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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-05-2004, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Post: at the Grove 6/4

first time at the dragstrip on a bike... half thottle out the hole to see how the bike would react.. it was really sticky last night..

r/t..... .138
60'...... 2.057
330..... 5.263
1/8..... 7.796 @ 97.83
1000... 9.982
1/4.... 11.847 @ 120.67

got to the tower, guy said.. "You need leathers"

second run, i was gonna work on the lauch and only run 1/8 mile and shut it down, so they woun't kick me out..
7000rpm hole shot got me nothing but wheel about 2 foot in the air.. shut it down, got back in the gas wheel 1 foot in the air.. 2.3 60' time.. i just shut it down after that, and ran a 13.6 @ 67mph... i was racing my freind in is Dakota, he said it was fun to watch me carry the front wheel till after 60'

thrid and last run, i said screw it and i'm gonna try and keep the wheel down on the lauch and go for it...

that didn't happen.. there is alot of traction on a bike, so i nursed it out the hole again..

r/t..... .407
60'...... 2.170
330..... 5.394
1/8..... 7.919 @ 97.80
1000... 10.102
1/4.... 11.966 @ 120.72

so as my very first trip to the drag strip.. looks like i need to work on the lauch.. its harder to lauch than i expected.. i guess its now time to just work on my drag car and get it running


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-05-2004, 10:23 AM
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Ya your 60 foot times are too high. Its all in the launch. What you need to do is keep the throttle smooth and use the clutch to control the hight of your front wheel. Its called slipping the clutch, Theres no rush to get it all the way out, Granted your gonna go through clutchs like beer at a stripper contest, but thats all in the name of racing.

When you get your 60 foots down to about 1.6 youll be feeling real happy.

Also make sure you bring an extra clutch and tools with you, you dont want to get stuck there. I alwasy brought a extra wheel and tire with sprocket attached, drive chain and clutch when I went to the track back int he day (if I wasnt trailering) if it was on a trailer I never had to worry about getting home.

And oh ya buy some leather pants, I got mine cheap off ebay. Granted the track says you need them but if you crash your gonna agree with them.

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First time always a learning curve, but now you know what to work on. once you can dial it in, work on the launch, play around with tire pressure, hit your shift points, you'll be fine.

You'll be amazed, how much time you can shave off by getting your 60' down and hitting your shift points. just like you do when you take out your drag car to the strip.
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