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Thinking about doing the NESBA Intro Offer

So I'm thinking about taking advantage of the NESBA Intro offer at Autobahn in August. I'd like to get out on the track once this year and this seems to be the best way to do it. I'm going to run my R1 and according to their website there is no prep needed for the bike.

One question I have is regarding gear. Do I need a full suit for the intro class? If so, are there vendors renting suits that day?

Is there anything else I should know?

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Prep for the bike is minimal for the Intro. Tape over the rear brake lights OR remove the fuse for the rear brake light.

For gear, all the you need to the INTRO is a jacket, helmet, gaunlet gloves, boots, and two sets of jeans. If you want to do the whole day, you'll need full leathers (one or two piece is fine).

So, why not do the intro day at Blackhawk on the 29th or 30th? It is close as well and many feel it is a better first time track.

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Plans that weekend already...

If I don't do the August one, there is another day in September at Blackhawk. Would it be better to wait?

A textile jacket won't be allowed?

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Nah, don't wait, my first day was at Autobahn and it was an absolute blast. Got me totally hooked. Give me a post or PM prior to your first day and we can help ya out. Feel free to pit with us, we'll have lots of CLSBers near by. It is a great group outing!

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Textile is fine, except in Advanced. So you will be OK to ride in Intro with a Textile jacket and 2 pairs of jeans (not that it's recommended though)

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Nah, don't wait, my first day was at Autobahn and it was an absolute blast. Got me totally hooked. Give me a post or PM prior to your first day and we can help ya out. Feel free to pit with us, we'll have lots of CLSBers near by. It is a great group outing!
Awesome, thanks for the offer. I'm going to plan on making it out to Autobahn that weekend
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Well, add another one to the addiction sign-up sheet

You'll have a blast Keyhole. If you need any gear, PM me, I'll see what extras I have around (if they fit). I work in Wood Dale, so it can be an easy pick-up for ya.

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Well, add another one to the addiction sign-up sheet

You'll have a blast Keyhole. If you need any gear, PM me, I'll see what extras I have around (if they fit). I work in Wood Dale, so it can be an easy pick-up for ya.
Hahah, yes I have a feeling it could become an addiction very quickly. I just worry about dumping my nice street bike

Thanks for the offer...I should be set as far as gear goes. In case I don't, do you have anything in size Chubby?
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Hahah, yes I have a feeling it could become an addiction very quickly. I just worry about dumping my nice street bike
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Thanks for the offer...I should be set as far as gear goes. In case I don't, do you have anything in size Chubby? [/QUOTE]

I'll see what I have

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Hahah, yes I have a feeling it could become an addiction very quickly. I just worry about dumping my nice street bike

Thanks for the offer...I should be set as far as gear goes. In case I don't, do you have anything in size Chubby?

Addiction = lots of money. better get used to it.

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So Noel, I am taking it fron that statement that you enjoyed it and will be coming back?

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So Noel, I am taking it fron that statement that you enjoyed it and will be coming back?
Yup, and my bank account shows it also.

I've already done three track days so far, and still have more in the next few months.

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Super, glad you found your calling!

Hope you can do the BHF dates with us on the 29th and 30th.

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I have a pair of these Icon Barrier gloves laying around...would these be acceptable as gauntlet gloves?

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You realize that the NESBA intro offer to trackdays is directly related to drug dealers giving you a "free sample" of heroin You'll most likely need an intervention, when on your second track day, your thinking of buying a trailer worth 1K, spending 3 bills on a generator, and you get a deal on a pop up tent for $80, spend $300 on track plastics, get "track rubber" for a buck fifty, then buy camping gear so you can camp overnight.....ohhhh and you start thinking you'll need tire warmers to be really fast.



Actually, relax have a blast.....put away the credit cards....cash only.

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I try to keep it to cash only for that reason, if I can't afford it, I wait.

Now to the point, when the heck is Rick coming to the track?

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I try to keep it to cash only for that reason, if I can't afford it, I wait.

Now to the point, when the heck is Rick coming to the track?
Brian....the last couple of years I have been concentrating on sport touring, but wifey wants me home more often (we had each others company for less than 8 hours between June 29th and July 17th) so as soon as I find a decent bike and trailer, I'll be coming back

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I have a pair of these Icon Barrier gloves laying around...would these be acceptable as gauntlet gloves?

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You are good to go with those gloves.

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A couple more questions for the experts...

I'm pretty sure I'll be addicted after just seeing the track, so I'll probably want to stay for the rest of the day. Obviously leather is ideal, but I read textile pants are acceptable in the Beginner & Intermediate groups as well? I have a jacket that pants will zip to. Any optinions how these hold up? Also I don't believe textile pants allow for knee pucks? Not that I plan on actually getting over that far

Unfortunately racing isn't currently built into the budget...so options are limited.

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A couple more questions for the experts...

I'm pretty sure I'll be addicted after just seeing the track, so I'll probably want to stay for the rest of the day. Obviously leather is ideal, but I read textile pants are acceptable in the Beginner & Intermediate groups as well? I have a jacket that pants will zip to. Any optinions how these hold up? Also I don't believe textile pants allow for knee pucks? Not that I plan on actually getting over that far

Unfortunately racing isn't currently built into the budget...so options are limited.

Thanks for the advise!
If you plan on doing this on a semi or regular basis, what I would do is search the boards for a used two piece leather. Two piece is less expensive than a one piece and provides ample protection in case of an oops. Personally, I would not do the textile if riding the track. eBay and the for sale areas of this and the NESBA board can be a wonderful thing. Also, do not worry about a racing budget. A racing budget and racing criteria far exceeds what a trackday budget is.

General items for starting... Tape the bike, pull the fuses, good/fresh set of tires, two-piece leathers, boots, gloves and a lid, gas and lunch money, sitting in the paddock alone so someone feels bad for you and invites you under their canopy , and have a good time within your limits. You are good to go!!!

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From the NESBA Rider's Manual:

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED
o Helmet, full-face DOT, SNELL, or European standard approved, with eye protection. No flip-up helmets allowed.
o Leather or textile riding suits (i.e., Cordura, Kevlar, or Aerostich-type).
No textile suits will be allowed in the Advanced class. Two-piecesuits must zip together; full circumference is required. Airmesh-style suits (where you can see your skin through them) are NOT permitted.
o Two pairs of jeans will be allowed for the Intro class only
o Sturdy over-the-ankle leather boots
o Leather gauntlet-type gloves
o Back protector (strongly recommended) before. Be extra cautious!

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When a description for pants says " 8" rear zipper for jacket attachment " that means it only attaches in the back? Which means they will be unacceptable since you need a full circumference zipper?
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Usually you can borrow a suit depending on your size. Also, NESBA has a few rentals available if I recall it is $50 a day. You crash em, you buy em.

What size are you?

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No idea on size, I need to go try some stuff on. 6' tall, 230lbs, 38" waist, 32" inseam.

edit: Oh and I was recently fit for a tuxedo. I believe the jacket was a 48 long if that means anything.

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Too big to fit in the spares that I have. Anyone else out there can help out Keyhole?

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Not I... But from your stature, you are looking at a US 48 - 50 size suit. However, you will most likely have to take up the length. Might be better for you to find a two piece where you can purchase seperates that fit appropriately.
By the way, hit me up on a PM or email... I can arrange to bring my suit to work in Wood Dale one night and you can swing by to try it on for size. At least it will get you started on sizing options.

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When a description for pants says " 8" rear zipper for jacket attachment " that means it only attaches in the back? Which means they will be unacceptable since you need a full circumference zipper?

That is correct.

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When a description for pants says " 8" rear zipper for jacket attachment " that means it only attaches in the back? Which means they will be unacceptable since you need a full circumference zipper?
I've never been thru tech where they inspect gear. Just to let you know. But safety should be your primary concern.

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They don't inspect gear per se in line at NESBA Midwest. The CRs on the grid watch everyone to ensure that all gear is correct. In the event of a question, they'll pull someone aside and address it.

BTW, in the Southeast Region of NESBA, you have to carry all of your gear through the Tech line with you. (What a pain that is)

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