Well first of all I started coming down with a cold last week. Wanted to get some rest but had too much work to do to the bike. My wife and I left Thursday around 3:30CST drove about 2hrs before the first bad thing. I got pulled over I was doing 71mph in what I thought was a 65mph zone, however since I was towing a trailer I was suppose to be doing 55mph. The cop was just crude, I explained I didn't know and she just didn't care what so ever. Anyway well then the insurance card that was in the car wasn't the most recent. So I wound up with two tickets and now have to drive 2hrs to court in a month. Anyway fine, I dealt with it.
We continued our trip, driving straight through, finally switching and letting my wife drive for some of the distance. Took us about 18hrs to get down there. The hotel let us check in and we went to sleep for a bit. Got up and decided to go check out the track. They were running practice laps so we stayed and watched for a bit.
Next morning got up went to the track early. Was feeling a little better but still not up to par. Unloaded the bike, met up with the instructors and started class. First session out, all I could think about was how fresh the accident was in my head. Leave it to say I was THE SLOWEST guy out of the three in the class. Towards the end of the session I got my knee down so that started to help with confidence.
Then we went back out for our second session, during the first lap my temp lite came on and the bike was at 250 or so, I figured I'd run it down the straight and see if the air flow helped. Well it didn't light stayed on. So I pulled in, and sure enough my dumb butt didn't put enough water in it when refilling it. So I pulled the plastics off and started filling it. But no in enough time to make it back out.
Next we went out for our final session before our mock race. This session went pretty well, but the rear tire still felt like it wanted to slide. My confidence was still pretty low too. Ran decent for what I felt comfortable with but still far slower than the other two people in the class.
Next came the mock race, which was only 5 laps, and they were going to throw every flag and everything possible at us in that 5 laps. Ran the practice lap, gridded up. Green flag drops I get a good start even though the front wheel came up in the first two gears. By far ahead of everyone since I had the biggest displacement bike on the grid.
Went through 1 then 2, by 3 people started passing me. No big deal I wasn't going to push myself especially since this is a mock race and I traveled so far to get my race license. Well sure enough they threw a meatball flag, a standing yellow flag, a waving yellow flag, an ambulance flag, and made us do a stop and go penalty before red flagging the race. All within 5 laps. I was nervous as can be, but I passed.
Overall it was great, got a chance to get out on the track, managed to get my race license, not crash, and got my knee down. Now I just need to really work on my confidence. I have 3 track days lined up before I plan on racing. I'll see how those go, and if by then I feel comfortable I will go ahead and race. If not I may do a few more to really get my confidence back up before becoming a rolling road block in a CCS race. I got my temporary race license that day and my permanent should be in the mail in about 4 weeks.
Oh yeah and after telling the instructor about the rear wheel wanting to slide, he checked my bike, and well I caused yet anohter problem. My chain was too tight, causing the rear shock not to work properly. After adjusting it and chekcing it agian, he said it appeared to be shot and suggested having it rebuilt. After loosening the chain of course. So now I have more work to do before my next track day in 3 weeks.
Sorry for such a long post but it was a heck of a weekend. Here are the pics, my wife is still getting used to the camera, and we need to get the added 2-20x optical zoom lense for tracks like this where she can't get that close.
Oh yeah one other thing, Roebling is FAST a REALLY FAST TRACK. As slow as I was going I'd be hitting 112mph coming out of the last turn which is the right hander in the picture below where I don't have my knee down. And would catch 165mph indicated before I braked REALLY early for turn 1. I'm a wuss and really have to get back into the swing of things.