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Old 08-21-2008, 02:49 AM   #1
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suzuki track bike

i have a suzuki katana 600 and i want to get into road tracking because it looks like alot of fun. i was wondering if it would make a good track bike i like the way it handles on the street but i dont know if it would be good for track or not. its my first bike and i got it for pretty cheap so i dont really care if i trash it on the track. would it be good to learn the basics on and ride until i get the money to upgrade to a better bike or should i just wait until i get a better bike? thanks
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Old 08-21-2008, 06:14 AM   #2
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if its all u got and u plan on riding it until the wheels fall off track that h03
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:27 AM   #3
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anybody else got an opinion im really thinking about tracking it out
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:31 AM   #4
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I would go ahead and do a couple of track days on her as is(suspension adj, good tires) and then look into purchasing something a bit more track focused. But to start off why you will be fine.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:43 AM   #5
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I would go ahead and do a couple of track days on her as is(suspension adj, good tires) and then look into purchasing something a bit more track focused. But to start off why you will be fine.
thanks for the input
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:04 PM   #6
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I would go ahead and do a couple of track days on her as is(suspension adj, good tires) and then look into purchasing something a bit more track focused. But to start off why you will be fine.
+1. It's a better comfy road bike then a track bike, but put some good tires on it and track it untill you get fast enough to tell your suspension sucks.
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Go to the track as soon as you can...doesn't matter the bike at first. Run what you brung
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thanks for the info im really excited about starting track, do i need race plastics or anything like that?
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:51 PM   #9
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You said the bike was cheap...plastics will save money over stock parts if you crash but since the bike was inexpensive anyway and you don't care if(when) you crash...I wouldn't
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nope, u can run no plastics if u want so you dont mess up the street plastics if u crash
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Come to the track you will not be sorry. As fast as you want (and NO faster).
Ride within your limits, there is nobody there that will judge you or how fast you are. You will find that everyone will help you to learn, and you will become a better rider.

And just might make some new friends in the process.... (not me of course but somebody).
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does anybody have a good track thats good for a noob to learn or are they all pretty much the same
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I think GSS is a good small noob track. On my 1000 I don't even get out of
2nd gear. It's a tight little 1.3 mile track. Also MSRH is a great track also. Actually myu favorite track to ride so far. Try Longhorn motorcycle school with Buck. The next noob day is Sept 13th. It's a great track to learn on, not to big not to small at 2.45 miles and Bucks noob days are very relaxing with the 30 min sessions and they really put you at ease with there help.
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Old 08-22-2008, 04:28 PM   #14
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you would enjoy MSRH. Pretty technical track with a few long straights. It will surely test your ability to toss around a heavy Katana.
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does anybody have a good track thats good for a noob to learn or are they all pretty much the same
LSTD has a "noob" group at every track day except CMRA race weekends at TWS (Texas World Speedway) and Eagle's Canyon. Sign up and enjoy the experience.

Nobody makes track bodywork for the Katana, but the good thing is that any year Katana bodywork from '89 to '07 will fit, and there's plenty out there to be had.

Make sure you read Patrick's stuck thread on the top of this forum, and make sure your bike is in excellent working condition (tires, brakes, fluids, etc).

The Katana's suspension is largely un-adjustable; however, it is fine for the first-timer to take to the track. There are suspension upgrades you can do (like emulators and springs on the front, shock on the rear) that you will end up doing if you keep it for the track no doubt!

ANY track is a "good" track to learn on. Some are just closer than others. Whatever event you choose to attend for your first track day, make sure you take advantage of the instruction. You won't regret it.

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nick, I would be more worried if you bike would pass inspection.
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