Not trying to rain on your parade in the least, but move the sliders. Why test a theory with a broken ENGINE MOUNT?!?!?
That's awesome that you kept the bags on!! Glad you had great fun!
Hmmm. Yeah. Your logic makes more sense than mine. Just not excited to drill into the frame and buy a set of taps for one project. Maybe I'm just lazy and found a way to justify my laziness . . .
Nesty: Season only has one more day in my neck of the woods. I definitely want to do more, though. Probably will try to locate a cheap set of leathers over the winter and do two or three days next season. Can't afford a bunch of them without the wifey sitting up and taking notice, you know?
sike: I hear you on the talk. Another guy in my group of novice riders had done one track day, and he kept trying to give advice like he was one of the instructors. I was just on the verge of telling him to shut the he!! up so I could listen to the real instructor when the real instructor took care of it for me. Of course, the guy was a Ducati rider!
Since we were the level 1's, we only were allowed to pass in straights. Most of the serious sport bikes I passed were of two types: One was the guys who took the turn in the wrong gear and couldn't spin up their RPMs fast enough to stick with me coming out of the turn; the other were the guys who flew down the straight but braked way early so that I passed them before I braked for the turn.
It really was a blast. Can't say that often enough, even though the track was so saturated from recent rains that we had water seeping through on a few turns. Instructors said they'd never seen so many people go down at this track (about 9, I think). Most were in the top group running at higher speeds, although we did have one guy in our novice group go down twice -- once on his Multistrada and once on his wife's Aprilia. Same turn on both! What a moron!