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post #1 of 23 Old 03-30-2017, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Want some free coaching?!? need a tow? got a question?

I am here to help, or rather I would like to help;

That’s my goal. I want to help our sport grow. To do that I feel we must have more riders who enjoy our sport. Many things go into our sport and some are best learned via others vs learning “the hard way”. Here is where I think I can help!

I would like to offer myself to help you, any way I can. Tow you around the track on a track day, or maybe answer some questions on here, and anything in between. It can be about anything. I really just want to give back to the sport that has given a lot to me over past 6 years. Not sure best way to get across my message, other than to make an offer to help however I can. And end game would be to grow our sport and you to pay it forward when you feel you can

6 years ago, after doing a few to many “dumb” things on the road on my street 636 (2005) I had a buddy at work invite me to a track day. From the moment I cracked open the throttle on the hot pits, I knew I was a lifer. After a few track days that year I enrolled in my local club WMRRA. And took to my first race. OOOOOO man, what a rush and the fun and excitement and the noise’s. ALL of it. ALL of it was overwhelming at first but now looking back its easy to see why I’m still around. It’s so much fun. Now granted it’s not for everyone. I have also skydived many times. It’s a hoot also, but it was missing a few key things for me. Competition mainly. So my novice year came and went very quickly was not dead last and was not first, but solid mid pack rider. I enjoyed it much and set out to learn as much as I could about road racing. Some things I researched were very fruitful, others a dead end or worse yet, bad or mis information. At first you want to soak information up from every available source. After some trial and error, you find a few trusted sources or methods. And found for me that was the ticket. So yes, you can learn from watching MOTOGP, but I found a mentor to be much more enlightening (for me at least) then reading book after book on the “how to’s” I crashed a dozen times my second year. I was blindly pushing. I wanted to be the fast guy. I think most of us do. But I was going about it all wrong. Super risky moves and learning the “hard way” is not only expensive but also life threating. And not only to you, but to others around you. So I write this as if I was talking to myself, 6 or 7 years ago. In an effort to get where I’m at now without the cost and crashes that came along with it. also knowing this sport cost a lot of money. And wear you place that money is also important. Best free advice I can give is, get yourself some tires and some suspension tuning (really just set up for your weight to start) most track days have venders for 20-50 bucks that will do this for you. again here to help. But no one knows everything. Including myself. 6 years in the sport is not to say I have nothing to learn if anything I have more to learn then maybe yourself. Just depends what you want to get out of the sport. You get as much as you give. MY turn to give! (=

List of things I think I can help with;

gear, expectations, dealing with adrenaline before it flows, working out (training), training your mind (to focus), nutrition, Plan your work, and work your plan, what bike should I ride, where can I ride, books to read, schools to take, things to avoid
getting a bike(where to best buy one) bike prep, bike maintenance, bike tools, bike spares, tires (who, what, where and why) mods, storage, checklists, other dos and don’ts, and when things break. how to crash (well), rain racing or riding
game plans, technique, throttle control, brake control, “feel”, lines, passing, riding vs racing, Towing you around the track (this is my favorite for obvious reasons…I get to ride with you)

Please get a hold of me, for anything you think I can help you with. I’m nonjudgmental, easy to talk to and more importantly happy to help and I’m FREE

Find me on FB my name is pretty uncommon (last name) and so should not be hard to find. Best place to get info.

Again I’m free, I’m not going to charge you a dime for my help. However I don’t want my help to cost me money. So if you live in FL and want me to tow you around a race track, you’ll either need to come out west or fly me to you and cover small cost of doing so. (I don’t require anything but food and a bike to ride) happy to sleep on the floor with a pillow and blanket. I come from a humble background ( =

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ex gymnast of 25 years coach for 8.
Endurance race wins, on SV650
endurance races on 600's and a 2016 R1M
2016 swept my 3 classes (650 SS, 650 SB and lightweight sb all on stock bike (engine)
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post #2 of 23 Old 03-30-2017, 09:18 AM
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Pretty cool offer. I think you could be a great find for someone who is looking to improve their riding skills or motorcycle knowledge in general. Good on you! We can all learn from you. Learn to think of others before yourself. Glad to have you here. I would come, hang out and ride with you but I am a Southern California Boy. No plans to visit the Northwest in the future.
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That's very cool, man. If I end up getting on the track here in PNW, I'll send you a PM.
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Welcome, and a great offer! I am on the other coast but it seems that we have had very similar beginnings.
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Good with suspension? I'll be doing a test and tune day in a few weeks to get my new to me 09 zx6r figured out.
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Good with suspension? I'll be doing a test and tune day in a few weeks to get my new to me 09 zx6r figured out.
If you want a baseline to start from, I can tell you my setup. I know you have different cartridges, but aside from that everything's the same. I'm sure it's not as good as it can be, but it was good enough to lap within 2-3 seconds of the fast guys at MPH, so it can't be too bad

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Putnam race track, April 15. I'll be there, would love to have extra instruction.
Barber in May, Road America in June.

Let me know, if you can make one or more.
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If you want a baseline to start from, I can tell you my setup. I know you have different cartridges, but aside from that everything's the same. I'm sure it's not as good as it can be, but it was good enough to lap within 2-3 seconds of the fast guys at MPH, so it can't be too bad
At least the geometry will be in the ballpark. That alone is a huge advantage.
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If you want a baseline to start from, I can tell you my setup. I know you have different cartridges, but aside from that everything's the same. I'm sure it's not as good as it can be, but it was good enough to lap within 2-3 seconds of the fast guys at MPH, so it can't be too bad
Sure! I'll send you mine as well. Our shock height is about the same I thought, few mm diff. I think the forks I have are a few mm longer than what you have (ohlins)?
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Very cool offer Dustin, I will have to take you up on it! I am an OMRRA novice1 rider and received my license in August of last season. I competed in rounds 5 and 6 and I am anxiously awaiting my first FULL season of racing. I normally do about 2-4 days a season up at the Ridge, the rest at PIR, and I have done a few days at Oregon raceway park. What track day orgs do you mostly stick to? I have already learned a few lessons the hard way so any advice you can give me is appreciated!
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I am expanding my racing but so far can only afford to do all of my WMRRA races and all but conflicting races in OMRRA races, and some AFM as my season allows. so not going to be out that far. But if I do end up coming out that far, I will look you up. (=
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I would be haoppy to help. Just now dynoing 2 my 3 bikes and getting new body work and stickers on. I am doing trackdays before each round in WMRRA and the non conflicking OMRRA rounds. im 77, or for your club 77x. come find me and say hi. if im not around pet my dogs ( = ill be back soon
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I would be haoppy to help. Just now dynoing 2 my 3 bikes and getting new body work and stickers on. I am doing trackdays before each round in WMRRA and the non conflicking OMRRA rounds. im 77, or for your club 77x. come find me and say hi. if im not around pet my dogs ( = ill be back soon
You stole my number!!
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Putnam race track, April 15. I'll be there, would love to have extra instruction.
Barber in May, Road America in June.

Let me know, if you can make one or more.
For the Road America, are you talking about the end of June days? I plan on being there that weekend, but likely only for the CCS event, July 1st and 2nd. Probably show up Friday evening, june 30th. If that's the one you're talking about, you should stay for the CCS races too

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If you want a baseline to start from, I can tell you my setup. I know you have different cartridges, but aside from that everything's the same. I'm sure it's not as good as it can be, but it was good enough to lap within 2-3 seconds of the fast guys at MPH, so it can't be too bad
Would you care to share those numbers and what tires you're using?
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