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Old 12-01-2020, 10:37 AM   #1
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CMRA 2021 Racing season Q&A's

Who all is interested in racing with us next year? It's may be easier to do than you think.


I just wanted to start this thread to see if I could help anyone join up or answer any questions.

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RACING 101
Watching world-class motorcycle racing makes your pulse race, and the pros make it seem effortless. From an outsider’s perspective, the speed, skills, gear and equipment needed to go racing seems daunting and unrealistic for the average joe. And yet, the idea of racing for glory is enticing regardless of any lack of experience.

Luckily, racing on a local level is much more attainable than most people think. If you get a chance, go to your local races, get to know a couple of racers, and watch them.You will learn a welcome lesson: as long as your goal is to simply have fun and experience the thrill of racing, it can be done relatively easily and on a small budget.

Step One: Find your Local Track

“Local” is a loose term here. The motorcycle racing community there is made up of people from all over the state and beyond – some drive upwards of 6 hours to get to the track for a race weekend. When doing an online search for tracks across the USA, the possibilities are endless and are only limited by the amount of travel time you are willing to endure.

Step Two: Earn your CMRA Race License

This is going to be different for every organization, but the general process is usually the same. It’s a good idea to try a couple of track days with a track day organization or riding school to get your introduction to the track.
After that, here’s how you get your racing license:
A. Search the online calendar for CMRA License School at your chosen track.
B. Sign up for the CMRA License School.
C. Follow the list of requirements for your bike and your gear to go on track.
D. Attend your CMRA License School – usually a mixture of classroom and guided track time.
E. Participate in the mock race and don’t crash. Pass the written test.

DONE! Race license earned. Simpler than you thought, right?

Step Three: Race!

Seriously, this is the easiest part. Learn the schedule, be ready to ride, listen to the P.A. calls, head to the staging area, do a sighting lap, grid up… and then go fast until you see a checkered flag. At this point you already know all the rules and have been riding the track for an entire day so the only difference is that more people are watching and there’s probably a little more adrenaline flowing through your veins this time around. Just relax, hang on and have fun!

What Equipment Do I Need?

If you take a walk through our events on Saturday and Sunday, you will see one obvious thing: your level of participation is completely up to you. From the comfort of your camp to the modifications on your motorcycle, you decide how far to take it. Want to spend the weekend in a top-of-the-line RV Toy Hauler with a full working shower and kitchen, complete with custom shade canopies, three highly-modified sport bikes, two ergonomic zero-gravity lounge chairs and one infrared grill with filet mignon and lobster tails for dinner? Bring it. If that’s not in your budget, have no fear. Some racers spent the whole weekend in the back of a truck or a rented open trailer and simply borrowed shade from their pit neighbors – and win. Completely acceptable, welcome, and highly recommended if you aren’t looking to spend a fortune. The choice is yours.

What About My Bike?

The list of necessary bike modifications needed to go on-track is actually very small. You can get your street-legal bike ready for the track in about an hour. If you are unsure of what to do or how to do it, wait until the morning of your track day and ask someone for help. I guarantee you will be blown away by the level of camaraderie and the sense of community you will feel at the track. There is a ton of information online and in magazines on prepping for the track. From tire suggestions to creature comforts, if you seek it out, the information and advice will flow freely. How do you repay those who have helped you out? Pitch in where you can and pay it forward when you have the chance. You’re part of the family now!

As the old saying goes, “You never know until you try.” Here’s to the racer in all of us – good luck!
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Old 12-02-2020, 09:45 AM   #2
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yeah brother!!!

I'm so friggin ready to go! Hopefully, I can find a track bike on the cheap, when I get back to Houston... Otherwise, I'm just going to take my K1200S
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Dude my 10 year old was absolutely ripping on my modified fiddy with a street set up on a concrete track I had him on, Iím really thinking about putting him in TMGP to prepare him for CMRA. Heís been on two wheels since he was six months old in my lap, training wheels offf his peewee50 at 2yo, we didnít name him Hayden for nothing.
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yeah brother!!!

I'm so friggin ready to go! Hopefully, I can find a track bike on the cheap, when I get back to Houston... Otherwise, I'm just going to take my K1200S
Wait, when are you coming back? lol
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Dude my 10 year old was absolutely ripping on my modified fiddy with a street set up on a concrete track I had him on, Iím really thinking about putting him in TMGP to prepare him for CMRA. Heís been on two wheels since he was six months old in my lap, training wheels offf his peewee50 at 2yo, we didnít name him Hayden for nothing.
yeah man.
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Wait, when are you coming back? lol
I should be in Houston the first week of April.
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Yes sir! Going to be living in Dayton temporarily, until we hammer down a more permanent living situation. We are looking at buying several properties for positive rental income. Can't wait to hang out with you guys again!
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Yes sir! Going to be living in Dayton temporarily, until we hammer down a more permanent living situation. We are looking at buying several properties for positive rental income. Can't wait to hang out with you guys again!
I'm not far from Dayton, holla at me when ya make it back.

As far as racing goes. I'm a crazy broke Asian...
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As far as racing goes. I'm a crazy broke Asian...
I'm broke too, but a few dumbasses gave me credit cards.
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FYI the TMGP season typically starts around the first weekend in March in Katy. It's one of the last schedules to come out since they have to wait on the kart tracks to get their schedules set first.

Endurance is on Saturdays, sprints on Sunday. New racer school should be Saturday at 9am (get there 8:30 to sign up).

We've had quite a few kids the past year or 2 from beginners on 50's to some fast kiddos on Ohvales and others.
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I have a race ready 250 ninja that used to be Mark Shim's winning championship bike sitting in my garage
Bruce owns it but I'm sure he sell it to me really cheap.
If you all want, we could make a endurance team for SSE class, but it will have to be all races novice races.
It's a way I was thinking to promote and bring more riders to the club to become licensed racers.
Let me know!
It's fairly cheap with the 250 if divided by 4-5 riders and plenty riding time.
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