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Jun 5th 2016, 05:37 PM   #1
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

First Track Day - 2Fast Tomorrow

I whined last month about being on the wait list with OPRT, but this month the stars & planets aligned and I'm signed up for the novice school with 2Fast tomorrow at The Ridge.

Loaded and ready to go:



My wife isn't entirely convinced that I'll make it back in one piece.

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Jun 5th 2016, 05:40 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  XR650R, M1200S, VFR800, & GSXR750
I just finished double checking everything myself! Should be an awesome day tomorrow!!
Jun 6th 2016, 08:42 AM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
A track day with a Harley? I would tend to agree with your wife...
Jun 6th 2016, 04:37 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Buckley

  '98 HD FXD, '03 SV650 track
So how was it?


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Jun 6th 2016, 08:54 PM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

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So how was it?


Chop
Hot.

It was great fun. I learned a lot in the classroom and on the track, where I actually passed a few people, which was a surprise.

It was hard on the pegs, though.

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Jun 6th 2016, 09:51 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
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A track day with a Harley? I would tend to agree with your wife...
It takes all kinds man. There was a dude on a full dresser and another on a vintage Ariel out there with us on Sunday.

AB, glad you had fun and learned some things. That's ultimately the point.
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Jun 6th 2016, 10:16 PM   #7
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
So please tell us the top 3 things you learned so we can all share in your experience...
Jun 7th 2016, 06:55 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  XR650R, M1200S, VFR800, & GSXR750
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Hot.
You can say that again! I had to call it before the last session (even after drinking tons of water and a bottle of Pedialyte) as I didn't want to risk ruining a good day.

I also thought the 2fast classes were great! (I was the mohawk guy.) They covered some stuff that my other track side classes hadn't covered. All in all, it was an excellent day!
Jun 8th 2016, 03:19 PM   #9
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

paradox: Yeah, I was the old guy to your left who kept pouring water on himself to try to get cooled off before going out again.

I, too, threw in the towel before the last session. I was going to go out and just take it easy because I was pretty fried, then decided that, take it easy or not, I didn't belong out there if I wasn't 100%.
Jun 8th 2016, 03:59 PM   #10
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

motoman: Top 3 lessons learned? It would be tough to narrow it down to three. Bullet points:

• You want to trailer there and back if at all possible. It was 92 degrees according to my truck when I pulled out and it would have sucked to have been on my bike with all my gear in that heat with an hour to ride to get home.

• Prep your bike the night before and then triple check it. I prepped the night before, but only double checked, and somehow missed taping my mirrors (but I passed tech because the inspector missed it, too). No big deal, I taped them after the first session (bring your tape).

What really sucked, though, was that I had originally pulled my lights fuse, then decided to tape, then forgot to replace the fuse. As a result my dash camera didn't work because it is tapped into the lights circuit. I failed to preflight the camera once I was done prepping the bike. No videos for me.

• If you take the school be ready for the pace. It was classroom lecture, then "Guys, your session starts in 4 minutes", then jump on the bikes and out onto the track, then pull in and park next to the classroom, debrief with your personal instructor who was leading and/or chasing you around the track, then visit the head, grab some water, then into the classroom and the next lecturer is ready to start talking. 30 minutes or so later, "Guys your track time starts in 3 minutes." Repeat all day except for the lunch break.

• My instructor never pressured me to go faster. He would give feedback, then offer suggestions as to how to ride better and/or go faster, but he always inserted the caveat, "If you're comfortable trying that" so I never felt pushed into riding past my limits.

• I was comfortable in the 100 level "Relaxed" pace group. I was definitely on the slowest bike, but I did pass a few people, and I never felt threatened by the many, many people on faster bikes who passed me. The only off-track incident I witnessed was an instructor who, setting up to pass me on the outside of the next turn (12?), evidently didn't expect me to use all the track before turning in. He got forced into the dirt and ran over a cone (he stayed upright). Name withheld to protect the guilty.

• I should have changed to my OEM pegs I have laying around somewhere, I scraped up my shiny chrome pegs pretty good.

• Bring extra gas.

• My favorite lecture subjects were the first one about stress management and relaxing on the bike, and the one about power band management. All were good.

Although I didn't think that power band management applied to me a whole lot with my HD's flat torque curve, it was an interesting subject. ( Instructor: "I'm going to speak in terms of RPM percentages because while my bike redlines at 18,000 rpm, yours may only go to 12,000." Me, thinking to myself: "Hmm, mine redlines at 6,000.")

Top three lessons learned?

1. You'd be insane to ride like this on the street.

I might actually ride mellower on the street after this, although time will tell. Regardless, I like to think that my skills have improved such that for a given speed on the street I'll be using a smaller percentage of my capability. That's what I was after in taking the school.

2. Trust your bike and your tires.

That was a recurring theme in the classroom, and I saw it on the track. Even my fat old Sportster with street tires did better than I expected.

3. Keep your scan going - SA (Situational Awareness) is everything.

That was another schoolhouse topic that the track reinforced in a big way. Scan well ahead, scan through the turn, scan the pavement, scan the traffic, listen for what your bike and the bikes around you are telling you, absorb and process your bike's feedback.

An instructor said that after getting track experience the street seems to slow down and your SA bubble goes way up.

The whole experience is highly recommended.

Edited by alienbogey on Jun 10th 2016 at 06:18 AM
Jun 10th 2016, 09:06 AM   #11
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

I bought a photo from Jason Tanaka Photography:

Jun 10th 2016, 12:05 PM   #12
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  Jun 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  2011 Triumph Daytona 675
That's fantastic. Kudos to you sir! Glad you enjoyed it.
Jun 10th 2016, 03:00 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Dallas, Oregon

  Baby Ninja
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Hot.

It was great fun. I learned a lot in the classroom and on the track, where I actually passed a few people, which was a surprise.

It was hard on the pegs, though.

Yea, its pretty easy to scrape stuff up on the track . . . . . I've scrapped pegs, kickstand and muffler . . . . . . . But, It only happens if you are getting leaned over though!!!!!!

Congrats on your track day! (they need to place a warning on the registration site though . . . .

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