I noticed there are quite a few trackriders and racers on this forum, with quite a bit of knowledge to Share. I have been riding for about 3 years and 7 months now and done 5 track days. My first two in California were absolutely awesome and even though it was just a trqckday, the organization Trackdaz offers free classroom for people like me looking to take in more information.
I went to a track day yesterday and felt pretty good about it but came to he conclusion that I am not learning anything anymore ( by this I don't mean I have absorbed every piece of knowledge available, rather I just don't have a mentor or instructor to show me more/give different approaches to my same problems) because of lack of a classroom environment and not always having a more experienced rider to coach me. Twist of the wrist and books will only take you so far. Having someone watch your riding really helps.
I have quite a few questions that maybe you track addicts and racers can answer and hopefully this thread will help out anyone else looking to improve on what skill set they have now. So, TL/DR, here are a few starting questions.
Stability: I was watching a few of the fast guys out there ( honestly most of the people out there were blazing fast. The only person I was faster was a female on an S1000 lol) and watching them leaned over in a corner, the bike is stable and only leans as much as they put input into it. I have experienced that on my bigger bikes. The current R25 seems twitchy/unstable/overly eager to take inputs and I am wondering if that is a function of the rider being light on the bars, or if the R3 is just naturally really sensitive to input. That is something I need to get used to. I don't want to band aid that with a steering damper but the thought of more stability with a damper has crossed my mind before.
Tire wear: I've taken both sides of the rear to the very edge but looking at the pictures, the left side has less wear than the right. I think that's because I feel much better hanging off on lefties, therefore a more upright bike on left turns.
There are a few big turns that I can take at xxx speed but I just know a rider can go faster through. I get passed on these turns quite a bit. If I am at the edge of my rear tire already, how do I go about going around that corner faster? I've heard it's ok to go past the edge of the rear, that the front is really the way to know if you are at the limits of traction, but I don't know if that info is correct.
I cannot for the life of me hang off properly on right handers. I'm sure most of you guys have a preference but how do you overcome it and start doing it correctly on both sides? Just practice more?
I have more questions and am sure that more will come up, but hopefully I haven't bored you guys to death with what I have written. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.