Those of you who have followed this blog over the years know how much I hate winter. It just doesn’t work for those of us who maintain our sanity by getting on two wheels as often as possible. In fact, I hate it so much that I coined a phrase a few years ago that has stuck. I call the period in Middle Tennessee from November 1 to March 1 — when the days are short, the air is cold, precipitation transforms into solids and good riding days are few-and-far between — the “Dark Months” which is appropriate on many levels. But the good news is that the “Dark Months” are not a total loss, and it is possible to maintain some two-wheeled sanity during the worst time of the year if you have a plan! Here’s mine:
1 – Move south for the next 4 months. Preferably Arizona or Florida. OK… this one is not happening. Let me start over.
1 – One word… Supercross. I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was 8 years old and watching the pros race to the wire each week gets the riding adrenalin pumping. The season starts in Anaheim, California on January 7 and concludes in Vegas on May 5 so it more than covers the DM. This year there will be 11 live broadcasts on SPEED/CBS with the others on delay. Watch once and you will be hooked! Better yet… if you are close to an event, go see James Stewart, Ryan Vilopoto, Chad Reed, and the others in person.
2 – Motorcycle Shows and events. Winter is the perfect time to hit the indoor motorcycle shows, regional indoor motocross races, swap meets, etc. I’m planning on hitting four events in the Nashville area this year to keep the two-wheeled juices flowing.
3 – And finally… a project! It’s the prefect time to finally get around to that bike project you’ve been putting off. Parts for mine started arriving this week (see pic above) and by March 1, the end of the “Dark Months,” my Sporty will be looking radically different. Wish me luck!
Last weekend my buddy Nud and I made our way down to Atlanta to check out the 2010 Supercross series. Most of you know I have been an AMA Supercross fan for some time now but I had never experienced the action in person prior to this… and I have to say… it was even better in real life than I had expected. Even a hi-def TV screen can’t capture the magnitude of it all. These guys are way faster and jumping way higher than they appear to be on screen. If you get a chance… go check out AMA Supercross in person. From the PIT area to the practice sessions to the opening ceremony to the actual racing… it is just a blast! Here are a few pics I grabbed with my point-and-shoot… including a couple from our seats in the sold-out, massive (72,000 seats under one roof!) Georgia Dome.
My new Cycle World came in the mail today and one of the first things that grabbed my attention was this full-spread ad from Yamaha. That’s my man James Stewart on the right… contemplating a 2010 Supercross Championship!
As far as I’m concerned… January is only good for one thing and that’s the kickoff of the AMA Supercross season… and tomorrow night is the night. Anaheim, California will be rockin’ with the best off-road riders in the world and if you have SPEED channel you can see all the exciting action LIVE beginning at 9:00PM (Central). Will you be watching? I CAN’T WAIT!
Man… I HATE THE DARK MONTHS. Not being able to ride sends me into mental meltdown this time of year and just when I don’t think I can take anymore, Supercross arrives and pulls me from the depths of motorcycle hell! This year everything gets started on January 9th and I cannot wait. Not a Supercross fan? Well, I challenge you to watch once and see if you don’t become hooked like me. Here’s a little 2009 highlight video to wet your whistle… courtesy of LN Motorsports. Check it out and then be watching CBS next month for some of the most exciting racing you will ever see!
As anybody who reads this RANT knows, I absolutely hate winter. So much so that I have affectionately named the period in Middle Tennessee between November 1st and February 28th the “Dark Months”. It’s that time of year when it’s cold, wet and dark… and therefore not very conducive to riding motorcycles. Sometimes I wonder if I will make to March 1st without going stir crazy but I always seem to somehow survive the Dark Months… and one of the things that pulls me through is the AMA Supercross Season.
While not one of the most popular motor-sports, it is in my book, the most exciting… particularly if you ride. Imagine if you will… a baseball or football stadium converted to a mini motocross track with riders going faster and jumping higher than they should on two wheels. The competition is fierce to say the least and most motorcycle enthusiasts that watch one race are instantly hooked.
This 2009 Season starts in Anaheim, California on January 3rd and this year promises to be one of the best. First of all, the top riders are all healthy and secondly, a few of the top Lites riders will be moving up to Supercross this season, creating even greater competition.
There are lots of changes as well. My favorite rider and long time Kawasaki pilot James “Bubba” Stewart finds himself riding a blue Yamaha in 2009, last years champion Chad Reed has moved from Yamaha to the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team (Ricky Carmichael’s old stomping grounds) and Monster Energy Kawasaki has moved Lites dominator Ryan Villopoto up to the big show and he will be riding Supercross for the first time ever.
All the races will be televised (delayed) by CBS or SPEED so check your local listings, set the DVR and let Supercross pull you through the Dark Months!