by Andy DiBrino
Photos by Preston Burroughs
Just 4 days after The One Pro race in Salem, Oregon, as part of The One Motorcycle Show, I was boarding an airplane to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the next round of the National Super Hooligan Championship. This event was called Flat Out Friday, which is a race in a large hockey arena put on by the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show. This was my first time racing indoors on polished concrete. And to make things more interesting, the entire track was sprayed with Coca Cola syrup to give it more traction.
Backing it up a bit, I wasn’t able to find someone to haul the Harley-Davidson XG-750 that I’ve been racing to Milwaukee, and all the shipping companies couldn’t deliver it in time. Come Tuesday, time was running out and I had to try to find a bike to borrow there. I was desperate, and willing to pay a rental fee if I had to because I wanted to race so badly! I sent a few Instagram messages out to some other Super Hooligan racers. Hunter Klee of S & S Cycle in Milwaukee got back to me with the good news that he lined up a ride for me on a similar Harley XG750 to the one I’ve been riding. Though it was great news, then the nerves of getting the rest of the logistics lined up set in. Luckily Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles is a wizard and worked his magic to get Harley-Davidson to flip the flight bill and race entry, as well as the event promoter to set me up with a room in a fancy hotel! I checked a gear bag on the plane, and took my helmet bag as a carry-on. I was flying into the races factory style!
I landed in Milwaukee around 11pm, and went straight to bed when I got to the hotel Thursday night. Friday morning I headed to BMO Harris Bradley Center at 10am, to get checked in and set up. I met the Vanilla Cycles crew, who was very graciously lending me their trusty race steed. Owner Ryan Van Wey of Vanilla Cycles immediately took me under his wing, and provided me with the best hospitality anyone could ask for. I was pleasantly surprised when I went out for practice how great the bike was. It’s always a bit of a gamble borrowing a bike you don’t know from someone you don’t know. But it turned out to be a gold mine! Lucky me…