Join Date: May 2001
Motorcycle: Whatever oldgixxer has in his garage...
Re: Looking to Start Racing
First off, go do a beginner track school.
In your area, Sportbike Track Time is the organization to go with. We have a few of their coaches on the site. They offer a fantastic beginner program.
Once you make your way up the ladder, and when you are about mid-pack advanced group, that would be a good time to think about racing.
And as you move up the ladder in terms of speed and track experience, you will realize what you need, what you don't need, what is going to be wasted money (horsepower), and what is going to be worthwhile money (suspension, brakes, tires).
You will also realize what you will need to take with you to the track.
Never go alone. That is a bad idea. And don't ride your bike to the track. Another bad idea.
Bring a pop-up canopy, some folding chairs, lots of water and sports drinks, plenty of healthy food full of protein, and enough tools to work on the basics of the bike.
Bring both keys to the bike. Leave one in the ignition, and one keep in your tow vehicle.
Get a good tire pressure gauge. Motion-Pro sells one that is fantastic.
Make sure your have new-ish tires, fresh brake fluid, and plenty of meat on the brake pads.
Make sure the bike doesn't leak any fluids.
Drain the old antifreeze, flush the system with water, and refill it with distilled water and Water Wetter.
Tape up your lights and turn signals, and unplug them at the connectors.
Remove your license plate.
Listen to the instructors and pay close attention to the part about flags.
Leave your ego at the door.
Work on line first. Learn the track.
Then work on body position.
Repeat those two things over and over and over.
Do not try to be fast. The instructors won't be impressed by your speed, and you aren't going to set any lap records or win the track day.
Bring a small fan to put your helmet on between sessions to dry it out.
Used to race, used to be fast, won a few championships.
"Anyone who believes that slow and steady wins the race has never been in a race" - Me
Rest in peace Dad... I love you, and I miss you. 05.18.43 - 10.11.10