When the temperature rises, it is important to avoid overheating and dehydration. A recent group ride took a nasty turn when one of the fellows passed out at 110 km/h. I was out in front and didn’t see the calamity, but the riders who were at the tail of the group said it was one of the most distressing things they had ever seen. After a battery of tests, it was deemed that the rider had simply lost consciousness due to dehydration. Luckily, besides getting to go shopping in a few months to replace his two-month old Triumph Trophy, he only suffered a broken arm.
The new riders of today have no idea how good they have it. With cellphones, laptops, texting, Facebook and so on, communication before, during and after the races is amazing compared to what it was like a couple of decades ago. I’m sure if youngsters Adrian St. Amand or Jordan Molnar could gather around the rocking chairs of grizzled veterans Chris Evans or John Parker, they would hear tales of how it was in the ‘old’ days.
Time and again on our short Canadian tracks, we have seen 600cc machines turn lap times close to 1000cc bikes, and well-ridden 600s have occasionally made it onto the Superbike podium. Given the huge horsepower advantage of the 1000, the 600 must be making up time somewhere to be so close on overall lap time. By looking at GPS data from both bikes, it’s possible to see exactly where those differences lie.
In Part II of our interview with MotoGP star Colin Edwards, he talks about his team, his son, the Texas Tornado Boot Camp and the people that have helped him along in his career.
At the recent opening round of this year’s Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park, I was at the track working with the Accelerated Technologies / Honda Canada team and Jodi Christie, using the team’s AiM Sports data acquisition system to help with setup.
Cruisers, touring in the US, vintage racing Nortons, the new Yamaha FZ-07, and the Rally of 5,000 Curves. Got your interest? Then you're going to love the July issue of Inside Motorcycles, currently arriving in mailboxes and on newsstands at Chapters, Indigo, Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and more.
Resident MotoGP junkie and photographer formidable Les Kalman sat down with renowned American racing ace Colin Edwards in Austin, TX at the Grand Prix of the Americas in April, his home race where he announced his retirement from road racing. In the interview, which is posted in two parts (watch for Part II next week), Kalman gets Edwards to talk about retirement, being flicked to the moon, and the struggles of being part of a CRT/Open team.
Ahead of this weekend's opening round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park, the Official Series Program is now available online for free. Get caught up on what to expect as the country's best racers take to the stage in Mopar Pro Superbike, Hindle Pro Sport Bike, Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike, Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike and the Honda CBR250R Cup Series.
Canada has Victoria Day, and the following weekend, the US has Memorial Day. One perk that the US has over us is that Memorial Day weekend also happens to coincide with the running of the legendary Springfield Mile at the fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Since the majority of the flat trackers here in the great white north will never get the opportunity to run the mile, I talked to a couple of Canucks who recently did and got their take on what it is like to go 135 mph on a flat track bike.
In his latest Touring Essentials blog installment, R. Bruce Thomas talks about rider vision, citing lessons learned during his first ride of the year a few weeks ago - lessons that can apply to all motorcyclists and road users to minimize safety risks all year long.