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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-10-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Getting started in the Illinois area.

I have been riding for a few years with my buddies. I myself am a pretty level headed laid back rider. I race karts, tried auto-X and would like a nice entry level place to take the bike to the track.

I am in decatur, IL and was wondering if anyone recommended a track or program (link would be nice) that you would point us in the direction of for getting a feel for this track ordeal =)

I went to joliet's site and there links didnt help much.

Thank you for any information.

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all of them have so called Contoll riders that give you pointers and hints. And also they all can be found under the tracktalk-section on the forum

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ahh I get it now.. I was looking at the track sites themselves. These organizations have the info.
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ahh I get it now.. I was looking at the track sites themselves. These organizations have the info.
yep

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sites are still pretty uninformative on some things.

minimum helmet rating/other gear, safety tech stuff ( certain things wire tied etc ?? )

Sorry for being a total noob
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Nesba site seems good.

rephrase that.. nesba site is REALLLLLY good.

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sites are still pretty uninformative on some things.

minimum helmet rating/other gear, safety tech stuff ( certain things wire tied etc ?? )

Sorry for being a total noob
You just have to know where to look


http://www.sportbiketracktime.com/tr...gulations.html

http://www.sportbiketracktime.com/tr...-overview.html

http://www.nesba.com/Info/Forms.htm

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Sounds like you already found the Nesba riders manual,

STT's information can be found here:
http://www.sportbiketracktime.com/tr...gulations.html

Motovid is very similar to the above two, if you have any specific questions many on this forum are members of 1 or all three of the above organizations and will be able to help you out.

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yep we got 1/2 the midwest staff of Nesba, or STT or Motovid, on here. not to mention most of the owners and or regional mangers are members of CLSB.



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All the questions should be answered on the Nesba site. Specific questions can be answered in the riders manual. Which was linked above. http://www.nesba.com/Info/Forms.htm

You might also look for the thread on Tech Day. Hosted Mr. Wink. LOTS of us will be there and it will be a great opportunity to get your questions answered and meet people.

If you have any other specific questions, just post up. Nesba also offers Introduction sessions. You pre-register on our site and then sign up for an event. You get to ride the first two sessions of the day for FREE! When you find how great it is, you'll surely stay the rest of the day or weekend.

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Welcome to the site. You can get all of the details (which are similar for each org) at NESBA.com

Take advantage of the TWO FREE sessions on track with NESBA and see if this is really for you.

Typical Day - http://www.nesba.com/Info/Typical.htm
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For just general stuff about the track, I have written a little bit that you may find useful no matter who you ride with: http://apexjunkie.com covers a BUNCH of stuff that you need to know at a very introductory level.

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STT and Nesba are the two largest orgs in the midwest region. Both have similar rules and operating styles. Being new to the track game consider doing novice classes first. STT offers a great foundation and instruction program for new riders. I believe Nesba does too but I am not certain of their exact format. You could PM Wink and ask about Nesba classes. He is kind of a staple in the track community and just an all around good guy. Ultimately, it comes down to your personal preference and which tracks you'd like to attend.

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I have one of Steve blowin a goat! what about the pic of him peddling vending services without helping the clsb board?

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As Ken (Odysseys) said, many of us are instructors with the various orgs and are willing to answer questions and help you out.

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#1 what is the minimum helmet rating? 2005 or 2000?

Right now the biggest hold up for me is the gear purchase. I race karts, and RC cars so adding another high cost hobby to the line up has me really thinking.

Do they allow you to where the shorter riding shoes that only cover the ankle or do they need to be the mid shin boots?

Thanks again guys/gals. There is 3 of us really thinking about loading up my kart trailer and going somewhere come summer. Just want to be 100% prepared.
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Many trackday providers also have the option of rental gear if your gear is not within the rules of the organization. This can allow you to go and try it without the large upfront investment into gear.

ps, I think after you try this you might find that you now only have 1 costly hobby

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LOL...

Been karting with my dad since I was 8.. that wont go away. =)

I am reallllly small and so is my buddy, and the other guy is really big. So the "average" leathers may not fit LOL.


I just think it would be a good thing to learn further control and technique.
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#1 what is the minimum helmet rating? 2005 or 2000?

Right now the biggest hold up for me is the gear purchase. I race karts, and RC cars so adding another high cost hobby to the line up has me really thinking.

Do they allow you to where the shorter riding shoes that only cover the ankle or do they need to be the mid shin boots?
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LOL...
I am reallllly small and so is my buddy, and the other guy is really big. So the "average" leathers may not fit LOL.


I just think it would be a good thing to learn further control and technique.
A DOT-certified helmet is usually standard.

The boots question may differ per organization. Do a quick read of each manual to see. Having been on the ground more than once, I wouldn't skimp on gear. A busted ankle is a lot more expensive than a pair of good boots.

I'm on the smallish side and used to have a lot of trouble finding gear (and being a girl made it even more difficult of course). Now it's much easier. I've definitely found that track riding has improved my ability to confidently control a bike that weighs 4x as much as I do.

For a smallish guy, boots and gloves shouldn't be too much of a problem, and Alpinestars has a "youth" line that may fit the bill.

My husband has the exact opposite problem and he's been able to find off-the rack suits that fit him. He wears a 54US, I wear a 42Euro/32US.

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Boots and gloves are fine cause I have clown feet lol.

It's the 130lbs with long arms that causes issues.

I tried to find the helmet rules. In karting they usually have a snell year rule.
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I don't think anyone has ever looked at my helmet's rating with any of the organizations that have been mentioned so far - it's not like SCCA where they are sanctioning a race. Just have a helmet that looks current with no crash damage and you should be alright.

I used to Autocross, and still race carts at CIR in the winter. But I've given up almost all of my other summer hobbies to focus on motorcycle trackdays. Welcome to the addiction!

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Thanks... Im going to start looking for some used gear.
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For the helmet, It is a good idea to have one that is less than 5 years old. It used to be stated in the NESBA riders' manual, I think it's been revised.

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- it's not like SCCA where they are sanctioning a race. Just have a helmet that looks current with no crash damage and you should be alright.


that really surprises me a lot. all the car orgs i run with, even the ones that don't sanction races, check helmets for a current snell rating.

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I bought a brand new arai quantum its from like 2005, but I love the one I have already.

And yah i figured the motorcycle track days would have very clear rules on recent snell ratings.

The helmet is brand new, but I am going to shop for used leathers and boots. Probably have to wait a month for those though.
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