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fanatic291 Dec 31st 2018 11:21 AM

Anticipating my first Track Day
 
I am relatively new to the forum and the PNW. I had planned to do a track day with my brother in southern california, but ended up moving over Thanksgiving, so my plans were pushed into the spring. I am hoping to go to the ridge with one of the providers on the forum.

I currently ride a 2016 Ninja ZX6r with an aerostitch. I am looking at options for leathers and wanted to get some advice for a track suit.

What shops are in the area to try brands and sizes? I have a super long torso and arms with stubby legs, so my 6'1" height rarely matches the size charts.

Are there companies that rent leathers for track days, or should I look at wearing my aerostitch for my first time?

I will be in the beginner group and probably sign up for the training. I have ridden for 6 years, but I want to get the insight from an instructor. I have really enjoyed listening to the Ken Hill poscasts after I noticed 2fast talking about his series.

I am excited for the 2019 riding season. Hopefully I will see some of you guys out there.

LaCorski Dec 31st 2018 11:43 AM

Good for you, I would highly recommend an instructor for your first day, I did and don't regret it. Now that I have a few track days down. I'm ready to take an advanced course. For suits, moto corsa probably has the largest selection but only a couple of brands. Cycle gear carry's a few as well. I went with Rev'it... luv it! Whatever fits you best however. Do your research you'll find what works. Reach out if you have any track day questions. Maybe we can hit a few together this year, I ride all of them in the PNW.

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jared p Dec 31st 2018 12:33 PM

OPRT allows textile suits in it's beginner class, and also has a beginner level school as well.

https://optimum-performance.org/

alienbogey Dec 31st 2018 12:38 PM

Watch craigslist for track leathers if you don't mind used, that's how I got mine. Many times they've not only never been down but also hardly used at all.

unicykle Dec 31st 2018 05:05 PM

Dont scimp on gear, and plan on a back protector when you size the suit, once you know your size craigslist can be your friend and you can always have it modified if needed. I kind of collect suits and have found some real deals on top end stuff.

Bowermad Dec 31st 2018 06:12 PM

All great advise. Most track day schools allow for zip together textile suits in the beginning groups.

2Fast is fantastic and well run. They will be at Pacific Raceways, The Ridge, and Oregon Pacific Raceway Park this coming year. Worth its weigh in Gold for the instruction and on track experience. They follow the Ken Hill philosophy and offer TrackDays with group or 1on1 instruction. I did a 1/2 day 1on1 last year at Pacific Raceway and it was a game changer.

MotoCorsa is one of the best places you can go to get fit for gear and find better prices than online 90% of the time. Just last Saturday I was in there and they had suits, pants, and jackets 30-50% off and a ton of sizes and styles. They also run TrackDays at The Ridge and one at PIR this coming year. PIR is super strict on exhaust so you either need to run a baffle or stock exhaust.

LaCorski Dec 31st 2018 07:57 PM

Just come out of turn 9 at half throttle, then pin it AFTER the foot bridge! The sensors are around the tower somewhere, that's the instruction I heard from a marshall last year on a BMW 1000RR that was too loud. Stay away from ICON helmets as well, they seem cheap to me and I read an article on here a few weeks back about a track banning them due to concussions after accidents, ALL involving only Icon. Don't hate me, just an opinion of one rider looking out for another.

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Syringe Jan 2nd 2019 09:26 AM

I commute daily with my Aerostich, and as others have mentioned, you can wear textile suits in the novice group with several local providers. Those suits are good protection. But, add things to it:

1. A real back protector (not the integral one they sell as an add-on).

2. Race/track boots with an exoskeleton and real armor that limit your ability to hyperextend your ankle in the event of a get-off.

3. Good armored gloves -- I am using Held Phantoms at the track - they were $200, but definitely worth the protection and feel at the controls.

4. A solid, good-fitting helmet.

Many of these things can be had for not that much money -- sportbiketrackgear.com has a bunch of close-outs now that may fill some of these needs.

As another poster mentioned - don't scrimp on gear - totally agree. The other area where a lot of guys try to save money is tires - don't do that. Buy good tires.

DGA Jan 3rd 2019 10:59 AM

Trying on gear is the only way to go and even then you'll probably find issues with it after riding for a bit. If you can get a suit tailored to your needs, like the Aerostitch, it can be worth the money. Also one that can be taken to a good tailor to adjust it for you is a good way to go too.

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Originally Posted by LaCorski (Post 52649)
Just come out of turn 9 at half throttle, then pin it AFTER the foot bridge! The sensors are around the tower somewhere, that's the instruction I heard from a marshall last year on a BMW 1000RR that was too loud. Stay away from ICON helmets as well, they seem cheap to me and I read an article on here a few weeks back about a track banning them due to concussions after accidents, ALL involving only Icon. Don't hate me, just an opinion of one rider looking out for another.

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PIR has gone to a moving sound monitor and at undisclosed locations around the track.

https://optimum-performance.org/soun...toring-at-pir/

LaCorski Jan 3rd 2019 11:55 AM

Really? Wasn't aware if that. Damn. God forbid there's loud engines at a race track!!

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unicykle Jan 3rd 2019 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by LaCorski (Post 52708)
Really? Wasn't aware if that. Damn. God forbid there's loud engines at a race track!!

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Its all the morons who buy a house next to a race track then complain about the noise, im surprised they arnt trying to shut the airport down.

LaCorski Jan 3rd 2019 12:04 PM

Ha! For sure. Really is frustrating to us who want to enjoy the sport safely and others want it shut down. Mind your business! ;-)

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DGA Jan 3rd 2019 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by unicykle (Post 52709)
Its all the morons who buy a house next to a race track then complain about the noise, im surprised they arnt trying to shut the airport down.

They are. Billboards have been up to call and complain to the Port Authority of Portland about the loud air national guard F-15 & F-16's taking off from PDX.

This is not a joke and really what I figure Portland gentrification looks like, at least when it comes to PIR and North Portland neighborhood around it.

https://katu.com/news/local/neighbor...hters-grounded

fanatic291 Jan 3rd 2019 01:22 PM

Thank you for all of the replies/advice.

I currently have a good pair of TCS EVO RX Replica Street Boots, so I will spend my money on a good spine protector and a good pair of gloves.

I am looking at the Dainese Manis D1 Back Protector and the Alpine stars GP Plus gloves. I have super short fingers, so I need to find a shop that will have a couple pairs that I can try on.

I will do a couple track days in my aerostich and then hopefully have the money next year for a good track suit.

Flyboymedic Jan 3rd 2019 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by DGA (Post 52712)
They are. Billboards have been up to call and complain to the Port Authority of Portland about the loud air national guard F-15 & F-16's taking off from PDX.

This is not a joke and really what I figure Portland gentrification looks like, at least when it comes to PIR and North Portland neighborhood around it.

https://katu.com/news/local/neighbor...hters-grounded

We just have F-15's, but we do get other jets that fly in from time to time. We'll be getting the F-35's in about 5 years or so.
I love the sound of freedom! I never get tired of watching them take off when I'm on the base and it's funny to see others stop and watch too. :D


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