Every rider who's rolled the throttle to the stop has entertained fantasies of taking the checkered flag first. While those daydreams may never become reality, you can still hold onto a piece of that podium in the sky with the items we've assembled here.
Minor Details DVD
When most street riders daydream about roadracing, they think of riding factory-fresh machinery, rolling in big rigs and being shaded by beautiful Victoria's Secret-grade umbrella girls. But for the vast majority, life is nothing like that. Witness the real world of AMA Supersport racing in Minor Details, which follows privateers Josh Galster and Misti Hurst as they circumnavigate the country in pursuit of their dreams. Outmanned, outgunned and underfinanced, Josh and Misti don't let anything stand in the way of their goals. This inspirational feature-length documentary retails for $29.95.
Starlane Xenon Dashboard
Give your sportbike that racebike feel with a Starlane digital dash. Developed from the company's experience in MotoGP and Superbike racing, it's got all the features and functions to make your next track day a data-gathering extravaganza. Revs, lap times, maximum speed, gear position, engine temperature and more are all easily viewed on the backlit display. Up to 999 laps can be stored in the onboard computer and information can be transferred to a laptop for instant analysis. The Xenon is priced at $1080 and is available in 13, 15, 17 and 20,000 rpm versions.
Nice Cycle Replica Bodywork
You might not be a factory-backed roadracer, but with replica bodywork and a few ambiguous statements you can fool the folks at Bike Night. Nice Cycle's complete bodywork sets are made from high-grade ABS plastic and professionally painted to resemble world-class racebikes. Panels are machine-made in-house for consistency and precision, and pre-drilled for easy installation. Kits start at about $650, so you can dress your bike in factory livery or your favorite team colors for hundreds less than a custom paint job. Plus every fairing set comes with a complimentary windscreen and free worldwide shipping.
Pilot Custom Leathers
Look the part with a custom suit from Pilot leathers. All of Pilot's suits are made to order from top-quality materials, and they start at just $800. Design your own in standard sizes 36 through 54 or have one made to your specific measurements for an additional $300. Choose from five different designs in your choice of colors. A speed hump, perforation, patches, logos and text are all included in the price and will give your suit that distinct, professional appearance. Not sure a standard size will fit? Pilot will ship you a sample suit to try on.
Icon Victory Suzuki Jacket
Pay homage to the racing legends of the '70s and '80s with this retro-styled Victory Suzuki jacket from Icon. The men who tamed the fire-breathing flexi-flyers of the day were among the bravest the sport has ever seen. This stylish all-leather jacket features a premium cowhide chassis with CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders and a dual-density foam back protector, which is way more than those bull-riders of yesteryear had. Zippered vents let in cooling air, and sponsor patches and a classic Suzuki "S" complete the look. The Victory jacket is the perfect way to celebrate Suzuki's Superbike domination, now entering its third decade.
Moto GP Tire Warmers
There's no way you're going to reach the 60-degree lean angles achieved by Rossi, Stoner, et al, but you can achieve lesser angles easily enough if your tires are up to the task. The best way to make sure you're getting maximum adhesion from your buns is to wrap them in a set of tire warmers before you hit the track. These official MotoGP tire warmers sell for $209.99 per set, and heat to a thermostatically controlled 170 degrees. Elasticized sides form a snug fit for even heating, and LED indicators let you know when things are up to temp. They're a track day essential, and the MotoGP logos look legit in the pits, too.
HJC FS-15 Trophy Helmet
Replica helmets are always in style, and the new FS-15 Trophy Ben Spies replica is no exception. This is an exact copy of the lid Big Ben wore during his successful 2009 World Superbike Championship season. Lighter, quieter and more comfortable than previous offerings, the Snell 2010-approved FS-15 features a composite-weave shell, removable SilverCool liner, advanced channeling ventilation system and Pinlock-ready face shield. A fiberglass-composite version is available for $249.99, or you can pick up a full carbon-fiber version for $449.99. With any luck, a little of Ben's speed will come with it.
Casey Stoner RC Motorcycle
A $72,500 Desmosedici RR may be out of reach, but you can pilot this 1:12 scale Ducati MotoGP replica for just $79.95. The radio-controlled bike is ridden by an articulated miniature Casey Stoner and features hobby-quality details that make it a fantastic model as well as dynamic entertainment. Take control of the diminutive Aussie and watch as he guides the bike into turns with a pivoting torso and head. Casey's movements aren't just for effect; the weight transfer actually steers the bike. The 7-inch Desmo features working suspension and brakes and comes fully assembled and ready to race. Just charge it up and pop four AA batteries into the controller.