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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 :p)

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 :p 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.


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Well I just want to say , You guy's dow there(new commers and all) were awsome! I can't say I got to meet you all,but the ones I did meet ,Mark,Dalton,Rob,Jack,Tony,Paul,SMZ were all great guy's.
The only mistake I saw ,was a guy from Kelowna ,he was aware of a couple of us comming up on him carrying some serious speed,and he thought it would be a kind jesture to get out of his wayMID CORNER.....not a good move,and he was told about it later. All in all it was a great trip.and I look forward to riding with you guy's again

Paul Never in my life have I seen a guy spit out a tire plug 3 times in a row?

I think Paul should get an award for the fastest lap with NO air pressure!

Great time had by most, hope to read what you guy's have to say about it.

Is there gunna be a picture board for the track day?

I have some pictures,but they are not so good,some fat bastard on a black thousand kept getting in the way.lol

My best time of the day 1:36 chasin that rabbit on the R6
 

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Sounds like you guys had a blast.. any pics / video?

I'm so envious.. sounds like you just realized what your motorcycle is capable of.. can't wait to go. I checked the weather on Monday (it was shitty here for the most part).. and it looked like rain down there..
 

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actually the weather was great. And yeah I've got video so I'll do that up tonight
 

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your one lucky sob :) looks like ALOT of fun :) wish I can afford to do some track days :(

how was da 6 on the track? any close calls? scrape in those knee sliders yet? :) :p :tredmill
 

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a couple close calls but nothing to bad. The r6 was great, it felt really good, I cant wait to get it out for more track days. I want to get someone to play with my suspension to see what the difference is. and yep, my knee sliders are good and scraped now, and it didn't even require me taking off my pucks and rubbing them in the parking lot :p :D


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yup...sounds like a lot of fun. I need to hit the track too:( . Next year I'm there.

How about trading me knee pucks:D ..lol.
 

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PH-Q2 said:
Well I just want to say , You guy's dow there(new commers and all) were awsome! I can't say I got to meet you all,but the ones I did meet ,Mark,Dalton,Rob,Jack,Tony, were all great guy's.
It was nice to meet you too :)


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DALTON Never in my life have I seen a guy spit out a tire plug 3 times in a row?

I think Dalton should get an award for the fastest lap with NO air pressure!
Hey that wasn't me! I was the guy with the safety wire for an exaust bracket. :) I think you might be talking about Paul? He had a flat rear (note: not talking about his ass although that's pretty much all I saw on the track.)


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My best time of the day 1:36 chasin that rabbit on the R6
My best time of the day was 1:32 chasing it down with a cold glass of milk. (Sunday Buffet at the Casino, dayam that was good eatin').
 

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oh man that sounded like an awesome day! i'm just itching to go to the track now
 

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Arai, you forgot to mention that mall we walked through in "downtown Spokane" for about 30 seconds, and that sports bar that we hit up with all the loud people, (ahhh nothing like a buzz light after a hard day at the track), then getting lost on the way back, and the gas-not the kind that goes into the trucks...no, the other gas. :p

Good times.

I think my most memorable moment (not my favourite mind you) was after the first track day, getting out of my leathers. Struggling to take off my jacket, and tending to my pants.

I remember sitting in the truck, pants half off, grunting and sweating, and falling out of the seat onto the ground. At that point I thought to myself,

"ok Dalton, let's take a snap shot of what's going on here. You're in the middle of nowhere, next to a medium security prison, wearing leather pants that are half off, lying on the ground exausted and sweating..."

Don't you just hate it when that happens?
 

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Arai, I know just how you feel. My track time was so intense that even driving home with the bike in the bed of the truck it felt like a dream that happened to someone else.

Next Monday is my next time at Mission. I just hope I can remember what I learned the first time.........:confused

:laughing

Nice shots PH-Q2, I'm hoping to get down to Spokane either later this summer or perhaps next year.
 

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PH-Q2 what about me? duh!

arai, I definitely hope to see you in more track days, we all have a lot to learn still. Definitely keep in touch.

That's three successful trackdays for dalton and I, and we are getting faster and faster!
 

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I think next time we all get together ,we should roast a pig or something,have a big Q at the track,and maybe camp there ,instead of spendin that big yankee cash on a room ,when your gunna pass out any minute from to many BLACK RUSSIAN'S
 

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How much more manly can this get really...cooking meat with fire, racing motorcycles, drinking. Testosterone to spare! :p
 

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I just want to say how much I enjoy reading and living vicariously through the stories people provide of their track day experiences, particularly newbies (cos that's what I'd be). I'm so envious. I ... must ... get ... my ... act ... together ... to ... participate ... in ... a ... track ... day (even as a corner worker).
 

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Just a few lines from the Blue R1 with the polished frame,stripes and all Yellow tape on the front.

You guys did awesome! I know it can be very intimidating riding with racers and ex racers. Everyone held a good line so it was never a problem to pass. I apologise right now for some of the outside passes and passes on the back stretch :) Some were a little tight!

My bike was the best it has ever been! Nick King from Kelowna Yamaha (Fastest guy there)installed a Race tech kit in the forks and shock and it ate the bumps!

Congrats to PHQ2, that's the best I have seen you ride. Just try to outbrake him. There is no way it even seems possible that he can outbrake smaller guys, but he does.

I have been reading some of the posts on this board for the last few months and have to say I have known PHQ2 for years.
He would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. He always is the first to help someone out at the track, and anywhere else.
Anyone that would give him a hard time without even meeting him is a mental midget (you know who you are).

I hope to see you all at future track days. Anyone that would like some help on suspension setup should come by our pit.
I know it is a half science half voodoo subject, but I think I can help.

What happened to the guys that crashed? Any updates?

Anyway, thats my 2 cents, had so much fun that I still have a grin that won't go away.
 

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Originally posted by ehtaylor

My bike was the best it has ever been! Nick King from Kelowna Yamaha (Fastest guy there)

EH Taylor the fastest guy was from Vancouver(Toby on the black GRANDE) You probably didn't see him,kuz you were to damn busy runnin from me.lol
 

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so? I was the fastest guy there with a 00 gixxer 750 with spidi leathers and bridgestone tires! ;)

it was great meeting all of you. And ph-q2 is a stand up guy IMO.
 
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