I took the 06' Fireblade and let me tell you that I had a great weekend. 2 days of riding, but it didn't start that way.
I rode with some friends in 2 separate vehicles. That made the trip much more valuable. Orignially I was going to meet them there, but a phonecall arranged a ride for me, my gear and my bike. All I had to do was pay for gas, food enroute and 2 nights' hotel for 2. DONE!
I'd fallen asleep on the way, otherwise I would have noticed when the driver got off I-95 to get onto I-85. He was going to the wrong track!!! Once I discovered this, it only cost us about an 1h:10m or so in total time.
I went this weekend with EvolveGT and my first impressions were of a HUGE club. I've never been to a trackday with so many riders, especially this late in the season. The weather couldn't have been better and the camaraderie was high in the club.
First the bad:
- I don't have a lot of time on this bike
- The rearset controls are in a poor position
- and I found out that I really did have a slightly warped front rotor- it liked to rear its ugly head under heavy braking
But, man let me tell you...the engine is HELLA strong! And the Michelin Pilot Power 2CTs were able to take all that my right wrist had the courage to give it. Turn5 (long left hander) I was able to feel a little bit of push from the front but retrospectively that may not have been the tires' fault but the rider being stiff on the bars. T5 really did test my patience. I'd love to go back to NCBike to conquer T5 and feel like I could rip through there in no time flat!
On Day1 I did their GT1 School. The last time I was on a track was 7yrs 8months ago at the Streets of Willow with California Superbike School (CSS) L1/L2. The differences are glaring: GT1 put most of what they felt a new track rider needed to know into 3-4 classroom sessions/ drills and CSS is intended to be 4 days taken in 1 or 2 day chunks. They each have their merits, but problems arise when the lines become blurred and differentiation and purpose is lost. This happened to me and I couldn't progress until I got it sorted out after a good night's sleep.
Day2 I still never got my speed up to the point where I was able to experience certain things that I was expecting. I would bring my pace up in some parts of the track, and then an issue would bring me back down and my consistency would suffer and thus my pace/ speed.
One of the unforgettable things about track riding is when you're passed by 12 year olds and you have a 700cc advantage. If you let that get to you, you will
And that's the best thing that I have to say about this weekend. I had a 2016 goal to at least do 1 trackday and I finished 2 days
, completed all sessions except the final of day2 and brought the bike and myself home safe and sound
. There were a few crashes in my group, but none that cost us any tracktime. The corner-workers brought their A-Game! I even saw a mirror on the track that wasn't there on my next lap.
I ride this bike on the track again, my changes will be:
New (improved?) brake rotors
Properly adjusted rearset controls
Reduced Final drive gearing
A better windscreen
Optional but highly desired: Quickshifter
Otherwise, I am considering buying a smaller bike for next year's trackdays.
The question I have is:
If you have a bike problem (as I had the bike go into neutral 2X) how in the world are you supposed to signal