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Old 06-10-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Well, came back from a Sunday trackday at Cresson with RideSmart.
Let me start with the obvious, I couldn't sleep on Saturday cause of the excitment... Totally a new experience riding on the track.
RSM event organization was flawless... from the very simple indications to newbies (where to go and waht to do) to attention to riders and groups by Dave himself.
I was expecting some MILITARY environment where you couldn't miss an instruction because of riders safety but what I found was very relax and SAFE environment with knowledgeable people always caring and going the extra mile so we could get the best out of it.
The whole event was awesome... lunch and lot lot lot of water to keep us hydrated... they payed attention to riders not only on the track but also outside.
One of the best experiences I've had.... so Dave with RSM get a big A+ on my book
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Well, came back from a Sunday trackday at Cresson with RideSmart.
Let me start with the obvious, I couldn't sleep on Saturday cause of the excitment... Totally a new experience riding on the track.
RSM event organization was flawless... from the very simple indications to newbies (where to go and waht to do) to attention to riders and groups by Dave himself.
I was expecting some MILITARY environment where you couldn't miss an instruction because of riders safety but what I found was very relax and SAFE environment with knowledgeable people always caring and going the extra mile so we could get the best out of it.
The whole event was awesome... lunch and lot lot lot of water to keep us hydrated... they payed attention to riders not only on the track but also outside.
One of the best experiences I've had.... so Dave with RSM get a big A+ on my book
Good group of people. Enjoyed the day as well.
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Glad you enjoyed yourself!

How were the leathers? You didn't test 'em out, did you?
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Glad you enjoyed yourself!

How were the leathers? You didn't test 'em out, did you?
Thanks for asking... and NO I didn't test them (luckly cause I had couple of OH CHIT moments)... lol
Actually, felt pretty comfortable as they were not there... well maybe cause of the adrenaline during the whole day...
A thing I noted was that I didn't sweat inside the suit as I'd expect being the day really hot and sunny... so those holes must be functional.
Again... Thanks buddy for hooking me up... now I have to get more funds to try TTD, and LMS, and LSTD and..... not enough :/::/::/:
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I've been out of action for the past 2 months due to a broken collar bone but I've been instructing with RideSmart in Level II for 2 seasons...my name is A.J. West by the way. I, as I'm sure David Wonders, am glad to hear the positives that are resulting from years of effort by Dave, his wife, and other dedicated staff (most of which volunteer). Safety and customer satisfaction while learning is a priority with RideSmart. I miss the instructing during this down time, especially the holiday and weekend events. It's always fun to arrive early the night before, set up, help friends set up, and to assist the newbies with questions, bike prep, and even some maintenance/repairs the night before their first trackday. I've always enjoyed the trackday family atmosphere and sharing a beer while "bench" racing. When I'm back in action stop by and say "hi". I'm usually one of the first ones at every event and one of the last ones to leave (gotta help Dave and Ha load the truck and trailer). My bike is GSXR #599.
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Which one were you? I was the only non-leather, non-sportbike rider in Level 1 that got in everyone's way all day.
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Which one were you? I was the only non-leather, non-sportbike rider in Level 1 that got in everyone's way all day.
I haven't been to a trackday since my crash (during a race) and injury. It would kill my feelings to have to spectate at a trackday.
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I haven't been to a trackday since my crash (during a race) and injury. It would kill my feelings to have to spectate at a trackday.
ain't that the truth.
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the only thing that will top that is taking advantage of some tye howard schooling.i had instruction from larry myers and its a real eye opening experience.where before i thought i moved throught the track ok,im now much faster and more confident(still not FAST though,just faster).i will be taking full advantage of i for the next few events for sure..worth every penny IMHO..
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Well, came back from a Sunday trackday at Cresson with RideSmart.
Let me start with the obvious, I couldn't sleep on Saturday cause of the excitment... Totally a new experience riding on the track.
RSM event organization was flawless... from the very simple indications to newbies (where to go and waht to do) to attention to riders and groups by Dave himself.
I was expecting some MILITARY environment where you couldn't miss an instruction because of riders safety but what I found was very relax and SAFE environment with knowledgeable people always caring and going the extra mile so we could get the best out of it.
The whole event was awesome... lunch and lot lot lot of water to keep us hydrated... they payed attention to riders not only on the track but also outside.
One of the best experiences I've had.... so Dave with RSM get a big A+ on my book

Glad you liked it... Over the past years Dave W. & the whole crew has put in alot of hard work to change the experience to suit the customer's needs.

I'm just glad you along with other customers are letting us know how the team's doing. I was unable to attend this one...but will be there @ TWS (Texas World Speedway) in July.

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the only thing that will top that is taking advantage of some tye howard schooling.i had instruction from larry myers and its a real eye opening experience.where before i thought i moved throught the track ok,im now much faster and more confident(still not FAST though,just faster).i will be taking full advantage of i for the next few events for sure..worth every penny IMHO..
Yup, I did the Level 3 school with Larry on Sunday. Great guy, helped me out tremendously.
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ain't that the truth.
It does when I crashed the first session at TWS (Texas World Speedway) came back injured watching everybody ride blew chunks. I am rider not a watcher. That is why is USELESS.
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I'll be at TWS (Texas World Speedway) next weekend with Ride Smart, I'm pretty stoked!
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...great to hear that. We will try to make your experience (and all the other participants) as good as possible. Take advantage of the free dinner the night before.

Take care....glad to see good feedback coming to us.
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...great to hear that. We will try to make your experience (and all the other participants) as good as possible. Take advantage of the free dinner the night before.

Take care....glad to see good feedback coming to us.
Props go to you aswell...the past few weeks you guys have been on top of the game with promoting safety, track days, quizzes, and been very giving!

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Props go to you aswell...the past few weeks you guys have been on top of the game with promoting safety, track days, quizzes, and been very giving!


Thanks mang. We are trying to show everyone how much the school has changed over the last season or two. It is a pleasure to participate in it.
Hope to see you there some time soon.
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Cresson's Big Bend got me in 3rd session while I was starting to feel comfortable doing 1:36's after a long absent from track days. Repaired the clip-on and replaced broken brembo brake lever, took off the trashed bodywork and went out again street-fighter style but I took it easy the rest of the day.

The crash was my fault for pushing the bar too hard instead of leaning due to an aggressive clip-on angle which moved my body position far forward (they will be replaced). No injuries except for some bruises on left shoulder and a cherry on left knee. BTW, I think I lost my necklace with a Jade Buddha in the grass at the end of Big Bend where I crashed, so If someone venture out that part and find it, please give me a shout (there are some pieces of blue windscreen in that area), thanks.

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I was doing my best to stay out of everyone's way on Sunday in Level 1:

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Which one were you? I was the only non-leather, non-sportbike rider in Level 1 that got in everyone's way all day.
I remember you... there were only 2 girls on that group and the other had white leathers....
I was on a blue R6 and blue leathers, I was pretty quite so guess you would notice.... Those pics you posted are really nice... what's the website of the photographer??
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Here's a link to the weekend's galleries:
http://www.hart-photography.com/phot...ewGallery=3392

There were three ladies in L1 on Sunday. The third was on a blue SV and was pitted with a group of guys under the shaded paddock near me.
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