Beyond Your Gear: How to Be Prepared for Your First Track Day

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Besides proper riding gear, there are other requirements and tips that will help ensure you and your bike are both ready and prepared to make the most of your first track day.  Every track will have its own requirements and conditions, so be sure to confirm with your local track before heading out.

Nutrition is the Key to any Adventure, trust me!

We have all heard the adage: Nutrition is the key to a successful diet.  Well, it is true; but, it is also true for a cycling adventure, like the Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200).  When riding your bicycle expending up to 1100 calories an hour for over 15 hours, proper nutrition is required.  Think of it like this; a cold cut combo footlong is 450 calories.  I would have to eat… Read More

It was supposed to be 50 miles

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When I last wrote, I had completed a 65 mile mountain bike ride and was feeling pretty good about my training thus far for the Dirty Kanza 200.  The next big hurdle would be Syllamo’s Revenge on May 19th, 2012.  Here is the race description from the Syllamo’s Revenge website: “Don’t miss this opportunity to test your skills and endurance on the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail in the beautiful Ozark… Read More

Training for 200 Miles in the Saddle is a Pain in the Butt

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In January 2012 I signed up for the Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200).  I had decided to commit a portion of the next 6 months to training my body and mind to bicycle 200 miles of Kansas gravel.  Now, how do I train for this event? OK, 200 miles will take me how long to finish?  Well riding at 10 – 13 mph it will take about 15 to 20 hours. … Read More

Adventure; Get Closer to Nature

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Adventure; Get Closer to Nature What is adventure?  Is it better to describe adventure as a thing, or is adventure better explained by telling a story?  Adventure is defined as an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.  For me, riding a bicycle is an adventure.  Here is a little more from my Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200) adventure.

My Race In Chanute, KS

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Over the weekend I had the opportunity to go to a race in Chanute, Ks. The race was put into a split race format which means the novice class and junior class race first. Then the Pro’s and the intermediate classes race after they are finished. I ride a 2008 Rm 250, and race in the C advanced class. After the first race was over I was able to go… Read More

2013 Art of the Car Concours

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This past weekend, Kansas City played host to the Art of the Car Concourse, a traveling carnival of immaculate vehicles of eras past yet remembered fondly.  The show was held on the Kansas City Art Institute (Walt Disney is an alumnus) quad and featured some very rare beasts.  I was there specifically for the motorcycles which were partitioned off in a small corner of the lot but ended up captivated… Read More

Follow Up: Nolan Family Benefit Ride

This past Saturday was the Nolan Family Benefit Ride which started and ended at our Smithville, MO retail location.  The day started off with a rain storm and although the temps were forecast to reach the mid 60s, it never really jumped past 40 until well after the last event rider headed home. Despite the cool dampness, there were lots of food, lots of music and a pretty good time… Read More

On Track! Heartland Park Topeka

This past weekend was the start of the 2013 Heartland Park Topeka track day season!  Despite some high winds and some, at times, frigid temperatures, over 100 riders braved the variable elements over the course of two days to test themselves against the track, learn a bit about control and have fun in the process. For more info about the HPT Track Days, check out the Track Days Facebook Page!

Event: Nolan Family Benefit Ride

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On Saturday the 27th, Motorcycle Closeouts will be the starting point for a benefit ride for the family of Mr. Danny Nolan who has been fighting cancer for over a year.  Local riders, customers, friends and more are encouraged to come out and enjoy some $2 hot dogs, $1 drinks and music.  Ride registration starts at 9AM with kickstands up and riders out an hour later.  Costs are $15 per… Read More

ArenaCross Comes to Kansas City!

The Amsoil Arenacross series of motocross racing is going to be local this weekend at our  multipurpose Sprint Center.  If you’re a local and plan on going to this exciting motorcycle event, be sure to look for Motorcycle Closeouts’ booth!  Come early and enter to win a set of Thor Phase motocross gear courtesy of Parts Unlimited! Stay tuned for pics of the action from this upcoming weekend!  

Field Trip: 2013 World of Wheels Show

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  This past weekend was the 53rd O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show.  If you’ve never been to this Kansas City show, it is simply a gathering of motorcycles and automobiles under one roof.  But that’s generalizing by quite a bit as it’s much, much more than that.