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Old 04-07-2007, 07:17 PM   #81
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i didn't spin it up, both tires broke free and I slide about 6 inches(just a guess) off my line... about shat myself. near fell off the bike a few times as well b/c of the wet foot pegs. I got on the throttle a couple times once the bike was vertical and didn't have any problems. Must be that Suzuki traction control... Did your wife ride?
not this time. Thinking about both of us going sometime late summer when tour season slacks off...and is warmer I can handle rain. Can't handle sleet and tires that never get warm. I never had any cornering traction issues( that must be due to the rc and me weighing as much as a goldwing, lol) but I could only crack the throttle, any more than that it started spinning. Although the main straight was wide open. That was the only fun part.
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Well, for those that are impatient I hate to day it - the afternoon riding was MUCH better and the dozen or so bikes that were left had the DRY track (still cold though) all to themselves. They ran 45 minute sessions with a 15 min break between just to remind them to add fuel and take a breather.

I'll post up the pics I took, but they were all after lunch.
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Well, for those that are impatient I hate to day it - the afternoon riding was MUCH better and the dozen or so bikes that were left had the DRY track (still cold though) all to themselves. They ran 45 minute sessions with a 15 min break between just to remind them to add fuel and take a breather.

I'll post up the pics I took, but they were all after lunch.
Patience has nothing to do with knowing when it is no longer safe to ride. I would be willing to bet that the track was not dry. It might have stopped raining but I doubt it was "dry". After riding in the rain for round robin and 1.5 sessions I was soaked to the bone and freezing. Could not feel my fingers and toes and it is hard to have proper throttle control when you can't feel your hands. You would also be calling ALOT of people that left early impatient because alot of people left early.
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Yes, and most of my friends left. I called them later to tell them they were impatient.

At the lunch break, the drizzle stopped. We had almost an hour for lunch, and in that time the sun *gasp* actually started to peek through. The bikes that were left went out and we didn't call them in until someone realized it had been over a half hour. After that, other than a few puddle spots the track was effectively dry.

BlackWidow was riding all afternoon, so he'll know what the track conditions were like first hand.

...and I'm not saying I wouldn't have done the same and back down from the day, but I had to stay since I was cornerworking and we were all amazed at how the weather had changed.
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Well, for those that are impatient I hate to day it - the afternoon riding was MUCH better and the dozen or so bikes that were left had the DRY track (still cold though) all to themselves. They ran 45 minute sessions with a 15 min break between just to remind them to add fuel and take a breather.

I'll post up the pics I took, but they were all after lunch.
MUCH better still had to be in the "sucks" category. At College Station Airport (Easterwood Field) the temp was never above 39 degrees after lunch.
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^^thought you guys decided not to make the drive or am i thinking of someone else?
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Radar, what color leathers and/or what #bike?
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alot of the problems other than the obvious was that I had to keep my visor cracked open to keep the fogging down and then I had to fight the track schmutz out of my contacts ever other lap. It made for a difficult time trying to see.
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It dried out nicely in the afternoon. Still got a little drizzle every now and then, but nothing else major until almost 5:00.

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^^thought you guys decided not to make the drive or am i thinking of someone else?
You are correct - all of the guys from our area that I'm aware of did not go - I monitored the (airport) weather throughout the day, and talked to several friends during the day that did go, and they said it was miserable. I am glad we didn't make the 550 mile round trip to be wet and cold 2/3rds of the day and cold the rest of the day.
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"alot of the problems other than the obvious was that I had to keep my visor cracked open to keep the fogging down and then I had to fight the track schmutz out of my contacts ever other lap. It made for a difficult time trying to see." --witchdr

shoei huh, shoulda got a shark...hehe j/k. I had my chin vent open and it actually sucked water up and blew it onto my face when ever I picked my head up on the big staight. Yeah it was just what I needed to complete my cold, rainy trackday experience. Kinda like that test where the eye dr puffs air at your eye but I got water instead
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Radar, what color leathers and/or what #bike?
Black Vanson Leathers and Red Black CBR1000 no numbers, but you'd have had to been just west of Corpus in a nice warm shop to see my wimpy and bike today.:laughing6
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I did the Round Robin and two more sessions. The riding itself was not that bad, not that I was pussing or anything. When I left I had mixed feeling since it seemed that it wanted to clear up. It was the cold that made me quit, besides being uncomfortable, I didn't want to risk getting sick.

It was nice to see the familiar faces and some new ones. Thanks to the guys with the BBQ grilling hot dogs and Elk sausages (robert and ... sorry I am bad with names).

Next time will be funnier.
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"alot of the problems other than the obvious was that I had to keep my visor cracked open to keep the fogging down and then I had to fight the track schmutz out of my contacts ever other lap. It made for a difficult time trying to see." --witchdr

shoei huh, shoulda got a shark...hehe j/k. I had my chin vent open and it actually sucked water up and blew it onto my face when ever I picked my head up on the big staight. Yeah it was just what I needed to complete my cold, rainy trackday experience. Kinda like that test where the eye dr puffs air at your eye but I got water instead
I would have loved to buy a shark. My big ears would not fit in them. I think even if it was completely dry I would have still had a hard time with the cold weather. I run a z6 on the rear and it takes forever to warm up. It would have taken the whole 20min session to warm up in the weather today and still would have had traction issues. Maybe one day I can get equiped with tire warmers and such to make the experience more enjoyable. Can I win the lottery already...is that too much to ask?
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yay! A pic of me in there! The wife didn't get any. Thanks!
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