Ben Spies and his YAMAHA Italia Team celebrate their first ever World Superbike Championship.
It’s a question that has troubled experts and bench racers alike since the beginning of motorcycle racing: is it the rider or the bike?
Anyone with some racing background and experience, obviously says it’s the rider who ultimately determines the results. Sure, equipment is important – you need reliability, performance and confidence – but a good bike can only take you so far. A team is a valuable asset as well, but at the end of the day, it’s the rider turning the throttle.
This is it .. the final and last chapter of Huggy’s scooter saga. Read the beginning and middle for some background and funny pics.
When Dave and Mike showed up for Day 3, I was ready to hit the ground running. The noise I had heard in the night may have been my overactive imagination as I didn’t see any tracks when I ventured outside in the morning. We shot a segment at Sandbanks and pushed on for Port Hope. On route we hit another obstacle when the GPS was displaying an Esso in Brighton that turned into a tire store. A little bit worried (the next Esso wasn’t to be seen until Cobourg) I approached a couple nice fellas in coveralls at a transport repair shop. After I laid my situation on the table, Harry Vanderveen began to wax eloquently about the benefits of scooters. Wait until you see this guy. He should be hosting the segment!! Harry and his buddy gave me $5 cash each because they only had diesel. I felt like a 10 year-old who just got his allowance! I filled up at the local Ultramar and was heading to Port Hope….
Here we go again … more motocross. I’m sure lots of you may be getting sick and tired of reading about MX junk, but it’s what I know, what I like and our YZF’s are our coolest new products for 2010. It’s funny, because today John Baylisscornered me and reminded me that “it’s not always MOTO-A-GO-GO around here!” I guess we have other product groups that we sell also, and it won’t be YZ year, every year. So I better live it up while I can!
This week’s MX blog is a video featuring Blackfoot’s 1-2 punch, Colton “Alien Arms” Facciotti and Dusty “PugLife” Klatt, testing out the all-new 2010 YZ450F for their very first time inside Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC. They actually loved the bike so much, they were literally begging Blackfoot race team owner, Jason Mitchell, to race them the next night in the Montreal Supercross. It didn’t happen, but how cool would it have been if they did race the 2010′s and then won a stock bike?!?
A big thanks goes out to our resident videographer, and movie maker, Aaron Dowden. He’s responsible for putting his head down and creating these cool little vids for all the world to see. Keep up the good work, Dowdy!
This is part 2 of Huggy’s scooter road trip feature. In case you missed part 1, click here.
Day 2 started out with Mike waking me up with the camera in the tent. Soon after, Bruce jumped on his bike and we headed down to Kingston with a brief stop at the Bedford Mill for the scenic, pretty TV shots that make A Motorcycle Experience the top motorcycle show it is. By the way, if you have some beautiful shots of you and your favourite riding location, go onto Facebook and add to your friend list “Yamaha Motor Canada” and “Motorcycle Experience” and upload away….
I know—it’s been a while. Sorry. I had originally planned to post these columns more often, but something always seems to get in the way of my blogging. (Excuses, excuses ….)
Anyhoo, this edition comes from our Inside Sales-Coordinator, Tina Doyle. Now, Tina may come off a little shy here in her first report, but I’m sure once she sees her name up in the big Bike Blog lights, her next chapter will be more detailed than my dad’s ’79 Camaro. I’m pretty impressed by Tina’s two wheel stats; she’s got plenty of experience on pavement but has also spent time kicking up roost on the track and trails.
Take it away, “Tinsel Town” Tina!
I must say, I’ve had a passion to ride motorcycles since I was very young. While most teenage girls were obsessed with the hunks of Teen Beat magazine, I was fascinated with the bad boys riding into school on their street bikes. But it was more than some teenage infatuation; I really liked bikes and would always try to figure out what brand each one was. Sadly, I never had a chance to learn to ride….
Scooter Sense (Almost) World Tour Re-Cap: (Almost) All the Dirty Details!
Right off the top, I want to preface this post by thanking everyone who had a hand in the Scooter Sense: Big City Lights and Camp Fire Nights Almost World Tour. Whether it was helping to get t-shirts designed (Yamaha designer, Nick Sang) the bike prepped and to Quebec (Yamaha tech guru, Nick Di Cristofaro), letting me sleep on their lawn (Haskins), or taking the day off work to meet me at the office for a ride , The Almost World Tour couldn’t have happened without your help. Of course, there are a lot of good souls along the way who were willing to barter so thanks to all of them as well….
There is no doubt that James Stewart is the best motocross rider ever. Period. The Floridian has taken speed to a new level on outdoor and indoor tracks, and he never ceases to amaze fans with his insane “Bubba scrubs” or upside down whips. The Yamaha rider’s latest jaw-dropping move came on the last lap of Friday’s practice last weekend at the US Open of SX in Vegas (where he won both main events, no doubt). Watch the video below and pay close to attention to the last lap – that’s one and only time anyone (including James) even tried these impossible jumps. DanBro