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Track Days / Re: **Date Change*** Tbolt Track Day - 9-18-2017
« Last post by Don Da Loop on Today at 08:54:45 AM »
Another fun one, looks like the team is growing! 8)
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Track Days / Re: **Date Change*** Tbolt Track Day - 9-18-2017
« Last post by Capo on Today at 07:25:09 AM »
It was definitely a fun day, and a nice, uncrowded environment. I focused on consistency and trying out different line, gear, braking and other elements, followed coaches, observed and took mental notes.

The Daytona was delightful, Never missed a beat. One little slide caught my attention, but I refocused. I improved each session, became more consistent, and ended up with a string of decent laps in the 2:02 range, finally ending up with a 1:59, which I suppose isn't bad for my first real track day. Looking forward to the next one, prob mid- October for me.


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Track Days / Re: **Date Change*** Tbolt Track Day - 9-18-2017
« Last post by John San on September 19, 2017, 11:49:23 PM »
Looks like I missed a great day. Nice write up John. Let's make this a regular thing.
I am sure Kevin is already looking for a dedicated track bike and Capo looks like he is hooked too.

Yeah man, we missed you Terry.  It was a fun day - looking forward to getting another one together in October.  Trying to get as many NJRATS hooked as possible for next season!
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Track Days / Re: **Date Change*** Tbolt Track Day - 9-18-2017
« Last post by Terry Two Cakes on September 19, 2017, 11:09:25 PM »
Looks like I missed a great day. Nice write up John. Let's make this a regular thing.
I am sure Kevin is already looking for a dedicated track bike and Capo looks like he is hooked too.

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Track Days / Re: **Date Change*** Tbolt Track Day - 9-18-2017
« Last post by John San on September 19, 2017, 10:06:13 PM »
Well it was a bummer that Sunday the 17th was cancelled, but we made the best of it with a great track day on Monday.  Don and I were joined by Capo and Kevin this time, with Kevin getting his first taste the track on his Triumph Sprint.  Capo and I had our Daytonas of course, and even though Don brought his Daytona the real story was the debut of his new R6 superbike build.  No corners were cut on this dedicated race bike - Ohlins brand new top of the line suspension, Brembo monoblock brakes and master, shaved and balanced crank, race ECU, detailed dyno tuning, and the list just goes on... 





It was a little drizzly in the AM but never enough to even get the track damp, so no problems there.  It was perhaps the least crowded track day I've ever attended, which I think worked out well for us.  They merged the red and blue groups into one, ran a single novice group, and then a car group (yuck).  I personally like when they merge the red and blue groups.  Since I am on the verge of moving up to blue it really helps to get to run with those guys and try to sharpen my skills to keep up.  It does get a little hairy sometimes though - I was passing a guy on the inside coming over Wheelie Hill and maybe a was a little closer than the required five feet, but not by much, when a guy comes through between us and bangs into the left side of my bike!  This is at 90 to 100mph as we're starting to brake into turn 4!  Luckily our bikes didn't get tangled and no one went down, but it was a little scary.  The guy was way too aggressive for a track day.  He did look back after we got through the corner and put his left hand up in a customary "I'm sorry" wave, but I was still a little pissed.  All part of the game though.  I didn't improve on my personal best at all, but I did run very consistently in the 1:41 - 1:42 range so I know it's just a matter of time before I hit that sub 1:40 benchmark.



Don spent most of the day getting used to the new Yamaha, but pretty much was able to run his normal mid-1:30s pace right off the bat, which says a lot for both the bike and his riding skills.  I think he's just a track day or two away from knocking a few seconds off his pace with the new R6.

Kevin and Capo did great learning the track and feeling out the tricky spots like the turn 4 and 5 section and the tough turn 9 into 10 transition.  It definitely takes time to put it all together but it feels great when it all starts coming together.



We're looking at finishing out the season with a few more track days in October.  Will post up the dates as we get them on the schedule.


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Short Notice Rides / Re: Sunday loop ride
« Last post by Lucas on September 19, 2017, 05:17:44 PM »
Sorry to hear that Jim, hope you get well soon!
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Short Notice Rides / Re: Sunday loop ride
« Last post by Don Da Loop on September 19, 2017, 10:11:29 AM »
Feel better Jim ;)
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Short Notice Rides / Re: Sunday loop ride
« Last post by Xtreme Ron on September 18, 2017, 09:29:11 PM »
Damn Jim, that sucks :( Hope you recover soon!
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Short Notice Rides / Re: Sunday loop ride
« Last post by John San on September 18, 2017, 08:15:59 PM »
Damn, sorry to hear that Jim.  Hoping for a quick recovery for you!
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Short Notice Rides / Re: Sunday loop ride
« Last post by Capo on September 18, 2017, 07:18:35 PM »
Oh, shit, so sorry Jim. We're here to help. Take it easy and wishing you a full and fast recovery.


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