Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Appleton, WI
Location: Appleton, WI
Sportbike: GSXR 750
Years Riding: 28 years
How you found us: Cruising the 'net
It was a great day. There were only 8 riders, full course, green track all day. 5 control riders and three of us paying folks. I had a blast. It was great hanging out with everyone and having some time to talk.
My best lap was a 2:50. Three seconds better than my full track Autobahn day. After lunch, I burned a whole tank in one session. I feel that I probably broke into the '40s but the beacon was removed at about 3:30 because Matt Drucker had to leave. Can't wait to pick it up again next year. I have a lot of room left for improvement. I can see ten seconds left on the table. Wishful thinking maybe, but belief is very powerful, and is half the battle.
Blarney gave me some good advice towards the end of the day that helped me relax on the bike, and help me to get it initiating turns turned quicker and with less effort. I want to work more on that next chance I get, as it really made things easier.
I had fun running with Ron for a while. I love green track time all day. I just love to ride fast, even for an hour at a time. My bike behaved great, except for one thing.
I was coming into turn one at the end of the front straight about 10 minutes into a session. I went to grab some front brake, and the lever came right back to the bar!! "Oh shit!", I say to myself. It took me a second before reality sunk in. I thought "This can't be happening! Nothing ever fails on this bike!". I kept pumping the lever in disbelief. I got NOTHING....
Since my engine was at 11k rpm, chopping the throttle gave me a lot of engine braking. I was able to slow enough to make the turn. I usually brake over a long period (much too long, evidently) going into turn one. I think this saved me this time.
So I continued for three miles with a hand up or a foot out to get to the pit entrance. During this time, I was not using the brakes at all. At one point, I forgot again that I had no brakes. I was most of the way around before I even remembered that I had a rear brake, which was pretty dumb on my part. I just never use it on the track.
It gouged my rim all the way around, and ground some metal off of my caliper. I was so lucky that I didn't even care. I had some spare caliper bolts and put it back together. No leaks, I had good pressure at the lever, and I was back out within 15 minutes.
When I got in, I found my front caliper dangling by the brake line. I had forgotten to tighten and torque the bolts after the last tire change. I am going to safety wire it from now on, so I have a double check to make sure they won't come out.
I probably did more laps than anyone that day, with 267 miles of riding. I stayed pretty fresh, and my times didn't get any worse all day. Working out and cardio really helped me. Overall, it was a fantastic day. It was completely worth the money. No one crashed all day, as far as I know.