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Old 06-01-2015, 09:15 PM   #1
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Track Riding for a Beginner

I just got a 2012 ninja 250.
I'm a beginner.

Would the track be a good place for me to learn to become more confident riding? ...or am I too new?


If so what would be the who, what, when, where and how to get started?
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:32 PM   #2
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I have run a 250 on the track and they are very fun to play with. Don't be afraid to Spin that thing to redline and keep it up there, That's where all your power is.

As far as should you take to the track right away: that's going to depend on your current skill level with high(er) speeds, body positioning and cornering.

What's your riding history?
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Are you comfortable with the controls of your bike? Are completely at ease at freeway speeds? If the freeway is scary still then you should maybe wait a little while. I believe 3000 miles is the normal guideline if anyone gives one.

When you are ready, go to ridesmart.info and sign up for a track day. Browse their site as there is a lot of good info. When you register make sure you put that David Adams sent you.
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I just got a 2012 ninja 250.
I'm a beginner.

Would the track be a good place for me to learn to become more confident riding? ...or am I too new?


If so what would be the who, what, when, where and how to get started?
Welcome

Best thing to get started is to go watch the next track day.

It makes for a nice Saturday ride down to Angelton.


The next one there looks to be with Ridesmart on June 20th.

There you can see what you need to bring and ask anybody any questions you have.

See how the day is run and also sit in on the classes between sessions and just soak up everything you can.

Also a good way to meet people who you could pair up with so you're not alone when you go do you're track day.

While your there you can even can ask the tech guy to check your bike and show you what you need to do.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:10 PM   #5
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Firstly welcome. Yes it would be good for you to get on the track as soon as you are ready. How do you know you are ready?
1: You are completely comfortable operating your machine- Shifting, braking, turning.
2: You are not panicked when someone passes you on the freeway
3: You are comfortable with at least freeway speeds.
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4: You are ready to check your ego and listen to and apply the things being taught.

Come to the track without any of those and you are sure to have a difficult time, otherwise, get out there and learn so you don't ingrain too many bad habits. You might also try corner working a day first. You will get to see what its like and earn a free day at the same time. I'm a newb like you though so take my advice for what it's worth.... which ain't much.
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I just got a 2012 ninja 250.
I'm a beginner.

Would the track be a good place for me to learn to become more confident riding? ...or am I too new?


If so what would be the who, what, when, where and how to get started?
I myself am new, I'm waiting for the 3000 mile mark before I head to the track, should hit it by next week.
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:59 AM   #7
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4: You are ready to check your ego and listen to and apply the things being taught.

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Ugg, I wish people would listen to this one. You are there to learn, apply and practice. Use the resources given to you and you are PAYING for.

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I myself am new, I'm waiting for the 3000 mile mark before I head to the track, should hit it by next week.
3000 miles is a good mark, but don't let mileage be your only goal. Get comfortable and proficient with your riding skills, then when you feel you are ready, jump in.
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If I recall correctly you've already corner worked a track day before , so you have a knowledge of how it goes and how it's ran, once your comfortable operating your bike . Then sign up and just go have fun . That's the main key to a track day is having fun all while learning more about riding and the rest of the stuff that goes along with it . If you would like we can gather up a few people and meet and ride to the track day coming up and walk around the pits and meet some of the instructors . Also I know quite a few people you could meet and talk to about track riding and just riding in general . There's a few lady's who are also out there and you can talk with . Let me know what's up and I can set up a meet and ride to msrh
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Ugg, I wish people would listen to this one. You are there to learn, apply and practice. Use the resources given to you and you are PAYING for.



3000 miles is a good mark, but don't let mileage be your only goal. Get comfortable and proficient with your riding skills, then when you feel you are ready, jump in.
Oh I agree, I believe I'm ready right now, been in the twisties a few times and I commute to work and school everyday, I'm actually holding myself back, I don't want to rush anything.
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I just got a 2012 ninja 250.
I'm a beginner.

Would the track be a good place for me to learn to become more confident riding? ...or am I too new?


If so what would be the who, what, when, where and how to get started?
Yes, the track is THE place to learn and increase skills and confidence. Search the forums for "first track day" and you'll find a plethora of information concerning how to sign up, prep your bike, and what to bring. My first track day I commuted out there with a forum member so I had someone to pit with, ask questions, and have a trailer spot in case something were to happen (not recommended to ride your bike to the track day).

Think of your first track day as just going for a Sunday ride - except you get to practice your favorite corner over and over again. If you're comfortable cornering and with highway speeds, then the time is now!
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, I'm actually holding myself back, I don't want to rush anything.
That's a good attitude


Do yourself a favor and read Total Control. It will help explain how and why a bike acts like it does, suspension setup, look ahead, body positioning, ect. Its well worth the read and you'll be more knowledgeable going into the track day/school.

http://www.leeparksdesign.com/total-...ng-techniques/

, if you can, take one of their classes first, then hit the track.

http://www.totalcontroltraining.net/
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Don't forget Ridesmart has (as far as I know they still do) a 1st track day special that's half off and includes suit rental.
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Lots of good advice here. Also lots of people out there with 250/300's as well. And yes we have 50% for first timer discount. We're a school so you get as much instruction as you'd like. Just make sure to have fun
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1: You are completely comfortable operating your machine- Shifting, braking, turning.
This is what I tell people too. I've instructed for Fastline and the people who have the most trouble are those who still have to think, "Apply clutch, shift, release clutch, press right bar to turn right, etc". If those are automatic for you then you are probably ready.
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Yes it is and if I would go back in time to start all over again, it would be in a 250 for sure! But when in the streets follow this rule: "To go right push on the right bar, to go left push the on left bar. This called counter steering and you learned how to do it when you learned how to ride a bicycle. Use your front brake mainly and use the rear brake lightly. Look where want to go, not where you are going. Always look far ahead and when in traffic behind a car, ride to one side of then lane or the other so you look around the car and see whats going on up ahead. Take your advice from riders who have been riding a long time, the older/wiser the better.

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Atgatt- ALL THE GEAR ALL THE TIME! Can't stress that enough. Get comfortable with your machine and when you are ready we will see u at the track. All the guys that posted on here with a CMRA number will be more than willing to help you including myself. Welcome and ride safe.
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As I continue in the Novice group take advantage of the 50% off with ride smart. They have gear also. I will stress gear up because it can and will happen if you push your limits. It is nice to walk away from an incident at the track instead of riding an ambulance to the hospital after an accident on the street. Just do it as the old commercial says, you will not look back.
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