The cool designs originally drew me to them, but as I read about their products I was intrigued by the light weight carbon fiber and forward thinking COM support. I hadn't heard of the Nexx brand before, but found that they are pretty well known in the Eugopean scene.
I couldn't justify risking perfect OEM body parts at the track... especially since each of these bikes had special edition or team themes that are more valuable than standard. I've bought the cheapest fairings before, so I decided to try spending a little more (between cheap and OEM) to see how the next step up in price would be by comparison. I had iFairings do custom schemes that were based on the Yamaha Valencia edition, with a few tweaks I added. I even decided to put that theme on the Ninja, so they would all match.
My first experience with Competition Werkes was putting their slip on and fender eliminator on my Ducati Diavel (check out my review with video, photos, and details at Project Diavel site). I like running as loud as possible on the street, so cars and everybody will know where I am... even if I didn't like the sound (but I do) I would still do it for safety... even if folks look annoyed when they look back at me in traffic... at least they are looking.
My first experience with Bursig was using their stand on my Ducati Diavel (check out my review with video, photos, and details at Project Diavel site). My Ducati spends the majority of life in the air on my Bursig stand and it is terrific for use in the garage and at events.
In addition to their amazing stands on our 2018 lineup, I am excited to have their Paddock Wizard (by Rieger-Rennsport) to keep my helmet cool, hang my suit, store my related supplies, outdoor outlets, wheel holder (and outlet for tire warmers), and multi-purpose table. See it in our Bursig and gear/garage section.
I've heard about this technology and always thought it would be nice to have, but the suits were priced too far out for me to consider. When I saw this vest, I thought it offered me a middle price point that would get me extra protection that could really make a difference. Wait until you see the air bag deploy!
T-Rex Racing designs and manufactures their own products. All of their stands, frame sliders, and chocks are formed, welded and painted by hand. All of their products are carefully scrutinized by their staff before leaving the factory.
I started out with the cheapest suit I could get at Cycle Gear, and it was pretty uncomfortable. Last year I went to the next level... but this year I decided to go for it. I searched for custom suit makers and found Todd McNabney in New York, who has roots in track days. I loved his story and after checking out their site and his credentials... it made my decision to select Heroic a no brainer.
When I think of rearsets on sportbikes, one of the first names that I think of is Woodcraft... even though I had never bought their products before. I bought some cheap eBay rearsets for my 2001 R1 and when I stood up on the pegs, I always worried about if they would hold up. I decided to go for it this year and sprung for rearsets for my R1 and R3.
World renowned tuner Dave Moss (of Feel the Track) will be helping me setup my bike. See the differences between riders and bikes, and we are planning on getting on the track with Dave for his analysis as well. Dave also has some nice video equipment to add some nice options.
STOMPGRIP helps me have a much more secure/stable connection with my bikes, plus they keep my bikes from getting scratched up.
After a great first season of instruction, practice, and hanging out... I'm planning on having more fun with 2Fast in Return to Track Days. Like last year, I will be going to their track days at PIR... which are not only good days to ride, but many of the guys racing with OMRRA on the same weekend show up to practice, so we get to witness great riders hauling around the track in the faster classes. I'm also going to try to go to one of the WA tracks this season.
See my 2Fast page for photos and videos related to 2Fast.
After Bill, Jeff, and AJ (from Journey to Track Days) talked about the advantages of taking a smaller bike to smaller tracks to get better, I went out and got my small bikes this winter and started checking out smaller tracks. They frequent the Mac Track, so I looked them up and I'll be spending as many of my days off as I can practicing they all summer. The PKA offers practice during the week throughout much of the year, and they conduct various types of racing events on the weekends with practice on Saturdays and racing on Sundays.
See my Portland Karting Association page for photos and videos related to Portland Karting Association.
In 2015, I bought my first Ducati after visiting the top Ducati dealer in North America, which happens to be located 70 miles from me. In August I'm going to check out a MOTOCORSA track day at PIR.
See my MOTOCORSA page for photos related to MOTOCORSA.
In 2017 we did a trailer prep video that showed what I did on a tight budget... but in 2018, I cracked open my piggy bank and bought a brand new 2018 bigger, wider, more custom decals, nicer storage, amazing chock setups, my strappless tiedown setup, and a sweet looking trailer loaded with diamond plate extras. I am doing enough to this trailer to justify a little series that will cover what I did and how it turned out. These trailer photos show some of my work so far.
I installed three Condor chocks including one in the middle that is e-track adjustable. They offered everything we needed to properly haul, and these things are much easier to remove than my old ones... allowing us to move them around when we are sleeping in the trailer.
I've been a long time customer of Western Interiors and for many years before that our dad was a long time customer. My brother had them do his trailer, so I got a hold of them to do the floor in mine. It wasn't a straight forward as you might think (the trailer floor wasn't totally flat), so we came up with some nice solutions plus some other ideas that you won't find in the everyday trailer setup.
Todd has been painting show winning cars at the top level for years. The fairing kit for the R1 didn't come with a tank, so I bought another tank and had Todd color match it. In addition, he color matched our new TV booth display.
Everyone in my family loves to ride two up, but we always had the problem of not having anything for them to hang on to when riding as a passenger. At our 2017 track days at PIR, we constantly saw Q and Amber flying around the track (which is extremely impressive on it's own)... but I had to see how Amber was staying on the bike. Q showed me the belt he rides with from Riding Belt Industries, and it is the best I've seen. This is a high quality belt that gives my passengers (including my little ones) something to hold on to. Whether on the track or wanting to take your kid around the block on the street, make sure your loved ones have this to hang on to.