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Do you have any info about sites on the other side of the continant? I live in beautiful, ride year round, ARIZONA!
Even though it's North East they MIGHT cover the whole USA as an organization. I thought that too when a friend told me about it, but checked it out and they were in the Midwest also!! I poked around looks like they don't cover AZ.
Bummer. But I guarentee there's tracks near you that do cycle track days. I didn't wanna go at first becuase of how much it cost. But after doing it, now I'm like "Pffft... $194 for a day of this fun?
?? I'M IN!!!!" I started poking around and found tons of "track day" sights: MAM riders club, Trackaddix.com stuff like that. I have not done a second track day yet, but I think I will in the future. You could goto your nearest track's website, look for the motorcycle days and see who it's hosted by - that will get you going.
Something to keep in mind cost wise: it is possible to burn thru your tires in a day of HARD riding. I noticed significant wear but I didn't have to replace them. We all know costs involved to replace tires and stuff... keep it in mind. OOOOOH but it's SO MUCH FUN!!!
A rider's manual covers track days in detail
but basically for the intro thingy, your bike must be in excellent shape, not leaking or rattling, good tread on tires, you need helmet, good gloves, protective jacket, boots, --- jeans are fine for the intro class but if you continue on, I think you're required to get pants too. The parts about 'safety wiring' all your bolts won't apply to intro people, nor do you have to flush your coolant and use only water. It's ALL designed around safety and all makes great sense. Some rules vary per track.
Mcyote: yeah that's easy peel painters masking tape from local hardware store, and a pocket knife to trim it nicely
I went ahead and left the lights turned on and fuses intact. Kept it on low beam and sort of hoped the wind speed would keep it cool. No prob - the tape peeled right off and wasn't very hot really. I WAS gonna just pull the wire off the bulbs. For MY runs I pulled everything I could off the bike: mirrors, reflectors, license plate, back handle bar, covered all plastics, emptied out the back seat storage, removed the fuzzy dice... for the intro didn't really have to do more than mirrors, and tape everything. Just depends on how far you wanna take it.
Read thru the 'manual' a couple times to soak it up and you'll get the flow. Seemed like a lot fo reading to a newb like me, but wasn't too bad:
I hope you find a place to go. I'm sure others will back me when I say the track is literally 10 times the fun and safety of street riding!!!
To the wannabees: This was something I watched from a far and thought "Well that's too cool, but I'll never get to ride on a track... I don't know anything, have no skillz, am not fast..." When the free thing came my way I thought why not, and now I have really cool looking pics, videos and memories of ME BEING the racer!!! You can too.