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?