Dave Roper, the first American ever to win an Isle of Man TT, will be riding a restored 580cc Indian TT model v-twin in the 2011 TT. Roper has a lifetime of achievement in vintage racing, including more than 20 AHRMA national championships as well as his win of the 1984 Senior Historic TT on a G50 Matchless. Support the first motorcycle to ever win the Senior TT on the Mountain Course, the only American marque to win at the event and the only American racer to ever win the Senior Historic TT!
4/30-5/1, 2011 I competed in the USCRA's Spring Moto Giro at Jiminy Peak, Ma. on my '53 Moto Guzzi Airone. To my knowledge, this has been the oldest bike competing in every Giro I've entered and I believe this past weekend was no exception. That's about the only glory I can claim for this Giro, as I finished near last of the 125 entrants. Sat. I assembled my roll chart backward and set out on Sunday's morning's route on Sat. I thought it odd that there was no one at the stamp checks, but it wasn't until I got to the lunch stop and found no one there that I finally figured out what I had done. So I 'mad dogged it' to the real Sat. lunch stop and was able to do the pm route, though I, along with many others, blew the last agility test. Sun. I had a good ride in absolutely gorgeous weather. I did have one incident when the back end stepped out big time making a tight turn. I found my axle nuts were loose. It must have been sabotage. Nuts tightened back up, I was able to continue and finish in my normal mediocre fashion. But, as always, I had a blast.
Star of the event was Devon Frazier, an enthusiastic young woman who appears to be a natural. She took over all low score on a '61 Moto Guzzi Zigolo 110cc, a truly outstanding performance.