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Old 09-30-2009, 10:36 AM   #1
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Calling it quits :-(

Well after lots of debate and questioning myself and my motivations I have decided to hang up the track day / racing towel.

The decision was mine but it was heavily influenced by my wife and family. I was pitted next to Jon Broom at Cresson (the day he crashed) and my wife was there. She never said a word to me that day, but it got to her. She has never asked me to give up anything or to change a single aspect of who I am, but she asked me to consider a different / less dangerous hobby. I love this sport, I am using the word love here! I just love my family and kids more, I have never been a selfish person, I have more toys and hobbies than I know what to do with so letting this one go, while hard, isn't the end of the world. Besides, I will replace it with something else, I am thinking a nice off shore fishing boat

I wanted to say good bye and thank you to every single person that has helped me along the way. Then I realized that is basically (well almost) everyone I have met / done track days / raced with. You guys (and girls) make this sport! I will miss all of you!

speed and stay safe!

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Old 09-30-2009, 10:43 AM   #2
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:43 AM   #3
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family is number one so i respect that.

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Agreed. Family takes priority. Are you still going to street ride or twisty ride in the hillcountry?
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:44 AM   #4
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family is number one so i respect that.

dont forget though that when your wife leaves you the track and racing will still be here waiting for you =) . maybe we'll see you in a year or so eh?
ahhh that is so funny, I had the same thought I highly doubt that will happen though, she didn't tell me to stop just asked if I would consider it for her and the kids. Much different than putting the foot, and I respect her for that, it made me think.

I do think it is going to be very hard to sell my bike though, hard times and all
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Timme',
It's a hard decision, and everyone has to face it at some point.
I "retired" from the track a few years back when the combination of my body not wanting to cooperate from numerous injuries sustained form years of racing intersected with the realities of having a family and running a business.

Maybe you'll return to the street, but at a bit more relaxed pace.

Anyhow, it's been good knowing you and if there's anything I can ever do to help let me know.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:49 AM   #7
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LOL at Dave's comment.

You don't really need to leave the 2 wheel world, there is more to it than racing/TD. You could do some trail riding, which is a family hobby. I've seen several times families of two kids, mom and dad riding at Cherokee or SHNF, it could bring you guys together.
Or get a cruiser, chopper and just cruise. Latelly I have been thinking about getting a F800GS and just go out and meet different things.

Anyway, good luck in wherever life takes you and you are doing it for the right reasons.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:52 AM   #8
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I know my wife isn't crazy about trackdays (especially since I have wrecked a few times and her first time to visit me during a TD they were in the middle of landing lifelight to transport a rider). She knows it makes me happy, so she doesn't "" about it at all, just reminds me every morning I leave for a TD to be careful and to come home in one piece. Once I have children I'll probably step back from the "track scene"...who knows, only time will tell.

I did quit riding the street for my wife. Like your wife, she asked me to consider it and after a few months I made up my mind. As much as I love riding, I love my wife even more. Kudos to you Timme'.
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Best of luck.
It's a hard decision to make, I bet.
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:00 AM   #10
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:04 AM   #11
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I know my wife isn't crazy about trackdays (especially since I have wrecked a few times and her first time to visit me during a TD they were in the middle of landing lifelight to transport a rider). She knows it makes me happy, so she doesn't "" about it at all, just reminds me every morning I leave for a TD to be careful and to come home in one piece. Once I have children I'll probably step back from the "track scene"...who knows, only time will tell.

I did quit riding the street for my wife. Like your wife, she asked me to consider it and after a few months I made up my mind. As much as I love riding, I love my wife even more. Kudos to you Timme'.
Brandi has been around motorcycles her entire life, her dad used to pick her up from school on an old Triumph when she was little. She really has no problem with it at all, she actually likes watching me, I think she likes having a hubby that isn't a plane jane p.....y.

But seeing Jon and all that was I think the straw that broke the camels back. She asks me everyday about him, we don't pray about it together but I think she does in her own way. I saw the absolute fear in her face when I got on my bike on Sunday for the first races, she had been to them before and several track days but this was different... she thought I was gonner I didn't push hard at all at Cresson, I knew if I crashed she would freak.... So that is how it is right...

Thanks for the support, I am gonna miss you people!
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:07 AM   #12
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Sorry to hear this... Hope you dont stop with you love for motorcycles. Maybe you can work for a track day company so you can still be part of a sport you enjoyed. Hope one day that you'll be back out there.

Found a blog :http://blogs.oxygen.com/torianddean/...an-crashed.php couldnt find the video. After my GF saw this show she wanted me to stop... I said no, I havent even started.

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Respect to you for giving soemthing you love up. I did the same thign but with motocross 6 years ago when i wadded up on a triple step up and broke 7 bones and layed in the hospital for 3 weeks. I had raced for 17 years and love the sport, but my wife did not ask me to stop, i did it for the sake of me. Now i have to have a back procedure done next week and it was all due to the motocross accident.


Congrats man. Oh yeah if you looking to go fishing, LMK i just bought a new boat. Always looking to chat it up while wetting a hook....


Tight lines and clear skies bro

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Old 09-30-2009, 11:13 AM   #15
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ya know i'm just busting your horns.

props for having your priorities in line and not being selfish. so whats next? skydiving?
No worries, I am totally expecting to get a ton of from people

I am feeling off shore fishing, I am in the middle of restoring a 74' vette... doing a frame off so more / time money on that is always good.

http://web.mac.com/timmetim/TimmesWo...mes_Vette.html
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Well after lots of debate and questioning myself and my motivations I have decided to hang up the track day / racing towel.

The decision was mine but it was heavily influenced by my wife and family. I was pitted next to Jon Broom at Cresson (the day he crashed) and my wife was there. She never said a word to me that day, but it got to her. She has never asked me to give up anything or to change a single aspect of who I am, but she asked me to consider a different / less dangerous hobby. I love this sport, I am using the word love here! I just love my family and kids more, I have never been a selfish person, I have more toys and hobbies than I know what to do with so letting this one go, while hard, isn't the end of the world. Besides, I will replace it with something else, I am thinking a nice off shore fishing boat

I wanted to say good bye and thank you to every single person that has helped me along the way. Then I realized that is basically (well almost) everyone I have met / done track days / raced with. You guys (and girls) make this sport! I will miss all of you!

speed and stay safe!

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been there done that. I still come to the CMRA races when ever I can. It and TMGP is still the best racing on the planet.

I was a little diffrent as my wife never said do you want to quit but everytime I pick up leathers she say do you really want to.

so what I am saying keep posting and come to the races great fun great friends.

edit I came to motorcycle roadracing after almost being killed in offshore sailboat racing.
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:29 PM   #18
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I gave up racing a little over a year ago for similar reasons/ different circumstances.

Next year though, I think I'm going to pick it back up again since things have changed for me. The Wife may not be happy about it, but like yours, mine never asked me to stop.

Doing track days solely was my outlet as well as a few cameo appearances in TMGP.

Good luck Timme', and let me know when you go off shore, that's another passion of mine!
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