WHOO-HOO, I know we've got some street riders here, thought you'd appreciate a ride report... It was AWESOME! We stayed about 15 minutes away in a town called Mojave, rolled in Sunday around 4ish, unloaded the bikes, went for a quick ride to check out the track. It was WINDY! I was a little nervous that it would be that windy today! So, yesterday we got to the track at 7:30, and the weather was PERFECT, a little chilly, but NO WIND, and sunny! We did sign-in and tech inspection. That right there nearly ended my day, I didn't realize my chain was overly tight... I had JUST had the tires mounted, balanced and installed last weekend, you would THINK the mechanic wouldn't have sent it out the door like that... of course, I SHOULD have checked it, but it didn't even occur to me to look, I was too busy changing oil, flushing the coolant, installing my new frame sliders, etc... my bad! Anyway, even without a single sided swing-arm stand (I need to get one of those, and SOON) my friend Ray was able to help me with that on the fly, so we were good to go! ("I get by with a little help from my friends"... That was nearly a panic moment!) First they led us around the track, showing us lines, letting us get used to it, etc... that was nice, a good warm up! Then we did 20 minutes on, 20 minutes class time, alternating A (faster) and B (slower) groups. I was just happy that there were a couple of people on the track slower than I was! I did manage to reduce my chicken-strips to nearly non-existent, thought! And, most importantly, I learned a LOT of things I'll be working on incorporating into my riding habits... proper down-shifting was the biggest, then rolling off the throttle smoothly instead of 'chopping' it off... stuff like that. All in all, a GREAT way to spend a day, and money well spent! I got to know Speedy (my Speed Triple) much better than I had in the previous four weeks, and regained a lot of confidence that I had lost since the crash last fall. My friend had a bummer end to the day, though... low-sided in the very last session. He was really pushing it, and having fun, they even kicked him up from the B group to the A group at lunch, and I'm betting that made him push it even more, for his first track day... I had a feeling he was going to go down! But, no big harm done, he was ok, but the side of his Ducati was trashed. Looks like just the faring, though. They had a photographer there taking pics all day... in a day or two they should be ready, so I'll post pics when I get 'em! They even had pics of my friend's crash!