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6/11/08 7:08 PM
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PeterIrl
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Howdy all, after years of "will I, won't I" I've finally decided to dip my toe into motorcycle racing.

Gonna give some club racing a bash.

Picked up a 96' ZX6R last night which I'll be transforming over the coming weeks. I'm not going to delude myself about how well I'm gonna do, but I'm really looking forwards to lining up on the grid!
6/12/08 4:45 AM
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White347LX - Cool!


What made you go with a 12 year old bike, price? I would think a newer one would be more competitive with less work wouldn't it?



You hit the nail on the head straight away man, price. I got the Kwak for a bargain basement price, along with a full set of race glass(to go on the bike) and a full set of road glass(soon to be ebayed to help pay for suspension revalving).

There's actually a race class for "pre modern" bikes over here too, which will be pretty even. So I'll be hopping into that as it also tends to be a bit more chilled than the highly strung guys on the latest SS600 machinery. The guys I'll be racing with are generally doing it for fun at the weekend.
6/12/08 6:33 PM
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My thoughts exactly, I've no delusions of being the next Colin Edwards and this seems like a good way of getting my fast riding fix in relative safety without having to look over my shoulder for Johnny law:-)
6/13/08 12:42 PM
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Have fun, and good luck.
7/6/08 2:24 AM
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 Hokay, finally have the bike together. Here's some before and afters:

Before:



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7/6/08 4:48 PM
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White347LX - So far, Johnny Law is the least of my worries while riding my bike. I'm much more concerned about road hazards like cinder blocks laying in the road, huge oil slicks at stoplights and stupid drivers. I've experienced all this in my first 150 miles of riding!



Ah yes, its a lot of fun, isn't it?

One thing for you if you're relatively new to riding, that a lot of people(even experienced riders) miss until its too late: watch out for busy intersections/roundabouts when its just been raining, the water lifts up any diesel spilled by trucks(which they tend to do a lot) and creates what amounts to a stinky ice rink, waiting to claim your bike. You might be lucky enough to smell it first or see the kinda rainbow effect of it on the tarmac, just be careful.

Hell, at least you don't have to worry about barreling around a bend and hitting a sheep thats just standing in the middle of the road. I've nearly had that happen a few times back home on my favourite mountain roads. Over here in Oz its more roo's and/or wombats.
7/7/08 4:55 AM
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GSXR1100? Mental bike!!!!!
7/11/08 3:36 PM
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I like the older sports bikes than the new ones. I am not a racer and the new bikes seem to be narroly focused on racing and not driving around. Besides if a $2000 bike can do the job just as well as a $8K bike why not?
12/25/08 11:49 AM
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the venerable dr wu
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cool bike peter, i've always wanted to have a track bike, where do you race? / city ?
12/25/08 3:39 PM
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kanotoa - I like the older sports bikes than the new ones. I am not a racer and the new bikes seem to be narroly focused on racing and not driving around. Besides if a $2000 bike can do the job just as well as a $8K bike why not?


They still make tons of street focused sportbikes and super standards, maybe more than every before. FZR, FZ1, Tuono, SV650, SV1000, VFR, Monster, Busa, ZX14, FJR, Concours, 919, 599 just off the top of my head.

Its just that all the marketing goes to the race replicas which ARE very narrow focus race bikes that for the most part are excessive for street riding.
12/26/08 6:18 AM
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one of the funnest bike I owned was a 92'cbr f2. pretty quick bike back in 93' lol
12/26/08 1:54 PM
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kanotoa - I like the older sports bikes than the new ones. I am not a racer and the new bikes seem to be narroly focused on racing and not driving around. Besides if a $2000 bike can do the job just as well as a $8K bike why not?


They still make tons of street focused sportbikes and super standards, maybe more than every before. FZR, FZ1, Tuono, SV650, SV1000, VFR, Monster, Busa, ZX14, FJR, Concours, 919, 599 just off the top of my head.

Its just that all the marketing goes to the race replicas which ARE very narrow focus race bikes that for the most part are excessive for street riding.


Yep, that's why I have two bikes now. I bought a Speed Triple for cruising and a Daytona 600 kinda fell into my lap this fall so now I have a racer.
12/28/08 9:24 PM
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if you get a chance, jump on a new R6 .. holy fuck !! i was surprised at the performance. much fun around the twisties
12/31/08 7:45 PM
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Dr Wu,

I'm based in Melbourne, AUS.


the venerable dr wu - if you get a chance, jump on a new R6 .. holy fuck !! i was surprised at the performance. much fun around the twisties




Had a good dice with a guy on a newish R6 at a trackday in November, they seem like a perfect bike for thrashing the nuts off.



I'm spending today prepping the Kwak for two trackdays this month, then I'm gonna try for a race license and get out there and mix it.



I'm waiting patiently on a late xmas pressie I bought myself:



http://www.motorcycletoystore.com/sport/shop.php/electrical/starlane-athon-gps-3r-lap-timer-w/track-mapping/p_2190.html 





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