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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2007, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Total Track noob, point me in the right direction

Total track noob, all my riding is on the street, and almost all of that is commuter (you know the flat spot in the middle of my rear tire) miles...

I am really looking forward to hitting the track for the first time next spring and would like to know what needs to be done between then and now to be ready for it...

I've read TotW by Code, is there better/more litrature that is worth reading?

Tech, what do I have to do to pass tech, yes my bike has an oil leak, doesn't every bike?... yes I have antifreeze in my radiator... yes I know how to lockwire stuff, what needs it??

Track procedures, ultimate, total, complete, utter NOOB. I don't want to be "that guy" my first few times out. I'm slow, I got chicken strips, I used a belt sander on my knee pucks to take the "brand new, spiffin, shine" off them. What to do to limit my 'hazzard to navigation' and meatballin' my azz.

I'm not rich, but I will spend the coin on the good stuff if need be...

give me the 411, teach me oh Obi-wan.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2007, 08:41 PM
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This is from "WINK" his name is Brian, he is NESBA cr and has a great site check it out,
http://web.mac.com/brianwink/iWeb/Tr...TrackDays.html

forgot to add you can learn alot from this thread
https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...ad.php?t=49522


by the way I am a noob to but everyone on here Like G2G know a hell of a lot more than me, just I had to do some of my own searching and this is what I have found

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First off no not everybike has an oil leak, get it fixed. You don't have to drain you antifreeze being a noob but it wont be a bad idea since you don't want to ruin everyones trackday if you have a coolant problem. Go to www.sportbiketracktime.com or Nesba.com those are the 2 big trackday orgs around. Either one will be fine. You will have people who pound there chest saying nesba is better than STT or visa versa. You will get great instruction out of either one.
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This is from "WINK" his name is Brian, he is NESBA cr and has a great site check it out,
http://web.mac.com/brianwink/iWeb/Tr...TrackDays.html
+1 Wink has put a lot of good info in there.




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Wink... you are DA MAN!!! that page is BEYOND informative passing into a Zen state of understanding...

hell I don't even need to go to the track now, I've already been there vicariously via Wink.

thanks man, I will get the oil leak fixed over the winter, change out the antifreeze for DIW and waterwetter... lockwire everything that doesn't rotate

and get me some track skins...
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Wink... you are DA MAN!!! that page is BEYOND informative passing into a Zen state of understanding...

hell I don't even need to go to the track now, I've already been there vicariously via Wink.

thanks man, I will get the oil leak fixed over the winter, change out the antifreeze for DIW and waterwetter... lockwire everything that doesn't rotate

and get me some track skins...
+1 I think they should make Wink president!
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Heading home from Heartland (http://www.hpt.com) we just had an AWESOME weekend. Anyhow, glad that you found the pages helpful. As the season winds down, I'll be spending a lot of time over the winter finishing up the site and adding tons of stuff to it. Hopefully, it helps folks get the most out of their track days, racing or street riding.


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Wink... you are DA MAN!!! that page is BEYOND informative passing into a Zen state of understanding...

hell I don't even need to go to the track now, I've already been there vicariously via Wink.

thanks man, I will get the oil leak fixed over the winter, change out the antifreeze for DIW and waterwetter... lockwire everything that doesn't rotate

and get me some track skins...
If you think he's good there wait till you ride with him in B group your first day. He is the first CR I ever rode with and he taught me more in 3 sessions than I learned in 15 years on the street. and it only continued from there.




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If you think he's good there wait till you ride with him in B group your first day. He is the first CR I ever rode with and he taught me more in 3 sessions than I learned in 15 years on the street. and it only continued from there.
Not the first CR I rode with, but teh first CR that took me balls out in 'B' group to only comment afterwards, "Now we need to work on your passing." Only 10 minutes later slapped an 'I' sticker on my headlight saying "Let's go, B1tch!"

Wink is awesome. That was my first day at Blackhawk, my first day with NESBA, and only my third overall trackday. That session, I believe it was 2nd or 3rd after lunch, was the SMOOTHEST, most FLUID, and best session I had all day. He showed me how the track was at a faster pace with control, and how it could possibly be like with less traffic. But damnit, it felt good to ride behind someone with so much fluid confidence setting a rhythm hard to break.

Enough about Wink (Finally, he has a bike that can keep up in the corners ) The other CR's are just as awesome.

As far as tech goes, G2G has a point, not every bike leaks oil... They check the important functions in 'B' group so EVERYONE has a safe track day, not only the person riding the bike. There are tons of people to help you out if you need it at trackday. Hell, even a n00b like me has more tools than Moparboyy, a certified mechanic has.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-24-2007, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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well I have a shop full of tools so I've got no excuse for an oil leak other then busy... or lazy... The TL's have a continous problem with the seal around the clutch basket actuator shaft... it passes through the case, it's just forward of the primary out put shaft so it gets a ton of crap and road grit tossed on it and when the bike is on the side stand, the seal is under the level of the oil in the oil pan... three strikes... It's only 3 years old and has most likely been leaking for 2 of those three... I'll have it apart this winter and and see what can be done... Everything else is in the works









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