Hi Kiwi, I did a few track days at Brands with instruction and some mates, I had a Ducati at the time. So half a dozen of us rocked up full of the joys etc etc. Well we went out with the bloke who was giving us instruction, he was evaluating us! In our minds we were doing quite well. Yeah, right.
We then went in and had a lecture. He was quite sarcastic as some of the blokes were full of it, but then we went out to follow him. He could ride circles round us lot. He came past me at Paddock Hill on the edge of the kerb looking back and pointing for me to follow him. Now he was well used to the track, but we weren't going slow. Following him was great as long as you had the balearics to ride with that much faith in what the tyres can handle. From the start to finish he took 16 secs of my lap times, I could ride with him but not get past him. He probably could have done that on a 125, and my tyres were sore by the end of the day. It is addictive, so is the tyre bill. At the end of three learning experiences I felt much more sensible believe it or not. It also makes you glad that no one is coming the other way unlike the road. The instructor didn't take the "P" as none of us were race material, but he did improve all of us no end. Well worth the instruction fee, and makes you realise what a well set up bike can do. Oh yeah chicken strips, what are they? Be prepared go to the cafe and everyone thinks you're a complete nutter as they will have melted. Great fun.
Haha awesome Tadpole...I'm definitely going to pay for an instructor. Yep I'm sure there were some 'full of it' peeps on the course, they're everywhere in most sports. I'm under no delusion, after nearly 30 years of dirtbikes and road whales I need instruction for the track...can't wait. Haha chicken strips, watched that Keith Code DVD and they give each other shit about the 'ol chook strips.