- Jun 30, 2012
After reading the thread about the rich guys who own collections of classic vehicles. I thought I would say something about ego. The reason I sometimes road race is about ego, not about the adrenalin rush. The first time I crashed in front of a large crowd and looked stupid, I lost most of my ego, and I take beta-blockers to stop the adrenalin rush. My whole professional life has been about development of materials and processes. My Seeley 850 is just an extension of that - another mental exercise. The last time I raced the bike, I proved it is good enough to win. For me that is almost enough. When the fuel line popped off, I was in front with no hope of ever being caught. I can understand guys spending their lives touring and looking at the scenery, and also those who collect classic vehicles - but what are they really achieving ? When you own classic vehicles, you are only preserving them for the next guy. If you take only one and dramatically improve it without destroying it . . . ? I don't have a conscience about upgrading my bike, because I built it out of parts. Back in the era, it did not exist - it simply looks authentic.