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Offline DachshundUberAlles

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Trackdays, 2017
« on: March 04, 2017, 09:39:17 AM »
The 2017 Sportbike Track Time season opens next weekend. I am so ready to get back out there on Barber Motorsports Park. This year is going to be a whole new experience for me. First, I'm looking to do all ten events this year, up from the five I was able to get in during 2016. Second, I'll be riding in the Intermediate group rather than the Novice group. Third, I've acquired a dedicated track bike, a 2005 Suzuki GSXR750, that is so well "optioned" for the purpose that I should never need to do anything but regular maintenance and tire changes for years to come without ever reaching the point that my skills and abilities will become too much for the bike to be seen as "limiting" my endeavor.
While the season kicks off with a three day event, I'm only able to go Sunday and Monday, but am so looking forward to finally have a chance to ride this new motorcycle.
Anybody else going to this opening round, or any of the subsequent rounds?
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Re: Trackdays, 2017
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2017, 11:47:46 AM »
I want to soo bad, hopefully with my new job I can afford track tires / leather suit and all the other stuff to go play.

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Re: Trackdays, 2017
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2017, 05:05:25 PM »
Four of my five times last year were done on sport/tour tires and they were more than up for the task. I have new Bridgestone S21s mounted up on the Suzuki for the opening event.
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Re: Trackdays, 2017
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2017, 06:18:54 PM »
Four of my five times last year were done on sport/tour tires and they were more than up for the task. I have new Bridgestone S21s mounted up on the Suzuki for the opening event.

my problem with that is i pretty much ride the bike daily and i'm already lucky to get 6k out of a rear PR4 i can't imagine how many miles a track day would take out of them. Thus a seperate set just to conserve what i ride on every day.

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Re: Trackdays, 2017
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 09:44:20 AM »
I was in the same situation last year. It didn't seem to take a whole lot out of them. Just keep a good eye on the pressures and resist the urge to lower them too much and overheat them. That's the biggest "harm" that will befall them out there.

I'm happy to see the weather forecast has turned in a favorable direction for me. There was slight rain chances for Sunday and Monday (the days I've booked) that has now been taken down, though it's still going to be a bit chilly. Thems the breaks for the March event, a bit unpredictable. Here it is Thursday and it's clear and a warm 70+ and it'll be 60 on Sunday. It could be worse, I could have booked Saturday with its full on rain forecast.
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Re: Trackdays, 2017
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 07:09:29 PM »
A nice start to the year. Sunday was chilly in the morning but wound up bright and reasonably warm. The first session at 9:00 was about 38 degrees and only four of us actually went out there. All that open space was good for me as the two pre lunch session were all about getting familiar to the Suzuki. Just the ergonomics were quite a departure, but as the day wore on, I began to appreciate the layout and how it contributed to the more focused task. The only real "hold back" that hung over the day were the "weeping" wet spots that dotted the track, two standing out particularly (Turns 1 and 5) and claimed at least one rider from every group in every session of the day.
After the "quiet time" break following the first two sessions and with my comfort level and confidence growing, the sessions started to get really fun. First off, what a difference 100 pounds of machine weight makes. The VFR weighs in at 465, the GSXR is just over 350. With nearly 40 more horsepower, it was a whole new adventure. By the end of that first day I was immensely pleased with the decision to get this bike, it was everything I had imagined it would be and at the end of the day I found myself saying aloud as I hopped off of it for the last time "WORTH EVERY PENNY!".

As far as those options I alluded to in the initial post:
Ohlins 25mm cartridge kit, springs, and extension caps (to raise front end height).
Ohlins TTX GP rear shock w/remote preload adjustment
Scotts steering dampner
Brembo front master cylinder
Galfer Superbike brake lines and wave rotors
R6 monobloc calipers
Sharkskinz body work
Vortex clip-ons, rearsets, 520 chain/sprocket conversion
Motion Pro REV2 throttle
Yoshimura exhaust and ECM program

Now for Monday. It was short (for me). When the rain was knocking on the door around 10:40, I loaded up and came on home having done only two sessions, but that second one was, by far, my most productive of the event in terms of upping the pace. I spent the majority of it glued to the tail of an instructor and was clicking off good laps at a quick pace and on the proper line. I am SO looking forward to the next two (April 15 and May 16) events with warmer and (hopefully) dryer weather so I can see a little more of what this bike has to offer up.
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Re: Trackdays, 2017
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 06:23:53 PM »
Tomorrow, tomorrow, it's trackday tomorrow. Beautiful forecast and I've had familiarization time with the Suzuki and I am SO ready to put a bit more OOMPH to my effort. Everything's loaded for an early departure. Since it's only a one day at Barber (with a one day at Tally Sunday), this will be my first experience dealing with a full crowd at registration and tech.
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Re: Trackdays, 2017
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 10:15:37 AM »
Tomorrow, tomorrow, it's trackday tomorrow. Beautiful forecast and I've had familiarization time with the Suzuki and I am SO ready to put a bit more OOMPH to my effort. Everything's loaded for an early departure. Since it's only a one day at Barber (with a one day at Tally Sunday), this will be my first experience dealing with a full crowd at registration and tech.
Have fun and give it hell!  ;)

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Re: Trackdays, 2017
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2017, 05:29:49 PM »
Wonderful day. Great weather and a great turnout. Had some quality time following some instructors and getting more comfortable turning in, the wear pattern on the front tire showing me the change I was making. Also getting more willing to brake more aggressively. The most noticeable "upgrade" (if that's really the right descriptive) I made was around the fourth session when I decided to make passing moves a bit sooner than I had been. I've tried to be a "polite" as possible, sometimes at the expense of allowing riders I know full well are holding me up, but not wanting to seem too "aggressive" out there. I'm getting a real feel for my abilities out there, seeing people I know full well I'll never have a hope of sticking close to, but knowing that I definitely belong in this next level.
The only "downside" to the day, and I say this jokingly, was that being on Nichol's tail was a bad luck place for me. It was the "red flag" kiss of death. The first time (session 4, I think) I got in there and was very happy that I was going to have the opportunity to chase her around and during that (approximately) lap and a half, I was clicking off the best cornering I had been up to that point and then, the red flag comes out and ends the session. The next time, session 6, she passes me just before 10-11 leading onto the back strait and I say "All Right!", thinking I'm going to get a more extended "lesson" and wouldn't you know it, RED FLAG for a bike in the gravel on the exit of turn 2. The crash truck gets it and the rider (unhurt, good to see) and they send us back out and maybe two laps later, bike in the gravel trap out of 16 and the second red flag of the session.
The temperature was up pretty good by then anyways and I had already been giving serious consideration to not doing the seventh (final) session and seeing that second rider out (happily, unhurt as well) had me saying "That's not going to be you" so I got out of my gear the moment I rolled back into the pits, loaded everything up, and rolled on out yet again a TRACKDAY WINNER with my unscathed motorcycle.
On a side note, I had a really good time riding the GROM out and about during the end of my third session/12-1 lunch break time. It was a good way to keep cool and allowed me to do a little neighborhood exploration in the area surrounding the race facility.
The countdown clock is now ticking towards Saturday, May 13 and the next track day adventure.
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