Mondays Road America Trackday

Riding a track day as a racer can sometimes be very frustrating, 2 or 3 times we can get a clean non obstructed lap in per day, sometimes more, but track days are a tool. Track days help us look for clean passing opportunities, learn to be passed with grace, they give us a chance to work on braking points, turn in points, gives us more saddle time, work on corner speed, work on patience and nerves, but best of all it allows us the chance to let go of the competitive instinct we all have and let’s us have a different kind of fun.

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It rained early that morning around 3am, but the track was good by the 4th round in the morning. I placed a zip tie on the shaft of my shock, it indicates that I am not using as much travel as I should be in the rear. This the reason why the rear is wanting to slide out when cornering. The sag is correct, with the compression dampening nearly all the way turned out, the rate of the spring is to stiff and will not allow the suspension to compress the way it should.

Jon was going to do some nerding on the PC5 and accept some changes to his map from the Power Commander auto tuner, but was having nerd related issues with his laptop.  Hopefully he can get that issue sorted before the next trip to the track.  He was also topping out in 6th gear bouncing it off the rev limiter on his SV650 before needing to shut it down at the end of the straight away.  His gearing was a 14-45. It needed to be a 15-45 or a 15-44.  He will be better prepared next year.

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Riding motorcycles and wrenching since my preteen years, I have moved from motocross to street bikes. Being a teen back in those days it was tough to get me off of the bike. Now days even though I am very busy being a dad I still have my weekends and go to the track to race and on occasion will do a track day or two.

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