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post #16 of 34 Old 09-16-2014, 03:13 PM
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I am using the same method, but this topic is gold! Good info to start with to understand the power band a bit more too.
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Awesome post PS! Launching is under covered in most race schools. We (MARRC) go over the technique but offer limited opportunity to apply it. Partly due to timing restrictions if it is held in conjunction with a practice day. FWIW to new guys and girls: most of the time the race officials will allow practice launching during morning practice. Just ask the Marshall.

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Nice informative write up. Thanks for posting this.
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Bump! I already got 2 PMs this month on this very subject so time to get this to the top. Racing is right around the corner! Hell yeah!
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As a newbie racer, thank you so much for posting this. Tons of great information!
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As a newbie racer, thank you so much for posting this. Tons of great information!
Glad that you got something out of my post!
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I'm a former SV racer also....the SV was much easier to launch than the ZX6. I'm getting better at it though. I've always used the two feet down method, but I did notice last year as my starts improved that I was needing to shift much sooner and was struggling to get my foot in position on time. I'm 6'3" so getting my leg folded up in postion is not so easy LOL!. So I think I will be experimenting with putting my left foot on the peg in position to shift this year.

Race school with Motoseries includes Mock race starts at the end of the day and everyone in intermediate or advanced is allowed to participate. We go through the normal 1st,2nd, 3rd call and then 5, 3, 2 minute board process and do a race start. Halfway around the track everyone checks up and brings it right back to the grid and we do two more mock starts. Really great way to do it because you get 3 starts right in a row to experiment and try fixing your mistakes.

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I'm a former SV racer also....the SV was much easier to launch than the ZX6. I'm getting better at it though. I've always used the two feet down method, but I did notice last year as my starts improved that I was needing to shift much sooner and was struggling to get my foot in position on time. I'm 6'3" so getting my leg folded up in postion is not so easy LOL!. So I think I will be experimenting with putting my left foot on the peg in position to shift this year.

Race school with Motoseries includes Mock race starts at the end of the day and everyone in intermediate or advanced is allowed to participate. We go through the normal 1st,2nd, 3rd call and then 5, 3, 2 minute board process and do a race start. Halfway around the track everyone checks up and brings it right back to the grid and we do two more mock starts. Really great way to do it because you get 3 starts right in a row to experiment and try fixing your mistakes.
That is a great idea and I wish that I could get them to implement something like that here.

As for the starts, I cant say that I find the ZX any better or worse to start than the SV, it is just different.
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This is where I could use some education. I have only been to a drag strip a handful of times and I always started with the method I wrote. How does a dragstrip start differ from a racetrack start? I always assumed that they were the same since, as far as I know, this is the fastest way to get a motorcycle up to speed.
Also curious to know the difference
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Also curious to know the difference
Techniques should be the same....some variables change however...
- Road surface conditions....most drag strips have sticky tarmac from burnouts
- Tire Pressure.....At the drag strip you drop just the rear tire (I think)
- Suspension.....very different set ups for drag vs regular track
- Other small stuff....

However, ultimately its the same techniques that get applied...trying to get out of the "whole" as fast as you can in a straight line. Once thats done the techniques differ greatly from drag strip to "normal" track

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Bump. Got asked about this a few times over this past weekend and referred the new folks here =) Be nice, they aren't all on Kawasaki's
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Nice, thanks for this!

YCRS says the launch clutch control is similar to getting your bike to move from a complete stop in first gear without adding throttle.

They say it's a similar fineese.

But I've not tried on the Inline4. Just on my 650 (not sv, 650r!)
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A good read, ill have to keep this in mind when im ready to start trying this out
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