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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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My First Track Day

My first track day is this Sunday, June 27th. It's not as big as the tracks that you guys have, but I can't wait. If you have any pointers, please post. For the track website, go to www.smri-racing.org THANKS!
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Make sure your bike is prepped. Bring stuff to keep you hydrated. And bring shade for that hot New Mexico sun!!

Most of all stay relaxed and have fun.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

I bleed GREEN
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Since ya can pass people in B group over there, keep your ego in check Above all, have a blast!
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the most IMPORANT RULE if you wanna have fun.. DON'T ride Green

just try and keep your ego in check.. your brain always wants to push harder, keep it easy and learn the track first..

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the most IMPORANT RULE if you wanna have fun.. DON'T ride Green




You only wish your bikes were as sweet as mine.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

I bleed GREEN
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You only wish your bikes were as sweet as mine.
Sweet, soft, danty, all words for Kawasaki riders.
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Look through the turns, don't use your back brake, do all your braking and shifting BEFORE entering the corners...at least until you get really advanced.
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First few laps, brake early, go in easy and drive out as hard as you want. Get used to the track. Stay hydrated. Leathers get mighty hot combined with sun and adrenalin. Have fun, don't freak out when passed, look into the turns. Have fun.

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In order of importance:

. Make sure your bike is clean, and polished! Someone might be there taking pictures, and you want to look your best.

. Tell anyone within earshot that you're going to run in the slow group to "dial in your new suspension settings". Chicks will dig that.

. When you're not on the track, walk slow circles around your bike muttering, "man, I just don't understand all this chatter going into T3" note: This looks even cooler if you have a wrench of some kind in your hand. Bonus points if you pause to tighten somthing.

. Again, w/in earshot, declare your mission to ride the entire day without touching your knee pucks since the two pairs you went through last week were so damn expensive!

. Constantly monitor things like fuel consumption and tire pressure in the pits. Record everything in a small notebook with the intention of loading it into your spreadsheets for analysis when you get home.

. Finally: relax, and have an awesome time. Success will be gauged by the size of your grin at the end of the day. As for the rest of the stuff, I don't know if it works or not. I just learned it from watching Chills.

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At least someone is paying attention to the stuff I have to teach!!!

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

I bleed GREEN
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As for the rest of the stuff, I don't know if it works or not. I just learned it from watching Chills.
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That was great!

I should be more like that...I ran outta gas on my last session.
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At least someone is paying attention to the stuff I have to teach!!!
I pay attention, you know that. Ok, one question.

Do I need to bring an umbrella girl? I know a few girls who would come and do it for me....
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Do I need to bring an umbrella girl? I know a few girls who would come and do it for me....
Yes, you need one. Make sure you have a little uniform for her that matches your leathers. My umbrella girl will be at Blackhawk with weekend with me.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

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In order of importance:

. Make sure your bike is clean, and polished! Someone might be there taking pictures, and you want to look your best.

. Tell anyone within earshot that you're going to run in the slow group to "dial in your new suspension settings". Chicks will dig that.

. When you're not on the track, walk slow circles around your bike muttering, "man, I just don't understand all this chatter going into T3" note: This looks even cooler if you have a wrench of some kind in your hand. Bonus points if you pause to tighten somthing.

. Again, w/in earshot, declare your mission to ride the entire day without touching your knee pucks since the two pairs you went through last week were so damn expensive!

. Constantly monitor things like fuel consumption and tire pressure in the pits. Record everything in a small notebook with the intention of loading it into your spreadsheets for analysis when you get home.

. Finally: relax, and have an awesome time. Success will be gauged by the size of your grin at the end of the day. As for the rest of the stuff, I don't know if it works or not. I just learned it from watching Chills.
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Yes, you need one. Make sure you have a little uniform for her that matches your leathers. My umbrella girl will be at Blackhawk with weekend with me.
Should I bring three?

One for umbrella
One for food/drinks
One just to stand there and look perty.
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Should I bring three?

One for umbrella
One for food/drinks
One just to stand there and look perty.

Whatever will fit in DAD'S truck!!!


Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

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Whatever will fit in DAD'S truck!!!

They can sit on my lap. They won't cut off my circulation, I have very strong hips.
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Good one Patrick..

Like everybody says, keep your ego in check, take it easy for the first couple sessions. Get a track map to get the basic layout. Also helps when you need to describe trouble spots to other riders. If somebody is showing you a wheel for a couple corners, take the hint and get off the gas a bit earlier than normal so they can safely pass you. My bike starts cursing at corner entry if I can't safely get past a slower rider. I swear, really, it's the bike saying that stuff..

If you aren't having fun, adjust your speed either up or down as necessary. And yes, sometimes you DO have to slow down to have fun. If you are scaring the living crap out of yourself, tone it down a notch.

Oh, most importantly bring the one thing nobody can loan you..your bike key!

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Re: My First Track Day

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My first track day is this Sunday, June 27th. It's not as big as the tracks that you guys have, but I can't wait. If you have any pointers, please post. For the track website, go to www.smri-racing.org THANKS!
Use discretion......Sandia has concrete walls and no air fence.

Start drinking extra water the day prior - on the trackday drink water until you're pissing every 20 minutes.

Once you get tired and begin getting dehydrated, park the bike and call it a day.

Enjoy.
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Patrick, you forgot the part about the shims!!!!!! chicks really dig those!!!



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Originally posted by Underdog
In order of importance:

. Make sure your bike is clean, and polished! Someone might be there taking pictures, and you want to look your best.

. Tell anyone within earshot that you're going to run in the slow group to "dial in your new suspension settings". Chicks will dig that.

. When you're not on the track, walk slow circles around your bike muttering, "man, I just don't understand all this chatter going into T3" note: This looks even cooler if you have a wrench of some kind in your hand. Bonus points if you pause to tighten somthing.

. Again, w/in earshot, declare your mission to ride the entire day without touching your knee pucks since the two pairs you went through last week were so damn expensive!

. Constantly monitor things like fuel consumption and tire pressure in the pits. Record everything in a small notebook with the intention of loading it into your spreadsheets for analysis when you get home.

. Finally: relax, and have an awesome time. Success will be gauged by the size of your grin at the end of the day. As for the rest of the stuff, I don't know if it works or not. I just learned it from watching Chills.

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