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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-06-2006, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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New To track

Dear Gents,
I bought my first bike when I was fourteen and have been riding since. Now I am eighteen, I've had a taste for laying a bike down, very comfortable on a bike. I'm just getting a little board, so I was thinking why can't I take up track racing?

I'm so new to this idea I was wondering about yall's input? What do I need to do? What can I do? What should I be aware of? Just any input would be nice so I can get a feel of what I am getting into?

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Bill
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Track experience is the best. You need to find your local track. See if they have a school. If they don't. Find one that does. IDK where your at so, I cant recommend much. Conner Speed at VIR is a great school for both beginners and racers.

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Oh yea!

You will need full leather gloves (over the wrist), boots (no laces and over the ankle), full leather suit (one piece or two piece that zips together) and a full face DOT/Snell helmet (less than 2 years old)

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Where are you located? That might help. Maybe somebody will know a group of guys that you can hang with and they can take you under their wing.




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Currently I live in a suburb out side of Dallas, I am moving to Carlsbad CA for six months and then I'll be back here in D/FW, also while I am in CA not to get off track I am going to go to a wheelie school, heres the link. Tell me what you think, but Dallas is my primary residence.


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Hi Bill
First, The more time on the track you spend, the better rider you'll become, it's a simple fact. Any riding mistakes become hugely noticible, as will improvements! Trust me on this, do it!!
If you want to get into racing, the first step is to find a club that caters for the type of bike you want to race. I race small capacity 2 strokes, because I got in with the 2 stroke crowd when I started, even though I've been riding large (1000cc+) streetbikes for over 2 decades. Regardless of what it is you race, the club will help you through the paperwork, licencing, etc. If clubs in the States are anything like clubs in Oz, They'll bend over backwards to help new members.

Some advice.
Find a bike thats relatively easy to work on, that there's plenty of parts available for! It takes all the fun out of racing if it's taking all your time and money just to keep the thing running! Also, get one your comfortable on. If you're 6'5, don't get a Honda RS125!
Don't skimp on your safety gear. It should last you a long time, so spend the money! (p.s Jeeps forgot to mention a back protector!)
There's a class in Australia called "Buckets". It's basically small commuter bikes modified to within an inch of their lives. Great fun, cheap racing, always close racing, and you'll learn more racecraft on a small bike than on a larger one, because things like maintaining corner speed becomes paramount! If there is anything similar in your area, I highly recommend it! www.ozbucketracing.com

Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress!
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-19-2006, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Awesome! Thank you for your input. Does anyone know about "racing" school for bike in the US? (Pref. near Texas)

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OMG there are tons... like fast trax... crap...

Pippi.... list some for this guy!




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dude, you need to check out www.lstd.com and www.ridesmart.info

both orgs have track days at texas world speedway in college station (pretty cool place - the banked straight is awsome your first time around at speed) and motor sports ranch (near dallas).

also, if you want to meet some cool riders that meet sundays for rides, check out www.tsba.org

if you can get to the hill country just north of san antonio, do it! that area has some really good roads with not much traffic.
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Do some more trackdays to get familiar with the tracks and safety precautions/flags.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 03:32 PM
 
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FYI. i hope you have a good job, cuz it's gonna be expensive.
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 10:01 PM
 
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very expensive... tires, tires, and more tires... i think my tire budget was $25k per season.
but well worth it. it's for adrenaline junkies.

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very expensive... tires, tires, and more tires... i think my tire budget was $25k per season.
but well worth it. it's for adrenaline junkies.

-a|ex
It sounds like Alex was (is) running in a fairly competitive category, on a larger bike, and running towards the front of the pack. Would that be a fair guess, Alex? Like any form of motorsport, the higher up in class you get, the more expensive it's going to be!
Again, I don't know what is available in the States, BUT........

Post Classic Racing Assoc (NSW Australia) runs classes for all time period from Period 1 (1960- '69) through to New Era 2 ('91 - '96). New Era is further divided into GP and Production. Basically, If you've modified your bike, GP! You can run road tyres, or slicks. and a set will last you a few race days. The smaller the bike, the better your tyres last. My Moriwaki 80 will run 2 sets in a season!

You can buy a '94 ZXR750 for about $4000AS. Go for something like a '94 FZR250, RGV 250, etc, and you can at least halve that.

No need for race glass. Remove lights etc, lockwire etc as required by local regs, and you're away.

As an example
'91 Cagiva Mito $1600AS.
2 hours work to track prep.
$200 for a set of second hand fairings (NSR150 front bikini, R6 ducktail)
Another 2 hours with an angle grinder and a spare fairing bracket ($30 ebay) to fit
about $50 worth of paint (Yamaha Blue, in the garage, Crap job)
about $50 worth of oil (drained old stuff, as no idea how long since last change)
New tyres $350
Keihin PWK 35mm carb $300ish

Club Membership $44 ($55 for new members)
Day licence for club meeting $50
Entry fee $140 (up to $200 for two day event)
Fuel/ oil $200 worth will last me 2 meetings running two bikes (80 and 125)
Check out www.postclassicracing.com.au If you can find something like this near you, you're laughing!

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 12:10 AM
 
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i'm way retired from racing. 4 years amatuer races (WERA 600/750 sprint and endurance) then 2 years pro (AMA supersport 750 and endurance).

here's some track school listings:
http://www.roadracingworld.com/guide...decode=schools

roadracing world magazine used to be free for WERA racers. is it still so?

here are some costs for a WERA event:
http://www.wera.com/pages/fees.html

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