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Ducati 899 Panigale Introduction

By Nick Napoda
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.

A Forgotten Legend

By Zachary Materne
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.

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.

Nick Udstad, TTRNO’s resident QT

By Nick Napoda
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. 

Meet our new Tech, Mike Arrington

By Nick Napoda
on May 16, 2013

It was an exciting day when Michael Arrington had his 12 foot long, nearly 2,000 lb toolbox delivered by flatbed truck to TTRNO’s downtown location.  It meant a few things; New Orleans’ premier European motorcycle shop was expanding, we’ve got a guy who’s SERIOUS about having the right tool for every job, and most importantly we now have a complete team of the biggest heavy hitters in the motorcycle performance world.  

Michael is no stranger to making 2 wheels fast.  With years of experience designing and building race engines for companies like S&S (this particular engine in the Confederate Hellcat and Wraith) Hoban Brothers and KWS Motorsports to name a few.   Engine blueprinting, cam degreeing, porting, polishing, exhaust design and dyno tuning are just a few things he excels at.   We couldn’t possibly forget about his ability to set up chassis geometry, tune suspension, electrical wiring, diagnosis, even custom work.  What makes Michael the best in the business is his immense attention to detail and the pride he takes in every job that rolls on his lift.  When Michael works on a bike it’s a big deal and to have such a talented force in the crescent city is a great advantage we have over other areas.

Next time you’re at TTRNO, come into the service department and shake the hand of the Gulf South’s greatest tech; or give him a hug, he’s a big ol’ teddy bear!

What's Improved about the new Daytona 675?

By Nick Napoda
on February 19, 2013

With some major developments the 2013 model takes the Daytona to a new high. A redesigned engine giving improved performance and an extended rev range, plus major chassis revisions including a new frame and repositioned silencer are among the elements that keep the Daytona ahead of the competition. Redesigned, sharper bodywork complete this impressive package.


The Daytona range features an R model which has a number of enhanced specification components including Öhlins TTX rear suspension and NIX30 inverted forks, providing the R with a wide range of adjustability. Additionally the R features lighter Brembo Monobloc calipers giving precise and powerful stopping. On the Daytona R switchable ABS is standard as is a quick-shift gear change.

Daytona 675: Features and Benefits

  • Headlights are no longer “projector” style lights. Previous lights had overall good lateral lighting distance, but failed to achieve a wider projection. New headlamps achieve both
  • Air intake is increased significantly. Increased opening allows for greater intake, which thus contributes to the increased performance of the new engine.
  • With a stronger one-piece cylinder block, wider pistons and lighter titanium inlet valves the new engine has increased power, torque and rev range up to 14,400 RPM. This provides the rider with higher performance and greater flexibility
  • All new lightweight twin spar frame on the new 2013 model gives the bike lighter weight and greater agility
  • With a repositioned silencer, the bike has improved handling and agility. The silencer is positioned lower and closer to the engine of the bike, improving the weight distribution significantly
  • The 2013 Daytona features a newly designed clutch. With a slip/assist design the clutch is now lighter to operate but also offers the rider more bike control, such as preventing the rear wheel from hopping under heavy braking

By Matt Nomey

TTRNO Reviews the MSF Course with NOLA Motorcycle Training

By Nick Napoda
on January 24, 2013

By Matt Nomey, Motorbike Sales Specialist at TTRNO

What a wonderful experience I had the other weekend. The MSF course really helped me out as a returning rider, but it can easily make any non-rider so much better. For starters, this course is a great way to get the old muscle memory back from being out of riding for a few years. All it took was a couple of days of riding and doing course work to get back into the swing of things, and it really made me remember how much I love riding. In the end, the course brought me, personally, three meaningful things


First, The MSF course is very intensive. By that at mean it’s concentrated not exhausting. It covers every aspect of the riding experience from the basics (starting and mounting a bike) to the all wonderful act of counter steering. The instructors, more importantly Rodney our main teacher, really left no stone unturned with any aspect of riding. They really wanted us to get the full scope of what it takes to be aware of everything going on when on a bike.

Second, MSF is pragmatic. This course is not very fanciful when it comes to riding. You get very realistic examples, and all the training courses are very realistic to the style of driving you will be doing on the road. Your days are split for two days with the early morning being in a classroom and the afternoons on the riding course. Just the concept of turning into a curve for example is taken in a very approachable method. In the classroom, you see plenty of videos that act as a walk through for you. On the riding range, your instructor will show you a demo himself then you go through and complete the task. It’s simple as that. 

 

Finally, and most important, I had a blast. I got to meet some pretty awesome people, and really got to share my experiences as a previous rider as well as hear from them about their expectations for the road. To me, this was the best part about the course. I’m always taking in other people’s knowledge and experiences to make myself better at the things I do, and it works both ways too.  

In closing there are really a few things to take away from all this talk. If you’re a beginner rider, takes this course. That little thing-a-ma-jig figure-eight test they do at the DMV is a joke. California, Texas, and I believe also Florida use the MSF as their standard to get an endorsement. There’s a reason for that. It makes you a better rider. PERIOD.  Second, if you’re offering the excuse, “Oh man I’ve been riding for years I’m all good.” Well I know that after riding previously I definitely got into bad habits. This helps really get you back out of anything negatively habitual.

 

Current riders --- and I’m talking to everybody. Cruisers, Track guys. Tourers. Urban riders --- don’t need to take the Basic course. They have the Advanced Rider Course which is consistently available for experienced riders to take their own bike out and really hone their skills. It’s perfect and it makes you better at recognizing things that affect you while on the road. I hope everyone takes something away from my experience, and make sure to swing by or email me and tell me about your experience. I’m always open to hear a story.

Sincerely,

Matt Nomey
Motorbike Sales Specialist
The Transportation Revolution

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.

EICMA: New from Ducati, Triumph and Vespa

By Nick Napoda
on November 17, 2012

This year at EICMA, our favorite manufacturers released information on new upcoming models for 2013. We are accepting deposits on all upcoming models. 

2013 Ducati Hypermotard

 

 The new Hypermotard offers all the power of a new generation 110 HP Testastretta 11° engine with the advanced technology of Riding Modes, Power Modes and the Ducati Safety Pack. Don't put the brakes on your energy: total control and extreme versatility allow you to attack any road in Hyper style.
$11,995

2013 Ducati Hypermotard SP

 

A raised set-up, forged Marchesini rims, fully adjustable suspensions with an ultralight Marzocchi aluminium yoke and Öhlins rear shock absorber for an extraordinary dry weight of 171 kg. ABS and Ducati Traction Control as standard, so you can concentrate on having a good time. And the incredible Ducati Corse livery underlines the fact that the Hypermotard SP is an uncompromisingly sporty bike, ready to face any challenge.
$14,695 

2013 Ducati Hyperstrada

 

The Hyperstrada extends the hypermotard concept to fascinating new horizons. ABS, DTC, windshield, side bags, dedicated ergonomics and a series of touring features offering a new riding experience for everyone who loves curves, even when they're far away from home.
Hyperstrada: broaden the horizons of your emotions.
$13,295

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R

 

Unbelievable performance and technological excellence proclaim this the new queen of the Superbike family. Born of the world of competitive racing, the 1199 Panigale R is an exclusive and treasured interpretation of our passion for the racetrack: titanium piston rods, carbon fibre bodywork, Ducati Performance racing exhaust and livery inspired by Ducati Corse. Perfection was never so close.
$29,995

2013 Ducati Diavel Strada


The exuberance of the Diavel meets maximum comfort. Innovative solutions and dedicated accessories - side bags, windshield, new seat and raised handlebars - make the Diavel Strada ideal to dominate the asphalt on the open road. 
$19,495

Click here for our previous post on the new Multistrada models

2013 Triumph Daytona 675

The previous Daytona 675 certainly is a tough act to follow. So just how did we improve on it? The all-new triple motor is more compact, and more powerful, which allowed us to re-design the frame to be smaller, lighter and narrower than before. That, combined with a bigger airbox, new swingarm, lighter wheels and new, sharper, bodywork means we’ve succeeded in making the new Daytona 675 more agile, more responsive, and more forgiving than ever before.
$11,599 - Availal

2013 Triumph Daytona 675R

 

In the Daytona 675R, we’ve made exceptional the new standard. This is a true track day tool. Focused. Committed. And in the right hands, untouchable. The storming new triple motor delivers even more power all the way through to 14,400 rpm redline. The new frame geometry, mass centralisation and race-derived suspension enables razor sharp handling and confidence-inspiring feedback. Add brembo brakes, a quickshifter, carbon trim and some subtle styling details and you know you’re riding a true thoroughbred motorcycle.
$13,499 

2013 Triumph Street Triple (details released earlier this year)

This truly impressive middleweight street motorcycle has been acclaimed by critics around the world. The all-new 2013 model is even punchier, better balanced and more exhilarating.

The new chassis has a more dynamic specification, giving you agility and precision while keeping you planted, and better weight distribution and geometry give you an athletic, responsive ride.

The heart of the Street Triple is the throbbing 675cc triple, delivering 106PS and 68Nm of torque. It’s so good you’ll have trouble believing its only 675cc. The torque and sound of the liquid cooled 12 valve triple, combined with a close ratio six speed gearbox produce an exciting ride, and the under-engine silencer helps lower the centre gravity and improve handling.

It looks even better too, with stylish brushed metal finishes, aggressive headlights and a choice of colored coded styling accessories complementing the dark powder coated engines and frames.

$9,399

2013 Triumph Street Triple R (details released earlier this year)

 

Triumph’s engineers have honed this roadster to perfection, giving it supersport specification, suspension and brakes. With power, torque and even more excitement, this is the most fun you can have on two wheels.

Its lightweight chassis is even more dynamic, delivering greater levels of agility and precision while keeping you firmly planted. Fitted with additional adjustable front forks, an RSU with both pre-load and damping adjustment the Street Triple R offers renowned ride quality, handling and control.

The liquid cooled 12 valve triple, combined with a close ratio six speed gearbox produce an exhilarating ride, and the under-engine silencer helps lower the centre gravity and improve handling. The Nissin radial 4-piston brakes are built to match the bike’s high performance, coping easily with higher speed and rapid deceleration. And the Street Triple R features state-of-the-art Anti-Lock Brakes as standard that can cope with even the hardest braking. And because the ABS system is switchable, it can be easily deactivated whenever necessary via the instrument panel – it will then automatically re-activate when the motorbike is re-started.

The Street Triple R has distinctive good looks too, with stylish brushed metal finishes, aggressive headlights and a choice of colours complimenting the dark powder coated engine and the telltale red rear sub frame, red side radiator cowls, and red pin stripe detailing to the wheels.

The Street Triple R is not a subtle motorbike. It’s a bike with unmistakable attitude, for riders who want to take it to the max.
$9,999

 2013 Vespa 946

 

Winner of Asphalt and Rubber's "Best In Show" (beating all the motorcycles), the Vespa 946 is so distinctive it almost doesn’t look like something one can ride. It looks like it belongs at the Museum of Modern Art or the Guggenheim. Rest assured this work of art is as functional as it is beautiful. In traditional Vespa fashion, the 946 maintains the steel monocoque frame and includes aluminum elements for weight reduction and style points. The handlebar, saddle support, side panels and front mudguard are all crafted from aluminum.

For maximum safety, the 946 comes with ABS and the ASR electronic traction control. Front and rear disc brakes assuredly stop large 12-inch wheels.

The Vespa 946 also respects the environment with a 125cc three valve, electronically injected engine. The North American version will most likely come with a 150cc three valve motor but this has not been confirmed as of yet. Fuel consumption and emissions are incredibly low in this state of the art scooter. To top it all off the 946 comes with an LED headlight and turn indicators. The full LCD dashboard completes the stylish, highly technological look.
Pricing TBD

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

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