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post #1 of 8 Old 07-06-2006, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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[B]I have done two track days at Infineon since puchasing a '05 zx-10, and had a total blast both times. My problem as an inexperienced track rider is figuring out all the variables for a smooth and fast lap. By variables I mean what gear and what rpm at what point in the track and when to brake and when to get back on the gas. I have had more experienced riders help me out, but they are on different bikes with different engines and gearing etc. So my question is if anyone has taken notes while riding a zx-10 at Infineon and can share info. My goal is a smooth fast lap, I am not a racer or wannabe racer, just want to have fun. Thanks!
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TIME. its experience...someone cant tell you those must learn it on your own. and take mental notes. Ride behind someone whos just over your pace so you can ride at a higher percentage of your capabilites w/out goin over your head.

Dont crash, crashing slows learning down ENORMOUSLY!

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Go to a riding school - any riding school. There is no way anyone can tell you where to brake or when to get on the throttle exactly. Ride by the old standard 'in slow out fast' and you'll do fine. And if you do crash, be sure to remember every detail so that you know what you did wrong!

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-06-2006, 08:00 PM
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Just remember , late braking is for overtaking manouvres and not a fast way around the circuit , smooth in, Fast out.
Use your laptimer to view your inconsistancies , go one corner at a time , but dont forget the fun element.
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Follow the leader. See what is happening for your question on sighting. No quick answers here, just feel comfy and enjoy yourself. with style will bring life back into focus
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Tough one here, you could list a hundred things... I'll list 5.

1. Look ahead and turn with your shoulders (not just your head)
2. Get half your ass off the seat
3. Ride within your comfort zone
4. Lines, lines lines
5. Slow in fast out

I enjoyed reading keith code's book twist of the wrist 2 and I'd highly recommend it. Since you don't know what you don't know, it will help immensely.

Have fun!


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Biggest things are good tires (not street crap or so so race tires but good ones) and don't scimp on the gear. A good set of brake pads is nice too. Otherwise learn at your pace. If you rush it, you will fall. Take it from someone that jumped right into racing rather than doing some track days first. I learned a lot, but also fell down quite a bit at first (plus I was very young). You need to remember things when you make a mistake so you know why you made a mistake also.
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and (read the 6th post down)

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