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Old 11-22-2012, 05:40 PM   #11
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As far as tracks go,
MSRH or TWS


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Old 11-22-2012, 05:45 PM   #12
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As far as tracks go,
MSRH or TWS


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A few Track organizations in houston

Ridesmart
Fastline

Both have I believe 1/2 off your first trackday. You even get to rent a free pair if leathers with ride smart.



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Thanks man. I remember hearing about Ridesmart from somewhere. I'll have to check those tracks out too
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:05 PM   #13
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Re: How much experience before I hit the track?

Some local forums to get on for more information

www.wforiders.com
www.motohouston.com

Start off in novice, they will give you plenty of classroom time.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:35 PM   #14
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So I'm not a very experienced rider. Maybe 3K mi. But I feel like I'm not getting much better riding on the street. Or having much fun. I'm constantly watching out for cars, especially after my first close call a couple of weeks ago. I'm constantly looking out for oil, debris, etc on the roads. Plus, the roads around where I live suck. And, of course, I can't go fast. Seems like it's more work trying to stay alive than fun. How long before you hit the track? Any tips on getting started? What's a good track to start out on in the Houston area? How many of you started riding on the track then quit riding on the street?
once you can safely work the controls and make the bike move under its own power, you're ready for the track. best to get out there early, before you start any bad habits...


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Old 11-22-2012, 06:55 PM   #15
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once you can safely work the controls and make the bike move under its own power, you're ready for the track. best to get out there early, before you start any bad habits...


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Agreed!
Don't sweat going to the track. Most of the instructors know what they're doing and I know with the group I ride with (trackxperience), the more you ask questions and show interest, the more they help you.
I ride my bike once or twice a year 15miles to work now that I started doing track days. Once you feel what that little 6 can do when you ring her neck...you just won't be able to get the same feeling on the street. It's a lot like sex.. once you do it the first time, you'll just keep wanting more!
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:46 PM   #16
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Re: How much experience before I hit the track?

This post is just what i was looking for. I'm in the same position as clock; however, have been riding for 4 years now so I'm sure bad habits have formed. It's quite intimidating thinking about track time, but think i will try it next year when the weather gets better.

I'll check into local stuff around here, but i think Vancouver has nothing, but I'm sure Seattle area might have something. Is track glass required? Or is that more for advanced? Thanks for starting this thread clock and all your responses.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:40 PM   #17
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This post is just what i was looking for. I'm in the same position as clock; however, have been riding for 4 years now so I'm sure bad habits have formed. It's quite intimidating thinking about track time, but think i will try it next year when the weather gets better.

I'll check into local stuff around here, but i think Vancouver has nothing, but I'm sure Seattle area might have something. Is track glass required? Or is that more for advanced? Thanks for starting this thread clock and all your responses.
The only thing you'll need to do to the bike is tape up any lights. Anything else you see people doing is because they have a track only bike.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:50 PM   #18
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WHat everyone else has said plus, remember to enjoy yourself. First time on a track can be very intimidating. Remember to relax, breath, and enjoy your time out there. Also remember that it's your first time out and going for the track record is not your goal. Work on being smooth with the bike and getting your lines down.
I would suggest you look for a track day org that offers a new riders school. You see allot of socal guys talking about TrackXperience and its because they offer the new riders school for free. Not superbike school kind of material but def enough to get you comfy. Try to find a group in Texas that offers this service. Also don't be afraid to call ahead and talk with the TD org.
Welcome to the addiction. Its an absolute blast, and I wish you the best in your adventures.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:57 PM   #19
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This post is just what i was looking for. I'm in the same position as clock; however, have been riding for 4 years now so I'm sure bad habits have formed. It's quite intimidating thinking about track time, but think i will try it next year when the weather gets better.

I'll check into local stuff around here, but i think Vancouver has nothing, but I'm sure Seattle area might have something. Is track glass required? Or is that more for advanced? Thanks for starting this thread clock and all your responses.
Pacific Raceway is near Seattle. I know there's another track under construction west of there, but I can't recall the name of it.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:10 AM   #20
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once you can safely work the controls and make the bike move under its own power, you're ready for the track. best to get out there early, before you start any bad habits...


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this^^ i had about 1500 street miles under my belt, pretty much all high way and had never rode a bike be it dirt or street before when i hit the track. it was the best move ive made yet. half way through last season i enjoyed the track so much i gave up street riding, its just not the same anymore.
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