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Went out to Mallala, South Australia Yesterday for my first attack at track days. Took the little one and the missus for an all out family day ;). There was a chance of rain but this did not deter me.

I was up all night preparing the bike, fender removal, indicator removal, taping light, general task to get the all clear from scrutineers. At 10pm I go up to a fellow riders house to borrow his trailer in the hills, lost track of time talking about bikes, by 12pm still hadnt loaded the trailer. Get home straight to bed for some rest.

Morning came, packed the car and trailer and followed a mate up to Mallala, he has a few connections who were riding on the day, I ended up sharing a garage with the owner of a Motorcycle training course. He advised me about lines, breaking/cornering markers and bike set up.

I had mixed results for the bike on the track
Couldn't do over140 on the straights, would need gearing or sprocket change.
Front suspension is too soft, back suspension held up, wasnt getting the "wobbles".
Stock exhaust scraps on right hand side turns, right where the weld is, I lost alot of confidence from this as it restricted me leaning over more.

I was in the slowest group (yellow) doing contant 1:45's, the next group do 1:25s-1:35's.

I want to Buy a track purpose bike, Not sure to keep this for a few more track days and go for a 600 or buy a 2stroke two fiddy, maybe a RS250 or RGV250?.

I was only working on lines during the day, a bloke said on your first few days, dont throw you knee out as getting your upper body in the right position is more important then those putting there knee down, as they dont do it properly and twist there torso.


Theres more photos to come but the lady hasnt uploaded all of them yet, I think this is from the first or second session




You can see how the exhaust scraps so easily




ewww why so straight
 

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They do make something for the scraping. Any of the after market exhaust remedy that. Regardless of whether or not your dragging a knee you can still get off the bike and reduce lean angle. Why wouldn't your instructor work with you on that even day one. Thats part of cornering. I would have also told you to get your toes on the peg and heels into the bike. If the exhaust hadnt been in your way your toe would have..
Gearing will make you slower on the straights. its just a slow bike :(
For about 4 grand you can get that thing track ready and it will rail around the corners. Or you can do what i usually suggest and what I wish someone would have made me do... buy a track bike ready to go. crash tested.
That aside... You have fun?
 

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They do make something for the scraping. Any of the after market exhaust remedy that. Regardless of whether or not your dragging a knee you can still get off the bike and reduce lean angle. Why wouldn't your instructor work with you on that even day one. Thats part of cornering. I would have also told you to get your toes on the peg and heels into the bike. If the exhaust hadnt been in your way your toe would have..
Gearing will make you slower on the straights. its just a slow bike :(
For about 4 grand you can get that thing track ready and it will rail around the corners. Or you can do what i usually suggest and what I wish someone would have made me do... buy a track bike ready to go. crash tested.
That aside... You have fun?
Should have change what I wrote, I didnt have any instructors, it was just an experienced rider giving me advice in the pits. The photos on the straight you see are me changing 3 gears up.

Will be interesting to see photos from session 4, and just how much I improved.

Day was fun, just cant stop thinking about getting to into the 30's then 20's hehe
 

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Glad you've enjoyed it, do them regularly.
Dont bother changing bikes, spend that money on Champions ride days coaching, its a bargain at $150 on top your ride day.

Exhaust is a problem on the track but as HoPMiX said it can be an aid to body positioning which coaching will go into in depth.
Thanks for sharing Robbo.

Duct tape rocks!
 

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Good cheap option, some report it being too loud tho.

Have I told you I love my Akra? lol
 

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Good to see you got out on the track.
140 seems pretty slow down the track are you getting down behind the screen.
**** those leathers a white. you need to roll around in the dirt or something lol
 

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Is it a short track? Do you know why it wouldn't go over 140? Cause down a bit of a hill, flat out, mine will do 170km/h indicated. Think that's just over 10,000rpm
 

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Is it a short track? Do you know why it wouldn't go over 140? Cause down a bit of a hill, flat out, mine will do 170km/h indicated. Think that's just over 10,000rpm
Ive got mine to 155 fully tucked on road before.

The track is short but I no a bloke on a ninja 250 gets it to 160, maybe the extra little bit of wind prevented her from reaching 150.
 

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A pipe would have to help in the speed department u would think aswell. Tucked in with air box lid off and yoshi with baffle out I've had 165 on flat. I know everyone has different thought on air box and pipes but mine definantly went better with lid off and baffle out it just dosnt like starting first time.


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Should be a few weeks before we see tyga release there race fairings.

Cannot stop thinking about lines, I feel they are good just entry speed is a bit slow
 

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Looks like you had fun, Robbo, and that's what counts. You collected a laundry list of things to improve either mechanical or technique for next time, so pick up whatever gear you need, turn some wrenches on the bike and the mind, and there will be improvement for next time.

Practice makes perfect, keep it up!
 

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I wasn't worried about the "technical" side of riding as I wasnt pushing for speed. You cant think of too many things at once, one piece at a time to form the puzzle correctly. Turns 2 and 3, alot of riders take the wrong lines, I was really trying to positions myself in the best spot so when I do push for speed, ill know the quickest route.

I can guarantee the photos next month, you'll see me hanging off the side and ill be SUB 40's lol
 

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Looks awesome mate, I'll have to come join you some time soon haha (if I can get time off work lol, weekends are terrible for riding for me :\)

I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say you signed up with caferacers? Of all the places I've asked they seem to be the major Mallala trackday-ers?
 
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