Dave Salmi

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I started my motorbike career on a 3.5 hp tecumseh powered mini-bike that Dad brought home when I was about 8 years old in 1975. Since then I've ridden various and sometimes questionable machinery. It was all dirt until I turned 15 and qualified for a permit to ride on the street with my older buddies who had endorsements. The next year I had a full fledged motorcycle endorsement.

After about 100,000 miles of back road single and two-up street riding with my wife on everything from a '82 GPZ 550 to a '86 VFR Interceptor 750 and a CBR1100XX, I decided to take the plunge into road racing in 2001 with OMRRA. I met some great people at the track and made a lot of great memories. Ten years later I retired from the sport with a few notable accomplishments: Top novice first year racing, 10 class championships in 7 different classes, a #3 Overall plate and a #4 Overall plate, and a NW Endurance Cup Championship riding on a team headed by the late great Keith Pinkstaff.  

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During those ten years I had the opportunity to race on many machines, 19 different race bikes in fact, from SV650 and RC51 twins to 600's, 750's, and 1000's in-lines. Highlights were throwing a leg over and sprint racing a full superbike Yamaha R1 and insane superbike Duc 1098 with every possible goody - carbon fiber brakes and all.  Sponsorship is a very cool thing and I was very fortunate to have my share as 17 of those 19 bikes were shop owned or private owned by someone other than myself.    
 
I gave back by volunteering three years on the OMRRA Board of Directors with two years as Vice President and even a year stint as Chairman. While on the Board, one of the most rewarding things was helping to run and organize the novice program, with instructing and mentoring novices being my favorite.

In the same way, instructing with PSSR since 2003 has been very fulfilling. Helping other riders achieve better bike control and improve their riding with things that I've learned along the way is very satisfying. Come give me a shout when you see me and let's go for a couple laps....or more!