How Much Street Riding Experience Should I have Before Attending a Track Day? - Yamaha R3 Forum
User Tag List

 3Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 Old 03-20-2019, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
How Much Street Riding Experience Should I have Before Attending a Track Day?

Maybe I'm looking at this the wrong way, but I see track events as a way to hone my riding abilities in a relatively safe environment. Of course, the plan would be novice classes and my goal wouldn't be to set fast laps, rather my concern is just gaining experience and getting better. Everything I learn there will make me a better and safer street rider. Am I looking at this the wrong way though?

Ultimately the bulk, if not all of my riding would eventually be at the track at some point.

For whatever it's worth I do have track experience in my car.
Jay86 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 Old 03-20-2019, 07:35 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 311
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 74 Post(s)
If you feel comfortable going full throttle up to 100mph, can operate your clutch and shifter smoothly, and can assess how much you need to slow down to make turns you'll be fine. First few sessions in C group everyone is still feeling out the track anyways so you'll just pick up speed as the day goes on. I say start gearing up now if you haven't already so the expenses don't hit you all at once.
airhead83 likes this.

Milc
Milc is online now  
post #3 of 14 Old 03-20-2019, 09:24 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Honestly, very little experience. Most track days have skill level groups and the lowest skill level group are all pretty new and typically aren't pushing it at all. As long as you know how to ride a bike, I'd say go.

-Ryan
Ryan3 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 14 Old 03-21-2019, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
I can operate everything smoothly, but I'm not rev matching downshifts yet.

To start, I was expecting something at this pace:

[YT]EJQaKf3txVg[/YT]

Is that typical pace for all novice level classes?

Thanks.
Jay86 is offline  
post #5 of 14 Old 03-21-2019, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
youtube.com/watch?v=EJQaKf3txVg
Jay86 is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 03-21-2019, 11:17 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 88
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
That is an excellent course, and if you have the opportunity to do it, I strongly encourage it.


As for riding experience before doing that, you should be able to operate the motorcycle without having to explicitly think about it - you have to be past the "Which lever does the brake" and "what does a clutch do" phase. Being able to rev-match downshifts is a would-be-nice, but not essential yet.
GoFaster is online now  
post #7 of 14 Old 03-22-2019, 12:30 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 311
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 74 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoFaster View Post
That is an excellent course, and if you have the opportunity to do it, I strongly encourage it.


As for riding experience before doing that, you should be able to operate the motorcycle without having to explicitly think about it - you have to be past the "Which lever does the brake" and "what does a clutch do" phase. Being able to rev-match downshifts is a would-be-nice, but not essential yet.
Rev-match downshifting isn't really necessary on bikes. Wet clutch handles the abuse way better than a car would but at the end of the day it's all rider preference. I do it when I'm gradually slowing down on the streets but when I'm hard on the brakes I just let my clutch sort out the engine speed. Both work good.

Milc
Milc is online now  
post #8 of 14 Old 03-22-2019, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Awesome, I'm definitely going to signup then. I'm comfortable in being able to handle the bike safely and smoothly, I'm just worried about my pace being too slow and holding other riders up or the class expecting too much too soon. The way California Super Bike School structures their novice classes sounds perfect and I'm hoping I can find a similar structure.

Unfortunately I don't have them in my area though.

I have evolvegt.com and n2td.org if anyone is familiar with those guys.
Jay86 is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 03-22-2019, 11:22 AM
Member
 
oldbonez's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 40
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Wink

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jay86 View Post
Awesome, I'm definitely going to signup then. I'm comfortable in being able to handle the bike safely and smoothly, I'm just worried about my pace being too slow and holding other riders up or the class expecting too much too soon.
IMO, if you're comfortable on the bike and with passing and being passed, you'll be fine and have a blast. Every first timer worries that they'll be too slow but there's always someone faster and always someone slower. Don't be shy about talking to the trackday providers to show you some lines, they are there to help. You'll also wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
Kojiiro likes this.

Do you have to leave so soon? I was just about to poison the tea.
oldbonez is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 03-31-2019, 08:29 AM
Senior Member
 
Kojiiro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: San Diego
Posts: 2,453
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 962 Post(s)
The only shitty thing about track days is that it’s more addicting than buying parts. I think I did 19 track days from April 2017 until June 2018. Then I did a 7 month deployment and did 4 trackdays after getting back in the middle of winter in less than a month lol. It’s addicting.
Kojiiro is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Yamaha R3 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Advantages of a Motorcycle Track Day track2u Track Days, Racing Courses And Events 2 01-23-2018 11:12 PM
Message to Newbies and Beginner Track Riders Yamfanr3 Introductions 2 08-10-2017 09:42 PM
Interested In Track Riding? TSTagent Track Days, Racing Courses And Events 5 08-19-2016 12:30 PM
The "Thinking about a Track Day" Thread Stirz Track Days, Racing Courses And Events 47 03-09-2016 09:19 PM
Beginner-Ish Sportbike Shootout YamahaR3Admin Yamaha YZF-R3 News 17 07-30-2015 12:05 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome