Fishtail Track Day 8/6
All I can say is WOW...what a day! First bike, second day on new gearing, race/rain-UNfriendly tires, riding in the pouring rain almost all day.
The Fishtail group is great. I had the advantage of working almost privately with an instructor all day...don't ask me how, it worked out that way. All of the participants were cool and I felt comfortable the entire day...aside from riding in the rain at times! But honestly it wasn't that bad...I just faced my fears and told myself that I was there to learn how to ride. I highly recommend this track day provider if you are considering one in the future. Great down to earth classroom instruction and nicely paced on-track riding sessions...not to mention very supportive.
So to the riding. The first Group B (newbies/slower) session was dry and I was the only one in this instructor's "group" somehow. Went around for 15 minutes and got the thumbs up the whole way, it was actually too slow. She recommended me for Group A without question. Cool right? Well that's when it started to rain...not so cool. I proceeded to ride with Group A, forgetting that they can pass on certain turns...like a swarm of bees buzzing by me! It was good, I rode with another instructor for multiple sessions sometimes in a downpour. My front slid a lot on one turn...and my rear spun and slid a few times. My tires do not have rain grooves to the edges and don't heat up at all in the rain so I was hosed...really needed to work on body english while keeping the bike as upright as possible to stay in the game. Skipped one session because my head wasn't in it. (I had about 3 hours of sleep) Then it dried up in spots and I didn't want to waste precious track time...so I went out for the last session which was a mix of both groups. No instructor, just me and the guys I would wave to pass me...I hammered it and got to know the bike and body english better.
We almost couldn't even get warmed up in some of the sessions because we'd barely complete a lap and the red flag would come out. A LOT of people went down in Group A in multiple sessions...not confidence inspiring! I must say that there is no way in hell that I would want rain for my first track day, especially under the circumstances...but it probably developed my understanding and riding skills tenfold as a result. I highly recommend these days to anyone from novice to long-term riders. (Tons of racers do track days just to get the seat time...all walks of life and bikes there too) And do it in the rain even if it's your worst fear...if you're into it for the experience and developing your skills you won't regret it!
Feel free to PM me with any questions.