Cougar Tracks: A Cougar Goes Racing

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  1. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    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
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  2. racer43

    racer43 a.k.a. Shooter

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

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    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?!?
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  4. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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

    pvangel Team AARP

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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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  6. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    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

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  7. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Looking forward to the story Cindy...

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  8. stk0308

    stk0308 Long timer

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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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  9. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    You shoulda bought a KLR!!!! :D
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  11. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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

    and squonker :flip
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  12. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    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

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  13. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    Looking Good Cowgirl! Learn from every "nap" :D
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  14. kenny61

    kenny61 Crazy Idiot

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

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Nice :D

    So this is for SM? or offroad? doesnt matter, I'll come along for the ride anyway :D
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  16. kenny61

    kenny61 Crazy Idiot

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    racings racing who cares what kinda tires it has:freaky
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  17. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    My plan for the 2012 supermoto season was to watch and learn. I wanted to get more proficient on dirt and get familiar with the new bike. The local motocross track offered classes complete with bikes and gear so I started there.

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    The season runs from the beginning of April to the end of September. I went to the Tuesday night supermoto practices and hung out asking questions, getting to know people and helping where I could. I got pretty good at track sweeping :D The local track is a car racing oval and the supermoto courses incorporate the track, the pit lanes and an access road. The club built a very small dirt section which is used occasionally and a couple of times a year they use part of the neighbouring motocross track. New courses are set every week. It's a great club and everybody is very friendly and helpful. There's generally 20 to 30 riders out every week and they ride in alternating "A" (advanced) and "B" (beginner) sessions.

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    Then this gets announced :D

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    Time to put the street tires back on the WRX!
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  18. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Teaser video for the 2012 Victoria Supermoto season

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  19. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    Man,,it looks like theres some great people organize'n supermoto at that track.:clap
    Wish there were motovated:evil people like that at a track near me.
    Your gona have a blast!
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  20. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    The big day arrives! It's just a track day but it's my first time and you know you always remember your first :D

    There's a few other n00bs although I'm by far the oldest. I wonder what the other riders think about having this old, fat woman in their midst. One of the experienced riders is going to lead us around the track for a few laps so we can follow his lines. I'm nervous even though this is a no pressure situation, I don't really know why. I consider myself an intermediate rider and I can ride fast (I think). I scrape the pegs on the Wee from time to time and there's no chicken strips on it's tires. I've been riding the WRX quite a bit and I'm comfortable on it, why am I nervous? Maybe just because it's a new situation and people are watching :dunno

    We set off on what's supposed to be a moderate pace and it isn't long before I realize I'm totally out of my depth. Soon I'm all alone. At least I'm mature enough to ride my own ride and not push myself to keep up. And I'm having a great time! I love this! I do start to speed up as I get used to the track but I still get lapped :lol3 OK, let's go a little faster then. I come around a sweeping turn into a tighter turn into the pit lane, grab some brake and now I'm sideways! :eek1 That's not a good feeling. Somehow I avoid the high side, straighten out and keep on going. A few laps later we're called in - it's over way too soon! I'm so stoked I can't stop talking, it's a total high (not like I'd know :wink:)

    Thinking it over afterwards there's a few things I realize. Unlike street riding I need to keep my revs much higher and not shift so much. I need to brake later and get on the gas faster in the corners. I also get a few pointers about handling the bike, not to try to muscle it around so much and to look through the corners more. Next time I'll do better, but when is that going to be?
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