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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-12-2004, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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What a stupid day! In the quest to not look like a pansy, I rode the second session as it began to rain again. On the last lap of the session a 929 went down 5 bike lengths ahead of me in Dead Bear. A split second later, my front washed out and I was on my head. A 3rd rider on an RC51 and a CR went down at the same time as us in T-1.

Damage: I'm fine. Helmet will need replaced (funny feeling when your head goes clunk on the pavement and it doesn't hurt). Leathers have some rash to both shoulders and forearms, but only cosmetic. Bike needs a frame slider, rearset peg, shifter linkage, and possibly a new Akra can. The upper is cracked, but should be OK for track use.

All in all, if you have to crash, I highly recommend Dead Bear in the wet.

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Well at least your OK. I crashed in the rain at a track and told myself I'd never ride the track again in the rain. That is till I did the Learning Curves School a month ago. But I still will not do it otherwise, cost more to fix the bike then the track day I paid for.

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Glad to hear you're okay! Sounds like quite a carnage fest. Hope nobody sustained any major damage. Did it rain all day, or just in the morning?

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Well, it rained in the mornin, so the "fun" didn't start until 10am. After one session, it started pouring again. After seeing all those guys go down, and having done only one session by 1:30pm, i packed up and left... bummer, was really looking forward to this
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man this rain latley is getting to be a pain in the ass, its like seattle!



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well it dried up lots
ran one session on a wet track, a litle scary but had a dry track for much of the afternoon.
I managed to have brain fade in the bear (whateveryoucallit) turrn, not certain what happened.however, me and the hurricane parted company. it was dry, so one can assume rider error. no damage to bike, but typing this makes my shoulders hurt. not going out tomorrow!
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well it dried up lots
ran one session on a wet track, a litle scary but had a dry track for much of the afternoon.
I managed to have brain fade in the bear (whateveryoucallit) turrn, not certain what happened.however, me and the hurricane parted company. it was dry, so one can assume rider error. no damage to bike, but typing this makes my shoulders hurt. not going out tomorrow!
Sorry to hear about your fall. Glad you're in one piece though. Thanks a bunch again for your hospitality. You're the best!
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Glad you guys are OK.

Hey Patryk - How is the weather looking down there for today (Sunday) ?


Radar looks OK now - but I not sure if some rain over in Iowa is gonna make it over to indy before the sun starts to break it up ??

.........and I 've gotta make a decsion to leave in like two hours to drive down ther !!??

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That sucks so many riders went down. I'm glad to hear that you guys didn't get hurt. Was anyone at the trackday sent to the hospital via ambulance?

Jay, sorry that your first full NESBA day didn't go so well. Quite a bummer, dude. I'm glad that you went home instead of risking a session in the rain and crashing out.

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Chris, I'm sorry to hear you went down. Good news is you are ok. I don't know what it is but when you are at a track day rain or shine you want to ride. The hardest part is being patient enough to wait until it is dry to head out there. Last year I crashed riding at BHF beacause everyone else was going out. The only ones who packed it in and decided not to ride were some of the racers. They were just like it's not worth it. I know they race in the rain but they weren't going to risk it just for fun. Well like they say there are two type of riders, those who have crashed and those who are going to. Fix you stuff up and see you at the next trackday
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Sorry to hear that guys. I hope they're just minor injuries.

I'm scared to ride on the street in the rain, let alone the track at high speeds. I don't know you guys do it.

Heal Up.

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just for the record, I went off in completely dry conditions!!
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My wife got a good laugh at the dog park today. While standing still, she got run into by a large German Shepard and twisted her ankle. Ironically, I fall of at speed and get up uninjured.

I've got my parts list ready and I'm looking forward to BHF in 2 weeks!

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Saturday turned out to be a great day! We got atleast 4 sessions in were the track was for the most part dry later in the day. I ran off and crashed on turn 9 in the last session, not because it was wet but because I was riding a little stupid. No damage to me and the bike repaired easily for Sunday. Sunday was perfect, except wind destroyed my cheap canopy so now I have nice red skin, yay!

Oh yeah, first time with Nesba, awesome time, CR's help a lot, highly recommended!

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Alan - Were you the ones with the brown canopy !!!!!

Think you were out on the track, and the thing was just getting managled by the wind. We tried to take it down for your - but it looked like it was duct-taped together So we just lowered it the best we could so that it wouldn't blow away all together.

Yea - with so few people there, we got a lot of attention from the CRs

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well I think I'm still a little wasted from Saturday.

I got a call from Bwa in the afternoon warning me about how screwed up the highways were because of a big truck accident that pretty much shutdown I80 & I94 for hours.

So instead of taking off as planned, Mikdivad and I enjoyed a nice dinner, tv and slept in. We got up around 2:30am Saturday morning and headed for the track. The bikes got cleaned off in some pretty heavy rain on the way down to Putnam

Morning rains delayed getting on the track until about 10am. Riding the wet track and taking it easy trying to get a dry line estabished meant that we were doing less than blazing laptimes around 1:45

More rains came and Jack played host to a couple of us inside his trailer as Kruz brought out OptimusP's copy of the Faster DVD (thanks John/Mike )

I guess Kruz was a little tired because he dozed off. He woke up when he heard trucks on the track drying off some of the rain. Seemed a leeeeeeeetle peeved when he saw his SUV out on the track being piloted by other members of TeamGoFast

The afternoon sessions were great when the sun came out and the track dried out.

Trying to follow Alan F. around on his new green kawi was impossible. If you thought he was hard to follow on his old R6...forget about it now but damn did he get the laptimes down when I was trying to keep up.

Since Mikdivad was on a short leash we had to pack it up and leave that night. Another 5 hour ride home was pretty uneventful and tiring until the left tire on trailer blew up. Spent 15 quick min changing that out. Thank god we took the spare tire with us.

Pretty good day... considering we spent 10 hours on the road to/from in order to get about 4 good sessions in at Putnam. Geez, I'm never gonna be that much of a road warrior again...YOU HEAR ME DAVID?!?
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Sunday was PERFECT up until about 3pm.....then all of sudden we felt like we were fighting for our lives and possessions to keep them from washing away in a monsoon.

We lived...and drove about 1.5 hours through some NASTY storms on the way home.

We should have some awesome video up on www.teamgofast.com by next week.
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