Yamaha/Nesba Sportbike Demo Ride Program
Now You Can Test Ride An R1 Or R6 On The Track
Although much of the riding season will be over by the time you read this, Yamaha and track day organization NESBA (Northeast Sportbike Association) have teamed up to offer the opportunity to test ride a Yamaha supersport bike at selected track day events across the country in '08, with plans to expand in '09.
Test rides on a new-model motorcycle are usually limited to large organized demo ride events such as Daytona Bike Week, and even then you never get a chance to really discover how a sportbike performs due to the traditional demo ride's street-legal limitations and rigid "follow the leader" structure. With the NESBA/Yamaha Sportbike Demo program, however, you'll be able to spend 15 minutes on your choice of Yamaha (YZF-R1, R6, R6S, FZ1, FZ6) on clean racetrack pavement with no speed limits, radar-gun-wielding law enforcement, or wayward automobiles.
You'll need a valid motorcycle license, along with riding gear that meets the approval of NESBA staff (Snell/DOT helmet, gloves, boots, full leathers-some riding gear is available for loan, but strictly on a first-come, first-served, size-available basis). To sign up, call (877) 286-3722 a minimum of two weeks prior to the scheduled track day event (unfortunately most of the track days will be over by the time you read this, but check Yamaha Motor Corp USA's website at www.yamaha-motor.com or NESBA's site at www.nesba.com for details on scheduled events for '09).