After purchasing the 1198S I knew I needed to do some track time so I signed up with a local group called Team Promotion through one of its members who was a forum friend from my old days in audizine.com.
After signing up I had to get ready and so I proposed a Philly run to my friends just so I could go to the Revzilla boutique and order the stuff I needed.
Once we got there, I was blown away by the amount of things I wanted!! lol but I ended up decked out on Alpinestars;
Alpinestars Motegi Race Suit
Alpinestars SMX 6 Boots
Alpinestars GP Pro Gloves
Time to hit the track
As I am sure a lot of you know, going to revzilla is a wonderful experience. The costumer service is superb and everyone is just super friendly (shout out to Rafael who was more than awesome helping me!).
It is 5:00 AM on a cold October morning, I am excited, nervous and not looking forward to riding the bike for two and half hours in 45 degree weather to the track.
Thinking I am going to die of hypothermia I make it to the track where I meet up with my friend Craig and his tracked out 848, we join the introduction class to get some pointers and off we go!
It was an amazing experience, one I`d recommend anyone who likes riding motorcycles; one thing I tell anyone that asks me about going to the track is that you will definitely find out how big your hmmm "cojones" are.
Bonus story, that was my birthday and my girlfriend at the time had thrown me a surprise party... well lets just say I was very late and we are no longer a couple...
In 2013, I started looking for a used 1199 in order to upgrade from my 2002 Monster 750 Dark. While searching the local classifieds I stumbled across a completely stock 1198S which unlike all other bikes in my price range was very local to me and way under budget.
On a Saturday afternoon I ventured out to Brooklyn, NY dragging along a couple of friends and an envelope full of money; the whole way there we were thinking "this is probably the worst idea ever" which was later reaffirmed when we arrived in some shady looking garages in not a very good looking neighborhood.
we looked at each other with faces of fear, I said WTH lets go look at this thing. The owner of the bike was not sure what to make of us, he looked a bit concerned as did we but he handed me the keys so I could turn it on and check it out.
It took a while for the bike to start, there were a few things that should have raised some flags (Back to this on a later blog entry) but me being the impulsive person I am, I just asked him "Do you have the title on you?".
Once I saw the title I handed him the envelope with money and asked him to sign it over to me, I slapped my plate on it, called my insurance and off into the sunset I went on my new used bike.