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Jul 2nd 2018, 09:27 AM   #1
 stripler's Avatar
 
  Jun 2018
  PORTLAND

  2012 Triumph Street Triple R Diablo Red / 2002 Honda XR400R
Anybody doing OMRRA track day Jul 20?

I'm signed up in the intermediate (but switching to novice). Would be cool to meet up and chat with members throughout the day.

It's run by Optimum Performance: https://optimum-performance.org/events/

Edit : This is at PIR

Edited by stripler on Jul 3rd 2018 at 07:58 AM
Jul 3rd 2018, 12:31 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
Hopefully. I had a problem with my van on the way home from the last OMRRA round, so depends heavily on finances. If I can't afford the race weekend plus some padding, I'll do cornerworking or something. If I can make it, I'll be in the lightweight group. If you're new to track riding or otherwise unsure where you belong, you should probably be in the beginner group - you can always ask a marshal/instructor to tail you and ask if you've got what it takes to bump up. This is always the case, but July will be a combined round with WMRRA, so I expect the intermediate will be chock full of racers on 650s/600s.

Don't be the guy blasting everyone on the straightaway, then getting caught by a Ninja 250 in turn 3. (That's usually a Ducati, anyway)
Jul 4th 2018, 06:24 AM   #3
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  Jun 2018
  PORTLAND

  2012 Triumph Street Triple R Diablo Red / 2002 Honda XR400R
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Hopefully. I had a problem with my van on the way home from the last OMRRA round, so depends heavily on finances. If I can't afford the race weekend plus some padding, I'll do cornerworking or something. If I can make it, I'll be in the lightweight group. If you're new to track riding or otherwise unsure where you belong, you should probably be in the beginner group - you can always ask a marshal/instructor to tail you and ask if you've got what it takes to bump up. This is always the case, but July will be a combined round with WMRRA, so I expect the intermediate will be chock full of racers on 650s/600s.

Don't be the guy blasting everyone on the straightaway, then getting caught by a Ninja 250 in turn 3. (That's usually a Ducati, anyway)
What happened to your van?

Well, I've done 3 track days, but that was eons ago (about 11 years to be eon-specific). I'm less aggressive than 10 years ago, but somehow nearly as fast. Last time I did a track day was on my Daytona 675 so at least it's a familiar bike.

What tire pressure should I run? My bike runs 36 front 42 rear on the street (OEM).

Edited by stripler on Jul 4th 2018 at 06:32 AM
Jul 4th 2018, 12:56 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
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  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
Driving home, a guy towing his boat in oncoming traffic lost the fender to his boat trailer. It bounced across and into my grill. Destroyed the grill, folded a bit of my hood, and caved in my radiator. Insurance covered the tow and repairs, but they towed me back to Gresham, so I ate the expense of a motel for the night, a couple Uber rides, and getting myself and the bikes back to the Bend area, plus the deductible. I'd just put new tires on both bikes, so I pretty much just had my emergency reserve in the bank and had to use a decent chunk of that.

Still, coulda been worse. Fender could've hit the driver side windshield. Or it could've happened while I was riding. But the odds of me racing the next round aren't great.
Jul 4th 2018, 09:53 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
Just saw the bit about tire pressure. If you're running street tires, especially without warmers, the usual advice is to stick with what you usually run (there's something to be said for familiarity). There's some wiggle room with higher-end sport DOTs like the Q3/Diablo Rosso/RS10. Fortunately, there's always Bridgestone, Dunlop, and Pirelli vendors for race weekends. Even if you're on a different brand of tire, they're usually willing to offer advice.
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Jul 5th 2018, 11:16 AM   #6
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  Jun 2018
  PORTLAND

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Driving home, a guy towing his boat in oncoming traffic lost the fender to his boat trailer. It bounced across and into my grill. Destroyed the grill, folded a bit of my hood, and caved in my radiator. Insurance covered the tow and repairs, but they towed me back to Gresham, so I ate the expense of a motel for the night, a couple Uber rides, and getting myself and the bikes back to the Bend area, plus the deductible. I'd just put new tires on both bikes, so I pretty much just had my emergency reserve in the bank and had to use a decent chunk of that.

Still, coulda been worse. Fender could've hit the driver side windshield. Or it could've happened while I was riding. But the odds of me racing the next round aren't great.
That sucks about the van, but you're right could've been a lot worse. It just means you've used up your bad luck for a while.

Good to know on the tire pressures. Maybe I'll lower the rear a bit as 42 is pretty high though. I've heard they put really high pressures on street tires for tire life reasons, not performance.
Jul 13th 2018, 08:01 AM   #7
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  PORTLAND

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Jul 15th 2018, 07:49 PM   #8
 
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I would highly recommend dropping your tire pressures. 42 is just too high.

Definitely ask a tire vendor. Delaney Packard is the Dunlop rep and he is always happy to help.

If you canít find anyone, start with 30/30 and check your tires and pressures after each session, adjust up or down based on feel and tire wear.


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Jul 16th 2018, 11:49 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
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  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
I won't be there after all. Went to change the oil on my Ninja and had a bunch of copper flakes coming out. Best guess, some sort of bearing is shot. I talked to the local engine builders and between parts and labor, it's much cheaper to get a used engine off ebay and hope it wasn't abused too bad.

I'll be coming for the race weekend and doing some volunteer work in hope it swings karma back the other way.
Jul 17th 2018, 07:50 AM   #10
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  Jun 2018
  PORTLAND

  2012 Triumph Street Triple R Diablo Red / 2002 Honda XR400R
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I won't be there after all. Went to change the oil on my Ninja and had a bunch of copper flakes coming out. Best guess, some sort of bearing is shot. I talked to the local engine builders and between parts and labor, it's much cheaper to get a used engine off ebay and hope it wasn't abused too bad.

I'll be coming for the race weekend and doing some volunteer work in hope it swings karma back the other way.
How many miles on the ninja? Is it a race bike?
Jul 17th 2018, 08:49 AM   #11
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Yeah. Race/track only. Really no idea how many miles on the engine, I bought it as a frankenbike. But the last 2 years, it's been rode hard. I've even tried my hand at some drag racing (to get starting practice), which I suspect may have accelerated things. I am pretty thorough on maintenance (wouldn't have caught this otherwise), but still...
Jul 21st 2018, 07:05 AM   #12
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  Jun 2018
  PORTLAND

  2012 Triumph Street Triple R Diablo Red / 2002 Honda XR400R
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Weather was perfect, the best kind of summer day that Oregon has to offer. Started out in the mid 60s and topped out in the mid 70s. I was worried that it might be too hot for the tires I have, Michelin Pilot Road 4s. These sport touring tires are made for cool wet conditions; not exactly ideal. So the fact that it was on the cooler side today was a relief. I think if I do a track day again I will put on sportier tires (without going all the way to diablo corsa or something like that).

The end result was I only had one moment late in the day (when it was hottest). In a tight left-hand corner I had a small moment where the front washed a bit, which unsettled the bike, and caused the rear to slide. See tire pic below.

I initially I entered in intermediate group, but decided last minute to go with beginner group, which I'm glad I did. I was doing more passing than getting passed, so I think that's ideal.

I removed the front cowl to get better video shots. I don't know how much the cowl would help at 120+ miles per hour, because that's when I really started to feel Bernoulli's Principle on hy helmet. It was pulling up on the helmet so hard that I was actually holding on to the handebars pulling down and back

Enough talk, let's see some pics and video. By the way is there a image hosting site that PNW works with? It doesn't seem to like ImgBB.


All taped up and ready to go:

https://ibb.co/me2BuJ


My top speed of the day. It varied depending which way the wind was blowing.

https://ibb.co/ifZKgy



Rear tire... pretty shredded at the edge.

https://ibb.co/kqWX1y


A full session with one of my fastest laps (starts at 8:15):


Edited by stripler on Jul 21st 2018 at 07:40 AM Reason: Add video
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