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EDITOR’S LETTER I
am going to attempt to shed a little bit of light on the player before I wore the grooves off of the record (Youngins’, google record player on the matter... needles...). The first LP that I spent my hard earned allowance on (for all the young whipper snappers, an LP As my musical education continued, I attached is a circular object with grooves also known as myself to likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, INXS, a record that you needed a record player to Duran Duran... Later, I found Nine Inch Nails and play...) was Mr. Mister’s Welcome to the Real believe it or not it was my self discovery of Robert Smith (The Cure) and Trent Reznor’s (Nine Inch World. Now, hear me out... Nails) lyrical content that rerouted my interests It was 1985. I was 10 years old. My late Uncle in David Bowie whom I view as one of the most Melvin had put me on to not just listening to other lyrically prolific singer/songwriters of our time. types of music but to also being open to different Yet, the discovery of Bowie led me to Johnny experiences that was expected or put in front of Cash. Cash is self explanatory... you. Before my Mr. Mister purchase, Uncle Melvin put me on to U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday off of In 2001, Tupac released, posthumously, the the their War album. Lyrically intense, politically album Until the End of Time. The title track from motivated, artistically sound and well produced... the album contained not just a sample from Mr. slightly heavy for my adolescent ears but indeed Mister’s Broken Wings... Broken Wings was the base track for Tupac’s Until the End of Time a broadener to my horizon. including the chorus. When I first heard Pac’s From U2 my musical palette opened up to version I was immediately transported back to that everything from hip hop, rock, punk... you name record store on Germantown Avenue. Memories it. I found myself attracted to lyrical content. What of conversations with Uncle Melvin flooded was being said became more important than my head. Now, when I hear either version of how it was being said. The message became the song, I am moved almost to tears. It is all connected. paramount over the method of delivery. Mr. Mister’s song Broken Wings is what moved me to buy my first album in a record store on Germantown Avenue in the summer of 1985. Mind you, I was only 10 years old and I was so proud and couldn’t wait to tell Uncle Melvin. I wish he was still here to see what an influence he had over me and what his nephew is in the process of becoming... I knew he was proud of me for having the courage to be different and to make decisions based on I what I knew in my heart opposed to decision based upon what everyone else was listening to or doing. I played that album so much that I wore down the needles
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As a rider, the character trait of doing things your own way is a highly sought after ability. It takes more courage to ride your own path than to follow on the road that everyone may expect you to travel on... just because everyone else is riding down that road. Being a motorcyclist is about being an individual. We’re connected by the machines that we love. We are connected by the community that we exist in and the culture that we create. But never let that overshadow your natural ability to be you and to do you. Best, Allan
THE TEAM Publisher/Editor in Chief: Allan Lane
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Fashion Editor: Kiana Gadson
Staff Writers: Dystany Spurlock Michael Lawless Kim “Lady Kim” Roper Lion James Lisa Macknik
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THE PRESS ROOM THE 2014 DUCATI MONSTER 1200 AND 1200 S
Ducati has released several of their 2014 line up in Milan at the annual EICMA extravaganza during their international press conference. One of those models unveiled was the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and the 1200S. The original Monster was debuted in the autumn in 1992. Just over two decades later, the most technically advanced version of the model is now being showcased. Boasting a
powerful 1198 Testastretta 11 degree, dual spark engine, a new chassis and what Ducati is announcing as their most ergo friendly and most attractive rendition of the bike. The S model is packing 145 horsepower backed by 92 foot pounds of torque. MSRP for the 2014 Monster 1200 is $13,495 while the Monster 1200 S will be priced at $15,995.
FAMED PHOTOGRAPHER ELIZABETH RAAB SHOOTS THE 2014 MV AGUSTA BRUTALE 800 International Photographer Elizabeth Raab was recently behind the lens to capture the all new 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 for an upcoming issue in SBI Magazine. This is Raab’s fifth cover and feature for SBI and was shot on location in Philadelphia. Paired with the Brutale was SBI’s very own Jillian Titus with apparel provided by ICON Motosports.
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BMW UNVEILS THEIR NEW ROADSTER, THE 2014 S1000 R To some it was only a matter of time before BMW offered a “street fighter” version of their flagship S1000RR. Aptly titled as their “roadster edition” of the popular superbike, the 2014 BMW S1000 R is stripped down to the essentials. Offering 160 horsepower with a power to weight ration of just about 2.84 pounds per horse, the S1000 R is powered by an inline four engine with an output of 999cc. The S1000 R offers a selection of riding modes that include “rain”, “road” and other selections such as “dynamic” and “dynamic pro”. Included in the ride by wire package is Race ABS as well as the ASC (automatic stability control). MSRP has yet to be announced.
HARLEY DAVIDSON’S NEW STREET 500 AND 750 It’s interesting how the urban demographic is getting a lot of attention these days from the cruiser class. The latest to spread the love with their cafe/street inspired 2014 models, aptly titled Street 500 and Street 750... is Harley Davidson. The HD Street model features their new liquid cooled Revolution X V twin engine, a slim chassis and a lower seat height. They are expected to arrive at selected US dealerships in early 2014 with a price range from $6,700 to $7,500. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 15
THE PRESS ROOM THE 2014 KAWASAKI Z1000 The word “Sugomi” is a Japanese term used to illustrate the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness which is experienced by the observer or viewer. Kawasaki’s goal with their new 2014 Z1000 was to make the bike a representation, a personification of that word. The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000, even at its standstill profile, gives the presence of a stalking animal of prey. It looks powerful. It looks intimidating. This bike was developed to invoke emotions. Powered by a beasting 1043cc liquid cooled, 16 valve engine matched with new single piece monobloc radial mount brake calipers, new Showa separate function big piston front forks, new lightweight supersport wheels and a price tag of $11,999.00... The new Z1000 is an all new different type of beast for the streets.
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THE INBOX BROUGHT TO YOU BY KRIEGA
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, Congrats on your successful magazine. I hope you like my 2013 Yamaha R1 with a C&S custom single sided swingarm. I hope one day my bike can be showed on your mag. Thanks! - Pedro Ramos
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Dear SBI, Much love to SBI. I admire your work. Keep up the great job and you keep Philly up on shit. Bike life is our life and thanks to guys like you, it’s more understood and respected on all levels. You rep bikers as a whole and not just one aspect of it and that one of the things that make you great, besides being a brother you can see out there on your own riding for the love of it and never being too big or busy to take time and chill or talk to any rider or person anywhere. Your humbleness is crazy! The Biker Gods are happy! Keep the hot shit coming bro and stay up. I will see you soon. Bikers for life. This is what we do. - Rock President of Twisters MC, Philadelphia PA
LETTER OF THE MONTH Dear SBI, In your October publication, I was intrigued by the article that Lion James wrote, “Call it Faith”. In this article he discussed the many rituals that every rider or group performs to gear up for the ride. This article made me reflect on our group, “Immortal Riders, South Jersey, MC” and what rituals we do before each ride. Our group takes pictures as a send off to the road. We discuss the schedule for the ride and the stops that we may take along the way. I attached some of the pictures we took prior to “Shut the city down”. We also were able to catch some great moments along the ride. In the third picture you can see “Ghost” thanking god for being his companion and keeping him safe. As a new lady rider, I was thrilled to hold on to my “Joker” down the streets of Philly. I plan to attend this event in the future. It was fun riding with such a large group of people. “Shut the city down”, brought riders from all over together to have fun, while portraying riders in the light that they should be portrayed, “Responsible and Safe”. The image that all responsible riders and groups strive to uphold, unlike the few riders from NYC that made Headline News and nearly shattered the image that we work so hard to maintain. With that said, I am interested to hear what other rituals may be performed to help other groups gear up and enjoy the ride. Thank you for all of your hard work, SBI is a great magazine that has articles that will draw in all audiences. I look forward to the next issue. - Dena AKA Hope
Assistant P.R.O. of Immortal Riders MC, South Jersey
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SHOP SPOTLIGHT: CHAD WALTON RACING
Words: Allan Lane Images: Courtesy of Chad Walton Racing
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Shop name: Chad Walton Racing Location: 2473-A Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29414Â Hours: Monday - Friday 9 to 6, Saturday 9 - 2 Year established: 2007 Brands serviced: All makes and models
or Chad Walton Racing was started in 2007 as a way for Chad Walton to attack sponsors for his road racing habit. In 2012 Chad decided it was time to stop working out of his garage and helping other area shops out and make a go of it himself. In the past 18 months CWR has gone from sharing a space with a friend in his rim and tint shop to a top notch 3800 square foot shop with a show room, paint booth and plenty of room to build some of the baddest street bikes around. CWR prides itself on building some of the lowest sportbikes around.
CWR is not all about show they also know how to make bikes get up and go. The crew at CWR has quite a few road racing wins and championships. CWR is located in Charleston, S.C. and does everything from full on custom frame off sportbike builds to paint jobs, fat tire kits and anything performance wise you can think of. They have a show room stocked with the latest gear and parts and if they donâ€™t have it in stock they can normally get it with in 24 hours. Want to see your shop or dealership featured here? Drop us an email!
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THE SHOW: EL MATADOR
he ability to blend the sense of prideful ownership with a show stopping machine with the audible capabilities of providing your own theme music as you roll into the spot is something that is becoming more frequently desired. Widely popular in the cruiser class among the Goldwings, Baggers and the like... The custom sportbike builders have taken note and are now improving upon the concept of stashing the music systems and incorporating them into the design flow of the bike. Mark Tempesta and his Boston based team at Break Lites have taken the concept of collaborating music, form and function to produce a stunning display of creative prowess. They choose a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 1000 as their sounding board, literally. Perhaps what is most impressive is that what they produced is a very practical build that is every bit an everyday rider as it is a show piece. Itâ€™s matador red paint scheme is accented by a chrome trim that offers the proper amount of offset to distinguish the frame and the single sided 300 swingarm from the fairings. The sound system is composed of Alpine amps, Pioneer speakers accompanied by Focal tweeters strategically placed about the body. The 6.5 inch speaker underneath the tail will make certain that your exit will be just as important as your entrance.
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THE SHOW: EL MATADOR
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BREAKLITES MOTORSPORTS “EL MATADOR” 2008 SUZUKI GSXR 1000 ENGINE/POWER UPGRADES: K&N Filter/Power Commander V BRAKES: Stock front, Performance Machine Rear Braking System EXHAUST: VooDoo Exhaust WHEELS: RC Components Widow Wheels TIRES: Metzler SUSPENSION: Tricky Custom Rear Air Ride SWINGARM: C&S Custom 10 Inch Extended Single Sided 300 CUSTOM/ONE OFF/ACCESSORIES: Stereo System featuring Pioneer F500BT screen with navigation and iPod connection, 2 Alpine 300 Watt Amps, Dash mounted 5.25” Pioneer Speakers with 1” Focal Tweeters, 2 Focal Tweeters and a 6.5” Pioneer Speaker under the tail. Chromed frame, subframe, foot pegs, wheels. BUILT BY: Breaklites Motosports PAINT BY: HD Kustoms Color OWNER: Mark Mandrachia SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 31
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THE GRID: NEWS MOTOGP: MARC MARQUEZ CAPTURES THE 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP
There are many that called it from the opening round of 2013 MotoGP season under the lights of Qatar. Marc Marquezâ€™s debut in the premiere class landed him on the podium with a third place finish next Valentino Rossi and the then reigning champ, Jorge Lorenzo. With a total of nine pole positions, six race wins, a total sixteen podium finishes and total of 334 points, the 20 year old Marquez rode right into the history books as the youngest MotoGP
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Champion, ever. And if that is not enough, Marquez is the first rookie to win the premier class since Kenny Robert took the 500 class in 1978. He is one of only four riders to snag the championship in three different classes. The list of accomplishments for the newly crowned champ in his maiden year in the premier class is more than impressive... Itâ€™s uncanny.
AMA PRO RACING: 73RD DAYTONA 200 DATE HAS BEEN SET The 2014 Geico Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season will commence on March 15, 2014 with the 73rd Daytona 200. Once again, motorcyclists and enthusiasts will journey from all across the country to take part in the annual pilgrimage known as Daytona Bike Week, occurring during the week leading up to and during the weekend of the 2014
season opener. And while there are a multitude of off track events and activities, it is important to remember and share the excitement of the on track activities that will be taking place at the famed Daytona International Speedway. Daytona International Speedway is a challenging 3.51 mile course that will play host to a thrilling 57 laps, totaling 200.07 miles.
WSBK: DUCATI FACTORY TEAM TO COMPETE IN WSBK Ducati recently announced that they were ending their lengthy relationship with Team Alstare and forging ahead with their plans to compete in the 2014 chase for the World SuperBike Championship with a factory supported effort. The Ducati World SuperBike team will be composed of veteran Chaz Davies and an Italian rider, Davide Giugliano who both have been confirmed for the 2014 and 2015 seasons aboard the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
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THE GRID: NEWS MOTOGP: HAYDEN MAKES HIS DEBUT ON THE NEW POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR HONDA Following the final round of the 2013 MotoGP season, Nicky Hayden made his debut on the all new Power Electronics Aspar RC213V. Hayden’s recently announced teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama took the machine for several laps on day one of testing, clocking a best time 1’33.020. Hayden took the reigns on day 2 of testing and bested his teammate with a time of 1’32.576 on his final lap of the day.
MOTOGP: ROSSI AND BURGESS GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS...
For 13 years, Jeremy Burgess served as crew chief to one of the most celebrated and adored riders of our time, Valentino Rossi. Burgess worked alongside Rossi beginning with the Doctor’s arrival in the premiere class in 2000. That partnership came to an end at the end of the 2013 MotoGP season when Rossi announced that he was ending the long time relationship with Burgess. Rossi stated that 38 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
his decision was based solely upon the need to change things up for 2014. Burgess seemed to be, for lack of a better term...caught off guard by the announcement. Shortly thereafter, Yamaha announced that Silvano Galbusera would be stepping into the role of Rossi’s team crew chief.
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THE NUMBERS EVERY MONTH, WE ASK PROS AND AMATEURS WHY THEY CHOSE THE NUMBERS THAT IDENTIFY THEM ON THE GRID...
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y favorite number is 9, since I was 9 years old and my sister’s favorite number is 3, so my number became 93. When I was a novice, I was 493, because I was chasing my own biggest dreams, I was racing “for me”. If I have to add a digit, as we sometimes do in racing, it’s 193, because I want to be #1. My dirtbike number, 181, is my Dad’s old race number. Every number has a meaning!” Images: Adrian Stewart SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 41
THE INSIDE TRACK
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WORDS: COREY ALEXANDER IMAGES: COURTESY OF PTR HONDA I’ve been racing all over the country since I was 13 years old. It wasn’t until this season, 6 years later that I finally had the opportunity to take my first trip abroad. I had got the news from my Uncle Richie two weeks prior to the championship deciding race at NJMP that I’d be racing the last two rounds of the World Supersport Championship in both France and Spain. We had signed a deal with the PTR Honda team which is a reputable English based team that ex-Celtic Racing crew chief Mark Kelly works for. This connection is the majority of the reason that we were so confident in the deal other than knowing of the teams past successes. Fortunately I went on to win the AMA Supersport championship at the races in NJMP which made the trip to across the pond much less stressful than it could have potentially been. So, after getting all of my paperwork and my numerous doctors visits to confirm that my heart worked okay and I wasn’t a drug addict/alcoholic I headed to my first Daytona Sportbike race at Laguna Seca. That whole weekend didn’t really go so well so we can pretend it didn’t happen, right? Then I headed to France to see what I had against the best riders in the world. This was my first time ever leaving the country so I was incredibly excited to say the least. I had my Uncle Richie and personal sponsor/very close friend Jon Freeman along for the ride. We left New York at 7pm on a Wednesday and arrived in France at around 8am on Thursday. Don’t get yourself confused though, 42 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
it’s not that long of a flight but there is a 6 hour time change. Unfortunately it’s nothing like daylight savings and it all around sucks! After we cleared customs, (it’s amazing how much less strict France is compared to the U.S.) we grabbed our bags and headed to the rental car. As we ventured I realized 1. it was cold and 2. all the cars in Europe are diesel, it’s interesting that the U.S. hasn’t adopted that same idea. One of the first things I noticed when we hopped on the freeway in Paris was that there were bikes (scooters really) literally everywhere. It was crazy to see trains of 30 riders splitting lanes at 55 MPH while cars were stopped in traffic. People always wonder why motorcycling isn’t as big in America and that’s why. In Europe bikes own the road, they have the right away and they aren’t treated like the red headed stepchild for being daring enough to ride on two wheels. I think also the fact that it’s allowed for bikes to have a bit more leeway and utilize the perks (splitting traffic and speeding) makes it much more intriguing for a driver to become a rider. Back to the story; we had a 3 hour drive ahead of us into Narnia aka Nevers, France. The idea was to stay awake all day and pass out when the time came to sleep, it turned into a challenge actually. As we arrived at the track we were in semi-awe at the sight of some of the WSBK hospitalities, they’re pretty amazing structures just to be torn down at the end of the weekend. We made our way to the garages after slight confusion amongst the long row of flat-nosed tractor trailers. I was introduced to my team and the
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steed for the next two weekends and then shuffled off to a riders meeting for new riders. This is coincidently enough was exactly when the sleep deprivation kicked in and I hardly actually remember anything said by the Italian guy who could barely speak English with his French translating counterpart though I do know for a fact that my eyes were open as this was all I could really focus on. Fortunately it was only an hour long and then we headed back to the hotel/bed and breakfast that we were staying at. The place was much like the inside of my Grandmas room but it was very clean and eloquent and the cute receptionist even spoke some broken English. It was only after a quick shower that I already found myself asleep. The next morning we woke up to the lovely sight of rain, at least it wasn’t snow right? Little did I know I was about to stumble upon the best part of the entire France trip, the breakfast; better yet, the croissants. We then headed to the track which was just beginning to dry. As the time came to suit up in my sweet Spidi Leathers to go out on a mostly dry track, it started to rain again. So, I went out for my first time on the 150hp CBR600 to test out the traction control in the rain; it was amazing. I was unaware of the fact that I’d be practicing my rain riding throughtout the weekend as every other session was either wet or dry. It wasn’t until Saturday morning that I found myself buried underneath an airfence on the front straight of a race track in France. Pretty cool to say, much less to have happen to you. I managed to highside myself in the last turn in the rain. I actually saved it only to land with the windshield between my legs, lovely feeling. After I got myself back together from that slowly and painfully, I qualified for my first world stage race... 26th. Or so I think, I don’t really remember because it wasn’t where I wanted to be.
During the race I struggled with a few different issues, the biggest being the simple fact that I’d never used launch control or these super trick electronics equipped on the CBR, so my first start was pitiful and so was the damage to the clutch. Though the feel of the race was bad the end result was 22nd which I guess is not so bad. The biggest struggle for me was learning and becoming comfortable quickly. It’s easy enough to learn a track and go fast, but to learn a new bike, new electronics, new tires, and a new track in mixed conditions with limited track time felt impossible. I in particular ride based off of confidence and if I don’t feel confident I can’t go to my full potential and that simple fact really made the whole weekend a struggle. After the race on Sunday we went into the city of Nevers and checked out some stuff and did the tourist deal. France is quite gloomy or at least where we were was. Everything is a dull shade of brown and I guess on Sunday nobody comes out of their house or something. The cathedral in the center of town was beautiful though and the latte’s were on point. I left France with a pain between my legs (from crashing not from touristing in Paris) and a lot of frustration feeling like I had some unfinished business. Fortunately, I had another opportunity two weeks later in Spain, but you will have to tune into SBI next month to read all about that!
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THE GRID: ON THE COME UP
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NAME: Aaron Borello HOMETOWN: Washington, PA. AGE: 42 ASSOCIATION/AFFILIATIONS/SERIES: AMA Pro, WERA Expert, MOTOSERIES Expert GOALS: Compete in AMA Pro SuperSport Class in 2014 and continue to improve results. Main goal: Go faster each weekend! ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Numerous Top 15 AMA Pro finishes, 50 plus WERA podium finishes, 12 WERA Regional Championships. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: Racing has allowed me to strengthen my competitive spirit both on and off the track by providing a challenging environment where Iâ€™ve learned to excel both individually and as part of a team. CONTACT:
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THE STRAIGHT LINE
THE YOUNGEST IN CHARGE
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WORDS: DYSTANY SPURLOCK IMAGES: ROBIN SPURLOCK
think the older I get, the faster time goes. That is kind of scary when I think about it.
But let’s get to this months topic because I am excited about this one! It’s the Music issue. I am excited because the music industry has had and is having such a huge impact in the motorcycle world. I feel that music is one of the reasons that the bike life culture is as big as it is today. I am going to start with the Ruff Ryders’ Anthem. I remember when I was barely in elementary school, five years old, everytime I got in the car with my dad, DMX was playing. Since my dad was a huge DMX fan that made me one. I would be in the back seat of that car rapping as if it were my song. My dad would just laugh. As for my mom you can probably guess what would be playing when I got in the car with her. That’s right... Eve, or should I say E-V-E? Now she was my girl! She was feminine but still had that edge to her, kind of like me. Im girly but I still ride bikes and play football. So I knew that I liked their music a lot but I had never seen one of their videos. When I did it, made me love them even more. I can’t remember which one of their videos I saw first but I know that it had a lot of motorcycles in it so it was probably DMX’s Ruff Ryders Anthem. You could not tell me that I wasn’t going to be a biker chick. Then my mom and dad got a bike, a Suzuki TL1000 and when I would hear that bike start up I would have my clothes on and be downstairs faster than a horse in the Kentucky Derby. From a early age, motorcycles has had such an impact on my life. I was never scared when I
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was on the back. Then I remember Wink 1100. I though he was Superman... Seriously! When kids would say they like Spiderman and Batman, I would always say I like superman because I thought thats who Wink was! I didn’t know! I think it was his fly away tie that made me think that. He was the first person that I had ever seen do stunts on a bike before. It was the coolest thing ever. I would sit in the den and watch that DVD over and over like it was Barney. The Ruff Ryders have definitely had an impact on my life through their music and the the motorcycle culture. But it does not stop there. There is a new artist that is having that same impact on others in the same way that the Ruff Ryders had on me. Meek Mills, a lyrical monster and a monster on the two wheels. DMX and his crew were more on motorcycles and quads. Meek is on motorcycles, quads and dirt bikes. He has fully embraced the Bike Life as a movement and I love it. Meek Mills will get you hype at his concert then ride out on the street afterwards. If DMX has paved the way, then Meek Mills is carrying it out. Music in the motorcycle world is a way of life. Even though I drag race I still will hop on a bike or four wheeler while someone is stunting and have the best time of my life. I love everything about it! I am so thankful to be apart of the motorcycle world. There is nothing like it. I will also like to thank Chino Stuntz for being the first person to stunt with me on a bike. I may become a stunter one day!
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apo’s Cut back at it once again and since this is the music issue I will say “We the Best!” in my DJ Khaled voice. I would like to let all the readers and fans know that the race season is now officially over! I have a busy winter already building up and some new things popping off for the 2014 year so stay tuned. I will be carrying my readers every step of the way. I would like to invite you ladies and gentlemen close into my view of this “Bike Life” that I am the poster child of and really live it day in and day out. You all know that it has been a very trying year for me and my crew with ups and downs but how a man deals with adversity defines who he is. In race terms, if a racer can win with coins imagine what he will accomplish with dollars! I guess that’s yet to be seen but for some, a scary thought! With that being said I’m pleased to say, along with my 2013 Orient Express Top Street Bike Championship at Etown that I am the only rider in the MIRock Superbike Series to finish the year with three Top 10 National Plates in three different classes. I also did it on three different bikes but all Suzuki GSXR 1000’s. Real Street on “Goldie”. 5.60 on “Baby Boy”. And Crazy 8’s on the one and only championship “Hurricane”. It’s not a MIRock championship, but it’s a great accomplishment when competing against over seven hundred of the best riders in the country and also knowing I missed one race due to my accident with my truck, that was totaled. In November while I was attending the Mirock World Finals, the last race of the year in Rockingham North Carolina, it was bitter sweet because Raceway Park Etown NJ was crowning all the 2013 Track Champions and I couldn’t be in two places at one time so I couldn’t attend. But my family did the next best
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thing. My wife and kids showed up and accepted on my behalf and sent me pics. So what better way to come home off the road after a long season? A big championship trophy, championship jacket and a bonus check. Also, knowing I did well enough at the World Finals to solidify my Top 10 plates for the season. I couldn’t have done it without my great sponsors, wife and manager, mom, kids and my crew for MIRock: Earl and Kevin Readen. Special thanks to Arvail, JR, Eddie B, Klip, Jason B, and Cuz Gaup. Loyalty is Everything! 56 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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his month is the music issue and I was having a hard time trying to figure out what to write about because although I love music, I rarely make it a part of my racing ritual. But after thinking about it, I realize that music really does play more of a role than I originally thought. Music absolutely plays a role in my driving to the races. You see, I am one of those drivers that likes to leave late so that I drive throughout the night without running into any traffic or many cars on the road for that matter. The only thing that keeps me awake is the sound of my music playing loud while everybody else sleeps. When I’m driving, I like the sounds of smooth R&B an oldies and I sing all night while watching the sun come up. But when I’m at the races, I need hype music.
you of, what you were doing that year, where you were when you first heard it? Who you were dating, what race were you on the way to, what job you were working, what car you were in, who’s house you were at, what friends were around or who was alive back then? For example, when the Sugar Hill gang came out with Rappers Delight, I remember riding in the back of my father’s van just two weeks before he died in1979. Music brings back all kinds of memories of my racing back in the street racing days. When I used to get off work at night and be on my way to a street race in New York or Connecticut, I would listen to Mantronix all night while driving trying to get myself hyped to win that money. While music can make you hype, it can also depress you with the memories that come along with it.
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Shante, Run DMC, Queen Latifah or LL Cool J, it immediately puts me back in the eighties and what was going on back in high school. When I hear music from TLC, Biggie,Tupac, Sade and Luther Vandross, I immediately think about all the poles I used to climb installing cable television in ninety five degree heat and zero degree temps. Music really is important to each one of us in different ways. It’s one thing that we all have in common. We can’t live without it.
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NAME: Terry Dunbar HOMETOWN: Hephzibah, GA. AGE: 34 ASSOCIATION/AFFILIATIONS/SERIES: C.S.R.A.D.A/MIROCK/MAN CUP GOALS: Being successful in every aspect of my life with family, my career and racing. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I’ve been in the winners circle a few times in this year alone. I’ve excelled in my career and I’m continuing to climb the ladder to more success. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: Drag racing is the greatest sport that I’ve ever been apart of and I look fwd to doing it for another 20yrs god willing. CONTACT:
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RICKEY GADSON and RICKEY GADSON DRAG RACING would like to say THANK YOU to all the people who believed in me and helped make my 2013 racing season possible.
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lying out of the very tidy and deliberate Singapore to land 45 minutes later in Malaysia was like going from Mom’s residence to a frat house. While ethnically similar to Singapore; Malaysia has taken a very different political and cultural track after they gained independence from the British in the 50’s. The Malaysian people are very casual and embracing of the tropical, jungle atmosphere in their country. It was fun to see both the similarities and the stark differences between the two countries which share the same small landmass. We went directly from the airport to the Sepang circuit to wait for my motorcycle to arrive by truck from Singapore. After the bike arrived we checked into the Motul hospitality room, overlooking the homestretch across from the grandstands and watched the MotoGP legends break in the surface. Around 6pm I was given 30 minutes on to myself on the homestretch in front of the grandstands to check out the surface. After the screaming race bikes had been whizzing by all day, the track was quiet and almost serene as I entered it. The sun was setting on the far end as I lifting my first wheelie on the near-perfect riding surface. I brushed up on my long wheelies and a show format without burnouts, since I couldn’t leave residue on the surface. After practice we took the long cab ride into Kuala Lumpur, as the city grew near the rumbling thunder clouds made way to reveal the iconic Petronas Twin Towers - which look straight out of a comic book. The city was quite different than Singapore with chaos, construction and crowds everywhere. The next day dawned to sun with angry thunder circling the city. The air was heavy and humid, similar to Singapore although everyone had warned it would be even hotter at the Sepang Circuit. Anthony and I took in the city and tried the famous local dish, Nasi Lemak. Nasi Lemak is sometimes served in a little triangular paper container, which allows the coconut rice, anchovies, peanuts, veggies, egg and lamb to marinate together with a very spicy sauce. Finally it was officially MotoGP weekend and time to perform in front of the grandstands on the 70 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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homestretch! It was a nerve-racking task, but I knew I would leave my nerves at the gate and enjoy the show once I started my first wheelie. We waited through qualifying on Saturday afternoon and after the MotoGP bikes cleared the track I was escorted out for my first show. When the wheel went up in the air, so did the crowds. I could only ride past the starting gate, so half the grandstands crowded down to the far end of the stands to watch the show. I went a bit over my allotted time and as the checkered flag was waving the crowds booed the man gesturing me off the track, asking for an encore! Needless to say the feeling of the Sepang Circuit grandstands applauding was a once in a lifetime experience. Sunday morning we woke to steady rain. It quit right before my morning show but the surface was still drenched and extremely slick. The show was much more challenging than Saturday’s dream-show, but that’s the way it goes! Sunday afternoon I hit the Motul booth on the mall for my autograph signing and got to know some of Malaysia’s stunt fans better.
After the preparation, shows and autographs were all signed and done, came the real work. The original plan was to crate the bike Sunday afternoon and store it until Monday when the truck would come take the crated bike to the airport. We failed to notice the whole crate would not fit in the garage space we were renting, which already housed a classic racecar. Instead, we had to head back to the track, yet again, Monday morning before the sun rose. We ate on the road and reached the Sepang garages as the morning sun washed over the empty grand stands, which were still contained a metallic ring from the prior day’s races. We were a team of four and went to work building the crate around my Kawasaki, keeping an eye on our watch as to not miss our truck driver. With the final brace handscrewed in place we stepped back to admire our work as my stomach dropped. I realized in our morning grog we had failed to drain the liquids out of the bike – a requirement to board an airplane.
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It’s amazing to see the money and infrastructure surrounding MotoGP, a testament to the dedication of its fans, sponsors and riders. With luck and the support of courageous brands like Motul, our adolescent sport can rise to enjoy some of the same luxuries, but until then the stunt riding team will be hand-screwing together crates at 6am on a Monday morning. I can’t thank enough everyone who made this landmark weekend possible, the team at Motul and also my StuntBums partner in crime, Anthony. Tune in next month for the final chapter in my Asia tour – VIETNAM!
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NAME: Vanesssa Cearbaugh HOMETOWN: Fort Wayne, IN. AGE: 40 ASSOCIATION/AFFILIATIONS/SERIES: 469 Cycle Shop, Off One Custom Designs, and Collision Specialties, The Candy Shop GOALS: To get better at brake control to do slower wheelies. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I have to learn to work on my own bikes along with the modifications for stunt bikes and to do controlled wheelies. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: Stunting takes my riding skills to another level that allows me to show my inner expression by manipulating a motorcycle to do tricks and be apart of it. CONTACT:
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Rocker Interpretation: The Immortal Riders, South Jersey are dedicated to their passion in this life and beyond. Symbolized by a menacing horned skull, their commitment to riding is on a supernatural level. History/Origin of Club: The South Jersey Chapter was founded in spring of 2013 by Steve “Psycho” Lebron in Jersey City, NJ. A co-ed club currently consisting of nine members, the club is diverse and represents solid fellowship amongst one another and other club and groups.wild
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Club Milestones/Memorable Moments:Â One of the clubâ€™s first major events was being able to participate in the 2013 SBI Shut the City Down Ride in Philadelphia. As a club, that ride allowed them to take part in a positive and safe ride and share in the camaraderie of the regional motorcycle club community. Future of the club: A young club, the South Jersey chapter of the Immortal Riders is looking to grow in strength and numbers, recruiting like minded individuals that share their same vision of what it means to be in a club. As they grow, they will continue to be involved in community events, rides and all positive aspects of the motorcycle lifestyle. Want to see your club featured here? Drop us an email!
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o you listen to music when riding your motorcycle or do you let the music of the wind consume you with the thoughts in your head? I love to listen to House Music, Old School Hip Hop, R&B, Disco and 70s Funk music when I am in my truck. I always drive to the speed of the song that’s playing but if I did that on my motorcycle I would get a speeding ticket while listening to House Music. At night, I zone out on the highway in the dark like a video game as the highway reflectors lite up one at a time. I currently don’t listen to music while riding. I almost got hit by a fire engine truck on a local back road when I was a newbie. I didn’t hear the sirens as I made a left hand turn in front of the fire truck. Therefore, no headphones or earplugs for me if I am riding local distances or in traffic. You need to 86 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
be able to hear other vehicles and emergency sirens that could save your life if you’re not in your lane! Long distance road trips are different because you are riding in formation in cruise mode. The serious “Ground Pounders” wear earplugs that filter out the road noise or they have custom sound systems mounted to their bikes! Before you decide to put your earplugs or headset on, check your state laws. They may restrict the use of headphones while operating a motorcycle. Currently, there are at least eleven states that have laws restricting or prohibiting the use of headphones while riding. · No headphones while riding – Rhode Island, Florida
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· Headset built into the motorcycle helmet – Louisiana, Washington · No music, communication device only while riding – Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois · Earplug in one ear only while riding – New York, Minnesota, California I am currently looking for a new helmet equipped with a Bluetooth system to connect to my cell phone so I can hear my MP3s, GPS system and talk on the chatterbox. I am planning my road trips for the spring now. Next, I have to update my playlist. My number
one bike song is my club’s theme song “Meet me at the Lyte” performed by Out of Order for Double Lyte Posse Sportbike Inc. Another biker related song I like is Queen Latifah’s song “Go Head” because she is riding and racing her Suzuki with Lil Kim on the back in the video. The Queen was caught on a purple and gold HONDA 900RR recently in West Hollywood getting it in. The only stunts I do are burnouts and the Wheelie Machine which reminds me of Lil Wayne’s song “Stuntin Like My Daddy… Zoom on that Yamaha chromed out 1100”! If I am making videos from our highway, drag racing or road racing rides, I like to play The Gap Band’s song “Burn Rubber on Me” because it starts out with a mean burnout in the beginning. The bike community has a strong influence in the music entertainment. T.I. and Pharrell both have custom Harleys. Nicki Minaj bought herself a Kawasaki! Usher &
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THE LIFE: KNOW YOUR ROLE Wyclef Jean ride a Ducati. Mary J Blige is riding a light blue custom chopper in her video “We Ride” and her boyfriend is riding a spider web themed chopper through the city. That’s what I want when I grow up! Meek Mills is known for his dirt bike videos and songs such as “Bike Life” and “I am Boss” stunting through the streets of Philadelphia. Producer A$AP TY has a video of some crazy stunting on bikes and 4 wheelers in Uptown, NYC for the video “The Real Bike Life”! Another favorite is Redman featuring E3 for the song “Ride”. Not only is there a serious bike crash of what not to do on a bike but there are treks and motorcycle stunting with scenes from the movie “Biker Boys”. This song will get you hyped up singing… “RIDE, RIDE, RIDE TIL I CAN’T NO MORE! BURN RUBBER NOT YOUR SOUL”! The ultimate biker song was DMX’s Ruff Ryder Anthem with motorcycles and 4 wheelers doing wheelies and stunts through NYC! I think everyone wanted to ride a motorcycle after seeing this video! Listening to music is one thing but when we arrive at our destination, we are ready to party! If you want to get the party started, play Big Mucci’s Bikers Shuffle line dance song and the floor will be covered! Big Mucci rides with the Omens MC out of Cleveland, Ohio and produces music for his line dances and performs all over the states. If you need a hype man for your party, Mike Lawry the Vice President of Double Lyte Posse Sportbike Inc. in Philadelphia, PA is your host of choice. He will keep the bikers on the dance floor and teach you the latest line dances including his own line dance “Mike’s Dance Machine”. Did I mention that Philadelphia is the line dance capital! Check Mike out at the Black Tigers MC Anniversary this month in Baltimore, MD teaching line dance classes! This is one of the biggest motorcycle events of the year. The members of the Black Tigers MC have 90 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
an awesome R&B band with over 20 years of musical talent with the president Lo Kei on bass guitar, the founder Lo Jack on guitar, the beautiful ladies Babyphatt and iCandi bringing the strong vocals and sound engineering by founder Yoda. Be prepared to hear some Go-Go in the DMV area. Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers will have you “Bustin Loose” and shouting “Wind Me Up” Chuck! If you want to know what music the bikers like to hear, dance and ride to then you have to ask the DJs that ride! Deejay VADER is a member of the Philly Raiders MC in Philadelphia, PA. He has always had an interest in bikes growing up. He started riding in 2005 and he owns a 2003 Yamaha 600 YZF. He has been DJing for over seventeen years which is his number one hobby and a full time business. He plans to get into sound realms and sound reinforcement for DJ equipment rentals. He is definitely one of the most requested DJs in the tri-state area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Lady Kim: What type of music do you listen to when you are riding your motorcycle or relaxing at home? Deejay Vader: I don’t listen to music when I am riding my motorcycle but I prefer to listen to R&B and Reggae on my down time. Lady Kim: What types of music do you play on the biker set verses a non-biker party? Deejay Vader: The tri state area bikers like to hear Urban Hip Hop and line dance songs. I play to the crowd but I really don’t like to play line dance music but it gets the ladies out on the dance floor. I have different websites, DJ networking websites and friends in the line dance world to stay on top of the popular line
DJ Aliaz dances. The most popular line dance here is “The Same Ole Two Step” by Swagga Wilkes and Mic360. Once they are out on the dance floor, then I can set the party off with Meek Mill’s song “House Party featuring Young Chris or some 90s Hip Hop. The biker set is a younger crowd. When I am DJing a non-biker party I cater to an older crowd normally at cabarets. They like the old school songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Lady Kim: I know I have a ball when you’re the DJ at the parties. You’re one of the ones that like to play 80’s Hip Hop which is my favorite era. It gets the crowd hyped as we do old dances and battle dance! What are some of your favorite biker theme songs?
Deejay Vader: My favorite video is Patra’s “Romantic Call” featuring Yo-Yo. The video has a bunch of bikes in it riding around the island. Patra is on the back singing as the rider makes her bounce on the back! If you are in the tri state area of New York, North Jersey and Connecticut then you have probably heard DJ ALIAZ! He is the Producer and DJ for the “Star and Buc Wild Show” currently on shot97.com from 12-2pm everyday playing mostly top 40 Hip Hop and then it is rebroadcasted on Thisis50.com. He was raised in Mount Vernon, New York but fell in love with motorcycles in the 9th grade because his uncle had a Kawasaki Ninja 1200. He went to Jamaica and everyone had mopeds and motorcycles. He would ride his moped SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 91
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to the soccer field and all over the island but he never wanted to ride the crowded streets of New York City. Three years ago he bought a 2002 Suzuki GSXR 1000 and joined Double Lyte Posse Sportbike Inc. in Philadelphia, PA. Lady Kim: What type of music do you listen to when you are riding your motorcycle? DJ Aliaz: Music and riding go hand in hand! My helmet has the Bluetooth wireless connection inside for my iPod. I live in WilkesBarre, PA and I ride to Philadelphia a lot which is about 2 hours away. I put in earplugs and listen to a variety of music such as Spanish Reggae since I am Dominican. For Hip Hop, I listen to Meek Mill, Jadakiss and LL Cool J old school Hip Hop. I like R&B songs by Chris 92 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
Brown and Neyo. Lady Kim: Where do you DJ and what gets the crowd hyped? DJ Aliaz: I DJ all over. I have traveled to Ecuador, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Spain to spin records. On the weekends, I DJ in different bars and clubs between WilkesBarre and New York City. The city crowd likes a lot of Hip Hop like Rick Ross and Meek Mill. The Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and the Poconos crowd likes EVM, Moon Bath, Techno, 2000s Hip Hop era and Reggae. The biker parties are new to me but the biggest difference I see is that the biker men and women will dance whereas only the women dance in the club or bars. In the Philly tri state area, there is more
line dancing, old school music and R&B. The hype songs are the Wobble Line Dance and T.I.’s song “Swing Your Rag”. The bikers like to hold up their colors to this song so the DJ can shout out their club names. I am always ready to DJ. My computer fits in my motorcycle backpack! You can check out my mixes or download them on www.datpiff.com, Lady Kim: Do you have any favorite biker theme songs or videos that you listen to? DJ Aliaz: Oh yes! Some of the ones I like are DMX Ruff Ryder Anthem, Meek Mill biker videos, Philly Feek, Low Rider Tron Bike and Nicki Minaj on that black and gold motorcycle! If you travel to the Midwest for any biker parties in Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois or Indiana then you will run into DJ Whip from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been DJing for more than 25 years and riding for over 10 years. He rides a Presidential themed Yamaha R6 and R1. He joined 317 Ryders MC in 2003 and he is the current president with more than 100 members. You can find him DJing at Tantrum Lounge on Friday nights. He also creates 317 mixes for their website www.317rydersmc.com. Lady Kim: What type of music do you listen to when you are riding your motorcycle? DJ Whip: I don’t listen to music when I am riding. Lady Kim: What type of music do the bikers like to hear in the Midwest? DJ Whip: You have to come with the new school and the old old school. You have to turn up and be smooth with some stepping music and have all the line dances but if you are good then you won’t have to play them all. If you are in Chicago then you have to
add some House music to the set. Cincinnati bikers like a little reggae. The Bunny Hop is a popular biker line dance here. The Kentuckians like to do a line dance called the Monkey Feet. “Who You Wit” by Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz gets the crowd hyped. The bikers put their colors in the air for that song as well as the song “Down for my N’s” by C-Murder with Snoop Dogg! Lady Kim: Is there a difference when you DJ a biker party verses a party at a nightclub? DJ Whip: It depends on the nightclub and the MC club. If you are DJing at a young Hip Hop nightclub or a newer MC club then it can be about the same play for your audience. You have to adjust your timing for a MC party because they have a color count. You want it hyped right before a color count and you have to be hyped right after the color count. Young Jeezy, 2PAC and Biggie Smalls all do well for mid-west parties. Lady Kim: Does your club have a theme song? DJ Whip: We have an official song which is “Ambitions of a Rider” by 2PAC. There is a local song also called 317 Ryders MC also. Lady Kim: What songs or music videos do you like with motorcycles in it? DJ Whip: I don’t see a lot of videos but as far as songs about riding I like “Shorty Wanna Ride” by Young Buck. Lil Wayne’s song “Stuntin Like My Daddy” never seems to pack the floor! Next time we will explore what the bikers are playing down south and out west. If you listen to music while riding, then keep it at a safe volume, pay attention to your surroundings, keep the throttle twisted and ride safe! SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 93
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THE LIFE: THE LION’S DEN
WORDS: LION JAMES IMAGES: PATRICK CLIETT
hear it often in the streets, even more on-line and everywhere on social media like Instagram. Some people loudly boast it as if they somehow have insight that most others do not, many quietly and covertly live it and celebrate it humbly not being concerned with proving it to you or I and others attempt to represent it only to fall short of its elusive merits and sense of self satisfaction. Sportbikes, Inc. nation, I am of course referring to “bike life.” Regardless of how you let it be known that you are “about that bike life,” one truism of motorcycling is that bike life is different for everyone living it. No one can tell you that you live the bike life just as no one can tell you that you don’t, but this bike life is neither to be taken lightly, entered in to haphazardly or disrespected. This sport/lifestyle/ hobby and (equally as appropriate) profession of
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motorcycling can leave you in pain or worse if you aren’t doing it right so be prepared for all that “bike life” entails if you want live it. The ups don’t last forever and the downs are not to be dwelled upon too long. This bike life I live is a constant pursuit of improvement as much as it is an outlet for stress, forum for social interaction as a biker, challenge of my own personal skill as a motorcyclist and one of several interests that define me as an individual. No one can live your bike life and you shouldn’t attempt to live anyone else’s. The expression “ride your own ride” is most commonly interpreted as not trying to keep up with the next guy/gal on two wheels because no two motorcyclists are the same but I submit that the expression can also mean that what is living the bike life for you is not, nay should not be, living the bike life for another. Inevitably
there will be similarities in the respective bike lives lived by several people but such is the nature of the lifestyle. A stunt rider’s bike life is completely different than the bike life of a club rider.
of course motorcycles, the Motorcycle Club of which I am President, writing this monthly article for the best online motorcycle publication known to man, my business endeavor R.I.D.E., friends, housework (damn the responsibilities of adulthood) In the June 2013 installment of The Lion’s Den and whatever other tasks, obligations and trouble (The Lion’s Den – The Balancing Act: 2nd Gear) I I find myself dealing with day to day. My motorcycles are not my only means of transportation went into detail about how much time one spends engaged in motorcycling and having your life truly (albeit the most enjoyable) so my bike life isn’t one spent exclusively on two wheels from point A to revolve around motorcycles. For the people who B. My annual motorcycle vacations ended back make a living involving motorcycles the claim to bike life is truly a life made around and because in 2008 when I stopped attending the Atlantic of motorcycles. What a life this must be. While I Beach Bikefest celebrations in Myrtle Beach, SC am a motorcycle journalist, the majority of my day so my bike life is not one of two wheeled spring breaks, family vacations with the motorcycle in tow is spent onboard the slave ship trading hours for dollars just like most of you. My non work hours are or first floor hotel rooms in beach towns with the occupied balancing family, other interests including motorcycles wheeled into the room at night (Shhh,
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THE LIFE: THE LION’S DEN don’t tell the concierge). I’m far from a weekend warrior or occasional biker so my bike life is not a Saturday night or Sunday morning occasion. I am not a tourist in this lifestyle and I log too many miles in the saddle to know what a “riding season” is or more specifically know what the “end of riding season” is. My bike life is one filled with the ride, make that the R.I.D.E. Filled with Really Intense Driving Experience after experience. My bike life is one lived at the head of the table at Motorcycle Club meetings. My bike life is lived atop one of the most amazing machines ever turned out of the factory in Hinckley, UK. My bike life is one lived wrenching on my own motorcycle to up my mechanical IQ, attending track days in an attempt to improve my riding skill set and learning as much as I can about this sport. Bike life for me is the thrill of the ride. Bike life for me is the camaraderie shared by my brothers and sisters in the Motorcycle Club community. Bike life for me is the brother next to me on the road wearing the same patch. Bike life for me is the commonality we all share in the motorcycle community despite our many differences. Bike life for me is writing the Lion’s Den and reading Sportbikes, Inc. Magazine. Bike life for me is the freedom I enjoy when on two wheels. Bike life for me is a wide open throttle on an even wider open road. Bike life for me is the look on peoples’ faces when they see my motorcycle and the feeling of acceptance I experience when around other motorcycle enthusiasts. Bike life is the journey and the destination. Bike life is how badass I feel when a child “oohs and ahhhs” when they see me out riding. Bike life for me is acceptance into a two wheeled fraternity. Bike life for me is all the things that have been represented in the pages of this article each month and then some. Often my bike life entitles me to privileges not afforded to others. Sometimes my bike life puts me in the spotlight. At times my bike life means not waiting in traffic. At times my bike life is dangerous. At times my bike life puts me in less than desirable situations. At times my bike life earns me respect. At times my bike life pays the bills. At times my bike life is sexy and glamorous and other times it’s ugly and destructive. Every now and again my bike 98 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
life scares people. Every now and again my bike life scares me. My bike life has bought friends into my life and brought me closer to family. There are times when all I want is to live my bike life and other times when I dread this life of motorcycles. My bike life has lifted me to some of my highest heights and it has taken me to some of my lowest depths but this bike life is mine and no one can live it for me. I have no idea where this bike life will take me next. Bike life for me is not parking lot pimping, showing off or trying to pick up women who are less interested in me than they are the bike. Bike life for me is not breaking the law or terrorizing motorists on public roads. Bike life for me is not being an outlaw biker with a backpatch. Bike life for me is not chrome covering every inch of my motorcycle except the tires. Bike life for me does not come with baggage. Bike life for me is not my family taking a backseat to this patch, this motorcycle or this ride. Bike life for me is not conditional. Bike life for me is no mere hobby, past time or fair weather activity. Bike life is not something I walk around trying to prove. I do not need you to qualify my bike life nor do I seek your validation of my bike life. Bike life for me is not a game. Bike life for me is not part time. My bike life is not your bike life. Bike life is at times the topic of debate and other times the topic of friendly conversation. I imagine there are motorcyclists out there on Any Road, USA who have no interest in bike life at all and simply wish to turn the key, open the throttle and take off. For these folks titles, designations, respect, membership and bragging rights are of little concern because for them bike life isn’t quantified or qualified in terms that others among us value. On the flip side of course are the subscribers to braggadocio. The motorcyclists who would presume to judge others for their bike life and how they live it. The “I’m a real rider and you are not” types who think that they are the end all be all authority on bike life and all things motorcycle. For this lot and their ilk, living the bike life and more importantly having others recognize that
they are â€œabout that bike lifeâ€? is more important that enriching their own personal motorcycling experience or the motorcycling experience of those around them. This text is not meant to praise one group or condemn another, but to illustrate how differently we all live or do not live this bike life. When you see someone living the bike life like you live the bike life, point it out. Give them a metaphorical high five and let them know that you recognize that they, much like you, have the same appreciation of this great sport/lifestyle/hobby/ profession. The bike life movement has begun and
weâ€™re taking it to the streets, social media, bike night, the racetrack and even the dinner table. You may not live the same bike life that I do but I salute you just the same. If our common interest in motorcycles and love of the ride breaks down barriers then social media breaks down geographic distance. Be sure to share what you consider bike life on Instagram and then follow and tag @Sportbikesinc, @Mrallanlane and @Lion6015. Tag your pictures #BikeLifeEternal and lets all enjoy this bike life together.
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FEATURED THE LIFE FEATURED LIFE:RIDER FEATURED RIDERS RIDERS
Manny Rivera LOCATION: Philadelphia, P.A. OCCUPATION: Professional Boxing Manager. YEARS RIDING: 5 years. RIDING STYLE: Streets. BIKE/S OWNED: 2001 Honda CBR929 FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Power Commander 3. Leo Vince Exhaust. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: Shoei Helmet MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: So many good ones! Any ride with lots of twisties!
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Forrest Carroll LOCATION: Philadelphia, P.A. OCCUPATION: Mental Health Aide. YEARS RIDING: 9 years. RIDING STYLE: Street, strip, track, stunt... Everywhere BIKE/S OWNED: 2009 Kawasaki ZX10R Special Edition FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: My Two Borthers Racing Exhaust. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My helmet. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Route 125 in the mountains. Rest in peace Lil Bro Al.
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FEATURED THE LIFE FEATURED LIFE:RIDER FEATURED RIDERS RIDERS
Gary Miller AKA Joker
LOCATION: Lanoka Harbor, N.J.
OCCUPATION: Head Boss at one of the Brick Schools YEARS RIDING: 6 years. RIDING STYLE: Street. BIKE/S OWNED: 2011 Suzuki GSXR 750, 2007 Suzuki Boulevard M50 FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: M4 Exhaust, HID Headlights. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: AGV Sport Leather Suzuki GSXR Jacket. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: “Shut the city down” the Great Cheesesteak Run. This ride was an amazing opportunity to enjoy the freedom of the road. During this ride, the intersections of Philadelphia were shut down and the hundreds of Motorcycle riders were able to take over the streets of Philadelphia. The ride included stopping at the Eakins Oval on Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Philadelphia museum. After meeting and talking with many riders we then took off for Geno’s Cheesesteaks which was the final stop of the ride. At Geno’s we were able to reflect on the ride, talk to other riders and enjoy drinks and cheesesteaks. This ride was one of the most memorable because we had our whole group together, “Immortal Riders, SJ, MC” to share and enjoy the event. 104 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
Mercedes T. Hoskins LOCATION: Syracuse, Utah OCCUPATION: Frequency RC Hobby Store. YEARS RIDING: 3 years. RIDING STYLE: Dragstrip BIKE/S OWNED: 2005 Kawasaki ZX636R FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: My favorite mod on the bike would have to be the swing arm. I love the way it makes the bike look.
FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My favorite piece of riding
gear would have to be my helmet. I love all the pink/skulls. And definitely the Mohawk gets me noticed. I am known as Mohawk girl around town/ around the track. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: That would have to be the one that helped deal with my best friend Jessica Tueller that passed away in 2010. We all took a ride up to Morgan, Utah, where she is buried, on her birthday one year and just had a blast flying threw the canyons and giving it all we had on the straights. it was so amazing having all of us sharing the passion that she had while riding together. It felt like she was riding with us cheering us on to go faster.
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MOTO TECH Words: Mark Rozemo Image: Courtesy of Motion Pro
ASK THE PRO WRENCH WORDS: THOMAS CAMPION
: I know that I may get clowned for even asking this but I know that I can not be the first to ask... What does C.C. stand for? I know that it has to do with the engine size... Like 600cc, 750cc or 1000cc. But what do the letters C and C stand for?
: C.C. stands for Cubic Centimeter. It is the metric way of telling an engine size in contrast to how American motorcycles and cars use C.I. or Cubic Inches. Most common engine C.C.’s for sport bikes are 600, 750, and 1000 as well as the the bigger bore engines such as 1200cc and 1300cc’s. The more CC’s you have, the larger your bike’s engine is
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and the faster your bike is. There is an old saying that states “there’s no replacement for displacement”. But that can be argued with forced induction like turbo’s and superchargers. They squeeze more air into the cylinder than a naturally aspirated engine can. So although it physically is a “600cc “ it has the same amount of air as a “650cc”. The more air, the bigger the bang... thus there is more horse power. Now you’re a knowledgable gear head ready to take on the world of engine C.C.’s!
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IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS
CLOSING THE THROTTLE
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enerally speaking, one second is not a lot of time. With over 86,000 ticking off every day, your average person does not pay much attention to them. However, on the racetrack, one second is a big deal. At a track like Daytona International Speedway, where the average speed around the track for a middleweight bike is over 110mph, a rider who shaves one second closes up about 164 feet (roughly half a football field) per lap! One of the areas where we see riders making up the most ground is on the brakes. The faster the straightaway preceding a braking zone, the more important it is to carry that speed as long as possible. Once a brake point is established in these corners, many riders are satisfied that their work is done there and move on to focus on another area of the track. However, as riding skills progress, we realize that establishing an initial brake point is just the beginning of a putting together an ideal corner entrance. For the purpose of this discussion we will focus on the heart of big braking zones. These sections of the racetrack have extended periods of heavy lever pressure which is applied when the bike is straight up and down. The biggest braking zones typically follow fast straights and as a result will have a significant effect on lap times. In order to develop a strategy in this area, we must first establish how we gauge success. Modern race tires generally all have the ability to handle more load than riders can apply with braking force alone (while the bike is still perfectly upright). The two primary reasons riders lose front grip are either the application of too much brake pressure before the weight has fully transferred to the front tire or the addition of too much bar input/cornering load in combination with brake pressure. In SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 109
IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS: CLOSING THE THROTTLE big braking corner entrances, the signal that indicates that a rider has reached the limit for lever pressure is the lifting of the back tire off the ground. As a result, we will define the ideal strategy while in these big braking zones as one that allows for the greatest lever pressure without lifting the back tire. The ability to apply more lever pressure will slow the bike down more quickly, and move our brake point deeper into the corner and decrease our lap time.
level. Since the suspension has a running start coming from the top of the stroke, it always overshoots the full brake level before it stabilizes.
In a perfect world, the suspension will slightly overshoot the full brake level and then controllably rebound back to its final height. However, the more the suspension overshoots this mark, the longer it takes before the chassis stops moving up and down. We have all In our search to find the elusive second, riders witnessed riders with this symptom who fight need to pay attention to the details. At the the motorcycle through the entire braking zone Penguin School, we always like to look back and never seem to have full control. A major at the physics of what is happening in order to disadvantage for riders with this problem is confirm that our approach to solving a problem that as the front suspension bounces up and makes sense. If we agree that the unweighting down, the center of gravity is always moving of the rear tire is the limit to brake pressure, along with it. This motion makes it impossible then our efforts to maximize braking should be for a rider to determine exactly how much focused around raising that limit. lever pressure can be applied since the center of gravity is constantly changing as the forks One of the biggest factors that contributes to move. These riders are limited to only being the propensity of a bike to lift the rear tire is the able to use the max lever pressure at the highest center of gravity of the machine. The higher the point of motion until the suspension finally is center of gravity, the easier the back tire comes able to settle at the full brake level. In many off the ground and the less brake lever pressure cases, the full brake level is never achieved, the chassis can tolerate. The same exact and as a result neither is the max lever pressure. principle applies to a rider who is trying to ride a wheelie, which is why you see riders sitting The average heavy braking zone only lasts a up high (as opposed to flat on the tank) when couple seconds, so any need to wait for the they want to show off their one wheeled skills. suspension motion to stabilize is a significant disadvantage. One of the best ways to help For this lesson we will focus on the center of minimize this suspension motion is to give the gravity of the motorcycle itself as opposed forks less of a running start on their final target. to the combination of bike and rider, which We can do this by paying closer attention to brings into play a number of other factors. In how we close the throttle. When riders snap particular we will consider the effect of closing the throttle shut at high speed, the front end the throttle on the suspension of the bike. has significant force applied to it and the forks When a rider is at full throttle, the suspension tend to dive quickly. When this diving motion is typically extended high in the stroke. As the is magnified by the action of pulling the brake throttle is closed and the brake is applied, the lever, itâ€™s not difficult to imagine why many suspension rapidly compresses and eventually riders have trouble with excessive front end settles at a level deep in the stroke. We will motion. refer to this suspension position as the full brake 110 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
Just as the brake lever should never simply be grabbed, the throttle should never be â€œsnappedâ€? closed. The act of consciously rolling off the throttle (the same way that you apply the brake lever) will significantly reduce the running start that your suspension has on its way down to the full brake level. The rate of this roll off will vary from corner to corner, but the end goal of getting the front end to a stable level deep in the stroke remains the same. In many cases the throttle roll off happens in unison with the brake lever application and they are completed in nearly the exact same duration.
In the end, even a small reduction in the time to settle your suspension will pay big dividends in these areas. For example, in a 100mph corner entrance, applying the lever at a given brake marker and getting the front end to settle 1/2 second quicker will give you nearly 75 feet of extra braking zone at maximum brake pressure. It doesnâ€™t take long to realize that lengthening the maximum brake zone will slow the bike down more quickly and then allow you to move your brake marker deeper into the corner. That second that you are looking for gets closer and closer all the time. Until next time, ride fast. Ride safe! SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 111
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THE ATLANTA MOTORCYCLE RALLY
WORDS AND IMAGES: ALLAN LANE
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ood things come to those that wait. To many, it had been a long time coming for a proper motorcycle lifestyle event to happen in the Atlanta GA region. An event that not only celebrated the machines that we all ride and love but the culture and subculture as well. It was indeed a long time coming... But it is here now and that event is the Atlanta Motorcycle Rally. The inaugural three day event jumped off at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, just outside the Atlanta city limits, in the early part of the fall when the temperatures in Georgia are just about right. However it wasn’t the area or location that made the efforts of the AMR unique. It was, in fact, the diligent and ardent work of the committee that came together to execute a collective vision. Atlanta and it’s surrounding region has one of the most dense population of clubs, riders and enthusaists in the continental U.S. A selection of those clubs came together to conceptualize and eventually bring to life what has the potential to be the South’s answer to... well, just about any other rally that is in existence today. Despite the best efforts of the hosting clubs to roll out the proverbial red carpets for clubs and riders from all over the country, Mother Nature had plans of her own and provided showers. However, the rain could dampen the AMR Committee’s southern Hospitality. The committee had transformed a section of the Speedway into nothing short of a full throttle concert venue complete with a full production stage equipped with all the bells and whistles. Directly across from the stage, beyond the audience viewing area for the performances, were several rows of vendors consisting of local motorcycle dealerships, lifestyle brands, clubs and food. For the clubs that opted out of the host hotel accommodations, camping grounds had been prepared. Upon entering the Speedway, club banners could be seen proudly waving atop of RV’s parked in the surrounding area of the main stage and vendor midway. The list of performers was more than impressive and slightly beyond 116 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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what some would expect from a bike rally. Hip Hop legends Chubb Rock and Dana Dane, along side a host of DJâ€™s, comedians, radio personalities, live music from bands... It became very clear, very early that the AMR was not just looking to make a mark. They were looking to raise the bar. The Master of Ceremonies, D Mack held down the stage and made sure to keep the party going as he introduced the entertainment to the crowds throughout the weekend. The off stage entertainment was not to be glanced over. Stunt performances, in the rain mind you... by Jason Britton, Eric Hoenshell and Josh Bourne. No rally is complete without a custom bike show but this was Atlanta so you know that they had to give the car clubs a chance to show out as well. While the event was a party, the commitee made a point to team up with charity organzitions to give back and spread the positive message beyond the immediate reach of the weekend. The American Red Cross set up a mobile blood donor station on site and attendees were encouraged to donate. Other AMR charity sponsors included Be The Match and Ernieâ€™s Butterfly Assistance. The experience of that weekend was exceptional. Yes, all the entertainment, the food, the music, the vendors, the charity work were so elemental to the overall success of the weekend, despite the rain... We all know that when you put that many clubs and that many riders in the same place, at the same time that you have the spot on recipe for a great time. You can not help but to participate in that fantastic vibe simply by being in the company of those that are celebrating the life that we all embrace. If nothing less, the Atlanta Motorcycle Rally provided an opportunity, an avenue, a platform to broadcast that positive message of camaraderie. That message resonated not just throughout the atmosphere of the venue but it could be seen and felt within individual interactions between club members, riders, vendors and the entertainers, themselves. Positivity and peace, courtesy of the AMR in what is sure to become an annual pilgrimage for the national motorcycle community.
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ROCK AND ROLLER
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o rock and roll sums up the SBI lifestyle like the Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”. It doesn’t matter what you ride. We all seem to relate to it. "I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride… Wanted dead or alive." The musical intro to “Wanted” captures that worn out, bleery feeling of riding too fast for too many hours. It brings back memories of late nights, long distances and bad coffee. You know nothing adds romance to a booty call like a fast motorcycle and a far away rendezvous. I hear “Wanted” and I flash back to magic moments of my life as a rider.When the song first hit the air I purchased a new Honda Hurricane 1000. A bike “Cycle” magazine said “The rider could tuck in secure behind fairing at speeds up to 161 MPH”. I was hooked. I had to have that bike! I learned that if I ran it into the red zone in fifth gear then upshifted to sixth I could reach that magic speed. The line “I play for keeps cause I might not make it back” rang true. Later in life heading into Vegas at night with my brother John and friend Keith Marquez, my tail lamp goes out entirely. We decide to charge full speed the rest of the way in. John on my six and Keith by my right hand. We cut thru traffic on rental Harleys. We arrive worn out and dusty but laughing. I felt like a cowboy on a steel horse burning down the night into Sin City. Good times.. Today finds me going thru hard times in my private life. I realize that I am not going to live forever. In a bucket list moment I buy a flat track race bike. Ever since seeing “On Any Sunday” I’ve wanted to race flat track. I find myself at the historic York Fairground Track, my first flat track race. It is a half mile pea gravel circuit with concrete walls and fences with no run off. If you make a mistake coming out of turn four in fourth gear and that concrete wall is going to stop you with the quickness. I act calm and cool getting ready for practice. When it’s time to get into character, I plug in my ear buds and hear the familiar words “It’s all the same, only the names will change”. As I pull out onto the track I feel like a gladiator. All of the ugly 128 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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things fall by the way side as I get up to speed and face the job at hand. Going fast I soon feel free and enjoy the moment. For sure I walked taller that day! True friends are with you in good times and bad. I am blessed to have a friend like that in Ken Lamazza. I got a call a while back from Kenny saying he had “special” tickets for a concert but his girlfriend could not go. Would I like to take her place? Now, I must admit I was a little worried cause Kenny is big into Country and Western music. But for him I said, “Sure, why not? Who are we going to see?” He replied, “Bon Jovi.” I had to beg my boss to leave work early but at 4:00pm we found ourselves watching Bon Jovi’s sound check, then meeting Jon Bon Jovi backstage. He is what I imagined. Super cool and laid back, amazingly humble for a guy with fifteen albums and over a billion dollars in ticket sales. The concert was impressive. Bon Jovi loves what he does and it shines thru in his performance. His charismatic presence has the crowd eating out of his hand in minutes. The entire stadium joins in on the song “Living on a Prayer”. It’s powerful stuff and obvious to see you are watching a performer at the top of his game. The first set ends and I am getting a little nervous, but I hear that famous intro and we are treated to an absolute kick ass version of “Wanted” for an encore. It amazes me that one song can mean so much to so many riders, everywhere!
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FRICTION ZONE: RANDOM
Image: Dawn Vazquez Location: Center Valley, PA
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“Life is hard... Be harder than life.” - Mr. Allan Lane
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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.
Michael “Tex” Mawby! What’s on your hit list? I’m old school, because I guess I’m getting to be an old fool. I listen to a lot of vinyl, and my collection is rooted in the classics. Lately when I get home and I want to unwind with a beer and some music, I have been listening to these three albums extensively in no particular order... and these specific album sides. The next three songs get me and my volume knob up to at least 8 or higher. Thankfully I have good insulation and very understanding neighbors. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti, Side 3: “In the Light.” 8:46 of pure magic. John Paul Jones on his synthesizer and Jimmy Page opening it up by playing a violin bow on his guitar, John Bonham is just being Bonham and playing drums louder than Keith Moon ever possibly could (sorry Who fans), and all the while Robert Plant makes this lyric rattle in my brain for days... “In the light you will find the road. You will find the road.” The Who, Quadrophenia, Side 1: “The Real Me.” This is a track that I normally start a DJ set with because it sets the standard of what I’m setting out to do... Rock the F out! The Real Me has the most incredible Rock N Roll bass tracks ever recorded, and John Entwistle recorded it in one take. If we ever have a conversation about greatest rock songs of all time and this isn’t in your top ten I’m probably gonna have to stop taking your calls.
Michael “Tex” Mawby Gerbing, Director of Motorsports Sales
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The Faces, Long Player, Side 1, “Maybe I’m Amazed.” This song was originally recorded by Paul McCartney on his first solo album after The Beatles split up. It’s a really well written song, that becomes incredible when you hear Rod Stewart and Ronnie Lane of The Faces sing it. Matter of fact, it ruins it from when you hear it on a Classic Rock station as they never play The Faces, let alone this cover. Pretty hard not to crush it though with the personal lineup that they had on this album.
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FRICTION ZONE: SPORTBIKES INK!!!
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RIDER// Jamie Rouche BIKE// Honda CBR 1000 TATTOO ARTIST// Bill White Jr.
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RIDER// Rey Reyes BIKE// 2009 Honda CBR 600RR 2002 Honda CBR F4I TATTOO ARTIST// Meghan Patrick
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THE END OF ANOTHER SEASON
WORDS: TYSON BECKFORD IMAGE: COURTESY OF NICKY HAYDEN
he end of another riding season is upon of us most if you live in Europe or North America. MotoGP has crowned it’s youngest rookie to take the Championship, Marc Marquez. Looking back at the series I can truly be thankful for a safe season and I’m looking forward to next season’s rider team switch up. One that I look forward to is the “Kentucky Kid” Nicky Hayden,who will do his thing on a Honda. Sadly the early retirement of the great Ben Spies was a shocker for the MotoGP community. We wish Ben and his family all the best and look forward to his cycling team doing great things. He will be sadly missed. As the weather grows colder, we start to store our machines and wait for the first warm day in Spring to break out of our winter blues. So don’t get yourself down. Start to do your bike modifications for next season and just think of all the fun and riding you have coming up in 2014. 138 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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THE NEW ISH CATALYST RACING COMPOSITES • ULTRALITE SERIES SUPERSPORT SET FOR THE YAMAHA R6 Catalyst has introduced their Ultralite series of bodywork that is 40% lighter than their standard bodywork. Composed of a epoxy, carbon fiber and fiberglass combination these are some of the lightest and strongest aftermarket fairings available. They shipped primed and ready for paint. Made in the USA. Price:$881.00 Contact: http://cataystracingcomposites.com
MOTION PRO • CHROME UNIVERSAL HELMET LOCK If you have just dropped some serious coin on that brand new helmet, short of carrying it with when when reach your destination, you may want to consider a way to secure it to your bike while you make your rounds. Motion Pro offers a simple but confident method of thwarting helmet theft with their redesigned helmet lock. The adjustable lock fits a range of frame and can be mounted in a number of ways. Price: $36.99 Contact: http://motionpro.com
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R&G RACING PRODUCTS • HEATED GRIPS Let’s face it... Winter is coming and there’s nothing that we can do about it. Unless you are in the south or southwest or the west coast, riding comfortably during the winter months can be a struggle, but not impossible. R&G’s Heated Grips lend a warm hand, literally to make cold weather riding a little more bearable. These heated grips are easy to install with a direct to battery wire connection and a five heat settings activated via a single button operation. They can heat to 95°F in two minutes with a maximum of 140°F. Designed to fit on the standard 7/8 and tapered handlebars with an open end, these heated grips are a must have for cold weather riding. Price: $59.99 Contact: http://www.rg-racing.com
GB RACING • ENGINE COVER SET FOR THE DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE These case covers from GB Racing are made of a long glass fiber reinforced nylon composite and are engineered for strength and durability. Composed of precision injection molding, they are installed over your OEM case covers for an exact fit offering optimum protection. Included in the kit are both left and right hand case covers for the 2012-14 Ducati 1199 Panigale. Price: $205.83 Contact: http://orientexpress.com
OHLINS • 2014 TTX GP REAR SHOCK
Ohlins’ 2014 TTX GP shock has been redesigned with new profile needles in the compression and rebound adjustors. The primary piston has been upgraded for optimum traction and feel as well as a broader range of adjustment that offers a greater sense of feedback for the rider. The 2014 TTX from Ohlins continues to offer riders from the street to the track a superior option for suspension modification Price: $1529.00 Contact: http://ohlinsusa.com SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 141
THE NEW ISH AFX HELMETS • DANGER FX 90 HELMET The Danger FX 90 helmet is the latest offering from AFX featuring a composite alloy shell with new graphics. It’s lightweight and clean profile is highlighted by its compound curved face shield which allows for greater optical visibility. The FX 90 has fully removable liner and check pads and a high flow ventilation system to keep your head cool. Sizes: XS - XXL Price: $89.95 Contact: http://afxhelmets.com
DRIVEN RACING • D-AXIS BRAKE LEVER GUARD New to Driven Racing’s D Axis line is their run of brake lever guards. Made in the USA, these guards offer 45 millimeters of adjustment, a break away tip and a curved body design. Each lever guard offers a total of five separate mounting options and are designed to fit most OEM and aftermarket clip ons. Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Red, Silver Price: $149.97 Contact: http://drivenracing.com
MOTO-D RACING • TRACTION GRIP MOTORCYCLE SOCKS
Cold weather riding does not mean that you have to freeze your toes off as you shift through the gears. The Traction Grip socks from Moto D are insulated with Thermolite fabric for warmth and comfort. They feature a PVC coating on the underside of the foot for proper traction inside of your boot and are anti microbial. Price: $14.99 Contact: http://motodracing.com 142 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
GRAVES MOTORSPORTS • TITANIUM SLIP ON FOR THE BMW S1000RR This slip on features a strapless mounting that eliminates the need to have a support bracket to hold it in place. The result is a simple install and a clean look to accompany the throaty boost in performance that the slip on provides. The titanium housing and carbon fiber end cap shaves off about one pound from the stock exhaust. Fits S1000RR model years 2010 thru 2014. Price: $495.99 Contact: http://gravesport.com
WOLF MOTO • TITANIUM LEATHER ONE PIECE SUIT Recently made available in the US by Wolf Moto USA, Wolf Leathers have been around and very popular in the UK. The Titanium is cut from Brazilian cow hide, constructed with double and triple stitching for great strength and durability. The suit features kevlar stretch panels for a dynamic fit as well as Bioelastan CE approved armor in shoulders, elbows and knees for optimum protection. VOODOO EXHAUST • CAFE DUNSTALL REPLICA REVERSE CONE MUFFLER For years, Voodoo has produced some of the highest quality aftermarket pipes for street bikes. Now, they have expanded their reach to the cafe/vintage world by launching an exhaust line specifically for that class. The Dunstall Replica Reverse Cone Muffle is a great looking muffler measuring just under 28 inches with a fitment for 1.5 and 1 inch exhaust pipes. They are finished in a chrome plating that stays true to the cafe style. Pipes include internal baffles and heat packing making them a great modification for both Japanese and European bikes.
Sizes: 40 - 48 (US) Price: $1,095.00 Contact: http://wolfmotousa.com
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THE NEW ISH: FEATURED ITEM ICON MOTOSPORTS • ROUGHSHOD LEATHER PANTS There are leather pants... and then there are leather pants. The Roughshod Leather Pants are brilliantly constructed with 1.3mm, drum dyed Brazillian cowhide, assembled with tripled stitched seams and removable D3O impact knee protectors. The profile is snug, as they should be, yet they offer just the right amount of room to make them comfortable on the first fit as if they have already been broken in. If you are looking for a solid, durable and tough looking pair of leather riding pants... Look no further. The ICON Motosports Roughshod Leather Pants may just be the last pair of leather pants that you’ll ever need. Sizes: 28 - 40 Waist Price: $450.00 - $500.00 Contact: http://rideicon.com Join the SBI ONLINE COMMUNITY today!
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STAFF STUFF YAMAHA • PRO 500 HIGH FIDELITY HEADPHONES Leon Brittain In the highly competitive field of music Yamaha is no stranger. Yamaha actually began in the music industry and grew into the motorsports field. These high quality headphones feature an inline remote for iPod, iPad, and iPhones in a sleek piano black finished set off with chrome logo all packaged in a hard shell carrying case for transporting protection. Beyond the cosmetics, the sound quality is crisp, deep and broad with noise isolation technology. What else would you expect from a company with precision tuning forks as their logo? Unfortunately, comfort became a problem on a cross country trip, deeply disappointing me because I fall into the category of a proud Yamaha rider. These are still one of my prized possessions... I just don’t rock these on coast to coast flights anymore. http://yamaha.com Rating: 3.5 (out of 6) BELL HELMETS • ROGUE HELMET Allan Lane The Rogue Helmet is pretty much right in line with its name sake... It’s something different, a departure, a half helmet that wants to be a full face helmet, an open face helmet that wants to be a full face helmet. But what you realize is that the Rogue is truly a half helmet that offers a mouth guard to protect your chevy chase (your face) from the elements. In the event of an unfortunate off, the Rogue’s mouth guard will offer very little to no protection from some sweet chin music. But that’s not what the mouth piece is there for. Mainly, it’s there to strike fear into the hearts and minds of the evil doers... You have to admit that it is menacing and it makes you look like a bad ass when paired with the proper eyewear. The fit does take a bit to get accustom to and the mouth piece does not make for easy on and off placement. I had to finagle the locking straps several times before each ride to get them in place. There is definitely a more practical/tactical way to attach the mouth piece that is less time consuming. But once it’s on and you are on the road, you’re good to go. Having never been a fan of two piece helmets, the Rogue crosses the line into exception as it is not really a two piece helmet.It’s a helmet that has a mouth guard. http://bellhelmets.com Rating: 4.5 (out of 6) 146 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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THE BACK SHOT!
Image: Leon Brittain Location: Philadelphia, PA.