STREET RIDER TRAINING DAYS
2020 Non Sportbike Trackdays:
- Monday, July 20th - Palmer, MA (Counter-Clockwise Direction) - COMPLETED
- Monday, Sept 7th - Palmer, MA (Clockwise Direction )
These days are run basically the same as our regular track days. The only difference is we allow all bikes at the regular days - and only non sportbikes at the Non Sportbike Days.
"I want to thank you and your staff for such a great day at
Thompson at the non-sport bike track day on May 14. I always want to to get
on a track but never expected to be able to do it on my big touring Harley
Davidson Ultra Classic. At 69, I'm getting up there a bit and I was also
surprised to find a few even older than me. I had a spectacular day. I moved
past some of my personal limits and finally learned what my bike is capable
of in corners. I was a bit anxious to begin with but nerves gave way to the
excitement of getting better and better as the day went on. The combination
of track time and instruction was perfect. 2 days later I'm still having
trouble getting the smile off my face. Thank you for doing what you all do."
"I did Palmer last year and learned a lot! I plan on doing
this every time you have a non sport bike day at Palmer. I have a few other
Gold Wing members that might join me in July, so you might have a few of us
heavy bikers on the track. What I learned last year has made me a lot better
rider and my wife even commented that I handle my bike a lot better also. I
have over 80,000 miles on Gold Wings and your 1 day class was worth the
price. Can't wait for July!"
Photo: On Track Media
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.
Non-Sportbike Track Days are sponsored by Riding in the Zone Motorcyclist Training
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.
WHEN & WHERE:
- Monday July 20, 2020 - Palmer Motorsports Park, Palmer, MA (Clockwise)
- Monday Sept 7th, 2020 - Palmer Motorsports Park, Palmer, MA (Counter Clockwise)
$325 per day - If buying one day, and paying at least 2 weeks before the event.
$350 per day - If buying one day, and paying in the last 2 weeks before the event.
$600 - BOTH DAYS - PAID BEFORE JULY 6th
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. (NOTE: Garage Space is included ONLY at the Thompson CT events)
At the Palmer track, I would not bother renting garage space - it is fairly far away from the classroom and other stuff. If you do want to rent one, however, go to the Palmer Motorsports website and do so from their calendar page.
Check out this video review from Ride-CT
NOTE: In the video below, it talks about taping everything up. We only require tape on mirrors now.
The video also mentions we don't want you to use your rear brake, but that's not entirely true. We do teach and encourage you to use your front brake properly - probably much more than most riders currently do.
It’s the best investment in fun and skill development money can buy.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
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.
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.
PROPOSED DAILY SCHEDULE:
|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|
MOTORCYCLE 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... no need to completely cover it. That's it!
NOTE ABOUT CAMERAS: If you want to use a camera, it cannot be attached to your helmet - must be on the bike. Also, the case needs to be secured to the bike by a tether, or tape, or something extra if the primary retainer fails. And yes, they fail all the time! A camera bouncing around the track at high speeds can severely injure someone so please double up on the mounting with an extra tether/tape, etc.
Riders will be responsible for having full motorcycle gear. We do NOT provide gear!
It's better for you to have the best protective gear you can. The ideal is full leather coverage and race-spec gloves and boots. But, we understand that this isn't practical for many. Second best is full-coverage nylon armored motorcycle jacket and pants, good leather gloves (that overlap with jacket) and sturdy over the ankle boots. This should be considered minimum acceptable gear street riding gear. But, some still find this to be too much.
In an effort to encourage riders to benefit from this training opportunity who are either gear-resistant or without financial means to buy protper gear, we have relaxed the gear requirements. Below is a comprehensive list of those basic requirements. Remember, this is for YOUR protection in the unlikely event of a fall.
Helmet - Helmets must be DOT approved and FULL-FACED. High quality modular helmets will be allowed but must remain in the locked position when on track.
Jacket - In addition to Leather, we allow non-leather riding suits (cordura type, such as Aerostich) provided they are motorcycle specific and have extra padding in the elbows at a minimum. If they don't have the padding built in, you can purchase inexpensive padding for these areas. Mesh jackets are allowed, as long as the elbows and shoulders are solid nylon.
Back Protector - 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 (Link)
Pants - In addition to leather, we allow non-leather pants (cordura type, such as Aerostich) provided they are motorcycle specific and have extra padding in the knees. "KEVLAR" Jeans with hard armored knee and shin protection are allowed and this makes a great setup for those not wanting to purchase motorcycle riding pants. Kevlar Motorcycle Jeans
Regular Jeans are not allowed. Chaps can be worn, but only if worn over Kevlar jeans. If you have questions, please Contact us.
Gloves - Full-coverage gauntlet gloves MUST leave no exposed skin. They should overlap the jacket when you are in the riding position. No fingerless gloves.
Racer brand gloves.
Boots - Sturdy Over the ankle boots . These do not have to be motorcycle-specific, but must provide sturdy protection and MUST leave no exposed skin by overlapping the pants when you are in the riding position.
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.
Google "Cordura Motorcycle Pants" for options. Padded Undersuits: https://www.bohn-armor-pants.com/catalog/
If you are questioning your gear, feel free to send a link to a product photo- or take a photo of your actual gear. Send it to email@example.com (be sure to say that it's for the "non sportbike" day.)