This was a dream of mine once.

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  1. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

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    My father got me my first dirt bike when I was 5 years old, I rode the wheels off that little thing. When I turned 6, I started competing in the 50cc minis class with the same bike. That was the start of a serious addiction. Through the years as I was growing up, I always had a dirt bike and always raced motocross. I done fairly well for myself, when I turned 16 I got my "A" liscense, this allowed me to race as a pro.

    Racing in the pro class was a huge eye opener. Those guys were really, really fast! It took some adjustment, but I got used to it quickly and started turning podium finishes. I had the world in front of me as far as a racing career. When I turned 18, I tried my hand out in dirt track. I borrowed a friends 1200cc Harley and entered in the County fair. I've never competed in dirt track up to this time and only practiced a small handful of times. I ended up finishing 2nd in my heat race and 5th overall. I didn't follow dirt track too much after that, it just wasn't for me, only raced in 3 other races.

    At 20 I wanted to try road racing. So I started racing an endurance series. My bike was a 600cc Yamaha. The team I was on was a great group of guys, we had a lot of fun. I only raced half that season. All the while I was still racing motocross.

    Then....

    On October 30, 1993 it all ended. I was at friends house practicing for an upcomming arena cross. About an hour into our practice I was getting pretty tired, but as friends do, we kept pushing each other. I came out of a tight hair pin turn on the throttle, 2nd gear, wide open. I had to be in 4th wide open before I hit the face of the next jump in order to clear it, it was an 80 foot triple that would launch us to the tops of the telephone poles. I had my line, I'm on the throttle in 4th, the face of the jump was comming up fast.

    Just as I hit the face of the jump, my chain broke....I don't remember anything after that, even to this day. My friend said me and bike made it over the triple, but I wasn't on the bike. I lawn darted, head first into the dirt. I broke c1, c2 and c3 in my neck, I separated both my shoulders, broke my right wrist and both bones in my lower right arm and had a concussion so bad I was in a coma for 3 days.

    Needless to say, that was it for motorcycle racing but before that happened I always dreamed of racing the isle of Mann TT.
     
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    rcairflr Well-Known Member

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    Wow, just wow. Incredible story. The riders that do the Isle of Man are pretty amazing. There have also been some pretty tremendous crashes there.
     
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  3. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    WOW!! Glad you survived that.
     
  4. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

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    I never had the balls to do that however you can putzz into town with me on a cruiser!
     
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    you'e so lucky to be alive and walking around
     
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    zkovach Well-Known Member

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    Ever been to redbud? I grew up 15 minutes from there in Michigan. It's where the motor cross championships are around 4th of July weekend
     
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    I think it was a wise decision to hang the biker gear after that day!:eek:
     
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    When I was in my late teens I worked at a 24 hour Texaco station next to an interstate Highway. Needless to say, at about 2:00 am there's not much going on. I had a Yamaha dirt bike (250 I think) and I was riding circles around the station. Somehow I didn't hang one of the turns and crashed into a metal dumpster. I figured it was a sign that motocross wasn't meant for me.
     
  9. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

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    Ya, me too!:D

    I was in and out of consusness in the chopper on the way to the hospital. I couldn't talk or open my eyes but I remember one of the flight nurses telling the other that, "this one isn't going to make it". After I woke up 3 days later I had sever tingling in both my legs, like they feel when they're asleep. When it was all said and done, it took me 8 months to learn how to walk again.

    I've raced redbud countless times, it was one of my favorite outdoor tracks. I don't have a bike anymore but someday I'll get a cruiser, that's my speed now.:D
     
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    I've bet I drank more beers there then u went around the track? If not..... challenge accepted!!
     
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    zkovach Well-Known Member

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    I bought this for 3500.00 Yamaha Silverado 1700. I never go fast but it rides like a lazy boy on wheels
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    Yup, that's my speed now.;)
     
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    You are a very lucky man.
    I knew a guy that used to race them crotch rockets. He was down in Daytona and got a piece of the grass. That's when all hell broke loose. He said that during his recovery, he wished he had died in the crash than suffer the pain.
     
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  14. 68c15

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    Want to ride in my side car? Hell no!
     
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