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Apr 11th 2016, 10:07 AM   #16
 jared p's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
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Originally Posted by Ryfly
85 bucks is on Sundays and goes from 10 to 4, so basically a full track day. It looks like the Wednesday nights are no longer happening since code red did those. Shame..
awe snap. sundays from 10-4? thats pretty awesome actually, don't even have to take time off work

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Originally Posted by ridethepiggy
Well that's like the catch 22 isn't it?

How can we stir up interest this season if there isn't a track day to attend?
They've had years of dwindling numbers, especially since the rebuild. Either Spokane has no interest, or Inland Speed didn't know how to market anything properly. Look at Portland, there should be interest there but PIR has crap turnout for most track days. There are more people there on bicycle days than motorcycle days. It's no catch 22, motorcycles really are the minority, and we aren't spending a ton of dough comparably to others uses of the track.

Wanna stir up interest? It's simple, pack out the open days with motorcycles. Get all your buddies, and buddies buddies, and show up en force.
Apr 11th 2016, 10:14 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  Pullman, WA

  '73 CB350F, '86 VFR750F, '00 Aprilia RS250, '04 Aprilia RSV1000 R Factory(x2), '07 Star 1100 Classic
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Originally Posted by Ryfly
I'll still be attending the open road course days. Can't be beat for 85 bucks for a full day or 40 bucks on a wednesday afternoon. Hope to see some of you guys there and support our track.
Wait...wut? I'm down to drop a quick $85 to hit the track again...


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Originally Posted by Ryfly
85 bucks is on Sundays and goes from 10 to 4, so basically a full track day.
How about links to these events? Sharing is caring...you want more people to show, you gotta let them know!

/Johnnie Cochran
Apr 11th 2016, 10:34 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Spokane

  '10 SF1098S
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Originally Posted by jared p

Wanna stir up interest? It's simple, pack out the open days with motorcycles. Get all your buddies, and buddies buddies, and show up en force.
Yeah, I spend a good amount of time trying to reach out to people and talk about it but SCR isn't my business, you'd think they'd look for some pro bono advertising.

Not a single dealer in our area has ever mentioned track days or that we even have a track when I've visited.

CycleGear has a tiny little note on their bulletin board but I doubt 99% of the riders that visit there could tell me where that board is posted.

It's unfortunate that the numbers are dwindling, we have a great set-up for budget track time. The atmosphere is way less intimidating, it's easy to get started and it's very relaxed.

Here is the SCR homepage with dates:
http://www.spokanecountyraceway.com/#!road-course/c10x3

I've never seen spectators charged the $12 viewing fee but it may be different this year.
Apr 11th 2016, 01:19 PM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  Moscow, Idaho

  ZX450r
So these are the Open Test and Tune?

Do the bikes have their own session? How about the single-file cones IS put out in the newer section?

Not a lot of info offered on the SCR website.....

I'm game if someone can get a little more info out there.

and yes....I called. I just get a recording.

Edited by cjohns on Apr 11th 2016 at 01:24 PM
Apr 11th 2016, 02:08 PM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  Spokane

  2015 BMW S1000RR
The last several test and tunes I attended, ran by Code Red, did not have the single file cones that IS put in because they run cars also, so I would anticipate no cones now if there will also be cars on the track.

And charging $12 for spectators at a track day is a little ridiculous... That'll likely hurt their attendance. I know at a lot of the IS and Code Red track days, people would bring their families and such and make a day out of it. Don't see that happening if you have to pay $12 each just to sit in the pits.
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Apr 11th 2016, 02:43 PM   #21
 
  Jan 2016
  Spokane, WA

  1299 Panigale Anniversario #81, 2006 GSX-R 1000
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Originally Posted by cjohns
So these are the Open Test and Tune?

Do the bikes have their own session? How about the single-file cones IS put out in the newer section?

Not a lot of info offered on the SCR website.....

I'm game if someone can get a little more info out there.

and yes....I called. I just get a recording.
The bikes do have their own session, and like bosemensch said, last year there were no cones which I liked quite a bit more. You also get quite a bit of track time, since there are only 2 groups alternating. I went last year on a wednesday night and got 4 sessions before the sun went down. So on a sunday I can see easily getting 6-7 or more sessions for 85 bucks.
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Apr 11th 2016, 07:33 PM   #22
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need more info but for a $85 dollar "test n tune" day with alternating half hour sessions...sounds like a track junkies dream
Apr 11th 2016, 08:56 PM   #23
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  Jan 2016
  Spokane Valley

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Originally Posted by BoseMensch
The last several test and tunes I attended, ran by Code Red, did not have the single file cones that IS put in ...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryfly
...last year there were no cones which I liked quite a bit more...
The cones were put there for your safety.
It was something Sullivan Racing came up with right after the track was reconfigured, and Inland Speed copied; the idea was to force you to slow down a bit before the long straight to help you avoid the new wall.

KevinD
Apr 12th 2016, 01:34 AM   #24
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  Jan 2016
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The day I went out with Code Red, the riders discussed and we opted to skip the cones and just be cognizant that we were riding toward a Jersey barrier. In order to do the cones with cars in the other session they would have had to be re-placed each session, and in a hurry. Which means they very likely would be placed differently each time.

I was never a fan of the cones in the first place. I understand the rationale, but the narrow passage had me looking down instead of through the corner. I felt far safer running without them, using my own judgement as to when and how far to open the throttle.
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Apr 12th 2016, 04:13 AM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  Spokane

  '10 SF1098S
Quote:
Originally Posted by cjohns
So these are the Open Test and Tune?

Do the bikes have their own session? How about the single-file cones IS put out in the newer section?

Not a lot of info offered on the SCR website.....

I'm game if someone can get a little more info out there.

and yes....I called. I just get a recording.
I attended about 10-12 of these last season so I could probably answer a lot of the basic questions for you!

Bikes run their own session alternating with the car session.

No cones in the chicane, like others pointed out.
Here's a 15-minute session video if you wanted to check out a lap or two:


No tech inspect, no rider chat before going out. Usually it's the same riders out there or a new rider is coming in with someone experienced. The mantra is "get out there, have fun, don't kill yourself".

I'm usually running about 70% on the Wednesday sessions and a little harder on the Sunday sessions. It's nice to be out there but I'm not exactly on a track purpose bike.
Apr 12th 2016, 04:55 AM   #26
 
  Jan 2016
  Spokane, WA

  1299 Panigale Anniversario #81, 2006 GSX-R 1000
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Originally Posted by Burphel
The day I went out with Code Red, the riders discussed and we opted to skip the cones and just be cognizant that we were riding toward a Jersey barrier. In order to do the cones with cars in the other session they would have had to be re-placed each session, and in a hurry. Which means they very likely would be placed differently each time.

I was never a fan of the cones in the first place. I understand the rationale, but the narrow passage had me looking down instead of through the corner. I felt far safer running without them, using my own judgement as to when and how far to open the throttle.

Agreed and well said.
Apr 12th 2016, 08:47 AM   #27
 
  Apr 2016
  Spokane Valley

I just swung by the last one to spectate. Didn't have the bike ready and had other things going on anyway. I was charged the $12 to spectate so I probably won't be going back too much this summer to watch and hang out which is a bummer. They charge at the gate now as well. Also, while they normally do two groups, this one was three as they had a bunch of actual car racers from the Tri Cities come up and run as well as a bunch of never been on the track car drivers. So there were 2 car sessions and one bike session per hour. I don't know about Code Red being kicked out as Cody was still there and running the show. There were only 5 bikes there in the morning and then my buddy showed up in the afternoon to make 6.

I unfortunately can't make this Sunday but I am hoping to be at the first one in May.
Apr 13th 2016, 08:31 AM   #28
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  Jan 2016
  Moscow, Idaho

  ZX450r
So, looks like next session coming up this Sunday, April 17.

Weather looks like it's gonna be great. Gonna try to get out there if I can.
Apr 13th 2016, 11:40 AM   #29
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So, looks like next session coming up this Sunday, April 17.

Weather looks like it's gonna be great. Gonna try to get out there if I can.
get us seattle folks some info if ya can. i may drag 8-10 bikes over with me if the deal is good enough
Apr 13th 2016, 01:37 PM   #30
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

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Originally Posted by jared p
get us seattle folks some info if ya can. i may drag 8-10 bikes over with me if the deal is good enough
Heck yeah. Cheap track time. D.O.N.E.

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