If you read nothing else, read the last sentence of this post.
Went to VIR full course yesterday. It was a NESBA event. While very well organized, and for the most part, well-ran, let me say that this place was *packed*. I would guess 50 riders per class, sometimes running 5 wide on the straights.. it was just insane. Until I see smaller class sizes,I doubt that I'll be at another NESBA event.
In a mostly unrelated event, I went down on the 10 yesterday. The guy in front of me braked mid-turn, I had to go wide to keep from bumping his rear tire.. oops, track is slippery! Bike slides two feet over edge of track, front wheel sticks in mud, I face plant on concrete curb at about 50MPH(?). Sore chin and accompaning headache, sore knee, but all is well with me.
The zx-10, that's another story. it went down on it's left side. When it did, it broke the upper and lower fairing, cracked the upper/front cowling, scratched the tail section.. and broke the left side engine cover.
I'll try to get some pictures up in the next day or two. The important thing is.. get those frame sliders on or risk losing your engine! I've now got to pull the cover off, drop the oil pan and do some serious cleanup before I'm even ok with starting the engine (fortunately it shut off when it went down.. is there an automatic tip-over/kill switch on these bikes?).
One person had already been down in the same spot that morning (and another in oak tree bend, and I saw the ambulance take off as I was packing.. all before lunch), but I guess that wasn't enough for them to check the track better. It was only when my bike leaked oil into the mud that they decided to look at the track, find some slick spots (looked like an oil leak for a car the previous day) where I went down and put some oil-dry down.
I partially blame the VIR track workers (usually a first class facility).. they should have caught this.
I partially blame NESBA as they did a track check as well. At speed, you don't see those spots, but riding at 20mph in the grass in the recovery vehicle, they were quite obvious.
... and of course, I partially blame myself. For riding when I felt there were too many people on the track, and for running outside instead of just slamming the bike on the deck and running to the inside of the guy in front of me..this would have however, violated the "no passing in corners" rule (I usually ride intermediate class in track days, but hadn't done a track day in a while and chose to start in beginner).
Does anybody know where to get billet engine covers?
Several people that saw the bike said they swear by Woodcraft covers, but I went to their site and see nothing (in the way of covers) for the zx-10.
Anyway.. you've been warned.. get frame sliders and/or billet cover(s) or risk losing your engine.