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It’s been almost 2 years sense I have owned a sport bike. Life saw fit to have me on board a dirt bike for the past few years instead of playing on the asphalt. Back when I was riding (street) I took part in my first and only track day at Thunder Hill Park (nor-cal). I had a great time and told myself I had to get back to the track at some point in the future.

I purchased a 2008 CBR600RR from a well know auction in San Diego for cheap.... really cheap this past Friday evening. So there she was, only 200 miles on her with a tear in the rear seat and bend rear set. Not show room condition but not too far away either. I was keen on this bike as it already had an Akra pipe and to my surprise a few days later a power commander under the rear seat :)

I figured the best way to break in a bike is how you intend on riding it.... possibly not the best idea but what the heck. I signed up for a two day track day at Thunder Hill with some co-workers on my way back to Oregon. So not 24 hours after I loaded the bike into the back of my truck after the auction, I was at the track going through tech inspection (hoping it passed).
I can tell you with 100% certainty that I haven't had this much fun with my clothes on in a very long time. I had a smile from ear to ear after each session. I rode until mentally and physically my body told me I couldn't handle another lap.

I selected the B group as I felt very comfortable in C group during my first track day a few years back. It took a few laps to get reacquainted with a sport bike again but soon I fell into a natural rhythm. It’s funny how quickly things come back to you.

I strapped on a lap timer on the end of the second day just for shoots and giggles. I'm by no means "fast" but was shocked and quite happy with my 2:11.2 lap time. With a clean track (no traffic) I'm hoping to get under the 2:10 mark next time out.

I'm planning on going to the June 22nd day at T-Hill with PTT so let me know if anyone wants to meet up :)

BTW: any comments any of you can give on form would be great. still trying to keep my head down more! :01_thumbu

Pic #1: Rounding turn 2









Pic #2: Coming out of turn 10



Pic #3: Dragging the hard bits



Pic #4: Dropping into turn 10



Pic#5: Chasing my boss on his 1198 S....



Pic#6: Another of turn 10



Pic #7 Goof'n Off on a warm up lap



Pic #8: Big booty + leather suit... you do the math... lol



Pic #9 Turn 14 headed back onto the start straight

 

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great pickup on the bike. theres no better way to get back into riding than trackdays! :beer:

you're looking good in the pics. only advice i can give you is to change your inside foot position in a turn. you want your the ball of your feet to be on the pegs. on the last pic, your boot/toe is sticking out a bit low and will cause you to drag your boot.
 

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cool i am 56 parked my 1 owner 1975 harley flh last year got a 03rr and the young guns draged my old bones down to the track in gratton mich from canada did 7 trackdays last year 2 may 2 and 3 and headin back may 30 life doesnt get any better and i have done more than my share of livin live to ride ride to live
 

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did you end up ripping your taillight off or did you take it off? Because when pics first start it is there and then later on its not...

p.s. great pictures btw
 

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did you end up ripping your taillight off or did you take it off? Because when pics first start it is there and then later on its not...

p.s. great pictures btw

I got bored the seond morning before we started riding and decided to ditch the taillight and blinkers. Sense this is going to primarily be a track bike I didn't see the need to have them on. Pics came out great, big thanks to gotbluemilk.com!

Thanks again for the feedback.
 

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Nice Pics and bike. What auction site did you get the bike at, if you dont mind me asking? Nice Graffitti, theres one for sale by me with 3400 mi and rash damage and hes asking $7600, which I know I can do better.
 

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I cant wait to do some track time. I really want to get going and go do some track riding. Thats one of the reasons I moved to Cali
 

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GotBlueMilk always gets great shots. You look damn good for having not ridden a sportbike in a couple years. I wish I was turning near 2:11, my first or second day at THill. Last time I was out there, I was stil arguing with turn 14... I hate that turn. Then again, they always set you up for failure on turn 11 and I absolutely love that one.

PTT is a good track provider. They run on the faster side of the norcal track day providers. You'll have a blast with them. I can't wait 'til I can get back on the track. So jealous!
 

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Well done but once a track rat, always a track rat.... Welcome back to the addiction.
 
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