The future is uncertain for this St. Louis track
Racetracks are hallowed ground. For riders, drivers and even spectators, fond memories are forever tied to the venue where they occurred. To learn a course is to become intimate with it. The flow, timing and pace become etched upon your mind and can later be recalled, dreamlike, as you might fondly remember a past love. For a racetrack rider, the news of a circuit’s demise is as tragic as the loss of an old friend.
A bit of elbow grease can save you time and money
The oil in your forks and shock wears out. This oil not only lubricates your suspension's expensive internal bits but is also a key component of damping. As the oil's viscosity breaks down, suspension performance fades. Sporting riders should have their forks and shock serviced yearly, while stead racetrack addicts need this service twice a season. Rather than transporting the bike to your tuner of choice and paying his labor rate to remove and install its suspension, why not perform this part of the job yourself and simply ship the forks and shock in for service?
Knowing when to take it to the next level
Contrary to what some folks may claim, track days are NOT racing. Simply put, one is about recreation and the other is a competition. As a racetrack rider, you've obviously reached the point in your journey where your desire for speed and your skill level have exceeded what you can safely achieve on the streets. At the track, you've found a sanctuary where you can explore the limits of your machine and test your talents as a rider. For most, this awesome game that we play with our sportbikes will provide all the challenge they will ever crave. For a few, actual competition is the logical next step. How can you decide if racing is the right choice for you?
A 100% premium helmet for two-thirds the price
In the Sixties and Seventies, the best helmet in the world was the Bell Star. A number of factors conspired to dethrone this American product as the global leader in motorsports head protection, including offshore (read “less expensive”) competition and a devastating fire that destroyed the Rantoul, Illinois production facility. After that, Bell farmed out its license to make motorcycle helmets and concentrated on the booming bicycle headgear market. Unfortunately, the subcontracted product never lived up to the legacy of the original, world-conquering Star line and the brand faded from the motorcycling public’s radar. For quite some time now, those looking for the high end in motorcycle helmets have bought either a Shoei or an Arai.
Becoming an Italian bike connoisseur by accident and auction
It was a simple plan; buy an Italian bike on the cheap through site sponsor CrankyApe.com and spend as little as possible to get it on the track. To reflect the project’s low buck intensions, we’d call it Penny Pasta. Given their reputation for fragility, high maintenance and horrendous parts prices, we weren’t sure that we could achieve this goal with a bike built in Italy but decided to give it a shot. Hey, every true sportbike enthusiast should own at least one motociclistico d'Italia in his lifetime!