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How long have you been riding?

  • First Year

    Votes: 69 7.2%
  • 1 - 2 Years

    Votes: 65 6.8%
  • 2 - 5 Years

    Votes: 146 15.3%
  • 5 - 10 Years

    Votes: 139 14.6%
  • 10 - 15 Years

    Votes: 122 12.8%
  • 15 - 25 Years

    Votes: 109 11.4%
  • 25 - 65 Years

    Votes: 303 31.8%
  • 65 + Years

    Votes: 1 0.1%

  • Total voters
    954
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I'm a late starter, with my first ride at age 48 in June 2008. So, I just barely slipped into the "5-10 years" bracket.
 

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hmm ...for 30 years until 3 years ago... dirt/farms/bushtrails and occasionally "this weirdly hard packed 'gravel track' that ran from my house to the nearest bush trail about 3 mins away" .. strange roa.... errrr track that was .. soft angle kerb.... errr gutters... errrrr ummm 'berms' at the edges , all the chicane bends in it to 'slow traffic' at the edge of the suburb ... on a bike there was a clear line about 1.5m wide straight through the centre of the roa.... track! ... slowed me down not a whit!! ... just the edges made any difference for cars .. and now that i think on it .. some really ultra cool engineer type put this big speedhu..... errrr tabletop jump!! about halfway along too.... once i had finally progressed to the old XR350 ownership ... that whole 2min section was just a WOT blast with a little bumpy bit in the middle.... :cool:

.... lucky it was 'just a track' eh! ... and no member of the public or their property was ever harmed or impinged upon! .. :D

ooops.. edit... last 3 years been road riding on my GS500F ... since my knees started to complain loudly about bush track blitzes!
 

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interesting results so far. with so many highly experienced prospective buyers, yammie out to sell as many as they can make, eh?
odd categorization on this poll, though. 25-65, really?!
this poll makes it like we are all old timers !
 

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As soon as I get the bike home,, the stock tires are coming off and a set of Dunlop Q3s are going on. Next destination......Deals Gap to thoroughly check out the lean angle clearance and drive out of the corners. I've got a friend that owns US129 Photos on the Dragon Photos - Deals Gap Photos - Tail of the Dragon Photos and will see about him shooting some pics of me going through some corners.
 

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You're my idol!!
Nah.......I'm just a guy that loves riding and Instructing and am fortunate enough to live close to one of the best roads in the entire country.........318 turns in 11 miles should offer some feedback about performance and handling and how the suspension will be stock..........at least for a 195 lb fella.
 

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Do they police that road really well? I would assume that there is always a cop around or do they allow people to "enjoy" the road?
 

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It kind of depends. Weekends obviously have a lot more traffic and "referees" around. Usually after a bad crash or a fatality accident, patrols are stepped up a bit. Weekdays are of course the best times to go up on the hill and of course, Oct. Nov. time frame will get you lots of room to .....ah, ahem, uh........ride a bit more of a spirited ride. I really never ride too hard up there though, as I've explained before.......just one mistake, either on your part or the other guys, and you either go OVER the mountain, or INTO the mountain.........neither of which have a happy ending most of the time.
 

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I know how that goes! I race up a pretty steep road every year and luckily I've been able to keep the sticky side down. I've gotta make it out there one of these days and run that road :)
 
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