By Gary Klinker
As I promised last month, I have some reports from
the new MSF registration system. I will still have
to do some analysis but the raw data looks pretty
good. After a few years of classes the system also
compares this year to last year, much like a
financial report. For the 2017 season we trained
138 BRC students and 37 BRC2-experienced students.
This compares to 2016 with 108 BRC and 27 BRC2
students. The BRC2 includes 7 License Waiver
students who have been riding, but now are
licensed. Over all a good year. Thanks to all who
enrolled in the classes and a special thanks to
our office staff Nancy and Marlene, who worked
through the changeover to the new MSF Rider
Enrollment System. I want to also thank all of our
Rider Coaches for their hard work.
I have some good news for any of you who, like me
enjoy motorcycle flat track racing. As a young
novice motorcyclist I spent many hours hanging
around our local bike shop at night watching
racers work on flat track and ice racing bikes. On
weekends a group of us would ride to tracks around
Wisconsin to watch our local heroes Fred and Larry
Pettis, Steve McNeely and Butch Fox race. Their
completion usually included current motorcycle
dealers Mark Muth, Bobby Donahue and Art Mischler.
Many of these rides were on my first bike, a
While flipping through the TV listings a few weeks
ago I saw motorcycle racing listed. This has
usually meant motocross, which I don't have
much interest in. To my surprise it was flat track
racing. Thursday night at 9pm on the NBC Sports
Network the American Flat Track series in
broadcast. They broadcast the races from all of
the tracks around the country, with highlights of
heat races and flag to flag of the finals in both
the Singles and Twins classes. The really cool
thing about this series is the large number of
manufacturers that are involved. With the new
Indian company building a race bike, the age old
rivalry between H-D and Indian is once again going
hot and heavy. Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda Ducati,
KTM, and Suzuki are also on the track. The Vintage
class is also run at selected tracks.
There are several female riders, including Shayna
Texter, who until a few weeks ago was leading the
points in the Singles class. The complete
schedule, results and point standings can be found
on the series web site: americanflattrack.com . If
you are interested I think you will enjoy watching
the races and following the web page.
The fantastic fall riding season is here. The H-D
Tomahawk Rally, the BMW Dells Rally, and the BMW
MOA Getaway in Tomah all took place in September.
These groups all know that Wisconsin is one of the
best places in the country to ride. I am once
again working to check out Bonus Locations for the
2018 Bonzai Rally next Memorial Day. It gives us a
lot of riding and destinations to use an excuse to
go riding-as if we needed an excuse.
The Wisconsin deer bow season has started so be
careful out there. The deer are moving. Enjoy the
fall riding, and I'll see you in Green Bay
for the State Meeting.
Ride Safe ...
Klinker, Gary. "Safety Report." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter Oct. 2017.