We had a great time yesterday! Joe, Marilou, Dominic, Dave and my dear friends from Sacramento - Jon and Misty from Ducati.ms hit T-Hill on a most perfect day. A bit of wind, but we needed it because it was HOT out there. Hot enough to get the tires nice and stickin' but not so much that we were passing out. Day started bright, early and... windy - but we were all so stoked to be there (and not at work!).
Keigwins ran an A/B/NRS format w/ 40 or so in B group. But I did not really feel it was crowded at all. There was plenty of space and time for passing (and getting passed). Jon and I swapped paint a few times and Dave (on a ZX10R) did the same on the last session of the day. Aside from one yellow VFR who had no business being out there yesterday, everyone was courteous and relatively sane/safe on the track. The morning was spent scrubbing tires on the sighting laps (great for this) and getting reaquainted with T-Hill, track riding AND learning the Monster in the track environment. I must say, she was fun, but a lot of work.
The Monster makes for a fantastic street bike and backroad carver, but it certainly is out of its element on the track (IMHO). The riser bars and ackward relation to the tank/seat made it difficult to ride with minimum effort. Clip-ons would have helped a great deal, but not sure if its worth it. I found myself working much harder on the Monster than on any other bike I've had on the track (my Triumph Speed Four was much easier to go fast). Nonetheless, she looked the part with the $11.00 race plate job.
Hanging on/off was a lesson in muscle strength in all the unusual places. Oh, I had already cut off the nub on the kickstand but I still ground it down sharp enough to use as an instrument of torture. All this fun Monster stuff was amusing. The Braketech rotors worked like a charm - strong & predictable, I was able to outbrake a lot of the big bikes and get through. I had to try and stay out front and attempt to pull away at every opportunity or they kill me on the straights. Most times, I had enough to keep ahead into T1 and ther rest is all corners. But lap traffic was a lot and a bit tricky because some riders were unpredictable in their lines - I couldn't chance it.
Crap this is long! Ok, wrapping it up: Aside for Joe's unfortunate mechanical issue - The day was GREAT! Lunch was FANTASTIC and the company even BETTER! No injuries... we all made it unscathed.
Some pics. Enjoy...