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Apr 13th 2016, 02:17 PM   #31
 
  Jan 2016
  Spokane, WA

  1299 Panigale Anniversario #81, 2006 GSX-R 1000
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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

What would you guys like to know? I will hopefully be there Sunday as well, but most everything I can think of has been covered already. Would LOVE to see that many bikes make a trip over!
Apr 13th 2016, 02:49 PM   #32
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the website just says bikes must have boots and full leathers so...any tech info, iever the ankle boots, gloves over the wrist etc, is there a limit to the amount of riders per session, passing rules or any such thing, rider/driver meetings? will there be medics on site? i dunno just, give us a fair shakedown with whatever info you get so i can use it to convince more people to come ride. there seems to be two accounts of sessions being alternating 30's or 3 sets of 20min sessions so, is that an event by event change etc cuz i'd rather pick they day they're doing 30s for example

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Apr 14th 2016, 08:58 AM   #33
 
  Apr 2016
  Spokane Valley

It is a very relaxed deal. Your best judgement on boots. I haven't seen anyone out there without actual motorcycle boots though. Leave your UGGs at home Same with gloves. No limit to riders/session as the average is between 3 and maybe 15.

No passing rules, or any rules for that matter. Todd, Mitch and other fast guys will come around the outside of you in turn 9 dragging elbows, shoulder, helmets etc at double your speed or so it seems! Also will blow by you like you are painted on the wall on the front straight. Basically police yourself, maintain your line, they will find a way around you. Also it seems like most use their best judgement when passing. If it looks sketchy don't force it. We are all there to have a good time.

No tech. Unfortunate but not really a deal breaker, never seen any super ragged or dangerous bikes. Also, no tech for cars either.

Drivers/riders meeting at the start to figure out the session arrangement. Some "fast" car drivers are kind of jerky and will want two sessions so they don't have to share it with "noobs" so that is when it goes to 20 minutes sessions. If everyone is there to have a good time and the car turnout is less than expected it will probably be 30s. Sometimes it even goes 20 on 20 off as the car turnout is low. On a Wed. night last year I probably did 6 or 7 sessions! In 3 hours! Absolute hit or miss. Medics are on site and ready to go plus you are only maybe 10-15 minutes away from two hospitals.

Important thing to remember is you are sharing it with cars so make your warmup lap at a slower pace to be able to check out corners for gravel and dirt. Last year we had to broom a corner once or twice.
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Apr 14th 2016, 10:57 AM   #34
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It is a very relaxed deal. Your best judgement on boots. I haven't seen anyone out there without actual motorcycle boots though. Leave your UGGs at home Same with gloves. No limit to riders/session as the average is between 3 and maybe 15.

No passing rules, or any rules for that matter. Todd, Mitch and other fast guys will come around the outside of you in turn 9 dragging elbows, shoulder, helmets etc at double your speed or so it seems! Also will blow by you like you are painted on the wall on the front straight. Basically police yourself, maintain your line, they will find a way around you. Also it seems like most use their best judgement when passing. If it looks sketchy don't force it. We are all there to have a good time.

No tech. Unfortunate but not really a deal breaker, never seen any super ragged or dangerous bikes. Also, no tech for cars either.

Drivers/riders meeting at the start to figure out the session arrangement. Some "fast" car drivers are kind of jerky and will want two sessions so they don't have to share it with "noobs" so that is when it goes to 20 minutes sessions. If everyone is there to have a good time and the car turnout is less than expected it will probably be 30s. Sometimes it even goes 20 on 20 off as the car turnout is low. On a Wed. night last year I probably did 6 or 7 sessions! In 3 hours! Absolute hit or miss. Medics are on site and ready to go plus you are only maybe 10-15 minutes away from two hospitals.

Important thing to remember is you are sharing it with cars so make your warmup lap at a slower pace to be able to check out corners for gravel and dirt. Last year we had to broom a corner once or twice.
sounds like my kinda track day. go have fun, don't be a dick. and it's cheap.
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Apr 14th 2016, 03:06 PM   #35
 
  Jan 2016
  Spokane, WA

  1299 Panigale Anniversario #81, 2006 GSX-R 1000
Also no taping of lights, mirrors, etc. Show up with your bike, and run it. As relaxed as you'll ever find. Not sure if anything will change now that code red isn't running the show, but hopefully I'll be there Sunday to find out.
Apr 16th 2016, 11:55 AM   #36
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  Jan 2016
  Moscow, Idaho

  ZX450r
IN!
Apr 16th 2016, 12:27 PM   #37
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle, WA

  Ducati + KTM
Darrel has stayed with me a few times here in Seattle over the last couple months, and while I don't want to speak for him, I will say it's unfortunate to hear how Spokane County is managing the track, which in turn has made it challenging for Darrel to host track days for the riding community.

I would advise voicing your concerns to Darrel and if enough people were seriously interested, something might happen. And more importantly, voicing your complaints towards Spokane County, although I don't know how effective that will really be.
Apr 19th 2016, 09:42 PM   #38
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  Jan 2016
  Moscow, Idaho

  ZX450r
Good fun! 2 car groups, and us. 6 of us.......I think I counted that correctly.

Couple things to keep in mind.

This isn't a typical "bike" track day. That's not at all to criticize, I had a great time, I think everyone else did too.

First couple laps should probably be sighting laps due to the fact that cars are out there. Check for gravel, fluid spills.

Should add here that the SRP guys were really approachable. If you found a problem they would for sure take care of it.

There just aren't the number of corner workers you might be used to. That means riding a bit more on the cautious side and staying more in your comfort zone. Basically, SRP ran the day with an entry marshal, corner 1, and corner 4 worker out on track.

Flagging system is a bit different. No cautions, only red, and a white or checkered flag at the end. Keep a heads up on who/how far others are in front of you.

No tech, so have a good idea of the condition of your bike and be honest about what you consider safe.

Track exit is not the typical track exit--The regular exit gate is closed. Exit to the outside/exit of Turn 9 back to track entrance. Just means being more careful coming into 9 if someone has a hand up.

Track entry is the gate at the top. That means you need to judge the traffic if you exit and come back, or start late.

Anyhow, bottom line----Different, still good. Just gotta take a few things into account.

Lots more test and Tune Days to come!
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