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Old 03-27-2009, 08:40 AM   #1
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Ive been wanting to do a track day since before i even owned a bike. Now that I own a bike im starting to be a little hesitant. I was originally going to get a used up f4i or older zx6r, scratched up, and generally used all over so that I could have fun with it and not worry so much. I ended up getting a bike that has almost flawless paint and has been maintained religously. Im trying to debate wether to just take it out and risk it?

The only logic I have given myself is that its gonna go down at some point, wether it be the street or the track, so why not let it be a place where im actually having fun?
Any body else have any ideas? Or reasoning?
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:52 AM   #2
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Do it ... things you learn at the track will help keep your bike right side up on the street.
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:56 AM   #3
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yup. I was scared taking my Erion to TWS (Texas World Speedway) the first time, and the event group I was with was horrible. it was hot, no one would help me, and the bike was all over the place. and I owed mmoney on it. but it was badass, and I'm hooked.

do it. or buy my trackbike and trash it there, it'll be for sale this evening.
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:56 AM   #4
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:29 AM   #6
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FYI, if you go to a trackday, you don't have to crash it... Rule #1 is don't talk about fight club.

wait no...

Rule #1 is no crashing.

As long as you ride as fast as you are comfortable with, and listen to the instruction you're given at the track, and ask plenty of questions, you and your bike will go home in one piece.
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FYI, if you go to a trackday, you don't have to crash it...

Rule #1 is no crashing.

As long as you ride as fast as you are comfortable with, and listen to the instruction you're given at the track, and ask plenty of questions, you and your bike will go home in one piece.
Exactly!!
I know it is intimidating to think about riding on a "race track", but think of it as a twisty road that goes in a closed loop.
You will be in control of what your bike does and you do not have to go faster than you feel comfortable.

The most important thing is to leave your ego at home, you don't have to prove how fast you are.
Everyone feels the same as you at first and I believe any of us will help you in any way we can.

PM me or any one you want, let them know when you are gonna come out and I for one will help, if I am gonna be there.
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I just did my first track day and many of the same things were going through my mind. My zx7R is nearly perfect and the thought of her sliding across the track bending and snapping plastic and metal was a big deal. My goal was to leave there in the same condition as I arrived - less some tire life. I really had no idea what to expect. The event was great (props to TTD), the instruction was 100% relevant for a novice like me and I was able to improve by leaps and bounds every single session. Make sure your equipment is 100% - especially brakes and tires (it will give you confidence if you're not questioning things while your knee is an inch off the pavement) and listen to your instructors. Pay attention to details. When they say check your tire pressure - do it. When they show you a line - use it. You probably won't be the slowest out there. I can promise you won't be the fastest. You will learn amazing things about your bike and how to actually use it to its potential. It's a whole new mindset. On the street - you ride all day and your gets sore. On the track, you ride all day and your is fine because it's only on the seat 25% of the time - your LEGS and ABS get sore - and I mean 3 days of sore. So go out there and have a blast - get out of your comfort zone but don't push it too hard. Don't freak out when you see the needle pass 130 between turns - lots of guys go way faster than that. If you're determined to be safe, smooth and consistent, you'll likely have a fun day free of bent metal or broken plastic (and of course - free of broken body parts). I can't wait to do my next one!
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Ive been wanting to do a track day since before i even owned a bike. Now that I own a bike im starting to be a little hesitant. I was originally going to get a used up f4i or older zx6r, scratched up, and generally used all over so that I could have fun with it and not worry so much. I ended up getting a bike that has almost flawless paint and has been maintained religously. Im trying to debate wether to just take it out and risk it?

The only logic I have given myself is that its gonna go down at some point, wether it be the street or the track, so why not let it be a place where im actually having fun?
Any body else have any ideas? Or reasoning?

i did my first trackday with my "pretty" bike , as long as you feel you can handle your bike, i dont see a problem with it. but if your still new to the bike and scared of the power so to speak then i wouldnt.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:06 PM   #10
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you can always get it fixed & back to shiney & new if you wreck.


that's what I did.
or you can just say that the scratches and zip-ties lend character to your bike

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Old 03-27-2009, 03:52 PM   #11
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Ive been wanting to do a track day since before i even owned a bike. Now that I own a bike im starting to be a little hesitant. I was originally going to get a used up f4i or older zx6r, scratched up, and generally used all over so that I could have fun with it and not worry so much. I ended up getting a bike that has almost flawless paint and has been maintained religously. Im trying to debate wether to just take it out and risk it?

The only logic I have given myself is that its gonna go down at some point, wether it be the street or the track, so why not let it be a place where im actually having fun?
Any body else have any ideas? Or reasoning?
i feel your pain on this one...........try having a $3k paintjob on the bike and all you want to do is track the out..............gggrrrrr
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:21 PM   #12
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im going to my first track day on 4/4............scratchs give it character and show u use the t out of it
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:33 PM   #13
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WOW, I expected a bunch of sarcasm on this one but every single reply was very helpful, thanks everyone. I think im pretty much set on doing a track day now. I was thinking after I posted this, what the did I buy the thing for if im not gonna use it? Anyways, because I live so close to TWS (Texas World Speedway), I will prob make that my first track day. I "plan" on corner-working the first day and riding the second. Hopefully I can meet a couple of yall so I wont look like a lost tourist roaming around the pits
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i feel your pain on this one...........try having a $3k paintjob on the bike and all you want to do is track the out..............gggrrrrr
I've got a tad bit over $3k in my bike, and it's track only.

Just do it. If it's your time to go down, it's gonna happen... track or not.
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Old 03-27-2009, 07:15 PM   #17
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