AMA Supersport Racer
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02/15 Tsukuba Breakin report
Dang Tsukuba is a busy place!!! Don't any of these bums ever have to work?!?!?!
I could only manage to pre-book 1 session at Tsukuba on Wednesday and that was freakin' early in the AM. I was figuring I could hang around a bit and see if anyone crashes out and would have any A or B sessions up for grabs later in the day.
When I first got there I kept seeing all these make-shift signs in front of dudes' pits with the letters A and/or B on them. Since I couldn't read kanji I automatically assumed that there were a bunch of dudes trying to sell their sessions... errr... wrong! Shima-chan (my wife/manager) informed me that those were all dudes who wanted to BUY more sessions!!!
So no extra sessions for me that day. Sucked too because the weather was beautiful and I really thought that I would have had the track to myself being the middle of the week and all.
So I head out and have to keep the bike under 12k RPM this time. Much better than the 8-10 range I was working with prior. I know it was a beautiful day, and most of you dudes were stuck in the office so I should be glad I was at the track and on a bike at all... but I was hating it! The bike felt like it was just really getting going around 12K and I had to shut it down. I did test a little bit of the higher revs on a few laps while running down the back straight and it really pulls hard! WooHoo!
Otherwise I was dealing with an old worn out front tire (isn't that how I fell the last time? ) and not trying to maintain much corner speed. The entire time I've got these crappy naked GSX1300s or something revving their engine behind me in the corner like I was messing up their track day or something! It was EXTREMELY difficult to maintain composure and continue around the track timidly on the worn front tire. When I got back to the pits I wanted to just get on the P.A. system and explain to everyone that, "I'm not normally that slow. I was just finishing an engine break-in on a worn out front tire. Really!". Oh the shame...
Anyway, I'm all done with the break-in now and I'm looking forward to Motegi on 02/25. I'll finally be able to actually open it up and see what all that money bought me!
Just venting, sorry guys...
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