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Old 04-11-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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CBR954RR ok for first trackday?

I've been riding for about a year now. Daily riding my 954 since October. I am comfortable with the bike. I am very interested in starting to do track days. I have read all about what to bring to the track, how to prep the bike and so on. My question is, since all my sportbike riding has been on my 954, is it a good idea to use that as my first track day bike? Funds are real tight, and I'm stashing a little away at a time for my track gear, getting my bike prepped, and renting a trailer. So I'm not quite ready and willing to splurge on a track only bike right now. Also, i have a BT 016 on the front and a BT023 on the rear, should I buy a BT016 for the rear just for the track? Again, I daily ride my 954 so I like the extra mileage of the BT023. But I don't want to have to switch back and forth between track days. I thought about tracking my wife's FZ6R, but I really want to get better at riding my 954.
What do you guys suggest? Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:05 PM   #2
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I would say that you have the perfect bike. I'd defer to the tire gurus, but for starting off, I'd say you are fine.

I ran BT45's on a FZR600 and they did just fine.

Tell the trackday org you are new; they will have someone help you out around the track. If they don't offer, ask them.

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When you get comfortable, go to Motorcycles Unlimited or a trackday vendor and get your suspension set up properly. Best money spent ever.

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for your first trackday or two, you don't really need to do much of anything to your bike except tape it up and ride...I would suggest having the suspension set up for you if you have not already done so, that will help on the street as well as the track and at around $30 or so, it is some of the best money you can spend.
If you get heavy into track, then you can start spending some of that hard earned money on the bike for extra goodies.
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I'm shooting for a trackday this fall, I hope I have all my stuff in order by then. Thanks for all the advice guys. I do plan on getting the suspension dialed in by Motorcycles Unlimited before I do a track day.
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I'll definetly take you up on that as soon as I am ready. Thanks!
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ridesmart is the "cheapest" first track day option, whether it is the best option or not, you will have to decide for yourself. Each organization has a different "personality" and way of doing things, you would have to decide which of their methods of doing things best fits what you want out of a track day. They all do a good job, just in a slightly different way. good folks in all the groups.
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I am leaning towards Fastline. I do want to try them all, lol
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I am leaning towards Fastline. I do want to try them all, lol
since you are talking about having all your own gear before your first trackday, fastline will not cost you much more, if any, than ridesmart... ridesmart's chief way of saving folks money on the very first trackday is that they offer free gear... but you have to get there early to make sure the gear you get fits properly, otherwise you get what they have and it may not fit exactly right. after that first track day, the gear is no longer free and the price advantage in that does not exist... but in truth, any of the trackdays are a really good dollar value. The only thing better would be individual personalized instruction and that is rightfully several times the price of a regular trackday... no trackday group that i have seen is making a killing off of anybody... sometimes I wonder how they can do it for what they charge.
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I didn't intend to start anything between track school organizations.....
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I didn't intend to start anything between track school organizations.....
you did not. that is an on going thing... some of us are passionate on certain issues...you will enjoy what ever you do.
I think each of the groups have their strengths and weaknesses but all do a good job. If any of that is something you would like to discuss, you can do it via PM and avoid the butthurt responses.
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yep, who the instructor is and grid size can make huge differences in your day.
and we have not yet seen any butthurt responses in this thread, but if it keeps up, they are coming.
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Ridesmart is the ONLY org that provides 50% off to first time MH rider and FREE leather and boot rentals. It'd be silly not to take advantage of that. After that, ride with whoever. Remember, you're only a firat time rider once.

Too bad the lil Ride Smart haters cant see the logic behind that. I guess they have to earn their keep somehow and encouraging people to spend twice the $ on their first track day is how they do it. LoL

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