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East coast motorcycle racing schools?

Discussion in 'Motorcycles' started by K2e2vin, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. K2e2vin

    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    Just wondering, are there any schools or courses on the east coast for learning how to ride competitively?

    I still don't have a bike also(probably get a moped first...Don't Hate!! :lol: ; what do you guys recommend as a good starter bike?
     
  2. NissanNiNjA2nd

    NissanNiNjA2nd Senior Member

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    07 GSXR1000

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  3. K2e2vin

    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    lol, isn't that sort of big for a beginner? I was thinking <600
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    the GSXR1000 is Ultra light. But the power is prolly too much.


    I always (As Ninja does too) recommend a 250 starter bike. Use your formative years to allow the activity to tell YOU what you're comfortable at. Buy a bike and trade it in at the drop of the hat, try everything for a few months. Try cruisers, sport bikes, enduros, Try them all.

    And keep that Scooter around, Scooters are great, and a necessity in the upcoming economic crash.

    a 600cc bike, for most people's weights, is TOTALLY overkill. It's like a ferrari. a 600 sport bike (inline 4) is like twice as fast as a 650 V-twin cruiser or the like. I think that when people say "a 600 would be a good choice" they are thinking of a cruiser.
     
  5. NissanNiNjA2nd

    NissanNiNjA2nd Senior Member

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    4 things become a factor

    Your Size

    your plans for the bike

    where you live

    how much you have to spend


    Like Steve said, I recommend riding around on a 250... its been 2 years with mine and I love it more and more every time I ride it.
     
  6. K2e2vin

    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    Thanks guys! I was just referring to less than 600; not a 600 itself(like the 250 you suggested, sounds good). I've rode a 600 and 1300 before(both Suzuki's) and they both feel very powerful.

    I'm not that big at all, roughly 5'6 and about 150lbs. I want something that can handle real well and is good for highway too, but I want to upgrade later on. Just something to get me used to a bike and to practice riding.

    The area I live in has a lot of hills(Raleigh, NC) but open roads too. Honestly, anything larger than 600 seems like overkilll for the streets around here(not the best roads either).

    Just looking to spend up to ~$5,000 max(whatever the price of the Scooter leaves); probably less for a used bike.

    Also, for a Scooter, how fast does a 49cc one go? I like the way the Yamaha Zuma works but am worried it might be too slow(some roads when I'm going to work, I need to travel at about 55mph).
     
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    Not a lot of 49ccs will do 55mph. The Aprilias will, but they are over $5000.

    If you're looking at a 49cc specifically for the registration allowances, you gotta do your homework. There are more to those laws than "49cc or less is ok to not register". They also take into account intake systems, exhaust restrictions, braking and fuel mixing devices. Then a lot of states won't let you run anything on the road unless it's insured. Some insurance companies won't insure unless it's registered, and you can't register it until you get a licence.

    It's not as easy as everyone makes it out to be. The easiest thing is to get the bike that does, mechanically, what you need it to do and then get the licencing and insurance (You should always insure things like this)

    Once you let go of the notion that scooting won't be free.. you'll be open to make proper decisions of which machine you'll enjoy. Genuine makes a lot of good scoots, and then you can go creme de la creme with a Vespa and enjoy it for YEARS. Genuine also makes a high quality machine, like the Rattler 110. You can also check out the Vespa copy machines (They are really Vespas) like the Bajaj models (Those are literally tanks) or the Allstates. The Yamaha Vino is nice too.

    There are lots of things available in the world of scootering, more than motorcycling by far. Do your homework and don't be one of those people that gets stuck with a 50cc because they think they are saving a bunch.

    Also, if a 50cc is really your thing, check out the Derbi GPRnudes (I put up a post a few months ago in this forum)
     
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    My first bike was a 600. You really don't need to go any smaller. Where do you live for the classes and how far are you willing to ride to get there. I just got back from one outside of Savannah and it was worth the trip and money. Very open and fast track and the cost was only $250. The class is a no brake theory and to my surprise was very good. There is also the ones at VIR in Virginia but they don't have much one to one and I have heard some bad stories about the track days there.
     
  10. jeffie7

    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    Did you really just sign up for this site to bump a 2 year old thread?

    600 Non super sport is fine (example, Bandit 600, SV650, GS600), anything supersport is too much for a new rider.
     
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