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So I've been wanting to get on the track for the first time, and I'm a bit intimidated. I was recently gifted with a STAR class at Blackhawk Farms, I was wondering if any of you have done it before and if this is going to be over my head. Thanks
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best way to get started with track days is by taking a prof. track riding school! Most of us just signed up for a track day with no prior kowledge of track riding.. You are doing it right man.. If you get too intimidated, you can always give the class to me jus sayin.

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I would suggest doing a track day with STT's novice group, prior to doing the school, just because a lot of people at the STAR school have been on the track, and the difference in speed and skill might be too much, if you've never been on the track.

His dad's CLASS school would be a different thing.

going once thru the novice classroom with stt will clear many things up, then you can enjoy the STAR school. It's pretty awesome!!!
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Might wanna consider getting some protection on ur bike b4 going on a trackday ... like sliders and such. Track fairings might be a good idea as well - cause the ones on ur 848 EVO would be very very clostly to replace IMO.

But yea even going and observing at a trackday would be good idea b4 hand, just so you can get a feel for what goes on and talk to people about their recommendations in general. Seeing everything would definitely be beneficial even if you don't get out on the track. (But you should go out on the track).

BTW, Road America is having a trackday at the end of the month you should go to!
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I think autobahn would be a better choice. RA is a different kind of track... lol

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Yeah, I would think some track experience would be best before a class like that one. As mentioned before STT novice is probably the best way to get your feet wet, very non-intimidating for most, they start you off slow.

I think going to a STAR class for your first track day might be a bit like learning to ski on a black diamond slope, you COULD do it, but, ya know.
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thanks for the input guys....not taking the EVO....the gift included an SV650 rental
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See thats the thing with these schools, most of the coaches can bring it down to a level that even a true noob will understand and by the end of the day you will be a better rider because of it. Thats why they make the big bux. They can work with veterans or new track riders.. I still say go for it..

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See thats the thing with these schools, most of the coaches can bring it down to a level that even a true noob will understand and by the end of the day you will be a better rider because of it. Thats why they make the big bux. They can work with veterans or new track riders.. I still say go for it..
It wouldn't hurt to do a day or two in the STT novice group to get started. But don't put off the school all season to do it. The staff can adjust to your riding skill and always give you something to work on. If you still aren't sure. Call the school and ask them. They would know their curriculum better than us monkeys on a forum.

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While I agree that CLASS might be the better first-timer school, I think the combo of star on an SV650 is an excellent start.
The STAR guys are great and will Teach you tons.

Just remember, you are there to 1) learn. And 2) go fast ...... That is important.

If you are scaring yourself ..... SLOW DOWN ...... So you can learn.


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why would anyone who rides a new ducati 848 evo be intimidated about going to the track?
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Because he is obviously smart enough to realize it's capabilities are beyond his own
And envision the possibility he may be able to improve as a rider with expert instruction.


*obviously* not everyone is that intelligent.


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It wouldn't hurt to do a day or two in the STT novice group to get started. But don't put off the school all season to do it. The staff can adjust to your riding skill and always give you something to work on. If you still aren't sure. Call the school and ask them. They would know their curriculum better than us monkeys on a forum.
You are right sir, it really wouldn't hurt to come to STAR school with a TD or two so that you at least have a base line. I was looking at it more to the effect of; he takes the school and is better prepared for TD duty. POtato - PotAto. Lol. Still definitely do the school sometime this year!

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Because he is obviously smart enough to realize it's capabilities are beyond his own
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*obviously* not everyone is that intelligent.


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worn out argument.

if you buy an 848, you should have decent riding skills.

and if you don't, exactly how smart are you for buying one?
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Decent ....yes.....but there's always more to learn
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Decent ....yes.....but there's always more to learn

everyone can learn more.

i would have a standing reservation at YCRS if i could afford it.
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I was comparing schools last season and ran into that one.....something like 2 or 3 g's....very pricy
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worn out argument.

if you buy an 848, you should have decent riding skills.

and if you don't, exactly how smart are you for buying one?

Worn out for someone that doesn't get it .....


Seems to be you.


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Agree with Brian YCRS is the best there is.


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no, i get it.

my point is if you "think" you can handle a sport bike good enough to buy an 848 then a track school should not be intimidating. how is that wrong?

you are always a source of good info, but your first statement is well known.
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Did anyone mention that YCRS is the best... LOL

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i guess my first comment should have been: "if you can handle your 848 with confidence then a track school will only increase your skills".
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i guess my first comment should have been: "if you can handle your 848 with confidence then a track school will only increase your skills".
I bet there are more people out there riding a 848 because they wanna be cool and go to Starbucks or SoW than people actually knowing what they are doing. AND those people will be intimidated with their own bike on track.

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I bet there are more people out there riding a 848 because they wanna be cool and go to Starbucks or SoW than people actually knowing what they are doing. AND those people will be intimidated with their own bike on track.
and aren't purchases like that discouraged by most people on CLSB? i know i wouldn't recommend it.

and if the op only bought the duc to pose on, then why would anyone consider them intelligent?
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and aren't purchases like that discouraged by most people on CLSB? i know i wouldn't recommend it.

and if the op only bought the duc to pose on, then why would anyone consider them intelligent?
Your reply makes me think too much... out.
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