racing track course in thailand?

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by michaels, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. michaels

    michaels Ol'Timer

    Anybody know of a course done on the racing track here in thailand?

    I've seen some recommendation for a off-road teacher here in
    Chiang Mai, but is anybody aware of something similar for the
    racing track?
     
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  3. rene-s

    rene-s Ol'Timer

    Hello Michaels;

    Maybe something like this that you mean?
    http://www.highsidetours.com/
    I have never had any experience with them or the circuit but maybe some members do?

    Regards, Rene.
     
  4. michaels

    michaels Ol'Timer

    Hmm, that ceartainly looks interesting. Great find, thanks!

    I think it would be very interesting to hear if anybody
    has had any experience with these people (or others).
    Too bad they do not seem to offer any insurance package to
    cover accidents to yourself, though.
     
  5. rene-s

    rene-s Ol'Timer

    :) well, i guess that is up to you, and i think it,s difficult to get one for a racing day, and if so, i think the premium will ben high!

    Regards, Rene.
     
  6. andy1100xx

    andy1100xx Member

    I've known Graham for a long time, as have quite a few others on here. I even remember when I used to be quicker than him :roll:

    IMHO he runs a good operation down there, limited somewhat by some of the vagaries of being in Thailand but the best there is here by a long way. He has a good teaching method that applies as much to the road as the track and a large percentage of his clients are returning customers which I think says a lot.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  7. Danielle

    Danielle Active Member

    Highside tours looks like a bit of fun on the track :) i stumbled accross that website and am thinking of doing a one-dayer with them in mid feb 08.. (too povo to afford more than that!) spend a couple days in pattaya too while i'm at it. it all seems above board from the website.. first crash you dont have to pay for (woohoo) unless you're doing wheelies or being naughty, and second crash you do have to pay damages.
     
  8. michaels

    michaels Ol'Timer

    Hmm, that ceartainly looks interesting. Great find, thanks!

    I think it would be very interesting to hear if anybody
    has had any experience with these people (or others).
    Too bad they do not seem to offer any insurance package to
    cover accidents to yourself, though.
    Ho and hum. I finaly scraped together the money and vacation-time to
    try this. Was a little late in booking, so didn't get the "three day"
    package deal at a discounted price, but had to pay full for two
    days instead.

    Was my first time in pattaya, and ugh, what a cesspool that is.
    Sure glad to be back in chiang mai.

    It was my first time at any motorcycle track, including as a spectator,
    and was a very nice experience. I've only been riding for a year,
    and was the most novice of the guys there, most/all of who seemed to
    have spent time on several different tracks around the world.

    The HST guys picked us up at the hotel(s) in pattaya 08:30, and
    around 09:30 we were out on the track. Might be possible
    to borrow some equipment from the hst guys, but not
    sure. Everybody brought their own gear as far as I could see.

    My first day I got put in the "newbie" group with a handfull of others,
    who had not raced on the bira track before. We followed one of the hst guys, Jimmy, a pleasant guy from usa, around for 3-4 rounds, and then were let out on our own, finishing around 16 - 16:30.

    Jimmy apperently saw I was a little more newbie than the others, so
    after I've been riding a while on my own, he catched up with me, indicated
    I should follow his lead, and give me a few tips. Then I spent
    some time on my own, trying to implement the tips.

    After that I didn't hear much more from him, until I asked for some
    more help later on, which he gladly gave. I then followed him some rounds, watching him, then he followed me some rounds, watching,
    making a few corrections, etc, etc.
    This suited my pretty fine.

    As far as I could see, instruction mostly consisted of people asking
    Jimmy for some help, and he then helping.
    If you didn't ask for it, you didn't get it, and you could just race
    around on your own. Guess they don't want to piss people off by giving unwanted advice;

    The bikes they had were, all but one I thnk, gsx-r 750s.
    The one exception was a yamha r6. Not the very newest models,
    but a lot newer than my soon 20 year old vfr 400. ;-)

    There was big range of experience amongst the drivers, from
    some with only a handfull of previous trackdays (and me with none),
    to people who had been coming there regularly for several years.

    I put my bikes down twice, both on the second day.
    Once after switching from the r6 on day 1 (it was doublebooked on
    my second day), to the rather more aggressive gsx-r on my second day;
    I was a little heavy on the throttle comming out of the corner, and the wheel got a spinn. Luckly Jimmy was right behind me when it happened,
    and didn't drive over me, but saw what happened and could explain
    it to me after. Otherwise I wouldn't have known for sure.

    Then after the guy who had the r6 on my second day had finished for the day, I decided to make a few last rounds on that one (greatly prefered
    it to the gsx-r, but wanted to try the gsx-r too, since I've never
    tried it before).
    Not exactly sure what happened, and was getting rather tired too,
    but think I came in too fast in the corner and didn't manage to
    lean the bike over enough to make the turn, and ended up on the
    ground outside the track. This time I could feel it was a good
    thing I had my helmet. ;-) Nothing fractured though, and
    99% fine again now. ;-)

    The hst guys didn't flog me either, even though I dropped two bikes
    in one day. ;-) All in all, a very nice experience and I learned a lot.
    Definitly recommended.
     
  9. rene-s

    rene-s Ol'Timer

    Hello Michaels;

    Great that you have had a nice day and learned also, i think this might be useful sometimes.
     
  10. monsterman

    monsterman Ol'Timer

    I think it was Graham who told me Highside can also supply Pirelli Tyres in Pattaya from the BIRA workshop... they have a big stock and proper tyre machine for Bikes.
     
  11. E3L0

    E3L0 Ol'Timer

    They put a rear tyre on mine for me yesterday. They even had a crane big enough to lift up my GSX.
     
  12. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    I guess it depend on what kind of track there is a motocross track in Udon seem to be busy on Sundays. One of the local big bike mechanics races on Sundays
     
  13. deckx

    deckx Active Member

    They put a rear tyre on mine for me yesterday. They even had a crane big enough to lift up my GSX.
    Was watching , big operation that :D
    have you taken the bits the scrape the ground off yet ??
    declan
     
  14. E3L0

    E3L0 Ol'Timer

    That would be the crash bars. Guess what's going to happen the moment I take them off?

    After ridiculing your carbon-fibre engine covers... I'm now looking for some for mine. I didn't realise they were serious abrasion resistance.

    I'm also trying to get better suspension. I'm not sure YSS, the Thai suspension company, want my money. If I don't hear from them soon I'll just have to make do with a pair of WPs. (And a new wife, probably, when she gets the bank statement.)

    Dave
     
  15. mikerust

    mikerust Ol'Timer

    See, If you had kept the TDM. :p
     
  16. E3L0

    E3L0 Ol'Timer

    Hello Mike,

    I think it's pulling a plough somewhere these days.
     

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