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Motorcycle Xcitement @ Shenandoah 06/17/18
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Motorcycle Xcitement @ Shenandoah 06/17/18 - June 15, 2018, 10:13 PM

Guys - I'm heading to my first track day this coming sunday!

Nervous and excited is probably the best way to describe how I'm feeling.
Got a few questions, any help would be great.
- is it better to get there the night before? will i disturb anyone pulling in early (6am on the day of)?
- how much gas would you normally burn? per morning session? all day? (just trying to gauge what size gas can i should take)

Can't remember my other questions... I'll take any advice. From what to take and what to do or not to do.


- your rookie rider friend


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June 16, 2018, 05:42 AM

Have fun. Don't ride ahead of yourself of skill level. I don't think you need to get there the night before unless you want to, but not required.



Be friendly and most folks should be willing to help out that have a bit more experience.



I can't imagine you burn through more than a tank of gas with a spare 5 gallon...at the absolute most.


I have only been to like one and was a complete deer in the headlights and folks were really nice and helpful.
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June 16, 2018, 12:27 PM

No need to get there the night before. I usually get in around 7:30am.

On a track like Shenadoah, it's a bit easier on gas since there are so many turns and you're only WOT a few times.

Shenandoah is a very technical track - probably the most technical one I've been on. Unlike normal tracks, it is crowned in the center which can make the lines less intuitive. I know it's popular, but I don't like it on a bike. It's my favorite in a car though.

It will take several sessions (maybe a day) to learn the track. Even on a less complicated track like Summit Main or NCBIKE, I wasn't completely familiar with the layout until after lunch, but maybe I'm a slow learner. Shenandoah has roughly twice the number of turns (22, I think) as a lot of other tracks.
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June 17, 2018, 09:31 PM

Thanks Beatle and BlackHatch!

It was definitely technical! After my first session, I wanted to go home and sell my bike, but then after the second session I was hooked!

Hope to see some of you guys at the track at some point


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June 18, 2018, 08:25 AM

Glad you had a good time. Track days are supposedly addictive...and not cheap.



Be prepared to spend.
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June 18, 2018, 09:29 AM

I'm a "fair weather" rider and the dead of summer (90+) is just too hot for me.

Summit Main is a nice track and very close. NJMP Thunderbolt is also good and has very nice facilities with garages. VIR is a famous track with somewhat nice facilities. NCBIKE has a terrible gravel paddock and parking is sort of a mess elsewhere. It feels pretty sterile, but there's a nice long sweeper that's lots of fun.

Someday I'll make it up to Pitt Race and NJMP Lightning.
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