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Bought home/time for track

So I wasn't sure if this belonged in open or track forum but nonetheless, here it is. So I finally closed on my house (go me), now I have a 2 car garage for my bike, plus 1 (soon to be a track bike). Purpose of the thread you may ask? I would like suggestions for a first time track bike, which circuit to ride with out here, and also recommendations of anyone currently selling one? I know there are a lot of track riders here so I'm hoping I'll get some good scoop! Thanks guys/gals!

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All the midwest tracks are fun..... Road America is tough for beginners
IMO...... would lean towards BHF, Putnam or Gingerman.


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Does clsb go to these as groups? Rideshare? As far as gear is concerned, I know tracks require a lot, can anyone give me a list of what I need?
I already have a full suit, boots, gauntlet gloves, and helmet.
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BHF scares me.. to skinny and if you go off.. well there is nowhere to go..
i like autobahn.. altho i didnt go there this year.. and i noticed the track is aging... very badly...
i think the cars are tearing it to shreds...
LOVE road america.. did my first school there .. Code - in the rain... ahhhh..
but.. it's a handful.. and i dont know that its a good learning or 600 track...

where is your new house? what is close?
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Im in lake county, Zion to be specific. Not really sure what is close
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BHF - About an hour away near rockford
Putnam - About 5 hours
Road America - I think it's about 2 hours.

NESBA - Seems to be missing, can someone direct me where to find it?
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Does clsb go to these as groups? Rideshare? As far as gear is concerned, I know tracks require a lot, can anyone give me a list of what I need?
I already have a full suit, boots, gauntlet gloves, and helmet.
Yes, NESBA goes to all these and a lot of times people on here rideshare. Talk to wink or 5axis for rideshare info.

As for gear
-full leathers (one or two piece with full zipper)
-boots
-gloves
-helmet
so it looks like you are all set.

you really need to tell us more about your riding skill now before anyone can make recommendations about bikes, but the gsxr600 is great because spare parts are easy to get. The SV650 is an inexpensive way to go. Still with a smaller bike. it will force you to improve skills to be fast and not rely on a big engine.

As for a course to start on, I think Putnam is the best. But Blackhawk in April would be good since a lot of us will be there and can show you the ropes. Going with someone like Wink the first time will take a lot of anxiety out of your first trip since he has anything you may forget (like tools) and is very experienced.

One tip, if you travel with wink....the NITRO is stronger than you think.

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Oh yeah, download the NESBA handbook and read through it. It has a lot of good info in it.

http://nesba.com/info/downloads/manual.pdf

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I have no fucking clue. i haven't had my coffee today

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Thanks for the info drama. As far as riding skill, I've been riding since '02. Started on a 250, went to a 600, rode a cruiser for awhile and then bought by busa at the beginning of last summer. I did quite a bit of mountain riding out in the dc area (put 6k miles on over the summer). Contrary to the style of the bike, I'm actually quite a sane rider and and am fairly precautious(sp?) on the street, wanting to get into track, cornerspeed, etc.. so I can open it up in a safer environment. Enough info?
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Thanks for the info drama. As far as riding skill, I've been riding since '02. Started on a 250, went to a 600, rode a cruiser for awhile and then bought by busa at the beginning of last summer. I did quite a bit of mountain riding out in the dc area (put 6k miles on over the summer). Contrary to the style of the bike, I'm actually quite a sane rider and and am fairly precautious(sp?) on the street, wanting to get into track, cornerspeed, etc.. so I can open it up in a safer environment. Enough info?
smart man!

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Thanks for the info drama. As far as riding skill, I've been riding since '02. Started on a 250, went to a 600, rode a cruiser for awhile and then bought by busa at the beginning of last summer. I did quite a bit of mountain riding out in the dc area (put 6k miles on over the summer). Contrary to the style of the bike, I'm actually quite a sane rider and and am fairly precautious(sp?) on the street, wanting to get into track, cornerspeed, etc.. so I can open it up in a safer environment. Enough info?
Have you ever ridden a sv650? What 600 were you on? I would say try both the sv650 and any 600, even if they are on the street and see what bike you like better. As for what 600 you get, you will be fine with any manufacturer out there. We all make fun of brands on here, but all newer 600s are good bikes. The gsxrs are easier to get spare parts for though.

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I haven't been on a sv before but have done group rides with several. 02 r6
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I suggest getting on an sv650 and then making your decision. in the end either bike will be fine for you. You have to like what you are riding.

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Hey I remember you. We were supposed to go for a ride last summer, military visiting last summer and you lived in the DC metro area for a while...

Hope to see you out on the track.
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Looks like BlueBusa beat me to the thread. I too am looking into learning more about track days and becoming a better rider. Bluebusa’s profile is almost the same as my but with the following bikes being my first in 2003 HD 883, 1200, VTX1800S, and now 05 Hayabusa.

I bought the Hayabusa only because the deal I got was unbelievable (family Member) and I just couldn’t pass it up; it cost me about what a year old used sv650 goes for. I was going to buy a 600 but got caught up in the moment about the price and it being my favorite color (Gunmetal Gray) etc … boy!! What a difference in handling with being top heavy, and since it’s a Hayabusa the power & length of the bike.

As far as my riding skills are concern; I have been on several road trips and twice on Deals Gap, once with the VTX1800S and last year with the Hayabusa. I have been a pretty safe rider with the Hayabusa and cautions because there are too many unsafe drivers on the rode, and the last thing they need is some fucker riding a land missile to be acting like an ass clown!! Plus I enjoy life and want to get as much out of it as possible!

So, this year my plan is to take my time and learn more about sportbike riding and become a better rider; hopefully pick up a 600r or sv650. Also may meet up with a couple of you guys and learn more about the sport.

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we love to talk about helping new riders, but please use the search function or skim through hundreds of topics on the matter in the track forum and nesba forum.

but still if you can find something please ask away.



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Hey I remember you. We were supposed to go for a ride last summer, military visiting last summer and you lived in the DC metro area for a while...

Hope to see you out on the track.
Yep, thats me! Finally moved back here. Will be here for 3 years Still military, just attending UIC to finish my degree. As for the track, i'm hoping to be up and running this season so definitely!
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There is a nice looking R6 for sale (not mine) on the nesba midwest subforum right now...fully track prepped w/ a untouched motor for around $3.3K.

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There is a nice looking R6 for sale (not mine) on the nesba midwest subforum right now...fully track prepped w/ a untouched motor for around $3.3K.

See you at the track.
Weblink please? I'm not familiar with that forum
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the nesba address was posted on the first page...

http://www.nesba.com/TrackTalk/bb/Fo...ML/004289.html

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