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View Poll Results: The Track Made You A Better Rider: Yes or No
yes! 52 57.14%
no! 2 2.20%
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:24 PM   #41
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:25 PM   #42
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I vote , still looking for my first track session.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:36 PM   #43
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:11 PM   #44
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:13 PM   #45
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way more comfy on the bike than i ever would have been with out the track days.

i still feel like nothing compares to experience from the thousands of miles put down on the street. trackdays will never be the end all... I'll always suggest MSF over going to the track for noobs
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:18 PM   #46
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I helps you know the limits of your bike. Better rider on the streets? not so much. That is only obtained by experience.
exactly.. the more you ride the streets, the better you get

and yes risks are everywhere
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:24 PM   #47
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Didn't change my street riding that much when I first got on the track......


What it DID do is to make so that I was riding around at 80% of my skill level rather than 100%. Raising the bar that causes the oh moment is well worth the time & saved my life more than once.

Just one example is that I was confident enough to get on the brakes hard enough to slide both wheels to avoid a cage that turned in front of me. Without the track time I would've been a hood ornament.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:31 PM   #48
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... My prob is on freeways where there's overpasses and curves at the same time. Tires are gripping slightly lower/higher than normal, centrifugal force + road grade, plus the added wind inherent on overpasses -- and sometimes I end up doing unwanted lane changes, got w/in less than a foot of going under big-rig tires while riding nearly horizontal one time.
The wind, the curves, the up and down are NOT what's making you do unwanted lane changes. It is more likely a combination of fear and target fixation.
The fear is, if you lean more the tires will slip. You have to use good tires and then trust them. You can lean farther than you think and make the bike do what you want. The tires aint gonna slip.
Target fixation is when you begin to panic and look at where you are afraid you are going to go... and then you go there. You have to look away from where you think you are going and look where you want to go.
It's hard, you brain is screaming, "Oh ! we're about to hit that truck!"!
The natural thing to do is look at the source of the danger.

Don't. Force yourself to look where you need to go and then make the bike go there. It takes practice.
BTW you weren't nearly horizontal.


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Granted, I've improved but still I'd like to learn via controlled instruction rather than by the infamous brown-britches method.
This is a good idea. Go do a trackday. If I can help you get started, LMK.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:56 AM   #49
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It's easier to practice turns on the track

1.You get to visit the same turns throughout the day thus getting comfortable and smoother.

2.You don't have to worry about opposing traffic or gravel so you can concentrate more on yourself.

3.You have one on one time from an instructor who wants you be a better rider as well
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