STREET RIDER TRAINING DAYS
2018 Non-Sportbike Track Day is sponsored by Riding in the Zone Motorcyclist Training
2018 Date: May 7th - Thompson Motor Speedway. (www.thompsonspeedway.com)
WHAT ARE THESE DAYS ABOUT?
A Non-Sportbike Track Day is the most exciting, fun and effective way to improve your riding skills…period! And you will have a freakin’ BLAST.
In an effort to encourage more types of riders to experience the racetrack, and to learn more about their bike and ability, we are offering this SPECIAL track day training day for NON-SPORTBIKE RIDERS.
Non-Sportbike Track Days are held on a closed course (racetrack), which means you learn in a safe environment and at real-world speeds (not race speeds). Learning on a racetrack allows you to ride freely and concentrate on and advancing your skill level without the typical hazards faced on the street…potholes, sand, tar snakes and Buicks.
Even though we see many non-sportbike machines at our regular TTD events, we know that there are people who ride Cruisers, Baggers, Tourers, Adventure bikes, and Sport Tourers who would feel more comfortable riding on the track with other non-sportbike machines. Fun with riders with a more relaxed attitude is what this day is all about. As an inevitable bonus, you will learn how to corner and brake with a lot more confidence and control.
It’s the best investment in fun and skill development money can buy.
LEARN TO CORNER BETTER
Classroom sessions are included in the price of your day.
The instruction you'll receive is not about "how to ride" - it's about "how to ride better". As long as you are currently riding your motorcycle on the road, we'll help you ride it better!
While parking lot courses have their place, riding your bike on a track will let you practice riding skills at real-world speeds - without the normal distractions found on public roads (like cars, sand, cops, etc)
Throughout the day, you will alternate between voluntary classroom sessions and on-track sessions. Benefit from discussions and demonstrations of advanced riding technique that you can then try on the track.
The skills we will be working:
- Vision Techniques
- Braking Techniques
- Shifting Timing and Techniques
- Cornering Precision
- Cornering Line Selection
- Body Positioning
Our goal is to greatly improve your confidence as you enter and ride through a corner.
WHO IS THIS DAY FOR?
A day of motorcycle riding geared toward Touring bikes, Adventure bikes and Cruisers. This course is designed to help riders ride their own bike better! No Track Experience is needed. If you ride on the street, you can bring your bike to this event and you will leave with a much better understanding of your bike's capabilities.
"I wanted to tell you the best part of my first track day was riding two-up with you. It clicked while doing those few laps and my street riding has improved considerably. Now I am leaning with the bike instead of just the bike leaning, and it feels so smooth and steady. No more jitters while cornering. I am sold on the value of track days!"- Linda C.
Photo: On Track Media
Monday, May 7, 2018
Thompson Motor Speedway, Thompson, CT
$295 - Earybird pricing until February 1, 2018
(Garage space included if registered by Feb 1, 2018)
$325 - Regular pricing up to 2 weeks before event
$350 - Last minute pricing within 2 weeks of event
(Garage space is $20 extra)
includes 8 hours of on track and classroom instruction, as well as lunch.
It is recommended everyone bring fluids to drink throughout the day... such as a gallon of water, gatorade, etc.
We suggest eating breakfast before arriving to the track.
Lunch is included with your registration.
It’s the best investment in fun and skill development money can buy.
A slower NOVICE "CRUISER" Group
A Medium Speed INTERMEDIATE "TOURER" Group
A Faster ADVANCED "SPORT TOURING" Group
NOTE: You will initially be grouped by bike type, but we may move people up or down a group as their riding ability dictates.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Every hour of your day (except Lunch Hour) will consist of both track riding and classroom.
- riding on the track for 20 minutes
- get your gear off and grab a drink
- then in the classroom for 15 minutes,
- gear back up, then back on the track.
FREE Classroom sessions will be held after every on track session until 4:00 PM for each group.
|ARRIVAL and TECH INSPECTION||7am|
|TECH INSPECTION||7 - 8:15 AM|
|RIDERS MEETING||8:15 AM|
|FOLLOW the LEADER - FIRST SESSION|
SPORT TOURER) Follow the Leader (Faster)
|9:00 ON TRACK|
|Classroom ADVANCED GROUP (CRUISER)||9:25 CLASSROOM|
|INTERMEDIATE (TOURER) GROUP Follow the Leader (Fast-ish)||9:20 ON TRACK|
|Classroom INTERMEDIATE GROUP||9:45 CLASSROOM|
|NOVICE (CRUISER) GROUP Follow the Leader (Slower)||9:40 ON TRACK|
|Classroom NOVICE GROUP||10:05 CLASSROOM|
|OPEN TRACK SESSIONS - MORNING|
|ADVANCED (SPORT TOURER) GROUP OPEN TRACK||10:00am & 11:00am|
|Classroom ADVANCED GROUP||10:25am & 11:25am|
|INTERMEDIATE (TOURER) GROUP OPEN TRACK||10:20am & 11:20am|
|Classroom INTERMEDIATE GROUP||10:45am & 11:45am|
|NOVICE (CRUISER) OPEN TRACK||10:40am & 11:40am|
|Classroom NOVICE GROUP||10:05am & 11:05am|
|LUNCH BREAK (begins after your 11 O'clock session ends)||NOON to 1PM|
|OPEN TRACK SESSIONS - AFTERNOON|
|Classroom conducted after each session with an *||Session Start Times|
|ADVANCED (SPORT TOURER) GROUP OPEN TRACK||1:00*, 2:00*, 3:00*, 4:00|
|INTERMEDIATE (TOURER) GROUP OPEN TRACK||1:20*, 2:20*, 3:20*, 4:20|
|NOVICE GROUP OPEN TRACK||1:40*, 2:40*, 3:40*, 4:40|
TECH INSPECTION: If you have a good bike, you can be done in 2 minutes! We need bikes to be in excellent roadworthy condition with plenty of tire life remaining. There can be no leaking of any fluids - be sure to check your fork tubes! We will also be checking brake pads so be sure to have plenty of pad left. Mirrors need to be removed or taped over. Do not worry about your headlight if it's plastic. If it is glass, just make an X with tape... don't completely cover it.
RIDING GEAR: Riders will be responsible for having full motorcycle gear. We do NOT provide gear!
At a minimum, you should have a motorcycle jacket and pants, good leather gloves (that overlap with jacket) and sturdy over the ankle boots.
If you don't have gear, you can purchase it fairly inexpensively (pants are often under $125), and once you ride with gear - you will wonder how you ever rode without it. Just Google "Cordura Motorcycle Pants" for options.
NOTE: Regular Jeans with hard armored knee and shin protection are barely acceptable (Kevlar motorcycle jeans are MUCH better). http://www.revzilla.com/knee-guards Chaps can be worn over jeans as long as you have armored knee protection.
Consider this under armor suit: https://www.bohn-armor-pants.com/catalog/
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND you have some sort of back protector. While hard back protectors are strongly encouraged, they are not mandatory. However, please consider buying CE approved armor, which is TONS better than the thin foam pads generally included with jackets.
If your jacket has a pocket for a back protector, you can get a quality one for about $60. Alternatively, you can buy one that has a strap that holds it in place... again for about $60 to $150. Isn't your spine worth that much? Google Search for Back Protector
"KEVLAR" Jeans with a padded under suit are allowed and this makes a great setup for those not wanting to purchase motorcycle riding pants.
Kevlar Jeans: http://www.dragginjeans.com/ (this is one brand... you can google Kevlar Motorcycle Jeans for more
Padded Undersuits: https://www.bohn-armor-pants.com/catalog/
Gloves and boots MUST leave no exposed skin. They should overlap the jacket and pants when you are in the riding position. Helmets must be FULL-FACED. High quality modular helmets will be allowed but must remain in the locked position when on track.
If you are questioning your gear, feel free to send a link to a photo on the internet - or take a photo of your actual gear. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to say that it's for the "non sportbike" day.)
(NOTE: NO REFUNDS within 45 days of the event, and Transfers to different days are limited)