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Old 06-24-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Unhappy Where do I start for my first track day?

I have never had a track day nor have I been to see a track day? I live in the NW near Cypress and I'd like to get with a few folks and ride down to a track day and take down as many notes as possible to prepare me for a track day. I know Busa's are prob no the best thing for the track, but she's all I have. Any advice would help, thanks.
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Cali would disagree for busa's being bad on a track.
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I would recommend that you start off by conerworking. It gives you an idea for the feel of the track day organization and it is a great way to see what occurs from a unique vantage point. Best of all, you get free track time!

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Come to gss for the parade laps next month. Track pipe is addictive.
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Come to gss for the parade laps next month. Track pipe is addictive.
I made the mistake of coming to watch for a little bit. that... go ride!!

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I have never had a track day nor have I been to see a track day? I live in the NW near Cypress and I'd like to get with a few folks and ride down to a track day and take down as many notes as possible to prepare me for a track day. I know Busa's are prob no the best thing for the track, but she's all I have. Any advice would help, thanks.
All of the local track day orgs have beginner levels; Fastline, Ride Smart and LSTD.

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RideSmart offers half off track days for first time track goer's on occasion. Couple that with free leather and boot rental if you dont have it, and you can have your first track day for $75, plus whatever gas and stuff you'll need.

I like all of the organizations though. No matter what, it's always fun!
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Everything said above....I started riding track on my ZX14 so nothing wrong with ur busa as long as u respect the throttle. Bring that pig to TWS (Texas World Speedway) next weekend!!!
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ridesmart.info they have like half off for first timmers.... watch youtube.com and learn how to race. anybike is good on the track! some are better then others but atleast you will be able to learn your bike more!
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Thanks to everyone for your advice. I'm mos def interested and now I just need to go do it. I have some questions; are street tires ok? how long before going to the track must i register?
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Thanks to everyone for your advice. I'm mos def interested and now I just need to go do it. I have some questions; are street tires ok? how long before going to the track must i register?
Most ppl do track days on street tires. I've seen ppl run on street touring tires and be fine. What tires do u have?

U can register whenever but novice usually is the first to fill up. I usually wait 5 days out to see what the weather is gonna be like......listen to ur instructors,be patient, it's not a race and have fun.
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Nothing to stress about, just follow any of the guidelines that people have posted up about what to bring and how to prepare for the day. Like was mentioned RideSmart does free leather and boot rentals for first time track riders, and there are almost always helpful people at the track that will be more than willing to give you a hand at any organization you decide to go with

It's a blast, you definitely won't regret it!
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I signed up for one track day with the intention of just being a better ridding and not going back.

That was 7 months ago and I have done about 7 tracks days now...they are awesome!! It will change the way you look at bikes and the way you ride / think / control your bike.

I am jonesing for a track day, it's been three weeks!!!!!
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With the Busa, if you haven't already, get your suspension set up prior to the track. If you start getting comfortable you will drag fairings and hard parts.

I would definately get with one of the groups that does parade laps at lunch, just so you get a feel for tossing the bike around tight turns.
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I'm in the same boat. So I started sending emails to volunteer for corner work first cause I want to see how the day rolls along, how things work etc.

and I wouldn't worry about the busa on the track. I would think most people would just be glad your out. But if your worried we can trade bikes

The parade laps are a good idea as well
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I leave from the NW area, you can follow me down to GSS, that track is perfect for the beginner, it has lots of corners and top speed isn't too fast to scare you, call me it you have any guestions
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Most ppl do track days on street tires. I've seen ppl run on street touring tires and be fine. What tires do u have?

U can register whenever but novice usually is the first to fill up. I usually wait 5 days out to see what the weather is gonna be like......listen to ur instructors,be patient, it's not a race and have fun.
I have Continental Conti-motion(http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...=TUC_29-0140_G) for front and rear, they are both about 2k miles old. I have sport touring tires because I ride about 500 miles per week; my bike is my daily driver so I'm always working on my cornering and weight shifting. I feel confident that I'll do well. Has an MH track day ever been organized?

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I think you'd be fine on those tires for your first couple of track days, but if you start to do a lot, I'd suggest something much stickier. My first track day was on pilot road 2's. My second was on Q2's. HUGE difference. They were a lot more confidence-inspiring than my Road's. Now, I just switch between the 2. When I commute, I put the roads back on, when I go to the track, I'll switch to the Q2's.

An extra set of wheels would help a lot...haha.
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That is an excellent idea. Do they perform some sort of inspection on your bike before letting you onto the track? If so, what do they look for?
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