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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-16-2006, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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How long were you street riding......?

I was wondering, how long were you street riding before you did your first track day?

Is there a specific day of the track season that a newbie like myself should attend or should I just show up to any track day at Blackhawk? I can't remember who it was, but someone mentioned something about a class new riders can take that can explain the basics and help you get ready for your first trackday. Do you guys have any info on that? Thanks for all your help guys!

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Riding a little over a year before my first. In short, you need to be able to react to situations and control your bike while riding at speed.

there are classes at trackdays, but really there's no need to take a class to prepare for trackdays. Read the basic info on website for your track org. They'll list the prep needed and have a section for newbies. After getting the proper gear, the main prep you'll need is between the ears. Read up Twist of the Wrist II for the how tos, especially the 5 or so chapters on throttle control.

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Two years before I started doing trackdays. Wish I would have started sooner. Your skill level just starts to shoot through the roof with trackdays. There is no way I would be able to learn at such a rapid rate riding on the street. It's just not safe to run so hard on public roads.

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About ten years on the street...been doing trackdays for 4 years now. I would have started earlier, but did not realize there was even such a thing as trackdays. The whole concept exploded in the last few years.

Id recommend doing a day at Autobahn CC in Joliet. Its a nice, close facility for you. Wide and plenty of runoff. They do have a couple bumpy spots, but dont worry about that for now.

Blackhawk has too many trees and guardrails IMO.

Nesba has a 2 free 20 minute sessions for you to try it out as long as you preregister. I am unaware of any class-like courses.
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Cool, thanks for all the info guys. I'll check out the nesba website and hopefully I'll meet some of you at a trackday sometime.

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Dam I'm old I was riding for 25 years before my first track day last year.

If you take it easy and get help from the CR's, you'll be fine, and learn WAY more than you ever could on the street.

My 25 years of the street only re-enforced all of my bad habits that are now taking twice as long to break. It did help in the mental comfort area, but the track is so different than the street that all of my experience did very little to prepare me for the track.

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STKR, don't feel old. I got my first bike (a Harley) in '87 and didn't start riding sportbikes until 2001. Got my CCS license in '02. Talk about "culture shock" - like you, I quickly realized that very very little of that experience carried over into the realm of performance riding. I wish I had started sooner!

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Lets see I've been on the strets for 17 years. Track? havent done it yet.




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I've been riding in the dirt for about 20 years, and bought my first street bike when I was 19. I'm 26 now. I did my first track day when I was 21. The dirt riding has helped more than anything I think.

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Rode a dirtbike for a year before switching to sportbikes and racing. Quit riding/racing completely in 94 and started racing again in 2002. Forget the street. Go straight to the track if that is what you want to do.
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