Join Date: May 2002
Sportbike: looking to get dirty!
Years Riding: long time
How you found us: SBN
1. The track is much more sticky than the street
2. Take off on the last yellow light
3. If your bike wheelies easily don't heat up the tire too much
Try to go around the burn out puddle and back into the water to keep the front tire dry. Do what you need to for a burnout but don't over do it. With a stretched gixxer I used to get it nice and toasty but with a stock wheel base R1 I would rather not even do a burnout. Get to the line and roll forward till both staging lights are lit. As soon as you see that 3rd light (the one right before the gree) nail the throttle. Your body is positioned one foot on the ground one under the shift lever, right elbow slightly up, butt scooted forward on the seat and head and chest leaned forward. Try not to look at the tac, but rather find the right balance between feathering the clutch and throttle to get the wheel spinning slightly. Your foot is already in position to switch gears after the launch. You should already have a torque and horsepower curve mapped for your bike. Don't go all the way to redline to shift, go until the RPM is where your bike makes it's peak ponies. When shifting don't use the clutch. Ever so slightly back off the throttle and jam it in gear. That should do it for ya. After the launch it's easy, just watch those shift points down the track.
Brian (F.K.A. Crazy)
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