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post #1 of 27 Old 01-10-2014, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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First trackday!

Just wanted to post up on the forums, I just signed up for my first track day with my sexy zx10. I'm pretty stoked. Just gotta figure out the small stuff and tire choice


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welcome. it's great, there's a lot to learn, take it easy, don't expect to be rossi and dont worry about getting passed, leave your ego at home, learn from instructors, start with basics, bring shade, a seat, and extra water. start with q3's or drc's as they both work as great track tires and can be ridden on the street. have the suspension guy at the track set your bike up, its usually 40 bucks ish. no question is a dumb question, either, ask away. honestly it's far more satisfying as an instructor to help someone willing to learn, instead of having to track down someone in the pits and tell them they're being unsafe
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welcome. it's great, there's a lot to learn, take it easy, don't expect to be rossi and dont worry about getting passed, leave your ego at home, learn from instructors, start with basics, bring shade, a seat, and extra water. start with q3's or drc's as they both work as great track tires and can be ridden on the street. have the suspension guy at the track set your bike up, its usually 40 bucks ish. no question is a dumb question, either, ask away. honestly it's far more satisfying as an instructor to help someone willing to learn, instead of having to track down someone in the pits and tell them they're being unsafe
Write down everything he said. Its all 100% perfect advice. I would add only two things. Have fun. Ride at YOUR pace and as naked said "leave your ego at home". The second is get ready to spend every waking moment obsessing about how you can get back and do it again. Its more addictive than heroin.

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Write down everything he said. Its all 100% perfect advice. I would add only two things. Have fun. Ride at YOUR pace and as naked said "leave your ego at home". The second is get ready to spend every waking moment obsessing about how you can get back and do it again. Its more addictive than heroin.

Oh and report back!! We want pics and a run down of how it went.
i spent my first year literally dreaming of the corners, and when i was awake, closing my eyes and running the track in my head almost every waking moment, thinking of brake markers, lines, when to hit the throttle, etc...yeah no it's totally not addicting...
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welcome. it's great, there's a lot to learn, take it easy, don't expect to be rossi and dont worry about getting passed, leave your ego at home, learn from instructors, start with basics, bring shade, a seat, and extra water. start with q3's or drc's as they both work as great track tires and can be ridden on the street. have the suspension guy at the track set your bike up, its usually 40 bucks ish. no question is a dumb question, either, ask away. honestly it's far more satisfying as an instructor to help someone willing to learn, instead of having to track down someone in the pits and tell them they're being unsafe



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Of course I'll be posting some pics up and a little review on how it goes. I'm going with a good group if friends. It should be a blast!!!!


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I have 5yrs of Roadracing experience, but that was back in the mid 80’s. I’ll be doing my first track days sometime this spring and I have a question for you guys; how much of the bike should I remove? Mirrors, signals, etc.. do lights need to be taped up? should the kickstand be zip-tied up? license plate removed? Of course all this stuff was completely removed from my racebikes back in the day, but I’ve never done a track day so not sure what is expected. For instance if they allow you to leave your mirrors on, I’m not sure if I would want to spend any of my $10 of attention on what’s behind me. Not sure if it would be too distracting or not. On the other hand if you take all these parts off your bike and then wad it up on the track, how do you explain the mint-condition mirrors/signals to the insurance company when you try to make your claim? Re-install them and then tow your bike out to a canyon and push it over the edge? Then looking at a reckless/negligent driving ticket from highway patrol. Curious on your thoughts..
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I have 5yrs of Roadracing experience, but that was back in the mid 80ís. Iíll be doing my first track days sometime this spring and I have a question for you guys; how much of the bike should I remove? Mirrors, signals, etc.. do lights need to be taped up? should the kickstand be zip-tied up? license plate removed? Of course all this stuff was completely removed from my racebikes back in the day, but Iíve never done a track day so not sure what is expected. For instance if they allow you to leave your mirrors on, Iím not sure if I would want to spend any of my $10 of attention on whatís behind me. Not sure if it would be too distracting or not. On the other hand if you take all these parts off your bike and then wad it up on the track, how do you explain the mint-condition mirrors/signals to the insurance company when you try to make your claim? Re-install them and then tow your bike out to a canyon and push it over the edge? Then looking at a reckless/negligent driving ticket from highway patrol. Curious on your thoughts..
Every track day org is a bit different check the website of the org you will be doing the track day with. You can probably keep the mirrors just tape them over but if you fall down it will add additional cost to your repairs have you looked at what mirrors cost kind of expensive. You shouldn't. have to do anything with the kickstand. Most track day orgs will have you remove the license plate. Some track day orgs will let you run oem coolant in the lower classes but if you ride A you will need water wetter or Engine ice for coolant. Lights and signals must be taped up. If your riding a Gen 4 im sure you know how easy it is to remove the mirrors and fuses. Most insurance companies will cover you at track day as it is considered a rider training day. I know several guys that have fallen at track day and their insurance covered the damage. key word here is rider training day. I'm a track day junkie. Have fun.
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really good point on the "training day," especially if there is a school involved. thanks!
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really good point on the "training day," especially if there is a school involved. thanks!
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