Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Forum banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
13,177 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
So, I want to get more into track. I've taken my zx off the road to prep as track only, and bought a slower bike for road use. My problem is two fold.

I lack the confidence to hold the throttle wfo in the straights. Especially the long ones. I have not spent much time in 1xx range, and it is creepy as hell to have people blow past with closing speeds in the 60-70 mph range.

The closest track with turns is ~4 hours away.

My thinking:
The drag strip is only 30 min away and muchhhhhhhh cheaper to run. What about going there to get straight line speed into my comfort zone.

Thoughts?

Ey3
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
Do it. If nothing else it's just plain fun to go WFO and much safer to do it at the track. Obviously going to a road course is preferred but you'll still have fun at the drags.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
161 Posts
i think its probably your safest option

i'v had my zx6r up to about 155mph once (or at least thats what the speedo told me) and it really wasnt as frightening as expected. However i always fear wildlife jumping out, or random unexpected situations, so i havent done a wide open run since.

i too have the issue of the nearest track being far away (not even in the same country actually) but i would LOVE to go try it out. I do however have a drag strip about 25 minutes from my house.. so i may go play around there! :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,502 Posts
Interesting. Never really thought about that. Seems like a pretty short burst of WOT but it may help with comfort at high speeds.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,329 Posts
Trap speed at a strip isn't going to be all that fast. Maybe 120 mph if you are lucky on a 1320. You might work up to 130 mph on a stock 6. The lanes are also pretty scary narrow compared to a road course.
edit- "1320" is a 1/4 mile strip in feet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,073 Posts
Trap speed at a strip isn't going to be all that fast. Maybe 120 mph if you are lucky on a 1320. You might work up to 130 mph on a stock 6. The lanes are also pretty scary narrow compared to a road course.
edit- "1320" is a 1/4 mile strip in feet.
I disagree with you. A average rider on any fi 600 is well capable of runnin 130mph in 1/4.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,742 Posts
I disagree with you. A average rider on any fi 600 is well capable of runnin 130mph in 1/4.
Regardless....I don't think its the speed as much as the WOT feel.....OP...do it, if anything you will have a little fun. And it will help you get used to the idea of WOT to redline which it sounds like your not used to.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
13,177 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Sorry to disappoint those hoping for a dress selection poll. Please find below a video to satisfy your click bait feelings:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvMw3HEpvSY

Ja basically, I do think it would do me well to just go out and pin the throttle for a few runs. Worst case it's only like 30$ and some fun. Best case I learn something.

Any advice for a first time runner?

Ey3
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,742 Posts
Yes....have fun :)

In all seriousness...... Don't take it too competitively when you go....obviously its rewarding to get your times down but I would not expect 10's your first day at the strip.

Drop your rear tire pressure, do not launch at red line....use your shift light. Also not sure how busy your drag strip will be but give your bike/clutch cool off time in between runs or you will shave off some clutch life.

Above all have fun...I wouldn't worry about reaction timing yet...just focus on your launches and shifting points. Oh and take videos :D
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top