Well, after a wet drive to the track, and a damp first session, the day turned out to be damn-near perfect.
I had an absolute blast, and can't wait for the next one!
My best time was a 1.23.36, but was averaging in the mid 1.24's. I had a good 'battle' with a GSX-R 750 in one of the arvo sessions, and saw Anon out on track too.
What times were you posting out of interest, do you know?
The day went pretty well overall, with a couple of downed riders in my group (yellow), but no serious injuries, and only short stoppages. My only damage for the day is a buggered knee puck and an out of shape body that is hurting all over!!
1:23.36 for your first time at Mallala? That's a stout time mate, you should be quite proud of yourself! Go to the lap time leaderboard thread (sticky at top of Australia and Asia Pacific section) and tell us some details about your bike, tyres etc and I'll put it on the leaderboard for you.
You! haha you were quick! Crouchy, with the amount you were sliding that knee I'm surprised you still have a kneecap, it was almost a third wheel! I think I got my closest to getting a knee down in turn 2 following you trying to keep up..more throttle...more lean :) The only time I managed to successfully log data was a session where I had constant traffic and showed 1'33-38s. I'd be disappointed if I didn't manage low 1'30s or high 1'20s in my quicker sessions.
For the obligatory write up....
Gotta say I did think about parking it this morning, the drive in was wet, but heading out of Two Wells, a halo of blue sky was to the north. I was thinking in my head 'it never rains at Mallala', so the halo had to mark the location of circuit.
Davidr found me and we shared a garage which gave some good company for the day
O.B did his best to find fault with my bike in scroots. Though heading back to the garage engine light came on :( Luckily this was the first day I brought my OBDII bluetooth dongle and an old phone I'd prepped with OBDII software. The code was for an exup fault and after a bash with a hammer and a few key turns, I cleared the code and all seemed to be ok. I missed the first session because of it :( Second session was a feeler to check the biek given the fault. The third session had to be one of the best I've done. I checked into the slow group incase the circuit was a bit damp. Time wise I should have moved up to the next group, but there was so much free track I didn't want to move so I could concentrate on riding without constantly being passed or being baulked.
From what promised to be a damp cold affair turned out to be a cracker of a day. And being my first Cafe Racers day, it shits all over Champions in terms of the way it is organised and the club feel.
Bring on the next one...even if it means eating baked beans for the next month to save the funds.
Another good write up Anon, glad you got your bike sorted. Put that time up in the leaderboard thread, we need more times for Mallalalala.
Yep, what a hoot.
As each session finished I was hanging for the next, till after the last when for the first time that day I felt I had had enough - so just about perfect.
Was in green group all day, but no matter where I started in the pack I was doing a lot more passing than being passed. Didnt time myself this time but must be knocking on the door of Blue group. (which felt about right when I was bumped up last Champions day).
Guy in the bay next to us had an RSV4 Factory with CF (or CF look) race fairing - nice to see another Ape, with the CF something to aspire to.
Was good to meet Anon & Roulette, & catch up with OB & Smiley again (both doing Scroots, though I think Smiley had a run as well).
Lots of good laps and good battles, caught up with a heap of people I know from the track and this forum, great weather, new back protector worked well (in that I forgot it was on - crash behaviour not tested), mostly got used to and felt the benefits of my new reverse shifter, and stayed upright and in 1 piece.
All round a great day.
That's always the sign of a good back protector. If you don't think about it from the time you put it on, to the time you're taking it back off in the pits then it's a good 'un.
How did you find GP shift? It's really grown on me to the point I find it quite annoying when I'm riding the Daytona- the only one of my bikes which still has std shift.
You need to get a lap time for the leaderboard Davidr,
You can go nuts with the engine in Limited. You can take it out to 800cc if you want. Chances are it'd be a weapon out there.
Good to see lots of you guys out there yesterday. I won't bore you with the looong story as to why I wasn't riding on the day, but I had a good time helping out the club and watching you guys go around. It's surprising what you can learn just watching people go around all day, but I have to admit I wished on many occasions that I could have been out there mixing it up with the Hyo guy and the race prepped Ducati Monster!
David... saw you going at it against what I think was a black Speed Triple...that was fun to watch!
Great day. Looking forward to the next one.
OB's in scruits these days eh? Excellent, you can overlook all the dodgy things I've done to my bikes... "Uhh yeah, that's held on with duct tape from the factory... surprising eh..?"
That tard would actually be a bit of a weapon in Limited. I've heard of well ridden tards getting down into the 1:16's at Mallala which is certainly enough to be on the podium. Wouldn't have to do much to it either, remove lights, lockwiring and maybe case savers and lower chain guard.
I'm not sure xrilek can afford not to race it really...