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Old 05-20-2013, 09:25 PM   #1
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A Couple of Noob Questions

I was considering going to a track day at MSR with Ridesafe pretty soon and I had a couple of questions about it that I was hoping some of you may know the answer to.

The first question was about getting the bike there. Would it be too far fetched to actually ride my bike there, ride on the track and ride back? If that's too impractical, what are some other inexpensive options?

Also, I use my bike for regular commute, so I was wondering what requirements would my bike need to meet to be ridden on the track? Is it a bad idea to use my regular commuting bike for a track day?
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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I rode mine to and from my first track day. Not the best scenario, especially if it's your daily commuter. If you have an accident, then you have to figure out how to get it home. Your bike needs to be in good shape, tires, brakes, etc. and you'll need to tape up all lights and mirrors. I use painter's tape.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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contact any of my brothers > Halffast - they will help you get set
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:55 AM   #4
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I was considering going to a track day at MSR with Ridesafe pretty soon and I had a couple of questions about it that I was hoping some of you may know the answer to.

The first question was about getting the bike there. Would it be too far fetched to actually ride my bike there, ride on the track and ride back? If that's too impractical, what are some other inexpensive options?

Also, I use my bike for regular commute, so I was wondering what requirements would my bike need to meet to be ridden on the track? Is it a bad idea to use my regular commuting bike for a track day?
Iam in the process of going through this. You can rent a motorcycle trailer from uhaul for 15 bucks or something or someone on the forums might be able to let you hop on their trailer if they are going to the same track day. Post up the date and your location and someone will probably help you out.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:29 AM   #5
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I was considering going to a track day at MSR with Ridesafe pretty soon and I had a couple of questions about it that I was hoping some of you may know the answer to.
This is where you'll go to register, it's actually "Ridesmart" https://www.ridesmart.info/
Their next MSRH (in Angleton) isn't until June 22, it's good that you are sorting things out now.

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The first question was about getting the bike there. Would it be too far fetched to actually ride my bike there, ride on the track and ride back? If that's too impractical, what are some other inexpensive options?
People do it but I cringe when I see it. Things can happen on the track through no fault of your own. If you are pushing a bit, not crazy like a race but doing more than usual, you might found out what it's like to lose your front or rear end and not be able to ride your bike home.
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Also, I use my bike for regular commute, so I was wondering what requirements would my bike need to meet to be ridden on the track?
If you still decide to take it though: You need to bring lots of painter's tape with you to cover reflective surfaces (headlamps, turn signals, tale, et al) and maybe remove your mirrors while there, and have zip ties to secure the fairings when the mirrors are off. People at the track are willing to help. You should visit a track day ahead of time for practice, do the ride and check out how people are dealing with their street bikes. (versus track bikes that have the race fairings). Oh, and a tire gauge to make sure the pressure is correct. You can get air through tire support services (Whoop is usually there) at his air compressor.

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Is it a bad idea to use my regular commuting bike for a track day?
Yes. And no. Yes: you can damage expensive parts like the headlamp assembly and not be able to ride it until you can afford to replace it. No: maybe nothing will happen. I have seen people ride from San Antonio to MSRH and ride home with the bike the way they brought it.

BTW, put a call out to ask about getting space with someone else on their trailer or truck. I've seen many people have success with that. Many of us want to help since we believe track days help make better riders.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do!
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:50 AM   #6
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:38 AM   #7
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Good post "Myla". Covered most of it! Just also make sure your hydrating a day or two before you go cause it will be really hot soon! Make sure you get a good reat(good luck with that)... I know that's hard to do but try and calm yourself. If you were like me when I got started I wanted to go out there and just haul ! Take it easy and you'll be fine! Since your a daily commuter you should be fine on the bike the whole day. Just try and find a ride ... Way better to trailer it. Besides once your addicted you'll want to save your tires for the track anyways!!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:26 PM   #9
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