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    Tom
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    Findlay, Ohio
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    2014 Triumph D675R
    2003 Honda Shadow Spirit 750

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  1. Yes, I created it on my phone so maybe I need to check an actual computer. It says it is full and gave me an option to get on a wait list.
  2. Just tried to sign up with N2 for the Nelson Ledges track day on 6/4 and it’s already full. That must be a popular place. I guess I am used to my local track never filling up (Mid-O).
  3. Any leathers with CE rated protection are good to start with but if you plan to do this a lot and you want really good stuff, the sky is the limit on what you spend. Mid-O rents leathers and renting a pair may help you get an idea of what size you need and what you like. When you go to your first track day you will see every brand of leather and some will be obvious that they are low cost. bare minimum crash protection....good tires. Frame slides are a topic of debate and some think they cause more damage or causes the bikes to flip. If it’s your first day, there isn’t much bike prot
  4. Don’t you only have to safety wire the oil drain, filter, and radiator cap? I think you may be a little off on this one, this feels like the right amount for intermediate. Their tech inspections seem on par with most other organizations. I honestly love mid-o and the staff but I wish their track was in better shape and they would stop canceling days. I can only really go on tuesdays and had purchased several certs last year only to have them cancel all Tuesdays. Now I am stuck finding babysitters and taking vacation days trying to fit them in before they expire. Also, if you have a
  5. Nice! I have been watching a lot of race videos on YouTube at Nelson Ledges trying to remember all the turns, get a feel for the line, and see where the turn in and braking points are. Your dash is the clearest on video.
  6. Race license? No. Race license course certificate? Yes I was afraid I may get stuck in Novice but that may be the best way to learn a new track. I’m not sure how much help with lines you would get in intermediate but at some other track day orgs, it seems the control riders are willing to show you. I just put Pirelli SC2 slicks on and am a little concerned the Novice group will not keep them hot enough to get good traction. I will send my info into N2 and see what they come back with. I have done about 20 track days and am Advanced at Mid-O and Intermediate with STT.
  7. I am signing up for my first WERA event at Nelson Ledges this year (6/6). I have never been to Nelson Ledges so I will probably be signing up for my first N2 track day (6/4) as well. Anyone plan to be there any of those days that I can bounce questions off of?
  8. Does anyone wear an airbag vest? I just picked up a Helite E GP-Air and am hoping it saves my butt if I need it. Not much online about wearing air vests on track.
  9. @TwiztedRabbit I agree with you that this is a type of cold tear and I know you are a very experienced racer/track rider but your explanation on tire pressure vs temperature doesn’t sound right or I am misinterpreting what you are saying. The only ways for a tire to independently get heat is by either absorption, flex, or friction. The larger your contact patch, the more absorption you will get from a hot track but the more you will lose from a cold track. This would be far offset by the flex in the carcass generating heat and this is the single biggest thing to generate an even
  10. @motocat12 Yes, this is exactly it. STG suggested staying above 21psi on the rear tire, which I did but what I am reading on the reddit you posted and several other locations is that this tire just cannot handle a high track pace which seems to be confirmed by Michelin. The tire is basically tearing itself apart at the connection point between the two compounds and looking exactly like a geometry tear. I found a few instances of this in some of Dave Mosses videos and he basically said the tire was not matched to the riders pace.
  11. In theory, when you lower the pressure, you increase the surface area of the tire on the ground and increase the heat generated into the carcass. It may also allow the carcass to flex more which generates heat. I suspected I had cold tear which is when the carcass is not hot enough so I lowered the pressure. The left side of my tire gives a better idea of what may be cold tear, geometry issue, too hard rebound setting, or all of the above. The right side of the tire is destroyed beyond telling what happened so I am mostly focused on the left side. Check out the Tire Wear Guide under
  12. In the Dave Moss video you posted, my tire looks almost exactly like what is at 2:30 which he says is a geometry cold tear. One thing I do when I get off the bike after every session, is I put my hand on the tire to see how warm it is. If I can comfortably leave my hand on their, it is not up to temp. With this tire wear, I would put my hand on the tire and it barely felt warm. i think with hot tear, your tire carcass needs to be somewhere near 200 degrees.
  13. Slow time of year for the track section of this forum so I figured there may be some people on here able to help me think through my tire wear issue (I read the sticky). I completely destroyed my rear tire during customer appreciation day at Mid-Ohio. It was about 55 degrees and windy and I had tire warmers which were having trouble keeping hot in the wind (they are very old). The tires are Michelin Power RS and I have had good performance out of them in the past. I normally run them around 28 psi but I had them at 24 for the cold temps. I didn’t get the chance to get any lower on th
  14. Did the cost of Mid-O track days go up for 2021? They didn’t have a very good showing last year and I don’t think they did any improvements. Feels like it should go down as the track gets worse.
  15. Looking at the WERA link, it appears they do not separate 600 and 1000 bikes during the race. Maybe I am reading it incorrectly.
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