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Dunlop Ntech and GP-A Track Tires

By Nick Napoda
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.

The 8477

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.

Spring 2013 Gear Preview + Importance of Riding Gear

By Nick Napoda
on November 29, 2012

You may have a classy new motorcycle, but if you're riding in crappy riding gear (or no gear!), you look like an idiot (or worse, a squid!).  I'm sorry, but that's the truth!  Good riding gear is a crucial accessory to your bike.  Wearing gear shouldn't be a chore to put on, but it is if your stuff doesn't fit well or cramps your style.  

Good riding gear actually enhances the riding experience by keeping you more comfortable than you would otherwise be without it.  These days, products have liner systems to specifically address a broad range of changing weather conditions from extreme heat to freezing cold. I think that maybe some of you just haven't experienced quality gear yet. Once you do, you will realize it is even more important than the bike because it affects what you can do on it, what conditions you can comfortably and safely ride in.

Do we even need to mention the safety benefits here?  Nobody wears full protection all the time, but you NEED to be wearing as much as you can in a given situation. This means helmet, gloves, mesh jacket and riding shoes in most inner-city situations. If you are going out on a ride outside of the city, you should shoot for helmet, jacket, gloves, boots and pants.  The street is the most dangerous place to ride (as compared to the track, because of so many uncontrollable variables like moms on cell-phones in SUVs turning in front of you). You need to be acutely aware of what parts of your body you are leaving vulnerable.

The bottom line is that whether it comes to style or protection, pairing inadequate gear, or nothing, with your Triumph or Ducati is simply UNACCEPTABLE.  And if the pavement doesn't stop you, then the fashion police will.  In this article I'm now going to present to you some of my favorite pieces of new 2013 REV'IT gear that I ordered for YOU for the coming spring.


Galactic Leather Jacket

         

We have been selling REV'IT's Ignition 2. This builds upon the success of that jacket and takes it in a more sporty direction, at the same price point of $499.  Here, you have full leather in all the impact areas with a mesh chest and stretch arms with a race-style cuff. The liner is a waterproof/windproof hydratex liner with no thermal warmer.  And, perhaps best of all it comes in white to keep you cool in the summer heat!  I love the simplicity of this jacket as compared to the Ignition 2, especially in the cuffs and liner system. It's offering excellent hot weather performance in a safe, sporty package, perfect for your Monster, Superbike, Street Triple or Daytona.

Levante Textile Jacket 

         

Here is the answer for all of you everyday riders, commuters and tourers who want a highly perforated jacket with more touring functionality. This jacket has an extremely breatheable outer shell with tons of mesh, but also includes a waterproof/windproof hydratex liner and a thermal liner. The cut is 5/8, which will go down a little further than the typical waistline cut. At $299, this is a hell of a lot of functionality in a jacket that was practically designed for the deep south climate. 

Stellar Leather Jacket

         

When the weather gets mild enough that we can wear our leathers, this is the jacket to pair with your Ducati. It's full protection with dual-comp sliders in the shoulders and elbows, and a sport cut. The look is sporty but not aggressive, which is perfect. All this in a jacket that's $629, which easily compares with Dainese product in the $800 range. It can also be paired with the Tarmac pants during track days to make an top level two-piece suit for under $1100. This is nice because you are getting functionality of this jacket on the track and on the street, and saved yourself the cost of a track suit.

Chevron Summer Gloves

A refined, sporty perforated leather glove for $109. This is the best bet to keep your hands cool and protected on a sportbike next summer.


Stellar Summer Gloves

This is going to be the match to the Stellar jacket. It's a sporty, highly protective, track inspired full leather glove with less than a full gauntlet, that can also do track duty on the weekends. It has the dual-comp hard slider found on their top of the line MotoGP gloves, but this one will only set you back $189. Minimum perforation on this glove, so it will fit in when you need the best protection or when weather turns more agreeable in spring/fall.

Hunter Track Suit

We will have this new race suit available for order, and can size any customer. This suit fits right in between the basic (yet very adequate) Bullit suit ($999) and the MotoGP inspired Stingray suit ($1499). It's giving you the best of combination of comfort, cost and protection, at $1299. Basically, we aren't competition racers and this suit is made for the real world, for the weekend warrior doing track days who wants something with the latest safety features without going overboard.

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

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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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Breaks Cover

By Zachary Materne
on November 07, 2011

The wait is finally over! Ducati officially unveiled the next generation Superbike, the 1199 Panigale, in Milan, Italy today at EICMA. Here are some beautiful pictures and a few specs on the best superbike ever built:

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NOLA Motorsports Park.....Almost Ready!

By Zachary Materne
on September 30, 2011

You have heard us talking about NOLA Motorsports for 2 years now, and there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. NOLA Motorsports Park is a motorsports utopia currently under construction just 20 minutes from downtown in Avondale, LA. The facility will offer two full road courses (when combined make the longest road course in North America), kart facitily, autocross pad, high performance driving & riding schools, track days, kart rentals, driver education courses, spectator events, hot laps and much more. NOLA will rival any motorsports complex in North America.

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The new Ducati 1199 Panigale is Coming

By Zachary Materne
on September 21, 2011

The wait is almost over, the Ducati 1199 Panigale on its way. The new generation Superbike will be unveiled at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan 10-13 November.

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TTRNO at New Orleans' Bull Run Event @ NOLA Motorsports

By Nick Napoda
on July 22, 2011

There are some perks to being in the powersports business and NOLA Motorsports Park's opening is sure to enhance these experiences for us. Last Wednesday NOLA invited us to attend the Bull Run Live Rally as it came thru New Orleans on their trek from Las Vegas to Miami. The Bull Run is described on their website as "the most glamorous and high profile of the new breed of high-end luxury lifestyle automotive rallies". I would sum that up as "race" from Las Vegas to Miami with very expensive cars attended by celebrities and unique personalities.

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It is time to get YOU on the track!

By Zachary Materne
on April 20, 2011

We talk a lot about track days, and there are quite a few people who ask us, "what are track days all about?". Track days are like any other motorcycle or scooter event that brings people together around one common interest, enjoying bikes! One common misconception is that track days are races. Well they are not.... Track days are the opportunity to ride a motorcycle in a controlled environment. It allows you to let go of all of the worries of cars not paying attention to you, or speed traps and redlight cameras while you improve your riding techiques. Imagine being able to ride your bike like it was designed to be ridden.

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Do You Have Your Gear Ready For Sunday's Track Day?

By Nick Napoda
on April 05, 2011

Sunday is the first spring track day of 2011 and TTRNO wants to make sure you have the correct gear. Here are Maria's picks to get you suited for the track.

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