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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Who would have thought we'd get good weather for Grattan in October???

Saturday morning started out in the low 50's, track was green and surface was pretty sketchy, especially with the added variable of new pavement. Puddles and falling leaves made for interesting obstacles as well. It was pretty windy all day, which helped dry out the puddles and blow the leaves off the track. Late morning and into the afternoon the temperature climbed and traction improved.

Despite the bumps (still pretty bumpy even with new surface) Grattan is my favorite track so far. Challenging, technical, and a GREAT workout.

Thanks to all of the CR's who worked their butts off riding and coaching. Especially Grouch, who was extra Grouchy on Saturday . Props to the "I" group for being well behaved and fun to ride with!! And I sincerely hope the rider who needed ambulance transport on Saturday is doing well.

I wish I could have stayed for both days, but I had family commitments to tend to. Regardless, it was an awesome way to end my track season and leaves me looking forward to the spring!!

Thanks NESBA for a great season!!!

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Kim, glad you had as much fun as i did Saturday. Grattan is a great track and NESBA did a awesome job of keeping it fun for us to play on. Sorry I couldn't play with you boys today, the g/f said we had to be back by today
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So how is the new / old surface?
new surface rocks! I wish CCS would race here.
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Tons of fun, I LOVED CCW!!

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Tons of fun, I LOVED CCW!!
+1, New pavement has lots of grip, nevertheless the tire wear was not too harsh. Very nice.

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Tons of fun, I LOVED CCW!!
coming down the straight ... WOT ... a little bit past the first cone , break - but not to much . remember how you regretted over breaking the same place last lap , downshift. where is apex ? apex is nowhere to be seen - just a drop on a horizon . flip the bike to the right - will go from there. Now , here is the apex ! knee chirps the ground , more throttle . You and the bike TUMBLES downhill , WOW, what a rush!

But wait a sec! her is another lefthander - quickly jump to the other side of the bike and push it down HARD!, no time to hesitate . gas! . again knee chirps the ground . still too slow ! add throttle coming over the bump - front lightens up . tank slapper. relax and think about that for a sec. ok - done. gas ! now the bus stop - break , downshift , downshit .

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Kim and Nolan are offically on my shit list! That is two weekends in a row we've been to the same event and missed each other.


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It was a good weekend. The weather was great. Though I'm finding I need to work on my bikes geometry. I'm torn on which direction is better. I don't remember it being so drastic in elevation changes.

The rider that was transported Saturday came out ok. No injuries that I'm aware of. Just a good bell ringing and some pain meds.

It was a great weekend.

Season recap still to come.

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Rider that got transported was back at the track on Sunday, nothing broken. Just sore.

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It was fun time riding with you guys. I love that track CCW, especially the wheelies over the jump. I hope the photographer got a good one of me. There was no way to keep the front end down if you hit that hill to the far right hand side on the hammer. What a beautiful day for late October.

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It was fun time riding with you guys. I love that track CCW, especially the wheelies over the jump. I hope the photographer got a good one of me. There was no way to keep the front end down if you hit that hill to the far right hand side on the hammer. What a beautiful day for late October.
Was a blast, I enjoyed watching you hold your fork tube down the front straight.

Also enjoyed sitting on I-94 for 2 hours after my truck decided to take a poop on itself and lose all power, pulled over and shut it off, let it cool down, then it turns out the battery was dead when I tried to crank it.

Best part was my phone died shortly before my truck did, so I had no way to get in touch with anyone!

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This was my first time at Gratten as well as my first NESBA event. I was very impressed with how the sessions were kept on schedule and I totally love this track. After my first session, I was ready to pack up and go home cause the track was so difficult to ride for the first time -especially with the cooler weather and wind. But by lunch I was hooked and with Ron's coaching, I was getting around the track a whole lot better. By the end of the day I found myself hauling ass around my new #2 favorite track (Road America is my #1). What a blast. I never even planned on going, but after working a 10 hour shift on Saturday I called Beaz and found out he was going. I said fug it and went home to change 2 tires on my 600, re-wire my trailer harness on my truck, pack up the trailer and dogs, and arrive at the Hotel by 2:15 am with my exhausted girlfriend. Then wake up at 6:00 because of the worst Hotel mattress EVER and ride my first track day at the most technical track i've ever rode on. I was about dead this morning, but TOTALLY worth it. I can't wait to ride another NESBA event so I don't look like such a noob on a track that i'm more familiar with.
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Was a blast, I enjoyed watching you hold your fork tube down the front straight.

Also enjoyed sitting on I-94 for 2 hours after my truck decided to take a poop on itself and lose all power, pulled over and shut it off, let it cool down, then it turns out the battery was dead when I tried to crank it.

Best part was my phone died shortly before my truck did, so I had no way to get in touch with anyone!
No shit bro?! Damn! Where were you? Because I stopped to piss and get gas still north of Gingerman and you guys kept going. I must have passed you and not noticed. I feel bad now. How long were you stranded?

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Was a blast, I enjoyed watching you hold your fork tube down the front straight.

Also enjoyed sitting on I-94 for 2 hours after my truck decided to take a poop on itself and lose all power, pulled over and shut it off, let it cool down, then it turns out the battery was dead when I tried to crank it.

Best part was my phone died shortly before my truck did, so I had no way to get in touch with anyone!
WTF...I was wondering where you went. I'm sorry man. Had I known, I'd have turned around to help out.

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I pulled off to get gas and was on the phone for a bit, so im sure you passed by before I hopped back on Nick.

I would've been fine if my damn phone's battery didn't die literally seconds before the damn van.

Was there for about 1 1/2 hours, not bad really.

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I pulled off to get gas and was on the phone for a bit, so im sure you passed by before I hopped back on Nick.

I would've been fine if my damn phone's battery didn't die literally seconds before the damn van.

Was there for about 1 1/2 hours, not bad really.
That sucks Bro! We were all hauling the ol booty leaving Grattan and then Nick was gone and then you were gone and then I pulled over for fuel and then I was all alone. :-(

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Grattan was my first real track weekend too. In the words of Will Ferrell: I had an awesome time! I can't thank everyone enough for their help: Wink for ride (sorry about the truck)and leathers, Sheryl for a ride the rest of the way there, Daniel for the ride back, Dean for boots, all the CR's who were nice enough to give me advice and instruction (which I needed very much), Nesba for setting up the track day, and probably many others I'm forgetting offhand.

It was really nice to meet everyone. The GrAttan bar was fun; thanks everyone for putting up with a couple older women hitting on me

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It seems to me that you went to THEIR table.

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It seems to me that you went to THEIR table.
Ha, I actually got up and turned around to go to the bathroom and they said Hi to me. I had to be cordial and talk to them a little I can't help it if the mature women can't stay away

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It seems to me that you went to THEIR table.
I went over to see how he was doing. They were nice and cordail.

Though he faired better then MoparBoyy would have. But then again who wouldn't.

Don't forget Wink, he did have his pimp clubbin' shirt on and that spiffy hair do! I'm surprised he wasn't handing out numbers to get in line.

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I went over to see how he was doing. They were nice and cordail.

Though he faired better then MoparBoyy would have. But then again who wouldn't.

Don't forget Wink, he did have his pimp clubbin' shirt on and that spiffy hair do! I'm surprised he wasn't handing out numbers to get in line.
Film at 11.

Awesome way to end the season. I haven't been to Grattan since the TL came off track duty, and forgot everything about it in that time. It's one of those tracks you really need to know to survive, and I really didn't know it until late in the day (and was badly tired from working Thursday night and our misadventure on Friday night).

Grattan Bar was a blast. Not as wild as the last time (from what I've heard) but fun.

Sunday was great. I can't believe how much it opens up the track to run CCW. There was a shiny, slick patch in 2 that seemed worse running that way, and I think a lot of people were dealing with it best they could, but it was kind of interesting to feel both tires slide for an instant crossing it. I also finally got the idea of how important it is to hit THE apex for a given line: had trouble running wide on a couple of turns until I hit the point I needed to hit and it made all the difference. It's one of those things you just know about until you get it, I guess.

Only really bad thing about the weekend (the part after Friday, anyway) was knowing the fun's pretty much over for the next five months or so.

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Wow dude, #87, his rear wheel is off the ground.

Here's a couple of me, thanks a lot Matt! I know I was getting my rear wheel off the ground on some of those as well, he just didn't get a shot of me.






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