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Old 02-17-2009, 10:39 AM   #21
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:31 PM   #22
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What about racing in the TMGP series for a season or two before racing a supersport type bike? I haven't done any racing, just track days, but running in TMGP seems like it'd be a great way to develop skills for passing, being passed, and rubbing elbows - at a slower speed there's less injury and bike damage in case of the eventual falls. Jockying for position at 150mph in Turn 1 at TWS (Texas World Speedway) your very first race would be quite a, umm, thrill...
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:42 PM   #23
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So im very interested into getting into the race scene, where do you start? and any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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GSS is a good track to start. thats where i had my first track day. come out on march 1st; texas track days will be at GSS they have an excelent novice class.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:21 PM   #25
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Thanks for the responses, i have the bike and gear covered only thing else i need is boots and pants. i think im going to start out and go to the ridesmart class
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:24 PM   #26
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I've done several (many) trackdays with all of the aforementioned organizations and I recommend TexasTrackdays, hands down. Ridesmart is a bit less expensive but FAR more crowded than the others. This makes it more difficult for personalized instruction and/or having enough empty track to run your own pace. LSTD has less people than ridesmart but the instructors (except one - Jeff is a stud) and owners aren't very helpful or friendly. They're pretty hands off, so for someone just starting, I think there are better options. When I reflect back over last years trackdays, I enjoyed the experiences with Texastrackdays the most. They were the most organized and welcoming of the 3. The instructors were always willing to answer questions with no ego or condescending attitude. The track rarely felt too crowded and in my opinion, worth the potential slightly higher cost. Also - free lunch!!!


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Old 02-17-2009, 09:34 PM   #27
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At the beginner level, consider RideSmart. Ridesmart is the least expensive and, thankfully, they now teach body position in Level 1. As such, they are my top choice for people new to the track day scene. Each student is assigned an instructor and the student to instructor ratio is very good. Their classroom instruction is the best of all of the track day companies right now offering a combination of materials, presentations, and videos.

As a rider progresses, there are advantages with some of the other track companies. TTD is more expensive, but has lessor crowds. LMS offers the best seat team in the world and small groups. And, I've heard great things about LSTD for the racers and fast guys, although I've not ridden with them.

Come out on March 7th to MSR-H and check it out!
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At the beginner level, consider RideSmart. Ridesmart is the least expensive and, thankfully, they now teach body position in Level 1. As such, they are my top choice for people new to the track day scene. Each student is assigned an instructor and the student to instructor ratio is very good. Their classroom instruction is the best of all of the track day companies right now offering a combination of materials, presentations, and videos.

As a rider progresses, there are advantages with some of the other track companies. TTD is more expensive, but has lessor crowds. LMS offers the best seat team in the world and small groups. And, I've heard great things about LSTD for the racers and fast guys, although I've not ridden with them.

Come out on March 7th to MSR-H and check it out!
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Ya i think im going to do the ride smart so i dont go out and make a fool of my self in front of everyone
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Also is there a minimum age requirement for ride smart? Im only 18 But i've had my motorcycle license and motorcycle since i was 16 and before that i was riding dirt bikes, so im not a beginner at riding.
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Thank you everyone for the responses, i will let you all know how ridesmart goes!
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TMGP (racing in Katy and Denton, TX) is a great place where you can learn all you need to roadrace for as little as $150 for a whole weekend of racing. I know many folks who have gone out to the track with just a helmet, then borrowed bike and leathers, taken the rider's school, and raced a full stint in an endurance race. It's just a matter of making it known you are new, would like to try, and that you can cover the costs of anything you break. Try the website, TMGPS.8k.com and post your desire in the forums.

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Come by and say hello. If you get there early enough, you can pit with us.
How does ride smart work? Im planning on registering soon and im just sorta confused on what to do once i get there.
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:57 PM   #36
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Thanks alot man! Let me know if you wanna ride some time im in the north west area of houston to.
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How does ride smart work? Im planning on registering soon and im just sorta confused on what to do once i get there.

visit www.ridesmart.info and register online. Sooner rather than later. MSRH is a popular track and at 120.00 it will sell out. Be there at 630am.
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