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Old 11-17-2008, 10:44 AM   #41
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I've done 1 trackday with my bike simply for the fact that I wanted to see what it would do. I learned quite a bit from that day, mainly that brakes work way better that you thought possible and that your tires will stick. I want to do some more track days but I am looking for a used R6 that I won't mind low siding (hope it never happens, but is always possible).

My bike is more on the genre of sport touring and in my opinion was built more for average road riding which I do 90% of the time. To me true sportbikes are just street legal versions of the ones you see on the races on sunday and are more at home on a track. I am practical and like the right bike for the job. I don't want to take my FZ back to the track because it is my daily rider (only missed 6 days this year taking it to work) and I almost lost it on the Diamond's Edge at MSR when I drug my foot peg. I would have to get a new pair of rear sets for that bike so I could lean more confidently. A sportbike is already set up for that. My last bike was a 92 CBR600F2 and I hated that bike. But if I would have been able to track it I may have liked it for that purpose. Just my thoughts.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:06 AM   #42
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probably more fun on the street because i don't have to think as much about what i'm doing and i can relax.
You must not ride in Houston. I can't relax on a streetbike. Too many drivers. At least on the track, no one is going to cut me off on their cellphone in an F250. In Oklahoma (where I came from 2 months ago) street riding was a lot more fun....I only almost died once per ride as opposed to once per minute in Houston.
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i do not have much desire to ride the track. Just doesn't appeal to me that much. I know I will end up going though, mostly to improve my riding skills. I ride a sportbike because I like the look and performance. I can't imagine riding the backroads on a cruiser, that just does not appeal to me. Most of the backroads riding I do is alone as well.


To me nothing beats going out alone, with no one else to think about and trying to find the most empty roads I can. Riding those roads, seeing the country side, going the speed limit in the straights and doing my best to slow down as little as possible for the curves. Its just me, my iPod and the bike with the wind and thats what makes me happy.
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i do not have much desire to ride the track. Just doesn't appeal to me that much. I know I will end up going though, mostly to improve my riding skills. I ride a sportbike because I like the look and performance. I can't imagine riding the backroads on a cruiser, that just does not appeal to me. Most of the backroads riding I do is alone as well.


To me nothing beats going out alone, with no one else to think about and trying to find the most empty roads I can. Riding those roads, seeing the country side, going the speed limit in the straights and doing my best to slow down as little as possible for the curves. Its just me, my iPod and the bike with the wind and thats what makes me happy.
You know, that's what it's all about. Just as long as you are enjoying what you are doing. Different people have different personalities and tastes. Some like the track and others just going low and slow on a cruiser. I would not tell anyone "If you don't ride the track then your not riding."
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anytime i say "i'm going to the track" to someone, they always ask me "dog or horse?"
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I have never been to a track day. Been down the drag strip a number of times but thats the only track I have been on. Would like to do a Track day at least once just for the learning experience if nothing else. I think the biggest reason I havn't done one is because I dont wanna spend the money to do it. Only cost me $20 plus gas to run all night at the drag strip, and my chances of bustin my are a lot slimmer.
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although there are always circumstances that can result in a wreck that isn't so much your fault.....just to keep that in mind
Random does happen. I know of a guy that lost is oil filter on his first trackday resulting in a crash.
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Me either.

I bought a bike cuz I thought it was kool, never thought I would be looking into racebikes
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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.

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

You already know the answer to your questions. It took you 3 years to realized that you have a racing machine that normally cost hundreds of thousands in developement 10yrs ago for around $10k. So what did you do in those 3 yrs with the race replica bike? Did you stunt it? Drag it? Or, simply pose it?

Welcome to the other side my friend. Spread the knowledge.
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You already know the answer to your questions. It took you 3 years to realized that you have a racing machine that normally cost hundreds of thousands in developement 10yrs ago for around $10k. So what did you do in those 3 yrs with the race replica bike? Did you stunt it? Drag it? Or, simply pose it?

Welcome to the other side my friend. Spread the knowledge.
My first year I commuted, second year I rode with stunters and attempted to stunt, and after that I got into backroads and now I ride track and backroads.


I got a 50 and that's what I beat myself up on now lol
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I have 3 track credits & used 2 already, ALL FREE. I corner work one day, ride another....so I don't spend a dime, except on gas, & track days use less gas then riding my bike ALL DAY
TD can be cheap, if you plan them right. Just have to keep an eye and ear out fo CW gigs. A whole bunch of people still don't know you can CW for a free TD, I have talked to TDjunkies and they didn't know you could do that.

So yeah I bet people think its rediculously expensive.
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Can attest to the cost matter. I have never paid for a track day. This weekend will make 5. And even without paying to ride they still cost a good amount of money. Gas to get there, hotel, gas to ride, more frequent oil changes, brake and tire replacements, ect. Even with CWing...track days are still costly.
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Can attest to the cost matter. I have never paid for a track day. This weekend will make 5. And even without paying to ride they still cost a good amount of money. Gas to get there, hotel, gas to ride, more frequent oil changes, brake and tire replacements, ect. Even with CWing...track days are still costly.
Hotel??

I would say once you start getting fast, it gets expensive.

But yeah, its cheaper riding the street. But you don't get to max your bike out.
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Hotel??

I would say once you start getting fast, it gets expensive.

But yeah, its cheaper riding the street. But you don't get to max your bike out.
Fast or not. Still costly IMO.

Pretty much anything other than Cresson or MSRH you want to stay at a hotel. I have drove to TWS (Texas World Speedway) rode a day and drove back in the same day and it was miserable ride home.
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It seems that some people have the opinion that if you don't go to a track you can't max your bike out. Not true but the alternative isn't as safe as on the track where help involves friendly bikers versus angry cagers plus the police.

Hool im sure you have maxed your bike on the street. And im not talking only about speed.

Then again if your a real rider unlike most quasi real riders you put more than 3000 miles on your bike a year.

If you ride for real it is cheaper to go to the track because your bike gets a consistent beating and gets used to it versus Beating your bike sporadically
and your bike never gets used to it and that why people blow engines ect on new bikes.

In the multitude of counsel there is wisdom
But hey to each his/her own

Its your bike, your dime but remeber a lot of people have already ridden this path long before any of us got here and it would be wise to build off the foundation of others and avoid the same mistakes.

Hool is just a very caring . so...... Thanks hool for the tip
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