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Old 12-04-2007, 08:40 AM   #1
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I'm new to MH. My husband would LOVE to get into racing. I would like to help him, but I have no idea how to get started. I don't even know what questions to ask. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks guys!
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First, have him go to lots of track days. www.LSTD.com is a great source of information for the rider and the bike, and the schedule will be up soon.
If you check the vendor's section, Longhorn track days has a section there with a schedule for them south of Houston in Angleton and the Mercedes road course.

After that, go to Lone Star Track Days and he'll take the racer's school to get his license from the CMRA. www.cmraracing.com

As for the bike, I'd find a good used track bike instead of buying a street bike to convert. There are some good ones on sale here, Somebody1010 had a nice one for sale.

Get ready to max the credit cards...
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What kind of bike does he have now?

Does he want to race it or another one?

Does he want to roadrace or race 1/4 mile at the drag strip?

If he's looking to roadrace, Tom has some good advice on how to get started, and this might help as well:

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4310


He may also want to check into TMGP, which can be a low cost way to start roadracing.


If he's wanting to drag race, check with the schedules for the local drag racing tracks for when they're running they're open track night / street night.
He can get some good practice in there.

The local drag racing series down here, Texas Shootout used to be a good organization, but has kind of fallen apart this year.
It's my understanding that it's up in the air for next year though.

Anyways, if you can be more specific on the type of racing, we may be able to give a little more specific advice.

Good luck!
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I'd suggest starting on something like a SV650. They are cheaper to race and the classes are not as full as the "meatgrinder" 600cc classes. The maintenance, tires, parts are cheaper on the SV as well. If this lucky guy is new to track riding all together then certainly take a look at what /\/\/\ Tom said. If not get your license and have fun. Oh yea a pit crew (you) is always a much needed help.

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First get out on the track and do some trackdays.
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We don't do credit...cash only!!

Thanks for the advice..at least I have a place to start! BTW..we do have good health insurance!
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What type of racing spikes his interest?
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You should have him join the site so we can get a good idea of what he's looking to do. Unless you are trying to surprise him with info?
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First, have him go to lots of track days. www.LSTD.com is a great source of information for the rider and the bike, and the schedule will be up soon.
If you check the vendor's section, Longhorn track days has a section there with a schedule for them south of Houston in Angleton and the Mercedes road course.

After that, go to Lone Star Track Days and he'll take the racer's school to get his license from the CMRA. www.cmraracing.com

As for the bike, I'd find a good used track bike instead of buying a street bike to convert. There are some good ones on sale here, Somebody1010 had a nice one for sale.

Get ready to max the credit cards...
+1 on everything Tom just said. I would start with bucks trackdays.

My bike is on e-bay right now with http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=270192548210
and heres the link to it on MH http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=39652

Once you ride at the track everything else is boring, and theres no cops or idiot cagers trying to run you over.
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Old 12-04-2007, 05:03 PM   #14
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We (LSTD) will be out with our schedule soon (probably this week) and we will include introductory track days for people that are new to the track, as well as track days at local venues like GSS (which will be a great little track for learning).

I'm pleased to help you with any information you may need too, feel free to contact me through the bbs or email.

If your husband has a bike already, have him take the short trip to Motorcycles Unlimited so Patrick can give his personal once over on it, and give suggestions on the best route for your husband to take to the track. Patrick has years of racing experience, not to mention he knows all makes and models for maintenance and repairs.

Depending on his riding style and experience, each of the schools in the area can help out. Most riders with lots of riding experience do very well with the normal beginner groups (our "C" group, outlined on our web site). Other riders who don't have much riding experience, would benefit greatly from our introductory groups at the tracks we will offer that. Other track day providers offer this service too, and you should check their sites for that information.

Track days and racing can be great family fun, and an experience like no other. Observing a track day first can give a good impression on how things work there too. LSTD offers a program where someone can cornerwork for someone else who is riding in exchange for them working- or- the rider can work half day and ride the other half. Basically trading "your time" for track time.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:58 AM   #15
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He has been riding a katana sport-cruiser (which is soon to be mine). We will be purchasing another ride for him in the very near future. He loves to ride. He is awesome on a bike and I would love to see that talent grow.
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I'm on pins and needles here waiting to see said schedule
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