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Old 10-20-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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Question How Many Track Guys/Racers Do Not Ride The Streets Anymore.....

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I quit riding the streets in early 07. After burying numerous friends over the years, and growing tired of having a huge red target on my back while riding the streets of Houston. Every time I rode the streets, I always had at least 1 near miss with a cager, so I gave up the streets. Besides, the track is always much safer, and much more fun!
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:55 AM   #2
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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i like both, and dont plan on giving up streetriding anytime soon.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:13 AM   #4
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I've never had a close call yet....so I'm sticking to the streets. You crazies on the track are who scare me!!


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i like both, and dont plan on giving up streetriding anytime soon.
The problem is, how many guys who crash on the track die? Answer: very few!

When you have a street accident, you are generally going to get hurt even worse. You tend to wear less gear on the street, and you end up hitting very hard, unmovable objects! The outcome on the street is always worse.
I couldn't tell you how many guys I've seen walk away from a triple digit crash on the track.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:22 AM   #5
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I occasionaly miss the street but everytime I get back on it I see why I don't ride on public roads anymore. I feel comfy on the scooter putting around but on any kind of sport bike it's a no no. You can't have any fun out there IMO.

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Old 10-20-2008, 08:22 AM   #6
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you are right... but when im on the street, i dont try to pretend its the track.... i know i am on the road with a bunch of idiots and am always fully aware of my risks... i think alot of people try to get out on the streets and ride like they are at the track... i just like to ride... im not looking to race or act like a fool.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:25 AM   #7
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I think both of them have their charm. However going 65 mph in a sport bike is just not fun plus I think it is safer to ride the track. That is why I don;t ride in the streets anymore.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:27 AM   #8
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I haven't ridden on the street hardly at all this year! Mainly because I have ridden track so much that it is a pain to which back to street form! Now that I have a dedicated track bike and street bike I am sure I will ride on the street more!
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:27 AM   #9
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:33 AM   #10
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I recently sold my street bike and only ride on the track. After my first track day I started to think and realized that I had a lot more fun on the track in one day than on the street in a whole week. Too many situations on the street in which I would've been either dead or at least badly hurt through either the fault of a dumb cager or almost hits because of spirited backroad riding. I used to love 3090 but couldn't really enjoy it like the track as not only did I have to look out for hazards on the ground but also always anticipate what would be behind the next corner.
I don't need 2 tons of steel coming at me at every opportunity. I never really had to use the bike to commute since I work out of my house and gas is cheap so the only thing I miss is riding with my buddies and BSing at the stops. But they now come to do the parade laps at track days .
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How many times is this thread going to get started?

There are those who ride for recreation and do track days while still commuting or going for rides in the country. Then, there are those that will only ride on the track any more. A lot of them, like me, have been riding for 20+ years and make the transition to "track only" after a self-realization that the streets hold nothing dear any more aside from the occasional (like every 5 years or so) long road trip for nostalgia's sake. Others, see a catastrophic event on the street or have someone close get killed/ seriously injured on the street and either give up riding all together or stick to the track. Pretty well a broken record subject IMHO, especially as many times as it's been hashed out on the interwebs all over the world.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:54 AM   #12
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How many times is this thread going to get started?

There are those who ride for recreation and do track days while still commuting or going for rides in the country. Then, there are those that will only ride on the track any more. A lot of them, like me, have been riding for 20+ years and make the transition to "track only" after a self-realization that the streets hold nothing dear any more aside from the occasional (like every 5 years or so) long road trip for nostalgia's sake. Others, see a catastrophic event on the street or have someone close get killed/ seriously injured on the street and either give up riding all together or stick to the track. Pretty well a broken record subject IMHO, especially as many times as it's been hashed out on the interwebs all over the world.


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Old 10-20-2008, 09:01 AM   #13
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in 5 months of riding i have maybe put 800 miles on the street and maybe 150 on the track. (my odometer is disabled) the track is just more fun plus you dont have the cops looking for you all the time like i do. but Seems like everytime i get pulled over its for going 10-15mph over the limit (my speedo is also disabled) and luckally not when im being a little more spirited. Also with the track you ride at ur own pace which isnt always the case with the street. so im gonna keep this bike 85% track 15% street to and from work if i dont take my car.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:03 AM   #14
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Virutally commute only on the street. I'm pretty much done with the long distance touring and weekend fun rides. Four wheeler avoidance is still a pain in the , but, it beats driving my truck.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:09 AM   #15
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Great thread Tim!


I still ride the streets, but not nearly as much as I used to. I fell in love with the track. I have learned that even if you go out on backroads and haulazz around turns, eventually your luck will run out, its just a matter of time. You can truly NEVER treat the backroads like the track, you have debris, cars, wildlife ect. Me and my friends take it a whole lot easier out there on the streets now that we have done numerous trackdays, and watched 2 great friends pass (RIP Mike and Tim). I can see myself giving the streets up in a few years, it has crossed my mind more than once, but for now i'm going to take easy and cruise the backroads.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:12 AM   #16
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I don't ride the streets anymore on the gixxer except in the off season of the track(summer) And then just wednesday night to freak out the newbies at sonic by doing 99mph freeway wheelies. Other than that I keep the gixxer for the track and the wing for the street.
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who in your wheaties Tom?

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Uh, nobody did, and I'm quite settled, thanks.

Do a search for this subject or similar, there's a few hundred I'd estimate. You just bored or something?
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Uh, nobody did, and I'm quite settled, thanks.

Do a search for this subject or similar, there's a few hundred I'd estimate. You just bored or something?

Yeah, just a Monday discussion....something to pass the time.
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If I lived out in the country, I'd probably ride my bike everyday.
I just don't want to put my life in the hands of some yuppy on his cell phone who is worried about his egg mcmuffin dripping on his shirt.
The risk outweighs the reward to me.
The only time I street ride the big bikes is when I'm headed out of the city.
Other than that, I'll ride my 50cc scooter around town and still manage to have some fun.
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the money i would spend a week in gas i save for TD's and tires. also none of my hometown buddies really ride anymore.
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