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First Low side at NJMP-Pretty painted fairings now scratched up!

So I was in the zone yesterday in the 95 degree heat TBOLT at NJMP. I decided it was time to try and move up a group after my 5th day this season. Grabbed a coach who I am friendly with and after him telling me, I want you to relax, we're just gonna have some fun...stay loose and relax. So I'm right on his tail, carving through the field of other riders through the first 4 corners at a really nice pace.....come up to turn 5 way off line bc were passing people mid turn and the first time my knee touches the ground I low side!! I was shocked bc I was not going that fast and wasn't on the front brake....nor did I whack the throttle mid lean..I go talk to the organizer and he tells me it's not entirely your fault, turn 5 is pretty slippery today!

So, the bike was fine other than some scratched up parts bc it slid perfectly thanks to my woodcraft sliders, Yosh case savers, and vortex rear sets. I cleaned it up on lunch and went back out in the afternoon. I didn't get a chance to move up but I did realize how much progress I've made since day 1 this season after I saw the pics. The progress is pretty evident as the pics here are of the same corner I'm pretty sure.

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Sorry to hear you went down but glad you weren't hurt. Congrats on the knee down?

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Damn NY, that sucks man, but at least you didn't get hurt. It is all a learning process. I low sided shortly after painting my bike. I think it was the second track day after it was painted. In my opinion, cheap paint jobs are good for track bikes. Did you get a video of the crash? I forgot to turn my gopro on the session I crashed.

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What was your line for T5? I'm assuming you are referring to the near 90 degree left hander. That's one of my favorite corners for some reason.

T-bolt is so right hand dominant that left side of your tire may have been a little on the cold side still, but I'm still running without warmers and have yet to slide there. What tire and pressure were you running?

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Damn NY, that sucks man, but at least you didn't get hurt. It is all a learning process. I low sided shortly after painting my bike. I think it was the second track day after it was painted. In my opinion, cheap paint jobs are good for track bikes. Did you get a video of the crash? I forgot to turn my gopro on the session I crashed.
Thanks, I'm glad I didn't get hurt either..I remember you saying that about the crash and paint....I don't think I got it on video I kept forgetting to turn it on yesterday gotta check later.
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What was your line for T5? I'm assuming you are referring to the near 90 degree left hander. That's one of my favorite corners for some reason.

T-bolt is so right hand dominant that left side of your tire may have been a little on the cold side still, but I'm still running without warmers and have yet to slide there. What tire and pressure were you running?

Glad you came out unharmed, it's a good learning experience.
I was mid track and then mid corner bc I was trailing the coach and he was weaving thru traffic.....I think my BP was the cause, I may not have had my body far enough off...too much bike lean angle.

32/28 hot Q3s...I have warmers and Pirellis in the garage waiting for when I need them!

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32/28 hot Q3s...I have warmers and Pirellis in the garage waiting for when I need them!

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I'm not a fan of the Q3s, but a lot of guys run a pretty good pace on them. What Pirellis are you going to run?
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I'm not a fan of the Q3s, but a lot of guys run a pretty good pace on them. What Pirellis are you going to run?
Yea I got the Q3s on sale last year, and my boy was running 36s on them so I assumed they were g2g. I got the Supercorsa sp v2 also on sale from riders discount, I know they aren't as good as the sc but I'm not fast enough to need anything more.
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Thanks LW. I'm surprisingly ok with the whole thing..almost happy bc I've been scared to scratch this pretty paint, but now I can push harder and not worry about that....
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Probably not what you meant, but I recommend not "pushing". Concentrate on being smooth and the speed will come.
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Probably not what you meant, but I recommend not "pushing". Concentrate on being smooth and the speed will come.
I know You're right bc you are the 10th person to say the exact same thing...not what I meant I'm in no rush to go fast. I need to develop skills before that for sure.
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I was mid track and then mid corner bc I was trailing the coach and he was weaving thru traffic.....I think my BP was the cause, I may not have had my body far enough off...too much bike lean angle.

32/28 hot Q3s...I have warmers and Pirellis in the garage waiting for when I need them!

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You might have just had really really bad luck and found some sand and dirt on the track being you were off the race line. Hard to say without video, though.

I went from Q3's to supercorsa SP's and the difference is huge. I swapped mine out early because I had some questionable wear on the rear Q3 and now I'm really glad I did. Way more feel and confidence. The SP is really expensive normally so I'll probably go to the SC next. I need warmers before I'm comfortable doing that, though.

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You might have just had really really bad luck and found some sand and dirt on the track being you were off the race line. Hard to say without video, though.

I went from Q3's to supercorsa SP's and the difference is huge. I swapped mine out early because I had some questionable wear on the rear Q3 and now I'm really glad I did. Way more feel and confidence. The SP is really expensive normally so I'll probably go to the SC next. I need warmers before I'm comfortable doing that, though.
All kidding aside it felt like I hit oil, the tires just lost traction....my boy had the exact same thing happen in that corner so it's def suspect. Also about 4 others crashed there that day.

You're making me wanna put those Pirellis on today! I've heard they are amazing, and I'm looking forward to putting them on.

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So you think I should put the Pirellis on now and save the Q3s for my street bike, or keep them on until next season?

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If you can still put the Q3's to use on the street bike I would swap. Keep the best rubber you have on the track bike. I have the Q3's hanging in my garage. They travel to every track day with me as a "just in case something weird happens" fallback.
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If you can still put the Q3's to use on the street bike I would swap. Keep the best rubber you have on the track bike. I have the Q3's hanging in my garage. They travel to every track day with me as a "just in case something weird happens" fallback.
I think I'm just gonna go the same route as you...keep the Q3s in my garage as spares.

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