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[quote="mattwood1221"]Off the bike, they are really tight and kind of awkward to move around in, but once I'm on the bike, everything lines up and it's no problem. Getting them on and off isn't bad either, but I've done it so much now that I'm used to it. I'm not sure if it is the bike, or the fact that I'm on the track, or that I've been that fast a decent amount now, but going over 100 doesn't feel really fast anymore! The ZX-6 is soooo stable at those high speeds, it barely feels like you are moving. Also, since I'm on the track and I know how far I have until the next turn, with no oncoming traffic to worry about, it doesn't feel that fast. :) By the way, I made it up to 121 at one point during the day, and I'm curious to see how fast I can get up to on the big track!![/quote]
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Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:12 pm
lol, he still has it
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:27 pm
True, 17 miles door to track :)
We would be able to sleep in until 7:25 and go to the riders meeting at 7:30, rather than waking up at 6 to drive to the track!
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:13 pm
but... you are so close...
do you really need to camp out there on Friday night?
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:11 pm
Wow, some people are just ridiculous. Here is the other set I sold him -
The MT75s were in pretty good condition (three track days on them, though probably 1.5-2 years old by now), but those race tires were almost completely shot. The rear had a little bit of tread in the center, almost none on the side, and the front had pretty much nothing all over, or at least not enough that I would trust it for anything but mild commuting.
(for reference to anyone else, I listed each set at $20/obo, and he offered $30 for both sets, so I took it)
I think the plan is to do both days, but we'll see. Andy has a fifth wheel he was thinking of bringing up so we could stay at the track, probably Friday night through Sunday. Either way, I should be there at least one day
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:02 pm
I like them!!
Off the bike, they are really tight and kind of awkward to move around in, but once I'm on the bike, everything lines up and it's no problem. Getting them on and off isn't bad either, but I've done it so much now that I'm used to it.
I'm not sure if it is the bike, or the fact that I'm on the track, or that I've been that fast a decent amount now, but going over 100 doesn't feel really fast anymore! The ZX-6 is soooo stable at those high speeds, it barely feels like you are moving. Also, since I'm on the track and I know how far I have until the next turn, with no oncoming traffic to worry about, it doesn't feel that fast.
By the way, I made it up to 121 at one point during the day, and I'm curious to see how fast I can get up to on the big track!!
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:49 pm
lol, what a retard.
all i can say, glws
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:35 am
i guess i will see you on Sept 29/30
which day you are doing again? the Saturday or Sunday?
Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:35 pm
How do you like the Spartan leathers?
Just curious to see if the custom fit is comfortable.
And the idea of going 110 mph scares me to death. I suppose you get used to it. Maybe.
Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:23 pm
Great day at the track! (pictures inside)
Good to see you again too! I was very glad that guy bought all four of my tires - my garage has a bit more space now.
Wow, stock suspension??? I guess I haven't ridden a ninja with stock suspension in awhile, but I vaguely remember how much of an improvement it was when I upgraded. I can't imagine riding in B group on it. Seems some people have all the natural talent....
Took awhile to get used to the new bike, and by the end of the day I was nowhere near the limit of the bike, but got decently comfortable on it
The thing that wowed me the most was the brakes!! Tons of force, but also really good feel - really smooth. Definitely helped slowing down from 110+
And some pictures -
Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:47 pm
pretty darn good day for track :)
nice to see ya again Matt and your friend Andy
and good to hear someone is taking the MT75 off your hands.
and i get to talk to that guy with a 250 in Group B. everything looks stock on his bike, stock rearset, stock handlebar, stock rear shock. Only 'mods' are the Pirelli Sports Demon and SS brake line i can see is. That guy is young too, and just started doing track this year.
Faith in Pre-gen restored. They can go places.
Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:48 am
Yup, I'll be there! I PMed you my cell if you do make it.
Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:57 pm
wait, you are going to this weekend's SoW CCW?
i miiiiiight make it. not sure yet.
Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:54 pm
Yup, 599 ccs of screaming horsepower :D
The forks are kinda stock - the PO put in racetech springs and gold valves. The rear shock is completely stock though. He did about 1,500 miles of track days on it, so it should be plenty fine for my skill level for now!
The 500 was a lot of fun, and did really well on the track. I only really rode it a couple sessions at Chuckwalla, but it handled well and the power was nice and smooth. I put in my extra fox shock and sonic springs, and the PO had put on woodcraft clipons and custom rearsets, so the riding position was pretty aggressive. The thing I didn't like about it was it had 16" wheels with sport demons, which were pretty good, but I didn't trust them enough to really push it. I didn't really like the brakes either. The PO had swapped a front end from a late 80's ZX-6, so it had dual brake disks, but it didn't have the feel of my 250, Ducati, or even my v-strom. Overall, a decent track bike though!
Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:56 pm
so that's a 600cc and not the cheater 636 ? And are the fork stock? it's so oh-so-ohlins-shiny
and how did you like the Ninja 500 ? i was reading the their forum, and
say the Ninja 500 makes a pretty good track bike.
Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:36 pm
I'm still tentative on all the track xperience days, but that is the plan so far. Let me know which ones you make it to!
Did you hear I got a ninja 500 track bike for $400? Well, I did, found out I liked the extra power, sold it and the 250 track bike, and bought a 2003 ZX-6RR track bike! Got it back in July but haven't had a chance to try it out yet - this coming Sunday will be the big day. I'm definitely looking forward to it.....
Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:57 pm
cool, i am looking at trackxperience's SOW and SMMR too...
but i am still pending, lots of things happened this year, and i have been out of track riding ever since. my first track will be Sept 2 in Fontana, then aiming for Trackxeperience's Sow on 9/29, Spring Mountain / Pahrump with Tx in Oct, and maybe squeeze a buttonwillow with Motoyard a week before.
I am more certain about SoW on 9/30 though
so what new bike you got?
Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:38 am
I would, except for the Friday part
Although I wouldn't be on a 250 anyways!
Have you been doing many track days? I'm doing streets with Motoyard next Sunday (trying out my new bike for the first time!), and then planning on doing the rest of the calendar with track xperience (streets in Sept, spring mountain in October, and big willow and Chuckwalla in November).
By the way, Chuckwalla is an amazing track if you haven't been there - so smooth and lots of fun turns!
Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:27 am
track day in Chuckwalla , Nov 9, Friday with fellow 250s...
the guys on ninjette forum is organizing a "250" day. it will be in Chuckwalla, on Nov 9, (a Friday though
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