Friday, May 29, 2009
Finally back to the track after nearly a year and what an epic weekend it was. I took Friday off and was able to head for Pahrump Nevada early. My bike was sporting a fresh set of Pirellis and I stripped off the mirrors and license plate. This would be the first time I put the R6 on the track and I was unmistakably excited. The rest of the corner workers showed up and we set the race trailer up for what would turn out to be a fantastic track day event.
Saturday morning came early yet I felt ready to relearn the lines of the track. I alternated with other corner workers and was able to get in some sessions in the morning. My pace was definitely slower than I have ran before but I felt smooth and controlled as I made my way around the track.
It was a blast to be back hanging with some great friends and riding together. Tom Day and Clif Sands really helped me tighten up my lines and was able to pick up speed. The R6 was really in it's element on the track, that bike loves to be pushed hard. Compared to the 01 GSXR 600 I rode before, the biggest difference was quicker turn in and stable in the corners. The bike is like a scalpel.
Changing the gearing will make a big difference as I felt the stock gearing too tall for the track.
Working the corners is enjoyable I love watching the other riders thread there way through turn 8, 9, and 10. The weather was on the warm side but very nice and conditions were optimal for tire grip. I can't say enough how much fun I had. Seeing my friends, and riding motorcycles on a track made for a memorable Memorial day weekend. Life is good!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I was fairly generous with the throttle rolling out on the 52. We expected the turn out to be light on account of Mother's Day, but we ended up with 7 total. Rumbling through El Cajon was fun with a group of bikes, seven bikes and riders with a single purpose. In a short time we were roaring up Wildcat Canyon. The weather was conducive for riding despite a little fog. In Ramona we filled our stomachs and gas tanks and made our way up to Mt. Palomar. A new guy joined our group this Sunday and he really had a rough day. Outside of Rincon he clipped a mirror of an Excursion and luckily recovered without going down. The South grade is tight and you need to be focused. I rode smooth and felt relaxed as I chased John up the grade.
Rather than head to Julian three of us broke off and headed toward Warner Springs. The plan was to meet up with my friend from the desert, Nick. He was waiting for us at the 371/74 junction. The 74 into Hemet is a fun stretch of pavement, however it was late morning and traffic held us back. After a break at The Lookout we continued on the Ortega Hwy. to the coast.
Hanging with my riding buddies and getting in some turns was Birthday to remember.
Friday, April 10, 2009
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I needed to bid on painting project in the Coachella Valley today. Rather than be stuck in a "cage" for several hours, I decided to jump on the bike instead. The warm Santa Ana weather is a distant memory and has been replaced with more seasonal temps. Heading out at 8a.m. in low forty degree weather would require some layering. I broke out a mix of snowboard apparel and warm riding gear. I was surprisingly warm rolling up the Interstate 5. It felt good to sneak in a ride when normally I would be spreading paint on a Wednesday morning. Last weekend we got rained out on our usual jaunt to Mt.Palomar so I was eager to get in some saddle time. The freeway portion is monotonous but before I knew I was back on two lane pavement at Temecula. In the back of my mind I was a bit anxious knowing that it snowed several inches in the local mountains. I figured by 9:30 a.m. it would be warm enough to avoid icy conditions. Anza was blanketed with the white stuff and made for a picturesque view on both side of the road. The clean air, light traffic, and scenery was exactly what I needed to clear away the clutter in my mind. I stopped at the top of Hwy. 74 and snapped a quick shot before heading down to the Desert floor. After conducting my business I enjoyed the trip back to the beach. Having an alternative to driving a car will always be a good thing!