you've ever thought about roadracing now is the time to learn how!
roadracing guide will give you the basic knowledge to turn your
notion into reality. Roadracing is really more about confronting
mental, physical, and vehicular challenges. Using great wit and
even greater skills to overcome the limitations of traction and
other laws of physics. All this in a quest to get to the checkered
flag before the competition. There are classes of racing for everyone.
From vintage to superbike racing.
the country, there are around 20 organizations that rent tracks,
provide safety crews, take care of paper work and run the
races. Wherever you live, no matter your skill level or what
you ride, there is an organization to meet your needs. They
have classes for everything from current production machines,
to vintage racers, and racetrack-only Grandprix-based bikes.
Some organizations run on a national level, covering the entire
country with up to nine regions. Regional clubs vary in the
number of venues they run. You must contact the various organizations
to find out the particulars. (See: Racing Organization Page)
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organizations cover operating costs by charging membership
dues and race entry fees. Most one-year memberships cost between
$50.00 and $100. Entry fees range from $25 - $85 for the first
class you enter, and usually go down from there on a sliding
scale when you sign up for additional races in the same weekend.
Track entrance fees and either parking or camping fees are
sometimes charged. Prices vary.
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clubs require a racing license. To obtain one, you must take
a new rider school. These cost anywhere from $45 - $150. Most
clubs give a discount on the school to riders who have successfully
completed private Roadracing and safety classes. (See: Motorcycle
Race & Safety Schools)
you take the new comers Roadracing School, you must ride a
bike prepared to the race organization's standards in order
to take the class. If you're not quite ready to make this
commitment, find a friend with a bike on which you can complete
the course. Better yet some schools include bike rental in
one-day classes usually consist of chalk talks on the club's
basic racetrack rules, flagging procedures, and follow the
leader track time to learn the racer's line around the course.
At the end of the day you can expect a written exam to make
sure you understand all that is expected of you. Most candidates
will graduate; crashing is the best way to flunk out. You
will have to repeat the entire class.
organizations offer what is known as open track days. This
is an opportunity for you to get even more practice time in.
time racers are classified as novices or amateur racers. In
all organizations racers who have gained a great deal of experience,
and wins are moved up to "expert" ranking, where
they compete in a separate, more more-competitive class. The
procedure for this varies from organization to organization.
Generally, a club will move a rider up when he has accumulated
a predetermined number of points in one season. The main difference
between novices and experts in most clubs is experience. The
highest echelon in the racing community is the pros. They
are a step above the experts and all classes have some kind
of cash payback for top finishers.
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bikes must pass what is called Scrutineering or Technical
inspection to ensure that you have complied with the organization
safety requirements . If you have an ex-racebike you will
not be faced with the meticulous race preparation of safety
wiring your bike. Make sure you get a copy of your organizations
rules and regulations which are very specific about what you
need to do to have your bike race ready for the track. It's
very disappointing to show up to the track ready for fun and
you fail tech inspection. As a general rule you should safety
anything that you do not want to come off at high speeds.
Attention to detail is the key to survival at high speeds.
It is quite stupid not to be safe on a racetrack, and it is
also selfish. Something could fall off your bike and make
you or another rider crash.
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Your Pit Area
varies from track to track and is a matter of personal preference.
I suggest to always pit closest to the tires and parts guys.
Short commute to basic necessities.
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B) No alcohol and drugs are allowed during the day.
C) An old rug or tarp to lay down in the pits.
D) A couple of folding chairs.
E) Fuel-You can fuel in the pits but it's every expensive.
F) All your tools if your like me. It makes you feel you can
handle any job.
G) A drill, with drill bits in case you missed safety wiring
H) Lots of water or Gatorade, and plenty of food to eat. The
food at racetracks is expensive.
I) A bicycle or pit bike for getting around. The pit area
at most racetracks are large.
J) Rain gear if you have any. Race's run rain or shine.
K) A friend to help and keep lap times for you. Also they
can drive you home if you crash.
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I don't care what anyone says. There's nothing like it. If
you're reading this section you must be thinking about racing.
You've ridden your motorcycle for years, and you think you're
fast. But consider this: Anyone can go fast in a straight
line. It takes great skill to go fast around curves. A person
must be mentally and physically prepared to roadrace. I purchased
every race-related videotape, read every book, and participated
in every motorcycle related race and safety class I could
find before I started racing. It wasn't until a few instructors
suggested I give racing a try that I did. Motorcycling racing
is fast paced sport, and should not be approached lightly.
There are certain things you don't want to find out first
hand. Look at how the experts get around the track. You learn
nothing by watching novices except how to make mistakes. These
mistakes can be dangerous, even deadly at high speeds. If
you decide to race, it's not a question of if you'll crash,
but when. In my first year of racing everyone I met from amateur
to expert had crashed at least once by the end of the season.
Most had gone down multiple times. I saw ever kind of injury
from broken bones to death. We all have bad days, or weekends.
One weekend I went down four times. Each time you crash, it's
cost you money to fix something on your bike, if not your
body. Drink and Drugs are bad. Don't do them and race. There
is so much to learn, take your time ask questions, and it
will all fall into place.
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is fun but it won't make you rich. The standing joke at the
racetrack is " How do you make a small fortune in racing?
Start with a big one!" There are, however, rewards. Trophies
and wooden plaques await the top finishers, but monetary rewards
are also at stake. The "purse" is paid by the club
or racing organization. Other monies and products certificates
come in the form contingencies from motorcycle manufacturers,
after-market companies, and local businesses when you use
their products. If you're really good you can win over $1000.00
in cash and consumable products for one victory. If you race
in multiple classes you can win even more.
race wins are cool, but class championships are the ultimate
reward for a long season's worth of hard work. Points are
assessed for individual placing during each race. Points are
tallied throughout the season and winners crowned when the
season comes to a close. Sometimes this title garners more
than bragging rights. You can win anything from 3-foot tall
trophies, to custom jackets, to pickup trucks. Then come the
offers from professional contracts, to complete race sponsorship.
that's it for my brief introduction into how to get started
see you at the track!
is a dangerous sport, and should not be approached lightly!
This writer assumes no responsibility for anything that might
occur after reading this article.
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