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Old 11-07-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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Seeking a trackjunkie Buddha....if you will.

I'm kind of in the middle of some personal cross roads. Just so you guys can know where I'm coming from, I'll fill you in on a few details.

I've been looking forward to racing this coming season. It'll be my first season chasing the checker flag, so I'm a little in the dark on what to expect on a few things, mainly expenses.

I work full time and make enough to pay the bills, what little I have, and keep a little bit to save or eventually spend on the bike/trackdays. My problem is that I'm starting to think about where I'll be in about a years time. Getting married is going to happen within the next year or two, so as most of you know, saving money becomes a priority. Thus, I am deeply vexed on what I should do. Do I give up my passion for motorcycles and eventually racing for a while so that I can save for things such as a house, a wedding, etc? Or do I stick it out and try to make both work at the same time?

I feel like a complete loser asking a "life" question on a motorcycle forum. But I know a few of you guys and I truly respect and trust most of your opinions and thoughts.......simply because some of you have been here.

I guess it really comes down to what I can afford? Thoughts?
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:53 PM   #2
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On a paper - in priority order, write down the 10 targets/objects/goals/things you'd like to accomplish/acquire.

Then focus on the first 3 only for 2009, then move forward as time/money allows. By doing that you'll enjoy the top 3. If you try to do alot at the same time (like all 10), you won't be enjoying anything and will be risking ALOT.

For Example:

You'll be racing on shagged, worn out tires so you can save the extra $380 to spend on your girl's dress she's wanted since xx months.

or

You'll be like me and driving around in a car whose rear tires have cords showing and throwing sparks down as your on 59, only so you can save $400 to spend on a motor rebuild for next year on your mini.

Priorities my friend priorities.

I lost/sold too much (motorcycle wise) to get into a house. Now every day I think about it and am sorta happy, but regret aswell...mixed feelings.

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Yea, putting everything down on paper would be a good idea. The hard part is listing what has priority over the other.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:14 PM   #5
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Go racing and get a new girl friend.
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Thanks Gabe. But she stays. She stuck by me through deployments to Iraq and 4 years away from her in the Marine Corps.

I'm not letting her go anywhere. Besides......she freakin bought me a trackday for my last birthday and she is all for me to start racing (plus she is an amazing cook). You can't give that up. I'm just trying to make a responsible decision, without having to give up my passion.
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His GF is badass. Definitely a keeper.

Good luck, Adam. I know you've got a little deciding to do. You'll come out alright, I'm sure of it.
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Thanks Gabe. But she stays. She stuck by me through deployments to Iraq and 4 years away from her in the Marine Corps.

I'm not letting her go anywhere. Besides......she freakin bought me a trackday for my last birthday and she is all for me to start racing (plus she is an amazing cook). You can't give that up. I'm just trying to make a responsible decision, without having to give up my passion.
definitely sounds like a keeper
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definitely sounds like a keeper
If you'd ever talked with her, you'd agree. And she loves going to trackdays... what more can you ask for???

EDIT: Not that you weren't. Point easily missed here.
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Tell her that if she really loves you, she'll get a second job and pay for the wedding
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His GF is badass. Definitely a keeper.

Good luck, Adam. I know you've got a little deciding to do. You'll come out alright, I'm sure of it.
Thanks Jeff.

I've made some finacial mistakes in the past that I've beat myself up about ever since and had to work my off to fix. I'm just trying to keep myself from making another one.
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Tell her that if she really loves you, she'll get a second job and pay for the wedding
Honestly, I'm not to concerned about the wedding. The house and future expenses is what I'm more worried about.
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Finally some sound advice... lol

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Thanks Jeff.

I've made some finacial mistakes in the past that I've beat myself up about ever since and had to work my off to fix. I'm just trying to keep myself from making another one.
Haven't we all, sir.
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Keep doing track days and do a few races here and there.

Or get a bunch of credit cards and max them out.
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Haven't we all, sir.

I suppose. But when a mistake potentially involves another person, I take it a little more seriously.

My biggest concern about racing would have to be that I don't have insurance on the bike. Thus, if I park it in a corner......I'm paying for that shiz out of my own pocket. I wouldn't have a problem doing this......if I wasn't so worried about saving money.
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Sounds like it's sorted.
The girl stays, you will find away to have fun while sorting out the priorites from the perspective of husband and provider to a family first, amature racer (track-junkie) second.
Wow, that was quick!!
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:31 PM   #16
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The responsible thing isnt racing. But it sure is fun and good for the soul Sounds like you may need to go endurancing and have her on the team.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:36 PM   #17
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well, everyone will probably be shocked for some type of philosophy to come from my mouth but here it goes.

First of all no one makes the right decisions when stressing out over them. In fact, do not even think about this. Wake up every morning enjoying your girl, house, job, basically life in general.

One day when you are doig something you love (be it golf, walking the dogs, having )- again something that is relaxing to you, IT WILL HIT YOU. THATS WHEN YOU WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO
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If you're concerned about future finances, racing is a terrible idea unfortunately. Track days however, are much mor affordable and you can definitely "get your fix" that way.

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Just do what ever it is that makes you both happy. If you two are fine living in an apartment then just stick with that. Why tie yourself down with a property and paying tax and maintenance for it unless you have an apartment full of children. What ever maybe, just take one day at a time. Who knows what happens tomorrow.
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I'm a horrible person when it comes to the concept of "carpe diem". I unfortunately inherited a worry-wort mentality from my mother, when it comes to finances. Funny how she turned out to be a banker.

Anywho........I guess the both of us just need to sit down and put on paper what we would like to happen when we get married and what we both would like to do until then and if we can afford it.

I just keep invisioning club racing as some sort of money eating monster, especially when your bike doesn't have insurance.

Maybe a more respectable and mature decision, like what Tom said, would be to stick to trackdays. I just didn't think that there was much of a difference in expenses between the two.
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