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Cowgirl 06-16-2013 04:09 AM

Cougar Tracks: A Cougar Goes Racing
For the start of this story we are going to have to get into the way back machine and travel to the summer of 2011. There I am, an overweight, middle-aged woman with a 650 V-Strom, not a motorcycle known for speed. I've been riding motorcycles for many, many years and the thought of racing, while attractive, hasn't really played a part in my life. For the last couple of years one of my buddies has been encouraging me to buy a track bike and keeps sending me ads for likely prospects. I look at them, think "How fun would that be!" and forget about them. Now finally, in the summer of 2011, I'm ready to pull the trigger and give it a try. I tell another of my friends that I'm thinking of getting a track bike and he says "What you want to do is try supermoto! There's a club right here in town and they have a track night every Tuesday at Western Speedway. You should check it out." Yes, maybe I should. :hmmmmm

racer43 06-16-2013 04:16 AM

OK,, I'm listening,, Go on.....:lurk

Cowgirl 06-16-2013 04:58 AM

At this point I don't even know what supermoto is but Google is my friend :D A little research and I'm introduced to the world of dirt bikes on 17" slicks :eek1 Holy crap! This looks like a riot!

(Guess I should mention here that at this point I've ridden on dirt less than half a dozen times in my whole life (see my other threads) :lol3)

So on a warm summer evening I head to the track to see what this supermoto is all about. It takes all of 10 minutes for me to be totally hooked! How did I get to be 55 and not know about this?!?

damurph 06-16-2013 05:05 AM

You go girl. I am liking your style.:clap

pvangel 06-16-2013 05:39 AM

I too was an overweight middle aged (well the body of a middle aged woman) man when starting to race.... Love it, I'm in for the story!

Cowgirl 06-16-2013 05:43 AM

Bike shopping ensues
So now I need a bike, but what bike? More research. I hang around the pits, ask questions and watch. There's lots of KTMs and quite a few DRZ400s. Being a total noob I know I need a bike that won't scare the pants off me (translation - kill me). As well, after a summer of trying to learn how to handle a V-Strom off-road, I would like a bike that I can put dirt tires on and use as a dual-sport. Everything about the Yamaha WR250X appeals to me. Fuel-injected, street legal, low maintenance but still has some get up and go. As a bonus I can touch the ground :lol3 The perfect bike comes up on Craigslist - a 2008 WR250X with 4200 km :clap
It isn't long before it's mine :raabia

GalacticGS 06-16-2013 05:50 AM

Looking forward to the story Cindy...


stk0308 06-17-2013 10:56 AM

Supermoto is where it's at alright. I was in my mid 30's when I just had to try it. Most fun I've ever had on a bike.

5Chord 06-19-2013 10:23 AM

I too am a middle aged nOOb racer...Subscribed:lurk

squonker 06-19-2013 09:47 PM

You shoulda bought a KLR!!!! :D

Cowgirl 06-20-2013 04:40 PM

Thanks for the encouragement everybody .........

and squonker :flip

Cowgirl 06-20-2013 04:58 PM

I spent the winter riding the WRX around the backroads of Vancouver Island getting to know it. It was love at first ride, what a fun little bike! :clap
In the spring I put a set of Kenda K70s on it and took it to Death Valley. It spent a lot of time napping but that wasn't due to any short comings of the bike :deal
Lost Rider photo

5Chord 06-21-2013 05:42 AM

Looking Good Cowgirl! Learn from every "nap" :D

kenny61 06-21-2013 12:17 PM

With your title alone your off to a much better start then my overweight middleaged guy goes racing thread:freaky

Stagehand 06-21-2013 05:33 PM

Nice :D

So this is for SM? or offroad? doesnt matter, I'll come along for the ride anyway :D

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