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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-16-2005, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Starting out..

I've been riding for about 2 years now, and I've been thinking about getting into track days however, I have no idea where to start

Basically I need all my gear, I know that, I know about prepping the bike [Although I dont have a dedicated "race" bike I would use my 600, im prepared for the loss ]

My question is, whats the best gear to go with, and wheres the best place to start? I know there begginer track days somewhere, I read about it before, Gonna look around right now actually, but whats my best option?

Also, money wise, what am I looking to spend for about an average track day / weekend ? (including bike prep and what not?)

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nesba.com <-- you'll find a lot of your questions answered there. That's also a great organization to start your track experience with.
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Check with Nesba for their trackday intro program. It's two free sessions in the morning with the beginner group. Each session is about 15-20 minutes. For gear you need a 1 or 2 piece suit, gloves and over the ankle boots. this is all stuff you will want to have even if you decide not to do trackdays. As far as where to buy the safety gear, I hear Chicago Cycles has a large selection, I have never been there so I can't say for sure. I buy all my stuff on the web.
I would recomend Sidi boots, but there are a lot of manufacturers with decent products. I would suggest finding a place to try on gear to check for fit. Especially with the boots, a size 12 is not always a size 12. But what ever you do check the Nesba message board and the rulebook. If you have any questions on starting trackdays someone has asked and answered it over there.
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Yeh thats actually where I first saw the beginner trackday thing

Was actually reading that before I saw the post hehe.


Anyone else out there thats lookin to start and wants to go on the same day? :P Hate goin' alone =D

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Like everyone above mentioned....check out NESBA. They let you test the waters in a safe and controlled environment for free. You get two 20 minute sessions in the morning which are basically a get to know the track introduction.
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You're never alone out there. Come on by...we always pit together...and introduce yourself. We typically have at least a few if not a dozen of us together.
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I dont have much time to check the site right now, but im guessing the intro courses are held EVERY day? or only certain days? (ie trackdays, same time normally you guys would be there?)

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As far as gear goes, get a set of leathers that have more than just foam padding. YOu want plastic armor in the shoulders, forearms, and knees. Gauntlet (well over the wrist) gloves are a must and a back protector is highly recommended.

If you thumb around the classifeds on this board and others you will find some good deals for used gear. Check out Nesba's classified section as well as these.

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www.Newenough.com sells new gear at competitive prices and they have an excellent return policy in case the fit is not what you expected.
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Intro class runs the first two sessions with Beginner. They offer them at every trackday, however they do limit the # of Intros so you need to sign up in advance.
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Costs?

-Nesba charges about $150 per trackday, depending on the venue.
-Hotel/motel if you do an entire weekend...$60-100
-Two tanks of gas...~$20
-Food
-Everything else in wear and tear like tires, brakes, gas, etc.
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I highly recommend Putnam as a first NESBA day. not ascrowded due to the location. Blackhawk is usually full=crowded on track. One session at Putnam was me 2 others and 3 CR's.
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Nice, how far out is puntam in relation to like.. northern suburbs?

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Well, if all works out, it looks like im going to head out to
Autobahn probablly on the 11th and 12th, for NESBA, sign up with the begginer group and head out!

Only problem would be trucking my bike

I have a van, but definatlly not suited for transporting a bike.. anyone else plan on headin out there that has room on a trailer perhaps? :P

ALTHOUGH THIS IS NOT 100% at the time

I still need to buy my gear, and get my bike prepped, plus I need tires that I would have to somewhat break in =p (pilot powers its lookin like)

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As I probablly stated earlier, Im definatlly in need of some new tires, im gonna have some pilot powers put on soon, and try and get a couple hundred miles outta them.. But will they be good for the track?

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I believe those are the new track/street tires from Michellin, right? Those will be just fine for the track.

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Are you still looking to go the 11th and 12th? I may head out with ya if I can gather enough $$
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fact is I really wanna go, but I dont know if im gonna be able to muster the $$$

I need to buy a set of leathers.. boots.. gloves.. my old helmet I can live with, but then I also have to pay for the track days (unless I win one of course) =D so im lookin at round..


1,000$ give or take 500 :P lol

Im gonna see what I can do, I should know by next week..

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cool, I think I should at least be able to afford saturday so hopefully I'll see ya out there
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I know this is a "NESBA shop", but I think for a track beginner, STT (sportbike tracktime) is alot better. They brake the beginner group into 5-6 subgroups (one faster then the other) each assigned to an instructor. After every session, you get together with your instructor/control rider and talk about what you can do better. The work with you on your technique, lines, body position, ecs. Each subgoup has no more then 5 people. After every session you have an option to move to a faster/slower group depending on your comfort level. It just doesn't get any better for a track newbie..

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Gixxer6Dan, I'm going both days. If you are pretty close to my size, you can borrow my backup leathers/boots/gloves. My leathers are size 56 Euro, which is pretty much the same as a 46 or 44 US. Boots are 46, and size Medium I think in gloves.

It's a Spidi Norick suit, Teknic Violator Pro gloves, and Teknic Defender boots. All pretty much race quality gear, except the boots are street boots.

My only condition is that you give me $350 first to hold on to so if ya crash in the suit and scratch it up even a little bit (or if you just run off with it ), you have to buy it from me, because the suit is still pretty much brand new (just 1 or 2 highway rides on the street), and I'll return your money to you when you give me the gear back undamaged.

I only have a 1 bike trailer though, so you'll still be on your own for that.

Also, Pilot Powers will be great for the track, especially if it is your first day. I wouldn't even worry about scrubbing them in on the street, just take it easy the 1st 2 sessions or so. I scrub brand new tires in at the race track and as long as you don't ham fist the throttle, you will be just fine.

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change of plans for me I think I'm just going on the 12th
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