Well, yesterday I went to the Birmingham International Motorbike show at the NEC. It was really very good, I sat on nearly all the bikes
. There's a few bikes that I liked. The Z750, I've dreamed about this forever, it didn't feel special to sit on though... I found I'm definately not a sports biker, too low down, don't like the position etc. I know I loved the off road/supermoto bikes and I know I'll get one. BUT by a mile, the best bike to sit on, was the triumph street triple, it was PERFECT. Absolutley perfect. Just felt so right, and I'm 99% getting one in a few years. I knew they were a good bike anyway, but now i sat on one, thats it.
Anyway. The reason why I started this topic, anyone ever been mini moto racing?
It was £10 a go for about 5 minutes, expensive I know but I never go on these kind of things and I thought what the hell. There was me, and 3 mates (one didn't want to go on because he'd rather spend the money on new leathers). And there was 3 other people on the track. I got used it really quickly, by the second corner I was getting my foot down. It was just SO SO SO amazing, it was absolutely brilliant, well worth the money. I actually had 2 goes on it, wasted a lot of money, but god was it worth it.
I fell off 2 times in the first session. Then 3 times in the second. One of them was literally on the corner were EVERY spectator was watching because you weren't allowed around the back. Then one pretty bad crash. I caught up with 2 guys battling it, then just cruised behind for 2 corners, then on the corner just before the straight it was a tight corner that opened out onto the straight, so I went wide and then came back in as I was throttling it to go on the inside of them both, I throttle too hard while leant over because I had to go so close to the wall to get around them because they were pretty much side by side. Back skidded out, regained grip then went into a tankslapper kine of thing and as I was coming across infront of them (I was overtaking them at this point haha) the bike flung me off and it flew down to the corner at the end of the straight and I rolled and tumbled onto the barrier, got up and ran to the bike.
The first session was better because my bike had more low down power but less top end. Better on this track because it was very twisty. The second sessions my bike was all top end power band material, and at the end of the straight it was just getting into this so it was pretty crap and I couldn't use it.
I came second in both of the races (well 3rd in the second because there was a 7yr old boy, who races them and helps out and he came in the second session, knee down every corner, perfect techinque etc etc, mini rossi). And my mate won. He just seemed to flow well and fit good on it (he's very flexible and used to be a gymnast)
The thing that annoyed my was that I couldnt get my feet in the proper position and for 3 crashes was the reason (my excuse
) why I fell off. Going to low, feet lifting the rear tyre up and just low siding. That pretty much ruined it for me because I couldnt get a 'good' lean angle and get close to knee down etc. And you are putting SO much weight onto your arms, after five laps your arms are burning...good workout haha
Anywho, sorry for telling you the whole story.
Anyone ever been? Done it? Seen it? Found it good? Wana do it again?