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GODSPEED Chad
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After many months of waiting, I was finally able to secure a kitchen pass and some track time at Carolina Motorsport Park in Kershaw, SC. My nephew and I left out last night for the 3 hour tour...I mean 3 hour drive.

This morning brought very cold temps...33 degrees when we arrived at the track, burrrrrrr......... After unloading and going through tech, I decided to sit out the 1st session due to the temps.

I went out with the intermediate group and took it real easy in the 2nd session due to the cold. Even with warmers, I was very cautious due to track temp. During that session, I was getting more and more comfy with the Lees Performance tuned R1. The power is impressive with power wheelies in 1st and 2nd gear... keep in mind I am still over 300lbs and as far forward as I could be on the pegs.

By the end of the session I was 100% happy with the new aquired track bike.

The 2nd session, well that when the R1 and mine 1st experience with the pavement on a race track, yep the Vman took a tumble. While going through turn 2, maybe 35-40 mph, I low sided quicker that I could imagine. I am well used to spinning the rear tire out of a corner, been doing that for years on the Busa. This was a completly different feeling....as if there was something in the corner...IE sand, anti freeze or oil....

The damage to me was nothing, just a scratch on my helmet, leathers did real well, just need a few seams re-stitched. The R1, broken windshield and brake reservoir bracket. The sliders did their job and I am really happy with the outcome, if that is possible.

I talked to several people and there quite a few crashes before lunch in turn 2 and the track officials spent lunch break in that area a lot. 2 good riders I know crashed in the area, 2 to 4..... all saying it was as if there was something on the track.

If I was riding hard, I would chalk it up to cold tires to early in the session. But at low speed..I honestly believe something was there.

I did finish the day on the Busa and had a great afternoon. This was the Busa's last track day and it is offically retired from track duty.

I do have track plastic for the R1 ready for paint and cant wait till next season!
 

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Nice write up Kevin. Sorry about your spill. Glad you and the bike faired well.
 

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Nice write up Kevin. Sorry about your spill. Glad you and the bike faired well.
Sucks you went down but glad your OK and had fun Kev!! :thumbup

Thanks guys! I actually really had a great day. Even though Chad laughed at me when I called him, lol....

Eddie was there as well running advanced and flying as usual. We are both signed up for tomorrow, but rain is in the forcast.
 

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glad you made it okay.

its nice to hear bigger guys going out there and doing a good job. most people think you have to be tiny to be good.
 

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Thanks guys! I actually really had a great day. Even though Chad laughed at me when I called him, lol....

Eddie was there as well running advanced and flying as usual. We are both signed up for tomorrow, but rain is in the forcast.
Glad you're OK, can't wait to see that R1 in action. Chad was haulin' at the MX track today, and didn't crash this time round......lol....usually he does.:hammer:

Eddie's crazy, stay out of his way......lol
 

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glad you made it okay.

its nice to hear bigger guys going out there and doing a good job. most people think you have to be tiny to be good.
FKR.

Fatt Kidd Racing bro. There were several guys out yesterday that would qualify.

nice write up!!! im glad everything is okay. i hope u get ur time in tomorrow good luck and have fun!!!
I was actually looking for any open bike shop to see if I could find a shield. That R1 is so much fun on the track.

Glad you're OK, can't wait to see that R1 in action. Chad was haulin' at the MX track today, and didn't crash this time round......lol....usually he does.:hammer:

Eddie's crazy, stay out of his way......lol

He says the same about you :dunno
 

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Thanks guys! I actually really had a great day. Even though Chad laughed at me when I called him, lol....

Eddie was there as well running advanced and flying as usual. We are both signed up for tomorrow, but rain is in the forcast.
Only fellow crashee's can laugh at another's crash experience...especially if you were not hurt and the bike isnt' bad:crash :lol
 

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Glad you were able to get on the track Kevin. Sorry to hear about the R1. Who know's, maybe there was something on the track to cause the lowside.
 

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Only fellow crashee's can laugh at another's crash experience...especially if you were not hurt and the bike isnt' bad:crash :lol
Ok I see now, so I guess I should not have laughe....nevermind.....

Glad you were able to get on the track Kevin. Sorry to hear about the R1. Who know's, maybe there was something on the track to cause the lowside.
You are right...I have never had any bike break loose that fasy...must be the Yamie power.

Glad to hear that you are ok Kevin.
thanks bro!
 

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lol, kev you get my email?
 

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glad to hear from you today kevin. glad you had fun. i really hope to do a day or two next year. maybe i can talk you into putnam and talk lauren into leting me go. it will be hard with the baby on the way
 

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thanks bro!
 

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The R1's power put me sideways in a corner more than once. Only problem is the first time ran me into the grass where I proceeded to fall on my ass, errr... shoulder.
Glad you had a good experience with your R1. They are a hoot on the track compared to the Busa. My close friend Darrell who bought Glenns R1 got to experience the same thing this past September. His Busa is officially track retired too.
 

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Glad your OK Kevin!

I'm know you been excited about getting the new beastie on the track for a WHILE NOW! I would say the lighter weight of the R1 would cause it to break bad a little quicker that your used to... Is the suspension setup on the new bike for you?
 

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Glad your OK Kevin!

I'm know you been excited about getting the new beastie on the track for a WHILE NOW! I would say the lighter weight of the R1 would cause it to break bad a little quicker that your used to... Is the suspension setup on the new bike for you?
For the 10 laps or so I was able to get on the R1, I was so impressed. So much better of a track bike than the Busa.

The lighter weight may have something to do with the quickness of the lowside and yes Traxxion did the suspension for me. AK20's and a Penske.
 
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