<b>Glemseck or Bust!</b> – Defending the Crown

Glemseck or Bust! – Defending the Crown

Despite running a few errands and some lightning fast commutes, our REVmonkee has been a decoration piece inside our HQ’s showroom. That said, we still stick by our bike’s credo of “Show AND Go,” so we registered the Wrenchmonkees-built bike to have another go at Glemseck 101.
10-11-2018
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Defending The Crown

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Last year, the REVmonkee was finished just in time for the event, so if anything, Glemseck was a shakedown to see how the bike would perform. For the full report on how that went down click here. In short, we made it all the way to the finals and beyond; taking the overall win and bringing home the crown.

As we like a good challenge, we decided to have another go at it this year, mainly to give the competition the chance to stand up against the defending champion.

Here’s how that played out…

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Never Change a Winning Team

With a year of trash talking that wouldn’t sound out of place prior to a boxing match - mainly coming from last year’s finalist, Anthony Partridge - we decided to keep cool and not make any technical changes to the bike, nor did we change the rider.

This means the recipe remained the same: our Kawasaki H2-based beast with about 230 horsepower on tap, manned by Wrenchmonkees very own Per Nielsen; known to be both high-class builder and rider. Although past results do not guarantee anything for the future, we nevertheless entered this year’s event confident.

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More Than Just Racing

A real racer would say that the part of life not spent racing is just waiting. Glemseck 101 is much more than just the famous sprint. Imagine a three-way cross section with each street blocked off for several kilometers, then filled with custom motorcycles of every flavor imaginable. Add music, bespoke coffee bars and the odd food truck to the occasion, and spectators will come.

And they did, even with threatening weather conditions. Glemseck was packed, once again, which also meant more eyes were on the prize and more specific: on those wanting it badly. And we were among those wanting it badly.

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The Shakedown

It’s Saturday morning, “our day,” as we were among the Saturday contenders for the International sprint. After a quick tech-check, the bike was approved - as expected - and with some small modifications -tire pressure, clutch lever- we were good to go.

Last year’s specially designed Dunlop race tires still have a few good races left in them, so we started off properly despite racing the first run in “rain” mode. A flick of a switch sorted out that problem, and together with disconnecting the quick shifter - Per is old skool - the bike was sorted for the rest of the runs.

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The Showdown

Mastering your opponent means moving up a round, and by repeating this method - beating five-time 500cc World Champion, Mick Doohan, along the way - we saw ourselves next to a husky Yamaha V-Max built by fellow Dutch contenders “Nozem.” With last year’s “angstgegner,” Anthony Partridge and his TW-Steel commissioned turbocharged Yamaha MT10 already out of contention, we found ourselves a new opponent, and unfortunately, one we were unable to beat in the semis.

With a mixture of a flag thrown in the air, reaction time, and mastering the clutch on a 200+ bhp bike, there are a lot of variables to take into account, and Nozem’s rider for the day, Lorenzo, got the better of us this time fair and square. It goes without further ado that we took some comfort from him ending up as overall winner later on!

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The Cooldown

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The Cooldown?

Losing in the semi finals doesn’t mean you automatically take home third, which in our case, became the supercharged showdown. Enter stage left: a Supercharged Triumph Thruxton R that was as hungry for third as we were. But we couldn’t come home empty handed.

This last run was in no way a cooldown run, but Per kept it cool and came out on top after a fair fight. It might not be the prize we were after, but it’s a nice compliment in our prize cabinet next to last year’s victory. And it might even become a motivation to cook up something new for next year’s event…

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The Show Must Go On

If these pictures have whet your appetite for Glemseck 101, we encourage you to go and have a look. Or even have a go. 

Go to the Glemseck website and find out about the what, who, where and when for next year’s event. And who knows, we might see each other there!

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