Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chicago Illinois
Location: Chicago Illinois
Sportbike: Triumph Bonneville...the original sportbike!
Years Riding: Since about 11 years after my adult teeth came in
How you found us: I tripped over ya on my way to the can!
I was already bitten by the motorcycle bug and went to my first flat track race with friends and I was just awestruck...I was about 14 or 15 and I knew that it was something I HAD to do. It was a struggle because my folks were just dead set against me ever owning a motorcycle let alone racing them, but I did all the things kids do when their folks forbid them to do something and there's no stopping the kid. When I turned 18 I just brought a bike home and announced I was going racing...I expected a big fight and to be thrown out of the house, but I guess I wore them down or they just realized they weren't going to stop me and they accepted it. Neither my mother or my father ever saw me turn a wheel on a race track.
I raced flat track seriously for about 11 years with a couple of half hearted years thrown in and during that time I ice raced, rode enduros, cross country, and did alot of recreational dirt biking that may as well have been racing, all the while street riding and touring too. After I started to leave flat track, I got into drag racing bikes for a while...I wanted to take it to more than just the E.T. Bracket/sportsman level and was about a thin hair away from building a Super Modified Sportster with the intent of moving up to Pro Stock when the money suddenly got used for a great opportunity and got better spent on buying a house. I'm hoping to get back to drag racing in ET or an index class next season maybe.
I continued to dabble in a cross country race here and an enduro there and an occasional romp at the dragstrip on my Suzuki 4 when I discovered AHRMA. I originally set out to go road racing, something I always wanted to do but couldn't afford while I was flat tracking. While I was flat tracking I could race 2 to 4 times a week from May through to early October...Road racers got to race once a month and some of those required you travel 1000 miles or more! In AHRMA I found that vintage MX, Cross Country, flat track and trials gave me much more bang for my buck. I don't flat track anymore...if I crashed like I did 30+ years ago in a flat track race they'd be picking me up with paper towels and Q tips! It's a sport where things happen fast and hard!
I've been racing a long time and I don't intend to stop until I absolutely have to. I don't get out much as I'd like, but I'll be at a few vintage events and other select events before the season is out...The vintage MX at Mid Ohio stoked the fire once again. I don't go very fast these days, but I have a blast and I have enough experience that the fast guys can pass me cleanly and safely without having to worry about me taking them out.
There are 2 ways you'll know I quit...If I sell ALL my dirt and race bikes, both old and new(er) or................ when you see them close the lid on the box.
Oh....Why did I start racing? That I can't really answer but as you can see, once I got started I couldn't stop.
"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!
If you want to anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal all one must do is tell the truth!
Last edited by OldTimeBiker; 08-21-2010 at 12:32 AM.