Yes you read it right, did my first track day at Lydden Hill circuit on Saturday and binned it during one of the afternoon sessions. It was the first session after lunch, I was already knackered, our journey to the circuit had taken over 3 hours instead of 1 hour due to getting lost and my mate running out of petrol. I felt like a needed a red bull to sharpen myself up but suddenly was called for our session so had to get ready. The crash occurred on the fastest corner of the circuit coming off the straight. A few quicker bikes overtook me coming into the corner, although I was pushing hard and certainly wasn’t the slowest in our group (maybe I should have been), and it took my attention away for a split second as I looked at the line they were taking. I broke hard into the corner as usual but maybe I broke too late I don’t know but I felt a vibration in the front wheel and knew I was going to overrun the corner, and before I could let go of the brake the front wheel locked and I was off. Head hit the floor hard followed by shoulder, elbow and arm and in the process getting my knee down for the first time! Bike flipped over landing on its screen, front frairing trashed, both mirrors, tail piece, tank and right fairing. The right crash bung did a pretty good job although the fairing is still scuffed and the bung itself is bent. The left handlebar is also snapped, managed to tighten it up and hold it on with cable ties enough to limp it home (100 miles!!) one handed. My helmet also need replacing as it received a fairly heft impact from the tarmac and looks like its cracked pretty deeply.
I’m fairly philosophical about the whole thing although quite gutted about my pristine bike being trashed, I can’t complain as I knew the risks of taking it out on the track. I was surprised on the day how many crashes occurred, I counted 8 others before me who had been off, although a lot of these were track bikes so I supposed they are designed to do just that. I know it was my fault although one theory is that the vibration before the locked up was due to worn out brake pads or warped discs which led to the lock up although this has yet to be substantiated. To be honest I think it was just a case of running before I could walk and carrying too much speed around the circuit without having the experience to get myself out of trouble.
So anyway, the bike will be repaired as soon as possible and I’ll be able to use what I learned about handling of the bike in the morning sessions to improve my riding, and no doubt I’ll be back on the track soon. I’m not injured at all so that’s the main thing and I had an awesome time up until the crash. I’d have probably gone back on the track if the bike was ok!
Hopefully there will be some other people on here who have done the same thing or similar to make me feel better about the whole thing though.
P.S If anyone is breaking a green 2001 Kwak ZX6R J2 and has any of the parts mentioned for sale please PM me.