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Old 12-01-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Launching

I've never taken my bike down an 1/8 or 1/4 mile track but I'm going this weekend. In what gear, and how do you launch?
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:43 PM   #2
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1st gear. There is no exact recipe for a good launch. There are many factors involved. Gearing, tire pressure, wheel base, clutch skillz, and are the biggest factors. Just start doing it and you will get better and faster. What track and when?
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Launch in first gear. my best advice, which was given to me when i first started drag racing, is launch like your taking off aggressively from a stoplight, then go from there, when you get comfortable launching like that, you can start staging at higher rpms and slipping the clutch more to keep the front on the ground. another tip is to stage with your grip high, with your elbow up in the air. it makes it easier to get to wot without adjusting your grip. another tip is dont worry about who is in the other lane, and launch when your ready, concentrate on getting that clutch lever out of your hand and getting to wot as soon as possible, preferably before you pass the tree, reaction time is not important unless your racing, and the clocks will only start timing you once your front tire rolls out the beams, even if you sit there with the green light on for a couple seconds.

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Launch in first gear. my best advice, which was given to me when i first started drag racing, is launch like your taking off aggressively from a stoplight, then go from there, when you get comfortable launching like that, you can start staging at higher rpms and slipping the clutch more to keep the front on the ground. another tip is to stage with your grip high, with your elbow up in the air. it makes it easier to get to wot without adjusting your grip. another tip is dont worry about who is in the other lane, and launch when your ready, concentrate on getting that clutch lever out of your hand and getting to wot as soon as possible, preferably before you pass the tree, reaction time is not important unless your racing, and the clocks will only start timing you once your front tire rolls out the beams, even if you sit there with the green light on for a couple seconds.

hope this helps

Sounds pretty good to me. He went a little more advanced than I did.
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1st gear. There is no exact recipe for a good launch. There are many factors involved. Gearing, tire pressure, wheel base, clutch skillz, and are the biggest factors. Just start doing it and you will get better and faster. What track and when?
bluewave are yall going to be out at hmp this friday night?
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bluewave are yall going to be out at hRp this friday night?
whoops, my bad, meant to say hrp. im thinkin about heading down there myself friday to tune this hays clutch instead of san antonio. maybe ill see yall there
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I have some garage time ahead if I am gonna go. I'm having motivation issues. I wish I had a master link so I could change chains. I need to change rear wheels and add the springs and clutch mod.
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I'll be there Friday night
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Bluewave18..I can't decide which track I want to go to. I'd love to run the 1/4 mile but I don't have leathers.the reason I'm asking all this is because my friend has a jetta with cat-back exhaust who thinks he'll run me on the strip haha
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:31 PM   #11
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Neither track is real inclined to let you run cars. I have seen it done at HMP. Its usually money races though.
There will be a group of us at Baytown. None of us are pros but we can help you get going. You can get away with no leathers. You just cant cross at more than 120mph. You're new at it and the front half of the track is all you need to get going. I barely give a what Im running top speed or 1/4 et. Im going to work on 60 feet. Im not even gonna spray it Fri. I took the bottle off.
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just hold it at redline bouncing that beast off of 16k rpm and release the clutch!

wait, no...that didnt work out too well last time....
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:19 PM   #14
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Didn't make it to the track on friday, is anyone going to be out there this weekend? and if i dont need full leathers then whats the requirement other than helmet, jacket, gloves and jeans?
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You should of went out to LMP near sealy. They don't require leather pants. I went out for my first time with Helmet, Jacket, Gloves, Boots, and Jeans. I was trapping 136-137. They don't say .
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They are having another test & tune on December 18th. If the weather is nice I might go out again.
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