Note: Long Thread, jump to 2nd Track day for Crash. 1st Track Day
Zx6r 636 2014 is my first bike, after 8000km did 1st trackday. It was intimidating, frustrating, horrible, awful, shameful etc etc etc lol.
The reason for it was because when I reached at the track, the guys had their track only bikes with warmers, fuel cans, tool boxes etc etc and preparing for the day. Me on the other side was the only first timer came with air gauge only and I was to myself what shall I do apart from checking the tire pressure.
(Note: The track is 5 hour far, trailerd the bike to it)
The track had no instructor and there was no such thing as novice, intermediate and advance group, every one was running in the same session(I didn't knew this before).
An ex-racer took me around voluntarily for two laps to make me familiarise the track. It was extremely hard for me to ride the bike, take turns etc. It made me realise how Shit of a rider I am. Was riding in L mode, traction 3, 3rd gear and throttle completely closed on each turn. At each turn I was hoping that I take it without crashing/dropping the bike as my speed was extremely low and turns were pretty tight. All the other guys were passing me with lighting speed and back firing
each gear they were shifting which was quite intimidating.Well the day ended without me crashing, with each session me getting better and met few great lads and gave me good tips. 2nd Trackday w/Crash
Got taste of the addiction and wanted to do it again despite not having good 1st experience.
I did my homework this time, read/watched hell lot of forums/videos about track riding, stability etc etc.
After 3 weeks again trailered the bike for 5 hours for 2nd day. This time I didn't have them awful feelings which I had on 1st day, wasn't concentrating on anyone, just on the session ahead.
From the start my riding was 1000 times better as compared to my 1st day. I was a lot faster, was rolling the throttle constant through turns, more lean etc.
During 3rd session, while taking a corner which is making a u-turn basically I was leaned over around 60-65km/h, something started to scrape the ground, don't know if it was peg or knee. In that milli second I was to myself don't panic it's ur knee but I panicked and the SR kicked in, I did bad handle bar adjustment, ran wide and went over these race rumble strips while leaned. They were bumpy as hell, as soon as I went over them the front washed and I slammed hard on the ground. Shoulder had the first contact on the ground. The swingarm was on my foot while sliding, which was quite painful at that time.
After the slide I wasn't able to move, both of my ankles were hurting extremely bad and shoulder was in extreme pain. Couldn't touch the ground with my right hand because of shoulder. Medical team had to give me assistance to make me stand.
X-ray is all clear, still pain in shoulder after a week, ankles are pretty much healed up, need one more week, another 2-3 weeks for shoulder. Gear saved me from any serious injury/rash. Have to replace the boots and helmet. The suit needs to be re-stitched above the knee puck.
I crashed because I panicked and wasn't smooth. But at the same time this happened because there were no such instruction at the track and I'm learning everything by myself.
I enjoyed my 2nd Trackday and was grinning ear to ear even after the crash because of my improvement as compared to 1st Trackday. I also realised how important gear is. It saved me from broken bones and road rash.
The bike is at the dealership, I will know in the coming week what is the damage. The guys at the dealership told me not to replace the tank keep as it is as it is honour of crashing at the track. lol
Hopefully the bike is fixed in time and my shoulder is healed so I can hit the track again in January. Track is very addictive.