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Old 03-24-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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What happens at a track day?

I haven't been riding all that long and I'm thinking of doing a track day or taking the advanced MSF class. I know that at the class I'll get tips on riding, but I'm not sure what happens on a track day. Do they just turn me loose on a track? Is there an instructor? What level of rider should one be before getting on the track? Thanks
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tell them when you sign up that you need an instructor and you haven't been on the track before. try to sign up on a small track.
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there are instructors , and you should be a little comfortable on your bike but for the most part the novice group is a good starting point for any kind of rider
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Kix, if interested there is a track day this Sunday at MSRH I am attending to help one of my friends whom is riding her first day.

If you'd like to come along, we will be there at 6am and plan to be all day.

Come on by, say hi... If you bring the necessary gear (helmet, jacket, gloves, pants and ankle-covering shoes) you can ride the parade laps during lunch for free.

You'll also be introduced to our forest gnomes and the track riders/organization there that day. Its the best recommendation I can offer before you go to experience your first.

Come get an idea. And we'll have plenty of drinks etc, and at lunch there is food.

PM me for a number if you're interested.
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To answer your question generally:

track riding is alot different then street riding. They will go over classroom instruction between sessions and you will learn techniques and have instructors with you on the track following set rules for your safety. As you move up through the levels of the organization the rules are changed for faster riding but still in play for safety.
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Kix, if interested there is a track day this Sunday at MSRH I am attending to help one of my friends whom is riding her first day.

If you'd like to come along, we will be there at 6am and plan to be all day.

Come on by, say hi... If you bring the necessary gear (helmet, jacket, gloves, pants and ankle-covering shoes) you can ride the parade laps during lunch for free.

You'll also be introduced to our forest gnomes and the track riders/organization there that day. Its the best recommendation I can offer before you go to experience your first.

Come get an idea. And we'll have plenty of drinks etc, and at lunch there is food.

PM me for a number if you're interested.
I've been wondering the same thing about track days. Do you need a full suit to go out? I have everything but pants.

What's the difference between MSRH and signing up for RideSmart or MSF Advanced Rider?
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I haven't been riding all that long and I'm thinking of doing a track day or taking the advanced MSF class. I know that at the class I'll get tips on riding, but I'm not sure what happens on a track day. Do they just turn me loose on a track? Is there an instructor? What level of rider should one be before getting on the track? Thanks
It's a great idea after your advanced course to hit the "track pipe".

At our track days, we have instructors that KNOW what they're doing and have been doing it for 9 years now with LSTD. You will come away with a great understanding of your bike and yourself, and by the end of the day, you'll be exhausted but have a feeling of serious accomplishment and new found speed!

Sign up for the "C" group and you'll be well taken care of when you take the rider's school. The Rider's School in the C group has limited enrollment, so make sure you sign up early.

After you get going and get some days under your belt, we offer an Advanced Rider Program that will take you to the next level- racing or fast track day riding!

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I've been wondering the same thing about track days. Do you need a full suit to go out? I have everything but pants.

What's the difference between MSRH and signing up for RideSmart or MSF Advanced Rider?
Here is the requirements for gear and your bike for LSTD:
http://www.lstd.com/html/requirements.html

PM me or hit up our vendor's section on this site for more answers, but the web site will answer most of them for you.

MSRH is the acronym they use for the Mercedes Benz Sugar Land Road Course in Angleton- it's a race track.

The difference between an MSF and track day is that in a track day, you're learning skills that are valuable on the track but can translate to the street too. With MSF, you're learning to be a safe and good street rider. Some of the skills transfer to the track too.

Sign up for a "C" group track day at one of our events, you won't be sorry.

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Does LSTD have anything planned near Houston?
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I've been wondering the same thing about track days. Do you need a full suit to go out? I have everything but pants.

What's the difference between MSRH and signing up for RideSmart or MSF Advanced Rider?

MSRH is actually a racetrack on the south side of houston (MotorSport Ranch Houston)
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Sounds like checking out the parade ride would be good.
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those are the track organizations. All of them run various tracks on different dates! No matter the company or the track, you have to be in full gear. And you will ALWAYS be novice class (group C) on your first day.

gear: I believe motorcycles unlimited and texastrackbikes.com both RENT out full leather suits. Your boots dont HAVE to be riding boots as long as they cover the ankle. helmet has to be approved. two piece suits are ok, as long as they zip together. Gloves, wear the best ones you can get ur hands on!

bike: tape up your lights with painters tape. Lower tire pressure a lil for track make sure ur chain is in ok shape. Thats the bare minimum. some ppl take off license plates and unplug light fuses. dont have to. Up to you.

track DAY: Arrive round 7:30 or earlier. Unload. go to registration and check in/recieve stickers to put on ur bike/sign waivers. Then take ur bike and helmet to tech and have them make sure everything passes! fiddle around some. Drink water. Then everyone meets for a 'riders meeting'. After, you go gear up and wait for your turn to ride (and by waiting, i mean, attend class) In the class, they will pair you with trained instructors who will work with you through the day on lines to take around the track, body posistion and anything else you need to work on. However, you can ask ANY instructor questions. Advanced(or some call group 'A') always starts FIRST. 9am! Then Intermediate (group 'b') go at 9:20. And you, Novice go on at 9:40. then it starts over. Advanced always rides on the hour. Intermediate always at 20 after. and Novice at 40 after. When speed and comfort level is good enough to ur instructor you move to intermediate (for some, thats their first track day, for some its 5th, and some its tenth). Lunch is around noon. Break. class room. and at 1, riding begins again. your last session to ride is at 4:40. all bikes are off at five. You change, load up, and go home with one of ----> .

Misc: All track days range from $100-$180. all most tracks have gas on site or you can take gas. (but go with a full tank). you will need to add a lil if you ride all sessions. Drink water the day before, and bring plenty with you.

I think that covers basics...

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those are the track organizations. All of them run various tracks on different dates! No matter the company or the track, you have to be in full gear. And you will ALWAYS be novice class (group C) on your first day.

gear: I believe motorcycles unlimited and texastrackbikes.com both RENT out full leather suits. Your boots dont HAVE to be riding boots as long as they cover the ankle. helmet has to be approved. two piece suits are ok, as long as they zip together. Gloves, wear the best ones you can get ur hands on!

bike: tape up your lights with painters tape. Lower tire pressure a lil for track make sure ur chain is in ok shape. Thats the bare minimum. some ppl take off license plates and unplug light fuses. dont have to. Up to you.

track DAY: Arrive round 7:30 or earlier. Unload. go to registration and check in/recieve stickers to put on ur bike/sign waivers. Then take ur bike and helmet to tech and have them make sure everything passes! fiddle around some. Drink water. Then everyone meets for a 'riders meeting'. After, you go gear up and wait for your turn to ride (and by waiting, i mean, attend class) In the class, they will pair you with trained instructors who will work with you through the day on lines to take around the track, body posistion and anything else you need to work on. However, you can ask ANY instructor questions. Advanced(or some call group 'A') always starts FIRST. 9am! Then Intermediate (group 'b') go at 9:20. And you, Novice go on at 9:40. then it starts over. Advanced always rides on the hour. Intermediate always at 20 after. and Novice at 40 after. When speed and comfort level is good enough to ur instructor you move to intermediate (for some, thats their first track day, for some its 5th, and some its tenth). Lunch is around noon. Break. class room. and at 1, riding begins again. your last session to ride is at 4:40. all bikes are off at five. You change, load up, and go home with one of ----> .

Misc: All track days range from $100-$180. all most tracks have gas on site or you can take gas. (but go with a full tank). you will need to add a lil if you ride all sessions. Drink water the day before, and bring plenty with you.

I think that covers basics...

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Thanks Amanda! That's very informative. Can I ride my bike down since I have neither a truck or trailer?
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Thanks Amanda! That's very informative. Can I ride my bike down since I have neither a truck or trailer?
I don't know of Amanda's opinion on this, but at least have a buddy go with you with a truck or a trailer, or borrow a friends for the weekend, or parents if that's an option for you.

It's best to head out there with a backup plan, if something unfortunate such as a crash happens, how will you get home with no truck or car/trailer?
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I feel that you should always have someone to back you up--loading up or otherwise--hence my 85 situation I have run into the past 2 times I've been loading up and "ready to go".

I'm not that strong, and if the bike is heavier than me, once it is higher than me, I'm screwed.

At 8:00am on a Sunday, my neighbors are either cuz I dropped my bike, or they're at church.

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That is my experience as of 8ish this am.

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We, LSTD, have an event on April 5th at TWS (Texas World Speedway). TWS (Texas World Speedway) is located in College Station/Bryan.
From my own personal experience... TWS (Texas World Speedway) is great for beginners. TWS (Texas World Speedway) FTW!
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What happens at a track day?

All the girls get naked and chase us
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, what track days have you been attending?
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MSR Houston. That's how they roll
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I call bullsh!t on both of those statements.
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