Go to the RITZ YouTube Channel to see more videos.
Go HERE to see two video clips from the Riding in the Zone DVD.
Palmer Motorsports Park (MA)
Newly opened Palmer Motorsports Park was carved into a mountain at the cost of big buck$. The result is an epic track with crazy elevation changes. Runoff could be better, but is fine for track days. Here is Ken being chased by fast guy, Paul Duval.
Here’s a selfie of Ken riding the Palmer track. Notice techniques like clutchless upshifting, trailbraking, smooth brake to throttle transitions, body positioning and early head turns.
Thompson Speedway (CT)
Ken narrates a few laps of Thompson (CT) road course during a advanced group session.
Ken rides the Triumph at the Thompson, CT road course:
A video Selfie:
Non-Sportbike Track Day:
Watch cruisers, tourers and even a Burgman scooter ride around the Thompson (CT) Speedway during a special the 2014 Non-Sportbike Track Day. ST’s, BMW Fs and GSs, V-Stroms, Harleys, a Concours 14 and not a sportbike in sight:
Mix of Cruiser/Big Bike (Novice), Intermediate and Advanced Groups:
Sport Touring (Advanced) Group:
Circuit of the Americas (COTA)
Ken rides the 2015 BMW S1000RR during the press launch.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Here is a video of Ken riding a 2005 ZX6R at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With embedded data.
I want to point out that the video shows me occasionally braking in areas where I don’t typically brake. I’m not going fast enough in the video to need to brake before turns 10 or 2, or 12a. I was experimenting with getting the bike to tip in a bit easier by loading the front tire. I discovered that it really wasn’t gaining me enough to do, so I stopped doing it. A couple of other times I braked in odd places because someone was in front of me.
I’ll also point out that the long-duration braking is typical of track day riding where I’m not trying to keep competitors at bay. Instead, I’m taking the time to load the front tire gradually. You can see that the brake force never spikes and doesn’t even go very high. That would be different if I were racing. The brakes would be used more forcefully and for less time. I would also be on the gas earlier and harder.
This video is the same as the one above, except I added some educational annotations.
Face Cam of Ken riding his Triumph Street Triple R at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
The Triumph Street Triple at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon) 5/2014
New York Safety Track
Riding the Street Triple at the New York Safety Track in the uptown direction behind fellow instructor, Paul Duval.
Riding the 2000 Triumph Sprint RS street bike on the Tony’s Track Days staff test day at New York Safety Track:
A session with some of the fast group riders during the 2014 Tony’s Track Days “Mancation”.
New Jersey Motorsports Park
Riding the 05 ZX6R on the Thunderbolt racetrack at NJMP.
Riding a 250 Ninja on the Thunderbolt track.
Barber Motorsports Park
Below is a video that Aaron (Aprilia RSV4) shot of my first few warm up laps during a chilly weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The video does not show just how much of a roller coaster this track is. The elevation changes are significant. The Museum turn where we ride over the curbing is a less extreme version of the corkscrew at Laguna Seca. More Barber videos with the Triumph Street Triple R can be found HERE.
Ken rides the Hatfield McCoy Rock House trail system (WV) with Tony From Tony’s Track days during Mancation 2014. In case you were wondering why Ken is talking so much, he and Tony are using Interphone brand Bluetooth communicators.
3 Replies to “Track Day Videos”
I have to say I am not impressed with some of these videos. A lot of the people look very crossed up.
Not sure exactly which videos you’re referring to, but this is a common result of riders who don’t quite get it right. That said, being a bit crossed up isn’t the end of the world, either, unless it’s to the extreme.
Hi! I’m no novice and although I consider myself to be a great rider, I’ve yet to ride on a real track. I’ve had 3 Connie C10’s, a Yamaha FZ6 and most recently a BMW K1300S.