Originally Posted by honda ng gingsa
...Great taste in helmets, nice s4. I have the same one.
I really like the styling and it's comfortable and not too heavy, but I'm not that impressed with the overall package. The strap started fraying after 6 months from pulling it through the D-rings - I've had tons of different dirt helmets over the past 35+ years and 4 street helmets in the past 8 years, and I've never seen a helmet do that (maybe I've just been lucky). It's also the noisiest helmet I've ever owned. On the rare occasion that I don't put earplugs in, it's more like wearing a ballcap than a helmet - no real difference in sound with it on or off.
It's always strange to see pics of what you're actually doing versus what you think you're doing whilst on track. Looks like you have some of the same issues I had when I first started doing trackdays, which is setting up.
Next time out put a piece of tape on your tank with KM written on it as a reminder. Kiss mirror. Took me a while to get my head and torso down and outside the bike. It helped me to put my outside elbow on the tank, which forced me to bend my inside elbow and lower my body. Then try to kiss the (non-existent) mirror. Takes some work if it doesn't feel natural.
Great advice! I "feel" like I'm getting my head down and outside, but I know that it's not nearly enough. It's more like I'm keeping my ass planted and just pivoting at the waist instead of sliding my ass off the seat more and really moving my body weight to either side of the bike. Something to focus on at the next track day.
I did a track night last night at Race City in Calgary. Had a riot. It's a 10 turn track that uses the drag strip for the main straight. Intermediate group. Lots of traffic. I get blasted on the main straight by almost everything, mine was the only naked out last night, lots of 600s, some 1000s. I found there was a good number of sport bikes I was able to reel in nicely once I hit turn 1 after the main straight. The 919 is not a race bike, but it sure can be hustled around nicely but you do have to muscle it, especially for quick transitions. I will admit I have invested $ into my suspension, and that makes things easier for me as a very intermediate rider.
Glad you had a great track day, it sounds like fun! I'm always surprised at how fast those 600s are when they scream past me on the straight. I found the rev limiter a few times while trying to keep up. I had a good battle with a Triumph Daytona 675 one session. I was 2-3 bike lenghths behind him the entire 20 minutes. A few places on the track I could get a wheel in but then he would pull back away. The 919 did a respectable job, it was a lot of fun. It's impressive that a bike with almost 244cc less
displacement has about 30 more
I've never really ridden a sportbike other than (GSXR 1000, ZX-6) up and down the street or around the block. I'd love to take one out on the track and feel the difference.