Oh also forgot to ask; any tips on braking while downshifting? I can downshift pretty well (still need to work on the overall smoothness), but when you factor in squeezing the front brake lever as well as rolling on/off the throttle, might get a bit tricky. I haven't exactly practiced that portion because I don't go that fast on the highway to necessitate that; just let the engine do most of the braking work.
^Oh and good suggestion on the fruits and snacks Sev.
Roll off the throttle, then smoothly squeeze the brake lever, go ahead and practice two finger braking if you are comfortable and plan on blipping for downshifts. Leave yourself plenty of space while you build up confidence. Start 100+ft before your normal braking point, roll off the throttle, throttle fully closed, squeeze brake lever. Don't upshift from the last corner (meaning stay in one gear) if possible to limit stuff to throw you off of what you are working on.
If I misunderstood and you are saying when you blip just put the bike up on a rear stand and with the bike off SLOWLY practice. From open throttle -> close throttle, brakes, brakes still on clutch in, downshift, blip, clutch out. Repeat: clutch in , downshift, blip, clutch out... I personally do better practicing at speed, for whatever reason the pushing against the tank helps me be smoother on downshifts.
I'm in Asheville, NC, so western NC. I'll have to look up what you were mentioning though.
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Road Atlanta is 3 hours away but it is hard to find a lot of trackdays there, plus they cost more. I go to CMP (Carolina Motorsports Park), love it, about 4 hours away from me (Waynesville), its about an hour south of Charlotte. Went to VIR this year too, also about 4 hours away, South course is small, not bad just small, havent ran the other configs at VIR though. NCCAR is on the other side of the state, probably about 6 hours away.
Check with NESBA (wouldn't recommend them for your first trackday though) and Sportbike Track Time, they run CMP and VIR pretty regularly, but no one had CMP dates this year, not many anyway. TeamPromotion runs VIR a lot. But screw that stunting crap, less people to get you in trouble in the twisties and you go as fast at you want at the track.
Trackdays aren't races, don't show up looking to race, you will wreck/get booted/get shown up. That said, doing a trackday is probably the most fun a human can have without doing something illegal.