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Old 03-19-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Is there anywhere around Houston that rents bikes for track days? Moved down from Canada and have always wanted to try the track. If I like it, I'd buy a dedicated track bike, but I don't want to risk my daily driver that first time (hate all you want lol ).

Any info would be great!

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There used to be a trackside vendor for texas track days, but all those guys are gone now. I dont think there is anyone who still does this. Just take your bike out there and take it easy. Your first track day is always pretty slow paced anyway. Good luck!
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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Call HoPD and ask them about there track bike rental.

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No Mike!! Ive never even seen that offered. Just loan him your bike....lol where were you on saturday?
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where from in Canada? Welcome to Texas, the best country in the World.
Renting track bike is usually an expensive proposition, combined with high deposits, is usually not optimal.
Nothing wrong with taking your regular bike to the track, especially if you have never tried it. If you do not try to push past your capabilities, you will be just fine IMO. Ride Smart provides free leathers/boots for first timers and also will give you a price deal (gotta talk to Dave - call him).
Be careful with track though, once you get the bug, it will be hard to get rid of it and will become expensive.





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No Mike!! Ive never even seen that offered. Just loan him your bike....lol where were you on saturday?
No . HoPD is doing it just hasn't really been advertised yet. As for Saturday, I got tied up at the gym. Been training for the Wera race the first week of April.


To the OP. Like I said above, call the shop and talk to Tony and he will fill you in on the details and explain on how this works.
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ciaka speaks the truth! but yeah, as long as you take it easy you won't have any problems on your first track day.
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where from in Canada? Welcome to Texas, the best country in the World.
I'm from Newfoundland. It's an island on the east coast of Canada.


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To the OP. Like I said above, call the shop and talk to Tony and he will fill you in on the details and explain on how this works.
Thanks a lot! I'll definitely be looking into this!

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:59 AM   #9
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Welcome to TX, eh.

I grew up just opposite Toronto on Lake Ontario (in NY). I tend to have more of a Canuck accent than anything.

Enjoy this weather. I love it down here!
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I have been riding my street bike on the track for some time now. The problem for me is my daily rider is becoming a track queen. I like the streets but there is nothing like the track. I am super hooked.
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I have been riding my street bike on the track for some time now. The problem for me is my daily rider is becoming a track queen. I like the streets but there is nothing like the track. I am super hooked.
I'm still paying my bike off. I'd hate to see it go down and know I still have payments.

I low sided my CBR 600RR (low sided riding the loops and slid into a guard rail) last year and the fairings alone cost about as much as the bike was worth. If I do track my bike, I'd probably have to invest in cheap plastics first.

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I'm still paying my bike off. I'd hate to see it go down and know I still have payments.

I low sided my CBR 600RR (low sided riding the loops and slid into a guard rail) last year and the fairings alone cost about as much as the bike was worth. If I do track my bike, I'd probably have to invest in cheap plastics first.
with info like that , I'm sure you will find all sorts of people willing to lend or rent a bike to you
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with info like that , I'm sure you will find all sorts of people willing to lend or rent a bike to you
He can rent mine for $3,000

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with info like that , I'm sure you will find all sorts of people willing to lend or rent a bike to you
haha After 6 years of riding, I finally found a patch of gravel with my name on it.

Riding in Newfoundland is not like riding in Houston at all.
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I'm still paying my bike off. I'd hate to see it go down and know I still have payments.

I low sided my CBR 600RR (low sided riding the loops and slid into a guard rail) last year and the fairings alone cost about as much as the bike was worth. If I do track my bike, I'd probably have to invest in cheap plastics first.
I think if you keep a level head and just focus on learning at the track and absorb as much adyou can. Doing it on your own bike would ne more.beneficial on the street. You start to understand it more and what it can and can't do.

Good luck getting out there.
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the first few track days, IF you do what you are told, the odds of you going down are pretty slim...
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Something I like to tell new people to track riding is...

I know trackdays happen at "race tracks" but it's NOT a race.
Think of it as a twisty road that goes in circles. There's no trophy for being the fastest.
Stay inside your ability and leave your ego at home.
There won't be gravel, traffic or unexpected surprises.

The point being, if you ride with a level head, at your own pace, you'll be fine.
Ride your own bike, it's the most familiar. You'll be learning enough new things without dealing with learning a new bike too.

You'll be fine.

That's my unsolicited opinion. Lol
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