Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hurst Eco Friendly USA Molded Rubber Racing Slicks

At that One Motorcycle Show I came across the 19in example of Cody's drag bike slick on the Dusen from Moto Galore. I had hoped to meet the man behind the product knowing he was from the area wanting to give him my thoughts on the possibility of a 21in 2.75 ribbed re-tread. I was in the room where I had my bike for a total of 5 minutes that night and Cody happened to call out the fact that I'd belt-sanded my AVON. He and Blaine were stoked and super sweet - the rubber back story revealed itself appropriately - I somehow squeaked Cody's cell # out of the dialog too. The next day we went down to Oregon City to see something interesting. I'd first seen that slick on DICE's blog and this post is a re-hash from my perspective. Todd has more professional imagery of this visit I hope he gets out in some physical format. I've always been interested in people making shit in the good ol' USA and HURST runs the market for Hot Rod tires from what I gather. If you knew the amount of personal energy that goes into each tire you'd be blown away. It's so post-modern. Not so much a re-tread but a re-birth. Right? It's a ton of work and crazy dangerous. Cody walked us through each step and you'd definitely back up when the grinder spins. The shop was super clean and smelled strangely sweet. The heat transfer happens with some 300 degrees of steam and the rubber they use is from the US. Not sure if it's Akron but most definitely home-grown. Cody bleeds dedication and does something truly unique. If you mention that to him he'll spin it back at his father. It's hard to put into words. Like I said you'd get it the second that crazy grinder turned on. From the Rubber Room For Sure!! Crazy.

The room adjacent to the shop has a ton of racing memorabilia… this just happened to catch my eye. Was quite the site to experience in total. The Burnout video below might just capture that grinder feel I spoke to in text previous… I always thought I wanted a 3rd gen belvedere? Altered wheelbase NOVA's are pretty rad. Super Tight Chassis. Pulled from HURST's site.

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