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Author Topic: YZF750/1000R - The Fly  (Read 44454 times)

Offline 1fasgsxr

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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #310 on: Apr 18, 2018, 10:37:34 »
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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #311 on: Apr 18, 2018, 20:39:02 »
I remember them from the 80's-90's as well, as being a force to be reckoned with.
But when you mentioned Dutchman Racing, I knew I had seen the name again recently. Well, not real recently (4yrs ago), but at Barber '14 I tracked down local hero Jamie James in the paddock area. I was able to get this photo of him (and me) with his racebike...

Check the tank :)

Love the pic and the story.  That is awesome Chris!

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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #312 on: Apr 18, 2018, 20:43:56 »
I knew Jamie pretty well back in the day. He started racing in the Southeast with Quick Sand and Gravel as his sponsor. Always loved that name. We hung out in the pits and went to dinner a fair amount back then. What a southern accent on that coonass. His mom and dad used to come to the races in the rv and make a big ole pot of jambalaya on saturday night and feed anybody that wanted to come around.

We were racing the 24 hrs of Nelson ledges one year, maybe 88 or 89, on a Katana 600 and I crashed in the middle of the last turn onto the straight. I ended up just sitting in the middle of the track with a concussion and separated shoulder, a little dazed and my back to traffic. I finally made it off the track, back to the pits and eventually to the hospital for a short visit. When I came back to the track Jamie came down to find me and see if I was OK, because he was the next bike through and had to pull up hard to avoid hitting me. I was wearing bright pink and grey leathers with bright green lettering on them, and Jamie said he saw the leathers in the middle of the track and ran off to avoid me. He was riding for Team Valvoline Suzuki at the time, the best endurance team in the country.
He was always good to hang out and have a beer with, a great guy.

I have never raced but I love bike racing.  It's one of the reasons I love to hear track stories like yours.  If you can't be there then at least first person "no shit there I was" stories are awesome. 

Offline ex119x

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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #313 on: Apr 19, 2018, 01:55:25 »
Its not too late to start racing. I'm 61 and still have a bunch of vintage race bikes and an SV650.

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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #314 on: Apr 20, 2018, 00:12:30 »
Great story... way cool.

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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #315 on: Apr 20, 2018, 00:46:33 »
I started drag racing at over 60, and am thinking of building another AHRMA race bike for my 70th...

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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #316 on: Apr 20, 2018, 10:23:38 »
Probably have more fun racing at an older age. I tried WERA 600 production in my late 20's and it was full of idiots that should not have been out there...not fun !!  Pick a good class and have fun...just stay away from the class full of kids wanting to be the next Rossi !
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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #317 on: Apr 20, 2018, 16:04:11 »
All the race talk is not lost on me.  I've been thinking about it for some time now (just turned 51).  I've been casually looking for a good used track suit in wookie size that would fit me.  I'd like to take the YZF to track sessions.    I was ( I don't teach anymore)  a USPA multi rated professional skydiver for 20 years so I dig the speed and the passion racers have.  Very similar to the skydiving community in ways.  I've been riding since I was a kid but I'm kept humbled by plenty of other faster riders I know.  I think track sessions would be a huge boost to my abilities.

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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #318 on: Apr 20, 2018, 16:42:22 »
51! Whoah!  Way to go, grandpa.

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Re: YZF750/1000R - The Fly
« Reply #319 on: Apr 20, 2018, 16:44:26 »
51! Whoah!  Way to go, grandpa.

that's almost as old as my parents...... weird.......
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