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post #16 of 19 Old 06-27-2018, 03:09 PM
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I think that's the right approach. Don't do what I did and start out on a liter bike lol

Honestly I would get a lightweight (like an FZ-07) right now if it wasn't for the fact that they grid them up at the same time as the little bikes. We share most of our races with the lightweights, so having a bike for each class does me no good. So you have to pick one or the other. Both classes I think would be fun, but from what I've noticed the little bike classes tend to have a few more people on the grid, plus they score them combined (experts and amateurs). With the lightweights it's not uncommon to have only like 3-4 amateurs on the grid which doesn't make it all that fun. Sure you get much better results that way and a higher chance of winning a championship, but is that really that much fun??

Yes, I'm doing the WERA endurance race at VIR in August. It'll be my first event with WERA and my first time at VIR.
Ah, I gotcha. I'm kinda surprised, I thought there was pretty good turn-out for the lightweights. As you know I'm mighty interested in the FZ's, seems like everyone has an SV, just kinda like being different. Wish the older Ninja 650 was a little easier to get to the same level as those two bikes.

Haven't rode VIR yet, but watched MA there. Really awesome track, I think you'll have the R3 to the max speed more than a few times on the long straights lol Can you make it through an endurance race on one set of tires?
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Ah, I gotcha. I'm kinda surprised, I thought there was pretty good turn-out for the lightweights. As you know I'm mighty interested in the FZ's, seems like everyone has an SV, just kinda like being different. Wish the older Ninja 650 was a little easier to get to the same level as those two bikes.

Haven't rode VIR yet, but watched MA there. Really awesome track, I think you'll have the R3 to the max speed more than a few times on the long straights lol Can you make it through an endurance race on one set of tires?
Have you not listened to anything I said? lol...I'll have like 5 weekends and a track day on these tires easily by then, which is WAY more than a 2-hour endurance race. That race will be about 60 laps give or take. A typical CCS weekend yields about 40-55 laps, depending on how many races I do and how many laps I feel like doing in practice. So the tires will be fine. I'm more concerned about fueling. Supposedly last year there was a dude that did the whole race on one tank of gas on an R3...BUT...it was in the rain, so the pace was slower and therefore fuel consumption wasn't as high either. I don't think we'll be able to pull that off. I'm also not set up for a quick-fill tank and jug, so I guess we'll probably just put in a gallon or so during the rider change and lose a bit more time (like 20 seconds or so) with the fueling. Oh well...

The R3 tops out at pretty much every track I've been to so far except for CMP. Depends a lot on the wind direction, but at NCbike, NJMP and Summit Point I've hit around 106-108 mph which is pretty close to max with my gearing. That's 6th gear with the shift light flashing and reving somewhere north of 11,500 rpm. I don't quite expect that at VIR. The front straight there is not actually that fast based on what I've seen from others. NJMP and Summit Point are a bit faster. If they ran the whole course, then maybe cuz I think they have a long straight in the back section, but I'm pretty sure they'll only run the North course, which is what MotoAmerica and CCS run too.

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Have you not listened to anything I said? lol...I'll have like 5 weekends and a track day on these tires easily by then, which is WAY more than a 2-hour endurance race. That race will be about 60 laps give or take. A typical CCS weekend yields about 40-55 laps, depending on how many races I do and how many laps I feel like doing in practice. So the tires will be fine. I'm more concerned about fueling. Supposedly last year there was a dude that did the whole race on one tank of gas on an R3...BUT...it was in the rain, so the pace was slower and therefore fuel consumption wasn't as high either. I don't think we'll be able to pull that off. I'm also not set up for a quick-fill tank and jug, so I guess we'll probably just put in a gallon or so during the rider change and lose a bit more time (like 20 seconds or so) with the fueling. Oh well...

The R3 tops out at pretty much every track I've been to so far except for CMP. Depends a lot on the wind direction, but at NCbike, NJMP and Summit Point I've hit around 106-108 mph which is pretty close to max with my gearing. That's 6th gear with the shift light flashing and reving somewhere north of 11,500 rpm. I don't quite expect that at VIR. The front straight there is not actually that fast based on what I've seen from others. NJMP and Summit Point are a bit faster. If they ran the whole course, then maybe cuz I think they have a long straight in the back section, but I'm pretty sure they'll only run the North course, which is what MotoAmerica and CCS run too.
To be fair I did not realize it was only 2 hours (still a lot of racing). For some reason I was thinking it was a 4 or 6 hour race. But ya, I could see easily getting 2 hours out of that set of tires on your bike. I work with a dude who used to run the pit for his buddies doing some 24 hour endurance races, I couldn't even imagine that shit.

I was definitely thinking full course when looking at the map, but if only north then ya I could see what you are saying. The straight still looks very long, but I didn't look up the measurements for them. I guess it sorta has a right hand kink in it that breaks up the straight.
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To be fair I did not realize it was only 2 hours (still a lot of racing). For some reason I was thinking it was a 4 or 6 hour race. But ya, I could see easily getting 2 hours out of that set of tires on your bike. I work with a dude who used to run the pit for his buddies doing some 24 hour endurance races, I couldn't even imagine that shit.

I was definitely thinking full course when looking at the map, but if only north then ya I could see what you are saying. The straight still looks very long, but I didn't look up the measurements for them. I guess it sorta has a right hand kink in it that breaks up the straight.
Yeah the little bike race is 2 hours, then other classes are 4 hours each. I'm ok with that though, because I haven't ridden more than like 20 minutes at once anyway, so this is a good way to get into endurance racing without getting too crazy all of a sudden. Kinda like an intermediate stepping stone for endurance racing. But yeah the 24-hour races are nuts! I wouldn't even want to attempt anything more than like a 6-hour, and even then only if I have 2-3 other riders on the team lol

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