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Old 05-28-2008, 04:15 AM   #1
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I was wondering if you folks had any information or resources to recommend. I want to get out to some track days, and really like the idea of racing in an amateur league of some sort. I don't have a track-capable bike right now, but I'm working on that.

I've always loved motorcycles. I enjoyed every second on the trail bikes I used to ride as a teenager. I only have 4,000 miles on the road, and it's on a cruiser, but I've REALLY been enjoying it. The physics of it all, the feeling of being leaned over (as far as the floorboards on my V-Star allow me too), the coordination required by both feet, both hands, and all of the senses, the sportscar performance. All of it. I'm REALLY itching to get out on the track.

So... any information I should be looking over? Websites? Books?
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MSF? then advanced ? then a track day?

almost all track day's require you to have at least 3k miles on the bike you are going to use on the track day before you go and it'd be silly not to have at least that much seat time
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Def do the noob days to break out into it. Beleive me, the speeds of a normal/advanced/race pace track day will blow ya out the water!
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1. When you get a bike, make sure it is mechanically sound and has good tires/ brakes/ suspension (not aftermarket, just in good working order)

2. Purchase or rent (www.trackleather.com or Motorcycles Unlimited) all of your safety equipment

3. Take MSF, have "M" endorsement and be comfortable with the bike

4. If you come to LSTD, enroll in the "C" group (for noobs) and also the rider's school for our proffessional instruction (other orgs have their own versions too)

5. Increase the limits on all your credit cards and get ready for the second mortgage to pay for the addiction!


Visit www.lonestartrackdays.com or this forum: http://www.motohouston.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=152

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Baby steps...

Get a track bike and preferably something already setup IMO. I'm going to get flamed for this one by a few but I strongly recommend an SV650.

Come out and run a few track days and get you license and as mentioned increase your limits on your CC's.

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Get a track bike and preferably something already setup IMO. I'm going to get flamed for this one by a few but I strongly recommend an SV650.

Come out and run a few track days and get you license and as mentioned increase your limits on your CC's.

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why would you get flamed for sugesting an SV650?
its a great bike, I have yet to do any track days on mine, but I would assume its like anything else, if you can be fast on a slow bike, you'll be really fast on a fast bike
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... but I would assume its like anything else, if you can be fast on a slow bike, you'll be really fast on a fast bike
Not necessarily. There are lots of folks that are faster than most of the guys racing 600's or 750's that ride SV's, but don't run as fast on the 600's or 750's when they switch.

It took me most of last season to finally get down to the lap times I ran on my SV when I sold it for a GSXR 600.

The SV is not a "slow" track bike- in the right hands, it is a more capable and faster bike than some of the inline "fast" bikes.
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why would you get flamed for sugesting an SV650?
its a great bike, I have yet to do any track days on mine, but I would assume its like anything else, if you can be fast on a slow bike, you'll be really fast on a fast bike
B/c some idiots don't realize this
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Thanks for the replies folks. I think I have it now.

MSF>>SV650>>Pro racing with sponsers.

Sweetness.

Any books or online reading you guys recommend?
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Any books or online reading you guys recommend?
Twist of the Wrist and Twist 2 by Keith Code. That's a great starting point, there are other books, but those two are pretty well standard reading for racers or beginning trackday addicts.
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Thanks for the replies folks. I think I have it now.

MSF>>SV650>>Pro racing with sponsers.

Sweetness.

Any books or online reading you guys recommend?
You forgot leathers...and noob track days!

Books...twist of the wrist!
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1. When you get a bike, make sure it is mechanically sound and has good tires/ brakes/ suspension (not aftermarket, just in good working order)

2. Purchase or rent (www.trackleather.com or Motorcycles Unlimited) all of your safety equipment

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Visit www.lonestartrackdays.com or this forum: http://www.motohouston.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=152

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