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The Dukes first real outing (Track Day)

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' started by Bangr, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. Well it is all over for me now , my life will be spent earning enough money to get the Duke new parts just to make me look like I know what I am doing. :cool:

    On wed a few of us went down for a day at the island ,(thank you vtr for the weather - I think the sacrfice was going a bit far but thank you) , we had a great day , both in weather and in fun.

    Let me start with the day before , I drive down the road , a proud man , in his van , looking in his mirror that as G would call it "Bike p0rn" , my new pride and joy sat up in the back of the van , just incase the track bike misbehaved . Behind my van I have the freshly painted and stickered up trailer , One person in Cranbourne asked me if I was a racer (dreams a little ) , the pakage looks the part , dam shame about the rider. :rofl:


    In the trailer another two bikes , 2749 cc (384 hp) in total , a big red tooll box , racing fuel , tyre warmers , race stands , new leathers (fcuking wanker) , we had every thing . well almost , were is the rider to go with all this shit .
    (I really need to trim the load)

    Great Dinner that night down at Cowes and a few drinks in the local. :beer:


    the Next morning at o my god oclock , we head down to the track . Once we are set up , (tyre warmers for the first time) and ready to go it is time for a coffee and briefing , two groups , fast and slow , about 15 bikes in each . :blah:

    The first outing was on the track bike , first person on the track for the day , I almost felt like I was the only one out there . As much fun as I was having I was cut short with a blck flag (oil leak onto the headers) and that was the end of the day for that girl :furious: , could not see the sense in getting flustered trying to fix it onsite when I had a race bred bike just sitting there.



    Tyre warms onto the Duke and I wait nervously for our second outing , :eek:hno:


    Out we go , I have only been on the bike 3 times , and for not much time as the knee has not allowed me to . I can honestly say I have not riden anything like it . I did my first lap as per normal and just got my self sorted , Then worked up from there . The bike does every thing you want it to and more (sure I saw it pass out a coffee 1/2 way around turn one) . I could push well beyond my capabilities and it just wanted more , more turn in speed , more exit speed , able to turn that power on much earlier.
    I could come out of MG and the front wheel is lifting , and normaly I would shut it off as my ass cheeks grab the seat , but I was happy to just let it float. and still it asked for more.



    I have not had so much fun in a long time and once the nervous settled about having her out there it was the best time on a bike in a long time . I was given some tips from other people that really helped , like the fact that on the track bike I was more cranked over were as on the duke i was much stiffer and not letting the bike do its thing , from this we went out , pushed it harder and got it I am sure over more than the track bike was , and felt more comfortable doing it. :bannanabutt: The 996 is just off its nut , once you get it going and really start to ride it I would be hard pressed to find some thing that would do it as well as this , even going over luckey with the bike moving around and squming , it felt nice , and if that was the zxr I would of again shut of and my ass cheeks would of grabbed that seat.

    All in all a great day , spent doing what I love with some great people and could not of asked for a better time with the bikes. near perfect.

    I am just working out in my head how much I can get for the track bike and how much Duke spares that gets me . :-k