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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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I would like to get into racing....

It will be sometime mid next year when i get back from Iraq. I'm looking at purchasing one of two bikes. Both will be 03-04, it's going to be a cbr600rr or a zx6rr. How do i go about getting started, aside from modding the bike for racing. Obviously this will be in the ama 600 class. Licensing, entering races, etc.. Thanks in advance guys/girls.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 12:29 AM
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 11:03 AM
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Do not attempt to dive in to AMA 600 racing as a start. It's complicated, expensive, and YOU MUST BE FAST ENOUGH TO QUALIFY! That means make no less than 115% of the pole speed (factory guys, factory techs, factory equipment) and is actually challenging to do.

Here's what you want to do. Buy a cheap (not ragged) ex race bike. It is already prepped! Pour your money into good rider safety gear. Book some track days and maybe a school (I recommend Jason Pridmore's Star School, he is an ex AMA rider and can point you the right way), burn thru some tires, evaluate your riding and desire level, then check into your local regional racing club (WERA, CCS, CMRA, LRRS, CMMRA). Find out from that regional club what it takes to get licensed, what the fees are, how much travel expenses you need, how to get thru tech ect. Most clubs have a "new rider" or Licensing requirement school, some accept your participation in a racing type school like Pridmore's or Lone Star Track Days, Penquin School ect. as a qualifying school.

Do some local/regional races to get used to the routine, know what you need to equip yourself with, how fast you need to go, how to set up a bike, ect. Then evaluate if you have the speed, talent, desire, and budget to go to the next level. If you do gather up what you need get AMA licensed, and go try and qualify.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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How do i check into where those clubs are? I'm not going to bother now because i'm moving from CT to florida this year so i'm going to wait until then.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 08:37 PM
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Paging Back Marker. He can give you some good info.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 09:27 PM
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Save up some $$$ #1. Hang out at some races and try to make some friends there #2. I was reading some interviews with Johnny Rock Page recently who is a millionaire that supports his own way racing, but he said the major factor that will make or break you is having the right people and support behind you.

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