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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anybody going to BHF this weekend?

Its my first track day up there... or anywhere in the area since I just moved here. How long is the ride up from Chicago on a Friday evening? 1.5-2hrs?

Any inside tips from you vets about the area, track, etc...


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 10:20 PM
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Its my first track day up there... or anywhere in the area since I just moved here. How long is the ride up from Chicago on a Friday evening? 1.5-2hrs?

Any inside tips from you vets about the area, track, etc...


thanks
Dave
From Chicago on a Friday night, it's about two hours.

Um, it's a track. Bring a BBQ, firewood, music and a lot of booze! (Not for the pilot but the crew! ) Don't forget mosquito spray and your chick! Not in that order.

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 10:30 PM
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what org is putting these days on? what class are you riding in? The track is a workout so stay hydrated. Learn the track from somebody who knows it and then get out and have some fun.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Its a PTT event. I'm signed up in the novice group. I was going to do saturday but registered for sunday (sat is sold out). Its my first track session on a bike. I've been racing cars for many years though. So i am familiar with being at tracks in the middle of nowhere waiting in line for tech at ungodly hours of the morning with little to no sleep. I'm also riding the bike up...so I'll be leaving the bbq at home. Looks like I'll head up saturday during the day instead of friday.

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yeah here are my tips

1.next time try to go with the organization that supports and gives us A LOT of track days to give away to hopefully steer riders to advance there skills in the right place. LIKE NESBA there on our website.


2.you should trailer or rent a van for all your gear and your bike. if something happens your fucked getting back home and or injured, at least you can drive with a broken or sprang arm or leg.


3. take your time, ride within your OWN limits and ask there control riders for as much help as you can get them to work with you.

4. start studying the track lay out.




personally that track is so easy and so forgiving that its great for a beginner to the track. wide open and very easy to see where you are going around every corner.


good luck and have some fun.



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Its a PTT event. I'm signed up in the novice group. I was going to do saturday but registered for sunday (sat is sold out). Its my first track session on a bike. I've been racing cars for many years though. So i am familiar with being at tracks in the middle of nowhere waiting in line for tech at ungodly hours of the morning with little to no sleep. I'm also riding the bike up...so I'll be leaving the bbq at home. Looks like I'll head up saturday during the day instead of friday.

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Hey Dave, I'll be up there on Sunday. Look for a green conversion van with a black trailer. I'll be there at 7am. You are more than welcome to pit with me. I'll have plenty of room under the canopies.
Do a search on YouTube for Blackhawk Farms and NESBA. Some good videos by Blarney (member here and CR with NESBA) and GixxerDan (member) going around the track. You'll have a blast!

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I think Biggy and I are going to be up there Sat only though.

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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks but I didn't really have a choice. I checkked the NESBA schedule for this weekend and Gingerman and Spokane weren't viable options. Next local NESBA event is mid to late July. I'll try and make that too if my schedule permits. I travel a lot for work.

I don't really have any gear to bring even if I had my truck here. I just moved here and everything (including all my tools) is still in my shop in Boston.

One reason for posting was to see if anybody else was going and to see if I could either catch a ride or borrow a wrench if something unexpected happens. I'm just out to have some fun and learn the track a bit...i'm not looking to break any lap records and push to my limits.

I didn't mean for this to be a "my 1st track day" thread...Ive been living at tracks for years and know all the basics and also know my humble place.
I was really just looking to draw on some local knowledge before I head out.

Thanks again
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Dean...I'll definitely come say hello. I have an orange zxr-636. I've been watching the onboards from the BHF site. I'll search youtube too...thanks.
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It's a fun track, I'll be there July 14th.




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I would also advise against riding to the track #1 because of the reasons Odysseys already pointed out, and #2 because it is a physically demanding track, that coupled with the fact that this is going to be your first trackday on the bike I think your gonna be just wiped out at the end of the day and that 2 hour ride home might suck, a lot

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watch out for the turns!
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that 2 hour ride home might suck, a lot
Especially if it rains, huh???

I'd gladly accept a ride if anybody has room...I riding out of necessity not choice. I know its not ideal but its better than staying home and driving around the city.

and yeah...I'll watch out for them there turns. Thanks.
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I'll be there! Sometimes my schedule and NESBA's don't mesh up, and going to the track sure beats not going! Besides I need more practice so I can convince Wink that I'll deserve a bump sometime in the next 1-2 seasons! Unfortunately, I'm coming from Kenosha and will have a full truck, so I can't offer help with the ride.

Enjoy your 1st motorcycle day on a great track, and have some fun! regardless of how easy and open the experienced riders may think Blackhawk is, be aware it is still a technical track... No elevation changes, or corners that would be technically too difficult, but it does take some time to get the the flow and develop a comfort level with the track.

Go fast, turn right, left, right, push left, turn right, turn left (3X), turn right (4X) and go fast again!!
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Besides I need more practice so I can convince Wink that I'll deserve a bump sometime in the next 1-2 seasons!

Go fast, turn right, left, right, push left, turn right, turn left (3X), turn right (4X) and go fast again!!
Tom,

You know you are right there ready for the bump. You were lookin' GREAT last week! Looking forward to riding with ya next time.

Looks like you at least know all the turns by heart now!

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Enjoy the ride....... come see us at a NESBA event !

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Looks like you at least know all the turns by heart now!

Brian
Yeah, and it only took me 2 full seasons!!
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