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Old 06-16-2013, 04:09 AM   #1
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Cool2 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.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:16 AM   #2
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OK,, I'm listening,, Go on.....
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:58 AM   #3
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At this point I don't even know what supermoto is but Google is my friend A little research and I'm introduced to the world of dirt bikes on 17" slicks 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) )

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?!?
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:05 AM   #4
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You go girl. I am liking your style.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:39 AM   #5
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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!
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:43 AM   #6
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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 The perfect bike comes up on Craigslist - a 2008 WR250X with 4200 km
It isn't long before it's mine

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Old 06-16-2013, 05:50 AM   #7
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Looking forward to the story Cindy...

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:56 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #9
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I too am a middle aged nOOb racer...Subscribed
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