Originally Posted by Wink
Are you reading riding books? Studying track maps? Determining how to break down a track into sections? Do you have a plan for each corner and gear before you get to the track?
Anyhow, all those things would help. If you want to read, I strongly recommend Nick Ienatsch's book, Sport Riding Techniques. A close second is Total Control, by Lee Parks.
Hope that helps,
I agree with Wink that there is plenty to be learned from the Nesba CR's. We have something like 8 AMA licensed pro racers in the midwest alone.
You can't go wrong with a good school I would guess. But before I drop that money, I want the basics to be second nature so I can concentrate on their suggestions at a school.
I read the Reg Pridmore book. "Smooth riding the Pridmore way" It really seemed like a good starter book. Lots of basic information in there. Then I'd read Keith Codes book "Twist of the wrist" and the sequel. They get you into the mind of a racer. Some of his analogies are unique, but he makes his point. I liked the second much better than the first, but you understand his logic better in the second if you read the first one. I'm now reading Sporbike performance handbook. It's really in depth on the technology thats in our bikes. I'm a technical guy, so I get the most out of things when I understand how they work. I figure even if I can't do all the tuning myself, if I understand whats in there and how it works, I can better communicate to a pro what I'm thinking and what I'm looking for. We'll see how that logic works out someday when I have the skills to know what the bike is telling me.
One thing that I don't do enough of is track walks. Sounds kinda dumb but it really helps. Look from the straight to each corner. Study the dips and pavement iregularities. Stop at each corners entrance and exit. Look forward throught the corner and look backward as well. You may not ride the corner backward (hopefully), but you may notice something you didn't see from the other angle. Study the track maps and overhead views and look for basic lines. I've heard of racers going out and walking for hours. Even laying on the pavement studying dips and camber changes. Sometimes I'll find a quiet place and run the track in my mind. I'll recreate a lap in my mind. Where I'm looking, what I'm planning, where I'm shifting, when I'm braking etc. I'd have to imagine if you did this correctly in your mind the time it takes you to do the lap in your head should be very close to your actual lap time. Sounds kinda dorky, but I do this when I'm trying to fall asleep each night before I go to a track I've visited before.
Watching track videos do very little for me. I'm just a hands on kinda person.
I've heard nothing but good things about the Super Dave schools from AMA & CCS racers as well as Nesba riders. I believe it's Vision sports as previously posted. He's on the CCS boards constantly if you want to find him. He helps you setup your suspension and gives lots of on track evaluation I'm told.
I've heard good things about the Pridmore star racing schools. Wink has good information on schools as well.
Since I just can't seem to shut up tonight, I'll add one last thing. Bike setup! If you want to track ride seriously, setup the bike for the track. Get the sag set front and rear. You may eventually need springs as well. Many people over look their springs. Springs can make a HUGE difference in a bike. The right springs put your suspension in it's sweet spot for best feedback. It reduces the time it takes the bike to change directions or react to steering inputs. And much more. Adjust your levers so your wrists are at the correct angles. This will help you feel comfortable and reduce fatigue and joint stress. Adjust your rearsets if they're adjustable. Adjust the brake and shift lever as well. Set them up so they work best for you.
Maybe we should create and sticky a "So you want to ride on the track" thread? Make it a Faq for this kind of information?