If I am totally honest, I’ve become a bit numb to riders dying. I’ve been reading about it every week going on 20 years. Sometimes it’s a result of bad luck, absurd drivers, or lack of rider skill. We do not continue to ride out of ignorance. We are keenly aware of the risks. But for many of us the risk/reward ratio of riding canyons no longer seems to make sense, especially when there is an alternative which is fun, much safer, and more exciting. In Shane’s words:

“Apex is only an hour away from SD county (hour and 15 from my house)
Adams is only 20 minutes further.

Apex Racing Center (Sumo/Mini) All day riding $38
Adams Motorsport Park (Sumo/Mini) All day riding $15-$45

STTARS hosts racing events at Apex and your first race class is only $60. Additional classes are only $20. This includes practice. Each race class has (2) races. They do give out medals that you can take home if you podium. No membership fees required.

Apex also hosts FUN races. These are $38 to practice all day. Signing up to race is free and optional. They do give out trophies that you can take home if you podium. No membership fees required.

Random facts about Supermoto and mini riding:

Fact: You may already know someone who rides at these tracks.

Fact: Famous road racers (Moto GP/WSBK/AMA) have been known to frequent these exact race tracks. You may actually see them there. Ever wanted to ride with a pro?

Fact: Many racers have spare bikes to let new riders try out.

Fact: You don’t have to try to dirt sections if you’re not comfortable with dirt.

Fact: You GET TO TRY OUT THE DIRT SECTION if you’ve never tried it!

Fact: It’s possible to go an entire season on one set of tires with a Sumo or Mini, depending on how many events you go to.

Fact: Both style bikes can burn less than a couple gallons of gas the entire day.

Fact: Minimoto riding is a great way to learn corner speed without the life threatening speeds of a road racing bike. Minis are the best stepping stone to learn your race craft before you step up to a full sized bike and bang bars with the sumo racers.

Fact: Supermoto is a great way to learn bike control and quick cornering techniques that translate into riding a sportbike more confidently. Sumos are also a ton of fun and let you get away with damn near anything on two wheels while providing opportunities for hooliganistic wheelies and catching some fresh air off a jump.

Fact: You can use your knee out technique while riding Sumo or Mini. You can also learn totally new styles of riding that will translate into making you a better rider on the street. Think of it as expanding your vocabulary in the language of motorcycling.

Fact: Some supermotos are street legal.

Fact: Supermotos and minis are easy to work on.

Fact: Parts and upgrades can be had without breaking the bank.

Fact: You can have a competitive bike without spending a fortune.

Fact: Lowsiding a dirtbike = $0 in damage
Lowsiding a sportbike = Broken Piggy Bank

Fact: Cost of doing a sportbike trackday can cost over $500 after you factor in all of your expenses and travel time. Racing a sportbike for a race weekend can cost $1,000 or more.

Fact: Racing a Supermoto/mini can be done for less than $100. Some race events are as cheap as $38.

Fact: Kart tracks provide all of the excitement of a full course without having to commit to triple digit speeds

Fact: You can ride all day at any one of these tracks and still be home for dinner.

Fact: No one is going to arrest you for speeding on the track. In fact, you may even get a trophy!

There is a pretty tight knit group for both the minimoto and the supermoto crowd that are here in San Diego. We are always willing to bring new riders into the fold. If you’re not sure if you will even like this style of riding, you can find folks that will let you try out their bikes. If you want instruction, SoCal Supermoto offers a class that provides the bike.

Racers are not aliens. We are just street riders who wanted to go faster without getting arrested. We WANT you to come ride with us. We want you guys to come out and have fun with us. If it sounds like we’re preaching, it’s only because we love what we do and there’s no other way to explain it other than to have you try it. Some of the best times we’ve had at the track are actually had in the pits. Bench racing and bar-b-qing are just as rewarding and griding up with your opponents. Come try it out. Post up if you want to try. Contact Brian Murray if you want to try a school. Message me if you want to try a mini. Hell, just post up if you want more information. You guys want answers and solutions to getting your go-fast fix? Here it is. Come ride with us.
- Shane Liberty

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I picked up one of our cafe press performance dry shirts by champion. The hope was that it would be perfect for those 95+ degree days as a underleathers layer, and comfy for the rest of the day when I’m teaching, wrenching, taking pics, etc…

Fit: Dated and lousy. Maybe I’m too used to our american apparel shirts, but this one felt dated like it had sleeves that bell’d out like a trumpet horn, and the bottom of the shirt kinda skirts out. Lets call it loose fit for husky kids. Go a size smaller than usual and I think it would be fine.

Logo: Steller, coolest moto logo ever.

Underleathers: Lousy. Definitely better than a tshirt, but far inferior to any performance under layer shirt, ie goapparel. With my go apparel and perf leathers, it feels like air conditioning at the end of the straight. Not so with this shirt. In addidition the go apparel is USA made, and has held up well for me.


Off the bike: Again works better than a tshirt for walking around and taking pics, and it does wick so it doesn’t get sweaty and sticky. It does have one huge advantage over a underarmor style shirt and that is you don’t feel like you’re walking around in your own one man wet tshirt nipple contest.

Overall: Skip it. I’ll stick with my goapparel quick wick base layer for under leathers, and socal american apparel t for the rest of the time.

I still get this question all the time, so posting it up here: The world famous Socal Supermoto “What supermoto should I get?” flowchart!

Yeah, I know I forgot some bikes. You’ll live.


Socal Supermoto MXDlabs Iphone app Lap timer mini-review:

You can learn a lot from our school, from other schools, by listening to other riders, riding different kinds of bikes, trying different styles of riding, experimenting with different bike set ups, riding smaller displacement bikes, trying to follow faster riders, watching instructional vids, racing, etc… And you can learn A LOT from a lap timer. After you find your riding plateau, a lap timer is probably the best tool to improve.

Stuart Smith is a non stop source of moto gems, and one of my faves is “there is a huge difference between what feels fast, and what is fast.” The only way to really differentiate between feels fast/fast is a lap timer. I experienced this first hand. I went out and ran aggressive (for me) hot laps, full of slides, peg grinds and near crashes. It certainly felt very fast. I then followed it up with concentrating solely on riding as smooth as possible. My smooth laps were drama free, felt slower, and were about 1 second per lap faster. Lesson learned.


Now mxdlabs (not a sponsor). It’s a iphone (android coming) app that is incredibly user friendly. Just select track, walk out on track to select start/finish line, hit start and go ride. It provides lap by lap times, fastest lap, and separates it by sessions, or in mx talk “motos”. I didn’t get to verify the times with a standard timer. Accuracy is very dependent on where it’s mounted. Inside my boot or jacket it only recorded maybe 40% of my laps due to the gps interference. I had the best luck putting it in the drz’s “purse” on the rear fender which brought the number to 90% laps recorded. So it’s not perfect, but if you treat it as a training tool that it is, it is very effective. Meanwhile for user friendliness I give it a 10/10. I dig it, if you ride any track regularly it’s definitly worth a go.

Next week I’ll review their quickmount. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekHrY2LA4EM

Most of the time it feels like my real job is bike hauler. I’ve been loading and unloading bikes on a daily basis for ten years. So here it is, the official Socal Supermoto motorcycle chock review! Your life is finally complete! I have all of these mounted in my van right now, here’s the lowdown.

#1. Condor quick release motorcycle chock $225
The good: It’s indestructable, quality made in the USA kit, that’s built for the zombie apocolypse. It’s also the only quick release chock I’ve used that is actually quick release. One screw which can be removed with your hand and the chock slides right out. You can quickly take it out of your truck and use it in the pits. It’s also by far the most stable of the chocks. If you have a bike that 1) you care about or 2) is big, this is your chock. It’s a big no-no but often times I’d haul a bike around on short trips and not even use tie downs. It’s that good. Despite the stability it’s also the easiest to roll bikes in and out of. Finally the condor works equally well with a 120 wide front tire, or a 160 rear. Out of these chocks, the condor is the only one that you can load a bike using the rear wheel, mandatory if you plan on hauling three bikes and need to put one backwards.

The bad: It’s expensive (you get what you pay for). Once removed it’s kinda bulky and takes up a good amount of space. The cross supports that allows you to easily use it once dismounted takes up a good amount of floor space when mounted. Finally for a trailer or truck it’s perfect, but in a van it can be clangy and loud.

Overall: Long term only real downside is the loud bit, and this is by far the most stable, easiest to use chock.


#2. Harbor Freight motorcycle chock.

The good: Cheap as hell. $26 with a harbor freight coupon. The harbor hold bikes securely, but at times you have to fight it to get the bikes out. It requires a double pull. You give the bike a quick yank, grab the front brake, then give a second quick yank and out it comes, a bit of a hassle but not a deal breaker.

The bad: Chinese kit that I wouldn’t trust with a expensive bike. Not quick release although could easily be moded to be so with “quick nuts”

Overall: Good design that is tough to beat for the price.


#3. Pit Posse Removable chock $79

The good: Stable but just slightly less stable than the harbor, but admittedly I havn’t played much with the adjustability of it too much. It does seem to be adjusted properly, and I get more bike lean with this than with the others. The pit posse is also “quick release” meaning that with a few hex bolts you can take it out leaving just the mounting plate behind.

The bad: not quite as secure as the others with a 120/70 tire but still works pretty well. Like the harbor requires a double pull to remove bike.

Overall: Buy this if you need a chock that is removable and don’t have the cash for a condor.


#4 Cycle gear chock. I’m not a fan. It’s a bitch to get a 120 tire out of. Yeah i know the put a rag in it trick but who wants to deal with that. All of the others here work better.


General overview: If you’re not using chocks, then all of these will be a huge advantage. It’s one of those “once you start using them you can’t imagine life without them” kinda things. I love being able to huck the bike in the van and have it sit there without falling over. The simple is if you have a couple bucks, pick up the condor, if you’re broke get the harbor, if you want something less expensive but still removable get the pit posse. All of them make life considerably easier. Well it feels that way if your life is loading motorcycles.

On track wellness Moto-Fitness Camp

No time to ride every day to work your Moto Muscles? Not sure what exercises or routines to hit at the gym to work those body parts needed for riding? Come get a great motorcycle riding inspired workout lead by Certified Personal Trainer Nate Church. The session will include a workout specific for riders of all types followed by a session on a foam roller to release muscle tension.

There will be time for specific concerns and questions to be answered and how you can make your workouts more efficient.

Date: May 4th
Time: 2-3:30 PM
Location: Bird Rock Fit
6875 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $30 per person


We all know you can throw tons of money at almost any bike and build something amazing, but with the drz that defeats the purpose of cheap/reliable fun. That said some mods really transform the bike. After 4 years, and currently owning 5 of them, here’s my list of recommended and mandatory mods for the drz. There’s a million more out there, but here’s where I’d start.

Mandatory: Zeta rubber killers. They’re cheap, and completely transform the bikes handling. Stock the front end feels super vague, and everytime the bike is dropped the bars twist in the mounts. These are only $16 or so and solve both problems immediately.


Mandatory: Thumpertalk locktite fix. Just do it, and save yourself a lot of hassle down the road.

Mandatory: MOTYdesign 2×2 lithium battery. The stock batter weighs a ton, and is positioned all weird in the back left tail of the bike. The moty batteries are tiny, last forever, never require a battery tender, and slip right in. I’ve abused the hell out of my bikes for years and have broken near everything, except these batteries. Buy one now, you’ll love it.


Mandatory: Dunlop Q2! The stockers are near impossible to get heat into. The q2’s warm up quick, feel super stable on the brakes, give excellent feedback, and have near slick levels of stick. BUY THESE NOW. We did out tire comparo here.. The q2’s were the clear winner.


Recommended: Handguards. Zeta and cycra seem to be the best, but even those will bend. If they do and start to interfere with the levers just put a large nut as a spacer between the guard and the handlebar. Also the tripple clamp side mounts are the way to go!!! If you don’t have the cash I’ve had some decent luck running these chinese cheapys



Mandatory: Quick turn throttle. The drz feels like it has no power. 1) because it doesn’t really and 2) because the power it has you can’t get to without cranking your arm around and down. Solution is a quickturn throttle. You can mod a 05 r6 throttle to get this done for only $9, or you can order one up. The ones I modded will sometimes stick once in a blue moon so now I just order one up like this.


Mandatory: Front steel braided brakeline. The stocker will work on the street, but on the track it boil and you’ll find yourself heading towards a barrier in no time. No fun. Get one, put it on, wait til you see god, then brake…


Recommended: 3×3 mod and a dyno jet kit, k&n filter. You can get a lot farther with a full pipe and fcr, but this will get your bike in the ballpark running better/cooler. Just google it, it’s all over the internets.


Recommended: Suspension: Our suspension approach is super scientific. I max the compression and rebound adjustments front and rear, and add a few spins of preload in the rear. Whammo, bike no longer rides like a noodle!

Recommended: AMRracing.com graphics. Our bikes with stock graphics looked tore up after 6 months. I installed the amr kit, the bikes were dumped another 800 times, and they still look great. Here’s a pic from last week.


Come ride Sportbike Fundamentals 10/21

Back by popular (ish) demand! We’ll be returning to Adams for our 3rd sportbike fundamental class with veteran road race instructor Stuart Smith as our guest instructor. It’s also the perfect day for those who want to ride asphalt only. This day will most likely sell out, so early booking is advised.


Socal Supermoto Sportbike Fundamentals

October 21st, 8:30 – 5pm

Adams Motorsports Park, Riverside

Click on pic below for details

Stuart broke out his camera for 5 min and took the pic of the day.


Congrats Tim!!!

Tim came out for 4 supermoto schools, we got him pointed generally in the right direction, he buys a bike, shows up and wins his first two races! Congrats Tim, awesome work! On top of it all he reps socal supermoto on the podium.

Click here for Tim’s race summary/pics

Tim, you should stop beating up on kids and taking their trophies.


Pic of the week!


Random internet bike of the day fb winner


New shirts on order.

The new shirts are on order after brown/gold took the win. We’ll have more white shirts as well.




Next trackday will be next wednesday, followed by our BBQ/supermoto school on 9/23. It’s cooled off a bit, perfect time to come out for a ride.

9/19/12 Wednesday, Adams

9/23/12 Sunday, Adams, FREE BBQ!

10/6/12 Saturday, Adams

10/17/12 Wednesday, Adams

10/28/12 Sunday, Adams

For our supermoto school you only need basic street OR dirt riding ability, protective gear, and some lunch. You can book or get more info here.


Random internet bike of the day

Here’s this week’s ribd winner over at our facebook page.. Head on over there to vote for your fave/waste your time at work.

I can’t stop looking at this!


Speaking of Facebook…

Do it for America!

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Hope to ride with you soon! Feel free to reply to this email with any questions. Thanks!

  • Brian



Free Reflective Helmet Sticker! – Pic of the week

These are well made, look good, and will light up your helmet on a dark road like a mofo. It may save your life, or it may not do a damn thing, but it’s free! Good for 3-4hp. I’ll throw in some other ones as well to make it a official sticker pack. Just send a S.A.S.E to:

Socal Supermoto

4993 Niagara Ave, ste 206

San Diego, CA 92107

Next time your broken down on the side of a dark road and you don’t get run over you’ll know who to thank.


Pic of the Week!

Saved! (barely)


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