well I figured I'd put a little write up of my first track day. Before I go into track details I just want to say thanks to all the guys that helped me get down there in the first place and then showed me the ropes. Everyone was really great and it definatly made my first track experience a great one.
The drive down was pretty uneventful with the exception of me having to look back all the time to make sure the bike was still there (I had heard some scary stories )
Sunday morning the sun was out and the temperature was pretty good, after a quick bagel we were out to the track. We newcomers got a ride around the track in the back of a truck to get a look at the corners. The first few hours were just getting used to the track, now I'm going to quickly stop here because oh my god I dont think I can go back to street. Its like living those onboard cameras they've got on speedvision. Its so nice when the only thing your worrying about is how to get better in the corners. I was still pretty slow but getting used to the track by now.
After a lunch break we got back to it and I was feeling a lot more comforable and was rewarded with my first knee touch down. I'm sure everyone thats done it knows the feeling. Lap after lap got quicker and soon I was dragging my knee on almost every corner. not only that but I was figuring out how to link turns and have a lot better entrance speeds into the corners. A great day overall and it felt like I learnt so much in one day in was crazy.
Day 2 was more of the same with me feeling even more comfortable on the bike. Corner speeds were a lot higher and I was breaking later. I was still slow of course as the fast guys would blow by every once in awhile (man those guys are fast), but I was passing people and keeping a pretty good pace and it felt pretty good.
Unfortunatly over the 2 days there were a few crashes. A couple were lowsides that didn't end up to bad but unfortunatly 2 required a call a to the ambulance. I think the damage was a seperated shoulder and some internal bleeding on sunday, (this one I saw, crazy cartwheeling through the air into the dirt birm), and Tony went down with a possible broken collerbone on monday. luckily I think both riders are ok (bikes can be replaced) so hopefully they'll both have speedy recoveries.
Overall the 2 days were great. Everyone was really nice and willing to help out or answer questions. Anyone that thinks that the biker community goes as far as waving when they see another biker should come out to a track day.
As for what the future holds I have the feeling my bike is going to be a track toy with maybe the ocasional outing to squamish or something. I just cant imagine riding street after coming into turn 1 doing 240-260 then downshifting twice quickly to set up for turn 2 and dragging your knee the whole way around. I'm still really new to this and have so much to learn but I just want to get out again and again. Everytime the guys that know what they're doing blow by you on the turn it just makes you want to get faster and better. I think my first purchases will be braided brake lines and track compound tires. its way to late and I've got to work in the morning so I'm going to end this now, but just wanted to say thanks again to all the guys in my group as well as everyone there. I had a great time, met a lot of cool people, and can't wait to do it again.