Garage Renovations & Racing Update!

Many people love bikes. I personally love fast bikes, and the thrill that comes with riding one can’t be put into words. I know two-wheel fans can totally relate to this. Sport bikes, sometimes known as super bikes (because they are), play a huge part in many people’s lives, myself included. I have a couple of these mean machines in my home garage. It’s one of the perks that comes with being a professional racer. We’ll talk more about my racing side later.

For now, I need to draw your attention to our main item of discussion. I have been having a huge problem with cleaning up and storing my bikes, as well as other valuable items, in my garage. However, my knight in shining armor came to my rescue when I finally came across epoxy floors. Keeping my bikes clean and carrying out maintenance services on them was really hard.

Now, I don’t even know where to start talking about this amazing flooring solution. I spend more time in my garage than I used to, back when I had a horrible, dirty floor in there. I’ll start from the very beginning…

So Where Is The Beginning?

Well, the beginning was a concrete floor that I thought would actually last long, but I guess I was wrong. I know we’ve all been there, or probably still are. I have been living in my house for quite a while now. Let’s just say I have lived here long enough to have had a problem of cracks and holes in my garage floor. This scenario is very common and it affects a lot of people.

cracked garage floor

I had had my concrete garage floor renovated three times in the past. I finally threw in the towel when I couldn’t stand the sight of the garage and actually ended up hating the whole space. I would rarely clean up my bikes, let alone carry out engine maintenance. I have a Yamaha R1 and R6, a Honda CBR1000RR (Blade!), and of course two Kawasaki Ninjas.  These things are pure heat:

Well, as you can see, I have my hands quite full and it can get only worse when you have a messed up garage floor. Things actually got really bad, to the extent of my racing career taking a hit. My garage floor, despite the many repairs, ended up looking worse! There was a lot of dust everywhere and cleaning the place finally became pointless. I would never bother to check whether some bikes needed some tuning or an oil change.

The bikes ended up not giving the necessary power output and expected performance. When things got this bad, I had to make an executive decision to get a new floor installed immediately. I did a quick search through the web for the best floor plans for a garage. I had a very huge variety to select from. I assessed the suitability, as well as the cost of each one I came across. I finally got my best pick and it was none other than epoxy floors.

So, How Will Epoxy Floors Benefit You?

First, you need to ensure that you have all the cracks and holes on your floor fixed. Once your floor is ready, proceed to clean it out with some water. Next, you pour the primer of epoxy in the middle of the floor space. Use a rolling pin on a pole to spread out the primer evenly throughout the surface. If you need to add more color, apply different color coats of the epoxy and spread it out evenly.

When you are done with this, you just simply wait for a while for it to fully dry and you have yourself a shiny durable epoxy floor. Some of the key benefits worth mentioning are that the surface of your garage floor will improve the brightness of your space by up to 200%. This means that you will need less lighting. The floor will also end up having a shiny high gloss. With this, it can resist oil stains and wipes very clean.

epoxy garage

Keeping my garage clean has never been easier. There is no more dust on the floor or on my bikes. I even wash the bikes right inside my garage, and when I come back the next day, I find the whole place dry. How awesome is that? Also, adding to the fact that it’s very simple to apply the epoxy floor, I was able to transform my garage floor in a single day!

It has been almost two years since i made the switch and the floor is still serving its purpose. I have even realized the benefits in my racing too. I now always make it a routine to visit my garage every day. My bikes are now working and performing better. They go much faster now and have helped me improve greatly in my races. With that being said, i just remembered i was to tell you more about my racing career.

After I did the floor myself, a neighbor told me he knew of someone who had his floor done by Best Coast Epoxy Coatings and how beautiful it turned out. He said problems can develop if I didn’t do it right or used the wrong epoxy, that I should have gotten a professional to do it. Mine is holding up, for now, but if it does get messed up, I would definitely give that a try, since they could do it a lot better than me!

Here’s A Brief Look Into My Racing Career

Do any of these names ring a bell? Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Jonathan Rea or Marc Marquez? If they do, then here is another juicy fact: I actually race in the same races with them. I haven’t yet won the championship, but you never know! The fact about life is that people have different problems and disappointments and we all have to just accept that.

kawasaki ninjas

My garage used to be my problem, but not anymore, since my epoxy floor is doing me a lot of good. I enjoyed my most recent race at Laguna Seca as I finally had the chance to test my ‘Blade’. I am looking forward to the many races planned out for this year, and I can’t wait to race again in Spain. I hope this season will be better than all the rest. The days are shining brighter already!

Adrenaline Junkie Enjoying Land AND Water Sports!

For some unknown reasons, dirt bike racing puts that little adrenaline rush into my system. My concentration suddenly becomes focused while my senses grow sharper. I realized that all I need to experience absolute joy while dirt riding is to put all of my focus into the present moment. All I do is stop fighting against the terrain and the bike.

I become one with the bike, flying over obstacles and dancing along the course. When I manage to ride in harmony like this, I always experience much better results.

dirt bike

Another important fact I consider in order to enjoy my bike riding is the selection of the right bike. Before I bought my top-notch Yamaha 125 YZ, I had to consider its power, weight, and setup. I also realized that basic fitness is required in order to forget about the time, get into the flow, and just keep hopping over the obstacles.

To prepare my body for an exhilarating dirt racing experience, I do some strength training almost daily. I also eat a balanced diet and undertake some intensive interval training.

oatmeal

I have also had more fun when I did not bother myself thinking, “I could have been better here or faster there.” I always strive to put all of my focus on jumping over the rocks on the side of the trail or bouncing off that little cliff.

On other occasions, I pop a wheelie or stand on my bike and use the foot pegs to steer the bike and shift my weight. Dirt riding has helped me to clear stress out of my life and I believe it can improve the quality of your life too.

in the air

To be honest, another leisure activity I enjoy besides dirt bike racing is kayaking. Tomorrow I will be going to rent a kayak, so I was told to look up kayak rentals San Diego. Even though there are a couple of skills that you need to learn before kayaking, you don’t need to be an expert to have fun. Whether you choose to paddle your way down an inland river, a fresh water creek or head out to the open sea, you are guaranteed to experience many appealing moments.

kayaks on land

Both dirt biking and kayaking can be fantastic ways to experience nature in ways you’ve never encountered before. Whether you are traveling alone, with your family, or with a group of friends, you should endeavor to try out these two amazing leisure activities.