- Chad Reed and Carey Hart will both be at the Bel-Ray booth signing autographs on Friday morning at 10am. Don't be surprised if Hart talks Reed into getting a tattoo, or if Reed talks Hart into talking with an Australian accent, or if they both end up doing backflips in an upcoming Pink music video. Any of those three things happening would actually be pretty cool.
- Pay attention to what Fox is doing. That's all I'm gonna say.
For those of us that don't get totally sloshed every evening in Indy, Racer X always hosts an awesome indoor hockey game that features pretty much anyone in the industry who plays hockey in an epic USA vs. Canada grudge match. PR icon Pat Schutte is apparently the Team USA coach, and will be screaming at the likes of Dirt Rider publisher Damian Ercole and a bunch of other surprisingly good skaters. This event is always a good time, except for the time two years ago when I watched Honda's Bill Savino get checked so hard he left lip marks on the glass, and then two minutes later someone sat on the goalie's head. Like I said, good times.
Moto Tassinari shocked the industry earlier this year with the introduction of the AIR4ORCE, the latest in four-stroke hop-up technology. Will we be seeing any knock-offs of the AIR4ORCE this year at Indy? Most likely, but I can also tell you that the Moto Tassinari guys are probably already cooking up something else, which makes them pretty darn untouchable as far as imitation goes.
- Indianapolis, Indiana is in the Midwest, which may as well be the Arctic Circle for 90% of the industry folks who fly out from California. I expect to see more than a few flat-billed beanies, black wool socks and metal-studded parkas.
- Troy Lee Designs is rumored to have some extremely high-performing hot weather riding gear in the works. I predict that it will also have a really, really good looking paint job. Stay tuned to Dirt Rider throughout the weekend for updates from the show!