Monday, May 10, 2010

LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca

Originally posted 7/24/2008

Man, what a busy last couple of weeks have been. I was out in California for the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and Red Bull US Grand Prix up at Laguna Seca while Adam was out in Gillette for the BMW MOA Rally.

We were very well received at all three very distinct and different events, showing the versatility of the TPX across the three major street segments.

At the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, we had perfect weather and the show was nicely complimented by the lovely calendar girls working the show. After all, the name of the event is called LA Calendar Motorcycle Show for a reason. We had a lot of custom builders interested in incorporating the TPX into projects that involve speed and performance themes. I think it won't be long before we start seeing TPX on custom bikes all over the place.

I had the option of taking pictures with some of the show bikes at the LA Calendar Show, but I opted for the calendar girls instead.

The following weekend, I was up in Laguna Seca for the Red Bull US Grand Prix. I've always loved this event and this year was no different. The races were all exciting and in the end, Mat Mladin ran away with the AMA Superbike race while Valentino Rossi won a very exciting Moto GP race, where he was tire to tire with Casey Stoner pretty much for the most of the race until Stoner took an unfortunate fall on lap 24. He was able to quickly get back on his bike but by then, Rossi was out of reach. Unfortunately, I had to man our booth and couldn't see the race live, but I got to see most of the race on one of the big screen TV's at Buell's booth right across from our booth.

The Laguna Seca Raceway Girls comforted me for not being able to watch the Moto GP race.

The TPX was also featured on Mark Becknauld's custom 04 Yamaha R1 in the Yamaha tent. The bike was entered in Yamaha's custom bike build contest. Mark's bike was probably the only bike in the competition that was ridden to the show instead being trailered to the show. Unfortunately, Mark didn't win, but big props to Mark for building a real, ridable custom bike.

The TPX on Mark's custom R1.

As for the TPX? Well, I wasn't able to get a bike for the 2 weekends in California, a major bummer, so the TPX didn't get to spend any time on a bike. It did, however, spend a little over 1,200 miles in a car during this time, and the TPX did its thing, especially right around the race track, where Monterey Sheriff's department and CHP were out in force, handing out tickets left and right. I heard numerous horror stories of fellow riders being pulled over heading in and out of the track for merely going just a few miles per hour over the posted speed limit. But not a surprise since I have received 2 speeding tickets half an hour apart leaving Laguna Seca a few years back. This was before TPX time.

I installed the TPX on this 08 Concours for one of the customers that bought the TPX at the race.

Anyway, it was great to be back in California and after 2 weekends of being surrounded by bikes but with no bikes to ride, I can't wait to get back on the bike this weekend!

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