Had to share this. Day was perfect, forecast was for 29Deg and fine, that would put the coast at what..... 25 - 26? Bike was prepped and ready for a ride on a trailer. I think you know where I'm going with this. Yes, experienced my first time on a track yesterday, and it happened to be on one of the finest tracks in the world. Yep, track days at Phillip Island are better than a great day out. Better than sex. Just. We'd planned for a 6:00am start which turned out to be a tad late with us cursing the 60kph roadwork zones on the way down, but nothing would spoil this day. Had a bit of trouble sleeping the night before, nothing to do with old pillows nor over passionate partner, just the thought of truly having the chance to put the girl through her paces and see what she'll do. For those who've never had the cheek bursting pleasure, the day starts with registration which is really the statement that if you kill yourself, you chose to, and scrutineering of the ride to ensure you've removed the spokey dokeys so they don't fly off down the main straight and tap an innocent bystander on the forehead. The day is arranged into a series of sessions for four distinct groups, slow, slow/med, fast/med and fast. And let me tell you, the guys in the two fast groups are FAST..... well most of them, of course you get those whose self expectation far exceeded reality. But as superbikes are on next week, testing was in process so fast was very fast. I went with a mate and although I'd never been, he felt I should start in med/slow. This proved to be the group for me, some of the guys in this group were also very fast. My mate has been riding for years and has over ten track days under his belt and agreed that this was a particularly fast med/slow group. Think people got spooked by the race guys. The sessions are run consecutively, each group immediately after another and let me tell you, it's the fasted 15 minutes of your life, in many ways. My first run out was daunting, I did a few reccie laps to pick lines and warm up the 'stones and the track just felt long. PI is a great rider's track as it's scary and very very fast. Well was for me. And it seems very wide. Didn't push too hard on the first run, had 6 more to go for that. It's tough the first time as you have no idea of braking points, word out of advise, empty the bladder before you start pushing, or you'll do it inadvertantly. But it's outrageously fun. Thought it was fun first time on the road, that was nothing next to this. By the fourth session, I was seeing 260kph down the main straight with a 165kph entry speed to turn one. That's probably mighty dozey by race guy standards but that was plenty fast for this new rider, did I mention going to the dunny before hand? I can't begin to describe the wind buffeting you get when you hit the anchors for turn one at 160 and instinctively sit up a bit. You feel like your head is going to be cleanly ripped from your torso. It's that savage. This is a tough track I think, many on the day had trouble with Honda corner which was a very tight right hander which some say is a first gear corner with an entry off the Southern Loop at some 190kph. Braking effect is awesome and it takes a while to get used to how quickly it the 750 knocks off speed. Have to say, the bike was flawless in everyway and punches so hard for its capacity, two bikes would pull away from me on the main straight after entering at the same speed. One would gradually get away, and this was a late model eye and ear pearcing green ZX10, and the other was a Duc. Yeah, a Duc, but it was the daddy.. The Desmo.. That thing roared and went like a rocket, couldn't touch it. Never expected to either. All in all, amazing day and great way to see how far the partner will go, my tyres are shagged after being almost new and I learned that I was braking too late and tipping in under brakes as a result as I was seriously working the fronts. Must sort that. If you've ever considered it but thought otherwise, can I recommend this experience. You're still unlikely to take the bike anywhere its limits, I know I didn't, but you get an appreciation of how high those limits are and how capable she is. And the amount you will learn about head and body position, weight distribution, bike position, throttle and brake control etc.. etc.. Don't think, do it, fantastic day out and just an entire lesson and a real giggle all wrapped up in one.