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One of the reasons for me getting my F3 was to (finally) take a bike to a track day. Now that I've had a season playing with her on the road, I think this new year will see me riding on a track somewhere.

But before I do, I want to poll the "Wisdom Of The Forum". As a complete track n00b, I was considering a track school first.

Is this wise? Has anyone participated in any? How would you rate your experience / review the school?

The closest track to me is http://www.ridgemotorsportspark.com/, but I'm certainly not adverse to traveling to anywhere warm for instruction or riding either.

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Personally, I found Keith Code's tuition really useful

http://superbikeschool.com/

I rode Laguna Seca and Streets of Willow Springs with him, learnt a lot and had a great time at both locations
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I think on e of the keys here is to be comfotable with the organization providing the track time.
The organizations I have ridden with all have had three skill levels running throughout the day with each skill level getting 20 minutes of track time per hour. That is pleanty of time on the track. The off track time is spenat with classroom training for the novice an intermediate classes with expert doing their own thing.

All classes start with a 20 minute follow-the-leader sessions. The Novice and intermediate classes continue that thought he day, with expert giving it up after the first familiarization session. Intermediate gives it up at mid-day with instructors available for the remaining sessions.

I'd recommend finding a track day provider and asking a few questions about how the day is run, is lunch provided, how to prep a bike, what gear do you need to wear, etc.

Then, go do a track day staring in the novice group. You will soon find out, as others of us have, how addictive this is...and how quickly you advance your skill set.

Here is a link to an origanizaton I like here in the Northeast USA. Take a perusal and see what a very good organization does:


http://www.fishtailridingschool.com/

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I think on e of the keys here is to be comfotable with the organization providing the track

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Here is a link to an origanizaton I like here in the Northeast USA. Take a perusal and see what a very good organization does:


http://www.fishtailridingschool.com/
Thanks, I think that sounds like excellent advice.

I love their "Why Choose Fishtail" page. These guys sound all right! Maybe it's the food section....


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Let me know, via PM, if you are going to one of their events. If I am off, I'll go too.

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I can recommend Keith Code , California Superbike School, very good.
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With Fishtail's culinary excellence, how can you go wrong?

"Eating lunch is an important part of our day. We eat like kings. We provide donuts, coffee and fruit in the morning, plenty of water to drink throughout the day, and we stop for an hour at noon for a fully catered lunch (provided by the Smoke Shack). Our goal is to build community as much as provide a place to ride, and stopping to give everyone a rest while breaking bread fosters that environment. The caterer does a great job with the food, there's always plenty to eat, and we eat together in the garages so that we can tell each other lies about how skilled we are :-)"

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I have been to Code and Freddie Spencer. Code doesn't teach braking to the apex, whereas other schools do. Spencer aka Yamaha is out of business unfortunately. I learned a lot at Code, but feel his Socratic method irritating, and Spencer evolutionary better.

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Kevin Schwantz has a highly regarded school as well...he teaches track skills for the street. Not a "race" school.

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