Well, a different scenario on Monday:
And these were taken on the second session out on the track - still warming up at this stage:
So, what did I learn:
Track days are the second-most fun you can have wearing leather
The FJR is a heavy beast pulling down from WFO to make a 80kph corner
Yes, I know that, but when really pushing the envelope it is good to have a wide run-off.
I showed surprising lack of confidence accelerating out of turns early on, really only hitting the throttle hard quite late in the turn exit. I know that I was being conservative, as I wasn't going to be taking my bike home on a trailer, but it really showed how my 'street manners' carried over to the track. Although I love accelerating hard out of a corner, I never trust the street to have consistent traction, and here I was, mistrusting the racetrack too.
Nothing learned here in this observatio, just proved in controlled circumstances: It's hard to stay with a 600 through twisty sections. I had a young friend using my 600 Fazer for the day (to improve his riding skills), and through the twisty section he could easily pull a 30 meter gap in about 200 meters. I would have loved to swap bikes, but I was not putting him on the FJR this time. Next time, maybe
It is addictive blasting past everything else (well, almost everything else) down the straights
This could cost me a lot of money (honey)
because I am going to do it again (and again).
When I got home and was talking to Zea about the whole day, I made an interesting assessment -When riding on the street I think I never ride more that 7-tenths, and usually below that. With her on the back probably never more than 6-tenths. And I felt good about that. (But I think the road conditions and hazards probably add 1- to 2-tenths, maybe more, because there is no big run-off area, there is other traffic, roadside furniture, etc.) On the track there were times when I was up at 9-tenths, but I was treating it as fun, learning day, so I reckon I was between 8- and 9-tenths all day. When I'm on the Fazer I'll do a some
10-tenths stuff, but not on the FJR, I reckon.
So whens the next day - probably Monday 19 November. If we get a group of 10 we get a discount, so I'm working on it (we have 3 already). (And I'll have to polish the bike so it looks twinckly in the piccies)