Wet track…… scary!

This track day Saturday (3/15) I got about 30 laps before the rain pouring in at Sentul Circuit. Just after I installed the Point of View camera on top of my friend bike. Well, since the camera installed let just make a “wet track” video.

Riding on a wet track can be described in one word: “scary!”

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Test ride Suzuki Hayabusa 2008

Got an opportunity to test ride the Suzuki Hayabusa 2008 at Sentul Circuit during the Indonesia launch of the big bore Suzuki’s bike. An opportunity not to be missed by any two wheels nuts like me.

Standing still the Busa looks heavy, and it is. But twist the throttle the Busa will just glide effortlessly with power that seems unlimited.

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Reverse shift pattern…

Finaly I decided to reverse the shift pattern on my bike. Normal bike has 1 DOWN – N – and 2,3,4,5 and 6 UP. With the reverse pattern, the 1 will be UP – N – 2,3,4,5 and 6 will be DOWN.

This reverse pattern is commonly used by race bike, as a matter of fact, almost all motoGP rider is using this reverse pattern. John Hopkins (I read onced) is the only known motoGP rider that still using normal shift pattern (1 DOWN).

Here’s my reason in doing so…

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Knee down.. what the big deal??

Knee down is arguably the most thrilling part of riding performance motorcycle. This gravity defying act is truly one of the most gratifying action you can performed on a sport motorcycle. It is true that you do not need to get your knee dragged to get a fast lap time – I do have friend that faster then me without getting his knee down – yet knee down is truly a pro treat that you see all the way to the MotoGP level.

But before we continue, I just want to stress that knee down should not be done in public road and without proper riding gear.

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Downshifting technique

Without a doubt my last crash at Sentul was due to in-proper downshifting. Truly beginner mistake as yours truly is still a beginner. Coming fast to a corner, you can not have your attention away with for example a rear tyre lock. As Keith Code says you only have limited attention. Especially when entering a corner those precious attention shall be allocated toward preparing for a corner smoothly not correcting the rear tyre lock.

Downshifting is to match the engine RPM to its lower gear. And doing so in high RPM it is important that you downshift smoothly and you should avoid rear wheel hop caused by un match RMP and gear selection. There are two technique that are used in doing this, Blipping (or commonly called “blyer”) or Holding (or also called “slip”) the clutch.

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Crash Report, 2 February 2008

 

My second crash at Sentul Circuit. Happened at the short right hander Turn 3 (R3). Coming fast from the short straight passed R2 I downshifted to 4th and 3rd. Just about to enter R3 I down shifted again to 2nd and hold the clutch. Apparently my “clutch holding/slipping” was not enough. Just when I about to lean right the rear tire shook and I was thrown away to the left. The crash was bit hard, the bike flip and broke the left steering clip on and foot step. Fortunately I am OK.

My analysis of the crash…

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Pre track ritual…

Well, there is no doubt that motor racing is a “high-risk” sport. There are a lot of things that can go wrong and can do you harm or worse. That fact alone often play in you head and sometimes can distract and ruin your concentration in time when you need 100%+ of your concentration to hit the track.

To calm my self prior to selecting first gear, I have set of ritual that I always do before hitting the track. Even the best, Rossi, has his famous bowing and crouching before the bike ritual prior to race. It is truly help in calming your self and preparing your mind to the task ahead.

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More track day, 28 January 2008

Another round of track day. Guided by bro Dyan, consulted and practice the last points from last Saturday track day. Lap time improved to 1:52,xxx. I do think there is room to improve and lap time to get better as well. CBR was performed very-very well, it simply planted on the tarmac and did not care how hard I “throw” it on the corner. The bike capability is still far above my riding skill.

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