My 2012 Suzuki GSX-R 600 sitting on tire warmers before the afternoon race at Mid-Ohio.

Every motorcycle racer’s secret obsession, revealed

Elena Myers McGraw Powersports Blog

Every professional motorcycle racer has a small obsession largely unknown to street and track riders, and even to ardent racing fans. That obsession is tires.

For the casual rider, getting a set of good quality tires and checking them before you ride is just part of routine motorcycle maintenance. For safety reasons, you replace them when there’s not much tread left. Some folks even wait until the metal cords show, they get a flat spot, or are just plain old.

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The Isle of Man TT: A Love Story

Elena Myers McGraw Powersports Blog

The 2017 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy kicked off earlier this week, and runs through June 9. Coming up as a racer, for years I heard about this race, and how ridiculous it was: Six laps on a 37.73 mile loop over mountainous terrain; 264 corners to remember; innumerable walls to hit, cliffs to fly off of . . . no wonder there have been 250 recorded deaths–an average of about two a year–in the course’s 110 year history. Let that sink in for a minute.

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Race Weekend Guide to MotoAmerica

Elena Myers McGraw Powersports Blog

AAAND TAKEOFF! The MotoAmerica season is officially here and I’ve got some good news for you! I’ve crafted a guide for you to make following this season’s races a little easier. As with any sport, the more you know about it, the more fun it is to follow along. If you go out to the track to watch, you’ll get a printed schedule and guide, and the races will be announced on the public address system. If you’re following along at home, it can be hard to tell who’s who and what’s what.

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A motorcycle racer is born

Elena Myers McGraw Powersports Blog

Willow Springs Raceway, April 2002: This is where my racing career began. I was an 8-year-old girl with a need for speed and a competitive spirit.

I was fell in love with speed from the moment I rode my first roller coaster at Marine World in Vallejo, CA. I was thrilled by the feeling of the wind in my hair, the g-forces throwing me back into my seat, and the adrenaline rush. It didn’t matter if I had to get back in line by myself, I just wanted to keep going and going.

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Ten pro tips to prepare for riding season

Elena Myers McGraw Powersports Blog

We made it! It’s almost springtime and that means it’s almost riding season! If you’re anything like me, you’re probably really excited at the prospect of riding in the next month or so. Now is the perfect time to start getting your motorcycle, your riding equipment and yourself prepared for that first ride. Here are some pro tips to get everything ready to go.

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Daytona Dreams Come True

McGraw Powersports McGraw Powersports Blog

If you’ve never been to the world-famous Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, you have to put it on your bucket list! The massive grandstands, the 31-degree bankings that look almost like a wall, and the smell of gasoline in the air speak to all the legendary races have taken place there over the past fifty-odd years.

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These 3 exercises will help you have crazy fun riding your motorcycle

McGraw Powersports McGraw Powersports Blog

If you think about how professional athletes train, you would probably imagine it involves a lot of practice in their sport. If you’re a marathon runner, for example, training consists of running, as well as some leg strength and flexibility exercises. Soccer players practice techniques and drills with their team several times a week, as well as running and a variety of other exercises.

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