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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-02-2016, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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New track rider progress (5 track days in)

I bought a GSX-R600 from a friend at the track I hold a membership to (NYST) earlier this year, and learned to ride on the track. I have done 5 track days now and here's what my my progress looks like!

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It feels much more natural than it did at first. It's also a lot of fun. I know I have a ton of work to do on BP still but it's in progress! Of course, criticism is welcome.
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Bonus shot that I really like:
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Looking good and that's a beautiful bike! I think there's way too much emphasis on body position these days. It has its place and it's great to form good habits when you're starting out, but I've seen a lot of people completely obsessed with critiquing others based purely on pictures. Are you feeling comfortable?

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Looks like good progress.

So if I read this right, you've not ridden on the street?

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Looking good and that's a beautiful bike! I think there's way too much emphasis on body position these days. It has its place and it's great to form good habits when you're starting out, but I've seen a lot of people completely obsessed with critiquing others based purely on pictures. Are you feeling comfortable?
Thank you! I am, for the most part. I want to take a little pressure off my arms from what I hear as feedback. It's tough only using a single picture to compare.

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Looks like good progress.

So if I read this right, you've not ridden on the street?

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That's exactly correct. No street experience or license. I had ridden a dirtbike once before learning on the GSXR. It's easier and safer to learn on the track IMO.
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To get the pressure off your arms you need to engage your core

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I have seen you and the bike at NYST. I have been riding there since it opened. I also do corner work there. I usually ride in the intermediate group. But sometimes they let me put on a coaches vest and ride with people in the beginner group.

You seem to be doing well and have started off very, very good after only 5 days. Your bike stands out, the paint scheme is similar to my bike.

I am glad you are progressing well with no street experience. However, that is not the norm. Most with no or very little street experience struggle with track riding. Since I do corner work, I see some people who just aren't ready to ride on the track yet. They are riding upright and are too scared to ride over 50mph. Some have been pulled off the track. Too much of a hazard. IMO, the track is where you take your skills to the next level, not where you learn how to ride a motorcycle.

Maybe the next time we both are at NYST at the same time, I can come out in the beginners group and tow you around for a few laps.
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I learned how to ride in a mall parking lot back in the day. I'm not sure what to think with the prospect of "learning" how to ride at the track. On one hand it's very controlled and "safe" on the other the speed and risk to other riders is greater. I imagine that if you stay in the rookie/novice class until you're ready to move up and the officials at the track don't see anything really unsafe you're fine.

I'm heading to the NYST on the 19th (weather permitting). Maybe I'll see you there.

Those are some good pictures of you up top. Big improvements. Keep up the good work.

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I learned how to ride in a mall parking lot back in the day. I'm not sure what to think with the prospect of "learning" how to ride at the track. On one hand it's very controlled and "safe" on the other the speed and risk to other riders is greater. I imagine that if you stay in the rookie/novice class until you're ready to move up and the officials at the track don't see anything really unsafe you're fine.

I'm heading to the NYST on the 19th (weather permitting). Maybe I'll see you there.

Those are some good pictures of you up top. Big improvements. Keep up the good work.


I am in New Windsor, right across the bridge from you.
I am doing 6/13 at NYST. Not sure when my next day after that will be.
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Looks good. Great start. If you get a chance to ride with JFM do so...great guy.

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I am glad you are progressing well with no street experience. However, that is not the norm. Most with no or very little street experience struggle with track riding. Since I do corner work, I see some people who just aren't ready to ride on the track yet. They are riding upright and are too scared to ride over 50mph. Some have been pulled off the track. Too much of a hazard. IMO, the track is where you take your skills to the next level, not where you learn how to ride a motorcycle.
I've got the same reaction, street experience was key before I made the switch onto the track and I'm not sure how well it would have worked if I had done it the other way around.

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