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New to the track racing/riding
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:18:06 pm »
I recently picked up an FZR 600 and I am wanting to know more about how newbies like me get on the track to ride around and see if it is for me?  Plus I want to open this bike up as it is fun as hell to ride.  I am a cruiser guy, but there must be a day when novice tack riders can come and play.  Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated.   
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2014, 05:08:54 pm »
STT. Sportbiketracktime.com
Also Jennings GP and Taledega GP hold there own events.

Everything u need to know for beginners can be found on there websites. There are also a few threads here on ETB for more info on preparing for a trackday.

Even if your not fast or kneedragger. STT is a great place to start.   Also Chk out the local training classes posted here on ETB.   
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 05:17:57 pm »
Totally not a knee dragger.  I live in G-burg and am looking for something close I could go to and have a few laps.  Isn't there something up by the Dragon?
I am not a racer but would like to go somewhere there is a closed track and have a little fun.
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2014, 05:36:04 pm »
The closest tracks (time wise) are Road Atlanta, Barber Motorsports Park, and Talladega Grand Prix Raceway. All are about 4-4.5 hrs drive from Knoxville. All are also worth the drive. Sportbike Track Time is the best track day organization, admittedly, I am biased.

Novice group requires very little to get you bike ready for the track; no safety wiring, just taping up lights/mirrors is about it but each org can be different.

The biggest thing is to just commit to doing it and make it happen. You will have the best time of you life! More than likely you will become addicted as well.

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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2014, 05:59:09 pm »
What R6 Boater said or a parking lot and setup your own cones. The only local Rd course is Deals gap. LoL.

Or are u looking 4 a drag strip.
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2014, 06:42:06 pm »
Tally is probably my opinion the easiest track to see if it's for you. Not a ton techinical. Fairly short and flat. Not elevation changes. You could get yourself in a bind in a hurry at road Atlanta or barber in my opinion.  There are several track day orgs out there.  Like others have said sportbiketracktime.com is a very good org. Last time I rode with them they only did tally once a year tho. They use to do tally 6 or 7 times a year. I also know tally does their own also.  But nesba has some track days also. Main thing is don't do anything to get yourself or anyone else hurt.  Ie: sign up in an advance or intermediate class when you are a novice.  You'll not regret getting on he track.

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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2014, 10:13:57 pm »
Yeah I think I will ride this thing with a few of you guys before I go make an ass out of myself.  Might not keep up with yall, but I will learn a lot watching yall.  You could call me the sweeper.   :happyrider
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2014, 05:24:45 am »
STT's Novice/beginner is actually great for, well, Beginners.  The first 3 sessions you are on the track doing the congo line, When off track they go into a class room and teach body position, technique, etc.  the 3rd session they break up into smaller groups, Lead instructor ups the pace and watches you.  As long as you don't screw up beyond belief He waves you by to go on your own or with your buddies.  There will be several more rider coaches in the pits if you want to follow or have one follow you and get further coaching.

Just be careful if your riding on the street with friends or other faster riders.  Ride your own pace, Don't push 100% just to keep up. I have seen many crash trying to keep up with friends.  If there pulling away a little bit every turn, just keep your pace, Believe it or not that little bit every turn.  1/2 to 1 second is actually a lot more than you realize.
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2014, 09:27:14 am »
Yeah I am not going to keep up with you guys for sure, that's why I will be the sweeper.  I don't mind being the slow guy.  It's amazing how many people you help out when you are the chase bike.  I am more about the building/fixing anyway.  I am going to look into the classes for track riding as I think it would be a blast.  I will probably stay on the cruiser till I get used to this crotcher.  It is different styles of riding for sure.  Counter steering is similar. It's crazy I am more comfortable leaning my big ass cruiser way over than the sport bike.  I will get more comfy on it.  Thanks guys.  Don't laugh at me when you see me riding this thing, I don't look cool at all yet.  Going around curves straight up and down almost.  Reminds me of when I started riding all together.  I couldn't pass the deal up though,  I traded a guy a riding mower for the bike. 
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2014, 09:39:38 am »
Its all good, Even the fast guys had to start somewhere.  Nothing wrong with being the slow guy.  There is no trophy at the end of the ride.  Only a penalty if you don't finish...
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2014, 02:12:33 pm »
 :lol  It's fun when I am on my cruiser loaded with tools and common parts.  Guys look at me crazy for cruising slower, but when I catch up to them broke down and get them going again there is a whole new respect.  I hate having to go get a trailer.  It happens though.  Last year my slow ass come across a guy who I guess got sight fixation and went right off the side of the mountain.  The group he was riding with never saw him.  I only noticed the tracks going off the side.  Figured I would check it out.  The guy was a little banged up.  He didn't go far, but thank god I was going slow enough to notice something out of the ordinary.  So I don't mind being the slow guy.  Oh and we had to get a trailer on that one. 
I don't even know if a crotcher is for me, but it will be something fun and different.  Just sitting on it I feel fast. 
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2014, 02:25:44 pm »
  Just sitting on it I feel fast. 


It's working!  The magic is working!

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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2014, 02:42:16 pm »
I don't know if the magic is working or if I am a wuss.  I can ride the crap out of a cruiser, but these things have a whole different weight displacement.  They also have a lot more torque.  Just a different style all together.  This should be pretty entertaining for some of yall when I take this thing out to ride.
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2014, 06:29:30 pm »
Hey marid2, looky looky, someone to take your slowest guy position. You can move up in the ranks lol

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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2014, 09:15:52 pm »
LOL..  There is always someone faster..  Last time we rode together Tim I remember you being behind me :34

LOL  No worries I know my place in the bottom of the ranks.  LOL
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2014, 09:28:54 pm »
its never about how fast but rather how much fun you have!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: New to the track racing/riding
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2014, 10:19:29 pm »
its never about how fast but rather how much fun you have!!!!!!!!!!!!
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