Originally posted by superhawk74
Thanks for all the advice. I'm definitly just talking about track riding as opposed to racing. My health insurance and life insurance providers are in complete agreement that nothing would be covered under the title of "racing". With a new baby girl and wife to look after, I can't take a chance on racing. But track days? I can sell that all day long.
Do I really need to take courses on track riding? Do I need to start in a novice bracket? After all the street riding I've done, I don't know if my ego could handle that. But on the other hand, dumping an account of "too much, too fast" syndrome wouldn't do too much for me either.
As for taking a "course" to do track days...that would be up to you..but it's a good idea..as Photobug stated..
As for insurance, most will cover you on the track, as they aren't competion, or Timed events..check with your carrier...
Almost every track day organizer will require you to start in the beginer/novice group...Once the control/ track police...see that your faster, they will ask you to move the next faster group..One word of advice re: this...alot of canyon carvers believe they are fast, Until they get on the track, and are Humbled very quickly, that's not to say everyone that does track days are fast..but once you get into the advanced/ race groups....most riders usually see just how Slow they really are...Lastly, I'll add, that a track day isn't a race, there's NO trophies given out, the idea is to have FUN...Work on staying Relaxed while you ride, be Smooth, hold your line, i.e. don't swerv all over the track, being predictable will be appciated by the fast riders, as they will be able to find a safe way to pass you...as you get faster, you'll see that you'll appreciate others holding their line. Have fun, good luck on finding a track day weapon...the SV sounds great, as would a new generation gix 600...