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Old 15th September 2008
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...gotta give the old dude credit tho...
????????

This weekend I went to the AHMRA race at Sandia (Albuquerque). In one of the large bore races for modern and vintage bikes they had the top 5 finishers come to the finish line for interviews. When they all took their helmets off it was easy to see that they were all clearly older than me! You know that saying about age being a state of mind.

My sportster will only be a streettracker now. All the dirttrack races in this area have been canceled and no one is attempting to start the series again. So now I have it apart for painting. I do have R1 forks for it but still need an axle. I'd like to stay with the stock spoke wheels. We'll see.

I did miss the Springfield race over Labor Day. A few weeks before then someone broke into my place in Alaska and we decided to go there to take care of the homestead. Freakin crack/meth heads!!!!!! I was only one of 21 breakins in the last two months. Supposedly they arrested one of the guys....

The best news is that I got an '08 1125R a few weeks ago that I will be using for road racing/trackdays. I want to be involved in racing and if the only racing near me is road racing then that's what I need to do. You know the other saying about lemons and lemonade?

We have the Sandia race track here in Albuquerque and there's an all year track, Arroyo Seco, in Deming, NM.

The 1125 is way more bike than I thought it would be. My mechanic neighbor has a 1098 and a 996. He road the 1125 and said last night, after a few beers, that he thinks it might even be better than his 1098. I saw Doug Polen ride a 1098R this weekend and I was impressed with the 1098. We'll see.

Whatever, I get my competition license in two weeks and ride in my first race at Sandia. This should be a kick in the arse. I would have enjoyed flattrack but I can't see driving ~500 miles to the nearest event just to ride.

BTW Dave Aldana won his AHMRA road race class this weekend. He was in his skeleton leathers. Man that was cool.

Later, Doug
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Exclamation WOW an 1125R !

Hey Doug, how much insurance do you have ? Thats one mighty fast Bike ! I know, I rode one at an "Inside Pass" Track day last year.
BTW Doug, do you actually know how to "Hang off" a bike in corners ? If you don't, you really ought to enroll in a superbike school before you get in waay over your head !
But please, keep us updated on your Racing endeavors, and if we STOP hearing from you, I for one- am gonna assume the worst
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????????

This weekend I went to the AHMRA race at Sandia (Albuquerque). In one of the large bore races for modern and vintage bikes they had the top 5 finishers come to the finish line for interviews. When they all took their helmets off it was easy to see that they were all clearly older than me! You know that saying about age being a state of mind.

My sportster will only be a streettracker now. All the dirttrack races in this area have been canceled and no one is attempting to start the series again. So now I have it apart for painting. I do have R1 forks for it but still need an axle. I'd like to stay with the stock spoke wheels. We'll see.

I did miss the Springfield race over Labor Day. A few weeks before then someone broke into my place in Alaska and we decided to go there to take care of the homestead. Freakin crack/meth heads!!!!!! I was only one of 21 breakins in the last two months. Supposedly they arrested one of the guys....

The best news is that I got an '08 1125R a few weeks ago that I will be using for road racing/trackdays. I want to be involved in racing and if the only racing near me is road racing then that's what I need to do. You know the other saying about lemons and lemonade?

We have the Sandia race track here in Albuquerque and there's an all year track, Arroyo Seco, in Deming, NM.

The 1125 is way more bike than I thought it would be. My mechanic neighbor has a 1098 and a 996. He road the 1125 and said last night, after a few beers, that he thinks it might even be better than his 1098. I saw Doug Polen ride a 1098R this weekend and I was impressed with the 1098. We'll see.

Whatever, I get my competition license in two weeks and ride in my first race at Sandia. This should be a kick in the arse. I would have enjoyed flattrack but I can't see driving ~500 miles to the nearest event just to ride.

BTW Dave Aldana won his AHMRA road race class this weekend. He was in his skeleton leathers. Man that was cool.

Later, Doug
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I'm getting instruction with the race license and there will be instruction with trackdays. I'm also signing up for lessons from Doug Polen at Laguna Seca. I've wanted to ride around Laguna since I first saw the AMA road races there in the 60's. After seeing Polen ride this weekend at Sandia I'm sure he can teach me a lot.
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Thumbs up I'm glad to hear this....

Ok, I'll be resting a little easier now. But I hope you're in good enough shape physically, cause it takes a little gymnastics to man-handle a roadrace bike around a track in the proper fashion. But it'll probably be a helluva lot easier for you that flattrack would have been. BTW- alot of X-Flattrack racers turn to AHMRA Roadracing in their old age....Jay Springsteen for one.

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I'm getting instruction with the race license and there will be instruction with trackdays. I'm also signing up for lessons from Doug Polen at Laguna Seca. I've wanted to ride around Laguna since I first saw the AMA road races there in the 60's. After seeing Polen ride this weekend at Sandia I'm sure he can teach me a lot.
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