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Old 11-17-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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Is This True??

I heard a rumor that less than 5% of sportbike owners take their bike on the track, that means over 95% of riders that own sportbikes have not been on the track! That just seems lame to me.

Now I don't know if this includes sport-touring bikes, they just said sportbike.

Why would someone buy a bike, with race-like ergonomics and chassis and that IMO is the most uncomfortable motorcycle out there, if there not going to use all of it and see what their bike can actually do. Now stunters and drag-racers obviously use a sportbike in a different but great way and I would say need the power and torque that a sportbike comes stock with. You can get a feel for how your bike corners and how fast your bike can go by going out to some deserted twistie backroads, but you can really never get full lean and ride 100%, IMO.




It took me 3 years of riding to put my bike on the track, and it changed my entire perspective on sportbikes. You learn a lot about your bike on the track, what you like about it and what you don't.








I guess my point here is.....learn wheelies or get you azz to the track! lol jk jk

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Old 11-17-2008, 08:23 AM   #2
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I can believe that. Most people have no clue what track days are, or that they even exist. That's why we spend so much time marketing, to spread the word that there are organizations that provide this service. I also hear tons of excuses why they don't want to take their pretty bike to the track.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:25 AM   #3
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It's also true that less than 5% of local riders are on MH. It's a big world out there.
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I can believe that. Most people have no clue what track days are, or that they even exist. That's why we spend so much time marketing, to spread the word that there are organizations that provide this service. I also hear tons of excuses why they don't want to take their pretty bike to the track.
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When somone I don't know asks me where I ride and I reply with "well either the track or backroads" and ther like " oh you race or somthing? they just have no clue
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:34 AM   #6
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I'd believe it. I know people with sport bikes that are amazed that I actually take it to the track.
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Never done a track day, but I plan on trying my luck on teh track in 09. Been to the drag strip plenty of times, and stunted it up in the parkin lot a good amount last year on the f4i.


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I heard a rumor that less than 5% of sportbike owners take their bike on the track, that means over 95% of riders that own sportbikes have not been on the track! That just seems lame to me. I guess my point here is.....learn wheelies or get you azz to the track! lol jk jk
I'm not threadjacking or bashing, I'm just elaborating, here, so bear with me. I would guess that less than 5% of pure track day riders go racing. I am guessing that the same excuses a rider has for not going to the track for a track day on his/her street bike are used for why a rider does track days but doesn't race.
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I don't doubt the statistic but who gives a what other people do with their bikes and their money?
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who gives a what other people do with their bikes and their money?
If no one gave a , there'd be a lot of opionated MHers without a "job".
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I'm not threadjacking or bashing, I'm just elaborating, here, so bear with me. I would guess that less than 5% of pure track day riders go racing. I am guessing that the same excuses a rider has for not going to the track for a track day on his/her street bike are used for why a rider does track days but doesn't race.
That's not what this is about, I started doing trackdays for fun and to become a better rider not to start racing. But now that I'm getting faster I would love to start racing.

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There are a lot of areas that are not as blessed as we are in the Houston area to have several different tracks in such a close proximity. I grew up in MS and rode bikes and had no access to a track within driving distance so knew nothing about riding track. It wasn't till I moved to the Houston area and guys I met kept asking me if I rode at the track that I started looking up info and met Buck....and then it was on ! To live in this area and ride a sportbike and not take advantage of the tracks around here is really robbing yourself IMO !
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99% of porsche, m class BMW, AMG mercedes, ferrari, lamborghini, aston martin, and lotus owners don't put their cars on the track too. So what? People buy what they want, end of story.
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I can believe that. Most people have no clue what track days are, or that they even exist. That's why we spend so much time marketing, to spread the word that there are organizations that provide this service. I also hear tons of excuses why they don't want to take their pretty bike to the track.
There's a huge misconception about what track days are and how safe they are. Lots of people think trackdays are about racing ... which they are not. Also a lot of my co-workers think I'm crazy for going to the track days because they think it's so dangerous ... which it is not (wrt daily riding).

Education and information(like for anything else) is key.
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99% of porsche, m class BMW, AMG mercedes, ferrari, lamborghini, aston martin, and lotus owners don't put their cars on the track too. So what? People buy what they want, end of story.
Exactly.........People buy what THEY want.......

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Sportbikes are for posing, duh...

That's why bikes have helmet locks, so the girls can justify your ugly mug and the prettiness of your bike and make a decision then and there.
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