2005 AMA Lockhart Phillips Formula Xtreme Championship
Round 9: Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
September 3, 2005
Call him The Man. And now, for the eighth time in his storied career, call him The Champ: Miguel DuHamel, 2005 AMA Formula Xtreme Champion, to be precise.
And boy what a finish it was, with the entire season נand the FX crown נ riding on todayӳ final round at Road Atlanta as Team Hondaӳ Jake Zemke and DuHamel rolled into Braselton, GA, separated by just five points. More than just the checkered flag was on the line, as the ultimate title decision would also be determined by which racer could come away with the most laps led.
Simply put, Hollywood couldnӴ have dreamt up a better, more dramatic storyline. The fact that the two stars were both Red Riders merely made this blockbuster all the more watchable.
DuHamel entered the race trailing Zemke and needing not only the win but also the point that comes with most laps led to successfully defend his FX crown. Needless to say, both the famously relentless DuHamel and Zemke, whoӤ be going for his first career AMA title, were going to leave everything out on the track. And if their almost two straight seasons of lead-swapping, bar-banging dogfights were any indication, this final 15-lap showdown promised to be epic.
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THE PRACTICAL TEST
Congratulations, you've got your CBT and Theory Test pass certificates and now it's time for the Practical Test. Hoping to pass this without any training is forlorn because you won't be prepared for it and won't know what to expect - it'll be a waste of the fee!
Gone also are the days when this was a case of riding round the block one way whilst the examiner walked it in the opposite direction and only had you in sight for a few seconds before you disappeared around the next corner. These days it's much tougher and needs to be to ensure riders are relatively safe on our busy and congested roads.
The type of licence you will require determines what size (c.c.) bike you will use for the test. This and other formal matters should be sorted out with you by your training school before the test date. When you arrive for the Test appointment you will be expected to have your CBT and Theory Pass Certificates, your driving licence and some positive proof of identity i.e. a passport. When the paperwork is complete you will be fitted with one of the Test Centre's radios and it's off outside to start the Test. At that stage you will be expected to be able to read a standard size car number plate from the appropriate distance so don't forget your glasses or contact lenses if you need them and don't forget to wear them throughout the Test!
Somewhere around the Test course the Examiner will ask you to perform a hill start; an angled start; a u-turn and an emergency stop. These will be practised in detail during your lessons. In addition to these specific exercises the Examiner will be marking you upon smooth and correct operation of all the controls, balance and steering, observation and awareness, correct and appropriate use of indicators/signals, positioning, hazard perception as well as, aptitude and attitude.
Back at the Test Centre, the Examiner will ask you one or two basic motorcycle-related questions such as, "What effect will carrying a pillion passenger have on your bike and what adjustments may be necessary?", and you will then be advised whether you have passed the Test or failed. The Examiner will go through a test report with you drawing attention to any faults that may have been noticed and, if appropriate, the reasons why you have failed. These faults should be discussed with your instructor so that they may be rectified.
If you passed, well done! But hold on, the amount of knowledge, skill and experience necessary to pass the test is not enough. The first 12 months after the Test is when you are at your most vulnerable. For safety sake - your own and other peoples' - please go on to take further training.
If you failed, don't worry, work with your instructor on the faults picked up by the Examiner and have another go!
Q: Can you store our extra luggage for us while we're on tour?
A: Yes. We do it all the time.
Q: Do you provide jackets, rain suits, boots etc.?
A: Sorry, too many clients, too many sizes. Bring your own gear.
Q: Is a rental day 24 hours?
A: A rental day is 24 hours, which means you must return the bike at the same time you picked it up or pay an additional charge. We are open 7 days a week.
Q: Is it safe to ride alone in Alaska?
A: Yes. The paved roads are well maintained, well marked, and Alaskans are very friendly, however some are a bit quirky! Unpaved roads should not be traveled alone.
Q: What if the bike breaks down?
A: We provide roadside assistance within Alaska below the Arctic Circle. If we cannot repair your bike in a timely fashion, we will provide a replacement bike if one is available. If you wreck the bike we are not obligated to provide you a replacement.
Q: Can we take the bikes out of Alaska? Canada?
A: You can travel into Canada if you let us know in advance.
Q: What does the Collision Damage Insurance cover?
A: It covers damages to the motorcycle, including traffic accidents, dropping the bike, and rock damage. Rock damage is not considered a normal wear item.
Q: What happens if the bike is stolen?
A: You pay the $1000.00 insurance deductible.
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Confederate Motorcycles, Inc. was formed on April 2, 1991
with the goal to create handcrafted street motorcycles of unsurpassed structure and quality, utilizing American industrial and mechanical design in its purest and most organic form. Headquartered in Abita Springs, Louisiana, Confederate has become the premier manufacturer of high-end, high-performance, American motorcycles for the connoisseur who will have only the best and the fastest.
The Formative Years
The first few years were invested in due diligence researching the top engineering and fabrication talent to assist our design team in creating the new line of Confederate machines. The company moved to the
San Francisco Bay area to refine the chassis and power train mounting system that would become the foundation for the new line of Confederate machines. From a clean sheet of paper, the new motorcycle was designed over an eighteen-month period.
Birth of a New Machine
During March of 1994, operations were relocated to a 6,000 square foot prototype shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On November 11, 1994, Veteran's Day, our first motorcycle was fired up. The ride proved everything we had hoped for. It possessed world class chassis dynamics. But there was something more. Something hard to define, yet easily felt. The bike had All-American character.
Refining The Dream
In the summer and fall of 1996, as a small batch craft oriented builder, tooling for 500 machines was committed and manufactured. Beginning production in model year 1997 with but 15 machines, sales grew at an annualized 75% rate. Each of our 1st generation machines has been sold.
Theres No Place Like Home
On July 4, 1998, Confederate Motorcycles, Inc. moved into its own climate-controlled 38,000 square foot manufacturing facility, located in a rural community 30 miles north of New Orleans. The Company has in place all equipment, including mills, lathes, frame jigs, part jigs, welders, tool and dye equipment, a power bender and assembly stations.
Perfecting The Process
For our second generation Confederate Hellcatά all new proprietary tooling has been manufactured to assure the highest handmade quality possible.
On January 12, 1999, H. Matthew Chambers was issued US patent number 5,857,538 covering 20 claims. The Companys products incorporate this patented technology to create traditional high-end American motorcycles of unsurpassed performance, styling and quality. Aside from uniquely classic aesthetic qualities, what sets our motorcycles apart from the competition is absolute power --train and chassis stiffness, huge street power, accurate and precise steering and handling, powerful braking, and world-class ride control.
Vengeance and Fender team up to benefit Kids Rock Free
CORONA, CA - APRIL 25, 2005
Update: The ride from the new factory to the Fender museum was a blast. We had Ted Metcalf and Jim Overman among others from the factory staff ride along with us. Fender put on a great event with hot rods, bikes, food, music and fun. If you've never visited the Fender Museum in Corona, CA, it really cool. The exhibits and displays are awesome featuring guitars and interactive presentations from a who's who of electronic guitar music. Fender has another event planned in the fall and we are looking forward to attending again!
Ride, Roll & Rock with Vengeance & Fender Sunday June 12. All riders are invited to meet at the Vengeance factory in Mira Loma, CA at 9:00-10:00 am for an ԯpen houseԠtour. The ride will leave at 10:30 from the factory and conclude at the Ԓolling for KidsԠcelebration in Corona, CA starting at 12 noon.
Open to the Public, Kids are Invited to Attend!
Celebrity Guests... Bands... Food... Raffles... Trophies
The "Rolling for Kids" event is a family-friendly street fair with a custom motorcycle and car show downtown Corona. The event will include a full day of live entertainment and even a few surprise "friends of Fender" musicians. The proceeds from this event benefit the Fender Museum's 'Kids Rock Free' music programs.
Car & Motorcycle Show
$35 Entry fee includes a lanyard and a Fender T-Shirt. The first 100 pre-registered also receive a Fender Goodie Bag. Open to all Motorcycles, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Classics, Trucks, Antiques, Tuner Cars and Sports Cars! All proceeds benefit Kids Rock Free music education.
All riders participating in the Vengeance ride will have premier parking inside the show in front of the Vengeance show rig and will be eligible to compete for the Vengeance 'Best of Show' owners award.