was very much a last run-out of the season affair and although
seasonally not the best time for a trackday (when is?), it
turned out to be one of the best of the year. I had ridden
Brands 3 or 4 times before (my first - an MCN day) and a mixture
of Ducati Experience (remember them) and Ducati only days.
Initially I wasn't keen on going back but as there was going
to be quite a few friends as it was a weekend date, I decided
to book anyway. It was also quite a bit cheaper then the normal
Brands trackday prices.
I left my preparation to the last minute so what I managed
in the last week: had petrol tank, front fender and v-piece
painted, made stickers for tank, ordered fairings and applied
decals, collected bike (day before the track day), collected
and fitted newly covered single seat and the high level screen.
Since my last outing, I managed to get an Ohlins rear shock,
Bucci slipper clutch and radial brake master cylinder fitted.
totally spiffing day and I seem to be getting the hang of
this lark now. Am slowly getting used to how to ride the 748
as it's totally different to the bigger capacity bikes but
ultimately more rewarding (as well as frustrating when you
get it wrong).
of the day was with my mate Terry on a Suzuki 1200 Bandit
'duelling' late in the day. We chased each other round for
about 8 laps - really close stuff but great fun. Slip streaming
each other and then out braking each other deep into corners
(see sequence of pictures 9-14 on the right). That session
has really given me the taste for more trackdays next year.
it didn't rain and more importantly I didn't fall off. The
bike survived and so now it will be put into winter hibernation
until next year. More fettling will be on the cards but roll
on next spring - can't wait.