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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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MCC/STT/Autobahn Full Course Monday

Well, I just finished unloading the truck after returning from the first ever full course Autobahn motorcycle event, which was organized by MCC in Villa Park and orchestrated by STT. Seeing as how it was about 95 Jillion degrees out today, the track is 3.5 + miles with 20 plus turns, and I rode every session, I'm pretty much beat, so I thought I'd just mention some of the highlights...

First, Doug Polen, '91 - '92 WSB and '93 AMA Super Bike champion, was on hand courtesy of Ducati NA to answer questions, evaluate rider technique, and just generally hang out, which he did all day. Incidentally, Mr. Polen did 4 laps on one of the other attendees' '00 996 RS, lapping the track at 2:32 and change on the first lap, and working his way down to a 2:30 until the tires started to go away. The other A group riders indicated that he was, in fact, going like a scalded ape. Pretty cool, and a new full course record (especially since a full course record didn't exist prior to today..)

Second, STT ran another excellent event today. Thanks to Monte Lutz and everyone else for a great time. Grasshopper also did a great job as a new CR with those guys today; way to go, Nick, you lucky bastard!

Third and of somewhat lesser import, I successfully went out on the 996 for the first time today and managed not to toss it into the weeds, despite the fact that it has 30 more horsepower and about 60 more pounds than the Monster, this in combination with somewhat less effective brakes. In fact, I became somewhat familiar with the gravel trap (twice!) at the end of the short straight on the North course right before it transitions back south, the first time courtesy of fading brakes, the second time, well, just because I'm an idiot. I shat myself BOTH times. At least I kept it upright both times, and the 2nd time I was able to take a nice breather as the bike was nicely supported due to the fact the wheels were stuck in the gravel about halfway up to the axles. Still, there are much better ways to rest...

Finally, but not least, I played after-event cruise director for a bunch of the guys from the shop and some other attendees', taking them to one of Joliet's finest eating establishments, Merichka's. Nothing fancy here, just one of those local favorites which has been around for 60 years and will probably be there for 60 more. I recommend the Steak Poorboy (their specialty) with Swiss and extra Garlic Butterine on the side. Don't ask, just trust me; go there after your next track day down there, order it just like that, and you'll be a happy camper. Oh, and I also like to have a vodka gimlet or 2 just to dilute the grease and keep things in balance- I'm just such a health freak that way. Mmmm-Mmmm good.

So, like I said, just a few highlights. The track was a blast; you will definitely feel like you went 10 rounds with a gang of taser wielding, meth smoking midgets when you're done, but it's worth it. And also, seriously Mapquest Merichka's; it's also worth it. Try to stay out of the gravel, and remember, 2:30 is currently the record to beat, so get going kids! Go early, go often, work hard, but most of all, just have fun out there, 'kay?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 11:32 PM
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Damn Jim, finally taking the 996 out to the track huh... man I could sell every one of my bikes and it still probably wouldn't be worth what that 996 is worth

Sounds like a blast, I'm doing full course at Autobahn in August, can't wait!

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Actually, John, I presently have more dough tied up in that stoopid M.. I'm sure that'll change, though. I'm really not very bright...
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 11:43 PM
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Yeah, cheap beat up Japanese former race bikes is where it's at... I just lowsided my GSXR on Saturday at Blackhawk in T6 and hell, by the time I'm done with the thing and add more damage to it, I may just see if I can find a big enough trash can, stick the bike in it and leave it out for the garbage man. That'll give him something to talk about...

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Glad you kept it up...even if it was gravel assisted!

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2005, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Update:

Well, 2 days later, I can almost go up and down stairs again without wincing in pain. Man, I'd say I'm in pretty decent shape, but that track is a killer! Everytyhing is sore: Neck, shoulders, bi's/tri's, lower back, but most of all, my f'in thighs felt like I spent the weekend on a remote island with a case of Levitra and a trainload of Tri Delts (which, come to think of it, would be a toss up if I had to choose between the 2 experiences). Not that I'm complaining. That full course is WICKED, and I'm only as fast as your average Granny....
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 12:51 AM
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Hey, do you happen to plan to be at Grattan 4th of July weekend? I should be there all 3 days. That track is gonna kick my ass...

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Jon. No, I wanted to go, especially to the Pro school, but I won't be able to make it. And yes, it is definitely going to kick your ass - that place rocks. You are going to have a blast. I am going up at the end of the month for the DOCC rally,which may not have as intense riding sessions, but some buddies are also going, and we will get to ride the track in reverse on Sunday. Have a great time! Oh, and are you going to Putnam next weekend?
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I wish I could but I'm going on a Vegas trip with a couple of friends. Friends are a good thing... and apparently it is a good thing to hang out with them once in a while instead of going to the race track every weekend for the last 4 weeks in a row like I've been doing

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-07-2005, 11:54 AM
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Hey farmboy,
I wish I knew who you were! I was there with my 02 Monster, also rode every session. Which group were you in? Guess I'd better start showing my face at Strats & meeting people!
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