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Motovid at BHF for first track day? Fill me in...

Got some friends who want me to go with them to the Sept 22nd all level day at BHF.

So how are the Motovid events for a first timer, old guy with an old bike?
The bike is solid, despite it's age. I've got leathers, gloves, boots, etc., from my drag bike racing.
I have played in the twisties in SW WI and down in Brown County IN.

Just curious how they treat newbs, how the day runs, am I going to die, that sort of thing.

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novice group runs an easy pace. blackhawk is a nice track. its a good time.

only thing different about motovid is they have u zip tie ur sidestand so bring extra zip ties if u dont have a stand or wheel chock. they also provide lunch

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There were squads of real vintage bikes at the Motovid Saturday earlier this month. I think they were mostly running in I group.

There were a couple of skinny rears on the track with us in the blue group yesterday as well. Honda 550s or 400 fours or something like that. Cool.

Get out to the track. You'll really like it if you listen and stay within your limits until you discover what they are...

What do you planning on riding at the track?

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they also provide lunch
Lunch is good....

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let a coach know its your first day out, youll be fine
Will do! Thanks!

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What do you planning on riding at the track?
The '83 Zuk 1100E in my avatar...

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most important thing is; look for G2G (steve) or casper. they both are
control riders, real good ones i should add. they'll hook you up and show
you the ropes. keep open mind and have fun

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93 Zuk 1100...will be fine.

This Saturday there was a 70s Yamaha doing Learning Curves. The chick on it was railing and moving faster than some of the Motovid track day riders! There was also a CB360 in my group at Motovid and he was flying in the corners also.
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Motovid runs a good track day. As others have said, get a coach and let them know it is your first day. For Novice, I'm pretty sure that they have a couple classroom sessions so you can reflect on things you have seen, learned, or have questions about. Take advantage of those. Also, please refer to Sunshine's thread about G2G's track tips.

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93 Zuk 1100...will be fine.
83...not that it matters.


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Also, please refer to Sunshine's thread about G2G's track tips.

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Watched that last night....good stuff...

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83...not that it matters.
If you want to get serious about track riding, I would look into getting another bike. However, doing a day here and there, your bike will be just fine.

What kind of tires are you running?
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If you want to get serious about track riding, I would look into getting another bike. However, doing a day here and there, your bike will be just fine.
Doubt I'll take it that far...selling my drag bike now, but I'll use those funds for another street bike...
A track bike is far down the list...
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What kind of tires are you running?
Avon Roadriders...
They are fairly sticky tires...not a lot of choices in these older sizes.

I do need to replace the junk stock rear shocks, though...

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Tires are very important like pocket and pat have pointed out, how old are they? Milage on them?

Also bleed your brakes,and check the pads, you want at least 50% life left above the wear groove. I make it a point to check my pads and bleed the brakes before every trackday

Tire pressures are lower than what you would run for the street mut I have no idea what specific pressure you would want for the avons 30/30 is probably a decent starting point though.

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It sounds like your bike is good to go. Just make sure everything is in good working order and no leaks and everything tightened up. For the novice group all you will need to do is tape anylights you have on the bike an remove you plate. Also bring zip ties as we require it to be ziptied while on the track. If you don't have a rear stand you can lean it against a post of vehicle during sessions or just cut the zip tie and install a new one when you go back out.

I will be control riding the 22nd date so if you want to pit with us (clsb crew) let me know. I can show you the ropes so you are not overwhelmed on your first day. Aslo if you are going I can give you a discount code so you can save $15.
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