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Old 10-16-2017, 10:21 AM   #1
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Dreaming of a Track Day (Suggestions for a Noob)

I recently bought a 2016 ZX6r in July from Corona Motorsports. I started riding motorcycles about 5 years ago on a DR650 in Arizona. I was really into dualsporting and camping off my bike in the local deserts and forests.

A couple years later I bought a 96' GPZ1100 from a buddy, so we could do a ride into Utah and do a 4 day sport touring trip. I had a blast and fell in love with the winding roads.

I recently moved to Corona, CA. I left the dirtbikes in AZ and brought my GPZ with me. I commute to work on the GPZ a couple times a week, but I really wanted something lighter for my weekend rides. I love my ZX6r and have had a lot of fun riding up to Idyllwild and Big Bear.

I don't ever see myself as being the canyon carver that is blasting the twisties twice over the posted sign limit. My goal has always been to go fast at the track and enjoy the canyons for the scenery.

Here are a couple questions I have about a future trackday and hopefully lifestyle:

1. Is it a bad idea to go to the track when I am still paying off my bike? (It will hopefully be paid off by June next year)

2. Should I go out there with the OEM plastics, or is it worth it to invest in a set of track fairings.

3. I rock the aerostich dork suit on the commute and love it. Will I be the only guy out there with the stich, or should I rent a leather suit at the track?

4. I am currently planning on doing the California Superbike school as my first track day, but I saw that some people have done a track day at Buttonwillow with an additional Novice Training. Should I look into doing the school first, or will the novice training get me around the track?

I am currently building a RM250 supermoto to play with on the Kart Tracks in Riverside and Perris, but I don't think anything will compare to riding on a fullsize track.

Thanks for any input. I am really impressed with the forum. It looks like a great community of riders.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:15 AM   #2
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1. Go for it. I mean, you have insurance, right? Do your best not to crash.

2. Don't buy track plastics unless you want to use it solely as a track bike.

3. Rock the 'stich. Almost all track day organizers allow them in the beginner group. That said, a good set of leathers doesn't have to be expensive, and will provide more protection than Andy Goldfine's best can do.

4. Honestly, you could go either way. The advantage of a track day before the school is that you pop your track cherry in a lower-stress environment and then the you do the school all you will have to do is lay back and enjoy it. The novice school most providers have will teach you the basics and get you started, but it won't come anywhere near as good a training as the CSS will.
If you choose to go straight to CSS, you'll learn everything you would have done on that first track day, plus a lot more and you'll save the $179 (or whatever) the track day cost. It'll just be slightly more stressful.

And you are correct- Supermoto track days are an entirely different animal from big track days.
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Old 10-16-2017, 02:21 PM   #3
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1. If you take a rider school, that might cover the insurance since it's training.

3. I was the only guy with textile when I went. I felt out of place but no one said a word. After seeing some low slides, I'm buying leathers. It's one less thing to worry about and I want the protection. By all
means wear it and see how it goes.

I've only done one track day and only been riding for 18 months so I'm simply providing my opinions.

Good luck and have fun!!
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Come to Big Willow with 2 Wheel Track Days, or Button Willow with Trackdaz. Both are in November, and you'll have forum members there for company.
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Come to Big Willow with 2 Wheel Track Days, or Button Willow with Trackdaz. Both are in November, and you'll have forum members there for company.


That would be awesome. I am going to try line something up early next year after the company bonus goes through. I will check out both those companies though and try to line up a day when other members are going.

Maybe I could show up to the track day and help pit. It would be nice to see how everything is run.


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Old 10-18-2017, 12:01 AM   #7
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Be careful on that insurance. I know usaa would not cover a track day lowside. After that I actually went to see what companies would cover an accident at the track. I don’t think Geico will either.
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Maybe we should plan something for Laguna Seca next year....that's would be something memorable. Bucket list worthy!
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I'm in for Laguna!!
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I'd be up for Laguna!
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I can't do Laguna. My bike is too loud.
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I can't do Laguna. My bike is too loud.
My buddy is trying to figure out how to get his RC-51 to pass that sound level requirement, he's running a 2-1 Jardine "shorty" can Its one of the reason I kept my stock pipes on...it's so "ninja" quiet...lol.
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Jardine? Second loudest pipes ever.

The rule at Laguna is if it's a stock pipe, three strikes and you're out. A slip-on, two and done. A full race pipe you get no warning. One infraction and your extremely expensive track day is over.

A track day at Laguna Seca runs me about a thousand bucks, all told, and I'm just not in a hurry to spend that kind of bank for maybe two or three sessions.

I could have a custom baffle made for my exhaust, but that'll just add a couple of hundred bucks to the cost...



Now, all that said, it is worth doing Laguna Seca at least once, and as rgbeard keeps pointing out, sooner or later that track is going to be shut down, so get it while you can.
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Thunderhill is way better than Laguna. If your bent on doing Laguna (for the bucket list), rent a stock bike trackside. When I was there, they had R3ís and CBR600RRís for rent.
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Thunderhill 5-mile is my favorite track ever.
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