We've corresponded about this a while back, and I finally managed to have fun without worrying about any of the things that kept me from doing so. Learning is crucial at track days, but it is also very easy to get lost in that frame of mind and forget that the basic idea of a track is to have fun on two wheels.While I appreciate that thought, I was really looking to carry on an intelligent discussion while the show is a foot deep outside my window
Great read (as always). This post made me think about, well, ME. Minus of all of the racing glory, time, patience, learning, training, practice, injury, money etc that you have invested.I had 23 years of ingrained habits that I just found out in one day were completely wrong. The way I sat on the bike, the way I gripped the bars, the way I moved on the seat, the way I used my brakes, the way I used my throttle...all of this and more needed tons of work....
This.Is.Awesome.Great read (as always). This post made me think about, well, ME. Minus of all of the racing glory, time, patience, learning, training, practice, injury, money etc that you have invested.
I started in 1989 and was self taught through trial and mostly error. My "rebirth" occurred August 3, 2015, with CSS at NJMP. EVERYTHING I thought I knew about riding was wrong. And like you, I was happy to find out how wrong I was, so I could start learning to do things more correctly. I'll be back out there for track days and schools next season to learn even more.
I don't think it's off topic at all. It is the topic. Having the bike/gear/desire is no substitute for proper instruction/education. You may not know what you don't know, but that ignorance will not save you.Just got back from my last TD of the season.....
I hope this is not too far off topic, sorry.
That part of your response reminded me of one of my favorite motorcycling quotesYou may not know what you don't know, but that ignorance will not save you.
Thank you for your response! Again, another who has followed the same path. There are MANY like us.I find your story amazing and very similar to mine.
Bought my first bike in 1978, road it from Denver to Miami and survived S. Fla traffic for several years.
I would say I had 25 years of experience before my Total Control course then a track day.
After the track day, I would say I had 1 year of experience, 25 times.
Only did one track day the first year, 2 the next. 3 the following and about 7 this year.
Just wish my progress was equal to yours. For that congratulations.
I find track days some of the most fun I have ever had. By the end of the day I'm beat.
Had never consider going to the gym, after this year joined the Y so I can work on the legs and cardio.
After reading this thread, it makes me think I really need to back off and work on the basic's again. The last set of track day pictures show the body position I though I had isn't.
Thanks for taking your time sharing and passing some of your experience and love of riding along.
Damn, that is some scary stuff there. Everyone has their own level of risk that they are willing to accept to be able to ride. For some people, that first crash is all it takes to get them to reassess their priorities. Others go much further. For me, I think I could stop myself from breathing before I could stop myself from riding. This sport may be the death of me, and I would die a happy and fulfilled man. There is no right or wrong choice here...it is entirely up to the individual. I have had many broken bones, torn ligaments, bleeding, internal damage, and multiple concussions...and I am still racingGood read, Thank you!
I had a incident a few years back while racing dirt bikes.
I went down in a race and into a tree, a branch impaled my neck, went in about 8", weaved in between my veins at a down word angle ended up very close to my voice box. I had about the size of a silver dollar hole in my neck.
I was very lucky to be alive laying there in the hospital. Lots of things like taking a break from racing and riding was going through my head, or to quit all together.
They stiched me up from the inside out. I spent the next week thinking about motorcycles all together. I had lost a friend 2 years prior on the street bike, we watched him pass away on the side of the road. I thought, now this happened to me. My thoughts were to sell everything and give it up.
I had many conversations about riding over the next two weeks with friends. Anyways, I ended up two weeks to the day, I woke up that morning and I made my self load up my bike into the truck. Then headed our spot, I still had stiches in the neck and hurt a bit. I put my gear on, started the bike and sat there for a while. Just thinking.
I did ride that day and still ride. But I believe if I have not got back on that bike 14 days later I would have quit all together. The meaning to the saying, "if you fall off the horse you gotta get right back on". Makes a whole lot more sense to me now.
Welcome back to the sport. My advice would be to take everything at a pace that is natural to you. Check yourself. If you find yourself riding at 100% of your ability then you are destined to crash...dial it back and use your riding time to learn...it will pay bigger returns down the road.This is a really great read. I stepped away from motorcycles because my ego would not let me tell everyone why I REALLY laid my CBR(RIP) down. I didnt LAY it down...I highsided like the guy on the R1 in the vid. Doing stuff I didnt have the skill for. My rebirth was September 26, 2015. I have only done 400 miles since then, but so what. I told myself, if I am going to do this motorcycle thing again, I am starting over from scratch. Thats why I am choosing to take every possible class avaible from MSF before heading to the track. Once I have developed enough balls for a track day...I will be able to put my left hand down too...lol
Go right ahead.Mind if I link this to my local thread, gtamotorcycle.com?
It's a great read
It gets easier with repetition for sure and it is absolutely a perishable skill. The difference between my riding in the fall and the next spring is night and day. I have to re-learn lots of things.So glad this was bumped. My first year of riding I made a real effort to learn to ride. I can look at the progress of that year in the track photography.
Unfortunately, life happens and I am basically a novice/beginner again. When I get out and ride I have an idea of almost everything I am doing wrong and by the end of a day riding I have started to smooth out a lot of the mistakes. Then several weeks go by and the cycle continues.
I really need a string of several track days and the practice, learning, and patience that comes with a track day.