“As the owner of a multi line dealership and a life long racer, I have had
many helmets custom painted over the years. I've had work done by all of the "big name" painters most recently Troy
Lee Designs. Let me tell you, Tyler at Censport delivered a better quality job, at the right price and did in
the time frame he promised. There are a lot of options for custom paint out
there, but none of them stack up to Censport. Thanks Ty.”
The folks at EA Sports who are the creators of the Need For Speed video game series just came out with their latest creation, “Need For Speed SHIFT” which is going to tailor to those of us who want a more realistic racing simulator for your Playstation 3 or XBOX 360. To achieve the real in car environment they attached two HD cameras on to Tommy’s helmet so they could film a first person view of what it is like to drive the #92 BMW E92 M3 in the American Lemans Series. This video was taken during the Long Beach round of the ALMS schedule. So sit back, watch, and enjoy what it must be like to be a professional race car driver!
8.13.2009 - Like Father, Like Son
Al Mitchell is the track manager at MSR Houston and saw some helmets we have painted and wanted one of his own. He originally wanted to have us do a helmet for his son Austin. After he saw the design he decided he wanted one for himself as well. He wanted the same basic layout of Austin’s but he wanted a different color combination. Both of these helmets have a carbon fiber and smoke base and then the flames were done on top. I am not sure what the significance is but they also wanted Taz and Bugs spinning ice cubes on their fingers, so we delivered that for them.
7.29.2009 - Getting Back on Track
This 2007 Honda CBR 600RR is the first project we have been able to complete since my little accident. With limited mobility it took a while to get back into work mode, but I am happy to report that my ability to work is getting better and better each day. This bike is a replica of Repsol’s retro paint scheme from Velencia of 2008. It is a white base with blue metallic and neon red stripes and logo work, the bike really pops with this color combination. Ben Iwasa was very happy with the finished product saying that it turned out better than he could ever imagine. This is a pretty trick track paint job if you ask me!.
7.19.2009 - Damaged Goods
Well, the second race meeting for the 2009 season was a complete
disaster. I debated whether I was going to go racing at all for a
couple weeks and then at the last minute I decided to go and race. If
I would have known my weekend would have ended up the way it did I
would have gladly stayed at home! Saturdays practice sessions saw bike
problems all day long. After a few laps in each session my CBR 600RR
started to loose power at full throttle. I would bring it into the
pits, let it cool down and go back out. The bike would ride just fine
for a while and then the problem would arise again. I had no idea what
the problem was. So I pulled the airbox off to see if there was
anything getting stuck in the throttle bodies, nope everything was
clean in there. So then I took the tank off and drained it hoping it
was water in the gas tank, nope no water in the tank. Now what? Oh,
did I forget to mention that my chain broke leaving the pits during
one of my sessions!? I worked on the bike until 8:00 pm on Saturday
and finally got everything buttoned up. Sunday came and I went out for
my two morning practice sessions and despite draining the fuel tank
and filling it up with race fuel the bike suffered the same symptoms
as it did on Saturday, only not as bad. This time the engine was
losing power at 13,000 rpm until redline. I figured I would race
anyway and see if the bike would work for me through a race.
I grided up for the first race of the day on the 3rd row since I had
missed two previous race meetings and we grid up according to season
points. I got an amazing start from ninth place and found myself at
the sharp end of the field, I made a pass on two guys going thru turn
2. Turns 3 and four are single file fast turns and I carried a ton of
speed thru the fast kink of turn 4 onto the short shoot to turn 5. The
kink is taken flat out in 4th gear so the exit is about 140 mph,
normally I stay in 4th gear all the way to the brake zone for turn 5
which is a 180 degree left hander taken in 2nd gear. But since I took
turn 4 a lot faster than I do in practice I had to grab 5th gear down
the short shoot, otherwise I would have been on the rev limiter all
the way to the brake zone and I knew I would have been passed if I
hadn’t shifted to 5th. Well I hit the brakes at the same marker I
normally do and this time I was going a little bit to fast since I was
in 5th gear. I down shifted into 2nd gear to take the tight turn 5 and
I couldn’t get the bike slowed down in time. If I had another 10 feet
I could have got the bike slowed down enough to start my turn in but
my fellow competitor Shane White started his turn in and crossed my
bow. My front wheel slammed into his rear wheel and we both went down
hard. I managed to break my left collarbone but it could have been a
lot worse because the entire pack was right there and no one had
anywhere to go. Shane and I were lucky we both didn’t get run over by
So now my bike is trashed, my brand new leathers are ruined, and my
body is broken! And it couldn’t have come at a worse time. We are
slammed in the shop and now I can’t work very fast, and I am getting
married in 5 weeks! Looks like I gotta hang up the leathers for the
rest of the season and concentrate on getting all your guys’ stuff
painted. AND heal up for my wedding day and our Italian honeymoon. I
want to be at full strength when I am at Monza watching the greatest
motorsport on earth, Formula 1!!!
7.6.2009 - Monterey, California - GB Creations and Censport Graphics' Rossi Tribute Bike Takes Top Honors at the BozBros Custom Bike Builder Competition!
This custom Yamaha R6 of GB Creations and Censport Graphics won overall out of the amateur bike builders at the BozBros custom bike competition at the Redbull US Grand prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
There were two classes of bikes entered in the competition, one for professional builders who throw hundreds of thousands of dollars at their custom creations, and an amateur class for those who aspire to be professional bike builders but have not yet jumped onto the scene. Our bike fit into the amature category, all the custom fabrication was hand done by Mark Harper, and Censport handled all the paintwork. Although I wasn’t there to witness it in the Yamaha tent I hear it got rave reviews by the crowd. Out of nine other bikes in its class our bike took top honors. The bike will be featured in “Two Wheel Tuner” magazine sometime this winter.
6.1.2009 - Work Hard, Play Hard!
After working deep into the morning hours leading up to World Superbike weekend it was time to play and have some fun. on Monday after the races some buddies and I hit the track for some fast laps at Miller. I just got my new RS Tiachi race suit thanks to Diego at Cycle Sector, it fits like a glove! so here is the complete 2009 Censport/Cycle Sector race livery. Video to follow shortly.
5.31.2009 - World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park
GB Creations and Censport Graphics Unveil Custom Yamaha R6 Rossi Replica.
In an attempt to be chosen for the Boz-Bros custom Yamaha sport bike competition at the Moto GP weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, GB and Censport pulled out all the stops to create this one of a kind piece of rolling art. The cut off date to enter the competition was March 31st at Midnight; we worked for three solid weeks to get the paintwork done in order to submit our entry into the competition. GB took a stock 2006 Yamaha R6 and used Valentino Rossi’s 2007 M1 Moto GP bike as inspiration to create a tribute show bike. GB completely hacked and molded the R6 bodywork to emulate the ram air and frontal area of the M1. Mark at GB intends to use this bike on the street so the bike had to remain street legal, so he even cut out two small recesses where HID endurance headlights will rest. The rear tail section also underwent massive work, to remain street legal the bike also has to have a functioning tail light and turn signals. Behind the M1 logo under the tail is a custom LED taillight and signal housing. It was up to Censport to throw the color on and make it match as closely as possible to the real deal. All the sponsor decals and race numbers were custom made, virtually every single component of the paint scheme was hand done. Many many man-hours later, this beautiful bike was complete.
Another thing to mention was that this bike was built on a shoestring budget. Originally Mark wanted to have some nice Marchesini wheels put on, but at 3k a set it was not possible. Since it is a show bike we had to do something with the wheels so we went to our friends at Hydro-Dip and they dipped them in a nice carbon fiber weave to make them look like they are carbon wheels. We also Hydro-Dipped the tail and frontal area in carbon fiber weave so it appears that the ram air duct is made out of carbon fiber, when really it is just artist trickery!
We rolled it down to the Yamaha tent at the World Superbike paddock and the bike instantly drew a crowd. When you pour your heart and sweat into a project like this it is very gratifying to here such great comments. At first people actually thought it was a real M1, to a purist you would be able to recognize it is an R6, but it really fooled people, and it even had the Yamaha people drooling. We rolled it next to a real M1 for some promo photos and mark (co-owner of GB Creations) proudly stood between the two bikes with a look of relief and accomplishment on his face.
If the bike is chosen by the Boz-Bros you will get to see this bike on display in the Yamaha tent at Laguna Seca 4th of July weekend for the Moto GP U.S. Grand prix. If you see it there please vote for it! Mark defiantly deserves some props and hopefully it will get GB Creations on the map for custom-built sport bikes.
4.20.2009 - Masters of the Mountain Series Round 1 Report
Well spring is finally here and it is time to go racing again! I
have been completely slammed since January and up until Friday I had
worked 2 weeks straight with no breaks! I guess if you want to play
you have to work hard first! Anyway, I got the last of the helmets
that are going to Europe done and I had only one day to paint my new
race bike plastic before I had to pack up and head to Miller
When I arrived late on Friday night I unloaded the bike into the
garage and started chatting with all my racing buddies who I hadn’t
talked to since the last round in October. I heard that AMA star Jason
Disalvo was going to be in the house for the weekend collecting some
easy Suzuki money on his off weekend. To my surprise and luck he was
riding my friends bike that I was pitting with. So, luckily I got the
chance to chat it up with Jason all weekend. I don’t think you could
find a nicer person than Jason, he is so down to earth and if you
didn’t know he was one of the fastest riders in the country you would
think he was some ordinary small stature dude, (the guy is only 5’2”).
Saturday morning brought the first practice session of the year and
with more than 5 months of rust to knock off I needed all the time I
could get before we grided up on Sunday. I rode pretty terrible all
Saturday and I could not tell if it was the old tires I was on, my
suspension setup, or me being out of shape, come to think of it I
think it was a little bit of everything.
At the end of the day I asked Jason if he wouldn’t mind riding with
me for a session. We headed out with me in the lead for a couple laps
and then he would pass me and I would follow him and try to learn as
much as I could. After the session we went into the pits and had a
little debrief. he told me i looked pretty good but my lines were in
consistent, to be fast you have to hit the same exact marks every lap.
he also said i need to get on the gas sooner and to not be afraid to
give it full throttle during far lean angles. I am so thankful I got
the opportunity to ride one on one with one of the best motorcycle
road racers in the country.
Sunday morning came and we had a couple more practice sessions before
the racing started. I put on some new tires and instantly felt more
comfterable from the day before. In the second session I was humming
along and what do you know, Jason passes me. I thought this is it, if
I am going to learn anything from a pro I have to try and keep up with
him for as long as I can. He had a clear track in front of him so I
know he was pushing it, I rode my heart out and was very surprised to
see that he wasn’t running away from me, more like crawling away from
me. But after one full lap he only eked out about 3 seconds on me. I
felt good, and when I came into the pits I saw that I turned a 1:39.9,
which was my personal best on that track. Ok, things are looking good
for the races.
First race was up, a new class that I had not ridden inn with people
I had not raced against; I guess you could say I was nervous. I was
grided all the way at the back of a 21-man field. Green flag waves and
I got a killer start. I settled in to the traffic and I actually found
myself passing these fast experts! I caught onto a tail of 2 riders
mid way thru the race but I couldn’t get past them. Rather than trying
to make a bonehead pass and wrecking a lot of guys weekends I decided
to keep it cool and bring it home clean. I got 9th out of 21 and 5th
place thru 9th place was covered by just over a second. And I dropped
my lap time to a 1:39.7. (for reference the lap record on a 600 cc
motorcycle is a 1:35xx) I was very pleased with my race result because
I showed myself I can compete against the really fast guys. I think
podiums are still a little too much to ask for but I think top 5’s are
possible all year.
My second race was the Amature GTU race. Now I had competed in this
class last year and I knew this was the class that I had a chance of
winning. I started from the second row and again got a great start. I
was in second place for half the race and couldn’t real in the leader.
As a result my motivation started to dwindle. Big mistake! Because I
was immediately passed and fell back to third, then, my good friend
Shannon Pitre passed me. What was going on! I went from second to
fourth in a matter of a few corners. I thought to myself, “Shannon,
there is no way I am going to let you take the podium away from me” so
I started to attack. As a result we had one of the most intense
battles I have ever been in. on the last lap I tried to pass him a
hand full of times. We came to the last corner and I tried to square
it up and get a better drive to the line. Well I got the drive but the
finish line was about 10 feet to close. I ended up finishing 4th, a
scant 48/1000’s of a second behind Shannon.
Third race was the Middleweight Superstock race. Again, I had not
raced in this class before and I was grided at the back, but guess who
was grided behind me, Jason Disalvo. I knew he was gong to get a
rocket start and that is good because I wouldn’t have to worry about
him passing me at speed. I managed a great start but Jason still went
flying past me before the first turn! I ended up in the middle of the
pack at the exit of turn 1. Turn 2 is extremely fast and I found
myself in the middle of a pack of 7 to 8 guys turning at 120 mph!
Pretty intense stuff! The race settled itself with the really fast
guys breaking away and the others like myself engaged in a serious
battle. I was stuck behind a couple guys that I had never raced
against so I didn’t know what they would do if I tried to pass them. I
was quicker than them but not quick enough to make a ballsy pass. With
me running behind these guys Shannon had a chance to close in on me.
We again engaged in a furious battle with these two other guys. Both
he and I eventually got past them and we continued our fight from the
first race. I was thinking “Ok Ty, he beat you last time, don’t let it
happen again” since I know Shannon and have raced against him a lot I
trust him enough to race very close to him. I tried stuffing him in
corners and muscling my way by. We passed each other multiple times
during the race and on the last lap I was behind him, exact same
scenario as the previous race. I dove in on the inside of turn one
after the main straight but I couldn’t close the door, he continued
ahead and I tried to get by before turn 2. Turn 2 is a really
high-speed right-hander and we were literally touching at 120. I tried
to set him up on the last corner like I did before and get a better
drive to the line, and again I came up short, this time 53/1000’s of a
I might not have got the results I wanted and I lost a couple battles
but I had a very good race weekend. I dropped my lap times, I got to
ride with one of the best, and I didn’t crash! The pretty race bike
will stay nice and pretty for at least a couple more weeks!