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Sauce Power!

Sauce Power!

On the back of his recent 30th birthday, we thought it's a great opportunity to express some gratitude for our main man and Workshop Manager ,Harley ‘Sauce’ Side. Pic Russell Colvin 783 Media Harley's ability to juggle so many priorities and still not lose track of things. His proactiveness in to sorting out issues for our team and customers. Parts , orders, variations, holds, workflow, cashflow, communication and direction. He does it all, best off all he does it with the cheekiest grin while carrying our team on his shoulders. Just exceptional! On top of his great work ethic, industry knowledge and abilities as our Workshop Manager, he is still a big kid when it comes to motorbikes and absolutely loves them. You want to hear him talk about his first PW80!! And off course, he is one seriously fast motorcycle racer to boot. Even the fastest, most powerful boat in the world needs a rudder and that's what Saucy is for us, without him we'd be lost and spinning in circles. We appreciate you big Sauce and we feel very blessed to have you as the Captain of our ship! Love ya!!! Motorbikes!!!!!

Get your bike in shape for Summer

Get your bike in shape for Summer

The cold winter months are the perfect time to get your bike ready for spring riding. While we hibernate inside ( or the lucky ones get our riding fix on the dirt bikes) it may be time to get your road or track bike ready for the warmer months. Whether it be a routine logbook service or a complete suspension overhaul/upgrade now is the time. We have experience and the tools and expertise for most makes and models, whether it be a new set of tyres, a safety check or diagnosing an electrical gremlin. Get in touch below for a quote or to book your bike in. Or call our workshop manager on 0457 195 630

Wheelie Wednesday

Wheelie Wednesday

Lap time issues over bike setup issues Now this is a Wheelie Wednesday! The great thing about these pics is the wheelie is not being done for show., simply for go, Nath wrestling the big ZX-10R for lap time.   A really important part of what made Nathan Jones & Tyson Jones so fast was the fact their primary focus wasn’t so much ‘bike setup issues’ rather ‘lap time issues’.   So, in cases like this, as long as the wheelie wasn’t hurting the lap time, you wouldn’t even here either of the brothers bring it up in a session de-brief. If it was hurting lap time, then don’t worry you’d hear about it haha.   Looking at these pics makes you think back, huh ‘wheelie issues’ were never really discussed, but clearly they were there.   There is probably a little bit of gold in that mindset for those all of us trying to go that bit faster. Sometimes we can get sucked into worrying about issues that aren’t really affecting the lap time. That’s not to say that if something is hurting your confidence or a wheelie is really holding you back you shouldn’t try to address it, just that you should maybe question how much of an issue it is.   Heh, and after all, you don’t win 5 x VRRC Superbike championship between them by accident.   Picture Credit- The talented Russel Colvin

USED TYRE STORE NOW LIVE OPENING SALE

USED TYRE STORE NOW LIVE OPENING SALE

We are happy to announce our online tyre store is now LIVE and we have a huge selection of quality used tyres for sale. These can be collected in store, purcahsed through our web store. Save on the costs of track days or practice days and slash your tyre budget.   LESS THAN 4 YEARS OLD HAVE NOT HAD MAJOR TEARING STORED IN A CLIMATE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT OUT OF THE SUN AND UV RAYS GRADED ACCORDING TO HOW MUCH LIFE LEFT HAVE ONLY COMPLETED 1 - 2 HEAT CYCLES SAVE HUNDREDS OFF THE PRICE OF NEW SET TYRES TO SUIT              300 SUPERSPORT              600 SUPERSPORT            SUPERBIKE  USED TYRE STORE CLICK HERE NEW TRACK AND ROAD TYRE STORE CLICK HERE

Ducati Sport Classic Custom Build

Ducati Sport Classic Custom Build

Looks or Performanc e? Why not have both? We recently had the pleasure of working on this super cool custom Ducati Sport Classic. This bike came in for some major work including - Installation and setup of MotoGadget Dash and Switchblock - Custom made wiring loom - Desmo Belt change and service - Custom Dyno Tune and mapping We love working on custom builds with a performance edge that only a race & performance workshop can deliver. In the following video Daz and Jules explain the scope of work involved in this project and the photos speak for themselves with how beautifully this motorcycle turned out. Surprised to see a sports classic at Race Center? We do more than just race and sprots bike like our name may suggest. If you have a project bike you need help with whether that be tuning, wiring, suspension or even an engine build get in touch with us below. Peak HP was relatively unchanged however the midrange and throttle improvements were huge.

Luke Sanders Injury Update and interview - April 2024

Luke Sanders Injury Update and interview - April 2024

Unfortunately during Race 1 at SMSP for Round 2 of the ASBK season Luke suffered a nasty high-side and was ejected from his bike. We sat down with Luke and he has provided us with more of an insight into his injuries and what the 2024 race season looks like going forward. What is the extent of the injury? I have fractured the fifth metatarsal in my right foot. This is bone that sits directly behind your little toe in the centre of your foot. I underwent surgery on the Tuesday following the race to realign and fix the bone in place with a plate that spans most of the length of my foot. I will need a follow up surgery later to swap the plate for a smaller one. There is, however, no concern about any long term impairment. What is the recovery time currently looking like?   6-7 Weeks without bearing any weight then a follow up at around 3 months to determine if the plate can be swapped or if bone grafts will be necessary. It’s fair to say that you’ve had glimpses of strong pace recently but you have also had a few injuries and bad luck plague your push forward. How do you cope with that mentally when you can see a step forward in front of you but can’t get the consistency you need to capitalise on it? The glimpses of pace are the key. It's clear that we have been making steps forward with the new bike and with my riding, and while we have been unlucky that the crashes I've had recently have all been high-sides that have put me in hospital, we aren't in crisis mode. If we had the same amount of issues but all of the crashes had been low-sides, I believe we could actually be in a fairly positive position at the moment. I've been working with Race Centre for many years and know that we have everything we need to capitalise when our fortunes are kinder. Do these types of blows make it hard to keep the fire burning?   People often like to joke to motorcycle racers that we must be a crazy. The fact is that we aren't and it's only human for doubt to creep in at times. The biggest thing I remind myself of is that I am in a very rare position. In a sport most people can never access, I have a team of people I admire around me and an opportunity to do something I find truly special. I want to see myself as the kind of person who grabs that opportunity. Do you think there are any positives you and the team will be able to extract from this pretty crap situation? In any situation, if you aren't learning from it, you aren't paying attention. Things feel pretty grim when you can't walk and can't work, and I know the team feels it too. But if we ever achieve what we're setting to, it will be thanks to the way we handled our worst days. All of the Race Center team and extended family are wishing Luke a speedy recovery and are looking forward to his return.

How this bike made 27hp from just a service

How this bike made 27hp from just a service

It's not often you can gain this amount of HP this easily but thats exactly what happened with this 2012 Kawasaki ZX10 after we gave it a proper service. Watch the video below. Has your track bike been neglected or have you just purchased a second hand bike and not sure if its been properly maintained? Get in touch with us to arrange a checkover to make sure your bike is not only safe but is performing at its optimal and making the power it should be.

Race Mechanics View with Joey 'Ripstick'

Race Mechanics View with Joey 'Ripstick'

We sit down with mechanic Joey 'Ripstick' and hear his thoughts on how the last round of ASBK went at SMSP. Watch the video below

What cool bikes have been through the workshop lately??

What cool bikes have been through the workshop lately??

We are so fortunate to have such a diverse range of motorcycles to service, tune, setup and look after. Here are just a few of our favourites from the past few months. Does your pride and joy need a service, some fresh tyres or just some love?

ASBK Round 1 & 2 Photo Gallery

ASBK Round 1 & 2 Photo Gallery

It's been a wild start to the year with Round 1 of the ASBK held alongside the WSBK at Phillip Island. The atmosphere was electric and our riders Tim Large and Luke has all eyes on them as they raced around the Island Circuit with tens of thousands of spectators watching on. Recently we headed to Sydney Motorsport Park for Round 2 under lights. Another amazing round at a great track. Enjoy this photo gallery from Rd1 & 2 Images: Russel Colvin 783 Media & Alex Jovanovic Fstyle Photo ASBK Round 1 - Phillip Island - 23rd- 25th Feb 2024 ASBK Round 2 - Sydney Motorsport Park - 23rd-24th March 2024

VRRC Round 1- Tailem Bend- Photo Gallery

VRRC Round 1- Tailem Bend- Photo Gallery

Images: Russel Colvin 783 Media  Photo Credit- Russel Colvin Media

Pirelli Perform Perfectly on the Road & Track

Pirelli Perform Perfectly on the Road & Track

Last year we celebrated over 10 years working with Pirelli rubber. Doing the numbers we are closer toward 15 years with the brand.    It’s not just the track either, we test ride so many road bikes through our workshop and you really can tell the difference when a set of Pirelli’s are bolted in. Instant confidence and great feedback.    As with any tyre, understanding the correct pressures for your bike and riding is crucial. That’s where the relationship with Race Center helps the end consumer. Be it through our Race School or purchasing your rubber through us, we’ll help you get the best out of them. Just look at the tyre wear we were able to achieve at the recently resurfaced Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, a track that is notoriously tough on tyres.    Our experience extends to well over 500 races including competing in WSBK with our own team. When you factor in our customers races, this extends into the thousands. On top of that we have fitted and sold thousands of road tyres through the workshop.  With this experience, we can definitely confirm that Pirelli do indeed ‘Sell what they Race’    If all that wasn’t even, having the pleasure of dealing with a proper quality distributor in Cykel makes the whole experience that much better.  Check out our Tyre Page for more info or to order a fresh set of hoops https://www.racecenter.com.au/motorcycle-tyres Check out our Race School for Track & Racing Pressure recommendations. https://www.racecenter.com.au/race-school

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