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post #1 of 18 Old 07-16-2009, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Woohoo! Instructional Track Day!

All signed up, august 21 Frank Kinsey Race School, 5 x 20 minute sessions at Palm Beach Speedway (Moroso)!

No real bike prep because it is the instructional day, just remove the mirrors and center stand, make sure the bike is tight and ready to go.

Need race boots and gloves, though, renting the leathers. Open to suggestions.

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they make you wear a full suit? (Leathers?) How much is the rental... My dad just bought a K1300s and it's only a matter of time before we go... His idea of "gear" is a pair of cut off gloves and boots! He did go out and buy a fullfaced helmet.

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they make you wear a full suit? (Leathers?) How much is the rental... My dad just bought a K1300s and it's only a matter of time before we go... His idea of "gear" is a pair of cut off gloves and boots! He did go out and buy a fullfaced helmet.
They're gettin' me for $75 if I can't find a cheap alternative.

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$75 doesn't sound so bad... what do they bang you for the track time?

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$250. First 20 minute session is pretty much single file follow the instructor to get comfortable with the lines. Next 4 x 20 min sessions are on your own with instructor moving around track and giving observations i between sessions.

Apparently, Moroso has a long straightaway. Kinsey said the trick for novices is to stay focused on their rides because there will be some riders who are using the track to prep for race day and they will be going by at 180+ on the straight.

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Ignore the instructors.
Blast the straights.
Slam on the brakes and camp in the corners.
Take a street bike.
Stare back at them when they start yelling.

or not...

listen, learn, have a blast

speed will come
smooth is fast

enjoy

relax

listen

think

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Ignore the instructors.
Blast the straights.
Slam on the brakes and camp in the corners.
Take a street bike.
Stare back at them when they start yelling.
Can't wait to employ this advice. Thank you!

I've built an entire career just staring at people when they yell at me!

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Good luck and have fun! Sounds like a blast, thanx for the quotes, too.

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Congratulations on the start of a new, very expensive hobby.
Have fun!

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Oh yeah, and change your tires if warned by tech.

Trying to squeeze an extra session or two out of them is not a recommended procedure....honest.

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Congrats Jon. Have fun out there and be safe.

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Just do the opposite of everything Ratdog does and you'll be fine. He's the official bad influence poster child.
Of course, don't ask me about Loudon.....

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Need race boots and gloves, though, renting the leathers. Open to suggestions.
Thanks to everyone for the good tidings.

As for boots-just any boots to get me through the day? There are some O'Neals out there for about $70, or cheaper if I go the craigslist route.

Thanks again, everyone.

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Don't skimp on equipment. Boots are critical along with gloves. Try flea bay or craigslist. Hell someone here might some gear to get rid of. Have fun and do the opposite of Ratdog and you'll be fine

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Don't skimp on equipment. Boots are critical along with gloves. Try flea bay or craigslist. Hell someone here might some gear to get rid of. Have fun and do the opposite of Ratdog and you'll be fine
To start with, will any boot be ok? I see some used boots on craigslist but they don't specify mx or racing or whatever. I don't want to skimp, so to speak, but I ain't ready to purchase a purpose built track bike just yet either, if you know what I mean.

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My SIDI's have saved me from a busted ankle more times than I care to count.

It's up to you, downside risk is pretty great on even a simple getoff...if there is such a thing.

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You want some armor on ankle and shin portions. Most of of the new road race boots have a strap or brace that keeps your ankle from twisting in a crash. You don't need to have a track bike to have a nasty fall. Better to plan for the crash than be sorry. Don't forget a back protector see if you can rent one. Here's a bunch of Sidi's on fleabay

sidi boots, great deals on eBay Motors on eBay!

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My SIDI's have saved me from a busted ankle more times than I care to count.

It's up to you, downside risk is pretty great on even a simple getoff...if there is such a thing.
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You want some armor on ankle and shin portions. Most of of the new road race boots have a strap or brace that keeps your ankle from twisting in a crash. You don't need to have a track bike to have a nasty fall. Better to plan for the crash than be sorry. Don't forget a back protector see if you can rent one. Here's a bunch of Sidi's on fleabay

sidi boots, great deals on eBay Motors on eBay!
Thanks, guys. I understand (and appreciate) what you guys are saying. So I will...uh... reorient my perspective a little bit and start working my through the above link.

thanks again,

Jon

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