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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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NooB considering track days

I'm considering doing a few track days next year, and was just wondering how to start.

-Are there like beginner's days or something?

-What needs to be done to the bike to race ?

Any other info?

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Nesba does offer a beginner day.




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Nesba does offer a beginner day.
this is actually incorrect.
Nesba offers a free intro day where you can get 2 20 minute sessions in the morning for free to try it out. However it looks like you are commited to a whole day, where you would find Nesbas' Beginner group(runs on same days as the intermediate and advanced groups) to be more then comfortable to get started on the track. There are also other groups who offer something to the same effect like STT to name one. either one you chose im sure you will have a great time out on the track.

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Re: NooB considering track days

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I'm considering doing a few track days next year, and was just wondering how to start.

-Are there like beginner's days or something?

-What needs to be done to the bike to race ?

Any other info?

thanks
brian
Jimgofast is right about the NESBA intro sessions and beginner days. I started riding track in August and I'm hooked. One piece of advice is buy the whole day. You'll have so much fun during the intro sessions you'll kick yourself for not doing the whole day.

As for bike prep, it depends on the group you ride with. NESBA has a manual online that will tell you eveything you need to know. Welcome to the addiction.

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Check out:

www.nesba.com
www.sportbiketracktime.com

These are the two major track day organizations in the Midwest.

Bike prep at the beginner level is minimal but I would strongly suggest investing in the best safety gear you can afford (leathers, boots, gloves, helmet, back protector).

And yes, it's definitely addicting!!!

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For absolute beginners, it's hard to go wrong with STT's novice sessions. You have classes to go to after sessions, but for the first couple days, they are very informative. Hang in the back, it's easy to move to a faster group if you need to, and pretty much crash free. The drills really help you with what matters..body position and throttle control. Drills are pretty much pointless at Road America, but great for Gratten.

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great. thanks for all the info.

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Ask Lupi about the benefits of the Beginner Group in NESBA.


Ok, so one crash caused me to be in B for another year(3 days) Foker!
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Do you guys have meets before going to the track? Don't have too many friends that are into going to the track, so i was wondering if you guys meet up or something since i have no idea where to go?

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Do you guys have meets before going to the track? Don't have too many friends that are into going to the track, so i was wondering if you guys meet up or something since i have no idea where to go?


You'll get lot's of support when the time comes.

Track days rule, more fun than racing to me.

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And yes, it's definitely addicting!!!
I will warn you... since I bought a motorcycle my credit card debt his increase 5 times over. When I add it up, it's about the exact amount I've spent on riding, trips and track days in the last 2 years.

Now the bike is broken (after 37k miles) and I have no money, but man it was fun while it lasted.

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You'll get lot's of support when the time comes.

Track days rule, more fun than racing to me.

Sounds good!

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we usually meet at the track (if it's Blackhawk Farms). Any further and we usually caravan if possible.

I don't think I'm going to track days anymore if several people from this area aren't going. It definately makes it easier and more fun.

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And yes, it's definitely addicting!!!

Uh, hmmmmm I think mainlining herion is a little cheaper than getting addicted to track days, not as much fun, but definetely cheaper Or have track days gotten cheaper since the early 80's?


WAIT!!!!!! DON'T TELL ME!!!!! I REALLY DON'T WANT THE ADDICTION AGAIN!!!! Besides, it would be horrible to be lapped by a GIRL!!!!!!!

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I will warn you... since I bought a motorcycle my credit card debt his increase 5 times over. When I add it up, it's about the exact amount I've spent on riding, trips and track days in the last 2 years.

NESBA has treated me well!
I can second that statement....
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Uh, hmmmmm I think mainlining herion is a little cheaper than getting addicted to track days, not as much fun, but definetely cheaper Or have track days gotten cheaper since the early 80's?


WAIT!!!!!! DON'T TELL ME!!!!! I REALLY DON'T WANT THE ADDICTION AGAIN!!!! Besides, it would be horrible to be lapped by a GIRL!!!!!!!
Typical track weekend at Blackhawk will run $350. If it's anywhere else you probably need a hotel, and that's another $120 on the bill. You can camp at some of the other tracks (not Putnam).

yeah, so it's not cheap by any means.

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