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Old Aug 7th 2019, 01:20 PM   #11
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Don't overthink/overstress, yes work on fundamentals but ultimately it takes going round and round, have fun and get comfortable. Do keep up with lap times as you can see the effect of your changes.
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Old Aug 7th 2019, 04:41 PM   #12
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Proper coaching and suspension setup is probably the best possible way to get both faster and more comfortable.

They are both worth way more than any amount of money that you could ever put into your bike.
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Old Aug 8th 2019, 05:16 AM   #13
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Concentrate on breathing, relaxing, and having fun. Do take the coaching.
Last thing you want to do is watch lap times when you first start out. Be smooth.
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Old Aug 8th 2019, 05:38 AM   #14
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So I had my first ever track day last weekend. I am a good confident rider on the road. But track is a totally different experience. Did not expect it to be such a challenge. I just could not get the weight off my hands to freely turn the bike after hard breaking before a turn.

Got a little better towards the end of the day with some helpful coaching. Holding the tank tight with your legs..balls of my feet on the pegs etc. I did not expect to break any records on my first track day, but felt like I was constantly wrestling the bike rather than having fun.

I am going to prepare myself better before the next one, but just want to put it out here to take suggestions from you pros on any changes I should consider for the bike. One of the coach was suggesting adjustable rear sets and tank grips. I am running a stock v4 base (except for some cosmetic changes )

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Where are you from in VA and which track did you go?

and great job on 1st track day. Tank grips help but other than that just ride for now and get laps in. Your lap times really dont matter unless you're in Advance group and/or racing.
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Old Aug 8th 2019, 08:33 AM   #15
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Where are you from in VA and which track did you go?

and great job on 1st track day. Tank grips help but other than that just ride for now and get laps in. Your lap times really dont matter unless you're in Advance group and/or racing.
I am from Sterling. Went to Summit Point Circuit last weekend. Any coaching schools in the are you recommend?
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I'd second the suggestion for tank grips. Back in my younger days, I was a pretty respectable Club racer. I think the panigale has to have one of the hardest to grip tank profiles of any bike I've ridden at the track. I saw a big difference when I added tank grips. And they are cheap! I'm running the full set from MotoD, and like them a lot. But there are probably others that work just as well.

I find the stock rearsets to be fine for now, I'll probably change them at some point but I'm in no hurry.

I would second the opinion to spend a bit of money to get someone to help setup your suspension for your riding position and weight, and get a good baseline. It's not terribly expensive either.

My opinion is get the tank grips, suspension setup for a good baseline, and spend the rest of the money on track time, fuel and tires, and even professional instruction if you can swing it.

The ~1k you'd spend on good rearsets is money better spent in those areas, again my opinion. You do you.

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Old Aug 9th 2019, 07:49 AM   #17
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I am from Sterling. Went to Summit Point Circuit last weekend. Any coaching schools in the are you recommend?
Ah ok. I'm located in southern VA.

As far as coaching schools, like mentioned before, California Superbike School comes here to VIR, and some others up north.

I did their course both in California and in VIR. They are very organized and very structured class if you like that kind of coaching.

Other than that, just use instructors at the track. they are more than willing to help you.

What you need is just more track time. After dozens or more track day under your belt, you'll have no problems and improve greatly.
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I would argue to get professional instruction first. This way, you don't fall into bad habits that need to be broken.
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Old Aug 11th 2019, 11:38 AM   #19
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So I had my first ever track day last weekend. I am a good confident rider on the road. But track is a totally different experience. Did not expect it to be such a challenge. I just could not get the weight off my hands to freely turn the bike after hard breaking before a turn.

Got a little better towards the end of the day with some helpful coaching. Holding the tank tight with your legs..balls of my feet on the pegs etc. I did not expect to break any records on my first track day, but felt like I was constantly wrestling the bike rather than having fun.

I am going to prepare myself better before the next one, but just want to put it out here to take suggestions from you pros on any changes I should consider for the bike. One of the coach was suggesting adjustable rear sets and tank grips. I am running a stock v4 base (except for some cosmetic changes )

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Keep it simple, look breath and relax. All this crap about equipment and body positioning is a waste at the track day level. There I said it. I'm sure I pissed someone off. Just have fun and be predictable on the track. There will always be someone much faster then you but if you hold a predictable line they'll get by you clean. If you're relaxed you might actually learn something from the rider that came by. I am no pro, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night. I might see you at VIR sometime.
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Old Aug 11th 2019, 02:24 PM   #20
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- Get your suspension setup for you (also tire pressures set correctly)
- Get some professional training ( basic's like race lines, braking points etc etc)

Then its just laps laps laps!

As you get more confidence and faster, then you can start changing items out.
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