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Old Oct 12th 2015, 11:19 PM   #21
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looks awesome if you are a really fast guy not so much if you are slow.

I find with a Panigale at the track you are already a target.
Exactly.

Riding a Panigale, you are already sort of a target and people have high expectations before you even roll out on the grid. No sense in giving them further expectations. If you are going to come in looking like some Factory racer, you had damn well better be fast.

When I started racing as a Novice, my bike had minimum decals on it (only those that could earn contingency...I didn't have any sponsors then). I had a Krylon spray can paint job and my leathers were solid black...no patches, no name, nothing.

I would respray my bike after each weekend, I kept things neat, my suit stayed clean etc. But in no way, shape or form did I try to make myself look like I was anything more than what I was.

Not only because I didn't want to look like a poser or give a false impression of being fast, but because I felt like I hadn't "earned" any of that stuff. I hadn't won anything, hadn't beaten anyone notable and hadn't proved shit.
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Old Oct 12th 2015, 11:26 PM   #22
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Offtopic, but that last post kinda reminds me of another thing that kinda gets on my nerves. Personally, and I stress this is just my opinion, I don't like to see guys at track days with white number plates and black numbers.

In the US, white number plates and black numbers are earned. They signify an Expert racer. And to earn your Expert race license, you have to either finish in the top 5 in the final standings for the season in your Region, or finish on the Podium at the Grand National Finals (GNF). The GNF is the season finale. It is an invitation-only race. You have to earn your way into the GNF. At the GNF, you are racing against racers from every region, all over the country. And landing on a Podium at the GNF as a Novice is the other way you earn your Expert license/plates.

As somebody who worked my ass off to earn my Expert plates, I see it as a little bit disrespectful when guys will put white plates and black numbers on their bike for no reason. In some ways it discredits the efforts many of us have put into earning those white plates.

...and don't get me started on the people who put decals all over their bikes without actually being sponsored/supported.

While I know this opinion is shared by many other Experts, again I stress this is just my personal opinion. It isn't up to me what other people do with their bikes.
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Old Oct 13th 2015, 07:22 AM   #23
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Offtopic, but that last post kinda reminds me of another thing that kinda gets on my nerves. Personally, and I stress this is just my opinion, I don't like to see guys at track days with white number plates and black numbers.

In the US, white number plates and black numbers are earned. They signify an Expert racer. And to earn your Expert race license, you have to either finish in the top 5 in the final standings for the season in your Region, or finish on the Podium at the Grand National Finals (GNF). The GNF is the season finale. It is an invitation-only race. You have to earn your way into the GNF. At the GNF, you are racing against racers from every region, all over the country. And landing on a Podium at the GNF as a Novice is the other way you earn your Expert license/plates.

As somebody who worked my ass off to earn my Expert plates, I see it as a little bit disrespectful when guys will put white plates and black numbers on their bike for no reason. In some ways it discredits the efforts many of us have put into earning those white plates.

...and don't get me started on the people who put decals all over their bikes without actually being sponsored/supported.

While I know this opinion is shared by many other Experts, again I stress this is just my personal opinion. It isn't up to me what other people do with their bikes.
Ha nice rant

It's usually the same guys that are running full slicks in the novice and intermediate groups
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Old Feb 5th 2016, 07:06 AM   #24
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Geez, I do have a Ducati helmet, jacket, and gloves. I didn't know I was automatically a douchebag. I thought it was nice stuff that worked well for me although the glove break-in process was a little painful. Fits nice now. I haven't been to Starbucks with all this yet. I've been busy at the track with it instead. I guess my first season was a little embarrassing but the second season much less so. I was having too much fun to really care though and couldn't care less about what others thought of what I was wearing other than for safety reasons.
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Old Feb 5th 2016, 07:23 AM   #25
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It's just protective gear. Some care more about looks and matching their bikes color scheme more so than the opinion of others. I don't have matching gear like that since my brands are all over the place but I definitely like matching colors. I don't see anything wrong with it. People who have an opinion about what someone else chooses to wear whether they are the super noob at the scene or the expert racer is nothing more than wasted energy. Channel that energy n focus on yourself n what you're doing. If you have the funds to blow $7k on protective gear to match your $65k motorcycle and you have 3 inch chicken strips, there is NOTHING wrong with that and certainly doesn't make someone a douche. People are so quick to judge n criticize others. It's rather juvenile. Just because your expert rider friends have a different opinion on it doesn't give you the right to pass that judgment on anyone. Keep it to yourself or talk shit amongst yourselves in your "expert" group.

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Old Feb 5th 2016, 07:57 AM   #26
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Old Feb 5th 2016, 08:28 AM   #27
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The only thing people at track and race weekends should be judged on is their riding etiquette.


Wear whatever gear you want as long as it keeps you safe!


Although I do agree about the number plate thing....however, I think most people that slap numbers on their bike for fun don't know any better.
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Old Feb 5th 2016, 10:28 AM   #28
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All of those type of comments sound fine and dandy while we can all sit on our high horse behind the keyboard. Some people act as if we don't live in a world where first impressions and judgments are made daily all over the world about everything such as the clothes people wear, the color of their skin, their religion, their gender, their sexual orientation, their accent, their job, their bike, the vehicle they drive, where they live, what they eat etc etc etc etc etc.

Sure, in a perfect world none of that shit would matter to anyone and not a single person would ever make any type of initial judgment about another person until they knew them closely and personally.

Before you come on here with your passive aggressive bullshit and calling people juvenile, you should make sure you have never in your entire life came to any conclusion or judgment or had a single preconceived notion about another individual before you knew them closely and personally.

If that IS the case, then congratulations on living in that aforementioned perfect world.

And FYI - there is a difference between somebody "coming across as a douche" and actually being a douche. But in my experience, every time we have thought somebody kinda came across as a douche, our initial impressions were confirmed once we actually interacted with the person, and many times our initial impressions weren't anywhere near negative enough.

As always, your mileage may vary.

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Old Feb 5th 2016, 12:16 PM   #29
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That's the ultimate. A SL with all the kit to hit the track.

You would think they would find a model that the suit fits better. Looks way too big on him. Lol
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Old Feb 5th 2016, 12:34 PM   #30
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I always laughed at the squids who showed up at the motocross races with the best gear and trickest bikes only to get their asses handed to them. I loved smoking them.. When I showed up at the track last spring to do a rookie day and told the guys of my Mx background they thought I was just another douche bag with enough money to afford a Ducati. I'm a fairly humble person and told them I would learn fast. By my third track day I was bumped to expert class, soon after I was in a group of guys who where the fastest on the track. I earned everyone's respect with my fast progression and friendly personality. People are judged by first impressions. People who race take great pride in earning their plate colors! It's quite an accomplishment and takes time and a lot of hard work for most. I haven't raced my duck yet... But when I do I'll have the appropriate plate backgrounds as they are earned!!!
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