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Next summer if all is in favor you can rent for a day tracks like mid-ohio for a track day. They provide an ambulance for a small cost and you pay per rider. The more the cheaper it is. I am sure we could rent beaver run or Nelson ledges for a day if people just want to ride on a basic track that is close. It would be for Gtr riders only. The promoters at Beaver always seem eager to do any thing up there. May be even get a stunt show rolling up there for next year. It is just an Idea and you won't have to have your bike race ready to ride on the track. Leave feed back if there are a lot in favor of doing this I will look into what It will take to make it happen.
 

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Sweet, but I think Beaver is closer and easier for people to get too......but if it has to be Mid-Ohio oh well....I would still be in.
 

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I like Mid-Ohio but...

1) I'll bet the cost is higher than Beaverun.
2) It's a slightly more dangerous track to run, especially for new and near new track riders, with several concrete walls, a wheelie prone corner exit, etc. Beaverun has plenty of run off room at all corners.
3) The turn-out will be dramatically lower due to cost including track time, travel logistics, etc.
4) As a true commie, socialist, and member of AARP;) I think it makes sense to support the local track. :p
5) While the idea seems good, some instruction and supervision from experienced track day organizers or instructors should be mandatory to insure a fun, safe, experience. For that reason, I would suggest we find out how many are interested. We could possibly group ride an existing day or, if we have a large enough turn-out, maybe get an organization to run a day for just GTR. We might get a couple of experienced people who are here with one of the operators on one of their week-ends to stay an extra day and run one for just our smaller group. Just some thoughts.:)
 

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I like Mid-Ohio but...

1) I'll bet the cost is higher than Beaverun.
2) It's a slightly more dangerous track to run, especially for new and near new track riders, with several concrete walls, a wheelie prone corner exit, etc. Beaverun has plenty of run off room at all corners.
3) The turn-out will be dramatically lower due to cost including track time, travel logistics, etc.
4) As a true commie, socialist, and member of AARP;) I think it makes sense to support the local track. :p
5) While the idea seems good, some instruction and supervision from experienced track day organizers or instructors should be mandatory to insure a fun, safe, experience. For that reason, I would suggest we find out how many are interested. We could possibly group ride an existing day or, if we have a large enough turn-out, maybe get an organization to run a day for just GTR. We might get a couple of experienced people who are here with one of the operators on one of their week-ends to stay an extra day and run one for just our smaller group. Just some thoughts.:)
i knew you were gonna say that, good idea indeed!
 

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Would I be required to wear leather? Being a Hindu it is against my religion to wear leather since it would cause the death of atleast 3 cows. How about helmets, I think they should be optonal as well, no brain, no pain. Hahahahahahaha.


I would be up for it. Open it to the friends of GTR and get more people to keep cost down. :D
 

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I would be up for it. Open it to the friends of GTR and get more people to keep cost down. :D
I thought the idea was GTR only and a picnic day. I think it would be cool just having all of us and having the track to ourselves. We could have 2 classes (kind of commie, eh DAD) Jeep class, for those who do not want to push the bike over and the Wanna be like DAD class, for those who wanna ride fast.....maybe a 3rd...knee down finger up class, for those with attitude and are not quite ready for the DAD class.
 

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summit point in WV. is only track around that has 2 tracks now and third being built now. I understand that beaverun is the most expensive to rent. But Iam up for the day wherever it may be. Do we really have to take the Bagger with us? :D
 

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I also think beaverun would be the best track to have it at.
nelson ledges is a shit hole. no paved pit areas no paved parking areas shiot half the time the track doesnt have pavment on it.
 

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At a regular track day, we could set up in the pits with some canopies, grills, cold drinks (no beer while the track is running), and all of the club riders, guests, and umbrella girls in one place. It could still be a party of sorts, running our own entertainment while taking advantage of the track organization that's so important. If we wanted, we could even make it a campout and do two days if the interest was there. This could also be very helpful to those interested in future track days to become familiar with all of the off-track routine. While it's no big deal, what's involved in getting the bike ready, where's tech, what do the flags mean, how do you keep track of your group, what to check between sessions, where is the track class, who are the personalities you have to see to get things done, what little bits of riding feedback you can pick up from other first time riders to make your first experience easier, etc. It could all be fun!

First thing would be to get a count of interested riders who would be willing to commit, rain or shine.

Yes, leathers are required. For the budget minded (who isn't?) start watching places like New Enough for cheap leathers. I have seen crash tested but track worthy stuff come through there at $150 for a full one piece. Some textile riding suits are acceptable by some groups but really... you want to get leather in case the worst happens. Most of the stuff should really be used on the street anyway so you'll get your use out of it, plus it lasts for many years and can be repaired if called on to do it's thing. Always cheaper to repair than your own hide.:thumb:
 

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Also do you guys want to have food delivered from a caterer or have every one bring there own food?
 

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For first timers especially, but also to go in with a group, the week-day is probably best. They tend not to fill as quickly or not at all. The last two outings for TPM have been sell-outs on the week-end with a number of riders turned away or entered into groups lower than they were qualified for. With a group of 10 or so taking the beginner's class, I'll bet we could negotiate some kind of deal. If people will make the commitment and be ready to pre-pay, I'd be glad to see what can be done about a deal with TPM. I don't want to negotiate without some commitment and ruin my credibility with them. I'll talk to them and feel out what kind of arrangement might be available but we can't just B.S. about it.
 

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Also do you guys want to have food delivered from a caterer or have every one bring there own food?
The pits are very loose in this area. No booze while the track is running but otherwise just about anything goes. Everyone bring their own fold-up chairs, those who have canopies bring them, a couple of grills, a bunch of coolers, and have fun! It could be a low effort fun outing, giving everybody a chance to get the feel of what it's about!:thumb:
 

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I don't see what the reason of getting tpm involved and spend more money unless every one wants that. They will more than likley want the day to be open to the public. If gtr itself rents the track there will be no need for them. the track will provide officals and an ambulance. Then we can have are own races and events.
 

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For first timers especially, but also to go in with a group, the week-day is probably best. They tend not to fill as quickly or not at all. The last two outings for TPM have been sell-outs on the week-end with a number of riders turned away or entered into groups lower than they were qualified for. With a group of 10 or so taking the beginner's class, I'll bet we could negotiate some kind of deal. If people will make the commitment and be ready to pre-pay, I'd be glad to see what can be done about a deal with TPM. I don't want to negotiate without some commitment and ruin my credibility with them. I'll talk to them and feel out what kind of arrangement might be available but we can't just B.S. about it.
I think a deal with TPM would be great, but I think the goal of this is to make more of a local rider type of thing and not outsourcing to TPM. I believe Road Rash would want to be there, to do the tire selling and installing also and TPM would take away from that. A weekday would definitely be a lot cheaper as far as track rental goes...yes a little less conveinent, due to taking a day off, but well worth it. Food, we could bring our own stuff and some grills and whatever. I have a trailer and could transport the bike and whatever else would be needed for the event.
 

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I am not doing this to get my business there or to pick up business. I am trying to do this as a rider my self and it would be nice to have a open track day. If the Gtr members wanted us there with the tire machine and tires I could do that to. I am just trying to get a place where we could all go and have fun for a hole day with out crazy waitress and mall cops chasing us off. I would appreciate the business for all you that know us we are a small shop that is run by riders not a big money hungry Bike shop as so many others around in the area.
 
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