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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 10-21-2006, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Not a good thing to see right before a track day. My track day story.

OK, so we get to the track. We loaded up the bikes on Friday night. Mine was in an enclosed trailer with four other bikes. Two perpendicular to the trailer, two parallel and mine per pendicular towards the back of the trailer. Guess what I see when we open the trailer? MY F'N BIKE LYING ON ITS SIDE LIKE IT'S SLEEPING!!! SO I don't get mad. That wouldn't help things. The damage was fairly minimal.

It fell on the right side.

Very light scuff on tail
Scuffs on the flat black part of my tank
scuffs on bar ends and frame slider
1/3 of the peg snapped off
A f'n 1" hole in my headlight

That's about it. No cracks or anything bad to the fairings. It could've been way worse. Didn't fall on any bikes or anything.

I signed up for the school. It wasn't like you had to ride in a group or anything. The first session you did, but that was it. They would tell you to practice stuff your next session and then you come in and they cover something else. The good news is they were teaching almost everything I do already. Some stuff I did learn and got faster because of it. The one main thing I learned was that when exiting a turn, lift the bike up more, but still stay leaned. I'm lifting the bike up more so I have more of a contact patch when getting on the throttle. Ideal for 1st gear turns. Worked well.

The first couple sessions were kind of slow. I wasn't confident in passing people and I actually got black flagged my second time out because I passed on the inside of a 90 degree turn when I wasn't suppose to. The session before lunch was killer. I followed a buddy of mine for a few laps and saw his lines. He was making some decent passes on the outside, so I started to coppy his lines. Worked out good. This one turn he would ALWAYS make a move on the inside. It was a mellow hairpin type turn and when you go to lean, you see his ass on the inside. So the thing I did to stop all that was brake a little later. We actually had some good battles with the group we came with. There was like 12-15 bikes from a local forum there. We had some very spirited rides. By the end of the day I was making some pretty illegal passes to either stay with the guys I knew or to gain more of a lead on them. But by that time I was confident with passing. No real close calls for me. I hit my left footpeg once and hit neutral like 5 times. It sucks hitting neutral down shifting to first. You have to slow down so you can upshift to second without a BANG. So I caught neutral on a turn right before the back straight. I slowed to about 35 and put it in second. Then I see two of my buddies fly by. It was the last lap So I did my best to catch up and I actually passed them before the lap was up! That was an awesome battle. I took advantage of them being in a group and passed them on the inside of a turn right before the one I caught neutral on. Since it was time to pit, we were taking it easy until we reached the pits. So I pointed at my YAMAHA decal and gave them the finger. They returned the favor. Not one wreck today. Someone almost high sided and his pipe fell off but he never went down.

I HAVE A NEW FOUND LOVE FOR MY BIKE. The thing is amazing! As long as you kept it in the right gear, you were golden. And I pretty much did all day. I was pulling on other R6's and lapped a ton of people. I was having too much faith in my slipper clutch though. I would down shift to 1st going 70. I'd get wheel hop, but it was minimal. No brake fade (SS lines) or anything. I have no complaints whatsoever about my bike. I was hanging with 1K's on the straights. I was getting faster and faster each time out. Unfortuneatly, I wasn't recording lap times. No tank cams were used either, so there's a bunch of stills and video from the people on the side of the track. I'm sure no one has up loaded them yet, but you know I'll be putting them up here when they are released.

I just wisjh I had the cash to go again before I go to Korea. Oh well. Maybe I'll sell something.

BTW. The Pilot Powers held up great! I was gonna get my suspension set up, but I couldn't feelanything wrong with it, so I kept it at stock settings. Damn, I didn't want it to end. My knees did though. They'll be payin me back when I wake up. I can already feel it.
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post #2 of 58 (permalink) Old 10-21-2006, 10:39 PM
 
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Nice man. That sucks to hear about the trailer incident...but sounds like a killer day. Remember to go low RPM's on the cooldown lap...your valves will repay you later.



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Opening a trailer to find a bike on its side or propped up against another bike always sucks. I've had it happen once to one of my bikes and seen it many times to others. Usually cheap straps/tie downs are to blame. Now I use my Baxley wheel chock now. See this thread. Even if I'm not using my trailer with lock pins installed. I still use my stand. The bike cant fall in this stand.

Good to hear you had a good day otherwise and even better to hear you learned something while there.

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Nice man. That sucks to hear about the trailer incident...but sounds like a killer day. Remember to go low RPM's on the cooldown lap...your valves will repay you later.
Don't really have a cool down lap. Just about a 1/2 mile of taking it easy, going like 45 in 3rd. Here's some pics. I didn't feel like paying the fee, so there's a big logo in the middle. Oh well. They'll be more without it later.








The only thing that sucks is that the pics were in the beginning of the day when I was mostly focused on the next turn, rather than getting my knee down and all that. The session before lunch and each one after lunch we were ripping it hard. I feel like selling everything so I can do a bunch of track days!
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Don't really have a cool down lap. Just about a 1/2 mile of taking it easy, going like 45 in 3rd. Here's some pics. I didn't feel like paying the fee, so there's a big logo in the middle. Oh well. They'll be more without it later.








The only thing that sucks is that the pics were in the beginning of the day when I was mostly focused on the next turn, rather than getting my knee down and all that. The session before lunch and each one after lunch we were ripping it hard. I feel like selling everything so I can do a bunch of track days!
You didn't have any of your buddies take any pictures for ya'?
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You didn't have any of your buddies take any pictures for ya'?
Yeah, people did. They just haven't put 'em up yet. I forgot my camera.
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Dually Noted!
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Dude that sucks about what happened to your bike, +1 for using wheel chocks and the special handle bar tie-down straps!
Sounds like you still had an awesome day though, nice pics too! Glad to hear another rider has caught the bug

reps for a sweet post!
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Dude that sucks about what happened to your bike, +1 for using wheel chocks and the special handle bar tie-down straps!
Sounds like you still had an awesome day though, nice pics too! Glad to hear another rider has caught the bug

reps for a sweet post!
You know what's ironic. I actually won some canyon dancers at lunch. The tie downs you're talking about.
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You know what's ironic. I actually won some canyon dancers at lunch. The tie downs you're talking about.
yeah that's irony for ya! any estimate on how much the repairs are gonna cost ya?
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yeah that's irony for ya! any estimate on how much the repairs are gonna cost ya?
Pegs are cheap. The headlights are like 300. I could buy now on Ebay for 200 though.
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Pegs are cheap. The headlights are like 300. I could buy now on Ebay for 200 though.
Ebay is the way to go
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Glad you had a good track day without any getoffs. Bummer about the bike falling over and getting damaged. Nice pics. I can't tell for sure, but it looks like your upper body is up over the bike, while your lower body is off. If you get the upper body off the bike, you won't have to lean the bike over as far, giving you more room to lean when you need it. Pretend that you're trying to kiss the mirror.
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Glad you had a good track day without any getoffs. Bummer about the bike falling over and getting damaged. Nice pics. I can't tell for sure, but it looks like your upper body is up over the bike, while your lower body is off. If you get the upper body off the bike, you won't have to lean the bike over as far, giving you more room to lean when you need it. Pretend that you're trying to kiss the mirror.
i improved on that later in the day. Those pics were snapped within the first three sessions. I was still trying to learn the track.
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i improved on that later in the day. Those pics were snapped within the first three sessions. I was still trying to learn the track.
Good to hear. It's amazing how you can look at pictures and see how much you improved your body position throughout the day.
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Good to hear. It's amazing how you can look at pictures and see how much you improved your body position throughout the day.
This is true! I was at the track one day (years ago) and I fell off the bike. Pictures were taken but later on I had excellent pictures taken with me in some serious lean photos Photos really do show a difference
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This was later in the day. You can see my upper half getting of more. These are only a few pics that someone else took. There's still more to come. The pics were taken right before some serious leaning went down because it's kind of a decreaser, but the exit opens up for some nice WOT action.

I'm in the middle here. The guy in front and the one behind are the guys I usually ride with. We had a little battle. I believe I came out ahead, due to some illegal passing. Shhhhhhh.




Something I need to work on now is keeping my chest down for a lower center of gravity. It just feels beter with me a little upright. But it's just gotta be something I have to ge use to.

Anybody want to donate cash so I can ride at the track in Nov?? Oh well. Shot in the dark.
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Same turn as the first pic. Getting a little lower.

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Lookin good out there dude!
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I'm f'n hooked. I'm trying to sell my spare fridge so I can ride the track again on Nov 11th.
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