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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-08-2006, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Getting into trackdays

I am pretty new to this board, and virgin to track days. I want to get into it, not racing, just some track days to have some fun. Any advice you guys and gals want to give is well appreciated. I only plan on doing 3-5 a year if possible and keeping it local. I am in Michigan. I don't want to travel too far or frequently and piss off the wife . She is not happy with the whole idea, but I am trying to convince her that it is safer than the streets
I just bought the track bike, and I traded in my R1 for the Busa.. put a few mods since it will be strictley for cruising and bike night posing

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-09-2006, 01:27 AM
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In Michigan, you are either hitting Gingerman (South Haven), Gratten (Belding). If you travel out of state you can hit Autobahn, Blackhawk, or Putnam. All are available through STT and NESBA. At least, I think NESBA has at least one Gingerman and Gratten this year. Those two tracks are usually taken by Sportbiketracktime (STT) during the summer.

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mid-ohio would probably be within that same range. not sure which trackday groups have dates there tho
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Grattan (Belding) is April 15-16th with NESBA. More information at http://www.nesba.com. Come and join us, since it is early in the season, it will be less crowded, so there will be more room onthe track, and more opportunities to get some good time with the Control Riders who can coach you, show you the lines, lead you and follow you and then help you improve every session.

Nice bike, hope to see you at Grattan. A few of us from this board will be there. https://chicagolandsportbikes.com/for...hlight=grattan Later on in the year we can meet you at Gingerman.

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I am pretty new to this board, and virgin to track days. I want to get into it, not racing, just some track days to have some fun. Any advice you guys and gals want to give is well appreciated. I only plan on doing 3-5 a year if possible and keeping it local. I am in Michigan. I don't want to travel too far or frequently and piss off the wife . She is not happy with the whole idea, but I am trying to convince her that it is safer than the streets
I just bought the track bike, and I traded in my R1 for the Busa.. put a few mods since it will be strictley for cruising and bike night posing
Nice bikes. Let me repeat the infamous words... welcome to the addiction.

1. Budget yourself, or get ready to go into debt.
2. Buy Keith Codes "Twist of the Wrist" and "Twist of the Wrist II", and read them over and over until they make sense.
3. If that's your trailer then you're set on getting to the track.
4. +1 on NESBA, but STT definitely has you covered. Only problem with STT is they run rain or shine. NESBA will give you credit if they get rained out.
5. Knock some of that rust off those brakes, and while you're at it, replace the fluid, and check your pads.
6. Are those tires as rusty as the brakes? If they are I wouldn't trust them.
7. When you get to the track, don't ride beyond your confort zone.
8. Don't ride beyond your comfort zone.
9. Don't ride beyond your comfort zone.
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Oh yeah... and don't ride beyond your comfort zone.

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I just sent an email off to bonnie at STT and awaiting a reply. I would like to do my first event at Gratten or Gingerman. They are close and the wife can come too. That way she can see what it's like. I have been long considering giving up street riding, but I need to experience the track first to make sure. Riding to me is like a crack habit..... I would beg borrow and even consider theivery to get that fix ..... I have four kids ages 13 down to 4 months. I want to be around for them. I seem to loose a fellow area rider every season. The year before last we lost 4, it was a hard year and I almost gave it up then.
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Glad to hear you are doing STT. You can get your fix next weekend is you wanna join us with NESBA at Grattan.

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[QUOTE=modidy]I am pretty new to this board, and virgin to track days. I want to get into it, not racing, just some track days to have some fun. Any advice you guys and gals want to give is well appreciated. I only plan on doing 3-5 a year if possible and keeping it local. I am in Michigan. I don't want to travel too far or frequently and piss off the wife . She is not happy with the whole idea, but I am trying to convince her that it is safer than the streets
I just bought the track bike, and I traded in my R1 for the Busa.. put a few mods since it will be strictley for cruising and bike night posing
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For a first time I would recomend Gingerman over Grattan. Grattan is a more technical track with a lot of elevation changes, blind corners and off camber corners. Gingerman is a more forgiving track, lots of run-off space and easier to learn letting you concentrate on the basics.

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Welcome...

+ one on waiting to do Grattan. You may scare yourself and never get to experience a "normal" track.

www.nesba.com does offer a 2 FREE 20 minute introductory sessions.

Check them out...

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Welcome to the addiction Lot's of good info above.

+100 for the "Don't ride over your comfort zone

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Got into it last year myself -- not a wallet friendly hobby, let me tell ya

Personally, for beginner, I would recomment STT. They have a unique way of running Novice groups and really ease you into the whole thing.

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I am pretty new to this board, and virgin to track days. I want to get into it, not racing, just some track days to have some fun. Any advice you guys and gals want to give is well appreciated. I only plan on doing 3-5 a year if possible and keeping it local. I am in Michigan. I don't want to travel too far or frequently and piss off the wife . She is not happy with the whole idea, but I am trying to convince her that it is safer than the streets
I just bought the track bike, and I traded in my R1 for the Busa.. put a few mods since it will be strictley for cruising and bike night posing
Hey, Modidy!

You're only an hour from me. I'm near Toledo, OH. We have a bunch of folks doing track days. There are several guys in the Detroit area that do track days and you can catch up with them at Toledo Sportbike Riders - http://www.mcgintech.com/tsbr/

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