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well i was very unhappy with the track the first couple sessions out. its very bumpy, but fast. as the day went on, got a better feel for the track and it got faster and faster. Saturday night, the cookout was INSANE the amount and quality of food was TOP NOTCH, couldn't have asked for anything better. After dinner a couple of us headed next door to the drag strip and watched some 1/8 drag racing. I found that its not easy to 2nd gear wheelie the fiddy while holding a beer in the pits and crashed. my knees missing some skin now, but hey thats the fiddy Sunday was hot out, track was in great shape in the morning. I was running a SC1 front which started to wear fast in the heat, and my afternoon i was done for the day.

Greg your really looking good out there man!

Grouch, teach me the ways to drive out the corner like you

and a big thanks to Wink and Hix for the Pimp Hauler ride out there.
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Sounds fun, will you be joining us for the trip to Putnam?

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I told you that track sucks. Glad you made the best of it. Nothing like crashng the fidy with alchahol involved LOL
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Was that Ron's fiddy? That thing almost threw me on my ass at VIR.

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Was that Ron's fiddy? That thing almost threw me on my ass at VIR.
nope, mine, its faster than Rons

and yes, i will be at Putnam, but with my own rig.

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Are you sure those knee injuries were from fallin off the fiddy? I mean, you were after all rooming with Hix.

Sounds like it was a fun weekend. Wish I could've been there. See ya at Putnam.

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t'was a fantastic weekend!!! the track was a bit bumpier in spots than last year, but got used to it in a few sessions...weather was beautiful both days, with suprisingly little wind untill sunday...control riders were a huge help as always, and saturday night's feast was one for the record books...great to see some familiar faces, and meet some new ones...thanks NESBA, and to all involved for a stellar weekend!!!
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That track can teach you a lot about keeping weight off your hands. If you don't, you're begging for a tankslapper. Once you get that down, it's actually one our safer tracks, with tons of run off in all but one corner.

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That track can teach you a lot about keeping weight off your hands. If you don't, you're begging for a tankslapper. Once you get that down, it's actually one our safer tracks, with tons of run off in all but one corner.
+1, those long fast sweepers, both right and left handers, really give you a chance to fine tune body position and work on keeping your weight off your hands and on your core and legs.

Also, some really nice trail braking opportunities. AND that straight was fast as well, I could get about 1/2 way through 6th gear before having to start the frantic braking and dropping 4 gears into turn 1.

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outstanding

The people, the track, the weather, all super good stuff! Very, very few track incidents and lots of fun.


I spent the first day and 1/2 trying to fix a problem and riding around it. Just prior to lunch sunday I had some expert 2T help and found my mistake. (a unconnected air bleed hose on the carbs) I gave CR Will a session on my 250 and I think he is hooked. I got to ride a real Honda GP bike and OMFG is it cooooooool. I don't know how you guys ride street bikes. Next stop Putnam, and I think there will be at least one more RS250 there and perhaps more. Come on Wink, sell that street Kaw and lets rip!

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Thanks for the kind words Mopar. I'm trying to apply all I've been taught to make a solid rider out of myself. I keep going faster and feel more confident every day.

Maybe I'm just slow..........
Ok, Well, since I am slow, what is with everyone and bumps. Thats why you have a suspension.

Speaking of which. Note to self: When helping others with their bikes, make sure to go and look at my own bike too. Thanks to CR Gould for making my bike so much better! It's like having a new suspension without the light wallet.

Tank slapper? Grouch you big puss. I don't even have a damper. You just pin the throttle till it's time to brake. Ignore everything else.

As for that left hand turn 5. I ask tons of questions to find out what certain things will be like when you experience them for the first time. What will it feel like when I break the rear loose? What happens when you bottom the forks? How will I know when the front is pushing? Everyone tells me, You'll just know.

The forks bottom out? The front end jack hammers and Yes, YOU WILL KNOW that you've bottomed them.

The front is pushing? The bike just won't turn and front tire just claws at the pavement till the curbing gets uncomfortably close. YOU KNOW YOUR pushing because you're praying something happens to get the bike to keep turning.

I'll get back to you when I step the rear out good..........

I had a blast this weekend. We've found a way to level the playing field a bit for Wink. Give him an SV and I get my bike. He doesn't wave you by on the straight and I almost have a chance. I could get you in five, because you were to busy looking under your bike. I never saw anyone need to drag a shoulder. I've also never seen anyone drift an SV 25ft. sideways to the edge of the track to keep the back of the bike behind him. Thanks for the memory, that was a friggin blast!

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I had a blast this weekend. We've found a way to level the playing field a bit for Wink. Give him an SV and I get my bike. He doesn't wave you by on the straight and I almost have a chance. I could get you in five, because you were to busy looking under your bike. I never saw anyone need to drag a shoulder. I've also never seen anyone drift an SV 25ft. sideways to the edge of the track to keep the back of the bike behind him. Thanks for the memory, that was a friggin blast!
I truly had a blast riding with you guys when I was on the SV! Of course, I might actually have to break down and buy that thing some new tires this year... arghhh! I gotta tell ya, it feels really funny when you can see the outside of the track coming up from under the bike... LOL! That SV was definitely sliding well through 6, heck if I can light up an SV, you can sure as heck get the 600RR to break the rear loose, Greg. Keep up the great improvements, and keep the questions coming.

Now I need to learn more about suspension from Mr. Gould. I never changed a setting all weekend, I suppose if I had, I might have been able to drop the lap time a wee bit (in my dreams).

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I watched Wink rail that SV thru 5-6 then throw it thru 7-8. I wish I had my bike sorted sooner so I could work on my riding. Greg was railing and gave me some tips on lines too. Thanx man! they helped me when I was auditioning to ride Randys Honda RS250. BTW that 250 session smelled so good! 3 two strokes tearing it up.

I saw Greg giving the SV a go. So are ya going to join the lightweight club soon?
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I saw Greg giving the SV a go. So are ya going to join the lightweight club soon?
Well I have (actually tentatively sold this morning) the Ducati Monster 620. A little less power than the SV. I decided to let them get head start loading the trailer with my bike, so Wink let me try the SV. It's a very different riding position then the 600RR.

Going into the wind with my big butt on there, it would barely accelerate.

Some how I even managed to catch some other traffic. Then of course I had to see if I could pass on the other bike. I kept pushing it trying to find a place to go through. Thinking how the last thing Wink said to me was. "Ride it? Sure, just don't crash it."

So when I made the pass, I brought her in before we had another story to tell.

I definitely need more power, not less. Though I have to admit being down on power really makes you work with what you have.

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I definitely need more power, not less.
Have you noticed you are completely surrounded by Jiggy Thou's on every trip? Take a hint!

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Get the bump first. Earn it on a 600 like the rest of us did... LOL!

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Get the bump first. Earn it on a 600 like the rest of us did... LOL!
+1, Earn the bump to CR on a F4i.

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Going into the wind with my big butt on there, it would barely accelerate.

I definitely need more power, not less. Though I have to admit being down on power really makes you work with what you have.
It is not you, lightweights don't accelerate. Momentum and cornerspeed are all you got. Have you noticed even a very good rider like Wink has gotten faster (less corner parking) since riding the small bikes. I should let Mr Hix give mine a try this weekend.

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I watched Wink rail that SV thru 5-6 then throw it thru 7-8. I wish I had my bike sorted sooner so I could work on my riding. Greg was railing and gave me some tips on lines too. Thanx man! they helped me when I was auditioning to ride Randys Honda RS250. BTW that 250 session smelled so good! 3 two strokes tearing it up.

I saw Greg giving the SV a go. So are ya going to join the lightweight club soon?
Here's another shot of Randy's bike. I think he sent me this photo.
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Here's another shot of Randy's bike. I think he sent me this photo.
It is really pretty in person. The way Randy has it set up it pulls well down to 8K and he only going up to 11K. I found it less peaky than my Ape and of course much faster. I think Randy was planning on doing more track days. You should hook up, then you would have a decent play date. He and another rider on a RGV 250 rode in I group with us and we had a blast. I really enjoyed getting to ride with a fast-ish 250 rider

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