It’s not a dirt-track replica. I wanted something different—something more off-road oriented. The bike was almost done when it was announced that there would be a Catalina GP again. Obviously, this was meant to be! I went out to the garage, traded lights for numberplates, mounted a Race Tech-fortified Honda Elsinore front end, Works Performance shocks and a giant 58-tooth rear sprocket. The bike was starting to look pretty racy for a 52-year-old, 400-lb. streetbike. Getting physically ready for the race entailed a lot of mountain biking, countless laps around a secret motocross track on my Honda XR650R, plus flat-trackin’ and fireroadin’ on trails I’ve been slidin’ around on for more than 40 years. Training can be fun!