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Old 06-08-2017, 01:07 PM   #1
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How to know when you're ready to race?

My goal is to ultimately start racing. I was wondering how many of you found you were "ready" and started racing?
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:24 PM   #2
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Could ride at a fast B-group pace without feeling like I was *really* pushing it. Didn't feel uncomfortable in close quarters with other riders or when being passed unexpectedly. Had more fun dicing it up with other track-goers than just cruising around by myself, and started feeling the desire for competition creep in.

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Old 06-08-2017, 01:28 PM   #3
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I went and did a few track days and would have my dad take lap times for me. I then went on the AFM website and looked at race times for bikes similar to mine to see where I could finish. Initially i would have been in last place but track day times are much slower than what you will do in a race.

I only did 4 days on the track (the 3rd days was my NRS) and then went racing. If you pass the NRS then that means you are ready but just be aware that racers are very very fast compared most track day riders. Also, remember to have fun when racing in your first year..the speed will come.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:33 PM   #4
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Old 06-08-2017, 02:31 PM   #5
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The key to knowing when you're ready to race is carefully examining your bank account and calculating how many tires you could buy if you eat only ramen for the next year.
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Old 06-08-2017, 03:27 PM   #6
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The key to knowing when you're ready to race is carefully examining your bank account and calculating how many tires you could buy if you eat only ramen for the next year.
Pretty much this


I was racing probably before I was "ready" in terms of pace - but I was consistent and safe for the faster people to pass, so being out there wasn't an issue. I only did a Saturday race until my pace was below the suggested times for the other classes.

"Ready" is a loose definition. Some people get out there and start going competitively fast very quickly. Others of us take a little longer. A few others are content to get out there, enjoy the competition, but aren't worrying about trophies. If you want to go out there and be winning in short order, that's a different criteria than being able to pass an NRS and grid up for the fun of it.

As long as you're safe, consistent, and predictable, chances are you're probably "ready" because those things don't come without a certain level of experience and skills, even at a slower pace.
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Old 06-08-2017, 06:23 PM   #7
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The key to knowing when you're ready to race is carefully examining your bank account and calculating how many tires you could buy if you eat only ramen for the next year.
Hahaha

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I was racing probably before I was "ready" in terms of pace - but I was consistent and safe for the faster people to pass, so being out there wasn't an issue. I only did a Saturday race until my pace was below the suggested times for the other classes.

"Ready" is a loose definition. Some people get out there and start going competitively fast very quickly. Others of us take a little longer. A few others are content to get out there, enjoy the competition, but aren't worrying about trophies. If you want to go out there and be winning in short order, that's a different criteria than being able to pass an NRS and grid up for the fun of it.

As long as you're safe, consistent, and predictable, chances are you're probably "ready" because those things don't come without a certain level of experience and skills, even at a slower pace.
Well, coming in last isn't fun, lol, but i'm fairly comfortable with the fact that i will not come in first either.
I just had a racer say this last weekend at BW that "if you're not ready by now you'll never be ready"

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I went and did a few track days and would have my dad take lap times for me. I then went on the AFM website and looked at race times for bikes similar to mine to see where I could finish. Initially i would have been in last place but track day times are much slower than what you will do in a race.

I only did 4 days on the track (the 3rd days was my NRS) and then went racing. If you pass the NRS then that means you are ready but just be aware that racers are very very fast compared most track day riders. Also, remember to have fun when racing in your first year..the speed will come.
per buttonwillow times, i am a snail and will come in last place across the board for my bike.

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Could ride at a fast B-group pace without feeling like I was *really* pushing it. Didn't feel uncomfortable in close quarters with other riders or when being passed unexpectedly. Had more fun dicing it up with other track-goers than just cruising around by myself, and started feeling the desire for competition creep in.

If you feel affected by any of these issues, don't worry, you are not alone. Just call 1-800-AFM and sign up for the NRS school TODAY!
I was running A pace my first weekend at laguna and fast B my first weekend at BW.

I'm looking forward to getting out to THill for a ken hill 2 day school this month and seeing how i progress from there and i will probably sign up for the NRS after some additional feedback from PTT/KW coaches on my preparedness for racing (fact: im not prepared) and some (successful i hope) negotiation with the wife.
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:04 PM   #8
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If you are seriously asking and can afford it..
See above.

Does Flying low to the ground, Elbow to elbow with other like minded asphalt aviators sharing smiles, thrills and enjoying epic moments in life sound good??.
See above

You will get faster over time and if you start now you will be faster sooner if you really apply yourself.. and even if you don't 100% you will fricking love it.

So if you are not a total riding rookie .... see above and DO IT.

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Old 06-08-2017, 07:39 PM   #9
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:56 PM   #10
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You never feel ready until that green flag flies. Just do it. Life is short and there is never a better time than now.
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:40 AM   #11
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You never feel ready until that green flag flies. Just do it. Life is short and there is never a better time than now.
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AFM is holding the last of their 3 2017 $99 NRS specials on September 2 at Sonoma, great way to get started

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Old 06-09-2017, 09:20 AM   #12
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I'll just add a big +1 to everything everyone here has said. I wasn't ready based on pace or times, but I dove in anyway. Just like the first track day where you realized how slow you were on the street, you'll start to drop lap times very quickly once you get the hang of it.

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Well, coming in last isn't fun, lol
Nah, it's still pretty fun! I do it every round! If you'll be using that gen1 in the races you'll find a few more of us in Legacy.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:51 PM   #13
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Boom! This.

As I eat ramen trying to save for more tires.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:05 PM   #14
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Boom! This.

As I eat ramen trying to save for more tires.
I eat ramen because I like the taste.
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I do too, but the real ramen, not this $0.50 microwave one :sob:
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