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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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I currently own a 2000 R6 with little modifications besides a 520 chain conversion and a Vance and Hines slip on. I'm going to do a few trackdays this summer with NESBA and hopefully get into some club racing in a couple years. I've invested most of my money in my gear and I'm now looking at purchasing some upgrades for the bike. I'll be graduating from school in about a year and a half and if all goes well, I'll be purchasing a new bike. Most likely 06-08 R6. Is it even worth it to invest in things like a steering damper, new rear shock, SS lines, new levers etc etc? Keep in mind this summer will be my first time on the track. The bike has about 22k miles on it and has a salvage title so it's not like I'd get that much even if I tried to sell it. Should I just save the money to spend on upgrades on the new 6, or spend the money and do some learning on this bike? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Invest the $$ in a 2000 R6?

Keep that bike and use it for a learning/track tool. That bike has plenty of potential for the track...how many trackers/stunters are using Honda F4's out there? If it goes down on the track, there are plenty of replacements available for you.

Just upgrade what you have currently... I know one gentleman who ran his fastest lap at Blackhawk Farms on a '02 R6 and has run through a 2006 R6, a 2007 Sv1000S, and a 2007 Gixxer 750...the rider in question is Super Dave Rosno, and he used to run a trackday/racing school (Team Visionsports) so I would say he knows what he's talking about...
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Yeah that's true, I'd much rather go down on my 2000 than on a much newer bike. Think I should get a damper atleast? or go without?
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Yeah that's true, I'd much rather go down on my 2000 than on a much newer bike. Think I should get a damper atleast? or go without?

Ride it as it sits, if you get headshake (or ever have) then get a damper. Otherwise, it's just added weight and bling. If it doesn't need it, keep it off.
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Yea use your 2000 as a trainer...no sense in adding much more than good tires and a damper if you experience wobbles. That bike has a ton of potential and you can have a lot of fun even if it's mostly stock.

Then, when you go to the track next year and know what you're doing, you'll have a nice 06' -08' to kick butt with!


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Yeah that's true, I'd much rather go down on my 2000 than on a much newer bike. Think I should get a damper atleast? or go without?
Most club require a steering dampener if you are going to race.

I'd keep it and race it.
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I will always recommend a steering damper for the track. They are lifesavers, and also bodywork savers. I've had enough wobbles at the track from bikes that had dampers that I wouldn't even consider going to the track without one. All it takes is hitting one bump while you're leaned over and getting on the gas to really mess up your day...


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Tires, especially if your going to roll out on the track with street tires you have been riding for awhile. When you get to the track, go straight to the turn one racing tent, and talk to joe or marshall, they will answer any questions you have. Also they mount and sell tires trackside and damn good pricing to any nesba member so you might want to wait until you get there to buy them. Just make sure you have stands.

Also a truck / trailer to haul the bike down, have you talked to a local nesba member? You may be able to hitch a ride and save on some gas money.

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Well I think I should have access to a truck and trailer so I'm set there. Right now I'm running on Pilot Powers and I'd definitely like to try something different for the track. Although I'm sure, I wont be using them to their full potential on the first trackday. As far as track plastics go, I have been thinking of that, and I have experience painting plastics so I should be set there. Thinking of an Ohlins damper if I can come up with the $400. And most likely some vortex levers because they're pretty resonable. Do you guys have any other suggestions for track upgrades? I'm gonna look on my local bike forums to see if there are any other NESBA members around my area. Thanks for all of the advice so far. I really appreciate it.
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Hop on the nesba forums and introduce yourself if you haven't already. There are a few of use near you, my buddy Ian lives in madison, my self and one of the control riders live pewaukee area the 3 of us usually all ride together when we are going further than blackhawk farms or road america
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