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Old 04-28-2009, 04:43 AM   #21
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Being cautious is much better then broken bones and bikes, just take baby steps out there and you will get more comfortable with more seat, but should always be cautious!
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:17 AM   #22
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I realized, at my first TD, that I didn't know about riding. And 30 some odd track days later, I know a little but have tons to learn.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:22 AM   #23
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I was not timid at all my first track day. Thats probably why I flew off the track lol. I didn't lay it down. I just got back up on the track and road even harder.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:23 AM   #24
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I realized, at my first TD, that I didn't know about riding.
EXACTLY how i felt.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:30 AM   #25
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I can tell you what. After my first track day, I felt wayyyy better riding around the streets!
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:32 AM   #26
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I felt very vulnerable the day after and even 2 days after riding around on the streets. But as soon as I did another spirited run I felt so much more comfortable riding the streets.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:56 AM   #27
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Shiiiiiiiiit man I still feel that way and I am into my second year of TD's and just got my race license.

Don't sweat it bro! When you get past this let me know how you did it!
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:48 PM   #28
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I really thought i was going to do better my first day out than i think i actually did. But my whole focus for the whole day was hitting my lines through the corners, really learning the track and getting a true feel for my bike. It was a learning experience the entire day. And the biggest goal was not to go down by pushing too hard to go fast. I wanted to get the foundation solid and let the speed come later. I was getting smoked by lots of folks but i didn't care, i just stayed focused on what i was trying to accomplish.

My poor liter bike was probably shaking her head in shame as i putted her around the track.

Had a few "oh sh**" moments but it was never something so drastic i couldn't recover from. I had a blast and i was exhausted by the end of the day. I look forward to my next track day and to continue to work my foundation.
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:06 PM   #29
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haha ya, i didn't even know how to get my off the seat on my first TD. I think i had only been riding four months when i hit my first noob TD and i doubt that i even got up to 100 mph in the back straight at MSRH.
it's funny, i've heard TTD instructors have to tell noobs sometimes that it's okay to go over 60 mph on the track, cuz they know they've done it on the streets.
the timidness goes away with time, but there are always the morning butterfly's in the stomach, i don't care how long you've done it.
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Learned that people can fly off the track even on round robin!! ^^^^^^^^

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+1. I also learned that a Busa is NOT the IDEAL track bike.
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+1. I also learned that a Busa is NOT the IDEAL track bike.
but sure is a workout.
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but sure is a workout.
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My first track day was like a wake up call. Riding on the street for 14 years, street riding experience is different from the track. Someone great on the track will definitely be a better street rider. You have cars, animals, trash, gravel, oil and water on the road at any given time. It's 100% defensive riding. You always have to be on your guard. On the track, depending on your track host, you will be made aware of any and all obstacles and cautious areas of the track that day. The instructors job is to educate you about bike and body control, how to use your throttle and when to brake. Learn the track, each appex of each turn, the fast, smooth line around the track. At the track, all you have to do is learn and improve your riding without outside interferance. Don't rush to become Rossi. Classes help tremendously. They help you get away from bad riding habits you've picked up through time. I watch the videos on youtube/user/ridesmart1 which shows over 100 instructional videos on body positioning, braking, acceleration, and the smooth line around the track. Definitely, the more time you spend on the track the better you become. Learn what tire types work for you and your skill level. Talk to John with South Central Race Center, he'll be able to guide you in right direction. Also, never hesitate to meet and talk to other riders or instructors. Feedback is a great educational tool. Good luck. If ya see me at the track come by my pits and say hey. Ricky464 "Killer Bee Racing"
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