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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-09-2005, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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New rider, how do i get started?

Hi everyone, this is my first riding season ever and I'm having a blast. I took the MSF course earlier in the year, got my license and I've been riding and practicing alot. I'm not a rider that's into showing off and I don't do things that are over my head. I wear all my gear and I try to be as safe as possible on the roads. Sometimes it's tempting to go crazy on the street, but I would rather find a better, safer place to go fast. Can you guys tell me how I can get started? Do they offer any courses for new beginner riders? I try and ride almost everyday and I think I'm a pretty decent rider, but I don't know if I'm ready to jump onto a track just yet. Any info would be helpful guys. Thanks.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-09-2005, 10:19 PM
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Just find some back roads, but don't get in over your head.....know your limits or check into track days, they have rookie course I believe according to some peeps on here, I haven't been on the track yet.....

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Welcome.... 1st you took the first step by taking the MSF, 2nd you joined CLSB, you are on the right path... Come out to Strats (Wed) bike night and meet the group, talk to people about track days, there is one coming up in a few weeks.....

Doing track days will allow you to gain the confidance you are looking for, and you will learn much more about what your bike will do and what your limitations will be...

We also have many people that can give you great insight in the world of track riding and street ridin... Ken gives classes every now and then, Cougar is a MSF teacher, VCOOK is a walking motorcycle referance book, man I could go on, there are so many people in here that can help you... All I can say is just ask......The answer will follow..

As I said you have taken some of the most important steps.... Join us for one of the rides, you'll see you''ll like it in here....

Again, Welcome, go to the calendar at the top of the page and see Strats info, come out to Autobauhn and watch as a spectator.....

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Life's Journey Is Not To Arrive At The Grave Safely In A Well Preserved Body, But Rather To Skid In Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting "HOLY SHIT... What A Ride!"

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-09-2005, 10:24 PM
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Look at site often....

Look for group rides "DAILY"

Chey and Krys have some sweet routes that will be good to learn on for your entrance and exit lines..........Join a breakfast run........

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Life's Journey Is Not To Arrive At The Grave Safely In A Well Preserved Body, But Rather To Skid In Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting "HOLY SHIT... What A Ride!"

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



Turning Shit into Sugar!!
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www.privatetracktime.com puts on a sportriding101 course, that might be worth checking out.
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alright all you postwhores. quit trying to lure him out on a street GROUP RIDE when he's looking for TRACK INFO

start by reading about one of our sponsors here

NESBA has an upcoming track event at the autobahn country club down in Joliet the weekend of 8/13-8/15. Feel free to stop down and spectate or participate in the free intro sessions.

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Intro : This free, trial group was created for the street rider not sure about signing up for a full day of riding. The Intro group receives the Beginner classroom session and has access to the track for two 15-20 minute Beginner sessions in the morning rotation. There is no bike preparation requirement; however, participants will be required to pass tech inspection.
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www.privatetracktime.com gREAT sITE......

Cornering:
There are three elements to the corner, turn in point, apex and exit point.
You need to use the exact same turn in or entry point every time. This is why reference points are so critical.
Do not mess with the steering in the corner. You should turn it once and that’s it. If you are constantly steering through the corner, you are going too fast for your skill level or not looking far enough ahead.

Classic Corner:
Ride down the straight.
Set body position.
Roll out of throttle.
Ease on the brake.
Blip throttle & downshift.
Ease out of brake.
Settle suspension.
Look through the corner. This is called the two step. You should be able to look through the corner at least two bike lengths before the turn-in point.
Countersteer the motorcycle at the turn-in point. Keep your head up, don’t look down at the track going under the motorcycle.
Get back into the throttle as soon as you are at the right lean angle.
Apply a gently rising throttle throughout turn.
Exit the corner. Use all of the throttle you want, but be smooth.

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Life's Journey Is Not To Arrive At The Grave Safely In A Well Preserved Body, But Rather To Skid In Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting "HOLY SHIT... What A Ride!"

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



Turning Shit into Sugar!!
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Damn Ernie I pimped Autobahun:

Again, Welcome, go to the calendar at the top of the page and see Strats info, come out to Autobauhn and watch as a spectator.....

***Ashwin RIP Brotha you will be missed***




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Life's Journey Is Not To Arrive At The Grave Safely In A Well Preserved Body, But Rather To Skid In Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting "HOLY SHIT... What A Ride!"

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



Turning Shit into Sugar!!
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keep an eye out for the track day giveaway threads. NESBA has given us a number of spots to give away to CLSB members each month. Ken usually has an open raffle at the end of the current month for the upcoming track days in the next month.
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Also check out the NESBA site as reading the info on there will help you decide, if you want to start of with a track day.. They have a great option to try it out first.....

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Life's Journey Is Not To Arrive At The Grave Safely In A Well Preserved Body, But Rather To Skid In Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting "HOLY SHIT... What A Ride!"

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



Turning Shit into Sugar!!
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Also check out the NESBA site as reading the info on there will help you decide, if you want to start of with a track day.. They have a great option to try it out first.....
when are you coming out on the track Bro?
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Between Paintball and work CLSB riding events looks like I may get to drop in at Autobauhn... Hope so..... Stay well....

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Life's Journey Is Not To Arrive At The Grave Safely In A Well Preserved Body, But Rather To Skid In Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting "HOLY SHIT... What A Ride!"

All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never under estimate your opponent (mentality). Expect the unexpected (could work out in your favor). Two, take it outside(or to a table). Never start anything inside the Bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.



Turning Shit into Sugar!!
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thanks

Thank you so much guys. I'm definitely going to the autobahn to spectate this weekend, but what day is the best to go? I think I might join you guys for the next group ride as well. The more riding time I can get, the better. Thanks once again.
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DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!! Beware the group ride before you have some skill.

Riding with a few understanding folks is one thing... if they are
going to take the time to ride at a pace to teach you something.

Even a teaching group ride would be great .... but they are rare.

Most group rides go for the gusto and it's the perfect environment to
lure you in beyond your comfort zone and freak you into a big costly mistake.


An intro track day..... great way to start, and the NEBA intro is free !
www.nesba.com

Riding on the track to learn is good ..... the turns go the same way lap after
lap ( easy to learn / no surpizes ) the surface is known-good, no traffic to
dodge, everyone goes the same way.

That all allows you to focus on learning to ride the bike.

It doesn't matter if you get addicted to track riding or not.... the confidence
that you develop by learning in a safe environment will keep your ass safe
everywhere you ride for the rest of your life.


Learn to turn .... with confidence ...... it's the key !

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www.privatetracktime.com puts on a sportriding101 course, that might be worth checking out.
Didn't you take that course?
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Didn't you take that course?
I did, and it os perfect for new riders
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Welcome, if you are looking for some track schools there are a few that will be better for you to learn your lines and what not than going on one of our rides....

no i am not saying you cant come on our rides but riding on the street with a group that knows a route some ppl tend to get in over their heads, and i personally would rather you have your head on straight and know a bit more on what you want to learn before you jump in a pack and try to ride a route you dont know with people you have never ridden with before.

not bashing CLSB members just lookin out for ya, check out some of the track school or track days.

Ask me ill tell you...........anything I wanna hear

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I did, and it os perfect for new riders
Not for experienced riders?
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Not for experienced riders?
Not really. I had emailed leon prior to signing up. The description for the course, at the time, was vague. I asked if it could benefit an experienced rider. He replied that it would benefit all skill levels. Well, most of the day was going through very rudimentary drills & discussions. All I got was a quasi trackday out of it.

His website now reflects the nature of this course, and is more aptly described as being for "new riders, re-entry riders, and novice track riders to “Sport Riding” in a non-threatening manner."
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