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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-19-2003, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Putnam is scary

ok, well actually putnam the track was great!

the Ramada, ground zero for Karaoke, was another story altogether

now I know what you mean when they say enjoy the singing at Ramada but stay at the Holiday Inn Express.

Don't know about the other rooms, but the one we got was naaaaasty.

I went to the bathroom when we arrived Fri night and saw this critter. My first thought was "oh great, some kid left their toy and housecleaning missed it". Then when it ran across the tub base I almost shrieked like a girl and painted the room.
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I kiddingly told Jota and Mikdivad that this was just a baby and mama was actually under the bed ready to dine on them when they turned the lights out.

Jota looked under his bed and blah....check it out

obviously the vacuum cleaners don't work at the Ramada
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nasty!!!!! did you guys change hotels?
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Is that a wolf spider? it's hideous. I hate spiders. Iíve never seen one like that in the Midwest.
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Damn dude, I'm glad I just passed out in the blazer Friday night, I'll be damded if I'm sleeping in motel room like that.

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I told you guys that place was a sh(thole.

How was the rest of the weekend?

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I told you guys that place was a sh(thole.

How was the rest of the weekend?

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Re: Putnam is scary

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...I almost shrieked like a girl and painted the room.
almost? who are you kidding.

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uh oh, what for?
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LOL, where's the post on the NESBA Board?? Cmon....inquiring minds want to know!!!
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Im lazy so I am adding on to Ernie's thread....

Absoluteyly PERFECT weather both days (Sun was actually a little too warm).

Nice meeting Chris amd John (again). Hope you are feeling better today. A couple crashes and amb rides but nothing too serious and nothing really from CLSB guys.

Great, great weekend....it was fun running with David and Allen a little bit. I was running very consistent low 24s in the morning with what the laptimer was picking up. Afternoon sessions seemed a bit faster, but who knows the dam beacon was everyone trouble. I called it quits about 3pm after my rear tire and brake pads were running very thin.

Big to MAtt for being a great traveling buddy.

Unfortunatley we never made it down to the Karaoke....we passed out about 8pm Sat night.

No spiders in our rooom thankfully
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What a perfect day sunday! Weather, track, people, etc. For the 1st time I started to feel comfortable on the newer bike. Now i have to find some winter track days...


we missed ya Jim-no-show

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I had a great time on Sat. Thanks to Ernie for giving my bike and me a ride down to Putnam. The extra "roommates" we had in the Ramada room were quite interesting to say the least. This was the first time that I ever ran in the Advanced group and it was a good learning experience. I realized that a smaller 600cc bike can't keep up with someone on a larger displacement that knows what they are doing. As hard as I tried, I just couldn't stay with those fast guys. Combine skill with power and you will be running with some fast guys. Oh well...

It was fun running with Kruz on Sat. I wish there were more CLSB guys that came out for the A group, but I had fun dicing it up with other 600cc bikes out there. There was Paul from Polar Optics that I chased down and another control rider on a silver R6 that held up Kruz and me during a session. Federson showed me a couple of times how you can quickly dispense of lap traffic-- Man is that guy fast! And he does it on crappy, beat-up tires and a stock R1. Jerk!

I was able to run a 1.21:90 as my best time, and consistently getting in the 1.22's. Putnam is an awesome track with corners that just flow into one another. Super grippy surface that eats up tires, but inspires tons of confidence as you lean over more than you think is possible.

The last hurrah of the season was a memorable one. Now I have to finally proceed full force in selling my track R6... sniff sniff.: (
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Jim started to put his bike back together thursday night and noticed his lowers no longer fit under the bike, seems the damage is a little more then thought. fork tubes are tweaked a little so i was unable to attend, sucks I love Putnam

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Jim started to put his bike back together thursday night and noticed his lowers no longer fit under the bike, seems the damage is a little more then thought. fork tubes are tweaked a little so i was unable to attend, sucks I love Putnam
I know that feeling very well, just hope it isn't frame. That was what it wound up being on the Gixxer. Hard to tell too, since everything seemed to fit well, heck I even rode it without plastics and it felt fine. Then after replacing fork tubes, tripple tree, and all of it wound up being the frame being bent right at the steering head which changed the angle of the forks. Hope in your case it's just the fork tubes.
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I know that feeling very well, just hope it isn't frame. That was what it wound up being on the Gixxer. Hard to tell too, since everything seemed to fit well, heck I even rode it without plastics and it felt fine. Then after replacing fork tubes, tripple tree, and all of it wound up being the frame being bent right at the steering head which changed the angle of the forks. Hope in your case it's just the fork tubes.
thought has crossed my mind, its very hard to tell the fork is tweaked you can see it where it clamps to the lower tripple clamp.

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HOLY CRAP. i would have been out of that hotel so friggin fast you would have to ask if i even came.

that spider would have sent me stright running for the hills. its makes me shudder just to look at the picture.

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I had an awesome time at Putnam. Couldn't ask for better weather. It was good meeting Kruz, Mikdivad, whyslack, and others from this board. Putnam is an awesome track, I really liked the elevation changes and "swoopy" curves. (Blackhawk was the only track I'd been on prior). I can't wait until the season starts up again next year.

I didn't have any scary roommates at the Ramada... but I did have an "oh crap" moment when that Goldwing went off into the grass on dead bear right in front of me. I thought I was going to see yellow luggage flying all over the place, but he rode it out and got back on the track.

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that was hilarious. I thought this guy on a bright yellow goldwing was just doing the intro sessions but he stayed and did the whole day in B group.

Guess his goal was to hang off and drag luggage

the really funny thing was that he started near the front and did a good job staying there. not too many people passed him
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the really funny thing was that he started near the front and did a good job staying there. not too many people passed him
i'd think it would be hard to pass a barge like that. hahahaha!!

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Putnam was a lot of fun, all things considered. The track was great, very grippy smooth flowing (except for turn 7, but we'll get to that). Weather was awesome the entire time we were there. Did both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday towards the end of the first session turned in a little later than normal in turn 7. Went a little wide then ended up in the grass. The back end started to slide then caught and I ended up in a highside. My head and shoulder took the brunt of the landing, fortunately I have a pretty hard head. EMT's were there pretty quickly, or I didn't get up as quickly as I thought. Answered their questions about where I was and what day it was. The cornerworker said the bike flipped, but there wasn't too much damage considering. I'll have to replace the front cowl and maybe headlight assembly and the left rearset is bent. The right rearset broke when I was trying to bend it back into place so I had to buy a spare one off of somebody at the track. Rode two more sessions in the afternoon just to make sure the bike was ok and to get back on the bike and conquer turn 7.

I'm a tad bit sore today and I can really tell what parts hit the ground first.
I'll post pics of the bike when I take them.





Oh and btw, I found 3 more spiders on Saturday night.
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Hi, all. I don't know have all your names and faces matched up, but it was nice seeing you at Putnam.

However, about the bugs: first of all, NEVER look under the bed in a motel. Secondly, you guys are sissies! I will agree that the place was pretty much a pit. Luckily, we were the only guests in our room and my in-laws' room was better than ours.

Grasshopper, you are bad, very very bad. I don't know if pitting around guys like you makes me feel younger or incredibly old! Here's the info on the rearset plates: $60 (includes shipping), nate maillet, po box 117, monmouth me 04259. His email is [email protected] (at least it was last May).
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yeah!!!!!


great weather!!!!!! kruz thanks again for the ride out there/back. Next time we'll try not to drive thru the "Hood"!!!

next yerar I hope to see everyone out there in full force.

And Ernie thanks for leaving your lap timer, It's a whole new ball game now!!!!
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Damn, I wanted to go, but I'm not quite in tip top shape yet

Still in limbo about how much I'll actually owe for the hospital visit too Could be pricey so I decided to skip the Putnam trip.


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