I've been CHALLENGED!! (long) In what can only be described as a fit of drunkness, I've been challenged to a race. By my dad's 58yr old best mate. Let me fill you in: Long weekend, up the river, drinking round the fire. As always when you mix guys over 55 & alcohol with young people & alcohol, the talk turns to bikes. Dad's mate (who is a top bloke & like an uncle to me) is going on about how when he retires (in 2 years) he'll be buying a VTR 250. I mention I had one as a loan bike while mine was getting a service & I thought they were great. I make the statement "they're pretty quick, but not as good as the Hornet!" Well - this get's dad's mate, who's name is Rev, rather wound up. See he's been drinking port mixed with vodka all night & is rather drunk. He starts going on about "back in my day" and "i'd be quicker on a 250 than you'll ever be on some slow arse 600". I reply with "i think you're underestimating the hornet.." and he starts going on about "a race to prove it then" I of course ignore him saying "sure old man..whatever" & not taking his bait. until he says "the reason you will lose is because girls are afraid to ride as hard as boys" Well that does it. "No fricking way..I will crucify you!" So he says "Well prove it then! When I get my VTR 250, I'll race you wherever you like & win." SO I choose - Chain of Ponds. Why? I live at the bottom of it & can practice a lot! lol. So the deal is struck - in 2 years, when he gets his VTR250, we shall race each other from grand junction rd to Gumeracha. This is a $100 bet here. Reasons I think I will win: He will be riding a 250 UP A HILL. I shall be on the Hornet 600. better acceleration! I have two years to practice & get used to the hornet's handling in the corners. he will be getting back onto a bike after spending 20 years off one. I have my new Keith Code book (thanks Loz, Eswen, Carver & Gowron!) and my dad to help me train up for the big day I am young & nimble - he is old & slow Rev has a reputation for falling off his bike. A lot. At slow speed. His bike is stock. mine is "fastified" Reasons he thinks he will win: The weight of the hornet plus me is 244kg. the 250 plus Rev = 216 kg. he believes he has fallen off so many times he knows his limits & will be scraping pegs the whole way up there He thinks he has the experience. Now as the night wore on & the alcohol poured it on the claims got more insane. now he thinks he can ride my Cb250 & beat my BF on his CB1300!! I seriously doubt that in 2 years this race will ever take place. his wife won't let him get a bike! lol. But what do you think - do I have a chance at kicking his arse?