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Old 04-19-2011, 12:21 PM   #21
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It was a few things for me:
  • Getting pulled over by LEOs on the way to known riding roads because they were tired of complaints and scraping up bikers.
  • Realized that street riding only instilled bad habits so any seat time gained was negated by improper techniques reinforced.
  • Needing to go faster and faster on the street to find the enjoyment I was getting at the track.
  • Riding 30 minutes to do 6 curves when one TD was 13 turns per lap with 19-20 laps per session with 5-6 sessions.

To make up for the urge to ride in between TDs we got involved in minis. Parking lot racing can be done every weekend for minimal cost and maximum fun.
Maybe if this was Colorado or California or some other place with lots of local twisties it would be different.



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Spot on. Never thought about getting into minis, but I don't have a truck to haul around.


George, do you ever feel like you're loosing some of that "edge" inbetween TDs though?


You meant lethargic and lazy. I know.


Man I started on HD's and would love to get another, but while I make plenty enough to do TDs, buying a tard isn't in the budget. Got some bigger purchases in mind the next two years. Would be pretty awesome to ride one of those though!
i got into it before i had a truck... my 50 would fit in the back seat of a mustang... it was tight but it would do it. Mala uses her civic hatchback to haul hers when she rides it once every 18 months
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:26 PM   #22
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It was a few things for me:
  • Getting pulled over by LEOs on the way to known riding roads because they were tired of complaints and scraping up bikers.
  • Realized that street riding only instilled bad habits so any seat time gained was negated by improper techniques reinforced.
  • Needing to go faster and faster on the street to find the enjoyment I was getting at the track.
  • Riding 30 minutes to do 6 curves when one TD was 13 turns per lap with 19-20 laps per session with 5-6 sessions.

To make up for the urge to ride in between TDs we got involved in minis. Parking lot racing can be done every weekend for minimal cost and maximum fun.

Maybe if this was Colorado or California or some other place with lots of local twisties it would be different.


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I would rather do TDs than hounded by the Police...I get my rocks off and its enough for me..As far as Racing I have no urge to Race...YET! I dont know when I will be ready to take Racing on but for now TDs once or twice a month get me off..I feel I get better understanding the bikes dynamics every trackday the only time Im shakey is when the season is over
Both of these pretty much sum up my reasoning for getting off the streets. Plus I was getting sick of almost getting ran over by someone driving with their head up their every time I got on the bike.
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I bought my R6 and rode for a few days in the street after I bought it, that is when I realized that Houston streets are BORING.

About 3 months after I do that bike, I did my first track day... after that I lost the interest in riding the streets. I made my R6 a track bike...
This is me except insert "ZX6R" for "R6," and insert "1 month" for "3 months." IMHO, a sport bike is a ton more fun on the track instead of the streets of Houston. I have a "street" sport bike I'm now selling because I'm buying another track/race bike.

Like cdill35, I'll probably get another street bike, but it will be something better for street riding.
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Get a motard for the street. We live in a city with no twisties and no hills. You don't need either to have fun on a motard. Save the sport bike for the track and the occasional long trip. Just .02 from a recent convert.
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Once you air it out in third over some railroad tracks, rail some corners, slide it around in the dirt, wreck it, pick it up and dust it off only to realize there isn't any damage, hit up some jogging trails then look down at your watch and realize you've only been riding for an hour you will be hooked.
Did this. My tard is the only bike in my arsenal that still has plates on it. That being said: The tap is still on the lights from my March trackday. I just don't really ride it all that much on the street.
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So for those that are giving up or have given up the street so to speak,
when did you actually throw down the cash for track fairings and tie up all the
wiring for lights underneath?

I think that would be the first step in making the decision, "I'm going track only".
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So for those that are giving up or have given up the street so to speak,
when did you actually throw down the cash for track fairings and tie up all the
wiring for lights underneath?

I think that would be the first step in making the decision, "I'm going track only".
Actually the first step was cancelling insurance and not renewing the registration. Done.

I was hovering over the "SUBMIT" button to order track fairings at one point, but had suspension problems and didn't want to wreck nice new track plastics so I decided to wait. I'm now the guy with rashed street plastics, blue painters tape, and slicks. She may have a Goodwill dress, but her shoes were made for dancing.
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I've never ridden track but would love to! And while it's no track, living 20 minutes from the 3 sisters makes street riding a lot more fun than I was having in Houston.
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So for those that are giving up or have given up the street so to speak,
when did you actually throw down the cash for track fairings and tie up all the
wiring for lights underneath?

I think that would be the first step in making the decision, "I'm going track only".
I had my 1500 mile '07 Gixxer 1k fall off the trailer on the way back from TWS (Texas World Speedway). Of the 1500 miles I put on that bike, 1000 were on the track. At that point I took the insurance payout, paid off the note, and used what was left to be an inexpensive trackturd. I still have that bike, actually, and am about to put it up for sale for someone else to get into their first, cheap trackbike.

The second time I "de-streeted" a bike happend last month. I bought a streetbike last summer because I wasn't doing many trackdays, and missed riding. I maybe put 300 miles on it, though. I then made the mistake of taking it to TWS (Texas World Speedway) at the end of last season jsut to actually put it through its paces. I liked it better than my old trackbike. So as soon as funds allowed, I shelved the clean street body work, and tracked the out - completely without remorse.
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and when the track gets too expensive, come play in the dirt!

entry fee for 2 races + 2 nights camping + gas to/from/in the bike....spent about $150 bucks this weekend.
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I never made a concrete decision to get off the streets. I had a 750 race bike and a 1000 for the street. I decided that I wanted to race the 1000 and what made the most sense was to sell the 750 and turn my 1000 into a race bike. That left me without a street bike.

I'll probably have another street bike at some point, but it will be a more upright sport / touring bike. I'm done doing 150+ on the backroads and those bikes are sorry for just crusing around. If I'm going to take in the fresh air and scenery then I am going to do it comfortably.
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and when the track gets too expensive, come play in the dirt!

entry fee for 2 races + 2 nights camping + gas to/from/in the bike....spent about $150 bucks this weekend.
A membership to the Katy kart track is $300 per year. I think thats the route I'm going for my non-trackday fix.
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I think it's another cycle people go through. I did almost every possible track day in 2008 and quite a few in 2009. On top of that did many members days at MSRH. I've learned that I enjoyed the track for the speed; honing cornering, braking, and throttle management skills; instructing and all the technical aspects of making a bike perform.

I have also learned that I enjoy the street. The great scenery, meeting lots of new folks, and the associate events.

The challenge is remember where to go to fulfill which goals. A street ride is not a track day.

With less free time, I'm going to the track less. But that doesn't mean I still don't enjoy a cruise on the street.
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Actually the first step was cancelling insurance and not renewing the registration. Done.

I was hovering over the "SUBMIT" button to order track fairings at one point, but had suspension problems and didn't want to wreck nice new track plastics so I decided to wait. I'm now the guy with rashed street plastics, blue painters tape, and slicks. She may have a Goodwill dress, but her shoes were made for dancing.
Its hard to find some parts for my older bike, like headlights. That's the only reason I thought about some aftermarket fairings. My stuff doesn't bother me right now.

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I think it has a lot to do with getting old... Having too many close calls or tickets and Houston drivers and road hazards it kills the fun about riding..

For me? I will always have a bike for streets, I'm working on putting my R6 for track use only because of all the you have to do to put ot back on the streets (I actually take everything off)

for the most part... I ride my bike because its relaxing, if you hit a back roads on a early morning with just a few friends for a little cruise, it doesn't matter how bad of a day you are having or how bad of a week you had at work... Everything goes away.

Now if you just wanna ride for the challenge and for the rush and enjoyment of competing with others then you will find that the streets its not the place for you.

I've been riding for 3 yrs now and been pulled over 15 times and have been given 3 tickets.. Some times you have to pay to play.
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well i just removed the light controls and wiring... quarterly bonus this month will be spent on Plastics.. so i'm on my way
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I think it's another cycle people go through. I did almost every possible track day in 2008 and quite a few in 2009. On top of that did many members days at MSRH. I've learned that I enjoyed the track for the speed; honing cornering, braking, and throttle management skills; instructing and all the technical aspects of making a bike perform.

I have also learned that I enjoy the street. The great scenery, meeting lots of new folks, and the associate events.

The challenge is remember where to go to fulfill which goals. A street ride is not a track day.

With less free time, I'm going to the track less. But that doesn't mean I still don't enjoy a cruise on the street.
That's a good perspective Curt. Since I'm on the newer side of getting serious with the track, with less free time during the week, I'm not getting on the street. Working hard for that TD weekend I guess.
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