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Old 04-05-2021, 08:25 PM   #1
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Smile My track journey...

I finally took the dive and picked up a track bike from Rod last week. It's a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250. Super light!!! I also signed up for my 1st track day a few months ago... So hopefully I will see some of y'all on the circuit soon

Introducing Jennifer (The bike had a breast cancer support sticker on it with the name Jennifer, so I thought it was fitting to name the bike so )
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Congrats...hope to see you at the track soon.
Jennifer was awesome! Cancer sux and glad you are keeping her memory alive.
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Oh , that was HER bike?

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No only the sticker... the bike was Mark Shin's championship winning bike.
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I didn't know the story behind the sticker... I feel bad because I removed all the stickers from the bike, but I still hold solid on naming the bike Jennifer. Now I know the back story on the sticker and just that little bit of knowledge will keep her spirt alive. I might even try to score some spare wheels and get them powder coated white, because they look nice and fresh. Thanks for the welcoming guys! Super excited to be doing this and having something to work on, both mechanically, physically, and mentally.
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Wink Long READ... the backstory.

It’s been a minute and I haven’t updated y’all with my progress, or given a backstory as to why I decided to start doing track days.
I’ll go ahead and start with the backstory. Long read about to start, so make sure you are ready for some pastime, if you are continuing…


I’ve always been attracted to risky sports, especially anything relating to wheels rolling on the ground. I’ve jumped stupid dangerous things (both on 2-wheels, 4-wheels, and sometimes no wheels), gone as fast as motors/wheels could turn, and risked it for the biscuit many-a-times. Out of all my crazy experiences, I never once thought to myself that I should learn how to be fast and safe at the same time… at least not until I lived in California for a few years.

One thing I learned REAL quickly, was their twisties, are not like our twisties. I was basically a statistic waiting to happen. I was hardheaded, wanting to go fast, and was thinking I was going to show these hippies what a crazy Texan can do I had a few pucker moments, followed by some regretful moments, and then CLARITY. What I learned was to let go of my ego and just ride my own ride. Letting go of my ego was hard, but it brought clarity to my riding style. By slowing down and not caring about the position I was in on a group ride, I was able to see the struggles new riders were dealing with and reflect on my own. I never really cared about ATGATT in the past, or proper body positioning either, which reflected in my poor riding style and risky behavior. I started to pay attention to the other serious riders in my group of riding buddies. They had great pointers and shared informative literature on body positioning. They explained bike ergonomics and technical features that assist in better cornering. We practiced riding every weekend on the countless twisty mountain roads and it helped me tremendously. But, I still had a whisky throttle and my skills were not tuned yet. I was still riding solo and being an idiot when no one was looking. At this point, I started riding with a whole other group and they took notice immediately of my “squidish” ways. They said I was ok and that if I wanted to ride with them again, I was going to have to pick up some leathers and better riding boots. I was a little offended, but I really wanted to be a part of their crew… So I swallowed my pride and started CL hunting for second-hand gear. Within 2 weeks I was geared up and ready to ride! Now, the gear I had acquired (and still currently own as back up leathers) was ugly and had previous rashes, but being totally geared up, was better than steel toed boots and an MH pullover. I rode with them a hand full of times, but quickly learned I was nowhere near their skill level and I was just slowing them down on their rides. I made a few great connections though and still communicate with them on a weekly basis. At this time, the wife got us on a social gathering app called Meetup. While trying to learn the app and creating my profile, I stumbled upon a weekly motorcycle riding group called “Navato Weekend Riders” and decided to give them a go. We met and rode a few times, and a solid bond started to grow between everyone. This group turned out to be awesome! We started out with 8 to 10 riders and then blew up to 20+ riders. The group was VERY diverse and we all had great times every weekend. It was this group that eventually turned me on to wanting to do a track day. We had maybe 2 or 3 guys who were track junkies… they were really good riders and promoted going to track days to become better riders (both on street and track).

I knew my time in California was coming to an end, so I wanted to keep the motivation going on doing a track day. So I signed up for the 2021 Memorial track day event with 3:16 and immediately started looking for a cheap track bike. I was determined to get a track bike without the wife knowing about it, but I kept running into clapped out bikes that were too far neglected and/or wrecked beyond simple repairs. I was so obsessed in looking for a bike that eventually the wife found out I was trying to spend more money on bikes (I had been on a buying spree in California and was collecting one-bike-after-another). We had a serious talk and I finally confined to her my reasons for wanting to buy a track bike. She didn’t know how addicted I was to speeding and how hungry I had become, to learn the art of riding to the limits. I just find the whole track day thing VERY intriguing! But, it has also kept me level headed and away from riding beyond my skill level on the streets.


The wife and I came up with a compromise, so I can continue to move forward with track day stuff. I had to stick to a $4,000 kick-off budget. This included the purchase of my track bike, repairs that it would need, modifications, and any costs associated with additional gear that I didn’t have. There was a kicker though… I had to sell a bike in my fleet. I figured if I do it right from the beginning, I’ll have a good chance at maintaining my new hobby the proper way. So due to my inability to refrain from whisky throttle and the fact that I’ll ride more aggressive on an easier handling bike, I decided the BMW had to go.

Now that I had the support of the wife, I dove in and started actively/seriously looking for a good starter bike. I did my research and kept an open mind to all types of bikes. At first, I wanted to stay on an equal playing field as my current play bike (the BMW)… but 1000cc’s was WAY too much bike for what I was trying to get into. I then started looking at 600-750cc bikes, which was reasonable, but budget wise, it would be just as expensive as a big liter bike and almost as much, or equal in maintenance costs. This led me to looking at smaller displacement motorcycles. I was very surprised to find out how quick these little bikes could be. I also learned how reliable they could be with proper maintenance and how much longer parts last (especially tires!) on them too. This was great news to me and I started beating the bushes looking for one.

I had a few leads, but the one that stood out to me the most, was an offer from Rod (here on MH). I had done business with him in the past and remembered how motivating he was, when he talked about track days. I knew he was an active racer and that he was always promoting safety. I highly respected his positive influences and decided that his sale offer was the best option for me… I’m glad I followed through with him, because I ended up with exactly what I needed to make my budget work out perfectly!


Since I bought the bike I have gone through it thoroughly and made some personal touches, replaced a few damaged parts, and upgraded a few things that were wearing out due to age. Rod did an awesome job getting the bike running and pretty much ready for riding... I could've just did a few things and hit the track. But I'm ridiculously OCD in a way that I have to have touched and cleaned everything on all my bikes… just for piece-of-mind. So I ended up doing many things done to her, but none that would catch your eye if you didn’t already know this bike intimately. All-in-all with the budget of $4,000, I completed it with still $242 left on tap!


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The cost of the bike is a drop in the bucket compared to some of the other expenses you may incur during your adventures (don't tell the wife this). Stay away from box and helicopter rides as well as ER's! Wish I could get back out there....maybe one day!

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Small bikes is the way to go. I just been talking with the beyond the track guys and they have quite a few kayo mr150s. I sold my kayo 125 to a young rider so he can practice his skills and he is part of the group.
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I finally took the dive and picked up a track bike from Rod last week. It's a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250. Super light!!! I also signed up for my 1st track day a few months ago... So hopefully I will see some of y'all on the circuit soon

Introducing Jennifer (The bike had a breast cancer support sticker on it with the name Jennifer, so I thought it was fitting to name the bike so )
Nice bike! When is your TD?
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