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I would do the same: different route or ride at a different time.  Avoid any confrontation on the road for sure.

How much does your buddy rent the R3?

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

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?


I would file a trial by declaration explaining you were a victim of road rage (without admitting speeding of course).  Good chance it will get dismissed.

Yes exactly...seems like there was intent to ticket prior to adding distance. Seems he didn't have enough reason at first because I pulled over to let him pass...but only after aggressive tailgating he got a moment at higher speed and used that to light it up.

And hard to say on the car even if I turned around...dark at night and the newer explorers just have 2 projector lights...hid...tint of blue

Seems like most of you would have done the same

To be honest I want to say it's okay because I'd rather a Tailgater be a cop with a ticket then an angry SUV looking to lay his Vengeance and rear end me


Oh, that will be fun to watch!  Feels like that Honda was a dud; wasn't Bruce riding a Honda too?  He hasn't been all that competitive either.


That's a dirty move right there!!  Gotta know your cop cars man; Ford Explorer I take it?

I typically would try to lose a tailgater with lane splitting.  If I can't lose them easily, I'll leave a ton of room in front so they don't run into me in case I have to slow down for whatever reason.

Bikes For Sale / Re: FS 2008 CBR1000RR Track Beast
« on: 02/07/18 01:21PM »
Can I get the license plate number and the date codes on the tires?  It's a real deal-breaker for me for track bikes.


General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: helmet A/C?
« on: 02/05/18 09:26AM »

How much crap do we need on a helmet??  Bluetooth, GoPros, AC.  Just take the car already LOL


Are they wholesale?  I have never heard of them? 

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.


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.


Chuck already sold out for 2/4 but this looks fun too:

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. 

"UNOFFICIAL" Rides / Re: GMR Ride - Sunday, 1/21/18
« on: 01/22/18 12:06PM »

Glad you guys had a good ride; weather was gorgeous Sunday.  Too bad for the crash; sounds like an S2000 went off the road.  RIP.

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!!


LAB2V looks like fun!  Don't have any offroad bikes though  :2:

Track Days / Any OCMoto members left who ride track?
« 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.

Safety/fear is probably one of the big drivers in the US.  Unless parents ride themselves, they will discourage kids to ride at all cost because it's too dangerous.  When you get older and make your own decisions, most everyone will disapprove of riding as soon as you have kids; they find it "irresponsible" and "selfish". 
Well, your last option is to wait until kids are out of the house but by that time, the desire to ride is probably long gone...

Unless that mindset changes, I feel like only old farts and a few selected rebels will continue riding.  Just look at this forum, most everyone is gone LOL


Unless I see frost on the car in the morning, it's not cold :D .  The last couple of winters have been pretty mild.  I remember the days it was high 30s in the morning and that's been a loooong time now.

Bikes For Sale / Re: FS 2008 CBR1000RR Track Beast
« on: 01/18/18 05:10PM »

If you do some research, you'll find it's pretty common for track bikes to be sold without titles.  A lot of these bikes have often been off the streets for a long time (and should never be registered again as they are not street legal to begin with).  When he sends you the VIN, that's most likely what you'll find.  I don't even know who would register a bike that will never be ridden on the street to begin with.

My 2 cents, if you have some kind of concern about legality and/or DMV, I would buy a registered street bike and convert it to a track bike.  Of course, it will cost several thousands more to do so...

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