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Old 03-12-2015, 09:52 AM   #21
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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.
On the website it says basic control of the bike and comfortable at freeway speeds. After a year I think you will be fine in level 1. Make sure you use the first timer code with ridesmart, 50% off and free leather and boot rental.
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On the website it says basic control of the bike and comfortable at freeway speeds. After a year I think you will be fine in level 1. Make sure you use the first timer code with ridesmart, 50% off and free leather and boot rental.
Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to do that!
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I'll try not repeat what others have already said. Go over your bike the Thursday night the week before, that way if you discover you need parts or tires there is time to get order, install and test them. Don't wait to prep your bike the morning of or night before. Do it the Thursday before if possible. Start hydrating yourself all week before. The night before start your bike, to make sure it will. Secure your key where it will NOT be left behind! Try to get a good nights sleep. You win every session you finish on two wheels so don't try to out run any one. Focus on the little things the coaches tell you because its the little things that come up big. Slow down! Slow and right is better than quick and sloppy. Start saving for your next track day!

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use engine braking, most new riders ( to the track ) are not use to running high revs and think they are going to hurt their bike, not engine braking entering a turn will not slow you down enough and lots run will run wide have to stand it up, get on the brakes, fall down etc.
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use engine braking, most new riders ( to the track ) are not use to running high revs and think they are going to hurt their bike, not engine braking entering a turn will not slow you down enough and lots run will run wide have to stand it up, get on the brakes, fall down etc.
What the , do people really think like that..? It's so weird going into a turn in an inappropriately high gear...
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use engine braking, most new riders ( to the track ) are not use to running high revs and think they are going to hurt their bike, not engine braking entering a turn will not slow you down enough and lots run will run wide have to stand it up, get on the brakes, fall down etc.
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What the , do people really think like that..? It's so weird going into a turn in an inappropriately high gear...
Yes. When the bike starts buzzing at higher revs it freaks them out. Guilty of that, myself. My first time on an I4 after riding a cruiser for years I was all, "WTF is this ?"
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Yes. When the bike starts buzzing at higher revs it freaks them out. Guilty of that, myself. My first time on an I4 after riding a cruiser for years I was all, "WTF is this ?"
Huh. I guess I'm surprised because if I let off the throttle while cruising on the freeway in top gear, I'm still engine braking on my 300.
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Huh. I guess I'm surprised because if I let off the throttle while cruising on the freeway in top gear, I'm still engine braking on my 300.
Sweet another little bike, Maybe we can get all the small bikes with me on my 250!! We'll see how many more little bikes are there for that day!!
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What the , do people really think like that..? It's so weird going into a turn in an inappropriately high gear...
I've seen videos of people that just pull in the clutch and hold it in for their entire braking area.
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I've seen videos of people that just pull in the clutch and hold it in for their entire braking area.
Whaddafuck man.
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Have fun man and stick with Joey! Lots of us will be out there. Just don't be afraid to ask and make sure you tell the instructor if you wanna learn to work with you.

First day its most important to have fun, and check your we bolts...make sure all your stuff is tichtened down, this way you don't end the track time for everyone!

Also you will get a lot of advise...my 2cents is that you should find one thing to work on and sinse its your first track day, I would concetrate on learning the track..don't try to haul and mess up your day!...

and again have fun!!
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I'll be at MSRH as well, it'll be my second track day there.
This is all great advice, just relax and have fun. I was the same way the first time I went to the track.
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I don't know, it's weird.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:59 PM   #36
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Thanks for the advice guys, going to use the most I can.

One thing I just thought of though, what's the schedule like? I just realized that I don't know the timings for anything at all. What time do we have to be at the track?
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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.
I'll be bringing the 250 as well. You need to come play in L2 Joey.
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Thanks for the advice guys, going to use the most I can.

One thing I just thought of though, what's the schedule like? I just realized that I don't know the timings for anything at all. What time do we have to be at the track?
Ridesmart sends out an email with the schedule. The basic schedule is 6:30 registration opens. Tech opens 6:30 or 7. You have till the riders meeting at 8:30 to get through registration and tech(registration first). After the riders meeting track will go hot with level 3 at 9 and level 1 and 2 will go to the classroom. Make sure your bike is 100% ready to go before you go to the riders meeting because the class usually go till you have 5 min till your session. Sessions are 20 min long and go 3, 2, 1 repeat.

Your first session will be a follow the leader(called round robin)at a very slow pace that even my wife could handle. I believe your 2nd second session in level 1 will also be round robin. Then the 3rd session will finally be open with passing only in the straights. Instructors will be available to work you during this time.
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I would suggest camping the night before, you get everything setup and the bike prepped ready to go. Then you get to hang out and talk with all the other campers. I met some good friends doing this at my first track day.
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I would suggest camping the night before, you get everything setup and the bike prepped ready to go. Then you get to hang out and talk with all the other campers. I met some good friends doing this at my first track day.
What is the camping situation like?
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