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So, today I decided to play hooky from work and meet some fellars at the track for some education, pointers, and generally a good time! I was pretty pathetic. I got passed I don't know how many times. I also had the smallest bike, and it was only my second time on a track, EVER! I'm so excited, and happy, I have to a be a little narcissistic here, and share. Every time I look at these pics I"m like "THAT'S ME! I DON'T LOOK HALF BAD..." In the pics I look a lot better than it felt. Among many things, I learned my body resists leaning right, I don't look far enough ahead, and I need to adjust my pegs up, get rid of the feelers, and get an exhaust that doesn't scrape... After all that, I then need to learn how to ride.... :p

The track didn't require any prep of the bike, nor leathers, so I strapped on my knee guards and went after it.... :p


These two bastards were quick! The guy in the lead has almost 2,500 miles at this track, and he was absolutely un-catch-able!


Finally getting something somewhat right....


Watching and trying to imitate...


This guy behind me has only been out 4 times, and he was passing me like I was standing still!


I have so far to go still... Oh dear.


I'm working so hard, and she just feels the need to sit up and take it easy, freakin SuMo! :p


Passed, and about to be passed 2 more times before I get to 70.... :p


Full tuck, balls out, and they're just cruisin' past....


This corner was a bitch, but it got better as the day went past...


So the track master decides to chill behind me and point out all my flaws when we pull off... I couldn't thank him enough!


The pits


The track master doing his thing:


Dude with serious skill...


All was not lost however, I passed these 2 dudes at one point or another in the day, which made me feel very warm and fuzzy inside. A CBR600 and an SV1K.... I gotta take pride in something, ya know!


At the end of the day I understand why people get addicted to racing. The bikes are awesome, and pushing them is fun. Pushing yourself is more fun, and getting educated is even more fun. The entire day I did not hear a negative comment, but lots and lots of constructive criticism. "Try this, try that, focus here, watch him, follow me, I'll follow you, this line, do this with your body position, no faster in this corner, etc, etc". Oh was it glorious! I need to win the lottery... Oh, and I also learned racing is hard work. Holy cow was I tired afterwards! I need to start working out. There was a guy out there that did 60 laps in a row, not uber fast, but within 3 seconds of the lap record... An absolute machine, this guy! All of a sudden I'm glad I can say I have only 22hp. I don't feel so bad about being slow.... :p :D :)
 

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That track looks amazing! This was an excellent post Spooph, very enjoyable. That one guy knee dragging that low, makes a damn good wallpaper hehe. The 250 looks real tough out there. Glad to see you had fun man keep it up! Never know, might have your own racing team ;)
 

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WOW Fantastic. Are you going back ? Did you get a van and trailer yet?

Great job You look good.
 

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Felix, bring it on!

X, I need a car first, and then I'll get a trailer and the rest. I'll be going back, absolutely, but I think 1/2 day fun, ride it out there and back is good incentive not to crash... :p

The track is a lot of fun, rough though in spots. It's a very small, cheap go-kart track. The sports center makes most of their money on their various dirt tracks. The excavators are for repairing or altering the dirt tracks. This asphalt track has a SuMo track on the inside, the SuMo guys jump on and off the asphalt as they please. That day however, they steered clear for us, so as not to dirty the track - great guys!
 

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Delta, it's IMI motorsports park. But I think you're closer to HPR - Highplains Raceway out by the airport, now that's a real race track!
 

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Delta, it's IMI motorsports park. But I think you're closer to HPR - Highplains Raceway out by the airport, now that's a real race track!
Yeah closer to HPR! But you have to have a 2pc leather suit at the minimum! And I have to wait until 18 unless I get a competition license.

Dacono is only about an hour a way! How much was the entry fee? Rules? How often do they have track days? How much did it cost you? MORE INFO PLEASE! Yes, I'm giggling like a little school girl!!!
 

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http://www.imimotorsports.com/

One bike on the road course all day is $35. I don't think they have any rules.. :p There's nobody checking stuff on the track. I would however recommend full race gear. If not, at least get yourself some knee guards to supplement all your street gear. \

You can pretty much go any day, pay the fee, and go riding. Check out www.cosportbikeclub.orghttp:// for postings on track-days. IMI doesn't actually officially host a track day, we all pretty much decide we want to go out and play, and get together a specific day. I'll let you know next time out.

Oh, you have to be 18 to sign the waiver, so Ma will have to come along and say she won't sue IMI if you get hurt or die.... Keep asking questions if you got them. I hope those are good answers...
 

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http://www.imimotorsports.com/

One bike on the road course all day is $35. I don't think they have any rules.. :p There's nobody checking stuff on the track. I would however recommend full race gear. If not, at least get yourself some knee guards to supplement all your street gear. \

You can pretty much go any day, pay the fee, and go riding. Check out www.cosportbikeclub.orghttp://http://http:// for postings on track-days. IMI doesn't actually officially host a track day, we all pretty much decide we want to go out and play, and get together a specific day. I'll let you know next time out.

Oh, you have to be 18 to sign the waiver, so Ma will have to come along and say she won't sue IMI if you get hurt or die.... Keep asking questions if you got them. I hope those are good answers...
I'm really tired of the stupid waivers! lol I can bring mom along she can decide if she likes you. lol Yeah tell me when the next day is. Not a bad price for some fun.
 

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I'm sure there will be Felix. We'll take the Loser and Ninja, and switch off... Doing some SuMo on the Loser.... If you're interested in faster tracks, check out the RMA race schedule, and see if you want to fit in a race at the end of your trip....

http://www.mra-racing.org/index.cfm?action=program
 

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Awesome write-up Spooph, and great pics too. Who took the photos for you, your Girl??
When ever I try carving up a road, I'm sure that I am leaning over as far as possible, but I still haven't hit the pegs yet, well done!
 

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Thanks hi-tech!

Zandit, some guy at the track took the pics. My girl and I are no more... No regrets...
 

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My girl and I are no more... No regrets...
No wonder you was riding the Ninja!! Nah seriously though, never good to hear, but as long as there is no regrets, there's no need to look back.
 
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