Track Day Rider
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
When did you have your first crash?
Just got back into bikes after a 3 year hiatus. My last ride was an F4i, and I sort of acquired this ZX-10R as an accident. Just kinda happened at the exact right time for a great price, so I figured "I'll give a liter bike a try."
Anyway, I live in upstate NY so I'm no stranger to the twisties. I consider myself a good rider, however I know the difference between a good rider who's never been to the track and a rider that's had just one track day is a huge margin of ability and skill. I know this because I track my GTI regularly, and I'm soon to be an instructor with the Audi Club of North America so I know how much good can be had from just one track day.
But 4 wheels is much different than 2. I guess the crux of my question is, who here has casually gotten into the track day thing, and dumped their bike at some point? As an advanced level car driver, I know that one's sense of self preservation usually keeps them safe on the track in a car, but I think there's a lot more leeway when it comes to communicative feedback from the car vs the bike. I've been poking around this forum and found a disconcerting number of posts where guys are talking about hammering it on the track, they crash, but "I don't know what happened." In a car, if you crash, you obviously did something very wrong, and you know exactly what happened. As a casual observer, that doesn't often seem to be the case when it comes to motorcycles.
So that's my main worry. I know the level of performance of the motorcycle would far exceed my abilities for a long time should I get into track days. But I would just like to be made more aware of my limits on the bike, as I'm keenly aware of in the car. I rarely drive a 8/10ths on the street, but at least I know I can if I need/want to. I would like to have that in reserve for the bike as well.
Sorry for the long post. If this has been discussed elsewhere please someone feel free to send me a link to the thread and we can let this one die. Thanks.