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    Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    Hi everyone,
    My friend has been racing with SOAR for quite some time now and has been hassling me to get a track bike, so I thought rather than prepping my street bike (09' zx6r), I'd try FAST Racing school. I did the phase 1 at FAST on a 2016 zx6r and has to be one of the most fun days of my life! I thought it would make a better/more aggressive street rider (taking corners faster, getting that knee lower, and feeling more confident in the twisties), but it was the complete opposite. I am much smarter on the street now, and if anything, I ride slower and more cautious than I used to. I never knew how much concentration and focus it took to push a bike on the track without factoring in other vehicles, sand/gravel, and using double the width of pavement. I am hooked, and want more.
    My friend said that lots of his buddies he tracks with sell their bikes in fall/winter once the season has wrapped up. He is going to try and find me a bike for between $2-$2500. He will be able to provide a tent, generator, and has and extra tire warmers. I was planning on just renting a Uhaul trailer for the days I track and slap it on the back of my Forester because I live in a building and have no room to store a trailer.
    Other than what I have said above, is there any advice you can give me to prepare me for my first track season next year? I will be purchasing a 1 piece suit at the bike show in January as GP has 25% off their whole store every year (my 2 piece A* suit wont cut it).
    Thanks!

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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    I got some advice..... Save up!!!!!

    (But it will be the best money you've ever spent!)
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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    Quote Originally Posted by 172Driver View Post
    I got some advice..... Save up!!!!!

    (But it will be the best money you've ever spent!)
    Yes, I am quite aware! LOL! By any chance, did you purchase the Daytona 675 from Sha 2 winters ago? He is my friend that used to live in my building that keeps telling me to man up and start hitting the track with him! I might swing by Cayuga this weekend. He put my name in so I can just walk in. He tracks an orange cbr600rr and also has a carbon fiber one.

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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    there is a thread "where are all the reasonable TD/race bikes for sale" or something to that effect...
    not much happening now but it might be a good thread for you to check regularly...its under track days/track riding. If nothing else it may give you a feel for whats out there for how much$
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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    Are you going to be competing, or just doing track days?
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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    like other said...save up it gets expensive. i've done the uhaul thing my first year make sure you book your stuff early as trailers aren't always available.
    get good gear, there are 2 types of people that get good gear, the ones that bought it before they got hurt, and the ones that bought it after, you will crash at some point so might as well be ready for it.
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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    Quote Originally Posted by miggs View Post
    Are you going to be competing, or just doing track days?
    Just track days. Depending on how well everything goes I may consider competing in the future. Just be more of a hobby an not something that I would take too seriously.

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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    What you "need" vs want you want will vary.

    You mentioned your friend is going to hook you up with a bunch of stuff so you lucked out there.

    Some quality gear, some stands and spare parts would be next on the needs list.

    The more days you attend you'll see what is really needed vs not needed.
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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    Quote Originally Posted by arogal View Post
    Yes, I am quite aware! LOL! By any chance, did you purchase the Daytona 675 from Sha 2 winters ago? He is my friend that used to live in my building that keeps telling me to man up and start hitting the track with him! I might swing by Cayuga this weekend. He put my name in so I can just walk in. He tracks an orange cbr600rr and also has a carbon fiber one.
    Shah is a good dude. I've run into him a few times(literally)

    As mentioned, save up. Buy good gear(including a back protector). U-Haul is a decent option if you have no trailer. Whatever you end up buying, get a base line suspension setup done on it. Ask Shah, he knows a good guy for that. If he is going to give/loan you warmers get proper track tires and find out the correct pressures.

    Only other thing I would say is if you are doing trackdays, and I suppose in general, be mindful of who you listen to. Everyone and their dog seems to want to give out advice at TDs and half of it is wrong/bad.

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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    I started saving up in the spring. Literally just taking out cash here and there and throwing it in a shoe box.....if my wife finds it, I'm toast LOL!
    Ya he is a great guy, too bad he went down on Sunday
    I'm considering just getting a street triple for the road and turning my zx6r into a track bike. MY suspension is already dialed in, has tons of goodies (SS lines, full exhaust, proper tune etc). But on that note, I will be purchasing a bike that will run me $8-$12k rather than getting a cheaper bike that is track ready which will cost me more $$ in the long run.
    Worse case scenario if I do change my mind about becoming a track junkie, I will have a couple grand saved up to spend on something else
    Would you guys recommend doing FAST phase 3&4 or save up that money and put it towards a bike and just teach myself and learn with time?

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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    Do phase 2 of fast.
    It focuses more on body position, learning lines and braking zones.

    You will learn more in an afternoon of proper instruction than prob 10 track days of figuring it out as you go.

    Learn the fundamentals and then play around with going faster.

    As n3wman said, everyone out there will gladly give you an opinion and most of it will be wrong.

    ...i would also look at picking up a well sorted out bike someone is selling. You will save TONS vs building yourself.
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    Re: Made my mind up, and I'm going to start tracking next season

    Quote Originally Posted by miggs View Post
    Do phase 2 of fast.
    It focuses more on body position, learning lines and braking zones.

    You will learn more in an afternoon of proper instruction than prob 10 track days of figuring it out as you go.

    Learn the fundamentals and then play around with going faster.

    As n3wman said, everyone out there will gladly give you an opinion and most of it will be wrong.

    ...i would also look at picking up a well sorted out bike someone is selling. You will save TONS vs building yourself.
    I have done both phase 1&2 at FAST. I found Phase 1 very helpful, phase 2 not so much. Maybe because before phase 1 I had never laid 2 wheels on a track (used to track my STI years ago). I will keep in touch with my friend that races with SOAR as he said there is a good chance some o his friends will be selling their bikes late fall/winter. Yes you are right, getting a track ready bike will save me lots of time and $$...good call.

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