Racing Season 2010
The season that never happened
Dear reader, I'm so sorry, you've waited long and patiently for updates on the racing season that, for me, never happened. My enthusiasm for racing remains undiminished (which has made this a difficult update to write) yet I never got to the track in 2010.
Why? In a single word, budget. Exactly the pitfall I warn aspiring racers about in my article Ten Steps to Go Racing - if sufficient funds aren't available in the racing budget, racing won't happen.
So for the 2010 racing season I found myself without the budget for racing, my bikes all in need of something, and sadly I hadn't the means to provide for them. Even my streetbikes were suffering for want of new parts. Finally I have discovered the down side of being a multi-bike owner - the more bikes you have the more there is to go wrong. Especially when your newest bike is over 10 years old.
Before you report me to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to the Internal Combustion Engine, please consider that I'm trying to make amends in 2011. I've got parts for my loyal steed, the 500 Vulcan I've owned since it had 870 km's on the odo (the bike to which I owe the most - it's given me nearly 100,000km's of sterling service - the least I can do is buy it some new parts) and Vulcan will be running again this spring.
For the rest of my fleet, and with great trepidation, I am contemplating the possibility of selling a bike, parting with one of my loves. It's a thought that brings me a degree of anguish to consider, but they deserve an owner who can afford to care for them properly, don't they? An owner with fewer bikes or more racing/riding time maybe?
You can see it won't be easy for me to let go, but perhaps that will be my new exeperience in motorcycling for this year.
As for racing, with the snow falling outside my window as I write this, I'm wondering how fast my skiis are at the moment. Once the snow thaws we'll see what's ahead for 2011.