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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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how long before a track day??

no not soon but i was looking at a leguna seca thing in december

do you think i will be able to do it or should i have more time then that before i do a track day???

please no flame gas man or anyothers im just asking and it is close to a year away

http://www.sportbiketracktime.com/sc...stern2005.html

it is the very bottom

and would i need full leather or just jacket and gloves and boots and helmet??

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13 more days before my first track day this year!
Yes you will need full leathers or 2 piece suit that 360 degree zips.
Contact them and they will send you the requirements for you and the bike.
look into a school. It will help allot!

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well the reason i am doing it so far ahead is to

1 get the money
2 get a lil more experence
3 dont whant to drop the bike
4 need tires
5 my uncle will do it with me




what schools??? like the MSF do they have a advanced course THERE or would i have to go to a track to take the advanced course
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MSF has advanced class! Great idea after a few thousand miles more or less. Depends on the rider. (you)
Most Race Schools (track) have two or three levels of classes.
1. casual or beginner (you)
2. advanced
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Better start practicing your safety wiring now bull

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Yeah, Bull, there is alot to do for you, your gear, and your bike to go to a track day. As said before, just concentrate on your riding expierence and start gathering your gear. Alot of it, you need anyway for the street but MUST have for the track!




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I believe you should have no less then 5000 miles under your belt... as well as completing the ERC. In addition to full and complete leathers (A must) then your bike must meet the Track requirements... be prepared to spend a nice chunk of to get prepared....

-(at least that's what I believe)
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I believe you should have no less then 5000 miles under your belt... as well as completing the ERC. In addition to full and complete leathers (A must) then your bike must meet the Track requirements... be prepared to spend a nice chunk of to get prepared....

-(at least that's what I believe)
The only real expence is the leather. I dont think you willbe riding that hard that you will wear a set of tires out. All you need for STT is the drain plug, fill plug and oil filter wired. Its is pretty cheap. I can get you a bandnew leather suit for like 400 bucks. Just let me know when your ready to order and I hook you up.
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I believe you should have no less then 5000 miles under your belt...
I had just under 3,000 went I did my first track day and then I started racing immediately after that because I was hooked. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages. It's like driver's licenses. Not everyone is mature enough at 16 to have a license, but some people are way mature and are fine.

The important thing to decide is are you comfortable with your bike. When you come to a stop sign, do you do everything automatically without thinking? (no more of that, ok "downshift, put foot down, grab brake....phew...I'm stopped"). Are you comfortable with taking turns, etc. Each person has to evaluate their own comfort level. Some people may be ready after 1,000 miles of street riding, others may take longer.

The most important part is have gear. Also, are you financially prepared if you crash? Do you have proper health insurance? Can you fix damage to your bike? The chances of crashing in a beginner group at a track day are slim, but I've seen it done.
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Well, if you ride in the beginner group with STT (which you will be required to do), you will not actually need to safety wire anything. However, I would HIGHLY recommend having a full set of leathers, but you MIGHT be able to rent a set as well. STT track days have beginner, intermediate, and advanced groups. You will obviously be in the beginner group, which is then broken up into various smaller groups depending on track/street experience. You will want to start at the lowest grouping of beginners. You can always change groups if the instructors feel you would be better suited a in a little more experienced group. Check on the availability of renting leathers from STT, but you will definitely want to buy gloves, boots and a good helmet. A back protector is not required for beginners, but I strongly advise it. Also, as mentioned above, make sure you can "afford to crash". Not that you will be riding all that hard, but you never know what can happen. Heck, you might be involved in an accident that isn't even your fault.
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Heck, you might be involved in an accident that isn't even your fault.
It happens!

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Hey Bull, read all of the FAQ's, track information, policy/procedures & requirements on the left side of the STT webpage http://www.sportbiketracktime.com/index.html and you should be able to find all of the information that you need.
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Bull,

I went to my first track day after about 1100 miles and a month after my MSF course. Albeit I was 35 and had a little more restraint than when I was 16 to ride within my limits on the track.

Comfort with the controls is a good gage. If you aren't at slow speeds you won't be any more comfy going fast and it will only make your survival reactions stick out more and increase the chance of touching a clip-on to the ground much greater. THe parking lot and practicing the MSF drills will helps this a lot

Check this link out and look at the different organizations FAQ and bike prep pages.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-training/

This will give you a good amount of info on what you have to do and what you should or might consider doing.


I highly recommend STT as a great place to get started. They will emphasize that you have to ride within your limits. And there is plenty of room for fast guys even in the novice group.

Hope this helps.

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