I wrote this earlier this morning, too lazy to write something new.
Saturday, November 11th was my 5th time at the track with my 2005 ZX-6R. After my third track day, I went all out with track parts. I bought the Attack Performance race plastics, the Woodcraft case covers, frame sliders, clipons, Gilles rearsets, and upgraded all of my gear. It's a good thing I did.
My first warmup on the track that morning, I did about 10 laps, slowly building up speed. When I saw all of my friends in the pits, I came in for a break. After only maybe 10 minutes, we went back out, myself in front. Two turns in, riding at 80%, probably 100mph, I lowsided. I slid behind the bike, now on its left side, for about 100 feet across the asphalt before hitting the rocky runoff. Once the bike hit the runoff, it did a nice little arial flip and landed on its right side and slid for another 100 feet.
After checking to make sure all of my extremeties were in tact, I gathered my wits and, with some help from a corner worker, picked up my bike. The left side of the bike looked perfectly in tact, minus some wear on the frame sliders and foot peg. The right side broke off the foot peg, bent the frame slider, broke off the spool, and dented my swingarm. Sigh
. I came out with a couple of bruises on my ass and hands.
It took me a few minutes to take in all of what had just happened. My tires, after taking a short break without using my tire warmers, had become blocks of ice due to the cold track and ambient temperatures, a complete noob mistake.
During the lunch break, I went and found my peg in the runoff area, took some pictures, and found a couple extra parts from other bikes that had gone through similar experiences in the same area. With the help of my friend Ryan, I managed to remount my peg, and since the bike was still ridable, went out during the second part of the day, although quite shaken up and only riding at maybe 60%. Amazingly, I managed to scrub off my newfound chicken strips made of dust.
All in all, the damage wasn't horrible. I ordered a few small necessary pieces with spares this morning. After a new set of gloves the tally will be about $300. I'm eyeing a new swingarm on Ebay for cheap, although probably not completely necessary. The bodywork held up amazingly well. I'll fix the two small cracks and paintjob during the winter months. I can't imagine, if I had gone down on a public road at anywhere near those speeds, the bike would be a wad of metal and I might not have walked away. Just some food for thought.
Pictures of the aftermath are up here
. I'll have some of the impact zone when they get emailed to me.
Raw onboard video from the second half of the day (after the wreck) available here
. Two of the 4x4 excursions DLIT mentioned in his topic are caught on tape. One is at 9 minutes, the other is at 46 minutes I think.
To everyone out there riding: Wear your gear, ride careful, make sure your tires stay warm, and keep the shiny side up!
And don't worry chappy, the small number of parts I need are already on order, so I'll see you in a couple of weeks. Look for the green kawi with some bandaids on it