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Old 06-20-2008, 12:41 PM   #1
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Track Etiquette

Saw a thread on another forum and thought I'd ask you guys, given the number of track junkies we have here.

What are some track etiquette rules to follow, stuff that a n00b wouldn't pick up on right away. Or anything really.

Tomorrow is my first track day and I know I've been bugging you guys a bunch but I'm pretty stoked, and want to make sure I get as much info as possible before I head out.
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remain predictable, and hold your lines.

don't look back

listen to your instructors

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remain predictable, and hold your lines.

don't look back

listen to your instructors

ask lots of questions

don't crash

always tip your instructors at the end of the day
+1 and have FUN!!!!
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:59 PM   #5
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didn't know not to lock back, which is a common habit for me on the street

and for some reason I hadn't thought to tip the instructors, good to know.
what's considered a "standard" tip? and do you tip all of them, or just the one who worked with you, or do you just put it in a tip bucket?
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didn't know not to lock back, which is a common habit for me on the street

and for some reason I hadn't thought to tip the instructors, good to know.
what's considered a "standard" tip? and do you tip all of them, or just the one who worked with you, or do you just put it in a tip bucket?
remove your mirrors if possible.

Tiping is sexy
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no tipping, he was kidding..... lol
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mirrors are already off [so are my turn signals]

wait...do I tip or not?
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no tipping, he was kidding..... lol
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seriously though, what is behind you is of no importance. You need to focus on what's ahead at all times. Keep your eyes up, relax, breath, and enjoy the day
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haha no no, hes an instructor, just messing with you man.
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seriously though, what is behind you is of no importance. You need to focus on what's ahead at all times. Keep your eyes up, relax, breath, and enjoy the day
see I totaly thought it was a good idea

when you take a chartered fishing trip, wither it be on a party boat or private charter, tipping the crew is expected. When he mentioned it I figured it was the same thing.

How 'bout I just bring enough "beverages" to share at the end of the day
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see I totaly thought it was a good idea

when you take a chartered fishing trip, wither it be on a party boat or private charter, tipping the crew is expected. When he mentioned it I figured it was the same thing.

How 'bout I just bring enough "beverages" to share at the end of the day
just having some fun with you! The instructors are there for guys like you. Our reward is watching you get it, and grow! Our organizations compensate us already.

Not sure about Ride Smart policy, but alcohol isn't welcomed at most tracks
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Having been to several TDs, the only time I've ever been frustrated by another rider is one ZX14 rider at TWS (Texas World Speedway). He used EVERY INCH of the track for EVERY turn, and then would turn on the power in the straight making him essentially impossible to pass.

I don't know what you'd call that? Maybe, making yourself passable?

Or if you're slow in the turns, and on a big bike, don't pour every once of steam into it you can on the straights?
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Only wheelie if you know no track marshall is around and make sure it is a good one if you are going to get black flagged might as well be for one that is worth it.

Also really pay attention in paddock for bikes, people and cars. Can be pretty hairy sometimes especially when you are hot and worn out after a session.
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How 'bout I just bring enough "beverages" to share at the end of the day
a couple of beers at the end of the day is good for everyone....gives you time to BS and talk about what a great time you had, etc....Tim has the basics covered. Looking back is a bad bad habit. It's just like skiing. You are responsible for what is in front of you. Just try and remain predictable and hold your lines. You'll be all good. All of the outfitters that I have ridden with have excellent instructors who will not leave you in the dark. If you feel you aren't being given enough instruction or someone just "watching you", ask someone wearing a jersey and they'll be glad to assist you, I promise.
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Not sure about Ride Smart policy, but alcohol isn't welcomed at most tracks
yeah, good point. I guess we'll have to take a rain check on the beverage, or I can give you a gatorade
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:/: I have seen a cooler with a few brews at the end of the day at all of the TD experiences I have been to
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