Thursday, April 21, 2016

Living on the edge

281kmh with throttle to the stop before diving into Sydney Motor Sport Parks fast left hand turn 1 at 200kmh. THIS IS LIVING ON THE EDGE. Life at 110%. This is better than any drug! Dropping the knee on the deck at 190kmh sure has the adrenaline pumping.

This was the scene of our recent ride day last Friday at Sydney Motorsport Park. I was initially going to take my 00 R1 but a flat battery and no rego quickly put that to the sword and with a brand spanking new 2015 R1 with Traction control, slide control, abs, slipper clutch, quick shifter and a race pedigree a mile long behind it the choice was pretty simple.

Both Bushpig and I had booked well in advance and after much discussion went in the Green group, which is the second fastest group. I'm not sure if it was this decision or not but this was the first ride day that I had ever done where I got a good night sleep the night before. Previous Phillip Island and Eastern Creek ride days and I was awake most of the night before hand not being able to sleep. but not this time. As it turns out going in the green group was a god send for today's event as it turned out the RED(Fast) group was full of Australian Superbikes as today was also a practise session for them as the Australian Superbike round was also on this weekend, and I can attest these guys are F#*cking fast. I wouldn't like to be out on track with all of those guys.

Hugo's RS250

Bush pigs friend Hugo turned up with both of his RS250 race bikes, fabulous looking bike and he could really ride too as he races them in the national series. Hugo had set up a bbq breakfast and lunch, he was setup superbly well and had obviously spent many a days at the track. We shared our pit garage with some of the Kawasaki racing team who were here for the ASBK round although we all pretty much kept to ourselves as they were busy as well as us. Stay upright Motorcycle training has now taken over the SMSP ride days and now Gopro's etc are now allowed to be used as long as they are tethered to the bike in case of a mount breaking. I got some excellent footage today.

April like you've never seen her before

A surprise for me was York turning up with April with a full race fairing, racing slicks and a brand spanking new set of Akrapovic exhausts. Ohh that things sounds so good....

Me on Turn 2
 The quick shifter on this new R1 is stupidly fun and hammering down the main straight on this thing is so easy, I was catching just about every bike down the front chute. Here is a quick one lap video from my gopro, just listen to the cross plane engine, it's the sound that angels would desire, angry angry angels.......

ASBK Riders waiting for their session
Watching the Australian Super bike riders from pit roof really put into perspective your own riding, like how slow I really am. These guys were absolutely flying and it was magic to watch them on their magnificent machines.

Riding the new R1 on the track was a meeting of two great entities. The smooth asphalt of the twisty SMSP track versus the race spec Yamaha road bike. This is the new R1's home and it felt like the purest of magic, it could do no wrong, only I could do the wrongness. It was time to exercise the demons of last years off on the Bonang Hwy and see if I could ride this thing. I met my limits well before the bike hit any that's for sure and I can easily see that now when I watch back the video. This bike is fast, very fast, superbly fast and I did my highest top speed and fastest lap time ever on this bike all that and I hadn't ridden around here in over 12 months.

Repsol Hondas

Ducati Race team
We saw ex-world super bike champion Troy Bayliss wandering around the pits as he was here with the Ducati factory team for the weekend, and I'm sure he got out for a few laps in disguise(I'm sure he overtook me in one of the sessions).

Session times
For those not in the know the ride day is set up as follows. There are four groups with a 20 minute allocation of on track time with 6 sessions each group. The groups are 
  1. Red - Fast   Race bikes and fast road riders.
  2. Green - Medium Fast  Fast Road Riders
  3. Yellow - Medium  Moderate Road Rider
  4. White - Slow   First Timers to the track and slow riders.

Bushpig on Turn 2

ASBK Riders at full speed

Stay Upright Scrutineering

I had already decided at the start of the day that I was only going to do 4 sessions, I missed the first due to time constraints and the last as by then I was very tired. Actually by the 4th session I saw that the fuel light had come on and by the time I pulled in it had been on fuel light for 9kms. Back in the pit I checked and I had used 16 litres(17 Ltr tank) for 100kms, Yikes but it was oh so much fun. So I ended up getting 3 & half sessions. Next time will have to take more fuel I think another lap and I would probably have run out.

York & April in action
My go pro went flat at the start of the 3rd session but lucky I took my charger and had it up and running for the fourth session. Here's a short video of the fun that we all had during the day. Hope you enjoy.

After 4 sessions I'm getting knackered.

Bushpig and I on turn 9

Bushpig at the end of the final session

After a fun filled day at the track I had accomplished everything that I wanted to do today. First come home in one piece with the bike undamaged. Check. Threats from the minister of finance and warfare also ensured this as I didn't want to be living at Bushpigs house. Lol

Ride as fast as I can and have lots of fun, check.

We also had Tim Munro Photograph out there taking photos of everyone as we went around so thanks to him for our greats action shots, he takes great photos as you can see from this post.

Anyone that has ever wondered about doing a ride day, my advice is just go and do it. It's some of the most fun you can have on your bike in a relatively safe ish environment. No speeding fines, go as fast as you want and have as much fun as you can.

Yep this is living life at 110%, living on the edge. Now new R1 maybe you should meet Mr Phillip Island!!!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What could be better than a sports bike?

If your a regular reader of this blog then you would know that I love my sports bikes and in particular Yamaha's R1. Well I do own two of them. You could say that I'm an R1 aficionado, or maybe more appropriately an Absolute Nutter. Well I'm sure you get the picture. So what can be better than 1 sports bike in the garage? That easy 2 sport bikes. Mmmmm now what could be better than 2 sports bikes, yes your getting my drift now 3 sports bikes. So here we have 3 magnificent specimens of speed and beauty. The gods are smiling on us today.

The year models are
2000 YZF R1 - Red/White/Black
2002 YZF R1 - Blue/White
2015 YZF R1 - Red/White

Flyboy kindly lent me his R1 for a while until he can get his suspension fixed. Haha giving me the keys to an R1 I don't own is the equivalent of letting a kid loose in a candy store with no adult supervision. Dave the suspension will be the last thing you need to worry about.

For the sports bike lovers out there enjoy the slush fest of PORNOGRAPGHY. If this doesn't get your juices flowing your either dead or impotent.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Looks who's ready to play.......

Oh look who has brand spanking new Bridgestone RS10's.

R stands for RACE
S stands for SPEED

SMSP stands for Sydney Motorsport Park

I feel the need, the need for speed..............

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Barry Sheene Festival of Speed

Today I'd been a good boy and the missus let me out to the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed and what a fantastic day it was for it too, not to hot and not cold. There was a great spread of GP & TT legends in attendance. Yeah like who I hear you say. Well how's this sound

  • Fast Freddie Spencer - 1985 250cc & 500cc GP World Champion
  • Kevin Schwantz - 1993 500cc GP World Champion
  • Graeme Crosby - 1982 500cc GP 2nd Place in championship
  • Steve Parish - 1977 500cc GP 5th in Championship
  • Jeremy McWilliams - 2001 250cc GP 6th in Championship
  • Kevin Magee - 1988-89 500cc GP 5th Both Years
  • Chris Vermeulan - 2003 World Supersport World Champion
  • Maria Costello - Fastest Women at the Isle of man until 2009

Yes sirree it was a good day of classic bike racing with some mega stars. For those that don't know what the Barry Sheene FoS is about here's a quick run down. It is run by the Post Classic Racing association of NSW and the racing consists of the following classic race classes.

Period 1 - VETERAN (up to 31st December 1919)
Period 2 - VINTAGE (1st January 1920 – 31st December 1945)
Period 3 - CLASSIC (1st January 1946 – 31st December 1962)
Period 4 - POST CLASSIC (1st January 1963 – 31st December 1972)
Period 5 - FORGOTTEN ERA (1st January 1973 – 31st December 1982)
Period 6 - NEW ERA (1st January 1983 – 31st December 1990)
Legends - Where the legends on Grand Prix cut a few laps.

Some of our good friends here at the Road to Nowhere were racing at today's event and some went better than others, some engines were still running at the end of the event and others were not, bad luck Dr Kwok
 you missed out on that trophy.

Anyway here are some photo's I took at today's event. I will be back next year as I had a blast. I even got to do some pit crewing for Stu on his AMA spec GSXR 750. Both Stu and Rick got their bikes signed by Kevin Schwantz on the Saturday. and I got to meet him on Sunday and get him to sign my t shirt and poster, yeah total fan boy moment.

Stu's signed bike by Kevin Schwantz


Wayne Rainey Replica

Dr Kwok
Ricks's bike signed by Kevin Schwantz

Gentlemen, who am I kidding Start your engines

They have a race where just the legends get out on the bikes. Schwantz was riding the RGV500 around looked like classic schwantz with his lanky legs sticking out.

500cc Goodness

Chris Vermuelan

Kevin Schwantz - Racing Legend

Slomax in action

Stu's tyre after the last race

K is for kewl

Maria Costello's bike

Sidecar lunatics
All in all a great day out at the race, yes they might not be the fastest machine on the planet but it is all heart and just classic racing. The crowds were much bigger than the Formula Xtreme racing which is the modern super bikes which says a lot. You can wander in and out of every pit garage practically nothing is off limits to the spectator, as I said I even did some pit crewing for Stu. Barry Sheen Festival of Speed - I'll be back!