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Offline y2kc0wb0y

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I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« on: November 08, 2020, 05:10:56 am »
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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2020, 08:41:50 pm »
Wow.
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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2020, 03:22:15 am »
Great story! I could listen to that guy talk all day. Thanks for posting!
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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2020, 10:04:25 am »
this goes a long way to explain the quality of american classic racing

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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2020, 01:06:41 pm »
.............I'm with you Simon ;) ;) ;)

He failed to say how many bikes were in his class............since AHRMA split from the AMA scene, the AMA vintage races have been limited to a 2-day event which in some years has very slim pickings for each bike class........this year of C-19 surely held the competition in check.
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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2020, 02:53:38 pm »
You know he's 'hooked' now !
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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2020, 03:27:52 pm »
this goes a long way to explain the quality of american classic racing

Anything AMA is far from premier vintage racing in the states these days. AHRMA is by far the place to race. That said, the divide between vintage and modern bikes in the organization seems to be growing. Many younger races don't want anything vintage and it means that often the bikes and riders of vintage are similar ages. I'm definitely in a minority being only 35 riding a bike that went out of production 7 years before I was born. Vintage seems to be thriving overseas much more than here for sure. AHRMA is going in the right direction generally speaking but still lots of work to do.
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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2020, 05:27:18 am »
this goes a long way to explain the quality of american classic racing

Anything AMA is far from premier vintage racing in the states these days. AHRMA is by far the place to race. That said, the divide between vintage and modern bikes in the organization seems to be growing. Many younger races don't want anything vintage and it means that often the bikes and riders of vintage are similar ages. I'm definitely in a minority being only 35 riding a bike that went out of production 7 years before I was born. Vintage seems to be thriving overseas much more than here for sure. AHRMA is going in the right direction generally speaking but still lots of work to do.

hey we are the same age!

To be honest I think it's the same here as well. Not sure if it's just bad management by the Italian Motorcycle Federation, or simply our bikes are getting too old. When I started to be involved with vintage bike racing back in 2009 there were still bikes from the '60s racing, they have been long gone. Not sure if the same is happening, but on the other hand I don't see a lot of people coming racing with the new classes they created in the past few years for bikes from the early '90s

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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2020, 09:49:11 am »
the average age of classic racers in the uk must be pretty high as well . the riders are normally people who raced the bikes when they were modern bikes or the children of those riders . we also have modern riders that usually race in a national championship being paid to ride by well off bike owners desperate to win a club championship ( i have my own views on this but will keep them to myself ) there are a few younger riders like mat that have just decided that classic racing is for them but sadly not enough .  the only reason that classic racing is so popular over here is that back in the day there were thousands of people racing . every weekend throughout the season there were races at 6 or 7 circuits within 250 miles if my house . the grids were huge , if you raced a 250 or 350 there were 3 heats each with 36 riders  (sometimes more ) with the top 12 making the final , it was very cut throat !  . all classic championships need more young riders in or there days are numbered . i worry about next season , will the older ones come back?

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Re: I accidentally won a motorcycle championship
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2020, 11:31:24 am »
There are so many factors that are at play with racing. Guys my age (mid-30s) are in the midst of starting to raise young children and find that there aren't enough hours in the day to be a good parent and have a hobby as involved as this. The other guys in my age range that race are mostly there when they can be, and aren't in the hunt to actually hit as many races as they can but more to just enjoy old bikes. The guys that can dedicate the time and money are the ones that are heading toward retirement soon or have already left work behind. It's hard to compete with a guy that can build a bike however he wants, take all the time off he needs, and not worry about the cost of gas and entry fees. I have poured significant money into building good bikes, and that's still only part of the equation. The majority of races are 12 hours/700 miles from my house, with only a few less than that away, making it more difficult to make the time. That's part of it, making it a priority in your life, which I have done, but many others choose not to. Fortunately, there are still a number of hotly contested classes each year that require regular turnout from each rider if they hope to win a championship. The fact is that modern bikes of 20 years ago are still worlds easier to maintain and get reliable power from than bikes 40+ years old, making them fast-growing classes. AHRMA has over 50 classes, which need to be on track for practice and races both Saturday and Sunday, which makes for a very tight fit. Time is marching on, and more modern bikes seems to also mean less vintage. The next 5-10 years may see an even greater reduction in vintage racing, which is the complete opposite of what I hope happens. End rant.
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