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Assuming that fishkeeping isn't your entire life, what are some of your other hobbies?

Mine is riding. Some pics from last Thursday:





 

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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...
 

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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.
 

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Stormfish, we have something in common!
Who do you race with? I bet we have some friends in common. Have you ridden at any Canadian tracks?

I just do my little chickenshit 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. ;)
 

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Who do you race with? I bet we have some friends in common. Have you ridden at any Canadian tracks?

I just do my little chickenshit 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. :|

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.
 

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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.
My first crash was on my warm-up lap at Cayuga. I'd already run a set of BT016's for far too long, and they'd been heat cycled too much. I ran them at Calabogie for 2 days already and they were toast. Lowsided on a hairpin on cold, hard tires, on cold asphalt. My first ever down in 5 years riding. The only thing that hurt was my hip, which I landed on. Dented in my shoulder plate on my suit, rashed it and my boots up, but felt fine otherwise.

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!
 

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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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You're refreshing to talk to, 1KRR. There seem to be a lot of track snobs up here who refuse to admit how many times they've gone off-roading, and who bash novice track riders on the local forum. I.e., unless you're dragging knee, stay off the track. I left my local rider's forum because of the backstabbing, hypocrisy and snobbery.

You must be on 1000rr.net as well? I'm on 600rr.net, but mainly lurk. My favourite forum in the one I first joined back when I had a Ninja500.

I haven't had any close calls and crazy saves like you. The closest I've come to a pucker moment lately was dropping the bike into 1st by mistake, dropping the clutch and locking up the rear coming into T1 at Shannonville last week. It was nothing, thankfully!

Do you watch MotoGP? My Gawd, some of their saves... :shock:
 

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Thanks for the compliment, and you are as well :)
I am registered on 600.net, but I don't post on there, I used to post on TON on 1000RR.net, but there was a little uprising over there a few years back and a bunch of us packed up and started up a new site (well, one guy had the domain already, I just went along for the ride) but that one is 1000rr.us. So that's where I hang out now. Real cool group of ppl. Small site around 600 members. Everyone knows each other real well, and a bunch of us have met and stuff, so it's just a cool environment.

I hear ya on dropping to low in the gearing. Iv'e done that too lol. before I got a slipper clutch I did it a lot just coming in to hot. Then you just prey it's going to stop wagging before you blow the turn lol.

Once I got the slipper in there, I was starting to do it on purpose so I knew how hot I was coming in. The slipper makes it much more forgiving. (not first gear, but 2nd or 3rd)

I love the moto gp races! What's even more cool is watching some of the isle of the man stuff...Or any of the series where they block off the streets. Those guys are nuts!
 

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I'm jelly of your slipper clutch! I finally popped for Vortex rearsets last summer, but a slipper clutch remains just out of my financial reach.

My dad bought me a copy of Closer to the Edge for Christmas. I watched it with my b/f. He fell asleep! I don't understand how anyone falls asleep during that. :lol: Seeing TT Isle of Man live is on my bucket list.
 

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Vortex are by far my favorite! Congrats! I need that nasty spiky grip they offer, without them, my outside foot would be slipping off all the time. Even with them sometimes I slip off here and there lol.

Yeah, I was going to ask next if you could swing the cost of a slipper clutch. I have STM, but a lot of the ppl I know are running yoyodyne ($600ish I think for yoyo) and are plenty happy with it as it seems. Besides a luxury, I really kinda look at it as a safety net. I suppose some ppl would call it cheating...And maybe it is, I probably would have had a few more wipeouts without it :D I know this stuff is expensive, but I would try and put that next on your list of add ons. You will love it!

I'm sure you have ppl filling your head with so much advice, your ready to pop, I know I was.... All I can say is have fun out there. Trackdays are too expensive to not have fun.

Next,if I can add anything, someone told me this, and it was the best advice I ever got. Always try to just work on one thing per track day, and stay focused mostly just on that one thing. Be it, getting your head down and pointed where it should be, or foot positioning, or learning brake markers etc. For me, Foot position was the hardest thing. I think I spent a good 5 track days or more focusing on just that alone trying to get my outside heel locked in and inside up on my toe. As you know, in a tight track, it's sometimes hard to do that quickly. Always a work in progress.

Going back to the knee dragging thing and the ppl on the local site...Meh. They can act how they will, you gotta know they did not go out there and set a knee down on their first trackday. No one does.
It's too easy for a bully to talk shtuff behind a KB. That's why I like this small forum I am on. Most everyone is real transparent that way as to where they are at in their learning curve.

I can't remember how long it took me to be honest, but it was a while for sure. I just remembered the first time it freaked me out a bit and I lifted my leg back up a bit right away. Then after that, you start toying with it a bit. THEN you get over confident and do your best to grind you pucks as much as you can...THEN after a while (lol) you start to realize that you are blowing too much money on pucks and you try and go light on them again and lift off when you can. Funny how it goes full circle.

The site I hang out on, even though it's 1000rr.us, is far from just 1000's anymore. A lot of the guys there have moved into 600's for trackdays, and there is all kinds of other bikes on there now, I think Honda has become the minority in fact lol. I've been considering moving into a 600 myself since it's really a better suited track bike for most tracks. A few of the guys there are even toying with 250 racing right now after racing 1000's and saying it's the most fun they ever had on the track.
It's an invite only site (it's how they keep out the inflated egos and jerks/squids in general) so if you're interested in checking it out. Shoot me a pm, and I'll get you in there. I think you would be a good fit :)
They don't care at all where you are at in the learning curve, just be transparent as you are on here, and you'll be a great fit.

OK, Long post from me again, sorry about that lol. I'm a world class rambler.
 

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Mine would be shooting (rifles, shotgun, and pistol), billiards, watching football, wrestling (real wrestling, wrestled in college), watching baseball, and reading.
 
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