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Old 09-27-2010, 07:51 AM   #21
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Parking lot is a bad idea. Very bad idea! Far too many variables out there. Go to the track.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:31 AM   #22
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Lemme just beat a dead horse real quick.

There are racers that still have yet to put a knee down. I was passing and lapping knee draggers all day yesterday, and I still have a little under a centimeter of chicken strips on my rear wheel.

Also, go look at the price of knee pucks. You don't want to train yourself to plow through those. Watch the pros even. They put their knee out to gauge where they are, not to actually drag. Drag slows you down.
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...I've taken the strips completely off the Gixxer an the Triumph and not put a knee firmly down (scrapped once!) at the track.

It's a result of doing things correct. Hanging off like a monkey, crossed up as the day is long, at 20mph is just....retarded? LOL
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Also, go look at the price of knee pucks. You don't want to train yourself to plow through those. Watch the pros even. They put their knee out to gauge where they are, not to actually drag. Drag slows you down.
Exactly. As soon as I feel knee dragging, I bring the puck off the ground. I have had the same pucks on my leather for 2 seasons.

After going through a few sets real fast, I quickly realized that it was just another expense in this hobby I didnt want to deal with.

There was a thing on Roadracing World a few years back and they showed a picture of all the rider's pucks after a race. Some of these guy's pucks were barely scratched.

I wish I could find the pic.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:38 AM   #25
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(def not the fastest).

Not on that bike.
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i'm going to do a track day. i'm just gonna set aside some funds and go out there because even though it's my only transportation that hasn't stopped me from going out and riding twisties and at least that's in a safer environment.

and what are chicken strips? i apologize in advance for newbity
on the outside of my pirellis are these little tridents just before the edge of the tire..it looks like i've been riding on them..is that too far?
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and what are chicken strips? i apologize in advance for newbity
on the outside of my pirellis are these little tridents just before the edge of the tire..it looks like i've been riding on them..is that too far?
Chicken strips are the unused edge of your tire.

You're only leaning too far if you low-side.

The chicken strips on my Triumph is that last 1/8th inch of shinny rubber...

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whats the value of dragging a knee anyway?
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ok, my tire looks like this. they're fairly new. i'm guessing a track day would kill em, so i'll need to plan to buy tires to keep going to work after that lol


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whats the value of dragging a knee anyway?
ARE YO SERIOUS??!! Its a huge ego boost to some.

Last time a guy bragged to me that he dragged both knees, I asked him if he was sucking .
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believe it or not i can scoot around some folks at the track with out issues on that little beater
I am kidding. I would love to get a Ninja 250, throw some sticky tires on it and go t MSRH or Cresson with it.
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ok, my tire looks like this. they're fairly new. i'm guessing a track day would kill em, so i'll need to plan to buy tires to keep going to work after that lol


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How do you figure a track day will kill them? I think your assumption is way off. LOL

There's tons of life left in those and if you're at a track like GSS that's pretty kind to tires you'll be just fine. At most if they're a little squared off you can un do that a little bit.
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How do you figure a track day will kill them? I think your umption is way off. LOL
lol, like i said, i have no idea what to expect going to the track

i'm completely open to forgetting everything i "know" to learn the right way, so i'm pumped about getting to the track, just want to be completely prepared

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lol, like i said, i have no idea what to expect going to the track

i'm completely open to forgetting everything i "know" to learn the right way, so i'm pumped about getting to the track, just want to be completely prepared


No worries, I was in the same boat as you back in Feb.

Just make sure everything is torqued good and to spec. Check yer pads and make sure there's plenty of life left and yer brake fluid is nice and clear with a tight lever. Clean and lube the chain. Check the slack. Tape off head lights, tail lights and blinkers. Pull the mirrors off and head to the track. I like to tape off a section of my tach and my speedo too.
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Not sure what insurance co would cover any wrecked bike (knowingly) that was crashed on a race track. I crashed a bike on my first track day back in '99. Had to fix it on my own dime. Got to be sure on your health insurance too. Most major companies will cover, but saw a few crashers with policies over the years that were not aware of exclusions that applied to "extreme activites", acts of war etc. And found out the hard way when the bills showed up.
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Not sure what insurance co would cover any wrecked bike (knowingly) that was crashed on a race track. I crashed a bike on my first track day back in '99. Had to fix it on my own dime. Got to be sure on your health insurance too. Most major companies will cover, but saw a few crashers with policies over the years that were not aware of exclusions that applied to "extreme activites", acts of war etc. And found out the hard way when the bills showed up.
I know State Farm covers closed course instruction. (TD that has no race involved)
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