On June 18, 2014
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On December 10, 2013
Triumph Johnson Motors Tees
Tees come in an oversized replica of the cycle bath tin can originally distributed by Johnson Motors in the 1950s that was available at Triumph dealers. These shirts have the look and feel of your favorite vintage tee. $49.99
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Ducati 80s Perforated Leather Jacket - 80s Accessories
Dainese Laguna Seca Insulated Jacket
REV'IT Centaur Gore-Tex Winter Gloves
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On November 12, 2013
A range of new models from Vespa, Ducati and Triumph were introduced this year at the EICMA motorcycle show. Here is a recap of the new models which will be making their way to TTRNO.
Light, fresh , brilliant performance, simplicity and joy in driving, Vespa Primavera , comes 45 years ago, as a breath of fresh air in a world that is hungry for change. Small , handy, agile, Vespa Primavera become one of the longest running and most beloved model in the history of Vespa, a true ” status symbol “, enjoyed equally by boys and girls.
This Heritage is still alive in the new Vespa Primavera. Radically new design , new steel body , new dimensions , more agile but more stable and comfortable , Vespa Primavera reborn – driven by modern and ecological engine 50 2T, 4T 50 , 125 and 150 3V 3V – taking some of his stylistic solutions from Vespa 946, the most precious and most technologically advanced model ever devised.
There is no date for US arrival, but the Primavera will be the replacement to the LX body.
Ducati Monster 1200 & 1200S
In 1992 it was presented to the world the first Ducati Monster, capable of giving rise to a new and futuristic motion segment for those years, naked bikes .
Today , more than twenty years later , Ducati continues the evolution of this family and introduces the latest generation of this successful model that has been able to change and reinvent itself over the years to become the first reference for customization and personalization , for influencing more than two decades the entire motorcycling world.
In 2014, Ducati introduces the new Monster 1200 and 1200 S , with the extraordinary 1198 Testastretta 11 engine.
The new Monster 1200 – evoking some of the most legendary models of the past such as the powerful Monster S4R and S4RS – is proposed for the new season in the 1200 version from 135HP to 145HP and exclusive model S with a torque of 12.7kgm that enhances the driving pleasure thanks to powerful acceleration and a top-notch chassis and a dry weight of just 182kg.
The new 1200 Monster is scheduled to arrive in April with the standards priced at $13,495, and the S at 15,995.
Ducati 1199 Superleggera
It is called 1199 Superleggera and in Borgo Panigale the say that have never seen anything like this until now. A level of technology and engineering never proposed in the production of bikes; an incredible project.
The name Superleggera (superlight) immediately conveys the new goal : this unreleased gem uses titanium, magnesium and carbon fiber to guarantee the best power/weight in the entire history of motorcycle manufacturing. With a power of over 200hp and a record weight of just 155kg, the 1199 Superleggera is the highest expression of the ” Authentic Italian Performance” .
The 1199 Superleggera has been previewed in a dedicated website and accessible by invitation only. The success was beyond expectations and , to date, already 75% of the 500 units that will be produced.
The Superleggera is scheduled for spring/summer 2014 delivery.
Triumph Tiger 800XC SE
This special edition of Triumph’s Tiger 800XC takes the tough and capable characteristics of the standard 800XC model and adds a distinctive, fresh look.
The commanding view the Tiger 800XC offers of the road ahead is now framed by black finished handlebars and matt-finished Diablo Red cockpit infills.
At first glance the new Volcanic Black paint looks like a simple black finish, but when the lines catch the light you’ll see a burst of red metallic highlights. Adding to the unique look is a fiery red main frame plus black exhaust heat shields and black pillion grab rails.
The look may be strikingly different but the outstanding performance is still the same, with XC special edition powered by Triumph’s characterful long stroke, 799cc triple engine. With its flat torque curve and refined power delivery, the Tiger 800XC is a pleasure to ride in even the most demanding of conditions. A sophisticated anti-lock braking system is provided as standard and can be deactivated for off-road riding, while the high-specification extends to a standard coded-key immobiliser and rear rack with generous – now black – pillion grab handles.
The tough steel chassis is equipped with long travel 45mm upside down front forks and rear suspension unit, plus a 21” spoked front wheel, to deliver maximum ground clearance and the ability to cope with rough trails. With a high-level front mudguard and sturdy hand guards, there can be no doubt that the 800XC has been developed to cope with demanding conditions.
The same qualities that make the Tiger 800XC so competent off-road also lead to an excellent road bike. The rider can adjust both the handlebar position and seat height, while cavernous hard and soft luggage options cater for those who want to take the ‘kitchen sink’ on their two-wheeled adventures. An extensive range of accessories allows the rider to tailor their bike exactly to meet their needs.
The Triumph Tiger XC will arrive in the USA in Q1 of 2014
Triumph Thunderbird LT
Triumph’s new 2014 Thunderbird LT (Light Touring) is designed to make each and every journey the trip of a lifetime, transporting you with effortless power and style to new adventures with the easy-going, laid-back vibe of a premium classic touring cruiser.
Items that come as standard on the LT include a pair of removable leather saddle bags, auxiliary spot lamps and the World’s first real white-walled radial motorcycle tyres riding on wide, wire-spoked rims. The ergonomics feature a completely redesigned, reshaped seat, with deeper foam padding and lumbar support for maximum comfort, while maintaining a low seat height to accommodate all sizes of rider.
These features are in addition to the LT’s distinctive, charismatic parallel twin engine and class-leading chassis package that serves to underline Triumph’s commitment to handling excellence and manageability.
Riders of all experience and riding styles will feel instantly at ease with the LT, able to relax and enjoy the ride for many thousands of miles to come.
The motive force at the heart of the new LT is the World’s largest parallel twin motorcycle engine, as found in the existing Thunderbird Storm and based on the original Thunderbird.
At 1699cc, the LT’s eight-valve DOHC motor produces 94PS at 5400rpm and a whopping 151Nm of torque at a lowly 3550rpm. The enormous thrust from its pair of saucer-sized forged pistons and uneven, long-stroke 270° firing interval create a classic big-twin feel, perfect for propelling the LT over long distances with a natural, easy-going groove.
The Thunderbird LT remains true to Triumph’s core value of outstanding handling in all situations. As the result of careful development work on its steering geometry, the LT confounds expectations and delivers light, neutral steering, low speed agility, yet maintains stability at all speeds and in all types of conditions. Combined with a great degree of manageability, it’s an easy bike to ride for any rider.
The LT’s steel tube spine frame, steel swingarm and optimised rake, trail and wheelbase figures maintain consistent, predictable steering characteristics alongside the dramatic look of fat-section 150/80 16-inch front and 180/70 16-inch rear tyres on wire 56-spoked rims. Shrouded 47mm Showa forks and twin 5-way preload adjustable Showa rear shocks provide excellent feedback with supple control to ensure a quality ride over the harshest surfaces, while ABS-enabled four-pot Nissin calipers on 310mm floating discs up front and a single Brembo caliper and 310mm disc at the rear give sensitive, yet powerful, braking under all conditions.
Built to impress over long distances, special attention has been paid to the LT’s riding position and wind management to allow the rider to arrive feeling fresh and relaxed at their destination.
The new Triumph Thunderbirds are scheduled to arrive in Q2 of 2014.
Triumph Thunderbird Commander
Triumph’s new 2014 Thunderbird Commander gives the rider the power and the presence to dominate every road and every ride.
Much more than a mere fashion statement, the Commander comfortably exceeds the highest expectations of the custom cruiser class thanks to its strong and willing engine, refined chassis, powerful looks and broad riding position.
But the Commander takes the concept further than ever and refuses to be compromised on values not normally associated with the segment: all-day comfort, all-round accessibility, significant practicality and confident, predictable handling.
This approach is typified by the decision to reshape and double the foam thickness of the Commander’s seat to bring a new level of riding comfort to custom cruisers, yet maintain a low seat height and thereby make the Commander available to as many riders as possible. Achieving this necessitated a new design for the Commander’s frame. Coupled with revised steering geometry to accommodate new, ultra-wide tyres, it showcases Triumph’s commitment to handling excellence and manageability. As a consequence a broad range of riders of any experience and riding style will feel instantly at home on the Commander, fully able to enjoy its commanding presence on the road.
Powered by a pair of saucer-sized forged pistons, the 1699cc eight-valve, DOHC engine’s uneven 270° firing interval and long-stroke design produces a potent 94PS (93bhp) at 5400rpm and a huge 151Nm (111 lb.ft) of torque at a lowly 3550rpm, endowing the Commander with a surfeit of pulsating twin-cylinder character.
It’s equally important the aesthetic of the Thunderbird Commander’s engine matches its outstanding performance and sound. A pair of wide header pipes flare out from the cylinders before folding back into twin, straight-cut drainpipe silencers in a distinctive evocation of Triumph’s venerated parallel twin heritage. And with machined engine fins, and chrome engine covers juxtaposed against deep black barrels and crankcases, the Thunderbird Commander’s striking motor makes a fitting visual, as well as motive, centrepiece.
The Thunderbird Commander’s bold engine styling continues across the bike and reflects the high quality and detailing expected of a Triumph fat custom cruiser. With a massive polished top yoke and polished stainless steel fork shrouds, signature Triumph twin headlamps, bespoke Commander badges and Art Deco LED tail light and rear indicator assembly all combining to form an incredibly low, sleek fat cruiser look, the Commander will steal the limelight whenever and wherever it hits the street.
The Thunderbird Commander’s ergonomics are meticulously evolved to exploit every facet of the bike’s engine and chassis performance. Rider and pillion seat foam is a double-layer, dual-density material, soft and receptive on first feel but compressing to give a firmer, supportive yet pliant ride. The rider’s seat has also been especially shaped with wide, flared sides and a lumbar support to provide maximum comfort even at the end of a long day’s ride. The cover material contains a degree of elasticity so that it ‘gives’ as the seat compresses, maintaining the ideal shape and reducing uncomfortable pressure points.
The Thunderbird Commander also enjoys high quality foot-boards made from chromed high-pressure die-cast aluminium, featuring replaceable skid plates and an adjustable heel/toe gear lever. The handlebars sweep back to give a wide yet natural-feeling hand position, while the electrical wiring has been routed through the bars to give the rider’s eye-view a clean, unfussy look.
Further practical touches include a coded key immobiliser, self-cancelling indicators, a massive 22 litres fuel tank with off-centre filler cap and a well-appointed, tank-mounted dash console including classic analogue-style speedometer, a fuel gauge and an LCD with range-to-empty, twin trips, odometer and clock functions, conveniently scrollable via a handlebar-mounted button.
Two striking two-tone paint options complete the picture.
The new Triumph Thunderbirds are scheduled to arrive in Q2 of 2014.
On October 04, 2013
The 2014 Bonneville Special Edition boasts a paint scheme inspired by one of the last Meriden models off the line in 1982, the T140w TSS. The distinctive Jet Black and Lunar Silver paintwork creates a unique-looking Bonneville, with black livery on the tank and side panels (with twin, hand-painted gold coach lines), while the front and rear mudguards are painted silver with jet black centre stripes and gold coach lines. The Special Edition also sports the new detailing on the cylinder head cooling fins, solid black oil cooler lines and a throatier sounding silencer.
•Distinctive new paint scheme
•Hand-painted coach lines
•New cylinder cooling fins
•Color: Jet Black with Twin Gold Coach Lines
The Thruxton oozes retro racing style, with its unmistakable 865cc twin-cylinder engine and aluminum rims, an enthusiast's riding position and adjustable rear suspension. Triumph's cafe racer also benefits from revised megaphone si lencers for an even more liberated sound. A color-matched flyscreen, with center stripe detail, joins the seat cowl as standard equipment.
•Revised megaphone silencers
•Color matched fly screen
•Colors: Phantom Black; Brooklands Green
The Scrambler gets a "back to black" treatment on the oil cooler lines, handlebars, wheel rims and hubs, plus the rear master cylinder reservoir cover. A new seat design with an embossed logo adds to the attitude, while a clear, anodized bash plate provides protection from gravel and rocks.
•Black rims, hubs, handlebars
•New seat design
•Anodized bash plate
•Colors: Matte Pacific Blue; Lunar Silver/Diablo Red
Bonneville T100 Black
The TlOO Black offers a mean and moody look with its striking Jet Black color scheme, made even more distinctive with the addition of black-finished wheel rims, hubs, handlebars, RSU springs, mudguard stays, mirrors and grab rail. The Jet Black bike also sounds off with a more compelling voice, thanks to its revised silencer, while the machined detail on the cooling fins is offset beautifully by the black engine finish.
•Back in black ...Jet Black everywhere
•New exhaust tones
•New cylinder cooling fins
With a nod to its 1960s heritage, the new TlOO offers a Crystal White and Aurum Gold paint scheme, inspired
by the 1964 Bonneville, with the stylized color split carrying across the front and rear mudguards. Like the
Bonneville, the TlOO gets a throatier exhaust and the same machined detailing on the cylinder head cooling
fins. A standard chrome grab rail and chain guard add a classy finishing touch.
•Heritage paint scheme
•New cylinder cooling fins
·Chrome grab rail
•Chrome chain guard
•Colors: Crystal White/ Aurum Gold:
Jet Black/Cranberry Red
The 2014 Bonneville is the ideal city bike, thanks to a rider-friendly seat height of just over 29 inches, comfortable ergonomics and a combination of easy maneuverability and retro good looks. And while the Bonneville is right at home on urban streets, its distinctive 865cc twin engine provides more than enough power for open roads. The 2014 bike boasts redesigned silencers, a distinctive new tank badge, three fresh paint combinations and distinctive new engine cooling fins.
•New tank badge
•Fresh paint combinations
•New cylinder cooling fins
•Blacked out oil cooler lines
•Colors: Phantom Black. Lunar Silver:
Crystal White/Sapphire Blue
$7.899 single color I $8.199 two-tone
On September 25, 2013
By Jen Sharp, TTRNO’s Office Manager
This week marks my 10 year anniversary of owning a Vespa. It was early 2003 when I caught a Martha Stewart show where she was tooling around New England on a Vespa ET4. The segment featured Vespa’s re-entrance into the United States with their new clean, efficient engines, automatic transmission, and classic Italian style. A lightbulb went off in my head and I started saving money that week. A few months later I only had about $800 saved when I totaled my car. Instead of trying to buy a replacement car for the $3000 I got for my Honda Accord, I took that and added it to my Vespa savings and bought my first brand new black ET4 on September 26th, 2003.
After one St. Louis winter of my scooter being my only form of transportation, I decided instead of breaking down and buying a car, I should just move south so I could ride year-round. Naturally. So in May of 2004, I moved to New Orleans and was lucky enough to land a little office job at my local Vespa dealer. And what do you know, as Benny Grunch recently said, it looks like this job might work out.
In the years since since becoming a full-time scooterist I’ve upgraded to a GT200, and then a fuel-injected GTS 250 that starts up every. single. time. And in ten years I’ve racked up at least 20,000 miles. I primarily ride my 3 miles to and from work, but every now and then go for a ride to Abita Springs or Baton Rouge. And even after 10 years, I still get excited when my bike hits that buttery spot around 40mph. So, thanks to Martha Stewart for setting me on the path of the fun, wise, and dolce vita lifestyle.
On September 19, 2013
Photo credit: Luis Zayas. © 2013 Zayas Images, LLC
The first time off my feet in 15 hours and I could hardly keep my eyes open. It was Friday night after a long track day put on by Tracktactics who was there to provide an extra day of practice for the WERA racers. I was shootin’ the shit with Clint, another NOLA Motorsports member, who started riding on the track a year ago and has been racing for about half that time. After Clint pried I came clean and told him with the 5 years of track riding and no excuses I have never raced a motorcycle in my life. Within an hour Clint had convinced me, and somehow I had agreed, to race on Sunday, I really had no excuses not to…
Saturday morning came far too early and was busy with WERA racing and a Red Knights poker run using our Speed Shop as a card stop. I snuck away for just enough time to go see Sean Clarke, one of the owners of WERA, to ask if he could think of an excuse why I couldn’t race on Sunday. He was far too helpful and I ended up in 2 races in the blink of an eye. It had become too late to back out so I pulled my track bike on the lift and started prepping it to race. My bike already wears race plastics without lights and water with water wetter instead of coolant, but here’s what was necessary for my Triumph Daytona 675R to race in WERA:
- Drill and safety wire
- Axle pinch bolts
- Caliper bolts
- Oil filler cap
- Oil drain bolt
- Oil filter (using a hose clamp around it)
- Radiator filler cap
- All muffler mounts
- Oil galley plugs
- Brake pad retaining pins
- Race numbers
- Yellow background
- 4 inch tall black numbers
- On front and each side toward the rear of the bike
Every bike is a bit different so I would suggest reading the rules for yourself (http://maps.wera.com/rulebook/). So far all of this was pretty easy and if you’re going to use the race prep as your “excuse” to not race then just let me do it for you.
The morning of race day is when things started to become foreign and the reality of the situation began to set in. I had taken Kevin Schwantz’s race school already so I didn’t need to take the Saturday race school provided by WERA. Signing up for the races on Sunday was as easy as signing a few papers and picking my races. I purchased a lap timer, so that I couldn’t use that as an excuse next time, but they can be rented as well. Then it was off to get my bike and gear tech inspected. For WERA you want to remove your belly pan before going through tech so that they can check your safety wiring, but don’t forget your helmet, they check that too. From here you get ready for your practice session and wait while the butterflies threaten to come up in your helmet.
Practice feels like a normal track day. No one was blowing the proverbial doors off of me and I was doing an okay job of holding my own. The track was cold and had some damp spots so everyone was going a bit slower than normal but overall I felt comfortable, all except for passing. I’ve been told the key to passing is commitment but I couldn’t get the confidence so I ended up staring down the tailpipe of a few bikes that were holding me up. I felt it went well, but wasn’t too excited to see a 2:00 min lap time when I know some of these guys are turning times 10 seconds faster that than.
Photo credit: Luis Zayas. © 2013 Zayas Images, LLC
Fast forward what seemed to be 10 min but was actually a few hours and I’m hearing, “third and final call for race 4.” I rush on with my helmet and off with my warmers and before I can second guess myself I’m on the track doing my warm-up lap. The piece of paper taped to the WERA RV had told me earlier that I was gridded last in row 7 of 7 total rows. So as I pulled up even to the little yellow #7 cone I started to remember that I had no idea what I was doing. This will be my first race launch and I had never even practiced one just for fun before. Michael Sanders, a fellow novice 675 racer, told me when the “2” board drops hold the revs at 6,000 RPM and at the first glimmer of green flag dump the clutch. I did that… and lo and behold I passed 4 bikes into turn 1. By the time I pitched the bike left for turn 2 I was on the rear tire of a 1098 and I passed him! I passed him! It was glorious, I screamed in my helmet prepared for my next overtaking into turn 3. I lost a little ground in the back section of the track, but once I realized where everyone else was faster I sucked it up and twisted the throttle harder. By the end of the race I was at the middle of the pack and had no idea I had it in me. Crossing the finish it hit me that I had done something that had always scared me and I wasn’t half bad. On the cool down lap Michael and I shook hands while riding (GP style, a long time dream of mine) and I giggled in my helmet the entire way through the pits.
Photo credit: Luis Zayas. © 2013 Zayas Images, LLC
It wasn’t until the times were posted that I saw I had run a 1:53.2. That was 7 seconds per lap faster than my practice time and 4 seconds faster than I had ever gone before. Not only that but I had taken 3rd place in my class. It was then that I realized that a green flag changes everything. My second race was there before I knew it and the same out of body experience took place. I felt like someone else had taken over me, someone much faster than me. By the end of this race I had placed 1st in my class. Now, I’m hooked!
Already I have had 4 friends tell me they will do their first race in November when WERA comes back into town. If you want to join the ranks of these track day riders gone racers let me know and I’ll do everything I can to make it happen!
See More photos from the event at www.ZayasImages.com/WERA
On September 11, 2013
The highly-anticipated Ducati 899 Panigale has been unveiled at the VW Group Night in Frankfurt, Germany, on the eve of the IAA International Motor Show, which runs from the 12-22 September. The presentation made by Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, represents a preview of the Italian Manufacturer’s exciting 2014 model range.
The stunning model, intended to provide a new way to access the exclusive world of Ducati Superbikes, is described as a “Supermid” version of the award-winning 1199 Panigale, designed to provide the thrill of the new generation flagship model with the refined character of an everyday streetbike.
Its brand new Superquadro engine features a revised bore and stroke for a broad power delivery, producing 148hp (109kW) with a torque of 73lb-ft (10.1kgm). The super-smooth power unit continues to be a fully stressed member of the innovative Panigale monocoque construction, achieving both an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and ride-enhancing agility with a dry weight of 169kg (372.5lb).
An 1199 silhouette underlines the family DNA, while the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) and the fully integrated Riding Mode technologies of Ride-by-Wire, triple stage ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) continue the benchmark ingenuity introduced with the new generation Superbike.
Ducati now offers all-round performance for connoisseurs with an authentic and stylish way to enter the world of high performance. The 899 Panigale will be available from late October onwards in traditional Ducati red with black wheels or a stunning arctic white with red wheels.
The red 899 will be $14,995, and and white will be $15,295. TTRNO is now accepting deposits.
On September 03, 2013
By Matthew Nomey
“The thunderbird? A legend? Whaaaaaat?!....”
I know. I know! It doesn’t make sense yet, but bear with me! I’m doing that whole “Usual Suspect” thing and bringing you the story at different points, and well… I digress.
The name thunderbird has its roots in American legend. It comes from Native American mythology symbolizing this massive bird with giant thunder-filled wings and lightning bolts coming out of its eyes. Sounds like the perfect background to a Metallica song, huh? The creature of lore is symbolized as a totem: powerful and wrathful. Those particular words really resonate with the Triumph Cruiser.
At first glance the Triumph Thunderbird really looks like a typical American cruiser: long wheelbase, belt driven, chrome everything…. etc., but the T-bird is far from typical.
A smooth, liquid cooled power delivering 1600cc parallel twin characterizes the engine. When you pull the throttle down, this bike brings the thunder. With plenty of torque and power to boot, the bike just accelerates and finishes off so smoothly at the upper rev range. It’s so nice to get on the throttle of a cruiser and not be shaken to bits when you open it up on the highway. Oh, did I mention liquid cooled? Yeah, that’s right. You don’t have to have your front cylinder shut off at a stop sign because your engine is so ridiculously hot, plus it gives the upper rev power to just fly on the highway. Oh! If the 1600cc wasn’t enough for you, Triumph decided to give you a bored out 1700cc option in Thunderbird Storm. I mean…in case you weren’t feeling badass enough.
Surprisingly, the engine is not my overall favorite part of the bike. Do I like it though? Oh yeah. Does the power bring the “wow” factor? Of course it does. Any bike can be just outrageously powerful, but if you can’t really use any of it in the fun parts of riding, then what’s the point? That’s where I think Triumph wins over any other cruiser: handling.
After opening it up on I-10, I decided to see if it was any different than any other cruiser in tight turns. I took it gradually first (long turns in the lakefront) then I progressed (roundabouts in city park) all the way to 90 degree turns uptown. This isn’t your dad’s ole Peter Fonda “Easy Rider” ridiculously raked bike. This Thunderbird can handle. Triumph got the geometrics so on point for the wheelbase that you can’t come out of a sharp turn without feeling like Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law” is playing in the background, and you’re there just feeling so damn cool sling-shotting out of turn - after turn - after turn, and when you come out of a turn to a red light, talk about great braking! No over squeezing needed here folks, plus just in case you needed 60% quicker braking, Triumph equipped the Thunderbird with ABS. Boom!
It’s not every day you can really come across a bike like the Thunderbird. It’s an all-encompassing cruiser. It not only looks the part of a hog, but it has plenty of power and handling to knock off the typical shackles of that same proverbial name, and calling this cruiser a hog is like calling a Porsche 911 an anvil. You can’t do that because let’s face it: names are everything. Names are the rhetorical symbols that not only define places and things but also people. Names give us recognition. Names can even give us a purpose. So, when you’re out and about enjoying your ride, and you see this cruiser storming past you. Look closely, and you just might catch a glimpse of why it’s named…Thunderbird.
On June 06, 2013
Dunlop produces tires for both European and US racing series. Given the dramatic difference in track surface and conditions between the two continents, Dunlop has decided to make tires for each respective nation’s series. The Dunlop GP-A (‘A’ standing for America) is a tire made here in Buffalo, NY for US tracks. Rather than having the tire produced in Europe and then sent over via ship, when distributed here on home soil, they can arrive in racers’ hands in as little as 2-3 days.
Developing specific compounds of tire for individual tracks is nothing new at Dunlop. The famous Daytona 200 has had a tire made for this race only for years. The nature of the track and length of the race mandate it. This year, Dunlop introduced another one of these specific compounds called the 8477. This tire was developed after June 2012 testing at NOLA Motorsports park (www.nolamotor.com) by the AMA series. The new style of asphalt construction at NOLA gives it a more abrasive nature and is generally not kind to softer compound tires. In reaction to the riders’ feedback during the test, Dunlop manufactured a tire with a Medium+ compound, offering an even harder contact patch than what was currently available. The carcass is also much stiffer with more steel built in than competitors. This not only gives the tire unrivaled support during braking and accelerating, but also means they’re much less likely to succomb to the high temperatures of a summer trackday or race. These tires have proven to be the tire of choice at NOLA Motorsports park for fast lap times and confidence inspiring feel.
DOT vs Slick
Slick tires regardless of the brand have no tread grooves with which to evacuate water, and are therefore not approved by the department of transportation for road legal use. DOT tires have these tread grooves and can be ridden on the road legally as they are deemed safe enough to ride through rain as well. The GP-A and Ntech are unique in they share the same carcass and general profile, however the GP-A is a DOT approved tire, and the slick Ntech is not. The tires even display different sizing on their sidewalls, the GP-As being offered in a 120/70 and 190/60, while the Ntechs are only available in 125/80 and 200/55. This may be off-putting to 600cc riders who’s bikes call for 180 rear section tires. Dunlop assures, and I can attest, that even the 200/55 Ntech rear tire fits on smaller 600cc machines.
How Long do they last?
Contrary to popular belief, these tires do not have a specific amount of heat cycles they can be put through. Their grip is based on tread depth and the resulting carcass temperature. Deeper tread means the tire can have a larger contact patch and generate more heat for superior grip. When the tire is more worn down, the contact patch is smaller and the tire is unable to produce the same amount of heat in the carcass and loses that grip. Dunlop says the loss of grip on the 8477 should be very gradual as well.
On May 22, 2013
TTRNO operates on something referred to as a legend model. This is a list of things that we as a company believe to be the most important aspects of a great shop. This model acts as a conscience for each team member to reference in every situation throughout the day. This is TTRNO’s legend model:
The reason I bring this model up is to introduce a new position in the service department, our Quality Control Technician (QT). Nick Udstad has been a technician at TTRNO now for half a year, he is great with a wrench, fast on the track and best of all has an amazing attention to detail. With all of these qualities he is the best candidate to be the second and sometimes third set of eyes to comb over every bike that comes through service. Nick test drives every bike, wipes down every bike and goes through a rigorous inspection of every bike. His job is to make sure that every single thing that TTRNO does is of the highest quality and to make sure that every bike that comes through leaves better than when it rolled off the showroom floor.So when you come to pick up your bike from service don’t just thank the tech that poured his blood, sweat and tears into your two wheeled baby, but also thank Nick TTRNO’s QT for cleaning all that up.