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riserman's 2018 Novice Racing Season

Hey guys,

I thought I would start a thread documenting my novice racing season with WERA. A place to document race reports, bike setup, problems, etc. I know there are many readers on here just like me that just go to track days. I always enjoyed reading about racing, but I never really knew what it would be like so hopefully this will be a fun and informative thread. If not, at least it's a place I can look back on my own to see for myself And to the more experience racers in here, please comment and let me know what you think! I'm obviously new to this so I welcome any feedback/advice.

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Here's the first race I ever entered:

The plan is to race every round of WERA West and see what happens! Ideally, I'm hoping to compete for some championships, but let's not get ahead of ourselves I'll be entering 4 races every round-B Superstock, B Superbike, C Superstock, and C Superbike. Here's the schedule:

2/4 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA-,
4/8 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA-,
4/28-29 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV,
6/9-10 Willow Springs Int'l Raceway, Rosamond, CA,
7/1 Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA,
8/19 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA-,
9/29-30 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

Not a whole lot in the way of sponsorships right now, just Hotbodies Racing and Vortex. Admittedly though, I haven't applied for very much support yet because I want to get some experience/good results under my belt first.

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Lots of work to do before round 1.

First thing to address was the transmission. I was starting to get really bad false neutrals between 3rd and 4th. If you go to the video above at about 7:00min you can see it happen. I lost two places because of it (1 was an expert though).

New (lightly used) trans! Sent off to get coated by yosh before installation. While I had everything apart, I also installed a Factory Pro shift star kit and a new clutch pack. NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE! This thing shifts smoother than butter.



That was a few months ago...now she's been sitting in the garage since November waiting for some love.

Yes baby, it's time.


Whoops! haha


Valves haven't been checked since last year, so I checked all the clearances and adjusted them to spec. Luckily only 1 valve was out, so that was nice. Now the plan is to degree the cams while I have the engine out. I already have a thinner head gasket on there so this should be a nice change. Hoping to get that done this week, I'll update as I go.

Once I have the cams degreed, I need to check the piston-to-valve clearance to make sure everything is good. I'm a little stumped on this one right now...I'm trying to build some sort of prybar-plunger-thingy tool so that I can compress the valve with a dial indicator mounted to it to measure the clearance. Has anyone here done such a thing? Any tips would be welcome.

After that I just have a few odds and ends and I should be ready.
Fresh RBF brake fluid
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UGH!

well I got to work degreeing the cams today.



Upon further inspection though, I realized my cam chain is definitely toast. The links are sort of kinked and get stuck together easily...soooo I need a new cam chain. The problem is I can't just drop the chain through the case and slide it out....YOU HAVE TO SPLIT THE CASE! UGH!

See that metal guide under the chain? it won't slide out because of that. Soooo now I need a cam chain, a new head gasket, and a clutch gasket to split the case and replace the chain...Pretty worried about getting the parts in time for Feb 3 at this point.
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riserman?? I thought you're ninjaman!

Maybe @riverszzr has some ideas or better input to add.
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riserman?? I thought you're ninjaman!

Maybe @riverszzr has some ideas or better input to add.
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What I hate most about situations like this is just getting the parts quickly. Splitting the case doesn't seem like it should be terrible. I've had the head off and the transmission out before, it's just a few more steps. But I can't do it without the parts...
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What I hate most about situations like this is just getting the parts quickly. Splitting the case doesn't seem like it should be terrible. I've had the head off and the transmission out before, it's just a few more steps. But I can't do it without the parts...
That's why in the past whenever I did any work on the bikes during the winter off-season, I always started in the fall, pretty much right after my season ended. That way in case I found something else that needed attention, I had plenty of time to do it or wait for parts. I just hate doing stuff last minute.

This year will be different because I'm in the process of moving, so all I did was parted out the zx6r and all I did on the R3 was replaced the chain and changed the oil. I wanted to do a few other things but fuck it. I'll deal with it later since it's not really necessary.

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That's why in the past whenever I did any work on the bikes during the winter off-season, I always started in the fall, pretty much right after my season ended. That way in case I found something else that needed attention, I had plenty of time to do it or wait for parts. I just hate doing stuff last minute.

This year will be different because I'm in the process of moving, so all I did was parted out the zx6r and all I did on the R3 was replaced the chain and changed the oil. I wanted to do a few other things but fuck it. I'll deal with it later since it's not really necessary.
You're absolutely right. Normally I give myself lots of time, but I DO have a life outside of racing Home renovation projects and the holidays killed me.
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You're absolutely right. Normally I give myself lots of time, but I DO have a life outside of racing Home renovation projects and the holidays killed me.
Ahhh...see that's the problem right there. For me, home renovations are of much lower priority than anything bike related

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This is really cool. Always wanted to get into the circuit but felt that the up front costs are pretty substantial. GEAR/MODS/ENTRY. Not to mention i'm not sure there is even a race in my area.

GOOD LUCK! keep us posted!
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Tactically following...and @riserman; and @sbk1198 I am in the process of buying a house so I definitely understand the time constraints. IDK why my wife thinks I am joking when I say I want an 8 bike garage. It's not an unreasonable request.

Anyways, kudos to you riser for taking on these meticulous tasks with the bike. I once considered doing the valves myself but I know my mechanical karma would bite me in the ass. Nevertheless, love seeing the pics of the inside of her soul

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This is really cool. Always wanted to get into the circuit but felt that the up front costs are pretty substantial. GEAR/MODS/ENTRY. Not to mention i'm not sure there is even a race in my area.

GOOD LUCK! keep us posted!
You must've not searched too much If you're in Jeffersonville, IN you live literally between 2 race tracks. Putnam is just over 2 hours north of you and NCM is like an hour and 45 minutes south. Go do some track days man! It's a blast!

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Tactically following...and @riserman; and @sbk1198 I am in the process of buying a house so I definitely understand the time constraints. IDK why my wife thinks I am joking when I say I want an 8 bike garage. It's not an unreasonable request.

Anyways, kudos to you riser for taking on these meticulous tasks with the bike. I once considered doing the valves myself but I know my mechanical karma would bite me in the ass. Nevertheless, love seeing the pics of the inside of her soul
I'm in the process of selling my house, and moving. So yeah I get it too. I haven't done much related to bikes in the last 3 months, and probably won't for another 2 months.

An 8-bike garage is like a 1-car garage so that shouldn't be a problem lol...oh you mean you want space to walk around too?? Ok, get a triple garage.

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This is really cool. Always wanted to get into the circuit but felt that the up front costs are pretty substantial. GEAR/MODS/ENTRY. Not to mention i'm not sure there is even a race in my area.

GOOD LUCK! keep us posted!
Thanks! I definitely will!

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Tactically following...and @riserman; and @sbk1198 I am in the process of buying a house so I definitely understand the time constraints. IDK why my wife thinks I am joking when I say I want an 8 bike garage. It's not an unreasonable request.

Anyways, kudos to you riser for taking on these meticulous tasks with the bike. I once considered doing the valves myself but I know my mechanical karma would bite me in the ass. Nevertheless, love seeing the pics of the inside of her soul
Thank you for the kind words! I actually really enjoy it when I don't fuck something up

Valves aren't too bad if you just take your time to measure everything carefully. Lots of good info on here and plenty of good people willing to help.
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Cool stuff! Ill be following along. SO this will be your second amateur season? Good luck!

I am all the way on the opposite side of the country in Florida! The tracks out in CA seem awesome though!

Fontana seems to have a lot of chicanes!
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Cool stuff! Ill be following along. SO this will be your second amateur season? Good luck!

I am all the way on the opposite side of the country in Florida! The tracks out in CA seem awesome though!

Fontana seems to have a lot of chicanes!
Thank you! I wouldn't really classify it as my second season. I was only in two races last year the same weekend I got my license.

I hear you guys have some cool tracks too!

Fontana is awesome. And yes there are two chicanes. The first one coming off of the embankment is crazy! There's a lot of force going from 150mph on the embankment down into the chicane. I've never ridden another track like it out here.
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The first one coming off of the embankment is crazy!
You should come try Daytona some day! Not necessarily a difficult track, but its a track you need balls to go fast. Especially into the Bus Stop and into turn 1. Turn 1 is about 170 some, coming off of the banking of the trioval, over the crease into the infield, all on the edge of the tire to trail brake since its an extremely late apex corner... its nuts!
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