A friend of mine nudged me enough to sign up for my first track day, and as it is with most new things I do, I just bit the bullet and did it. I went to the NESBA (Northeast Sports Bike Association) website and registered for the free Intro course wish includes two 20 minute sessions on the track. After a few weeks of having the thought of being on the track being on my mind on a constant basis, I realized that if I did the Intro course, I knew that I would want more, so I decided to sign up for a full track day as well. The Intro course took place on the south part of the track at VIR, and the full day was on the north part.
In preparation for the weekend I needed to get a trailer which ended up being quite the adventure in itself, but in the end it all worked out and I was able to transport the bike with no problems for the most part.
I also had to prep the bike for the track, which included taping the lights up, taking the fuses for the lights out, removing the mirrors, license plate and passenger pegs, and adding a number to the bike. I had already put some Diablo Corsa III tires on as well as a GPR stearing stabilizer and switched to GP shifting. I could tell that my bike got happier and happier with every modification that I made to get it ready for the track. :)
Everything was good to go, and after loosening my chain a bit on the morning of the first track day, my bike passed tech inspection on the first go. At about 9:30am (after registration, tech, and the rider's meeting were finished) the first call for the beginner/intro group was called. 10 minutes until my very first time on the track. Yes, I WAS nervous as hell. At the 5 minute call, I started getting ready. Suit zipped up, helmet and gloves on...
then I was off to line up in the pit. I felt so over my head at this time. Fortunately I was the only Intro rider that day, so I was able to get one-on-one instruction from the control rider that lead me on the track. He showed me the lines and signaled me when I did the corners right and such. After about halfway through the first session, I was feeling much more comfortable with the track and its corners and that's when i started getting my butt off the seat and started taking the corners more aggressively.
I did my two free sessions then changed out of my gear. It was a LONG afternoon of not being able to get back out on the track that day, but cbrus dropped in during the afternoon and kept me company. Later that day, after the other riders were all finished, it was time to move to the north course, where the group of us grilled some hamburgers and cheddarwurst (which I am certain will be a staple from now on at track days for the group of riders that I was with). While we were eating aldebron showed up on his angry lawnmower with a couple of steaks and corn to be put on the grill. He signed up for the Intro course for the next day.
Riding on the track is most certainly the best way to use your sportbike the way it's meant to be used. The track is so liberating. No oncoming traffic, good, clean pavement, and control. Plus it's a great way to make your tires look funny. :P