Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NW Burbs
Location: NW Burbs
Sportbike: SV 650, FZR 400, RM 125
Years Riding: Since 1990
How you found us: Nesba!
Call and schedule your date and tell them that Wink and I referred you.
Justify? It's easy. I went in February or March. Did the Team Challenge with GixxerDan and RacingXTC for the heck of it. In May, we took third. I decided to do sprint race since I was there. Might as well right? Finished 4th and was bitten by the racing bug again. Ended up doing about 5 rounds out of the whole season I think. Stuck to just my 2 select classes each time to keep the costs down. I ended up with my first season with ZERO crashes. That includes all races and track days this year. I dropped my lap times quite a bit on the little SV. I'm soooo much more confident on the bike. Bikes I didn't like to ride before? I ride them all with no problems. They helped me adapt my style, build on my strong points and fix my problems (well some, they're not miracle works haha).
For the race season, I ended 4th in Mid-West Ultralight Superbike. 6th in Mid-West Lightweight Supersport. 3rd in the Great Planes in Ultralight Superbike. Against individuals that were running a whole season. I got my first race win and never finished lower then 4th.
Nick even pulled me aside a few times during the school to modify the way I did some of the drills. He wanted me to get something different out of the drills. He also adapted and changed a few drills to help me be a better on track instructor!
I used to be concerned about not getting the bike to finish the corner and running off track. I typically ran off track at speed 3-4 times a year. Now I'm flat out irritated when I don't hit an apex. I don't mean by 2 feet. I mean 6-8 inches every time. Running off track? Unless I'm pushed off or sliding on my ass, I can't see how it's possible any longer. The tools they have given me have changed how I ride and look at things.
The personal reward of being a better rider.
Not have one crash all season.
I didn't need to buy any new helmets this year. Thats a first.
The only repairs my leathers needed were a broken zipper.
No bodywork or replacement parts for me.
Absolutely worth it. Besides that, other then a factory ride, nothing makes you feel cooler then getting on a plane to go ride motorcycles with the best instructors in the world. Nick, Ken, Dale and Dan are a blast to ride with. Their riding is a pure work of art. They make it look so easy. It IS! They show you why and how. You just have to learn to do it. You won't meet a group of guys that have more fun with their work. But if you're out line, they're not afraid to tell you, it's not all fun and games. You're paying good money here. They take it serious. Tell them your expectations and they will help you to reach your goals.
I could give you a list of people. All on this board that will tell you it's worth it. Track day guys. Racers, Regional and National Champions.
If you want to talk about the experience, PM me and we'll chat about your expectations or concerns.
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