, but I truly believe that there is nothing, absolutely nothing more life changing and life molding than motorcycles and motorcycle riding. P.S. I won both my races in Daytona, you can catch them on the AMA Pro Roadracing YouTube channel!










portBikes Inc Magazine’s own Cory Alexander was the talk of the town at AMA Road Racing’s season opener in Daytona on March 14-15. Cory made it look easy! After taking the pole position for the Pro SuperSport race, he led every lap with ease and won both races. At times as I photographed Cory on the track, it seemed like he was there alone…this characterizes the gap he had on the other racers. Alexander rode a flawless race aboard the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki. Cory is clearly looking for a National Championship. The Daytona 200 on Saturday belonged to Danny Eslick aboard the Riders Discount Triumph! The 73rd running of the 200 was historic in that it was the last for the middleweights. Next year’s 200 will be run by the AMA Pro American SuperBike class. Eslick stated that this win was for longtime friend Tommy Aquino who was killed in a motorcycle accident while training on February 2 of this year. An emotional Eslick was fist pumping on every lap and stopped to climb the fence at Daytona to greet his fans after taking the win. Eslick was spurred to win by taking the pole on Friday and garnering the coveted Rolex watch. Triumph hadn’t taken this win since 1967 so this was a special win for the team as well. It was a strange sight seeing Josh Hayes sporting the number 2 plate on the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha. Three time AMA Pro SuperBike champ Hayes lost the #1 plate to Josh Herrin last year. Having the #2 plate on his bike did not deter Hayes, he took the win on Friday by a narrow 0.025 seconds. The mechanical demon visited him on Saturday and Cameron Beaubier battled Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas and took the checkered flag. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 49




THE GRID: DAYTONA 2014 Kyle Wyman took first in the Harley-Davidson XR1200 seven lap race on Friday. Wyman took his third win in four tries at Daytona. Not only did Wyman win the Harley race but he placed 6th in his debut running the Daytona 200. After starting in the 13th spot in the 200, he was able to power the Yamaha R6 to 6th thanks to a competent and quick KWR/ Millennium Technologies crew. Daytona never disappoints and this year was no exception, a great start to the AMA Road Racing season.




Images: Courtesy of Chance Gray



NAME: Chance Gray HOMETOWN: Lodi, CA AGE: 44 ASSOCIATION/AFFILIATIONS/SERIES: Instructor for Precision Trackdays/ARC Trackademics and AFM Club Racer #830. My main sponsors are Arsenal Leatherworks, Catalyst Tuning and GOALS: Being that my first race in my life was only a month a go at AFM R1 at Buttonwillow, my goal for the season is to race every race of the series and podium by the end of the year. ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

I finished fourth in my first Formula 40 Race, and have well over a half million miles under my belt. Besides racing, I also do more than 25 trackdays per summer at Thunderhill, Laguna Seca, Buttonwillow, Infineon and Reno Fernley Raceway. In the 26 plus years of riding in my life, I’ve never been without a motorcycle.

DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: My passion is to always be an ambassador and promote safe instruction to others til the day they put me six feet under. Without Motorcycles my soul is empty. CONTACT:



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iding for me is not just all about having the fastest bike or adding parts to make my bike personalized just for me. I ride for a reason. I ride for me. Riding for me is one of few things that actually allow me to relax and be free. It gives me a sense of security. It allows me to express myself, whether its riding down a drag strip at 130mph or just going for a cruise in my hometown with some friends. Being a drag racer, of course I like to twist the throttle a little more than a causal rider, but riding responsible is always my focus when I am on the street. Riding for a cause, riding in charity events is the next biggest reason I ride. One of my biggest passions is being able to give back to others. The fact that I can ride for a cause or be apart of a charity event makes me super excited. I don’t think there is a better feeling than being able to give back to the community, the people within the communities, and raising awareness. Sometimes, the awareness is strictly to let others know that motorcycles are just as important on the road as other vehicles. Last year I got the opportunity to ride with my uncle Rickey and Aunt Ki in their Pediatrics Diabetes Ride at Myrtle Beach Bike week. That was the most exciting part of the entire trip. Seeing the huge turn out of bikers from all over the United States that came out to support was truly an powerful moment. Riding for a cause allows me to inspire others just to become apart of the two wheel family. Being a female in a male dominated arena, I love hearing from other female riders or even seeing them on their bikes. Females are just as capable as men are at doing things and I am always open to any type of female empowerment. So when I’m in the staging lanes getting ready to go down the track or just out on the street going for a cruise, I’m always riding for a reason. To all the riders and future riders just remember when you are out on the highways, backroads, twisties or just cruising your hometown streets, ride smart, ride responsible, but most of all ride for a cause. Be blessed!



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ow that Daytona bike week is behind us, another bike week is quickly approaching and I’m sure as always,everybody is scrambling to get their custom work finished and trying to find a trailer to use if they don’t have their own or trying to arrange for someone to take their bike down to Myrtle. This bike week is known as “Black Bike week” and it is going to be on and poppin with all the festivities planned in North Myrtle Beach for 2014. But as the last minute hustle and bustle stays the same, the dynamics have absolutely changed in Myrtle Beach compared to the 80’s. I remember in 1988 I was invited to go to Myrtle Beach by my mom, who was a motorcyclist who had been going since the 70s so you know that Myrtle Beach Bike Week at the time was mostly old timers. I remember the day me and my brother Skip loaded my modified Honda Hurricane beside his Carpenter race prepped Katana on the trailer behind my Vette and headed to South Carolina. Since we had just made a nice piece of change during Daytona bike week a couple months earlier we were gambling on the same results in Myrtle. Within minutes of arriving in Myrtle we saw all the motorcycles cruising around I quickly unloaded my Hurricane and headed for the long straight roads of Conway, South Carolina. One thing that hasn’t changed about Myrtle however... The cops!



THE STRAIGHT LINE: LINES OF A LEGEND Before I knew it the police were chasing me and the bottom line is I got my bike confiscated and got arrested within an hour of arriving there. The charge: traveling 150mph on 501 in a 55mph zone. And so my bike week began like many other young fools’ did.


The next day it was a lot of hot rodders down on Atlantic Beach doing burnouts and drag racing for 300 feet. Me and my big brother Skip’s hustle mentality kicked right on in and we scouted out some potential “financial donors” as we called them, which wasn’t hard. Especially since I was riding a Honda and

nobody believed Hondas was fast back then and still don’t now. Only the guys we raced this time tried to cheat by shortening the quarter mile and saying that the starting line and finish line on this short street was already marked. But since we were in their backyard, we decided to just go with it so we could get a race going. When my brother who was the flag man, dropped his hands we both took off!

car that couldn’t move out the way. My brothers face was the first face I saw when I got pulled out from under the passenger door. To this day I don’t know how he got down there so fast. To make a long story short I ended up in the hospital and spent another day not enjoying the beach because of my dumb decisions. First day... jail. Second The rest of my days were spent in pain watching sunny days from my hospital window with my brother by my side, most of the time.

Unfortunately for me my bike didn’t hook. I was spinning all through first and second gear but my opponent who knew he had the home field advantage, knew the traction on this road wasn’t good and left way softer. He left on me but despite the holeshot I was picking him up by third gear. By the finish line I was sitting right beside him. And if you know anything about street or grudge racing then you know an argument began. Now it’s all about who was in front by the finish line. After all the arguing we agreed that no one was getting paid and that we’d have to run it back but this time we would run a true quarter mile and instead of my brother flagging the race Skip would mark the quarter, which was a whole 200 feet farther, damn cheaters... but this time the results were clear.

Myrtle Beach and Daytona Beach were the headquarters for me and my brother Skip’s street racing hustle. And we made a lot of money street racing back then but like I said earlier, Myrtle has forever changed and so has my life!

I spun the tire real bad even though I left alot less aggressive. There wouldn’t be any question about who won this time! I passed him in between their shortened finish line and the real one but there was one problem that they already knew about and didn’t tell me. When I passed the finish line and I looked up I realized that I was running out of real estate which meant I was in big trouble! I was quickly approaching cars that were backed up on Highway 17 from the traffic and I was headed straight towards the passenger side door of a

The Rickey Gadson’s Rolling With Speed N Strength Ride for Pediatric Diabetes will once again be held in Myrtle Beach on Saturday May 24 at 3 pm. Diabetes effects the quality of life for these kids and I believe with rides like these we can really make a difference in some peoples lives. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help with research. Go to to donate or sign up for the ride.

In 1992 I lost my only street racing motivation which was my older brother Skip who was the King of the street racing scene, to complications of Diabetes at the age of 37. Carrying on his legacy had motivated me to become the best racer I can be. My brother’s early departure from life has been the driving force behind me doing a Pediatric Diabetes Charity ride. I worry a lot about my family and the millions of other families dealing with the complications of Diabetes.



Images: Courtesy of Mark Brice Lloyd Johnson, Sr.



NAME: Mark Johnson, Sr. HOMETOWN: Dresher, PA AGE: 60 GOALS: My goal is to get my NHRA license this year and compete in a couple MIROCK races and just do what I love to do. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Attended Rickey Gadson’s Drag Racing School and progressed from running mid 12 second quarter mile ET’s just the week before to running a best ET of 9.43 at 151 mph in just two days! Ran a 9,80 on a 9.78 dial in Street ET at The Fast by Gast Fall Nationals at Maryland International Raceway! DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: My passion for motorcycles spans 53 of my 60 years. CONTACT:










he Northeast stunt scene has been through a lot this past year. With the growing popularity of massive street rides police forces have been cracking down with new methods of tracking, identifying and charging riders. Riders are discovering more and more that just because they finished the ride without getting “caught” that won’t mean they won’t get a knock at the door days or even weeks later with criminal charges. Beyond the police, the public is growing more and more aware of stunt riding through news stations covering mass rides to pop culture rap songs and even a new documentary titled 12 O’clock Boys which is getting national coverage and reviews in publications like the New York Times. If you’re not already familiar with the documentary it was directed by Lofty Nathan and focuses on a few years in the life of one inner city youth named “Pug.” Pug dreams of popping wheelies and riding with the notorious Baltimore 12 O’clock Boys. The film does a great job of illustrating Pug’s broken home and the unfair society that doesn’t seem to care about him. The film also explores the exciting albeit illegal world of the Baltimore dirtbike scene, with their helmetless chaotic rides that normally end in a police chase. The story does a nice job of mixing the cons, such as their taste for stolen bikes, with the pros, like the pureness of a child’s love for riding. For me the film ended on a lackluster note, despite showing great heart and dedication to bikes in his early years, Pug doesn’t learn the skills necessary to roll with the 12 O’clock Boys and seems to become a product of his environment. As a rider who knows the incredible benefits of motorcycles for kids in an “at risk” situation, it was disappointing. Knowing how many viewers across the country were learning about stunt riding for the first time due to this documentary - I wanted the happy ending. I wanted stunt riding to keep Pug out of 72 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

trouble in his younger years and give him the confidence and determination to rise above all the negative influences in his life. But this is real life, not a Disney fairytale. While the documentary remained neutral, you can’t help but feel that the general public is going to walk away from the film with a rather sour image of “motorcycle street stunting.” Anyone in the sportbike stunt scene knows that the Northeast dirtbike scene is its own culture, really something completely different than the sportbike stunting. But to the average citizen? A wheelie is a wheelie is a wheelie. After films like the 12 O’Clock Boys and last summer’s highly publicized “NYC Range Rover” incident, you can’t blame someone in a minivan for getting a bit nervous when they see a group of bikers. I’ve always felt the United States has had a particularly negative take on bikers in general. Americans are more likely to think of bikers as rebels or criminals, maybe belonging to a “biker gang.” In contrast with places like Europe of Asia where two wheeled vehicles are a way of life and no one thinks twice about bikers. Everyone from their 14 year old daughter to their grandmother rides - so what’s the big deal? As stunt riders in America trying to start a new sport and earn the right practice, we are up against a lot more than just some laws. We are up against the public perception of who we are and what we do... or what we could do. After the Range Rover incident last year, streets have been a battle zone in New York and the surrounding areas. Police have been using brute force causing injuries to both riders and police. The “Us Vs Them” mentality is stronger than ever causing both sides to care less and less about the physical well-being and basic rights of the opposing party. I can’t think of a


THE REV LIMITER: VIOLET STARS... more dangerous riding situation than a person in a vehicle stereotyping a most likely innocent motorcyclist as a low life bike rebel. Fear and misinformation can lead to deadly situations that us as riders must be aware of. While the current “state of the streets” is depressing and complicated, there are positive steps we can take as a community to distance ourselves from the current stigma. The first and most important is communication. Communication with the police, public officials and the general public. I always have positive stuntriding facts to speak about with the police to try and show them our side of the story. Clearly not all officers are open minded, but if you keep trying you will find one who will listen. The more officers who have a positive experience with a stunter, the more thoughtful they will be in future altercations. It’s all about


humanizing yourself. We are not criminals, we are athletes enjoying our hobby. After police, public officials are another place to develop advocates. Go to town meetings, discuss legal stunt spots... even if you don’t get one, you will show due diligence and hopefully educate them about stunt riding. Then we have the public mindset to change and that comes through positive PR. Legal and professional stunt shows, charity rides, articles, books, blogs and other media projects can get our side of the story out there. And finally, as they say, be the change you want to see in the world. Who do you stereotype and not really listen to? Let’s let our love of motorcycles not only make us better people but make the world a more positive and safe place.



Images: Courtesy of Jeremy Block



NAME: Jeremy “Cream Cheese” Block HOMETOWN: Mims, FL AGE: 28 ASSOCIATION/AFFILIATIONS/SERIES: Xtreme Fury Stunterz Inc, ABS Fairings, Julie’s Needle and Thread. GOALS: To Make my first million with my teammate Mad Mike Tindall. Tour the country performing live shows in our new tour bus and hopefully perform outside of the US. Also teach as many people possible how to wheelie on the XFS Wheelie Machine. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I helped make the hobby of stuntriding into a profession. Owned my business Xtreme Fury Stunterz since 2007. Always place top 3 in amateur competitions. One of the few riders that are able to and have performed in smallest indoor establishments. Have performed in over 300 stunt shows in the past 7 years. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: “Will wheelie for boobs!” and “Make wheelies, not war!” CONTACT:









Words: Allan Lane/Chris “Q” Quinn Images: Courtesy of KRW

Rocker Interpretation: Finding inspiration in a selection of biblical passages, the Kingdom Road Warriors designed the club’s logo with sincere specifications. The faith shield of protection, the cross with s sword base, the road on which they ride that leads to Heaven and the complimentary colors of cardinal red and silver. The red represents their belief in the blood shed by Christ and the silver gives honor to the spiritual armor they adorn in line with their faith. History/Origin of Club: The Kingdom Road Warriors (KRW) Motorcycle Ministry was founded in Norristown PA




July of 2007 by Chris “Q” Quinn for motorcycle enthusiast who share the same faith to have an opportunity to fellowship with others in a fun and safe environment where they can grow and learn spiritually while enjoying the passion for riding motorcycles. After responding to the request of several people in the DMV area over the years, KRW launched a second chapter in Prince Frederick, MD in May of 2012. KRW is a Christian based ministry made up of all ages and denominations who have the same vision of promoting unity in the MC community. A mix of sport, cruiser and touring bikes, they ride as one to build up our communities and share their faith while promoting safety and responsible riding technique.

Memorable Moments: KRW was selected as Road Captains for the first official Shut Down the City Ride and Clutch Control Events. KRW was also in the forefront of leading 500 plus bikes down Interstate 95 and shutting down South Street in Philadelphia for hours recording for Jason Britton’s SuperBikes TV show. The club also served as ring leaders for the motorcycle lifestyle event Clutch Control event at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Future of the club: The Kingdom Road Warriors will continue to spread their love and passion for their faith throughout the global MC community by setting examples, not only as riders but as men as well. Want to see your club featured here? Drop us an email!



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C Protocol. What does it mean? Why is it relevant? Should you care and lastly, why has it become such a lightning rod for conversation? We can thank the staff at SuckaFreeMC for this, under the tutelage and leadership of the one so aptly called “Preach”. The MC world is built on a foundation of traditions and standards. Protocol. Something many clubs either do not know or simply choose not to respect and embrace. Would you join our nation’s military and not embrace and support the standards and protocols that have made our military a respected global force unlike any other? Would you join a sports team and not wear the required uniform identifying you as professional, semi professional or fly by night team while disregarding the right gear to wear for protection? Throw on the wrong rags and you could find yourself in a world of trouble on game day especially if you’re an amateur trying to play in the big leagues. Then why would you rock a one, two or three piece patched vest and not understand and respect the protocol and traditions represented by said vest and the MC world? This Howard University grad, Outlaw world educated biker once joined a 99% club and was immediately shocked with the lack of protocol employed such as not riding in





formation, no mandatory rides, members not having a bike, women wearing the same patch and this P.R.O. position? Taking note of this foolery on the set and having a white one percenter that Preach was close with say to him "How can you call each other brother, but treat each other like (less)?� struck a nerve. Preach was more than embarrassed with this comment because there was much truth in it. That statement had a profound effect on this leader of the new who felt compelled to do something about this state of the MC World. Thus, the "The Diary of An Angry Biker" blog was started with sharing his negative experiences in the MC. Not expecting anyone to actually listen and respond, Preach was quickly labeled a trouble maker and began to receive death threats, hate mail and hate calls, however he pressed forward to protect, defend and uphold this MC world. Being taught and raised in the 1% world, Preach is more than qualified for this role and responsibility of educating and empowering. His unapologetic honesty stems from his passion for this life, not "lifestyle" which can fade like an old memory, but this life he holds very near and dear to heart. "I've always been around Outlaws and was introduced to this world by Outlaws, so for me this is a way of life," said with great pride.


THE LIFE: SUCKA KNOW FREE YOUR ROLE Fast forward to 2014 and he's obviously doing something right. The Diary of An Angry Biker blog has grown out of necessity into a Sucka Free MC staff consisting of 1%’ers, 99%'ers, white, black, male and female fast tracking and propelling Sucka Free MC. They currently have more than 16,000 subscribers on their FaceBook magazine fan page along with an apparel line that can be seen at any number of events throughout the U.S. and worldwide from Dubai to Japan to free Sucka Free MC tees shipped to Afghanistan in support of our troops. What some 99% clubs disregard as Outlaw rules apply to anyone wearing rags. Understanding this and acknowledging there are some clubs doing things the right way, Preach emphatically realizes we need and must do better particularly on the urban MC side. If you don't understand or know protocol, trust and believe the Sucka Free MC staff freely shares and will state what protocol is. They don't argue it, they can't argue it. If a Sucka Free MC staff member has an opposing opinion, it can not be shared on as a post because protocol is what it is... respected traditions that have long been in play before there was an Sucka Free MC. The goal of Sucka Free MC is to one day become irrelevant so there will be no need for what the staff is doing. This way they can spend their days doing what they enjoy doing most, getting out on their scoots and just damn enjoy the ride. But until then, we can thank the tireless efforts of the Sucka Free MC staff for sharing their knowledge and experience, whether you like it or not.








attended my first P.R.O. Convention in East Brunswick, New Jersey. This was the 11th annual year for this event. I was unsure what to expect. I initially was under the impression that this particular event was only open to members of Social Clubs and Motorcycle Clubs. However, turns out it is open to the independant riders and the biker community in general. I wanted to attend because I have a passion and a love for riding and mainly because I am considering being a part of an MC, a family with similar passion and love of riding. I am around many clubs and observe and attend functions, but still, I was on the fence if being in a club would fit into my life. So, attending the P.R.O.C. was an excellent way to gain more knowledge and educate myself in making the decision to stay an independent rider or become a part of a Motorcycle Club. This event started on a Thursday and went all the way until Sunday morning. I arrived on Friday evening, attending the Meet and Greet. It was fun and interesting meeting people within the bike community from all over the United States. There were also vendors set up selling various items and also vendors that had miscellaneous information that was helpful as well. I enjoyed the Meet and Greet that evening and was looking forward and anxiously awaiting a very busy day Saturday that was filled with seminars, workshops, and various speakers. Saturday came and of course it was a very busy day for me. I tried to attend as many seminars, workshops, and hear as many guest


speakers as I could. In attending, I learned more about the true meaning of an MC and the roles of various officers within the MC. I truly wasn’t aware that there is so much more than people or myself in general assume and see with an MC. Being part of and MC is like a marriage, it is a commitment. This is a commitment that should be taken serious and with an enormous amount of respect and love. Every MC has different requirements for a Prospect or Probate in order to receive Colors or your Rocker. I have learned that receiving your Colors or your Rocker should not be taken lightly. You should show respect and you will get respect in return. You are choosing the MC as a part of your life and just like in a marriage, you have to work to make it work. There are many stereotypes that I have heard and observed regarding MC’s. I know personally though from my observations and being around clubs that these clubs are made up of people with careers, families and do many positive things for their communities and charities. Throughout the day Saturday, attending as much as possible really has helped me in deciding whether an MC is for me. The P.R.O.C. is a great way to learn and network and educate anyone who rides. There was valuable information on Motorcyclist rights and laws that are out there already or trying to be passed. I met riders with disabilities or have been in accidents that started foundations regarding their illnesses. There was so much more than I could imagine. This Convention




provided me with a gain in knowledge as a motorcyclist, even without Colors. My busy, but fun filled Saturday ended with the after party. This after party was definitely something to remember and take with me along with all of the knowledge and information I received from the P.R.O.C. I really enjoyed

the Convemtion and what I gained from it. I am going to continue to educate myself more and keep up with laws and protocol and anything that will be of help to my fellow riders and me. I plan to attend next year and I am encouraging anyone who has not attended the P.R.O.C. to attend and gain knowledge and network. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 97







t is finally SPRING! I have been singing all winter… I wanna ride, I wanna ride, I wanna ride in my Honda voice! I was telling a friend that I am ready to hit the road. It’s time to twist the throttle and ride! She gave me a dumbfounded look and asked me “Why do you ride a motorcycle when it is so dangerous?” I told her that you either have a passion for it or you don’t.  I know it is more dangerous than driving a car but there’s nothing like being one with your bike and the wind in your face. Why do you think dogs hang out the window? I didn’t even like motorcycles at first but then I attended Bike Week 2004 in


Myrtle Beach and I decided to make it my new hobby. I got my permit, attended a motorcycle safety course, passed my test and got my red and black Honda CBR600RR three days later!  I started riding with other females and attending motorcycle events. We had a ball riding the back roads and riding state to state meeting other riders.  The camaraderie amongst riders is an awesome experience just because you ride two wheels.  I see why dogs, ducks and birds travel in packs. It is a common bond which is why I joined my motorcycle club. There’s nothing like riding in formation with other bikers at a cruising speed flowing lane to lane with no competition or racing. My most memorable

ride was slaying the dragon at Deals Gap. It is a road in the mountains of North Carolina that has 318 curves in 11 miles. A rider’s dream road!  The thrill is addictive which is why I take my bike on the drag track and road racing track to release the beast as well as learn new techniques to improve

my riding skills. As the saying goes… Ride or Die! 

I am originally from Columbus Mississippi, but I have been residing in Birmingham, Alabama for the past 16 years. I started riding motorcycles 32 years ago and started drag racing 27 years ago. I’m a member of Prophecy MC of Birmingham Alabama since 2006.  I enjoy the thrill of the ride because that is the one place that I feel I am totally free and at one with nature.  Anytime I can, I would prefer to be on my bike than in my car.  I can’t

say that I have a “favorite” event or road to ride but one of my most memorable road trips has been riding “The Tail of the Dragon” in North Carolina. Not only is it exciting but it is also challenging to a rider while allowing you to experience beautiful sights. I also would have to place my most memorable track experience as being the day I raced the great Rickey Gadson at Rockingham Dragway, aka “The Rock”.  - Tobey Hamilton AKA T.L.

I was watching the movie trailer “Why We Ride” which is a story about who we are as motorcycle riders and I thought I would ask some other riders that exact question.



I have been riding since 2006. I enjoy the freedom.  I love the feel of my bike.  I enjoy the me time I get while riding.  I ride because I can and I have the ability.  So you see, I ride for me, not to impress or get kudos or approval.  The pure joy of having my own and doing it for and by myself is absolutely beautiful. I am not sure how mere words can describe or explain it and if it’s not in you, you won’t understand. Who needs a psychiatrist when you own a motorcycle? I like to hit the highway and then some back country roads. Some of the best rides I have been on were not to an event.  I like aimless rides. I don't like city riding or traffic? Who does? As far as events, whereever the wind takes me. I really love going to charity events and rides. It’s in me to give back somehow.    I will never forget the ride for kidney disease and diabetes awareness done June of last year.  This ride was done to help me find a kidney donor as well as heighten awareness to these two horrible diseases. I have been a dialysis patient since August of 2012 and diabetes is what caused the kidney failure.  It was amazing to have family, my club, church family, friends, associates and complete strangers riding, praying, doing something along with me that day to help me fight


for my life. Two moments really ring out during that day.  The first is when we called everyone over to have prayer.  To see that circle open up the way it did with arms and hands locked on one accord and men, women, children... riders, non riders, I was humbled even if for just a moment to simply pray. The other memorable event was when we mounted up and they gave me the signal to start the ride.  We got stopped at a light and I turned around and looked and saw the sea of bikes riding with me gave me chills. To see the happiness on the children's faces as they looked on as we passed by was outstanding. Fond memories that no one can take from me. Now what was that people have said about criminals, gangs and the motorcycle community?   I am the Secretary for the Front Runnerz MC in Baltimore, Maryland. I joined this club because we have a passion for riding and we are responsible professional individuals that have a desire to make a difference.  We take care of each other because we are family.  This is not for form or fashion or what's “hot” right now.  We own bikes, ride them, fellowship, support, give back, and we are each other’s keeper. Nnnn front! - Bridget Carter AKA Kandi Rayne

I’m mostly in the Norfolk, VA area. I started riding in 1998. I fell in love with it the first time I heard a bike rev its engine and when I saw my home boy do a wheelie. I ride because it makes me feel free. It's nothing in the world that relaxes me as much as riding. Riding is like a drug that you can never overdose on. I love riding the back roads of Southampton County, VA. You can always spot me in Myrtle during

Black Bike Week. I also attend the National Bikers Roundup. My most memorable road trip was my 1st BBW attendance. I was hooked. I rep Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA) and my club name is Ghost Dawg.  We are a MC of mainly military, family and close affiliates. We are more family than anything. - James Lashley AKA Dr. Mindbendher

I live in Rockingham, N.C. I’ve been riding since 86’. I was in a club but they didn’t want to ride as much and we had a difference of opinion of how things was done.  I ride because it’s my way to get rid of stress and all my worries. When I’m on my bike nothing else matters. I’ll just ride with no destination in mind just ride. There’s a back road on US 73 that’s 30 miles of country road with a lot of curves and not much traffic. My most memorable road trip was from Raleigh, N.C. to Fort Worth, Tx. and back.  It was great! No plan, I just took off. - Pete Lovett AKA Duc Tape  SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 103

THE LIFE: KNOW YOUR ROLE I live in Alabama and I have been riding since I was 13yrs old. I'm in All Throttle MC because we were strangers with a common love and have become family to each other in good times and bad. We rock a one piece patch because we are family and was taught that a coed family club should wear a one piece patch.  I ride because as a child I was exposed to motorcycles from my grandfather, grandmother and my father.  I like to ride curvy country roads and interstate highways. My most memorable road trip was in 2008.  I was having a going away party before I deployed to Iraq and got a surprise visit from Snap Da Pro from Down South Burners MC. The next morning we got up and he was about to head home and I told him there was no way I was going to let him ride home to Mississippi alone. My wife cooked us breakfast, then me and my club brother Real Deal mounted up so the three of us


could hit the road. We linked up with some folks he knew and his club brothers in Biloxi and kept riding to New Orleans. We ate, drank and just had a damn good time. Later that night, Real Deal and I headed back home and ran into and out of multiple thunder storms but we got home safe and soaked. My most memorable track experience was my first time on a track. It was the best day on twos. I was one of only a handful of brothers there and everyone else was white, Latin or Asian...even the white females out number us. But everyone there was there for the same reason and always willing to assist perfect strangers. My skills improved a hundred fold and I had already been riding sport bikes for about three years but the technical skills I learned can't be beat. There is nothing like going all out on a road course without having to worry about the stuff we do on public streets. - Ray Collins AKA X-Ray

I’ve been riding now for a little over 3 years. I’ve always been fascinated by motorcycles. I came to love them at the age of 10. There’s no other freedom like being out there on those 2 wheels enjoying the open road. My all-time favorite ride is any long distance ride with my Brothers. My most memorable road trip was my first long distance trip which was to Ocean City, Maryland. I had only been riding for about 3 months. I was thrilled at the

fact that my Brothers had enough confidence and trust in my ability to do that ride. I am a member and the Public Relations Officer of the Newark Redliners Mc. I joined because I’ve been around most of the members forever. They have always been family. If I’m going to trust anyone to look out for me on these open roads besides my Angels, why wouldn’t it be my family. - Jasmine Greene AKA Jazzy AKA Ms. Libra






can still remember the first time I ever rode a motorcycle, as if it were yesterday. The year was 1993 and I was 12 years old when I threw a leg over my friend Paul Wilson’s blue and white Yamaha YSR, a 50cc two stroke. I rode around the block never switching gears nor using the rear brake. It was the most fun I had had in my life by that time that didn’t involve me telling my friends to smell my finger afterwards. It made me want one and it planted a seed that would one day grow into the love of all things two wheeled that now drives me to ride my own motorcycles, spend my time around like minded motorcycle enthusiasts and write these very words to you. Now the first time I rode my first new sportbike was a little different. I’d have to look on my calendar to get the exact date but I’ll never forget that Saturday morning in March of 2006. I had trouble sleeping the night before because I was so excited. I was like a little kid the night before a trip to Disney World or something. I had my clothes for the next day’s first ride laid out on the bed in the other room. I had the directions to the dealership printed and ready to go. My helmet and jacket were hanging up near the door and my gloves inside the pockets awaiting their first grip full of new bike throttle. Up until this point I had been riding my first cruiser for the past two years or so, a 1980 Suzuki GN400e that I got at a police auction and wrenched on myself to get running right. I was used to a 400cc cruiser with only 4 gears, a kick start and a redline top speed of about 85 to 90 mph. I would be on the highway “getting it” in 4th gear wide open reaching ludicrous speeds of 90mph back before I really knew what “getting it” was. So anyway back to the first ride on the new bike. The morning of, the dealership opened at 9:00 am but I was eagerly up at about 6:00 am. The dealership was about an hour away and my girlfriend at the time, now my wife, was driving me. 106 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

She was cranky because for one I had her up early on a Saturday morning for a “stupid motorcycle” as she put it and two, of course, because I was getting a motorcycle to begin with. Now if you’ve ever met me you know how much I love motorcycles and if you’ve ever seen my home, either the apartment I was living in at the time or the house I own now, you know a biker lives there. How in the world I married a woman with so much disdain for motorcycles is still beyond me but low and behold she drove me nonetheless. We get to the dealership after a ride that felt like it took 2 hours and they aren’t even open yet. She’s pissed and tired, I’m anxious and chomping at the bit to see my new bike and the tension in the car is palpable. So after about an hour of waiting in the car the dealership opens and we go inside to sign the paper work and see the bike. I was having frame and swingarm sliders installed before I picked it up and they were still completing the installation when we arrived. Now we are being told that it’s going to be a while before the bike is ready and that they weren’t expecting me so early. I get “the look” from my lady and I tell her that she can leave if she wants to... after all, I had a ride home. She reluctantly says “No, I’ll wait with you.” Happy that I had someone to share my excitement with I thanked her for sacrificing her morning to help me to go pick up what would basically be her replacement... Now it’s about 12:00pm and the bike is still not done. We’ve gone and eaten lunch, we’ve gone window shopping at local stores, made a bunch of phone calls and even played games to keep ourselves occupied. At this point she can no longer stand to wait, mind you she’s never seen the bike except in pictures on the Internet and of course who didn’t have a big picture of the bike they wanted set as their desktop background or screensaver, and I tell her to go home. Before she leaves I ask her to take the OEM parts that the dealership took off

the bike with her because I had no way of carrying them and didn’t want to have to come back for them. Had I known then what I know now I would have told them to just throw them away but back then I was so ignorant and excited to be getting a new motorcycle that I’m surprised that I didn’t ask to keep the nails from the crate the damn thing was shipped in. So now I’m all alone and roaming around the dealership. I’ve sat on every bike in the showroom a dozen times and tried on damn near every piece of gear they sold. I watched bikes of every shape and size pull up and pull off all day. I saw club riders enter the dealership and try on stuff or pick up their bikes and thought to myself “they are cool as hell.”

At the time I was with my first Motorcycle Club but we were not as organized as many of the clubs I deal with these days. It’s become clear to me by this point that the parts department started the installation of the frame sliders that involved cutting the fairings and swingarm sliders once they found out I was waiting in the showroom to pick up the bike. Finally the salesman, Todd, came out and said “Lion, you wanna see your new bike?” As a father of two I can honestly say it was the same feeling that rushed over me when the Dr. asked me if I wanted to hold my son for the first time moments after he was born. As cool as I tried to play it, I had one of the biggest ear to ear smile on my face that I can ever remember having. I followed the SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 107


salesman outside to where my brand spankin’ new 2006 Honda CBR600RR, limited edition Pearl Orange and Black Tribal, is parked looking as good as the sexiest video vixen ever could. I mean when I saw her in the sun light for the first time I swear “it” moved. She was gorgeous and she was all mine. All the people there were complimenting me on it as if I had sculpted her from clay myself. People were oohing and ahhing and just as impressed as I was. I felt like I had walked into the dance with the prom queen on my arm y’all. People were asking me all sorts of questions about it and saying how nice it was. Apparently she (her name was Brook by the way) was only one of two that the dealership had gotten and the first sold right away. This particular motorcycle had only 108 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

sat in the dealership for about three weeks before I came along and filled out some paperwork three days prior at which point the motorcycle was taken off the floor. The salesman went over the bike with me and of all the things he “explained” to me the one that stood out the most was this. I asked him what the break in period was like on the bike for the engine and the tires and all that. He said to me in a smug “Honda is the best in the world” air of confidence “it’s a brand new Honda, there is no break in.” “No redline starts or burnouts for the first 500 miles and that’s about it.” As I said earlier I was ignorant then and thought how could what he said be anything but Gospel. I didn’t know how to do

on green with envy and make my way home. I tell you the bike felt, looked and sounded so good all I could think about was “don’t drop it, don’t drop it, don’t drop it!” I was so nervous and excited that while pulling out of the dealership’s lot I went the wrong way up a one way road. People were looking at me as if thinking to themselves “either this guy is insane, in a good way, and meant to do that” or “he’s about to die!” Neither were true and nothing bad happened thankfully. I’m riding on trying to concentrate on getting home, because I wasn’t 100% sure about how to even get to where I was familiar let alone home and block out the excitement and nervousness. People all around me in cars, vans, trucks, SUVs and even other motorcycles were looking at approvingly while I rode and I let it go to my head because I started lifting my face shield and winking at women, waving to little kids and folding my arms and sitting up on the bike at red lights as if I had been doing it for years. The ride was one of the most exhilarating, nerve wreaking and fun rides of my life. No knee dragging sweeping turns, no break neck speeds and no tank slapping maneuvers just my first ride on a new bike. I was exhausted by the time I got to where I was going from constantly adjusting my position, turning my head and generally worrying about the bike and myself.

a burnout and I wasn’t about to push the bike too hard for a while anyway so neither of those were concerns of mine. Remember that part of the story for if orwhen I tell you about my first crash but I’ll save that for another issue. So now I’ve started the bike and taken it for a slow lap around the parking lot to familiarize myself with where all the controls are. Again this is my first sportbike, my first new bike and my first time riding something this powerful all by myself with no one riding next to me. Familiarization lap outta the way, paperwork done, final delivery taken, preflight inspection completed and now it’s time for me to ride off into the sunset on my new beautiful bike with all the other riders at the dealership looking

I ended up not going home right away and instead went to the barber shop to get a fresh haircut and show off my new baby to the fellas at the shop. Later I linked up with my best friend Noah Baylor AKA Knowledge, who had already gotten his new sportbike the previous December. He and I proceeded to ride around the Philadelphia until about 1:00 am in the morning. It was great. I didn’t want to stop riding. I don’t know how many times we refueled the bikes but I remember we ended up on the social hot spot in Philly, South Street, parking lot pimping a few times and grabbed a bite to eat. I remember when I finally went home and crawled my tired ass into bed, smelling like exhaust and petrol, my girlfriend asked me if I had fun. As tired as I was I tried to tell her about every minute of it. She wasn’t having it. I had gotten her up early the morning before to go get the thing and I guess she was not about to be SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 109

THE LIFE: THE LION’S DEN kept up the next morning by me regaling her with a play by play about riding it. I let her sleep and the rest of that morning, while trying to sleep, as fast as I could so I could get up and do it all over again, I must’ve gotten up 5 times or more in the early morning darkness to check on my bike. I was still living in an apartment at the time and hadn’t gotten a cover for it yet. I had both bikes parked in one spot chained together and secured to a light pole. I tell you, if I could have brought my new sportbike into the bedroom with me I would have. I was in love all over again and it was as if I picked up where I left off 13 years prior when I took that first ride on a friend’s 50cc Yamaha YSR. That was my first ride and what a ride it was. I never went any faster that maybe 70 mph and never saw higher than 4th gear but I was on top of the world. When I woke the next morning I wiped her down as if I was out riding thru puddles all night despite the


motorcycle still being as clean and shiny as a freshly minted penny. My my my, how much different a biker I’ve become. My bikes now wear dirt and dead bugs like a badge of honor. I’m too busy riding to waste time washing them. My cruising speeds are much higher than my top speed that day in 2006 and my knees have seen asphalt up close and personal while leaning into turns. I’d like to be out riding right now as I take this blast down memory lane but alas my motorcycles are sitting in their rooms at home and I am 4 wheeling it today because of errands I need to run after work. Anyway, thanks for reliving that fateful day with me. I no longer have that CBR600RR but I sure do remember what the first ride on it was like. They say you always remember your first time and it’s as true of riding a motorcycle as it is for making love in this motorcyclist’s opinion. That was my first ride on a new sportbike. What was your first time like?



June Hudson LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA OCCUPATION: CEO of Vader Entertainment DJ’s YEARS RIDING: 6 plus years. RIDING STYLE: Street. BIKE/S OWNED: 2000 Yamaha YZF600R FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Bone stock. No mods. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: Of course, my lids. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: A huge memorial ride for a fallen police officer. It was the first time that I rode with hundreds of riders in support.


Michael McCoy LOCATION: Dover, DE OCCUPATION: Motorcycle Mechanic YEARS RIDING: 3 years. RIDING STYLE: Street with occasional wheelies. BIKE/S OWNED: 2010 Kawasaki ZX10R FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Probably the Racefit Growler or the Molten Rhok Wheel lights. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: All of it because it keeps me safe! MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: My very first ride home on my first bike, a ZX6R.



Chyna Blacc LOCATION: Myrtle Beach, S.C. OCCUPATION: Hospitality and Fitness Sales YEARS RIDING: 13 plus years. RIDING STYLE: Street and strip. BIKE/S OWNED: 2001 Suzuki Hayabusa FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: My favorite

modification to my bike was changing the color to metallic pink and getting it lowered. My favorite accessories on my bike are my chrome Kuryakyn intake trims, neons, chrome mirror turn signals, speakers and my Adams swingarm.

FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My favorite piece of riding gear would have to be my turtle shell Armor jacket. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: The most memorable ride I did was the 2013 All Female Takeover Red Roses Ride in Atlantic Beach, SC. 114 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

Jamie Kelley LOCATION: Menasha,WI OCCUPATION: Animal Surgery Tech, Father and Husband. YEARS RIDING: 41 years. RIDING STYLE: I ride street and track. BIKE/S OWNED: 2012 Kawasaki ZX6R. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Vortex 3 Rearsets. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: Bell RS1 Helmet. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: My first track day at Blackhawk Farms in Beloit,Ill. I really got to see how my bike at the time, a 2007 GSXR 750 and myself could perform on the track.There was a group of us from the Fox Valley area that went and it was heaven. A buddy and I that ride a lot together started on the novice group in the morning and got bumped to intermediate in the afternoon. I never felt so at home on the track. At that point I was bitten by the track junky bug. Now, I’m signed up for two days at Blackhawk Farms and one at Road America.



Mr. Spade LOCATION: Atlanta, GA OCCUPATION: Experience Designer YEARS RIDING: 10 plus years. RIDING STYLE: Street, track, ex dirt. BIKE/S OWNED: 1998 CBR1100XX Blackbird, 2013 Kawasaki ZX10R FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: M4 GP Exhaust for the Kawi. Penske Racing Shock for BlackBird. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: Dainese Leather Jacket.It has withstood two crashes on same side and protected all the way through both. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Blackbird two up on the Dragon’s Tail with RedSpade. It was the ride that inspired Red to ride her own bike and made me fall in love with the blackbird all over again. 116 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

Jay LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta, Canada OCCUPATION: Conversion Analyst for a Software Company YEARS RIDING: 4 years. RIDING STYLE: Street. I want to get into track or stunt, as well. BIKE/S OWNED: 2007 Suzuki GSXR 750 FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: I love the rumble of my M4 shorty exhaust. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: Love, love, love my one piece leathers. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: All rides to me are memorable. Not one is more than the other. The best rides are always the first rides of the season... hopping back on the bike after a long hiatus.



Bill Hansen LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA OCCUPATION: Service Manager YEARS RIDING: 13 years and counting. RIDING STYLE: Street and strip. BIKE/S OWNED: 2013 Kawasaki ZX14R FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Guhl Motorsports ECU reflash. It makes the ZX14R a whole new beast. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My helmet and jacket are my favorite pieces of gear. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Every ride that I put together for

Philadelphia Riding Society and anytime that I’m riding with my DelVal Elite Sportbike Club family. But my most memorable ride this season is getting my ass handed to me by Rickey Gadson at Atco Raceway. 118 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

Charlie Klosner LOCATION: Wantagh, NY OCCUPATION: Truck Driver YEARS RIDING: 13 years. RIDING STYLE: Street. BIKE/S OWNED: 2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: That’s a toss up between my Rinehart Exahsut and all the lights I converted to LED. It’s a safety thing. I wannt to be seen and heard not hit and hurt. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My leather. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Definitely the first and only time I rode with my Pop. He never wanted me to ride but it’s in my DNA. Anytime I can do something with him we both enjoy is definitely memorable.




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: What’s the best way to adjust my front and rear suspension? Is it something I can do by myself or should I take it to a shop?


: Suspension tuning is an art. It takes a lot of experience and knowledge to do it correctly. I highly suggest taking this one to a shop, a shop with certified suspension technicians. It makes a huge difference. Modern sportbikes have fully adjustable suspension. That means your suspension has spring preload, high and low compression and rebound adjustments. In addition to changing spring rates and fork oil. Fork oil can be changed with height and weight so add that all together and that’s seven different variables that can be changed to fit your specific weight, riding style, and riding environment. If you’re absolutely dead set on doing this yourself, here are a few extremely basic pointers. First off, compression and rebound are measured in clicks, preload is measured in turns. next you need to know which way to turn them, preload the positive stop is taking away preload, so turning left or loosening, compression and rebound are the other way, right or tightening is the positive stop. Positive stops gives you a consistent way to count turns or clicks. The smaller amount of turns you put on preload, the softer the spring rate. The more amount of clicks the softer the compression or rebound. So now you know how your suspension adjusters work. Do not go turning them all crazy amounts and go rip down your street. I suggest you first note what your stock settings are and write them down. Next, make small adjustments in the direction you want to go... 2 to 3 clicks, 1to 2 turns. Now, you’re a suspension apprentice….not an expert. Leave that to me!


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s the season is just beginning, riders across the nation are getting their equipment all ready, planning their 2014 schedule and perhaps making a few upgrades to their machine. Each new year presents an opportunity to set new goals and to develop new skills, and there is no better time for making a change than your first day on the racetrack. During these first few sessions riders have a unique window of opportunity for accelerated learning that few will fully take advantage of. Over the winter, most of us have gone through many months away from the motorcycle. In the first few sessions on the racetrack each season, riders become acquainted with the motorcycle and generally work to reestablish their habits from the previous season. These familiar neurological pathways quickly open up again and effectively are “burned” back into our muscle memory. This annual process of relearning your habits provides a unique window of opportunity to make serious progress that will likely be much more difficult to implement later in the season. It is often much easier to teach someone proper form in a particular sport when they have never played that sport before. For someone who has never swung a baseball bat, all of the motions involved in making a proper swing are new. The instructor has a blank slate to start with and can emphasize the proper motions from day one. This prevents the creation of bad habits and makes it much easier for the player to perform properly under “stress”. The biggest challenge when asking a hitter to make a change in their hitting form comes from the fact that most players seek coaching during the season itself. Coaches can teach SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 125


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IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS: PROGRESS a player to correct a key flaw by having the student repeat the motion in a controlled environment, often having the player hit off of a tee or by tossing the ball underhand in practice. However, unless the player is allowed the time to perform the requisite number of reps to “burn in� this new motion, he will nearly always revert right back to his old form when he has to react to a fastball barreling towards the plate at 80mph. This makes learning this new skill much more difficult because the inconsistency from games to practice slows down the development of the proper motion significantly. We find the same principles apply when riding on the track. Riders can easily comprehend the value of concept like proper body position in a classroom. They will agree with the need to free up traction and increase feedback. Riders will be even able to show proper form on a stationary bike in the paddock to a coach who asks them to demonstrate what they learned. However, as soon as they get on the track and begin to ride quickly these riders often behave just like the batter staring down the fastball and revert back to the motions that come naturally to them (no matter how wrong they may be). The numbers that researchers quote for a physical motion to become automatic may vary, but it is generally accepted that it takes at least 300 to 500 repetitions to commit a new skill to muscle memory. When we first try an unfamiliar skill, it generally feels stiff or awkward. As we practice, it gets smoother and more comfortable. From a scientific standpoint, this practice is helping the brain optimize for this set of coordinated activities through a process called myelination. As our bodies repeat a given motion, our neurons fire in a chain reaction much like a row of dominos stacked together. As we practice a given skill, more and more myelin covers the connections between neurons, increasing the speed and 128 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

strength of the signal. Most riders hit artificial ceilings for their lap times that are caused by basic mistakes in riding position. I can attest personally that all of my largest gains in the nearly 25 years I’ve been racing have not come from taking larger risks but instead from making corrections to my riding form that free up more traction. I can confidently say the same thing about the thousands of students that have come through the Penguin School during that time. The most difficult task for a coach is to convince a rider that wants to go fast to slow down enough to free up the mental space it takes to make a change in riding form or to learn a new skill. They need to face an afternoon of 60 mph pitches instead of 80 mph fireballs. The beauty of the start of the season is that since no one is up to speed the first day they roll out on the track, the opportunity is ripe for change. Not only are the expectations for speed lower for most riders, but they are also already in a bit of a learning mode. This presents a golden opportunity to make that important chance that has been holding you back. Have you ever felt that you were riding on the ragged edge and had a rider effortlessly pass you? These start of the season is the best time to take the time you need to make that change forever. If you want to have the best 2014 that you possibly can, read up on a new skill, take a school or ask a local pro for dome advice Before you head out onto the track the first time. Since no one expects you to be up to speed right away, you can focus on proper form or a new skill and give yourself the greatest chances for success. Spending the money to have a knowledgeable coach watch you and give you feedback during this process will go a long way to ensuring that this is time well spent.

but it is never too late to make a change. If I have found over the years that if a rider can you need motivation to get yourself going, take a few minutes to imagine the realization of stay focused on a new skill for at least four your goal. Create a detailed picture in your sessions, that rider then begins to repeat that task reliably. Again, the key to ensuring the mind of what it would be like to have complete ability to stay on task is to ride at a pace where confidence on the bike, drop two seconds off there is no stress. This often only requires the your lap times, win a championship or just beat reduction of speed by 1-2 mph (which equates your buddy who’s been mocking you for being slow for the past couple seasons. Use this to about 1 to 2 seconds per lap). In order to create muscle memory, riders must focus not positive image to give you the patience and only on the quantity of practice but also the disciple it takes to start your season off right quality of the practice. It’s a little twist on the and make a difference that you will be able to old adage “practice makes perfect”. In truth, burn in and repeat for the remainder of your practice does not make perfect, perfect practice years riding a motorcycle. makes perfect. Until next time, ride fast, ride safe! The earlier in the season you start the better, SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 129

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very year before Myrtle, I tell you guys what’s happening during bike week and what to wear. This year is no different and I want to make you have the perfect check list to know exactly what you need to pack. Here is your list: ✔️ Your riding gear for safety. ✔️  A white outfit. ✔️  Your tickets to the Bikers Choice Awards. ✔️  And you must register for the Rickey Gadson’s Pediatric Diabetes Ride!  These are what you need for the top events of Myrtle Beach Bike Week and you know that your girl K.G. is gonna tell you all about it! 132 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

This year Myrtle Beach bike week is running from May 18 to 25. After beginning to weaken a few years ago Myrtle Beach Bike Week is back and thriving better than ever!  From Thursday the 22nd to Sunday the 25th you gotta check out the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Expo at the Myrtle Beach Mall, better known as Colonial Mall. This place is where to find live entertainment, stunt shows and music all day long as well as all of your favorite big industry vendors. It is mandatory that you stop by the SportBikes Inc Magazine Oasis Lounge to cool off at the Expo. I know I’ll be there. At some point you should also make time to see Team No Limit with Jason Britton and Eric Hoenshell. They’ll be doing stunt shows at Redline

Powersports in Conyers on Friday and Saturday. Check their social media pages for details. On Friday night starting at 11pm, the Black Tigers MC is throwing their annual bike week bash for 2014 at The House of Blues. Do not forget to pack your white party gear because the dress code is “like milk”... all white everything! These guys throw one of the biggest and best parties Black Bike Week sees. And if you don’t already have a ticket finding one at this point is going be like winning the lottery because they sell out early every year. Best of all, the B.T.’s party with a cause. A portion of the proceeds will go to Rickey Gadson’s Pediatric Diabetes Ride and The Bea Gaddy Homeless Family Center.

Route 17 in Myrtle Beach at 3pm, kick stands up at 4pm. Did you know that until recently, the most common type of diabetes in children and teens was Type 1 which normally runs in the family? And that Type 2 Diabetes used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes. But now it is becoming more common in children. Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. Whether you’re a parent, sibling or other family member, your support and understanding can make

Saturday at 3:00pm, come grab and put on your free (free with donation go to rickeygadsondragracingschool. com for details) Rickey Gadson t shirt and ride with us for the Rolling with Speed and Strength Pediatric Diabetes Ride. 100% of the proceeds go to the aid and research for a cure of pediatric diabetes. The ride is awesome. On top of that, this ride in the past couple of years has had a huge turn out when it comes to riders participation! We want to thank you all that came out, donated or sponsored before and ask everyone to support us again this year. We are registering participants and donors and giving out the free Rickey Gadson t shirts for the ride and leaving from the Bike Week Expo, formally known as the Colonial Mall on SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 133


all the difference. In 2011 a reported 215,000 children in this country were effected by diabetes, a growth of 15% in a few years. Let’s all do our part to help. After the ride, the Bikers Choice Awards begin at 5pm complete with a red carpet. The host is SBI’s very own Lifestyle Director Tyson Beckford! Unlike previous years, there is no need to dress up, you can come as you are. This award show was created to acknowledge us, the MC community and riders for our achievements and efforts. Plus with surprise guest appearances, live performances and awards like Hottest Babe on a Suzuki and hottest custom Harley or Sportbike you are sure to see some good stuff! I bet you’ll never guess who 134 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

won Hottest Babe on a Kaw at last year’s awards? I’ll give you a hint... Her initials are K.G. Be sure to visit to vote and to get all the info on the event. This year’s ceremony will be recorded, edited and mastered for television. I’m sure we all can agree that our world is what television is missing. The BCA’s will be held at the Alabama Theatre on Route 17 in Myrtle Beach. Trust me you don’t want to miss it. Be sure to vote for our own SportBikes Inc Magazine as the Best Motorcycle Magazine and vote for SBI’s own Dystany Spurlock and Lady Kim, as well. See you in Myrtle!









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o why does a guitar player have a column in SBI, you may be asking yourself? Or you may not be asking yourself that. But either way, I’ll tell you why! Other than our boss man, Allan, being a super cool guy and giving me one, it’s because as well as playing guitar for Billy Idol and Royal Machines I am also a hardened street rider and have been since I was a 16 years old nutcase terrorizing the streets of South London on my customized Yamaha FS1-E 50cc race replica! I remember it so well... blue and white with racing decals on the tank. A ridiculously loud, crackly and illegal pipe. And absolutely no power whatsoever. I sounded like an angry wasp and rode it like every day was my last day on the planet. Which it could well have been, the way I rode!

But a job as a courier, in the UK it’s called dispatch riding... delivering mail on a motorcycle, soon changed things. Not the boy racer thing, that stayed with me for years and if I’m honest I still have a little bit of that in me. No, what changed were the rides. When you ride 14 hours a day in central London, delivering time sensitive packages to impatient clients through bumper to bumper traffic in rain, snow, sleet and hail, you need a bike with some power and more importantly, some decent brakes. Most people went with the Honda CX500, affectionately known as The Maggot. But not me. No, not this young , two wheeled wannabe upstart. I went through a string of inline four race replicas. ZXR’s, GSXR’s, FZR’s and a few two stroke mad machines as well, all without fairings, all with straight bars and twin bug eye headlights, and all SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 137

FRICTION ZONE: DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS with noisy, 4 into 1 pipes. The scene was called Streetfighters and the idea was simple. Scare the crap out of yourself and everyone else! The lid of choice was always a Simpson Bandit, illegal, impractical on the road and scared the shit out of the old lady in the Toyota Camry. A Jet black shield, even at night and in the rain, with jeans, leather jacket and boots. The photo is indeed me from this time, sporting Schwantz replica boots, extremely 80’s stonewashed jeans... What was I thinking? And the RX Simpson lid. The bike is a grey import 600cc FZR. This period of my biking would teach me lane splitting at 50mph, wheelies away from every traffic signal, and what it’s like to have an off... again and again and again! I’ll do a separate column on my RTA’s AKA road traffic accidents, in British Cop Speak as they are many and varied and serve valuable lessons on how not to ride. What I should tell you at this point is that my Dad was a semi pro racer back in the late 50’s, early 60’s. He raced in the Isle Of Man TT in 1959 and 1961. If you don’t know what that is, find out! You don’t do that without a huge set of cajones! My Uncle was a pro racer for the Works Team

My old man, chilling out in the chair before a race.


Kawasaki with Mick Grant in the 70’s doing Grand Prix, Transatlantic races etc. The pic below is my old man, chilling out in the chair before a race. I grew up with this stuff in my blood. According to legend... Well, when I say legend, I mean my Mum! According to legend My first word was motorbike! Honestly! She says it came out like... “Mooobbberbiii” but they both knew what I meant! So I didn’t ever really stand a chance. Two wheeled transportation has been in my life since as long as I can remember. I got to watch Sheene, Roberts, Mamola, Rainey, Schwantz et al in all their prime glory. And with the help of this column I hope to explore my experiences, past, present and future with you. I’ll throw in an opinion or two along the way... Don’t judge, we all have them! I’ll document my observations on this great sport of ours and even take you into my world of music and entertainment and look at how motorcycles are all pervading, how they enhance every area of our lives. I guess I’m just going to be sharing my dirty little two wheeled secrets with you all... Hold on! Now there’s a good name for this column! See you next month.

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he perception of what today’s modern street rider is varies, pending to whom you ask the question. Perception however, pales in comparison with the weight of reality. Talent and ability at speed is what truly matters. Jeff Ford AKA Bad Karma exemplifies the reality of today’s modern street rider. Interstate on and off ramps are his chicanes as the metal sparks fly from his titanium knee sliders ignite against the asphalt. I’ve witnessed Bad Karma set off sparks rounding Eakin’s Oval in front of the Art Museum for no other reason besides the fact that it’s there and that he can. He’s fast and smart. Smart in the sense that his scope of vision is broader than the average. While some are relegated to perhaps 3 or 4 mores ahead of themselves... Bad Karma uncannily appears to read 7 to 10 moves ahead of him... dipping through traffic as if there was no traffic. I can only imagine that his level of play on the classic arcade game must be super expert or whatever is above best of the best. He’s fast in the sense that he and speed know one another intimately. The combination is a thing of beauty, resulting in a smooth, transitional, highly adaptive method of riding. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Straight line, meet Bad Karma.


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Do you ever wonder what MUSIC your fellow riders are listening to when they are not on the bike? We do... So we decided to ask them.

C Note! What’s on your hit list?

“Breakfast Can Wait” by Prince. For those with an imagination can guess why. Plus he’s my favorite musical act. “You’re Still a Young Man” by Tower of Power. Simply because I’m getting older and this song keeps me young in my mind. Plus the horn section is simply incredible. “Buckwhylin’” by Terminator X. It’s a hot song plus it’s what I... we the Outsidaz M.C. do in the name of fun.

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After Stubbs I hit 6th Street for happy hour and it seemed that I was the only one there that was starting the Friday Turn Up! After the track I arrived in Austin that Friday at 11AM and was had closed, I called Mr. Lane to come join me for a cocktail and he arrived about an hour in need of a nap. I got checked in at the hotel and put head to pillow. After getting some rest later. We headed to dinner and began to I decided to head out for some famous Austin paint the town red in one of my favorite bars on Sixth Street called Shakespeare. Shakespeare BBQ at a spot named Stubbs, which was recommend by the locals. You can clearly see is known for having great Hip Hop playing in their back room. Then it was off to a spot called that I didn’t have the Circuit of the Americas Toulouse which has the best Hip Hop on the or the Free Practice Sessions in mind like my editor, Allan Lane. I was on a mission to relax strip. and have a great day Saturday AM seemed to come to soon! My y weekend in Austin for round two of MotoGP was a blast!


A short while later, Allan and I headed off to eat dinner and to engage in another night of the 6th Street Turn Up! Sunday was race day and we were exited to be on the grid, after having visited Ducati Island as we always do over MotoGP weekend. The race got underway and it was great as always. You know I won’t tell you who won as I don’t want to spoil it for you. After the race, we were off for a great dinner and then attend the ever popular Red Bull After Party to get in the last Austin Turn Up! Man, it was good! Random thought: Texas women are aggressive!

roommate Mr. Lane was already running out the door heading to the track., I needed to get a workout in first because I needed to get my blood flowing. Afterwards, I was off to the track and got there just in time for Qualifying. I also was on a mission to drop off the new Monster Freedom iSports to Nicky Hayden. They matched his Driven M7 team colors and I knew he would love them. We met up after qualifying and I synced his new Freedom wireless headphones to his phone. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 149


The Airframe Helmet from ICON Motosports is one of their highest level performing helmets that combines general comfort, proper ventilation as well as awesome graphics. The Statistic Helmet plays tongue and cheek with seemingly random statistics and percentages. The key word here is, seemingly. Those guys in Portland have a point and reason in all that they do. The helmet features recessed twin channel super vents paired with oversized intakes and exhausts ports, a quick change fog free Proshield face shield and removable hydra dry lining. Sizes: XS - XXXL

Price:$390.00 Contact:

MOTO D RACING • ALUMINUM SWINGARM SPOOLS The Moto D spool feature wider grooves for ease of getting the bike on to the rear stand. The spools have a diameter of 2.7cm, 3cm in height with a 1.5cm screw and are anodized in three colors. Available in 6, 8 and 10mm. MONSTER • MOBILE POWERCARD BATTERY This is something that all riders should keep in their jacket or somewhere in their riding kit. The Monster Mobile Powercard Battery is super slim, fitting conveniently inside your wallet or pocket allowing you to never be without a power source for a quick charge on you mobile device. It features five hours of portable energy and auto sensing technolgy that automatically determines the best charging speed for your device. A must have for today’s tech savvy rider. Colors: Black, Silver, Green, Cherry Red, Blue Price: $39.95 Contact: 150 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

Colors: Black, Red, Blue Price: $19.99 Contact:

SPORTBIKE LITES • FLUSH MOUNT LED TURN SIGNALS FOR THE HONDA GROM These LED turn signals for the Honda Grom is a great way to clean up the front end of the bike give better visibility when signaling. The lenses sit flush with the headlight fairing, streamlining its appearance. Available for the 2014 and 2015 Honda Grom, a flasher relay is highly recommended for proper installation. Colors: Clear, Smoke Price: $29.95 Contact:


You spend several hundred on aftermarket pipe for your bike... Don’t you think you should offer it some protection. With the R&G exhaust protector installed on your pipe, in the of a tip over, the damage will be minimum, if any at all. Made of ABS material, it is designed to fit mufflers with a hexagonal shape. Available for a select number of late model sportbikes. Price: $79.99 Contact: EXTUFF • THE HELMET HOOK

For any rider that has ever dropped their helmet or watched as their helmet fell off of their bikes, the Helmet Hook is for you. In fact, even you have experience the tragedy of the fallen helmet, the Helmet Hook is for you. The Helmet Hook is a simple device that affixes to your handlebar, just in from your bar end weight. Its design allows you to securely hang your helmet from the D ring while your bike is parked. No more dropped helmets while fueling up or hanging out at the local meet up. Price: $18.95 Contact: SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 151

THE NEW ISH REV’IT! • GT-R AIR JACKET The GT-R Air Jacket from Rev’It! is stylish and functioning summer riding jacket that features large air mesh panels for great ventilation and stretch areas in the elbow region for a comfortable forward riding position. The CE armor in the elbows and shoulders can be complimented by the optional back protector for an enhancement in safety. The GT-R Air Jacket can also combined with the Rev’It! Challenger cooling vest for when the weather gets above comfortable warmth. Sizes: XS - XYL Colors: White/Black, Black/Acid Green, Black/White, Black Price: $219.99 Contact:

DRIVEN RACING PRODUCTS • THE CALIFORNIA MIRROR The California Mirror from Driven Racing is a new twist on a great design. Clean and simple, the California gives your ride a sleek appearance with a convex glass mirror and billet aluminum construction. The top bar of the mirror stem is customizable in a variety of colors.


For riders in the more extreme climates, the Sierra Shoe from Alpinestars is designed with you in mind. The Sierra Shoe features a breathable and waterproof membrane, composed in a rugged and durable yet stylish riding shoe. Sizes: 6 - 14 (US) Colors: Black, Black/Brown Price: $199.95 Contact:


Colors: Black, Blue, Silver, Gold, Red, Price: $164.99 Contact:

BRAKING • SK2/CM55 FRONT END BRAKE KIT FOR THE YAMAHA R1 Upgrade your front end braking system on your Yamaha R1 with this kit from Braking. Featuring a pair of their popular SK2 Wave brake rotors and CM55 brake pads. The SK2 rotors offer more braking grip with excellent feedback. Lighter than the OEM set up, the SK2 disperse heat more effectively thus improving all around braking control and performance. The CM55’s are a sintered metal brake pad that performs well and offers a low wear rate. Price: $634.90 Contact:

KEYPORT • SLIDE 2.0 KEY HOLDER Designed to keep your pertinent keys from your key ring from banging into your fuel tank and the surrounding ignition area, the Slide 2.0 is a sleek and ingenious device that eliminates the need a key ring all together. The slide is a compact unit that houses your bike key along with other keys or small tools such as USB flash drives, bottle openers, etc for a total of 6 items. The Slide 2.0 is completely configurable, compact and durable. SportBikes Inc Magazine readers will receive a free Motorcycle Key Blade when applying the discount code SBINCMOTO1 when purchasing your Slide 2.0. Colors: Black, White, Clear Price: $29.00 Contact:

VOODOO MOTO • PERFORMANCE SLIP ON EXHAUST FOR SUZUKI The Voodoo brand continues to expand, contributing greatly to the motorcycle aftermarket. The new line of performance exhaust is a prime example of quality products that one has come to expect from Voodoo. The exhausts engineered for late model Suzuki sportbikes are light weight,composed of durable materials and are available in a matte black or show polish finish. The exhaust flow has been increased on the pipes to offer a greater, richer sound and a boost in overall performance. Colors: Matte Black, Show Polish Price: $389.95 - 699.95 Contact: SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 153


FAST BY FERRACCI • FULL EXHAUST SYSTEM MV AGUSTA F3 800 Fast by Ferracci exhaust systems have been highly sought after as the aftermarket system to have for high end Italian motorcycle brands. Eraldo Ferracci is a master tuner and technician. His exhaust components decrease the overall weight of the bike, boost horse power and enhance and increase the sound. The results are measured best in overall boost in performance and presence. Their latest offering is a complete race exhaust system for the MV Agusta F3 800. The 3 into 1 into 3 system features carbon mufflers and weight saving value of 6 pounds in comparison to the stock system. The stacked muffler design gives a more aggressive look to match the famous Ferracci exhaust growl. Price: $2,161.40 Contact:


Cool all the way through. GT-R Air textile jacket

The GT-R air breathes well, comes with built-in safety features and is smartly styled to boot. The outer shell features large 3D air mesh-panels for ventilation, and stretch areas on the elbows to allow for a comfortable forward seating position. For hot summer days a Challenger cooling vest can be zipped in. Thanks to CE armor at the elbows and shoulders riders are protected against impact, and an easily upgraded back protector further enhances safety.

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The gloves worn on a ride can often make or brake it. On the street, I’ve always been quick to choose short cuff gloves over the gauntlet style. For me, gauntlet gloves serve best on the track. On the street, I like the accessibility of putting them on and the removal of. The ICON Overlord short glove is one of my favorite go to pairs of gloves. Well constructed with quality leather, they have a great comfortable fit while maintaining a snug and secure style. The Overlords have performed very well over the last two years and look like they will serve for a few more. When gloves are properly broken in, you can really and

truly get a sense of their feel. It did take a moment for the Overlords to feel right to me but when they finally did I really appreciated them for there safety features. The plastic armor over the knuckles, the abrasion patch in the palm and the ventilation systems all combine to construct a proper street riding glove. When the Overlords were introduced to the market, they were available in a selection of colorways. What troubled was the contrasting stitching and palm. I thought the solid color upper and palm would have been a powerful visual presentation for the streets. Alas, no such option was to exist. But I digress as the colors do not diminish their overall presence and performance as gloves. Rating: 5.5 (out of 6) 156 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM



Images: Allan Lane Location: 2014 PRO Convention

SportBikes Inc Magazine April 2014  

SportBikes Inc Magazine April 2014

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