What are your other hobbies?
Guns (shooing and hunting), fishing, camping, hiking, playing sports, watching football, coaching my sons sports, church, and video games.
1:10th scale RC touring car racing. Do it at national rank! My friends all go out and get bmx bikes and scooters, I go out and by stuff for my rc car haha! There's a link to one of my races in my message below...
Stormfish, we have something in common!
I make decals for bikes as well.
Other hobbies, not much I guess. Some park flier airplanes. I used to drag race cars, but that got to be too expensive.
I just do my little chicken**** novice level TDs because every time I start feeling confident, I crash again. Thursday was my first TD of this season. My last TD last year resulted in a crash. D'oh! According to my bf, I bounce well. :|
P.S. I get the "1KRR" in your moniker. ;)
Unfortunately, I haven't made it up to Canada. I mostly stay local to me here at a couple tracks, ocassionally I'll travel as far as 13 hours for a couple nicer tracks I like.
I have my race Lic. through CCS, but I don't race. I just do trackdays.(I'm about a mid-pack in advanced group now, but it took a LOT of trackdays to get there)
Nothing wrong with novice at all, we all had to start there!
What kind of crashes are you having? Just run offs?
(Lol @ Bounce well) it's amazing how well these suits do for us. I had a 100+ mph highside and all I got was my bell rung and a broken hand.
Did a few more days at Calabogie and got my confidence back. Was running under 2:30 laps, so I would have qualified for bottom Intermediate level. Went and did a 4-day thing at Grand Bend about a month later (September 2011), freaked myself out a bit on a left-hander, ran off into the wet grass and couldn't ride it out. It just kicked me off. No injuries, but it's like starting from scratch psychologically all over again.
I agree about these suits! I can get slammed into the pavement and get up and walk away.
Highsides have got to be scary. A buddy of mine came up from Wisconsin (he's 907 with CCS) to do last week's TD with me. He highsided badly a few years ago and he's got the screws and plates holding his arm onto his shoulder to show for it. He's since slowed right down. I can't blame him!
1KRR, you must make the pilgrimage to Calabogie for a weekend. Believe me, it's worth it. :-D
Some day I may be able to make the hike up there! I checked out the track and it looks really cool!
Yeah, any get off, really sets you back mentally. The highside was a biggie for me. I had a camera running on the bike at the time, but the memory card ran out a couple laps before the crash, which bummed me out.
The only lowside I had so far, was on the street...Same thing as you, old and cold tires. I was used to riding track, and I just threw it in a turn too hard. What's funny is I got hurt worse on that 25mph lowside than the high speed highside lol.
Sorry to hear about the wet grass run off. I really can't even begin to tell you the miles of grass I have mowed on run offs lol. Fortunately, I was always able to hold it as the grass was dry...I do recall one where I was on a wild bull ride and doing some semi handstands on the bars trying to recover though (at Road America)
I had another amazing recovery once as well (we were just talking about this in my motorcycle forum tonight) This is not me, but I had the same thing happen, and was able to somehow hop back on as well like this guy. I wish I had pics or video. I could never pull it off again if I were paid a million dollars. I did manage to run over my boot, and get hit real hard in the back of the leg with the rearset for that brief second my boot was stuck under the tire, but somehow got back on.
For your friend, that sucks :( Sorry to hear it. You just never know how you are going to land and what's going to happen. I have a friend that just taped the tire of the bike in front of him in a turn, and it turned out to be a huge injury. Broken hip socket and big pins etc. Overall though, most the ppl I know that crash, walk away just fine, mainly just upset at the cost of getting the bike ready to go again.
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