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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2004, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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women at track days?

I've asked my wife if she would be interested in attending track days with me. She says she wouldn't be confortable riding with the guys but is considering the LC all women school or Femmoto. She has played softball and stuff on co-ed teams and hated the "you're good for a chick" comments. I don't think she can be any worse than I was at my first track day.

I'm looking for your thoughts. Should I just plan on her being hooked after the women's school in July or talk her into doing a track day with Nesba or CLSB.

Another problem is I have a Gix1K. Great training wheels, huh. I dropped it my first time at the track.

Also to consider is gear. I'll be sure she has good helmet, gloves, boots, but I'm wondering about spending the money on leathers. She is in the process of losing weight and will ...what's the opposite of outgrow, ingrow? ...they won't fit next year. Should I buy an inexpensive 1-piece, inexpensive 2-piece, or rent from Kneedraggers.com. If I purchase leathers I will have to resell them that's why I question 1 or 2-piece.

Give me your thoughts and no "ditch the bitch" jokes. I would enjoy having her share my enthusiasm for track days.

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Very cool man. You're a lucky guy. My suggestion would be to get her involved with one of the women-only STT trackdays (or the LC class). If memory serves, she may be able to rent leathers (maybe even a bike if it's a school) and see what she thinks.

...that or just put her in a room with Kim for 5 minutes.

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For women, STT is hard to beat in terms of pricing, plus leathers are available for rental. While the STT track days are co-ed (with the exception of the FemMoto event in Pahrump) they do include a 20-minute "ladies-only" session after lunch each day.

I'd be willing to bet that after one good experience she'll be hooked.

I'm hesitant to say "buy cheap leathers". Not to be indelicate, but are we talking 3 or 4 sizes difference, or just one or two? While it's important that leathers fit properly, the expansion panels in a good-quality suit will accomodate a certain amount of fluctuation while still providing proper fit.

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check out www.newenough.com You can buy used leathers and you can trade yours in as well. Not sure what you might lose though. And leathers are popular on E-bay.

If you want her hooked, get her on the track. Like Kim said, one she goes she'll want to go with you regardless. So maybe the first event is a women only event, she can get comfortable and build her confidence. And I bet she'll be ready to take on the boys. I see a lot of women out there, and they aren't slouches!

Does she ride now? Your GXR1K? If she's comfortable with your 1k then fine, otherwise get her something she is comfortable on.

It would be a great benefit to share a passion such as this with your siginificant other.
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I have to agree with KB and STT is an outstanding group of people. But you ride NESBA and they have "intro" class where it is free for the first two sessions. They keep the pace in those two sessions well under control and the gear requirements aren't as strict. (Although I believe you should have full gear regardless.) Anyways give up the bike for a Saturday for your lady and be her support. I think Carol is a female rider with Nesba and Kim is instructing for STT. Have her talk to them and assess her progessing abilities. Good feedback and encouragement makes a great first time run. Once she's hooked she will need her own bike!
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