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post #1 of 18 Old 07-09-2006, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Just got back from Talladega...

I just finished my first track day and man was it awesome. I learned a LOT! Some of the things that stand out are:

1. The new 600cc sportbikes are insanely fast.
2. Tracks eat tires
3. Pirelli Diablo Stradas will hold thier own on the track (at least for a novice on a 919).
4. I have a lot to learn about body positioning.

There were only a couple of crashes and none were serious. It wasn't nearly as hot as I expected. Sportbike Tracktime was awesome and the instructors are very helpful

I think I'll get a track bike before I try barber's... gotta find me an old CBR!

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-10-2006, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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P.S. Mike Wheeler (Lord Duckhunter) was a huge help. He followed me around the track and told me what I was doing wrong. Towards the end I finally got my body to start doing what my head thought I was doing and I was going around the track much faster and smoother than at the beginning.

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post #3 of 18 Old 07-10-2006, 12:25 PM
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I just finished my first track day and man was it awesome. I learned a LOT! Some of the things that stand out are:

1. The new 600cc sportbikes are insanely fast.
2. Tracks eat tires
3. Pirelli Diablo Stradas will hold thier own on the track (at least for a novice on a 919).
4. I have a lot to learn about body positioning.

There were only a couple of crashes and none were serious. It wasn't nearly as hot as I expected. Sportbike Tracktime was awesome and the instructors are very helpful

I think I'll get a track bike before I try barber's... gotta find me an old CBR!
totally agreed just done one yesterday too, except there is no LDH around, so I had to kinda self-guess around and tried to figure out where i did wrong and how can I improved.
1. before the track, I "thought" 9er can eat those 600's on the straight way, but i was wrong they were fast!
2. I could have lean the bike and myself whole lot more than I did (after checked the pictures taken by my friend)
3. the slicks stick pretty good even after the rain
and ye..I was thinking exactly same thing as buying a older cbr (all my friends say the new gxser's, yamaha's are better track bikes )for track days.

 
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Congrats on the track time. Fun isn't it? I haven't gotten to one this year, and it doesn't look like the schedule can fit one in.

Track days are a whole lot more fun on a track bike that you aren't "concerned" about throwing away. Don't get me wrong, I don't think anybody wants to toss anything, but it's easier to go balls out when you know it's not your primary ride.

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...Track days are a whole lot more fun on a track bike that you aren't "concerned" about throwing away. Don't get me wrong, I don't think anybody wants to toss anything, but it's easier to go balls out when you know it's not your primary ride.

EXACTLY!

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1) STT puts on a great track days and thier instructors are top notch!
2) Track days are addictive.
3) 600's are not a "little" bike.
4) We have 2 more track addicts!

Congrats guys! Glad you guys had a great time! Did you guys get any pictures?

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600s are little if you're used to having torque

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600s are little if you're used to having torque
Torque is for squids that like to do burnouts.

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Torque is for squids that like to do burnouts.
Torgue is for passing squids on 600's

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Torque is for squids that like to do burnouts.
+1 to that I was toying with a 999, 998, and a SRAD yesterday. Quote from the SRAD rider " When you passed me on the front stretch, I thought to myself, is that a 1000 or a 600? It sounds like a 600, so I should be able to catch him, but then you just started gapping me and I was like WTF!?" I could pass the 999 rider at will, but he would nearly park it in the corners, the 998 was a fun ride, he and I kept dancing back and forth all day long. Don't discount what a 600CC sportbike is capable of. I got down to 1:48's by the end of the day on Monday @ VIR North.

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Torque is for squids that like to do burnouts.
Torque is for using 6th gear around town :tt2:

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Torque is what you name a stupid movie.

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Torque is what you name a stupid movie.
I actually watched that, was on TNT I think a week ago. I couldn't believe how lame & that someone actually would produce such a flic.

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Torque is what you name a stupid movie.
I forgot about that!

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I vote torque second worst motorcycle movie ever. Biker Boyz is the worst.

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I vote torque second worst motorcycle movie ever. Biker Boyz is the worst.

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Welcome to the addiction! TGP is very technical, tight & confined, when you get to Barber you will find an entirely new level of enjoyment in riding your 919 unlike anything else you will experience in the country & you'll be hating TGP LOL

I'm glad you had a good time out there & you were really getting it done!

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