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Mar 6th 2018, 07:20 AM   #31
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
if I was going to get on the track I'd choose a mid-2000's 636. I had an '05 for a while and every time I rode it I was all like "Damn. This thing is a no shit hot-rod."

it had everything and FUCK was it fast.

Jun 26th 2018, 04:54 PM   #32
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  Jan 2016
  Olyallup

  Zuma
2003 r6 ss -- $1,000 - Page 2
Jul 4th 2018, 03:00 PM   #33
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  Feb 2018
  Bend, OR

Iím on the cusp of my first track day on the track dedicated bike. This thread lit the fire again to finally get back on the track and stop making excuses.

I hunted and found the bike, started collecting the needed equipment and now feel ready to make it a regular thing. Going to MotoCorsa Track Day at PIR in July 9th and already signed up with MotoFit at ORP on August 11th. It will be my first trip to ORP and Iím really looking foreword to it.
Jul 4th 2018, 03:47 PM   #34
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  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2014 675R, 2015 Versys LT
I did my 1st trackday about 2 weeks ago, I'll be at the motocorsa one on Monday. What bike did you end up getting?

I did keep an eye open during winter, I think in the next 6-9 months I'll have a more track dedicated bike and then an all purpose bike more suited to around town and longer distances.
Jul 4th 2018, 03:59 PM   #35
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  Feb 2018
  Bend, OR

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Originally Posted by Greg
I did my 1st trackday about 2 weeks ago, I'll be at the motocorsa one on Monday. What bike did you end up getting?

I did keep an eye open during winter, I think in the next 6-9 months I'll have a more track dedicated bike and then an all purpose bike more suited to around town and longer distances.


Iíll be there as well. White Tundra, blue easy up and this bike.

2002 GSX-R 750 for $1,000

I serviced it the best I could to be track ready. Plugs, air filter, oil filter, oil change, put a wrench on all bolts and checked everything I could at home. It needed a fork seal and a new set of tires as the date code on the existing ones are from 2004. All and all about 1,750 into the bike. It has been a dedicated track bike from the original owner forward and came with a Manufacturer Certificate of Origin, service manual, 4 sets of body work and an extra rear wheel.

I worked at MotoCorsa back in 2014 so Iím excited to see some of the old crew and meet new track riding friends.

Feel free to come say hi and grab some watermelon and a Gatorade. Iíll have a cooler full of both.

-Donald
Jul 9th 2018, 09:49 PM   #36
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  Feb 2018
  Bend, OR

One hell of a track day. Everything worked out perfect and the weather couldnít have been better. I even picked up a set of used tire warmers for $20.

Only damper on the day was the sound NAZI who felt that yelling at adults and treating them like 4th graders was the correct approach to get sound compliance of 90db!

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Jul 10th 2018, 08:56 AM   #37
 
  Nov 2017
  Vancouver, WA

  2006 GSXR-1000
Mondays are quiet days at the track lol! I can understand why they would be so insistent on sound limits what with the steep fines and all. But it sucks they cant be a bit more professional about it. In all fairness though, alot of riders dont return that professional courtesy to comply and fix their bike when told the first time.

Its a two way street for sure.

Glad you had fun! I would have gone yesterday too but Im covering for two other managers this week so ive got my hands full.
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Jul 10th 2018, 09:08 AM   #38
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  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2014 675R, 2015 Versys LT
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One hell of a track day. Everything worked out perfect and the weather couldnít have been better. I even picked up a set of used tire warmers for $20.
Can't say no to a good deal! Good meeting you yesterday

I'll be at the one on 8/13, running B group here on out.

I had an issue 2nd to last session, bike was overheating so came off the track 2nd lap in. Checked everything and ran last session full pace and no issues. Wonder if there was a sticky thermostat or loose fan wire or something.



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Sep 12th 2018, 03:20 PM   #39
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  Jan 2016
  Vancouver, WA

  2011 R6, 2015 YZ250FX, 2017 FZ-10, 2018 FS450
I'm not a big fan of buying someone else's problems. I rode my 2011 R6 on the street and track for the first few years, and last winter I converted it to track only. It was a good decision and with fiberglass fairings, it will stand up to a crash much better than the OEM plastic fairings. The fact that I don't have to run DOT tires is also a nice bonus. If I need to give it a test ride, I put on a helmet and ride it in my neighborhood. Not sure that's possible where you're at. I'll be interested to see what you end up with.
Sep 13th 2018, 11:33 PM   #40
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  Feb 2018
  Bend, OR

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I'm not a big fan of buying someone else's problems. I rode my 2011 R6 on the street and track for the first few years, and last winter I converted it to track only. It was a good decision and with fiberglass fairings, it will stand up to a crash much better than the OEM plastic fairings. The fact that I don't have to run DOT tires is also a nice bonus. If I need to give it a test ride, I put on a helmet and ride it in my neighborhood. Not sure that's possible where you're at. I'll be interested to see what you end up with.


Why do you find it a bonus not to run DOT tires? Iím thinking of throwing a set of slicks on next season, but the Q3+ tires j have been running are doing great and are fairly affordable. What is the major advantage other than grip? Slicks I have found always have a higher price tag and I feel they would wear down faster.
Sep 14th 2018, 12:08 AM   #41
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
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Why do you find it a bonus not to run DOT tires? Iím thinking of throwing a set of slicks on next season, but the Q3+ tires j have been running are doing great and are fairly affordable. What is the major advantage other than grip? Slicks I have found always have a higher price tag and I feel they would wear down faster.
Depends on your pace. At the faster end, slicks last way longer, plus you can flip most of them backwards to extend their life even more. Canít do that with street tires.
Sep 14th 2018, 09:39 AM   #42
 
  Aug 2016
  Vancouver, BC

Completely agree with slicks. I have 9 track days with them on my R6 and still lots of life. Im running about mid-pack A group at the Ridge.

Buddy with a Q3+ running about the same pace, his tire started to get greasy after 4 days.

Yes, I have heard the argument that you can run within 10sec of track record with all the new street/track tires (ie. Q3+, rosso corsa, etc) but i need all the help i can get to make up for my lack of talent.
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Sep 14th 2018, 03:41 PM   #43
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  Feb 2018
  Bend, OR

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Completely agree with slicks. I have 9 track days with them on my R6 and still lots of life. Im running about mid-pack A group at the Ridge.

Buddy with a Q3+ running about the same pace, his tire started to get greasy after 4 days.

Yes, I have heard the argument that you can run within 10sec of track record with all the new street/track tires (ie. Q3+, rosso corsa, etc) but i need all the help i can get to make up for my lack of talent.


I did notice that the Q3+ wore really fast on my GSX-R 750 and I was as thinking of putting a set on my R1 for next year, but now Iím pretty set on slicks for both bikes. Iíll probably throw the Q3ís on the R1 for a Ridge or Pacific day to burn the last bit of traction off them before going to slicks.

Thanks for the input guys!

Any preferences on slicks. Itís a new world to learn about. Always buy new or are race takeoffs a good way to keep good rubber on the bike while saving ?

Edited by Bowermad on Sep 14th 2018 at 03:44 PM
Sep 17th 2018, 09:12 AM   #44
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Buy a set of Dunlop slicks, they'll last you a full season if not two.
Sep 17th 2018, 09:24 AM   #45
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
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Originally Posted by Bowermad
Any preferences on slicks. Itís a new world to learn about. Always buy new or are race takeoffs a good way to keep good rubber on the bike while saving ?
You'll get recommendations from all over. Do you feel your bike is set up well for Q3's? As much as I'm a Pirelli fanboy, I recommend sticking with the brand your bike is set up for, unless you enjoy playing around with geometry settings (I don't).

If you feel like experimenting, know what sort of carcass and profile you're dealing with. Dunlop slicks are as stiff and steep as they get, so you'll feel every little ripple and bump. Suspension should be set up on the softer side to compensate, steering should be slowed down a little (raise the front or lower the rear).

Pirellis have a soft carcass. The first time you ride them, you think the tires are sliding, but they're actually flexing and soaking up bumps. You can set suspension on the stiffer side and speed up steering (lower the front or raise the rear).

I have no experience with modern Bridgestone or Michelin race tires, but they are much cheaper than the above 2 brands. May be worth trying.

Finally, take offs. 100% take offs. They'll have all the grip you'll ever need at a track day, and you can often find them for less than 1/2 the price of new. When we're talking $450+ for a new set of tires, that makes a huge difference. Just make sure they've always been run with warmers, and get a set of warmers for yourself too.
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