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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Closest track???

Do you guys no of any tracks in the chicago-land area where i can practice getting the bike nice and low? I know of some drag strips but what i'm really lookin for are some turns. Any info appreciated. Thanks.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 07:26 PM
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Blackhawk Farms is the closest.

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blackhawks farms...but you need to join NESBA to go to a SHIT load of tracks to ride on them, and to learn as well, they are VERY helpfull.


i also have 2 private track days going on too, even for the new track rider that has never done 1.


also there is a track in joliet..but its private..but not to nesba, since they have booked dates there..thats why there are a very good resorce.



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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 07:40 PM
 
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Yeah ... sign up for the May 24th track day @ BHF and ride with us!

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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just out of curiousity, what's the logic behind covering the speedo with tape, taking off the mirrors, taping all the lenses and adding water into the radiator. PLease excuse my ignorance, I am new to track riding.

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just out of curiousity, what's the logic behind covering the speedo with tape, taking off the mirrors, taping all the lenses and adding water into the radiator. PLease excuse my ignorance, I am new to track riding.
speed on the track is not measured by mph but time. so covering it up removes one more unnecessary distraction. as for taping the lense and mirrors, it is to hold them together in a crash (less to pick up) as much as possible. and water is used rather then anti freeze so in the unfortunate event of a crash there is no slippery shit layed on the track, and lets everyone else continue!!

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It's all about safety. When riding on the track you are not to be concerned with what is behind you (therefore, no need for mirrors). If you can't remove them, they should be taped up for safety's sake.

In addition to taping up your headlights/taillights/turnsignals, it is also recommended that you disconnect the bulbs or fuses, thereby avoiding having a sticky, gooey mess to clean up (heat from the bulbs may cause the adhesive in the tape to "cook" onto the lens surface).

As for coolant... any glycol-based fluid is going to be very, very slippery and difficult to clean up if spilled. While some track day groups are more restrictive than others in this requirement, your best bet is to go with either straight water or a solution of water/Water Wetter. Be sure to flush out your cooling system thoroughly if you are making this change.

Before taking your bike to the track, you'll want to make sure that it is mechanically sound, you've got lots of "meat" in your brake pads, and that your tires have less than 20% wear.

Different clubs have different requirements regarding safety gear too... if you're even halfway serious about coming out, I'd advise investing in a good set of leathers (at the minimum, a 2-piece suit with a full-circumference zipper), a back protector, armored gauntlet-style gloves, over-the-ankle boots and a full-face SNELL/DOT-rated helmet.

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some of this pertains to racing but a LOT of it is golden for someone new to the track:

http://www.io.com/~duke/newrrfaq.htm
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-15-2004, 09:17 AM
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Gingerman Raceway is closer for people who live on the southside.

Southhaven Michigan.
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Gingerman Raceway is closer for people who live on the southside.

Southhaven Michigan.
True that, Gingerman is a great track with loads of grip and tons of run-off space; just what those mid-corner bumps.

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thanx guys! i appreciate the replies.

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Not to be condenscending, but in case you didn't know, use distilled water when replacing your antifreeze and flush the system a few times to make sure all the glycol is gone. All the other riders will appreciate it.

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