Grasshopper Coverboy - Chicagoland Sportbikes
Chicagoland Sportbikes
 
Track Talk This forum is all about discussing riding and setup tips for different types of racetracks. As well as discussion about the local racing scene.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-31-2008, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 29
           
Grasshopper Coverboy

Grasshopper is on the cover of TrackdayMag.com this month. The kid looks good on a bike and writes a mean article....
TrackdayMag is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-31-2008, 10:57 PM

 
df4iguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: wheaton il
Posts: 969
Location: wheaton il
Sportbike: 03 honda f4i,03 z1000
Years Riding: 9 years
How you found us: cerkmx
           
nice write-up along with some kick ass pictures!

i dont know that i would have the balls to run the course backwards full bore!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jimm View Post
Nothing compared to the Toyota Tundra, huh??
df4iguy is offline  
post #3 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-31-2008, 11:08 PM
Formerly Known as Justaguy
 
Medwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bolingbrook
Posts: 1,916
Location: Bolingbrook
Sportbike: YZF
Years Riding: next question
How you found us: you found me
           
Send a message via MSN to Medwin Send a message via Skype™ to Medwin
Medwin is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 08:09 AM
Moderator

 
Underdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Not Chicago Anymore
Posts: 9,249
Location: Not Chicago Anymore
Sportbike: 08 YZ250F, 03 Tuono
Years Riding: Eh?
How you found us: .
           
Took him this long to spellcheck 4 pages about a trackday in the fall? Seems about right...

Nice writeup Hopper.

Motorcycles are cool!




<---- Patrick

Property of Evil Monkey Racing

Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.



Last edited by Underdog; 04-01-2008 at 01:27 PM.
Underdog is offline  
post #5 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 08:15 AM
BSB > WSBK > MotoGP
 
shadrach's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: South Loop & Cary
Posts: 11,948
Location: South Loop & Cary
Sportbike: '02 GSXR 600 / '98 CBRF3
Years Riding: Since '03
How you found us: Google
           
Good writeup. One suggestion though, pick a better font for the article; it's too large and has no line spacing. the paragraph looks all crammed together and it's very unpleasant to read like that. (Using IE7 with default display settings)

Jeff
NESBA #311
'02 GSXR600
'98
Smokin' Joe's F3
shadrach is offline  
post #6 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 12:32 PM
Moderator
 
Chills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Naperville, IL
Posts: 23,640
Location: Naperville, IL
Sportbike: Kawi ZX-10R
Years Riding: Since February 2012
How you found us: NESBA bbs
           
Send a message via Yahoo to Chills
Post the pic.

Congratulations, Nick!!

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

I bleed GREEN
Chills is offline  
post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 12:34 PM
My lil Stunt Girl
 
Chigirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,006
Location: Chicago, IL
Sportbike: Still riding my 04 R6 in my dreams
Years Riding: Retired
How you found us: Craigslist
           
Send a message via Yahoo to Chigirl
Again...congrats.

"Live life or get the hell outta my way. "


Quote:
Originally Posted by BusaGirl
Damn haters!

How can you dig for gold when you make your own???
Quote:
Originally Posted by maoisn
That is the beauty of photography. You get to capture a moment in time. Each picture tells a story.
Chigirl is offline  
post #8 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 12:44 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Thanks

For the pictures and the article please view trackdaymag.com

Join the forum to. The site is aimed towards all track day orgs and all track day riders.

"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com
Grasshopper is offline  
post #9 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 12:56 PM
Sarcasm in every post.
 
scout67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: 40mi West of the City
Posts: 4,538
Location: 40mi West of the City
Sportbike: '01 ZX-6R, '88 Katana 600
Years Riding: 20+yrs.
How you found us: Written on a YWB's ass. Next to "EMR was here"
           

Ken.


My Garage.

It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
scout67 is offline  
post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 01:04 PM
King Nothing


 
Kegger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Ur Moms House
Posts: 17,944
Location: Ur Moms House
Sportbike: I ride Ur Mom
Years Riding: As long as Ive known Ur Mom
How you found us: u found me
           
Nice writeup nick, almost looks as if the jump "surprised" you a bit when that pic was taken..................were you hamming it up?

"When in doubt, use full throttle. It may not improve your situation, but it will end the suspense."
Kegger is offline  
post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 01:15 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kegger View Post
Nice writeup nick, almost looks as if the jump "surprised" you a bit when that pic was taken..................were you hamming it up?
Running Grattan any way is a challenge. The new pavement is as sticky as glue. The jump is a challenge running the track both ways. If you are running it clockwise the suspension unloads completely but a lot of people make the mistake of hitting the brakes before they crest the hill. Turn 6 is way faster than most people realize. I back off on the gas and feather the brakes going into 6 then I grab 2 quick downshifts after I go through 6 for the esses.

Running it backwards is sweet as hell. You don't even have to pull up on the bars or lean back to ride a wheelie down the hill.

"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com
Grasshopper is offline  
post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 01:43 PM
Special Agent Lance Boyle
 
Sticky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: planet earth
Posts: 6,707
Location: planet earth
Sportbike: 2010 KX250F
Years Riding: 26
How you found us: Sportbike Network
           
Send a message via AIM to Sticky
Jesus, you downshift twice between 6(I always thought it was 5) and the esses!?

<--------Sticky Nicky
Sticky is offline  
post #13 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 01:49 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sticky View Post
Jesus, you downshift twice between 6(I always thought it was 5) and the esses!?
You're correct. I grab 2 clicks down after I go through 5. So between 5 and 6. The reason being because the suspension is completely unloaded coming over the hill and I've tried down shifting before I hit 5 but the trans usually doesn't like it. I think its because there's not as much of a load on the rear wheel and the trans. So thats why I grab 2 clicks after I go through 5 before 6. Make more sense?


"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com
Grasshopper is offline  
post #14 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 03:13 PM
Special Agent Lance Boyle
 
Sticky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: planet earth
Posts: 6,707
Location: planet earth
Sportbike: 2010 KX250F
Years Riding: 26
How you found us: Sportbike Network
           
Send a message via AIM to Sticky
Dude, I read your article and you're like 2 gears higher than me in pretty much every turn. How fast do you go clockwise? like 26s-28s?

<--------Sticky Nicky
Sticky is offline  
post #15 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 03:16 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
I have ran a mid 26 in the past. I think I need to do a high 24 or 25 to run with the WERA national guys.

Edit. On second thought, with the new pavement every class is going to shatter the current records or running pace for each class. The track is that much faster. If they repave the rest of it and the whole thing is redone it will be sick, stupid, retarded fast.

"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com

Last edited by Grasshopper; 04-01-2008 at 03:20 PM.
Grasshopper is offline  
post #16 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 03:19 PM
Zydrate addict
 
Piercedqt78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Romeoville
Posts: 5,289
Location: Romeoville
Sportbike: no more riding for me :(
Years Riding: ridin what?
How you found us: I lost a bet, this was my punishment
           
Send a message via AIM to Piercedqt78
Nick, I read the article and want to say that your passion for riding really came through. You did agreat job with the write up. I've never ridden track, but I could almost feel what you were describing. Good writing, Mandy

I don't ride, I cook!
Piercedqt78 is offline  
post #17 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 03:19 PM
G2G
Registered User
 
G2G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 14,287
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: It changes everyday
Years Riding: since 1991
How you found us: Ur mom
           
26 is pretty quick on a SV 650. I didn't read the write up but i am interested in going back to Grattan with Wera
G2G is offline  
post #18 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 03:23 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by G2G View Post
26 is pretty quick on a SV 650. I didn't read the write up but i am interested in going back to Grattan with Wera
You better get to safety wiring now. WERA is very particular with what should be wired up. On the plus side the rule book does not say you need to wire the header pipe bolts this year. YAY!!!!! The rear cylinder header pipe is nearly impossible to wire.

"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com
Grasshopper is offline  
post #19 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 09:28 PM
Give 'em hell guys!!
 
Steve Karson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Chicago,IL
Posts: 184
Location: Chicago,IL
Sportbike: R6
Years Riding: 17
How you found us: JimGoFast
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grasshopper View Post
You better get to safety wiring now. WERA is very particular with what should be wired up. On the plus side the rule book does not say you need to wire the header pipe bolts this year. YAY!!!!! The rear cylinder header pipe is nearly impossible to wire.
Glad to see you were paying attention in my class.

It was good meeting you up at the school, It was a little cold, but it was a beautiful day.
Steve Karson is offline  
post #20 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 09:31 PM
Give 'em hell guys!!
 
Steve Karson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Chicago,IL
Posts: 184
Location: Chicago,IL
Sportbike: R6
Years Riding: 17
How you found us: JimGoFast
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by G2G View Post
26 is pretty quick on a SV 650. I didn't read the write up but i am interested in going back to Grattan with Wera
Are you going to come out for the endurance race??? If so, we'll have to have a few brews and catchup. Depending on what class you are racing, I might even give you a few tips.
Steve Karson is offline  
post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 09:36 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Nice to meet you as well Steve. Your knowledge is valuable to the sport.

"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com
Grasshopper is offline  
post #22 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 10:00 PM
1 piece at a time
 
hexraptor's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Woodstock, IL
Posts: 6,316
Location: Woodstock, IL
Sportbike: Ninja ZX-6'DinoSaki'
Years Riding: Since I joined!
How you found us: teh intarwebz
           
Send a message via AIM to hexraptor Send a message via MSN to hexraptor Send a message via Yahoo to hexraptor
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grasshopper View Post
On the plus side the rule book does not say you need to wire the header pipe bolts this year
um..do exhaust systems fall off a lot at the track??

seems like a wierd thing to require safety wiring if you ask me

- Steve
hexraptor is offline  
post #23 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 03:53 AM
Resident Slow guy
 
Ohfugit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chicago
Posts: 6,771
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 250x_Dirtbike Triumph_Tripled_955i 90_H-D_Bagger CR80_Mini_Motard
Years Riding: Street_LOOOOOOONG_Time Track Backmarker
How you found us: Google
           
Send a message via AIM to Ohfugit
Quote:
Originally Posted by hexraptor View Post
um..do exhaust systems fall off a lot at the track??
You are asking the right guy

Nice writeup Nick !!!

Ohfugit is offline  
post #24 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 08:02 AM
King Nothing


 
Kegger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Ur Moms House
Posts: 17,944
Location: Ur Moms House
Sportbike: I ride Ur Mom
Years Riding: As long as Ive known Ur Mom
How you found us: u found me
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by hexraptor View Post
um..do exhaust systems fall off a lot at the track??

seems like a wierd thing to require safety wiring if you ask me
Im assuming its not the system they are/were worried about, imagine hitting one of those nuts that fell off while leaned over, kinda like running over a marble, typically not enough to crash you(although at the pace these guys carry it probably is), but will upset your line and chassis which could affect the others around you etc.........have you ever had a sewer cap spin on you on the street?- kinda like that.

"When in doubt, use full throttle. It may not improve your situation, but it will end the suspense."
Kegger is offline  
post #25 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 08:12 AM
Failed rehab
 
Rob, Esq.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 14,908
Location: Indy
Sportbike: Striple
Years Riding: Dunno, awhile?
How you found us: DML
           
Send a message via AIM to Rob, Esq. Send a message via MSN to Rob, Esq.
I want to try Grattan this year. G-hoppa, let me know the next time you're out there so you can shoe me the line.

Attorney-at-Law: Doing my part to contribute to the downfall of western society.
Rob, Esq. is offline  
post #26 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 10:06 AM
G2G
Registered User
 
G2G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 14,287
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: It changes everyday
Years Riding: since 1991
How you found us: Ur mom
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Karson View Post
Are you going to come out for the endurance race??? If so, we'll have to have a few brews and catchup. Depending on what class you are racing, I might even give you a few tips.
Sounds good Steve
G2G is offline  
post #27 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 10:13 AM
Seriously?
 
Hunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Barrington
Posts: 7,012
Location: Barrington
Sportbike: 06 Gsx-R 600
Years Riding: 4 years
How you found us: Your Mom!
           
Send a message via AIM to Hunny Send a message via Yahoo to Hunny
Congrats Nick

Bikes can be replaced...people can't...ride safe!!
http://public.fotki.com/kemeiz/
Sex is like math... you add the bed, subtract the clothes, divide the legs and pray you don't multiply!
<---- Kristin
UR MOM RACING
Hunny is offline  
post #28 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 02:12 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Here is the article since it was deleted from the old website when Tea updated to the new.

Trackdaymag.com

Riding Grattan Backwards (Counterclockwise)

Nick Desautels

Which way is up?

Sometimes the best adventures are the ones you don’t plan for. I’d made a last minute decision to attend a NESBA track day at Grattan Raceway in Michigan on October 21st of 2007. This late in the Midwest season, weather is so unpredictable that you’re really taking a chance if you pre-register for an event. Let’s face it, nobody likes riding in the cold and rain, especially if it wastes valuable winter motorcycle project money. In this case the weather forecast looked more than favorable, so I decided that I just had to go.

I called Senior Editor K3 at about noon on Friday and dropped a guilt trip on him like I usually do about how he should be riding the race track with me instead of spending time with his lovely wife Laura. He took the bait at first, thinking that he might be able to get the Trackdaymag.com salvage project bike up and running for the weekend so that he would have more to write about. Eight hours of thrashing later, K3 came to the simultaneous conclusions that A) the bike most likely wouldn’t be ready in time and B) it was his wedding anniversary! At this point K3 set down his wrenches and slunk off to the mall to find a gift for his wife. I must have called 10 of my other track day/race friends but nobody else could make it, so I was on my own. Off to Michigan I went late Saturday afternoon. I met up with some of the NESBA crew at the Grattan bar for a few drinks and some lies about how fast I think I am, and then retired to my hotel room in Grand Rapids.

Morning registration went smoothly, aside from getting busted as I tried to nonchalantly register for the intermediate class because Advanced was so empty. Grattan is a very technical track with only one long straightaway, so I figured that I’d have ten times more fun harvesting liter-bikes with my little SV in Intermediate than I would if I rode in Advanced. I was quickly apprehended by Fast Fred of NESBA.
“ABSOLUTELY NOT!” Fred barked. “HE IS AN ADVANCED RIDER!”
“Oh come on Fred,” I replied, “I promise I’ll behave!”
Unfortunately I was given that look which meant I’d better either listen or leave. Next, the tech inspector went over my ugly Mad Max bike with a fine tooth comb looking for some reason to send me back to my pit for repairs. Happily for me, he couldn’t find anything amiss. Hey, my Apocalypse SV may not be beautiful, but it’s tight!

Our first session out was a bit cool. I’d say the temperature must have been in the low 60’s but the sun was coming up fast and shining bright. By mid afternoon it would become windy but the thermometer would eventually climb into the mid 70s. Once the marshal let us out onto the track for that first session and waved us to the left instead of the right leaving “pit out,” I just couldn’t wait to get my tires warm and ride a brand new race track. Oh yea baby, Grattan counterclockwise. I’d heard so much about it but never had the chance to ride it for myself. I’ve ridden Grattan clockwise more times than I can count, so I figured that if I could turn on a little dyslexia I’d be able to get a groove going.

No sooner had we entered the track and arrived at uphill, off-camber Turn Two, than “Johnny Liter-Bike” got throttle happy and spit himself off right in front of me. I mean come on! The first lap of the first session of the day and you’re on your ass? Are you really an advanced rider, dude? After witnessing that debacle I was waiting for the red flag to come out, however he must have managed to pick himself up, because the session continued. Grattan is aligned east to west, so at this hour the second half of each lap had me riding straight into the blazing early morning sun. It was almost like riding into a black hole as I rolled through 4th and 5th gear and into fiery blindness.

Did I mention that they’d repaved half of Grattan raceway the week prior? Actually, it was the new asphalt that I’d come for. I didn’t find out that they’d be running the track counter-clockwise until I got there! The sticky/gritty fresh pavement extends from after the jump to the beginning of the front straight. (running clockwise) Basically the entire backside is repaved. The entire track could use new pavement but they definitely repaved the section which needed it the most. I never had a traction issue at all on any of the new pavement and found that it gave good tire wear as well.

So this is my explanation of Grattan backwards, as experienced on my little 75hp naked SV 650 with dirt-bike bars. I’ll be naming the corners as they occur, so if you’re used to running clockwise, what I will call turn 1 is what you normally think of as the last turn. If I seem overly excited in my description, understand that Grattan in reverse is now my all-time favorite race course. What a freaking roller coaster!

Starting on the front straight going as fast as my motorcycle will go into turn 1, I grab a down shift but stay on the gas, tipping the bike to the right and barely feathering the brakes. As the day went on I realized I could carry more and more speed through this corner. It’s frightening though, because on the outside of turn 1 running counterclockwise, there is a drop-off into a bottomless pit. Let’s just say that you’ll be fine through Turn One as long as you don’t crash. Stay on the gas in 5th into turn two, which is kind of a front wheel raiser if you hit it on the far inside where I like to apex. I fly down the hill on the gas hard and grab 2 down shifts into 3rd gear for the hard left-hand, uphill, off -camber turn 3. Hold steady on the throttle as you sweep to the far outside of the track, then start rolling on the gas as hard as you can around the backside sweeper we will call turn 4. On my SV I’d upshift into 4th and then 5th gear. At the end of the sweeping back straight, I would downshift once to set up for the bowl that we can call turn 5. This is a hard, banked right-hander that lets you get some sick lean angle! Holding 4th gear, I would flick the bike hard left into turn 6, then hard right for turn 7. Hard acceleration through turn 8 would see me grabbing 5th at the exit. At this point, it was time for the most exciting feature of Grattan Backwards, the infamous jump. Hold onto your hat here, because your breakfast might come flying out of your stomach over this rise, where it is absolutely impossible to keep the front wheel down. I would keep my SV in 5th over the jump, down the hill and then back uphill, before banging the transmission back down to 4th for turn 9. I found that turn 9 often presented me with great opportunities to pass. The apex of turn 9 is at the crest of a hill, which presses your knee tight against the bodywork as your puck drags the asphalt. Then you swoop down hill to the entrance of turn 10, which is a blind, uphill, off -camber corner. It’s kind of bumpy here, especially coming up to the crest of the hill. Steady throttle is required to keep the suspension happy and the tires from losing traction through the dips. After cresting the hill I would hold 4th and flick left into the corner which we can call turn 11. This corner was extremely slick throughout the day for some reason (maybe from Johnny Literbike’s early morning spill?) and is also pretty bumpy. I found that the sweet line was on the far inside. I’d be rolling on power in 4th all the way and would hold that gear all the way down the hill into the last turn before the straight, which we’ll call turn 12. This is an awesome place to pass as well because everyone wants to take it wide. Me being a racer, I’m always running a protected inside line by habit, so I caught a few people off guard here. Carrying corner speed all the way to the outside of the track at the exit, Id hit fifth and sixth down the front straight, winding my little SV up to top speed and grinning from ear to ear as I prepared to do it all over again.

Grattan is a blast to run backwards. I’m definitely looking forward to my next chance to ride it that way, though it bears mention that there are a few areas, turn 3 for example, where the guard rail is closer to the track than I’d like. I guess the ticket is to not crash there! Other than that, the fresh pavement is love at first ride and I hope they finish the rest of the track for next year. I’ve always loved Grattan even though it was bumpy. With the new pavement, I love it even more now. I’m sure that in the coming season, lap records will be shattered by the local WERA racers. According to a few of the guys who I was battling and dicing it up with, we were running consistent 1:29 and 1:30 lap times. Not really fast, but fast enough to have a really good time and cap off the 2007 riding season in an extremely positive way. I wouldn’t have believed it possible, but running the track backwards makes Grattan even more of a challenge than riding it clockwise. If you get the chance, Grattan in reverse is a must-ride for sure.
Grasshopper is offline  
post #29 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 03:48 PM
Registered User
 
suh-c's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Hoffman Estates
Posts: 11,446
Location: Hoffman Estates
Sportbike: '04 CBR 600RR
Years Riding: days
How you found us: youngkow's monkey ass
           
who cares ya washed up has been amateur racer!
suh-c is offline  
post #30 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 04:00 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by suh-c View Post
who cares ya washed up has been amateur racer!
It's funny how this comment always comes from people who I never see at the race track.
Grasshopper is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chicagoland Sportbikes forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome