By John Burns
This week, by special request of the Apostle Gabe, a reading by Gabe Ets-Hokin himself from 15 years ago – the 2005 Open Supersport Shootout (our mention of Elena Myers in last week’s Church jarred his memory; see page 3 below). On second thought, says Gabe, this one he co-wrote with King Sean the Alexander when both were gainfully employed MO staff members during the giddy run-up to the Great Recession. In that gilded age of fat ad buys and long-term loan superbikes, free tires and track days were there for the plucking. There was a lake of stew and of whiskey, too; you could paddle all around ’em in a big canoe, in the Big Rock Candy Mountains. Those were the days, my friends. Amen.
Honda CBR 1000RR : Kawasaki ZX 10R : Suzuki GSX-R1000 : Yamaha YZF R1
Thunderhill Park Raceway, CA — Your fingers ache from the strain of holding yourself forward against the vicious acceleration even though it’s only been four seconds since you rocketed off the last corner. The digital speedometer says 154, then 161, then… just a second, as you grab a fistful of brakes and bend the bike into Turn One. The asphalt is smoother near the apex and it takes some extra effort to force your head down to the inside, as your neck muscles fight the 110 mph windblast. You gently roll the throttle on and the bike is happy to stay at the current 45 degree lean angle, but it’s acceleration you’re after and this tire isn’t going to put any more power down unless it’s a bit more upright. That expert club racer with the single-digit number plate is making good time on his four-year-old R1, but you’re catching him fast as you set-up …read more