Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Sonoma Cownty, CA, USA
Lots of guys Track Day their Hypers regularly. I've had great fun out at Infineon
on mine. I'd say renting a track bike for the day is like insurance... it will
cost you but you won't have to worry about your own bike. I would think
after the school you would be very interested in trying the Hyper at a track
day... but you may want to try it now instead of renting.
It will be expensive if you crash a Hyper... might want to get some frame sliders.
With the wide bars, these bikes tend to slide on the handlebar ends and
on the footpegs, as long as the handlebar doesn't break.
Substituting metal or nylon bar ends for the expensive handguard/mirror assemblies
is not a bad idea... mirrors aren't allowed anyway.
Also, if you really want to do serious cornering, raised pegs or rear sets are essential,
otherwise cornering clearance is pretty limited (you might already have done this?...).
I would say, concentrate on technique rather than speed, and you should not
have issues with tossing the bike. Although a crash is always a possibility,
most of the time it happens because guys ride over their heads, get too competitive
with other riders, or forget to just relax and stay focused. Better to just pull
off into the pits for a breather if you're feeling too pumped up or adrenaline-
soaked, than to continue lapping. I learned this from dicing with pro-level
guys on my shifter kart... sometimes it is good to stop and re-focus after a
few very hot laps. Track days and track schools should be about having fun
and practicing your skills, not competing. I'm sure the Superbike School will
have a lot to say about keeping safe distances, and no inside passes (or even
passing in corners). Following an instructor and then having him follow you
is a good way to learn... they will chat with you after each session.
Ideally, the HM is best on tighter tracks with shorter straights... which is why
my home track at Infineon/Sonoma is perfect (the motorcycle config here
shortens the straights and includes all the tightest corners). Very long
straights might be a bit awkward on a bike with no fairing and low top gearing
(like the Hyper), which is one reason to consider the Gixxer at Phillip Island.
'08 Hyper "S" w/ a few tweaks
'05 Yammie WR-Supermoto conversion