For the love of the sport - he loves to ride.
"Bake's" latest project is actually his street bike. An FLHX "sleeper." Now, you can ask anyone around here about "Bake" and his engines - and you'll basically hear the same answer. Hawbaker? You know whatever motorcycle he's riding ain't stock, and it's fast. If you can beat him today, which you probably can't. You won't win the next time you race. His only goal is to finish "First." At age (48? 49?), when most racers are content to stick with one form of racing or retire altogether - not Jeff. "As long as I got the tools and can still do it- and have some fun - I'm doing it." Something on that order.
Can I ask you some questions?
JH - "About what . . . ?"
Maybe do like a rider-interview type o' deal?
JH - "You pretty much know everything Richie." (he calls me Richie 'cause I got like 20 nicknames)
What motorcycles have you owned?
JH - FZR1000, V-Max, Sportster XLX, ZX-10, 450s, XLs, XRs, TTs, etc etc
(and all the above with stroker cranks, big bores, I'm totally serious)
Best places to race?
JH - "Stockton, Kansas - awesome, 4 races in 4 nights. I like any big, fast track - really."
Greatest racing achievement?
JH - "An AMRA National Record . . . maybe a couple Davenport wins?"
JH - "Which one . . . ?"
This part ends here - but, the racing hasn't. The motivation is still there - probably always will be. Jeff is fairly modest. I think we got most of it? He worked for my dad at Noot's Custom Cycles for years - and pretty much ran the backroom. We had a lot of fun doing crazy stuff on bikes - things you just can't get away with anymore. It makes you smarter. More seasoned. He's now mentioned with other veterans of the sport.