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Jun 11th 2018, 08:36 PM   #1
 Bowermad's Avatar
 
  Feb 2018
  Bend, OR

Anyone going to PIR or ORP this summer?

New to track riding and I have always wanted to ride ORP. I hav ridden PIR once but plan to get to both at least once this year. Looking to meet new people to learn from and shoot the shit with.

Picked up a track dedicated Ď02 GSX-R 750 for my future track day fun. Anyone going to PIR or ORP this summer?-img_9565.jpg
Jun 12th 2018, 12:11 AM   #2
 Burphel's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
I race a Ninja 300 with OMRRA, and I'm staying up in Redmond for the summer. So hopefully I'll be at PIR once a month and maybe I'll be able to make another ORP day/weekend.

ORP is a lot of fun. It's also a lot of different curves to learn (especially since they tend to switch directions from Sat/Sun). Take it easy your first time out there. You won't set any course records the first session, but you sure can crash trying to. Also, ORP is exercise. The front straight is tiny, and there's basically no back straight. On a big bike, I'd say stick it in 2nd or 3rd and leave it there so you can concentrate on learning the track, looking through the corners, etc.

As for PIR, it's a big flat speedfest. Great for big bikes. Just watch out for turns 3&4, thats where people tend to crash. Find a marshal or instructor and pay real close attention to what they do with those corners. I also highly recommend doing a Friday trackday and then corner working with OMRRA. Free lunch and you get to watch from the second best seat in the house.

If you've got a small bike (650 or under), Oregon Lightweight Moto runs days at Mac Track (it's in McMinville), as well. This is more of the whole exercise thing, but it's really good practice. If you can do Mac Track at speed, PIR will feel like you've got I5 all to yourself.
Jun 12th 2018, 06:45 AM   #3
 Bowermad's Avatar
 
  Feb 2018
  Bend, OR

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Originally Posted by Burphel
I race a Ninja 300 with OMRRA, and I'm staying up in Redmond for the summer.

Redmond, OR, right? Funny, Redmond is my home town. My first track day I have planned is at PIR with MotoCorsa on July 9th.

I hope to get to ORP in September but this is my first year with a track dedicated bike so it will be a balancing act of parts, tires, and entrance fees. Thanks for the tips. Iíll hopefully run into you around a get some more in person at the track or in town.
Jun 12th 2018, 08:42 AM   #4
 R1 Jackal's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Gorge Area, Oregon Side

  Double R's Now
Yo Bowermad ~ I run ORP 1 or 2 times a year, usually with MotoFit. Love the track and yes, it's a workout but I always have a great time. I also make the trek to The Ridge in Washington when schedules & the stars align, that's a super fun track too.
Jun 12th 2018, 08:58 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
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Originally Posted by Bowermad
Redmond, OR, right? Funny, Redmond is my home town. My first track day I have planned is at PIR with MotoCorsa on July 9th.

I hope to get to ORP in September but this is my first year with a track dedicated bike so it will be a balancing act of parts, tires, and entrance fees. Thanks for the tips. Iíll hopefully run into you around a get some more in person at the track or in town.
Yup. Nice little town. Don't go too nuts on parts. Just tires, maybe suspension and a slip-on and spend the rest on riding and/or a riding school. Get aftermarket parts after you've crashed and have to replace the stock bits.
Jun 12th 2018, 11:00 AM   #6
 Bowermad's Avatar
 
  Feb 2018
  Bend, OR

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Yup. Nice little town. Don't go too nuts on parts. Just tires, maybe suspension and a slip-on and spend the rest on riding and/or a riding school. Get aftermarket parts after you've crashed and have to replace the stock bits.


Pretty lucky that the bike has been a track bike since day 1, had GP suspension, all track parts sorted, just turning over if I should put a new set of tires on before my first track day. I have a refresh planned for the bike to put fresh oil/filter in it, along with a new BMC Race filter and spark plugs.
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