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    Talladega GP trackday on the NC!

    Worked my arse off today finishing getting the bike ready (fresh brake fluid, yes!), loading everything on the trailer and in the truck, making sure I have enough snacks, water, and so on. Oh! Can't forget sweat towels! Gonna be a hot one in this Alabama humidity tomorrow! Not looking forward to getting up at 5am, as my usual bedtime is somewhere between 1am-3am. I'm gonna get to see how out of shape I am tomorrow.

    October will be 10 years since my last track day, I don't care if I'm the slowest on the track tomorrow, it's a big day for me. Personal accomplishment, as I never thought I'd get to ride on track again after crashing and losing my leg. Man I am so pumped, ain't gonna be able to sleep a wink tonight! Got a Gopro Hero 4 Session mounted on the NC. Still learning everything about it so maybe I can at least get a quality vid of a track session or two. I will also snap some shots of the paddock area and some cool track bikes if I get the chance.

    I'm hoping someone lets me bum an outlet on their generator or venue power supply so I can plug my fan up and cool my fat arse down! Might have a heat stroke out there Lol.

    Will update throughout the day tomorrow. Hopefully no crash updates will be necessary...but I am bringing an extra helmet just in case! Also my gut feeling is the highway peg may be an issue and restrict me somewhat, but just gonna wait and see.





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    94 degrees forecasted - sure to be hotter on that track. Have fun. Be safe. Share the pics. I’m gonna be enjoying the AC...


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    I never woulda figured the NC for a track bike... it will be fun to see what she’ll do under someone with the know-how..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    94 degrees forecasted - sure to be hotter on that track. Have fun. Be safe. Share the pics. Iím gonna be enjoying the AC...
    I'm sure I will opt to sit in the truck and turn the AC on more than once! Bringing a canopy, so at least I will have some shade.

    Also, pro tip....when changing brake fluid, I bought a large bottle of Dot4 so I would have plenty to flush through the system....don't do that. Buy multiple smaller bottles so they are easier to pour and not make a mess! Dear lord, I was like a toddler playing in paint....never mind that its corrosive and was spilled all over the exhaust mid pipe, rear foot peg, front reservoir, and whatever else it touched dripping down the bike. I tried to wipe it off with a rag and wd40...maybe it will be ok long term!

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    I never woulda figured the NC for a track bike... it will be fun to see what sheíll do under someone with the know-how..
    It's certainly not ideal but its lighter weight and agility, coupled with 17" wheels (good tire options) gives it a good start. Depending on whether I decide to keep it instead of trying to adapt another bike to my needs, the suspension will definitely need some work, fork rebuild with new springs and aftermarket rear shock. All that can come later, not worried about killing lap times, just want to have fun like old times. As for power, it's about the same as any of the 300cc sportbikes, and it seems there's been several trade their 600/1000's off for something like an R3 or Ninja 300. I guess dealing with less power presents more of a challenge and makes you focus more on skill to be quick. Doesn't accelerate between corners as much, but that also means you don't have to slow down as much going into corners. Brake later, carry more corner speed. There's also always some super new riders in Novice, so I'm sure I'll be passing a few, but then there will be several that has ridden in Novice a few times and are close to getting bumped up into Intermediate that will be passing me.

    A buddy of mine is going to do his first trackday ever on his GSXR 1000 in September with me. That was originally going to be my first day back on track too, but I am impatient and going by myself tomorrow. It's likely I won't know a single person there, but the staff with Sportbike Track Time always consisted of great folks, so I'm sure I'll make a few friends before the day's over.

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    On the road! Man it's early...got about 4 hours of sleep. I'm gonna be gassed by the afternoon sessions lol



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    Very cool. Have a great time and fill us in later!

    I got to ride a track day at Daytona on my ST1300. Daytona's turns are banked 31 degrees and it took minimum 90 mph to stay up on the banking. Talladega's are banked 33 degrees!

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    Nashville Superspeedway used to have an infield course that tied into the NASCAR track and I rode it a couple times, it was awesome. This track is not at the NASCAR track in Talladega, it's actually in a neighboring city and is called Talladega Gran Prix Raceway, here's a video from a WERA race there.

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    Sure is warm sittin here in these leathers. Lol

    Someone crashed and got injured in Advance Group, so we haven't went on track yet, but are up next.











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    Super cool Tacoman, excited for you! It is all about corner speed, then the straights take care of themselves! :{)
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    First session was guided, single file. 2nd session, veteran novice riders (3 of us lol) got turned loose to ride at our own pace. Man how great this feels! NC does VERY well on track! Except for passing power, hard to get around slow riders on fast bikes. But handles great and the Q3+ stick like glue! Highway peg has not touched so far, which is awesome. Drug my boot/peg on right hand turn, but knee is not going to touch on either side. This is mainly due to my riding position with the highway peg. I can still hang off the bike sufficiently on both sides, less so on the right because of my foot being forward on the other side, but overall I am very pleased with the NC's performance! I may just keep it!

    Oh, and downshifts (or lack thereof) piss me off. Would be nice to have higher redline and ability to downshift earlier. I understand why it is the way it is, but it sucks trying to gear down to 3rd and it not letting you til it gets below 70 mph. Top speed on long straight is around 85. Brakes are fine because I am going into fast turns around 70mph so there's only 15 mph to slow down vs slowing down from 120+ to 70 on a big cc bike.

    Long lunch break now, going to fire up the gopro after lunch!



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