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Old July 6th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #961
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You'd be surprised at how many bikes have that few miles.
X2 especially small cc bikes, people get bored with them, and decide they aren't worth selling, and get out in a corner for 20 years.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 11:50 AM   #962
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Has anyone experienced a track day? I'm interested in one but not sure where to look.
I haven't done one, but a few years ago when I had my Triumph Daytona 675 I was thinking of doing one, did a bunch of reading on it.

I think there are 2 tracks in MI that do them, gratton and gingerman I think. I think Gratton is on the west side somewhere by grand rapids. They do a lot of track weekends there, the rules are you have to have a zip together jacket and pants, riding boots, gauntlet gloves and full face helmet. I think you can wear textile jackets and pants but I don't remember.

sportbiketracktime.com puts on a bunch of them around the country, their site has a bunch of info on it.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 06:48 PM   #963
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I haven't done one, but a few years ago when I had my Triumph Daytona 675 I was thinking of doing one, did a bunch of reading on it.

I think there are 2 tracks in MI that do them, gratton and gingerman I think. I think Gratton is on the west side somewhere by grand rapids. They do a lot of track weekends there, the rules are you have to have a zip together jacket and pants, riding boots, gauntlet gloves and full face helmet. I think you can wear textile jackets and pants but I don't remember.

sportbiketracktime.com puts on a bunch of them around the country, their site has a bunch of info on it.
Gingerman is in south haven. Track days always seemed too expensive to bother with on a bike for all the gear that is required.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #964
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Motorcycle track days are super scary . . . most don't know how to ride aggressive and try to kill you in corners.

Find a curvy rode, have a lead car go head and make sure the coast is clear of kids, hazards, cops, . . etc . . and then give a spirited ride. Legal, no but most fun things aren't legal these days anyways.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 08:53 PM   #965
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How many cc?
. 250. Just enough to have a nice ride on country roads!!
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Old July 8th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #966
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. 250. Just enough to have a nice ride on country roads!!
I started out on a 4cylinder 650 and now ride an 1100 v twin (less power) I can't imagine a 250... so I guess your right about country roads with the country roads. Most of my riding is city. Looking for a gsxr or ninja over 1000 now.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 10:39 PM   #967
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I haven't done one, but a few years ago when I had my Triumph Daytona 675 I was thinking of doing one, did a bunch of reading on it.

I think there are 2 tracks in MI that do them, gratton and gingerman I think. I think Gratton is on the west side somewhere by grand rapids. They do a lot of track weekends there, the rules are you have to have a zip together jacket and pants, riding boots, gauntlet gloves and full face helmet. I think you can wear textile jackets and pants but I don't remember.

sportbiketracktime.com puts on a bunch of them around the country, their site has a bunch of info on it.
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Gingerman is in south haven. Track days always seemed too expensive to bother with on a bike for all the gear that is required.
That is definitely a lot of gear to have just to play for the weekend, damn.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 11:36 AM   #968
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That is definitely a lot of gear to have just to play for the weekend, damn.
Not really. It's the gear you should probably be wearing on the road, as well.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #969
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Not really. It's the gear you should probably be wearing on the road, as well.
I have extra suits if anyone wants to try. I have two suits. One for anyone 140-160 and one for someone 200-230. Full boots and gauntlets gloves and you are set.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 02:53 PM   #970
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i just got back an hour ago from a trip i've always wanted to take...a friend and i took a week off work and headed to the tail of the dragon friday night. got to dayton (needmore rd, ugh!) around 11p friday night and rear wheel/axle bearing exploded. we have a (really, really) good friend in cincinnati with a 1 ton so he came and picked us up around 1a and went to his place. we waited at a wafflehouse with an armed security guard...and i'm 100% positive his .40 wasn't the only one in 'da house.
spent all day saturday getting parts (back up to dayton and then over to springfield before getting back to cincinnati). had everything back together around 5 but the weather was real bad and ws even worse down south.
so we took off at 530 or so and headed east to my college roommate's farm in lost creek, wv. we rode thru some heavy rain and got there around 1130p saturday night.....got up sunday morning to even more rain so we decided to stay and hoped that monday would be better.
we left monday morning around 8a and headed east toward seneca rocks ....more rain, soaked thru to the bone. then south and west to white sulfur springs (checked out the greenbriar)...then to asheville nc monday night (got to hotel around 10p).
woke to fog tuesday am and picked up another friend in cherokee and then down to the tail. what a ride!!!! nc is by far the best mc riding i have found yet. it was absolutely beautiful. we ran the tail 2 times tuesday and drove all around the lakes there...totally awesome!
around 6 or so we drove back to cherokee to drop off the friend and caught alot more rain...decided to leave tuesday night luckily the rain let up some. we went back and ran the dragon at about 10p (a little foggy, we never got out of 2nd gear) to get over the mountain and up to knoxville where we stayed at a sleep-inn...we didn't see a single vehicle of any kind on the dragon that night....it was a little creepy but still very cool.
got up yesterday and headed home...got in downtown cincinnati and the heavens opened and dumped on us (bad traffic to boot)....we'd seen enough rain and radar / forecast looked bad all the way to toledo so we ended up going back to our friend's place on the north side of town to dry out and try to warm up.
got up this am at 6a and headed home...got here at 1230.
just a hair over 2000 miles, was a good ride...vista-cruise, new seat, shield, and pegs made the ride relatively painless though would love to take that trip on a bigger bike...the bikes ran ok
i unloaded, rinsed the pig down, and here i sit with a beer trying to get my ears to quit ringing/buzzing and preparing for the weekend ..saturday and sunday will be spent doing guess what? yup, motorcycle riding...son and i are going to meet a couple of friends up in st. helen and then gladwin to do a l'il trail biking after this weekend i think i will take a little break from 2-wheels (at least til mid-next week)


























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Old July 11th, 2013, 04:14 PM   #971
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Sounds like quite a trip, The good part is that you were able to hit the tail on a week day instead of Sat or Sun. My Bro and sis in law just made about the same trip 2 weeks ago, had a great time as well.

My wife and I hope to do it also, we were camping in the Indy area all last week, got to bring the bike down and took a covered bridge tour.

We have the same bike, Ours is a 97 Yamaha Royal Tour Classic.






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Old July 11th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #972
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That is definitely a lot of gear to have just to play for the weekend, damn.
It is a lot but you can ride with a 2 piece suit, and as mikesova said most of the stuff you need you really should be riding with anyways. I liked to wear short gauntlet gloves and a leather sport jacket on my Daytona, I could have gotten pants for it really cheap and would just need boots.

Sport Bike Track Gear has all kinds of killer deals on track gear stuff, they have gauntlets that are like $35 or so. I priced out a budget set up and it was less than a grand most of it being stuff I'd wear on the street.

As for the riding quality, I can't comment but I would assume it can get quite scary. Lots of people aren't willing to push it to the limit for fear of wrecking their bike, at least I'd imagine that be the case. I always wanted to do it though
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Old July 13th, 2013, 03:28 PM   #973
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Cool ride report, dbikers. :)

Just posted some things for sale from the sporty if anyone's interested:

Sportster/ MC parts for sale - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

This morning I tackled the leaky rockerbox gaskets and the mailman dropped off a new seat! I'm really slimming this thing down.



Harley's are kind of nice, since everybody has them and modifies them, it's pretty easy to score parts on the cheap. I replaced the gutted pipe, got a stock seat, and am waiting on the z-bars.

Now to change the oil and tune that S+S Super E carb. It seems to be running a little rich. (black plugs).
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Old July 13th, 2013, 03:54 PM   #974
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Not really. It's the gear you should probably be wearing on the road, as well.
I hear you on that one. Learned it the hard way. I know have some draggin jeans.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 04:33 PM   #975
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Cool ride report, dbikers. :)

Just posted some things for sale from the sporty if anyone's interested:

Sportster/ MC parts for sale - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

This morning I tackled the leaky rockerbox gaskets and the mailman dropped off a new seat! I'm really slimming this thing down.



Harley's are kind of nice, since everybody has them and modifies them, it's pretty easy to score parts on the cheap. I replaced the gutted pipe, got a stock seat, and am waiting on the z-bars.

Now to change the oil and tune that S+S Super E carb. It seems to be running a little rich. (black plugs).
If you use the enrichment lever too much on the s&s carb it will foul plugs. I can hear the fuel dumping into the carb when I hit that thing. I try to use it as little as possible.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #976
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Cool ride report, dbikers. :)

Just posted some things for sale from the sporty if anyone's interested:

Sportster/ MC parts for sale - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

This morning I tackled the leaky rockerbox gaskets and the mailman dropped off a new seat! I'm really slimming this thing down.



Harley's are kind of nice, since everybody has them and modifies them, it's pretty easy to score parts on the cheap. I replaced the gutted pipe, got a stock seat, and am waiting on the z-bars.

Now to change the oil and tune that S+S Super E carb. It seems to be running a little rich. (black plugs).
So they are like jeeps? No matter how many mods 50 other people have the exact same thing?
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Old July 14th, 2013, 03:11 PM   #977
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So they are like jeeps? No matter how many mods 50 other people have the exact same thing?
Probably a reasonable comparison.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #978
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Went to get the bike from work and it started freak in raining... FML.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #979
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Sportster to Road King Conversion Kit ;)

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Old July 21st, 2013, 07:47 PM   #980
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Did some scootin' today on the sporty

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