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    Re: Race prep.


    I never touched a track before I decided to start racing and took the Penguin License class. Its not for everyone but with the right mindset to take things one step at a time it can be done. Your learning curve will probably be longer but as you go you will find that you will probably start out slow but take out big chunks of time as you get more comfortable. Good Luck. BTW where are you located?

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    Re: Race prep.

    Get yourself something like this Safety Wire Drill Jig for Metric Bolts - Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies, a cheap drill press,a lot of drill bits, and go to town. There is a trick to doing it but it's something you have to figure out on your own. I did one of my bikes with 2 drills bits. I had another guy use about 6 bits on one bolt.

    I'll add in my 2 cents since other seem to about being ready to go racing. It's a mindset thing. You need to be ready to go out every time and learn something. You also need to have a short memory with most people. 99.9% of the people you are racing are good people and sometimes make mistakes. Sometimes their mistakes involve you. You need to be able to forgive and move on. There are a lot of mistakes in the novice class. The other .1% of the people are assholes and don't generally stick around long so don't worry about them.

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    Re: Race prep.

    Lots of great advice here. As someone who's done many track days but never raced, I salute your courage and wish you a long and healthy education.

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    Re: Race prep.

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Meh. I never did track days before I raced. To each their own.

    I also crashed...a lot... So keep that in mind too...
    I never did track days before I raced. I didnt crash a lot.

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    Re: Race prep.

    Thank you all for the advice.

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    Re: Race prep.

    Quote Originally Posted by GingahNinjah View Post
    I never touched a track before I decided to start racing and took the Penguin License class. Its not for everyone but with the right mindset to take things one step at a time it can be done. Your learning curve will probably be longer but as you go you will find that you will probably start out slow but take out big chunks of time as you get more comfortable. Good Luck. BTW where are you located?
    I'm in the Springfield mass area

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    Re: Race prep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    I never did track days before I raced. I didnt crash a lot.
    Back when men were men...

    And Richie was $$$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Back when men were men...

    And Richie was $$$$.
    Oh the Dolla is still there, just very deep inside me, nested deep in the very bowels of my soul.



    ... wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pookie View Post
    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    Re: Race prep.

    Just be careful sending it into t3 the first time.
    Other than that, ride fast, ride smart.

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    I live in Springfield and would be happy to drink a Moscow Mule and guide you through the process of wiring the bike - but I won't do the work. I agree with others that if you are going to go racing - get to know the bike intimately.

    I can also provide some answers if you want to do a trackday or two first.

    While I didn't do trackdays before I went racing - it's only because there were none. Seems a bit silly to me to do it now, but that is your call.

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    Re: Race prep.

    Learning to ride on the track and learning racecraft aren't mutually exclusive. It can make it harder to learn both at once, than one at a time. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of more people interested in taking the plunge to start racing. A couple of track days before the flag drops won't hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    Oh the Dolla is still there, just very deep inside me, nested deep in the very bowels of my soul.



    ... wait
    Took me a second. Then I got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTD View Post
    I live in Springfield and would be happy to drink a Moscow Mule and guide you through the process of wiring the bike - but I won't do the work. I agree with others that if you are going to go racing - get to know the bike intimately.

    I can also provide some answers if you want to do a trackday or two first.

    While I didn't do trackdays before I went racing - it's only because there were none. Seems a bit silly to me to do it now, but that is your call.
    That's sounds good. When I get my track bike and I got to do the wiring the more the merrier. And I am more than willing to hit up a track day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnpewpew View Post
    That's sounds good. When I get my track bike and I got to do the wiring the more the merrier. And I am more than willing to hit up a track day.
    Sounds good... and I got a track ready CBR1000rr for sale. Swing by the Palmer trackdays in a few weeks... nice and close to Springfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTD View Post
    Sounds good... and I got a track ready CBR1000rr for sale. Swing by the Palmer trackdays in a few weeks... nice and close to Springfield.
    Are the track days open to spectators

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    Yes they are

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    Re: Race prep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnpewpew View Post
    Are the track days open to spectators
    You definitely can. If you are available Friday or Saturday come down and check out Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, CT.

    Palmer is a crappy track to spectate as you can't really see much, but Thompson is really great for that if you can make it down.

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    Definitely Thompson is the better track to watch the bikes... either is fine to get a feel for the trackday environment. Thompson is only about an hour from Spfld if you want to head there (this Friday and Saturday we'll be there)

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    I want to hear the color commentary tony provides as OP drills and safety wires his bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    You definitely can. If you are available Friday or Saturday come down and check out Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, CT.

    Palmer is a crappy track to spectate as you can't really see much, but Thompson is really great for that if you can make it down.
    This weekend?
    ... I didint read the post below.
    Ya I'm sure I got nothing going on Saturday I'll defiantly head down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isaac_ View Post
    I want to hear the color commentary tony provides as OP drills and safety wires his bike.


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    I'll make sure to have the Mic rolling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnpewpew View Post
    This weekend?
    ... I didint read the post below.
    Ya I'm sure I got nothing going on Saturday I'll defiantly head down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnpewpew View Post
    This weekend?
    ... I didint read the post below.
    Ya I'm sure I got nothing going on Saturday I'll defiantly head down.


    I will be on a Black and Yellow Aprilia #39. Come over and say hi. I'll be in the garages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post


    I will be on a Black and Yellow Aprilia #39. Come over and say hi. I'll be in the garages.
    Sure will.
    I'll see of my buddy...the one who I'm asking about the drilled bolts for, wants to go. He works nights so it's hard to get him to do things during the day

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    I'll be there, too. Black & Yellow bike, #81. Come say hi!

    I'll hunt you down if you don't

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