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Old 05-01-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:37 AM   #2
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Very nice write up!
I did a cliff's notes for anyone not wanting to read the whole thing, too!

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TRACKDAYS ARE F’n AWESOME!!!! I’m unfortunately now addicted to a sport which my wallet isn’t prepared for, but food is for and I’m sure there are some sperm banks around here looking for some top notch splooge.
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Thanks for the write up, man.

Funny and informative, it looks like you also paid close attention to instructors. You learn from a trackday as much as you want. Seems you did that.

We are glad and sorry for being part responsible for giving you the first hit of the trackpipe.

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Yeah CaffeineRacer did really well better than the other silver SV out there did his first time... and maybe as good as the other silver SV did this time

Glad you had a blast!
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This should be a requirement.

Great write-up and pics!!!!
Glad you had fun out there, and yes you will be addicted now.
Make a spreadsheet and start balancing your income statement now...
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Looks like the track bug bit ya pretty good
Glad you had a great first track day...Hope Solracer heals up quickly
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Hey Ivan,
I think this project of yours " Free Track Day for a Noob" turned out to become an academic program. Do the lab test and write a Thesis. Man, you should honor the doctorate to Caffeine racer. Lol! Great job! A+
This is gonna help greatly to all those who are or planning to get into this. Should make it a requirement to anyone winning the free track day.
Hey Caffeine racer, first, sorry for confusing your screen name and calling you Cafe Racer. It was great meeting you on Saturday, and for a first timer on the track, you did great! Saw you on a couple of turns, and You were solid man! See you back on the track soon!
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Very good write up

Thanks for sharing your first trackday experience with us
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Thanks for sharing. A thesis should be part of the giveaway requirements!!! Good job out there and hope to See you on the track again soon!
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Hey, thanks everyone. Yeah I think this a great idea for everyone who gets the trackday. If anything it really makes you think about and process everything that happened out there on the track and what it all means.

Also on a side note, I'm working on my thesis (at least the experiments for it) so it seems appropriate this turned into a bit of an academic thesis. It would be very interesting if there were some way to quantitate the value an individual derives from doing a trackday in terms of the riding ability and safety on the street.
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Hey Mat,
glad you had a great time, wish I could have been there!
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excellent write up C-Racer. sounds like u had a blast and learned a lot.

kudos Ivan, good job holmes
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Hey, I appreciate your excellent commentary, thoughts and pictures. A track day remains on my bucket list. At my age though I wonder if I have the coordination and if the instructors have the patience for a slow and cautious learner? Your discussion of smoothness and body position into curves is valuable. Getting there and back and the long days are issues for me, and the heat.

One of these days....other priorities always seem to bite first.

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Hey, I appreciate your excellent commentary, thoughts and pictures. A track day remains on my bucket list. At my age though I wonder if I have the coordination and if the instructors have the patience for a slow and cautious learner? Your discussion of smoothness and body position into curves is valuable. Getting there and back and the long days are issues for me, and the heat.

One of these days....other priorities always seem to bite first.

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If the instructors have the patience for me... they have the patience for anyone
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I packed the car packed up the night before. Here is everything that I brought that I actually used:
Suit, boots, couple of extra pairs of socks, under amour-like pants and long sleeve shirt for underneath my suit, helmet, gloves, a belt (to keep the suit from falling off when you have it half odd), rear stand, chain lube, lithium grease, tire pressure gauge, allen wrenches, pliers, tape, hairspray, screw driver, painters tape, towels, shop rags, extra 5 gallons of gas, key, a case of water (yeah pretty much drank the whole thing), and a cooler with some light food (fruit). I brought a lot more than this (like extra oil, coolant, brake fluid, etc), but didnít use most of it although still probably good to have around.

did Ivan told you to bring that?
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I packed the car packed up the night before. Here is everything that I brought that I actually used:
Suit, boots, couple of extra pairs of socks, under amour-like pants and long sleeve shirt for underneath my suit, helmet, gloves, a belt (to keep the suit from falling off when you have it half odd), rear stand, chain lube, lithium grease, tire pressure gauge, allen wrenches, pliers, tape, hairspray, screw driver, painters tape, towels, shop rags, extra 5 gallons of gas, key, a case of water (yeah pretty much drank the whole thing), and a cooler with some light food (fruit). I brought a lot more than this (like extra oil, coolant, brake fluid, etc), but didnít use most of it although still probably good to have around.

did Ivan told you to bring that?
I didn't even catch that... the hairspray was for more speed from the SV down the back straight... doubles as NOS
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I packed the car packed up the night before. Here is everything that I brought that I actually used:
Suit, boots, couple of extra pairs of socks, under amour-like pants and long sleeve shirt for underneath my suit, helmet, gloves, a belt (to keep the suit from falling off when you have it half odd), rear stand, chain lube, lithium grease, tire pressure gauge, allen wrenches, pliers, tape, hairspray, screw driver, painters tape, towels, shop rags, extra 5 gallons of gas, key, a case of water (yeah pretty much drank the whole thing), and a cooler with some light food (fruit). I brought a lot more than this (like extra oil, coolant, brake fluid, etc), but didnít use most of it although still probably good to have around.

did Ivan told you to bring that?
Dude after each session my hair was all over the place!! And that most important part of any motorcycling activity it to look sexy STANDING NEXT to your bike. That was a real life saver Ivan, thanks!


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Hey Caffeine racer, first, sorry for confusing your screen name and calling you Cafe Racer. It was great meeting you on Saturday, and for a first timer on the track, you did great! Saw you on a couple of turns, and You were solid man! See you back on the track soon!
Hey man great meeting you too. No worries on the name, one of the days hopefully I'll own a cafe racer. Thanks for the compliment!

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Hey, I appreciate your excellent commentary, thoughts and pictures. A track day remains on my bucket list. At my age though I wonder if I have the coordination and if the instructors have the patience for a slow and cautious learner? Your discussion of smoothness and body position into curves is valuable. Getting there and back and the long days are issues for me, and the heat.

One of these days....other priorities always seem to bite first.

thanks again!
Glad that I could provide some noob insight for you. Also just an aside a lot of guys don't do the whole day as I learned and there is certainly no obligation to do every session so you could always just do one and take it one session at a time to see how you feel. It's a hobby so no need to torture yourself over it.

The instructors are definitely patient, I mean look at Thayeal that haven't given up on him quite yet!!
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The instructors are definitely patient, I mean look at Thayeal that haven't given up on him quite yet!!
True story I improved alot this track day and I was feeling pretty good and WheelieDave had pretty much watched me run into the grass every other lap at GSS during my second track day so I asked him to follow me this time. I went around the track and really felt like I was on the line and my inputs were pretty good and never felt the bike feel unsettled. We pulled into pit straight and I pulled up beside him and he didn't say a word. Just shook his head . "You were off the line in several places. Follow Me and don't think just do." (WheelieDave I think has figured out I overthink everything at the track)

I followed him for a lap and the next he followed me and the session was over. I linked up with him again with the following result. " That was much better, much smoother. Whatever it is you did that last time , just do that from now on. I was finally like he isn't thinking, Thank !" I left that conversation with a big smile on my face...

Point is the instructors will help you even if you have shown them you are pretty hopeless your first few times they watch and are very good at perceiving not only the problems they see directly on the track but the underlying cause as well. I am far from conquering that hurdle but I got a little closer and with a little luck, a little skill, and a lot of help I will.
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