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So planning on attending Fishtail's ducati trackday. Any of you guys interested in going? Did a trackday with them last year on my sxv and it was a blast. It will be my first trackday with my 1198 so I'm pretty excited...feel free to drop me a line if you wanna meet up or something. Motorcycle Track Days and Riding Skills - Fishtail Riding School
 

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pending family vacation...

i'll go. i'm a regular with them. not sure what i'll be riding that day, black multi, red hyper, or a custom fighter (formerly 1198sp). i have black/red/green dianese leathers.

what color is your 1198?

also... you might want to check out thompson speedway - closer to you and a newer track. tony's track days and penguin run trackdays there (and at nhms).
 

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i'll go. i'm a regular with them. not sure what i'll be riding that day, black multi, red hyper, or a custom fighter (formerly 1198sp). i have black/red/green dianese leathers.

what color is your 1198?

also... you might want to check out thompson speedway - closer to you and a newer track. tony's track days and penguin run trackdays there (and at nhms).
my 1198 is all white, but this year I'm going to change her into black/white xerox theme. I'm going to hit up Thompson w/ fishtail twice this year...probably with my sxv though. I rode with Tony's years back, would be interested in trying out a penguin td.
 

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Might join you guys....although forking out an extra 280 plus taking the day off work is tough when I've got 7 rounds of racing at NHMS. ...
sounds like you got your hands full racing...good luck this year. if you can do the ducati day would be nice...maybe have a .org dinner afterward
 

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I did the advanced Penguin Racing school with Erik Wood a few years back. Really good school and a great instructor. Eric is a engineer as well and his breakdown of instructions was an eye opener to me as we speak the same language. It made much more sense to me when it was broken down to basic physics models. The track is definitely interesting but I did not like the mish-mash of asphalt and concrete. Turn one at the end of the straight seemed pretty dangerous with all of the concrete barriers but it was great to fly along the fence like the old nascar guys did! Finally the downhill turn reentering the main track threw me off as I was getting close to clipping the corner post/ fence. I should also point out that I only had one day at the track and it was more of a learning session rather than going for a PR.
 

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nhms isn't the prettiest track, but its alot of fun because of all the "issues" you mentioned. Really makes you work mentally and physically....I've heard if you can ride Loudon you can ride any track lol dunno if its true but I'll take it
 

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Fantastic !

WOW!
Talk about a blast from the past here! Was puzzled when i saw NHMS and looked into the link further and see its Loudon. This is the track I actually broke my cherry on and took my first racing school at (Penguin - which is probably one of the earliest schools out run by the Wood family who are synonymous in motorcycle racing!)

The Oldest Motorcycle Roadracing School in the Country! | Penguin Roadracing School

I also see its run by Robbie Nigl who is a native from that New England track and one of the best you could ask for too! As stated in other posts here, Loudon is a fairly small track that is tough and if you can master it you can surely ride anything else too. For awhile it was on the AMA list (WAY BACK) and due to it being deemed somewhat "unsafe" back in the day it was removed. I rode this track in a TOTAL downpour of rain when i first started learning how to ride to its fullest and this is where I learned the issue of lean angle and how much one can trust tires - even in the worst wet weather conditions too!

After that class I applied for my race license and took it to the next level of investing in a track only bike and racing in CCS. So I am stoked to see someone else using Loudon as a home track and getting professional instruction there! Have a blast and stay safe. Watch the walls there too! :eek:

Some pics from those early days for the heck of it there. Also, if you want a SERIOUS contact for tuning or race setup for Ducati's up there the best guy for this is a Master Tech at Seacoast Cycle and knows Loudon better than anyone Ive ever known!
Kyle Thompson is truthfully an awesome tuner and Ducati addict who will talk to you for hours on them and a great POC for anyone in New England!

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PSS!! HOLY SMOKES - I just looked thru your school link some more and see the true "Ducati Godfather" is listed as an Instructor with them too! Bruce Meyers is the original owner of BCM Motorsports and for those who know about them, he is without ANY doubt the true trainer of all Ducati Master Techs of all time!! You are surely in good hands with this crew and soak up everything you can from Bruce! He made the bike in the bike I posted here below (Tri Colored 900ss) created that bike in a 944 using his old school kits and techniques with Keihin 42mm carbs and high compression pistons, etc. This is a SERIOUS blast from the past and thank you for bringing back some great old memories SXLOVA!!!! :)

http://www.fishtailridingschool.com/instructors/
 

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Yeah, Gunny....there's lots of tradition and old school racers and old school Ducati guys up at NHMS. (it used to be named NHIS back a bunch of years ago....before that, The Berry Patch lol)

My designated garage is directly next to Kyle and the Seacoast guys...super nice gentlemen and a great place to do business with, Seacoast Cycle.

I've done lots of Penguin trackdays and Erik Wood is not only ridiculous fast on track, but a great teacher, very helpful and a pretty funny dude...a jokester!

This is why both my Ducati's are fully dressed in Woodcraft stuff....another great company!!

I can't wait till April when the racing starts again!!!
 
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