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post #1 of 15 Old 05-04-2012, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Going to the local strip which is also the road course for the first time. I'll be taking my 05 636. I don't launch normally but would like some tips to improve quickly.

My but outs are terrible but hopefully the water box fixes that issue. I also know to feather the clutch not throttle.

Do you guys load the rear suspension or no? Just looking for a couple of dos and don'ts to make the most of it. Perhaps this can be a sticky.

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how are you setting the bike up? low or strap or anything? drop the tire pressure a little bit, if youre not stretched you probably wont have to worry much about traction. If you can get it, strap the front down and lower the rear. The 6 isnt gonna try and wheelie as hard as the 10 does, but still be prepared. Start at the lower RPMs and work your way up. Try launching from 5k and practice keeping it at 5k while youre launching. You want to be dialing in more throttle as quickly as you can. Control the RPMs with the clutch, not the throttle. If youre comfortable with it, do a quick spin of the tire to throw off the dirt and crap. Also, go around the waterbox, not through it. When youre coming up to the line, put your weight over the tank as best as you can.

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If you wet the rear tire prior to burn-out, make sure you burn off all the moisture...My first time at the strip with my 636, that's what i did, or should i say didn't do, and it made for quite the launch with a slick rear tire, luckily i didn't go 100% first run


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so did you go yet?

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I went but it was shut down due to rain. It'll be open again on Saturday but I don't know if i'll be able to go until tomorrow. The 6R is setup for aggressive road riding/trackdays. Tire pressure is 32 front and rear with michelin power pures. Bike is dialed in for my weigh but again for road racing.

Regards to the water box I'm guessing go around and back in?

I'm not taking the 10R as I can power wheelie that fucker in 4th gear at over 250kph without trying. I'm surprised I've never gotten a tank slapper but I do get a lot of wheel wiggle when she lifts unlike the 6R.

Thanks for the info guys, if and when I go I will have video.

Body position I've seen a lot of grudge racing videos and gathered a lot. Regards to feet position from the line is it better to have them up front or far behind as I see different riders do a lot, or is it personal preference?

I could get over the wind screen if I wanted to is it worth it or no?

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go around the water box and back in. you wont even really need the water box either though. have you done a burnout before, on purpose?

legs dangling helps to keep weight over the rear tire for traction. can be personal preference where you actually position them. I just find a way that makes me comfortable and just roll into the staging lights.

dont put your head oveer the windscreen like that. youll create a lot of extra drag. try to just tuck as much as you can.

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I've tried doing a burn out a couple times like less than 3 some worked and others didn't. How important is a burnout on semi street tires? My goal is to get at least into the mid 11s the first day. I know the bike can do a mid 10.

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You won't need to burnout at all until you get your tired loaded with VHT. When I was SWB I only burned out every 2-3 passes to get the junk off the tire. No problems with wheel spin.

As mentioned earlier, go around and back into it so you keep your front tire dry. Washing out at the end isn't pretty.

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You won't need to burnout at all until you get your tired loaded with VHT. When I was SWB I only burned out every 2-3 passes to get the junk off the tire. No problems with wheel spin.

As mentioned earlier, go around and back into it so you keep your front tire dry. Washing out at the end isn't pretty.
I've already done that at a track day going in hard from 240kph only to hit oil. Not something I want to repeat so thanks.

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