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post #16 of 35 Old 02-02-2017, 01:54 PM
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You sound like me. Savings account = bike/racing/track day account! lol. Growing up sucks! lol....I sold a bike when I bought my house. And at some point this year I'll be selling my 500 to replace it with the R3.

I agree that if you wanna just do track days having something with more power is better and more fun. Little bikes are fun as hell, but only if you're running with other people on little bikes. At a track day you'll get those straight line heroes on big bikes that will blow by you on the straights and then be in your way in the corners. It gets frustrating after a while.
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post #17 of 35 Old 02-02-2017, 06:12 PM
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haha my very first bike was a fz6 as well

now we both got a ninja and a grom, great minds think alike!

my groms pretty decked out as well
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I have the same bike! I love the shit out of it!
And here I thought you sold yours to this guy.

Decided to keep it then?

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You sound like me. Savings account = bike/racing/track day account! lol. Growing up sucks! lol....I sold a bike when I bought my house. And at some point this year I'll be selling my 500 to replace it with the R3.

I agree that if you wanna just do track days having something with more power is better and more fun. Little bikes are fun as hell, but only if you're running with other people on little bikes. At a track day you'll get those straight line heroes on big bikes that will blow by you on the straights and then be in your way in the corners. It gets frustrating after a while.
ha, yeah the best was running in B group on the 250s and playing cat and mouse with the r1's and s1000rr's around the track.. Utah Motorsports Campus (Miller) is a fairly wide track which allowed for passing in a lot of the corners be it up the inside or around the outisde. A hoot on the small bikes. As we'd come in id just flip up the lid and giggle and look at the dude like c'mon bruh.. 30hp vs 200..

my good buddy and I had some great battles on the small bikes, then i sold my 250 and was only on the zx6.. i missed the small bikes and wanted to get back into it. Well he had already bought an r3 so i sold teh zx and built an r3.




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That is awesome. Holy shit, I saw my first bike - a little Ninja 250R at the track a week ago. Ridden by a young guy on a riders scholarship and he could freaking ride the pants off it. Thought I'd never see it again. Had a tussle with him through the esses for part of a lap. So much fun then I said see ya...wish I could have lost 80HP to keep it going haha.

Thinking about doing the same (getting a smaller track bike to compete). The R3 sounds like an awesome platform. Was considering the Ninja 300 but it seems the R3 beats the pants off it. I hear there's a Bernelli coming in this year with dual front discs though...

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Man. I just bought a bike for trying out track days and you guys are making me feel like I should have gone with a smaller bike to do some actual racing lol. Maybe once I get some time on the track under my belt.

OP new bike looks great!
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It's easier to take a smaller bike to the limit (and obviously get the maximum out of it). Then it's about rider skill. I'm not at that level by any means. Hence going down in size can be a good thing if you want to improve. That's the theory anyway. Don't get me wrong, I ring the snot out of my ZX6R on the straights but it's all about finessing those corners which I'm constantly working on. Oh yes, it's not a dedicated track bike either. And I hear you can do a full season on one set of tyres with the smaller bikes. Pretty sure you couldn't get through a race day on one rear with a ZX6R...bloody expensive.

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That is awesome. Holy shit, I saw my first bike - a little Ninja 250R at the track a week ago. Ridden by a young guy on a riders scholarship and he could freaking ride the pants off it. Thought I'd never see it again. Had a tussle with him through the esses for part of a lap. So much fun then I said see ya...wish I could have lost 80HP to keep it going haha.

Thinking about doing the same (getting a smaller track bike to compete). The R3 sounds like an awesome platform. Was considering the Ninja 300 but it seems the R3 beats the pants off it. I hear there's a Bernelli coming in this year with dual front discs though...
I'm not convinced yet. So far it looks like the ninja 300 and the R3 are the bikes to have in that class. The RC390 would be a great one too except for the engines blow up, so the reliability is not quite there. I'll be interested to see how this new WSS 300 class pans out on the international level. So far, there are 17 ninjas, 10 R3's, 3 CBR500's and no RC390's at all (shocker). I expect that championship will give a pretty good indication of which one's the bike to have out of the little bikes.

I'm replacing my 500 with the R3 and I'm sacrificing about 4-5 hp, in order to have something that's about 50+ lbs lighter, and there are more performance parts available for the R3, despite being a newer model.

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Man. I just bought a bike for trying out track days and you guys are making me feel like I should have gone with a smaller bike to do some actual racing lol. Maybe once I get some time on the track under my belt.

OP new bike looks great!
Well even for track days it's always easier and recommend to start on a smaller bike. It's much easier to push around and get comfortable at speed with. Less scary and more room for error. I did it way wrong from the beginning. I had zero friends that raced or did track days so I went into it with no info at all (also wasn't on any forums back then). I started on a Ducati 1198...terrible idea. My progress was very slow. Dropping down in bike size is what I really believe helped my progress on the track.
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I've been riding about ten years, my street bike is a gsxr 750 which has some more power than the zx6. I'm thinking I'll be okay but we'll see. If it's too much I'll pick up a smaller bike. I'm not going to pretend to be a motorcycle prodigy or anything though.
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I've been riding about ten years, my street bike is a gsxr 750 which has some more power than the zx6. I'm thinking I'll be okay but we'll see. If it's too much I'll pick up a smaller bike. I'm not going to pretend to be a motorcycle prodigy or anything though.
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Upstate NY. I should finish filling out my profile I guess
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Do some track days first and since you're in that area I'd recommend doing the Penguin Racing School with @PainfullySlo . I've heard good things about it

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Do some track days first and since you're in that area I'd recommend doing the Penguin Racing School with @PainfullySlo . I've heard good things about it
I'm at least a full season away from any real thoughts about racing. I'll be doing as many track days at NYST as possible. Yamaha champions riding school has a thing going on in may I think I'll be signing up for and anything else I can find. I'm only about 50 minutes from that track. I may travel a bit later in the season, depending on how things are going
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