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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,Just bought a 2011 ex race bike,planning on doing track days for now,maybe a bit of club racing later.Havn't ridden the bike yet so very keen to see what all the hype is about.Great forum ,been reading as much as I can to get clued up on the bike.I'll try an keep my stupid questions to a minimum would post a pic if I could figure that out
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Welcome in board.This is a really great bike.Enjoy

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 04:02 PM
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If it has upgraded suspension and decent tyres-YOU WILL LOVE IT!

When you master it(i.e you control the bike/not you just hanging on!)you will love the fact that nothing touches it on the straights and it corners as well as a 600.

The only downside is,on a trackday,you will have no-one pass you so you can easily get bored! and there is only one way to go then-You will have to race it!!!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Yes has race spec ohlins all round ,wheele are stock,already thinking of getting some lighter wheels and maybe a bit of carbon bling.
I've raced before so when I do track days I try to find someone as fast as me and have a bit of fun overtaking and backing off a bit to let them get past and then trying to pass again,otherwise as you say can get a bit boring just going round and round :-)
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Nice re: the suspension.

Lighter wheels will definitely make a huge difference. I'd stay away from carbon fiber though. Some magnesium or maybe some used HP4 wheels (that would undoubtedly be popping up on eBay in the near future) will be the biggest upgrade you can make, in terms of handling (since you have upgraded suspension).

What about the the steering damper? Is that upgraded also? the stock one is..ehhh...

Carbon bling won't make the bike faster. If you replace all of the fairings with race carbon (thin), you'll save a few pounds. But the rough estimate is for every 7 pounds lost, you gain 1 horsepower. That equation is pretty close. I think it might be closer to 8 or 9 pounds. But, I'm sure a quick google search can figure it out.

Then again, loosing 7 pounds of weight from your body is the cheapest way to go. MotoGP guys are 135-150 lbs. for a reason. Rossi is like a twig. Then again, if you do loose the weight you may have do have your suspension rebuilt. But, it's still the cheapest way to gain h.p.

Have fun man and welcome to the forum. I'm jealous! :-)

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Yes has an ohlins steering damper,the carbon fibre would just be for looks,may save my money and do more track days ,I'm about 74kgs /160 lbs so don't really need to lose any weight :-)
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If it has upgraded suspension and decent tyres-YOU WILL LOVE IT!

When you master it(i.e you control the bike/not you just hanging on!)you will love the fact that nothing touches it on the straights and it corners as well as a 600.

The only downside is,on a trackday,you will have no-one pass you so you can easily get bored! and there is only one way to go then-You will have to race it!!!
What happens if a 600 does pass you?!

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Yes has an ohlins steering damper,the carbon fibre would just be for looks,may save my money and do more track days ,I'm about 74kgs /160 lbs so don't really need to lose any weight :-)
For some reason I can only post in this section,won't let me post anywhere else ?
You now have more than 3 posts... you should be free to post in other areas now (except the classifieds, that takes 15+ posts).

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What happens if a 600 does pass you?!
Funnily enough,you always go quicker!!

Mind you,if it's a well known racer you go quicker until you can think of an excuse to pit!!
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