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post #1 of 20 Old 07-12-2010, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Dragstrip noob alert (video inside)


I was hoping for a better ET ... BUT ...

Although I'm used to launching my roadrace FZR400, I've never done it in earnest on the big bike ... And I'm not used to the christmas tree, I didn't figure out the bit about leaving on the last yellow instead of the green until talking to others afterward, that would take some getting used to.

I can't believe I couldn't figure out how to adjust the RPM that the shift light comes on. Time to dig out the owner's book. The stock tach is useless (as all gen 1 owners know).

It was a hot day, which probably didn't help (approx 30 C and high humidity)

On the other hand, the +2 rear sprocket and 4 links longer chain to push the axle far back was a good thing to do. I have the front preload dialed back in the interest of getting proper sag ... I think this helped, too. I had some wheelies but they were not hard to control, easier than I thought it was going to be.

And, aside from the gearing and a steering damper, my bike is bog standard in terms of performance. Stock exhaust, stock catalytic converter ... The people watching said my bike was practically silent going down the track compared to everything else

How do the clutches stand up on these? I admit to taking it a bit easy on the launches in the interest of still having a bike that still works at the end of the day.

I wanna do this again! It's a different feeling from roadracing, but ... burnouts that nobody yells at you about, hard launches, violent acceleration, what's not to like? (and is it wrong to be wanting still more power )

Somehow, everything fun about motorcycles (to me) involves wrecking tires in some way shape or form, but at least this way I can take a pre-wrecked tire from a roadrace bike and finish it off at the drag strip LOL

comments and constructive criticism welcome ...


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by the way, I could do reasonably consistent 11.2's without any trouble, did a couple of 11.1's, but 10's remained elusive. Should also mention that the bike has about 60,000 km on it.


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Better than i could do bud,,,looks damn good to me for the first time!!!! I was trying to see what rpm you were leaving at cause there's a few guys on here leaving at 10 grand!!!!! i've been to a strip here in Baytown but never taken the bike down for a run!!!

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thanks for sharing man!!!! nice video editing!

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You def need to shift at higher rpm's and maybe work on your launching a little bit but other than that good runs. Aslo FYI it's bad track ettiquette to fully stage before your opponet has broken the first beam.


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yeah to adjust your shift light. turn your key on and hold both the buttons on the left of your gage. that will pull up where your shift light is set. nice video! drag racing is definitely addicting! i love to raod race but can't afford it so i turned to drag racing. i think if you shift later, closer to redline get wide open asap and take the tank cam off so you can tuck better you'll get into the 10's easy
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Looks good GoFaster! Keep at it and your comfort level and times will improve

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Thanks for the tips. Didn't know about the track etiquette thing ... this is something that there is no possible way for a noob to know beforehand.

I figured out the shift light adjustment, that's done now. The tank camera wasn't really all that big an obstruction. Couldn't have done that video without it, though, and having watched it a few times myself, I think I can leave on the last yellow on the next try instead of waiting for the green.

I'll probably give it another go in another couple of weeks, and failing that, I'll bring the bike to the next roadrace round at that track, same as I did this time.


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Micron, I watched your video, too. Fast time for a 600 there! But, you left on the last yellow like others have been telling me, and redlighted. This looks like a tricky bit to get right!

edit: I counted your shifts. 6th gear by the end of the quarter mile? Short gearing!!


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Micron, I watched your video, too. Fast time for a 600 there! But, you left on the last yellow like others have been telling me, and redlighted. This looks like a tricky bit to get right!

edit: I counted your shifts. 6th gear by the end of the quarter mile? Short gearing!!
it takes alot of practice to get to where you can cut consistently good lights. I leave when i see the last yellow and consistently cut .030 lights


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