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Hey all. Welcome to my first post. :)

I'm in Toronto, Canada, and eager to get my mitts on my first supermoto bike. I'm planning to buy something over the winter, and I'd like to have some closed-course instruction in the spring. My background is 100% street and track riding on sportbikes, never been in the dirt, never cornered foot-out.

Does anyone run a supermoto school (like the FAST school at Shannonville, only for supermotos) anywhere within say 1000 km of Toronto?

If there's not a formal school setup, where do I go to find track day events so I can get out there and practice and maybe learn a bit by observation?

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Phil.
 

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Im also interested. im just 30 min east of T.O. I have a 04 crf450r I just got it street legal so I rip alot on the street. But id love to learn to corner with the rear wheel out and all that cool stuff!!
 

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Hey, billwalsh119 & any other supermoto riders in & around the Southern Ontario area, you're more than welcome to come out riding. Theres a group of us that ride every weekend as long as weather permits. When we're not racing in the Canadian Nationals we take the supermoto bikes to mx tracks, road race tracks, go kart tracks & anywhere else that looks fun. We'll be doing some ice riding this winter too. Get in contact with me & I'll fill you in on when & where we're going, the more the merrier! [email protected]
 

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Thanks to everyone for the pointers and the warm welcome!

Finding this kind of forum/community has me even more stoked about shopping for a bike. :)

Thanks again,
Phil.
 

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Hey Guys,

I have been toying with the idea of running some schools over the years but have not done so for various reasons. The least of which is location the second being insurance.

Some good things are in the works for Supermoto this coming summer so that may change. The racing is set to return with a decent schedule and that should re-spark some riding areas. As well there was a lot of success with SM's at track days this past summer.

I spent a good deal of time educating road bike track day providers that there is good interest for actual supermoto riding on shorter tracks (shannonville go-kart and mosport RDT) rather than trying to go 140mph on the big tracks.

It went well and they now realize the fun in SM is the slide and the challenge a tighter course offers. Clearly the next step would be to push for dirt. This represents different challenges and will be hard to execute on track days that include Superbikes and so forth. It's an evolutionary process and like every thing in life one which is dictated by money.

So getting back to the purpose of this thread, if the venue presents itself and there is serious interest I may be talked into some schools. I love to teach and really enjoy it but since I can't charge millions to do it the hassle factor needs to be low and the guys would have to be somewhat keen.

I am excited to hear there are guys out there looking for bikes and wanting to get into the sport. I have a sweet Honda 450SM to sell for anyone interested.

For those of you reading this who don't go to the races and therefore may not know my name google: dave arnold supermoto or see this recent article in racerX www.racerxcanada.com/news_update.php?id=2735

At present I am based just north of Toronto in Richmond Hill, ON.

I don't check in here often (almost never) but for those with questions etc. I can be reached at [email protected]

Peace and wheelies,
Dave. :thumbup:
 

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Hi Phil,
Mécaglisse Supermoto center in Québec gives supermoto lessons for 3 years now. The chief instructor was Stephane Blot, french champion 2001-2004.
I contacted Eddy Seel for this year 2007.
As soon as I've more infos, I'll post them here.

Franck www.mecaglisse.com
 

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If someone can possibly hold a school in Sarnia, Ontario (where I hear there's an awesome track) I will come up from Michigan to participate. And I might be able to influence a few friends to come, too. That track is 125 miles from me.

Let me know: robcavenagh at yahoo dot com
 

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okemos said:
If someone can possibly hold a school in Sarnia, Ontario (where I hear there's an awesome track) I will come up from Michigan to participate. And I might be able to influence a few friends to come, too. That track is 125 miles from me.

Let me know: robcavenagh at yahoo dot com
Sarnia is only a weekend deal. They make the track in the parking lot at a casino . Festival of horsepower weekend. I don't think they have a track around there that I know about :headscrat :headscrat
 

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Supermoto101:

I ran a few trackdays at Cayuga last year aimed at sportbikes. In Sept 2006 I rode a SM there for the first time and got hooked. I just bought a KTM 560 so I am ready to learn.

PM me if you have any thoughts of doing an SM school at Cayuga. The track has actually be very open to running bike trackdays there.

Only downsides: 1) Noise is an issue; 2) no more than 15-17 bikes on track at a time.
 

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I've looked into running SM trackdays at Cayuga as well

Don't waste your time, for supermoto purposes, the track is terrible, even the smaller configs.

The track management is a joke to deal with as well.

They're not interested in listening to the safety concerns brought up.

While they're not as significant as with the roadrace bikes, there are still things that need to be dealt with.
 

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I've looked into running SM trackdays at Cayuga as well

Don't waste your time, for supermoto purposes, the track is terrible, even the smaller configs.

The track management is a joke to deal with as well.

They're not interested in listening to the safety concerns brought up.

While they're not as significant as with the roadrace bikes, there are still things that need to be dealt with.
Donovan, What is the prob with Cayuga in terms of the track itself? I thought it might be good for SM b/c of its tightness.

The management is another story, and I'd hire a competent ambulance crew and my own corner workers.

Aren't there a couple of places in the Niagara region to run SM?

Rodger
 

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Please let me know if anyone does a trianing day in the Southeren ontario region I know about 3 guys who would love to learn but no one to teach. I contacted Quebec and they said they would provide english instructors. However its about 8 hours drive away and on July 1 which is a long weekend and June 2 which I just can't do. Frank at the the place said if they had lots of intrest they would run a third program in the fall. Someone needs to get SM rolling in Canada I feel like the US is having all the fun. Anyone what to fly to CA for eekend and do a program.
 
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