Posted by: caryandjohn | April 12, 2011

VTR Resurected!

Cary and the resurected 1990 Honda VTR 250

Cary and the resurected 1990 Honda VTR 250

All Cary’s hard work on her 1990 Honda VTR 250 racebike over the last few months resulted in complete success. We got new Bridgestone tires mounted, and headed up to a Zoom Zoom trackday at Sears Point on Sunday, so that we could give the racebike a shake-down and hopefully identify any isses with enough time to get the issues fixed before the races this weekend.

The little racebike performed flawlessly, starting right up, idling, and pulling up through the six speeds in the transmission. The carb’s jetting was pretty much spot-on and the exahust note through the Supertrap slip- on muffler sounded great .. The Honda really covered itself with glory all day long.

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Loading up at O'dark-thirty ...

Our "home" in the pits

Our "home" in the pits

Our riding instructor and friend, Jay, in the pits

Our riding instructor and friend, Jay, in the pits

We got up at 5:30 am and were on the road by 6:30 am, which may not have been early enough, because we got to Sears Point at a quarter past 7 o’clock. Cary went and got her paper work while I unloaded the racebike so that Cary could take it to tech inspection as soon as possible.

Jay and Lisa came along and pitted by us, which was nice … and we were all pitted near Brian Bartlow, who had his stable of Ninja 250s rental bikes on display. The weather was overcast and cool … later in the day the sun came out, and we were able to set up our canopy to provide a bit of shade.

Cary and Brian Bartlow of Feel Like a Pro racing rental bikes

Cary and Brian Bartlow of Feel Like a Pro racing rental bikes

Leading through Turn 8

Leading through Turn 8

In short order Cary was out on the track for her first look at the track in almost a year …

Ready to race!

Ready to race!

Following an instructor over the crest of Turn 3

Following an instructor over the crest of Turn 3

Cary has always been good at availing herself of the instuctors help when she’s doing a trackday … very smart, since you’re paying for the riding instructors time, anyway.

Cary in Turn 11

Cary in Turn 11

Getting back up to speed after a long winter

Getting back up to speed after a long winter

Under the Kawasaki sign at Infinion Raceway

Under the Kawasaki sign at Infinion Raceway

 After the follow-the-leader drill that always starts the C group, the VTR was able to take Cary out to statt getting her back into mid-season form. We’d signed up for the C group because by the time it was clear we would hve the bike back back together both the A group (fast racers) and B groups (fast street riders and racers) were full.

Hopefully we’ll be able to get into this Friday’s practice session befoew the AFM weekend, although it should be crowded because of the race weekend …

Through the Turn 9 chicane

Through the Turn 9 chicane

Turn 11 at Sears Point

Turn 11 at Sears Point

Cary's race-face and eye-of-the-tiger

Cary's race-face and eye-of-the-tiger

The first half ot the day went by without any VTR drama, and we were able to sit down under our canopy and enjoy the good lunch that Cary had paced for us …

Turn 2 at the top of the hill

Turn 2 at the top of the hill

Clipping Turn 2's apex

Clipping Turn 2's apex

Toward the end of the day Cary started to feel a bit tired … not suprising, because we’ve had such a wet winter that we’ve not been riding motorcycles very much …

Cary was feeling a bit of frustration in the afternoon sessions … instead of letting the frustration bog her down and ruin her day, she simply found a couple of instructors to ride with her in the final track sesssions of the day.

“It is much more fun when I have someone else to ride with, instead of being out there all by myself,” said Cary after a couple of fun sessions.

Practice race starts at the end of the day

Practice race starts at the end of the day

After the track closed for the day at 4:45 pm, it was time for some practice race starts, were the people taking the race school would earn their final thumbs up or down with regard to whether they would graduate with an AFM novice license.

Cary got to make three practice starts, and it looked to me like the Honda VTR 250 was getting off the line as quickly as the Ninja 250s on the grid.

We were both tired but very happy at the end of the day … Cary’s bike ran flawlessly all day long, and she’s looking forward to her first race of 2011

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Responses

  1. Awesome pics.
    Cary you look great on that bike and really look great in those turns. I hope you have a great season and keep those titties on that tank!
    Hopefully we can do a track day this year and maybe get Fuego Juan out there too!


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