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George Latus, who owns motorcycle dealerships in Oregon, has sponsored both Triumph and Harley riders in the GNC. When he saw the success of Gately’s Triumph, he arranged to borrow a bike and got Joe Kopp, a fellow Pacific Northwesterner to try the machine out. Kopp came away impressed, and Latus became one of Gately’s customers, although the two teams set up the bikes a little differently. So far this year, Latus’ principal rider, Shayna Texter, has been plagued by a disconcerting speed wobble.