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Old 04-07-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Questions for the houstonians...supermoto...

hey guys...been lurking a while with a few posts here and there...

anyways, im originally from houston but have been in vegas the last 5 years....now, an option has arisen which would possibly bring me back to htown possibly soon as early fall.

my question is, whats the actual supermoto scene like over there. I wasnt really into it while i lived there but now as its a fairly large portion of my 'hobby' time, id like to get an idea what i might be getting myself into. and i hate to say it, but it can be a factor in whether or not i decide to move back. haha.

is there a regular tracjk where you can just show up and have a full open practice day for a flat fee or something?

are there a lot of people that are into it?


ok....that should do it for now...ive got a race this weekend which im hoping to do decent in...but we'll see. 1st race on the new 450.
the event: www.snvsupermoto.com


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Old 04-07-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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Asphalt only around here.

A couple of decent small tracks in state

No flat fee places other an mini track, not saying you couldnt ride a big bike out there, but its not a good idea.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:25 PM   #3
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thanks.

im not opposed to asphalt only, but yea...i wouldnt bring the 450 on a mini track.

are there not any kart tracks that also do SM days?

forgive me but some of my web research has only turned up dead ends. its frustrating.

dont make me move back and BUILD a track! haha.
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thanks.

are there not any kart tracks that also do SM days?

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No, but one of the track organizations has a "lightweight" group with mostly tards in it.
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do you mean they split the track time with sportbikes and sumos? or karts and sumos?


oh, and thanks for you guys' help thus far.
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do you mean they split the track time with sportbikes and sumos? or karts and sumos?


oh, and thanks for you guys' help thus far.
They have novice, intermediate, and lightweight. 20 minute sessions each all day. Lightweight consists of mostly tards but they also allow small twins like SV650 and 250s and whatnot. They only do it once a month. I wish they had a place you could go anytime for a flat fee.
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They have novice, intermediate, and lightweight. 20 minute sessions each all day. Lightweight consists of mostly tards but they also allow small twins like SV650 and 250s and whatnot. They only do it once a month. I wish they had a place you could go anytime for a flat fee.
Closest place is like 4 hours away in LA.
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Can you send me a PM with details?
I've posted about it here, a long while back. Its a place over in Louisiana.

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Not too sure what your options are but if the majority of your hobby time is spent on a SM bike riding tight tracks with dirt sections. . .I would stay in vegas. Only race action you'll find here on your 450 will be "road racing" on some of the local tracks. I NEVER see any of the local SM riders talking about hitting up the local MX track for airtime or traveling to true SM type tracks. None of the locals are using their SM bikes to their potential and that's a shame (please correct me if I'm wrong guys). I say stay put if you enjoy the sport, and I'm speaking from experience. I've heard a lot of talk about building tracks over the years. . .never seen anyone do it though.
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jet. you took the wind right outta my sails. haha.

well, i could care less about having a full dirt section. the track i usually go to now is just under 3 hours away. but theyve got good perks.....its rarely busy, open 7 days a week from 8-5 and its just $30 per day. they have a dirt section but we dont use it if theres any shifter karts out there. but thats not too often. most of the time we just have the track to ourselves.

brandon: do you have a link to that track? track specs?

and whats GSS? sorry.
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After I re-read the thread I realized you seem fine with the fact that you might not see any dirt action around here. If that's the case, houston is a great place to live with a very large and active motorcycle scene. There are several tracks within an hour of houston for you to play on but none that have "open practice" at the rates you posted above. Hopefully someone will push for a dirt section at one of the local tracks.
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or you can toss on some knobbies and ride the handful of mx tracks and miles of trails.

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Not too sure what your options are but if the majority of your hobby time is spent on a SM bike riding tight tracks with dirt sections. . .I would stay in vegas. Only race action you'll find here on your 450 will be "road racing" on some of the local tracks. I NEVER see any of the local SM riders talking about hitting up the local MX track for airtime or traveling to true SM type tracks. None of the locals are using their SM bikes to their potential and that's a shame (please correct me if I'm wrong guys). I say stay put if you enjoy the sport, and I'm speaking from experience. I've heard a lot of talk about building tracks over the years. . .never seen anyone do it though.
This is true, most of us that ride tards aren't hitting tracks with dirt sections. I prefer that. If I ride dirt, I ride a dirt bike. I like the tards on asphalt only due in part to running TMGP. TMGP has 3 classes for mini motard racing and hits up the kart tracks (and other tracks) for some fun racing with a very good group of people. If you go the mini route, there is a kart track in Katy that you can get a membership too and run quite a bit.

CMRA also has a class for mini tards and of course you can run full size tards as well in their own class (I believe they run all tards in one class now, but I am not a CMRA racer so someone else please correct this if I am wrong).

GSS is a track near Glaveston that is fun for asphalt only full size tards. We usually have a good time and switching directions of the track on different events keeps it interesting. Very good group of tards runs at GSS with close riding at times, although all in good fun.

If you have a street legal tard, loading up for the Hill Country three hours away is always a good time.

I have run my KTM at the larger tracks (TWS (Texas World Speedway), Cresson) and when geared correctly, it can still be fun.
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:50 PM   #17
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im not opposed to hittin the MX track either. I use my SM bike also for desert stuff. did a couple endurance races and what not. but SM has a soft spot in my heart. haha


so i looked into that fastline thing. seems to be FAIRLY decent for a track day. for anyone whos done a day with them on a SM bike, could you wear SM gear? basically mx stuff but with full body armor, leather gloves, etc? or do they require roadrace gear even on the SM bikes?


sorry for all the questions, but man.....i dunno if im ready to give up ridin just yet. lol.
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If you are into the SM mini's, the track in Katy (30-45 minutes west of downtown Houston) is $300 a year and you split time with Karts. With the membership, you can go ride any day there is not races. There's a few of us that have/had memberships.

The link to the mini track: http://www.racekarts.com/About-GCKI/our-track.html

It's really a little too tight for a full size tard. I've seen a few guys ride a few laps on full sized, but it didn't look as fun as a mini.... Plus I think the track has cc limits, but I don't recall what the rules are.

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my 426 was way too much to handle on katy for a few laps....not to mention it wasn't sucking in fuel right that day so it needed me to stay on the pipe to keep it running...i wasn't too thrilled and preferred the mini. probably had faster lap times too.
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