This is the first post continuing my life as a track day junky. Of course, since the 636 is new, it will be a slow transition from the 650R. Anyway, I wanted to get this thread started in case someone wanted to give some initial pointers for moving to the 636 and since track days are only 4 months away (eek!, time flies). It looks like I ended up creating a book so if no one reads this, I understand. I will have shorter posts, videos and pictures come April.
For a little history, the first day was on 9/9/2012 riding a 2009 650R. It was the Street Rider program offered by TrackAddix. I then bought gear and did 5 more days in 2013 and 7 days in 2014. I would have more track days but while the wife understands my addiction, she is not entirely supportive of it.
The start of 2014, I had lap times fast enough for the A group. I then had my first low side in 2014 at MPH (Motorsport Park Hastings) due to a heavy throttle hand, long session and lack of tire PSI attention. I had another low side a month later in the rain (and then some reservations). I scored my best lap a few months later. Throughout that time, I slowly added parts that I felt needed an upgrade (as can be seen in my sig) and should be doing the same thing with the 636.
Currently, on order I have Woodcraft frame sliders (and I am aware of potential consequences), adjustable levers since the clutch reach is just a bit too far and fender eliminator which has nothing to do whatsoever with tracking but the stocker is just huge. I might get some Techspecs also. Like the 650R though, still a street bike (and a budget) so no extremes yet. I also wanted to mention that if anyone tracks MPH or MAM, the Racechrono app is a nice addition for tracking laps on the cheap.
I plan to have my weight with gear around the 180-190 range. Yeah, I would love to get that lower but I do have a bit stockier build at 6 foot. I am initially going to set the bike at 30mm sag, if possible or get new springs if at the edge of adjustability.
Link to my 650R videos if anyone cares. I will be continuing with these and then merging in the 636 videos. As info, some of this was for the sake of getting good shots for some other riders also. I am going move away from that as I noticed it takes away from my learning. https://www.youtube.com/user/XPyrion650