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Old 12-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #581
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thanks for the info... I do think I can get a better deal.. us bikes are easier on the track then they are... plus we set up faster too... Ill see whats up... update will follow shortly...
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:33 PM   #582
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Found this on HRPs website:

Houston Raceway Park's drag strip is available for private testing/rental. For further information contact Kenny DeLaughter at 281.383.7223.
Track Rental Fee: $300 per car (3 car minimum)
Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Rental includes track prep, starting line crew, ambulance service, & safety safari team.

Maybe it would be cheaper for bikes, or maybe your contact would give you a different or better deal, i dunno...

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For $300 they better serve lunch as well.

Really though, $300 bucks for 7 hours with only you and your buddies there you should be able to make 30+ passes easily. Basically 10 bucks a pass

Still not as good as the 7 passes for $20 that I did last night. $2.85 a pass.

Man that guy in the orange charger was though. He sat in the staging lane for over an hour without running and some of us on bikes were hot lapping and making 2-3 passes in that same hour.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:37 PM   #583
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:41 PM   #584
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:43 PM   #585
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Oh yeah, you would be able to make as many passes as your bike could handle. I have been to the strip before when there were only maybe 20-30 cars there and I bet I made 15 passes the first 2hrs... I think I made 40 passes that day....I know I had to change the clutch pack halfway through the day..... Sux though trying to get it set up on a day that everyone can make and the weather be good. It would be a big feat to put together but it would be a blast, even if we had to do it during the week. I would take off work for that ...... I would bring both of my bikes and run the out of both of em.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:46 PM   #586
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I was just about to say that..... R/T means nothing unless you are actually racing against the other person.

You can deep stage to get a better R/T but usually less roll out means a lower trap speed and can affect your et as well.

When drag racing my car I always shallow staged and trained myself to leave earlier so I got the extra roll out and still tree'd a good light.....staged just enough to light the 2nd bulb.
Couple other things to help your reaction time. On the "sportsman" tree like you guys ran, there is .500 sec between the bulbs. To get a perfect reaction (used to be .500, but that confused noobs, so they dropped it to reaction off the green), you need to actually start moving before you see the green. So you need to play around with your and the bikes reaction, and work on timing the last light. If you watch the bulbs, each one has a illumination time. They don't just pop on, they actually start dim, then grow bright, then dim back down before the next light. Real evident in slo motion.

Another thing about a bike is that they tend to lift the wheel rather than roll forward, so they get quicker reaction times than cars (the bike, not the driver).

99% of the beginners have the most trouble getting cleanly off the line, and that is were all the time is to be made or lost in a drag race.

Adding a couple clicks to the rear compression dampening will make the back work harder, and keep the front end down more. You can try softening the rebound as well but it isn't as evident.

Strapping the front will help as well. Also get your feet back, on your toes, and get as low and as forward on the tank as you can.
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this might be a stupid question , but is the clutch pack a full change of your clutch system? how do you know when you need to change it?
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this might be a stupid question , but is the clutch pack a full change of your clutch system? how do you know when you need to change it?
Clutch pack is the fibers and plates and sometimes the springs. You'll know when it needs changed, it usually starts slipping between gears..

When you do one of these nights, give it plenty of cool down time; resist the urge to hot lap and abuse it.

Also don't try to launch at kazillion rpm and slip the clutch. Try around 4K or so, and shoot for a smooth release and increasing throttle at the same time. You basically want to hear the motor stay steady the entire time the clutch is coming out, then go up from there.

You can practice this at stoplights...
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this might be a stupid question , but is the clutch pack a full change of your clutch system? how do you know when you need to change it?
Its just the clutch pack itself, meaning the fibers and steel plates. If your clutch starts slipping or you start losing mph in the same day, you need to change em. Also if it starts getting real "grabby" or its bucking on launches.....Lastly if the bike is pulling through the clutch meaning if you have the clutch pulled all the way in and the bike is in gear and its trying to push forward, eventhough the clutch in, the stack is warped and needs changing, if you race a lot, you will cook the clutches eventually. If you neglect changing them, you will eventually warp the basket's inner hub and the pressure plate. If you race a lot, change your oil often that will help your clutches(and engine) live longer. Once you burn through about 3-4 clutch packs, you need to pull the oil pan and clean the oil pick up on the oil pump to prevent starvation..
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yeah I could feel my clutch slipping a bit... then again my bike ran times 2 with Brena and I ... do I need to change it??? I only have 2500 miles on it...
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yeah I could feel my clutch slipping a bit... then again my bike ran times 2 with Brena and I ... do I need to change it??? I only have 2500 miles on it...


NO I am sure its fine, it probably just got over heated.....If you hot lap more then 2-3 passes in a row, they will start acting up..>Sometimes they slip, sometimes they grab and buck on launches. I am sure you are fine.

You should easily get 40-50 passes out of a clutch pack unless you are just a freakin animal on the clutch. I have made 200 passes on a clutch pack before. you can pull the clutch pack out and check it for trueness and measure the stack height. Also you can put some stiffer springs in it to make it hold better but thats a lot harder on your clutch hand.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:07 PM   #593
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well I will have to try again next track day... I know I can run low 10s but I was doing mid 11s
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Not to confuse Ariel but are most sport bikes wet clutch?

If so are you using synthetic oil?

I probably just opened up a whole can of worms but I am curious since I'm a wet clutch and I'm running royal purple.
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thanks for the info, i only had 4 races and every launch i did between 4 and 5. smooth all the way through.
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thanks for the info, i only had 4 races and every launch i did between 4 and 5. smooth all the way through.
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whaa ha ha .. i was hopping you would forget...lol... i mean, i meant to do that.. yeah
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