T10 Racing

Motorcycle racing is an inherently foolish activity. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Dressing in a leather suit, going out to a remote track to bake in the middle of the summer (or shiver in the winter), riding a fundamentally unstable machine around in circles as fast as it and the your capability will allow – while simultaneously pouring buckets of money into other people’s pockets – is ridiculous. And dangerous.

Racing is also incredibly fun. And educational. I consider the five years I club-raced to be one of the high points of my motorcycle riding career. I made some great friends, challenged beliefs about myself and my riding ability, improved my riding skills, and created amazing memories. How many people can say they’ve caught on fire from sliding through burning fuel at 90 mph? What can top watching sparks fly off the pegs of the bike in front of you in a high-speed corner at 3:00 am? Or being able to tell who was running race gas just by the smell while dragging knee only a foot or so away from their exhaust? Good times.

  • http://www.motorcycle.com/ Sean Alexander

    I’m crushed that our first date didn’t make the Top-Ten.

  • Old MOron

    Amen, Evans. Amen.

  • Ben Wingate

    I’ve done a couple track days on my 95 ZX7. It’s an antique and boat-anchor heavy in comparison to the bikes I was out there with but it’s an incredible amount of fun. If I had the money to do one or two per year I would. I enjoy it much more than street riding in Florida.

  • Gruf Rude

    I club raced for a couple of years back in the late 70s. I learned that the tracks clubs raced on back then were ridiculously dangerous for motorcycles and the cost of racing was well beyond what a young married guy with a profession to learn and kids to raise could afford. Learned a lot about limits and came away with some incredible memories but no regrets about giving it up . . .

  • JMDonald

    I’m probably more of a track day guy than a club racing guy. I haven’t done either one. I haven’t had a real sportbike since the 90’s. Club racing sounds a lot like yacht racing.

    • Zack Crowther

      Yes, if yacht racing was more Thunderdome and involved crashing and danger.

      • JMDonald

        Yacht racing is a metaphor for life.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Never club raced, but have done the STAR riding school (paying $20 and riding on the back of Jason’s speeding GSXR 750 about had me crapping in my leathers) and did some track days. It was really fun. My current liter class bike is too big and fast for such duties. Would like to get on a set up SV650 and have at it again. Playing on the track (and riding my dirt bike) makes me feel like a kid again, and that sensation is priceless once one hits middle age…