I started out riding dirt bikes back in the 60s and 70s. Got into street bikes a bit in the early 80s and then got out of it until my son asked if he could get a dirt bike about 10 or 12 years ago. I got bike for both he and I and joined a club (Cahokia Creek Dirt Riders) and have been heavily involved in the club (including vice president for 4 years and have run the hillclimb timing for many years). A couple of years ago my son decided he wanted a street bike. He wanted an R6 but I told him I wanted him to start on something a little more conservative so I picked up a 250 Ninja for him to get his license on and learn the basics of street riding. I picked up a brand new Ninja 650 for myself of course. I have always been able to use my son as an excuse to get new toys for myself as well. style_emoticons/default/smile.gif He's going to school at SIUE and he quickly outgrew the 250 so I sold that and picked up an '08 ZX6R for him to ride on the street and for me to ride on the track. Last year I took the 650 out for test the track at Gateway and realized within the first 10 seconds that I was having an incredible amount of fun. So a buddy and I rode both days at Heartland in the Novice class this year and I also rode both days at Putnam last month, all with MCRA. Next year my son wants to ride a track day at Gateway so I guess I have to give up the ZX6R to him and I'll have to move back down to the 650, "unless" of course I go find another toy. style_emoticons/default/smile.gif I'm running out of room in the garage!