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.
Apr 24, 2002 - Apr 28, 2002
Always a sold out event, more than 50,000 bikers enjoy top name entertainment, drill team events, a poker run, displays, competitions and vendors galore in the Westӳ largest ride-in bike rally.
Come test-ride the full line of 2002 Indian motorcycles including the Chief, featuring the all-new Powerplus 100 engine! Demo Ride Hours:
April 25 - 27, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Indian Motorcycle Display at the River Palms Resort & Casino
Rock out with Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse at the Camel Roadhouse Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.
Attention all Indian Motorcycle Riders!
Join Indian CEO Frank O'Connell, Branscombe Richmond and the Indian Riders Group Saturday, April 27th for a picturesque ride through the Arizona desert to Kingman.
Ride registration begins at 9:00am and will depart at 10:00am from the Indian display at the River Palms. All makes and models are welcome!
The Roberts family is to motorcycle racing what the Andrettis and Unsers are to automobile racing. Kenny Roberts Sr. won the AMA Grand National Championship at 21 years old, making him the youngest rider to have won that title. He took his first of three 500 Grand Prix road racing world championships when he was 26. His son Kenny Jr. won the 2001 500 GP title at the age of 27. Youngest son Kurtis Roberts was racing in Europe at the age of 17. He rode the 250 GP class at 18. He won his first AMA title in the Formula Xtreme class while riding for the Erion team at 20. Last year, at 21, he won the Formula Xtreme title a second consecutive time and also took the 600 SuperSport championship.
You see a pattern here? One could argue that genetics makes the Roberts clan superior road racers, but that shortchanges them. Junior and Kurtis grew up on their father's ranch in Hickman, California, sliding around on Honda XRٱ00s with road-racing legends such as Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski and Bubba Shobert, and have worked as hard as any of them for their success. The thing is, Kurtis started road racing in GPs earlier than his father or older brother and already has more titles than either of them at the same age. There are those who say the youngest Roberts could very well be the best.
The year after Kurtis Roberts came home from Europe, he joined the Erion team and has been with them ever since. He's progressed steadily and with remarkable speed, going from second in points in the AMA's 250 GP class to his Formula Xtreme title in 1999 to his double titles in 2000. Obviously there's good chemistry between him and the team.
"There are a lot of advantages to being on the Erion team," he says. "Honda is committed to building the best bikes, and the Erion team is really a unique group of people. They work together as a team. We win as a team, and we lose as a team. And that's very important."
For 2001, Roberts will defend his 600 title aboard Honda's new CBR600F4i, and will step up to ride the premier road-race class in the United States, AMA Superbike, on Honda's RC51 V-twin weapon.
Now, some riders might be more circumspect about their freshman year in the Superbike class, but not Roberts. He wants to win the title. And he's got some advantages that might help him do it. First off, he knows how to ride mega-horsepower motorcycles, having mastered the Erion team's snorting, tire-smoking Formula Xtreme weapons. Second, Roberts has been consistently quick when he's ridden the RC51. On several occasions last year he posted quicker times than anyone in the field.
"The first time I ever sat on the RC51 I was on pole on the thing the first day," Roberts says. "So I know I'm fast on the bike."
"I was always better on bigger bikes. Big bikes suit my style. I can slide them and do whatever I want with them better than I can on a 600." And we all know just how well he rides a 600.
"I want to win two more championships," he says. "I want to win the 600 race at Daytona again, and continue on from there like I did last year. And, you know, I'd love to win Superbike races and that championship, all of which I think are attainable."
Such goals certainly seem within his reachespecially when he talks about what he learned last season with a degree of maturity that should worry his competitors.
"I need to stop trying to lead every lap," he says. "And I don't need to win every race. Trying to win them all last year really blew out three or four 600 races which we probably could have won.
"I've just got to let things come to me rather than make them happen all the time. Like Road Atlanta, for instance. I tried to make too much happen too early and ran off the track, when we could have won. And I had three or four laps at that point faster than anyone else that weekend. So I've got to learn to let things come to me a little slower."
Combine the speed he's already shown, and the clarity of purpose in targeting championship wins rather than individual race victories, and you've got to wonder: Could Kurtis Roberts be the best Roberts we've seen yet?
(full size people, small motorbikes...)
Ever since I saw mini-moto on TV I knew I had to have a go. It just looked so STUPID.
Despite laughing like a maniac I didn't fall off on the practise first lap. Although I made up for that later, in the races.
These little bikes were reaching up to 22mph on a twisty track. But they are VERY unstable and it only takes slight wiggle, too much power, you knee touching a tyre or your foot touching the ground for it all to go pear-shaped very quickly.
As the pre-requisites for being good seemed to be lightness, flexibility and a willingness to fall off I thought I would do OK. I started well but tried too hard and ended up a rather modest 20th out of 33. But at least I didn't get any injuries beyond bruises. One of the other competitors got a broken collar bone (nothing to do with me, I might add).
Sorry to the bloke I jostled/headbutted racing for the line, I came off worst anyway - crossing the line being dragged behind the bike.
I've no idea who is who in the pictures, ecept that none of them are me.
Thanks to Alie Ball for organising it.
The Theory Test
You've done your CBT and want to go on to take the Practical Test but, before you can do so, there's a little matter of the Theory Test to get through. There are some exemptions from taking this test but, in all probability you'll have to do it.
The Test is taken at one of the Centres established for this purpose. You can apply in writing, over the phone or via the DSA's website. You'll need your Driver Licence Number and your Credit/Debit card to pay the fee (currently ?18.00). However, ASL pre-books appointments making this a lot easier for its pupils.
When you arrive for the test, you'll have to produce your licence and some form of identity such as, your passport or, the new style photo-card licence - basically, anything that contains your photo and signature. "You will be sat in front of a computer screen to, firstly, answer 35 questions based on the highway code, general road sense, motorcycles and motorcycling law. You must correctly answer at least 30 out of the 35 questions. Then you will be shown 14 short video clips of various road/traffic situations from which you must identify certain hazards which you perceive to be of possible danger. You must score at least 38 out of the possible maximum 75 points for this part of the Test"
What could be more simple? But it isn't as easy as it may seem and it requires some swotting up. First you have to know the Highway Code. Don't bother to book an appointment if you don't so, read and understand it first. A copy can be obtained from any large W. H. Smith's or any HM Stationery Office. Another recommended publication is a book issued by the Driving Standards Agenct (DSA) entitled "The Official Theory Test for Motorcyclists" which, again can be obtained from W. H. Smith's or from any HM Stationery Office.
You can also contact the DSA on 0115 901 2500 who, in return for some cash which they will take by credit card, will send you a disk that you can insert into a PC so that you can practice the first part of this Test as much as you like before taking it.