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!