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Old 03-11-2015, 11:24 AM   #1
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First Time to the Track (3/28 MSRH)

First time going to the track on the 28th. I'm pretty stoked. Was wondering, anything I should know? Any advice that would help?

Also, anyone have any extra space for a 250? If I could hitch a ride that'd be awesome and I'd pitch in for gas.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:32 AM   #2
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I may be at that event. Where are you located I might have room for an extra bike. Bring water, some form of shade and a chair. Leave your ego at home and be prepared to learn.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:38 AM   #3
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I'm near the Galleria area, Southwest.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:54 AM   #4
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Make sure your bike is right. Oil, tires, chain etc.
Blue painters tape for headlights and turn signals.
Plenty of water and Gatorade.
Some snacks, like granola bars and a banana or 2.
Extra gas just in case. (Probably won't need it)

Expect to be pretty tired by the afternoon. Pay attention to how you feel. Skip a session and rest if you need to.
Don't ride over your head.
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:06 PM   #5
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Oh one more thing...
Don't forget to breathe. Seriously, many people tend to hold their breath at first.
It's pretty intense your first time out, you wanna do good, don't wanna look foolish, etc.
Don't worry about it, nobody will judge, everybody started somewhere.
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:16 PM   #6
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+1 for breathing, try and stay as relaxed as possible. You're not gonna set the world on fire.
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:43 PM   #7
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I put that suggestion in reddit and I got laughed at saying who could possibly ever forget their key...
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I put that suggestion in reddit and I got laughed at saying who could possibly ever forget their key...
Even worse when you have the family in the RV arriving late and setting up to spend the night and not bike stuff, and say to yourself I'll do it in the am when your not so tired. Wake up next morning and realizing that you left your truck key at the house with keys for the enclosed trailer on it. FML lol
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Even worse when you have the family in the RV arriving late and setting up to spend the night and not bike stuff, and say to yourself I'll do it in the am when your not so tired. Wake up next morning and realizing that you left your truck key at the house with keys for the enclosed trailer on it. FML lol
Or going 4 of 6hrs to Cresson and realizing you forgot boots. Luckily I have amazing friends with spares.
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I'm near the Galleria area, Southwest.

Where exactly are you located ?
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I'm in Meyerland and can transport you+bike and whatever gear you have in my truck. We can talk about what to do/expect. Think of it as a free mentor for the day. Listen to the coaches for on track knowledge and I can keep things in line off the track.
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First time going to the track on the 28th. I'm pretty stoked. Was wondering, anything I should know? Any advice that would help?

Also, anyone have any extra space for a 250? If I could hitch a ride that'd be awesome and I'd pitch in for gas.
I will be there instructing with Ridesmart and will probably be teaching level 1. I will bring my ninja 250 and show you the lines for the little bikes.
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I keed, I keed...

Have fun, just get comfortable and get used to the surroundings...THAT IS IT. The other stuff will come as you keep going back (you will).

It can be a bit overwhelming at first. Ignore 90 percent of the well intentioned advice you get at the track from everyone with an opinion that is not an instructor.

Relax and slowly pick up the pace YOU are comfortable with.
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If you're gonna wreck, it'll most likely be from running wide or grabbing a ton of brake in a turn. Both can be avoided by following the "keep it slow" advice found above. To expound on that a bit, don't go any faster in the straight than you're comfortable entering the next turn, and build from there.
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Is there any kind of "entry level" experience one should have before even signing up for level 1? I've been riding almost a year now and I'm interested to see what the track is all about, and I don't have any problems going painfully slow and looking like a huge . I just don't want to be a problem for other riders.
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Is there any kind of "entry level" experience one should have before even signing up for level 1? I've been riding almost a year now and I'm interested to see what the track is all about, and I don't have any problems going painfully slow and looking like a huge . I just don't want to be a problem for other riders.
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Is there any kind of "entry level" experience one should have before even signing up for level 1? I've been riding almost a year now and I'm interested to see what the track is all about, and I don't have any problems going painfully slow and looking like a huge . I just don't want to be a problem for other riders.
Not really, as long as you're familiar with your bike. I think the recommendation is usually at least 3 months/3k miles in the saddle. Lvl 1 is pretty slow, especially in the first few sessions. Do it. You won't regret it.
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