1. You don’t need a super fast or expensive bike to have fun

T10 Club Racing

As I said at the beginning of this top-10 list, my years racing are among my favorite motorcycling memories. I’ve logged tons of hours on exotic sportbikes on the track, but much of it pales in comparison to the races on my EX500 (or even that ill-handling Grom last year). I’ve never been tempted to race my R6, the entry fee for making it competitive in its class would be too high – and there are kids with dreams (not dads with jobs) racing them. MO contributor Gabe Ets-Hokin wrote a great piece about the joys of riding a slow bike fast, and I have to concur.

Yeah, saying I raced an EX500 was never gonna get me laid, but I’ll never forget spending those days sweating inside my leathers, going bar-to-bar with guys I liked and trusted. The fact that we rarely got over 120 mph doesn’t really matter. We were at our and our bikes’ limits on the track. Of course, off the track we were doing what racers do best. We were swapping stories and reliving the moments of just a few minutes earlier – complete with sound effects and wild hand gestures. What could be better than that?