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Don't just spectate; Participate! Track Days are for Everyone

By Nick Napoda
on October 13, 2012

"You know “that guy” (or “that girl”)! They’re the one at the gathering point on Sunday morning, wheelieing past the parking lot. They’re the one talking about the twisty road that leads there as though it is their own personal racetrack. You see them crossing the double-yellow line in a blind corner, utterly unable to take any evasive action if another vehicle were to approach from the other direction. You don’t want to be that rider. If you want to ride fast, there’s no excuse for not taking it to the track anymore." -Road Racing World

Some of you may have been out watching the AMA Big Kahuna race. Now, it's time to experience the track for yourself. IF YOU RIDE A STREET BIKE OF ANY TYPE, THEN YOU WOULD BENEFIT FROM DOING A TRACK DAY. If you ride a Bonneville, Thruxton, Tiger, Monster, Hypermotard, Streetfighter, Street Triple or Multistrada, as well as a sportbike, this means you.

A track day is not a race or competition. It is a safe, fun environment to hone your skills with other enthusiasts. The track is an environment free of SUVs, head on collisions, potholes, intersections, blind curves, drunk drivers, gravel in corners, and other distractions. It has pavement perfectly engineered for growing your skills and pushing your bike's limits.

"Common excuses street riders give for not taking their motorcycles to track days include:
• It costs too much (it’s cheaper than a big speeding ticket).
• I don’t have the right gear (you can rent or borrow it).
• My bike’s too old (no, it’s not).
• My bike’s too new (no, it’s not).
• I don’t have pit equipment (you don’t need it to try a track day).
• I don’t want to crash (you’re less likely to crash on the track than on the
street, if for no other reason than civilians in SUVs won’t be turning left in front of you!).
• I don’t have a way to haul my bike to the track (rent a truck or trailer or van or car-pool or ride it to the track).
• I don’t have enough experience (so, show up and get some).

Push those excuses out of your mind, go to a track day and you may end up asking yourself, “Why did I wait so long to try this?”" -Road Racing World

 


Think you need a dedicated sportbike to ride on the track? Think again. 

The Transportation Revolution is here to make your Track Day experience easy and enjoyable, whether it is your first or your fiftieth. Getting started is surprisingly easy; you just need a motorcycle, some blue painters tape, and access to proper gear. 

Your bike will need to pass tech inspection. Tires, brakes, etc will need to be in good condition and all lights reflectors and turn signals will need to be taped up. Liquid-cooled bikes will need their coolant replaced with water wetter to prevent slippery spills on the track. Required gear is a full face helmet, leather one or two-piece suit, full height boots and full gauntlet gloves. TTRNO RENTS SUITS, GLOVES AND BOOTS. Therefore, I know you have what you need to ride! 

TTRNO also has a trackside speedshop that provides our riders with complete support. In addition to the gear rental, we offer tires, track prep, valet services and an air conditioned lounge. If you can't trailer your bike to the track, then we can bring it there for you. More info on our Speedshop.

 

NOLA Motorsports park will host two Motorcycle Track Days in December. Click below for registration:

DON'T WORRY, IT'S EASY TO GET STARTED. We hope to see you out there! You can call me at 504-595-6776 ext 112 with any questions.

-Nick Napoda, TTRNO

Big Kahuna Survival Guide - AMA Pro Road Racing This Weekend!

By Nick Napoda
on October 02, 2012

 

With the exciting opening of NOLA Motorsports Park, the types of sporting events the City of New Orleans can host has expanded tremendously.  Until now motorsports has been the missing link in the type of events that can find a home in our city. This week New Orleans will make sporting history when the first professionally sanctioned motorcycle race is held in our town.  The Triumph Motorcycles, AMA Pro Road Racing, Big Kahuna Nationals will take place this weekend (October 5-7) as the finale of the AMA Pro Road Racing season.  This "Super Bowl" of motorcycle racing has signed a 3 year deal with New Orleans (with an option to extend for an additional 3 years.)  In addition, New Orleans will also play host to the AMA Pro Racing Championship Banquet following the race which draws a crowd of thousands. I don't think I need to go on about what a huge opportunity this will be for the city and the state for years to come.



Personally, I have been a fan of motorcycle racing for years and have attended countless races around the country.  Because of the freshness of the sport to this region and my passion for what will happen this weekend, I thought, especially as a local ambassador for the sport, that a survival guide to motorcycle racing would come in handy for all of you so without further adieu, here it goes:


What is AMA Pro Road Racing?

Geico Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America.  It features the top professional motorcycle racers from America and beyond in four different classes:

National Guard SuperBike - 1000cc 4-cylinders & 1200cc twins with speeds in excess of 190mph

GoPro Daytona Sportbike - Middleweight displacement bikes with speed in excess of 175mph

Motorcycle Superstore Supersport - Middleweight displacement bikes featuring America’s up and coming stars

Vance & Hines XR1200 - Harley-Davidson spec class

What is going on during the weekend?

M1 Powersports’ & Triumph Motorcycles' Big Kahuna Nationals event’s motto is “Come for the Party and Stay for the Race”.  The weekend is not only about the exciting motorcycle racing, but the party that surrounds it.  Entertainment during the event will include live music from 10a to 1p on Saturday and Sunday, fan walk on Saturday & Sunday, Jason Britten & Eric Hoenshell’s Team No Limit Stunt Shows, fan laps,  Extreme Team 4x4 Monster Truck rides, stunt driver, Kevin Waterman’s,  attempt at driving the entire track on two wheels in his 3 series BMW sedan (with a chance for YOU to win a spot in the passenger seat), appearances by Roots of Music, Rolling Elvi, Pussy Footers, and 610 Stompers.

In addition to this great entertainment, there will be a variety of vendors and food options at the event.  NOLA Motorsports will also have two Kart rental tracks open for a little four wheeled fun.

What to bring?

This is expected to be a beautiful, sunny fall weekend so dress comfortably and wear sunscreen! I would also suggest purchasing your tickets in advance of the event.  This will help with delays entering the park (plus will get you a savings of $10 a ticket).  Tickets can be purchased in advance from TTRNO (insert link here) Great food and drink as well as grandstand seating will be available for the event.

When should you arrive?

Friday is the shortest day, and only includes practice and qualifying.  Saturday and Sunday include qualifying and racing.  If you are only attending one day, you will want to make it Saturday or Sunday.  Racing starts at 1:00pm on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday.  Also remember gates open at 7am on these days, so that give you plenty of time to get the lay of the land before the races begin.

I would suggest an early arrival, so you can take advantage of everything the event has to offer.

What does TTRNO have to offer during the weekend?

Triumph Motorcycles is the title sponsor of the weekend.  Triumph owners will be offered a FREE fan lap on the track at the end of Saturday and Sunday, Triumph only parking, and a full Triumph product display with clothing available for purchase next to our trackside Speed Shop.  If you have not had a chance to see our trackside Motorbike Speed Shop, this is your chance!  Our service area will be transformed into a Ducati apparel showroom. 

When does it all kick off?

The party gets started Thursday night from 6-9pm at Mardi Gras World. Join us for the biggest bike night New Orleans has seen! Attendance to the bike night is FREE and open to the public. 


Zachary U Materne
General Manager - Sales

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.

AMA Pro Road Racing TestFest New Orleans - June 26-27

By Nick Napoda
on June 07, 2012

AMA Pro Road Racing test at NOLA Motorsports Park

June 26-27

Get a preview of the excitement coming this fall at the Triumph Big Kahuna Nationals in two action packed days of AMA pro rider testing. Admission to the event is FREE and testing is from 8am to 6pm both days. 
•Discounted ticket packages available for the Triumph Big Kahuna event in October 5-7.
•Join in a second line by Roots of Music with riders and teams down the paddock to kick off the Test Fest Party.
•Test Fest Kart Challenge: Team up with your favorite AMA rider in a four person team race.
•50mph kart rentals all day long during the test events.
•World renowned New Orleans food and desserts served on-site.

TESTFEST Celebration Party

Tuesday, June 26 at 6:00pm

Rub elbows with AMA Pro riders in The Transportation Revolution’s trackside Motorbike Speed Shop, located in the first garage closest to the paddock.


NOLA Motorsports Park
11075 Nicolle Blvd - Avondale, LA 70094

amaproracing.comm1powersports.comnolamotor.comttrno.com

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

Ducati 1199 Panigale Welcome Party & Speedshop Grand Opening

By Nick Napoda
on April 07, 2012

Join us, Friday April 27th, as we welcome the most revolutionary motorcycle in decades at North America’s newest motorsports playground, NOLA Motorsports Park. In addition to the introduction of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, the night will serve as the grand opening of our track-side motorbike speedshop. Join us for a night of motorsports heaven.

 

April 27th from 7-10pm at TTRNO Speedshop

11075 Nicolle Blvd, U361
Avondale, LA 70094 

Directions: 

•Proceed from downtown onto US90W.
•Turn left on Signette Blvd.
•Continue onto Nicolle Blvd.
•NOLA Motorsports park will be on left.
•TTRNO Speedshop is the last garage on the right. 


NOLA Superbike Launch Party at TTRNO

By Nick Napoda
on March 27, 2012

Friday April 13th, from 6p to 9p

Friday, April 13th, will be the official announcement of the Triumph Motorcycles Big Kahuna AMA Pro Superbike Nationals in New Orleans October 5th-7th.

 

Join us for an evening of Superbike celebration as we host Triumph Factory racer, 2011 Daytona 200 winner and 2012 Daytona 200 2nd Place Finisher, Jason Disalvo as well as many other racing personalities.  This will be an evening you will not want to miss. 

 

NOLA Motorsports First Public Track Day Is A Success!

By Zachary Materne
on January 19, 2012

Last Sunday was a day most of had had been waiting for since September 2009, when NOLA Motorsports Park was announced.  It was NOLA's first public motorcycle track day.  The event ran like a top, and the rider and spectator turnout was incredible. 

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10 Years - New TTRNO.com - First NOLA Track Day Sunday

By Nick Napoda
on January 10, 2012

It is 2012, the 10th year for The Transportation Revolution.  We have grown a lot from our humble Vespa New Orleans beginnings, and we hope to do the same in the second decade. 2011 was our best year in business, and we plan to grown even more in 2012.  In the second half of 2011 we added staff for the first time since 2009.

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