Street Bike Back Road Skills at Cresson MotorSports Ranch March 6 & September 11

Post date: Feb 17, 2016 2:05:08 PM

This 1.3 mile track has all of the road features that we enjoy riding in places like northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. It is shaped like a horseshoe

with sharp hairpins on the two tips, long sweeping curve in the middle, and nice curved straights which allow for safe passing. It also has several elevation changes with a blind turn like we experience on the river road between Presidio and Lajitas.

Here are some comments I found from a Ride Smart Instructor as to what he liked about this track:

The Cresson 1.3 track is my favorite to teach on, and I believe the best training track we have in Texas.

1. It's short, so you see those corners pretty often and you are given more opportunities each session for cornering practice in familiar corners than on longer tracks.

2. It has slow and fast corners, blind, reference-point-only corners, uphill and downhill corners, and a difficult decreasing radius. With every type of corner, it's a great place to learn!

3. It's tremendous fun!

This session is open to cruiser, touring, and sport-touring bikes and the equipment requirements are much more lax than what you would have to deal with in a Novice Level I class. This means you will NOT have smaller sport bikes riding with you and passing coming out of a corner. This track has 2 or more areas on the track where you can safely pass. And your flip-up full face modular helmets will be allowed and you can wear your mesh pants and jackets, gauntlet glove and boots over the ankles…but no 3/4 helmets.

All lights, your mirrors and license plate will need to be taped with blue painters tape. The tech inspection will only require that your bike and helmet are inspected.

There are only 25 slots available so do not wait if you want to attend.

We will have 20 minutes of riding for each session with a 30 minute class between each session. This class will be tailored just for our style of riding. You will learn how to use your upper body to change the center of mass of you and the bike to give you more corner clearance. The class will also show you how to select the proper line to enter and exit a turn, which is the key to proper riding on the twisty roads that we love so much.

I know it’s a long ride to Cresson (approximately 75 miles from Richardson, for example), especially when they want you at the track for registration and tech inspection at 6:30 in the morning. But we have a solution for this…..there is a Scottish Inn right across the road from the track. Last year many of us spent the previous night there and got up the next morning, ate breakfast, and rode our bikes across the road to the track. There is a link below for the Scottish Inn.

Link for the Scottish Inn - Cresson, Texas

Below is the direct link to the Ride Smart registration page for March 6th and September 11th:

Level 1 and 2 classes are also available if you would like to ride in either of these groups. There are more requirements to ride in Level 1 and 2. Go to for more information.



(Make sure that you register for the Street Bike Back Road Skills session unless you would like to join one of the other 2 classes on that date)