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    First track day help.

    I was hoping tht some of you might have insight on this topic.

    (Well Iknow you do but I figured I could post, get some info and then it might help others.)

    I am looking to do at least one track day this year. At Loudon in NH.

    I have heard Penguin is a good school. (any others there?)

    I am specifically wondering which program I should do, the race class or the track day.

    Then I figured we could do a list of things a first timer would want to have when going to the track.

    Also I am wondering if anyone else is doing a track school at loudon this year.

    Thanks in advance,

    Doc.
    BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ CRF 110 Mini Motard, DUCATI: 748
    Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
    "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

    #2
    This is a good read. My teammate Gene's experiences.

    http://maberacing.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24




    I'd suggest a trackday before the racing school. Granted I went straight to race school... but my goal was to start racing ASAP.
    CVMA Expert 434
    LD Designs :: Pirelli :: Racer's Edge :: Woodcraft :: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

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      #3
      GSXR Front?

      So about this GSXR front end... Will that bolt right up?

      What are some pros and cons?

      I think this shold be a new thread
      BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ CRF 110 Mini Motard, DUCATI: 748
      Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
      "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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        #4
        Oh and can I pit with you guys over in 1a?
        BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ CRF 110 Mini Motard, DUCATI: 748
        Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
        "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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          #5
          GSXR front end is NOT a direct bolt up. I'm still in the process of getting it on there. RC51/929/954 front ends all bolt up directly however...

          Pros: Way stiffer forks
          Fully adjustable
          Cartridge
          Lighter than F2
          Better brakes

          Cons: Pain in ass to mount

          A F2/F3 front end is extremely capable however, when set up right (raceteched and stuff). Your Hawk forks are actually the same as F2's.. just minus one disc. If you Racetech your forks and add the Lenac brake kit (see other thread), your front end will be extremely will behaved.



          Sure, feel free to pit up in our area at LRRS. We are only there for the Races. More Hawk's the merrier!
          CVMA Expert 434
          LD Designs :: Pirelli :: Racer's Edge :: Woodcraft :: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

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            #6
            I'd highly suggest running with an RC51 front end...it'll be much easier to find a setup that's been revalved and sprung than the cbr pieces. Bolts right up and you'll have a nice big beefy front to strut around behind.

            The GSXR parts are actually rather difficult to fit to anything outside of Suzuki and older Yamaha bikes.
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              #7
              I'll point out, though, that running with just about any inverted fork assembly will leave you missing a speedometer.
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                #8
                Originally Posted by Makenzie71
                I'll point out, though, that running with just about any inverted fork assembly will leave you missing a speedometer.
                Unless of course you mount up a Sigma bicycle speedo
                I too recommend RC51 over GSXR. I searched for one for MONTHS without much luck and ran across a good full GSXR front end deal.. so I went with it.
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                LD Designs :: Pirelli :: Racer's Edge :: Woodcraft :: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

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                  #9
                  bicycle speedos are bare-bones effective...I can't stand them, though. You can't see them at night, they're too laggy, they're too small to see easily, and I don't really like the idea of a sensor being bolted to my wheels.

                  I ran one on my FZ600...I bought the bike off the track and put street equipment on it. It worked but it got REAL annoying seeing it go 5mph...72mph....---... I need something that hangs with my rate of accelleration and decelleration.
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                    #10
                    I actually never mounted mine. I bought it for my Superhawk because VTR speedo's are notoriously ineffective (ie: WRONG). Now the Sigma sits in a drawer since my Superhawk got smooshed by a car.

                    I've entertained the notion of mounting it up to my raceHawk just for the fun of it. See my average speed, highest top speed, total distance, etc etc. Might be amusing.
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                    LD Designs :: Pirelli :: Racer's Edge :: Woodcraft :: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

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                      #11
                      I don't think the sigma piece will do you much good above 70mph...actually most don't top 100kph (62mph).
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                        #12
                        It's been about 4 years since I bought my Sigma, so my facts are a bit fuzzy on which models. But I do know the Sigma I got, and a few other Sig models, are triple digit capable. Hence why motorcycle dudes liked Sigma's. Is your Hawk triple digit capable? That's a different story

                        Perhaps that's changed in recent years. I have no idea.
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                        LD Designs :: Pirelli :: Racer's Edge :: Woodcraft :: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

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                          #13
                          If it can handle tripple digits it might be a bit better. I know the one I had zero'ed out after 72mph...which made it really annoying because by the time it registered 72 I was already in the triples and had to slow back down. It wasnt a sigma, though...
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                            #14
                            Ahhh Hah! Here is the speedo post!

                            So only option is a digital cyclocomputer... perferably Sigma. Have you heard of Avocet?
                            BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ CRF 110 Mini Motard, DUCATI: 748
                            Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
                            "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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                              #15
                              This seems like so long ago...
                              BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ CRF 110 Mini Motard, DUCATI: 748
                              Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
                              "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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