Joss said:"You have to take your pleasure with the pain, eh.... "
Speaking of the pain, Cam, that just reminded me that I am now officially "afoot", streetbike wise (as noted now, in my updated signature). The insurance company decided to allow me the decision on the ZX-6R (fix or total) and I decided to fold that hand and limp away.
Thanks, Joss.Joss said:Awsome report, Desmo.... warts and all.
Congrats on keeping both get-offs as lowsides.
After completing this course, do you feel adept (or more adept) at "scientific" race-riding... brake points, turn points, shift points, race lines? Are you "seeing" them all yet?
Can you creep your brake point one way or the other to adjust your corners?
These are some things I need to work on.
Anything strike you as the most important thing you learned (other than stop completely before you stand up )?
The radar was set up on the straight b/w 2 and 3. the high line on 2 was the fastest exit speed for just about everybody.Hammer 4 said:Great report Des...Just curious, which turn was it that they set up the radar...? I can never get set up right for turn 2..argh..ran off turn 4 once..that was fun.. We should do a track day at the Streets sometime.. I have a tracxk day comming up June 10th at Buttonwillow if your interested..?
Yeah, that is a valuable lesson. One very important thing I learned at level I,II was to not let my entry speed scare me so much that I was reluctant to get on the gas until way late into the turn. My lap times actually went down when I started LOWERING my entry speed just a little bit.Joss said:"I just have a hard time doing them all at the same time."
It's overwhelming. To me it is so similar to learning a new kata; trying to manage body positions, breathing, hand positions, feet positions... sequences, all at the same time. Practice, practice, practice. Patience, patience, patience.
I was just asking if you are good at those yet as I am not and have yet to "see" my first one. Now I can envy you openly.
My "brake point" for the long straight here at Roebling Road was probably about 50 yards long. It was more of a "brake area". When I got scared of going any further, I would just brake. Monday, though, I am GOING to establish a brake POINT there and USE IT.
One small step for "track-kind"!
Yeah, I was scared, but I cheated. My "crew chief" was my 3rd ex-wife. She and I are still friends. She is Nurse Practioner(about 100 times more training than EMTs) by profession so she watched me and made sure I was OK. I feel fine now, but thanks for asking.Wet Shrub said:Did you ever have that lump on your head checked out or drained? That would scare the sh*t out of me. I can see why you were apprehensive after those crashes. Your poor R6 too. Sounds like a fun class though.