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View Poll Results: When shoud I do a track day?
You're ready now. Do it. 32 82.05%
You need more seat time. 5 12.82%
You've got a long way to go. 1 2.56%
I've seen you ride. Stay home. 1 2.56%
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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When should I do a track day?

I was planning on doing a track day in April - Novice class. A buddy of mine expressed some surprise and concern because I'm a new rider. He's never done a track day, though, and so I'd like your opinion.

I had a little riding experience before I bought my bike, have put nearly 800 miles on it since I bought it last month, and have done the forest ride twice during that time. I'm not looking to wreck or get hurt, though, so what do you think....do I have anything to worry about, or is my friend full of it?
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:04 PM   #2
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we have had people come out with just a month or 2 experience. one girl that had only ridden in a parking lot and she is one of our better students because she didn't have to relearn anything. come when u are ready
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You are ready for the track when 90 mph is the speed you cruise on the street.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:05 PM   #4
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depends how comfortable you are with your bike. you are there to LEARN....and what better place than to learn at the track.

i've only seen 1 case where we had to send a new rider home. he only rode for a few months prior to the trackday, and wrecked about 3 or 4 times in 1/2 a day because he wasn't comfortable with his bike, and was probably still trying to figure out which hand is brake, and which hand is the clutch.
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Nah I wouldn't be worried, I can't wait for my first trackday. It's more of a riding class in the novice group and sounds like you get loads of experience from it! April 4th I'll be cornerworking at TWS (Texas World Speedway) for the Ride Smart event and it would be cool to meet you(and see that badass bike you have listed over there) and then redeeming my trackday credit hopefully April 25th at MSRH.

Hope to see you out there!


Wait how much riding experience do you have all together?
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:07 PM   #6
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:49 PM   #8
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ur ready now. the best way to learn how to ride ur bike is on the track. think about it; no cops, no speed limit, no traffic (cars), on call medical attention just in case, an instructor to help lead you out there, answer ur questions, follow u to crutique u.


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Old 03-22-2009, 08:00 PM   #9
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Hey Josh, you'll know when you are ready. Did you go to MSR-H yesterday? If not, try to go and look during another TD, maybe even do the parade laps. If you feel happy after, well do a complete TD in novice.

BTW, check you hotmail, I sent you the route proposal.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:12 PM   #10
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Hey Josh, you'll know when you are ready. Did you go to MSR-H yesterday? If not, try to go and look during another TD, maybe even do the parade laps. If you feel happy after, well do a complete TD in novice.

BTW, check you hotmail, I sent you the route proposal.
That's a good suggestion. Ride to an event and check it out. Do some of the parade laps at lunch.
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while i was temped... i stuck with my first answer. you are ready. if you can go to the gas station and back without stalling or falling, you will be fine.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:36 PM   #12
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You should be fine! Just when you do decide to do it make sure you talk to your instructor and let them know that you are a newbie! Not only to track but riding as well. Little bits of information like that the learning process easier. And do like Irak said. Go to a track day. Check it out and hang around the pits and ask questions. You will find that trackies are a very helpful group and don't mind newbies asking questions!

So go for it and have a blast!
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Do it now!
I only had 3 months riding experience when I did my first TD this time last year with LMS. Buck Beasley and Larry Meyers and all those fast guys...but it was a novice day. Nonetheless, you're ready, just be sure to get into a novice group and absorb all that is offered.
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if you go now, just make sure you have an instructor that knows of your riding experience. you'll probably even have one of the instructors work with you most of the day or until you become comfortable with the track and the lines you need to take. people will probably pass you, but everyone gets passed. ive seem some really slow people out there and they still have a TON of fun (i know because i'm one of them! )
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If you have any interest in being fast on a race track go ASAP. The sooner you get there the fewer street-riding habits you'll have to break!
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:52 PM   #16
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people have said it before, and I'll say it again ... you'll learn more in one day at the track than a whole year just riding the streets ... primarily because you have instructors to help you out.

A lot of people then say ... but you don't ride the street like you ride the track ... true ... but it's the confidence you'll build in both yourself and your bike that's going to really help you out on the streets.
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while i was temped... i stuck with my first answer. you are ready. if you can go to the gas station and back without stalling or falling, you will be fine.
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what he said.

as far as what your friend says.
i really hate it when people are so negative about something they they nothing of.
i personally live 4 hours away from the nearest track,everyone i spoke to about the track said the same.
"its too fast for you"
"you need a full on race bike,safety wire and all"
"you have to get a license"
"you will get ragged on for goinf too slow"
all i got to say about people who say this is "STFU IF YOU DONT KNOW"
come out and have a blast,be prepared to be addicted .........
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I did my very first track day at Texas World Speedway after riding for about 5-6 months total, it is very friendly to new riders as its so wide, and such.
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people have said it before, and I'll say it again ... you'll learn more in one day at the track than a whole year just riding the streets ... primarily because you have instructors to help you out.

A lot of people then say ... but you don't ride the street like you ride the track ... true ... but it's the confidence you'll build in both yourself and your bike that's going to really help you out on the streets.

I rode for a few years before going to my first track day. I was hooked after the first lap. MOST people you see on the street don't know the limits of there bike and what it can really do, which I feel is one of the more common reasons for crashing. The track is the BEST place to know what you can really handle so when you're on the street and something happens, you know how to control that thing you're on. I did a track day in pouring down rain on my "beater" bike just so I could see how far I could push it in those conditions...it's impressive to say the least!
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In the novice class this last weekend I had the least experience of everyone and I didn't feel out of place. It was a great experience and I enjoyed every second of it. You will not be called out or shamed by anyone there. The instructors even reorganized the groups after a couple of sessions so that people who felt like they were pushing their limits with the early sessions did not feel pushed to go too fast or ride over their heads in the later sessions. They will try to get you to push what you see as your limits, but they do it in an instructional way, not in a "my junk is bigger than your junk" way. They want to show you what you are capable of on your machine if you apply yourself to learning it. There were some people who got instructor attention almost the whole day because they felt more comfortable that way and the instructors are there to help. There were others who took the afternoon sessions to go out on their own and work on things. Even the more experienced advanced riders who were not instructing were helpful in the pits. They watched and gave feedback to the less experienced riders. No need to wait in my opinion.
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