• Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

We’ve had a couple of great Litespeed motorcycles featured right here in Readers’ Rigs over time however as of late’s reader John takes the prize because the oldest Litespeed rig featured, being a ‘Workforce Factor’ motorcycle from again in 2000 that he’s lovingly cared for and ridden for the remaining 20 plus years.

Title: John R Petrocik
Location: Carlsbad, California USA
Motorcycle: Litespeed Workforce Factor
Groupset: Campagnolo Refrain 11-speed
Wheels: Mavic Open Professional with Continental Grand Prix 4000S2
Pedals: Glance Keo
Saddle: Avocet O40 Air Ti
Weight: Roughly 18.5 kilos, in step with my rest room scale. (8.4kgs)

When did you purchase it?
I purchased the motorcycle within the Spring of 2000 from Colorado Bike owner. It was once reported to have the geometry of the Litespeed Vintage of that duration with some customized tubes for the Colorado Bike owner racing crew that used it as their trip (therefore the “Workforce Factor” designation).

What made you select this motorcycle?
The whole thing I ever learn or heard about titanium made me imagine it was once without equal body subject material. The recognition of Litespeed was once additionally an element.

John’s Litespeed in its unique livery ahead of Joe Bell’s new paint scheme.

What adjustments/additions have you ever accomplished?
It has had many adjustments and upgrades. I swapped my 9-speed Refrain staff and all of the portions from the Trek I used to be driving on the time to the Litespeed. In next years, I changed that 9-speed Refrain setup with two successive 10-speed Refrain elements, culminating with the present 11-speed compact drivetrain. Saddles and wheelsets have been additionally periodically changed. The most important alternate in its look befell within the Iciness of 2010 when It was once repainted through Joe Bell for the reason that unique paint started to crack and chip.

What elements are you working?
Campagnolo Refrain 11-speed, with 50-34 cranks and a 12-27 set of cogs within the rear.

What number of miles/kilometers do you do a yr?
I these days trip about 3,500 miles a yr.

What do you like about this motorcycle?
Its unique and at ease trip is extra giving than metal however extra full of life than carbon. And, to inform the entire reality, I revel in driving one thing rather then the carbon with which I’m surrounded. Its distinctive colour could also be a plus.

Favourite driving house?
Alongside the coast of the Pacific Ocean. That have is tricky to overcome. It’s what makes California livable.

Favourite driving revel in for your motorcycle?
Essentially the most memorable rides have been the various instances that I participated within the Boonville Pageant Trip close to Columbia, Missouri. It happens once a year in August, giving contributors an immensely relaxing trip alongside rolling roads and thru fascinating small communities.

Long run upgrades?
I’m most definitely going to interchange the Open Professional wheel set with a couple of Fulcrums. I had a Fulcrum wheelset on it prior to now, and wish to trip them once more.

Ultimate phrases?
We must all love the motorcycles we trip.

John hanging his rig thru its paces.

Smart phrases certainly from John there and thank you for sharing your trip with. Were given a motorbike that you just love? Neatly how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fanatics and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we will be able to all stare at it! Ship us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your motorcycle might be featured in all its glory right here at the pages of PEZ.

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