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Old 07-05-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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A little discussion about track, trying to make a decision.

First of all, I do ride street and do the occasional TD in my streetbike, since is the only one I have.

I was thinking on saving for a dedicated trackbike but with Obed's threads about TMGP I started to think about getting a bike for that instead.

If I was to go with the second option, I would still do occasional TDs with the streetbike anyway.

Your thoughts?
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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either way is a great option...
if you go with dedicated big bike for track, will you race it, or just do trackdays...
with a TMGP bike you will be racing and then still have the trackdays with your street bike...
but like i said, both are great choices... and like i told bluepine.. you can come out with me to katy when i practice and ride my bike and get a feel for it to find out how you like it... i know joey and ivan liked it and are looking for TMGP bikes and i think anyone who actually tries will feel pretty much the same...
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:09 PM   #4
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TMGP is cheap fun. Try it at least once. Good people and it will help with overall skills. I'd run a cheap F7 motard to start off with.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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You cant beet a $300 membership fee and ride a track whenever you want.
(On most weekdays after work, you have the track to yourself)

One set of tires last for 1/2 a season (or longer)

I have just as much fun on the mini as I do on any of my other bikes.

Riding/racing the mini helps your big bikes skills as well (I built my trail braking confidence on the mini)

Race weekend cost about $100 - Compared to CMRA at $1000+

Me and the kids will be spending more time out at Katy soon. We've kinda been on a dirt kick lately, but they said they want to go back to pavement now.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:46 PM   #6
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Nothing wrong with either organization.

But, certainly I do NOT spend $1000 at the CMRA events running a mini. Presently the team bike is a 2011 CBR 250r. Also I have NEVER in the past seven years even running two mini endurance teams (F4 & F5) paid a $1000 for any one event during a CMRA schedule.

This is not a for tat rant. Just would like you to know if you would put together a program you might look at the rules governing both organizations and put a bike together so you may compete and or just particapate with both sanction bodies.

Doing that you will get the biggest bang for you buck that you have invested in your race bike or bikes, gear, and such.

For what it's worth I did not have to purchase but two sets of tires for the mini's last season. The KX and KLX are very easy on tires.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:58 PM   #7
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You cant beet a $300 membership fee and ride a track whenever you want.
(On most weekdays after work, you have the track to yourself)

One set of tires last for 1/2 a season (or longer)

I have just as much fun on the mini as I do on any of my other bikes.

Riding/racing the mini helps your big bikes skills as well (I built my trail braking confidence on the mini)

Race weekend cost about $100 - Compared to CMRA at $1000+

Me and the kids will be spending more time out at Katy soon. We've kinda been on a dirt kick lately, but they said they want to go back to pavement now.

just in the few laps i ran on the minis, i could tell i was braking almost all the way to the corner. I would highly consider this sport, cheap and fun as .
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:29 AM   #8
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Gonna be doing tmgp with my son next season!
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:10 PM   #9
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I don'nt have much to add here other than I wish I lived closer to the Katy track, but some of the coments about the skills gained with TMGP made me recall this article from a few months back.

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/179..._flawless.html

The 2010 MotoGP champion's first wet victory then finally came at Jerez last year, although Sunday's victory was the first in soaking conditions.

Lorenzo won the French Grand Prix by almost ten seconds.

“I used to really hate racing in the rain,” he confessed. “I was so scared of the rain when I was younger, because almost 90% of the time I would crash.

“Anyway after five or six years I said 'ok, I have to improve my riding in the wet'. So I went to some go-kart tracks with little bikes, watered the track and keep training and training and training until wet conditions were more normal for me.

“I got it. I was faster. More consistent. Less risky. Now it's been a few years since I 've done that training, but I've kept the skills and I'm quite competitive in the rain.”
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:51 PM   #10
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You cant beet a $300 membership fee and ride a track whenever you want.
(On most weekdays after work, you have the track to yourself)

One set of tires last for 1/2 a season (or longer)

I have just as much fun on the mini as I do on any of my other bikes.

Riding/racing the mini helps your big bikes skills as well (I built my trail braking confidence on the mini)

Race weekend cost about $100 - Compared to CMRA at $1000+

Me and the kids will be spending more time out at Katy soon. We've kinda been on a dirt kick lately, but they said they want to go back to pavement now.
this

i've been having just as much fun out there with the mini, its great if you can get a few guys together to go out there and run the track.. being 10 minutes away is really nice for me. everything about the mini/tmgp/gcki is easy, convenient, cheap and heaps of fun.

either way it boils down to what you wanna do. I'm happy with my choice to stick with the mini.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:59 AM   #11
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Interested thread, with my financial situation looking a bit brighter this fall, I am hoping next year to finally get on a track someway somehow. Been riding for near twenty years and still never found the time to do it, I might have to come out to a TMGP weekend and see. I have been toying with the idea of picking up an old Katana or 1st-2nd generation sport bike (w/18" wheels) for a couple hundred to use as a cheap track machine.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:11 AM   #12
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Definitely go TMGP and keep the Buell for street/occassional track days.
A mini will be cheaper than a full sized dedicated trackbike, is less expensive to build and maintain and crashes better. The skills gained carry over to big bike riding and the lower speeds mean less likelihood of serious injury if you crash.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:38 PM   #13
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Me and the kids will be spending more time out at Katy soon. We've kinda been on a dirt kick lately, but they said they want to go back to pavement now.
so thats where u been hiding.. look forward to seeing yall back out there!


all these people with katy memberships kinna makes me want to get mine again
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:45 PM   #14
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right now it looks like about 6 new folks are talking about getting a bike and getting out there... it would be really good if we started having a regular bike presence out there on weekends...
the last few times i have been out there, the kart folks have been very nice and co-operative...and i kind of like watching the karts run when we are on a break...
not to mention that i like the thouhts of bigger grids and more races... and when you and vaughn and the others move up to expert class next year... i need some more novices to run with.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:24 PM   #15
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Dang, I have a TMGP legal bike in the back of the garage. All this talk is gonna make me freshen one up and go racing...
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Dang, I have a TMGP legal bike in the back of the garage. All this talk is gonna make me freshen one up and go racing...
well, either get out with us and ride the thing, or sell it to one of the guys looking to do tmgp with us...
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Anything with 2 wheels and an engine is fun. Some are happy with only doing the mini's. Only you know what you'll be happy with.

Another option with your street bike is to buy another set of wheels with race tires mounted to throw on the bike for trackdays.
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Dang, I have a TMGP legal bike in the back of the garage. All this talk is gonna make me freshen one up and go racing...
so then I will see you this weekend in denton
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