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Old 04-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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parade laps

how many of you actually go to a trackday event and do the parade lap?
I have never done a parade lap, but some of the guys who have got behind me at trackdays might would argue that point.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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What's the point you're talking about?
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What's the point you're talking about?
well the question was how many folks actually ride to trackdays and do the parade laps?

and since I am thinking along those lines, how many folks who now do trackdays started doing them because the enjoyed a parade lap?
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Jumped right into doing trackdays. I didn't have the patience to ride all the way to any of the tracks for parade laps.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:05 AM   #5
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The only reason I started doing TDs was because of a parade lap.

I thought it was only "racing" they did at these tracks.
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Lots of people ride to do parade laps collectively. I know plenty of rides set up to get there around lunch for them. I did a parade lap before my first trackday but I already wanted to ride track.
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It makes for a nice destination, and gives a glimpse at the track itself.

I've done ~3 parade lap rides. They're good enough to be comfortable on a track, but not pushing the limit. To me, it helped choose which track I want to do a full track day at.... TWS (Texas World Speedway) was fun, but now i know I want to start at GSS because of the speeds/turns. TWS (Texas World Speedway) was just a little more open than I'd like on my bike.
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Yes, but Parade laps get a TON of people (like Senator) to get into doing trackdays. Im all for them. I never did one before I started trackdays but Ive done several since. Ill even be doing parade laps at MSRH on the 29th lol
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parade laps get people hurt. chris and i def dont see eye to eye on this topic.

track days are a blast and miss it soooo much, I can see how it is an eye opener and can bring new riders in but can and have seen people get hurt out there due to some head trying to race on a track they know nothing about

with that said i went to the track to do a track day,
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Parade laps dont get people hurt. People get them own self hurt.
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TWS (Texas World Speedway) was just a little more open than I'd like on my bike.
That's the exactly why I did my first trackday at TWS (Texas World Speedway). More room to correct mistakes before you're in the grass.
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parade lap (spectator lap) on sunday during a CMRA race weekend are awesome especially weaving in and out on a little scooter lol

i can see the benefits, as long as it's better controlled imo.
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I did parade laps to see how a TD would be. I wasn't able to get any instruction or really open the bike up but it got me on my way to do my first TD.
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parade lap (spectator lap) on sunday during a CMRA race weekend are awesome especially weaving in and out on a little scooter lol

i can see the benefits, as long as it's better controlled imo.
This ^.

My first parade lap there was a control rider and everyone followed in single file. A little bit of accordian effect, but way more control than some of parade laps I've seen with people making an inside pass during a full 20 min session.

I would have NEVER signed up to do one. It took all the anxiety of "being on a race track" out of it beforehand. I got to sit in on a single classroom session and got the feel of what a TD was truly like.
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parade laps get people hurt. chris and i def dont see eye to eye on this topic.

track days are a blast and miss it soooo much, I can see how it is an eye opener and can bring new riders in but can and have seen people get hurt out there due to some head trying to race on a track they know nothing about

with that said i went to the track to do a track day,
PARADE laps don't get people hurt, unchaperoned track laps do.

When hallett does parade laps, they put a truck on the track that goes 35mph, and everyone stays behind it. The ""parade"" laps they allow around here...well, I've seen paid novice sessions that were slower.

Personal opinion, but when you have people wanting to see the pictures of the parade laps, and want critiques of their body position in them, your parade laps are too fast.

Beyond that, I think they're a great tool. In fact I wish they'd slow them down enough that I could do them without a helmet. Kind of like a mid-day track walk.
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popo your mention of walking a track is what I wished I could do more of..
I would love the opportunity to walk more of the tracks before riding them...walking a track gives me a much better "feel" for it than even the round robin sessions do..
my ideal thing would be to be able to walk the track then get some slow "round robin" style laps around before any riding sessions.
and I agree I have seen a few parade laps that way too much leeway in them
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CMRA parade laps are awesome. Weaving in between bikes, scooters, golf carts on 50 while the ruckus next to you is blasting music (Henry). I was wearing gear, simmer down. cap and sun glasses 8)
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You know, I completely forgot about all the times walking the course before an SCCA event. That's a good point. A long walk, but a good point Then again, I have walked GSS... when sweeping the track (with a broom).

Parade laps just provide the spectators to crashes that would have happened anyways. It's the same ego, riding abilities, or mistakes that would happen on a back road.

If they were limited to 35mph, I never would have bothered. It wouldn't even be a hint to what the track feels like. A 35mph parade lap is not for riders, it's for a crowd to watch the bikes roll by (like the MH BBQ laps). It's for show, not for riding. Not that they are pointless... but it's an entirely different point.
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If they were limited to 35mph, I never would have bothered. It wouldn't even be a hint to what the track feels like. A 35mph parade lap is not for riders, it's for a crowd to watch the bikes roll by (like the MH BBQ laps). It's for show, not for riding. Not that they are pointless... but it's an entirely different point.
I respectfully, but completely disagree.
You get to see how wide the track is.
You get to see how the pavement feels.
You get to see how increasing/decreasing radius turns work against each other in back to back fashion without "auto traffic".
You get to see entry points, apexes, and exit points of different turns on the track.
It takes the fear away from "There's no way I could make it around some of those turns".
It's the experience of being on a racetrack in general.

Not everyone was gifted with knowing how to navigate a track as you were obviously.
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