Interesting how that works out, isn't it? People new to motorcycles and sport riding have the understanding of "it's not what you ride - it's how you ride it".dru said:The sport is for rich guys; back then entry fees and practice for the 3 classes I ran were $250 a weekend. Tires for my bike every weekend were ~600, and the 750s would be spending 750 to a 1000 on tires. My bike needed brake pads every race at $50 a pop.
I had my AMA Pro license, but I didn't consider myself a professional by any means. I was a top finisher in my class at regional club races, but just a midpacker at nationals.dru said:Mr Crash, You're an endurance racer, awesome! Black #s on your bike pictures; professional? Or is that an endurance thing? My # was 320 and the amateurs used red letters.
I pretty much stuck to the west coast. Sears Point / Infineon, Thunderhill, Buttonwillow Raceway, and Willow Springs. I've done AMA Nationals at Pikes Peak and Laguna Seca as well.Have you ever run at Shannonville? That's the only track I spent any time on. There's only one really fast straight about 1/2 mile long where the superbikes get up to 160 mph or so. My 500 would hit 125 by comparison. That is the long track, there's also a short version. The short track is so tight that a lot of the pros will run 600s against the others who choose 1000s.
I'm only familiar with them through history,as my involvement with racing didn't start until 1995. The owner of a shop that sponsored me raced one when he was younger - no shortage of wild, cross-country racing out of a van stories from himThe guy who won the 600 production race that I got 5th in (1990 can-am match races, may 24 weekend) won it on an RZ 350, a two stroker that was sold stateside, with the US version having catalytic converters.
I'm sure you know the bike.
I had a ~100 mph one out at Buttonwillow Raceway a couple of years ago. I've been down about 30 times on roadracing bikes (hence my screen name) - that was the first one that I was just happy I walked away from. Every other one had me worrying about the repairs - not that one.What's the fastest you've been down at? I dropped it once at about 100 mph. That was scary!