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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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GPz550 From Barn to AHRMA

I have always wanted to Road Race. I have a 81 GPz550 i would like to build to race in AHRMA Vintage Superbike Middleweight. I thought this would be a good class to start in because the bikes and parts readily available. Does anybody have experience in this class? Is this a good class to start?
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Only bike in that clkass that stands a chance is a KZ650.
The class is set up poorly and dominated by the KZ.

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Maybe this is not a good class to start. I'm trying to do this on a small budget. I know racing and small budgets don't go together.
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Is your goal to go out there, burn some laps, and have fun or to run at the front and try to win some races and/or an AHRMA Regional championship?

If it's more of the first, you can probably set that bike up to have some fun on a respectable budget, especially on tracks where you don't have mile long straightaways like RA.

If you are looking to be competitive at the front of the class, study the class structures and see what has the best chance of getting you there and go searching some other barns...

Either way, good luck!

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^^^yep


We had fun and a third place finish our first day out.

We ran a 75CB550F bone stock and lost to two kaw's .
As Collin said it's a great place to start.





We had a ringer racing on the CB though.

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I didn't mean to be such a downer.Sorry

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My goal is to build a bike and have fun at track. I know I don't have the checkbook or the speed to win.
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Gpz would be a great start.

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Look at CCS and WERA class structures as well.

GPz550 can be a fun bike at the track. Get it running well, set up the suspension and get some fresh tires, and bring it out!

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I'm not sure if the GPz fits this class but, the Novice Historic Production classes are another option. Talk about getting into AHRMA racing cheap! The lightweight class is dominated by Honda CB 350 twins and 400 4's and another friend of mine had great success in the Heaviwieght class with a CB 750 and still another on a Suzuki 500 2 stroke twin. There's a big contingent of Chicago area racers from the ChiVinMoto and MilVinMoto groups that run these classes and many of them have gone on to bigger and better things in AHRMA racing using the same bike with more modifications in the sportsman and superbike classes.

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