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Old 02-11-2008, 11:21 AM   #1
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for those that went....what did you guys think????
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:23 AM   #2
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fun... i know how bad i need a track day now... i mean i have many laps infor racing shifterkarts but on a bike it was fun to go around and get a feel for it.

now all i need is some track pants
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i had a great time on the track, i finally was able to get all my chicken strips off.

overall, for a track newbie like me, i thought that the track had a good mix of s curves and u curves, and even though we were parade lapping and couldnt open it up, i think that the 2 straights available will be nice.
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i rode GSS last year in august when Ride Smart had the first trackday there. it's a nice track for 600's.....and beginners. a great "learning" track as there are no real high speed turns.....anything above a 600 is overkill for that track. even 600's seemed a lil overkill.

i think that would make an awesome supermoto track though.
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I thought it was a blast! I can't wait to get back on it this weekend.
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I went on the busa.... definetly going to be too much bike for that track. near used all the tire just doing the parade lap at low speed. I MIGHT be able to get midway into second gear before having to downshift again on it. I will have to drug the wife and take her 675 out.
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i rode GSS last year in august when Ride Smart had the first trackday there. it's a nice track for 600's.....and beginners. a great "learning" track as there are no real high speed turns.....anything above a 600 is overkill for that track. even 600's seemed a lil overkill.

i think that would make an awesome supermoto track though.
It was an amazing experience, but as mentioned, overkill for my bike. My half centimeter chicken strips are now non-existent. The first two laps scared the out of me cause I wasn't expecting all those decreasing radius turns, and I actually prefer faster corners to those. On a smaller bike though, that place would be a blast. Now, I know for sure that I want a dedicated track bike that isn't a litre bike.
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Yeah, it was a great experience for me, too. The pace was great to get a feel for things, and I agree a smaller bike would be a blast. A dedicated track bike would be great, so I can keep the 919 as my dedicated street ride. It was fun enough, but with it's 25 deg. rake/3.9" trail, and no wind protection, the 919 has it's inherent hc for a track bike.

BIG difference from riding in the streets! The 1 thing I had to get used to was the "openess" of it all, and how flat the whole track was. Not having any cues (like curbs/signs/posts/ditches/striping/etc), and even no crown on the road surface, takes getting used to, especially when looking through the corners. For some odd reason, I found that aspect of it more difficult for me to see through the corners, even though those are obviously the most ideal conditions. I think it's just an issue of adapting to the different environment.
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when is everyone going out there again? sounds like a good time.
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It's a nice track for 600's... and beginners. a great "learning" track as there are no real high speed turns... anything above a 600 is overkill for that track. even 600's seemed a lil overkill.

i think that would make an awesome supermoto track though.
Ditto... the 1000 was a LOT out there.

I saw 91mph in the straight at one point, maybe would have seen 110mph on a track day. You'd definately want to gear down and/or ride a smaller bike. A 'tarded 85 would be PERFECT out there.
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there's no possible gear ratios for a liter bike to ride GSS.....that is just WAY too much bike for the track....

it's almost like what it would feel like to ride a 600cc bike at the katy track

i'd ride it GSS again....but not on my 600, maybe a motard.
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