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Old Aug 7th 2019, 10:59 AM   #1
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1st Track Day Experience

So I had my first ever track day last weekend. I am a good confident rider on the road. But track is a totally different experience. Did not expect it to be such a challenge. I just could not get the weight off my hands to freely turn the bike after hard breaking before a turn.

Got a little better towards the end of the day with some helpful coaching. Holding the tank tight with your legs..balls of my feet on the pegs etc. I did not expect to break any records on my first track day, but felt like I was constantly wrestling the bike rather than having fun.

I am going to prepare myself better before the next one, but just want to put it out here to take suggestions from you pros on any changes I should consider for the bike. One of the coach was suggesting adjustable rear sets and tank grips. I am running a stock v4 base (except for some cosmetic changes )

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Old Aug 7th 2019, 11:04 AM   #2
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I found lots of great information on a site called lifeatlean… there are great articles that break the various aspects down. I used to read an article then just ride with focus on that part.
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Old Aug 7th 2019, 11:12 AM   #3
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CALIFORNIA SUPERBIKE SCHOOL take it!!

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Old Aug 7th 2019, 11:20 AM   #4
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Old Aug 7th 2019, 11:32 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by airjawed View Post
I found lots of great information on a site called lifeatleanÖ there are great articles that break the various aspects down. I used to read an article then just ride with focus on that part.
the youtube channel is really good too.
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Old Aug 7th 2019, 11:36 AM   #6
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It is all about having fun, it takes time, wont happen overnight AND shouldnt.

I would suggest finding a riding/race school with real instructors that have a reputation to learn from. I have been with Penguin Racing School for 6 years. Eric Wood -same owner as Woodcraft Technologies for our bikes runs the school. Find a simalar school and take classes, listen and ASK for feedback. Do private follow the leader sessions, learn the lines, have them critique you.

Hope this helps, overall you will be a safer rider by going under someones wing, hell i still have the retired AMA guys give me feedback 6 years later. Everyone can learn no matter how new or how fast you think you are. None of us are GP riders, even they have coaches.
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Old Aug 7th 2019, 12:58 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by airjawed View Post
I found lots of great information on a site called lifeatleanÖ there are great articles that break the various aspects down. I used to read an article then just ride with focus on that part.
Just looked at their youtube channel. Thank you!
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Old Aug 7th 2019, 01:00 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by ryanfavro View Post
CALIFORNIA SUPERBIKE SCHOOL take it!!

https://superbikeschool.com

Their nearest one from my place is about 3 hours away. But looks like it is THE place to go for a learning session. Will make it happen. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old Aug 7th 2019, 01:03 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by 1299rFE View Post
It is all about having fun, it takes time, wont happen overnight AND shouldnt.

I would suggest finding a riding/race school with real instructors that have a reputation to learn from. I have been with Penguin Racing School for 6 years. Eric Wood -same owner as Woodcraft Technologies for our bikes runs the school. Find a simalar school and take classes, listen and ASK for feedback. Do private follow the leader sessions, learn the lines, have them critique you.

Hope this helps, overall you will be a safer rider by going under someones wing, hell i still have the retired AMA guys give me feedback 6 years later. Everyone can learn no matter how new or how fast you think you are. None of us are GP riders, even they have coaches.
Thanks for the info. I am from the Northern Virginia area. Will look for something similar here.
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Thanks for the info. I am from the Northern Virginia area. Will look for something similar here.


Iím pretty sure California superbike school comes close to you. They tour the US all year. Iíll add my vote for a truly outstanding learning experience. I did levels 1&2 last year at National Corvette Motorsports park and it was incredible. Looking to do levels 3&4 next year but may have to postpone since Iím coming up on my 15k mile service.

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