I’ve done track days on and off in cars for years, but I swore I’d never do one on a bike. “If I’m going on a track, I want a metal cage around me,” I always said. Earlier this week I ate my words at Tony’s Track Days’ non-sportbike event.
And it was awesome. More to follow, but here’s a sample video I uploaded. Lead instructor Ken Condon has me follow his line for a lap. After he takes off, I put down my fastest lap of the day, despite blowing turn 7.
It’s not my first choice for a project bike, but a clean title and a price of 200 bucks says otherwise. So I’ll be checking out this old Yamaha XS1100 on Saturday. Its been sitting for a long while and will need some lovin to get her runnin, but its all there.
Summer is too short in Minnesota.
Just saw this pop up on Cycle World and its badass. Both Harley and Indian have shiny new water cooled race bikes and will be duking it out on the dirt tracks like the olden days.
Because I am just that sort of crazy person who would cross shop these two bikes. Is the SV650 really the Miata of motorcycles? Is it fun? Do your feet immediately sprout flip flops when you hop on a Gixxer? Which would I buy? Did I do dank whoolies?
I can no longer use “but I don’t have any boots” as an excuse for not doing a track day on the bike. These arrived today - Gaerne GP-1. Picked up this pair on clearance online and was very fortunate that they fit well.
I officially have my M-class license. Now that I slow speed maneuvered a 150cc scooter around some cones, I can go blasting around on a turbo Hyabusa completely legally. But since I don’t want to die, I’ll stick to puttering around town on my scooter, while wearing a helmet.
But what I really meant was its been a long day and now that I’m home I just want to tinker. So I’m going to pull the oil tank to get at the air box so I can derustify it. And eat a cannoli. That is not a euphemism.
Here’s some better pictures of the Kymco Super 8 I bought last night. Tomorrow I’m going to the DMV to get my M-class license. I hate that I have to load it back into my truck, to drive it 2 miles to the DMV, to then take the test. Such a PITA. Thems the breaks I guess.
Weeks of trolling Craigslist, and dealing with sellers who for some reason did not want my money, have finally paid off. I am the new owner of a 2012 Kymco Super 8, with a 150 cc motor. It’s in great shape, and I got it for the price of a decent 50 cc scooter.
It was long, somewhat hard, and very fun. Phrasing! A total of 550 km and lots of twisties. Route map after the jump.
I want to know where there’s a place where I can just pick up motorcycle frames, maybe with or without other bits attached (say like a wreck recovery or something). I’m specifically looking for a Suzuki TU250x frame and maybe a Bonnie frame or a Royal Enfield frame. I’ve looked on local Craigslist but with no such…
There’s nothing wrong with my Honda PC800. But my latest project has been building one good Suzuki Savage from two that needed help - one that I completed this past weekend. And after a test ride, I thought to myself, “I want a cruiser.” The Savage is physically too small for me, but I’m thinking a Shadow, Magna,…
The Yamaha Demo Truck came to town! Conveniently enough they came to the bike shop thats just 2 miles from my office so what better way to spend a long Friday lunch than to test ride a new bike?
“What goes around comes around.” This saying applies to a great many things in life. If you’re nice to other people, other people are likely to be nice to you. If you help a friend when they’re down, that friend is likely to help you when you need it most. If you pound a tetherball as hard as you can, that tetherball…
DO NOT PLAY WHILE RIDING!!! Sorry for shouting, but I had to say that first thing for all the people who will flame me without reading past the title, which is what happens with 59% of all articles posted on social media. By no means should you even think about playing Pokémon Go while operating any kind of moving…
I think that just added another 5hp!
Spent the weekend up at Mid-Ohio for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days! It was awesome and pretty chaotic. We got there on Saturday and immediately joined a parade lap around Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, then watched a mini-road course supermoto race, hopped over to a trial bike exhibition, caught the road racing which had…