I was sitting in Jeremy Toye's trailer at AFM round 4 and we were discussing the meaning of life, world peace, religion, and how fast he was going. He was telling me what a great bike the ZX-10R was and how close they were to having the complete package. This sat with me for a few weeks as I thought about my plans for next year. More than once I could be found dabbling on the net looking over specs and reviews on the bike, occasionally mentioning to my wife how cool the new ZX-10 looked. She made some outlandish demand that I would need to win FP to land such a glamorous ride.
Scott helping me pick out some parts.
Flash forward a few weeks and I had heard that Kawasaki was offering a racer contingency program. Contingency has gone the way of the dinosaur, almost extinct, and this was the tipping point for me. Sneaking up to Roseville Yamaha/Kawasaki, I spoke with Sean Coplan, the owner, and "G", the sales manager, they were sure that we could get a deal that would work for me. I was so excited about the idea of riding a new
Helping me all the way out the door.
Last weekend, at AFM Round 6, my bike had a mechanical issue in the
middle of my Open SB race and minutes later I was on the phone
with G confirming my desire to buy the Kawi. A few days later my truck was in the Roseville Yamaha/Kawasaki parking lot, with a shiny new toy getting loaded into the bed. The bike was a done deal, but they helped me work some Kawasaki kit parts into the financing package. Say no more, I went straight over to Scott at the parts counter. I want one of these, two of those, oohhh and for sure one of those.
As I sat there watching Scott run through the list of parts, I saw something that Sean the owner had preached to me, "We aim to make friends out of our customers". A new customer had come in telling the parts guy he found parts cheaper at on-line. Scott was interested in what the customer had to say and did everything he could to help him out, at the end of the conversation he thanked the customer for the chance to earn his business. Earn is not a word you hear much these days. They have certainly earned my business through their great customer service, ability to work with us on bike purchases over the years and their support of racers.
Lets get to the fun part, 1000cc of shiny new garage decoration for Jason. I ordered a few parts to make the bike "race ready". Exactly what does it take to make a bike race ready, or ready to compete at the Formula Pacific level? Over the next few weeks I will show you the transformation from the showroom floor to the race track. Pick a bike, add some goodies, and go racing. The bike I have been racing the last couple of years is loaded with goodies and in no way is a slouch, but this bike is much easier to get to the competitive level. Stay tuned to see what it is going to take to go racing on a new ZX-10R.
One of the three well-known California road racing clubs; AFM offers a place where you can participate in races, watch as a spectator, or even take part as a turn-worker on the course. There are competition classes for almost all motorcycles; you can race what you own, build a bike specifically for racing, or maybe even pick up a pre-set-up bike through member want ads. Competing in expert club racing can be used to qualify for a pro racing license. Explore the website for further information.
Women race with the men?
Yes, races are structured by bike size. Women race in the same classes as men that have the same sized bike. However, there is a growing interest among women in racing , so many racing clubs have added a women’s class to encourage the ladies to give it a try.
Formed in 2001, SMUSA is now the premier Pro/Am supermoto series in the country. Many of the well known American road racers such as Bobby Fong, Joey Pascarella, Cameron Beaubier, Elena Myers, Tyler O'Hara, Garrett Willis and others all competed in Supermoto USA's Nor Cal Championship where they developed their skills.
PC Dirt Track in Sacramento, Ca holds a series of the oldest and most traditional type of motorcycle racing, flat track - sometimes referred to as “dirt track” racing. A uniquely American type of motorcycle racing. Riders finesse their machines sideways through the turns, just inches apart from each other.
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. The AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. No one who has ever seen an AMA Pro motorcycle race ever forgets it.