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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-25-2014, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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hey guys, whats a good gearing combo to run on an 08 thats track only? ive got two bikes and this one will get used on the tighter tracks, i was thinking -1 +3 just to keep the bike in the higher revs, this is my first 600 track bike so im learning as i go
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Agreed. STOCK is an ideal spot to start.
-1 at SOME tracks but -1/+3 will have you blowing shit up. Myself, Mark Miller Jr. and a couple guys were running 16/44 at VIR this past weekend. Little slower pace, you would go up a tooth or two (16/45 16/46) as the bike may not be as strong, and you won't be carying the corner speed the front experts do.
but -1/+3 will not work on this machine for track duty. will you need other gearing for other tracks, and as your pace improves? sure. Have the 15t front on hand.

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That's some good info thanks. I'll check what's in there now and maybe drop a tooth upfront. I heard people say that the older r6 needed aggressive gearing to make up for a lack of mid range power. I guess this doesn't have that problem. I generally run top five in expert group at my local track so I'd like to think I do alright. I'll run what's in there for now and if I find her struggling through some of the slower corners I'll gear it then. I know that track has one corner that even bogs my thou down when I come out its just a slow decreasing corner
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If its incremental changes... you might look at a gearing chart. Most tracks have a "sweet" # like 2.85 or similar. You can look at this chart and see how 1 tooth off the rear has a dramatic affect on the ratio on the stock setup.

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It really depends on the track. I went -1 +2 and it's helped a lot with driving out of the corners. But it's ideal for only one of the tracks, but not for all of them. Another track I went to I was pegged out down the straight bouncing off the limiter heading into turn 1. Each track has a different ideal set up, but -1 should at least help with a better drive off the corners and unless you have a really long race track, it should help I think. But sometimes the shorter gearing can become a handful, especially for those few corners where you shift up a gear then hard braking and down a gear again real fast. Also, with stock gearing I find myself having to make an extra downshift to stay in the right part of the powerband, and requires more care when bangin down gears. However, it will help keep the liter bikes away until you get half way down the straight.

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Small track like GB remember...i am -1/+5 on my 99 and -2/+3 on my 04

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Stop following me kellen you perv. I talked to Bevan and he said on Sarahs bike he runs down one and sometimes up one in the rear and that's for gb. I guess our gens just have a much healthier mid range than the older ones did.
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Haha. Not much to do with midrange power imo, Just depends how much you want to shift and where you need to shift. Tim runs -2/+2 on his superbike...it's got really healthy midrange

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-2 on timmys bike? that man must be changing gears every second and a half, lol. ill try down one tooth and see how she work. ill have her at tmp for one of the first track days of the year, see how she works in the infield there, i think turn 6 is slower than just about any turn at gb.
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