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Hey Everyone,

I finally registered for my first 2 track days on Monday and Tuesday of next week. I know that doesn't sound like much, but to me it is. If you know anything from my previous forums, and or topic I have responded to, this is something I have always wanted to do and now am getting the chance. As my wife didn't want me to take my ZX6R (She is super attached to it), she insisted if I was going to do this to get a second bike. So I did. Between October and May I slowly but surely started and finished my 2007 GSXR 600 Track Build. I like the way it turned out. Although this is a ZX6R forum, I still want to show you the completed project. Then I decided to order the gear. (I have a bit of a problem wearing things others have, so I had to get my own new). Special shout out to Sportbike Track Gear for helping me with the multiple sizing issues I had when it came to finding the gear that would fit. It appears I am not a common size, and need to loose about 10 pounds. In the end it all worked out. There customer service has always helped me out in the past, and even through the multiple returns I had to make over the last month or so.

So once the bike was complete, tuned, and all the gear was in, I felt I should take a ride in it all so it wouldn't be my first time both riding the bike and wearing gear at my first track day. Needless to say, after putting that gear on, I waited another week to go to the track as I wanted to spend more time in it on the street breaking it in and seeing how I can move with it on. (I'm sure everyone I passed was thinking "who does this kid think he is")

So now that I am one weekend away from my first track day I am hoping I have everything ready. I have watched numerous videos and read the forum to see what I should take and can expect from my first day at the track. I hope it goes well. With that being said, will any of you be riding at Mid-Ohio on July 9th or 10th? If so, maybe we can meet up for a minute.

Sorry to place this image here, but I thought I would show everyone how my winter project ended up.
 

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Mid Ohio doesn't have shit for grip until after 12:00...but you'll hear that a whooollleee lot from the locals there.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Seriously. Ask away, it's far better to ask than to do something completely stupid because you didn't want to ask or impose on someone. You'll probably get a fair amount of help from the others there - first timers tend to stick out rather well...not in a bad way, just in the way of "It's very clear he hasn't done this before" :D
 

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Bike looks great.

I like Mid-Ohio, and sorry will be missing it this year.

Since your in Novice, don't worry about grip at all. (might ask tire guys about tire pressure for your tires, different per brand)
They will ask who has never done a track day. That will put you in a sub group 5 or 6.
First session they will go over lines, inside, outside and race.

After the second or third session when they open it up a little most coaches ask how was it. Slow, fast just right.

If you feel it's way to slow they will bump you up a group or two until you make it to one in the novice group.
Drink a lot, way more than you think. Two days together, sure hope your in good shape. My legs are toast after one.

About riding in all your gear, I have a two piece that was originally for the track. Now it's worn when I ride on the street, only modification I took the knee pucks off.
If I go down, my hide will be pleased. And just like my track riding, I don't need anyone's approval or care what they think. ATGATT.
 

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I tend to camp overnight at the track for the weekend... EZ-up (shade is your friend), truck-and-trailer, sleepin bag, 5gal can of spare gas, a tool kit (just in case), tire pressure gauge, and a cooler full of ice n water is pretty much all I take. It's like regular camping, youre always gonna come overpacked but sometimes better to overpack then underpack. Just don't get drunk the night before and drink an energy drink just before lunch so you don't get all sleepy and complacent after lunch when digesting. as someone said before, just ONE track day (when out of shape) will be a hell of a leg workout.

take pics!

edit: DONT FORGET YOUR KEY!!!
 

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Mid-Ohio provides lunch. Nothing fancy but makes it handy. (unless they changed) Used to give out PTR t-shirts. Guess they didn't like the free advertising.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback everyone. Me and my wife made it home safely and in one piece after my first 2 days at the track. Here is a little recap for those interested.

Sunday Night: Arrived at the hotel around 10:30pm, and I didn't sleep much as I was excited for the next day.

Monday:
We arrived early, got into our garage, set everything up and met a few people right off the go. Although I didn't know anyone there, those in the 3 garages around me were very welcoming. Shortly after tech and the riders meeting I was off to the novice meeting. There were a few others who had never done a track day and I was placed in group 7. It appeared to be a pretty busy day, and there were a lot of riders in each of the skill levels. After the 2nd session I moved into group 6 with another rider as I felt that I could get a bit more out of group 6. Rode in group 6 for a session and we were off to lunch. Rode session 4, decided I needed a break in 5, rode 6, and did not ride 7. In total, 5 out 7 session completed and I was spent. As I had the garage for both days, It was an easy pack up and back to the hotel for the night. My wife and I got some pizza and I was in bed by 7:30pm.

Tuesday:
Arrived early again, quickly set some things up, checked the bike over to make sure everything was still good, met some more new people, tech and riders meeting. Back to the novice group meeting. There were only 18 of us in the novice group so it was groups were broken up into 4 or 5 riders per group. I started out in group 3 of 4. Rode session 1 and 2 and 3. After lunch, I felt that I could move into group 2. Rode session 4 and felt good. I felt that the pace was good, and I wasn't riding above my level. Came back in for the meeting, and was unsure if I was going to ride session 5. By the time we were ready for session 5, I thought I felt good. I was wrong. Complete the first lap and coming into turn 1, I made a mistake and ended up cutting it really sure which lead me to hit the raised area between the end of pit lane and turn 1. I immediately started to lose control, let off the gas and didn't touch the breaks. Lucky for me I was able to keep it up. At that moment I decided this was not my session and put my hand up and headed to the pit. I should have known better. I made it back to the garage, stripped off all my gear, cleared my head, hydrated and rested. Met with the group after the meeting and spoke with the coach. Rain clouds were in sight and I knew I only had one session left in me. I didn't want to go out on a bad note and also felt much better. Finished up session 6, spoke with the coach, packed up and left.

Lessons Learned:

Listen to myself the first time like I did on day 1. If I have any doubt, stay off the track.

I have a new understanding of what fast is. I am no where near it, don't plan on being anytime soon, and am perfectly fine in the novice group.

Overall I had a great time, learned a lot of things, and am looking forward to the next one. Be safe out there everyone. I have gained a great amount of respect for many of you after this weekend.
 

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Well. At least ya stayed up. It's a good lesson I guess. I've sat out sessions, come in early others. Sometimes you're just beat and that doesn't work out ever.

Hopefully you had a good time and will be going back soon. It's wild how much faster you get can in 4-5 track days.
 

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FWIW, my fastest times at any track I've been to have always been when I felt tired as shit, to the point that I wanted to pit in because I was so exhausted. I don't really understand why, but definitely a trend I've noticed a while ago.
 

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FWIW, my fastest times at any track I've been to have always been when I felt tired as shit, to the point that I wanted to pit in because I was so exhausted. I don't really understand why, but definitely a trend I've noticed a while ago.
Tryna get back to the pits faster :laugh
 

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Well. At least ya stayed up. It's a good lesson I guess. I've sat out sessions, come in early others. Sometimes you're just beat and that doesn't work out ever.

Hopefully you had a good time and will be going back soon. It's wild how much faster you get can in 4-5 track days.
I am sure the speed will come. I was comfortable where I was at, and asked for a little more. Then became comfortable at that pace. I know that a lot of people talk about pushing limits and stuff. I am not going to track days to impress anyone. I am just trying to improve my riding and have fun. Now I am sitting here looking at my planner to see where I should go next as the next days aren't scheduled until the end of august. I am thinking summit point on the 23rd.
 

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#1 reason I love recruiting the stereotypical road warrior hot shit friends of mine from the sportbike world of the streets that have never done a track day. everyone's "fast" until they hit a real track and learn some new things!

congrats on a successful day!
 

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I am sure the speed will come. I was comfortable where I was at, and asked for a little more. Then became comfortable at that pace. I know that a lot of people talk about pushing limits and stuff. I am not going to track days to impress anyone. I am just trying to improve my riding and have fun. Now I am sitting here looking at my planner to see where I should go next as the next days aren't scheduled until the end of august. I am thinking summit point on the 23rd.
Summit Point is a nice little track. It's FAST!! Super smooth now that they repaved it completely. Paddock leaves a bit to be desired but oh well...can't have it all I guess.
 

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Making that far on your second day is pretty amazing. Did you think that it would take as much effort as it did?

I am wondering, so how did your legs fair on day 2 and 3 after the track days.


Keep in mind, being the fastest in advance pay's as well as being the slowest in novice.
 

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Keep in mind, being the fastest in advance pay's as well as being the slowest in novice.
This I think was the best piece of advice I personally have ever received from instructors besides the typical "remember to have fun, don't let it get too serious". I personally believe you'll get much faster and overall "better" if you remind yourself to focus on learning your form and the race lines unique to whatever track youre on. The speed will come naturally as the confidence builds.

It's an expensive hobby, doesn't need to be a job too (unless you want it to be). :devilish
 

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#1 reason I love recruiting the stereotypical road warrior hot shit friends of mine from the sportbike world of the streets that have never done a track day. everyone's "fast" until they hit a real track and learn some new things!
congrats on a successful day!

I'm sure you do. I have been riding for just over 10 years now, started on a Ninja 250, moved to soon to an R6, thought I was hot shit, and being stupid laid it down a few times. Got rid of it, cleared my head, matured up and bought another R6 rode it for many years until I sold it, followed that with my ZX6R, and and added my GSXR 600 Track Bike. Any of the guys I rode with years ago have since sold their bikes, or crashed and couldn't afford another. Its funny you say hot shit friends. I have a good buddy who had a built up ZX10R, that has very little miles. I never got to ride with him, but he talked about how fast it was Others who did said sure he was quick on a straight, but couldn't do anything once the bends started. What he had on the odometer total was less then I would put down in a summer.

It was a a great experience, and now that I have had two days away, I want to go back. As the next mid ohio session isn't for a while, my wife is supportive of going to Summit Point on the 23rd of this month. So that will be the next one. I could care less about long straights, I like a nice turn, with some elevation changes. Just like it was when I rode on the back country roads. The track however, is safer and I can safely improve my riding.
 

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...Its funny you say hot shit friends. ...
Yes sir, and don't let me fool you, I was the stereotypical weave through traffic excessively and without and real reason sportbike guy (especially on a group ride) until I did my first track day... calmed WAY down after that! hahaha yeah I live around Dallas so ive got a couple acquaintances that Ive tried to bring to the track and the response is usually "I'm too fast for the track" (my personal favorite) or "im already close to killin myself on the street, the track is a sure thing". Other excuses include the price of doing a track day but they have all types of moneys for bolt-ons and cool-lookin plastics and customs. One of buddies rides like that on his street rides but his wife wont let him do a track day (so he says) lol.
 
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