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SCOOTERIST GUIDE TO MARDI GRAS

By Zachary Materne
on February 03, 2015

There’s no better, faster way to get around town during Mardi Gras than on a scooter. Parking on the parade route and getting from Zulu to St. Anne and running back home to use your own bathroom is suddenly a posibility. Here are some dos & don’ts while scootering through Carnival.



Do decorate your bike safely. Cable ties and magnets are good, flowy scarves, dangling beads and masking tape are bad. Extra lights and reflective stickers can only help you be more visible to all the especially crazy drivers during this time.  

Don’t do Jello shots or drink anything that will impair you operating your scooter safely. You don’t want to spend Mardi Gras in the hospital OR O.P.P! Besides, your lack-of-hungover self will thank you the next day. Make sure your passenger is at least able to remain upright for the duration of your ride as well.

Do carry an extra helmet. You never know who you might run into that you might have the privilege of giving a ride to.

Don’t park just anywhere. Tuck in tight up against a building and don’t block the sidewalk, wheelchair access, or even a bicycle rack. In the Quarter, I like to park by the fence at the Mint (where I have been ticketed twice), in front of a vacant building, or behind the Courthouse on Royal. But even if you get a $20 ticket, it’s still better than waiting for a cab or walking, right? Here’s a link to the city’s parking guide, although there’s no mention of scooters or motorcycles (this is
http://www.nola.gov/mayor/press-releases/2015/20150203-mg-release-2015/

Don’t be afraid to hop on I-90 to get in “the box”. I’ve done it on a 150cc Vespa while my passenger was eating a slice of pizza - it goes slow. Take Baronne down past Howard Ave, turn left to go up on I-90, stay in the right lane, then immediately exit at Tchoupitoulas. Voilà, you’re in the box.

Do enjoy the freedom to get away from the craziness and take a nice quiet ride along the lakefront.

Have fun out there and show off your bike. Tell all your admirers that they wish they would have gone to the Transportation Revolution before Carnival!

Laguna Seca MotoGP Watch Party Sunday July 29th

By Nick Napoda
on July 25, 2012

Sunday July 29th at TTRNO Speed Shop: Can't make it to Monterey for the GP this weekend?  Have no fear, you can watch it LIVE in the comfort of the TTRNO Trackside Speed Shop at NOLA Motorsports Park.  The race begins at 5pm, door open at 4pm.  Sunday is also Krewe du Vroom, NOLA's monthly extreme car show.

AMA Racing Test of NOLA Photo Recap

By Nick Napoda
on July 25, 2012

The AMA test of NOLA Motorsports park was a great success. The riders tested the track and praised the quality of the surface as well as the facility, noting that NOLA is one of the fastest and safest tracks in their circuit. Afterwords, everyone gathered to watch the Roots of Music play, followed by an evening of socialization at the TTRNO Speedshop.

Buy tickets online for the AMA Big Kahuna Nationals race on October 5-7

  

See more photos of the event on our Facebook page HERE.

April Events Recap

By Nick Napoda
on May 03, 2012

April could go on record as our busiest month ever for events.  We hosted the North American Dealer Academy for the 1199 Panigale at NOLA Motorsports with Ducati North America.  This job included prepping 20 1199s for two weeks while trying to keep it a secret from our customers that we were holding 20 of the most anticipated motorcycle of 2012.   200 dealers from around the country got a chance to experience the 1199 for the first time at the one of the premier race tracks in the world.  It was a great opportunity to show-off NOLA Motorsports and the City of New Orleans to our peers.  



This month also included the first official press conference announcing the Triumph Big Kahuna AMA Pro Road Racing event this October.  Jason DiSalvo was on hand to provide the press with some sighting laps on a stock Daytona 675R.  That evening we hosted an event at our downtown showroom.  It was a great event attended by many local enthusiasts in addition to officials from the AMA, FIM, and personalities from Speed TV.  At the end of the evening Jason signed the tank of the bike he used to test the track.


Last but not least, we ended April with the official grand opening of our track-side Motorbike Speed Shop at NOLA Motorsports Park in conjunction with the National Unveiling Night for the Ducati 1199 Panigale.  Being able to introduce the world's most anticipated motorcycle at the world's newest racetrack made for an awesome event.
Check out photos of the AMA Announcement Party
Check out photos of the 1199 Panigale Launch Party

New Orleans is Set to Host its First AMA Pro Superbike Race

By Nick Napoda
on December 23, 2011

 The AMA Pro Superbike Series will make its historic debut in New Orleans next October at NOLA Motorsports Park.  The race weekend will be October 5th – 7th, and is the last race of the 2012 season.  The AMA Pro Superbike event will be the first professional racing event held at NOLA.

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Re-Cap: Ducati Fashion Night New Orleans

By Zachary Materne
on November 21, 2011

The Transportation Revolution hosted Ducati Fashion Night at Le Phare, in downtown New Orleans, last Friday evening. Fashion Night was the main event of last week's Ducati Fashion Week. The 2012 Ducati collection offers a great selection of riding gear and casual wear for every Ducatisiti.

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Puttin' On The Ritz With TTRNO

By Zachary Materne
on October 24, 2011

Last week TTRNO teamed up with New Orleans Mens' Store, Rubensteins and NOLA Motorsports Park for our Fall Fittings event at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. It was a great night of motorsports and men's fashion.

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TTRNO's Max Materne & JT Nesbitt Begin Cross-Country Trek In The Magnolia Special

By Zachary Materne
on October 21, 2011

World Famous Motorcycle Designer, and New Orleanian, JT Nesbitt & TTRNO's Max Materne began their trek from NYC to Los Angeles in the custom built Magnolia Special. Their goal is to be the first alternative fuel passenger vehicle (compressed natural gas) to make a trip from coast to coast. You can follow their progress on their facebook & twitter accounts.

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The Maternes Storm Indianapolis

By Zachary Materne
on September 02, 2011

One of the perks of being in the powersports industry is the access we have at MotoGP races. My dad, Max and myself made our third trip to Indianapolis last weekend for the MotoGP race. The three of us try to make a trip to at least one GP or WorldSBK race every year.

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TTRNO Draws a Crowd at Magnolia Special Debut

By Nick Napoda
on August 15, 2011

TTRNO's Annual Summer Open House was another successful event this year with the unveiling of designer JT Nesbitt's Magnolia Special. The hand build aluminium, natural gas powered, car attracted hundreds of admirers. The car with built with the assistance of TTRNO's Max Materne. Max desiged, and installed, the cars entire electrical system.

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