if you are a newer track rider, and you are toping out in 6th gear.. you need to go smaller rear or bigger front. At minimum put the stock front back on. There is MORE than ample power in any R6 to power out of corners if you are running good lines. That gearing is going to make opening the throttle more touchy, which will slow you down and lessen your lean angles. I'm not saying to go back to stock right away, but you -1/+2 is too much for the track you were on.
I know you went "faster" this time, but having been racing 10+ years, and instructing for 2/3's of that time, much of your gain was just from having come back to a track for the 2nd time. Every new rider drops gobs of time the 2nd time. think about it, if you continued on that pace of time drops, you would soon set the track record
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Going faster is cool, no doubt.. but i would wager you would have gone that much faster, or maybe even FASTER had you left the stock gearing on the bike, or at most +2 at the rear. You were likely giving up 3-5 mph on that straight away. Go fast in the fast sections, slow in the slow sections.. the fast sections are the easiest place to drop lap times.
as stated in post above mine, you could try pulling the forks through the triple clamps a bit. but without more info on your bike it's hard to just wing advice at you. What tires, did you use warmers, stock shock/forks? 180 or 190 tire ? how experienced are you? lots of things.. Axle position with a bike with stock suspension won't make a huge difference.. do you have the shim on top of the shock or did you remove it ?
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I was running 180 Q2's, no warmers, stock forks and shock (w/o any modification to the shim). I believe this was my 4th time at that track. The last time I was on it was last month with stock gearing. Suspension was left the same from last month's TD to this past TD. I've done about 8 TD's and >16k canyon/commuting miles. I'm pretty comfortable on my bike; advanced beginner/noobie intermediate maybe?
My times history for this track is (if this helps any):
1st: ~2:01 (stock gearing)
2nd: ~2:00 (stock gearing)
3rd: ~1:58 (stock gearing)
4th: ~ 1:53-55 (-1/+2)
What would your opinion be towards a 0/+3 or similarly -1/0 gearing? Something feels different when I turn, just not too sure what it is or how to correct/compensate.
Oh, and keep an eye on the Forum Conventions / Events section, we usually post up in there to coordinate track days and manage to get 3-10 people together lately.
Will do man. It'd be nice to meet more forum members. Hope that guy who crashed in the morning is ok. When my buddy from A group didn't come back for a while, it got pretty unsettling. Luckily it wasn't him though, but, sucks nonetheless. 1:51s is awesome, I'll try to follow you next time if I see you there To view links or images in this forum your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.