I've had a lot of fun over the past year, burnt a lot of cash (in relative terms), and don't have a whole lot to show for it. So I'm going to keep note of how things progress as much for myself as anyone else that is interested in listening to my ramblings. A brief prologue might be necessary. I bought a brand spankin' new dirtbike in December '06 with the view to building a nice little street motard that I could take bush on occasion. It'd been a while since I'd ridden, about 10 years in fact, which back then was predominantly on ag bikes. As such, an '07 KTM525EXC was a bit of a shock to the system, but I soon got back into the swing of things. A few months later I finally had the coin together for a set of motard wheels. A few months after that, and my leathers FINALLY arrived from Thailand. Couldn't really complain, apparently they lost a few workers to flooding, or so they say. Anyway, my first track day followed shortly after and, as it turns out, the dirt wheels were never to go back on again. A couple of crashes, and a few hairy moments getting passed at break neck speeds by the guys that get paid to do what they do, and I was hooked. I ran a few more track days whilst I mustered up the courage to sign up for a race. That day finally came with the last round of the Qld Supermoto Championship in September 2007. I managed not to embarrass myself too badly, and came away with a 5th overall for novice class. As it turns out, my number plate, headlight and blinkers were never to go back on again either. :grin: A lot of racing followed shortly after that, with the Australian Championship Rounds following each other in quick succession. Round 1: Oran Park (3rd overall!), Rounds 2 & 3: Newcastle (blurgh, Crashy-McCrash-Crash), Rounds 4 & 5: Ipswich (1st and 4th!), Round 6: Calder Park (4th?). Anyhow, it was all good enough to let me come away with 3rd Novice overall for the season, and gave me a few dust collectors with which to justify my many 1000's of dollars expense... yeah right. Whilst I certainly wasn't the 3rd best rider out of the bunch, you've gotta take some luck when you can get it. That brings us to the present, where I'm a bumbling C-grade rider no longer able to hide out with the novices. They're all bloody crazy anyway, so perhaps that's a good thing. I'm running a local club series of supermoto racing which is going ok, but most relevant (finally :roll: ) to this forum, is the next chapter... So, I'm going to have a crack at this road-racing thing that a lot of you blokes seem to enjoy. :wink: Mind you, I'm not jumping in at the deep end. It's the Southern Downs Challenge, and Morgan Park seems to be pretty tight as far as RR circuits go. I'm lined up to do a track day out there before the 1st round too, so nothing too scary I hope. I'll be riding my motard which isn't a powerhouse even in supermoto terms, and I'll probably have to zip tie my boots to the bike to force me to keep them on the pegs, but it should be an interesting experience. The quickest track (in terms of corner speed) that I've ridden thus far would be the supermoto circuit they put together down at Oran Park. Coming over the bridge down toward the bus stop at 120, at full lean, completely blind and with horrendous head shake was actually quite invigorating, albeit completely alien to a novice supermoto rider whose only 100+ cornering experience is from on public roads (doesn't really count, does it). I've got no expectations given that I'm horribly slow at learning tracks and this will all be new to me, but I'll keep this updated, like I said, as much for myself as anyone else that may be interested. There should be a lot of questions answered along the way. Will the big end of a KTM RFS hold up to sustained RPM? Can I continue to avoid broken bones despite a current crash rate well exceeding one per each hours riding? Will I succumb to this knee-out tomfoolery that all you blokes do? Time will tell. :grin: Next post will be on the bike, which is still a work in progress. Hope I haven't bored you if you've gotten this far.