So a few years ago i posted some questions here regarding getting on track. It was then i made a decision to go for my SCCA racing license and started a racing career in a cage. It was a great learning experience and a ton of fun but i recently sold it to give this a try.
A little bit about me, i had a HD back in 06, raced 125cc karts for 5 years, raced a full size prototype car (3 years) on track such as Watkins Glen, VIR, Summit, NJMP, Pocono, NH, and i ride dirt bikes (ride dont race). I learned in 4 wheel racing alot of this is mental and i have a full simulator at home that i practiced on as well.
So my plan for this year is to get on the track but on two wheels. I am very interested in doing the (2) two day school so i can get a good education. Unfortunately the wife is giving my some push back with riding on the street ( we have a 12 yr old, living on Long Island its very busy), she wasnt to thrilled with track riding either but i gave her some information to read and i dont if she is giving in but said to give it a try.
Just like when i started racing or riding dirt bikes, there is a little fear here but i think that is healthy and normal. My ego is checked at the door and i am looking for this to be a fun, challenging hobby, im not out there to be the next MotoGp champ.
The school uses the BMW bikes which really intrigue me and felt great while i sat on one at the NYC MC show. My question is if i was to buy a bike after to do track days would that bike be to much for me? Most people i speak to have the same answer, start with a SV650. My plan here is to learn, the race car i started with was a momentum car and you had to learn to carry momentum into the corners, be smart with your lines etc.. it wasnt powerful but most said if you are fast with that, you can be fast in anything. So i am kind of looking for the same thing for a track bike.
One thing that concerns me is not being on track but now being on track minus two wheels and if my brain will remember that. I understand trail braking, slow in fast out, finding the apex but has anyone gone from 4 to 2 wheels and how was the transition?
I have both of Keiths books as well as others, i try to read anything i can, if anyone has any tips, books, videos, etc.. to prepare me, please pass it on. Im starting this as if its a new language and i know NOTHING! I plan on doing the earliest school i can at NJMP.
Thanks for your time, happy holidays and look forward to getting to know this sport, fellow riders and instructors.