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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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My first trackday!

Reno Fernley Raceway with Precision Trackdays. They seem like a very well run organization, extremely helpful to new riders especially since all C group riders get free group instruction from Trackademics. Trailered mine and my roommate's 600s 400mi from Vegas for it and glad we did. Next one is either Auto Club Speedway or Buttonwillow the 6th of August. Any suggestions? Here's some pictures, feel free to critique and criticize as much as you want. My stats: 24yrs, 6ft, 230lbs, have 7mo street experience on ANY motorcycle, all of it happens to have been on my 600RR which is my very first bike. Professional photos were taken by 4theriders.

FYI: I did crash but it was dumb, was exiting the track on my first session, lost focus for a split second, missed the turn and went right off the mofo. Then my bike got tired, decided to lay down for a minute. It's just plastics, though, I can buff that $hit out.













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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-12-2011, 12:13 AM
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Sweet mang. Dont buff it out. It looks perfect.

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7 mo's???...dang mang, lookin good out there for your first outting!
your pics dont look like a C group pace. sucks to hear about your getoffs.
fix her up and get back out there.

as for the next track...BW or ACS are good tracks. very fast tracks too. lots of braking as well.
you'd be happy with either choice. the question is how much are you willing to spend.
although there are alot of complaints about buttonwillow being bumpy. hence the nickname, bumpywillow. lol.
i dont mind the bumps. it helps me become a better rider. learning how to ride in bumpy conditions.

it was my first time riding ACS this past wknd. it took me a couple sessions before i got comfortable.
one thing i didnt like was the plastic rumble strips they use to lay out the track.
if you ever run over those things...its almost certain youll go down.
other than that...i liked the track. cant wait to try it out again. this time i know the layout, so ill get to goes faster on the next trackday.

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That looks like a hellofa track. Your pics looked pretty good mang. Better than my first TD.

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Thanks for the compliments. The track was pretty bumpy, as evidenced by this video so "Bumpywillow" probably wouldn't be too bad. The nice thing about the track was it has so many various types of turns that it really helps improve your skills. My favorite turn was the horse shoe since it was banked nicely (picture). I wish they were taking pictures in the afternoon (you can tell it was the morning since there's no bike damage) because by then I was skimming my knee slider right next to the curbing. I would've definitely moved into B group but because there were a lot of C riders and not so many B and A riders they combined B and A and so they ran 30min sessions. By the last session it was just myself and a control rider out there so I was able to follow him around, see his line, and basically get one-on-one coaching for 4 laps. Being a bigger guy I thought I would need a liter bike to be competitive, and it definitely shows in the straights, but I was able to make serious ground in the turns due to the agility of the little 600. I'll probably end up going full track setup with this bike now that I see how boring and dangerous the streets are. Plus, there's a trackday almost every weekend within 300mi of me so I'll still be able to get in plenty of riding. As far as my next one, Buttonwillow is 325mi away with a $160 price whereas Auto Club is 240mi away with a $250 price, so I'll probably go with whichever one is more cost effective.

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Lookin good man, especially for your first track day.

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That looks like a hellofa track. Your pics looked pretty good mang. Better than my first TD.
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That looks like a hellofa track.
They usually run C configuration (the configuration in the video) on Sat and then a shorter one on Sunday so in one weekend you ride 2 fairly different tracks. Wish I could've stayed for Sunday too.
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