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I know, I know: :picsstfu: BUT - - -

Yesterday I attended my first ever track day on a moto, with US Desmo (Ducati club, obviously) at Carolina Motorsports Park - 2.2 mile/14 corners clockwise.

Started out in the Intermediate group, because I didn't want to hold anybody up, and I really had no idea what to expect. I have raced this course in my shifter kart, so I was familiar with the layout. One of my buddies was also in the middle group with me, on his 900 Supersport. We started off with a few sighting laps to heat up the tires, then began to up the pace. Soon enough, I was climbing all over him coming out of the corners, so I opened it up and gapped him hard down the back straight. A few laps later, I had done the same thing to EVERYBODY on the track, and people were starting to hold me up thru the corners.

After lunch, I was able to move up to the Advanced group, with some trepidation. I thought that it'd be harder to keep up with some of the "fast guys" and I would end up holding people up thru the corners. NOT SO. There were only three bikes there faster than Speedy, and only two of those in a straight line. All day long, only three guys out of 80 riders were able to outbrake me into Turn 11 at the end of the backstraight, and then pull me through the corners - they were on a 999 and a 1098, and the third guy flat-out FLYING on a 748. He couldn't drop the Speed Triple down the straights, but he was willing (able) to go much deeper into the hard corners.

I had two moments: I BLEW turn 8, which had a 6th gear downhill entry, before dropping to fourth under heavy braking into a slightly uphill & banked right-hander...I was trying to hang on to those two liter-class Ducs, and they went in so hard I was halfway thru before I realized I couldn't realistically pull it off. I just stood it up & rode straight out thru the grass, kept it upright, and came back on the track a hundred yards further on.

The second moment was a fourth gear tank-slapper caused by my overzealous throttle in an attempt to pass an Aprilia RSV between turns 3 and 4, both left-handers. It was the last session, and my buddy on his R1100S Beemer was just in front of this guy. I came out of three hoping to get a good drive and outbrake him into four, so as soon as I was thru the apex I jumped on the throttle - only to feel the rear tire break loose in a major way! I backed out of it a bit, and she quickly came back in, but not before the bars whacked left and right hard enough to slow me down through the next series - a long, long, three-apex right hander through 5-6-7. I finally got past the RSV going into turn 8 under braking.

WHAT A DAY!!! I have never had so much fun doing anything on any kind of motor vehicle. Broke in my knee sliders on both sides, and became convinced that this bike is everything I'll ever need in a motorcycle. It blew my mind with its motor and handling prowess all day long. The torque was laying down ******* in two or three places just about every lap, and even with stock suspension, I never felt unsettled at any point. And by the end of each session, I'm sure there were a few Duc owners that wondered what the hell just went by them at that speed!

So Devi - I think the 20102 Arrow tune modified 2 is the ticket for my setup. I may want more, but I sure don't need it...

I'll get pics up as soon as the photographer posts them!
 

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sounds like fun...damn kart you must be the fuckin' man brother...i never heard of a 1st time track day guy ridin' in the advaced group and only having 3 dudes faster than them...all of the track days i've done i still roll in the int. group...the guys in the advanced group are mostly ccs pro sponsored racers on race spec bikes who are there for race practice and would LAP me!
 

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I was told that this was real mellow track day. It was a Ducati club, not a SportBikeTrackTime-kinda deal. I'm sure that my ego will be severely checked at a true sport bike track day - but those faster Ducatis were roadracing machines for real. I'm going to try to come down to Jennings sometime this early summer - I will ride intermediate there, fer sure! My whole point in this thread was to laud the Speed Triple, not so much to proclaim how much I'm the man (even tho I am... ::) ;D :afro:

I was the fastest of all my regular riding buddies, which is really all that matters in the realm of overblown egos! ;D
 

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sweeeeeeeeet Kart, sounds like a blast! 8) I still have yet to do a track day, and don't know if I ever will. The main thang I'm afraid of is having too much fun and git'n pulled into think'n I have to do it all of the time. ;D God knows I can't afford that, heck, I can't afford one! So I'm guess'n next time we ride you'll school me on git'n my knee down? ;D Sounds like a f'n blast, can't wait to see the pics. :popcorn:
 

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sweeeeeeeeet Kart, sounds like a blast! 8) I still have yet to do a track day, and don't know if I ever will. The main thang I'm afraid of is having too much fun and git'n pulled into think'n I have to do it all of the time. ;D God knows I can't afford that, heck, I can't afford one! So I'm guess'n next time we ride you'll school me on git'n my knee down? ;D Sounds like a f'n blast, can't wait to see the pics. :popcorn:
Yeah - I'm already plotting another one real soon, so it is like a disease!

After finally getting that knee on the ground, I'm not sure I could (or would want to) realistically do it at any sane speed on the street - it really is a stretch. Think about putting ALL your weight on tiptoe on your inside peg at 60 mph plus, hanging further and further off just to keep the peg from dragging! Its insane, dude. And a whole buncha fun.

Pics probably won't be up for a couple days, but I'll post up some teasers tomorrow.
 

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WOW, that sounds awesome. BALLS!
 

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Sounds like a LOT of fun!

Glad to see that tune 2 is working. Let me know if there are any issues at any rpm/throttle position. That tune is one I did to help Avi8or, and was just a best guess situation.

After reading this, I HAVE to schedule some track time!
 

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durty said:
PICTURES DAMITT
The photo guy has a day job, and he says he took 4000 shots, so I'll prolly just start a new thread for the pics later this week. Sorry...
 

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Devious said:
Sounds like a LOT of fun!

Glad to see that tune 2 is working. Let me know if there are any issues at any rpm/throttle position. That tune is one I did to help Avi8or, and was just a best guess situation.

After reading this, I HAVE to schedule some track time!
If you ever sign up for a day at Barber (they're the most ex$pensive of any track day, but so what?!?), LMK - I will be there with crystal bells hanging off my undershorts!

I'd love to get out on a track with a bunch of other Speedys. I bet if we planned way ahead, we could get a dozen or 15 riders together and rent Talladeag GP for a day and get out for under $150 each...
 
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