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OCTOBER 2016 - VOLUME 7, ISSUE 1
THE 2017 ARAI QUANTUM X & SIGNET X
DUNLOP’S SPORTMAX GPR 300
DO REARSETS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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ASPHALT AND OPPORTUNITY: ANDRE OWENS
THE LION’S DEN: NOT EVERYONE MADE IT HOME
THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN: BRYAN SMITH, THE GAMBLER
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FROM THE EDITOR
he industry is changing. The culture is changing. Being a motorcyclist today is very different than being one a decade or two ago. I’m not talking about the economic climate. I’m talking about the psychological aspect of what today’s rider is and how the industry is responding to it. Today’s rider is a based upon a “need to know/need to have it right now” mentally. The rise of social media and digital platforms provide instant access to information. We are living in the digital realm of the motorcycle diaspora. The reality of the excitement that comes with being a rider, on the edge, pushing limits all while having access to information and technology right at your fingertips is the next step in the evolutionary process of our world. Embrace it. It is transforming from a luxury concept to a necessity. Even the bikes can now link to, download from and pair with your smart phone to process data, to navigate, to enrich the overall riding experience, etc. More than the industry, more than the culture… The times are changing. I’ve been
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in the motorcycle industry for almost fifteen years. I’ve been a publisher and editor for six years. Not a day goes by that I don’t marvel at these machines and how they’ve changed and advanced. I marvel at the new rider that is experiencing that rider’s rush for the first time, the motofan that attends their first race and the moment when they get their first whiff of race fuel and all the firsts that come with being a bike rider and enthusiasts. I’ve even witnessed that slight moment when a rider transforms into a enthusiast. It’s beautiful. My worse day in this industry beats my best day anywhere else. Passion is an understatement. It’s a brilliant time to be motorcyclist. For whatever reason that you ride, please keep riding. And for whatever reason you’ve been reading SportBikes Inc, please keep reading. Things change. The core remains the same. Best, Allan email@example.com
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INDUSTRY NEWS APRILIA’S 2017 RSV4 Aprilia has packed several “control” goodies in the new RSV4. Topping the list are cruise control and launch control. Not to be outdone, traction and wheelie control are complimented by a quick shifter and a pit limiter. Boasting 201 horses and 115nm of torque at the crank, the 2017 RSV4 will showrooms in early 2017.
THE 2017 HONDA CBR1000RR When he was’t busy racing World Superbike or moonlighting in MotoGP, Nicky Hayden found the time to unveil the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. The bike has gone
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through a major overhaul for 2017 with 33 pound weight reduction and an increase of 10 horses, resulting in a 14% improvement in the power to weight ratio department.
BMW’S SELF BALANCING BIKE: THE VISION NEXT 100 BMW has released a concept motorcycle called the Vision Next 100. The bike is engineered as a self balancing bike that can not crash, thus the ride needs only wear a tethered visor that is paired to the Next 100. The Next 100 is powered by an
engine that was inspired by the famed BMW boxer engine, housed in a flex frame that assists in the steering. It’s minimal design and appearance, in tandem with its technological inventory makes the Next 100 a blend of machine and modern art.
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THE PRESS ROOM: INDUSTRY NEWS DUCATI UNVEILS THEIR ALL NEW 2017 SUPERSPORT
What is old has become new again. The iconic Supersport has been given new life with a complete overhaul and makeover. The new Ducati Supersport clearly borrows its looks from the powerhouse Panigale. The Supersportâ€™s less aggressive rider ergonomics makes a premium option for the daily commuter and weekend asphalt assassin. Powered by a testastretta twin engine that produces 113 horses, the new Supersport features three
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riding modes and a brake setup, courtesy of Brembo. The Supersport will be available in a two tone fairing, Ducati Red and Saturn Grey, with Ducati Red frame and Matt Black wheels. The S model will be available in two color ways: Ducati Red fairing with Ducati Red frame and Matt Black wheels and Star White Silk fairing with Ducati Red frame and Glossy Red wheels. Look for the new Supersport to hit the dealership floors in early 2017.
THE 2017 YAMAHA R6 The new R6 has plenty to brag about. Starting with the all new design, the R6 is more of a head turner than ever before. A new LED front end changes the face of the bike with an aggressive overtone. Other visual features include integrated front turn signals, a tail section fashioned after the R1 and an aluminum fuel tank. The upgraded electronics package includes the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), traction control and a selectable D
mode engine response. The suspension set up is inspired by the R1, featuring the same 43mm inverted front forks and a new rear shock. The 2017 R6 now has 320mm front disc brakes and radial mount four piston calipers, as well as Nissin radial mount master cylindersâ€Ś all derivative from the R1. The new R6 has a price tag of $12,199 and is available in three colors: Matte Black, Team Yamaha Blue and Intensity White/Matte Silver.
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THE PRESS ROOM
MARC MARQUEZ CROWNED AS MOTOGP CHAMPION FOR A THIRD TIME
Marc Marquez has won the 2016 MotoGP Championship, his third master class title having won in 2013 and 2014. In all, Marquez has won a total of five GP championships including the 2012 Moto2 crown and the 125cc crown in 2010. Marquez is the youngest Champion to win five titles and the youngest to win three MotoGP Championshipsâ€¦ All at the young age of 23 years old. Congrats, Champ!
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MOTOAMERICA’S 2017 SCHEDULE MotoAmerica has just released their 2017 schedule that includes 10 rounds, including new stops in Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex and Sonoma Raceway in Northern California. • Round • Round • Round • Round • Round • Round • Round • Round • Round • Round
1: Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas, April 20-23 2: Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia, April 28-30 3: Virginia International Raceway, May 12-14 4: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 2-4 5: Utah Motorsports Campus, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 23-25 6: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, July 7-9 7: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California, August 11-13 8: Pittsburgh International Race Complex, August 25-27 9: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey, September 8-10 10: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama, September 15-17
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THE PRESS ROOM: GRID NEWS MOTULâ€™S 2017 MOTOAMERICA SUPERBIKE CLASS Motul is the class sponsor for the 2017 and 2018 MotoAmerica SuperBike Class. The class will now be called the Motul Superbike Class.
NEW SCHEDULE FOR MOTOAMERICA SUPERBIKE DOUBLE HEADERS IN 2017 In true World SuperBike fashion, the SuperBike double header weekends in MotoAmerica will no longer be held on a single day. All double headers will run over the course of the weekend, with Race 1 on Saturday afternoon and Race 2 on Sunday afternoon. Additionally, qualifying for Superpole will now consist of a single fifteen minute session with the twelve fastest riders from Superbike Practice 1 and 2. Superbike Practice 3 will not qualify riders to the Superpole session. 24 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
The 2017 season begins at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, April 20-23.
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THE FIRST RIDE A STAR IS REBORN... ARAI UPDATES ITS AGING Q DESIGNATION LIDS WITH THE NEW QUANTUM X AND SIGNET X HELMETS
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or decades, road racing and Arai Helmets have been synonymous with another. After revamping its high end Corsair X race lid last fall, the Japanese brand dedicates R&D might to us street riders. Introducing the Quantum-X and Signet-X helmets, starting at $679.95 in solids. PRECISE FIT Arai continues to offer two distinct helmets to better accommodate riders on this side of the hemisphere. The X models replace its long-standing Q designation lids. Theyâ€™ve been retooled and sport a similar array of features as the Corsair, only at a more affordable price.
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Signet X: Guys and gals with skinny heads will be pleased with how comfortable their noggins feel after eight hours in the saddle. Deemed “long-oval”, the shape of the Signet is longer front to back, and narrower in width. Quantum X: Representative of a more typical fit, the Quantum is for those with wider heads. The shape can be further tweaked by swapping the headliner for a Corsair X piece thus affording an “intermediate oval” shape. To do this, each model uses a uniquely contoured expanded polystyrene (EPS) liner. Contrary to the “flexible” setups introduced recently from the American designed, but Chinese assembled competition, Arai sticks with a multidensity, one piece construction. They certainly don’t discount the technology, but are firm believers in the existing construction philosophy. Despite distinct offerings, there are motorcyclists that will fit well in either, the author included. Yet, you’re likely to feel the difference with each iteration matching Arai’s PR claims in terms of feel. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 29
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That’s the real benefit to wearing an Arai... the ability to optimize general fit, so your comfortable over the long haul. Furthermore, interior can be further customized via different cheek and top liner pad thicknesses. Each of the six pieces is easily removed for washing and the special microbial material helps keep odor away between cleanings. NEW SHELL CONSTRUCTION Both helmets are fabricated in Japan using proprietary Peripherally Belted Super Complex Laminate Construction. The process consists of one 14 “Shell Masters” hand laying the helmet’s interior. The process is so detailed, it takes between two and three years of training to graduate to this position. Smooth, round, and devoid of an edgy exterior that Arai personnel claim is more fashion than purpose, the X’s are less likely to get hung up on objects encountered in a crash it says. This reduces the likelihood of added kinetic energy applied to the helmet’s precious impact absorbing EPS liner, which in turn mitigates head trauma. It’s the same reason why the exterior air ducts are low profile and designed to “break away” in an accident. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 31
THE FIRST RIDE: QUANTUM X AND SIGNET X MORE ADJUSTABLE VENTILATION The five adjustable intake vents (one chin, two brow and forehead) remain, however the channels, and the top vent mechanism have been redesigned to make it easier to manipulate while riding. The upper exhaust vents are three way adjustable so the rider can tailor airflow. The side vents, and neck nozzle port are fixed open. Air also passes beneath the chin curtain drawing the riderâ€™s breath away. Lastly, a removable chin curtain reduces air turbulence behind the face shield. We never felt the old helmetâ€™s ventilation lacked and the current version continues to make us believers. It kept us comfortable and perspiration free during 100 plus degree street rides, yet with the vents closed, provides pleasing comfort in cooler coastal weather. We also appreciate the vents sturdier feel and operation. The visor compliments the egg shape exterior keeping it both strong and light. We were never impressed by the quirky shield retention system on previous generations. Thankfully, engineers
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THE X MODELS REPLACE ITS LONG STANDING Q DESIGNATION LIDS. THEYâ€™VE BEEN RETOOLED AND SPORT A SIMILAR ARRAY OF FEATURES AS THE CORSAIR, ONLY AT A MORE AFFORDABLE PRICE. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 35
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did something about it. Push button type plastic levers release pivot covers allowing access to the shield. It operates through a simple (but complicated looking) variable axis mechanism. Dubbed Araiâ€™s Variable Axis System (VAS), it allows for smoother movement up and down. We canâ€™t say visor swaps are any easier, nor faster, however there is less chance of damaging something in the process. The visor also benefits from a new latch ensuring a tighter seal and preventing it from opening unexpectedly. The device works almost too well, requiring a series of movements to open quickly. But once you learn the protocol the complaint goes away.
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In addition to the standard clear Pinlock equipped shield, there’s smoke and dark smoke versions. There’s also mirror options in red, green, blue and silver. Oddly enough Arai still doesn’t have a Transitions setup. But its Pro Shade might be superior for some. It works like an auxiliary visor attaching to the base shield. It pivots up or down so you can adjust the degree of light entering the helmet. It also doubles as a legit sun visor. ONE OF THE BEST GETS BETTER Arai’s Signet Q was a top go to helmet on and off the track. The new version follows in its foot steps. It isn’t leaps and bounds better than the one it replaces. But that’s not a bad thing. Squawks were fixed while improving already excellent features like ventilation. At nearly $700 it’s not cheap, but it’s $160 less expensive than the Corsair X, while incorporating many of the same features. Fit and finish is a cut above the rest, plus its backed with an industry-leading five year warranty. If you want one of the best Arai’s still got with the X series duo.
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IN AN ERA OF OUTSOURCING AND MASS PRODUCTION, ARAI ASSEMBLES HELMETS THE OLD FASHIONED WAY. ITS NEW QUANTUM X AND SIGNET X HELMETS ARE TESTAMENTS TO CLASSIC CRAFTSMANSHIP WITH A MODERN TWIST.
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“I’ve used the number 20 my whole career ranging from motocross, supermotard and circuit racing. It was assigned to me when I first started and I’ve never changed it. It’s just one of those superstitions I’ve got. This year in MotoAmerica I was given #720 which was nice but I’m hoping to grab #20 for next year’s season.”
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NAME: Eddie Kraft HOMETOWN: Detroit, Michigan AGE: 27 years old. SERIES: WERA, MotoAmerica ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Over 85 wins. GOALS: Win races and chase lap records. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: Keep it fun. It shouldn’t feel like a job. When it’s fun, there’s no better feeling. CONTACT:
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Saddlemen invented GELcore Technology and today we are widely recognized as the industry leader, selling more gel seats than any other seat manufacture. However when it comes to the benefits of gel don’t take our word for it. NASA uses gel to protect sensitive camera equipment on the Space Shuttle Discovery as it pierces the Earth’s atmosphere at 17,000 mph. NASA also uses gel to keep the International Space Station in orbit, gel is currently used in the medical industry for Wheelchairs and Hospital beds to proWheel mote blood flow, and major league baseball mitt manufactures utilize this cutting edge material to dampen the impact of a 100mph fast ball. Instead of relying on foam cushions or air bladders that may impose improper contours, a riding saddle with GELcore Technology provides a topographically neutral suspension that will conform to the shape of the person who sits in it. Using pres sure-mapping technology, we experimented with different tensions across the backrests and seats, fine-tuning our designs to produce the desirable distribution patterns: peak pressure zones under the ischia, with wide distribution of lower values along the thighs and across the back, avoiding the spine and the area behind the knees.
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ASPHALT AND OPPORTUNITY: ANDRE OWENS AKA “DRE BUCKETS” WORDS//IMAGES: BRIAN AND JULIAN GLASCOE
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his month we sat down with Andre Owens, better known as Dre Buckets on the grudge racing scene, and we discussed his journey from Pro Basketball to Motorcycle drag racing. First off, for everyone who doesn’t know, we met through instagram in the summer of 2014 and I remember getting a message stating that we should be on the lookout for this new grudge Suzuki Hayabusa that was about to hit the grudge racing scene named No Fabrication. At that point my curiosity took over and I immediately began to do my homework on you to find out who you were. After a few races, it didn’t take long to see that this 230 pound rider that was calling out the fastest bikes in grudge racing with riders weighing upward to 70 pounds less than himself was no joke. We found out real soon that in order to understand the man that you would first have to understand the competitor and then you could truly appreciate where the fire competitive fire comes from. SBI: The first thing that everyone has to understand is the competitive nature. Describe your transition from professional basketball to drag racing? AO: All my life I've been a very competitive person. It's something inside me that drives me to compete in anything I do. Growing up I'd seen my peers drink and smoke. I've never drank alcohol or done drugs in all my life so my high was competing. After retiring from professional sports, I needed something to fuel the drive for my competitive nature and grudge racing was the best rush and competition I had felt in a long time. I'm drawn to the hustle, gambling, and strategy aspect of racing. Throwing myself into the unknown gives me that rush...I love it. SBI: Many people don’t realize that racing is a hobby for most. (Expensive Hobby) Explain what drew you to HTP Performance and how the concept of how NO FABRICATION came SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 55
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about? AO: When you're spending money, you want a great product. Therefore, HTP was the best company for what I was trying to do... to go fast. It's equal opportunity. No person is bigger than the next and at HTP we work together as a team. That's what I enjoy the most about it. Cecil Towner, Cecil Towner Jr., and Leah Towner, work hard to keep each one of their customers happy. Sleepless nights trying to figure out how to be the fastest and it feels good knowing that my builder and tuner feel the same way I do. It allows me to be confident in my bike and what I'm bringing to the grudge world. The name No Fabrication came about when I was coming up and being so competitive because it was nothing fabricated about my life, the way I played, and 56 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
how my character was. Some people try to fabricate their lives to be someone they're not in order to impress the next and that's never been me. What you see is what you get. If you look closely, the side of my bike says "The best thing I ever did was believe in me"...NO FABRICATION. SBI: When you first came on the grudge racing scene, you surprised a lot of people. You weigh in at roughly 235 pounds and you’ve raced nothing but the best since you’ve been in racing. Even if it’s asking for the back tire or the break, people don’t come out and challenge Eddie Cane, Gas Monkey or Billy Mays. These are the premiere bikes in the game right now and you’ve beaten them all. Talk to your fans about these victories?
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ANDRE OWENS “Dre Buckets” Hometown: Indianappolis, IN Bike Shop: HTP PERFORMANCE (Richmond, VA) Bike: “No Fabrication” 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa Racing Record: 8-0
AO: The premier bikes that I ran against were picked for a purpose. If you want to make a name for yourself or to truly compete, you have to challenge the best. I use this phrase a lot, "You're either a shark, or a guppy". I consider myself a shark and I want to fight other sharks. If I'm out here picking on guppies, I wouldn't be getting any satisfaction to those wins because I already know what the outcome will be. Yes, I would be getting paid for the win, but it takes away from the competitive aspect of the sport, using the percentage of challenging the top bikes in grudge racing.. SBI: Your latest victory was against Jason Williams, 2 time Kings of Grudge Big 8 Champion that many know as Slick. After that victory you stated that you might retire… Is this the last that we’ll see of Dre Buckets? AO: Wait and see... SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 59
THE GRID: ON THE COME UP
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NAME: Dwight Mayo HOMETOWN: Baton Rouge, LA AGE: N/A SERIES: Raced from Louisiana to North Carolina at many different events. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I won 13 races, lost 1 in a two year killing spree. I raced anybody no matter how small they were or their level of professional riding skills. GOALS: To return next season with my new motor and finish where I left off. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: My passion is truly racing and winning. I love it. CONTACT:
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THE REV LIMITER: THE MAIN POINTS
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lose your eyes. Now imagine a perfect world: one where there is no tax season, gas is 79 cents per gallon and you can get all the performance you need from one tire and for a phenomenal price. Well, the aforementioned two would require major advancements in politics, but the latter has already been achieved. Impressively, it was done without any lobbyists, no electoral college or delegate votes, no campaign trail, and most certainly no laborious and inconclusive debates. Dunlop recognized a need and thus was born the Sportmax GPR 300. #DunlopforPresident. Being a professional stunt rider, I get the opportunity to perform on all types of surfaces, many of which you wouldn’t really choose to ride on. From slippery to super grippy gravel filled sand pits, I’ve seen them all. Since the demise of the Dunlop D616 tire, I have been in search of a tire to provide all the consistency required for ridding on so many varied surfaces. Friends, my quest is over. The GPR 300 is indeed the little brother of the D616 and very well maybe be the more suitable predecessor. I really wanted to test this tire, so I rode it from brand new to bald and it was consistent all the way to the end. Just as road racers test their tires lap after lap going round and round, I too test my tires going round and round but on the back wheel only. I must say the GPR 300 graded out. I was impressed with the amount of feel the tire had, as it acted like an extension of the motorcycle and as if my own fingers were gripping the pavement turn after turn. Not only does it have incredible feel, it is also consistent across temperatures. I tested it cold, warm, and hot and found the performance predictable. 64 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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THE REV LIMITER: SPORTMAX GPR 300
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This consistency and predictability gave me the confidence to extend my limitations which is a reward to any rider in every discipline. STUNT RIDER SIDENOTE Now a word for my stunt riders. Everyone else, you’re free to listen too, but this is for my hooligans. Fellas… Ladies, it slips too. Yes, it’s grippy. Yes, it carves the concrete. It’s also very responsive and if you so desire, it will break loose. Even in the chaotic, uncontrolled state of a slide or drift, the GPR 300 remains true and is consistent even then. So, for all of the hooligans looking for the perfect tire to shred... the Sportmax GPR 300 is it. NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. OR DOES IT? No, nothing lasts forever and tires are a wear item, but here is where the consistency of the GPR 300 plays into your personal financial portfolio… Or what is more commonly known to motorcycle enthusiasts as: “How much money can I spend and still eat?” The tire is consistent, which equates to even wear, more life, fewer tires purchased, and an increase in gross income, as well as more groceries in your pantry. It looks like Dunlop is even inadvertently waging war on poverty. #DunlopforPresident. BOTTOM DOLLAR So, how much is this grippy slippy, consistent powersports equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstopper? Is it even possible that any of us can afford to continually purchase this Holy Grail of Hooligan activities? Well, starting around $110.00 for the rear tire and $87.00 for the front tire, I’d say we are in the black. If you’re looking for a consistently strong tire and a really affordable price, I recommend the Dunlop Sportmax GPR 300. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 69
THE REV LIMITER: SPORTMAX GPR 300
EVEN IN THE CHAOTIC, UNCONTROLLED STATE OF A SLIDE OR DRIFT, THE GPR 300 REMAINS TRUE AND IS CONSISTENT EVEN THEN. SO, FOR ALL OF THE HOOLIGANS LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT TIRE TO SHRED... THE SPORTMAX GPR 300 IS IT. 70 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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NAME: KJ Smith HOMETOWN: Toronto, Ontario, Canada AGE: 26 SPONSORS: Self Made Stunt Brigade, Ruff Ryders ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Circles and drifting. GOALS: To learn coasters, death spins and stalls. DEFINE YOUR PASSION IN ONE SENTENCE: Having fun and meeting new people. CONTACT:
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THE LION’S DEN: NOT EVERYONE MADE IT HOME
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ooo Lion, you got guys from your club meeting you here” asked Harry. “Yeah, some of my guys from the NY chapter are meeting up with Derrick and June then coming here, why” I replied. The beginning of an exchange with a friend of mine while at Clutch Control Sept. 24th, 2016 that preceded my dropping everything and throwing a leg over to race to the scene of a bad motorcycle crash involving an unknown number of my club mates at the southbound Bridge Street exit off Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, PA. Many things can put the brakes on a good time while out among motorcyclists at an event like Clutch Control killing your 2Wheel high but none are more sobering than the news that someone you know has gone down nearby. The feeling that overtook me after Harry gave me what little detail he was able to get while driving by the crash took me back to August 8th 2009 when I was at a Motorcycle Club trophy party waiting for one of my club brothers to meet me there and got the news that he had passed away that evening.* When details are vague its often difficult to know how you should react or respond but being a member of a Motorcycle Club, and more importantly being a President of your club means when a brother [or sister] is in need you hop on your horse and blaze saddles into the sunset. With a relatively new and inexperienced motorcyclist with me that day, who also happens to be my cousin and friend, Chase on my six I left my jacket and gloves in a friend’s trailer to save time and with just my club cut and helmet on we took off towards the unknown to try to help and get answers. To get a complete picture of what this trek towards the accident scene was like you need to understand the logistics involved with getting from Clutch Control at Penn’s Landing on Philadelphia’s waterfront to North Philadelphia via northbound I-95. This stretch of highway has a perpetual and never ending series of construction projects which keep at least one lane of traffic unusable, heavy traffic at any point in the day while the sun is up, aggressive motorists from all over the local tristate area and one of the longest detours required to access the highway from the local roads I think I have ever encountered in my 78 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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THE LIFE: THE LION’S DEN life. Due to the detour off Richmond St. it literally took us longer to get onto the Interstate with no traffic than it did to navigate the sea of commuters up and down the highway once on I-95. Torn between my responsibility and obligation to get to my club mate(s) in need and my responsibility and obligation to Chase (appropriately named this day) who struggled to keep up with me as I weaved in and out of traffic at triple digit speeds [Disclaimer: Neither Zero 2 Sixty Motorcycle Club nor Sportbikes, Inc. Magazine, our sponsors, advertisers or subsidiaries condone speeds in excess of posted speed limits or reckless maneuvering while operating motor vehicles] I’d like to think that I displayed as much a sense of urgency in my actions as I did restraint. Always keeping sight of Chase in my mirrors and holding back from playing that all too familiar game of Frogger** in order to make a path thru congestion in traffic, I tried to communicate my intentions with my indicators/turn signals and took the paths of least resistance. Helmets off to the homie Chase for staying with me albeit about 10 car lengths back, he never lost me and we ended up at the same place at the same time. Once we rode northbound past the southbound exit where I could clearly see emergency responders and a motorcycle on the ground as I looked back across the highway we had to face the task of exiting the highway and getting back on headed in the opposite direction…more traffic. Southbound on Interstate 95 in Philly between the north side of the city and center city is where the highway is most restrictive and the exits seem to appear out of nowhere while in the flow of traffic. As an elevated road in this part of the city one moment while riding you may enjoy a scenic overlook of the greatest city on Earth and the next moment you drop out like a roller coaster because the far right lane is the exit. When Chase and I arrive at the exit where the motorcycles went down none of my club members were present and only a pair of tow truck drivers and a State Trooper were on the scene still. As soon as I dismounted and removed my helmet I could immediately figure out what happened. The right lane exit in this heavy traffic congestion, the skid marks on the asphalt, the condition of the two motorcycles, the trail of motorcycle debris and the distance from the top of the exit lane which was a downhill incline to where the tow truck loaded with one of the two bikes was parked painted a very clear picture. Motorcyclist #1 exited the highway and realized that this was not the exit he intended, he “dropped out like a roller coaster.” He then got on the rear brake hard once he realized his mistake although I don’t know what his intention would have been once stopped on the exit. Motorcyclist #2 following motorcyclist #1 either too closely or with too much trust in his navigational skill got on his brakes either too late, too lightly or was simply going too fast to stop before punting the first bike at or on the exit. By the time we arrived both riders had already been taken to a nearby hospital, the other motorcyclists with them had left unscathed and the motorcycles (totaled barring some miracle) were being swept up off the ground destined for one of the city’s police holding lots. I later found out there were eight riders in all including the two that went down, only three of which were actually in my club and the others friends of our NY Chapter member that all rode down from Brooklyn, NY for the day. I spoke to the Trooper on scene and the tow truck drivers to get the details such as which hospital the injured riders were taken to, which lot the bikes would be towed to and the incident report # with the Trooper’s name and badge #. The Trooper was very helpful and seemed genuinely concerned about the guys. He explained to me a little about what happened and the extent of their injuries. His account of what happened confirmed what I deduced when I first got there and with a handshake and a “Thank you Trooper” Chase and I were once again in the wind. More traffic, more weaving in and out of lanes and more keeping up with me from Chase until we arrived at the hospital hoping to see the rest of the group in the waiting room so I can get some answers, check on my guys, give the incident report details to someone and most importantly be there for my club because when you are in a Motorcycle Club…a 2Wheeled 82 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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THE LIFE: THE LION’S DEN Fraternity…a brotherhood that is what you do. I learned at the scene from the Trooper (later confirmed by Robbie) that is was Ryan and Jesse that were involved in the accident and not June, Derrick or Robbie (my PA & NY club members) but whether we share a patch or not if you go down on my watch or while riding with my club I am there for you because that is one of the more essential principles that this Motorcycle Club community is built upon. Unable to see the two guys involved in the crash and with the rest of the pack nowhere in sight we were left with no other option but to head back to Clutch Control and meet up with or wait for the guys to arrive since that was the plan at the start of the day. Unimportant details omitted, I did get a call back from June that they were at Clutch Control and not at the hospital before Chase and I left the hospital and I was able to get the incident details to Robbie who came down from NYC with all the non-club riders. Ryan and Jesse sustained pretty serious injuries but survived the accident and I have not heard what became of their motorcycles however I suspect they will end up stripped and added to the inventory at A&J Cycle Salvage in the near future. The guys who were riding with Ryan and Jesse went back to the hospital later that day after we all had left Clutch Control and gotten something to eat. The subject matter of our meal discussion was obviously the accident and the injuries of our riding companions as well as the day’s excitement, highs and lows. While sitting at The Wrap Shack Kitchen & Bar (good looking out on the delectable grub Efrain) in center city, enjoying some well deserved and delicious food and drink it didn’t matter that Chase, “Shank,” “Tiger” and Kirby weren’t flying colors or share the same back patch as June, Derrick, Robbie or myself. It didn’t matter who had been riding for longer than anyone else and it didn’t matter what motorcycle one person was riding as compared to those of the rest of us. All that mattered was that we were together and that we rode. The hundreds of passersby while we ate our meal at the bistro seating outside The Wrap Shack made no distinction between club riders and non-patched motorcyclist. We all paid the same money to park in center city. We all attended the same motorcycle event that day at Clutch Control. We all responded the same way to our friends’ unfortunate collision. Immediately and with concern and care. The discussion back at Clutch Control and the points I tried to drive home with Chase and the others revolved around the collective response to the accident and the news of the accident being a “Motorcycle Club response.” When a brother goes down we rally for that brother. Even tho in this instance the injured parties were not patched and as I later discovered went down because they were being reckless on an unfamiliar road and ignoring directions from my club brothers leading the ride, they too enjoyed the benefit of the club response. I know to a non-club affiliated motorcyclist and the non-riding general public being a member of a Motorcycle Club on the surface seems like little more than paying monthly dues to party, drink and look badass with matching leather vests and a colorful back patch but there’s so much more to it than what an outsider looking in can see. Being in a Motorcycle Club means never riding alone even when by yourself. Being in a Motorcycle Club means you are associated with something that is greater than the sum of its parts. If nothing else, what the events of this particular day showed us all as I walked around that hospital emergency room frantically looking for answers or a familiar face is that, when things go badly being in a Motorcycle Club means someone being there for you in the waiting room. Never underestimate how important that is because not everyone made it home that day. I thanked Harry for his diligence and for always having Zero 2 Sixty MC’s back out there. He’s a good guy who I have known for many years. A genuine biker whom I am happy to know and call a friend. There was not much in the way of remedying the situation or offering aid that I could help with by rushing to the accident scene or showing up to the hospital but Harry bringing the incident to my attention enabled me to at least show up. I was able to damn near circle the city before I got a phone call back from my guys who were actually there but sometimes all you can do is be there. I say it frequently but as motorcyclists we can never hear it enough, ride safe. 84 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
* Ride In Peace Mike “Joker” Thomas (1973 – 2009) ** For you generation Y “millennials” reading this, Frogger is a video game from the 1980s created by Konami where players controlled a frog navigating its way home by crossing a busy congested traffic heavy roads and rivers full of hazards.
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THE LIFE: FEATURED RIDERS
Andy Kawa LOCATION: St. Paul, MN OCCUPATION: Photographer. YEARS RIDING: 18 years. RIDING STYLE: Street, track and dirt. BIKE/S OWNED: 2013 Triumph Street Triple R, 2005 Suzuki DRZ400SM, 2005 Suzuki SV1000S, 1975 Honda CB550F, 1981 Honda CX500 Cafe Racer. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: Quickshifter on the Street Triple. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My Bell helmet. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Bringing my grandparents motorcycle back to life, a 1975 CB550F. It had been sitting in the corner of a shed for over 20 years before I decided to dig it out and give it some much needed love. Taking that bike for it’s first ride in over 20 years, knowing the history it had with my family, that was one of the greatest feelings I’ve experienced on a motorcycle. 86 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
Nick Winchek LOCATION: Mentor, OH OCCUPATION: Manager. YEARS RIDING: 12 years. RIDING STYLE: Street. BIKE/S OWNED: 2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: To be determined. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: ICON gloves. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: Sturgis 2016. It was my first nontrailered trip. We rode 3300 miles, had some minor challenges, met some cool people and saw a lot of what is great about this country.
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Kayla Ennett LOCATION: Conshohocken, PA OCCUPATION: Medical Assistant. YEARS RIDING: Licensed for 4 years, riding consistently for 6 months. RIDING STYLE: Street. BIKE/S OWNED: 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: My GP shorty exhaust pipe. FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: My boots. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: My most memorable ride was to Atlantic City, for the first time!
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Janice Yoko Nishimoto LOCATION: Sausalito, CA. OCCUPATION: Accountant. YEARS RIDING: 2 years on the street. A 40 year gap from when I was 10 years old and learned to ride in the dirt. RIDING STYLE: Street. BIKE/S OWNED: 2016 Ducati X Diavel S. FAVORITE BIKE MODIFICATION/ACCESSORY: The new comfort seat saved my ass on the Sturgis trip! FAVORITE PIECE OF RIDING GEAR: GoGo Gear leggings. MOST MEMORABLE RIDE: The pilgrimage to Sturgis, SD 2016. 3622 miles, round trip. This was an awesome ride of a life time! One of the most memorable parts was riding with the Ducati Crew to Nemo late one afternoon.
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IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS: DO REARSETS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? WORDS: ERIC WOOD IMAGES: MICHAEL SPAIN SMITH
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or many of us, riding the racetrack is a passion that’s difficult to describe to those who are uninitiated. The drive to improve both our machines and our individual skill sets is a common thread that ties together riders of all ages, experience and backgrounds. Track day riders and racers devote considerable time, energy and resources to our sport. Many of the ideas for these articles come from people who ask questions that boil down to “what’s next” with respect to either solving a problem on the track or when considering their next purchase. We’ve all got finite resources (both in terms of time and money) and want to spend what we’ve got wisely. This month our esteemed editor posed a question with respect to rearsets. This is a common upgrade for both track day riders and racers and Mr. Allan Lane wanted to know “Do they really make a difference over stock parts?” A good set of rearsets will often cost anywhere from $400-$600, so this is certainly a question worth considering. I’d like to answer this question in three parts. First, there are certain features common to most every OEM rearset (regardless of make, model or ergonomics) that should be considered. We’ll talk about the universal pros and cons of OEM versus aftermarket rearsets. Second, there are several key traits that are unique to each motorcycle, and these should be addressed on a bike by bike basis. We’ll look at the top three factors to consider and how they affect your bike ergonomically. Third, if you’ve decided to purchase rearsets there are some basic questions that you want to ask in order to select the best brand for you. If we disregard actual footpeg position as a factor on stock rearsets for the moment, there are two major functional differences that I feel are very important between OEM and aftermarket units. These factors apply to nearly every OEM rearset I have ever ridden on. First and foremost, stock footpegs fold. The primary thought here is that if the OEM pegs, which are often low to the ground, drag on the asphalt (or a curb, or any other immovable object) the folding peg will reduce the effect of the hit on the chassis and reduce the likelihood of a crash. Fair enough. What disadvantages are there for a folding peg? First, once a rider gains track experience, the advantage of using your feet, ankles and legs to move around on the SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 93
IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS: REARSETS bike becomes quickly apparent. As riders begin to turn with greater precision (and speed) the force required on the pegs becomes many times greater than what is used on the street. Fast riders will often inadvertently cause the pegs to fold up during transitions, which is a major distraction. The other factor with pegs that fold comes with respect to protection of the motorcycle. Rearsets are an important part of the protection package when used in conjunction with other parts. There is a debate among riders these days whether frame sliders are a good idea or not. I’m personally a fan of them, but only if they do not stick out too much (they’re “frame sliders” not “bodywork protectors”). When good frame sliders are combined with solid mount footpegs, the two- point sliding system does a great job to protect important parts like frames, exhaust and especially engine covers. A well-made rearset will make it much more likely that your bike does not lose its oil in a fall or ingest dirt into your engine. You are far more likely to be able to ride home in a street incident (or finish your track day). In addition, 99% of the stock pegs out there do not have very good grip. Some motorcycles (which shall remain nameless) come with pegs that are downright slippery. Having a set of rearsets with a grippy surface will allow riders to use their legs as they should and keep solid footing on the bike. Next, we will consider a factor which varies widely for each rider and motorcycle combination – ergonomics. Most older bikes had pretty severe ground clearance issues. Today, manufacturers are doing much better on some models but there are frequently still some improvements that are needed. The three factors we will consider are ground clearance, ease of movement on the bike, and the ability to “lock in”. If you plan to ride on the track with good rubber, most pegs will still drag on the ground. It doesn’t take too many sessions to wear through the toe sliders on a $400 set of boots, and the sound of scraping pegs is unsettling for many riders. For these reasons alone, 90% of the bikes out there will benefit from rearsets. Next, the ideal position for a rider who wants to be able to move side to side quickly is an athletic position similar to playing shortstop. The balls of your feet should be directly underneath you when you are midway down the seat. Many bikes have the footpegs further forward than ideal for “spirited” to reduce the knee “angle” and increase comfort on long rides. For this reason, many rearset manufacturers will move the pegs back in order to facilitate rider movement. Finally, the most important connection for riders as they learn proper body position is the outside knee firmly planted against the tank. Since the knee area of the tank is typically 8-12” tall, this leaves room for a pretty wide range of riders to anchor in. However, if your pegs are low and/or your legs 94 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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IF WE DISREGARD ACTUAL FOOTPEG POSITION AS A FACTOR ON STOCK REARSETS FOR THE MOMENT, THERE ARE TWO MAJOR FUNCTIONAL DIFFERENCES THAT I FEEL ARE VERY IMPORTANT BETWEEN OEM AND AFTERMARKET UNITS. THESE FACTORS APPLY TO NEARLY EVERY OEM REARSET I HAVE EVER RIDDEN ON. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 97
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are short, you may find making this connection difficult and as a result will want to raise the pegs. If after evaluation you find your pegs dragging on the ground, your feet a little forward of your torso or your outside knee slightly separated from the tank then rearsets are going to be a valuable investment for you. Spending a few minutes with an experienced coach can often provide valuable insight and feedback. You can also look at photos from your sessions and look for both those “shortstop” ergonomics and that critical outer knee connection (which should be firmly against the tank – not pointing up to outer space). After considering the protection, grip and ergonomic advantages many track day riders and a vast majority of racers opt to put rearsets on their bikes. With this in mind, what are a few factors to consider? In addition to the things everyone starts with (looks and pricing), there are a few other factors to consider. First, are there readily available/reasonably priced spares available? Often, rearsets made domestically are cheaper, faster and easier to fix. You also may find someone with spares at the track. Second, how much adjustability do need? If you are in the middle 80% of people, any good rearset manufacturer will put the pegs where they need to be. Large ranges of adjustability make for greater expense and often less durable parts (more holes = more breaking points). While fine tuning is nice, but if you are between 5’6” and 6’3”, you should be able to find what you need within about a ½” of adjustment. (Hint: for tall riders who still need ground clearance, there is a huge difference in comfort found by adding a little seat height. You’ll be amazed what 15-20mm can do). Finally, do the parts have a reputation for durability? When you’ve spent thousands of dollars preparing a bike, taken time off of work and paid entry/track day fees, be sure that you’re bolting something on that is designed to give you a chance to get back out on the track after a minor incident. Enjoy the remainder of your season. And until next time, ride fast... Ride safe! SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 99
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THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN: BRYAN SMITH, THE GAMBLER WORDS: MICHAEL LAWLESS IMAGES: STEVE KOLETAR
t's easy to act cool in an air conditioned casino. It's much harder when the incoming rounds are live and you're playing for something more valuable than money. A lot people talk tough but at moments like this they fold. For the Gambler, this is when he makes his bank. The Mile is the game of choice because the Mile’s tracks are the biggest, fastest and most prestigious events on the calendar. On these unforgiving high speed circuits some racers push so hard that they can only see what is in front of them. But the Gambler can read the room. In the 25 lap main event, he runs fast enough to run up front but never shows his hand. As the laps whine down he rolls off the throttle allowing two riders by. It's not like the movies were the racer drops the throttle dramatically. It's subtle. He stays in the shadows running a distant third. With two laps to go, he attacks.
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FRICTION ZONE: BRYAN SMITH, THE GAMBLER Putting in two wicked fast laps and he is right behind the riders battling for the lead as they come onto the final straightaway. Getting great drive and catching their draft, he nips them at the line in a photo finish. The house goes wild. He is a master at work. The announcer comments on the speed of the victorious Howerton Motorsport Kawasaki and in the winner circle the Gambler agrees wholeheartedly. This all lends to the reputation that he has the fastest bike. Maybe the others believe it because they want to believe. Flat track bikes have a workman like air about them. However the Howerton Motorsport Kawasaki seems like it came from some secret research and development facility. It is in fact, built by guys who design and
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fabricate Indy Racing Car stuff for a living. There is more to winning then just having a magic horse. It takes a rider. Bryan Smith has the aura of a Gambler. He is a man of few words who plays it close to the vest. He is not one to brag. Bryan gives full credit to his team and the bike. He acknowledges that he likes the miles. In the flat track world there are some unwritten rules... like Henry Wiles owns Peoria or Bryan Smith is the man on the Mile. Bryan success on the mile is enviable. What is his secret to success? Bryan summed it up in a few simple sentences. “You got to be the aggressor. It's like poker... Ya gotta know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em.” I introduced my daughter Olive to Bryan at the New York AMA Pro Flat Track round. As we walked away she said it must be hard to write about Bryan because he doesn't say much.
This is true. But the few words spoken are gold. On the long drive home from the track I thought about his words, “Be the aggressor.” Think about it. Apply his words to your riding and you will see results. Just don't you or your lawyer come bitching at me if it goes wrong. I felt like the aggressor on track twice in the last year. I left the track on a stretcher both times. It's a fine line. Pros like Bryan perform at this level week in and week out. Think of the emotional highs and lows a racer goes through in a season and still they perform on the highest level, risking it all. For guys like the Gambler winning races is just a way of keeping score. LOOKING BACK AT THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION After a rough day of racing Bryan walks into a bar and sits down. Looking back on the last few years, it all began riding for Moroney's and being part of the Harley Davidson Wrecking Crew. Winning Nationals and later SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 105
FRICTION ZONE: BRYAN SMITH, THE GAMBLER
OU GOT TO BE THE AGGRESSOR. IT'S LIKE POKER... YA GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO HOLD 'EM AND WHEN TO FOLD 'EM.”
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FRICTION ZONE: BRYAN SMITH, THE GAMBLER riding for legendary Bill Werners team. But the veteran tuner and Smith differed on opinion over set up and parted ways. The following season, Bryan was a one man team with some help from his dad. Driving the transporter, working on the bikes and being the rider was exhausting. Racing had become more like work and less like fun. As the waitress sets down his drink as a fan comes over. “Hey I saw you win the Indy Mile last year. My friends got this awesome street tracker! Ya’ gotta check it out!” Bryan looks at the untouched drink and says, “Sure. Why not?” He has had this happen many times. Usually the bike has some flat tracker solo seat zip tied on, big bars and no front fender. But what he saw totally blew him away. Ricky Howerton's bike was beautifully fabricated at Howerton's shop on Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Speedway. Powered by a build 650 Kawasaki twin in a custom frame that Howerton made. Ricky had set out to build himself a street tracker as an after hours project but Bryan saw an opportunity. He told Ricky that they should race it. Howerton thought Bryan was just being nice, but he persisted. They won four races that first season clinching the heavy weight twins championship. What started out as a renegade team against the might of Harley Davidson became the bad boys of the mile. With Crosley Radio sponsorship from Bo Lemastus, team owner and engineer Ricky Howerton, mechanics Jeff Gordon, Dink and friends they now have won 19 AMA Pro Flat Track races. From humble beginings they had evolved into the dominant team on the big tracks. The mud and the blood and the beer. Bryan recalls the begninning, “Started riding with my dad and his friends as a kid. One of dad's friends is Scottie Parker (9 time AMA Grand National Champ, record holder for most race wins). Yeah we would going riding together. We use 108 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
to watch Parker racing on TV. I remember when he won the championship he was holding up the big money check from Camel on the podium. When I went to Scottie’s garage, there was that check hanging up on the wall.” It made an impression. The dream wasn't about money but living a life less ordinary. Not everyone can earn his keep as a rock star cowboy in flat track racing. It's a lifestyle. He made a commitment, long ago. Based on hard work and sacrifice. Not just by the rider but
also by the people who support him as well. Bryan remembers the moment when he knew he could make it as a rider, “I wasn't anybody, just some fourteen year old kid racing the Amateur Nationals but I beat Roger Hayden. I remember when I took Scottie Parker on my victory lap last year at the Sacramento Mile. Man, I never dreamt I would do that. It's a long way from riding dirt bikes in the back yard as a kid.”
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ZUMA JACKET / WWW.ROLANDSANDS.COM This jacket was not designed for the timid or faint-at-heart. Introducing the Zuma. With rotated, pre-curved sleeves, stretch nylon panel sleeve inserts, a dropped back and relaxed collar opening, the Zuma fits right in to the RSD family with its aggressive riding fit and features. And aggression is something that the Zuma has in aces. Made with topgrain Buffalo leather the Zuma offers extensive protection, increased two-fold by the include foam back protector and SAS-TEC certified Level 2 shoulder and elbow armor.
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THE NEW ISH ICON MOTOSPORTS • AXYS JACKET The ICON 1000 jacket is a solid and tough jacket made with a premium grade leather chassis. Armed with D3O impact protection in the shoulders, elbows and back, the Axys features a relaxed fit. It’s outer appearance is simple yet has a rugged demeanor and intimidating presence. Equipped with chest vents and strategically placed perforations, the jacket has a removable quilted liner so it’s functional in varying weather conditions. Sizes: S - XXXL Price: $450.00 Contact: http://rideicon.com
SATO RACING • SHIFT SPINDLE HOLDER FOR THE HONDA GROM Anodized in gold, the spindle holder and shaft support strengthens the Honda Grom’s external gear shifting assembly. CNC machined from billet aluminum with teflon coated bushings, the set up optimizes shifting. The kit comes with two stainless steel socket head allen bolts and mounts behind the the OEM shifter. JOE ROCKET • SUPERSTREET BOOTS Safe enough for the track but engineered for the street, the Superstreet Boots from Joe Rocket are the real deal. Made from split grain leather uppers, the boots feature double stitched construction, articulated and reinforced ankles for stability, stabilization and protection. The Superstreets are water resistant, house a full length zipper for hassle free entry and exit as well as amor in the heel and ankle armor. Sizes: 7 - 13 Colors: Black, White Price: $129.95 Contact: http://joerocket.com 114 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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DRIVEN RACING • GRAVITY BAR ENDS The Gravity Bar Ends from Driven Racing are composed of three pieces and are engineered to not only minimize handlebar shake, but to also compliment the bike, aesthetically. Machined out of 6061 aluminum and available in a selection anodized colors, the Gravity Bar Ends weigh .3 pounds and have an outside diameter of 33mm. They are designed to fit bikes with hollow handlebars but will fit other bars with use of adapters, sold separately. Sold as a pair. Colors: Black, Gold, Silver, Red, Blue Price: $46.99 Contact: http://drivenracing.com
AGV SPORT • HYDRO GLOVES Extend your riding season with the leather Hydro gloves from AGV Sport. A gauntlet styled winter glove, the Hydro is waterproof and insulated. It’s double stitched in high stressed areas, has precurved fingers and a single velcro closure strap. Sizes: S -XXL Price: $79.00 Contact: http://motonation.com
HOT BODIES RACING • TAG FENDER ELIMINATOR FOR THE DUCATI SCRAMBLER
One of the cleanest looking setups for the Scrambler, this set up from Hot Bodies Racing really changes the looks and lines of the Scrambler’s rear end. Made from ABS plastic, the kit includes amber LED turn signals and a LED plate light. Ships with all necessary hardware for an easy installation. Price: $129.95 Contact: http://hotbodiesracing.com
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THE NEW ISH SIDI • MYTHOS GORE TEX BOOTS A true street riding boot with Gore Tex, the Mythos from Sidi are packed with features. The upper material is a combination of suede leather and nylon mesh and double stitched in all vital areas. The Gore Tex membrane provides waterproofing and warmth for the rider while protection is located internally at the heel, ankle and toe. The Mythos are also equipped with an advanced toe shift pad that features traction points. Sizes: 39 - 43 (Euro) Price: $224.00 Contact: http://motonation.com
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BELL HELMETS • PRO STAR HELMET Bell Helmets continue to bring new helmet tech to the market and the Pro Star is a clear example of their efforts. Weighing in at only 1500 grams or just a little over 3 pounds, the Pro Star is one of the lightest race helmets available. With an aggressive out shell design that screams super aerodynamics, the helmet is composed of a carbon fiber shell that houses removable cheekpads, a flex impact liner and mesh liner. For optimal vision, the Pro Star features Raceview Orientation that allows you see more of the road or track, sooner than later. Available in three color ways, the Pro Star is eye catching lid that offers more than just good looks. Sizes: XS- XXL Colors: Matte Black, Tracer Black/Silver, Ratchet Black/White Price: $1,199.95 - $1,299.95 Contact: http://bellhelmets.com 116 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
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ROLAND SANDS DESIGNS • ZUMA JACKET The Zuma is the first true performance riding jacket from the RSD camp. It features CE certified level 2 armor in the elbows and shoulders, a foam back protector in the back. Made from top grain buffalo leather, the Zuma is constructed in an aggressive riding, race attack stance with a dropped back, relaxed collar opening and the RSD race hump. It wears small so upsizing is strongly recommended. Sizes: S - XXXL Colors: Black, Timber Price: $750.00 Contact: http://rolandsands.com HINDLE EXHAUST • MEGAPHONE EXHAUST FOR THE KAWASAKI Z125
Available in both polished and black ceramic, the Hindle megaphone exhaust system shaves almost five pounds off the bike, compared to the OEM set up. Improve performance and gain a richer sound for your Z125. Colors: Polished, Black Ceramic Price: $299.99 - $359.99 Contact: http://woodcraft-cfm.com
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THE NEW ISH: FEATURED ITEM CARDO â€˘ SCALA RIDER PACKTALK DUO SET
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STAFF STUFF ARAI HELMETS • CORSAIR-X John Lawless It’s amazing how a new helmet can enhance your riding experience for a racing motorcyclist. My newest helmet, the Arai Corsair-X delivered a notably quieter and more comfortable fit than my previous Arai Vector 2 by a significant margin. As a longtime rider in the AHRMA Series (American Historic Racing Motorcyclist Association), we’re required to update our lids every few years, so I’ve worn a number of good helmets, but the latest from Arai really is the best I’ve worn for several reasons. Racing at speed is where the superior build quality of the Corsair-X shines. Its clever, egg-like shape, longer rather than wider, makes it not only quieter, but safer in the event of an impact. The hand-made fiberglass construction is made by just 15 certified helmet technicians who work for Arai, so quality control is top not notch, too. As it’s primarily designed for racing position on a sport bike, the vent system increases airflow while reducing turbulence, too. The seven 120 | SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM
frontal vents, combined with two brow vents really made the difference on a hot day. The internal exhaust venting system draws hot air from inside the helmet adds to your comfort as well. Speaking of comfort, the quality and feel of the interior shell is one area where Arai has always felt better than competing highend helmets. The Eco Pure interior pads are easily adjustable for customizing the fit and removable for cleaning, too. Lastly, the simplicity of the thumb latch for opening the visor is exceptional. No more fumbling for the visor edge to adjust when your gloves are on.
So, there it is, quality, comfort, performance and great style. The DOT /Snell approved Arai Corsair-X really does offer a premium wearing experience at a reasonable starting price of $819. There are many helmets that cost less, but this product delivers race-proven technology and exceptional fit. Do yourself a favor, get fitted by an Arai helmet expert and youâ€™ll enjoy the satisfaction that comes from wearing the best helmet money can buy. https://araiamericas.com Rating: 6 (out of 6) SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 121