fossilfuel Posted October 16, 2012 Report Share Posted October 16, 2012 I have to tell you when a buddy came to me and tried talking me into racing Triumph Thruxtons, I was very skeptical. Thruxton's are vertical 865cc twins that have that tank like quality. The motorcycle weighs close to 500 lbs so when I took stock of a single rotor with a dual disc caliper, I was wondering how one stops this thing. I said, no thank you. A year or so would pass and the question would come up again. "come on, you'll love it!". No thank you...again. But somewhere along the line, I changed my mind. I was given a bike to ride and I would be riding it at NOLA Motorsport Park. It was the Triumph Thruxton Transatlantic Challenge and I was going to be a back marker. I had no idea how to ride one of these things. My regular race bike is a CBR1000RR and compared to that machine the Thruxton was a relic.....a 110/80/18 front tire and a 130/80/17 rear, a wonder the tires didn't burst under the weight. Sometimes when a bike gets tossed round a bit, the ownership becomes questionable. By that I mean, that most people just ride it so the maintenance becomes questionable. I think it was pretty much worn out when it was my time to ride it. Most of my fellow Thruxton racers, in there zest to win, had improved their grid positions by all manner of oversized pistons, port and polish, and magical ignition timing programmed by a software guru who worked for Steve Jobs in the 80's. I would race against these guys and ride the Thruxton as hard as I could, at one point thinking I would be bucked of on a double slip of the rear that sent me searching for anything to grab. Due to others misfortune and my carrying a little more cornerspeed than others, I was able to muster two third place finishes for the weekend on a bike I had never ridden before. The rules of riding remain the same. There was no need to worry just ride like I had been taught and everything would be fine, as it was. Because of the two races I had competed in, I was elligible for the Barber Vintage Festival this past weekend....the opportunity to race in front of 60,000 people this past Saturday. more later Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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