Originally Posted by dxh13
i'm kinda peeved. i'm heading out to CA over thanksgiving to be w/ my fam who just moved to SF. i really wanted to hit the CA superbike school, but the dates don't match up. I found some other school, but it's $400 a day and then another $400 for bike rental. blah, i guess i'll hit a track school some other time. i really wanted to ride leguna tho :(
Don't worry about missing CSS. For a trackday noobie, the return on investment is just not there, IMHO. On your first trackday you are going to be worrying about enough things like relaxing and getting acquainted with the track -- having to absorb things they teach will just be information overload. Your primary goal on day #1 should be to be safe, keep it upright, and have fun! As you get better, then you can start focusing on more classroom-oriented topics.
Having said that, the SF Bay Area is blessed with a number of high quality trackday providers. For you I would recommend Zoom Zoom Trackdays (www.zoomzoomracing.com)
. Their "C" group is basically like a regular trackday for first-timers, but they offer classroom instruction in between riding sessions, as well as one-on-one riding sessions with instructors, IF YOU WANT IT. Basically, if you want to just ride, you can, but if you want to pick up some pointers or concentrate on some specific topics, you can do that too. I think this semi-structured format is perfect for first-time track riders.
There are a few other trackday organizers out here that I can highly recommend, but I would not describe them as particularly the best choice for first-timers. Similarly, I wouldn't worry about Laguna Seca either. Although there are some Laguna trackdays still on the schedule, it's a track that has a particularly high crash rate, for various reasons. In fact, it has claimed me twice in one year. Lack of runoff makes it not a very nooby-friendly track.
PM me if you would like more info, or check out www.bayarearidersforum.com
. Lots of fellow trackday junkies and racers on BARF.