Dirty Girl Motor Racing goes Vintage!
Photo by Gary Mulcahey www.mulcahey.com
The Bike: Honda NS 250 F |
2 stroke V-twin liquid cooled street bike converted to VRRA racing specs by Ken Livingstone.
The Rider: Andrea Goodman
Vintage motorcycle road racer, street riding instructor, motorcycle journalist
The Number: Racing number 418
September 8 - 9 2007 - North Bay Runway Romp
North Bay is my favourite venue, although not my favourite track. I love the feeling of returning to the roots of vintage racing, and I enjoy the sights and sounds living at a running airport for a weekend. The curse of the vibrating silencers continues, while I kept them on the bike, my temporary bracket broke at the end of the weekend. Read the whole story of the North Bay RUNWAY ROMP
August 3 - 5 2007 - Mosport Vintage Festival
Mosport is my favourite track of all, and I had a wonderful weekend, starting with a trackday on Thursday, the Endurance race on Friday; another Team Dirty Girl adventure, and Sprint races on the weekend. The NS ran well, after shedding yet another silencer (that's three times this year; every time I've taken the NS anywhere) and although it was returned to me with only slight damage, I didn't have my welder with me, and I'm tired of those silencers anyway. I've ordered some of Tim's hand-crafted aluminum silencers for the next race. Read more and see the MOSPORT TT PHOTOS. My endurance team-mate Laura contributes her story: 'I Become a Dirty Girl'
June 16 - 17 2007 - Quinte TT
Hot, sunny weather and a busy weekend of racing. The Quinte TT was on the Nelson circuit at Shannonville this year. The updated front end on the NS made a big improvement in the handling of the bike, but as usual it shed one of it's silencers part way through the weekend. Fortunately my silencers are now well trained, and it rolled itself off the racing surface promptly. I was berating myself for not bringing my MIG welder with me, but when I recovered the silencer from the side of the track I realized it was a split in the aluminum weld that I wouldn't have been able to fix with my MIG anyway. I finished the weekend 'riding loud'. See the QUINTE TT PHOTOS.
May 24, 2007 - Trackday
The NS has enjoyed some winter updates, all of which have greatly improved the handling of the bike. It's like a whole new bike from the steering head forward. Disabling the anti-dive has stopped some of it's more alarming behaviours, and the stiffer suspension greatly improves the handling of the bike under braking. New tires are scrubbed in and I'm feeling better prepared for the racing season than in previous years. A pre-season trackday will be part of my schedule in future years.
Preparations for the 2007 Season
The season always seems to start too soon, no matter how eagerly awaited. I dallied over the contemplation of my tire options, and discovered a very new Avon tire. My main focus for off season modifications was to improve the handling of the front end under braking. The forks turned out to have very little oil remaining in them, and to contain the original short springs and long spacers. New progressive springs went in, and Tim machined up some new spacers for the forks. The NS got new steering head bearings and wheel bearings too. The NS's stock anti-dive has never worked in a way I liked, so I was contemplating disabling it. Tim was able to machine a suitable part for that too. The NS is now ready for another season of racing.
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2007 Season Sponsors
Dirty Girl Motor Racing is proud to acknowledge the support of Lincoln Electric; top quality welding equipment is a necessity in vintage racing, and Lincoln Electric's support of my racing efforts is greatly appreciated.
Thanks also to the Rider Training Institute for their ongoing support.
Please see my 'Thanks' page for more sponsorship details and personal kudos.
If you would like more information about sponsoring Dirty Girl Motor Racing, please see Sponsorship Proposal PDF or contact email@example.com
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2007 Racing Schedule for Dirty Girl Motor Racing
Testing Trackday: May 24, 2007
VRRA - Quinte TT - June 16 - 17 - 2007
Testing Trackday: July 17, 2007
VRRA - Mosport - August 3 - 4 - 5 - 2007
Testing Trackday: August 16, 2007
VRRA - North Bay - September 8 - 9 - 2007
Testing Trackday: September 20, 2007
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VRRA's 2006 - Andrea's Racing Report Vintage Road Racing season.
Dirty Girl's Rookie Racing Season - Andrea's 2005 Rookie Season Report
CHECK BACK THROUGH THE 2007 SEASON FOR RACING UPDATES
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Dirty Girl or Cover Girl?
LC Media, publisher of Cycle Canada Magazine, launches Scooter Canada Magazine, a sister pubication to Scooter Quebec. As a contributor to Cycle Canada I had the opportunity to review Yamaha's C3 scooter featured on the cover, and that's me riding! Yes for one brief April issue I get to be a magazine 'Cover Girl'.
Sadly, Scooter Canada is no longer published
The WROAR Ride
Sunday June 10th 2007
Women Ride Out Against Rape
Proudly supporting the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape
Photo Credit: Vicki Gray/Motoress
WROAR III took place on a hot and sunny Sunday, June 10th 2007. For the past three years a group of women motorcyclists I'm proud to be a part of, have organized this event. To date we've raised nearly $20,000.00 for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre. Visit www.wroar.com for more information.
Andrea's article about the WROAR Ride III in Cycle Crossroads Magazine
June 23-24 - CMG's 'Mad Bastard' Scooter Rally.
I earned my Certificate of Madness!
A long complicated route map, a 24-hour timeline and a 50cc scooter... full-throttle and redline all the way... read more
Thanks to Team Kymco for the Super 9 ride, and thanks to CMG for organizing a great event.