Last Thursday, rode 2 hours to a track for a session. Did a 2 hour session (2 rides) and road 2 hours back home. Track is a tight one near Vetali in Finland, cost 30€ for the 2 hours.
Man was I shagged at the end of it all. There were a few bikes on the track when I arrived at 3pm including GSXR1K and RSV Aprillia which were dedicated track bikes. The GSX-R was running slicks and was blasting the place. Some Yamaha's and Honda's rocked up later as well and when I was rehydrating for the ride home it seemed someone binned it bringing out the red flag and slowing the traffic down .
It was fun to push the bike and the S21 Bridgestones held up well especially the rear which was beyond half worn. Front and rear were 32psi but I think I suffered some cold tearing on the rear. When trail braking, the rear on lean once seemed to step a little but that I think was as much me learning as anything else. I was running ABS, couldn't be bothered that time disabling it but I was weary of not pushing them to where they might cut in. ABS seemed to stay out of the way even when the rear was getting light as I started to tip into the turn. Standard lines at the moment but with aftermarket brake pads. I had added 2 clicks or preload and 1 turn of compression on the forks and ran the rear half a turn out from full compression, high/low on the rear shock.
The main straight was a 3rd gear topout, before coming back down to 2nd for a sweeper which lead to a tight RH turn. The last turn back towards the pits was a hook turn and tight which had me sweating. ))
Anyway much fun and nice top put myself, tires and bike through the wringer in a safe environment. Learning lines, ensuring smooth operation and transitions between braking and throttle twisting and so on. Given how much fun and the cost, I think I will aim for fortnightly track riding. Though I will look at another couple tracks as well for variety. Time to stock up on a new rear tire.