BARF - Bay Area Riders Forum

Go Back   BARF - Bay Area Riders Forum > BARF Love of Community > Best of BARF


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-28-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
jonko
Veteran
 
jonko's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: seattle
Motorcycles: 2004 gsxr 600
Name:
Dying of cancer, but I have a dream (18 tracks, 13 countries) - RIP, Jonathan Ko

Who?

My name is Jonathan and I am a long time member of BARF (I bought my first bike from yanabanana over 10 years ago), and admittedly not particularly active since I live in Seattle now. About 2 and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer, which is a rare and currently incurable cancer. I have been in treatment every since (twice monthly chemo). The treatments have so far been effective in stabilizing the disease. I am currently relatively healthy and exercise regularly. I have done track days since my diagnosis.
I have always been fascinated by motorcycles. My passion in particular is for the track. I am a fast C pace rider. I have probably done about 10 trackdays in my life.

What?

I would like to ride at all the circuits on the motogp calendar before I die. In the grand scheme of things, it's pretty silly, but I guess it would mean something to me.

When?

ASAP, but I would guess next summer season, except perhaps for Phillip Island.

Why?

Before my diagnosis, I had like most people a very standard idea of what I wanted in life. I would get a job, get married, and have some kids. And I think I would have been happy with that too. But cancer has pretty much thrown that all out the window. Those dreams are impossible. For the last 2 years, I have been coasting through life, and going through the motions. I really have no answer to the question: What does this all mean? I know dreams != meaning, but they are at the very least closely related. I want my life to mean something. I want something to live for. I've been inspired by Diana Nyad (Cuba-FL swim), Terry Fox (one legged run across Canada with cancer), and Moin Khan (ride to Pakistan). All amazing journeys, which I am sure have shaped them as people.
I have always been fascinated by motorcycles. ("Motorcycle" was apparently my first word.) I watch motogp and I see these riders with amazing talent, with absolute mastery of their craft. I know I can never hope to ride like that, but when I am at the track, I feel a small spark of what that might be like. Like I said before, this is a small dream, but I think it would mean something to me.

How?

I would like your help. Right now, I think I would just been interested in your advice. Does this make sense at all? Is it feasible? Stupid? Dangerous? Honestly, I haven't really done much research on this. From my 2 mins of searching, I know at least Phillip Island and Qatar offer trackdays. Ideally, I would love to meet some locals that can show me around and that I could perhaps rent a bike from.
If this this idea makes sense, I would really appreciate introductions to people in these countries and hopefully in the motorcycle community.
I have no agenda. I am not trying to raise cancer awareness or whatever. If pressed, I guess my only message would be this: "Are you living the life you want? If not, why not?"

Thank you for reading, and thank you for your input!

Edit: Update at post #112.
Edit: Update for Laguna Seca #137.
Edit: Update for CotA #143.
Edit: Update for Phillip Island #169.
Edit: Update at post #180.
Edit: Update for Mugello #201.
Edit: Update for Jerez #210.

Last edited by jonko; 11-22-2015 at 09:27 AM.. Reason: new post
jonko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2013, 09:55 PM   #2
NorCalAthlete
O_o
 
NorCalAthlete's Avatar
 
Contributor +++

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Peninsula
Motorcycles: '15 Yamaha FZ09
Name: Pete
I think it sounds like a fantastic idea, and one you'll find plenty of support for on BARF. Feasibility will vary depending on finances, logistics (are track days an option at each and every track?), etc. Stupid? Dangerous? Some would say riding in general is stupid and dangerous, let alone hitting every track on the circuit. I don't think this particular idea is any more stupid or dangerous than riding in general.

PM incoming; good luck dude!
__________________
Your views on any given subject are the sum of the media that you take in, scaled to the weight of the credibility of the source that provides it, seen through a lens of your own values, goals, and achievements.

Ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity.

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
NorCalAthlete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2013, 10:41 PM   #3
JENX!!!
Rookie
 
JENX!!!'s Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Bellingham WA
Motorcycles: 2012 Yamaha R6
Name: Sidney
We all want to do things, but for some lazy reason put them off for later. I hope you get to do your dream soon. I too have been looking at Philip Island track days. They do offer bikes and gear rental so that makes it a easier.
http://www.phillipislandridedays.com...rd_whatsitcost
__________________
I just wana ride!!!!
JENX!!! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2015, 07:28 PM   #4
mjrydsfast
Veteran
 
mjrydsfast's Avatar
 
Founding Member
Contributor

Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: North. And by (lots of) Water.
Motorcycles: I want a bike. Again.
Name: MJ
Good luck JonKo

Hi Jonko. I've been reading through this entire thread. Glad you're making it happen. I survived my cancer (thus far, minus my right kidney 2012) and would kill to ride again. I too would suggest a trip to South America. The Nelson Piquet Circuit just outside Rio is a great track and I don't think you will ever find a more fun place to celebrate life. Of the others, being a steadfast WSBK and GP fan, I'd opt for the Czech Republic (Brno), Italy (Imola for me if I could only pick one), Turkey, Suzuka, Texas (COTA), Donnington and just to stir the pot, Grattan Michigan and the Isle of Mann TT circuit. With the latter, you may never have to worry about the cancer again! Hahaha.
__________________
My girlfriend said I need to be more affectionate so... now I have two girlfriends.

"I look bad in shorts. Most of us do, don't let that bother me."

"...because the fast ones, always ride for free" -Andrew "Mother Love Bone" Wood

Last edited by mjrydsfast; 11-22-2015 at 07:45 PM.. Reason: Some additions and deletions
mjrydsfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2013, 10:50 PM   #5
budman
General Menace
 
budman's Avatar
 
AMA Life Member #203453
Highway Aviator
Founding Member
Top Percent Poster
Community Contributor + BB
Moto Junkie

Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Palo Alto, Ca.
Motorcycles: A few here and there
Name: Budman
Jon... Go for it.

You have no doubt had a life altering two years. The next two riding as many of the GP tracks in the world and meeting new people is no doubt life altering as well. If it is the passion then that is where you will find life. Good life. Life with living.

Take a camera and note pad and me along please. I will be a worthy reader. No doubt.
budman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2013, 11:10 PM   #6
Spec-ECU
required protocol
 
Spec-ECU's Avatar
 
SBK Slut / AMA #3287659
Mod Alumni
BARFie winner 2014
Contributor ++ 1%
BrotoGP

Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Lorenzo
Motorcycles: 66 Suzuki K15 . 07 Triumph Speed Triple . 09 Yamaha R1 . 05 MV Agusta F4
Name: Dennis
Let's make it happen.
__________________
BrotoGP Podcast
Road racing talk.
By BARFers, for BARF.


RiderzBlog | Z≤ Track Days
Spec-ECU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 09:41 AM   #7
Rel
Groveland, where's that?
 
Rel's Avatar
 
Mod Alumni
Contributor + +

Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Groveland
Motorcycles: None. :(
Name: Estaban
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinncere View Post
Let's make it happen.
THIS.
Rel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2013, 11:19 PM   #8
Spec-ECU
required protocol
 
Spec-ECU's Avatar
 
SBK Slut / AMA #3287659
Mod Alumni
BARFie winner 2014
Contributor ++ 1%
BrotoGP

Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Lorenzo
Motorcycles: 66 Suzuki K15 . 07 Triumph Speed Triple . 09 Yamaha R1 . 05 MV Agusta F4
Name: Dennis
Let me start you off with this:

I know Laguna Seca hosted its last MotoGP race this year, and who knows when/if MotoGP will return to this circuit. But if you want to still include Laguna Seca in your list, then just make it back down here, and your trackday is on me, and you can ride my track work horse - a 2007 Yamaha R1 - carte blanche.

I'll even ride with you the whole day, C Group or not, if you think that will make your time and experience out in the track that much better. Or I can just be your pit bitch, for that whole professional rider experience; your own pit area, me waiting to roll the bike for you on the stands at the end of your sessions, your own pimp chair, a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.

__________________
BrotoGP Podcast
Road racing talk.
By BARFers, for BARF.


RiderzBlog | Z≤ Track Days
Spec-ECU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2013, 11:26 PM   #9
Idioteque
_________________________
 
Idioteque's Avatar
 
Contributor + 1.25%

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Walnut Creek
Motorcycles: NC700X
Name: Steven
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinncere View Post
Let me start you off with this:

I know Laguna Seca hosted its last MotoGP race this year, and who knows when/if MotoGP will return to this circuit. But if you want to still include Laguna Seca in your list, then just make it back down here, and your trackday is on me, and you can ride my track work horse - a 2007 Yamaha R1 - carte blanche.

I'll even ride with you the whole day, C Group or not, if you think that will make your time and experience out in the track that much better. Or I can just be your pit bitch, for that whole professional rider experience; your own pit area, me waiting to roll the bike for you on the stands at the end of your sessions, your own pimp chair, a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.

I fuckin' love you guys here.
Idioteque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 12:01 AM   #10
badandy
Rookie
 

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sacramento
Motorcycles: VTR1000F SHawk, '04 RC51
Name:
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinncere View Post
Let me start you off with this:

I know Laguna Seca hosted its last MotoGP race this year, and who knows when/if MotoGP will return to this circuit. But if you want to still include Laguna Seca in your list, then just make it back down here, and your trackday is on me, and you can ride my track work horse - a 2007 Yamaha R1 - carte blanche.

I'll even ride with you the whole day, C Group or not, if you think that will make your time and experience out in the track that much better. Or I can just be your pit bitch, for that whole professional rider experience; your own pit area, me waiting to roll the bike for you on the stands at the end of your sessions, your own pimp chair, a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.

That is VERY Cool!
badandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 02:25 AM   #11
phocup
Veteran
 
phocup's Avatar
 
Contributor + + 6.5%

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: SJ
Motorcycles: 09 SVS
Name:
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinncere View Post
Let me start you off with this:

I know Laguna Seca hosted its last MotoGP race this year, and who knows when/if MotoGP will return to this circuit. But if you want to still include Laguna Seca in your list, then just make it back down here, and your trackday is on me, and you can ride my track work horse - a 2007 Yamaha R1 - carte blanche.

I'll even ride with you the whole day, C Group or not, if you think that will make your time and experience out in the track that much better. Or I can just be your pit bitch, for that whole professional rider experience; your own pit area, me waiting to roll the bike for you on the stands at the end of your sessions, your own pimp chair, a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.

and another
phocup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 04:51 AM   #12
xl1200r
Rookie
 
xl1200r's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: san jose
Motorcycles: 05 xl1250r
Name: Leo
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinncere View Post
Let me start you off with this:

I know Laguna Seca hosted its last MotoGP race this year, and who knows when/if MotoGP will return to this circuit. But if you want to still include Laguna Seca in your list, then just make it back down here, and your trackday is on me, and you can ride my track work horse - a 2007 Yamaha R1 - carte blanche.

I'll even ride with you the whole day, C Group or not, if you think that will make your time and experience out in the track that much better. Or I can just be your pit bitch, for that whole professional rider experience; your own pit area, me waiting to roll the bike for you on the stands at the end of your sessions, your own pimp chair, a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.

very generous...
xl1200r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 07:46 AM   #13
Go2Trackdays
No speed limits or cars!
 
Go2Trackdays's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Campbell CA
Motorcycles: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09
Name:
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinncere View Post
... and you can ride my track work horse...
WOW totally awesome of you, amaZing !!!
__________________
.
.
.


I don't want a pickle, I just wanna ride my motorsickle
I don't wanna die, just wanna ride on my motorcyy

Anything not attempted remains impossible
Go2Trackdays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 09:38 AM   #14
mean dad
Sweet Like Candy
 
mean dad's Avatar
 
AMA #575843
Contributor ++++++++++++++++
Barf Roadside Angel

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: California
Motorcycles: Mike's YSR, if Trump helps.
Name: Golden Boy
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinncere View Post
...... a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.



mean dad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 04:09 PM   #15
Goose916
Veteran
 
Goose916's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: san francisco
Motorcycles: ATK 605 ES/DS; Husaberg fs650c; Ducati Scrambler; RD350
Name:
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinncere View Post
Let me start you off with this:

I know Laguna Seca hosted its last MotoGP race this year, and who knows when/if MotoGP will return to this circuit. But if you want to still include Laguna Seca in your list, then just make it back down here, and your trackday is on me, and you can ride my track work horse - a 2007 Yamaha R1 - carte blanche.

I'll even ride with you the whole day, C Group or not, if you think that will make your time and experience out in the track that much better. Or I can just be your pit bitch, for that whole professional rider experience; your own pit area, me waiting to roll the bike for you on the stands at the end of your sessions, your own pimp chair, a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.

I know others have said it . . . wow! And for op, get out there and do it!
Goose916 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.