7 days until the first race of the season. This one will be with my CRA family in Brainerd, MN at the Brainerd International Raceway. Haven’t been there since September of 2014, and it will be great to re-kindle old friendships and rivalries!
The CRA is the best, friendliest and closest knit club in the nation. Yea, maybe the trash talk gets rough at times, but, everyone stays good friends.
You see it most when a fellow competitor has a bad day of racing, crashed, blew a motor or is just having issues and the guy he was racing wheel to wheel with, is elbow deep in the bike repairs with him, trying to help get him back on the grid with him the next morning. Great club, great people!
KELO Land TV came over to Empire Motorsports for the unveiling of my 2015 KTM RC 390 Cup Series bike. Was a great day getting to talk to people and spurring interest in #MotoAmerica and motorcycle road racing here in the rural plains of eastern South Dakota. Hope we can do it again. Maybe I will be in the run for the MotoAmerica SuperStock Limited Championship and have something to brag about!
Graphics package for the 2015 KTM RC 390 Cup Series bike is in. All competitors in the MotoAmerica SuperStock Limited class will have the identical graphics package. The only thing that will keep us from looking exactly alike are our competitor numbers, sponsors on tail, helmets, leathers, gloves and boots!
Add to that what I expect to be some very tight racing and its going to be hard to tell us apart though!
Posters for the 2015 season are being printed! Huge thanks to Nick from Steve Diamond Elements for the design work! Nick is swamped with work but, still made time for me. Thanks Nick, you are a class A person, glad to know you!
Seems like buying a “race ready” machine, a guy wouldn’t have to do much to make it “race ready”…………..
Dads been spending nights after work to get the bike ready to go for our first weekend at BIR. Suspension needs a lot of adjustments, safety wiring, familiarizing ourselves with the bike in general.
Definitely flying by the seat of our pants due to the fact that very little info is yet available to anyone on these bikes. Torque specs being the biggie! Trying to figure out how stuff comes apart (without breaking anything!)
Hoping the graphics we have to run for MotoAmerica show up before the big unveiling at Empire Motorsports in Sioux Falls in a week and a half, would be nice to have her all dolled up in her sunday best!
Made the 3 hour drive to Sioux Falls late this afternoon to bring the new lady home. Just sucks that it is a school night and it was almost 11pm when we got home. So, she just sits in the van until we can get her into the shop and start the setup procedures!
Saw this on the display when I turned the key on…………….THAT IS AWESOME!!!! Gets me excited for the weather to straighten out and start racing season!
Its a small bike, but, feels great and is pretty snappy for a single. And for those who are waiting for the million dollar question to be answered………………………yes, it does wheelie!
Here she is, fresh out of the box. Never had a leg thrown over the saddle yet. This is the machine that will take me to the top of the podium in 2015.
The KTM 390 Cup bike is basically a GP machine made for the track. Unlike the street version, the Cup series bike has a couple different modifications. Full race plastics with a superbike tail, adjustable rearsets, full Akroprovic race exhaust, adjustable WP suspension front and rear, larger front brake rotor and aftermarket caliper. The engines are tuned to 38 hp by HMC and sealed. HMC is the ONLY authorized shop to do maintenance on the engine. This is to keep all the cup bikes equal on track so the bike with the best setup suspension and the rider with the biggest balls will end up on the top step of the podium.
Pics of my 390 with the finished graphics package coming soon!