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Old 08-13-2013, 08:14 PM   #61
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Cost. I can ride the lot for free. And people I've met that ride often on the tracks always seem to talk down to me once they realize I haven't. Just turns me off to it. There are exceptions not all are this way.
This, not reading any other comments on this thread right now.

I have experienced MANY ride types, from hooligan, out (no relation to borc), cruise, putt, and everywhere in between. Never done track because it costs a bit of money. Sure I'd love to wear my chicken strips down, maybe even get some full side action + knee, but I'm getting older, and I don't need that, or the risk that comes with it. I don't ride like an on the street either, like in the other thread, I don't deal with people coming into my lane because I am not there. I don't drive at crazy speeds and I don't ride in peoples blindspots. Nor am I amongst the majority of cagers during rush hour trafffic. I know track is the safest place to go super fast, but I know as well as you that it makes some people a little too comfortable.

I'm not saying that I would never do track, just that I have bigger priorities in life, and they are the same reasons I've never taken any cars to track though the opportunity is there.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:40 PM   #62
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7Cain, something that many people have a wrong impression of is that the track it's all about hauling .
Think of it as a twisty road that ops back around on itself. You ride your own ride, don't go faster than you're comfortable with and all its well.

That holds true for still the people worried about tearing up their bikes. Ride it like you want to ride it,. Just because its called a "race track" doesn't mean its a race. Its a track day. Use it to learn, to improve, make friends and feel like a badass in a leather suit.
Seriously, there just aren't many hobbies where you can wear a full leather suit and NOT look gay

I typed this on my phone and it's all screwed up, sorry but you get the point.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:44 PM   #63
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You didn't try it on the VFR did you? That's a lot of work trying to throw that thing around!
Naw, was on my former FZ1. Still not a track .
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:52 PM   #65
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7Cain, something that many people have a wrong impression of is that the track it's all about hauling .
Think of it as a twisty road that ops back around on itself. You ride your own ride, don't go faster than you're comfortable with and all its well.

That holds true for still the people worried about tearing up their bikes. Ride it like you want to ride it,. Just because its called a "race track" doesn't mean its a race. Its a track day. Use it to learn, to improve, make friends and feel like a badass in a leather suit.
Seriously, there just aren't many hobbies where you can wear a full leather suit and NOT look gay

I typed this on my phone and it's all screwed up, sorry but you get the point.
I get your point Bee, there in lies the cost though, as much as I'd like to dawn a full leather suit and go out there looking like 'Daredevil' I do not have a track suit, nor formal "boots", nor the time to track prep my bike, nor the expense to either buy new tires or takeoffs from anyone else. I just don't ride like that anymore. In the hillcountry it was fun (during the day), but here there is just no need for it, I don't even like going on group rides anymore and haven't in a long time. Love the bike, love riding, just don't ride like a fool anymore, not that you have to on the track.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:11 PM   #66
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Luck, not logic. Ride the track like you do the street and you'll almost never get hurt. Ride the street like you ride the track and you'll be dead in 2.5 miles.
This is so good it deserves another quote.

For me the track is a significant reduction in the number of variables. Just like the street, you can go out and ride at the limit or you can dial it back a notch. The difference is that when you are at the limit and you crash at the track, it is much more likely that your crash was entirely due to your mistakes. On the track you're not going to crash because of a deer, or because of a car passing into your lane, or because of a patch of gravel.

That isn't to say unexpected things don't happen on the track. The chances of a surprise are really reduced however. Also, if you are not at your limit on the track you will typically have a much greater opportunity to react to the surprise.

The track isn't for everyone, but every rider should give it a shot. Even if you aren't bitten by the track bug, a single day will make you a much better rider.

Finally, worrying about having everything perfect (trailer, trackbike, sliders, safety-wire, etc.) is an excuse. It is easy to hitch a ride with our community, and riding out to the track is possible (I've done it for every trackday I've been at).

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I would rather spend my extra money taking my wife to Hawaii and Tahiti every year, plus I don't want to be stuck at a track all day!
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:58 PM   #71
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Doing my first track day in Sept w/ Ridesmart courtesy of HPC from Central Meet. Since its my first track day ... leathers boots etc come with the package. Cant beat that. All I need to do is tape up the bike (remove mirrors if I want to .. prob will), pull out the brake light bulb, and give my buddy a 12 pack to use his trailer.

I am using this day to get my learn on. Everyone I have met that does track says there are good tools for street riding taken away from just 1 track day. So let me go be a sponge. I do not forsee myself running out to buy a track suit and all that after one day but who knows. I wont be expecting to drag a knee or even be fast ... just take away some good skills on body positioning and cornering.

I think if more people looked at it like an "instructional class" vs "track day" they might find themselves more inclined to do it. I cant really find a reason other than $$ that would turn someone off of wanting to increase their riding skills and take instruction from people who race or teach for a living. And if $$$ is the only reason .. get your lazy butts out a meet once in a while and take the gamble. My 2nd Central Meet with MH scored me a free track day .. and I never win anything.
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Doing my first track day in Sept w/ Ridesmart courtesy of HPC from Central Meet. Since its my first track day ... leathers boots etc come with the package. Cant beat that. All I need to do is tape up the bike (remove mirrors if I want to .. prob will), pull out the brake light bulb, and give my buddy a 12 pack to use his trailer.

I am using this day to get my learn on. Everyone I have met that does track says there are good tools for street riding taken away from just 1 track day. So let me go be a sponge. I do not forsee myself running out to buy a track suit and all that after one day but who knows. I wont be expecting to drag a knee or even be fast ... just take away some good skills on body positioning and cornering.

I think if more people looked at it like an "instructional class" vs "track day" they might find themselves more inclined to do it. I cant really find a reason other than $$ that would turn someone off of wanting to increase their riding skills and take instruction from people who race or teach for a living. And if $$$ is the only reason .. get your lazy butts out a meet once in a while and take the gamble. My 2nd Central Meet with MH scored me a free track day .. and I never win anything.
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Yeah I mean getting to the track really isn't an issue. I haven't had a truck, trailer, and had to hustle rides to every track day I have ever been to. Luckily for me Mr. P and the Honey Badger look out for me or I would never make it. Where there is a will there is a way.

Also Peter is absolutely right about how you ride the track. If you get competitive and push then your odds of crashing go up. If you ride the track like you ride the street with a safety margin you almost never crash. I speak from experience on both sides of that fence....
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track is a different world. If i wreck my bike for 1 day of play im out for weeks or even months..that affects riding to work, riding to play and riding on the wknds.



if i wreck on the street its most likely bc an outside factor since i dont push myself. If i wreck at the track its totally going to be my fault. I want to avoid causing wrecks. Haha.

But i dont really like to ask a friend...seems like im being an inconvenience. I prefer a bf to automatically handle all that for me.
Oh man, thanks.. ima check my insurance (foremost) n see if they cover td.

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Come out to a track day on Sept 7th with Fastline. You can even come as a spectator for free. Watch how Novice class starts slow, and the instructors gradually work you up. You will understand when you see it and that fear of crashing will be gone.
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No leathers. I know, I can rent leathers. I need to buy a set that fits RIGHT. I also need to buy some NOMEX for the car.

I will be out there sometime this year.

My other problem is transportation. I got rid of the truck, and dont plan on putting a hitch on the SRT.
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