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.