Join Date: Aug 2012
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Going to race a 2009 R1 2013 season
I decided that I am going to enter my first year of racing in the Novice class with an R1 in the AFM organization. I know this is not the usual path that almost all racers take, either they start out on 250's or 600's and some never even leave the 600 class.
It would have been nice to race the 675 in the 600 class but the bike is being picked up next Friday by it's new owner. In the mean time I will be on the hunt for a 09+ race R1 bike and attending every trackday possible and going through the levels of the riding schools such as CSS, Disalvo Speed Academy and the local instruction of the trackday hosts as well.
Racing has to work for me, it's the only thing I have ever been so passionate about. I used to drag race 800hp cars but it got really boring just doing burnouts, lining up in the groove and trying to tree the person next to you at the light and make the perfect pass. Being on a bike has brought a whole new side of me out that I didn't know existed. I was always interested in motorcycles, I did a lot of BMX and mountain bike riding ever since I can remember but until last year this has gotten a hold of me!
A lot of the experienced I have gained was self taught via my motivation to read and learn. The only thing I had someone to show me when I first got my CBR600RR was how to start, stop and shift gears. Everything else I learned on my own such as body positioning, countersteering, riding in heavy wind and ect. A friend of mine and I went up into the canyons and I was only riding the bike for 2 weeks at this point, yes I had the death grip on the bars but managed to really learn a lot. I rode the bike for about 2k miles and already made my way up and down Mulholland without making a special appearance on Rnickey's channel (which was 2.5 months) and then took a cross country trip from CA to MN by myself on the RR.
Most would have considered that possible suicide, I rode from sun up to sun down and slept in a hotel at night. Once I got to MN I got into group riding and got myself a 1pc suit, from there I was up in the pack with the fast guys and they were amazed to know I have only been on a bike for 3 months ever in my life!
Not saying I am a force to be reckoned with because of these things but I just wanted to throw some inspiration out there to anyone who is thinking about getting into racing and that it's ok to go against the norm because everyone has different things they excel in.
I am looking forward to a great season in the 750CC + class in AFM, I hope to see some of you guys out there!
2007 Triumph 675 Race Bike