Started: March 2005
First Bike: ZX6R, not recommended unless you can prove the same if not more self control then I have. so in other words start small. unlike all you newbies here, i never seeked any advice on buying a bike, i just bought it the day i saw it. when i rode it the first time, i was WTF did i just do.
Also i lead by example, which means i am naughty for starting on a 636, but unless you follow everything i teach you then start on a 250, cuz i know i cant teach self control. Also, I spent many hours in parking lots and it took me close to 8000 miles to actually feel comfortable taking corners in the powerband, i am not going to get into details, but i am very comfortable now taking corners at 12k RPMs.
What i know about bikes: I LOVE TO RIDE IT!!! and i am eager to learn and go to a track, but cant afford it
Made a deal with my GF when she is done with school i get to go to a Keith Code School, hopefully a year from now or sooner.
I have unlimited Street Motorcycle Endorsements
I rode over 8000 miles in 2007, putting me at over 15000, i did alot of cornering, only had one incident where i scared myself.
If you think you are going to save money from buying a bike, do a little more research. Unless you you can ride 12 months a year and sell your car the day you buy the bike, you are NOT saving money. The initial purchase of the bike is already $$$ spent as opposed to not buying the bike and still having a car/truck. There will be no immediate savings, you will not even notice any savings for up to 10 years.
Well I managed to purchase a 2008 Ninja 250R for my girlfriend. I took it out for 120 miles last Friday, and damn did i have a great time. I believe i was hitting my favorite road faster thru the corners then on my bike, I put pegs and toes on the ground going around corners. That was an amazing ride and would recommend anyone to take a 250R on the twisties.
On July 31 2008 I recieved a major ass kicking from a deer. It has almost been a month now and my bike is still in the shop, looks like i wont be getting very many miles this year. Hopefully my bike is ready for Sept. 6 2008.
Made it to track orientation school on September 6, 2008, had a magnificent time now i have not desire to ride street, just want to hit up tracks and push my limits legally.
it is freaking cold.
A little update here, have attended 6 track days this summer, 4 have had rain. Rain riding is something you should not avoid, ride in it you can learn so much more it is unbelievable, brake and throttle control come so much easier when you enter dry conditions.
Currently i reside in the "B" group, entry level track riders. My current goal it to get into some racing within the next couple of years, that means every penny i spend on the track I have to make good use of it and try to learn as much from that day as I can.
MAM Round 1: I learned how to ride in the rain, learned the lines in the rain, there was no expectation to push my limits and i enjoyed it a great learning experience, I agree with Jason Pridmore in learning in the rain.
MPH Round 1: Humbling experience I had 2 crashes going into turn 1. Both were from me not being comfortable with other riders around me, and I lost focus of where i was on the track, I have learned the most from those two experiences. When I exceed my limits mentally I target fixate instead of looking through the corner, both crashes were completely avoidable if i would have just looked through the corner.
MAM Round 2: I have now brought to my mind the conscious effort of enjoying the experience of track riding. Both days I went out to enjoy the ride, not wanting to have a repeat of Hastings. I took things slow and before I knew it allowing people in my personal space is no longer an issue.
MPH Round 2: September 18-19, now I am going in with the conscious effort of developing the skills needed to get the "Bump". Some may disagree and not "try" for the bump, but I am going in with the tools needed to see if I am ready for "I".
September 26, 2009
Riding season is pretty much over for me, I have no more money to spend on track days. Last weekend I attended my last track day of the year in Hastings Nebraska and it was a wonderful event, those from that area if you have not rode the bus yet you are completely missing out, the go-karts add-on were wonderful. But back to riding, i brought both bikes with me this weekend.
Ninja 250R, that was really fun to ride this bike on the track, somethings i need to change are the suspension, add clip-ons and rear sets. the straightaway power was very pathetic, but going through corners in 5th gear pinned was a fun task, most of the way around the track i never touched the brakes, but to keep the training going, when it was time to brake i would tap the brake lever with my pointer and middle fingers. the only thing i did was chop the throttle quick to get the front to dip and then roll back on to try to keep the momentum.
ZX-6R after riding the 250, this bike was amazing on the straights, i took things easy to start, knowing that i had just gotten off a bike that required twisting of the throttle to go through corners, now i am on a 636 with a 60 degree throttle(quick turn). i spent 3 sessions toying around and relearning the throttle control, while maintain the high corner speeds I got comfortable with on the 250, my 4th session on the 636 was my "bump" eval, i did not know at the time. the control riders played with me by passing me on practically every turn on the track to see how i would react to traffic. getting comfortable with traffic has been my biggest concern all year, i still hold back occasionally when others are around, but now that i have moved from beginner to intermediate, the "competition" will be at a higher level, therefore i no longer have to let off the throttle when I am behind someone.
So far have added 4 track days this year, but probably no more due to a brutal wreck.
I bought a ZX14 in August(2010) during rally week. So far I have put 1700 miles on it. And i also passed 3000 miles on the 250 Monday evening on my way home from work. The ZX6R is working, just wish there were a track closer to me to go ride it. o well i guess i will have to wait till next april or may 2011 to get on it again.
This summer I realized a huge difference to how different driving my car or truck is to riding motorcycles. the amount of attention used on the motorcycle is astonishing, and again tomorrow night when I drive my truck home from work I will be reminded of how safe I feel operating it as opposed to operating one of the bikes.