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#1 Victoria

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 03:03 PM

Racer, I wouldn't have ever pegged you for a flat-tracker! Color me surprised!

Hambergler, did you road race, or were you a speedway racer?? Texas Motor Speedway (S. of College Station) is mostly speedway, right? I know they have roadracing clinics there on occasion too, hence the question. Doh! I just took a look at your profile and answered my own question......

My oldest brother morphed over the course of 30 years from flat track to motorcross to road racing. I spent a substantial portion of my childhood and early adulthood at various tracks. Never raced (my mother had enough grey hair as it was, and wouldn't let me add more...) but I'm rather familiar with the life! My first motorcycle was a microsized minibike my brother made for me, which I tooled around in the pits (with the rest of the pack of racetrack kids...) I think I was eight or so. Bein' a hellion's pretty damned fun, I gotta tell ya!!! :banghead: Great leathers in the pic, by the way! I hated having to try to time laps and keep track of my brother's place in the pack when every other dude was wearing the same thing he was...black!

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#2 Mitch0129

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 12:52 AM

Racer, I wouldn't have ever pegged you for a flat-tracker! Color me surprised!

Hambergler, did you road race, or were you a speedway racer?? Texas Motor Speedway (S. of College Station) is mostly speedway, right? I know they have roadracing clinics there on occasion too, hence the question. Doh! I just took a look at your profile and answered my own question......


Victoria, the track just south on College Station on Hwy. 6 is actually called Texas World Speedway. The NASCAR track near Fort Worth is the one called Texas Motor Speedway.

It has not hosted a major race there since the early 80's. It is used mainly for amateur and club racing as well as the clinics you mentioned. Once in a while, they do have a concert there as well.

Edited by Mitch0129, 08 February 2009 - 12:55 AM.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:47 PM

Victoria, I am like you in that I grew up around motorcycles. My grandfather died in 1991 with about 14 bikes in his garage (he never sold any bike he ever bought, all the way back to his 1939 Indian Sport Scout Bonneville--he also never threw out any of his bike and hotrod magazines, for which my brother and I are eternally grateful). The whole family is packrats.

My father worked in the motorcycle industry for distributors and a manufacturer most of his adult life (see the thread about making a fortune in diving, and it can be applied to bikes), and has about 10 bikes in his garage now (two of them even run). I only have about five right now (one runs), but have owned somewhere over 20 since I was 18. Daddy and Granddaddy were both racers (hillclimb, dirttrack, scrambles, speedway, roadrace), so it's genetic.

Mitch is right about TWS vs TMS, and TMS is a deathtrap for motorcycles--they only ever had one bike race there right after it first opened (not my club, CMRA--when it first opened we decided it was too dangerous); NAPCAR (aka NASCRAP) can have that track.
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:53 PM

Victoria, I am like you in that I grew up around motorcycles. My grandfather died in 1991 with about 14 bikes in his garage (he never sold any bike he ever bought, all the way back to his 1939 Indian Sport Scout Bonneville--he also never threw out any of his bike and hotrod magazines, for which my brother and I are eternally grateful). The whole family is packrats.

My father worked in the motorcycle industry for distributors and a manufacturer most of his adult life (see the thread about making a fortune in diving, and it can be applied to bikes), and has about 10 bikes in his garage now (two of them even run). I only have about five right now (one runs), but have owned somewhere over 20 since I was 18. Daddy and Granddaddy were both racers (hillclimb, dirttrack, scrambles, speedway, roadrace), so it's genetic.

Mitch is right about TWS vs TMS, and TMS is a deathtrap for motorcycles--they only ever had one bike race there right after it first opened (not my club, CMRA--when it first opened we decided it was too dangerous); NAPCAR (aka NASCRAP) can have that track.


Man, you're describing my brother. He doesn't have the first MX bike but he's got 12 bikes in various conditions, including his first two CZs (circa 1972) and at least one of the Can-Am's he raced, all in the 500 class....et cetera, et cetera. He spent about 30 years building custom expansion chambers for pro motorcross and road racers... His nickname, by the way, is OldCZRacer...but he's not a diver so he's not here... :lmao:

Edited by Victoria, 10 February 2009 - 10:42 PM.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:43 PM

Victoria, my father had an early 70s CZ Joel Robert replica. He may even still have it, but it hasn't run in probably 20 years.
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:00 PM

Victoria, my father had an early 70s CZ Joel Robert replica. He may even still have it, but it hasn't run in probably 20 years.


Sounds like maybe we need a motorcycle thread... :wakawaka:
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:24 PM

Sounds like maybe we need a motorcycle thread... :wakawaka:

LLDN - That sounds like your cue. :verysad:
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:58 AM

Split this off from another topic. Ride, & write, to your heart's content.

Where's Harleyguy? :wakawaka:
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:16 AM

This is one thing I do dream of getting. I want to learn how to ride a motorcycle, get me a Harley, and then cruise the countryside. My older brother has a ranch near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, I would love to ride up there that way. I would stay off the interstates, stay on the state highways.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:29 AM

LOVE Harley's and Indians, especially with a lot of Chrome. BUT I won't ride on one having worked in ER and ICU and learned what the term DONOR cycle means.
I do LOVE riding dirt bikes on a ranch where I won't get hit by a car (maybe just torn up by barbed wire), and I do LOVE ATV's down in Mexico. Yes I know they are far more dangerous than motorcyles.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 10:48 AM

It's an 08 heritage Soft tail
I put 8000 miles on it this summer including a trip to :thankyou:

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:04 AM

I only learned to ride about 10 years ago but have had a variety. Dirt bikes, thumpers, on/off road, cruisers. My favorite bike is a Yammie YZF600R - it handles so well. I've taken it to Parry Sound and Devil's Tower. I even did an Iron Butt qualifier on it although I DNFed by being late.

I've never heard of CZ - what is that - racing but??
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:47 PM

I've had a few. My first powered two-wheeler was a Lambretta Li150 when I was 12. I became the only person I knew who was banned for driving without licence or insurance when several years below the minimum age for riding!

My first proper bike, and the one I passed my test on, was a 1961 Triumph Tiger Cub. Looked and sounded like a real motorbike, but with only 200cc in those days it was hardly a hotrod!

Later I had a Triumph Bonneville 650 of the same vintage. Travelled all around Europe on that one, then back again picking up all the bits that had fallen off! At the same time I got my first BMW, an R90S. Wonderful long-distance bike, other than the speed wobble that occasionally started at around 110mph and scared the **** out of me when it first happened. I did a lot of miles on that bike, up to 40k per year, mostly riding from London where I worked to the English Lake District for a weekend's hill walking. Lovely relaxed low pitched engine noise, no nasty high pitched whining, and over the entire four years I owned it I got 65mpg (that's to an imperial gallon, which is 25% bigger than an American one, so that's 52 miles per US gallon).

I don't remember selling the BMW. I sure wished later that I hadn't done. But I do know I sold it after four years and after adding over 80k miles for much more than I had paid for it. I do remember selling the Bonneville, but I've lost touch with the friend I sold it to and I don't know whether he's kept to his word in keeping it for the rest of his life.

I've had a few others since. I had a Kawasaki ZZR1100 for a while, but sold it after I was clocked passing through a radar trap at 180mph. The police were laughing so much they didn't charge me - they wouldn't do that now. That bike was impossible to ride slowly. Actually it handled horribly slowly - it only felt right above about 60mph.

I had another Kawasaki, a KLR650. The only bike I've ever fallen off of. I was off-road and came across some really deep ruts and realised I'd have a big problem trying to get past them, so stopped. Unfortunately when I put my foot down it was in a deep rut and I didn't touch ground until the bike had already passed the no-recovery position. If you've never tried lying in deep soft mud with a motorcycle on top of you pinning you down, then I suggest you do some time. Just make sure you have a photographer with you.

One of my favourite bikes was a modern Triumph Tiger. Not very fast (the same engine in a more sporting chassis went way faster) but a really rewarding bike to ride. Another bike I was stopped on, this time at 130mph. And again the police did nothing. Must be the toothpaste I use.

I had a borrowed BMW K1200GT for a while, and absolutely loved it. A true successor to the R90S. Immensely more powerful and faster, but with a lovely slightly sporting riding position that didn't tempt great speed. And a real looker. The last of the "house brick" fours, superceded shortly after by their new across-the-frame superbike. But I loved that bike.

Currently I have a tourer, a BMW K1100LT, that I see on my rare visits to England. Haven't ridden it in over two years, and I'll sell it on my impending visit. Very comfortable and relaxed but not a great handler - anything above about 90mph starts to feel a bit insecure, thiough the bike has a top speed of 145mph. Due to the massive fairing and luggage, I'm sure.

Ou here in Belize I had a toy for a few months, a KTM 125SX. An offroad competition bike with no lights, starter, etc. A real pocket rocket on any terrain whatsoever and a lot of fun, but too noisy to use in town and with zero luggage-carrying capacity. Amazingly fast - without a speedo it's hard to be sure, but I think I had it at over 80mph on soft sand, and I could lift the front wheel off the ground at 50mph+. When I go anywhere local I prefer to cycle and I found few reasons for starting up the KTM so I sold it.

So now I'm back to my original and enduring love - a bicycle!

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:34 PM

It's an 08 heritage Soft tail
I put 8000 miles on it this summer including a trip to :thankyou:

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:35 PM

So now I'm back to my original and enduring love - a bicycle!


Funny how things always end up where we started! :thankyou:

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