Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ICON Squad 2 Backpack $125.00

One of the cooler items to pop out of the new ICON Motorsports catalog for 2008. The ICON Squad 2 Mil Spec Backpack is an extension of the already enormously successful Mil Spec vest from ICON. The Squad 2 Backpack is a mil spec vest and a super backpack combined as one. Meets all military requirements for high visibility motorcycle PPE. Actually the Squad 2 Milspec backpack not only meets the military's requirements but exceeds them by adding unique upper arm straps for increased visibility. You can wear this bag instead of a vest! Features heavy duty nylon rib stop chassis. Unique comfort fit closure. Helmet storage compartment. Laptop compartment. Integrated shield storage pocket. Jacket carrying system.

Available at $125.00

ICON TiMAX Original Gloves, $175.00

It's back. It's mean. It's the glove that has inspired many a chop to the chin. The original ICON Timax Gloves.
Like the stampeding hoofs of a thousand horses, the chain rained down. Relentless, methodical. The hand, clad in black layered leather and riveted titanium plates, worked it's brutal magic. At once ethereally united with the chain, yet somehow distant. Clearly it had purpose, blow after well placed blow would attest to that, yet it lacked any sense of conscious or remorse. This was not personal, not like it had been before, this had become routine-a task to be accomplished, a check box on a to-do list. Clearly this hand, this glove, had done this before, and clearly it would do it again. A different time, a different place, same result. The TiMax Original Glove by Icon-A Legacy of Brutality.

* Durable leather construction
* Genuine floating titanium knuckle armor
* Riveted palm has nomex heat-resistant backing
* Expansion panels in critical areas
* Pre-curved palm and finger design
* Imported

Available at

Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support

Motorcyclists will very soon have 3 very different neck brace type products to choose from. Currently the Leatt-Brace is the only full blown neck brace on the market. EVS Sport recently released their budget oriented neck brace, the EVS RC-Evolution Neck Brace. For the money, it certainly is better than your typical $20 neck roll. Alpinestars too is getting ready to release their entry into the kneck protection market with the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support.

Alpinestars SP-1 Suit, $899.00

The Alpinestars SP-1 Suit is new for 2008 and shipping now. Now, not a glove, but a good looking, simple leather suit that comes in 4 different colors, has sizes ranging from European 46 up to 64 for the big guys.
Plain and simple suit design with the all-powerful ALPS logo front and center. A basic suit suitable for all track and street sport riding. 1.2 to 1.4 leather. This is a PERFORATED suit too! All for just $899.95.

Available at

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Alpinestars Body Armor

Alpinestars has been producing various types of under garment body armor for a number of years. Over the course of probably 10 years or so, the Alpinestars protection product fold has grown each year to where Alpinestars currently offers the most diverse and rounded offering of race and street body armor available to motorcyclists. I repeat, there is no other maker of body armor currently offering the variety of highly protective race or street body armor products as Alpinestars.

Alpinestars focus has always been on racing oriented products. This means that street riders, whether you be an every day rider or casual weekend rider, track day customer or racer will benefit from years of testing, as well as "trickle down" technology. Alpinestars armor is designed for high speed impact and long intervals of abrasion.

For back protection, Alpinestars currently has 3 race grade spine protectors available to consumers. The Alpinestars Race Back Protector is a slim fitting protector designed to snap into most Alpinestars Suits and some jackets. The back protector used is a CE approved unit made up of a Level 2 memory foam.

The Bionic Back Protector utilizes the same spine protection piece as the Race protector and features shoulder straps and a larger kidney belt.

Recently, Alpinestars released the Bionic Race Shield which essentially does 'all of the above' along with some added chest protection.

Tpro Forcefield Body Armor Reviews

Collection of Reviews provided for the TPRO Forcefield Body Armor line of body protection.


I just wanted to provide some positive feedback after testing your T-Pro back protector out for real on Sunday whilst racing at Snetterton.

I had a relatively low speed highside in the wet which threw me head first over the front of the bike, causing me to somersault and land flat on my back, taking the full impact through my Crowtree leathers and your T-Pro back protector, which I have owned for about a year now and never go out on track without, even when I am rushing to get out for a race.

Although the crash speed was relatively low (I estimate about 25-30 mph), I know from experience that doesn’t matter with highsides as I previously broke my collarbone and ribs, collapsed a lung and moved my heart sideways from a 50mph highside.

In this crash, I took the full impact on my back, having done a full somersault (according to the marshals, who gave me 9 out of 10) and missed my helmet hitting the ground. The impact knocked the wind right out of me, but despite not having a great back to start with, I didn’t suffer any injuries at all, maybe just a bit of minor internal soft tissue bruising or soreness due to the sudden stop.

I then went out on track later the same morning and set a new lap record for our class (700cc Streetstock with NG Road Racing club).

It was also good to know that when having my made to measure leathers made up at Crowtree in Lincolnshire, we were discussing body armour and when I told them I had a T-Pro back protector, they quite honestly said I didn’t need any more back protection in my suit as that was the best I could buy anyway.

I would also add that with 1 years use (in often sweaty conditions) it is holding up very well and is very comfortable to wear.

Thanks for the offer of a cap, you’ve already done enough by saving me a painful injury, but I’ll wear it around the paddock in appreciation.

One of our users Mr. Olof Ekman made the following comments regarding one of our TPro backs:-

"Your product has also served one of my friends well. Maria a female friend of mine, she is currently training for her motorcycle license. As she has not yet gotten her own gear, she has been borrowing my back. This weekend she had an off during a high speed braking test, resulting in a rather dramatic high-side, which landed her on her head and back. We took her to hospital and did a thorough medical check, with all kinds of X-rays and tests. She was fine. The doctor, examined the back protector and was quite clear in his opinion, that it saved her back. Helmet and jacket were ruined, and had to be replaced, but the back protector is fine and Maria will continue to use it.

Maria wishes, through me, to forward her appreciation and thanks to you, for saving her back. If you could pass this on to the rest of your team I would be grateful." Our Forcefield Back Protector was the focus of an article in Supermoto / Trail Bike Magazine earlier this year (Issue 7 P80). The article text is quoted as follows:-

"When it comes to body armour, few companies can claim to know more than TPro. There's a wealth of armour out there which comes in all shapes and sizes, but the thing that impresses us the most about the TPro gear is that as a company they're continually seeking to improve their products. Whether it be the shape, the fit or the protective qualities of the products they supply, the TPro method of protection seems to work and we reckon two products in the T Pro range would suit super-moto use as well.

1. First up, the Forcefield back protector; for starters it's very comfortable and fits snugly without restriction. But it's much cleverer than that - the outer skin is made from Armourflex, which is a triangular shock-absorbing material while perforated layers of Nitrex foam form a differing density base. Air circulates through the perforations when in use 'pumping' the foam up slightly, aiding energy absorption in an impact. 2. Secondly, the Forcefield Undergarment is available as separate shirt and pants and features more registered trade marks in its construction than anything we've ever seen, using Cordura, Tactel, Coolmax and Lycra. It's designed to be tough yet comfy, dealing with sweat and keeping the body cool, even under the most 'anxious' of conditions, ahem. And, of course, there are pockets for T Pro body armour in the shoulders, elbows, chest, back, knees, shins and hip. The Forcefield backprotector comes in sizes S, M and L, the shirt XS to L and the pants S to L. Verdict: Not over pricey and money well spent."

The Forcefield Undergarment has been tested by experienced riders such as Ivan Mauger (9 times World Champion in Speedway and Long Track) he commented as follows:-

"I’ve been busy getting ready for the World Long Track Championship final Grand Prix that I am promoting in New Zealand on 1st November. I have used the undergarments quite a few times in testing bikes and also I had match races with Phil Crump at the Australian Long Track GP on 18th January and the New Zealand Long Track GP on 25th January. So I have now also tested them under racing conditions. I must say that particularly with Kevlars this kind of protection is a must and the Forcefield undergarment was comfortable, I didn’t realize that I had it on, very light and everything that I want from in the way of protection and ease of use. I would definitely give the Forcefield undergarment my full recommendation."

( stocks the complete line of TPRO BODY armor)

Mick Grant TT champion achieving 7 Isle of Man wins and a further 9 rostrum places finishes :-

Mick Grant has been using the Forcefield Shorts and comments as follows:- "Many thanks for the TPro Shorts. As you know I had a bad fall from my trials bike and made a mess of the muscle in my thigh. If only I had the shorts on before the accident the only injury would have been my pride! I wouldn't dream of riding my trials bike now without the shorts, as far as I'm concerned they are as important a part of my kit as my crash hat. The protective padding is very comfortable as it moulds perfectly to my legs, so well in fact that I'm not aware of them. The breathability makes them comfortable in hot or cold conditions alike. This product is a winner, again many thanks Mick Grant." Jerry D. Finley

Received the Forcefield Back Protector.. Thanks much!!

Thought you guys might want to read my head-to head comparison of a recent back-protector shoot out I made with your Forcefield protector as one of the challengers... It's posted on our website and will be mentioned along with your company's URL in our May newsletter...

Bottom line.. the Forcefield came out on top!!.. Hope it brings you some biz.

Check it out at

Again.. thanks for the fine service.


Jerry D. Finley ("Danger" is my middle name) Captain / Pirates' Lair Motorcycle Accessories

Forcefield Back

The Forcefield back has just been strenuously tested for Ride Magazine by one of its riders along with all the other top leading makes of back protector, to give the public the best advice on what to buy. They were graded as to the following:-

Protection - impact tests showed how much force each back protector would absorb.

Testers verdict - covering comfort, fit, design and price.

The results gave the Forcefield back the edge over 14 of its competitors. It was awarded the "Ride Recommended" tag of approval with a final score of 18 out of 20. The road tester was said to have loved it and was quoted as saying "It was comfortable, but reassuringly solid. The Forcefield is made from foam with a flexible rubber-type material to the back. A wide waistband and adjustable shoulder straps mean getting the protector on and off and fitting leathers over the top is a doddle. Good impact testing score throughout."

Dave "Crasher" Cornish Trailbike and Enduro Magazine test rider

I first started using TPro body armour during 1995 and it has quite literally saved my neck on several occasions. The most recent was whilst competing in the Cambrian Rally in Wales. I was aboard the new XR650R when it all went a bit pear shaped.

Flat out in top gear the XR was flying down the fast gravel roads on SS1. Over a blind crest the track suddenly took a sharp right. At this speed my only option was to slow as much as possible and wait for the inevitable big get-off.

I estimate that I was doing around 60mph when I careered of the track and down the boulder-infested hillside. I was thrown over the bars and landed heavily on my back a good 50 feet away from the bike.

Thanks to the spine protection on my TPro armour, I managed to limp away to fight another day.

Unlike most off road armour the flexible construction of TPro moulds to the shape of your body and is much less bulky than the hard plastic roost-guards offered by other manufacturers. This together with a full-length spine protector gives me all the confidence I need whilst crashing TBM test bikes to destruction!

Now with the introduction of the new vented range of protection my only previous criticism of TPro armour being a bit on the hot side has been cured.

My TPro body armour is the first thing that I pack into my gear bag. Quite simply I won't ride without it.


"I thought I was dead" stated Colin during a telephone interview. The 19 year old Vance & Hines factory Rider said that was the only thought going through his mind as he was catapulted into the air at over 100mph after colliding with a slower rider.

Colin a former AMA National Road Racing champ, was dicing for 3rd place during the AMA Superbike Final when the incident occurred. We were in the process of passing lapped traffic in turn two, a 100mph corner. The rider I was passing made a critical mistake. He changed his line! He thought I was passing on his left, and moved to his right... Right in front of me!!!

I grabbed a handful of brake, but the speed differential was too great. The force of the impact stood my bike on the front wheel before I was launched into the air.

When I came down to earth, I initially impacted on my stomach/ chest area. The excessive speeds making me tumble whenever I struck the ground. While I tumbled my bike hit me two or three times. Where I'm not exactly sure. (An observer reported that Colin's crash the bike landed on him a few times as he tumbled back first into a steel Armco barrier). I finally came to rest and got up. I realized that not only did I not have any broken bones, but I also had been conscious the entire time.

"The piece of TPro body armour that helped me most was the chest protector. With it inside the leathers everything feels tight, nothing feeling loose. It's just a safer feeling altogether".

The severe forces generated during the crash were enough to dislodge the inner lining from Colin's Helmet. The tumbling and resulting impacts trashed Colin's leathers and boots. His gloves, which did the job, were replaced. Colin's TPro Body Armour as designed survived the incident and were reused in a set of new leathers.

ICON Field Armor Vest

ICON Field Armor has been in production for a number of years now. In that time, we've sold hundreds, if not thousands of units of the ICON Field Armor Vest, the ICON Leg Armor and ICON Elbow Guards. Built entirely for street duty, for a certain crowd of riders, ICON Field Armor simply works and nothing else can really take its place.

The ICON Field Armor Vest is one a flagship item in the line that hasn't been updated really since it came out. For racers and track day addicts, the ICON vest may seem a little dainty for a product that claims to protect. And it IS. And that's really the point of the thing. The Field Armor Vest isn't trying to win any awards for most protective spine protector. I think, and many would agree, that it really is an alternative to something like a leather motorcycle vest. The Field Vest is a leather motorcycle vest made of synthetic materials and has some padding thrown in for good measure.

ICON Mechanica Helmet

In our opinion, the coolest helmet to pop out of 2008 from any helmet maker so far has been the ICON Mechanica Helmet. An ICON Domain 2 helmet, this helmet is visually the most striking helmet we've seen in a long time. The stock photos of the helmet really don't do it justice. Seeing it in person, wearing it, is really a treat. The thing just stands out over other helmets. Visually on the rider, as well, the Mecanica is a treat. I saw one on the road a few days ago noted the contrast of scaly chrome on a black jacket looked pretty killer. The helmet retails for $410.00.

Based on the ICON Domain 2 helmet ICON Released last fall. This new graphic is called the Mechanica. The coolest new helmet graphic you'll see from any helmet company you'll see all year! ICON's lightest most technologically advanced helmet to date. The Mechanica graphic was conceived by Icon as an upgrade to the past "girl" graphics that have been such great sellers for Icon. The Damnation, Dixie Chick & Dragon Lady limited editions and the recent, very controversial Eternal Saint and Sinner models. The Mechanica graphic features an erotic, robotic woman on both sides with her metallic face on the back. Incredibly bad ass. And that better color to put her image on top of than a silver chrome shell? And top it all off with the helmet interior is printed like a circuit board. Everyone wants a helmet that looks great so, what better way to make a helmet look better than putting a chrome shield on a chrome helmet? Icon, at their charitable best, have included a free chrome reflective shield in the box with every Mechanica helmet.
The second coming of the Domain helmet features everything the original Domain has to offer--a light weight composite shell, multiple ram air ducts, fully removable comfort interior, and a fog free quick change shield--but goes one step further by including our new Proshield sytem. With a shield lock and sideplates, the Proshield is ready to keep you locked down and looking good.

* Fiberglass/Dyneema/Carbon fiber/Aramid composite shell
* DOT and SNELL M2005 approved (North America) ECE 22-05 approved (Europe)
* Prolock secure shield locking system (Domain 2)
* Dorsal vent for additional ram-air induction
* Large rear exhaust ports route hot air out of helmet
* Removable molded breath deflector reduces shield fogging
* Removable chin curtain seals out unwanted turbulence
* Unique bottom mounted chin air intake system
* Quick-change fog-free proshield with sideplates (Domain 2)
* Quick-change fog-free eye shield (Domain)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

2008 ICON Motorcycle Clothing Update

ICON Clothing has released their 2008 product catalog. We got a sneak peak of the stuff about a week ago, when ICON management picked us up by Limo, put us on a plane and flew our staff to South Korea, where much of the product is manufactured. After a very late night of karaoke, kimchee and OB beer at the hotel, we got down to business the next day to check out the product at a remote warehouse in the Korean countryside.

We do dug it then in Asia and we dig it now back in the States. The design chemists and social psychology artists at ICON know how to mix the perfect blend of violence, military themes, hard core sex and speed into a lifestyle clothing package that seems just right for our times. At least, it should remind us that we're not just a bunch of stuttering conservatives. Very American. Very Street. If only we Americans could live up to the imagery we create, instead of leaving it only to fantasy and movies.

From Page 2 of the 2008 ICON Fall Catalog: "Darkness has descend upon upon the urban sprawl. Cryptic text messages confirm the location- industrial, nondescript, and pork free. Lit by the surreal arc of H7 bulbs, they engage in choreographed mechanical violence. Balance points and body english are the native language of these lands. Here the laws of polite society are ignored, replaced only by the painful laws of physics. The curtain opens to a choking cloud of rubber infused smoke. Gyroscoping wheels arc ballistic trajectories across the tarmac slab. Tortured rotors endure the hydraulic embrace of rapidly withering brake pads. Ruptured fork seals and nitrogen charged reservoirs vent furiously, consuming the punishing blows. And then, as quickly as it began, the performance is over. Barking shorty pipes fall silent. Cast alloy blocks tick a rhythmic cooling chant. Plastic fan blades whirl frantically in an effort to soothe the worked hyper-beast. All that remains are the discarded rubber autographs of the night's underground heros."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Urges Motorcyclists and Drivers to Work Together to Reduce Rider Deaths on Nation's Highways

IRVINE, Calif., Aug 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration release of the 2007 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment - Highlights, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation today urged that a planned national Motorcycle Crash Causation study begin as soon as possible. Last summer the industry committed $2.8 million in funding through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to the Oklahoma Transportation Center for the new Motorcycle Crash Causation Study. The Motorcycle Industry Council committed another $200,000 soon after. The $3 million commitment compares to the approximately $2 million being provided in federal funding.

The Foundation stated that there is a tremendous amount of theory and speculation from many concerned parties for motorcycle safety as to why there has been an increase in motorcycle fatalities and crashes over the past 10 years. But there is no concrete data.

MSF President Tim Buche reiterated that, "We hope that this new field research, the first definitive crash causation study to be done in the United States in almost 30 years, will shed new light on the causes of crashes on our nation's highways. Knowledge gained from this study may help all of us concerned with rider safety to develop even more effective countermeasures to enhance the safety of motorcyclists everywhere. But we won't know until the study, which will be a long and thorough process, has been conducted. For the safety of motorcyclists, we need this federal study to be of high priority, and move forward as soon as possible."

Fuel prices are prompting even more Americans to choose motorcycles for their transportation needs due to their higher fuel efficiency and lower cost of ownership. For first-time riders, an approved motorcycle rider training course is the best first ride, and training providers are responding to the sudden increase in demand by increasing their training capacity. This year, an estimated 430,000 people will take an MSF RiderCourse. Visit for more information.

The Foundation also is reminding all riders and motorists that they each have an important role in helping to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes on America's roads and highways.
"The overwhelming number of motorcyclists who wind up in single-vehicle crash statistics are there because they aren't following basic but important safety precautions when riding," said Buche. "And fewer than half of all riders have taken any kind of formal training course. We also know that car drivers and other motorists are at fault a majority of the time in multiple-vehicle crashes that involve a motorcyclist. We have life-saving messages for everyone, whether they are behind the handlebars or behind a steering wheel."

For motorcyclists, the MSF has five critical messages:

Get Trained and Licensed - Take an MSF RiderCourse(SM) and obtain the appropriate rider's license from your state.

Wear Protective Riding Gear - All the gear all the time; most importantly a helmet made to meet the standards of the Department of Transportation.

Don't Drink and Ride - Ride unimpaired; never drink or use other drugs before getting on a motorcycle.

Ride Within Your Limits - Stay within your personal limits; never ride faster or farther than your abilities can handle.

Be a Lifelong Learner - Return regularly for refresher riding courses.

The Foundation's key messages for car drivers are:

Please Look for Motorcyclists - Use your eyes and mirrors to see what's around.

Focus on Driving - Hang up and drive, put down the food, the pet, the personal grooming gear, the CD, and the reading material and save it for later.

Use Your Turn Signals - Signal your intentions. It's also the law.

Give Two-Wheelers Some Room - Don't tailgate or get too close side-by-side.

Keep it in the Car - Don't throw trash and cigarettes out the window, and securely lash down cargo that can fall out on the road and be a deadly hazard.

"All of these are all doable, real-world actions that will cut down crashes and fatalities right now," Buche said. "Above everything else, it's about the human element, the attitude, the mind-set that motorcyclists and motorists have, and the choices they make out there on the road."

Since 1973, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has set internationally recognized standards that promote the safety of motorcyclists with rider education courses, operator licensing tests, and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military, and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling.

The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha. For RiderCourse(SM) locations, call 800.446.9227 or visit

Race Report: Team DNA Energy Drink

Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing
finishes second and tenth in MISuperMoto X

Team has largest contingent at event while also participating
in pre-event autograph session at metro Detroit hotspot

Clio, Mich. (August 19, 2008) – Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing became the heavy hitters at the inaugural MISuperMoto X in Clio, Michigan this past weekend with all three riders competing. With impressive results and the largest private transporter in the pits, the team received significant attention throughout the weekend. Team athlete Johnny Lewis finished second and was on the pole for the supermoto final, while Thomas Bordelon finished tenth. Third rider Mike Ingle competed but was unable to finish the event.

The MISuperMoto X included pro and amateur supermoto racing along with rally cars and dwarf cars, all competing on the same course separately. The supermoto layout was an 80/20 asphalt/dirt split that included a 17-degree banked turn, a large tabletop and triple-tabletop combo in the dirt section, and an infield uphill where riders would jump on the pavement. Fifteen pros competed, many from the national XTRM/AMA Supermoto Championship. According to the promoter, approximately 1,100 fans turned out.

Lewis won his heat race in commanding fashion and was on the pole for the 15-lap Supermoto Final. He holeshot the race and led for the first five laps, even after crashing in the dirt section. In the dirt, Lewis made a mistake and crashed. He was able to keep the bike running with the clutch pulled in, hopping back on it from the rear like a cowboy jumps on a horse, and re-passing two riders for the lead. This feat got a big roar from the crowd. Danny Casey would eventually overtake Lewis but he never left him alone finishing only one second behind. Even though this was not a national championship round, Lewis’ ride was impressive with nearly 10 national pros competing on various sizes of bikes.

“This was a fun track to ride and it was also one of the safest tracks of the year,” said Lewis. “With the exception of a couple regular AMA Lites riders, this was basically a national event and I was happy to get second riding my back-up bike. After the heat race, my front tire needed to be replaced and we didn’t have time to change it before the main so we threw on my rain slick that was already on a wheel. While not ideal to run on dry asphalt, we made the best of it and held on for second. The promoter Dave Duprey and his crew did an awesome job all weekend keeping things safe and providing an exciting track for fans.”

Lewis is currently ranked second with 40 points in the three-race Doug Henry Hard Charger Award, presented by Yamaha. He is five points out of first place and five points ahead of third. The final event is round three of the AMA series this Sunday, August 24.

Bordelon started towards the back of the grid in the final and ended up crashing in the dirt section. But he didn’t give up. Dead last, Bordelon picked off four riders to finish tenth in the main providing another show for fans to watch.

“After having an electrical problem with my bike, I didn’t know what to expect or if I would even ride,” said Bordelon. “Thanks to a local rider we were able to make a quick fix and run the race. It was awesome to come to Michigan and put in a good showing for the team. With this being my first full season in supermoto, all the race time I can get with other pros is invaluable.”

Ingle flew in from his home in Texas to compete in the MISuperMoto X. Riding his KTM560 against many 250cc machines on the tight track he finished well in his heat race. Ingle started towards the back in the main and ended up pulling off after a mechanical.

Team Manager Tim Shea said, “It made sense to participate in the MISuperMoto X and put it in our budget, being between the Connecticut and Wisconsin AMA rounds. We want to support supermoto and it provided our team significant exposure among the Michigan fans not only at the track but also during the autograph session Johnny and Thomas participated at in Royal Oak.”

Prior to the MISuperMoto X, both Bordelon and Lewis signed autographs at metro Detroit hotspot, Memphis Smoke restaurant. With the race bikes inside and the team transporter and trailer on Main Street, it provided more exposure for the event, supermoto, the riders, and the team. That night more than 300 sport bike riders were out in Royal Oak during their weekly Sport Bike Night.

The next stop for Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing is round three of the XTRM/AMA Supermoto Championship at USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wis. on Sunday, August 24. Fans be sure to stop by the team truck for Citrus-flavored DNA Energy Drink and check out videos on the
flat-screen TV.

About Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing

Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing is a motorcycle race team dedicated to building a championship-winning formula and setting new standards for independent teams with an extensive marketing program. Athletes Johnny Lewis and Thomas Bordelon compete in the Lites Class while Mike Ingle and Tim Shea are in the Unlimited Class of the XTRM/AMA Supermoto Championship. The team is made possible by DNA Energy Drink, AxiomTV, Dubach Racing Development (DRD), Fly Racing, NSS Footwear, Shoei (Johnny Lewis), Utopia (Johnny Lewis), Ogio, Gaerne, RG3, ProTaper, Beringer Brake Systems (Johnny Lewis), Silkolene (Johnny Lewis), Twin Air, Acerbis, Ride Engineering, Wiseco, Maxima Racing Lubricants, Kicker, Pro Moto Billet/Fastway, Vortex Sprockets, Pit Posse, Out Law Racing, East Coast Wheels, Motostrano, Fluidyne PowerSports, PowerBar, Moto Option Clothing, ASV Inventions, Scott Power Sports (Johnny Lewis), Victory Circle Graphix, Regina Chains, Motion Pro, Universal Engineering, Supermoto Pro, Engine Ice, V.I.O., Dunlop, JM Racing, Access Media Lab, Park Tools USA, VPE Racing (Johnny Lewis), Pro, Pro Clean 1000, Bonehead Graphics, and Fitness Anywhere, Visit us at to participate in our monthly fan giveaway and receive AxiomTV movie download discounts.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Supermoto Conversion Kits are Great

Motostrano has been suppling parts for and building supermoto bikes for a little over six years. Over the years, sourcing the parts, fitting the parts and doing the R&D for what works best for the road or the track has required constant feedback from customers and racers.

Supermoto, for better or worse, still lives in a realm very akin to custom bike building. It's not usually a matter of fabrication, as you have in the chopper world, but it does relate in as far as creating the perfect supermoto bike, keeping track of what parts fit what model bikes and knowing what parts work best with what bikes.

Due to the relative simplicity of the bikes themselves, most folks are able to do their conversion work at home as part of a DIY project.

Motostrano's supermoto conversion kits have evolved over the years to really represent the best long term value for your supermoto dollar. We look at things like year round availability of parts, of replacement parts, of part longevity, overall performance, cost and ease of installation. We try to supply our kits with all required parts and mounting hardware, but even in our kits, end users are still required to supply occasional bolts and shims required for a perfect conversion.

Our kits include wheels that have a longer life span than other less expensive wheels on the market. They are absolutely not the "cheapest out there". The Excel/Talon wheel combo is the defacto leader in Supermoto street or race. Yes, there are other less expensive options out there and we will flat out tell you that you are wasting your money with them. We think you're better off spending a few hundred dollars more for your parts than to have to simply buy whole new parts in short amount of time. Simple elementary school math can be used to calculate the better path there.

Motostrano's kits are usually priced as a bundled value that is less expensive than buying the kit parts separately. Further, we've found that our kit parts simply work well together. You'll see hundreds of bikes on the road or the track who've taken advantage of our kits. Many customers use our kit parts list as a starting point for a parts list that include many other parts.

Six years ago, riders and racers used to have to scrape, dig and modify all kinds of stuff to convert a bike to supermoto. At the time, there were few options out there for brakes, tires or wheels. The sport has evolved a lot in a short amount of time.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Matthew Barber race result update

This was another great weekend at the races. I finished with two wins (UL superbike, LW sportsman) and one second place finish(Supermotard). Thanks to all for the support and encuragement though out the year. The next race weekend will be the 30th and 31st. It will also be my first weekend stepping up to the ameteur class, so wish me luck and I'll send a report the week after. MSB#878

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Alpinestars Warranty

we sell a lot of alpinestars. so, you can bet we've come up with warranty issues. our experience has been that astars has one of the best warranty policies and procedures in the business. having a warranty is one thing. being able to deliver on it is entirely another. alpinestars will pretty much repair or replace any defect with your product within a reasonable amount of time and use. within reason, they'll do it at no cost, usually. alpinestars operates their own repair facility in los angeles and sending them your stuff for repair typically takes about 2 weeks to turn around and get back to you (expect a longer wait in the heat of summer).

Monday, August 11, 2008

Places to Find on the web

In the age of "social media" it's good to know you can get in touch with your favorite motoshop in a variety of spots along the web. Some of them include:

The Motostrano Outlet Store offers a real-time view of products that are in stock and ready to ship. We don't have our entire store up there just yet, but it's a secondary place for you to shop.

Motostrano has a Facebook page where we update folks with news and info. is our 'ten deal a day site'

Yelp - is a place where you will see reviews from past customers, both good and bad. Some day, there will be the equivelent service for business to review customers.

Motostrano sponsors a few popular discussion forms. Our two favorites include the Bay Area Riders Forum and Supermotojunkie .

Motostrano has a MySpace Page, but honestly we don't update it much.

You buy Motostrano casuals at Zazzle

Tony Hart's Last Race

Motostrano would like to offer its condolences for the family and friends of Tony Hart.

from Cyclenews.

STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT, AUG. 9: Tony Hart, the younger brother of freestyler Carey Hart, was killed during practice for the second round of the XTRM/AMA Supermoto Championship at Stafford Springs Raceway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. He was 21.

Hart, riding for the Rockstar/Hart & Huntington KTM in the Supermoto Lites class, suffered fatal head injuries when he high-sided on the paved third turn of the oval portion of the race coruse. He was transported to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

Officials from both the AMA and XTRM, the series promoters, refused to confirm his death. It was first confirmed by Stafford Motor Speedway, which issued a statement around 7:00 p.m. that read: "It is with deep regret that the Stafford Motor Speedway announces that during a practice session of the AMA/XTRM sanctioned SuperMoto Event, being held today, rider Anthony Hart, age 21 of Henderson, Nevada, succumbed to injuries received while participating in the event. The Speedway extends their condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Hart."

Hart’s father, Tom Hart, was with him at the hospital. Carey Hart was flying to the area from Sturgis, South Dakota.

The death was the first in the six-year history of the AMA Supermoto Championship.

Rockstar/Hart & Huntington team manager praised the young rider.

“Tony is a pretty dedicated guy,” Watson said at the end of a bittersweet night. Rockstar/Hart & Huntington’s Steve Drew won his second Supermoto Unlimited race of the season and teammate Travis Marks finished fourth. “He never really had any kind of focus until he got involved with Supermoto. And the last eight months he’s been just dedicated himself to riding and racing and training. And everyone around him from his family to his friends have never seen him so dedicated with his training and riding.

“He really, really, really enjoyed what he did. He stayed in my room last night and we stayed up until four o’clock in the morning just talking about life and racing. He had a lot of ambition and a lot of goals.”

Watson was told of Hart’s passing by a state police officer well prior to the heat races. He relayed the news to the team just before the heat races. They discussed withdrawing, but were encouraged by Tom Hart to continue.

“Tony’s dad called me and he said, ‘Tony’s blessings are with you guys and Tony would want you guys to race, no matter what,’” Watson said. “It was kind of hard for us to get our morale together and go racing. I’ve got to take my hat off to Steve (Drew) and Travis (Marks) for finishing a solid first and fourth tonight.”


Thursday, August 7, 2008

$55 Helmets

A helmet for the crippled economy. Or, A helmet for 30 Billion Quarterly Losses. Or, A helmet for a nation of whiners. Or, A helmet for a George Bush Nation.

We emailed you a few months ago about the solid color version of the Z1R ZRP-1 budget helmets.. You remember, the ones that were rated as the most safe by Motorcyclist magazine? Well, we're here again to tell you that we have the same top rated helmet, for the same low low price, now with some attractive graphical decorations at no extra charge thrown in just to cheer you up. The Z1R Strike Star Helmet is cheap, it's in stock and it's safe. And, if the Strike Star doesn't catch your fancy, know that you can also order up a current model helmet from Z1R and expect to pay just a little more. That's a lot of helmet, a lot of value! Little prices. Goes well with that 1972 Honda you rolled out of your garage to beat the high gas prices blues. - main web store for all the new cool stuff.
has been a little updated.

Motostrano OUTLET is having a SUMMER SALE on all kinds of odds and ends.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Laguna Seca Supermoto Racing


FRIDAY September 26th : Move in / set up
5 – 7pm Registration and Tech
* NO engines may run on Friday

SATURDAY September 27th
7:00 am Registration for racers and crew
7:15 Tech Inspection Open for business
8:00 Mandatory Riders meeting at start finish
8:20 Parade lap all riders
8:30 Practice Rotation – groups A, B & C
10:30 Pro Practice (450& Expert only)
10:55 Pro Super Pole Timed Qualifying (Top 8 riders) Top ten finishers in 450 & Open Expert heats transfer to 20 rider Pro main
11:40 QUALIFYING HEAT RACES BEGIN (some races may be combined, some classes may require multiple heat races)
• Formula 110 4 Laps
• 450 presented by Leo Vince Exhausts 8 Laps
• Super Lightweight presented by CityBike 6 Laps
• Mini Motard presented by Mammoth Motorsports 6 Laps
• VET + 35 presented by SuperMoto Engineering 6 Laps
12:45 Lunch Break (approx 1/2/hr)
• 250 presented by Supermoto Racer Magazine 8 Laps
• Open Novice presented by Cycle 6 Laps
• 125/65 presented by 6 Laps
• Open Expert presented by Motostrano 8 Laps
• Fast Girls Lights (Up to 250cc) 6 Laps Presented by:?
• Fast Girls Open 6 Laps Presented by:?
• 400 AM presented by AF Motorsports 6 Laps
3:00 LCQ & Consolation RACES
3:45 Track Prep
4:00 Pro Warm up 10 minutes
4:15 Invitational Mini Race of Champions Presented by:?
4:35 Unlimited Pro Main Event 16 Laps $ Presented by: ?
5:00 Champaign Podium

SUNDAY September 28th
8:00am Practice
9:20am Riders meeting
10:00 Racing begins (20 rider Mains)
• Formula 110 6 Laps
• 450 presented by Leo Vince Exhausts 10 Laps
• Super Lightweight presented by CityBike 8 Laps
• Mini Motard presented by Mammoth Motorsports 8 Laps
• VET + 35 presented by SuperMoto Engineering 8 Laps
• 250 presented by Supermoto Racer Magazine 10 Laps
11:30 Break for Red Bull Rookies Cup / Lunch / track prep (approx 40 minutes)
12:15 Resume racing
• Open Novice presented by Cycle 8 Laps
• 125/65 presented by 6 Laps
• 400 AM 8 Laps
• Fast Girls Lights (Up to 250cc) 6 Laps
• Fast Girls Open 8 Laps
• Salinas Ramblers Volunteer Race 10 Laps
• Open Expert presented by Motostrano 12 Laps
Awards presentation
3:00pm Break For Superbike race
Podium (all classes)

Team Evolve Moto and Shea Racing merge for stronger team

Johnny Lewis will compete as a DNA Energy Drink rider; while Thomas
Bordelon, Mike Ingle and Tim Shea will also represent AxiomTV and DRD;
Merged race program to debut at round two of XTRM/AMA Supermoto Championship

HOUSTON (August 4, 2008) – It all began at the opening round of the XTRM Networks AMA Supermoto Championship near Seattle, Wash. when Johnny Lewis and Tim Shea both realized that their racing programs could be much stronger and more efficient when put together. After thorough discussions in July, Team Evolve Moto/AxiomTV has merged into Team DNA Energy Drink/Shea Racing to create one of the most powerful and well-represented independent teams on the circuit, Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing.

“This has been a big learning year for me taking on an all-new program and it wouldn’t have been possible without my sponsors’ support,” said Lewis. “After seeing Team DNA Energy Drink/Shea Racing at the opening round, I thought about how my program could make them a much stronger team, and that with their three riders and a large race transporter, the association would provide much more exposure to my team sponsors. I am excited about our new team and to show what we can do together at round two in Connecticut.”

Two major changes to Lewis’ program are that he will now wear Fly Racing gear to match the other team riders and will run the DNA Energy Drink colors. The Shea Racing team includes athletes Thomas Bordelon, Mike Ingle and Tim Shea. The significant changes to Shea Racing, besides housing another rider, is that AxiomTV, DRD, NSS Footwear, and many other sponsors have been brought on board.

Tim Shea, owner of Shea Racing, added, “Bringing Johnny’s program into our fold makes logical sense. He will provide further exposure for our sponsors as a top five rider, and in turn we will have a four-rider team and an outfitted transporter that will benefit Lewis’ current sponsors. It will be valuable for our sponsors to have two riders in the Lites Class with Johnny and Thomas. Also a big bonus is that Johnny’s schedule is much more flexible than mine or Mike’s. Johnny and Thomas can take our truck to Michigan after Connecticut and then on to Wisconsin, while Mike and I will fly back to work between the Connecticut and Wisconsin AMA rounds.”

Scott Kramer, Lewis’ mechanic who started in June, will continue to wrench primarily for Lewis. The team’s web site at will be updated in the next few weeks to reflect the changes.

You can check out Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing at round two of the XTRM/AMA Supermoto Championship this Saturday, August 9 for Doug Henry’s New England Supermoto Grand Prix at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, Conn. Enter the team’s monthly drawing at with your chance to win an action sports package and be eligible for the season-ending grand prize of a DNA Energy Drink pit bike.

About Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing
Team DNA Energy Drink/AxiomTV/Shea Racing is a motorcycle race team dedicated to building a championship-winning formula and setting new standards for independent teams with an extensive marketing program. Athletes Johnny Lewis and Thomas Bordelon compete in the Lites Class while Mike Ingle and Tim Shea are in the Unlimited Class of the XTRM/AMA Supermoto Championship. The team is made possible by DNA Energy Drink, AxiomTV, Dubach Racing Development (DRD), Fly Racing, NSS Footwear, Shoei (Johnny Lewis), Utopia (Johnny Lewis), Ogio, Gaerne, RG3, ProTaper, Beringer Brake Systems (Johnny Lewis), Silkolene (Johnny Lewis), Twin Air, Acerbis, Ride Engineering, Wiseco, Maxima Racing Lubricants, Kicker, Pro Moto Billet/Fastway, Vortex Sprockets, Pit Posse, Out Law Racing, East Coast Wheels, Motostrano, Fluidyne PowerSports, PowerBar, Moto Option Clothing, ASV Inventions, Scott Power Sports (Johnny Lewis), Victory Circle Graphix, Regina Chains, Motion Pro, Universal Engineering, Supermoto Pro, Engine Ice, V.I.O., Dunlop, JM Racing, Access Media Lab, Park Tools USA, VPE Racing (Johnny Lewis), Pro, Pro Clean 1000, Bonehead Graphics, and Fitness Anywhere, Visit us at to participate in our monthly fan giveaway and receive AxiomTV movie download discounts.

New Line Of Stunter/ Thrasher/ Street Gear

yet ANOTHER line of clothing is about to hit the market for the "stunter" crowd.

S and S / Speed and Strength (faster, stronger)

Ohhhhh, the good old days when bikers were working class

now that's changed, hasn't it?