I finally signed up to do some track time with the 9er at the Team Chicago school at Grattan Raceway near Grand Rapids Mi. I spent the last 2 weeks making sure everything was good
to go. Changed coolant, oil, and the front tire. Fixed a bound up link in the chain.
Got sick and spent a few nights just wandering around this site. Read up on suspension tuning and track driving. Got all worried about how crappy the stock suspension was and if it was capable to even have fun on it...
Fast forward to Friday night - we're staying at a friends house that is halfway between the track and my place. I stop at a hardware store with the bike and on my way out somebody asks me that is my nine-one-nine. He goes on to tell me he used to have one but sold it and had a really nice corbin seat sitting around and wondered if I was interested in it. I got a spencer seat mod last year and really liked it. Plus I didn't really feel like dropping the kind of coin that gets you a corbin seat. He wouldn't let it go so I asked it had a back rest cuz the SO really wants one. He said it did. I offered him $250 and he said he'd take it. I said I need to clear it with the wife but that I would get back to him. Wife OK'd it!
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Next day I get to go to the race track. It was a long morning of driving, being a nervous wreck with the bike on the trailer and class room stuff. Finally got on track for the first time (I've done tons of auto racing but nothing with bikes). And I was retarded nervous and anxious. Even when I came in I had doubts about the next sessions.
Conga line session @ Grattan - YouTube
But as the day went I relaxed and got the hang of things.
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I may have gotten the bug as bike racing seems to have a lot less going on about it than auto racing. smaller trailer, smaller vehicle etc. SO even said that if I want to do more of this I should buy another bike so I don't hurt the 919 cuz it's in such great shape. I was thinking about a daytona 675 or F4i before the event but I think I need to start with a few less ponies on track... something in the SV650 range.
If you've never done a track day you owe it to yourself to get out and try it.