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Tori's Trails

Discussion in 'Australia' started by ToriMish, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. ToriMish

    ToriMish Long timer

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    My good friend Dick Lodge had been urging me to try track riding, and after purchasing a nice Dainese track suit, I had the gear necessary to give it a go. I decided to learn from the best from the get-go - and I booked a full day private course with Levi Day : http://www.levidayracing.com/coaching-with-levi-day/ or on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/leviday57

    Where else in the world can you have a professional super-bike racer and coach, as well as a race track to yourselves for a price that is affordable and incredible value? Levi is in Australia for a few months at the start of every year (as he is in off season for his UK racing season) and runs clinics. As a newbie, I highly recommend the coaching clinic. I learned a HEAP, and throughout the day Levi coached me on body position, corner entry and exit, bike handling and setup. He had a wealth of knowledge and I was very keen to tap into it and progress my skills.

    In this video you see a couple of laps of me riding the Vitpilen while Levi follows. This footage is from his forward mounted Go-Pro. I wasn't recording lap-times on the day, but I could figure it out accurately by looking at the footage. These are a couple of laps later in the day, and it is extremely valuable to be able to look at the footage and figure out when I'm on or off line, etc - so that I can work on my technique and improve my times in the future.

    This was my first ever track experience, and I found Mac Park https://www.facebook.com/macparkmotorcycleclub/ to be a fun and safe track to learn on. The surface was excellent and I enjoyed trying to improve some of the more technical corners. My Vitpilen 701 did very well on the day, but I ground off both ends of the footpegs, my toe sliders got a hammering and I got my knees down a few times which was a new experience (I've never done that on the road). I feel like I need a bit more peg height on the Vitpilen and might try to fab up some brackets so I'm not grinding hard parts on some of the hairpins.

    If any of you guys are looking to learn how to track ride, then please get in touch with Levi. He can tailor a session to whatever ability level, and he's a nice guy to hang out with.

    Hi to both Robert and Shorty - you guys were good company as we stood in front of the air-conditioner and tried to cool off. I hope my next track day isn't 38 degrees C, I drank about 5 litres and hardly went to the toilet!

    I've booked some more track days for later in the month and am very much looking forward to it.

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  2. Andrew2

    Andrew2 Long timer

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  3. ToriMish

    ToriMish Long timer

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    Yep seen that one; I love Schaff's vids - I have started using a H1N Zoom on some rides also.
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  4. PilbaraGoat

    PilbaraGoat Been here awhile

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    I hear you have spare time atm

    any upcoming trails vids?
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  5. ToriMish

    ToriMish Long timer

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    Better late than never!!!
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  6. tileman

    tileman Long timer

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    Your indicator is on Tori. Or theres something flashing at least
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  7. ToriMish

    ToriMish Long timer

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    Yep, was the indicator. Lisa was trying to signal me about it but I was lost in my rant . . . !
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  8. ToriMish

    ToriMish Long timer

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    Another ride video, feels good to get these out there :
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    braaap! and stumps like this.
  9. PilbaraGoat

    PilbaraGoat Been here awhile

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    “riding into town like a boss”

    the missus and i know exactly what you mean, loved it

    also loved “your tyre is farked!”

    double take mirrors - worth it?
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  10. ToriMish

    ToriMish Long timer

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  11. ToriMish

    ToriMish Long timer

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    Finally got around to editing this one up. A good fun sand ride in the Little Desert.
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  12. bigborett

    bigborett Hipster Supporter

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    You're a cruel girl Tori. Tough going for a first sand ride.

    Can't believe you missed the counter meals to try and save a DR.:imaposer
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  13. mrsdnf

    mrsdnf Long timer

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    Was thinking the same myself bigborett. Not sure I would have handled it any better. :fpalm
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  14. ToriMish

    ToriMish Long timer

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    Yeah it was tough. The guy at the Dimboola campsite said to the fellas 'this is a stitch up ride'. Hahahahah. Oh well, they both had fun and Dick is planning on riding the Finke next year!
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  15. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Sand, fuck that
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  16. a2zworks

    a2zworks Trust me, I'm Pablo

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    Don’t you like sand, I love it
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    I’m just not very good in it on the bike though, since my last experience when I see it I immediately clench my cheeks.
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  17. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

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    Any of you camp at Dooen reserve a couple of nights ago? I saw a tent, a guy and a bike (or possibly multiple) when I was looking for a quiet spot to give my dog a run. I didn't stop because the dog might have broken the peace.
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  18. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Huh, youd be good init! Just do your usual leg flappin BygD.

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  19. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Tori, Michael and I will pop over in about 3-4 weeks. Gotta get the Buckland out of my system first though.
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  20. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Tori, if the friction plate is thicker than the steel plate, id say you would need to leave a steel plate out.
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