Hello friends! My name is Eric. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and despite the sometimes less than ideal weather conditions, I love riding motorcycles. I have been riding and racing motorcycles for just under a decade and it has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life, which is why I want to share my passion with you!
How I got started
I bought my first motorcycle in 2006 and immediately fell in love with riding. Almost every sunny weekend
(“sunny” is a relative term in the Northwest) I was looking for a new twisty road to master. I was also going on as many group rides as I could to meet new riding buddies and learn the tricks of the trade.
I am a very competitive person and a bit of a perfectionist and I had one goal in mind: to drag my knee in a corner. I realize this was a bit “squidly” of me but I was determined. Unfortunately I am also a fairly rational person and I never felt comfortable pushing the limits on the street because I didn’t feel safe. Between blind corners, oncoming traffic, loose gravel, and any number of other potential hazards I never felt like I could really push myself. But the desire was ALWAYS there…
It wasn’t long before I heard some other riders talking about doing a “track day”, which I had never heard of, but it sounded like a fantastic idea! I did a little bit of research and found a track not too far from me with a few track days left before they shut down for the winter. Eventually I talked myself into signing up.
I was SUPER nervous and extremely paranoid that I wasn’t qualified to be riding on the track since I just started riding about 4 months earlier. But hey, I’ll be fine… right?
The day finally arrived and after passing tech inspection and attending the rider’s meeting it was time to hit the track! My anxiety quickly turned into euphoria as I followed the control riders around the track and FINALLY felt the freedom to unleash my motorcycle’s full potential and test my limits on the race track, something I never felt comfortable doing on the street.
I was literally laughing and screaming “THIS IS AWESOME!!!” inside my helmet after the first lap and after one session I was completely HOOKED! It was everything I thought it could be and more, and believe it or not I actually drug my knee in my very first lap! But I quickly realized just how much more I had to learn about going fast.
It took me two full weeks to wipe the perma-grin off my face, and when my dad, who came along to be my pit crew, saw how much fun I was having, he decided that he was going to have to give it a try next time.
So he did! Many years and many lessons learned later my dad and I are both racing competitively and having a blast doing so and I want to share these lessons and stories with you!
Even if you don’t have aspirations of racing I hope the information on this site will entertain and inform you and help you to become a safer and faster rider in the process.