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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Frozen hell of the north
I Ride: 97k '07 ZZR600, 2014 Ninja 300, 37k 89 FZR400 racebike, 56k 06 ZX6R track only, 21k 97 ZX6R F model
Back in the 80's a group of us that all had YSR50's would rent go kart tracks all over MN and Iowa for evening events on weekdays. We had a whole "race series"
track rentals were easy, we just went in and asked them how much they would be willing to rent us the track for, for some evening events from 6pm to 10pm........... 2 qualifier races to dictate starting positions, sometimes 3, then the main event
Quite often it cost us less than $500, and the closest tracks that we would use 6 or 7 times a season they gave us a better break........ When you consider most of the time we only had about 10 "racers" it would be about $50 per...........
but we had a couple events with close to 30 people arrive to race (go karts tracks notoriously do not have tons of width to pass and run 2 wide, even on a little ysr50....) So we had to run it more like motocross today, with 3 qualifying races of 10 each and only the top 3 were guaranteed in the main, then a LCQ with all the fastest losers out there at once (so about 2 or 3 from each race were eliminated before the LCQ)- doubled the length too, 20 laps instead of 10 to give people longer to get to the front, or loonger to crash out of the front, and only the winner was guaranteed in somtimes, other tracks we would also take top 3......... They were pretty fluid rules on how many would be in the main, but it was disclosed in the riders meetings at each track
I think at season end, we had ridden on 11 or 12 different tracks and had 28 or 30 events? and the winner got a decent trophy and a small amount of cash
Year two suddenly saw a bunch of yz80 top ends in the ysr50 and a bunch of other cheater shit that we made new rules after about the third round to break into a "still 50cc" class and "anything over 50cc class" but it always had to be in a ysr chassis
We simply had too many crashers that year in the "over 50cc class" and some of them requiring ambulances or helicopters that year 3 it was bone stock ysr50's only............ so most everyone who participated had to remove everything to build back to stock or try to buy another ysr that was stock
So all those toomey kits, shocks, fork springs, big carbs, ported cylinders, no air box etc.......... all those parts sat on the shelf for many that continued, but we routinely only got a handful of people year 3, sometimes as little as 3 or 4 would show up. We were invited that year to a few auto racing events to run as the "halftime entertainment" on 2 local tracks, but we decided early on we would not continue doing that, as the tracks were not layed out for us and simply didn't work out well
We never even talked about a season 4, half way through season 3 we had trouble getting people to even come..... Hell I remember one event in Iowa me and another who travelled together were the only two to show up.............. 200 miles each way, $250 each for the track fee just to run against each other.... well we got lots of laps in, even had time to blow up his engine- when his intake gasket was leaking air, rebuild it on the spot and ride for a couple more hours
We never allowed more than 15 bikes on track at once ever.... it was simply too tight and too dangerous, and even once you would get spread out, some of the hairpin turns with tires touching the asphalt on both sides made for precarious conditions and often (especially in the modified times) you would see people fly across another lane or two of the track and the bike end up in the next over lane.......... Tire barriers with zero run off on a 10' surface at best, some of them were only about 6' wide is not conducive to safety................... But man we had so much fun- honestly it was way funner than riding the big racebikes, and so very much cheaper!
woohoo we are having fun now
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