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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-07-2002, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me about NESBA

I should probably search trough everything, but that wouldn't get my post #'s up.

I've been wanting to get to the track to try and improve my abilities, and I see all you guys talking about NESBA. I visited their homepage, and it seems pretty straightforward, but there are questions that can only be honestly answered by those who attend.

  • How crowded do the grids get? Do they restrict the number of entries to keep the congestion/confusion down?

  • How much personal attention can a beginner get? I've been riding for about 7 years on the street, with limited mileage at around 20,000. I get to Deal's Gap a couple tmes a year, but I could really use some experienced instruction on my cornering and braking. It would make the experience much more enjoyable

  • Referring to the question above, would a riding school like Kieth Code or Kevin Schwantz be better?

  • Honest personal experiences regarding the professionalism of the NESBA officials would be great.


  • Thanks, and I hope that wasn't too much to ask.


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    post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-07-2002, 01:26 PM
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    NESBA is a great non-track school group to ride with. What I mean is their is not mandatory instruction or a classroom setting. Their main priority is always safety. If you want to learn and look for their help, they will always be there willing to help. They are all about helping you ride safer and faster. They have a some great control riders out there for all skill levels. If you think you may be the slowest person out there....they have someone to help you.

    I just got back from their Blackhawk Farms event and all I can say is they are a great group of people that just want to share their passion for riding bikes with others.
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    comparing my experience with nesba to sportbiketracktime:

    stt has a little more structure to their "beginner/novice" groups
    riders are broken into small groups with one instructor per 5-6 people. post ride sessions are held to discuss any questions. stt provides lunch (nothing special mind you, but better than nothing).

    nesba is a little looser. control riders make their way thru the pack (sometimes very large) and try to follow/lead a few riders per each session. you must seek out the control rider that saw you, and discuss with them after the ride. at times this was difficult to do (in terms of recognizing control riders and keeping track of them after each ride). no lunch here.

    regardless of organization - you must make the most of your track experience by being pro-active and searching/asking for help, because that's the only way you will receive ANY attention.
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    post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-07-2002, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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    I kinda know Jim Sheldon (www.speedmadness.com) and I know he's affiliated with STT. I'll look into that as an option.
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    nnesba and STT or both grwat places to get track time. Nesba seems to be alarger group, Ie more congestion. STT tries to limit the number to keep congestion to a minimum. For example, at Road america their weree something like 160 or so riders. 70 or so in the I group 50 or 55 in the B group, Bonnie at STT sais she was going to keep the 6/30 and 6/31 days at RA at a total of 125.

    Really thought you never have to worry about congestion too much because if the control riders see that you are being held up by a few slower riders they will wave you by to let you on your way. Beleive me you will NEVER feel like you could have gone faster but couldn't.

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    I have to admit, reading about all this track stuff has really go me psyched up. I have always wanted to do it but never knew anyone that had experience. Just looking over these threads on the track day and experiences you guys have had is giving me exposure to it.

    I am also serious about getting involved with some sort of track training. I will keep checking the forums and searching for websites. I have been street riding for 5 years now and am ready to take it up a notch.
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    I have to admit, reading about all this track stuff has really go me psyched up. I have always wanted to do it but never knew anyone that had experience. Just looking over these threads on the track day and experiences you guys have had is giving me exposure to it.

    I am also serious about getting involved with some sort of track training. I will keep checking the forums and searching for websites. I have been street riding for 5 years now and am ready to take it up a notch.
    That's great! As Garth says, it's an addiction and prepared to get hooked! I hope you find some useful stuff in here and if you have any questions feel free to ask, we love to talk track (and trash sometimes too )!
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    Having just come back from the NESBA Intro session at BHF, I'd recommend it to anyone. If you just do intro, however, just know that it's gonna suck when your second session is over and you still wanna get out there. Anyhow, it never seemed too crowded really and the control riders do a really nice job picking people out and leading groups through, etc. Also, I was always able to find the control rider who had led me or followed me most of the session and they had lots of good advice and observations upon leavin' the track.
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    I am also serious about getting involved with some sort of track training. I will keep checking the forums and searching for websites. I have been street riding for 5 years now and am ready to take it up a notch.
    You'll never know what your bike can really do until you get to a racetrack. They work remarkable well there. Everything works together perfectly. After all, they were designed to go fast on a racetrack.

    Nothing like pushing about 70mph through a long carousel lying on the tank, hanging half off the bike, knee calmly sliding along the pavement while milking the throttle to control a nice 2 wheel drift. Ahhhh... gives me chills just thinking about it.

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    2 words. "Do It"

    We were told NESBA restricts riders to 30 per session at BHF and 60 at RA. Only times it seemed conjested was in the first 2 sessions in Beginners. Pace is restricted. Opens up after that. And as Jack said, its addictive. Just got done with 2 days and looking for the next one already.
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    Yeah, I agree with Champ there. The first session was like a parade lap. But by the end of the day I was lapping people and others were lapping me. Almost seems like there's room for another group there but I was impressed with the way the control riders shuffled people around and got everyone through safe. I will ride with NESBA again (SOON)

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