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Old 05-01-2009   #1
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Time for the real test…

Bill and I spent last weekend at Putnam road coarse with Cycle Options. I have to send a big thanks to Kenny and Dean for all the track time helping me get my bike broke in. I guess I should rewind a little.

My suspension parts did not come in until Thursday (the day before we had to leave). I was grateful to see my new shock in the box. I wasn’t expecting to see it for another week or so. I spent that whole evening fixing the fork that needed the longer metering rod and installing the new cartridge in the other one. I also installed my new shock and finished up the rest of the loose ends. Jeff stopped over and helped out with a bunch of other things. The bike was finally done and I headed over to Kenny’s house to pick up his dirt bike and scooter. I haul them to Putnam for him so he can take his Corvette and make a few hot laps at lunch.

Bill and I decided to load Friday before we leave. I was able to leave a little early from work. That was a good thing because I had a lot of shit left to do. I figured I should probably ride the bike before I throw it in the trailer. So I guessed at the front fork adjustment and take it for a spin. Lucky for me everything worked and I immediately loaded in the trailer. Bill and I didn’t get rolling until 8:30 that evening which was about 2 hours later than I had hoped. I also managed to forget a bunch of shit like cameras and tools I thankfully didn’t need.

My little GSXR finally made to the track. I spent most of the morning with the beginner and intermediate groups trying to take it easy on the motor. In between sessions I bet I heard 30 different techniques on how to break in a motor. By lunch I was revving the engine to 14,000 RPM and was playing with the self-mapping tool that I got with my Bazzaz unit. What a neat little tool. After lunch I started taking it to red line and rode it a little harder. I sat out the last few sessions to let the engine cool down so I could change the oil.

Sunday I road it moderately hard until the session before lunch. Before I took off I set the Bazzaz to learn and proceeded beat it’s eyeballs out. The map it learned was totally different and much better. Holly crap it made a lot more power. I slapped some new tires on it and I really enjoy my afternoon. I let Dean ride it for a session and I didn’t think he was going to give it back. Apparently he liked it a little.

The crazy thing about this weekend was I didn’t turn a wrench on it. That “eyeball” of a setting I put in the front was damn near perfect and I never touched the rear. I didn’t even set the sag until 2 days ago and everything was right were it was supposed to be. Those Traxxion guys really know there shit.

Now we are off to Nelson for the first WERA North Central round. Jeff and I are all loaded up and on the way. April was tough month for me and I hope all that hard work pays off this weekend.

A big thanks to Middletown Cycle, Worldwide Bearings, NKYSigns and Sharkskinz for helping me get everything together and Localriders for allowing me share my experiences. Hopefully I will have a great report from Nelson.
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Old 05-01-2009   #2
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Re: Time for the real test…

Good luck, Rob.

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Old 05-01-2009   #3
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Re: Time for the real test…

Man, I hope that Middletown gave you the bike as much as you advertise for them. I know Wrobel got a better deal, but man... That's a lot of free advertising... You ought to calm it down so you can maybe get a little more next year.

You also should set sag every time you go out and not wait until after. The shock and forks get that oil warm and the sag numbers change. My $.02...

Good luck at Nelson.
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Old 05-01-2009   #4
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Re: Time for the real test…

so...were you any faster?
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Old 05-01-2009   #5
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Re: Time for the real test…

How much do you really know?

I do check my sag very often. Especially with new springs. By the way, oil viscosity doesn't change sag numbers. Sag is all spring tension. Once the oil gets warm your damping (rebound and compression) will change. Thanks for your help.
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Old 05-01-2009   #6
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Re: Time for the real test…

Hope you have a great weekend, Rob!

Cheers,
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Re: Time for the real test…

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How much do you really know?
you talking to me? lol i figured the new bike and all the fancy stuff might be a significant improvement from previous.
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Old 05-01-2009   #8
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Re: Time for the real test…

a good fork oil doesn't change in viscosity either. (well it isn't supposed to)
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Old 05-01-2009   #9
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Re: Time for the real test…

Come by and see me I am right by tech. This weather sucks.
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Re: Time for the real test…

Rob,
Best of luck to you and Nick.
I envy you!
Weird! My old WERA # was 621. The number I planned on using for AHRMA was either 211 or 112. The 621 comes from my oldest son's birthday (2-1) then, they made me add a number so I added the 6 for my youngest son's birth month. The 211 (or 112) represents my grand twins birthday (March 11TH) and my other grandsons birthday (May 2nd --tomorrow!).
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Re: Time for the real test…

I'm planning to go Sunday to hang out and watch races. See ya!
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Re: Time for the real test…

Best of luck ... Go fast and take chances!

Really just have a good time...
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Re: Time for the real test…

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Come by and see me I am right by tech. This weather sucks.
Good luck nick .. I hope the weather gets better

Saturday and Sunday looks better there than here in Cincinnati
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Re: Time for the real test…

Good luck rob, and thanks for all fo yours and bills help thanks a million!!!
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Re: Time for the real test…

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How much do you really know?

I do check my sag very often. Especially with new springs. By the way, oil viscosity doesn't change sag numbers. Sag is all spring tension. Once the oil gets warm your damping (rebound and compression) will change. Thanks for your help.
What I was refering to was that you need to check suspension settings often and especially not 2 days after an event. You can also change sag settings by adjusting compression on a bike to a degree. But, that's why you are a regional racer, right and not at the WERA National level? Or, it is why you always see guys checking sag often.

Another note is that the suspension will also move oil through the valves a certain way. Slower when cold, quicker when warm... Thus, checking sag numbers first thing in the morning may not be the same as if checked after the first session, etc... It is not as cut and dry as you explain it to be...
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