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post #1 of 15 Old 01-20-2008, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Want to start track day riding

Hey guys I am currently in Iraq but plan to set the 04" 10r up for the track.

The current mods are:

AKRA slip-on
Vortex adj. rear sets
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rsc steering damper
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Future mods:

PC3 USB
FULL EXHAUST
TUNE
set up the suspension to my weight.


I don't want to go out and buy a pensky rear, race forks, etc, etc. I jut want to learn how to ride my bike real good at jennings GP before I start buying alL the expensive race shit.

I do want to throw race plastics on it and pick up a set of supr corsa III's for it or maybe full blown slicks.

Can you guys throw me on the right track for a beginner. I think it would be aquidish to go out and do a full ohlins suspension and go all out when I have never dragged a knee before in my life. I mean I can do a full suspension and engine work but do I really need to as a beginner?

So I need you guys to set me on the right track.


What do I need to do to get this bike set up for the track?
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-20-2008, 03:29 PM
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For your first time I'd just be sure you had good tires, race plastics and a damper. Take an air tank and some tools too.

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Do not worry about full exhaust and PCIII use that money for tires and getting your suspension set up I promise you will not be able to use the power you have so a full exhaust is a waste of money for the track. Spend the money you save on that to go to a school and getting more track time that will shave seconds off your laptimes a lot quicker than more HP.

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Don't worry about getting slicks right away, for your first couple of track days most sport tires/supersport tires will work well. Concentrate on being smooth and listen to what the instructors tell you speed will come later. Just my .02.

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Hey guys thanks for the feedback. Note taken on power mods. So as far as suspenion, should I just have the stock rear spring and front forks st up for me or should I go out and buy the good stuff?

Also yes I am not stepping on the track until I take some starter courses.

Also I am going to pick up a set of DBIII's and call it a day.

Haven't researched it yet but does jennings offer classes?
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Believe it or not the stock bits will work pretty good once set-up for your weight/riding style. When you pick up speed then consider suspension upgrades but for now the stock suspension will get you thru your first couple of track days. The 10R can be difficult with set-up but again that's something to worry about after your speed picks up and you start pushing the stock items.

Here's something to think about concerning tires, pick a brand/type and stick with them until you start pushing the limits of the bike/tires. I say this because some people get wrapped up in trying different tires each time they go out and run themselves in circles trying to figure out set-up and tire performance. The DCIIIs are a good choice, stick with them for a couple of track days so you get to know the characteristics/nuances of how they perform and how your bike works with them. If you find the DCIIIs don't work well for you then try another tire and go thru the same process. Again just my .02.

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Hey guys thanks for the feedback. Note taken on power mods. So as far as suspenion, should I just have the stock rear spring and front forks st up for me or should I go out and buy the good stuff?

Also yes I am not stepping on the track until I take some starter courses.

Also I am going to pick up a set of DBIII's and call it a day.

Haven't researched it yet but does jennings offer classes?
It is all according to your weight if it can be set up properly I knocked 5 seconds of my lap times just by getting it set up properly.
The guy that did mine said the shock is OK but the forks need to be re-valved to get the most out of them.

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jennings has the ed bargy race school. check the website jenningsgp.com . they also have control riders ever weekend that will ride with you upon request. great group of people down there. just leave the bike in 3rd gear for the first few session and learn the lines. enjoy and be safe
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It is all according to your weight if it can be set up properly I knocked 5 seconds of my lap times just by getting it set up properly.
The guy that did mine said the shock is OK but the forks need to be re-valved to get the most out of them.
Yes and no.

Oem shock is pure garbage while the Oem forks can work fine for a while

if you're not too heavy... (I'm 215 lbs without gear).

We could not set Sag on the front (on my '05), had 'em resprung and revalved

with Traxxion stuff.




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Yes and no.

Oem shock is pure garbage while the Oem forks can work fine for a while

if you're not too heavy... (I'm 215 lbs without gear).

We could not set Sag on the front (on my '05), had 'em resprung and revalved

with Traxxion stuff.

We got the sag set ok on mine but was almost out of adjustment on the dampening that is why he said that I needed to re-valve mine, shock could be better but was told that I should start with the forks first they needed the most help.
I weigh 185 without gear.

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