I had an absolute blast yesterday at VIR North course. I am always quickly reminded just how wonderful this track really is every time I ride it. I always seem to find new ways around, and the Tuono just added to the fun of it.
Initally I was worried about riding the Tuono on the track. Not so much from the 1000CC V-Twin aspect, but moreso from the fact it has handlebars instead of clip-ons, and I have not even touched the suspension to dial it in for my riding.
Well, not only did I not have any problems with the way it was set, I turned my fastest lap at VIR yesterday.
I had to start off in Cornerspeed's beginner group because i'm too cheap to pay for their school, and if you don't have a diploma, they will not let you sign up for the sport-enthusiast group. The first session of the day changed all that.
We were instructed to go slow for the first session, and follow the control rider. On the front straight, the riders behind the CR were to switch positions to observe the CR's lines around the track. After the first couple of laps dragging our asses, I tucked in behind the CR, and he picked up his pace. I stuck to him like glue. He wicked it up a bit more, and I never let him more than a couple bike lengths in front of me. Once the session was done, he pulled me aside, and informed me to go to the tech shed. He bumped me after the first session. I believe his exact quote was "you are just gonna be frustrated if you stay in the beginner group."
So, I borrowed a lap timer from one of our friends that came down with his wrecked bike, and started the day with a 1:54. Not too shabby, but I know I can do much better. By the first session after lunch, it didn't take me long to sort out the Tuono, and how well it handles track duty. I turned a 1:47:680 and my average lap was 1:50.
I am soooo stoked that I found my lines that fast with a brand new bike, and not stepping foot on a track in a year. Hopefully, I will see some more improvements once I get the suspension dialed in for me. In the meantime, i'll share a few pics for you.
Who says you can't get a knee down on a Tuono?
Beautiful shot of the bridge on VIR:
My new wallpaper: