I do trackdays because it's a nice controlled environment without jackholes like the one in the white beater.
Plus you know the other guys out there are USUALLY smart enough to not take you out like you would with running the canyons down there.
i do it because the trackbug bit me :)
after that, riding out on public roads was just ho-hum
and yes, i have witnessed and lost a friend in the canyons; smacked right into an oncoming truck (truck's fault for crossing over the double yellow lines)
MY main reasons though:
*controlled (learning) environment
*you can speed all you want (or not)
*everyone goes in the same direction
after trying out the track once i knew i wouldnt touch the street with my bike. i realized riding on the streets was boring and just cruising plus how often can you say you went 150mph on the streets lol
Some riders have gone track-only for the exact reason you started this thread--too many idiot cagers on the road.
all of these ^^^^ are some of my reasons!
first off, i would like to thank my good friend, Sergio aka Patty Cakes (CTM_Patron) for pushing me into the track game. I always wanted to try the track back then.
but was hesitant, because of $$$, inexperience, comfort level and because i was intimidated by the track and by the track riders.
but after popping my track cherry, i became addicted!
i was a hardcore canyon carver. it was all i wanted to do, til i crashed up there. i have seen many go down right in front of me.
or have passed those that have gone down. even helped them out. it never even dawned on me that i could be next.
but in 3yrs of all my canyon carving days, all it took was one incident to calm me down and eventually quit.
do i have the urge to go back? yes, sometimes i do. but i wont. its been almost 3yrs since ive been back.
another price point for track only riding, was the fact that i got t-boned on the main road coming home from work.
totaled my bike and put me in a world of hurt for many mo's.
and several mo's of physical therapy. not fun!
i also dont like to get tickets. in 5yrs of street riding, i only managed 2 tickets (1 for crossing the dblyellow to overtake and 1 fix it ticket).
i also have been pulled over from stereotypical LEO's for stupid reasons, very stupid reasons. i dont like to be pulled over...
being categorized because i ride a "crotch rocket" or "sportbike". they assume i am a speed demon, stunter, wreckless rider, street racer.
and long story short...
the worst one of all (that almost put me in jail!) was that he thought that i was "riding a stolen bike"!
yea, he made an illegal u-turn to sneak behind me at the traffic light, waited for me to go on the green, then pulled me over.
it was 7am bright summer saturday morning, fully suited up in my track leathers, race boots, race gloves and a camelbak on my way to the canyons.
his excuse was that he thought i was riding a stolen bike. so instead he gave me a fix it ticket for the plate lights not being bright enough. fvckin tool! lmfao.
another reason, is i dont want to be associated or classified with the idiot riders and squids i see on the streets on a daily basis.
it looks bad and i dont want to be that guy to be stereotyped by someone else.
so yea, in a nutshell...those are most of my reasons for track only!
i do however have plans to go back to the street for commuting. 1 reason why...
since ive quit commuting, my seat time diminished and so has my basic skills/senses/muscle memory.
and i cant ride the track every weekend, so commuting will allow me to keep those riding traits.
will help me to retain my muscle memory and vision. give seat time to practice my basic skills for braking, throttle control/manipulation, handling, and cornering.
basically keep me "warmed" up before i do the true training i get from the track.
these are my thoughts on why i think i have gone backwards with my abilities and skills at the track and having all my recent crashes.
sorry for the long post/soapbox/going a little off topic. you asked and i answered. lol.