Retiring from racing

KC Gager kc at
Thu Apr 29 07:42:38 PDT 2010

Good morning Randy.
Sorry to hear about your retiring, believe me, I know how tough it is
especially when you're not ready to quit. But you are sticking around on the
list here aren't you? 

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-----Original Message-----
From: sv650-bounces at [mailto:sv650-bounces at] On
Behalf Of Randy Grein
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 8:42 PM
To: SV List
Subject: Retiring from racing

Haven't said much (or anything) about it, but I lost partial use of my left
hand back in December due to a pinched nerve. Took all this time to find the
problem area but 2 weeks ago my neurosurgeon (a former
racer) fixed it for me; 3 level laminectomy and removal of a minor disk
bulge. 4 more weeks of light duty and 3 months before I can go back to
serious contact sports, but he said full recovery is likely.  
Typing is already a lot better.

Then my wife had an accident and totaled her van. She's bruised but OK, the
van is totaled, and we will be shopping for a new car for her.  
Between that and college for the kids I've had to make the hard decision to
retire from racing. Stinks, but there you have it. It's been a good 30 years
at least. And she insists I keep riding (as if I'd quit) on the street, and
maybe I'll have time to do a little dirt riding.

Anyway, we will be selling the current race bike - '03 SV with a Zlock motor
and a few other goodies including spare wheels, fairings, transponders, etc.
I'll keep the current street bike and rebuild the old superbike as a
streetbike for my son, and my dad is giving me his 'wing. He's finally
admitted he can't ride anymore and the thing has just been sitting. I'll
finally have something comfy enough to take the wife for afternoon rides.
(grin) Justin has committed to college next year and asked me to hold his
vintage bike until he's done.

I'll still be around, just not racing.
Randy Grein, WMRRA #141 (retired)

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