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May 14th 2018, 08:17 AM   #1
 jared p's Avatar
 
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OPRT @ The Ridge May 21, 2018

Here it is, our long awaited home opener at the Ridge!

Registration event link
https://optimum-performance.org/prod...orsports-park/

Facebook event link
https://www.facebook.com/events/1579...57978668259119


What's a track day? A track day is when we rent out a race track for the day and sell you a spot to come ride on it. We split up our riders into 3 groups, beginner, intermediate, advanced. Before you let your pride put you in the wrong group, beginner just means at the track, your 15 years of ripping on the street doesn't count here so cool it. Pride at the track leads to ambulance rides. We also can move you throughout the day group to group if there's space, if it's too fast, we can move you down a group, or if you're too fast, we can move you up.

During the sessions, we have blue vested control riders riding around watching everything and everyone, they respond to any incidents, help riders with lines if they need help, etc. We also have orange vested instructors on track, and they'll be leading around students in green vests. They're taking the schools we offer and getting on track instruction and feedback from our fantastic and well experienced instructors.

We limit our groups to 40 riders max per group. We do this for safety and fun for everyone, there's more open track for you to ride around on.

We ride the track in 20 minute increments, group 3 rides at 9am, group 2 at 920, group 3 at 940, then repeats throughout the day. So you get 20 minute rides on the track every hour. It may not sound like much but, you'll be nice and sore sooner than you think

The track is a great place to learn to ride your motorcycle. Fast, slow, street bike, sport bike, cruiser or adventure. It's where you can learn to brake, corner, body position, accelerate, safely without speed limits, cops, cars, kids, potholes etc. The skills you learn at the track directly correlate with your safety and fun on the street.

We also offer schools for level 1 and level 2 that are great at laying down basic fundamentals and then build upon them. It's a great way to refresh on riding techniques, and also learn something new.

We have some rules, you gotta wear gear, over the ankle boots, gloves, a helmet that hasn't been crashed in before, and a leather or textile suit, 1 piece or 2 piece but it has to zip together. Your motorcycle has to pass a technical inspection. In the morning you register, then take your bike through tech and we give it a once over making sure your bike is in good running order.

We have vendors and sponsors at the track to provide you with things like tires, suspension services, bike demos from dealers, etc.

There's a lot that goes into a track day but it's 100% worth it. If you have questions, please ask as we're here to help!
May 14th 2018, 10:55 AM   #2
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

40 riders per session... Is that a type-o?

Would be great to see that reduced to 30.

Either way, see you guys in a week! I'll be camping Sunday night.
May 14th 2018, 12:41 PM   #3
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We've run a cap of 40 riders per session for years. For the riders safety while keeping plenty of open track for all. Reducing riders to 30 per session would result in a price increase of ~30% and we try to keep our prices as low as we can.

We'll be there Sunday night as well
May 14th 2018, 01:24 PM   #4
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

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Originally Posted by jared p
We've run a cap of 40 riders per session for years. For the riders safety while keeping plenty of open track for all. Reducing riders to 30 per session would result in a price increase of ~30% and we try to keep our prices as low as we can.

We'll be there Sunday night as well
Word. The economics matter! (for you and for the customers)

Can't wait...
May 14th 2018, 02:29 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Renton, WA

  2010 BMW S1000RR, 2015 Yamaha FZ-07, 2009 Husky TXC250/310
Really bummed that I can't make this event due to work. Looking forward to riding with OPRT on your other events this summer.
May 14th 2018, 03:13 PM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Bothell

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Really bummed that I can't make this event due to work. Looking forward to riding with OPRT on your other events this summer.
I think you are starting to catch a cold right about now... I could be wrong?
May 14th 2018, 08:59 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
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  2010 BMW S1000RR, 2015 Yamaha FZ-07, 2009 Husky TXC250/310
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I think you are starting to catch a cold right about now... I could be wrong?
Believe me, if it were an ordinary work day, I would definitely be at the track. Have a complicated project starting up on the 21st that I need to be at.

The S1KRR is all set up, new rotors & brake pads, new coolant, fresh oil and filter. For the time being I'll have to get my fix sliding the Husky around on forest service roads or on the motocross track.
May 18th 2018, 08:48 AM   #8
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

I know KFG won't be at this event, assuming OPM guys will be there.

I don't know much about OPM and their expertise...will there be a suspension guy there to help dial things in?
May 18th 2018, 11:20 AM   #9
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I know KFG won't be at this event, assuming OPM guys will be there.

I don't know much about OPM and their expertise...will there be a suspension guy there to help dial things in?
Yes. OPM has been providing trackside service for OPRT for the last year or two. They can help with tires, suspension, set ups, parts etc.
May 22nd 2018, 08:44 AM   #10
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

Good times yesterday. Weather was perfect. Level 3 was well behaved for the most part.

Level 2 seemed to red flag every session. A few beautiful bikes totaled and a couple gnarly injuries from what I hear. Two riders broke femurs in separate incidents apparently. Best wishes to them and their recovery.


Thanks OPRT.
May 23rd 2018, 08:12 AM   #11
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  Mar 2016
  Everett, WA

Anyone know who the photographer was? Heard it announced but didn't catch the name.

On that note, you need a better PA system, or you (whoever was talking) needs to use their big girl voice with the microphone. People could barely hear anything that was said at the riders' meeting, and I wasn't standing in the back or to the side. I was right in the middle and probably spitting distance to the speaker.

The woman who gave the talk about the flags also needs to use the mic, nobody heard anything she said. Midly important if you want people to know what to do when a flag comes out.

Glad I kept out of level 2 and towed my friend around in level 1 while clearing out some cobwebs. Level 1 seemed to get the short end of the stick with all the level 2 crashes. Hope everyone heals up quick, those were some nasty crashes.

Edited by RC51 on May 23rd 2018 at 08:14 AM
May 23rd 2018, 08:34 AM   #12
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

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Anyone know who the photographer was? Heard it announced but didn't catch the name.

On that note, you need a better PA system, or you (whoever was talking) needs to use their big girl voice with the microphone. People could barely hear anything that was said at the riders' meeting, and I wasn't standing in the back or to the side. I was right in the middle and probably spitting distance to the speaker.

The woman who gave the talk about the flags also needs to use the mic, nobody heard anything she said. Midly important if you want people to know what to do when a flag comes out.

Glad I kept out of level 2 and towed my friend around in level 1 while clearing out some cobwebs. Level 1 seemed to get the short end of the stick with all the level 2 crashes. Hope everyone heals up quick, those were some nasty crashes.
It's Ryan Phillips with 360 Photography.

https://www.threesixtyphotography.com/
May 23rd 2018, 08:34 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

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Originally Posted by RC51
Anyone know who the photographer was? Heard it announced but didn't catch the name.
Ryan at 360 photography is our usual photog. Pics won't be up for a few days.

https://www.threesixtyphotography.com/OPRT-1/2018
May 25th 2018, 07:30 AM   #14
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Go buy your pics!

https://www.threesixtyphotography.co...-21-2018-Ridge
May 25th 2018, 09:19 AM   #15
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

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Great shots from Ryan.


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