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Old 10-14-2005, 08:24 AM   #1
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I was reading the post of the guy wanting "tips" on doing tricks and was looking at the responses and realized something. I used to be a squid!!! I sat there thinking about when I got my first bike which was a TLR1000. ( only got it because my friend sold it to me cheap as , but defended that it was a ok starter bike, which it was the worst) And asked some of the same questions about doing wheelies and such. And I did use to do that ie. wheelies, high chairs, stoppies, rolling stoppies, skettching, the biggest squid thing of them all BURNOUTS!!! YEAH!!!!

Then after seeing more of my friends eat in bad ways because of stunting I stopped doing them. Not to say that people don't eat in canyons but more so do doing stunts hence the bike cages. Then I thought man did I ever do these by myself?? And the answer was No I didn't. I only did them when others were around to see how cool I was or if some chicks were there. Didn't wear the proper amount of gear because "" wore full leathers. But then it happened... my first crash. And just like with the wheelies and it was me riding with others and riding over my head. Now here is what got me about the other guys post. I could do all these things and couldn't do a thing when I froze up and ran off the road. Why you ask. Yes I had a pretty good knowledge of the bike ( 14,000 miles) but I didnt know how to really ride. I was proof that any new guy ( squid or whatever) could twist a throttle or pull hard on a brake, or better yet do both at the same time and burnout.

But then that's when I actually started listening!! Listening to the better more experienced riders, because crashing and getting hurt cost to much and basicly sucked. But so did I. So what did I do. I sold the TLR went down to a smaller bike, a 636 ( and actually am looking for a 250 track bike). and got a full riding suit. And when I get back to the states I plan on doing a bunch of track days and going to riding schools. See the moral of the story is that "Would you be doing this if you were alone??" And the answer to that is mostly no, unless of course that your praticing for when other people are around to witness this . Then the other day while riding my GSXR1000 ( bought it because I got it cheap as too) I was by myself riding down a deserted part of road and thought "man I should do a wheelie" then thought for what ...... then thought well that way when my friends are around and they are doing them I can do and it won't be the first time on this bike. Then I realized I was resorting to my old squidly ways and decided against it.

But my question is to all stunters is Why?? Why do you stunt?? And do you consider yourself a good street bike rider?? I mean I have ran up on many a 1000cc rider on the interstate and had him pop a wheelie only to slow don't so much in the turns that minivan's were passing him. I am not saying that all stunters are slow because I have a friend that can do all that and is faster than most guys that have ten years experience on him, but he is just one of those naturally fast guys ( well with no brains either). But he stopped the stunting too. So I ask again Why?? I know that some of you guys live where there is only straight roads and a track is far as away but I'm sure that a few track days is cheaper than spending money on new plastics, helmets, jackets,..... your life.

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Your right on the money! But I do like doing wheelies, because their is no other feeling like it. I have always rode hard mainly dirt bikes and quads, I am new to street bikes. 7000 miles on my R1, I ride with springsportbikes.com. Man, I have learned a lot from these guys and we are doing LoneStar track days at TWS (Texas World Speedway). When your on the street it is very dangerous, so I have been taking my time, and learning slowly most people don't realise the persion involved in riding street bikes. It takes some real skills and riding ability with slow movments and the right time. If you are nervous about riding its just a matter of time untill you go down hard! This sport is not ment for everyone, the squids have proven that. I just want you to know, for me its not about showing off, its about the ride, and the rush, no other sport I have been envolved with can compare! :icon_smil

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