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Old September 8th @ 07:45 am   #1
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From: Hendo

Motorcycle: GSX-R 1000 & RC51
Just busted my cherry this past Monday up at Miller and wanted to share the experience and info with my peeps. If anyone has been considering doing that track, stop considering it and do it!!! That place is absolutely amazing. For those that don't know, the facility is set up with two 2.2 mile courses (East and West) and can also be configured to run the outter perimeter of both courses (3.06 miles), or the "full" course which is every single turn out there and the full 3500' front straight which is 4.5 miles around. We did the full course and it was incredible! The front straight is so long, when you come out of the final turn (turn 23, yes, that is 23) you can't even see turn 1, it's that far away. The track is nice and wide (saw some guys come through the last turn 5 wide once), has tons of grip, and isn't bumpy anywhere. Best of all, it seems to be a rider's track, meaning, it has both technical sections, as well as fast flowing sections (kinda a combination of Pahrump and LVMS, but to the 10th power).

4.5 miles per lap is a huge lap too. If you make a mistake in a particular turn, you have about 3.5 minutes to think about it before you're in that turn again. To ride the full course, it was $269 and worth every penny. I'd do it again this weekend if I could, it was that great of an experience. If anyone is interested, the organization hosting the event was Apex Track Days (Schedule | APEX Trackdays) and they were pretty solid. Unfortunately, they're last event of the year is Oct 15th and it's only the East course, but keep them in mind for next year. If I'm able, I plan to go at least once a year.

Oh, and they have everything there for you. There is a cafe there that serves pretty good hot food so no need to bring food unless you need snacks. They also have a ton of garages (didn't even get charged) with air/power plug ins EVERYWHERE. All you basically need to do is show up and have fun! Oh, and gas is available at the track, but THAT you will want to bring because it's stupid expensive.

I had the Go Pro going so once I get through the video footage, I'll try to put something together and post it


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Old September 8th @ 07:50 am   #2
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From: Las Vegas[Summerlin]
Sweet!
Thanks for the update...looking forward to some video.

(video, or it didn't happen!)
 
 
Old September 8th @ 08:05 am   #3
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa LE/2007 Suzuki GSXR600/2000 Honda CBR600F4
Man Robbie... I bet that Gixxer of yours was in its element on that track. And yes, I'm waiting for the video as well!
 
 
Old September 8th @ 08:40 am   #4
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From: Hendo

Motorcycle: GSX-R 1000 & RC51
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Man Robbie... I bet that Gixxer of yours was in its element on that track. And yes, I'm waiting for the video as well!
E, that was the first time I was able to really give it some stick and go up through the gears at full throttle! My first time down that straight was an eye opening experience...LITERALLY. It's a totally different experience than riding LVMS. Out here, you pin the throttle to the next turn, then slam on the brakes, go through the turn, then pin the throttle to the next turn, etc. Believe it or not, we get used to riding that way, and in my case, I tend to try to ride all tracks that way until I figure out that it doesn't work. When you come up on your brake marker at 160+ MPH, you come up on it a lot faster than you realize, and I damn near ran off in turn 1 because I was going WAAAAY too fast, but once I figured out where I need to get on the brakes, it was in heaven. Best track I've ever been on by far.
 
 
Old September 8th @ 01:11 pm   #5
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From: my moma's cooter

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Outstanding! MMP is an awesome track, one which I would love to get back out to. Now stop posting and put up the video!

By the way Fontana has a long straight as well, check out my video
 
 
Old September 8th @ 02:29 pm   #6
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 2001 ZRX1200R, 2005 Hyosung GT650S Track Bike
It is an amazing facility. Definitely must ride at some point
 
 
Old September 8th @ 02:31 pm   #7
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin, NV

Motorcycle: 2009 GSXR-1000
Get that Video up!!!! sounds cool!
 
 
Old September 22nd @ 09:03 am   #8
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From: Hendo

Motorcycle: GSX-R 1000 & RC51
posted this on the 702 boards and thought I'd ask here as well. I've been trying to put videos together of my Miller track day, as well as this past weekend out at LVMS. Problem is, when ever I drop the video into the Windows Movie Maker and start editing out the boring stuff, after a few minutes, playback gets choppy and the sound no longer matches up with the video. Kinda like the video is getting hung up but the sound isn't. Any recommendations on some good movie maker software that won't cost me an arm and a leg? Keep in mind, I'm not trying to be Stephen Spielberg, I'm just trying to put something decent together.
 
 
Old September 22nd @ 11:50 am   #9
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 2001 ZRX1200R, 2005 Hyosung GT650S Track Bike
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posted this on the 702 boards and thought I'd ask here as well. I've been trying to put videos together of my Miller track day, as well as this past weekend out at LVMS. Problem is, when ever I drop the video into the Windows Movie Maker and start editing out the boring stuff, after a few minutes, playback gets choppy and the sound no longer matches up with the video. Kinda like the video is getting hung up but the sound isn't. Any recommendations on some good movie maker software that won't cost me an arm and a leg? Keep in mind, I'm not trying to be Stephen Spielberg, I'm just trying to put something decent together.
If you shot in 1080P your system could be having issues keeping up. Those files take a ton of processing power to playback.
 
 
Old September 23rd @ 07:25 am   #10
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From: Hendo

Motorcycle: GSX-R 1000 & RC51
I did it in 720P but I suspect what you say may be true. I was able to put a very short video together of a dude highsiding his R1 in front of me, but it's only about 35 seconds long or so. Same scenerio though, I had to load the full video into Movie Maker then chop it up to make the short clip I posted on YouTube, and that seems to be where my problems begin, when the full video clip is loaded into Movie Maker. I'll keep trying though.
 
 

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