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Old 11-13-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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I have been thinking about getting a race bike for next season. I have the 954 for street. Do you think it would make a decent track bike? It would have to pull double duty.

I was thinking maybe I should make sure I like the track enough before diving head first into a dedicated race bike.

I was simply thinking that it is a bigger bike, and the chassis is somewhat dated. I would rather have a newer 600 tracked out.

Either way, I plan on being out there and showing people how slow an old guy can be!
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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Hey once you get good at that you will be even better on a 600

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I would use it for double duty. I think it would depend on your riding style. If you are not pushing it really hard I would not worry about getting another bike.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:04 PM   #5
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seems like a lot of work to me...setting up for the race, and then putting it back street legal again after every race.. but outside the extra work, it should be just fine.
from me though, it is just theory, i race the TMGP bikes... my 600 goes to trackdays but it is not dressed in track plastics and safety wired and set up for racing like your bike would have to be. are you plannig on getting another set of wheels and doing race tires on them, or using the same tires race and street?
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I am using my CBR 954 at the track, and the bike is a beast. Couple of things about the 954, it suffers from head shake pretty bad on acceleration. There was a recall on the head bearings that was supposed to alleviate that problem. I have bought the head bearings, but have not replaced them yet. I wouldn't get near a track without a steering dampener on the 954rr.

I have been using a Scott's steering dampener, but plan to move to a linear style dampener. I have had to crank up the Scott's quite a bit to get rid of the head shake. Now, once you get past that, the 954 is super light, and very agile. Even in street form it's lighter than most track only bikes, weighing in at 369 (Dry).

Just remove the mirrors, tape up the lights and go hit a track day with Ridesmart. You will have a blast and become hopelessly addicted like the rest of us.
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I think he just wants to do track days
his post said race bike for next season...if he is just talking trackdays, it will be a lot less hastle
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It should make a fine track bike, but you'll be down on power - significantly - vs your competition if you decide to race superbike/superstock
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its heavy, clunky, and handles like beer sour . you should give it to me and get yourself something newer and more updated for your purposes.
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I am using my CBR 954 at the track, and the bike is a beast. Couple of things about the 954, it suffers from head shake pretty bad on acceleration. There was a recall on the head bearings that was supposed to alleviate that problem. I have bought the head bearings, but have not replaced them yet. I wouldn't get near a track without a steering dampener on the 954rr.

I have been using a Scott's steering dampener, but plan to move to a linear style dampener. I have had to crank up the Scott's quite a bit to get rid of the head shake. Now, once you get past that, the 954 is super light, and very agile. Even in street form it's lighter than most track only bikes, weighing in at 369 (Dry).

Just remove the mirrors, tape up the lights and go hit a track day with Ridesmart. You will have a blast and become hopelessly addicted like the rest of us.
I had a 954 with all the goodies. Ohlins shock, dampener, race tech forks, etc. I sold it after the O&G crash. This one is BONE STOCK.

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I think he just wants to do track days
I plan on track days at first. I have a feeling I will become addicted, and want a dedicated race bike. I havent raced a bike since I was 18 (MX). It will probably all come back.

I will probably run on street tires for the first one or 2 track days. If I get hooked enough to run race tires, I will probably just spring for a full time track .

I need to respring and revalve the bike for back roads, anyway. I will be looking to get that done soon.
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I ran the Dunlop Q2's until I took the ARC and moved up to level 3, then I moved up to the Dunlop GPA's. Never had any problems with them what so ever, great dual use tire.
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Most people can run street tires for a good long time. I ran a slow intermediate pace on pilot power 2CTs with no hint of slip.
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If the option is a 954 or a newer 06+ 600 I'd go with the 600. You can't go wrong with an 06+ R6 or GSXR 600. Plus the parts are plentiful when you crash. Notice I didn't say "if".
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I have 500 mile bt016s on it right now.
Should be fine.
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If the option is a 954 or a newer 06+ 600 I'd go with the 600. You can't go wrong with an 06+ R6 or GSXR 600. Plus the parts are plentiful when you crash. Notice I didn't say "if".
I have never crashed (on pavement). It looks like it might hurt.

That is one big reason I was thinking about a track ... not crashing my street bike.
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I have never crashed (on pavement). It looks like it might hurt.

That is one big reason I was thinking about a track ... not crashing my street bike.
Call your insurance provider and see if it covers trackdays. I know foremost does
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There are a lot of track bikes available, especially this time of year. Not a bad bang for your buck buying used. You can usually find a good bike with lots of track goodies already on it.
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