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14 THE PRESS ROOM http://issuu.com/action/page?page=24 24 THE FIRST RIDE - 2016 POLARIS SLINGSHOT SL LE 42 MOTOGP WITH B.T. - By B.T. http://issuu.com/action/page?page=42 http://issuu.com/action/page?page=50 50 THE NUMBERS - By Leon Johnson http://issuu.com/action/page?page=52 52 TURN ONE - By Sandra Stammova 62 LINES OF A LEGEND - By Rickey Gadson http://issuu.com/action/page?page=62 68 STAGED - By Will Torres http://issuu.com/action/page?page=68 http://issuu.com/action/page?page=78 78 THE MAIN POINTS - By Dena Sodano 88http://issuu.com/action/page?page=88 THE LION’S DEN - By Lion James 94http://issuu.com/action/page?page=94 FEATURED RIDERS 98http://issuu.com/action/page?page=98 IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS - By Eric Wood http://issuu.com/action/page?page=104 104 THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN - By Michael Lawless http://issuu.com/action/page?page=112 112 DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS - By Billy Morrison 118 THE NEW ISH http://issuu.com/action/page?page=118 http://issuu.com/action/page?page=124 124 STAFF STUFF

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Publisher/Editor in Chief: Allan Lane allan@sportbikesincmag.com

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ver the last six years, I’ve seen at lot in the motorcycle industry, from both sides of the table. I’ve met so many amazing riders. I’ve had the opportunity to work with great people. I’ve made a lot of friends. I’ve traveled, I’ve ridden a lot of bikes, worn a lot of gear and have had access to awesome tech and components. So many experiences and memories. But it hasn’t always been an easy ride on a summer’s day. Let’s just say that some of the learning curves were blind, off camber with double apexes... with an elevation change. I often hear comments like, “Allan, I wish I was you,” or “I wish I had your life.” I’ve always replied, “No, no you don’t. You might want to be me for 15 minutes... But then you’ll want to give it back!” I’m a firm believer that you get out what you put in. There are no shortcuts. Hard work and dedication are mandatory for success. But there isn’t a text book or manual for any of this. I’m a strategic dice roller meaning that the odds have to be in my favor no matter how slight the advantage before I roll. My delusions of grandeur have been responsible for some of my greatest successes. They have also been responsible for a

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few much needed reality checks. To be perfectly honest, my worst day in this industry still beats my best day any where else. Because of that, SportBikes Inc Magazine is rededicating itself to you... the community at large, the industry, the consumers... Most importantly, we are committing ourselves to you, the rider. We are going to take the lessons and the blessing of our first several years and put them to good use. You’ll notice that starting in this issue, we have moved some things around and changed the style up a bit. In a few months, we will be relaunching SPORTBIKESINCMAG. COM with a new, more user friendly style. We are going to bring you more bikes, more gear, more coverage, more lifestyle... more everything. I am excited about the course that we are on as we are just starting to get some traction on what will be an ever long journey. Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting. Thank you for riding with us. You are appreciated. Best, Allan allan@sportbikesincmag.com


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THE PRESS ROOM

INDUSTRY NEWS DUCATI ISLAND RETURNS TO COTA FOR THE 2016 RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS

Ducati North America has announced that Ducati Island will be returning to Austin, Texas for the 2016 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. The only MotoGP event on U.S. soil in 2016 is scheduled for April 8 - 10. Ducati Island is an event within the event and stand alone in what it offers to Ducati owners and other race event attendants. Past island events have included fashions shows, live music,

THE NEOWING: HONDA’S THREE WHEELED CONCEPT VEHICLE Presented at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Neowing is a three wheeled, hybrid four cylinder engine and electric motor (horizontally opposed) concept vehicle created by Honda. While there is not a lot of details available for the Neowing, Honda is expressing that the vehicle offers”the cornering feel and sporty ride equivalent to a large sized motorcycle while realizing excellent stability in low speed ranges.” 14 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

special celebrity guests and much more. Ducati is now offering early bird ticket packages for the remainder of 2015. The package includes VIP Ducati parking, Ducati grandstand seats, the Ducati track walk and track ride as well as a commemorative Ducati gift. For more details and to purchase your tickets, please CLICK HERE.


SUZUKI’S LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE 2016 GSXR 1000 Suzuki has announced the release of two 2016 GSXR 1000s that commemorate “30 Years of Performance”, celebrating the introduction of the 1985 GSXR750. One model features a blue and white color way, a nod to the original GSXR 750. The other model is draped in black and red, paying homage to the Yoshimura Suzuki riders that dominated the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance races of the 1980s.

TRIUMPH UNVEILS 5 NEW BIKES Triumph unveiled 5 new Bonneville models that were first conceptualized four years ago. Introduced under the Bonneville Reborn theme, the five bikes are the next generation of the

iconic Bonneville brand. Included in the line up are the Street Twin, T120, T120 Black, Thruxton and the Truxton R.

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THE PRESS ROOM KAWASAKI UNVEILS THE 2016 NINJA ZX10R Kawasaki has unleashed their latest beast whose technology and advancement comes straight from the World Super Bike grid. It features a new 998cc engine, launch control, selectable power modes and new bodywork. Lots of bells and whistles. MSRP: $14,999 (Standard), $15,299 (KRT Edition).

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NICKY HAYDEN OFFICIALLY MOVES FROM MOTOGP TO WORLD SUPERBIKE WITH PATA HONDA RACING FOR 2016 Nicky Hayden will make the transition from the MotoGP Paddock to the World Super Bike Grid in 2016 alongside new team mate Michael van der Mark at Pata Honda in 2016. Retired MotoGP Rider and former WSBK Champion Colin Edwards shared his thoughts, “As sad as it is that we are not going to have an American Representative in MotoGP anymore, I can’t blame Nicky for changing over to WSBK and trying to get on a bike that is competitive after he spent the last couple of years on a bike that was sub par. I wish him the best of luck. Hats off to him.” Testing for the 2016 season begins this November in Spain.

TITO RABAT MOVES UP TO MOTOGP IN 2016 The current Moto2 Champion, Tito Rabat, has inked a deal with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in the premier class for the 2016 season. Currently in second place in points for the 2015 championship (at the time of publishing), Rabat is looking forward to spending the 2016 season on a factory Honda RC213V. Testing for the 2016 season begins immediately after the final round of the 2015 season at Valencia in early November. 18 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


JONATHAN REA WINS THE 2015 WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP It came down to the final race in Jerez, Spain where Jonathan Rea won his very first World Superbike Championship. Rea finished the race in fourth place, giving him the points needed to

beat both Chase Davies and Tom Sykes. Rea earned the title with a total of 548 points over Davies’ 416 and Sykes’ 399 points.

HERNANDEZ MOVES TO ASPAR TEAM IN 2016 Aspar Honda and Columbian rider Yonny Hernandez have agreed to team up for the 2016 MotoGP season. The 27 year old Hernandez has a total of years of seat time on grid, four in the premier class and two in the Moto2 class. “I am very excited to be joining the Aspar Team, several years ago we tried to work together but couldn’t reach an agreement, now we can finally be together. I am happy to be part of the Aspar Team, my goal is to work and give my best to get the best results for the team next season.” Yonny Hernandez. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 19


THE PRESS ROOM MOTOAMERICA ANNOUNCES THEIR TENTATIVE 2016 SCHEDULE With their freshman season in the history books, Motoamerica releases the schedule for their 2016 season. All classes are scheduled to return including Superbike/Superstock 1000, Supersport and Bazzaz Superstock 600 and the KTM RC Cup Series. 2016 MotoAmerica Schedule April 8-10: Circuit of The Americas April 15-17: Road Atlanta May 13-15: VIR June 3-5: Road America June 10-12: Barber Motorsports Park July: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca September 9-11: NJMP

2016 INTERNATIONAL DRAG BIKE LEAGUE SCHEDULE The Mickey Thompson Tires International Drag Bike League has announced their schedule for 2016 that includes six events, spaced four to five weeks apart in consideration of race team’s budgets.

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needs. Their long list of service options include basic repair and routine maintenance to race prep and complete custom bike builds. For almost 10 years, Champion Cycle has been holding down the Toronto bike community. Their hard work and tight relationships with their community has not gone unnoticed. They have been featured on a number of television shows and in both national and international publications. Check out their site for more information and if you find yourself in Ontario, stop in and say hello.

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or the moment, let’s put aside the argument of whether it is a motorcycle or not. By the time you make it through the labyrinth of why you think it is or is not, you will have missed the Slingshot’s purpose. It is simply an agent of fun. That’s how it was conceptualized, executed and manufactured. If you can accept that, then you get to the realization that this three wheeled machine is rooted in the essence of why we ride in the first place. It does tap into that lust, that passion, that joy, that tugs at our heart strings like gravity keeps us rooted to earth.  Begin with its aesthetic styling. Aggressive, unique and eye catching... It is near impossible to move through traffic, or sit idle for that matter, without being noticed. While those moments of being a rock star are entertaining for a moment, it does pose a level of annoyance and danger. I found that other vehicles were aggressively maneuvering for a closer and better look at the Slingshot. There were at least two incidents where cars almost collided as the drivers were distracted by the Slingshot at speed on the highway. And of course, there were the impromptu photo shoots that I walked upon when returning to the Slingshot after a quick coffee shop stop. I

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would stand back a bit and watch as a small line would form and the interested patiently waited for their opportunity to take their picture with the SS. Cute, but troublesome when you’re on deadline and have appointments to go to. But you have to understand that you are riding something that a large majority of the population has never seen. Their fascination is indeed genuine.  The open cockpit with steering wheel, five on the floor shifting, side by side driver and passenger seats is, let’s admit it... Automotive components. Factor in the four cylinder 2.4 liter engine and the argument for it may not be does have weight. However, the Slingshot’s wheel configuration, carbon fiber belt driven power train and the fact that it has a swing arm has it leaning more toward what the Slingshot is.  The interior of the Slingshot is snug but not uncomfortable. When you are in it, you are in it. At six feet, 250 pounds, I had no issues lowering myself into the seat nor pulling myself up and out. The seats are adjustable, moving forward and backward while the angle of the back of the seat can also be adjusted. The steering column can also be lowered or raised to your preference. What you find once you are situated is that everything is within a comfortable reach. You are not over extending yourself to operate the shifter, the dashboard console, etc. Everything feels to be where it belongs. The interior is composed with waterproof marine tech materials. This includes the seats, dash, media console as well as the speakers. That’s correct. The SS LE is equipped with a 6 speaker sound system that features Bluetooth and Wi Fi capabilities. The media console features a 4.3 inch LCD screen that also serves as the view screen for the backup

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THE FIRST RIDE: 2016 SLINGSHOT SL LE camera. The storage capacity isn’t the largest but considerable when looking at the overall design. There are two storage compartments hidden behind both the driver and passenger seats, large enough to hold a helmet, jacket or other items comparable in size. A spacious glove compartment is where you find a lighter jack as well as a USB port.  You sit considerably lower to the ground at 10 inches high. Standing next to or sitting in the SS, it is visually noticeable. On the road, it is undeniable how the wide but low stance affects how the SS handles. The riding experience is all together something new. Maneuvering through traffic, negotiating turns and corners takes on a different meaning as entry, apexes and exits come at a higher rate of speed, perceptually speaking. The electronic power assisted steering and stability control breeds confidence in the tight turns. Your reaction time to what is coming is exhilarated and your anticipation receives a healthy dose of adrenaline... That is, perhaps the best way to describe the riding experience of the SS, a pure and authentic shot of adrenaline. That said, your level of ride comfort is subject to the road conditions as you will feel just about everything you travel over. This can be remedied with rear suspension adjustments or an aftermarket upgrade.  The Polaris Slingshot SL LE is priced at $26,199.00 and when you consider what you are getting for the dollar and the riding experience that the Slingshot has to offer, arguing about what it is or what it is not becomes less of an important part of the conversation. The SS is quick, fast and fun. Don’t over think it. Don’t analyze it. Don’t over process it. Polaris got it right with this one.

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ECISIONS Tony Robbins, the self help Guru once wrote, “Life is about decisions,” and after witnessing the chaos at Misano, boy was he right! No one could have predicted the outcome of that weekend. Not even a Hollywood producer could’ve conceived what was about to transpire on this wicked weekend.

ENEA BASTIANINI

But first, as is customary, we start off with Moto3. I said it from the beginning. Enea “The Beast” Bastianini would win a race this year and once he does... Watch out! On his home soil and on his home track, “The Beast” played his hand like a true pro. Well, as much as a seventeen year old can be a pro. He waited patiently to pounce on race leader, Miguel Oliveira, until the last lap on the back straightaway and held off a hard charging Niccolò Antonelli to claim his first victory! Not bad for a seventeen year old pro. Moto2 looked like an MMA match with elbows thrown by Dominique Aegerter toward Johann Zarco! Apparently, this was in response to some questionable moves on Zarco’s fault during the Indianapolis round. But it was the smooth Spaniard Alex Rins who would be the culprit this time, as he crashed into race leader Aegerter, giving Zarco the lead and his incredible sixth victory of the year. His back flips seem to be getting better and better. Defending World Champion Tito Rabat was second and Takaaki Nakagami secured his first podium in two years. And then...the one everybody came to see, MotoGP. The scene was set up to be a block party! Great weather all weekend, new track surface, and it was only five kilometers from Rossi’s boyhood home. What could possibly go

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THE GRID: MOTOGP WITH B.T. wrong, right? Well, somebody must’ve walked under a ladder while kicking a black cat because that race was pure insanity. It started off well enough, and then the rain came. The rain made million dollar teams look like lost school boys. Should they come in or stay out on slicks? It definitely was decision time. Jorge Lorenzo, who got the whole shot and was on the verge of leaving the field behind, suddenly had to deal with the elements! It was during this time that Valentino Rossi made up a three second deficit and passed Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to secure the lead, but the rain left as soon as it came and those riders who opted for rain tires had to come back into the pits for slicks because of the rapidly drying track. It was then when the race was lost. Rossi, wanting to get a significant lead over Lorenzo, simply stayed on his rain tires two laps too late and Lorenzo, who changed back to slicks, was so worried about Rossi, that he didn’t give his tires proper time to warm up and took a hard fall less than ten laps from the finish, giving Marc Marquez the victory. How crazy was this race? Bradley Smith, who finished second, was in twenty first place at one point and Scott Redding, who captured his first podium, actually crashed at one time in the race. This race had to be seen to be believed, making MotoGP the most exciting form of motor racing in the world. Of course I’m biased, but it most certainly seems that way. Rain has “rained” on Lorenzo’s parade two races in a row. That being said, the Championship in the premiere class seems to be headed toward a showdown in November in Valencia, Spain. After this crazy season, who knows what will happen. Will it rain? Who will fall prey to the pressure? Who will stand alone atop the MotoGP mountain? Bradley Smith said it best, “Luck favors the brave.” After what I saw in Misano, it most certainly does. ARAGON AND THE SPANISH SHARK ATTACK Valentino Rossi is known to unveil his infamous themed helmet designs during the Italian GPs. They are usually funny, tongue in cheek and in some 46 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

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way reflect his season or a particular race. In Misano, his helmet was a fish being chased by a shark. Valentino went on to explain that he was the fish and the shark was his competition. At the Aragon GP in Spain, the fish was caught by the shark, but not the shark everyone was expecting. But first, you know the drill, Moto3. Moto3 is the best opening act in the business! Imagine going to see the Rolling Stones and you find out U2 is the opening act! That’s what Moto3 is. It’s like sleeping in late on a cold Saturday morning with heated sheets. It’s always good! If, “Ifs”, “ands” and “buts” were points, Miguel Oliveira would be leading the Championship right


bad foot forward and played it safe and finished seventh. His worst finish of the year. Although I believe Zarco will wrap up the Championship next week in Motegi, it will be interesting to see how he performs with the weight of the world on his shoulders. All this talk of pressure brings us to MotoGP! It’s Rossi who is the Championship leader but it was Jorge Lorenzo who was the talk of the weekend, along with Marc Marquez who shattered his own lap record on his way to pole position. Rossi, who qualified on the second row, was looking to minimize the damage. I sincerely believed he knew he couldn’t beat Lorenzo or Marquez but surely he could podium and minimize the damage. Lorenzo was “scary fast” and with tires that he is comfortable on, he is nearly unstoppable and that’s exactly what he was, unstoppable! Lorenzo got the crucial start that he wanted. Marquez stymied behind Andrea Iannone and was in a panic to stay close to Jorge, which played right into Lorenzo’s plan! Marquez took the bait, tried to catch up with Lorenzo’s blazing start and washed out in turn two on the second lap. Game over!

now, but they aren’t and he’s not, but what he is doing is showing what a great racer he is and the importance of consistency. In a six bike race for the lead, Oliveira led just enough to distance himself from the craziness of the last lap, which saw Enea Bastianini, Brad Binder and Championship leader Danny Kent crash just two turns from the finish! Although Kent should and will win the Championship, it’s interesting to see how pressure can seep its way to the Championship leaders. In Moto2, all Johann Zarco had to do was finish on the podium and the Championship was his but pressure seeped into his helmet like condensation on the inside of Jorge Lorenzo’s helmet during a wet race! Zarco admitted not wanting to put a

It was now Rossi who wanted to give chase, but there was one small problem and his name was Dani Pedrosa! Pedrosa, who’s never been known to battle when the going got tough, showed more grit and determination than anyone has ever witnessed. He literally took the fight to Rossi and delighted the Spanish fans with a duel for the ages, not letting “The Doctor” get by and even forcing the Doctor to stand his bike up with his foot off the pegs! In the end, Pedrosa was the shark and Rossi was the fish that couldn’t escape its grasp. Rossi did manage to minimize his damage with a podium and still leads the Championship by fourteen points with just four rounds to go. But with a healthy Lorenzo and a now bruised and broken Marquez, the fish can only swim for so long before he is devoured by the shark. Or who know? Maybe he can avoid the jaws of the inevitable and go on to swim towards his tenth world title! We will find out November 8th! Until then, it’s still fishing season! SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 47


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know a lot of people that watch TV might think racing looks pretty easy, like we are kinda adrenaline junkies out there just having a lot of fun at high speed, turning left and right, sitting on the bike and pulling wheelies occasionally... But in the real world, it is far from that! All riders that have raced at high level know it’s about hard work, huge commitment, discipline, mental and physical strength and putting our lives on the line. This sport is not about the rider. It is about team work. I know most of the TV coverage gets the rider but at the end of the day the success of the rider is a result of the dedication and hard work of the team who is behind him or her. There is a lot of development, highs and lows, frustration and learning involved behind the scenes, prior to each season or race. And all of that is not possible without strong financial support from sponsors. All the details are normally not exposed to public but I think if the fans could see what all the teams and riders have been going through prior to a race, they may be much more thrilled to watch racing in general and maybe appreciate the effort of all the teams involved. I believe the best teams in the world are built on people that strive for perfection and when everybody is committed and motivated equally. That’s what I would like to create in the future with my 511 Racing Team. We have been SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 53


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working so hard with very limited experience about the new BMW since we started racing. It’s definitely one of the most physically demanding motorbikes to ride especially when you don’t get the set up and electronics right on the day. This is when the rider’s fitness comes into play. I am 54 kilograms heavy at this stage so there is not much weight to fight the bike around the track. Riding my “Azra”... that’s what we named my bike which means pure, feels like a wild powerful animal. We have been still at the stage of development where we have been trying lots of different things with the suspension, geometry, fueling, power delivery and electronics. I must say that I have been very challenged to find the right type of training to keep my bike under some kind of control. You know riding on the back wheel coming out of each turn in every gear while trying to change direction or manage to keep the tight line over the top of the bumps is very exhausting. I don’t think I have ever used more muscle and energy at the same time while trying to keep 100% concentration.

in between races during the main season. I have been learning a lot from my own mistakes. I have overtrained many times, burned myself out physically then mentally outside of not providing enough nutrition for my body to be able to recover. I am perfectionist and I stand in my own way sometimes. It is one thing achieving a lean body which looks strong but the much bigger challenge is to achieve the balance which is strength, stamina, coordination, reaction and the right amount of training at the right time of the year. One thing I have learned after all is that you must listen to your body! There is no point to train like a lunatic almost every day for 12 months a year if you don’t give your body and brain a chance to recover.

I remember times in the British Championship when I overtrained so much that I couldn’t eat, sleep and I was tired after putting my gear on before the race even started. To be honest after one race at Silverstone, I completely blacked out after the checkered flag due to not enough sugar in my blood and almost crashed as I I have been hearing that the spectators couldn’t remember where I was. Tuning your enjoy my ”aggressive” riding style and that’s body is the same as tuning your bike and very positive feed back. Mind you I haven’t there is no point to be on top of your form in told anyone that I am just holding on tight! I the middle of the off season and burn out just have been training very hard all my life for before your first race. This aspect of preparation different types of sports and training routines, for racing is also related to the circumstances all depending on what my aim was at the you live in outside of being a racer. In my case time. But as you know, it’s not easy to simulate at this stage I must make sure I make enough training for racing a motorbike. Imagine you are money to support my racing and life expenses racing 20 to 40 minutes, flat out on the edge what replaces my recovery time on a regular outside of your comfort zone using all your basis. And I believe there are lots of racers strength, endurance and concentration at the and teams they have to do this to be able same time. On top of it you must stay calm and to follow their passion believing they will get use your brain to make the right move at the more support in the future and win. No matter right time. It’s a lot to deal with. if it’s racing or anything else you dream of. If you believe you can do it you have got a fair Obviously the intensity of preseason training chance. If you believe you can’t do it, you are would be different from the intensity of training 100% right as well! SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 55


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NAME: Stephanie Miskell

NAME: Adrian Hackett HOMETOWN: Buffalo, NY

HOMETOWN/COUNTRY: Mt.Vernon, NY AGE: 27

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Central MassPowersports, Woodcraft, GMD Computrack, Pirelli and Leatt. ASSOCIATION/AFFILIATIONS/SERIES:

MOTOAMERICA, CCS, ASRA, CMRC

SERIES: Loudon Road Racing Series (LRRS), CCS, GOALS: ASRA Central MassPowersports, Woodcraft, Compete internationally throughout the GMD Computrack, Pirelli and Leatt.

Carribean. Â GOALS: ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I want to take my road racing career as far as Competed in make MotoAmerica 600 possible and the best Superstock out of it. I would race to at race NJMP, overall in CCS Atlantic love at 9th as many tracks as possible region in the US and internationally. Participate in Northeast AMA ice racing and flat track events. a middleweight bike into DEFINEIncorporate YOUR PASSION IN ONE my 2016 race program. SENTENCE:

Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: head out of a car window. Top 4 finishes at the Daytona Race of Champions on a 2005 SuperSport CONTACT: SV650: Amateur CCS Thunderbike, ASRA WWW.ONELOVEROADRACING.COM Thunderbike, Lightweight SuperSport and Lightweight Superbike. In 2015 I raced all 7 rounds at NHMS, quickly advancing from Novice to Amateur and ending the season close to Expert qualifying times. I placed 3rd in my first ice race on a 1994 CR250.

DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: The mental and physical demands that road racing requires are addicting. I will continue to raise the bar higher and challenge myself because I am never satisfied with status quo. I am always hungry for more. CONTACT: WWW.STEPHANIEMISKELLRACING.COM

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n my world, success is measured by speed. And in the life I live, usually my milestones are set in quarter miles. Rarely do I get to hold the throttle wide open for more than seven seconds. But since being involved with the H2 and H2R, my primary goal was to see just what this motorcycle would do. First task on hand was to see how quick it was, so I took it to a drag strip. After it posted an impressive 8.21 time slip on a cold December day and its first day out, I was dying to go land speed racing! In June 2015, I decided to take my H2 hybrid to the Ohio mile to see how fast it would go with the throttle open for 28 seconds (one mile) instead of the seven seconds it takes to get through the quarter mile. After two runs, it was official. The Kawasaki H2 could travel 218mph in one mile. 

the fourteen second 1/2 mile attempt. When we arrived at the airstrip, it was super clear. These four wheeled participants meant business and took the “Airstrip” attack serious! There were brand new half million dollar rigs unloading twin turbo charged Lamborghinis with private planes parked next to them.  On Saturday morning after the drivers meeting it was time to attack the airstrip with our two wheeled and four wheeled monsters. Right away it was clear that there were certain cars a motorcycle should not even attempt to race or otherwise embarrass themselves. These guys were busting off 205 mile per hour runs in their cars like they were nothing, in a half mile drag race with no traction enhanced glue on the race surface. 

Kevin started off riding Kawasaki’s 2015 ZX14R to get used to accelerating that quickly In early August I received a call from Kawasaki and get acquainted with the track. Now it about going to the “Shift Sectors” airstrip was time for him to anxiously climb aboard attack in Portland, Oregon which are top the supercharged Kawasaki. Everybody speed 1/2 mile timed drag racing runs. in attendance was waiting to see its first At this event I would be mentoring and run. Within a couple of runs, Kevin had posted advising motojournalist Kevin Duke. Kevin was 195.8mph with the launch control assisted attempting to ride the supercharged Kawasaki electronics. Thinking he could probably go H2R to 200mph in half a mile. To bring faster if he manipulated the throttle himself, we relevancy to this attempt, the throttle would have turned off the launch control. Kevin went out to be held open for just under fourteen seconds and ran 193 and 194 mile per hour runs due to reach 200mph, which was a very tall task to uncontrolled 100 plus mph wheelies.  considering that the motorcycle was stock height and stock wheelbase. That setup would After a couple of runs into the first day, a actually make it pretty impossible to get the gentleman standing by the Kawasaki pits throttle open during the first seven seconds of asked me some questions about how fast Kevin 62 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


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said “one” of his H2Rs. I asked the owner what he meant by one, “How many do you have?” He replied, “I have thirteen of them.” I wasn’t sure if I really believed the guy at the time but not wanting to call him a liar, I asked him how he got thirteen of them. He proceeded to tell me that he bought every one that was sitting at any dealership in the country that he could get


his hands on. And sure enough, he had 3 of them on site. 

the world, but it would have to wait until the following day.

By the end of the day, I was also asked to ride the million dollar Y2K turbine motorcycle by an Arabian owner who had brought it to the event without a rider. It was a once in a lifetime chance to ride one of the rarest motorcycles in

Meanwhile, back in the Kawasaki camp, the owner of the H2R had dropped it off so that I could replace the stock engine control unit (ECU) with my Guhl Motors Flashed ECU to compare the difference between the Flashed ECU and the stock one in the H2R Kevin Duke was riding. Early in the morning the following day, we installed the ECU and waited for the owner to get there with the race gas.  We then went out to see the difference between the stock H2R and the Guhl Motors flashed H2R.  After my business manager K.G. got me the proper forms and with the business was out of the way, it was time to get this show on the road. I was fighting the front wheel most of the way down the strip because of the power. I finally clicked off a 198mph run which would end up standing as the highest mph for any motorcycle at the event. The same day Kevin’s H2R posted 191-193mph runs because of slight head winds. There was a 5 to 7 mph difference between the flashed ECU and a stock one.  Unfortunately the run on the turbine bike never materialized on Sunday because the owner got there too late.  I was able to run 218mph in 1 mile on my H2 and 198mph in a half mile on a totally stock customer supplied H2R, which is pretty damn good.  On another note, a twin turbo Lamborghini blistered the half mile at a record breaking 234mph which is absolutely insane.   SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 67


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t’s that time of year again! With all the major event series coming to a close, we have to start thinking about the 2016 race season. We must update the resumes, edit those videos and put together our media and profile packages. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an upcoming rookie, race the quarter mile, drag a knee, clear triples, or endo for life, help and support is always needed and welcomed. The intent of this article is to help you start applying for sponsorships. This is not a definitive, all inclusive “how to” guide. You will be given steps that you can take to seek support. Now let’s explore how to get it. Manufacturers typically begin accepting support applications in September. They review them through December and usually announce awards in January for the following season. Applicants selected are felt to be the best representation of their brand. In one way, shape or form they feel you will help promote awareness or generate sales of their products. You help them, they help you. Win, win scenario. First and foremost, you must have a resume! It is just like the one you would use in a real world job search, only specific to your racing career. Depending on where you are in your race career the resume should be one to two pages max. Unless you are a podium veteran with infinite accomplishments to list, one to two pages is the safe bet. Even then, I would limit the accomplishment history to two years prior at most. As Miss Jackson said, “What have you done for me lately?” You don’t want to bore a manufacturer with page after page of “I’m great because…” Your resume should contain a short biography, social media info, event schedule, and a list of accomplishments and or training.

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and make a new friend. EVENT SCHEDULE: Simply put, these are the events you plan on attending, how and where the products will get showcased and be seen. Manufacturers want their products to be viewed consistently. Maintain your integrity. I can put together a race schedule that has me competing every weekend from February to November. While that may look great on paper, it’s not realistic 70 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

for me. Budget, life events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, distance to and length of competition are all factors. How much time is needed off from work? Consider all these factors and come up with a realistic event calendar. You can always tweak it as you go along but, you want to start off with a schedule you have every intention of following. ACCOMPLISHMENTS/TRAINING: Personal bests. Podium finishes. Classes attended. All are positives.


Again, be aware of the length or your overall resume but list your highlights. Showcase your wins and achievements on and off the track. Organized a fundraiser? Started a toy drive? Spoke at a career day? Anything that shows you and your vehicle in a positive light is appealing to sponsors. Attending classes like those given at California Superbike School or Rickey Gadson’s Drag Racing School shows your willingness to improve. It displays a level of dedication that the next guy may not have. Once your resume is put together, the next step is

getting it into the right hands. Finding the person that says yay or nay. Sometimes it is as simple as calling the company and asking for the point of contact that handles sponsorship requests. Believe it or not, I have even requested said information via Facebook messenger. Have I mentioned how important social media is? Who you are and how you carry yourself is just as important as your win and loss record. When I announced my sponsorship from Brocks

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Performance, I received many congratulatory comments. There were a few “how the heck” comments as well. Here’s what Brock Davidson had to say, “Will is the type of person we love to represent us on and off the track. He loves this stuff and he brings his enthusiasm with him, and naturally to our products, wherever he goes.” When you are awarded a sponsorship, you are now, in part a representative of their brand. Trust me when I say they take that very serious. You can be excellent at what you do. If your attitude is off, support will stop faster than it came. I have been awarded support in as short as forty 72 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

five minutes and as long as three years. Never get complacent. Continue to improve your skillset. Apply for support no matter how slim you think the chances are. Finally, thank those that support you as often as you can. I would like to thank my parents and my wife. Ape Raceparts and Trac King Clutches, Cycle Pro, Tiger Racing, Atech Custom for the great paint, BellissiMoto, WorldWide Bearing, Magic Bullet Fuel Treatment, Shorai Batteries, Route 21, Rapid Bike, Leatt Brace, Core Moto, Brocks Performance, Shinko Tires, Vortex Racing, Evil Swingarms, JT Norton Photography and GoPro.


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NAME: Kiara N. Lopez HOMETOWN: Orlando, FL AGE: 16 SERIES: Manufacturers Cup Drag Racing. GOALS: Compete in the Manufacturers Cup Series in 2016. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Several 2nd and 1st place wins in scooter divisions. 1st place win on a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa at Orlando Speedworld Dragway Bike night event. Perfect .000 reaction time DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: It’s something I love to do. It makes me calm and I see new results everytime.

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THE MAIN POINTS

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e resides in the desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico these days, but Jordan Dodd has quite the love for two and one wheels on both the streets and lots of New Mexico, not to mention an interesting taste and style for motorcycles.   DS: How did it all start out there in the dirty desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico? When did you start riding? What did you ride on? JD: I started riding and racing mountain bikes as a kid. Mom was an X ray Tech, so motorcycles were out of the question. Then, when I was about ten, she had a boyfriend with a Ninja 1000. After my first ride on it, I was hooked! I spent the next few years figuring out how to get one. Once I got my license, I snuck out and bought my first street bike. It was a 1989 Yamaha YZF600. I rode it for a year and then laid it down one day coming home. I had to get rid of it but the desire to get another one never left. After I finished at Wyotech in 2003, my gift to myself was another 78 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

motorcycle, brand spanking new Kawi green ZX636. Started crushing the streets and one night I saw my friend, David Gonzales, rock the cleanest high chair and then seeing him and Manny going for circles, I said to myself, “I’m gonna learn that!” Then in 2004, I meet Ernie Vigil when I was buying my first cage and it was all over from there. DS: What is your favorite bike out of all that you have ridden and why? Do you have a specific set up you prefer over the others? JD: My favorite bike has to be a 2003-2004 ZX6. I have ridden a lot, from a carbed F3, the F4easy, and also an ‘05 ZX636. I just love the riding position, weight, power, and with this badass frame, I have now the steering radius. I prefer to run clip ons as it just feels natural to me. I do run the adjustable ones from Sick Innovations, which in my opinion, is the best company for stunt parts! Also I use their rear sets, sub cage and cage. This cage has held up for almost two years now of my abuse and I


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have yet to bust any case covers! I also run the handbrake set up from HoHey Designs. I have a ZX11 big rotor and an upgraded Brembo footbrake caliper.

me learn but also has helped me throughout life when times got tough. He has worked his ass off to get where he is and is like a big brother to me, plus his family is amazing. Next would have to be Savage Lin. I love that aggressive style and again a very down to earth kind of guy. I wish Phil Licciardi still rode. He was a freaking badass and kind of why I love the full faring look. He had the coolest wrap on his bike hands down. If you’ve never seen it, watch “The Revolution”. I also love the style of Remon Smith, Ryan Smith and Kyle Sliger. They are all so smooth and they can flow too. There are many others too, from P Money, an awesome rider to watch, Scary Gary, John Wesley, and most of the riders overseas watching them push the sport even farther.

DS: I’ve noticed you have been riding multiple bikes lately and not exactly the norm for two wheels. What have you been riding on the streets of New Mexico and what bikes do you currently have? JD: I currently have two different bikes. My basic girl, a 2004 ZX636. Then I have my street cruiser, which is a 2013 Harley Davidson Sportster 48. It’s set up a little different than most bikes nowadays. I really am flat out in love with motorcycles and all types. You get a different type of rush. But watching people turn their heads when they watch me ride the Harley is priceless; especially when it’s an old biker. DS: We have all had them. What’s your They freaking trip out that a young guy has a nastiness wreck? Broken bones? set up like mine. JD: I have had the run of the mill broken bones, and have a pin in my ankle. My worst wreck DS: Why did you decide to go with the suicide was back when I rode on the street, I think. Got clutch? Not many people still utilize this blown off from a passing 18 wheeler doing a method and style of riding, let alone know what Christ on the freeway. After getting pinned and it is or where it even originated from. repaired, three months later I was back at it. I JD: The foot clutch jockey shift set up came have had several thousand spills at the lot but about last winter. I’ve always liked the old never really thought they were that bad. My school type of bobbers. It makes it a blast most recent high side though got me on a good to reach back to shift and really get to bang one! gears. I wanted something different than everything else I saw in town. My friend, Matt DS: What’s in store for you for the future? Ortiz of Swerve Customs, helped with cable JD: Right now I don’t really know. I’d love to design and also the aluminum welding. He be able to make something of this sport. I have does awesome work. And it is awesome talking put the past ten plus years into it. It’s awesome with the older riders about it and to see aloof to see that Stunt Wars is coming back. I hope riders my age trip out with no clutch lever. It’s this maybe means XDL might return or at least always, “How do you ride that?!” something about the same. Don’t get me wrong. The lot rides are fun, too. But I like DS: Any favorite riders or inspirations throughout competition. Until then, more than likely, I’ll just the years? ride in my spare time. I do want to try out trials JD: Number one favorite rider would have to riding; it looks like a blast! be Ernie Vigil! He not only spent time helping SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 83


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NAME: Ricky Macleod Jr. HOMETOWN: Damascus, MD AGE: 33 ASSOCIATION/AFFILIATIONS/SERIES: Connmen, BmoreXtreme, Adrenaline Crew, Honda Powersports Of Rockville, Law Office of Miguel Palmeiro, Streetfighters Inc, Alien Helmets, MIR Stunt Jam, Hypefest WC. GOALS: To race AMA Supermoto and possibly Motocross again. I want to ride more: dirt, tracks, lots... It doesn’t matter! More than anything, I want to progress with new tricks! ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I’ve raced for the Middle Atlantic Motocross Association AMA 80cc B Class when I was 11. I’ve had the chance to ride with the Adrenaline Crew at Hyperfest Summit Point. I was also featured in the Adrenaline Crew 4 DVD. I’ve traveled up and down the East Coast. I’ve met and befriended some of the best riders! RIP Patrick Thomas. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: The challenge of every ride just grasps me; the fun, the hospitality and that’s all that matters to me! CONTACT:

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THE LIFE THE LION’S DEN: I WILL RIDE FOREVER: PART 1 WORDS AND IMAGES: LION JAMES

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ome of my fondest memories from my childhood are from the many times my father, Gregory A. James Sr., still the greatest man I’ve ever known and my hero... and I went fishing. It didn’t matter if it was salt water, fresh water, surf, bank, dock, pier, bridge, on his boats, on a charter vessel or in my Grandfather’s jon boat. The man was and still is to this day a fishing maniac. He could catch fish when all others present had to stop at the market on the way home for their dinner, if you know what I mean. He passed down to me all I know about the sport and I cherish every line cast, jewel of wisdom imparted, every “big one that got away” and every moment we spent enjoying the sport he loved and loved to share with me and my brother. As a father myself, I know now that the time spent together fishing was just as important to him as it was to me and perhaps more

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important to him was passing that love and interest down to us, more important than all the fish we caught and ate. What most parents who have come before me already know, as I am currently learning, and as many after me will come to find out, passing on your interests to your children is not only fun and is important quality time with your offspring, it helps develop them mentally and physically in many instances and is enjoyable to yourself. In doing so, it also strengthens and prolongs your legacy and establishes the memory of yourself that your children will carry and pass on after you’re long gone. Anyone attending the Devil’s Showdown final round of MotoAmerica (formerly AMA) Championship Pro Motorcycle Racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park has


probably seen me and my son roaming the paddock, garages, grand stands and race weekend environment in our Zero 2 Sixty Motorcycle Club colors, cheering on our favorite racers (he’s partial to Josh Herrin and Josh Hayes, as am I), taking pictures, hanging out at the stunt shows, walking the paddock collecting posters and autographs or hanging out with the host of celebrities and big names from the two wheel community and sport, Honestly, he gets more attention than I do. It means a lot to me to be able to share these things with him and share with him my love for all things motorcycles. When I stop and think about it, I can’t help but think that even though he doesn’t know it and can’t appreciate it now, it means a lot to him that I am willing to share with him these things and events and share with him my love for all things motorcycles. More important than my having the means to share this sport/lifestyle/ hobby with him is my interest in and willingness to. There are many children out there whose parents don’t bother giving attention to their children’s interest in what’s important to them. There are fathers out there running from their children and not willing to get off the couch to take their kids to a major event no matter whether they have the resources to do so or not. It’s important for me to introduce my children to as many diverse experiences as I can just as it was important to my parents to do the same for me. It is important for me to share with my son my love of motorcycles just as it was important for my father to share his love of fishing with me. Now it will

come as no big surprise to all of you out there that my son (5 years old at the time of this article’s publishing) loves motorcycles. He loves racing and knows the racers. He loves stunting and knows the names of the various stunts and tricks. He loves the machines and can identify different manufacturer’s motorcycles. He wants to ride and I want to teach him. A little boy that loves motorcycles is no big shocker; I was once that little boy who thought that there could not possibly be anything better on this planet than a motorcycle. Spoiler alert: I later discovered girls and well let’s just say if God created anything in this world better than women and bikes, He must’ve kept it for Himself. I think it’s great that he loves motorcycles but what really makes me happy is that he loves motorcycles with me. He loves motorcycles because of me. That’s a huge responsibility. To be the reason someone loves something you love because you love it, more importantly to be the reason someone loves something because of how you present it to them and how you enjoy it with them is an honor. I didn’t realize how big that was until recently and it gave me a new appreciation for the time and effort my father put into teaching me how to fish and all those weekends spent on the water. All the times I frustrated him and the times he put my own enjoyment of fishing before his own. Spending time with my son enjoying the sport of motorcycling makes me appreciate the sport all the more. As if motorcycling wasn’t great enough already, now it has brought my son and I closer and given us an activity to enjoy together. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 89


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*Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road conditions, how you ride and maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo, and operator/passenger weight. Professional rider depicted on a closed course. Dress properly for your ride with a helmet, eye protection, long sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves and boots. Do not drink and ride. It is illegal and dangerous. Yamaha and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation encourage you to ride safely and respect the environment. For further information regarding the MSF course, please call 1-800-446-9227. Pre production model shown. Specifications subject to change. ©2014 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. All rights reserved. • YamahaMotorsports.com


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Denyse Brooks LOCATION: Byron, MN OCCUPATION: Concierge at Somerby Golf Club. YEARS RIDING: 25 years. RIDING STYLE: Street and track. BIKE/S OWNED: 2013 Suzuki GSXR 750 Custom Martini Edition. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Besides the paintwork, I have Pazzo levers and braided brake lines from CoreMoto and I’ve had some suspension work done for the track. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My Bell Star helmets. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Almost too many to list, however last summer I made the trek westward and visited Yellowstone, the Tetons and Beartooth Pass. Gorgeous!

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Nancy Sullivan LOCATION: Corpus Christi, TX OCCUPATION: University Professor. YEARS RIDING: Got my license at the age of 57, nine years ago! RIDING STYLE: Street. BIKE/S OWNED: 2012 Triumph Tiger 800XC, 2006 BMW K1200S. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: The dogbones that lowered the rear suspension on my Tiger. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My new Shoei helmet. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Riding single lane roads in the Scottish Highlands. A close second is riding the Lake Districts of Chile and Argentina.

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Patrick McFarland LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA OCCUPATION: Explorer, I will spend the next 7 months traveling throughout the Americas on my bike. YEARS RIDING: 7 years (120,000 plus miles). RIDING STYLE: Street and dirt. BIKE/S OWNED: 2006 Suzuki DL650. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Top three mods are my Cogent Dynamics suspension, my Scott’s Steering Stabilizer and my Enduro Guardian skidplate. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: As a year round rider I’ll break this one down into Winter and then the rest of the year. For Winter riding I need my Gerbing gloves, my Schampa dickie and studded tires. For the rest of the year I am really liking my new Olympia MotoQuest gear. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: In 2009, I followed a route called the Trans American Trail which spans from Tennessee to Oregon and is predominately off road. 13 days and 6,000 miles of some of the best riding in the country. 94 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


Ninja Gaza LOCATION: NY and FL. OCCUPATION: Motorcycle Instructor. YEARS RIDING: 5 years. RIDING STYLE: Street, track and stunt training. BIKE/S OWNED: “Midknight” 2013 Kawasaki ZX6R, “Blosom” 2011 Kawasaki ZX10R. Adding more to the family soon. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: 2 Brothers Black Series exhaust for Midknight and M4 GP style exhaust for Blosom. Hearing their exhaust roar in tunnels, on track and the open road brings me to life. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: All my leather suits. It feels good to live out your addiction to leather while riding. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: In St. Thomas riding up and down the mountain, no phone just viewing the sun set and hearing the waves crash on the jets, creating memories for the eyes only.

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n many places we ride, the season begins and ends with track days and races in cooler temperatures. The season 2015 finale at my home track (Loudon, New Hampshire) greeted us with some unseasonably cool temps each morning (about 40 degrees), and the cloudy skies combined with a brisk wind kept track temperatures low all day long. As is too often the norm on days like this, the times were a bit off and the racers seemed to be adept at locating the high gravity areas of the track. With this in mind, our article this month will focus on the top five things a rider can do to have success in the cool weather.

STEP ONE – AWARENESS

Most riders know that a cold track has reduced grip and will naturally give them a little more margin. The average practice lap for our 40 degree sessions was over two seconds a lap slower than normal this past weekend. However, we find at the Penguin School that when riders can identify the most likely problem areas, the risk on a fall is greatly reduced. Caution on a cold track does not need to be applied equally in all corners. The lack of grip is due primarily to the fact the race tires need to be much warmer than street or even track day tires in order to have grip (a cold race tire is way worse than a cold street tire). In order to know what corners need the greatest adjustment in speed, riders need to consider the areas of the track where the side of the tire is the coolest. Most tracks have a dominant side. For example, on most clockwise running tracks, riders spend considerably more time SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 99


IMPROVE YOUR SKIILLS: 4 STEPS on the right side of the tire. The biggest thing that cools a tire is lack of use, and nowhere is that more true than when the bike is going down a long straight. Therefore, the number one corner for crashes at most tracks in the cold is the first corner in the opposite direction (usually a left on a clockwise track) after the longest straight. Other corners with a high load or an interruption (a rise or bump) on the nondominant side will also be areas of concern. With these key areas identified, riders can then focus their efforts to stay upright in the most important sections.

STEP TWO – SETUP

Although it has a relatively small effect on performance, riders should do all they can to help their motorcycle stay connected to the pavement when things are abnormally cold. Tire Pressures: Because tires generate heat through flexing the carcass, we normally recommend a slight drop in pressure for the cold (1PSI front and rear). Tire compound selection is a balancing act, as the softest compound will certainly give the most grip, but durability will be worse than in the hot weather. Cold temperatures will “tear” at soft tires so if you’re out to win, expect to change them more often than usual, especially in the rear. Depending on the choice of oil viscosity your suspension tuner uses, cold temperatures result in thicker oil (the higher the viscosity, the more effect this has). This will effectively stiffen forks, shocks and even steering dampers (some units will even develop “dead spots” in the cold). Just like with the tires, riders can experiment with a small reduction (one to two clicks) compression, rebound and damper settings to maintain the same character that the bike has in the warm weather.

STEP THREE – GO!

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before they start to ride hard. While the first laps should certainly be a few seconds off your eventual pace, riders should ride at a reasonable pace right from the first lap. For practice, we always advise riders to wait until the first few bikes are leaving to strip off the warmers and then be sure to roll right out onto the track. For a race, riders want to wait until the final moments before heading to pre grid. Don’t try to break the lap record on your out lap, but be sure not to ride at a pace that does not use the tires. If you let them cool off, sometimes they never fully come back up to temp.

STEP FOUR – BE LIKE LORENZO

There are things that top MotoGP riders do that we mere mortals will never achieve (like 60 degree lean angles to start). However, there are many things they do that we can emulate, and focusing those efforts in the sections from Step One in this article is a great place to start. Our lesson for this segment was courtesy of a ten second high definition, slow motion clip that I recently watched of Jorge Lorenzo turning through a tight, 180 degree right hand corner. There are two basic lessons that every rider can use from this clip. Lesson one is to shorten the duration of your bar inputs. Lorenzo entered this right hand corner hard on the brakes, and in the course of two revolutions of the wheel went from fully upright to fully leaned over. He did not slowly peel this bike in; he turned with precision (fast but not forceful, smooth but very decisive)! About halfway through the progression of the lean, the fingers on Lorenzo’s hands visibly relaxed their grip on the bars. Right as the bike reached full lean, the fingers of his outer hand were completely open and no longer touching the bar (his right hand was preparing to open the throttle). This brings us to lesson two, and that is to have an absolute minimum


amount of bar pressure at full lean. As the bike carved though the corner, Lorenzo’s fingers actually fluttered slowly as if they were playing an imaginary piano. I imagine this is something he does out of habit to remind himself to be loose. By fully supporting his weight with his legs, his motorcycle has 100% of its available grip to carve through the corner, and Jorge can feel exactly what his front end is telling him.

Adverse conditions force us to do the things that we need to be doing every lap on the motorcycle. When approached properly, riding in the cool weather can be a fantastic opportunity to hone your skills and become a better rider. I hope you all enjoy the remainder of your season and until next time, ride fast, ride safe!

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THE FRICTION ZONE

THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN: HENRY WILES WORDS: MICHAEL LAWLESS IMAGES: STEVE KOLETAR

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THE FRICTION ZONE: THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN sportbike, railing through your favorite corner and getting launched into the air. It rewards an aggressive but skillful rider who is most fit. Perhaps it’s the most daunting track in America. That is why the fans love it.

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hat place is sketchy! Another AMA pro smirked, “Yeah, it’s a great place if you want to hurt yourself.” Peoria is unique in the oval  world of AMA Pro Flat Track because of the right hander and its famous jump. That jump happens to be in the apex of a turn. Imagine riding your 106 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

This year, Henry Wiles walks into Peoria needing one more victory to set the record for most wins at this legendary place. He had a lot going on; riding for a new team, pressure from fans and media, plus dealing with the pressure from the competition too. Young guns out to make a name for themselves like fast guy, Jarod Vanderkooi. Or the number one plated Jared Mees. Mees is a self promoting, super fit, winning machine. Jared is a true champion in every sense of the word.  At this junction of the season, Jared is in desperate need of points to put him in the hunt for another championship. He will be a threat for sure.   Behind the curtains there is turbulence in Henry’s private life.  He is going through a breakup with the mother of his son. He tells me how he tried to man it out for the sake of his boy but it was not to be. Now he is dealing with custody issues and the relating fallout. Henry says that he wants to be a super dad. He misses being with his son.  I can feel the weight on Henry. Not being able to be with your kid is a tough road to go down.


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All of this is a lot for a man to carry. A champion once told me that to be a professional at anything you must be able to turn off all things in your head and do what they are paying you to do. Peoria was going to be the test for Henry.   Through practice and heat races it looked to be a two man fight between Mees and Wiles. Mees said he wants to lead early. Henry said later that Mees’ remark confused him. When I asked Henry why, he replied that he would not want himself breathing down his neck for the entire race! He had a point. In the race, Henry got the whole shot. Jared hounded him lap after grueling lap. Mees showed Wiles a wheel several times in the first corner but could not make it stick.  With a few laps to go, it was clear to see that Mees looked tired on the bike. It seemed the champ had given it his all.  Henry Wiles pulled out a small lead on his way to a record setting victory. To show his fitness, Henry stopped on his victory lap at the famous jump and started doing push ups  on the track. Point made.  I caught up with Henry at “The Roar to the Shore” round of AMA Pro Flat Track race in Delmar, Delaware. He might be King Henry of Peoria but here in Delaware he seems to be more like Prince Charming to the ladies. Ironic that he is so focused he does not seem to notice. I asked about the victory lap push ups. He replied that his high school wrestling coach had pushed him hard in training, maybe even overtraining him. Perhaps this work ethic led Henry to be an all state wrestler and onto being a successful motorcycle racer? To Henry, training is a way of life. He feels being fit is an advantage he has over his competitors.

We talk about what separates one rider from the next. Fitness, drive, having the right team behind you, the ability to set up the bike. I laugh with Henry admiring the mechanical art work that is the Zanotti prepared Harley Davidson. I tell him how lucky he is to race such an awesome bike like that XR750. On the topic of motivation, I share that every time I do something, I remind myself that it might be my last time so I make sure I do it 100 percent and enjoy it too. Savor it; live the moment to the fullest. He smiles while soaking it in then pats me on the shoulder saying how he going to get ready for his heat. I can’t help but notice there is a bounce to his step. Olive and I head to the grandstands making a pit stop at the concession stand for her. We make the stands at the start. A single groove track is hard to pass on but Henry quickly makes it up to second then going into turn three sails up the inside to take the lead. The chicken and fries go flying as Olive leaps up and yells, “Henry’s got the lead!” He seems to be pulling away until the red lights come on stopping the race due to a crash. Olive asks if Henry won but I explain that they must start the race over.  She looks bummed, “Dad that’s not fair to Henry.” But I explain that is the rules. On restart, Henry retakes the lead and sets off to victory. In the main race that night, Henry had a suspension issue but still finished sixth. I know a racer of this caliber is never satisfied with sixth place. He does not think about the heat race he won but thinks about the sixth he got in the main and how he could have finished better.  You live and die by your results. The trick is to learn and live to fight another day.  Henry Wiles delivers with a smile.

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DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: THE RANT

WORDS & IMAGES: BILLY MORRISON

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nniversaries. Personally I can’t stand ‘em. Hallmark’s CEO gets all excited and gives huge bonuses and the floral industry decides it’s ok to hike up the price of a rose by 500%. I would choose to celebrate most anniversaries with a pat on the back, a quick “congratulations”, and then swiftly back to business as usual. But the SBI Anniversary is different. This anniversary deserves fireworks, a Cirque Du Soleil performance and all the scantily clad ladies we can find! Why? Because this magazine displays the spirit of independence and the proverbial middle finger hoisted high at all times that is so sorely lacking in almost every area of life today. I know Allan well. Allan being the high priest of love, the two wheeled denizen, our illustrious leader and #blackmoses for us all and I know what he goes through every month to give us our sport motorcycle fix. He does it his way, or not at all, and as such, provides us with a read 112 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM


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that is worthy of the whole scene. So that is why I’m proud to be sitting at my computer at 6:00am in the morning, squeezing in another column for the magazine before setting out into the mad Los Angeles morning traffic on my Speed Triple to get to Playboy Radio to do a morning show interview. Having just completed a fourteen month world tour with Billy Idol, in the midst of releasing a solo album (available right now folks - iTunes and Amazon!) and painted and shown a complete 22 piece fine art collection, the last thing I feel like doing is adding more work to my plate. But Allan and SBI have an anniversary to celebrate and that 114 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM

deserves shenanigans! So here we are. I’ve been missing my bikes for a while now; touring is fun, no doubt about it, but the bubble gets smaller and smaller and life becomes all about the tour bus, airports (oh so many airports!) and hotels. Occasionally I have been known to squeeze in a rental or loaner bike for a day or two while hovering around Europe, but on the whole, there just isn’t time, which is bizarre, considering that 22 hours of the day is spent not playing music. One would think that there is a ton of time to rent a bike and get out to see the world. But the

travel takes its toll and you end up laying flat on your hotel bed, unable to speak, let alone move, and the rental bike becomes another “maybe tomorrow” thing. Tomorrow never comes and suddenly the tour is over and you realize you haven’t sat on a bike in six months. So being home for a week or so now has afforded me the luxury of being able to take my machines out and blast some cobwebs away. The photos this month all go to prove I actually do get out on the bikes with friends occasionally and don’t just run to the store for some milk! Immediately upon firing one


up, I grin. There’s nothing really stock about my bikes, so even the act of pressing the starter is enough to remind me what I’ve been missing. An exhaust of distinctly dubious legality crackles and pops its way into life (and ensures that anyone still in bed within a 1/4 mile radius is now…not) and I swing a leg over the machine. It feels good. Like an ex lover that suddenly wants to climb in the sack again. I know how this goes; I know the pressure points, the erogenous zones, exactly what to do and how to do it to provide maximum pleasure, and by the time I’m at the first stop sign, my body and mind are awake and tingling.

There is nothing quite like having a forced leave of absence from your ride, and then getting it back. Even a blast downtown into the dreary heart of Los Angeles business district is fun, not really a place to dream of taking a bike, but lane splitting down a stationary 101 freeway feels good. Eyes wide open, watching for the idiot car drivers putting their make up on or texting, putting me on high alert; the feeling of being out there, in the open, a target, an “oops sorry I didn’t see you” target, all this that normally sucks about riding just feels great having not ridden for so long.

So I guess I don’t really have a clear and concise point to my column this month. I wanted to throw Allan and SBI some love, and I have obviously been affected by the months without a ride. It’s time to enjoy some time at home, the beautifully warm Californian sunshine, and my bikes. I may even add one to the stable. I find myself drawn to the old Eddie Lawson ZRX1200. All it needs is a lick of paint (I am not riding a lime green anything!) and a tweak here and there. Famous last words I know, but I think I need a new obsession. So until then, ride safe, ride often, and Happy Anniversary SBI. Send in the clowns! SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 115


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