Warren P. Warner here; pleased to make your acquaintances! Currently on an unplanned hiatus from gainful employment in the IT field, I am able to fill many hours in the shop tinkering with my seemly endless motorcycle projects and pounding away on the computer. This is my story, and I'm sticking to it
Born at the mid-point of the last century, there were many opportunities during my youth to enjoy open roads and few speed limits; somewhat naturally, riding and racing cycles seemed to be the thing to do. Up into my 20's most competitive events were of the flat track, short track, scrambles variety with limited success and excessive fun! A relocation from the Northern USA to Florida provided the opportunity to try my hand at road racing.
During the late 1970's through the 1980's many hours were spent lapping courses such as Daytona, West Palm Beach (Moroso), Dade City, Road Atlanta, Savannah (Roebling Road), Sebring, Mid-Ohio, and the like with encouraging results; several AAMRR & FGP (Florida GP) championships were won, and in 1983 the AMA awarded me the #5 Plate in GP-2. As a poor privateer working at dealerships and/or owning my own Cycle Shop(s), most all my race bikes were budget converted production bikes. Many variations of the SR500's, RD/R5's, and my beloved XS11 were campaigned - I still have the 11!
A hiatus to complete a college degree kept me off the track for a few years, but I still managed to ride daily. As a lifelong vintage enthusiast, a constant flow of various British/European & Japanese restorations and rebuilds passed through my shop, with a smattering of competitive events mixed in; mostly observed trials, and drag racing (I actually made money at the digs!). Post schooling, chasing a P/A job led me to Phoenix Arizona in 1993.
Since motorcycling at large is almost non-existent in the desert Southwest, attention turned to car racing. My first track car was an early Ferrari 308, but it was too heavy and slow to be much fun; then I discovered the Mazda Miata - what an awesome little sports car they are. Our home was located within a mile of Phoenix International Raceway, so I was able to build a relationship with the various clubs that frequented the track, and took a part time position working as Chief Steward for NASA (National Auto Sports Assn). It worked out OK because this was the early 2000's and my P/A job was off-shored to India (no emoticons truly reflect how I felt about that ~ imagine a very very nasty expression incorporating a single digit - haha).
With Y2K behind us, and corporate trends to fatten the bottom line (see above) many Programmers were flipping burgers in Phoenix. Unable to find work and maintain the lifestyle which I had become most accustomed to, (NASA did not pay very well), a modest home in rural Wisconsin became the new location in 2005. Winters are long, and projects abundant, so I went back to motorcycling - YaY!
The roadrace bug bit hard again a couple years ago, but not being quite as young and crazy anymore, vintage road racers seemed the way to proceed so I sold off the car stuff. In short, I now spend much of my time bringing the Yamaha 2-smoke GP bikes back to life. The C&J TZ750 is my pride and joy, with a couple TD1's and a TZ250C to round off the assortment. Locally, Brainerd International in Minnesota is a fantastic track, with Road America being the 2nd option; races are occasional but sufficient to quell the urges.
Now I can be found banging away in the shop or on my computer, and performing the endless (futile) search for a company that will have me. I also occasionally fog for mosquitos and bring the neighbors out to see what the racket is when a test ride is called for - most any day it is not raining or snowing and something will run. I have a few acres of gnarly & hilly forest land, and like to keep the TY250 busy digging ruts and clearing flora when not cutting wood for the stove. I also started a free motorcycle sales & auction website: www.CycleWaK.com.
I have met many face to face and eFriends since getting back into the M/C racing world, and have continuing relationships with the classic restorers. Life is now simple but good in the fast lane of the slow lane!
aka the Yamanatic