Second track day, first crash, and a question
Well I got out on the track for the second time at the CCS LP USA Sport Rider track day at Firebird last Friday. I took it easy in the first session, then decided to try to up the pace in the second one. I was having a blast. I was tucking better, hanging off the bike further, and really, really having a good time.
Then I lowsided in turn 4 - a decreasing radius right hander. I'm not sure if my rear tire lost grip or if I pivoted off my stock peg (which I guess would still mean the rear tire lost grip, just in a huge way) - either way rearsets are the next upgrade for the bike. I slid off into the dirt, popped right back up, felt fine, and thought, "well, I got my first crash out of the way, and I'm not hurt, so I guess that's not so bad. But DAMN! My second session of the day?!?!" My bike, however, didn't fare as well.
My right clip-on broke off, and my rear brake lever is all bent up, along with the obvious bodywork damage. What I'm wondering is how hard it is to replace the clip-on, seeing as the brake fluid reservoir on it also cracked open - which to me means I'll need to check the braking system as well.
I'm not the most mechanically inclined person I know, but I can figure things out fairly quickly. I flushed my radiator and changed out my coolant just based on info I got on these boards having never done it before. Is this something I should really take the bike to a shop for, or is it not that difficult? If I can do it myself, that's the route I want to go because I've learned so much about the bike just getting it ready for the track.
Oh yeah, I do have a Haynes service manual ordered.
Any info/advice would be appreciated. Thanks.