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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-08-2007, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Ducs @ T-Hill (The Saga Continues...)

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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...
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Re: Ducs @ T-Hill (The Saga Continues...)

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Re: Ducs @ T-Hill (The Saga Continues...)

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Re: Ducs @ T-Hill (The Saga Continues...)

On track...

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Re: Ducs @ T-Hill (The Saga Continues...)

Looking good RiCKT! nice Pics
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Nice pics....I can't wait to get out there next month!

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Re: Ducs @ T-Hill (The Saga Continues...)

Fabulous pictures Rick! I definitely had an awesome time being out there. I worked on corner entry, taking the right lines and being smooth. Having my suspension tweaked by Dave Moss made my bike handle very nicely Good times and good friends for sure! Few pics of me on the track


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Re: Ducs @ T-Hill (The Saga Continues...)

Thanks for putting up with my bad attitude, Rick You guys looked awesome.

One of these days I'll have a track bike that doesn't crash or blow up

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One of these days I'll have a track bike that doesn't crash or blow up
Miracles do happen

Mangi la mia polvere!
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Re: Ducs @ T-Hill (The Saga Continues...)

Bummer about the bike, Desmo. Looks like everyone else had a good (and mechanically uneventful) day!

I really enjoyed taking my Monster out on the track, but I just couldn't risk it anymore with it being my only (somewhat) reliable form of transportation. I went to a trackday once and the tech guy was standin' there lookin' all disgusted and he said, "Why is it that every woman I see at a trackday is on a Monster?" I wasn't sure if that was an insult or what so I said nothing in response. I did OK that day and beat up on some sort of Multistrada 1000 thing through the Carousel. The guy came over to me and told me that he'd had a Monster at one time and he never made it move like I did. I was pretty flattered.

Love the photos! You guys had a good food set up out there. (I'm hungry...)
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