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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-28-2004, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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have you ever been passed by Eric Bostrom ???

here's my story: i arrived at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday 8/27/04 at 10:30 a.m. when i pulled up at the guard house to sign in, the guy in front of me signed in as Eric Bostrom. i knew it was some joker because instead of signing in as RIDER, he signed in PORNSTAR. i was invited down there for the Ducati National Dealer meeting Track Day. How could i pass this up? riding around a fabulous track like Barber on friggin new 999R's. what an opportunity and i jumped at it. so, anyway, i'm getting my stuff together and i see Eric Bostrom suiting up. i walked over to him and told him very funny about the pornstar bit. seems that Barber is one of his home tracks and he would be riding with us that day. not only can he ride but has a sense of humor and is very down to earth. as Ernie and the others have mentioned: the track is rather new and very beautiful, with great elevation changes and a perfect surface, 45' wide, (Vic Zannis, the track manager drove me around the track at lunch, before my first session to give me some insight) immaculate grounds and a museum , what a complex. the track is very technical and takes some time getting used to. you had better learn the track in a hurry, because the track designer tried to make things hard for us. the straights are short but you have several blind areas where you are on the gas but can't see where the track goes. and at least one area where the track goes the opposite direction than where you think it is going. kind of like going up the hill at Road America after turn 5, but at least there you are off the gas. Barber, like Road Atlanta, has several of those where you are hard on the gas with minimal forward vision. you are going fast but can't see where you are going. like over driving your headlights. a leap of faith. so, i am out on the track and Eric comes around me like i'm standing still. for a split second, i didn't realize who it was and i attempted to chase. then i figured out two things, 1. it was him and 2. i was afraid to ride any faster. and he was gone anyway. this happened to me at Road Atlanta as well, when Kevin Schwantz and his instructors, blowing by us once in a while. what a blast. this will not be my last time there and when my 6 bike enclosed trailer is completed, i think we should visit all the GREAT tracks. if someone will tell me how to reduce the size of the photos, i will post them..

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thanks, of course i don't know what that is.. can i download from somewhere or otherwise email to you so you can post? there are only two or three. they are 840 KB to 955 KB
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i cropped the pics (better than nothing) how do i edit my post and attach them? the attach file is no longer an option..
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i cropped the pics (better than nothing) how do i edit my post and attach them? the attach file is no longer an option..
you will need to host it and post the web address.

You could send me the files and I will resize it and host it for you, if you want to

This could be a nice avatar


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now that im jealous of!!! nice, did you happen to tell eric to go back to team green

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Re: have you ever been passed by Eric Bostrom ???

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....and when my 6 bike enclosed trailer is completed, i think we should visit all the GREAT tracks.
HI NEW BEST BUDDY

awesome track, huh? I'm definitely going back as many times as possible next year.

So how was the Duc ride? Are you gonna have a new track bike in the new trailer

How was the track time? was it split up in 20 min chunks or was it just buffet style - all you can handle?
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Hmm... riding someone else's bike (and a fine one at that) on a purty new track with some uber-fast guys around? I could think of worse ways to spend an afternoon. Nice work!

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nismoo, thank you very much for your help, could not have done it without you. ... as i flew in and out within the same day i did not take very many pictures as i knew i would be back. unfortunately the pic of eric b. was fuzzy, oh well.. the Ducati is a beautiful bike, a piece of art. if i ever bought one, this would be it. my expectations were high and i had to get used to the bike and the track at the same time, in only two sessions. .. if only i had more time with the bike, next year?? .. please understand that my family is italian. i love ferrari's as well. but i am a function before form guy and that's why i own a porsche turbo instead of a ferrari... for 30K, i have three great Japanese bikes. the Duc reminds me of the honda 1000rr that i have, if you stay up in the higher revs, the bikes rock. the bike felt very controllable and obviously, the suspension is great. as i ride a gixxer 1000 (street/track bike) and hayabusa, as well, i am spoiled by suzuki's midrange. you are rarely in a wrong gear. . with the Duc and honda, there are times, when you should have been down one gear and there is time lag. i am a 4 cylinder guy and really like instant gratification, therefore high hp is the only way. i also think that the mechanical sound of the Duc is too much. the honda with a different exhaust sounds the best and it runs like a friggin sewing machine. the honda is very refined and smooth. the Duc is a racebike that we can ride on the street, barely, but it didn't feel like 140 hp. . my gixxer 1000 is like a wild animal but is my favorite on the track. maybe because it is my second one and it just feels comfortable to me. the hayabuse feels like a brick, if i just got off the 1000. but in a straight line or at least, not mountainous, curved roads, the hayabusa has no equal. you are never in the wrong gear. it was a very warm and humid day and the Duc's underseat exhaust contributed to my personal overheat situation. my honda does not get as hot and the suzuki, not even close. i love the fact that all of this technology and performance is available to us. i am anxious to ride the R1 and ZX 10. we are all very lucky and fortunate. Ernie, as i ride to and from the track for track days, i don't NEED a trailer. BUT i want to experience ALL the great tracks around the country and do it with like minded, local people. (see my Road Atlanta post) i think a 6 bike trailer would be perfect. Or slightly larger as some (non motorcycle) friends and i are looking into the hayabusa powered race cars, like Radical and www. Stohr.com .... if you though Barber was great, (which it is) wait til the first time you hit the corkscrew at Laguna Seca on your own bike. unbelievable..!! of course, Road Atlanta is pretty great as well. life is short, let's do all of them, again and again.
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nismoo, thank you very much for your help, could not have done it without you.
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Re: Re: have you ever been passed by Eric Bostrom ???

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Ernie
[B]HI NEW BEST BUDDY

awesome track, huh? I'm definitely going back as many times as possible next year.]



Hey Ernie,

JRS is MY new best buddy. Get in line....

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Those fools!! They must have forgotten to send out my invitation (again). Looks like a great time
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