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I did my second XCT trackday about a month ago, as I mentioned briefly at the time in a "What did you do ... " post. I thought I'd mention it again now (and in a separate thread, in case anyone has any follow-up questions for me), because I just got around to putting up a sub-gallery of the day -- some pics and links to some videos I took on-track:

Non-Sportbike Trackday, Loudon, NH, May 2016

If anyone in the northeast is interested, Tony's Track Days is doing another "non-sportbike" day on Aug. 22 in Palmer, MA.

 

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That's pretty cool and pretty smart. Gives you a chance to work on your riding skills in a controlled enviroment.
 

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That's pretty cool and pretty smart. Gives you a chance to work on your riding skills in a controlled enviroment.
Exactly! And Loudon has some downhill turns, which is not my strong suit.

(Oh, and you get a chance to wick it up on the straights, without fear of tickets, so that's kind of nice, too.)
 

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Cool!

Question; why are your aux driving lights covered?
 

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Cool!

Question; why are your aux driving lights covered?
You had to tape over any glass on the bike, and no one (including me) was sure whether the front of those Motolights was glass or plastic. And mirrors get taped over, regardless, because they want you looking forward.

This is much less restrictive than a typical sportbike track day, for which mirrors get removed, lights covered, oil filters and all sorts of other things have to be safety-wired, and maybe coolant replaced with water.
 

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I may have to jump on that August course. I'm going to check my schedule tomorrow. Not having to safety wire will be nice.
 

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Exactly! And Loudon has some downhill turns, which is not my strong suit.
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DUDE!!!! It's an 800 + pound motorcycle, trust me, downhill turns are nobody's strong suit. That's a poop load of weight riding a front tire, the front suspension is compressed and gravity is a bitch.

A trick I've learned on a heavy bike is to get hip on the turn side slid off the seat a bit with my shoulders a bit "uphill" from there. It kinda counteracts the force to me and helps me keep my eyes parallel to the road and looking through the turn. Hope that makes sense, it's hanging off a tad if that helps explain it.
 

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DUDE!!!! It's an 800 + pound motorcycle, trust me, downhill turns are nobody's strong suit. That's a poop load of weight riding a front tire, the front suspension is compressed and gravity is a bitch.

A trick I've learned on a heavy bike is to get hip on the turn side slid off the seat a bit with my shoulders a bit "uphill" from there. It kinda counteracts the force to me and helps me keep my eyes parallel to the road and looking through the turn. Hope that makes sense, it's hanging off a tad if that helps explain it.
Oh, I'm all for hanging off, or at least attempting to do that, and I'll take any tips I can get. Here are a couple of pics related to that.

The first is from 11 years ago (on my Valkyrie), when I was taking Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic. For me, the key -- and I realized this about halfway through that day -- was concentrating on my inside shoulder: get that down, and everything else pretty much followed.

The next pic is from the non-sportbike track day last year, at the track in Thompson, CT. Here, lead instructor Ken Condon is on my XCT, during a discussion of body positioning.

All that notwithstanding, Thompson was pretty flat, Loudon wasn't, and at least I got what I think is some useful practice on the downhill stuff. I'm still more comfortable with uphill twisties but, as you say, that may just be part of dealing with big bikes, physics, etc.




 

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I've taken Reg Pridmores CLASS riding school a couple of times. The first time Reg actually taught it and you haven't ridden until you've been on the track riding on the back of Reg's motorcycle at 125 MPH dragging hard parts in the turns. I did it...it was a hoot!

I am totally into safety training and practice all the time. Good on ya for doing it as well. We could all take a page from your book and use it. thumb up
 
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