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[PICS] Took my 'Bolt to track day...

I took my 'Bolt to Hallett for Motorcycle Lapping Day the other weekend and had a freaking blast. I ran the 1.8 mile course in 1:57.2 in the first session, and whittled my time down to a 1:46.5 in the last. Following are the pics:

If you are wondering what the yellow square on my front fairing is, it's my track access pass:


The 'Bolt looks pretty wild with no mirrors or signals and the headlights taped up:


The rear end cleaned up nicely once I got the signals and all of the stupid brackets removed. My tag is now velcroed to the undertail, so I can remove it for track duty:


Here is the starting grid:


And here is me, as if you couldn't have picked me out of the crowd above:


Off I go!:


Here I am in the "Bus Stop" (turn #2), a very tight roundabout with a downhill approach. (Makes for a nice sig pic. ) I had to drop to 1st gear to get good drive out:


This is turn #3, which immediately follows the "Bus Stop". Right about here I am shifting into 2nd gear and really getting on the throttle:


Here I am late apexing into turn #4, a tricky (aren't they all?) decreasing radius turn. What makes this one particularly difficult is that the change in elevation prevents you from seeing the apex or exit point as you enter the curve. This was the toughest section of track for me to nail down:


This is me exiting turn #5 approaching what is known as "Everybody's Favorite Turn" (a.k.a. turn #6). I wish the photog had setup there (turn #6) as I was really getting the bike cranked over:


If the track looks wet in that last pic, it's because it is. We had a brief but very heavy monsoon at the lunch break, then the track dried off (mostly). I ran my best time of the day in the last session with spitting rain hitting my shield. Much fun! If you have not been to a track day, put it on your list of things to do. It was the most fun I have ever had on a motorcycle!
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what is with the un used pucks? great pics
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Beautiful man! I love that bike. MORE PICS PLEASE!



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post #4 of 88 (permalink) Old 07-24-2006, 10:34 AM
 
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Stick your knee out, man. You coulda got some!!

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what is with the un used pucks? great pics
First time on a track (ever), so the pants/knee sliders and boots were brand new. Thought for certain I would touch down something before the day was out (particularly in turn #6; friend following me said my knee was "right there"), but never did. Amazing how much more leanover clearance I apparently have. Just more room to explore on the next track day.
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First time on a track (ever), so the pants/knee sliders and boots were brand new. Thought for certain I would touch down something before the day was out (particularly in turn #6; friend following me said my knee was "right there"), but never did. Amazing how much more leanover clearance I apparently have. Just more room to explore on the next track day.
In your sig pic. All you have to do is stick it out there. It will seem uncomfortable at first. It's feels almost like you're stretching it. But try it next time. You're not hanging it out enough.
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You don't have to drag a knee to be fast but it does help when your fast enough to need it. Glad you had fun and it only gets easier and more addictive from here.

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You don't have to drag a knee to be fast but it does help when your fast enough to need it. Glad you had fun and it only gets easier and more addictive from here.
Might as well try it when you're THAT close though.
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Might as well try it when you're THAT close though.
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Plus he'll be running out of tire soon and the knee would let him know that he doesn't have much more to go. Plus those are the stock Bridgestones aren't they?
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Plus he'll be running out of tire soon and the knee would let him know that he doesn't have much more to go. Plus those are the stock Bridgestones aren't they?
No, the stock tires in '05 were Dunlop D208. I burned through those in 4K miles of street riding, and I am now running Bridgestone BattleAx BT014. I did run them all the way out to the edges during track day. During one session, whenever I hit turn #6 I hung waaaaaaay off and extended my knee, but still didn't touch down. But neither did the peg feeler, so clearly I have more room to lean over. Of course, that turn is cambered to the rider's advantage and very fast, unlike the Bus Stop, which is off camber and very slow.
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Just by looking at your knee and your position all you have to do is extend it out.
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MORE PICS PLEASE!
OK, here's a weird one the photog included on my CD. I don't recall dropping acid on the grid, but...

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Cool pics! Drag a knee next time tho!
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Drag a knee next time tho!
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No, the stock tires in '05 were Dunlop D208. I burned through those in 4K miles of street riding, and I am now running Bridgestone BattleAx BT014. I did run them all the way out to the edges during track day. During one session, whenever I hit turn #6 I hung waaaaaaay off and extended my knee, but still didn't touch down. But neither did the peg feeler, so clearly I have more room to lean over. Of course, that turn is cambered to the rider's advantage and very fast, unlike the Bus Stop, which is off camber and very slow.
You got the same tires my Gixxer came with stock. Not bad tires over all but they do slip a little when reaching the edge.
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Put some powers on that baby! You'll love them. Damn, I wanna go to a track. I'm jealous.



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And that bike is absolutely SICK!!!!



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Are you goin back for the 2 day event in September 2-3
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