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UNTIL NOW, WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO TA K E S I D E S. T O C H O O S E B E T W E E N W I C K E D O R V I R T U O U S , B R U TA L O R S O P H I S T I C AT E D , R E F I N E D O R W I L D , G E N T L E M A N O R B A S TA R D . Y O U D E S E R V E B O T H.

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14 THE PRESS ROOM http://issuu.com/action/page?page=44 44 THE GRID NEWS http://issuu.com/action/page?page=48 48 THE GRID LIFE - By Patricia Fernandez http://issuu.com/action/page?page=52 52 MOTOGP WITH B.T. - By B.T. http://issuu.com/action/page?page=64 64 THE NUMBERS - By Aaron Borello http://issuu.com/action/page?page=85 86 THE INSIDE LINE - By Devonne Duerbaum http://issuu.com/action/page?page=92 92 FEATURED RIDERS http://issuu.com/action/page?page=98 98 IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS - By Eric Wood http://issuu.com/action/page?page=114 114 THE NEW ISH

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FEATURES

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STAFF

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EDITORIAL

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Ducati launched their new Panigale V4 after much speculation and run of rumors that spanned everything from aesthetics to performance output. Sidebar, the bike speaks for itself. Read Contributing Editor Adam Waheed's First Ride Review on page 18, and you'll agree. The The new Ducati Panigale V4 best embodies that question, to many, remained, "Why? Why sentiment. The Italian manufacturer dominated change from what works? Why change what the twin cylinder superbike class for years. The was? Why change what is?" design, engineering, and execution of the overall machine and the lifestyle that comes with it The answer: A body at rest will remain at rest. spark the allure of the brand. The unique look, Change equals growth. Growth equals evolution. sound, and performance of their superbikes, as Evolution means progress. Progression always, in well as their standards that includes the Monster, all ways. Supersport, Hypermotard, Multistrada... placed Ducati in a class all their own. At the end of the Best, day, however, the heart of the motorcycle is its Allan engine. allan@sportbikesincmag.com ot everyone is a fan of change. I, myself… can be a stickler for the adage that “if it's not broke, don’t fix it.” However, I am a fan of growth, expansion, progress, etc… Moving forward and upward requires change.

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THE PRESS ROOM

INDUSTRY NEWS MV AGUSTA IS NOW OWNED 100% BY MV HOLDINGS MV Agusta is once again owned completely by MV Holdings after they acquired the remaining 25 shares that were previously owned by Mercedes AMG. Their ef for ts to claim 100 percent ownership began in 2016. The successful launches of new models, namely the Dragster 800 RR, positioned the company in a positive financial light that would offer the opportunity to make this move. They’ve focused on a 3 cylinder model line up over the last couple of years but had their eyes focused on a new 4 cylinder machine that make its debut in 2018.

PARTS UNLIMITED IS OFFICIALLY NOW A PART OF AIMEXPO … at least for 2018 and 2019. Parts Unlimited and the American International Motorcycle Expo have come to an agreement that has Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialities, their cruiser segment, participating in the 2018 and 2019 AIMExpo events. The AIMExpo serves two purposes over its multi-day run of show. The first half caters to the industry, only open to those in the business. The second half of the show opens up to the consumer market. The 2018 AIMExpo is slated for October in Las Vegas, NV. The 2019 AIMExpo will return to Columbus, OH where it was in 2017. For more information, please visit www.aimexpousa.com 14 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


VOODOO INDUSTRIES INTRODUCES A REPLACEMENT RACE HEADER SYSTEM FOR THE YAMAHA R6 Voodoo Industries is releasing a direct replacement race header system for the Yamaha R6, model years 2006 through current. The mandrel bent system weighs less than stock, constructed with stainless steel and offers gains in horsepower and overall performance. The selling point on this system, beyond the price point of $399.95, is the fact that the Voodoo header accepts the OEM muffler as well as all other after market slip on pipes. This vastly increases the options for performance upgrades for the R6. Visit www.voodoomoto.com for details.

BEASTMODE: THE 2018 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R

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THE PRESS ROOM: INDUSTRY NEWS RECALL ROUNDUP: KAWASAKI, HONDA AND DUCATI THE KAWASAKI Z125 GETS RECALLED Kawasaki has issued a recall for the 2017 and 2018 Z125 PRO and Z125 PRO KRT because the ECU may have improper settings for the fuel injection that could lead to engine stalling. The recall affects just under 10,000 units and the dealer network will replace the ECU, free of charge. FUEL LEAKS ON THE HONDA VTX1300CX A recall has been issued by Honda for about 20 VT1300CX Fury units for faulty welding in the fuel tanks. In the affected models, missing welding at the mounting brackets can result in tank separation and fuel leaks. Honda is alerting owners and the dealer network has been instructed to inspect the welding and replace the fuel tanks if necessary, at no charge to the owner. DUCATI ISSUES MULTI BIKE RECALL The Brembo front brake master cylinders on select Ducati models may be defective, resulting in possible

brake failure. The recall potentially affects 8000 bikes with production years ranging from 2015 through 2018. The affected models include: Monster 1200, Multistrada, Panigale, XDiavel S and Scrambler. The remedy seems simple enough and requires replacing the front brake master cylinder piston. Owners will be notified by Ducati. KAWASAKI RECALLS THE ZR900 Kawasaki has issued a recall for about 2,383 ZR900 models, manufactured between 2017 and 2018. The issue revolves around the rear shock absorber tie-rod frame mount holes that can be damaged if the rear shock bottoms out. Kawasaki is notifying owners and the dealer network will be instructed to inspect the tie rod mounting holes or replace the bracket to frame at no charge to the customer. 16 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


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DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN: WE RIDE DUCATI’S PANIGALE V4S

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DUCATI

unleashes its most capable Superbike ever in its new Panigale V4S.

Ducati paints racetracks, and the faces of its rivals red, with the introduction of its next generation and fourcylinder powered Panigale V4 (starting at $21,195). This sixth generation Italian built Superbike marks a historic departure from its L Twin roots. Embarking into a multi-cylinder destiny in the never-ending quest for power, performance, and of course exhilaration. But did it succeed? After a day spent at Spain’s fast and twisty Circuit Ricardo Tormo MotoGP circuit, it’s clear the Borgo Panigale did its homework, offering a machine that goes toe to toe with the finest sportbikes on the planet.

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE With a hard-hitting attitude and penchant for rpm, the outgoing Superquadro Twin was certainly a monster. But the all-new 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale supercharges the experience to a level we’ve never experienced on a Ducati, let alone any other production sportbike, displacement bump aside. It’s a

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ELEVEN THOUSAND, TWELVE THOUSAND, THIRTEEN THOUSAND, ALL THE WAY TO NEARLY A FIFTEEN THOUSAND RPM REDLINE, THE 16-VALVE MOTOR PULLS AND PULLS AND PULLS BEFORE SOFTLY SIGNING OFF.

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THE FIRST RIDE: DUCATI'S PANIGALE V4 true metamorphosis, offering an experience that goes from mild to wild, with the simple twist of the wrist.

Smoother than ever, the 90-degree V-Four produces a pleasing and highly linear spread of torque that is, at or near its 91 lb-ft peak (crank) from 8800 to 12,000 revs. The powerband is wider making it, dare we say, easy to control. But don’t for a second assume this Panigale lost any of its macho persona.

Hard on the throttle, the more compact engine (in terms of length and height, but 1.7 inches wider) climbs through the rev range with the same lit match to gasoline explosion as we remember with the 1199/1299. Thing is though: it never stops.

Eleven thousand, twelve thousand, thirteen thousand, all the way to nearly a fifteen thousand rpm redline, the 16-valve motor pulls and pulls and pulls before softly signing off. Lights on the crisp iPhone 6-sized dash flashing (if the engine’s orgasmic screams weren’t enough); grab the next cog! In the lower gears, the Panigale V4 accelerates so powerfully, it induces epileptic-like vision blur. That is until you acclimate to its hellacious roller coaster-like speed. Now that’s a motorcycle.

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NOTHING SOUNDS LIKE A DUCATI. THAT TRADITION CONTINUES WITH ENGINEERS MAGICALLY RETAINING THE CHARISMA OF A TWIN, BUT WITH A MORE SAVAGE CHARACTER THAT REMAINS UNIQUE IN THE CLASS. THIS AIN’T NO COOKIE-CUTTER V-FOUR.

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IT’S MORE ATHLETIC DURING TURN-IN AND QUICK SIDE-TO-SIDE TRANSITIONS. YET THE CHASSIS IS MORE STABLE, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, GIVES THE SORT OF ROAD FEEL WE’VE MISSED SINCE THE STEEL-TRELLIS DAYS OF THE 1098/1198.

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An early innovator in sports electronics, first with fuel-injection (851/888) and then traction control (1098R), until recently, the Borgo Panigale factory lagged behind the finest systems from the Tuning Fork company and its northern neighbors. Not anymore.

Still boasting a manual studying number of acronyms, the four-cylinders electronics package is the real deal. You name it, this bike’s got it. We were especially pleased with the improved integration which makes it easier to feel like a pro at speed. Well done, Ducati.

They’re also more friendly to manipulate, utilizing logical menus and switchgear navigation that makes adjustments simple. Equally impressive is the near perfectly calibrated ride-by-wire throttle settings that make the also all-new, 200/60-series Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 feel like an extension of your right hand in ‘Race’ mode.

Nothing sounds like a Ducati. That tradition continues with engineers magically retaining the charisma of a Twin, but with a more savage character that remains unique in the class. This ain’t no cookie-cutter V-Four.

Much of the credit goes to the “Twin Pulse” firing

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DUCATI PIONEERED THE "LIGHT IS RIGHT" CONCEPT WITH ITS FRAMELESS (BY CONVENTIONAL STANDARDS) MONOCOQUE CHASSIS CONCEPT WITH THE ORIGINAL 2012 PANIGALE 1199.

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THE FIRST RIDE: DUCATI'S PANIGALE V4 order, just like the MotoGP bike, with matching 81mm alloy frame, the V4 gets a beefy cast aluminum “front cylinder bore. Here’s the order: front left, rear left,

frame” (9.2-pound). It stretches from the headstock

front right, rear right. Ducati says the configuration is

to the base of the front cylinders and the top of the

good for 214 horsepower at the crank. Seventeen

rears. The engine continues to be a loaded structural

more than the 1299.

member and is rotated backward by 42-degrees compared to the 1299’s L-Twin.

In reality, it’s fair to estimate horsepower output in the low 190s at the business end of the Pirelli. A number

This allowed Ducati engineers to tune bending and

that few superbikes are capable of achieving in stock

torsional forces of the chassis. The cast aluminum

form. For those desiring more, Ducati has partnered

subframe (4.2) supports the rider and the rear

with Akrapovic, providing a lighter titanium exhaust

hardware. A nearly three inch longer, and still single

that bumps the power up 12 hp past 8800 rpm.

sided swingarm, stretches wheelbase to 57.8 in. (1.2

DOUBLE THE FUN

in. past the 1299’s).

Ducati pioneered the "light is right" concept with its The shock absorber operates through a more frameless (by conventional standards) monocoque

conventional, at least compared to the previous setup,

chassis concept with the original 2012 Panigale GP derived linkage. Weight distribution has again 1199. And while it had some benefits, it didn’t

shifted forward with a 54.5/45.5 percent bias (versus

elicit the right blend of compliance, rigidity and of

the 1098’s 50/50 and the first Panigale’s 54/47

course, ever so precious rider feel. Ducati learned the distribution). hard way, taking this knock on the chin. It learned, developing a hybrid concept that makes use of the Ergonomically, the Panigale remains well-proportioned best of both conventional chassis and monocoque and likely to be appreciated by taller and shorter ideology.

riders alike. The windscreen is good and tall plus the cockpit isn’t as cramped as recently overhauled entries

Resembling a more compact version of a twin-spar

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THE PANIGALE V4 IS A TRUE MASTERPIECE. IT MARKS THE RETURN TO DUCATI’S ROOTS OFFERING USEABLE PERFORMANCE-BASED ENGINEERING WITH THE STYLE, FEEL AND PEDIGREE THAT ONLY IT CAN OFFER.

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surface, our feet slipped off them more than once. Gripe aside, it’s still a pleasing bike to ride at speed.

Despite weighing 9.9 pounds more than the outgoing 1299, rolling out of pit lane reveals a significantly more agile motorcycle. Much of the credit goes to the engine’s counter-rotating crankshaft (similar to the MV Agusta F3 675/800) which spins in opposite direction to the rotation of the wheels.

This helps negate the gyroscopic effect of the forged Marchesini alloy wheels (standard on ’S’ model). It also mitigates wheelies and rear wheel lift during hard braking. But to be fair, an insane power-toweight ratio and battleship anchor like brakes easily overpower this mechanical tech (a good thing).

Already known for its cat-like agility, the V4 platform, with its underseat fuel tank and low slung exhaust, elevates handling to the next level. It’s more athletic during turn-in and quick side-to-side transitions. Yet the chassis is more stable, and more importantly, gives the sort of road feel we’ve missed since the steel-trellis days of the 1098/1198. No doubt, some of the credit goes to improved, but still a tad-soft feeling, V3 Supercorsa SP’s. Overall we’re ecstatic that Ducati’s

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THE FIRST RIDE: DUCATI'S PANIGALE V4 got its Superbike groove back!

specific scenarios. Want less pitch during braking? Bump up the ‘Brake Support’ level (one the lowest, five

Stability in deep braking zones was exemplary and highest). Need a bit more squat during acceleration? the revamped Brembo M50 style brakes offer precise

Dial back the ‘Acceleration’ setting.

actuation. Confidence during braking and front-end loading is the name of the game with this setup. One can also tweak how the suspension performs Revised EVO-spec ABS programming, with cornering

during cornering, too. Of course, if you’d rather

functionality and a ‘Slide by Brake’ setting, makes it run fixed settings, you can with standard (but still easier to ham it up for the camera.

SECOND GEN DYNAMIC SUSPENSION The Panigale V4 we rode was outfitted in ’S’ trim

electronic) compression and rebound adjustment. The Panigale offers an astounding range of adjustment but we preferred the dynamic mode with a global setting in the three/four range.

($6300 up-charge) which trades the Showa/Sachs-

A STAR IS RE-BORN

sourced suspension for semi-active damping-equipped

Make no mistake about it. The Panigale V4 is a

components from Ohlins. Termed Smart EC 2.0, the

true masterpiece. It marks the return to Ducati’s roots

suspension is an evolution of the setup employed on

offering useable performance-based engineering with

the Panigale 1299.

the style, feel and pedigree that only it can offer. Displacement advantage aside, the V4 seamlessly

When ‘dynamic’ mode is selected, the system monitors integrates class-leading mechanics with adept vehicle information automatically adjusts damping, in electronics (finally!) that empower you to not only real time. These settings are tied to the riding modes ride better, but more safely. Yeah, it's fast. Yeah, it’s so ‘Race’ provides slower/firmer damping than ‘Sport’ expensive. But you can’t put a price on happiness. and vice-versa.

And that’s just what you’re going to get with the Panigale V4.

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GRID NEWS DUCATI’S 2018 MOTOGP LIVERY

Ducati has unveiled their 2018 MotoGP livery that included both confirmed riders, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, as well as the Desmosedici GP18. Most striking about the new GP18 is the hard, aggressive bodywork that resembles the likes of a Formula 1 race car when compared to the GPs of prior years. While the winglets scandal of last season plagued many manufacturers… and some race fans, Ducati’s solution was simple. They’ve incorporated the winglets into the bodywork to help control the increased horsepower that the GP18 possesses over the GP17. Andrea Dovizioso really came into his own in 2017 and finished the season in second place with a total of 6 race wins and a total of 261 championship points. Jorge Lorenzo wrapped up the 2017 season in seventh place with a t o t a l o f 1 37 championship points. 44 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


BOBBY FONG MOVES UP TO SUPERBIKE FOR 2018

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podium twice and finished overall in 7th place in 2017. The Hudson Motorcycles two rider team will consist of Fong, 2016 MotoAmerica Superstock Champion Bryce Prince with Rocky Stargel serving as Crew Chief.

DUNLOP TO REMAIN TIRE SUPPLIER FOR MOTO2 AND MOTO3 UNTIL 2020 Dunlop has renewed their agreement with Dorna to remain the sole tire supplier for the Moto2 and M o t o 3 cl a s s e s until 2020. The 3 year extension continues Dunlop’s long standing relationship wi t h World Cha mpio n s h i p motorcycle racing that began in 1949. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 45


THE PRESS ROOM: GRID NEWS CAMERON PETERSEN JOINS GENUINE BROASTER CHICKEN AMERICAN HONDA MOTOAMERICA SUPERBIKE TEAM With Jake Gagne’s recent move to World Superbike, the Broaster Chicken American Honda Team was left sans a pilot for the upcoming 2018 season. That changes with the announcement of the team’s 2018 Superbike pilot, Cameron Petersen of South Africa. Petersen will pilot the Honda CBR 1000RR SP2 machine with Scott Jensen at the helm as Crew Chief. Petersen made his debut with MotoAmerica in 2015 as a member of the Roadrace Factory Team. In 2016 Petersen piloted for Team Hammer in the Supersport Series. He had a short 2017 season, ending it early to tend to his family. But as the universe would have it, Petersen is back in the saddle. "I can't tell you how happy I am to be back,” Petersen said in a team release. “I came into MotoAmerica in 2015 hoping to achieve big things. Although I didn't set the world on fire in the first couple years, I proved to myself that on a good day I could run with the best. Coming into 2017, it looked like I had no options. But thanks to the efforts of Dave Anthony, I had the chance to ride a 1000 Superstock in selected events. Despite our best efforts, 2017 turned into a nightmare. All the while, through thick and thin, I was lucky to have the support and guidance from Danny (team owner Walker) and Mick through being involved with American Supercamp.”

JONAS FOLGER OUT FOR THE 2018 MOTOGP SEASON Jonas Folger has announced that he will not be competing in the 2018 MotoGP season. The German born, former 125cc World Champion has gracefully stepped down from his seat at Yamaha’s Tech3 MotoGP team to give himself time to recover from his illness. Folger missed the final three rounds of the 2017 season due to a genetic ailment and has been diagnosed with Gilbert's syndrome. Folger was contracted with the Tech3 team through to 2018. 46 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


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SOCIAL MEDIA IT IS THE STRONGEST TOOL WE HAVE TO OUTREACH

OUR COMMUNIT Y AND INFLUENCE OTHERS.

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very year technology changes the dynamics we see, and they way in which we see them. There of racing. Not only the technology in the are many ‘Influencers’ in the motorcycle community

motorcycles themselves but also the technology who themselves are not racers or high ranked in everyday life that has a greater effect. There is professionals in the industry, but because they only so much space I have in this article, but let’s have such a strong social media following they touch base on the importance of social media and become product ambassadors. When you build how it impacts the racing world. Social media is your following to a large number, you become a such a strong influencer in the world no wonder billboard for companies interested in getting their it is so important to us as a community. It doesn’t product out there. This is great for those who can matter if you are a casual street bike rider, all the find assistance with everything from gear, oil, and way up to the ranks of Moto GP, social media more to help them ride more. influences your decisions.

As a racer, social media is now often in your

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even what time of day to post. All of this is very growing your following. One thing I can say important to sponsors. Also, the stronger social that is important is to try and always be positive. media following you have, the more attractive What is posted on social media never really goes that becomes. It is used as a very powerful away. Even if a post is deleted someone may bargaining tool in negotiating pay. There are have already saved it. Don’t let anger or intense websites such as HookIt, that rank you among emotions negatively impact your work. Staying other athletes in your sport based on how many positive will attract a large number of fans who races you attend, how you perform, your social genuinely enjoy learning about you and develop media following and interaction with followers. a stronger fan base. Staying consistent matters This calculates your exact dollar value and shows too. It’s hard to relate to an athlete who takes a that to companies. This can be both positive to the multiple month hiatus. racer in that they can try to negotiate a higher rate, but also negative because even if you race often Whether you are just a fan who enjoys following and perform well, without a strong social media their favorite sport, or a racer trying to grow following you actually lose advertising value.

their fan base, social media is important. It is the

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hile most of us are trying to thaw out of

With the exception of Simeon, all rookies are going

our Wintery Hell, the flying circus that is

to experienced teams and surprisingly Nakagami gets

MotoGP will be sweating it out in Sepang for a three the upper hand being teamed with Cal Crutchlow, a day test beginning January 27. Unlike The Valencia

veteran with a victory in the premier class for the LCR

test, which was immediately after the 2017 season Honda squad. The team is experienced enough to and was missing some riders due to injury, the Sepang

get Nakagami up and running and to help with any

test will be the first "real test" in the sense of everyone first year hiccups he should experience. being healthy and new riders joining the "Big Boy" spotlight. What should we expect and who should we The most interesting team should be The Marc VDS expect it from? What rider should benefit the most from

Honda team of Morbidelli and Luthi, as both finished

switching to a new team and who looks to emerge

first and second in the Moto2 Championships in

from the fray and challenge the "Boy Wonder" Marc

2017. What they lack in experience in the big

Marquez, for the 2018 title.

class both make up for it by being calm and cool under pressure and easily coachable. Morbidelli is

ROOKIES!

sometimes referred to as the "Iceman" for his cool

First things first. Let's talk about the newbies. It's one approach to racing and his ability not to get rattled thing to be a big dog in other race classes such

and also being the first of Valentino Rossi's Academy

as Moto2 or even WSBK, but MotoGP is a whole to graduate to the premier class. All this should help different story. An entirely different breed of animal. It's

get the team up to speed as soon as the lights turn

like dating the runner-up Prom Queen to the Queen green in Sepang. The VDS team is made up of calm, B, herself, Beyonce! Yes, it is that big of a leap. The cerebral riders who have proven to be winners. Look big boy class has claimed many a big name that

for Morbidelli to challenge Nakagami for Rookie of

was never to be heard from again. This class is not The Year honors with Luthi not far behind. for the faint of talent. 2018 introduces four rookies to the class: Xavier Simeon, Thomas Luthi, Franco

THE 'OLE SWITCHEROO!

Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami. All four have For some reason or another, some riders just don't get victories in the Moto2 Class with Morbidelli being on with certain teams or bikes, ala Rossi during his crowned Champion in 2017.

dreadful Ducati years. It's like a marriage. Sometimes two people just can't make it work together and then

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ANDREA DOVIZIOSO find another mate and get along happily ever after.

An interesting pairing will be Scott Redding to Aprilia

Hopefully, these musical chairs will work for riders Racing. Redding will have a great mentor in Aleix making a change.

Esparago and for all practical purposes, I look for Aprilia to provide stability to Redding's career. If they

Five teams will be making this change this year but

can fix their problems with the bike, Redding should

in my humble opinion look for Jack Miller aboard be a consistent top ten placer. the Octo Pramac Ducati to be the Belle of the Ball. Paired with Danilo Petrucci, these two should do more The surprise team? The Pull and Bear Ducati Team of damage than Batman and Bane during a downtown Karel Abraham and newbie veteran Alvaro Bautista. brawl outside the county jail. Miller's aggressive style,

Abraham showed flashes of brilliance and Bautista

paired with the wild child Ducati seem like a match

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Look for the Reale Avintia team of Tito Rabat and the be a rider's best friend or his worst enemy by taking aforementioned Simeon to struggle. Same old teams,

points away from competitors. Also look for KTM to

same old results, or just maybe...

be a constant in the top ten with riders Pol Esparago and Bradley Smith really bringing the factory bike up

Heading into the test, the usual faces should emerge,

to speed at a rapid pace. Don't discount the fact that

Champion Marquez and the rest of the factory teams they are great teammates. A happy box makes for obviously. But who could pose a threat to the baby-

a team. Anybody remember "The Wall" at Yamaha

faced assassin? If Movistar cures their chassis issues,

during The Rossi and Lorenzo Years?

they pose the biggest and best threat of a 1, 2 punch. The question is, who is going to be doing the KTM has not only come to play, they have come to punching? Rossi still hungers for that elusive 10th title

win. With Moto2 hotshots Miguel Oliveira and Brad

and Maverick Vinales is entering his prime as a racer

Binder looking over their shoulder, Esparago and

and is every bit the racer Marquez is minus the titles! Smith will have plenty incentive to perform at the highest level every week. Look for Honda and Yamaha to slug it out for the top spot along with Ducati making it a three factory race The most interesting team will be Suzuki. Suzuki has for the top spot. While Dovizioso had his coming out maybe the most underrated duo in MotoGP. A healthy party last year, watch for five-time Champion Jorge Alex Rins will be a serious contender for a top five Lorenzo to bounce back big in 2018, making it a finish in the championship. This kid has talent oozing possible six racer battle for the Championship! Yes, I out of his pores like lava in a volcano. Cool and calm, said it. Six racer battle! Why not? Dovisioso has the the comparisons to Lorenzo have already started so confidence now, along with the bike, paired with a it will be interesting to see how Rins responds to the champion who's ready to show the world he still has accolades and pressure. what it takes to be a champion again. In a complete 180, will be his teammate Andreas Johan Zarco leads this class. Zarco should be getting

Iannone. Or rather, which Ianonne will show up.

under all the riders' skins next year and with a year of Will it be the Iannone who showed signs of pure experience under his belt with a MotoGP bike. Look for brilliance on the Ducati or the Iannone who broke him to be the X-factor in the championship. He'll either his own window on his Porsche when he locked his SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 59


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with two victories a year and helping Repsol win the

least, but when he is on, he is one of the few riders Constructor's Championship, along with helping his who can out aggro Marquez!

rockstar teammate. What will be interesting is if Dani decides to really go for the championship and throw

Which brings us to the team to beat... Repsol Honda. caution to the wind. No doubt, he has the talent and If something is not done soon by other riders or it would actually be nice to see Dani win the big one! teams to slow this momentum, we could be looking at Marquez ruling the MotoGP Kingdom for a long Don't forget, this is all hearsay. We won't know time to come. You match his aggressive style with anything until that final checkered flag is dropped in maturity and you have a rider who could go down Valencia next November. But until then, three days in as the greatest of all time! He is also paired with a Jan will hopefully offer a glimpse of things to come. And teammate that seems to be comfortable in his role

if anything else, warm our hearts with what's to come

as the number two rider. Dani Pedrosa seems to lack

in the Spring... Warmer weather and MotoGP!

DANI PEDROSA

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

NAME: Justine Miraglia HOMETOWN: Galloway, NJ AGE: 24 years old. SPONSORS: Rodio Racing, EvolveGT, MotoGirlGT, N2 Track Days, EBC Brakes, Vortex Racing. COMPETITION SERIES: MotoGladiator, NJMiniGP, WERA. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2017 MotoGladiator Championship 2nd Place: Supersport 250, 3rd Place: Superstock 300, 3rd Place: Superbike 390. WERA Race Event (May 2017)-1st Place: Clubman, 2nd Place: F Superstock, 3rd Place: E Superstock.  NJMiniGP Championship 2017- 2nd Place: Supermini, 2nd Place: Stock 100 NJMiniGP Championship 2016 - 3rd Place: Supermini, 3rd Place: Stock 100. GOALS: After racing NJMiniGP and NYMiniGP, I was thrilled to make the transition to big bikes. EvolveGT, MotoGirlGT and N2 made it very easy for me to get plenty of track time and I am hopeful that my succeeding in this sport will open the doors for many women along the way. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: My passion is turning what was once my hobby, into a lifestyle that I strive to make a name for myself in. IMAGES: THE SB IMAGE, APEX PRO SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 69


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he sport of drag racing has remained a If you have drag raced or have attended a major constant test of skill and mechanical might for drag race event on the East Coast of the United

decades. From the risky business of street racing States, then the name “Miller� should ring familiar. to the straight line that begins at the base of the Brothers Jason and Chris Miller ran operations light tree on the track, drag racing is a culture for both MIROCK Drag Racing Series and the within the culture of the global motorcycle racing International Drag Bike League for a significant community.

number of years. And while the Miller Brothers ran what most would call the most electrifying

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drag racing series on the East Coast, they didn’t East Coast.” own it. But that all changed at the end of 2017. XDA is an acronym for Xtreme Dragbike Association. “We decided that we needed to really roll up According to Miller, the goal is to offer racers a our sleeves, and expand to multiple tracks on the competitive and professionally run East Coast drag east coast,” expressed Jason Miller. “We started racing series program at major event facilities that the XDA, absorbed the IDBL, and put together a include Maryland International Raceway, Virginia schedule of six events at three great tracks on the Motorsports Park, and ATCO Raceway. “Our SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 75


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NAME: Stephen Brindle HOMETOWN: New Orleans, LA AGE: 43 years old. SPONSORS: Joe Morosco. GOALS: Being the best father I can be for my 5 kids. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: My passion is Grudge Racing.

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

NAME: Chris Matatall HOMETOWN: Methuen, MA AGE: 27 years old. COMPETITION SERIES: Street Bike Freestyle Championship. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: One of my greatest accomplishments is hearing the crowd's energy and genuine excitement to watch me ride my bikes. It’s an amazing feeling to get such a response for simply doing what I’m truly passionate about. As a child, before I had ever ridden a motorcycle I wanted to become a stunt rider and to have come as far as I have in this game is truly a dream come true. GOALS: To travel and meet the best riders in the world that I looked up to since I discovered the sport of stunt riding. My main goal has always been to have fun and progress my skills through pushing my own personal limits. I’ve always sought after tricks that appeared to be impossible for me to accomplish and I never give up trying until I achieve them and it’s one of the greatest feelings there is in the end. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: There’s a certain sense of peace when I’m riding that allows me to disconnect from all negativity in life where nothing matters but the stunts I wish to pull off. That’s a feeling that can’t be explained with words.

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eing a woman who rides is very empowering. had men who find out and are blown away, but Not only because men are surprised and I’ve also had men who are chauvinistic.

think you’re some sort of unicorn, but for the reason that women look up to you.

For example; I was working in Savannah, Georgia and on my down time I threw on a

When women find out I ride, they automatically Ducati sweatshirt. This guy saw me and said think that’s the coolest thing they’ve heard and “Nice jacket.” I replied saying, “Thank you.” And want to hear more. How I started riding, why I he replied, “Is it because your boyfriend rides a ride, how to learn, etc.

Ducati?”

Most women don’t normally applaud women, so Now every woman reading this is cringing and when you actually have a woman who does, it’s screaming all kind of things, as was I in my really empowering.

head. I replied saying “no, I ride” and walked away infuriated that men assume that if I wear a

I just started working at a company and one of Ducati jacket, it isn’t because I ride, but because the girls saw my Instagram and came up to me my boyfriend does. freaking out that I ride motorcycles. She couldn’t believe that I, a female rides motorcycles. She Later on, I ran into this guy again and he asked gave me that "big eye" look like a child staring me what kind of Ducati I own. Once I told him at a toy store window. She asked me several more than one, he instantly became impressed, questions along with telling me how cool I am, realizing that I do actually ride and not only own which was quite flattering. 

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talk to me with respect. I found out he is a Ducati rider, which I can talk about for days, but in the rider as well and we shared photos and stories, end, you’re doing what most women won’t do along with the fact that I’ve ridden on the track or couldn’t do back in the day. More women and he hasn’t yet done that.

are riding every day and soon enough, it won’t surprise men as much as it does.

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Tim Golden LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA OCCUPATION: Self Employed Tow truck Operator. YEARS RIDING: Street 25 years. Track 5 years. RIDING STYLE: Street rider that is now dabbling with the track. BIKE/S OWNED: Custom 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa. Custom 2006 Harley Davidson Street Glide. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa: the Bob Carpenter Built Motor. 2006 Harley Davidson Street Glide: the Metalsport 30" Clean 5 wheel with matching rear. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My Chuck Taylors. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Busa Fest 2012 Power Ride. Over 200 Hayabusas riding through Charlotte, N.C. I've never seen anything like it.

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Erica Melton LOCATION: BORDENTOWN, NJ OCCUPATION: I volunteer at an animal shelter awaiting training for becoming an Animal Control Officer. YEARS RIDING: I have been a backpack for many years, but finally started riding my own a little over two years ago. RIDING STYLE: Street and just had my first track day in September. BIKE/S OWNED: 2009 Triumph Daytona “Moxie”. Two 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250’s “Envy” and “Elsa”. 1999 Kawasaki ZX7 “Big Boy”. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: I love my Two Brothers Racing Exhaust. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: Hands down my Dainese Torque D1 Out boots! MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: My first time out on my bike. I was pulled over twice and had an officer drop my bike all in the first hour! Then later in the evening on my way home, I was pulled over again by one of the same officers. I only had my permit, so I wasn’t supposed to be driving past dark. So, my eventful first ride ended with a ride home in a squad car!

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Jeanine Schroder LOCATION: Long Island, NY OCCUPATION: Owner of RIDE LIKE A GIRL RACING. YEARS RIDING: 9 years. RIDING STYLE: Street and track. BIKE/S OWNED: 2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: My exhaust. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: Chapstick! I never leave home without it. I use a coconut flavored Chapstick and when the wind fills my helmet it smells like a tropical paradise! MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: My very first race. It was the mock race that I needed to compete in order to get my race license. By accident, I signed up for the GP Moto Cup SuperBike race. This is a race for very fast bikes with large engines, usually around 1000cc. All the riders and I were lined up on the grid. By the time the green flag was waving, the rest of the riders were long gone. I think they had hit turn two before I even moved off the starting line. The next five laps I rode completely solo. I rode my own ride and it was glorious! My goal was to just cross the finish line so I could get my race license. With about a lap or two to go, I noticed a rider sitting close to the Armco. I was doing my best to hold back my tears because I knew I was no longer in last place! With less than one lap remaining, I could sense the SuperBikes coming up behind me. Excitingly, we all crossed the finish line together making it look like I finished in the top 10! When I think back to that day, it makes me laugh. I was excited beyond belief and the experience couldn’t have been more perfect!

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Wendell "Gonzo" Gonzales LOCATION: Trinidad and Tobago, Rio Claro  OCCUPATION: Mechanical Engineer. YEARS RIDING: 10 years. RIDING STYLE: Street and track. BIKE/S OWNED: 2012 Honda CBR1000RR. Yamaha YZF R6. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Two Brothers Exhaust. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My Alpinestars SMX5 boots.  MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: A group ride through the Tobago rainforest.

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PREVENTING THE

BIG SLIDE

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I

recently had one of my students ask me how to factors that load on the side of the tires. This results recognize the warning signs of the rear tire was

in any release of energy to cause the motorcycle to

about to slide. Should he expect it to break away

rotate on its axis (change lean angle). To have the

completely, or does it start to slide a little bit and then

best chance of remaining in control in the event of

come back? His fear was one echoed by many other a slide, the rider needs to do everything possible to riders; if he picked up the pace would he suddenly lose

limit the amount that the bike moves. The less the

grip and fall before he even knew what happened?

bike moves, the greater chance there is of staying in control. As soon as a rider begins to resist the motion

The answer to this question depended on many of a sliding motorcycle (either by hanging on or by different factors, certainly more than I could cover getting “pulled” along) the probability of staying on during our brief conversation. In this article, we will the wheels drops tremendously. introduce a memorable self-check that will help make your bike easier to control in the event of a slide. As The most important second of any corner when it with many other facets of riding, the important work

comes to controlling a slide is the last second before

is done the moment before the problem occurs.

you apply the throttle. The actual time consumed (whether it a ½ second or 2 seconds) is not important,

The first step in the process is to consider when traction

but the sequence of actions is. This area is the

really matters most. When your bike is upright, the

convergence of many different points on the track; your

likelihood of a tire that breaks traction and causes a minimum speed, your maximum lean angle and your fall is relatively low. Even a new rider can spin the highest risk. It is the fear associated with this area rear tire when there is no lean angle involved. The

of high risk that holds many riders back. At Penguin

lack of side load on the tires allows for lots of extra Riding School, we have a simple reminder that not time for the bike to recover before it leans enough to

only helps lower this risk but also helps increase both

cause a problem. The bike only starts to get out of

traction and feedback.

control in earnest if the bike begins to roll to the side. After all, anything that allows you to stay upright isn’t

Imagine your motorcycle to be a group of interconnected

really that big of a problem.

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THE BIKE ONLY STARTS TO GET OUT OF CONTROL IN EARNEST IF THE BIKE BEGINS TO ROLL TO THE SIDE. AFTER ALL, ANYTHING THAT ALLOWS YOU TO STAY UPRIGHT ISN’T REALLY THAT BIG OF A PROBLEM.

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IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS: THE BIG SLIDE the load on the tire as possible. However, due to problems with body position and bar input, most riders inadvertently add additional loads to the rear tire (winding up the spring).

There are many ways riders can load the rear tire, but the most common problem (and the cause of most high sides) surprisingly comes from the front tire. Riders who either turn the bars through this section of the turn or who use their inside arm to support their body weight not only consume front traction and feel, but they put a considerable load on the rear tire, as

DIAGRAM A there are many other “springs” on the bike that store

well. Nearly 90% of the riders I have seen through the years do this to some extent. How much load is too much in this area? A good

and release energy. The most important spring in rule of thumb is anything beyond what you can exert is equation is the tire. To maximize our speed and

with your thumb and forefinger. Your goal to avoid

minimize our risk we want to do all that we can with high sides (and drop lap times) should be to avoid our physical inputs on the bike to minimize the load

“winding up the spring” of the rear tire at all costs.

on this spring. Let’s look at an example. In a left-hand corner, bad In general, tires get loaded in three directions; front bar input shows up as a push on the left handlebar. to back, side to side and twisting (for front tires). See This results in a clockwise “twisting” load on the front tire load DIAGRAM A. During the last second before tire. Newton’s 2nd law states that for every action the throttle is opened, the cornering force needs to be

there is an equal and opposite reaction. When you

absolutely maximized and should make up as much of

put a twisting load on the front tire (whether you mean

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DIAGRAM B

to or not), this load results in a force elsewhere. If all the springs in the motorcycle – the bars, the forks, the front tire were the only tire in contact with the the frame and the swingarm all store this energy. As ground (for example, during a stoppie) then pushing riders go faster (or put more load in the bars) more on the left bar would cause the rear tire swing to the

and more of the rear grip is consumed until ultimately

right. However, since in the second before throttle they reach the limit of traction... then the rider applies application both tires are supporting roughly half the the throttle. Ever wonder why good coaches focus so load, this bar input translates into a right-hand load in

much on the first 5% of the throttle motion?

the rear tire. This extra load consumes a huge amount of grip for newer riders, we’ll call it 25% in DIAGRAM

Imagine Rider #1 exceeds the limit after winding up all

B (which is conservative in many cases).

these springs (tire, frame, forks, swingarm and more). The energy that is in the motorcycle is all released like

Unfortunately, this is also the exact same direction of the giant elastic band and the tire steps out sideways. the cornering force. Every pound of load into the rear The rider then releases extra 25% load from the bars tire that comes through the bars takes away from your and the tires regain traction. This sudden and large ability to carry roll speed. Plus, these loads wind up drop in load then grabs the tire and causes the bike to SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 103


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stand up violently (potentially resulting in a high-side).

bars were much lighter than Rider #1, Rider #2 will feel the slide earlier, providing a much better chance

Conversely, if Rider #2 goes through the same corner to detect the problem in its early stages. at the limit of traction without the “twisting” load in the chassis the results will be far more controllable. The

Confidence comes from the experience of making

same tires reach the same limit, but since there is more mistakes without falling and ability to detect problems available grip this limit comes at a much higher roll

in their earliest stages. The next time you’re in a

speed. If this rider adds the same amount of throttle

corner, ask yourself how much you are winding up

as Rider #1, the bike will again lose grip. However,

your “springs”. If you feel tension then tighten your

without all the stored energy in the bike from winding core, lock in with your legs and soften your arms. It up all the extra “springs”, the reaction is significantly

just may help you save that slide!

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louncing through the air on a warm and sultry evening

to see if my gear really was all that it was advertised to

in Los Angeles during the Summer there was that

be. We were not driving fast or doing any daredevilish

uncertainty if upon landing, whether I’d live or die. It was

things until this drugged up sloth decided to run her stop

like flying through white noise, and yet I had that tinge

sign and turn into our lane head-on. All I heard was the

of “this is sort of cool “attitude about me. Then bam! I hit

driver say, “Oh, fuck!”

the pavement and heard the screeching tires of a white convertible that I saw when I looked up. It was trying to

Earlier that evening, we were in attendance of famed film

drive off into the night. I was able to chase down the

noir singer, Lauren Brown’s rare LA concert where I was

driver and engage in some questionably legal antics as I

wearing a lovely flowing long black dress and heels. I left

dove into the car and pummeled the driver and grabbed

the dress on as we were leaving the show and slid on my

her phone to dial 911 successfully.

riding jeans, jacket, gloves, boots and full face helmet.

I was involved in a horrible motorcycle crash where I was

My HJC Full face helmet was more durable than I ever

in the rare position of being a passenger. It was a true test

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it sucks on a hot day but better safe than sorry. These helmets fit very snug and comfortable. The padding on the inside makes it comfortable. There were very minimal scratches to the helmet as I landed on my hip and used my arms to break the fall. I was surprised that even when the side of my face slightly hit the concrete, nothing slid off the helmet, not even the visor. Although these helmets are a tad up there in price, it is worth the investment! I’d rather look odd with most of my makeup wiped off than my skin scraped off or a few broken bones.

Before I got up, I did check my hands to see if I was ok. My usually stylish Harley Davidson gloves were slightly scratched so since then, I upgraded to a pair of Rev'It! 2 Striker women’s gloves. These are comfortable, very flexible and have great protection on the fingers and knuckles. The wrist is lined pretty well, too. These are great for any weather! For my colder, longer rides, I got a cool pair of Mobile Warming TX gloves that are pretty snug and definitely keep my paws warm during colder riding weather. The only odd part is that the battery pack is on the top of the hand so it may feel a tad weird at first. Once they’re charged, you’ll get a good 3 to 4 hours of warmth. These saved my life when I went riding up to Monterrey a couple of years ago during one of the coldest winters in the history of California.

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FRICTION ZONE: GET GEARED UP! like to be stylish and all, but there are some safe, stylish and comfortable shoes for us. At the time of the accident, I was wearing a pair of simple black leather women’s River Road harness boots. Nothing too extravagant, just something perfect for cruising. They were unharmed. For touring, I go with Alpinestars Stella 6 V2 vented boots. And yes, they really are vented and it does make the difference. While other touring boots I have owned in the past were not vented and did not feel comfortable at all, these fit the bill. I got the black and pink ones. They felt extremely sturdy yet without compromising the flexibility of my mobility while riding. I was able to walk in them comfortably too. My feet moved freely in these. There are all sorts of reinforcements and protectors on this boot. The boots did not feel constricting. Perfect for those long trips where you need to wiggle those toes now and again. I also love my Forma Hyper boots as they look like a pair of faded gray high top sneakers. But, these have both ankle and toe reinforcements and they zip close on the inside which makes it easy to get in and out of. They are very waterproof indeed and perfect for local riding. The River Road, Alpinstars and Forma boots are my top 3 choices and all are very reasonably priced.

My first riding jacket was a men’s First Manufacturing Co. Raceway Skull jacket. I then had it altered to fit me. I still wear it when I ride in the colder weather and it does have lots of armor protection and a skull that glows in the dark at night so the night time drivers can actually see 110 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


me. I may not be wearing it as much any longer, as I am

I have worn these and they have a removable lining that

waiting for my new Rev'It! Airwave 2 women’s jacket.

does make a difference in warmer weather! It took a little

Although my Skull jacket is a tad heavy, it still holds a

bit to break in, but it’s so worth it. I feel more confident

special place in my heart as it was my first real riding

touring with these as they can handle any weather

jacket and I love the glow in the dark skull. I do tend to

condition.

wear my original motorcycle jacket by Schott Leather, that was the one I wore the night of the crash. And now and

If you do have the mishap of crashing, be it as a passenger

again I wear the extra protection under it in the form of

or rider, the above items are things to invest in as you will

my Fly Racing Technical Gear jacket that has the back,

be protected. I was lucky just to have a few bruises on

shoulder and elbow protectors. It can also be worn alone

my hips. Just think if I had hip protectors...

as it’s waterproof and is bright. The next time you hop on the bike, as a rider or passenger, When it comes to pants, manufacturers have been finally

think twice about if it’s more important looking cool or

getting a hang of it for the ladies! I’m in love with my

possibly being a few degrees warmer as opposed to

Panda Moto jeans. Their Rosie Riding jeans are the way

resembling the Song of the Sausage Creature as Hunter

to go. These jeans look as though they came off the rack

S. Thompson once graphically described.

at Diesel. While super chic, they actually do protect you and are priced around the same as a pair of Diesel jeans

Speaking of all this gear, it makes me think of what I

but actually, serve a purpose for riders. They are not just

would like to accomplish this year riding. I have seen so

a fashion statement. They fit pretty snug but comfortable.

much of the California Coast that I never really get sick

They have the insertable knee pads and a stylish stitching

of it. The furthest I’ve gone is Monterrey. I’d like to go as

on the hips where they are lined perfectly with kevlar.

far as San Francisco this year and possibly cross the state

Their newest version is in a faded black denim with hip

lines into Seattle or even head to the desert in Arizona.

protectors, too. So I guess that shall be hitting my closet

Maybe even hit up Lake Havasu.

at some point. I am definitely interested in going to the Superbike School For a longer trip, my go-to pants are the Dainese Pony

and taking a class there as they are classes for all skill

leather perforated pants. They are pretty stylish and not

levels. I would like to get my cornering skills down. Maybe

bulky at all. Even on super long trips in the hot weather,

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a Kawasaki Ninja in candy plasma blue.

and the best way to see things. You can really stop and smell the roses while traveling on a bike. I would also be

The only other goal I have is to ride through the Swiss

interested in trying some flat track riding, as well, towards

Alps one nice summer weekend or perhaps cruise down

the end of the year perhaps.

the Amalfi coast in Italy. I am set on making that trip to the Fjords in my beloved Norway and spending a

What are your riding goals for the year? Whatever they

weekend there in a cabin while taking in the midnight sun

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The Tarmac Gloves offer level 3 waterproofing and optimum cold weather riding comfort. Constructed with a leather stretch laminate chassis and a cowhide leather palm with D3o Impact Armor knuckle inserts. The Tarmacs are touchscreen enabled with touch points in the forefinger and thumbs. Sizes: S - XXXL Price: $80.00 Contact: http://rideicon.com

SKUTRNET • SERVO BUDDY FOR KAWASAKI AND SUZUKI The Servo Buddy is a must have when switching to an aftermarket exhaust, and even works great with the factory system. When you replace the exhaust system on your bike, the spring loaded exhaust valve is left open is often left behind and disconnected from the servo motor. Left at that, the stock servo motor will send an error code to the bike’s ECU. The most common error is the “FI” that is displayed on the dash. The Servo Buddy replaces the servo motor with "plug and play" ease. Available for most late model Kawasaki and Suzuki machines, exclusively distributed in the USA by Woodcraft-CFM. Price: $59.95 Contact: http://woodcraft-cfm.com

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SPRINT FILTER • AIR FILTER FOR THE 2017 SUZUKI GSXR 1000 The Sprint Filter is a dry air filter that can be cleaned using compressed air. It’s a direct replacement for the stock filter and increases airflow that results in more power and improved performance. The filter is composed of a single layer waterproof polyester, steel wire mesh with an epoxy varnish finish that allows for consistent airflow. Available for the 2017 Suzuki GSXR, with a one year warranty. Price: $239.95 Contact: http://brocksperformance.com

DAINESE • FULL METAL 6 GLOVES The Full Metal 6 Gloves are packed with innovations and advanced tech such as carbon fiber inserts at the joints and carbon fiber and titanium inserts at the knuckle and back of the hand. Constructed with a single leather panel to the size of the hand, the Full Metal 6 gloves are CE certified and include a DCP system and external thermoplastic resin inserts on the little finger. The leather palm is reinforced and has a polyurethane insert. Sizes: S - XXXL Colors: Black, Red, Fluorescent Yellow Prices: $419.95 Contact: http://dainese.com

COMPETITION WERKES • SLIP ON EXHAUST FOR THE APRILIA RSV4

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THE NEW ISH SPARK EXHAUST • HIGH-MOUNT DUAL "MOTOGP" TITANIUM FULL EXHAUST FOR THE DUCATI MONSTER 1200R

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SATO RACING • RACE REARSETS FOR THE YAMAHA YZF R1

The Race Concept rear sets for the 2015 through the current model of the Yamaha R1 are designed for racing and track use and do not include accommodations for rear brake light assembly nor exhaust hanger support options. They are CNC machined from billet aluminum and anodized in gold. The durable and lightweight rear sets offer six positions of adjustment with solid mounted foot pegs. The pegs featured a knurled pattern that maximizes boot grip.

MAGIC BULLET • MOTORCYCLE POWER BOOSTER

Magic Bullet is a fuel treatment that restores and improves performance for all motorcycles, including 2 stroke engines when added to your fuel. The list of benefits from using Magic Bullet is impressive but is highlighted by the gains in horsepower, torque and throttle response. This eco-friendly additive increases fuel efficiency by 6 to 8 percent. Price: $16.99 Contact: http://addthemagicbullet.com 116 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

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ROLAND SANDS DESIGNS • CAFÉ BMW R NINET LEATHER SEAT

The RSD Café R nineT features a deep seating area for a secure riding experience. Constructed of premium top grain leather cowhide that is supple and requires little break in time with double stitch ribbing on seat area for increased traction and vintage look. Price: $565.95 Contact: http://rolandsands.com SCORPION EXO • COVERT WAXED RIDING SHIRT This is a heavy duty riding shirt offered by Scorpion Exo for when you don’t want to rock a jacket but don’t want to leave yourself exposed to the elements or the asphalt. Constructed with 12 ounce paraffin wax coated denim that houses a Kevlar full lining. It features a center front zipper closures and snap buttons. Interior mesh pockets at the shoulders, elbows, and back make the addition of safety impact armor a breeze. Sizes: S - XXXL Price: $129.95 Contact: http://scorpionusa.com VOODOO INDUSTRIES • REARSETS FOR THE BMW S1000RR

Upgrade from the stock foot controls to these performance driven rear sets from Voodoo Industries. CNC machined from billet aluminum so they are lightweight yet strong and durable. They house bearings for smooth operation and have Delrin plastic on the ends of the footpads, brake and clutch levers. They can be configured in GP shift format and are easy to install. Available for the 2015 to 2017 BMW S1000RR. Price: $338.00 Contact: http://voodoomoto.com

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THE NEW ISH: FEATURED ITEM JOE ROCKET • ALTER EGO 4.1 JACKET The Alter Ego 4.1 from Joe Rocket is essentially two jackets in one, allowing you to extend your riding season from the warmer days well into the cooler months. It features a three layer system that includes a mesh inner jacket that transforms into a fully waterproof zip-on outer layer, not to mention the removable fleece vest liner to keep you warm on the extra cold rides. The inner mesh jacket is equipped with CE certified armor in the shoulders and elbows, as well as, as a removable spine armor. The outer waterproof textile jacket features a variable flow ventilation system with waterproof zippers.

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