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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2005, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Questions For New Track Rider?

I know some of this was covered in previous threads but If someone could humor me..

What do people usually start off on on the track?? I was thinking 600cc but having riding above 900cc for the past seven years.. Has to be Honda!!!

Also what do you typically spend on tires and other crap on an annual basis?

What tools and equipment are a must for a track day? Cost?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2005, 07:34 PM
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Any bike is fine. But you will become a better, faster rider without a lot of horsepower letting you compensate on the straights for slow corner speed.

Annual spending depends on how much you have to spend. You can do with one set of tires for maybe 6 trackdays, maybe less or more depending on how tire thirsty your bike is (right wrist has a lot to do with it also).

As for tools and special equipment you really don't need anything that you can't borrow. Atleast for your first few times out, then you'll quickly realize what you need on your own. Some bring everything including the kitchen sink (literally), some get by with basic hand tools and a rear stand.

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Find a low Hp, an old F3 is cheap, lots of spare parts and it is a very forgiving chassis, it absorbs mistake much better than a newer 600.

Cost will depend on a couple of things, how fast you are and hw much you crash, lucky they are not dependant on each other


Safety gear is most important spend more than you can afford

tires are the 2nd most important, In the begining you won't know when change them. Don't depend on the wear bars, the tires might heat cycle out before they are worn If you feel like you are losing traction then change them, how long they last will depend on how much you abuse them, either with the gas or with bad suspension setting. I burnt thru a brand new rear tire in 2 session (not 2 trackday) because of bad suspension settings. I also turned my fastest lap on tires that had 2 1/2 days of trackdays on them, they were very worn, but still gripped great because of my suspension adjustments.

Bring every tool that works on your bike and some that don't. You can borrow tools at the track.

You can spend a ton of money going to trackdays, remember that its a learning experience, so start slow, slower than you ride on the street and the take baby steps.

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Well, I'm no expert about the track thing, many can attest to that. BUT, I have learned a good deal.

What is the best thing you can do? Ride your own ride, within your limits.

Oh yeah, be smooth! Be smooth be smooth be smooth!
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When you begin the conversion from street riding to track riding you are hopelessly addicted to the two things street-riding has taught you to rely on.... throttle and brakes.

Riding a bike with big-power reenforces this behavior by going really fast in a straight line, scaring the living shit out of you at corner entrance and forcing you to over-rely on brakes.

Riding a bike with less power will force you to look for speed ( lap - time ) in other places like corner-entry speed and mid-corner speed and these are the things that are harder to learn.

While you *can* do this on a bigger bike.... it's harder.

Bikes with lower horsepower also are advantaged in that while thay may slide on the power ( all bikes can high-side ) they are not prone to doing it like a big-horsepower bike.

If you are ham-fisted with a GSXR 1K or R1 it'll flick you like a booger.

600's are great.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-06-2005, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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If you are ham-fisted with a GSXR 1K or R1 it'll flick you like a booger.



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I gotta again vote for an SV, they are capable bikes the 99-02's are getting DIRT CHEAP already prepped most of the time even with spares. They are durable, parts are cheap, maintenance is low, and they are fun. If you outgrow it then look for something else, but realistically the fun/per/dollar fact I think has to go to those bikes. Honda hawks are good too, but they are harder to find.
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