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Motorcycle Track Days at Toronto Motorsports Park

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month and what better way to mark the return of riding season than with a visit to Toronto Motorsports Park.

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 12:08 Published in News


Leod Escapes invites riders to "Choose the Dream" and win a trip!

A motorcycle tour with track time on a famous MotoGP circuit sounds like a crazy dream, but Leod Escapes makes it happen. For track riders, an 8 to 10 day sport touring trip that also includes track time at courses like Sachsenring, Phillip Island, Laguna Seca Mugello or Misano is the ultimate vacation. But where to next? Leod Escapes wants you to vote at www.choosethedream.com. Thailand and Chang Circuit, Czech Republic and Brno, Spanish Pyrenees and Aragón or Portugal and Portimao - it's up to you. Choose wisely because those who vote for the winner are entered to win a free slot on the tour.

Just watch the video and it will all make sense.

Covering those Ws
WHO - Leod Escapes runs international tours with track time on famous circuits. They are based in San Francisco, California.
WHAT - Leod Escapes "Track & Tour" vacations are 8 to 10 day trips meant for track riders. This includes 4 to 6 days of sport touring on local roads on rented sport touring bikes and then one or two days of track time on a famous circuit on proper sport bikes.  Leod Escapes is giving riders the chance to vote for what the next "Track & Tour" vacation will be. Riders vote online at choosethedream.com for one of four choices. Those who voted for the winning destination are entered to win a free slot on the tour.
WHERE - Choices are Thailand & Chang Circuit, Portugal & Portimao, Czech Republic & Brno and Spain & Aragón.
WHEN - Poll runs now until February 13th 2017, Winner will be chosen February 14th (Finally a good Valentines Day for someone)

Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:17 Published in Industry News


Street to Track Blog: Part 3: Pre-track prep

Your bike is all ready and it's time to head to the track. Not so fast. Preparing the bike is just one step of many, and inadvertently skipping even one item has the potential to ruin your time at the track before it even begins. With this in mind, here are a few items to consider.

Thursday, 21 July 2016 12:28 Published in From Street to Track with Patrick Lambie


BLOG: From the Street to the Track with Patrick Lambie: 2nd installment - Bike Prep

After making the decision to head to the track this season, my attention quickly turned to determining what bike I should take with me. While momentary consideration was given to acquiring a bike specifically for track days and club racing, there was never really any doubt that it would be anything other than my trusted 2006 Honda CBR600RR taking this new adventure with me.

Friday, 10 June 2016 17:04 Published in From Street to Track with Patrick Lambie


BLOG: From the Street to the Track with Patrick Lambie: An introduction

I guess the best way to start this blog is with a simple “Welcome to my latest adventure.” After what feels like a lifetime of riding on the streets, in 2016 I am heading to the racetrack in search of an outlet that can satisfy a desire for speed and the accompanying adrenaline rush. It promises to be an exciting season, but as I found out right away, challenges are waiting around every corner.

It seems that with every project I work on there are always certain milestones, including the one that can only be described as the “What in the world made me think this was a good idea” moment. Shortly after deciding to expand my riding to include track days and road racing, that point arrived with striking clarity.

In theory my plan was anchored on a sound decision that some may even call “mature” or “prudent.” However, it turns out that there is a lot more involved with avoiding the speeding tickets and potential danger that awaited me if I continued to push the limits of riding on the street, than simply going to the track. As I contacted a few of the subject matter experts I have been fortunate to meet during my tenure at Inside Motorcycles, the questions and options that they laid out for me were more involved than anticipated. Do you want to stick to track days, or do you want to try road racing? Do you want your track bike to also be street legal? Do you have the right gear? Which tracks do you intend to go to? How will you transport your bike? Not only was the list seemingly endless, but every decision also led to a whole new set of decisions that needed to be made. As much as it would be easy to defer some of them, the reality is that the track season in Canada is short and time spent wallowing in indecision will ultimately eat away at the opportunities to ride.

Ignoring decisions and failing to do your homework can have even worse repercussions. Unless you are fortunate enough to live beside a racetrack, heading out for a track day or a race is going to involve loading up your motorcycle, all of your gear and an assortment of tools. Once you finally get to the track, do you really want to find out that your gear doesn’t meet the safety standards or that your motorcycle isn’t allowed? For experienced racers and track day riders, all of this is second nature, but for a newbie, there is no substitute for research and preparation.  

Over the next few months, this blog will document the highs and lows of my experience as I work towards the goal of participating in multiple track days, attending a race school and hopefully competing in a couple of races. Along the way I will try to share some of the issues as they come up and how they were handled. As someone who is more comfortable with a camera than a wrench, it is safe to assume that I won’t be offering advice on how to set up a motorcycle to compete in a CSBK race, but if you are interested in a first-hand experience of the racetrack from a unique perspective, stay tuned. It promises to be fun.

- Patrick Lambie

Friday, 29 April 2016 12:05 Published in From Street to Track with Patrick Lambie