LTD Racing’s Gaviria Says “Y.E.S.” to West Division Points Lead in Utah

TD Racing’s David Gaviria leads the AMA Pro West Division SuperSport points after earning second in a wet race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah on Sunday.

Gaviria took his fourth podium finish of the season with a calculated but quick ride in the 13-lap race. Tomas Puerta finished fourth and unfortunately saw his podium streak end but the Colombian rode hard and finished less than one second behind Gaviria. Huntley Nash took 15th place in his wet Daytona SportBike battle and nearly took an even better result in the competitive class before a late-race issue.

Gaviria pushed early and led the SuperSport race before eventually taking second place. “I think it was a good result for me and for the team also,” said Gaviria. “If you crash, it’s done; you don’t win anything, you don’t win any points. It’s difficult to know how fast you’re going in the rain, especially when you’re in the front, because you can’t feel the tires too much. It’s very fast when you lose your traction in the rain. It’s very fast when the rear tire goes and you crash. I was pushing so hard to do a good race but we are also trying to win the championship for our sponsors like Yamaha Extended Services, Akrapovic, K&N, and Motul.”

The resilient Colombian Puerta still managed to impress despite adversity. “I had an issue with seeing the track in the wet conditions and we tried several things with my equipment before the race to help but it didn’t work out for us today. I had a hard time seeing my braking points and so I couldn’t give it my best,” said Puerta. “I’m disappointed with fourth place and it was my first time off the podium this year. What is important is we finished and did not crash. I am looking forward to the race next week at Elkhart Lake and think we can do well.”

Heading into Elkhart Lake next weekend, LTD Racing’s pilots lead both the East and West SuperSport Divisions.

Huntley Nash took 15th in a challenging event held on a wet but drying track. The young racer ran as high as 13th in the contest and continued his improvement in just his third event (fourth race) in the Daytona SportBike class. He diced with several more experienced racers in Utah. “At one point, I thought I could catch the group in front of me but I ended up fading,” sad Nash. “The track started drying and conditions were tricky. I probably would have gotten 13th but my visor started fogging up with four laps to go. So the race went okay, probably a little better than the result looks.  We’re trying to get some momentum going and start moving forward. I’m excited to go back to Elkhart, a track where I won last year in SuperSport, and see how we fare there.”

LTD Racing’s Director of Competition Gary Medley said, “I think today went pretty well. Huntley is getting better and better. He may not be happy with the results but the team is pleased with how he’s progressing. David and Tomas rode smart today. They used their heads and not their bodies, so to speak. The team has taken a step forward in riding ability and performance. The riders were really mature out there for this event. We have a race in Wisconsin in a few days and it would not help us at all if guys fighting in the season’s points chase and fighting to get better each weekend had crashed and faced a setback. The crew worked hard and we also got a performance increase with Akrapovic coming on board with the team, which I think is a big plus. We’re looking forward to Road America and seeing what we can do there.”

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Provisional Front Row Starts for LTD Racing in Utah

David Gaviria and Tomas Puerta earned provisional front row starts for the Miller Motorsports Park AMA Pro SuperSport event, with Gaviria earning second and Puerta fourth. Huntley Nash qualified 18th in the ultra-competitive Daytona SportBike class as the young rider who has jumped into the deep end of the American racing pool continues to show the determination that was his trademark in SuperSport last season.

Due to the unequal number of races in West Coast and East Coast SuperSport, AMA Pro will award full West race points for qualifying this weekend. That placed extra pressure on overall championship contenders Puerta (East) and Gaviria (West) to perform in today’s qualifying session since most expect rain on Sunday morning – even more than the intermittent showers that red flagged qualifying on Saturday.

Gaviria, from Medellin, Colombia, said: “I feel very good. I was trying my very best on the track. It was raining, so I was taking care of my bike and myself not to make a mistake at this point of the weekend with our race still to come on Sunday. I wanted pole but what I really want is to win the race. That is my true focus this weekend. The test helped us set up the bike and I felt the bike was good.”

Puerta, who has finished on the podium in each 2011 SuperSport race, earned another provisional front-row start on Saturday. “This track is a tough one for me because I am taller than some of the other SuperSport competitors and I can’t tuck in like some of them can. It hurts me on top end. I followed David around and we worked together but I couldn’t go any faster. A podium is a good possibility but at this stage I want to win races and that’s the goal,” said the East points leader. “I am a little disappointed but the team and I will work hard to get the best results possible.”

Nash will race on Sunday as well, but in the DSB class. “We’re a lot closer to the front in this race,” said Nash. “We’re more competitive overall but I have to drop some more time to move up the charts. In practice, we have improved the front end quite a bit and that allows me to push more. It’s a lot more fun when you’re doing better and closing the gap to the front. It may rain tomorrow and to be honest, I like racing in the wet so we’ll see.”

LTD Racing Director of Competition Gary Medley added: “It was a pretty good day but we haven’t gotten down to our best times from the test yet, so there is room to improve. Huntley goes better the more he rides and he’s found some speed this weekend. The guys he is racing have been doing this a long time and it is a good challenge for Hunt to come to a new racetrack like this and find the pace to race with some quality guys. In SuperSport, David and Tomy will be prepared for a full race distance so we’ll see what happens.”

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Celtic Racing – A team with a rich racing pedigree

by Stephen W. Clark

The Celtic Racing Fast by Ferracci Team is running close to the front in the AMA Daytona Sportbike class this year with PJ Jacobsen on a Ducati 848 EVO. In a tough economy where sponsorship dollars are scarce this small team from New York has been able to pull together a race team to compete against the larger Graves, M4 and Vesrah teams. While a still relatively small team in the AMA paddock Celtic Racing are made up of several individuals with a successful racing background.

Celtic Racing came from humble beginnings and was originally formed by a group of Irish American riders as a way to stay involved in racing after they retired from racing themselves. Barry Gilsenan admits that creating a competitive National level team was never his original plan but along the way things came together. Over the years Celtic racing has given many top riders a way to race in the United States, Alistair Seeley, Kenny Noyes, Micheal Laverty, Michael Barnes and Chaz Davies have all ridden for Celtic Racing and gone onto successful World level and Domestic level careers. For the 2011 season a partnership with Fast by Ferracci has given Celtic Racing a competitive Ducati 848 EVO and with PJ the team is benefiting from a rider that they have been nourishing for the last five years.

Barry’s long relationship with PJ Jacobsen began back in ’06 when he first met PJ at a little motard track in New York State. Riding a little XR100 PJ was absolutely flying and passing many adults on big bikes. Only twelve years old at the time PJ had already won several dirt track and supermoto championships and was ready to embark on a new challenge. Barry was amazed with PJ’s talent and talked with PJ’s father to put together a program for PJ to race a Celtic Racing 125 GP bike in the USGPRU national championship. PJ took to the GP bike quickly and won all but one race and the championship in his first season. Again on a Celtic Racing 125 in 2007 PJ won all but one race to win the East championship and finish second in the National championship. In 2008 PJ competed in part of the USGPRU championship before going to Europe to attend the MotoGP Academy with Alberto Puig. Also in 2008 PJ became the youngest ever American to race a Grand Prix when he got a Wildcard ride on an Aspar 125 at the Indianapolis round of the World GP Championship. PJ’s performance at Indy led to a full ride with Aspar in the Spanish CEV championship for the 2009 season. Still only 16 PJ lived in Europe for a year and got some good results in the very competitive 125 class with the highlight of the season getting on the podium in Valencia. Through this whole time Barry Gilsenan was helping PJ develop his career helping him get rides. With several seasons of experience on a GP in high-level competition PJ was ready to switch to a big bike. In 2011 PJ returned to the States and rode a Celtic Racing Suzuki GSXR600 in the AMA Supersport Championship, at first PJ struggled to get used to the different riding style required on the 600 but made progress through the season and by the New Jersey race was running within a second of the leaders.

Through his time spent in the AMA paddock Barry became friends with Eraldo Ferraci of Fast by Ferracci. Now in his mid seventies Eraldo has had a long and successful career in motorcycle racing. Eraldo moved the US in the mid-seventies as a national champion motorcycle racer and mechanic, once in the US Eraldo modernized a Bennelli motorcycle plant and began building and tuning motorcycles. His company Fast by Ferracci became known for building competitive bikes and in the nineties Fast by Ferracci formed an American based factory Ducati team. Fast by Ferracci Ducati went onto to win a World Superbike Championship and two AMA Superbike Championships. Eraldo also built a successful Fast by Ferracci performance parts business and has imported and sold a few different European brands of motorcycles in the US. Most recently Fast by Ferracci ran an MV Augusta in the AMA championship ridden by Luca Scassa following the MV team Eraldo took a break from racing. But when Barry approached Eraldo prior to the 2011 season he was ready to come back and make one last push for success in AMA racing before retiring. With a wealth of racing experience and an intimate knowledge of Ducati’s, Eraldo is a huge asset to the Celtic Racing Team. Along with Crew Chief and former-AMA racer William Meyers the Celtic Racing Team are able to ensure that PJ’s #9 Ducati is as competitive as possible.

Things have never been better for Celtic Racing and in 2011 they have for the first time a good chance at winning an AMA National Championship. PJ has proved to be competitive on the Ducati 848 EVO by posting top times in both the Daytona and Miller official AMA tests. The team had problems in the first race at Daytona leading to a DNF but came back with a pair of fourth place finishes at round 2 in Infineon. This weekend PJ will be returning to Miller Motorsports Park a track that he knows well from his USGPRU days and will likely be a front-runner. At the AMA test the Ducati 848 EVO’s were working well with PJ and DiSalvo posting the quickest times. However the AMA recently announced a rule change that increased the minimum weight of twin cylinder bikes like PJ’s by 5lbs and a 5 lb reduction for four cylinder bikes. The rule change will likely tighten the competition in an already close AMA Daytona Sportbike class, but the Celtic Racing Team will for sure do everything they can to get their bike to checkered flag first.

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2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – FIM World Championship

Supercross Vegas

Article & Photos by Nick Hill

Vegas isn’t a stranger to high stakes, hot chicks, cold beer and warm weather which is why it’s the perfect place to host the final round of the Monster Energy Supercross. I was excited to witness what perhaps was the end of the most exciting and unpredictable season to date and the crowning of first time champion Ryan Villopoto. The weekend was exciting and might be one of the better times I’ve ever had in Vegas. Here is my adventure…

Kyle and Nick

My friend Kyle and I set off to Vegas Friday morning. Since we are both virtually unemployed we decided on a $200 budget for the weekend with high hopes of avoiding the ATM and all the other expensive temptations that Vegas had to offer. We arrived at the Excalibur around noon and after tipping the valet, Arby’s and a tank of gas I was only down $37.50.

We unpacked our bags in a room overlooking a pool filled with mayhem and booze. Right then it hit me, I had forgotten my swim shorts and I wasn’t pleased since a $40 pair of shorts would clearly send me over my budget. Lucky for me there was an abundant supply of Bud Light to drown my sorrows in just minutes away at the hotel bar. I planned to use my method of slow playing the poker machine while milking the bar for free drinks. With this I figured I could stay under my $200 weekend budget.

Kyle and I sat at the bar to wait for Sandro and Alex of Galfer. I tossed $20 into the poker machine and asked for a drink. The bartender informed me that I had to have a minimum of $20 in the machine and bet $1 a hand in order to take advantage of the free drink policy. No problem, I am good at video poker and can stretch $20 for at least an hour. Kyle on the other hand wasn’t so lucky. After listening to my “fool proof” way to beat the roulette wheel he ended up losing about $100 within the first fifteen minutes. He was bummed and I was happy I wasn’t him. I actually turned my $20 into $75 which infuriated Kyle. It was then he informed me that he wouldn’t be splitting the gas bill with me.

Nick, Alex & Sandro

Sandro and Alex finally showed up for some drinks more slots before one hell of a dinner at the casinos buffet before calling it a night. The nights tally of winnings and losing I found that I had broke even for the day which included picking up Kyle’s gas tab.

Hoover Dam

Saturday we woke early to another beautiful day. Kyle pushed the issue of checking out the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Damn was a 30min drive and I was assured that we would make it back in time to hitch a ride to Supercross with Sandro. I decided to go even though I really wanted nothing to do with the Hover Damn or even really cared to see it. It was free, it was close and Kyle really wanted to go, it made sense and I was happy we went. I didn’t realize how big it actually was and it made perfect sense why Megatron was kept there.

Ernie Vigil and Nick Apex Brocha

On the way back to the hotel we stopped at MacDonald’s for lunch then rushed back to meet with Sandro and Alex to go over to Supercross. We made it to Sam Boyd Stadium with enough time to catch the last two stunt shows outside the gates. Nick and Ernie from Team Empire put on an amazing show with KaneOne also in the mix. After the last stunt show we headed over to the Monster Energy Drink hospitality rig to relax a little before the start of the race.

We made it to our seats and watched the duration of the race standing. It was incredible, 60,000 people packed into a college stadium going absolutely ballistic was a rush. Fans partied hard in a sold out venue screaming for their favorite riders until the very end. I couldn’t begin to explain the energy I felt during that last race, it was like a drug and now I’m hooked, anxiously awaiting for the 2012 season to start.

Excalibur Hotel

After the race and unable to score passes to the heavily sought after Monster VIP party we headed back to the Excalibur to finish off our night. Losing $50 to video poker, then another $50 at a slot machine and unable to drink another drop of booze it was time to call it a night. I still had about $100 left from my budget so it was a good move.

Sunday we slept in as long as possible finally hitting the road around noon to be back in Orange County at a decent time. Dropping another $50 in gas I was still in the green. We hit Bob’s Big Boy in Baker, Calif. for lunch and it hit the spot. While waiting at the register Kyle noticed a post card for an abandoned health spa formed around an oasis just off the Zzyzx exit, just a few miles down the highway. Wikipedia told us that we needed to check this place out so we headed out after I made Kyle buy me lunch.

Car stuck at Zzyyxx

The oasis off Zzyzx was awesome. We took a couple of pictures then headed back toward the highway to explore the desert a little bit more. This proved to be a horrible mistake on my end. For one reason or another I thought it would be a good idea to take the car down a path that was clearly meant for a 4×4. It didn’t take long for that decision to bite me in the ass. I sunk the car in the loose desert sand and to top it off we were way out of sight from anyone who might drive by to notice us.

I was pleased to have cell service and was extra pleased to have an AAA Plus card. Much to my surprise AAA had a flatbed just a few miles away from us and said it was on the way. When the driver showed up he said he wasn’t able to get my car out. He claimed he would get stuck himself and since I was way off the road he would need to send a 4×4 rescue truck and that it would cost about $175 to get the car out. He also mentioned that my AAA coverage wouldn’t honor it because I was off the road. I declined so he left. 3hrs later I found someone with a 4×4 and tow rope that pulled us out back onto the harder ground. Of course I felt compelled to pay the dude for his help costing me my last $45. We eventually made it home around 7pm having to explain why the car was covered in sand and dust.

Supercross Vegas

If you get the chance make sure you try to hit one of these venues for 2012 (see below). I plan to hit both Aneheim dates and make it back to Vegas for the finale.

2012 AMA Supercross Championship calendar:

7 January Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif.
14 January Chase Field Phoenix
21 January Dodger Stadium Los Angeles
28 January Stadium Oakland
4 February Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif.
11 February Qualcomm Stadium San Diego
18 February Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas
25 February Georgia Dome Atlanta
3 March Edward Jones Dome St. Louis
10 March Daytona Int’l Speedway Daytona, Fla.
17 March Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis
24 March Rogers Centre Toronto, ON
31 March Reliant Stadium Houston
14 April Louisiana Superdome New Orleans
21 April Qwest Field Seattle
28 April Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City
5 May Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas

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Puerta Retains Points Lead, Finishes Second at Infineon

Y.E.S. LTD Racing’s Tomy Puerta earned second place in Sunday’s AMA Pro SuperSport race, continuing his string of first-or-second finishes in the 2011 season. The East SuperSport points leader led early and then consolidated second place to match his result from Saturday. David Gaviria crashed out while running up front in SuperSport, while Sam Nash earned a top ten finish. Huntley Nash took 16th place in the Daytona SportBike class.

Puerta now leads the overall AMA Pro SuperSport points chase by virtue of his win and three second places this year. He led the first six laps of the race as well. “I had a good start and put my head down to see if I could make a gap. I looked back and Gaviria and Benny were there. I just was trying to be stable on the times, then I made a mistake and Benny passed me,” said the Colombian. “I tried to keep up with him, but I didn’t have enough. I tried to stay in his draft, and I almost crashed about five times. I just wanted to be on the podium and keep it on two wheels today to fight for the championship. That is the most important goal for us.”

Gaviria crashed in the final turn while closely trailing Puerta in the opening laps. “I highsided,” said Gaviria. “Tomy and I were riding close and we were both pushing hard to go fast. I made a mistake and it cost us today but I am looking forward to the next races.”

Sam Nash earned a fine top ten finish and ran as high as seventh as the part-time competitor showed his speed. “I’m pretty happy with the race,” said Nash. “Any time you can get a top ten, it’s a good result. I thought I could do a little better but someone ran me wide at one of the turns and I lost some ground. It was great to race and thanks to the team for all their hard work.”

Huntley Nash had a tough weekend and showed a lot of determination in his bid to shine in the ultra-competitive Daytona SportBike class. “The weekend didn’t go like we wanted but we tried hard and learned some things,” said Nash. “We haven’t raced in two months before this and what we really need is some seat time to get our setup the way we need to get it. The good news is we’re going to Utah soon.”

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AMA Road Racing Tests at Miller Motorsports Park

Article & Photos by Stephen Clark

Following a seven week break since Daytona, the AMA paddock arrived at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah for a two-day official test. It has been three years since the AMA paddock last visited Miller so the test would help the teams and riders set-up bikes and gain valuable track knowledge prior to racing Miller in conjunction with World Superbike on May 28-30.

Chilly morning at Miller

The test kicked off bright and early on Monday morning with a Daytona Sportbike session under clear blue skies but with cold temperatures. Some riders chose to sit out this first session as temperatures were so cold that it would tear up tires. As the morning rolled on the temperatures began to rise and more riders took to the track.

One rider who took to the track immediately in spite of the cold forty degree temperatures was seventeen year old, Galfer-supported PJ Jacobson on a Celtic Racing / Fast by Ferracci Ducati in the Daytona Sportbike class.

PJ Jacobsen

PJ topped the time sheets in the opening sessions and remained near the top in every session throughout the test.

Jason DiSalvo

Later in the first day fellow Galfer rider Jason DiSalvo on a Latus Racing Ducati 848 joined PJ at the top of the sheets. It seemed the long mile front straight and fast configuration of the Miller Perimeter track was favoring the Ducati’s 848’s as the four cylinder machines couldn’t quite match the times of the V-Twins. DiSalvo and Jacobsen were both running Galfer pads, rotors and Accossato master cylinders and were quickest in every session and by the end of the second day both riders were down into the 1:55’s with Disalvo just three tenths of a second faster than Jacobsen. Josh Herrin was the fastest of the four cylinder 600’s on a Graves Yamaha R6 posting a quickest time of 1:56.543.

Team Yoshimura Rockstar Makita Suzuki

The 1000 cc rocketship machines in the Daytona Superbike class were making short work of the Miller track, lapping nearly five seconds a lap quicker than the already quick Sportbike riders. With many world-class riders and top teams, the Daytona Superbike class is very competitive but no team has as many wins in recent years as the Yoshimura Rockstar Makita Suzuki team who run Galfer products on their Suzuki GSX-R 1000’s. Riders Blake Young, Tommy Hayden and Josh Waters make up the elite three rider team.

Blake Young

From the beginning of the test Monster Energy Graves Yamaha rider Josh Hayes was the man to beat and was the only rider to break into the 1:50’s on the first day. But on the second day Blake Young posted a lap of 1:50.840 just shy of Haye’s fastest lap. Tommy Hayden wasn’t far behind with the fourth quickest lap and Josh Waters seventh quickest.


Team Hammer M4 Suzuki

Also in the Superbike class Team Hammer were running Galfer products on their M4 Suzuki’s. Although new to the Superbike class Martin Cardenas ran extremely well posting the fifth quickest time while his team mate Chris Ulrich ended the test 15th.

Benny Solis Jr.

Young Galfer rider Benny Solis Jr. ran well at the test in the Supersport sessions posting the quickest time on the first day of a 1:58.565 session on his Roadracing Honda CBR600. Benny is only sixteen years old and has already achieved a lot in his career winning a WERA National Championships and the US Red Bull Rookies Cup. Team LTD had their Columbian riders of Tomas Puerta and David Gaviria at the test who both ran very well on both days on their Galfer prepared R6’s. On the second day Gaviria stepped it up and began knocking a second of his times each session and ended the test with the quickest time in the class of 1:57.988. Solis ended the test with the second fastest time with Corey Alexander third.

David Gaviria

With superbikes running close to 190mph on the long front straight the Miller track is notoriously demanding on brakes and the riders rely heavily on braking performance to run quickly. With many riders using Galfer products, Galfer has technicians at most races to provide support to the teams as they work on braking performance. Brake Technician Robert Davilla attended the Miller test and spent the test in the pit lane working with the different teams and also listening to feedback from riders on how the brakes are performing. This valuable feedback helps Galfer further develop brake products for both racing and street use.

From Miller the AMA Paddock will head to California for round 2 at Infineon on May 13-15 before returning again to Miller on May 28-30. Based on the incredibly close racing at Daytona and the times at Miller, the racing is sure to be good at Infineon.

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2011 Laughlin River Run

Story by Nick Hill

Given a pulse in 1983 by Dale Marschke, a Harley dealership owner and enthusiast who wanted to bring his customers on an adventurous weekend ride from San Bernardino, Calif. has blossomed into one of the greatest motorcycle rallies in the country. Laughlin, Nev., a springtime motorcycle oasis hidden in the desert just 90 miles south of Vegas along side of the Colorado River is sprinkled with everything awesome including a never ending supply of gambling, booze, bands, girls and bikes. We knew we couldn’t pass it up for 2011, twenty eight years later.

My journey to the Holy Land began on a Thursday morning after securing a room at the Aquarius Casino Resort the night before. The room cost $160 per night even after my AAA discount. I wasn’t surprised the rates were inflated due to the rally. Normally it wouldn’t have been a big deal except I stayed in the same room during the offseason for under $50.00. Either way, The Aquarius is planted right in the center of all the action and it hosts everything I needed to thoroughly enjoy myself.

Riding down the freeway I passed at least two dozen motorcycles stranded on the side of the road. I tried to come up with an explanation as to why they littered the highway, some I decided were gas issues, and others were flat tires or bathroom breaks. I also thought of how badly I maintain my own motorcycle and wondered if I would share the same fate, which I didn’t. The ride to Laughlin proved to be an easy 5 hours from Orange County, Calif.

Arriving at the Aquarius I was overwhelmed with the hundreds if not thousands of bikes in the hotel parking lot. After securing my bike for an overnight stay I finally made it to my room where I had been surprised with a gift basket full of cookies, crackers, nuts, and other types of snacks that I knew would hit the spot after stumbling to my room in the late hours. It was cool to know that the hotel was really behind the motorcycle rally. The helium filled cruiser balloon attached to the basket was a nice touch and made me feel welcome.

After a short nap and a bag of Cheez-Its from my gift basket I was ready to conquer Laughlin. A short elevator ride later I was excited to find an empty seat behind a video poker machine at the hotel bar. I knew I could milk down ten bucks betting 25 cents a hand while taking advantage of the free drinks to cover the inflated room rate. I ended up winning a couple of nice hands and stretched my ten bucks to last 2hrs and eight drinks… I was buzzed and ready to roam!

With the sun still blazing and my eyes now glazed over I shuffled over to the vendors positioned around the casino’s parking lot and looked around at some of their goods. Although catering to mostly cruisers almost every booth had something worth checking out. The only thing I bought was a massive hotdog off of a street vender to help soak up the booze.

Strolling through the endless rows of motorcycles I couldn’t help to notice some of the most amazing bikes I’ve ever seen. Much like on the side of the freeway there were cruisers everywhere dressed to the “T”. Lots of style covered in chrome, lights, paint and leather, it was like looking wondering through a virtual V-Twin magazine.

Noticing some of the upgrades I had also noticed what wasn’t upgraded and found it hard to believe that some of these guys would dump mountains of cash into the look of a bike but not a dime on an upgraded braking system. It absolutely makes no sense to add all the extra weight of chrome, bags, bars and lights but not give second thought to the stopping abilities of the motorcycle. I even noticed a bike or two without a front braking system entirely. Form before function at its finest. In one sense or another I guess we are all guilty of this to some degree…

Finished with the vendors and all the eye candy I decided to head back to my hotel’s casino to sort out the rest of my night with some light gambling. I’m not a big gambler nor do I have the income to support me if I were. However I do have my methods to ensure minimal loss while looking for the loosest slot. One method is get blind drunk and actually bump into a slot machine. More often than not this method will send me back to ATM for another crisp twenty dollar bill. Other times a machine will call out to me, signaling to me with the right series of colored lights at the right moment. Like code for “I am the one” which is how I found the machine that turned my five bucks into $158.68…

Emptying the casino vaults comes with a price and since I knew I was now in the position to gamble the casino into bankruptcy I was worried security would remove me from the property or even detain me and accuse me of cheating. Ticket in hand I headed over to the ticket redemption machine to collect my money, then to go watch the rowdy cover bad in the lounge, and to my room to devour the rest of my snack basket and finally to sleep.

Dales’ pilgrimage to the desert city of Laughlin still holds it course of a true rally. If you’re anything like Dale and motorcycles are your passion make sure you plan a journey with your friends to Laughlin, Nevada the last week of every April. You won’t be sorry and you’ll definitely meet some interesting people. Motorcycling’s biggest perk are the people that ride them. Always friendly and always an interesting story to share. I look forward to my visit to Laughlin in 2012.

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