The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

November 20, 2005

Got the itch again…

I went with a buddy today who was participating in a track day on his motorcycle at Road Atlanta. He said he needed someone to help him load/unload the bike, take care of his stuff if he crashed, the usual stuff. But I found out later he had an ulterior motive: he wants me to get another bike.

And I’ll be damned if it didn’t work. There’s an atmosphere when you get a bunch of maladjusted gearheads with high risk tolerance together and tell them “go fast!” that just gets into your blood. The scream of 160-horsepower, 1000cc inline-4 engines spinning at 14,000 RPM as a bike races down the back straight at 150 mph. The coarse growl of a big V-Twin being pushed to the limit. People coming off the track with tires abused so badly that you can see the little balls of rubber on the edges from the insane heat generated at track speed. The palpable smells of bravado vs shame as an experienced rider on a paltry 70-hp Suzuki SV650 turns quicker lap times than the rich novice on his 160-hp Kawi ZX-10. And of course, the ambulance and crash-truck standing ready just-in-case, a reminder that this is not child’s play.

I’ve jumped out of an airplane, been in car crashes, and ridden in a car while my wife drives, but absolutely nothing in my life has given me the adrenaline rush as riding a bike on the track. I didn’t get to ride today, but I got a taste. And I’m going to need my fix soon.

So the other guy with us came up with a suggestion. For under $4000, we could buy a used racebike. One of the most cost-effective ways of getting time on a track is endurance racing, where a team of riders will compete in a 4 or 6-hour race, alternating drivers at preset intervals. I can replace the adrenaline shot of track time (which is not a race) with actual racing, which is like binge-drinking adrenaline. I’m already getting chills just thinking about it!

Anyone want to sponsor us?

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || Trackback URL || Categories: Uncategorized

1 Comment

  1. Oh Brad, I knew it was bound to happen. What does your wife think about this? Does she support you? If you are going to do this you need to up your life insurance so your wife will be taken care of in the case of an accident you don’t revive from. Get your own bike, don’t share one with someone else. I know you don’t believe in God, but say a little prayer once in a while….Ok….If you don’t want to pray, then I will.

    You do need to make your own decision and suffer your own conquences. We love you anyway…Remember this is a mom talking.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — November 20, 2005 @ 11:16 pm

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