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Old 02-15-2011, 02:14 PM   #21
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:18 PM   #22
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Focus on technique and speed will come.
Speed is a byproduct of executing a good line.
Especially in the beginning, because everyone will gun it in the straights. You have to setup your passes with technique and a smooth line.
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Good writeup bro! It will be good for the huge influx of new riders this season to read a perspective of a new track rider.

I have a destination wedding in Mexico March 6th, but bet your I will be back on the track after that. I will be doing lvl1 since I haven't ridden track since last August also, we can pit together then. Now that you've done MSRH, it's time for some TWS (Texas World Speedway) dude...!
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that's what I mostly focused on yesterday, being smooth and getting my lines...I didn't even gun it on the straights...i think I only hit 4th gear on the straight before Carousel and then kicked it back to third.

Diamonds edge was in 2nd.
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Especially in the beginning, because everyone will gun it in the straights. You have to setup your passes with technique and a smooth line.
Yup, A few guys were passing me up on the straight, they were fast on the turns too, but I ended up getting almost up with them when the turns came... On diamonds edge this guy passed me up before it, but man did he evr park it on there. this was already late afternoon and I would have passed him but he went wayyyyy too wide. I could have passed him on th inside cuz on that time around, I had a pretty tight line. But I didn't want to break the rules of passing .
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New Rider, good for you!

I did my first track day a few months ago with my wife. I learned picking a line on a Mt Bike or Road Bike is SO VERY different from a motorcycle and that I suck at it. It wasn't until I followed an instructor did I even begin to figure it out for a lap.

My wife learned that she may feel comfortable on the street; but riding on a track with hard corners and speed not so much.....

I can tell you that we both learned more about our bikes and riding them during our first track day than years and years on the street. I got lapped by a turtle and really did not care, need to walk before running.

Can't wait till my next track day, hope to see you out at the track soon!
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I did the same thing on Sunday at GSS. I did a track day a long time ago and had totally forgotten what it was like. It's pretty sketchy the first time they set you free and aren't showing you the lines. I definitely was reassured that even after all these years, I absolutely suck at riding. I had a good quarter lap headstart on my instructor and he caught me way before I even finished that lap. Had two pucker moments in the same turn on the second session and it definitely made me nervous and shaky the next time out. First I came in too far to the inside to start the turn and had to stand it up and brake to keep from running off and the second time I went around my peg or toe scraped and the rear slipped a little, it spooked me so I stood it up a bit. The session after that I figured out what I was doing wrong and it was on after that. Really started to enjoy myself once I got the lines semi-figured out. Definitely going back next month to GSS. Halfway through the third session I really started to get more comfortable and could settle in and really enjoy myself. I had so much fun. Will definitely ride novice again but would like to do one or two sessions in the lightweight group later in the day. You should come out to the GSS day next month and we can embarrass ourselves together. The novice group was only like 8 deep so there wasn't any traffic.
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Trackdays are an absolute blast! I'm glad you had a good experience. One of the great non-riding aspects of trackdays is how a lot of people are really helpful. I know my first trackday I was in awe at how much there is to learn. Consider yourself lucky you know some cool, knowledgeable guys to show you the ropes.

I'm kinda I had to miss this weekend. But I plan on being at GSS in March for sure! I would go to the Ride Smart event on the 6th, but I don't want to be mixed in with the Intermediate guys yet.

Oh, and I rep MH at the track... but it's the other forums that really show up in numbers.
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Be careful! it's an addiction.
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Was that popo on the aprillia with you?
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Will definitely ride novice again but would like to do one or two sessions in the lightweight group later in the day. You should come out to the GSS day next month and we can embarrass ourselves together. The novice group was only like 8 deep so there wasn't any traffic.

Lightweight is wear its at. We piled into the fist and second turns (13 and 12 respetively if you're reading from a track map...I think) 5 and 6 deep.
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April 10 ridesmart is looking like a good tome to pop my cherry.
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for all you guys coming out next month to gss that just ran it for the first time clockwise, just wait untill you do it counter clockwise, It is a totally diffrent track!
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New Rider, good for you!

I did my first track day a few months ago with my wife. I learned picking a line on a Mt Bike or Road Bike is SO VERY different from a motorcycle and that I suck at it. It wasn't until I followed an instructor did I even begin to figure it out for a lap.

My wife learned that she may feel comfortable on the street; but riding on a track with hard corners and speed not so much.....

I can tell you that we both learned more about our bikes and riding them during our first track day than years and years on the street. I got lapped by a turtle and really did not care, need to walk before running.
Can't wait till my next track day, hope to see you out at the track soon!
that's funny, I like that...

Hope to see you too man.
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You should come out to the GSS day next month and we can embarrass ourselves together. The novice group was only like 8 deep so there wasn't any traffic.
I hear that!

I'm going to be trying my best!
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I'm going to try and make that one too!.

I think lots of my buddies going to that one.
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Holy ! I almost forgot!!!

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THANK YOU SIR FOR THE GAS! YOU SIR ARE THE MAN, ASWELL!

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for all you guys coming out next month to gss that just ran it for the first time clockwise, just wait untill you do it counter clockwise, It is a totally diffrent track!
GSS/CCW and I have some beef.
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Got to be nice to the new track guy you sick wife flashing Canadian.
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