27 November 2006 4 Jay’s and a ‘Hawk @ CM Speedway Motorcycles: Pikey-Honda XR400 “Motard” Big & Tall-Honda NSR150 Jonadda-Honda CBR 150 Silver Hawk-Suzuki Djebel 250 Usually it seems we have an abundance of Dave’s at events, but this time I was outnumbered by the J’s………. Justin (Big & Tall), Jeff (Pikey), John (Jonadda), Jarunee (Thim) and myself. The occasion was supposedly to ring out Pikey’s new XR400 “Motard”, but we all decided to turn it into a full fledged misfit’s track day. We met at Chiang Mai Speedway at about 10:30AM and Justin and Jeff were the first on the track. After an “enjoyable” morning working at his guesthouse (go ahead ask him), John showed up and was soon out there showing us how to do it…. After watching John’s band play at the 3 Kings monument the night before, and a few beers, it was agreed that Thim would be our “Umbrella Dolly” and I would be our photographer and timer. That was vetoed after all of about 30 seconds and she was off on Justin’s bike turning laps and leaning into the corners. I couldn’t take standing and watching for very long and I was soon off on Jeff’s Super Motard. It didn’t take long and we were all swapping bikes and having a great time. I decided to pay the 80 baht and bring out the Suzuki. I thought the top box and windscreen (not to mention the knobby tires) kind of gave it a “classic look”. John and Jeff did some suspension tweaks and Jeff was gaining more confidence. On one lap I saw Jeff’s 400 in the distance and thought I would go have a little race with him. Soon I saw the pink jacket and I knew that certainly wasn’t Jeff. Jeff had put Thim on the 400. She tried every bike out there and did quite well at that (of course I’m a little biased). On a serious note, it was a good chance to give Thim some tips on braking and downshifting for corners, and we also did a number of panic stop drills on the main straight. I actually stepped in front of her on the straight and she had the rear tire literally smoking and the front forks completely compressed as she grabbed a handful of brake (thank goodness). For 80 baht each to use the track, it is a great way to teach someone how to safely handle a motorcycle. We also enjoyed her movements so much when she explained how she liked it when the back wheel slid from side to side that we had her tell us 4 more times. We had said we would stay at the track for about 1 hour or so; closer to 3 hours later they were showing us the “One More Lap” sign as they had some customers renting Go-karts. We agreed it was time to call it a day and go for some lunch. We sat around the pits telling our lies and exaggerating our skills until the Go Karts finished running. I hadn’t ridden John’s bike yet so I took it for a couple more laps. Soon everyone was out again. We never did the group photo we wanted because we couldn’t get everyone to stay off the bikes long enough. When we finally DID leave for lunch John was still turning laps…………Haven’t heard from him yet………..