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Video: Cornering Seminar with Ken Condon

At the request of the district manager for the Northeast Region, I booked several dates during mid-to-late winter of 2018. One event was held at Wilkins Harley-Davidson, located in South Barre, Vermont. As with each of the talk, around 100

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Thinking in Vs-Dissecting Cornerspeed

Guest writer Paul Duval shares his thoughtful observations about performance cornering based on electronic data gathering. Corner speed. It is the holy grail of motorcycle road racing and track day riding alike. Knee down and railing, carving the corners like

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5 Tips from an Aging Sport Bike Rider

Note: This article pertains to all types of riders. So, please read on. What happens to sport bike riders when they get old? Most people think of sport bike riders as young men in their 20’s or 30’s. A lot

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Motorcycle Track Days: What You Need to Know

What are Track Days All About? Track Days are the most exciting, fun and effective way to improve your riding skills…period! You will learn how to corner and brake with a lot more confidence and control. And you will have a

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5 Reasons Why Roadracers Give Up Street Riding

Most roadracers start out as street riders. But a lot of roadracers (and some track day riders) stop riding on the street after they begin riding on racetracks. Why is this? Riding on the street is dangerous. At first blush,

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Guest Writer: Why Street Riders Benefit by Riding the Track

Guest contributor Ed Conde shares his experiences about how track days have helped his street riding. The Next Level I came to riding late. I did not begin riding until I was pushing 50. I tried to make up for

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Guest Writer: Becoming “That Rider”

It was a long and cold winter here in the Northeast, but at the first Tony’s Track Days event of the year at the beginning of May, we were given clear skies and ideal temperatures. Last year, I worked hard

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Video: Ken Narrates a Track Day Session

Enjoy this video of Ken narrating a few laps of the Thompson Speedway, CT (Clockwise, short course) road course using a Sena GoPro Audio Back. Here is another from Thompson Motor Speedway in Thompson, CT Track day riders who sign

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Best Track Day Bikes

I often get asked from riders new to track days, what is the best motorcycle for riding on the track? In an effort to answer this FAQ, I decided to list some criteria for what I look for in a

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Guest Writer: When Do You Lean?

The ability to lean a motorcycle with confidence is a fundamental part of riding. Unfortunately, humans do not come hardwired to lean much more than about 20 degrees, which is the lean angle where we start to lose traction  when

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Track Day Bike Prep-Triumph Street Triple R

The Patient: I recently sold my trusty track-only 2005 Kawasaki ZX6R for a more upright track /street bike. I thought I would buy a new Yamaha FZ-09, but I talked with Dave Searle from Motorcycle Consumer News who told me

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Guest Writer: Just Go Faster

“Just go faster, Jeff,” my track riding guru Ken Condon says after asking him what I need to do next as a track day rider.  I am flattered, because Ken says that my track form is very good. He says

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Guest Writer: If in doubt, UPshift

Chuck Boucher is the latest RITZ guest blog contributor. Chuck is an expert level roadracer with the Loudon Roadracing Series and is an instructor for Tony’s Track Days. You can read Chuck’s biography here. Chuck recently had a racing mishap

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Track Day Tire Dilemma

Tires can be a source of anxiety to a motorcycle rider. And it’s no surprise, since our tires provide us with the traction we need to make it home in one piece. When it comes to track days, many people

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What you need to know about Throttle Blipping

What is Throttle Blipping? To execute smooth downshifts it is important to match the engine speed with the road speed. You can do this by slowly easing out the clutch (after you apply the brakes, please). But sometimes a rapid

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Guest Writer: Get Back on the Horse

The latest guest post is from long-time track day rider and club racer, Ian Vivero from Smelly Dog Racing who has an interesting point of view about post-crash psychology. So, listen up. The floor is yours’ Ian. Getting Back on

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#1 Reason Why Motorcycles Crash in Corners

Motorcycles crash for many different reasons, including in no particular order: They are not very stable when ridden slow, so tip overs are common They are hard to see in traffic, so collisions with cars is far too frequent They

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Vintage Motorcycle Road Racing

Yesterday was the the first round of the United Stated Classic Racing Association (USCRA) roadracing season. I got a firsthand look at vintage roadracing in the U.S. by participating in the 2014 United States Vintage Grand Prix at New Hampshire

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Guest Writer: Track Day Rain Riding

Adam Butler is the first ever RITZ guest blog contributor. Adam is an expert level roadracer with the Loudon Roadracing Series and is one of my co-instructors for Tony’s Track Days. You can read Adam’s biography here Let’s see what Adam

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Traction Seminar: Motorcycle Tires

Ken and Tony from www.tonystrackdays.com speak about tires at the Traction Management Seminar at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. More video of the seminar to come. Thanks Eric R. for filming. Share your thoughts about tires and ask any questions

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