I got back from Road America last night and hot damn did I have a great time. I followed people's advice, and had a control rider, Carol, help me get situated. It was a little scary though because I think there were 5 guys who dropped their bikes in the Beginner/Intro class in the first 2 sessions (there were only 12 of us on the entire 4+ mile track at a given time... SWEET!), that scared me but I ended up doing fine. I was capable of much more than I had expected, I really got the Speed Four down on the side (in the good way...
), my chicken strips have gone from 3/4 of an inch of untouched rubber to 1mm of not burned-up tire... crazy. Road America is a great track but as some of you all pointed out, that main stretch that runs by the paddocks gets pretty windy with a naked bike.
I met a lot of really cool people too, Carol was a huge help as a control rider, a doctor helped me unload my bike, he rides a sweet Ducati 999 (Advanced: 374) and a bunch of Triumph guys all of whom were helpful.
Anyway, if there are any people out there who are considering running a track day for the first time, do it. If nothing else, you'll leave with more confidence in the bike than you previously thought possible. It's also really not that expensive, I rented a van from Enterprise for $50, used some tape on the lights, pulled some fuses, dialed in the suspension and was good to go. The only part that sucked was waking up at 4:00am to get to R/A on time...
Anyway, here are some pics:
Right after Tech, about 8am
Two shots of the paddock
Right after my first session, pre-sunburn
Going home, the camera just had enough juice for one more shot
My digital camera ran out of batteries, so I went out and grabbed a disposable camera for the track shots that I will post when I get them back from the developer and get scanned.