Here are some shots of the “damage” I unknowingly did to my bike while going round druids at Brands. It was my first time on track and I only wish it had been for a full day and not just an evening session. Still the weather was perfect and at around £80 for 3.5 sessions (the first session being cut short by the 3 sighting laps) then it was not bad value for money (for Brands!).
I felt the footpeg touching down, but only later found out that the bellypan, engine crash bung, and rear brake lever had also touched down. Although this made me feel like a track hero I think what it really means is that my cornering technique needs some attention! :w00t: Are you out there B?!!
I have been discussing this on the following thread in the trackday section:
Here are some sample photos from the day. If you’re wondering where my Hi-Vis waistcoat is, I took it off after the first session after realising I was no more a liability than the other guys on the track.
Snoody: if you wanna get your knee down in a safe environment and beat the knee down nerves then get out on a trackday! I cannot recommend them highly enough.
ShinKuza: The CBR was formidable on track. It was like losing my virginity all over again, only better!
Taking a bike as capable as the CBR on track was amazing as I got to see just what she could do (within my limits of course!) I was braking so late into druids that I had the rear end squirming around until just before turning in for the hairpin, where I seem to have pulled off some impressive lean angles! To think that a first-timer on a ROAD bike can pull this off on ROAD tyres just shows how incredible modern sportsbikes are (although now that it’s 5 years old it’s not really a modern sportsbike…by modern sportbike’s standards!!!).
Poor body positioning. You are doing the classic sit more upright then the bike. You want your body to be lower then the bike, right butt cheek hanging off the seat and head somewhere near the right mirror. This will pick up the bike. Last time I was there I was talking to a guy that had crashed, looked like he rode off the edge of his tyres. The pegs are there for a reason, once it touches down DO NOT lean any further or this will happen.
10 out of 10 for effort Tom, I like a rider who tries but as has been said already, that amount of lean angle is not necessary plus it’s dangerous but I’m well impressed as it’s your first trackday:cool:
You must be doing something right because most riders would have been on their arse well before that amount of lean angle.
I’m off to try your recommended tyre pressures:w00t: