Retiring from racing

Randy Grein randygrein at
Thu Apr 29 15:27:59 PDT 2010

Oh, yes - can't leave the list, I run it! (grin) I'll still have a  
couple SVs and really, really miss the thrill of racing, but I don't  
have what it takes to be a great tuner, or sponsor a rider, and I'm a  
lousy spectator.
Randy Grein

On Apr 29, 2010, at 7:42 AM, KC Gager wrote:

> 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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