faffi Posted May 14, 2010 Report Share Posted May 14, 2010 Personally, I have never fancied track riding (or driving, for that matter) because I'm bored with repetitive tasks. For me, the best place to ride is a deserted, constantly winding, gnarly road that I have never seen before. But there are others who have different agendas, people who love to get incrementally closer to perfection and enjoy trying something over in a quest for getting it just right. Or perhaps they love the competition. I can see that. Having a fight on the road, especially on fairly slow bikes with limited handling capabilities to keep the speed down, between similarly fast riders can be fun and exciting. On the track, you obviously can - and probably will - have more and better performing vehicles. So it was interesting for me to read Roger Reiman's (then aged 50), Grand National US Champion back in 1964, comments after a long day in the saddle of a FZR1000, GSX-R1100 and ZX-10 together with Nixon and Lawill back in 1989: It was Reiman, the most reflective of these three, who was best able to sum up the modern sportbike experience. Even though he has a yearly outlet for his need for speed with his racing at Daytona, he obviously relished the day's ride. "I could ride for 3000 miles back in Illinois, and not go around half as many turns as we did in 300 miles today," he said. Then, after a pause, he continued, "And if I could ride bikes like these on roads like this, I probably wouldn't race at all. I'd just go out a couple of times a week for a long ride instead." Two things can be drawn from this: Road riding is fun - and Heaven forbid I have to live in Illinois Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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