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Old 04-14-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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Street riding...?

so I'm 98% sure I'm making my bike a track hoe right after Coach Dave's ride..

my question is for the people that have done the same...do you miss the street or backroads? I hate riding on the street, its boring and seems more risky than track riding...but then theres the forest, Fayetteville, coldsprngs, etc.

i love those roads but theres an even bigger risk out there sometimes..

So who has done it?

who misses the street?

Who thinks it was a better decision to go track only?
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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+ 1 i have wondered the same , i think i would miss the street but the track is alot safer
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:53 PM   #3
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Well, im "kinda" close to that decision in a round about way. Ive been hitting 3 trackdays a month so far, so street riding just dosnt sound fun.

That said, currently there is only 1 time of the day, or week for that matter, i will ride. Thats an early a.m. trip out of town on the weekends before anyone is out on the roads.

I'm just to affraid to get myself into trouble on the streets, and if im not riding somewhat aggressive at points, then i feel flippin' guilty for riding a sportbike and "putting around." Not cool.

Track is king. I bought a brand new street bike 1 1/2 months ago, and it has a whooping 115 miles on it. Freakin' sad
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Two street lowsides, and I'm track only now. I might get another streetbike for commuting, but I'll be keeping all my stupid to the racetrack.
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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i been riding the streets since 1965.. they are what you make of em...



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Old 04-14-2009, 04:01 PM   #6
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I miss the streets from time to time. Not so much the actual ride, but the friends I made riding the streets (it seems I never see them now, unless they ride the track ). I miss the Orsaks & Yankee burgers too. As for the actual "riding part", the track lets you "get at it" and oddly enough I've made a few new friends there too.

I miss commuting to work sometimes too, but you get over it.
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wheres the adventure on riding a closed track? i like riding the streets. no fear...have heard of it
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:07 PM   #8
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wheres the adventure on riding a closed track? i like riding the streets. no fear...have heard of it
Being able to ride these bikes as they were intended. cruisers were meant for crusing, sportbikes were meant to rail!!! Take it as you will. I am not starting a debate here, just stating my opinion, I have no beef with peeps who cruise their sportbike, to each their own. I only touched on this because of the bold print above.

Now back to the OP, I am leaning towards not riding the street at all anymore. I may go on a few rides every now and then to meet people but I def wont be hitting the speeds that I used to. I save that for the track now. There are too many variables on the street for me to ride the way I like to.

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I was straight track for some time. It does suck to miss out on meeting new people but you also miss out on the dangers of the road...

But i sold the track bike and know have a street bike again...but I plan to track it out pretty soon.


Like Gezzer says, the street are what you make of them. Just be careful and eyes open.


The track is more fun than the street can ever be.
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i think about it every time i almost get ran over or cages lane change into my lane... still nto ready to give up the street though
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:16 PM   #11
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Admit it... The only reason you are thinking about this is because you moved to the south side where there are no twisties.
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wheres the adventure on riding a closed track? i like riding the streets. no fear...have heard of it
Are you serious? You are an asshat. The streets are cool to ride when you Sanaa ride with friends and so forth but streets are not safe. Cars/trucks and plus , you ride a sportbike. Put it's to it potential on the track, on the streets it's poser points, you nor will anyone be able to put a sportbike to it's full or partial potential on the street. Or is it that you don't want to spend the cash on track gear/ track fees, or is it you can't really handle the bike? Anyone can hall in a straight line. It's more a controlled environment on the track, if something goes wrong on the track there is respons teams on stand by vs. Waiting for end to travel. And as for the forest rides, a track bike will be cool to take out there as long as you trailor it out , but to each his own. Plus the cops ate out for riders anyways.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:38 PM   #15
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It only took me 2 TD to make that decision. The last time I rode in the street was for the Joy Ride in 2008 at Galveston. Anyway, I missed having the liberty of just taking the bike for a spin, specially during the off season, but then again I met the dirty riderz and that changed.
So overall, I am happy with just riding the track or on dirt. I might get a motard to do some exploring but I am yet to decide on that.
Godspeed on whatever you decide.
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but to each his own..
<< And me since 1985... and I agree.
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I love riding the streets, I love riding the track, I love every aspect of riding motorcycles. Ill be at the Drag strip with my neibhors friday night, the track saturday and maybe a nice cruise through coldsprings on sunday. Ive met alot of people riding backroads and just riding around to ASI or HAK, Ive met alot of people who dont understand what the track is. It seems like no matter how many riders I talk to or give a Ride Smart flyer out to, theres always newbies that no nothing and flat out need help. If we all just quit riding the street, who is to help these newbies?? Or I could just sit here on the computer all day and say "riding the streets is dangerous blah blah blah..." nah, that aint me. OK so riding around Houston highways get old fast, so go explore some backroads. You dont have to haul azz to get satisfaction, we had a PERFECT Fayetteville ride last friday, cruising the entire way. Go out to Fayetteville in afternoon and sight-see, youll be very impressed, it never gets old.



Like I said before, I feel sorry for people that dont get satisfaction out of riding around the streets.
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I prefer the streets but the track has never disappointed.

When I was married I put the bike up due to my priorities. During divorce, I was back on it and hadn't stepped off a single weekend or weeknight out since (until the primary was taken.)
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I love riding the streets, I love riding the track, I love every aspect of riding motorcycles...
That's what it is to me. Every aspect of motorcycling is what it's all about.

But to those that think it's only about "railing" a sportbike, then maybe the track is the only thing they need... and good on them if that's all they care for. To me, it's everthing you mentioned, and then a whole lot more then just that.
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