First trackday of the year was - okay. I had some great students, and it was cool to see everyone again, but due to ownership changes and their possible staff changes that was "announced" less than 48 hours before the event, there was a definite air of "meh" overhanging all of us. I don't think customers could have picked up on it, but we sure could.
The street bike was fine, made coaching C group a hell of a lot easier, but I only got a few sessions all weekend to try to pick up anything resembling speed. Between squirmy street tires, "way over due for service" suspension (scheduled, but not done yet), not wanting to toss my commuter, and all on a bone stock bike, my speed was about 11 seconds off my race pace....but I still managed to have some fun, realized the bigger bike is a LOT more work (physically speaking) than the littler bike, especially on a course like Sonoma, and kept the shiny side up.
Since I was going slow and basically not carrying any corner speed I just sat and worked on nailing some lines in a couple corners I struggle with at that track. Felt like I managed to get the one corner really dialed in, the other got better but not great yet.
Looking forward to getting the race beast back together, although I may begin to haul the street bike up just for coaching purposes! Toss a set of Pirelli supercorsa DOTs on there once the rainy season ends...although I know I'll be cursing the lack of a quick shifter with stock throttle anytime I'm really trying to push it a bit LOL!
What's your street bike? You mentioned it's bigger than the Daytona?
Originally Posted by TwoWheeledWonder
God I still have a month till the first trackday... I really can't wait to move out of the midwest haha
Im still waiting on my body to come back from painting anyways.
I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and my whole family still lives there. Lemme tell ya, it's freakin AWESOME living in the southwest. Fly south for the winter, even if just for a weekend!
Woo buddy, there's a lot of big fast straights on that track! Good stuff! What are you riding? A Superstock build or a Superbike?
I'm glad to see a few more regulars starting to check in here. It should start getting hot and heavy in the next couple weeks as a lot more peoples' race seasons are starting to pick up (those south of the mason dixon line anyways
) The big opening round for me is next weekend, so I have about 10 days to wait now. Only last minute thing I'm getting done to the bike after last weekend on the track is gearing (going from 15/47 to 15/49 which should be much better for Arroyo, especially because the longest straight isn't terribly long (btw, it's already getting difficult to find gearing options for this bike -- I wound up having to go with literally the only option I could find for a 525 chain, the vortex aluminum 49T despite the fact that I don't love aluminum sprockets or Vortex stuff).