None of us would consider wearing half a suit at the track but that’s exactly what we do when riding on the street. How often have you made do with a riding jactet and jeans when taking your bike for a cruise in the country? Really, this is only going to present a problem if you fall, right? Since we can’t predict when we’ll crash, Alpinestars has come up with a solution.
All the performance for much less money
We all want performance exhaust systems for our track machines. They sound awesome, increase power and save weight. Unfortunately, these parts are very expensive and you’re almost sure to damage or destroy them if you crash. Here at TrackdayMag.com, we’ve been wishing for years that some company would offer an inexpensive solution to this problem.
DanMoto Exhaust is a Chinese company that has been selling performance systems on EBay for practically any sporting machine that you can name. The price for their products is almost unbelievably low. Could this be the answer to our prayers? Time for a test!
Life is short. Do it all
At age 53, U.S. Navy veteran, George Burton, had seen the world and become a grandfather. Along the way, he’d done just about everything a person could do on a motorcycle but had never turned a wheel on a racetrack. Burton served active duty for 23 years and still wears the uniform as a Junior ROTC teacher at a local high school. He figures he’s logged more than 200,000 miles on two wheels in four decades, including coast-to-coast adventures on his BMW R1200GS. In addition to his time in the saddle, he is an experienced corner worker; flagging for everything from regional club races to MotoGP.
It’s not often that a race bike has me second-guessing my meager skills and questioning if I'm man enough to ride it. However, as owner Stan Friduss activated the remote starter and the heavily breathed-upon 1000cc engine of his 1976 Moto-Guzzi Lemans Superbike exploded to life, this was my exact thought process. Every head within earshot turned towards the pit. I approached cautiously as the bike settled into an angry, spitting idle, courtesy of its gaping DelOrto smoothbore racing carbs. It seemed as if the machine was pissed off for having been awakened.
The excitement is back!
After several years of stagnancy, our sport is about to explode. As we begin to recover from the worst economic crisis to hit the planet since the rise of the superbike, fresh ideas are set to revolutionize the machines we ride. Motorcycle sales may have been standing still but the minds that drive our sport ever forward have not been idle. The most fantastic ideas and exotic racing technology are making it to the consumer level faster than ever before. Electronics are transforming this obsession of ours. It’s been less than a decade since wild rumors were flying around the paddock, claiming that factory teams were experimenting with top-secret traction control.