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Old 03-02-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Thumbs up value of track days...

All,

It is interesting to note a lot of discussion about track days and such. I checked out the Fastline school link and their video, and I am quite interested. Lacking the required 5000 miles for the novice course though has me stopped for now. At my average 100 miles/ week...you do the math: maybe this fall I will be there.

Given that, may I ask: please list or discuss the value or key learnings from track schools? Is it possible to go and watch?

When I was in high school, and that was back when dinosaurs roamed the great Cretaceous beaches in Colorado, I raced Ski-Doos. Those many miles on snow don't count, but I do realize the value of a controlled environment for learning the envelope and limits of man and machine: especially fast cornering and braking properly.

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oh...and watch out for Sugar Land police speed traps: they had four (count em) four units on University near UH SL, near Clements HS, and the Ft. Settlement Middle School, and yet another on north bound 59 near the First Colony exit...I waved to each cop as I rode by them this afternoon.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:36 PM   #2
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What is this 5000 mile requirement you speak of?
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:57 PM   #4
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I think the 5000 mile thing is just a general goby. If you're familiar with your bike and how it handles I don't think you would have any issues with going to the track.

Lvl 1 is pretty straight forward. You learn the line and get to ride at whatever pace is comfortable for you. There is no pressure to go fast or catch anybody. There will always be people who are faster and those that are slower.

Personally if you have 6 months or so on the bike and feel comfy, the track day is the best thing to do.

After my first track day, I could see a tremendous amount of improvment on my street riding ability. You become very comfortable on the track becuase it is a closed environment and the instructers put you at ease.

I recommend hitting the track as soon as you feel ready. It is very addictive though, and you'll learn in one day more than 6 months on the street. Street becomes pretty boring after a TD.

If I could I'd ride track exculsively and I'm sure many others would as well.
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Vegas,

Thanks for your comment...what say you manager of Fastline?
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I don't speak for them from the threads are you have posted I think that you are perfectly fine to ride any track organization.
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Come out and check us out this Sunday at GSS in Hitchcock. 5000 is more of a guideline that set in stone. If you are riding your bike and looking down at your feet for the shifter, than you need more miles on your bike. If it is more like second nature, along with the other basics, you should be good to go. Some people learn faster than others.
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i think vagas kid is right, i dont think the safety instructor will ask you whether or not you have ridden 5000 miles, there is no way they can prove if you did or not, but they HIGHLY prefer you did before you sign up your first track day.
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Fastlines is a great school...plenty of instruction...great people too, pm dinasour or godzuki (terry and tim)...come out to gss on sunday for a parade lap, its free and u get to ride on the track...helmet, gloves, boots and long pants is all that is required for parade lap
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looks like you have your answer, Lucydad. see you at the track
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Dude, I did my first trackday just 4 months after I began riding. Note worthy, I did it with Buck Beasley's crew (fast guys)!

I learned exponential amounts about shifting and the braking capabilties of my bike. Let alone how much I could trust my tires. Confidence was gained through the sole idea: if you think you're not going to make a corner because you're going too fast, just turn harder and TRY....you'll be surprised at what your bike and tires can handle. Trackdays will only allow that confidence to grow and set in more and more.
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Roger that, and thanks to all! My schedule is full until mid-March, after that...yes I am quite interested.

Nope, I don't look down to shift...eyes scanning all the time...
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