World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Dallas, TX
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I like those gloves - esp. the palm sliders !
Get the pants you & the bike have everything you need to get started - a good start !
2ct's will be fine for quite a while.
you will know when it's time for race tires - the 2ct's will move around when they get really hot
Some describe them as getting 'greasy'.
But you have to be throwing down some really fast track times to get them that hot.
(by the time you get race tires you will want them on a spare set of wheels - save race tires for the track - use street tires on the street)
Your first track days should be spent learning riding techniques and the track before trying to go really fast. Speed will naturally come with time & training
Yes I highly suggest doing a track day school !!
You will learn so much more at a school than you will an open track day it is well worth it IMHO
You don't have to go to the $3000 school
you can find schools much much cheaper.
Most track day orgs have beginner classes that cover the basics of riding on the track.
Some have higher levels of training with more advanced techniques.
Just search them out - they are out there.
Road Racing World publishes a Track Day Directory once yearly with schools listed
When you get to where you are not learning from the less costly schools save up & take your summer vacation at one of the expensive schools. (some day I will have to do that)
I found I can only learn so much from reading (Twist of the Wrist 1 & 2, Track Day Handbook, etc)
I learn much better by riding with instruction than from reading
In fact the books make more since after taking a few schools
Getting video of your riding helps a lot too.
So many times I thought I was riding great only to see in the video (taken by the instructor following me) that there were many areas where I needed to improve.
later I got a Go Pro for the bike & would study my lines & performance. Amazing how different it looks between the preceved time while riding to what the video shows....like Hmmm...I turned in too soon there, wrong line here, braked too soon there, could have carried more entry speed here, should have gotten a better drive out there, etc, etc, etc. Then gone out & worked on stuff I needed to improve on the next session or next month at the next track day school (reviewed my videos before next track day)
I want to add this....it's kinda important to me...remember to take 'baby steps' don't try to do it all at once....just a little improvement at a time adds up.
I found if I push & crash it is a big setback & takes me a long time to 'get over it' & get back to where I was pre-crash. not worth it to me cause I lose too much time & is frustrating
Also.....There will be times you feel like you have reached a level & you can't seem to get any better.
Just be patient, keep riding and some day in the near future, all of the sudden, you get a big break & show a marked improvement...just be patient- don't push it - it will come - it's like it just happens !
63 and still having FUN !!
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Last edited by CNI Dawg; 04-13-2010 at 08:54 PM.