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A short time ago nitropup posted about reaching 10,000 miles on his sportbike and took a picture of the odometer ad proof. I was planning on doing the same thing when I reached my 10,000 mile milestone, but I was too busy with the bike to stop and take the picture, so instead I figured I would post a picture of what I was doing when I reached 10,000.




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




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From:sheriffny
Date:July 11th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)

Smiles Smiles and Smiles

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Was it my imagination or did I see some big smiles
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From:ebjace
Date:July 11th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)

*drool

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If a boy smiles inside a helmet and no one sees it, does he really smile?
Damn RIGHT!!! Just lookit you! I'm green with envy. Once i get moved to MN, you can bet my 'cycle license is sure to happen.
Hot pix! thank you for sharing the excitement. >=]
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From:daveyboynyc
Date:July 11th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
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Oh fuck those pics are hot Chris...it looks like you had a good time.
From:pyroxene26
Date:July 11th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Fun! Sounds like you had an awesome time.

I get removing the mirrors and passenger pegs, but what's up with the lights and fuses?
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From:rocketpup
Date:July 11th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
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You don't want light because seeing a break light in front of you will make you misjudge things, and having a headlight from around the other side of the corner can be blinding. I take the fuses out so that the heat from the lights don't make the adhesive from the tape gunk up and make for more difficult removal.
From:cbrus
Date:July 11th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Lookin good, pup! You guys made me jealous all day! Glad you had a good time.
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From:gonesurfin
Date:July 11th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
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that's awesome!

so how many miles is "high miles" for a sport bike? i'm looking to get into that (i already have all the gear - haha) and have signed up for my state's training/licensing class next month. the advice i've been getting is to start with a used 600cc bike, but i haven't really narrowed down brands and i don't know about decent mileages/ages for used bikes.
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From:rocketpup
Date:July 11th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
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It depends on how used you want in a bike, but miles is not the best determining factor for how good in shape a bike is. You'll want to know if it's been down and what has needed replaced also. You also never know how poorly the owner treated the bike either. If he liked to do burnouts all of the time, probably not a good thing, but if he rode it and treated it like his own child while still letting him have some fun, then you're good to go. What you have hear about starting with a 600cc bike is correct. If I hear that you bought a litre bike as your first bike, I will personally come and kick your ass...I don't care how strong you may be! As far as make and model, Yamaha R6! The latest models, '06 - '08, are the best. the '08s seem to have had A LOT of improvements. Yamaha was at the track day letting people test ride the new ones, and one of the guys in our area of the paddock was saying that the new R6s are MUCH better than the previous two years (damnit!). I still love my baby though!
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From:gonesurfin
Date:July 11th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
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ooohh - stop that! yer giving me evil ideas...

2008 YZF-R6
Base Price: $9599.00
MSRP Estimate (Accessories Only): $341.90
MSRP Estimate (Total): $9940.90

If I hear that you bought a litre bike as your first bike, I will personally come and kick your ass

well there's an incentive to get a big bike. :-P

i was leanin' towards a honda (since i've had such a great track record with them through cars and outboard engines) but i'm def open to professional advice. i know i *should* get a used bike first to learn on and get used to, but then i also don't know enough about bikes to spot a bad one. do dealers sell "certified used" ones like they do cars?
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From:rocketpup
Date:July 11th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
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The ass kicking will NOT be in the good way!

If I had to get something besides a Yamaha, of the four Japanese bikes (Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Honda), I would choose Honda last. That's just my own opinion.
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From:reddywhp
Date:July 11th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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rocketpup's kind of ass-kicking is "bad punishment". He does "good punishment", but "bad punishment" you don't want to try. :)
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From:reddywhp
Date:July 11th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Are you taking a state class, or did you sign up through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. They give an excellent intro course.
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From:middleagechaser
Date:July 11th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Glad to see ya posting here for once ;) Hope you're doing well, buddy. Hit me up sometime when you're not too busy. Great pics BTW, looking sexy as always.
From:jornter
Date:July 11th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Very awesome shots. Now that looks like fun, and you look hot doing it :)
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