Shop Spotlight: Motocross Giant

Rob Roon started Motocross Giant back in 2001, and since then the shop has expanded to include two locations, two websites and a slew of international customers. The shop itself is in Canoga Park, California, and customers can go there for service, parts, gear and, of course, PSR parts.

As their name implies, Motocross Giant is a one-stop shop for motocross gear, apparel and accessories. Rob says that many of their customers are trail riders, and with the holidays approaching, parents are keeping Motocross Giant’s staff busy buying gear for their kids.

Motocross Giant started as a small shop, and over the years they have expanded the shop and opened an outlet store in Camarillo. Rob says their second website is a new project for street riders. The site will be the online home for Motorcycle Giant, doing for street riders what Motocross Giant has done for offroad riders.

Rob, who is a rider himself and has worked in the motorcycle industry since he was 19, ensures that Motocross Giant gives back to the riding community. They sponsor an annual jamboree held by CORVA, the California Offroad Vehicle Association. The Southern California event is a family riding day that involves a poker run, and Motocross Giant is on hand each year with giveaways.

Motocross Giant’s involvement doesn’t stop there. Rob says they are actively looking for offroad racers to sponsor. Their sponsorship program offers discounts, customization of jerseys and other perks. Interested racers competing in any offroad racing organization should send their applications for sponsorship to Rob himself at robb@gmo1.com.

Product Spotlight: GP Pro Dirt Levers

PSR has been adding more offroad options lately, and the newest is the GP Pro Dirt lever. Based on the popular GP Pro lever for the street, the GP Pro Dirt has a spring-loaded design so the lever will flex instead of snap in a crash.

The forged aluminum GP Pro Dirt lever is available for a broad range of offroad applications and includes brake and clutch options. The base of each piece is black, but you get your choice of lever color: black, blue, red or gunmetal.

The GP Pro Dirt lever features a toolless adjuster. That means you can easily adjust the distance between the lever and the bar without grabbing any tools or even getting off your dirt bike.

Clutch levers arrive in the standard length, but riders can opt to replace it with a shorter lever. On the brake side, PSR’s GP Pro Dirt lever comes in the short configuration, but the standard length can be ordered as a replacement.

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Life Gets Faster at 40: Ted Rich and Elaine Carpenter

A lot of racers start their careers when they are young, but Ted Rich and Elaine Carpenter are proof that age makes no difference when it comes to how fast you can go. Both of them began their roadracing careers at the age of 40. Now, Ted is a professional racer in Daytona SportBike and Elaine just won a championship, and both of them are just getting started.

Ted and Elaine, who live in Cave Creek, Arizona, came to motorcycle racing through very different routes. For Ted, a longtime rider, it started with club racing in the over-forty class.

“It escalated from there. I thought I’d do one AMA round just to see if I could, and four years later I’m still racing AMA,” says Ted, who is now 49. He races Daytona SportBike on his PSR-equipped Yamaha YZF R6 as well as CVMA club racing on a Kawasaki ZX-10.

Ted does a lot more than just race motorcycles, though. He is also the owner of Sportbike Performance Center, a parts and service shop in Phoenix that carries PSR products. And to keep him even busier, Ted is the owner of SBK Training, one-on-one roadracing instruction.

“We use two-way radios so we can talk with the student in real time,” Ted explains. “Their education is corner by corner, lap by lap, so it’s accelerated. We’ve been able to bring a lot of racers up through that program.”

One of those racers who came up through SBK Training is Ted’s girlfriend, Elaine Carpenter. Elaine had never even ridden a motorcycle until four years ago. This year, she won a 250 championship in CVMA.

Elaine, who is 44, got on the track soon after taking her MSF course for street riding. The upside, she says, is that she had no bad habits to overcome. “When you go, you just get hooked!” Elaine says of the track. “It’s like an addiction. I met Ted and started doing his training. As a beginner, I learned the right way, so I never had anything stopping me.”

Elaine has never been one to let anything stop her, anyway. The one-time student is now an instructor for SBK Training. In addition to racing, she’s also a rock climber, kayaker and backpacker. She’s known at the track as “The Surgeon” since she makes her living as an orthopedic surgeon for horses.

For 2014, Elaine will once again race the 250 class, but she is also going to get some track time on a 600 with the eventual goal of racing AMA SuperSport. Ted will return to Daytona Sportbike racing, but he hopes to enter his ZX-10 in a few SuperBike rounds, too.

Ted sums up the joy of going racing after forty, saying, “It’s cool to be out there doing it, and to still be competitive. It has inspired a lot of people to start club racing. I don’t see me slowing down yet.”

Fans can find Ted online at www.tedrich26.com and Elaine at www.sbkgirl.com.

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Riding Baja with MSR

At PSR, parts are put to the ultimate test through rigorous research, riding and, sometimes, crashing. PSR’s Charlie Hon put a number of PSR parts on the line during a recent ride through Baja.

Charlie rode his Yamaha WR250F, which is equipped with PSR’s GP Pro dirt lever, magnetic drain plug, oil filler cap and other parts that make spending a day in the desert a lot easier. In fact, Charlie rode for eight hours, even covering some of the Baja 1000 racecourse.

“That gave me added respect for Baja racers in years past, especially since they’re competing there at such a fast pace,” Charlie says. Charlie also has a newfound respect for the land itself, adding, “We went through various difficult terrains. I fell more than a few times—there’s some really gnarly stuff!”

The upside of crashing is that Charlie got a chance to see just how well his PSR parts hold up, especially the flexible GP Pro Dirt lever, which stayed intact despite hitting the ground.

Charlie notes that the event, which was hosted by distributor Tucker Rocky, wasn’t just about the bikes, it was also about the people. Riding alongside other industry professionals meant a day of camaraderie and riders helping riders.

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Racer Spotlight: Jay Newton

Jay Newton was only five years old when he started racing motocross. He was inspired to get on the track after attending the Houston Supercross with his family, and now the 15-year-old is one of the future roadracing stars to watch. Jay competes in CMRA on a PSR USA sponsored Yamaha YZF-R6, and he’s having a great 2013 season so far.

“It’s going really good. I’ve been getting on the box a lot and I race seven classes,” Jay says. “Next year I’ll be riding a Kawasaki 636 in CMRA and WERA.”

Jay utilizes PSR’s steering damper and tire warmers to help him get all of those podium finishes. He has been using the tire warmers all season, but the steering damper kit is a recent addition to his R6.

“The damping on the PSR kit is really good. I like how it shows everything: it’s easy to adjust it,” says Jay. “It’s been really good with the bike. It helps with the headshake a lot for sure.”

Jay, who lives in Montgomery, Texas, worked his way up through the local, regional, state and national levels of motocross competition after he started racing. When he was 10 years old, he transitioned to roadracing. He started earning podium finishes right away, but the 2011 season was a real breakout year for his CMRA competition: he won the Formula 5, Formula 6 and Formula 6 Mini Endurance championships.

The 2012 season was Jay’s first year on a 600cc bike, but he made the switch to a bigger motorcycle without a hitch. He won the WERA E Superstock Novice championship, and he took second in CMRA’s E Superstock and F4 championships.

This year, Jay is currently holding down the points lead in Formula 1, and he is second in points in four other classes. Keep an eye on Jay as he continues to make a name for himself in CMRA roadracing.

RevZilla Motorsports: Big Selection Meets Customer Satisfaction

Riders can now find PSR USA parts at RevZilla Motorsports. The online retailer for motorcycle parts and apparel has a vast array of options, but behind it all is a small team of dedicated riders who make sure that everything runs smoothly.

In addition to their huge online presence, RevZilla also has a Gear Boutique in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for local riders who want to shop in person. RevZilla says that having options like that is part of what makes them unique. They take pride in offering top-notch customer service, and many times your calls and emails will be answered by one of the owners themselves.

Above it all, the team at RevZilla says that customer satisfaction is their number one priority. And how do you achieve that? RevZilla has it broken down into four key aspects: superior service, the best free shipping deal anywhere, easy and secure shopping, and easy returns.

That shipping deal is straightforward: all orders $39.99 and over qualify for free ground shipping to the contiguous 48 U.S. states. Military members get an even better deal. If you have an APO address, then your order qualifies for free shipping.

Shop for your PSR parts online at RevZilla.com and find out why Anthony, Nick, Matt and the rest of the RevZilla crew have a reputation for a big selection with the best service.

Catching up with Keigwins@theTrack

Lance and Linda Keigwin have been organizing track events since 1998, and the beginnings of their business, Keigwins@TheTrack, was almost accidental. What started as simply a way to ride on the race track with friends has turned into one of California’s most popular track day and riding school programs—one that utilizes PSR parts and equipment.

Lance and his rider friends realized they were pushing their sportbikes too hard on the street, but Lance was frustrated that the only way to get onto a race track was by signing up for a riding school. He had taken several already and wanted an open-practice format to actually utilize the skills he had learned. Lance and his friends decided to rent a track on their own, splitting the cost among them.

The experience was so positive that Lance and his friends continued to rent local tracks, and eventually other people joined in. Lance had been an engineer in Silicon Valley, and he found himself with a lot of time on his hands after taking an early retirement.

“Then it was, ‘What are we going to do now?’” Lance says of his newfound freedom. His track days were the answer. “We never really had any great plans of building a business; it sort of just happened. Every year we grew and everything sold out.”

Keigwins@theTrack may have never come about if it weren’t for Linda. Or, more specifically, her need for speed. Lance had started riding in 1972, while he was still in college. He dropped it for a while, then got a streetbike again in the early 90s. Linda, meanwhile, started riding a Ninja 250. She wanted something faster and got a Honda CBR600. Every time Lance borrowed his wife’s 600, he realized that he missed the speed and handling of a sportbike.

Lance, who has also instructed for Jason Pridmore’s STAR Motorcycle School, says that the Keigwins@theTrack two-day schools allow students to get quality time with quality instructors. “(Students) like being able to have their own instructor for large portions of the day, working on your weaknesses. That was clear to us very early, and very few schools can arrange that. We solved that problem by having large staff. We bring 25 of the instructors to each school and we keep the number of students low, too.”

In fact, 30 is the typical number of students in a school, making the instructor to student ratio 1:1.5. Lance says it is important for students to get personal attention that allows them to really develop as a rider. In fact, he says that even track day riders should be working on their skills constantly.

“Everybody who comes to the track ought to have a plan in mind: a reason for being there,” Lance says. “You can run around the track and have enormous fun, but if you want to learn to be a better, faster, safer rider, you should have a plan. Every time you’re on the track there should be something you’re working on.”

And with Keigwins@theTrack, there are plenty of opportunities to work on those riding skills. There are multiple events every month, with schools and track days at venues like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Thunderhill Park, Miller Motorsports Park and Sonoma Raceway. Check out Keigwins@theTrack online for a full calendar.

Issey Wiriyahyuttamar: Taking on the Thailand Championship

Issey Wiriyahyuttamar’s progress in motorcycle racing has been as much of a race as the on-track competition. The 29-year-old bought her first motorcycle, a Triumph 675 Daytona, in 2010. In the less than three years since, she has become a consistent podium finisher and, in June, will begin racing internationally.

Originally, Issey thought she would just ride around town and visit the canyon roads near her home in Los Angeles. She loved doing that so much that she wanted to try a track day. After her first taste of the track in 2011, Issey knew that racing was what she wanted to do. “I loved it!” she says. “I discovered that I can go faster without worrying about anything: I can just have fun.”

Five months after that first track day, Issey made her racing debut on an NSR50. She joined M1GP for a 24-hour race in 2011, and came back for a full season in 2012. She took M1GP by storm, earning 11 podium finishes—including two wins—on her way to second in the championship.

That same season, Issey began racing her Triumph in CVMA, competing in Femmewalla Formula Open and SuperSport Middleweight. As a sponsored PSR USA racer, she has a PSR gas cap, oil filler cap, levers and steering damper on her Triumph.

For Issey, transitioning from the mini to the middleweight bike was no big deal. “I use the same technique and skills, but you have the potential to go faster!” she says. Her best finishes on the Triumph included a pair of thirds and a second in the Femmewalla class, and she finished the season with fifth in that championship and eighth in SuperSport.

2013 will be a pivotal season for Issey: in addition to racing her Triumph and a Ninja 250 in CVMA, she will also travel to her home country of Thailand to compete in the Thailand Championship. A team is preparing her bike there, and she will race the entire season before returning to L.A.

“I want to have some experience in the Thai racing industry and see what it’s like. I’ve never raced there before, so I’m excited. It will be different: the track, the people, the bikes,” Issey says, adding that it will be the first time that her family has been able to see her race.

So far, Issey is having a great CVMA season. She has already earned two second-place and three third-place finishes in the Femmewalla class, as well as four top-tens in SuperSport Middleweight. It’s the perfect warm-up for her upcoming season in Thailand.

The Issey Racing Facebook page will feature updates and photos from Issey’s season, including her bid for the Thailand Championship. When she returns to the U.S., Issey plans to take the next step toward AMA Pro Racing competition, so expect a lot more big news in the near future.

Steering Damper Kit

The PSR steering damper kit lets you adjust your damping on the fly with 20 settings. Just turn the dial and go. Whether you’re roadracing or commuting to work, you can have the exact feel you want and reduce the possibility of tank slappers. Steering dampers improve handling and stability, and this kit delivers with easy installation to the top of the triple clamp. The kit arrives in your choice of black or gunmetal CNC-machined billet aluminum, along with the mounting hardware for your make and model. Give your steering damper a custom look by swapping out the standard black dial for one in red, gold, chrome, brushed aluminum, green or blue.

MSRP Damper $349
Optional Color Dial $20

Case Armor

PSR’s case armor is made of lightweight but tough CNC-machined billet aluminum, adding a sturdy defense against the asphalt. Think of it as engine insurance in case your bike succumbs to gravity. Case armor is indispensible to racers, and it never hurts to add this custom racing touch to your street bike, too. You never plan to crash, but if you do, it’s nice to know that your engine’s OEM case is protected. PSR has designed their case armor to bolt on easily, and you get your choice of anodized black, gold, blue or red.

$99-$109.95