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Requirements to race at Byron

My friend and I are thinking about racing at Byron. I checked on the website but I couldn't find any info on gear requirements or cost to race. Anyone race at Byron before?

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In motorcycle terms, that's like taking your Ducati to a dealer for service, and they hand you back a 1979 backfiring Honda 400 Hawk.. because after all, a bike is a bike.
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Show up with a helmet, gloves, jacket, jeans, and shoes. Make sure the bike isn't leaking anything. Have Fun!!

I think it's like $20

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its been years but from what I remember you need a helmet, a leather jacket, gloves, and boots that cover your ankles. If you break a 10 you need leather pants.

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ALL you need is an AMA membership card and Byrom membership! and you good to go!
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I thought it was faster then 12's you need leather pants?
You might be right, it might be best just to plan on having to wear full leathers.

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I've seen guys on busas race there in jeans.

Anyway, it should be full leathers for a trap speed over 120, and a killswitch tether for 10.99 or faster.
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I thought it was faster then 12's you need leather pants?
I was running low 11's @ 125 and was in Jeans and Textile jacket.

My buddy was running mid-low 10's in tennis shoes!

Not really strict up there as long as it don't look like anything will fall off the bike and it's not leaking.

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I was running low 11's @ 125 and was in Jeans and Textile jacket.

My buddy was running mid-low 10's in tennis shoes!

Not really strict up there as long as it don't look like anything will fall off the bike and it's not leaking.
Byron is more relaxed, Union Grove is more strict. Grove teched the crap out of my track day bike last year.

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Thanks for the info guys. I'm rocking my 600RR so I figure I will run in the 11s. My buddy has an R1 so I'm sure he will run significantly faster. I have a textile jacket, helmet, 3/4 gloves, and boots. You guys think I will be OK or should I contact them before hand?

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Thanks for the info guys. I'm rocking my 600RR so I figure I will run in the 11s. My buddy has an R1 so I'm sure he will run significantly faster. I have a textile jacket, helmet, 3/4 gloves, and boots. You guys think I will be OK or should I contact them before hand?
You're fine for Byron.

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Or just call them and ask.

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I know textile isn't allowed at some tracks, but it's Byron so they probably won't care.
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I would call ahead for specifics, you may have to call M-F though to talk to anyone in person. If I remember correctly the office answers the questions and is closed on weekends and that is when the track is open. It would be a waste to go all the way out there to find out you can't pass tech. Last time I went, I wore full leathers, race boots, gauntlet gloves, and helmet so I had no issues. I went with the "better be safe then sorry" policy.

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Thanks for the info guys. I'm rocking my 600RR so I figure I will run in the 11s. My buddy has an R1 so I'm sure he will run significantly faster. I have a textile jacket, helmet, 3/4 gloves, and boots. You guys think I will be OK or should I contact them before hand?
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I would call ahead for specifics, you may have to call M-F though to talk to anyone in person. If I remember correctly the office answers the questions and is closed on weekends and that is when the track is open. It would be a waste to go all the way out there to find out you can't pass tech. Last time I went, I wore full leathers, race boots, gauntlet gloves, and helmet so I had no issues. I went with the "better be safe then sorry" policy.
I have passed at Byron doing low 11's and had a low 10 run on a Busa with Jeans, Tennis Shoes, Textile Jacket, Shorty (Wrist length) Gloves, and a helmet. You will be FINE for Byron.

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Byron all you need is pants long sleeves helmet and gloves.
My friend even ran once without gloves.

Anyway, i was wearing jeans and textile jacket running 10's
My friend had sneakers and was running 9 flat at 160, they dont care about license, or gear.

And the cost as of 3 weeks ago was 30 to run and 10 to watch
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they don't even look at your bike, they just write a number on the windshield and say go.. its 20 bucks to race, and you just need helmet, gloves, and tennis shoes is fine

They are correct tho, if your time is = < 10 sec you shuld be wearing a suit
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I'll play devils advocate. If you are planning on riding at 100+ mph, shouldn't this thread be about what you should be wearing, and not how minimal gear you can wear? I bought a 1pc leather suit, helmet, gauntlet gloves, and boots (all used except the helmet) and it cost me less than $400 and helping lay a floor for a friend for the gloves. (Id do that anytime for the oppertunity to hang with Kirk and drink his good liquor and have him correct my English ) And that included fitting by Alexa from Spyderworks. It's cheap compaired to skin.

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I'll play devils advocate. If you are planning on riding at 100+ mph, shouldn't this thread be about what you should be wearing, and not how minimal gear you can wear? I bought a 1pc leather suit, helmet, gauntlet gloves, and boots (all used except the helmet) and it cost me less than $400 and helping lay a floor for a friend for the gloves. (Id do that anytime for the oppertunity to hang with Kirk and drink his good liquor and have him correct my English ) And that included fitting by Alexa from Spyderworks. It's cheap compaired to skin.
Bingo. At 100+ jeans do nothing, tennies will fly off and jackets can ride UP exposing more skin when you crash.

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Bingo. At 100+ jeans do nothing, tennies will fly off and jackets can ride UP exposing more skin when you crash.
Jeans do help. They are fun to pick out of your skin, and when it heals and a year later you still have pieces of jeans come to the surface, it looks and feels cool.

A link to a pic of my knee after a 70+ mph crash last year. It's gross, be warned.

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Please, I hate to be "that guy", but gear can be bought cheap. And it lasts a long time. Take care of yourself, and your family, and wear the proper equiptment. I learned the hard way. Take the easy route and learn from me.
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30 to race 10 to watch...

Jacket,helmet,pants,gloves,helmet,shoes....
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Show up with a helmet, gloves, jacket, jeans, and shoes. Make sure the bike isn't leaking anything. Have Fun!!

I think it's like $20
shoes? You'd have to be a fool.

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I highsided a motorcycle on the street one time at about 85 mph wearing a pair of low top work shoes / boots. When I was tumbling through the air and doing the ground, sky, ground, sky dance through the ditch I got up without either of my shoes on and 2 broken feet.

It's your choice regardless. But I promise that during the event of a crash the first thing that gets hurt is usually your feet and then you smash your face. Some people live to tell about it and if they choose to keep riding afterwards they wear the right gear.

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To clarify, I have (and usually wear) a pair of motorcycle boots. I do plan on buying a jacket and pants when I have some spare cash. I just wanted to know if I could race at Byron with what the gear I have.

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