PaulG Posted April 17, 2010 Report Share Posted April 17, 2010 I've been riding for years, I ride an old BMW all winter long for commuting and I did CSS Level 1 at a soaking wet Rockingham last year. I am also practicing for my IAM test. I've always prided myself on being smooth, keeping the bike balanced, slow in fast out etc etc.I also really try to keep a light touch on the bars and try to feel what the bike is doing... Anyway, I did my first bike trackday on Thursday (apart from CSS last year) at Mallory Park. It was actually an IAM organised day, rather than a free for all. It was dry, but cold, probably about 7C. My 954 Fireblade was on sports touring tyres <1000 miles (Roadsmarts), road tyre pressures and stock suspension settings. Probably because I'd done a CSS course, they put me in the intermediate group. After a couple of siting laps, we took it in turns (4 of us) to follow the instructor to get the right lines. It was pretty slow... On our second 20 min session, it was 3rd gear, no brakes (sounding familiar?). I was getting a bit frustrated with how slow people were (and I'm not quick) so when it was my turn to lead I went a bit quicker..... Coming out of Charlies in 3rd (extra bend at end of Gerrards), which would normally be 1st/2nd gear, I was over quite a way and the next thing I know I'm sliding my pride and joy along the ground I had opened the throttle whilst banked over and just low-sided it. Obviously I was too enthusiastic, the tyres were not warm and the track temp was probably only 4 or 5 degrees. What I'm frustrated about is that it happened with absolutely no warning. I'm fairly used to feeling the back move sideways a little, you know, when you know you've accelerated a little too hard or the road is greasy and its not been a problem. Is it because of the type of tyres? Is it because I was so far over and literally ran out of tread? Is this more normal on very cold tarmac? I've lost my confidence a little because I now don't know how close I am to the limit when I ride. I wanted to do the next session to regain my confidence as the bike was ok, but I crushed my middle two fingers between the handlebar and clutch lever so no more riding... I had planned to do my Level 2 (probably Brands) this year, but I'm now a little unsure... Any advice?? Sorry it's such a long post Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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