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how to get into track days.

this summer i want to start going to some track days. i have never done a track day before and i would like to take some type of school first, only problem is all the schools i am finding are in fl or ca or some place to far to go because i am in ny. does anyone know of a school at Pocono speed way or some other track in the north-east.

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I will be doing the same this season and ill be doing it in my home state of nj . last year was the first full year of operation for njmp new jersey motor sports park www.njmp.com . they have a number of schools for riding from team promotions , cali super bike school , jason pridmore , and others that travel from track to track. also at njmp they have two tracks thunder bolt and lightning bolt , one is 2.9 miles and the other is 1.8 i think. its a wonderful track and brand new at that . also freddy spencer is one of the instructors for team promotions and they are based in nj . go to njmp web site and find out the season up coming visits.
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I know NESBA rides in NJ and NY. They have first time rider classes (not first time ever mind you -- just new to the track). They haven't posted 2010 yet, but it should be coming out soon. The nice thing is, there is no commitment with one of those. They are free for two sessions I think. They will teach you the basics, as well as pit safety, flag designations, and ettiquite. I have never ridden NESBA myself, but I hear a lot of good things about them from others who have, and I have met some of their control riders, and they are really nice guys.

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If you go to a control rider on a track day, you can ask him/her to give some advise.
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I will be doing the same this season and ill be doing it in my home state of nj . last year was the first full year of operation for njmp new jersey motor sports park www.njmp.com . they have a number of schools for riding from team promotions , cali super bike school , jason pridmore , and others that travel from track to track. also at njmp they have two tracks thunder bolt and lightning bolt , one is 2.9 miles and the other is 1.8 i think. its a wonderful track and brand new at that . also freddy spencer is one of the instructors for team promotions and they are based in nj . go to njmp web site and find out the season up coming visits.
i was on there site before and i couldn't find anything about track schools. lol i still cant u mind pointing out where they are on the site

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I know NESBA rides in NJ and NY. They have first time rider classes (not first time ever mind you -- just new to the track). They haven't posted 2010 yet, but it should be coming out soon. The nice thing is, there is no commitment with one of those. They are free for two sessions I think. They will teach you the basics, as well as pit safety, flag designations, and ettiquite. I have never ridden NESBA myself, but I hear a lot of good things about them from others who have, and I have met some of their control riders, and they are really nice guys.

Good luck man. If you do one thing next year with your bike, make it a trackday. You will never look back.
so if i join and go to one of there listed track days they will have one of those first time rider classes there or is that a different event
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I have experience with NESBA and STT, and both good for beginners. STT is more structured with beginner group further divided into subgroups and a bit more classroom sessions from what I recall. I kinda prefer NESBA's more relaxed atmosphere with the CRs available to help as needed or wanted.

Search the track forum, there's lots of info on this topic and check out the NESBA and STT websites and forums.

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California Superbike School will be at NJMP-Thunderbolt May 10-14, August 2-5, and Sept 6-9.

My first time on a race track was with CSS and thought it was a good way to get introduced to track. (Technique, speed, ettiquite, rules, etc.)

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I recommend checking out TeamPromotion,Absolute Racing, or NYSBC. Personally I like TeamPromotion and they have the top notch schools coming in. Free drinks, snacks,and they do Pocono,NJMP,plus Monticello.Good organized group.

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For newbies a good organization to start with at NJMP is
TonyTrackDays.Com

I did my first day with Penguin School and found it loaded
with folks looking to race and its was pretty intimidating.
My second day was with Tony's and its was way more laid back
and with better organization to keep advanced folks from sneaking in and
using you as chicane pylon ;-)
Also just enough hand holding, video orientation, lap time data collection, friendly staff etc... all to get you up to speed quickly.
In fact his whole operation is set to cater to the street rider
crowd looking at their first track day!

But if you are thick skinned and stubbornly focused like I was
you'll do great with just about any of the orgs that you go with.

Do it. NJMP is awesome!

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Feel free to check us out. We're a forum supporter and usually have some discounts to first timers that mention 600rr.net

FWIW, all first timers to the track will get a complete classroom session, then organized follow the leader type of track time to start with.

I remember my first time on the track and make sure that our program is designed to relieve any stress and keep things safe.


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i want to get into track riding too but i need a 1 piece suit, and track fairins..

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I took the California Superbike School @ Walkin Glen, NY when they held it here in NY.
This was in 03-04. I'm not sure if there are still holding classes @ Walkin Glen, NY



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Last November I got back on the track with STT after being off track for 12 years. I went with the novice group just to get back in the grove. They broke the novice group into 6 different groups, based on experience, of about 4-5 riders each group with their own instructor. My past experience is with CSS. I'd defiantly recommend STT for the new trackday rider.

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i want to get into track riding too but i need a 1 piece suit, and track fairins..
What size are you? I'm selling my Berik Titanium suit size 40US (it fits more like a 42US)

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i want to get into track riding too but i need a 1 piece suit, and track fairins..
Says who? a 2pc riding suit nylon or leather is typically all you really need unless the track/org. says otherwise. i see a lot of folks going on track with ABS Plastic and nylon suits...

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Says who? a 2pc riding suit nylon or leather is typically all you really need unless the track/org. says otherwise. i see a lot of folks going on track with ABS Plastic and nylon suits...
One piece is nice but certainly not required by most orgs.
And track plastics? I ride my street bike with stock plastics at the track
and been aok for years! knock on wood!

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do not need to go to a school to ride the track...just the drive to do it.
There is enough info on you tube and the intrawebz to get you off the ground.

do a few days...with a conservative approach.
i.e. riding B group...and taking your time. leaning the track. picking breaking markers etc....

get a feel for it.
If this is for you...then commit to gear and paddock setup etc.

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Sounds like you got a lot of advice already, so I'll just say good luck and enjoy!!!


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dont know whats in your area between NY and Chicago looks like form the map I saw...

but we have this at our local track

maybe some track close to you has something similar...

I agree with dude you Dont NEED a course for track but it wouldn't hurt...

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