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Title: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 01/22/18 09:42AM

Just curious since the forum is back up and people are posting again :).  Who's planning to go where?  I'm going to Buttonwillow 2/25.  Maybe Chuckwalla 2/4.  Beyond that, not sure yet.  May squeeze in a minbike day as well.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: Throttle Chopper on 01/22/18 09:58AM
Slightly along the same lines.  Anyone planning to do LAB2V this year?  If I can get my Honda running in the next few weeks, I will be hitting the trails and deserts hard this year, and would love to be ready by November.  I'd love to commit to at least one track day, but this dual sport is my current focus.  :7:
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 01/22/18 09:59AM
Mini, maybe...LAB2V...maybe

I have a big hunky touring bike, so I would like to tour with it before I sell it
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: VFRCapt.Bob on 01/22/18 10:02AM
What is lab2v? Yes track days alo g with dirtbike rides are on my to do list. Laguna Seca is on my radar.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 01/22/18 10:04AM

LAB2V looks like fun!  Don't have any offroad bikes though  :2:
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 01/22/18 10:05AM
I have a big hunky touring bike, so I would like to tour with it before I sell it

Don't let that stop ya; some guy on a KTM Adventure bike was absolutely FLYING around Buttonwillow last year!!
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: thepretender on 01/22/18 10:34AM
What is lab2v? Yes track days alo g with dirtbike rides are on my to do list. Laguna Seca is on my radar.
LA - Barstow - Vegas, dual sport ride.
http://www.labarstowvegas.com/
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: Rogue on 01/22/18 11:01AM
I would like to join that LAB2V thing also.

For now Iím doing my noobie ride to Split Mountain/Fish Creek Trail on Feb 4th. Itís all mostly flat sand wash riding surrounded by interesting geology. 12 miles off road, tops. However I plan to ride my DR650 from the OC to the trail and back to the OC.

Anybody else care to join? Let me know.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: VFRCapt.Bob on 01/22/18 11:39AM
I am looking for a dual sport as we speak, type. LABA2V is on my radar now. Yet another reason to train and ride.
Hey we need a Husky emogee. I may be picking one up.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: 1fastrider on 01/23/18 08:08AM
i hope to do 2 track days this year.  1 spring 1 fall time period. nothing definite yet though
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 01/23/18 09:10AM
i hope to do 2 track days this year.  1 spring 1 fall time period. nothing definite yet though

Right on!  After Feb, I still have 2 track days left with Let's Ride, so it will either be Buttonwillow, Streets or Big Willow. 
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: FastMoto on 01/23/18 01:36PM
A couple track days is definitely on my 2018 To-Do list. LAB2V would be fun!!! Perhaps a OCMoto crew can represent this year? I would be a strong maybe!!!
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 01/23/18 04:24PM

Chuck already sold out for 2/4 but this looks fun too: https://www.bradywalker.com/feb4classictrackday
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: brl0301 on 01/25/18 08:01PM
Have big willow on 2/17 and chuckwalla on 2/23
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: OOTV on 01/25/18 08:49PM
Did some corner work for CSS last year, hopefully I can do a little more this year too. For your corner working services, you get the use of the track while the students are on (must follow the same rules and lessons as the students) but "open session" during lunch, meaning no students and ride as you see fit, although sometimes instructors like to do some hot laps with us. I was able to get 2 days at Laguna Seca, 2 Days at Sonoma but only a half day in LV. Bike's water pump blew out on me so only got a partial day of track time. Still did my corner work for the remainder of the week end though, had to fulfill my obligation.

I may try and do some dates at Chuckwalla and/or Fontana but have to see how my budget looks for the year.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 01/25/18 09:41PM

Glad to see other people are getting out!  I'll just keep this alive from time-to-time.

I'm officially confirmed for SoW 2/4 and Buttonwillow 2/25.  Will most likely skip March and get back out in April.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 01/26/18 09:09AM
For your corner working services, you get the use of the track while the students are on (must follow the same rules and lessons as the students) but "open session" during lunch, meaning no students and ride as you see fit, although sometimes instructors like to do some hot laps with us.

uhh wut

if you volunteer for cornerworking you can ride the track for free?!?
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: thepretender on 01/26/18 11:03AM
I think it's more like if your invited to do corner work  :)
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: OOTV on 01/26/18 01:51PM
For your corner working services, you get the use of the track while the students are on (must follow the same rules and lessons as the students) but "open session" during lunch, meaning no students and ride as you see fit, although sometimes instructors like to do some hot laps with us.

uhh wut

if you volunteer for cornerworking you can ride the track for free?!?
Essentially what thepretender said. I was invited to the group and was accepted. You basically have to have several years of riding experience, preferably track experience to go along with it and some higher level of rider training is also preferred. Having taken the CSS class before and along other rider training, allowed me to get my foot in the door. Since you are there for both safety and for reporting any incorrect riding and/or not performing the lessons correctly, you need to be on your game. They really want people who are observant, good riders and have the experience and knowledge to relay what you observe. That being said, perhaps a track day organization would have a similar arrangement and seeking to volunteer with them might net you the similar results.

Note however, although no track fees are incurred, you do have to pay for your own food, lodging, gas and any other travel cost. Still beats a poke in the eye.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 01/26/18 02:37PM
Oh haha cool...ya I have been on both sides of the equation where I will get "free" stuff but it was actually the result of time and experience...I learned that most times it's easier (and more fun!) just to pay for the track day LOLOL

Maybe I will do one this year while I still have fresh tread on the tires...and after I do wheel bearings, fork seals, and steering head bearings
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 01/27/18 10:02AM
Essentially what thepretender said. I was invited to the group and was accepted. You basically have to have several years of riding experience, preferably track experience to go along with it and some higher level of rider training is also preferred. Having taken the CSS class before and along other rider training, allowed me to get my foot in the door. Since you are there for both safety and for reporting any incorrect riding and/or not performing the lessons correctly, you need to be on your game. They really want people who are observant, good riders and have the experience and knowledge to relay what you observe. That being said, perhaps a track day organization would have a similar arrangement and seeking to volunteer with them might net you the similar results.

Note however, although no track fees are incurred, you do have to pay for your own food, lodging, gas and any other travel cost. Still beats a poke in the eye.

Correct, most other organizations do it as well.  Most corner workers are volunteers.  With some organizations, you get to ride in the morning and corner work in the afternoon.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: VFRCapt.Bob on 02/01/18 03:45PM
I think some of their employees are paid depending on what they do. Others just work for the track time and social experience.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: Snapshot on 02/05/18 02:16PM
Both VIR and Road Atlanta are on the agenda for next summer.

Ride on,

J~
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/09/18 08:47AM
Can someone school me on CA tracks?

Differences? Costs? Speeds? Quality of pavement?

I figured we are so lucky to live here and have year-round track riding, I best take a lap at each one from a YOLO standpoint

Pavement only...and I would likely get a track bike only...I am guessing ninja 250/300 or sv650?
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 02/09/18 08:21PM
We are very lucky to have several tracks 1-3h away (more if you drive further). 
* Autoclub speedway (closest - haven't been);
* Willow Springs (very fast - haven't been) and Streets of Willow (mostly tight and technical with a few fast sections - bumpy)
* Buttonwillow (smooth - fast with some technical)
* Chuckwalla (smooth - mainly sweepers - kind of a momentum track)

Cost is typically $150-$200 per day.

I just came back from SoW and going to Buttonwillow later this month.  I personally love Buttonwillow; great mix of fast with some technical.  Ninja 300/SV are great choices; I would personally go with the SV so you don't get passed on the straight all the time.  R6 is great too; cheap and a million parts available.

Let me know if/when you want to go (and/or if you have other questions).  A friend of mine rents R3's too in case you wanted to try it first.




Can someone school me on CA tracks?

Differences? Costs? Speeds? Quality of pavement?

I figured we are so lucky to live here and have year-round track riding, I best take a lap at each one from a YOLO standpoint

Pavement only...and I would likely get a track bike only...I am guessing ninja 250/300 or sv650?
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: venomenon83 on 02/10/18 08:07AM
Donít forget the gears.... those are the most expensive stuff if you donít have one (full suit, gloves, boots, back protector...and GoPro of course hehe).
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/10/18 08:12AM
Gear I am okay on...I have been a street rider for so long I have amassed an adequate collection. For track I run a 2-piece Vanson leather with integrated back protection, gauntlet gloves and Dainese RR boots (that I wear on the street). Pants have knee pucks.

I also have a truck, a cooler, and umbrella that can attach to my truck, and blah blah carry stuff to track days.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/10/18 08:13AM
How much does your buddy rent the R3?
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: venomenon83 on 02/10/18 01:22PM
Sounds like youíre set to go 👍👍.... ooo donít forget, ear plugs, hat (gardening or cowboy hat) and sunglasses. Those three are underrated or easily forgotten stuff.

Gear I am okay on...I have been a street rider for so long I have amassed an adequate collection. For track I run a 2-piece Vanson leather with integrated back protection, gauntlet gloves and Dainese RR boots (that I wear on the street). Pants have knee pucks.

I also have a truck, a cooler, and umbrella that can attach to my truck, and blah blah carry stuff to track days.
Title: Re: Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
Post by: luciano136 on 02/10/18 06:51PM
How much does your buddy rent the R3?

$300 all-in (gas, tires, snacks, etc.).  Show up and ride :)