STREET VINTAGE TESTIMONIAL
Hey Race Tech,
Hope you made it back home ok. I got back to my house about 10:30pm Sunday night slap wore out.
I really appreciate all the help this season on both the race bike and the T100 Bonnie. Both those bikes have benefited by modifying the emulators to the 2 hole version. I'm really happy with the ride over light ripples and hard bumps. I went over that concrete runoff on top of the hill at Barber, just before the hard right museum turn with no problems with the bike getting upset. Other people swore they wouldn't go over it ever again. They must not have the kind of good suspension tuning we have worked out on their bikes.
I look forward to reading the new book that is getting published. Please let me know when they are available. I will also check on the old 750 Ducati front forks next week to see if they are original. Right now I'm not doing anything with motorcycles for a week. Just need to take a break before getting into the winter builds and refreshing's.
Again, thanks for the help.
Thruxton 81x (new number for next year)
I hope that you will please forward this to the appropriate individual(s).
Today, Sunday 2-8-09, I stopped at the Race Tech booth at the
International Motorcycle Show here in Chicago and spoke in great
length with Matthew Wiley.
I am currently under construction on a
1982 Honda CB750F I will be running this year in the ARMA Vintage
Superbike Heavyweight class. I am a small fish in a huge pond so this
is an large undertaking for me and I want to express my appreciation
to Matthew and compliment his willingness to answer my questions and
offer technical advice. Matthew didn't try to rush through my
questions just to "make a sale" and get rid of me. He was willing to
spend as much time with me as needed to ensure I understood exactly
what Race Tech products offer over its competitors (Works and Ohlin's)
as well as provided suspension geometry information that will prove
invaluable as I am currently in the process of designing and fabricating a custom swingarm.
I was already sold on Race Tech front fork products, and had been in
contact with Works Shocks about custom rear shocks, I was not very
pleased with Works' willingness to offer advice pertaining to my swingarm design.
Recently I was looking through the Race tech website and noticed that
you are now making rear shocks. So, the opportunity to speak with
Matthew in detail about the rear shocks Race Tech is now offering, as
well as see a sample of the quality of product you sell has proved to
me Race Tech's commitment to racers.
As far as I am concerned Works
and Ohlin's can't compete and don't even exist anymore, I am sold on
Race Tech for my all of my suspension needs, you will be seeing an
order for rear shocks from me very soon.
I have several friends currently racing with ARMA and I also want to
commend Race Tech on its support of the vintage crowd, I know vintage
is a small, niche market and not a high profit margin venture, that
kind of support is rare these days and validates that Race Tech is
type of company I want to do business with. It is rough for us little
guys without any kind of sponsorship and limited financial resources
that are out here purely doing this for the love of racing old bikes,
however, when I have a experience like I did today with Matthew it
makes spending an entire paycheck on a component gratifying because
you know it is not wasted money and someone cares that you thought
enough to spend it with them and want to give you the best product and support possible.
Please make sure that Matthew is recognized for his passion and
commitment to reflecting Race Tech in the best possible light!
4544 W. Cermak
Chicago, IL 60623
Dear Race Tech,
Frame bracing and adding an extended swingarm and a steering damper had helped make the Z1 more stable, but the front-end had always pushed and chattered. Race Tech did their magic on the stock forks of my 1973 Kawasaki Z1 and truly made it a different motorcycle.
With the implementation of transponders by AHRMA, the results of making changes in bike set-up are now available to us accurately and almost instantaneously.
At Miller Motorsports Park 2008, the bike was much better right off the trailer. With Matt's tireless efforts in wanting to tune the suspension to the track, my lap times dropped 3 seconds
from Saturday's practice to Sunday. The front end no longer chattered and the bike was much easier to ride.
It tracks right where it's pointed without having to make corrections mid-turn.
For 2009, I will be racing a second motorcycle that is under construction. Without question, Race Tech will get the forks and shocks to upgrade.
"Big Al" Madril
I spoke to you at the show in Cleveland last January about my wife's 1981 Honda CM400A. We got the springs and gold valves installed and can't believe it's the same bike. It originally had air assist forks and we removed the plumbing and put plugs in the holes left in the caps.