Originally Posted by Gone Riding2day
Do you have any encouragement or advice for someone who has never had their bike on a track but it has been a goal for a long time?
Specifically how to get past the fear & trepidation and somehow enter the comfort zone to actually do it. At 58 likely I'm much older than most here with lots of riding before kids, then out of it for years (In 1986 had to sell my beloved '78 KZ1000 purchased new, because no time then no money to replace it later) Then I returned about 5 years ago with the purchase of my 919.
Not that it counts but I have done 5 track days at PIR in past 2 years in my car.
Last week I saw Mike Sullivan, one of our local bike heros, and he is suggesting I give his school a shot. Plus the new track is close.
[ SULLIVAN RACE SCHOOL ]
Street Rider - Level I
At the new track that just opened in November-The Ridge Motorsports Park
The Ridge Motorsports Park
I realize you asked Misti, but I think I can help a bit as we're not that far apart.
I turn 58 in March.
My situation was heavy riding in 70s, light in the 80s, hardly any in the 90s, totally off from 95 to 2005 when I bought the 919.
Did some Solo II for a few years as well.
I think it was 07 that I started doing some schools and track days.
At least one school a year, lots of track days.
Got my novice RR license last year, entered a GSXR750.
Did a short campaign, ended 11th in the points out of 36.
Over 3000 kms of track distance, no getoffs, but two off pavement excursions (1 on the 919 the other on the 750).
Your car track seat time should help, your brain already is conditioned for track atmosphere and pace, which is a huge help.
I ride on basis of being brittle and having a slower healing rate.
I ride on basis that I am not trying to make a career of it.
I ride of basis of staying within my limits, which are lower than the bike's limit, so there is always "chassis reserve".
I'm an absolute fiend about making sure the tires are warmed up before pushing harder.
I don't try to "race" at "track days".
When I race, I know I'm not going to win, but I also know I'll never be last even if I'm last into T1 on Lap 1 and take 2 laps to get good tire temp.
If I can start as late as I did, have big fun, not get hurt, and not trash equipment, then ANYBODY can.
I figure it's OK going to 70 or so age on a bike on the track, so you have lots of potential years left, maybe more if you can see yourself going past 70.
Go for it !!!!!!!!