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Hands-down choice for touring comfort

FOR ME, UNDER $50

  • Colorful Cars Stock. Cars For Sale. Dealer Lot Cars Row.

FOR ME, UNDER $50

  • A new DVD that’s only just become available in Canada called The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid. Narrated by Ewan McGregor, the movie captures the action and drama that unfolds during a Grand Prix motorcycle race weekend.In this instance, it’s the 2005 Moto GP event at Laguna Seca, where Nicky Hayden came through to win his first GP in front of his home fans. Suggested price for the two-disc collector’s edition is $30 at www.dtkmovie.com.
  • Another pair of Joe Rocket “Nitrogen” sport touring gloves. They’re simple black leather, with padding on the back of the hand (but no armour or Kevlar or any of that fancy stuff) and a medium cuff that fits over the sleeve of all my riding jackets.The list price is in the $70 range, but I picked up the pair I’ve been wearing at last January’s Supershow for $40. These are without a doubt the most comfortable gloves I’ve ever worn and, in retrospect, I should have grabbed two or three pairs. See them at www.joerocket.com.


    FOR MY PARTNER

  • A trailer hitch for Cherie’s 2005 Subaru Forester so we can tow my bike trailer with the Sube instead of my ’91 Cavalier. She’s always complaining, er, I mean mentioning, that it’s always so hot at the track and that my Chev doesn’t have air conditioning. With a hitch on the Forester, she could ride in comfort. See, dear, I’m always thinking of you. About $300 installed at most truck and van accessory shops.
  • An HJC CL-Max helmet. Cherie had trouble threading her glasses through the eye slots of every full-face helmet we’ve tried. We won’t ride with open-face lids, so the CL-Max is the ideal alternative. Its chin bar and front pivot up out of the way so you can don it while wearing glasses. And, at stoplights, the visor can be flipped up for ventilation, just like a regular helmet. Available at bike shops that deal with Parts Canada; list is $270 with graphics, $250 plain.


    FOR ME, UNLIMITED

  • For the 2007 racing season, the rules stipulate that every competitor must wear a helmet approved to the latest Snell 2005 standards. So it’s time I tried an Arai (araihelmet.com), the helmet that most name racers wear.The RX7 Corsair, with a Nori Haga “Aztec” replica paint job, is stunning and one of the safest, most well-ventilated lids on the market. It sells for around $1,100 at most motorcycle dealers.
  • Every rider should consider a weekend at Freddie Spencer’s High Performance Riding Academy to improve their skills. If I had the money, I’d go every year.Courses start at $2,295 (U.S.) for a Level 1 two-day street rider course and culminate with the three-day pro racer school for $2,995.Riding on the back of Fast Freddie’s personal Honda VFR for a couple of hot laps is worth the price alone. Vegas is the main campus but he’s started another classroom at the brand-new Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. For more information, visit www.fastfreddie.com.
  • A Ducati Desmosedici, the street-going version of the MotoGP bike. At $75,000, it’s the closest thing to a top-line race vehicle a civilian can own. Fewer than 400 were built worldwide, and the entire U.S. allocation sold out in five hours.The physical dimensions are exactly the same as the MotoGP bike. The exotica includes a 989 cc V4 motor, cassette-style gearbox, gear-driven dual overhead cams, titanium rods and valves, cast magnesium cases, carbon-fibre bodywork and Ohlins suspension.Detuned to “only” 205 hp and with an estimated curb weight of 165 kg, the Desmosedici has to be the ultimate track-day weapon.

    But no traction control? Bummer — you don’t get much for 75 grand any more do you?

 

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