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Old 01-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Track day for 1st timers. Here is help.

Saw this posted elsewhere and with the current focus on this year and New people going out to the track, I thought I would fit here.

We can use this thread also for people that usually have space (to haul a bike) or also don't mind giving guidance to a new person, like pitting with them etc... To post up and offer their help.

It appears that a lot of New people have questions regarding track and what to expect. The only thing I can say is; expect to have a good time and learn a lot. The track day is not for racing, so get that thought out of your head, there is no pressure to go fast (that will eventually come) the only thing expected of your riding, is to do it safely.

There are plenty of people willing to give advice, so don't hesitate to ask.

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There are a lot of people that have never set foot on a track and do not have any knowledge of what actually goes on during track day event.

I was hoping to see if we could make a sticky to inform those aspiring track day enthusiasts and future licensed racers of what they are missing out on. I do not intend this thread to be a bashing of which Track Day organizer is better than the other as that does not contribute to our sport.

SO WHATIS A TRACK DAY EVENT? A track day is an event put together by a track day organizer who rents out a race track and allows the public access to the track for a nominal fee. Some people confuse a track day to be a race day which is wrong. The track is a learning ground for someone to perfect their riding skills and speed is the outcome of it. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.

Why should someone participate in a Track Day Event? Trafficis one way. You don't have to worry about on-coming traffic or someone crossing the lines into your lane. No speed limits. You don't have to worry about Johnny Law pulling you over for going fast. The only speed limitisyour riding skills. Also thepricefora track day event is a whole lot cheaper than a speeding ticket. Safest place to ride. On site paramedics and ambulanceshould something happen. No trees, animals, road debris, guard rails, etc to run into. There is usually a lot of safe run off should you go off the track. Full gear is required to be worn by all event organizers. Ifyou don'thave gear, some organizersofferfreerental for first-time track day riders. Drastically improve your riding skills. There are instructors that will guide you throughout the day and critique you on your riding so you can improve. The control you have over your bike will become more fluid and less abrupt and choppy by the end of the day. The more you learn on the track the more enjoyable and safer your street riding experience will be. Leaning your bike is FUN! Most tracks offer plenty of technical turns for you to master that you will never see on the street. Here, you can see what your bike is truly capable of! Meet great people! Some great friends are met out on the track. People are relatively friendly and often will offertheir assistance if you need something. Don't have some gear or a ride to and back from the track? Ask and there will be people willing to help you out. Think of it as your extended family. Great way to network too as this is a hobby and everyone does something else for a living.

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I really want to make the first track day, i got several questions though,

1. What all do i need to safety wire?
2. Can i wear a 2pc suit that zips together? (just ordered my pants astar gp plus, stoked) really my street setup, but should be track worthy.
3. Do i have to have a back protector?
4. Do i register through, and get more info. From the orgs?
1. Nothing, just need to tape up or remove all glass/plastic(mirrors, signals, litghts, ect...)
2. As long as it zips 50% or more you should be good assuming it's leather.
3. For L1 no L2 and up yes depending on organization.
4. http://www.fastlinemcs.com/ or http://ridesmart.info/
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:36 PM   #7
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