August, 2011 - Level Five Graphics

August, 2011 - Level Five Graphics

News, Clues & Rumors

Volume XXVIII, Issue 8

Publication Date: August 18, 2011

On The Cover:

(L to R) Maggie Caridi, Brett Meleg, Aleks

Grippo, Annette Christman and Joanne Donn

celebrate the squeeky, sexy goodness that is

motorcycle leather. So they shake it, shake it,

but don’t break it for the not-so-long but ohso-wide

lens of CityBike’s own Bob Stokstad.


NCR .............................. 3

New Stuff .......................... 8

Events. ........................... 10

California Superbike School in Utah ... 12

Scala G4 Headset .................. 14

Bay Area Leather Guide ............. 15

2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600/750. .......... 18

2011 Pikes Peak Hill Climb .......... 21

Ed Hertfelder ...................... 23

Maynard Hershon. .................. 24

Dr Gregory W Frazier ................ 25

Tankslappers ...................... 26

Marketplace ...................... 27

Classifieds ........................ 28

AFM: Super Dinosaur .............. 30

Lost Sock Directory ................ 33

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Senior Editor: .......... Robert Stokstad

Contributing Editor: .......... John Joss

Chief of the World Adventure

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Staff Photographers:

— Robert Stokstad

— Gary Rather

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Brenda Bates, Dan Baizer,

Craig Bessenger, John Bishop,

Joanne Donn, John D’India (RIP),

Mike Felder, Dr. Gregory Frazier,

Will Guyan, Joe Glydon (RIP),

Brian Halton, David Hough,

Maynard Hershon, Ed Hertfelder,

Harry Hoffman, Otto Hofmann, Jon Jensen,

David Lander, Lucien Lewis,

Ed Milich, Patrick Moriarty, Larry Orlick,

Jason Potts, Bob Pushwa, Gary Rather,

Curt Relick, Charlie Rauseo, Mike Solis,

Ivan Thelin, James Thurber, Adam Wade.

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April issue, you know.


Tudor Amza, Jeff Young and Simone

Morellato further soften their brains

during a riding break just south of Tomales.

Photo taken by Bruce Smith, and he gets a

free T-Shirt, too...submit your pandering

photos to


Send us pictures of you wearing your

CityBike T-Shirt! Said photos will go onto

our website (which is in the process of

overhaul-ment) so your friends and family

will see how goofy you look. Don’t have a

stylish, slimming Ride Fast Take Chances

CityBike T? Then send us $15 plus $4.95

shipping and we might mail you one (sizes

S-XXL). You can use Paypal:


From our friends at local racebike

engineering firm Double Dog Moto:

The Dogs need your help! Double Dog

Moto has prototyped its new Stealth

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muffler. DD has patents pending on this

unique new can, built in a sandwich

method, with outer skins and inner baffles

pressed in a low profile, sealed along the

seams. A compact 10” by 10” by 2” thick, it

weighs under 2 pounds (with carbon fiber

outer shells) to help shift weight down and

forward, tucks neatly under belly or under

tail, safely away from road/track rash, and

helps split sound out of its dual exits, one

each side of the bike.

So what’s the dilemma? DD has access to

some bikes, but knows that this compact

little can will fit many new model bikes

with space under the belly where many now

mount a large catalytic converter or premuffler/cat.

DD just needs the right bikes

to fit their joiner pipes to go from current

stock or aftermarket headers to their

Stealth can (and work out bracketry). Many

bikes could fit the Stealth, but Double Dog

wants to look first at select current models:

GSX-R600/750/1000, ZX-10R, R6,

CBR600/1000, Daytona 675, then more

models later.

So, Double Dog Moto is offering

anyone who can loan one of these

bikes for a week a 50-percent-off

voucher for the first production

run of the new Stealth can, with

applicable transition pipe and

hardware. That should get you this

bit of high techery for under $500

for the carbon version. Donors will

also get a case of Racer 821 Pale Ale

and a free dyno printout, comparing

their current system to the Stealth

(DD has its own state-of-the-art

Superflow dyno). Just drop off your

bike at their SoMa R&D shop. The

DD staff swear on their Mothers

they will not ride the donor bikes…


Call DD at 877/DOG MOTO or

email them:

MELEE 2011

News, Clues would like to string

together a few loose ideas that

are not really connected until

you stop and think about them, and our

participation in the 2011 MotoMeLee

prompted some thought while on the

road, watching others do what we so enjoy

doing ourselves. For the second year in a

row, we’ve donated the company truck/

trailer as a broom wagon for the Moto

MeLee. Regular readers will recognize this

event as an 800-plus mile, three-day road


that’s open to 1970 and earlier

motorcycles. It’s been going on for years,

and we’re committed to supporting people

who are out and

Doing Things

in our Northern



Anyway, while

bouncing along

on the back roads

north of where

you probably are

when you read

this, the bigger

picture became a

little clearer and

in focus. What

Are We Doing

Here? What IS

this existence all

about? Sitting

in a large truck

picking up dead


and grateful riders for three days was

entertaining in its own way, but what was

especially important was the realization

that we live in such a special place, with so

many interesting and special people.

CityBike owes its existence to the people

who read and put up with us, to its

advertisers, and to the special experience

that is living in this special region of

the planet. One that’s suited to riding

motorcycles year round. Year round, on

much higher-than-average quality roads,

and this has bred a larger-than-average

population of people who are rewarded

for their investment in learning how to

operate a motorcycle. Once again, we

encourage you, our reader, to go out

and DO something, preferably new and

unusual (to you).

Bikes that were made prior to 1970 were

built for a different world. No giant sticky

tires, no super-smooth roads for them.

No, they had skinny tires, frequently the

size of one’s upper arm, and not one’s

thigh. They are generally lighter in weight,

and have less sophisticated suspensions

and drivetrains, lower speeds, brakes

that require forethought, and tires that

ultimately don’t really care what surface

you’re riding on (as much).

The star of this year’s event was the second

day’s course, which wound from Red Bluff

to Fort Bragg, past a picturesque lake, up

the back side of a mountain range, and

down into hidden valleys fragrant with

the smell of Northern California’s illicit

happy crop. These were the back roads

that one dreams of but never really seems

to get to in a day-long ride that originates

where most people in the populated area

near the S.F. Bay live. Roads that are not

so much about smooth pavement as they

are about adventure, new vistas, and the

unknown. The unknown frequently being

dirt sections that while passable, do require

a certain mental focus.

There are two sorts of people that seem to

turn up - those that get a good meal and

get off to bed early, and then there are the

ones who like to stay up a little later. The

“later” folks seem especially fond of pranks

on the second night, and this year’s variety

included a holy circle of black BMWs

encircling a white /2 that was set atop

an altar of white hotel towels (see photo

page 3). The great un-noticed act was the

sacrifice of an entire bag of snack food that

went into most participants’ exhaust pipes,

which resulted in bikes being started and

anyone behind them getting pelted with

flying orange cheese puffs.

Midway through the third day, we stopped

to re-cinch a bike that had shifted in its

straps on a lonely dirt section at the bottom

of a nice 100-yard uphill turn. News, Clues

was standing in the bed, when the growl of

a British Twin was heard before the bike

was seen. The rider came flying around the

paved corner and straightened his bike out.

We watched as the bike got light in its shoes

as the road dropped, and then compressed

its suspension as the road angled up

rather sharply. The rider, still going fulltilt,

wound up applying significant body

English as the rear squirmed around in

the marbles of loose gravel as he kept the

throttle open and disappeared over the

crest and out of sight.

This is the Moto MeLee. We encourage the

owner/operator of such machines to send

in an application next year—there really

is nothing else like it. Motorcycles were

meant to be ridden, and we’re all going to

die soon, so don’t put it off—get in there.

The rest of the planet can only dream about

having these sorts of things available to

them, which makes us lucky indeed.


Triple-cylinder middleweight sportbike

fans will soon have a choice beyond the

Triumph Daytona 675 or breaking into

Don Lemelin’s garage and “borrowing” his

Laverda. MV Agusta will soon be bringing

the all-new F3 675 Triple stateside. We

told you about it in these page previously,

but expect it to be a little faster and lighter

than the Triumph, as well as having handbuilt

exclusivity and maybe slightly better


But it may not be that much more

expensive. MV Agusta has announced

pricing at 11,990 Euros—that’s about

$17,000 in real money, which sounds

like real money. But don’t panic; the

Triumph 675 is priced at 11,490 Euros in

Germany and 11,590 in France. A Honda

CBR600RR goes for 11,790 Euros in

Deutschland. The message sent by MV

is clear—the F3 is meant to be a massmarket

bike, priced right

around what you’d pay

for a more pedestrian

machine from one of

the other European or

Japanese manufacturers.

For the snobs who

demand more

exclusivity—or racers

who need the higherspec


there’s a “Serie Oro” that

will be custom-built to

each customer’s specs,

with the full Öhlins/

forged wheel/Brembo

monobloc treatment for

north of 20,000 euros.

As of presstime, we still don’t know when

the F3 will make it Stateside, or how it will

be priced. We’re guessing within $1000 of

the $10,999 Daytona 675.

NUDA 900

We told you a bit about BMW/Husqvarna’s

new 900cc Twin powerplant and some of

the bikes it might appear in. Meet the first

one, the Nuda 900. It’s a seiously minimal

motorcycle, with a trellis frame, underseat

fuel tank (we think) and a pumped-up

motor that generates over 100 horsepower

and 73 ft.-lbs. of torque while weighing

in under 385 (wet or

dry, we don’t know). An

aluminum swingarm,

race-spec Brembo

monobloc brakes, Öhlins

shock and 48mm Sach

front fork round out

the package. Word is

this model will be in

showrooms before the

end of 2011—will we

see it here? We can only




We’ve always thought

the IRS gives its tax forms better

names than the Bolognese give their

motorcycles—“916” or “1098” don’t

convey the beauty, performance and

exquisite design of those models. And

they’re running out of numbers; will they

have to get into decimals as they bump

up against the 1200cc limit for World

Superbike V-Twins? Motociclismo has

claimed Ducati’s new superbike bike will

Photo: Motorcycle News

be called the Xtreme, (taaaacky!) but

England’s Motorcycle News says its sources

say otherwise—expect it to be called the

1199. Let’s hope they’re right

But who cares about that—are we ready

to ditch our beloved, beautiful, feedbacksinging

steel frames? It’s no secret Ducati

has been working on an ultra-light

carbon-fiber or aluminum monocoque

chassis, eliminating 10 or 20 pounds and

improving handling. Expect a lengthened

swingarm for improved traction and a

shorter wheelbase.

The motor will be a similar departure for

the brand. To give a shorter wheelbase,

the motor is expected to be a short-stroke

screamer dubbed the “Superquadratta.”

Website Ducati News Today says the mill

will use gear-driven cams (buh-bye to new

rubber bands every 15,000 miles!) and use

massively oversquare dimensions of 112 by

60.6mm. Expect it to make 20 more hp and

weigh 20 pounds less. Expect the new bike

to weigh in somewhere around 370 to 380

pounds gassed up and make around 175 hp

at the wheel.

Expect the full fog-machines-and-dancinggirls

treatment in just a few months at the

Milan EICMA show, and probably a few

more “accidental” leaks from the factory,

just to keep the 1199 fresh in our minds.


“News on the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650,

from our friends at

When we woke up this morning here on

the West Coast, we started to receive email

from readers alerting us to the fact that

the new Suzuki V-Strom (carefully teased

by the manufacturer over the last several

weeks) had been fully revealed on a Suzuki

web site. We had a link to full specifications

and pictures (although the pictures

are hardly larger than thumbnails). The

pictures and specs have spread like wildfire.

So what is new? The engine is the same

displacement, although in a slightly

different tune. The suspension pieces

appear to be largely unchanged, and the

claimed weight has dropped by 13 pounds.

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In many ways,

this appears

to be the same

old V-Strom

650 with new

plastic and


The bodywork

does look much

better (in our

opinion), and

it is apparently


including a slightly smaller fuel tank (down

two liters or roughly 1/2 U.S. gallon).

Suzuki says it put great effort into designing

the three-way adjustable windscreen, and

there is some useful information provided

by a new instrumentation panel. Wheel

sizes appear to be the same, including 17″

rear and 19″ front.”

Other changes include new venting, a new

luggage rack, a new leather-look seat with

red highlights and a new radiator. The

instruments get more gadgety, with an

ambient temperature gauge (with a “road

freeze” warning) and handlebar switches

to scroll through the instrument functions.

Still no word on USA availability and

pricing (expect a small price bump over the

2011’s $8099 pricetag), or if the 1000 will

get a similar makeover.


Don’t you dare miss the Sacramento Mile

this year! On July 30 th , that event returns

to the Cal Expo facilities in Sacramento

(exit Exposition Blvd. from I-80) for

the first time back in a decade, and it

should be a good show. Chris Carr, a flattrack

institution with 78 wins and nine

Sacramento mile wins will be racing his

final Sacramento mile race.

But don’t come just for that. Flat-track

bikes from almost every manufacturer will

be battling it out at 130 mph, and this kind

of racing—the original form of American

moto-competition—is always fast and

close. Plus, your admission ticket gets you

into the California State Fair, so you can

make a day of it. Racing starts at 7:00 pm.

Get your tickets at, or

call 800/225-2277.


Heading to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca?

Oh, we think you should. Since just seeing

some of the best racing in the world isn’t

enough to get you off the couch, there are

numerous activites to tempt you being

added all the time.

In the Yamaha Marketplace, there’s a

lot going on. In addition to displays of

Yamaha products, there will be a custom

bike show, a riding area for little kids on

TT-R50s, racer autograph and Q-and-A

sessions, a rock concert on Saturday night

with The Dirty Heads and a massive XDL

freestyle moto-stunt show. Outside the

Yamaha area, there will be a bicycle race on

Wednesday evening, a push-scooter race

for tots and tykes, and lots more.

And how are you getting there, anyway?

Why not take a chopper? We don’t mean

a lengthened-and-lowered hog with a

hardtail and drag pipes. We mean an

actual helicopter. That’s right, Specialized

Helicopters is offering one-way rides

to the track from SFO, Oakland or San

Jose airports for rates as low as $69 per

head. Worth it to be able to laugh at all

the suckers stuck in that three-hour

clusterflock getting out of the park after the

races as you fly overhead, martini in hand.

Call Specialized at 831/763-2244 or go to for the full 411.


Although we like getting the counter space

the departure of Cycle News has freed

up, one thing we miss about the print

edition is the classified ad section. Well,

now they’re back...sort of. With the help of

online classifieds, you can

now browse ads for racebikes, dirtbikes,

industry employment, etc. The listings are

updated constantly and are free to both

read and post. Go on over to cyclenews.

com to check it out.


Kudos to our friend and CityBike

contributor Will Guyan and his crew at the

BMW Rider’s Association rag On the Level.

Will’s mag was tapped by BMW to produce

a special edition of OTL celebrating

BMW”s S1000RR superbike. It’s a hell

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of a thing, too,

with 98 pages of

full-cover, glossypaged


discussing all

thing Bavarian


racing, tuning,



traveling, racing

schools, and on and

on. The magazine

has been mailed

to 12,000 BMW

RA members,


owners and other

interested parties.

The Ultimate Sport-Urban-Adventure-Tourer

150 horsepower

15,000 mile service intervals

Traction Control

Plus available ABS

Electronic Suspension

Luggage System





Since we’re on the

subject of pimping

Other People’s


we should give a

mention to the Iron

Butt Association’s

new quarterly

magazine. The issue

we received is a

well-written, edited

and art-directed

84 pages of glossy

color. Yowza!

It’s packed with interesting stuff from

Iron Butt members and contributors

including Cycle World illustrator Hector

Cademartori, CityBike contributor and

riding-tips-diva (or is it devo?) David

Hough as well as long-distance gurus

Ron Ayres, Mike Kneebone and Bob

Higdon. Great reading, even if your idea

of a long-distance ride is less than half a

state. Subscriptions are $20 a year; go to or call 703/403-9541.




When I trained to be an MSF

RiderCoach two years ago, I never

thought the worst part of the job

would be sore feet. But now, 1800 or so

students later, my dogs are barking big

time. Just thinking about those 12-hour

days standing in a parking lot wearing

motorcycle boots makes my tootsies tingle.

Luckily, I know a guy who knows a guy,

and that guy sent me a pair of RS Taichi’s

Delta riding shoes. Does the brand ring

a bell? That’s because RS Taichi is one of

Japan’s premier lines of riding gear, around

since 1976 and now available in the USA

thanks to importers Moto Liberty.

The Delta is clearly not intended for heavyduty,

high-speed use, but rather as a casual

riding shoe when the rider needs to spend

more time off the bike than on it. So it’s

made out of soft, comfortable material;

polyester mesh, cowhide, nylon, secured to

a Vibram sole. Protective features include

PVC panels over impact and shifter areas

and a Velcro strap to secure the extra-wide

laces. To keep your feet cool, the shoe uses

a big intake panel over the toes (covered

with tough-looking steel mesh) and air

channels in the insoles.

My white-and-blue pair felt good right out

of the box. They’re about as light and comfy

as a pair of running shoes, and stylish in a

Japanese disco-pop sort of way. The wide

opening makes them easy to put on (my

gripe about Shift sneakers is they are hard

to don and doff), and the Velcro and wide

laces secure them tightly to your foot. They

go nicely with jeans as casual

footwear and don’t

really look that


and the ventilation makes you

practically feel like you’re wearing

sandals. Off the bike, they’re

pretty much just another pair of

comfy shoes. Even after six hours

walking on pavement my feet were

still not yet aching.

The main drawback I can see for

these shoes is durability. They

are well made for Chinese-made

products, but after just a couple

of days on the range, signs of

wear are appearing—I probably

wouldn’t opt for the white, but

luckily there are six other colors you can

pick. They are also not the most protective

footwear you can get, although they

are probably much better than regular


The Delta shoe retails for $140. Not cheap,

but not a bad value, either. I like mine

enough to probably wear them out. Bay

Area RS Taichi dealers include Scuderia in

S.F., or call Moto Liberty at 972/243-6878.

—Gabe Ets-Hokin


With this new idea from Rising Sun

Cycles. It’s the Q1000eX GPS lap timer.

It uses GPS technology to keep track of

your laptimes, without relying on an IR or

other base unit. That means you put it in

your leathers or somewhere on your bike

(it’s smaller than a cell phone) and go ride.

When you get back, plug it into your laptop

and download your times and other data,

including braking and accelerating forces.

The included software lets you overlay your

data with a map or video so you can really

see how bad you suck.

“suspension reactive loading” that brings

the bed of the trailer down lower during

loading, and a wide, folding loading ramp

makes it even easier for a single person to

load and unload his or her bike. It can carry

1000 pounds, weighs just 350 pounds and

is made in the USA. Of course, it folds up

to occupy a 72-inch by 27-inch spot in your

garage. It’s $2595—find out more by going

to or calling



Leave it to our friends at Laminar

Industries to make a good thing better.

They say their latest LIP for the Triumph

Tiger 800 and 800 XC “reduces wind

noise and buffeting, making the ride

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quieter and more comfortable.” It sticks

on with adhesive and requires no tools or

drilling. We’ve tried Laminar products

and are very impressed at how well an

$84 product can improve aerodynamics.

Call them at 714/540-8006 or head to to find out what they

make for your bike.

Always wear a helmet, eye protection, and protective clothing.

Please respect the environment, obey the law, and read your owner's manual thoroughly.

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On the motorcycle,

they work well. They are flexible enough

to make shifting and braking easy, and

slim enough to fit under the shifter easily



Folding trailers are a great solution

for those of us with no pickup truck and

limited space for a trailer. And when

it comes to folding trailers, Kendon is

probably the best-known name. But up till

now, it’s only offered larger, dual-rail units.

What’s a lone wolf to do?

Meet the Ride-Up single trailer.

It’s designed with something called


Salvaged & New Parts!

Tue–Fri 10–6 Sat 9–5

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First Monday of each month

August 1 st , September 5 th :

2:30 – 10:00 pm: Northern California

Ducati Bike Nights at Benissimo (one

of Marin’s finest Italian Restaurants),

18 Tamalpias Dr, Corte Madera.

6:00 pm: American Sport Bike Night

at Dick’s Restaurant and Cocktails, 3188

Alvarado Street, San Leandro. Bring your

Buell and hang out with like-minded

riders. All brands welcome! Our meeting

of Buell and Motorcycle enthusiasts

has been happening the first Monday of

the month for the last 12 years, without

ever missing a meeting. We have had

many local and national celebrities

from the Motorcycle world grace our

meetings. It has been fun and exciting.

6:00 pm: California (Northern, East Bay)

NORCAL Guzzi Bike Night at Applebee’s

at McCarthy Ranch Mall, off 880, in

Milpitas, California. All MGNOC members,

interested Guzzi riders, and all other

motorcycle riders always welcome. More

information, contact Pierre at: 408/710-

4886 or

Third Monday of each month

August 22 nd , September 19 th :

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm: East Bay Ducati

Bike Night at Pizza Antica (3600 Mount

Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 925/299-0500)

Bike parking on the street right in front of

the restaurant, indoor and heated outdoor

seating, excellent wine list. All moto

brands welcome. Bring your appetite and

a smile, be prepared to make new friends.

Third Sunday of each month

August 21 st , September 18 th :

9:00 am: California (Northern)

Moto Guzzi National Owners Club

(MGNOC) breakfast at Putah Creek

Cafe in picturesque Winters, California

(Highways 505/128) MGNOC members

and interested Guzzi riders meet for

breakfast and a good time. The Putah

Creek Cafe is located at Railroad

Avenue. More information contact:

Northern California MGNOC Rep,

Don Van Zandt at 707-557-5199.

Third Sunday of each month

August 21 st , September 18 th

Moto-Sketch at Tosca Cafe: come

and sketch a live model draped over a

custom bike. $7 to sketch, free to just

watch. Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave.

in S.F.

First Saturdays of each month

August 6 th , September 3 rd

Mission Motorcycles (6292 Mission

St. Daly City, missionmotorcycles.

com 650/992-1234) has Brown

Bag Saturdays: 15% off all parts and

accessories you can stuff into a brown

paper sack.

Friday, July 22 nd —

Sunday, July 24 th

Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and AMA

Superbike Racing

Come out to Mazda Raceway Laguna

Seca for MotoGP and AMA Superbike

racing. Tickets start at $30—buy them

online at or drop by

the D-Store San Francisco (131 South

Van Ness, 415/626-5478) or Mission

Motorcycles (6292 Mission St. Daly

City, 650/992-


Saturday, July 23 rd & Sunday July 24 th

AHRMA NorthWest MotoCross at

the Stornetta Farm (11 miles north of

Point Arena—look for the signs just past

the Irish Beach vista point.)

Participants and Spectators alike will

all enjoy this inaugural AHRMA event,

held 11 miles north of Point Arena,

overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Saturday: Powroll/Redwood

Engineering Trails. Sign up 10:00 AM.

Trails begin 12:00 noon.

Sunday: Cycle Gear NorthWest Regional

Vintage Moto-Cross Series

Sign up 7:00 AM.

Contact Rob and Debbie Poole at


or Dick Mann (yes, that Dick Mann) at

775/265-4904 for more information.

Saturday, July 23

11:00 am-2:00 pm: Free Lunch Sale at Just

Leather, (2370 Stevens Creek Blvd., San

Jose, 408/286-3450 Free

barbeque, beverages and big savings on

jackets, chaps, vests, saddlebags and more.

Saturday, July 30

7:00 pm: Sacramento Mile Returns! It

has been over a decade since Sacramento

race fans have witnessed the non-stop

action packed racing of AMA Pro Flat

Track. Featuring the nation’s top twowheeled

flat track riders, fans will be

treated to an unmatched spectacle as

riders fly down the Sacramento Mile, pitch

their bikes sideways and slide through the

turns. There is no such thing as pacing in

this type of is all or nothing.with

only one rider emerging as the winner.

Not only will this race pit rider against

rider, but it will also pit machine against

machine. Harley Davidson, Honda,

Aprilia, BMW, Buell, Ducati, Kawasaki,

KTM, Suzuki,Triumph and Yamaha all

offer AMA approved models.

Gates open at 1:30 pm. Riders will

run practice in the afternoon with

open ceremonies taking place at 6:30

pm. Racing begins at 7:00 pm. A

special autograph session will be held

immediately following the last practice.

Fans can meet their favorite riders, take

pictures and get autographs.

Tickets are available on line at boxoffice@ or call the Cal Expo Box

Office at 916/263-3295.

Sunday, August 14

Beer:30 till when the cops come:

Dirtbag Challenge! It is on. Go to to find out how

to enter. End of Quesada Ave Saturday,

August 20 th and

Sunday, August 21 st

AFM Club Road Racing at

Thunderchill Raceway (5250 Hwy 162,

Willows, CA, 800/870-RACE or go to

See the fastest club racers on every kind

of sportbike and racebike imaginable,

from 200-horsepower superbikes to

hand-built formula two-strokes and

Singles battle it out for trophies and

cash prizes.

Saturday, August

20 th AFM Club

Road Racing at


Raceway (5250 Hwy

162, Willows, CA,

800/870-RACE or

go to

Saturday, August

20 th

Noon to 5:00

pm: Curve Unit

M/C presents

its 8th Annual

BBQ benefiting

the Pediatric

Brain Tumor

Foundation. Your

$20 donation includes Kinder’s BBQ ,

parking, refreshments, and dancing with

music by Spin Dizzy. Raffle prizes include

ZoomZoom Trackdays, Baxley Chocks,

MJ Moto tire warmers, Logitech gadgets,

$100 gift certificates to a ton of moto sites

& shops, helmets, jackets, gloves, and the

list goes on! Joseph D. Grant Park, 18405

Mt. Hamilton Rd., San Jose. For info

contact Amy Snyder at 209/602-5168

9:00 am-5:00 pm: Concorso Italiano

Italian Car and Motorcycle Show

Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, 10520 York

Road, Monterey 425/742-0632, concorso.

com. See up to 1200 Italian cars,

motorcycles and boats. Italian fashion,

food, music and more. Tickets are $125,

proceeds help support Monterey schools

and other programs.

9:00 am: SFMC AMA Ride through the


The San Francisco Motorcycle Club will

be holding its AMA District 36 Ride

through the Redwoods Saturday, August

20th to Apple Jack’s Inn in La Honda.

Arrive at the SFMC clubhouse at

Folsom and 18th streets around 9:00

a.m. for signups. Rides leave around 10

a.m. $10 gets you signed in for a ride pin

and possible door prizes. Another $10

gets you BBQ at Apple Jack’s. 21 and

older only.

Sunday, August 28 th

Ride the Redwood Highway with

author Ted Simon as he celebrates the

creation of the Ted Simon foundation.

The foundation supports long-distance

motorcycle adventurers interested in

developing “their observations and

insights into something of value for the

rest of the world to share.” Chat with

Ted and enjoy a beautiful ride.

Ride will leave from Benbow and wind

up in Simon’s hometown of Covelo.

For details, and to sign up, please go to or email

Saturday, September 3 rd and

Sunday, September 4 th

Lee Parks Total Control Training

Lee Parks brings his advanced rider

training to San Mateo. Lee’s class fills

the gap between the MSF BRC/ERC

and a racetrack school. Hone your skills!

Sunday is a Skills Practice day with Lee

hisself. More info: totalcontroltraining.

net or call 800/943-5638.

Saturday, September 10 th and

Sunday, September 11 th

AFM Club Road Racing at Thunderchill

Raceway (5250 Hwy 162, Willows, CA,

800/870-RACE or go to

See the fastest club racers on every kind of

sportbike and racebike imaginable, from

200-horsepower superbikes to hand-built

formula two-strokes and Singles battle it

out for trophies and cash prizes.

Saturday, August 20 AFM Club Road

Racing at Thunderchill Raceway (5250

Hwy 162, Willows, CA, 800/870-RACE

or go to

Saturday, October 1 st and

Sunday, October 2 nd

AFM Club Road Racing at Thunderchill

Raceway (5250 Hwy 162, Willows, CA,

800/870-RACE or go to

See the fastest club racers on every kind

of sportbike and racebike imaginable,

from 200-horsepower

superbikes to hand-built

formula two-strokes and

Singles battle it out for

trophies and cash prizes.

Saturday, August 20

AFM Club Road Racing

at Thunderchill Raceway

(5250 Hwy 162, Willows,

CA, 800/870-RACE or

go to

Lee Parks Total Control


Saturday, October 1 st

and Sunday, October

2 nd

Lee Parks (in person)

brings his advanced rider training

(again) to San Mateo. Lee’s class fills

the gap between the MSF BRC/ERC

and a racetrack school. Hone your skills!

Sunday is a Skills Practice day. More info: or

call 800/943-5638.

Sunday, October 2 nd to

Wednesday, October 5 th

Multi-day event: Giro D’California VII

“The Giro d’California is a touring

and regularity event for 1957 and older

Italian motorcycles up to 175cc. It’s a

retrospective tribute to the Giro d’Italia

Motociclistico (a.k.a. Motogiro), Italy’s

premier long distance motorcycle road

race of the 1950’s.

“The Giro d’California celebrates the

machines and riders from the golden era

of the Motogiro, 1953-57. During this

period the Motogiro was organized and

promoted by the Italian sports newspaper

Stadio. During the Stadio years over 50

Italian motorcycle manufacturers fielded

“protagonisti” in the Motogiro.” Location

of this event has yet to be announced—

go to to request an

entry form or email

Sunday, October 9 th

10:00 am-5:00 pm: LaDucati Day

The 8 th annual fundraising event in La

Honda, California. Events of the day will


• Riders for Health Auction

• Ducati Vintage Club sponsored

Concorso Ducati

• Motion Pro sponsored Ducati Garage

Challenge and Slow Ride Competition

• Leo Vince USA Sponsored Ducati

Music Challenge

• Lindemann Engineering Sponsored

Sportbike Suspension Setup Clinic

• Vendor court, food, raffles and more.

Free event admission. All proceeds from

entry fees, Sportbike Suspension Setup

Clinic and raffles will benefit the La

Honda Fire Brigade. These good men and

women rescue crashed motorcyclists on

that side of the mountain, so helping them

helps the local motorcycle community.

For additional event information, go

to, or contact John

Clelland at

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California Superbike School in Utah

Story and Photos by Will Guyan

Not taking an opportunity to ride

the class-leading BMW Superbike

lightly, the trek to Miller Raceway

in Utah was undertaken with the gusto

only rabid track-day denizens would

understand. This picturesque venue is

one of the finest tracks in the USA, where

the only U.S. round of World Superbike is

held. The Keith Code California Superbike

School two-day experience, complete with

all gear and new S1000RR included, has

Bad things can happen

to good motorcyclists

If bad things happen when you’re on a motorcycle,

our legal system and the people in it aren’t always set

up to understand the difference between a

motorcyclist and everyone else.

I’m Scotty Storey and I ride motorcycles.

I know the obstacles motorcyclists face

when moving their claim or case

forward and I know how

to best overcome

those hurdles for

you to achieve

the best


for your


been on my bucket list for years. Carpe


Miller Raceway sits amidst snow-capped

peaks and vistas. The configuration used

has 14 challenging corners and is 2.2

miles—the course used in SBK is slightly

longer. Nine lefts and five rights, some

blind, make the lap times slightly under a

minute. The excitement doesn’t stop, eyes

Accidents, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Traffic Citations, License Issues:

We keep bad things from getting worse after the fact.

Call us when you need us.

We’re here 24 hours a day,

7 days a week to help you.

You will speak to a real live

attorney, not a call center.


Free legal seminars held weekly!

See our website for schedule and details.

Go see Code

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wide open, mouth breathing and body

moving around constantly. By the end

of the day, you’re shagged and ready for

ice-cold beer (readily available in nearby

The man explains the finer points of riding.

Salt Lake City, as is wonderful food and

accommodation.) All those rumors about

SLC being focused on the afterlife are just

fantasy; this is a place to enjoy yourself. It’s

also just a short drive

to the Bonneville Salt


Code’s operation

is impressive. Two

semi-trailers, two

dozen bikes, trackside

meals and marvelous

instructors await the

groups (levels I through

IV) with classroom

sessions and plenty of

track time. The wily

guru himself watches

over the scene as his


staff make your day

seamless. Nothing

is left to chance. It

all unfolds with the

precision of decades

of experience, and

thrills abound. His

staff mechanics keep

all machinery fettled

and gassed up as you

waste new, sticky

Dunlops over two

days on track. There’s

plenty of ride time as

each of several skills are

presented on track all

day long, followed up

by one-on-one sessions

with your personal

coach and more

classroom time. It’s a very well-organized

and comfortable scene, one that any skill

level will benefit from. Each of the tasks

taught and then tried on track accumulate

over the day, leaving you with skills never

before imagined. I’m talking knee-down,

in control, mouth breathing, adrenalinedrenched

motorized joy.

Code says BMW’s electronics-reined

superbike—The CSS replaced its

middleweight sportbikes with the

S1000RR last year—has reduced student

This photo is completely gratuitous, but are you complaining?

The CSS has a fleet of shiny new BMW S1000RRs for you to use and abuse.

crashing significantly. This is a machine

comfortable enough so that any rider

can experience the superbike world in a

safe, controlled, comfortable

environment thanks to BMW’s

partnership with California

Superbike Schools.

You’ll begin your day in

Rain mode, with “only”

150 horsepower on tap and

Dynamic Traction Control

watching your rear. You feel

secure that as your throttle

control is honed over two full

days to the point where you

can dial your exit speed from

each corner your rear will

stay planted. Trust me, unless

you’re a track day denizen

or a racer, the Rain mode is

sufficient to put your own rear

into seat pucker mode. Relax,

put the lessons into practice,

and enter a brand new world.

This is BMW’s intention, and a

brilliant plan it is.

Want one of these sexy,

affordable superbikes for your

own? The dealer demo ride

just doesn’t cut it for you, and

you want to experience the

handling in a real race track

corner? Go see Code. Not only CSS riding coach Jim Toohey realizing CityBike alum Steve Natt is probably unteachable.

will you have the opportunity

to fall in lust with this sharkgilled

superbike, you’ll begin to master it in

just a couple of days in a focused, enjoyable,

exciting environment. The ultimate presale

test ride.

BMW is a very smart, focused company. It

knew that making its hyperbike available

for demos on track would be a very good

thing for sales. BMW North America

marketing director Todd Andersen, in

deciding which track school to sponsor,

chose the one that approaches track riding

from a procedural, scientific and easyto-understand

point of view. Keith Code

and his staff know exactly what they’re

doing and what you need to master this


The day begins in a classroom with an

explanation of what lies ahead. Then the

bikes enter the track, and you ride in 4th

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gear only, using no

brakes, to get the feel of

the bike and the lay of

the track, all the while

watched over by on-bike

instructors who don’t

miss a trick. Tapping

their rear seat, riding in

front of each student,

they show you what to

do, then ride behind

you to make sure you

“get it.” Hand signals are

explained prior to each

exercise so all is clear.

Practice follows and

each corner is divided

into its component parts:

entry, apex, and exit.

Entry points are marked

on the track surface as

is the correct line. Soon

you’ve memorized the

track, and are running

the race line. Cool! The

lessons come easily, and

you feel comfortable and

never rushed as you begin the path to a

competent, superbike rider.

This superbike experience is for everybody

who’s ever wanted to try this amazing

world, where each corner becomes the

focus, the composite of all becomes the

timed lap, and all riders can feel the tilting

world of the racetrack. Code provides

the gear, the bike, the fuel, and new, very

sticky Dunlops. Your Level I day begins

with a steering drill, where countersteering

is fully explained, as is the fact that you

cannot ride a motorcycle without it. Period.

Throttle control is next, then turn points,

quick turning through the corner, rider

input (persuading your bike to cooperate

with you is a matter of technique, not the

expensive suspension or bling parts you

buy for it). Then, two-step turning, which

allows you to graduate to Level II skills and


Keith says, “riders tend to add lean angle

and throttle in the second half of turns.

This can be the result of a number of

different rider errors. The problem that

results is crashing. In fact, this is the most

common race track crash for newer riders

and track-day participants. This is a huge

safety point.” It’s liberating to learn where

to begin adding throttle in a corner.

Level II begins on day two

with the Lean Machine, and

the goal is to safely correct

and adjust your body position

while looking at some of

your visual skills. The clever

outriggers keep you on your

contact patches. This is a fun

drill, and is unique to the

CSS course. Finding track

Reference Points, Changing

lines, the Three Step method

of finding an accurate exit

point for the corner works

not only on track, but on

your sporting rides. Lastly,

the drill that’s the solution

to target fixation, Wide

View. This one takes some

practice. Next is Level III,

where you enter the world

of specialized machine

handling techniques.

It all comes together at

the end of each day with

free time on track, with

your instructor. Highly

recommended for all riders.

Code’s track school will

change your life.

Helmet Audio: Scala G4 Powerset

Bay Area Leather Guide

By Gabe Ets-Hokin

Some motorcyclists recoil at the

thought of listening to music or

talking on the phone while riding.

They are wise. Such distractions can have

much more serious repercussions than they

would in a car. If you are

in that group, I salute you.

The rest of us think

(maybe speciously) that

we can handle it. There

are several ways to do

this, but I like Bluetooth

headsets best because

you can easily switch

from bike to bike and

avoid the discomfort

and inconvenience of


I’ve tried half a dozen

headsets and they

all worked about the


That’s because I ride

a little faster than the

traffic flow and wear

earplugs, so most

Bluetooth systems sound like a tinny

murmuring in my ears at freeway speeds

unless I take the earplugs out and ride

under 60 mph. So the BT sets are of little

value unless I’m just running around town.

That’s what I was expecting when Cardo

Systems sent me its latest product, the

Scala Rider G4 Powerset. It’s an incredibly

powerful bit of hardware, as it incorporates

a Bluetooth radio, an FM radio and a twoway

intercom system. Included in the kit

are two headsets (paired at the factory),

all the mounting hardware you need,

instructions and two battery chargers. It’s

pretty light at just four ounces, and attaches

to your helmet in minutes. Battery life is a

claimed 13 hours of talk time and a week of

standby. It’s fully charged in three hours,

and you can use a cigarette lighter or USB

port to juice it up.

Once you have it mounted and charged,

you’ll discover a blizzard of functionality.

It paired quickly and easily with my

iPhone 4. The pre-paired units work as

soon as they sense

they’re in range of each

other, and the range

is impressive—Cardo

claims a full mile. An

auxiliary jack accepts

hard-wired devices, and

it will also pair with


devices like radar

detectors or GPS units.

You can even hold a

three-way conference

call with one person on

the phone and another

using a paired headset.

Or you can pair it to


more headsets for a

four-way conversation.

And get this—if you

see a cute girl (or guy)

ride by with a G4, you

can push a button and start talking to her

(or him). Everything mutes for phone or

intercom conversations.

But the best part of the G4 is its audio

capabilities. It’s equipped with automatic

gain control, voice activation and

outstanding noise cancellation so that

even with earplugs, at freeway speeds on

a naked bike, I could hear music, podcasts

and incoming phone calls with amazing

clarity. There’s a caveat to this: the slimfitting

speakers must be placed so their

centers are exactly over your ear canals, and

the microphone must be positioned right

in front of your lips. If you get it right it’s

like that scene in The Miracle Worker when

a young Helen Keller realizes that a whole

world is out there to explore.

It’s not perfect. Figuring out how to use

it is hard, the FM radio isn’t the best, and

I’ve had limited success with voice dialing

(“Call John Joss!” “Calling Bob Moss.” “No,

dammit! I said John Joss!” “Playing video

of Who’s the Boss.” “I will kill you!” “Calling

Ira Pillview”). But I’ve been able to conduct

phone conversations at high speeds, and

the callers actually don’t know I’m riding a

motorcycle. Cardo has a solid product here,

if a spendy one: the PowerSet is $490, and

the solo setup is $296. There is an adapter

kit for open-face helmets as well.

Whether or not you can survive distracted

riding (or driving), if you simply must stay

in touch, even when on the road, this is the

way to go.

For more info head to your local motorcycle dealer

or go to or call 800/488-0363.

By CityBike staff and Joanne Donn,

Photos by Bob Stokstad

Do you find yourself doing track

days more frequently than you

expected? Is that cheap, one-piece

suit you found on eBay not quite cutting it

on the track? Did you wreck your leathers...

again? It might be time for a new suit. With

all the different options available to you,

it can be difficult to sort through all the

personal recommendations and opinions

that you may be getting from your fellow

riders. Fortunately, if you live in the San

Francisco Bay Area you’re going to find

far more options than in other parts of the


So we’ve put together a leather gear guide

that will help you find the one or two-piece

suit that you’ve been seeking for so long.


These are a few shops that specialize in

high-performance, sport and touring

leather. Be prepared to pay more—a

lot more—than for a typical made-in-

China off-the-rack suit, but it will also fit

you perfectly and last as long as you do.

You’ll also find the level of protection and

durability of a custom suit far exceeds even

that of the most expensive off-the-rack

items. Starting to get it? Sure, you’ll pay

$1200-1500 or more for even a basic suit,

but it will last 10 years or more. Compare

that to what you’ll spend on cheap,

disposable gear in a decade and that seems

like a bargain.

Also, if you have an old suit that could

use some love, be sure to call one of these

places—all four do alteration and repairs

on most any brand.


1141 Old Bayshore Highway

San Jose


Specializes in: Custom one and

two-piece race-quality

grade leathers, gloves

Where to Get It

and body armor. Daytona motorcycle


Helimot is the result of a partnership

that began years ago between proprietors

Helmut Kluckner and Linda Key. Take a

walk around any racetrack in California

and you’ll notice that

it seems like half the

riders are wearing

Helimot leathers.

Helimot has created

a solid reputation

for creating some of

the best road racing

leathers for the local

racing community.

The distinctive


lettering right below

the waist on the

backside of every

one of the suits is

a dead giveaway

of where that suit

came from. If you

stop by Helimot

headquarters, ask

Helmut to take you donned Helimot hides.

on a factory tour,

where you’ll see a small team of petite,

hard-working Asian women sewing suits

like mad. Every suit is given exquisite

attention to detail, and the work that goes

into every custom suit is simply amazing.

Aside from the color concepts, Helimot

can create detailed lettering and logos to

make your suit unique. And the company

doesn’t just do one-piece suits—it will

create a one-of-a-kind two-piece suit for

you too.


Ets-Hokin has had a

Helimot suit for six

years. It’s


crashed—and repaired—twice, and it’s

still as comfy and protective as it was

back in 2005. Editor Joss’ slimming,

two-piece Helimot suit may have been in

use since the Eisenhower administration,

but the radiocarbon tests have so far been

inconclusive, as Joss

has never been seen

without it. We can

also recommend

Helimot’s gloves

and other gear—

it’s made in USA,

is priced better

than some madein-China


stuff, and

offers outstanding

protection and fit.

In addition to

custom leathers,

Helimot is the

North American

distributor of

Daytona boots,


Just one of the many A-list racers who’ve in Germany.

Daytona makes

one of the best

pairs of women’s

sport-touring boots, called the Ladystar

GTX. For those of us who are vertically

challenged you’ll find that these offer an

additional two inches of height in the heel.

Helimot also offer a full selection of race

and sport-touring Daytona boots for men.

Just Leather

2370 Stevens Creek Blvd.




From an



in San Jose, Mark and Tracy Mann carry

on the business Mark’s father started

44 years ago—making simple, basic

cruiser-oriented leather apparel. Mark has

a selection of reasonably priced off-therack

styles of jackets, vests and chaps,

but he’ll make anything you want for a

premium. He’ll even use armor to make

you something more sporty. And it’s all

made here in the Bay Area. Swing by and

check the store out—Tracy and Mark have

free coffee and sodas for visitors and there’s

a CityBike rack out front, too, in case you

need something to wrap fish in.

Johnson’s Leather

1833 Polk Street

San Francisco


Specializes in: Custom one and two-piece

leather motorcycle gear, including casual

styles. Distributor of Forcefield Body


Established in 1979, founder John Tam has

built a reputation among many California

law-enforcement departments. With classic

retro tailoring that never goes out of biker

style, Johnson’s is a favorite not only among

law enforcement departments, but riders

searching for that classic look.

Take a look at many of the riders in the

Bay Area, including clubs like the San

Francisco Motorcycle Club and Vampires

MC, and you’ll notice quite a bit of

Johnson Leathers being worn. But if you’re

into a more sporting look, not to worry—

Johnson can do any style you require,

from touring two-piece to racing onepiece.

Custom colors and materials, like

horsehide, are available. Editor Ets-Hokin

has a Johnson horsehide sportrider jacket

that he really loves—it’s light, yet fits and

looks good.

One thing that differentiates Johnson’s

from similar custom houses is the body

armor included with its motorcycle

jackets. It’s the real deal, the best CEapproved

armor you can get,

made by U.K. based company

Forcefield Body Armour

(Johnson is the USA

distributor of Forcefield).

Many leather houses

specializing in a casual

biker look don’t even

sew pockets that

allow you to

Vintage racers enjoy customized protection thanks to Zooni.

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add body armor, let alone sew top-of-theline

armor right into it.

It’s not just about looks anymore; you can

have that added layer of protection all while

giving your best Marlon Brando impression

when you pull up at your favorite biker hot

spot. Much like the Golden Gate Bridge

or Dirty Harry, Johnson Leathers is a San

Francisco motorcycling institution.



459 Leland Ave.

San Jose





in: fully



leather racing

suits. Zooni

offers the option

to customize

one of its own

templates or

create your own


suit. You can go

right to Zooni’s

website and start

customizing or

bring them your ideas for your dream suit.

An example of Johnson’s custom work.

Founder Juan Lindo came to California

from Columbia in the ‘80s, worked in the

leather industry for a while and started his

own shop in the early ‘90s. It’s clear that


Our replacement triple clamps

are stouter than a brick outhouse.

The added rigidity helps keep

your front wheel pointed where

you want it to go, increasing

directional stability.

Call for pricing & availability.

Proudly Made In USA

Nichols Manufacturing

913 Hanson Court

Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 945-0911

Juan takes great pride in the quality of his

work and tries to make every customer a

happy one by creating uniquely designed

suits that anyone would be proud to wear.

Juan prioritizes safety so much that he’s

developed a manufacturing technique to

keep the structural seams (the seams that

hold the suit together) from becoming

compromised in a crash. He even offers a

lifetime warranty on these seams. If you

order a suit from Juan, you’ll be measured

and fit by Juan himself.

He will also makes your suit faster than

anyone else in as little as 2-3 weeks, even

1 week (no rush charge) if you need it that


Off-the-Rack and

Two-Piece Options

Some Bay Area dealers carry a better-thanaverage

selection of off-the-rack leathers

for your next track day or street ride. You’ll

also find that these shops tend to have the

most variety of women’s leather (and textile

of course) gear available. Typically shops

tend to carry more textile inventory, so

good leather options are definitely few and

far between.

The sizes and styles will vary, so you’ll want

to call each shop to verify what they have

on hand. The brands listed for each dealer

represent which leather options are kept in


Editor’s Note: If we excluded your shop, it wasn’t

intentional! There are many shops in the Bay Area

and we don’t have the resources to do a complete

listing. We left out shops we felt had an average

selection of gear—if your inventory has changed let

us know and we’ll list you next month. Readers, be

sure to check with your local dealer and see what’s

on the racks or what they can get you. It’s expensive

to stock retail inventory, so reward your local shop

by buying there.

Cycle Gear

Various Bay Area locations:

see the website for a dealer locator.


Brands: Sedici, Bilt, Street and Steel,

Dainese, Alpinestars

Cycle Gear is a national chain,

headquartered in Benicia. In addition to

Alpinestars and Dainese, you’ll find three

house brands that have been recently added

to their stores called Sedici, Street and Steel

and Bilt. Their selection is larger online

than it is in the store, but they are willing to

order anything that they don’t carry in the

store for you to try on in person.

We have some skepticism about the Cycle

Gear house-brand apparel, but we’ve

heard some good feedback from riders

who have used Bilt and Sedici equipment.

Even if it’s not the best stuff you can get,

inexpensive gear is better than no gear, so

we commend Cycle Gear for getting gear

to a price point that encourages the

t-shirt-and-shorts crowd to buy something

a bit more protective.

Dainese D-Store San Francisco

131 South Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco


Brands: Dainese

The Dainese Store in San Francisco

lovingly refers to itself as the D-Store. Here

you’ll find the largest inventory in North

America of Dainese brand gear, as well as

the largest selection of Dainese women’s

gear. For an additional fee, Dainese can

also provide custom-fit versions of some of

its suits .

When it comes to sport leathers, Dainese

has a very broad selection of one and

two-piece suits for men and women. When

Dainese decided to open flagship stores

in the US, it knew that San Francisco was

the place to be. And not only does Dainese

make apparel and safety accessories for

motorcyclists/scooterists, but it also

offers apparel for cycling and snowsports


If you’re a fan of Motorcycle Grand Prix

Racing (March – November), then drop

by and watch the races on the array of flat

screen TVs. Subscribe to the D-Store’s

newsletter or “like” its Facebook page to

stay informed.


926 Broadway

Redwood City


Brands: Alpinestars, Gimoto (pro racing),


MotoStrano specializes in supermoto gear

and accessories and are also the exclusive

importer of an Italian brand called

Gimoto. In addition to off-the-rack sizing,

the suits are available in custom color

configurations, sizing and sponsor/logos/

graphics for racing. Gimoto offers women’s

one-piece suits as well.


2897 Monterey Highway

San Jose


Brands: Alpinestars, Dainese, REV’IT,

FirstGear, ICON, Scorpion

Something for the Ladies

Ladies, we haven’t forgotten about you. It

can be extremely difficult to find a great

one or two-piece suit off the rack that fits

great, agrees with your aesthetic choices

and works well on the motorcycle.

In my experiences traveling with the

Progressive International Motorcycle

Shows last winter I found that when it

comes to women’s gear finding a dealer

with full size runs is extremely rare.

Unfortunately there are several reasons

for this. First, although the number of

women riders are on the rise (15-20

percent of the riding population), the

total percentage is not large enough to

convince many manufacturers to bring

gear into the U.S. market. The number

of women within that percentage who

are actually buying and wearing gear

is even smaller, which is a challenge for

small businesses who can’t afford to have

thousands of dollars of gear inventory

sitting in their dealerships.

The economy hasn’t been very friendly

to dealers either. How many times have

you price shopped online for a jacket

or helmet or any piece of gear that you

saw in person at a dealer? That action

alone has cost many shops (most of

whom are small business owners) to go

out of business. If you take a look at the

list below, every single shop (except for

Cycle Gear) is a small business and relies

on its motorcycle community to shop

locally. The one thing the Internet will

never be able to do for you as a customer

is give you a one-on-one shopping

experience so you can try on multiple

items and help you understand what fits

and what doesn’t.

Motorcycling can be an expensive hobby.

When you buy gear, you actually need

to invest quite a bit of money to get good

gear. Sure, you can spend $50 on a helmet,

$25 on gloves, and $25 on boots—but

is that adequate to truly save your body

parts in an accident? I personally don’t

think so, and believe you get what you

pay for with gear. To get a decent outfit,

head to toe (full face helmet, gloves,

jacket, pants, boots), you’re looking at

$600-$800 even if you don’t go with full

leathers. So now we’re looking at $1000

or more just for a two-piece leather outfit

aside from the peripherals. It’s a large

investment and some people simply can’t

make that right now.

Another hurdle for many dealers is to

find knowledgeable salespeople (men

and women) who know how to sell gear.

A $500 jacket doesn’t sell itself for the

most part, except to the rare customer

who is very gear savvy and already knows

about the product(s) they’re about to

purchase—including how it should fit.

I know that not all dealers have a great

interest in selling gear, but those that do

need us as customers to reach back to

them and tell them what we need, what

we’re looking for and what we want.

The bottom line is that we need to work

with our dealers and our dealers need

to work with us. Buying and selling is a

two-way street.

—Joanne Donne,

Of all the brands listed above, you’ll find

that Road Rider carries more Alpinestars

and Dainese than anyone else in the South

Bay, in addition to the largest selection of

women’s gear.

Family owned and operated since 1978,

RoadRider has built a strong reputation as

a favorite place to shop for motorcyclists.

Whether you ride a dirtbike, sportbike,

cruiser or dual sport, RoadRider aims to

please every customer who walks in the

door. Their customer service, selection

of apparel and accessories is well known

in the riding community. Their popular

(annual) parking lot sale is not to be

missed—sign up for the mailing list so you

don’t miss the next one.

Scuderia West

69 Duboce Avenue

San Francisco, CA


Brands: Rev’It, RS Taichi, Dainese,

Alpinestars, Vanson

Don Lemelin and Crystal Gurr

have been the driving force behind

Scuderia since 1991. They’ve

entrenched themselves in the local

riding community, catering to dual

sport/adventure, sport, commuters

and scooterists. When you walk into

Scuderia, you’ll find a unique mix

of brands that you’re unlikely to find

anywhere else. Brands such as Klim,

Kriega and RS Taichi. They carry a huge

selection of women’s gear, and their apparel

staff is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and

works hard to fit every rider.

In addition to motorcyclists, Scuderia

works hard to provide gear options

for scooterists as well. What, you

say, gear? It’s just a scooter! Well,

unfortunately, the risks on

a scooter are exactly the

same as on a motorcycle,

so stop by Scuderia to

find what you should be


Mammoth Motorsports

5706 Commerce Boulevard

Rohnert Park


Brands carried: Icon, Alpinestars, others

Mammoth has what



the North

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told us


Maggie Caridi shows

off the fit of her

Alpinestars off-the-rack gear.

may be the best

of leather

apparel in

even if he doesn’t stock something, he can

get it fast: “we do one to 20 special orders

a day, so we can get something within a

day.” Plus, there’s a generous return policy,

so “we won’t stick you with something

that won’t work.” Mammoth is co-owned

by woman rider Kim Podolny, so you can

be sure there will be a good selection of

women’s apparel, including helmets, boots

and gloves, as well as knowledgeable help

in getting you fitted.

Arlen Ness

6050 Dublin Blvd



You may associate the Ness name

with wildly-styled choppers and

customs, but for some time the

company has very successfully

been marketing a full

line of racing leather to

hardcore racers—we’re

talking MotoGP and World

Superbike. Arlen Ness has

gloves, boots and one-piece

suits along with textile riding

gear. Unlike the heavilychromed

rolling art that fills

most of the huge Ness showroom

in Dublin, the sportbike stuff is

functional and modernly styled. The

folks at Ness told us the top-of-the-line

Kangaroo-hide suit is the same stuff some

of the factory teams wear.

The last time we dropped by, there was a

wide selection of leather, textile and ladies’

gear. Worth a ride out to Dublin (especially

if you have the time to go over Mount

Diablo) to check it out.

Ace Motorsports

1931 Market Street



Brands Carried: Vanson,

Rev’It, Dainese, Triumph,


Ace is all set up as a cool hangout, with the

leather couch and big-screen TV you’ll

find in a lot of European dealerships,

and it also has a nice selection of Vanson

gear—hard to find in the Bay Area. The

shop also carries Rev’It and Dainese,

as well as branded Triumph, KTM and

Ducati apparel.

Hattar Motorsports

601 East Francisco Boulevard

San Rafael


Brands Carried: Dainese, Triumph, Ducati

Like Ace, Hattar is an awesome hangout,

with a pool table, espresso bar and an

X-Box, but the store also carries a nice

selection of Dainese as well as branded

Ducati (which itself is made by Dainese)

and Triumph gear. Friendly, competent

and attentive staff, but do not under any

circumstances talk to Val, the salesperson,

unless you want to ride home on a new

motorcycle that day. She’s that good.

Cal Moto

2490 Old Middlefield Way

Mountain View


Brands Carried: BMW, Triumph

Cal Moto wants you to know it has a very

good selection of Triumph-branded riding

gear—worth a look if you’re interested in

that brand.

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August 2011 | 16 |

August 2011 | 17 |

2011 Suzuki GSX-R600/750

By Neale Bayly,

photos by Brian J Nelson

With the weather forecast making

a dry day as likely as Charlie

Sheen straightening up and

heading out to do volunteer work, I said

a silent prayer to the motorcycling gods

and made my way to Barber racetrack in

Birmingham, Alabama. We arrived to find

a lineup of brand-new 2011 GSX-R600s

and 750s and a sky the color of dark ink,

so we all did our best to make cheerful

conversation while waiting for the track to

go green.

Allowed a few

minutes to

study the newest


from Suzuki,

I recalled the

last 10 years or

more and all the

incarnations of

the GSX-R line

I’ve ridden and

tested. It’s always

been easy to spot a Gixxer, and for 2011

Suzuki has stayed on theme while making

substantial changes, including Herculean

efforts to reduce the weight by more than

20 pounds.

Thankfully, I’ve attended the Schwantz

School in damp conditions at Barber, so

the first couple of sessions were stressfree

and gave me a chance to focus on the

GSX-R600 at a slower pace. The riding

position is not cramped, with plenty of

room to move around on the bike. From

the start, the low, 31.8-inch seat height

With no new models

from Suzuki last year,

it’s great to see the

brand back, and back

with a bang.

makes pit

maneuvers a

breeze, and the

clip-ons are

angled out an

extra degree

for more room.

Add a lower gas

tank top and

slightly taller


for even more

room to get tucked in. I’m nearly six foot

and felt really good on the bike. While we

made no changes, the footpegs are also

three-way adjustable for additional finetuning

of your ride position. You can even

alter the length of the gearshift lever to suit

your foot size. How’s that for attention to


On track for the first time, I made the

mistake of starting with the S-DMS

(Suzuki-Drive Mode Selector) in the

lower-power B mode. Where on

previous models there were three

settings, now there are only

two. I quickly switched to

full power, as even in the

damp it was way too muted on the lower

setting. On the previous systems, yanking

the throttle wide open restored the bike to

full power, but the new mode keeps power

reduced across the board.

In the Gixxer’s office, it’s business as

usual. A large analog tachometer lets you

know what the engine is doing. For those

wanting to look at it, a digital speedometer

fires rapidly changing numbers at you.

Warning lights sit atop the plastic housing

and switchgear is typical Suzuki. A couple

of nice touches are the easy-to-read gearposition

indicator, which I find a big help,

and a nice, obvious shift light. The big

story with the new GSX-R600 is obviously

the 20-pound








supersport bike out there that doesn’t feel

light as a feather, Suzuki has raised (or

should that be lowered?) the bar again. The

bike hasn’t lost an ounce of stability for the

weight reduction, and there were no areas

on the technical Barber racetrack where it

felt twitchy or unbalanced.

This weight has been lost by careful

attention to myriad small details. Three of

these pounds came from the new twinspar

aluminum-alloy frame, changed to

reduce the Gixxer’s wheelbase by 15mm.

Swingarm length is the same, but it is now

formed from three instead of five pieces as

part of Suzuki’s diet plan. A single, multiadjustable

Showa shock is used, and by

using new aluminum seats instead of steel,

90 grams is saved. A further 1.3 pounds

is lost by using smaller wheel hubs and

axles. These changes affect handling a lot

less than if the weight were taken from the

rims, but it reduces the rotational inertia by

5-10% and Suzuki is going after the sum of

the parts here. Suzuki claims 412 pounds

fully gassed up—compare that to 417

for the Yamaha YZF-R6, 421 pounds for

the Kawasaki ZX-6R, or 410 for Honda’s


Up front, the 41-mm Showa Big Piston

Fork drops another couple of pounds and

helps improve handling and frontend

stability. It’s immediately

obvious that the new radialmount


Brembo calipers

are very strong,

as well as


lighter. There’s no drama though, as there is

a nice easy comfort zone at the lever before

the jaws of life clamp down on the discs.

These are full-floating 310-mm items, and

the combination allows you to fully exploit

the new fork.

Barber requires hard braking into several

corners. For those who have ridden here, I

think you’ll agree that Turn 5 demands the

most. Approached at triple-digit speeds,

you are also heading downhill, and the

GSX-R600 exuded heaps of confidence

entering hard on the brakes. Now I’m

not going in there like Danny Eslick, but

I would be on a race bike, and the new

Showa fork worked just fine for my limited

talent without needing adjustment.

Over the years power outputs and rev

ceilings have climbed in this class,

so it’s interesting to learn Suzuki has

concentrated most on boosting the

low- to mid-range, despite a claimed 123

crankshaft horsepower—certainly a gain

from the 2009 model. The engineers have

taken a fine-toothed comb to the new mill,


friction, lightening parts and changing

the crankcase ventilation holes to help the

engine rev more easily. The Gixxer still

displaces the same 599cc and uses titanium

valves, but shorter-skirt pistons are 12

percent lighter this year and, over-all, the

power plant is 4.4 pounds lighter. Suzuki’s

designers have even cut the ECU weight by

330 grams. Yes, they are that serious.

Engine changes, while not huge, are exactly

what I need. Riding a 600cc supersport

bike on track is as good as it gets for

me. They are not intimidating, and it’s

always a wonderful mental game to make

everything just right to get the fastest lap

time. Drop to around 8000 rpm exiting

a corner and your drive is gone, though.

This is never more noticeable than at a test

where everyone is on the same bike and

tires. With Suzuki’s attention to improving

power output down low, while lightening

the overall package, this year’s bike is more

forgiving if you don’t get the exit just right.

It still screams once it hits 12,500 rpm

heading for redline, but you can run a taller

gear more often, making for less stress

and better lap times for me. Some of this

is due to a taller first gear, and closer ratios

between 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. There is no

harsh shut-down if you need to hold a gear

up against the rev limiter either.

Another chunk of metal was

thrown out with the new

exhaust system, as Suzuki

managed to eliminate

3.75 pounds via thinner

wall headers and a smaller

pre-chamber that connects

into the titanium

muffler. Also, it’s

supposed to improve

fuel efficiency, which

made me smile

as I wonder if

there has been

a 600cc


rider in history who ever measured his

mileage figures (you haven’t met John Joss!


There are no radical changes to the Gixxer’s

signature styling but there is a 7.5-pound

weight loss in the plastic parts, by using

32 pieces instead of 40. Turn signals up

front are integrated into the mirrors, and

the vertically-stacked headlight is a further

1.2 pounds lighter. The air intakes next to

the headlight are angular and menacing,

contributing to the Gixxer’s intoxicating

intake snarl when you crack the throttle.

Only the Yamaha R6 has a more feral

sound on acceleration in this class.

For our test, the bikes were fitted with

multi-compound Bridgestone Battlax

BT-016 tires. These OEM-spec tires

were fantastic. Giving immediate grip

and confidence in damp conditions, they

were just as good when the temperatures

warmed and we started hitting our fastest

laps later in the day. They also looked

extremely fresh at the end of the day,

though the shared bikes turned many laps.

Priced at $11,599, the new 2011 GSXR600

is slicker, sharper and lighter. With no new

models from Suzuki last year, it’s great to

see the brand back, and back with a bang.

Whether or not it’s a better bike than the

other supersports machines is a question

that can only be answered by a multi-bike

comparison. It is without a doubt a highly

competent tool on track, and with over

350,000 Gixxers sold to date, the brand

enjoys a huge fan club for. New owners

won’t be disappointed.

August 2011 | 18 |

August 2011 | 19 |

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GSXR750 Musings

Crossing the blind rise out of Turn

4, throttle pinned, the sudden loss

of adhesion from the rear tire lets

me know the significant difference

between the GSX-R750 and the

GSX-R600. I’ve done this move

on the smaller bike all day without

problems, and even with three laps

under my belt to warm the tires the

bigger bike still has enough extra power

to break the rear lose. It was one of those

high-pucker-factor moments, where I

gently eased off the throttle, tried to get

as much weight as possible through the

pegs while crying like a baby. Coming

smoothly back in line, I carried on to

Turn 5, the extra shot of adrenaline

helping to calm my nerves. Moments

later, as I tried to turn the bike into

Turn 7 lightly on the brakes, the extra

speed the bigger engine had allowed us

to gather made this much harder. The

600-cc machine needed body English

to persuade it to make this turn, but the

750cc requires even more.

At the beginning of the day I asked

myself why Suzuki would bother with

the 750. After riding both models I

think it will come down to size and

weight. For bigger riders, the 750’s extra

grunt will level the playing field, and for

riders who will spend more time on the

street it will be the one to choose. The

bigger engine will also be welcome when

droning—expect to save a couple of

hundred gear changes per ride. Suzuki

quotes 148 crankshaft horsepower, a

significant increase.

The new GSX-R750 is also six pounds

heavier than the 600, all in the engine

department (as everything else

mechanical is the same). This makes

the bike harder to transition from side

to side with the extra internal rotating

mass. Add higher corner entrance

speeds, and the first session on the 750

had me wanting my razor-sharp 600

back. Approaching it with a different

mindset, more respectful of the extra

power through the rear tire, I soon

had it figured out. Finding the same

tight, composed chassis, stellar brakes

and roomy riding position, I could use

fewer gearshifts than on the smaller

bike, creating a more relaxing ride. But

if I had to choose one it would be the

600—I just feel more in control.

At $11,999, Suzuki has kept the cost to

within $400 of its smaller sibling, which

will make it an attractive proposition for

larger riders.

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My story about the 89 th running

of the Pikes Peak International

Hill Climb could be part

travelog, part race report, part first-person

drama and part made-for-TV movie. I’ll

try to convey the excitement with minimal

hyperbole, hard though that might be. It

is a race of superlatives: Pikes Peak has the

world’s highest paved road; it is the USA’s

second-longest continuously running race

after the Indy 500; it is one of the world’s

most prestigious motorsports events, and

is, sadly, also one of the least known.

The Pikes Peak Highway was built in 1915

by mining baron and entrepreneur Spencer

Penrose. The first race, dubbed The Race

To The Clouds, was held in 1916 as a tourist

attraction. The mountain is leased by the

city of Colorado Springs from the National

Forestry Service and serves as a tourist

destination. For most of its existence, the

highway was paved only about halfway to

the top. This changed in 1998 when the

city of Colorado Springs lost a lawsuit,

brought by the Sierra Club, claiming that

gravel from the unpaved road was causing

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environmental damage to waterways and

endangering rare mosquito species. Okay,

I’m kidding about the mosquitoes.

Result: Colorado Springs must pave the

entire road by 2012 and install concrete

drainage channels to route the water

to holding ponds.

Ironically, the result

is erosion, shifting the

problem from relatively

benign gravel to very

damaging silt. So

because the remaining

three-mile dirt section is

slated to be paved before

the 2012 running, I felt

it important to make a

pilgrimage to Colorado

to witness the last

running of the hill climb

while the dirt section

could still be seen.

The event comprises

three practice days,

Photo: Keith Mainland

Wednesday through Friday. Qualifying is

the last run of the day on the lower section.

Saturday is a day off; Sunday is race day.

During practice, both the course and

competitors are divided into three segments,

run independently. Practice starts when

the sun hits the mountain, which, due to its

elevation, could be as early as 4:30 am, and

runs until 9:30 am. Competitors must be

awake and ready at three am to get to the

gate on time. Sleep deprivation is a real issue.

The story originates with my friends from

back East, Ken Kyler and Phil Marr. They

got bit by the sidecar bug about five years

ago, so Ken bought a Honda CR500-

powered Wasp motocross sidecar rig from

Left: Bill Brokaw inspects the

Wasp sidecar rig.

Right: Phil and Ken get their

competitor badges and

paperwork... it’s official,

they’re racing.

Below: Ken and Phil (178)

set their sights on Hans and

Scott (99).

Dave Hennessy, who

used to race it. Ken and

Phil learned to ride it

well enough to run in

some rallies and did

one RallyMoto race,

the Sandblast. Their

next logical step was,

of course, to enter an

international race, with

the real threat of death,

with 30,000 spectators

and televised world-

wide. Two years ago, I

got an email requesting

that I serve as crew. I

gave careful and lengthy

consideration while

typing “you bet your ass

I’ll be there.”

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I wanted to brush up on my crew skills

so I made a few calls. First, I contacted

Scuderia West mechanic Niles Folin. If

that name sounds familiar, it’s because

he served as crew chief for Dakar frontrunner

Jonah Street. Niles was a font of

useful knowledge and observations of

human nature. He said that in the early

stages of any event, all the exotic machines

distract the crew, and they tend to wander

off. Someone on the crew must know

where everyone is at all times. My favorite

organizational tip is to write down a to-do

list on duct tape and stick it to the seat,

marking off the jobs when completed. He

pointed out that there are easy things to

improve the mood and performance of the

team, such as keeping cool drinks and food

in the cooler at all times.

My next visit was with Scott Dunlavey

of Berkeley Honda Yamaha. Regular

readers will recall that CityBike

interviewed Scott, who has raced Pikes

Peak, in the July 2010 issue. Scott, in

his usual modest manner, will tell you

“Yeah, we ran pretty good there.” That

means he won his class a bunch of times,

including three years in a row.

Scott’s advice was more specific to Pikes

Peak. He suggested that when practice was



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finished, and

‘breakfast’ eaten,

a nap was a good

idea. He stressed

the importance

of preparation,

saying that

“Race day is

easy: the race

just validates

the work you’ve

done all week.”

Perhaps the

most sobering


The sidecar gang lines up for a practice run.

“When you

think you know the mountain, you don’t. Get

cocky and think you know where all the turns

are, you’ll go off.” Life-saving wisdom. Some

turns at the top look out over nothing but blue

sky and have no guard rail between you and a

1000-foot drop.

Armed with nothing but enthusiasm and

good advice, I loaded up my beater Ninja

650R and headed east for Colorado. I

arrived at our lodging in Woodland Park

in late afternoon on Monday, just after Ken

and Phil. Dave, his fiance Laura and his

passenger Jeremiah had been there most of

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Tuesday is spent at the Crowne Plaza hotel

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practice. It turns out that the hot-rodded

Yamaha XS650 motor is thirsty: it will

drain the 1.5-gallon tank in three six-mile

runs. Ken and Phil are feeling good, but

don’t run all the practice sessions. They

are jubilant at the end of qualifying, they

pass Hans Schultz’ GSX-R600-powered,

shop-built rig. Ken says repeatedly that

“Something clicked when I passed Hans.

My whole world is different now.” I can

relate 100 percent: when I roadraced, I

coined the phrase “I pass, therefore I am.”

Thursday finds us on the middle section.

While we don’t time sessions, I can tell that

Ken feels they should be going faster. Phil is

feeling bad, not his usual enthusiastic self.

They skip many practice runs. On Friday,

Phil is sick and can’t get out of bed. Ken

and I go to the top and basically hang out.

The thin, 14,000-foot-high air is a problem:

when I try to do anything more than walk

slowly, I get a pins-and-needles sensation

in my scalp. After practice, I do minor

service tasks on the bike, and we dine on

amazingly good elk hamburgers brought

by one of Dave’s many relatives who have

come to support the racing effort.

Saturday is a day off, and Sunday morning

arrives too early, yet we awake without

the aid of an alarm. A three-mile line of

spectator vehicles is waiting to get in at

4 am. After the rigs are unloaded, I head

uphill to find a place to watch in the dirt

section. On race day, all the competitors

will climb the hill, and wait at the top until

all the classes have run, then return to

the pits in a parade down the mountain.

Racing starts at 9:00 am, and is red-flagged

almost immediately because of an incident.

Throughout the day, the number of red

flags and length of delays is astonishing.

Finally, around 4:00 pm, the bikes start

running. Like the cars, they start with

the slowest classes: exhibition, then

sidecars. They pass me in the order they

finish: Wood/Rizzo on a F2 1000-cc rig,

then Hennessy/Owsly on a stock-framed

TL1000-powered rig, Shultz/Stull on

a stock-framed 600-cc rig, followed by

Kyler/Marr on the XS650 Wasp rig.

Congratulations to John Wood and Chris

Rizzo not only for winning but for setting a

new record of 13:09:04 in the sidecar class.

What a week! It was quite the experience—

the warmth of Dave and Laura’s hospitality,

the proximity to all the lusty mechanical

artistry, the addictive jolt of competitive

spirit, the drug-like effects of both altitude

and sleep deprivation, the sense of belonging

as crew, the deeply-felt emotional release

when the heroes of the day descended the

mountain. I want more.


Okay, you’ve put a new spark plug

in the motorcycle for which

you paid $246, cleaned the

crud out of the fuel and air filters and

blown two generations of spiders out

the exhaust by starting the engine. Your

next problem? The clutch lever feels like a


and has given you a forearm cramp that

brings back memories of piano practice.

Your clutch cable desperately needs

lubrication because, as Mel Downs has

often said, “Ya gotta ‘erl them cables or

they’ll stiffen up on ya.”

There are two ways to lube a cable:

one costs money, the other is free. The

expensive way is a cable

oiler, which pushes oil

down the cable. The

free way? Gravity, and it

pushes everything down,


Begin by detaching

the cable from the

handlebar lever. This

sounds easy but if

you’ve never done it

before it can be tricky.

Next, loosen the

adjustments. The larger

ring is just a jam lock;

unscrew it and let it

slide up the cable. Screw

the threaded tube that

the jam lock was on

into the lever perch, to

loosen the cable. Kneel

down and look up at the

clutch lever and you’ll

see the slots that the

cable feeds into and the

barrel that slides into a hole in the lever.

Line up the cable with the slots and push

the barrel out of the hole.

Try not to hit your head too hard on the

handlebar when you stand.

Don’t take that adjustment jam ring off the

cable because you’ll forget to slide it back

on. Then you’ll remember it after you’ve

replaced and adjusted the cable again.

When the cable is free, aim it straight up,

wrap a little funnel around it and fill it with


Before you go crazy making the funnel, try

this: cover your index finger with WD-40

and hold it onto the end of the cable, wrap

duct tape around your finger and the cable,

then pull your finger out. See? S’easy.

Gravity will keep the WD-40 flowing but

it will take forever, so you might remove

the engine end and slide the cable up and

down, to pump the oil along. If there is

one inch of movement and the cable is 30

inches long, it should take about 30 strokes

before liquefied rust starts oozing out.

That marvelous WD-40 concoction is

usually a bargain but out-of-work riders can

pick up their yearly supply of blister-pack

samples at boat shows. Some riders who

pull down astronomical salaries still choose

to get their yearly supply of samples from

the outstanding goodie-bag passed out at

the Alligator Enduro tech inspection.

Someday those Florida crackers will

notice that they pass out 500 inspection

stickers and goodie bags to 400 riders on

motorcycles and one shaved-head old guy

in a blue Monte Carlo. This fellow usually

claims that he already took his motorcycles

through the sound test but the KTM in

front of him made so much noise that his

eyeglasses were knocked off and he got so

rattled he forgot to get his goodie bag.


those Florida

crackers are

going to notice

that they pass

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to 400 riders on

motorcycles and

one shaved-head

old guy in a blue

Monte Carlo.

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They do things

right at the

Alligator: they

always test the


horn, turn

signals and


wipers before

putting a

‘passed’ sticker

on one of the

Monte Carlo’s

headlights and

dropping a

goodie-bag on

the back seat.

By the time

you finish the

cable lube, I’ll

bet you notice

that your tires

are showing

a definite

pressure loss.

Here’s why: whenever a motorcycle is

parked in the rain, by Murphy’s Law the

wheels always stop with the valve stem at

the bottom—guaranteed. The 24/7 gravity

thing has taken over.

Rainwater seeps in around the valve stem

and rusts out the metal fitting that attaches

the stem to the tube. There is no way to fix

this. You need new tubes.

That’s the bad news. The good news is

that you’ll have a lifetime supply of rubber

bands in any width you want.

The fellow who sold you the motorcycle

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wouldn’t notice the slow leak for a few days.

I can’t suggest knuckle-saving tips on

replacing tubes, but maybe I can save you

a lot of neck bending when you must hook

up those cables again. Just loosen the levers

where they clamp onto the handlebar,

rotate them and drop the cable in from the

top. If the cable is too short for this, just

take the lever off.

But do it on the cleanest driveway you can

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In late May I rode my ZX-12R to the

World Superbike races at Miller

Motorsports Park, just west of

Salt Lake City. The 550-mile ride from

Denver was difficult, in cold and rain and

flurrying snow.

I chose US 40 through Steamboat Springs

as more interesting than I-70, or the short

route—windy, godforsaken I-80 across

southern Wyoming. I’ve ridden I-80; once

is enough. I like lane changes to be my idea,

thank you.

Rabbit Ears Pass on 40 was densely foggy

and so cold I couldn’t clear my faceshield.

I peered under it at the winding road but

could see only the yellow centerline and

the white line along the edge. When I

reached balmy Craig at the bottom, a bank

thermometer read 42F.

As I rode through Vernal, Utah toward

Salt Lake City, the day warmed, but the

weak sun did not last. I camped at the

track, sleeping in a tent for the first time

since I was a young man. It did not go well,

sleeping in the tent . . . the authentic raceweekend


I erected the tent correctly but fumbled the

rain-cover installation. Rain fell all night.

It was cold as hell. The tent leaked. My

sleeping bag became soaked near my feet. I

slept in 10-minute segments.

In the morning I used half a roll

of paper towels to dry out the tent

floor. I took my sleeping bag into

town to a laundromat to dry it out.

Guys at the track showed me how to rig the

rain cover properly. A good plan: it rained

off and on for the next two days, through

practice and AMA racing.

Luckily, Miller

Motorsports Park

has bathrooms with

showers featuring

genuine hot water.

Shuttles carry fans

around the track; you

can hop on or off almost

anywhere. It’s probably

about as good a venue

as you could want in

imperfect conditions.

WSBK race day,

Memorial Day Monday,

stayed cloudy but dry. I

left after watching Race

Two and rode 150 chilly miles to Price,

Utah, leaving myself a cold but endurable

375 miles yet to cover the next day. I slept

10 hours in a Price motel room. I never

even picked up the remote.

When I got home, worried about the

sleeping bag stuff-sacked wet and the tent

and rain cover folded up and packed wet, I

was tired and chilled to the bone from the

ride. I asked myself: was it worth it? And I

decided it had indeed been worth it. Why?

Watching Carlos Checa ride, that’s why.

Those moments will stay with me. They

were worth the cost and the cold and the

inconvenience. Oh, my, can that man ride a


If you follow WSBK, you know that Checa

won both races that Monday. He led almost

the entire first race and all of the second. So

you know he went fast. But the speed or the




lean angles didn’t impress me. Those things

don’t have much to do with my riding or,

probably, yours.

It’s how smooth he was.

Think of how much force was acting

through his motorcycle: acceleration,

braking, turning, the transitions from

one or two of those to the others. Think

of how much more gentle our riding

is, even our sportiest, most aggressive

riding, than the race-winning pace in a

World Superbike event.

Think of how abrupt a WSBK bike’s gear

changes must be. Think about how many

times the bike transitions from straight

to corner, from vertical to scraping the

rider’s knee puck and maybe directly to

the other knee puck. Think about how the

bikes’ electronic pops and bangs enforce

a redline and enhance traction on a damp

track. Who knows how intrusive those

interruptions are?

Did any of those gear changes, transitions

or interruptions appear to upset Carlos

Checa or his Ducati? Did we see little

telltale jerks or twitches? Never. What we

saw was a seamless, glorious, flowing riding

demonstration, lovely silky motorcycling

that most of us do not approach, even at

half his speed—or less.

You don’t see Checa’s gear changes, though

you can hear them. You don’t see him

release the brakes and open the throttle.

You don’t see him muscle the bike into

turns; the bike just rolls in, as if it wants to

do so. You don’t see him wrestle with the

bars, trying to make the bike do things it

would rather not do.

We learn about all those transitions in

how-to-ride articles and hear about them at

track schools and safety schools. Watching

Carlos Checa perform all those tasks so

perfectly, you wonder—or I wondered—

why under much less demanding

circumstances we do it all so poorly.

On the way home from the races and

The Checa Experience, I found myself

shifting gears more fluidly, bending my

bike into corners more flowingly, rolling

my throttle on and off and easing the

brakes on and off, Checa-style.

I’m sure that if I have a one-vehicle

accident, if I crash on a sporting road, it’ll

be because I fell far short of Checa-level

bike control. It’ll be because I let myself

be surprised and grabbed a brake lever or

stomped on a brake pedal or tried abruptly

to tighten up my radius in a corner.

I feel sure that if I ride like Carlos Checa,

I’ll be fine. So I’m practicing, though I

have far to go.

We know that on every ride we should

devote as much of our attention as we

can to smoothness, especially in the

wet. Clumsy moves bring us down. But

we have so much to think about, on our

bikes and off.... We forget about riding

smoothly, seamlessly.

Racing doesn’t just develop better

machines. Watching great riders can make

us better riders.

That’s why it’s worth riding 1000 miles

in the rain and cold and fog to lean

on a trackside fence as Carlos Checa

(and Max, and Marco, and Johnny, and

Leon) shows us and reminds us how it’s

supposed to be done.

dr. gregory w.

going down.” That’s what

went through my mind as a deer


torpedoed me from the left. It

tried to kill me and itself, running at a

90-degree angle, hitting my fully loaded

Kawasaki KLR650 on the rear of the front

wheel and (mostly) the front of the engine.

My adventure into the Crazy Mountains

just south of Two Dot (also known as

Twodot), Montana had started at noon.

The map showed a paved road for 10-15

miles south, after which I could wander

around the base of the sacred

mountain range for most of the

afternoon on gravel roads.

As I was starting to slow from

50 mph on the macadam,

approaching a T in the road where

the pavement stopped and gravel

went both directions, two deer

jumped up from the deep grass in

the left-side ditch. At speed, they

both started onto the pavement

less than 100 feet in front of me.

I ‘m cautious around animals, having

hit everything from large dogs to snakes

as big around as a sewer pipe in the last

1,000,000 miles. Several of my motorcycle

acquaintances around the globe have died

after making contact with animals. Once,

at night, I clipped a deer tail with my left

handlebar end and felt the hair swipe my

gloved hand. I did not see the deer because

it was standing in the middle of the road

looking away from me.

Now I park my motorcycle before dark, no

longer trying to test my abilities to dodge

things in the road I cannot see until the

last second—if I see them at all. Long

ago my conclusion was night driving and

near collisions with objects after the sun

dropped had consumed a large number

of my near misses as a motorcyclist. How

many lives do we get? Nine?

Once I visited with

an Iron Butt Rally

entrant who had crashed seriously after

nailing a deer at night on an Interstate

highway in Montana. He had plenty of

headlight for the road ahead, just not

enough luck to miss the deer that ran across

the road from the right side, in front of the

semi-truck in the right lane he was passing

at speed in the left lane. That was an ugly

encounter, the night-driving motorcyclist

and the instant deer in his headlights.

I still have memories of his recounting

the horrible crash. He could have done

absolutely nothing to avoid the accident,

other than not riding when and where he

was that night.

Recently I read that motorcycle-animal

collisions result in fatalities for the

motorcyclist as often as 85 percent of the

time. The Iron Butt Rally entrant had

been lucky, impacting and landing hard

“I’m going down”

was what went

through my mind...

but ending up statistically outside the 85

percent category, albeit with severely bent

and broken bones and a busted motorcycle,

not to mention later nightmares and


On my recent Crazy Mountain afternoon

in June the sky was clear and I was alone

except for the two deer. While they

surprised me by jumping up and starting to

run onto the road, I was already slowing for

the upcoming stop sign. I got on the brakes

harder as both deer ran onto the pavement.

One deer slowed. I could see I was going

to pass it. The other went into a zig-zag,

full-on spurt in front of me, appearing

undecided as to whether it wanted to zig off

the pavement and back into the grass of the

ditch on the left or zag sharply right to cross

in front of me. I was slowing, but sensed

that I was not scrubbing off enough speed

to allow the deer to zag well ahead of me.

Two Dears On Adventure

At the last nano-second the deer, at full

speed, zagged and ran head first into the left

side of the motorcycle. In that same nanosecond

I too made a decision. I got off the

front brake lever with my right-hand fingers

and grabbed the handlebar.

The front wheel changed

direction slightly on impact

but I could pull it back straight.

The tire chirped, motorcycle

wobbled and I thought I was

going down on the left side. My

speed might have been 35-40

mph at the time, fast enough to

thump and roll me a few times

on, off or under the motorcycle.

My long-lost ego would like to claim it

was pilot skill that kept me upright, that

those years of road and flat track racing

had kicked in, training learned on race

tracks around North America. Another

ego-claiming option was that my years and

experience circling the earth had saved

me. In fact I had fallen into that 15 percent

category of non-fatal motorcycle-animal

contact and it was 99.99% luck.

I had whacked the deer hard enough that

it rolled off the road, the left side Happy

Trails highway peg and metal foot peg

gouging deep holes through the animal’s

back skin. I stopped, went back and took

several photographs of the dead deer lying

in the tall grass where it had stopped. I also

photographed the deer hair wedged into

the fold of the highway peg, proof for any

naysayer that contact had been made.

In my opinion much of my luck came from

two ladies thousands of miles away. One,

a Christian lady living in South America,

had long had me on her daily Prayer List.

The other, a Buddhist living in Southeast

Asia, each day asked Buddha to watch over

me, to take care of me. They both knew of

my adventurous life style and imagined

that danger was everywhere I went, though

I tried unsuccessfully to convince them

it was not. I felt lucky that they ignored

my assertions and maintained their

commitments and contributions to my

adventurous wanderings.

As I stood on the remote road near the base

of the Crazy Mountains, looking at the skid

mark of the rear tire and the slight rubber

mark from the front, then up at the big blue

skies of Montana, I said a small “Thank

you” to my two lady friends.

Shaken, but venturing southward to my

day’s destination, I thought to myself

how lucky I was to be adventuring with

my two-legged dears, having almost

received the kiss of death from one fourlegged


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Hey CityBike,

Having just finished reading your article

comparing the FZ8 and Triumph’s Street

Triple (CityBike, July 2011), I found your

challenge of building a naked bike. Well,

after 6 years of work, I now have my version

of a naked bike complete enough to ride.

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Look for an upcoming feature on Kurt’s ride,

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A couple years ago, looking on Craigslist

for a cheap little around-town errand bike

and something I could also ride in the

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At home, with some focused wrenching

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Matter o’fact, I now trust it so much that I

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claim on Chalk Mountain, 40 miles east

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out there alone and a mechanical failure,

Taking a chance on an old bike like this

is just that: taking a chance. But with this

one, I came out a very satisfied winner.

Wayne Bonkosky

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$7,695 2008 YAMAHA YZFR6 4,226 miles

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$2,995 2008 YAMAHA YZ250F

$2,995 2007 YAMAHA YZ450F

$5,295 2009 Suzuki DRZ400SM 1,820 miles

$4,995 2008 Suzuki DRZ400SM 5,107 miles

$4,995 2008 SUZUKI GSX650F 1,824 miles

$6,795 2007 SUZUKI GSXR600 5,934 miles

$7,995 2008 SUZUKI GSXR600 5,174 miles

$4,995 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C90 6,818 miles

$7,495 2008 SUZUKI GSXR600 4,006 miles

$8,995 2008 SUZUKI GSXR1000 1,306 miles

$8,295 2008 SUZUKI GSXR750 5,530 miles

$8,295 2008 SUZUKI GSXR750 1,410 miles

$6,595 2007 Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja 1,423 miles warranty

$4,995 2005 Kawasaki ZX636 Ninja 16,146 miles

$5,995 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan VN1500N 9,402 miles

$2,495 2007 HONDA CRF150R

$8,495 2008 HONDA CBR1000RR 3,243 miles

$7,495 2007 HONDA CBR600RR 3,876 miles

$7,495 2007 HONDA CBR600RR 3,168 miles

$2,495 1988 HONDA VLX600 26,799 miles

$3,295 2007 HONDA CRF450R

$3,295 2008 HONDA REBEL CMX250 857 original miles

$4,195 2007 HONDA VT750 Spirit 10,841 miles warranty

$4,295 2007 HONDA VT750 AERO 3,765 miles

$3,495 2005 HONDA VT600 VLX 3,866 miles

Moto Italiano’s

Ducati of Santa Cruz

Come down and see us! Vintage Italian Motorcycle Museum,

Full Service Department, Conveniently located right off

Highway 1 @ Soquel Ave

Tuesday Through Saturday 10am to 6pm

3600 Soquel Ave

Santa Cruz Ca 95062




2004 Aprilia Nera Own one of a Limited production of

200 units- Very Rare. New with 2 year Factory Warranty,

Magnesium Wheels, Performance Exhaust, Ohlins Front and

Rear Suspension, Stunning Carbon Fiber Body. “The Dream”

@ $21,995 +tax and license

2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100S Stunning, must see.

Carbon Cowling, Carbon Tank Panels and Trim. Full System

Termi Exhaust with Performance ECU and Filter, Forged

Wheels, Speedy Moto Frame Sliders, Corbin Seat, Ducati

Performance Windscreen. Super clean and only 3845 miles.

1st service completed. $13,495 +tax and license.

2010 Ducati Streetfighter Pearl White, Dealer Demo

Special, Under 300 miles, Factory Warranty included. Priced

and Built to move $12,999+ tax and license

San Francisco’s Largest Motorcycle

Rental and Sales Fleet

488 8th Street (at Bryant), open 7 days a week


We have been serving San Francisco and the SF Bay Area

for 15 years.

USED BIKES: Consistently maintained by certified



2008 Road Glide, Black w/ red accents, 26290 miles,

CLEAN; $16,595.

2008 Street Glide, Anniversary Black & Gold, 32307 miles,

numbered edition, $16,695.

2008 Street Glide, Gun Metal Blue, 37429 miles, unique

look, $16,395.

2009 Street Glide, Black, 44524 miles, BEAUTIFUL,


2008 Electra Glide Ultra, 43495 miles, Candy Red & Black

with pin-stripping, $16,995.

2009 Electra Glide, Flame Blue, 29641 miles, cruise in

style, $15,995.

2009 Electra Glide, Black, 39756 miles, a Classic, $13,995.

2008 Road King Classic, Black, 26602 miles, a hwy bike,

comfortable, $13,790.

2009 Road King, Black, 35702 miles, totally stock bike w/

hard bags, $13995.

2008 Heritage Softail Classic, Black, 32595 miles, great

value, $11,500.

2009 Heritage Softail Classic, Red, 31652 miles, a RED

HOT Beauty, $12,900.

2008 Fat Boy, Dark Blue, 30482 miles, like new, $10,995.

2009 Fat Boy, Black, 36575 miles, showroom quality,


2008 Dyna Low Rider, Candy Red, 33158 miles, soooo

beautiful it GLOWS, $8,995.

2009 Dyna Low Rider, Black Pear, 31379 miles, unusual

color, $9,900.


2007 Vulcan 1500 Classic, Black, 12759 miles, a cruiser,



2007 V-Star Classic, Black, 650cc, 683 miles, a great

starter bike, $5,399.

2008 Yamaha Warrior, 1670cc, Red, 10722 miles, FAST

hold on!, $9,400.

Many other colors and models to choose from. Please call

us at 415-503-1900.

Financing, Cash deals and Trade-Ins are always accepted.

Free rental with purchase of a used bike.


6232 Mission Street Daly City, CA 94014. 650/992-1234 or


1st Saturday of the month is BROWN BAG Saturday! Get it in

the bag and Get 15% OFF!

Any Parts or Accessories in stock are 15% off the marked

price! One bag per customer, so get in as much stuff as you

can and have fun while saving money!

Our Service Department will check your tire pressures for free

whenever you bring in your motorcycle, scooter, or ATV for

servicing or repairs.

Zero Electric Motorcycles available here At Mission

Motorcycles. Call To Schedule A Demo Ride - (650) 992-

1234 The Zero S qualifies for the 10% Federal plug-in vehicle

tax credit AND a sales-tax deduction!

Used Bikes:

2004 Honda Shadow Aero (VT750), $4,799, 13,514

Miles, Black. Classic Cruiser customized with windscreen,

saddlebags, backrest and luggage rack. Excellent condition!

Stock Number: C454

2009 Yamaha VMAX, $15,999, 1,663 Miles, Intense Black.

Legendary Muscle Bike, Stock Number: C450

2010 Honda VT750S Shadow RS, $7,799, 3 Miles, Pearl

White. Sport Classic. Stock Number: H2927

2010 Victory Kingpin $12,999 , 460 Miles, Two-tone

Ocean Blue / Sandstone. Kingpin cruising with a Stage 1 kit

installed! Stock Number: U1114

2006 Honda CRF250R $2,999 Red, Newly rebuilt motor.

Stock Number: U970

2006 Honda CRF70F $1,299, Red. Family fun starts with

this green sticker, semi–automatic. Stock Number: U1100

2003 Honda Reflex w/ABS $2,999, 21,878 Miles. Plenty

of power for two-up freeway riding with Antilock Brakes and

lot of storage with an extra Givi trunk. Stock Number: C442

See all of our bikes online at www.missionmotorcycles.


Prices do not include government fees, taxes, dealer freight/

preparation(new vehicles only), dealer document preparation

charges or any finance charges (if applicable). Final actual

sales price will vary depending on options or accessories




SHOP -- SINCE 1958

412 Valencia Street, 415/626-3496 www.munroemotors.

com Tues-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5


2009 YAMAHA XV95T V-Star 950 is the benchmark in

the cruiser touring class (behind those awesome Triumph

Americas and Speedmasters). Air-cooled V-twin delivers

plenty of distinctive, big-cruiser character and pulsing torque

feel. Low seat height of 26.6 inches. V-Twin ® Magazine

named V Star 950 the 2009 “Metric of the Year”! (cut and

pasted from Yamaha’s site) $6095

1993 DUCATI 900SS SUPERLIGHT It’s super light! Says

so right there on the tail section. Speaking of lightness, it

also has the special Marvic 3 piece wheels. Great sounding

Staintune pipes and It’s also really really yellow! Why so

inexpensive, you ask? It’s got a salvage title from body work

damage. But as you see it’s been lovingly repaired. 14.5K

miles $5995

2005 DUCATI 749R Wow! Would you look at that thing?

Hot! Somehow someone only managed to put a thousand

miles on an R version 749. Really? Really! Your neighbors

will be totally jealous of your great sounding open clutch

cover! $9995

2009 MULTISTRADA 1100S If you know us then you know

we absolutely love our Multistradas around here. We scored a

killer condition S model (you know, with the Ohlins goodies)

for you to join the Multi club on. It’s the last year of the uberfun

2-valve air cooled 1100 motor. Grab some bags, hit the

road and have fun! 13K miles. $9495

2000 DUCATI ST4 Red, fast, and comfortable. With only

6,500 miles, this super clean ST 4-valve is ready to hit the

open roads. Whether it’s long and straight or short and twisty,

the ST4 is a dream to be on! $5995

2011 TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R Tricked out with a set of

Arrow pipes, fairing, and frame sliders. The younger sibling

in the Triumph family is a ROCK STAR! Dare to ride one, and

you’ll never look back. These are sold out nationwide, and

is the last year with the round headlights. Clean, lean, and

mean!! $9295

2005 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE This is the last year the

Bonneville was still built in England. 33k on the odometer.

Priced to sell @ $5495

2008 DUCATI M695 Dark monster 695... need we say

more?! 1300 miles and $7295

2007 MV AGUSTA F4-1000R Immaculate monoposto MV

F4 up for grabs to some lucky Italian bike lover. All stock and

ready to rock! Only 4900 miles. $11,995

Call us for specials on new inventory we can’t print!!

415/626-3496 x2


255 8th Street at Folsom in San Francisco:


Located in the SOMA (South of Market) neighborhood in

San Francisco, California we provide the bay area with new

and used motorcycles, scooters, service,and gear. We

have an overflowing inventory of used sportbikes, cruisers,

supermoto, and scooters. Lots of options for financing as

well. Our Service department has INCREASED operating

hours. Every weekday morning service now opens at 8:00


What’s New:

In the parts department....

Specials: AXO Primato Street boots 25% off while they last!

Also, come check out KALI helmets—in stock now! Tony

says come check the new graphic schemes and models,

just came in! Also, check out our huge selection of Sartso

riding jeans.

In the Service department:

Please remember that our service department opens early

every weekday morning at 8:00 am.

Now we have a direct phone line into the service dept:


LoJack is on SALE. Buy the LoJack anti theft system at SF

Moto and SAVE $250. (While supplies last or till July 30th.

2011.) Come in for details.

The Sales department says:

We buy used motorcycles and scooters, we can also help you

sell your ride with our no cost consignment program.

Bring your bike, title (or loan statement), owners handbook

and keys. It’s OK if you still have a loan on your bike we can

still take care of you.

We will provide the safest way for you to get cash for your

motorcycle or scooter. It only takes about 20 - 25 minutes.

Sign up on our mail list to get NEW INVENTORY

NOTIFICATIONS in our weekly e mail newsletter.


2006 Ducati Supersport 800 Red, 2228 miles, $5595!

2006 HONDA Shadow 1100, Black, 4664 Miles, CALL


2008 HONDA Shadow 750 Spirit 1714 miles, blue, $5395

2005 HONDA Shadow 600, White, 7500 miles, $3895!

1995 HONDA CB1000 Red, 65,017 Miles Big, bad bruiser!

Rare and Fun! $2,995

2006 Honda CBR1000RR Silver, 11,258 miles, $6695

2010 HYOSUNG GT250R w/ Fuel Injection beats the Ninja

250, NEW! just $4,199!

2010 Hyosung GV250 Aquila Cruiser. Fuel Injected !!!

Black just $3,899

2007 Hyosung GV650 Avitar V-Twin cruiser, 3,122 miles,

orange, $3895

2009 KAWASAKI Ninja 250R 287 (really!) Miles, Black,

$4,595 WE FINANCE!

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900, 8890 miles, black, fuel

injection! $5695

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900, 9529 miles, teal. $5295

2006 Suzuki GSX-R600, 3,081 miles, wicked black/red,


2007 Suzuki GSX-R600, 11,201miles, black/blue, $6295

2003 Suzuki GSX-R750, 9523 miles, yellow/black, $5195

2006 Suzuki Boulevard S40 great little 650cc singlecylinder

cruiser. 6,834 miles, blue, $3,695

2007 YAMAHA V-Star 1100 Classic 9,833 Miles, Black,


2009 YAMAHA V-Star 650 Classic 158 (really!) Miles,

silver, $5295

2007 YAMAHA V-Star 650 Silverado 6208 miles, bags

and screen included! $4895.


2009 SYM Mio 50 Scooter tops the Vino & Vespa Get 100

MPG !!!!!! NEW! $1999

2008 SYM RV250 Scooter tops the Honda Helix & Reflex

SYM RV250 on SALE!!! NEW! $3,588

2009 Kymco People 200S liquid-cooled freeway power! 12

(!!!) miles, $2999

2006 Kymco People 250 even more liquid cooled freeway

power. 10 (what?!?) miles, $3299

2009 SYM Citycom 300i: Fuel injected, Liquid Cooled,

Freeway Legal, NEW! $4,888

2009 CPI E-CHARM Freeway Legal 4,720 Miles, Yellow,


2010 Honda Elite 110 1,460 Miles, Black, $2,695

2009 SYM Mio50, 429 Miles, $1,599

2010 SYM Fiddle II, 125cc new, $2,298

2008 SYM HD200, 497 Miles, Red, Call For Price

2010 SYM HD200 driven across the USA ! Cannon Ball Run

Blue, Please Call For Price

2010 SYM HD200 EVO edition NEW! $3,399

2010 SYM SYMBA Cub-style 110cc retro step-through!


2007 Vespa LX150 5 miles, silver, $3599.

1981 Vespa VSX P200E 4 speed manual two-stroke! 17,710

Miles, Burgundy, $2,499

2006 Vespa GTS250, 10,032 Miles, Silver, $3,999

2007 VESPA GTS250 2,384 Miles, Silver, SPECIAL $4,295

1969 Vespa Primavera ET3 2 stroke! CUTE!!! 46,353

Miles, White, $2,895

2007 Yamaha Majesty 400 5,705 Miles, Blue, $4,295

Be sure to go online: for hundreds of

pictures and hours of video of pre-owned inventory!



41545 Albrae St. Fremont, CA. 94538


*The only northern California dealer to receive the 2009

“Honda Counsel of Excellence” Award.

Service dept.- If you have your bike serviced and live within

the Tri-City area, we’ll pick your bike up and deliver it back at

NO charge. While we are an OEM Honda- Kawasaki service

center, we do offer service on all makes and models. Our

techs all average over 25 yrs. in the industry (one over 40

yrs.) so you know the job gets done right the first time. Oil

change, ANY make or model $17.99 plus parts !

Parts dept.- Since Fremont Cycle Salvage moved in next

door, we’ve combined all new accessories into one dept.

Same old smiling faces and personality as well as the

brand names your looking for. Arai, Icon, HJC, Joe Rocket,

Alpinestar, Speed & Strength and still get your tires at 20%

off MSRP. Mounting and balance is free when you bring

wheels off bike.

Sales dept.- Great inventory on new Honda and Kawasakis

as well as used.

We buy used bikes or can just help you sell yours. If you’re

buying your first bike, and you recently completed the MSF

class, bring your certificate of completion in and we’ll deduct

your tuition from the cost of your new bike”. Our sales staff

all have 35-40+ yrs. in the industry so we can answer all

your questions with out the B.S. If we can’t get you financed,

no one can.

2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250, green Ltd. Edition, ONLY 900

miles, $4900 Full Yoshimura exhaust system, Dyno Jet kit,

kevlar brake lines, frame sliders, rear seat cowl, Bridgestone

BT003 tires, bar risers, smoked windscreen. One trick 250.

2008 Victory Premium Low $11999 This bike is beautiful,

Tons of factory custom options, Lowered, Hydaulic clutch,

custom pipes, lots of chrome and more, only 5000 miles.

2003 Harley-Davidson FXD Dyna, black $8999 9K miles,

sport screen, bags, backrest w/rear rack.

2003 Suzuki GZ250 UNDER 300 MILES!!! $2899 Like new.

2009 Kawasaki Eliminator 125 NEW City Bike price

$2499 Perfect starter bike

2006 Yamaha YZ250F Extra clean, lots of accessories


1999 YZ250F $1499

2008 Harley-Davidson FXD Low Rider Anniversary 6k

miles $12499 #483 of 2000 Thunder Header, copper/blk.


2003 Harley-Davidson FXD, black, tons of extras $8799

2006 Yamaha TTR250 Extra clean, low hrs., green sticker.


2008 Honda XR650L ONLY 68 miles That’s right 68!

$5599. Showroom fresh, lowered 2”.

Kawasaki VN900 Custom, Black, only 2000 miles, like

new $6299

2004 Yamaha R1 35700 miles $4699 Yoshimura pipe,

Scott steering damper, clean, salvaged title.

2008 KTM 990 Super Duke, only 3000 miles $7999 White

w/lots of carbon. Most fun you can have

with your clothes on. clean, well maintained.

2009 Kawasaki EX650 Ninja, red only 7000 miles. $5999


INVENTORY!!! Bill Keys 510/661-0100 ext.115 or E-mail


1971 Honda Trail 90 CT90 Under 5000 original miles,

excellent condition with rare aux. fuel tank! $1200 Owen at


1969 Ossa Pioneer Lots of new, original parts, matching

numbers, $1000 as is. Owen at 831/426-5107.

2007 Sym HD200 scooter, very practical, in very good

condition. Only 2763 miles, includes Givi tail trunk. Always

garaged, clean title, recently serviced at Hattar Motorsports.

Some scuffs, the right lever curled, left missing ball end.

Tags expired Apr 2011. Call or text Scott, 510/517-0615.

BMW R75/5 AHRMA RoadRacer




1972 BMW frame and engine case, late model crank and 5

speed trans, welded heads, flowed and dual plugged, 336

sport cam, 18” Akront rims, 62 hp rear wheel, clean and

ready to run. $7500. more details email:

2000 Moto Guzzi Quota 1100ES. Original owner. 36K

miles. Garaged, well maintained. $3800.

forsale/ 209/854-4567

2005 BMW R1200ST 8000 miles. Graphite and Silver. One

Owner. Bought New in 2005. Always garaged. Below list:

$9000. 415/713-5602.

2003 KTM 200 MX/C. Low hours, bought new in 2004.

Garaged, well maintained, needs nothing. Only $3300 for this

wicked dirt bike. Call 707/578-6686.

2003 Suzuki SV1000S, silver. One original owner, still

on first set of tires! Just 3000 miles, like new. Other items

available. $4500. Ask for Otto:

1999 Yamaha R1, blue, 4.6K miles, Öhlins, Race Tech,

Graves rearsets, V&H slip-on: $3500. Also, ‘97 Aprilia

RS250 & ‘99 R6 track bikes: prices negotiable. 408/343-


1955 Zundapp 600cc: Restored to perfection. National

award winner. Black. $25,000. Serious inquiries only.


Three Trials Motorcycles for Sale! 70cc, 250cc and

350cc. Call 415/781-3432


Complete 2008 Harley Road King 96” top end. Cylinders,

pistons, cams, heads, valves, pushrods, throttle body,

tuner. All parts from original owner, low miles, and in

great condition. $500. Also available - Complete exhaust,

including headers and Screamin’ Eagle slip-ons. $200. Call

831/252-4449 or email



New, used and vintage

All Bikes Welcome

5015 Appian Way, El Sobrante, CA 95803

510/243-0781 “Find great deals at O’Neals!”


Motorcycle towing system. No trailer, no tires, no tags. No

parking or storing. Check it out at

925/413-4103. Dirt Bike or Cruiser.




Never worry about theft, vandalism, weather damage or

parking tickets. DUBBELJU MC RENTALS, San Francisco’s

oldest motorcycle rental shop, offers safe storage for your

bike in our shop at 689A Bryant St. Not only is it a great shop

to store your motorcycle but we have cool rental bikes as well;

BMW, Triumph, Harley, Honda, Suzuki, and even Yamaha

scooters. Keep us in mind when your bike is in the shop or

you have a friend come in to town. Be sure to check out our

web site: and see all the things we have

going on. 415/495-2774.


Since 1956



Iron Sportster



Twin Cam

Multi Valve 450cc and up

Cyl. boring on H.D. only

21050 Mission Blvd. Hayward, 94541

(510) 581-5315


Marin Moto Works!

Aprilia, KTM, and BMW Service and Repair

Located at 44 Harbor street, San Rafael

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

(415) 454-RIDE

Galfer Braking

Rotors, Brake lines, Pads, Street, Race, Off-road, Super-Moto

PashnitMoto is one of the largest Galfer Braking dealers in

the USA.

Colored brake lines, custom lengths, Wave Rotors. 50 Pages

of part numbers. or call 530/391-1356



Large Parts Inventory for American V-Twins

Full service on all American-made bikes

Machine Shop & Welding


2395 H Monument Blvd, Concord

Have an old Japanese

moto collecting dust

in the garage ?


back on the road , Doesn’t matter how long has been sitting

there. No job too big or too small . 30 years experience,

plenty of parts hanging around here, too.

We charge $65 dollars per diagnostic.

Hire us to do the repair, and we’ll credit this amount to the

final bill.

530 Peralta St, West Oakland

Just off 7th St , between the Post Office & Bart Station

Manuel (510) 290-1668


Vespa Service & Repair

2-stroke shifty only. 30 years experience. Great rates.

No job too small. In San Francisco. By Appointment.


We offer parts and service for Triumph, Norton, BSA, Amal,


In-house cylinder boring, valve jobs, surfacing and much


1984 Stone Ave.

San Jose, CA 95125

Phone (408)998-4495

Fax (408)998-0642

Tues-Fri 11-6, Sat 8-5


Motorcycle Performance Parts, Accessories, Services.

Low price on Tires!!!

We will PRICE MATCH with any store.

Phone : 408-298-8887

1391 N. 10th St

San Jose CA 95112


Please mention this ad and you will receive an additional 5%

off on your purchase.


Need new rubber? To get you off to a good start in 2011, for

January and February, Rockridge Two Wheels is offering

a $50 mount and balance with the purchase of two tires.

Factory techs. 40 years experience. 510/594-0789

DNA Motor Lab, LLC

DNA specializes in affordable scooter/motorcycle repair

(including Chinese) in the SF Bay Area. We provide services

on-site or pickup.



For sale: Old CityBike mags! From Early ‘90s to current

(some years incomplete). $0.50 each. Call (916) 203-7526

(Davis). Also available: Friction Zone and the other SF

motorcycling publication.


*Motorcycle Service and Repair*

• Tires • Service •Insurance estimates

Monthly bike storage available

Come check us out

1135 Old Bayshore Hwy

San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 299-0508 —


Custom Design Studios

Mind-Blowing Custom Paint Since 1988

Visit Our Showroom!

V-Twin Service, Repair, Parts, & Fabrication.

Harley Factory Trained Tech.

415 382-6662

56 Hamilton Dr. # A

Novato, Ca. 94949

Reach thousands of Northern California motorcyclists. Just $15 for 25 words, 25¢

each additional word. Photos add $25. Industry classifieds are a higher price. Free

25-word listing for stolen bikes. Deadline is the 3 rd of each month. Just fill out the

form, or copy and send it with your check, payable to CityBike 69A Duboce, San

Francisco, CA 94103



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Motorcycle Tire Services

San Francisco - Bay Area

(415) 601-2853

Order your tires online, Zero CA sales tax plus

Free UPS Ground, then have a Preferred Installer

in your local area do the installation and save!

Please visit website for details.


For the Leading Mobile Repair Services

Automobile, Motorcycle and Watercraft

Serving the Greater Bay Area

Online Scheduling


STOMPERS BOOTS, 323 10th Street, SF.

Motorcycle boots, engineer boots, work boots, construction

boots! Working hard, playing hard, or just plain old

shitkicking boots. Black leather, lugged sole & steel toe

reinforced boots!

Best damn boot shop in world!


CityBike Classifieds



Providing safe and reliable transport of your motorcycle!

Licensed and Insured

Hold a California Motor Carrier Permit

Santa Rosa, CA

Serving Marin, Sonoma, Napa & Mendocino Counties

707-537-5212 cell. If no answer call 707-894-9125



What does cutting hair have in common with motorcycle

service? NOTHING—until now.

We are opening a service facility near the east end of the Bay

Bridge that will be Different. This one will have lifts dedicated

to full-time mechanics who will rent the lift and attendant

work area just as a stylist rents a chair. Common specialty

tools, an in-house parts counter and shared synergy with

several others will move you farther, faster, and help fuel your

business and billable hours.

You pay us a flat rental fee and we bill your clients at a lower

rate than most shops charge—but higher than what most

shops pay. You cover your expenses and keep the difference.

For the right person, this unique opportunity may be a lifechanging


We offer:

• Advertising & booking of work

• Motorcycle lifts

• Inventory/Parts ordering

• Your own personal page on our website

• Bookkeeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable,


• High-speed internet, telephones

You provide:

• A modest up-front investment

• 3 years minimum experience in a shop servicing


• Certification in your line of specialty

• Dedication, confidence in your ability to be more than just

a wrench-spinner, entrepreneurial spirit

• Must own your own tools

Please let us know if you’re interested by emailing with NEW IDEA in the title. Tell us

about yourself and your qualifications, what you most want

from such a scenario, and how to contact you.


Lets Ride hosts motorcycle track days at Buttonwillow

Raceway, and in July at Thunderhill Raceway. Riders

can choose from one of three riding levels; Beginner,

Intermediate, or Advanced. Visit www.LetsRideTrackDays.

com, or call 800-482-8848 for more information.





Call 415/999-4790 for a 24-hr. recorded message and a

copy of the FREE REPORT

EBAY SALES eBay sales. Specialist with vehicles, 12

years experience, and 4000+ positive feedback rating. Flat

listing rate. I can produce auctions with 20+ large format,

gorgeous, high quality pictures with my dealer account and

pro-grade camera. Dr. Hannibal Lechter reminds us that “we

covet what we see.” Let me show people what you have and

why they should pay top dollar for it! Interested in larger lots

of identifiable, good-quality motorcycle and car parts to buy

as well. or 415/699-8760.


Stolen motorcycles are listed free in CityBike (and we guess

it’s good news we don’t have any to report this month)! Send

info to

SELL YER STUFF IN CITYBIKE! Yes, you can do that—it’s

easy. Easier than calling your grandson, having him post a

Craigslist ad, then ask you for $20, which you wind up giving

him because you decided to go riding instead of going to

his high school graduation and you feel guilty. We here at

CityBike understand your guilt feelings, so we will run your

ad (25 words or less, please) ‘till sold for just $15. Add $25

bucks to run a photo of your ride so people believe you’re

really selling something and not just lonely.

Subscribers get a free ad every month! Maybe you should

subscribe, eh cheapskate?

August 2011 | 28 |

August 2011 | 29 |

By Mike Solis,

Photos by Mike Solis and

Gary Rather

The AFM Super

Dinosaur class has had

a few different faces

throughout the years. The

original rules limited the class to bikes made in

1985 or older, using Superbike spec rules (frame

and engine case combination must be as-produced

by the manufacturer) while limiting machines to

DOT tires. It was created for bikes that were too

old to be competitive in the modern displacement

classes, yet not quite old enough for the vintage

classes. Competitive machines in the early years

included the RZ350 ridden by Enzo Ferrara and

the BMW R90 ridden by Jove Shapiro.

The Superbike rules gave builders some freedom,

resulting in the creation of some unique

machines, like the FZ750 built by Paul Reynen,

which featured an FZ750 frame and motor in

conjunction with modern forks and wheels. His

FZ750 won the Super Dinosaur championship

four different times – in 1999, 2000, and 2001

Ed Hazaar and his Z1

have been racing Dino

since it wasn’t Dino...

Photo: Gary Rather.

Jurassic Paddock

What Makes AFM’s

Super Dinosaur

class So Super?

August 2011 | 30 |

with Reynen,

and once

again in 2002

with Reynen’s

teammate Don




machine was the 6 cylinder Honda CBX

coined the “Tyrannosaurus X”, owned

and built by Mike Dondellinger. The

subject of a CityBike feature story, the

CBX was ridden by Denny Doherty and

later Gary Jaehne, who went fast enough

on the bike to qualify for Formula

Pacific’s 1:57 cutoff at Sears Point.

Riders seemed happy with the class,

as the 1985 class limit prevented the

Mikey Leister campaigned

this battered GpZ550 for

SF Moto. He would get

on the podium in Dino

and then finish mid-pack

in 600 Superbike against

bikes decades newer than

his. Photo: Gary Rather


(which wasn’t

released in

the USA until

1986) from


But with


Jose Quintanar and

his 1999 SV650.

rules in effect, riders and teams were not limited

to machines imported to the States, making the

1985 GSX-R750 (released in Canada, Europe, and

Japan) eligible. Former 250 Production racer and

current AFM Tech Inspector David Worthington

found such a bike in Japan after many patient

Internet searches. After successfully importing it

and building it into a racebike, his 1985 GSX-R went

on to win the Super Dinosaur championship three

times: in 2003 with future AFM Top-10 plate holder

Jon Bawden, in 2004 with Terry Cheney, and in

2005 with Worthington himself.

In 2004, the class rules were changed to allow

motorcycles that were 17 years old or older to run,

with the goal of increasing grid sizes of what seemed

to be a dying class. In 2006, the rules changed once

again, trimming that 17-year limit down to 12 years,

in addition to allowing racing slicks. The rolling

12-year rule allowed several newer bikes to run

You know, you can’t really call anything in racing

inexpensive. But once these bikes are set up, they’re fairly

reliable—just throw some tires on and race ‘em.

-Guy Hyder, second place at Round 5, class champion in 2009 and 2010.]

Dino Jockeys

We had the chance to ask a few Super Dinosaur racers

what brought them to the class, and what they enjoyed

about it. Here’s what they had to say:

It’s a cool class, a lot of old-school guys, it’s fairly

competitive, and it’s actually affordable. Having

raced for 13 years, it’s hard to just keep putting

money in—I just wanted to find a class where

I was comfortable and could be competitive.

Before I got into it, I told my wife I was gonna

retire from racing. But I tried it out, came in

second, and thought ‘Hey this could be a cool


-Roosevelt Charles, race winner at Round 5.

You know, you can’t really call anything in racing

inexpensive. But once these bikes are set up,

they’re fairly reliable—just throw some tires on

and race ‘em.

-Guy Hyder, second place at Round 5, class champion in

2009 and 2010.

Roosevelt and I grew up racing together, and he

told me there was a class we could both race, even

though we were on different-sized bikes. I was on

a 99 SV, he was on a 99 ‘F4, and we could just go

out there and have some fun. I like that I can race

with friends, and that we can bring old bikes out

and still be competitive.

-Jose Quintanar, third place at Round 5.

I watched a Super Dinosaur race, timed the guys,

and thought I could be competitive. I went out

and bought an 89 Hurricane the next day! And

the guys in the class were just awesome. The first

race I did, I finished in last place, but I came off

the track screaming at another guy about all the

fun we had, it was just awesome.

-Paul Kieffer, 2007 class champion.

During my recovery (from a work accident), I

wanted to build a racebike based on the firstgeneration

GSX-R that I always wanted but could

not afford when they were first introduced. A lot

of what I like about the class is just the people—it

reminds me a lot of Formula 40, where they’re a

little older and having a good time, while they’re

still racing hard against each other.

-David Worthington, 2005 class champion, and owner

/ builder of the 1985 GSX-R750 that won three different

championships with three different riders

I think the attraction was, as a builder, to put

something different and older together, and show

people what the old bikes can still do. What I

liked the most was the fun with all the guys,

especially with Paul Kieffer and my old friend

Jason. It was different from the normal 600

classes—I just went out and had fun.

-Neil O’Reily, 2006 class champion:

Every track day, every race weekend, someone

comes by my pits and says, “I had a bike like that,”

“I always wanted a bike like that,” or “I wish I

never got rid of that bike.” I can build my bike

into just about anything I want. It’s a great first

racebike; there’s just something about racing a

GPZ550, knowing the frame is flexing in every

corner. There are 250cc racers I can’t keep up

with, and I know they have half the power I do, so

it pushes me to be better and go faster.

-Corey Clough, GPZ550 racer.

and continues to be in effect to this day,

resulting in a number of well-prepared

machines from the mid ‘90s to show up.

Modern grids have seen GSX-R750s of

the SRAD era, YZF750Rs, and F2, F3 and

F4 versions of the CBR600. It also opened

the door for lightweight, gray-market

bikes to compete, as a few FZR400s have

shown up over the years.

The class is a contradiction of sorts, as

the “Dinosaur” title suggests decrepit,

fossil-like machines. A closer look at the

last Infineon round revealed quite the

opposite, with a well-prepared CBR600F4,

an immaculate Smokin Joe’s CBR600F3,

and a clean first-generation Suzuki SV650

all in contention for the top spots.

The future of the class is uncertain at this

moment, as the rolling 12-year rule will

soon allow machines like the groundbreaking

2000 GSX-R750 and the 2001

GSX-R1000 to be legal. Owners of older

machines fear the loss of competitiveness,

with even more fearing the loss of the

‘feel’ of the class. Some riders I spoke

with believed a division of the class into

different displacements would suffice;

others thought a division into different

age ranges could be the answer. Another

idea was the thought of removing the

‘rolling’ age limit all together, placing

a cap on the class sometime in the late

90s to prevent the newer GSX-Rs from

entering. The present crop of riders both

love their machines and enjoy the close

yet friendly competition—as long as

those are preserved, the dinosaurs are

sure to live on.

Get the latest at

AFM Round 5

July 9-10, 2011

Infineon Raceway

Unofficial Top 6 per Class

Bay Area Riders Forum Formula

Pacific - 1. Chris Siglin 2. Ricky Corey 3.

Brian Parriott 4. James Randolph 5. David

Stanton 6. Martin Szwarc

CT Racing Open Superbike - 1. Brian

Parriott 2. Ricky Corey 3. David Stanton

4. Chris Siglin 5. Martin Szwarc 6. Corey


750 Superbike - 1. Lenny Hale 2. Bryce

Prince 3. Brian Stone 4. Kevin Nekimken 5.

Greg McCullough 6. Neil Atterbury

Pacific Track Time 600 Superbike - 1.

Joey Pascarella 2. Bryce Prince 3. Greg

McCullough 4. Lenny Hale 5. Thomas

Montano 6. Jason Lauritzen

450 Superbike - 1. Andrew Patterson 2.

Dave Moss 3. Aleksandr Anatichuk 4. Craig

Sanders 5. Joe Sickle 6. Ian Smith

250 Superbike - 1. Joe Carrillo 2. Richard

Capps 3. Paul Urich 4. Brian Bartlow 5.

Kirk Korenko 6. Richard Moore

The Track Club Open Production - 1.

Neil Atterbury 2. Hollis Adams 3. Aaron

Ascher 4. Jesse Carter 5. Tim Scarrott 6. Jeff


750 Production - 1. Jason Lauritzen 2.

Lenny Hale 3. Kevin Nekimken 4. Neil

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Keigwins@theTrack 600 Production -

1. Joey Pascarella 2. Lenny Hale 3. Berto

Wooldridge 4. Greg McCullough 5. Jason

Lauritzen 6. Thomas Montano

650 Production Twins - 1. Dan Sewell

2. James Strauch 3. Alan Cunningham

4. Everett Dittman 5. Charles Almy 6.

Danielle Diaz

Stiegler Insurance 250 Production - 1.

Kirk Korenko 2. Brian Bartlow 3. Adam

Fausset 4. Joe Carrillo 5. Eric Kondo 6.

Zdenek Mika

Open Grand Prix - 1. James Randolph 2.

Brian Parriott 3. David Stanton 4. Corey

Sarros 5. Martin Szwarc 6. Hollis Adams

Scuderia West Formula 1 - 1. Lenny Hale

2. Berto Wooldridge 3. Matt Presting 4.

David Raff 5. Jesse Carter 6. Mike Nigliazzo

Formula 2 - 1. Michael Altamirano 2.

Richard Snowden 3. Richard Denman

Formula 3 - 1. Phillip Krenn 2. Gwyn

Lewis Formula 4 - 1. Neill O’Reilly 2. Dan

Sewell 3. Spencer Smith 4. Jay Kinberger 5.

Dustin O’Hara 6. Scott Reavey

Desmoto Sport Open Twins - 1. James

Randolph 2. Eric Gulbransen 3. Steve Metz

4. Jason Catching 5. Brendan Walsh 6. Scott


650 Twins - 1. Neill O’Reilly 2. Jason

Catching 3. Spencer Smith 4. Dan Sewell 5.

Dustin O’Hara 6. Jay Kinberger

500 Twins - 1. Andrew Patterson 2. Dan

Azar 3. Brian Bartlow 4. Patrick Aldinger 5.

Adam Faussett 6. Nick Grice


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APRIL 16 - 17


MAY 7 - 8


JUNE 4 - 5


JULY 9 - 10


AUGUST 27 - 28


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Formula Singles - 1. Richard Capps 2. Paul

Urich 3. Yuri Barrigan 4. Adam Schindler

Formula AFemme - 1. Christie Cooley

2. Danielle Diaz 3. Krystyna Kubran 4.

Jennifer Lauritzen 5. Shelina Moreda 6.

Sara Probert

Super Dinosaur - 1. Roosevelt Charles

2. Guy Hyder 3. Jose Quintanar 4. Eric

Thompson 5. Ed Haazer 6. Kevin Clark

Formula 40 Heavyweight - 1. Patrick

Corcoran 2. Aaron Ascher 3. Bud Anderson

4. Jeff Graham 5. Ben Swiggett 6. William


Formula 40 Medium - 1. Neil Atterbury 2.

Thomas Montano 3. David Glenn 4. Mark

Bregar 5. Nick Hayman 6. James Hendricks

Formula 40 Lightweight - 1. Dan Sewell 2.

Jay Kinberger 3. Alan Cunningham 4. Brad

Woods 5. Jonathan Forman 6. Jo Rhett

Vintage - 1. Ivan Thelin 2. Andrew

Simsak 3. Robert Diepenbroek Clubman

Heavyweight - 1. Blaine Bessler 2. Gregory

Olson 3. Jesus Sanjurjo 4. Warren Williams

5. Damion Victor 6. Michael Aaron Cohen

Clubman Middleweight - 1. Gregory

Olson 2. George Myshlyayev 3. Eric Hobbs

4. Ricardo Villegas 5. Jason Michael Smith

6. Sergio Sanchez-Chopitea

Clubman Lightweight - 1. Charles Almy

2. Eric Thompson 3. Patrick Murphy 4. Ivan

Lozano 5. Ron Corey 6. Stephen Smith

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